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    MOD Pizza Is Opening In Jacksonville December 19th




    Seattle-based MOD Pizza is coming to Jacksonville with a location at Bartram Village. Mod Pizza will officially open next Tuesday, December 19 at noon. The 2,284-square-foot restaurant will open at 12547 Bartram Park Blvd, Suite 201.

    MOD Pizza has more than 200 locations in 20 states and five restaurants in the United Kingdom. The franchisee opening the Jacksonville store is Fort Lauderdale-based Food for Thought South LLC.

    MOD says its gas-fired ovens cook at 800 degrees, so it only takes a few minutes to cook a pizza, depending on the number of toppings. The menu includes pizzas, salads and drinks

    MOD Pizza, a pioneer of the fast casual pizza segment, was founded in Seattle in 2008 by entrepreneurs Scott and Ally Svenson. MOD's individual artisan-style pizzas are made on demand, allowing customers to create their own pizzas and salads, using fresh-pressed dough, signature sauces and over 30 toppings, for one price. At the core of MOD is a purpose-led culture that is committed to being a force for good in communities throughout the U.S. and abroad, creating not only a cool place to eat, but an inspired place to work.

    The Grand Opening will offer:

    -- FREE pizza or salad for first 52 customers!

    ...   [Read More]




    The First Coast Nutcracker, With The Jacksonville Symphony, Is This Weekend




    FRIDAY- SUNDAY is the Jacksonville Symphony's First Coast Nutcracker at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Jacksonville! Don't miss one of Jacksonville's Best Christmas Traditions!

    Presented by Vystar Credit Union, the First Coast Nutcracker Ballet has been a tradition in North Florida for over 40 years. Experience Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet with the area’s only live orchestra performance.

    The holiday classic, under the direction of choreographer and artistic director Rhonda Stampalia, is performed to live music. Deanna Tham, assistant conductor and JSYO principal conductor will be the conductor.

     

    Get your tickets before they sell out by visiting: bit.ly/2017FirstCoastNutcracker

    December 15 - 17, 2017

    Hours: 12/15 - 8:00pm; 12/16 - 2:00pm & 8:00pm; 12/17 - 2:00pm

    Area: Downtown/Riverfront/Southbank

    Times-Union Center, Moran Theater - 300 Water St., Jacksonville, FL, 32202

     

    ...   [Read More]




    The Texas Roadhouse Is Opening In The St. Johns Town Center Area On December 11




    The Texas Roadhouse, a lively chain steakhouse serving American fare with a Southwestern spin amid Texas-themed décor will be opening in the St. Johns Town Center area on Monday,Dec. 11. The restaurant is at 4578 Tropea Way in the Town Center Promenade.

    Texas Roadhouse is a full service, casual dining restaurant chain. They offer an assortment of specially seasoned and aged steaks hand-cut daily on the premises and cooked to order over open gas-fired grills. In addition to steaks, they also offer their guests a selection of ribs, fish, seafood, chicken, pork chops, pulled pork, vegetable plates, and an assortment of hamburgers, salads and sandwiches.

    The majority of the entrees include two made-from-scratch side items, and they offer all guests a free unlimited supply of in-shell peanuts and made-from-scratch yeast rolls. Today, the Company operates over 525 restaurants system-wide in 49 states and 6 foreign countries.

    The restaurant is scheduled to operate from 4pm to 10pm Monday thru Thursday, 4pm to 11pm on Fridays, 11am to 11pm on Saturday and 11am to 10pm on Sunday.

    ...   [Read More]




    The Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl Is This Saturday In Jacksonville Beach




    The nations oldest and original Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl will be taking place in Jacksonville Beach on Saturday, December 9th from 5pm-2am! The crawl, which includes 12 of the beaches favorite bars and restaurants, will include a night of fun, dancing, and philanthropy.

    This years event will include complimentary shots and cocktail samples, drink specials all night, chance to win thousands in cash and prizes, a ugly sweater contest, plus much more! Dressing up isn't mandatory, but highly recommended. Check in will be held at the Ritz Bar and Brix Tap House starting at 5:00 PM.

