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Page 3 Whats New Page 4 From the Council Members Desk Page 5 School District JournalPage 6 Encore! Page 9 Happy 100th Birthday! Mandarin Womens Club Page 10 Cuy Fest 2012 Page 11 Loretto salutes veteransPage 13 Purposeful Parenting Page 13 Mock debate Page 14 MHS Happenings Page 15 Movie Review Page 16 Fishing Report Coast Guard Auxiliary Page 17 Faith News Page 19 Community MarketplacePage 20 MHS Sports Gardening Page 22 Mandarin Garden ClubPage 23 ICE extravaganza SERVING THE MANDARIN COMMUNITY SINCE 2006 MandarinNewsLineSM Visit our online edition at www.mandarinnewsline.comMEMBER OF THE RT PUBLISHING GROUP OF COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS Mandarin NewsLine12443 San Jose Boulevard, Ste. 403 Jacksonville,FL 32223 Whats Inside Volume 7, Issue 3 December 2012Presorted Standard US Postage Paid Callahan, FL 32011 Permit No.4 The Mandarin Museum and Historical Society invites you to the 13th annual Winter To kick o a cold, wintry day, the Mandarin Council of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce held its 16th annual Chili Cook-o on Saturday, November 17. The event raises money to donate to several local schools and charities such as the Wounded Warrior Project, Junior Achievement and the You may not be a regular patron of the South Mandarin Branch of the Jacksonville Library at the intersection of San Jose Boulevard and Orange Picker Road, but you undoubtedly are aware of the budget cuts to the library system from the local news. Now visualize that early on a Monday you Event raises money for local charitiesAnnual Chili Cook-off brings community and foodies togetherBy Natalie Cleghorn Group aims to raise fundsSave Our Libraries comes to South Mandarin By Karl Kennell Candice Richardson, Jeanne Nicholson and Maureen Orr have formed Save our Librariesneed to swing by the library to look up something before work. Its only 9:00 a.m. and surely they will be open. As you arrive at the library you cant help but notice that the grounds are neglected and there is no activity. As you approach the doors you will be shocked that the posted Mandarin Food Bank. And because of so much participation from the Mandarin community, with around 1,000 people attending, the Chili Cook-o was a great success. Starting o the event, live music and the warm, savory smell of chili rose in the air, enticing locals to come experience the inviting atmosphere. Attendee Jo Zion who has experienced the Cook-O s in the past commented that she loves the atmosphere and live music. According to Zion, her favorite part about the event is the people, the gathering and the social aspect that brings together such a close knit community. And bringing together the Mandarin community were 10 contestants, each of whom cooked a batch of chili that was unique and delicious. There were several types represented, including Grandma Margies Chili, Spirit of Mayport Chili, Meatball Chili, as well as Conch Chili made by Craig and Curt Weidegreen. Decorating the Weidegreens table were several large conch shells along with shing net and other memorabilia related to the sea. They also had handcu ed to their pot of chili the secret recipe, hidden in a briefcase for safe keeping! The Weidegreens liked to keep Its time for the 13th annual Winter Celebration in MandarinBy Contributing Writer Sandy Arpen, Mandarin Museum and Historical Society Schwieterman-Fait as Harriet Beecher StoweCelebration in Mandarin from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 1. This event, which draws visitors from all over North Florida, has become known for old-fashioned fun during the holidays. It is held at the Walter Jones Historical Park, Jacksonvilles rst historical park, located at 11964 Mandarin Road. Activities are planned for the community that will educate, entertain and delight all ages, including hayrides, rail car rides, music, historical re-enactors, nature crafts, games and of course Santa will return again this year. Back by popular demand, Lindsay Schwieterman-Fait, Mandarins Harriet Beecher Stowe, will perform as the famous author and abolitionist on the farmhouse porch. As always, the society will have a new collectible ornament of a Mandarin landmark. This years ornament is the historic 1880s Mt. Zion AME Church (now the Philip R. Cousin AME Church) that once stood on Orange Pickers Road. Ornaments from previous years will also be available to complete your set. The Mandarin Museum will be open all day and the museum gift shop is stocked with many holiday gift ideas, including honey from Mandarins Honey Man George Waldoch. The 1875 Webb Farmhouse will open during the event for tours. Costumed re-enactors add to Chili Cook-off cont. on pg. 4First place winners Craig Wiedegreen, his brother Kurt Wiedegreen and Kevin Gowen. Their winning recipe was Conch Chili.Winter Celebration cont. on pg. 7 Save Our Libraries cont. on pg. 11 Start off the New Year with a BANG!Call Heather Seay at 904-886-4919 or email at hs@rtpublishinginc.com for more information!

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com December 2012 Mandarin NewsLine, Page 3 Whats NewCommunity HappeningsDo you have community or club news you would like included in Mandarin NewsLine? Then contact Martie Thompson at: editor@mandarinnewsline.com or 886-4919. RT Publishing, Inc. The CreekLine The Ocean Breeze Mandarin NewsLine Players JournalPublisher Rebecca Taus publisher@rtpublishinginc.comEditor Martie Thompson editor@rtpublishinginc.comAdvertising Sales, Linda Gay LG@rtpublishinginc.comAdvertising Sales, Kathrin Lancelle KL@rtpublishinginc.comAdvertising Sales, Heather SeayHS@rtpublishinginc.comGraphic Design, Lisa Felegygraphics@rtpublishinginc.com RT Publishing, Inc. 12443 San Jose Boulevard Suite 403 Jacksonville, FL 32223 Ph: 904-886-4919 The Mandarin NewsLine Community Newspaper is a free monthly publication distributed via bulk mail to all addresses in Zip Codes 32223, 32258 and selected routes in 32257. Submission of articles and photographs are received by mail or email, although email to editor@ rtpublishinginc.com is preferred. The writers opinions do not necessarily reect the opinion of RT Publishing, Inc. Advertising Rates are available by request. RT Publishing, Inc. is not responsible for advertisement content or accuracy of information provided by its advertisers. Nor does RT Publishing, Inc. endorse any of the products or services included in this publication. RT Publishing, Inc. reserves the right to refuse advertisement or copy from any advertiser. All rights are reserved and no portion of this publication may be copied without the express written consent of the publisher. 2012. At RT Publishing we welcome Letters to the Editor. We request they be no more than 250 words. All letters must include writers name, address, and telephone number. Only the name will be published. E-mail to editor@ rtpublishinginc.com. Anonymously sent letters will not be published.Letters to the Editor policy The Mandarin Womens Club program for Thursday, December 20 will be a Chinese Auction. This program is held at the Ramada Inn, located at 3130 Hartley Road and doors open at 10:30 a.m. Club membership is open to all women no matter where they live. The price of the luncheon is $15.50 for members and $16.50 for non-members. Reservations are required; please call Marilyn at 260-8431 by December 13. Please call Diane at 880-5354 for more information about our club or check out our website at: http:// home.comcast.net/~echoecho46/ site/ The Mandarin Museum and Historical Society once again hosts Winter Celebration, a special family day of fun and educational activities at the Walter Jones Historical Park, located at 11964 Mandarin Road from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 1. Activities include hayrides, choirs from the Mandarin Presbyterian and Philip R. Cousin AME churches, traditional and original folk music, the Jacksonville Community Band, Lindsay Schwieterman-Fait portraying Harriet Beecher Stowe, museum and historic Webb Farmhouse tours, crafts, historic re-enactments, train rides, old-fashioned childrens games, food and more. For more information, please call 268-0784, email us at mandarinmuseum@bellsouth.net or visit our website www.mandarinmuseum.net. You can also check us out at www.facebook. com/mandarinmuseum. The December General Meeting of the All Star Quilters Guild will be held on Monday, December 17 at 9:30 a.m. in the First Christian Church, located at 11924 San Jose Boulevard. There will be a Christmas program featuring a gift exchange and treats. Visitors are welcome! For more information, please contact Dot Butler at 642-6574 and visit us at www.orgsites. com/ /allstarquiltguild. The River City Womens Club will hold its holiday luncheon on Wednesday, December 19 at the San Jose Country Club beginning at 10:30 a.m. The cost of the luncheon is $21. Frank Templo will provide the musical entertainment and a ra e will be held with great prizes. All ladies are welcome! Please call 262-8719 for reservations. The Mandarin Chapter of AARP meets the third Friday of every month at 2:00 p.m. at Augustine Landing, located at 10141 Old St. Augustine Road. We are a non-pro t, nonpartisan membership organization, a liated with the national AARP. Our activities and programs are designed to help people age 50 and over improve the quality of their lives. Visitors are welcome! For additional information, please call 733-0516 or email alex9520@ comcast.net. The Italian American Club will celebrate with its annual Christmas Party on December 14. We are also having a New Years Eve Black and White Ball with delicious dinner, DJ and more. For additional information, please call Patty at 2625905. Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo (Merry Christmas and Happy New Year) to all our Mandarin friends and neighbors. The MOMS Club of Jacksonville/Mandarin-SE o ers support for stay at home and parttime working moms living in zip code 32258. With the club, you will have enriching activities for you and your children, during the day when you need the most support. A sample of activities includes park days, beach days, monthly socials, playgroups and eld trips to the zoo and museums. For additional information, please email semandarinmoms@yahoo.com. Shu eboard is played on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. at Mandarin Park (south end of Mandarin Road) next to the tennis courts at the park entrance. Beginners are welcome. Just show up, unless it rains. The Clay Network of Northeast Florida will sponsor our Fall Ceramic Art show Saturday, December 8 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Sydney McKenna Gallery and Studios, located at 5 Inlet Place in St. Augustine. Local ceramic artists will exhibit and sell all kinds of pottery from functional to whimsical to sculptural perfect for holiday gifts. Be sure to stop by to browse the beautiful pottery displays and talk with local artists. For more information, please email claynetwork. com@gmail.com. The Rotary Club of Mandarin helped the Mandarin Food Bank distribute Thanksgiving turkey dinners on November 19. The club also plans to do the same for their Christmas dinners one week prior to December 25. The Rotary club looks forward each year to assisting the Food Bank by helping those who are in need. They also will be holding their annual fundraising gala Laugh for Charity 2013 on March 21 at the Comedy Zone, located in the Ramada Inn Mandarin. Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Mandarin Food Bank as well as the Yates YMCA. If you or your company is interested in attending the gala, please con-Whats New cont. on pg. 6Copies of this online coupon are not accepted.

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Page 4, Mandarin NewsLine December 2012 www.MandarinNewsLine.com Accepting and Selling furniture (living room, dining room, bedroom, etc) Home decor (lamps, rugs, artwork, tchotchke) New items arrive daily. We are ready to accept your entire house, estate, etc. We also oer inventory liquidation service for builders, home and furniture industry businesses, etc. For More Information call: 880 8448or email us at: ENCOREDECOR@bellsouth.net10830 San Jose Boulevard ( across from Walmart)Visit us online at: www.EncoreDecorFL.comWE OFFER FREE PICKUP SERVICE FOR APPROVED ITEMSHours: Jacksonvilles Largest Upscale Consignment Store H Jacksonville Health & Wellness CenterChiropractic ~ Massage ~ Mental Health Counseling ~ Functional Medicine ~ Yoga ~ Spinal Rehab ~ Nutrition Counseling ~ Meal Planning and Supplemental Guidance ~ Natural Hormone Balancing Let Chiropractic help you with Headaches, Back, Leg, & Neck Pain, Work & Auto Injuries Let our multidisciplinary approach help you with: Weight Loss, Fatigue, Diabetes, Depression, Anxiety, High Blood Pressure, Fibromyalgia, ADHD, Autoimmunity, Gluten Intolerance, to name a few.268-65689957 Moorings Dr., Ste. 403 (o of San Jose Blvd) Mandarin, Jacksonville 32257www.DrRepole.com Chiropr a M ea l P la W ei g Fib r From the City Council Members DeskBy Contributing Writer Matt Schellenberg, City Council Member, District 6As an elected o cial of Mandarin, I represent you every day, whether Im at City Hall or not. Each day, I act as your spokesperson, advocate, supporter and lobbyist for the interests of District 6. In addition, my job is to make sure City Hall does not enact rules and regulations that are detrimental to our beautiful community. With this thought in mind, I believe Duval County needs better communication with our elected o cials in Tallahassee. Currently City Hall has just one person whose sole responsibility is to contact 40 State Senators and 120 Representatives to explain the needs of Duval County. Yes, we have elected o cials, but they need reinforcements and support to get our interests heard. Miami, Broward, Orlando and Tampa spend as much as a million dollars on lobbyists that promote their respective interests. We, City Hall, need to be more actively engaged at the state level. Its important that Jacksonvilles interest not be overlooked due to a lack of lobbying on our behalf. But you and I have a more immediate problem. Speaking to high school and college seniors recently, I have found their lack of knowledge about how government works very disturbing. Many did not understand the basic roles of the three branches of government, much less what their functions are. Civics class, which was required when I was in school, is now not taught until the senior year in high school, much too late to appreciate and fully understand the beauty of Americas Democracy. Why should we be concerned? Because these young men and women vote. Unfortunately, another month has passed without the mayor taking action on the facilities management contract. Remember, this indecision is costing us $50,000 per month. The total not saved is $300,000. How much longer will it take for the mayor to take action to save taxpayers money? On another note, I want to thank Dr. Richardson, the principal of Mandarin High School, for inviting me to be in their very rst Homecoming Parade. What a wonderful group of young men and women. I was also one of 30 men who read to children during the Dudes that Read program at Bartram Springs Elementary School. Finally, I had a wonderful time talking and listening to neighbors at the Dividing Oaks Homeowners Associations annual Halloween outdoor party. Thank you for inviting me! Please contact me at 6301388 or MattS@coj.net if you have any questions or ideas to make Mandarin a better place to live. things light and de nitely enjoyed the atmosphere, as did the people who tasted their chili. Adjacent to their booth was Troy McMullen, a second year cooker, who featured his own cornbread croutons to garnish his tasty chili. Other contestants such as Joe Mantione, representing Rainbow International, would not reveal the secret to a great tasting chili. He did comment that the secret is many ingredients and that is what separates his chili from his competition. There were several competitions between contestants and not just for rst place. The War Chili Cook-off cont. from pg. 1 of the Shore competition was between Captain Bob Sanders and Captain Douglas Cochrane aided by his son Sean. Captain Sanders proved to be tough competitor with The Best Chili You Ever Ate. According to Captain Sanders, he enjoyed the great people, good times and of course great chili and was hoping to bring home a win to NAS Jax. But Captain Cochrane cooked up his Spirit of Mayport Chili which makes a bold statement according to Cochrane. Captain Cochranes chili made the bolder statement and ended up winning rst place in the War of the Shore competition. There was also the Intercouncil Competition with the West Council represented by Ruth Anne Hepler, who captured the win with Ruthies Chili Chili Bang Bang. For her rst year in the Cook-O she could not have done better! The Chili Cook-O competition cannot be forgotten, with the Weidegreens Conch Chili winning rst place and $500. Care Spot came in a close second place and both will donate their winnings back to the local charities mentioned.Peoples Choice Award winner Troy McMullin Brian Quirk and the Native Sons and Daughters were Mandarin NewsLines chili cookers! Mandarin NewsLineYOURCommunity Newspapereditor@mandarinnewsline.com Merry Christmasfrom your friends at Mandarin NewsLine!

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com December 2012 Mandarin NewsLine, Page 5 VARSITY INSURANCE, INC.268-6365Serving Mandarin Since 1990www.varsityinsuranceagency.com We have helped insurance consumers make better protection and security choices since 1990. WE LOVE COMPETITION! PUT US IN THE GAME! Robert E. Burke, CPA The CPA Never Underestimate the Value Drug and Alcohol Recovery Center~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Call today for a FREE Substance Abuse Assessment by a Licensed Clinician 1-855-332-8596 By Appointment Only Licensed and Insured State Certied Pool Contractor Lic. # CPC1456905 & CPC1458125 904-449-2055Visit our web-site for more Information & Photos. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve our community as the newly elected School Board Member for District 7. I would also like to thank my predecessor, Tommy Hazouri, for his years of community service and I wish him well in his next endeavor. This year we have been given a once in a genera-School District JournalBy Contributing Writer Jason Fischer, School Board Representative, District 7 I am, without apology, an angry white man. Deal with it. I believe Rush Limbaugh was right after Election Day declaring, We have lost the country. I believe we are exactly at the same point in 1945 when the British voted Prime Minister Winston Churchill out of o ce and replaced him with the Labour Party leader, Clement Attlee. Great Britain moved into a constant state of socialism, decline and soaring taxes, transforming from a world power to a toothless lion welfare state. Britain was the precursor to Greece until Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher in 1979 awakened their good sense and sense of betterment and individual achievement, starting Britain on a return path to solvency and self-su ciency. I believe the Republican Party needs to take a lesson from McDonalds and beat Democrats at their own game. We know much of academia, especially in colleges and universities is a hotbed of liberalism or, as they prefer to cloak themselves today, progressiveness. They have gured out if they take impressionable young minds, unexposed to the reality there is no such thing as fairness in everyday life and ll them with progressive and socialist ideals, then they will have them for a long time as Democrats. Usually, when marriage and children and a few years in the real world interLadies and gentlemen, we would like to invite you to our rst-ever bene t auction held at the Mandarin Museum, in historic Walter Jones Historical Park. The auction will generate proceeds for the maintenance and upkeep of our museum and the historic buildings located on the park grounds. Lots will be auctioned o by the museums director and licensed auctioneer, Dr. Antoni Paris and will include numerous antique, vintage and collectible pieces, along with home decor and other household items. Participants will have the Political CommentaryWe have lost the countryBy J. Bruce Richardsonvene, aging youngsters start thinking for themselves and the betterment of their families and leave the Democratic Party. But, in elections such as just happened last month, where we as a nation didnt elect the Pied Pier once, but twice, we saw the handiwork of the Democrats in full play. It was a coalition of women, young people and minorities which re-elected President Obama, only by a whisker in the popular vote. He received about 2.5 million more votes than Governor Romney, in a total vote count of around 118 million votes. Thats not a mandate to govern, but a divided electorate. Now that Obamacare is a foregone conclusion and the law of the land, we have taken a huge step towards the destruction of the country as we know it. Now that the federal government can compel us to buy health care, no telling what is next. They may even compel us to eat lima beans; yuck. As with any failure, the Republicans will take a look at what happened and clean house of failed leaders. But, more importantly, they need to look at a way to get on college campuses and reverse the trend of graduating so many liberals. Republican governors need to govern and part of that is making sure a better balance between liberals, moderates and conservatives inhabit the halls of state-owned schools. Until that happens, we will continue to automatically add to the ranks of liberals and we will hurdle ourselves into complete oblivion. Its two years until the next election cycle. As one wise person said, we survived the Civil War, we will survive President Obama. But, think how long it took to heal from the Civil War.J. Bruce Richardson is a longtime journalist and consultant who writes in Jacksonville print publications exclusively for RT Publishing, Inc. He has led projects in Washington as well as Ottawa, Canada, and authors an Internet-based transportation column which is read in more than 60 countries. He lives and works in Jacksonville.tion opportunity to x public education in our city and I truly believe that we will rise to the occasion. We elected four new School Board members. I wont spend any time talking about the other board members, but I will say that this is the most reform-minded school board that Jacksonville has ever seen. Did you know that all across the state we have been seen as the most hostile environment for school choice or improving teacher quality? Well that day is done. We are charting a new course. Two months ago we selected a new superintendent for our schools, Dr. Nikolai Vitti. He is a dynamic leader who has a passion for delivering quality education. He may have received a PhD from Harvard University, but he earned his real education credentials teaching kids in the Bronx and down in MiamiDade. Dr. Vitti is the right man at the right time. With the new board in place, he will be given the autonomy that he needs to be successful. I, like many parents, have grown tired of watching the issue of education being tossed around, but never addressed. This year, through a series of fortunate events, our city went through an unprecedented change in leadership in our public education system. Please rally around our e orts and lets nally x our schools!Mandarin Museum and Historical Society hosts public auction fundraiseropportunity to interweave the heart-pounding excitement of taking part in the auction with a relaxing walk among the parks magni cent trees and cultural ambiance. Concession stands and refreshments will be available for those who attend. Please help us preserve our fascinating Mandarin culture by turning this event into a Mandarin tradition! Here are the details: All items are sold as is, where is. Auction starts at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 8 with the preview from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The auction location is 11964 Mandarin Roadmuseum front lawn. Please bring a folding yard chair if you can. Auction website items will be continually added http:// www.auctionzip.com/cgi-bin/ photopanel.cgi?listingid=16 08239&category=0&zip=&k wd= For more information, please call the Mandarin Museum at 268-0784 or send an email to www.mandarinmuseum@bellsouth.net. What would YOU like to read about each month in Mandarin NewsLine?Let us know! editor@mandarinnewsline.com

