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FEATURED The Top Events of 2017 ......................................... 6,7, 23, 35, 38, 39










Oktoberfest at the Anheuser Busch Brewery in October. Prost!

My husband loves magic shows, so we’re excited for the Masters of Illusion show at the Florida Theatre.

Kathleen Madigan on January 27 at the Florida Theatre.

The Jacksonville Jazz Festival on May 25 through 28.

Opening Day of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp’s season! Baseball’s never been tartered and battered!

The Gate River Run.

July 4th Fireworks!








Lee Brice and Justin Moore – American Made Tour on Jan. 26!

The Oyster Jam Music Festival in April at Metropolitan Park.

The naming of a new Jaguars Head Coach, GM ... and new quarterback!

The Craft & Import Beer Festival.

The Natural Life Music Festival.

Bastille at the St. Augustine Amphitheater.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill in September!




TPC in May.






Intuition Ale Works Block Party.









Clay County Fair.

I look forward to the Opening of Breezy Jazz Club!

PorchFest in November.

Springing in the Blues in April.

World of Nations.










OVO – Cirque du Soleil in August!


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Community Events

Nonprofit Cooking

Nonprofit Races

Kids Charities

Beer Dinners For Charity

Sports Teams Giving


Kids Events

Kids Eat Free

Kid Races

Summer Camps

Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Kids Leagues


Counseling Services Health Events

Heart Health Month Nutritional Options

List of Races Women’s Health

Kid’s Health Stress Management

Low-Cal Beers/Wines Mental Health Month

Trainers Behind the Pros Men’s Health Month


Arts Events

Dining at the Museum

Races Supporting The Arts

Kids Art Activities

Painting and Pints

Sports Inspired Art


Cuisine Events

Restaurants Around Town

Pre-Race Meals

Kids Eat Free and Themed Restaurants

Beer Inspired Recipes

Sports Themed Restaurants


Sports Events

Sports Themed Restaurants

Stadium Runs

Kid Sports Clubs


Team Profiles


Nightlife Events

Late Night Munchies

Beer Runs

There’s a baby... in a bar. (kid-friendly establishments)

Beer Bars/Wine Bars

Where to Spot Celebrities


Music Events

Dinner with a Song (restaurants with live music)

Booze-Related Runs

Kid Concerts

Bar Bands

Stadium Rockers (local musicians)
















Nonprofits Around Town

Free Legal Help

Art Nonprofits

Drinking for a Cure

Music Charities

Nonprofits for the Holidays


Buy Local: Kids

Family Law

Kids Art Classes

Teen Nights/Clubs


Kids Nonprofits


Buy Local: Health Dental Health

Lawyers who Run Foot Health

Art Therapy National Yoga Month

Where to Workout Breast Cancer Awareness

Group Fitness with Music Lung Cancer Awareness

Health-Related Nonprofits Physical Therapy


Buy Local: Art

Legalize your Art

Art Events

Bar Art

Band Album Covers

Art Nonprofits


Local Restaurants

Law Bites (favorite lawyer restaurants)

Local Art in Restaurants

Drink and Food Pairings

Dining with Music

Restaurants that Give Back


Buy Local Memorabilia

Sports Law

Sports Photographers

Before/After the Game

Local Musicians at the Stadium

Sports Nonprofits


Neighborhood Bars


Mixology (the art of cocktails)

Bar Profiles

Bar Bands

Bars that Give Back


Buy Local: Music Stores

Own Your Voice (copyright law)

Music Education


Music Events

Bands that Give Back



Kasey Wagner


TOP E2017 vents OF


attorney, lawrence law group

My most anticipated event for 2017 is ExZOOberation at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens on April 8. ExZOOberation is a great fundraiser for our amazing zoo. It includes specialty drinks, dinner, live music and an auction where you can bid on naming rights for baby animals, along with exclusive packages for behind-the-scenes experiences. I am co-chairing the 2017 event, and we are bringing the focus to the Zoo’s local, regional and global conservation efforts. This year is ExZOOberation’s 22nd year, and we’re hoping it will be the best one yet!

Scott Reneau

media relations, douglas anderson school of the arts

We have our annual showcase, “Extravaganza,” at the Moran Theater in February. The 31st annual showcase features some of the area’s most accomplished high school performers in dance, theater, vocals, instrumental music, film, visual arts and spoken word.

Pete Kimmel marketing and events manager first coast no more homeless pets

Our MEGA Pet adoption will be held the first weekend in July. Dates are subject to change. Check for details.

Tera Lageman development director, angelwood, inc.

2017 is a big year for us at Angelwood as we get ready to launch our 25th anniversary campaign. It will kick off with our SilverCelebration 25th Anniversary party on January 19 from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $25, which gets you in the door for all you can eat and drink. Grandpa’s Cough Medicine is on board to entertain our guests and we also have food/drink vendors like The Happy Grilled Cheese, MShack, Ancient City Brewing Co, Peterbrooke and more. Our most anticipated event of the year will be our 25th Anniversary Gala. This Gala will highlight Angelwood’s 25 years of service in our community. Many of our clients and their family members will be there and it will be a night for them to shine for sure! The Gala will be held on August 26 at the Sawgrass Marriott.

Kathryn Thomas Stan Cleiland

executive director, yoga 4 change

wjct vice president of community

The Chips 4 Change Charity Poker Tournament benefiting Yoga 4 Change, an organization that seeks to heal and empower vulnerable youth, veterans, incarcerated individuals and those dealing with substance abuse through a purpose-driven yoga curriculum. The event is on January 12 at bestbet Jacksonville. For more information, visit

relations & strategic communications wjct public broadcasting

Melissa Ross

One of our eagerly-anticipated events will be “An Evening with Dr. Richard Freund” and a preview of the Nova episode at the WJCT Studios on February 9, 2017!

host/producer, first coast connect

The audience at WJCT Studios will experience a presentation by Dr. Freund and see a sneak peek of the Nova episode that filmed the international team during their historical find. The Nova documentary, set to air in 2017, will feature interviews with archaeologists, geophysicists and scholars describing the fate of Jews housed near what is now Vilnius, Lithuania.

I’m looking forward to the Collective Con in March. Millie Bobby Brown, “Eleven” from Stranger Things on Netflix, will be there. My kids are excited to meet her! For more information, visit

Steffani H. Fletcher executive director, hope at hand, inc.

Hope at Hand is hosting the 2nd annual Jax Poetry Fest to celebrate National Poetry Month in April.

Rick Cartlidge

executive director, sanctuary on 8th street

This year’s Shindig celebrates 25 years of the Sanctuary on 8th Street with a look ahead to our bright future. Expect awesome music, food, drink and a performance by our kids.

Layne Thompson-Payne

executive director, riverside fine arts


Lori Delgado Anderson

Justin Lerman

executive director, mission house

unf student

Mission House will be celebrating our 20th Anniversary in February of 2017. The celebration will include a community open house on February 25, 2017, from 2-5 p.m.

The Gate River Run. After training for four months, being able to conquer the race and run it with 24,000 other participants gives me a great sense of accomplishment.

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The Riverside Fine Arts Association will have Delfeayo Marsalis in concert on September 29, 2017. We originally had him scheduled last year; however, Hurricane Matthew got in the way so we had to postpone. Thank goodness we are able to bring him back for our 2017-18 season opener. It will be at the Church of the Good Shepherd in the main sanctuary and begins at 7:30.

Daniel Bean executive partner,

holland & knight llp

The arrival of the USS CHARLES F. ADAMS (DDG-2).

Lauren Weedon Hopkins, CFRE

regional director, catholic charities bureau, inc.

Kellie Ann Kelleher

director, major gifts campaign

Mike O’Brien

executive director, greater jacksonville area uso

The most anticipated event for 2017 at the Greater Jacksonville Area USO is our annual Operation: That’s My Dress. The exact date of this year’s show has yet to be determined but we expect the extravaganza to be in September again in 2017.

american cancer society, inc.

The American Cancer Society is hosting its 22nd annual Cowford Ball on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 6 p.m. As a cancer survivor, I love that this event raises money to fund services for local people fighting cancer right here in Jacksonville! I was able to attend the event the past two years and was surprised by the detail that went into making this event truly one of a kind including the casino style games, culinary experience and entertainment that made the theme come alive. It’s truly spectacular!

Nicole Brose

Sheri Criswell

president, dignity u wear

The Ultimate Undie Extravaganza is from Feb. 1 to April 28. The Open House at Dignity U Wear and Undie/Donation Drop-off will be on April 28 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at our headquarters in downtown Jacksonville.

executive director, dreams come true

Dreams Come True is looking forward to our fourth annual Dream Day event on June 10 at PRI Productions. Dream Day is a special day when local children who are battling life-threatening illnesses take a momentary reprieve from all of their medical worries and receive a magical experience in a world of superheroes and princesses. The smiles and laughter created on that day bring joy to the hearts of all present, but especially to our community’s most deserving little heroes.

Andrew Bell the legends of real estate east coast

The Jacksonville Dragon Boat & Paddlefest 2017 in September. It is a great community event that brings attention to our riverfront.

I am most looking forward to Catholic Charities Jacksonville’s 25th Annual Black & White Ball to benefit families in crisis. On February 25 in the Great Hall of the Historic Jessie Ball duPont Center, we will enjoy live music by KTG, dinner, cocktails and dancing in celebration of the event’s silver anniversary. Visit for more details.

Keli Likins southeast regional manager,

jacksonville public library

I’m looking forward to Jax Book Fest on March 25. It’s a literary celebration at the Main Library. This event will be a celebration of the written word for all ages - featuring children’s authors and illustrators, zine creators, young poets and local Florida authors.

Jacksonville Dance Theatre (JDT), Jacksonville’s own critically acclaimed professional contemporary dance company, presents its fourth annual fulllength repertory concert, Jacksonville Dance Theatre in Concert, on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 8 p.m. at the historic Florida Theatre. Made possible in part by support from The Florida Theatre, Jacksonville Dance Theatre in Concert will showcase stunning performances by JDT’s 18-member critically acclaimed repertory company.

executive director, cathedral arts project

We’re looking forward to the 13th annual Spring for the Arts on April 28 for many reasons – it’s our biggest event of the year, it’s one of the most visible events supporting arts education in our community and it’s generated more than $4 million since its first year! This year, we’re particularly excited to honor Carol Johnson Foley as our Guardian of the Arts award recipient for her efforts to safeguard and advance the arts along the First Coast.

Molly Sweet clarinetist and volunteer publicity coordinator for the civic orchestra

Diane Boyle

of jacksonville

We appreciate the tremendous support we received for our Fries With That Wine event. The event would not have been possible without all of our sponsors, including our presenting sponsor, EverBank and dozens of dedicated volunteers. The money raised from Fries With That Wine will help us continue our very important mission of providing vital services to families whose children are receiving world-class pediatric care in Jacksonville. Fries With That Wine 2017 will take place in the newly renovated US Assure Club East at EverBank Field. Voted as the 2015 Bold City Best Local Charity Event, you will not want to miss one of Jacksonville’s best parties with a purpose.

The Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville will perform a season finale concert on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 5 p.m. at St. John’s Cathedral in downtown Jacksonville. This concert is special because it will celebrate our first year as a performing ensemble and all of the hard work and collaboration that went along with putting the orchestra together. It’s free and open to the entire community. Following the concert, audience members are invited to celebrate with the musicians during a champagne reception. Photo by Artist in Residence Maddie Hamrick

vp business development

& coo, handson jacksonville The Celebrate GOOD Festival on April 30. HandsOn Jacksonville is hosting the Celebrate GOOD Festival to honor the true spirit of volunteerism in Jacksonville. Celebrate GOOD is an afternoon of live music, great food, volunteer opportunities and fun for the entire family. The festival is FREE to anyone who volunteers in Jacksonville, as well as those interested in getting involved with volunteering.

executive director, jacksonville dance theatre

Rev. Kimberly Hyatt

executive director, rmhc of jacksonville

Bonnie Barnes, MBA

Katie McCaughan

Mary Pat Corrigan

ceo, volunteers in medicine

Barbara Turner retired

I’m looking forward to World of Nations. I love to experience all the foods, crafts, music and culture of so many countries of the world in one place.

Daniel Burstein I’m excited for One Spark. It’s a Jacksonville born event that showcases the best of Jacksonville— innovators, those looking to make a positive change to our city and our world.

“Women with Heart” luncheon on February 8. The women honorees will wear a necklace throughout the year to be a conversation starter about Volunteers in Medicine. JANUARY 2017 •



Community Picks Jan. 14-15 LETTERS FROM ANNE AND MARTIN


Cummer Museum and Gardens

Ritz Theatre and Museum

Do you know about this special deal at the Cummer? Every Tuesday, enjoy free admission to the Cummer Museum and its historic Gardens, thanks to the generous support of Florida Blue. Guests can enjoy free admission to the Galleries and Gardens.

An inspiring play that brings to life the written words of Anne Frank and Martin Luther King and their shared hopes and dreams of a world free of discrimination and hatred. The facilitated discussion that will follow between the actors and the audience is intended for adults.