    Additionally, there will be a Canned Food Drive benefiting multiple local food banks. Please bring non perishable items to checkin to receive an additional raffle ticket (up to 5 depending the amount of food) for your support.

    You can check in at 5pm at either The Ritz Bar or The Brix Taphouse. Check In will last from 5pm until 10pm.

    TICKETS INCLUDE:

     

    Complimentary Shots and Cocktail Samples

    Access to the Silent Disco

    Wristband for Drink Specials

    Chance to be entered into Costume Contest

    Chance to win variety of Raffle Prizes and Giveaways

    Canned Food Dr...   [Read More]




    Florida East Coast Railway Christmas Train Is Coming To Town Saturday




    Santa is coming to visit good boys and girls this week when Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway’s eighth annual Christmas Train comes to town on Saturday, December 9th.

    The FEC Christmas Train is run in coordination with the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation and travels from Jacksonville to Miami along FEC Railway’s 351-mile mainline track.

    Along the way to Miami, Santa Claus will be spreading holiday cheer from the decorated, historic FEC passenger cars. US Marine Corps service members will be at each stop along the route to greet Santa and his FEC elves. Santa will de-board at each stop so children can tell him what they’d like for Christmas. It is a beloved tradition among FEC employees, their families, customers, suppliers and the communities in which they serve.

     Jim Hertwig, FEC President and CEO. Stated “We are proud to be able to once again work alongside the Marine Corps and the Toys for Tots Foundation to contribute to those in need during the holiday season," "Since we started the program seven years ago, we have donated close to 300,000 toys for distribution throughout the community, and it only continues to grow.”

    The FEC Christmas Train is a 501c3, s...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Sports

    Jags Make It Three In A Row At The Bank




    The Jacksonville Jaguars dominated the Indianapolis Colts by a score of 30-10. Blake Bortles led the Jacksonville offense with over 300 passing yards and 2 TDs in the air. BB5 performance helped to overcome a sluggish Jaguars running game in which the Colts out-rushed the Jags 141-96 yards. However, like most of the Jags wins this season, the Defense put together an elite performance.

          Calais Campbell's first quarter sack earned him the Jaguars franchise single season sack record. Jalen Ramsey's (the King of Duval) interception to close out the second half stifled a drive where the Colts could have scored some quick points. Tashuan Gipson earned a second half interception that also stifled another Colts drive in Jaguars' territory. The Defense had problems with the Colts running game and some middle of the field passes, showing that Telvin Smith's absence might be a problem if it is a long term deal. 

          Regardless, let's make this clear: Your Jacksonville Jaguars have won eight games this season. Yesterday's win guaranteed that the Jaguars will not have a losing season for the first time since 2010. Think about this: Did any of us truly believe this team would even win 6 games th...   [Read More]




    The Navy Football Team Will Be Wearing Blue Angels Inspired Uniforms In It's Game With Army




    The Navy football team will be wearing Blue Angels-inspired uniforms for the 2017 Army-Navy game on Dec. 9 in Philadelphia. It will be the 118th Army-Navy Game!

    The uniform includes hand-painted helmets depicting six F/A-18 Hornets in delta formation, as well as a chrome face mask to mimic the visors worn by Blue Angel pilots.

    “Although the uniform departs from our customary characteristics, this tribute to the Blue Angels reflects the enthusiastic pride and appreciation we have for the Navy’s premier flying team and the motivation they convey to Navy football and the fleet at large,” Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk said in a Navy release. “The masterminds at Under Armour are always thinking of ways to inspire our troops while still reflecting a deep appreciation for a Naval history that is so ingrained in our game day traditions. Annually, a special Navy uniform has become a statement in this game and brings with it appreciated meaning and a clear message that we are all in.”

    Under Armour became the school’s official uniform supplier four years ago and every year, Under Armour has made a specialized uniform for the Navy game against Army.

    According to ...   [Read More]




    The Thanksgiving Football Schedule For This Holiday Weekend




    The Thanksgiving Football Schedule for the 2017 season has been set. The schedule includes all college football games and NFL games this holiday weekend.

