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ENTERTAINMENT COMMUNITY THE ARTS KIDS CUISINE MUSIC AROUND TOWN

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SPORTS & HEALTH

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photo by Will Dickey

photo by Jeff Busby

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ROLLCALL: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PARK?

MIKE WHITE PRESIDENT

CEO OF THE BUZZ MAGAZINE

MEREDITH TEKIN

NATALIA GONZALES

Big Talbot Island.

Big Talbot is great for photos and stargazing!

Huguenot Memorial Park is awesome. Camping at the beach, now that’s the way to camp with a nice ocean breeze.

I love Hanna Park.

MARIE BOIAN-MEYER

JASMIN LANKFORD

MONICA STOUDER

CRAIG ONEAL

Ft. George Island Cultural Sate Park is the perfect place for a picnic under the large oak trees.

Cedar Point Preserve has great trails leading to an awesome view of the marsh.

Ft. George Island Cultural Sate Park is the perfect place for a picnic under the large oak trees.

Guana River State Park in Ponte Vedra.

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Reddie Point Preserve has a great view of the St. Johns River and downtown Jacksonville.

Fort Caroline National Memorial has so much history to offer.

RILEY SHAABER

AMY RICHARDSON

Little Talbot Island State Park.

Huguenot Memorial Park! My mom used to take my brother and I as kids for day trips to the beach, and we loved that you could drive on the sand. It made us feel like we were going on an adventure!

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ENTERTAINMENT

BUZZ PICKS

Mar 31Apr 9 CLAY COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR

Clay County Fairgrounds ClayCountyFair.org

Apr 6-7 ONE SPARK

Downtown Jacksonville OneSpark.com

Enjoy the events at this year’s One Spark, featuring the First Wednesday Spark Walk, Creator Showcase, and Creator Innovation Day. Spark Walk will include a diverse array of 66 creators with exciting projects to showcase. Plus, receive unique perspectives and insights from an incredible list of speakers at Creator Innovation Day.

Come out and celebrate 30 years of Down Home Country Fun at the Clay County Agricultural Fair! There will be 10 packed days of exciting exhibits and vendors, fair food, livestock shows and auctions, competitions, and more! With another year of great entertainment, enjoy Canaan Smith, A Thousand Horses, Travis Tritt, and Michael Ray.

Apr 6-10 DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS FROZEN

Veterans Memorial Arena DisneyOnIce.com

Get magically whisked away into the wintry world of Arendelle, where you’ll be dazzled by amazing special effects and astonishing skating. Sing and dance along to inspiring songs, and join royal sisters Anna and Elsa as they journey to discover that true love is ultimately the most magical power of all!

Apr 16 STRIDES FOR PRIDE 5K

Riverside Park JASMYN.org

Strides for Pride is a 5k Run/Walk and a 1 Mile Fun Run for kids of all ages! This event is an amazing experience for all who attend, and a community building event for the LGBTQ and Ally community. Sponsored by JASMYN, created to support and empower LGBTQ young people.

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KATHY GRIFFIN: LIKE A BOSS TOUR

Florida Theatre FloridaTheatre.com

One of today’s top stand-up comedians, Kathy Griffin is a two-time Emmy winner, NY Times bestselling author, four-time Grammy nominee, and Broadway darling. Her Bravo network reality show, “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,” was one of the network’s highest rated, and introduced audiences to her rapid fire wit.


Apr 16-17 OYSTER JAM

Metropolitan Park & Marina TheOysterJamMusicFestival.com

The Oyster Jam is a huge down-home oyster roast and music festival with over 15 bands rocking on the river. There are eclectic sounds of a variety of music styles, so everyone can sway the afternoon away. Enjoy food, micro brewery’s, the Shuck’N Contest, the Arts Village, and Oyster Cook-Off!

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JACKSONVILLE SUNS VS. MISSISSIPPI

Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville JaxSuns.com

Apr 18

It’s baseball season! Head to the baseball grounds and watch the Jacksonville Suns take on the Mississippi Braves. The Jacksonville Suns are the minor league Class AA affiliate of the Florida Marlins. They are proud members and five-time champions of the 10team Southern League of Professional Baseball.

JACKSONVILLE SHARKS VS ORLANDO PREDATORS

Jacksonville Memorial Arena JaxSharks.com

Show your support for Jacksonville’s arena football team as they take on the Orlando Predators. The Sharks are ArenaBowl XXIV and four-time South Division champions in this fast-paced game! Enjoy the exciting game, friendly Chum the mascot, and the talented Shark Attack dance team.

Apr 30- May 1 May 1 GARDEN AND WINE FESTIVAL

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens JacksonvilleZoo.org

This festival centered around the Botanical Gardens is free with zoo admission and will be held on the Great Lawn, featuring 20 gardenthemed vendors selling their products, plants, and consultations. There will also be live music, and a ‘wine garden’ where guests can purchase wine and beer tastings.

ONCE

Thrasher Horne Center THCenter.org

Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards, “Once” is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actors/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, enjoy the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his love songs. April 2016 • iwantaBUZZ.com

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entertainment

What’s Happening COMMUNITY

Clay County Agricultural Fair: April 1-9, Clay County Fair Grounds, ClayCountyFair.org Project Atrium: Shinique Smith: April 1-June 26, MOCA Jacksonville, MOCAJacksonville.UNF.edu Springing The Blues Festival: April 1, Sea Walk Pavilion, Events.Jacksonville.com 11th Annual Gumbo Festival: April 2, Jacksonville Landing, JacksonvilleLanding.com Weaver First Saturday Free For All: April 2, Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, CummerMuseum.org

Visit our iwantaBUZZ.com calendar to find more events.

Talks and Tea: Rockwell Kent: April 13, Cummer Museum and Gardens, CummerMuseum.org

The Florida Mission of Mercy: April 22-23, Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, FlaMom.org

Cumberland Island Tour: April 14, Amelia River Cruises, AmeliaRiverCruises.com

The Explorers Club: April 22-30, Theatre Jacksonville, TheatreJax.com

Little Learners: April 13-14, Museum of Science & History, TheMOSH.org

Cumberland Island Tour: April 22, Amelia River Cruises, AmeliaRiverCruises.com

Family Friendly Sunset Cruise: April 14, Amelia River Cruises, AmeliaRiverCruises.com

Spring Art Aviators Family Workshop: April 23, MOCA Jacksonville, MOCAJacksonville.UNF.edu

Book Club: Painting Below Zero: April 14, MOCA Jacksonville, MOCAJacksonville.UNF.edu Cumberland Island Tour: April 15, Amelia River Cruises, AmeliaRiverCruises.com

Riverside Arts Market: April 23, Riverside, RiversideArtsMarket.com Adult Twilight BYOB Cruise: April 23, Amelia River Cruises, AmeliaRiverCruises.com

Community First Celebrates 75 Years of MOSH with 75 cent Admission: April 2, Museum of Science & History, TheMOSH.org

Riverside Arts Market: April 16, Riverside, RiversideArtsMarket.com

Art Fusion in Hemming Park: April 3, Hemming Park, HemmingPark.org

Art for Two: Florida Landscapes: April 16, Cummer Museum and Gardens, CummerMuseum.org

ExZooberation: April 23, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, JacksonvilleZoo.org

Early to Rise Recharge Yoga: April 6, Soluna Yoga + Spa, SolunaYogaSpa.com

Family Friendly Sunset Cruise: April 16, Amelia River Cruises, AmeliaRiverCruises.com

Galactic Encounter Camp-in: April 23-24, Museum of Science & History, TheMOSH.org

Parisian Market on Monroe Street: April 6, Monroe Galleries, MonroeGalleries.com

Voice of the People Showcase: April 16, MOCA Jacksonville, MOCAJacksonville.UNF.edu

