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Celebrating The Good Life

ST.JOHNS magazine

November 2017

Phot by Mindy Kerr of Nature's Child Photography 1



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Dear Reader, True story. I am adopted and recently met my birth father - who is 100% Irish American - for the first time! It explained a lot about my penchant for a great story, guinness beer and good pub food. This past summer I had the pleasure of meeting his entire family. We met at a place up in New York where we listened to my father sing and play the guitar (he is a musician). There was a lot of laughter, dancing and a joy for life that night. I am truly grateful for my Irish heritage. When I heard Fionn MacCool’s was coming to St. Johns in December, I was over the moon! I knew exactly where I would want to bring my father for dinner when he visits here in the Spring. Please enjoy our feature story about the people behind Fionn MacCool’s and look forward to next month when Lori Allen gives us the scoop on the food. Also in this issue, enjoy reading about The Jacksonville Community Nutcracker, a SADD event at Creekside high school, a Chilli Cook-off to benefit Epilepsy, and our November Makeover story. Happy Thanksgiving! Debbie Gaylord Publisher, St. Johns Magazine



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Co-Owners Amy McNulty & Joe Moye (left) with GM Paul McMullen (right); Photos by Mindy Kerr, Nature's Child Photography

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When you pass through the giant medieval-esque doors of Fionn MacCool’s you enter another world. Dark ambiance, a finely crafted wooden bar (from Ireland), and the smell of comfort foods like shepherd's pie and fish and chips defines the Fionn MacCool experience. It is the quintessential Irish pub and restaurant with delicious food made from scratch and a warm welcoming atmosphere where Guinness flows freely. The good news is Fionn MacCool’s will open a new 150-seat Nocatee Location in December at the Shoppes of St. Johns Oaks (145 Hilden Road). St. Johns magazine wanted to learn more about the people behind Fionn MacCool’s so we spoke with owner Amy McNulty, who runs the business with her brother Joe Moye and General Manager Paul McMullan. Amy had always wanted to open an authentic Irish pub. A place that would reflect her love for Irish culture and her Irish ancestry. “Our great grandparents were from County Cork. As natives of Jacksonville we wanted a genuine and authentic

Irish experience at home”. They chose to expand in St. Johns county because of the tremendous growth in the area. After visiting Ireland numerous times, even running in the Dublin Marathon, she had experienced a variety of pubs and done her research. She was ready to make the dream a reality and opened Fionn MacCool’s in 2005. She says, “Fionn’s is a genuine Irish Pub. The word pub is derived from “Public House”, originally a place for everyone to meet and relax after a long day’s work. We have great food, great service, live music, and plenty of pints and whiskey! We want everyone to feel welcome and comfortable, as if you were coming into our home” Another part of what gives Fionn MacCool’s is authenticity may be the fact that furnishings, bar and cabinetry are built in Ireland. “We want people in St. Johns to know that Fionn MacCool’s is great for Everybody. “Its a family place, a pub and a restaurant where any age is welcome from little kids to retirees and everyone in between," Joe added,

General Manager Paul McMullen has been in the restaurant business his entire adult life, joining Fionn MacCool’s twelve years ago. “I treat each day like I am throwing a party at my house and I want every guest to be happy they came and had an exceptional time”. A feeling of hospitality definitely permeates the atmosphere. They strive to make people feel special and happy. Paul recalled once when a young navy guy asked them to help him with his marriage proposal. “He came to me the week before and wanted to propose on our river patio and wanted to film it but the camera had to be hidden so she wouldn't get tipped off. So we had a decoy table set up with people hiding behind menus with the camera a few tables away. He wanted a special song to be played so we had a portable radio for the ready too. He got up went inside like he was going to the restroom and we set everything in motion. He knocked on the window from inside. When he walked back out on the patio we started the song and camera he got down on one knee and proposed it was very romantic for a young guy. His girl said yes and we had it all on film. We popped open a bottle of champagne for them. As far as we know they are happily married to this day.” What would an Irish pub be without a good ancient tale behind it? The restaurant is named for Fionn mac Cumhaill or “Finn McCool” who is known for being a great warrior in Irish myths. He was the greatest leader of the Fianna, an elite military clan responsible for the protection of the High King of Ireland. Fionn implemented a code of honor into the Fianna; which had a reputation for being somewhat unruly. Another legend includes Fionn as a giant, creating the Giant’s Causeway, a peculiar series of volcanic rock formations along the coast of Ireland. He did this to challenge a Scottish giant to a fight and allow passage from Scotland to Ireland. Please look forward to next month’s issue when our Foodie Blogger Lori Allen will give you the scoop on the food at Fionn MacCool’s!



