Ocala's 352 Preview Magazine 05/24

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VOLUME 5 NO.08 352 PREVIEW
SPOTLIGHT summ time Plan
OCALA’S GUIDE TO ENTERTAINMENT, NIGHTLIFE & FAMILY FUN 05.24
for a season of fun with Ocala Rec + Parks

19+/- Acre Equestrian Farm

Located close to Greenways & Trails and Florida Horse Park, the facility includes a 12-stall, concrete-block barn with apt. or o ce. Arena 150 X 240+/-, round pen, 3/2 mobile home with a bonus room along with a detached 4-car garage and equipment bldg.

Journeyman Stud

Private 16+/- acres in Pinnacle Park is within riding distance of HITS and 11 miles away from WEC. 3-BR, 2.5-BA home with 2,291+/- SF, barn with 2-BR /2-BA apt., 6 stalls, an o ce, a tack & feed room, round pen. and paddocks, Bridle trails throughout the community. $1,950,000

47+/- acre equestrian facility. 5 barns, 56 stalls, various size paddocks, a gallop track, a round pen, a breeding shed, and an updated 3-BR, 2-BA primary residence with a pool. Employee housing and equipment bldg. 15 miles from WEC.

$2,899,000

Overlooks the 7th fairway. e home features a fabulous chef’s kitchen, 4 BR, 4 full and 2 half BA, man cave, o ces, plus a mud room. Enjoy relaxing in the pool with a large screen-enclosed lanai, and an amazing outdoor replace. Full house generator. New roof in 2023. $1,595,000

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$225,000

Beautiful 1.25+/- acre lot in a deed-restricted and gated community. Enjoy gorgeous sunset views while overlooking the pristine lake. Custom Tuscan and Mediterranean architecture. Bel Lago is within mins. of major hospitals, schools, shopping, and natural recreation.

Just o Hwy 200 (College Rd.). Recently updated o ce with 4 or 5 rooms, waiting area, and kitchen. It could be used as a residential home. Close to all the city conveniences and hospitals. Currently zoned B-4. Contact zoning to discuss your development plans. $254,700

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Country Club Of Ocala Living At Its Finest

is 244.23-acre horse training facility in NW Marion County is perfect for any discipline. It includes 6 barns with 198 stalls, a dirt racetrack, and a turf track. Other amenities on the farm include an equestrian swimming pool, European walkers, round pens, riding arenas, paddocks, automatic waterers, an o ce, workshops/storage buildings, and ornamental landscaping. e property is fenced and cross-fenced with 4and 5-board fencing and has beautiful building sites. e farm has a rich history of graduates, which includes 1 horse of the year, 7 Eclipse champions, 2 Kentucky Derby winners, 3 Preakness winners, 1 Belmont winner, 9 Breeders’ Cup winners, 43 individual Grade 1 winners, and many Grade 2 & Grade 3 winners. $9,750,000

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RECREATION ROUNDUP

THE CITY OF OCALA RECREATION AND PARKS DEPARTMENT WILL OFFER A WIDE VARIETY OF FUN EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

08 | TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN THE 352 & MORE

A handy guide to get you going and keep you busy this month.

EXPLORE CRAVE

20 | GONE FISHIN’

14 | CONCERT SPOTLIGHT

Last-minute tickets and local shows you won’t want to miss.

16 | A MELODY IN THE MAKING

Ocala Steel Orchestra brings the beat.

18 | BREWED FOR FUN

The 10th Annual Brick City Beer and Wine Festival featured over 40 beer and wine vendors, live music and food trucks.

Grab the shing poles and your little one and head to one of Ocala’s city parks for an impromptu shing lesson.

22 | OUT & ABOUT

This month is the perfect time to plan that long-overdue girl’s day, and we’ve got some great suggestions to get you going.

24 | DIY DONE RIGHT

AR Workshop recently opened in Ocala, and if you have a crafty side that’s itching to get out, it’s de nitely worth exploring.

JUST WALKING THROUGH THE DOOR AT AR WORKSHOP WILL GET YOU ITCHING TO BE CREATIVE AND CRAFTY. VARIOUS PAINT COLORS, A SCENT MIXOLOGY STATION, PIECES OF UNFINISHED WOOD, STENCILS AND DOZENS OF INSPIRATION PIECES ARE ENOUGH TO PUT YOU INTO SENSORY OVERLOAD—IN A GOOD WAY.

36 | BITE-SIZED BITS

Restaurant news and foodie fun to keep your palate up to date.

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LADIES NIGHT OUT DE MAYO

CELEBRATION MAY 5

Celebrate Mexican heritage at Spanish Springs Town Square in The Villages from 4-9pm. Enjoy free live entertainment, food vendors, market and craft vendors, and performances by mariachi bands, stilt walkers, Hispanic folkloric dancers and the music group Latin Ambition. Find more details at thevillagesentertainment.com.

MAY 9

Gather all your friends for this Ladies Night Out event at the College of Central Florida’s Vintage Farm campus. This indoor event features vendor displays showcasing local products and services tailored to women. While you’re there meet the ladies of North Central Florida Media— Hunter of 92.5/95.5 Wind-FM and Kathy Dugan of 93.7 K-Country. Ladies Night Out is a 21+ event, and each attendee gets two complimentary drinks from the bar with your $10 admission. Cash only at the door; cards will not be accepted. The event takes place from 4-8pm. Learn more at 937kcountry.com/lno

MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND AT THE FARM

MAY 11

Cannon Farms in Dunnellon welcomes families for a day on the farm. Enjoy ower picking, hayrides, live music, face painting, a petting zoo, craft vendors, food trucks and more. The farm will be open 10am-7:30pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday, but the Mother’s Day event will take place from 4-7:30pm on Saturday. Check out cannonfarms.net for more information on the event and pricing details.

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MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE FEAT. TRAVIS MILLS

MAY 16

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The Marion County Master Gardeners will host its spring plant sale from 8am-noon at the UF/ IFAS extension o ce near the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion. Admission is free, and cash, check or credit card payments will be taken for plant purchases. Master Gardeners will be available for consultations, and there will also be soil test kits available and a mobile plant clinic on-site. For more information, call (352) 671-8400.

This event will feature social time with Travis Mills, viewing of A Soldier’s Story documentary and talk by Travis Mills. Doors open at 5:30pm, and the event starts at 6pm. Tickets are $20. VIP packages, which include a meet-and-greet with Travis Mills, are $100. All proceeds bene t the Travis Mills Foundation. travismillsfoundation.org

SYMPHONY

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UNDER THE STARS

Fine Arts For Ocala presents the annual Symphony Under the Stars event, which happens on Mother’s Day each year. Gates open at 3pm where music-lovers can enjoy opening entertainment with the Ocala Symphony Orchestra concert beginning at 7pm. Fireworks start around 8:45pm. Bring your own picnic, or purchase food and drinks on-site. Regular and VIP tickets available for purchase at fafo.org, and children under 17 are free.

