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Pet Health with Heart Animal Medical Clinic at St. Johns!

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Dr. Dawn Stewart & Dr. Lisa Hill with their fur babies, Albert, Napoleon, Penny & Florida

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Pet Photo Cutest Contest

...And the winners are

Prizes provided by Pets R Family, Nease Animal Hospital Switzerland Animal Hospital, & Animal Medical Clinic at St. Johns

Pet Photo Contest!

1st Place Runner 1st Cat Up Place! Cupcake! • Private message your photo to St. Johns Magazine through our Facebook Enzo!St. Johns LOVEs their furry Finn! page (include your pet’s name, your name and email address)

friends! Help us pick a • Entrants must like St. John's Magazine's Facebook page • Photo clarity must be high resolution - 300 dpi (on an iphone use large setting) winner for our annual Cutest • Professional Photos are not permitted • Contest runs from June 1st-20th Pet Photo Contest! Thank you to all our adorable St. Johns Pets!

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Creating Beautiful Smiles for Over 25 Years! Beautiful healthy smiles, many thousands….including many dentists and their families. Early planning often reduces time and expense for many younger smiles. Excellent results according to ABO standards. State of the Art offices - TWO LOCATIONS, with 3D scanning, low dose 3D radiography and complete orthodontic labs to make what you need faster. Superior service… goes without saying! Treatment plans that offer the best treatment to minimize time in appliances and thus expense.

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PROVEN SUCCESS IN ST. AUGUSTINE FOR OVER 30 YEARS eautiful healthy smiles, many thousands…. including many dentists and their families. arly planning has reduced time and expense for many younger smiles. Excellent results according to ABO standards. tate of the offices - NOW 2 locations, with 3D scanning, low dose 3D radiography and complete orthodontic labs to make what you need faster. Superior service… goes without saying! reatment plans that offer the best treatment plan to minimize time in appliances and thus expense. We offer the latest customized braces as well as removable aligners. Our mutual goal is to provide comfortable, stable, lifelong results. Team is so important, and we work diligently to have the best!

We offer a full range of Orthodontic Treatments: Dr, Glenos and his experienced team have been creating beautiful smiles efficiently and affordably for over thirty years, using the most modern and effective techniques and appliances, individually customized according to the needs of each patient, young or adult. For over 30 years, Dr. Glenos has continued to contributed back to the community through partnerships with the schools and support of many sport teams, scouting, dancing companies, children’s theatre, beauty pageants, the local children museum TAG, and the Smiles Change Lives program. Dr. Glenos and Dr. Hadgis are both board certified orthodontists. Dr. Glenos is a past president of the Florida Association of Orthodontists and the St. Augustine Dental Society.

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June 2019 The Good Life

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'm not a morning person but it's well worth it to get up early to see a Florida sunrise. Its beauty gives one pause and reminds us that life on this planet in this moment is truly beautiful and a wonder to behold. As our Summer sprawls out in front of us like the beginning of a weekend or a sunrise, I hope everyone has great plans ahead for enjoying all the best in life, like travel, family time and creative pursuits. The June issue has a lot of great things in it. This month we celebrate pets with our annual Pet Photo Contest and our feature article about Animal Medical Clinic at St. Johns, an amazing local business which has served our community for seventeen years! We meet some of the Star Grads from Bartram Trail High School; get inspired with ideas for changing up your home decor; hear about the what the future holds for our libraries; learn about a new local restaurant, The Press, and feel enlihgtend by Artist Judith Fox-Goldstein's empowering designs for women; and much more!. I would like to extend a special thank you to our contributors. Please be sure to check out our advertisers, and let them know you saw them in St. Johns Magazine! They make this magazine possible!

Publisher & Editor Debbie Gaylord debbie@stjohnsmag.com Photographer Mindy Kerr Nature's Child Photography Contact 904-687-8538 debbie@stjohnsmag.com www.stjohnsmag.com All rights reserved Š2012-2019 St. Johns Magazine LLC.

