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2018 NORTH FLORIDA WALK TO END LUPUS NOW

A FOX ON THE FAIRWAY

This show takes audiences on a hilarious romp, which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man’s eternal love affair with… golf.

Riverside Arts Market Lupus.org

When you take part in a Lupus Foundation of America’s Walk to End Lupus Now™ event, you experience firsthand the power of the movement to end lupus. Join them on May 20 to raise money for lupus research, increase awareness of lupus, and rally public support for the estimated 1.5 million Americans who suffer from its brutal impact.

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May 18

10TH ANNUAL KING & QUEEN OF YAPPY HOUR Jacksonville Landing JacksonvilleLanding.com

BEACH EXPLORATION

GTM Research Reserve GTMNERR.org

Last year’s Yappy Hour King and Queen hand over their title and a new king and queen will be crowned. Registration is from 2–3 p.m. and the pageant begins promptly at 3:30 p.m. Make sure your pup is dressed in their Sunday best when they strut down the dog walk! Your pooch will be judged on: bio, attire, appearance, and overall.

On the 3rd Saturday of every month from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., join GTM Research Reserve docents for a beach walk at the Guana North Beach location. Learn about the animals that call the beach their home as well as seashells and other interesting facts. This is a “Beaches 101” experience that the entire family will enjoy.

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Veteran Entrepreneur Isaac Belden

by Jeff Shuford

Why do you think veterans make outstanding entrepreneurs? How do you transition from the service to the world of business? I think there is a drive in us, something that is created through our service. The military takes us in and gives us an opportunity to see how far we can push ourselves. This is a bit easier because we are “voluntold” to do it, there is no backing out or quitting when times get tough. So when we get out of the military and we run into these challenges, we don’t quit. We drive forward, we know that the reward on the other side of that challenge is worth the struggle. What inspired you to start a business? I saw a need in my industry, plain and simple. Business owners need the services I provide and I wanted to offer an option where they know that they are part of a team. I am dedicated to the success of each of my clients, I believe that their success is OURS. Businesses who operate on the idea that they need to squeeze every cent out of a client that they can are holding their clients back. At the end of the day I love having the freedom to create a new culture in my space and finding ways that I can give back in the process. Who or what has influenced you most in your career? My grandfather has inspired me the most. He taught me the value of hard work and always being there for the people who need you. My wife has also been a huge inspiration. Her unwavering support in everything that has been built has been a massive part of what 12B has become. I also lost my best friend, a fellow veteran, in 2009. Although his loss was hard, it showed me how bad things can get if we allow all of the bad things we are going through to stack up. We need to have a solid team around us and we need to use that team. Life will be hard sometimes but we need to be open to the idea that we can’t do it alone. I bring that into my business in a big way!

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The Most Interesting Person I’ve Interviewed This Month She spent decades at Jacksonville’s Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, rising from volunteer to director of the organization. Now, Hope McMath has reinvented herself after a very public and controversial exit from the Cummer- as head of the new Yellow House, a gallery for socially conscious art and events. “The arts are a powerful bridge to find common interests,” McMath said. “And there are some buttons that need to continue to be pushed.” You can’t miss the bright yellow building at 577 King Street, just north of the CoRK Arts District warehouse. McMath has kept the space humming with exhibitions and community gatherings. She’s expert in this, after 22 years at the more traditional Cummer Museum. McMath stepped down from that role in 2016 after some complaints about a Cummer exhibit called “LIFT: Contemporary Expressions of the African American Experience.” It featured work by 10 local artists inspired by the famous song, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” written by Jacksonville natives James Weldon Johnson and his brother Rosamund Johnson. The tune is renowned as the “black National Anthem.” The current exhibit at Yellow House, “Voices Unearthed,” runs through May 19. Learn more at yellowhouseart.org. And make sure to tune into 89.9 WJCT each weekday morning at 9 a.m. for First Coast Connect and the most compelling voices of the First Coast! UPLOAD YOUR EVENT TO iwantaBUZZ.com’s ONLINE CALENDAR.

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2018 This May, as spring comes into full bloom, the greatest golfers in the world will meet in Sawgrass, Florida to compete for one of the most prestigious titles on the PGA tour. Since the competition began in 1974, THE PLAYERS Championship has challenged PGA golfers to deliver their absolute A-Game on one of the most iconic, stunningly beautiful and spectator-friendly golf courses ever designed. New renovations to the course will make this year even better for competitors and spectators alike. The newly rebuilt and resurfaced greens ensure there is an adequate surface for competitors to show off their short game. A new lake has also been added between the 6th and 7th holes to create a better aesthetic for the TV audience. The competition will bring the top golfers in the world to Sawgrass. Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama, and Dustin Johnson to name a few. These three golfers have over 36 PGA tour wins combined and they’re all aiming to secure the Waterford Crystal trophy. Matsuyama is looking to make history this year. If he can pull off a win, he will become the first Japanese player to ever win THE PLAYERS Championship. Matsuyama has finished no worse than 23rd in his four previous appearances at THE PLAYERS, so we like his chances…though of course, Ricky Fowler is a favorite to win again…and if Tiger plays…. Regardless of who takes home the title, THE PLAYERS Championship is guaranteed to be a great experience for those attending. Country music star Luke Combs will perform for TPC attendees on May 8 as part of THE PLAYERS Military Appreciation Day Ceremony. Combs will perform at 6 p.m. on the 17th hole of The Players Stadium Course immediately following the Military Appreciation Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Combs joins an impressive list of past TPC performers which includes Tim McGraw, Big & Rich, and Toby Keith. In addition to the Military Appreciation Ceremony, THE PLAYERS Championship is offering free tickets to active-duty military and discounted tickets to all military veterans. Everyone else can purchase one of many ticket packages ranging from $20 for the least expensive day pass to $239 for all week access. The Players Championship Stadium also has ticket options that include access to three exclusive lounge areas. The Turn, The Greenside Lounge, and The Hillside Suite offer a more luxurious experience in climate-controlled facilities with food and drink service. TPC is hosting a “Birdies for Charity” program which allows patrons to make a donation (minimum $20) for a chance guess of the total number of birdies that will be made by the field during the tournament. Guess the right number and you’ll win $10,000. Last year’s winner, Gerald Bettman correctly guessed there would be 1,469 birdies in TPC 2017 and won $5,000. Bettman then donated his winnings to the charity he supports, River Garden. THE PLAYERS Championship is sure to be a fun time for all in attendance! With multiple ticket options available, TPC is affordable entertainment for almost any budget. For those who have never been to TPC stadium, this year is a great opportunity to see the course World Golf Hall of Famer Ben Crenshaw once described as “... star wars golf, designed by Darth Vader.” 6