Family Friendly Sunset Cruise: April 25, Amelia River Cruises, AmeliaRiverCruises.com

Downtown Art Walk: April 6, Downtown Jacksonville, ILoveArtWalk.com

Art Adventures: Archipenko: April 16, Cummer Museum and Gardens, CummerMuseum.org

Florida Blue Free Tuesdays: April 26, Cummer Museum and Gardens, CummerMuseum.org

Cumberland Island Tour: April 17, Amelia River Cruises, AmeliaRiverCruises.com

MOSH After Dark: April 28, Museum of Science & History, TheMOSH.org

Seniors on the Go: April 19, Museum of Science & History, TheMOSH.org

Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up with Bob Colacello: April 28, MOCA Jacksonville, MOCAJacksonville.UNF.edu

Front Porch at Art Walk: April 6, Jacksonville Landing, JacksonvilleLanding.com Sea Breeze Food Service Annual Show: April 6, Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, SeaBreezeFoodService.com Disney On Ice Presents Frozen: April 6-10, Veterans Memorial Arena, DisneyOnIce.com Cumberland Island Tour: April 7, Amelia River Cruises, AmeliaRiverCruises.com One Day: Camp Geo-caching: April 8, Museum of Science & History, TheMOSH.org Cummer Ball: April 9, Cummer Museum and Gardens, CummerMuseum.org Riverside Arts Market: April 9, Riverside, RiversideArtsMarket.com Beaches Art Walk: April 12, Jacksonville Beach, BetterJaxBeach.com Florida Blue Free Tuesdays: April 12, Cummer Museum and Gardens, CummerMuseum.org Family Friendly Sunset Cruise: April 12, Amelia River Cruises, AmeliaRiverCruises.com

Florida Blue Free Tuesdays: April 19, Cummer Museum and Gardens, CummerMuseum.org

Girl Scout Workshop: April 23, Museum of Science & History, TheMOSH.org

Family Friendly Sunset Cruise: April 29, Amelia River Cruises, AmeliaRiverCruises.com

Homeschool Program: April 20, Museum of Science & History, TheMOSH.org

Girl Scout Workshop: April 30, Museum of Science & History, TheMOSH.org

Cumberland Island Tour: April 20, Amelia River Cruises, AmeliaRiverCruises.com

Riverside Arts Market: April 30, Riverside, RiversideArtsMarket.com

Cummer Amelia Garden Walk: April 21, Cummer Museum and Gardens, CummerMuseum.org

Garden and Wine Festival: April 30- May 1, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, JacksonvilleZoo.org

Dispatches from the Gulf Documentary: April 21, Museum of Science & History, TheMOSH.org Family Friendly Sunset Cruise: April 21, Amelia River Cruises, AmeliaRiverCruises.com Third Thursday Tour: Amer Kobaslija: April 21, MOCA Jacksonville, MOCAJacksonville.UNF.edu

NIGHTLIFE

The Wiz: April 1-24, Alhambra Dinner Theatre, AlhambraJax.org Mutzie: April 1-2, The Comedy Zone, ComedyZone.com Friday Night Groove: April 1, Downtown Cigar Lounge Jax, DowntownCigarLounge.com Beethoven and Barbel: April 1-2, Times Union Center, JaxSymphony.org

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Love and Betrayal: April 2, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com Dave Rawling’s Machine: April 6, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, PVConcertHall.com

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Old Jews Telling Jokes: April 6, Times Union Center, FSCJArtistSeries.org ALJ Cartooning & Illustration Classes: April 6, Balis Community Center, ArtLeagueJax.org Square Dance Lessons: April 6, Arlington Presbyterian Church, Events.Jacksonville.com An Evening with Dailey and Vincent: April 7, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, PVConcertHall.com Jen Kober: April 7-9, The Comedy Zone, ComedyZone.com Rebirth Brass Band: April 8, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, PVConcertHall.com Najee: April 9, Ritz Theatre and Museum, RitzJacksonville.com Paula Poundstone: April 9, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com

David Sedaris: April 20, Times Union Center, FSCJArtistSeries.org

Run 13.1 & 5k: April 3, The Jacksonville Landing, 1stPlaceSports.com

Generation Axe: April 20, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com

Jacksonville Suns vs. Birmingham: April 7-11, Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, JaxSuns.com

A Night with Janis Joplin: April 21, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com

JU Baseball vs. UNF Baseball: April 8-10, Jacksonville University, JuDolphins.com

Let it Be: A Celebration of the Music of The Beatles: April 10, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com

Dominique: April 21-23, The Comedy Zone, ComedyZone.com

Amy Helm: April 12, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, PVConcertHall.com

Ben Folds: April 22, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com

Florence K: April 15, Thrasher-Horne Center, THCenter.org

Legends of Southern Hip Hop: April 22, Veterans Memorial Arena, JaxEvents.com

Chicago City Limits: April 16, Times Union Center, FSCJArtistSeries.org

Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight: April 23, Thrasher-Horne Center, THCenter.org

Clay County Community Band: April 17, Thrasher-Horne Center, THCenter.org

Chris Isaak: April 24, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com

Pearl Jam: April 13, Veterans Memorial Arena, PearlJam, JaxEvents.com

The Amazing Tour is Not on Fire: April 25, Times Union Center, JaxEvents.com

Kathy Griffin: Like A Boss Tour: April 14, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com

Killer Beaz: April 28-30, The Comedy Zone, ComedyZone.com

Guy Torry: April 14, The Comedy Zone, ComedyZone.com

Marvel Universe Live: April 28-May 1, Veterans Memorial Arena, JaxEvents.com

ABBA The Concert: April 15, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com

Collet Coward: April 29, Ritz Theatre and Museum, RitzJacksonville.com

Jacksonville Area Golf Association Senior Championship: April 18-20, Windsor Parke, JaxAreaGolf.org

The Bronx Wanderers: April 16, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com

Anjelah Johnson presents Bon Qui Qui: April 30, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com

First Coast Parkinson’s 5k: April 23, Riverside Park, FirstCoastParkinsonsRun.com

Barrage 8: April 17, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com

Once: May 1, Thrasher-Horne Center, THCenter.org

Wine and Chocolate Run: April 23, San Marco, 1stPlaceSports.com

Ester Rada: April 17, Ritz Theatre and Museum, RitzJacksonville.com

SPORTS

North Florida Junior Golf Tour Titleist Invitational: April 23-24, St. Johns Golf and Country Club, NFJG.org

Jesse Cook: April 18, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, PVConcertHall.com Motown the Musical: April 19-24, Times Union Center for the Performing Arts, FscjArtistSeries.org

Mt. Acosta Classic Endurance Run: April 2, Riverside, 1stPlaceSports.com Navy Run 10k & 5k: April 2, NAS Jax, 1stPlaceSports.com

Run With Lions 5k: April 9, Neptune Beach, 1stPlaceSports.com Armada FC vs. Miami FC: April 15, Community First Park, ArmadaFC.com Guns N’ Hoses: April 16, Veterans Memorial Arena, JaxEvents.com Run To the Sun: April 16, Orange Park, 1stPlaceSports.com Strides for Pride: April 16, Riverside Park, Jasmyn.org Jacksonville Suns vs. Mobile: April 17-21, Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, JaxSuns.com Jacksonville Sharks vs Orlando Predators: April 18, Jacksonville Memorial Arena, JaxSharks.com

Jacksonville Suns vs. Mississippi: April 2830, Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, JaxSuns.com Never Quit 5K: April 30, Jacksonville Beach, NeverQuitNever.com April 2016 • iwantaBUZZ.com

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ONCE The Northeast Florida Premiere! May 1 at Thrasher-Horne Center

Photo by Jeff Busy

In 2012, “Once” was the recipient of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical (John Tiffany), Best Book (Enda Walsh), and Best Orchestrations (Martin Lowe). This romantic, quirky show is based on the Irish movie of the same name, detailing the life-changing connection between a pair of musicians known only as Guy and Girl. He is a street singer/songwriter in Dublin who earns money as a vacuum repairman, and she is a Czech immigrant who sells flowers in order to support herself and her family. With music as the catalyst, Guy and Girl embark on a brief, powerful, and transformative journey. Tiffany, Walsh, and Lowe discussed the evolution and creation of “Once.” WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION WHEN YOU WERE INITIALLY APPROACHED ABOUT CREATING A MUSICAL BASED ON THE FILM ONCE?

truthful in that. People have said to me, ‘When I was sitting in the theater watching “Once,” I felt like was watching it with everyone I’ve ever loved, whether or not they’re still in my life.’

