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    GIVING BACK LOCAL PEOPLE SUPPORT LOCAL VETERANS WITH PATRIOTIC EVENT




    When Red, White & Brew Freedom Run organizers began planning for the launch of Florida’s largest freedom run earlier this year, they never dreamed how involved the community would become to assist local veteran’s charities. 

    Ultimate Racing, Inc., a race management company based in Saint Augustine, and 904 Happy Hour out of Jacksonville joined forces to bring a patriotic run to the area that would benefit area veteran’s charities. With the partnership of the Riverside Arts Market, many volunteers and a host of sponsors, the community came out in force to support K9’s for Warriors and Warfighters in Arms. 

     This year, organizers donated a total of $5,000 to the 2 charities, which will help them provide service to North Florida area veterans. Warfighters in Arms is a volunteer-led group that helps vets transition to civilian life by offering employment, support, guidance, and encouragement. K9’s for Warriors provides service canines to vets suffering from PTSD and more for service members after 9.11. 

    Sal Palmieri, US Army veteran and owner of Ultimate Racing said he was pleased they were able to offer a sizeable donation to deserving charities and offered thanks to participa...   [Read More]




    First Watch Will Open Its Newest Restaurant Monday In Bartram Park




    First Watch, the popular Florida-based breakfast, brunch and lunch concept, will open its newest restaurant on Monday, November 13, in Bartram Park. The 3,400-square-foot restaurant will open at 7 a.m. at 12540 Bartram Park Blvd., and it will employ about 25 people. The opening comes less than a month after First Watch opened on Riverside Avenue.

    Customers of First Watch in Bartram Park will be able to sample the eatery’s innovative menu, including popular dishes like Quinoa Power Bowls, Avocado Toast, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and options from the Fresh Juice Bar, which are juiced in-house daily using high quality fruits and vegetables. The restaurant will open with First Watch’s standard interior design, which combines farm fresh elements with a high-energy, urban vibe.

    First Watch’s curated menu takes an elevated approach to traditional and innovative offerings made to order using farm fresh ingredients. It includes crave-able items such as Avocado Toast, Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict, Farm Stand Breakfast Tacos and Lemon Ricotta Pancakes. The new restaurant will offer healthy, flavorful favorites like house-made granola and pico de gallo, organic greens, house-roasted vegetables, cage-free eggs and 100% fresh-squeezed orange juic...   [Read More]




    The Jacksonville Icemen Earn Their First-Ever Franchise Victory




    Today, The Jacksonville Icemen (1-4-1-0) picked up their first-ever franchise win and shut out the Brampton Beast (2-7-1-1) 5-0.

    Just one day after being acquired by the Icemen, defenseman Jan Kostalek was quick to make a good first impression. At 14:54 in the first period, the 22-year-old scored his first-ever ECHL goal to give the Icemen a 1-0 lead. He was assisted by Alexandre Goulet and Emerson Clark, extending Goulet’s point streak to six games and Clark’s point streak to four games. Icemen goalie Jamie Phillips was strong in the first frame, denying all 14 shots from the Beast.

    Late in a very even second period, Icemen captain Garet Hunt received a great pass from Cameron Critchlow as he was exiting the box, leading to a 1-on-1 breakaway. Hunt capitalized on the play to give the Icemen a 2-0 lead with 2:40 remaining in the period. For the second time on the road trip, the Icemen would head into the room after the second period with a one-goal lead.

    This time, there would be no stopping the Icemen as the team continued to add to their lead. Just 2:08 into the third period, Bobby MacIntyre notched his fourth goal on the season to give the Icemen a three-goal lead. Over 11 minutes later, Alexandre Goulet stole the puck in...   [Read More]




    IKEA Jacksonville Grand Opening Is Today




    IKEA Jacksonville Grand Opening is today at 7801 Gate Pkwy, Jacksonville, FL 32256 at the Town Center. Stop by for product, food and gift card giveaways, plus fun activities for the whole family.

    IKEA Jacksonville store manager Leontyne Green Sykes said “We are excited to be opening our 46th store in the U.S. and our fifth in the state of Florida,” “We have received such a warm welcome from the Jacksonville community, and we want to return the favor by welcoming our shoppers with food, fun and iconic IKEA products.”