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Printed by The Hartley Press Jacksonville, FL All material is compiled from sources believed to be reliable and published without responsibility for errors and ommissions.

On The Cover

Inside The Issue Meet Dr. Stewart & Dr. Hill from AMC at St. Johns! Pages 8 & 9

St. Johns Magazine is published monthly and distributted by US postal Service to select homes in Northern St. Johns. It is free of charge to consumers receiving it in the mail. It is also availalble at many drop points in Northern St. Johns and by subscription.

Thank You to Our Contributors Lori Allen Dr. Kathleen Deckard, DVM Mikayla Lindenfeld Kelly Wissinger Cover by Mindy Kerr of Nature's Child Photography Sea Turt

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Kelly Wissinger, Designer, shares ideas for changing your home decor Page 15

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Animal Medical Clinic at St. Johns

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Providing Complete Pet Care in the Heart of our community for seventeen years!

Photos by Mindy Kerr of Nature’s Child Photography

hen looking for the perfect place to care for your fur babies, it’s not just about the convenience and cost but even more, it is the kind staff who greets you at the door and the knowledge, experience & compassion of the veterinarians that make all the difference. Animal Medical Clinic at St. Johns offers all of this and more with a philosophy centered on pet health with heart! For veterinarians Dawn Stewart and Lisa Hill, pets are all in the family. Dr. Stewart and her husband, who is also a veterinarian, have a house full of eight adorable dogs (2 on the cover of SJM) and one “very patient” cat. Dr. Hill and her family have two dogs, three cats (one of whom is a sphynx) and a hamster that needed a home. They both view their patients as family pets, too. “We’re passionate about treating our patients as if they’re our own pets,” says Dr. Stewart. “We give personalized attention to each and every animal,” adds Dr. Hill, “and we strive to provide the utmost compassion and highest quality, most advanced medical care. Communication with pet parents is the most important aspect of my job. I always try to make sure they understand the diagnosis and treatment of their pets in partnership with myself and our team.”

“We’re passionate about treating our patients as if they’re our own pets,” says Dr. Stewart.

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Dr. Lisa Hill examining a few adorable kittens

Dr. Dawn Stewart in the laser treatment room

Animal Medical Clinic offers a wide range of services, including pet wellness and nutrition, diagnostic internal medicine, dental care, urgent care, health certification, microchipping and even therapeutic pain management using multiwave locked system (MLS) laser therapy. “MLS laser therapy helps treat and control acute and chronic pain in animals,” explains Dr. Stewart. “It quickly relieves pain and reduces inflammation, and it can be beneficial for post-surgical healing, chronic arthritis, and inflamed or infected ears. Laser therapy is a fast, painfree and non-invasive treatment to help pets return to their favorite activities.” Because they care so much about providing the best care for their patients, the veterinarians also use a laser instead of a scalpel to minimize bleeding and pain for all surgical procedures. Dr. Hill has long been a proponent of this type of approach. From a very early age, she looked out for animals and had their best interests at heart. “We used to go fishing as a family growing up,” she recalls. “I was always the one to remove the fish from the hook to release it. I wanted to make sure the fish were not harmed. I would also search for turtles along the lakes and remove any hooks that were stuck in their mouths. It’s surprising how many turtles would have hooks stuck in them, but I felt I could make a difference in the lives of the turtles I found.” Both doctors truly have a heart for animals and the families they’re part of, which is why they also offer boarding services. “We like giving our pet parents peace of mind while they’re away,” says Dr. Stewart. “We already have a personal relationship with the pets and know all their medical history and individual needs. Hopefully not, but if any medical problems arise during their stay, we’ll be the

ones who take care of them.” Regardless of the scenario, Dr. Stewart loves educating pet parents on the best care for their pets. Originally from West Virginia, she graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She opened Animal Medical Clinic at St. Johns in 2002 and has been practicing in the area for 17 years. Dr. Hill received her education from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and has been living and serving pet parents in St. Johns County for 14 years. “I love the St. Johns area and feel it’s a wonderful place to raise our two children. I really enjoy bumping into clients at the supermarket and am very tied to this community.”

