September 8, 2008

Arlington Notebook JU Again Earns Recognition on Magazine’s Best Colleges List


For the fifth straight year, Jacksonville University has been recognized as one of "America's Best Colleges" in U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2009 list for Southern universities offering master's degrees.

"The U.S. News rankings are a barometer of how an institution is doing, and we appreciate the recognition of our efforts to continually improve," President Kerry Romesburg said in a news release. "With several new programs and increased enrollment each year, along with our intimate living-learning environment, the rankings are a direct reflection of the quality of our students, faculty and staff."

JU was recognized for small classes, a small student-to-faculty ratio, quality faculty, competitive admission policies and rising alumni giving rates.


The Arlington Woman's Club is opening its 87th season with a luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the clubhouse, 5714 Arlington Road.

Elaine Bailey, the club's president, has chosen "honeybees" as this year's theme because the endangered insect helps pollinate a third of the human food supply. A yellow, black and white color scheme will be used at the luncheon.

"Bee a honey and buzz on over to our luncheon," said Marilyn Feinberg, public safety chairwoman.

For information, call Bailey at 744-0667.


The Fleet Reserve Association Branch 290, which has many Arlington members, is hosting a fish fry from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the branch home, 390 Mayport Road, Atlantic Beach. Cost is $8 with carry-out available. Doug Bracey will perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

In celebration of the Jaguars' first road game of the season, the branch's Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a meatball sub luncheon from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $4. The Jaguars' game will be on the big-screen TV. Snacks also will be served. All events are open to the public.


The Fortuna Senior Center is offering a comprehensive class on using the Internet and e-mail. The class is free to seniors 60 and older, but registration is required. Seniors will learn how to search the Internet more effectively and efficiently and go beyond the basics in doing their e-mail, according to a news release. The three-hour class begins at 10 a.m. Thursday and includes four sessions. The center is inside Ed Austin Park at 11751 McCormick Road. To register, call 996-0211.


The American Sewing Guild's local neighborhood group meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Paula's Fine Fabrics, 8358 Point Meadows Drive. All sewers are welcome. For information, call Jan Glover at 641- 8461.


Bedtime stories and vampires are on the agenda next week at the Regency branch library, 9900 Regency Square Blvd.

There's storytime for toddlers aged 19 months to 3 years at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and for preschoolers at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. They must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

For ages 12 and up, the Moonrise Vampire Book Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. There will be a discussion of the Twilight Saga books by Stephenie Meyer, the Cirque du Freak series and other vampire fiction books, as well as activities and snacks.

At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, children can wear their jammies for some bedtime stories.


Folksinger David Milam will perform at the free "Music for a Sunday Morning" concert at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville, 7405 Arlington Expressway. For information, call 725-8133.Submit items for My Arlington Sun to Sandy Strickland at P.O. Box 1949, Jacksonville, FL 32231, or fax 359-4478 or e-mail [email protected]

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