Putnam County Events

Putnam Exchange

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at noon, is our monthly Putnam Exchange meeting, at Haven Hospice.  Our meetings last for one hour and everyone has a chance to share who they are and what they represent.  This is a very informal meeting with the intent of sharing resources in Putnam County.  You may bring a lunch if you wish.  For more information contact Becky Slobodian, 983-1882 or Carol Clark at 328-9864.

Small Town ConneXions

Meets Wed 9 Nov, 7:30 – 8:45 AM.  

We cordially invite Putnam business owners to join us for this splendid opportunity to learn how to grow your business. Come! Meet nice people & discover the magic of word-of-mouth referrals!

Do your business a favor and join us at Haven Hospice Meeting Room, 6400 St Johns Avenue, Palatka this Wednesday.

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Email | STCputnamcounty2014@gmail.com

Annual Christmas Bazaar

GFWC Woman’s Club of Welaka, 644 CR 309, Welaka

Saturday, November 12 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Handmade items plus baked goodies.Join us for a loaded-baked-potatoes lunch.For more information, contact Alexa @ 386-603-5000 

Crescent City’s Lion Club 3rd Annual Merry Christmas Parade

A Salute to America! A Salute to our Veterans!

Attn: Active Military Families, All Branches, who will be home for the Christmas holidays and wish to participate in the Crescent City Lion’s Club 3rd Annual Merry Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 3, 2016, 11:AM, a position in the line-up has been reserved for active military members to show our love, respect, appreciation and pride for your dedication to our country.

HealthStreet~Transportation Services

is a community engagement program in the University of Florida with a mission to improve the health of our community by bridging the gaps in health care and research. We have expanded our program into Putnam County with an emphasis on transportation services to medical appointments for individuals 50+.  Our Community Health Workers visit various locations to talk about our services with community members. When interested the CHW will conduct a confidential, 20-minute health survey in which participants discuss their health concerns and conditions.  We would then refer them to no or low cost medical or social services if needed and inform them about any research being conducted that they would be interested and eligible for at UF. The entire program is free, signing up is free and the transportation function is free.


Community Health Worker (CHW) Postion

HealthStreet is looking for a compassionate, detail-oriented individual to perform duties such as; meet community members, conduct health assessments and provide pre-arranged transportation to medical appointments.  This is a 20 to 30 hour per week position with hours that may include weekends. Applicants must have GED, valid driver’s license, car insurance and good driving record.  Please apply online at http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/search/?search-keyword=chw&job-mail-subscribe-privacy=agree or call Cheri @ 352-294-4882 with questions.


The Birds of Fire: Music and Arts Ministry.

An inspirational and upbeat music and play “Blessed by the Favor”, a comedy, gospel, musical. The biggest laughs that last are coming your way, by playwright, Barry S. McLeod,  Saturday November 19th, 4PM at the Ravine Gardens auditorium. Donations for tickets are welcomed and greatly appreciated. For more information call, Kenny White, at 904-586-5333. Special thanks to Hope FM, Bound for Glory Bookstore and Café and Ravine State Gardens for being partnering supporters of this community event.




OR  PHONE: 800-621-FEMA (3362) TTY: 800-462-7585

 Have this information ready when you apply:

-Social Security number (one per household)

-Address of the damaged home or apartment

-Description of the damage

-Information about insurance coverage

-Telephone number

-Mailing address

-Bank account & routing numbers for direct deposit of funds


Putnam County Master Gardener Strawberry Sale

We have a surplus of strawberry plugs! The Master Gardeners and staff are growing strawberry plants at Hastings in our hydroponic towers, and we have 200 extra plants for sale! All of the plugs are ‘Festival’ cultivars and do very well in central Florida. They are available for $1/each, and you may order up to 10 plants – cash or check only. Pick-up will be on November 7th between 8:30am and 1:00pm at the Hastings Agricultural Education Center; 595 E. St. Johns Ave., Hastings, FL. Please pre-pay by Friday, November 4th at the Putnam County extension office. We cannot guarantee that plants will still be available if you do not pre-pay. Any leftover plants will be available for purchase on the 7th. Please check out our Facebook page for updates at Facebook.com/IFASPutnamHort. There we will announce when all of the plants have been sold. Info, call, 386*329*0318.

Gardening and Cooking with Herbs

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 3:00-4:30pm, Cost-  $5. Register by Friday, November  11th. This workshop is offered by the UF/IFAS Putnam County Extension. Herbs can be a beautiful piece of your edible landscaping, or an annual addition to your garden. Either way, they can be used in the culinary arts as well! Join us to talk about growing and using herbs in your recipes with Wendy Lynch, Prissy Fletcher and Master Gardeners. We’ll cover basil, chives, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme. Herb plants will also be available for sale by the Master Gardeners! Join us at the Putnam County Ag Center – 111 Yelvington Rd, East Palatka, FL 32131. Call 386-329-0318 for details.