JT: When I was approached about “Once,” I hadn’t even seen the film. But one of my best friends said, ‘You will love the music.’ So I downloaded the soundtrack, and absolutely loved it. I’d never heard music like that, and the music is the reason why I wanted to do the show. Not just the music itself, but the fact that it’s a story about creating music, a story about the healing power of music.

THE MOVIE IS THE INSPIRATION FOR THE SHOW, YET YOU HAVE TO WALK A FINE LINE BETWEEN BEING TRUE TO THE FILM AND TRANSFORMING THE MATERIAL FOR THE STAGE. HOW DID YOU START?

EW: John called and said, ‘Let’s take two days, and we can read the screenplay, and listen to the songs, and talk about it.’ So I said, ‘Okay, we’ll do two days. And that’s all we’ll do.’ WHAT DID YOU LEARN DURING THOSE TWO DAYS? JT: Those two days convinced us that we wanted to do this show. We weren’t convinced before that. EW: Very quickly I thought I was a good match for the material. I tend to write characters that are inarticulate and lonesome, and something comes into their life that changes them. And from listening to the songs, I thought it might be good for me to do something about Ireland, which was so hurt in the recession. I thought it would be sweet to do a little love letter to Dublin. That was my way in. WHY DO YOU THINK “ONCE” HAS BEEN SO SUCCESSFUL AS BOTH A FILM AND AS A STAGE MUSICAL? JT: I think what’s very moving about the piece is how sometimes we meet people who we don’t necessarily stay with forever, but they give us the resources to move on to the next part of our life. There’s something very 10

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JT: I knew from the beginning that the actors would be the musicians. At that point, I didn’t know the play was going to be set in a bar, but I knew before Enda began to write that we were going to move from one location to another in very simple terms. I told Enda, ‘Write this as if you’re writing a new play, and then let’s choose where the songs go in terms of telling the story.’ In some ways it was obvious, because we followed the structure of the film in terms of where the songs go. But we did make changes, although not radical in terms of the whole. EW: I think the big difference with this show is that we created a community. It’s like a spotlight is shone on these people in Dublin at a specific time, and around it grows romance and creativity. HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO CAST “ONCE?” JT: We need actors who can act brilliantly, move, and play instruments. In a way, casting the first production was the easiest, because we arranged the music around the instruments the actors could play. It was more difficult to cast London and the tour. We found amazing actors, but it took bloody ages. The good thing is Steven won’t compromise, I won’t compromise, and Martin won’t compromise, so if one of us vetoes an actor, then that’s it.


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THE CLAY COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR Come out and celebrate 30 years of Down Home Country Fun at the Clay County Agricultural Fair! The fair began on March 31 and will run through April 9. There will be 10 packed days of exciting exhibits and vendors, fair food, 40 rides, livestock shows and auctions, competitions, and more! With such a wide range of variety in events and musical performances, this fair will be no exception to the usual greatness. Bring everyone for the ultimate family experience. Enjoy the Clay County Agricultural Fair events, featuring pig races, caged motocross mania, lawn mower races, and more. There will be several performers on the community stage for all to enjoy, plus musical acts on the main stage starting on April 5. Enjoy the Main Street Parade with performances by the Dennis Lee Band, and Kip Attaways’ Music and Comedy Show. With performers such as Dewayne Spaw, Canaan Smith, A Thousand Horses, Travis Tritt, and Michael Ray, the music and entertainment will be worthwhile. In addition to the different events and performances throughout the fairgrounds, there will be plenty of vendors present to provide food, drinks, snacks, and more. The rides at the Clay County Agricultural Fair will be presented by Deggeller Attractions, who have been recognized and awarded the OABA’s Circle of Excellence, by virtue of their outstanding audit scores in management, presentation, training, and documentation. There is a wide range of rides in rate of intensity, so the attractions will be sure to appeal to all types of guests and all ages. When it comes to livestock, there will be an amazing assortment of many farming based species. Horses, goats, and pigs will be just a fraction of all the animals that will make up the Clay County Agricultural Fairs’ livestock. Shows for each animal will be held throughout different time and days during the fair. With so many options of different events and activities available at The Clay County Agricultural Fair, there’s truly something for everyone to enjoy. For tickets and more information, visit ClayCountyFair.org

Wi$e Money Week When a former executive of the Federal Reserve approached Family Foundations about an idea for financial literacy five years ago, they never imagined this concept would result in the biggest public-private partnership on money management in the country. Wi$e Money Week brings together over 100 partners with existing financial literacy curricula and events to create as much engagement as possible in a single week. This year, with Mayor Lenny Curry serving as honorary chairman, the goal is to achieve over 30,000 hours of education during Wi$e Money Week April 24 through 30. 2016 will prove to be a banner year, with Kids Savings Kits going to 1,500 VPK students at Quality Rated Child Care Centers; No Dough Dinners at the USO’s at Mayport and NAS Jax; seven elementary schools using Junior Achievement in a Day; an essay contest for middle school students to receive college scholarships; Protecting Your Identity at Senior Citizen Centers; classes taught by the United Way’s Real Sense volunteers at Jacksonville Public Libraries, and more. There’s something for everyone! Family Foundations’ vision is for every person in Jacksonville to be wise about money. Participate in this year’s Wi$e Money Week by taking a class, volunteering to teach a class or attending one of the events. Learn more at WiseMoneyWeek.org.

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COMMUNITY

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Making a Difference: nonprofit leaders in our community

My daily words consist of, ‘Hi! Welcome. Yes, you are going to be okay. You’re going to make it. Let me introduce you to our friends. They will walk with you though this new journey,’” Carson said. “How hard can that be? This is my life, my day. Are we making a difference? I hope so, but I know for sure they (the refugees) are making a positive difference in me and in our community.”

ELAINE CARSON World Relief Jacksonville

Elaine Carson began resettling refugees in 1988, volunteering for Lutheran Social Services to assist 30 Ukrainians. The World Relief Headquarters in Tampa, FL, heard of the work she was doing and asked her to resettle a family in Jacksonville. After helping resettle several families, they asked her to open an office here. In her 25th year as director of World Relief, Carson has resettled over 5,000 refugees fleeing countless horrors from all over the world.

First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

THE MOST INTERESTING PERSON I’VE INTERVIEWED THIS MONTH He’s a prominent local attorney and former member of the Duval County School Board. But these days, W.C. Gentry is also known for his work in establishing the “Read it Forward Jax Coalition.” RIFJC is a nonprofit organization that promotes literacy among elementary school students in Jacksonville. And it’s work that is needed, because nearly half of Duval County students read below grade level and 80 percent of juveniles in detention are illiterate. As Gentry points out, the city’s serious issues with low child literacy rates, and high crime rates, are inextricably linked. He and others within the group are working to engage business, education, and faith leaders, among others, to financially and strategically support literacy efforts. The Coalition also works in close collaboration with the Duval County Public Schools. Learn more at RIFJC.org And tune into First Coast Connect each weekday morning at 9 a.m. on WJCT 89.9 FM to hear from the most compelling newsmakers of the First Coast! 14

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Community Focus

A closer look at our local nonprofit community

Jacksonville University JU.edu

Jacksonville University was founded with a mission of service to their students and to the community. Since 1934, JU has held a Charter Day celebration, and in 2015, they launched their Charter Day of Service, mobilizing volunteers to various sites to engage in service projects. They also partner with numerous charitable organizations and nonprofits.