Jan. 30

Jan. 28


Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts


Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts

Grammy Award-winning superstar and Country Music Hall of Fame member Kenny Rogers has enjoyed great success during his storied career of nearly six decades, which will be celebrated during his Final World Tour: The Gambler’s Last Deal with Special Guest Linda Davis.



the most interesting person i’ve interviewed this month

He’s a rising spoken word artist and one of the highlights of this year’s TEDxJacksonville event. Odd Rod (aka Roderick Borisade) had a tough childhood growing up in Jacksonville, with a drug-addicted single mom and poverty as major obstacles to success. “I gave myself the name ‘Odd Rod’ because I beat the odds,” he told First Coast Connect listeners. After graduating from UNF on scholarship, Odd Rod has built a growing reputation, touring the region as a multi-media artist, performing compelling one-man shows that are a combination of music, spoken word, poetry, even dance. He is a part of our new monthly feature Rising Stars, where we profile a First Coast millennial making a splash in their field. Check him out at Also, tune into 89.9 FM WJCT at 9 a.m. and email if you know a Rising Star. 8

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The Florida Forum speaker series is in its 25th year! Presented by The Women’s Board, this phenomenal event raises awareness and funds for Wolfson Children’s Hospital. As anchor of Fox News Channel’s The Kelly File, Megyn Kelly focuses on breaking stories, in-depth investigative reports and newsmaker interviews, capitalizing on her skills as a former litigator. In 2014, Time magazine named her among the 100 most influential people in the world. She has also been key in Fox News’ coverage of the 2016 presidential election.

M A K ING A DIFFER ENCE TDC’S non-profit leaders in our community CHOICE If you’re bored in Jacksonville …

HabiJax takes great pride in the work it does throughout Jacksonville. Our work is extremely rewarding and we firmly believe in providing affordable housing to people in need so they may build better lives for their families. We strive to offer our homebuyers various floor plans that exude style and comfort, yet are still affordable.”

it’s your own fault!-Tracy Dot Com


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Mary Kay O’Rourke is the President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville, Inc. (HabiJax) and has led the organization since 2005. O’Rourke is a member of several community organizations including: Leadership Jacksonville, Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition, Jacksonville Women’s Network and Northeast Florida Builders Association. She is a member of the U.S. Council of Habitat for Humanity and is director of Florida Habitat for Humanity. O’Rourke received her B.A. in Sociology from Seton Hall University, attended Rutgers University for graduate studies in Social Work and completed Achieving Excellence in Community Development at Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education.

There’s a reason it is called the Greatest Show on Earth! It just keeps getting better and better. This year the circus is focusing more on tricks humans can do, like BMX trick riders, trampoline daredevils, inconceivable contortionists and a high-flying human cannonball. Your ticket gets you free access to the pre-show on the stage floor with international circus performers. Buy a VIP ticket and get a backstage tour.


COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS Visit our calendar for more local events.

Kirsten Martino, Katie Colley and Julie Henderson Info 90 Riverside Ave #604 (904) 531-3497 Hours: 7 AM - 8 PM

Drybar Jacksonville


rybar, a hair salon dedicated solely to blowouts, is the newest concept to hit Jacksonville. It is a salon dedicated to style with an upbeat and enthusiastic atmosphere. You are greeted with smiles and offered a drink. There is nothing dry about this Drybar. You sit at the bar and your stylist presents the Look Book where you pick from the Straight Up, Manhattan, Cosmo, Mai-Tai, Cosmo-Tai, Dirty Martini or Southern Comfort. Book your appointment online.

COMMUNITY FOCUS A closer look at our local nonprofit community

WWE SmackDown Live | Jan. 3 | Veterans Memorial Aren

WaveMasters Polar Plunge: Jan. 1, Jacksonville Beach near the Lifeguard Station, Jax Illumination’s 4th Annual Drive Thru Holiday Light Show in Jacksonville: Jan. 1, Morocco Shrine Auditorium and Grounds, FAME: The Musical: Jan. 3, Times-Union Moran Theater, WWE SmackDown Live: Jan. 3, Veterans Memorial Arena, Shen Yun: Jan. 3-4, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, Jacksonville Downtown Artwalk: Jan. 4, Hemming Park, Beethoven and Sibelius: Jan. 6, Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall,

Hart Felt Ministries

Imagine finding yourself wheelchair bound and becoming a prisoner in your own home. Now, imagine a team of people working together to build a wheelchair ramp at no cost to you, once again giving you the ability to travel in and out of your home whether it’s to go to church or just sit outside in the sunshine. This is just one way Hart Felt Ministries fulfills its mission to help seniors age in place. Services include friendly visits, grocery shopping, transportation to appointments, light housekeeping and more.


Brought to you by Molly Curry


January is Human Trafficking Awareness month, a $32 billion a year industry and a form of modernday slavery. I’m proud to be a board member of Rethreaded, which provides victims a safe, supportive work environment where they can earn money while learning a skill and experiencing continued healing. Rethreaded is a safe place where women can earn a living wage becoming artisans who make products out of upcycled t-shirts or pursue other career paths within the company including marketing, administration, finance and sales. Rethreaded has impacted the lives of 24 Jacksonville women.

Bank of America & Merrill Lynch Museums on Us: Jan. 8, The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Florida Blue Free Tuesdays: Jan. 10, 17, 24, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Jax Beach Art Walk: Jan. 10, Downtown Jacksonville Beach, Winter Jam 2017: Jan. 13, Veterans Memorial Arena, Journey, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac & More: Jan. 13-14, Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall, Jay Leno: Jan. 14, Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, Premier Bride Expo: Jan. 15, Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center,

Golden Dragon Acrobats: Jan. 15, Florida Theatre, Jax Beach Classic Car Cruise: Jan. 17, Sea Walk Pavilion, Pink Martini: Jan. 17, Florida Theatre, The Book of Mormon: Jan. 17-22, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, North Beaches Art Walk: Jan. 19, Beaches Town Center, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME: Jan. 19-22, Veterans Memorial Arena, Brahms and Beyond: Jan. 20-22, Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall, 2017 School Choice Expo: Jan. 21, Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, Discovering Nature Nearby: Jan. 21, Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, Spend the Night with Billy Crystal w/ Special Guest Bonnie Hunt: Jan. 25, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, Riverdance: Jan. 27-29, TimesUnion Center for the Performing Arts, Wolfson Children’s Challenge: Jan. 28, Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, Kenny Rogers’ Final World Tour: The Gambler’s Last Deal with Special Guest Linda Davis: Jan. 28, Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, Florida Forum – Megyn Kelly: Jan. 30, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts,

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The Holiday Law Firm

Heather Mayer and Joshua Tyson

OCTAVIUS HOLLIDAY | (904) 330-0289 | 3109 Spring Glen Rd., Suite 303

The EverBank Tower 301 W. Bay St., Suite 1421 Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 329-7252

Attorneys Joshua Tyson and Heather Mayer vigorously fight for the rights of their clients. This is an aggressive firm, answering phone calls and messages whenever they are seen. The attorneys at Tyson and Denson put their hearts into every case they take. They have obtained valuable experience in the areas of family law, criminal law, DUI and traffic citations.

Area of Law Criminal Defense How long have you practiced? 13 and a half years.

BUZZ: How do you set yourself apart from other firms in the area? We are extremely personable with our clients, taking a lot of time to deal with their issues directly. We make ourselves available to our clients at all hours, especially for emergencies. Also, one of the niche things that we do is that we offer flat fee agreements. BUZZ: What are flat fee agreements? It’s a set price for your legal work instead of paying an hourly rate, because I want to be your attorney and not your banker. BUZZ: What do you see as the greatest challenges in your practice? Coming to terms with the fact that in a family law situation, no one really wins, so you have to base your strategy on what works best for the children, regardless of how it may impact the parents. BUZZ: Our readers want to know what’s a law many people break unknowingly? That you’re not allowed to drive with your hazards on in the rain. BUZZ: Our readers want to know what should you do if you need to adjust your child support payments? Schedule a consultation with an attorney to see if you meet the statutory requirements to modify. 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.

How did you choose your particular field of law? I was in law school and clerked for big firms. I started interviewing for prosecutor jobs. Then I came here and it just clicked. Once you learn criminal law from the State’s Attorney’s Office side, it’s easy on the defense side. How do you stay connected in the community? I work with the 100 Black Men of Jacksonville mentor program, Omega Psi Phi, Leadership Jacksonville and I’m the incoming President of the D.W. Perkin’s Bar Association.

REPRESENTING THE SERIOUSLY INJURED. With more than 35 years of trial experience, Abbott Law Group, P.A. is respected as one of the best medical malpractice and personal injury law firms in the state.

Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer Top 100 National Trial Lawyer Super Lawyers 2010 - 2015 AV Rated Martindale-Hubbell Former Florida Gators Player Former NFL Eagles Player 2929 Plummer Cove Rd Jacksonville, FL 32223 (904) 292-1111


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Areas of Law • • • • • •

Medical Malpractice Personal Injury Class Action Lawsuits Defective Drugs Defective Medical Devices Car Accidents

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Electronic Discovery Wrongful Death Product Liability Insurance Bad Faith Nursing Home Abuse


How do clients benefit from your services?


Davis Law Firm, PLLC They each benefit in a different way, depending on the field. With consumer protection, I try to get individuals out of debt and compensated.

Michael Orta, Nooney & Roberts 1680 Emerson St. Jacksonville, FL 32207 Phone: (904) 398-1992

Law Office of Michelle L. Glass, PA My clients can reach me at any hour. I try to have a level of accuracy, due diligence and customer service beyond expected.

What brought you to Jacksonville? I’m a Jacksonville native.

Where did you attend law school? University of Georgia School of Law.

What is your specific field of law?

The DeVries Law Firm, P.A.

Law Offices of James D. Allen

They receive personal, one-onone contact with an attorney as opposed to going through a bunch of office staff.

They benefit from my past business experience, my knowledge as a CFO and my finance degree from JU.

The firm’s is personal injury, but I’m more geared towards wills and trusts, probate, international trade and maritime law.

How do clients benefit from your services?

The big thing that differentiates us from other firms is that there is no claim too small. We’ll put the effort into all cases for every client.

How did you choose your particular field of law?

I was trained in a different field, but as I was looking for a firm to work for, I met Scott Nooney and Michael Roberts and discussed the opportunity. This was a chance to get practical experience in a high demand field. It’s been very different than what I trained for, but very good as well.

What are some challenges you like to overcome in your business?

What sticks out to me is trying to communicate to clients just how we’re navigating the process. We try to be a partner to them in this situation.

How do you stay connected to the Jacksonville community?

LEGAL PERSPECTIVE Local Civil Trial Firm Named to “Best Law Firms” List Coker, Schickel, Sorenson, Posgay, Camerlengo & Iracki was named to the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers list for Metropolitan Tier 1 in Jacksonville.

Personally I’m a part of the Florida Bar, Jacksonville Bar, attend mass at San Jose Catholic, run the half marathons that 1st Place Sports puts on where I run in sandals, and I’m a member of the Bold City Brigade. I also privately coach high school rowers and volunteer at local regattas. 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.

Did You Know The Law Office of Joseph Scone

Coker, Schickel, Sorenson, Posgay, Camerlengo & Iracki is a personal injury trial law firm. Its skilled, 16-attorney team contains more Florida Bar Board-Certified Civil Trial Lawyers than any other Jacksonville-based firm. The firm has tried more than 1,000 cases to verdict since 1976 and has received many honors in the pursuit of justice for their clients. Coker, Schickel, Sorenson, Posgay, Camerlengo & Iracki celebrates 40 years as a Jacksonville trial firm this year and is committed to continuing to provide extensive volunteer and financial support to a range of charitable initiatives including literacy, cancer research, economic growth, home ownership and child development.

644 Cesery Blvd., Suite 250 (904) 923-8387 Joseph Scone spent 24 years in the military, in the Marines and the Army, before becoming an attorney. What is your greatest accomplishment as an attorney? “I have a homeless vet that I helped who’s not only no longer homeless, but has been through college, graduated, started working and now in addition to working also helps other vets. I got the legal issues out of his way and he grew into the person he always intended to become.” JANUARY 2017 •




Jason A. Burgess Law Offices of Jason A. Burgess, LLC At Burgess Law we concentrate on complex bankruptcy cases. For more information, call (904) 3724791 or visit

What is a Chapter 7 bankruptcy? A way for individuals to get a fresh start. When you file, some of your assets and all of your debts are put in the control of a neutral third party called a trustee. It is the trustee’s job to sell assets and then distribute the money from the sale to creditors in an orderly fashion. Many Chapter 7 bankruptcy clients never lose a single asset and instead are discharged from their debts for only the cost of the bankruptcy case. Each case is unique and needs to be approached that way. It is very important to be honest with your attorney when deciding whether or not to file. The more you disclose to your potential attorney, the better advice you can receive and hopefully your losses, if any, can be minimized. Do businesses have bankruptcy options as well? Businesses can file for Chapter 7 liquidation as well as Chapter 11 reorganization. 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.

Leonard Alterman 4035 Atlantic Blvd. (904) 739-3440 What brought you to Jacksonville?

I grew up in Palatka, so Jacksonville was the big city to come to for me. I interviewed with various firms here once I finished law school at UF and found one I liked.

What is your specific field of law?

Primarily business law, but I also handle probate, wills and estate planning.

How long have you practiced? 48 years.

How do clients benefit from your services?

My experience, first and foremost. I also make a point of being prompt when returning phone calls and expediting cases.

How do you stay connected to the Jacksonville community? Are you involved in any local organizations? I’m a part of the Small Business Resource Network, a member of the Jewish Reform Temple and a past board member of Children’s Home Society. I also perform in local theatrical productions and play the clarinet, flute and saxophone in one orchestra and two concert bands.



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The Bulger Firm, PLLC 2120 Corporate Square Blvd., Suite 17 Jacksonville, FL 32216 (904) 608-3694 | Holidays Without Headaches

While this is a time of celebration and joy, for many families, it can also bring its share of headaches. Scheduling holiday time is challenging in its own right, but for parents who share holiday time under a custody arrangement, it can seem impossible to celebrate without conflict. Here are some strategies for enjoying the holidays with as little stress as possible:

1. Set a Schedule

Most school districts send out their holiday calendars at the beginning of each school year. Make sure that you and your child’s parent each have a copy well in advance to allow ample time for planning. Consult with your former spouse as to their schedule, and be clear as to locations, times and expectations as to how you’ll be splitting the time, so everyone can plan accordingly.