This event promises to be a smoky and savory adventure, bringing together barbecue enthusiasts, craft beer a cionados and lovers of local arts. The event takes place at Homestead Park in Williston from 11am-5pm. Attendees will also have the opportunity to indulge in a variety of brews all while enjoying the rhythm of live music throughout the day. For more information, nd the event on Facebook. A HANDY GUIDE TO

JUST BETWEEN FRIENDS KIDS CONSIGNMENT EVENT

MAY 16-19

Head to the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion Auditorium for this huge kids’ consignment sale. From clothes and toys to furniture and gear, you’ll nd it all under one roof. Shopping times vary depending on the day, and tickets range from free to $20. Learn more about the event at ocala.jbfsale.com

NEWBERRY WATERMELON FESTIVAL

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This festival celebrates the upcoming summer season with a variety of food and craft vendors, a beauty pageant, a family-friendly parade and a watermelon-themed golf cart parade. The event takes place from 9am-3:30pm at Country Way TownSquare. For more information, visit newberrywatermelonfestival.com.

NORTH FLORIDA BBQ & BREW FESTIVAL

MAY 18

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PALATKA BLUE CRAB FESTIVAL

MAY 24-26

This event features national headliners, full-day concert lineups of regional musicians, dozens of vendors and food trucks, activities and entertainment for all ages, and a massive kids’ zone. The event takes place in downtown Palatka along the scenic waterfront from 6-10pm on Friday, 11am-10pm on Saturday and 2-10pm on Sunday. Learn more at palatkabluecrabfestival.com.

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APPLETON MUSEUM ART CAMP ONGOING

There’s no better place to have a creative, art- lled summer than at the Appleton Museum of Art, a campus of the College of Central Florida. Discover the work of renowned artists, experiment with a variety of materials and try out new techniques to create masterpieces. The program o ers one- and two-week, half-day camps for ages 5-17. Camps are led by professional art educators and teaching artists, and campers will participate in themed projects. Summer Art Camp is appropriate for all skill levels. appletonmuseum.org

*TURTLE TRAVELS EXHIBIT THROUGH MAY 11

The Discovery Center exhibit Turtle Travels will be on display through May 11. The center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10am-4pm. Explore the world of turtles and tortoises to learn about their various habitats, migration patterns, and the threats they face. General admission to the Discovery Center is $8 per person or $28 for a family of four. mydiscoverycenter.org

ARTS & CRAFTS WITH ARTS IN HEALTH OCALA METRO FRIDAYS IN MAY

Explore your creative side in this free program held every Friday from 10-11:30am and unleash

your imagination as AIHOM Practitioners guide you through various projects, from painting to DIY crafts. Connect with fellow art enthusiasts in a relaxed and welcoming environment. All ages are welcome to this workshop, but minors must be accompanied by an adult. Event will take place at the AIHOM headquarters at 507 NE 8th Avenue, Ocala. aihocala. org/arts-and-crafts-at-aihom

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK

MAY 3

First Friday Art Walk takes place the rst Friday of each month, September through May from 6-9pm. This free event includes over 30 artist displays, monthly live entertainment, free family art activities provided by local arts organizations and extended shopping hours. May’s live entertainment performer is Fareeza, who will perform at the gazebo. ocala .gov/artwalk

LATIN NIGHT MARKET

MAY 3

The Latin Night Market, an event dedicated to celebrating Latin cuisine and culture, will take place at the Ocala Downtown Market from 6-9pm. The market features a carefully curated lineup of up to 80 market vendors, a live DJ and Latin cuisine. Find the event on Facebook for more details.

FESTIVALS OF SPEED

MAY 4

Join Festivals of Speed at the World Equestrian Center as they celebrate the 150th Running of the Kentucky Derby. The event showcases more than 200 exotic, classic, muscle cars, motorcycles and luxury brands. Guests will experience automotive designs by Porsche, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, BMW, Mercedes, McLaren and more. The

event takes place from 11am-3pm, and tickets are $30 per person. Children 12 and under are free. VIP ticket packages are also available. festivalsofspeed.com

ISLAND GROVE BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL

MAY 4

The annual Island Grove Blueberry Festival takes place at 21921 SE US Hwy 301 in Hawthorne and benefits the Cross Creek Volunteer Fire Department. The event features food trucks, artisan vendors, live entertainment, family-friendly activities and a fun kids’ zone. The fun happens from 9am-4pm, and admission is free. While you’re there, plan a visit to Aunt Zelma’s U-pick blueberry field. facebook.com/IGBlueberryFest

KENTUCKY DERBY HAT PARTY

MAY 4

Watch the 150th Run for the Roses at World Equestrian Center during the Kentucky Derby Hat Party on The Equestrian Hotel terrace from 5-7:30pm. Sport your best derby attire, and root for your favorite as you watch the race unfold. The Hat Party features chef-attended action stations serving elegant raceday small plates, including garden-cuterie, bourbon maple-stung fried chicken and more. The event is for ages 21+. worldequestriancenter.com

DOGGONE GOOD READING

MAY 4

Children grades rst through fth are invited to come read to a Humane Society of Marion County dog at 11am and 1pm. Class is for one hour and starts promptly. A parent/guardian must accompany the child and stay at the shelter (in a separate area) while the child reads. thehsmc.org/doggone-goodreading-program

BELLEVIEW FOUNDER’S DAY

MAY 4

The City of Belleview’s 4th Annual Founder’s Day will take place at Lake Lillian from 10am-3pm. Event attendees can enjoy a variety of craft, business and food vendors. Free children’s activities include games, crafts and in atables as well as activities and booths focusing on the city’s history. belleview .org

MEETING NEW FURR-ENDS WITH HSMC

MAY 4

Join the Humane Society of Marion County at their new cat event for children ages 10-15. Children ages 10, 11, and 12 are invited to attend from 2:30-3pm, and children ages 13, 14, and 15 will be from 3-3:30pm. HSMC will provide treats, toys, catnip and more for your friend, and drinks and comfy blankets will be provided for the kids. Find the event on Facebook for registration details.

FREE FIRST SATURDAY

MAY 4

Visit the Appleton Museum of Art or Free First Saturday. Enjoy free admission all day to see the permanent collection, special exhibitions or to make art in the Artspace. The Grilled Cheese Emporium food truck will be onsite from 11am-3pm. At 11am, Gabi Sullivan from the City of Ocala will give a presentation in the auditorium, Connecting Y(our) Water. From the aquifer to you, discover how water ows throughout the City of Ocala and the role that consumers have in protecting this precious resource and the surrounding landscapes it connects. Saturday hours are 10am-5pm. appletonmuseum.org

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LAKES WOODS AND GARDENS SPRING FESTIVAL

MAY 4-5

With tons of colorful plants, several beautiful cascading waterfalls

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Half-day camps for ages 5–17. Register now as spaces fill quickly! Need-based scholarships are available. Visit AppletonMuseum.org.