We Are Straight Allies WeAreStraightAllies.com

We Are Straight Allies seeks to educate, engage, and “call to action” the business, faith-based, military, government, nonprofit, educational, arts, and private sectors as they move towards passage of comprehensive polices that protect our LGBT community against discrimination in the state of Florida. The campaign is designed to ensure greater equity in employment, housing, and public accommodation.

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F FEATURE

Photo by Will Dickey

WHERE TO ...Water Sports KAYAK AMELIA 13030 Heckscher Dr. • 904-251-0016 KayakAmelia.com

Get Outside with the Timucuan Parks Foundation Did you know that Jacksonville is home to the largest urban park system in the United States? Jacksonville is a large, beautiful city with endless possibilities for fun in the sun! We often take the breathtaking beauty of our Florida landscape for granted, but there are parks all over the city just waiting to be appreciated. The Timucuan Parks Foundation (TPF) is an organization dedicated to preserving, promoting, and protecting the hidden gems of Jacksonville’s natural history. Family time is important and with the constant onslaught of technology that we use just to communicate with one another, it’s nice to go somewhere as a family and unplug from the everyday get-up-and-go. Stop and watch a sunset with your eyes instead of your iPhone. Say ‘no’ to Facebook for an afternoon and go kayaking as a family. The Timucuan Parks Foundation aims to connect the people of Jacksonville to their parks. From camping to

kayaking; bird watching to bicycling; the Jacksonville parks system has it all! TPF brings awareness to the people of our city about the natural resources that surround us every day. They tell the story of Jacksonville’s history in the hopes of developing an appreciation for our rich culture among park visitors. TPF describes these parks as, “special places,” natural treasures that have been given to us to experience and enjoy together. Sharing the natural beauty of Jacksonville parks with the young people who will someday inherit them instills an appreciation and respect for the beauty of nature. See a new side of Jacksonville while making memories with your family that will last for generations. Go to our updated website, TimucuanTrailParksFoundation. org to learn more and plan your next visit to a Jacksonville park.

“We are so fortunate to live in an area where state, federal, and city government along with private partners have proactively set aside spectacular natural and cultural resources for the enjoyment of the people. We have miles of unspoiled coastlines, beaches, forts, plantations, urban parks, and one of the largest estuary preserves on the Atlantic Coast. Having been raised in Florida, I understand what these special places mean to people, and am humbled to be responsible for the stewardship of these resources so that they remain unchanged for future generations.”

Chris Hughes

Superintendent, Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve

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Kayak Amelia is the official concessionaire in Talbot Islands State Parks, offering guided kayak, stand up paddleboards, and Segway eco-tours as well as kayak, stand up paddleboard, and bike rentals. Get all the gear for your outdoor adventure, and enjoy the miles of salt water trails and sandy beaches.

REI

4862 Big Island Dr. • 904-996-1613 REI.com/Jacksonville

From backpacking to cycling to staying in shape and more, outfit your outdoor activities with top-brand gear from Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI). REI provides outdoor enthusiasts with gear and clothing for camping, climbing, fitness, hiking, paddling, and more. They also have a bike shop, and offer informational classes for your next trip.

BEACH MARINE

8550 Beach Blvd. • 904-646-9887 AllWetSports.net

All Wet Sports is the premier water sports store, equipped with wakeboards, stand up paddleboards, windsurfers, kiteboards, and more. Rent a kayak or take a paddleboard lesson at their private launch site, located right next to their store. Paddle your way across Big Pottsburg Creek and keep an eye out for manatees gliding beneath the surface!

BEACH MARINE

2315 Beach Blvd. • 904-249-8200 JaxBeachMarine.com

Beach Marine is a new and used boat dealer, also offering a full marine service department, boat rentals, ship store, and convenience center. From the most recent in boating technology to the hottest new personal watercraft, Beach Marine will provide the best in boating products to make your outdoor living more enjoyable.


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INSIDE BUZZ ON:

Get Hooked

Eddie Cabler is the owner of SureSet Lures, designed by fishermen for fishermen. SureSet Lures makes the strongest and best-looking inshore jig heads, weighted hooks, and Spinner baits in the game. A Jacksonville native, Cabler began fishing in tournaments when he was 15. “I couldn’t find lures that fit my fishing style, so I decided to design my own,” Cabler said. “Others asked for them, Bait Shops contacted me, and it grew.”

Jody Hetchka of Kayak Amelia “Amelia Island is surrounded by state and national parks. These protected, ‘wild’ lands are perfect for wildlife viewing and just getting away from it all. We also realized that these fragile environments need to be protected from human encroachment. The best way to accomplish this is to get folks to spend time in the parks.” Kyriaki Karalis of REI “At REI, we believe that a life outdoors is a life well lived. We’ve been sharing our passion for the outdoors since 1938.”

Andy Fraden of All Wet Sports “The parks are for everyone to get out there and do it. Once you purchase the equipment, these watersports are inexpensive. And, it doesn’t hurt if you fall in the water; water is forgiving. In Jacksonville, you hit water in any direction in about 10 minutes.” Joe Crespi of Beach Marine “We love seeing more tourists who are discovering our park system, and that the city, state, and national parks work together to provide a seamless experience for locals and visitors alike.”

Their best-selling lures are the Tournament Series, available for purchase at Strike Zone Fishing, Browns Creek Fish Camp, and Palm Valley Outoors.

BUZZ TAKE:

OUTDOOR PLAYLIST 1. Three Little Birds by Bob Marley 2. Tall Tall Trees by Alan Jackson 3. Eye of the Tiger by Survivor 4. Ocean Breathes Salty by Modest Mouse 5. Castles Made of Sand by Jimi Hendrix 6. Born on the Bayou by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Favorite Parks

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Kayak Amelia: “We love Talbot Island complex. The mix of habitats from the creeks to the oceans to the trails that take you on a tour through it all is what makes it special.” REI: “We love the Arboretum because it has some topography and many varied habitats. It is also accessible by bus, which opens it up to more people. We also enjoy Hanna for the beach and biking.”

7. Rocked You Like a Hurricane by Scorpions 8. Bungle in the Jungle by Jethro Tull 9. Cold Desert by Kings of Lion 10. The Ocean by Led Zeppelin 11. Dirt by Florida Georgia Line 12. Into the Woods by My Morning Jacket 13. His Eyes on the Sparrow by Lauryn Hill

All Wet Sports: “We like County dock boat ramp off of Loretto Road. It is a great area to launch for windsurfing. We like Mandarin Park because it has a good launch for kayaking and windsurfing. Also, Huguenot Park is good for kiteboarding, paddleboarding, windsurfers, and wake boarders.” SureSet Lure Company: “We like Fort George, Little Talbot, and Huguenot for camping and of course, fishing.” Beach Marine: “We love Ft. George Island within the Timucuan Preserve. The access to the Ft. George river with its crystal blue water and white sand beaches is particularly appealing. The drive in with the majestic oak trees makes you forget you are in a major metropolitan area.”