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It is rewarding to see the students’ personal and professional growth, from being timid to now taking charge,” Chef Instructor Israel Santiago said. “They have to be done on time, they have to clean as they go, they multitask, and at the same time remember safety and sanitation, remember the basics and not forget who you are or where you come from. That is key.”

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In most classrooms across the country, students give presentations. Book reports, tri-fold boards and PowerPoint presentations are the norm. However, when students in the Second Harvest Culinary Training Program give a project report, they head to Aggressive Appliances. Here they have the opportunity to showcase the skills they have mastered to create a cohesive menu while also expanding their knowledge of both household and commercial appliances. Chef instructors and students agree on the menu items ahead of time. On a recent visit, Eastern European cuisine was on the menu, including Chicken Paprika, Warm Potato Salad, Weiner Schnitzel, Mixed Greens and Apricot Trifle. For the students, this is like a progress report; a time to demonstrate to their instructors what they have learned. In addition to hosting students in their working showroom each month, Aggressive Appliances has donated chef tables, knives and other items to the Culinary Training Program to help students get familiar with the tools found in a commercial kitchen. Chef Santiago says it is community partnerships like these that make the Culinary Training Program unique. “You can’t forget who’s helping you,” Chef says. “We can’t walk in the kitchen and do this without our partners.” To learn more about how your company or organization can get involved with the Culinary Training Program, please contact Idalia Nunez, Life Skills Education Manager, at 407-514-1037 or email Inunez@feedhopenow.org. 8

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Safe Haven is committed to stopping child abuse. Safe Haven is hoping that with this resource center opening up in Baker County, FL that they will make a huge stride towards putting a stop to child abuse. They are also changing child abuse laws through Stop Our Children’s Pain. With help and donations from the community they can help stop child abuse. Every child’s life matters.

COMMUNITY FOCUS A closer look at our local nonprofit community

Florida Guardian ad Litem AuardianAdLitem.org

The Florida Guardian ad Litem Program is a state program which is appointed by a court whenever a child is removed from a parent by the Department of Children and Families because a child was abused, neglected or abandoned and can’t be kept safe in their home. At the first court hearing the Judge appoints the program. Their program assigns a volunteer whose job it is to be a voice for the child and to advocate for the child’s best interest. They also become the person who is there for the child in all matters, to help them, and to fight for them. The volunteer is invested in the child, connected to the community, trained by the program and most importantly passionate that they state unequivocally that “I am for the child.” The vision: The Florida Guardian ad Litem Program will continue to be a powerful and effective voice advocating for the best interests of Florida’s abused, abandoned and neglected children and be recognized and respected as a partnership of community advocates and professional staff. To the fullest extent possible, this vision will be realized through volunteers who will advocate as Guardians ad Litem for the children they serve.


THE ARTS

FEATURED ARTS May 16 TALKS & TEA: ‘FIELDS OF COLOR: JAPANESE PRINTMAKING

The Cummer Museum CummerMuseum.org

You are invited to the Museum to enjoy an insightful talk on the Japanese Printmaking exhibition over a cup of tea and a sweet treat, led by Associate Curator Nelda Damiano.

May 9 LITTLE LEARNERS

Museum of Science and History TheMosh.org

Bring your little ones to MOSH the second Wednesday of every month for exclusive programming for preschool-aged children and their caregivers. Due to the popularity of these events, they highly recommend you register in advance to guarantee your place.

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May 18

NORTH BEACHES ART WALK

THE 5 & DIME LIVE! AN EVENING OF SONG

Beaches Town Center NBAW.org

The 5 & Dime, A Theatre Company The5AndDime.org

North Beaches Art Walk is a free event held the third Thursday of each month from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Featuring many local visual artists and live performers, NBAW is held in Beaches Town Center-where Atlantic Blvd. meets the ocean. Adele Grage Cultural Center also participates with a different featured artist every month.

In honor of the 2018 Jacksonville Jazz Festival, The 5 & Dime Theater Company’s cabaret series takes a trip to the swinging, sultry world of jazz. Join us in our Adams Street digs the weekend prior to the festival for a showcase of some of Broadway’s best Jazz Age standards, performed by the hottest vocalists east of New Orleans. Wet your appetite for the musical feast to come with a heaping helping of soul food, straight from the 5 & Dime kitchen!

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ARTS UNLEASHED

Lora Wood ShotsFromTheRoad.com

Lora Wood is a native Floridian and a self-taught artist and photographer. Her friends describe her as a “Florida Gypsy Artist.” When not driving the back roads looking for new experiences, she is home daydreaming about traveling and painting the visions that ensue.

