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S T. JOHNS OHNS August 2019 MAGAZINE

New Home Communities Guide

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Publisher & Creative Director Debbie Gaylord debbie@stjohnsmag.com

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Thank You to Our September

Contributors

Mikayla Lindenfeld Dr. Kathleen Deckard, DVM Kelly Wissenger Christy Redmer Diana Brummer, MSW, LCSW Eric Rakov Nikki Lyn Holm

EDITORIAL • Story Ideas

We are always looking for articles about local people, businesses, places & events. If you would like to share a story about something interesting happening in our community, we would love to hear from you today! Pitch a Story: Debbie@stjohnsmag.com

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Which way does your compass point? When it comes to deciding where to find your dream home, northern St. Johns has vast options. Rather than feel overwhelmed, our goal this month is to help you navigate new home communities in Northern St. Johns. Market Stats from Nikki Lyn Holm of the Coastal Home Group brings us a snapshot of sales and trends. Destination St. Johns from We Give Realty’s Christie Redmer provides a helpful list of new home communities in our area. Our feature this month is Shearwater, a master-planned community, meticulously designed for today’s way of life with every family in mind. We have a lot more in this issue with articles about “What’s Kickin” at our schools; Empty Nest Solutions; Design Ideas and much more! We hope you enjoy this issue of St. Johns Magazine and please let our sponsors know you saw them in St. Johns Magazine. Happy house hunting!

St. Johns Magazine is your fun & friendly local resource, connecting the growing communities of northern St. Johns, including Durbin, Aberdeen, Julington Creek, CR210 Corridor, Nocatee & Palencia. Local businesses interested in advertising with us please contact Debbie@stjohnsmag.com

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inding the perfect home comes with plenty of exciting decisions for your family to make. Shearwater, a master-planned community, was meticulously designed for today’s way of life with every family in mind. As one of the fastest-growing communities in St. Johns County, Shearwater continues to meet the needs of current and future residents, while remaining true to its vision of fostering healthy living, community engagement and a connection to the outdoors. So, why make the move? Premium Location Just 20 minutes from Florida’s Histor-

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ic Coast, Shearwater is located in the heart of St. Johns County within close proximity to everyday conveniences such as grocery stores and schools, as well as a variety of cultural, sport and entertainment opportunities in two major cities: Jacksonville and St. Augustine. Shearwater is just down the road from Johns Creek Center and another growing retail shopping center, the Pavilion at Durbin Park. Shearwater residents can easily access these commercial retail centers which includes numerous well-known stores such as Walmart, Home Depot and Publix. The area continues to grow even more

with lifestyle retailers, restaurants and entertainment options. Jacksonville is a metropolis where you can cheer on sports teams like the Jaguars and the Icemen or enjoy world-class entertainment at venues like the Florida Theatre, Daily’s Place, Jacksonville Veteran’s Memorial Area or the Jacksonville Symphony Hall. And experience the arts at the Cummer Museum or the Museum of Contemporary Art. It’s a dynamic city with major employment hubs, international transportation and logistics, 22 miles of beaches and a burgeoning culinary scene.


St. Augustine is a seaside community that blends historic ambiance with thoroughly modern shops, restaurants and more. At this staycation destination, just down the road from Shearwater, residents are able to visit iconic monuments and museums while experiencing recreation at some of Northeast Florida’s favorite culinary spots, attractions and world-class golf courses.

Better Schools, Better Future School is back in session and Shearwater’s students will continue to access excellent schools. St. Johns County was recently rated by Niche as the #1 Best School District in Florida according to Niche’s 2020 Best School Districts. Shearwater’s youngest residents are zoned for the following schools: Timberlin Creek Elementary, Switzerland Point Middle School, and Bartram Trail High School. Timberlin Creek Elementary, is located within the Shearwater community – just a short walk away for residents and their children. Switzerland Point Middle School serves grades 6-8 and seeks to empower all students with a passion for

learning and deep empathy for others. Bartram Trail High School offers students the choice between a curriculum or specialized training tailored to each student’s interests and aptitudes. Resort-Style Amenities Shearwater is committed to providing its residents with the very best in world-class amenities. The Kayak Club, Shearwater’s amenities epicenter, includes a large clubhouse, an expansive Fitness Lodge, lap pool, resort-style pool, the longest lazy river in Northeast Florida, “The Perch” 3-story waterslide tower, playground, sports fields and four illuminated HarTru tennis courts. Residents can begin their days running or jogging the 15 miles of trails throughout Shearwater before heading over to The Hub, a Wi-Fi café within the Kayak Club. The Hub serves grab-n-go food items as well as provides a gathering space for residents to spend time with neighbors. The Falls neighborhood recently debuted several new amenities, including Falls Park; the Falls loop trail that enhances the community’s already robust trail network; Shearwater’s first dog park, which includes one

