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Dogs because they have personality.


Penguins are regal, but they can have fun too.

An ostrich because they can put their head in the ground and pretend all is well around them.

I definitely love dogs! Don’t tell my cat I said that.

A horse. Because they can be very loyal and honest, but also know how to run wild and free.








Manatees! They are very peaceful vegetarians.

Elephants, for their intelligence.

Fox, they’re clever and cute!

Dogs, because they’re cool spirits.

Cats since they are very self-sufficient.

Bunny rabbits because they’re adorable.




Cheetah because they’re so fast!











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Jacksonville Beach Seawalk Pavilion

Tour De Pain includes a fourmile run at Jacksonville Beach, a 5K beginning on Baymeadows Road, and a one-mile sizzler at Hemming Plaza. Participate in all three or take your pick. This race series is designed to test your abilities. After the races, enjoy free food and drinks!



After announcing his new album, “blackSUMMERS’night,” and first new song in seven years, soul star Maxwell has confirmed the first dates of his SUMMERS’ 2016 tour. The “Lake by the Ocean” singer will make Jacksonville’s TimesUnion Center his last stop. Ro James will open for Maxwell. Don’t miss this!

Aug. 5-7


St. Johns Town Center

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San Marco

Handstands, hugs and happiness! Attend the Africa Yoga Project Master Class, led by Millie and Brian. This is your first opportunity to connect with these Kenyan teachers. They have travelled from Kenya to meet and inspire yogis with their mission. All levels are welcome. Connect, contribute and cause change.


EverBank Field

Join the annual Jaguars 5K Stadium Challenge to support the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation and local youth sports programs. The run will include a unique course both inside and outside EverBank Field, and is fit for all ages. Participants finish on the football field, where the Jumbotrons will show a live feed of runners. 6

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Florida Theatre

In a career that spans 14 albums, composer and actor Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music. With his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician blends elements of Americana, swing, jazz, gospel, folk and blues, making him one of the most diverse and compelling musicians in popular music.


Florida Theatre

Come celebrate at the Florida Theatre with an evening of local craft beers, local BBQ and live music presented by Publix Super Markets Charities. Enjoy the music of Smokestack and Jacksonville native Mama Blue, who graduated from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and attended Jacksonville University.


Times Union Center

Jill Scott is an artist with a deep commitment to lyrical honesty and musical integrity. Simply put, if she feels it, she writes and sings it. While vivid imageries are her stock in trade, there’s no pretense, no hiding. She’s upfront, in-yourface real, using her own distinctive poetry to breathe life into words.



Thrasher-Horner Center

For more than a decade, Wayne Brady has entertained audiences with his acting, improv, singing and dancing. Since his debut on the hysterical improv show “Whose Line Is It Anyway,” Brady’s success has continued with his talk show, “The Wayne Brady Show.” Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind show!


EverBank Field

Are you ready for some football? Sport your best teal and gold gear to the Jaguars last preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons. It’s going to be a great game, especially if the stadium is packed with supportive and spirited fans ready to cheer our team to victory. Go Jags!

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What’s Happening

Visit our calendar to find more events.



Cumberland Island Tour: Aug. 8, Amelia River,

$5 Fridays: Aug. 12, Museum of Science & History,

Middle School Camp Cummer: Aug. 1-5, Cummer Museum and Gardens,

Power of Myth Workshop: Aug. 8, Hemming Park,

Festival of the Chariot: Aug. 13, Seawalk Pavilion,

Confronting the Canvas: Aug. 1 – Sept. 4, MOCA Jacksonville,

Jacksonville Beach Art Walk: Aug. 9, Downtown Jacksonville Beach,

Art for Two: Moonlight Cityscape: Aug. 13, Cummer Museum and Gardens,

Downtown Art Walk: Aug. 3, Downtown Jacksonville,

Cars and Coffee Cruise-in: Aug. 9, TimesUnion Center,

Hemming Park Beer Festival: Aug. 13, Hemming Park,

JobNewsJAX Job Fair: Aug. 3, Prime Osborn,

Florida Blue Free Tuesdays: Aug. 9, Cummer Museum and Gardens,

Family Friendly Sunset Cruise: Aug. 4, Amelia River,

Outcry: Aug. 10, Times-Union Center,

Riverside Arts Market Back to School Bash: Aug. 13, Riverside,

$5 Fridays: Aug. 5, Museum of Science & History,

Little Learners: Aug. 10, Museum of Science & History,

Cosmic Concerts: Aug. 5, Museum of Science & History,

Art Fundamentals Acrylic Painting: Aug. 10, Cummer Museum and Gardens,

Dominion Life Ministries Presents: If You’re Dirty, Take a Bath: Aug. 6, Ritz Theatre and Museum, Weaver First Saturday Free for All: Aug. 6, Cummer Museum and Gardens, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch Museums on Us: Aug. 7, Cummer Museum and Gardens, 8

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Cumberland Island Tour: Aug. 14, Amelia River, Pink Up the Park: Aug. 15, Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, Classic Car Cruise: Aug. 16, Seawalk Pavilion,

Truffle Class: Aug. 10, Sweet Pete’s,

Florida Blue Free Tuesdays: Aug. 16, Cummer Museum and Gardens,

Kids Zone: Aug. 10, Hemming Park,

Tech Coast Conference: Aug. 17, Prime Osborn,

Adult BYOB Cruise: Aug. 11, Amelia River,

$5 Fridays: Aug. 19, Museum of Science & History,

Biking at Hanna Park: Aug. 11, Hanna Park,

Frontline Families: Aug. 19, Jessie Ball DuPont Center,

AN EVENING WITH LYLE LOVETT AND HIS LARGE BAND • AUG. 20 • FLORIDA THEATRE Art Adventures: Still Life: Aug. 20, Cummer Museum and Gardens, Riverside Arts Market: Aug. 20, Riverside, Beach Creek Tour: Aug. 21, Amelia River, Florida Blue Free Tuesdays: Aug. 23, Cummer Museum and Gardens, Toddler Tuesday: Aug. 23, Hemming Park, MOSH After Dark: Aug. 25, Museum of Science & History, Live Music and Food Trucks: Aug. 25, Hemming Park, $5 Fridays: Aug. 26, Museum of Science & History, POP! Dance Party in the Park: Aug. 27, Hemming Park, Riverside Arts Market: Aug. 27, Riverside, Live Music Lives Here: Aug. 28, Hemming Park, Cumberland Island Tour: Aug. 29, Amelia River, Florida Blue Free Tuesdays: Aug. 30, Cummer Museum and Gardens,



The Last 5 Years: Aug. 1-21, Limelight Theatre,

Adamec Bike Night: Aug. 11, Jacksonville Landing,

Smokey Joe’s Café: Aug. 3 – Sept. 4, Alhambra Theatre and Dining,

Steve-O: Aug. 11-13, The Comedy Zone,

Chris Stapleton: Aug. 4, St. Augustine Amphitheatre,

Live Music: Aug. 12, Fionn MacCool’s,

Lil Uzi Vert and G-Herbo: Aug. 4, Florida Theatre,

An American Tail 30th Anniversary: Aug. 14, Florida Theatre,

Memphis: Aug. 4-13, Players by the Sea,

Hollis Brown: Aug. 14, Jack Rabbits,

Apex Theatre presents Godspell: Aug. 5-6, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall,

An Evening with Ray LaMontagne: Aug. 14, St. Augustine Amphitheatre,

Rob Schneider: Aug. 5-6, The Comedy Zone, The Victory Experience: Aug. 6, Florida Theatre, Live Music: Aug. 6, Fionn MacCool’s, Stand By Me 30th Anniversary: Aug. 7, Florida Theatre, Maxwell: Aug. 7, Times Union Center, The Peach Kings: Aug. 10, Jack Rabbits, Slightly Stoopid with special guests SOJA and Fortunate Youth: Aug. 11, St. Augustine

Aaron Bing: Aug. 14, Times-Union Center, Reach for the Sky: Aug. 15, Jack Rabbits, Boney James: Aug. 18, Florida Theatre, Pablo Francisco: Aug. 18-20, The Comedy Zone, A-Train LIVE: Aug. 19, Ritz Theatre and Museum, An Evening with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band: Aug. 20, Florida Theatre,

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What’s Happening Continued The Kings and Queens of Hip Hop: Aug. 27, Veterans Memorial Arena, Combat Night: Aug. 27, Mavericks,

Go Jags!