Leslie Kruzicki SharedVisionsArt.com

Born in NJ, Leslie enjoyed growing up in a creative atmosphere. She watched her parents perform in, or direct productions by the local community theater. Some of her parents’ friends were visual artists. Her first formal art lessons were at age 8. Leslie studied Fine Arts and Literature, receiving a dual BA from Ramapo College. She worked as a Graphic Artist in Virginia as well as opening her own Boudoir Photography Studio. For many years her garden and photography were her means of visual expression. She returned to painting in 2007. Her work has grown and expanded from photography & watercolor, to include a passion for mixed media. Learning new techniques and improving her skills is a constant goal. She is grateful to live in an area with an intensely active artistic community and belongs to several local arts organizations. Her work can be viewed and purchased online at SharedVisionsArt.com

Although she is skilled in many mediums, behind the camera is where you will normally find her. Lora’s desire is to capture the feelings of a moment rather than the mere image. This is reflected throughout her work. Although you may find her pieces to be a mix of her eclectic interests, her overall style borders more on an organized realistic approach. Lora’s background is in technology and customer service but her passion is in art. Lora is inspired by the beauty of the natural world and the rich tapestry of people in it. She is currently utilizing her technical skills to harness the power of the internet, thus allowing her to connect with other travelers, artist, and art collectors around the world. These interactions have allowed her to grow as both an artist and individual. Her art now hangs in private collections across the globe. Although she enjoys exhibiting in local galleries, shows and businesses, she has embraced and thrived in our global connectivity. You can see her work locally at The Art Center in the Landing throughout May and can always find her at Shotsfromtheroad.com

ARTS IN THE KNOW By Emily Scott

MOSH The Museum of Science and History opened its doors in 1969. Located in downtown Jacksonville, the museum has been central to the educational lives of local students since the mid-1990s. Initially called The Jacksonville Children’s Museum, the venue was later renamed The Jacksonville Museum of Arts and Sciences, before adopting the now iconic acronym people know today, MOSH. MOSH houses nine permanent exhibits, a planetarium and a rotating local art series. They also host three rotating exhibits, seasonal exhibits, school field trips, camps, interactive “edutainment” events and offsite outreach programs. Currents of Time

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“Health in Motion” teaches visitors about systems of the body and how different actions can affect a life. “Atlantic Tails” showcases marine life found on the Atlantic Coast of Florida. Here, visitors can interact with sea life in the “touch tank.” “JEA PowerPlay” uses an interactive exhibit to teach visitors about diverse energy sources and how to conserve energy. “Florida’s Naturalist Center” visitors encounter amphibians, possums, and other animals in this exhibit. “Currents of Time” show how the first Native Americans settlers lived in Jacksonville. “Hixon Native Plant Courtyard” is designed to educate visitors on native plant species. “Kidspace” is an interactive exhibit for those ages 5 and under. “Space Science Gallery” visitors learn about innovation and history of space exploration. “Interpreting Northeast Florida” depicts different historical elements of the region on a 35-foot canvas.

The museum has garnered numerous local and national awards in recognition of its excellence in the development and curation of content ranging from education protection to regional history. Learn more about daily events, special showcases and upcoming exhibits at TheMosh.org/Calendar-Events/. 10

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JENNIFER FOUCHÉ FROM CAST OF “CHICAGO” COMING TO JACKSONVILLE MAY 17-20 Jennifer Fouché comes to Jacksonville this May in the musical, Chicago, playing Mama Morton. Fouché hails from Detroit, MI., where her mother was involved in the arts. She began singing at age three and knew immediately this was her calling. As a child, she spent a great deal of time backstage at the Hillberry Theatre on Wayne State University’s campus, while her mother earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts. But though Fouché was around actors for the majority of her childhood, but never expected she’d one day become an actress herself. Fouché began her career as a recording artist, singing every genre but jazz. However, at aged twenty, with no experience, she won a gig with a jazz combo, thanks to a surprise audition arranged by her mother. Fouché’s mother heard the combo needed a singer, assured them she had just the girl, handed Jennifer a handful of famous jazz singers CDs, saying “learn these.” After studying the vocals and style, Fouché auditioned with the song “Good Morning Heartache,” by Billie Holiday. She was hired and sang with them for that whole summer in Alaska. Not long after joining the Jazz group, Fouché was contacted by Johnny Trudell, a Motown trumpeter, and asked to audition for his orchestra. The “audition” featured Fouché singing with the 15-person orchestra at a wedding reception. Around that time, she received her first record deal and toured overseas.

Fouché had long dreamed of performing in Broadway-style shows. She auditioned for the touring cast of The Lion King the Musical. Though she was not cast, she received such positive feedback she knew her passion was leading her in the right direction. Her first role in theatre was in “A Tribute to Motown” as Martha Reeves, of Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. During the first few words of her monologue, she realized wanted to go to school and study acting/theater. Following a undergraduate degree in journalism from Michigan State University, she graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2008. More than just an actor, now Fouché was a “double threat” – an actor who sings. (A triple threat is an actor who sings and dances!) Fouché’s most recent role is Matron “Mama” Morton in Chicago The Musical, currently touring in the United States. As her first Broadway tour and the first new “Mama” on tour in many years, she considers this role as a bucket list item. You can see her live onstage May 17-20, at the Times Union Center. Tickets can be purchased at fscjartistSeries.org Jennifer Fouché has been seen in Crown Heights(2017), Jessica Jones (2015) and Quantico (2015). She has been married to Eric Fouché since June 9, 2001. To learn more about her, visit JenniferFouché.com

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KIDS

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THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

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Since its start in 1974, with Jack Nicklaus’ historic victory over J.C. Snead at Atlanta Country Club, THE PLAYERS Championship has been one of the PGA TOUR’s most coveted titles. Held annually in May, THE PLAYERS is one of the most anticipated tournaments on the PGA TOUR calendar, boasting not only the strongest field but also the biggest purse on the PGA TOUR.

May 5 MAKE-A-WISH WALK FOR WISHES

May 26

Metropolitan Park Wish.org

Join Make-A-Wish® supporters in our community for this year’s Walk For Wishes® and raise money to grant wishes for children with critical illnesses. These lifechanging wishes are only possible because of supporters like you. Form a team with your friends, family and co-workers and join us on Walk Day. All participants are encouraged to raise money to help grant wishes of kids in our community.