fenced park for large dogs and one for smaller dogs; and a community garden for residents to plant flowers, herbs and vegetables year-round. Falls Park, Shearwater’s newest and most expansive park, is centrally located in the heart of Shearwater and offers four-acres worth of outdoor opportunities including a lake overlook pavilion, shaded picnic pavilion, a tot lot, an event lawn and multi-purpose paved pathways. Total Lifestyle Experience The Shearwater lifestyle is more than just great amenities, it’s about bringing those amenities to life by integrating them with a variety of activities that bring neighbors closer together. As the full-time Lifestyle Director for Shearwater, Dylan Read leads the community’s unique approach to lifestyle programming and activities. From day one, Read works with Shearwater families directly to develop events and activities that fit their interests, ranging from casual coffee dates and specific fitness classes to community concerts and holiday events.

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The 8,100-square-foot Wolfson Children’s ER

Designed to serve the fast-growing area of Jacksonville with top-ranked care just for children Families in the fast-growing area of south Jacksonville that includes northern St. Johns County will soon have convenient access to specialized pediatric emergency care from Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Integrated into the state-of-the-art Baptist Medical Center South campus, the full-service Wolfson Children’s ER will bring the expertise of the top-ranked children’s hospital close to home for area families with children of all ages. The 8,100-square-foot Wolfson Children’s ER will be a separate facility, with its own parking area, entrance, check-in and triage area, family restrooms and 12room unit dedicated entirely to children and families. Construction is expected to be completed later this year. “Everything about our new Wolfson Children’s Emergency Center at Baptist South will be designed to provide worldclass pediatric emergency care close to home,” said Michael D. Aubin, president of Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Wolfson Children’s Emergency Center at Baptist South will be staffed by a

team comprised of double-board-certified pediatric emergency physicians, emergency nurses, respiratory therapists and radiologic technologists, all connected with the larger team of pediatric specialists at the downtown Wolfson Children’s Hospital, 24/7. The ER will be outfitted with equipment specially designed for children. “With our new Children’s Emergency Center, we are combining the exceptional care Baptist South already provides to local families with the implementation of specialized pediatric protocols available at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Bringing our strengths together will further enhance our services and provide an even better patient and family experience,” said Nicole Thomas, president of Baptist Medical Center South. Darin Roark, vice president of ambulatory campuses and Baptist Health system emergency departments, said construction of the Wolfson Children’s Emergency Center is the culmination of years of planning and listening to the voices of parents.

Wolfson Children’s Hospital is one of only 13 children’s hospitals ranked in the nation as a Leapfrog Top Hospital and is the only state-designated Pediatric Trauma Center in Northeast Florida. There are five emergency centers located throughout the greater Jacksonville area, The parking lot on the south side of Baptist South will be closed during construction. Patients and visitors to the Baptist South Emergency Center should continue to park in Lot A, directly in front of the ER entrance. The visitor garage is also available for patients and visitors.

Roark said, “Parents told us they wanted the specialized emergency care from Wolfson Children's to be close by. They asked for a dedicated space with its own parking, and most of all, a kid-friendly environment to take the fear out of going to the ER. We listened, and we are thrilled to bring all this and more to the Baptist South campus.”

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210 Corridor The Reserve at Greenbriar Mattamy Homes (Low $300's) Live near nature. Discover The Vista in The Reserve at Greenbriar in desirable St. Johns County. Thoughtful new home designs in a premium natural setting with preserve and water views, affordable pricing and NO CDD FEES. Additionally, world-class amenities, top-rated schools and a quaint location tucked away off

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Greenbriar Road make this community the ideal place for you and your family to call home. Mill Creek Plantation DS Ware Homes, KB Home, Richmond American Homes, Rosewood Homes. (Mid $200's) No CDD fees! Welcome home to Mill Creek Plantation, just minutes away from the St. Johns River with easy access to

I-95, Jacksonville and area beaches. Residents also enjoy proximity to local golf clubs, schools, parks and more. Choose from a variety of ranch and two-story floor plans ranging from approx. 1,810 to 2,930 sq. ft. with up to 5 bedrooms. Personalize your favorite plan with exciting options like a gourmet kitchen, club room with wet bar, cheery sunroom or guest suite with private bath.