14. Down by the Seaside by Led Zeppelin 15. Garden by Pearl Jam 16. Run Through the Jungle by Creedence Clearwater Revival 17. Take the Sun away by Pretty Lights 18. Lotus Flower by Radiohead 19. I Like Dirt by Red Hot Chili Peppers 20. The Thunder Rolls by Garth Brooks April 2016 • iwantaBUZZ.com

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THE ARTS

Sandy Harrington Sandy Harrington is a native Floridian, and has painted for as long as she can remember. “I love to combine mediums and use gouache and acrylics a lot,” Harrington said. “My collage work is acrylic paint and altered and unaltered papers using gels. I continually discover new techniques for using color.” After working in the commercial art field for a number of years, Harrington made her living in the real estate field in the Daytona Beach area. Now that she is retiring to Jacksonville, she is enjoying painting like a kid again, experimenting with inks, dyes, and the use of color.

“Color is happy and vibrant and makes me feel that way too,” Harrington said. “I am interested in unique effects, colors that jump off the page, and vivid washy patterns.” She is also having fun exploring new ways to apply color to paper and canvas. Harrington works primarily in watercolors and inks, but she also values Dr. Martin’s radiant dyes, acrylic washes, and alcohol inks for their vivid colors. In 2015, Harrington was celebrated with an honorable mention for “Study in Red and Blue” at the Cultural Art Center in Ponte Vedra. She is the recipient of many other awards, and her work can be viewed at SandyHarrington.com.

Getting -2- Know By Josh Henderson

ELJIAH AHMAD LEWIS

as Stevie Wonder in MOTOWN THE MUSICAL APRIL 19-24 AT THE TIMES UNION CENTER

BUZZ: How has being on tour with this musical been so far?

EL: Touring life has its’ ups and downs; you’re not in one place every week or every other week, but you do get to see and explore the world while working. It is a very exciting experience.

BUZZ: What is your favorite song to perform during the show and why? EL: “Dancing in The Street” is one, because mostly all of the cast is on the stage, and there’s lights, set,

and costume changes in front of you. It’s that whole magical broad way experience. I also love singing “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder.

BUZZ: What was your musical and theatrical upbringing? EL: I come from a family of entertainment. Some family of mine wrote a musical called, “Momma I BUZZ: What is going to surprise people about this show? Want to Sing,” which became the longest running off-Broadway black musical in the history of American EL: I think people know a lot about Motown, but I don’t think they really truly know what went on theater. I starred in that for some time, and I was always in productions in school, and regional theater.

behind the scenes of building Motown and the ground work that was laid. They’ll be very surprised and get to know some information they probably didn’t know. And also, the untold love story of Dianna Ross BUZZ: How did you find the inspiration to take on the role of a legend like and Berry Gordy. Stevie Wonder?

EL: Berry Gordy has this saying, “the truth is a hit,” and I totally believe in that 1,000 percent. We were BUZZ: How is “Motown The Musical” different from other projects you

fortunate enough to have time with him. He was with us every day during our rehearsal process of getting have been involved with? ready for the show. Of course, we’re in the day and age where we have resources like YouTube too, where EL: Motown is the soundtrack to our lives. No matter what generation or decade you’ve grown there’s a lot of information. up in, Motown has been around. So, when you come to the show and you hear certain songs or phrases, I believe if you stay true to all the research you’ve done and everything Mr. Gordy’s given you; the audience it’ll take you back, you’ll remember where you were, who you were with. It’s something that will forever will receive your truth. So every night I do get a little nervous because it is Stevie Wonder, but I believe in live inside you. So just being able to sing this music every night and being able to live this story, it’s the artist that I am, and I believe in the work that I’ve done to pay homage to an incredible artist like him. an historic moment. For more information about “Motown The Musical,” visit FSCJArtistSeries.org/Motown.

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Arts in April

PLAYS, EXHIBITS & ARTIST PROJECT ATRIUM: SHINIQUE SMITH

April 1 - June 26

MOCA Jacksonville • MOCAJacksonville.UNF.edu

Vibrant and materially inventive, Shinique Smith’s signature bundles of tied clothing hang in the forty-foothigh Atrium Gallery against a backdrop of painted Japanese calligraphy and mirrored surface mixed with fabric, paint, found objects, and used clothing. The energetic patterns create a visualization about personal identity, and our relationship with clothing.

CLAY COUNTY COMMUNITY BAND

April 17

Thrasher-Horne Center • THCenter.org

Enjoy the popular hits, classic composers, big swing band favorites, and more! Since its founding in 1989, the Clay County Community Band continues to expand upon its mission of providing an arena for local musicians to come together. This is an evening of music you will not want to miss.

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL

April 19 - 24

Times Union Center • FSCJArtistSeries.org

“Motown the Musical” is the American dream story of Motown founder, Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, and many more. Experience the smash hit story, and classic songs like “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”

ALL THE WAY

April 22-30

Players By the Sea • PlayersByTheSea.org

“All the Way” is a political drama set in 1963. An assassin’s bullet catapults Lyndon Baines Johnson into the presidency as he hurls himself into the battle for passage of the Civil Rights Act, a volatile issue that bitterly divides America, and deadlocks Congress.

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#LoveKeeler

Love is in the air Make your memories at The Keeler Property.

17255 Normandy Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32234 Phone: (904) 574-4040 | Email: info@thekeelerproperty.com Share the love @KeelerProperty

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KIDS

April 6-10

KIDS PICKS DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS FROZEN

Veterans Memorial Arena JaxEvents.com

Get magically whisked away into the wintry world of Arendelle, where you’ll be dazzled by amazing special effects and astonishing skating in “Disney On Ice presents Frozen.” Sing and dance along to inspiring songs including, “Let It Go.” Join royal sisters Anna and Elsa, the hilarious snowman Olaf, Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven, and the mystical trolls as they journey to discover that true love is ultimately the most magical power of all!

April 16

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GALACTIC ENCOUNTER CAMP-IN

Museum of Science & History TheMOSH.org

Thrasher-Horne Center THCenter.org

Sit! Stay! Get ready to howl! Johnny Peers and his personality-plus canines are coming to tickle your funny bone! This show is for the whole family and the dog lover in all of us, starring mostly dogs rescued from shelters like Daphne, the world’s only skateboarding Basset Hound, and more!

MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE!

April 23-24

JOHNNY PEERS AND THE MUTTVILLE COMIX

April 28-30

Families are invited for a Galactic Encounter CampIn at the Museum of Science and History. Build your own lightsaber, create a droid companion, and grab some food at the Blue Milk Café. Explore space travel in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, and experience an “Extreme Science!” Show. Cost is $35 per person; adult required. The evening begins at 6 p.m. and includes a late-night pizza snack and continental breakfast.

Marvel fans, assemble! Watch your favorite Marvel superheroes including Spider-Man, The Avengers – Iron Man, Hulk, and more, come to life in an actionpacked arena extravaganza. These heroes will take on threatening villains in this live show. You’ll definitely feel the energy with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles, and more.

What’s Happening at WJCT! By Robin Warren, WJCT Education Outreach Coordinator

New this year, we are letting you choose the People’s Choice winner! The top four stories from each grade level, with the highest average scores, will be eligible for the People’s Choice judging round. Entries will be posted on WJCT.org/PeoplesChoice for the public to read and vote for their favorite. The People’s Choice winner will be determined by the entry with the highest number of votes from among all eligible entries. Be sure to visit our website to read all the fantastic stories we have and pick your favorite. Winners will be notified on or before May 1, 2016. New this year, we are letting you choose the People’s Choice winner. Be sure to visit WJCT.org/PeoplesChoice to read all the fantastic stories we have, and pick your favorite.