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On October 20th, Cunningham Creek Cardinals ran,

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CCE PTO President, Sommer Farrin, said that the 2016

FUNd Run raised $53,000 and they aspired to raise $55,000 in 2017.

“Last year, we were able to refresh our Art room with

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in outside programs like STEM enrichment activities, the Jack-

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sonville Symphony or the Reptile Wrangler. Each grade will

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clean, fair food for all. So, what exactly is The Tour de Farm?

are currently teaching in a fun, educational way,” says Farrin.

The Tour celebrates local farms and local food and drink mak-

ers who maintain a commitment to good, clean, fair food

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for all. Visitors will be given the opportunity to spend a day

speech given by a gold-medal paralympian in 2016. Farrin

on-site at multiple local farms throughout Northeast Florida,

says, “I have a feeling that our little cardinals will have memo-

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ries of this Bubble Run for years to come.”

ask questions about food and farming and taste samples pre-

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port St. Augustine Youth Services and Family Game Night

anyone with an interest in food production, farm operations,

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food sourcing and food advocacy to join the festivities. to learn more.

As St. Johns County School District grows and more

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“Each grade level at CCE will receive a grant to bring

Through these outside programs, students create

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Holiday Season Dining Ideas from our Local Foodie by Lori Allen

It’s that time of year and everyone likes to go out to dinner or drinks with family and friends. Here’s a small list of some interesting but always good for the holiday places to try. Copelands New Orleans style restaurant that has been around for years and there is a reason. The food! This is not your average rice and bean kind of place. You can get etouffée, gumbo and crawfish along with a tons of other dishes, steaks, fish, chicken the menu is endless. Try the brunch filled with all kinds of New Orleans inspired specialties. The specialty drinks are so fun and the atmosphere is cozy and friendly. Maggianos Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Christmas shoppers while you sit back and relax to some creamy pasta or some light bruschetta with a martini or Peroni. The Christmas tree is always so pretty and it’s so festive around the holidays. It’s a fun place to rest and hang out in between dashing thru the stores looking for those last minute deals. Caps on the water If you are looking for a Florida Christmas night out this is the place to go. There’s nothing that says Florida then a nice balmy December evening along the river with casual dining and some delicious fresh seafood. Pizalleys and Chianti room My family’s favorite after checking out the Nights of Lights. With the smells of garlic and rich tomato sauce and the cooks banging around the kitchen right there you feel like you are in a family home having an authentic Italian meal. They will even text you when your table is ready so you can stroll down St. George Street and enjoy some of the festivities while you wait for a table.

J Alexanders A little different from the steak houses know and love this place offers a little more variety along with some great cocktails. Its décor is dark and warm so you can dress up and feel like you are having a fancy dinner but you won’t break your bank. And with it being at the town center you can’t help but feel festive with all the Christmas lights. Pussers For some fun Caribbean Flair and some unique drinks this place is a great place to meet for lunch or dinner and even brunch! They have it all seafood, beef and chicken all with a little bit of flavors of the Caribbean seasonings and each dish is presented beautifully. They are famous for their painkillers cocktails so you can decide what level of pain you want! Aunt Kates is a great place to take your out of town guests for something a little more casual but with that great Florida Flair. Steaming hot shrimp and oysters are a favorite as well as their fresh fried or grilled seafood. They also have some unique sandwiches and lots of dishes with the south in mind, fried green tomatoes, famous Menorcan Clam Chowder and a soft-shelled crab sandwiches to name a few. A great place to visit after a nice walk on the beach. The reef This restaurant is known for its fantastic view and awesome Sunday Brunch. From their sweet juicy buttery crab legs to their endless mimosas and countless of other buffet items if that doesn’t scream it’s the holiday season I know what does? They also have a great selection of entrees for lunch and dinner and even small plates if you want to try several of their menu items to share. What great way to relax, enjoy the ocean and celebrate the holiday season.


