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hile the image of a tough, determined Rosie the Riveter may jump to mind when you consider women’s earliest contributions to the workforce, the fact is that women made up roughly 15 percent of the workforce as early as 1870 according to the U.S. Census. Although teaching and dressmaking topped the list of women’s jobs in those early days, many strayed from the norm to work in steel mills, mines, sawmills, oil wells or as trappers and hunters (think early-day Katniss). Perhaps we have these women pioneers to thank for today’s opportunities. Yes, women have been Yes, women active members of our have been active country’s workforce for members of well over a century, but it our country’s wasn’t until the World War workforce for II war effort that it became increasingly popular and well over a necessary. As the men century. were being shipped off for service, women were being trained to work in factories. Women were gaining a new sense of purpose. The government, though, considered this women’s movement to be temporary, and as the war ended, many women were demoted to lesser paying jobs or were laid off, forcing them to find employment elsewhere. Out of this, an idea was born. Today’s women are oh-so familiar with home demonstration companies. The first though? Tupperware. Following the post-war movement, women were looking for a way to stay active and continue to provide for their families. Brownie Wise took Earl Silas Tupper’s invention and turned it into a household name by hosting parties and selling the product to other neighborhood women. Tupperware paved the way for an abundance
of home party companies, including Party Lite, Mary Kay and The Pampered Chef. Whether doing so at home or in an office, statistically speaking, 60 percent of today’s women are active members of the US workforce. That’s more than 70 million workers. And many do so while also maintaining a healthy marriage, happy and well-rounded children and an active social life. So how do they do it? Well, it’s no easy task! Just ask the women featured in our first ever “Women of Style” promotional feature. These women are educators, shop owners, fitness gurus, financiers and more. We spent some time getting to know more about what makes their businesses successful. Unique products, stellar customer service and sheer determination all come to mind. Of course, that’s not all this issue has to offer. Our “Summer Bucket List” story features 40 ideas to add to your list of “to-do’s” this summer, from reading a classic to strapping on a jet pack. We also introduce you to a few of Ocala’s moms of roller derby. The Cannibals’ season is now in full swing, and we got to meet a handful of these adventurous women. Then there’s the food. Southern food is a staple around these parts, and we’ve featured some of our area’s best and most-loved Southern dishes. Ever try pancakes and waffles? Maybe it’s time you did! And you can do it on us. Stay tuned to Ocala Style’s Facebook page for your chance to win gift certificates to many of the establishments highlighted in our “Dishin’ Up Some Southern Comfort” feature.
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Head downtown from 3-8pm and watch the Kentucky Derby in style. Ladies, don you best derby hats to enter the Derby Hat Contest and sip a mint julep from Harry’s Seafood, Bar & Grille. There will be live music, great food and big screen TVs set up to watch the main event. This evening will also launch the new Feel Downtown campaign. Proceeds will benefit the Save The Marion Theatre group.
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Ocala’s first Derby winner was Needles in 1957.
Ocala has produced six Derby winners, including the most recent Triple Crown winner Affirmed in 1978.
The calcium in Ocala’s soil is ideal for producing strong bones in racehorses.
Ocala, Florida; Lexington, Kentucky; and Chantilly, France are considered the world’s top racehorse breeding regions.
The mint julep is the traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby. Each year, 120,000 mint juleps are served at Churchill Downs the weekend of the Kentucky Derby.
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Secretariat still holds the record for the fastest Kentucky Derby run in 1973 with a time of one minute and 59 and 2/5 seconds.
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his year marks the 138TH May KENTUCKY DERBY or, 5 as it’s also known, The Run for the Roses. The race, traditionally held on the first Saturday in May, takes place on May 5 this year. Up to 20 of the fastest-running 3-year-old thoroughbred horses will vie for a chance to make history as a Kentucky Derby winner. The Derby is the first jewel of the Triple Crown of horse racing. Two weeks later on May 19, the second leg will be held at the Pimlico Race Course in Maryland followed by the Belmont Stakes on June 9 in New York. Whether you’re going to a Derby party or staying in glued to your TV screen, don a big hat, pour your mint julep and get ready to watch the most exciting two minutes in racing!
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The art of floral design is something that came naturally for MARY BETH WEAVER. “In any type of art business, you either have a knack for it or you don’t,” says Mary Beth, who began designing floral arrangements right out of high school. “I dated a florist and began playing around with it and just found I really liked it,” she says. Today, Mary Beth is the manager at Heritage Flowers. She creates many of the window displays and works in the wedding department as well. There are many intricacies involved in floral design that Mary Beth has perfected over the years, such as knowing the life spans and behaviors of different flower species. “You have to know what flowers will do when you design with them,” she says. Her favorite part of the job is working with her customers and seeing their satisfaction with her designs.
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GUY BRUNO, head instructor of Florida Martial Arts and Fitness, has trained in martial arts for 30 years. He is a 6th-degree black belt and has not only won numerous awards himself but also helped many students earn gold at the Junior Olympics and national competitions. Now, Guy continues to share his knowledge with others as an instructor at his school. Guy also specializes in teaching Krav Maga, a system of self-defense fighting. “Krav Maga was developed in the 1930s and taught to everyone from the FBI, CIA and law enforcement to regular citizens the world over,” says Guy, explaining that the system teaches the same techniques to both men and women and is very simple to learn. “You can practice Taekwondo for years, but one class of Krav Maga will teach you techniques that you can instantly utilize,” he says. He and his wife, who is also an instructor, believe every woman needs to know how to defend themselves. Krav Maga teaches students to be mentally prepared for when threatening situations arise. “I have three daughters, a sister and a wife, so I’m very passionate about teaching women how to defend themselves,” he says.
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DEBRA BRAKEFIELD has known since she was a teenager that she was going to be a nurse. “My father died when I was in high school, and that experience influenced my decision to go into the nursing field,” says Debra, who has been practicing for over 35 years. Debra has spent the past 22 years working at the Marion County Health Department after attending school in Ocala to become a nurse practitioner specializing in women’s health. “I’ve always been an advocate for women’s health, and who better than a woman to care for and treat other women,” she says. From a supervising perspective, Debra enjoys mentoring and educating others in the field. As a nurse, she enjoys teaching other people how to stay healthy so they don’t have to come see her. “I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do with my life,” she says.
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When it comes to the health of you and your family, why settle for anything less than the best? Ocala Regional Medical Center and West Marion Community Hospital were recently named among the 100 Top Hospitals® in the nation by Thomson Reuters. Award-winning hospitals prove that high-quality patient outcomes can be achieved while improving efficiency and showing strong fiscal management. The 100 Top Hospitals® award winners provide an example for other organizations across the country.
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MRMC: Grade A Student
HealthGrades announced MUNROE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence on January 24. This distinction places MRMC among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide for clinical performance. MRMC is the only hospital in Marion, Lake, Sumter, Citrus and Alachua Counties to receive this honor.
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Furry Friends Welcomed at Cheers for a Volunteer Grand Opening On February 16, MARIANNE HOWANITZ,
Esq., personal injury attorney with Marianne Howanitz, P.A., was honored with Marion County’s Junior Achievement (JA) Outstanding Volunteer Award at the JA Hall of Achievement Celebration Dinner at Busch Gardens. The JA of West Central Florida recognizes Howanitz for her work in organizing volunteers for the JA Howard Middle School program. “Through her efforts, over 402 sixthgrade students benefited from the JA ‘Our Nation’ program and volunteered this year,” says Pat Bolinski, JA executive director for Marion County. “In a very real way, Marianne contributes to the hopes and dreams of Marion County area children.”
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OCALA SUBARU, a division of Warren Henry Auto Group, celebrated its grand opening in March by showcasing the all-new 2012 Subaru Impreza. Guests enjoyed live entertainment, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and raffle prizes while supporting and raising funds for the Humane Society of Marion County. It was an “all-dogsallowed” party that featured plenty of activities for four-legged friends, including an on-site pet portrait studio and a mini canine spa, which provided dog-friendly treatments. Charles Harper, Ocala Subaru owner and general manager, welcomed humans and canines alike to preview the fourthgeneration Impreza, a model praised for its evolutionary design.
In February, Ocala Health Systems appointed RANDALL R. MCVAY to the position of chief executive officer. McVay has over 26 years of health care experience at both corporate and hospital levels. He joined Ocala Health Systems as chief financial officer in August 2010 and took on interim chief executive officer responsibilities the following year. “His past experience in managing multiple health care organizations and emphasis on strong fiscal management are tremendous assets,” says Michael P. Joyce, FACHE, president, HCA North Florida Division.
The Villages’ Shear Express, owned by JANET WEST AND JOYCE PARKER, was included in the “Salon Today 200” by Salon Today magazine, the top business publication for salon and spa owners. The 15th annual “Salon Today 200” January 2012 issue profiled salons that readers nominated by sending in applications. Shear Express was honored in the “Growth” category. Salon Today Editor-in-Chief Stacey Soble says that businesses are recognized and awarded for the standout experiences they present to clients. West says Shear Express owes this honor to its customers. “A key to our success is due to our wonderful location in The Villages, Florida, and the support of the community.”
ADA Awards Ocala Health System OCALA HEALTH SYSTEMS was awarded the prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for a Quality Diabetes Self-Management Education program this past March. ADA chose Ocala Health Systems as the award’s recipient for its offering of high-quality education, which ADA deems an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.
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On the first Saturday in May, horseracing fans turn their attention to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, as 3-year-old thoroughbreds try to capture the coveted “Run for the Roses.” THE KENTUCKY DERBY is the first of three classic races that make up the Triple Crown. Run over a span of just five weeks, the Triple Crown has only been won by 11 horses since 1919. Affirmed, one of Ocala’s own, was the last to accomplish this daunting feat in 1978.
he talented chestnut colt was foaled February 21, 1975 at Louis and Patrice Wolfson’s Harbor View Farm. As a yearling, he moved to the capable hands of the farm’s trainer Melvin James, another Marion County native. Born in 1944, Melvin was the seventh of 11 children. A member of the 1963 state championship football team from Howard High School, Melvin graduated in 1964, then joined the Army. When a broken arm led to an honorable discharge, he returned to Ocala. “I was actually looking for a job at a pool room, but when I saw most everybody who came in there worked at horse farms, I decided to look at a farm job,” recalls Melvin,
who was 21 and had no horse experience. “I started working at Harbor View as a groom making $49.52 a week.” Melvin learned quickly and set his sights on becoming a barn foreman; in less than a year, he reached that goal. He worked his way up to assistant trainer. By the time a yearling named Affirmed came into his care, Melvin was farm trainer. No one imagined the laid-back colt would go on to make history, winning the elusive Triple Crown and multiple Eclipse Awards as he bankrolled $2,393,818. “He was the laziest horse I’d ever seen,” chuckles Melvin. “At feeding time, he would often be lying down in his stall. You could walk in and
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unshine “Sunny” Vasquez began dancing five years ago at the age of 15. “When I first started dancing I was so lost,” he says. “I watched the movie You Got Served over and over to learn some of the moves. Originally, I played football for seven years, so dance was quite a bit different.” With no formal training under his belt, Sunny decided at 17 that it was time to get serious about dancing and learn the fundamentals. “I traveled to New York, Atlanta, Washington D.C., all up and down the East Coast basically, dancing and learning from others.” While many may know Sunny’s form of dance as breakdancing, b-boying is the original name and the one used by most who practice this early form of hip hop dancing. Like Sunny, Detric Frizell, 19, wasn’t passionate about dance from an early age. That all changed when he moved from Chicago to Florida in 2008. “That’s when I met Sunny and I really started to take it seriously,” he says. “Sunshine is a big influence of mine. I joined the drama club and saw him dancing a choreographed routine with a
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THINGS TO DO BEFORE THE SUN SETS ON SUMMER BY BONNIE KRETCHIK
hile kids across America eagerly await their long-anticipated summer vacation, these steamy summer months leave adults less than motivated. Don’t let the summer go by without trying something new, though. Ocala Style has put together some may’12
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ideas to add to your summer mustdo list. We’ve got everything from reading the classics to strapping on a jetpack. Read on for some great summer fun that will keep you busy all season long!
Knick knacks and doodads are what add style to your home. Instead of heading out to the mall this summer, check out a craft festival! BUCKLER’S CRAFT FAIR on July 7 and 8 brings artisans from all over the state to the Lakeland Center to sell their wares. Over the course of two days, you will see everything from folk art, Victorian-era designs, Southwesternstyle furniture, Adirondack-inspired goods and more. bucklercraftfair.com or (386) 860-0092.
2: SIT CENTER STAGE
Who says you have to travel to take in some culture? This summer, commit to seeing a live show at either the OCALA CIVIC THEATRE or INSOMNIAC THEATRE on the Square. Special effects and 3D images are all the rage, but sometimes it’s just nice to keep it simple and enjoy the art of a live performance. The beloved classic Fiddler On The Roof is playing at the Ocala Civic Theatre May 17-June 10, and the Insomniac Theatre offers special productions and well as improv nights. For a complete list of performances at both venues, visit ocalacivictheatre.com or call (352) 236-2274 and insomniactheatre.com or call (352) 897-0477.
3: TURN OFF THE TUBE (AND GET IN A TUBE)
During the high heat of the summer, a tubing trip down the RAINBOW RIVER is just the ticket. The 5.9-mile waterway produces 400 to 600 million gallons of water each day. Enjoy the scenery and cooling waters of the river while you float the afternoon away. Tubers have the option of a 2- or 4-hour ride. Find other places to experience tubing at floridastateparks.com or (850) 245-2157.
4: ROUGH IT
There’s no time like summer to experience the great outdoors! This summer, plan a camping trip with the whole family. Pack the sleeping bags, and get ready for some marshmallows and hotdogs cooked over an open fire. Camping is an inexpensive, fun family experience. Visit any one of Florida’s state parks for
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1: GET CRAFTY
Florida’s theme parks have something for everyone, but they are especially known for some of their crazy coasters! Whether you like to loop de loop or go from zero to 60mph in a matter of seconds, there’s a coaster to satisfy your need for speed. This summer, make an effort to do some serious coastin’. Here’s a list of some of the top coasters in the state. Warning: These coasters are not for the weak of heart!