Practice Manager welcoming a patient & making them feel safe and welcome

Animal Medical Clinic at St. Johns is located at 2245 County Road 210, Suite 102, Saint Johns, FL 32259. www.stjohnsmag.com For more information about please call 904-201-1437 or visit www.animalmedicalclinicstjohns.com

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Generalization: The Key to Successful Learning

by Invo Behavior & Therapy Services

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hat if you could only drive your car on a familiar road to a single destination? The ability to be flexible about where you go and how to get there is crucial to driving effectively. That is true for every skill: It’s only valuable if you can use it in familiar and new situations. The ability to apply skills to new places, situations and people is called “generalization.” Generalization is essential to effective learning for everyone, but it is especially important for children with autism. Most neurotypical children generalize automatically. Kids with autism usually need to be taught how to apply a skill beyond the setting in which they learned it.

GENERALIZATION AND ABA

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) uses positive reinforcement to help children with autism learn age-appropriate behavior, communication and social skills, and reduce challenging behavior. Most parents should look for an ABA provider that helps kids generalize skills in many locations, such as home and the playground, the doctor’s office and so on. Many providers also have therapy centers, which create more opportunities for children to practice social skills with other kids.

GENERALIZE FOR INDEPENDENCE

Generalization plays a fundamental role in helping kids with autism become more independent. A daily activity such as getting ready for bed may seem simple, but it requires a long list of skills. A child has to put on pajamas, use the toilet, wash her hands, brush her teeth and get in bed.

Each of these also involves many skills. Take tooth brushing: It requires putting a toothbrush in your mouth, accepting the taste and texture of toothpaste, brushing and rinsing. What if a child learns to use only one toothbrush in one bathroom? Brushes wear out and need to be replaced. It’s sometimes necessary to brush your teeth in a different location. With ABA, a therapist divides the process of tooth brushing into small steps. The therapist teaches the child each step and provides plenty of positive reinforcement for every success. Once a child can brush her teeth with one brush in one place, the therapist will slowly add new elements to the sequence: a new toothbrush, a different color or a new toothpaste. Then the therapist may introduce new locations, such as brushing in a different bathroom and at Grandma’s house. When a child can brush her teeth using various toothbrushes in a number of places, she has effectively generalized the skill.

START EARLY FOR BEST RESULTS

Generalization is another reason to start ABA early. Younger children who have intensive ABA therapy often learn to generalize more quickly, and may need to spend less therapy time generalizing skills as they get older. It’s impossible to overstate the importance of teaching children with autism to generalize skills to new situations, environments and people. Without generalization, children will learn skills and behavior, but the result may be an age-appropriate version of being able to drive only on a familiar road to a single destination. www.stjohnsmag.com

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HOME DECOR

Redesign

by Kelly Wissinger local interior Designer & owner of Changing Spaces Jax

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pring is not only a good time to have a good old fashioned ‘spring clean’, it’s also the perfect time to freshen up the home with a simple Redesign. Whether it’s a fresh coat of paint, adding a few updated accessories, or changing the layout, you can give your home an uplifting new look and fall in love with it again. There are lots of new trends on the home front from modern farmhouse (my favorite) to eclectic; whites and grays (yes, they are still voted the best) to bold colors, and everything in between.

Color Palette

For a simple Redesign you can start with a new color palette. Usually, the bigger the space the bolder the color, but nowadays it’s about thinking outside the box. It also depends on your personality and what you want to feel when you walk in the room; relaxed, energized etc.

Accessories

Add some new accessories; metal sculptures and mirrors allowing the light to bounce, a few pieces of artwork, some new pillows, and some vases with greenery - welcoming spring.

Layout

Change the layout of your furniture. You can downsize on the amount of furniture to make the space feel less cramped; bring the furniture away from the walls into the center to make it feel more cozy and intimate and more of a conversational space.

