Keystone Heights Dog Park

Grand Opening on Saturday 1/18 from 9-1. We will have an event in the new Dog Park behind Hitchcock’s in Keystone. “Bark in the Park”. The following vendors will be there:

Clay County Animal Services with adoptable dogs

Someone that makes dog blankets and scarfs

An Animal Therapist

A Groomer who will also sell doggie treats and trim nails for $5.00

The Keystone Bakery will be selling breakfast and pretzel hotdogs for lunch

Keystone Animal Hospital

Someone to take pictures of you and your Dogs, so bring your cell phones!

We will also have a 3k for dogs and their humans, an agility course, bubbles in the park for the dogs, costume contest and a Simon Says contest.

City Hall Council Members Mayor will be the Judges and our City Clerk will be the MC.

Registration is at 9a.m. We hope to see you there to enjoy the new Dog Park!!

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Camellia Sale and Breakfast


On Saturday, February 8th from 9am—1pm at Trinity Episcopal Parish Hall. $5 per plate, and $1 for a single coffee! Proceeds benefit the Melrose Public Library! We can’t wait to see you there!

On February 8, 2020, the Melrose Library Association will have its Camellia Sale and Breakfast at Trinity Episcopal Church Parish Hall in Melrose on route 26.  The event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  At that time, you can purchase breakfast for $5.00 per plate.  Among the breakfast selections will be a variety of breakfast casseroles, home made muffins, fruit, juice and coffee.  

A large variety of Camellia plants will be available for purchase, many of which are not found locally.  Each 3-gallon pot will be sold for $25.00 plus tax.  Credit cards will be accepted.

This year, we want to give you the opportunity to pre-order your camellias.  If you would like to do so, please click here to find the order form as well as pictures of the camellias that may be pre-ordered. The order forms must be received by January 31st.  You will be able to pick up your pre-ordered camellias at the sale on February 8th.  In addition, there will be other camellias for sale that are not on the pre-order form.  

We hope to see you at the Camellia Sale and Breakfast on February 8th, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Church Parish Hall. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Melrose Public Library.

Take care,
Keyna Ward, Camellia Sale Chairperson

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Garden Club of the Lake’s celebrates Florida Arbor Day

You are invited to the Garden Club of the Lakes’ Florida Arbor Day Celebration, on Saturday, January 18th, 10 am – 1 pm, at the Faith Presbyterian Church, 2738 SE SR 21, Melrose (halfway between Keystone Heights & Melrose).  The Forestry Service will be giving away free trees, and Ranger John Johnson will be giving a presentation on Native, Blooming Trees.  Vendors and patrons are encouraged to participate in the Farmers Market and visit the Church thrift shop that will also be at there at that time.  Please share this information with your family and friends.

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Call for Artists

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Stress Free Living at the Library

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Coffeetalk Jan. 2020

Shake Rag Coffee Talk, Thursdays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Inside Melrose Center

307 State Road 26, Melrose, FL 32666

January 2, 2020       Lis and Lon Williamson  musical and life partners for about 35 years, are well known around the Sunshine State for their artistry as a duo, blending eloquent harmonies with accomplished musicianship with a dynamic repertoire of original, oldtime, jazz, swing, and bluegrass tunes. They are also members of The Gatorbone Trio with Gabriel Valla, The Driftwoods, also with Gabe and Eric Searcy, based out of St. Augustine  and The Gatorbone Band with Gabriel Valla and Jason Thomas (of The Claire Lynch Band). When not on the road, the Williamsons spend time at their home on their beloved Gatorbone Lake, nestled deep in the Sandhills of Florida, where they write and record their own music as well as produce and record music of other Florida and beyond folk artists. attention