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6: READ A CLASSIC
There’s a reason certain novels remain popular through the years. Classic stories of love and war, rich and poor and timeless coming-of-age experiences never grow old. This summer indulge in a classic work of literature. Become immersed in A Tale of Two Cities, fall in love with Romeo and Juliet or walk the moors with Jane Eyre. Most classics are available as free downloads on e-readers and are available in bookstores everywhere.
7: VISIT THE (VERY) BIG SCREEN
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information about campsites. If spending the night in the great outdoors causes you to break out in a cold sweat, pitch a tent in your backyard for a campout that allows you to return to indoor plumbing with just a few short steps. floridastateparks.org or (850) 245-2157.
If you haven’t visited the OCALA DRIVE-IN yet, what are you waiting for! One of only a few left in the southeastern United States, the Ocala Drive-In plays a double feature every Friday and Saturday night for a fraction of what you would pay at a traditional theater. And the top-notch concession stand offers all your favorite tasty treats! ocaladrivein.info or (352) 629-1325.
8: VENTURE BEYOND THE BEACH
The traditional family summer vacation might consist of loading up the car and heading to the beach. But this year, instead of frying on the sand for days on end, check out a unique event. The SUNCOAST SUPER BOAT GRAND PRIX in Sarasota runs from June
23 to July 4 and draws over 100,000 spectators each year. While the main event, the Super Boat Grand Prix, takes place on July 1, there are plenty of activities going on over the course of this 12-day festival to keep everyone entertained. A fashion show, parade of boats, car show, poker tournament and fireworks extravaganza are just a few of the events taking place this year. suncoastoffshore.org or (941) 371-8820.
9: FISH FOR FUN
Crazy coasters, live action movies and 3D graphics are all great, but sometimes, it’s just nice to experience some peace and quiet. This summer take the time to sit back and relax on the water with some good old fashioned fishing. Marion County has plenty of places to drop your lure. For a complete guide to some of the best spots around, visit ocalamarion.com.
10: CLIMB 219 STEPS
The ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE, built in the early 1870s, is a historic site like no other. Experience what the very first lightkeepers felt as you climb to the top of this landmark in the nation’s oldest port. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the effort to preserve the lighthouse, so if you’ve never visited, this is the time to go! For the truly daring, inquire about the Dark of the Moon Tour, a ghost tour that lets you explore the lighthouse after hours. staugustinelighthouse.com or (904) 829-0745.
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For many Florida residents, the shows and theme parks that make our state famous are not all that new or exciting—except when they’re updated! At the end of February, the famous BLUE MAN GROUP unveiled an updated performance complete with new music and a new stage. 2012’s Blue Man performance at Universal Orlando Resort’s Sharp AQUOS Theatre will still be as entertaining and messy as ever, but comes complete with “Gi-Pads” and a brand-new heart-pounding finale that will get you up and dancing. But just like the original show, if you plan to sit up close remember your poncho! blueman.com.
12: SAY FORE!
Every winter thousands of snowbirds migrate to sunny Florida to play the classic game of golf. But in the summer, when many of those visitors have fled the heat, golf rates drop dramatically, making it incredibly cheap to hit the greens. If you haven’t tried it yet, what are you waiting for? This summer, visit some of the courses around town for private lessons or to just hit the driving range. According to the National Golf Foundation, there are over 28 million golfers in the United States, so why not join the masses and take a swing at it? Just don’t forget the water bottle and sunscreen. For a complete listing of golf courses in Ocala, visit worldgolf.com.
13: HIT THE STREET
The summer months are a perfect time to visit the
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downtown square. When the sun goes down, the art comes out, and after sitting in the AC all day, a stroll through the square is a perfect way to close out the night. Upcoming art walks are on May 4, June 1, July 6 and August 3. artwalkocala.com.
14: ROCK STEADY
Florida isn’t known for its mountain faces. But we do have plenty of rock climbing walls and gyms! This summer, try the vertical challenge for a complete
full-body exercise that is anything but boring. One of the best around? GAINESVILLE ROCK GYM (gainesvillerock.com). For a more rock climbing walls and gyms in the area, visit indoorclimbing.com.
15: RIDE ON
If you consider (or imagine) yourself to be a hard core cyclist or just a recreational rider, there is no reason not to sign up for a cycling event. A RIDE TO REMEMBER on May 19 has starting locations in both Gainesville and Flemington with routes ranging from one to 32 miles on the trails or a 50-, 75- or 100-mile road ride. The course is lined with rest stops and support stations, and a breakfast and post-ride lunch are also served. This is a great opportunity to meet new people and get some exercise while raising money for charity. Visit gainesvillecyclingclub.org, or for other upcoming cycling events, check out floridacycling.com.
16: WRITE AWAY
While spending time indoors this summer, set aside a few minutes to write down your thoughts. Journaling is a great way to express your feelings and document important events. If you’re not a writer, put together a scrapbook. While Facebook and online albums are great, piecing together
the physical product can be a worthwhile experience.
17: GET A BIRD’S EYE VIEW
See Ocala from a different perspective by taking a helicopter tour. Whether you are scouting out potential new land purchases or just want to commemorate a special occasion, a helicopter tour of the area is a great way to see Ocala. ocalahelicopters.com or (352) 239-2254.
18: BUY A TICKET
20: TAKE THE PLUNGE
Are you a real daredevil? If you really want something to brag to your friends about, take the ultimate plunge and go skydiving! There are 13 locations in the state where you can make the jump. Visit wheretojump.com for a complete list.
Regal Cinemas offers
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which shows a children’s film twice a week for only $1. If you’re looking to keep the kids out of the intense summer sun, this is just the ticket! For a list of films and show times, visit regmovies.com.
19: CREEP AND CRAWL
Imagine a 10,000-square-foot room full of snakes, lizards and a whole bunch of other creepy, crawly reptiles. If your answer is “tell me more,” then we have the show for you! The JACKSONVILLE REPTICON SHOW will take place at the University of North Florida on June 2 and 3. For two days, the University Center will be home to all things reptile, featuring exotic pets, merchandise and products. repticon.com/jacksonville
21: DARE TO EAT DIFFERENT
Florida’s hot summers often put a damper on people’s appetites. This summer, commit to trying something different each week! Try a new exotic fruit like the star fruit or the mangosteen. Not only is this a great way to vary your diet, but you may stumble upon you’re new favorite food.
22: GO MEDIEVAL
Forget your table manners and grab your turkey leg. MEDIEVAL TIMES in Kissimmee is one of only eight of its kind in North America. Travel back to the 11th century and watch knights battle it out on the jousting field as you partake in a four-course meal fit for a king. There’s no silverware or napkins
23: GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
Forget swimming in a pool, try swimming with the manatees! These gentle giants range from 800 to 1,200 pounds and average about 10 feet long. Crystal River is home to SUNSHINE RIVER TOURS, where you can take a three-hour swim and learn about this endangered species that spend up to eight hours a day eating. But don’t worry—their meal of choice consists of plants not people. sunshinerivertours.com or (352) 682-3450
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24: DIY ASAP
Have you spent the past few months moaning about a burnt out bulb or a loose floorboard? If so, make a list of all the home improvement projects you want to accomplish around your house and get cracking! Commit to one a week, and slowly but surely, your humble abode will become your grand estate. For a list of projects and tips on how to DIY, visit diynetwork.com.
25: KICK THE HABIT
Let’s face it, no one’s perfect. Whether you’ve been thinking about quitting smoking, can’t keep your hands out of the cookie jar or are even just a nail biter, maybe this summer is the time to quit. It won’t be easy at first, but you’ll be happy in the end! Need a little help? Visit habitchanger.com for a 42-day program to help you change your life.
26: BET ON IT
27: FEEL THE BEAT
Love live music, but can’t decide on a specific genre? This summer, instead of going to see a concert, opt for a music festival! Florida, along with the other 49 states, hosts a multitude of music festivals throughout the summer months. And many of them host a wide range of artists performing everything from jazz to blues to rock and roll. Visit festivalfinder.com for a list of summer music festivals throughout the United States and Canada.
28: ROLL WITH IT
The scorching summer sun is no reason to stay off your bicycle. Avoid the hot pavement, and instead, go for a mountain bike ride. With trails that range from flat and manicured to those meant for only the toughest of the tough, there is a trail for everyone. For a list of different trails and their locations, visit the Ocala Mountain Bike Association at omba.org.
Feeling lucky? Take a quick trip to OCALA POKER AND JAI-ALAI located halfway between Ocala and Gainesville. Even though jai-alai season draws to a close by May, there are still plenty of opportunities for action at Ocala Poker. With 28 tables and 18 big screen TVs, Ocala Poker is the area’s top spot to see live action poker tournaments, inter-track wagering and even tableside massages. ocalapoker.com or (352) 591-2345.
29: FLY AWAY
Most people can safely say they’ve flown in an airplane before, and a fairly large amount can say they’ve experienced a helicopter ride. But how many can say they’ve actually experienced a hot air balloon ride? This summer, see Florida from above—way above—on a hot air balloon ride. FLORIDA BALLOON RIDES offers their services in several locations across the state. Whether getting a group together for a fun outing or looking for a romantic, one-of-a-kind date, this will be a venture you won’t soon forget! florida-hotairballoonrides.com or (800) 260-2028.
30: SHOP FARM FRESH
Most summertime meals consist of juicy fresh fruits or crisp, cool veggies. This summer, visit a farmers market in your area. Along with plentiful produce, you’ll also find homemade soaps, lotions, baked goods and more. Visit the Ocala Farm Market every Saturday on the downtown square from 8am-1pm, the North Magnolia Merchants Farmers Market on North Magnolia Avenue every Friday from 8am-1pm or the Farmers Market at Circle Square Commons every Thursday from 9am-1pm. Also, keep your eyes open for other markets and roadside stands!
31: SWEAT IT OFF
Even the most avid athletes struggle in the Florida sun. If an outdoor run or group bike ride leaves you feeling like a wet noodle, try a new indoor workout class. Not only is it good to give your body a rest from the daily routine, but a new class will introduce you to new people, and the air-conditioned environment doesn’t hurt either. Try something different like CrossFit, Piloxing, Zumba or a weight training class. Visit your closest fitness center or get some friends together for a workout session at home with a DVD.
32: MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS Nothing says summer like a nighttime BBQ. Block parties peaked in popularity during the 1970s. Breathe new life into this once-trendy get-together with a neighborhood BBQ block party. Not only will this give you a chance to connect with neighbors you hardly see, but you’ll also get to sample some great homemade side dishes, too!
33: GET WET
With so many opportunities to enjoy the natural bodies of water in Marion County, why not do some boating this summer? Choose from kayaking, canoeing or even an airboat ride! There are a variety of options and locations available, so try a different venue each month! For a list of boating opportunities, visit ocalamarion.com.
34: GO BACK IN TIME
Whether you are from Florida or not, you can’t help but appreciate the history of this unique state. Home to the nation’s oldest ports, several battle sites, monuments and more, Florida has a rich
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here though, everything is served on metal plates! medievaltimes.com or (866) 543-9637.
VISIT INFINITY AND BEYOND If you’ve been to the theme parks a hundred times already but want to spend the day doing something fun (and educational), check out the KENNEDY SPACE CENTER VISITOR COMPLEX near Titusville. With several exhibits, tours and interactive attractions, this is a great way to sneak in an educational experience without letting the kids know they’re learning. kennedyspacecenter.org or (866) 737-5235.
36: SOAR THE SKY
Anyone fascinated with superheroes and their devices for highflying action will definitely want to visit South Florida. JETPACK ADVENTURES in Key West offers a flight experience like no other. Strap on the Jetlev R200, and within seconds, you can soar into the sky. The jetpack utilizes the ocean water to propel you up to 30 feet in the air! But don’t think you have to be an expert jetpack pilot to try out this latest trend in water sports, introductory classes and private instruction are offered before you blast off on your own. And skeptics can pay an observation fee to witness what it’s all about before they strap on their own pack. jetpackadventures.com or (305) 294-2000.
37: SPEAK UP!
Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you shouldn’t exercise your brain. This summer why not try to learn a new language? With so many products on the market and websites online that promise to have you speaking fluent French or Spanish, there’s no reason not to pick up a few phrases. Or, impress your friends by learning to say “hello” in a multitude of languages. You never know when it may come in handy!
38: INDULGE YOUR INNER ARTIST
Have a great idea for a play? Did you start a novel that’s sitting on a shelf? Buy the painting supplies but never got started? This summer, choose a craft that you’ve had a hankering to toy with for a while and get to it! Whether it’s composing a short narrative or writing an entire symphony, spend a few hours each week honing your craft. You might just create something great!
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history. Instead of the traditional family vacation to the theme parks and beaches, visit one of the state’s historic sites like KINGSLEY PLANTATION, Florida’s oldest plantation home, or historic FORT BARRANCAS in Pensacola. For additional historic sites in Florida, visit exploresouthernhistory.com.
39: GO BACKSTAGE
If you think you’ve seen everything DISNEY has to offer, think again. Behind the scenes lie a whole host of secrets that only a select few ever learn about. Disney offers several backstage tours where you can learn some of the secrets that make Disney so magical. Of particular interest is the Backstage Magic tour. This six- to eight-hour tour takes you backstage at each park and gives you a glimpse of the legendary underground tunnel system. For more information, call Disney World Tours at (407) 939-8687.
Think Central Florida is flat? Think again! If you haven’t visited CANYONS ZIP LINE AND CANOPY TOURS, now is the time. This 2 1/2- to 3-hour tour takes you high through some of the most beautiful and remote areas of Marion County. You’ll get a rare view as you take the zip line from one tree to another past cliff walls and over lakes. And for a limited time, Canyons will be offering night tours. This is the perfect opportunity to see a side of Marion County you’ve never seen before. zipthecanyons.com or (352) 351-9477.
