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Dec 182014
 

RAMRiverside Arts Market will be in full swing Saturday, with plenty of opportunity to soak up fresh air, shop for crafts and artworks, and listen to a mix of classic Americana, traditional rock, blues and folk music. Check out Ruby Beach, favorite local musicians, playing from the traditional rock songbook.  They will be on the River Stage from 11:45 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The market is bustling every Saturday morning beginning at 10 a.m.  Visitors come to the plaza under the Fuller Warren Bridge for live entertainment, crafts, artists, gourmet packaged foods and onsite refreshments. A stop at the RAM food court is highly recommended. The free fun goes on until 4 p.m.

Dec 182014
 

This is the one time of the year when it pays to give gift cards because of all the bonus offers. The end dates vary for each promo, but most expire Dec. 31. In addition, some promos are available online or in-store only, while others are available either way. (For true savings, it’s better to buy the gift cards in-store, rather than pay any shipping charges — if a retailer doesn’t offer free shipping on gift cards.)

Here are some of the more popular national deals. However, there are many local deals to be found, too, so check your favorite neighborhood shops for more offers. Plus, review our tips on how to maximize the promos at the end of the list.

Remember, price and participation may vary. It’s also important to note that many of the promos are “bonus cards” — not gift cards. Review the fine print for limitations, including minimum purchase requirements, date restrictions or menu exclusions first. Plus, most (if not all) bonuses are not valid until Jan. 1, 2015.

If you have a favorite restaurant on the list, consider buying gift cards for yourself to “cash in” on the bonus. Plus, get more bonuses by breaking down a large purchase. For example, if the bonus is for a $25 (or more) gift card and you’re buying a $50 gift card, why not purchase two $25 gift cards in separate transactions instead? You just doubled your bonus.

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Dec 162014
 

fla park serviceake a small step into the past and enjoy a drive-in movie at Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine. This Friday, Dec. 19, beginning at 7pm, visitors are invited to enjoy A Christmas Story from the comfort of their own vehicle. See the beautiful surroundings of the park when you bring your children early to play in the bounce house starting at 5:30pm. Food will also be available for purchase from Island Beach Grill.
http://www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia/default.cfm

 

Dec 092014
 

This is the one time of the year when it pays to give gift cards because of all the bonus offers. The end dates vary for each promo, but most expire Dec. 31. In addition, some promos are available online or in-store only, while others are available either way. (For true savings, it’s better to buy the gift cards in-store, rather than pay any shipping charges — if a retailer doesn’t offer free shipping on gift cards.)

Here are some of the more popular national deals. However, there are many local deals to be found, too, so check your favorite neighborhood shops for more offers. Plus, review our tips on how to maximize the promos at the end of the list.

Remember, price and participation may vary. It’s also important to note that many of the promos are “bonus cards” — not gift cards. Review the fine print for limitations, including minimum purchase requirements, date restrictions or menu exclusions first. Plus, most (if not all) bonuses are not valid until Jan. 1, 2015.

If you have a favorite restaurant on the list, consider buying gift cards for yourself to “cash in” on the bonus. Plus, get more bonuses by breaking down a large purchase. For example, if the bonus is for a $25 (or more) gift card and you’re buying a $50 gift card, why not purchase two $25 gift cards in separate transactions instead? You just doubled your bonus.

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Dec 052014
 

St. Augustine’s annual Nights of Lights celebration has begun with millions of twinkly lights outlining trees, buildings and bridges in the Olde City.  Named one of the best holiday displays in the world by National Geographic, the festive event can be viewed by strolling through town, grabbing a trolley or train, or hiring a horse-drawn carriage. The free show begins at dusk every evening through February 1.

Nov 272014
 

“Eat, drink and be thankful.” That’s the way one national chain restaurant is promoting its Thanksgiving Day feast. If you plan to indulge in the merriment, and be thankful you don’t have to prepare your own meal, here’s a list of local and chain restaurants planning to be open on November 27, 2014. At some you can dine in, others also offer meals to go. And you’ll not only walked away stuffed, but your wallet won’t be that much lighter, with meals often costing only $10 to $15 per person. A few caveats: make reservations where accepted ahead of time, prices, hours and participation may vary, and beverages are extra at most venues.

