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A special publication of the Ocala Star Banner

Sunday, April 13, 2014

GUIDE

■ Enjoy the beauty of silver springs, Page 2

■ Kids get a chance to act out at arts camps, Page 4

■ rides keep you on the edge of your seat, Page 12


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editor Dave Schlenker Contributing writer Marian Rizzo Page designer/Copy editor Sharon Sullivan Cover Design Sean Ochal

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Cover photo Kandon Emily and Audia Squire enjoy tubing on Lake Weir after a morning of horseback riding at Blue Moon Ranch in Wildwood. (Lisa Crigar/Correspondent/2013 file)

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Visitors to Silver Springs State Park enjoy kayaking down the Silver River last month. Since the state has taken over the park, it has moved away from the theme-park frills and focused on making it an outdoor recreation area.

Silver Springs slides into summer The state-run park focuses on nature, beauty and outdoor recreation. By Marian Rizzo Correspondent

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ilver Springs Management is at work preparing Silver Springs State Park for summer fun. Already in place are the long-loved glass-bottom boats, a kayak launch site, a pizza restaurant and a fudge and ice cream shop, noted Joel Wiessner, chief marketing officer and partner of SSM. The park’s main restaurant is serving up burgers, salads

and Cuban sandwiches. “We’re looking forward to an exciting and busy summer,” Wiessner said. “One thing that’s exciting about kayaking, we’re looking at buying a truck right now for a shuttle service to the head spring. Kayakers and canoes can paddle down to the county park and the shuttle service will bring them back.” With summer just around the corner, there is more on the horizon for the iconic, now stateowned park, according to Arden Tilghman, president of Silver Springs Management. The park has set up new picnic tables for folks who prefer to eat their purchased

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information about Silver Springs State Park, call 261-5840, 236-7148 or go to silversprings.com ■■For information about the Silver River Museum, visit www.marion.k12. fl.us/district/srm/silversprings. or www.marion. k12.fl.us/district/srm/ silversprings

meals outside. Or, they can bring their own picnic lunches. The Sweet Shop’s signature item? About a dozen different flavors of

fudge made fresh in the restaurant’s own kettle. The full-service restaurant also is available for preplanned events, from family reunions to weddings, Tilghman said. “Our food and beverage staff are amazing,” Tilghman said. “Currently, we have a historical museum that focuses a lot on the cinematography that happened here. The gift shop has small gifts and souvenirs right now, but we plan to expand it very soon. We want to feature work from local artists who keep the focus on natural Florida and the history of this area. We have so much history right here at the park. We have a

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natural wonders of original park Continued from 2 lot of opportunities to have that reflected. So the intention is to open up that gift shop and make it a bit of a gallery, as well.” Silver Springs Management has been operating the park and its concessions since the state took over Silver Springs late last year. The idea was to shed the theme-park frills and focus mainly on what has made the park an attraction for generations: nature, beauty and outdoor recreation. The new Silver Springs State Park also includes the former Silver River State Park, which continues to rent out canoes and kayaks just down the river. Future projects will spotlight the natural wonders of the original Silver Springs attraction, Tilghman said. “As of right now, we don’t have any rides slated or planned, but who knows what the future might bring?” she said. “One of the things that we are actively developing right now is longer boat rides that would be engaging for all ages. Many of our captains have been working in the park for decades. They know the river like the back of their hands. They know the wildlife. The glass-bottom boat ride is now 30 minutes long. We’re looking to expand that to one hour and 15 minutes. For those who are interested, we want them to see more of the river. We hope it will leave memories with these families.” The management team also has been discussing ways to celebrate different holidays at the park.

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People enjoy the glass-bottom boat ride at Silver Springs State Park. Also, several concerts are being considered for the summer, Tilghman said. “The biggest message we’re trying to convey is that while we are thrilled to be managing the concessions, we understand that this park belongs to the community. We’re thrilled to be a part of all that is happening here.” Meanwhile, on the river side, the Silver River Museum will continue to be open on weekends; however, that area of the park will probably be closed for the first two weeks of June while the air conditioning system is being redone, said Scott

“The glass-bottom boat ride is now 30 minutes long. We’re looking to expand that to one hour and 15 minutes.” Arden Tilghman, president of Silver Springs Management Mitchell, director of the museum. Parking fees for the park are $5 per person or $8 per carload; that is good for both properties — the spring side and the river side (the old Silver River State Park). Rentals and boat rides cost extra.

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Act out and step up at arts camps now, the popularity is winter-themed movies. And Superhero Camp is so cute. The kids get to pick who their superhero is. It’s a lot of fun, a lot of pretend. No matter what kind of performer you are, you’re telling a story.” Music students will have a variety of choices from Mini Mozart classes to Surfer Beach Music Camp. The summer programs will meet 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting July 9. This is the first year for Shakespeare Camp for Teens, under the direction of Jessica Mongerio. And the Power Hour at the Barre is a fitness class at PAC that focuses on core strength and ability, Lombardo said. Information: 237-5678 and www.pacocala.com.

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ome summer camps toss kids into the wilderness. Some suit them up for their favorite sport. But more and more these days, local camps are putting kids on stage or in galleries — acting, dancing, playing instruments, painting pictures. And this summer, there are many outlets to exercise creative juices in Marion County. Here are some highlights:

Ocala Civic Theatre

For the family ham, Ocala Civic Theatre is offering several thespian camps for ages 6 to 18. As in former years, Missoula Children’s Theatre, an outside introductory program from Montana, will be here in June for a week of rehearsals ending with shows on Friday and Saturday. Also for one week this summer, OCT will bring back another popular traveling troupe: Starfish Circus, a Kalamazoo-based program that teaches campers circus and performing arts. At the performances, expect to see local children dangling from hoops, swinging from silks and demonstrating the colorful and complicated art of poi. OCT’s own theater camp runs for two weeks. This year, the kids will perform “Schoolhouse Rock,” a musical based on ABC’s Emmy Award-winning animated shorts. Auditions are June 14, and rehearsals start July 7. “One of the things I

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ABOVE: Ciara Kelley, right, who plays the part of Pinocchio, gets a nose which begins to grow from Allison Quick, as Geppetto, during a rehearsal of “Pinocchio” at Ocala Civic Theatre last summer. BELOW: A child paints a fish green to print it during a “Printmaking Party” at the Appleton Museum of Art last July. really like, there is a class and a place for any kid who has an interest in theater,” said Kirstin Kennedy, education director. “Missoula is very popular. They only take 60 kids, so we do a registration lottery that starts the week of May 12 for both Missoula and Starfish.” Campers with the Missoula Children’s Theatre will perform “King Arthur’s Quest,” which Kennedy called a sort of “junior Camelot.” Appropriately, it comes on the heels of the OCT main stage production of “Camelot.” For teenagers, it’s a teen musical called “13” by

Jason Robert Brown. “He’s one my favorite composers, and I’m over the moon that I can direct the show,” Kennedy said. “He’s brilliant. The music is just gorgeous. The teens are already preparing for the audition by listening to the music.” Because the teen musical rehearsals are held at night, those who have summer jobs will still have an opportunity to perform, Kennedy said. “It’s sort of what the kids work toward,” Kennedy said. “What’s so great about our summer camps is all of the students who are younger get to see what’s in store for them as

they mature with us throughout the years.” Information: 236-2274 and www.ocalacivictheatre.com/education.html.

Performing Arts Conservatory

To the west and closer to downtown, the Performing Arts Conservatory (PAC) will offer summer classes for singers, dancers and musicians. Lisa Lombardo, cofounder and instructor, said the dance camps each have a different theme and will incorporate dance, acting and basic tumbling. The students also will create their own costumes. Each

week will end with a showcase for parents to see what their children have learned, Lombardo said. “We usually take themes that seem to be all the rage,” she said. “Right

Appleton Museum

For budding Picassos, Ocala’s Appleton Museum of Art’s Summer Arts Camp has a half-dozen classes for ages 4 to 15, beginning with an introductory class for 4- to 6-year-olds. Ages 7 to 12 will have five classes to choose from in a variety of mediums, while learning about famous artists and different cultures. The summer program has grown to include several new options, including a pottery class now that the museum has a kiln, said Mary Moore, museum educator. “When I came here four years ago, we only did two weeks of summer art classes,” Moore said. “Now we have six weeks.”

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has grown to include pottery

Continued from 4 “Last summer, we included 4- to 6-year-olds and had a good time with them,” she said.” Of course, the art curriculum only gets half a year in the public school system, because our art teachers are being shared between schools. This is a wonderful way to keep the kids’ creativity blooming over the summer.” Also new is a special summer program for teens, Moore said. “It’s going to be a little bit more sophisticated with that age group,” she said. To register, go to appletonmuseum.org. To apply for a scholarship, call 291-4455, ext. 1613.

