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ENTERTAINMENT COMMUNITY THE ARTS KIDS CUISINE MUSIC AROUND TOWN

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FEATURED

SPORTS & HEALTH

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Our Local Holiday Gift Guide....................................16,17, 20 & 21

ROLLCALL: WHAT IS THE BEST PLACE YOU HAVE EVER CELEBRATED NEW YEAR’S EVE?

MIKE WHITE PRESIDENT

CEO OF THE BUZZ MAGAZINE

MEREDITH TEKIN

NATALIA GONZALES

PAZ PATEL

COURTNEY NICHOLS ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Skiing in Colorado.

I love watching fireworks on the river.

A couple years ago we celebrated New Year’s Eve at the Florida Theatre with JJ Grey and Mofro and the legendary Gregg Allman.

Bombay.

At either Sundog or Fly’s Tie Irish Pub in Atlantic Beach; those spots were my watering holes.

On the beach with my family.

MARIE BOIAN-MEYER

JASMIN LANKFORD

MONICA STOUDER

CRAIG ONEAL

RILEY SHAABER

AMY GRESS

At a bonfire at a friend’s house.

At the Jacksonville Landing.

I love celebrating with friends and family and at a local eatery!

The New Year’s Eve party at the Sawgrass Marriott. I proposed to my wife there in 1994.

On the St. John’s River.

At a friend’s home.

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ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

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ENTERTAINMENT

BUZZ PICKS Dec. 5

PIXAR IN CONCERT

Jacoby Hall JaxSymphony.org

Experience the magic and nostalgia of all 14 Pixar movies including Finding Nemo and Cars in one show. “Pixar In Concert” features some of Pixar’s most iconic scenes and clips while live music is performed in concert by a symphony orchestra. “Pixar In Concert” will be an enjoyable experience for Pixar lovers of all ages!

Dec. 4-6

MEGA ADOPTION EVENT

Jacksonville Fair Grounds FCNMHP.org

Check out the Mega Adoption Event Dec. 4-6. More than 1,000 adoptable puppies, kittens, dogs and cats will be available from local shelters and rescues. Bring your family and friends and find the perfect pet for you! Every pet should have a forever home. Free entry and free parking!

Dec.

10-12, 17-19 MICHAEL MACK

The Comedy Zone ComedyZone.com

Michael Mack is renowned for his lively and fun performances. Mack uses elements of acting, comedy and music to produce shows that consistently leave audiences wanting more. With a notable amount professional television and radio experience under his belt, Michael Mack’s consistent ability make the crowd laugh and smile sets him apart from other comedians.

Dec. 6 THE BIG TICKET

Metropolitan Park TheBigTicketFest.com

The Big Ticket returns this month with big headliners, including Twenty One Pilots and Of Monsters and Men. This all-ages event will have a wide range of food available for purchase, and you may even spot your favorite local food truck at the venue!

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Dec.11-13 & Dec.18-Jan. 2 ZOOLIGHTS

Jacksonville Zoo JacksonvilleZoo.org

Celebrate the holiday season and create a family tradition admiring the sparkling lights and brilliant hues at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ Fourth Annual ZOOLights event. Thousands of LED lights will transform the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens into a luminous winter wonderland filled with moving sculptures, forests of lighted trees and animal silhouettes.


Dec. 13 DECK THE CHAIRS NIGHT OF MUSIC AND DANCE

Sea Walk Pavilion, DeckTheChairs.org

Deck The Chairs (DTC) is an annual lighted sculptural exhibit using the iconic red chairs of The American Red Cross Life Saving Corps. Free and open to the public, the light display aims to build community pride, foster private and public relationships, and provide a wholesome and festive downtown during the holidays.

Dec. 17

JAXSON’S NIGHT MARKET

Hemming Park HemmingPark.org

Jaxsons Night Market presented by Community First Credit Union is a monthly night market for Jaxsons by Jaxsons, showcasing what makes our community unique including local farmers, local beer, food trucks, fashion trucks, art and food vendors, live music and much more. Jaxsons Night Market occurs every third Thursday of the month, rain or shine, from 5:30 - 9 p.m. in Hemming Park.

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Dec. 13

RUDOLPH - THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, THE MUSICAL

Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts THCenter.org

The beloved TV classic “Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer” soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the Musical.”

Dec. 31

THE FLORIDA BALLET PRESENTS “THE NUTCRACKER”

University of North Florida FloridaBallet.org

For over two decades, The Florida Ballet has delighted audiences with its production of The Nutcracker. Come enjoy this iconic ballet and wintertime tradition. Journey through the Lemonade Sea with Clara and the Nutcracker Prince while they perform alongside 100 local dancers. The performance will feature two principal dancers from the renowned Houston Ballet.

333NYE: CHROMA COLOR MOCA Jacksonville MOCAjacksonville.org

Welcome 2016 in style! Revel New Year’s Eve away on the dance floor, try your luck on the gambling floor, and experience the best ball drop countdown in the city—all while supporting the exhibitions and programming at MOCA Jacksonville. Wear black tie, cocktail, or costume attire at your preference. Hors d’oeuvres, open bar, and entertainment are included with admission.

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What’s Happening

Visit our iwantaBUZZ.com calendar to find more events.

HOMETOWN HOLIDAY IN THE PARK | DEC. 11-12 | CLARKE HOUSE PARK | TOWNOFORANGEPARK.COM Photo by David Pearce

COMMUNITY

City Year Jax Unity Rally: Dec. 10, Hemming Park, HemmingPark.org

Vagabond Flea: Dec. 12, Hemming Park, HemmingPark.org

WinterFEST: Dec. 1-Jan.10, Adventure Landing, AdventureLanding.com

Beach Creek Tour: Dec. 10, Amelia River Cruises, AmeliaRiverCruises.com

Yulle Holiday Parade: Dec. 12, Yulee Sports Complex, IslandChamber.com

Christmas Carole: Dec. 1-24, Alhambra Dinner Theatre, AlhambraJax.com

Teddy Bear Thursdays: Dec. 10, Adventure Landing, AdventureLanding.com

Santa Steam Express: Dec. 12, St. Mary’s Railroad, StMarysRailroad.com

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Dec. 1-6, Times Union Center, JaxEvents.com

Holiday Open House: Dec. 10, Beaches Museum & History Park, BeachesMuseum.org

Pet Photos with Santa: Dec. 12, Petco, Petco.com

Downtown Art Walk: Dec. 2, Hemming Park, ILoveArtWalk.com

Ice Daily Public Ice Skating Sessions: Dec. 11, Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex, JaxIceAndSportsPlex.com

Breakfast with Santa: Dec. 12, Avenues Mall, Simon.com

Art Fusion: Dec. 2, MOCA,z MOCAJacksonville.org

Movie Under the Stars: Dec. 11, Party Bounce Play, PartyBouncePlay.com

Godspell: Dec. 4-20, Players by the Sea, PlayersByTheSea.org

Charlotte’s Web: Dec. 11-13, Amelia Musical Playhouse, AmeliaMusicalPlayhouse.com

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical: Dec. 13, Thrasher-Horner Center, THCenter.org

Science with Santa: Dec. 5, Museum of Science & History, TheMOSH.org

ZOOLights: Dec. 11-13, Jacksonville Zoo, JacksonvilleZoo.org

Brunch with Santa at TPC Sawgrass: Dec. 13, Sawgrass Country Club, TPC.com

16th Annual Winter Celebration in Walter Jones Park: Dec. 5, Mandarin Museum and Historical Society, MandarinMuseum.net