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Page 6, Mandarin NewsLine December 2012 www.MandarinNewsLine.com State Farm, Home Ofce, Bloomington, IL0901020 Wishing you a tangle-free holiday.May all your days be merry and bright. A safe and joyous season to everyone. Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there. Jim Register Jr, Agent 12058 San Jose Blvd Jacksonville, FL 32223 Bus: 904-268-5522 jim@jimregister.com Jim Register Jr, Agent 12058 San Jose Blvd Jacksonville, FL 32223 Bus: 904-268-5522 jim@jimregister.com Visit our NEW Showroom Today! Over 30 years experience: Managerial Accounting Services Reviews Contact Jim Taylor at 904.705.1692 As I sit enjoying the beautiful sunshine and warmth of a Jacksonville fall day, it is di cult to realize that we are just weeks away from the very special time of year when most of us celebrate the traditional events that have been a part of our lives. With so many o erings available to us, it is di cult to focus on any one presentation, but despite its many nancial problems, our beloved Jacksonville Symphony has once again come up with a comprehensive schedule of holiday concerts for us to enjoy. During the month of December it will o er half a dozen wonderful and varied programs to put us in the holiday spirit! Actually, it all starts on November 30 at 8:00 p.m., when the Symphony conducted by Michael Butterman will present a special concert to help us get into the holiday spirit. A Classical Christmas will feature solo violinist Elena Urioste in a program highlighting works by Wagner and Vivaldi, as well as Corellis Christmas Concerto. On Sunday, December 2 This time of year is my favorite; not only is it a time for celebrating but it is a time for re ection and yet the possibilities of more spectacular things are upon the horizon. The Comedy Zone Jacksonville has been privileged to work with astonishing celebrities as well as dynamic local comedians in 2012. This December we will be welcoming back Shaun Jones. One of Jacksonvilles favorite comedians, Jones receives standing ovations every time he performs here. His act covers a wide range of subjects from good relationships gone bad to living with bad credit, racial di erences in heaven, trips to the Bahamas and the night club scene. Jones greatest strength is his ability to travel to any town or city and win over every crowd. What many people enjoy best about Jones is his playful audience tact mandarinrotary@aol.com to purchase your tickets. Your participation will go a long way towards helping the Food Bank and the YMCA. The NASJAX Skin and Scuba Diving Club meets at 7:00 p.m. on the rst Wednesday of each month at the Golden Corral Buffet and Grill, located at 11470 San Jose Boulevard in Mandarin. The club is open to all divers and those who are interested in diving (military a liation is not required). For more information, please visit the website at nasjaxscubadivers.org or contact the club president, Dave Martin, at 413-8773. The Northeast Florida Quit Smoking Now (QSN) program is now o ering free tobacco cessation classes at the Mandarin Library! The classes meet once a week for six consecutive weeks and provide a free workbook, water bottle and stress ball as well as free nicotine replacement therapies (patch, lozenge and gum) to assist tobacco users in their quit attempt. Please call 482-0189 to register for our October class or visit our website at www.north oridaahec.org. Are you troubled by someones drinking? Al-Anon Family Groups can help. Let us share our experience, strength and hope. Join us every Monday night from 8:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in the First Christian Church of Jacksonville, located at 11924 San Jose Boulevard or visit us at www.jaxafg.org. The journey to end cancer begins with a single step. Relay for Life of Mandarin invites the entire Jacksonville community to join their journey on Saturday, May 4, 2013. The 24-hour event, which will take place at Mandarin High School, will feature traditional Relay for Life ceremonies, lively entertainment and unique fundraising ideas. The Relay has already kickedo its 2012-2013 season, so do not delay when signing up. More information on becoming a sponsor or forming a team for Relay for Life of Mandarin can be found on www.relayforlife. org/mandarin or by calling the local American Cancer Society o ce. Relay for Life is the American Cancer Societys largest fundraising event. Sierra Club will be holding a fundraiser in the form of a Potluck/Silent Auction/Trivia night on December 10 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Lakewood Presbyterian Church, located at 2001 University Boulevard West. Bring a dish to share and gently used camping, hiking and nature books. Sierra Club calendars will also be for sale. For donations, please contact Janet at JCLarson168@msn.com. Whats New cont. from pg. 3 Spreading holiday cheer with comedyBy Contributing Writer Jeanine McNealinteraction that makes every show unique from the one before. The Comedy Zone Jacksonville is located within the Ramada Conference Center of Mandarin. It is operated by Fred Pozin; he is a prominent gure in not only Mandarin but Jacksonville. His goal is to bring the best entertainment to Jacksonville this includes: banquet rooms for corporate and social events, all-you-can-eat crab legs and prime rib bu et and an award winning comedy club. The Comedy Zone Jacksonville as well as the Ramada lend itself to the community and are an ideal atmosphere to celebrate holiday cheer or to commemorate an occasion throughout the year. Be sure to see the Comedy Zones ad in this issue of Mandarin NewsLine!Encore!Its that time again!By Betty Swenson Bergmark, Professor Emeritus, Jacksonville University at 3:00 p.m., a performance of Chris van Allsbergs The Polar Express will help us to experience the magic of the holidays. Featuring the UNF Womens Chorale, it tells the tale of a boy who helps every child to hear the ringing of Santas bells. Images from the book will be projected above the stage. In addition, A Holiday Sing Along will help ring in the season. On December 7 at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., December 8 at 6:00 p.m. and December 9 at 3:00 p.m., the Holiday Pops invites us to enjoy one of the First Coasts most beloved traditions holiday favorites sung by the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus with Ashley Brown, soloist. Another Holiday Pops will be presented by the Jacksonville Symphony on Tuesday and Thursday, December 11 and 13 at 8:00 p.m. at Flagler College Auditorium in St. Augustine. A very special annual event will occur on December 21 at 8:00 p.m. The beloved Handels Messiah, one of the most famous oratorios ever written, will be presented. Conducted by Michael Butterman, it will feature soloists Mary Wilson, Sandra PiquesEddy, Javier Abreu, Philip Cutlip and the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus. To reiterate the JSO yer, Hallelujah! No holiday musical tradition would be complete without a performance of The Nutcracker. Having performed in it myself in war-torn London and having restaged it on many occasions over the years, the holiday season is not complete until I see it once again! This year one of many presentations will be performed by the First Coast Nutcracker with live musical accompaniment by the Jacksonville Symphony. Performances are scheduled on December14 and 15 at 8:00 p.m. and December 15 and16 at 2:00 p.m. at the Moran Theater. Finally, you can ring in the New Year on December 31 at 8:30 p.m., when the Jacksonville Symphony will present a program including light classics and popular works from Broadway to Vienna. After the concert, the party will continue in the lobby with more music and light refreshments. What a wonderful way to celebrate the New Year! For additional information on any of these performances, please call 354-5547 or visit www.JaxSymphony.org. Mandarin NewsLineYOURCommunity Newspapereditor@mandarinnewsline.com

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com December 2012 Mandarin NewsLine, Page 7 Concerns about your drinking water?Call the Water Treatment Company Jacksonville has trusted for over 20 Years. Straight answers No high pressure. 262 0197 3760 KORI RD. Lic. #W-32 yo u C all th e W ate r T reatmen t Compan y J acksonville h as trusted f or ove r 2 0 Years S Call the Water Treatment Company Jacksonville has trusted for over 20 years. www.atlasphysicaltherapy.com St. Johns429-0290World Golf VillageNOW OPEN342-4994Mandarin 292-0195 Follow us on Twitter @AtlasSportsMed Atlas Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine invites you:Why you should attend: Fall Risk Assessment Friday, January 25, 2013 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.Free and Open to the Public RSVP as spots are limited or call 342-4994 for more information. Family Fun! ~Saturdays~ 10am to 2pm St. Johns River Farmers Market~In beautiful Alpine Groves Park ~2060 SR 13, Switzerland, FL 32259 ~info: St.JohnsRiverFarmersMarket@gmail.com www.facebook.com/St.JohnsRiverFarmersMarketVendor Info: 904-347-8900Christmas Fair 12/8 complete with Santa, live music, gift shopping, and gourmet delights! The director of the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Chamber Orchestra, Brian Gri n, is pleased to invite the community to the groups Chicago Bound Pre-Midwest Clinic concert on Monday, December 17, at Jacksonville Universitys Terry Concert Hall. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The Chamber Orchestras Chicago-Bound concert will showcase the students hard work in preparing for their appearance at the prestigious 66th annual Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, to be held December 19 through 22. The concert is also an opportunity to thank the Jacksonville community for its nancial support toward student travel costs. While the orchestra has not yet met its original goal of raising $35,000, the generosity of the Jacksonville community has cut student expenses by more than half.This is my last fashion column before the holidays and I challenge you, my FFFs (Fashionable Florida Friends) to go shopping in your closet; make your hair and mani and pedi appointments and ease into the season looking great! Speaking of pedi, make sure you have just the right red polish for the toes this holiday season and drop the ats; wear your strappy black sandals instead! The holidays are my favorite season and not coincidentally its the time of year when I am most excited about getting dressed. I would be remiss if I didnt share my new nd with you gals: velvet is back! I love it! Black velvet says Christmas to me more than everdidnt every little girl have a black velvet holiday dress with a bow at the neck? A simple pair of black velvet jeans would go a long way in your travels this holiday season, so start looking for the perfect pair now. Rich tapestry looks are in for the season, so look for a little jacket with needlepoint Douglas Anderson Chamber Orchestra to perform ConcertThanks to generous donations from the Haskell Company, City Council President Bill Bishop and numerous others, the trip will be a lesser burden on working families as they send their students to represent Jacksonville in Chicago. Only six orchestras in the world were invited to Midwest and the DA Chamber Orchestra is the rst high school string orchestra from Florida to be invited in the clinics 66-year-old history. The invitation to Midwest is an esteemed honor among music educators and students. Douglas Anderson School of the Arts is a public magnet school that draws students from all corners of Northeast Florida, and from all socio-economic backgrounds. For more information, or to assist with student travel costs, please contact Director Brian Gri n at gri nb1@ duvalschools.org or 346-5620 x.152. Fashion UpdateStart early.Make your entrance grand!By Donna Keathley, dkeathley designsblooms and opulent ornamentation like pearl buttons for a seasonal piece to go with those velvet bottoms or black palazzo pants. Another top idea is to wear your black cardigan buttoned up with pearls and a holiday broach; this is taking that little sweater to the next level for a party ready look. Find yourself looking pale? Go to the cosmetics counter and let the talented girls there work with your eyes and show you which products to buy and exactly how to apply a smoldering new look for you. While you are there, try some red lip gloss, not lipstickits a little trick someone showed me at a recent fashion show and it looks great! Shape your legs and wear your dresses! Go to the department store and head straight to the hosiery counter. Get a shear pair or pantyhose in a nice beige tone and a pair of sheer black tights; your legwear can really dress up a look. Add a sequin cami to a suit thats hanging in your closet, put on those sheer hose and a sexy shoe and your diamond earrings and walla! Put on your LBD (little black dress) and those sheer black tights and a hot colored pair of heels and you are party ready. These are just some suggestions for some go to looks for the holidays. If an event on your calendar requires a dressier look, go shopping for a holiday blouse; yes, pretty blouses are in vogue this year. They are being made out of ta eta, gold lame and lace. Added to your dressy black slacks or skirt and some sparkly jewelry, this will t the occasion; again pay attention to that leg action with proper hosiery and dainty shoes. I challenge you to go in your closet and do this exercise before the hectic holiday season begins. Make sure your party pieces are dry cleaned and t properlythen you are con dent, which makes your entrance Grand! Happy Holidays! Tell our advertisers you saw them inMandarin NewsLine Support our fine Advertisers! the old-fashioned atmosphere. Victorian Ladies of the Golden Teacup Society will help everyone make ornaments to take home or decorate our outdoor Christmas tree. Mandarin artist Lucinda Halsema will be on-site with a new painting of a Mandarin landmark. Billy and Mike Barwald of Flying Dragon Citrus Nursery will provide free, fresh orange juice and advice about growing citrus. The Barwalds, long time residents of the Loretto area of Mandarin, are considered citrus experts and will answer all your questions. Baton twirlers from Phenomenon Twirlers will perform and various community non-pro t and educational organizations will be present to share their information as well. There will be a variety of music throughout the day, including traditional and original folk music and an all-volunteer band playing holiday tunes. We are also pleased to have the Childrens Choir from the Mandarin Presbyterian Church and the choir from the Philip R. Cousin AME Church giving special performances on the front porch of the Webb Farmhouse. The performance schedule is: Museum Porch Stage 11:00 a.m.: Jacksonville Community Band, opening the celebration with traditional holiday and patriotic music 12:00 noon: Al Poindexter and River Rise, original Florida folk music 1:00 p.m.: Jonathan Lennon, traditional instrumental 1:45 p.m.: Meridian, Celtic folk 2:45 p.m.: Ken Connors and CeeCee Severin, original folk music Farmhouse Porch Stage 11:30 a.m.: Mandarin Presbyterian Church Childrens Choir 12:00 noon: Phenomenon Twirlers 12:30 p.m.: Philip R. Cousin AME Church Choir 1:30 p.m.: Lindsay Schwieterman-Fait as Harriet Beecher Stowe 2:15 p.m.: Lynn Wadley, hammer dulcimerEddie Wiseman of Snowballs will sell hamburgers, hot dogs and other refreshments. Park admission is free. Several activities do have a small fee. All proceeds support the Mandarin Museum and Historical Societys event expenses. Parking is available at the Mandarin Presbyterian Church across the street. For more information, please call 268-078 or email mandarinmuseum@bellsouth.net.Winter Celebration cont. from pg. 1 Julington Creek Annual Light ParadeSaturday, Dec. 1 7:00 p.m.Starting at Julington Creek BridgeDont miss it!

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Page 8, Mandarin NewsLine December 2012 www.MandarinNewsLine.com Brian E. Floro DMD, PAGeneral and Family DentistryExams and Cleanings Placing and Restoring Dental Implants Crowns and BridgesVeneers and Teeth Whitening Clear Braces with ClearCorrectLocated in the Memorial Imaging Center Corner of Loretto Road and San Jose Blvd. www.florodental.comPreferred Provider of Most Major Dental Insurance New Patient Special$99Exam, Digital X-RaysThis oer is exclusive to self-pay patients and may not be used with any insurance program. Must present coupon. Expires 12-31-12.Whitening for Life!Reg. $180$99 Contact the oce for details.Must present coupon. Expires 12-31-12. Dr. Brian Floro D.M.D. P.A. Dr. Brian Floro D.M.D. P.A. Cindy Maule (904) 260-7071 Owner of Cindys Cuts for 10 years. Barber with 30 years experience. C O B Janice Vincent (904) 923-8455 Specializes in color and highlights and womens and mens haircuts. 22 years experience. JoAnn LoSchiavo (904) 403-7803 Specializing in mens haircuts Book online at: www.styleseat.com/ joannloschiavo Cindys Cuts9735 Old St Augustine Rd #21 (Across from Big Lots) $5 off 1st time cutsBarber Wanted! 880-0002 keyboardconnectionjax.com 9912 San Jose Boulevard There are plenty of rumors in the media about what causes cancer and who is likely to get it. Unfortunately, not all the information is reliable. This month I am putting some common cancer myths into perspective. Myth: Cell phone use causes cancer. Fact: The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute report that cell phones do not appear to pose any danger to your health. A recent long running study showed no increase in brain cancer among adults who used cell phones compared to those who did not. Myth: Arti cial sweeteners are linked to cancer in humans. Fact: The FDA regulates all arti cial sweeteners and has granted approval for common sweeteners like saccharin, aspartame, acesulfame potassium, sucralose and neotame. Since Truvia is a natural sweetener from the stevia plant, it does not fall under FDA regulatory guidelines, but the organization has It is estimated that 12.5 million Americans over the age of 65 have balance or dizziness issues that signi cantly impact their lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of three adults age 65 or older falls each year. This often results in injuries including fractures and head trauma as well as hospitalization and high medical bills. Healthcare cost in 2010 directly related to falls was $30 billion. Falls are linked to balance issues or disorders, some medications and a sedentary lifestyle. Quite often, a fear of falling is developed in the elderly. Those with a fear of falling often refrain from engaging in activities of daily living, leading to a lack of mobility and low endurance. This in turn actually increases the risk of falls. Our balance system is comprised of three components: Visual input: what we see from the surrounding environment Sensory input from muscles and joints (proprioception): ability to sense where your body and limbs are in space; for example, what we feel such as the surface we are standing on (grass, sand, concrete). Vestibular input: what our inner ear detects in relation to equilibrium and postural orientation These systems, when work-Maintain postural control to prevent fallsing together, give us the ability to maintain postural control and adapt quickly to any changes in position or the environment. As we age, one or all of these components can deteriorate, putting us at risk of falls. The good news is, preventing falls is possible with early detection of balance issues and deconditioning. A quali ed professional such as a physical therapist can evaluate your strength, range of motion, exibility, balance/proprioception and equilibrium and can identify any impairments that need to be addressed. A speci c exercise program, tailored to your needs, can improve these de cits. With a little work and a goal of independent, healthy living, you can minimize your risk of falls and improve your quality of life. Atlas Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine is o ering free fall risk assessments at our World Golf Village clinic on January 25. Be sure to see their ad in this issue of Mandarin NewsLine! $2 OFF Large Pizza(Next to Publix) Dine in or Take Out (Coupon Expires 12/31/12 MNL) Call 288-9211 zb tnay fr hfm Cancer myths By Contributing Writer Scot Ackerman, MD, Medical Director, First Coast Oncologygranted Truvia GRAS status (Generally Recognized As Safe). Despite decade-old scares that these sweeteners caused cancer in rats, subsequent studies have shown no harm to humans. Myth: If your mom or dad had cancer, you will have it too. Fact: While it is true that some cancers are genetic, this does not mean you will de nitely develop cancer. Some cancers have a tendency to be passed down genetically, such as breast cancer, ovarian cancer and colorectal cancer. If you are concerned about your cancer risk, talk to your doctor about genetic testing. Myth: Men cannot get breast cancer. Fact: Contrary to popular belief, breast cancer is not exclusive to women. Although the disease is about 100 times more common in females than in males, it does happen. Male breast cancer accounts for about one percent of all breast cancers. And while it is estimated a mans lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is only about one in 1,000 those who identify breast cancer in the early stages and seek treatment promptly have much better outcomes, just like their female counterparts. Businessnot as bigas it used to be?Call for a free consultation & well work at increasing your business!Mandarin NewsLine886-4919at St. Josephs Catholic Church 292-1675Mandarin Food Bank Our mission is to provide emergency food and clothing to those in need in the Mandarin Community. Anyone residing in the Mandarin Community, regardless of religious af liation, is eligible to be served. Volunteers welcome! Please call the Food Bank at 292-1675 during open hours (Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00am-11:30am)

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com December 2012 Mandarin NewsLine, Page 9 Marge@RewardedBehaviorContinues.com In-home Training Group Training Education Positive Trainin g Positive Results Open Mondays through Fridays 8:30am 5pm 1631 Race Track Road Suite 101230-7977Most Insurances AcceptedPediatric Associates of Julington Creek, PAOffering care for Infants, Children & Adolescents Mary Ann Garcia, M.D., FAAP Victor Luz, M.D., FAAP Philip Pan (center), Concertmaster of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, with the students who participated in his recent Masterclass at the Northeast Florida Conservatory. Katherine Pugh celebrated her 100th birthday on November 4. She has been a resident of Mandarin for the last 12 years, living with her granddaughter Toscha Weathington and family. According to Weathington, Pugh is a sweet loving lady, who had no children of her own, but who I have known since I was a child, so she became my adopted grandma. She has spent her life loving on people and taking care of those who didnt have family or were just alone, so she came to live with us when she could no longer live alone. Congratulations and Happy Birthday, Katherine!On a beautiful fall day, 70 or so of the 133 members of the Mandarin Womens Club met for their monthly regular meeting at The Ramada Inn on Hartley Road and they certainly had an adventure awaiting them. Priscilla Davis, a volunteer for the Florida Senior Medicare Patrol, commonly known as the Florida SMP, was the special guest speaker for the meeting. As most of the audience in attendance is currently on Medicare or will soon be entering the program, the message was most pertinent. The National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association has estimated that 3 percent of all healthcare spending or $68 billion a year is lost to fraud. In addition, recent reports show as much as $2 billion a year may be lost to fraud and abuse in Floridas Medicaid program alone. Davis emphasized that Medicare fraud is de ned as intentional billing of services not Mandarin Womens Club investigates senior Medicare fraudBy Donna KeathleyHappy 100th Birthday! provided by a provider or services being billed at a higher rate. Medicare abuse is de- ned as services being prescribed that are not needed. These losses are ltered down to the tax payers across the country and the SMP has organized this outreach program to make Medicare recipients aware of the issues and to educate them on how each individual can help to cut down on all fraud and abuse. For starters the best way to monitor this activity on a personal basis is to keep your Social Security card and your Medicare card in a safe place; also proper monitoring of your Medicare Summary Notice and your health care billing statements when you receive them in the mail is a good idea. The Florida SMP Program is committed to educating seniors and their caregivers on healthcare fraud and how to help detect such activity. Davis told the audience that the SMP currently has a number of volunteer positions that they may be interested in. The SMP provides extensive training for their volunteers and only ask that applicants have strong computer literacy. For more information regarding volunteerism, she stated that interested applicants should call (904) 992-9239. Mandarin Womens Club President Laura Czapicki and Second Vice President Debi Harrison, who is the program chair, were instrumental in inviting Davis to speak to their group. The Mandarin Womens Club has been around since 1988 and meets the fourth Thursday of every month at the Ramada Inn. They have an array of activities and outings available for the membership to participate in each month and special holiday social plans are now being made for the season. The club is open to all women in the area and once annual dues are paid, members may join in any activities held by the club. Anyone interested in getting more information about the club may contact Diane Frisco at 880-5354. YOUR Community Newspaper Mandarin NewsLine Heather Seay904-866-4919 hs@rtpublishinginc.comFor more information on advertising: Jumpstart the New Year!Healthcare is expensive, staying healthy isnt.Workout 24 hours a Day* Any Day Anytime Anywhere 904-268-0411 24 HOUR ACCESS CLUB Personal Training Cardio Theatre Free Weights Nautilus Cardio/Strength anytimetness/mandarin MEMBERSHIP SPECIALS$20.13Must present coupon to ANYTIME FITNESS MANDARIN INCLUDES ENROLLMENT AND FIRST MONTH $20.13Must present coupon to ANYTIME FITNESS MANDARIN 1 MONTHUNLIMITED TURBO TANNING