January 9         Doctor Paul  as he’s known to his fans, is a troubadour in every sense of the word. After appearing on NBC’s The Voice in Season 9, the Doctor has been traveling on his “I Ain’t Done Yet” tour, bringing his music to as many new fans and friends as possible.  The Doctor has collaborated with some of the great names in the business, and has recorded with some of Nashville’s top session players, but it is in his live shows that you’ll experience him as nature intended: Unadorned, accompanied by only his acoustic guitar, his unique, powerful voice carried by a flurry of fingerpicked notes that pass like mile markers on a very heady trip. Visit his website at

January 16         Terry Smith  started learning guitar at age 8 and now plays acoustic guitar, twelve string, electric, bass and also drums. Through the years has performed at churches, correctional facilities and festivals. In the 80s played with Christian band “Straightway.” Today it will be a variety mix of songs such as Dream Lover by Bobby Darin, Country Roads by John Denver, Who’ll Stop the Rain by Credence Clearwater Revival and Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry.

January 23    The duo MIDDLEGROUND consists of Barbara and Mark Armbrecht, whose music includes an eclectic mix of folk, pop, blues, ragtime and classic favorites all of which have been flavored by Barbara’s finger picking style and Mark’s solid bass technique.  They worked in the studio recording industry for many years.  Mark was bassist with a staff band and Barbara a regular for Jamboree, UDS, a weekly live radio broadcast of country music.  MIDDLEGROUND competed in the N. Central FL Blues Competition and was chosen to represent the North Central FL area at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee in January 2013 in the Duo category.

January 30  Joe Mark and Charlie Robertson 

Joe Mark has performed for over 40 years at many clubs and music festivals throughout Florida. Starting out as a classical musician he now brings guitar and fiddle to stage to share traditional and old-time tunes, along with his own reflective original songs to paint scenes we are all in. 

“If you’ve never experienced Charlie Robertson’s music, you owe it to yourself. He’s like Van Zandt, Prine and Dylan with a drawl.  Charlie’s subtle poetry and eccentric perspectives will leave you sharing his deep affection for the parade of southern characters who populate his songs.” David Beede

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Author Reid Tillery at the Melrose Library


Join us at the Melrose Library on Thursday, January 16 at 2pm to meet local “Author of Promise” Reid F. Tillery. He’ll be discussing his book LZ BINGO with special guest Bill Boe. Refreshments and a book signing will follow the presentation.

About the book: In the summer of 1967 20-year-old William K. Boe entered the Vietnam war. Twice wounded during his one-year tour of duty, he endured some of the war’s hottest moments, including the Tet offensive. He served honorably, facing an onslaught of bullets, mortars, rockets, hand grenades, and land mines. Through Bill’s account, the reader gains a vicarious understanding of the day-to-day life and challenges of an American infantryman in Vietnam. This book’s primary purpose is to honor those who made it home and those who did not by telling their story through Bill’s eyes and ears. Written in the form of a novel, what makes Bill’s true story so compelling is that his experiences likely are similar to those of many other men who served in the infantry in Vietnam.

About the author: Reid F. Tillery is an avid outdoorsman who loves to write. He’s an Emergency Medical Technician, a licensed ham radio operator, a land-navigation instructor, a former Search and Rescue Technician, and a former medic in the Army National Guard and Reserves. In addition to LZ Bingo, he has written books on wilderness survival and land navigation.

The program is sponsored by the Melrose Library Association. For more information, please contact Sheree Sims at 352-475-1237.

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Winners of the Merry Melrose Parade judging for 2019

Most Original: DJ Kayak Rental
Most participants: Melrose Youth Association
Closest to Theme: Melrose Library Association
Best Overall: Florida Defenders of the Environment

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Hawthorne Library Events for January 2010

Library Closed: Hawthorne Wednesday, January 01 and Monday, January 20: All Day

Hawthorne Bookish Sort Book Club

Thursday, January 02: 5:30pm – 6:45pm  Hawthorne Branch


Join the Bookish Sort Book Club for fun, food, and lively discussions! All are welcome! Even if you haven’t read this month’s selection join us to see if the book is to your liking! See our blog for our list of upcoming reads and events!

