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Navy versus Notre Dame game.

Into the Woods at the Thrasher-Horne Center.

The Birthplace of the Blue Angels Air Show.

LIFT: Contemporary Expressions of the African American Experience.

Celebrating Thanksgiving with the whole family!

The Christmas lights on Girvin Road.

All the great food on Thanksgiving!









Spending time with family for Thanksgiving.

Veterans Day holiday.


Tracy Morgan at ThrasherHorne Center!

The 5th Annual Salute to Veterans 5K and Patriot PAWS Parade!

Going to buy our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving.

Yappy Hour Dogs-giving at the Jacksonville Landing.



FSU/UF football game. Go Noles!




Thanksgiving Day dog show.








Black Friday.

Thanksgiving! It’s the one time of year I’m allowed to eat more than the boys.

Thanksgiving Day parade.

Family and football.

UF/FSU game. Go Gators!










The Jaguars versus Texans on November 13.


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Community Picks Nov. 11 VETERANS DAY PARADE


Jacksonville Beach Oceanfront

Downtown Jacksonville

This free event will feature a dynamic over-the-ocean sky show highlighted by the world-famous United States Navy Blue Angels along with other military and civilian flight teams, live entertainment, a street festival with aircraft and military vehicles, simulators, recruitment booths, a kids area, and more!

Join the City of Jacksonville as we honor true American heroes - our veterans and active-duty military. This patriotic parade features more than 5,000 participants including grand marshals, senior military officials, active-duty and retired military, veterans’ groups, local high school marching bands, decorative floats, giant balloons, JROTC units, and more!

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Talbot House

North Florida Land Trust is hosting the Salt Marsh Brewgrass Festival. Come to the Talbot House located at 12134 Houston Avenue from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. to enjoy some live music, local brews, and an array of food trucks. The festival features the sounds of the Parker Urban Band, Come Back Alice, and Flat Land. There will be games for kids, a guided 1.5-mile hike, and guided kayak paddle.

Jacksonville Landing

Kickoff the holiday season with your friends and family the day after Thanksgiving! The show will take place in the Landing’s Courtyard beginning at 7 p.m. featuring live musical entertainment, the lighting of The Jacksonville Landing’s Christmas Tree, and a firework display on the St. Johns River as the grand finale.





(The book that inspired Broadway Musical, Hamilton)

The event is casual so stop in and join us. Bring your lunch, your book and all of your thoughts, ideas and questions about this fascinating peek into American History.


Come early and enjoy Andrew J. Mowat on the piano playing songs of the era!



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Making a Difference: non-profit leaders in our community

It is a wonderful feeling to know that you’ve helped a child to overcome a speech disorder that might otherwise ostracize him/her from classmates and derail academic progress,” said Howland. “It’s not just a short-term

correction, but one with potentially life-long impact. Similarly, to see an elderly couple come into the center having difficulty communicating and see them walking out with smiles because one of them can now hear effectively gives all of us great joy.”

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Michael Howland is the CEO of Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center. The Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center knows that treatment for speech language and/or hearing disorders is not just about the individual, but about the family as well. They are passionate about enabling families to connect, communicate, and care for one another. Howland has extensive experience in this arena. He is currently Chair Elect at Family Foundations and on the Leadership Jacksonville Leadership Development Team. He attended Jacksonville University and St. Louis University. In the past, Howland was the CEO of four associations of national charities. He was also the VP and Chief Strategic Relations Officer at JU. Howland has a wife of 35 years and three children.

Community Focus A closer look at our local nonprofit community

interesting person I’ve interviewed on First Coast Connect. This month, it’s a duo! I’m happy to share the news that two leading citizens of Jacksonville, Abel Harding and Donna Deegan, are collaborating on a new show called #JaxPolLive. This “political happy hour” will bring a live politics show to Intuition Ale in downtown Jacksonville. The monthly show kicked off in October, and features expert discussion on topics as diverse as the 2016 presidential race and a local anti-discrimination ordinance.

Jacksonville University

Jacksonville University pledged 25,000 volunteer hours in response to HandsOn Jacksonville’s campaign to make 2016 the Year of the Volunteer. JU was founded with a mission of service to their students and the community. Since April 16, 1934, JU has held a Charter Day celebration.

Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center

As the only non-profit agency in Northeast Florida accredited for both speechlanguage pathology and audiology services, they provide the highest quality compassionate and professional care to all individuals with hearing, speech, and/ or language disorders in our community, regardless of their ability to pay. They specialize in personalized patient care, hands-on coaching, and providing caretakers and family members with the tools needed for ongoing support.


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Hubbard House

Their mission is Every Relationship Violence-Free. They work to ensure safety for victims and their children, empowerment of victims, and social change. In 1976, a group of women purchased the house and opened its doors as the first shelter specifically for victims of domestic violence and their children in Florida.

“We feel there is a yearning for a frank discussion around the political issues and players in this city,” said Harding, a former journalist and North Florida market president for IBERIABANK. “We aim to bring fun and intelligent discussion to a live audience that will be able to participate in the conversation.” “I look forward to doing what my family did growing up,” said Deegan, award-winning former news anchor, philanthropist, and creator of the 26.2 With Donna Marathon. “Sit around the table and argue politics!” You can be part of the show during live broadcasts at Intuition Ale or catch the stream of the show online. Follow on social media using the hashtag #JaxPolLive. And make sure to tune into First Coast Connect each weekday morning at 9 a.m. to hear from the most compelling newsmakers of the First Coast!




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BUZZ: What brought you to Jacksonville? FB: I moved here for law school from California.

BUZZ: What is your specific field of law?

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ccentuate does exactly what its name implies – elevate your style! Mona Cobb has brought an experience to Jacksonville unlike any other. Your eyes will light up when you walk into her store. With intricate, statement jewelry, fully bedazzled purses, unique leather accessories, and simply elegant clothing, Accentuate will not cease to amaze. New York influences exude from the store, creating an atmosphere of fashion, sophistication, and style!

BUZZ: Where do you get such gorgeous accessories and inspiration? MC: New York. A lot of our accessories come from New York. I was able to go to a fashion show there and connect with a couple designers. We’re working together to get these one-of-a-kind pieces.

BUZZ: Do you sell anything here exclusively? MC: Every piece is exclusive. I wanted to bring something to Jacksonville that you don’t see everywhere. It’s different and it’s cost effective. You get something stylish, unique, and fashionable. You’ll be a showstopper!

BUZZ: How did you get into fashion? MC: I worked in the shop of a fashionable German lady. She was going to

close her shops and needed my help packing up. As I started pulling out items, I thought ‘Man she could be selling this stuff.’ She said I could and soon enough, everything started selling! She ended up staying open eight more years and had me directing her store. I realized it was a gift.


FB: International Law. I’m one of 42 who are board certified in international law, and the only one you can hire in Jacksonville. I handle business immigration and international litigation cases as well.

BUZZ: How many employees and locations do you have? FB: I have five employees with locations in Jacksonville, Orlando, and Miami, which I commute amongst quite often.

BUZZ: How do clients benefit from your services?

FB: Everyone benefits from legal advice, but especially when you’re a little bit foreign or from another state. We benefit them by ensuring they don’t make mistakes. We’re sort of a guide between the regulatory and legal fields. You could argue that anything a lawyer does is like a preventative practice.

BUZZ: What are some challenges you like to overcome in your business? FB: Explaining everything from A to Z, like training a young person in business. They come in with preconceived notions from either their homeland or on America, and I have to guide them through all details to make sure they understand what they’re doing or not doing.

BUZZ: What is your greatest accomplishment as an attorney? FB: From a lawyer perspective, I overturned a $4.5 million judgment against a client. On personal level, it was helping a local woman get assets from her deceased husband in Europe.

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The Jacksonville Symphony is one of Florida’s most long-standing orchestras. Its success has been defined by the Palm Beach Post as “the standard to which all other Florida orchestras should strive.” Widely recognized for its high artistic quality, it ranks among the nation’s top 40 orchestras in terms of budget size and population served. Most performances are held in the Jacoby Symphony Hall, the only true orchestra concert hall in the state of Florida. Be sure to come to Prokofiev’s timeless tale, “Peter and the Wolf,” on November 20, where I am the guest reader. Family concert activities begin at 2 p.m. and includes our Instrument Zoo, crafts, games, and fun for the whole family! November 2016 •


JACKSONVILLE SEA AND SKY AIRSHOW Nov. 5-6 Jacksonville Beach Oceanfront Join the City of Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport and City of Jacksonville Beach, City of Neptune Beach and City of Atlantic Beach as the skies and waterways of the First Coast are transformed into the backdrop for the most exciting air acts and military demonstrations in the world! This free event will feature a dynamic over-the-ocean sky show highlighted by the world-famous United States Navy Blue Angels along with other military and civilian flight teams, live entertainment, a street festival featuring static displays of aircraft and military vehicles, simulators, recruitment booths, a kid’s area, and more. Get settled in the sand and watch the skies for the Birthplace of the Blue Angels Air Show! Or head to the Observation Deck presented by VyStar Credit Union. The deck provides complimentary seating with great views. It is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday at the Seawalk Pavilion. Don’t forget about the Military Recruitment Zone either! The Military Recruitment Zone presented by Action News Jax and News 104.5 WOKV is open to all patrons inside the Latham Plaza. Recruitment booths will include U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force Reserve, U.S. National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and many more. Enjoy the Mini-Boss Kids Zone in the Ritz Parking Lot from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There will be inflatable bounce houses, a photo booth, a rock wall, obstacle courses, a caricature artist, a giant Battleship, and much more. You do not want to miss this awesome event! The 2016 Jacksonville Sea & Sky Spectacular is produced by the City of Jacksonville in partnership with the cities of Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, and Naval Station Mayport. 10

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In honor of Veterans Day, The Jacksonville Community of Acupuncturist is planning to provide free acupuncture treatments for veterans, active military personnel, reservists, and their families on Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. at the Palms Presbyterian Church in Jax Beach. This event will provide a treatment that can address the many effects of trauma that veterans suffer. It can also work harmoniously with other more conventional treatment modalities such as counseling and medication. For more information, email Ingram Caswell at