    Thanksgiving week is also Rivalry Week in college football. Some of the rivalry games on the Thanksgiving football schedule include Alabama at Auburn, Florida State at Florida, Georgia at Georgia Tech, Ohio State at Michigan, Ole Miss at Mississippi State, Oregon State at Oregon, Clemson at South Carolina, and Washington State at Washington.

    There are also some great NFL games on the slate, highlighted by three Thanksgiving Classic games: Minnesota at Detroit, LA Chargers at Dallas, and NY Giants at Washington.

     

    Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017

    Matchup

    Time (ET)

    TV / Online

    Vikings at Lions

    12:30 pm

    FOX

    FCS: Edward Waters at Alabama State

    3:00 pm

    BamaStateSports.com

    Chargers at Cowboys

    4:30 pm

    CBS

    Ole Miss at (14) Mississippi State

    ...   [Read More]




    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]




    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]



  • Articles - Food

    MOD Pizza Is Opening In Jacksonville December 19th




    Seattle-based MOD Pizza is coming to Jacksonville with a location at Bartram Village. Mod Pizza will officially open next Tuesday, December 19 at noon. The 2,284-square-foot restaurant will open at 12547 Bartram Park Blvd, Suite 201.

    MOD Pizza has more than 200 locations in 20 states and five restaurants in the United Kingdom. The franchisee opening the Jacksonville store is Fort Lauderdale-based Food for Thought South LLC.

    MOD says its gas-fired ovens cook at 800 degrees, so it only takes a few minutes to cook a pizza, depending on the number of toppings. The menu includes pizzas, salads and drinks

    MOD Pizza, a pioneer of the fast casual pizza segment, was founded in Seattle in 2008 by entrepreneurs Scott and Ally Svenson. MOD's individual artisan-style pizzas are made on demand, allowing customers to create their own pizzas and salads, using fresh-pressed dough, signature sauces and over 30 toppings, for one price. At the core of MOD is a purpose-led culture that is committed to being a force for good in communities throughout the U.S. and abroad, creating not only a cool place to eat, but an inspired place to work.

    The Grand Opening will offer:

    -- FREE pizza or salad for first 52 customers!

    ...   [Read More]




    The Texas Roadhouse Is Opening In The St. Johns Town Center Area On December 11




    The Texas Roadhouse, a lively chain steakhouse serving American fare with a Southwestern spin amid Texas-themed décor will be opening in the St. Johns Town Center area on Monday,Dec. 11. The restaurant is at 4578 Tropea Way in the Town Center Promenade.

    Texas Roadhouse is a full service, casual dining restaurant chain. They offer an assortment of specially seasoned and aged steaks hand-cut daily on the premises and cooked to order over open gas-fired grills. In addition to steaks, they also offer their guests a selection of ribs, fish, seafood, chicken, pork chops, pulled pork, vegetable plates, and an assortment of hamburgers, salads and sandwiches.

    The majority of the entrees include two made-from-scratch side items, and they offer all guests a free unlimited supply of in-shell peanuts and made-from-scratch yeast rolls. Today, the Company operates over 525 restaurants system-wide in 49 states and 6 foreign countries.

    The restaurant is scheduled to operate from 4pm to 10pm Monday thru Thursday, 4pm to 11pm on Fridays, 11am to 11pm on Saturday and 11am to 10pm on Sunday.

    ...   [Read More]




    Fionn MacCools Irish Pub & Restaurant Is Opening In Nocatee




    Fionn MacCools Irish Pub & Restaurant, a locally owned authentic Irish pub located on the waterfront in downtown Jacksonville, is opening a second location in Nocatee in mid December.

    Fionn MacCools first opened in Jacksonville Beach in 2005, before relocating to a 200-seat waterfront location at the Jacksonville Landing in 2011. The new 150-seat Nocatee location will be opening in December at the Shoppes of St Johns Oaks on 145 Hilden Rd.

    Fionn mac Cumhaill or “Finn McCool” is known for being a great warrior in Irish myths. He was the greatest leader of the Fianna, an elite military clan responsible for the protection of the High King of Ireland. Fionn implemented a code of honor into the Fianna; which had a reputation for being somewhat unruly. Another legend includes Fionn as a giant, creating the Giant’s Causeway, a peculiar series of volcanic rock formations along the coast of Ireland. He did this to challenge a Scottish giant to a fight and allow passage from Scotland to Ireland.