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40: ZIP RIGHT ALONG
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HE WOMEN ON THE FOLLOWING PAGES ARE THE DEFINITION OF STYLE. TALENTED, MULTITASKING AND THRIVING IN THE WORKPLACE, THEY ARE WOMEN YOU SEE EVERY DAY JUGGLING JOBS THAT TAKE DILIGENCE, DEXTERITY AND BUSINESS ACUMEN. WHETHER IN STILETTOS OR SCRUBS, THEY ARE MASTERS AT WHAT THEY DO. OCALA STYLE IS PROUD TO GIVE THESE LOCAL WOMEN THE RECOGNITION THEY DESERVE. HERE, THEY SHARE THEIR EXPERTISE AND OFFER INSIGHT RELATED TO THEIR PROFESSION. LET US INTRODUCE YOU TO THESE EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN OF STYLE.
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ID YOU KNOW THAT IT’S NATIONAL BETTER HEARING AND SPEECH MONTH? THIS MAY, BENEFICIAL HEARING AID CENTER IS FOCUSING THEIR EFFORTS ON ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO GET THEIR HEARING CHECKED EARLY SO THEY CAN BETTER MANAGE THE QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUES THAT OFTEN RESULT FROM UNADDRESSED HEARING LOSS. What habits do you encourage for proper hearing health?
It is important to practice good hearing hygiene and use proper hearing protection when exposed to loud levels. Skip the cotton swabs because they may end up pushing wax deeper into the canal, which leads to a wax impaction causing hearing loss, tinnitus and/or pain. Instead, have a properly trained certified audiologist provide safe, sterilized wax removal to keep your ear canals clear and healthy. You should have an initial comprehensive diagnostic audiological evaluation by a certified audiologist and annual screenings to ensure that you are always hearing your best!
Who is at risk for hearing loss?
Many people associate hearing loss with advanced age but it is also associated with ear infections, childhood diseases, genetics, exposure to loud noise, accidents, head trauma, stroke, even medications to name a few. Two out of three people with hearing loss are below retirement age.
DOCTOR OF AUDIOLOGY, BENEFICIAL HEARING AID CENTER
What are the signs of hearing loss?
The symptoms of hearing loss include you hear but don’t always understand, people seem to mumble, you frequently ask your spouse or friends to repeat and you have difficulty hearing in a crowd or restaurant. If you see yourself in these statements, you should have a hearing test by a certified audiologist.
What can you say to encourage others to seek treatment?
Too many people cling to the old, stubborn belief that wearing a hearing aid won’t help fix their hearing problem. The good news is that hearing loss can be easily diagnosed, and for most people, there are solutions in the form of digitally programmable hearing instruments, many of which are so small and discreet they are invisible. I hope people understand that hearing instruments work better than ever due to continuing advancements in technology and can dramatically improve the quality of their lives.
How is Beneﬁcial Hearing Aid Center participating in National Better Hearing and Speech Month?
We are offering a free hearing screening, consultation and demonstration during the month of May. We welcome the opportunity to show you the “beneficial difference” through better hearing.
BENEFICIAL HEARING AID CENTER
352.629.4418 / 1847 SW 1ST AVE., OCALA / BENEFICIALHEARING.COM may’12
CLAUDETHHENRY What makes CJ Henry Law Firm, PLLC, different from other ﬁrms?
The firm is lead by Claudeth Henry, a former prosecutor and registered nurse, whose knowledge of medicine and unbridled legal tenacity make her a formidable, zealous advocate. The firm’s practice areas consist of claims for individual and group disability insurance, long-term care and life insurance benefits, as well as Social Security disability benefits. We have a strong reputation for providing compassionate, yet aggressive, legal representation, seeking justice for those least able to fight for themselves.
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Whom do you serve? We serve individuals along the entire socio-economic
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spectrum. Among the firm’s clients are uneducated laborers, age 50-62, who need help navigating the Social Security bureaucracy. The firm’s clients also include college-educated business professionals, age 45-60, who planned for their family’s financial security by purchasing disability, long-term care and life insurance coverage and now need help to get the protection they purchased.
How would you describe the ﬁrm?
The firm employs individuals who are friendly, caring, compassionate and always willing to go the extra mile. They exhibit compassion from the way in which they communicate with the client to the manner in which they handle the client’s case—with the goal of always exceeding the client’s expectation.
CJ HENRY LAW FIRM, PLLC
352.304.5300 / 1531 SE 36TH AVE., OCALA / CJHENRYLAW.COM
CAMMYDENNIS What is the difference between “ﬁtness” and “wellness”?
Fitness is a component of wellness that focuses on health for both body and mind. At The Ranch Fitness Center & Spa, you will find state of the art fitness equipment, dynamic group fitness classes, a warm water pool and a highly credentialed fitness staff. Being committed to providing programs that embrace wellness not just physical fitness, we offer assessments for fitness, posture and balance, and we provide seminars on exercise, nutrition and weight loss.
How are current industry trends reﬂected at The Ranch Fitness Center? We pay close attention to industry trends and provide the “latest and greatest” in wellness options. The current trend in fitness is pre-choreographed programming with exciting music such as Zumba, R.I.P.P.E.D. and Piloxing.
What do you think sets The Ranch Fitness Center & Spa apart from the rest? Our fitness center is beautiful, clean, friendly and offers exciting, cuttingedge classes. Our personal training programming provides assessments
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352.861.8180 / 8385 SW 80TH ST., OCALA / THERANCHFITNESSSPA.COM 48
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and seminars to empower your body and your brain. We don’t just want people to move; we want people to find something that moves them! And when you are done with your workout, we have a wonderful salon and spa waiting to pamper you.
HEN JOAN PLETCHER MOVED TO OCALA IN 1985, SHE WAS CHARMED BY THE ROLLING ACRES OF HORSE COUNTRY AND FRIENDLY RESIDENTS. AS AN EQUESTRIAN PROPERTIES SPECIALIST, JOAN WELCOMES VISITORS TO “THE HORSE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD” AND OFFERS SOME OF THE MOST LUXURIOUS AND GORGEOUS PROPERTIES FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE RESIDENTS ENCHANTED BY OUR CITY.
Why did you choose to become a Realtor?
Real estate is my passion. From early childhood, being a developer’s daughter, I have always been interested in unique land. I love the challenge of finding the right property for my customer. I am fully committed to our idyllic community and its positive growth and development by those who will love and embrace it as dearly as I do. Having sold more than $200 million in Ocala/Marion in the last six years, I am confident we can offer you a generous selection of premier options, including those properties of my fellow Realtors. I am dedicated to actualizing your real estate needs with unparalleled attention and service.
WOMENLE OF ALSTESYTATE RE
What types of properties does your company offer?
Whatever your real estate needs or desires may be, whether an exclusive equestrian estate, custom luxury home, waterfront home, full-spectrum equine training facility, land, income-producing real estate, or commercial properties, fulfilling your real estate needs and interests in our beautifully pristine area are my priorities.
What community features can future residents look forward to? Depending on what your needs are, there are a tremendous number of choices specific to your desires, including water sports, horse activities, horse racing, hunting, biking, hiking, golfing, tennis and spas, Marion County/Ocala has it all.
What makes Ocala a desirable city to live in?
As a horseman’s utopia, Ocala offers an endless assortment of magnificent horse farms, small serene ranches and equestrian estates and is enhanced by Marion County’s rolling hills, bucolic scenery and tropical climate, which provide the ultimate living environment inherent in multiple equestrian-oriented estates. Residents can enjoy all the benefits of the Florida Horse Park and the Florida Greenways and trails.
How would you describe the community?
Ocala offers a warm and friendly downtown area with superb restaurants and retail establishments for your dining and shopping pleasures. It’s a culturally metropolitan area that lends its residents a full calendar of social and artistic events and benefits throughout the year, while cultivating new friendships in our wonderfully diverse, multifaceted community.
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352.347.1777 / 13373 S MAGNOLIA AVE., OCALA /JOANPLETCHER.COM / / /JOAN@JOANPLETCHER.COM may’12
WOMENLE OF SNT&YSPA SALO ES SERVIC
ATURE’S WAY ORGANIC SALON IS A FULL-SERVICE SALON AND SPA OFFERING THE HIGHESTQUALITY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES. HOWEVER, UNLIKE MOST TRADITIONAL SALONS, YOU WON’T FIND A CHEMICAL OR HARMFUL ADDITIVE HERE. THE SALON USES NOTHING BUT HIGH-QUALITY ORGANIC PRODUCTS FOR ALL OF THE SERVICES THEY PROVIDE. OWNER AND MANAGER TERRY GONNSEN TOOK SOME TIME TO EXPLAIN THE IMPORTANCE OF USING ORGANIC PRODUCTS. Why choose an organic salon and spa?
Our health is the most important reason to choose an organic salon and spa. Using organic ingredients makes such a big difference in regard to our overall health and well being. Hair, skin, lungs and other organs are all affected by what we breathe or put on our bodies. We use Organic Salon Systems products for all of our hair coloring, styling and treatments.
What makes Organic Salon Systems services and products unique?
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chemicals or toxins in any of our products. And, aside from being chemical free, they are also rich with nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and amino acids, so your hair will be healthier as a result.
Why say “No” to ammonia and other toxics?
Ammonia and other toxic chemicals cause not only damage to your hair but to your skin and other organs as well. Many clients experience a burning scalp or skin, have trouble breathing and develop health issues from being exposed over time. Some have allergic reactions so severe that they need medical attention. Those going through chemotherapy or other treatments for cancer or autoimmune issues now have a safer way to care for their hair and skin without compromising their health.
What services does your salon offer?
Our salon services include cuts and styles, color treatments and perms as well as an entire line of Organic Salon Systems care and styling products, including gels, hairsprays, shampoos and conditioners among many others. Spa customers can enjoy manicures, pedicures and facials along with massage and acupuncture sessions as well. You can also stop by our organic and eco-friendly boutique where we offer a wide variety of bamboo, hemp and cotton T-shirts, organic skincare products, gifts and much more. We also offer gift cards, and through Mother’s Day, we’re offering 20 percent off all gift card purchases.
All of the ingredients are certified organic, vegan and cruelty free by PETA. There is no ammonia, formaldehyde, PTDs, plastics, sulphates, parabens or other harmful
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352.236.5353 / 4620 E. SILVER SPRINGS BLVD., OCALA / NATURESWAYORGANICSALON.COM 50
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What are your shop’s specialties?
We are famous for our WOW rings and custom designs. My staff is certified in computer design through Gemvision and Stuller settings and can sit with our clients to design their dream piece of jewelry in just minutes. We have a large selection of diamonds in all shapes and sizes. Our interactive ring display and bridal showcases are exquisite, and there are hundreds of styles to choose from.
What types of jewelry do you sell, and what is the price range?
We sell quality fine jewelry at incredible prices every day; diamonds, pearls, sapphires, rubies,
OWNER/JEWELER, GRADUATE GEMOLOGIST, OCALA’S LADY JEWELER
emeralds and other semi-precious gemstones mounted in platinum and white and yellow gold. We carry Italian-designed sterling silver jewelry, Pre-Loved Rolex watches and estate jewelry.
How do you repair jewelry?
We repair our clients’ jewelry in several ways. We show them through a microscope camera what needs to be repaired or serviced and then have them choose whether the item should be repaired by standard soldering or laser welding. This is a noninvasive way to repair delicate jewelry items or items with special stones. Being a master jeweler and advanced diamond setter is a very specialized profession and takes great dedication and detail to care for clients’ precious jewelry.
OCALA’S LADY JEWELER
352.629.5703 / 315 E SILVER SPRINGS BLVD., OCALA / LADYJEWELER.COM
NANCYMARIE How do you create a relaxing experience?
My studio offers a serene and welcoming environment. My clients luxuriate in dim lighting, soft music and candlelight. I instantly put them at ease and provide an individualized pampering treatment. The majority of my clients fall asleep.
What services are available?
I am trained in clinical skin care chemical peels and microdermabrasion. My skin care line is high-quality organic botanical cosmoceuticals, so recovery time is minimal. The results for fine lines, wrinkles, acne and sun damage are phenomenal! I have a full line of retail products and coach my clients on an in-home skin care
WOMENLE OF SFACITALY LICENSED ESTHETICIAN/FOUNDER/OWNER, YOUR RELAXING FACIAL
regimen to use between facials. My clients range in age from 13 to 92.
What sets you apart?
I love my work! Because I have an independent practice, I can devote all of my attention to my client. I make my clients relax and feel good about themselves. I have an extensive business background, and I am constantly educating myself to keep up with the latest in the skin care industry. I also study natural health, herbal remedies and alternative healing. My philosophy is to integrate organic skin care, healthy diet choices, exercise and lots of pure water. Every service I perform on a client, I have tried myself. I wouldn’t use a product on a client’s face that I wouldn’t use on my own.
YOUR RELAXING FACIAL
352.553.7333 / 1107 E SILVER SPRINGS BLVD, #4, OCALA / YOURRELAXINGFACIAL.COM may’12
DR.TINACHANDRA As a specialist in smiles, what makes you smile?
My family, of course! And my dental family! Chandra Smile Designs is a unique environment of comfort and relaxation that exceeds the expectation of coming to the dentist. The skill and technology we provide is outstanding, and we’re dedicated to providing the best personalized service to all our guests. Creating beautiful smiles and changing a person’s life gives me incredible satisfaction.
What cosmetic procedures does your practice offer? Photo by tammyportraitart.com
We provide excellent quality cosmetic, general and neuromuscular dentistry. Cosmetic ceramic veneers, crowns,
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bondings and Zoom Whitening, as well as Botox and Juvederm procedures, can enhance a smile for adults who are embarrassed about their teeth.
How does your practice help patients with neuromuscular problems?
My passion is helping people with chronic TMJ pain. Grinding or clenching your teeth can cause damage to the teeth, muscles and joints, resulting in broken teeth, face pain, tinnitus, headaches and neck pain. Treating with TENS and technology, a neuromuscular orthotic mouth splint can provide balance and harmony to the teeth and muscles. Reconstructive dentistry can correct bad alignment in teeth for a better, healthier, beautiful smile! A beautiful smile begins here.
CHANDRA SMILE DESIGNS
352.861.1500 / 1920 SW 20TH PLACE, SUITE 202, OCALA / CHANDRASMILES.COM
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HELLO GORGEOUS SALON
WOMENLE OF SSATLOYN SERVICES
What are Brazilian blowouts?
