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As summer temperatures continue to rise, Ocala Electric Utility would like to share a few simple tips to keep homes cool and electric costs down. • Keep thermostats set no lower than 78 degrees when home. • Keep thermostats set at a minimum of 83 degrees or higher when away from home for more than four hours. Every degree below 78 degrees raises cooling costs by approximately 6 to 8 percent per degree.
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ove it or hate it, we are living through the digital age and just about anyone with a smartphone has the potential to become an Instagram star. They charm us with beautiful images, tempt us with tasty food pics, make us laugh unexpectedly and sometimes evoke a little envy. Instagram has an undeniable appeal and allows us some escapist fun. So if you’re looking to add a little local flavor to you feed, you might want to check out a few of our favorite accounts.
With a dedicated audience of close to half a million followers, plus-size model and blogger Chanté Burkett is inspiring and empowering women all over the world with her great style, boss-babe moves and sense of humor. In 2015, Chanté was the first plus-size blogger to be featured in Target’s body-positive ‘Target Loves Every Body’ ad campaign. She uses her Instagram account to spark conversations about style, entrepreneurship and the realities of being a woman in the modern digital world. “If I’m not blogging you can catch me on my Instagram daily,” Burkett shares. “I use Instagram to share my story as I navigate through life. I’ve connected with so many women and built some great friendships that started on Instagram.”
If you’re inspired by striking nature photography, you must check out the Instagram feed of Dianne Gillespie. She has a serious passion for photography, nature and animals that has led her to create a series of consistently awe-inspiring images. “I like to promote and highlight what I refer to as the ‘Real Florida,’” Gillespie explains. “For so many, when they think of Florida, they automatically think of Mickey Mouse. Florida is so much more than that in my opinion.” Gillespie, who has lived in Ocala for the past 13 years and works in the elder care services field, abandoned at least one of her other social media accounts to embrace a medium that better suited her sensibilities. “I deleted my Twitter account and went to Instagram for a more positive social media experience,” she recalls. “I have a wonderful group of followers and enjoy interacting with them. I love making new connections from around the globe.”
There is certainly no shortage of great eats in our area and Stephanie Risher has become a mini-tour guide for all things fresh and delicious. A professional web developer who moved to the area from Oregon, she originally established a blog to document her favorite Ocala eateries and dishes. She quickly discovered, however, that Instagram was a better vehicle for her musings. “I’ve always been an appreciator of food. It’s a great talent to be able to create something that looks and tastes good. It’s not a skill that I have quite mastered myself, so I really admire the ability in others,” she explains. “Ocala has so many fantastic local restaurants with ever-changing menus so there’s plenty of opportunities for photos. What I love about Instagram is that it gets me to try new things.” she continues. “The coolest thing about my time on Instagram has been getting to see all the passionate and talented chefs we have in our community, both professional and amateur. I love looking at everyone’s posts and seeing all the delicious food.” Sign us up for extra helpings!
It’s almost impossible to not crack a smile at the silly faces that animals make, but just like comedy... it’s all in the timing. That’s something the folks at Kindred Spirits Sanctuary know all too well. The 140 sanctuary residents receive around-the-clock care and highquality diets and enjoy spacious barns and green pastures in which to laze and graze. “We seek to provide a place where people can connect with these sentient beings and discover their unique and often humorous personalities,” explains Education & Outreach Coordinator Michelle Lovegrove. “One of our most photogenic residents is Felicia. She is an 11-year-old factory farm pig that was rescued in 2008 when a factory farm in Iowa flooded and the farmer locked up the pigs and left them,” she continues. “We post on Instagram at least once daily, sometimes twice. Not only do our followers enjoy keeping up with our residents and their daily lives, but we’re also hoping to help others make a connection and realize that each of our residents are individuals with their own quirks and personalities.” And take it from us, these extraordinary creatures get caught making some seriously silly faces for the camera in a variety of wacky poses. “From the time we’ve been active on Instagram, we have made many connections and met many like-minded people,” Lovegrove shares. “It has made it simple for us to show our followers that we appreciate them and their enthusiasm about what we do at Kindred Spirits Sanctuary.”
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A Bus With A Mission
Humane Society of Marion County’s Magic Bark Bus is mobilizing the humane treatment of animals outreach educational program. › By JoAnn Guidry
lthough it is a bus that goes to schools, the Magic Bark Bus is no ordinary school bus. Inspired in design by the Beatles’ song “Yellow Submarine,” the refurbished church van is indeed bright yellow. Peering out of painted portals are local artist Maggie Weakley’s whimsical dogs and cats. Inside
are live furry, four-legged ambassadors, who—with a little help from their friends—will be instrumental in teaching children kindness to animals. “Our mission is written right on the outside of the bus— Humane Education: Teach Today, Practice Tomorrow,” says Bruce Fishalow, executive director of the Humane Society of Marion County. “Initially, we’ll be going to all Marion County elementary schools. Eventually, we want to bring the program to all students, K-12.” In the early stages of developing the teaching bus concept, Fishalow discovered that 15 years ago, the state Legislature passed the Florida Humane Education Statue (233.061). The little-known law requires public schools to create a kindness-to-animals course based on rules and regulations set by the state’s commissioner of education, the State Board of Education and the local school board. “When I presented the Magic Bark Bus concept to the Marion County
School Board, they were immediately on board,” says Fishalow. “We will work together to review the program and modify the curriculum as we progress. And in addition to pets, we want to also include the humane treatment of wildlife, too.” Erin Garri, who was hired in June, will serve as the HSMC director of humane education to develop the mobile humane education program. “While our focus is on humane education in public and private schools, we also plan to utilize the Magic Bark Bus as much as we can in public outreach throughout the community,” says Garri, who has a bachelor’s in animal science. “We will be using a curriculum created by the Humane Society of the United States, but we will also customize our own specifically for our needs.” Garri notes that “the evolving curriculum will include basic pet care for younger students to animal-based careers for high school students.” Expect to see the Magic Bark Bus a lot. “We’re inviting the community to join this project. For at least a new $100 donation, your name will be put on the bus. We want to cover the bus with names,” says Fishalow. “We want the Magic Bark Bus to be the most recognizable vehicle in Marion County.”
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nlike many tourists, Floridians are usually only a day trip away from vacation destinations. Even late into the season, water parks in the area are filled with new attractions and special promotions. These instate getaways promise something fun for everyone.
Aquatica Aquatica’s new family rafting experience, Ray Rush, has just been unveiled at SeaWorld’s water park in Orlando. With three diﬀerent components, the ride oﬀers guests a powerful jumpstart, sharp turns and a huge half-pipe. A conveyor belt escalates rafts up to the loading dock, so riders don’t have to worry about lugging them up the stairs—always a win with little ones in tow. › aquatica.com
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Volcano Bay Universal Orlando Resort’s Volcano Bay combines carefree island elements with serious excitement. Slides spiral out of the park’s signature volcano, which stands as the tallest peak in Florida. The park stands out by equipping guests with TapuTapu, free wristbands that allow users to join a digital queue for their favorite rides. While waiting, they can ride other attractions or get a bite to eat. › universalorlando.com
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Your canine’s favorite game just got better. This toy promotes exercise and activity for both you and your dog. Hours of fun packed into one sphere, this ball’s effective, open design leaves room for easy breathing during game time so your dog won’t tire out. › chewy.com
Now for a game of fetch that won’t tire you out! Play longer games of fetch with the Ultra Ring Launcher, a flying dog toy that bounces, hops and zigzags to keep your canine on their toes. The toy has a handle for easy pickup, so you can play for hours. › chewy.com
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Small tweaks in your diet could make a diﬀerence by increasing your chances at getting pregnant. A study published by Oxford University examined women’s dietary intake before conception and found a link with fertility. Compared to women who eat several portions of fruit in their daily diets, women who consume more fast food and little fruit take longer to get pregnant. Speciﬁcally, those who ate fast food four or more times a week took almost a month longer to become pregnant than the women who ate portions of fruit every day. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends a pre-conception care checkup to identify risk factors and take steps to help you have a healthy pregnancy. As outlined by the study, pre-pregnancy diet is the starting point from which to measure your health and nutrition and is just as important as your diet during pregnancy.
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› CLASS ACTS › BY KEVIN CHRISTIAN, APR, CPRC
Back To School
Hard to believe it’s already August, which means local schools will soon be opening their doors, hallways and classrooms to students all over Marion County. Drivers, be more mindful of those flashing yellow lights in school zones and red lights on stopped school buses. The new year for Marion County Public Schools means an estimated 43,181 students walking onto campus—20,370 elementary, 9,722 middle, 12,305 high and another 784 in other locations. MCPS is now a “B” school district according to Florida’s Department of Education. A big academic push this year focuses on elementary reading and building a cadre of support for students, families, teachers and others. A “Community Reads!” initiative will feature a toolbox of resources, events, highlights, activities and other components designed to improve learning, comprehension and communication for students and their families. “Community Reads!” launches this month on the district’s website— marionschools.net —and showcases new content every month.
Meantime, over 150 new teachers have joined the district and are prepping their classrooms now for the first day of school on Monday, August 13. Here are some things to consider when it comes to the 2018-2019 school year.