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Since 1992, The Community Nutcracker has been delighting audiences of all ages with its annual holiday production of the Nutcracker Ballet. Performed by more than 4,300 local and 36 professionals in 95 live, full-length performances, the Community Nutcracker brings out the whimsical culture of Christmas through childlike imagination and artistry, but it is the impact to the community that many may be unfamiliar with. In the past 25 years, more than $600,000 has been donated to various nonprofits in Northeast Florida, including its main beneficiary for the past twelve years, Dreams Come True of Jacksonville. Through their partnership, more than 50 local children have seen their dreams fulfilled from the proceeds raised during the annual production. Dreams have ranged from weeklong trips to Walt Disney World to tropical getaways to shopping adventures and even sailing the high seas. “For more than 33 years we have been able to bring hope and joy to local children and their families because of our community partners,” stated Andrea Siracusa, Senior Manager for Dreams Come True. “It is through the generosity and talents of volunteers with the Community Nutcracker that Jacksonville is given the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful, artistic production, while knowing that an investment is being made back into the community.” As part of their dedication to Northeast Florida, over 2,000 free tickets are issued city-wide each year through the Community Nutcracker. More than 4,000 school children from

area schools are also provided the opportunity to see the performance during one of two school productions. Together with its main sponsors, Community First Credit Union as the 2017 Principal Sponsor and Nimnicht Family of Dealerships as the Community Service Night Sponsor as well as many other amazing donors, the Community Nutcracker continues to produce a performance using over 250 local and talented dancers ranging in age from 9 years old to 85. The Community Nutcracker and Dreams Come True are such important efforts” said John Hirabayashi, CEO and president of Community First. “We’re proud to help continue the tradition of this treasured local performance that supports the dreams of performers as well as those in need.” Joining the production this year for the principal roles, is Yinet Fernandez and Jorge Villirani from the acclaimed Dance Theatre of Harlem. Directed by the talents of three artistic directors Dulce Anaya (Dulce Anaya School of Ballet), Debbie Rankin (Baggs Studio) and Mark Spivak (Mark Spivak Dance Extension & Institute), plus two new choreographers Heather Loveland (Heather Loveland Dance Academy) and Suzanne Saltmarsh (Saltmarsh Dance), the Community Nutcracker is scheduled for Friday, December 8, 2017 at 8 p.m. as well as Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., at the Florida Theatre. For more information and tickets, visit


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The 4th Annual St. Johns Professional Alliance (SJPA) Chili Cook-Off to benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida will take place Saturday, November 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Faith Community Church (3450 County Road 210, St. Johns, FL 32259). It will take place during National Epilepsy Awareness Month, a period dedicated to educating individuals and communities about epilepsy. For the past four years, the St. Johns Professional Alliance has hosted this event to raise epilepsy awareness and funds to support those affected by epilepsy and other seizure disorders. Spearheaded by Jeff Sedlitz, president of the SJPA, and his wife Dawn, the event is inspired by their grandson, Steven, who had his first seizure when he was one-dayold. He has undergone five brain surgeries in an attempt to eliminate his seizures; at one point, he was having more than 200 seizures a day. Now seven-years-old, Steven is still on medication and continues to have seizures daily. Although his seizures have not been eliminated, yet, his seizures have been minimized to roughly 10 to 20 a day. “Since the birth and diagnosis of my grandson, Steven, I have learned so much and wanted to do something to educate people about epilepsy,” said Jeff Sedlitz. “I want people to understand that it is not something to be ashamed of and hidden from society. I want to connect people so that those affected have a resource and a community that understands what they are going through. And, I want to raise money to allow the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida to continue to support those individuals and families dealing with epilepsy on a daily basis.” Epilepsy is a common neurological condition that one in 26 people will

be diagnosed with at some point in their lives. The diagnosis is given when a person experiences two or more seizures that cannot be attributed to another cause. It is a disorder more people live with than autism, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy – combined. During this year’s event, Chili Cook-Off participants will bring their best recipes and ingredients, and their mild to scorching creations will be available to attendees for sampling and judging. Chili Cook-Off winners will be named in three categories: Best 5-Alarm Chili, Most Unique Chili, and Best All Around Chili. Additionally, a prize will be awarded to the individual or family who is best dressed in a contest the SJPA calls “Show off Your Purple.” Purple is the designated color for epilepsy awareness and everyone is encouraged to wear it as a show of support. The popular, fun-filled family event will also feature live music, food trucks, a silent auction, raffles, and a ‘kid zone’ with activities for children. To register, donate, sponsor, become a vendor or purchase Chili Cook-Off taste & judge passes, visit: events/2017chilicookoff. Passes are $10 in advance or $15 at the event for adults, and $5 in advance or $10 at the event for children. For more information, contact Jeff Sedlitz at (407) 721-3423 or yoursjpa@gmail. com. The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida (EFOF) was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) and serves as the lead advocate for rights and needs of people with epilepsy and other seizure diseases and disorders. The family of epilepsy diseases is the third-most prevalent neurological condition in the United States, striking approximately three million people nationally and more than 400,000 people in Florida. About 42,000 people die each year in the U.S. due to seizures from epilepsy and related causes. The EFOF provides numerous services to individuals and families, such as advocacy and counseling, education and prevention, direct medical and neuropsychological services, as well as research and other programs regardless of financial situation or socioeconomic status. For more information, visit


