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February Events and Activities at the JCA
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The Jewish Community Alliance announces the following upcoming programs and activities for February 2011. Unless otherwise noted, all events and programs will be held at the JCA, 8505 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, Florida 32217 (on the corner of San Jose and San Clerc, one traffic light north of Baymeadows Road). For more information on these or other programs at the JCA, please call 904-730-2100 ext. 221.

JCA Summer Camp registration open

The Jewish Community Alliance is accepting registration for the 2011 Summer Camp.

Summer Camp meets for four two-week sessions: June 20-July 1, July 5-15, July 18-29 and Aug. 1-12.

The camp directors have almost 50 years of camping experience at the JCA.

JCA Summer Camp combines fun activities, a fabulous facility and top-notch staff to provide a safe, happy and positive camping experience that will create lifelong memories for the campers.

Activities for children age 2 and up include swimming, arts and crafts, sports, music, dance and theater.

Camp Habonim, a specialty camp for children in grades 3-6, allows campers to concentrate on a specialty in addition to normal camp activities. Specialties offered include flag football, horseback riding, pottery, basketball, cooking, sailing, ice skating, tennis, soccer, golf and baseball.

The JCA also offers pre- and post-camp Adventure Days from June 13 to 17 and Aug. 15 to 19.

For more information on JCA Summer Camp, visit www.jcajax.org or call 730-2100 ext. 252.

Olympic medalist to speak at JCA

Olympic gold medalist Shannon Miller will speak at the JCA at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15. This event is free and open to the public.

An author and motivational speaker, Ms. Miller will talk about her Olympic memories and her latest initiatives in Jacksonville.

Ms. Miller won two gold medals in gymnastics at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. She won two silver and three bronze medals in the 1992 Olympics.

She is the most decorated American gymnast, male or female, in history, having won more Olympic and World Championship Medals than any other American gymnast.

For more information, call Ali Helms, JCA fitness director, at 730-2100 ext. 324.

JCA Annual Book Sale

New books will be on sale in the JCA lobby from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27. The books are $5 each.

Vandroff Art Gallery

The paintings of Jeanne Pellegrino will be on display in the Vandroff Art Gallery through Feb. 23.

Jeanne paints with an intensely personal approach to a subjective statement in an abstract form. Many times, in the pure abstract form, lines, colors, and shapes become the subject of the work. In some cases, however, nature, music or spirituality becomes the essence of the painting. Jeanne’s most recent works are poured paintings, some on Plexiglas, allowing for strength, movement and emotion.

The gallery will exhibit the paintings of Eve Albrecht beginning Feb. 25.

JCA Concert Series

Noe Inui, violinist, and Noreen Polera, pianist, will perform at the JCA on Sunday, Feb. 27.

Mr. Inui has appeared as guest artist in concerts with the celebrated pianist Martha Argerich at her Festival In Buenos Aires and at the Llao Llao Festival in Argentina. He has given concerts in Japan at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and Casals Hall. Mr. Inui has appeared as concerto soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Liege in Belgium, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in Germany and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Thessaloniki, Greece. He performs on a 1718 Stradivarius violin on loan from the Baden-Wurttenberg State Collection of String Instruments.

The concert is at 3 p.m. and is free and open to the entire community thanks to the generosity of the Berman Family.

JCA Film series

The JCA Film Series presents a free showing of -- “Blessed Is the Match – The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh” at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 17.

Narrated by Academy Award nominee Joan Allen, the multi-award-winning “Blessed Is the Match” follows the remarkable journey of this young Hungarian poet and diarist, paratrooper and resistance fighter.

Told through Hannah’s letters, diaries and poems, her mother’s memoirs, and the recollections of those who knew and loved her, the film traces her life from her childhood in Budapest to her time in British-controlled Palestine where she was drawn by the Kibbutz Movement that sought to build an independent Jewish State to her daring mission to rescue Jews in her native Hungary.

Attendance is free and open to the entire community.

Sweethearts Cabaret

Come take a “cruise” aboard the JCA Love Boat at our next Valued Members Cabaret (VMC) on Saturday, Feb. 12.  We have booked Jacksonville’s best musical theatre performers to spend the evening entertaining you with songs about love and friendship.

We have very limited space so reservations are a must by Feb. 8. Our VMC is free of charge to our members. Guests of members will be charged $15. Beverages and light hors d’oeuvres will be served at our preshow reception and dessert and coffee following the performance. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for preshow reception.

J Play

Families with young children can join us again this winter for more J Play Sunday morning fun. Once a month we focus on stimulating, interactive experiences.

Families with children under 7 are eligible to attend. The fee is $10 for JCA members and $15 for non-members. Upcoming dates: Feb 13, March 20, April 3, May 1.