The Community Nutcracker: Dec. 11-12, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com

Allegory of Fortune: Dec. 13, MOCA, MOCAJacksonville.org

Hometown Holiday in the Park: Dec. 11-12, Clarke House Park, TownOfOrangePark.com

Deck the Chairs Night of Music and Dance: Dec. 13, Sea Walk Pavilion, DeckTheChairs.org

Riverside Arts Market: Dec. 12, Riverside, RiversideArtsMarket.com

A John Waters Christmas: Dec. 15, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com

Jingle Jump and Santa Breakfast: Dec. 12, Rebounderz, RebounderzJacksonville.com

Florida Blue Free Tuesdays: Dec. 15, Cummer Museum and Gardens, CummerMuseum.org

Florida Blue Free Tuesdays: Dec. 8, Cummer Museum and Gardens, CummerMuseum.org

The Children’s Christmas Party of Jacksonville: Dec. 12, Prime Osborn, CCPOJ.org

Beach Creek Tour: Dec. 15, Amelia River Cruises, AmeliaRiverCruises.com

Hidden Gems of Jacksonville: Dec. 9, Cummer Museum and Gardens, CummerMuseum.org

December to Remember Chili Cookoff: Dec. 12, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, AtAugamphitheatre.com

Jacksonville Science Festival Workshop: Dec. 9, Museum of Science & History, TheMOSH.org

Beach Creek Tour: Dec. 12, Amelia River Cruises, AmeliaRiverCruises.com

Riverside Arts Market: Dec. 5, Riverside, RiversideArtsMarket.com Yappy Hour Christmas PAWty: Dec. 6, Jacksonville Landing, JacksonvilleLanding.com Jax Beach Art Walk: Dec. 8, Sea Walk Pavilion, JacksonvilleBeach.org

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Christmas Tableaux: Dec. 12-13, Cathedral Basilica, StAugustineCommunityChorus.org

FirstCoastKids Picnic in the Park: Dec. 16, Hemming Park, HemmingPark.org Talks and Tea: Dec. 16-17, Cummer Museum and Gardens, CummerMuseum.org North Beaches Artwalk: Dec. 17, North Beach Artwalk, NBAW.org


Teddy Bear Thursdays: Dec. 17, Adventure Landing, AdventureLanding.com

The Big Ticket: Dec. 6, Metro Park, TheBigTicketFest.com

The Ten Tenors: Dec. 22, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com

Jaxson’s Night Market: Dec. 17, Hemming Park, HemmingPark.org

Kansas: Dec. 6, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com

Shaun Jones: Dec. 26, 29-30, Comedy Zone, ComedyZone.com

Nature Unleashed in Northeast Florida: Our Changing Climate: Dec. 17, Museum of Science & History, TheMOSH.org

Jacksonville Symphony Holiday Pops: Dec. 10-13, Times Union Center, JaxSymphony.org

Mike Super: Dec. 26, Thrasher-Horner Center, THCenter.org

Adamec Bike Night: Dec. 10, Jacksonville Landing, JacksonvilleLanding.com

NYE Celebration: Dec. 31, Comedy Zone, ComedyZone.com

Michael Mack: Dec. 10-12, Comedy Zone, ComedyZone.com

New Year’s Eve Drawing: Dec. 31, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Dec. 11, Veterans Memorial Arena, JaxEvents.com

SPORTS

Warren Wolf: Dec. 11, Ritz Theatre and Museum, RitzJacksonville.com

Festival of Lights: Dec. 5, San Marco, 1stPlaceSports.com

Loudon Wainwright III: Dec. 11, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, PVConcertHall.com

Jacksonville Giants vs. Miami: Dec. 5, Veterans Memorial Arena, JacksonvilleGiants.com

Night of Asia: Dec. 12, Times Union Center, JaxEvents.com

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

Kevin Griffin of Better than Ezra: Dec. 12, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, PVConcertHall.com

WWE Tribute to the Troops: Dec. 6, Veterans Memorial Arena, JaxEvents.com

Brian Regan: Dec. 13, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com

Reindeer Run Half Marathon and 5K: Dec. 6, Amelia Island, 1stPlaceSports.com

Rising Appalachia: Dec. 13, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, PVConcertHall.com

Jaguars Stache Dash: Dec. 11, EverBank Field, 1stPlaceSports.com

Bowzer’s Rock N Roll Holiday Party: Dec. 17, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com

Running of the Bulls: Dec. 12, Hemming Plaza, ArcJacksonville.org/ROTB2015

Johnny King and the Sol Rockers: Dec. 17, Freebird Live, FreebirdLive.com

Santa Suits on the Loose 5K: Dec. 12, St. Augustine Beach Pier, RaceSmith.com

Michael Mack: Dec. 17-19, Comedy Zone, ComedyZone.com

Jaguars vs. Indianapolis: Dec. 13, EverBank Field, Jaguars.com

Leon Russell: Dec. 17, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, PVConcertHall.com

Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis Foundation: Dec. 19, Riverside Park, 1stPlaceSports.com

First Coast Nutcracker: Dec. 18-20, Times Union Center, JaxEvents.com

Jacksonville Giants vs. South Florida: Dec. 19, Veterans Memorial Arena, JacksonvilleGiants.com

Christmas in Clay County: Dec. 18, ThrasherHorne Center, THCenter.org Art Adventures: Dec. 19, Cummer Museum and Gardens, CummerMuseum.org 33rd Annual Christmas Party: Dec. 19, Clay County Fairgrounds, JPHallCharities.com Girl Scout Workshop: Dec. 19, Museum of Science & History, TheMOSH.org Riverside Arts Market: Dec. 19, Riverside, RiversideArtsMarket.com Luminaria: Dec. 20, Riverside Avondale Preservation, RiversideAvondale.org Winter Discovery Camps: Dec. 21-23, Museum of Science & History, TheMOSH.org Florida Blue Free Tuesdays: Dec. 22, Cummer Museum and Gardens, CummerMuseum.org Winter Solstice Sunrise Celebration: Dec. 22, Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, FloridaStateParks.org Beach Creek Tour: Dec. 26, Amelia River Cruises, AmeliaRiverCruises.com Winter Discovery Camps: Dec. 28-30, Museum of Science & History, TheMOSH.org Florida Blue Free Tuesdays: Dec. 29, Cummer Museum and Gardens, CummerMuseum.org 333NYE: Chroma Color: Dec. 31, MOCA, MOCAJacksonville.org

NIGHTLIFE Mac Miller: Dec. 2, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com The Music of Star Wars: Dec. 3, Times Union Center, JaxEvents.com Rod Man: Dec. 3-5, Comedy Zone, ComedyZone.com Comeback Alice: Dec. 4, Freebird Live, FreebirdLive.com Ritz Theatre Amateur Night: Dec. 4, Ritz Theatre and Museum, RitzJacksonville.com Nicholas Payton Trio: Dec. 5, Ritz Theatre and Museum, RitzJacksonville.com Pixar in Concert: Dec. 5, Times Union Center, JaxEvents.com