Jacksonville Downtown Artwalk: Nov. 2, Downtown Jacksonville and Hemming Plaza,

Ella and Louis Coffee Concert: Nov. 4, Times Union Center, Family Friendly Sunset Cruise: Nov. 16, Amelia River Cruises, $5 Fridays: Every Fri in Nov., Museum of Science & History, North Beaches Art Walk: Cumberland Island Tour: Nov. 17, Beaches Town Center, Nov. 4, Amelia River Cruises, Science & History Boat Tours: Cosmic Concerts: Nov. 4, Museum of Nov. 19, Museum of Science & History, Science & History, Riverside Arts Market: Nov. 5, Salt Marsh Brewgrass Riverside, Festival: Nov. 19, Talbot House, Jacksonville Sea and Sky Spectacular: Nov. 5-6, Jacksonville Brewgrass-2016 Beach Oceanfront, Florida Blue Free Tuesdays at the Art Fusion in Hemming Park: Nov. Cummer: Nov. 22, The Cummer 5, Hemming Park, Museum & Gardens, Science & History Boat Tours: Nov. 5, Museum of Science & History, Florida Blue Free Tuesdays at the Cummer: Nov. 8, The Cummer Museum & Gardens, Jacksonville Beach Art Walk: Nov. 8, Seawalk Pavilion, Jacksonville Beach, Little Learners: Nov. 11, Museum of Science & History, Family Friendly Sunset Cruise: Nov. 11, Amelia River Cruises, Riverside Arts Market: Nov. 12, Riverside, Science & History Boat Tours: Nov. 12, Museum of Science & History, Inaugural Veterans Day Pig Jig: Nov. 12, Fionn MacCool’s at the Jacksonville Landing, Jax Beach Classic Car Cruise: Nov. 15, Seawalk Pavilion,


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Florida Blue Free Tuesdays at the Cummer: Nov. 15, The Cummer Museum & Gardens,

MOSH Bash: Nov. 19, Museum of Science & History, Riverside Arts Market: Nov. 19, Riverside, MOSH After Dark: Nov. 24, Museum of Science & History, Christmas Made in the South: Nov. 25-27, Prime Osborn Convention Center, Deck the Chairs: Nov. 25, Seawalk Pavilion, 30th Annual Christmas on the River Tree Lighting Ceremony: Nov. 25, Jacksonville Landing, Science & History Boat Tours: Nov. 26, Museum of Science & History, Riverside Arts Market: Nov. 26, Riverside, Florida Blue Free Tuesdays at the Cummer: Nov. 29, The Cummer Museum & Gardens, Family Friendly Sunset Cruise: Nov. 30, Amelia River Cruises,



Thrasher-Horne Center

Choosy Suzy’s Bully Prevention Show blends hip humor, magic, and music with serious, practical suggestions for coping with bullies and helping kids become “Bully-Proof.” This show is full of the kind of comic audience interaction that kids love!

Nov. 24


Museum of Science & History

Ahoy Jacksonville! MOSH has teamed up with the St. Johns River Taxi to host Science & History River Tours every Saturday afternoon. Learn all about the history of Jacksonville and the significance the river has played in our community over time. Thanks to JAX Chamber for sponsoring these tours!


Town Center at Nocatee

Come to the Turkey Trot and Thanksgiving Day Parade presented by Watch the racers finish, help the kids participate in the Rice Orthodontics Family Fun Run, and enjoy the Thanksgiving Day Parade. This will be a fun family event for all!


The Florida Theatre

Octonauts Live! brings the Disney Jr. television series to life. Captain Barnacles and The Octonauts are on a mission to the Great Barrier Reef to clean up murky water that is making the coral sick. Barnacles and his trusty crew join forces with a host of colorful reef dwelling characters, along with their eager audience to save the Great Barrier Reef. With massive projection screens, 3D animation, full size characters, and lots of songs, this musical is actionpacked fun for the entire family.

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for more information. Miss O has just delivered a very special mission to Kid Agents Olive & Otto. Through live and digital audience participation, Odd Squad Live! allows the audience’s junior agents to help solve these problems in real time alongside Olive and Otto.

By Robin Warren, WJCT Education Outreach Coordinator

As we get closer to the holidays and the end of the year, spend quality time with your family and little ones. Check for dates. Until next month!

Family, Food, and WJCT!

Join WJCT, Florida Theatre, and the Odd Squad special agents November 12 at the Florida Theatre for Odd Squad Live! Visit

• “Lu the Explorer”– Splash takes his pals to go see his friend, Lu, a fearless female explorer who leads them on an adventure in the abyss. • “I’ve Got Rhythm?” – Wave, the octopus, loves the musicality of Reeftown, but tries to hide that he has no rhythm.


Thanksgiving Day, as celebrated in North America, is a time to gather with family and friends to give thanks for the many things and people in our lives. One thing we are thankful for around here is you, our audience, and the great programming that we bring to the First Coast, and boy do we have a lot of special viewing and events for you to be especially thankful for.

puppetry technology, “Splash and Bubbles.” Amazing characters and hilarious stories inspire kids to learn more about what lies beneath the surface of our ocean and how they can contribute to taking better care of it.

What’s On WJCT-TV

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and the Wild Kratts’ have specials airing this month on WJCT. Make-believe with Daniel Tiger as he learns about making choices and the importance of voting. Martin and Chris Kratt dive down to the most unexplored habitat on Earth, the ocean trenches. Also, join us for the World Premiere of the newest PBS Kids program using groundbreaking digital

MORE 2 KNOW WHAT’S HAPPENING: Thanksgiving Things To Do

The Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair

Watch: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a tradition since 1924. Get together with the family on the couch to enjoy the performances and balloons. Watch until the end for an apperance by the big man in red! Paint a pumpkin a light color that matches your table décor. Using a stencil or freehand, write “Thankful” in big letters and decorate. Have each family member write 1-3 things they are thankful for. It makes for a fun and meaningful table centerpiece.

The Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair opens November 2-13 and they have officially unveiled the 2016 entertainment lineup! A broad range of top performers such as Chris Janson, Easton Corbin, Trent Harmon, RaeLynn, Foghat, and many more will take the stage during the 12-day event, treating audiences to everything from classic rock, country and blues to golden oldies. All entertainment will be held on the outdoor stage at 510 Fairgrounds Place and will be free with admission. Youth and senior tickets are $5, adults are $10, and children under the age of 5 are free.

Enjoy: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Check out exhibits such as the butterfly encounter, comedy shows, a mobile and fully interactive children’s science show, a clown circus, Robinson’s Racing Pigs, and the Firefighter Training Show that plays off every child’s curiosity to one day be a “Firefighter – Hero.” There are livestock shows, arts and crafts, horticulture, cooking and dog contests, and much more!


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Kid Chef Thanksgiving Sides

ROASTED VEGETABLES Your kids can have fun helping you prepare Thanksgiving dinner! Cut vegetable of choice, such as carrots, parsnips potatoes, squash, tri-colored bell peppers and/ or green beans. Have your child toss them in olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast at 400 degrees for approximately 20 mins. After 10 minutes, check and toss them. Serve warm. FRESH CRANBERRY SAUCE Combine 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of water in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil. Add fresh cranberries, return to boil about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool at room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. This is great to make a day ahead!

CRUNCHY CHICKPEAS Drain a can of chickpeas, pat dry with a paper towel. In a bowl, toss chickpeas with a drizzle of olive oil and salt. Spray baking sheet with non-fat olive oil spray and then spread chickpeas on pan. Roast at 400 for approximately 30 minutes. Toss about every 10 minutes to prevent burning. Let cool to get crunchy.


Create: Thankful Pumpkin Craft

You can never go wrong with the classics! Watch “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” with your kids. Poor Charlie Brown gets the most pitiful tree at Christmas and ends up with a Thanksgiving dinner of popcorn, pretzels, and jelly beans.


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After cooking peeled Yukon gold potatoes until tender and dry, pour simmered 2 cups half-and-half and ½ stick of butter over potatoes. Mash until smooth, adding more liquid to reach desired consistency. Stir in 2 tablespoons of parsley and chives, and season with salt. Garnish with more herbs.

GLAZED PEARL ONIONS Heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a 10-inch skillet. Add 1 lb. pearl onions. Cook, tossing occasionally, until brown, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons sugar; season with salt and pepper. Add 2/3 cup water and 1.5 teaspoons fresh thyme. Cook until onions are tender and liquid has evaporated, about 20 minutes.

Jumping Around Jax Museums Cummer Museum


The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, located in Riverside, engages and inspires through the arts, gardens, and education. The collection is especially strong in European and American paintings.

The Museum of Science & History is one of Jacksonville’s premier attractions for tourists and locals alike. It is a private, non-profit institution on the Southbank Riverwalk, and the city’s most visited museum. It specializes in science and local history exhibits.

MOCA Jacksonville MOCA Jacksonville, located in the heart of downtown, is across from Hemming Park and is open six days a week, including Thursday evenings. With fascinating and fun events popping up each week, you always have a new reason to visit. Keep up with the latest artist talks, performances, members’ previews, NOLA MOCA cocktail tastings, and more.


Ritz The Ritz Theatre and Museum is an African-American oriented theatre in the LaVilla neighborhood. The theater seats 426 and is used for a variety of music, dance, theatrical productions, and movies. There is always an exhibition, dance or the dramatic arts inside the Ritz that will enthrall, educate, and entertain. Visit our calendar for more local events.

Conner’s A-Maize-ing Acres Corn Maze: Nov. 1-5, Hillard, Thrasher-Horne presents Choosy Suzy’s Bully Prevention Show: Nov. 2, Thrasher-Horne Center, Family Friendly Sunset Cruise: Nov. 3, Amelia River Cruise, $5 Fridays: Nov. 4, Museum of Science & History, Pump it up Open Jump: Nov. 4, Pump it Up, Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair: Nov. 4-14, Jacksonville Fairgrounds, Jax Ice and Sportsplex Public Ice Skating: Nov. 4, Jax Ice and Sportplex, Family Friendly Sunset Cruise: Nov. 5, Amelia River Cruise, $5 Fridays: Nov. 11, Museum of Science & History, MOSH Science & History Boat Tours: Nov. 12, Museum of Science & History, Odd Squad Live: Nov. 12, The Florida Theatre, Family Friendly Sunset Cruise: Nov. 12, Amelia River Cruise, Wolfson Children’s Hospital & Safe Kids Northeast Car Seat Inspection: Nov. 17, Wolfson Children’s Hospital, $5 Fridays: Nov. 18, Museum of Science & History, 2016 Florida Tiny House Festival: Nov. 18, St. John’s County Fairgrounds, Beaches Local Food Network Children’s Garden Workshop: Nov. 19, MOSH Science & History Boat Tours: Nov. 19, Museum of Science & History, St. Augustine Nights of Lights: Nov. 19-30, Plaza De La Constitucion,

Odd Squad Live | Nov. 12 | Florida Theatre

Family Friendly Sunset Cruise: Nov. 20, Amelia River Cruise, Bay & Bee Music Monday: Nov. 21, Bay & Bee Jacksonville, Family Friendly Sunset Cruise: Nov. 23, Amelia River Cruise, Gingerbread Pirate Ship: Nov. 23-Dec. 25, The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, Velocity Air Sports Kids Jump: Nov. 24, Velocity, Psych Ed Connections Turkey Trot and Thanksgiving Day Parade: Nov. 24, Town Center at Nocatee, Publix Cooking School Gingerbread Houses: Nov. 25, Publix Aprons Cooking School, $5 Fridays: Nov. 25, Museum of Science & History, Family Friendly Sunset Cruise: Nov. 26, Amelia River Cruise, MOSH Science & History Boat Tours: Nov. 26, Museum of Science & History, Toddler Art: Nov. 27, Main Library Branch, Sweet Pete’s Candy Factory Tour: Nov. 27, Sweet Pete’s, Octonauts Live: Nov. 30, The Florida Theatre,

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Be Well: Kids Health

Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics

Kid’s Care 24/7

When Dr. Norberto Benitez started working in private pediatric practice, he realized frantic parents wanted a doctor to call at midnight when a child was ill or screaming in pain, Benitez said.

