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CONTENTS COMMUNITY THE ARTS KIDS HEALTH CUISINE SPORTS MUSIC NIGHTLIFE

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ROLL CALL: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL PLACE TO SHOP FOR THE HOLIDAYS?

MIKE WHITE

MEREDITH TEKIN

NATALIA GONZALES

JASMIN LANKFORD

JOE SNOWBERGER BUZZ PRESIDENT

SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR

STACEY STEINER

ANGIE GREEN

Celebration Liquors so I can stop at the pub next door if I need a break from shopping.

I love the shops in Five Points.

I love picking up some soap or lotion from Green Lotus Studios in Riverside after a class.

Chamblin’s Bookmine.

1st Place Sports & Tiffany’s... Happy GF equals Merry Christmas!

Native Sun.

I don’t shop for the holidays... too much work!

MARIE BOIAN-MEYER

ROSEMARY JACKSON

PAUL MCCORMICK

MONICA STOUDER

MIRANDA COOPER

AMY RICHARDSON ACCOUNT MANAGER

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

The Avondale Gift Boutique.

Beau Outfitters in San Marco.

Peterbrooke Chocolatier.

I love the shops in Riverside.

Riverside Arts Market.

The Book Nook.

Reddi-Arts, they have more than just art supplies!

CEO OF CFM

MEDIA BUYER

SHELTON BUCHANAN COMMUNITY EDITOR

Aardwolf, because beer makes family tolerable.

PRESIDENT OF CFM

ART DIRECTOR

PR SPECIALIST

KIDS EDITOR

MARK MARLAR

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

MARKETING SPECIALIST

IAN SVOBOD

TIARA JEFFERS

JOEY VOKAC

The San Marco Bookstore.

Accentuate “Elevate Your Style” at the Avenues Mall.

Burrito Gallery for the gift cards!!

VIDEO DIRECTOR

Goodwill.

BUZZ EDITOR

WEB DIRECTOR

BUZZ TV HOST

VIDEOGRAPHER

CRAIG ONEAL

KELLY WHITE

Anywhere at the beaches.

Five Points, especially Edge City and Jane Doe, and the Shoppes of Avondale.

PHOTO DIRECTOR

HEALTH EDITOR

ALYCIA BREN

PR SPECIALIST

JOY BELL

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Ellie Bing.

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COMMUNITY Dec. 2-4

Community Picks Dec. 3 JACKSONVILLE PUBLIC MARKET

A. Philip Randolph Blvd. JacksonvillePublicMarket.com

40TH ANNIVERSARY ART & ANTIQUES SHOW Prime Osborn Center WomensBoardWCH.com

Over 40 art and antiques dealers from across the country and Europe come together for three days at one of the South’s largest art and antiques shows. This year’s show celebrates 40 years of raising community awareness : for Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

On Saturday, December 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the once vibrant business corridor of A. Philip Randolph Boulevard will bustle once more as the inaugural Jacksonville Public Market brings more than 40 vendors, live entertainment, education, demonstrations, food trucks and more to Jacksonville’s Historic Eastside. Admission is free.

Dec. 30

Dec. 7

COMMUNITY FIRST JACKSONVILLE LIGHT BOAT PARADE

99.1 WQIK’S JINGLE JAM FOR ST. JUDE

The Jacksonville Landing JacksonvilleLanding.com

Times-Union Center 991WQIK.com

99.1 WQIK’s Jingle Jam for St. Jude brings together country stars David Nail, Granger Smith and Runaway June on one stage in a Christmas themed acoustic jam setting to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The event takes place Wednesday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Times-Union Center Moran Theatre.

The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without the Community First Jacksonville Light Boat Parade. Each year, more than 200,000 people line the banks of the St. Johns River to celebrate the holiday season. Seafarers and landlubbers of all ages are sure to be dazzled by the area’s largest lighted boat parade. The night is capped off by a dazzling fireworks display featuring the famous sparkling waterfalls on the bridges of the St. Johns River.

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

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

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Making a Difference: non-profit leaders in our community

Northeast Florida has the largest population of women veterans in the state of Florida, and many of those women are in need of assistance,” said Quaranta. “Our organization helps these women exceed beyond their own expectations by taking the holistic approach when working with them. They have served our country and they served honorably coming home with hidden wounds. We are now in the process of raising funds to deliver what we have promised.”

DEE QUARANTA NORTHEAST FLORIDA WOMEN VETERANS, INC. | WOMENVETERANRESOURCES.ORG

Dee Quaranta is the Founder, CEO/President of Northeast Florida Women Veterans, Inc. She is a 20-year retiree from the U.S. Air Force. She began the organization in 2012, after identifying a lack in services for women veterans. Quaranta has aggressively worked to elevate the status of this population throughout the region and serves those underrepresented and overlooked. She has received the 2015 HandsOn Jacksonville “Service in Uniform” Award, the Seven Seals Award for Meritorious Leadership from the DOD ESGR, Wealth Watchers’ Homes for Heroes Award for Community Service and was chosen as a “Veteran of Influence 2016” by the JBJ.

Community Focus A closer look at our local nonprofit community Jacksonville Public Market in Historic Eastside Connects Food, Culture, People and Neighborhoods

FIRST COAST CONNECT MELISSA ROSS

with

the most interesting person i’ve interviewed this month

27-year-old architect, William Hoang helped me kick off a new feature on the show, Rising Stars. Once a month, we’ll spotlight a First Coast up-and-comer. Hoang graduated with honors from University of Houston in 2012 and is now the city’s youngest Licensed Architect. Employed by TTV Architects, Inc., Hoang has only been in town for a few years, but has already worked on several high-profile projects. He’s also the President of Downtown Rotaract, the young professionals club in connection with the Rotary Club. “I think my generation of millennials has a different mindset,” Hoang told listeners. “We want to succeed in our professions, but we also want to make a difference in our communities.” Tune into First Coast Connect weekday mornings at 9 a.m. on 89.9 WJCT. Email the show at firstcoastconnect@ wjct.org if you know a Rising Star!

TDC’S CHOICE If you’re bored in Jacksonville … it’s your own fault!-Tracy Dot Com

Dec. 3 JacksonvillePublicMarket.com

The Jacksonville Public Market will take place north of the Matthews Bridge from Albert Street to Oakley Street, welcoming residents of Jacksonville along with visitors to the sports and entertainment district to shop, eat, learn and have fun. Themed villages will feature local produce, artisan baked goods, fresh foods, plants, arts, crafts and vintage items. “In 2013, Eastside residents created a Quality of Life Plan for their neighborhood. Part of that plan included introducing the broader community to East Jacksonville through destination events like this market. We are very excited to help them realize their dream,” said Janet Owens, Executive Director of LISC – Jacksonville, one of the market’s leading supporters. Entertainment throughout the day includes DJ Dread and more. The Jacksonville Jaguars Jax Pack street team will also be giving away prizes. In addition, there will be fitness demonstrations, a financial literacy discussion and a tree planting, among other activities. “Our aim for the inaugural Jacksonville Public Market is to showcase this historic neighborhood to the community as well as visitors to the area, while we promote entrepreneurial opportunities and healthy activities for our Eastside and Springfield residents,” said Ken Covington, market manager. “We expect this market to lay the foundation for more, larger markets next year and beyond.” Jacksonville Public Market is a program of Groundwork Jacksonville, Inc. Established locally in 2013, Groundwork Jacksonville is a non-profit in partnership with the City of Jacksonville, the US National Park Service, the US Environmental Protection Agency and Groundwork USA to convert contaminated land into parks and other public greenspace in Jacksonville’s Historic Springfield and Eastside neighborhoods. 8

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GOODWILL GIVING CHRISTMAS TREES Please take the time to check out the Giving Christmas Trees, a celebration of nonprofits that are making our area a better place, including Goodwill and Take Stock in Children. For more information, visit GoodwillJax.org

JAX BEACH ADVENTURE LANDING

While our beautiful city may still feel a little challenged with the climate, you can truly enjoy winter at Adventure Landing in Jacksonville Beach has a great family 4-pack for $55 that includes ice skating, mini golf and activity tickets. For more information, visit AdventureLanding.com.


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INSIDE LOOK

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS Visit our iwantaBUZZ.com calendar for more local events.

Jason Woods: A Christmas Carol | Dec. 17 |Thrasher-Horne Center THCenter.org

Thursday Night Parlour Party: Dec. The Comedy Get Down: Dec. 9, 1, Sweet Pete’s, SweetPetesCandy.com Veterans Memorial Arena, JaxEvents.com

Ryan Switzer and Chase O’Steen Info Beau Outfitters 1972 San Marco Blvd. (904) 551-3904 BeauOutfitters.com Hours: 10 AM – 6 PM

Beau Outfitters

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acksonville was overdue for an outdoors men’s store like Beau Outfitters when it opened nearly five years ago in Avondale. In 2014, owners Ryan Switzer and Chase O’Steen moved the store to San Marco and they’ve seen a steady increase in sales and interest in their outdoors brand. Both owners grew up in Jacksonville, went to the same high school, own black labs and love the outdoors. They did attend different universities, however, before moving back to their hometown.

“Dad raised me to appreciate the outdoors,” said Switzer. “My love of the outdoors centers around hunting, whereas Chase is more of the fisherman and into boating.” Together they formed a wonderful gentlemen’s outdoor store. Their most popular items include Yeti, Over-Under – another local brand and Barbour. The handsome interior of the store is inspired by Orvis, Filson and inspirations from Garden and Gun magazine. They plan to grow their presence online rather than in creating more storefronts. Although it’s difficult to replicate the feel of the store in an online presence, Switzer explained, he wants to build it and capture Beau Outfitter’s personality as best it can. Other thoughts of ways to grow include private labeling through t-shirts and other items. They enjoy helping local charity events such as the Boys Scouts Sporting Clays shoot, Cowford Ball, Ducks Unlimited, school fashion events and the Coastal Conservation Association.

CURRY SPOTLIGHT

Brought to you by Molly Curry

THE CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY OF JACKSONVILLE

Last year Lenny and I attended this amazing nonprofit event with one of our kids. This year, we hope to be there with the whole family. It was great fun handing out gifts to children who otherwise might not receive toys for Christmas. This amazing event benefits Jacksonville’s children, aged 12 and younger, who are treated to a fun day. The event is on December 10 at the Prime Osborn Center from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or earlier if all toys are distributed. It’s amazing to see all the organizations, companies and volunteers come together for the children of Jacksonville!

Downtown Dazzle: Dec. 1-31, Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, JaxChildrensChorus.org

Cars and Coffee Cruise-in: Dec. 10, The Florida Times-Union, AutomotiveAddicts.com

Enchanted Christmas Village: Dec. 1-31, 17255 Normandy Blvd, JacksonvilleChristmas.com

Children’s Christmas Party of Jacksonville: Dec. 10, Prime Osborn Convention Center, CCPOJ.org

Boyz II Men: Dec. 1, Thrasher-Horne Center, THCenter.org

Riverside Arts Market: Dec. 10, RAM, RiversideArtsMarket.com

Festival of Praise Tour 2016: Dec. 1, A Peter White Christmas with Times-Union Center for the Performing Rick Braun and Euge Groove: Arts, JaxEvents.com Dec. 11, Ritz Theatre and Museum, RitzJacksonville.com Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Christmas: Dec. 2, Times-Union Lightwire Theater: A Very Electric Center for the Performing Arts, Christmas: Dec. 11, Thrasher-Horne FSCJArtistSeries.org Center, THCenter.org 40th Anniversary Art & Antiques Show: Dec. 2-4, Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, WomensBoardwch.com Hansel and Gretel: Dec. 2-4, TimesUnion Center for the Performing Arts, JaxSymphony.org Jax Beaches Cars & Coffee: Dec. 3, Fletcher High School, Facebook.com/ JBCarsNCoffee

Hope for the Holidays ft. The First Coast Wind Symphony: Dec. 11, Redeemer Church, RedeemerPV.com Carols by Candlelight: Dec. 1112, Deermeadows Baptist Church, Deermeadows.org Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Dec. 15, Veterans Memorial Arena, Trans-Siberian.com

Jolly Jog 5K: Dec. 3, 17255 Normandy Blvd, JacksonvilleChristmas.com

Handel’s Messiah: Dec. 17-18, TimesUnion Center for the Performing Arts, JaxSymphony.org

St. Johns River Taxi - Jacksonville Zoo Cruise Tours: Dec. 3, Friendship Fountain Park, JaxRiverTaxi.com

The Florida Ballet Nutcracker: Dec. 17-18, Lazzara Performance Hall UNF Fine Arts Center, FloridaBallet.org

Riverside Arts Market: Dec. 3, RAM, RiversideArtsMarket.com

Jason Woods: A Christmas Carol: Dec. 17, Thrasher-Horne Center, THCenter.org

Billy Gardell: Dec. 3, Thrasher-Horne Center, THCenter.org Yappy Hour Christmas “Pawty”: Dec. 18, Jacksonville Landing, First Wednesday Art Walk: Dec. 7, JacksonvilleLanding.com Hemming Park, JacksonvilleArtWalk.com L.O.O.K. Gifts of Hope Christmas 99.1 WQIK’s Jingle Jam for St. Jude: Toy Drive: Dec. 19, TutorTime at 8510 Dec. 7, Times-Union Center for the WaterMill Blvd., JaxCommunityEvents.com Performing Arts, 991WQIK.com Lightboat Parade: Dec. 30, Jacksonville Adamec Bike Night: Dec. Landing, JacksonvilleLanding.com 8, Jacksonville Landing, JacksonvilleLanding.com NYE with Steven Reineke: Sinatra – The Best is Yet to Come: Dec. 31, Holiday Pops: Dec. 8-11, TimesTimes-Union Center for the Performing Union Center for the Performing Arts, Arts, FSCJArtistSeries.org JaxSymphony.org DECEMBER 2016 • iwantaBUZZ.com

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YOUR LEGAL CORNER

We believe that every client deserves individualized and focused attention by our attorneys and support staff. We are committed to providing personalized service, regardless of the nature of your business. In our practice and through our website, we seek to reach out and educate the public on the legal rights available in Florida. For example, Florida provides State-specific rights to personal injury victims that pertain to medical care, wage loss, and compensation for injuries. A victim’s rights should be protected and enforced whenever necessary.”