Kidz Bop Live: Dec. 18, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com Handel’s Messiah: Dec. 19, Times Union Center, JaxSymphony.org Michael McDonald: This Christmas: Dec. 19, Thrasher-Horne Center, THCenter.org Something Miraculous: Dec. 20, Ritz Theatre and Museum, RitzJacksonville.com Meachum Clarke and True Purpose present The Gift: Dec. 20, Florida Theatre, FloridaTheatre.com An Irish Christmas: Dec. 21, Times Union Center, FSCJArtistSeries.org A Christmas Carol: Dec. 22, Times Union Center, FSCJArtistSeries.org

Jaguars vs. Atlanta: Dec. 20, EverBank Field, Jaguars.com The Last Gasp: Dec. 26, Jacksonville University, 1stPlaceSports.com The Kids’ Gasp Free Cross-Country Run: Dec. 26, Jacksonville University, JTC. WildApricot.org SEC/ACC Women’s Basketball Challenge: Dec. 30, Veterans Memorial Arena, JaxEvents.com Vystar New Year’s Eve Run: Dec. 30-31, Downtown Jacksonville, 1stPlaceSports.com Taxslayer Bowl: Jan. 2, EverBank Field, TaxslayerBowl.com

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In the Zone By Elizabeth Hecht

Complimentary Laughs Provided by The Comedy Zone “If you don’t like someone, walk a mile in their shoes ‘cause you will be a mile away from them and have their shoes!” – Rod Man Rod Man won season eight of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and is a true gem in the world of standup comedy. He captivates audiences with his quick wit, laid back style and southern charm. He has been seen on MTV, BET, HBO, BBC and even hosts his own YouTube Shows, “Time Out with Rod Man” and “The Good Funny.” Rod Man will be performing at The Comedy Zone December 3-5.

“If you tell her that you love her, she’ll never reply. She came in a box so I know she’s germ free. She’s made of latex but she’s always a woman to me.” – Michael Mack Michael Mack brilliantly uses music, light, impressions and parodies in his show taking the audience on a whirlwind, laugh out loud adventure. He has been on the popular television shows “The Next Best Thing,” “America’s Funniest People” and “Raw Dog” and heard on Sirius XM’s “The Bob and Tom Show.” Don’t miss Michael’s two back-to-back weekends of shows at The Comedy Zone December 10-12 and 17-19. More details are online at ComedyZone.com or Facebook.com/ComedyZoneJax.

The Jacksonville Landing The Jacksonville Landing will be decking the halls and ringing in the holiday season all month long with two amazing ongoing family-friendly events! Starting Saturday, November 28 enjoy Synchronized Nightly Tree Light Shows every hour, on the hour through New Year’s Eve, featuring all new light synchronization and music for the 2015 season! The Landing’s 56-foot tall tree comes to life to the sounds of your favorite holiday songs each evening, performing a 10-minute synchronized light show with more than 78,000 sparkling L.E.D. lights. Each show is free and open to the public. The shows take place Sunday through Thursday 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. (four shows each night) and Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. – midnight (seven shows each night). Don’t miss the 2015 Holiday on the River Concert Series featuring daily and evening live performances by local schools, churches and dance groups. Performances begin on Wednesday, December 2 and end on Monday, December 21. Each performance will take place in front of the 56-foot tall Christmas tree in the Courtyard during lunch and in the evenings. Visit The Landing’s website for a complete schedule. Couple these ongoing events with the Spirit of Giving Art Walk on December 2 from 5 – 10 p.m., Yappy Hour Christmas Paw-ty on December 6 from 2 – 5 p.m., our 21th Annual Tuba Christmas on December 12 from 2 – 4 p.m., and our New Year’s Eve Celebration and you are sure to see how there is something for everyone this holiday season at The Landing. For more information on the Tree Lighting Ceremony and other holiday events, log on to JacksonvilleLanding.com or Facebook. com/JacksonvilleLanding. 12

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COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY SPONSOR

HandsOn Jacksonville To get involved in our community visit HandsOnJax.org

Making a Difference: nonprofit leaders in our community

I’m honored to be the CEO of Hands On Jacksonville, following in the footsteps of our previous CEO Judy Smith, who left some big shoes to fill! We will continue working with our primary customer, the volunteer, while

collaborating with corporations to promote and implement their volunteer needs. Additionally, we will support our nonprofit partners, helping them leverage volunteers to effectively carry out their missions.”

LEANN DADDARIO Hands on Jacksonville | HandsonJacksonville.org

LeAnn Daddario joined the HandsOn Jacksonville team in July of 2013 and is now taking leadership as President and CEO following Dr. Judith Smith’s retirement. LeAnn had an extensive career in corporate America prior to joining the nonprofit sector more than 5 years ago. She holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Sales and Marketing. She is a graduate of Leadership St. Johns and volunteers her time with the American Fundraising Professionals.

First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

THE MOST INTERESTING PERSON I’VE INTERVIEWED THIS MONTH She’s an author, FSU professor, and diehard Seminoles fan. But Diane Roberts is also conflicted about her lifelong love for college football. And in the fascinating new book, “Tribal: College Football and the Secret Heart of America,” Roberts explores the dark underside of the various controversies plaguing college athletics. Big-time college sports, Roberts writes, has racist and sexist underpinnings and reveals America’s disturbing obsession with violence, particularly in the South.

“Roberts explores the dark underside of the various controversies plaguing college athletics.” It’s a great read for anyone who loves the sport, but is concerned about the issues that continue to dominate the headlines. Be sure to tune into First Coast Connect every weekday morning at 9 a.m. on 89.9 FM to hear from this area’s most compelling newsmakers!

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Community Focus A closer look at our local nonprofit community

The Mission Continues MissionContinues.org

The Mission Continues empowers veterans who are adjusting to life after the military to find purpose through civic action. They deploy veterans on new missions in their communities, so that their legacy will be one of leadership and service. The Mission Continues has helped thousands of post-9/11 veterans reintegrate successfully by focusing their talents and energy on tackling challenges in their communities.

Hart Felt Ministries HartFelt.org

Hart Felt Ministries’ vision is a community where seniors no longer fear where and how they age. They are all about empowering frail seniors to age in place. Hart Felt is a faith-based 501c(3) nonprofit that has served the First Coast’s frail, homebound seniors since 2004, by providing volunteers to perform practical services at no charge.

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Our Local Holiday G FIND THE PERFECT GIFT RIGHT HERE IN JACKSONVILLE!

BOGER’S SHOES

RIVER CITY CRATE

1014 Park St. « (904) 356-0459 « BogersShoes.com

RiverCityCrate.com

Boger’s shoes has been serving Jacksonville for over 50 years. Spanning three generations, our family owned and operated business is your go to place for all your shoe fitting needs. We are dedicated to providing the finest therapeutic footwear on the market. Customer service is our passion.

River City Crate, Jacksonville’s first locally based gifting service, offers holiday gifting solutions for both business and personal gifting. Gift Crates are a specially curated collection of local brands that are crafted in Jacksonville and the surrounding communities. Use code BUZZ10 to save 10% site-wide! Valid till 12/15/2015.

UNIFORMS UNIQUE

283 College Dr. « Orange Park « (904) 276-6815 « THCenter.org

1245 King St. « (904) 381-0993

THRASHER-HORNE CENTER

Uniforms unique has been the place to go for your scrubs and kitchen apparel since 1982. Come see us for our buy one get one half off specials for anything in the store. Free embroidery with every purchase.

Give the gift of Broadway and join the new Broadway season for Thrasher-Horne Center! Subscribers get the best seats at the best price. Regular ticket prices are subject to change and often increase due to supply and demand. As a subscriber, your price is guaranteed. Subscribing is fast, easy, and surprisingly flexible!