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JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY PATRIOTIC POPS

May JACKSONVILLE SHARKS 12 Enjoy a Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena JaxSharks.com

Sharks arena football game, complete with the Attack Dancers and Mascot Chum! This is a family friendly event. Make sure to wear your red and black to support the Sharks!

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Times-Union Center JaxSymphony.org

Join the Symphony as we celebrate Memorial Day and honor those in the U.S. military who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our freedom. Hear your favorite patriotic songs from the StarSpangled Banner to the theme songs from all of our great military branches. It promises to be one of the most inspiring events of the season.


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Child support will take into consideration both parties’ gross incomes (what is “gross income” can be an issue in and of itself ) as well as which parent will claim the child on his or her taxes. There are allowable deductions used in order to obtain net income, such as federal income tax withholdings, social security, Medicare, health insurance (parent’s portion), mandatory retirement payment, and union dues, among others.

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Next, we take into consideration each party’s amount of overnights (note: just because it is a 50/50 split does not mean neither party is

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would warrant a deviation in child support, we can take the above information and calculate a party’s child support obligation. The only time we are usually able to waive child support is if the obligation is “de minimis” in value. Parents should always remember that

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CUISINE

Two Thumbs Up How Good Food Should Taste grilled crusty bread completed the dish. The second dish, also a favorite and difficult to find at times, was the Octopus, nested atop cannellini beans with sautéed baby greens and a most delicious blood orange gastrique. The octopus meat proved to be most tender inside, almost a melt in the mouth tenderness. The blood orange combined with the cannellini beans provided an exciting flavor combination. The third and perhaps my favorite was the Sautéed Mayport Shrimp, with one of the creamiest polenta I can remember. The dish was rounded out with pancetta and a smooth roasted pepper sauce that provided beautiful color to the entire meal, and of course the beautifully toasted bread to dip. Each one of these dishes is a perfect size for sharing and wellpriced. We will be returning to sample several other items that caught our eye. Barrique is a lovely spot, classy yet relaxed and comfortable. I give it Two Thumbs up for sure.

Burrata with Fig Jam

Barrique Kitchen and Wine Bar by Anna Eatz Jax

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Along the promenade on St. John’s Ave in Avondale, you will find Barrique Kitchen and Wine Bar. The interior took me back to France and Italy; old world style was rustic, laidback and relaxed. The menu follows up on the mood offering a variety of rustic meats, cheeses, pasta and pressed sandwiches. Outside seating adds to the “café lifestyle” feel so prevalent in Europe, and to capitalize on that, I chose to eat alfresco and enjoyed every minute. Let’s talk food. My first choice as always is some wine, and the robust wine list offered up some tempting options, but I went with my usual; I asked my server for a heavy oaked Chard, and within a few minutes it was delivered, chilled, heady with a fruity aroma. The first dish was the much sought after burrata served with Fig Jam that was sweet and earthy but tempered by the peppery arugula and roasted tomatoes. The large slices of

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GRAB A BITE NEW RESTAURANTS

By Keith Rydh of FoodiesUSA

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FloridaCrackerKitchen.com Enjoy a lifestyle that brings you back to your roots and feeds your soul and your belly at the same time at the Florida Cracker Kitchen. This casual southern cajun and creole kitchen is serving your down home favorites.

The Stuffed Beaver

The Stuffed Beaver opened last week, so naturally, we had to check it out. This quirky place decorated in all things Canadian was a delightful change of pace. This hole-in-the-wall with 15 tables is serving up some French Canadian comfort food you will not want to miss. Offering food such as crepes, both savory and sweet, a variety of poutines, salads, sandwiches, and Castor Tails which is a marriage between a crispy croissant and donut. If you eat nothing else you must eat this. We started with the poutine, for those of you unfamiliar with this dish; poutine is a FrenchCanadian classic and is served across Canada. It’s a hearty dish of french fries, fresh cheese curds, and brown gravy. Ours was a respectfully-sized portion that the four of us devoured. The cheese curds were plentiful and fresh, gravy savory and the fries just right.

BOONDOCKS GRILL & BAR

HOUSE OF LEAF & BEAN

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Offering a diverse family style menu with a Cajun flare, a full bar and live music events, Boondocks is not just a restaurant, it is an experience unlike anything else in the state of Florida.

They aren’t fast food, they’re fresh, organic, and healing foods for personal and community health. The House of Leaf & Bean strives for natural-organic foods made fresh where West meets East. They even produce their own Tofu!

Next up we indulged in a few crepes. I don’t believe any restaurant is currently offering crepes so if you’re a fan as I am this is your place. One of our favorites was the savory Monte Cristo stuffed with cheese, raspberry preserves, ham, and turkey and finished off with a sprinkling of powdered sugar wrapped in a paperthin nicely browned crepe.

SEAFOOD ISLAND BAR & GRILLE

SeafoodIslandGrille.com Located in the heart of historic San Marco, Seafood Island Bar & Grill offers fresh seafood made to order that’s reasonable on the wallet. Break away from fast food for a quick and enjoyable meal under colorful umbrellas to enjoy the views.

On the sandwich side, we selected the Croque Madame, served on hardy Sourdough bread with ham, Béchamel, and Gruyere topped with a Sunny Side Up Egg. Perfectly grilled with the cheese melted just enough to bring out all the flavors. This was an excellent choice. Our most significant treat though was the Castor Tail… I can easily say I would come back and just eat this, it is quite addictive and is served with several variations of toppings. We opted for the maple spread and bacon sprinkles (think real bacon) here. Crispy, sweet warm, flavorful, decadent, how many adjectives do I need to convince you to get this item? I have been back and gave the Nutella-topped Castor Tail a test, and yep, it was great! This spot comes highly recommended by several of the best foodies in Jacksonville, so we encourage you to visit and make up your own mind.