GENERAL CAMPS STEAM: PASSPORT TO THE FUTURE: Interactive experience

for rising eighth-graders that integrates science, technology, the arts and math. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. MondaysThursdays, June 16-July 19, College of Central Florida, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala. $300. Includes camp materials, T-shirts, lunch and field trips. Applications available through May 15. (873-5881 or jacobsj@cf.edu)

Princess Camp: Song and dance

camp. Be a princess for ages 3-6, 9 a.m.-noon or 12:30-3:30 p.m. June 16-19, Mary Ellen School of Dance, 3650 NE 25th St., Ocala. $60. (7322030 or maryellenschoolofdance. com)

Lego Camp: Lego building activities for ages 3-5, 9 a.m.-noon June 16-19; ages 6-9, 12:30-3:30 p.m. June 16-19, Mary Ellen School of Dance, 3650 NE 25th St., Ocala. $60. (732-2030 or maryellenschoolofdance.com)

Hot Wheels Camp: Learn about

cars and building tracks for ages 3-5, 9 a.m.-noon July 14-17; ages 6-9, 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. July 14-17, Mary Ellen School of Dance, 3650 NE 25th St., Ocala. $60. (7322030 or maryellenschoolofdance. com)

Monster Truck Camp: Build and learn about trucks for ages 3-5, 9 a.m.-noon July 28-31; ages 6-9, 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. July 28-31. Mary Ellen School of Dance, 3650 NE 25th St., Ocala. $60. (732-2030 or maryellenschoolofdance.com)

YMCA Summer Camp: Weekly field trips, swimming, sports and games, arts and crafts, MondaysFridays, Marion County YMCA, 3200 SE 17th St. (368-9622 or jcooke@cfymca.org) YMCA Summer Camp: Summer

camp for grades K through eighth, 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, Druid Hills Church, 1712 SE Lake Weir Ave., Ocala. $110 for

members, $160 for non-members, $20 additional fee for Monday and Wednesday swim lessons. (Contact Jamie Craig at 368-9622 or craig@ cfymca.org)

WinShape Day Camp: Sports,

recreation, arts, Bible study and worship. June 9-13, First Baptist Church of Ocala, 2801 SE Maricamp Road. Open to students who have completed first through sixth grades. Hours: 7:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7:45 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday. $196 per child; scholarships available. (6295683, ext. 142, or www.fbcocala. org/kids/winshape-2014)

Artist Hub of Ocala: Summer

camps and workshops, 10:45 a.m.-4 p.m. June 10-Aug. 1, Brick City Center for the Arts, 23 SW Broadway St., downtown Ocala. Camps include rainforest animals, Matisse and Monet, Christmas in July, glass mosaics, assortment of drawing camps, art development, pottery and polymer clay using

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Brick City Center for the Arts

Not to be outdone, Brick City Center for the Arts has two art camps and a couple of workshops every week starting June 10 for students 5 years old to ninth grade. The classes are organized by Sheila Ramos, owner of the Artist Hub of Ocala and an instructor at Hobby Lobby and Brick City Center, the home of Marion Cultural Alliance. Summer classes run Tuesdays through Fridays for $80 a week, including supplies. Participants will study watercolor, acrylics, art deco, creative doodling, pottery, clay and glass beads. During the “Christmas in July” program, students will make holiday-themed ornaments, decorative candy

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Gianfranco Cortes, top, and Gary Rangel juggle during the Saturday matinee of Starfish Circus at Ocala Civic Theatre. Based in Kalamazoo, Mich., Starfish Circus stops in Ocala each summer to train students in performance and circus arts. tins and pins to wear. “We’ve been doing camps since 2004,” Ramos said. “Last year, we had a great turnout. Lots of children keep coming back. They get to try different mediums, and they can pick whatever they want to do. I have a little girl that comes to my classes. She started in 2012. Now, she is the whole age of 5. I have watched her go from

just putting on watercolors and making mud. Now this child can turn out works of art. It’s really interesting to watch a child progress from Tuesday, when they’re trying a sketch, and, by Friday, you’re going, ‘Wow!’ You’re seeing a big difference.” Information: 369-1500 and www.mcaocala.com/ mca-programs/brick-citycenter-for-the-arts.

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Continued from 5 watercolors, acrylics, pen and ink, charcoals, oil pastels and chalks. $80 per week, Marion Cultural Alliance members $70 per week. (Sheila Ramos 867-9660 or artisthub1@centurylink.net) Discovery Center Adventure Camp: Field trips, hands-on teach-

ing, guest speakers and physical challenges for ages 8-12, 8:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. June 9-Aug. 8, Discovery Center, 701 NE Sanchez Ave., Ocala. $100 for members, $110 for non-members. (mydiscoverycenter. org/programs/camps)

Outdoor Adventure Camps:

Ocala Outdoor Adventure Camps for ages 9-15, week camps June 15Aug. 1, Ocala Conservation Center, 7325 NE 170th Ave., Silver Springs. $295 per week. (www.ocalaadventurecamp.com)

PACC Camp: The Ocala Police De-

partment’s Summer Day Camp for ages 6-12, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. June

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SUMMER PLANNER 16-July 25, Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 5 SE 17th St. Learn about laws, gun safety, forensics, arts and crafts. $300. (369-7133, fun4ocalakids.com/Summer-Camps/ Specialty-Camps/Ocala-PoliceDepartments-P.A.C.C.-Camp/ View-details.html)

Little Wings of Faith Learning Center: Summer camp for

ages 5-10, Little Wings, 5066 SE 64th Ave. Road, Ocala. Enrollment is limited; call for times and days. (687-4600, ext. 112)

Skate Camp: Skate, dance, play

dodge ball, relay races, watch movies, make crafts for ages 2-12, 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. June 9 to the end of summer, Skate Mania, 5461 SE Maricamp Road, Ocala. (624-2223)

Sensational Summer Camp:

Swimming, science/math/language, computers, theatrics, 3-D projects, painting and more for ages 4-12, 7:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Monday-Thursday, May 27-Aug. 14, Georgetowne Preschool, 4781 NE 23rd Ave., Ocala. $150, registra-

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tion is $25. (351-4175)

OVERNIGHT CAMPS Camp Kiwanis: Summer camp, June 16–July 11, featuring four one-week sessions for ages 7-13. $225 per week. Space is limited. (236-5401 or www.CampKiwanisOcala.com) Camp Wildwood: Swimming, diving, nature-center activities, pioneer living, barn dances and horseback riding on 589 acres for girls in first-12th grade. (Call Ashley Martin at 813-262-1761 for times and reservations, email amartin@ gswcf.org or visit www.gswcf.org) Camp Scoutcrest: Camp on

Crescent Lake in Odessa for girls in first-12th grade. Offers sailing, canoeing, waterskiing, kayaking, wake boarding, fishing and a lake bouncer. (Call Shari Money at 813262-1833 for times and reservations, email smoney@gswcf.org; or visit www.gswcf.org)

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Ayden Worsham scoots through a hole while playing a game of flag football at WinShape Camp. The faith-based camp at First Baptist Church of Ocala offers a Continued on Page 7 week of sports, recreation, arts, Bible study and worship.

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82 percent of children increased their reading proficiencies by three months. For every week that a child attended camp, his reading proficiency increased by one week.

75 percent of children improved behaviors, and 73 percent showed positive impact.

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ENRICHMENT CAMPS MRMC Handwriting Camp:

Multisensory handwriting camp for preschool children who are about to enter kindergarten; includes games, activities and instruction. Led by a certified occupational therapist and/or occupational therapy assistant, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon Monday-Thursday, June 16-26 and July 21-31, Munroe Regional Medical Center Speech and Hearing Center, 1401 SE 30th Ave., Ocala. $150 for two-week camp. (732-4900 or ErinNulty@ mrhs.org)

Camp Invention: Hands-on

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Counselor Molly Lane helps Lexie Gutman fire a bow and arrow for the first time at Camp Kiwanis on Mill Dam Lake. The camp has been in operation since 1948 and is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Ocala.