Now a state law, every public school in Marion County must have an armed security person on campus. This year, those persons
are law enforcement officers from local agencies. This means, for the first time ever, all elementary schools will have a full-time school resource officer (SRO) on campus every day of the school year. Middle and high schools continue their tradition of this same arrangement. New this year, five high schools will have two SROs on campus because of their student body size, including Belleview, Forest, Lake Weir, Vanguard and West Port. As well, 30 armed individuals will be certified by the sheriff ’s office to serve on campuses under the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program. The ALICE Protocol continues to drive security plans throughout Marion County. Revised safety procedures are now included in updated training required of all teachers and district employees. Local law enforcement now supports the ALICE Protocol, encouraging teachers and students to focus on these aspects of safety: Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. Cameras and additional fencing continue to be installed on various campuses to increase security measures.
Communication channels you can use include marionschools.net, Skylert notifications, Family Access, school websites, Twitter (@MarionCountyK12), YouTube (MCPSmedia), Peachjar and 866.SPEAKUP (text “SPEAKup” to 847411). In addition, the district offers the Marion Education Channel, its weekly “k12 connect” video program and partnerships with local media to share important information.
Starting this year, Marion County Public Schools is divided into three geographic areas based on school feeder patterns. Parents concerned about school issues, student needs, discipline situations, communication matters or other regards should contact the area director representing the school their child attends if resolution cannot be reached with the school principal. AREA 1: MELISSA KINARD › (352) 671-4163 ELEMENTARY: Anthony, Dr. NH Jones, Evergreen, Fessenden, Fort McCoy, Madison Street Academy, Oakcrest, Ocala Springs, ReddickCollier, Sparr and Wyomina Park MIDDLE: Fort McCoy, Howard and North Marion HIGH: North Marion and Vanguard AREA 2: JOHN KERLEY › (352) 236-0562 ELEMENTARY: Belleview, Belleview-Santos, Eighth Street, Emerald Shores, Greenway, Harbour View, Legacy, Maplewood, StantonWeirsdale and Ward- Highlands MIDDLE: Belleview, Fort King, Lake Weir and Osceola HIGH: Belleview, Forest and Lake Weir AREA 3: BEN WHITEHOUSE › (352) 671-4151 ELEMENTARY: College Park, Dunnellon, Hammett Bowen, Marion Oaks, Romeo, Saddlewood, Shady Hill, South Ocala and Sunrise MIDDLE: Dunnellon, Horizon Academy and Liberty HIGH: Dunnellon and West Port OTHER: Hillcrest, MTC and MTI
2018-2019 Early Release Days September 26 October 24 December 5 January 23 February 27 April 17
Leadership Changes New principals will start at 14 Marion County schools this year. ELEMENTARY BELLEVIEW-SANTOS: Ashley Kemp* EIGHTH STREET: Dawn Prestipino FORT MCCOY (K-8): Renee Jones* HARBOUR VIEW: Rob Hensel LEGACY: Shameka Murphy* MAPLEWOOD: Christine DiSanza* WARD-HIGHLANDS: Treasa Buck MIDDLE HOWARD: Lamar Rembert LAKE WEIR: Brian Greene HIGH BELLEVIEW: Heather Guest FOREST: Elizabeth Brown NORTH MARION: Danielle Livengood* VANGUARD: Christopher Carlisle* MTC / MTI / CTE: Mike Kelly *first-time principals Nineteen assistant principals are also changing schools or positions within the same school, and 14 are entering the educational leadership stream as firsttime assistant principals.
We encourage families to update their contact information and communication preferences by logging into Family Access, this is the district’s online service giving complete access to grades, test scores, attendance, contact info, lunch balances and so much more. To register, simply visit your child’s school with a valid photo ID. You can register all your children at one time at just one school. Registering also gives you regular e-flyer updates from Peachjar, a specialized service designed to eliminate traditional paper-based flyers. Last year, MCPS saved 466 trees by sending 3.8 million e-flyers instead of sheets of paper! AUG ’18 ›
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There’s always something happening in Horse Country. Check out these upcoming events for the month of August. Interested in seeing your horse-related event in Ocala Style? Send us an email at email@example.com.
Florida Horse Park 11008 SOUTH HWY 475, OCALA › (352) 307-6699 › flhorsepark.com Aug. 17-19: South Florida Reining Horse Show Aug. 8-19: POP XC Schooling & Schooling Show Aug. 25: Marion Saddle Club Hunter/Jumper Show
Southeastern Livestock Pavilion 2232 NE JACKSONVILLE ROAD, OCALA › (352) 671-8400 › marioncountyfl.org Aug. 3-5: PATH International Conference Aug. 10-11: Southern Regional Paso Fino Show Aug. 31-Sept. 1: Ocala Shrine Rodeo
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Sparr United Methodist Church Horse Show 13100 NE JACKSONVILLE ROAD, SPARR › (352) 216-8892 › facbook.com/sparrhorseshow Second Saturday of the month through November
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Down On The Ranch Locally based Happy Acres Ranch could be the answer to your dude ranch dreams. › By JoAnn Guidry W ant a dude ranch experience, but can’t make it out West? No problem. Say howdy to Dunnellon-based Happy Acres Ranch. Originally bought by Jim and Ailene Moore as a weekend retreat in 2005, the 30-acre ranch slowly transitioned into a dude ranch two years later. “We’d have friends and family visit us and they’d love being on the ranch,” says Jim, a longtime horseman and home builder. “Everyone kept telling us we should turn it into a dude ranch. We finally gave it a try and are still hosting folks 10 years later.” Guests have a variety of lodging options. The two Groom’s Quarters were originally 12-feet-by-12-feet barn stalls cleverly transformed into bedrooms; a barn bathroom is right across the center aisle. Red River, Whistle Stop and Stage Coach are RV camper cottages with plenty of room for multiple adults and kids. Happy Trails is a fully appointed barn apartment that sleeps six. Except for the Groom’s Quarters, the lodgings have all the amenities, including outside barbeque pits. “We’re very flexible with stay time, from one night to a weekend to several months. In the winter, we get folks primarily from the Northeast
who want to get away from the cold and snow,” says Jim. “We had a woman from Canada this year who stayed with us for three months. And, of course, we do get people from the local area. Some people bring their horses with them to ride the trails and others use our horses.” The Happy Acres string currently consists of 10 horses that Jim describes as “beginner friendly.” Trail rides for ages 6 and up go out six days a week, from 8:30am-3:30pm. Sunday and late afternoon trail rides for ranch guests can be arranged. There are 50 miles of trails adjacent to the ranch, and the Cross Florida Greenway trailheads are only a short trailer drive away. Trail rides vary from an hour ($40) to 2.5 hours ($100). Happy Acres also offers riding lessons. Both trail rides and riding lessons are available to the general public, not just to ranch guests. “People come to be out in the country, be around horses and ride,” says Jim. “And some people use the ranch as a base to visit other attractions in the area. We’re close to Rainbow Springs and the historic area of Dunnellon. And there are many nice restaurants in Dunnellon and Ocala if guests don’t want to cook. We try to make it the best dude ranch experience possible.”
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In The Saddle
Established in 1958, the Marion Saddle Club celebrates its 60th anniversary. › By JoAnn Guidry
or six decades, the Marion Saddle Club has provided showing opportunities for those who might not otherwise be able to afford the experience. “The club was established to put on affordable shows to give particularly young people the opportunity to show. I guess you could call it showing on a budget,” says Kelly Meyers, the current MSC president. “But we bring in top judges to give the riders the best experience possible. For many riders, it’s a great foundation to move on to the next level.” The MSC, who has riders ages 4 and up, currently has 70 members. That number includes Meyers’ 13-year-old daughter, Shannon, who joined the club when she was 9. Although the club was founded with a focus on young riders, Meyers says, “We have riders of all ages and experience, including a 75-yearold woman.” In addition to Meyers, the MSC board consists of Donna McPhillips, who serves as
vice president, and Lesley Dolan, who handles all office duties. Meyers notes, “We’re an all-volunteer board. We all do this because we were all horse-crazy kids, too, and we want to give back. And we are so grateful for the continued support of our sponsors and the community.” Five one-day hunter/jumper shows are staged annually. Previously held at Longwood Farm South, the Florida Horse Park is now hosting the MSC Show Series. Ribbons are awarded up to sixth place in each class with riders earning points toward year-end honors given at an annual awards dinner. “When non-horse people ask me the difference between hunter and jumper classes, this is what I tell them,” says Meyers, who designs and sets up the MSC show courses. “Hunters are all about the pretty factor; how the horse and rider look moving around the ring. I compare it to figure skating. Jumpers
are like ice hockey. In taking the jumps, it’s all about speed and precision.” With MSC having doubled in size in the last year, the board is planning to expand its functions. “We want to bring back the two scholarships the club previously awarded. The scholarships could be applied to aiding a rider in advancing their riding career. We’re also looking to have more clinics, workshops and social events,” says Meyers. “It’s all about giving young riders great opportunities and experiences doing what they love to do. The Marion Saddle Club is a great way to do that, and we want to keep the tradition going for another 60 years.”
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At Millwood Polo Club, the emphasis is on fun and camaraderie, one chukker at a time. › By JoAnn Guidry playing at a walk and can stay at that level,” says Beauman. “But riders usually progress to a trot and even a slow canter. That’s our top speed.” Beauman’s string of horses includes retired polo ponies, who she says “also enjoy playing at a slower pace.” Riders can also bring their own horses.
“Social polo is really for anyone who likes riding and having a good time. And we do have a good time.” — Debbie Beauman
ebbie Beauman loves playing polo, and she loves sharing the sport with others. So much so that she created her own version of the sport—social arena polo. “Growing up in New York, I was a serious polo player, both on the field and in the arena. But when I moved to Ocala in 1987, I went a year without playing, and I couldn’t stand it. So I built a stadium field, and the Millwood Polo Club came into being,” says Beauman, 67. “For nearly 30 years, we were rocking and rolling. But then I got older, and my horses got older. I still wanted to play but knew it had to be in a different way. And I thought there has to be others who feel the same way that I do. Also there
were probably people who always wanted to try polo but were intimidated by it. And that’s how I came up with social arena polo.”