Cinottis Bakery

FANS & STOVES ANTIQUE MALL

1523 Penman Rd., Jacksonville Beach « (904) 246-1728 « CinottisBakery.com

We are a 5th generation bakery right here in Jacksonville Beach! Visit us for custom creations and tasty treats. We can help with all of your holiday needs.

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Gift Certificates available for that person that tells you how much they love our store! That way they will find their own perfect gift or gifts. Gift Certificates start at $20.


y Gift Guide THAT POOR GIRL VINTAGE FEATURING OLD SKOOL JUNK

1504 King St. « (904) 525-0490 « ThatPoorGirl.com

200 square feet of carefully curated vintage clothing, housewares, jewelry, accessories, handmade goods and more. Visit our shop and we’ll help you pick out the perfect holiday gifts for the one‐of‐a‐kind people in your life or purchase a gift card and let your loved ones have all the fun!

MASSAGE ENVY

7 Jacksonville Locations « (904) 821-ENVY

Give the gift of relaxation and rejuvenation this holiday season with a Massage Envy gift card. Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list with special holiday prices. For details, visit one of our seven Jacksonville locations: Fleming Island, Southside, Oakleaf, Bartram Park, Ortega, Harbour Village and Jacksonville Beach.

THE FISH COMPANY

725-12 Atlantic Blvd, Atlantic Beach « (904) 246-0123 « TheFishCoJax.com

Local seafood is prepared simply in this beaches favorite restaurant, where the center piece is an amazing oyster bar with fresh shucked ice cold oysters, grab the special prices on these bi-valves Tuesday, Wednesday & Sundays all day. Everyday happy hour from 2-7pm $5.99 dz oysters and steamed clams. A gift card is the perfect gift for everyone on your list!

DEEP SEARCH RECORDS

822 Lomax St. « (904) 423-0969 « DeepSearchRecords.com

What could make for a better holiday gift than the classic, warm sound of a vinyl record? With a wide selection of new and used albums spanning all genres, we’ve got just the right tunes for everyone on your list.

MOSH

1025 Museum Cir. « (904) 396-6674 « TheMOSH.org

Looking for that perfect gift that’s guaranteed to be the gift that keeps on giving? MOSH Memberships make great gifts for the family that they can enjoy throughout the year; with free annual admission, members only events plus discounted pricing on MOSH programs, birthday parties, the MOSH Store and more!

SHEN YUN

ShenYunPerformingArts.org

Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture. Its stunning beauty and tremendous energy leave audiences uplifted and inspired. December 2015 • iwantaBUZZ.com

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THE ARTS The Art Center

The Art Center will be opening their Holiday Market during the December 2 Artwalk. The Art Center member artists have created special gift items priced perfectly for holiday gifts. Support the local art scene by buying your handmade holiday gifts from Jacksonville artists. The Holiday Market will be open all through the month of December. TAC’s regular hours are Monday Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., but will be open extra hours. While visiting The Art Center, check out the newest show, “Wildlife.” Be sure to stop by during the December Artwalk and help bring a little extra cheer to the season. TACJacksonville.org

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: Interviewee: Sarah Miller-Crews (Rudolph) Thrasher-Horne Center • Dec. 13

Interview by Cory Leschel

Why do you think the story of Rudolph continues to be so popular after so many years?

“It’s a story about friendship, acceptance and love. All of these things are important to remember during the holidays.

What do you find exciting about being a part of this production?

“The show is just so much fun to be in. It’s a joy to perform and the cast and crew are phenomenal.”

What is the experience like portraying characters that were originally presented as clay animation?

“We’ve remained very faithful to the classic film. The rehearsal process included exploring how the characters sound and what they’re saying. The original has a youthful energy that we bring to life as well.”

How many actors are cast in the production? “I would estimate about 20.”

What do you believe is the biggest lesson that can be taken away from the story of Rudolph?

“The production actually works with the National Bullying Prevention Center. Since bullying is a big theme in the production, the lesson is that we all have unique qualities that make us special and that should be celebrated.”

What can an audience member expect?

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Arts in December PLAYS, EXHIBITS & ARTIST GODSPELL

Dec. 4-20

Players by the Sea • PlayersByTheSea.org How can a diverse group of strangers create community against a backdrop of political upheaval and social injustice? Through energetic storytelling and a sing-along pop score, parables from the Biblical Gospels become the inspiration for building compassion and trust. This uplifting show for all ages captures the true meaning of the holiday season.

ALLEGORY OF FORTUNE: PHOTOGRAPHS BY AMANDA ROSENBLATT

Dec. 13

MOCA Jacksonville • MOCAJacksonville.org Visit the “Allegory of Fortune” in the Florida Blue Education Gallery on the fifth floor. Amanda Rosenblatt explores the cards’ captivating beauty through her fashion photographs. The twenty-two cards of the major arcana in a tarot deck overflow with rich religious, cultural, and archetypical symbolism.

MEACHUM CLARKE AND TRUE PURPOSE PRESENT THE GIFT

Dec. 20

Florida Theatre • FloridaTheatre.com Join Meachum L. Clarke and True Purpose for “the 2015 Christmas Cantata: The Gift” as they lead the entire Jacksonville community in a celebration of the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ. Filled with some of the most amazing dancers, greatest singers and incredible actors, this production will definitely leave you breathless.

Are you a veteran looking for help accessing the guaranteed benefits you are entitled?

The National Association of Veterans and Families provides one-on-one assistance to veterans and their families. We can help you out!

Contact us Toll Free at 800-352-2919 www.NAVF.org

We speak VA so you don’t have to

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Dec. 22

Times Union Center • JaxEvents.com This celebrated Charles Jones adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is rich with thrilling ensemble music, alive with color and movement, and is created to tell this great and enduring tale in a manner that people of all ages will enjoy.

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Our Local Holiday G VIOLET BOUTIQUE

1007 Park St. « (904) 355-4449 « Facebook.com/Violet.Riverside

THERAPIE

1960 San Marco Blvd. « (904) 393-4945 « TherapieJax.com

Make Therapie your one-stop shop for holiday gifts this year! Shop our great selection of apparel, jewelry, handbags & gifts. Complimentary gift wrapping • Holiday Wish List • Open 7 days a week! Hobo Handbags Wallets - variety of colors- $110-$128

J.ASHLEY BOUTQUE

Located in the Shoppes of Avondale « (904) 388-2118 « jAshleyBoutique.com

Don’t stress over finding the right size or color for your loved ones, Give the gift of fashion this holiday season with a j.Ashley Boutique gift certificate!

Every savvy fashion buyer will simply love this boutique. Rich in Boho style, Johnny Was, Sanctuary, and Love Tan Jane erupt from the seams. Skin perfection provided by Mario Badescu, COOLA and Pure Fiji. Shop local goods including Lotus Therapeutics, SPADARO, and Sailors Omen Jewelry. Manready Mercantile, Sturdy Brothers leather goods, Voluspa candles and S’well bottles round out our collection, sure to keep the men in your life happy. 17oz S’well Bottle for $35

INTERNATIONAL BLADES AND SHEARS

3616 St. Johns Ave. « (904) 516-7025 « InternationalBladesandShears.com

International blades and shears is the traditional gentleman’s barbershop and shaving parlor for grooming excellence. Be sure to check out our premium men’s grooming supplies while you’re here.