An Evening with ELO’s Greatest Hits with the Jacksonville Rock Symphony Orchestra: Aug. 27, Florida Theatre, Wayne Brady: Aug. 27, Thrasher-Horne Center, Jill Scott: Aug. 28, Times-Union Center, Secret of My Success: Aug. 28, Florida Theatre, Goo Goo Dolls with special guests Collective Soul and Tribe Society: Aug. 31, St. Augustine Amphitheatre,


Jacksonville Suns vs. Biloxi: Aug. 1-4, Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, Jaguars Open Practice: Aug. 2-18, EverBank Field, Tour De Pain: Aug. 5, Jacksonville Beach, Baymeadows, and Hemming Park, Armada FC vs. Carolina: Aug. 8, Community First Park, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New York: Aug. 11, EverBank Field, Jacksonville Suns vs. Mississippi: Aug. 11-15, Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, Jaguars 5K Stadium Challenge: Aug. 13, EverBank Field, Armada FC vs. Fort Lauderdale: Aug. 17, Community First Park, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tampa Bay: Aug. 20, EverBank Field, Summer Beach Run: Aug. 20, Jacksonville Beach, ESA Surf: Aug. 20, Jacksonville Beach,


Armada FC vs. Minnesota: Aug. 20, Community First Park,

Live Music: Aug. 20, Fionn MacCool’s,

Jacksonville Suns vs. Chattanooga: Aug. 22-26, Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville,

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf 50th Anniversary: Aug. 21, Florida Theatre,

Lung Force: Aug. 27, Jacksonville Landing,

The Naturalists: Aug. 24, Jack Rabbits,

Aqua East Rip into a Whip Surf Contest: Aug. 27, Jacksonville Beach,

Blues, Brews and BBQ: Aug. 25, Florida Theatre, The Kings and Queens of Hip Hop: Aug. 27, Veterans Memorial Arena, Candyland: Aug. 26, Mavericks, BUD Lights Up the Landing: Aug. 27, Jacksonville Landing, 12

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Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Cincinnati: Aug. 28, EverBank Field, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Atlanta: Sept. 1, EverBank Field, RunJax Labor Day Run: Sept. 5, Baymeadows,

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Making a Difference: nonprofit leaders in our community

The mission of Hope at Hand cultivates wellness through art and poetry,” Fletcher said. “My team and I connect very quickly with adolescents who don’t normally trust adults. Once trust is established, they work hard to make personal gains. We provide them with effective tools that promote creativity, independence, wellness, choice and change, while embracing their desire to become productive members of society.”

STEFFANI FLETCHER Hope at Hand, Inc. |

Steffani Fletcher is a Jacksonville native who is dedicated to meeting the social, academic, and wellness needs of underserved populations. She holds degrees in Elementary Education and Educational Leadership and has 22 years of experience with Duval County Public Schools. Fletcher has also earned national certifications from the American Montessori Society and the National Federation of Biblio/Poetry Therapy. Founded in 2009, Hope at Hand has created poetry therapy programs for 23 North Florida social service venues.

First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

THE MOST INTERESTING PERSON I’VE INTERVIEWED THIS MONTH He’s a veteran reporter with The Tampa Bay Times. Now, Craig Pittman is the latest author to capitalize on what he calls “the sinkhole capital of America.” In his entertaining new book “Oh Florida!” Pittman looks at the weird, bizarre, and headlinegrabbing events that define our Sunshine State. The book is part history, part travelogue, and part memoir. “For every story like the naked man high on ‘bath salts’ who brutally attacked a homeless person on a Miami highway in 2012, there are others like the case of Florida resident, Terri Schiavo, whose medical condition sparked a national debate on end-of-life care—not to mention Florida’s infamous role tipping the 2000 presidential election,” said Pittman. In addition to Florida’s fantastic weirdness, Pittman unearths some fun facts about the state: • Kids who grew up in Florida include Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Model Kate Upton, and John Atanasoff, who invented the computer. • Florida is home to many strange wildlife encounters, but also helped produce the Endangered Species Act and the national wildlife sanctuary system. • Everywhere in Florida, you are an hour away from the beach. Pick up “Oh, Florida!” wherever books are sold, and tune into First Coast Connect each weekday morning at 9 a.m. on 899 WJCT to hear from the most compelling newsmakers around the state! 14

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Community Focus A closer look at our local nonprofit community

Pit Sisters

Operating in Jacksonville since 2011, Pit Sisters has worked to combat breed discrimination, and rescue and advocate for homeless dogs. They have rescued over 300 dogs, received the Jacksonville’s Boldest Non Profit Award, and worked with Putnam County and St John’s County to eliminate breed-discriminatory practices.

Celebration Church

Celebration Church meets every Wednesday to prepare food bags for the homeless community in Clay County. They encourage youth to come out and help battle hunger. Through this, Celebration teaches them the importance of serving others. The food items are all donations from church members and Waste Not Want Not.

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First Coast No More Homeless Pets




7407 Salisbury Rd.


904-396-3636 •

949 Hubbard St.

904-630-2489 • Dog Wood Park is an off-leash 42-acre—25 acres currently fenced—private country club providing fitness, recreational, relaxation, and socializing opportunities for both you and your dog. There are dogswimming ponds, jogging/walking trails, and play equipment such as tunnels.

Locals rave about this fenced off-leash dog park, which includes benches, pavilions, plenty of waste disposal stations, doggie drinking fountains, and a separate small dog area. Confederate Point Dog Park is centrally located, large, well maintained, and completely free.


12075-300 San Jose Blvd.

904-338-9480 • Julington Creek Animal Walk is a 9-acre off-leash park with pools, nature trails, splash pad, and animal hospital. From complete veterinary services to boarding and grooming, Julington Creek provides the necessary care to ensure your pet’s health and wellness.

7000 Roosevelt Ave. 904-573-2498 • Tillie K. Fowler Regional Park has a playground, BBQ area, biking trails and hiking trails. The dog park is split in two with different offleash areas for different-sized pups: one for the big ones, and one for the little ones.


Beachside Seafood Aardwolf Brewing Market and Restaurant Company

Beachside Seafood is passionate about offering the freshest seafood you can find in the Jacksonville area. The Seafood Market offers a wide variety of locally caught fish, shrimp, and more. Pets are permitted in the downstairs/street-level area.

Aardwolf Brewing Company is a family-friendly and dog-friendly microbrewery in San Marco. Choose from a large selection of premium beers and a small variety of wines. Sit back and enjoy your drink while taking in the ambience.

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Stop by Birdies, a chill environment featuring live music, beer, wine, and classic video games. Enjoy the covered, outdoor street-side patio, perfect for relaxing and watching the bustling street traffic of Jacksonville’s most charismatic neighborhood.

Jacksonville Humane Society 904-725-8766

The Jacksonville Humane Society is northeast Florida’s premiere pet adoption center. There is also a low-cost animal hospital open to the public. The Jacksonville Humane Society provides care, comfort, and compassion to animals in need while engaging the hearts, hands, and minds of the community to bring about an end to the killing of abandoned and orphaned shelter animals.

Froggy’s Cat Rescue



The mission of First Coast No More Homeless Pets (FCNMHP) is to end the killing of dogs and cats in shelters in the community, northeast Florida, and the nation. FCNMHP provides a multifaceted approach to pet overpopulation by combining free and low-cost spay/neuter, adoption initiatives, and innovative pet retention services.

Taverna San Marco Taverna.Restaurant

Taverna San Marco is a trendy wine bar featuring brick-oven pizzas and seasonal Italian and Spanish cuisine. Sit in the dog-friendly outdoor dining where water bowls and treats are provided.