    Giveaways throughout the grand opening weekend include:

    Wednesday

    ·       Rest Assured*- The first 46 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Jacksonville will receive a free EKTORP three-seat sofa, honoring our 46th U.S. store. 

    ·       Take a Seat (And We Mean Take It!)* –The next 100 adults (18 & older) will receive a free POÄNG armchair. 

    ·       For the (Truly) Young at Heart – The first 100 children (17 & younger) in IKEA Ja...   [Read More]




    Upcoming Christmas Lighting Ceremonies




    With the holidays just around the corner, North Florida is getting ready to light up night. Here are a list of lighting ceremonies that will take place throughout the month of November.

    St. Johns Holiday Spectacular 

    Celebrate the joy and magic of the holiday season at the 12th annual St. Johns Town Center Holiday Spectacular on Saturday, November 11. Holiday shoppers, families and visitors are invited to attend the action-packed day of free, family fun and musical performances!

    The annual holiday celebration, sponsored by Toyota, OneBlood, PRI Productions, and The Lion King - Musical, kicks off at 2 p.m. Throughout the day, guests will enjoy festivities including oversized games, an interactive hot chocolate station, jugglers, caricature artists, letters to Santa, ornament decorating, a festive photo booth and a silent DJ experience. That’s not all! The holiday fun will continue with great giveaways, costume characters, holiday entertainment and more.  Main stage entertainment begins at 2 p.m. with dynamic holiday performances and a show-stopping finale by headliner, Parmalee. The Main Stage is located in the Town Green in front of Maggiano’s Little Italy on Midtown Parkway.  For Holiday ...   [Read More]



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    2014 Gator Bowl Events




    LATITUDE 30 PLAYER OUTING DATE: (SEC) Dec 27 & (Big Ten) Dec 28 TIME: 6:00 - 8:00 PM LOCATION: Latitude 30 COST: Venue is open to the public!

    TAXSLAYER.COM GATOR BOWL LATITUDE 30 PLAYERS OUTING FOR THE SEC AND BIG TEN TEAMS

    Players will experience a fun-filled evening with the Players at one of Jacksonville’s newest and most popular entertainment venues.  In addition to a great menu of food favorites, players will enjoy such great activities as bowling, billiards and the latest arcade games – not to mention big screen T.V’s  and music galore. Latitude 30 is an experience that has something for everyone!

     

    COACHES LUNCHEON DATE: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 TIME: 12:00 PM LOCATION: Prime Osborn Convention Center COST: $75 TICKETS: Click Here »

    This luncheon showcases the best of the “past and present” in Gator Bowl history and is a great opportunity for fans to meet and greet the coaches and players participating in the Gator Bowl as well as legends from the Gator Bowl past.

     

    VYSTAR 5K RUN DATE: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 TIME: 1:00 PM LOCATION: Jacksonvil...   [Read More]




    Tortuga Music Festival Lineup Released




    On April 12th & 13th (11am to 9pm EST), Fort Lauderdale Beach will host Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival. Held on the white sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach Park in a beautiful oceanside setting, Tortuga Music Festival is a multi-day, multi-stage music festival featuring some of the biggest names in country, rock and roots music. This years line up includes big names like: Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Train, Sheryl Crow and more. 

    Tortuga Music Festival brings like-minded fans together for an unforgettable beach weekend experience that pairs music with meaning to raise awareness for marine conservation. Tortuga Music Festival works hand in hand with the Rock The Ocean Foundation to increase public awareness about the issues impacting the world’s oceans and to support scientific research, education and ocean conservation initiatives.

    In their first year, over $70,000 was given back to their Conservation Village partners such as the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Nova University, and dozens of others in the South Florida Community as a direct result of ticket sales and donations from Rock The Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival.

    Photos from Tortuga 2013: 

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    Professional Rough Stock Series to Make Florida Debut in Jacksonville




    Belle Fourche, SD – December 16, 2013:   Rodeo season may be coming to a close but the horsepower will fire back up as the Professional Roughstock Series (PRS) top riders come to Jacksonville, Florida with nearly $2 million in stock bringing some of the toughest broncs and bulls to the Jacksonville Equestrian Center on Saturday, January 4th at 7:30 p.m.

    “We look forward to making our debut in Jacksonville and growing the PRS fan base in Florida,“ said PRS President, Spud Whitman.