2. Make New Traditions

Dividing holiday time may mean you’ll have to change the way you celebrated holidays in the past. Use this as an opportunity to create new traditions with your child. These new traditions will be special memories and will ease the transition from your old life into your new one.

3. Practice Kindness

We tend to feel more cheerful and generous during the holidays, so be sure to extend some of that to your ex. A little gesture can go a very long way toward keeping the peace, and something as simple as picking up a small gift for them may set a much brighter tone for you both.

4. Communicate

The holidays bring a flurry of activities and events, so be sure to keep your child’s parent informed as to any special happenings at your child’s school or church.

5. Remember the Reason

The holidays are not a time to compete with your ex or settle old scores. Forgive, forget and focus on the joy of the season and remember that this is a magical time for your child. Be mindful of the things that make this time of year so special and you’ll find that everyone has a much happier holiday. The Bulger Firm wishes the happiest of holidays to you and yours. If you have questions on co-parenting and divorce, please call for a consultation. 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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Alhambra Dinner Theatre

The Alhambra Dinner Theatre is celebrating 50 years of memories! They are thrilled to announce the return of the very first production ever performed at the Alhambra! This Neil Simon classic follows Buddy as he leaves his family home and heads to New York City to stay with his brother Alan, who is living the bachelor life as a ladies’ man of the early 60s. This special event will be celebrated with two tickets for only $50. This is a limited run, so order your tickets and enjoy this flashback.

Jan. 1-22

A longtime resident of Northeast Florida, printmaker Donald Martin is devoted to the natural world. With his deft hand and immaculate graphic design sensibility, Martin creates block prints that explore various animal and plant forms found in the local ecosystem. In his prints and sculptures, line, texture, color and content illustrate his personal affinity for nature.

Retro-spective: Analog Photography in a Digital World: Jan. 1-8, MOCA Jacksonville, Project Atrium: Nicola Lopez, A Gentle Defiance of Gravity and Form: Jan. 1 – Feb. 26, MOCA Jacksonville, Breaking Ground: The Donald and Maria Cox Collection: Jan. 1-8, MOCA Jacksonville, MOCAJacksonville. Interwoven: Heart, Home and Community: Jan. 1-31, MOCA Jacksonville, Hans Hofmann: Works on Paper: Jan. 1-28, MOCA Jacksonville, Leaves: Recent Prints and Sculpture by Donald Martin: Jan. 1-22, MOCA Jacksonville, Come Blow Your Horn: Jan. 4-22, Alhambra Dinner Theatre, The State Ballet Theater of Russia: Swan Lake: Jan. 6, Times-Union Center, Weaver First Saturday Free for All: Jan. 7, Cummer Museum and Gardens, 14

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MOCA Jacksonville


Jan. 17-22

Jan. 15


Florida Theatre

Times-Union Center

The Golden Dragon Acrobats are recognized throughout the country and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company. World renowned impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine awardwinning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.

“The Book of Mormon” is a nine-time Tony Awardwinning Best Musical. This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway and across North America, “The Book of Mormon” has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language.

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OF The State Ballet Theater of Russia: Swan Lake | Jan. 6 |

Florida Blue Free Tuesdays: Jan. 10, 17, 24,Cummer Museum and Gardens, Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus, Live!: Jan. 12-14, TimesUnion Center, Art for Two: It’s Greek to me: Jan. 14, Cummer Museum and Gardens, Riverside Arts Market: Jan. 14, 21, 28, Riverside, Golden Dragon Acrobats: Jan. 15, Florida Theatre, The Book of Mormon: Jan. 17-22, Times-Union Center, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline: Jan. 27 – Feb. 19, Alhambra Dinner Theatre, Kenny Rodgers’ Final World Tour: The Gambler’s Last Deal with Special Guest Linda Davis: Jan. 28, Thrasher-Horne Center, The Evolution of Mark-Making: Jan. 28, MOCA Jacksonville,


Penny Kievet

executive director, city rescue mission

The “Same Kind of Different As Me” Banquet with Special Guest Ron Hall. Join us on February 16 for a fantastic night celebrating the story of a modern-day slave, an international art dealer and the unlikely woman who bound them together. It’s the true story masterfully told in the bestselling book, “Same Kind of Different as Me.” Email for info.

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Rachel Roberts oyl + water

The Cathedral Arts Project Annual Spring for the Arts Gala in April. The highlight of the season, CAP’s annual Spring for the Arts gala brings food and wine pairings, the city’s best live and silent auction, live music and performances by CAP students all under one roof at Deerwood Country Club.

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Project Atrium: Nicola Lopez: A Gentle Defiance of Gravity and

Form, until Feb. 26 Interwoven: Heart, Home, and Community until Apr. 2

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in April. I grew up watching Bugs Bunny. My first introduction to classical music was the cartoons that satirized the classics like Wagner’s “The Ride of the Valkyries” and Rossinni’s “The Barber of Seville.” This will be like a blast from the past to take me back to Saturday mornings in my PJs with my brothers. Hans Hofmann: Works on Paper, Jan. 28 – May 14 The Evolution of Mark-making, Jan. 28 – May 14 Frank Rampolla: The DNA of the Mark, Jan. 28 – Apr. 2 Project Atrium: Lauren Fensterstock Holophusicon, Mar. 18 – Jun. 18 Iterations: Lorrie Fredette, Apr. 8 – Nov. 9 Art Camp Anthology, Apr. 15 – Jul. 30 Synthesize: Art + Music, Jun. 3 – Sep. 3


Ed Malesky explained his artistic process and what he hopes viewers get from his pieces.

Ed Malesky

Ed Malesky has been a full-time woodturner for the last twelve years, and has both taught and demonstrated near his home in North Florida, focusing on helping people learn the basics and get excited about woodturning. Malesky loves turning local woods into beautiful art. While his focus is on creating pleasing sculptural forms and traditional woodturned pieces, he also delights in adding textures and colors to evoke an emotional response from the viewers. Malesky served as the President of the Northeast Florida Woodturners Association for many years and is a founding member of the Turning Arts Group. He also serves on the Board of The Art Center, is Chairman of the Florida Woodturning Symposium and a member of the Northeast Florida Sculptors. He has taught woodturning at the John C. Campbell Folkschool in North Carolina and has been teaching students at the Safe Harbor Boys Home for the last five years.

“I’ve always been interested in woodworking and started by creating furniture and projects for the home,” said Malesky. “Fifteen years ago, I made a shift from ‘flatwork’ to working with a lathe and loved it. I use native Florida woods to create my work. This is not a problem however, since Florida has some of the best woods in the U.S. for turning. Turning wood into these forms is a truly tactile and very enjoyable experience, complicated by the fact that wood is an organic material that moves and distorts as it dries or contains hidden defects. Sometimes I can use these features and sometimes I need to plan ahead to get the form I want. A beautiful form can be enough, especially when I have used a spectacular piece of wood. However, my real goal is to draw an emotional response from the viewer, so often this initial form is just the canvas for my work. I love adding color and texture to my pieces using dyes, paints, pyrography and other processes to allow the viewer to see something beyond just a piece of wood.”


FSCJ Artist Series Presents: Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus, Live! Jan. 12-14

Times-Union Center

lights, camera, jacksonville! By Jax Flim Office

NORMAN STUDIOS DESIGNATED AS A NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK Home to more than 30 film studios in 1916, Jacksonville was known as the “Winter Film Capital” of the world in the early film era. In 1920, the Norman Studios Silent Film Company began producing films for an African-American audience, featuring black actors playing positive roles that challenged stereotypes of that time period. Norman Studios is now being recognized as a new national historic landmark. Norman Studios Silent Film Company produced “race films” made for black audiences, spotlighting black actors in professional roles including business leaders, war heroes and agents for change. Contrasting mainstream portrayals of black actors, Norman Studios represented a turning point for African-Americans in the film industry. Norman Studios is the only preserved film studio in the United States that produced silent films starring black actors. As Norman Studios achieves national historic landmark status, it will become a center for tourism, film education and research.

“Men are from Mars – Women are from Venus, Live” is the one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up starring Josh Hyman. This light-hearted theatrical comedy based on the New York Times No. 1 best-selling book of the last decade by John Gray, is back by popular demand to Jacksonville. Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. “Men are from Mars – Women are from Venus, Live” is more than just the book. This hysterical show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they see themselves on stage. Sexy and fast paced, this show is definitely for adults, but will leave audiences laughing and giggling like little kids! Since being published in 1992, John Gray’s “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus,” exploring the differences between the sexes, has sold more than 50 million copies, been translated into 40 different languages and is one of the most recognizable titles in the world. Gray has written 17 books and become one of the most trusted relationship authors today, appearing on the national lecture circuit and on such TV shows as “Good Morning America” and “Larry King Live.” The show’s producer, St. Louis-based Emery Entertainment, has produced or promoted thousands of events around the globe, including superstar attractions Blue Man Group, David Copperfield and James Taylor. The talented team assembled for this production continues with the award-winning playwright Eric Coble, direction by Broadway veteran Mindy Cooper and animation and video production by the talented animators at Bazillion Productions. JANUARY 2017 • 15




“You gotta know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away and know when to run.” You better know the rest of the words because Kenny Rogers is an icon. Rogers has enjoyed great success during his storied career of nearly six decades, which will be celebrated during his Final World Tour: The Gambler’s Last Deal with Special Guest Linda Davis. He will visit the Thrasher-Horne Center on January 28 at 8 p.m. The enduring country and pop icon has endeared music lovers around the globe with his amazing songs, heartfelt performances, distinctive voice, gift for storytelling and universal appeal. He has been professionally singing since the 1950’s and his 120 chart-topping hits have spanned across music genres, from rock-n-roll to country.

“I think that I wasn’t typical country,” said Rogers. “But I think I did invite people into country music that wouldn’t have been there otherwise. The great thing about country music is once you get into to it, you don’t get out of it. It’s a very personal music.” Rogers has played for millions of fans around the world, performing songs from his long list of hits including, “The Gambler,” “Lucille,” “Coward of the County,” “Lady,” “Islands in the Stream,” “She Believes In Me,” “We’ve Got Tonight,” “Daytime Friends,” “Through The Years,” “You Decorated My Life,” and “Buy Me A Rose.” “It’s been an interesting career to say the least,” said Rogers. “The places I’ve been allowed to go to, the people I’ve been allowed to sing for and the responses have really been wonderful.” Rogers received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Country Music Association. In addition, he is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and holds three Grammy Awards and numerous American Music Awards. He enjoyed a brief stint as an actor in “The Gambler,” personifying his larger than life song. Rogers, now 78, is retiring after his 2017 final tour. He credits his wife and twin 12-year-old boys for his reason for retiring. “I’ve done everything I set out to do,” said Rodgers. Get your tickets for Kenny Rogers’ Final World Tour: The Gambler’s Last Deal with Special Guest Linda Davis and enjoy this music icon live one last time. 16

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Adventure Landing in Jacksonville Beach

The 6th annual WinterFEST is back! Enjoy a variety of winter activities and holiday fun including: an outdoor ice rink and skate rental, nightly snowfalls, a 130-foot long Ice Slide, winter eats, an elegant light display, games and so much more.


Jan. 13-31


The Avenues Mall Food Court Entrance


Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Near the Bridge of Lions 1 Cathedral Street, St. Augustine

St. Augustine becomes a festival of twinkling white lights through January. See a wonderland of lights adorning the ancient city, beginning at the Plaza de la Constitución, with its stunning holiday tree in the center and oaks strung with lights, and stretching out to illuminate the historic district.

Jan. 29

Art with LEGO Bricks, Nature Connects is an awardwinning, record-breaking exhibition now touring North America. Created with over 2 million LEGO pieces, this show features over 100 sculptures built with LEGO bricks by New York artist Sean Kenney. This exciting exhibition will be at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens until May 7.

The second annual Book It Jax 5k will be at The Avenues Mall again this year! This flat, double loop course will allow racers to BOOK IT! Join the fun at they run to support the Jacksonville Public Library children’s programs. All fun run participants will receive a race medal. They’re also putting together some awesome prize packages for the top male and female winners. You don’t want to miss this!

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By Robin Warren, WJCT Education Outreach Coordinator

What to do at MOSH

Calling All Writers and Illustrators… WJCT invites all First Coast students K-3 to write and illustrate original stories for the annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest. The contest allows kids to experience the hands-on process of developing their own stories and illustrations, encouraging their creativity and imagination, all while building key academic skills such as grammar and syntax.

1025 Musuem Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32207 (904) 396-MOSH |

on March 6, 2017. Winners will be notified on or before May 1, 2017. The contest is open to public, private and home-schooled students and entries must be accompanied by an official entry form, comply with official rules and be received by March 6, 2017. Go to WritersContest for creative writing resources, rules and contest forms.

Prizes will be awarded at each grade level for Grand Prize, 2nd and 3rd places. The top four average scores in each grade will be entered into the online People’s Choice popular vote competition. Contest begins January 1, 2017 and stops accepting stories

Coming Soon to WJCT-TV Beginning on January 16, WJCT will broadcast free localized 24/7 children’s programming through a new TV channel and live stream on digital platforms, whenever and wherever they access media.