Beauman built a 165-foot-by-300-foot grass arena with 4-foot-high walls, including 12-foot goal walls on each end. The game is played with a wooden mallet and an inflatable ball about the size of a mini-soccer ball. Each game is two chukkers of seven and a half minutes each. Teams can be from two to four players. The biggest difference between social polo and regular polo is the slower pace. “We stress playing at a person’s comfort level. Everyone starts out
One mandatory lesson, first on a full-sized wooden horse model, aka Woody Jr., then on an actual horse is required. The lesson is given by Anibal Garcia, a retired six-goal Argentine pro polo player, as well as other visiting retired pro players. “In the two years since I began the social polo, people of all ages from all walks of life have participated. I had a group of young HITS riders come out this year, and they had a ball,” says Beauman. “Social polo is really for anyone who likes riding and having a good time. And we do have a good time.”
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Michael Torres, CPA Managing Partner, Crippen & Co. Elementary School: Belleview Santos/Sunrise Middle School: Lake Weir/ Belleview High School: Belleview College: Florida State University I’d have to say my fondest memory was in sixth grade. Roughly two to three weeks into the school year, my teachers decided it was in my best interest to be placed in honors classes. It was there that I met Jeremiah and Lamar, two friends I still hang out with
to this day. However, the most interesting part to this memory is that six years later as seniors at Belleview High School, Lamar served as team captain of the school’s football team, Jeremiah the same for the basketball team and myself for the baseball team— let’s just say we are extremely competitive friends. Growing up, baseball was my life. Every summer, spring break and vacation revolved around baseball. While it was certainly a fun sport, as you can imagine, it kept me busy and out of trouble. Most importantly though, it taught me the foundation of what it takes to run a successful business. Teamwork, dedication, mental toughness and effort are just a few of the qualities it took to be a successful baseball player that I’ve been able to translate into a successful career as a business man, CPA and leader.
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Florida State University Head Women’s Golf Coach Elementary School: Ward Highlands Middle School: Fort King High School: Vanguard College: Florida State University I played many sports in school that helped shape me into the person I am today. I did not specialize in one sport, which allowed me to enjoy the time spent with my teammates and have lots of variety at different times of the year. I loved team sports, but when I was a senior in high school, I had to choose which sports path I was going to follow. I chose golf, which forced me to work hard and be accountable for my own actions. I succeeded or failed based on my own abilities. Golf gave me the outlet to be my own person and the confidence to go live my dreams. When my professional golf career ended, I was blessed enough to jump right into college coaching at Florida State. Growing up in a small town like Ocala made me appreciate the little things and not take anything for granted. I am thankful for all of my teachers growing up, as each of them helped me grow into the person I am today. I have fond memories from each level of school. In elementary school, it was our field days. In middle school, it was fun as we gained our independence by getting to change classes. In high school, I fondly remember being involved in clubs and sports. AUG ’18 ›
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Public Information Officer, Ocala Fire Rescue Elementary School: Sonifel/Kelly’s Mini School Middle School: Rafael N. Coca High School: Isidro A. Sanchez / West Port College: University of Florida
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Real Estate Development & Asset Manager Elementary School: Eighth Street Middle School: Howard High School: Vanguard College: University of Florida Mr. John Larson from Howard Middle School was the teacher that most inspired and influenced my learning experience, and that is why he is my favorite teacher. He made me love math by being patient and attentive and presenting the subject in fun and enjoyable ways. Before classes would start at school, he would play Magic: The Gathering with students as a way to teach math and get them comfortable with doing quick math in
their heads. He was always caring and relatable and made math entertaining. After Mr. Larson’s seventhgrade algebra class, I understood math like I never had before, and I started to excel in mathematics. My proficiency with math continues to help me in my current career with various business dealings, especially being able to do calculations quickly in my head. One of my fondest memories from school was starting the Ping Pong Club at Vanguard High School. That was the first time I tried to organize my own group for an extracurricular activity. I’m happy to say it was a success thanks to the help of Mr. Todd Carstenn. Mr. Carstenn was definitely one of the best teachers I’ve ever had, and I’m not sure that my friends and I would have been able to form our club without his influence.
I’ve been blessed with great teachers throughout my life, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would have to be Sandra Febo. A true educator at heart, Ms. Febo always kept a balance between fun and focus, being an approachable, yet firm instructor. Since our first class together (in kindergarten!), Ms. Febo and I have been inseparable. From elementary school (where she’d let me sit in her classroom during breaks) through college (where she plastered pink post-it notes all over my car), Ms. Febo—now Mrs. McCoy—has been there, reminding me that fun and resolve can coexist. I’m not sure who adopted who, but I will be forever grateful for Ms. Febo, my second mother and life-long mentor.
President/CEO, Victory Solutions Elementary School: Gresham Middle School: Olson High School: South Broward College: Florida State University Miss Willams [was a teacher who inspired me growing up]. We immigrated from Cuba to Oregon in September 1968, and I did not start school until 1970. I was 7 years old when I started school in the United States. I had a lot of catching up to do, and she taught me English and all of the other basic skills that put me on level with the other kids. I also remember she drove a blue Plymouth Road Runner, so I thought she was cool. I had a great time in high school. I had lots of friends. We lived two miles from the beach, and every weekend we would go to the beach as a group. I also was on the swim team, and another great memory was going to state finals in my sophomore, junior and senior years. We worked hard but managed to have a blast as well. My swim coach, Hal Boylan, taught us about hard work and showed us how it paid off. We had to practice three times a day—one hour before school, half hour at lunch and two hours after school. I did this and had a part-time job. The hard work paid off, and I went to state three years in a row and earned a swimming scholarship. Today I have two businesses: Victory Solutions, a marketing and customer service follow-up company, and the Barbacuban 455 Sauce Company.
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Tina Chandra DDS Dentist, Chandra Smile Designs Elementary School: Terry Middle School: Henderson High School: Central College: Middle Tennessee State University
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Mr. Daniels, my physics teacher in high school, really inspired me. It was the most intimidating subject, but he made it fun and interesting! He taught me to never give up. I also did really well in biology in school. I even ended up majoring in biology in college, which led me to becoming a dentist. In high school, I was on the dance drill team. It taught me discipline, team camaraderie and leadership, not to mention it was a popular team event at halftime during the football games. Some of my fondest memories from school are high school pep rallies and football games. There were a lot of fun times spent hanging out with my friends on Friday nights. AUG ’18 ›
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CEO, Moy Media Homeschooled College: University of Hard Knocks Being homeschooled was a lot of fun for me. The opportunity I had to focus on my passion
and tailor my education around that was the best experience and helped me get to where I am today. Do I feel like I missed out on anything by being homeschooled? Yes and no. The social part was something I had missed but learned later on in life. I feel itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to surround yourself with great people and network. I started to meet people in business toward the end of high school and learned the importance of networking and establishing great relationships. I actually took a course at the CEP teaching how to network with some of the best, like Tom James, Joe Reichel, etc. This was really eye opening for me. Being homeschooled also taught me to focus and not get distracted. Tailoring your education to what you want to pursue in your career is one of the biggest advantages to being homeschooled. You can focus on what matters and not get distracted. Spending more time with family is also, I feel, a huge benefit [to homeschooling], and I will never forget those years.
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My favorite teachers that inspired me were Mr. John Leschak and Mrs. Karen Baumann. Mr. Leschak was my band director. What I remember most about him is how he demanded excellence from every member of the band at all times. He never accepted excuses and not only pushed band members musically but academically. Mrs. Baumann was my advanced anatomy and physiology teacher. She really challenged her students academically and initially sparked my interest in the human body. She taught in a way that captured your attention, and I remember always being excited to go to her class. I really seemed to excel in math and science courses. It was what I liked, and it was what I was good at. This absolutely helped me choose my career path. I knew after taking a health occupations course in high school that I wanted to do something in the medical field. The extra-curricular activities that helped shape who I am as a person were band and track. Being selected the drum major of the band was a huge accomplishment for me and gave me confidence. Running track gave me a competitive edge that has served me well over the years.
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Endodontist, Cala Hills Endodontics Elementary School: Belleview Middle School: Lake Weir High School: Lake Weir College: University of Miami (bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s), University of Florida (dental school and endodontic residency)
Owner, Mojo Grill and Catering Elementary School: Boulevard Heights Middle School: Lake Weir High School: Lake Weir College: Lake Vo Tech
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Words can’t explain all of the lessons that I have learned from playing a team sport. We are still a big family, and [we] learned accountability, learned the importance of hard work, learned how to deal with an upset authority figure. LOL. I would encourage any student to be a part of some sort of team, whether athletic or academic. Mr. Natalino (a graphic arts teacher from Lake Weir High) was like a second father to me. He taught me so many trades from how to fix my car to being able to provide for myself. He always looked out for me even though I wasn’t the perfect student.
I was on the drill team at Osceola Middle School and a dancer for the Lady Cat Dancers at Forest all four years of high school. I am presently the leader of the New Zion Missionary Baptist Church Praise-Worship Dance Ministry, where I attend. In both my personal and professional life, dance has played an instrumental part of who I am. Dance has a number of benefits in self-development, including working as a team, listening, unity and patience. I find myself incorporating all of these benefits while working with the community, co-workers and the church. Math was a subject I really enjoyed. Knowing there was one correct, verifiable answer was thrilling and comforting—until calculus appeared! I could have sworn there was more than one right answer then. With time, I realized that logic and critical thinking, rather than equations, were my favorite aspects of the subject. This awareness shed light on the correlation between math and public information where despite the absence of numerical values, the answers must always lead to a factual and verifiable result.