Froggy’s Cat Rescue is a nonprofit cat rescue group dedicated to finding a forever home for every cat. They work hard to screen potential families and ask the right questions to match rescue kitties with happiness. Check out their website to find details of the process of adopting a cat or kitten.

Wildlife Rescue Coalition of Northeast Florida

904-779-5569 The Wildlife Rescue Coalition of Northeast Florida, Inc. (WRCNEF) is comprised of citizens, volunteers, experts, rehabilitators, veterinarians, and wildlife advocates. Their mission is to ensure respect for all wildlife through education and conservation, while providing orphaned, injured, and displaced animals with a second chance at life.

sound OFF The Old Dog House 1650 Margaret Street, Ste. 302, PMB #137 • (904) 419-7387 •

The Old Dog House provides many wonderful dogs with the ability to live out their lives in dignity, surrounded by love. However, they need continued community support to do it, relying solely on donations from the public to fund their organization. The Old Dog House participates in as many community events as possible throughout the year. The third Saturday of every month, they have an adoption day at Pet Supermarket at Jacksonville Beach. On Sept. 10, they will be at the Riverside Arts Market Arf Barket. On Sept. 24, they will be at the Best Friends Animal Society Strut Your Mutt at Metropolitan Park. In addition, November is designated as Senior Pet Month, so they always have special things happening to celebrate, like a limited-edition T-shirt.

Kim Stordahl The Old Dog House BUZZ: What is the mission of The Old Dog House? KS: The mission of The Old Dog House is to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome older and senior dogs in the Northeast Florida area. We also strive to educate the public about the joy involved in adding an older or senior dog to their family through positive stories of the dogs that have been or are in the care of The Old Dog House. BUZZ: What makes your rescue different than others? KS: Our focus is the difference from other groups. We concentrate our rescue efforts on older, larger breed dogs that are at least six or seven years old and at least 40 pounds. The majority of the dogs that have come through the rescue are mixed breeds.

the sparkle return to the eyes of a dog that had given up hope and watching them thrive is indescribable. BUZZ: What would you say to someone who is hesitant to adopt a dog from The Old Dog House? KS: I completely understand the hesitation in adopting an older or senior dog. The main worry seems to be not having enough time with the dog. Having to say goodbye too soon. Losing a pet is devastating no matter how long they have been a part of the family. I try to explain how rewarding adopting an older or senior dog can be. Their gratitude is abundant and their love is unconditional. They are wonderful teachers, especially in how to live in the present. They also remind us how to be patient and compassionate. As far as saying goodbye, I try to describe how giving a senior dog the happy ending they deserve outweighs the heartbreak I feel from letting them go.

BUZZ: What’s your favorite thing about your work?


Winston the Golden Retriever is one of The Old Dog House’s biggest turnarounds. He was found running in Orange Park in 2013. He was about 40 pounds underweight with no fur to cover his hind end, obviously in need of medical help. He was taken to Clay County Animal Care & Control. The Old Dog House was contacted by the shelter when no family came to reclaim him. From the moment he arrived at the rescue, Winston had a sweet disposition and was always wagging his hairless tail. Winston was heartworm positive, suffered kidney issues and arthritis, and had a weak heart. He also has four to six fused vertebrae in his back which, along with his arthritis, makes mobility a bit of a challenge. Despite all of his medical issues, Winston has a strong will to live and loves life! The Old Dog House has figured out his cocktail of medications that keeps him happy and his issues at bay. He also receives cold laser therapy twice a week that helps with his mobility. His fur has grown back into a thick, luxurious blonde coat. Unfortunately, his many medical issues and the related costs are a major barrier in finding Winston a forever home. But, he’s safe at The Old Dog House for the remainder of his life.

KS: I have many favorite things about my work with The Old Dog House, but the main thing that keeps me going is seeing a sick, broken dog blossom with love, care, and compassion. The feeling I get seeing

Dog images by Seglinda Martin Photography

EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT // SENIOR DOG CARE TIPS 1. Visit the Veterinarian Twice Annually Make sure the veterinarian checks your pet’s vital signs, heart, lungs, skin, ears, and teeth. Some veterinarians may recommend screenings to ensure your dog isn’t suffering from diseases.

2. Watch for Diseases that Affect Older Pets Many older dogs can suffer from a variety of health issues. Check for diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, cancer, arthritis, and dementia.

3. Consider Your Pet’s Diet As your pet ages, her diet may need to change. As her metabolism slows, look into senior diets that are lower in fat and easily digestible. Remember to check with your veterinarian before changing your dog’s food.

4. Regulate Body Temperature Older dogs are more sensitive to heat, so keep them inside on extremely hot days.

Senior dogs are also more likely to experience heat stroke, so don’t exercise with them on especially hot or humid days.

5. Install Ramps As dogs age, they may develop arthritis. Installing ramps inside and outside of your house can make them more comfortable when climbing.

6. Brush Those Teeth Your pet’s dental care is always important, but it becomes even more vital as your pet ages. Excessive plaque can lead to a variety of ailments, so brush your dog’s teeth with pet toothpaste and check with your veterinarian to see if your dog needs a professional cleaning.

7. Know Your Emergency Vets Keep the local emergency veterinarian’s contact information handy. You need to know who can help care for your beloved pet. August 2016 •



William Garcia Ruiz Havana, Cuba native William Garcia Ruiz, moved to Jacksonville six years ago. He is currently a fine arts student at Florida State College at Jacksonville. While he is comfortable with a variety of media, he favors oils on canvas. Purposeful brushstrokes and thoughtful images collide on his canvases. “I like to think I am mixing emotions when I squeeze the tube colors to form my palette,” said Garcia. “I strive to make each piece evoke something in the viewer, like remembering a re-occurring dream or forgotten memory.” Garcia has been painting since he was old enough to hold a brush. “Where I grew up, it was difficult to express anything that did not follow the government’s take on the matter,” said Garcia. “But our people are proud and creative. Even though society had limits, everyone created something. These items provided an income, and an outlet.”

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Aug. 1 – Sept. 4

MOCA Jacksonville •

In one of the first exhibitions to focus solely on contemporary female painters, witness the work of emerging and midcareer women working in the field of gestural abstraction. Consisting of six contemporary painters, this exhibition explores how these women appropriate the physical and dramatic processes to boldly advance abstract painting.


Aug. 3 – Sept. 4

Alhambra Theatre and Dining •

Winner of a Grammy Award and nominated for seven Tony Awards, this show is a non-stop celebration of the songs by the legendary hit-makers Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber. Enjoy memorable tunes like “Hound Dog” and “Stand By Me” in the longest-running rock and roll revue in Broadway history.


Aug. 4-13

Players By the Sea •

Rock and roll songs, roofraising dancing, and forbidden interracial romance spark the story of smooth-talking rebel Huey Calhoun, a white radio DJ who falls in love with the music of black underground dance clubs in 1950s Memphis. Huey has to fight opposition on both sides of the racial divide.


Aug. 19

Ritz Theatre and Museum •

In this unique comedy experience, enjoy live bands and DJs as A-Train plays host to some of the funniest comedians from around the country. After each show, there will be a brief Q&A session to allow audience members to gain a more intimate understanding of the people behind the jokes. August 2016 •


Wayne Brady

Live at Thrasher Horne Center August 27 Wayne Brady, well-known and beloved face in the world of comedy, is bringing his “It’s My Line” tour to the Thrasher-Horne Center on August 27. Brady has been entertaining audiences with his comedy, singing and improv since his debut on the hysterical improv show, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Brady was born in Columbus, Georgia and soon moved to Orlando, Florida to live with his grandparents. At the age of 16, Brady started performing at the Orlando improv troupe SAK Comedy Club, where he first started developing his improv skills. He went to Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando and later attended the University of Miami in 1996.

In 1998, Brady became one of the improvisational theater performers in the original British version of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” The last season was filmed in Hollywood, and Brady soon became a regular on the American version, hosted by Drew Carey. It was his first stateside television exposure. In 2003, Brady won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety, Musical or Comedy Series for his work on the show, the only person to win the award for a television series.