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Page 10, Mandarin NewsLine December 2012 www.MandarinNewsLine.com On Wednesday, November 14 the students of Shepherd of the Woods (SOTW) Lutheran School sponsored Cuy Fest 2012 to help raise funds for the churchs Peruvian ministries. Whats a cuy (pronounced coo-ee), you ask? Simply put: a guinea pig. While many American are comfortable with only traditional farm animals making it to the dinner table, cultures around the world have di erent approaches. It is quite common in many parts of South America for guinea pig cuy, to be farm-raised and sold for meat. Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church has been conducting mission trips to Peru for almost a decade. While their work began in metropolitan Lima, recent years have taken them up in the Andes to Tarma and surrounding villages. There, they have built churches, schools, small homes, bridges and even a sheep wash! They have created the Lutheran Social Services of Tarma, a needed organization to provide assistance to the elderly and disabled. Food, clothing, wheelchairs, school uniforms and supplies, playground equipment and computers have been provided over the years to help these impoverished communities. In some cases, the missionaros On November 14, during a Duval County School Board organizational meeting, Cheryl Grymes, Ashley Smith Juarez, Connie Sands Hall and Jason Fischer were sworn in as the newest members of the School Board. Additionally, The Honorable Fred Fel Lee was appointed chairman of the board, replacing Betty Burney and Becki Couch was appointed vice chairman. Lee had served as the vice chairman of the board since last November. Jacksonville voters elected Cheryl Grymes and Ashley Smith Juarez as replacements for Martha Barrett (District 1) and W.C. Gentry (District 3), respectively and Dr. Connie Sands Hall and Jason Fischer as replacements for Betty Burney (District 5) and Tommy Hazouri (District 7). CuyFest 2012 raises funds for important causeBy Contributing Writer Jackie Hudson, Shepherd of the Woodswere they rst non-Peruvians some of these folks had ever seen in person. The latest program comes in the form of aiding with establishing a Cuy Farm. The animals dont need much space certainly nothing close to cattle or sheep. They are easy to care for and provide an excellent source of low-fat, high protein meat. They are relatively quick to set up and dont require a great deal of ranching experience. This is where the students of SOTW Lutheran School come in. Each week in chapel a small free-will o ering is collected. The children designate a ministry to support every few months and this season they are supporting the Peruvian Cuy Farmers and have raised more than $100. To cap o a period of learning about the geography and culture of Peru, the school hosted Cuy Fest with a dinner and presentation. The dinner included salad with cuycumbers and cuy-tons, chicken (an homage to the tastes like chicken catch phrase) and cake with cuy-whip. The kids loved it! They also had the chance to make a Cuy ornament that they decorated and will hang on their Christmas trees to remind them of those less fortunatea great way to teach the values of caring and service while presenting traditional curriculum! The program also included a Peruvian dance demonstration by the Jacksonville Peruvian Association and a Skype session with the mission in Tarma, Peru. The children showed o their projects and artwork and played games like Pin the Tail on the Cuy. If you would like more information about this ministry or even traveling with the group to Peru they go twice each year please visit www.sotwjax.com. If you would like more information about Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran School, please visit www.sotwls.com. School Board members sworn in; chair and vice chair appointedChairman Lee represents District 2 and joined the School Board in November 2010. Filling the vice chairman seat is Couch, representing District 6, who was also elected to the School Board in 2010. Be sure to see District 7 School Board Representative Fischers rst School District Journal in this issue of Mandarin NewsLine. Students from Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran School with Principal, Dr. Madalyn Speagle and the class Cuy Mandarin NewsLineEverybody Gets It. Everybody Reads It. HS@rtpublishinginc.com

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com December 2012 Mandarin NewsLine, Page 15 Reserve space for your Holiday Party! Private room is available for large groups. Margarita Monday $2.50 all daywith purchase of an entree or appetizerMEXICAN RESTAURANT MEXICAN RESTAURANT $3 Off Lunch or Dinner Specialwith purchase of two lunch or dinner entreesExcludes Speedy Gonzalez and Daily Lunch Specials. Good with coupon only, Expires 12/31/12. Happy Holidays from:Authentic Mexican Cuisine rty! T $ D M Members of the Mandarin Lions Club held a food drive at Publix on Old St. Augustine Road on Saturday, October 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Project leader Christine Benham organized the e ort and arranged for volunteers, including several area students, to work along with the Lions. A full pick-up truck load of food was collected and Lions thank the many Publix customers who made it possible to give all this food to the Mandarin Food Bank to help people in need. Mandarin Club President Thomas Miller thanked the Lions who worked the event This months movie review belongs to the lm Trouble with the Curve, a sports-drama lm with comedy and romance for adults and teens North Carolina high-school baseball could have the next great player. Clint Eastwood plays Gus, an Atlanta Braves scout who is having trouble seeing, as aging sometimes has a way of causing. His best friend and manager Pete Klein, portrayed by John Goodman, is worried about Gus and calls in reinforcements. On a scouting trip, Gus gets company. Mickey, his daughter (played by Amy Adams), is an attorney vying for partnership. She takes time o to help her father scout a new player. Though not blind, Gus is having serious vision problems. Their relationship is troubled and neither seems to know why she is there, but she does know baseball, though she learns he can hear the game as well as many see it. Justin Timberlake plays Johnny Flanagan, a rival scout. He was a pitcher who after injury has turned to a new career path. Gus scouted him and he remembers tales Mon-Fri 7am-6pm, Sat 8am-1pm, Wed 8am-6pm ~Science Diet & Royal Canin Food ~Personalized Appointments ~Quality of Life Assessments ~Home Euthanasia ~New techniques and products that yield better results with less eort for you at home. Let us do the work for you! ~Combination Heartworm/Flea Prevention ~Antibiotic Injections that last 14 days ~In Room Ear Treatments9776 San Jose Blvd. Suite 5 Jacksonville, FL904-262-2953 theanimalclinicofmandarin.com Animal Clinic of MandarinHospital & Boarding M F i 7 6 9 J 9 t Bring this ad with you to your next scheduled appointment for a free nail trim. New Mandarin Lions Club collects food for Mandarin Food Bankand would like to invite anyone interested in service to the community to come and check out the Lions. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 12:00 noon at Golden Corral, located at 11470 San Jose Boulevard in Mandarin. Lions collect no longer needed eyeglasses which may be dropped o Movie ReviewTrouble with the CurveDirected by: Robert Lorenz. Starring: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, and John Goodman. Review by T. G. StantonGood Movie, Glad to Have Seen It (4 out of 5) of the daughter now traveling with him. Could romance be far behind or will rival scouting of this new player get in the way? Robert Lorenz has directed this lm in a light and enjoyable manner. I am far from a baseball fan, but the game play was entertaining and dialogue easy to follow. Wit and sarcasm spurred most of the interactions and made the characters likeable, even with some trying tales of the past explaining the father-daughter relationship. Eastwood was the strong and irascible lead character he always is and Adams stayed with him toe-to-toe. She was his alter ego in baseball, not only his daughter. Timberlake proved he could do comedy well and make a good romantic interest. He truly was needed in what could have been a darker lm. Goodman also lightened much of the heavier storylines. Multiple other cast members played their parts well as you hope for their paybacks and root for Gus to scout what could be one last time. A good lm that I will watch again when it comes to the tube. at the Mandarin Library, Golden Corral and Mandarin Eyecare in RiverPlace Shopping Center. For more information, please contact Tom at 248-1652. Prudential Financial Planner Jud Mallini welcomed RT Publishings Sales Reps Kathrin Lancelle, Heather Seay and Linda Gay at the recent Jax Chamber Mandarin Council networking event, which he hosted at his of ce.

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Page 16, Mandarin NewsLine December 2012 www.MandarinNewsLine.com e earlier we diagnose cancer, e easier it is to treat, e better chance for a cure. Scot Ackerman, MD As a radiation oncologist, I see how cancer affects the lives of my patients, their family and their friends. You are not alone on this journey. I am here to provide the answers and support you need. After a string of articles focused on aspects of boating safety and other single issues, its time to reacquaint you with what the otilla has been up to recently and some coming events. For a group of 40some members, I dont see how anyone would not be impressed with how many notable activities occur. Our operations team went to the Palatka area in September where they worked on boat crew training with another otilla. In mid-October, our patrol craft, the Carlie II and boats from other otillas assisted a rowing race on the Arlington River by maintaining an area safe from motorized boats, warning o quite a few. Also in October, we sent examiners to NAS JAX to assist with their RiverFest 2012 event and conduct Vessel Safety Checks. Another member assisted the Jacksonville Beach otilla with a security patrol prior to the annual Air Show that featured the USN Blue Angel aerobatics team. An interesting guest speaker season was concluded at Octobers otilla meeting with an inspirational presentation from Captain Andy Anderson, USN (Ret). The third Thursday of October found a number of members meeting at Los Loros restaurant for an informal monthly get together that rotates throughout the Mandarin area. Our usual strong schedule of public Boating Safety courses was wrapped up in mid-October with students enjoying the bene ts of live instruction from experienced boaters. On November 10 we provided the Sailors Exchange marine store (former Pier 17) with a safety contact and vessel examiner booth. For the future, our annual Holiday Dinner will be at Vitos Italian Restaurant in December, followed in January with the Change of Watch ceremony to As water temperatures begin to drop, many of the species of sh weve enjoyed shing for have begun their winter retreat from our area of the St. Johns River. The past seven to eight months have o ered us a variety of di erent shing opportunities which we can look forward to returning next spring. The approach of winter does not mark the end of the shing on the St. Johns, it just means its time to re-focus our sights on di erent shing targets. Two such prime targets that make themselves available throughout the winter are Striped Bass and Speckled Perch. Striped Bass are a large hard ghting sh that likes cold water. Stripers can usually be found around any of our downtown bridges, Buckman Bridge, Shands Bridge and Doctors Lake and Black Creek Bridges. A cold, damp and cloudy winter day is usually considered a good day to go Striper shing. Stripers can be caught with live, dead or arti cial baits. Vertically working jigs, casting diving crankbaits around bridge pilings or slow trolling these same baits in the same area can be e ective ways to sh for stripers. Dead shrimp will work, but a live shrimp or shiner will prove to be irresistible. Speckled Perch, also known as Black Crappie in most areas outside of Florida, are an area favorite during the winter. Nearby lakes such as Crescent, Dead Lake and Lake Orange are short drives and o er superb speck shing over the winter. However many of our area feeder creeks to the St. Johns can o er some pretty decent speck shing. Julington, Durbin, Black and Trout Creeks are ideal locations to look for speckled perch when the weather turns right. Deep holes during a cold spell is the easiest way to try to locate speckled perch. Slow trolling, drifting or paddling over these holes with live or arti cial bait can work over and over once these schooling sh have been located. Curly tailed jigs, beetle spin lures and live minnows are all favorites of the speckled perch and need to be shed just o the bottom. Many people nd using ultralight tackle a more enjoyable and challenging way to take on these sh. Fishing Report: Trolling for sea trout o the end docks from Buckman to downtown has been productive. Sea trout also biting at night around downtown lights. Weak sh showing in good numbers in vicinities of Fuller Warren Bridge. Whether you catch one, some or none, the family time spent shing will last a lifetime.install new leaders. The operations team is planning to assist NAS JAX with regular enforcement of their restricted boating zone on the St. Johns River. The otilla will also have the lead for Auxiliary support to the 2013 Air Show at the NAS. And there are, of course, the obligatory maintenance issues such as electing new leaders, encouraging training, keeping expenditures straight, member awareness and recording time. The business of getting all those tasks and the noted events done is carried out through the collective e orts of volunteers equipped with the training, organization and camaraderie. Read more about what we do and what boating and marine issues we can link you to, at the otillas website, www.safeboatingjax.com.Captain Davids Fishing ReportBy Captain David LifkaUnited States Coast Guard Auxiliary UpdateAction orientedBy Contributing Writer Ralph Little, Flotilla 14-8Santa Claus Around the WorldSource: www.santaclaus.comGermany: Kris Kringle France: Pere Noel Spain: Papa Noel United Kingdom: Father Christmas Australia: Father Christmas Austria: Christkind Italy: Babbo Natale Belgium: Sinterklaas Denmark: Julemanden

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Your story continues here... Independent Living Personalized Assisted Living Alzheimers and Dementia Care 10660 Old St. Augustine Road Jacksonville, FL 32257(888) 409-6894www.horizonbay.comAssisted Living Facility Number: 5572 Weve served our country, raised our family and worked hard to be where we are and were not about to slow down now. Thats why weve chosen to live in a community where we can enjoy life to the fullest. From great meals to fun activities, were more active and engaged than ever. We think youd love it here, too, so call or visit today. Weve earned this lifestyle... How about you? CHRISTmas Alive is a 30 minute walk-through, live action, outdoor guided tour to Bethlehem which will be held at Freedom Christian Fellowship A/G, located at 3423 Loretto Road. During your tour, you will get to experience what it would feel like to be in a rst century village, see Roman soldiers, Bethlehem natives, watch live animals, visit Toylands elf shop, sing along with carolers and bell choir as you sip on a cup of hot cocoa or cider and gaze with wonder upon the manger as Joseph and Mary cuddle their newborn baby boy as the innkeeper shares the story of Christmas. Discover the true meaning of Christmas by enjoying this free family event. Drive through anytime between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on December 14 and 15. Come early and feel free to come twice! For more information, please contact our o ce at 268-2244 or visit our Facebook page at Freedom Christian Fellowship AG. See you at CHRISTmas Alive! A Celtic Christmas Celebration ~ Season of Joy will be held on Saturday, December 15, at 7:00 p.m. in the Mandarin United Methodist Sanctuary and Sunday, December 16, at 8:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. in the Mandarin United Methodist Sanctuary. The church is located at 11270 San Jose Boulevard and the community is invited to attend! Lifetree Caf is a place where people gather for conversations about life and faith in a casual co eehouse-type setting. Upcoming topics are: Wednesday, December 5: Simplify Your Life Practical Help; Wednesday. December 12: Finding Peace When Life is Di cult; Wednesday, December 19: Fate, Free Will or Gods Plan; Wednesday, December 26: Unlocking the Mystery of Music; Wednesday January 2: Be Yourself! Everyone Else Is Taken. Gatherings are held each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Find out more about topics and location from the www.MandarinNewsLine.com calendar entry or call George Treiber at 731-0731. Admission is free. Check us out at www.LTCHopeJAX.com. When Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast with devastating results, the Jacksonville Jewish Center jumped into action by donating a large amount of non-perishable food items to the residents of New Jersey and New York. The food was donated by the congregants of the Center and the students of the Galinsky Academy through their Operation Isaiah program. Don Kriss, executive director, delivered the food to the collection center at Julington Creek Plantation. Dave Ramseys Financial Peace University will be o ered at Mandarin United Methodist Church, located at 11270 San Jose Boulevard, beginning on Wednesday January 16 at 6:30 p.m. Come to the free preview on Wednesday, January 9, at 6:30 p.m. to nd out what this life-changing program is all about. Please call Mary Hathy at 268-5549, ext. 121 for additional information. Scotch, Cigars and Football is the theme and Mark Lamping, president of the Jacksonville Jaguars, is the featured guest at an all mens event to be held at Epping Forest Yacht Club on Thursday, December 6 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Its not too late to join us but call today! You wont want to miss the fun, sampling highend scotch, various libations and cigars while discussing offensive and defensive strategies of football. All net proceeds will bene t Jewish Family and Community Services. For sponsorship and ticket information, please contact Heather Corey at 394-5727 or hcorey@jfcsjax. org.The holidays are right around the corner and tis the season for stringing the lights and trimming trees! Safety often takes the back burner around the holidays. Around this time of the year, we all tend to get caught up with family, friends and shopping malls. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, every year Holiday decorating safety tips By Contributing Writer Meghan Bender, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundationhospital emergency rooms treat about 12,500 people for injuries relating to holiday lights, decorations and Christmas trees. Here are some key safety tips to consider when making this holiday season a merry one: Do not burn wrapping paper in a replace Be sure that your decorations are not blocking an exit way Never put tree branches in or near a replace Always only use non- ammable holiday decorations Keep all decorations a safe distance away from heat vents and space heaters Never leave holiday lights unattended; turn o lights before bed or leaving the house Do not use lit candles on a tree Avoid overloading electrical outlets; keep to three sets of lights per extension cord Never string lights while they are plugged in Always use non- ammable candle holders; place candles where they cannot be knocked down We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season. These safety tips are brought to you as part of the prevention and education mission of Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. (NewsUSA) Pet parenting can be as crazy as it is fun, especially around the holidays. Add the stress of hosting family and friends, and many pet parents end up ignoring Fido or Flu y in favor of cooking a feast or wrapping last-minute gifts. So, how do you nd balance between preparing for the holidays and tending to your pet? Rose Hamilton, chief marketing o cer at Pet360.com, o ers the following tips to keep your pet top of mind during the holiday season. Keep plants and goodies out Pet parenting tips around the holidays of reach: Many traditional holiday plants, like poinsettias and mistletoe, can be harmful to your pets health, so be sure to keep these out of reach. Also, refrain from sharing speci c holiday treats with your tail-wagger, particularly fruitcake and sugar-free goods, which contain dog-toxic ingredients. Decorate wisely: Holiday decor can be dangerous for pets, so its important to take certain precautions when decorating. Place fresh trees Holiday pet tips cont. on pg. 19

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Eating too many salty foods can create all sorts of health problems, including high blood pressure. But did you know a lot of common foods are packed with excess sodium? Its not just the French fries and potato chips you need to be careful with. Thats why the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is increasing awareness of sodium and the Salty Six common foods that may be loaded with excess sodium that can increase your risk for heart disease and stroke. But the American Heart Association is making it easy to nd better options when grocery shopping and when eating away from home. Simply look for the Heart-Check -when you see it, youll know right away that the food or meal has been certi ed to meet our nutritional standards, including sodium. Sodium overload is a major health problem in the United States. In a recent survey conducted by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, American consumers understand a small amount of sodium should be consumed daily, but the exact amount is not understood. The average American consumes about 3,400 milligrams of sodium a daymore than twice the 1,500 milligrams recommended by the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association. Thats in large part because of our food supply; more than 75 percent of our sodium consumption comes from processed and restaurant foods. Heres a quick look at the Salty Six, the top sources for sodium in todays diet: Breads and rolls. We all know breads and rolls add carbohydrates and calories, but salt, too? It can be deceiving because a lot of bread doesnt even taste salty, but one piece can have as much as 230 milligrams of sodium. Thats about 15 percent of the recommended amount from only one slice, and it adds up quickly. Have two sandwiches in one day? The bread alone could put How much salt are you eating? Beware the sodium in these Salty Six foods By Contributing Writer Katie Seay, American Heart Associationyou close to 1,000 milligrams of sodium. Cold cuts and cured meats. Even foods that would otherwise be considered healthy may have high levels of sodium. Deli or pre-packaged turkey can contain as much as 1,050 milligrams of sodium. Its added to most cooked meats so they dont spoil after a few days. Pizza. OK, everybody knows pizzas not exactly a health food, because of cholesterol, fat and calories. But pizzas plenty salty, too. One slice can contain up to 760 milligrams of sodium, so two can send you over the daily recommendation. Poultry. Surely chicken cant be bad for you, right? Well, it depends on how you prepare it. Reasonable portions of lean, skinless, grilled chicken are ok but may still contain an added sodium solution. And when you start serving up the chicken nuggets, the sodium also adds up. Just 3 ounces of frozen and breaded nuggets can add nearly 600 milligrams of sodium. Soup. This is another one of those foods that seems perfectly healthy. It cant be bad if Mom gave it to you for the sni es, right? But when you take a look at the nutrition label its easy to see how too much soup can quickly turn into a sodium overload. One cup of canned chicken noodle soup can have up to 940 milligrams of sodium. And remember that soup cans typically contain more than one serving. Sandwiches. This covers everything from grilled cheese to hamburgers. We already know that breads and cured meats may be heavy on the sodium. Add them together, then add a little ketchup or mustard and you can easily surpass 1,500 milligrams of sodium in one sitting. Be sure to keep in mind that di erent brands and restaurant preparation of the same foods Call today 904-388-4558www.,HomeHealthAuthority.comAvailable 7-days a week, 24 hours a day. 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Give back with gifts: While toys and treats are always welcomed by our furry relatives, consider a comfortable bed or deluxe grooming session to pamper your pet instead. Older pets may especially bene t from a therapeutic bed or massage. Source: University of Illinois ExtensionBalsam Fir Abies balsamea to 1 short, flat, long lasting needles that are rounded at the tip; nice, dark green color with silvery cast and fragrant. Douglas Fir Pseudotsuga menziesii good fragrance; holds blue to dark green; 1 to 1 needles; needles have one of the best aromas among Christmas trees when crushed. Fraser Fir Abies fraseri dark green, flattened needles; to 1 inch long; good needle retention; nice scent; pyramid-shaped strong branches which turn upward. Noble Fir Abies procera one inch long, bluish-green needles with a silvery appearance; has short, stiff branches; great for heavier ornaments; keeps well; is used to make wreaths, door swags and garland. Scotch Pine Pinus sylvestris most common Christmas tree; stiff branches; stiff, dark green needles one inch long; holds needles for four weeks; needles will stay on even when dry; has open appearance and more room for ornaments; keeps aroma throughout the season; introduced into United States by European settlers.Types of Christmas Trees With the demands of a growing, high paced technological world invading every aspect of our personal lives the link to personal creativity can sometimes take a back seat. Enter Clay Network, an organization of committed clay professionals, studio potters, educators, students and recreational clay artists. Founded more than 20 years ago in Jacksonville, area potters banded together to support each other, share experiences and raise public awareness for the clay related craft arts. Incorporated in 1997, Clay Network is a not-for-pro t organization whose mission is to educate the public and promote the arts on multiple levels all the while continuing to support the e orts of its members through shared knowledge and experiences. Over the years, members have volunteered time in schools and other institutions, sponsored workshops, taken part in numerous shows, participated in area events and provided demonstrations at local festivals and craft fairs. Always a crowd pleaser, wheel thrown pottery demonstrations have mesmerized fair goers while engaging the public in lively conversations about the History of Clay Network of Northeast FloridaBy Contributing Writer Mary Ellen Davidsonmud that Network members love so much. The Clay Network organization is geographically diverse. Stretching from Fernandina to St. Augustine, Green Cove Springs to Jacksonville and the beaches, members open their homes and studios to host meetings, facilitate programs and plan events. If you have an interest in ceramic art, please join us for our next meeting. Clay Network details and contact information can be found on the web at www. claynetwork.com. Members of the Clay Network of Northeast Florida will be on hand to exhibit and sell their work at our Fall Ceramics show on Saturday, December 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Sydney McKenna Gallery and Studios, located at 5 Inlet Place in St. Augustine. This is a wonderful show featuring local clay artists exhibiting a large variety of ceramic art. You will nd all kinds of pottery from functional ceramic ware to whimsical to sculpture ceramics. For more information, please email claynetwork.com@gmail.com. Clay Network details can be found on the web at www.claynetwork.com. may have di erent sodium levels. The American Heart Association Heart-Check mark whether in the grocery store or restaurant helps shoppers see through the clutter on grocery store shelves to nd foods that help them build a heart-healthy diet. Sodium doesnt just affect your heart health, but your physical appearance as well. Excess sodium consumption may make your face feel pu y, give you bags under your eyes, increase swelling in your ngers and make your jeans look and feel tighter. In fact, from the same American Heart Association/American Stroke Association consumer poll, 75 percent of respondents stated that their pants feeling too tight is their Salty foods cont. from pg. 18least favorite e ect of bloating which may be associated with excess sodium consumption. As you gear up for your next grocery store run or ordering from the menu, keep the Salty Six in mind. All you need to do to make a heart-healthy choice is to look for our familiar red heart with the white check. Another helpful tool is the Nutrition Facts label on the package and calorie labeling in restaurants, which together with the Heart-Check mark helps you make wise choices for the foods you and your family eat. Make the e ort to choose products that contain less sodium. Its worth it! For more information on sodium and nutrition visit www.heart.org/sodium or www. heart.org/nutrition. Lunar PhasesFull: November 28 Last Quarter: December 6 New: December 13 First Quarter: December 20