Mix

Gone are the days of matching side tables to coffee tables, repeated metals throughout the space, and having a coordinating bedroom suite. Don’t be afraid to mix styles and materials. Combining old and new, such as a modern dining table and chairs with a vintage buffet, creates a clean-line appearance but adds a touch of character; along with mixing woods, such as a darker stained/painted bed with a raw distressed chest. Mixing metals, such as brushed nickel hardware on kitchen cabinets with a wrought iron pendant over the island creates a timeless look. It’s not only fun to mix, it brings texture, visual interest and the look of years collected. This is just a handful of ideas and whatever Redesign you choose, simple or complex, I hope you enjoy it! Changing Spaces Jax Home Staging & Redesign 904 325 3160 Changingspacesjax@yahoo.com

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Local Foodie Blog

The Perfect Bite by Lori Allen

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o the 210Tasting Group was out and about again searching for fun unique places that put a “twist” on food and we found The Press! I had heard about their award winning burger and wanted to give it a try so we packed up and headed down to the corner of a small plaza on State Rd 16. As you walked in the aromas from the grill and the friendly smiles at the bar made you feel instantly comfortable. They have a great selection of specially selected wines and hand-crafted beer so we all grabbed a drink as we waited for our table to be ready. So you get the idea, this is not a huge place but one that smells and feels very inviting. On to their award winning “best of ” burger called The Conquistador! The description reads, "a datil pepper stuffed burger topped with bacon, chorizo, manchego, onion straws, lettuce tomato raw onion, pickles and chimichurri, all on our house made bread". So to break it down; it was a fresh made to order patty stuffed with a cream cheese and datil pepper(medium spice) mixture in the center; a Spanish, not too strong, melted cheese on top; then chopped up bacon and sausage on top of that, crisp onion straws that give a little crunch but get soft when mixed with all the cheese and creaminess that add just enough onion flavor but not too harsh; some fresh veggies on top of that to lighten it up (yeah right??); some of their homemade bread and butter pickles, then homemade chimichurri sauce consisting of parsley, garlic and vinegar, among other things, which does give it a brightness from all the rich flavors. And finally it’s all stuffed into their house made bun. It is for sure more than a mouthful but I attempted to taste all of the flavors at once and it was definitely an award winning bite! Our group tried the Datil Burger which was a made to order patty stuffed with that creamy somewhat spicy datil pepper and scallion cream cheese served on their house made bun, so if you want to try a stuffed burger that oozes out some spicy cream cheese give this a try! A chicken sandwich was also given a shot, but it was not your ordinary bird. Pollo Rustica was its name. Blackened chicken breast, with goat cheese, roasted peppers, and balsamic onions (yes they took the onions and marinated them til they were soft from the balsamic vinegar) then topped with their house basil dressing and of course served on the bun!

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The Conquistador! "... a fresh made to order patty stuffed with a cream cheese and datil pepper(medium spice) mixture in the center, a Spanish, not too strong, melted cheese on top then chopped up bacon and sausage on top of that, crisp onion straws that give a little crunch..." One of our adventurous girls opted to try their nightly special - Mahi Mahi Francaise with a lemon, mushroom garlic and white wine butter sauce. The fish was cooked to perfection, flaky and tender and not overly battered. The garlic lemon, wine and butter sauce added a nice zing to the fish which kept you coming back for more. We read about their house brined fried pickles so an appetizer was ordered to share. They were the bread and butter kind not dill so they had a sweet saltiness which was so good. They came with a horseradish mustard dipping sauce that brought out even more flavor. I know I keep talking about their bread and there is a reason. House made buns that do not get used that day are used to create this amazing white chocolate bread pudding. They serve it topped with whipped cream and a caramel sauce. It’s not the heavy kind of bread pudding you are used to, this is light and fluffy and went so fast at our table I almost didn’t get to try a bite! Luckily my wandering fork (or should I say spoon) found the last spoonful. It was the perfect bite after such a world of flavorful food!