Throughout the years, Brady has dabbled in many different endeavors, exposing his various talents. He has released two albums, “A Long Time Coming” and “Radio Wayne,” voiced several animated films, and hosted game shows.


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EverBank Field

Take your kids to see the team this month! Jaguars fans can register at to attend this year's training camp practices. The practices are free and open to the public with free parking available. Please note that all dates and times are subject to change. Go Jags!


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Downtown Jacksonville


St. Johns Town Center

Museum of Science & History

Save even more this year during Florida’s tax-free weekend! Hit the stores for back-to-school supplies, clothing and more. Eligible items include all clothing items up to $60 each, school supplies less than $15 each, and other items. For more information, go to

Every Friday, come to the Museum of Science & History to enjoy $5 admission and extended hours. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. Take a trip back in time with the History of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department and visit the new Darwin and Dinosaurs exhibit. You don’t want to miss this!

Daniel Tiger is excited to go to school, but he is worried when his dad can’t stay with him. Tune in to “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” on September 5 at 9:30 a.m. (WJCT–TV 7.1 or Comcast 8 & 440).

School is (Almost) in Session: Back to School Fun with WJCT!

By Robin Warren, WJCT Education Outreach Coordinator

Are you unsure how to get your little ones excited about the beginning of another school year? Whether your child is a first-timer or a seasoned pro, WJCT has you covered. Kids and families are invited to attend WJCT’s free Back to School Bash. Enjoy the new “Odd Squad: The Movie,” participate in fun activities, and more! Please bring a book donation for the Police Athletic League. This free event is on August 6 at 2 p.m. RSVP at Going back to school and/or starting school can elicit a variety of anxieties in young children. Look for new Back-to-School-themed episodes of “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” beginning September 5 on WJCT-TV 7.1 at 9:30 a.m. Make a great start with your child’s teachers this year by giving them a ticket to the TEACH conference, the 5th annual professional development conference presented by WJCT and Community First Credit Union. 22 August 2016 •

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Produced by Downtown Vision, Inc. and held each month from 5 to 9 p.m.—rain or shine—the monthly First Wednesday Art Walk spans more than 15 blocks to includes a variety of galleries, cultural venues, restaurants, street performers, live music and more. Start the school year off right with inspiration from #DTJax's art scene! We're going back to school this month for Art Walk, featuring school-aged fun for everyone.

WJCT’s annual TEACH conference will be October 8 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel. Nourish your teacher’s soul and buy them a ticket today!

TEACH is a conference created by teachers for teachers to engage, empower, and inspire. This year’s conference will be October 8 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel. An investment in your child’s teacher is an investment in your child, so nourish your teacher’s soul today. Join WJCT, Florida Theatre, and the Odd Squad special agents November 12 at the Florida Theatre for “Odd Squad LIVE!” Visit for more information. Miss O, the Director of Odd Squad precinct #13579, delivered a very special mission to Kid Agents Olive & Otto. Audiences will put their STEM skills to the test to help decode, decipher, and unravel the strange occurrences. Through live and digital audience participation, “Odd Squad LIVE!” allows the audience’s junior agents to help “Odd Squad: The Movie” premieres August 1 at 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. with multiple re-airings all solve these problems in real time alongside month (WJCT–TV 7.1 or Comcast 8 & 440). Olive and Otto. Until next time!

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT MOSH: Celebrating 75 years By Kristi Taylor

The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) is celebrating 75 years of service to the community this year. MOSH recently opened the exhibit, “Museum of Science & History: A Gateway to Nature” in the Jacksonville International Airport’s Sky Gallery. Since opening in its first permanent home in 1948, MOSH has inspired natural curiosity through exhibits and programs that teach visitors to “appreciate the little things of life that abound in their backyards, city parks, and interesting places they may visit.” Appreciate the little

things of life...”

Objects and specimens from the Museum’s Collections are complemented by artist Kathy Stark’s striking paintings of Northeast Florida’s green spaces, weaving together the legacy of Jacksonville’s parks systems and the 75-year history of MOSH. While the Museum’s programs and exhibits change to serve the needs of the community, the emphasis on the importance of green spaces in our city prevails.

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We met with Donna Rex, the CEO of the local North Florida affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, as well as Jasmine Salter, who will soon be a proud new homeowner at the organization’s latest development called OceanGate. Rex has been with Beaches Habitat for Humanity for two years, and previously came from a background of corporate banking and other work in the nonprofit sector. She used to work in public broadcasting, and studied communications at Florida State University. Rex explained that joining Beaches Habitat came as a calling of faith. Even though Habitat for Humanity is a Christian-based organization, it services individuals from all ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds. The main headquarters for Habitat for Humanity International is located in Atlanta, Georgia, and has more than 1,500 affiliates that operate independently across the United States, and 70 additional across the world. Up to this point, the organization as a whole has served approximately 6.8 million people. Beaches Habitat for Humanity recently celebrated its 25th year of serving North Florida, and is currently in full swing of developing their new OceanGate community off of Mayport Road in Atlantic Beach. To be a potential homeowner in one of the Beaches Habitat for Humanity communities, applicants must qualify as having a need for housing. The criteria for establishing this need include: currently living in substandard housing, paying more than 30 percent of one’s income in rent, or living in a dwelling with too many occupants. In addition, the applicant has to either live or work within the chapter’s designated area for more than a year. Once the applicants are approved and have met the initial conditions for home ownership, they also have to put in 300 hours of “sweat equity.” This includes time spent building their own home or contributing in various other ways to the organization. OceanGate will have 70 townhomes within the community, 24 of which have already been sold. I got the opportunity to meet with soon-to-be homeowner, Jasmine Salter. She said she came to Beaches Habitat for Humanity wanting a home and that the organization took her under its wing and laid out the game plan for achieving her dream.

They showed me everything involved in the process, from point A to B,” said Salter. “They guided me all the way from the application to laying the foundation for my own home. 24

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Salter is a Jacksonville native and currently works at ADT. She said, “seeing the positive impact the organization has on local communities is a great feeling.” She explained how proud she is to be from a place where her fellow Jacksonville residents look out for one another and step up to help each other. She also said that the handson approach to home ownership the organization provides is an excellent way to learn how to maintain her new home. In addition to learning construction skills, the organization provides education in managing finances and proper neighborly etiquette. During my visit with Beaches Habitat for Humanity, we also met with one of the local volunteers, Melissa Villarini. Villarini has worked at ADT for 19 years as an area administrative manager. ADT has a volunteer program called “ADT Cares,” locally known as the “Habitat Challenge.” Each year, there is an ADT Cares Week where employees partner with a NPO and provide a full week of service.

Being involved in the community provides great pride in what we do,” said Villarini. “We take pride in knowing that we are helping one of our own fellow team members in building her new home. It’s a great cause, providing a basic human need to local families in Jacksonville.

Once residents move into a new Beaches Habitat community, they are expected to adhere to HOA guidelines. The typical Habitat for Humanity community will consist of 30 units and take an average of one and a half years to complete. OceanGate is the largest community the local affiliate has ever taken on. The entire project will take about four years. Each home is approximately 1,250 square feet and the typical mortgage payment is $550 a month. The organization receives donations from several large sponsors such as Valspar paint, who donates all paint for the Habitat homes. The organization also receives support from PGA tour, Scheidel Foundation, Publix Super Markets, ADT, and various local auto dealers. In addition, all appliances for the units are donated from Whirlpool. We asked Rex what the most exciting time in the organization’s history is and she explained, “right now because we are serving more families than ever before. We are celebrating the 300th home locally, and we will have contributed enough money to Tithe to build 150 homes overseas.” These overseas locations include Coast Rica, Haiti, Nepal, and Lesotho. To learn more about Beaches Habitat for Humanity visit their website,


Two Thumbs Up How Good Food Should Taste


Tonkotsu – an amazing stew of rendered pork bone broth loaded with noodles from Japan, pork, scallions, seasoned egg, naruto (fish cake) bamboo shoots & nori (seaweed) for $9.