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If you prefer a more natural approach to your small shrubs, look for untrimmed, less expensive, plants and you may well nd they bloom in delightful shades of blue during the cooler months. There are both upright and trailing types. When used fresh from the bush, the spicy needle-like leaves are more tender than the dried herb. Cuttings root fairly easily, especially when taken with a heel of older growth. Sage is another perennial shrub-like herb, which comes in a variety of beautifully variegated leaf types in addition to the common grey-green version. As with rosemary, it does like good drainage and a sunny spot in the garden. During summer, however, afternoon shade is advisable. Take care not to cut this back hard to the wood, as it wont necessarily bush out again. For parsley, a biennial, try to obtain the Italian at leaf type, which is more tender and tasty than the curled leaf plant. To keep a good amount of leaf Winter sports are beginning their seasons with December fast approaching. The Mandarin High boys basketball team is diligently working to come together as a team and build o of the previous year where the Mustangs were defeated in the district semi nals by Sandalwood. Although the Mustangs have graduated ve seniors including stand out Kameron Mitchell, who signed with Wagner College in New York, as well as Thomas Ginn and Imran Alnahdy, they have several younger athletes who are developing into outstanding players and will continue to improve as they grow older. Post players and juniors Michael Rowlette and Max Major are two returning players who add experience as well as the other two returners, seniors Cleveland Thomas and Kharon Gilbert. With these four players, the Mustangs will continue to be a dominating force on the court. As for the expectations attached to this season Coach Terry McCarter remarked, Overall we are much better than we were last year even though we lost ve seniors. We have really good young talent and our bench is solid. With this positive outlook, the Mustangs prepare during practices as they focus on their fundamentals such as shooting and ball handling. Fundamentals constitute a major part of the Mustangs success as they averaged 58 points per game last year and averaged a total of 30 rebounds as well. Along with focusing on fundamentals, the boys also condition in order to stay t and in top condition. The conditioning is a signi cant part of the Mustangs success as it ensures the boys are able to keep up their intensity throughout the course of each game. The boys will play on December 3 at 7:00 p.m. against rival MHS Sports RoundupBy Natalie Cleghorn, MHS StudentAtlantic Coast and on December 14 against Flagler Palm Coast at 7:00 p.m. Both games will be at home. Pertaining to the girls basketball team, new head coach George McCleod is working with his players to familiarize them with his type of plays and set up. With three seniors to lead the team including Kelly Butler and Jazmine Bowser, the girls will dedicate themselves to learning the new style of play during practice. Similar to the boys, the girls focus on fundamentals as well as conditioning during practice, but they also analyze lm in order to improve their game. The girls will play against Flagler Palm Coast on December 7 and against Ribault on December 13. Both games are home, with junior varsity at 5:30 p.m. and varsity at 7:00 p.m. And wrapping up fall sports, a big congratulations to both the girls and boys cross country teams, who ended their seasons by bringing home several championships. The girls continued their legacy, winning the Gateway Conference Championshipmaking this the fth year in a row Mandarin has brought home the title. The girls also won the District Championship for the second time in a row, making this win the third District Championship in the past four years. The boys cross country team won the District Championship for the second year in a row as well.Herbs for Florida gardensBy Contributing Writer Master Gardener Lesley Arrandale with Duval County Extension, University of Florida/IFASavailable for cooking, grow at least three plants. Thyme is a smaller woody perennial that grows well as long it has good drainage. The classic version, Thymus vulgaris, is the most common, but there are also variegated and lemon perfumed types. Fresh marjoram is a fair substitute for basil, once the latter has succumbed to cool weather, as it has a similar warm and slightly spicy avor. It grows about 12 inches tall when owering and spreads nicely. To round out the requirements for the mix of herbs used in a bouquet garni or mixed herb bunch you will need a bay leaf. This comes from the tree Laurus nobilis, which is often grown in a large pot to make it more manageable. Again, good drainage is important. This is a more expensive plant, but should last many years if you take good care of it. With a thoughtful choice of containers and using a good quality potting soil, these herbs can make a pretty vignette in a sunny spot near the kitchen door. For a variety of timely tips, check out duval.ifas.u .edu/ documents/nleafNovemberDecember.pdf. Mandarin NewsLineNow delivered to 32223 32258 32257(select routes)Dont miss your chance to place your ad in the only community newspaper with a monthly circulation of 26,000 addresses!Call Today! 886-4919 On November 13, the St. Johns River Water Management Districts Governing Board unanimously re-elected Lad Daniels of Jacksonville to serve as board chairman for a second year. Daniels has been on the Board since April 2011, when Gov. Rick Scott appointed him to a fouryear term in an at-large seat. Daniels is president of Daniels and Associates and past president of the First Coast Manufacturers Association, where he developed the Professional Progress program for environmental regulators and industry professionals. His business career includes experience as a commercial real estate developer and manufacturing executive. He District Governing Board elects 201213 o cersBy Contributing Writer Teresa H. Monson, St. Johns River Water Management Districtearned a bachelors degree from North Carolina State University and a masters in business administration from Harvard University. The board also re-elected John A. Miklos of Orlando to serve as vice chairman and Douglas C. Bournique of Vero Beach as secretary. Maryam H. Ghyabi of Ormond Beach was re-elected as treasurer. The other board members are Charles Chuck Drake of Orlando, Richard G. Hamann of Gainesville, George W. Robbins of Jacksonville, Fred N. Roberts Jr. of Ocala and W. Leonard Wood of Fernandina Beach. 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www.MandarinNewsLine.com December 2012 Mandarin NewsLine, Page 21 Accepting New Patients!8355 Bayberry Road Jacksonville FL 32256 (904) 733-7254Most Insurance Plans Acceptedwww.setzerandcochran.com TREE FARM & NURSERY Call NOW for Your FREE Landscape EstimatesMulching Sodding Pavers Irrigation Landscape Plants Underbrushing Living Fences Plant ReplacementsBuy One Get One Free Palms ~ DECEMBER 2012 or visit us at www.sjtreefarm.com Now accepting applications for the 2013-14 school year. Financial assistance and the new LIFT tuition grant are available. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 904-268-4200 ext. 147. Its not about taking our tour. Its where our tour takes you. Theres no greater feeling than exploring the Martin J Gottlieb Day School for yourself and knowing youve found the perfect home for your child. Join us for an upcoming open house and see what we mean. 9:42 am. Discovering a 5,000-year-old tradition with an app created last week. Open house December 6 and 13 at 7:00 pm. 16th Annual M a n d a r i n C h i l i C o o k O f f Mandarin Chili Cook-Off First Florida Insurance Without you, this event would not have been possible! Thank you to our Sponsors! GOLD SPONSORS BRONZE SPONSORS SILVER SPONSORS TITLE SPONSOR of North Florida Mandarin Food Bank At St. Josephs ChurchProceeds BenetMandarin NewsLinesm The TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl will be played at EverBank Field on January 1, but there are several events related to the game that will be happening in December beginning with the team selection party on Sunday, December 2 at 5:00 p.m. in the East Club at EverBank Field. The competing teams will be selected from the Southeastern Conference and the Big Ten. They will likely arrive in Jacksonville on the day after Christmas and each team will have its own outing for the players at Latitude 30 on Philips Highway. The Big Ten team will have its event there on December 27 and the SEC team will have its event there on December 28. There will also be a breakfast sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes on the morning of December 29 at First Baptist Church downtown. The coaches and players from both teams will be in attendance along with area youth and members of the local business community. On New Years Eve, the Gator Bowl Parade will be held downtown. There will also be a luncheon with the players and coaches from both teams at the Hyatt downtown. Each team will have a pep rally at the Jacksonville Landing and there will be a 5K run that starts at Local Sports SceneBy Chad Cushnir10:00 a.m. at The Landing. For more information on all of these events, visit GatorBowl.com. The Jacksonville Bank Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K will be held on Sunday, December 16. All races will start and nish at The Bolles School. The marathon course takes the runners south towards the Julington Creek Bridge before they turn around and head back to The Bolles School. For more information on this race and all other races, visit 1stplacesports. com. The nal two homes games of the Jaguars season will be on December 9 against the YOUR Community Newspaper Mandarin NewsLineHeather Seay904-866-4919 hs@rtpublishinginc.com Heather Seay 904-866-4919 hs@rtpublishinginc.com For more information on advertising:New York Jets and December 23 against the New England Patriots. The Jacksonville Giants basketball team returns for its third season. Last year, the Giants won the American Basketball Association championship. Several members from last years squad are returning including Jermaine Bell, Currye Todd and Raines High School graduate Matt Fields. Shaquille Johnson, a Lee High School grad, is one of the new members of this years team. The Giants open their season with a home game against the South Carolina Warriors on Saturday, December 8 at Veterans Memorial Arena. For more information on the Giants, visit JacksonvilleGiants.com. WWW WWWVisit our website: There was a chili to suit every palate at the Mandarin Councils annual Chili Cook-off, held on November 17, 2012.

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Page 22, Mandarin NewsLine December 2012 www.MandarinNewsLine.com Baptist Health recently received a $10 million gift from philanthropists J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver. The donation is the largest gift that Baptist Health has received in its 57-year history. It will go to the health systems endowment where it will generate perpetual funding for programs in pediatric and adolescent behavioral health. The gift continues a powerful partnership that the Weavers established with Baptist Health shortly after they moved to Jacksonville. Throughout the years, they have supported numerous programs at Wolfson Childrens Hospital and Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville. Mr. and Mrs. Weaver have a unique place in the history of Baptist Health and in our community, said A. Hugh Greene, FACHE, president and CEO of Baptist Health. The Weavers philanthropy has transformed so many lives here at Baptist Health and throughout the region. We are tremendously grateful and honored to receive such an incredible gift from two people who care so deeply for Healthcare system receives gift from J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaverour community. Baptist Health has been one of our strategic partners from the moment we arrived in Jacksonville, the Weavers said. With this gift, we are forming another strategic partnership, which we are certain will strengthen services for children and young adults who are battling behavioral health conditions. We are also hopeful it will launch advocacy e orts to remove the stigma from these conditions so they are looked upon in the same way as any other treatable illness. Baptist Health will recognize the Weavers gift with the naming of the new patient tower at its Jacksonville campus, which begins serving patients in December. The J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Tower expands services o ered by Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville and Wolfson Childrens Hospital within the same structure. We will be forever mindful of the Weavers generosity and their lasting impact on our city and our community, Greene says. We are delighted that we Philanthropists J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver generously gave a $10 million gift to Baptist Health.can demonstrate our appreciation to them in a highly visible and permanent way with the naming of our new patient tower in their honor. Mandarin Garden Club members are dedicated to gardening, but they are also very dedicated to giving back to the community through a wide variety of volunteer activities all year long. This holiday season the clubs Crafty Ladies group made festive gifts for Meals On Wheels recipients in the Mandarin area. Again this year the Crafty Ladies have been working for months making 500 knitted caps for the City Rescue Mission. The club members are very proud to report what they have collected at their monthly garden club meetings: 506 pair of eye glasses for the Lions Club, 102 cell phones for the Duval 4-H Club and many car loads of non-perishable food for the Mandarin Food Bank. Also, the unsold items from annual clothing sales and garage sales have been donated to local charitable organization thrift stores and garden club cookbooks have been donated to both Mandarin Libraries and the Julington Creek Library. The Duval County Extension childrens nature summer camp is held at the garden club facility each summer, while the club grounds are made available for the Duval County Extension demonstration garden, tended by outstanding Master Gardeners. This is just a short list of current community involvement. The list is actually very long considering Mandarin Garden Club members have been dedicated to help-Holiday season at the Mandarin Garden ClubBy Contributing Writer Susan Westermann, Mandarin Garden Clubing our community since 1942. So the next time you drive past that beautiful Mandarin Garden Club sign at 2892 Loretto Road, just think of all the good works that have been in the past and are currently generated from that little clubhouse. Mark your calendar for January 17 at 10:00 a.m. to attend a meeting titled A Tour of the Cummer Gardens From Your Chair. All are welcome to attend at 2892 Loretto Road. For additional information, please contact mandaringardenclub@ comcast.net, call 268-1192 or check the website http://home. comcast.net/~harper113.Mandarin Garden Club Gardening Tip: Poinsettia plants can be transplanted outside as soon as the danger of frost is past. Plant your poinsettia in an area that receives full sun most of the day. However, keep in mind that around October, when the plant starts bud-setting for next years beautiful owers, the plant requires complete darkness during the night. If the nighttime dark period is interrupted with the light from a window, street light or any other light source, owering will be markedly delayed or the plant my not ower at all. For detailed information about indoor care and growing poinsettias outdoors, please visit solutionsforyourlife.u edu/hot_topics/lawn_and_garden/poinsettias.html. 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www.MandarinNewsLine.com December 2012 Mandarin NewsLine, Page 23 Spruce Up Your Home Saleat Stewart Lighting10% off all regular priced merchandise (please bring in this ad) Featuring Quality Fixtures from11111-50 San Jose Blvd. (next to Steinmart) Jacksonville, FL 32223 904.880.8499 www.DigitalER Digital ER FREEPhone Casew/ screen repairNot to be combined with any other offer. Expires 12/31/12 $15 OFFIPhone Screen RepairNot to be combined with any other offer. Expires 12/31/12 PICKETT BROTHERS JEWELERS 11481 Old St. Augustine Road #403 www.pickettbrothersjewelers.com For the past 10 years, Gaylord Palms near Orlando has turned their convention center into the Florida Fridge. The event begins to take shape in October, when 40 Chinese artisans and their cook arrive from Harbin, China. The ice men cometh to carve two million pounds of frozen water into a frosty fantasyland. The job takes approximately one month to complete. Originally only crystal-clear ice was used, created by ltering de-ionized water for three days. Then, colored ice blocks were developed by adding food coloring. The process is not as easy as it sounds; the mixture must be stirred constantly to obtain consistent color. Making white ice is easiestjust freeze quickly for a cloudy look. In previously years, Ive walked through the nished attraction and highly recommend it get into a holiday mood. However, this year I had the opportunity to go behind the scenes and see ICE under construction. The themed project starts with detailed architectural blueprints. Measurements are transferred and marked o on the oor, like a home building site. Ice blocks start arriving from the factory at a rate of two truck loads a day for 15 days. Each block weighs 400 pounds, so they must be moved around by a forklift. Workers begin to assemble the blocks, adding special uorescent lights between some of the pieces and cutting others with chain saws. I saw a small square block placed on a larger rectangular piece, which would eventually become a head on a body. The sculptors denote points to guide them as they work like Michelangelo. Each artist brings his own set of tools, akin to a chef and his Ice men cometh to Gaylord PalmsBy Contributing Travel Writer Debi Lander, www.bylandersea.comknives, including a variety of rakes, chisels, picks and trowels. The temperature in the room hovers around nine-degrees, so carvers wear warm boots, coats, hats and gloves. (You should, too, although Gaylord provides oversized parkas.) They grapple through four-hour shifts with a warm-up break outside. I was cold after half an hour, but the Chinese are rugged. Harbin temperatures average only two degrees in the winter and sometimes plummet to -36. No wonder these men enjoy Floridas balmy weather. This years theme is Merry Madagascar taken from the DreamWorks movie. All scenes and characters are constructed entirely from ice, even the popular interactive slides. No wooden supports or iron beams are used. The only scene to be repeated, since this event began, remains the magni cent life-size nativity, created from sparkling crystal-clear cubes. One artist, chosen by fellow sculptors, receives the honor of carving the largest angel. If you havent seen ICE, make the drive to Orlando and treat yourselves and the kids to one cool outing. If you go: www.gaylordhotels.com Mandarin resident Joe Frisco recently caught 39 inch Cobia weighing at least 90 lbs. on Tampa Bay. Frisco and his son spent two days at Pirates Pointe Fishing Resort in Ruskin, Florida and took a charter boat with Captain Danny. They also caught Spanish mackerel, ounder and speckled trout. They enjoyed their stay!