“We are excited to build on the work we do every day for First Coast families by adding these new 24/7 services to our offerings, ensuring that our proven educational content is accessible anytime and anywhere to all kids – especially those who need it the most,” said Stan Cleiland, Community Relations & Strategic Communications Vice President. The WJCT PBS KIDS 24/7 channel will include popular favorites such as “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” and “Wild Kratts.” PBS KIDS’ newest series, “Splash and Bubbles,” “Nature Cat” and “Ready Jet Go” will also be featured. Until next month!

MORE 2 KNOW WHAT’S HAPPENING: Wolfson Children’s Challenge

Duval County Public Schools 2017 School Choice Expo

Jan. 28 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville

You’ll feel charitable and have fun! After the race, top finishers in each category will be recognized, and finisher medals will be provided to everyone who crosses the finish line. For more information, visit 18

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LITTLE LEARNERS Bring your little ones on the second Wednesday of every month at 10 a.m. for preschool-aged programs. EXTREME SCIENCE SHOW Experience explosions, shocks and other fun experiments in this interactive science show! Shows are Mondays through Thursdays from 12 - 12:45 p.m. MYSTERIES OF MARS Learn about the Red Planet during this short film about robotic explorers. Shows are Mondays through Thursdays from 1-1:45 pm. HOLIDAY TRAINS Enjoy a special motorized holiday train display. The trains will be rotated throughout the day through a winter wonderland! $5 FRIDAYS

There are several types of races to choose from: a Team Relay event for 55K, solo events for 55K and 30K, as well as a 1-mile fun run. The Wolfson Children’s Challenge benefits the region’s only children’s hospital. Your participation in this fun race helps purchase equipment and technology needed to treat patients so that no child is ever turned away because of an inability to pay.

The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) inspires the joy of lifelong learning by bringing to life the sciences and regional history. Check out these incredible programs to participate in with your children this month!

Jan. 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Prime Osborn Convention Center The expo will feature an array of educational options for the 2017-2018 school year, reflecting the district’s initiatives for all schools and programs. The expo provides a chance to learn about programs throughout elementary, middle and high schools, offering visitors the best opportunity to learn about magnet, choice, neighborhood and charter schools. Many of the district’s programs are designed to hone a child’s special interest, talent, gift or skill to maximize their opportunity for success. Schools will showcase their innovative programs and quality services that promote student achievement, and student performances consisting of choirs, bands, drama, dance and musical theater. Teachers, principals and students from every school will be on hand to talk with parents and students about their academic offerings. Additional education centric vendors and exhibitors will be on display. Admission and parking are free!

Every Friday, come to MOSH to enjoy $5 admission and extended hours, brought to you by Regions Bank. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. Please note that additional discounts or coupons are not permitted. Bryan-Gooding Planetarium shows are $2.50 for the first show and $5 for each additional show.

SMART SMILES Brushing and flossing and rinsing oh my! Learn about the importance of keeping our pearly whites as healthy teeth the second Wednesday of every month. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for museum exploration, followed by Little Learners circle time programing and community learning activities through 11:30 a.m.



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Carolyn Bell Audije marketing and pr director jacksonville children’s chorus

Feb. 25- Eighth Annual “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” concert Mar. 12 – Spring Concert with Special Guest Artist Audra McDonald

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Jumping Around Jax Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME Jan. 19-22 Veterans Memorial Arena It’s time for your family to be amazed by all of the extraordinary things you know and love about America’s favorite live family entertainment experience! Prepare to be astonished by artists who redefine the word “extreme” in everything they do, magnifying traditional elements of the circus and combining these elements with never-before-seen spectacles, original, fast-paced performances and incredibly hilarious moments. Children of all ages can let their imaginations go wild in


an exhilarating adventure with extreme thrills, exotic animals and extraordinary performers. Be astonished by the unexcepted circus spectacles you’ve never seen before and that can’t be seen anywhere else but at the Greatest Show On Earth. High-wire wizards, BMX trick riders, trampoline daredevils, a high-flying human cannonball, a bungee aerial skydiving display and an international assembly of more than 300 cast and crew provide two and a half hours of thrilling entertainment. You and your family will love seeing the capering clowns and the mighty animals. So don’t wait. Get your tickets today!

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St. Nicholas Discovery Day on December 1. On a special day each December, children arrive to their schools to discover the hallways decorated with gold tinsel, and are delighted to find a gift of a backpack filled with books and toys on their desks. They are astonished to meet a real life St. Nicholas who visits each classroom giving Kindness Coins - a reminder to treat one another kindly. Since 2003, HandsOn Jacksonville has served more than 100,000 First Coast Students, infusing five million dollars of goods and services into our most challenged schools.

Janice Lowe

general manager, jacksonville landing

Jacksonville loves fireworks and I love watching them at The Landing overlooking the St. Johns River. The Landing’s summer fireworks series will be the last Saturday of the month in June, July, August and September. These events are completely free and family-friendly!

Emily Neuschwanter

executive assistant to connie stophel, ceo episcopal children’s services

The Children’s Champion Awards Gala on February 16. Established in 2006, this award recognizes individuals and organizations who work passionately on behalf of children in order to help elevate their welfare to the highest priority in our community. 100% of net proceeds benefits at risk children served through ECS programs.

Visit our calendar for more local events.

Holiday Trains: Jan. 1-7, Museum of Science & History, St. Augustine Nights of Lights: Jan. 1-31, First Day Hike at Little Talbot Island State Park: Jan. 1, 12157 Heckscher Drive, Winterfest: Jan. 1 – 8, Adventure Landing, Body Worlds Rx Exhibit: Jan. 1-6, Museum of Science & History, Alligator Farm Zoo Camp: Jan. 2, St. Augustine, Science & History Boat Tours: Jan. 7, Museum of Science & History, Healthy Start 5K Run: Jan. 7, The Jacksonville Landing,

Seussical the Musical | Feb. 1 | Thrasher-Horne Center

Little Learners: Jan. 11, Museum of Science & History,

Boy Scouts Workshop: Jan. 21, Museum of Science & History,

Anne Frank Exhibit Docent Training: Jan. 11-12, Museum of Science & History,

Duval County Public Schools’ annual 2017 School Choice Expo: Jan. 21, Prime Osborn Convention Center,

Jumpstreet Trampoline: Jan. 12, Jumpstreet Trampoline Park,

Rebounderz Open Jump: Jan. 22, Rebounderz Jacksonville,

Nature Connects, Art with LEGO Bricks: Jan. 13 – May 7, The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens,

Teddy Bear Thursdays: Jan. 26, Adventure Landing at Jacksonville Beach,

Jax Ice and Sportsplex Public Ice Skating Sessions: Jan. 13, Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex,

Spring Girl Scout Workshop: Jan. 28, Museum of Science & History,

Science & History Boat Tours: Jan. 14, Museum of Science & History,

Wolfson Children’s Challenge: Jan. 28, The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville,

The Golden Dragon Acrobats: Jan. 15, Florida Theatre,

Book It Jax 5K and Family Fun Run: Jan. 29, The Avenues Mall,

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME: Jan 1922, Veterans Memorial Arena,

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HEALTHY TAKE: Be Well: Mental Health Men’s Healthy Shakes & Supplements

Jacksonville Center for Counseling

Women’s Center of Jacksonville

Located in Mandarin, this private practice has 12 counselors with specialties that include individual and couples therapy and registered play therapists.

Good mental health can be achieved with effort and a plan, said Teresa Miles, who is the new executive director of the Women’s Center of Jacksonville. Miles and her staff provide practical solutions and therapy for life’s most difficult challenges.

“Kids can often sort out their problems through play,” said owner Paul McRae. Clients for the center range from toddler to senior citizen.

D’Arienzo Psychological Group

The D’Arienzo Psychological Group, founded in 2008, has a team of psychologists and mental health counselors to assist with individual and family therapy, couples counseling and life coaching. “Our goal is to promote well-being,” said Justin D’Arienzo, who is a clinical psychologist and founder of the group. “(Psychology is) interwoven into everything we do. It’s about how we think, how we feel and how we behave.”

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The center’s team of professionals offer individual and group counseling for issues like depression, anxiety, marital problems and have specialized services for rape victims. Miles said trauma related to sexual assault can be especially taxing on a person’s mental health because the crime is often kept hidden.

“It’s a community issue when you talk about sexual assault,” Miles said. “The issues of sexual violence are not limited to gender and not limited to economics. 1 in 5 women will face sexual assault in their lifetime.” Mental health challenges for adults who were child victims can be particularly daunting. “They are walking wounded,” Miles said. “There is still so much shame associated with sexual assault and they aren’t able to tell their story.”

Big Bear Sports Nutrition

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How do you take care of your mental health?

Nikki Hatton: I pray, meditate and go into my zone with my headphones, then execute an awesome workout.

Miles, who completed graduate studies in social work at Florida State University, said treatment is available at the center located on Colcord Avenue and on the 24-hour rape crisis hotline at (904) 7217273. Therapy services are offered on a sliding fee schedule. “(Our counselors) offer healing and that needs to happen right way,” Miles said. “It is truly something that touches everyone in some capacity.” For more information, visit In the photo above, Teresa Miles is interviewed at BUZZ TV’s Studio. To view the interview, visit


Crucible CrossFit

CrossFit 904 team’s goal is to create “athletes, not bodybuilders.” Varied workouts, functional movements and highintensity training, combined with friendly competition and teamwork are key.

With workouts that are “always challenging and never boring,” Crucible commits to the ten components of CrossFit and physical fitness philosophy. They strive for their clients to be better functioning athletes.


CrossFit Southside

CrossFit JAX

They focus on coaching and community with gymnastics, group fitness and Olympic lifting classes. CrossFit Southside combines proper technique and mobility work with consistency and intensity.

CrossFit Jax prides itself on its inclusive, community-oriented feel. Classes are designed for people of all fitness and skills levels: it’s all about working together to promote progress.

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Lynn Peterson: Meditating and mindfully walking every day, appreciating the love in my life. Sandra Goode: Daily I take what I call a mental timeout, going to the gym or just a brisk dog walk. Michael Kowalski: By maintaining a positive attitude, counting my blessings and meditating.


Health Review: Men’s Health


Luke Previte of Jacksonville enjoys a nutritious meal that includes healthy fats, protein and carbohydrates. Men should strive to include all three of these micronutrients in their meals.

Dr. Ali Kasraeian

Kasraeian Urology

BUZZ: What age can prostate cancer occur? DOC: Your risk of prostate cancer increases with age but it can occur in your 40s. I’ve treated as young as 38 at my office. BUZZ: What is a prostate cancer screening (PSA)? DOC: It consists of a blood test and digital rectal exam.

Best Nutrition for Men All men need three macronutrients in their diet to fuel their body and optimize their everyday performance, whether it is for a professional workday or a gym workout. So men should focus on getting a balance of these three macronutrients:

Samantha Pappas is a local registered dietitian, personal trainer and co-founder of Dietitians of Palm Valley. Pappas shared her expertise for the best nutrition for men.

Carbohydrates: Our body, and more importantly our brain, uses carbohydrates as its most preferred energy source. If we are lacking carbohydrates in our diet, we tend to feel fatigued. Try a bowl of Super Oats by Love Grown Foods, packed full with fiber and energy to start your day off right! Protein: Our muscles need protein after a hard workout to rebuild and grow stronger. Protein is also vital for regulating our blood sugar. Make sure to eat a protein source at every meal. Protein sources: eggs, peanut butter, nuts, seeds, beans, chicken, turkey, salmon, beef and pork.

Fat: Fat keeps you feeling full and satisfied throughout the day. Consuming low-fat diets can leave you feeling hungry and deprived. Eat food containing healthy fat sources like extra virgin olive oil, avocados, nuts, seeds and salmon.

BUZZ: What can men do to prevent prostate cancer from becoming life threatening? DOC: Talk to your doctor about getting your first PSA at 45 years old. Research has shown it is most predictive of your personal prostate cancer risk. BUZZ: How important is early detection? DOC: Early detection is key because our management is most successful when the cancer is confined to the prostate. BUZZ: What can friends and family do to support prevention of prostate cancer? DOC: Encourage the men in their life just to go to their doctor for general health and encourage them to get the first screening in their 40s. It can save your life.


The Pirate 5K

Matanzas 5000

Jan. 28

Start the new year off right with the Resolution Run! This course takes you out and back along the beautiful St. Johns River. There is also a free 1-mile fun run. All 5K finishers will receive medals.

The Pirate 5K and Family Fun Run is hosted by the Palencia Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization. All event proceeds go toward building a P.E. court sunshade for the school.

Jan. 21

This is one of Florida’s fastest 5K races on a scenic USATFcertified course through historic St. Augustine. Run in the morning and stay for the famous St. Augustine Nights of Lights!

Participate in the 1-mile fun run or the 5- or 10-miler at The Jacksonville Beach Seawalk Pavilion. The course is out-and-back on the beach at low tide. All participants will receive a Finisher Medal.

Jan. 14

Mike Holmes Fit Club More than 13,000 men in Florida last year were diagnosed with prostate cancer and one in seven men in America will be diagnosed in their lifetime. However, Jacksonville native Mike Holmes is doing everything he can to make sure he and others are not one of them.

“It’s very important for anyone to be active,” said Holmes, who owns a personal training facility. Candidly, Holmes admits men are not his largest clientele. “It’s the ego and the pride of someone telling you how to work out, which men feel they know how to do on their own,” Holmes said. However, enlisting the support of a personal trainer can give men the much-needed accountability and expertise to succeed, Holmes said. Studies of exercise and prostate cancer risk have mostly shown that men who exercise may have a reduced risk of prostate cancer. Holmes, a former professional athlete, said he asks each new client the same questions to inspire achievement. “’What are you doing now? Do you have any goals? How are (you) reaching (your) goals?’”