David Wolf

BUZZ: How do clients benefit from your service?

Quick Facts:

DW: I’m available 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and every client gets my cell number. Every client who gets signed up gets handled by me, personally. If a client needs me on nights, weekends, or holidays, I make myself available for them.

Firm founded in 1957 200 clients a year roughly

BUZZ: What is your specific field of law? David Wolf: Focus on personal injury, but we also handle family law, business law, estate planning, guardianship, elder law,

11250 Old St. Augustine Rd. Suite 15116 Jacksonville, FL 32257 (904) 348-5669 | KaufmanLawOffice.net

AREA OF LAW Commercial collection work, landlord tenant and family law Barry W. Kaufman, Esq. is the principal and owner of a solo law practice in Jacksonville. Kaufman practices in the areas of family law, probate, landlord/tenant matters, as well as representing creditors in commercial collection matters. Kaufman is a member of The Florida Bar and is an Army veteran. “I try to get them the result that they’re looking for, as quickly and economically as possible. I deal with my clients on a one-on-one basis, so they’re not saddled with talking to more than one attorney or a lot of staff.”

bankruptcy, intellectual property and criminal law cases.

Wood, Atter, & Wolf, P.A.

333-1 E Monroe St, Jacksonville, FL 32202 904-355-8888 WoodAtter.com

The Law Office of Barry W. Kaufman, PL

BUZZ: Does your firm put on any special events throughout the year? DW: I created the Good Deed Brigade in 2013 to promote the actions and kindness of people making a difference in the community. I write articles for local publications such as the Times Union to raise awareness.

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.

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 www.abbottlawgroup.com

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


BUZZ ON THE BLOCK

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT AS AN ATTORNEY?

Rock Solid Business Law, John Miller

Delegal Law Offices, James C. Poindexter

“Changing people’s minds about what a lawyer can be, one client at a time.”

“Helping a victim of human trafficking, a Guatemalan laborer, after he was brought here to work on a Georgia farm.”

Fred Catfish Abbott

Abbott Law Group 2929 Plummer Cove Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32223 (904) 292-1111 | AbbottLawGroup.com

BUZZ: What brought you to Jacksonville?

Majure Law, Lauren Majure

Crabtree Law Group, Zachary C. Crabtree

“My greatest accomplishment thus far as an attorney has been starting my own firm, Majure Law PLLC, which has been a lifelong goal.”

“Handling a multi-million dollar commercial transaction from start to finish and all the complexities involved with one of this nature.”

Fred Catfish Abbott: The first time I came to Jacksonville was to play in the Florida Georgia game for the Gators. I came here to live because my wife was here and she was a commercial interior designer. Gainesville, which was where I was living, was not big enough for her to earn a living. So, I moved my law practice to Jacksonville.

BUZZ: Where did you attend law school? FA: University of Florida.

LEGAL PERSPECTIVE Blume and Rowland, PLLC

6622 Southpoint Dr. S. suite 220 (904) 516-4615 BlumeandRowland.com Type of Law: Primarily family law, but also personal injury, DUI defense, criminal defense and appellate work “Our goal is to develop a continuing relationship with our clients and for them to feel free to contact us regarding any of their issues or concerns. We keep them informed during their case, and try to do a good job in helping them make the best decision for their case as opposed to what’s best for us as their attorney.”

Crabtree Law Group 8777 San Jose Blvd. Building A, Suite 200. (904) 732-9701 CrabtreeFirm.com

Type of Law: Real Estate Law “At our firm, they’re not only going to get the very best representation, but we also make it a point of catering to our clients’ needs,” said Zachary C. Crabtree. “We don’t just provide legal services, we try to also counsel them through each real estate transaction by personally walking them through any issues that may arise.”

BUZZ: What is your specific field of law? FA: Personal injury and wrongful death.

BUZZ: How do clients benefit from your services?

FA: The majority of our clients have been seriously injured and many times are unable to work and earn a living. Additionally, many of them have significant past and future medical expenses. We provide them with financial security as a result of pursuing the person and/or corporation responsible for causing the injuries.

BUZZ: What is your greatest accomplishment as an attorney?

FA: Many times we are in a “David and Goliath” situation wherein we are suing a large corporation with unlimited resources. Once litigation starts we see many roadblocks, objections and situations that are made more difficult than they need to be. Overcoming these problems in getting to trial is often difficult. However, there is a tremendous satisfaction when you succeed under the circumstances and help someone who really needs help.

BUZZ: Do you put on any special events throughout the year? FA: We were a major sponsor of Jacksonville Guns N’ Hoses.

BUZZ: Finish the sentence: “In 5 years I will…”

FA: I will continue to teach younger lawyers how to be trial lawyers and share my experiences with other lawyers. In my spare time I will fish and enjoy the great outdoors! 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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LAW SPOTLIGHT

DID YOU KNOW Why Fred Catfish Abbott Chose to Practice Law

Whitney Lonker

The Lonker Law Group 207 N. Washington Street LonkerLawGroup.com BUZZ: What brought you to Jacksonville?

WL: I moved here for law school and just stayed after falling in love with the city.

BUZZ: Where did you attend law school?

“I was playing professional football and would come back to Gainesville in the off-season and take a few graduate courses,” said Abbott. “My best friend and weightlifting partner was an aerospace engineer who had gone to Cape Canaveral and launched rockets for several years. He decided to go back to law school and had become a trial lawyer practicing in Gainesville. He invited me to watch one of his trials since professional football had an average career of 3.6 years. I watched my friend do a jury trial, and decided that is what I wanted to do after football. The next year I tore all four ligaments in both cartridges in my left knee, signed up for the LSAT and got accepted to the University of Florida law school.”

Fred Catfish Abbott explained one of his greatest accomplishmenets as an atttorney. I represented an individual who was wearing his seatbelt and a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a collision wherein the vehicle rolled over and the seatbelt came open. He was ejected and became paraplegic. I sued the automobile manufacturer and obtained a $9.1 million verdict for my client. It was the first such verdict of its kind in the country for an “inertial unlatching” of a seatbelt.

WL: Florida Coastal School of Law.

BUZZ: What is your specific field of law?

WL: I handle criminal defense, family law, estate planning and DUI cases.

BUZZ: How long have you practiced? WL: 15 years.

BUZZ: How do clients benefit from your services?

WL: I’m a damn good attorney. I truly care about the client more than my bottom line.

BUZZ: How did you choose your particular field of law?

WL: I felt called to it when the law turned on me improperly. Anyone can have their liberty taken away easily, and so many people have no idea just how easily. If you have a caring attorney who will fight for you, then that’s best attorney you can have.

BUZZ: What is your greatest accomplishment as an attorney?

WL: I’m very proud of being chosen as one of the top 100 criminal defense attorneys in Florida and one of the top 10 female family law attorneys in Florida. 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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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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LEGAL LEADER IN JAX

Cydney Bulger

The Bulger Firm, PLLC 2120 Corporate Square Blvd., Suite 17 Jacksonville, FL 32216 (904) 608-3694 | TheBulgerFirm.com BUZZ: What brought you to Jacksonville?

Cydney Bulger: I am originally from Atlanta, and I was interested in relocating to a growing city that still maintained that small town feel. After a visit to Jacksonville and seeing its beautiful beaches, I knew I had found my new home.

BUZZ: Where did you attend law school?

CB: I graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law, here in Jacksonville.

BUZZ: What is your specific field of law? CB: The focus of my practice is family law.

BUZZ: How long have you practiced? CB: 4 years.

BUZZ: How do clients benefit from your services?

CB: My first priority is in relentlessly advocating for my clients’ best interests, but I also strive to go beyond litigation by offering support in all areas of their lives. Family law cases can be so emotionally and financially difficult, that we try to help them in every way. Whether it’s helping them find new housing, referring them to quality mental healthcare providers, or just being a shoulder to cry on, I want my clients to feel completely supported and cared for.

BUZZ: How did you choose your particular field of law?

CB: I chose family law because I wanted to do work that mattered to the people I was serving. Every day I get to go to work knowing that what I do is important, and that is an amazing privilege.

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

CB: One of the biggest challenges I enjoy overcoming is in going against larger firms—as a small firm, I am able to spend more quality time on my clients’ cases, rather than having to focus on volume of cases the way large firms do. I find that this attention to detail can really make a difference in results.

BUZZ: What is your greatest accomplishment as an attorney?

CB: My greatest accomplishment as an attorney so far is in celebrating my one-year anniversary in my own firm. I’m looking forward to many more!

BUZZ: Finish the sentence: “In 5 years I will…”

CB: “…be continuing to do my very best for the families of the First Coast.” 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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THE ARTS

FEATURED ARTS Dec. 9

AVENUE Q

Thrasher-Horne Center THCenter.org

Winner of the Tony Award “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, “Avenue Q” is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart. This laughout-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment. There, he meets Kate, the girl next door and other colorful types who help him discover his purpose. This event contains adult language and content.

Dec. 10

Dec. 2-3

HOLIDAZZLE!

MRS. BOB CRATCHIT’S WILD CHRISTMAS BINGE

Players by the Sea PlayersByTheSea.org

If you thought you knew A Christmas Carol like the back of your hand, think again! Gladys Cratchit is harsh, binge-drinking, suicidal and completely over being “Mommy Dearest.” When the Ghost of Christmas Past, Present and Future keeps bringing Scrooge and his seasonal Tourette’s Syndrome to the Cratchit’s pathetic home, cheerless mayhem ensues! Come enjoy the show and see this classic with a twist, as you’ve surely seen nothing like it.

ART LOCALE

Riverside Arts Market RiversideArtsMarket.com

Join hundreds of locals under the canopy of the Fuller Warren Bridge as they celebrate the holidays. The Riverside Arts Market features artisans, agricultural producers, live music, food and more. Explore Riverside as you meet new people and support local businesses here in the First Coast!

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NYE WITH STEVEN REINEKE: SINATRA – THE BEST IS YET TO COME

Jacksonville Symphony JaxSymphony.com

Pops conductor Steven Reineke created a program reflecting the timeless songs of the American legend, Frank Sinatra. Join the Chairman of the Board and members of the Rat Pack for classics like “Fly Me to the Moon.” Then, attend the hottest party in town, complete with dancing, champagne and the best view of the fireworks.

Visit our iwantaBUZZ.com calendar for more local events.