    Fionn MacCool's brings a bit of Ireland to the Jacksonville area. With their authentic Irish food, live entertainment, and friendly atmosphere, their Irish pub has the recipe you've been looking for. 

    ...   [Read More]




    The River And Post Restaurant Opens Today




    Jacksonville’s latest rooftop bar and restaurant is set to open today. The 450-seat River and Post restaurant is on the corner of Riverside Avenue and Post Street, overlooking the St. Johns River.

    This upscale casual restaurant will bring a trendy environment, great food and breathtaking river city views to Riverside. It will be located in the newly renovated Summit building, located at 1000 Riverside, on the corner of Post Street.

    The first floor of River & Post will have approximately 6,300 square-feet of dining area as well as a bar.  With ample parking available, the downstairs dining room is designed for 233 seats and outdoor seating for 48. The first floor will also include private dining and event space. The ninth-floor rooftop bar totals 3,500 square feet, with seating for 122 stargazers and another 32 seats indoors.

    The menu will be seafood- and steak-focused Southern American cuisine. The floor plan calls for pet-friendly patio dining space downstairs, as well as being a premier location for meetings and private events. River and Post will also feature ample parking, a rare commodity in Riverside

    ...   [Read More]




    Miami Grill Will Celebrate Its Entrance Into Jacksonville With A Grand Opening Day On November 18




     

    Miami Grill is opening its first North Florida location in Jacksonville at  9575 N. Regency Blvd. and is holding a Grand Opening for the public on Saturday.

    On Nov. 17, a private ribbon cutting will be held for city officials and invited guests. On Nov. 18, guests can enjoy family activities, a live DJ, free face painting, menu sampling, door prizes and a chance to win a year of cheesesteaks.

    This location offers guests a diverse menu featuring signature items such as Philly Cheesesteaks, Wings, and Gyros as well as antibiotic and hormone free Angus Steak Burgers, Grilled Fish, and delicious Salads.  The restaurant will also offer a Latin menu and Beer and Wine.  It’s all served up with excellent customer service, high-quality ingredients and a South Beach vibe. Miami Grill will have online ordering available as well as offer delivery with UberEATS.  Guests will also be able to enjoy Chef Inspired Catering of their favorite menu items.

    “We’re excited to expand the brand to the Jacksonville market,” says Robert Haar, Vice President of Franchise Development at Miami Grill. “The expansion of Miami Grill is crucial to our overall success and we look forward to dev...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Entertainment

    The First Coast Nutcracker, With The Jacksonville Symphony, Is This Weekend




    FRIDAY- SUNDAY is the Jacksonville Symphony's First Coast Nutcracker at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Jacksonville! Don't miss one of Jacksonville's Best Christmas Traditions!

    Presented by Vystar Credit Union, the First Coast Nutcracker Ballet has been a tradition in North Florida for over 40 years. Experience Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet with the area’s only live orchestra performance.

    The holiday classic, under the direction of choreographer and artistic director Rhonda Stampalia, is performed to live music. Deanna Tham, assistant conductor and JSYO principal conductor will be the conductor.

     

    Get your tickets before they sell out by visiting: bit.ly/2017FirstCoastNutcracker

    December 15 - 17, 2017

    Hours: 12/15 - 8:00pm; 12/16 - 2:00pm & 8:00pm; 12/17 - 2:00pm

    Area: Downtown/Riverfront/Southbank

    Times-Union Center, Moran Theater - 300 Water St., Jacksonville, FL, 32202

     

    ...   [Read More]




    The Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl Is This Saturday In Jacksonville Beach




    The nations oldest and original Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl will be taking place in Jacksonville Beach on Saturday, December 9th from 5pm-2am! The crawl, which includes 12 of the beaches favorite bars and restaurants, will include a night of fun, dancing, and philanthropy.

    This years event will include complimentary shots and cocktail samples, drink specials all night, chance to win thousands in cash and prizes, a ugly sweater contest, plus much more! Dressing up isn't mandatory, but highly recommended. Check in will be held at the Ritz Bar and Brix Tap House starting at 5:00 PM.

