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Earth Fare Has Opened In Mandarin
Earth Fare, the authentic specialty organic and natural foods grocery store, has opened their newest location, located at 11700 San Jose Boulevard. This will be the 42nd Earth Fare location nationwide and the second in in the Jacksonville area. Earth Fare has committed to continued growth throughout Florida, and operates stores in Ocala, Gainesville, Tallahassee and Seminole.
“Almost three years ago, Jacksonville welcomed Earth Fare with open arms, and we’re thrilled to now offer Mandarin residents a place to shop for their families confidently, knowing their carts are full of only the healthiest, tastiest foods,” said Earth Fare president and CEO Frank Scorpiniti. “We are thankful to our Community Advisory Board, made up of a number of passionate community members, who have come together to help Earth Fare build the best healthy offering specific to Mandarin.”
Earth Fare made headlines earlier this year when they challenged Americans to take back control of their health through their food choices and Live Longer With Earth Fare ™. Since 1975, Earth Fare has distinguished itself as a leader in the healthy foods industry by developing a unique Food Philosophy that informs every product offere... [Read More]
Metropolitan Park's First Oktoberfest & Music Festival
The first ever Florida Oktoberfest & Music Festival will hold some of the biggest stars in rock, alternative, and country music, is set for October 6,7, and 8, 2017.
Jacksonville’s Metropolitan Park will play host to three jam-packed days and nights of music and Oktoberfest fun. The festival will feature activities for all ages including a 100 ft ferris wheel, games, and inflatables zone, and arts and crafts vendors. Children under the age of 12 are free to attend.
Festival goers will be able to travel around Germany and purchase a wide variety of German and Oktoberfest style ales. Additionally, 15 of North Florida’s most popular food trucks will create a German inspired dish as well as their most popular menu items.
Friday 5pm- 11pm:
Absolute Journey - Journey Tribute Band Hotel California - The Eagles Tribute Band + More
Citizen Cope Neon Trees Magic! The Expendables Cloud 9 Vibes + More
Sunday Noon - 10pm:
Dustin Lynch Granger Smith David Nail Craig Campbell Ashley McBryde + More
Tickets are on sale now on www.thefloridaoktoberfest.com... [Read More]
The Jacksonville Jaguars Starting Quarterback This Season Will Be Blake Bortles.
Just one week after head coach Doug Marrone suggested that the job was up for grabs, the Jaguars starting quarterback competition has reportedly been settled. The man to lead the offense for your 2017-2018 Jacksonville Jaguars will be Blake Bortles. Coach Doug Marrone has picked fourth-year player Blake Bortles over Chad Henne to be the team's starter for the Sept. 10 season opener at Houston, a surprising turnaround for a player whose career with the team seemed to be in jeopardy a week ago.
Coach Marrone gave Chad Henne the start in Jacksonville’s third preseason game, but was apparently unimpressed by Henne’s 8-of-14, 73-yard performance. Bortles was better, connecting on 12 of 16 throws for 125 yards and a touchdown.
Bortles has started the last 45 regular season games for the Jaguars, but a dreadful start to the 2017 preseason following his downturn in 2016 led Doug Marrone to bench him in favor of Chad Henne for the third preseason contest. Henne went 8 of 14 for 73 yards while getting sacked three times with the first-team offense, while Bortles completed 12 of 16 passes for 125 yards, a touchdown and a pick with the subs.
Despite his downturn in production, the Jag... [Read More]
Tickets For Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio Go On Sale Today
The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall presents rousing, down-home feel-good blues musician Elvin Bishop and his Big Fun Trio live at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Sunday, November 19, 2017. Tickets for Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio go on sale this Friday, August 25 at 10 a.m.
“Fabulous good-time romps…The pleasure is infectious.” –Blues & Rhythm
A lot has happened since guitar legend Elvin Bishop released his last album, 2014’s Grammy-nominated Can’t Even Do Wrong Right. He was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and soon after into the Blues Hall Of Fame. He won the Living Blues Award for Best Blues Album Of 2014 and three 2014 Blues Music Awards: Album of the Year, Song of the Year (for the title track) and The Elvin Bishop Band took the award for Band of the Year.