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Jaw, head, and neck pain is so intruding on a busy family life. The dentist may be the first visit to treat jaw pain, but a better alternative may be a visit to a chiropractor, physical therapist, and a Pilates reformer! According to Dr. Alan of Axiom Wellness in Mandarin, TMJ dysfunction has become an all-too-common syndrome. Unfortunately when trying to correct this the spine is commonly overlooked. The upper cervical complex which is made up of the occiput atlas and axis need to be addressed in order to truly correct TMJ dysfunction. A skilled chiropractor can determine whether or not the TMJ is the root cause of the dysfunction or if the upper cervical complex is causing the TMJ to be dysfunctional. However true correction is never achieved with just one adjustment. Our body has learned responses and muscle memory that needs to be overcome. Which is why multiple adjustments are needed to correct an issue. As a movement professional, I agree with him when he states, “a duo of Chiropractic, physical therapy with a focus on correctional exercise can help one achieve true correction in a fraction of the time.” I like to use massage of the offending tight jaw muscles to allow for a release of muscular trigger point referral into the jaw, side of the head, cheek and the base of the neck. This manual therapy is performed inside the mouth and is very effective in relaxing over active jaw muscles. Ultimately, the main drive of correction is postural alignment. Often, those who are at the desk for hours at a time suffer a tremendous amount of stress on the TMJ. The jaw is uncomfortably “jammed” into its joint socket. The upper neck is also put at a place of compromise causing alignment issues in the spine and referring pain into the jaw, ear, or skull. Usually there will be a loss of neck rotation and complimentary overall neck and shoulder tension. Clenching secondary to stress at work or at home, causes these small muscles to cause undue wearing of the joint and poor jaw opening and closing. Headaches also participate in the jaw and/or neck dysfunction and can be a result of the alignment issue. These headaches are located at the base of the skull, the side of the head, and the top of the head. Resolution of headaches can also be difficult if the whole head, neck, jaw, and shoulders aren’t taken into account. Overall, alignment correction will be successful if you

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Homecoming Week at Creekside High School began with an extremely important message for the Junior and Senior student body on October, 17th from special guest speaker Cara Filler who spoke on her program called The Drive To Save Lives Tour. In addition to the speaker, the school hosted a Safety Fair for all students during the lunch periods put on by the Florida Coalition. In attendance were representatives from Florida S.A.D.D, Teen Safe Driving Coalition, SJC Tax Collector Driver’s Education office, SJC Sheriff’s department and the Florida Highway Patrol. The event was sponsored by the PTSO and funded by State Farm with special thanks to the Florida S.A.D.D for assisting in organizing the event and the CHS administration for their support. Cara Filler is one of the top youth motivational speakers in North America and speaks to over 150 schools each year. The Drive To Save Lives Tour is the one school event students will never forget. Cara and her fellow speakers are driven to put the brakes on teen deaths due to destructive decisions. Cara’s story begins with the day before their 18th birthday, Cara’s twin sister Mairin, was killed in a car crash because she made a bad choice to ride with her boyfriend who liked to speed. Mairin died at the scene of the crash with Cara being the first to arrive at the scene of the accident. They were going 100+ mph in a 30 mph zone. Cara stressed to the students that they indeed have choices….and sometimes the choices they make could mean life or death. She provided the students with a buffet of choices they may not have even realize they had. What a great reminder and eye-opener for the students as they headed into Homecoming Weekend. 1. Don’t put yourself at risk, walk away from bad choices. 2. Get out of the car if you are already inside, speak up


for yourself and your friends. 3. Lie or fib if you need to. To ensure your safety once in a moving vehicle (she shared her 3 P’s that will lead to a guaranteed stop of a moving vehicle. Fib that you need to either pee, puke or started your period). 3 out of 4 car crashes involve male drivers. 4. Call your parents, friends or anyone to come and get you. You can learn more about Cara Filler, her story and her message at Teenage Defensive Driving School is offered to all SJC High Schools through the SJC Tax Collector’s office and State Farm. This program prepares over 1000 kids per year. Phase I, the learner permit prep, is free to students and Phase II, behind the wheel driving course is $300 for a 27 hour driving course. Learn more at www.sjctax. us, Driving Classes.