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Abby Williams Future School: Florida State University Major: Athletic training and nutrition with a focus on a Pre-Med track High school legacy: Graduating cum laude as a member of Mu Alpha Theta, National Honors Society, and Hispanic Honors Society. Special Awards: The AP Scholar Award and the Florida Academic Scholar Award. Abby is grateful for her parents and family for supporting her throughout her high school career and providing her with countless opportunities.

Seth Huber Future School: The University of Central Florida on a full-ride Air Force ROTC Scholarship Major: Criminal Justice and potentially minoring in either Business or Political Science After graduation, Seth will receive a commission as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Special Awards: Seth was honored by staff members from Bartram Trail to be one of four seniors from the school as an American Youth Character Counts award recipient. Seth was the first North Florida javelin competition winner.

Breanna Yost Future School: University of Florida, in the Honors program Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology High School Legacy: Breanna has a 4.6 weighted GPA, and in her senior year was the President of the National Honors Society and involved in Mu Alpha Theta, Sigma Nu Theta, Senior Women, Medical Club, and Hunger Ends Here. She was a state placer in forensics at Florida Science Olympiad. Breanna is also a 4-year varsity softball athlete. Special Awards: This past year, Breanna received the American Youth Character Award and the Star Award for graduating in the top 3% of St. John’s county.

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Makana Mixed Media, designs by Jude Art as Healing & Self-Discovery

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fter a lifetime of academic and non-profit leadership, Judith Fox-Goldstein made the surprise discovery that she was an artist. What she likes to refer to as her “art Awakening” began this past September and she says it's one of most exciting personal journey's she's encountered. "You're Never Too Old to be Brand New!" said Judith.

Miss Attitude

Each colorful and soulful design shows a striking, somewhat abstract image of a woman accompanied by “story” and an inspirational quote. The designs are all about women and empowerment and take the form of cards, or prints, on plain craft paper with interesting embellishments, as well as framed pieces. She has integrated poets like Maya Angelou, Rumi, Gandhi, and many other inspirational writers. The designs are called Makana Mixed Media, Designs by Jude. It is art derived from a deep place within and is inspired by strong, fascinating women Judith has known throughout her life. Ms. Attitude: Ode to Irene is based on Judith’s Mother-in-law. As Judith explains, “FIERCE” is the word that comes to mind when I think of my beloved Mother-in-law, Irene. She loved her family with unparalleled devotion and I was so very lucky that my husband Michael came as a ‘package deal’ with 3 fantastic siblings and “Mama Loo”. She was a FORCE! She entered the room – hair first! When she passed away, I was honored to give her eulogy. I began with, “For as long as I have known Irene… her HAIR HAS NEVER MOVED!” She would have loved that”. Judith is a transplant from the Big Island of Hawai'i, and spent most of her professional and personal life on the beautiful Island where she raised her two children. The art she creates is frequently informed by strong, powerful women she knew in Hawai’i. One design called Kamali’i Kehau: “You Dance Inside My Heart” is based on a Hawaiian, Samoan, Chinese & Hau’oli (Caucasian) woman and teacher of dance. Kamali’i story: She is a Master Hula Dancer and teaches young children from the age of 2 years old. Her life is Hawaiian music, dance and the mo’olelo stories and traditions of Hawaiian. She hopes to bring her Hula Halau (dance troupe) to perform at the Smithsonian.

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Judith said this was her first Hawaiian design. “I agonized over this because I wanted to get her features right and pay homage to what has been my adopted culture for most of my life.”


Her awakening as an artist was a surprise. When she moved to northern Florida with her husband she says she was terribly sad leaving all of her roots and thought she would never be happy again. “I finally learned that I could carry all of that beauty inside my heart and grow and expand from bountiful memories and experiences in Hawaii. My husband, Michael would be extremely surprised to hear me say, "Mahalo Nui Loa (thank you very much), for bringing me here because I have discovered an entire new ME!... it's a place of unlimited growth and love and all the people I have met here are now part of my Ohana... My family”.