Calling all bakers. If you are interested in entering a pie or pies for judging, please contact Candy Enzor at ctenzor@gmail.com to enter.  Each entry needs 2 pies, cut in pieces: one pie for judging and one pie donated to MAGI for sale by the piece.  If you would also like to sell additional pies for your own profit, that is permissible.  Entry pies must be brought to the Pie Contest Booth no later than 11:00 am on the day of the Festival, Saturday, November 12th.  Please, no pies requiring refrigeration.


Alzheimer’s Care Giver Support Group: Sponsored by Haven Hospice

Where: 6400 St. Johns Ave., Palatka, Fl 32177

When: Every 3rd Tuesday at 1pm

For more information call: 386-328-7100

Well Water Contamination Caution

Hurricane Matthew is over, but the potential medical concerns are not. If your well was underwater from the aftermath of the storm or if the well lost its prime, it needs to be sanitized.  Wells that were flooded may have been contaminated. You can also watch a brief video on how to disinfect your well here: http://bit.ly/2dTIheQ or call 386-326-7189 for more information.   

Medicare “Open Enrollment”

is now until December 7th of this year. SHINE = Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Elders, is a service of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. SHINE counselors are all volunteers and we assist Medicare recipients and their families with drug and health plan choices. We give unbiased, free and confidential information to help you make a choice that is right for you. SHINE will be at the Edgar Johnson Senior Center every Wednesday & Friday from 1pm – 4pm until December 7th unless the center is closed. Contact the Elder Helpline 800-963-5337 or on line www.floridashine.org to arrange for a counselor to call you, or to find other locations in Putnam County. SHINE has six counseling locations in Putnam County and you can receive Medicare assistance at any one of these sites. In order for us to assist you, we need the following information: Red, White & Blue Medicare Card (not your Medicare Advantage card), Social Security card,a list of your medications or the bottles, PHOTO I.D., proof of annual household income to determine whether you qualify for Extra Help and any letters from: Social Security, Medicare and  Medicaid which you have received. Without this information we are unable to assist you. We hope to see you soon.  Your Putnam County SHINE team.

Putnam Health and Fitness Center

With the kids back in school and cooler weather coming ( and holiday overeating) now is the perfect time to start getting in shape, and Putnam Health and Fitness Center is the perfect place for it. We have all the cardio and weight machines for whatever your fitness goals and needs may be, and free weights too. We have the SilverSneakers program, Zumba, Weight Watchers meetings, free blood pressure checks,  the Morning Stretch, and Circuit Training. We will soon have a manicure/ pedicure specialist on site also. Stop by Putnam Health and Fitness Center at 213 Perry Street in Pomona Park, or call 386-649-8784. Be sure to ask if you qualify for one of our many discounts. Your first visit is always free. Putnam Health and Fitness Center is non-profit organization.


Over 50?  Want to improve your memory? 

Contact  352-273-3829 or email: Carla Strickland-Hughes, memory@psych.ufl.edu.

Weight Management Program NOW in Palatka!

Looking for a way to lose weight & get healthier?  A new weight management program is now available at the Palatka Extension Office!  This no-cost healthy lifestyle program aims to help participants lose weight, increase fitness, improve nutrition & manage stress.  Compensation for travel to sessions will be provided. Call us now for more information!!  352-273-5235.

SAFE Pet Rescue needs volunteers

at their Palatka, Fl. location, 819 Moody Rd.,  Main office in St. Augustine, phone 904-460-0556 or www.safe-pet-rescue-fl.com 

Girl Scout Adult Volunteers Needed!

Wanted: Supportive, caring dedicated role models who want to help empower girls to make the world a better place! Girl Scouts of Gateway Council needs adult volunteers in Putnam County! No experience necessary! All volunteers are fully trained! Girl Scouts in Putnam County is part of a wonderful community that fully supports their volunteers every step of the way! All volunteers receive full training from council and support from local mentors! Call: 1-877-764-5237 

Online: www.girlscouts-gateway.org

Ann Browning Masters Meet-and-Greet at Lunch with the Greats

Wednesday, November 9th at 12:00 noon – The Crescent City Library Board welcomes Dr. Ann Browning Masters for November’s “Lunch with the Greats.” The event will include a discussion, meet-and-greet, and book signing. Dr. Browning Masters will be discussing her book Floridanos, Menorcans, Cattle-Whip Crackers: Poetry of St. Augustine. Her book describes a rich slice of Americana in mullet-netting, datil pepper-growing, pilau-eating, rum-running St. Augustine from after the Civil War through the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Browning Masters is a 12th generation Floridian as well as a poet and writer. Lunch with the Greats is a monthly program sponsored by the Crescent City Library Board on the Second Wednesday of the Month. Participants are encouraged to bring their brown bag lunch to the event. For more information, call 386-698-2600.

The Putnam County Archives is planning the Fifth Annual Yellow Ribbon Day to honor our current military on Veteran’s Day, Friday, November 11. The yellow ribbons will be available just before Veteran’s Day, provided FREE by the Archives Department. Last year we supplied over 100 ribbons to families of Putnam County’s military volunteers.

