Community Briefs for Sept. 17, 2015


Jacksonville Beach Native Sun Natural Foods Market grand opening
Native Sun Natural Foods Market is having a grand opening celebration for their new Jacksonville Beach store Saturday, Sept. 19.
The festivities will begin at 10 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring local business owners, city officials, and representatives from the Jacksonville Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Following the ribbon-cutting, the first 250 customers to enter the store will receive the gift of a Native Sun bag filled with $50 worth of best-selling natural and organic groceries. Shoppers will also have a chance to win one of 20 $100 Native Sun gift cards through in-store giveaways held during the event.
The store is located at 1585 Third St. N., Jacksonville Beach.

Taste of Golf fundraiser to benefit The First Tee for 10th straight year
The Taste of Golf, which highlights culinary masterpieces from the area’s top golf and country club chefs, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse.
The annual fundraising event will benefit The First Tee of North Florida for the 10th straight year. The First Tee aims to positively impact the lives of area youth through the game of golf. The event will showcase chefs from Atlantic Beach CC, Deerwood CC, Epping Forest Yacht & CC, The Club at Hammock Beach, Jacksonville Golf & CC, Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, Ponte Vedra Lodge & Club, River Club, San Jose CC, Sawgrass CC, St. Johns Golf & CC and TPC Sawgrass. Individual tickets are $125, and include Sunday entrance to the Tour Championship taking place Oct. 1-4 at TPC Sawgrass. The event will also include a silent auction, wine pull, diamond drawing and live music. All proceeds will benefit The First Tee of North Florida’s golf-based programs. To purchase tickets, visit 

Registration open for Adventure Guides, Princesses and Trailblazers
The Ponte Vedra YMCA is registering fathers and their children for Adventure Guides and Princesses (ages 5-11) and Trailblazers (ages 12-15) programs.
The programs feature adventure-oriented activities and outings that are designed to teach character development, build leadership skills and encourage positive behaviors, while building stronger father/children bonds. The cost is $41 for members, $62 for non-members.
An open house to learn more about the programs and meet other participants will take place Saturday, Sept. 19 from 10 a.m.-noon. Activities will include swimming, rock wall climbing, games, and more.
For more information, call Mary Anne Thomas at (904) 543-9622. Registration is available at the Ponte Vedra YMCA and online at

New York Times bestselling author Charles Martin at PV Library
New York Times bestselling author, Charles Martin, will visit the Ponte Vedra library Monday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss his latest book, “Water from My Heart.”
Martin, who resides in Jacksonville with his wife, Christy, and their three sons, is the author of 11 books, but describes his latest novel as the most personal of all his books. Martin’s appearance at the library is part of the Ponte Vedra Library’s Book Talk Café program, sponsored by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Library.
Light refreshments will be served, and copies of the author’s books will be available for purchase. The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at (904) 827-6950.

Contoura Garcia Institute opens Ponte Vedra office
After a decade serving the Neptune Beach area, Dr. Roberto Garcia has opened a brand new, state-of-the-art location in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Dr. Garcia’s expertise includes full facelifts, mini facelifts, brow lifts, eyelid lifts, rhinoplasties, and injectable products. The practice also offers non-surgical options such as Ultherapy and Kybella, and medical grade skincare treatments and products such as Obagi, Image and PCA.
The Ponte Vedra office is located at 190 Florida A1A, Suite 1, one mile south of J. Turner Butler Boulevard. For more information, call (904) 203-8555 or visit

Watts Juicery cold-pressed juice bar opening in Jacksonville Beach
Jacksonville’s first cold-presses juice bar, Watts Juicery, will be opening to the public Saturday, Sept. 26.
“We’re excited to bring the first organic cold-pressed juicer to Jacksonville,” Annie Tuttle, founder of Watts Juicery said in a news release.
The juice bar will be serving a variety of fresh, organic, unpasteurized, cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juices, elixir shots and cleanse packages. The majority of the organic produce will be sourced locally from farms in Jacksonville and St. Augustine. Juices will be available in two sizes: 16 oz for $9 and an 8 oz kids size for $5. Watts Juicery will be located in Seawalk Village in Jacksonville Beach, directly behind Mellow Mushroom and Salt Life. For more information, follow Watts Juicery on Instagram at Instagram@wattsjuicery.