“What I really loved about pediatrics is that you could make your patients better,” Dr. Alexandra Kostur said. Kostur and staff provide classes for expectant parents and best car seats for kids.

Starfish Pediatrics

Dr. Carlos Maria’s practice is a place where multicultural families will feel at home. The staff speak English, Spanish, and Italian.

Angel Kids Pediatrics

His idea for a round-the-clock private pediatric practice was born. Now 24/7 Pediatric Care Center, which has three locations, provides non-threatening care 24 hours a day for existing patients.


Kids 5Ks and Fun Runs

Pink for Jon 5K and Fun Run Nov. 5 at Chets Creek Church

Proceeds go to a scholarship fund established in memory of Jon Moody, Youth Minister, for kids summer camps.

The A-MAIZE-ING Glow Run

Nov. 11 at Conner’s A-Maize-Ing Acres

You’ll have an A-MAIZE-ING time racing through the corn fields and maze! This 5k benefits Communities in Schools.

Episcopal Children’s Services 5K Nov. 13 at Palencia Elementary

Dr. Ashraf Affan has six locations in Jacksonville. Along with monthly New Baby Seminar classes, Angel Kids pediatricians are available nonweekday hours.

“If we can save your kid from going to the ER, the parents are very happy and the insurance company is very happy,” Benitez said.

Bean Tree Pediatric Dentistry

Benitez said working parents benefit from the extended hours because both parents can be involved and attend wellness check-ups. The team at 24/7 Pediatric Care Center also focuses on the largest hurdle in kid’s health today – excess weight gain and obesity.

Dr. Jodi Mason’s charming and school-like décor make this dental office feel more like a cozy playroom than a dental office.

Staff at the Jacksonville Beach 24/7 Pediatric Care Center location are eager to help patients. Co-owner Anna Benitez said the team created the 24/7 Healthy Habit program to help child patients struggling with weight.

Proceeds benefit Episcopal Children’s Services, which supports early learning and has provided services since 1966.

McKenzie’s Run

Nov. 19 at EverBank Field

All proceeds support The McKenzie Noelle Wilson Foundation, a nonprofit organization that strives to help young people recognize their full potential.

ON BUZZTHE STREETS “Healthy Moms, what’s a quick, nutritious snack for kids?”

Amber Mills Cut a banana into 1/2 slices, top with peanut butter, and a sprinkle of cinnamon!

The six-month program educates families on nutritional foods, physical fitness, and active lifestyle. Kids work with a nutrition specialist and keep an activity log and food diary to reach health goals. Anna Benitez said while the focus is on the child’s health, parent participation is key. “More than anything, it is to educate the parent,” she said. For more information, visit


The Edge Rock Gym

Denise Weaver, co-owner, takes pleasure in providing kids a place “where fitness meets fun.” There’s group classes for toddlers (as young as 12 months) up to age 17. Visit for more info.

Jacksonville has a state-of-the art rock climbing gym for kids. Starting from about 3 to 4 years old, children can enjoy physical exercise on a rock climbing wall. Visit for more info.


Sharon Wilhelm Baby carrots and apple slices are great for on-the-go.

Jenna Braddock Bars with whole grains, fiber, and 10 or less gm of sugar.

Power Yoga San Marco South

Swimming Safari Swim School

Kids yoga helps build flexibility, strength, and increase blood circulation. Instructor Jenny Wellman said the studio offers child and family classes. For more info, visit

Jenn Leonard

Swimming promotes heart and lung health for kids. Classes start at six months old and age-appropriate games, songs, and toys are incorporated. Visit for more info.

Hummus is a delicious and nutritious dip for your favorite veggie. Try celery.

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Health Review: Nutrition in a Cup



Dr. Prasanthi Reddy

More Than Yogurt It’s not just tasty yogurt families and kids experience. Menchie dolls and merchandise are available. Art work made by customers is displayed and celebrated.

Medical Director Rainbow Pediatrics Center

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt staff want to serve you health in a cup – literally. “You can really taste the difference,” said Catherine Courtney, who is co-owner of the store off Hodges and Beach boulevards. “This is not product with flavored water.” Yogurt flavors include Fresh Shredded Coconut and Power Pomegranate Acai. Fresh cut fruit like strawberries and bananas can be used for toppings, and the yogurt contains calcium, probiotics, and protein.

Menchie’s Weekly Specials At Pablo Creek Plaza, “Spin to Win” the prize wheel on Mondays. Fill your cup to the brim on Tuesdays for $5. Waffle Wednesday means a free waffle cone with froyo.

Perhaps the most notable difference about Menchie’s franchises is that yogurt is single-sourced from a 100-year-old family dairy in California. Cows are raised without artificial growth hormones, according to Menchie’s fact sheet. For more information, visit MenchiesPabloCreekPlaza.

Keeping the Calories Low Menchie’s yogurt contains as little as 45 calories for four ounces. In addition to non-dairy sorbet, options include non-fat, low carb, vegan and no sugar added. Courtney said her team can cater events on-site and off-site and is perfect for office parties, school events and playgroups. She and her team recently catered a wedding.


CHILDHOOD OBESITY HAS MORE THAN DOUBLED IN CHILDREN IN THE PAST 30 YEARS. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU GIVE? DOC: I think it’s first and foremost the parents who set the example. Eat well and be active and the kids will follow suit.


EXCESS WEIGHT GAIN START IN SOME CHILDREN? DOC: As young as 2-and 3-yearold toddlers – when parents began to introduce solid foods.


CAUSING OBESITY NUMBERS TO RISE? DOC: It’s multi-faceted. It’s the ability to have access to healthy fruit and vegetables. Also, parents give liquid calories to their kids that add to weight gain.

Jenna Braddock Make Healthy Easy

Everyone knows that good nutrition is important. So why is eating healthy so challenging to do? Jenna Braddock said she understands. As a registered dietician nutritionist, she designed a blog to make healthy eating easier. Braddock wants you to know she goes through the same struggles. Busy lifestyles, demanding careers, and raising children – it’s a lot. “It’s not just snap your fingers and vegetables appear on my plate,” Braddock said.


Braddock, who also teaches nutrition classes at University of North Florida, said she has a easy tip for busy professionals and parents.

as they used to be. Even in infancy we want to encourage making it a part of everyday living. We encourage parents to go for walks and go to local gyms. Kids are meant to play.

“Don’t let food just happen to you,” Braddock said. It’s important to put a little thought into the day and plan simple things like a fruit snack or a few minutes to eat breakfast, she said.

BUZZ: WHAT ABOUT EXERCISE DOC: Children are not as active


EnJoy Fitness

EnJoy Fitness is a full service triathlon, endurance, and strength training organization. They work with all levels, from beginners to elites, as well as individuals who want a healthier lifestyle. A healthier lifestyle can be achieved through basic mobility and improved nutrition habits. EnJoy Fitness also offers online coaching for all levels of athletes, and provides group track workouts and strength training classes. Endurance coaching includes video gait analysis and more.

Race for Presents Dec. 10 at Mayo Clinic Primary Care Center

Race For Presents is a challenging and unique run. The race will also be supporting the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund with a present drive. The race is 4.0 miles and will be held off of Gate Parkway east of I-295 at a Mayo care center. 19 minutes after the first 2.0 mile leg begins, the second 2.0 mile leg will begin and bring your running shoes and take on this fun challenge!

“The reality is more often than not, you are going to have an opportunity to eat in an unhealthy way,” she said. Braddock started the “Make Healthy Easy” blog in 2014, and features various tips and yummy recipes to eat healthy. “Sometimes people think nutritionists don’t like food,” Braddock said. “I love food.” For more tips and information, visit

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

Brain Aneuryzm and Arteriovenous Physical Therapy Employer Support Group: Nov. 1, WJCT Public Showcase: Nov. 9, Universtiy of North Broadcasting, Florida, Prenatal Yoga: Nov. 1, Soluna Yoga + 3rd Annual Turn-Up for Tots Spa, - A Zumbathon for Toys for Tots: Nov. 13, Dreamers Estudios, Zumba Fitness: Nov. 1, Studio Jear Group Fitness,


Soluna Yoga + Spa

Classes are available to all stages of pregnancy and all levels of yoga experience. Prenatal yoga offers multiple benefits – emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Not only does it strengthen the body and mind, preparing the mother for labor, emotionally it strengthens the bond between mother and child at such a sacred time to connect and be present.

Biking at Hanna Park: Nov. 2, Hanna Park Campground Store,

2016 Osteoporsis: Identification, Treatment, Prevention and Management: Nov. 13, Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital,

Chair Yoga for Seniors: Nov. 2, Soluna Yoga + Spa, BodyPump: Nov 14, Studio Jear Group Fitness, Early to Rise Recharge Yoga: Nov. 2, Soluna Yoga + Spa, Zumba Fitness: Nov. 14, Studio Jear Group Fitness, Free Weekly Group Runs: Nov. Prenatal Yoga: Nov. 15, Soluna Yoga + 2, Fernandina Beach High School, Spa, Zumba Fitness: Nov. 15, Studio Jear Jacksonville Fitness Academy Warrior Class: Nov. 2, Mark Spivak’s Group Fitness, Dance Extension,

Free Weekly Group Runs: Nov. Kayaking and Canoeing at Hanna 16, Fernandina Beach High School, Park: Nov. 2, Hanna Park Campground Store, Zumba Fitness: Nov. 16, Studio Jear Group Fitness, Kung Fu Martial Arts for


Adults: Nov. 2, Atlantic Warriors,

Dreamers Estudios

Come to the 3rd Annual Turn-Up for Tots, a Zumbathon for Toys for Tots! Toys for Tots started 1947 to bring Christmas to all children. Join some of Jacksonville’s ZIN community as they shake, shimmy, and sweat to help raise money and collect toys for the local Toys for Tots. Start spreading some holiday cheer with Zumba!