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Major of Special Operations, Ocala Police Department Elementary School: Howard Middle School: Osceola High School: Forest College: Webster College and Saint Leo University
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THE NEW MEN ON CAMPUS Three Florida universities will see new head football coaches this season. Their successes? TBD. BY CARLTON REESE
nto town they come riding, adored and even worshipped by the masses who toss laurels and bouquets at their feet. It is they, believed to be the masters possessing the keys to deliverance, who enjoy that rarified air breathed solely by exalted liberators. But in the end, what matters is not how they enter town but how they leave. For their time perched upon the pedestal is fleeting, and in failing to deliver on their grand promises, the road upon which they leave will be nothing more than a rail. They are not superheroes, though the adulation poured upon them may belie this fact—they are merely football coaches, hired guns to lead their teams to the promised land. Just as Glenn Frey and the Eagles sang, everybody loves the new kid in town—there are “great expectations; everybody’s watching you.” And just as the song states, “After a while you’re looking the other way,” and all that adulation turns to scorn, derision and an eventual mob bent on stringing up the former new kid. Just ask Jim McElwain, the new kid in Gainesville in 2015. As the “quarterback whisperer,” McElwain took over the Florida Gators to turn around an anemic offense and bring that team back to its glory days of the previous two decades. Despite two straight appearances in the SEC Championship, when things went sour in 2017, the love for McElwain turned to disdain and he would not finish the year. Just ask Jimbo Fisher, the new kid in Tallahassee hired in 2010 to replace the legend Bobby Bowden. All Fisher did was bring the Seminoles back to national prominence and win the school’s third national championship in 2013. Then in 2017 with his star quarterback injured for the year, a mediocre campaign had some fans and boosters moaning. Before the 2017 season was complete, Fisher skipped town for more money and perhaps more love in College Station, Texas. In 2018, new kids come to Gainesville and Tallahassee carrying with them high expectations and visions of grandeur. They are Dan Mullen and Willie Taggart, who along with Josh Heupel at the University of Central Florida take over at UF and FSU, respectively. This is the first time since 1960 that both the Gators and Seminoles will simultaneously break in new head coaches.
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and hope that his best offensive weapons are not suspended two weeks before the start of the season, which happened to McElwain in 2017. Mullen enjoyed Dak Prescott and Nick Fitzgerald toward the end of his MSU tenure, and the hope among Gator faithful is that another Prescott or Tebow will fall into their laps very soon. For that to happen, it will take some Oscar Goldman work on the current roster of veteran QBs, which includes Feleipe Franks, the redshirt sophomore who started much of 2017 but did not produce anywhere close to the level of expectation, and fellow redshirt sophomore Kyle Trask, who has the size of a Mullen prototype QB. Both will be challenged for the job by true freshman Emory Jones, the bigtime recruit from Georgia. “It’s the most important position on the field,” Mullen said. “There are some pretty talented quarterbacks on campus, and we just signed a pretty talented one. The flexibility within the offense to build around the strength of the quarterback is really important. “What Nick Fitzgerald did well was different than what Dak Prescott did well. What Tim Tebow did well was different than what Chris Leak did well. The key is putting them in a position to do well and not have the quarterback have to fit your system. Your system has to fit around the strengths of your quarterback.” Whoever the quarterback, he’ll have talented veteran receivers in junior Tyrie Cleveland and Ole Miss transfer Van Jefferson. He’ll also have perhaps the deepest backfield in the SEC with
the return of Jordan Scarlett, who missed all of 2017 due to suspension, sophomore speedster Malik Davis and junior bruiser Lamical Perine. The defense has carried Florida since Meyer’s departure, but Mullen hopes that will no longer have to be the case. The time has come for the offense to strike fear in opponents the way Tebow and Harvin once did. GATOR OPTIMISTS SAY: Mullen is just what the doctor ordered to bring the best out of the talent that exists at Florida. Five starters return on the offensive line, including Martez Ivey, and if that line comes through, the Gators will push
Georgia in the East division. No one expects a division championship, but doubling last year’s win total of four should be easily attainable and a return trip to the SEC Championship within reach. GATOR CYNICS SAY: As good as Mullen was at Mississippi State, he still lost most of the games played against ranked opponents. The offensive line has not lived up to its billing and may only be average at best. Mullen does not have his quarterback yet, and the defense is not likely to return to the form it was in the Muschamp era, so the SEC schedule could make 2018 another ugly campaign. AUG ’18 ›
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Not since the Army of the Potomac has there been as much transition in leadership of a program. After Steve Spurrier left Gainesville following the 2001 season, the Gators have had four different head coaches with Mullen now bringing that number to five. In hiring Mullen, UF is apparently trying to bring back the halcyon days of the Urban Meyer era, which claimed two national championships. But since Meyer left for Columbus, Ohio, to cure his heart condition away from the stresses of SEC football, successive coaches Will Muschamp and McElwain found themselves tarred and feathered and shown a rude exit. Mullen, offensive coordinator at UF during the 2006 and 2008 titles, comes over from Mississippi State, where as nine years the head coach, he turned a program mired in perpetual mediocrity to one of relative significance in a division dominated by Alabama, Auburn and LSU. Mullen remembers the expectations from his days in the Meyer regime and knows they have not changed at Florida despite a decade of substandard performance. “I remember it was a rough walk to my car if we didn’t score 40 points,” Mullen said, recalling those days when the likes of Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin made life easy for an offensive coordinator. “We’re here to score some points. I know how important offense is being here. I’ll be honest with you—I don’t know if anyone likes scoring points more than me.” Succeeding means Mullen must develop a quarterback at UF
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FLORIDA STATE: W ILL IE TA GG AR T
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No matter how excited Seminoles fans are that Willie Taggart is the new head coach, no one is more excited than Taggart himself. Having grown up in Palmetto, just north of Bradenton, Taggart has bled garnet and gold his whole life—save a few brief seasons as head coach for the University of South Florida. Even his one year in Eugene, Oregon, Taggart still bled FSU colors and made his move to Tallahassee before the ink had completely dried on his University of Oregon contract. “Growing up in my household, if you weren’t a ‘Noles fan you probably weren’t staying in that house,” Taggart said. “It goes to show what it meant to me and my family.” Despite FSU’s lethargic 7-6 season in 2017, Taggart enters
a situation tailor-made for a championship run. The roster is full of recruits that were all part of top-ranked classes, so Fisher did not leave a bare cupboard. Star quarterback Deondre Francois returns after his opening-day injury last season, and he’ll battle for the position with James Blackman, the sophomore who was thrust prematurely into the limelight in 2017 but developed nicely. Whoever wins the starting quarterback job will have the pleasure of running Taggart’s “Gulf Coast” offense, a version of the spread option attack in which the quarterback is also a running back. He perfected the offense during his tenure at South Florida, which went 10-2 in Taggart’s final season and enjoyed
two games in which the team rushed for over 400 yards. “Lethal simplicity” is how Taggart describes the Gulf Coast offense. “We want to score fast and often but be really simple when it comes to teaching our players, not confusing them on what they need to do but allow them to play football and play fast.” Although relatively thin at wide receiver by FSU standards, skill position players abound between the aforementioned quarterbacks and sophomore running back Cam Akers and fellow senior Jacques Patrick. Taggart’s fastpaced offensive tempo seems suited to the talent on campus. “This isn’t a re-build; it’s a re-alignment,” Taggart said. “It’s exciting knowing you have some really good players. “I like to see a lot of explosive plays—I’m not one of those guys
who likes those long drives; I like to score fast.” SEMINOLE OPTIMISTS SAY: Taggart’s offensive style will wreak havoc in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and the talent pool should be able to execute the plan. The run option for the quarterback should make things easier on what was an embattled offensive line in 2017, and the talent on defense is still deep enough for FSU to re-enter the national championship conversation. SEMINOLE CYNICS SAY: Taggart is a good salesman who talks a great game. His four seasons at USF still yielded a losing record with one outstanding season among them, and his one season at Oregon was average at best. Defensive coordinators are figuring out the West Coast offense, so its days are numbered in Tallahassee.
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Coming off a season in which the program proclaimed itself national champions, there seems to be only one way to go for the UCF Knights, and it isn’t “to infinity and beyond.” With Scott Frost returning home to Lincoln, Nebraska, in order to save the Cornhuskers, UCF turns to another young up-and-comer who was a star quarterback from a Big 12 school. After quarterbacking the Oklahoma Sooners to a national title in 2000, Heupel has been honing his offensive scheme as an assistant at various schools. His most recent stint as offensive coordinator for Missouri resulted in one of last year’s most remarkable turnarounds. A team seemed headed for another losing campaign rebounded from a five-game losing streak with a six-game stretch in which the Tigers averaged over 51 points per game
and earned a postseason bowl berth. Putting up such numbers would be just more of the same at UCF, which went undefeated in 2017. Fortunately for Heupel, most of the weapons from last year’s Knights are back with the team in 2018. “If you’re going to have a championship season, you have to have a championship quarterback, and it’s always great to have that piece coming back,” Heupel said of McKenzie Milton, who passed for 3,795 yards and 35 touchdowns. The only questions regarding the 2018 Knights point in the direction of the defense, which loses its two key components in linebacker Shaquem Griffin and cornerback Mike Hughes. Former UF defensive coordinator Randy Shannon is coming in to
help minimize the damage, but Heupel knows the goal is to win shootouts. “We’re a no-huddle, fast-paced offense,” Heupel said. “I think it’s an exciting brand of football, but I also think you dictate to the defense what’s going to happen instead of being reactionary.” KNIGHTS OPTIMISTS SAY: Heupel is built in the same mold as Frost, and the transition should be seamless. With Milton back at QB along with returning running
back Adrian Killins, Jr. and receiver Tre’Quan Smith, the offense will remain just as potent. Another conference title is certainly in the offing, and another undefeated season is also attainable. KNIGHTS CYNICS SAY: Frost’s departure will send the Knights backward despite the players returning on offense. Learning a new system will cause some transition issues on offense, and the defense without its top players from 2017 will weaken and keep UCF from outscoring opponents. The AAC is loaded with fast-paced offenses and will keep UCF from another title. AUG ’18 ›
Chef Worthy What every guy should know about cooking and being the master of his own kitchen.
BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND
reak out the grill and most guys are willing to handle the cooking duties. But let’s face it—we don’t necessarily want to eat grilled meat for every meal. (I know, right now, there are plenty of male readers asking, “Why not?”) The fact is many of the world’s greatest chefs are men—and they certainly do more than grill, and they cook more than meat. At the same time, there are plenty of other males whose idea of cooking involves little more than a can opener and a microwave. With that in mind, we set out to find 12 skills and tips every guy should know. Master these and you can impress your mom, wife or date. At the very least, you can feed yourself with nary a fast-food wrapper or microwave in sight.
No. 1: Buy a good set of kitchen knives.
A good weapon is the best place to start, right? But seriously, far too many people use cheap, dull knives and wonder why a) chopping is hard work and b) they cut themselves. Every professional chef will tell you a set of quality knives is essential. Go to a restaurant supply store and ask for recommendations. Choose ones that feel good in your hand. At the very least you’ll want:
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Chef’s knife Paring knife Fillet knife Boning knife Serrated knife
And keep them sharpened. You’re much more likely to hurt yourself with a dull knife. ______________________________
No. 2: Get a castiron skillet.
This inexpensive classic is a must for frying, searing and making the perfect grilled cheese. Cast iron distributes heat evenly and holds it. If your pan isn’t “pre-seasoned,” here’s how to season it, which essentially makes a
paper towel; then rinse with hot water and dry immediately with paper towels. Apply another thin, even coating of vegetable oil to the inside before storing. ______________________________
No. 3: Heat the pan first.
While we’re on the subject of cast-iron skillets—or any other pan, for that matter—here’s an easy rule to remember: Don’t put food in a cold pan. Always give the pan time to heat up before you add food and start cooking. It only takes minutes and everything will turn out better. ______________________________
No. 4: Read the recipe through before you start.
non-stick coating. (This technique also works to “re-season” an older pan.) Using a stiff brush, wash it with hot, soapy water. Rinse well, and dry completely. With a folded paper towel, apply a thin, even coating of vegetable oil to the inside and outside of the skillet. Place on the top rack of your oven set to 350°F, and leave it there for an hour. (A sheet of foil on the bottom of the oven will catch any oil drips.) Turn off heat, and let the skillet cool completely in the oven. Once seasoned, keep soap and scouring powder away from your cast-iron skillet. From here on, clean it simply by sprinkling with kosher salt and rubbing with a
Whether you’re a novice in the kitchen or have been cooking for decades, always read completely through the recipe before starting. Actually, reading it twice is a better idea. Otherwise, it’s easy to get up to your elbows in chopped onions before you realize the recipe calls for an ingredient you don’t have or that the meat
you hoped to put in the oven now requires hours of marinating. ______________________________
No. 5: Taste while cooking.
This might sound simple, but you’d be amazed how many people wait until they serve food to take the first taste. How will you know if it needs more salt or seasoning or a few more minutes of cooking if you don’t taste during the process? Many a dish can be salvaged if you learn to taste as you cook. ______________________________
No. 6: Use quality oil. A high-quality olive oil will enhance every dish you use it in. “Extra virgin” is more flavorful than “virgin,” making it great for dipping and dressings. For cooking, choose a good virgin oil.
No. 7: Learn to cook pasta like a pro.
You don’t have to be Italian to know that plenty of great dishes involve pasta, so you’ll want to cook it the right way. Use a large pot, and add enough salt that the water tastes like seawater. Bring that salted water to a rolling boil before adding the pasta. While it’s
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cooking, stir occasionally to keep pasta from clumping. Never add oil to the water. You might have heard this will keep the pasta from sticking together. True, but it will also keep sauce from sticking to the pasta. Don’t overcook! People often boil pasta to death and end up with a lump of soggy mush. Check doneness two minutes before the recommended cooking time on the box. You want “al dente,” which should be “springy” and slightly firm. Drain the pasta once it’s cooked, but don’t rinse it or you’ll remove the starchiness that helps the sauce cling. ______________________________
No. 8: Rest the meat.
During the cooking process, the juices in meat move outward. If you slice into it as soon as you’re done cooking, you’ll lose a lot of that flavorful juice. Instead, let the meat rest, and that tasty juice will move back toward the center of the piece of meat and remain there. Let a steak rest three to seven minutes, while a roast should rest for 10 to 20 minutes. A turkey can rest as long as 30 to 45 minutes. ______________________________
No. 9: Cook bacon in the oven. For crisp, evenly cooked bacon every time, use your oven.
Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil that extends slightly over the edges to speed cleanup. Place strips of bacon side by side; it’s OK if they’re touching. Bake until bacon is cooked through and crisp, which takes anywhere from 12 to 20 minutes. No flipping required. Before serving, you can place cooked bacon on paper towellined plate before serving to remove excess drippings—or not. ______________________________
No. 10: Master the perfect omelet. Use that just-right bacon to accompany the perfect omelet you’re going to make in your cast-iron skillet. An omelet makes a delicious meal, so master this and you can serve it for breakfast, brunch or dinner. (You can add other ingredients to change it up: cooked ham or sausage, chili peppers, etc.) Get your ingredients ready ahead of time:
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tablespoon unsalted butter large eggs tablespoons ﬁnely diced veggies (onion, bell pepper, tomatoes are a great combination) tablespoons ﬁnely chopped mushrooms (optional) Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper cup grated cheese (cheddar, Swiss or mozzarella)
In a small bowl, whisk the eggs until frothy; season well with salt and pepper. › Set aside. › Preheat skillet over medium-high heat. (Remember, we don’t add ingredients until the pan is hot!) › Add butter, and melt. › Stir in diced veggies (and mushrooms if using), and sauté until just tender— about three to four minutes. › Add the beaten eggs to the pan with the cooked veggies, and allow to cook without stirring for 45 to 60 seconds. › Take your spatula and lift the cooked part of the omelet from the bottom of the skillet, while tilting the pan so any uncooked egg reaches the heat. › Continue cooking until the eggs have mostly set, but the top of the omelet is still moist. › Then use the spatula to ﬂip it over in the pan. › Sprinkle the cheese on top, and allow the underside of the omelet to cook another 45 to 60 seconds. › Fold the omelet in half as you remove it from the pan and onto the plate. › Serve immediately.
Sources: realsimple.com, artofmanliness.com, foodnetwork.com, thekitchensnob.com, greatist.com, menshealth.com, chatelaine.com, gentlemansgazette.com
No. 11: Know how to roast veggies.
The taste of roasted veggies far exceeds the work involved, and you can roast just about any kind: broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, potatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, cherry tomatoes, onions, carrots, Portobello mushrooms—the list is almost endless. Preheat oven to 425°F while you’re prepping the vegetables. Just wash them and cut into pieces—florets for cauliflower and broccoli, stalks for asparagus
and large bite-sized chunks of others. Place the prepped veggies of whatever kind in a large bowl and drizzle with good quality virgin olive oil. Toss in the bowl so all pieces are covered lightly with oil, and season with freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt. Spread in a single layer on a large baking sheet covered with aluminum foil for easy cleanup. Roast for 30 to 40 minutes until done, stirring a couple times. ______________________________
No. 12: Perfect your steak skills.
Preheat skillet to mediumhigh heat. Once hot, pour in one tablespoon of high-heat oil (such as corn, soybean, peanut or sesame). When the oil “dances,” place the rib eye in the pan, pushing it down with your spatula for an even sear. Searing time per side in minutes: RARE TO MEDIUM RARE: One to two minutes MEDIUM: Three minutes WELL DONE: Four to five minutes When you flip the steak (only do this once), add four tablespoons butter and a whole unpeeled clove of garlic to pan; baste constantly for the remainder of cooking time. Place steak on cutting board. Sprinkle with pepper and salt. Let rest several minutes. Using your chef’s knife, slice the steak against the grain.
Cooking steak in a pan instead of the grill keeps the flavorful juices in the meat, so break out that trusty cast-iron skillet. Here’s what you need to cook a 2-inch thick rib eye, such as American Wagyu beef. If frozen, thaw overnight in refrigerator. Allow to come to room temperature 30 minutes before cooking. Pat dry with paper towels and rub all sides (including edges) with kosher salt. Let sit 15 minutes.
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Batter Up By Lisset Lanza
August 24 is National Waffle Day, celebrated on the anniversary of a U.S. patent on the waffle iron. Waffles are a classic morning pick-me-up, but you shouldn’t stop at breakfast. With the right batter and toppings, you can take waffles to the next level with the unlimited combinations available of easy recipes. It’s up to you to find your favorite. Check out our top 10 ideas for spicing up your next waffle.