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science and teamwork camp for grades 2-5, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. June 16-20, Grace School, 4410 SE Third Ave., Ocala. Public and private school teachers lead camp. $235. (campinvention.org)

Grace Christian Summer Camp: S.M.A.R.T. (science, math,

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For more information and to register your child visit our website, AppletonMuseum.org.

arts, reading, technology) for ages 7-12, June 9-July 25, Grace Christian School, 4410 SE Third Ave., Ocala, $25 registration, $200 per week. (Contact Debbie Bruni at 387-3090 or dbruni@gcsocala.org)

Montgomery Presbyterian Center: Located in Starke on 167

acres with three lakes on site. Six week-long sessions, June 22-Aug. 1. Programs by age. Specialty camps — such as Rustic Camp, Culinary Creation, 10-Day Camp, Power and Light, Leaders and Counselor-in-Training camps — also available. (www.montgomerycenter.org)

Summer Reading Program:

Marion County Public Library System Summer Reading Program for children, teens and adults. (6718551 or library.marioncountyfl.org)

ART CAMPS Appleton Museum of Art: 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Reg-

ister online at www.AppletonMuseum.org or contact Mary Moore at 291-4455, ext. 1613, or moorem@ cf.edu. ■■Terrific Textiles for ages 7-12, 9 a.m.-noon June 16-20. $95 for Appleton members, $110 for nonmembers ■■Pint-Sized Picassos for ages 4-6, 10 a.m.-noon, June 23-27 and July 28-Aug. 1. $75 for members, $90 for non-members ■■Meet the Masters for ages 7-12, 1-4 p.m. June 23-27. $95-$110 ■■Goin’ Fishin’ for ages 7-12, 9 a.m.-noon July 7-11. $95-$110 ■■America the Beautiful for ages 7-12, 9 a.m.-noon July 14-18. $95-$110 ■■Escape to Egypt for ages 7-12, 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 4-8. $95-$110 ■■ Me Myself & I for ages 11-15, 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 4-8. $95-$110. Limited scholarships available.

Picasso’s Palette, 106 SW 17th St., Ocala: Ages 5-14 will explore

eight countries in eight weeks. Sessions: Japan (June 9-13), Italy (June

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Continued from 7 16-20), Mexico (June 23-27), USA (June 30-July 4), France (July 7-11), England (July 14-18), Madagascar (July 21-25) and Iceland (July 28-Aug. 1). Morning sessions are 9 a.m.-noon, afternoon is 1-4 p.m. All day is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Contact Karen DePasquale or Mollie Miranda, 789-6670)

THEATER Ocala Civic Theatre: 4337 E.

Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala: All sessions are $90, unless otherwise noted. (236-2274 or www.ocalacivictheatre.com) ■■Let Me Entertain You dance program for ages 4-7, 9 a.m.-noon June 9-13 ■■Adventure Stories for ages 4-7, 9 a.m.-noon June 23-27 ■■Pixie Hollow fairies program for ages 4-7, 1-4 p.m. June 23-27 ■■“Pinkalicious” creative dramatics for ages 4-7, 9 a.m.-noon July 14-18 ■■Padawan Training Camp (dramatics with basic stage combat

ABOVE: Amara woods performs a toe touch off the mini trampoline during the Grace Full Gymnastics class at the Ocala Family Wellness Center. The gymnastics camp has crafts, water activities, dance, karate and more. LEFT: Morgan Umbrell creates a robot during the Summer Art Camp at the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala. File photos

techniques) for ages 4-7, 9 a.m.noon, July 21-25 ■■Poetry in Motion for ages 4-7, 1-4 p.m. July 28–Aug. 1 ■■Disney Songbook singing, dancing and acting for ages 4-7, 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 11-15 ■■Fairy Tale Theatre Styles for ages 8-12, 1-4 p.m. June 9-13 ■■Once More With Feeling singing for age 8-12, 9 a.m.-noon, June 23-27 ■■You Can’t Stop the Beat dancing for ages 8-12, 1-4 p.m. June 23-27 ■■Clowning Around for ages 8-12, 1-4 p.m. July 14-18 ■■Padawan Training Camp for ages 8-12, 1-4 p.m. July 21-25 ■■Performance Project — Greek Myths A-Z, essential of theater for ages 8-12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., July 21-25. $180 ■■Musicals Rock! for ages 8-12, 1-4 p.m. Aug. 11-15; Musical Theatre Scene Study for ages 13 and older, 1-5 p.m. June 9-13. $120 ■■Improve Your Improv for ages 13 and older, 1-4 p.m. July 28Aug. 1 ■■Musical Theatre Intensive — Music & Dance for Actors for ages

OCALA STAR-BANNER | www.ocala.com 7-18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 30–July 3. $140 ■■ The Art of Performing Magic for ages 8-18, 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. July 7-11. $120, includes magic kit ■■Missoula Children’s Theatre Camp: “King Arthur’s Quest” for ages 6-18, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. June 16-20, with performances at 7 p.m. June 20 and 2 and 7 p.m. June 21, Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. $125. Registration by lottery only from May 12-16. (236-2274 or www.ocalacivictheatre.com)

Starfish Circus: Circus and per-

forming arts for ages 7-18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 4-8, with performances at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 and 2 p.m. Aug. 9, Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. $200. Registration by lottery only from May 12-16. (236-2274 or www. ocalacivictheatre.com)

“Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.”:

Musical for ages 7-13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 7-18, with performances 7 p.m. July 18, 2 and 7 p.m. July 19 and 2 p.m. July 20, Ocala Civic Theatre,

4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. $250. Auditions start at 10 a.m. June 14. (236-2274 or www.ocalacivictheatre.com)

DANCE CAMPS Performing Arts Conservatory, 819 SE First Terrace, Ocala: Summer dance camps

Royal Winter Wonderland, June 2327; Under the Sea, July 7-11; Safari, July 21-25; and Superhero, Aug. 4-8 ($165/$195 extended days); Shakespeare for Teens, July 14-18, for ages 9-15 ($165/$195 extended days); Academic Camp, July 14-17, for grades K-5 ($75); Weekly Mini Mozart Music Classes every Tuesday for five weeks beginning June 17 for ages 3-6 ($15 per class or $70 for all classes); Surfers’ Beach Music Camp, July 9, 16, 23 and 30 ($75). Other summer classes available. (237-5678 or www.pacocala.com)

Mary Ellen School of Dance, 3650 NE 25th St.: Dance The

Summer Away classes for beginners every Tuesday, June 3-24. $45 for the first full month. Included are hip hop/jazz from 4:30-5:15 p.m. (ages 6-12) and tiny tots ballet/jazz from 5:15-6 p.m. (ages 3-5). Beginner to advanced full-day dance camp (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) for ages 3 to 12 ($120 per child) will include jazz, acrobatics, lyrical, tap and hip hop. (732-2030 or maryellenschoolofdance.com) ■■Ballet/Pointe Workshop for ages 5 and older, 4-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 10-July 24, $30 per week. (732-2030 or maryellenschoolofdance.com) ■■FOCUS Intensive for ages 5 and older, intermediate/advanced dancers, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 4-8. Ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip hop, acrobatics, turns, leaps flex/ core and improv. $160. (732-2030 or maryellenschoolofdance.com)

Dance Factory: Six-week classes offered for ages 3 and older, 3233 SE Maricamp Road, Ocala. Classes offered include tap, ballet and hip hop. Call 368-7616 or go to dancefactoryocala.com for times and reservations.

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GYMNASTIC CAMPS Mary Ellen School of Dance, 3650 NE 25th St.: Gymnastics

clinic for ages 5 and older, beginners to advanced, June 9-12 and July 7-10. $60. (732-2030 or maryellenschoolofdance.com)

Grace Full Gymnastics, 4817 NE Second Loop, Ocala: Gym-

nastics camp with crafts, water activities, dance, karate and more,

9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 16-20; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 7-11; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 2125. $80 per week. Facility expected to move into larger location May 1. (694-3055)

HORSEBACK RIDING

due before June 9, and children with disabilities are welcome. (732-7300)

edenfarmocala.com)

Owl Hollow Farm, 740 SE 59th St., Ocala: Riding camp with

Swimming and horse-oriented games in the afternoon. (489-8550 or ocalahappyacres.com)

swimming for all ages with weekly or monthly sessions June-August. (237-4132 or owlhollowfarm.net)

Marion Therapeutic Riding AsEden Farm: 1720 SW 42nd St., sociation, 6850 SE 41st Court, Ocala: Riding camps, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Ocala: Riding and horsemanship

camp open for ages 8-13, 9 a.m.3:30 p.m. June 16-27. $500. June 16-20 camp is $300. Applications

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Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-noon Friday, June 9-13, June 23-27 and July 21-25. $300. (572-7658 or

Happy Acres Ranch, 10051 SW 125th Terrace, Dunnellon:

SilverStride, 9925 NW 160th St., Reddick: Camps June 23-27,

June 30-July 4, July 11-13 (sleepover camp), July 28-Aug. 1, Aug. 4-6 (sleepover camp) and Aug. 11-13 (sleepover camp). (216-9359, 591-3042 or silverstrideequestriancenter.com/events)

MARTIAL ARTS Ocala Karate Dojo, 2611 SW College Road, Ocala: Karate,

self-defense classes, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday throughout the summer, 2611 SW College Road, $95-$130. Register early; enrollment is limited. (237-9076 or ocalakarate.com)

Ocala Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, 7365 SW 38th St., Suite 203, Ocala:

Field trips, self-defense instruction, arts projects and more for ages 5-13, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 5-Aug. 13. $100-$120 per week. (622-6562 or www.ocalabjj. com)

Eighth Avenue Senior Center, 830 NE Eighth Ave., Ocala: Sho-

tokan Karate, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 3-26. Intermediate/advanced classes, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, June 3-26. (apm. activecommunities.com/ocalamarioncounty/Activity_Search)

VOLLEYBALL

Adventure Splash Camp:

All-skills camp for ages 13-18. Two sessions run 1:30-5 p.m. June 30-July 3 and July 14-18, College of Central Florida, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala. $100. (www.CF.edu/ summercamps)

Ocala Aquatics will hold Adventure Splash Camp, eight one-week sessions featuring swimming, water polo, water basketball, and arts and crafts for ages 6-12. Camps runs 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, June 16-Aug. 1, at the Newton A. Perry Aquatic Center, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala. $130 first week, $110 each additional week. (873-5811)

BASKETBALL Basketball Camp: St. John Lu-

Martial Arts World: Marital arts,

SPORTS

College of Central Florida Camp Patriot Basketball Camp: Fundamentals of shooting,

College of Central Florida Baseball Camp: Position-specific

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after. Limited to first 60 to register. (427-8372 or www.gocfcamps. com)

theran School will host Basketball camp for students in third through ninth grade June 9-13 from 8 a.m.noon, 1915 SE Lake Weir Ave. $90 prior to May 30, $100 through June 9, $125 after. (622-7275, ext. 2004, or John.Westol@stjohnocala.org)

weekly field trips, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. beginning June 9, 10654 SE U.S. 441, Belleview. (307-0014 or www. trymaw.com)

Trinity Sullivan performs a bird cage on the aerial hoop during practice at Starfish Circus.

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Taylor Foster plays a PVC pan flute during music camp at Summer Adventure Camp at the Discovery Center in Ocala.

drills, hitting, base running, lunch, games and swimming every day for ages 6-12. Two sessions: 9:30 a.m.4 p.m. June 16-19 and July 14-17, CF campus, 3001 S.W. College Road, Ocala. $160 before May 1, $170

passing, dribbling, rebounding and defense for ages 8-18. Four sessions: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 16-19, June 23-26, July 7-10 and July 2124, CF campus, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala. $145 by May 1, $165 after. (427-7435 or 854-2322, ext. 1323)

CF Patriot Volleyball Camp:

CF Patriot Volleyball Camp:

All-skills camp for ages 6-12. Two sessions run 1:30-5 p.m. June 30-July 3 and July 14-18, College of Central Florida, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala. $100. (www.CF.edu/ summercamps)

CF Ready for High School Volleyball Camp: Training for varsity and junior varsity for incoming freshmen to seniors, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 28-31, College of Central Florida, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala. $50. (www.CF.edu/summercamps)

GOLF First Tee Summer Programming: First Tee Summer Boot

Camp, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. June 16-20, Pine Oaks Golf Club, 2201 NW 21st St., Ocala. $200. Eight-week classes also begin June 10. Pee Wee for ages 5-7, 8:30-9 a.m. Tuesdays at Ocala Golf Club and 8:30-9 a.m.

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APRIL

“SLEEPING BEAUTY”: Marion Ballet Theatre

production, 8 p.m. Friday, and 2 p.m. SaturdayApril 20, Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. $20 for adults, $12 for ages 12 and younger. Children’s matinee, 2 p.m. April 18. (ocalacivictheatre.com) PAAS EGGSTRAVAGANZA: Annual city egg hunt and family festival, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Tuscawilla Park, 899 NE Sanchez Ave., Ocala. (368-5517) EGGSTRAVAGANZA: Egg hunt, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Crossroads Church, 8070 SW 60th Ave., Ocala. (291-2080) ROBOTS ON THE BEACH: Robotics program, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Marion Technical Institute, 1614 E. Fort King St., Ocala. Teams of fourththrough eighth-graders needed. $70. (jmoseley@ thecornerstoneschool.org) DANCE FESTIVAL: Marion Ballet Theatre’s fifth annual community dance festival, 7 p.m. Saturday, Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. $12 for adults, $7 for ages 12 and younger.

(ocalacivictheatre.com) RELAY FOR LIFE: North Side Relay, 6 p.m. April 25-26, North Marion High School, 151 W. County Road 329, Reddick, (240-5063) and Crystal River/ Dunnellon Relay for Life, 6 p.m. April 25-26, Crystal River High School, 1205 NE Eighth Ave., Crystal River. (201-9057) SPRINGS FESTIVAL: Marion County Springs Festival, education and entertainment, April 26, Silver Springs State Park, 5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Silver Springs. (FloridaStateParks.org) MARCH FOR BABIES: March of Dimes March for Babies walk, April 26, Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway, Baseline Trailhead, 4255 SE 58th Ave., Ocala. (marchforbabies.org or 2298588) EAGO: Earthfest at Arbor Day in the Great Outdoors, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26, Tuscawilla Park, 899 NE Sanchez Ave., Ocala. Children’s Fishing Derby, 8 a.m. to noon. (401-3900) HOT CARS AND COOL CATS: Car show to benefit EARS (Endangered Animal Rescue Sanctuary), 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26, 2250 NE County Road 326, Ocala. $10 per show vehicle, free for specta-

tors. (266-2859 or www.EARSInc.net) BRANDISA TOUR: Christian artists Brandon Heath and Mandisa, 7 p.m. April 26, First Baptist Church of Ocala, 2801 SE Maricamp Road, Ocala. $23 general, $45 for VIP. (florida.thejoyfm.com/ event/brandisa) BUTTERFLY PICNIC: Compassionate Friends’ annual Butterfly and Balloon Picnic, 3 p.m. April 26, Erwin Farm, 10725 SE 36th Ave., Belleview. Reservations required. (369-6665 or 245-4798) TAPESTRIES EXHIBIT: “New Art of the Loom — Contemporary International Tapestries,” April 26June 29, Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Museum admission: $3-$6. (291-4455 or www.AppletonMuseum.org) BRETT ELDREDGE: Country singer plays Feel Downtown Live series, 7:15 p.m. April 26, Citizens’ Circle, 151 SE Osceola Ave., Ocala. $10, $30 for VIP. (feeldowntownlive.com) BOOMTOWN DAYS: Annual history and family festival, April 26-27, along Pennsylvania Avenue, Dunnellon. Arts and crafts, food, music, pageants, antique car show, kids’ area and more. (dunnellonchamber.com)

AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL AND BBQ: Bluegrass, folk and country acts, noon to 6 p.m. April 26, Swampy’s Grill, 19773 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Dunnellon. Music is free. Cost for barbecue meals. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Dunnellon. (691-7440) MASTER CHOIR: Central Florida Master Choir concert, 3 p.m. April 27, Dunnellon Presbyterian Church, 20641 Chestnut St., Dunnellon. (4892682)

MAY

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Terrence Porter picks up plastic Easter eggs at the annual PAAS Eggstravaganza at Tuscawilla Park. This year’s event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

ARTWALK: First Friday ArtWalk, 6 to 9 p.m. May 2, downtown Ocala. (368-5517 or recreationandparks.ocalafl.org) RELAY FOR LIFE: Ocala Relay for Life, 6 p.m. May 2-3, Trinity Catholic High School, 2600 SW 42nd St., Ocala. Benefits American Cancer Society. (4276692 or www.relayforlife.org/ocalafl) MOTOWN MUSIC: The Sounds of Soul, Celebrating the Music of Motown, 7:30 p.m. May 3, Orange Blossom Opry, 13939 SE County Road 42, Weirsdale. (821-1201 or www.obopry.com) COPS AND KIDS: Cops, Kids, Firefighters and Family Festival, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 3, Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex, 1510 NW Fourth

DINNER AND 5K: Helping Hands dinner ban-

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Cooper Kain of Ocala gets a little help roping a hay-bale steer from cowboy Clint Boney during the Ocala Shrine Rodeo at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion. St., Ocala. (629-8389)

5K: Derby Day 5K, 7:30 a.m. May 3, Florida Horse

Park, 11008 S. County Road 475, Ocala. Benefiting PACE Center for Girls of Marion County. Event also features Derby Hat Contest, Run for the Roses and Wine Run. $25. (www.pacecenter.org/centers/ marion or active.com) PRAYER WALK: GOD Belongs in My City Prayer and Walk, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 3, Ocala/Marion Veterans Memorial Park, 2601 E. Fort King St., Ocala. Walk ends at Citizens’ Circle at City Hall, 151 SE Osceola Ave., Ocala. (615-2366) JAIL BREAK 5K: Inaugural Dunnellon Jail Break 5K to benefit Special Olympics Florida, 9 a.m. May 3, Datesman Park, 12050 S. Ohio St., Dunnellon. $30. (www.active.com or www.facebook.com/ dunnellonjailbreak5k) PRAISE BAND CONCERT: First United Methodist Church Praise Band, 6:30 p.m. May 4, First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Free. (622-3244, ext. 35) SPRING CONCERT: Dunnellon Community Chorale’s Down Memory Lane concert, 3 p.m. May 4, Dunnellon Presbyterian Church, 20641 Chestnut St., Dunnellon. Free. (489-2682)

quet, 6:30 p.m. May 9, Hilton Ocala, 3600 SW 36th Ave., Ocala. 5K Run, 8 a.m. May 10, Baseline Greenway Trailhead, 4225 SE 58th Ave., Ocala. Olympian Jim Ryun will appear at both events. The banquet is $50. The 5K is $25 before May 5, $30 after, $15 for ages 18 and younger. Proceeds benefit Helping Hands. (732-4464 or www.helpinghandsocala.org) MARION CIVIC CHORALE: “Mostly Mozart” concert, 7 p.m. May 9, St. George Anglican Cathedral, 5646 SE 28th St., Ocala. Free. (537-8833 or MarionChorale@gmail.com or marioncivicchorale. tripod.com/pressroom) LUAU: The Kingdom of the Sun Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will host a Hawaiian luau event to benefit Operation: Stuff the Bus, 6 p.m. May 9, Palm Grove at Oak Run, Royal Oaks Golf Club, 6951 SW 115th St. Road, Ocala. $30 per person. (620-0340 or suzannesmith2@ cox.net) MARION CIVIC CHORALE: “Mostly Mozart” concert, 3 and 7 p.m. May 10, First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Free. (622-3244, ext. 35, 537-8833, MarionChorale@ gmail.com or marioncivicchorale.tripod.com/ pressroom) BOOK SIGNING: Cousin Vinny Agnello will speak and sign his novel “The Devil’s Glove,” 2 to 4 p.m. May 10, Barnes & Noble, 4414 SW College Road, Ocala. (237-1581)

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Country singer Brett Eldredge will perform at the Feel Downtown Live series at Citizens’ Circle on April 26.

TALENT SHOW: Fifth annual The World Has Talent Show, 7 p.m. May 10, Circle Square Cultural Center, On Top of the World, 8359 SW 80th St., Ocala. $11-$13. (854-3670 or ticketsales@csculturalcenter.com) SANCTUS REAL: Christian rock band, Feel Downtown Live concert, 7:15 p.m. May 10, Citizens’ Circle, 151 SE Osceola Ave., Ocala. $10, $30 for VIP, free for ages 10 and younger. (feeldowntownlive.com) MOMS 5K: Memories of Missing Smiles MOMS Day Dash, 7:30 a.m. May 11, Jervey Gantt Park, 2200 SE 36th Ave., Ocala. $20 before May 7, $25 after. Free Kids Fun Run. Proceeds benefit Memories of Missing Smiles. (369-6667 or www. memoriesofmissingsmiles.org) MARION CIVIC CHORALE: “Mostly Mozart” concert, 3 p.m. May 11, Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 SW State Road 200, Ocala. (2374633) SYMPHONY UNDER THE STARS: Fine Arts For Ocala presents annual Mother’s Day concert by the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, 7 p.m. May 11, Ocala Golf Club, 3130 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. $15 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12. (867-0355) “CAMELOT”: Musical, May 15-June 8, Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Evening shows start at 8 p.m., with 2 p.m. weekend matinees. $10-$22. (236-2274 or ocalacivictheatre. com) CONCERT: Classical music, 3 p.m. May 18, First Presbyterian Church of Ocala, 511 SE Third St., Ocala. (629-7561) EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION: Reception for the exhibit “Summer Spotlight XVII,” 4-6 p.m. May 22, Webber Center, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala. Free. Exhibit runs May 22-June 27. (873-5809) LEE GREENWOOD: Country singer, 7 p.m. May 24, Circle Square Cultural Center, On Top of the World, 8359 SW 80th St., Ocala. $33-$38. (8543670 or ticketsales@csculturalcenter.com) DIAMOND RIO: Country band, 7:15 p.m. May 24, Citizens’ Circle at City Hall, 151 SE Osceola Ave., Ocala. $10, $30 for VIP, free for ages 10 and younger. (feeldowntownlive.com) MUD RUN: Eye Mud Run, 8 a.m. May 24, Florida Horse Park, 11008 S. County Road 475, Ocala. Kids run at noon. (www.eyemudrun.com) RENEE DEUVALL: “Music for the Ages” program, 3 p.m. May 25, Dunnellon Presbyterian Church, 20641 Chestnut St., Dunnellon. (4892682)

JUNE

SISTER HAZEL: Feel Downtown Live concert,

7:15 p.m. June 14, Citizens’ Circle at City Hall, 151 SE Osceola Ave., Ocala. $10, free for ages 10 and younger, $30 VIP. (feeldowntownlive.com) REBA TRIBUTE: Robin Gallo’s Tribute to Reba McEntire, 7 p.m. June 14, Circle Square Cultural Center, On Top of the World, 8359 SW 80th St., Ocala. $13-$16. (854-3670 or ticketsales@csculturalcenter.com) COMIC-CON: Ocala Comic-Con, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 28 and noon to 6 p.m. June 29, Hilton Ocala, 3600 SW 36th Ave., Ocala. $12-$24. (ocalacomiccon.net)

JULY

RED, WHITE, BLUES: Red, White and Blues concert and party, 6 to 9 p.m. July 3, Citizens’ Circle, 151 SE Osceola Ave., Ocala. Live music, food and more. (368-5517) FLICK AND FLOAT: Swim and watch a movie, 8 to 10:15 p.m. July 11, Hampton Aquatic Fun Center, 1510 NW Fourth St., Ocala. (368-5517) JAMS: Summer Jams and Food Trucks, 5:30 to 10 p.m. July 18, downtown square, Ocala. (368-5517)

AUGUST

FLICK AND FLOAT: Swim and watch a movie,

8 to 10:15 p.m. Aug. 8, Jervey Gantt Aquatic Fun Center, 2390 SE 36th Ave., Ocala. (368-5517) BASH: Back to School Bash, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 9, Martin Luther King Recreation Complex, 1510 NW Fourth St., Ocala. (368-5505) JAMS: Summer Jams and Food Trucks, 5:30 to 10 p.m. Aug. 15, downtown square, Ocala. (3685517) OCALA SHRINE RODEO: Professional rodeo, Aug. 29-30, Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, 2322 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala. (694-1515)

SEPTEMBER

ARTWALK: First Friday ArtWalk, 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 5, downtown Ocala. (368-5517 or recreationandparks.ocalafl.org) JAMS: Summer Jams and Food Trucks, 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sept. 19, downtown square, Ocala. (3685517)

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From free falls to blackouts: A guide to Florida’s best rides By Sarah Whitman Visitflorida.com

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n increased heart rate. Belly flips. The illusion of free-falling off a skyscraper. These days, theme park thrill rides generate gallons of adrenaline and trick visitors into believing the impossible. Thanks to advancing technologies, you can play Quidditch with Harry Potter or meet angry dinosaurs. You can test the limits of physical experience without putting yourself in real danger. A battle against Decepticons? Why not? A rock-nroll blast-off with Aerosmith? Done. High-speed attractions engage everything from the senses to our internal organs, said Robert Criss, professor of physics at the University of South Florida. The more that goes on during a ride, the more we feel and the more willing we are to wait in line. Our experiences are partly the result of acceleration, or the rate at which an object changes its velocity, Criss said. Riders sense acceleration as ride vehicles push against the body to change direction. If the body is forced forward, the heart and lungs will lunge forward too, creating a noticeable sensation. Many thrill rides also fight gravity, creating feelings of weightlessness at times. Here are some examples of the thrills you can find at Florida’s theme parks this summer.

Free-falling

Nothing makes bellies flip like a good drop tower. These tall wonders, designed to simulate the sensation of, say, falling

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LEFT: This artist’s rendering supplied by Busch Gardens shows Falcon’s Fury, a new thrill ride opening May 1 at the theme park in Tampa. The ride will seat riders upright, take them to the top of a 335foot tower, then pivot seats 90 degrees so riders face straight down as they plunge 60 miles per hour in a six-second free fall. ABOVE: Optimus Prime greets visitors to Transformers the Ride 3-D at Universal Studios Orlando. the attraction combines special effects with coaster speeds. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey uses robotic arm technology to make it feel as though you are flying in and out of harrowing scenes from the movies.

down an elevator shaft, trigger fear-for-fun responses. So what makes it feel like your stomach has risen to your throat? “The stomach is accustomed to hanging from the rest of the organs, being supported by a frame that is in firm contact with the ground, which is pushing back. This is not so during a free fall,” Criss said. For this thrill, check out the 150-foot Dr. Doom’s Fearfall at Universal’s Islands of Adventure or The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s

Hollywood Studios. The Tower, which opened in 1994, drops riders 13 stories, brings them back up and drops them straight down again, all in the dark. Opening May 1 is Falcon’s Fury at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. This unique tower will take guests up 300 feet, pivot so they are looking facedown at the ground and then drop at 60 miles per hour.

Lights out

When a drop or twist

comes without warning, the resulting rush is even sweeter. From Space Mountain at Disney’s Magic Kingdom to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, dark rides rely on the element of surprise to intensify thrills. Many also feature lit scenes and visual effects. A favorite: Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios. As if fire-breathing mummies weren’t enough to get the blood pumping,

Shot out of a cannon

No matter how you prepare yourself for the sudden jolt associated with launch coasters, when it hits, it hits hard. One moment you are sitting still, then — bam! — electromagnets propel the ride car from zero to rocket speed. Cheetah Hunt, Florida’s newest launch coaster, is open at Busch Gardens. Others include Rock ’N’ Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and The Incredible Hulk at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

A little loopy

Many of Florida’s premiere coasters feature signature loops. Loops are exhilarating because the human body experiences multiple sensations in a short period of time, said Tom Henderson of the Physics Classroom. Though coasters move through a loop in mere seconds, the forces at work change drastically from one point to the next. This explains why riders feel pressed to the seat going into the loop and nearly weightless at the top. “Roller coasters thrill us because of their ability to accelerate us downward one moment and upward the next,” Henderson said. Get loopy on Kumba at Busch Garden’s Tampa Bay or Kraken at SeaWorld Orlando.

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Super soakers

Water rides are usually a lot of small drops throughout but no real belly flips until the big dive at the end. Among the super soakers are Splash Mountain at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, the Jurassic Park River Adventure and Dudley Do Right’s Ripsaw Falls at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Journey to Atlantis at Sea World. These rides end with a massive plunge, dropping guests as far as 84 feet. For an old-school feel, check out Tanganyika Tidal Wave and Stanley Falls at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, featuring smaller drops but a classic splash.

No sandals, please

On an inverted coaster, the feet dangle free. It feels like floating through open air, and when the rides go upside down, all you see is sky. Without a place to firmly plant your feet, it’s dizzying. But, these rides are super smooth. For this twist on the traditional coaster experience, visit Montu at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay or Dragon Challenge at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Flying high

Manta at SeaWorld Orlando is Florida’s only flying coaster. Riders glide in the prone position through inversions at 56 miles per hour. The ride is designed to mimic the movements of a manta ray gliding through the sea. “Because you’re tilted down, it’s a completely

Transformers the Ride 3-D at Universal Studios Orlando combines 3-D effects with motion thrills. different experience compared to other thrill rides,” said Ashley Reams, a theme park enthusiast. “You almost feel like you are really flying, which is incredibly exhilarating.”

A new dimension

Transformers the Ride 3-D at Universal Studios Orlando combines 3-D effects with motion thrills. Three-dimensional robots tower above riders, battling it out for the fate of the world. Incorporated seamlessly with the story, simulated lifts, drops and jerks make the experience feel deceptively real. The body moves around a lot on this one, but for all that the motion thrills are pretty tame. The height limit is just 40 inches to ride. It’s similar to Spiderman at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, but more immersive.

Back to the Future

Some theme park patrons may recall the old Back to the Future simulator ride at Universal Orlando. Well, that ride is long gone. Universal replaced it with the Simpsons Ride, which is the same type of attraction. These rides are great for mild thrills. The ride car moves around without ever really going anywhere. The body gets moved from side to side quite a bit, so heed that heart, neck and back problems

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Continued from 9 Saturdays at Pine Oaks. $50. Player class for ages 7-18, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Tuesdays and 8-9 a.m. Thursdays at Ocala Golf Club, and 9:15-10:15 a.m. Saturdays at Pine Oaks. $100. Par class for ages 9 and older, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays at Pine Oaks. $100. Birdie Class for ages 11 and older, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays at Pine Oaks, $100. LPGA/ USGA Girls Golf for ages 7-18, 9:3010:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Candler Hills Golf Club with meetings on June 11, June 25, July 9, July 23 and Aug. 6. $50. Supervised play days, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays at Ocala Golf Club, 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays at Pine Oaks and 10 a.m.-noon Thursdays at Rolling Greens. $5; advanced notice is required. Supervised practice sessions 4-5:30 p.m. Fridays at Pine Oaks. $5. (Chris Fedorcek at 362-2258 or cfedorcek@ thefirstteegreaterocala.org; www. thefirstteegreaterocala.org)

TENNIS Tennis and Swim Camp: Ages

Club, 20 W. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. No experience necessary. Bring own lunch and water bottle. Lunch and after-care until 5 p.m. available for additional fees. $175 with gear provided, $150 providing own gear, 10-percent family discount for two or more fencers. (www.engardefencingclub.com)

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Marcus Khanna, left, jousts with Leela Rumalla during a fencing competition on the last day of summer camp at En Garde Fencing Club in Ocala. 6-12 will learn grips, serving mechanics, scoring and all basic strokes, 9-11 a.m. for tennis and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for tennis and swimming, June 9-Aug. 1, Jervey Gantt Park tennis courts and aquatic center, 2200 NE 36th Ave. $115 per

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camp’s mission is to enrich the lives of children who have chronic or life-threatening illnesses by creating camping experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun, empowering, physically safe and medically sound. Children will enjoy early-morning swims and late-night camp fires. Dates: Heart, June 10-15; cancer (south), June 19-24; cancer (north), June 28-July 3; epilepsy, July 13-18; asthma (severe), kidney, transplant, craniofacial and spina bifida, July 17-22; bleeding disorders/hemophilia and rheumatic/arthritis, July 26-21; sickle cell, Aug. 4-9; rheumatic/arthritis, IBD and immune deficiency,

Aug. 13-18; Location: Camp Boggy Creek, 30500 Brantley Branch Road, Eustis. (483-4200, 866-4626449, info@BoggyCreek.org or www.BoggyCreek.org)

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ing opportunities at various locations around the state for children with Type 1 diabetes. Activities are designed to meet the needs of each age group, but all camps feature traditional land and water activities. Pediatric endocrinologists, nurses and other medical staff are in attendance at each camp. There are several sessions available. Fun Sports Camp in Brandon (ages 15-18), June 8-13; Pee Wee Camp in Brandon (ages 6-8), June 15-20; Tallahassee Camp (ages 7-11), June 24-28; Cycling Adventure Camp beginning in North Central Florida (ages 15-18), June 23-28; Camp Winona Session I in DeLand (ages 12-14), July 23-Aug. 3; Camp Winona Session II in DeLand (ages 9-12), Aug. 9-16. Cost: Ranges from $450-$575, depending on camp. Financial assistance is available. (334-1321 or www.floridadiabetescamp.org)

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Universal Orlando welcomes more Harry, new hotel The Associated Press

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he new Harry Potter-themed area opening at Universal Orlando Resort this summer will allow fans to ride the Hogwarts Express train and experience the British countryside just as the characters did in the book and movie series. Guests will appear to magically pass through a brick wall and board a train with steam and a whistle, according to press reports from Universal Orlando Resort. Riders will have two experiences — one on the way to the new Londonthemed area at Universal Studios Park and another on the way to the original Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the neighboring Universal’s Islands of Adventure. During the ride, characters and magical creatures from the book series will be spotted. Among them: Hagrid on a flying motorbike, the Weasley twins on brooms and the Knight Bus in London traffic. Universal’s team worked with a group from the

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Harry Potter films on the new area and train. If fans want to see both parks, a two-park ticket will be required — currently $136.32 for one day for ages 10 and older. The theme park also released details recently about its newest hotel, the Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Based on 1950s and 1960s mid-century modernist architecture, the resort opened 600 of its 1,800 rooms on March 31. When fully built, 900 rooms will be suites with kitchenettes. Standard rooms will cost from $93 to $127 a night for a stay of seven nights or longer, company officials said. Family suites — which sleep up to six guests — run from $134 to $171 a night for the same length of time. Russ Dagon, the vice president/executive project director of Universal Creative, said guests will feel like they’re still in the theme parks. “It’s an extension of the experience,” he said. The hotel also will have two beach-themed pools, a lazy river and a waterslide.

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Summer college programs help high schoolers test waters By Allison Klein The Washington Post

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ebecca Golub, 18, is a driven student. So when it was time to plan the summer after her junior year at Wootton High School in Rockville, Md., she wanted to make it count. “I’m a go-getter type of person,” said Golub, now a senior. “I wanted to know how my life was going to go.” She applied to a fashion program affiliated with New York University, lived in the dorms with other high-schoolers and completed a for-credit internship, a dream come true for Golub, who is passionate about the industry. Golub is among a growing number of high-schoolers taking advantage of academic summer camps on college campuses, programs targeted at college-bound kids. The programs have exploded in recent years, opening up possibilities for students who want to dig into a subject, test out university life or beef up their college applications. Plenty of students still take a job at the shopping mall over the summer. But more high-schoolers — and even some middleschoolers — are gravitating toward universities. They do it in part to be around like-minded teens, but many have their eyes on the prize: a way to be better prepared for college and get a leg up in the sweepstakes of the college application process. High-schoolers can take almost any subject offered — scriptwriting, architecture, engineering design, forensic sciences, international political relations, anatomy — as long as their

families can pay the sometimes-hefty cost or the students win a coveted scholarship. Golub’s four weeks at NYU cost about $8,000. Students who attend Harvard for an eight-credit summer pay $11,000. Given the yearly cost of college tuition, now between about $13,000 and $35,000, many students no longer have the luxury of waiting until after they’ve graduated from high school to “find themselves.” They show up on Day One of college with a goal and a plan. An academic summer program can give students a chance to learn more about a particular subject and maybe decide, before they’ve finished high school, if they want to major in it. Before Golub interned at NYU, she hadn’t decided which aspect of fashion would be her focus. “I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do merchandising, and it was really bothering me,” said Golub, who started a fashion club at her high school. After her four-week merchandising internship, she determined she prefers fashion public relations. “I’m a people person,” she explained. Ry Arnold, a 16-year-old in Potomac, Md., attended a 10-day engineering leadership camp at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He discovered it after the National Student Leadership Conference offered him a spot in the program based on his PSAT scores. Arnold, now a junior at Winston Churchill High School, said he enjoyed the freedom of being away from home, and decided

engineering would be his path. “It was an inexpensive way to make sure Ry wanted to do engineering as a major in college,” said his father, Brian Arnold, owner of a home remodeling company. “Even though it was several thousand dollars, it was a lot cheaper than a semester in college.” The program cost about $3,000 plus airfare. For some students, summer programs bring an academic focus into relief at an even earlier age. Kehinde “Kay” Dosunmu, 17, a senior at School Without Walls in Washington, said she took the SAT in eighth grade and scored high enough that she won a scholarship to take any college course through the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. Dosunmu chose a $1,200 psychology course at George Washington University. She took a six-week for-credit class the summer after her freshman year. “I plan on majoring in psychology in college because of my experience,” she said. She also took a $2,000 two-week writing workshop at Duke University the summer after her sophomore year. She picked it because “I’m a writer. I write short fiction, and I was looking for some way to pass my summer.” There was another benefit, too. “I got to experience living in a dorm. In the fall I would have been kind of shocked. I’m really used to having my own space. I’m most comfortable alone,” she said. “I’m mentally preparing myself for sharing my space with others.”

Questions to ask Eight questions students and parents can ask as they think about applying to summer college programs: 1. Do I have an academic or other interest I’d like to explore with people my age? 2. Am I familiar with the application process and deadline? Many programs are accepting applications now. 3. Do I want a residential program, meaning I live on campus for several weeks? Or would I prefer a commuter option? 4. If it is a residential program, what supervision is offered for the students? Are there chaperones who live with the students? 5. Is the program operated by the university or a private company partnering with the university? 6. Are the instructors professors at the university during the school year? 7. Does the program offer college credit? 8. What is the total cost of the program? This can include tuition, room and board, transportation, books, application fees and other costs. Is financial assistance available? For colleges and universities, the programs are a marketing tool and a revenue stream — and a solution to having empty campuses over the summer. “They tailored the programs to high school students who could try out new career possibilities and could use these terrific facilities over the summer,” said education consultant Shirley Levin. “All while figuring out how to do their own laundry and live with a roommate.” And there’s another reason. If students enjoy their summer, they’re likely to apply to that university. “Colleges want more applicants. The more who apply the more they can reject, the more selective they look in the rankings,” said Diane Epstein, an education consultant. Although having completed a summer program does enhance a

student’s application, colleges do not give preference to students who have attended programs on their campuses, according to both universities and education consultants. For example, if a student takes summer courses at Cornell University, that student will not have a special advantage to get into Cornell. But if a student impresses a professor over the summer, that professor can send a letter of recommendation to an admissions office. The summer programs colleges offer vary widely. Some offer credits for university-level course work. Others are run by private companies that affiliate with universities to use their dorms and facilities but not always their professors; some offer college credit, and some don’t. Academic summer camps started mushrooming as college admissions

became sharply competitive. Levin says she saw an explosion in them about 15 years ago. “Competition became stiffer and stiffer, and families were searching for ways to enrich the academic experience, to look more passionate or motivated about what they were interested in,” said Levin, who offers workshops called “creative summers,” which teaches families about the myriad summer options available for teens. In recent years, colleges began extending the programs to middleschoolers, who live on campus for several weeks while taking non-credit courses. Getting accepted is far less competitive than admission to the school year-round. A certain PSAT or SAT score is often enough to gain acceptance. “The application process is not as rigorous because it’s a revenue-making stream,” Levin said. Most colleges and universities, public and private, now offer academic summer camps. Families have to be sure their kids can handle a summer at college. “There are students out there who have never had to do their laundry, who are so connected to parents by cellphone,” said education consultant Wendie Lubic. “It’s great for them to have the opportunity to be away.” Some families are taking advantage of camps for younger children. In 2010, the University of Maryland started a “Discovery Program,” on topics such as science and government, for

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programs: Sometimes, kids just need a break from studies Continued from 16 middle-schoolers, who either stay in the dorms for several weeks or commute from home. Almost 300 students have enrolled in the program since it began. This summer, the cost is $2,500 for two weeks. A psychology professor at Johns Hopkins University, Julian Stanley, started one of the first summer programs for gifted students in 1979 after he came across a seventhgrader who had completed all of the math courses available to him at school. The program aimed to challenge extremely bright students. The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth has expanded to 23 campuses across the country (and one in Hong Kong) for students who test into it. Students from across the nation and dozens of foreign countries enroll, some for on-campus classes and some online. Most students pay, but scholarships are available. Students can sign up for the program as early as prekindergarten. But such academic ambition is not for everybody. Many universities offer other kinds of camps, such as sports, dance, theater or sculpting, she said. “Summer is a golden opportunity for students to have some sort of a productive experience. It’s not productive to have nothing structured. You spend too much time watching TV or playing computer games,” Levin said. “Having a job is a terrific option. A regular sleep-away camp is a good option. Volunteer service is extremely important.”

Sampling of summer courses

Eight days. Residential. Non-credit. About $5,500. scs.georgetown.edu. Enrichment programs, MasHere is a sampling of summer camps sachusetts Institute of Technology’s School of Engineering and courses offered by colleges for MIT offers three free academic high school students. Many unienrichment programs for high school versities offer credit and non-credit seniors as part of the Minority courses, as well as residential and Introduction to Engineering and Scicommuter programs. Registration is ence. Options include a one-week or open for most programs listed. Information was compiled from university six-week residential program or a sixwebsites and may change. Some fees month online program. Non-credit. web.mit.edu/mites. may not be included. Introduction to Communication American politics, Georgetown Behavior, University of PennsylUniversity vania Learn from experts about the An introduction to the fundamentals separation of powers among the of communication behavior, including three branches of government. In the classroom and on field trips, students media influences on knowledge, perceptions of social reality, aggressive meet elected officials, Capitol Hill behavior and political behavior. About staff, lobbyists and policymakers to discuss congressional campaigns, leg- five weeks. Residential. For credit. islative priorities and national issues. $13,299 for two courses. www.sas.

upenn.edu/summer. Comet Debate Institute, University of Texas at Dallas Students develop speaking and strategic skills with faculty and debaters. Two weeks. Residential. Non-credit. $1,600. www.utdallas.edu/summercamps. Biological illustration, Brown University (Providence, R.I.) Students learn scientific rendering. Specimens may include dissections, microscope slides and living material. Media may include graphite/ carbon dust; pen and ink; scratchboard; colored pencil; watercolor; and polymer clay. Two weeks. Residential. Non-credit. $3,713. www.brown.edu/ ce/pre-college. Livestock judging, Cameron University (Lawton, Okla.) The Junior Livestock Judging Camp is for beginning judging participants

(ages 9-13) and focuses on evaluation, note-taking and an introduction to oral reasons. The Senior Livestock Judging Camp is for advanced judging participants (ages 14-19). It focuses on evaluation with emphasis on oral reasons. Three days. Residential. Non-credit. $150. www.cameron. edu. Virginia Governor’s Schools On-campus courses for gifted students. Subjects include engineering, agriculture, humanities and arts. Up to four weeks. Residential. Application due in the fall. Free. www.doe. virginia.gov/instruction/governorsschool-programs. Writing to Be Seen, University of Maryland An introduction to writing for film, television and the stage. Three weeks. Residential. For credit. $3,270. oes. umd.edu.

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Why do parents sweat summer camp? By Amy Joyce The Washington Post

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hat did I find myself doing on the coldest night in January? Hitting “submit” on the first camp form of 2014. Summer camp. My 6-year-old son will be going to a baseball camp in July. I knew it was a popular camp. I knew it could fill up. I knew he would think it was a dream to be able to meet a Washington Nationals player and go on the field at his favorite stadium. I also couldn’t shake the feeling that I was being a little crazy signing him up in January, just as the

registration opened. But camp craziness is a sickness, and one that is already taking over the minds and keyboards of parents. I swore I wouldn’t be this way. But it’s just this one camp. Right? Sort of. I started hearing about summer camps before Christmas. One worried friend emailed me asking whether I had started to figure out what my kid would be doing. I scoffed. No, we didn’t sign up until the last minute last year, and he had a blast, I said. A colleague told me she

was getting emails from camps her daughter had attended, saying they were filling up. In December. Another felt she had to jump on things because her daughter’s favorite camp was offering a discount if she signed up in January. And my son’s best bud’s mom asked in January whether he was interested in zoo camp because early registration is, well, now. This is our second summer doing camps, and it’s still overwhelming and confusing. Some camps are one week. Others, three. Some end at 2 p.m., others at 6 p.m. Do we need after-care? Beforecare? Do we really need to wait online to get a few

The idea behind ActivityRocket.com is simple: Search for an activity or camp in your area, and you will probably find it. coveted slots for the few coveted camps? Or will he be just as happy with the neighborhood tennis/ water fight/ice cream days as he was last summer? Wouldn’t it be great if there was just one place to figure it all out? I spent a little time recently with Ilene Miller and Lisa Friedlander, founders of ActivityRocket.com. The idea behind

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their company is simple: Search for an activity or camp in your area, and you will probably find it. You can even sign up for camp (or an activity) for free right from the site. The impetus for the site was when Friedlander, a former lawyer, was frustrated trying to find a class for her daughter at a very specific time during the week. Her friend, Miller, a former lobbyist, had booked an entire summer vacation on Expedia in just minutes, and they realized that’s what parents needed for kids’ activities. And so they set out to try to build such a thing. They now have almost 500 businesses on their site.

A few years ago, before our camp days, my sister-in-law told me about the spreadsheet she had at the ready with camps, dates, times to sign up and other pertinent information. That was how she organized her two daughters’ summers, when school was out but both parents still had to work. Would we have to do that, too? I’m not that organized. We still just have one camp on the roster and another waiting in the wings. But I’m sure, with a little help, we’ll figure out the rest of the summer in due time. And you know what? He’s going to have a blast.


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MARION COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION SUMMER CAMPS FIREWISE NATURE CAMPS

Our series of nature-related camp programs, is the place to be for summer fun. Children ages 6-12 can explore the wonders of nature through weekly themes with hands-on activities, arts and craft projects, hikes and games – highlighted by special guests and field trips. Additionally, campers will learn about wildfire safety and how to develop safe firewise practices in their daily lives. Firewise Nature Camp is based out of Brick City Adventure Park (1211 SE 22nd Road, Ocala). Nature camp programs will run from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Before-and-after care (7:30-8 a.m. and 5-6 p.m.) is included in the weekly fee. MONDAY-FRIDAY / JUNE 9-AUG. 8 / WEEKLY FEE - $95 PER CHILD / AGES 6-12 BUDDING ADVENTURE June 9-13 What’s at the center of the forest universe? Seeds are! Come dig into a fascinating adventure of seed traveling and tasting. Watch as a seed begins its journey into a budding adventure of growth. What will this seed need to complete its journey? Can it survive? Where, how and when? Learn about fire feelings and adaptations from a seed’s beginning. INSECTIGATIONS June 16-20 The hunt is on for creepers or crawlers. What a fascinating world of bugs it is that inhabits the forest universe. Let’s investigate the rolling, leaping, digging, pushing, sound-making world of bugs. Learn what role those fascinating creatures contribute to the forest universe. Scavenger burn hunt is on for clues in the forest from flames to firefighters. How do the bugs survive? A “PLANT”-TASTIC FEAST June 23-27 Plant-eaters only, please! Learn who the herbivores are that walk, jump, crawl, wiggle and roll around in the forest universe. What is some of the evidence of what the largest herbivores left behind? Let’s harness some plant energy! Learn to ask some hot questions about fire changing the herbivores’ environment. MIGHTY MUSCLES June 30-July 3 Who has the muscles of a bear, the cunningness of a raccoon or the navigation of a bat? We are omnivores. Let’s explode into a fantastic world of omnivores learning their role in balancing the environment of the forest universe. Let’s muscle some fire with cunningness and firefighters’ strength and endurance to see how they compare. (No class on July 4). LEAF LITTER SHAKE July 7-13 Watch the leaf litter shake as I soar, strike, leap on prey! There is nowhere to hide, nowhere to escape. I am a carnivore. Come join the carnivore conga line of interesting animal species that enjoy a good meal. Blazes leap, strike and soar; if only trees could talk. Learn what impact fires have in the forest universe on the lives of the carnivore. HIDDEN DENS July 14-18 The decaying process brings matter back to earth to nurture the plants now living. Let’s explore more closely the cycle of decaying matter while learning the value of recycling, how fire cycles change habitats and how animals share their hidden dens for survival in the forest universe.

RECREATION SPECIALTY CAMPS ARCHERY CAMP Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-noon Ages 9-15 $45 per child Session I July 7-11 Session II Aug.11-15 Archery is an exciting sport for children, teaching them hand-eye coordination, developing their patience and building confidence. This camp will touch on all of that under safe supervision. Different target mediums will be used to make the sport fun and interesting for children. KAYAK / PADDLEBOARD MINI-CAMP Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Ages 10-15 $80 per child Session I June 16-19 Session II July 21-24 Session III Aug. 4-7 Learn the basic skills of kayaking, as well as the latest “Stand-Up Paddling” (SUP) sport. Program will include instruction and local outings in the area. Participants meet at Brick City Adventure Park. Please understand that rain may be a factor in the weekly plans. Friday will be used as an alternate rain-day. Pre-registration required. FISH CAMP Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Ages 8-15 $130 per child Session I June 9-13 Session II July 28-Aug. 1 A fun-filled week of outdoor adventure that takes it to the extreme with kayaking, paddle boarding, tubing, hiking, ropes challenge, as well as an overnight campout. Participants meet at Brick City Adventure Park. SUMMER MINI-CAMPS / AGES 6-12 Fort McCoy Elementary and Greenway Elementary Schools Monday-Thursday / 8 a.m.-2 p.m. / June 16-July 17 (no camp on July 4) Ages 6-12 / Administrative fee (per child): $15/week or $35/5 weeks Marion County Parks and Recreation summer mini-camps will be offered at Fort McCoy and Greenway Elementary Schools. The camps are open to all children ages 6-12, and will include a variety of weekly activities including games, crafts, special theme days and more fun. A breakfast and lunch program will be available at the schools. Registration opens April 21.

Registration for all camps begins April 1 unless specified. All summer camps require pre-registration. Search, register and pay for Marion County Parks and Recreation programs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any device connected to the internet at www.marioncountyfl.org/parks. For more information, please contact Marion County Parks and Recreation at 352-671-8560 or email parks@marioncountyfl.org.

PASS THE ENERGY, PLEASE July 21-25 Radiant heat, spontaneous combustion, essence of life – that’s our sun. Come explore the solar heat rays that help the cycle to begin again. The sun’s rays provide the energy necessary to start life again. Let’s experiment with the chain reaction of heat and how it is found in Florida’s natural habitats. Learn how to light a fire by passing the energy on to spontaneous combustion. WATER WONDERS July 28-Aug. 1 Water is essential to life itself. Join the fun exploring the murky wetlands, a natural filtering system to healthy water and a healthy you. Let’s examine one small square, flooded, shallow and murky area to find out what is in the water. What lurks? Vitamins, nutrients, carbon? Watch osmosis in action and the role of fire in the carbon cycle. Next step, drink up! LOOK WHAT THE TIDE BROUGHT IN Aug. 4-8 Quick…a costume change so I can clown-fish it up! Dazzling costumes, super tricks, death-defying feats and scary moments from the sea creatures below! No circus can compare to the wonders of the underwater world. Let’s go down to the sea and explore.

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