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Page 3 Whats New Page 4 From the Council Members Desk Page 5 School District JournalPage 6 Encore! Page 9 Happy 100th Birthday! Mandarin Womens Club Page 10 Cuy Fest 2012 Page 11 Loretto salutes veteransPage 13 Purposeful Parenting Page 13 Mock debate Page 14 MHS Happenings Page 15 Movie Review Page 16 Fishing Report Coast Guard Auxiliary Page 17 Faith News Page 19 Community MarketplacePage 20 MHS Sports Gardening Page 22 Mandarin Garden ClubPage 23 ICE extravaganza SERVING THE MANDARIN COMMUNITY SINCE 2006 Mandarin NewsLineSM Visit our online edition at www.mandarinnewsline.comMEMBER OF THE RT PUBLISHING GROUP OF COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS Mandarin NewsLine12443 San Jose Boulevard, Ste. 403 Jacksonville,FL 32223 What’s Inside Volume 7, Issue 3 December 2012Presorted Standard US Postage Paid Callahan, FL 32011 Permit No.4 The Mandarin Museum and Historical Society invites you to the 13th annual Winter To kick o a cold, wintry day, the Mandarin Council of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce held its 16th annual Chili Cook-o on Saturday, November 17. The event raises money to donate to several local schools and charities such as the Wounded Warrior Project, Junior Achievement and the You may not be a regular patron of the South Mandarin Branch of the Jacksonville Library at the intersection of San Jose Boulevard and Orange Picker Road, but you undoubtedly are aware of the budget cuts to the library system from the local news. Now visualize that early on a Monday you Event raises money for local charitiesAnnual Chili Cook-off brings community and foodies togetherBy Natalie Cleghorn Group aims to raise funds“Save Our Libraries” comes to South Mandarin By Karl Kennell Candice Richardson, Jeanne Nicholson and Maureen Orr have formed Save our LibrariesŽneed to swing by the library to look up something before work. Its only 9:00 a.m. and surely they will be open. As you arrive at the library you cant help but notice that the grounds are neglected and there is no activity. As you approach the doors you will be shocked that the posted Mandarin Food Bank. And because of so much participation from the Mandarin community, with around 1,000 people attending, the Chili Cook-o was a great success. Starting o the event, live music and the warm, savory smell of chili rose in the air, enticing locals to come experience the inviting atmosphere. Attendee Jo Zion who has experienced the Cook-O s in the past commented that she loves the atmosphere and live music. According to Zion, her favorite part about the event is the people, the gathering and the social aspectŽ that brings together such a close knit community. And bringing together the Mandarin community were 10 contestants, each of whom cooked a batch of chili that was unique and delicious. There were several types represented, including Grandma Margies Chili, Spirit of Mayport Chili, Meatball Chili, as well as Conch Chili made by Craig and Curt Weidegreen. Decorating the Weidegreens table were several large conch shells along with “ shing net and other memorabilia related to the sea. They also had handcu ed to their pot of chili the secret recipe, hidden in a briefcase for safe keeping! The Weidegreens liked to keep Its time for the 13th annual Winter Celebration in MandarinBy Contributing Writer Sandy Arpen, Mandarin Museum and Historical Society Schwieterman-Fait as Harriet Beecher StoweCelebration in Mandarin from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 1. This event, which draws visitors from all over North Florida, has become known for old-fashioned fun during the holidays. It is held at the Walter Jones Historical Park, Jacksonvilles “ rst historical park, located at 11964 Mandarin Road. Activities are planned for the community that will educate, entertain and delight all ages, including hayrides, rail car rides, music, historical re-enactors, nature crafts, games and of course Santa will return again this year. Back by popular demand, Lindsay Schwieterman-Fait, Mandarins Harriet Beecher Stowe,Ž will perform as the famous author and abolitionist on the farmhouse porch. As always, the society will have a new collectible ornament of a Mandarin landmark. This years ornament is the historic 1880s Mt. Zion AME Church (now the Philip R. Cousin AME Church) that once stood on Orange Pickers Road. Ornaments from previous years will also be available to complete your set. The Mandarin Museum will be open all day and the museum gift shop is stocked with many holiday gift ideas, including honey from Mandarins Honey ManŽ George Waldoch. The 1875 Webb Farmhouse will open during the event for tours. Costumed re-enactors add to Chili Cook-off cont. on pg. 4First place winners Craig Wiedegreen, his brother Kurt Wiedegreen and Kevin Gowen. Their winning recipe was Conch Chili.Winter Celebration cont. on pg. 7 Save Our Libraries cont. on pg. 11 Start off the New Year with a BANG!Call Heather Seay at 904-886-4919 or email at hs@rtpublishinginc.com for more information!

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com € December 2012 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 3 What’s NewCommunity HappeningsDo you have community or club news you would like included in Mandarin NewsLine? Then contact Martie Thompson at: editor@mandarinnewsline.com or 886-4919. RT Publishing, Inc. The CreekLine The Ocean Breeze Mandarin NewsLine Players JournalPublisher Rebecca Taus publisher@rtpublishinginc.comEditor Martie Thompson editor@rtpublishinginc.comAdvertising Sales, Linda Gay LG@rtpublishinginc.comAdvertising Sales, Kathrin Lancelle KL@rtpublishinginc.comAdvertising Sales, Heather SeayHS@rtpublishinginc.comGraphic Design, Lisa Felegygraphics@rtpublishinginc.com RT Publishing, Inc. 12443 San Jose Boulevard Suite 403 Jacksonville, FL 32223 Ph: 904-886-4919 The Mandarin NewsLine Community Newspaper is a free monthly publication distributed via bulk mail to all addresses in Zip Codes 32223, 32258 and selected routes in 32257. Submission of articles and photographs are received by mail or email, although email to editor@ rtpublishinginc.com is preferred. The writers opinions do not necessarily re”ect the opinion of RT Publishing, Inc. Advertising Rates are available by request. RT Publishing, Inc. is not responsible for advertisement content or accuracy of information provided by its advertisers. Nor does RT Publishing, Inc. endorse any of the products or services included in this publication. RT Publishing, Inc. reserves the right to refuse advertisement or copy from any advertiser. All rights are reserved and no portion of this publication may be copied without the express written consent of the publisher. 2012. At RT Publishing we welcome Letters to the Editor. We request they be no more than 250 words. All letters must include writers name, address, and telephone number. Only the name will be published. E-mail to editor@ rtpublishinginc.com. Anonymously sent letters will not be published.Letters to the Editor policy The Mandarin Womens Club program for Thursday, December 20 will be a Chinese Auction. This program is held at the Ramada Inn, located at 3130 Hartley Road and doors open at 10:30 a.m. Club membership is open to all women no matter where they live. The price of the luncheon is $15.50 for members and $16.50 for non-members. Reservations are required; please call Marilyn at 260-8431 by December 13. Please call Diane at 880-5354 for more information about our club or check out our website at: http:// home.comcast.net/~echoecho46/ site/ The Mandarin Museum and Historical Society once again hosts Winter Celebration, a special family day of fun and educational activities at the Walter Jones Historical Park, located at 11964 Mandarin Road from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 1. Activities include hayrides, choirs from the Mandarin Presbyterian and Philip R. Cousin AME churches, traditional and original folk music, the Jacksonville Community Band, Lindsay Schwieterman-Fait portraying Harriet Beecher Stowe, museum and historic Webb Farmhouse tours, crafts, historic re-enactments, train rides, old-fashioned childrens games, food and more. For more information, please call 268-0784, email us at mandarinmuseum@bellsouth.net or visit our website www.mandarinmuseum.net. You can also check us out at www.facebook. com/mandarinmuseum. The December General Meeting of the All Star Quilters Guild will be held on Monday, December 17 at 9:30 a.m. in the First Christian Church, located at 11924 San Jose Boulevard. There will be a Christmas program featuring a gift exchange and treats. Visitors are welcome! For more information, please contact Dot Butler at 642-6574 and visit us at www.orgsites. com/” /allstarquiltguild. The River City Womens Club will hold its holiday luncheon on Wednesday, December 19 at the San Jose Country Club beginning at 10:30 a.m. The cost of the luncheon is $21. Frank Templo will provide the musical entertainment and a ra e will be held with great prizes. All ladies are welcome! Please call 262-8719 for reservations. The Mandarin Chapter of AARP meets the third Friday of every month at 2:00 p.m. at Augustine Landing, located at 10141 Old St. Augustine Road. We are a non-pro“ t, nonpartisan membership organization, a liated with the national AARP. Our activities and programs are designed to help people age 50 and over improve the quality of their lives. Visitors are welcome! For additional information, please call 733-0516 or email alex9520@ comcast.net. The Italian American Club will celebrate with its annual Christmas Party on December 14. We are also having a New Years Eve Black and White Ball with delicious dinner, DJ and more. For additional information, please call Patty at 2625905. Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo (Merry Christmas and Happy New Year) to all our Mandarin friends and neighbors. The MOMS Club of Jacksonville/Mandarin-SE o ers support for stay at home and parttime working moms living in zip code 32258. With the club, you will have enriching activities for you and your children, during the day when you need the most support. A sample of activities includes park days, beach days, monthly socials, playgroups and “ eld trips to the zoo and museums. For additional information, please email semandarinmoms@yahoo.com. Shu eboard is played on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. at Mandarin Park (south end of Mandarin Road) next to the tennis courts at the park entrance. Beginners are welcome. Just show up, unless it rains. The Clay Network of Northeast Florida will sponsor our Fall Ceramic Art show Saturday, December 8 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Sydney McKenna Gallery and Studios, located at 5 Inlet Place in St. Augustine. Local ceramic artists will exhibit and sell all kinds of pottery from functional to whimsical to sculptural … perfect for holiday gifts. Be sure to stop by to browse the beautiful pottery displays and talk with local artists. For more information, please email claynetwork. com@gmail.com. The Rotary Club of Mandarin helped the Mandarin Food Bank distribute Thanksgiving turkey dinners on November 19. The club also plans to do the same for their Christmas dinners one week prior to December 25. The Rotary club looks forward each year to assisting the Food Bank by helping those who are in need. They also will be holding their annual fundraising gala Laugh for Charity 2013Ž on March 21 at the Comedy Zone, located in the Ramada Inn Mandarin. Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Mandarin Food Bank as well as the Yates YMCA. If you or your company is interested in attending the gala, please con-Whats New cont. on pg. 6Copies of this online coupon are not accepted.

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We are ready to accept your entire house, estate, etc. We also oer inventory liquidation service for builders, home and furniture industry businesses, etc. For More Information call: 880 8448 or email us at: ENCOREDECOR@bellsouth.net10830 San Jose Boulevard ( across from Walmart)Visit us online at: www.EncoreDecorFL.comWE OFFER FREE PICKUP SERVICE FOR APPROVED ITEMSHours: Jacksonvilles Largest Upscale Consignment Store H Jacksonville Health & Wellness CenterChiropractic ~ Massage ~ Mental Health Counseling ~ Functional Medicine ~ Yoga ~ Spinal Rehab ~ Nutrition Counseling ~ Meal Planning and Supplemental Guidance ~ Natural Hormone Balancing Let Chiropractic help you with Headaches, Back, Leg, & Neck Pain, Work & Auto Injuries Let our multidisciplinary approach help you with : Weight Loss, Fatigue, Diabetes, Depression, Anxiety, High Blood Pressure, Fibromyalgia, ADHD, Autoimmunity, Gluten Intolerance, to name a few. 268-65689957 Moorings Dr., Ste. 403 (o of San Jose Blvd) Mandarin, Jacksonville 32257www.DrRepole.com Chiropr a M ea l P la W ei g Fib r From the City Council Member’s DeskBy Contributing Writer Matt Schellenberg, City Council Member, District 6As an elected o cial of Mandarin, I represent you every day, whether Im at City Hall or not. Each day, I act as your spokesperson, advocate, supporter and lobbyist for the interests of District 6. In addition, my job is to make sure City Hall does not enact rules and regulations that are detrimental to our beautiful community. With this thought in mind, I believe Duval County needs better communication with our elected o cials in Tallahassee. Currently City Hall has just one person whose sole responsibility is to contact 40 State Senators and 120 Representatives to explain the needs of Duval County. Yes, we have elected o cials, but they need reinforcements and support to get our interests heard. Miami, Broward, Orlando and Tampa spend as much as a million dollars on lobbyists that promote their respective interests. We, City Hall, need to be more actively engaged at the state level. Its important that Jacksonvilles interest not be overlooked due to a lack of lobbying on our behalf. But you and I have a more immediate problem. Speaking to high school and college seniors recently, I have found their lack of knowledge about how government works very disturbing. Many did not understand the basic roles of the three branches of government, much less what their functions are. Civics class, which was required when I was in school, is now not taught until the senior year in high school, much too late to appreciate and fully understand the beauty of Americas Democracy. Why should we be concerned? Because these young men and women vote. Unfortunately, another month has passed without the mayor taking action on the facilities management contract. Remember, this indecision is costing us $50,000 per month. The total not saved is $300,000. How much longer will it take for the mayor to take action to save taxpayers money? On another note, I want to thank Dr. Richardson, the principal of Mandarin High School, for inviting me to be in their very “ rst Homecoming Parade. What a wonderful group of young men and women. I was also one of 30 men who read to children during the Dudes that ReadŽ program at Bartram Springs Elementary School. Finally, I had a wonderful time talking and listening to neighbors at the Dividing Oaks Homeowners Associations annual Halloween outdoor party. Thank you for inviting me! Please contact me at 6301388 or MattS@coj.net if you have any questions or ideas to make Mandarin a better place to live. things light and de“ nitely enjoyed the atmosphere, as did the people who tasted their chili. Adjacent to their booth was Troy McMullen, a second year cooker, who featured his own cornbread croutons to garnish his tasty chili. Other contestants such as Joe Mantione, representing Rainbow International, would not reveal the secret to a great tasting chili. He did comment that the secret is many ingredientsŽ and that is what separates his chili from his competition. There were several competitions between contestants and not just for “ rst place. The War Chili Cook-off cont. from pg. 1 of the Shore competition was between Captain Bob Sanders and Captain Douglas Cochrane aided by his son Sean. Captain Sanders proved to be tough competitor with The Best Chili You Ever Ate.Ž According to Captain Sanders, he enjoyed the great people, good times and of course great chiliŽ and was hoping to bring home a win to NAS Jax. But Captain Cochrane cooked up his Spirit of Mayport Chili which makes a bold statementŽ according to Cochrane. Captain Cochranes chili made the bolder statement and ended up winning “ rst place in the War of the Shore competition. There was also the Intercouncil Competition with the West Council represented by Ruth Anne Hepler, who captured the win with Ruthies Chili Chili Bang Bang.Ž For her “ rst year in the Cook-O she could not have done better! The Chili Cook-O competition cannot be forgotten, with the Weidegreens Conch Chili winning “ rst place and $500. Care Spot came in a close second place and both will donate their winnings back to the local charities mentioned.Peoples Choice Award winner Troy McMullin Brian Quirk and the Native Sons and Daughters were Mandarin NewsLines chili cookers! Mandarin NewsLineYOURCommunity Newspapereditor@mandarinnewsline.com Merry Christmasfrom your friends at Mandarin NewsLine!

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This year we have been given a once in a genera-School District JournalBy Contributing Writer Jason Fischer, School Board Representative, District 7 I am, without apology, an angry white man. Deal with it. I believe Rush Limbaugh was right after Election Day declaring, We have lost the country.Ž I believe we are exactly at the same point in 1945 when the British voted Prime Minister Winston Churchill out of o ce and replaced him with the Labour Party leader, Clement Attlee. Great Britain moved into a constant state of socialism, decline and soaring taxes, transforming from a world power to a toothless lion welfare state. Britain was the precursor to Greece until Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher in 1979 awakened their good sense and sense of betterment and individual achievement, starting Britain on a return path to solvency and self-su ciency. I believe the Republican Party needs to take a lesson from McDonalds and beat Democrats at their own game. We know much of academia, especially in colleges and universities is a hotbed of liberalism or, as they prefer to cloak themselves today, progressiveness. They have “ gured out if they take impressionable young minds, unexposed to the reality there is no such thing as fairness in everyday life and “ ll them with progressive and socialist ideals, then they will have them for a long time as Democrats. Usually, when marriage and children and a few years in the real world interLadies and gentlemen, we would like to invite you to our “ rst-ever bene“ t auction held at the Mandarin Museum, in historic Walter Jones Historical Park. The auction will generate proceeds for the maintenance and upkeep of our museum and the historic buildings located on the park grounds. Lots will be auctioned o by the museums director and licensed auctioneer, Dr. Antoni Paris and will include numerous antique, vintage and collectible pieces, along with home decor and other household items. Participants will have the Political CommentaryWe have lost the countryBy J. Bruce Richardsonvene, aging youngsters start thinking for themselves and the betterment of their families and leave the Democratic Party. But, in elections such as just happened last month, where we as a nation didnt elect the Pied Pier once, but twice, we saw the handiwork of the Democrats in full play. It was a coalition of women, young people and minorities which re-elected President Obama, only by a whisker in the popular vote. He received about 2.5 million more votes than Governor Romney, in a total vote count of around 118 million votes. Thats not a mandate to govern, but a divided electorate. Now that Obamacare is a foregone conclusion and the law of the land, we have taken a huge step towards the destruction of the country as we know it. Now that the federal government can compel us to buy health care, no telling what is next. They may even compel us to eat lima beans; yuck. As with any failure, the Republicans will take a look at what happened and clean house of failed leaders. But, more importantly, they need to look at a way to get on college campuses and reverse the trend of graduating so many liberals. Republican governors need to govern and part of that is making sure a better balance between liberals, moderates and conservatives inhabit the halls of state-owned schools. Until that happens, we will continue to automatically add to the ranks of liberals and we will hurdle ourselves into complete oblivion. Its two years until the next election cycle. As one wise person said, we survived the Civil War, we will survive President Obama. But, think how long it took to heal from the Civil War.J. Bruce Richardson is a longtime journalist and consultant who writes in Jacksonville print publications exclusively for RT Publishing, Inc. He has led projects in Washington as well as Ottawa, Canada, and authors an Internet-based transportation column which is read in more than 60 countries. He lives and works in Jacksonville.tionŽ opportunity to “ x public education in our city and I truly believe that we will rise to the occasion. We elected four new School Board members. I wont spend any time talking about the other board members, but I will say that this is the most reform-minded school board that Jacksonville has ever seen. Did you know that all across the state we have been seen as the most hostile environment for school choice or improving teacher quality? Well that day is done. We are charting a new course. Two months ago we selected a new superintendent for our schools, Dr. Nikolai Vitti. He is a dynamic leader who has a passion for delivering quality education. He may have received a PhD from Harvard University, but he earned his real education credentials teaching kids in the Bronx and down in MiamiDade. Dr. Vitti is the right man at the right time. With the new board in place, he will be given the autonomy that he needs to be successful. I, like many parents, have grown tired of watching the issue of education being tossed around, but never addressed. This year, through a series of fortunate events, our city went through an unprecedented change in leadership in our public education system. Please rally around our e orts and lets “ nally “ x our schools!Mandarin Museum and Historical Society hosts public auction fundraiseropportunity to interweave the heart-pounding excitement of taking part in the auction with a relaxing walk among the parks magni“ cent trees and cultural ambiance. Concession stands and refreshments will be available for those who attend. Please help us preserve our fascinating Mandarin culture by turning this event into a Mandarin tradition! Here are the details: € All items are sold as is, where is. € Auction starts at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 8 with the preview from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. € The auction location is 11964 Mandarin Road„museum front lawn. Please bring a folding yard chair if you can. € Auction website … items will be continually added… http:// www.auctionzip.com/cgi-bin/ photopanel.cgi?listingid=16 08239&category=0&zip=&k wd= For more information, please call the Mandarin Museum at 268-0784 or send an email to www.mandarinmuseum@bellsouth.net. What would YOU like to read about each month in Mandarin NewsLine?Let us know! editor@mandarinnewsline.com

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Page 6, Mandarin NewsLine € December 2012 € www.MandarinNewsLine.com State Farm, Home Of“ce, Bloomington, IL0901020 Wishing you a tangle-free holiday. May all your days be merry and bright. A safe and joyous season to everyone. Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there. Jim Register Jr, Agent 12058 San Jose Blvd Jacksonville, FL 32223 Bus: 904-268-5522 jim@jimregister.com Jim Register Jr, Agent 12058 San Jose Blvd Jacksonville, FL 32223 Bus: 904-268-5522 jim@jimregister.com Visit our NEW Showroom Today! Over 30 years experience: Managerial Accounting Services Reviews Contact Jim Taylor at 904.705.1692 As I sit enjoying the beautiful sunshine and warmth of a Jacksonville fall day, it is di cult to realize that we are just weeks away from the very special time of year when most of us celebrate the traditional events that have been a part of our lives. With so many o erings available to us, it is di cult to focus on any one presentation, but despite its many “ nancial problems, our beloved Jacksonville Symphony has once again come up with a comprehensive schedule of holiday concerts for us to enjoy. During the month of December it will o er half a dozen wonderful and varied programs to put us in the holiday spirit! Actually, it all starts on November 30 at 8:00 p.m., when the Symphony conducted by Michael Butterman will present a special concert to help us get into the holiday spirit. A Classical ChristmasŽ will feature solo violinist Elena Urioste in a program highlighting works by Wagner and Vivaldi, as well as Corellis Christmas Concerto. On Sunday, December 2 This time of year is my favorite; not only is it a time for celebrating but it is a time for re” ection and yet the possibilities of more spectacular things are upon the horizon. The Comedy Zone Jacksonville has been privileged to work with astonishing celebrities as well as dynamic local comedians in 2012. This December we will be welcoming back Shaun Jones. One of Jacksonvilles favorite comedians, Jones receives standing ovations every time he performs here. His act covers a wide range of subjects„ from good relationships gone bad to living with bad credit, racial di erences in heaven, trips to the Bahamas and the night club scene. Jones greatest strength is his ability to travel to any town or city and win over every crowd. What many people enjoy best about Jones is his playful audience tact mandarinrotary@aol.com to purchase your tickets. Your participation will go a long way towards helping the Food Bank and the YMCA. The NASJAX Skin and Scuba Diving Club meets at 7:00 p.m. on the “ rst Wednesday of each month at the Golden Corral Buffet and Grill, located at 11470 San Jose Boulevard in Mandarin. The club is open to all divers and those who are interested in diving (military a liation is not required). For more information, please visit the website at nasjaxscubadivers.org or contact the club president, Dave Martin, at 413-8773. The Northeast Florida Quit Smoking Now (QSN) program is now o ering free tobacco cessation classes at the Mandarin Library! The classes meet once a week for six consecutive weeks and provide a free workbook, water bottle and stress ball as well as free nicotine replacement therapies (patch, lozenge and gum) to assist tobacco users in their quit attempt. Please call 482-0189 to register for our October class or visit our website at www.north” oridaahec.org. Are you troubled by someones drinking? Al-Anon Family Groups can help. Let us share our experience, strength and hope. Join us every Monday night from 8:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in the First Christian Church of Jacksonville, located at 11924 San Jose Boulevard or visit us at www.jaxafg.org. The journey to end cancer begins with a single step. Relay for Life of Mandarin invites the entire Jacksonville community to join their journey on Saturday, May 4, 2013. The 24-hour event, which will take place at Mandarin High School, will feature traditional Relay for Life ceremonies, lively entertainment and unique fundraising ideas. The Relay has already kickedo its 2012-2013 season, so do not delay when signing up. More information on becoming a sponsor or forming a team for Relay for Life of Mandarin can be found on www.relayforlife. org/mandarin” or by calling the local American Cancer Society o ce. Relay for Life is the American Cancer Societys largest fundraising event. Sierra Club will be holding a fundraiser in the form of a Potluck/Silent Auction/Trivia night on December 10 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Lakewood Presbyterian Church, located at 2001 University Boulevard West. Bring a dish to share and gently used camping, hiking and nature books. Sierra Club calendars will also be for sale. For donations, please contact Janet at JCLarson168@msn.com. Whats New cont. from pg. 3 Spreading holiday cheer with comedyBy Contributing Writer Jeanine McNealinteraction that makes every show unique from the one before. The Comedy Zone Jacksonville is located within the Ramada Conference Center of Mandarin. It is operated by Fred Pozin; he is a prominent “ gure in not only Mandarin but Jacksonville. His goal is to bring the best entertainment to Jacksonville this includes: banquet rooms for corporate and social events, all-you-can-eat crab legs and prime rib bu et and an award winning comedy club. The Comedy Zone Jacksonville as well as the Ramada lend itself to the community and are an ideal atmosphere to celebrate holiday cheer or to commemorate an occasion throughout the year. Be sure to see the Comedy Zones ad in this issue of Mandarin NewsLine!Encore!Its that time again!By Betty Swenson Bergmark, Professor Emeritus, Jacksonville University at 3:00 p.m., a performance of Chris van Allsbergs The Polar ExpressŽ will help us to experience the magic of the holidays. Featuring the UNF Womens Chorale, it tells the tale of a boy who helps every child to hear the ringing of Santas bells. Images from the book will be projected above the stage. In addition, A Holiday Sing AlongŽ will help ring in the season. On December 7 at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., December 8 at 6:00 p.m. and December 9 at 3:00 p.m., the Holiday PopsŽ invites us to enjoy one of the First Coasts most beloved traditions„ holiday favorites sung by the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus with Ashley Brown, soloist. Another Holiday PopsŽ will be presented by the Jacksonville Symphony on Tuesday and Thursday, December 11 and 13 at 8:00 p.m. at Flagler College Auditorium in St. Augustine. A very special annual event will occur on December 21 at 8:00 p.m. The beloved Handels Messiah, one of the most famous oratorios ever written, will be presented. Conducted by Michael Butterman, it will feature soloists Mary Wilson, Sandra PiquesEddy, Javier Abreu, Philip Cutlip and the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus. To reiterate the JSO ” yer, Hallelujah!Ž No holiday musical tradition would be complete without a performance of The Nutcracker.Ž Having performed in it myself in war-torn London and having restaged it on many occasions over the years, the holiday season is not complete until I see it once again! This year one of many presentations will be performed by the First Coast Nutcracker with live musical accompaniment by the Jacksonville Symphony. Performances are scheduled on December14 and 15 at 8:00 p.m. and December 15 and16 at 2:00 p.m. at the Moran Theater. Finally, you can ring in the New Year on December 31 at 8:30 p.m., when the Jacksonville Symphony will present a program including light classics and popular works from Broadway to Vienna. After the concert, the party will continue in the lobby with more music and light refreshments. What a wonderful way to celebrate the New Year! For additional information on any of these performances, please call 354-5547 or visit www.JaxSymphony.org. Mandarin NewsLineYOURCommunity Newspapereditor@mandarinnewsline.com