Explore the Outdoors with WJCT and Curious George Join WJCT and Timucuan National Ecological and Historic Preserve on April 16 to Explore the Outdoors! Kids will have the opportunity to become a National Park Junior Ranger, hunt for nature treasures and win a prize, and plant some beans for their home garden. Curious George will be on hand with Main Metal Recycling teaching families how to recycle. This fun family event is free and runs from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Fort Caroline. Due to limited parking, attendees should park at Resurrection Episcopal Church located at 12355 Fort Caroline Road, Jacksonville, FL 32225. A shuttle will run regularly between the church and the Visitor’s Center at Fort Caroline. See you there! Daniel Tiger-LIVE! “Won’t you be my neighbor?” The legacy of the beloved “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” lives on with the hit television series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, from the Fred Rogers Company and PBS KIDS. Daniel and his friends are hopping aboard the trolley to come to Jacksonville on May 22 to delight audiences with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood-LIVE! Donning his familiar red sweater, Daniel takes the entire family on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore the vibrant world of their much-loved neighborhood. This live theatrical production filled with singing, dancing, and laughter will warm the hearts of multiple generations! Tickets available at FloridaTheatre.com. 22

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Join us Sunday, May 22 as WJCT, The Jacksonville Zoo, and The Florida Theatre presents Daniel Tiger-Live! at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Visit FloridaTheatre.com now to get your tickets!


What’s Happening at MOSH By Kristi Taylor

MOSH is in Full Bloom This Spring! April is packed full of programming for people of all ages! And it’s all leading up to the summer exhibit, Darwin & Dinosaurs opening Memorial Day Weekend. April 2 - Community First Celebrates 75 Years of MOSH with 75 Cent Admission Celebrate 75 years of MOSH with an ode to MOSH’s beginnings. Meet Emmet, born in the ‘40s just like MOSH; learn about science milestones over the last 75 years with special planetarium programs; watch swing dancers; and more! Don’t miss a special presentation by OCEARCH on the results of their latest trip – they’ve been tagging sharks of North Florida’s coast. April 13 – Little Learners: Plants & Seeds Little Learners will investigate flora in the Hixon Native Plant Courtyard, identify parts of a flower, and plant seeds. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for Museum exploration, followed by Little Learners circle time and sing-along, programming and community learning activities through 11:30. Admission is only $5 per person (ages 3 and up). April 19 – Seniors on the Go Seniors will journey to the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium to learn all about Pluto. Why is it no longer a planet? What’s the difference between a dwarf planet and a regular planet? Program participants will discover all this and more and enjoy a Planetarium program. Admission is $5. The program is from 2 to 4 p.m. April 20 – Homeschool Day: 3D Printing With the advances humans are making in 3D printing we may just be in the midst of a revolution! Homeschoolers will use computer aided design software to create a 3D structure and print it using a 3D printer. Programs are appropriate for elementary-aged students. However, all ages are welcome to attend. April 21 – Dispatches from the Gulf Documentary Screening Narrated by Matt Damon, “Dispatches from the Gulf” is a one-hour documentary that investigates the environmental health of the Gulf of Mexico six years after the Deepwater Horizon blowout in April 2010. This FREE screening will include a panel discussion RSVP to this FREE screening and program at events@themosh.org. April 30 – Opening of 130 Years of Service: The History of the Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department MOSH is excited to celebrate the opening this exhibit, presented in partnership with the Jacksonville Fire Museum. The exhibit features an antique pump wagon, historical photos and other artifacts. Opening activities will include fire engine tours, information on fire safety and hands-on activities for children. Active and retired firefighters and rescue personnel – and their families – will receive discounted $5 admission. This exhibit is presented in partnership with the Jacksonville Fire Museum while its facility undergoes restoration. April 2016 • iwantaBUZZ.com

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MAY 20

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$5,000 prize pool

TRIVIA PALOOZA one-night trivia contest Veterans Memorial Arena

Held at the Craft & Import Beer Festival First come, first serve • Age 21+

sample at Beer Fest from 7:30-9 p.m.

Trivia contest starts at 9 p.m.

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CUISINE

Two Thumbs Up How Good Food Should Taste Entrée: Innovation Station Creation with Salmon Cake – delicious salmon patty atop a green mountain of cucumber, greens, farmfresh radishes, and carrots served with a fermented Miso dressing for only $14.

The ChiCk’S kiTChen Article by Monica Stouder

Menu SaMple

Photos by Monica Lea Imagery: MonicaLea.com

The FaCTS

What: This Chick’s Kitchen When: Saturday Afternoon

Appetizer: Spring Roll - super crisp vegetables cocooned in a rice wrap, with fresh carrots, and an amazing Tamarind-sesame, chili sauce for only $5.

Where: 353 6th Avenue South, Jacksonville Beach Price: $5 to $15 Contact: (904) 778-5404

As a ravenous omnivore accustomed to eating my way around Jacksonville’s most spoonable spots, I have to say what an incredible delight—to my palate and my constitution—it was to find This Chick’s Kitchen. Tucked away in Jacksonville Beach, this tiny, intimate spot serves up some of the most incredible socially conscious food that I’ve seen in the area in a long while. Owner Craig and Chef/Owner Rosaria Anderson shared with me that if the ingredients for the dishes here aren’t found from a farmer, then that ingredient is purchased from a facility where their neighborhood kids get a paycheck. This very cool, good karma concept in my book ultimately translates to the plate with Chef Rosaria’s uber-creative and healthy fare. Yes, vegans, vegetarians, gluten-averters, and paleo peeps can all mindfully dine with happy taste buds at This Chick’s Kitchen. Each item changes everyday according to what is fresh on the farm, so dishes such as kale and tomato onion quiche, salmon patties over sweet potato salad, and veggie lasagna may not be available for each visit. But that only encourages me to pop in more, simply to see what cool, culinary creation has made its way to the menu that day. My fellow omnivores and healthy food fanatics alike, you don’t miss out on the munchies at This Chick’s Kitchen. There simply is not enough copy space to explain the great vibes, food, and ownership there. Yes, the whole experience is that forking awesome! Kudos to the Andersons for opening up something completely different for Jacksonville’s diverse diners. Definitely a Two Thumbs Up experience!

Soup: Black Bean Stew - tender black beans, kale, squash, and broccoli all slow cooked in a super steamy stew for $5.

Dessert: Chia Pudding - homemade white Belgium chocolate pudding dotted with delicious chia seeds for only $5.

“We make a strong conscious effort to serve our community good whole food cooked with a lot of love.” - Owner and Chef Rosaria

BUZZworthy Note: This Chick’s Kitchen offers catering as well as a delivery service. So, easy access to deliciously healthy dishes are simply a phone call away. Also, make note that there is a backroom in the restaurant that can be rented out for eating events or other fork-based festivities. April 2016 • iwantaBUZZ.com

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GRAB A BITE

PERSONALCHEF VEROUSCE STAPLES THE PERFECT PEAR CATERING

Bazille

vsthepear@gmail.com 904-476-1158

Head to Bazille for a casual yet classy atmosphere featuring bistro cuisine and a full bar. Enjoy fresh salads, specialty entrees, signature cocktails, a wine list, and house-made desserts.

Amazing Executive Chef Verousce Staples of the Perfect Pear is wowing Jacksonville foodies with her creative culinary skills and artistic plates of perfectly placed ingredients. We spoke to this innovative kitchen master regarding her masterful beginnings and what she is whipping up at present.

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Fionn MacCool’s

Fionnmacs.com

There is nothing like a genuine Irish pub experience. Fionn MacCool’s creates that experience right here on the First Coast with a warm welcome, friendly staff, great food, and the perfect pint of Guinness.

Interview by Monica Stouder

BUZZ: What sets your restaurant apart from others within your food style, and in the local area?