Smooth, frizz-free hair in 90 minutes! The minute you walk out of the salon, you can wash and dry your hair, workout and swim. Results last up to 12 weeks but if taken care of properly will last longer. Brazilian Blowouts Super-Nutrient Complex and proprietary polymer system actually improves the health of the hair by creating a protective protein layer around the hair shaft. Thus eliminating frizz and making the hair cuticle smooth. SH ELLY
Are Brazilian blowouts for all hair types?
Yes! There are two different formulas of the blowout, so everyone can have incredibly smooth, healthy, radiant hair! Brazilian Blowout Zero is formulated for clients who wish to minimize their curl but get rid of the frizz. The original formula will leave your hair straight with no curl. So depending on your hair type and the look you’re wanting, either treatment will work for you!
How does a client maintain her blowout after her appointment?
With the aftercare products from Brazilian blowout. They are sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners that keep the cuticle from opening up and allow the hair to revert back to the natural state. Sulfate-free shampoos are important for color-treated hair as well. There is less fading and more shine!
HELLO GORGEOUS SALON
352.351.5358 / 48 S MAGNOLIA AVE., OCALA 52
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BRAND-NEW, LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE AWAITS CUSTOMERS AT GOGA STUDIOS. EXPERIENCE WHOLE BODY VIBRATION (WBV) ON ONE OF GOGA’S VIBRATING PLATFORMS. IN A COMFORTABLE, RELAXING SETTING, YOU CAN LOSE WEIGHT AND IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH WITHOUT SACRIFICING YOUR TIME OR BREAKING A SWEAT. OWNER TANYIA NORTH AND MANAGER KRISTIN MCGRAW ANSWER QUESTIONS ON THE BUSINESS THAT’S SWEEPING ACROSS AMERICA.
Why did you open Goga Studios?
I recognized the health and wellness benefits and the need to provide consumers with a cost-effective option. I originally joined for weight-loss reasons, but I later found that it helped with a problem I was having with my arm. I had been in physiotherapy for four months with little change, but my arm felt much better after only two weeks in the studio. I also lost the weight I wanted without having to sweat!
How does the program work?
You simply stand on a Whole Body Vibration platform for 10 minutes at a time and oscillate your way to better health and fitness. This “no-work workout” is supported by an FDA listing.
OWNER, GOGA STUDIOS
What are the beneﬁts of Goga?
At Goga, you’ll strengthen muscles; accelerate weight loss; improve muscle tone, circulation and bone density; prevent onset of agerelated muscle loss; and reap massage and relaxation benefits. The WBV increases your overall feeling of wellbeing and reduces the effects of stress. It also increases blood flow, improves flexibility and muscle endurance.
Is Goga for everyone?
Goga is for everyone who has permission to exercise from their doctors. We have customers starting at the age of 12 up to 94. Our program is open to those who are wheelchairbound as well.
What other services does Goga have to offer?
Besides a positive energy and clean environment, we also have infrared sauna access, an alkaline water station and a complete line of Himalayan Salt products. This complete package allows our members to achieve their health and fitness goals, detoxify with the use of on-hand products and achieve better alkaline levels from the water system. Disease and illnesses tend to thrive in acidic hosts, and an alkaline body will combat this process.ial difference” through better hearing.
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WOMENLE OF SUCTATYION ED
HERE IS YOUR CHILD SPENDING THE MOST IMPORTANT YEARS OF THEIR LIFE? THE MONTESSORI PREPARATORY SCHOOL OF OCALA IS DEDICATED TO THE TOTAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE CONSTANTLY GROWING CHILD. OUR MONTESSORI CLASSROOMS PROVIDE HUNDREDS OF CHALLENGING ACTIVITIES FROM BEGINNERS TO COMPLEX/ ADVANCED LEVELS. OUR OUTSTANDING CURRICULUM AND INTERNATIONALLY TRAINED STAFF COMPLEMENTS OUR EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT SO THAT EACH CHILD IS CAPABLE OF REACHING HIS OR HER FULL POTENTIAL. How long have you been the director of Montessori Preparatory?
I have been the director for 16 years, and prior to this, I spent 13 years as director in the Tampa Bay area. In my 29 years, I can tell you that my heart is to embrace each child and help build a strong foundation that will stay with them for the rest of their life. I have found that the the parents of Ocala want the best education for their children and seek to provide them not only a sound academic base but also a life-long desire for learning.
DIRECTOR, MONTESSORI PREPARATORY SCHOOL OF OCALA
Why did you want to establish a Montessori school in Ocala?
I wanted to bring the same outstanding level of education that I found in the Tampa school to the Ocala area. As a mother myself, I searched for the best education possible for my children and found that in Montessori. I am passionate about Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy where each child is embraced for who they are. The Montessori Method stresses great respect for the child, which in turn builds confidence, leadership, knowledge of self and dignity.
Why does your school offer a bilingual program?
It is easiest to acquire a second language at an early age. Spanish, French, German, Chinese, etc., does not confuse the young child when he or she is developing language. On the contrary, it reinforces repetition of letter sounds, increases vocabulary and retention skills, and adds another dimension of interest.
With your many years of experience as director, you must know many Montessori graduates. How do they compare to other students who have not attended a Montessori school? Eighty-five to 90 percent of our graduates have received academic scholarships. They have gone on to universities, including Harvard and Yale. These are children who began Montessori education in their toddler stages and were able to reap the most benefits of what Montessori can offer them. There are many famous people who have either attended Montessori schools or supported them in some fashion, including Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Ann Frank, Mahatma Gandhi, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.
MONTESSORI PREPARATORY SCHOOL OF OCALA 352.351.3140 / 2967 NE SILVER SPRINGS BLVD., OCALA
EDNATURNER-DEGENESTE SHIRLEYGOTTFRIED OWNER/PRESIDENT, BOARD-CERTIFIED MASTECTOMY FITTER BOARD-CERTIFIED MASTECTOMY FITTER UNIQUE LINGERIE, INC. Why should a woman get custom ﬁtted for a bra?
According to a national study, eight out of 10 women over the age of 18 are wearing the wrong bra size. Sixty-five percent of women want more comfort from their bra and 47 percent don’t know what styles are complementary. The answer to this problem is a professional bra fitting done by a trained fitter.
WOMENLE OF SECTIAYLTY SP NG CLOTHI
Do you have to be a speciﬁc size or shape to be ﬁtted for a bra? Department store bras typically come in only 6 cup sizes. So the average woman in search of the right cup size tends to go up in band size to feel comfortable, but this causes the bra to ride-up in the back and dump down in the front. Our custom-fitted bras come in many styles with over
50 cup sizes. So, large or small, we can fit you all!
What products do you carry for women who have had mastectomies? We are committed to meeting the needs of women who have undergone any type of breast surgery, including radical reconstruction. Our ABC/BOC-certified caring professional fitter has experience in fitting breast forms, mastectomy bras, post-surgical camisoles, nightgowns or other mastectomy products. We carry an extensive selection of the very best products and garments available, which allows us to fit you to perfection.
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UNIQUE LINGERIE, INC.
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JULIETHOMAS What is Brand It America?
We are a boutique promotional products/marketing firm based in downtown Ocala. Basically, we sell anything you can put your logo on from business cards to bottled water. Our industry boasts a whopping 700,000 unique items that can be imprinted with a logo. We listen and work with clients to develop ideas to meet their needs in the most cost-efficient manner possible.
How has Brand It weathered the economic storm of the last few years?
WOMENLE OF SOTTIOYNAL/ PROM TING MARKE
PRESIDENT, BRAND IT AMERICA
were always in construction. In 2007, we began to look at other industries and what we had to offer them. We put ourselves out there to help people continue to market themselves even in a down economy and the response was overwhelming.
What do you like most about your job at Brand It America?
We get to work with so many different individuals and groups of people. I love the sense of community it gives me and the connection I feel to Ocala. We sell the fun stuff and get to help plan the big events. What’s better than that?
We changed our game plan, and it changed our company for the better! Our biggest customers
BRAND IT AMERICA!
352. 624.2280 / 304 S MAGNOLIA AVE, OCALA / BRANDITAMERICA.COM may’12
MARTHAYOUNGBLOOD WOMENLE KARENCALLOWAY OF STY PHYLLISLINCER OWNER
What is the history of Serendipity Boutique?
It was started 2 1/2 years ago with the idea that we would start a home show boutique business. After 469 shows in the first 19 months, we knew we needed a permanent location.
What is your favorite part of owning Serendipity Boutique?
MA RTH A KAREN
We have met so many customers that are now some of our dearest friends. I am blessed that I have a
team of friends who manage the store so that I can do the most important job to me, which is being a mother to our three children. Everyone knows that we love what we do, and we try to make everyone who enters the store feel welcome.
What types of products do you carry?
We carry all sizes of women’s clothing, shoes, accessories and gifts, and we just introduced an expanded children’s department that carries brands you can’t find anywhere else in Ocala. We also offer Mud Pie, Crabtree & Evelyn, Sorrelli Jewelry and a gourmet food section that has been a huge hit. Just recently, Kupcake Diva began selling fresh gourmet cupcakes in our store daily.
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WOMENLE OF SSETRVYICE
What do you like most about your job?
The people who come to Mark’s Prime Steakhouse are wonderful. The diversity of our guests is amazing. Knowing the guests enjoy their experience here at Mark’s is what I love.
What do guests have to look forward to at Mark’s?
As a fine dining restaurant on the downtown square, we strive to create a memorable impression for our guests who desire an evening of delicious food in an elegant atmosphere. Whatever occasion, our goal is a superb dining experience with the finest beef, freshest seafood, premium wines and accommodating service.
MANAGING PARTNER, MARK’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & SEAFOOD
What dishes do you recommend on your menu?
As a steakhouse, our passion is prime beef. Our fire grilled steaks are served sizziling hot and cooked to perfection. From tender filet mignon to our bone-in ribeye, our steaks are second to none. We also have a variety of fresh fish and seafood. I love our Mix Seafood Grill and Grouper Santa Fe. Our extensive wine list is noted each year in Wine Spectator as a premium list of over 1000 bottles of wine that suits all.
MARK’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & SEAFOOD
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OWNER/AGENT, ANGIE LEWIS STATE FARM
ANGIE LEWIS EXEMPLIFIES WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A YOUNG SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSWOMAN. SHE SKILLFULLY BALANCES HER ROLES AS A WIFE AND MOTHER WITH HER BUSINESS WHERE SHE’S CEO OF HER STATE FARM INSURANCE AGENCY. AN ACTIVE AND INVOLVED MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY, ANGIE PUTS A NEW TWIST ON THE DEFINITION OF INSURANCE AGENT. HER UPBEAT PERSONALITY AND INVITING OFFICE ARE THE FIRST SIGNS OF THE POSITIVE EXPERIENCE SHE PROVIDES CLIENTS.
What assumptions does the public have about insurance agencies?
Most people believe that purchasing insurance is an expensive hassle. They tend to be defensive or put off by pushy agents and major expenses, but at Angie Lewis State Farm, we stick to our motto, “Changing the way you perceive insurance.”
WOMENLE OFINSUSRATYNCE SERVICES
What is your role in the community?
I absolutely love Ocala and the people here. I have been very blessed and feel it is important that I give back to the community as much as I can. Education is another passion of mine. I actively volunteer in several organizations that stress the importance of quality education starting at birth. I am also a part of the “Feel Downtown” campaign and am passionate about playing an active role in the future of Ocala.
What is your goal as an agent?
I strive to live up to our motto and offer the best in customer service. I want people to achieve the lifestyle and future of their dreams by understanding their finances. I also want to be a role model for other young women who would like to own their own business.
How do you change people’s perception of insurance?
We provide a remarkable customer experience by meeting clients one on one. We help them assess their current situation and uncover their goals. We create a roadmap to help them achieve their dreams and protect them if tragedy strikes along the way. When our customers walk out the door, they feel at ease and consider us their friends and advisors— not just insurance agents.
What do you want people to know about purchasing insurance?
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The most important thing people should know is insurance and retirement planning is not “one size fits all.” We take the time to get to know our clients and develop relationships, which allows us to recommend the appropriate coverage and help them during all phases of their life.
ANGIE LEWIS STATE FARM
352.291.2444 / 1122 NE 36TH AVE., OCALA / ANGIELEWIS.COM may’12
epending on where you were raised, the definition of “comfort food” may vary. Growing up in the Southwest, mine included the simple, yet mouthwatering, tostadas de harina (cheese crisps) at a particular Mexican restaurant with a so-so atmosphere but incredible food. Perhaps the true definition of comfort food is that it does more than satisfy hunger. Beyond meeting basic physical needs, comfort food nourishes
the soul. Something about it makes us feel loved, taken care of, a little bit safer. By its very nature, Southern fare often finds its way onto the list of dishes known as comfort food. You don’t have to be born south of the Mason-Dixon line to appreciate the specialties I discovered at several area restaurants, but if you happen to be Southern-born and -bred, you’re going to feel right at home. Pull up a chair, settle in and enjoy some nourishment for both the body and the soul. By Cynthia McFarland
110th Street Grille A true Southern classic
first experienced 110th Street Grille when I went in search of fabulous desserts. Their fried Oreos surprised me in the best of ways, but on this visit, I was on a mission to find a true Southern classic: shrimp and grits. Tucked into an unassuming plaza on South Highway 441 in Belleview, this cozy little restaurant is big on service and outstanding food. With the life-size wildlife mural painted on one wall, the upside-down canoe hanging over the bar and the laid-back fishing village décor, there’s a friendly “vacation-like” atmosphere. Rather than plunge straight into the main course, we opted for the One Ten Tomatoes
appetizer, and I’m glad we did. Fried green tomatoes are a Southern comfort food staple, but no one does them like 110th Street Grille. The delicately battered and fried slices of tomato are topped with fresh mozzarella, shreds of fresh basil and drizzled with a Balsamic glaze. It’s a delicious twist on an old standard, and we ate every bite. I came for the Low Country Shrimp and Grits, and I did it justice. I’m almost embarrassed to admit I finished the entire bowl by myself. The nine big shrimp are seasoned and sautéed, then dished up over a serious helping of cheese and bacon grits, framed with two slices of garlic toast and more fried green tomatoes. A blanket of Granny Smith apple pan gravy manages to bring all those flavors into a harmonious blend of Southern goodness. If you’re craving meat instead of seafood, you can’t
go wrong (or go hungry!) with the Smothered Chopped Steak. A hearty 10-ounce serving of freshly ground Angus beef is grilled to order and served with a mountain of sautéed mushrooms and onions and brown gravy. Homemade mac and cheese and vegetables fill the rest of the large plate. Full as I was, I shouldn’t have done it, but I topped off my meal with the Belleview Brownie. Having already sampled those yummy fried Oreos in the past, I was in the mood for something different but still chocolate-y, and this warm Ghirardelli chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream, swirls of chocolate sauce and whipped cream certainly did the trick. Once I put my spoon down, I honestly couldn’t have eaten another bite.