Half-day camps for ages 5–17. Register now as spaces fill quickly! Need-based scholarships are available. Visit AppletonMuseum.org.

Appleton Museum, Artspace and Store

Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, noon-5 p.m. 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd. | AppletonMuseum.org

Appleton Museum, Artspace and Store

Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, noon-5 p.m. 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd. | AppletonMuseum.org

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and countless breathtaking views, Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens is the perfect spot to bring your family and friends. Enjoy live music throughout the day, and visit with vendors from all over Florida selling plants, arts and crafts, and food. The event takes place from 9:30am-5pm on Saturday and 9:30am-4pm on Sunday. Admission is $12 for adults, $5 for children and free for kids 5 and under. cedarlakeswoodsandgarden.com

CLERMONT TACO AND MARGARITA FESTIVAL

MAY 4-5

The First Ever Taco and Margarita Festival is coming to Clermont’s Waterfront Park. This two-day, family-friendly event will feature local mobile kitchens, food trucks, vendors, live music and a kids’ zone. General admission is free, and the event takes place from 126pm. clermonttmf.com

FLORIDA TALKS BY AUTHOR

ELIOT KLEINBERG

MAY 11

Florida Humanities and the Friends of the Ocala Public Library will host Eliot Kleinberg, retired journalist and author of War in Paradise: World War II in Florida, at 11am at the Headquarters-Ocala Public Library, meeting room C. He will also be providing copies of his book for sale. For more information about this and other programs, visit friendsoftheocalalibrary.org For questions on this event, contact Sheryl Creech at (352) 789-7276.

FARM TOUR AT MAYHEM RANCH

MAY 11

This is a group tour. Limited tickets are available for each time slot. You must purchase your tickets in advance. Tickets will not be sold at the gate. The event features a 45-minute guided tour through the cattle pastures to feed and pet the cows, mini cow cuddles, exclusive photo opportunities, access to the petting zoo barn and goats on the roof for up to an hour after the tour. Tours are available at 10am and 11am, and tickets are $45 for ages 13 and up and $35 for ages 3-12. mayhemranch.ticketspice. com/farm-tours

FUR MOM PET PHOTOS

MAY 11

Bring your best furends to Bank Street Patio Bar from 2-5pm for a photoshoot and a great time. This event is a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Marion County, and all proceeds will go directly to their cherished furends for vet care, food and supplies. The event will feature a professional photographer, and photo sessions are $25. Find the event on Facebook for details.

MAY DAY BARREL BONANZA

MAY 16-19

The May Day Barrel Bonanza will showcase competitors from across the nation. Barrel racing stands out as one of the premier equine disciplines, highlighting thrilling displays of speed and tight turns, where the fastest time secures victory. The May Day Barrel Bonanza welcomes participants of all ages and genders, making it a true family sport. worldequestriancenter.com

SUNDOWN SOCIAL

MAY 11

Enjoy an evening at Amber Brooke Farms in Williston from

4-8pm. Farm admission is free, and a Farm Fun Pass for kids is $10. Last admission is at 7pm. Enjoy blueberry and sun ower U-pick, half-priced drinks from 5:30-6:30pm, a semi-private wagon tour of the farm, exclusive photo moments in the sun ower elds, food vendors, live music and fun kids’ activities. Activities and U-pick are a separate price. amberbrookefarms.com

CAR SHOW

MAY 18

The Healthy 55 Car Show, sponsored by VIPCare, will take place from 11am-2pm at One Health Center, located at 1714 SW 17th Street, Ocala. Admission for spectators is free, and car show registration fees bene t the American Cancer Society. Car show participants receive a discounted lunch. Call Dave Serio at (443) 474-8001 for more information.

PAINTING WITH BATS

MAY 18

Come on out to Lubee Bat Conservancy for a painting party and private behind-thescenes tour to meet some of the world’s giant fruit bats up close and personal. Local artist Samm Wehman Epstein of Samm Wehman Art will lead you as you

paint your favorite pet, animal or bat. Face masks are required to be able to step into the enclosure with the bats. Tickets are a $75 donation to Lubee Bat Conservancy. Pre-registration is required, and the event is available for everyone 10 years of age or older. lubee.org

SWEET TUNES: HEROES & VILLAINS COMMUNITY SING-ALONG

MAY 19

From 3-4:30pm, join Community Stages at Chelsea Art Center for a community sing-along featuring songs from favorite animated movies. This fun-for-the-wholefamily event will include sweet treats, games and live music featuring Greg Doss on keyboard. Tickets are $5 in advance purchased online or $8 at the door. communitystages.org

MASTER THE POSSIBILITIES CURRICULUM KICK-OFF

MAY 22

Meet the instructors, grab a copy of the new catalog and enter drawings to win a free seat in class. The event will introduce new classes that will take place between July and December. Inperson sta -assisted registration is available during kick-o via credit card. Online registration will be available starting at 3pm. masterthepossibilities.org

CHIEFLAND WATERMELON FESTIVAL

JUNE 1

The 69th Annual Chiefland Watermelon Festival will be held from 8am-3pm at 23 SE 2nd Avenue in Chiefland. The parade will begin promptly at 11am. The event will feature over 150 vendors, including a variety of craft/retail, informational, food and kids’ activity vendors. chieflandwomansclub.org

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

MAY

SPRING SWING DANCE SOCIAL

REILLY ARTS CENTER

Shine up your saddle shoes, and get ready to jump jive n’ wail with Becky Baby and Swing Theory. The Spring Swing Dance Social is a tribute to days gone by. Take a trip back in time to the 1940s when dances were a part of our local culture. Experience fun photo ops, specialty themed cocktails, a swing dance jam circle and featured dance performances. Don’t know how to swing dance? The dance lessons take place from 7-8pm, before the social begins at 8pm. Don’t wanna dance at all? Grab a seat and watch the show!

HEAR HERE

JACK KNIFE

MAY 3

COUNTY LINE SMOKEHOUSE & SPIRITS

CRASHROCKET

MAY 4

THE FIRST & LAST TAB FOOD & SPIRITS

JACK SMITH

MAY 9

CHARLIE HORSE

BECKY BABY

MAY 10

THE JUNIPER GENERAL STORE

SANDRA & ALEX LEKID

MAY 11

INFINITE ALE WORKS

THE RUMBLE

FEATURING CHIEF

JOSEPH BOUDREAUX JR.