The Hangar Bay Café

Article by Monica Stouder Photos by Monica Lea Imagery:

the facts

What: The Hangar Bay Café When: Wednesday Evening Where: 2294 Mayport Rd, suite 22 Jacksonville, FL Price: $7 to $25 Contact: (904) 247-3301

operated by Navy veteran Chris Straw. His brainchild to present Jacksonville with traditional ramen styles is a great niche to fill, and in my opinion, simply genius.

try on the menu, but with food this good, ownership onsite, great price points, and cool, casual digs, you can guarantee once again I’ll soon be reminiscing of those ramen school days gone by while enjoying For instance, the Tonkotsu (pork broth) Ramen bowl another bowl of The Hangar’s more grown-up and soup base involves rendering down pork and bones gourmet counterpart! for hours upon hours. The dish is large and hearty, and noodles aside, full of other ingredients such as narutomaki (fish cake), seasoned egg, a generous slice of chopstick-tender pork, scallions, and more. A very intricate process for a price point of only $9! In addition to several versions of ramen with different soup bases – Shoyu (soy), Curry Miso Broth, Hellfire (super spicy Tan Tan), Straw has a magnificent kitchen brigade whipping up some truly incredible comfort food sides that I was privileged to sample. I highly recommend the Fried Biscuits. Theses lightly sweetened bites are light, flaky, and unlike any biscuit you’ve ever eaten! The other taste bud tantalizer is the Fried Mac and Cheese. So beautiful on the eyes, but a definite killer on the thighs, this panko-coated delight is both hearty and a scrumptious comfort food treat!

Not since the low-budget dorm days have I lavished a big, steaming bowl of ramen. Well, a lot has changed since the ancient times of mid-day library naps and late-night beer pong tourneys. But The Hangar Bay Café has a new bowl of ramen that is all grown up! There is not enough copy space to share how much This little strip mall lovely is locally-owned and I’m loving The Hangar Bay Café. There is still a lot to

BUZZworthy Note: In addition to some incredible bites here, you also have a small selection of beer: domestics, plus Sopporo, Asahi, and Kirin Light between $3.50 and $3.75. Owner Chris Straw states, “We are a small, military-themed, veteran-owned joint, serving low keyed, eclectic, comfort food.”

menu sample


Fried Mac & Cheese – 2 large triangles of macaroni and cheese fried to panko-coated perfection only $5.


Dinner Special – 2 beautifully fried pieces of chicken, a large bowl of any ramen and a drink for $13.


Homemade Fried Biscuit – hot and slightly sweet fried biscuits, only $2.50 for 4.

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GRAB A BITE 4 Rivers Smokehouse

Are you looking for a restaurant with a passion for supporting and serving the community? Come to 4 Rivers Smokehouse for traditional Texas-style BBQ, Southern comfort sides, and from-scratch sweet treats. This counter-serve spot aims to please the entire family! Fionn MacCool’s

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. M Shack Burgers

M Shack has an order-at-the-counter, served-at-thetable style, with a friendly staff, fun atmosphere, and mouth-watering burgers.

Hoby’s Honey & General Store

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.



As the premier Executive Pastry Chef for the Forking Amazing Restaurant franchise, we just kneaded to know more about Michael Bump’s sweet success! BUZZ: How did you receive your training to become a chef?

MB: I went to culinary school in Portland, Oregon. I graduated from the Western Culinary Institute (now the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts). BUZZ: What cuisines influence your style of cooking?

MB: I spent a large time of my career at a French restaurant, so I would have to say French — though I love it all. BUZZ: What sets your restaurant

BUZZ: Do you have a specialty

dish that your family and friends always want you to make?

MB: My mom insists I make crème brûlée every time I visit. BUZZ: Favorite dish to prepare: MB: I have a habit of leaning

toward anything with ice cream… it’s also my weakness.

BUZZ: Most unusual dish you have eaten:

MB: I ate kangaroo one time. That was different. Won’t do it again.

apart from others within your food style, and in the local area?

BUZZ: What are your favorite

MB: I’ve been working in the

MB: Vanilla beans and Vietnamese cinnamon.

Bistro Aix kitchen a lot. We focus on French cuisine using some very classic techniques.

BUZZ: What is your most

memorable kitchen experience?

MB: One of my old bosses made

about 60 quarts of Bolognese to be used for staff family meals. Everyone joked about it, but family meals were awesome.

ingredients to use?

BUZZ: Do you cook on your off

time or do you prefer someone to cook a meal for you?

MB: I like to cook at home, but I

have a 7-year-old that I try to give most of my free time to. When I do cook, he is right there helping me.

BUZZ: Hobbies outside of the kitchen:

MB: Camping and gem mining.

Every year, we go up to the Carolinas and visit the mines.


Mocha Truffle Cookies INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup chocolate chunks 2 tbsp instant coffee

DIRECTIONS Melt butter and chocolate in microwave until smooth. Add coffee. Cool briefly. Whisk in eggs, vanilla, and sugars. In a separate bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, and salt. Mix wet and dry ingredients to incorporate. Drop by tablespoons onto a greased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes. 26

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1/2 cup white sugar 1 cup packed brown sugar 2 eggs 1 tbsp vanilla extract 1/3 cup sifted cocoa powder 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 cup chocolate chunks

Getting -2- Know By Mike Kuusela

Fresh Subs at a Store Near You We had the opportunity to visit the awesome locally-owned sub franchise, Larry’s Giant Subs. Prior to doing the interview with the company’s CEO, Larry Raikes, I had visited many of their locations and personally experienced consistent quality and taste in their subs. We met with Larry and his brother, Mitchell Raikes, who is the company’s vice president. Larry’s Giant Subs got its start back in 1982 when Larry’s parents moved from Buffalo, New York to West Palm Beach, and the Raikes brothers tagged along to the Sunshine State. At first, Larry started working as a bartender in Jacksonville. He would get off of work and try to find a place to eat, and there would be nothing open for healthy eating. This spawned the idea to go into business by opening up a sub shop similar to those Larry had frequented in Buffalo. Larry attempted to recruit his brother Mitchell to be his business partner, but at the time Mitchell was working at Florida Machine and Foundry in downtown Jacksonville. When the steel plant started experiencing layoffs, Mitchell decided it was time to take his brother up on the offer. Fast forward a few decades and now Larry’s Giant Subs sits 69 locations strong, consisting of 60 franchise locations and nine corporate locations throughout Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Texas. The company employs 125 employees in it’s corporate locations. The state of Florida has the majority of these shops with 50 locations and their corporate offices are located just above their restaurant on Southside Boulevard. In 2010, Larry and Mitchell acquired Raikes Farms, which is the supplier of all ingredients for their sub shops and also supplies several clients such as the Cinotti’s Bakery, The French Pantry and Metro Diner to name a few. All in all, Raikes Farms sells about 6,000,000 pounds of product a year, some of which goes into producing the 18,000,000 subs the company sells each year. According to Larry, the most popular sub sold on a regular basis is the

“Ultimate,” which is made with all natural USDA choice roast beef, roasted turkey breast and premium ham. His second best seller is the “Italian BIG One.” Most of the locations within the company also offer its patrons beer and wine, which also incorporates some of the local craft beers found in Jacksonville. Each year, the company participates in the Shamrock Parade on Saint Patrick’s Day in Riverside’s Five Points district. The company also supports several great causes and nonprofits on the First Coast, including the Children’s Miracle Network, various golf tournaments that raise money for charities, Muscular Dystrophy Association and Zombiefest held by the Easy Peasy Fitness Foundation in October. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays, Larry’s Giant Subs offers a free kids meal with the purchase of a large sub and drink. Military, police and firefighters enjoy a 20 percent discount on their meal. Larry’s Giant Subs is taking steps toward a green initiative too, providing customers who drive electric cars an area to recharge their vehicles for free at their corporate office location on Southside Boulevard. Larry’s company is also one of the first in the region to start using and selling biodegradable water bottles. On top of the green initiative, Larry’s Giant Subs has a strong focus on promoting healthy eating and diet. They have sponsored several local professional athletes as well as local Mr. Olympia, Dexter “The Blade” Jackson. Their products consist of all natural deli meats and cheeses, which have no added growth hormones, nitrate free, antibiotic-free, casein free, and gluten free. Larry’s Giant Subs plans to expand its corporately held locations with another four shops in the areas of Nocatee, World Golf Village, State Road 16 and Ponte Vedra. Larry’s Giant Subs has also partnered with Doorstep Delivery service so that customers can have their food brought to them. If you have a large party that needs catering, Larry’s Giant Subs can provide this service as well. For more information, visit August 2016 •