Rivertown - Mattamy Homes ($230's) Located along the pristine shores of the St. Johns River, RiverTown encompasses nearly 5,000+ acres and is currently selling new homes in 10 distinct neighborhoods, starting in the low $200s. RiverTown is ideally located on the north Florida coast with close proximity to Jacksonville and the historic city of St. Augustine. The master-planned community offers a wide variety with new home designs, including dozens of unique oneand two-story floorplans. Custom estate homes with picturesque river views and private docks are available in the RiverSide neighborhood, and RiverTown be introducing WaterSong next year, its first 55+ active adult community. Riverside at RiverTown $600s- Andy Reynolds Homes, Arthur Rutenberg Homes, Riverside Homes, Tidewater Homes Shearwater - David Weekley Homes, Lennar, MasterCraft Builder Group, Drees Homes, Dream Finders Homes, Toll Brothers ($240's) At Shearwater, open spaces and intimate neighborhoods intermingle. Walking trails, neighborhood parks, and preserved natural habitat connect you to the land. And Trout Creek supplies scenic beauty, as well as kayak and canoe access. All of this, in addition to an amazing multifaceted community center with an active social calendar, provides a setting for gathering and recreation with an emphasis on a healthy lifestyle for all ages. Shearwater features 600 acres which contain preserved wetlands and open space. Residents enjoy pocket parks, dog parks, 15 miles of walking trails, kayak/canoe

launch access and an amenity center featuring tennis courts, two pools, a lazy river and a 7,200+ sq. ft. fitness lodge.

als and families. Set to open in 2019, it will be one of the largest community developments in Northeast Florida.

Stone Creek - Taylor Morrison ($370's) Less than 25 miles south of downtown Jacksonville, Stone Creek in St. Johns brings you gorgeous homes influenced by traditional themes, large homesites and proximity to the many attractions of the area. This intimate gated community is a private enclave with just 44 lots and no CDD fee.

Beachwalk - Lennar, Americrest Luxury Homes, Dream Finders Homes, Vintage Estate Homes (High $200's) The award-winning community of Beachwalk is reimagining the residential landscape in St. Johns County with extraordinary experiences at every turn. Conveniently located and anchored by a spectacular man-made 14-acre lagoon by Crystal Lagoons®, with waterfront restaurants, shops, and recreational opportunities, Beachwalk perfectly combines a vacation lifestyle with the conveniences of urban living.

Preserve at St. Johns - Dream Finders Homes ($375's) Preserve at St. Johns is a beautiful, quaint community nestled within a preserve! With large lot sizes, A-Rated schools, and no CDD fees, what’s not to love about this stunning St. Johns community? Along with its great location, Preserve at St. Johns also offers over 20 floor plans for you to choose from when building your dream home with Dream Finders. If you are interested in moving quickly, this community offers a handful of quick move-in homes that are available to close on today! Silverleaf - To Be Announced The community will be located between County Road 210 and State Road 16 at St. Johns Parkway west of Interstate 95. It is comprised of approximately 8,000 acres and 7 miles of roadway for St. Johns Parkway. SilverLeaf is zoned for 10,700 dwelling units, 1,770,000 square feet of mixed use and commercial space, and 3,500 acres of pristine conservation land. SilverLeaf will consist of several neighborhoods in a wide range of sizes, price points, and styles for both individu-

Beacon Lake - Dream Finders Homes, Mattamy Homes ($220's) Anchored by a 43-acre paddle friendly lake and nestled within 358 acres of nature preserve, Beacon Lake is a one-of-a kind community combining a homeyneighborhood feel with today’s most sought after lifestyle amenities. 1,600 – 4,400 square feet Coastal Inspired homes from the mid $200’s. Creekside at Twin Creeks - Lennar, Pulte Homes, Drees Single-family residences from the $270's to $460's Creekside embraces the natural beauty of Florida while creating the most desirable environment for today’s active families. Unique homes that fit every lifestyle and budget. Outstanding amenities including, parks, trails, a lake, a swimming pool and more. Creekside blends nature with all the conveniences of today’s sophisticated lifestyles in the perfect Nocatee area location, close to shopping, entertainment and cultural centers and even the Atlantic beaches.