Resolution Run 5K Jan. 7

Mike Holmes

Winter Beach Run

For the busy male professional or full-time father, Holmes said finding time to exercise is possible. “We all know we can make time for the things we want to make time for,” said Holmes. “You only need 30 minutes.” JANUARY 2017 •



Jan. 10



Prime Osborn Center

Venue Jacksonville Farmers Market

Come to this lifestyle and health trade show organized by 26.2 With Donna. This event is to finish breast cancer. There will be fine art, crafts, film, and commercial, retail and corporate exhibitors and so much more. You don’t want to miss this!

Try some healthier options by shopping at the Jacksonville Farmer’s Market for your fresh produce. Since 1938, this farmer’s market has been delivering fresh, clean food to the city of Jacksonville. They’re open 363 days a year!

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Jan. 22


The Glass Factory

Farm to Future features local top chefs competing to create delicious dishes using fresh ingredients from local farms. Patrons help decide the winning chefs in several categories, including Best Appetizer, Best Entrée, Best Dessert, Best Chef/Farm Partnership, Fan Favorite and more.



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Winston YMCA Riverside

Register online to participate in the River Walk 5K run and 1-mile fun run. This event will take you through a scenic route downtown. Enjoy the beautiful course along the St. Johns River and get some exercise in. This event will be fun for the whole family so mark your calendars!

Tamara Baker

Visit our calendar for more local events.

Safe Kids Buckle Up Car Seat Workshop: Jan. 3, The Players Center for Child Health, Kid & Teen Fitness Running Club: Jan. 3, The Southeast Branch of the St. Johns County Public Library System, Health Council Luncheon: Jan. 5, Deerwood Country Club, MLK 5K Fitness Run and 1 Mile Family Run Walk: Jan. 7, Metropolitan Park, Healthy Start 5K: Jan. 7, Jacksonville Landing, Resolution Run: Jan. 7, Orange Park, Salt Air Farmer’s Market: Jan. 8, The Salt Air Farmer’s Market, Health and Fitness Expo to Finish Breast Cancer: Jan. 10, Prime Osborn Center, The Pirate 5K: Jan. 14, Palencia, Best Damn Race: Jan. 14, Metropolitan Park, Jacksonville. The Cosmetics, Fragance & Bath Epps: Jan. 15-19, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, Jacksonville-us

Farm to Future: Jan. 17, The Glass Factory, Body Worlds Rx Exhibit: Jan. 19, Museum of Science & History, Race Judicata 5K: Jan. 21, Atlantic Beach, Hellcat 10K/30K/50K: Jan. 21, Green Cove Springs, Yoga Kids with Ms. Diane: Jan. 21, Main Branch of the S. Johns County Public Library System, Vin & Yin Flow: Jan. 21, Bella Vida Yoga, Matanzas 5K: Jan. 21, St. Augustine, Riverwalk 5K: Jan. 22, Riverside, Winter Beach Run: Jan. 28, Jacksonville Beach, Back in the Blue 5K: Jan. 28, Green Cove Springs, Wolfson Children’s Challenge (55K Ultra, 55K Relay, 30K Run, 1-Mile Fun Run): Jan. 28, Wolfson Children’s Hospital, 10th Anniversary Donna Marathon Weekend: Feb. 10-12, Jacksonville Beach, Cupid’s Undie Run: Feb. 18, Fionn MacCool’s,

Lisa Almeida

baker klein engineering

ceo of freedom boat club in jacksonville and st. augustine

I’m a huge supporter of the Donna Marathon – the Breast Cancer Marathon held in Jax Beach in February each year. I have personally run the marathon, and it means a lot to me. I’m a breast cancer survivor myself.

I am most looking forward to Boaters Skip Day, because it has become such a fun event. I love the idea, that people are “skipping,” and getting in a boat day during the week, complete with a band and lots of fun! It is great to see all the big “go fast” boats, rafted up together, they are amazing. The food is always great and how often do you get to swim up to a table to get your food?

Jill Exley media asset

Renea Downes


watson realty corp

pga tour

I’m excited for the Gate River Run, the biggest 15K in the USA! Last year I was registered, but broke my foot a month before so a friend ran for me. I’m excited to complete it this year. A close second anticipated event is going to be THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass. Tiger’s back this time, baby! I’m a little biased because of my employer, though.

Aria Fortgang south florida diving headquarters

I’m looking forward to the Best Damn Race on January 14. There’s such an awesome after party!



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Danya Freel

st. francis animal hospital

The Chariots of Fur 5K Beach Run and Festival is an annual fundraising event that benefits St. Francis Animal Hospital, raising much needed funds to provide medical care to less fortunate family pets. This ever-popular event is a day of fun at the beach for four-legged and two-legged participants of all ages. The event includes a 5K run/walk or 1-mile Fun Run followed by 5K race awards and a festival. All registered participants will receive a souvenir tech t-shirt and race packet filled with goodies. The top 5K race finishers are awarded handmade ceramic dog bowls and the festival includes DOGA (yoga with your dog), music, vendors, dog contests, food trucks, dogs available for adoption, activities for kids, a raffle with great prizes and a silent auction.

The American Lung Association’s Fight for Air in February, which is climbing the 43 flights of the Bank of America building. I have severe asthma. I was blessed to find a doctor that was able to detect the underlying issue and perform surgery this past August. Just 13 days later, I was climbing the BOA tower for the first time. My happy day in 2017 is February 4, when I get to celebrate life and how I beat my fight for air.

Chelsea Kroll

owner, delta life fitness

The Gate River Run. It’s a goal to complete it for a lot of Jacksonville natives. To be able to witness so many achieve it is awesome!

Claresa Baggs

president/ceo, all i know incorporated

The nonprofit organization All I Know Incorporated aims to provide hands-on CPR training to a minimum of 600 youth that live in at-risk and underserved neighborhoods across Duval, St. Johns and Clay Counties in the year 2017. We have set a goal of raising $20,000 beginning February 1-28, 2017. Proceeds will go toward administering essential community resources purchasing mannequins. The delivery of this vital training will empower individuals to be ready in the event of life threatening emergencies.




Client Focused Media and Buzz Media are proud to announce Mark Marlar and Joey Vokac have been selected as finalists for the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Marlar and Vokac make up the video team at the two entities and worked independently with two other filmmakers on a short film, which they submitted to the competition. Their film, a documentary titled “Mo’Freaka,” was picked for the finals and the team will be headed to Utah in January for the festival. Marlar, who is the video director at CFM, served as the producer and sound production manager for the project. Vokac, a videographer with CFM, was the director. Derek Fleming was the writer and editor, and Kyle Vaughn was the camera operator. The team had just five days to put together the film, which is a self-titled mockumentary featuring an aspiring hip-hop artist from Jacksonville. “Working on a five-day schedule forces you to be extremely creative and realistic,” said Marlar. “As a team, we really had to dial down the pre-production process to have enough time to shoot and edit the film. Above all, it can get very frustrating working on such a tight schedule, so constant communication as a team was key.” The story of “Mo’Freaka” follows the struggles of an up and coming musician. It shows how he deals with rejection from family, friends and society as he works through the daily grind of trying to make it as a hip-

hop artist. The film was chosen out of a group of thousands and will show with about 100 others at the film festival, which takes place simultaneous to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City.

“Being a finalist in a national competition really gave us the confidence we needed to move forward as filmmakers,” said Vokac. “Having credible sources judge your work can be tough, but now we know that we have what it takes to compete with a higher level of filmmakers.” The Slamdance Film Festival will be held January 20-26, 2017, in Park City, Utah. The festival was created in 1995 by filmmakers for filmmakers. The organization is focused on fostering the development of unique and innovative filmmakers. Up-and-coming writers, directors and producers will be showcasing their work alongside seasoned veterans of the industry.

ABOUT CLIENT FOCUSED MEDIA: Client Focused Media was founded in 2002 and is a leading integrated marketing firm in Northeast Florida. The company provides strategic planning, marketing, creative, advertising, media buying, branding, crisis management services, and media, community, and public relations and social media to a variety of clients. BUZZ Media is a division of CFM. BUZZ Magazine is distributed monthly to more than 900 locations in Northeast Florida. For more information, visit JANUARY 2017 •



Two Thumbs Up How Good Food Should Taste


Salad with a Turkey Avocado Panino Sandwich – Sy Ginsberg’s all-natural turkey, applewood bacon, avocado, Swiss cheese, tomato and housemade Ranch on the family’s specialty dough. Served with a bowl of the award-winning house salad for only $13.95.

Trasca & Co Eatery

add to the fabulous food nuance here.

Article by Monica Stouder Photos by Monica Lea Imagery:

Most items are homemade such as marinara, salad dressings, bread, or are a better version of the norm. For instance, the fountain drinks are Puck’s Sodas (all made from natural cane sugar), coffee drinks are made with Zingerman’s coffee and juices are from Watt’s Cold-Pressed Organic Juices right in Jacksonville Beach. All elements renowned for their quality.

the facts When: Sunday Afternoon Price: $6 to $13.95 Contact: (904) 395-3989

All the items pictured below were an incredibly fresh feast. I highly recommend I really, really like this place! It covers all of my foodie bases: locally-owned and the House Salad as it is a bevy of sliced and diced ingredients; apples, cucumber, operated, creative menu, conscious eats and spectacular service. tomato, cranberries, red onion. Completely creative, crunchy and craveable! In a nutshell, I couldn’t ask for more, but for the sake of the delicious details, This casual eatery has a great vibe and is really perfect for a healthy, family here are the noshable notes: on the delicious Trasca & Co Eatery in Ponte foodie fest! So, bring in the New Year with a visit to Trasca & Co Eatery. Your Vedra. They are located at 155 Tourside Dr. appetite, new healthy resolutions and taste buds will thank you! Trasca is owned by locals Sara Frasca and Travis Trembath. According to Manager Shelby expressed, “One of our main goals are to enhance a culturally their staff, they take immense pride in not only their staff, but also finding rich environment for our customers and staff.” quality ingredients. Buzzworthy Note: Happy Hour is every day from 5-7 p.m., beer and wine. The pride of the menu are the Panino sandwiches (decadent, doughy grilled Saturdays presents live music for Brunch from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. wraps) from which the dough is sourced from a secret family recipe. These With plenty of outdoor seating, Trasca is a dog-friendly restaurant. So, bring grilled bites cradle savory meats, high-end cheeses and crisp, locally sourced your favorite pooch to hang out while you please your palate with a Panino! veggies. All fresh - all amazing food. Additionally, Trasca also has an extensive catering menu for awesome While the Paninos are incredible in their own delicious right, other items such corporate or home party eats! as their award-winning salads, specialty pizza and housemade desserts simply

menu sample


Panino Sticks – basket of freshly-baked and seasoned mini-breadsticks using Trasca’s secret dough. It is served with housemade marinara and ranch, only $5.


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Italian Beef Soup – housemade beef soup full of vegetables with a rich tomato broth for $6. Served with two cheesy crustinis.


Famous Mud Pie – (easily serves two) Oreo crust, Dulce de Leche, vanilla ice cream, Grandma T’s homemade Hot Fudge, topped with an amazing espresso whipped cream for $7.

Food Truck Foodies


by Shelton Buchanan

Good tacos are a thing of beauty. Great tacos, well, that’s just doing God’s work right there. Jacksonville has no shortage of taco joints, but truly amazing, authentic tacos are hard to come by unless you know where to look. I was fortunate enough to catch the El Agave Azul truck down at the Jax Food Truck Food Court and let me tell you, my life will never be the same again. I’ve made many trips south of the border in my lifetime and had yet to find any place here in Florida that could come close to the amazing tacos you can find at simple, roadside stands or taquerias. El Agave Azul is the exception to that. First, allow me to let you know that these are definitely not the dressed-up tacos you might find at spots on the Beaches. While those are delicious as well, these are elegant in their simplicity. For starters, the basic taco here is just their meat topped with a little cilantro and diced white onion, served on a fresh, corn tortilla. If you’re feeling the need for a little extra color on top, you can upgrade any of their options to a supreme with lettuce, tomato and sour cream for just a dollar more. Squeeze a little fresh lime on top, and you’re all set. The day I went, I opted for one chorizo and one pollo done in the regular style, along with an al pastor loaded up as a supreme. For those of you that aren’t familiar with those terms, chorizo is a slightly spicy sausage, pollo is chicken and al pastor is marinated pork. The al pastor was delicious, with a slightly stronger kick than I had expected, while the chicken was actually a little on the sweet side. The chorizo won me over by a landslide though. As I’ve said before, I’m a wuss when it comes to spicy foods, and their chorizo taco had just enough of a kick for me to feel it, but was the savoriest of the three tacos. So when you’re craving a truly authentic taco experience, give El Agave Azul a chance.


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Nicholas Crouch tropical smoothie cafe franchisee of the year

I am looking forward to attending The Grand Opening of Tropical Smoothie Cafe in River City Marketplace in March 2017. I am also looking forward to attending many Jaguar Games next year and getting season tickets for the first time.

Jim McCarthy executive director,

north florida land trust

I am looking forward to North Florida Land Trust’s Fish Fry. We decided to move it to April this year to make it a much more enjoyable experience for everyone. It’s a great family-friendly event with bands, games for the kids, kayaking, nature hikes, some great local food, craft beer and a whole lot of fun!

Melanie Jensen director of development, north florida school of special education

Ray Hays prc digital media

I’m looking forward to the Riverkeeper Oyster Roast on November 17. It is the party of the year. It’s at night, on the river, at the Garden Club. There is music, dancing and fabulous food. It draws an incredible cross-section of the community to support the Riverkeeper. After all, without the St. Johns River, this city would not even exist.