Dwight’s Bistro DwightsBistro.com

Go to Dwight’s Bistro at Jacksonville Beach and try their delicious crab cakes! Admire the mosaic murals in this artful space while you dine on innovative French, Italian and Mediterranean plates. Hoby’s Honey & General Store Facebook.com/ProducingEdibles

Hoby’s is your local culinary general store. The focus is on Americana foods and handmade products. Raw honey and honeycomb, jams and jellies, local soaps and candles, and Hyppo popsicles are available. Open every day 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

VS: Well for one we are a catering company, but we have a small pop-up

supper club at Bold Bean in Jax Beach. It really is a unique dining experience. Every month, the menu is always different, and most of the time the guests don’t even know what is on the menu before the evening. I love that every day is always different for us.

BUZZ: What is your most memorable kitchen experience? VS: When I worked in Switzerland, it was a Michelin Star restaurant. I both suffered and grew in that kitchen, and it really set the stage for the kind of chef I would become. BUZZ: Favorite kitchen tool? VS: My blow torch and Quenelle spoon. BUZZ: Most unusual dish you have eaten? VS: I have eaten Zebra before. The End.

RECIPE BOX

Chipotle Spiced Churros & Creamed Honey DIRECTIONS In a small saucepan melt butter, water, salt, sugar until warm. Mix in the flour and stir on medium heat until a ball of dough is formed.

CHURROS 6 tablespoons butter 1 cup water 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1 cup all purpose flour

Transfer to a mixer with a paddle attachment. Mix on low adding the eggs one at a time. Keep mixing until cooled. Place mixture in a piping bag with a star piping tip. Pour oil into a pot until it’s about 2 inches deep, heat on medium high.

Once oil is hot, pipe about 5 inches of dough into the oil. Use scissors to cut Vegetable oil for frying the dough at the tip. Fry for about 1 cup of sugar & 2 teaspoons 1-2 min. Remove from oil using a chipotle powder mixed for coating slotted spoon and toss the churros in the sugar mixture. the churros 2 eggs

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MUSIC RASCAL FLATTS STORY BEHIND THE MUSIC:

Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, and Joe Don Rooney, better known as the award-winning country pop group, Rascal Flatts formed in Columbus, Ohio in 1999. For the past decade, they have been country music’s best-selling and most awarded country vocal group. The trio made their first musical debut with their single, “Prayin’ for Daylight,” which hit No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot Country chart in 2000. They have sold more than 22.5 million albums, 22.8 million digital downloads, and have scored 14 No. 1 singles. Their longest-lasting No. 1 hit, a cover of Marcus Hummon’s “Bless the Broken Road,” spent five weeks in that position in 2005. In 2005 and 2006, “What Hurts the Most” was No. 1 on both the country and Adult Contemporary charts, and peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. On their ninth studio album entitled, “Rewind,” Rascal Flatts continues to chronicle the joys and complexities of life. Their shows are alive and energetic, featuring special effects such as videos, pyrotechnics, and laser lights. With special guests Jana Kramer, Kelsea Ballerini, and Chris Lane, their 2016 Rhythm and Routes Tour will be bigger and better than ever.

CATCH THEM LIVE:

April 22 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre

WEBSITE:

StAugAmphitheatre.com

RITA WILSON STORY BEHIND THE MUSIC:

Musician, actress, and producer Rita Wilson is currently headlining a spring 2016 tour featuring new material from her second studio album self-titled, “Rita Wilson.” The album is a collection of original songs that she co-wrote. Wilson’s tour will cross more than 20 cities including Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, and more. Wilson is best known for her multiple acting roles. She starred in the 1993 film, “Sleepless in Seattle” as well as the 1999 film, “It’s Complicated” and much more. She also has a recurring role on the CBS show, “The Good Wife” and the HBO Golden Globe winning series, “Girls.” Wilson was born and raised in Hollywood Hills, with dreams of becoming a singer in the ‘60s and ‘70s after falling in love with The Beatles and Janis Joplin. Her debut album in 2012 featured classics from those years. But before she achieved success, Wilson had a part-time job as a ticket-taker at the Universal Amphitheatre as a way to see the popular acts of the day like Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, James Taylor, and The Eagles.

CATCH THEM LIVE:

April 15 at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

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Music Locale

FEATURED ARTISTS & MUSIC

PEARL JAM

April 13 Veterans Memorial Arena • JaxEvents.com

Award-winning rock band, Pearl Jam is celebrating 25 years of performing live. Ten studio albums, hundreds of unique live performances, and hundreds of official live concert bootleg releases later, the band continues to be critically acclaimed and commercially successful, with over 60 million albums sold worldwide. Their 2013 Grammy Awardwinning album, “Lightning Bolt” debuted at No. 1 on the charts in over 50 countries.

ALABAMA SHAKES

April 22 Florida Theatre • FloridaTheatre.com

Southern rock group Alabama Shakes debuted in 2012 with their album, “Boys and Girls.” At the 2016 Grammy Awards, the band performed their song, “Don’t Wanna Fight,” and walked away with three Grammy Awards. With their popularity rapidly growing, Alabama Shakes is becoming a strong house for modern rock music.

Multi-platinum selling singer, songwriter, and producer Ben Folds first found mainstream success as the leader of the rock band, Ben Folds Five with hit songs like “Brick” and “Song for the Dumped.” In his solo career, he has gone on to record multiple studio albums, two records of his renowned live performances, and music for film and TV. He has collaborated with many artists, from Sara Bareilles to William Shatner.

NAJEE

April 9 Ritz Theatre and Museum • RitzJacksonville.com

One of the best-selling instrumentalists of the late ‘80s to mid-’90s, Najee has been a consistent favorite in the quiet storm and smooth jazz markets. Often compared to Kenny G, George Howard, and Dave Koz, the New Yorker has been greatly influenced by Grover Washington Jr. Heavily produced and quite formulaic, Najee’s albums avoid improvisation and strive for commercial radio airplay above all else.

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BEN FOLDS

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AROUND TOWN

Catchin a BUZZ

RON GAMBLE President & Brewmaster

VETERANS UNITED CRAFT BREWERY Interview by Monica Stouder

What is unique about VU? Our founder, Ron Gamble is a U.S. Navy veteran who comes from a long line of veterans in his family. Ron founded this brewery with several other veterans who are passionate about craft beer, and about raising awareness toward veterans, and the sacrifices they have made in serving our country. Busiest night of the week? Friday.

folk, classic rock, bluegrass, blues, etc. We usually have a food truck or caterer onsite on Friday or on event days. Any celeb sightings at VU?

MIXOLOGY

Farmers Little Helper Belgian-style Saison

We were happy to host famous Chef Emeril Lagasse in our taproom. Emeril selected our brewery to be featured on his popular hit show, “Emeril’s Florida.” After a tour of the brewery, Emeril tasted several of our beers and discussed possible food pairings. As a side note, Emeril’s dad was a U.S. military veteran, and he really liked what we were doing at the brewery to raise awareness to our military veterans.

Do you have a Happy Hour? On Wednesdays, we have all day Yappy Hour. Bring in your favorite canine companion and receive 10 percent off Scout Dog 44 Amber Ale. Do you have Guided Tours and Tastings? Yes, every Saturday we give regularly scheduled tours and tastings. Tours start at 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, and 4:30. Also by appointment, we give special tours to large groups. Any weekly specials? On Thursdays, we release a new beer every week. These might be a new seasonal brew or a special small batch concoction. Past beer styles include Chocolate Cherry Stout, English IPA, Peanut Butter Cup, Raspberry Sour, Oak Aged Double IPA, etc. Do you all have music, or weekly events? On Wednesdays, we also have Beer Bingo. On Fridays, we feature live music performed by local musicians. Music styles vary and have included

Where can thirsty Jacksonvillians buy your special craft suds? Our beers can be found all throughout Jacksonville and north Florida. We are in over 300 accounts including Publix, Winn-Dixie, Total Wine, Mellow Mushroom, Kickbacks Gastropub, World of Beer, Blackfinn, Hurricanes, and many more. Any sudsy awards for these beautiful brews? Yes, on March 6, we were awarded three medals at the 2016 Best Florida Beer Competition. The competition had a record 558 entries from 85 different Florida breweries. The winners were Paratrooper Porter, Raging Blonde Ale, and Scout Dog 44.