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HOME DECOR

New Build Design Trends

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

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s a designer I have to keep up with trends and so do a lot of research which includes trips to the model homes (I know - how awful!) There are so many new homes in our area (St Johns County being one of the fastest growing counties in the US) with builders competing in providing the best finishes and the latest technology. I personally like to keep design classic as trends are always changing, especially if it is not your ‘forever’ home as not everyone has the same taste as you. Also, changing your mind often can get expensive. Here are some styles that I am continuing to see in my research of new builds:

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Quartz countertops - Yes it’s man-made, but the choices are endless and the maintenance free qualities are very appealing even though it is on the more expensive side. Accent walls - Some designers say they have had their time, but I saw a lot of ‘feature walls’ with shelves, brick, tile and panelling from bedroom and bathroom walls to TV walls and everywhere in between.

Open floor plans - They are more popular than ever; it keeps spaces light and airy, and people are focusing on spending time together making the most out of this tech-driven society.

Wood floors - A lot of people are opting for vinyl (wood look) floors for their value and comfort, but you can’t beat the real thing, especially for resale, and depending on the vinyl it can sometimes cost just as much! The tones of wood are more on the lighter side, which look great and airy, but who knows how long this trend will last? So if it’s not your forever home I advise to stick with medium tones again, it’s classic.

Bringing the outdoors in and vice-versa - Using multiple sliders/ bifold patio doors and lots of windows allowing for more natural light and expansion of the living area.

Master bathrooms - Builders are replacing shower/tub combos with separate walk-in showers, and free-standing tubs, making it the focal point.

Smart technology - Installation of Smart home technology is becoming more popular with added safety/ security cameras and energy efficient features such as lights turning off when you leave, and sprinkler systems and thermostats being accessed while away at the touch of a button. There also seems to be a lot of mudrooms off the garage, large walkin pantries, and lots of little nooks, window seats, and under the stairs hide aways. Whether you are building a custom home or renovating an existing one, I hope you have fun with your selections!

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Palencia

Palencia - Arthur Rutenberg, Pulte, Lennar, Cornerstone Homes, Cottage Home Company, Dream Finders Luxury Homes, Dostie Homes. (from the $340's)

Destination

Northern St. Johns New Home Communities

Palencia, created by international developer Hines, resembles the community-oriented designs of places like historic St. Augustine and San Marco. Different from other master-planned communities in Northeast Florida, Palencia has a full range of world-class amenities. Palencia’s recreational amenities include golf, tennis, three swimming pools, a fitness center, athletic fields, pocket parks as well as a 30-acre park system interconnected by a series of boardwalks and fitness trails. Families enjoy being a part this multi-faceted, unique natural environment.

Aberdeen & Durbin Crossing Durbin Creek Estates - Dream Finders Homes (High $200's) You couldn't ask for a better location to call home. Situated in the middle of a lush preserve, Durbin Creek Estatesallows for a peaceful lifestyle, despite being located in the heart of Saint Johns County. You will be within walking distance of Veteran's Park which features a playground, soccer fields, basketball courts, skate and dog parks. In addition, you will be within a very short drive to some of the areas best shopping and restaurants. Residents of Durbin Creek Estates will enjoy some of the finest schools in Florida, along with having zero CDD Fees and low HOA dues making this a perfect community to build your dream home. Let Dream Finders help you when building your dream home, as we have a variety of floor plans to choose from and

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several move-in ready homes to call yours today! Contact Dream Finders Homes today to build the home of your dreams in this highly coveted St. Johns County community. Julington Lakes - Toll Brothers (High $300s) Welcome to Julington Lakes, a brand new master-planned community of luxury homes in northern St. Johns County, Florida. At the end of our private tree-lined main drive, and beyond our gated entrance, you’ll find a community with numerous lakes and more than half of our land conserved as a nature preserve. We’re a unique community where nature and luxurious living are beautifully integrated. Aberdeen - D.R. Horton (Townhomes from low $200's, Single-Family homes from mid $200's)

Discover Aberdeen, a master planned community located in northern St. Johns county offers homesites nestled around a vast conservation area. Homeowners will enjoy all the resort style amenities that Aberdeen has to offer! Aberdeen is located in the Julington Creek area, just minutes from I-95 and I-295 and is convenient to World Golf Village, St. Augustine outlets, the beaches, downtown Jacksonville and much more! Oxford Estates - David Weekley Homes, Providence Homes (High $300's) Oxford Estates is a beautiful natural gas, gated community, close to schools, with walking trails, tot lot, and more amenities to come, all with no CDD fees. Beautiful estate sized homesites and luxurious home designs.


