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Pucker up for Wilber and LTR


It’s time once again to pucker up to a porker.

Learn to Read of St. Johns County is conducting its annual Kiss the Pig contest, with this year’s winner – the team making the most money – kissing an adorable little piglet, Wilbur, provided by J.B. Coomes during the March 31-April 2 Rhythm and Ribs Festival, sponsored by Sunrise Rotary Club.

The winner will be announced during the afternoon of the April 1 event. Rhythm and Ribs, featuring six barbecue experts from around the country, is staged at Francis Field. Highlights of the three-day festival include entertainment, artists and craftsmen, good food and lots of events for the children.

This year’s Kiss the Pig teams include Dancing with Victoria, Victoria Lane; Golfer’s Team, Rick Ezequelle, chairman; Publix Team – Corn Hold Contest, Kathy and Jim Lobinsky, Meredith Pearson; St. Augustine Lighthouse, Sid Ansbacher, chairman; St. Johns Association of Women Lawyers, Maxine McChesney, chairman; St. Johns River State College, Dr. Edward Jordan, Mark Breidenstein, co-chairmen; Student ESOL Team, Joe Cinney, chairman; Team Lincolnville, Robin Borland, Rhonda Dunn, Tom Torretta, chairs. Votes may be cast on line at or mailed to 70 S. Dixie Hwy., St. Augustine, Fl. 32084.

Votes are tax deductible.

Prior to the April 1 grand finale, a Pig-Out Party for LTR is being presented by Cowan Financial Group at the home of Cary and Judi Cowan, 3873 Hickory Lane, March 24 at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are limited. Call 904-826-0011 to RSVP. The event is $10 per person; $3 for wine, $2 for beer, will count as votes for teams.


Feb. 28 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Mardi Gras Sports Bar, 123 San Marco Ave., will be the setting for a Learn to Read fundraiser . Donation is $20 per person. Call 904-0011 for details.

A 50/50 raffle will be conducted as part of the evening’s celebration. Tickets are $10 per person.

For additional details go to http://www.LearnToReadStJohns.Org.

Learn to Read is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The volunteer-based organization provides free literacy skills assessment and instruction to underserved people in St. Augustine and surrounding cities. In addition to one-on-one literacy tutoring, Learn to Read has recently expanded its services throughout the county to help people learn English as a second language (ESOL) through personal tutoring and group conversation courses.



About Anne Heymen (90 Articles)
Retired after 49 years in major media publication, Anne spends her time as Contributing Editor to PluggedIn whenever her two cats allow her some time to herself.

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