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a fun-filled family event! Chili Contestant

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than 50 local farms, artisan food makers and

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chefs. Visitors will be able to ask questions

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and local provisions. Join us in celebrating

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the farms and food makers in our region who

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Farm? The Tour celebrates local farms and

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local food and drink makers who maintain

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a commitment to good, clean, fair food for

Florida Tiny House Festival

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all. Visitors will be given the opportunity to

The United Tiny House Association will fea-

Chili Cook-Off for Epilepsy Awareness

spend a day on-site at multiple local farms

ture a large assortment of tiny houses and

The St Johns Professional Alliance is proud to

throughout Northeast Florida, meeting farm-

micro homes, workshops, presentations,

host the 4th Annual Chili Cook-Off for Epilep-

ers, chefs and artisan makers. You are invited

vendors, entertainment, youth activities

sy Awareness Month. Help create awareness

to ask questions about food and farming and

and much more at the St. Johns County Fair-

about this very common condition as well as

taste samples prepared by local chefs with

grounds. The event will also include television

to raise much needed funds for the Epilepsy

local provisions. The Tour welcomes anyone

celebrities, national and world recognized

Foundation of Florida, the SJPA continues to

with an interest in food production, farm op-

leaders from the tiny house community, a

do their part by continuing the tradition of

erations, food sourcing and food advocacy to

night-time concert and fire performers, day-

this great family friendly event! In the first 3

join the festivities.

time live entertainment and continuous free

years, we have raised roughly $20,000 for the

movie showings. Camping will be available

Epilepsy Foundation of Florida!!! And it's all

November 7th

at the fairgrounds. The event begins at 5 p.m.

been done surrounding this great "Chili Cook-

St. Johns Golf Holiday Vendor Show

on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Off".This year, as in years past, you can expect:

6-9pm Stop by the club for some Holiday

Admission on Friday is free. Two-day admis-

The Kid Zone - with games and Bounce Hous-

Shopping! Local vendors will be at the club

sion is $35, and one-day admission is $20.

es for the young ones, Face Painting, Real Live

with a variety of fabulous merchandise, ser-


Super Heroes walking around and taking pic-

vices, and great gift ideas! (Lucky Lemon Bou-

(60,000+ attendee and 97 Tiny Units were at

tures, Jedi walking around, and last year they

tique, Advocare, Pure Haven, Bellus Bracelets,

the 1st Annual [2016] Florida Tiny House Fes-

even did a performance for us, Musical enter-

Blue Dawn Designs, Bosom Buddies, Typark

tival), is COMING back to FLORIDA! (Our 2016

tainment, Many Vendor Tables (just in time

Candles, Common Finery Boutique, Cotton

event is currently registered, and awaiting ap-

for Holiday gift shopping!), A Silent Auction,

Candy Cottage, Nerium, Dream Big Founda-

proval, with the Guinness Book of World Re-

Raffles, Food Trucks, Photo Booth with props,

tion, Helping Hands, Jamberry Nails, Candies

cords for "World's Largest Tiny House Event"!)

"Show us your purple" - The Best Dressed

Jewelry, Magnolia & Vine, Matilda Jane, Nor-

Tiny Houses and Micro Homes + Vintage

for Epilepsy Contest, and of course the main

wex, Premier Designs, Scentsy, Pampered

Campers, Skoolies and a Yurt!

event: The Chili Cook-Off with prizes awarded

Chef, Senegence, Shabby C Star, Rodan &


in 3 categories - (1) Best 5-Alarm Chili, (2) Most

Fields, Salty & Soulful, Tranquil Kneads Mas-

November 18th

Unique Chili, and (3) The Grand Prize Winner,

sage, Usborne Books, LuLaRoe, First Coast

Mandarin Fall Festival Chilli Cook-off

Best Overall Chili. It's a lot of fun for everyone.

Chiropractic, Young Living Essential Oils, and

We'll have entertainment for young and old

So be a part of this year's event! www.sjpa.

multiple craft, wreath, and ornament ven-

with live music, a bounce house, art & craft


dors). Enjoy wine & cheese and 1 free drink

vendors and more. Browse the festival and

ticket while you shop! We hope to see you

taste some of the best chili in the region as


part of the annual chili Cook-Off! Join the


Calendar November 18th & 19th

November 18th & 19th

You can DROP OFF your kids (5+) for our 9am

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Morocco Shrine Fall Arts & Crafts Show

to 12pm Session or the 1pm to 4pm Session.

