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MSU Don’s Friends At COA


Eight college students from Michigan State University are here in St. Augustine this first week of January  for an alternative winter break project co-sponsored by Don Ausman Foundation and Council on Aging. The Don Ausman Foundation raises funds to support the Alternative Spring Break.

Jim and Renee Wauldron began this program in memory of their son, Don, a former MSU student who was known for his altruistic work during his college breaks. “Don’s Friends” are students who volunteer on school breaks “Having FUN…Helping Others.”  Council on Aging coordinates projects connecting volunteers and seniors in need. This week’s projects include constructing wheel chair ramps and basic lawn care for seniors who would otherwise be unable to do the work themselves.

For more information on this great cause, visit: www. and


If you wish to remain healthy and active while preparing for your golden years you won’t want to miss the Active Boomers & Seniors Expo, a Lifestyle, Health & Active Aging event Saturday, March 4  from 9:30a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Outlets Mall in St. Augustine.

Featured at the Expo is ‘Treasures from the Attic’ Antique Appraisal, a fundraiser for St. Johns County Council on Aging. The appraisal features many local appraisers and antique experts from St. Johns County. People bring their antiques and collectibles and get a verbal approximation of value. It’s patterned after the popular PBS television show “Antiques Roadshow.”

Treasures from the Attic is an exciting event that draws generations together. Seniors bring special things they have grown up with and younger generations bring items handed down from parents, grandparents and great grandparents.   Last year’s event was very successful, with many people turning out to see if they had valuable antiques or simply lovable curiosities in their homes.


THE PLAYERS COMMUNITY SENIOR CENTER: 175 Landrum Lane, Ponte Vedra Beach needs volunteers for activity set up mornings: Friday 10 a.m. and Monday 9 a.m. Call 904- 209-3686 or email

PONTE VEDRA THERAPEUTIC ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE: 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach needs volunteers Monday- Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to help participants in activities such as games, music, chair exercise, simple art & craft projects. Certified pet therapy dogs are also welcome. Call 904- 209-3686 or email

SUNSHINE CENTER ADULT DAY CARE: 180 Marine St., St. Augustine volunteers are needed to assist seniors with activities such as socializing, games, exercise, art and music projects. Schedules are flexible: 9 a.m. –noon or 1 – 4 p.m.. Call 904- 209-3686 or email



Registration Begins for Spanish Classes: River House, 179 Marine St., is taking registrations for Beginner Spanish and Conversational Spanish. All classes begin Thursday, Jan. 19 for a 6-week session.  Beginner class is 9:30-10:30 a.m.; Conversational class 10:45-11:45 a.m.  Must speak some Spanish for conversational class.  Cost for either class is $30 River House Members and $40 for non-members.  Advance payment required.  Call 209-3655 to register.

Watercolor Techniques: Artist, Martha Ferguson, will be teaching a 6-session watercolor class beginning Thursday, Jan. 19, 1-4p.m.   To learn more about her art, view her website @  River House Activity Members, $70, and $80 to all others.  Early registration is recommended as space is limited.  Call 209-3655.  Advance payment required.

Painted Silk Scarves: It’s been done for centuries in Asia, it’s been big in Europe for years and now painting on silk has become very popular in the U.S.  Now at River House, 179 Marine St., paint your own silk scarf under the direction of Martha Ferguson.  Jan. 19, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Call 209-3655 as space is limited.  Advance payment of $30 required.  Price includes all materials!

Art Appreciation: Jean Serusa, New York State Art Educator will be giving sessions on Art Appreciation at the River House, 179 Marine St., on Mondays, 2:30-3:30 p.m.  Jan. 23: George Washington’s Wooden Teeth-Presidential Portraits and the Artists who painted these; Jan. 30: Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt. Advanced payment required.  For information and registration, call 209-3655.

Dinner and a Movie: Join River House movie goers on Thursday, Jan. 26, 179 Marine St. from 4:30-7:30 p.m., for the showing of “Sully” starring Tom Hanks as Chesley Sullenberger, who became a hero after gliding his plane along the water in the Hudson River, saving his 155 passengers.  $13 for River House Members and $16 for Non-members.  Call 209-3655 for reservations.

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