For a sweet treat, try a plain Belgian waﬄe with chocolate spread or hot fudge. Add powdered sugar or a handful of mini marshmallows.
2. Spread peanut butter on a warm waﬄe and add chopped banana and a drizzle of honey, or create a dish topped with caramel sauce and sliced apples sprinkled with cinnamon.
3. Although simple, hazelnut spread and cups of fresh fruit is a favorite of all ages. 4. For a heavier dish, top a waﬄe with macaroni and cheese and sprinkle with bacon bits. The crispy, ﬂuﬀy breading combines with mac and cheese and can be folded when eaten. 5. The perfect marriage of savory and sweet comes in the form of waﬄes with syrup and a side of hot, crispy fried chicken.
6. It’s hard to beat fresh waﬄes topped with a scoop of cold vanilla ice cream and your choice of jam. Peaches and cream works well, as do strawberries and whipped cream. 7.
Although what’s on waﬄes is important, don’t overlook what’s in waﬄes. Vanilla or brownie batter can be used more for dessert dishes, but use cinnamon batter and top with blueberry compote for a dish ﬂavorful and juicy, perfect for berry lovers.
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Belgian waﬄes. Add cheddar and scallions to the mix and serve with a dollop of sour cream. 9. Waﬄes are eaten as street food in China—large, round and served readily by vendors—and throughout the Nordic countries of Europe where they’re thin and heart-shaped. All over the world people indulge in this delighted breakfast treat, and it’s only right that you join in on the fun. 10. Bring out the waﬄe iron and pour in your favorite cornbread batter. To make it dinnerworthy, top it oﬀ with your go-to chili recipe and enjoy.
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Beyond The Sandwich
Using deli meat is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to prepare tasty, everyday lunches. However, that trip to the deli aisle could cost you. › By Lisset Lanza Processed meat poses a potential health risk due to its sodium levels and nitrite content. Sodium, which contributes to hypertension and heart disease when eaten in excess, is often used with nitrites to cure meat and prevent it from spoiling and browning. Brands may present their cuts as healthier and natural, but even naturally derived nitrites that come from celery aren’t much better than the alternative. When it comes to lunchmeat, there’s a host of unhealthy ingredients that can be present, no matter how healthy it may appear, due to the need for preservation. The key is to find the choices that contain less of those ingredients.
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Read The Labels
Besides bologna, which is essentially cooked sausage with the addition of salt and flavorings, there is little nutritional difference between other lunch meats like ham and roast beef. Turkey is typically regarded as a healthier option because it’s leaner, with less sodium and more protein. Ultimately, the difference can be found in which brand you choose. Next time you’re shopping for cold cuts, try to examine the ingredients a little closer. It’s best to look for organic options. Compare brands to find those with less sodium. Stay away from ingredients like sodium nitrate/ nitrite and corn syrup.
Instead of giving up deli meats, limit your intake by cutting back on the frequency in which you
consume them. On some days, vary your go-to sandwich by trying something new. Switching up your weekly lunches will not only be healthier, it will add variety.
Wrap It Up
Wraps can be filled with lettuce, a lunch meat and whichever ingredients you prefer. Hummus, corn and carrots are delicious add-ins. Turkey, tomato and Parmesan come together on a thick bread and can be pressed and eaten as a panini. For a lighter option, replace the bread of your favorite sandwich with sliced cucumbers, which reduces carbs and adds a refreshing crunch if you’re a fan of the vegetable. Bread is optional when it comes to delicious, homemade lunches. Turkey roll-ups can be enjoyed alone for easy-to-eat finger food or with the addition of cheese. They are complemented nicely with a spread of mayonnaise and veggies. Don’t be afraid to add lemon or lime, basil and other spices for a little extra flavor.
Skip The Deli Meat Altogether
Without lunch meat, substitute the bulk of the sandwich with hard-boiled egg or tuna or opt for vegetables. A spinach, tomato and avocado sandwich can be eaten as is or with the addition of mozzarella cheese. The possibilities for a quick but delicious lunch are endless. The only thing left to do is to find which combination is your favorite. AUG ’18 ›
Raising Healthy Kids
“Just try it!” says every parent ever. Making sure your child maintains a healthy diet can be challenging—we are here to assist. › By Laurel Gillum
Make food interesting.
Allow your kids to play with their food, count their peas, arrange their fruit by color—anything that holds their interest. Just remind them to take bites while they’re at it!
Get your kids involved.
A trip to the local farmers market or the grocery store is an adventure
for a small child. Let them pick out one or two healthy items during each visit. This will be the food they snack on during the week.
Model healthy eating.
If your child sees you snacking on a banana during the day, they will be more inclined to do the same. Try keeping yogurt, apples or almonds on hand. These yummy fillers are not only healthy snacks for kids, but they taste good, too!
Pack your own lunch. Pack more fresh fruit and veggies into your child’s school
lunch. Pre-packaged snacks are often loaded with salt or sugar.
Use your words.
Explain to your child why it’s important to drink milk. “Milk will help your bones grow strong,” you may tell them. Or, “carrots will make your eyes shiny.” They may not understand just yet that carrots are high in vitamin A, a nutrient essential for good vision—the mantra, however, will stick.
Adjust your attitude.
Realize that what your kids eat over time is what matters. Having popcorn at the movies or eating an ice cream sundae is what makes life fun. As long as you balance these times
with smart food choices and physical activity, your children will be fine.
Introduce new foods.
Instead of pasta noodles for spaghetti, use spaghetti squash. Instead of white flour, try coconut or almond flour. These healthy alternatives can be just as delicious. Take note of ingredients in your favorite recipes that you may be able to substitute for healthier alternatives.
Although, as parents, we too might prefer an ice cream cone to a carrot stick, we know the importance of a balanced diet. Our kids, on the other hand, are a little harder to convince. Here are some tips—straight from the parents of picky eaters—to help you and your child make healthy choices.
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Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse 3405 SW College Road, Ocala › (352) 237-3151 › tonysushi.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p › Fri & Sat 11a-11p › Sun Noon-10p With abundant menu choices and over 100 off-menu rolls, you certainly won’t run out of options at Tony’s Sushi. If you can’t decide, the waitstaff is excellent at suggesting items you’re sure to enjoy. Every roll and sushi dish is made to order from the freshest ingredients. In the steakhouse area, highly trained chefs prepare a memorable meal as they cook on the tableside grills, preparing chicken, steak or seafood just the way you like it. Entrées include soup or salad and rice. Tony’s Sushi has a family-friendly, casual atmosphere, along with a full bar, including imported Japanese sake and beer selections.
Mark’s Prime Steakhouse & Seafood Reservations Suggested Complimentary Valet
30 S Magnolia Ave, Ocala › (352) 402-0097 ocala.marksprimesteakhouse.com › Mon 5p-9p › Tue-Sat 5p-10p › Closed Sunday Mark’s Prime Steakhouse has a goal to create a unique dining experience that will please the palate and soothe the soul. We serve the finest beef, the freshest seafood, premium wines and naturally fresh vegetables. We are pleased to have been serving the finest quality dining experience since November 2002, more than 10 years ago! We hope to see you very soon at one of our two great locations, Gainesville and Ocala!
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Ivy on the Square 53 S Magnolia Ave, Ocala › (352) 622-5550 Closed Mon › Tue 11a-2p › Wed 11a-9p › Thu 11a-10p › Fri & Sat 11a-11p › Sun 10:20a-2p 106 NW Main St, Williston › (352) 528-5410 Sun-Wed 11a-2p › Thu-Sat 11a-8p › ivyhouseﬂ.com New Location. Fresh Ambiance. More Great Food. Ivy on the Square is excited to announce its new location on the downtown square! The Ivy House Restaurant is now called “Ivy on the Square.” They have renovated a beautiful downtown location and offer the same great food with many new dishes that are sure to become favorites. Enjoy their new dessert bar, cocktail bar and posh boutique across from the restaurant. Ivy on the Square still offers catering and invites parties to host events at their new location.
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Upgrade Your Grilling Game The days are long and hot, and you’re itching to head outside to grill. After a few weeks of eating the same boring burgers and hot dogs, you’re looking for something a little more exciting—and so are your guests. These recipes can help take your grilling skills to the next level and make your next party something to brag about. When people come over for Buffalo chicken, they expect authentic flavor, so give the people what they want by making Buffalo chicken sandwiches with Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Wings Sauce. Now that you’ve proven your grilling chops, it’s time to kick it up a notch. Every party has a few tough critics, so it’s important to make something impressive and delicious that appeals to a different palate. Enter: sweet chili ribs. Start with two full racks of pork spareribs, and then load them up with Frank’s RedHot Sweet Chili Sauce, garlic and ginger, making sure to spread that mixture all over the ribs. For more grilling tips and recipes, visit franksredhot.com/recipes.
Buﬀalo Chicken Sandwich 4 1 1⁄4 4 1⁄4
boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (if thick, cut horizontally into two even pieces) bottle (12 ounces) Frank’s RedHot Buﬀalo Wings Sauce, divided cup blue cheese or ranch dressing hard rolls, split cup blue cheese crumbles lettuce leaves (optional) tomato slices (optional) red onion rings (optional)
Marinate chicken in 6 ounces Buﬀalo wings sauce for 30 minutes or up to 3 hours. › Mix remainder of Buffalo wings sauce and dressing together. › Keep refrigerated until ready to use. › Grill chicken 12 minutes, turning once, or until no longer pink in center. › Place 2 tablespoons of mixed sauce on each roll half. Place chicken on top of roll half, and top with 1 tablespoon blue cheese crumbles. › Add lettuce, tomato and onion rings, if desired. › Top with second roll half. › Repeat for remaining sandwiches.