Zumba Fitness: Nov. 2, Studio Jear Group Fitness,

1/4 bw 9th Annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference: Nov. 4, University of North Florida, WolfsonChildrensHospital

First Coast Walk for Children with Apraxia: Nov. 19, The Bolles High School, Toast to Life Celebration: Nov. 19, The Hyatt Jacksonville, Jacksonville. 2016 Motivating the Pediatric Client Through Play in Jacksonville: Nov. 19, Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital,

2016 Cervicogenic Diziness: An Orthopaedic Perspective on Examination and Management Biking at Hanna Park: Nov. 20, in Jacksonville: Nov. 5, Brooks Hanna Park Campground Store, Rehabilitation Hospital,




Fernandina Beach High School

Studio Jear Group Fitness

Each and every Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Fernandina Beach High School Track, The Amelia Island Runners offer free running classes. All ages and all abilities are always welcome! In addition to getting in shape, you’ll received expert coaching advice while at the practice. Join the fun! The first four practices are on the house.

Zumba is a fusion of Latin, international music, and dance themes creating a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness system! The routines feature aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Zumba utilizes the principals of fitness interval training and resistance training to maximize caloric output, fat burning, and total body toning.

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My Nap-Tural Kurls Rock Natural Hair, Health, and Beauty Expo in Orange Park: Nov. 5, Thrasher-Horne Center,

Kayaking and Canoeing at Hanna Park: Nov. 20, Hanna Park Campground Store,

Dia de los Deadlifts: Nov. 5, CrossFit BodyPump: Nov 21, Studio Jear Group Neptune Beach, Fitness, CrossFitNeptuneBeach Prenatal Yoga: Nov. 22, Soluna Yoga + Health Facilities Innovation Spa, Forum: Nov. 6-7, Ponte Vedra Inn & Zumba Fitness:Nov. 21-23, Studio Jear Club, Fitness, Innovation-Forum Free Weekly Group Runs: Nov. BodyPump: Nov 7, Studio Jear Group 23, Fernandina Beach High School, Fitness, Zumba Fitness: Nov. 7, Studio Jear BodyPump: Nov 28, Studio Jear Group Group Fitness, Fitness, Prenatal Yoga: Nov. 8, Soluna Yoga + Zumba Fitness: Nov. 28-29, Studio Spa, Jear Group Fitness, Zumba Fitness: Nov. 8, Studio Jear Prenatal Yoga: Nov. 29, Soluna Yoga + Group Fitness, Spa, Free Weekly Group Runs: Nov. 9, Fernandina Beach High School,

Free Weekly Group Runs: Nov. 30, Fernandina Beach High School,

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Times Union Center

The Aluminum Show brings the material, music, and artists together on stage in a magical, mystery-filled creation combining visual theatre, dance, and humor into an exciting, multi-sensory experience, the likes of which audiences have never seen before. This is the story of one man’s incredible journey to a parallel universe – a futuristic planet made entirely of aluminum!


The Cummer Museum and Gardens

Make art and enjoy Gallery and Garden visits on the second Saturday of each month. Students will learn how music and songs influence art from “LIFT: Contemporary Expressions of the African American Experience” and the Permanent Collection, highlighting the song “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” written by Jacksonville natives James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson in 1900.

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Times Union Center

Thrasher-Horne Center

“Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” is a classic during the holiday season. It tells the story of Jack Skellington, a resident from “Halloween Town” who stumbles through a portal to “Christmas Town” and decides to celebrate the holiday, with some comical consequences. Experience the show with the Jacksonville Symphony’s accompaniment.

Venture back “Into the Woods” as the Dodgers team up with Networks to present the acclaimed Fiasco Theater production that became New York’s surprise hit of this season. This witty and wildly theatrical re-invention is “Into the Woods” like you’ve never seen it before!




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ARTS UNLEASHED In addition, her paintings and prints are in Museums and private collections in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Portugal. Rashid’s museum collections include: The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) in Jacksonville, FL, The Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, KS, and The Lake Eustis Museum of Art in Eustis, FL. Princess Simpson Rashid was born in Atlanta, GA in 1972. She studied printmaking and painting at Escuela de Artes in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She earned her B.S. in Physics from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. Rashid operates her studio practice within the CoRK Art District of Jacksonville, FL. For more information, visit

Princess Simpson Rashid

Princess Simpson Rashid is an American abstract painter and printmaker. Her current body of work explores the relationship between color, perception, and symbolism. She is a breast cancer survivor and feels her more recent work has been matured and tempered by that experience. Rashid has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in museums, art centers, galleries, and alternative art spaces across the United States including the Pacific Grove Art Center in Pacific Grove, CA; Felix Kulpa Gallery in Santa Cruz, CA; Tempus Projects in Tampa, FL, and the CoRK Art District in Jacksonville, FL. Rashid is currently a part of the “Lift: Contemporary Expressions of The African American Experience” exhibit at the Cummer Museum. Her work will be on display until February 12, 2017.

ARTS IN THE KNOW By Rosemary Jackson

Mike Perry When everything is an art project and creating is as essential as the air you breath, naturally you become an artist. For Mike Perry, art is what he has always done; what he relates to from early childhood growing up in Tyler, TX.

lights, camera, jacksonville! By Jax Flim Office

THE REEL HOLLYWOOD “The Reel Hollywood” exhibit at the Museum of Science & History showcases Jacksonville’s film history through the decades. In the early 1900’s, Jacksonville was home to over 30 film studios, including those that would later become MGM and Fox. Jacksonville was known as the “Winter Film Capital of the World.” The exhibit demonstrates our potential to once again become a strong player in the film and television industry around the world. The display takes viewers through the evolving film history. The exhibit features screenplays, novelty film items, and more from Jacksonville’s most iconic film history. 22

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His favorite medium is painting on boards using mixed media, such as tempura, acrylic, and gouache, which is an opaque paint similar to watercolor that is rendered like oil. His subjects are often abstracts and landscapes, mostly around Northeast Florida. His works are easily identifiable as in, “that’s a Mike Perry piece.” They have a softness and a tranquility that sets them apart from other paintings. He brought to our BUZZ TV set a few large panels, including a gorgeous one called “Silver Lining” of a local marsh scene along Heckshire Drive. Although he often paints from his photographs, the quality that makes his paintings different from others is that he pushes to the edge of abstraction. He doesn’t try to replicate a picture. Perry says of abstracts that they are “a diet of the mind and a freeing way to work.”

“Abstracts are a diet of the mind and a freeing way to work.” As identifiable as his paintings are, he has quite a few that are a bit out of character. He says that’s often his way of working on color, texture, and form. Perry is inspired by nature and his surroundings. He recreates the four seasons, high and low tides, the changing light and skies, and the way the colors look in the fall as opposed to the spring. He can even find inspiration in the patina of a concrete sidewalk. His installations can be found at Nordstrom, Raymond James Financial, Baptist Hospital, and other distinguished locations. His most recent collection of paintings can be found at the newly renovated wing of Ronald McDonald House. To see more of his works or purchase for yourself, visit Stellars Gallery or his website at


For the first time ever, Tracy Morgan is coming to Jacksonville on his “Picking Up the Pieces Tour.” Catch his performance at the Thrasher-Horne Center in Orange Park on November 12. Morgan has been a front-runner in comedy for the last 23 years. Starting off his career on one of the paramount comedic-sketch shows, “Saturday Night Live,” he was destined for success. Moving on to bigger roles in movies such as “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate,” “Death at a Funeral,” and “Cop Out,” his comedic genius shines as he does what he loves. With his authentic personality, racy jokes, and comedic timing, there’s no way he would leave the game, even after his tragic car accident in 2014. Although Morgan was once in critical condition, he made his grand return to stand-up comedy in October 2015. He cherished that moment, his fans, and the ones he loves. BUZZ Editor Tiara Bree Jeffers got the opportunity to speak with Morgan before his show in town. BUZZ: What is one thing you want to do in this life that you haven’t already? Tracy Morgan: I want to have a son with my wife. BUZZ: How important do you think comedy, arts, and entertainment are for youth in today’s society? TM: Imagine a world without it. Imagine a world without laughter. Imagine a world without comedy. We’re doomed. BUZZ: Can you expand further? TM: God has a sense of humor. While you’re making plans, he’s laughing. ‘Oh


you really think you gonna live to be 100? Watch this.’ God cracks up. We cry because we were making plans. Live each day, baby. The sun may not always be out, but it’s up. The rest is up to you. BUZZ: Have you ever been to Jacksonville? TM: No, I haven’t. I look forward to it though. I love spreading my funny around, all around the world. BUZZ: What can the audience expect of your Jax debut? TM: I’m going big with a private jet! What I’ve been giving you for 23 years. BUZZ: You’ve had such a long career. Tell me about your lifestyle. TM: All I need is $1500 and a new pair of kicks. The rest is for my family. BUZZ: Could you really survive off that? TM: I know I could. I’m from the hood. I’m a survivor.

Visit our calendar for more local events.

