The Marine Corps will host the sixth annual Toys for Tots Giveaway from 10 a.m. until noon Dec. 15. Toys will be donated by Marine Corps and the West Augustine CRA Steering Committee partnering will assist with the giveaway. Gifts will be available for children from newborn through age 12. There are three locations for this year’s giveaway.
‒ Solomon Calhoun Center, 1300 Duval Street. For information, call LaShawnda Jones at 904-466-4309 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
‒ Elks Lodge, 1420 A1A South. For information, call Dean Cameron at 904-209-6168 or email email@example.com.
‒ W.E. Harris Community Center, 150 S Main Street, Hastings. For information, call Jessie Fox at 904-209-6156 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Unity and the West Augustine Improvement Association will host a Bike Giveaway on Dec. 24. There will be multiple winners. The next registration is 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 16 at Collier Blocker Park. More details will be available the next registration.
• The WACRA Steering Committee presents A Joyful Christmas in the Park from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 16 at Collier, Blocker, Puryear Park, 10 North Holmes Blvd. Indulge in hot cocoa, a marshmallow roast, roasted hot dogs, s’mores and more. Come out and enjoy family, community and holiday cheer. To participate as a vendor or sponsor, call Culture and Quality of Life Chair LaShawnda Jones at 904-466-4309.
• The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition St. Johns Chapter Meeting and Workshop will be held at 6 p.m. on third Mondays at the Solomon Calhoun Center, 1300 Duval. Returning Citizens (ex-felons) and those directly impacted by the criminal justice system will be informed about Amendment 4 and invited to join the Movement to End Felon Disenfranchisement. Volunteers will be available to check voting rights status, register eligible voters and assist eligible applicants in applying for rights restoration. Additionally, service providers sensitive to the challenges faced by returning citizens are invited to host a free table and promote services available to returning citizens.
• Friday, Dec. 21, American Legion Post 194 will host Bowls of Soul beginning at 11 a.m. until the food is gone. Menu items include beef-a-roni bowl, $5; pig tails and rice bowl, $5; fish sandwich, $5; chicken wings (three whole), $6; fries, $3; shrimp and fries, $10; chicken dinner (two sides, dessert and roll), $10; rib dinner (two sides, dessert, and roll), $12. All are welcome to come and experience down home, delicious soul food dishes. American Legion Post 194 is located at 1029 Pearl Street. For information about this and other Post 194 activities, call 904-829-8189. Derry Greene is Commander.
Columnist’s note: Every week this column is put together and submitted for publication on Tuesdays. There are times when mistakes will be made. The mistakes are not intentional, simply human error.
Events listed in the West Augustine community column are open to all residents of St. Johns County. The deadline to submit information is 7 p.m. on Fridays. To contact Linda Y. Murray, email email@example.com.