Ingredients IBUs: 30 ABV: 7.5% SRM: 4 (Pale Gold) Original Gravity: 14.8 Plato Malts / Additions Pilsner, Rye, Vienna, Flaked Wheat

Veterans United Craft Brewery 8999 Western Way, Ste 104 904-253-3326 www.VYBrew.com

Hops German Magnum, Czech Saaz

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Come Work With Us. Full and part-time employment, as well as internships available!

To apply please email resume to Meredith Tekin at meredith.tekin@cfmedia.net

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SPORTS & HEALTH April 15

ARMADA FC VS. MIAMI FC

April 17-21

SPORTS PICK S

JACKSONVILLE SUNS VS. MOBILE

Community First Park ArmadaFC.com

Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville JaxSuns.com

The Armada FC is Jacksonville’s official North American Soccer League club. Enjoy the exciting action as our talented players dominate the pitch. The Miami FC have proven to be tough competition, but the Armada plays to win. Be sure to sport your blue, white and gold on game day!

Get ready for the annual Never Quit 5K! All finishers will receive the newly designed, Eagle finisher medal and a Never Quit t-shirt. Enjoy the new blue carpet awards at the Sea Walk Pavilion as Vietnam veterans award race participants with the medals on the anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War.

April 16 GUNS N’ HOSES

April 30 NEVER QUIT 5K

Veterans Memorial Arena JaxEvents.com

Jacksonville Beach NeverQuitNever.com

Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office will duke it out in the ring to raise money for charities including the Muscular Dystrophy Association and PAL (Police Athletic League). Boxers are amateur fighters and work in law enforcement or firefighting.

Get ready for the annual Never Quit 5K! All finishers will receive the newly designed, Eagle finisher medal and a Never Quit t-shirt. Enjoy the new blue carpet awards at the Sea Walk Pavilion as Vietnam veterans award race participants with the medals on the anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War.

GAME FACE Local Athletes of Jacksonville

BRENT MARTINEAU

Sports Director at

Rashean Mathis The longtime Jacksonville Jaguars player has retired from the NFL. The former Englewood High School star and Bethune-Cookman star played nine seasons for the Jags before wrapping up his career with the Detroit Lions. Mathis was an All-Pro selection in 2006.

Andrew Robustelli Robustelli is a former Jacksonville University Dolphins’ star that has recently signed to play for the Jacksonville Sharks. He was a first team all-league selection in 2014 and 2015. Robustelli’s grandfather is New York Giants Hall of Fame defensive end, Andy Robustelli.

Storm Davis The former big league pitcher is now the pitching coach for the Jacksonville Suns. Davis pitched in the Major Leagues from 1982-1994, and won two World Series titles. Davis spent a couple of seasons as the head baseball coach at the Bolles School here in Jacksonville.

Yolett McPhee-McCuin The Jacksonville University Dolphins’ women’s basketball coach made school history when she led her team to the Atlantic Sun Championship and to the NCAA Tournament. McPhee-McCuin has been with the program since 2013. The Dolphins rallied from 13 points down in the A-Sun Championship game to beat traditional power Florida Gulf Coast. April 2016 • iwantaBUZZ.com

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SUDOKU

YOUR LEGAL

CORNER ASK THE ATTORNEY APRIL HOROSCOPE

Written by Kyle, Astrologer Extraordinaire

Aries (March 21- April 19) Your birthday is very near. Thus, expect a more dynamic social life now. It’s a new game for relationships, so freshen up your appearance. If you can’t freshen up yours, take your less attractive friends out with you. That should help some. Taurus (April 20 – May 20) Something is brewing with a friend this month. You will find yourself bonding with said friend in a more than casual way. A friendship may be burnt if you’re the only one falling in love, but I am sure you have plenty of friends to take a test run on. Gemini (May 21 – June 21) Romance is strong for you right now. Even if the object of your affection isn’t available, you can’t past this up. Find someone else for the time being and try explaining it later. Carpe diem! Cancer (June 22 – July 22) Try getting your surroundings in order, and surprisingly, this will lead to an upgrade in your personal life. Speaking of, let’s try letting go of that lazy anchor called your mate, who’s been holding you back. Toss him/her overboard already. Leo (July 23 – August 22) No one likes a nag, especially you Leo. So why don’t you save us some headaches and quit being one yourself. So things aren’t falling your way as they usually do. Deal with it. The rest of us manage every month without launching into a complaint machine. Virgo (August 23 – September 22) I notice you are still looking for that perfect situation before you jump into it. Well, if you have not caught on, they don’t exist and you won’t be jumping anytime soon. Go ahead; keep waiting while life passes you by. Great plan.

Libra (September 23 – October 22) Some fun nights are on the horizon for you Libra. The type that could be mind-blowing fun. That’s great for you, but horrendous for the rest of us. This is all you will talk and talk and talk about for the next month. Can’t wait to hear about these same stories forever. Scorpio (October 23 – November 21) Scorpio, love is heating up rather quickly for you. So fast, you may not know what’s going on, or where your next move is going. But don’t worry, it will be over soon. Seeing you won’t be able to control it, you will ruin this fun in no time. Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) Seems the person you’re with, or working on, isn’t quite getting the picture. Maybe they’re just plain dumb. I’m sure that’s what it is. So quit any games and tell them straight up how you feel. If they still don’t get it, buy them a lollipop, pat them on the head, and forget about them. Capricorn (December 22 – January 19) Looks like you are up to no good this month. Playful is always a fun time. Go crazy and see what romance you can strike up. But don’t wait around; next month isn’t looking to be as good as this one. Mischievous and on the prowl; get to it.

SUZANNE W. GREEN, P.A.

105B Solana Rd. Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 (904) 280-8770 • SuzanneWGreenLaw.com how do you stay connected to the jacksonville community? are you involved in any local organizations?

I’m involved in the St. John’s County Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the St. Augustine Airport, and on the board of the St. Augustine High School Aerospace Academy. I also volunteer with the Jacksonville and St. John’s legal aid office, and am active with the USTA in Jacksonville. what is your area of law?

Family Law and Civil Litigation. how long have you practiced law?

I have practiced 28 years; five as a prosecutor, two with a civil firm doing banking law, and then I started a civil litigation and family law firm in 1991. what is your greatest accomplishment as an attorney?

I was fortunate to be a trial attorney in one of the first DNA evidentiary cases in the late 80’s.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18) This is where I say a bunch of crap about you taking the first step in a relationship instead of trying to play it cool. But you won’t listen, so we could just jump to the end, and I can say I told you so. You want to play this out? Fine. Be more assertive and you will find love this month.

what is your greatest satisfaction as a family lawyer?

Pisces (February 19 – March 20) The Moon wraps up his monthly visit to your romantic sector and will attempt to convince you of what’s possible. Your job now is to believe what your heart is telling you. Which we both know isn’t much and the Moon is just wasting his time.

It depends on the individual facts and circumstance of each case.

Being able to influence lives in order to keep parents and children connected despite a dissolution of the marriage. what is a frequently asked question you receive from your clients? how long will the divorce process take?

The information presented herein reflects only the opinion of the author and not iwantaBUZZ Entertainment Magazine, it’s owner, or publisher. All information in iwantaBUZZ Entertainment Magazine is for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for any advice given to you by your lawyer.

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