    Additionally, there will be a Canned Food Drive benefiting multiple local food banks. Please bring non perishable items to checkin to receive an additional raffle ticket (up to 5 depending the amount of food) for your support.

    You can check in at 5pm at either The Ritz Bar or The Brix Taphouse. Check In will last from 5pm until 10pm.

    TICKETS INCLUDE:

     

    Complimentary Shots and Cocktail Samples

    Access to the Silent Disco

    Wristband for Drink Specials

    Chance to be entered into Costume Contest

    Chance to win variety of Raffle Prizes and Giveaways

    Canned Food Dr...   [Read More]




    St. Augustine Holiday Spectacular Show December 2nd and 3rd




     

    The St. Augustine Winter Spectacular is a family-friendly, entertaining holiday production written and directed by Stephanie Burkhardt, who is executive artistic director of The Dance Company. The holiday spectacular is the story of a girl who is coming home for the holidays, traveling from New York to St. Augustine. En route she experiences obstacles and meets a variety of people. It’s a story, says Stephanie, about the holidays, but not all about the holidays.

    Filled with a variety of dance styles, characters, and holiday scenes to kick off the season, the show offers an exciting and unique experience for St. Johns County residents and visitors. You can expect high-kick dancers, ballerinas, acrobats, actors, and more amidst dazzling costuming and props. The Dance Company’s elite Performance Ensemble comprises the majority of cast members as well as other dancers and performers who auditioned for roles.

    The Dance Company’s mission is to provide dancers with comprehensive artistic education that fosters excellence in all forms of dance in a manner that embraces a passion for the art form. The dance company strongly believes in making dance accessible to everyone and strives to provide scholarships and tuition as...   [Read More]




    Willie Nelson And Family Return To The St. Augustine Amphitheatre




    The St. Augustine Amphitheatre proudly announces the return of Country music legend Willie Nelson & Family and special guest Los Lonely Boys on Sunday, February 18, 2018. Tickets for Willie Nelson & Family with special guest Los Lonely Boys will go on sale this Friday, November 17 at 10 a.m.

    With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, this iconic Texan is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of Crazy, Red Headed Stranger, and Stardust. Willie Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor, and activist. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. In the last five years alone he delivered 10 new album releases, released a Top 10 New York Times’ bestsellers book, again headlined Farm Aid, an event he co-founded in 1985, received his 5th degree black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul, headlined the last three years of the on-going Luck Reunion food and music festival at his ranch in Luck, TX during SXSW, announced the launch of his cannabis company Willie’s Reserve, and graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. In 2015, Nelson added two more titles, It’s A Long Story: My Life, the unvarnished and complete story of Willie, hit bookshe...   [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]



  • Articles - Community

    Florida East Coast Railway Christmas Train Is Coming To Town Saturday




    Santa is coming to visit good boys and girls this week when Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway’s eighth annual Christmas Train comes to town on Saturday, December 9th.

    The FEC Christmas Train is run in coordination with the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation and travels from Jacksonville to Miami along FEC Railway’s 351-mile mainline track.

    Along the way to Miami, Santa Claus will be spreading holiday cheer from the decorated, historic FEC passenger cars. US Marine Corps service members will be at each stop along the route to greet Santa and his FEC elves. Santa will de-board at each stop so children can tell him what they’d like for Christmas. It is a beloved tradition among FEC employees, their families, customers, suppliers and the communities in which they serve.

     Jim Hertwig, FEC President and CEO. Stated “We are proud to be able to once again work alongside the Marine Corps and the Toys for Tots Foundation to contribute to those in need during the holiday season," "Since we started the program seven years ago, we have donated close to 300,000 toys for distribution throughout the community, and it only continues to grow.”

    The FEC Christmas Train is a 501c3, s...   [Read More]




    Christmas Lights Around Jacksonville




    With Thanksgiving all wrapped up, it’s time to find the best spots to look at Christmas lights. Here is a list of places where you can check out the best spots around Jacksonville.