Because of privacy issues, the families with an active-duty member must contact me or their favorite library to receive the yellow ribbon. If you would like to have a yellow ribbon, please call me, Darlene Walker at the Headquarters Library, 386-329-0441 or email the request to darlene.walker@putnam-fl.com. The deadline to request a yellow ribbon is Tuesday, November 8. Yellow ribbons must be picked up from the Headquarters Palatka Library before closing time on November 10th. If you know a military family, please tell them about the program.

Angel Book Trees at the Library, November 1st – November 30th

Spread a little goodwill and cheer this holiday season and help make sure all the little angels in Putnam County have their very own book to read this Christmas. The Putnam County Libraries are sponsoring the Angel Book Trees for the eleventh year in Putnam County. Trees–at the Main Library, all of the Library Branches, and the Edgar Johnson Senior Center–will be decorated with paper angels bearing the names of children in Foster Care and Protective Management with Community Partnership for Children. We are also including children from Lee Conlee House. There are over 300 children in all. Please visit any of these trees and take an angel with you to your favorite bookstore. The angel will have a child’s name, age, gender, and a type of book wanted. Buy a book and return it unwrapped, with the angel bearing the child’s name, to the Front Desk of any Putnam County Library by Friday, November 30, to be distributed for Christmas. Remember angels are small, so you can take more than one, if you like. For more information, contact Darlene Walker by email darlene.walker@putnam-fl.com or by phone at 386-329-0441 or 386-326-2750.

Putnam Habitat for Humanity Accepting Applications

for US Military Veterans Homeownership Program

Putnam Habitat for Humanity announces a new program of housing assistance specifically designed to address the needs of Putnam County’s honorably discharged U.S. Military Veterans who are in need of a decent and affordable home to call their own. Veteran’s must meet low-income guidelines, must have a steady income, and must provide sweat equity if they are physically able. These homes are not rentals, and will become owned by the qualifying Veteran. Our purpose is to build homes with families and to sell the houses at no profit and no interest to families who could not otherwise afford a home. If you are interested in applying for the Veteran’s Home Ownership Program, would like to volunteer to help build homes, or contribute in some way, please contact Putnam Habitat for Humanity, (386) 325-5862. Email: director@putnamahbitat.org; website: www.putnamhabitat.org.

MAGI is having a scarecrow festival, Saturday, November 12th, at Eva Lyon park in Crescent City.  The festival runs from 9am to 4pm.  Scarecrows will be decorating the city and the park.  Families can enjoy the  entertainment, arts and crafts booths,  and several food vendors. There will also be a scarecrow beauty contest and pie contest.  All bakers are welcome to enter a pie.  You can bring your pie to the contest booth the morning of the festival. For more information call Pennie at386-546-


MAGI will be presenting Dim Lights at a  Veteran’s Day concert

Friday, November 11th from 6-8:30 pm at Howe Memorial Methodist Church in Crescent City.  Tickets are $2.00 at the door.  Veterans are free. The concert is sponsored by the Arts Council of Greater Palatka.

The Yarn Wizards of Interlachen meet from 11am to 1pm, twice a month, on the first and third Tuesdays. If you knit or crochet, come join us at the Interlachen Library (133 County Road 315, Interlachen, phone #684-1600). We handcraft items for ourselves, and also donate to charitable groups such as “Warm Up America” and our local hospice. Come Show ‘n Tell your special projects, sharpen your skills, and socialize. Mark your calendar, these are the meeting dates for the rest of this year—-November 1st & 15th, and, December 6th & 20th.

DPI Ornament on Sale

Limited First Edition 2D pewter ornament with the design of the Palatka Memorial Bridge and the Millenium Clock Tower and the St. Johns River on the front.  Information about the design on the back.  Sponsored by the Downtown Palakta, Inc.  Comes in a nice plastic keepsake box.  Order

yours today by calling Val at


November Classes at Gem City Cottage, 220 St. Johns Ave. suite 1

Must call Gem City Cottage to register 386-530-2115

10% of all proceeds from all classers goes to the Mariners Museum. Visit:

http://gemcitycottage.com/Classes.html for details.

Free Cleaning Service for Chemo Patients

There is a free cleaning service for women going through Chemo, contact http://www.cleaningforareason.org

This organization covers the entire USA & Canada.

Counseling and Shelter Services for at risk youth

CDS Family & Behavioral Health Service is a short term youth shelter for youth ages 10 to 17. We offer services for families and youth that might be experiencing issues with not following rules at home, school issues, or threatening to run away.  CDS works with families to provide stabilization and goals to address these problems. We also offer Family Action Counseling for ages 6 to 17. These services are at no cost to the family. If you or someone you know are in need of these services please contact us at 386 385-0405.  


Move and Stretch Yoga Class

Move and Stretch Community Yoga for Women at the Interlachen Community Center S 315. Monday’s and Thursday’s 9:30 to 10:30 am. Great for beginners! Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor, Tree Frog, 386-546-6554, moveandstretch@yahoo.com.  Each week focuses on a different section of the body. Bring water and mat.



                           Discounted Materials!

Church or Non-profit Building Materials: Contact Jim Melfi at Putnam Habitat for Humanity before purchasing building materials. We can pass along substantial savings to churches and non-profit organizations on construction materials. (386) 325.5862 or repairs@putnamhabitat.org.  

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