JANET JACKSON STORY BEHIND THE MUSIC: Singer, songwriter, dancer and actress, Janet Jackson is a multi-talented artist whose musical and performance skills have been wowing crowds from all over for many years. With “The King of Pop” (Michael Jackson) being her older brother, the comparison between the two’s music is worthy of a debate. But Janet’s sonically innovative and socially conscious themes in her music identify her as her own artist. After signing a recording contract with A&M Records in 1982, she became a pop icon following the release of her third studio album, “Control” (1986). Her collaborations with record producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, incorporated elements of rhythm and blues, funk, disco, rap and industrial beats, which led to crossover success in pop music. In addition to receiving recognition for the innovation in her records, choreography, music videos, and prominence on radio airplay and MTV, she was acknowledged as a role model for her socially conscious lyrics. Being ranked as one of the highest-selling recording artists in the history of contemporary music, Janet Jackson has sold over 160 million records to date. The Recording Industry Association of America named Janet the 11th best-selling female artist in America, with 26 million certified albums. She also holds the record for most consecutive top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 list with 18 records. One of the world’s most awarded artists, her longevity, records, and achievements reflect her influence in shaping and redefining the scope of popular music. She has been cited as an inspiration among numerous performers.

CATCH HER LIVE: Aug. 5 at the Veterans Memorial Arena


JILL SCOTT STORY BEHIND THE MUSIC: Three-time Grammy award winning R&B vocalist Jill Scott made her debut in 2000 with the album, “Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1,” showing off her versatility. Scott began her performing career as a spoken word artist, appearing at live poetry readings to perform her work. She was eventually discovered by Amir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots. Questlove invited her to join the band in the studio. The collaboration resulted in a co-writing credit for Scott on the song, “You Got Me.” In 2000, Erykah Badu and The Roots won a Grammy for “You Got Me,” and Scott debuted as an artist during a Roots live show, singing as original artist of the song. Subsequently, Scott collaborated with Eric Benet, Will Smith, and Common. She broadened her performing experience by touring Canada in a production of the Broadway musical, “Rent.” Scott was the first artist signed to Steve McKeever’s Hidden Beach Recordings label. She experienced some notice and chart success with the single, “A Long Walk,” eventually earning a Grammy nomination in early 2003 for Best Female Vocal Performance. Scott won a Grammy in 2005 for Best Urban/Alternative R&B Performance for “Cross My Mind.” Her live album was released November 2001. Scott’s second full-length album, “Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2,” followed in 2004. She continues to make timeless soul music and remains one of the many queens of R&B.

CATCH HER LIVE: Aug. 28 at the Times Union Center



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Music Locale



Aug. 4 St. Augustine Amphitheatre •

Bluegrass musician and songwriter, Chris Stapleton has six No. 1 hit singles, which includes the five-week No. 1 “Never Wanted Nothing More,” recorded by Kenny Chesney. Once the front man of the band The SteelDrivers from 2008 to 2010, Stapleton released his debut studio album, “Traveler” in 2015. The album earned him several awards, reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200, and went on to sell over 1.4 million copies domestically.



Aug. 18 Florida Theatre •

Aug. 22 Jack Rabbits •

Four-time Grammy nominee and multi-platinum selling sax-man, Boney Jones, continues his artistic evolution with the dynamic, “Futuresoul.” Fusing his strong love for vintage soul music with his mastery of modern production, Boney Jones has created another genre-bending work following on the heels of his 2014 Grammy nominated album, “The Beat.”

American Aquarium is an alternative country band from Raleigh, North Carolina. The band derived its name from the Wilco song, “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart,” and consists of lead vocalist/ guitarist BJ Barham, bassist Bill Corbin, guitarist Ryan Johnson, guitarist Colin DiMeo, drummer Kevin McClain, and Whit Wright on pedal steel guitar and keyboards.


Aug. 31 St. Augustine Amphitheatre •

The Goo Goo Dolls are an American rock band formed in 1986 in Buffalo, New York. Renowned for their 1998 commercially successful hit “Iris,” The Goo Goo Dolls have had several other notable and popular singles, including “Name” and “Naked” from 1995’s “A Boy Named Goo.” They have had top 10 singles on various charts throughout their career, and have proven to hold a prominent longevity in the music industry.

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Eye Care in Jax If you were lucky enough to be born with good vision, you want to take care of it. Jacksonville area optometrists (those are the eye doctors), ophthalmologists (licensed to perform eye surgery), and opticians (who fit you for glasses) make up a comprehensive eye care team. No matter if you have perfect vision, annual eye exams are encouraged. All kinds of diseases—from diabetes to glaucoma—can be caught early through an annual eye exam. If your exam shows slight loss of vision and you need prescription glasses, don’t worry. Fashion is becoming infused in eyewear.

Kristopher Jackson shows off a pair of eyeglass frames designed by a My Eyelab manager. Jackson and his team help patients find the perfect fit.

“Yes, we want to see, but we also want to look good when we see,” said Kristopher Jackson, manager of My Eyelab on Beach Boulevard.


(904) 388-7767 | “It’s like jewelry for their face,” said Dr. Dana Nolan, owner of this Avondale office. Her team of eyewear consultants “take a great deal of pride in finding the right frame.”

(904) 280-2020| “When you watch the Academy Awards, that’s the eyewear we carry,” said owner, Ruth Wilson. Founded in 1957, this family-owned business has locations in San Marco and Ponte Vedra.

Dr. Jeffrey Levenson and his team provide comprehensive eye care at four different locations with helpful information about LASIK on their website that link patients to for an in-depth Q&A on the nonincision surgery.

ON Pediatric Eye Consultants of North Florida BUZZTHE STREETS

Dr. Dawn Duss prefers to get on the ground and play with the kids. That’s why she chose pediatric eye care over other more lucrative disciplines. For her, it’s about loving her job and taking care of her patients.

Tell me about fashion and optometry. Liv Coffman @ 5 Points Eye Associates

“OUR GOAL IS TO REALLY TAKE CARE OF THE KID,” SAID DUSS. “THAT’S WHY WE ARE WILLING TO ANSWER (CELL) PHONE CALLS, HAVE YOU SEND US A PICTURE (OF A PROBLEM). I WANT OUR PATIENTS TO HAVE ACCESS. I THINK IT’S EVEN MORE IMPORTANT IN A PEDIATRIC FIELD THAN AN ADULT FIELD.” Her passion for patient care is what drove her to open her own practice last spring in Ponte Vedra Beach. Today she is the only pediatric ophthalmologist in private place in northeast Florida. Duss provides comprehensive eye care for children and young adults, and performs eye surgery for all ages. For more information, visit or call (904) 425-5075.


Dr. Frank Bowden

Dr. Roger Wilson

Founder, Bowden Eye & Associates

Optometrist, Wilson & Wilson Optical

Dr. Bowden is a big believer in preventative care. With more than 30 years of experience in eye health, he champions the yearly eye exam. “There is nothing sadder than seeing someone who has preventable vision loss,” said Bowden.

Dr. Wilson said annual eye exams catch lifealtering eye diseases such as glaucoma or macular degeneration. Both diseases can go unnoticed by patient in early stages, but can be detected by optometrist in exam.

Dr. James Horning

Dr. Kurt Moody

Optometrist, A1A Family Eyecare

Board Member, Vision is Priceless

This family business places a special emphasis on child eye exams, and if needed, providing a treatment called vision therapy. Dr. Horning administers this nonsurgical treatment, which is a type of physical therapy for the eyes and brain.