Julington Celestina - Lennar (From the Mid-$300's) At Celestina, you’ll live in an environment that brings neighbors together to create a true sense of community. The unique home designs dedicate more square footage to the areas where families spend the majority of their time; these new designs incorporate the advancement in architecture desired for the progressive lifestyle of today’s homeowners. Thoughtfully designed homes are an easy walk from the incredible amenities center of this gated community in Northwest St. Johns County. Students are zoned for Durbin Creek Elementary, Fruit Cove Middle and Creekside High in St. Johns County. Celestina homes offers eighteen

thoughtfully designed home designs ideal for Florida indoor/outdoor living. These homes feature first and second floor owner’s suite options with up to four bedrooms, four baths and three car garages. Magnolia Preserve at Julington Creek Plantation - ICI Homes (From the $500's) Magnolia Preserve at Julington Creek Plantation, a gated community located inside Julington Creek in St. Johns, FL, offers an enclave of new construction homes with extraordinary amenities ranging in size from singlefamily to estate sized homes. Julington Creek prides itself on its 1,200 acres of

natural areas which include over 100 acres of spectacular ponds and lakes. Locally known as “The Plantation” or just “JCP,” neighborhood schools, nearby medical facilities, golf courses, recreational offerings, and convenient shopping centers have made Julington Creek Plantation one of the most sought-after communities in St. Johns, Florida. In addition to lush green spaces, 7 miles of biking and jogging trails, tennis courts, an 18 hole golf course and more offered at Julington Creek, Magnolia Preserve features amenities within its' own gates of Julington Creek Plantation. These include a splash park, private pool, playground, and fitness center.

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Upgrade Your Builder Grade Lighting by Josh Longino, Showroom Manager, Stewart Lighting It’s your dream home. It’s gorgeous. You love everything about it... except the lighting. Maybe you’re not satisfied with the quality of your new home’s builder grade lighting, or perhaps the style and design of your light fixtures does not match your taste. Stewart Lighting in Jacksonville has been helping local families find the perfect lighting for their homes since 1975.

less integration with home automation. Ceiling fans, like lighting, range in style from contemporary to farmhouse and are available in indoor and outdoor models. Exterior fans are UL rated for damp or wet locations. With the harsh Florida climate, a wet-rated fan is going to perform better and last longer.

"We know that lighting can set the tone for a space with one quick glance, and we upgrade lighting and fans for homeowners each and every day," says our owner, Greg Stewart. "One of the greatest benefits we offer is our ALA certified design consultants who are trained and experienced in creating stylish spaces with an appropriate lighting scale.”

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Listed below is a guide to help you decide on the perfect interior and exterior lighting to allow your personality to shine through and transform your space.

Lighting Fixtures -

Lighting has become an integral part of designing a home. Whether your home’s design is coastal, rustic or modern, it’s important to select a fixture that fits into your design. Choosing the right size fixture for your home can be challenging, so be sure to consider the room size and ceiling height when making your selection. The function of a room will determine the amount of light you need. Some rooms require task lighting and others need ambient lighting so think about how you will be using the light in each space. Selecting fixtures that flow and coordinate throughout each room will result in a truly personalized dream space.

Ceiling Fans - Living in Florida, quality fans are a must have in

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Using LED technology is a great way to cut down on your energy bill and reduce your carbon footprint. LED bulbs last up to 50 times longer than an incandescent bulb and consume a quarter of the energy. And unlike compact fluorescents, LEDs do not contain harmful mercury. All LED fixtures are not created equally. Check the warranty and rated life to ensure that you’re getting the best product available. The color scheme in your home should also be considered when selecting the color temperature and lumens of your LED recessed cans and under-cabinet lighting.

Outdoor Lighting - Choosing correctly sized outdoor lanterns can seem difficult. Homeowners tend to worry about lanterns being too big, but actually slightly over scaling is better. It’s also important to consider quality of materials when selecting outdoor lighting. Aluminum and resin are great affordable options, but copper and brass are the most sustainable as they will age naturally and weather well in our climate. Whether you prefer in-home or in-store consultation, Stewart Lighting will provide assistance in fixture selection, placement, sizing and performance. Our experts can help you determine the right products for your home and we pride ourselves on quality customer service. We look forward to helping you light a space you’ll love. Remember, it’s your dream home and it’s gorgeous. You should love everything about it, including the lighting. For more information visit www.stewartlighting.com


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Community

Going Dutch: By Eric Rakov ST. JOHNS COUNTY STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE WITH THE NETHERLANDS

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nstead of the traditional summer camp, 11 middle schoolers from St. John’s and Duval Counties got to spend two weeks in the Netherlands with host families as part of Children’s Summer International Village (CISV) Interchange Program. While in the Netherlands, each US delegate was paired up with an Interchange partner of the same age and interests who they lived with and were basically treated like a member of the family. Each delegation was also accompanied by a team of CISV youth leaders from their home country to help organize activities and liaison with the parents overseas (the youth did not bring cell phones on their trip).

striking difference between the US and the Netherlands was the prolific use of bicycles and public transportation. “It’s easy for kids there to travel and walk around; here, we have to have our parents drive everywhere because there is not really any public transportation”.