Cupcake Fifty Etc.

CUPCAKE FIFTY ETC.

(904) 403-3958 « Cupcake50etc@gmail.com

We offer over 150 flavors of gourmet cakes all made with LOVE. We pride ourselves in using the freshest ingredients and natural spices! Charlotte and her staff use real butter, pure spices, fresh cream and eggs with an extra spoonful of love to make all desserts from their delicious secret scratch recipes. 20

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COMEDY ZONE 3130 Hartley Rd. « (904) 292-4242 « ComedyZone.com

Give the gift of laughter this holiday season with a gift card to The Comedy Zone! We host a variety of celebrity headliners every weekend. This gift card can be used towards the price of admission plus food and beverage. A gift card to The Comedy Zone if the perfect all-inclusive gift for an exciting night of big laughs and great food!


Gift Guide Continued PLAY TODAY TOYS

116 Bartram Oaks Walk, Suite 104 « (904) 770-2237 « Facebook.com/PlayTodayToys

Choose your favorite color. You can use Thinking Putty as a toy, a stress ball, a squeeze toy, or as therapy putty. As an office toy, Thinking Putty will draw the jealousy of your coworkers. As a toy, you will never be able to put it down.

MANHANDLE PRODUCTS

ManhandleProducts.com

Manhandle Products produces soaps and beard oils evoking scents like tobacco and rich mahogany, designed to help men reclaim their Man Card. Being a man means never weakening a woman; therefore we donate a portion of every dollar earned to the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

CRAFT & IMPORT BEER FESTIVAL

300 A Philip Randolph Blvd. « (904) 232-3001 « BeerFestJax.com

Join us for the eighth annual Craft & Import Beer Festival held at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. We create a setting for you to sample some of the best craft and imported beer available. We will have over 40 participating breweries bringing more than 350 different beers to taste.

BEAU OUTFITTERS

1972 San Marco Blvd. « BeauOutfitters.com « info@beauoutfitters.com

Find something for the guy who “has everything”! Beau Outfitters is Jacksonville’s most popular casual men’s store. From the field, to the water, backyard barbecue, to game day tailgates, we have something functional and great looking for every guy’s lifestyle. Come in and make yourself at home!

SUN RAY CINEMA

11028 Park St. « (904) 359-0049 « SunRayCinema.com

Sun-Ray Cinema raises the bar for moviegoing with a fantastic variety of films, top-notch service, and a full menu delivered seatside including wine and craft beer. Introduce friends and loved ones to the Sun-Ray experience with a gift card in any denomination, available online or at our Riverside location.

HOBYS HONEY

11473 San Jose Blvd. « (904) 701-4769

Hoby‘s Honey & General Store is your local culinary general store. The focus is on Americana foods and handmade products. Raw honey and honeycomb, jams and jellies, local soaps and candles, and Hyppo popsicles are available.

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KIDS

KIDS PICKS Dec 1-6 DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS

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Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical features the hit songs “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” from the original animated series. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch decides to steal Christmas away from the Holiday-loving Whos.

THE CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY OF JACKSONVILLE

KIDZ BOP LIVE: MAKE SOME NOISE TOUR

Prime Osborn Convention Center CCPOJ.org

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Intended for Jacksonville’s children who otherwise might not receive toys for Christmas, the Annual Children’s Christmas Party of Jacksonville will welcome as many as 8,000 children along with their parents to receive toys. Children will enter a beautifully decorated party, and be greeted by Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The Kidz Bop Live: Make Some Noise Tour will stop in Jacksonville! The Kidz Bop Kids are the face and voice of Kidz Bop, the No. 1 music brand for kids in the U.S. These talented, young performers are touring the country and performing kid-friendly versions of today’s biggest hits.

PEG + CAT holiday happenings begin on WJCT-TV Monday, December 7, at 10 a.m (WJCT–TV 7.1 (Comcast 8 and 440)). Credit: Courtesy of CG: ® and © 2013 Universal Studios and/or HMH. All Rights Reserved.

Holiday Specials… WJCT Knows A Lot About That! By Robin Warren, WJCT Education Outreach Coordinator

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In “The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas,” it ‘twas the day before Christmas and all through the yard the Cat in the Hat and his guests

Witness the original television classic come to life in the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, performed in musical form in two shows. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Rudolph, Santa, the Abominable Snow Monster, and more! It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.

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 Freeze-Your-Knees? Dec. 20 at 6 a.m.

and her best friend Muffy doesn’t understand that there are other holidays that coincide with Christmas. We also meet Arthur’s friend “The Brain,” who celebrates Kwanza with his family. Dec. 20 at 9 a.m.

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? Dec. 24 and 25 at 5:30 p.m.

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. 7 at 8 a.m.

December. For additional air dates and times visit wjct.org/tv-schedule. “ P E G +C AT+HOL I DAY S ” celebrates both Hanukkah and Christmas traditions while teaching math concepts in its own inventive way that has already garnered the series three Emmy awards. Dec. 7 at 10 a.m.

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL

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Catch special re-airings of Wild Kratts Creature Christmas adventures on WJCT-TV Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, at 5:30pm (WJCT–TV 7.1 (Comcast 8 and 440).

In “Arthur’s Perfect Christmas,” aside from Arthur’s Christmas, we see how Buster spends the holiday season. His friend Francine celebrates Hanukkah,

“Mr. Stink” tells the story about Chloe a lonely little girl with a mother more interested in entering politics, 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. 20 at 6 p.m. Until next month! Happy Holidays from your friends at WJCT!


WHAT’S HAPPENING AT MOSH By Melissa Beaudry

MOSH WINTER DISCOVERY CAMPS

Need free time to finish your holiday shopping and baking? Bring your kindergartners through fifth graders to MOSH Winter Discovery Camps being held December 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 & 30. Mix and match these single-day camps for a week of scientific fun. Camp topics include: “Nutcracker,” with special guests Florida Ballet “The Nutcracker” cast members; “Tinkering with Toys,” where campers design, build and engineer their own toys; “Frozen Fun,” where campers engage in fun experiments and learn the science behind snow; “Candy Chemistry,” which involved exploring the science involved in making everyone’s favorite candies; “Winter Galaxy,” where campers investigate the galaxy’s coldest spots and conduct chilly experiments; and “Time Traveling Engineers”, which allow campers to travel through time as we examine the best engineering discoveries made to date. Campers will also get to explore Museum exhibits, including Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disaster, and engage in other activities. MOSH Winter Discovery Camps are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $55 per day; extended care available for additional charge. Members receive a 20% discount. MOSH holds One Day Discovery Camps throughout the school year and during the summer on the days DCPS students are off. For more information about each individual Camp topic and to register, please visit TheMosh.org.

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The FacTs

Two Thumbs Up

How Good Food Should Taste

Cooper’s Hawk

Article by Monica Stouder & Photos by Monica Lea Imagery: MonicaLea.com

Another incredible date night destination has flown in, swooping into my favorites list this last month. The brand-new Cooper’s Hawk business model: fresh food offerings and impeccable service, makes me want to migrate back to this destination again and again.

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What: Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant When: Wednesday Night Where: 4500 Big Island Dr. Contact: (904) 559-4999

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us who get overwhelmed by extensive wine offerings!