    The lineup of equine and bovine athletes slated for Jacksonville is equally impressive, featuring numerous National Finals Rodeo qualifying stock contractors and some of the most feared animals in the sport. Kelly Timberman, In-Arena Announcer for the PRS on RFD-TV commented, "We're bringing animals from all over the country to ensure the best possible draw. It's going to be quite a show for the fans in Jacksonville."

    The Jacksonville Open is the 1st stop on the Nationally televised 2014 PRS Tour. The series features the three most exciting and dangerous events in rodeo -- Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, and Bull Riding.

    Tickets are on sale now and start at just $10.00 (applicable fees may ...   [Read More]




    Josh Thompson at Mavericks Recap




    Jacksonville Fl - On Friday the 13th at Mavericks, many people attended Josh Thompson’s concert. This artist is known for his hit songs “Beer On the Table”, “Way Out Here”, and “Coming Around”. This artist has some very catchy songs, but some are also repetitive.  Before this artist went on to perform, Stephen Carey opened up for Josh.  This was the first time I had heard of him or his music. His music is a country rock sound. When he came out to perform, his opening had a little bit of “Friday the 13th” intro since it was Friday the 13th. Listening to him perform was really cool, I thought this guy was a good choice to open up the concert at Mavericks.

    Once Stephen Carey finished up, the crowd was excited and waiting for the concert to start. The crowd was excited to see Josh Thompson perform. I thought his performance was good and brought in the crowds who like to drink and party. Josh also performed a new song called “Cold Beer With Your Name On It”, for an upcoming album that he is working on. I think this guy writes a lot of songs that fit many Honky Tonks and Dive bars. Josh Thompson hasn’t gotten much radio airplay in a while; his last album came out in 2010. But hopef...   [Read More]




    Whisky River Open Bar Friday




    Reserve your open bar tickets valid for a Three Olives Open Bar from 10-11pm @ Whisky River on Friday, January 17th 2014

    Online Ticketing for Friday Night Party - Three Olives Open Bar powered by Eventbrite ...   [Read More]



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    Record Setting Gator Killed In Mississippi




    Vicksburg Ms - Dustin Brockman of Vicksburg, Miss., ventured with his brother and friend into the Mississippi River by motorboat early Saturday night and emerged with a 727-pound record breaker that was 13 feet, 4.5 inches long.Previous record setting weight was 697.5 pounds. The massive gator took over 2 hours to catch - "We chased him for about two hours", Brockman said. "Then we got a shot on him." They plan on eating the meat and using the skin for a new gun strap. They also plan on getting the massive head mounted. ...   [Read More]




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    Man Bitten By Alligator




    Lake City Fl - Yesterday while repairing his dock, James Tennant, 44, was bitten by a alligator. The Attack happened just after 3pm in about 4 ft of water. James was bitten on his calf and was taken to UF Shands where he under went surgery. Since the attack, FWC issued a permit to a trapper who has since trapped the gator. The alligator turned out to be a little over 8 ft long and weighed in at 150 lbs. It was caught Thursday night and euthanized.We wish James the best with his recovery. Just a reminder, please do not feed alligators or tantalize them. These un-natural human behaviors can turn normal alligators into nuisance alligators which are relocated and sometimes put down. ...   [Read More]




    10 Fun Beach Activities to Keep You Fit and Active This Summer!




    Jacksonville Fl - Summer is almost over and our fitness partner LA Fitness shared this awesome article with us about ways to have fun while still getting fit at the beach. It is time to make your beach outings more fun-and fit-this summer! Adding some activities to your beach days will have you soaking up rays from that beautiful summertime orb in the sky, all while burning some extra calories.

     

    In fact, some of the high-intensity activities are not only fun, they can provide an incredible workout, too!   So get off of your beach towel and grab your friends this summer because it is time to have FUN and stay FIT! To get you warmed up, we will start with some moderate-intensity activities that are perfect for fun in the sun and burning some extra calories. After that, we will give you some higher intensity options that will have you sweating and feeling invigorated at your favorite summertime beaches.   All of the calorie totals are for the following activities are based on 150 pound person doing the specified activity for 1 hour. They are only estimates and are provided to give you a general idea of the calories burned while performing the listed activity.   Sun Bathing - 68 calories/hour - This is only 7 more calories per ...   [Read More]



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