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This art reflects Judith’s journey as a human. Of the triumphs and challenges that we all face as women. She says, “creating, giving them a voice, is powerfully healing”. The art is now on display at CC Gallery/Framing Shop on San Jose near Barnes and Noble. All of this is so unexpected for Judith, she is still making sense of it all. “It took my breath away to see it displayed. When CC Framing and Gallery owner, Chris, told me that my first piece sold, well, I think my spirits literally lifted off the ground I believe I can now really call myself an artist!”

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OUR COMMUNITY

SJC Library Visioning A Chat with Debra Rhodes Gibson SJC Library Director Why did you decide to have library visioning sessions?

The Library Advisory Board and staff have been working with a planning consultant for the past year. We conducted public surveys in the libraries as well as online through the library’s website, and we were ready to gather face-to-face feedback from St. Johns residents. We encouraged non-library users to attend and provide us their reasons for not using our services, offering us an opportunity to develop alternative services or perhaps “retire” some of our current services that are not working as effectively as we’d thought.

What were some of the main concerns voiced by residents? The biggest concern

was the lack of library facilities, especially in the north end of St. Johns County. We also heard about the lack of sufficient parking at most of our facilities, especially if there is a special program or event happening. Of course, we regularly hear from patrons that they would like additional library hours as well as more programming for kids and adults. Programming is one of our most popular services and the library can’t provide enough programming to meet our community demand!

Have you developed a strategic plan for the future? Yes, the library consultant has

completed the final draft of our new Master Plan and it will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Copies of the new plan are available in all of our library locations, as well as on the library’s website: www.sjcpls.org, for the public to review.

The communities of northern St. Johns have grown in population and continue to grow - will there be new libraries built in the future? If so where are they planned? Yes, new libraries have been planned for the northern residents. These new libraries are included in the County’s capital improvement projects (CIP) requests for the last several years. New facilities have been targeted for Nocatee, Rivertown, Silverleaf, World Golf Village, the north central corridor (Twin Creeks area), as well as a replacement facility for the Hastings Library. These requests are all dependent upon available county funding before the projects can move forward.

What other changes will we see in the coming years? I believe residents will see

additional uses of technology, both for efficient processing of services as well as public accessibility. Residents continue to ask staff to assist them with their personal devices and staff are delighted to demonstrate how to download materials and apps onto the users’ phone or tablets. These days, you do not have to come to the library – you can bring the library to you and take us anywhere you go! Your library card is truly the smartest card in your wallet!

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ur climate in Florida is appealing to many, with abundant sunshine and warm temperatures year-round, but when it gets too hot outside, we typically retreat into the air-conditioning to keep from getting overheated. Our pets are also prone to overheating, and when they do, a life-threatening emergency can occur. I am sure you have heard the term “heat stroke,” but do you know what it really means? A dog’s regular body temperature is normal from 100-102.5 F; once that temperature begins to rise and reaches 104.9 F, there are several physiological processes that take place that can end in disaster if early treatment is not sought. Heat stroke can occur in all breeds, sexes, and ages of dogs and cats. In dogs, there are several predisposing factors: obesity, pre-existing airway issues such as collapsing trachea, laryngeal paralysis, brachycephalic dogs (bulldogs, pugs, Boston terriers, King Charles spaniels, etc.), large breed dogs, and dogs with a lot of hair. Heat stroke occurs most often when pets are left in cars (even with windows cracked!), when they are outside without adequate shade or access to water, and when they are exercised in the heat of the day. It can also occur in pets who are overly stressed or from recent seizing from a seizure disorder. Dogs and cats do not have sweat glands, so their first response to being overheated is to pant in order to begin cooling down. When they are too hot, however, panting will become excessive with drool, and they become restless and are unable to get comfortable. As their temperature continues to climb, they begin to experience shock; their blood pressure and cardiac output decreases, and they may appear unsteady on their feet. Their gums may be bright red, or purple-colored, indicating they are not getting enough oxygen. Eventually, their increased body temperature

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In the gift boutique you will find many popular retail lines such as Mudpie, Simply Southern, Finchberry, Spongelle and local companies including 5 Points Candles and SIC. We offer a wide variety of items ready to be personalized - including cups, tote and cosmetic bags and we can often personalize items while you wait.

