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St. Augustine is full of local gifts for your holiday shopping list

There’s an island of fun, food, and adventure awaiting locals looking for sustainable holiday gifts. If you’re looking for a gift you’ll love, now’s the time to get gift subscriptions that will last for a year. While you’re at it, why not lock up a few for yourself?

Anastasia State Park

If you’re a frequent visitor, consider joining Friends of Anastasia State Park for $25 per year. Your membership entitles you or the beneficiary to 12 park entries throughout the year. For more information on membership, visit friendsofanastasia.org.

Sunrise at Anastasia State Park

St. Augustine Lighthouse Museum

The museum offers several levels of annual membership including $25 for an individual, $35 for two people, $50 for admission of two adults and children under 18. Other variants are available. Memberships include discounts on purchases at museum stores, a subscription to the museum magazine Spyglass, invitations to special events, as well as discounts on other attractions. For more information, call 904-829-0745 or visit staugustinelighthouse.org.

St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum has restored and converted the World War II United States Coast Guard barracks near the base of the St. Augustine Lighthouse into a museum documenting the Coast Guard's defense of the First Coast during the war.

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St. Augustine Beach Civic Association

The group not only entertains the public with free summer concerts and sponsors other beach events – they also offer annual individual memberships for $15. Family and corporate memberships cost $25. Use the membership card all year round to obtain discounts of 10% to 15% in more than twenty restaurants and on other products and services offered on the island as well as in the metropolis. Membership is not limited to residents of St. Augustine Beach. They can be purchased at sabca.org.

Baby herons wait for food at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm zoo.

St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park

It offers individual annual subscriptions at $119.95 and family subscriptions at $149.95. There’s even a grandparent membership for two adults and grandkids 18 and under for $139.95 per year. Memberships include unlimited year-round admissions and discounts in the gift shop and birthday parties, zoo camps and other discounts. Visit alligatorfarm.com/zoo-membership or call 904-824-3337.

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The blue pools where the dolphins live at Marineland can be seen 500 feet away.

Marineland Dolphin Adventure

The park offers annual passes for $65 per adult; $45 for children 5 to 11 years old. Each annual pass includes unlimited general admission, 20% off all programs for the pass holder and 10% off in the gift shop. Passholders will also receive email offers and newsletters. Annual passes are available at the Marineland box office or call 877-933-3402 for more information.

Anastasia Island Branch Library

Holiday Book Discount

The Friends of Anastasia’s Island Branch Library are about to conclude the silent auction of special books of special books to keep or give away as Christmas gifts. The books are on display in the library at 124 Seagrove Main St. Bidding ends at noon on December 22.

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The following titles are on the auction block:

“A Land Remembered” – an all-time favorite; “Under the Ocean” – a pop-up book that also plays ocean sounds (batteries included!); two sets of Maxwell Parrish books – Buried Treasure and Maxwell Parrish Pop-up book; “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” – beautiful illustrations; 8 children’s books “Help me to be good”; “Wonders & Miracles” – a Christmas book; Florida Seasonal Cookbook; Monet at Giverny; Fairies & Elves.

Winning bidders will be notified. Books can be picked up between noon and 6 p.m. on December 22 or all day on December 23 during regular library hours of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thereafter, the books can be picked up at any time before the end of the month.

Proceeds from the sale supplement library funds received from the county. The money raised is essential to provide ongoing quality library programs and materials.

Regular library branch hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday; and Thursdays; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. It is closed on Sunday and Monday.

The library will be closed on Friday and Saturday December 24 and 25. For information, visit sjcpls.org or call 904-209-3730.

Lorraine Thompson

If you have news to share about people and events on or around Anastasia Island, please send your information to [email protected] or call 904-471-4851.