Now, Elvin—along with his friends, guitarist/pianist Bob Welsh and percussionist/vocalist Willy Jordan—launches The Big Fun Trio. Preparing for one of the first live gigs with his new trio, Bishop told The San Jose Mercury News, “Every time I pick up the guitar, something new comes out of it. I guess you’d call me a late bloomer. When you get to be my age, you’re not expecting to be progressing or coming up ... [Read More]
Northern St Johns County Welcomes Beachwalk
A new community in Northern St. Johns County called Beachwalk will have residents living there before the year ends. Beachwalk is planned to be an upscale neighborhood anchored by what is essentially a 14-acre swimming pool. Plenty of work has already been done, and developer John Kinsey and others associated with the development were in town Thursday for the official groundbreaking ceremony. The enormous Crystal Lagoon has been dug out and is taking shape. Water should fill the Lagoon as soon as July of this year with residents living around it by fall.
The project being done by Art Falcone’s Encore Capital Management and Kinsey’s Twin Creeks Development, brings a man made lagoon into the project and makes it part of the unique character of the community. The architecture, landscaping and amenities will be different from any other community in the area. It will offer a beach vibe with palm trees rather than live oaks and sandy beaches around the lagoon.
Kinsey stated that it is a departure from what you see everywhere you go. Working on the whole idea of Beachwalk two years ago, Art and Kinsey came to the conclusion pretty quickly that this area didn’t need more of what was being built and sold in every other community. There i... [Read More]
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Bad Religion and Pennywise Coming To The Ampitheatre
St. Augustine, FL (May 12, 2014) – In 1994, Epitaph Records sponsored Summer Nationals, selling out three days at the Hollywood Palladium. The rising tide of California punk bands were brought together with their swelling legion of fans into one sweaty mass of zeitgeist. The Offspring, having just released the seminal album Smash, lead the way alongside Bad Religion and Pennywise.
Those same headliners will join together for the first time since that memorable moment and bring the event across North America. Starting in late July through the end of Summer, the trio, along with other bands on select dates including Stiff Little Fingers and SoCal punk buds The Vandals, will hit the road for Summer Nationals 2014. The Offspring with Bad Religion and Pennywise will perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre Tuesday, August 19. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 30 at 10AM.
The Offspring will be performing Smash in its entirety for the first time ever, an album that has sold 12 million copies and remains the highest selling independent record of all time, plus new and classic songs. Bad Religion, fresh off the surprise success of their acclaimed Christmas Songs album, will pull from... [Read More]
Tres De Mayo Bar Crawl This Saturday
This Saturday is the Tres De Mayo Bar Crawl in Jacksonville Beach. This year is the 2nd Annual event that moved to the beach this year after being held at the Town Center last year. Over 500 participants dressed up in sombreros and other festive themed apparel for the big fiesta last year.
The Event is 21 + and costumes are encouraged. This year the participating locations are:
Check-in & First Stop: Ritz
Second Stop: Brix
Third Stop: Tavern
Fourth: Blue Water Island Grille
Fifth Stop: Zeta Brewing
Sixth Stop Harmonious Monks
Seventh Stop: Lynch's Irish Pub
Final Stop and After Party: The Pier
Check In Location & Participating Venues: Check in will be at the Ritz from 5-8pm; Event specials run from 5-10pm
Tickets: Online $10, Day of $15 - Tickets can be purchased by visiting this link: Tickets... [Read More]
Easter Keg Hunt Saturday
This Saturday, one of Jacksonville's Most popular event is back by popular demand. The Easter Keg Hunt is fun-filled but limited in size so make sure to sign your team up quickly! At this scavenger hunt teams will travel all over Jacksonville to find the Easter Kegs.
