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Matanzas River Keeper welcomes Bill Belleville

by Darlyn Finch Kuhn on January 26, 2015

Celebrating the Wild Side of Florida

Florida’s award winning environmental writer & documentary filmmaker Bill Belleville will speak at St Augustine Amphitheater’s small meeting room on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015.

Bill Belleville gives a compelling presentation on identifying our natural landscapes in Florida, and understanding how other writers and artists have been inspired by them over time. In doing so, Belleville also helps us understand the threats to these natural systems from Florida’s unbridled sprawl.

This lecture will be FREE to the public thanks to the generous support of the Speakers Bureau of the Florida Humanities Council.


Bill Belleville

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Bill Belleville at Rollins

by Darlyn Finch Kuhn on January 26, 2015

Peace of Blue


Join award-winning nature writer Bill Belleville as he shows compelling images and reads excerpts from his latest book, “The Peace of Blue: Water Journeys”— a collection of first-person stories that take place near, atop, or under water.

According to Carl Hiaasen, Bill Belleville “writes gorgeously and straight from the heart.” In The Peace of Blue”, the author guides you on a lyrical journey to natural places in Florida and the Caribbean that have been shaped by water in some way. He poetically affirms the vitality of this most essential substance in our lives by showing the many ways in which water-driven landscapes nurture plants, wildlife—and the human spirit.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Galloway Room, Mill’s Building

7p.m. – 8:30 p.m.



Belleville has written seven books of creative non-fiction—including the award-winning “River of Lakes” and “Losing It All to Sprawl”. He’s also contributed to nine national anthologies, and authored over 1,000 articles and essays for publications. He’s traveled widely overseas for the Discovery Channel and scripted radio documentaries for NPR and video docs for PBS. He’s currently co-producing and scripting a film for PBS on Florida’s springs. (More information: )




For more information on this event, please contact: Ann Francis (

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Body and Soul: The State of the Jewish Nation

by Darlyn Finch Kuhn on January 26, 2015

The Orlando Premiere of the movie Body and Soul: the State of the Jewish Nation will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 29th, 2015 at Congregation Ohev Shalom, 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland, FL. The screening is sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council (a Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando) and Congregation Ohev Shalom, in memory of Robert Shapiro, M.D.

A post-screening discussion will be held with Producer/Director Gloria Z. Greenfield.

Free and open to the community.  Light refreshments following the program.  Questions? Contact Estelle Wheeler at

See the trailer.

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Flagler County Art League Poetry Competition

by Darlyn Finch Kuhn on January 26, 2015

Peter Gordon has helpfully supplied the following information regarding the Flagler County Art League Poetry Competition:

Theme: “Art and Poetry From The Heart.”  Deadline (via email): Feb. 10 by11 p.m.

This will be a “People’s Choice” competition: winners will be selected by show visitors at the Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day) opening, 6: p.m., at the FCAL gallery in City Marketplace, Palm Coast




Please mail entry form and fees separately to:

Flagler County Art League

160 Cypress Point Blvd., 2nd Floor, Suite 207C

Palm Coast, FL  32164



One poem: $3; two poems: $5 (No more than TWO entries per person) check made out to FCAL (no cash)


$50 cash award for first place; FCAL $25 gift certificate for 2nd place


Entry Form: (Please fill out and mail):


Poet’s Name

Poet’s email address

Poet’s phone number

Name of poem (s)


Questions: call Stephanie Salkin at (386) 693-4204 or email her at


There are a lot more events, including poetry slams, open mikes, and author discussions.

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