At the conclusion of the two weeks, the US delegates returned home and in turn welcomed their 11 Dutch Interchange counterparts to stay with their family in Northeast Florida. Throughout the Interchange program, kids alternated between facilitated group activities facilitated by their delegations’ youth leaders, and also had “family time” to enjoy typical summer activities with their host families such as hiking, touring, visiting amusement parks, attending sports events, shopping, the beach or other everyday activities.

When asked what else surprised him about his visit overseas, Drew remarked, “I was surprised about how nice and open they were… after a couple of days, I felt like I knew them for years and could tell them anything”.

Drew Bak, an 8th-grader at Fruit Cove Middle School who spent 2 weeks with his Interchange partner’s family in Bussum (just outside of Amsterdam) noted that a

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Drew’s Dutch counterpart, Floris (who is bilingual) also remarked on the differences he noticed when experiencing life as an American teen for two weeks. “They can’t bike to places… they have to rely more on their parents to get from place to place.” As for the Florida attire? “They wear different clothes… shorts and tee shirts because of the weather.”.

The Dutch CISV Interchange delegation said their farewells and headed back to the Netherlands on August 7th. Thanks to modern technology, these students will remain friends and continue to be a part

of each others’ lives for years to come, and will always have a “home away from home” when they travel abroad again. CISV is a non-profit group that relies 100% on volunteers, with a mission to educate and inspire action for a more just and peaceful world. The Jacksonville Chapter of CISV is one of the most active, and hosts Interchange as well as facilitates many other youth camps and programs which all have the common goal to promote world peace through international friendships. Camps and programs are designed for youth ages 11 - 18. More information about CISV Jacksonville can be found at http://jacksonville.cisvusa.org.


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Navigating an Empty Nest by Diana Brummer, MSW, LCSW Owner, Good Mental Health

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s our children file back into class this fall, parents also return to the comfortable structure of daily routine: work days, family vacations, and our own activities planned around our childrens’ school schedules. However, there are families among us who are experiencing a total disruption of the structure that guided their lives for thirteen (or more) school years.

even more difficult, it is often accompanied by other transitions as well, such as caring for our own aging parents, downsizing, menopause, and financial concerns regarding paying for college as well as planning for our own retirement.

HOW TO NAVIGATE AN EMPTY NEST:

friends as well as family, now that we are all adults. Our roles as Mom and Dad never end, but they do change over time demanding that our relationships continue to evolve and grow. Children launch most successfully when they are secure in knowing that the parents they are leaving behind are happy and well. If we are taking care of ourselves through this adjustment, our children will enter the next phase of their lives without worry, fear, or guilt about leaving us to pursue their dreams.

Recognizing that we are going through a major life change is the first step in naviA house once full of activity, noise, home- gating the transition to Empty Nest. Being work, and active-duty parenting becomes a bit kinder and gentler with ourselves, eerily quiet when the last child leaves for allowing time to process our emotions, college. This quiet, orderly home with and reaching out for support are all neces- I'm wishing you all a smooth transition fewer dirty dishes, less laundry to wash, sary steps while acclimating to this new into the new school year, whatever stage and considerable more free time is often phase of life. It is important to nurture you're navigating at this time! For more referred to as an Empty Nest. our own relationships with our peers and information on building, strengthening, intimate partners, to reignite our interests and healing family relationships, visit our Empty Nest Syndrome is the term used to in the things we may not have had time to blog at GoodMentalHealthLLC.com. characterize the life stage transition that pursue while parentparents must navigate when launching ing minor children, their last child from the home. An exciting and to plan a future time for young adults who are embarking for ourselves that on their first experience of independence, we can be excited for parents it can be a time of confusion, about. It is also a worry, sadness, and loneliness. Occasionprime opportunity ally, it can lead to a situational depression to establish healthy or adjustment disorder. adult relationships 20+ Years Experience in Mental & Behavioral Health with our newly for Children, Teens, Adults & Families Our central roles of Mom and Dad are for- launched children Now with a second location on CR 210: ever changed when our children become by practicing ap157 Hampton Point Drive, Suite 1, adults, leaving us questioning our own propriate boundary St Augustine, FL 32092 identities, the strength of our relationsetting, maintainships, and perhaps mourning the loss of ing secure attachLicensed Clinical Social Worker time that passed while our children were ments, and learning 904.419.7435 | goodmentalhealthllc.com young. What makes the Empty Nest stage together how to be