Florida Blue Free Tuesdays: Nov. 1, The Cummer Museum and Gardens, ALJ Cartooning and Illustration Classes: Nov. 2, Murray Hill Art Center, Downtown Art Walk: Nov. 2, Downtown Jacksonville and Hemming Plaza, Choosy Suzy’s Bully Prevention Show: Nov. 2, Thrasher-Horne Center, ALJ Wednesday Night Ceramics Pottery Class: Nov. 2, Burnett Park Community Center, Garden Concert: Canary in the Coalmine: Nov. 4, The Cummer Museum and Gardens, Is My Name on the Book?: Nov. 5, Ritz Theatre and Museum, Riverside Arts Market: Nov. 5, Riverside Ave, Weaver First Saturday Free for All: Nov. 5, The Cummer Museum and Gardens, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch Museums on Us: Nov. 6, The Cummer Museum and Gardens, The Aluminum Show: Nov. 6, Times Union Center for the Performing Arts, Women Artists From the Renaissance to Abstract Expressionism: Nov. 8, The Cummer Museum and Gardens, ALJ Wednesday Night Ceramics Pottery Class: Nov. 9, Burnett Park Community Center, The Dream of Gerontius: Nov. 11, Times Union Center for the Performing Arts, Art for Two: Paper Weaving: Nov. 12, The Cummer Museum and Gardens, Class Act Promotions Presents: Not in This House: Nov. 12, Ritz Theatre and Museum, Coffee Talk with a Curator: Nov. 12, MOCA Jacksonville,

Riverside Arts Market: Nov. 12, Riverside Ave, The Dream of Gerontius: Nov. 12, Times Union Center for the Performing Arts, History of Western Art: Baroque Art: Nov. 15, The Cummer Museum and Gardens, ALJ Wednesday Night Ceramics Pottery Class: Nov. 16, Burnett Park Community Center, Art Fundamentals: Acrylic Painting: Nov. 16 – Dec. 21, The Cummer Museum and Gardens, North Beaches Artwalk: Nov. 17, Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach Town Centers, The Nightmare Before Christmas: Nov. 18, Times Union Center for the Performing Arts, Art Adventures: Folk Couture: Nov. 19, The Cummer Museum and Gardens, Riverside Arts Market: Nov. 19, Riverside Ave, World Beat Cafe: Nov. 19, Times Union Center for the Performing Arts, Sunday Classical Conert: Folk Couture: Nov. 20, The Cummer Museum and Gardens, Mannheim Steamroller: Nov. 21, FSCJ Artist Series, ALJ Wednesday Night Ceramics Pottery Class: Nov. 23, Burnett Park Community Center, MOSH After Dark: Nov. 24, Museum of Science & History, The Acclaimed Fiasco Theatre Production - Into the Woods: Nov. 26, Thrasher-Horne Center, Riverside Arts Market: Nov. 26, Riverside Ave, ALJ Wednesday Night Ceramics Pottery Class: Nov. 30, Burnett Park Community Center, November 2016 •



Two Thumbs Up How Good Food Should Taste


Scottish Egg – hard poached egg, wrapped in a sausage and breadcrumb blanket, topped with a mousse of hollandaise. Served with a Duke’s Brown Ale Mustard sauce for only $7.

Empire City Gastropub

Article by Monica Stouder Photos by Monica Lea Imagery:

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When: Sunday Afternoon Price: $11 (Brunch menu) to $30 (Dinner menu) Contact: (904) 486-8119

Set your starry-eyed gaze on one eclectic menu So, I recommend forging through the galaxy of that won’t set your wallet back like a multi-billion- Jax restaurants with a stop here for some fun sips dollar blockbuster at this new food-n-booze eatery. (Bloody Mary menu is outrageous), a little frivolity, Brand new off Atlantic Blvd sits Empire City and some fantastic food.

Gastropub. This deliciously, casual eatery boasts a But I suggest leaving the guy in the black mask that breathes a little too heavy at home as he is grumpy, diverse menu of creative items. For instance, my foodie crew devoured the Scottish never pays the bill, and always fogs up the drinking Egg Appetizer. The unusual hollandaise mousse glasses. Yes, this Empire stop should definitely be a in place of a yolk was not only creative, but a cool destination stop for foodie friends and family! twist on the traditional favorite.

Some other notable-but-not-tasted items on the Brunch and Dinner menus include a Wagyu Pastrami on Rye, Pork Belly Eggs Benedict with bacon jam, and a Vegetarian Beet “Tenderloin” consisting of a slow roasted beet ‘loin’, miso demiglace, and vanilla bean mashed potatoes. All of which will have me coming back to Empire for a sample. The Chef/owner Korey Konopasek is onsite and is client interactive, which helps to understand No need to bring your light saber here, the new firsthand the temperature of his clients’ likes, needs, Empire City Gastropub will have you striking back and wants. I like this – I like this… a lot. Needless at your plate with simple, fork-worthy weapons to say, the customer service here is outstanding in made of stainless steel. addition to their delectable dishes!

BUZZWORTHY NOTE: Happy Hour is Monday – Friday 4 to 7 p.m. with $1 off any local beer, $1 off wine by the glass, $1 off signature cocktails and $2 off on call drinks. Saturday – Sunday $12 bottomless Mimosas at Brunch service and $20 buckets of craft beers. Plus, there is live music Friday nights, and on Saturdays, Empire hosts Karaoke at 9 p.m.!

Korey Konopasek, restaurant owner stated, “We feel we have a menu that brings in people who like to eat fresh, delicious food.”

menu sample


Sweet Potato & Kale Chowder: beautiful bounty of diced sweet potato and cooked Kale with bourbon glazed bacon bits for only $5.


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Shrimp Fried Rice – deconstructed, this gorgeous meal consists of wild Georgia shrimp on a bed of Sriracha hollandaise, ‘fried-rice’ risotto cake, sunny side up egg for $21.


Apple Crumble – baked apples topped with a surgary crumble drizzled in caramel and vanilla ice cream. Comes sizzling in a cast iron skillet. Serves 2 easily for only $9.

Food Truck Foodies

Best Burgers by Shelton Buchanan

When you call yourself “Best Burgers,” that’s making a claim that most would find hard to back up. The Best Burgers truck, however, is ready to live up to their namesake by offering up some truly amazing burger concoctions. Whether you’re a burger purist sticking to the standard fare of toppings, a bit of an adventurer with a taste for the exotic, or even someone looking for a non-beef burger, Best Burgers has something for you. We were looking for a little bit of the traditional with just a hint of wild. A little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll, if you will. Their Best Shroom ’N’ Swiss seemed up to the task. They load up the patty with sautéed mushrooms and onions, layer on the lettuce, tomato, and swiss cheese, load up the bacon, and slather the beast in their Best Burger sauce. Rich and hearty doesn’t do it justice when searching for words to describe, but be prepared for a little spicy bite from the Best Burger sauce. This reporter is a bit of a wimp when it comes to spicy food, so don’t take this review as a warning of an oral inferno, but rather as a heads-up for those with the same issue. When you’re having a burger, you must have fries! Best Burgers has three offerings on their menu in the form of seasoned curly fries, sweet potato fries, and the pure insanity that is their bacon queso fries. We opted for the seasoned curly fries. Golden brown perfection with a slight spice note, these fries are a curly delight when paired with the delicious burger. Time will tell if Best Burgers truly worthy of their name, as this town has quite a few burgers for us to try, but for now, they’re serving up something quite tasty. For more information, visit

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Personal Chef

Mike Kara

Palm Valley Outdoors Bar & Grill



By Monica Stouder

Mike Kara, Chef and Co-Owner of Palm Valley Outdoors Bar & Grill is a master at menu creation! His creativity combined with a stellar brigade of some cool, culinary wizards are making PVO’s the most delicious spot to have a meal on the waterfront. We were able to catch up with this kitchen dynamo to get the skinny on his humble beginnings.

SOUL FOOD By Danielle Thomas


Riverside Bb’s always incorporates innovative desserts into their menu but this holiday season, don’t miss seasonal favorites like pumpkin mousse, rum pecan pound cake or Granny Smith apple pie.

BUZZ: How did you receive your training to become a chef? MK: On the job training. (And always being in the kitchen when my family was cooking). BUZZ: What cuisines influence your style of cooking? MK: ALL types of food, fresh products are really my influence. BUZZ: What sets your restaurant apart from others within your food style, and in the local area? MK: PVO’s Bar & Grill has amazing waterfront dining that’s both fun and casual. We are a complete scratch kitchen where quality and fresh-in-daily seafood sets us apart from any restaurant in the area. BUZZ: What is your most memorable kitchen experience? MK: Every day has its own memorable experience because we grow daily.


BUZZ: Favorite kitchen tool? MK: Cutting board and knife. BUZZ: Favorite dish to prepare? MK: Shrimp & Diver Scallops Linguine. BUZZ: What are your favorite ingredients to use? MK: Fresh herbs and fresh seafood. BUZZ: Do you cook in your off time or do you prefer someone to cook a meal for you? MK: Yes, I am always cooking in my off time. When I do have a chance to cook for myself, I use that time to experiment with food and create new dishes. BUZZ: Hobbies outside of the kitchen?





After dinner, leap from savory to sweet dessert. Purchase bundt cake towers as delicious gifts for loved ones, or by the dozen as the finale to a dinner party.

This holiday season, let someone else do the work! The warm staff will feel like family as you indulge in smothered pork-chops, collard greens, and all things Southern.

MK: Fishing and fishing!


Riverside Countless different hearty combinations, but they all arrive to the same delicious conclusion. These flaky biscuits are better than your grandma’s, but we won’t tell if you don’t.


Seafood Salad



1 cup lightly dressed mixed greens

Simply place bed of greens in center of plate. Place proteins around bed. Lightly toast almonds and set aside. Slice grape tomatoes and strawberries. Mix almonds and tomatoes together and place around center bed. Add blueberries and carrots to top of greens.

¼ cup jumbo lump crab meat 4 to 10 Cocktail shrimp ¼ cup grape tomatoes 1/8 cup shredded carrots 1/8 cup strawberries 1/8 cup blueberries 1/8 cup toasted almonds ¼ cup berry vinaigrette 26

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Add your favorite berry vinaigrette and you’ve got one simple, beautiful, and fresh meal!





With authentic country style cooking, a nightly buffet, and many dishes from pork sandwiches to hand-rolled chicken and dumplings, southern hospitality never tasted so good.

When ginger molasses cookies and Oreo red velvet cheesecake are staples on the menu, we can only imagine what original specials await us for holiday season.



Nov. 5



UNF Arena

EverBank Field

On November 5, witness the historic college football rivalry between the United States Naval Academy and the University of Notre Dame as they meet for the 90th time. This is the longest uninterrupted intersectional rivalry in college football — with tradition and respect going far beyond the gridiron. Enjoy a weekend-long celebration with a variety of entertainment!

Swoop in and catch the duel between these Florida basketball teams as the UNF Ospreys take on Miami’s Hurricanes. Game day at the University of North Florida is always big for the team and its fans! With Miami’s fiery spit, this is a game you’ll definitely want to attend!


Nov. 18

EverBank Field


Venue Wolfson High School

The Wolfson Wolfpack is ready to take on the Oakleaf Knights in a battle for the win! The Knights are hoping to take that victory. Who will be victorious among the girls’ varsity basketball teams? Come to the game and see for yourself!