She explained that everything down to the chips in the bar area are made in-house at Cooper’s Hawk, and you definitely could taste the freshness in every element here. From the complimentary pretzel bread, There is something to be said about an initial to the delicate banana-toffee dessert, each item was salutation when entering a restaurant. Here, we were simply delicious. offered a luscious libation, a sampling of the wine of Don’t wing it; plan to miss dinner at home one night the month, before even being seated! To me, this this week. Swoop over to the Town Center, sip a offering set a precedent of hospitality and service glorious glass of wine, and let your palate play at from the onset. Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant. We took a moment to walk around the Tasting Room and ogle the wall of wines, an array of retail gourmet foods and a large refrigerator case of house-made chocolate truffles, all prior to seeing the hostesses.

We were seated quickly and our smiling server, Tasha, was at our table in an instant. She offered a sample of this month’s Barrel Wine from the Cooper’s Hawk Winery, and brought it to our table while we perused the creative and slightly eclectic menu. (Another nice touch for my taste buds!) After retrieving a gloriously grapey glass for me, Tasha explained that each menu item has a red BIN number next to it, indicating the perfect wine pairing. It is a perfect plan for those of

Asian Pork Belly Tostadas – scallions, seasame seeds, cilantro, radish, Sweet Chili BBQ Sauce and pork belly over small tostada chips only $9.99.

“Cooper’s Hawk wants to open up the wine industry here in Jacksonville.”– Brian the Manager

Buzzworthy Note: In addition to the fabulous food, drink and atmosphere, there is an amazing wine club here with monthly memberships, starting as low as $16.99. It includes a long list of member benefits such as: exclusive parties, classes, domestic and international wine trips, and events. (I believe the most recent wine trip for 2016 is to the Amalfie Coast in Italy). Also note that Cooper’s Hawk has a Happy Hour from 3 to 6 p.m. with some great discounts on creative libations and eclectic appetizers, private party rooms and a specialty gluten free menu. They even have a menu called Life Balance, where each of the food offerings is less than 600 calories!

Soup Crab & Lobster Bisque – creamy bisque with stuffed with cool crustaceans, and topped with a toasted crustini only $5.99 a cup.

Entrée Bourbon BBQ Pork Chop – tender pork chop braised in bourbon served with Chipotle Mashed Potatoes, tomatobraised kale and buttermilk n’ beer battered onion rings for $24.99

Dessert Banoffe Pie – graham cracker crust, thinly sliced bananas and toffee filling, topped with fresh whipped cream and drizzled with chocolate and caramel only $6.99.

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GRAB A BITE The Fish Company TheFishCoJax.com

Local seafood is prepared simply in this beaches favorite restaurant, grab the special prices on these bi-valves Tuesday, Wednesday & Sundays all day. Everyday happy hour from 2-7 p.m. $5.99 dz oysters and steamed clams. Moon River Pizza

PERSONAL CHEF RACHAEL ROGERS THE CHOCOLATE TURTLE

904-770-0062

Interview by Monica Stouder

Spicy chef extraordinaire, Rachael Rogers, specializes in creating unique desserts with local flair. We caught up with Chef Rachael to get all the sugar on her sweet success!

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Moon River Pizza is a funky pizzeria offering custom and specialty thin-crust pies, plus an eclectic selection of wine and beer. Take in the colorful surroundings, music, and themed deals! Green Papaya

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Are you looking to try something new? Enjoy delicious pan-Asian cuisine and modern décor at Green Papaya! Pan-Asian is a compilation of different Asian cooking styles created into unique dishes. Hoby’s Honey & General Store Facebook.com/ProducingEdibles

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

BUZZ: When did you find an interest in cooking? RR: I have had an interest in it as long as I can remember. Growing up, both of my grandmothers baked all the time, and my mom is a great cook. BUZZ: What is your most memorable kitchen experience? RR: The first time my husband saw me work. The look on his face of how proud he is of me. That will always stick with me. BUZZ: Do you have a specialty dish that your family and friends always want you to make? RR: I don’t have a signature dish, but I get asked to make cheesecakes often. BUZZ: Favorite kitchen tool: RR: My mixer, it’s my workhorse; I would be lost without it. BUZZ: Most unusual dish you have eaten: RR: A Filet-o-Fish sandwich at McDonalds in Taipei, Taiwan; not sure what was in it, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t fish.

BUZZ: Favorite Celebrity Chef: RR: I love Elizabeth Falkner . BUZZ: What are your favorite ingredients to use when cooking? RR: I love sweet and savory things together, the unexpected, out-of-the-box type of desserts. I’m a huge fan of using spices and teas from Spice and Tea Exchange, located in St Augustine. BUZZ: What food is your greatest indulgence? RR: I love seafood! I grew up in New England, in southeastern Massachusetts. My family had a boat so we spent summers fishing and catching lobsters. Seafood will always remind me of home and my childhood. Therefore, I would say that lobster is my guilty pleasure. BUZZ: Do you cook on your off time? RR: My specialty is baking, so really, I prefer someone else cooking for me. With all the great restaurants in downtown St. Augustine, can you blame me? BUZZ: Hobbies? RR: I don’t really have any hobbies. I prefer spending my free time with my kids and my husband. Not much time for hobbies with 5 kids!

RECIPE BOX

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DIRECTIONS Preheat the oven to 350. Cream the shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in molasses and egg. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt. Add to cream mixture, alternating with hot water and beating well after each addition. Pour into 13 x 9 baking pan and bake for 25- 30 minutes.


VINA GETS A SECOND CHANCE

Local Shelter Finds Home for Heartworm-Positive Dog at MEGA Adoption Event

The Okefenokee Humane Society brought Vina to October’s MEGA Adoption with high hopes that a special family would look past her serious health condition. She was Heartworm positive, but what a sweet angel of a dog she was, calm and gentle as thousands passed her, laying trapped for the weekend in her cramped cage. After sharing Vina’s plight on the First Coast No More Homeless Pets (FCNMHP) Facebook page, one amazing donor and animal advocate offered to pay for the nearly $400 of Heartworm treatment necessary for Vina to survive. With this selfless act, Wayne Carmichael gave Vina a fighting chance for happiness in life. His only request was that FCNMHP and the Okefenokee Humane Society advertised that her heartworm treatment was completely paid for, to give her a better shot at adoption.

With this selfless act, Wayne Carmichael gave Vina a fighting chance for happiness in life. On Sunday, October 11, Joy Parrish and her children Larry, Christian, and Callie came to the Jacksonville Fairgrounds in search of the perfect family pet. Their search ended when they met Vina. “We saw Vina sad, laying in her crate – I don’t know, there was just something special about her,” said Joy. “We’re going to teach her how to get on the couch and hang out with us,” remarked Larry, who could barely hold back his enthusiasm. The next day, Joy brought Vina into FCNMHP to redeem the donated

heartworm treatment, and now Vina is doing incredibly well with her new family. The MEGA Adoption events, held quarterly every year, are a blessing to those dogs and cats that need a second chance, or an act of extraordinary kindness, so that they can love and be loved once and for all. Many who have adopted pets will tell you that you really cannot understand the kind of unspoken bond of love and trust that is formed between adopted pets and their new owners. The mission of First Coast No More Homeless Pets is to end the needless killing of cats and dogs in shelters. Several programs offering free or lowcost spay/neuter surgeries are available to First Coast residents. Since 2002, more than 140,000 dogs and cats have been sterilized and benefited from our programs. The euthanasia rate in Jacksonville has been reduced by 95%. FCNMHP mentors organizations across the country to help them start similar programs, saving animals nationwide. FCNMHP hosts Mega Adoption Events, provides funds for medically injured animals, provides outreach programs, and runs the Jacksonville Pet Food Bank. www.fcnmhp.org

The mission of First Coast No More Homeless Pets is to end the needless killing of cats and dogs in shelters. When you adopt a pet, you actually save two lives – the one you adopt, and the one that takes its place.