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com € December 2012 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 7 “Concerns about your drinking water?”Call the Water Treatment Company Jacksonville has trusted for over 20 Years. Straight answers No high pressure. 262 0197 3760 KORI RD. Lic. #W-32 yo u C all th e W ate r T reatmen t Compan y J acksonville h as trusted f or ove r 2 0 Years S Call the Water Treatment Company Jacksonville has trusted for over 20 years. www.atlasphysicaltherapy.com St. Johns429-0290World Golf VillageNOW OPEN342-4994Mandarin 292-0195 Follow us on Twitter @AtlasSportsMed Atlas Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine invites you:Why you should attend: Fall Risk Assessment Friday, January 25, 2013 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.Free and Open to the Public RSVP as spots are limited or call 342-4994 for more information. Family Fun! ~Saturdays~ 10am to 2pm St. Johns River Farmers Market ~In beautiful Alpine Groves Park ~2060 SR 13, Switzerland, FL 32259 ~info: St.JohnsRiverFarmersMarket@gmail.com www.facebook.com/St.JohnsRiverFarmersMarketVendor Info: 904-347-8900Christmas Fair 12/8 complete with Santa, live music, gift shopping, and gourmet delights! The director of the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Chamber Orchestra, Brian Gri n, is pleased to invite the community to the groups Chicago BoundŽ Pre-Midwest Clinic concert on Monday, December 17, at Jacksonville Universitys Terry Concert Hall. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The Chamber Orchestras Chicago-BoundŽ concert will showcase the students hard work in preparing for their appearance at the prestigious 66th annual Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, to be held December 19 through 22. The concert is also an opportunity to thank the Jacksonville community for its “ nancial support toward student travel costs. While the orchestra has not yet met its original goal of raising $35,000, the generosity of the Jacksonville community has cut student expenses by more than half.This is my last fashion column before the holidays and I challenge you, my FFFs (Fashionable Florida Friends) to go shopping in your closet; make your hair and mani and pedi appointments and ease into the season looking great! Speaking of pedi, make sure you have just the right red polish for the toes this holiday season and drop the ” ats; wear your strappy black sandals instead! The holidays are my favorite season and not coincidentally its the time of year when I am most excited about getting dressed. I would be remiss if I didnt share my new “ nd with you gals: velvet is back! I love it! Black velvet says ChristmasŽ to me more than ever„didnt every little girl have a black velvet holiday dress with a bow at the neck? A simple pair of black velvet jeans would go a long way in your travels this holiday season, so start looking for the perfect pair now. Rich tapestry looks are inŽ for the season, so look for a little jacket with needlepoint Douglas Anderson Chamber Orchestra to perform ConcertThanks to generous donations from the Haskell Company, City Council President Bill Bishop and numerous others, the trip will be a lesser burden on working families as they send their students to represent Jacksonville in Chicago. Only six orchestras in the world were invited to Midwest and the DA Chamber Orchestra is the “ rst high school string orchestra from Florida to be invited in the clinics 66-year-old history. The invitation to Midwest is an esteemed honor among music educators and students. Douglas Anderson School of the Arts is a public magnet school that draws students from all corners of Northeast Florida, and from all socio-economic backgrounds. For more information, or to assist with student travel costs, please contact Director Brian Gri n at gri nb1@ duvalschools.org or 346-5620 x.152. Fashion UpdateStart earlyƒ.Make your entrance grand!By Donna Keathley, dkeathley designsblooms and opulent ornamentation like pearl buttons for a seasonal piece to go with those velvet bottoms or black palazzo pants. Another topŽ idea is to wear your black cardigan buttoned up with pearls and a holiday broach; this is taking that little sweater to the next level for a party ready look. Find yourself looking pale? Go to the cosmetics counter and let the talented girls there work with your eyes and show you which products to buy and exactly how to apply a smoldering new look for you. While you are there, try some red lip gloss, not lipstick„its a little trick someone showed me at a recent fashion show and it looks great! Shape your legs and wear your dresses! Go to the department store and head straight to the hosiery counter. Get a shear pair or pantyhose in a nice beige tone and a pair of sheer black tights; your legwear can really dress up a look. Add a sequin cami to a suit thats hanging in your closet, put on those sheer hose and a sexy shoe and your diamond earrings and walla! Put on your LBD (little black dress) and those sheer black tights and a hot colored pair of heels and you are party ready. These are just some suggestions for some go toŽ looks for the holidays. If an event on your calendar requires a dressier look, go shopping for a holiday blouse; yes, pretty blouses are in vogue this year. They are being made out of ta eta, gold lame and lace. Added to your dressy black slacks or skirt and some sparkly jewelry, this will “ t the occasion; again pay attention to that leg action with proper hosiery and dainty shoes. I challenge you to go in your closet and do this exercise before the hectic holiday season begins. Make sure your party pieces are dry cleaned and “ t properly„then you are con“ dent, which makes your entrance Grand! Happy Holidays! Tell our advertisers you saw them inMandarin NewsLine Support our fine Advertisers! the old-fashioned atmosphere. Victorian Ladies of the Golden Teacup Society will help everyone make ornaments to take home or decorate our outdoor Christmas tree. Mandarin artist Lucinda Halsema will be on-site with a new painting of a Mandarin landmark. Billy and Mike Barwald of Flying Dragon Citrus Nursery will provide free, fresh orange juice and advice about growing citrus. The Barwalds, long time residents of the Loretto area of Mandarin, are considered citrus experts and will answer all your questions. Baton twirlers from Phenomenon Twirlers will perform and various community non-pro“ t and educational organizations will be present to share their information as well. There will be a variety of music throughout the day, including traditional and original folk music and an all-volunteer band playing holiday tunes. We are also pleased to have the Childrens Choir from the Mandarin Presbyterian Church and the choir from the Philip R. Cousin AME Church giving special performances on the front porch of the Webb Farmhouse. The performance schedule is: Museum Porch Stage 11:00 a.m.: Jacksonville Community Band, opening the celebration with traditional holiday and patriotic music 12:00 noon: Al Poindexter and River Rise, original Florida folk music 1:00 p.m.: Jonathan Lennon, traditional instrumental 1:45 p.m.: Meridian, Celtic folk 2:45 p.m.: Ken Connors and CeeCee Severin, original folk music Farmhouse Porch Stage 11:30 a.m.: Mandarin Presbyterian Church Childrens Choir 12:00 noon: Phenomenon Twirlers 12:30 p.m.: Philip R. Cousin AME Church Choir 1:30 p.m.: Lindsay Schwieterman-Fait as Harriet Beecher Stowe 2:15 p.m.: Lynn Wadley, hammer dulcimerEddie Wiseman of Snowballs will sell hamburgers, hot dogs and other refreshments. Park admission is free. Several activities do have a small fee. All proceeds support the Mandarin Museum and Historical Societys event expenses. Parking is available at the Mandarin Presbyterian Church across the street. For more information, please call 268-078 or email mandarinmuseum@bellsouth.net.Winter Celebration cont. from pg. 1 Julington Creek Annual Light ParadeSaturday, Dec. 1 7:00 p.m.Starting at Julington Creek BridgeDon’t miss it!

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Page 8, Mandarin NewsLine € December 2012 € www.MandarinNewsLine.com Brian E. Floro DMD, PAGeneral and Family DentistryExams and Cleanings Placing and Restoring Dental Implants Crowns and BridgesVeneers and Teeth Whitening Clear Braces with ClearCorrectLocated in the Memorial Imaging Center Corner of Loretto Road and San Jose Blvd. www.florodental.comPreferred Provider of Most Major Dental Insurance New Patient Special$99Exam, Digital X-RaysThis oer is exclusive to self-pay patients and may not be used with any insurance program. Must present coupon. Expires 12-31-12.Whitening for Life!Reg. $180$99 Contact the oce for details.Must present coupon. Expires 12-31-12. Dr. Brian Floro D.M.D. P.A. Dr. Brian Floro D.M.D. P.A. Cindy Maule (904) 260-7071 Owner of Cindy’s Cuts for 10 years. Barber with 30 years experience. C O B Janice Vincent (904) 923-8455 Specializes in color and highlights and women’s and men’s haircuts. 22 years experience. JoAnn LoSchiavo (904) 403-7803 Specializing in men’s haircuts Book online at: www.styleseat.com/ joannloschiavo Cindy’s Cuts9735 Old St Augustine Rd #21 (Across from Big Lots) $5 off 1st time cutsBarber Wanted! 880 -0002 keyboardconnectionjax.com 9912 San Jose Boulevard There are plenty of rumors in the media about what causes cancer and who is likely to get it. Unfortunately, not all the information is reliable. This month I am putting some common cancer myths into perspective. Myth: Cell phone use causes cancer. Fact: The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute report that cell phones do not appear to pose any danger to your health. A recent long running study showed no increase in brain cancer among adults who used cell phones compared to those who did not. Myth: Arti“ cial sweeteners are linked to cancer in humans. Fact: The FDA regulates all arti“ cial sweeteners and has granted approval for common sweeteners like saccharin, aspartame, acesulfame potassium, sucralose and neotame. Since Truvia is a natural sweetener from the stevia plant, it does not fall under FDA regulatory guidelines, but the organization has It is estimated that 12.5 million Americans over the age of 65 have balance or dizziness issues that signi“ cantly impact their lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of three adults age 65 or older falls each year. This often results in injuries including fractures and head trauma as well as hospitalization and high medical bills. Healthcare cost in 2010 directly related to falls was $30 billion. Falls are linked to balance issues or disorders, some medications and a sedentary lifestyle. Quite often, a fear of falling is developed in the elderly. Those with a fear of falling often refrain from engaging in activities of daily living, leading to a lack of mobility and low endurance. This in turn actually increases the risk of falls. Our balance system is comprised of three components: € Visual input: what we see from the surrounding environment € Sensory input from muscles and joints (proprioception): ability to sense where your body and limbs are in space; for example, what we feel such as the surface we are standing on (grass, sand, concrete). € Vestibular input: what our inner ear detects in relation to equilibrium and postural orientation These systems, when work-Maintain postural control to prevent fallsing together, give us the ability to maintain postural control and adapt quickly to any changes in position or the environment. As we age, one or all of these components can deteriorate, putting us at risk of falls. The good news is, preventing falls is possible with early detection of balance issues and deconditioning. A quali“ ed professional such as a physical therapist can evaluate your strength, range of motion, ” exibility, balance/proprioception and equilibrium and can identify any impairments that need to be addressed. A speci“ c exercise program, tailored to your needs, can improve these de“ cits. With a little work and a goal of independent, healthy living, you can minimize your risk of falls and improve your quality of life. Atlas Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine is o ering free fall risk assessments at our World Golf Village clinic on January 25. Be sure to see their ad in this issue of Mandarin NewsLine! $2 OFF Large Pizza(Next to Publix) Dine in or Take Out (Coupon Expires 12/31/12 MNL) Call 288-9211 z ay hm Cancer myths By Contributing Writer Scot Ackerman, MD, Medical Director, First Coast Oncologygranted Truvia GRASŽ status (Generally Recognized As Safe). Despite decade-old scares that these sweeteners caused cancer in rats, subsequent studies have shown no harm to humans. Myth: If your mom or dad had cancer, you will have it too. Fact: While it is true that some cancers are genetic, this does not mean you will de“ nitely develop cancer. Some cancers have a tendency to be passed down genetically, such as breast cancer, ovarian cancer and colorectal cancer. If you are concerned about your cancer risk, talk to your doctor about genetic testing. Myth: Men cannot get breast cancer. Fact: Contrary to popular belief, breast cancer is not exclusive to women. Although the disease is about 100 times more common in females than in males, it does happen. Male breast cancer accounts for about one percent of all breast cancers. And while it is estimated a mans lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is only about one in 1,000 those who identify breast cancer in the early stages and seek treatment promptly have much better outcomes, just like their female counterparts. Businessnot as bigas it used to be?Call for a free consultation & we’ll work at increasing your business!Mandarin NewsLine886-4919at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church • 292-1675Mandarin Food Bank Our mission is to provide emergency food and clothing to those in need in the Mandarin Community. Anyone residing in the Mandarin Community, regardless of religious af liation, is eligible to be served. Volunteers welcome! Please call the Food Bank at 292-1675 during open hours (Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00am-11:30am)

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com € December 2012 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 9 Marge@RewardedBehaviorContinues.com In-home Training Group Training Education Positive Trainin g Positive Results Open Mondays through Fridays 8:30am – 5pm 1631 Race Track Road Suite 101230-7977Most Insurances AcceptedPediatric Associates of Julington Creek, PAOffering care for Infants, Children & Adolescents Mary Ann Garcia, M.D., FAAP Victor Luz, M.D., FAAP Philip Pan (center), Concertmaster of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, with the students who participated in his recent Masterclass at the Northeast Florida Conservatory. Katherine Pugh celebrated her 100th birthday on November 4. She has been a resident of Mandarin for the last 12 years, living with her granddaughterŽ Toscha Weathington and family. According to Weathington, Pugh is a sweet loving lady, who had no children of her own, but who I have known since I was a child, so she became my adopted grandma. She has spent her life loving on people and taking care of those who didnt have family or were just alone, so she came to live with us when she could no longer live alone.Ž Congratulations and Happy Birthday, Katherine!On a beautiful fall day, 70 or so of the 133 members of the Mandarin Womens Club met for their monthly regular meeting at The Ramada Inn on Hartley Road and they certainly had an adventure awaiting them. Priscilla Davis, a volunteer for the Florida Senior Medicare Patrol, commonly known as the Florida SMP, was the special guest speaker for the meeting. As most of the audience in attendance is currently on Medicare or will soon be entering the program, the message was most pertinent. The National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association has estimated that 3 percent of all healthcare spending … or $68 billion a year … is lost to fraud. In addition, recent reports show as much as $2 billion a year may be lost to fraud and abuse in Floridas Medicaid program alone. Davis emphasized that Medicare fraud is de“ ned as intentional billing of services not Mandarin Womens Club investigates senior Medicare fraudBy Donna KeathleyHappy 100th Birthday! provided by a provider or services being billed at a higher rate. Medicare abuse is de“ ned as services being prescribed that are not needed. These losses are “ ltered down to the tax payers across the country and the SMP has organized this outreach program to make Medicare recipients aware of the issues and to educate them on how each individual can help to cut down on all fraud and abuse. For starters the best way to monitor this activity on a personal basis is to keep your Social Security card and your Medicare card in a safe place; also proper monitoring of your Medicare Summary Notice and your health care billing statements when you receive them in the mail is a good idea. The Florida SMP Program is committed to educating seniors and their caregivers on healthcare fraud and how to help detect such activity. Davis told the audience that the SMP currently has a number of volunteer positions that they may be interested in. The SMP provides extensive training for their volunteers and only ask that applicants have strong computer literacy. For more information regarding volunteerism, she stated that interested applicants should call (904) 992-9239. Mandarin Womens Club President Laura Czapicki and Second Vice President Debi Harrison, who is the program chair, were instrumental in inviting Davis to speak to their group. The Mandarin Womens Club has been around since 1988 and meets the fourth Thursday of every month at the Ramada Inn. They have an array of activities and outings available for the membership to participate in each month and special holiday social plans are now being made for the season. The club is open to all women in the area and once annual dues are paid, members may join in any activities held by the club. Anyone interested in getting more information about the club may contact Diane Frisco at 880-5354. YOUR Community Newspaper Mandarin NewsLine Heather Seay904-866-4919 € hs@rtpublishinginc.comFor more information on advertising: Jumpstart the New Year!Healthcare is expensive, staying healthy isnt.Workout 24 hours a Day* Any Day Anytime Anywhere 904-268-0411 24 HOUR ACCESS CLUB Personal Training Cardio Theatre Free Weights Nautilus Cardio/Strength anytime“tness/mandarin MEMBERSHIP SPECIALS$20.13Must present coupon to ANYTIME FITNESS MANDARIN INCLUDES ENROLLMENT AND FIRST MONTH $20.13Must present coupon to ANYTIME FITNESS MANDARIN 1 MONTHUNLIMITED TURBO TANNING

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Page 10, Mandarin NewsLine € December 2012 € www.MandarinNewsLine.com On Wednesday, November 14 the students of Shepherd of the Woods (SOTW) Lutheran School sponsored Cuy Fest 2012 to help raise funds for the churchs Peruvian ministries. Whats a cuy (pronounced coo-ee), you ask? Simply put: a guinea pig. While many American are comfortable with only traditional farm animals making it to the dinner table, cultures around the world have di erent approaches. It is quite common in many parts of South America for guinea pig … cuy, to be farm-raised and sold for meat. Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church has been conducting mission trips to Peru for almost a decade. While their work began in metropolitan Lima, recent years have taken them up in the Andes to Tarma and surrounding villages. There, they have built churches, schools, small homes, bridges and even a sheep wash! They have created the Lutheran Social Services of Tarma, a needed organization to provide assistance to the elderly and disabled. Food, clothing, wheelchairs, school uniforms and supplies, playground equipment and computers have been provided over the years to help these impoverished communities. In some cases, the missionarosŽ On November 14, during a Duval County School Board organizational meeting, Cheryl Grymes, Ashley Smith Juarez, Connie Sands Hall and Jason Fischer were sworn in as the newest members of the School Board. Additionally, The Honorable Fred FelŽ Lee was appointed chairman of the board, replacing Betty Burney and Becki Couch was appointed vice chairman. Lee had served as the vice chairman of the board since last November. Jacksonville voters elected Cheryl Grymes and Ashley Smith Juarez as replacements for Martha Barrett (District 1) and W.C. Gentry (District 3), respectively and Dr. Connie Sands Hall and Jason Fischer as replacements for Betty Burney (District 5) and Tommy Hazouri (District 7). CuyFest 2012 raises funds for important causeBy Contributing Writer Jackie Hudson, Shepherd of the Woodswere they “ rst non-Peruvians some of these folks had ever seen in person. The latest program comes in the form of aiding with establishing a Cuy Farm. The animals dont need much space … certainly nothing close to cattle or sheep. They are easy to care for and provide an excellent source of low-fat, high protein meat. They are relatively quick to set up and dont require a great deal of ranchingŽ experience. This is where the students of SOTW Lutheran School come in. Each week in chapel a small free-will o ering is collected. The children designate a ministry to support every few months and this season they are supporting the Peruvian Cuy Farmers and have raised more than $100. To cap o a period of learning about the geography and culture of Peru, the school hosted Cuy Fest with a dinner and presentation. The dinner included salad with cuycumbers and cuy-tons, chicken (an homage to the tastes like chickenŽ catch phrase) and cake with cuy-whip. The kids loved it! They also had the chance to make a Cuy ornament that they decorated and will hang on their Christmas trees to remind them of those less fortunate„a great way to teach the values of caring and service while presenting traditional curriculum! The program also included a Peruvian dance demonstration by the Jacksonville Peruvian Association and a Skype session with the mission in Tarma, Peru. The children showed o their projects and artwork and played games like Pin the Tail on the Cuy. If you would like more information about this ministry or even traveling with the group to Peru … they go twice each year … please visit www.sotwjax.com. If you would like more information about Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran School, please visit www.sotwls.com. School Board members sworn in; chair and vice chair appointedChairman Lee represents District 2 and joined the School Board in November 2010. Filling the vice chairman seat is Couch, representing District 6, who was also elected to the School Board in 2010. Be sure to see District 7 School Board Representative Fischers “ rst School District JournalŽ in this issue of Mandarin NewsLine. Students from Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran School with Principal, Dr. Madalyn Speagle and the class Cuy Mandarin NewsLineEverybody Gets It. Everybody Reads It. HS@rtpublishinginc.com