Sunset Sail Boat: Dec. 1, Carrabba’s Atlantic, PaintNite.com Festival of Praise: Dec. 1, Times Union Center, JaxEvents.com John Lumpkin’s Jazz Discovery Series Featuring Patrick Bartley: Dec. 1, Ritz Theatre and Museum, RitzJacksonville.com Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge: Dec. 2 – 3, Players by the Sea, PlayersByTheSea.org Puttin’ on the Ritz - Finals: Dec. 2, Ritz Theatre and Museum, RitzJacksonville.com Hansel and Gretel: Dec. 2 – 4, Jacksonville Symphony, JaxSymphony.com FAME: The Musical: Dec. 3, Times Union Center for the Performing Arts, FSCJArtistSeries.org Festive Flamingo: Dec. 4, Hamburger Mary’s, PaintNite.com Travis Tritt: Dec. 4, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com Christmas Trio: Dec. 5, Fridays, PaintNite.com JSYO Holiday Concert: Dec. 5, Jacksonville Symphony, JaxSymphony.com Women Artists: From the Renaissance to Abstract Expressionism: Dec. 6, Cummer Museum and Gardens, CummerMuseum.org Downtown Art Walk: Dec. 7, Downtown Jacksonville, JacksonvilleArtWalk.com Winter Wreath II: Dec. 7, Fridays Orange Park, PaintNite.com A Winter’s Night: Dec. 8, Wood’s BarBQ, PaintNite.com Downtown Dazzle: Dec. 8, Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, JaxEvents.com Folk Art: Mixed Media Class: Dec. 8, Cummer Museum and Gardens, CummerMuseum.org Holiday Pops: Dec. 8 – 11, Jacksonville Symphony, JaxSymphony.com Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge: Dec. 8 – 11, Players by the Sea, PlayersByTheSea.org The 25th Anniversary Community Nutcracker: Dec. 9-10, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com Champagne and Shopping at the Cummer Shop: Dec. 9, Cummer Museum and Gardens, CummerMuseum.org Art for Two: City on the Water: Dec. 10, Cummer Museum and Gardens, CummerMuseum.org Holidaze!: Dec. 10, Riverside Arts Market, RiversideArtsMarket.com 14

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An Evening with Garrison Keillor: Dec. 11, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com Peter White Christmas 2016: Dec. 11, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com Third Thursday Tour: Mary Ratcliff: Dec. 15, MOCA Jacksonville, MOCAJacksonville.UNF.edu Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge: Dec. 15 – 17, Players By the Sea, PlayersByTheSea.org First Coast Nutcracker: Dec. 16 – 18, Jacksonville Symphony, JaxSymphony.com See Santa, Watch Polar Express and Feed Jacksonville: Dec. 17, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com Art Adventures: Clay Hand Building: Dec. 17, Cummer Museum and Gardens, CummerMuseum.org Handel’s Messiah: Dec. 17 – 18, Jacksonville Symphony, JaxSymphony.com A Christmas Carol: Dec. 19, Times Union Center, FSCJArtistSeries.org Christmas Moonlight: Dec. 20, Jaybird’s Restaurant, PaintNite.com Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Musical: Dec. 20, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com Winter Art Camp: Dec. 26 – Jan 4, MOCA Jacksonville, MOCAJacksonville.UNF.edu Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker: Dec. 28, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com Jacksonville Light Parade: Dec. 30, Downtown Waterfront, FestivalNet.com Nth Power: Dec. 30, Ritz Theatre and Museum, Ritz Theatre and Museum NYE with Steven Reineke: Sinatra - The Best is Yet to Come: Dec. 31, Jacksonville Symphony, JaxSymphony.com


ARTS UNLEASHED

Whitney Myers, Creator of Art-Z-Faces Art-Z-Faces.com

Whitney Myers began her art career with a love of sculpture of all things. Once she mastered sculpting faces, she began painting them to a degree that goes way beyond what you might associate with face painting. Myers is proud to offer award-winning face painters, body painters and entertainers to the Jacksonville area. The professional artists at ArtZ-Faces have hundreds of hours of experience and use only the best quality materials, Global Body Art colors. The staff only use professional cosmetic grade glitters and face paints.

The Art Center Cooperative Inc. TACJacksonville.org

The members of The Art Center Cooperative, located at the Jacksonville Landing, would like to thank everyone who visited this year. This has been their best year ever. With the community’s support, they will continue to bring great local art through member work, shops and workshops. For the entire month of December, all artist members will be creating Christmas-related work on the featured panels of the studio. Also, on Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., they will be hosting a Holiday Cracker Workshop. Learn how to make the traditional English Christmas party favor “crackers” that snap when opened and are filled with little treats and surprises. These crackers are fun to personalize and can be decorated for any holiday or party! All supplies will be provided, including one cracker plus a few snapper strips to take home so you can make more. Purchase your tickets through their Eventbrite page. Adults $10, Children $5.

Whether it’s a corporate event at your office, a birthday party in your backyard, or a party being held at your favorite restaurant, the artists at Art-Z-Faces will come to you. Myers visited our BUZZ TV studio with one of her models last month. She explained how it took an hour and a half to paint her model’s face, arms and décolleté. To view the entire BUZZ TV video interview, check out iwantaBUZZ.com/Videos.

ARTS IN THE KNOW By Tiara Bree Jeffers

Father FAME: David De Silva

lights, camera, jacksonville! By Jax Flim Office

Patrick Heusinger, a Jacksonville native, is on the rise to fame with his new part in Tom Cruise’s “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.” This is his first major role where he plays a villain, The Hunter. Heusinger graduated from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in 1999 and continued on to graduate from Juilliard. Heusinger made his debut in the 2005 drama film, “Sweet Land.” He went on to perform in films and television series such as “Black Swan,” “The Nanny Diaries,” “The Good Wife” and “30 Rock.” However, Heusinger made his big break when he starred in the TV drama, “Gossip Girl.” Photo Credit: Getty Images

“FAME the Musical” is an iconic story, following eight talented high schoolers on their rise to fame. The students attend the New York City’s High School of Performing Arts. In the areas of music, dance and drama, each student had internal issues and external obstacles to overcome. Father FAME, also known as Fame creator David De Silva, had huge success with the movies after its release in 1980. The film earned four Academy Award nominations and was transformed into a TV series that aired over six years. After multiple entertainment world successes, De Silva has recently recreated the underlining theme of the original with a fully staged theatrical with the FSCJ Artist Series. De Silva is bringing this energetic musical to Jacksonville on December 3. The performance will be held at the Times Union Center for the Performing Arts for one performance only. BUZZ: TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT FAME AND HOW IT GOT ITS NAME. David De Silva: Around 1976, it was developed as a screenplay. It was not called “Fame” at the time. It was called “Hot Lunch.” Lunchtime was a very special place where students would work on scenes, dance around the halls, play music. It was like a performance ya know, a hot lunch! After I sold the rights to MGM, we got a legal thing saying we needed to change the title. There was a pornographic film called Hot Lunch and the star was named Al Parker. The director of our movie was Alan

Parker. We didn’t want to change the name at all but we got lucky with that. Michael Gore had written this song called “Fame” and reluctantly we said we’d call it “FAME” and it grew.

“They’re all great characters, dynamic, with their own challenges and talents,” said De Silva. “I like that they’re all different. So many people can relate to at least one character.” BUZZ: WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER? DD: I can’t say I have one. They’re all great characters, dynamic, with their own challenges and talents. I like that they’re all different. So many people can relate to at least one character. BUZZ: WHAT IMPACT DO YOU THINK THEATRE, ACTING AND FILM HAVE ON THE LIVES OF YOUTH? DD: Oh, it’s tremendous. It’s an outlet for people. It’s a way to express yourself and create, and it can change lives. DECEMBER 2016 • iwantaBUZZ.com

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CENTER STAGE SLOW BURN THEATRE COMPANY By Tiara Bree Jeffers

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Slow Burn Theatre Company is a unique experience in South Florida, giving you Broadway style productions without the Broadway. With such a diverse population in the area, the company wanted to match that diversity with their show selection. Slow Burn delivers bold musicals with productions you may not have heard before, but deserves the spotlight. Founders Patrick Fitzwater and Matthew Korinko started the company in their living room over LegalZoom, according to Fitzwater. Their mission was always to give attention to the lesser known titles, although they do produce some Broadway shows to round out the season. Tackling the challenge of producing unknown productions appealed to the founders and they’ve definitely made a name for themselves since their inception in 2009. I got the chance to speak with Patrick Fitzwater about “Avenue Q,” which is currently touring. this slightly raunchy, politically incorrect, and hilarious rendition will be at the Thrasher-Horne Center on December 9 at 8 p.m. BUZZ: How do you like being the artistic director and co-founder of a professional theatre company? Patrick Fitzwater: I love it! Matthew and I get to actually sit down and shape a whole season. We try to keep our finger on the pulse of current times and choose titles that speak to issues that we’re going through right now. Theatre is such an escape, but it’s also a great way to open up a conversation about uncomfortable situations. We try to put out titles that help people cope or deal with situations we might be living in right now. BUZZ: Since you’re a part of the show, what is “Avenue Q” about to you? PF: It’s kind of like watching these millennials realize what life is. Just watching what happens after college, and you think you have this entire world in front of you when it’s pretty hard and you don’t realize that. It shows the ups and downs of growing up. BUZZ: How do you find actors for your shows? PF: We hold annual local auditions, but we also reach out to neighboring cities like Orlando. Our reach has really spread during this last season. Having shows like “Avenue Q” that are going on tour, it took up our arsenal of actors, so we had to grow, stretching out, getting more people into the company. 16

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Thousands of LED lights will create a luminous winter wonderland filled with moving sculptures, forests of lighted trees and animal silhouettes. In addition to walking among the lights and listening to holiday music, guests can board the Zoo’s lighted train. Enjoy carousel rides, the 4-D Theater Ride featuring the Polar Express, marshmallow roasting, warm weather “ice” skating and more.

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PEG + CAT holiday happenings begin on WJCT-TV Tuesday, December 13 at 11:30 a.m. (WJCT–TV 7.1 (Comcast 8 & 440)). Credit: Courtesy of CG: ® & © 2013 Universal Studios and/or HMH. All Rights Reserved.

WJCT KIDS

By Robin Warren, WJCT Education Outreach Coordinator

Holiday Specials…WJCT Knows A Lot About That! The holidays are a great time to gather the family around the TV to learn about how people celebrate and the many reasons for the season.

math concepts in its own inventive way that has already garnered the series three Emmy awards. Be sure to watch on Dec. 13 at 11:30 a.m. In “The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas,” ‘twas the day before Christmas and all through the yard the Cat in the Hat

WJCT Channel 7.1 has plenty of family holiday viewing options throughout December. For additional air dates and times visit WJCT.org/ TV-Schedule. “PEG+CAT+HOLIDAYS” celebrates both Hanukkah and Christmas traditions while teaching

Catch special re-airings of Wild Kratts Creature Christmas adventures on WJCT-TV Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at 7 a.m. (WJCT–TV 7.1 (Comcast 8 & 440)).

and his guests party hard. When the party is over, can the Cat, Sally, Nick and the Fish help make little Ralph’s Christmas wish come true - to be with his family, in far-off FreezeYour-Knees? Tune in on Dec. 23 at 4:30 p.m.

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The Wild Kratts receive an alert that their favorite creatures are disappearing around the globe in “A Creature Christmas.” Are they able to travel to the ends of the earth and return their baby animal friends to their homes in time for Christmas? Find out on Dec. 5 at 7 a.m.

Are you shopping for your children this holiday season? Look no further than Heyday! Heyday! is fast becoming the premier place to shop for toys and kids clothing in Jacksonville. From their storefront in San Marco, they work to deliver quality service and a unique experience.

George and The Man in the Yellow Hat are having a merry time counting down to Christmas in “Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas.” But neither can decide what to give each other. Will they find the answers before Christmas morning? Dec. 16 at 8:30 a.m. “Mr. Stink” tells the story about Chloe, a lonely little girl with a mother more interested in entering politics, a father yearning for his old life and a child prodigy younger sister. One day, she meets Mr. Stink, a malodorous tramp and his dog the Duchess, and lets them live in the family’s garden shed. Dec. 25 at 4:30 p.m. Until next year!

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The Children’s Christmas Party of Jacksonville

A Christmas Story Dec. 1-24 Alhambra Dinner Theatre Just in time for the holidays and perfect for the whole family! This hilarious comedy and touching coming-of-age story of comes to life onstage. Hansel and Gretel Dec. 2-4 Times Union Center Courtney Lewis and the Symphony perform a semistaged production Engelbert Humperdink’s opera of the classic tale, “Hansel and Gretel.” Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Dec. 28 Florida Theatre Whimsical and imaginative storytelling blends with the richness of Russian classical dance to make this a holiday treat. 18

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Places to Buy Kids Presents HEYDAY! 2016 San Marco Blvd (904) 321-8697

BOOK SMART KIDS 1980 Wells Road, Unit #5 Orange Park (904) 298-2082

This is a great Orange Park store where teachers, homeschoolers, parents and grandparents can find educational games, teaching aids, development toys and more. If you’re looking to wrap up some fun and functional games for the holidays, shop at Book Smart Kids. THE GREEN ALLIGATOR 3581 Saint Johns Ave. (904) 389-3099

Check off your gift list by stopping at The Green Alligator. Open since 2008, The Green Alligator has a variety items for children including educational and just plain fun toys. Whether you’re shopping to stock up on Christmas presents or looking for the perfect Hanukkah gift, come here! LEMON TWIST

The Children’s Christmas Party of Jacksonville is a non-profit Christmas party benefitting Jacksonville’s children under 12 years of age who may not receive toys for Christmas. This event, founded in 1999 by Travis and Margaret Storey, will be celebrated on Saturday, December 10 at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, 1000 Water Street, where there is plenty of free parking. Accessible public transportation is nearby. The event is from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or earlier if all toys are distributed. Last year, approximately 8,000 children along with their parents stand in line (first come, first served) to receive toys and a chance to win a bike. Once the doors open, the children and parents enter a beautifully decorated party and are greeted by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Because of the generosity of Jacksonville’s companies and volunteers, enough funds were collected to buy 20,000 brand new toys plus 600 special wheeled items (bikes, wagons, and scooters). Children went home with fun toys, a smiling face and special memories, just what every child, in every family, should have during the holidays. Visit CCPOJ.org for more info.

900 Sawgrass Village Dr. Ponte Vedra Beach (904) 280-5955

Lemon Twist in Ponte Vedra is a boutique specializing in resort preppy fashions for women, men and children. They carry designer clothing, shoes, accessories and gifts for any occasion. You can get all of the holiday clothes needed for the family at Lemon Twist. KID TO KID 10601 San Jose Blvd. in the Whole Foods Shopping Center (904) 513-3910

Kid to Kid Jacksonville on San Jose Blvd buys the gently used items your kids have outgrown and has a large stock of new products as well. They have a great selection of clothes, shoes, toys, books, equipment and maternity clothes too.