     

    1. Blackhawk Bluff Neighborhood off Girvin Road

    Dazzle your family and friends with a drive through this neighborhood located just West of Neptune Beach. The entire neighbor hood participates in a event that started over a decade ago. 

    2.  370 Beauclerc Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257 

    One acre of lights, including house completely covered in lights. Circular drive that can be driven or walked. Please stay to the right if your driving.

    3. Deck The Chairs

    Deck The Chairs is an annual lighted sculptural exhibit using the iconic chairs of The American Red Cross Life Saving Corps. Forty chairs are sponsored by local business and decorated by regional artists. The exhibit is on display in downtown Jacksonville Beach for the month of December.  

    4. 402 Snapping Turtle Drive E., Atlantic Beach

    Two homes are covered with over 40,000 lights, set in motion to holiday music that is playing outside. It is free...   [Read More]




    31st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony On Friday, November 24 At The Jacksonville Landing




    The Jacksonville Landing and Sleiman Enterprises present the 31st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 24 at 7:00 p.m.

    Kickoff the holiday season at The Jacksonville Landing the day after Thanksgiving. Bring your family and friends as The Landing lights the 56-foot-tall energy-efficient Christmas tree featuring over 78,000 L.E.D. lights and more than 150 ornaments.

    The show will take place in the Landing’s Courtyard beginning at 7:00 p.m. featuring live musical entertainment, the 31st annual lighting of The Jacksonville Landing’s Christmas Tree and a fireworks display on the St. Johns River as the grand finale. The Landing’s Christmas Tree will light up at 9 p.m. while fireworks light up the sky!

    Featured artists include Brady Clampitt, Melissa Smith, Andrew Sapin, Mama Blue and more with special dance performances by Grace Conservatory and Schott Jones School of Dance. The host for the ceremony Rance Adams TV from River City Live and the DJ is Kevin Tos from Party Solution Entertainment. This year’s show will bring the Jacksonville community together while enjoying a night filled with holiday cheer, special guest appearances and lighting The Landing’s 56-foot-tall Christmas Tree.[Read More]




    Clydesdales Coming to Jacksonville Brewery November 14 - November 26, 2017




    Don't miss a visit from the World Famous Budweiser Clydesdale at our Jacksonville Brewery from November 14 - November 26.

    Line Up of Events

    11/14 Prep Day

    11/15-11/16 Stable Viewing, Camera Day Hours 5-7 pm

    11/17 Stable Viewing

    11/18 Brewery Open House, Full Hitch 12-2 pm

    11/19 Full Hitch 12-2 pm

    11/20-11/21 Stable Viewing

    11/22 Full Hitch 12-2 pm

    11/23 Full Hitch at Pete’s Bar in Neptune Beach

    11/24-11/26 Full Hitch 12-2 pm

    The brewery is located at: 

    111 Busch Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32218 

    Phone: (904) 696-8373

    ...   [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]



  • Articles - Local News

    More Than 40 Retailers Will Be Open On Thanksgiving Day




    Big-box stores like Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and Big Lots are opening their doors to the masses on Thanksgiving. More than 40 retailers will be open on Thanksgiving Day and remain open into the early hours of the morning. Other major retailers are opting to remain closed this year, including H&M, IKEA, Home Depot and TJ Maxx.

    Some of the stores opened are listed here:

    Bass Pro Shops – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m Bealls Florida – 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Belk – Thanksgiving 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Black Friday Best Buy – Thanksgiving 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Black Friday Big Lots -7 a.m. to midnight Cabela’s – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dick’s Sporting Goods – Thanksgiving 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Black Friday Dollar General – 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. JCPenney – Thanksgiving 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Black Friday Kohl’s – Thanksgiving 5 p.m. to 1 p.m. CT Black Friday Kmart – Opens 6 a.m.; Doorbusters Thanksgiving 6 p.m. to 2 p.m. Black Friday; Some stores to close at 12 a.m. or 2 a.m. and reopen at 6 a.m. Friday Macy’s – Thanksgiving 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Black Friday or Thanksgiving 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Black Friday before reopening at 6 a.m. Friday. Doorbusters until Friday at 1 p.m. Michaels – 6 p.m...   [Read More]




    Morris Publishing Sells The Florida Times-Union To GateHouse Media




    Morris Communications Co. announced today that it has signed an agreement to sell the assets of Morris Publishing Group, including the Florida Times-Union and the St. Augustine Record to GateHouse Media. These are among 10 daily newspapers and other publications owned by Morris including numerous non-daily publications and associated websites and digital assets that were sold.

    Morris Communications announced the sale today and the transaction is expected to close on Oct. 2. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. According to the Times-Union, the Morris family will continue to own the Times-Union building.

    GateHouse Media owns more than 130 daily newspapers and more than 500 non-daily publications across the country. Nine of GateHouse's daily newspapers are in Florida, including the Gainesville Sun, Daytona Beach News and Ocala Star-Banner.

    Morris, headquartered in Augusta, Georgia, is also selling the Augusta Chronicle, the Savannah Morning News and the Athens Banner-Herald. William “Billy” Morris III, chairman of Morris Communications, will remain publisher of The Augusta Chronicle and will oversee editorial-page policy for the three Morris newspapers in Georgia.

    Morris said the sale will al...   [Read More]




    2017 Total Solar Eclipse On August 21st




    On Aug. 21, 2017, people across the United States will see the sun disappear behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight, causing the temperature drop rapidly and revealing massive streamers of light streaking through the sky around the silhouette of the moon. On that day, America will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse .

    A total solar eclipse occurs when the disk of the moon appears to completely cover the disk of the sun in the sky. The fact that total solar eclipses occur at all is a quirk of cosmic geometry. The moon orbits an average of 239,000 miles (385,000 kilometers) from Earth — just the right distance to seem the same size in the sky as the much-larger sun. However, these heavenly bodies line up only about once every 18 months.

    The path of totality for the Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse is about 70 miles wide and stretches from Oregon to South Carolina. It passes through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

    During totality, the area inside the moon's shadow is cloaked in twilight — a very strange feeling to experience in the middle of the day. Just before and just after totality, observers can see this cloak o...   [Read More]




    Riverplace Boulevard Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvement Project On Its Way




    The Riverplace Boulevard Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvement Project is up for final approval from the Downtown Development Review Board on Thursday.  The project would alter about a half-mile of Riverplace Boulevard from the Main Street Bridge to Prudential Drive on the Southbank to “prioritize access for pedestrians and bicyclists over cars.”

    The “road diet” includes slimmer traffic lanes in exchange for protected bike paths, off-street parking, wider sidewalks, built-in bus stops and upgraded landscaping.

    The Downtown Development Review Board (DDRB) application said the project focuses on “reduced travel lanes, traffic calming, and enhanced landscaping” to make the area safer for Southbank residents. In addition to existing condo and apartment towers, more housing is in development for the area, including Catalyst Development Partners’ proposed San Marco Apartments at 1444 Home St. and the 263-unit riverfront Broadstone River House under construction.

    The design renderings presented to the Downtown Investment Authority show three lanes of traffic and off-street parking which would provide a buffer for 5-foot-wide bike paths and 8-foot-wide sidewalks on each side...   [Read More]




    New Indoor Skydiving Facility May Be Opening In Jacksonville




    iFLY, a company who operates indoor skydiving facilities, is looking at the possibility of opening one of them in our area near the Town Center off I-295.

    iFLY is the experiential entertainment company that created modern indoor skydiving. They make the dream of flight a reality by giving their customers “wings” in a safe and reliable environment.

    iFLY started in 1998 as SkyVenture, LLC. Once they had developed the technology to create a stable, wall-to-wall cushion of air in a flight chamber, they knew they could offer an incredibly realistic and safe indoor skydiving experience. They opened their first indoor skydiving facility in 1999. Between 1999 and 2005, they opened three more facilities. In 2005, they rebranded themselves iFLY, maintaining SkyVenture as their design and manufacturing company.

    They welcome flyers from 3 to 103. If you have reasonable health and fitness you can fly. iFly will do everything they can to help you fly because their goal is to deliver the dream of flight to everyone

    Today, iFLY has 37 locations around the world in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia, and the list continues to grow.

     

     

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