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com € December 2012 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 13 APPOINTMENT 904.264.KIDS264KIDS.COM CALL OR VISITUS ONLINE TO ANSCHEDULE San Jose Blvd. SR 13Bartram Walk Race Track RoadLOCATED ABOVE BLACKSTONE GRILLE 112 BARTRAM OAKS WALK #203 | JACKSONVILLE, FL | 32259 Jacksonville’s Only Certified Master Pedicurist & Medical Nail Technician 9700 Philips Hwy, #107 Jacksonville, FL 32256 (904)469-2432www.HandsFeetandBeyond.com Need a quality pedicure, but concerned with the cleanliness of the tools & equipment? If so, come enjoy a sanitary & relaxing pedicure. Offering Geriatric & Diabetic Foot-careReggie Stephens On the morning of November 5, 2012, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney had a “ nal debate on our nations biggest issues. The thing is, President Obama and Governor Romney were really sixth graders!On November 11, the Mandarin Community Club honored veterans at a ceremony held at the Billard Commemorative Park on Flynn Road. MCC President Emily Lisska spoke on behalf of the Mandarin Community Club on the meaning and importance of this national holiday. As part of the ceremony, club members and veterans Dr. Larry Lisska, Robert McLean, Leo Kreisel and Joe Walsh placed a wreath at the Veterans Memorial located within the park. In addition, worn/used American ” ags were collected during the event for proper and of“ cial disposal at a service conducted by the DAR and SAR in the spring at a date to be announced. St. Josephs sixth grade holds mock presidential debateBy Contributing Writer Joseph Dray, St. Joseph Catholic SchoolMrs. Worthingtons sixth grade social studies class was proud to host the St. Joseph Catholic School Mock Presidential Debate in front of our “ fth and sixth grade audience at the Cody Center. Governor RomneyŽ and President ObamaŽ were asked questions about some of Americas biggest issues„healthcare, education, war and the economy„by our highly esteemed moderators. We would like to thank the sixth graders who played key roles in the debate, most importantly our presidential and vice presidential candidates, but we would also like to thank everybody else who took part in making this mock debate a huge success. Thank you so much for your cooperation and may God bless you and the future of our country after the real President is elected! ~ 5111-14 Baymeadows Rd.~ Jacksonville, FL 32217 ~ On the Corner of Baymeadows and Old Kings Rd. 904-448-3347 goldhillsjewelry.com 30% OFF 50% OFF Pay More 3 FREE Watch BatteryRegular Batteries Only Exp. 12/31/12 Limit one per customer20% OFF ALL RepairsExp. 12/31/12 Limit one per customer MCC Club members/veterans Dr Larry Lisska, Robert McLean, Leo Kreisel and Joe Walsh and MCC President Emily Lisska. Veterans Memorial located in the Billard Park.The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors announces real estate market statistics for October 2012. Statistics encompass both single-family residential and condo sales, combined. Northeast Floridas real estate market maintained positive momentum in October. There were 1,489 closed sales; a 3.7 percent increase year to date and a NEFAR releases October 2012 real estate sales statistics19.3 percent increase over last October. Pending sales jumped substantially to reach 1,940; a 15.8 percent increase year to date and 45 percent higher than last Octobers 1,338. Sales prices continued to increase. The median sales price of $137,950 was 7.9 percent higher than a year ago and a 5.6 percent increase year to date. Average sales price showed similar activity, rising from $163,253 last October to $175,784 this year; a 7.7 percent increase within a year. Year to date, the average sales price is up 5.8 percent. Inventory of homes has plummeted, dropping 30.5 percent from 12,468 a year ago to reach 8,667. There were 8.8 months of supply on hand in October 2011, which has dropped 38.8 percent and now sits at just 5.4 months. Of the 1,489 closed sales, 823 were traditional sales and 666 (or 44.7 percent) were lender-mediated. With the pool of inventory experiencing sharp reductions, there has been an uptick in the percentage of lender mediated property sales over the past couple of months as these are being cleared out. Even with 44.7 percent of sold properties having been lender mediated for the month, homes are selling faster. A 111-day average days to sale during October was down 10.5 percent from last Octobers 124 days. For extensive market statistics, see the free market reports available on the Newsroom | Market Stats tab of www. NEFAR.com. W W W WWWVisit our website: If we take care of the m o m e n t s moments, the y e a r s years will take care of themselves.~Maria Edgeworth, Irish author

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com € December 2012 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 15 Reserve space for your Holiday Party! Private room is available for large groups. Margarita Monday $2.50 all daywith purchase of an entree or appetizerMEXICAN RESTAURANT MEXICAN RESTAURANT $3 Off Lunch or Dinner Specialwith purchase of two lunch or dinner entreesExcludes Speedy Gonzalez and Daily Lunch Specials. Good with coupon only, Expires 12/31/12. Happy Holidays from:Authentic Mexican Cuisine rty! T $ D M Members of the Mandarin Lions Club held a food drive at Publix on Old St. Augustine Road on Saturday, October 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Project leader Christine Benham organized the e ort and arranged for volunteers, including several area students, to work along with the Lions. A full pick-up truck load of food was collected and Lions thank the many Publix customers who made it possible to give all this food to the Mandarin Food Bank to help people in need. Mandarin Club President Thomas Miller thanked the Lions who worked the event This months movie review belongs to the “ lm T rouble with the Curve a sports-drama “ lm with comedy and romance for adults and teens North Carolina high-school baseball could have the next great player. Clint Eastwood plays Gus, an Atlanta Braves scout who is having trouble seeing, as aging sometimes has a way of causing. His best friend and manager Pete Klein, portrayed by John Goodman, is worried about Gus and calls in reinforcements. On a scouting trip, Gus gets company. Mickey, his daughter (played by Amy Adams), is an attorney vying for partnership. She takes time o to help her father scout a new player. Though not blind, Gus is having serious vision problems. Their relationship is troubled and neither seems to know why she is there, but she does know baseball, though she learns he can hear the game as well as many see it. Justin Timberlake plays Johnny Flanagan, a rival scout. He was a pitcher who after injury has turned to a new career path. Gus scouted him and he remembers tales Mon-Fri 7am-6pm, Sat 8am-1pm, Wed 8am-6pm ~Science Diet & Royal Canin Food ~Personalized Appointments ~Quality of Life Assessments ~Home Euthanasia ~New techniques and products that yield better results with less eort for you at home. Let us do the work for you! ~Combination Heartworm/Flea Prevention ~Antibiotic Injections that last 14 days ~In Room Ear Treatments9776 San Jose Blvd. Suite 5 Jacksonville, FL904-262-2953 theanimalclinicofmandarin.com Animal Clinic of MandarinHospital & Boarding M F i 7 6 9 J 9 t Bring this ad with you to your next scheduled appointment for a free nail trim. New Mandarin Lions Club collects food for Mandarin Food Bankand would like to invite anyone interested in service to the community to come and check out the Lions. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 12:00 noon at Golden Corral, located at 11470 San Jose Boulevard in Mandarin. Lions collect no longer neededŽ eyeglasses which may be dropped o Movie ReviewTrouble with the CurveDirected by: Robert Lorenz. Starring: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, and John Goodman. Review by T. G. StantonGood Movie, Glad to Have Seen It (4 out of 5) of the daughter now traveling with him. Could romance be far behind or will rival scouting of this new player get in the way? Robert Lorenz has directed this “ lm in a light and enjoyable manner. I am far from a baseball fan, but the game play was entertaining and dialogue easy to follow. Wit and sarcasm spurred most of the interactions and made the characters likeable, even with some trying tales of the past explaining the father-daughter relationship. Eastwood was the strong and irascible lead character he always is and Adams stayed with him toe-to-toe. She was his alter ego in baseball, not only his daughter. Timberlake proved he could do comedy well and make a good romantic interest. He truly was needed in what could have been a darker “ lm. Goodman also lightened much of the heavier storylines. Multiple other cast members played their parts well as you hope for their paybacks and root for Gus to scout what could be one last time. A good “ lm that I will watch again when it comes to the tube. at the Mandarin Library, Golden Corral and Mandarin Eyecare in RiverPlace Shopping Center. For more information, please contact Tom at 248-1652. Prudential Financial Planner Jud Mallini welcomed RT Publishings Sales Reps Kathrin Lancelle, Heather Seay and Linda Gay at the recent Jax Chamber Mandarin Council networking event, which he hosted at his of ce.

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Page 16, Mandarin NewsLine € December 2012 € www.MandarinNewsLine.com e earlier we diagnose cancer, e easier it is to treat, e better chance for a cure. Scot Ackerman, MD As a radiation oncologist, I see how cancer affects the lives of my patients, their family and their friends. You are not alone on this journey. I am here to provide the answers and support you need. After a string of articles focused on aspects of boating safety and other single issues, its time to reacquaint you with what the ” otilla has been up to recently and some coming events. For a group of 40some members, I dont see how anyone would not be impressed with how many notable activities occur. Our operations team went to the Palatka area in September where they worked on boat crew training with another ” otilla. In mid-October, our patrol craft, the Carlie II and boats from other ” otillas assisted a rowing race on the Arlington River by maintaining an area safe from motorized boats, warning o quite a few. Also in October, we sent examiners to NAS JAX to assist with their RiverFest 2012 event and conduct Vessel Safety Checks. Another member assisted the Jacksonville Beach ” otilla with a security patrol prior to the annual Air Show that featured the USN Blue Angel aerobatics team. An interesting guest speaker season was concluded at Octobers ” otilla meeting with an inspirational presentation from Captain Andy Anderson, USN (Ret). The third Thursday of October found a number of members meeting at Los Loros restaurant for an informal monthly get together that rotates throughout the Mandarin area. Our usual strong schedule of public Boating Safety courses was wrapped up in mid-October with students enjoying the bene“ ts of live instruction from experienced boaters. On November 10 we provided the Sailors Exchange marine store (former Pier 17) with a safety contact and vessel examiner booth. For the future, our annual Holiday Dinner will be at Vitos Italian Restaurant in December, followed in January with the Change of Watch ceremony to As water temperatures begin to drop, many of the species of “ sh weve enjoyed “ shing for have begun their winter retreat from our area of the St. Johns River. The past seven to eight months have o ered us a variety of di erent “ shing opportunities which we can look forward to returning next spring. The approach of winter does not mark the end of the “ shing on the St. Johns, it just means its time to re-focus our sights on di erent “ shing targets. Two such prime targets that make themselves available throughout the winter are Striped Bass and Speckled Perch. Striped Bass are a large hard “ ghting “ sh that likes cold water. Stripers can usually be found around any of our downtown bridges, Buckman Bridge, Shands Bridge and Doctors Lake and Black Creek Bridges. A cold, damp and cloudy winter day is usually considered a good day to go Striper “ shing. Stripers can be caught with live, dead or arti“ cial baits. Vertically working jigs, casting diving crankbaits around bridge pilings or slow trolling these same baits in the same area can be e ective ways to “ sh for stripers. Dead shrimp will work, but a live shrimp or shiner will prove to be irresistible. Speckled Perch, also known as Black CrappieŽ in most areas outside of Florida, are an area favorite during the winter. Nearby lakes such as Crescent, Dead Lake and Lake Orange are short drives and o er superb speck “ shing over the winter. However many of our area feeder creeks to the St. Johns can o er some pretty decent speck “ shing. Julington, Durbin, Black and Trout Creeks are ideal locations to look for speckled perch when the weather turns right. Deep holes during a cold spell is the easiest way to try to locate speckled perch. Slow trolling, drifting or paddling over these holes with live or arti“ cial bait can work over and over once these schooling “ sh have been located. Curly tailed jigs, beetle spin lures and live minnows are all favorites of the speckled perch and need to be “ shed just o the bottom. Many people “ nd using ultralight tackle a more enjoyable and challenging way to take on these “ sh. Fishing Report: Trolling for sea trout o the end docks from Buckman to downtown has been productive. Sea trout also biting at night around downtown lights. Weak“ sh showing in good numbers in vicinities of Fuller Warren Bridge. Whether you catch one, some or none, the family time spent “ shing will last a lifetime.install new leaders. The operations team is planning to assist NAS JAX with regular enforcement of their restricted boating zone on the St. Johns River. The ” otilla will also have the lead for Auxiliary support to the 2013 Air Show at the NAS. And there are, of course, the obligatory maintenanceŽ issues such as electing new leaders, encouraging training, keeping expenditures straight, member awareness and recording time. The business of getting all those tasks and the noted events done is carried out through the collective e orts of volunteers equipped with the training, organization and camaraderie. Read more about what we do and what boating and marine issues we can link you to, at the ” otillas website, www.safeboatingjax.com.Captain Davids Fishing ReportBy Captain David LifkaUnited States Coast Guard Auxiliary UpdateAction orientedBy Contributing Writer Ralph Little, Flotilla 14-8Santa Claus Around the WorldSource: www.santaclaus.comGermany: Kris Kringle France: Pere Noel Spain: Papa Noel United Kingdom: Father Christmas Australia: Father Christmas Austria: Christkind Italy: Babbo Natale Belgium: Sinterklaas Denmark: Julemanden

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During your tour, you will get to experience what it would feel like to be in a “ rst century village, see Roman soldiers, Bethlehem natives, watch live animals, visit Toylands elf shop, sing along with carolers and bell choir as you sip on a cup of hot cocoa or cider and gaze with wonder upon the manger as Joseph and Mary cuddle their newborn baby boy as the innkeeper shares the story of Christmas. Discover the true meaning of Christmas by enjoying this free family event. Drive through anytime between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on December 14 and 15. Come early and feel free to come twice! For more information, please contact our o ce at 268-2244 or visit our Facebook page at Freedom Christian Fellowship AG. See you at CHRISTmas Alive! A Celtic Christmas Celebration ~ Season of JoyŽ will be held on Saturday, December 15, at 7:00 p.m. in the Mandarin United Methodist Sanctuary and Sunday, December 16, at 8:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. in the Mandarin United Methodist Sanctuary. The church is located at 11270 San Jose Boulevard and the community is invited to attend! Lifetree Caf is a place where people gather for conversations about life and faith in a casual co eehouse-type setting. Upcoming topics are: Wednesday, December 5: Simplify Your Life Practical Help; Wednesday. December 12: Finding Peace When Life is Di cult; Wednesday, December 19: Fate, Free Will or Gods Plan; Wednesday, December 26: Unlocking the Mystery of Music; Wednesday January 2: Be Yourself! Everyone Else Is Taken. Gatherings are held each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Find out more about topics and location from the www.MandarinNewsLine.com calendar entry or call George Treiber at 731-0731. Admission is free. Check us out at www.LTCHopeJAX.com. When Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast with devastating results, the Jacksonville Jewish Center jumped into action by donating a large amount of non-perishable food items to the residents of New Jersey and New York. The food was donated by the congregants of the Center and the students of the Galinsky Academy through their Operation Isaiah program. Don Kriss, executive director, delivered the food to the collection center at Julington Creek Plantation. Dave Ramseys Financial Peace University will be o ered at Mandarin United Methodist Church, located at 11270 San Jose Boulevard, beginning on Wednesday January 16 at 6:30 p.m. Come to the free preview on Wednesday, January 9, at 6:30 p.m. to “ nd out what this life-changing program is all about. Please call Mary Hathy at 268-5549, ext. 121 for additional information. Scotch, Cigars and Football is the theme and Mark Lamping, president of the Jacksonville Jaguars, is the featured guest at an all mens event to be held at Epping Forest Yacht Club on Thursday, December 6 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Its not too late to join us but call today! You wont want to miss the fun, sampling highend scotch, various libations and cigars while discussing offensive and defensive strategies of football. All net proceeds will bene“ t Jewish Family and Community Services. For sponsorship and ticket information, please contact Heather Corey at 394-5727 or hcorey@jfcsjax. org.The holidays are right around the corner and tis the season for stringing the lights and trimming trees! Safety often takes the back burnerŽ around the holidays. Around this time of the year, we all tend to get caught up with family, friends and shopping malls. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, every year Holiday decorating safety tips By Contributing Writer Meghan Bender, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundationhospital emergency rooms treat about 12,500 people for injuries relating to holiday lights, decorations and Christmas trees. Here are some key safety tips to consider when making this holiday season a merry one: € Do not burn wrapping paper in a “ replace € Be sure that your decorations are not blocking an exit way € Never put tree branches in or near a “ replace € Always only use non-” ammable holiday decorations € Keep all decorations a safe distance away from heat vents and space heaters € Never leave holiday lights unattended; turn o lights before bed or leaving the house € Do not use lit candles on a tree € Avoid overloading electrical outlets; keep to three sets of lights per extension cord € Never string lights while they are plugged in € Always use non-” ammable candle holders; place candles where they cannot be knocked down We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season. These safety tips are brought to you as part of the prevention and education mission of Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. (NewsUSA) Pet parenting can be as crazy as it is fun, especially around the holidays. Add the stress of hosting family and friends, and many pet parents end up ignoring Fido or Flu y in favor of cooking a feast or wrapping last-minute gifts. So, how do you “ nd balance between preparing for the holidays and tending to your pet? Rose Hamilton, chief marketing o cer at Pet360.com, o ers the following tips to keep your pet top of mind during the holiday season. € Keep plants and goodies out Pet parenting tips around the holidays of reach: Many traditional holiday plants, like poinsettias and mistletoe, can be harmful to your pets health, so be sure to keep these out of reach. Also, refrain from sharing speci“ c holiday treats with your tail-wagger, particularly fruitcake and sugar-free goods, which contain dog-toxic ingredients. € Decorate wisely: Holiday decor can be dangerous for pets, so its important to take certain precautions when decorating. Place fresh trees Holiday pet tips cont. on pg. 19