TAZIKI’S MEDITERRANEAN CAFE

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MEETING PLACE

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Come enjoy a wide selection of traditional and herbal shisha. Nestled in the heart of Avondale, the Casbah provides a comfortable meeting place for friends while sharing in rich Middle Eastern traditions.

Check out over 285 classes, workshops and certified courses in herbalism, candle making, organic soap making and workshops, aromatherapy, sewing, gardening, organic and natural bath and body products and natural makeup, as well as classes in cheese, wine, beer making and fermentation!

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Sports & Health Picks

SPORTS & HEALTH May 11

RUNNING OF THE KNIGHTS 5K

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The Creekside Knights Athletics Booster Club (CKABC) is excited to announce the 7th annual Running of the Knights 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run. The inaugural event was launched in May 2011 which gained a high degree of student and community involvement. The success of this first event inspired our enthusiastic administration, students, coaches, parents, and community members to continue this event annually.

May 5

CLAY COUNTY YOUNG LIFE “HULA HUSTLE” 5K & 1 MILE FUN RUN

BestBet Orange Park 1stPlaceSports.com

ALOHA! It’s time to pull out the grass skirts and leis and register for the Clay County Hula Hustle 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run! Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 5, 8 a.m. at bestbet (Kennel Club of Orange Park) on Wells Rd in Orange Park. Start out your day with the whole family and enjoy a morning run/walk along the beautiful and scenic St. Johns River on River Road. Following the 1-mile Fun Run there will be an awards ceremony and prizes for the best-dressed hula costume. All runners will receive a finisher’s medal and a 5K t-shirt.

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May 19

JACKSONVILLE SHRIMP VS. TENNESSEE SMOKIES

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JOGGIN’ FOR FROGMEN

Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville JaxShrimp.com

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp embrace the heart of Jacksonville’s identity and heritage. As Florida’s largest city, yet in many ways a richly connected and closeknit community, Jacksonville is truly a Big Small Town. It has unique water geography as the River City on the First Coast. The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp represents those themes and expresses the affordable family fun of Minor League Baseball.

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100% of the proceeds from Joggin’ for Frogmen will go directly to the Navy SEAL Foundation. The Navy SEAL Foundation is focused on preservation of the Naval Special Warfare force and their families. It provides immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the NSW community and is a source of empowerment and comfort for the families of the fallen.

3RD ANNUAL BROOKS IHL SCHOLARLY SYMPOSIUM Brooks Institute of Higher Learning BrooksIHL.org

The Brooks IHL is hosting their third Annual Scholarly Symposium, where clinicians from across the country can come to network and learn advanced, cutting edge concepts that will positively impact patient care. Throughout the day, participants will enjoy a myriad of evidence-based scholarly educational activities

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BRENT MARTINEAU

Sports Director for Action Sports Jax

MAURICE MICKENS

CAMERON SMITH

The Jacksonville Giants won their fifth ABA title in eight years in April. Maurice Mickens was once again a big part of the Giants success. Mickens led the team in scoring and represented the team at the ABA All-Star game. He’s won three championships with the Giants.

Cameron Smith hails from Australia but now calls the Jacksonville area home. He had a fifth place finish at The Masters. Smith is top 40 in the world golf rankings and has one PGA Tour win.

PHILIP KNOWLES

DARNELL HANEY

The UNF golfer had the opportunity to play in the RBC Heritage, a PGA Tour event in Hilton Head. Knowles played as an amateur and on a sponsor exemption. He shot 71 in the first round and hovered around the cut line until late on Friday. He shot 3 over par for the two days and just missed the cut.

The new coach for the Jacksonville University Dolphins women’s basketball team didn’t have to go far for his new gig - he came from the bench. Darnell Haney takes over for the departed Yolett McPhee-McCuin, who took a job at Ole Miss as the head coach. Haney was an assistant for five years at JU after being the head coach at a successful high school program.

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MUSIC

MUSIC LOCALE May 8 VANCE JOY

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May 5 THE NATIONAL

St. Augustine Amphitheater StAugAmphitheater.com

Four years have passed since the release of Trouble Will Find Me, and to the outside world it might have seemed like the members of the National spent that long interim working on everything but new songs. But in September 2014, two months before the band headlined the 20,000-seat O2 Arena in London, Aaron passed along the first set of musical sketches to Matt. “We really didn’t take much of a break,” says Matt. “We started working on this record the minute we finished touring the last one. The only break we took was from the constant pressure we put on each other.”

Vance Joy has an original voice which at first he kept to himself. Feeding on a diet of The Pogues, Paul Kelly, and whatever else was playing, he cut his teeth performing at open mike nights in Melbourne. His sound is a mix of folk music with pop influences. His songs capture the familiar pulse of everyday experiences in a unique and celebratory manner. His lyrics will reach out to you and hold on for a moment.

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May 10

AN EVENING WITH THE MARC COHN TRIO

POST MALONE

Ponte Vedra Concert Hall PVConcertHall.com

Austin Richard Post, known professionally as Post Malone, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and guitarist. See Post Malone and 21 Savage at Daily’s Place on May 10! Rockstar feat. 21 Savage is #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Grab your friends and don’t miss out on this epic tour!

Soulful Singer-Songwriter Marc Cohn returns to the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Sunday, May 13. “Marc Cohn is as real as you can get in this crazy world of songwriting ... his lyrics and melodies strike straight at the heart and soul of the listener. The world is a better place because of Marc’s music.” Graham Nash

Daily’s Place DailysPlace.com

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May 15

STEELY DAN & THE DOOBIE BROTHERS

Daily’s Place DailysPlace.com

The Doobie Brothers have been delivering rock and roll for over four decades, selling more than 48 million albums and winning four Grammy Awards. Their latest studio album, Southbound, features new recordings of the band’s biggest hits, with country music’s biggest stars including Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley and Toby Keith. In all, the Doobies have tallied five top 10 singles and sixteen top 40 hits.