Cirque Dreams lights up the 2017 holiday sea-

Join us at the Morocco Shrine Fall Arts and

Each session is $30 per child. We have plenty

son with its critically acclaimed holiday stage

Craft's Show! The event will start Saturday the

of art projects and some Fall FUN planned!

extravaganza. Cirque Dreams Holidaze is a

November 18th at 9 AM and go until 5 PM.

The kids will be creating Fall-themed Make-

cirque show, a Broadway musical and a fam-

The event will continue the next day, Sunday

n-Take Projects, playing games and making

ily Christmas spectacular all in one! Hailed by

the 19th, from 10 PM to 4 PM.

new friends. The same activities & games are

The New York Daily News as a "delicious con-

planned for both a.m. and p.m. sessions.

fection of charm, sparkle and talent by the

November 19th - 10-4

Tell your friends, get the kids together &

sleigh load & so full of energy it could end

Fall Craft & Vendor Event

R.S.V.P. right away to ensure your children’s

our dependence on oil!" Be amazed by this

at Renaissance WGV

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holiday spectacle with over 300 costumes, 20

Jacksonville Business Connections is excited

acts and 30 artists from every corner of the

to host our 5th Annual Fall Craft & Vendor

November 24-26

globe. Many of these acts have been featured

Event featuring ~139 vendors and crafters at

Christmas Made in the South

on America’s Got Talent and similar TV shows

the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort


in other countries making Cirque Dreams

-Free to the public. Indoor event. -Kid friendly

As Christmas time approaches what better

Holidaze the greatest variety show on the

event. Will have several character meet and

way to get ready for the holiday season than

planet! Witness snowmen, penguins, angels,

greets. Star Wars Characters will be onsite all

buying American-made treasures crafted

reindeer, toy soldiers, gingerbread men, or-

day with fun games! First 50 guests receive

with creativity. You'll find pottery, jewelry,

naments and of course Santa; with soaring

free discount/sample bags! Huge 50+ raffle

metal sculpture, woodworking, glass, Christ-

acrobatics, gravity defying feats, elaborate

featuring products and services from our

mas ornaments, photography, fine art, deli-

production numbers, imaginative costumes,

vendors. ALL proceeds benefiting Project Bal-

cious gourmet delights and so much more!

illusions and more. The show also celebrates

ance. $1 tickets.

P.S. Old Saint Nick will be there so bring your

the most wonderful time of the year with

gift list :) 9-5. Festivals@MadeInTheSouth-

singers, original music and seasonal favor-

November 22

ites all performed in a winter wonderland of

Creative Me Art Studio

amazement. November 18 at 8 p.m. Novem-

Thanksgiving Eve ART CAMP

ber 19 at 1:30 p.m.

DROP OFF your kids (5+) at Creative Me Art

December 2nd


Studio for “Thanksgiving Eve ART CAMP” on

Bay & Bee Exclusive Play Date for

Wednesday, November 22nd for our 9am to

St. Johns Mag Readers!

November 18th

12pm Session or the 1pm to 4pm Session.

2-3:30pm. Bay & Bee would like to invite St

2017 Bartram Trail High School

Each session is $30 per child. We have plenty

John's Magazine's readers to an exclusive play

Band Spirit Run 5km

of art projects and some Fall FUN planned!

date at our new location in Bartram Springs!

The second annual Bartram High School Band

The kids will be creating Fall-themed Make-

Families with children under the age of 5 will

Spirit Run is a collaborative effort between

n-Take Projects, playing games and making

enjoy the whole space for themselves, play

school, parents, and the local community.

new friends. The same activities & games are

and meet other St. Johns parents and babies!

It is our hope to host an event that will ap-

planned for both a.m. and p.m. sessions. Tell

Bay & Bee is a locally owned eco-friendly in-

peal to all ages, involves our school, and our

your friends, get the kids together and R.S.V.P.

door play space and shop, inspired by Mon-

community to build awareness and offer a

right away to ensure your children’s spots in

tessori and Waldorf educational principles to

family-friendly , and engages our students to

camp @ 904-770-2222. We are looking for-

create a wonderful play environment. From

actively raise funds to support and improve

ward to helping you make your holiday un-

womb to Kindergarten we have classes, child-

the band program, and boost school spirit.


led play, and a supportive community for par-

Bartram High School, 7399 Longleaf Pine

ents and children.