MAY 17

LEVITT AMP OCALA MUSIC SERIES, WEBB FIELD

NOAH HUNTON

MAY 17

YELLOW PONY

J & THE CAUSEWAYS

MAY 22

SUNSET SONGS SERIES: DOWNTOWN SQUARE

JOHN COPELAND

MAY 24

LIVE ON THE SQUARE

TICKETS PLEASE

ROLLING STONES

JUNE 3

CAMPING WORLD STADIUM, ORLANDO

ROCK THE COUNTRY

JUNE 7-8

MAJESTIC OAKS OCALA, REDDICK

LUKE BRYAN

JUNE 13

VYSTAR VETERANS MEMORIAL ARENA, JACKSONVILLE

ALANIS MORISSETTE

JUNE 19

MIDFLORIDA CREDIT UNION

AMPHITHEATRE AT THE FL STATE FAIRGROUNDS, TAMPA

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

JUNE 21

MIDFLORIDA CREDIT UNION

AMPHITHEATRE AT THE FL STATE FAIRGROUNDS, TAMPA

DEF LEPPARD & JOURNEY WITH CHEAP TRICK

JULY 10

CAMPING WORLD STADIUM, ORLANDO

MORGAN WALLEN

JULY 12

RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM, TAMPA

JANET JACKSON

JULY 20

KIA CENTER, ORLANDO

ZACH BRYAN

JULY 21

KIA CENTER, ORLANDO

LOCAL LIVE &

LOBBY CABARET

MAY 13 | THE SHARON Christopher Ryan and Gary Powell play their way through their favorite songs from the Great American Songbook. Between Christopher’s vocals and Garys skill on the keys, this will be a joyous evening of classic songs performed as only old friends can.

GARY MULLEN & THE WORKS: ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN

MAY 15 | CIRCLE SQUARE CULTURAL CENTER

For over 20 years Gary Mullen & The Works have been performing their world-renowned One Night of Queen live concert. Gary Mullen & The Works will have you dancing in the aisles during their show, while the band pays tribute to the stage theatrics, showmanship and music of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Queen.

WINDFM ROCKS THE REILLY: WILDFLOWERS

MAY 18 | REILLY ARTS CENTER

Step into a musical time machine with Wild owers, the ultimate Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers tribute experience. With a frontman that captures Tom Petty’s essence and a band that has some of the Southeast’s nest musicians, take yourself on a journey through some iconic tracks.

GEORGE TRULLINGER

MAY 25 | ORANGE BLOSSOM OPRY

George Trullinger as Ed Sullivan is back again for some high-energy, comedic fun, laughter and music, featuring his many impersonations of Buddy Holly, Hank Sr., Mick Jagger, The Blues Brothers and special guests.

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A MELODY IN THE MAKING

Rhythm. You either have it or you don’t, right?

Not necessarily. Sometimes we just need to learn.

Lifelong musician Sean Thomas believes the universal language of rhythm can connect hearts and minds. It’s his mission to spread that language far and wide. He founded Ocala Steel Orchestra to introduce more people to the world of steelpan and percussion music.

Sean, who has been playing since age 7, hails from Trinidad and Tobago, home of the steelpan.

“I grew up learning the steelpan through my dad, Leroy Thomas, who led his own steelpan orchestra, 3rd Dimension, and became one of the best. That eventually became Moods Steel Orchestra, which is still running, and is now managed by my brother, Roger, and our mother, Emelda,” says Sean, whose grandmother, Ru na Thomas, was one of the rst women in the world to play the steelpan.

THE STEELPAN INSTRUMENT CARRIES A MELODY JUST LIKE A PIANO OR TRUMPET. WE CAN PLAY ANY TYPE OF MUSIC, FROM CALYPSO AND REGGAE TO JAZZ, R&B, SOUL AND POP.

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THOMAS, FOUNDER

A talented jazz performer who has played drums with many musicians, including steelpans, Sean studied jazz at the former Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at the New England Conservatory in Boston and graduated in 1997.

After coming to Ocala in 2018, Sean worked at the Boys and Girls Club and received a grant from Marion Cultural Alliance to buy steelpan

instruments to teach the kids.

“I left the Boys and Girls Club in 2022 to form SeanTMusic Global LLC, including Ocala Arts and Entertainment Podcast,” says Sean.

He founded Ocala Steel Orchestra in January 2023 and hopes to grow it to over 120 members.

There are about 30 instruments in the orchestra, all made from oil drums. Because of the varying sizes and dimensions, each has a di erent sound.

“The steelpan instrument carries a melody just like a piano or trumpet,” explains Sean. “We can play any type of music, from Calypso and reggae to jazz, R&B, soul and pop.”

Classes take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4-7:45pm at the Lillian F.

Bryant Community Center in Ocala.

Ocala Steel Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) nonpro t organization, so there is no cost to participate.

“We teach free music literacy and are open to anyone, starting at age 7,” says Sean.

Because of how much music has enriched his own life, Sean is eager to share it with others, especially youth.

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MARCH 30 | CITIZENS’ CIRCLE

The 10th Annual Brick City Beer and Wine Festival, presented by the World Equestrian Center, featured over 40 beer and wine vendors, live music and food trucks. This annual family-friendly event is hosted by the Ocala-Silver Springs Rotary Club and the Ocala-Sunset Rotary, and proceeds bene ted Interfaith Emergency Services, Marion County Literacy Council and Kimberly’s Center for Child Protection. To stay up to date on the festival, visit brickcitybeerandwinefest.com

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GONE FISHIN’

GRAB THE FISHING POLES AND YOUR LITTLE ONE AND HEAD TO ONE OF OCALA’S CITY PARKS FOR AN IMPROMPTU FISHING LESSON.

There’s something to be said for quiet mornings spent sitting by the water, shing pole in hand, waiting for that unmistakable tug on the line. You feel it, the adrenaline starts pumping and you pull back on the line, reeling in quickly. Doesn’t this sound like an experience you want to share with your favorite kid? We think so, too. And Dads, Moms, Grandparents, listen up… you don’t have to trek all the way to the forest to spend a memorable morning shing.

“The City of Ocala allows catch-and-release shing in four of their nature parks, including Tuscawilla park, Toms Park, Ritterho Park and S. Stanley Malever Nature Park,” says Ashley Dobbs, Marketing and Communications Manager, O ce of Strategic Engagement for the City of Ocala. “The City provides opportunities for shing enthusiasts to enjoy the outdoors while promoting conservation through catch-and-release practices. This type of shing program provides an activity for kids to experience the thrill of shing while also learning about conservation and respecting nature. Citizens can participate in this activity year-round; however, the Ocala Recreation and Parks Department hosts shing events throughout the year geared toward children and seniors.”

So how do you begin if shing isn’t the norm for you? All you really need are some size-appropriate shing poles and a few lures to start. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, visit a local bait shop and pick up a container of worms, too. Stadium chairs, a lunchbox with waters and snacks, sunscreen and bug spray will round out your supply bag. Consider bringing a

life jacket for the little one as well, just in case.