McKenzie’s Run began in 2010, in memory of McKenzie Wilson. The run has been a tremendous success with over 3,800 participants in 2015. All funds raised support The McKenzie Noelle Wilson Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps young people recognize their full potential through programs that encourage caring for others, giving to those in need, and growing in their own spirituality.


Visit our calendar for more local events.

Englewood Rams vs. Westside Wolverines Football: Nov. 4, Englewood High School,

Ribault Trojans vs. Raines Vikings Football: Nov. 5, Raines High School,

First Coast Buccaneers vs. Jackson Tigers Football: Nov. 4, First Coast High School,

Hog Jog: Nov. 6, Green Cove Springs,

University of Florida Gators vs. Mercer University Bears Mens Basketball: Nov. 13, Veterans Memorial Arena,

Atlantic Coast Stingrays vs. Stanton Blue Devils: Nov. 14, Atlantic Coast Salut to Veterans 5K: Nov. 6, Downtown High School, Mandarin Mustangs vs. Fletcher Jacksonville, Senators Football: Nov. 4, Fletcher University of North Florida Ospreys Baldwin Indians vs. Stanton Blue High School, vs. Edward Waters Tigers Men’s Devils Football: Nov. 9, Stanton High Basketball: Nov. 14, UNF Arena, Sandalwood Saints vs. Ed School, White Commanders Football: A-Maize-Ing Glow Run: Nov. 11, Nov. 4, Sandalwood High School, UNF Ospreys vs. University Hilliard, of Miami Hurricanes Men’s University of North Florida Ospreys Basketball: Nov. 16, UNF Arena, Union County Fightin’ Tigers vs. vs. Florida A&M Rattlers Women’s Paxon Golden Eagles Football: Basketball: Nov. 11, UNF Arena, Nov. 4, Union Country High School, Wolfson Wolfpack vs. Oakleaf Girls Basketball: Nov. 18, Wolfson High University of Florida Gators vs. School, AVS Paws For a Cause 5K: Nov. 5, Belmont University Bruins Mens Nocatee, University of North Florida Ospreys Basketball: Nov. 11, Veterans Memorial vs. Florida A&M Rattlers Women’s Jacksonville University Dolphins vs. Arena, Basketball: Nov. 11, UNF Arena, New Jersey Institute of Technology Bailey’s Health and Fitness Highlanders Women’s Volleyball: Mandarin Run: Nov. 12, Mandarin, Nov. 5, JU Arena, UNFniversity of North Florida Ospreys vs. Weber International Navy vs. Notre Dame: Nov. 5, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Warriors Women’s Basketball: Nov. EverBank Field, Texans: Nov. 13, EverBank Field, 18, UNF Arena, Ryan’s Run: Nov: 5, Ortega,

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McKenzie’s Run: Nov. 19, EverBank Field, UNF Ospreys vs. Florida Atlantic University Owls Women’s Basketball: Nov. 20, UNF Arena, Thanksgiving Distance Classic: Nov. 24, Mandarin, Tottenham Hotspurs vs. Chelsea: Nov. 26, NBCSN, Thanksgiving-Weekend-Sports Chicago Blackhawks vs. L.A. Kings: Nov. 26, NBCSN, Thanksgiving-Weekend-Sports Wolfson Wolfpack vs. Mandarin Mustangs Boys Basketball: Nov. 28, Mandarin High School, Jacksonville Giants vs. South Florida Gold: Dec. 3, Veterans Memorial Arena, November 2016 •


Game Day:


Holiday Races


AVS Paws for a Cause 5K

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Thanksgiving Weekend Sports Here’s what to watch the rest of the weekend in soccer, hockey, and MMA fighting. Saturday, Nov. 26

What to Watch: NFL Football

Tottenham Hotspurs vs. Chelsea - 12:30 p.m. on NBCSN

The NFL owns Thanksgiving! The football games are as much a part of the holiday as the turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. Here’s what games to watch after the feast:

Can Chelsea’s newfound soccer solidarity hold off the Spurs press?

Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions (12:30 p.m. on CBS)

Two of the best led teams in the NHL face off!

Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys (4:30 p.m. on FOX)

Sunday, Nov. 27

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings - 10:30 p.m. on NBCSN

UFC Fight Pass - Rockhold vs. Jacare - 9 p.m. on Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Indianapolis Colts (8:30 p.m. on NBC)

Come run this community event celebrating pets! This event will benefit The Affiliated Veterinary Specialists Charitable Fund via Veterinary Care Foundation to financially assist owners with pet medical expenses.

Salute to Veterans 5K and Patriotic Paws Parade

Nov. 6 The Jacksonville Landing

Participate in the Salute to Veterans 5K. Plus, there’s a Patriotic Paws Parade so bring up your dressed-up pooches and critters. Enjoy the free food, party favors, and more!

Earn Your Turkey: How to Avoid the Food Guilt Patrick Henigan is the founder of Jacksonville Fitness Academy, which offers online training programs and fitness and mindset tips. For more info, visit “As a kid I had an important soccer game every Thanksgiving,” said Henigan. “Before every game my dad would say the same thing to me ‘earn your turkey.’ He said it to motivate me to play hard.”

Thanksgiving Distance Classic Half Marathon & 6K

Thanksgiving is not about your waistline, but sometimes we can’t help but feel guilty for what we eat. Work-out that morning to avoid the guilt. After that, enjoy yourself! Thanksgiving is about family, not fitness.

Easy Thanksgiving Exercise

There is no quick fix for weight loss. The two things necessary are discipline in the gym and kitchen, and patience. To lose fat, you must eat less. You must burn more calories than you take in. Nothing burns more calories than a minute of jumping rope. It’s going to be awkward at first, but you can quickly master it. If you want to build coordination, athleticism, and burn some fat try jumping rope.

Nov. 24 Pickwick Plaza

A fast race that takes runners through the heart of Jacksonville, this Thanksgiving day race offers runners a guilt-free way to enjoy their meals later in the day.


Are you ready for some football? The JU Dolphins will finish out their season this month with two home games and one away. All games can be viewed on ESPN3. Get ready to cheer on the boys! Home: Nov. 5 JU vs. Drake Bulldogs Away: Nov. 12 JU at Valparaiso Crusaders Home: Nov. 19 JU vs. Marist Red Foxes


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The JU Dolphins Men’s Basketball team starts off their season on November 12 in Denver, Colorado. There’s quite a few home games at the Historic Swisher Gym. Mark your calendars to attend or watch on ESPN3! Nov. 23 JU vs. Trinity Baptist Dec. 7 JU vs. Eastern Kentucky Dec. 19 JU vs. Florida Memorial


The JU Dolphins have their eye on the prize - the ASUN Conference Championship. With a jam-packed schedule, they’ll have to play their hardest. Nov. 4 JU vs. USC Upstate Nov. 5 JU vs. NJIT Nov. 11 JU at Lipscomb Nov. 12 JU at Kennesaw State Nov. 17-19 ASUN Conference Championship in Nashville, Tennessee


The JU Dolphins Women’s team is set to start out strong this season with four home games and three away. Nov. 11 JU vs. Thomas Nov. 13 JU vs. Bethune-Cookman Nov. 17 JU at Florida State Nov. 21 JU at USF Nov. 25 JU vs. Nicholls St. Nov. 26 JU vs. South Alabama Nov. 29 JU at Savannah St.

ON CAMPUS: University of North Florida Men’s Basketball


UNF MEN’S BASKETBALL UNF Ospreys vs. Auburn Nov. 11 at Auburn CATCH IT ON: SEC Network

Are you ready for some basketball? The season at the University of North Florida is about to start and you don’t want to miss the buzzer beater. The University of North Florida men’s basketball team faces another challenging schedule with 14 home games and 17 away games. Their schedule includes several match-ups against nationally recognized programs. Last season, the Ospreys finished with a 22-12 (10-4 ASUN) record and claimed a second straight ASUN Conference regular season crown. They also advanced to play in a national postseason tournament for the second time in program history. The Ospreys hosted the Florida Gators in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). Three starters and eight letter winners return from the squad that led the nation in three-point shooting and ranked in the Top 10 nationally in scoring. In addition to a successful overall team performance, individual player accolades are not to be ignored.

HEAD COACH HIGHLIGHT “Entering our eighth season it has become a common theme that our non-conference slate will provide us tremendous opportunities in preparation for a competitive ASUN schedule,” said head coach Matthew Driscoll, who owns a 118-112 mark at UNF. “This year, unlike in the past, our home schedule includes some Power 5 teams which makes it the most challenging of our tenure. Once again the ASUN is loaded with a great deal of talent and experience, and combined with strong coaching throughout the league brings parity to an all-time high. With just 14 league games, a premium is placed on each night of competition and that makes for an exciting journey.”


2016-17 SEASON STARTS The Ospreys open their Silver Anniversary 25th season of competition (12th year at the NCAA Division I level), Nov. 11 on the road against Auburn. UNF then tips off their home slate Nov. 14 against Edward Waters before welcoming Sweet 16 participant Miami on Nov. 16. North Florida’s non-conference schedule features a pair of home games against Power 5 Conference in-state foes Miami and Florida along with road tests against several other teams from high major conferences including the SEC: Auburn, LSU, Arkansas, ACC: Syracuse, and American Conference: Connecticut. In addition, UNF will battle some strong mid-major powers -- North Dakota, Wright State, FIU and Ball State. It’s going to be a great season in Swoop Life.

• Dallas Moore was awarded ASUN Player of the Year. In his senior year as a guard, he joined the UNF 1,000 Point Club and became the all-time leading scorer in UNF program history. The St. Petersburg, FL native enters this year with 1,625 career points and is on the pace to become the eighth player in league history to reach 2,000. • Senior Chris Davenport also joined UNF 1,000 Point Club and became the fourth players in program history with 600 or more rebounds. He is ranked 2nd in ASUN and 47th in the nation for blocked shots. Davenport is the 3rd player in UNF history with 100 or more blocked shots. • Former UNF player and All-Atlantic Sun performer, Beau Beech became the first player in UNF program history to sign an NBA deal. The Brooklyn Nets signed this standout player for their 2016-17 season. Season tickets are on sale now! For more info, visit

UNF Ospreys vs. Edward Waters Nov. 14 at UNF Arena CATCH IT ON: ESPN3 UNF Ospreys vs. Miami Nov. 16 at UNF Arena CATCH IT ON: ESPN3 UNF Ospreys vs. LSU Nov. 18 at Baton Rouge CATCH IT ON: SEC Network Wright State Invitational UNF Ospreys vs. Florida National Nov. 22 at UNF Arena CATCH IT ON: ESPN3 UNF Ospreys vs. Florida Dec. 1 at UNF Arena CATCH IT ON: ESPN3 UNF Ospreys vs. Arkansas Dec. 10 at Fayetteville CATCH IT ON: SEC Network UNF Ospreys vs. Thomas University Dec. 15 at UNF Arena CATCH IT ON: ESPN3 UNF Ospreys vs. Connecticut Dec. 18 at Connecticut CATCH IT ON: ESPN3 UNF Ospreys vs. Ball State Dec. 29 at UNF Arena CATCH IT ON: ESPN3


GAME FACE: Local Athletes of Jacksonville

Sports Director at

Jacksonville Sharks

Quentin Groves

The Sharks are changing leagues. The AFL is losing members and likely folding operations for good. The Sharks will play in a rival league and other teams from the AFL will likely join Jacksonville. The Sharks had a nice run in the AFL with a 2011 Arena Bowl Championship and runner-up in 2015.