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Cotillion Southern Cafe
Homemade food in a one-ofa-kind atmosphere
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asked someone familiar with The Villages if there was any place in the area known for Southern food. “Cotillion Southern Café” was her immediate response. With her resounding endorsement, I recruited a friend, and we headed to Wildwood. After a peek at the website, I already knew I’d like the atmosphere, but I was just as impressed by the amazing food turned out by owner Kathi Vincent and staff. A ninth-generation Floridian, Miz Kathi, as patrons and friends call her, has found her calling—cooking and baking up a storm for the past four years in this charming little restaurant on Main Street. My friend Karen is as much of a “foodie” as I am, and we quickly found ourselves in gastronomical heaven. Sipping sweet tea served in jam glasses, we perused the menu and had a hard time deciding where to start. We settled on the Redneck Nachos for an appetizer. Miz Kathi’s husband Jim smokes the savory pulled pork that tops these crisp corn chips, which are served with melted cheese and big scoops of sour cream and sweet slaw. It would be way easy to make an entire meal out of these. Chicken and waffles was on my “to-eat” list. It sure sounds Southern, but I confess to a bit of skepticism about putting chicken and waffles on the same plate. One bite, however, proved that whoever thought up this combination knew what they were doing. Hearty buttermilk waffles are layered with a
thin fried chicken breast. It’s awfully good with warm homemade “buttamilk” syrup poured over top, but it’s even better with the cream gravy sprinkled with “Dixie Dust” seasoning. I’m not really a gravy person, but This. Stuff. Is. Incredible. I wanted to put it on everything. (Politicians promoting world peace could probably seal the deal if they’d just give everyone a bottomless pitcher of Miz Kathi’s cream gravy.) Another delectable take on the humble poultry dish is the Last Chicken in Atlanta Pot Pie. We love that it comes “unassembled.” You poke a hole in the center of a big flaky puff pastry and pour in the hearty cream gravy filling of chicken breast, carrots, potatoes, celery, onion and mushrooms. The dessert sideboard is laden with
cakes so stunning I thought at first they were fakes. We shared huge slices of Salted Caramel Chocolate Fudge Cake and Coconut Cake, and yes, that combination tastes as good together as it sounds. “If I don’t love it, it’s not on the menu,” says Miz Kathi, who’s integrated her passion for antiques into the cozy, welcoming décor. Antique plates, dishes and old silver kick up the presentation another notch. The servers’ aprons are so attractive, both Karen and I had to buy one for ourselves. This place is a gem, and I can’t wait to go back, taking my appetite with me.
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The Braised Onion Comfort food with attitude
ne visit to The Braised Onion is enough to confirm the truth behind the above slogan. Chef Loring Felix is back in the kitchen, whipping up classic comfort food with an edginess that makes it memorable. I love how the cool, slightly funky vibe and warm modern décor juxtaposes seamlessly with the home-style entrées. Start with a Southern classic of Fried Green Tomatoes
served with a just-right tangy Creole mustard sauce, or try the crispy Country Onion Loaf. (True to its name, the restaurant goes through over 200 pounds of onions per week!) The focus of my meal was the Country Fried Filet Mignon. It might sound like heresy to fry a filet, but trust me, in this case, it’s not. The cut-it-with-a-fork-tender steak is pounded thin and then fried in a light, flaky buttermilk
The Ivy House Restaurant Southern hospitality at its finest
he Ivy House has long been one of my favorite places to eat. In fact, when I moved closer to Williston some 10 years ago, I was afraid this close proximity might be my downfall and that I’d find myself there for lunch every day. I have a bad habit from childhood of eating everything on my plate, which can be dangerous in a restaurant that serves portions as generous as The Ivy House. Plenty of patrons frequent this quaint down-home establishment multiple times a week— and with good reason. No wonder it’s been voted one of Florida’s favorite places to dine. On a menu brimming with Southern foods, nothing says “Florida” and “comfort” like the Southern Fried Shrimp. Owner Mimi Hale uses a decades-old family recipe that you won’t find in her delightful cookbook Gracefully Southern. This one’s a secret, so you have to take yourself to The Ivy House to enjoy it. Over-sized, peeled and split shrimp are cooked up in a light, crisp breading that never hides their fresh taste. The “small” serving is six shrimp, while the “large” is 10; hearty eater that I am, it’s all I can do to finish the “small,” but that’s because of everything else on the plate. You get a
pure New Orleans, lick-the-bowl good. If you manage to save room for dessert (and let me tell you up front, that’s going to be a challenge), treat yourself to the Apple Butternut Sundae. Definitely big enough to share, this wedge of butter rum pound cake comes topped with French vanilla ice cream, warm baked apple slices, a hearty drizzle of caramel sauce and whipped cream. There is nothing dietetic about this creation, but you won’t be thinking about that as you dive in. With an attentive staff, Chef Felix in the kitchen and Marge in the front of the house, The Braised Onion delivers on its promise of comfort food. You’ll leave with a definite fondness for its spunky Southern attitude.
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batter. Served with a rich black pepper cream gravy, this mouthwatering filet is so big, I had to take half home for leftovers. As if that’s not enough, entrées come with two sides, and there are several to pick from. The Three Cheese Baked Macaroni and Cheese is so not your standard kids’ fare. Talk about decadent! Because we’re on a Southern-food binge, just throw calorie count out the window, and go for Chef Felix’s Lobster Bisque. There’s nothing else like it in town. My friend Robyn and I discovered we could create our own “Southern surf and turf ” by ordering the New Orleans BBQ Shrimp and sharing that with the filet. Goodsized shrimp simmered in Cajun garlic brown butter are served over cheese grits. A sprinkling of diced scallions and savory apple-wood smoked bacon makes for a pictureperfect presentation. The taste is
choice of potato (I love their baked potato with real butter), plus the veggies of the day. On the night we dined, those vegetables included baby lima beans and an amazingly simple sweet creamed corn that practically counted as dessert. A yeast roll and chunk of corn bread round out the plate. I like to mix it up, but some patrons never get past the Ivy House’s Baked Crispy Chicken. After all, it’s one of their best sellers. My friend Mary hadn’t tried it before and raved about the crisp coating and tender, moist boneless breast. Served with an ample side of Homemade Macaroni and Cheese (all that butter and cheese make it super creamy), daily vegetables, garden salad, roll and corn bread, this is another incredibly satisfying entrée. Even when I’m so full I can’t eat dessert on my own, I can usually manage to share a slice of Mimi’s phenomenal Buttermilk Walnut Pie. Reminiscent of an old-fashioned chess pie, this slice of comfort is served warm with a dollop of whipped rant cream and makes the perfect ending to a meal that The Iv y House Restau ston il ain St., W li is in all ways Southern. It’s so popular they even 106 N.W. M 0 sell it by the whole pie! (352) 528-541
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The Front Porch Restaurant & Pie Shop A gathering place for friends and family
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or more than a quarter of a century, patrons have flocked to The Front Porch Restaurant & Pie Shop for hearty home cooking and pies good enough to be featured in Southern Living magazine. Owned by the Scally family, this friendly little eatery is usually packed at peak times—often with repeat clientele—a testament to the tasty food and over-sized portions. The Front Porch is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and I came for the Southern Style Pot Roast. If you have a mother who makes Sunday supper featuring a beef roast that is fall-apart-tender (and I do), that’s exactly what you’re in for when you order this popular entrée. There’s no way I could finish the portion of roast and everything else that comes with it, but I gave it my best shot. Served with brown gravy, the roast comes with three veggies and a roll or corn bread. You get to choose from plenty of down-home sides; the fried okra is one of my favorites. While I was devouring the roast, my friend Martha was putting a hurting on the Fried Chicken Dinner, a large half chicken with veggies and corn bread. Served piping hot, each piece of chicken was perfectly crispy outside but moist and tender inside. It’s easy to see why this is one of their best sellers. If you aren’t up to eating that much chicken, opt for the two-piece order (white or dark meat), which comes with a potato and one vegetable. It’s a prerequisite to save room for pie. If you think you’ll be too full (which you likely will be if you eat your entire entrée), just ask your server to box up part of it. You don’t want to miss out on the pie. My favorites are the coconut cream and the lemon meringue, but there are usually at least a dozen different kinds every day. You can get a slice or even buy a whole pie. They bake 30 to 40 pies a day on a normal week, but this number increases dramatically around holidays when folks order pies ahead. If you’re so full you can’t possibly eat pie after your meal, take my advice and just get a slice to take home. You won’t be sorry.
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Hearty portions, hearty flavor “
ou’re going to Red’s, right?” That’s what I kept hearing from friends once I told them I was on an “eating assignment” to sample some of the area’s best Southern cuisine. Located about 15 miles west of Ocala on State Road 200, just past the Withlacoochee River bridge, this family-owned restaurant serves breakfast and lunch. On the occasions I’d driven by, I couldn’t help but notice the jam-packed parking lot and the appealing wooden Florida Cracker-style building. After everything I’d heard, I couldn’t wait to try their breakfast. We were shown to our table by “Red” himself, owner Shane Williamson, who works right alongside
every bite. Big Daddy’s French Toast isn’t your typical French toast—it’s much better. Red’s uses challah bread and tops it with orange zest, a little honey and a dusting of powdered sugar. We also got an order of the spuds, which are made from red potatoes and cooked up with slices of onion. Delish! Red’s absolutely lived up to its reputation for our visit. While you’re there, make sure to visit the koi fish in the pond out front, and take a walk around the building to check out the clever one-of-a-kind bird houses mounted on posts along the marsh. Shane’s dad makes them and yes, they’re for sale. Hint: Because everyone knows about the friendly service, enormous portions and great food at Red’s, there’s going to be a wait most days, so call ahead and make a reservation.
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his busy and efficient staff. When we said we’d come for breakfast, which is served all the time, he suggested two of their best sellers: biscuits and gravy and the French toast. Who am I to argue with those kinds of carbs? I should say right off that I make a pretty mean biscuits and gravy myself, so I usually wouldn’t order it in a restaurant. Red’s, I’m pleased to report, is just as good as mine, and without meaning to boast, that’s saying something. Listed under the menu heading of “Home Town Favorites,” these fluffy, warm biscuits are cut in half and topped with a thick sausage gravy that somehow manages to taste indulgent and light at the same time. There’s just enough spice to the sausage as a counterpoint to the creamy taste of the gravy. You can get a full or half order, and the price is so reasonable that it make sense to go for the full order, even if you can’t finish
Have a hankerinâ€™ to play cowboy or cowgirl? Then you might want to mosey on down the trail to Happy Acres Ranch, a dude ranch just 10 miles south of Ocala in nearby Dunnellon. And even at the risk of getting a little bowlegged, you just might want to dust off your cowboy hat and stay a spell. By JoAnn Guidry
tanding in the middle of the sandy riding arena, wearing blue jeans tucked into burgundy cowboy boots, Ocala resident Barbara Sewbaluck is listening intently to Happy Acres Ranch instructor Jill Santonastaso. First, Barbara is introduced to “Smooth,” a pretty chestnut and white paint quarter horse. Barbara listens intently as Jill explains the basics of mounting a horse, expertly demonstrating how to put her left foot in the stirrup and swing up slowly into the saddle. Now it’s Barbara’s turn. With a deep breath and the help of a mounting block, Barbara is up in the saddle and sitting on Smooth. A wide smile spreads across her face. For Barbara, this is a big day. It’s the first time that she’s ever been on a horse. “I always liked horses and always wanted to learn to ride,” says Barbara, 65, a fit and active woman. “But the opportunity never came around. I’m so glad we found this place so close by.”
Watching from the viewing stand is Barbara’s husband Al, 64, who unfortunately has a sore hip from a biking accident and can’t ride. But joining Barbara in the arena are her sons, Ryan, 30, who lives in Orlando, and Will, 34, who lives in Paris, France. Like their mother, neither has ever been on a horse. But with Will visiting, the family has been seeking out adventurous activities. Going to a dude ranch and riding a horse met with everyone’s approval. Now Ryan and Will, like Barbara, are soon up on horses as well. More grins. The trio is given basic steering instructions, learning quickly that horses are not automatic drive but rather more like a stick shift. Jill patiently explains how a rider can use both the reins and their legs to get the horses to move and turn. Twenty minutes and a game of follow-the-leader later, everyone feels comfortable enough to take a beginner’s trail ride. Jill mounts up and leads them out of the arena. Thirty minutes later, everyone returns safe, sound, smiling and wearing trail dust like a merit badge. “That was great,” says Will with Ryan nodding in agreement.