The website takeme shing.org has some great pointers for teaching kids to sh. Step one is to plan your trip with your kids in mind. That’s already a big check since you’ll be shing in an area park complete with working bathrooms. If the kids aren’t into shing, the swings are nearby! It’s easy to get discouraged with shing if you’re not getting any bites, so encourage the kids to explore the water’s edge (safety rst always!) if they get bored with shing try looking for bugs and minnows or collecting rocks. Keep your rst few outings simple and short, working on their cast and technique. Also, be sure to teach your kids to be gentle with the sh if a catch is made. Remember, it’s catch and release, so we want the sh to be happy and healthy when they make their way back to the water.

The city also reminds us to take care of our parks and leave them exactly as we found them.

“While utilizing the parks, it’s important to

properly dispose of shing line and not leave any items unattended to ensure the safety of wildlife and maintain the cleanliness of the parks,” says Ashley.

When you snag your rst sh, and even your second and third, have the phone ready to snap a quick photo before you release your catch. After all, it’s all about spending quality time together and creating memories.

FISHING IS ALLOWED IN THE FOLLOWING CITY PARKS:

Tuscawilla Park

829 NE Sanchez Avenue

Toms Park

2300 NW Magnolia Avenue

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1805 SE 14th Avenue

S. Stanley Malever Nature Park 1600 SE 30th Avenue

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A GIRL’S DAY

LADIES, THERE’S JUST SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT GETTING TOGETHER WITH YOUR FAVORITE FEMALE FRIENDS, RIGHT? IT’S TIME TO SHARE, LAUGH, GOSSIP, GET ADVICE AND SO MUCH MORE. THIS MONTH IS THE PERFECT TIME TO PLAN THAT LONG-OVERDUE GIRL’S NIGHT OUT, AND WE’VE GOT SOME GREAT SUGGESTIONS TO GET YOU GOING.

OCALA WOMEN’S DAY

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Come out to the Paddock Mall from 10am-3pm for a day full of free pampering, learning and shopping. The event features chair massages, brow waxing, makeovers, giveaways, henna tattoos, a photo booth and more than 50 local vendors. RSVP to the event at ocalawomensday.eventbrite.com.

MOTHER’S DAY SPRING MARKET

MAY 10

Browse through a curated selection of local artisans and vendors o ering handcrafted gifts, gourmet treats, services and more. Enjoy live music and delicious food as you soak up the vibrant atmosphere. Indulge in the fresh bouquet bar to create a custom oral arrangement, strike a pose together at the photo booth and explore other activities designed to make lasting memories with Mom. This event is free to attend and takes place at the Ocala Downtown Market from 5-8pm. Find the event on Facebook for details.

GIRL’S NIGHT: THE MUSICAL

MAY 11

What better way to hang with the girls than a fun night out at the theater? This heartfelt musical has been entertaining audiences throughout America, and now it’s making its way to the Reilly Arts Center. Gather your girlfriends and enjoy this musical journey as you laugh, cry and sing your way through the ‘80s and ‘90s as ve friends reminisce about the past, celebrate the present and prepare for the future—all during one memorable night out. Tickets, which range from $35 to $65, can be purchased at reillyartscenter.com.

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DAY 5K

MAY 11

Stretch out those legs and lace up your running shoes for the 4th annual Mother’s Day 5K. Registration can be completed on runsignup.com, and all participants will receive a shirt, medal and a ra e ticket for your chance to win some great prizes. All moms will receive a ower as well. Online registration is $45 (plus processing fees). Day-of registration begins at 7am and is $50. The race starts at 8am, and awards will be handed out at 9:15am. The race begins downtown and will weave its way through Ocala’s beautiful historic district before ending at Citizens’ Circle with music and a Mother’s Day celebration. For details, visit runsignup.com and click on “Find a Race.”

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GET INSPIRED AT ONE OF THE MANY DIY MAKE-AND-TAKE STUDIOS NEARBY. BONUS: MOST PLACES ALLOW YOU TO BYOB AND SNACKS!

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Create with pottery, clay, canvas, fused glass and more. Just walk in, and get to work on your own. picassospalette.com

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NAMED FOR MAUREEN ANDERS AND ADRIA RUFF, THE WOMEN WHO ORIGINALLY FOUNDED THE FRANCHISE, AR WORKSHOP HAS RECENTLY OPENED IN OCALA, AND IF YOU HAVE A CRAFTY SIDE THAT’S ITCHING TO GET OUT, IT’S DEFINITELY WORTH EXPLORING.

Since opening this past February in the Shady Oaks Plaza in Ocala, AR Workshop has been providing Ocala residents and beyond with a creative escape from life’s everyday responsibilities.

Just walking through the door at AR Workshop will get you itching to be creative and crafty. Various paint colors, a scent mixology station, pieces of un nished wood, stencils and dozens of inspiration pieces are enough to put you into sensory overload—in a good way.

Owner Debbie Machtel, who is the former owner of the Chick- l-A in the Paddock Mall, was looking for something di erent to do when she decided on AR Workshop.

“I wanted to stay in Ocala and start a new business that would still be a big part of the community,” she says. “I enjoy spending quality time with people, hearing their stories and about their backgrounds. It brings me joy to provide this outlet and a place for people to come together and enjoy themselves.”

AR Workshop o ers both scheduled classes Wednesdays through Saturdays, plus a walk-in craft bar Mondays through Saturdays from 125pm. Stenciled wooden signs, string art, trays, chunky knit blankets and lazy susans are just some of the projects available to make. You can follow a plan or be creative and create an original.

“Right now, candle-making and hat burning are our most popular projects,” says Debbie. “We o er 7-ounce jar candles in a variety of styles,

from gold and wooden jars to farmhouse style, plus dozens of scents to choose from. Many mix several scents to make their own and even add in dried owers to the wax. We o er two- and three-wick candles.”

And hat burning, with your choice of baseball cap, cowboy hat or fedora, is widely popular in other areas of the country and quickly gaining momentum here. That’s Debbie’s plan—to make sure AR Workshop stays on top of the latest trends and o ers them to her clients.

This summer, in addition to their everyday o erings, AR Workshop is o ering a summer’s worth of week-long summer camps for kids ages 6-12.

“Each week will feature a di erent theme,” Debbie says. “Things like sports-related projects like medal displays, glam and room refresher art, even a doll and me project where the younger kids can make a matching pillow or shirt for themselves

and their doll.”

AR Workshop also o ers team-building events, parties and get-togethers of all types, and fundraising opportunities for local charities and groups. Plus, you’ll have to check out the cozy, friendly retail space at AR, where you can purchase a variety of fun items, including home décor, great gifts and more. Debbie says the possibilities are limitless.

“You don’t have to be an artist or a creative person to come and have a good time and make something,” Debbie says. “You just have to be able to follow directions. The best part of all of this for me is seeing people happy and relaxed. I like seeing people excited and proud of what they’ve created here. Feel free to bring your own beer or wine and snacks. This is a place to relax and have fun.”