Sweet Chili Ribs 2 2 3 1
full racks pork spareribs, trimmed (about 6 pounds) tablespoons fresh ginger, minced cloves garlic, minced bottle (12 ounces) Frank’s RedHot Sweet Chili Sauce, divided
Heat grill to 250°F, and prepare for indirect cooking. › Spread ribs with ginger and garlic. › Place ribs on rib rack or in foil pan. › Cook on covered grill 2 hours. › Spread 6 ounces sweet chili sauce evenly over ribs, and then cook another hour, until tender. › Baste ribs with remaining sweet chili sauce during last 15 minutes of cooking. › If desired, at end of cooking time grill ribs over direct heat to char slightly.
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Don’t forget their free doggie sundaes and baby cones for children under 40 inches. Banana Thursdays: Bring your own banana and get 1/2 price on a banana split!
Ask about the “Old Fashion Blue Plate Specials” MonThurs for lunch and dinner. The former owners of The Spiced Apple restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale welcome you to Crossroads Country Kitchen. It is sure to become a new favorite dining location. We accept all major credit cards.
Every Wednesday, enjoy 99¢ House Margaritas All Day Trivia Night every Thursday, 7-9pm (Silver Springs Blvd. location) Mariachi band every Thursday at the 200 location, 6-9pm
THE BEST MEXICAN FOOD
Bruster’s Real Ice Cream 2707 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala › (352) 622-2110 › brusters.com Sun-Thur 12p-10p, Fri-Sat 12p-11p You scream ice cream, we scream Bruster’s. More than just any ol’ ice cream parlor, Bruster’s knows how to satisfy the needs of any ice cream lover. Their large variety of premium flavors and desserts is made right in the store where they are served, including crunchy handmade waffle cones, customized sundaes, candyfilled blasts, thick milkshakes, frozen yogurts and no-sugar-added flavors. If you really want to crank up a party, Bruster’s will bring their scrumptious sweets to you. Sweeten your next big day with Bruster’s, and choose from endless flavors such as Creamsicle, Butter Pecan and Sea Salt Caramel.
Crossroads Country Kitchen 7947 W Highway 40, Ocala › (352) 237-1250 Mon-Thur 6a-8p › Fri-Sat 6a-9p › Sun 7a-3p Located west on Highway 40 in Ocala, the Crossroads Country Kitchen is a must for anyone craving down-home, country cooking. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, menu items range from a wide variety of homemade soups and chili to prime rib, fresh salads, seafood, prime steaks and burgers. If you’re in the mood for a real treat, try the Prime Rib Dinner For Two for $26.95. Make sure to leave room for one of the tasty home-baked desserts! In the mood for a fresh fish fry? Tuesdays and Fridays are all-you-careto-eat catfish or whitefish. Enjoy an Italian special on Wednesdays. Big-screen televisions will allow you to enjoy your meal without missing one second of the big game or race.
El Toreo 3790 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala › (352) 694-1401 › 7 Days 11a-10p SR 200, Ocala › (352) 291-2121 › 7 Days 11a-11p New lunch specials include Taco Salad on Mondays, $5.45; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $5.45; Quesadillas on Wednesdays, $7.95; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $6.95; and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $5.95. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $10.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $8.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $9.95; and Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $9.95. Plus $1.95 margaritas on Mondays. On Sunday, kids 12 and under can enjoy $1.95 children’s meals (take-out not included). Wednesday is Special Margarita Day, 99¢ all day. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day. Happy Hour daily, 3-7pm. Everything is 2-4-1 (exceptions may apply).
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Pop-Up at the Park The City of Ocala’s Recreation and Parks Department recently began hosting a Pop-Up Skate Park every Wednesday and Saturday from noon to 8pm at 517 NE 9th Street. In this photo, Austin Pennington shows his skills. LEARN MORE AT facebook.com/skateparkocala Photo by Ralph Demilio
O CAL A’ S GOT TALE NT
F R E E F A M I LY F U N
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n h o Dr. J eet Sw Since 1990, the Heart of Florida Youth Ranch has been aiding at-risk children and families. Similarly, the Bay Area Youth Services (BAYS) has grown from a small not-forprofit organization in 1982 to a multi-faceted organization with 15 locations statewide. Today, both organizations strive to better the lives of children and families in crisis through a number of different outreach programs. And while both organizations have served thousands over the decades, many aren’t aware of their scope and services. The popular Ocala’s Got Talent event serves as both a fundraiser as well as a means to bring much-needed awareness to these two organizations. Dr. John Sweet, director of the Heart of Florida Youth Ranch, took some time to talk about this year’s event and what it means for the ranch.
What is the main goal of the Ocala’s Got Talent event? The main objective
is to both draw attention to those who have talent in our community as well as raise awareness for our programs.
Does the event serve as a major fundraiser? We
receive some funds, but it’s more to let people know who we are. So many people will come up to us and remark that they didn’t even know we existed.
Who is eligible to compete? The auditions
are open to all ages and all talents. It’s especially great for children to learn how to cope with the nerves of performance and receive feedback.
How many participants are you expecting? Last year we had about 50 show
up at the auditions. We then select 10 to compete at the semi-finals, and five make it to the finals.
Can spectators come to the auditions? Absolutely.
In fact, many people come to watch and become inspired to audition.
How many auditions will be held before the semi-finals? There are five audition dates beginning in late September.
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Auditions: September 22 & 29, October 6, 13 & 20 › Semiﬁnals: October
27 › Finals: November 10 › $25 audition fee and $5 spectator fee applies › For more information, visit ocalasgottalent.com or the event’s Facebook page.
Best Of The British
August 11 › 7:30pm › Reilly Arts Center, Ocala › reillyartscenter.com › (352) 351-1606
Bigwigs of British rock tribute bands will blaze into the Reilly Arts Center for an evening paying homage to two legends. Absolute Queen will belt out the classics Queen made famous, while Highway to Hell will feature songs from the 40-year span of AC/DC’s career. This one-night-only show begins at 7:30pm. Tickets available through the Reilly Arts Center box office.
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THE MUSIC OF ABBA: ARRIVAL FROM SWEDEN
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MOTOWN IN MOTION
ONE NIGHT IN MEMPHIS
THE BRONX WANDERERS Jan. 3, 2019
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ATLANTIC CITY BOYS
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THE BATTLE OF THE BROADWAY COMEDIANS: STARRING STEVE SOLOMON & DICK CAPRI
HOT BLOODED – THE FOREIGNER EXPERIENCE
DAVE & TED, DEUCES WILD!
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KENNY CETERA’S CHICAGO
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SIMPLY THE BEST! TINA TURNER BY KAREN DURRANT
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Glo With The Flo 5K
August 25 › 8pm › Citizens’ Circle, downtown Ocala › glowiththeflo5k.itsyourrace.com › (352) 438-5993
Drowsy evening streets will come alive as runners of all ages illuminate the 5K course through downtown Ocala for the fifth annual Glo With The Flo 5K. This nighttime race raises funds and awareness for both the Marion County Children’s Alliance and the Drayton Florence Foundation. Participants receive numerous neon accessories to don with their favorite glow-in-the-dark running gear, and the first 300 to sign up are guaranteed race T-shirts and a swag bag. The race takes off at 8pm at Citizens’ Circle with awards and refreshments to follow.
Mount Dora Seafood Festival
August 25-26 › 11am-9pm on Saturday, 11am-5pm on Sunday › Elizabeth Evans Park, Mount Dora › mountdoraseafoodfestival.com Seafood lovers, rejoice! The freshest and finest seafood in Florida is slated to be in Mount Dora for the fourth annual Mount Dora Seafood Festival. This weekend-long event will consist of over 100 vendors peddling everything from baby bay scallops to king crab legs as well as specialty food items and more. Slick oyster shuckers
can win up to $500 at the Oyster Shuck-Off, while those more interested in tantalizing their taste buds can sign up for a selfguided tasting tour of seven area restaurants. The event is rain or shine and held at Elizabeth Evans Park in downtown Mount Dora from 11am-9pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday.
Fun For Free! Looking for a way to spend the last few days of summer that won’t break the bank? Check out these top ﬁve free things to do this month.
1. Take a hike. Sholom Park in Ocala boasts beautiful walking trails and picturesque picnic spots and is open seven days a week from 8am-7pm. sholompark.org 2. Catch a concert. The final three Levitt AMP Ocala concerts will be held at Webb Field starting at 6pm on August 3, 10, 17. ocalafl.org 3. Swim on over. Tired of crowded pools and eye-burning chlorine? Take a ride to the Ocala National Forest and check out some of the scenic springs touting crystal clear, 72-degree water. Bring your snorkel to explore underwater and serach for resident creatures. fs.usda.gov 4. Gawk at cool cars. The August Cruise-in Car Show held at Spanish Springs Town Center in The Villages boasts food and beverage vendors, door prizes and 50/50 raffles. thevillagesentertainment.com 5. Watch a flick. Captain America: Civil War is this month’s After Dark in The Park feature film. Be sure to bring along you favorite lawn chair or picnic blanket. ocalafl.org.
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THE WITCH IS BACK ONE NIGHT ONLY Thursday, August 30 4-8pm
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Grab your girlfriends and head to the Appleton as we transform the museum to the Emerald City!