  • Aqua Grill at Sawgrass Village in Ponte Vedra Beach will be open for feasting from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., with a Thanksgiving menu that includes turkey, ham, roast beef, myriads sides and desserts. Adults pay 26.95 while the cost for kids is $12.95
  • Bayard Cafe on Philips Highway is serving a turkey dinner buffet, with all the trimmings included, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $24.99 for adults, $12.99 for children under 12.
  • Boston Market offers several ways to purchase a holiday meal this season. Stop in on Thanksgiving Day for the Thanksgiving Day Meal, featuring turkey breast, two sides, cornbread and a slice of apple or pumpkin pie for $11.99. For those planning a feast, consider the Oven to Table option for 12 at $99.99. It’s a complete meal with a whole roasted turkey, several sides, rolls and two whole pies. Just heat and serve. Hot & Ready is the catered buffet style meal you can order for delivery. If you just need an item a la carte, you can get that, too.
  • Buca di Beppo plans to serve a family style meal ($53.99 for service for three) starting at 11 a.m. The turkey dinner comes with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, whole cranberry sauce, spicy Italian sausage stuffing, and mini chocolate chip cannolis for dessert.
  • Cracker Barrel starts serving its Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner at 11 a.m., on Turkey Day. For $10.99 ($5.99 for children). The traditional meal includes turkey breast, cornbread dressing (stuffing), turkey gravy, sugar-cured ham, vegetables of choice, sweet potato casserole, cranberry relish, biscuits or corn muffins, a slice of pumpkin pecan streusel pie with whipped cream, and beverage. Order Thanksgiving To-Go from November 23 to December 1, servings for six, $59.99. You can also order pies and ham for take-out. A 24-hour advance notice is required.
  • Golden Corral offers an endless bounty in its Thanksgiving buffet. Carved turkey or ham, sliced turkey, fried chicken, roast beef, meatloaf, and even steak and shrimp are featured, as well as more than a dozen side dishes – stuffing, potatoes, casseroles and corn on the cob. It’s the “Endless Buffet,” so you can plan to go back for seconds or thirds – all for just $12.99.
  • The Hilltop Club in Orange Park offers a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., accompanied by pianist John Michael. Cost is $32.95 for adults and $13.95 for children under 10.
  • Lone Star Steakhouse serves a traditional holiday meal for $16.99. Dessert, a creamy pumpkin cheesecake with caramel sauce, is extra for $6.99. Cocktails are available, as well.
  • North Beach Bistro in Atlantic Beach offers a Thanksgiving Buffet from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday featuring salads, Mayport shrimp, prime rib, hand-carved turkey, whipped potatoes, glazed sweet potatoes and other sides and desserts for $32.95; $12.95 for children under 10. Adults can also add an order of bottomless mimosas for $10.
  • Old Country Buffet, along with partner restaurant chains, Ryan’s, and Home Town Buffet, plan to serve dinner till 7 p.m. They are offering a bounty of choices — oven roasted turkey breast, baked honey-glazed ham, roast beef, sirloin steak and all the traditional sides to go with it. Desserts include pumpkin pie, ice cream, apple cobbler, and more. Drinks are included with the all-you-can-eat meal for $12.99 at most locations. Seniors and children pay less.
  • Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse offers a traditional three-course turkey dinner with a starter, entrée and dessert for $36.95. The price may vary according to location. Children 12 and under eat for $12.95.
  • Shoney’s Restaurants dishes up a Southern-style buffet meal, including turkey, fried chicken, collared greens, sweet potato casserole and more for $10.99. It’s free for kids 4 and under. Dine in or take it home. They also offer whole pumpkin pies for $9.99, if that’s all you need.
  • Ted’s Montana Grill will be open and offering Ted’s Traditional Roast Turkey Feast. For non-traditional guests, Ted’s will be serving a choice of St. Phillip’s Island Crab Cakes, Bison Pot Roast, Bison Meatloaf, Big Sky Grilled Salad, Cedar Plank Salmon, Ted’s Filet and Delmonico Ribeye. Here’s the holiday menu. Prices and availability vary by location.
  • Village Inn restaurants will be open and serving traditional Holiday Turkey or Ham Dinner, with a slice of Pumpkin Pie! At participating locations. Check with your local restaurant for hours as they may vary by restaurant.

Many of these outlets will take your orders or reservations online, so be sure to click on the links to find the location nearest you. Aren’t you hungry now?

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Nov 272014
 

St. Augustine’s annual Nights of Lights celebration has begun with millions of twinkly lights outlining trees, buildings and bridges in the Olde City.  Named one of the best holiday displays in the world by National Geographic, the festive event can be viewed by strolling through town, grabbing a trolley or train, or hiring a horse-drawn carriage. The free show begins at dusk every evening through February 1.

Oct 292014
 

Schedule an adult class for January at Yes You Canvas! and you’ll get 30-percent off the regular  session admission of $35.  The catch is that you have to make the reservation by midnight October 31. Admission includes canvas, paints, brushes–everything you need to create a work of art.   Check the calendar and sign up online at www.yesyoucanvas.com.   The studio is at 2777-32 University Blvd. West,  at University and St. Augustine Road.