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BE THE BEST YOU

WHEN IT COMES TO LIVING OUR BEST LIVES, WE COULD ALL USE A LITTLE HELP. THAT’S THE CALLING BEHIND REGENOCALA.

“We are the leading regenerative practice in Central Florida,” notes founder Jeffrey Piccirillo, DO, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. “Our mission statement is ‘Making You, the Best You,’ focusing on healing people from the inside out using the body’s own innate healing powers.’”

RegenOcala is dedicated to helping people become the healthiest versions of themselves.

To showcase this mission, Saturday, June 1, from 12-5pm, marks their one-year anniversary grand reopening celebration featuring live music and refreshments.

If you have ever been curious about regenerative medicine and how it can help you, this is the perfect opportunity to learn more—and have fun at the same time.

REGENERATIVE MEDICINE USES STEM CELLS, PLATELETRICH PLASMA (PRP) AND BONE MARROW ASPIRATE CONCENTRATE (BMAC) THERAPIES TO REDUCE INFLAMMATION, PROMOTE HEALING AND HELP RESTORE NORMAL FUNCTION.

“Come and see the new space, learn about what we have to offer and see how we’re different than other med spas and regenerative practices,” says Practice Manager Jennifer Piccirillo.

HELPING YOU HEAL

Regenerative medicine uses stem cells, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and bone marrow

aspirate concentrate (BMAC) therapies to reduce inflammation, promote healing and help restore normal function.

“It’s about harnessing the body’s healing cells and using them to regenerate tissue anywhere in the body you need it,” explains Dr. Jeff.

At RegenOcala, you’ll nd regenerative therapies and wellness treatments to address a wide range of conditions, including osteoarthritis, back pain, sport injuries, ligament and tendon injuries, rotator cu injuries, acne, cellulite, hair loss, sexual health,

erectile dysfunction, bio-identical hormone replacement (men and women), weight loss, aesthetics (facials, Botox® and llers), and nutritional and vitamin assessments.

Unlike traditional Western medicine, there are no drugs used in regenerative therapies.

“We prescribe no medication; we’re not about Big Pharma,” says Dr. Jeff. “We’re all about getting people healthy and allowing their bodies to regenerate themselves.”

After practicing conventional orthopedic surgery for over 20 years, Dr. Jeff discovered his true passion in 2002 using PRP. Amazed with the results, he transitioned completely to regenerative medicine in 2009.

“I realized back in 2008 that patients no

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longer had any autonomy over their care,” he says. “We could only do what the insurance companies and Big Pharma allowed us to do—and it wasn’t always the best thing for the patient. Now we’re able to touch the lives of people and help them heal, not just give them a pill to cover up their symptoms.”

A TEAM APPROACH

At RegenOcala, you’ll find a whole team committed to helping people feel and look their best.

Although Dr. Jeff runs the practice, he’s brought in a group of experts from around the country, including a pain management physician, orthopedic specialist, psychiatric

nurse practitioner specializing in PTSD, massage therapist and aesthetician.

“We’re trying to bring the best of every field to one location,” says Jennifer. “The person doing your Botox® is not the same person injecting your knee.”

A common misconception is that regenerative medicine is too expensive for most people to afford. Jennifer explains that when you factor in your co-pay from traditional treatment, you often pay less for regenerative therapies and aren’t tied to medications for the rest of your life.

Most people who want to feel better also want to look better. It just made sense to offer services that enhance the appearance.

Among the providers is aesthetician Olivia Ortiz, who opened her practice, The House of Shoogie, this year and is now joining the RegenOcala team. She has been making all the products she uses since 2009 and officially formulated her own skin care line, Shoogie Company.

“A lot of people don’t realize that every skin care product you buy—from deodorant to face cream—isn’t regulated by the FDA,” says Olivia, who has lived in Ocala since 1987. “I started making my own products after a health scare because I know the importance of having safe products to put on your body and your babies’ bodies.”

Every product Olivia makes is chemical free, 100 percent natural, mostly organic and made with food-grade ingredients. Made in small batches, ingredient sources include country of

origin for shea butter and coconut oil and also locally from small farms in Florida.

“When I first met Olivia, I tried to buy her company because I loved what she was doing making all natural products,” says Dr. Jeff. “Now we’re working together.”

He and Jennifer are the proud parents of two grown children, Tricia and Brian. Although they do not have two-legged grandkids, they adore their Great Pyrenees puppy, Bruno.

Lovers of good music and art, the team at RegenOcala is pleased to sponsor community events that include both. Don’t miss their next “Couch Session” event on June 7, an evening of art and music during which the audience becomes part of the show.

If you’re looking for an approach that promotes the body’s natural ability to heal, rather than relies on medication, reach out to RegenOcala. They’re committed to improving health one patient at a time. The next success story could be your own!

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RECREATION

From summertime camp adventures and both youth and adult sports leagues to community center activities and a brand-new, unforgettable Fourth of July celebration, Ocala Recreation and Parks has plenty on the calendar for the upcoming season. Here’s a rundown of some of our favorite happenings— make sure to put them on your summertime to-do list!

Feel e Summ Camp Vibes

The City of Ocala’s City Kids Summer Camp, held each year at the E.D. Croskey Recreation

Center, is a fun and exciting eight-week summer camp that includes various recreation activities, interactive presentations, eld trips, STEM projects, recreational sports and more. The camp takes place Monday through Friday, June 3 through July 26. Times are 7:30am through 5:30pm for kids ages 5 through 12. Rates are $100 per camper per week for Ocala city residents and $120 for non-City residents. As of publication, space was available for all weeks of camp. Visit ocala .gov/summercamp to register.

Park It

The City of Ocala has a variety of beautiful

parks for the whole family. Di erent parks o er di erent amenities, such as playground equipment, walking trails and courts for various sports. There is also a wide-range of ranger-led programs and activities for everyone, from the tiniest toddlers to active seniors—and everyone in between. Here are a few highlights happening in the City of Ocala parks this month and throughout the summer.

The Ocala Wetland Recharge Park is home to educational exhibits and kiosks, boardwalks, two and a half miles of paved walking trail, and wildlife overlooks. By developing and operating this park, the City of Ocala has created a wetland ecosystem, Ocala

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e City of Ocala Re eation and Parks Department will off a wide variety of fun events and activities ov the n t few months.

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which is improving water quality and boosting regional groundwater supplies by utilizing treated wastewater. Located near Lillian Bryant Park , the newest addition to the park is the open-air pavilion that will allow for educational classes to take place. The park is open each day from sunrise to sunset, and pets, bicycles, skateboards and rollerblades are prohibited.