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Downtown To Dos August 25 › Glo With The Flo 5K, Citizens’ Circle, 8pm
Upcoming Events In The Villages
Panic! at the Disco
Amalie Arena, Tampa
Miranda Lambert & Little Big Town
Midﬂorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa
The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore
Midﬂorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa
Midﬂorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa
August 8 › Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., Savannah Center August 18 › August Cruise In Car Show, Spanish Springs Town Square August 22 › The 5th Dimension, Savannah Center August 30 › One Night in Memphis, Savannah Center September 5 › The Letterman, Savannah Center September 15 › September Cruise In Car Show, Spanish Springs
September 21-22 › Little Anthony and the Imperials,
September 25-26 › Arrival From Sweden: The Music of ABBA,
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Midﬂorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa
Amway Center, Orlando
The Sharon, The Villages
Fall Out Boy
Amway Center, Orlando
5 Seconds of Summer
House of Blues, Orlando
Midﬂorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa
Arts, Crafts and Culture
Upcoming Exhibits At The Appleton › In Medieval to Metal:
The Art and Evolution of the Guitar, visitors will experience the art, history and cultural impact of the guitar. The exhibit runs through September 2. Shadow and Reflection: Visions of Florida’s Sacred Landscapes re-envisions the past with images and words inspired by the exploration of Florida’s Native American mound sites. Runs through September 30. Myth, Mother, Muse: The Paintings of Matthew Bennett explores his relationships with women as artist, friend and husband. The exhibit opens August 4 and runs through November 25. Flourish: The Ceramic Artistry of Beth Garcia features ﬂower-like sea anemone forms that create fantastical imagery. The exhibit opens August 11 and runs through January 13. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
Art 101 (August 14, 16) › The Appleton Museum will host a one-day
Sing Out Loud Festival
St. Augustine Amphitheatre
House of Blues, Orlando
workshop, Foam Sculpture. Participants will create sculptures from blocks of foam. The event will be held 10am-12:30pm on August 14 and 6-8:30pm on August 16, and participants over 21 may bring wine. Registration is $40 for members and $60 for nonmembers. appletonmusuem.org or (352) 291-4455. Continued on p.70
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Performing Arts Blue Man Group
Blue Man Group Theatre at Universal CityWalk, Orlando
The Studio Theatre - The Fantasticks: The World’s Longest Running Musical
The Sharon, The Villages
Through Aug. 11
Be More Chill
Ocala Civic Theatre
Through Aug. 5
Amalie Arena, Tampa
Paw Patrol LIVE! The Great Pirate Adventure
Straz Center, Tampa
WindFM Rocks the Reilly: Best of the British AC/DC and Queen
Reilly Arts Center, Ocala
Classic Albums LIVE: The Beatles’ White Album
Reilly Arts Center, Ocala
Ethel Merman’s Broadway The Sharon, The Villages
Don’t Tell Nonnie
The Sharon, The Villages
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in Concert
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando
The Sharon, The Villages
Rocket Man: The Ultimate Elton John Tribute
Reilly Arts Center, Ocala
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Ocala Civic Theatre
The Odd Couple
Sonnentag Theatre at the IceHouse, Mount Dora
Sept. 8-Oct. 1
Dance to the Movies
The Sharon, The Villages
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando
Straz Center, Tampa
Avenue Q: The Musical
Reilly Arts Center, Ocala
Sept. 28 -Oct. 6
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Inspired Speakers Series (August 12) › The Appleton Museum will host Jim Abernathy, an award-winning author, photographer, cinematographer and conservationist who pioneered shark encounters without a cage. The event will run from 2-4pm, and admission is free for Appleton members and CF students and $10 for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. River Rhythms at Silver Springs (August 24) › Silver Springs
State Park will host an evening of live entertainment, including a drum circle. Guests are encouraged to bring a percussion instrument and participate. The event is free with park admission and runs from 4pm to sundown the fourth Friday of every month. silversprings.com or (352) 261-5840.
Metal Embossing Workshop (August 25) › In conjunction with
the Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution of the GUITAR exhibit, the Appleton Museum will host a special workshop. Participants will learn to emboss metal in rock ‘n’ roll- and guitar-themed designs. The workshop will be held from 1-5pm. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
Outdoor & Athletic Endeavors Group Bike Rides (Ongoing) › Brick City Bicycles oﬀers group bike
rides throughout the week and weekend. brickcitybicycles.com or (352) 369-9400.
Golf Tournament (August 10) › The Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club will host the Carli Leutbecher Memorial Golf Tournament at 12:30pm. Registration begins at 10:30am. Entry fee is $125 and includes green fees, cart, lunch, drinks on course, goodie bag and two free drinks at the after party. (352) 402-4357.
Pack Walk (August 26) › In partnership with Marion County Animal
Services, Silver Springs State Park will give volunteers the opportunity to walk dogs available for adoption through the park the fourth Sunday of the month at 10am. Dog walkers must be 16 years of age, but all are welcome to join the walk. silversprings.com or (352) 261-5840.
Other Fun Stuff! Ocala Health Events › A diabetes support group will be held
on August 1, and a heartburn seminar will take place on August 3. A
Buy Local Your Quality Pre-Owned Golf Cart Center balance training seminar will take place on August 7, and back pain workshop will take place August 8. An injury and fall prevention program will be held on August 10. All programs will be held at the Senior Wellness Community Center in Ocala. Advanced registration is required. ocalahealthsystem.com or (800) 530-1188.
Adult Education Courses (Ongoing) › Master the Possibilities will
host a number of courses and seminars this month, including a Raw Food Made Easy course, a Ketogenic Diet seminar and a WWI course as well as many others. masterthepossibilities.org or (352) 861-9751.
Gospel Explosion (August 4) › This third annual event will be held at the ED Croskey Recreation Center from 4-9pm. The evening will include a gospel concert to beneﬁt Families for Cancer Prevention United. (812) 208-5837.
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Back To School Bash (August 9) › The Martin Luther King Recreation
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Nominations Accepted for the Mary Sue Rich Diversity Awards (Through August 15) › The Racial Harmony and Cultural
Awareness Task Force will be accepting nominations for the Mary Sue Rich Diversity Award beginning July 1. The awards are given to those who have distinguished themselves by promoting racial harmony and equality, raising cultural awareness and/or celebrating diversity in Ocala/Marion County. Honorees will be recognized at the annual Unity Breakfast on October 9. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5517.
Host Families Needed (Through August 18) › Educational Homestay
Programs is currently recruiting families to house international students over the summer. Community service hours are available for teens, and the program oﬀers the opportunity for free music lessons. Spots are limited. ef.edu or (352) 857- 7521.
Mental Health Fair (August 25) › St. Leo University will host Ocala’s ﬁrst Mental Health Fair from 10am-noon. The event’s goal is to connect individuals and families to mental health services, resources and providers that serve Marion County. Admission is free and open to the public. mentalhealthministry.com or (352) 340-1816.
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he Klein Center at the College of Central Florida was the lively scene for the 30th annual Taste of Ocala hosted by the CF Foundation. A social hour accompanied by live music was followed by culinary delights from local restaurants competing for the coveted Best of Taste award. Proceeds from this year’s event will go toward scholarships for students in CF’s equine and agribusiness studies programs. The Best of Taste winner was Pasta Faire Italian Ristorante. Best of Taste Runner-Up was Brick City Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar. The People’s Choice award went to Eaton’s Beach Sandbar & Steam Shack. This year, 11 restaurants participated in Taste of Ocala by serving up tapas-sized samplings of their best fare. “The event was a huge success and created three new endowed scholarships for equine studies and agribusiness,” says Chris Knife, CF Foundation executive director. “Since its inception in 1989, Taste of Ocala has raised more than $1.46 million for College of Central Florida student scholarships.”
The 30th annual Taste of Ocala was the inaugural event for CF’s $20 million campaign dedicated to expand CF’s equine studies and agribusiness programs. “I am pleased to share that to date we have raised $11.9 million toward our $20 million campaign goal,” says Dr. James Henningsen, College of Central Florida president. “This is the largest campaign the college has ever embarked on, and we look forward to working together with our partners and friends to make the Reaching Higher campaign a success for our students and our community.” In 2016, CF was the recipient of its largest gift on record from the Vintage Farm family. The donation of the 103acre Vintage Farm has enabled CF to expand the equine and agribusiness studies to include a bachelor’s degree in equine studies with a future goal of starting a one-year cattle management certificate program. Currently, there are 70 students in the agribusiness degree studies and over 120 students in equine studies. Both degrees complement the lives of our area residents with students expertly trained to advance our unique industries. Programs such as these two guarantee that our home-grown young people do not migrate to distant cities but rather remain right here in Marion County. To make your own much needed donation to future students call (352) 873-5808 or visit CF.edu/Foundation. Be sure to mark your calendars now for the 2019 Taste of Ocala which has become a real tradition among our citizens.
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Young Professionals Ocala recently hosted its annual Denim & Diamonds event. The group is dediated to understanding and inﬂuencing community issues and developing leadership skills. The event included an evening of music, food, raﬄes and more to beneﬁtthe Marion County Literary Council.
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This highly successful dress-to-impress fashion show was held recently at the Appleton Museum. Seven designers presented garments from their collections. In addition, each designer showcased a garment they have designed based on a work of art from the Appleton’s permanent collection.
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Wearing their tea-party-best, 80 women of Ocala gathered for an intimate evening focused on conversation and peace. The event, hosted by Ollin Women International (founded by Manal Fakhoury earlier this year), paired four diﬀerent teas with four diﬀerent peacebuilding topics. During the evening, women enjoyed a progressive tea while moving from room to room to discuss social-emotional mastery, inner peace, conﬂict transformation and restorative justice.
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