Heather Mayer

partner, tyson & denson, pllc

I’m excited for the Ponte Vedra Food, Wine and Spirits Festival on May 6.

Farm to Tap is North Florida School of Special Education’s newest fundraiser! NFSSE will partner with Atlantic Beach Brewing Company (ABBC), opening spring of 2017. The event will feature ABBC’s craft beers, healthy fare created by the school’s culinary students and original art on June 8. JANUARY 2017 •



Personal Chef

Dessert Chef Ana Barreiro


Key Lime Mousse Inc. By Monica Stouder



Creative Cuban culinarian Chef Ana Barreiro of Key Lime Mousse is forking out to the Jacksonville areas some creamy and decadent desserts with her online company. We caught up with this busy chef to have her spoon a bit about her sweet beginnings. When did you find an interest in cooking? As a young child, I would hang out in the kitchen driving my relatives’ nuts at family gatherings. I would always taste everything and ask questions about the food and ingredients. What cuisines influence your style of cooking? My mother’s authentic Cuban cuisine, as well as flavors from other tropical islands. What sets your company apart from others? Focus on my healthy delicious dessert mousseline, with Key Lime Mousse being center stage, followed closely by my EVOO Belgium Dark Chocolate which customers say is decadent. We use natural ingredients with no preservatives. Both my husband Chef Armando and I source only the best, high-quality ingredients,



Riverside Elevate your taste buds with the “made from scratch” delectable meals from Hobnob. Every dish features inspiration from around the world, brought to you right here in the heart of the city.

many times dealing directly with the farmers instead of food distributors. Do you have a specialty dish that your family and friends always want you to make? My friends and family often request Fricassee De Pollo “Chicken Fricassee” and Enchiladas de Camarones “Shrimp in a Cuban tomato wine sauce or Arroz con Gris- Organic Black Beans and Riceseamlessly blended with Cuban spice mix and Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Favorite kitchen tool? A sharp knife - as sharp as El Zorro’s sword! If you could have your own cooking show what would you name it? Havana Ana.



San Marco


This new year, make better eating a resolution that really sticks! The Flame Broiler prepares delicious, healthy, quick serve food. Brown or white rice serves as the base with all natural chicken, beef or tofu and vegetables.

If you’ve ever daydreamed about the perfect pizza, down to the sprinkle of cheese and crunch of the crust, Blaze is your dream come true. Priding themselves on speed and fun, Blaze is revolutionizing the pizza experience. KAZU SUSHI BURRITO

Southside Devour the sushi your heart desires at Kazu! Make your own burrito from the endless selections or choose from one of your soon to be favorite menu options, the choice is yours.


Bocadito Hors d’oeuvre



1 lb Chopped Serano Spanish Ham

Place ingredients in food processor, those containing liquid first.

1 Cup Mayonnaise 1 7oz of Diced Pimentos with liquid 1 Cup of Cream Cheese 1/2 Cup Bread and Butter Pickles with liquid 1tsp Spanish Paprika 1tsp Peperoncino Extra Virgin Olive Oil


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Blend until creamy. Pour into dipping container and place with thin crackers, breadsticks or pita chips. Sprinkle lightly with finely chopped organic parsley. Serve on an individual plate as shown or platter with a variety of thin crackers, breadsticks or pita chips.





When you’re ready to celebrate a week of hard work, Spliff’s Gastropub will be waiting with cold drinks, fun food favorites and live entertainment like trivia night, stand up comedy and more.

No need to put on your Sunday’s best to enjoy good food and great wine at Cooper’s Hawk Winery. Between the gift shop, dining area and spacious private rooms, the possibilities are endless.



Jan. 1



Veterans Memorial Arena

Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Watch Live on CBS

It’s been a long road, but we have finally reached the last game of the season. Be sure to tune into CBS as the Jaguars take on the Indianapolis Colts. The Jaguars beat the Colts earlier this season, so there is hope for another win!

Don’t miss out when WWE returns with SmackDown Live. For the first time, SmackDown will be televised live! Tune in to see WWE World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler, Bray Wyatt, Women’s Champion Becky Lynch, Nikki Bella, Apollo Crews and more.

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Jan. 7



Winston YMCA Riverside

The JU Dolphins will take on the UNF Ospreys in this exciting game. You don’t want to miss these two local teams go head-tohead! If you can’t make it, you can watch on ESPN3. Both teams have started strong with successful seasons so it’s sure to be a great matchup. Sport your favorite team’s colors and come out to support.

Veterans Memorial Arena

The Jacksonville Giants kicked off their 2017 season last month. Now in the new year, they’re ready to take on North Carolina! The Giants are an ABA (American Basketball Association) professional basketball team that was introduced in 2010. They’ve been making history and setting ABA records since. They are currently the 2012, 2013 and 2016 National Champions of the ABA. In addition to their national champions, the Giants have won regional titles in 2011, 2012 and 2013. They were also recognized for their off-the-court achievements with the ABA National Charity Award in 2014. With such a passionate local team in town, there’s no hesitation to cheer them on.


Visit our calendar for more local events.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts: Jan. 1, Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and LIVE on CBS, UNF Ospreys Men’s Basketball vs. Palm Beach Atlantic: Jan. 2, UNF Arena, WWE SmackDown Live: Jan. 3, Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville University Dolphins Men’s Basketball vs. Middle Georgia: Jan. 3, Historic Swisher Gym, Healthy Start 5K: Jan. 7, The Jacksonville Landing, Jacksonville University Dolphins Men’s Basketball vs. UNF Ospreys: Jan. 7, Historic Swisher Gym, Resolution Run: Jan. 7, Orange Park, Jacksonville University Dolphins Women’s Basketball vs. UNF Ospreys: Jan. 7, Historic Swisher Gym, Gateway Conference Boys and Girls Soccer Tournament: Jan. 9-13, Gateway Conference Girls Basketball Tournament: Jan. 10-13, The Pirate 5K: Jan. 14, Palencia, Blue Grey All-American Bowl: Jan. 14, EverBank Field, Gateway Conference Boys Basketball Tournament: Jan. 17-20,

UNF Ospreys Men’s Basketball vs. Kennesaw State: Jan. 19, UNF Arena, Jacksonville University Dolphins Men’s Basketball vs. Lipscomb: Jan. 19, Historic Swisher Gym, Gateway Conference Wrestling Tournament: Jan. 20-21, Hellcat 10K, 30K, 50K: Jan. 21, Green Cove Springs, Matanzas 5K: Jan. 21, St. Augustine, UNF Ospreys Men’s Basketball vs. Lipscomb: Jan. 21, UNF Arena, Jacksonville University Dolphins Women’s Basketball vs. Kennesaw State: Jan. 21, Historic Swisher Gym, Jacksonville Giants vs. Columbus Blackhawks: Jan. 21, Edward Waters College, UNF Ospreys Women’s Basketball vs. Lipscomb: Jan. 21, UNF Arena, Riverwalk 5K Run: Jan. 22, Winston YMCA Riverwalk, UNF Ospreys Women’s Basketball vs. Kennesaw State: Jan. 23, Historic Swisher Gym, Jacksonville University Dolphins Women’s Basketball vs. Lipscomb: Jan. 23, Historic Swisher Gym, UNF Ospreys Men’s Basketball vs. Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles: Jan. 25, UNF Arena,

The Pirate 5K | Jan. 14 |

Jacksonville Universtity Dolphins Men’s Basketball vs. Stetson: Jan. 25, Historic Swisher Gym, Winter Beach Run: Jan. 28, Jacksonville Beach, Jacksonville Giants vs. Fayetteville Flight: Jan. 28, Veterans Memorial Arena, Winter 2017 4-Person Leagues begin play at Topgolf Jacksonville: Jan. 30, Topgolf Jacksonville, Winter 2017 2-Person Leagues begin play at Topgolf Jacksonville: Jan. 31, Topgolf Jacksonville, Jacksonville Giants vs. Miami Midnites: Feb. 11, Veterans Memorial Arena, Monster Jam: Feb. 18-19, EverBank Field, JANUARY 2017 •


Game Day:


Jacksonville Giants

Blue-Grey All-American Bowl Game Day Details The annual Blue-Grey All-American Bowl positions a team of high school standouts from traditional northern states against a team of exceptional athletes from traditional southern states.

Game Date January 14, 2017

Game Time 1 p.m. at EverBank Field Watch on Impact Football Network or ESPN For ticket information, other game day details and player profiles, visit

Game Day Mission & History Blue-Grey Football was established in 1989 by Gus Bell and his son Erik Bell. Together, they established the brand to help prep prospects from all over the country receive national exposure and increase their chances to secure scholarships to a college. Fast forward to today, Blue-Grey Football proudly hosts close to 20 AllAmerican Combines at venues all over the country, most inside stadiums that are home to NFL teams. On a yearly basis, the best of best meet on the biggest stages around: East vs. West at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, North vs. South at Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium and Blue vs. Grey at Jacksonville Jaguars’ EverBank Field.

The Giants are an ABA (American Basketball Association) professional basketball team that was introduced in 2010. They have been to the ABA Final Four every season for six consecutive years and won the ABA national championship in 2012 and 2013. In their inaugural season, the Giants made ABA history by setting a scoring record 206 points in a single game. They weren’t done there, breaking their own record in 2014 as well as breaking the probasketball scoring record by scoring 222 points in a single game.

Jan. 21

vs. Columbus Blackhawks Edward Waters College

Player Selection Process Prospects competing, specifically, in the All-American Bowl at EverBank Field are chosen by the Blue-Grey Football Selection Committee from a talent pool of approximately 8,000 recruits, most of which were scouted during their nationwide series of yearlong Blue-Grey Regional and Super Combines. Other recruits were handpicked by the Blue-Grey Football Regional Scouting Team.

Jan. 28

vs. Fayetteville Flight Veterans Memorial Arena

Feb. 11

vs. Jackson Showboats Edward Waters College

Each year, the Blue-Grey Football Selection Committee unveils the All-American Bowl Watch List after their staff travels the country and stops at NFL facilities to see how NFL veteran coaches evaluate prospects for the Class of 2017.

Feb. 13

vs. Jackson Showboats Veterans Memorial Arena

Blue-Grey Football Growth The draw of Blue-Grey Football continues to grow - and grow. Accordingly, the annual All-American Bowls have become must-see events with college coaches from all over the country attending the games and beforehand, the nationwide All-American Combines. Fox Sports, CBS Sports and USA Today are media members who routinely provide coverage, along with ESPN. com,, and Bottom line: Gus Bell and Erik Bell discovered a winning formula with Blue-Grey Football.

March 4

vs. St. Pete Tide Edward Waters College

March 5

vs. St. Pete Tide Edward Waters College

GEAR UP>>HEALTHY START 5K RUN Jan. 7 The Jacksonville Landing 5K at 8 a.m. | 1 Mile at 9 a.m. Happy New Year! The Healthy Start 5K Run welcomes both runners and walkers. The purpose of this charitable event is to raise awareness for the importance of living a healthy, fit and smart lifestyle. They are encouraging the Northeast Florida community and the city of Jacksonville especially, to come out to enjoy a nice run or walk to kick the new year off to a healthy start! The event will have fun activities for the kids and family as everyone works together to promote a healthy lifestyle. 28

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“Get off the couch and move!”

A portion of these proceeds from this event will support the American Diabetes Association and the Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation of Jacksonville.

The American Diabetes Association

They fund research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes; deliver services to hundreds of communities and educate and inform the community about diabetes.

Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation of Jacksonville

The Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation-Jacksonville is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has granted over $300,000 to students pursuing postsecondary and graduate degrees through its scholarship program. Additionally, the Foundation also continues to support the young men of Jacksonville through its Guide Right Leadership & Development Program.

ON CAMPUS: JU Dolphins Men’s Basketball

The Jacksonville Dolphins men’s basketball team represents Jacksonville University by competing in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Many of their home games are played at the Historic Swisher Gym and the Veterans Memorial Arena. Led by head coach Tony Jasick, the Dolphins have started their season off strong with more wins than losses.



Jacksonville University offers special tickets prices during this holiday season

Devin Harris named Napa Newcomer Student-Athlete of the Month

With four great games to choose from – including a brand new opponent in Middle Georgia State and the first half of the River City Rivalry against the University of North Florida – and prices starting at only $10, you can give your friends and family the gift they really deserve this holiday season – Dolphin basketball. Jacksonville University is offering a holiday ticket package that includes several home games. The holiday ticket packages are available in a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, visit


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Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. JU Dolphins vs. Lipscomb Historic Swisher Gym The Jacksonville University Dolphins have quite a few home CATCH IT ON: ESPN3 games this month! They also have four away games. Be sure Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. JU Dolphins vs. Kennesaw State to mark your calendar. Historic Swisher Gym CATCH IT ON: ESPN3 Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. JU Dolphins vs. Middle Georgia Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. Historic Swisher Gym JU Dolphins vs. Stetson CATCH IT ON: ESPN3 Historic Swisher Gym CATCH IT ON: ESPN3 Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. JU Dolphins vs. UNF Ospreys For more information, visit Historic Swisher Gym CATCH IT ON: ESPN3


sports director, wjax/wfox-tv

THE 2017 PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP. A renewed excitement in 2017 because of the renovations and redesign of the 12th hole at TPC Sawgrass. Plus, there is the potential for a Tiger Woods return.

LeAnn Daddario

Napa Autoparts recognizes a “Napa Newcomer,” honoring a freshman or transfer student-athlete of Jacksonville University for exemplary performance in competition and in the classroom. Devin Harris has shown impressive talent in his nine starts this season. The redshirt junior from Tampa is averaging 10.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.5 blocks per game. He’s 21st in the ASUN Conference in scoring and his 53.2 shooting percentage is 8th in the league. Earlier this season, Harris was also recognized as the ASUN Conference’s Newcomer of the week.