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OH WONDER

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In an era in which pop careers require careful planning, Oh Wonder is an anomaly. They’re a band formed by accident not design, a duo who didn’t intend to play live but spent more than a year touring the world, and a major label act who never saw this being anything other than a DIY project. The fun duo can be seen and heard at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on May 15.


STRIKE UP A CHORD

FEEL THE BEAT

TROPIC OF CANCER Consistency and determination define Tropic Of Cancer. Since its creation in early 2000, TOC has been making its mark. 2011 was an exceptional year for Tropic of Cancer, performing at various festivals including the Jacksonville Jazz Fest, Blackwater Music and Arts Fest and the Veg Fest appearing and performing on two different television programs and inclusion on the radio program Electro Lounge. Also, They recorded and released the new album “India” which was named top ten local records of 2011 by the Florida Times Union. Now going 12 years strong, Tropic of Cancer is determined more then ever to bring its inspired and original mix of worldly jazz to the masses. In an ironic twist, the band lost founding member Brian Hicks to cancer. This was a blow to Tropic of Cancer and the entire Jacksonville music and arts community where Brian was deeply loved. Joining Jason and Colin in Tropic of Cancer as full time members are esteemed Saxophonist Eric Riehm, Percussionist and poet Ryan Sinclair, Sean Hendrix on Vibraphones with the return of Guitarist Dimitri Kavalieros. Versatile and comfortable in any situation Tropic of Cancer has performed at museums, art galleries, jazz clubs, bars and even the occasional wedding. They are a frequent presence at Jacksonville’s Art Walk, have played to support various charities and have even been the pit band for several local theater productions.

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From the burning embers of the Lansdale, PA, band The Premier, came vocalist Dan “Soupy” Campbell, guitarist Matt Brasch, and multiinstrumentalist Nick Steinborn. Along with guitarist Casey Cavaliere, bassist Josh Martin, keyboardist Mikey Kelly and drummer Mike Kennedy, the line-up forms Philadelphia punk pop band The Wonder Years. Named after an essay of the same name lead singer Campbell wrote for his after-school education teacher, the band’s early years were spent releasing split EPs with other local bands.

Bahamas May 14, 2018 | Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Bahamas is the solo project of Toronto-based guitarist and musical gun-for-hire Afie Jurvanen. With a carefully trained ear for melody that he’s honed during his time playing with the likes of Feist and Howie Beck, Jurvanen’s solo project has a stripped-down and contemplative sound that focuses on doing more with less, allowing his voice and guitar to do most of the heavy lifting on his quiet indie folk meditations.

GARY STARLING Synonymous with jazz on the Florida First Coast, artist-in-residence and professor of guitar at Jacksonville University, Gary Starling has inspired and broadened the horizons of hundreds of aspiring musicians. He has performed with Bob Hope, Diahann Carroll, Rita Moreno, Skitch Henderson, the Jacksonville Symphony Pops Orchestra and others. He has appeared with jazz artists Eddie Harris, Nat Adderley, Joshua Breakstone, Carla White, Jim Snidero, Ben Tucker, Doug Carn, Clarence Palmer and numerous others. In May 2012 Gary Starling was inducted into the Jacksonville Jazz Festival Hall of Fame which recognizes those who have made significant contributions to jazz in Jacksonville. Starling has years of experiential wisdom nurtured by personal encounters with Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and other masters, benefits clients and students alike. The group are available for events: utilizing the best Jacksonville musicians, Guitar, upright bass and drums form the core jazz trio. The quartet or larger band adds sax, trumpet, keyboard, or others. Vocalist Carol Sheehan or singer/jazz violinist Rebecca Zapen may also be added, including a funky Hammond B3 organ. Solo guitar or duo is available for smaller, intimate settings. The band’s style spans jazz and pop standards, swing, bossa nova and samba, to funky jazz.

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JAMES TAYLOR & BONNIE RAITT STORY BEHIND THE MUSIC: Legendary

singer/songwriter James Taylor and his All-Star Band with special guest Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bonnie Raitt and her band are heading on tour this spring and will kick things off right here in Jacksonville at Veterans Memorial Arena on May 8! As a recording and touring artist, James Taylor has touched people with his warm baritone voice and distinctive style of guitar-playing for more than 40 years, while setting a precedent to which countless young musicians have aspired. Inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the world-renowned artist has sold more than 100 million albums since he was first signed by The Beatles to their Apple Records label. He has earned 40 gold, platinum, or multi-platinum awards. His Greatest Hits album alone sold more than 10 million copies. For more than forty years, Taylor has been a musical compass for his fans, articulating moments of pain and joy, and letting his listeners know that they are not alone. In 2015, James was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2016, he was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honor. More than just a best-selling artist, respected guitarist, expressive singer, and accomplished songwriter, Bonnie Raitt has become an institution in American music. The ten-time Grammy winner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015.