“Being up on a horse gives you a whole different perspective of your surroundings. I think I’ll look into taking riding lessons when I get back to Paris.” “I’ll definitely be back for more lessons and riding,” says Barbara, smile as wide as ever. And seeing how much fun everyone had, Al adds, “And next time we come, I’ll give it a try, too.” When Jim Moore and his wife Ailene bought their 40-acre Dunnellon ranch in 2005, it was as a weekend getaway place from their West Palm Beach home. Jim, a longtime successful home builder, had been riding horses off and on throughout his life. But the thought of going into the dude ranch business had never crossed his mind. “Then, of course, the housing market went bust,” says Jim, who with his bushy, champagne-colored handlebar mustache has that movie cowboy look. “As work slowed down, I started thinking about other businesses to go in to. Then, someone suggested I turn our place into a dude ranch. I wasn’t so sure that’s what I wanted to do.” But after hosting an Ocala/ Marion County Chamber of
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Commerce barbeque where the guests enjoyed not only good food but square dancing, horseback riding and taking hay rides, Jim began to get referrals. That was in late 2007, and Happy Acres Ranch was soon officially transitioned into a dude ranch. “It was one of those things that just sorta became one thing leading to another,” says Jim. “Next thing we knew, we had all kinds of people coming out to learn how to ride and to trail ride. I meet so many interesting people from all over the world. And it’s always a whole lot of fun.” Visitors to Happy Acres Ranch range from people like the Sewbalucks, who have no horse experience, and experienced riders, who for some reason no longer own a horse, to those who bring their own horses to stay on the ranch and ride the nearby trails. The ranch is also popular for events like family reunions, birthday and anniversary parties, and company retreats. There is also a youth summer camp every July and even an annual Easter egg hunt. “We do get a lot of people who have no horse background but would like to learn to ride,” says Jim. “For those people, we have good calm horses, experienced instructors and easy trails right on our property. If someone has a good experience the first time they try riding, it makes all the difference in the world. They enjoy it, and then it’s something they want to do again.” The Happy Acres Ranch riding stable currently includes 15 horses to suit all level of riders, from beginners to the experienced. Moore built two concrete block barns that provide 19 stalls; there are another 11 stalls available and six run-in sheds on the property, which has grown to nearly 50 acres. In addition to two lighted riding arenas and several turnout
paddocks, there are 50 miles worth of wooded trails adjacent to the ranch. For the more adventurous, arrangements can be made to trailer horses to any of the nearby Cross Florida Greenway trailheads, which affords miles of trails that wind through beautiful forests. “We’ll drop riders off at one trailhead and then pick them up a couple of hours later at another trailhead on the Greenway,” says Jim. “It’s a great way to enjoy riding.” A unique aspect of Happy Acres Ranch is that it offers lodging for a night, three-day weekend and even a month or more at a time. Jim calls the overnight lodging “guest cottages,” but that description really doesn’t adequately suit the facilities. Both Lonesome Dove and Happy Trails Lodge are actually houses; Lonesome Dove was originally on
adjacent property that Jim later bought. Lonesome Dove is a threebedroom, two-bath, two-car garage house that sits on a hill overlooking the ranch. It is fully and beautifully furnished, including full kitchen, laundry room, fireplace, satellite TV and Wi-Fi access. The house faces east and west, affording sunrise and sunset views from screened-in porches. With the same amenities, Happy Trails Lodge is located in the compound area of the ranch. Also available for guests who want to stay awhile are the stage coach camper, which sleeps four adults and two children, and a new loft apartment in one of the concrete block barns. For those with their own recreation vehicles, there are four RV hook-ups on the ranch. “Over the years, we began getting more and more people
who were looking for a place to stay overnight or for a few days,” says Jim, who is planning to build another lodge soon. “They can ride as much as they want, go sightseeing, and we’re close to many good restaurants if they don’t want to cook. When people stay with us, they become part of the family.” Happy Acres Ranch is also becoming a snowbird destination, or more specifically, snowbirds with horses. This past winter, both Lonesome Dove and the Happy Trails Lodge were booked from January through early April by horseback riders escaping the cold of their native states. After visiting from upstate New York for a week last winter and having such a good time, Andrea Scott knew she’d be back. Indeed, and this year, she brought her husband Oliver, another couple, their
horse trainer and six horses. The Olivers and their friends stayed in Lonesome Dove; the trainer bunked down in the barn loft apartment with the horses stabled below. They arrived in early January stayed until the second week in April. “I just fell in love with the ranch and Ocala on my first visit last year,” says Andrea, who with her husband owns Wild Side Ranch LLC in western New York, where they raise buffalo. “I never thought I’d be a snowbird. But the great weather, being able to be here on the ranch and ride all these great trails, definitely changed my mind.” On the other end of the ranch, Bob and Lorraine Heyworth from Cottontown, Tennessee, are straightening up the tack compartment in their four-horse trailer. It’s the second year in a row that they’ve come down to Happy Acres Ranch, hauling their two spotted saddle horses with them to ride. Joining them this year are friends Landon and June Simpson, who brought their Tennessee walking horses. While the horses are being boarded at Happy Acres, the two couples had
to make other lodging arrangements for their month-long stay. “We waited too long to make our reservations, and Jim was all booked up,” says Lorraine. “We’re renting a house at Rainbow River, but we’ve already made our reservations for next year at Happy Acres. We don’t want to be shut out again. We love riding the great trails here, and our visit is even better when we can stay on the ranch, too.” It’s just that type of response and feedback that Jim, who was initially reluctant to become a dude rancher, likes to hear. “Running a dude ranch is a lot of hard work,” says Jim, who frequently goes on trail rides with guests. “But I really enjoy horses and riding, so it’s nice to share that with people. We do our best to see to it that everyone has a good time.” Just call it the “happy trails” experience.
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Is Your Job
KILLING You? U
nless you have a job that keeps you moving all day, you are probably one of the millions of Americans who keep a “desk job.” Unfortunately, the hazards of sitting hunched over a computer for hours on end followed by fast food lunches can wreak havoc on your health. According to OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY magazine, long hours spent sedentary have a negative impact on flexibility, muscular strength and heart and lung function. So what can you do about it? Incorporate some of these exercises and nutrition tips into your daily routine.
» Stretch and take a short walk every hour.
» Replace your chair
with an exercise ball to work core-stabilizing muscles.
» Pack healthy
snacks, such as apple slices and almonds, to avoid vending machine temptations.
» Walk during your lunch hour.
» Do some exercises » Don’t keep a such as doorframe push-ups, bicep curls and overhead presses using items found in your office.
candy dish on your desk.
» Be sure to drink
plenty of water, and avoid sugary sodas and juices.
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TYPES OF STROKE
COMMON STROKE SYMPTOMS
Ischemic: This is the most common type of
stroke and occurs when blood is blocked from getting to the brain, usually by atherosclerosis (fatty deposits in arteries) or a blood clot.
Hemorrhagic: Blood vessels in the brain burst and blood bleeds into the brain, usually caused by long-standing high blood pressure or cerebral aneurysm (a weak spot on blood vessel wall).
TIA: Transient ischemic attack, also called a mini-
stroke, occurs when less blood than normal flows to the brain for a short time; can last from a few minutes to a day; can go unnoticed; can be a sign of a full stroke to come.
STROKE, SOMETIMES CALLED A “BRAIN ATTACK,” OCCURS WHEN BLOOD FLOW TO THE BRAIN IS INTERRUPTED. WHEN THIS HAPPENS, BRAIN CELLS BEGIN TO DIE, AND BRAIN DAMAGE OCCURS, AFFECTING ABILITIES LIKE SPEECH, MOVEMENT AND MEMORY. ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN STROKE ASSOCIATION, SOME 700,000 PEOPLE A YEAR, INCLUDING 425,000 WOMEN, SUFFER A STROKE IN THE UNITED STATES. MORE THAN 140,000 PEOPLE A YEAR DIE FROM A STROKE, MAKING IT THE THIRD-LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN THIS COUNTRY.
» High blood pressure
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
» High cholesterol
Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
Sudden severe headache with no known cause
ADDITIONAL WOMEN-SPECIFIC STROKE SYMPTOMS
Sudden face & limb pain
» Age (increased risk
Sudden hiccups, nausea, general weakness, chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations
» Gender (higher risk for
be given within three hours of symptom onset for best results.
Surgery: Carotid endarterectomy removes fatty deposits clogging carotid artery in neck. Stenting: Stents, flexible mesh tubes, inserted in carotid artery to prop open blocked blood vessels. Others: Anticoagulants (warfarin); antiplatelets (aspirin).
Disease/Lifestyle Risk Factors
Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
tPA: Tissue plasminogen activator helps restore blood flow to brain by dissolving blood clot; should
after 55) women)
Stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer every year.
» Smoking » High alcohol consumption
» Obesity » Sleep apnea » Gum disease » Race (higher risk for African Americans)
» Family history of strokes
» Previous stroke/ TIA/heart attack
STROKE RECOVERY: A lifelong process usually involving physical, mental, speech and occupational therapy
Sources: National Stroke Association (stroke.org); womenshealth.gov
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PMS/PMDD PMS PMS/ /PMDD /PMDD AS BLOATING, ACNE AND FOOD CRAVINGS, IS TIED TO HORMONAL CHANGES THAT OCCUR USUALLY A WEEK OR TWO BEFORE A WOMAN’S MENSTRUAL PERIOD. ABOUT 30 PERCENT OF WOMEN GET MODERATE TO SEVERE PMS. IN ADDITION TO HORMONAL CAUSES, NOT GETTING ENOUGH VITAMIN B6, CALCIUM AND MAGNESIUM IN YOUR DIET CAN CONTRIBUTE TO PMS. TOO MUCH CAFFEINE, LACK OF EXERCISE AND HIGH STRESS LEVELS CAN ALSO MAKE PMS SYMPTOMS WORSE.
PMS MENTAL SYMPTOMS
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Less alert Feel sad, anxious, angry Difficulty focusing on tasks Withdraw from friends/family
PMS PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS » » » » » » » »
Headaches Cramps Lack of energy Bloating Tender breasts Low back pain Acne
A SEVERE, SOMETIMES DISABLING FORM PMDD OF PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME (PMS). PMDD OCCURS IN
WOMEN. RESEARCH 2-10 PERCENT OF MENSTRUATING WOMEN DEPRESINDICATES THAT WOMEN WHO SUFFER FROM DEPRES SION OR HAVE A FAMILY HISTORY OF DEPRESSION OR POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION HAVE AN INCREASED RISK OF DEVELOPING PMDD. THE DEPRESSION LINK TO PMDD IS CONNECTED TO LOW LEVELS OF SEROTONIN, A BRAIN CHEMICAL INVOLVED IN CONTROLLING MOOD, PAIN, SLEEP AND ATTENTION. PMDD SYMPTOMS ARE SIMILAR TO PMS, BUT EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL IRRITABILSYMPTOMS, SUCH AS ANXIETY, ANGER, AND IRRITABIL ITY, ARE MORE PERSISTENT AND PRONOUNCED.
PMDD MEDICAL TREATMENTS
Eat high-calcium foods (low-fat milk, cheese, yogurt) and vitamin D-rich foods (salmon, fortified milk); consider taking a calcium supplement (1,000-1,200 mg) with vitamin D (600-700 IU). Include whole grains, lean proteins, fruits and veggies in your diet for fiber and B vitamins. Cut back on alcohol and caffeine consumption and drink more water. Consider taking a daily multivitamin, as well as vitamin B-6 (100 mg) and magnesium oxide (400 mg).
: PREMENSTRUAL DYSPHORIC DISORDER IS
Antidepressants: Prozac, Sarafem, Paxil CR and Zoloft affect serotonin levels in the brain; can be taken continuously or intermittently.
Birth control pills: Stabilize hormonal fluctuations and stops ovulation.
Skip breakfast or other meals to avoid low blood sugar, which affects your mood and leads to overeating. Eat too many sugarladen foods, which can affect your blood sugar levels and appetite. Eat too much salt, particularly from processed foods, which contributes to bloating and water retention. Ignore lifestyle habits: maintain a healthy weight; get eight hours of sleep; don’t smoke; be physically active; de-stress.
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: PPREMENSTRUAL REMENSTRUAL SYNDROME, WHICH PMS CAN INCLUDE SYMPTOMS SUCH
Sources: webmd.com; mayoclinic.com
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While it may not be the most pleasant topic, cervical mucus is by far one of the easiest and most reliable ways of telling when ovulation is imminent. Immediately following your period, most women experience several “dry” days when there isn’t a lot of discharge. As the days lead up to ovulation, mucus begins to form, first in the way of sticky, whitish, cloudy discharge. Even closer to ovulation, fertile mucus begins to make an appearance. This is most often described as slippery, stretchy and clear or egg white in consistency. Ovulation usually occurs in the two days before to two days after the peak day of stretchy fertile mucus. The best way to make note of the mucus? On the toilet paper following a bowel movement. Yes, seriously! Charting your cervical mucus changes along with the BBT is a great indicator of the days leading up to and through ovulation. The temperature spike is the usual confirmation.
Another sign? A woman’s cervical
Check out these apps on fertility awareness and charting:
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position actually changes throughout her menstrual cycle—and it’s
a change you can make note of! To manually observe these changes, wash your hands, insert your middle finger and feel your cervix for softness, wetness, height and any opening. When rechecking for a comparison, do it at the same time of day and in the same position (squatting or sitting on the toilet usually) each time. During and immediately following menstruation, the cervix is low and firm, similar to the feeling of the tip of your nose. As the mucus becomes more fertile, the cervix moves up, becomes softer and opens slightly. During ovulation the cervix is at its highest and most open state. After ovulation, it’s once again low and closed.
Fertility Friend Mobile My Days - Period & Ovulation WomanLog Calendar My Days X - Period & Ovulation
You may also want to visit fertilityfriend.com or tcoyf.com to download charts and get started.
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19 MUCH ADO ABOUT MUCUS
Sources: Planned Parenthood and fwhc.org
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of several months can give you a great approximate of when you usually ovulate. Fertility charts are available online at many sites and make charting a breeze.
hours of ovulating, your temperature rises several tenths of a degree. Charting temps over the course
One of the mainstays of charting is to take Post-Ovulation your temperature at the same time every morning before getting out of bed or doing any physical activity. To keep it simple, purchase a digital basal body thermometer (BBT) and leave it on the nightstand where it’s easily accessible. While your temperature will remain fairly steady throughout the month, it usually drops briefly before ovulation. Then, within 12
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HETHER YOU’RE TRYING TO ACHIEVE A PREGNANCY OR PREVENT ONE, ONE OF THE BEST TOOLS YOU CAN ARM YOURSELF WITH IS THE KNOWLEDGE OF HOW YOUR BODY WORKS. ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL WAYS TO DO THIS IS TO KNOW THE SIGNS THAT LEAD UP TO OVULATION, A WOMAN’S MOST FERTILE PERIOD. THE FERTILITY AWARENESS METHOD (FAM) TEACHES WOMEN JUST THAT. USING JUST A HANDFUL OF OBSERVATIONS A WOMAN CAN CHART (ON PAPER AND/OR COMPUTER) HER MONTHLY CYCLE TO TAKE NOTE OF WHEN SHE IS MOST FERTILE, THUS MAKING HER “SAFE DAYS” KNOWN AS WELL. FOR THE PURPOSE OF CHARTING, COUNT DAY 1 AS THE FIRST DAY OF BLEEDING DURING A PERIOD.