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Thurs June 6th 2:00pm & 4:00pm Ponte Vedra Library Soar to new heights and learn about science during this engaging presentation for elementary-school children and their caregivers! Younger children are welcome, but supervision is required. All children ages 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult in the room for the duration of the event. The second presentation is a repeat of the first. .

Sunset Dolphin Walk June 7, 20 & 25 7:30 pm.

We have partnered with Marineland Dolphin Adventure to offer a FREE beach walk! Gather at the Vilano Beach Access Area, 2750 Anahma Drive in Vilano Beach, and staff will guide participants on a beach walk while looking for dolphins and enjoying a beautiful sunset. During the walk you will get to learn all about dolphin anatomy and behavior, as well as other marine species. This program is free, but you must RSVP on Eventbrite to participate. For more info, contact Kelly Ussia at kussia@sjcfl.us or 904-209-0335.

CRAZY SEA COWS

Wed, June 12th at 2:00pm Ponte Vedra Library. Join Janice Price from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for a family-friendly, interesting, and informative talk about Florida manatees. Learn what these fascinating creatures are all about and how you can help protect them

Night Market at World Golf Hall of Fame Wed June 12th 4-7pm

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Food Truck Friday Friday, JUNE 14th 6:00-9:00PM,

Nocatee Station Field. Start saving your appetite, Nocatee! Jacksonville’s favorite food trucks will gather at the Nocatee Station Field to serve members of the community local one-of-a-kind, gourmet food and snacks. This event is open to the public and will feature live music by Joe Downing. Drinks will be available for purchase at the bar, including select craft beers and wines. There will also be a kidzone with bounce house inflatables (weather permitting).

SEWING FOR BEGINNERS Saturday, June 15th

Ponte Vedra Library 1:00pm Join Melissa Garcia for a beginning sewing class right here at the library! Participants are asked to bring their own sewing machine and sewing kit. This class is limited to five participants. Please visit the Reference Desk or call us to register. Registration begins May 25.

Nocatee Farmers Market: Island Experience Saturday, June 15th 10:00am-1:00pm

Nocatee Station Field: Get your Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts ready for the Nocatee Farmers Market: Island Experience on Saturday, June 15th! Attendees can look forward to performances by Prince Pele’s Polynesian Revue including a variety of Polynesian dances, costumes, live music, and more! Shows will be at 10:30am, 11:30am, and 12:30pm.


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LIVING WITH SNAKES & GATORS Wednesday, June 26

Ponte Vedra Library 2:00pm Join Park Naturalist Kelly Ussia for a family-friendly presentation about the snakes and alligators found throughout the State of Florida and possibly even in your own backyard. Live animals will be on site for this exciting and informational program! This program is presented in partnership with the St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Department. Seating for this program is first come, first served.

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Teen Craft Hour

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June, 30 7:00 pm AEG Presents & The Amp St. Augustine proudly welcome the return of comedy king Adam Sandler and his “100% Fresher” Comedy Concert Tour. Rob Schneider will be joining the Sand Man as special guest! Sandler last performed to a sold out crowd at The Amp in April 2017! Tickets are on sale now! www.staugamphitheatre.com

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Wednesdays, May 8, June 5, July 3, and August 21 5 – 7 pm Teens ages 13 – 18 are invited to dive into video games and board games with their friends! Video games using the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo WiiU, and PlayStation3 will be set up on separate TVs for simultaneous playing. Snacks are provided. Join your friends for fun gatherings just for you! Sponsored by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.

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Wednesdays, June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24, and July 31 5 – 7 pm Teens ages 13 – 18 are invited to join us for our weekly summertime Teen Lounge featuring either a PG-13 movie night, video gaming, board gaming, or just hanging out with your friends. Snacks are provided. Kick back and join your friends at the Library! Sponsored by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library

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