CATCH THEM LIVE: May 8 at Veterans Memorial Arena WEBSITE: JaxEvents.com

ODESZA STORY BEHIND THE MUSIC: ODESZA

is an American electronic music duo from Seattle. Formed in 2012 by Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight, the pair released their debut album “Summer’s Gone” in 2012 followed by “In Return” in 2014. This year, ODESZA has taken their brand of indie electronic music to new heights with soldout arena shows and a No. 3 debut on the Billboard 200 chart for their album “A Moment Apart.” Since starting in early September in New Zealand, the “A Moment Apart Tour” has spanned nine countries, selling out multiple nights in cities across the globe 22

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with a live show featuring musicians including horns, guitar, a six piece drum line and vocalists. One of the stunning aspects of ODESZA is the speed with which they’ve created a large, devoted fanbase – testament to just how refreshing, immediate and exciting their music is. To date, ODESZA has earned 16 Hype Machine #1s, amassed over 35 million SoundCloud streams and 15.3 million Spotify plays in the last 60 days, and been licensed by Adidas, GoPro, Piz Buin and many more. In Return debuted at #1 on the Billboard Electronic chart, #42 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, # 1 on the iTunes Electronic Chart where it spent 15 days in a row, cracked the iTunes Electronic Chart Top 10 in seven other countries outside the U.S., and

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reached #20 on the iTunes Overall Albums chart. Their breakout single,“Say My Name (feat. Zyra),” reached #1 on the Hype Machine popular chart twice, #1 on the Spotify US Viral Chart, #2 on the Spotify Global Chart and was named iTunes Single of the Week in many countries around the globe. The “Say My Name” video was named a Vimeo staff pick and saw airplay on MTV Hits, MTVU and Fuse. ODESZA has also been commissioned to make remixes for Charli XCX, Angus & Julia Stone and many more to come.

CATCH THEM LIVE: May 16 at Daily’s Place WEBSITE: DailysPlace.com


NIGHTLIFE

NIGHTLIFE PICK S May 15

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TAPROOM TRIVIA TUESDAYS

PREACHER LAWSON

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Preacher Lawson was a finalist on “America’s Got Talent.” He won the title of Funniest Comedian In Florida, and the Seattle International Comedy Competition. He was on NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly,” and Comedy Dynamic’s “Coming To The Stage.”

Grab your group and test your knowledge for awesome prizes! Questions range anywhere from pop culture, beer styles, sports, science, and more. You don’t have to be a nerd to enjoy!

May 4

TODRICK HALL AMERICAN: THE FORBIDDEN TOUR

Ponte Vedra Concert Hall PVConcertHall.com

Broadway Actor, Singer, Dancer and Streamy Award Winner Todrick Hall To Bring His Todrick Hall American: The “Forbidden” Tour to the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall May 4. The tour will feature a brand new storyline with new songs, costumes, and production and will travel throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.

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CATCHIN' A BUZZ Interview by Anna Eatz Jax

MICHAEL GEORGE Beverage Director

River and Post

River and Post has two very different bar areas. The main bar, located on the first floor to serve the dining room, is a beautifully appointed space with reclaimed lumber planking covering the bar back. There is an impressive assortment of spirits lining the shelves. The second, is a rooftop bar, and it is all about the scenery! It offers the same specialty drinks and brews as downstairs, and is THE spot one would want to sit, sip on some well-crafted cocktails and take it all in. I did just that as I talked with Michael George, the beverage director, who still tends bar and according to him he loves it too much to step away from.

What is unique about each of the bar areas? Well it is quite evident once you go up to the rooftop bar it’s all about the ambiance. The view is magnificent, we call it “the experience”. When they step off the elevator it’s a WOW moment for the first timer. We serve premium craft cocktails and offer unique bar snacks. We are currently working on completing the kitchen on that level to better serve our clients. The first floor bar is more food centered, plus we still have the same spirits but a wider variety. We also have draft brews at the downstairs bar, that we currently do not have on the roof top due to lack of space. When is Happy Hour? From 4 to 6:30 each daily including weekends when we offer $3 Coors Lite and Yuengling, $5 well liquor and $5 Pinot Grigio and Cabernet. Tell us about your best-selling drink. We actually have quite a few; the Manifest Destiny is great on the roof top. It’s like a Peach French 76 with hints of Lavender. A beautiful, fun brunchy kind of cocktail. Some of my favorites are the MACHDM, an apple ginger Old Fashioned and is incredible; the Assertive Lady, a nice gin cocktail; and the Bourbon and Berry, a simple but fun drink. Do you serve any local liquors or brews? Most definitely! We are very focused on local products. To name a few: Manifest Distillery, Marlin and Barrel (from Fernandina), Carve...plus, we have Wild Buck and Don Suenos Tequila out of Miami. As for the draft brews: Bold City, Intuition, Veterans United,Aardwolf, and we do float others, as available. Do you have music or other entertainment? We do have live music on the weekend, Friday night, but we are looking to expand.

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In a beaker, place a few chopped up apples, ½ oz. Turbinado sugar, 2 dashes of black walnut bitters, coupled with three dashes of Angostura bitters Muddle all the ingredients, with a few good presses. Add the following: 2 oz. Lot 40 Canadian Rye Whisky ¾ oz. Dry Sack Sherry ½ oz. Domaine Canton Ginger Liqueur Stir gingerly using long spoon. Pour into a highball glass with a large round or square ice cube. Garnish with thinly sliced fanned apples. 24

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When customers are having a really good time at your business what are they doing? They are hanging out with their friends, engaging with the bar staff, dancing, watching us do our thing behind the bar. We do our best to keep the ambiance fun. What does your staff enjoy the most about working here? They especially enjoy the pace of the upstairs bar; they really believe in what we are doing. What do you want more people to know about your business? How we strive to use the freshest ingredients available each day, we believe in the system and in each other; we truly have become a family. We want to make each customer want to return to enjoy all we have to offer.


ON TAP

By Linda Johnson, Certified Cicerone®

TURNING ONE IN MAY: ATLANTIC BEACH BREWING AND HYPERION BREWING

with tapping over 200 new beer recipes. Hyperion will bring several of its most popular beers on board on a regular basis in year two. In a word, describe year one of your brewery: ABBC: Enlightening. HBC: Rollercoaster.