Mah-Jongg Lessons

Learn to play one of today’s most popular games. Mah-Jongg is a game of Chinese origin that has been around for centuries. You can learn the basics in one easy lesson. Then with a little practice and a little luck, you’ll be on your way! Advanced registrations are a must so that enough instructors are available.

This class meets at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20. It’s free for JCA members and $5 for non-members.      

Keep Your New Year’s Resolution Going!

Most people make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, exercise more, or eat healthy. And, most of these resolutions are broken by the end of January.

Certified Personal Trainer Eric Diggs, who has been with the JCA for the past six years, will give you the tips and motivation to succeed.  Eric is a former executive chef as well as a nutritional counselor. He will give us nutritional tips and ways in which to refresh our eating habits. 

This class meets at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 16. It’s free for JCA members and $5 for non-members.   

AARP Driving Course

The AARP driving course is designed for motorists 50-plus.

Topics covered include aggressive drivers, adjusting to vision and hearing loss and driving defensively. Attendance at this two-day course will qualify you for a discount on your premiums with most insurance carriers. Bring your smile, driver’s license, a $12 check made out to AARP, your AARP card and your driving skills to the JCA at 9 a.m. on Feb. 21 and 22. Call Neil Clancy at 333-7447 for information and reservations.

JV Makos Swim Team

This team will be open to all children interested in swim team that are                             able to swim with their face in the water. We will practice the skills that the swim team practices, build our endurance and learn new strokes.

Members of the JV Makos team will practice during the hours and days below and will get their very own swim cap. This is a great chance to see what the swim team is all about.

Children age 3 to 6 are eligible to participate. The team will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday in February and March. The fee is $55 for JCA members and $82 for non-members.

Coffee, Tea and Something Crafty

This group of crafty ladies meets weekly. Our current project, knitted and crocheted hats, are being made for the children in the PEDS Department of Hospice. In the past two years, these hats have been distributed to several other worthy organizations. Anyone interested in making hats, or donating yarn, please call Michele Steinfeld at 730-2100 ext. 239.

This month’s meeting dates: Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 at 11:30 a.m. This program is free for JCA members and $3 for non-members.

Parents’ Night Out

Parents: Make a date and leave entertaining the kids to us! We’ll play games, eat, watch movies and more!

Children in kindergarten through 5th grade are eligible. The fee is $15 for JCA members and $23 for non-members.

Upcoming dates:

Feb. 12 -- 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

March 12 -- 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. 

Break Away Days/Spring Break Camp

Kids: Whether you are off from school for one day or two weeks (i.e. Winter Break and Spring Break), come to the J for a day of fun. Each school day off is filled with fun activities such as sports, swimming, arts and crafts and cooking. Parents: No need to worry about what they are doing. Your child will be in a safe, nurturing environment supervised by our capable, mature staff.

Upcoming dates are Feb. 18, 21, (March 25, 28, 29, 30, 31,

April 1 – Spring Break). For fees and more information, call 730-2100 ext. 245.

Babysitters Training Course

Learn how to prepare for an emergency if home alone or if babysitting in this one-day class. Basic CPR/first aid skills will be taught by American Red Cross-certified instructors.

Children age 10 to 15 are eligible to attend. Dates are Feb. 21 or March 28. The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The fee is $55 for JCA members and $80 for non-members.

After-School Program

Are you satisfied with your child’s current after-school program? The JCA offers a great after-school experience for children in kindergarten through sixth grade that is far more than just babysitting.

Your child will experience:

- A safe, nurturing, Jewish environment.

- A top-notch program.

- A superb facility.

- Challenging and varied activities.

- Enrichment options.

- A monitored homework room.

- And much more.

Free transportation provided from these schools: Loretto, Beauclerc, San Jose, Hendricks Avenue, Bolles, San Jose Catholic, San Jose Episcopal, Pine Forest and Martin J. Gottlieb.

Give your child the best! Call ext. 245 for more information.

Year-Round Makos Swim Team

Our year-round Makos swim team for ages 5 to 18 emphasizes aerobic conditioning as well as technique in all competitive strokes.

Swimmers may register for either two days (Monday and Wednesday) or four days (Monday through Thursday) a week.

For more information, call 730-2100 ext. 240.

JCA Swim School

The JCA Swim School was developed for participants who seek a fun and safe environment to learn the art of swimming. Our indoor pool is heated to 84 degrees year-round. During the lessons, children will be introduced to breath control, kicking, safe entry into the pool and exit from the pool.

As lessons progress, the focus will be on continued development of the basic swimming strokes and will continue until the child has completed all necessary skills to reach a higher level of swimming proficiency. Children will experience a group lesson structure in small groups, building on skills and learning new techniques. Weekday lessons will provide 30 minutes of structured teaching in a group setting of 2 to 5 children. Sunday lessons will be 45 minutes of structured teaching in a setting of 2 to 5 children.

Children age 6 months to 6 years are eligible. For more information, call 730-2100 ext. 240.

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