Easter Kegs are not normal kegs. They are painted kegs that are hidden all over town and are found by teams solving clues. The first team to find all the kegs including the Golden Keg will win the Easter Keg Hunt.
Winning team wins Beer For A Year. 2nd and 3rd place teams also receive runner up prizes. Costumes are encouraged. "Best Team Name" and "Best Dressed Team" also receive prizes. All teams must have a designated driver.
The event headquarters will be at Nippers Beach Grille in Jacksonville Beach. Registration will take place from 9:00-10:30 AM. Brunch and Bar will be available. Scavenger hunt will begin at 10:30 am. Course will aprox. take 2-3 hours. Award ceremony and post race festivities will be between noon and 3pm
Sign up at www.TheEasterKegHunt.com... [Read More]
Weekend Events - April 12th & 13th
1) One Spark Festival in Downtown Jacksonville 2) The Oyster Jam Music Festival & Southeast US Boat Show at Metro Park in Downtown Jacksonville
3) Lauren's Kids Walk Saturday to help end child sexual abuse in Duval County 4) Dierks Bentley Live at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Saturday 5) The San Marco Art Festival at the historic San Marco Square Saturday and Sunday 6) Check out Riverside Arts Market on Saturday from 10-4pm 7) $1 Bowling at Latitude 30 on Sunday after 9pm 8) Its the final weekend of the Clay County Fair . Arts, crafts, rides, family fun and more!... [Read More]
ZZ TOP AND JEFF BECK RETURN TOGETHER TO PERFORM AT THE ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE
St. Augustine, FL (April 3, 2014) – ZZ Top and Jeff Beck return to perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Sunday, September 7. Tickets will go on sale next Friday, April 11 at 10am. This August will see long time music legends and mutual admirers, ZZ Top and Jeff Beck on tour together for the first time. Formatted with musical synergy in mind, stops along the touring route will offer fans a full Jeff Beck set, followed by a full ZZ Top set, with a finale that joins the English fret master with the Texas rockers for a collaboration each night of the tour.
ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, speaking on behalf of band mates Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, noted that Beck has long been a source of musical inspiration from the time when Beck played in the Yardbirds, the seminal hard blues-based Britrock band. Gibbons commented, “Ever since experiencing ‘Jeff’s Boogie,’ the prospect of performance with Jeff Beck on the deck brings us into focus with the curator of crunch.”
This tour is not the first live collaboration between the two camps. Gibbons joined Jeff Beck and his band on stage at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Rock An... [Read More]
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Pawlidays Holiday Pet Adoption Party
Jacksonville Fl - This Saturday, the Friends of Jacksonville Animals (FOJA), a non-profit group of volunteers who fundraise and support the animals at Animal Care and Protective Services in Jacksonville FL is hosting a special adoption event on 10am-6pm. The event will be located at the shelter location, 2020 Forest Street in Riverside.
There will be over 100 dogs and cats of all ages available for adoption. Adoption fees are $20 and kittens are "adopt one, get one" (or BOGO). All pets are spay/neutered, micro chipped, and vaccinated. Pets with rabies shots (4 months and up) have their city license included in the $20 fee. families can also have their pets picture taken with Santa and their families.
There will be many great vendors on site, including: Pawfection Bakery, SAMs Club, AAA Auto Club, St. Francis Animal Hospital, First Coast No More Homeless Pets, Pawsy Pet Boutique, Paws and Claws Pet Sitting, Green Dog Spa, Page Pitts - Author of a children's book: The Adventures of James and Maisy, A Story of Adoption & Heather Henderson - Independent Scentsy Consultant
This is a great opportunity to purchase a FOJA tshirt or buy an adoption gift certificate for a loved one this holiday... [Read More]
Jacksonville Landing Getting Facelift
Jacksonville Fl - Monday night, more than 100 attended the forum to talk about downtown growth and the role of the Landing. The meeting centered its attention on a plan that could not only revamp the Landing but change downtown life permanently.