This non-profit provides free eye exams to residents who qualify. Dr. Moody serves as a volunteer optometrist and board member. “I’ve always had that vision and passion to give something back,” said Moody.

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levenson eye associates



“(It’s) the most popular laser corrective procedure to make it so you don’t have to wear glasses or contacts,” said Dr. Amit Chokshi, who performs the laser surgery for patients who qualify. “I feel very confident if you are the right candidate, this is the way to go.”

“My whole philosophy is to empower the patients,” said Dr. Arun Gulani, who utilizes 18 different LASIK techniques to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. “Look at the patient and design the surgery to them.”

(904) 356-9431 | This optometrist practice is located downtown on N. Hogan Street, and offers sunglasses and prescription glasses in brands like Tom Ford and Versace.


florida eye specialists

gulani vision institute


(904) 387-4057 | The Riverside office has plenty of eccentric frames. Adult patients can match eyewear with a child here.

LASIK laser surgery Correcting your vision

Dr. Robert Schnipper has helped Jacksonville residents correct their vision for more than 30 years. The Riverside office team enjoys the non-corporate feel, and the ability to extend that environment to patients who come for LASIK surgery.




“It’s a great way to help people. We have super cute baby Ray-Bans.”

Frank Favale @ Akel & Favale Jacksonville Eye Care Center “Fashion is definitely a statement of eyeglasses,” said Favale, adding that glasses can have both function and fashion. DauVu Oliver @ Jacksonville Eye Center “Helping people find their glasses - it’s fun. Helping people see is the best part.”

Faith Rouke @ Vue Optical Boutique “We take special care in choosing our glasses. We are interested in independent companies and handmade.”

Ask the Doc


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Dr. Kristen Stewart, a local dermatologist and owner of Total Dermatology Care Center, shared her insights with BUZZ Health Editor Angie Green.

“Skin care is a passion,” said Minneth Chanco, owner of BodyBrite medical spa. “That’s why I love talking to the customers about the benefits (of our services). Everything we offer, we try ourselves first.”

BUZZ: What motivated you to enter the field of dermatology?



t’s been called the “BOTOX without needles,” and the go-to skin care facial treatment for Hollywood celebrities. The oxygen facial is different from a European facial where extractions can leave you redfaced and pained. I tried the oxygen facial at BodyBrite and was delighted with the painless, soothing airbrush used to infuse oxygen, vitamin B5 serum, and hyaluronic acid into my face. I was promised this technique binds moisture into my pores, rejuvenates my skin, makes it glow, and reduces fine lines. Promise delivered. By Angie Green

BUZZ Health Editor Angie Green received a one-hour oxygen facial treatment at BodyBrite medical spa. The facial included cleansing, exfoliation, applied pressured oxygen, and antiaging moisturizer and sunscreen.

BodyBrite, located in Southside Jacksonville, is a fullservice medical spa. In addition to oxygen facials, skin care specialists provide hair removal, skin rejuvenation, microdermabrasion, and teeth whitening treatments. Owner Minneth Chanco opened the first BodyBrite location in Florida in August 2015. For more information, visit BodyBriteJacksonville.

Doc: I was 21 when skin cancer developed on my back and was removed. It just changed everything for me. BUZZ: What should we, especially living in Florida, do to prevent sun damage that leads to skin cancer? Doc: We should start young. They should have sunscreen available in schools and have shade at playgrounds. BUZZ: What do you teach your patients about skin protection? Doc: Slip on clothing, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat, seek shade, and slide on sunglasses. This should be taught in schools every year. BUZZ: Those are great tips. What else can be done? Doc: The practice of sun avoidance is what we need to teach more. It’s more of shade, shirt, and doing stuff early and doing stuff late. Avoid sun 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.




St. Vincent’s Hospital

4776 Hodges Blvd

“Melanoma (cancerous moles) is one of the biggest killers in cancer for 20s and 30s year olds,” said Dr. Jonathan Kantor. People with red hair, blue eyes and a history of atypical moles and a lot of chilhood sun exposure should be extra proactive, he said.

“The importance of skin cancer screenings by a board-certified dermatologist…cannot be emphasized enough,” said Dr. Florence O’Connell. “Obtain a baseline skin exam as well as regular skin exams thereafter.”

ADVANTAGE DERMATOLOGY 1514 Nira Street “What should people look for regarding skin cancer?”


Dr. John Morello encourages annual screenings Regarding skin starting at 10 years old. cancer, people should look for Between screenings, patients “any dark spot change,” said Dr. should wear protective SPF Oliver Perez. He advises “ABCDE” clothing and hats. “Hats are rule. Notice A – Asymmetry, B – better than sunblock,” he said. Border, C – Color, D - Diameter, “Especially for balding men.” E – Evolution changes.

Sylvia Walker Founder & Owner NAIWBE Natural As I Wanna Be Sylvia Walker was an incessant hand washer when she worked as a nurse over 20 years ago. Her hands became so dry and cracked, they eventually bled. She was dumbfounded. Her journey led her to become owner of her own skincare line. “It took several years to diagnose (my condition),” said Walker, adding that the chemicals in the hospital’s cleanser stripped her hands of moisture. She knew she wasn’t alone with her skin problems—finally diagnosed properly as severe contact dermatitis—and began mixing ingredients on her own. “I was the girl always playing with eggs on your face,” said Walker. “And oatmeal on your face for a mask.” Walker combined her nursing background and knowledge of skin conditions to seek out ingredients that provide lasting moisture without chemicals. When she came across lemongrass, a culinary and medicinal herb, Walker knew she had something. “Lemongrass serves as an antiviral, antibacterial, and it’s a detox,” said Walker. “Lemongrass has so many healing properties.” Today, after years of development, Walker owns her own line of lemongrass moisturizers, cleansers, toners, sugar body scrubs, and shower gels, fittingly called NAIWBE Natural As I Wanna Be. She even has men’s shaving cream. Walker said she wants her products to heal, moisture, and protect the skin. “I love people. I love skin care,” she said, adding that all of her products are USDA certified organic, and free of chemicals and fragrance. Walker’s line can be purchased online or at her NAWIBE spa located inside the Jacksonville Landing. “More people want products that perform, but they don’t want products that are full of chemicals,” said Walker. For more information, visit or call (866) 740-2381. August 2016 •



Health Picks Aug. 7



Led by Heather Borders, learn how to easily make healthy and delicious meals at home, eat healthfully on the go, and make strides towards a happier, healthier you. You can attend just one workshop or all four. Enjoy the cooking demo, tasting, and free cookbook to help you keep the ball rolling.


Studio Jear

At Studio Jear, your weight training experience will be like no other! BodyPump is a barbell-training class that is low on complexity, but high in fun. BodyPump has benefits like increased strength and metabolism, and the “feel good” factor associated with a great total body workout.


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Aug. 15


Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Suns are proud to step up to the plate to help our community knock breast cancer out of the park, and out of our world forever! This event will be a great way to empower the Komen North Florida mission as the Suns take on the Mississippi Braves.

Aug. EARLY TO RISE RECHARGE YOGA 17 Soluna is dedicated to providing Soluna Yoga and Spa

a physical exercise with intent to expand mind and body awareness. This class is a dynamic, physically-demanding sequence of postures in a gently heated room. Recharge combines a cardiovascular workout with a peaceful mind, and strengthens the core, balance, and endurance. All levels welcome.



Aug. 11



Jacksonville Beach

Last year over 1,500 runners and walkers celebrated the 51st race of the oldest running event in Florida. The Tijuana Flats Summer Beach Run consists of a 5-mile and 1-mile. After the race, a huge post-race celebration will feature a live band, free beer, and tacos from Tijuana Flats.

EverBank Field

Are you ready for some football? Come out to EverBank Field for the Jaguars’ first preseason game against the New York Jets. Enjoy the stadium’s many amenities including the world’s largest score boards. Don’t forget your teal and gold gear!


