Horse nutrition class offered

The Baker County 4-H Club is hosting two experts in the equine nutrition field for its “Horse Nutrition - Horse Feed Myths” class 5:45-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 29. The class is free, but those wishing to attend must register at (904) 259-3520.



Hospitable Downtown meeting

Jacksonville Beach city, community and business leaders are hosting a public meeting 6:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 11 Third St. N., to talk about creating a more hospitable downtown. The meeting will feature Jim Peters, a nationwide expert about creating a downtown hospitality zone.



Jacksonville council president guest speaker

Jacksonville City Council President Bill Gulliford will be the featured speaker at the First Coast Republican Club’s 7 p.m. meeting Monday at the Casa Marina Hotel, 691 First St. N., Jacksonville Beach. For more, (904) 626-4612.



FBI official to speak to BBA

A representative of the FBI office in Jacksonville will be the guest speaker at the Beaches Business Association meeting 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday at the Jacksonville Beach Golf Club, 605 S. Penman Road. Lunch is $8. For more, (904) 476-0607.



OP officer joins Clay SWAT

Sheriff Rick Beseler this month swore in Orange Park Police Department Officer Sean Bader as a member of the Sheriff’s Office SWAT team as part of a mutual-aide agreement between the city and county. Bader becomes the third Orange Park police officer to join SWAT — the others being detective Cody Monroe and Lt. John Jock.



2 remain in town manager search

Brunswick, Ga., City Manager Bill Weeks withdrew Friday as a candidate for Orange Park’s town manager. That leaves Town Clerk Sarah Campbell and former Atlantic Beach City Manager Jim Hanson as the remaining finalists. They are scheduled for Saturday interviews by the Town Council.



Farm Bureau scholarships expand

The Clay County Farm Bureau has expanded its scholarship program. It has created a $1,000 scholarship in memory of Katy Hendry, a beloved former agriculture teacher and Future Farmers of America adviser. It will be awarded to a graduating senior who plans a career as an agriculture teacher. It also is awarding several $500 scholarships. The application deadline is Friday. For more, (904) 282-0644.



Chamber health care council meets

The Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce’s Health Care Council meets at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Amelia Island Health and Wellness at 5422 First Coast Highway in Fernandina Beach. Mark and Jane Brown are the guest speakers. Admission is free for chamber members and $25 for non-members. Register at



Collections begin for homeless student backpacks JCP Cares is assembling “Summer Fun” backpacks for homeless students to help the school district’s Aid & Support for Students in Sudden Transition program. Items such as books, journals, puzzles, crafts and other resources will be collected the rest of the month (April) in several locations found at jcpcares.



HAWKE spring open house

Humane Association of Wildlife Care and Education, a nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation facility in Elkton, will have its spring open house for members at 1 p.m. Sunday. Individual membership costs $25 and family membership is $35. For more,