On Saturday, the TaxSlayer Bowl car made its NASCAR debut for Regan Smith’s No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro at the Nationwide Series Great Clips 300.
The car also will be at the annual bowl game Jan. 2, with Dale Earnhardt Jr. driving it to midfield for the pregame coin toss.
The Fresh Market in Riverside to open Sept. 24
The Fresh Market opening in Riverside has a date — Sept. 24.
The 150 Riverside Ave. location in the Shoppes on Riverside will open at 8 a.m. with grand-opening activities including chef demonstrations, food samplings and drawings for Fresh Market gift cards.
The 24,800-square-foot store will feature a bakery, full-service meat counter and more than 200 imported and domestic cheeses.
“We look forward to introducing The Fresh Market’s concept of quality perishables, excellent customer service and a unique atmosphere to an expanded customer base, and we look forward to offering neighboring communities a rewarding new food shopping experience,” said Craig Carlock, company president and CEO, in a news release.
It will be the 39th store in Florida and fourth in the Jacksonville area.
Armada hosting open tryouts Sept. 20-21
Jacksonville Armada FC, the city’s professional soccer team, is looking for players when the season begins in the spring.
The next round of tryouts will be Sept. 20-21 at Episcopal School of Jacksonville, 4455 Atlantic Blvd.
It’s available to male soccer players ages 16 and over. Players must pre-register for the tryouts at armadafc.com. A registration fee of $100 is required per player, per tryout and must be made during registrations.
For more information, prospective players should visit the website or call (904) 516-3795.
Grand opening for Dollar General on Lem Turner Road
Dollar General will have an official grand-opening celebration at 8 a.m. Saturday at its newest local store at 9131 Lem Turner Road.
Prizes and special deals will be part of the event, with the first 50 adult shoppers receiving a $10 Dollar General gift card and first 200 shoppers receiving a Dollar General tote bag.
Coastal Cleanup scheduled for Sept. 20
The city and Keep Jacksonville Beautiful will take part in the International Coastal Cleanup on Sept. 20 and are asking for volunteers to help.
The regional effort is part of the 29th Annual International Coastal Cleanup coordinated by the Ocean Conservancy.
Site captains will register volunteers and provide bags and gloves. Pre-registration is not required, but participants must be 18 years or older or be accompanied by an adult. Those participating are encouraged to wear sturdy, closed-toe footwear, sun protection and bring water.
Times for the cleanup are 9-11 a.m., unless noted. Site locations are:
• Beach Boulevard, Atlantic Boulevard and 16th Avenue South, 7-9 a.m., all at the ocean.
• Blue Cypress Park, 4012 University Blvd. N.
• Castaway Island Preserve, 2885 San Pablo Road S.
• County Dock Boat Ramp, 11964 Mandarin Road
• Fort Caroline National Memorial, 12713 Fort Caroline Road
• Helen Cooper Floyd Park, 3600 Florida A1A
• Hogan Creek, 314 Palmetto St.
• Huguenot Memorial Park, 10980 Heckscher Drive
• Intracoastal Waterway Boat Ramp, 2510 Second Ave. N.
• Little Talbot Island, 12157 Heckscher Drive
• Naval Station Mayport Jetties Pavilion No. 3
• Bon Homme Richard Street
• Joe Carlucci Boat Ramp, 8414 Heritage River Road
• Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, 500 Wonderwood Drive
• Northbank Riverwalk, 221 Riverside Ave.
• Reddie Point Preserve, 4499 Yachtsman Way
• Riverview Community Center and Park, 2620 Water St.
• Tillie K. Fowler Park, 7000 Roosevelt Blvd.
• Yacht Basin Park, 2941 St. Johns Ave.
Some red-light cameras active, others in warning period
Several red-light cameras around town went into their “notice of violation” stage over the holiday weekend, meaning tickets can be issued for violations.
They are: Beach Boulevard and San Pablo Road on the eastbound approach; St. Johns Boulevard and St. Johns Bluff Road, at both the eastbound and westbound approaches; and Gate Parkway and Southside Boulevard at the eastbound approach.
Several other cameras began their warning period over the weekend. They are Beach and Hodges boulevards at the westbound approach; Beach and Kernan boulevards at the eastbound and westbound approaches; and Southside Boulevard and Hogan Road at the southbound and northbound approaches.
For more information, visit tinyurl.com/respect-the-red-jacksonville.
USS Adams clear for Jacksonville
The USS Charles F. Adams naval warship is a step closer to being in Jacksonville after City Council approved a plan to moor the vessel on the Northbank. The ship would be a museum.
“The vote is the last piece of the puzzle for the USS Adams Museum,” said Dan Bean, Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association president, in a news release.
The warship is the last surviving ship of the Adams Class guided-missile destroyers, which revolutionized anti-air and anti-submarine warfare.
The association has launched a fundraising campaign to assist with refurbishing the ship as a museum.
For more information, visit ussadams.com.
The TaxSlayer Bowl isn’t just on the gridiron — it’s now on the track, too.