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THE GOOD LIFE

September THE SING OUT LOUD FESTIVAL September 6-29

Saint Augustine. Florida's largest free live entertainment festival featuring 300+ singers, songwriters, musicians, comedians and poets performing at multiple venues around St. Augustine, FL. Now in its fourth year, the Sing Out Loud Festival is a month-long epic celebration of live entertainment showcasing national, regional and local artists in a variety of genres including indie rock, punk rock, blues, hip-hop, blues, bluegrass, jazz, spoken word, comedy and more. This event is free and open to the public, no tickets needed. All ages welcome with free parking at The Amp! Backyard Stage at The Ampat 6 PM – 10 PM; 1340 A1A South Please note, the Backyard Stage is standingroom only. For set times, please visit . www.singoutloudfestival.com or download the free Sing Out Loud Fest app for iPhone and Android.

FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK September 6th

5:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. The Art Galleries of Saint Augustine founded and sponsors the awardwinning First Friday Art Walk event on the first Friday of every month. Galleries open their doors from 5-9 p.m., offering new art exhibits and lively receptions to the public. Start your FREE self-guided tour at any of the Art Galleries of Saint Augustine galleries. Most galleries are within close walking distance to each other; some are just a short ride away. Hop aboard the FREE Art Walk trains and trolleys that run throughout downtown. Feast on great arts & eats and the sounds of live music—rain or shine! For the late-nighters, the celebration continues with “after

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parties” at area clubs and restaurants. Parking locations are shown on the map. Parking after 5 p.m. is free except at the Historic Parking Garage. www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com/ first-friday-artwalk/

MORNING MARKET AT ST. AUGUSTINE OUTLETS September 7

St. Augustine Outlets, 500 Outlet Mall Blvd., Saint Augustine, Florida 32084 Join Jacksonville Business Connections the for the Morning Market at St. Augustine Outlet Mall 1st Saturday of the month from 10am-1pm. (Market located in the parking lot) Win $20 market bucks to spend with any vendor the day of the even by sharing the markets! Come enjoy homemade and handmade goods, local vendors, music, food trucks and more...

POLLINATORS September 11th

3-4pm at Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082. Pollinators play a vital role in our ecosystem, but did you know that bees are not the only pollinators out there? Learn why your butterfly garden should really be called a pollinator garden. This program is FREE and open to all ages. No reservations required. Seating is first-come, first-served. For more info, contact Kelly Ussia at kussia@sjcfl.us or 904-209-0335.

Ponte Vedra Auto Show September 15th

245 Nocatee Center Way, Ponte Vedra; The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce will host the 17th annual Ponte Vedra Auto Show proudly pre-

sented by Fields Auto Group on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 9AM to 3PM at the Nocatee Event Field. The auto show, which is open and FREE to spectators from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature up to 180 classic and new collector cars all vying for the 30 trophies. Gear up for what will be a great day of fantastic cars and family fun! To learn more and to REGISTER your car or golf cart for this incredible event, visit pvautoshow.com or call 904-285-2004.

DOWNTON ABBEY: PRIVATE SCREENING September 19

6-9:30pm Join WJCT for a private member reception and screening of the new Downton Abbey movie. CINEMARK TINSELTOWN 4535 Southside Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida 32216; 6PM – Reception; 7PM – Movie start time. The fun-filled evening will include trivia, prizes, hors d’oeuvres & refreshments. Guests are encouraged to dress with Downton flair. Reserve your seats today! $50 Donation. All proceeds from the private screening benefit WJCT Public Media.