Jumping Around Jax Winter Break Camps MOCA Jacksonville Dec. 26-30, Jan. 2 - 6, 2017 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. K–5th graders can participate in daily winter workshops to create art with art educators providing a variety of art-making activities while having fun being creative. Your child will learn about contemporary art and grow a visual vocabulary. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Dec. 28-30, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Extended care available. Winter Zoo campers will see some of their favorite furry and feathery friends and participate in hands-on activities and crafts related to each

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day’s topic. Pick one day or sign up for all three. MOSH Winter Discovery Camps Dec. 26-30, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Extended care available. Subzero Science: K-2nd Grade Camp Through chilly experiments, science shows, and hands-on activities, MOSH campers will learn what it means to be cold! Lights, Camera, Science! 3-5th Grade Camp MOSH campers will learn how their favorite superheroes, villains, princesses, and other characters use science. They’ll also examine some of the behind-the-scenes magic of the movies. Visit our iwantaBUZZ.com calendar for more local events.

14th Annual Gingerbread House Extravaganza: Dec. 1-23, Jacksonville Historical Society Headquarters, JaxEvents.om Deck the Chairs: Dec. 1-31, Jacksonville Beach, DeckTheChairs.org Downtown Dazzle: An Illumination Celebration: Dec.1-31, 225 E. Duval St., JaxChildrensChorus.org Enchanted Christmas Village: Dec.1-31, The Keeler Property, JacksonvilleChristmas.com Jax Illuminations: Dec. 1-Jan. 1, 3800 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., JaxIlluminations.com A Christmas Story: Dec. 1-24, Alhambra Dinner Theatre, AlhambraJax.com Ripley’s Big Red Christmas Train: Dec. 1 – Jan. 5, St. Augustine, Ripleys.com/RedTrains Cosmic Concerts: Dec. 2, Museum of Science & History, TheMOSH.org Photos with Santa: Dec. 3-24, St. Johns TownCenter in the Nordstrom Wing, Simon.com Mandarin Mini-Con: A Very Merry Day of Comics & Cosplay: Dec. 3, Mythical Mountain, MandarinMiniCon.com Science and History Boat Tours: Dec. 3, Museum of Science & History, TheMOSH.org Josh’s Run for Paws 5K Run/Walk: Dec. 3, Jacksonville Beach, JoshsRunForPawsPark.ItsYourRace.com Barnes and Noble Pre-K Storytime: Dec. 6, St. Johns Town Center, Stores. BarnesAndNoble.com $5 Fridays: Dec. 9, Museum of Science & History, TheMOSH.org Alhambra Theatre and Dining presents a children’s theatre matinee performance of The Ugly Duckling: Dec. 9, 13, 20, Alhambra Theatre and Dining, AlhambraJax.com ZOOLights: Dec. 9-11, 16-Jan. 7, closed Dec. 25, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, JacksonvilleZoo.org Science and History Boat Tours: Dec. 10, Museum of Science & History, TheMOSH.org The 25th Anniversary Community Nutcracker: Dec. 10-11, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical | Dec. 20 FloridaTheatre.com

Children’s Christmas Party of Jacksonville: Dec. 10, Prime Osborn Center, CCPOJ.org Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas: Dec. 11, Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, THCenter.org Little Learners: Dec. 14, Museum of Science & History, TheMOSH.org $5 Fridays: Dec. 16, Museum of Science & History, TheMOSH.org Jacksonville Symphony’s First Coast Nutcracker: Dec. 16-18, Times Union Center, JaxSymphony.org Jason Woods: A Christmas Carol: Dec. 17, Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, THCenter.org See Santa, Watch Polar Express, and Feed Jacksonville: Dec. 17, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com Cookies and Cocoa with Santa: Dec. 17, Topgolf Jacksonville, TopGolf.com Safe Sitter Class: Dec. 17, St. Vincent’s Riverside, JaxHealth.com Science and History Boat Tours: Dec. 17, Museum of Science & History, TheMOSH.org Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical: Dec. 20, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com Science and History Boat Tours: Dec. 31, Museum of Science & History, TheMOSH.org DECEMBER 2016 • iwantaBUZZ.com

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HEALTH Stackhouse Fitness Julie Stackhouse, Owner

Julie Stackhouse wants to help men and women get their slice of fitness every day. A corporate wellness trainer and running coach, Stackhouse offers individuals a way to exercise at a place and time convenient to them. Visit GetStackedNow.com for more information.

Jacksonville Fitness Academy Pat Henigan, Owner

Too busy to make it to the gym? Pat Henigan, a certified personal trainer at Jacksonville Fitness Academy, trains clients virtually through online training. Through the convenience of technology, Henigan provides customized fitness work-outs and nutrition plans electronically. Programs are revised monthly as goals are achieved. Visit JaxFitAcademy.com for more information.

HEALTHY TAKE: Be Well: Work-Life Balance Onsite Corporate Fitness 904fitness

Live the Pie Life, Live the Balanced Life

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904Fitness will bring group exercise classes right to your office. They offer boot camps, yoga, tabata training, kettle bell classes and more.

Work-life balance is a term used so often it’s almost lost its significance. What does it mean anyway? Yoga tree poses on lunch break? Probably not. So how does one achieve worklife balance in an ever-changing, ever-demanding workplace? Stop and have pieces of pie. Six or seven to be exact, says work-life balance expert Samantha Ettus.

positively fit for life PositivelyFitForLife.com

Positively Fit is a simple, no-hassle way to bring group fitness to your workplace. You provide the space and their trainers do the rest.

Ettus’ recently released book, “The Pie Life” is a practical how-to guide to a happy and satisfied life. Balance, she said, is found in seven different “pie slices” of life. Those slices are career, health, relationships, children, community, friends and hobbies. Most professionals are bogged down with one or two slices, but true happiness is a mixture.

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MBody Yoga will customize a program for your employees. They strive to help employees apply yoga techniques to their daily work and life. galloway desk to 5k

“Every woman needs a personal life no matter if they are single at 35 or a 70-year-old grandmother,” Ettus said. Pie slices like community involvement and personal hobbies are just as important. Ettus encourages professionals to rediscover the hobbies they had in school and remember the joy it inspired. “Just because we entered adulthood doesn’t mean we don’t need to still exercise that part of the brain,” Ettus said, adding she reads books incessantly during airport layovers. The popular author said the same rules apply in order for parents to live a balanced life.

JaxGalloway.com

The Galloway Desk to 5K Corporate Program is a training program that will train your employees for a 5K race in 10-15 weeks. It’s great for beginners.

ON BUZZTHE STREETS Local Leaders Share How They Find Balance Mary Anne Jacobs “Work-life balance is a battle. I lost. Establish focus. Say “no” to things that are not in focus.”

“If you spend all your time parenting your life is totally out of balance, and if you spend all your time working your life is totally out of balance,” said Ettus, who has three young children. The book guides readers through “pie worksheets” and goal setting with very specific, practical measurements. Readers also learn time-saving tips like the “magic hour” and “golden triangle” to work the pie method. “We are happiest when we have goals,” Ettus said. The Los Angeles-based will visit Florida for book signings in late November and Dec. 1. For more information, visit SamanthaEttus.com.

HEALTH BUZZ ON // LOCAL FITNESS CENTERS WITH CHILDCARE Bailey’s Health & Fitness Gyms With 15 locations in Northeast Florida, Bailey’s offers group fitness classes and personal training sessions. Select locations provide a Children’s Play Area too.

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James Lehman “I constantly have to remind myself that I work to live, not live to work. God and family first.” Erin Heaney

YMCA

“Running and music. I also love watching Anthony Bourdain and the Great British Bake Off.”

Family memberships can include admission to the KidZone, where children participate in crafts, activities, enrichment and free play. Members can have the peace of mind that their children are safe.

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LA Fitness

Teresa Miles

Kelly Frotten and Candice Horrocks created a space where parents can enjoy yoga, barre workouts and more. Membership includes onsite childcare on weekdays.

LA Fitness facilities offer the “Kids Klub” at their Jacksonville locations during select hours for an additional fee. These gyms offer personal training and classes for all ages and fitness levels.

“I surround myself with family and friends with realistic expectations of me.”

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Health Review: Work Body Balance

ASK THE DOC

HEALTH SPOTLIGHT

Dr. Tod Northrup

Owner & Surgeon Florida Sports Medicine Institute

BUZZ: What is the most

If you’ve ever had a stressful day, you know there’s nothing like getting comforting support afterward. Combine that with a great workout and you’ve experienced Joanna Massey as your instructor. Massey, a certified Pilates instructor at Synergy Studio, leads you like a pro into Pilates bends and twists and talks you through each motion. “Are you familiar with what neutral spine means?” she’ll ask with a mixture of teacher-like etiquette and health enthusiast curiosity. Then she’ll start explaining why each movement is important.

Synergy Studio opened in the Avondale area in 2000. Instructors, like Massey, teach Reformer and Mat Pilates, Fundamental Pilates, Mixed Apparatus and Jumpboard classes.

Massey, like many instructors at this Avondale studio, is passionate about the body’s relationship to flexibility, strength and muscle balance. “In Pilates, you find muscles you didn’t even know existed,” Massey said. Massey will guide you through principles of Pilates such as breathing, core muscle control and organization of head, neck and shoulders like she was born to teach.

After the workout, you will feel more centered, more balanced and ready to head into another day. “You have self-awareness and self-correct,” Massey said. “It’s very empowering.” For more information, visit SynergyPilatesPT.com.

enjoyable part about your practice? DOC: Seeing patients come in with a lot of pain and dysfunction and seeing them going back to their activities three or four months later.

BUZZ: What made you want

to get into your line of work? DOC: I played three or four sports and had multiple injuries – I had two knee surgeries from wrestling in high school.

BUZZ: What are some of

the services you offer your patients? DOC: Full range of sports medicine. I am the only orthopedic surgeon that does robotic knee replacement in this area. I was the first to start morning clinics in the 1990s.

BUZZ: What is robotic

knee replacement? DOC: Robotic knee replacement is minimally invasive and is an out-patient procedure. The patient is walking in two to three days.

THE BUZZ ON>> JAX DECEMBER RACES

Gingerbread Man Dash 10K/5K

Guana 50K & 12K Trail Races

ReinBEER Run 5K

Run as a family around World Golf Village. Get creative and race in a costume or go for a personal best. Choose from the 5K or 10K distance.

Try something different and hit the trails. This race has a fun vibe and a nice change from running on pavement.

ReinBEER Run includes live music and food from Tapestry Park restaurants and Aardwolf craft beer. Join in the ugly sweater contest for prizes after the race.

Dec. 3 at World Golf Village

Dec. 4 at Guana Research Reserve

Dec. 17 at Tapestry Park

Ameris Bank Jacksonville Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K

Dec. 18 at Bolles High School

This race was voted as one of the fastest marathon courses in the USA. The course runs through shaded Mandarin.

Jillian Hubbard

Advanced Furniture Solutions

When Jillian Hubbard switched from her mostly mobile role as a nurse to a stationary role her body changed – for the worst. “I couldn’t move my neck,” Hubbard said, recalling the transition. “Eye sight started changing, swelling in my ankles.” First, she didn’t know what was wrong. Turns out, it was because she sat all day in her new administrative role and studied data on a computer screen. Hubbard, now president of Advanced Furniture Solutions in Jacksonville, wants to take her 26 years in healthcare and personal experiences to influence corporate wellness. “I would like to be able to...make a positive change,” Hubbard said. Hubbard cites research that shows adjustable sit-to-stand desks and ergonomic chairs increase blood flow, blood circulation and lumbar support. “(You gain) more energy by standing,” Hubbard said. The alternative of sitting all day can have serious health consequences. The team sells sit-to-stand desks and ergonomic chairs. The team designs and outfits offices locally and regionally for employers. Hubbard, who studied public health in graduate school, said work productivity is improved by 10 to 15 percent. “I genuinely really feel I’m a strong advocate for it,” Hubbard said. For more info, visit AdvancedFurnitureSolutions.com. DECEMBER 2016 • iwantaBUZZ.com

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HEALTH PICKS Dec. 3 INAUGURAL ZERO PROSTATE CANCER RUN/WALK

Jacksonville Fairgrounds ZeroProstateCancerRun.org/Jacksonville

Zero – The End of Prostate Cancer is the leading national nonprofit organization with the mission to end prostate cancer. ZERO advances research, encourages action and provides education and support to men and their families through their patient-centric programs. Participate in the progress on Dec. 3 with the 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Walk.

Dec. 14

Dec. 23

JACKSONVILLE FITNESS ACADEMY WARRIOR CLASS

JACKSONVILLE FARMER’S MARKET

Mark Spivak’s Dance Extension JaxFitAcademy.com/Bootcamp

The Jacksonville Fitness Academy uses the Small Group Training method, which is individualized coaching in a group environment. Each session focuses on developing mobility, strength, power and conditioning. The goal of these sessions is to provide skills development as a way to reach each individual’s fitness goals.