The Ocala Skate Park offers 6 acres of surface for skaters. Skateboards, in-line skates and freestyle bicycles are the only recreational activities allowed at the park. Children ages 8 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All bicyclists under the age of 16 must wear a helmet. The City of Ocala strongly urges all skaters, boarders, bikers and other participants to wear helmets and elbow, wrist and knee pads for their protection. More information about the park can be found at ocalafl.gov/skatepark

Walk the trail and dive into Ocala’s history at Fort King National Historic Landmark. A typical U.S. Army frontier fort and a noteworthy symbol of the longest and costliest war America had with its native people—the Seminole War—at Fort King National Historic Landmark, history comes to life though events and programs, the heritage garden, the reconstructed fort, a nature walking trail that includes the Seep Spring, Chickee, welcome center and Archaeology Resource Center. Learn more about Fort King at ocala .gov/fortking.

Highlights & Happenings

Live on the Square Fridays and Saturdays, 6-8pm

Enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday on the downtown square while you shop, dine and unwind for the week.

Sunset Songs Series

May 22, 6-8pm

This free concert series on the downtown square brings you the best local and regional artists performing funk, blues, reggae and country originals as the sun goes down. All concerts are free—just bring your lawn chair or blanket. This month’s concert features J & The Causeways.

Junior Ranger Summer Stewards

May 1: Leave No Trace, Tuscawilla Park

May 8: Nocturnal Nature, Heritage Nature Conservancy

May 15: Fishing Clinic, Tom’s Park

May 22: Pollinators & Plants, Scott Springs Park

May 29: Birdhouse Workshop, Tuscawilla Park

June 5: Wildlife

Observation, S. Stanley Malever Nature Park

Get ready for exciting adventures focused on nature knowledge, eco-friendly missions and the opportunity to unleash the eco-warrior within you. Attend four out of

seven sessions to earn a Junior Ranger pin to display at the camp re celebration on June 12. Program is free for ages 5-17. Registration is required.

Fort King Youth Summer Workshops

June 1: Historic Storytelling

June 8: Garden Tours & Tools

June 15: Nature Journaling

June 22: High Tea

June 29: Crochet

July 13: Soap Making

In this new program at the Fort King National Historic Landmark, each class will teach a past-time activity that has been passed down through generations with modern day twists and skills. Program takes place Saturdays from 10am-noon and is for ages 10-17. Cost is $10 per class. Learn more at fortkingocala.com

Fun In The Sun Outdoor Adventures

June 4 & 6: Tuscawilla Park

June 11 & 13: Jervey Gantt

June 18 & 20: Lillian Bryant

June 25 & 27: Tom’s Park

July 2: Turnipseed

July 9 & 11: Citizens’ Circle

July 16 & 18: Clyatt Park

July 23 & 25: Fisher Park

July 30 & August 1: Idylweir Park

On Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout June and July the Recreation and Parks Department will bring all the summertime fun to our local parks. The events are free and take place from 1-3pm.

Reading with the Rangers

June 7: Fort King National Historic Landmark

June 14: Ocala Wetland

Recharge Park

June 21: Tom’s Park

June 28: Scott Springs Park

July 5: Heritage Nature Conservancy

July 12: Tuscawilla Park

July 19: Fort King National Historic Landmark

July 26: Citizens’ Circle Parks are a great place to read— just ask an Ocala Park Ranger! Pack a snack, blanket or chair, and get ready to enjoy a good book. The program is free, and open to all ages and takes place at 10am.

Summer Nights Lecture Series

July 11-August 15 Thursdays, 6-8pm Free, Ages 13+

Be immersed in history as you explore Ocala’s and Florida’s past. Happening at the Fort King National Historic Landmark, each week features a di erent topic and is presented by professionals in the natural and historical elds. The program is free.

Public Archaeology Day

July 20, 9am-3pm Join Gulf Archaeology Research Institute archaeologists as they excavate Fort King looking for artifacts. You’ll see how excavations are done, data is recorded and how the information is used to learn about the past. This is a free activity at the Fort King National Historic Landmark.

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Community Culture

Although technically part of the Growth Management Department and not Recreation and Parks, City of Ocala Cultural Arts is responsible for some of our favorite annual events and traditions.

May will see the nal First Friday Art Walk of the season. This free event takes place September through May and features over 30 artist displays, monthly live entertainment, free family art activities provided by local arts organizations and extended shopping hours. If you’re interested in showcasing your art or being a business sponsor for the next season of the First Friday Art Walk,

AMP Ocala Music Series. Now in its eighth year, the Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series presents free, family-friendly concerts to the public each spring. May is the last month of this year’s series, so make sure you don’t miss out! Learn more about the music series at ocala .gov/levittamp

Learn more about the City of Ocala Cultural Arts and what’s in store during the upcoming fall season at ocala .gov/culturalarts

The City of Ocala has several community and recreation centers, each o ering a wide variety of programs and activities

E.D. Croskey Recreation Center is the oldest established center with the City of Ocala. Creativity abounds here with various arts and crafts programs, a computer lab, instructional programs, a FUNtastic After School Program and a wide variety of summer programs and awesome camps. Adjacent to this center is the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex This 24-acre park o ers basketball courts, exercise equipment, grills, playground, racquetball, tennis courts, a pavilion with picnic tables, a Little League/Babe Ruth baseball eld, football/soccer eld and health, memorial and walking trails. The Fitness Zone at E. D. Croskey Recreation Center is free and o ers cardio machines, free weights, a Smith machine and

Highlights & Happenings

First Friday Art Walk May 3, 6-9pm Downtown Square Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series

May 3, 10, 17, 7-9pm Webb Field

other essentials for a comprehensive workout.

The new 41,750 square foot, twostory Mary Sue Rich Community Center at Reed Place serves as the hub of the community. The facility includes designated indoor spaces for senior, youth and family programs and a 400-seat banquet/ event space. Health and wellness facilities include an open tness area; indoor walking track; two multi-purpose studios with an operable partition for larger groups; a mind, body and dance studio; two full basketball courts; a gymnasium with 120-person bleachers for each court; indoor playground; senior studio and multipurpose room; and the Sankofa Public Library and media center.

The Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center located in Tuscawilla Park provides the opportunity for adults aged 50 and older to participate in educational programs, become physically active, socialize and learn about

community resources, or receive referrals for services. The Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center o ers a wide variety of activities, programs and special events to adult citizens. Bingo, bridge, dance, educational and environmental classes, exercise, games, health, movies, trips and woodcarving are available throughout the year.

The Discovery Center is Ocala’s local children’s science center. Located at Tuscawilla Park, the Discovery Center is a place for kids to learn in a fun, handson way with a series of rotating exhibits and STEAM-centered classes. The Discovery Center o ers science classes for ages 2 and up on a weekly basis in two, nine-week sessions. The StarLab Planetarium at the Discovery Center is an in atable planetarium that brings the wonder of the night sky, the solar systems and even the galaxy indoors. StarLab Planetarium shows are held at 11am, 1pm and 3pm every Saturday.

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Rec It Fridays

Through August 16

Every third Friday, 5-7pm Recreation sta will arrange fun games and activities for families to enjoy. This free program takes place at the Mary Sue Rich Community Center at Reed Place, and all ages are welcome.

YALLA! Teen Club

Tuesdays, 4:30pm

May 7, June 4, July 2, August 6: MANGAlicious

May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20: Con FAB

Be a part of a talented teen team. Guide, participate and design innovative library programs while enjoying snacks and making friends. Takes place at the Sankofa Public Library at the Mary Sue Rich Community Center at Reed Place.

Games on a Table

May 6-August 26

Mondays, 4pm

All ages can play classic and contemporary tabletop games at the Sankofa Public Library at the Mary Sue Rich Community Center at Reed Place.

Attack of the Bloodsuckers

May 25-August 31

At the newest exhibit, Attack of the Bloodsuckers, discover the science behind bloodsucking creatures. Explore their characteristics, habits and the reasons they bite. Understand how they are attracted to heat and CO2 in your breath and identify them by their mouth parts.

The center is closed May 13 through 24 for installation of this new exhibit.

Discovery Center

Wonder Lab

May 28-August 17

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 1:30-3:30pm

May 28-June 1, July 9-13:

Microscope Lab

June 4-8, July 16-20:

Art Space 2-D

June 11-15, July 23-27: Chemistry Lab

June 18-22, July 30-August 3:

Art Space 3-D

June 25-29, August 6-10:

Engineer’s Workshop

July 2-6, August 13-17:

Women in STEAM

This series will follow a STEAMcentered theme every week with a complimentary hands-on activity. The program is free with admission.

Summer Rec It Studio

Mondays-Saturdays, 11am-7pm

May 28-June 1: Wild Kingdom

June 3-8: Elements

June 10-15: International

June 17-22: Juneteenth

June 24-29: Entertainment

July 1-6: Twilight/Science

Fiction

July 8-13: Western

July 15-27: Outer space

July 29-August 16: Beach

Take part in a summer of unforgettable moments, laughter and new friendships. All ages are welcome, and the program takes place at the Mary Sue Rich Community Center at Reed Place.

Date Night at the Discovery Center

May 31, 6-8:30pm

Attack of the Bloodsuckers

June 28, 6-8:30pm

LEGO Lounge

Guests enjoy light appetizers, kid-free playtime in the current exhibit and hands-on activities like animal encounters and science experiments. Cost is $30 per couple, and the program is for ages 18+. Registration is required.

Men’s Basketball Summer League

June 3-July 10

Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-8:45pm

This league will take place at the Mary Sue Rich Community Center at Reed Place and be a 5 vs. 5 (10-man max roster) full court league. The season includes 10 regular season games and a singleelimination playo . Registration required, $425 per team.

Youth Summer Basketball Leagues

June 3-July 27

This program o ers three di erent leagues: Start Smart (ages 5-7), Mighty Ballers (ages 8-10) and Future Ballers (ages 11-12). Practices and games take place at the Mary Sue Rich Community Center at Reed Place, and the cost is $60 per participant.

Adventure Begins

June 6-July 25

Thursdays, 11:30am

This program is especially for families and takes place at the Sankofa Public Library at the Mary Sue Rich Community Center at

Reed Place. Venture in for a variety of stories, crafts and games.

Ocala Juneteenth Celebration

June 15, 8am-3pm

The City of Ocala along with the Ocala Juneteenth Celebration Commission acknowledges the delay of freeing the enslaved in the state of Texas with this event at Webb Field at Martin Luther King Recreation Complex.

Skillz & Drillz

Mondays, July 1-29

5:30-6:30pm

This sports program for kids ages 5-7 is the perfect blend of fun and learning, aiming to sculpt a solid foundation for both physical and cognitive sports development. Cost is $15 per player, and the program takes place at the Mary Sue Rich Community Center at Reed Place.

After Dark In The Park Movie

July 26, 7-9pm

The Mary Sue Rich Community Center at Reed Place will host this free movie night where Space Jam will be shown. Movie is rated PG.

Teen Sports Summer Camps

July 29-August 28 and August 6-29

These two camps are exclusively for teens ages 13-19. The teen basketball camp will take place July 29-August 28, and the teen volleyball camp will take place August 6-29. The camps take place at the Mary Sue Rich Community Center at Reed Place from 6-8pm and cost $50 per person per sport.

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July 4, 5-10pm

Tuscawilla Park

This inaugural event will feature a one-of-a-kind drone display, replacing traditional reworks during the celebration. Citizens will be treated to a light show displaying patriotic images across the sky, with Tuscawilla Park serving as the backdrop.

In addition to the drone show, guests will enjoy live entertainment, food trucks and a kids’ zone.

According to the City of Ocala, "Drone light

p ience shows o er a more environmentally friendly alternative to traditional reworks. Utilizing drones for light displays reduces noise, light pollution and re hazards associated with traditional reworks, allowing for a more inclusive and sustainable approach to enjoy festivities."

Admission to this event is free, and the drone show begins at 9:30pm. Learn more at ocala .gov/julyfourth.

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The Hampton and Jervey Gantt Aquatic Fun Centers both offer a spray feature, waterfall and water slide, as well as a zerograde entry for easy access and a maximum depth of 5.5 feet.

The Hampton facility, located at 255 NW Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, opens for the season on May 25, while the Jervey Gantt facility, located at 2390 SE 36th Avenue, opens for the season on May 18. Pools are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am1pm and 2-5pm. Admission for one time slot is $2 per child and $3.50 per adult.

City of Ocala splash pads will be open from sunrise to sunset throughout the summer months and into fall. Splash pads are free. Lily’s Splash Pad is located at 2200 NW 17th Place, and the Citizens’ Circle Splash Pad is located at 151 SE Osceola Avenue.

Learn more about these programs and register at ocalafl.gov/aquatics

Highlights & Happenings

Learn To Swim

May 21-July 25

Tuesdays-Thursdays, 9-9:30am (at both aquatic centers), 5:30-6pm (at Jervey Gantt)

The program consists of six lessons over a two-week period. Students are placed in groups according to their swimming levels. Students will learn how to stay safe around water, oating, strokes, how to be e cient swimmers and additional aquatic skills. Cost is $55 per participant.

Aqua Fit

June 7-July 26

Fridays, 9-10am

This eight-week aerobics class for adults ages 50+ takes place at the Hampton Aquatic Center and costs $40 per person. This low-impact class is designed to improve exibility, range of motion, strength, muscle tone and cardiovascular endurance.

Junior Lifeguard

June 24-28, 9am-noon

The program o ers handson experience for teenagers ages 13-15 interested in being a lifeguard as future summer employment. Participants will receive training in water skills, escape techniques, CPR, AED and rst aid. The program takes place at Jervey Gantt Aquatic Center, and costs $75 per participant.

Learn more about the City of Ocala’s Recreation and Parks Department and stay up to date on upcoming events and activities at ocalafl.gov/recpark. For a full listing of summertime events, check out the Summer Activity Guide on the same website.
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