Brent Martineau

president & ceo, handson jacksonville

Bolivar Diaz ideal timing

I’m excited for the Gate River Run. I can’t wait to be part of the vibes.

The Human Race on September 16 provides a risk-free fundraising opportunity provided equally to all area nonprofit organizations, schools, civic and religious groups. This fun, familyfriendly 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Walk/Run is open to the entire community. The Human Race is the number one collaborative fundraising event in northeast Florida.

Madelyn Pittman madelyn m. pittman, p.a

The upcoming Armada soccer season.

Jim Clark Natalie DeYoung director of communications and public relations, wingard creative

I am looking forward to the MOO-VE IT 5K. The Cowford Chophouse is partnering with the North Florida School of Special Education to present the inaugural MOOVE IT 5K on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

president/ceo of daniel kids

I’m eagerly anticipating our spring events – the Annual Golf Classic and the inaugural Hank Haynes Memorial Dinner. Community supporters can have fun while raising funds that help kids in crisis. Both fundraising events in March are open to the public with more information available at


GAME FACE: Local Athletes of Jacksonville Jimmy Smith

Jacksonville Jaguars

Sports Director at

University Christian Football

The Jaguars wide receiver was immortalized in Jags lore on Dec. 11 when he was inducted into the Pride of the Jaguars. Smith delivered an emotional speech on a day when more than 60 Jags alumni returned to EverBank Field to participate. Smith has over 12,000 receiving yards in his career.

The University Christian Fighting Christians did it again. David Penland III led his team to a second consecutive state championship in Class 2A. It’s the ninth state title for the U.C. The defense was dominant holding their opponent to (-44) rushing yards.

Ponte Vedra Football

Shaun Wade

The PV Sharks ended their year at the State Championship game, their only loss of the season. They earned the respect of many, even in defeat as they lost 35-33 to one of the best teams in the country, American Heritage. Ponte Vedra finished the year 13-1 and had a season nobody will soon forget.

The Trinity Christian Conquerors star Stanko cornerback is one of Brandon karstaedt & stanko , p.a.was named the best in the country at his position. Wade Florida’s Gatorade Player of the Year and also the Friday I’m most looking forward to the return Night Blitz Player of the Year. Wade, who has committed to of TPC. Ohio State, helped Trinity to its fourth state championship.

Ohio State Buckeyes

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Music Locale Jan. 25 GLADYS KNIGHT

Florida Theatre

Very few singers in the last 50 years have matched the artistry of Gladys Knight. This seven-time Grammy winner has enjoyed No. 1 Pop, Gospel, R&B and Adult Contemporary hits, and has triumphed in film, television and live performances. Her amazing songs include “Midnight Train to Georgia” and many more.


Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

In 2012, Dweezil redefined Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa’s mission as a band and sculpted it into the current six-piece configuration he takes on tour. Now able to tour in even more cities and venues because they can fit on stage easier, Dweezil’s “Rocking Teenage Combo” has been navigating through new geographic and musical territory. This fine assortment of hand-picked musicians is dedicated to preserving and performing the detailed music of Frank Zappa that unites them and thrills audiences across the globe.


Ritz Theatre and Museum

The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is a family band consisting of seven blood brothers who began their musical training at the tender age of four by their father, jazz trumpeter/band leader Kelan Phil Cohran (Earth, Wind & Fire, Chaka Khan, Sun Ra). They have toured worldwide playing with a wide variety of artists including Prince, Mos Def and countless others. They’ve performed at Carnegie Hall and more.


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Sean Conover autopoint

Florida Theatre

Grammy Award-winning artist Boz Scaggs, with special guest The Robert Cray Band, will perform the best known songs of his career, including hits that are constantly requested like “Lido Shuffle,” “Look What You’ve Done To Me,” “Miss Sun,” and many others. Boz Scaggs has had a successful career both with the Steve Miller Band and on his own. In just over 40 years, Robert Cray and his band have recorded 20 studio releases.

professional staffing consultant , oasis staffing

Definitely the Springing the Blues Fest. I’ve attended for at least 18 years and it’s awesome! The quality of the musicians are top notch (they come from around the world), the mood is fun and there is no better venue than being outside the band shell next to the beach! What a way to show off our better qualities; good food, unique and affordable vendors and all around some heavy blues for three solid days!

Christina Parrish

Jonathan Graessle

springfield preservation and

attorney, william s. graessle, pa

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I’m looking forward to the 2017 Jazz Fest.

The Jacksonville PorchFest! Best event in Jacksonville! 20+ live bands performing a wide variety of music; all of the City’s best food trucks; vendors selling locally handcrafted goods; beautiful architecture; gorgeous Klutho Park; and 10,000 friendly people from every walk of life enjoying a beautiful day.

LindaMae Denney The men in my family got me hooked on the Red Hot Chili Peppers years ago. This is the first time they will be here in concert that isn’t a festival. I’m so excited!

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The Oyster Jam Music Festival on April 22! This is the annual oyster roast and music festival taking place on the river in downtown Jacksonville, complete with live bands, oyster cook-off and more.

The Welcome to Rockville festival on April 29 and 30 at Metropolitan Park. I’ve been going for years and love seeing the local community and all out of towners come together and enjoy the music together.

I’m looking forward to Red Hot Chili Peppers and Stevie Nicks. I love them but I never saw them live.

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Angela Tekin, PHR, SHRM-CP

I’m looking forward to Colin Hay at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on February 22. Mr. Hay’s voice has just gotten better with age and the stories he tells are so engaging. His show last year was in my top three of the year. Can’t wait!


Jan. 29


Foreigner with Kansas will be here in February! Foreigner is one of my all-time favorite bands. I know every single word on the greatest hits album. When I was 15 growing up in Atlanta, this was the first concert I got tickets to go to. However, hours before the show I was not allowed to go. It would be awesome to finally get to see them and scream at the top of my 50-year-old lungs!

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I’m excited for Steve Winwood on May 5 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. It’s one of my favorite artists at one of my favorite venues.



Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Michael Bolton topped the charts with the classic hits, “When a Man Loves a Woman” and “Love is A Wonderful Thing.” Eight of Bolton’s studio albums ranked in the Top Ten, with a total of nine No. 1 hits. He has sold more than 60 records worldwide, and he is the winner of two Grammy Awards for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance (nominated four times) and six American Music Awards.

Continuing to tour the world each year, Bolton has performed with legacies such as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Renee Fleming and BB King. His songs and performances have been featured in numerous television and film soundtracks, including the Oscar-nominated theme song “Go the Distance” from Walt Disney’s blockbuster animated film “Hercules.” He also executive produced the documentary “Terror at Home” addressing Domestic Violence in America, and was Emmy-nominated for writing the title song, “Tears of The Angels.”

CATCH HIM LIVE: Bolton has written with some of the greatest and most diverse talents of our time, including Bob Dylan, Paul Stanley, Lady Gaga, Diane Warren and David Foster. His songs have been recorded by KISS, Kanye West, Jay Z, Barbara Streisand, Cher and Marc Anthony.

Jan. 11 at the Florida Theatre



Lee Brice and Justin Moore, two of country music’s most dynamic performers, will ring in 2017 with their co-headlined “American Made” tour. Moore released his fourth album “Kinda Don’t Care,” his third No. 1 debut on the Country charts, in August. The lead single from the album, the Top-5 and-rising “You Look Like I Need a Drink,” lines up right alongside his chart-topping Platinum and Gold-certified hits, “Small Town USA,” and “Lettin’ The Night Roll.” This also follows two Gold-certified albums: “Justin Moore” and “Outlaws Like Me.” Lee Brice is a multiple ACM and CMA award winner with a Grammy nomination, six RIAA platinum singles and more than 10 million singles sold, under his belt. The power vocalist, songwriter and producer has celebrated five No. 1 hits including, “I Drive Your Truck” and “Drinking Class.” He was most recently honored by the RIAA during a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden for the platinum certification of his No. 1 radio single, “I Don’t Dance.” He quickly followed that career milestone with performances on NBC’s “The Voice,” “Today,” and ABC’s “The Bachelor Live.” “It’s very exciting to get back out there as a headliner,” Justin says. “To be able to do it with my buddy Lee is even more exciting. I’ve been a fan of his for a long time. It’s gonna definitely be a party every night. I hope the fans are as jacked up about it as we are.”


Jan. 26 at the Veterans Memorial Arena



MUSIC EVENTS Visit our calendar for more local events.

Shen Yen: Jan. 3, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, The Jacksonville Symphony presents Sound Bites: Jan. 4, GA House, Shen Yen: Jan. 4, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, Symphony in 60: Mozart and McGill: Jan. 5, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, The Toasters: Jan. 5, 1904 Musical Hall, Order of the Owl and Junior Bruce with Unearthly Child and Coughin: Jan. 5, Nighthawks, Shen Yen: Jan. 5, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, Prettier than Matt with Grant Cowan and guests: Jan. 5, Jack Rabbits, The Mother Gooses and guests: Jan. 6, Jack Rabbits, Symphony in 60: Mozart and McGill: Jan. 6, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts,

America’s Got Talent Season 12 Auditions | Jan. 7 |

Dweezil Zappa: 50 Years of Frank: Jan. 13, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Lewis Black in Concert: Jan. 13, Florida Theatre, Henry Rollins: Jan. 14, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, The Jacksonville Symphony presents Journey, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and More: Jan. 13-14, Jacoby Hall, Liz Vice: Jan. 15, Ritz Theatre and Museum, Los Lobos: Jan. 15, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Doyle Bramhall II: Jan. 17, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall,

Elvis Lives Concert: Jan. 24, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts Moran Theatre, Gladys Knight: Jan. 25, Florida Theatre, Elvis Lives Concert: Jan. 25, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts Moran Theatre, Lee Brice and Justin Moore - American Made Tour: Jan. 26, Veterans Memorial Arena, J Boog with special guests Jo Mersa Marley and Jemere Morgan: Jan. 27, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Civic Orchestra: Jan. 27, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts,

Pink Martini in Concert: Jan. 17, Florida Theatre,

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble: Jan. 28, Ritz Theatre and Museum,

Mike Doughty and Wheatus: Jan. 18, Jack Rabbits,

Violins of Hope: Jan. 28, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts,

Karen Meat: Jan. 18, Planet Sarbez in St. Augustine,

The Beach Boys: Jan. 28, Florida Theatre,

America’s Got Talent Season 12 Auditions: Jan. 7, Prime Osborn Convention Center,

An Evening with Dr. John and the Nite Trippers: Jan. 18, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall,

Edgar Loudermilk Band: Jan. 28, A Night of Bluegrass,

Kinky Rhino with Stephen Pigman’s Feral Swine Experiment and the Snacks Blues Band: Jan. 7, Jack Rabbits,

Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular: Jan. 19, Florida Theatre,

Ageless with Bit Deff and Cat Party: Jan. 6, Blue Water Island Grill, The Jacksonville Symphony presents Beethoven and Sibelius: Jan. 6, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts,

The Jacksonville Symphony presents Symphony in 60: Mozart and McGill: Jan. 7, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts,

Ritz Chamber Players for Human Rights: Jan. 19, Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church, Faze Wave and Michael Cronin: Jan. 20, 1904 Music Hall,

P-Dent, General Tso’s Fury, Cutting Teeth and Adult Life: Jan. 8, 1904 Music Hall,

Upright Citizen Brigade Touring Company: Jan. 20, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall,

Michael Bolton: Jan. 11, Florida Theatre,

The Jacksonville Symphony presents Brahms and Beyond: Jan. 20, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts,

Steve Poltz: Jan. 11, The Original Café Eleven in St. Augustine, Kate Voegele and Tyler Hilton plus Jenni Reid: Jan. 12, Jack Rabbits, Damien Escobar The Boundless Tour: Jan. 12, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, The Jacksonville Symphony presents Journey, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and More: Jan. 13, Jacoby Hall, Winter Jam 2017: Jan. 13, Veterans Memorial Arena, 32

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Jeanne Robertson: Jan. 21, Florida Theatre, Hudson Falcons and guests: Jan. 21, Jack Rabbits, Brahms and Beyond: Jan. 21, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, Peter Bradley Adams:: Jan. 22, The Original Café Eleven in St. Augustine, Brahms and Beyond: Jan. 22, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts,

Andrew McKnight: Jan. 28, Mudville Music Room, Universal Green and The Litz: Jan. 28, 1904 Music Hall, Talking Dreads: Jan. 28, Jack Rabbits, Kenny Rodgers: Jan. 28, Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, Florida Chamber Music Project Presents Schubert: Jan. 29, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Boz Scaggs with special guest The Rober Cray Band: Jan. 29, Florida Theatre, Kurt Vile and the Violators with special guests Luke Roberts: Jan. 30, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Vocalosity: Feb. 1, Florida Theatre, The Jacksonville Symphony presents Sound Bites: Feb. 1, GA House,


FEEL the BEAT: By: Tiara Bree Jeffers

Damien Escobar “The Boundless Tour” Jan. 12 Ponte Vedra Concert Hall |


Jan. 13 Veterans Memorial Arena

Winter Jam is an annual multi-artist extravaganza—one of the world’s leading first quarter tours—which will showcase 10 of Christian music’s best and brightest artists: multi Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Crowder; Top 40 hit-maker and Grammy-nominee Britt Nicole; Dove Award-winning fan favorites Tenth Avenue North; breakout pop/ hip-hop recording artist Andy Mineo; Dove Award-winning singer/ songwriter and “American Idol” finalist Colton Dixon; best-selling rockers Thousand Foot Krutch; and Grammy-nominated Winter Jam creators and tour hosts, NewSong. The tour will also feature a message from acclaimed author, speaker and evangelist Tony Nolan.