Jacksonville Farmers Market JaxFaermsMarket.com

This holiday season, try some healthier options by shopping at the Jacksonville Farmers Market for your fresh produce. Since 1938, this farmers market has been delivering fresh, clean food to the city of Jacksonville. Come see for yourself and try some delicious new recipes with fresh produce!

Jan. 7 HEALTHY START 5K

The Jacksonville Landing 1stPlaceSports.com

Take steps to stop diabetes! Join us for Jacksonville’s first race of 2017, the Healthy Start 5K and 1-mile Fun Run/Walk. Now in its fifth year, the family friendly event benefits the American Diabetes Association and aims to increase education around the disease that impacts 29 million Americans. Join the Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation, the ADA and the growing number of race participants, sponsors and partners as they set the pace for a healthier new year.

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HEALTH & WELLNESS EVENTS Visit our iwantaBUZZ.com calendar for more local events.

Bodypump: Dec. 1, Studio Jear Group Fitness, ZumbaJear.com Biking: Dec. 1, Hanna Park Campground Store, AdventureKayakFlorida.com Kayaking and Canoeing: Dec. 1, Hanna Park Campground Store, AdventureKayakFlorida.com Transcendental Meditation Introductory Talk: Dec. 1, Southeast Library Conference Room A, Events. Jacksonville.com Tobacco-Free Jacksonville Coalition meeting: Dec. 2, American Lung, Association, TobaccoFreeJacksonville.org Metamorphosis, 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training: Dec. 2, Kula Yoga School, SolunaYogaSpa.com Deepen Your Roots Weekend: Standing Postures and Philosophy: Dec. 2 – 4, Soluna Yoga + Spa, SolunaYogaSpa.com The Inaugural Zero Prostate Cancer Run/Walk: Dec. 3, Jacksonville Fairgrounds, ZeroProstateCancerRun.org/Jacksonville CASA Jingle All the Way 5K: Dec. 3, Jekyll Island, 1stPlaceSports.com Old City Farmers Market: Dec. 3, Old City Farmers Market, Local.AARP.com Running of the Bulls 5K: Dec. 3, Downtown Jacksonville, 1stPlaceSports.com Reindeer Run Half Marathon and 5K: Dec. 4, Jax Beach, AmeliaRunners.com Zumba Fitness: Dec. 5, Studio Jear Group Fitness, ZumbaJear.com Guana 50K and 12K Trail Races: Dec. 4, Guana Preserve, 1stPlaceSports.com Zumba Fitness: Dec. 6, Studio Jear Group Fitness, ZumbaJear.com Biking at Hanna Park: Dec. 7, Hanna Park Campground Store, AdventureKayakFlorida.com Early to Rise Recharge Yoga/All Levels: Dec. 7, Soluna Yoga + Spa, SolunaYogaSpa.com Kayaking and Canoeing at Hanna Park: Dec. 7, Hanna Park Campground Store, AdventureKayakFlorida.com Morning BODYPUMP (Weight Training), Do It In the Daytime with Studio Jear: Dec. 7, Studio Jear Group Fitness, ZumbaJear.com Zumba Fitness: Dec. 7, Studio Jear Group Fitness, ZumbaJear.com Festival of Lights 5K: Dec. 10, San Marco Square, 1stPlaceSports.com Old City Farmers Market: Dec. 10, Old City Farmers Market, Local.AARP.com Kung Fu Martial Arts for Kids: Dec. 12, Atlantic Warriors, AtlanticWarriors.org

Kung Fu Martial Arts for Adults: Dec. 12, Atlantic Warriors, AtlanticWarriors.org Zumba Fitness: Dec. 12, Studio Jear Group Fitness, ZumbaJear.com Comfort Measures: Dec. 12, Baptist Medical Center South, BaptistJax.com Prenatal Yoga: Dec. 13, Soluna Yoga + Spa, SolunaYogaSpa.com Zumba Fitness: Dec. 13, Studio Jear Group Fitness, ZumbaJear.com Biking at Hanna Park: Dec. 14, Hanna Park Campground Store, AdventureKayakFlorida.com Free Weekly Group Runs: Dec. 14, Fernandina Beach High School, AmeliaRunners.com Jacksonville Fitness Academy Warrior Class: Dec. 14, Mark Spivak’s Dance Extension, JaxFitAcademy.com/ Bootcamp Kayaking and Canoeing: Dec. 14, Hanna Park Campground Store, AdventureKayakFlorida.com Zumba Fitness: Dec. 14, Studio Jear Group Fitness, ZumbaJear.com Old City Farmers Market: Dec. 17, Old City Farmers Market, Local.AARP.com Saturday Childbirth Class at St. Vincent’s Riverside: Dec. 10, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Riverside, JaxHealth.com Ameris Bank Jacksonville Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K: Dec. 18, The Bolles School, 1stPlaceSports.com Zumba Fitness: Dec. 19, Studio Jear Group Fitness, ZumbaJear.com Prenatal Yoga: Dec. 20, Soluna Yoga + Spa, SolunaYogaSpa.com Zumba Fitness: Dec. 20, Studio Jear Group Fitness, ZumbaJear.com Free Weekly Group Runs: Dec. 21, Fernandina Beach High School, AmeliaRunners.com Zumba Fitness: Dec. 21, Studio Jear Group Fitness, ZumbaJear.com Old City Farmers Market: Dec. 24, Old City Farmers Market, Local.AARP.com Prenatal Yoga: Dec. 27, Soluna Yoga + Spa, SolunaYogaSpa.com Free Weekly Group Runs: Dec. 28, Fernandina Beach High School, AmeliaRunners.com Vystar 5K: Dec. 30, Downtown Jacksonville, 1stPlaceSports.com Old City Farmers Market: Dec. 31, Old City Farmers Market, Local.AARP.com The Last Gasp Cross Country Race: Dec. 31, Jacksonville University, 1stPlaceSports.com Jacksonville Farmers Market: Select dates Dec. 1 - 30, Jacksonville Farmers Market, Local.AARP.com Healthy Start 5K: Jan. 7, Jacksonville Landing, 1stPlaceSports.com Resolution Run: Jan. 7, Orange Park, 1stPlaceSports.com


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CUISINE

Two Thumbs Up How Good Food Should Taste GangNam Korean Restaurant Article by Monica Stouder Photos by Monica Lea Imagery: MonicaLea.com

the facts What: GangNam

When: Tuesday afternoon Where: 5161 Beach Blvd Price: $7 to $15 Lunch, $10 to $35 Dinner Contact: (904) 396-4008

Entrée

Bibimbab – rice in a hot stone bowl topped with vegetables, beef and egg served with a sweet and spicy sauce on the side for $10.99.

I have stifled my nagging urge to sing the words to PSY’s “Gangnam Style” throughout my entire visit to the new Korean restaurant of the same namesake. And while the addicting pop song is not necessarily music to my ears, the food at Gangnam Korean Restaurant most certainly is! Small and casual, this amazing eatery has truly authentic menu items such as Kimchi and beef tripe soup, Jjajang Myun (noodles in black bean paste) plus beef, chicken and pork bulgogi – all of which made my mouth water. However, for my visit I tried the Bibimbab which was served in a sizzling hot stone bowl. The rice at the base and raw egg continued to cook in its vessel as I mixed in the veggy toppings. Within two minutes, the rice at the bottom of the bowl had a light brown, crispy crust that gave this memorable nosh fantastic texture. The dish also came with a sweet and spicy sauce on the side that made this dish sing! The other notable item was the Jjampong. This spoonable second simply consisted of a large bowl of spicy broth housing a generous portion of thick Jjajang noodles, squid, shrimp and various vegetables. The spice on this dish harmonized brilliantly with an incredible flavor. The seafood pancake was full of shrimp and squid, and resembled more

of a frittata, which ultimately was a true hit for my taste buds. Definitely a palate pleaser! Family owned and operated, customer service here was outstanding. The owners’ son stated that the ingredients are super fresh and there is no MSG in the dishes. Prices are good and the food is authentic and memorable. No one hit wonders here. Gangnam is the real deal in beautifully, balanced Korean bites. Be sure to bring the whole family to this new, spiced-up spot because this food is far from one note! Buzzworthy Note: Korean Beer is served here at a nominal price $3.50. You can also imbibe in a Black Raspberry Wine (bottle $13) or Sake. Additionally, in the middle of the restaurant there are some grilling stations where hungry customers can cook individual menu elements for specific dishes at their table. There is a lunch menu where items start around $7 as well.

Dining patron stated, “Every single item I’ve eaten this meal has been absolutely amazing!”

menu sample

Appetizer

Seafood Pancake – fried, egg-based pie full of fresh shrimp, squid and green onion with a side of soy sauce for $9.99 (easily feeds 2 or 3 people).

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Sides

Banchan (side dishes) – Kimchi, spicy cucumber, spicy bean sprout, bean sprouts, fish cake and egg with vegetables comes with meal.

Entrée

Jjampong – thick noodles, seafood and vegetables in a spicy broth for only $13.99.


Food Truck Foodies

CATULLO’S ITALIAN

by Shelton Buchanan

There’s something about Italian food that warms the heart of everyone who eats it. The feeling gets amplified to another degree when that food is cooked from scratch from recipes passed down lovingly over the generations. Everyone has that notion in their head of a little Italian grandmother hand rolling the pasta and spending hours slaving away on a sauce that is known only to her. Catullo’s Italian food truck is mixing things up a bit. Their “nona,” who I believe is actually their mother sits outside the truck taking orders and handling the money, while the Catullo brothers, Carl and Dave knock out pizza, pasta and other delicacies from scratch from inside their wonder wagon. Their base menu features pizza by the slice, meatball or sausage and peppers “sangwiches,” several fresh pasta dishes and even some delightful lasagna. Their specials menu is where it’s at though. The day I stopped by, they were offering up two chicken dishes, a Marsala and a Capricciosa, a special sausage and mushroom pizza by the slice. I opted for their creamy chicken pesto and a pair of Dirt McGirt roll up. After this day, I’m sure I can ever go back to store-bought, dried pasta ever again. The creamy chicken pesto features sautéed chicken tossed with fresh made pasta, crumbled up bacon and a creamy basil pesto that is hard to capture in mere words. I’ve honestly never had a pesto like this. Smooth as silk sheets, yet hearty enough for the hungriest diner, the pesto coats the chicken and pasta perfectly. The thick chunk of Italian bread, a staple of all Catullo’s pasta offerings, is the perfect accompaniment to mop up the bits of sauce that remain after you’ve devoured the rest of the dish. So if you’re craving some authentic Italian made with love by those who know, seek out the Catullo’s Italian food truck and they’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse.

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GRAB A BITE

Personal Chef James Monahan Herons Nest

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NEW YEAR’S EVE

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THE WINE BAR

Beaches TheWineBarUncorked.com Something is always happening at The Wine Bar! Live music, wine, beer and even Jell-O shots create an atmosphere of sophisticated fun. Grab your friends and head here to ring in the New Year.

We caught up with Executive Chef James Monahan while working his creative mastery at the Herons Nest. This incredibly adventurous world traveler and consummate culinarian shared some of his early kitchen beginnings for this month’s chef’s spotlight. BUZZ: When did you find an interest in cooking? JM: I have cooked all my life, but did not find it as a passion till I was in my thirties. BUZZ: How did you receive your training to become a chef? JM: I went to Kendall College in Chicago where I was born and then I received on-the-job training in a two star Michelin restaurant in Northern Italy. BUZZ: What cuisines influence your style of cooking? JM: I’m influenced by Italian and Mediterranean styles of cooking because of the comfort food factor and these styles’ use of fresh, local products. BUZZ: What is your most memorable kitchen experience? JM: Working in Italy and being amazed how simple and clean the dishes were. BUZZ: Do you have a specialty dish that your family and friends always want you to make? JM: Cassoulet is simple, but an amazing dish from the south of France.

SIDECAR

AROMAS CIGARS, WINE & MARTINI BAR

San Marco DrinkSidecar.com

Southside AromasCigars.com

Fitting with the eclectic vibe of the San Marco area, Sidecar has an urban and personal flare. Many of the delicious mixes are made in house and from Jacksonville ingredients. Stop by Sidecar to celebrate the new year.

Aromas Cigars, Wine and Martini has a chill vibe. Enjoy a soothing night into the new year at the largest cigar bar in Florida. Bounce between the luxurious ice bar, the beer house and dance floor.

BUZZ: Most unusual dish you have eaten? JM: Cricket tacos in Northern Mexico. They were surprisingly good.

SHIM SHAM ROOM

Beaches TheShimShamRoom.com

BUZZ: If you could have your own cooking show what would you name it? JM: “Comfort” would be the name of my show. It is the way I like to cook and the way I want my guest to feel.

It’s time to say goodbye to 2016! Whether you want to dance your way into 2017 or mix and mingle at the fully stocked bar, The Shim Sham Room is the place to be.

BUZZ: Do you cook in your downtime or do you prefer someone to cook a meal for you? JM: I cook at home every chance I get.

