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Ramadan observed on the First Coast


Next week, over 700,000 who follow the Islamic faith will begin observing Ramadan, making the state home to the second-largest Muslim population in the United States. Today, we took a closer look at the meaning and values of one of the world’s fastest-growing religions.

There will be an event dedicated to come together and learn more of the culture here at WJCT Studios on March 13. You can find more information here.


  • Sel Buyuksarac, teacher, engineer and community leader. 
  • Ceyda Ozkalay, middle school math teacher and interfaith volunteer. 
  • Kan Ibraev, real estate entrepreneur and communications facilitator. 
  • Leyla Dogan, 10th grader who’s been in the U.S. for 7 years. 

'Sounds of Sight'

Discover the genius of Leonardo da Vinci at a unique multimedia concert this week at Jacksonville University. The captivating music of American composer Jocelyn Hagen is combined with a visual journey through da Vinci’s intricate handwriting and sketches, offering one-of-a-kind experiences that bring the brilliance of this Renaissance master to life.

The performance will be Thursday at the Terry Concert Hall on JU’s campus and is free. Doors open at 7.

More information can be found here.


  • Julian Bryson, director of choral activities at Jacksonville University. 
  • Chandler Barley, senior percussionist and vocalist. 
  • Alyssa Stark, junior vocalist. 
  • Karol Palenik, senior guitarist and vocalist. 

San Marco Beer Festival

If you are one to support independent breweries and craft beer, then the San Marco Beer Festival is the place to be this weekend. We hear from Leah Roesler, president of the San Marco Merchants Association, and Lance Smoak from Aardwolf Brewing Co. on what to expect at this year’s event.

You can find more information here.

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Kathy Waterman joined WJCT News 89.9 as associate producer after graduating from the University of North Florida with a degree in multimedia journalism. She was previously a production intern on the station's talk shows.