Former Jacksonville Jaguars player passed away from a heart attack in October. Groves, 32, was a second-round pick in 2008 for the Jags and went onto play for six other franchises in seven years. Groves had a heart condition coming out of Auburn, but was cleared to play.

Tony Jasick

Matthew Driscoll

Jacksonville University Dolphins Basketball

The Dolphins hoop team will begin year three with many players returning from last year’s Atlantic Sun runner-up squad. Jasick got more out of the Dolphins last year than most expected, but with two years under his belt and a renovated Swisher Gymnasium, they are expecting big things at JU.

UNF Ospreys Basketball

The UNF Ospreys also begin play in November. Driscoll enters year eight and has brought the Ospreys to new heights. UNF played in the NIT last year after winning the Atlantic Sun regular season championship. UNF has a challenging schedule playing Auburn, Miami, LSU, Florida, and UConn. November 2016 •



Music Locale Nov. 13 WAR

Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

The “Why Can’t We Be Friends” originators, WAR, were the first and most successful musical crossover phenomenon that fused rock, jazz, Latin, and R&B, while transcending racial and cultural barriers with a multi-ethnic line-up. This musical melting pot endured an influence that has sold nearly 50 million records.


Mavericks at the Landing

The duo of Preston Brust and Chris Lucas have enjoyed hit singles, sold-out concert appearances here and abroad, and have tasted the top of the chart as two of Nashville’s quickest rising songwriters. Join LOCASH along with Tim Montana and the Shrednecks as they rock out at the Landing.


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Thrasher-Horne Center


Mavericks at the Landing

“After countless discussions and months of thought, we have decided that it is time for Yellowcard to come to an end. This will be our last album and our final world tour,” Yellowcard said in a unified statement. As the band comes to an end, they’re making sure to bring it back to where it all began. Join Yellowcard for one last show in Jax.

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Dec. 1

Grammy Award winning R&B group Boyz II Men brings their superstar talent to the ThrasherHorne Center on December 1! Boyz II Men remains one of the most truly iconic R&B groups in music history. The group redefined popular R&B and continues to create timeless hits that appeal to fans across all generations!

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EVANESCENCE -by Tiara Bree Jeffers

STORY BEHIND THE MUSIC: Evanescence’s third album is self-titled for a reason: 15 years after its formation, the multi-platinum band has made the most collaborative, united album of its career. And it rocks. “Coming back together is such a beautiful and happy thing,” co-founder and lead singer Amy Lee said of making “Evanescence,” the group’s first album since 2006’s “The Open Door.”

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The album, produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Alice In Chains, Deftones), packs a wallop with a unified vision that can only come from a group working together as a creative unit. The project’s premiere single, “Bring Me to Life,” snagged the band a Grammy for best hard rock performance. Other massive hits followed, including “My Immortal,” and “Call Me When You’re Sober,” establishing Evanescence as worldwide tour headliners. The break between “The Open Door” and “Evanescence” provided the band with much-deserved rest, but also some clarity as to how important what they had created meant to them. Now, Evanescence’s thoughts have turned to returning to the road. “This record is so geared for live shows,” said Lee. “We were thinking about playing live the whole time we were writing it.”

CATCH THEM LIVE: Nov. 10 at St. Augustine Amphitheatre WEBSITE:

FANTASIA -by Tiara Bree Jeffers

STORY BEHIND THE MUSIC: Join Fantasia as she takes you on a journey with her award-winning vocals. After winning season three of American Idol, Fantasia has skyrocketed in her career. Fans can expect to hear many of Fantasia’s hit songs including songs from her latest album, “The Definition Of….” The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B Album chart, number two on the Overall Album chart, and number six on the Billboard 200 chart. “The Definition Of…” received rave reviews from critics and fans across the country. Channeling Tina Turner…she is the definition of a star.” Entertainment Weekly stated, “There’s more of that smoky, jazzy vibe throughout the LP, with Fantasia presiding over the affair as its soulful chanteuse.” Openers Guordan Banks and American Idol star, La’Porsha Renae, will join the headline singer. Guordan Banks is a songwriter and contemporary R&B balladeer with a smooth, mildly raspy delivery. His mood-diverse debut EP/ mixtape, “A Song for Everyone,” appeared in 2014 and offered featured performances by Ayo and rappers Meek Mill, Omelly, and Wale. It was released on Meek Mill’s Dream Chasers Records. Fantasia was one of La’Porsha’s mentors as she competed on this last farewell season of American Idol. She made it to the top two and got to sing duets with Fantasia along the way. Their duets moved people to tears, warranted standing ovations and resulted in this inevitable dynamic duo.

CATCH THEM LIVE: Nov. 25 at the Times-Union Center WEBSITE:

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MUSIC EVENTS Visit our calendar for more local events.

Denzel Curry: Nov. 1, 1904 Music Hall, Open Mic Tuesday with Bonnie and Clyde: Nov. 1, Dave’s Music Bar and Grill, Farewell My Love, The Funeral Portrait and Matt Skajem: Nov. 1, Jack Rabbits, Bilal In Concert: Nov. 3, Ritz Theatre and Museum, Casting Crowns: Nov. 3, Veterans Memorial Arena, Mac Sabbath: Nov. 3, Jack Rabbits, LOCASH, Tim Montana and the Shrednecks: Nov. 3, Mavericks at the Landing, NF Nate Feuerstein with Special Guest Fleurie: Nov. 3, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Surfer Blood: Nov. 3, The Original Café 11, Whetherman and Fjord Explore: Nov. 3, Mudville Music Room, Sing Out Loud Backyard Showcase Featuring Ramona Quimny, Jim Johnston’s Trio of Boom and Jon Bailey: Nov. 4, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, Big Smo: Nov. 4, Mavericks at the Landing, Radoslav Lorkovic: Nov. 4, The Mudville Grille, The Anton Laplume Band: Nov. 4, Lake Shore Bar, DJ Abilities and E-turn Live at Rain Dogs: Nov. 4, Rain Dogs, Ghost: The Popstar Tour: Nov. 4, The Florida Theatre, Puttin’ On the Ritz: Nov. 4, Ritz Theatre and Museum, Tyler Denning Band: Nov. 5, The Roadhouse, Gold City: Nov. 5, Dinsmore Baptist Church, Trinity River Band: Nov. 6, Christ Church Pca, Cassidy Lee: Nov. 6, Jack Rabbits, Cult Leader and Car Bomb: Nov. 8, Nighthawks,

Fantasia | Nov. 25 |Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts

Alicia Olatuja: Nov. 11, Ritz Theatre and Museum, Foghat: Nov. 11, Greater Jacksonville Fair and Expo Center, Billy Buchanan: Nov. 11, TPC at Sawgrass, Animal Collective: Nov. 12, Mavericks at the Landing, Chris Young with Special Guests Dustin Lynch and Cassadee Pope: Nov. 12, St. Augustine Amphitheatre,

Florida Chamber Music Project Presents Haydn & Shostakovich: Nov. 20, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall,

Cage the Elephant: Nov. 12, Mavericks at the Landing,

An Evening with David Crosby and Friends: Nov. 21, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall,

Raheem Devaughn in Concert: Nov. 12, The Ritz Theatre and Museum, MOAA Ancient City Chapter Presents: Lee Greenwood A Benefit for Veterans: Nov. 13, St. Augustine Amphitheatre,

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis: Nov. 21, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, Bobaflexautomatik: Nov. 22, Jack Rabbits,

WAR: Nov. 13, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall,

Fantasia: Nov. 25, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts,

Chapel Concert: James Armstrong: Nov. 14, Beaches Museum Chapel at the Beaches Museum and History Park,

Steve Vai Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Tour: Nov. 23, The Florida Theatre,

Jimkata: Nov. 15, 1904 Music Hall,

Gin Wigmore: Nov. 26, JAck Rabbits,

Thievery Corporation: Nov. 15, Mavericks at the Landing,

Kenny G: Nov. 28, The Florida Theatre,

Eric Johnson: An Evening of Acoustic Guitar and Piano: Nov. 16, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall,

Dream Theater Presents: The Astonishing Live: Nov. 29, The Florida Theatre,

Etana: Nov. 16, Mavericks at the Landing,

Queensryche: Nov. 29, Mavericks at the Landing,

Galactic with Special Guest The Hip Abduction: Nov. 17, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall,

Perpetual Groove: Nov. 30, Mavericks at the Landing,

Bob Dylan and His Band: Nov. 18, TimesUnion Center for the Performing Arts,

Toots and the Maytals: Nov. 9, Mavericks at the Landing,

Puttin’ On the Ritz Semi Finals: Nov. 18, Ritz Theatre and Museum,

Carcass and Deafheaven with Inter Arma: Nov. 10, 1904 Music Hall,

Yellowcard: Nov. 18, Mavericks at the Landing,

Evanescence with Guest Sick Puppies: Nov. 10, St. Augustine Amphitheatre,

An Evening with Nellie McKay: Nov. 19, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall,

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The World Beat Cafe: Nov. 19, Mavericks at the Landing, The Wonder Years & Real Friends: Nov. 19, Mavericks at the Landing,

The Interrupters with Band Cop/Bad Cop: Nov. 9, Jack Rabbits,


Swamp Radio Presents Early Thanks: Nov. 19, St. Augustine Amphitheatre,

Helment with Local H: Nov. 19, Jack Rabbits,

Boyz II Men: Dec.1, Thrasher-Horne Center, California Guitar Trio Holidy Show: Dec. 1, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Dave Koz Christmas Tour with Special Guests: Jonathan Butler, Kenny Lattimore and Valerie Simpson: Dec. 1, The Florida Theatre, John Lumpkin’s Jazz Discovery Series Presents: Patrick Bartley: Dec. 1, Ritz Theatre and Museum,


FEEL the BEAT: By: Tiara Bree Jeffers

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Bilal In Concert Nov. 3 Ritz Theatre and Museum


Seen earlier this year on the BET awards in June, Bilal has been topping the charts since his first deal with Interscope and his debut album, “1st Born Second.” One of its three singles, “Soul Sista,” peaked at No. 18 on the R&B singles chart.