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Eating too many salty foods can create all sorts of health problems, including high blood pressure. But did you know a lot of common foods are packed with excess sodium? Its not just the French fries and potato chips you need to be careful with. Thats why the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is increasing awareness of sodium and the Salty SixŽ … common foods that may be loaded with excess sodium that can increase your risk for heart disease and stroke. But the American Heart Association is making it easy to “ nd better options when grocery shopping and when eating away from home. Simply look for the Heart-Check -when you see it, youll know right away that the food or meal has been certi“ ed to meet our nutritional standards, including sodium. Sodium overload is a major health problem in the United States. In a recent survey conducted by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, American consumers understand a small amount of sodium should be consumed daily, but the exact amount is not understood. The average American consumes about 3,400 milligrams of sodium a day„more than twice the 1,500 milligrams recommended by the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association. Thats in large part because of our food supply; more than 75 percent of our sodium consumption comes from processed and restaurant foods. Heres a quick look at the Salty Six, the top sources for sodium in todays diet: € Breads and rolls. We all know breads and rolls add carbohydrates and calories, but salt, too? It can be deceiving because a lot of bread doesnt even taste salty, but one piece can have as much as 230 milligrams of sodium. Thats about 15 percent of the recommended amount from only one slice, and it adds up quickly. Have two sandwiches in one day? The bread alone could put How much salt are you eating? Beware the sodium in these Salty SixŽ foods By Contributing Writer Katie Seay, American Heart Associationyou close to 1,000 milligrams of sodium. € Cold cuts and cured meats. Even foods that would otherwise be considered healthy may have high levels of sodium. Deli or pre-packaged turkey can contain as much as 1,050 milligrams of sodium. Its added to most cooked meats so they dont spoil after a few days. € Pizza. OK, everybody knows pizzas not exactly a health food, because of cholesterol, fat and calories. But pizzas plenty salty, too. One slice can contain up to 760 milligrams of sodium, so two can send you over the daily recommendation. € Poultry. Surely chicken cant be bad for you, right? Well, it depends on how you prepare it. Reasonable portions of lean, skinless, grilled chicken are ok but may still contain an added sodium solution. And when you start serving up the chicken nuggets, the sodium also adds up. 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Take all health records with you, and ensure that your pet is wearing a collar and tag with appropriate contact information. € Give back with gifts: While toys and treats are always welcomed by our furry relatives, consider a comfortable bed or deluxe grooming session to pamper your pet instead. Older pets may especially bene“ t from a therapeutic bed or massage. Source: University of Illinois ExtensionBalsam Fir – Abies balsamea – ” to 1 ” short, flat, long lasting needles that are rounded at the tip; nice, dark green color with silvery cast and fragrant. Douglas Fir – Pseudotsuga menziesii – good fragrance; holds blue to dark green; 1” to 1 ” needles; needles have one of the best aromas among Christmas trees when crushed. Fraser Fir – Abies fraseri – dark green, flattened needles; to 1 inch long; good needle retention; nice scent; pyramid-shaped strong branches which turn upward. Noble Fir – Abies procera – one inch long, bluish-green needles with a silvery appearance; has short, stiff branches; great for heavier ornaments; keeps well; is used to make wreaths, door swags and garland. Scotch Pine – Pinus sylvestris – most common Christmas tree; stiff branches; stiff, dark green needles one inch long; holds needles for four weeks; needles will stay on even when dry; has open appearance and more room for ornaments; keeps aroma throughout the season; introduced into United States by European settlers.Types of Christmas Trees With the demands of a growing, high paced technological world invading every aspect of our personal lives the link to personal creativity can sometimes take a back seat. Enter Clay Network, an organization of committed clay professionals, studio potters, educators, students and recreational clay artists. Founded more than 20 years ago in Jacksonville, area potters banded together to support each other, share experiences and raise public awareness for the clay related craft arts. Incorporated in 1997, Clay Network is a not-for-pro“ t organization whose mission is to educate the public and promote the arts on multiple levels all the while continuing to support the e orts of its members through shared knowledge and experiences. Over the years, members have volunteered time in schools and other institutions, sponsored workshops, taken part in numerous shows, participated in area events and provided demonstrations at local festivals and craft fairs. Always a crowd pleaser, wheel thrown pottery demonstrations have mesmerized fair goers while engaging the public in lively conversations about the History of Clay Network of Northeast FloridaBy Contributing Writer Mary Ellen DavidsonmudŽ that Network members love so much. The Clay Network organization is geographically diverse. Stretching from Fernandina to St. Augustine, Green Cove Springs to Jacksonville and the beaches, members open their homes and studios to host meetings, facilitate programs and plan events. If you have an interest in ceramic art, please join us for our next meeting. Clay Network details and contact information can be found on the web at www. claynetwork.com. Members of the Clay Network of Northeast Florida will be on hand to exhibit and sell their work at our Fall Ceramics show on Saturday, December 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Sydney McKenna Gallery and Studios, located at 5 Inlet Place in St. Augustine. This is a wonderful show featuring local clay artists exhibiting a large variety of ceramic art. You will “ nd all kinds of pottery from functional ceramic ware to whimsical to sculpture ceramics. For more information, please email claynetwork.com@gmail.com. Clay Network details can be found on the web at www.claynetwork.com. may have di erent sodium levels. The American Heart Association Heart-Check mark„ whether in the grocery store or restaurant helps shoppers see through the clutter on grocery store shelves to “ nd foods that help them build a heart-healthy diet. Sodium doesnt just affect your heart health, but your physical appearance as well. Excess sodium consumption may make your face feel pu y, give you bags under your eyes, increase swelling in your “ ngers and make your jeans look and feel tighter. In fact, from the same American Heart Association/American Stroke Association consumer poll, 75 percent of respondents stated that their pants feeling too tight is their Salty foods cont. from pg. 18least favorite e ect of bloating which may be associated with excess sodium consumption. As you gear up for your next grocery store run or ordering from the menu, keep the Salty Six in mind. All you need to do to make a heart-healthy choice is to look for our familiar red heart with the white check. Another helpful tool is the Nutrition Facts label on the package and calorie labeling in restaurants, which together with the Heart-Check mark helps you make wise choices for the foods you and your family eat. Make the e ort to choose products that contain less sodium. Its worth it! For more information on sodium and nutrition visit www.heart.org/sodium or www. heart.org/nutrition. Lunar PhasesFull: November 28 Last Quarter: December 6 New: December 13 First Quarter: December 20

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Page 20, Mandarin NewsLine € December 2012 € www.MandarinNewsLine.com Sambursky Chiropractic, LLCDr. Bruce Sambursky, Chiropractic Physician Dr. Christopher Railing, D.C. and certied to practice Acupuncture683-4376 12421 San Jose Blvd. #300 (just South of Solantic )Serving the Mandarin and Julington Creek area. www.backbonejax.com 23 Years Experience Accepting most insurance and Cash paying patients.Immediate same day appointments available. Jane Moore, Licensed Massage Therapist ( LMT # 0023441)Massage Therapist on StaTHE PATIENT OR PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT HAS A RIGHT TO REFUSE TO PAY, CANCEL PAYMENT OR BE REIMBURSED FOR PAYMENT FOR ANY OTHER SERVICE, EXAMINATION, OR TREATMENT THAT IS PERFORMED WITHIN 72 HOURS OF RESPONDING TO THE ADVERTISEMENT FOR FREE, DISCOUNTED FEE, OR REDUCED FEE SERVICE S, EXAMINATIONS OR TREATMENT. 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If you prefer a more natural approach to your small shrubs, look for untrimmed, less expensive, plants and you may well “ nd they bloom in delightful shades of blue during the cooler months. There are both upright and trailing types. When used fresh from the bush, the spicy needle-like leaves are more tender than the dried herb. Cuttings root fairly easily, especially when taken with a heel of older growth. Sage is another perennial shrub-like herb, which comes in a variety of beautifully variegated leaf types in addition to the common grey-green version. As with rosemary, it does like good drainage and a sunny spot in the garden. During summer, however, afternoon shade is advisable. Take care not to cut this back hard to the wood, as it wont necessarily bush out again. For parsley, a biennial, try to obtain the Italian ” at leaf type, which is more tender and tasty than the curled leaf plant. To keep a good amount of leaf Winter sports are beginning their seasons with December fast approaching. The Mandarin High boys basketball team is diligently working to come together as a team and build o of the previous year where the Mustangs were defeated in the district semi“ nals by Sandalwood. Although the Mustangs have graduated “ ve seniors including stand out Kameron Mitchell, who signed with Wagner College in New York, as well as Thomas Ginn and Imran Alnahdy, they have several younger athletes who are developing into outstanding players and will continue to improve as they grow older. Post players and juniors Michael Rowlette and Max Major are two returning players who add experience as well as the other two returners, seniors Cleveland Thomas and Kharon Gilbert. With these four players, the Mustangs will continue to be a dominating force on the court. As for the expectations attached to this season Coach Terry McCarter remarked, Overall we are much better than we were last year even though we lost “ ve seniors. We have really good young talent and our bench is solid.Ž With this positive outlook, the Mustangs prepare during practices as they focus on their fundamentals such as shooting and ball handling. Fundamentals constitute a major part of the Mustangs success as they averaged 58 points per game last year and averaged a total of 30 rebounds as well. Along with focusing on fundamentals, the boys also condition in order to stay “ t and in top condition. The conditioning is a signi“ cant part of the Mustangs success as it ensures the boys are able to keep up their intensity throughout the course of each game. The boys will play on December 3 at 7:00 p.m. against rival MHS Sports RoundupBy Natalie Cleghorn, MHS StudentAtlantic Coast and on December 14 against Flagler Palm Coast at 7:00 p.m. Both games will be at home. Pertaining to the girls basketball team, new head coach George McCleod is working with his players to familiarize them with his type of plays and set up. With three seniors to lead the team including Kelly Butler and Jazmine Bowser, the girls will dedicate themselves to learning the new style of play during practice. Similar to the boys, the girls focus on fundamentals as well as conditioning during practice, but they also analyze “ lm in order to improve their game. The girls will play against Flagler Palm Coast on December 7 and against Ribault on December 13. Both games are home, with junior varsity at 5:30 p.m. and varsity at 7:00 p.m. And wrapping up fall sports, a big congratulations to both the girls and boys cross country teams, who ended their seasons by bringing home several championships. The girls continued their legacy, winning the Gateway Conference Championship„making this the “ fth year in a row Mandarin has brought home the title. The girls also won the District Championship for the second time in a row, making this win the third District Championship in the past four years. The boys cross country team won the District Championship for the second year in a row as well.Herbs for Florida gardensBy Contributing Writer Master Gardener Lesley Arrandale with Duval County Extension, University of Florida/IFASavailable for cooking, grow at least three plants. Thyme is a smaller woody perennial that grows well as long it has good drainage. The classic version, Thymus vulgaris, is the most common, but there are also variegated and lemon perfumed types. Fresh marjoram is a fair substitute for basil, once the latter has succumbed to cool weather, as it has a similar warm and slightly spicy ” avor. It grows about 12 inches tall when ” owering and spreads nicely. To round out the requirements for the mix of herbs used in a bouquet garni … or mixed herb bunch … you will need a bay leaf. This comes from the tree Laurus nobilis, which is often grown in a large pot to make it more manageable. Again, good drainage is important. This is a more expensive plant, but should last many years if you take good care of it. With a thoughtful choice of containers and using a good quality potting soil, these herbs can make a pretty vignette in a sunny spot near the kitchen door. For a variety of timely tips, check out duval.ifas.u” .edu/ documents/nleafNovemberDecember.pdf. Mandarin NewsLineNow delivered to 32223 32258 32257(select routes)Don’t miss your chance to place your ad in the only community newspaper with a monthly circulation of 26,000 addresses!Call Today! 886-4919 On November 13, the St. Johns River Water Management Districts Governing Board unanimously re-elected Lad Daniels of Jacksonville to serve as board chairman for a second year. Daniels has been on the Board since April 2011, when Gov. Rick Scott appointed him to a fouryear term in an at-large seat. Daniels is president of Daniels and Associates and past president of the First Coast Manufacturers Association, where he developed the Professional Progress program for environmental regulators and industry professionals. His business career includes experience as a commercial real estate developer and manufacturing executive. He District Governing Board elects 2012…2013 o cersBy Contributing Writer Teresa H. Monson, St. Johns River Water Management Districtearned a bachelors degree from North Carolina State University and a masters in business administration from Harvard University. The board also re-elected John A. Miklos of Orlando to serve as vice chairman and Douglas C. Bournique of Vero Beach as secretary. Maryam H. Ghyabi of Ormond Beach was re-elected as treasurer. The other board members are Charles ChuckŽ Drake of Orlando, Richard G. Hamann of Gainesville, George W. Robbins of Jacksonville, Fred N. Roberts Jr. of Ocala and W. Leonard Wood of Fernandina Beach. For more information, please visit www.” oridaswater.com.

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com € December 2012 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 21 Accepting New Patients!8355 Bayberry Road Jacksonville FL 32256 (904) 733-7254Most Insurance Plans Acceptedwww.setzerandcochran.com TREE FARM & NURSERY Call NOW for Your FREE Landscape Estimates Mulching Sodding Pavers Irrigation Landscape Plants Underbrushing Living Fences Plant ReplacementsBuy One Get One Free Palms ~ DECEMBER 2012 or visit us at www.sjtreefarm.com Now accepting applications for the 2013-14 school year. Financial assistance and the new LIFT tuition grant are available. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 904-268-4200 ext. 147. It’s not about taking our tour. It’s where our tour takes you. There’s no greater feeling than exploring the Martin J Gottlieb Day School for yourself and knowing you’ve found the perfect home for your child. Join us for an upcoming open house and see what we mean. 9:42 am. Discovering a 5,000-year-old tradition with an app created last week. Open house December 6 and 13 at 7:00 pm. 16th Annual M a n d a r i n C h i l i C o o k O f f Mandarin Chili Cook-Off First Florida Insurance Without you, this event would not have been possible! Thank you to our Sponsors! GOLD SPONSORS BRONZE SPONSORS SILVER SPONSORS TITLE SPONSOR of North Florida Mandarin Food Bank At St. Joseph’s Church Proceeds BenetMandarin NewsLinesm The TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl will be played at EverBank Field on January 1, but there are several events related to the game that will be happening in December beginning with the team selection party on Sunday, December 2 at 5:00 p.m. in the East Club at EverBank Field. The competing teams will be selected from the Southeastern Conference and the Big Ten. They will likely arrive in Jacksonville on the day after Christmas and each team will have its own outing for the players at Latitude 30 on Philips Highway. The Big Ten team will have its event there on December 27 and the SEC team will have its event there on December 28. There will also be a breakfast sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes on the morning of December 29 at First Baptist Church downtown. The coaches and players from both teams will be in attendance along with area youth and members of the local business community. On New Years Eve, the Gator Bowl Parade will be held downtown. There will also be a luncheon with the players and coaches from both teams at the Hyatt downtown. Each team will have a pep rally at the Jacksonville Landing and there will be a 5K run that starts at Local Sports SceneBy Chad Cushnir10:00 a.m. at The Landing. For more information on all of these events, visit GatorBowl.com. The Jacksonville Bank Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K will be held on Sunday, December 16. All races will start and “ nish at The Bolles School. The marathon course takes the runners south towards the Julington Creek Bridge before they turn around and head back to The Bolles School. For more information on this race and all other races, visit 1stplacesports. com. The “ nal two homes games of the Jaguars season will be on December 9 against the YOUR Community Newspaper Mandarin NewsLineHeather Seay904-866-4919 € hs@rtpublishinginc.com Heather Seay 904-866-4919 € hs@rtpublishinginc.com For more information on advertising:New York Jets and December 23 against the New England Patriots. The Jacksonville Giants basketball team returns for its third season. Last year, the Giants won the American Basketball Association championship. Several members from last years squad are returning including Jermaine Bell, Currye Todd and Raines High School graduate Matt Fields. Shaquille Johnson, a Lee High School grad, is one of the new members of this years team. The Giants open their season with a home game against the South Carolina Warriors on Saturday, December 8 at Veterans Memorial Arena. For more information on the Giants, visit JacksonvilleGiants.com. W W W WWWVisit our website: There was a chili to suit every palate at the Mandarin Councils annual Chili Cook-off, held on November 17, 2012.

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Page 22, Mandarin NewsLine € December 2012 € www.MandarinNewsLine.com Baptist Health recently received a $10 million gift from philanthropists J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver. The donation is the largest gift that Baptist Health has received in its 57-year history. It will go to the health systems endowment where it will generate perpetual funding for programs in pediatric and adolescent behavioral health. The gift continues a powerful partnership that the Weavers established with Baptist Health shortly after they moved to Jacksonville. Throughout the years, they have supported numerous programs at Wolfson Childrens Hospital and Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville. Mr. and Mrs. Weaver have a unique place in the history of Baptist Health and in our community,Ž said A. Hugh Greene, FACHE, president and CEO of Baptist Health. The Weavers philanthropy has transformed so many lives here at Baptist Health and throughout the region. We are tremendously grateful and honored to receive such an incredible gift from two people who care so deeply for Healthcare system receives gift from J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaverour community.Ž Baptist Health has been one of our strategic partners from the moment we arrived in Jacksonville,Ž the Weavers said. With this gift, we are forming another strategic partnership, which we are certain will strengthen services for children and young adults who are battling behavioral health conditions. We are also hopeful it will launch advocacy e orts to remove the stigma from these conditions so they are looked upon in the same way as any other treatable illness.Ž Baptist Health will recognize the Weavers gift with the naming of the new patient tower at its Jacksonville campus, which begins serving patients in December. The J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Tower expands services o ered by Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville and Wolfson Childrens Hospital within the same structure. We will be forever mindful of the Weavers generosity and their lasting impact on our city and our community,Ž Greene says. We are delighted that we Philanthropists J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver generously gave a $10 million gift to Baptist Health.can demonstrate our appreciation to them in a highly visible and permanent way with the naming of our new patient tower in their honor.Ž Mandarin Garden Club members are dedicated to gardening, but they are also very dedicated to giving back to the community through a wide variety of volunteer activities all year long. This holiday season the clubs Crafty Ladies group made festive gifts for Meals On Wheels recipients in the Mandarin area. Again this year the Crafty Ladies have been working for months making 500 knitted caps for the City Rescue Mission. The club members are very proud to report what they have collected at their monthly garden club meetings: 506 pair of eye glasses for the Lions Club, 102 cell phones for the Duval 4-H Club and many car loads of non-perishable food for the Mandarin Food Bank. Also, the unsold items from annual clothing sales and garage sales have been donated to local charitable organization thrift stores and garden club cookbooks have been donated to both Mandarin Libraries and the Julington Creek Library. The Duval County Extension childrens nature summer camp is held at the garden club facility each summer, while the club grounds are made available for the Duval County Extension demonstration garden, tended by outstanding Master Gardeners. This is just a short list of current community involvement. The list is actually very long considering Mandarin Garden Club members have been dedicated to help-Holiday season at the Mandarin Garden ClubBy Contributing Writer Susan Westermann, Mandarin Garden Clubing our community since 1942. So the next time you drive past that beautiful Mandarin Garden Club sign at 2892 Loretto Road, just think of all the good works that have been in the past and are currently generated from that little clubhouse. Mark your calendar for January 17 at 10:00 a.m. to attend a meeting titled A Tour of the Cummer Gardens From Your Chair.Ž All are welcome to attend at 2892 Loretto Road. For additional information, please contact mandaringardenclub@ comcast.net, call 268-1192 or check the website http://home. comcast.net/~harper113.Mandarin Garden Club Gardening Tip: Poinsettia plants can be transplanted outside as soon as the danger of frost is past. Plant your poinsettia in an area that receives full sun most of the day. However, keep in mind that around October, when the plant starts bud-setting for next years beautiful owers, the plant requires complete darkness during the night. If the nighttime dark period is interrupted with the light from a window, street light or any other light source, owering will be markedly delayed or the plant my not ower at all. For detailed information about indoor care and growing poinsettias outdoors, please visit solutionsforyourlife.u edu/hot_topics/lawn_and_garden/poinsettias.html. Mandarin NewsLineHeather Seay904-866-4919 € hs@rtpublishinginc.comFor more information on advertising: We would like to extend a warm welcome to you and a guest to join us onThursday, December 6, 2012 from 6:30pm to 8:30pmHosted bySalon d’Orsay 9965 San Jose Blvd Ste.16 Jacksonville, FL 32257We are proud to host a fun-filled evening with Dr. Garcia of the highly acclaimed Garcia Institute.SAVE 15% off ALL INJECTABLES!To RSVP please contact: Salon d’Orsay at 904. 288.8899 Tammy Smith at 904.962.2782 Jenean Bratton at 904.527.9627

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com € December 2012 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 23 Spruce Up Your Home Saleat Stewart Lighting10% off all regular priced merchandise (please bring in this ad) Featuring Quality Fixtures from11111-50 San Jose Blvd. (next to Steinmart) Jacksonville, FL 32223 904.880.8499 www.Digital ER Digital ER FREEPhone Casew/ screen repairNot to be combined with any other offer. Expires 12/31/12 $15 OFFIPhone Screen RepairNot to be combined with any other offer. Expires 12/31/12 PICKETT BROTHERS JEWELERS 11481 Old St. Augustine Road #403 www.pickettbrothersjewelers.com For the past 10 years, Gaylord Palms near Orlando has turned their convention center into the Florida Fridge.Ž The event begins to take shape in October, when 40 Chinese artisans and their cook arrive from Harbin, China. The ice men cometh to carve two million pounds of frozen water into a frosty fantasyland. The job takes approximately one month to complete. Originally only crystal-clear ice was used, created by “ ltering de-ionized water for three days. Then, colored ice blocks were developed by adding food coloring. The process is not as easy as it sounds; the mixture must be stirred constantly to obtain consistent color. Making white ice is easiest„just freeze quickly for a cloudy look. In previously years, Ive walked through the “ nished attraction and highly recommend it get into a holiday mood. However, this year I had the opportunity to go behind the scenes and see ICE under construction. The themed project starts with detailed architectural blueprints. Measurements are transferred and marked o on the ” oor, like a home building site. Ice blocks start arriving from the factory at a rate of two truck loads a day for 15 days. Each block weighs 400 pounds, so they must be moved around by a forklift. Workers begin to assemble the blocks, adding special ” uorescent lights between some of the pieces and cutting others with chain saws. I saw a small square block placed on a larger rectangular piece, which would eventually become a head on a body. The sculptors denote points to guide them as they work like Michelangelo. Each artist brings his own set of tools, akin to a chef and his Ice men cometh to Gaylord PalmsBy Contributing Travel Writer Debi Lander, www.bylandersea.comknives, including a variety of rakes, chisels, picks and trowels. The temperature in the room hovers around nine-degrees, so carvers wear warm boots, coats, hats and gloves. (You should, too, although Gaylord provides oversized parkas.) They grapple through four-hour shifts with a warm-up break outside. I was cold after half an hour, but the Chinese are rugged. Harbin temperatures average only two degrees in the winter and sometimes plummet to -36. No wonder these men enjoy Floridas balmy weather. This years theme is Merry Madagascar taken from the DreamWorks movie. All scenes and characters are constructed entirely from ice, even the popular interactive slides. No wooden supports or iron beams are used. The only scene to be repeated, since this event began, remains the magni“ cent life-size nativity, created from sparkling crystal-clear cubes. One artist, chosen by fellow sculptors, receives the honor of carving the largest angel. If you havent seen ICE, make the drive to Orlando and treat yourselves and the kids to one coolŽ outing. If you go: www.gaylordhotels.com Mandarin resident Joe Frisco recently caught 39 inch Cobia weighing at least 90 lbs. on Tampa Bay. Frisco and his son spent two days at Pirates Pointe Fishing Resort in Ruskin, Florida and took a charter boat with Captain Danny. They also caught Spanish mackerel, ounder and speckled trout. They enjoyed their stay!

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