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GastroFest 2015 Schedule of Events & Tastings! March 21st, Hemming Park 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Welcome to GastroFest; we hope you are excited! This program of events will give you the details on what is happening, when, and where throughout the day. Our goal is to bring you tastes from around the First Coast, expert speakers, chef demos, kids’ activities and more! So get out there and try some of the finest cuisine Jacksonville has to offer – and don’t forget to use #GastroFest2015 and #321GastroFest! What are Taste Tickets, how do they work, and where do I get them? Taste Tickets will be your currency during . Each Taste Ticket costs $1 and, on …

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Eco Relics: Decorating with Innovative Ideas

Mid-century modern has been the hot aesthetic in larger cities for a long time now, but, as with many trends, it has taken longer to reach critical mass here in Jacksonville. That’s why there were still fights recently over whether to preserve or demolish the old downtown library, designed by local architect the late . (Fortunately it has been restored and will soon open as home to the Jesse Ball duPont Fund and other nonprofits.)  has crossed the threshold into appreciation of the style, showing off the neighborhood’s many mid-century modern homes in annual home tours. If you are lucky …

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Retr-O-Rama Collectibles Show

Sunday, February 8 is the Day of the Walking Dead in Jacksonville! It’s not the end of days but it may look like it on February 8, when the returns to the Ramada Convention Center in Mandarin at 3130 Hartley Road.  The Retrorama gang is planning their biggest event yet and a big part of that involves actor who played Axel on the hit television series, .  According to show promoter , “this will be the first time that an actor from the main cast of the series The Walking Dead has appeared at a show in North Florida and …

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Nail Your New Year’s Resolution Down(town)

Whatever 2014 threw your way, a new year means new possibilities. It’s a chance to start something new, to be a better you. Maybe that’s why New Year’s resolutions are so popular. According to the all-knowing Wiki, about 40% of us make them. Whatever your ideas of self-improvement might be, Downtown Jacksonville will deliver. “In 2015, I will support the arts.” If you hashtagged in 2014, put your resolution where your quick-typing fingers are and spend time perusing ’s contemporary art, then pop over to the at . Take in a show at the historic or at the where you …

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Eco Relics: Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose Jax

One of the best things about Springfield is the personal pride of ownership that shows in the dedication residents put into restoring their own homes, and by extension, the entire community. A valuable resource in this effort is found adjacent to the neighborhood at Eco Relics, 106 Stockton Street in West Riverside.  was established early in 2014 by . The “eco” part is a commitment to keeping usable construction supplies out of landfills and saving as many architectural remnants as possible. Think of it as a time-traveling hardware store and building supply company! Where better to find what you need …

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On the River – December 2015 #GOLO

#GOLO Go Local this holiday season and help protect and preserve the . Shopping at your local retail store, farmers market or restaurant can help create a stronger, more unique, independent and vibrant city while benefiting our waterways. When you choose to support local businesses that use local resources and employees to produce goods and services, you can reduce your overall impact on the environment. The “ecological footprint” of a person shopping in a walkable community like historic , , at the  or any other artisan venue is much smaller than those shopping at big-box retail chains on . Here’s …

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MOCA Jacksonville – Downtown for the Holidays

MOCA Jacksonville has been through many changes over the last few decades, and has been in its current (and seemingly permanent) location across from  since 1999. The former Western Union Telegraph Building was built in the early 1930s, and its gorgeous Art Deco architecture was restored when the museum moved in. Together with the , the institution is a must-see downtown destination. There are still many in Jacksonville who haven’t made it to  yet, and those on the other side of the spectrum who are frequent visitors, but there’s something for everyone this holiday season. The current controversy abuzz (see …

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Buy Local, Buy Downtown #ShopDTJax

Buy Local, Buy Downtown The Downtown Marketing Collaborative, the originator of the “” campaign, has launched its campaign for the holiday season. This social media campaign will highlight sales, promotions, and unique holiday gifts available from downtown retailers and organizations through December 24. Retro and rockabilly clothes for men and women from , books from , tasty dips and rubs from , a bangle that sparkles from , sports apparel and memorabilia from , and unique candles and lamps from represent only a small sample of the gifts available from Downtown’s retailers. Additionally, gift cards to restaurants, tickets for cultural events, …

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Shop Murray Hill

Services ’s main street is , with a greater variety of businesses in the one-mile stretch bookended by US-17 and I-10 than in many small towns. Major landmarks along the route from Roosevelt Blvd to Lenox Ave include , , , music venue  with its friendly , Murray Hill branch library, , ,  and even the . The Murray Hill branch library is more important than ever — now that Willow Branch has closed this the closest branch for all of Riverside-Avondale. It’s an early voting location too. Pamper yourself Mixed in with these major structures you’ll find just about …

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Living in Murray Hill

As a serial renter, I have resided in most of Jacksonville’s urban neighborhoods. I have lived in  for more than three years now, and it is by far the most welcoming neighborhood I’ve inhabited. The business owners remember you and what you like, and the people out and about say “hello” to you on your walk. It is only becoming easier to be a good neighbor, as the local organizations develop a presence online, and we residents are able to come together digitally, as well as personally. In the realm of personal interaction, I went to a  and Friends of …

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