Nov. 4

The Florida Theatre

With their third studio release, “Meliora,” heavy metal band Ghost debuted on the charts at No. 1 in their home country of Sweden and number eight in the United States. The album’s lead single, “Circle,” earned Ghost a 2016 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance. Ghost is known for their eccentric stage presence. The six-member band performs in face-concealing masks and costumes, keeping their true identities a secret. Marissa Nadler will be opening the show for the band. For more than 12 years, Marissa Nadler has perfected her own take on the exquisitely sculpted gothic American song form. On her seventh full-length, “Strangers,” she has shed any self-imposed restrictions her earlier albums adhered to, stepped through a looking glass, and created a truly monumental work.

Sing Out Loud Backyard Showcase Nov. 4 St. Augustine Amphitheatre

The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is thrilled to present local acts Ramona Quimby, Jim Johnston’s Trio of Boom, and Jon Bailey live from the Backyard Stage during the Sing Out Loud Backyard Showcase. The Sing Out Loud Backyard Showcase featuring Ramona Quimby, Jim Johnston’s Trio of Boom, and Jon Bailey is free and open to the public!


Nov. 18

Ritz Theatre and Museum

The show formerly known as Amateur Night has a new name, but it’s still the same great show! Each month amazing performances from talent all over the city and beyond are featured. Electrifying music by DJ Chill Will will have you dancing in your seats all night. You never know what to expect from the shows enthusiastic and spontaneous host, Octavius Davis. And the most important part of the show is you! With the liveliest audience in the south, you can applaud or boo contestants as they compete for a chance to move up in the ranking! All year long contestants have been battling it out to get a spot on the coveted Semi Finals stage. Amazing talent will still be able to perform November 4 to vie for that spot and then the real competition begins!

Alicia Olatuja Nov. 11 Ritz Theatre and Museum

Praised by the New York Times as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage,” Alicia Olatuja has been fascinating audiences with her exquisite vocals, artistic versatility, and captivating demeanor. She first came into the national spotlight in 2013, whilst performing with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at the past Presidential Inauguration.

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Nightlife Picks

Thrasher-Horne Center

Nov. 2

Tracy Morgan is back in action and funnier than ever! He’s bringing his talents to town and it’s going to be a whole lot of funny! The SNL and 30 Rock star is ready to knock your socks off! For mature audiences only.


The Elbow

Even though Art Walk ends at 9 p.m., the fun doesn’t have to! Join the festivities as Art Walk’s patrons party in The Elbow. With venues such as Olio, 1904 Music Hall, Myth Nightclub, and more, enjoy great specials and events!

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The Florida Theatre

Tony-award winning hoofer, choreographer, and producer Savion Glover returns to Jax with his new show. His award-winning choreography has been seen in Broadway shows and in the film “Bamboozled” by Spike Lee. He received an Academy Award for “Happy Feet” 1 and 2.

Omni Hotel

Solve a hilarious murder case while you feast on a four-course dinner at America’s largest interactive murder mystery comedy dinner show! Just beware. The killer is hiding somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself the Prime Suspect. Bring your best sleuthing skills to win a prize!

Lynch’s Irish Pub Presents



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Catchin' a BUZZ Interview by Monica Stouder


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Busiest night of the week?

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What is your favorite drink and why?

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The Eradicator Double IPA. We spent three years creating an IPA for Jacksonville. It’s a First Coast IPA. We We are passionate about craft beer and food. Our goal is dry hop it for two weeks to give it a unique in your face to give Jacksonville a place to hang out daily, relax, and enjoy world class beer. hop aroma. What is unique about the WBBC?

LEFT LEG LAGER German Style Lager, brewed with RO water 5.1% abv., crushable lager. Our answer to the mass produced crap. Wicked Barley

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We are a true brew pub, a full-service restaurant that brews our own beer. Non-corporate, owned by three dudes local to Jacksonville. When is Happy Hour? Daily 4-6 p.m. Monday/Tuesday 2-6 p.m. What kind of weekly specials do you all offer? Food specials rotate weekly, come on in to check it out!

NIGHTLIFE EVENTS Trivia Night: Nov. 1, Element Bistro & Bar, Art Walk After Dark, Color Outside the Lines: Nov. 2, The Elbow, Whatever Wednesday: Nov. 2, Safar’s Sports Bar, Wine Wednesdays in the River City Brew House Lounge & Deck: Nov. 2, River City Brewing Company, VICE Fridays at Myth Nightclub: Nov. 4, Myth Nightclub, The Scream Park: Nov. 4, Clay County Fairgronds in Green Cove Springs, DCL VIBE: Nov. 5, Downtown Cigar Lounge, ISIN Sundays, An Interactive Service Industry Night: Nov. 6, Myth Nightclub, Swing Dance Sundays: Nov. 6, The Volstead, Trivia Night: Nov. 8, Element Bistro & Bar, Whatever Wednesday: Nov. 9, Safar’s Sports Bar, VICE Fridays at Myth Nightclub: Nov. 11, Myth Nightclub, 36 November 2016 •

What compliments do you hear most often from your customers? The vibe at Wicked Barley. We have multiple areas to relax including our large beer garden and boat dock. Yes you can get to us by boat! What does your staff enjoy the most about working at WBBC? Non-corporate environment, owners are there, and care.

Visit our calendar for more local events.

DCL VIBE: Nov. 12, Downtown Cigar Lounge, Tracy Morgan Picking Up the Pieces Tour: Nov. 12, Thrasher-Horne Center, ISIN Sundays, An Interactive Service Industry Night: Nov. 13, Myth Nightclub, The Elbow Tailgate: Nov. 13, The Elbow, An Evening with Neil Degrasse Tyson: Nov. 14, The Florida Theatre, Trivia Night: Nov. 15, Element Bistro & Bar, Whatever Wednesday: Nov. 16, Safar’s Sports Bar, The Elbow Jam: Nov. 17, The Elbow, TheElbowJax,.com Unleash Dance Party: Nov. 17, Myth Nightclub, Amira: Nov. 18, Times Union Center for the Performing Arts, Savion Glover Presents: Classical Savion: Nov. 18, The Florida Theatre, Beach Bash: Benefiting the Non-Profit Florida Theatre: Nov.19, Atlantic Beach Country Club,

An Evening with Neil Degrasse Tyson | Nov. 14 |

Suite Nightly Happening: Nov. 19, Suite, DCL VIBE: Nov. 19, Downtown Cigar Lounge, Eco Tours: Nov. 20, Friendship Fountain Park, ISIN Sundays, An Interactive Service Industry Night: Nov. 20, Myth Nightclub, Trivia Night: Nov. 22, Element Bistro & Bar, Whatever Wednesday: Nov. 23, Safar’s Sports Bar, Complicated Animals Live at Element Bistro: Nov. 25, Element Bistro & Bar, DCL VIBE: Nov. 26, Downtown Cigar Lounge,

Murder Mystery Dinner Show: Nov. 26, Omni Hotel, The Acclaimed Fiasco Theater Production - Into the Woods: Nov. 26, Thrasher-Horne Center, ISIN Sundays, An Interactive Service Industry Night: Nov. 27, Myth Nightclub, Whatever Wednesday: Nov. 30, Safar’s Sports Bar, Boyz II Men: Dec. 1, Thrasher-Horne Center, Billy Gardell: Dec. 3, Thrasher-Horne Center, The Comedy Get Down Tour: Cedric The Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez & Charlie Murphy: Dec. 9, Veterans Memorial Arena,



Written by Kyle, Astrologer Extraordinaire

ARIES (March 21- April 19) An old flame is coming into the picture this month. It may have ended badly with this person, but we both know how desperate you’ve been lately. So let’s see what happens this time. I have a feeling it will remind you why you broke up in the first place. TAURUS (April 20 – May 20) I was told for you Taurus, “The best part of dating is the courtship phase.” Now let me get this right. Courtship means, “the wooing of one person by another.” So therefore, you are good at wooing. Yes, wooing. Guess you have to be good at something. GEMINI (May 21 – June 21) According to another horoscope, “An off-hand comment from your partner will offer some insight about what is on their mind.” I think this is only going to lend to anger on your part. Thus, ignore your partner all month. You’ll thank me. CANCER (June 22 – July 22) Supposedly you should be looking into your goals in life and setting them for 10 years from now. I thought we lived the paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle? Really, 10 years from now? Seriously, I am sure there is a sale somewhere. Let’s go spend some money. LEO (July 23 – August 22) I read this nugget about you Leo, “People tend to trust those who believe in themselves without being pompous.” Translation: Confident is great. Know-it-all equals a lot of alone time. VIRGO (August 23 – September 22) This month your pals are going to be down in the dumps and will need a pick-meup from you. Doesn’t sound like a lot of fun to me. I would recommend trying to find new friends. LIBRA (September 23 – October 22) According to the web this month, “accept any invites you get today for some quality hang-out time. Head to the local bowling alley and show off your knockingdown-pin skills.” That was their advice. Pathetic, I know. Go to the alley and show off your knock-back-drink skills sounds way more fun. SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21) I know your birthday is soon, but here’s a secret for you. You can’t keep one. Apparently, you don’t understand what a secret is. According to UrbanDictionary. com it means, “I can’t tell ya.” Hmm, looks like I can’t tell you. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21) A good sense of humor can save you from a really bad date this month. Unfortunately, it seems like you will be going on a more than one bad date this month. That’s okay though. Get the bad ones out of the way before the holidays. CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19) This is what I read online today for you Capricorn, “Instead of falling for the flyby-night romantic you might be better off giving your heart to a more grounded individual. It might not sound as exciting now, but stability can be sexy.” I couldn’t disagree more. Go for fly-by-night. AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18) Sometimes a new romance may feel “too good to be true.” All you have to do in this scenario is dump the person before the truth out weighs the good. Sound advice if you ask me. PISCES (February 19 – March 20) It’s time to upscale your dates. That is if you are getting dates. I am guessing you’re not. Regardless, it’s time to start spending some money or ask to be taken to a nicer place. These dates still may be bad, but at least they will be fancy. November 2016 •


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