“ART CAN!” Beautifying St. Augustine Beach, One Can at a Time

Press Release from the City of St. Augustine Beach (April 18, 2019)

“ART CAN!” is an exciting new beautification project in the City of St. Augustine Beach.  Many of the trash cans in the City of St. Augustine Beach are an eyesore; they are dented and filled with holes. Rather than purchase brand new cans, why not recycle and improve the old ones? Art Galleries of St. Augustine (AGOSA) President (Sylvia Gortz), Vice President (Laura O’Neal), and Ann Palmquist brought the idea of asking local artists paint the old trash cans to AGOSA.  The association members were enthusiastic to make our community a more beautiful place and ART CAN! took off.

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The City of St. Augustine Beach Public Works, under the leadership of Tom Large, began collecting six trash cans at a time and cleaning them so they could be painted by local AGOSA artists. Once the first wave of cans is complete, there will be a second wave of art cans hitting the streets, and so on…until the City of St Augustine Beach has all ART CANS! AGOSA will present The City of St. Augustine Beach with the first painted can at the Special Commission Meeting on April 29, 2019 at 6pm at St. Augustine Beach City Hall (2200 A1A South, St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080.) The meeting is open to the public and the public is invited to attend.

“I hope that this project and others like it will serve our local art community in a positive way,” said Vice President Laura O’Neal, “by bringing us together to paint, create, have fun and support one another, as well as beautify our CITY!”

Be sure to start looking on the sides to the road when driving along A1A in St. Augustine Beach, and see if you can spot them! You can also share a pic of your favorite one on Instagram and tag @CityOfSAB and @agosa_art_walk.

AGOSA is a non-profit organization that works to provide opportunities for professional local artists to show their work at places like The Limelight Theatre, in addition to their usual gallery locations. If you are interested in painting a can, or interested in joining AGOSA, please contact Laura O’Neal lauraoneal811@gmail.com or Sylvia Gortz at thegallerygroup303@gmail.com

For more information, please visit www.staugbch.com, The City of St Augustine Beach Facebook and Instagram page, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter by texting CITYOFSAB to 22828. Artist Credit for the Cans in the Photo: MaryRose LaCavera, Brad Jones, Deane Kellogg

The St. Augustine Beach Pier hosts the 6th Annual Run for Peace 5K to support the Betty Griffin Center on April 13th.

This Saturday, April 13th, the 6th Annual Betty Griffin Center Run for Peace 5K will take place around St. Augustine Beach, beginning and ending at the St. Augustine Beach Pier. All proceeds from the race go to benefit The Betty Griffin Center. The Betty Griffin Center is a full service domestic and sexual abuse center located in St. Johns County. The primary purpose of the agency is to provide holistic services that directly relate to the victims’ experience of abuse which will increase safety and security for both the victim and the family.

There are still ways you can help for the race. Become a race participant, sponsor or volunteer. To learn more about the race and the Betty Griffin Center visit the race website by clicking HERE.

We would like to make you aware the race route will bring runners through your area between 8 am to approximately 9:30 am. Have fun being part of this race or just come on out and give support!

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Arbor Day celebration in the City of St. Augustine Beach

Date: Friday, April 26, 2019
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: City Hall (2200 A1A South)

The St. Augustine Beach Tree Board and Beautification Advisory Committee assist in managing this event as part of the Cities National Tree Friendly Community Certification and National Arbor Day Celebration. This event will include a brief program, beginning with the boy scouts presenting the flag. Then, winners from the RB Hunt poster contest and Pedro Menendez High School poetry contest will be announced.

Come out to enjoy free cake and beverages, a tree give away, a meet and greet with Smokey the Bear, and face painting! Check out an interactive sea creature touch tank, live bee hive exhibit, butterflies, and all types of wildlife exhibits! Also, Boy Scout Troop 345 will be joining us to collect aluminum cans, shoes, and old electronics to recycle! Food and drinks from African Love Kitchen and Espresso Based Treats will be available for purchase.

We want to invite all our local families to join us at this event. If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Walker at cwalker@cityofsab.org

Arts and Crafts Festivals coming to The St. Augustine Beach Pier!

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Come out to the St. Augustine Beach Pier Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. & Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (February 16th & 17th and March 9th & 10th) for the St. Augustine Beach Arts & Crafts Festival.

This fun, free event features handmade arts and crafts by local, regional, and national artists, along with live music and lots of delicious food. The festival attracts artists and crafters from all over the country to showcase their work just steps from the beach at the St. Johns County Pier. Vacationers can enjoy browsing everything from handmade jewelry and ceramics to stained glass and fine artwork. With a variety of food and drink for sale, as well as vendors with natural plants, herbs, fruits, and veggies, the Arts and Crafts Festival is a complete experience for the whole family.

The St. Augustine Beach Pier is located on beautiful Anastasia Island at 350 A1A Beach Boulevard. For more information on this event please click HERE.

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The all new Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Augustine Beach Oceanfront Resort soon to be hiring at the beach.

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The all new Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Augustine Beach Oceanfront Resort, located next to the St. Augustine Beach Pier and Pier Pavilion, is scheduled to open this December and will soon be hiring for several available positions.  There will be a job fair being held on Thursday, November 8th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Resort in the Anastasia Ballroom.  Please see the attached flyer for more information or visit https://careers.hvmg.com/jobs/search/where/32080 to learn about the available positions.

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The “Taste of the Beach” to be held at the St. Augustine Beach Pier on Saturday, September 23rd

The 12th annual “Taste of the Beach”, presented by the St. Augustine Beach Civic Association, returns to the St. Augustine Beach Pier and Pier Park on Saturday, September 23rd from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  13 local restaurants will be competing in the categories of Best Appetizer, Best Entree, Best Dessert, Judges Choice, People’s Choice and Best Decorated Booth.  There will be plenty of food and beverages available by purchasing tickets at a cost of $1.00 each.  To learn more about the event click HERE. To see pictures of last years event click HERE.

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National Night Out returns to the St. Augustine Beach Pier on Tuesday, August 7th.

The National Night Out returns to the St. Augustine Beach Pier on Tuesday, August 7th from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  This fun, free family event is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods a safer, better place to live.  There will be participation and demonstrations from various local law enforcement agencies, food, beverages, entertainment and much, much more.  So come on out and enjoy the evening at the Pier located at 350 A1A Beach Blvd., in St. Augustine Beach.

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The 1st annual Pups & Sups surf contest comes to St. Augustine Beach

The 1st annual Pups & Sups dog surfing contest comes to St. Augustine Beach on Saturday, July 21st at the Guy Harvey Outpost Resort from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  This fun competitive event benefits the K-9 for Warriors and is open to all friendly dogs and their owners.  To learn more about this event check out the attached flyer or visit the Guy Harvey Outpost Resort information webpage by clicking HERE.

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Music By The Sea kicks off its 16 season at The St. Augustine Beach Pier Park

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The 16th season of Music By The Sea, held by The St. Augustine Beach Civic Association begins on Wednesday, May 23rd at The St. Augustine Beach Pier Park.  This free event is held each Wednesday starting at 6:00 p.m. and runs through the month of September with weekly concerts and available food and beverages for purchase.

After being cancelled last week due to inclement weather, The Music By The Sea event will kick-off this week with the sounds of 80’s cover band Slang, and food sponsored and provided by Scooby Q BBQ.  The event will also use this Wednesday as an opportunity to support local artist and volunteer Paul Slava who has a new liver but still faces more challenges that include large medical bills. Money collected through beverage purchases will go to assist Paul with his expenses.

You can learn much more about the Music By The Sea by visiting The Civic Associations website page for the event by clicking HERE.

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