Parkway, St. Johns, Florida, 32259 8:00am - 5k

November 24th,

*Please bring socks for all adults. Children un-

Race Start/ 8:00am - Centipede Race. Sign up

Creative Me Art Studio

der 5 are fine barefeet. 120 Everest Lane St.

by the 17th.




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Billie’s Fabulous Make-Over To contact your “Instyle” team:

After our first issue announcing our monthly makeover project, I received the following email: ​Hi Nikki, I'm a 55 year-old grandmother who has recently become the primary caregiver for my 5 year-old grandson. My circle is now young(er) mothers and I feel very old and matronly....ughhh I need some help 'getting with the times' and presenting a fresh new me! I'm open to suggestions as well as new routines to stay young in order to give my grandson all that he deserves! I want him to be involved with his peers and their families and be proud of his Gigi :) Thank you! Billie Garcia At a time of year when we are reminded to reflect back and appreciate who and what we have in our lives, I could think of no better model to feature, than Ms. Billie Garcia. Life happens, and often in very unpredictable ways, though when it does... plans B's are essential. Billie was a necessary blessing, called to raise her sweet 5 year old grandson in a season where the traditional family unit was not accessible to him. The irony is, as thankful as she feels that she "gets" to take care of Braedon, he will one day look back and realize his greatest blessing was how selfless his "Gigi" was, to step up and lean into a parental role again. Billie and Braedon live in Nocatee, and this sweet young man she is raising is a polite, adorable boy. I had the pleasure of meeting him and was quite impressed with his manners.


Billie's experience:

Sparkle in Style with Nikki-Lyn Holm

We first met at the Pink Nickel. Billie was pleasantly surprised at a few items we found to compliment her taller framed curves. With our fashion recommendations, she picked up a pair of Agnes and Dora leggings. We completed her look by adding in a Dreamin' of Lace Tank Top with black laced trim. The featured floral cardigan kimono really made her look and confidence pop! Though Billie typically wears flat sandals, we encouraged her to "step" out of her comfort zone, and into a pair of "In Style" open-toed "booties" with a platform heel. We decorated our model in golden colorful accents. Wearing all Premier Designs accessories, Billie's earrings are called Zoey. Light weight, with cut crystal accents. They are 2 inches long on french wires. Her neckline is adorned with a removable strand necklace called Glam Girl. A sparkling look for the upcoming holiday season. Finally, sporting another favorite piece, called Pop of Posh, which is a soft, gold and light colored wrap bracelet. After Billie's transformation, we had to ask....what was her favorite part of this makeover? She loved the end result of her hair color and cut. Wearing leggings and lashes was most "out of .her comfort zone!" We all enjoyed making Billie over from head to toe, though in truth? More people can stand to have a heart like Billie's. Loving others above ourselves. We were thankful to make her day, as much as she is thankful to make her grandson's life a better one. Every day!

Xo Nikki

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What Pet Owners Should Know about Common Plants Toxic to Dogs, Cats Sago palms, also known as King palms, are common plants found around homes throughout Northeast Florida. Most people don’t know that Sago palms are highly toxic to dogs – leading to liver failure, or in extreme cases even death, if parts of the plants are eaten. “Dogs that chew on these palms or ingest the seeds or nuts from a Sago may become extremely ill, and we unfortunately have to treat dogs for liver damage from time to time,” said Dr. Abigail Bertalan at Southeast Veterinary Oncology and Internal Medicine (SEVO-Med). SEVO-Med, which specializes in the treatment of serious internal diseases and provides cancer treatment for pets, has two locations in Northeast Florida – including its beaches location at San Pablo Road and Beach Boulevard. As a specialist in internal medicine for the clinic, Dr. Bertalan has treated several dogs after ingesting parts of the Sago palm. “If your pet does eat on the bark or seeds of a Sago palm, its best to get to a veterinarian immediately,” she said. “The sooner the exposure is handled and treatment begins, the less risk of long-term complications and the better chance of survival.” While Sago palms are extremely toxic to dogs, many flowers in the lily family – especially Easter Lilies – are extremely poisonous to cats. “Cats are more common lily-poisoning victims, but they are toxic to both,” said Dr. Krysta Deitz, a new internal medicine specialist at the beaches clinic. “All lilies, which are extremely popular bouquet items, are toxic to animals to some degree…including Tiger Lilies, Tulips and Calla Lilies, but Easter Lilies are the most dangerous. Even a sniff of the pollen can be fatal to a kitten or cat.” Deitz suggests that if you have a bouquet or lilies in the house and own an animal, just make sure they’re placed in a location that can’t be reached by a pet. Other popular bouquet items that can be hazardous to animals include Baby's breath, Bird of Paradise, Carnations, Daffodils, Dahlias, Daisies, Irises and Peonies. While not as life-threatening the others, there are other plants both doctors say you