The Haskell Co. has been working with Sleiman Enterprises, which owns the Landing, on a redevelopment of the property. There are many options on the table but a majority of the public agrees on one thing - the Landing needs a new spark of energy.
The vision presented by Haskell includes demolishing the north building of the Landing to open the property up to Laura Street and better connect to the urban core, leaving room for future development — likely residential. Some think the Landing needs a main attraction like a ferris wheel to thrive and others believe a facelift will be sufficient.
Cost & start date for the project haven't been discussed yet. Taxs also could rise due to the scale of the project. More information coming soon.... [Read More]
Boat Parade in Julington Creek on Saturday Dec 7th
The heartbeat of a city, its character and unique charm, is determined by more than the contours of its skyline or images captured on a Google street-view map. It is the people, the special gatherings and all the events that best define a city.
Those of us who live in Jacksonville know it is an extraordinary place, blessed with temperate weather, a great business environment and people who work well together. It is a growing, vibrant city that hosts more than its share of events and memorable gatherings each year.
Some events, like the annual Florida-Georgia showdown, are great for bringing in visitors and stimulating our local economy. Other special events, like fairs, expos and art shows, are geared toward attracting a local audience and bringing people together to celebrate life in Jacksonville. Saturday December 7th, at 7 pm. The Julington Creek Prop Club will be hosting it's annual Christmas on the Creek Parade.
Begun in 1988, holiday-decorated boats are lined up for the parade, which begins at The Marina at Julington Creek at 12807 San Jose Blvd., then goes underneath the San Jose Boulevard bridge around Bulls Bay, then back and down Durbin Creek. Spectators can view it from the bridge walkways, while docks along t... [Read More]
First Wednesday Artwalk Map and Info
Jacksonville Fl - Tis the season to celebrate holiday art, music and culture at Downtown's signature event!
HIGHLIGHTS: Headquarters @ Hemming Plaza: Enjoy sing alongs and holiday music by LK Nation from 5-7 p.m. and Orange Park Choral Ensemble from 7-9 p.m. Take photos with Santa Claus in The Big Red Chair. Florida Theatre: Hosts Jacksonville Songwriter’s Residency’s David Dondero and features Tour FT at Art Walk! at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Severine Photography: Presents a holiday photo booth, free wine tastings by PRP Wine International, art by the UNF Sculpture Guild and a Stella & Dot jewelry sale. Mark’s Downtown Club & Lounge: Get in the spirit with LK Nation Group as they sing acapella holiday tunes from 7-9 p.m. Southlight Gallery: Features holiday window displays highlighting the works of Allison Watson, Enzo Torcoletti and Jack Allen. E3 Business Group, Inc.: Enjoy hot chocolate and live jazz music while browsing holiday-themed art. Holiday Business Storefronts: Enjoy holiday windows at participating locations. List coming soon. WHERE: Hemming Plaza and Downtown Jacksonville galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants and businesses COST: Free PARKING: Free street parking... [Read More]
Boating In Jacksonville
Jacksonville Fl - Florida has long been recognized as the Sunshine state but it could just as easily be known as the Coastline state. No matter where you live in Florida, you are never very far from the water. Certainly, people have been flocking to Florida for generations to take advantage of the legendary beaches and warm sunshine.
The unanswered question: How many people who live in the Sunshine state fail to take advantage of the abundant, magnificent waterways? The statistics are striking: The Florida coastline, at 1,350 miles, dwarfs the coastline of California, at 840 miles. Of course, when it comes to enjoying Florida’s waterways, the coastline is only part of the story. In addition to numerous lakes and rivers, Florida’s Intercoastal traverses the entire eastern coast. To live in Florida and never go out on boat would be like living in Vermont and never viewing the fall leaves or living in Maine and never eating a lobster. Nothing but a missed opportunity.
When is the last time you enjoyed an afternoon out on Florida’s beautiful waterways? What is stopping you? In many ways, modern technology and improved equipment are revolutionizing boating, making it easier and safer than ever. More women have taken up boa... [Read More]
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