Community First Park

The Armada FC is Jacksonville’s official North American Soccer League club. Enjoy the exciting action as our talented players dominate the pitch. The Fort Lauderdale Strikers have proven to be tough competition, but the Armada plays to win. You don’t want to miss this!


Local Athletes of Jacksonville

Aug. 22-26


Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville

Root for your hometown team as they face-off against the Biloxi Shuckers! With promotions, entertainers, post-game concerts, firework shows, and a kid’s playground, there is fun for the whole family. Enjoy the friendly Southpaw and the talented Sunbeam cheerleaders too.


Sports Director at

Beau Beech The former UNF star basketball player was signed to the Brooklyn Nets Summer League team. Beech got off to a good start in his first week playing in the Las Vegas summer league, and hopes to give himself a chance to make an NBA roster in the fall.

Ryan Murphy The Jacksonville native is headed to the Olympics in Rio. The Bolles graduate swept the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke at the Olympic Trials in Omaha. Murphy will have a good chance to reach the podium in Brazil.

Caleb Dressel Another Jacksonville swimmer is Rio bound. Dressel is from Green Cove Springs. He swam for the Bolles program and is a junior at the University of Florida. Dressel qualified for the 2016 games by finishing second in the 100-meter freestyle by just .03 seconds.

Giancarlo Stanton The former Jacksonville Suns star won the homerun derby in San Diego during the All-Star Game festivities. Stanton hit 61 homeruns total, by far the most in homerun derby history. Stanton was in a major slump for the Miami Marlins at the beginning of the year, but had 20 homeruns at the break. August 2016 •



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Catchin a BUZZ



Interview by Monica Stouder

Tell us about your name?

Do you all have music or any kind of events?

HOBNOB is a term that indicates a social camaraderie that we try to portray in everything. In our menu, it’s all about rubbing elbows.

Yes, live music most weekends.

What is unique about your bar area? We have great art pieces with custom booths. The whole bar feels very cozy, but still ideal for socializing. When is Happy Hour? Monday – Friday 4-7 p.m. and late-night happy hour Friday and Saturday 10 p.m.-12 a.m.

What compliments do you hear most often from your customers? We hear great things about our cocktails. The biggest compliment is that the service is approachable and friendly. Also, that the food is delicious and fast. When customers are having a really good time at your business what are they doing? Laughing, drinking, eating, HOBNOB-ing.

What kind of weekly drink specials do you all offer?

Busiest night of the week?

During happy hour, $4 select wine and beer, and $2 off of draft cocktails.


Do you serve any craft cocktails?

What does your staff enjoy the most about working here?

All our cocktails are handcrafted. We don’t use any processed ingredients, and we make a lot of our infusions, potions, and syrups in house.

Our owners are really engaged in the community, and it shows in the way they run their business. It’s a fun and open atmosphere.

What do you love most about Jacksonville’s nightlife?

What do you want more people to know about your business?

I like that it’s a community. There’s always something to do in Jacksonville. Especially with the service industry people—it’s hard not to go out and run into someone.

We are a really awesome lunch spot that is quick and convenient to all the businesses around Unity Plaza, making it a great place for anyone who works in Downtown, Riverside, San Marco or Brooklyn.

Do you serve any local liquors or brews? We have Bold City, Aardwolf, and Intuition brews. We serve Gunnar’s Vodka and Palm Ridge Reserve whiskey spirits.

Follow us on social media. Facebook: @HobNobJax, Twitter: @HOBNOBJax, and Instagram: @hobnobjax


Brass Monkey Ingredients 1 oz. Drambuie 1 oz. Cognac 1 oz.Fresh squeezed OJ ½ oz. port wine 3 dashes of housemade clove bitters Bitters: 5 oz. of a high proof spirit 80+ (doesn’t have to be clear) 15 cloves

Steep the cloves in the spirit of your choice overnight. In the morning, strain the cloves out and store your bitters in a sealed container. Put the ½ oz. of port in the glass first. Add ice. In a shaker, add the Cognac, Drambuie, OJ, and bitters. Shake for 10 seconds. Then double strain over the port. Top with the orange and enjoy!


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Nichols and Pina, LLLP


Written by Kyle, Astrologer Extraordinaire

Aries (March 21- April 19) Looks like you may have a relationship hanging in the balance. Something about Saturn being in retrograde in Libra or something. Not sure. I am guessing it’s because you’re easily irritated or your lack of sensitivities toward others. Or maybe it’s because of Saturn. Your call. Taurus (April 20 – May 20) This one website stated you should open your problems up to your friends. I don’t know about your friends, but not everyone wants to hear about your problems. Mine would most likely make fun of me. Keep your issues to yourself and to professionals only. Gemini (May 21 – June 21) With love planet Venus in retrograde this month, you will be reevaluating your previous romantic choices. Sounds like a dumb concept. Why would you want to review relationships that failed? Venus can take a hike! Go find something new. Cancer (June 22 – July 22) Things are becoming more official in your love life. That crush is now official on Facebook, a ring is about to be placed, and that pregnancy test is coming back positive. Wow, that’s a busy month. I’m hoping I’m wrong because it sounds like stress. Leo (July 23 – August 22) Feisty and frisky this month. Friends will start becoming the type with “benefits” this month. Coupled Leos will start to spice things up. It’s a good month to be a Leo. Virgo (August 23 – September 22) This month could recycle an old drama and open an old emotional wound. Or even better, bring a shady but fun ex back and fire up the ol’ spice in your life. Just remember there is a reason why you are no longer with that previous Casanova.

300 West Adams Street, Suite 130 Jacksonville, FL 32202 904-353-3300

What is your area of law?

Libra (September 23 – October 22) After your mojo has been hibernating, it awakens this month with a furious curiosity. With your energy focused, it’s time you start meeting new singles as oppose to the usual, well, boring people you have been with.

Criminal Defense, DUI Defense, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21) For those Scorpio who have been looking for a soulmate, this may be your month. Your eighth house of intimacy is sharing with your coupling house. I don’t even understand that, but it translates to you finding a soulmate soon. Hooray soulmate!

I was born and raised in Avondale. I attended Episcopal School of Jacksonville and Jacksonville University.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) People you date this month will seem immature. May want to try and date some older people to mix it up. You never know, going to the earlier bird special and senior discounts could be fun. At the very least, you will save some money. Capricorn (December 22 – January 19) Work has been all you know recently, so it’s time to loosen that tie and seek adventure outside of work. There are no planets in retrograde that affect you this month, so go nuts. Seek out one of the other signs who are all fired up and light a spark. Aquarius (January 20 – February 18) If you want that crush to notice you, you are going to have to come up with something creative. Let it all hang out this month and see if that garners attention. I am sure someone will notice you, if not the crush, which isn’t always a bad thing. Pisces (February 19 – March 20) It should be a high-energy month for you. If you can keep up with the pace, you should be able to find a few quality dates out of it. I know, I don’t believe it either,e Pisces. Not known for being good with hard work, yet I feel you can pull it off this month.

How long have you practiced law? 18 years.

What brought you to Jacksonville?

How do you stay connected to the Jacksonville community? I just recently stepped down from eleven years on the Board of Trustees of St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School, and I am currently on the Board of Trustees of Angels for Allison. I am also an adjunct professor at Florida Coastal School of Law.

How did you choose your area of law? My first job was with the Office of the Public Defender, and I have practiced criminal defense ever since.

What is your greatest accomplishment as an attorney? When a client is happy with what we have done, it is our greatest accomplishment. We don’t judge our accomplishments with how many trial victories or big settlements. Every day I walk into my office and I look at a bookcase filled with thank you notes and pictures of clients. Each of those notes, pictures, and memories have equal value as our greatest accomplishments. Each reminds us every day that we have been blessed with the opportunity to help people who need help.

What is a frequently asked question you receive from your clients? A day does not go by without being asked, “What do I do if I am stopped by the police and I have been drinking?”

How would you answer the above question? Call me! The information presented herein reflects only the opinion of the author and not iwantaBUZZ Entertainment Magazine, its 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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