Ancient City Con September 20-22

World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort; 500 S Legacy Trl, Saint Augustine, Florida 32092; Along with all of the great new celebrity guests, will once more feature a lot of activities and experiences for attendees of all ages, including meet and greets with celebrities, cosplay

and costume contests, props & replicas, console games, tabletop & board gaming, exhibitors hall, artist alley and plenty more family friendly fun for all ages. www.ancientcitycon. com/tickets.html

4th Annual Oktoberfest September 20th

11am to 11pm; Wicked Barley Brewing Company - Jacksonville, FL, 4100 Baymeadows Rd, Jacksonville, Florida 32217; German Beer, Polka Music and Lederhosens... It must be time for Wicked Barley's 4th Annual Oktoberfest! Join us on Saturday, September 21st for a fun filled day of Oktoberfest Games, Live Music, German Food Specials and—of course—BEER! Dress your Oktoberfest best- Dirndls and Lederhosen are encouraged! Keepsake steins will be available for purchase during the event. LIVE MUSIC: 1-4pm | Wunderbar Band The One Step Ahead of the Law Brass Band 6-10pm | Smokestack. Free Admission // Family Friendly

Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Tune in on the 3rd Tuesday of Festival the month while we play the September hits of 60’s, 70’s20& 80s! Tuesday, September 17th 22th

11:00am Voted Best Festival in the Southeast! A coastal favorite, combines the classic southern dish with family-friendly entertainment, artists market, live music, kids’ zone, food, a craft brew SJM’S GUEST fest, and more.

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The 2nd Annual Great St. Augustine Wing Off and Sing Off September 22

11am-3pm; 350 A1a Beach Blvd, St Augustine, FL; Who will win the title of 2019 St. Augustine People's Choice Best Chicken Wings? Who will be awarded the the title of Best Karaoke Singer in St. Augustine? Join us at the St Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion for the 2nd Annual Great St. Augustine Wing Off and Sing Off! Throngs of families from St. Augustine and St. Johns County will have the opportunity to taste, listen, and vote! Come sample delicious wings from local restaurants and compete in the Karaoke Contest. All proceeds benefit Kids Bridge Family Visitation Center and the local families we serve. See you at the beach on September 22nd!

10th Annual North Coast Surf & Beach Festival September 28th

9am to 4pm; Surfers for Autism is proud to host the event. Surfers for Autism provides a fun, safe environment where our participants spend the day being guided into waves by an experienced team of volunteers, where the benefit is nearly impossible to describe. Children that are nonreceptive to touch will bear hug surf instructors. Doors once closed are opened and parents leave with a new sense of hope and optimism.Tthe day’s activities may also include paddle boarding, live music, games, fire, engine painting and interactive exhibits. A catered lunch and water are also provided for the families. The event is open to the public and free to all.Go to www.surfersforautism. org All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Septoberfest September 28th

1820 SR-13, St Johns, FL 32259-9218, United States; Free community event at Bayside Village Plaza benefitting Hugs Across the County with crafts, food, games and fun! Meet your neighbors, make new friends and help out St. Johns County underprivileged children. Hosted by Coastal Postal (904) 679-3099 .

Cycles of Nature September 3, 4 & 20th

7-8am; SJC Parks & REcreation has partnered with Marineland for a beautiful and educational sunrise walk on the beach. Just like the sun rises and sets every day, there are lots of things in nature that occur on a cyclical basis. This walk will focus on how nature tends to repeat itself and how humans can help protect these delicate cycles. This program is FREE and open to all ages, but registration is required. For more info, contact Kelly Ussia at kussia@sjcfl. us or 904-209-0335. www.stjohnsmag.com

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School Culture

Kickin’ it with Northern St. Johns School Sports by Mikayla Lindenfeld

With the kick-off of the school year comes another very exciting beginning: school sports! Student athletes all over the county are looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. A few St. Johns county students are excited to share about the upcoming season with their sports team.

Sean Flaherty is a swimmer at Creekside

High School. He has practice for two hours every morning before school preparing for the upcoming meets. He is beyond excited for the Creekside vs. Bartram meet, mostly because he is ready to “kick their butt this year!” Sean and his teammates at Creekside have been working very hard and are enthusiastic about the upcoming season.

Jacob Kauzlarich is on the Cross

Country team at Bartram Trail. This year, the team moved from the 3A to 4A division, along with a few other schools, including their toughest competitors: Nease and Creekside. The team builds off their successes throughout the season until they eventually compete at the state meet in November. Jacob and his teammates are a family, and he is very optimistic about the team’s performance this year.

Alexa Machols is the captain of the

Bartram Trail High School Dance Team. Football season has finally begun and she is pumped to be able to perform on the sidelines. She will also take her team to \ New York for a competition in the Spring. The dance team practices constantly, before school, after school, and they even go home and practice some more! Alexa loves her role of captain, and claims, “I love be-

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