Atlantic Beach Brewing Co-Owner Spencer Horn & Brewmaster Rory Malloy

Hyperion Brewing Owner Alex McKeown with Brewer Matt Fletcher

As they celebrate their one-year anniversaries in May and head into year two, catch up with the area’s “former” brewery newbies, Atlantic Beach Brewing Company (“ABBC”) and Hyperion Brewing Company (“HBC”) on what that first year’s been like for each of them. Since opening day 2017, and with the motto of “Aggressively Pursuing Craft,” co-owners Spencer Horn, Linda Horn and Chuck Horn and Brewmaster Rory Malloy have expanded the draft list, released several specialty bottles, and began canning and distributing three core beers ahead of schedule. Meanwhile, in Springfield, Hyperion Brewing introduced its “Bold, Rebellious Beer” concept, with constantly-rotating taps. Over the year, owner Alex McKeown and the brewery staff have engaged the local community in a number of hosted events, along

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How has the reality of the brewery aligned with your expectations and visions during the planning stages? ABBC: More intense and exciting. It’s a 7-day a week, 15-hour-a day endeavor. HBC: The concept of “flights v. flagships” has been fun. Exhilarating, frustrating, highly experimental, with over 200 new recipes. Becoming the neighborhood bar we hoped to be for Springfield has come true. What have you learned most about the brewery business after being open a year? ABBC: To be more patient. HBC: If something can break, it will. And, the thing you didn’t think would break… will. The two breweries collaborated on a beer (Squid Ink Gose), offered at separate Asian-themed beer dinners in April. How did that come about? ABBC: Squid Ink was an off-the-cuff idea that seemed to stick; it screamed Gose, being dark and briny. We brewed the beer at each location.

HBC: Sarah, owner of Hottie Dawgs, had produced beer pairing dinners with ABBC, and we connected. With the success of the ABBC dinners, we decided to collaborate with Hottie Dawgs and ABBC together. Matt and Rory sourced a few ingredients of their own and did a brew day at each brewery. Now, how about those big one-year anniversary parties planned for May 2018? ABBC hosts its anniversary bash Saturday, May 5, beginning at noon. Festivities include a new bottle release of ABBC’s 98th Street Imperial Stout, aged in bourbon barrels for a year. And, look for another “surprise” barrel-aged release, along with a collaboration brew and various treatments. Hottie Dawgs features specialty dogs and cupcakes. Live music, raffles, games and prizes throughout the day. And, it’s also Cinco de Mayo, so be ready to party! Atlantic Beach Brewing Company is located at 725 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. HBC takes the party weekend-style, covering May 1820. Opening at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 18, and at noon on Saturday and Sunday, the weekend features new beer releases, food trucks and live music. Waiting for the suspense of the announcement of the core beers? That’s at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Hyperion Brewing Company is located at 1740 N. Main St., Jacksonville (Springfield). To read more visit iwantaBUZZ.com under Beer Buzzed

by Kyle, Astrologer Extraordinaire

ARIES (MARCH 21- APRIL 19) Most people have resolutions around New Years, but you should consider having them in May. This year has been less than spectacular in the love category, so either you need to get some new goals, or keep failing with the current ones.

LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 23 – OCTOBER 22) For you Libras with a mate, be ready for some change. Seems your mate is starting to look elsewhere quickly. If you really don’t care, just end it. Knowing you, by the time you come up with a decision, they will have probably already moved on anyways.

TAURUS (APRIL 20 – MAY 20) I would usually tell you about how bad your romantic endeavors will be this month, but since everything else in your life seems to be heading to shambles, I won’t mention your lackluster love life. Try to get things back in order, and then we will talk about your bad relationships.

SCORPIO (OCTOBER 23 – NOVEMBER 21) Instead of blaming everything and everyone else for your failures in finding someone, maybe, and this is just a maybe… it is you. No one likes failure, but as soon as you realize why you stink at relationships, you will be able to meet and keep someone worthwhile. Again, just maybe.

GEMINI (MAY 21 – JUNE 21) The dating scene hasn’t been all that kind to you lately. It’s time for a radical change. Different setting, personality type, maybe even age. I could be wrong, which I’m not, but if you eat Golden Smacks every morning, when you switch it up to oatmeal, even oatmeal seems to taste good all of a sudden.

SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 22 – DECEMBER 21) Your past failures will allow you to shine with your new love this month. Some of those “awesome” lines you used in the past are actually going to work with flying colors this time around. Maybe he or she is just smitten with you, but who cares. Go with those killer lines.

CANCER (JUNE 22 – JULY 22) Sure you think you have the answers, but zip it and let your mate get in a word or two. You may want to own every conversation, but unless you have a cool voice like Morgan Freeman, then just shut it and listen.

CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 22 – JANUARY 19) This month the new moon is going to illuminate upon you. This is both good and bad. For some people, being in the dark is actually showing their better side. If you are one of these people, I can’t even suggest going out at night this month, let alone during the day.

LEO (JULY 23 – AUGUST 22) Things are moving too slow for you this month in the love ocean. You may want to jump ship, but the seas will be rough for you if you catch my drift. Ok, enough of the sailor references but give your relationship some time, and you’ll have him or her reeled in. VIRGO (AUGUST 23 – SEPTEMBER 22) Ok, looks like you have four planets in your intimate amorous eighth house right now. Yea, I don’t know what that means either, but I am guessing it’s a great thing. It’s your eighth house, which seems like a good time. And the words intimate and amorous are fun words.

AQUARIUS (JANUARY 20 – FEBRUARY 18) This month your first few dates with your new “match” are going to be no good. Awful, actually. Just give it a few times before calling it quits. If it still stinks after that, then I would suggest to quit going out with awful people. PISCES (FEBRUARY 19 – MARCH 20) Here’s the deal. Love is not around every corner for you, Pisces. So if you even remotely have someone who is digging your vibe, attack it with vigor. This is not a time to be picky unless you appreciate loneliness. UPLOAD YOUR EVENT TO iwantaBUZZ.com’s ONLINE CALENDAR.

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