Art StudioSpace

Mondays, January 6,13, 20, & 27: 3:00pm – 5:00pm  Hawthorne Branch


Work on your art project with us! Hawthorne library can be your space for getting art work done. We will have paper, watercolor and acrylic paints, and brushes here for you to use, so all you need is your creativity.

Artist Trading Card Swappers of Hawthorne – Come craft with us

Monday, January 6 & 13: 5:30pm – 6:45pm  Hawthorne Branch


Join the Hawthorne ATC swap and create your own masterpieces, meet/connect with other enthusiasts, and discover the world of trading art cards! Learn new techniques with us.

CREATEspace: Knit and Crochet

Tuesday, January 07: 4:30pm – 5:45pm   Hawthorne Branch


Gather with us to work on your projects while chatting with like-minded crafters or work on a group project to donate. Cheri is happy to teach the art of knitting and crochet to interested learners.

SewingSpace: Hand Sewing for Children

Wednesday, January 08: 3:30pm – 5:30pm   Hawthorne Branch


Join us at the Hawthorne Branch for a hand sewing class for children8 years old and older. We’ll be creating turtle beanbags.


Thursdays, January 9, 16, 23, & 30: 10:30am – 11:15am  Hawthorne Branch


weekly storytime


Thursday, January 9: 3:00pm – 4:00pm  Hawthorne Branch


Come to the library to enjoy science, tech, engineering, art, and mathematics themed activities! This week is all about coding!

Yoga Stretch – with Caroline Anaya

Thursdays, January 9, 16, 23, & 30: 5:45pm – 6:45pm Hawthorne Branch


Gently tweak and twist those stuck and sore places — You’ll feel much better!

Hawthorne: It’s A Banner Year

Saturday, January 11: 2:00pm – 3:30pm  Hawthorne Branch


Discover our history with the Hawthorne Area Historical Society as Mona Moore and Bonita Dewiliby Moore unveil the first Hawthorne History banners touring the city this year.

Defend Your Castle – Engineer your own castle and catapult

Tuesday, January 14: 3:30pm – 4:45pm Hawthorne Branch


After building your castle and catapult, battle with your friends to see who can shoot the farthest, hit the bullseye, and then the rumble will begin.

Game Night

Tuesday, January 21: 3:00pm – 4:00pm  Hawthorne Branch


Wii games, board games, card games, and more!

SHINE Counseling

Thursday, January 23: 12:00pm – 2:00pm  Hawthorne Branch


The Florida Department of Elder Affairs offers counseling that is unbiased, confidential and no cost, by trained SHINE Volunteer Counselors. The discussion will consist of definitions, costs, options and all questions answered.  Please bring with you: Medicare Card and Social Security Card; A print-out of medications from pharmacy or bottles; Proof of annual household income to determine whether you qualify for extra help;  MUST HAVE driver’s license or photo I.D.; Any letters from Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid which you may have received.  Call the Elder Care Helpline to reserve other times/locations: 1-800-963-5337, or walk-ins are welcome on the 4th Thursday of each month at the Hawthorne Branch Library, 6640 SE 221st Street, Hawthorne, Florida 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm.

LZ Bingo: An Account of a Vietnam Veteran’s Service

Saturday, January 25: 2:00pm – 3:00pm Hawthorne Branch


Meet author Reid F. Tillery and his friend, Vietnam Veteran William “Bill” Boe and come away with a deeper understanding of the challenges and hardships of an American infantryman in Vietnam.  More event info.

Teen Drama Club

Tuesday, January 28: 3:00pm – 4:00pm Hawthorne Branch


Join us for Teen Drama Club this spring! Activities will include improv, monologues, watching films, and more. We will meet the last Tuesday of every month from 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Guylene Resue

Librarian I

Alachua County Library District, Hawthorne Branch

PO Box 1179, Hawthorne, FL 32640

352-481-1920 |


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