should avoid inside and outside your home if you have pets. Popular garden items that are poisonous include Azalea, Buttercups, Chrysanthemums, Gardenias, Gladiolas, Hibiscus, Hyacinth, Hydrangeas, Mums, Primroses, Rhododendrons and Sweet Peas. Climbing plants like Ivy and Wisteria should be off limits to your dog. Even medicinal and recreational plants are unsafe for dogs and cats, including St. John's Wort, Aloe, Tobacco and Rhubarb plants. “Since the holidays are around the corner, we want to remind people that Mistletoe is also poisonous, and Poinsettias can be extremely irritating to the mouth and stomach if ingested,” Dr. Deitz said. “Fortunately, the unpleasant taste keeps animals from eating a lot of the plant, but its best if you keep pets away from them.” The doctors stress that pet owners should keep their favorite flowers where they can appreciate their beauty, but lock them away when they’re not at home and keep a close watch when pets are near them. Likewise, with outdoor plants, just keep a close eye on pets when they are playing in the yard. “It's not advisable to let pets out unsupervised, and you can’t watch them every second, but you can help keep your pet healthy by knowing which plants and trees are toxic in your area,” Dr. Bertalan said. “Just by being aware of the danger and by taking proper precautions, you can keep your favorite plants and pets safe.” A complete list of plants toxic to pets can be found at under ‘resources.’

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Corneal Ulcers in Dogs & Cats There are several causes of acutely red and painful eyes and one of the most common causes is a scrape to the surface of the eye. The clear surface of the eye is called the cornea; because it is the outermost layer of the eye, it is prone to scrapes and tears. Causes of Ulcers • Rough contact with plants or bushes • Scratches from another animal • Self-trauma (rubbing at a painful ear or eye) • Chemical irritation (shampoo or stick bug spray) • Foreign body injury • Dry eye (not making enough tears) • Distichiasis (eyelashes growing downward) • In cats, herpes virus A fluorescent stain is used to confirm if there is an ulcer. Normally, the stain will run smoothly off the surface of the cornea. If the cornea is damaged, the stain will stick to the damaged area and look bright green under a fluorescent lamp. Treatment • Antibiotic drops or ointments 5-6 times a day to prevent infection • Atropine Sulfate – this is to provide pain

relief by dilating the pupil. • Treatment of underlying cause (dry eye, distichiasis, etc) • Elizabethan collar should be worn at all times to prevent self trauma. (Not using a collar is the number one reason that a superficial ulcer won’t heal). Re-Check is Important It is important that the eye be stained again after one week of therapy or sooner depending on the ulcer. Most ulcers will have healed in this time but some will require additional time. Your veterinarian will inform you if referral to an ophthalmologist is recommended. Some Special Ulcer Conditions Indolent Ulcer Some ulcers form with a small lip on the edge of it which interferes and prevents healing. Several techniques can be used to remedy this situation: the lip can be rubbed away, medicated eye drops can be added to strengthen the cornea, or surgery can be performed. Melting Ulcers When the cornea is infected, it will develop a tan gooey appearance because the bacteria or fungi causing the

infection induce enzymes that actually dissolve corneal collagen fibers. In addition to antibiotic drops, the eye will need medication to inactivate the collagen dissolving enzymes. Descemetocele Descemet’s membrane is the last thin membrane of the cornea. A descemetocoele presents a high risk for rupture and measures must be taken to protect the eye. Usually surgery is needed. Corneal sequestrum A cat-specific consequence of chronic ulceration is a corneal sequestrum. This condition is a dead piece of cornea that appears as an amber colored spot with ulceration surrounding it. The preferred method of treatment for a sequestrum is surgery. Again, corneal ulcers and erosions usually heal routinely but pay close attention for any changes that could indicate a more serious turn of events. Be sure self-trauma (rubbing the eye) is prevented and go to your rechecks at the proper time. If anything seems not to be proceeding properly, be sure to contact your veterinarian. Dr. Kathleen Deckard, veterinarian and owner of Pets R Family Veterinary Hospital


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