RECIPE BOX

Shrimp Ceviche Cocktail Fresh Lime Juice - 2 oz. Water - 2 oz. Cholula Hot Sauce - 1 tbsp. Salt & Pepper - to taste DIRECTIONS Butterfly shrimp in half and steam for 3 minutes in a shallow pan.

INGREDIENTS 21/25 Shrimp - 5 ea. Diced Peeled Cucumber - 2 tbsp. Diced Avocado - 2 tbsp. Julienned Red Onion - 1 tbsp. Chopped Cilantro - 1 tbsp. Ketchup - 2 oz. 26

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While shrimp are steaming, combine all other ingredients in a bowl and set aside. When shrimp are cooked, add to rest of the ingredients and combine well. Set in refrigerator until cold and serve with tortilla chips or fried tostones.

DOS GATOS

Downtown DosGatosJax.com A Spanish themed lounge in the heart of city, Dos Gatos boasts some of the best cocktail artists around. Enjoy their appeal while you sip delicious drinks. This is a great place to countdown to the new year.

HOPTINGER BIER GARDEN & SAUSAGE HOUSE

Beaches Hoptinger.com Over 60 taps of beer paired with fun foods like sausage dogs, buckets of French fries, and wings at Hoptinger will make for a New Year’s Eve full of laughter and fun with friends or family.


SPORTS

SPORTS PICK S

Dec. 3

Dec. 10

2016 ABA FINAL FOUR REMATCH: JACKSONVILLE GIANTS VS. SOUTH FLORIDA GOLD

San Marco Blvd 1stPlaceSports.com

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 5K

Veterans Memorial Arena iJacksonvilleGiants.com

Defending ABA champions, the Giants are ranked No. 1 in the preseason power rankings. They had an exceptional sixth season with a record of 29-6. The Final Four series last season put the Giants against rival team, South Florida Gold, who will return for the Season 7 Home Opener!

Participate in Jacksonville’s largest holiday celebration! The Festival of Lights 5K will be held the same evening as San Marco’s Holiday Magic. The 5K and 1 Mile will both start and finish on San Marco Blvd. in the San Marco Square. This event will feature carolers, jugglers, pictures with Santa, a Christmas Tree lighting, food, drinks, jingle bells, stilt walkers, and so much more!

Dec. 30

Dec. 20

VYSTAR 5K

Downtown Jacksonville 1stPlaceSports.com

SANDALWOOD SAINTS VS. FLETCHER SENATORS BOYS SOCCER

Sandalwood High School MaxPreps.com

If you’re from Jacksonville, you know there’s a rivalry between the Fletcher Senators and the Sandalwood Saints! These two boys’ varsity soccer teams will go head to head in this non-conference game to see who can take home the victory.

SPORTS HAPPENINGS

Register for the annual Vystar 5K Run! The Vystar 5K Run coincides with the TaxSlayer Bowl week. All of the proceeds from the race will benefit Wolfson Children’s Hospital. You can even register to “Run for a Child” by making a donation to Wolfson Children’s Hospital. The run takes you through the streets of downtown Jacksonville ending on the Northbank Riverwalk. This professionally timed and organized run is hosted by First Place Sports in partnership with the TaxSlayer Bowl.

Visit our iwantaBUZZ.com calendar for more local events.

NYFO 7 on 7 Spring Football League Jacksonville University Dolphins vs. Jacksonville University Dolphins Eastern Kentucky Colonels: Dec. 7, vs. Florida Memorial Fighting with Drayton Florence: Dec. 1, Historic Swisher Gym, JUDolphins.com Lions: Dec. 19, Historic Swisher Gym, Jacksonville, Jackson-ville.Eventful.com JUDolphins.com UNF Ospreys vs. Edwards Waters UNF Ospreys vs. Florida Gators Men’s Basketball: Dec. 1, UNF Arena, Women’s Basketball: Dec. 10, UNF Arena, UNFOspreys.com UNFOspreys.com Wolfson Wolfpack vs. Paxon Golden Eagles Boys Soccer: Dec. 1, Paxon High School, Max-Preps.com Bishop Synder Cardinals vs. Wolfson Wolfpack Boys Soccer: Dec. 2, Bishop Snyder High School, MaxPreps.com Jacksonville Giants 2016 ABA Final Four Rematch: Giants vs. South Florida Gold: Dec. 3, Veterans Memorial Arena, JacksonvilleGiants.com Running of the Bulls 5K: Dec. 3, Downtown Jacksonville, 1stPlaceSports.com

Festival of Lights 5K: Dec. 10, San Marco, 1stPlaceSports.com Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Minnesota Vikings: Dec. 11, EverBank Field, Jaguars.com

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans: Dec. 24, EverBank Field, Jaguars.com

Jacksonville University Dolphins First Coast Buccaneers vs. Ed White vs. Thomas University Night Hawks: Dec. 28, Historic Swisher Gym, Commanders: Dec. 12, First Coast JUDolphins.com High School, Max-Preps.com UNF Ospreys vs. Morehead State Women’s Basketball: Dec. 13, UNF Arena, UNFOspreys.com

CASA Jingle All the Way 5K: Dec. 3, Jekyll Island, 1stPlaceSports.com

UNF Ospreys vs. Thomas University Night Hawks Men’s Basketball: Dec. 15, UNF Arena, UNF Ospreys.com

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Denver Broncos: Dec. 4, EverBank Field, Jaguars.com

Jacksonville Giants vs. DMV Warriors: Dec. 17, Veterans Memorial Arena, JacksonvilleGi-ants.com

Guana 50K and 12K Trail Races: Dec. 4, Guana Preserve, 1stPlaceSports.com

Ameris Bank Jacksonville Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K: Dec. 18, The Bolles School, 1stPlaceSports.com

Reindeer Run Half Marathon and 5K: Dec. 4, Amelia Island, 1stPlaceSports.com

Sandalwood Saints vs. Fletcher Senators Boys Soccer: Dec. 20, Sandalwood High School, MaxPreps.com

Running of the Bulls 5K 1stPlaceSports.com

Best Western UNF New Year Classic: UNF Ospreys vs. Warner UNF Ospreys vs. Ball State Cardinals Men’s Basketball: Dec. 29, University Royals Women’s Basketball: Dec. 31, UNF Arena, UNF Arena, UNFOspreys.com UNFOspreys.com Best Western UNF New Year Classic: UNF Ospreys vs. Jacksonville University Dolphins Women’s Basketball: Dec. 30, UNF Arena, UNFOspreys.com Best Western UNF New Year Classic: UNF Ospreys vs. Wofford College Terriers Women’s Basketball: Dec. 30, UNF Arena, UNFOspreys.com Vystar 5K: Dec. 30, Downtown Jacksonville, 1stPlaceSports.com

The Last Gasp Cross Country Race: Dec. 31, Jacksonville University, 1stPlaceSports.com

Best Western UNF New Year Classic: UNF Ospreys vs. Wofford College Terriers Women’s Basketball: Dec. 31, UNF Arena, UNFOspreys.com Healthy Start 5K: Jan. 7, Jacksonville Landing, 1stPlaceSports.com

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Game Day:

TRIPLE PLAY:

Pro Impact Sports

Taxslayer Bowl

Game Day Details The annual Taxslayer Bowl is back!

Game Date: December 31, 2016 Game Time: Gates open at 9 a.m.

ProImpactSports.net

Taxslayer Bowl Mission & History

Kickoff at 11 a.m.

Television Network: ESPN Stadium: EverBank Field Pairings: SEC vs. ACC/Big10/Notre Dame Website: TaxslayerBowl.com

There are so many awesome events happening that lead up to the game! Check out the schedule and mark your calendar.

The TaxSlayer Bowl’s mission is to provide Northeast Florida with the very best in college athletics in order to maximize positive impact on the area’s economy, national image and community pride. The TaxSlayer Bowl is truly more than a football game. Enjoy a week full of parties, activities and attractions for fans of all ages. All of the excitement comes to a head on at EverBank Field as one of America’s most exciting bowl games gets underway. How exciting? The game has showcased many of football’s biggest names including Heisman Trophy winners like Earl Campbell, outstanding players like Peyton Manning, and America’s best coaches like Bobby Bowden.

Pro Impact Sports is top of the line when it comes to helping athletes achieve their dreams. With a myriad of services offered, the team can help with things such as speed and agility training, college recruitment, producing highlight reels and skills videos. Pro Impact Sports also offer sports position specific training, softball and baseball hitting lessons and more. Sponsored by Adidas, Pro Impact Sports also has a 7 on 7 team with many local athletes participating. Pro Impact Sports is passionate about helping players succeed and achieve their dreams. Countless students have gone on to become highly recruited student athletes. Founder Gerard Ross and Senior VP Guss Scott have years of firsthand experience in the field.

Speaker Series Luncheon with head coaches Dec. 8 at Veterans Memorial Arena

Coaches Luncheon & Hall of Fame Induction Dec. 30 at Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront

Vystar 5K Run Dec. 30 at Downtown Jacksonville Register at 1stPlaceSports.com/Vystar5K

ACC/Big 10 Pep Rally Dec. 30 at 3:30 p.m. at the Jacksonville Landing

SEC Pep Rally Dec. 30 at 6 p.m. at Jacksonville Landing

Community First Jacksonville Light Boat Parade Dec. 30 at 7 p.m., Jacksonville Landing

Touchdown Party Dec. 31 at 9 a.m. at EverBank Field (Photo Credits: Taxslayer Bowl)

Ross graduated in 2005 from Florida State University, where he played cornerback and went on to play in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks under Head Coach Mile Holmgren. Scott played safety in college under Head Coach Steve Spurrier at the University of Florida. He went on to play for the New England Patriots, winning the Super Bowl in 2005.

GEAR UP>>THE JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS Jaguars.com The Jacksonville Jaguars are wrapping up their 2016 season with just five more games to go. While they haven’t had the greatest season or record, they’ve still got the best fans who pack the stadium at EverBank Field and cheer our boys onto victory. Get your gold and teal gear together and keep on supporting the Jacksonville Jaguars!

Dec. 4

Jaguars vs. Denver Broncos EverBank Field at 1 p.m.

Dec. 11

Jaguars vs. Minnesota Vikings EverBank Field at 1 p.m.

Dec. 18

Jaguars vs. Houston Texans NRG Stadium in Houston CATCH IT ON: ESPN

christmas eve game day

Dec. 24

Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans EverBank Field at 1 p.m.

Jan. 1

Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianpolis CATCH IT ON: ESPN

Jaguars fans, we’ve got to fill those seats at the stadium to keep our team in town. This season the Jaguars have had two wins and six losses. The Jaguars desperately need to improve their season as it comes to an end. They’ve still got time to pull it together and show out for the thousands of Duval fans roaring with Jaguar pride. 28

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ON CAMPUS: UNF Women’s Basketball

WHAT’S UP NEXT

UNFOspreys.com

UNF WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The University of North Florida women’s basketball program is celebrating their 25th anniversary with a jam-packed 2016-17 schedule. Their schedule features games against BIG EAST, American and Atlantic Coast Conference teams, hosting 14 games and facing off with seven teams that reached the postseason last year.

UNF Ospreys vs. Edward Waters Dec. 10 at UNF Arena CATCH IT ON: ESPN3

”This schedule will present our team with some exciting opportunities,” said second-year head coach Darrick Gibbs. “I’m really looking forward to seeing how this group comes together and responds to the challenges we will face.”

UNF Ospreys vs. Morehead State Dec. 13 at UNF Arena CATCH IT ON: ESPN3

A road trip to College of Charleston wrapped up November before the Ospreys head to NC State on December 4. After taking a short break from finals, UNF plays four of its next six games at home beginning with back-to-back contests against Edward Waters and Morehead State on December 10 and 13. Trips to both Bethune-Cookman (Dec. 14) and Florida State (Dec. 19) are on tap before the Ospreys take time off for the holidays.

UNF Ospreys vs. Bethune-Cookman Dec. 15 at Daytona Beach, FL

North Florida once again hosts a Holiday Tournament with Wofford and Warner coming to town to close out the non-conference slate on December 30 and 31, respectively.

STATS AT THE START

• Savannah Slade

• UNF returns four starters from last season: Claire Ioannidis, Karrah Johnson, Sierra Shepherd, Maiya Rumph.

High School: South Walton High School in South Walton, FL

• The Ospreys have four complete newcomers: freshmen Adrienne Jackson, Kennya Simms and Kirsten Clement and junior college transfer Jaiveonna Norris. • After sitting out a year due to NCAA Transfer rules, Simone Brown and Tesh Hanson join the UNF lineup. Sophomore Hadley Kiefer and senior Taru Madekivi round out the 2016-17 squad. • Senior Claire Ioannidis is the team’s leading scorer from a season ago with 15.1 points per game and helps the Ospreys return 84% of their scoring from 2015-16.

NEW ADDITIONS DURING EARLY SIGNING The University of North Florida women’s basketball team announced the addition of three student-athletes for the 2017-18 season.

UNF Ospreys vs. Florida State Dec. 19 at Tallahassee, FL CATCH IT ON: ESPN3

Position: Forward During her junior year, Slade helped lead her team to a District and Regional Championship as well as a Final Four appearance with a 26-4 record. Playing under Hall of Famer coach Kevin Craig, Slade is the captain of the team and was honored as a Northwest Florida Daily News All-Area first team member and picked up AllState Class 1A second team accolades. • Tiffany Tolbert High School: Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, FL Position: Guard As a freshman, Tolbert led her team in assists and steals and was the second leading scorer. The guard came back to lead her team against in assists as well as scoring as a junior. Tolbert earned AllMetro first team honors as well as being named a second team All-State selection after her junior season. She also picked up the Dr. Phillips Female Athlete of the Year honor for her performance.

• Ellie Bartley

Best Western UNF New Year Classic Dec. 30-31 at UNF Arena CATCH IT ON: ESPN3 UNF Ospreys vs. Jacksonville University Jan. 7 at Jacksonville University UNF Ospreys vs. Lipscomb Jan. 21 at UNF Arena CATCH IT ON: ESPN3 UNF Ospreys vs. FGCU Feb. 2 at UNF Arena CATCH IT ON: ESPN3 UNF Ospreys vs. Stetson Feb. 4 at UNF Arena CATCH IT ON: ESPN3

High School: Glasgow High School in Glasgow, KY Position: Point Guard Bartley is a two-time 15th District All-Season team and two-time District All-Tournament team as well as a two-time Class A 4th Region All-Tournament team selection. Following up a successful junior season, Bartley was named to the Glasgow Daily Times AllArea Team as well as earning All-State Honorable Mention.

2017 UNF Homecoming vs. USC Upstate Feb. 11 at UNF Arena

BRENT MARTINEAU

GAME FACE: Local Athletes of Jacksonville

Sports Director at

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

Rylan Wells

The Suns are now the Jumbo Shrimp. Ken Babby is in his second year as owner and took a risk in changing a name that’s been around for decades. The initial response wasn’t great, but the logo release added some energy and discussion about the franchise.

The junior quarterback is having a nice season under first year head coach Ian Shields. Wells passed for over 1,000 yards and ran for more than 150 yards per game after eight games. Wells and the Dolphins have a young team, but have had a successful first year under Shields.

Isaiah Ford

John Wolford

Virginia Tech Hokies

The Virginia Tech wide receiver is having a record-breaking career. Ford played high school football at Trinity Christian Academy. He already has the Hokies school record for touchdowns in a career with 23 scores and is on his way breaking career records for catches and receiving yards.

Jacksonville University Dolphins

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

The former Bishop Kenny High School star is now a junior at Wake Forest. Wolford has led Wake Forest to its first bowl game in five years and helped secure the win over Virginia to accomplish the feat. He has thrown for over 1,000 yards and is second on the team with over 500 yards. DECEMBER 2016 • iwantaBUZZ.com

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MUSIC

Music Locale Dec. 9 DECADES REWIND

Times Union Center JaxEvents.com

Dec. 2 SARA EVANS LIVE

Florida Theatre FloridaTheatre.com

From her first No. 1 single “No Place That Far,” multi-platinum selling country singer and songwriter, Sara Evans, has been called “one of the most compelling vocalists of her generation.” Since emerging in the late 1990s, Evans has had a prolific recording career, her songs, “Suds in the Bucket,” and her biggest hit “Born To Fly” all topped the charts at No. 1. She has sold more than 6 million recordings. Five of her albums including the most recent, “Slow Me Down” have appeared on Billboard’s Top 200 allgenre chart. She is the recipient of four consecutive RIAA certified Gold, Platinum or Multi-Platinum albums.

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Enjoy over 60 songs effortlessly blended into unique medleys from the most prominent decades in music history. This fully live concert experience features an 8-piece rock band and six brilliant vocalists surrounded by rock and roll stage lighting, poignant videos of American culture, and over 100 costume changes!

Dec. 29

DONNA THE BUFFALO AND BUTCH TRUCKS & THE FREIGHT TRAIN BAND Ponte Vedra Concert Hall PVConcertHall.com

Dec. 17

JACKSONVILLE DRUMLINE CLASSIC: THE BEAT BATTLE

Prime Osborn JaxEvents.com

The Black Expo, featuring vendors from all over town, is coming to Jacksonville’s Prime Osborn Center. Stick around after for the Jacksonville Drumline Classic: The Beat Battle! This high school band competition features some amazing, upcoming, young musicians Jax has. Tickets are only $20.

One of the most dynamic and determined bands continuously touring America since 1989, Donna the Buffalo have created a community environment at their shows through their distinctive, groove-heavy and danceable music. Butch Trucks and The Freight Train Band, a year-old band receiving rave reviews will join them in Ponte Vedra.


NIYKEE HEATON

-by Tiara Bree Jeffers

STORY BEHIND THE MUSIC: After writing her first song at age 5 and teaching herself to play guitar at 9,

Niykee Heaton dedicated her entire life to making music. With her songwriting giving her an outlet and escape from her troubled home life, Niykee spent nearly every moment outside of school creating and sharing original songs. Fast gaining a massive following after Worldstar HipHop picked up her acoustic-guitar-based rendition of Chief Keef’s “Love Sosa” in December 2012, the 19-year-old Illinois native is set to deliver a debut from Steve Rifkind and Russell Simmons’ All Def Music in partnership with Capitol Records, revealing her timeless sense of songcraft, intuitive grasp of beats, and a lyrical sensibility that fuses poetic finesse with pure emotion. Changing the game requires breaking rules, subverting stereotypes, and boldly being yourself. Niykee Heaton does all of the above. The Chicago-born and South Florida-based singer, songwriter, producer, and musician embodies 21st century female confidence. Smashing all expectations, she makes sultry and sizzling pop, but she personally produces the beats and writes the music. She unabashedly and unapologetically owns her sexuality, but she’s just as quick to quote William Shakespeare as she is to post a provocative, internet-breaking photo for her 5 million cumulative followers, showing sex appeal and depth can go hand-in-hand.

CATCH HER LIVE: Dec. 4 at Mavericks

WEBSITE: MavericksAtTheLanding.com -by Tiara Bree Jeffers

STORY BEHIND THE MUSIC:

Taylor Hicks is one of the most beloved and popular American Idol winners of all time. From the start, Hicks’ material on the mega-hit show set him apart, with a unique take on Southern soul, R & B, country and blues. Sixty-four million votes were cast and nearly 37 million American viewers and more than 200 million viewers worldwide tuned in to crown Hicks the Season 5 winner of American Idol, making it one of the mostwatched TV events of the last decade. Hicks’ star continued to rise after he stepped off the Idol stage. Less than three weeks after his Idol victory, his debut single, “Do I Make You Proud,” entered at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, Pop 100 and Single Sales Charts. Coinciding with the single’s release, a cover story named him People Magazine’s “Hottest Bachelor of the Year.” His self-titled album (Arista), debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and was quickly certified RIAA Platinum. In 2007, Hicks penned a brisk-selling autobiography “Heart Full of Soul.” Hicks is the first male Idol winner to be featured on a Grammy Award winning album, Jimmy Fallon’s “Blow Your Pants Off.”

TAYLOR HICKS

Hicks has performed with a multitude of artists from a wide array of styles and genres. He’s performed with artists like Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Gladys Knight, Earth Wind and Fire and The Allman Brothers, appearing in concerts worldwide.

CATCH HIM LIVE: Dec. 7 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

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MUSIC EVENTS Visit our iwantaBUZZ.com calendar for more local events.

Festival of Praise: Dec. 1, Times Union Center for the Performing Arts, JaxEvents.com Jazz Discovery Series Featuring Patrick Bartley: Dec. 1, Ritz Theatre and Museum, RitzJacksonville.com The Steppin Stones: Dec. 1, 1904 Music Hall, 1904MusicHall.com Puttin’ on the Ritz - Finals: Dec. 2, Ritz Theatre and Museum, RitzJacksonville.com Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Christmas: Dec. 2, Times Union Center for the Performing Arts, JaxEvents.com X102.9 presents The 1975, Silversun Pickups, Phantogram, Glass Animals and Coin: Dec. 2, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, StAugAmphitheatre.com Sara Evans Live: Dec. 2, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com Emma Moseley Band with Pug Ugly and Powerball: Dec. 2, Jack Rabbits, JaxLive.com The Grass is Dead: Dec. 2, 1904 Music Hall, 1904MusicHall.com The Stanley Clarke Band: Dec. 2, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, PVConcertHall.com Tone Revival with Guests: Dec. 3, Jack Rabbits, JaxLive.com Black Violin: Dec. 3, Ritz Theatre and Museum, RitzJacksonville.com Florida Theatre’s Rock & Roll Holiday Featuring the Jacksonville Rock N Roll All Stars: Dec. 3, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com Sage Francis with Stono Echo, Grammar Tree, Denver Hall and DJ Triclops: Dec. 3, 1904 Music Hall, 1904MusicHall.com The Lacs: Dec. 3, Mavericks at the Landing, MavericksAtTheLanding.com Tony Joe White with Special Guest Mere Woodard: Dec. 3, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, PVConcertHall.com Battlecross with Allegaeon, Necromancing and guest: Dec. 4, Jack Rabbits, JaxLive.com Madchild: Dec. 4, Freebird Live, JaxLive.com Niykee Heaton and Guests: Dec. 4, Freebird Live, JaxLive.com Travis Tritt: Dec. 4, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com Smile Empty Soul with The Veer Union and Kirra: Dec. 4, 1904 Music Hall, 1904MusicHall.com ABK (Anybody Killa) with Mr. Y.U.G., 614 Villianz, Mad V, Razorz Edge, ASKMEIFICARE, RAD, and BDT: Dec. 6, Jack Rabbits, JaxLive.com Dirty Rotten Imbeciles - Toxic Shock: Dec. 7, The Harbor Tavern, Jacksonville.Eventful.com Jingle Jam for St. Jude: Dec. 7, Times Union Center for the Performing Arts, JaxEvents.com Taylor Hicks: Dec. 7, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, PVConcertHall.com Decades Rewind: Dec. 8, Times Union Center for the Performing Arts, JaxEvents.com 32

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The Word Alive: Dec. 8, 1904 Music Hall, 1904MusicHall.com Skytrain: Dec. 9, Kings Bar Treehouse Lounge, Jacksonville.Eventful.com Decades Rewind: Dec. 9, Times Union Center for the Performing Arts, JaxEvents.com Barb Wire Dolls: Dec. 9, Jack Rabbits, JaxLive.com The 25th Anniversary Community Nutcracker: Dec. 9 – 10, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com Zoogma with Daily Bread: Dec. 9, 1904 Music Hall, 1904MusicHall.com Chris Lane: Dec. 10, Mavericks at the Landing, MavericksAtTheLanding.com Elio’s Quartet: Dec. 10, Ritz Theatre and Museum, RitzJacksonville.com Open Mic Tuesday with Bonnie & Clyde: Dec. 10, Dave’s Music Bar & Grill, Jacksonville. Eventful.com The Fixx: Dec. 10, Jack Rabbits, JaxLive.com A Peter White Christmas with Rick Braun and Euge Groove: Dec. 11, Ritz Theatre and Museum, RitzJacksonville.com Billy Buchanan: Dec. 11, University BC, Jacksonville.Eventful.com Sabrina Carpenter: Dec. 11, Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville.Eventful.com Blood on the Dance Floor, Tear Out the Heart, Vanity Strikes and Justin Symbol: Dec. 12, Jack Rabbits, JaxLive.com The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Celebration: Dec. 13, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com Edwin McCain with Special Guest Danny Burns: Dec. 14, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, PVConcertHall.com Continental, Digdog and guest: Dec. 14, Jack Rabbits, JaxLive.com Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Dec. 15, Veterans Memorial Arena, JaxEvents.com The Pauses, Deadaires and Flower City Conspiracy: Dec. 10, Jack Rabbits, JaxLive.com Billy Buchanan: Dec. 16, Sawgrass Country Club, Jacksonville.Eventful.com

A Not So Silent Night with In Whispers, New Day, Filth and Mindslip: Dec. 16, Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville.Eventful.com Emma Moseley Band, Johnny Greenlight and guests: Dec. 16, Jack Rabbits, JaxLive.com Smooth McFlea: Dec. 16, Taps Bar & Grill Fleming Island: Jacksonville.Eventful.com Steel Pulse: Dec. 16, Mavericks at the Landing, MavericksAtTheLanding.com A Not So Silent Night with Bleeding in Stereo, None Like Us, Soulswitch and Marion Crane: Dec. 17, Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville.Eventful.com Jacksonville Drumline Classic: The Beat Battle: Dec. 17, Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, JaxEvents.com Trail Diver Album Release Show: Dec. 17, 1904 Music Hall, 1904MusicHall.com The Spill Canvas + Special Guests: Dec. 18, 1904 Music Hall, 1904MusicHall.com Salvia, The Year of the Locust and The Everyday Losers: Dec. 19, Jack Rabbits, JaxLive.com A Christmas Carol: Dec. 19, Times Union Center for the Performing Arts, JaxEvents.com Felly, GYYPS, Tut, Healy, and Denver Hall: Dec. 20, Jack Rabbits, JaxLive.com Sunghosts, Future Thieves and guests: Dec. 21, Jack Rabbits, JaxLive.com Upchurch the Redneck and John Legit: Dec. 22, Jack Rabbits, JaxLive.com “Don’t You Fake It” 10 Year Anniversary World Tour of The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Cassidy Lee and Ivan Pulley: Dec. 26, Jack Rabbits, JaxLive.com Donna the Buffalo and Butch Trucks & The Fright Train Band: Dec. 29, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, PVConcertHall.com The Supervillains, Danka and guests: Dec. 29, Jack Rabbits, JaxLive.com Bret Michaels with Special Guest Lita Ford: The New Year’s Eve Party Start Now Tour: Dec. 30, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com


STRIKE UP A CHORD INTERVIEWS IN THE MUSIC COMMUNITY BY TIARA BREE JEFFERS

FEEL the BEAT: By: Tiara Bree Jeffers

Black Violin Dec. 3 Ritz Theatre and Museum

FALL YOUNG ARTISTS SHOWCASE

Dec. 9 Ponte Vedra Concert Hall PVConcertHall.com

The Apex Theatre Studio, an educational center for young theater artists, will present its first annual Fall Young Artists Showcase, featuring young artists (ages 8 to 18) from the Northeast Florida area presenting a variety of performances. “There is a little something for everyone,” remarked Ian Mairs, Executive Director of Apex. The musical theater workshop will present a staged medley of songs from the current Broadway hit, “Matilda” under the direction of workshop leader Leah Page and featuring choreography by Michelle Ottley-Fisher. “Our improv/acting class is filled with students who excel at so many kinds of skills that we wanted to incorporate them into our storytelling,” stated Jason Nettle, head of the acting program at Apex.

Black Violin is coming to Jacksonville for a third time to perform two shows after making their mark in popular music. The classically trained South Florida twosome, Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester, go by the name Black Violin and are a welcome revelation for their ability to meld highbrow and pop culture!

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Dec. 15 Veterans Memorial Arena

This rock opera is coming to Jax to put on a show like never before. The Christmas Attic album will be rereleased to coincide with the tour and the inspiring story will be played out live. The second half of the show will feature TSO iconic classics and fan favorites.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE RADIO PLAY

Dec. 22 Ponte Vedra Concert Hall PVConcertHall.com

“It’s A Wonderful Life” the beloved American holiday classic will come to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. “We wanted to offer something which allowed families to gather together once all the shopping and the running around have commenced,” said Director of Apex Theatre Studio, Ian Mairs. “The live radio format and 1940s setting will transport the audience back to another time and place.” The cast features alumnae from the Summer Musical Theater program who are currently enrolled in some of the most prestigious theater programs in the country. The Apex Theatre Studio Inc. seeks to create exciting presentations of classic and contemporary theatrical works in an effort to build community and celebrate diversity.

Bret Michaels with Special Guest Lita Ford: The New Year’s Party Start Now Tour Dec. 30 Florida Theatre

Rock in the New Year early with Poison’s Bret Michaels and special guest Lita Ford! As a solo artist, Michaels has reached No. 1 on the U.S. Hard Rock Chart with his album, “Custom Built.” He’s bringing that awesome sound to Jacksonville with Ford, lead guitarist of “The Runaways.” DECEMBER 2016 • iwantaBUZZ.com

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NIGHTLIFE

Nightlife Picks Dec. 9

BLACK AND BROWN COMEDY GET DOWN

Veterans Memorial Arena JaxEvents.com

How long has it been since you’ve had a good laugh? Join the kings of comedy as they perform at the Veterans Memorial Arena. Headliners include Cedric The Entertainer, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez, Eddie Griffin and Charlie Murphy!

Dec. 29

WINE ON THE RIVER

Friendship Fountain & Southbank Riverwalk WineOnTheRiverJax.com Come to Jacksonville’s Inaugural wine tasting event! Sample wine from national and international vineyards. With an “Around the World” theme focusing on cultural regions there will be wine and food in each selected area. There will be live music, food and more!

Dec. 31

A DRAG QUEEN CHRISTMAS

THE UNIVERSITY CLUB JACKSONVILLE NEW YEARS EVE

The University Club TheJacksonvilleParty.com/Events/New-Years-Eve

Times Union Center JaxEvents.com

Murray & Peter proudly present a must-see holiday spectacular with your favorite contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race! They’re coming to Jacksonville to end the year in style! Join the fun on December 29 at 8 p.m., at the Times Union Center.

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Celebrate New Years Eve 2016 at The University Club on the 27th floor! Each attendee at the party will enjoy chef attended food stations, a Champagne toast at midnight, party favors, music and dancing.


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Catchin' a BUZZ Interview by Monica Stouder Photo by Dennis Ho

MIXOLOGY

SHAUN GILLESPIE Bar Manager

the candy apple café

& cocktails

The French Connection

What is unique about your bar area? We are located at the heart of the Downtown district and we are located inside Sweet Pete’s, a three-story candy store.

INGREDIENTS • 1 oz Bombay Gin

When is Happy Hour? 3-6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

• ½ oz Grand Mariner

Tell us about your best-selling drink. Definitely our craft candy cocktails! I’d say it’s a toss-up between our Sweet Pete’s Watermelon Sour and our Rock Candy Old Fashioned.

• ½ oz Lemon Juice • 5 oz Prosecco • Orange Peel Place first three ingredients in a coop glass, top with Prosecco and garnish with orange peel. Cheers! The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails 400 North Hogan Street (904) 353-9717 TheCandyAppleCafe.com

Do you serve any local liquors or brews? We serve Bold City brews, Intuitions brews, St. Augustine Distillery gin and Carve vodka. Do you all have any events? We offer live music during the Downtown Jacksonville Art Walk on the first Wednesday of every month. What compliments do you hear most often from your customers? Our customers love how candy is

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS College Nights Jacksonville: Dec. 2, Cuba Libre Bar at Havana Jax, HavanaJax.com Friday Night Groove: Dec. 2, Downtown Cigar Lounge Jax, DowntownCigarLounge.com REMIX Fridays, Free on the Cris A.C. List: Dec. 2, Katara, Events.Jacksonville.com DCL VIBE Saturday Night: Dec. 3, Downtown Cigar Lounge Jax, DowntownCigarLounge.com Niykee Heaton and Guests: Dec. 3, Mavericks at the Landing, MavericksAtTheLanding.com First Coast BLS’s Christmas Party: Dec. 3, Monarch Ballroom & Dance Studio, MonarchBallroomDance.com Shorty’s 63rd Birthday Party Hosted by the FFJB Music Team: Dec. 6, 1904 Music Hall, 1904MusicHall.com Whatever Wednesday: Dec. 7, Safar Sports Bar, Jacksonville.Eventful.com Karaoke: Dec. 8, Magnolia’s Pub, MagnoliasPub.com Black and Brown Comedy Get Down: Dec. 9, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, JaxEvents.com 2016 Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl: Dec. 10, The Ritz Bar, JacksonvilleBeach.org Wine in the River: Dec. 10, Friendship Fountain and South Bank Riverwalk, WineOnThe RiverJax.com Chris Lane: Dec. 10, Mavericks at the Landing, MavericksAtTheLanding.com 36

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incorporated into our craft cocktails. It adds to the whimsy of the experience. When customers are having a good time, what are they doing? Our guests love being able to grab a craft cocktail at the bar and then walk around in the candy store. What is your funniest customer story? We have a craft coctail with Pop Rocks in it. I warned a guest to be careful when pouring the drink in the glass, and the guest poured it high up; the Pop Rocks exploded all over the guests and myself. That was pretty funny. Busiest night of the week? Friday and Saturday nights. What was the last big change to your drink menu? We add the Raspberry Tootsie Roll and Bold-Fashioned to our craft cocktail menu. Both have been very well received so far.

Visit our iwantaBUZZ.com calendar for more local events.

Sunday Fundays at the River City Brew House Lounge & Deck: Dec. 11, River City Brewing Company, RiverCityBrew.com

Sunday Fundays at the River City Brew House Lounge & Deck: Dec. 25, River City Brewing Company, RiverCityBrew.com

Mexican Beer Night: Dec. 13, The Ritz Bar, TheRitzLounge.com

Mexican Beer Night: Dec. 27, The Ritz Bar, TheRitzLounge.com

Jacksonville Beach Artwalk: Dec. 13, Sea Walk Pavilion, JacksonvilleBeach.org

Whatever Wednesday: Dec. 28, Safar Sports Bar, Jacksonville.Eventful.com

Secrets Wine Bar Lounge Presents DJ Roy Louis, Special Segments of Original Style House Music: Dec. 14, Secrets Wine Bar, JaxEvents.com

A Drag Queen Christmas: Dec. 29, Times Union Center for the Performing Arts, JaxEvents.com

Whatever Wednesday: Dec. 14, Safar Sports Bar, Jacksonville.Eventful.com Wine Wednesdays in the Rive City Brew House Lounge & Deck: Dec. 14, River City Brewing Company, RiverCityBrew.com

Rio Carnival New Years Eve: Dec. 31, BlackFinn American Grille, BlackFinnAmeriPub.com New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, River City Brewing Company, TheJacksonvilleParty.com New Year’s Eve: Dec. 31, The University Club Jacksonville, TheJacksonvilleParty.com

North Beaches Artwalk: Dec. 15, Beaches Town Center, NBAW.org

New Year’s Eve Beatles Tribute at 1904: Dec. 31, 1904 Music Hall, TheJacksonvilleParty.com

Jaxsons Night Market: Dec. 15, Hemming Park, HemmingPark.org

New Year’s Eve Indochine NYE Celebration: Dec. 31, Indochine, TheJacksonvilleParty.com

Sunday Fundays at the River City Brew House Lounge & Deck: Dec. 18, River City Brewing Company, RiverCityBrew.com

New Year’s Eve TheLOFT & The Rogue: Dec. 31, theLOFT, TheJacksonvilleParty.com

Mexican Beer Night: Dec. 20, The Ritz Bar, TheRitzLounge.com Whatever Wednesday: Dec. 21, Safar Sports Bar, Jacksonville.Eventful.com Wine Wednesdays in the River City Brew House Lounge & Deck: Dec. 21, River City Brewing Company, RiverCityBrew.com

New Year’s Eve Roadhouse: Dec. 31, Roadhouse of Orange Park, TheJacksonvilleParty.com Pure Nightclub New Year’s Eve: Dec. 31, Pure, TheJacksonvilleParty.com


DECEMBER HOROSCOPE

Written by Kyle, Astrologer Extraordinaire

ARIES (March 21- April 19)

This could be a great holiday season for you Aries, but you should pump the brakes on the me-me-me attitude. If you have any ability to show compassion and be concerned with your mate or crush, this month could be one for the ages.

TAURUS (April 20 – May 20)

Your current mate or crush is going to create extra stress for you this month. It’s time to move on to something better. No better time than the holiday season to tell that person you’re done with them. Obviously wait until you’ve already exchanged gifts!

GEMINI (May 21 – June 21)

Your sex appeal is off the charts this month with one of your many houses of passion and romance in Libra. Thus, let’s fire up the romance and get the object of your affection to notice you and kick off the new year the right way.

CANCER (June 22 – July 22)

So, my competitor horoscope stated, “Communication this month will be good with people you normally try to avoid.” There is a reason you avoid those people. They annoy you. If you feel like being annoyed, then take their advice and not mine.

LEO (July 23 – August 22)

Rumor has it that your fifth house of romance is lining up for a very fun and spicy month for you Leo. So, crank it up to ghost-pepper spice level and go hang out by some mistletoe and see what sparks you can create.

VIRGO (August 23 – September 22)

The local paper’s horoscope said, “Too much thinking could stump your efforts in asking someone you’ve been admiring out.” Wow. For once, I completely agree with another horoscope. Less thinking is something you’re good at Virgo.

LIBRA (September 23 – October 22)

It seems you have been too overwhelmed and it’s affecting your love life. You need to start weeding out everything weighting you down: work, boring friends, etc. Make more time for your mate or you may be ringing in the new year on the train to Dumpsville.

SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21)

According to the stars, it’s a good month to show off your flirty side, Scorpio. Honestly, I think every day is a good day to flirt it up. Smile. Wink. Hug. Sixshooter. Strut. Pick-up lines. Whatever works. They’re all great.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21)

This month you will declare your unconditional love for that special person in your life. Don’t have one? Well, then you are about to do something foolish, and fall head-over-heels for someone real soon. Makes for a fun month.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19)

Looks like love will find you this month, but it will be from someone a long distance away. This is good two-fold. First, you found someone (finally). Second, due to the distance there is no awkward gift exchange expected. Double win.

AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18)

This time of year brings about travel for you; whether it’s off to see family or a vacation with your mate. Unfortunately, with Mercury in retrograde, this will bring about several travel snafus to you this holiday season. I’d suggest rearranging your plans.

PISCES (February 19 – March 20)

When it comes to gift-giving this month, take advice from my friend Stewie Griffin, “I come bearing a gift. I’ll give you a hint. It’s in my diaper and it’s not a toaster.” So be like Stewie and give a homemade gift. It shows you care more.

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