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he next time someone tells you his smartphone is stressing him out—the emails; the 24/7 social networking; the constant beep of incoming texts!—smile and share this secret: Your super-cell can also keep you cool, calm and collected, and switching on its tension-taming power couldn’t be easier. If you’re among the growing band of smartphone owners (half of all Americans and a third of Canadians), or are thinking of joining the club, know that these nifty little pocket computers can morph into supersized stress magnets faster than you can say “Twitter me crazy.” You’ve probably heard about a new British study saying that constant cellphone checkers (Do I have a new email yet?) are the most Nervous Nellies or Neals. Some even imagine their phones are buzzing and vibrating when no one is calling, texting or emailing them. If this describes you or someone you love, here’s how to make a u-turn on the information superhighway and tap into a smartphone’s secret, soothing talents.
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SMARTPHONE STRESSOR: Lack of attention to those around you causes relationship problems. STRESS-BUSTER: When you’re with family, colleagues or your main squeeze, don’t text, tweet or talk to other folks. You can find relaxation by reaching out and touching someone real. SMARTPHONE STRESSOR: Too many online “friends.” STRESS-BUSTER: Dialing up one close pal. We know you’re proud of your stable of 350 online friends—including those long-lost seventhgrade lunch buddies. But one in 10 Facebook users feels anxious about whether their BFF list is growing or not. To turn your smartphone into a stress eraser, log out and dial up one special someone. Talking (and hanging out) with friends, especially for women, stimulates the release of the stress-busting hormone oxytocin. So use your phone to reach out to one friend (even make plans to meet), and de-stress. SMARTPHONE STRESSOR: Information overload. STRESS-BUSTER: Create to-do and to-read lists by taking advantage of one of the many cheap, easy-to-use smartphone apps that help you organize your day’s calendar or set up a unified information feed (RSS—Really Simple Syndication) that combines the news you want from many sources into one, easyto-browse list. Instead of feeling disorganized or overwhelmed (it can happen if you’re always checking the news, sports scores, your favorite blogs), you’ll feel in control, a guaranteed way to knock tension down a notch.
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SMARTPHONE STRESSOR: Electronic multitasking. STRESS-BUSTER: Punch up a relaxing app... ahhh. If you’re doing the multi-screen tango—TV, plus computer and smartphone—you’re not alone. Eight in 10 Americans talk or text while watching TV. The trouble with that? Multitasking boosts levels of wire-you-up stress hormones. So, tune out occasionally, and turn your smartphone into a spa-quality relaxation tool. An app we love: Cleveland Clinic Stress Free Now Meditations, brought to you by the clinic’s Wellness Institute (which Dr. Mike directs). With just a few minutes of practice each day, Stress Free Now can help you make dramatic changes in how you cope with life’s stressors. SMARTPHONE STRESSOR: Sitting more because you’re tied to a desk or chair when checking your phone and other digital devices. STRESS-BUSTER: Move more throughout the day by setting a reminder alarm app to go off at intervals. What to do on your movement break? Walk around your desk, office, the parking lot, your house or yard. Even walk in place. And walk and talk if you must. You’re going for at least 10,000 steps a day—that’s a little more than 5 miles. Other good options: How about a yoga routine with an app like All-in YOGA? Or head over to realage.com and follow one of our exercise videos.
Let YOU Docs know @YoungDrMike if these ideas rate a thumbs-up—LIKE! The YOU Docs, Mehmet Oz, host of The Dr. Oz Show and Mike Roizen of Cleveland Clinic, are authors of YOU: Losing Weight. For more information, go to RealAge.com. (c) 2012 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.
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body through the bloodstream also slowly diminishes, causing the person affected to lose weight and possibly exhibit signs of malnutrition. The first symptoms of this disease, chronic occlusive mesenteric ischemia (CMI), may be abdominal pain, bloating, loss of appetite, nausea, or vomiting. Many people immediately associate these symptoms with other more well-known gastrointestinal diseases, such as irritable bowel disease, gastritis or colitis. But it can be much more serious—which is why it is so important that this disease be diagnosed early and accurately. GETTING THE RIGHT TREATMENT
Diagram of a plaque-filled artery
WHAT IS ABDOMINAL ANGINA?
ost people have never heard of abdominal angina. To the general public, angina is a symptom usually associated with the heart. But did you know that the abdominal pain you are suffering from could be abdominal angina, caused by poor blood flow through plaque-filled arteries? Angina is defined as pain, pressure or discomfort caused by restricted blood flow through an artery (ischemia). While this discomfort is one of the warning signs of heart disease, it can also be felt in the abdomen when the inferior and superior mesenteric arteries, which branch off from the aorta just below the belly button, become atherosclerotic or filled with plaque. These two arteries supply blood to the small and large intestine. Plaque, which is made up of cholesterol, calcium and fibrous tissue, builds up in the artery walls and slowly restricts blood flow. As blood flow diminishes, the intestine’s ability to supply needed nutrients to the
The physicians and technicians at the Institute of Cardiovascular Excellence (ICE) are experts at diagnosing and treating CMI. “When we see patients with abdominal pain who have been checked out by their GI doctor and given a clean bill of health, the first thing we do is check them for CMI,” says ICE physician assistant (PA) Sheila Quintana. “Our ultrasound technicians expertly scan the mesenteric arteries and determine blood flow velocities. If those velocities are elevated, this may indicate narrowing of the arteries. We then schedule an angiogram, which will tell us definitively if the patient has CMI.” Not only does the angiogram determine the extent of the problem, it allows ICE physicians to treat the patient at the same time. “Once we see the blockages, ICE physicians can then immediately perform an atherectomy, which is where we use a device attached to the same catheter to scrape and remove the plaque from artery walls,” PA Quintana says. “We can use angioplasty, which is where we use a balloon device to press the plaque against the artery walls. Then we can also insert stents to hold the artery open and improve blood flow to the intestine.” Once the procedure is complete, the patient may notice either a fast or gradual improvement as blood flow returns to the intestine. Symptoms will abate, and the body will quickly return to normal. ICE physicians may recommend such lifestyle changes as cessation of smoking, increase in exercise or a change in dietary habits in an effort to prevent a future reoccurrence of the disease. “Many times we see CMI in our cardiac patients. Whenever you have plaque buildup in cardiac arteries, it is most likely built up in arteries throughout the patient’s body,” says PA Quintana. “So it is highly likely that anyone suffering from CMI has heart disease and vice versa. Therefore, we tell them the same things we would tell our cardiac patients: More exercise and healthier diet can make a major difference.” THE ANSWER TO YOUR PROBLEMS
If you are suffering from abdominal pain, bloating, loss of appetite or nausea, call the experts at ICE. Not only will they quickly and accurately determine if CMI is your problem, if it is, they will treat the disease and get you back on the road to recovery fast.
The symptoms of abdominal angina tend to be very obvious. Pain episodes usually occur within 10-20 minutes of consuming a meal, with uncomfortable cramping in the abdomen, usually in the middle region or above.
Dr. Qamar The Institute of Cardiovascular Excellence is a comprehensive cardiovascular center where cardiology collaborates with primary medical care to offer a complete approach to the treatment of every individual. I.C.E. offers concierge service to all of our patients, with the goal to provide a comfortable and homey atmosphere, during their office visit. Our new state-of-the-art facility provides all of our treatment services under one roof. These services include but are not limited to: bloodwork, ultrasound testing, stress tests, PET scans, vein ablations, pacemaker installation and maintenance, and a defibrillator clinic. This facility also includes our new and improved catheterization labs, which house our updated and spacious private recovery rooms. At I.C.E. we take extreme pride in practicing cardiovascular medicine with our heart. Therefore, we strive to not only diagnose and treat patient symptoms but to also take into consideration one’s collective physical and emotional well-being. We treat each patient as a whole person. Yours,
DorothyDILLARD “In February 2009, good friends of ours referred us to Dr. Qamar. Following several tests, it was determined that my husband Bob needed a stent placed in an artery to his heart. In his following visits to Dr. Qamar and Dr. Gharai, they decided Bob needed open-heart surgery. His aortic valve was replaced in March 2011, and a few days later, they implanted a pacemaker. “I also underwent several tests and found I needed a procedure performed on my leg. Following an ablation, I am doing very well.
Both Bob and I are up and about, taking daily walks. We are very pleased with the results of our care. “The doctors at ICE are wonderful and take time to talk with us. We have great confidence in them and are very thankful for the consideration and kindness of the staff. They are always helpful and smiling.”
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ICK YOUR LIPS FOR THIS FAVORITE COCKTAIL. UNDER THE SUN OR DURING A WARM SUMMER NIGHT, ENJOY THE MAGICAL MARGARITA. LIME, ORANGE LIQUEUR AND TEQUILA MAKE FOR THE PERFECT DRINK WITH A LITTLE ZING. DUST SOME SALT ON THE RIM AND IT’S PRETTY TO LOOK AT, TOO. KEEPING THE FIESTA AT HOME? HERE’S A TASTY CONCOCTION THAT WILL PUCKER UP YOUR TASTE BUDS.
Texas Margarita 1 ½ ounce of Cuervo Gold tequila 1 ounce of Triple Sec Splash of lime juice or lime flavored mix 1 ounce of Grand Marnier (floating on top)
Mix with ice for a drink on the rocks or in a blender for a frozen margarita. Moisten glass rims and dust with salt (we recommend coarse sea salt) before pouring mix into glasses. Garnish with a slice of lime and serve.
Recipe courtesy of El Toreo, Ocala
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ICK AND TIRED OF FINDING THE SAME OLD APPLE OR BANANA IN YOUR LUNCH BOX? TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT! THE CARAMBOLA, ALSO KNOWN AS THE STAR FRUIT, IS MOST COMMONLY FOUND IN ASIAN CUISINE BUT IS ALSO GROWN IN PARTS OF THE U.S., INCLUDING FLORIDA AND HAWAII. THOUGH THE CARAMBOLA TREE CAN PRODUCE FRUIT SEVERAL TIMES A YEAR, ONE OF THE MAIN FRUITING SEASONS IS APRIL THROUGH JUNE, SO DON’T BE SURPRISED TO SEE THEM ON SUPERMARKET SHELVES THIS MONTH!
Oval with five ridges running down the sides.
Slightly waxy but, unlike most tropical fruits, completely edible!
ONE MEDIUM STAR FRUIT CONTAINS APPROX.
Yellow with a
greenish tinge when ripe; can develop brown spots like bananas when overripe.
Crunchy, firm and juicy, similar to that of a grape.
Not overly sweet with a hint of tartness; can be compared to a combination of a pear and citrus fruit.
30 7 3 4 g
EAT UP! The star fruit is high in VITAMIN C, POTASSIUM and ANTIOXIDANTS and has been shown to have antimicrobial properties. You can eat it like an apple, slice it up or add it to yogurt and smoothies.
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» You are taking statin medications for cardiovascular illness, as star fruit juices, similar to grapefuit, interact with these drugs. » You have kidney disease. Star fruits contain oxalic acid, which can be harmful to those with with kidney failure or stones and those on dialysis. (Note: SStrawberries trawberries also contain oxalic acid.)
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WHAT’S IN THAT?
Swampy’s Bar & Grille opened at the end of January in the building that formerly housed Huck Finn’s on Highway 27 just west of I-75. Now serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Swampy’s features a substantial menu and offers a full bar. The Sampler Platter and Swampy’s Omelet are extremely popular breakfast choices. For lunch and dinner, you’ll find everything from burgers and steaks to gator bites, ribs and seafood. “The shrimp, sausage and Josh Resnick / Shutterstock.com grits is one of our best sellers,” says store manager Lisa O’Teney. Other big sellers include the “very tasty Reuben” and the fish sandwich, which comes fried, grilled or blackened. 3821 NW Blitchton Rd. (Hwy 27), Ocala (352) 237-1777
Gandolfo’s Deli is known for its Big Apple, homemade taste. “We try to stay as authentic New York as possible,” says co-owner Roger Leandro, a Staten Island native. “We bake all our breads fresh every day, and even make our own salad Charles Knox Photo / Shutterstock.com dressings.” While the menu boasts about 50 sandwiches, three stand-out sandwiches make up 42 percent of their sales: the Pastrami on Rye, the I Continued on page 86
Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse 3405 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-3151 Mon-Thu 11a-10p / Fri & Sat 11a-11p / Sun 3p-10p Tony’s Sushi brings scrumptious sushi favorites from New York and Miami to Ocala, served in a fun, family environment. All sushi dishes are made to order—choose from a variety of specialty rolls or create your own! Whether you prefer chicken, steak or seafood, talented chefs will prepare it with dazzling showmanship on the hot grill right at your table. All entrées come with soup or salad and rice. In addition to the full Japanese kitchen, there is a full liquor bar and a beer selection, including imported Japanese beer and sake.
For the truly adventurous, try Tony’s famous Sake Bomb! We also provide catering and host private parties.
Latinos Y Mas 2030 S Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 622-4777 / latinos-mas.com Mon-Thu 11a-9p / Fri & Sat 11a-10p / Closed Sundays Looking for a unique evening out with a Latin flair? Well look no further—Latinos Y Mas is the answer! Begin your dining experience with a refreshing Dragon Berry Mojito, or perhaps an exotic Passion Fruit Caipirinha. Follow that with our delicious Ceviche appetizer. For your main entrée, try the Pescado a lo Macho, a Peruvian seafood specialty. Of course, dessert is a must at Latinos Y Mas. You won’t be able to resist the Passion Fruit Mousse!
Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us! 2-for-1 Margaritas. Join us Saturday May 12th for Mother’s Day. Gift certificates and party platters available for any special occasion.
Blanca’s Café Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club / 5000 N US Hwy 27, Ocala / (352) 867-0001 Sun Breakfast Buffet 8a-Noon, Dinner 1p-7p / Mon-Sat Lunch & Dinner 10:30a-9p Tucked in among the rolling greens of the Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club, Blanca’s Café is a gem of a find for diners looking for excellent food served in a warm, friendly environment. Italian dishes and delicious homemade desserts are the café’s specialty, with a popular breakfast buffet offered every Sunday. Patrons enjoy a full service bar and live entertainment weekly as well as spacious seating for up to 150. Try one of the weekly dinner specials Blanca’s offers, or schedule catering for your next event through the café. Whether you’re a newcomer in town or a local looking for somewhere new to dine, Blanca’s Café offers something to please every palate.
Weekly entertainment, call for details. Homemade pizza served daily. Lunches now feature Beef on Weck & Monte Cristo Sandwiches. Every Friday, 1½ lb. Maine Lobster. Reservation required by Wednesday. Special Mother’s Day menu. Now taking reservations.
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small package of white corn tortillas, taco size, cut into triangles
Cooking spray Salt, to taste
Preheat broiler to high. Without overlapping, put corn tortilla triangles on a large baking sheet. If you’re baking a large batch, bake second sheet separately. Spray triangles lightly with cooking spray. Turn over triangles, and spray again. Sprinkle with salt. Bake in oven 3-4 minutes. Turn chips over, and bake for 5 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Let cool and serve.
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ripe avocados, mashed Roma tomatoes, diced green onions, chopped jalapeno pepper, diced garlic clove, minced bunch of cilantro, chopped Juice of 2 limes Salt, to taste Pepper, to taste
Mash avocados in bowl. Add all ingredients, stir until combined. Add salt and pepper to taste.
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Roma tomatoes, diced mangoes, diced cloves of garlic, minced small bunch of green onions, chopped bunch of cilantro, chopped jalapenos, minced Salt, to taste Pepper, to taste Freshly squeezed lime juice
Toss ingredients in a large bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Squirt lime juice over top, stir and taste. Salsa can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.
Soft Taco Shells Makes 4 servings 1 ½ ¼ 1 1½
cup flour cup cornmeal teaspoon salt egg cups cold water
Combine all ingredients, and beat until smooth. Pour small amounts on a griddle or large frying pan with cooking oil. Fry slowly.
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Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips
Recipes adapted from twopeasandtheirpod.com and mexican.food.com
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INCO DE MAYO IS CELEBRATED WITH GRAND PARADES, MEXICAN FOLK DANCING AND TRADITIONAL FOOD. THE HOLIDAY COMMEMORATES THE BATTLE OF PUEBLA, WHEN MEXICAN TROOPS DEFENDED THE EAST-CENTRAL MEXICAN TOWN OF PUEBLA DE LOS ANGELES FROM THE FRENCH IN 1862. THE BATTLE OF PUEBLA BECAME A SYMBOLIC VICTORY FOR THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT AND HELPED BOLSTER RESISTANCE AGAINST THE FRENCH TAKING OVER MEXICAN TERRITORY. IN THE U.S., CINCO DE MAYO HAS BECOME A DAY WHEN MEXICAN HERITAGE AND CULTURE IS RECOGNIZED AND CELEBRATED. THROW YOUR OWN FIESTA WITH A GROUP OF FRIENDS WITH THESE MUY DELICIOSO RECIPES.
Love New York and the Rockefeller Reuben. A true New York delicatessen, Gandolfo’s sells meats and cheeses by the pound, as well as Taylor ham “pork rolls” and knisches. Gandolfo’s Deli is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. 3509 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages (352) 259-6171 gandolfosdeli.com
The Attic’s Café has been getting nothing but rave reviews since opening in late January. Located inside My Designer’s Attic, a tempting 8,000-plus-squarefoot, high-end furniture consignment store, the café specializes in crepes, both entrée and dessert. In addition to his amazing crepes, Chef Drew Dickson whips up gourmet sandwiches, oljalja / Shutterstock.com fresh salads and soups. “We’re now serving wine, and a lot of people come in, get a glass of wine, go shopping and then come back to their table when lunch is ready,” says owner Jim Holstrom. Open for lunch Monday through Saturday, 11am-3pm. 801 N. Magnolia Ave., Ocala (352) 369-9300
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Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine 2437 SW 27th Ave., Ocala / (352) 237-3433 / ocalathai.com Lunch: Mon-Fri 11a-3p / Dinner: Mon-Thu 4:30p-9:30p / Fri 4:30p-10p Sat 12p-10p / Sunday 12p-9p Conveniently located off SR200 near Best Buy, Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine is a window into the taste and decor of Thailand. Great dishes are designed to please anyone’s palate, ranging from seafood, pork, beef, chicken or just vegetables. Dishes can be made mild or spicy depending on your preference. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and will bring a quality dining experience to adventurous Ocalans and curious visitors. For single diners or large groups, Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine is a great choice if you want to feel like you’ve traveled somewhere exotic without leaving the great town of Ocala!
Take out also available.
Little Joey’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant Baylee Plaza: 16840 US Hwy 441, Summerfield / (352) 347-1800 Big Lots Shopping Center: 103rd Street Plaza, 8602 SW SR200, Ocala / (352) 873-0223 6998 N. Lecanto Hwy / (352) 465-0082 Mon-Thu 11a-8:30p / Fri & Sat 11a-9:30p / Closed Sun
After 20 years in business, Little Joey’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant has not lost its touch. The family-style dine-in or takeout Italian restaurant serves fabulous dishes that are prepared to order. Catering for various events can also be arranged. With quality as a top priority, chefs prepare authentic Italian dishes, from Chicken Marsala to Eggplant Rollitine, a vegetarian delight, and another favorite, the Linguine Pescatore, a seafood lover’s dream. And don’t forget about the hand-tossed pizza, stromboli and calzone with your choice of toppings. With quality as a top priority, our chefs put the utmost care into the preparation of each dish to provide the best dining experience.
Don’t forget to join us on Tuesday every week for a large pizza for only $6.95!!!
Little Joey’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant
House of Japan 3410 SW College Rd., Ocala / (352) 304-5110 / houseofjapans.com Mon-Fri 11:30a-3p / 5p-10p Sat-Sun Noon-10p House of Japan offers Ocala traditional japanese cuisine, specializing in sushi, tempura, hibachi and teriyaki style food. The staff is committed to serving the highest quality fish available on the market. Try a variety of original house sushi rolls that are unlike anything in the area including Uni. Enjoy quality seafood, including Yellow Tail, Sea Bass and Lobster! Come enjoy your dining in a casual and comfortable atmosphere with great service.
Special Mother’s Day Menu!Call for Mother’s Day reservations. Happy Hour 5-8pm daily. $8.95 Lunch Menu! 2 for Tuesdays Specials! 8oz Filet Mignon served daily.
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tthemselves hemselves or the soil they’re grown in. “It’s harder to maintain certified organic status, but it’s completely worth it. The berries are healthier, and the practices are better for the environment,” says Gail. The early crop comes in May, which is sold to vendors such as Artisinal Dish. The farm opens for u-pick customers in June when the second crop comes in. Bay Lake supplies everything you need for picking, but Gail suggests wearing close-toed shoes and perhaps a long-sleeved shirt. “We’re a family-oriented farm. We want the whole family to come and spend the day,” says Gail, who suggests bringing a picnic lunch to enjoy and saving room for some of her homemade
LUEBERRY SEASON HAS ARRIVED, AND THESE TINY BLUE SPHERES—A POWERHOUSE OF ANTIOXIDANTS— ARE JUST BURSTING WITH FLAVOR. AND NOTHING SAYS SUMMER LIKE GOOD, OLD-FASHIONED BLUEBERRY PICKING. BAY LAKE BLUEBERRY FARM IN FT. MCCOY IS 100 PERCENT CERTIFIED ORGANIC. OWNERS MIKE AND GAIL WALDRON MANAGE THE 24-ACRE FARM, FOUR OF WHICH ARE DEDICATED TO BLUEBERRIES.
“We only plant as many bushes as we can manage since we do all the labor ourselves,” says Gail. Gail, along with her family members and one employee, hand pulls all the weeds and cares for more than 3,000 plants. One of the oldest blueberry farms in Central Florida, Gail and Mike purchased the farm in 2002 and decided to convert the farm from conventional to organic. In order to maintain their certified organic status, Mike and Gail don’t use any chemicals or pesticides on either the plants
TIPS FOR THE PERFECT
Only choose berries that are uniform in blue color; any hint of red means they’re not fully ripe.
Green berries will not ripen after picked, but red berries will ripen if left at room temperature.
The fastest way to pick is to hold your pale under the bush and rub the branches with your fingers. The ripe ones will fall off easily.
blueberry ice cream (which is amazing, if we do say so ourselves!). Blueberries are among the highest antioxidant-rich foods, and studies suggest they may also be instrumental in preventing cancer, heart disease and the effects of aging. But just because blueberry season is short-lived doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy their health benefits year-round. Frozen blueberries contain all of the nutritional benefits as their fresh counterparts. So don’t be afraid to pick too many! Eat them fresh from the field, and freeze the extras for use in these tasty recipes.
Bay Lake Blueberry Farm 20525 Hwy 315, Ft. McCoy (352) 546-3834 Courtesy of Family Features and Wild Blueberries, wildblueberries.com Don’t place your just-picked berries in a closed container, leave them open so moisture doesn’t form.
Don’t wash them until just before you eat them; otherwise, they will become mushy.
Refrigerated berries stay fresh 10-14 days after being picked. Source: pickyourown.org
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Sweet Wild Blueberry Omelet Rolls Photo courtesy of Family Features
Makes 4 servings 2 cups blueberries ½ cup blueberry jam eggs tbsp light cream tbsp sugar tbsp flour tbsp butter ounce chopped pistachio Powdered sugar
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In small bowl, mix blueberries with blueberry jam to bind. In a second bowl, beat eggs with cream, sugar and flour. Place a 12-inch frying pan over medium heat, and melt 1 tablespoon butter. Add half of the egg mixture, and turn down heat in order to slowly cook eggs. Flip over omelet. Place omelet on a plate, scatter half the blueberries on it and roll it up. Prepare a second omelet from remaining butter, egg, cream and blueberries. Cut omelets into pieces, and sprinkle with pistachio and powdered sugar. Garnish with mint leaves as desired.
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OTHER PLACES TO PICK
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Abshier Farms Belleview: (352) 572-6382 B&G Blueberries Ft. McCoy: (352) 236-4410 Barbara’s Blueberries Silver Springs: (352) 625-3445
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Blues Brothers Anthony: (352) 629-0039 Organic Blueberries Ft. McCoy: (352) 236-4600 Sugar Hill Blueberries Belleview: (352) 209-0819
large can crushed pineap ple cups blueberries box yellow cake mix cup sugar cup melted margarine cup chopped pecans cup sugar
Grease a 9x13-inch pan , and spread pineapple with juice in pan. Layer blueberries over pineap ple. Sprinkle 3/4 cup sugar over that. Pu t dry cake mix on top then drizzle me lted margarine over top. Add pecans and 1/4 cup sugar. Bake at 350˚F for 40-45 minutes.
Makes 1 serving 2 stalks celery 3 carrots ¼ cup part-skim ricotta (or cream cheese) 1 ounce crumb led Gorgonzola 1 tbsp Wild Blu eberry juice 1 pinch grated orange peel Freshly ground pe pper ½ cup blueberr ies
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large and varied menu, which can be viewed on their website, features traditional and exotic Japanese dishes, and includes everything from sushi and hibachi items to teriyaki and tempura, rice and noodle entrées. “Our best seller is probably the sushi. We’re definitely Shebeko / Shutterstock.com known for the freshness,” says manager Theresa Shannon. House of Japan is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. 3410 SW College Rd., Ocala (352) 304-5110 houseofjapans.com
The Wagon Farm Ocala: (352) 489-1411 Yancey’s Blueberry Farm Ocala: (352) 625-4386
Hunting the right location for a special event? In late 2011, Mojo’s Grill and Catering began leasing the Ocala Ballroom in the Ocala National Bank building for banquets and parties. The downtown location is ideal for everything from weddings and rehearsal dinners to office parties and anniversary celebrations. Located at 108 N Magnolia Avenue and also known as the Sovereign Building, it seats up to 150 people. Mojo’s will cater the entire event off their popular Serghei Starus / Shutterstock.com menu, or they can customize the food items. Call to check availability and reserve your date. (352) 369-6656 mojogrillandcatering.com Find them at Ocala Ballroom on Facebook.
Tilted Kilt 3155 E. Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 351-5458 / tiltedkilt.com Mon-Sat 11a-Midnight / Sun 11a-11p Scan the code to view our complete menu and calendar of events. Or go to our website: Ocala.tiltedkilt.com
Looking for some fun with a great meal? Besides our great service, hospitality and delicious food, you’ll feel at home watching your favorite HD sporting events on the big screen TVs or enjoying live music on the patio. From poker to cruise-ins there’s always something happening at the Tilted Kilt. Big or small, celebrate your next party or special occasion with us. Our menu features an array of options, from snacks to full meals, plus a complete bar, all served by beautiful lasses in kilts. You’ll want to make us your hometown pub. The Tilted Kilt – where a cold beer never looked so good! Get the free mobile app at
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Cuvée Wine & Bistro 2237 SW 19th Ave Rd, Ste. 102, Ocala / (352) 351-1816 / cuveewineocala.com Mon-Thu 5p-10p / Fri & Sat 5p-2a / Happy Hour 5p-7p Call for Reservations. Private Parties and Off-Premise Catering Available.
Cuvée Wine & Bistro is an elegant and approachable environment where you can embrace the age-old relationship between food and wine. In an inspiring and intimate atmosphere, