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    Disney Announces Opening Date For ‘Toy Story Land’ At Disney World




     

    Woody, Buzz, Jessie and their friends will come to life at Walt Disney World in Florida this summer. The upcoming Toy Story Land will officially open to guests on June 30.

    The upcoming 11-acre land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will include two new attractions and a new entrance to the existing Toy Story Mania attraction.

    Guests visiting Toy Story Land will “shrink” to the size of a toy and join in on the fun with Woody, Jessie, Buzz, Andy and other beloved toys in Andy’s backyard. You can also take a ride on the Slinky Dog Dash, a roller coaster Andy has assembled from his Mega Coaster Play Kit and topped off with Slinky and Jessie.

    Guests can also take a spin on Alien Swirling Saucers, a galactic play set that Andy won from Pizza Planet. Here, adorable little green aliens swirl about in their flying saucers with guests in tow in their rocket ship toys, while “The Claw” hangs overhead.

    Toy Story Land is an important addition to Disney’s Hollywood Studios as they look to add guest capacity ahead of the much-anticipated Star Wars Land opening in 2019.

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    Mickler's Landing Beachfront Park Is Open Again On Weekends




    Mickler's Landing Beachfront Park is open again on the weekends. The park offers a full range of facilities and a beautiful beach for sunbathing, swimming, and searching for sharks' teeth.

    The beach is located on the southern end of Ponte Vedra Beach and just north of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas Reserve. It also has a handicapped-accessible dune walkover from the parking area to the beach.

    The Mickler’s Landing Beachfront Park, including the parking lot, beach access and all related facilities, has experienced intermittent closures beginning the week of Dec. 4 through spring 2018 while the site is utilized as a staging area for beach restoration associated with Hurricane Irma.

    Visitors are encouraged to exercise caution during this time as heavy equipment will be present on the beach until restoration efforts are complete. To find information on other St. Johns County beach access points, please visit www.sjcfl.us/beaches. For more information, please call 904.209.0322.

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    George Benson Live At The Thrasher-Horne Center Next Tuesday




     

    There are legends in the world of music… and then there are icons. Appreciated as both a musician and a performer by millions, George Benson has always excelled at the dual role of expert improviser and vibrant entertainer as he has performed with everybody from Miles Davis and Eric Clapton to Stevie Wonder to Carlos Santana.

    A guitar virtuoso and vocal sensation for over five decades, George Benson has dominated the Billboard charts in a variety of styles and genres that has never been matched. Over the span of his illustrious career, George Benson has sold millions of records, performed for hundreds of millions of fans, and cut some of the most beloved jazz and soul tunes in music history.

    But the guitarist/vocalist is much more than “This Masquerade,” “On Broadway,” “Turn Your Love Around,” and “Give Me the Night.” Benson is a flat-out inspiration, a multi-talented artist who survived an impoverished childhood and molded himself into the first true—and truly successful—jazz/soul crossover artist. Adored by fans and musicians alike, don’t miss your opportunity to experience the energetic and ever-charming George Benson.

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    Kazu Sushi Burrito Is Expanding In The Area




    Next week, Kazu Sushi Burrito will be opening a 1800-square-foot location in St. Augustine at 1000 South Ponce de Leon Boulevard. In early March, they will open a Jacksonville Beach location at 693 3rd St. North.

    Kazu already has 3 locations in the area. One is in downtown Jacksonville at 117 W. Adams Street with another at 6025 Butler Point Road in addition to the original Kazu Japanese Restaurant at 9965 San Jose Blvd.

    David Chen and his brother, Jason, come from a family of restaurateurs and run the Kazu restaurants together. Kazu will carry products like bluefin tuna, oysters, clams and shellfish regularly for their customers.

    Kazu Sushi Burrito is a fast casual restaurant offering a unique concept on sushi. They balance Hawaiian flavors with Japanese techniques and use the freshest ingredients to create flavorful poke burritos, bowls and salads. Their dishes are perfect for the health-conscious crowd on the go looking for good, clean eating with a twist. 

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    The Jaguars' Home Stadium Will Have A New Name Next Season




    EverBank Field will be known as TIAA Bank Field later this year. They team confirmed today that TIAA Bank Field will be the official name of its home stadium, replacing EverBank Field.

    The name change comes after the sale of EverBank to TIAA in June and the new parent company will be renaming all EverBank locations as TIAA Bank. 

    The name change must be officially approved by the city of Jacksonville and the Jaguars before they can tear down the signage on the front of the building and replace it with the new name. 

    Even though the name change was announced today, there were no details immediately available about who will be paying to change the signage. It is expected that the name change will be made by the upcoming Jaguars preseason.

    Jacksonville-based EverBank acquired the naming rights to the stadium in 2010, four years after the naming rights deal with Alltel lapsed. (The stadium was known as Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in the interim.) In 2014, the company extended its naming rights deal through 2024.

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    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! 

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    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]




    The Soulshine Tour featuring Michael Franti & Spearhead, SOJA, Brett Dennen, and Trevor Hall Coming to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre




    St. Augustine, FL (April 3, 2014) – This Summer Michael Franti & Spearhead, will launch the first--‐ever music & yoga  tour, Soulshine, that will bridge daytime and nighttime experiences including music, yoga, sustainable lifestyle and  dj’s guaranteeing a full--‐blown dance party! SOJA, Brett Dennen and Trevor Hall will be joining the North  American Tour along with Special Guest Yoga Teachers, such as Canada’s Ryan Leier. The tour will stop at the St.  Augustine Amphitheatre on Wednesday, July 30. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 18 at 10AM. 

      With a collective reach of over 90 million impressions, the four bands: Michael Franti & Spearhead, SOJA, Brett  Dennen and Trevor Hall, come together for a tour that embraces their passions and love of music, dance, yoga  and sustainability. Soulshine will be affordably priced, offering activities to keep people of all ages entertained  throughout the day and night. 

      Each afternoon on the Soulshine tour will begin with a mass yoga and acoustic music jam with Michael Franti & Friends,  led by some of today's most inspiring teachers from across North America, including Ryan Leier. The yoga session&nb...   [Read More]




    Tegan and Sara Coming To The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall




    Ponte Vedra Beach, FL--(Tuesday, February 25, 2014) — Indie rock duo Tegan and Sara will perform at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Friday, May 16 at 8:00PM.

    Tegan and Sara are pleased to announce their Let's Make Things Physical Tour, a 19-date run that will include Lucius, and The Courtneys. The all female-fronted tour will run in May and June, corresponding with a new single campaign for "I Was A Fool", the followup to their wildly successful first single "Closer", from the acclaimed 2013 album Heartthrob.

    Tegan and Sara’s 13-year career has seen them build an avid global following of fans and fellow musicians alike. Their unique ability to bridge the pop and indie worlds has allowed their music to cross all traditional boundaries of genre, from being covered by The White Stripes to collaborating with superstar DJs such as Tiesto and David Guetta. Having sold nearly 1 million career albums and toured with acts from The Killers to Neil Young, Tegan and Sara have now released their 7th studio album – Heartthrob – as internationally-celebrated songwriters, performers, and artists. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart, securing the band’s highest US chart position to dat...   [Read More]




    SWITCHFOOT TO PERFROM AT THE ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2014




    St. Augustine, FL (March 31, 2014) – Switchfoot with special guest Thousand Foot Krutch is set to perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Saturday, May 31 at 6:30PM. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, April 4 at 10AM.

    After gaining a foothold in the contemporary Christian music scene, Switchfoot went mainstream with 2003's The Beautiful Letdown, a double-platinum album that straddled the line between sacred and secular rock music. This album included the hits “Meant to Live” and Dare You to Move.” Switchfoot returned in September 2005 with their fifth album, Nothing Is Sound, which debuted at number three on the Billboard 200. Nothing Is Sound went gold, sparked another radio hit in "Stars," and was the first Switchfoot recording to include the work of additional guitarist Andrew Shirley (formerly a member of the contemporary Christian group All Together Separate). Wasting little time, the band returned to the studio with veteran U.K. producer Tim Palmer to begin work on its sixth album, one that found the guys broadening their musical scope. The resulting Oh! Gravity appeared at the tail end of 2006.

    Hello Hurricane, which won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Rock Gospel Album. Several months af...   [Read More]



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    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]




    St. Johns Ferry Out Of Service




    Jacksonville Fl - On December 1, 2013, the ferry will begin an inspection and overhaul as periodically required by the United States Coast Guard. The inspection and overhaul will require the ferry to be dry docked. Therefore, it is expected that the ferry will be out of service for 3-4 weeks. Normal daily service will continue through November 30. Download the fax Ferry phone app to view an alert in advance of the date the ferry will return to normal daily service.

    About the Ferry: The St. Johns River Ferry is a car and passenger ferry that connects the north and south ends of Florida State Road A1A in Duval County, linking Mayport Village and Fort George Island via a pleasant sail across the St. Johns River. The 0.9 mile voyage crosses the St. Johns River 2.5 miles inland of the river's mouth and departs every half hour.

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    Putting Safety First Out On The Water




    The most enjoyable days out on the water always require a little preparation.

    An otherwise perfect day of boating can be quickly short-circuited if you didn’t bring enough food, beverages, or ice. Virtually all recreational boaters are familiar with that punched-in-the-gut feeling of being out on the water and realizing they forgot something essential.

    Of course, some forgotten items – like a favorite pair of sunglasses – are simply an annoyance. Others are more serious. Before you begin gathering all your favorite snacks, drinks and assorted boating accessories and toys, be sure to plan for safety first. No amount of fun in the sun is worth taking an unnecessary risk.

    Before you begin your day on the water, it is important to know every person who will be on your boat and know for certain that you have a properly fitting life jacket. If you realize at the last moment that you do not, before you rush out to buy one, check to see if a nearby marina is participating in the BoatU.S. Foundation’s “Life Jacket Loaner Program for Kids.” It can save not only time but money.Freedom Boat Club at the Julington Creek Marina 12807 San Jose Blvd is a site for  Life Jacket Loaner program. Visit Freed...   [Read More]



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