December MEGA Adoption DATE: December 4-6, 2015 TIME: Adoption hours are 10 a.m.– 6 p.m. every day LOCATION: Jacksonville Fairgrounds

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

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Cuisine Looking for a beer that screams “Happy Holidaze”? Grab yourself some Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. With hints of pine and citrus, this seasonal ale is a refreshing change from the normal seasonal holiday beer. The piney-ness just begged me to do something with turkey (well, it IS holiday time!). This Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale Brined Roasted Turkey Breast shines like a golden ornament; the brine will give you the best, moist, most flavorful turkey breast you’ve ever had. The glaze gives the skin a beautiful color and crispness. This will be an entrée you’ll want to make all year round!

By Henriettibles.com

SIERRA NEVADA CELEBRATION ALE BRINED ROASTED TURKEY BREAST WITH GLAZE

SIERRA NEVADA CELEBRATION ALE BRINED ROASTED TURKEY BREAST

One 2-3 lb turkey breast 3 Bottles Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale ¼ cup kosher salt 6 rosemary sprigs 4 sage leaves 3 bay leaves 1 coarsely chopped onion 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper

Place turkey breast in a very large, non-reactive bowl. In saucepan, heat Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale and remaining ingredients until salt is dissolved. Allow to cool slightly. Pour over turkey breast. If necessary, add just enough water to cover turkey. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 24 hours. Drain turkey, discarding brine. Place turkey breast on rack in a shallow roasting

pan. Roast in a 325 degree oven for 45 minutes. Brush with glaze. Return to oven for 30 minutes. Brush with glaze. Return to oven for 15 to 45 minutes or until juices run clear and turkey is no longer pink (170 degree F). Cover with foil and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes before carving.

SIERRA NEVADA CELEBRATION ALE GLAZE

2/3 cup Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 3 sage leaves 2 rosemary sprigs 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper 2 Tbs unsalted butter

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MUSIC

MATISYAHU STORY BEHIND THE MUSIC:

Since the release of his first album in 2004, Matisyahu has become the face of American reggae. Matisyahu draws musical influence from an eclectic mix of artists. This is evident in all his work, as he is unparalleled in regards to his authenticity as

WARREN WOLF an artist. Matisyahu blends together components of reggae, rap, pop, and hip-hop which clearly has attracted a loyal fan base. In many of his songs, Matisyahu includes lyrics in Hebrew and Yiddish, an homage to his Jewish roots. With one performance Friday and one Saturday, Matisyahu’s “Festival of Light” tour serves as a celebration of the ten-year anniversary of his breakthrough album “Live at Stubb’s.” The concert will feature many songs from the album, and is suitable for fans of all ages.

STORY BEHIND THE MUSIC:

Warren Wolf has been studying music since the age of three, with a focus on all genres of music including classical and ragtime. Wolf spent his adolescence learning from various members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra before enrolling at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. During his time at Berklee, Wolf focused on his growth particularly in jazz. He had the opportunity to work with noteworthy artists such as Jeremy Pelt and Rashawn Ross. Before long, he began booking gigs all around Boston and co-led a quintet with Jason Palmer.

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Upon graduating, Wolf went on to teach at Berklee. He shared his knowledge of percussion, drums and vibraphone with students and continued to perform around the Boston area. He eventually went on to tour all around North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Wolf has released multiple records, each featuring his ability to play a variety of instruments.

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The Ritz Theatre and Museum Dec. 11

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Music Locale

FEATURED ARTISTS & MUSIC

CLINT BLACK

Dec. 5 St. Augustine Amphitheatre • StAugAmphitheatre.com

Clint Black is an iconic country artist who hails from humble roots in Katy, Texas. Black credits legends like George Strait and Willie Nelson as his musical influences. In 1989, his album “Killin’ Time” became a triple platinum hit. Black went on to record several more platinum selling records and continues to create new music. He is the fourth country artist to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

NICHOLAS PAYTON TRIO

Dec. 5 Ritz Theatre & Museum • RitzJacksonville.com

A New Orleans native, Nicholas Payton’s soughtafter skills as a trumpeter and pianist earned him a Grammy Award in 1997. Payton was born into a musically inclined family and was recognized at an early age for having an unusually impressive facility for nurturing and refining his musical talents. Since the release of his first album in 1992, Payton has gone on to win several awards and collaborate with many notable artists including Ray Charles and Joe Henderson.

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is a progressive rock band that incorporates elements from opera, Broadway, and classical styles. TSO’s eclectic mix of musical influences along with their exciting performances give them a unique distinction amongst others in the rock genre. Since their first album release almost a decade ago in 1996, new music from TSO continues to be in demand.

GRANDPA’S COUGH MEDICINE

WITH BRYCE ALASTAIR BAND AND DIRTY PETE

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Blazing tempos, outlaw attitude, foot-stomping intensity, acoustic wizardry – these things all accurately describe Grandpa’s Cough Medicine’s tongue-in-cheek approach to bluegrass music. They include humor and dark subject matter in their lyrics, yet are fully capable of letting their musicianship do the talking with instrumental compositions. The trio’s seemingly simple combination of flat-picked guitar, Scruggs style banjo, upright bass and two vocals creates a sound so huge, that it can make a six piece band blush. 32

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TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA

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AROUND TOWN

Catchin a BUZZ MIXOLOGY

Momma’s Garden

MIKE EVERETT BAR MANAGER

IL DESCO

Interview by Monica Stouder

When did you open? November 12, 2015 When is Happy Hour?

at Il Desco, to create this program. I hope Il Desco adds to the wealth of craft cocktails around Jacksonville. What do you love most about Jacksonville’s nightlife?

Daily from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. We also offer a late-night happy hour, ThursdaySaturday, 11 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Jacksonville is a very small, large city. A lot of people in the restaurant and bar industry know each other, so you can always run into someone you know when you go out late at night.

Ingredients Fernet-Branca- 1.5 oz

What kind of weekly drink specials do you all offer?

Do you serve any local liquors or brews?

We’ll have rotating cocktails on tap. Our plan is to update them seasonally, though we might change those out weekly if they prove to be popular. Those will be $5 during our happy hour, every day. During our late-night happy hour, we’ll offer a secret cocktail and food menu. You’ll have to stop by on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night to see what that’s all about.

We have gin, rum and vodka from the St. Augustine Distillery, Palm Ridge Reserve whiskey out of Umatilla, Gunnar’s Vodka from Palm Coast and Carve Vodka from right here in Jacksonville. And, of course, we have local beers from Aardwolf, Intuition, Bold City and Green Room.

Berentzen Apple Liqueur- .75 oz

Tell us about your craft cocktail-ing experience. I’m extremely passionate about where craft cocktails are going in Jacksonville. I’ve been working locally in the craft cocktail scene for the last five years. I came from Bistro Aix at a time when they were just transitioning toward that direction. Then, worked at Grape & Grain Exchange where I learned the finesse needed to create a great craft cocktail. I came back to Aix to launch their craft cocktail program, and now it’s awesome to be here

What does your staff enjoy the most about working here? I would say they probably enjoy the opportunity to learn about and create high-quality cocktails, and to work in a high-quality restaurant. A lot of my bartenders are new to the higher-end side of bartending and food service. It’s fun to teach them how to do those things well. I was lucky enough to grow up in the restaurant industry with great managers, and I like sharing what I’ve learned with my bartenders.

Amaro Meletti- .75 oz Fresh lime juice- .75oz Turbinado sugar- .5 oz Procedure: Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice in it. Shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds. Strain over ice in a coup glass. Garnish with a lime peel.

Il Desco

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SPORTS & HEALTH

SPORTS PICK S

Dec. 8

WWE TRIBUTE TO THE TROOPS AND SMACKDOWN TV

Veterans Memorial Arena JaxEvents.com

It’s the most patriotic television event of the year. WWE returns to Jacksonville for a special SmackDown event to say thank you to our troops. Come see Roman Reigns, Kane and Dean Ambrose versus WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt, and Braun Strowman, and many more!

Dec. 30–31

SEC/ACC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CHALLENGE

Veterans Memorial Arena

Witness this exciting two game event, the Southeastern Conference and American Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Challenge! The Florida Gators will face the Knights of UCF while the Mississippi State Bulldogs square off against the South Florida Bulls at the Veterans Memorial Arena, the site of the upcoming 2016 SEC Tournament.

Dec. 11

JAGUARS STACHE DASH

Dec. 31

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VYSTAR NEW YEAR’S EVE RUN

Start your tailgate in style by running the Jaguars 2015 Stache Dash 5K. Jacksonville’s finest craft breweries will be waiting at the finish line to congratulate you with a cold one! Registration includes a ticket to the Jaguars game against the Indianapolis Colts, an official race shirt, and more.

GAME FACE

Local Athletes of Jacksonville

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Register for the Vystar New Year’s Eve Run, previously known as the Gator Bowl 5K! This annual race will start at the Jacksonville Landing. The race is one of many events leading up to the annual Taxslayer Bowl college football game at EverBank Field. BRENT MARTINEAU

Sports Director at

RUSSELL KNOX

PGA<Pro Golf

The Jacksonville resident and former Jacksonville University golfer won the first time in his PGA Tour career in November. Knox won the WGC-HSBC Champions event and beat out some of the best golfers in the world.  The victory won Knox a lot of money, but also got him an invite to the 2016 Masters.  Knox is from Scotland and does have five professional wins, but this was his first on the PGA Tour.

HANNAH BERMAN

West Florida<Golf

The amateur golfer signed a letter of intent in November to play college golf at West Florida. Earlier this year, Berman won the prestigious AJGA President’s Leadership Award.  Berman also does her own local charity work at various events called “hitting it with Hannah.”  She will help raise money for charity by hitting drives for players.  Berman attends high school at Ponte Vedra.

DERRICK HENRY

Alabama<Running Back

The former Yulee high school standout is in the Heisman Trophy conversation for the Alabama Crimson Tide. The star running back has had another sensational season and that included a huge three-touchdown game and over 200 yards rushing in a win over LSU.  Henry is the all-time leading rusher in high school football and most figure he will enter the NFL Draft after this season.

BEAU BEECH

UNF<Guard/Forward

Basketball season is back at UNF and the defending Atlantic Sun champs will lean on Beau Beech to have another big season. The senior is coming off a fantastic season when he scored 1,000th career point and was a first team All-Conference selection.  Beech and the Ospreys are picked to win the ASun against this year. December 2015 • iwantaBUZZ.com

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SUDOKU

YOUR LEGAL

CORNER ASK THE ATTORNEY DECEMBER HOROSCOPE

Written by Kyle, Astrologer Extraordinaire

Aries (March 21- April 19) Normally reserved and independent, this month you’re going to feel the pressure to “couple up.” This could be a foreseeable train wreck, but maybe you’ll be able to keep an open mind and make a relationship last this time.

Libra (September 23 – October 22) The Taurus full moon will bring about massive change. With this could bring in huge changes in your love life, such as pregnancy or moving in together. Some will find this positive, while others, well… it could be a lifelong mistake.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20) A lot of love energy is coming your way this month; maybe even enough to find “the One.” Now don’t freak out if they are not as perfect as you think, most people never are – especially ones falling for you.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21) Your desire to control things will steer its ugly head this month. Instead of just having fun this holiday season, you will force love down your mate’s throat; to the point where they have no choice but to be repulsed. Let’s just calm it down.

Gemini (May 21 – June 21) You’re moving things to a new level. Single or committed, Gemini will find their love life moving to a deeper level. If you are not ready for this, I’d be prepared to kiss all those things you used to enjoy with your friends goodbye. I hear compromise is a lot of fun. Cancer (June 22 – July 22) You may be in the mood for love this month, but your busy schedule will prevent you from having any. At least this way you have a built-in excuse as to why; much better than previously-used lame justifications. Leo (July 23 – August 22) With retrograde Neptune in your relationship sign of Aquarius, you will be pulled to an old flame this month. They’re going to seem better than ever, and bring back some good memories. There is a reason they’re an old flame and not a current one; be prepared for regret. Virgo (August 23 – September 22) With Mars visiting your sign this month, it brings with it boldness and sex appeal. Now, I should probably explain what sex appeal is since you have never had this sensation, but that wouldn’t be any fun. Things will be intense this month. Thus, with great power comes… you know the rest.

MALCOLM ANTHONY

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WHAT SHOULD DO IF I HAVE A SMALL TRAFFIC CRASH AND NOBODY IS AROUND?

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21 Whether you’ve been lonely or in a bad romance lately, you are breaking out of your funk. Feeling brave and confident, it’s time to strike up a conversation with that crush that’s been on your mind lately. Sink or swim, who cares - it’s not like you have anything else going on.

Stop and look for any damage. If the crash results in any damage and the vehicle or property is unattended, you must locate or notify the owner of the property or “attach securely in a conspicuous place in or on the vehicle or other property a written notice giving your name, address, registration number of your vehicle” and “notify the nearest office of …police.” (s. 316.063, Fla. Stat.)

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19) Plenty of fireworks this month for you. Sadly, it’s not a steamy romance I am referring to – more like a total train wreck showing at the company holiday party or being a complete jerk at the family get-together. Congrats on being an A-1 butthole this Christmas season; at least you didn’t go unnoticed.

WHAT IF SOMEBODY IS IN THE VEHICLE (OR OTHER PROPERTY IS ATTENDED)?

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18) Your fierce independence may fall by the wayside this month. Oh no, you may actually rely on someone else to lending a helping hand. What a concept, huh? People could actually want to help you out. I’m shocked, too. Pisces (February 19 – March 20) I see you setting some long-term goals this month. Apparently you want to get a jump on everyone else on those New Year’s resolutions. Way to be first at something for once, even though it really doesn’t matter.

You must “immediately stop…at the scene of such crash or as close thereto as possible, and shall forthwith return to, and in every event shall remain at, the scene of the crash” to determine if anyone is injured, and provide the information listed above. (s. 316.061, Fla. Stat.)

WHAT IF SOMEONE IS INJURED? You have a duty to stop, stay, and render aid, and provide your driver information to an investigating officer. (s. 316.062, Fla. Stat.)

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.

December 2015 • iwantaBUZZ.com

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