Damien Escobar is best known by his fame in Nuttin’ but Stringz from America’s Got Talent. Since relaunching his career, the two-time Emmy Award-winning violinist boasts of 200K downloads from his first R&B mixtape, “Sensual Melodies;” and has more than a few notable solo headliner performances under his belt.

Journey, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac & More Jan. 13-14 Jacoby Hall |

Conductor Michael Krajewski leads the Symphony and guest vocalists as they bring you the music of three of America’s greatest bands. The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac are in The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Journey will be there soon. Hear “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Hotel California,” “Go Your Own Way” and many more.


Jan. 29 Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

The music series is a partnership between the Florida Chamber Music Project (FCMP) and St. Johns County Cultural Events Division, which owns and operates the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. St. Johns County Cultural Events Director Ryan Murphy is proud to partner with the FCMP again for a fourth season. “This partnership provides an opportunity for the genre of classical music to be featured in our area. We are proud to host the ensemble at the Concert Hall.”

Liz Vice Jan. 15 Ritz Theatre and Museum |

Gospel, soul and R&B infused artist Liz Vice is from Portland, Oregon. With a love of story-telling, she has found herself going from working behind the scenes in the film and video world to behind the mic. Her music features dynamic, soulful vocals, with lyrics that are classically influenced enough to feel timeless and reference her deeprooted spirituality. JANUARY 2017 •



Nightlife Picks

Jan. 14

Jay Leno

Thrasher-Horne Center

Acclaimed TV late night show host, admired stand-up comedian, bestselling author, muchin-demand corporate Gary Owen speaker, lovable TV and The Comedy Zone movie voice-over artist and philanthropist, it’s Having performed to sold-out audiences in major no wonder that Jay Leno is characterized as “the comedy clubs and theatres across the country, hardest working man in Gary Owen has been entertaining America show business.” for more than a decade with his side-splitting comedy. Owen recently filmed “Meet The Blacks” on BET opposite Mike Epps and Mike Tyson.

Jan. 5-8

Jan. 24 Elvis Lives! Times-Union Center

Elvis Lives is a live musical journey across Elvis’ life featuring winners from Elvis Presley Enterprises’ annual worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, each representing Elvis during different stages in his career. Don’t miss the live band, singers, dancers and more.


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Jan. 25

Spend the Night with Billy Crystal Times-Union Center

A stand-up comic turned television star, Crystal found fame as a movie funnyman with starring roles in blockbusters like “When Harry Met Sally.” He was much-loved as the acclaimed nine-time host of the Academy Awards.

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TOP E2017 vents



founder and president, rethreaded

Mukti, which means freedom in Bengali, is our primary fundraising event of the year, providing the means for our organization to continue providing meaningful work for women survivors of human trafficking.

Anna Zirbel

director of marketing & sales, thrasherhorne center

• The Art Guild of Orange Park: The Neighborhood (In the Lee Adams Gallery), Jan.-Apr. • Jay Leno, Jan. 14 • Kenny Rogers Final World Tour: The Gambler’s Last Deal with Special Guest Linda Davis, Jan. 28 • Seussical: The Musical, Feb. 1 • Xanadu, Feb. 11 • Vicki Lawrence, Feb. 25 • Margaret Hodge: Breaking Free – Dark Energy, Dark Matter (In the Lee Adams Gallery), Apr.-June • Steve Trash: Ecology Is Awesome!, Apr. 28 • MAMMA MIA!, June 20

The Red Rose Ball is an opportunity for our friends in the community to help us help those most in need. Through the generosity of this community, we are able to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars each year at the Red Rose Ball for programs that help us accomplish our Mission to provide compassionate care to everyone. For more information, visit

Samantha Ashcraft

director of marketing and events, jacksonville landing

My favorite event is Yappy Hour at The Landing! I love seeing everyone bring their pups to The Landing and enjoy live music, dog games, pet vendors and more. This 2017 season, I can’t wait for St. Paw-ty’s Day in March and King and Queen of Yappy Hour in April. I love bringing my dogs to dog-friendly events!


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The Jacksonville Bar Association Young Lawyers Section’s Chips 4 Change Charity Poker Tournament benefiting Yoga 4 Change on January 12 at bestbet Jacksonville. It is a bounty-style charity poker tournament. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., attendees can socialize or take free poker lessons while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The tournament begins at 6:30 p.m. Celebrity bounties will play poker at each table. Players who knock out a bounty will win prizes! The event is a community event and the public is encouraged to attend and play some poker for a great cause.

Jessica L. Evans senior vice president | c & i relationship manager, regions bank

My most favorite event is the Small Business Week Celebration. It is a weeklong celebration highlighting Small Business Advocates and business owners that have made an impact. Awards include Top Business for: Veteran Owned, Woman Owned, and Minority Owned, as well as Financial Advocate, Exporter, and Small Business Person of the Year. Small Business is so vital to our area and it is important we acknowledge the impact they have in our community.

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The Mukti Freedom Gala will raise funds to support our Survivor Advocate Program, providing survivors with case management, mental health counseling, crisis counseling and weekly classes. This year’s gala will be on February 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Glass Factory. The evening will include dinner, a silent auction, poetry readings and inspirational speakers, live music and shopping.

Kelly Bussanich • WWE SmackDown Live, Jan. 3 • Winter Jam, Jan. 13 • Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME, Jan. 19-22 • Billy Crystal, Jan.25 • Lee Brice and Justine Moore – American Made Tour, Jan.26 • Center Stage Comedy Tour, Feb. 3 • Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man, Feb. 4 • TobyMac: HITS DEEP Tour, Feb. 16 • Sweet Honey in the Rock, Feb.16 • River City Music Festival, Feb. 17 • Monster Jam 2017, Feb. 18 & 19 • Luke Bryan: Kill the Lights Tour, Feb. 25 • Newsboys: God’s Not Dead LIVE!, Mar. 12 • Harlem Globetrotters 2017, Mar. 21 • Stevie Nicks with Pretenders, Mar. 23 • Legends of Southern Hip Hop, Apr.7, • Red Hot Chili Peppers, Apr.24 • Eric Church: Holdin’ My Own Tour, May 5 • Cirque du Soleil: Ovo – Aug. 2-6 • Tim McGraw and Faith Hill: Soul2Soul Tour, Sep. 16

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The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund is looking forward to two great events in 2017. On March 17, we have our Wine Tasting Gala. The weekend of May 21-22, we host our Celebrity Golf Tournament.

I’m looking forward to the 5 Points Block party on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s going to be interesting now that O’Brother’s has closed.

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Ashley Williams

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• Men are from Mars / Women are from Venus, Jan 12-14 • The Book of Mormon, Jan 17-22 • Jersey Boys, Feb. 14-19 • Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Mar. 21-26 • MJ Live!, Apr. 20-23 • Kinky Boots, May 2-7 • Menopause the Musical, May 11-14 • Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, June 13-18

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Erin Andersen

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I can’t wait for St. Patrick’s Day at Fionn MacCool’s at The Landing because it’s finally on a Friday! I love the atmosphere, the live music starting at 8a.m. until 2a.m., plus the Irish buffet, green beer and all my friends go. It’s a lot of fun!

ROSE Awards on February 21. This event is put on by the North Florida Hotel & Lodging Association! It is so important to recognize good service and the ROSE awards are an extravagant way to do it for our hospitality industry. Every profession should do this. Not to mention, you get the best food and best service when attending an event for hospitality professionals. For more information, visit JANUARY 2017 •


Catchin' a BUZZ


Interview by Monica Stouder


Watery Grave

Mulligans Pub

When is Happy Hour?

Wednesday night plus ‘50s, 60’s and 70s-themed trivia.

We have the Beaches’ Best Happy Hour – 3 to 9 p.m. daily (and yes, that’s every day of the week)!

Any local Jax celebs stopped by for a drink?

INGREDIENTS - Captain Morgan White Rum

What do you love most about Jacksonville’s nightlife?

- Parrot Bay Coconut Rum - Blue Curacao combined with sour mix

Mulligans is open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, midnight every other night, so we are often the destination for after party gatherings of wedding groups and other event goers.

- Pineapple and orange juices

Do you serve any local liquors or brews?

- Melon Liqueur

Mulligans Pub

43 PGA Tour Blvd. (904) 285-1506

Mulligans serves Deep Eddy’s Grapefruit, Lemon and Sweet Tea Vodkas, along with a wide variety of local craft beers, including Intuition I10, Green Room Head High, Sweetwater 420 and Jai Alai Pale Ale. Do you all have music or any kind of events? Weekly Tuesday Trivia is so popular that we added


Since we are very near both TPC Sawgrass and the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, we regularly see well-known golfers and music celebrities. You just never know who you’ll rub elbows with at Mulligans. Busiest night of the week? Our busiest night is Friday, though that can change with the sports schedule. What do you want more people to know about your business? Our Executive Chef Regis has a true passion for the pub fare you’ll find at Mulligans – from our signature Fish ‘n Chips to the Shepherd’s Pie and the Beaches Best Reuben sandwich made with house-cooked corned beef. We are a warm and welcoming pub with great food!

Visit our calendar for more local events.

Jan. 27 | Florida Theatre

Artwalk After Dark: Jan. 4, 1904 Musical Hall,

Friday Night Groove: Jan. 13, Downtown Cigar Lounge,

Billy Crystal: Jan. 25, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts,

Gary Owens: Jan. 5-8, Comedy Zone,

Jay Leno: Jan. 14, Thrasher-Horne Center,

The Toasters Chieforia Prideless Dubwise: Jan. 5, 1904 Musical Hall,

Paint Nite: Jan. 14, Downtown Cigar Lounge,

Wine Wednesdays in the River City Bew House: Jan. 28, River City Brwing Company,

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia: Swan Lake: Jan. 6, Prime Osborn,

Julia Scotti: Jan. 19-21, Comedy Zone,

Colt Ford: Jan. 7, Mavericks at the Landing,

Faze Wave, Corey Crumpacker, The Nixon Tapes, Michael Cronin: Jan. 20, 1904 Musical Hall,

R-DENT, General Tso’s Fury, Cutting Teeth, Adult Life: Jan. 8, 1904 Musical Hall,

VIBE Saturdays: Jan. 21, Downtown Cigar Lounge,

America’s Got Talent – Season 12 Auditions: Jan. 7, Prime Osborn,

Ordinary Boys – A Tribute to The Smiths and Morrissey: Jan. 21, 1904 Musical Hall,

Adamec Bike Night: Jan. 12, The Jacksonville Landing,

Elvis Lives!: Jan. 24, Times-Union Center for the Rod Man: Jan. 13-15, Comedy Zone, Performing Arts, 36

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American Made Tour: Jan. 26, Veterans Memorial Arena, Piff the Dragon: Jan. 26-28, Comedy Zone, Kathleen Madigan: Jan. 27, Florida Theatre, In the Mood: Jan. 28, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, The Fritz, Universal Green: Jan. 28, 1904 Music Hall, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble: Jan. 28, Ritz Theatre and Museum,


Written by Kyle, Astrologer Extraordinaire

ARIES (March 21- April 19)

At the beginning of the New Year, you have a one-track mind, and it’s not bargain shopping. With Venus in your eighth house of intimacy, you and your mate or crush will want to stay home and spend more time behind closed shades.

TAURUS (April 20 – May 20)

You may be missing your companion this month. Instead of stressing over that, you should be out having fun of your own. Gather up your friends and make a night or two of it. Make him or her miss you even more.

GEMINI (May 21 – June 21)

Don’t get mixed signals while out on the dating scene this month. Crossed arms, wandering eyes, walking away to talk to other people, or leaving the bar with someone else are all tell-tale signs they are not into you. Remember that little tip.

CANCER (June 22 – July 22)

Here’s a New Years’ resolution for you Cancer. Quit thinking of asking him/ her out and just do it. Lord knows they aren’t going to ask you out. So, put one foot in front of the other, move that jaw of yours up and down and see what happens.

LEO (July 23 – August 22)

Competitive horoscope stated you should, “find out first if the feelings are mutual before blurting out your intentions with a crush.” Really? That’s too modest. Blurt out impulsively. Those are your real feelings, and we wouldn’t want to bottle them up.

VIRGO (August 23 – September 22)

Your upcoming plans you made with someone may have a minor setback: they don’t want to go. But don’t let that stop you. Keep calling and calling and calling. They’ll pick up eventually, right?

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Your third house of close friendships (yeah, I can’t make this stuff up) is turning a buddy into a booty call for you single Libras. You can’t deny what nature is calling for, so start texting your good friends, and let the one night stands start.

SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21)

With Mars in Capricorn, your communication house, your bantering skills will be at an all-time high. This month will be full of playful teasing with anyone you desire. This will not get hot and steamy, but it probably is a better start than last year.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21)

The beginning of 2017 isn’t going to start out with a bang for you Sagittarius. Love will feel like a complicated affair. So instead of disappointment, ignore that emotion all together and get lost in yourself. This should fit with your independence.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19)

This online horoscope stated, “Time to cut your mate a break this month.” Now, I could agree you are no dream-machine, but it’s your birthday month. So, we will ignore that for now. Be unkind, and unwind.

AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18)

This is where I say a bunch of crap about you taking the first step in a relationship this month instead of trying to play it cool. To be honest, I really think you are just going to screw it up, so making any attempt is completely your call.

PISCES (February 19 – March 20)

By the stroke of some weird, uncanny planetary shifts, things this month are looking up for you Pisces. You stand at the intersection of adventure and love with green lights in all directions. Carpe Diem my friend.

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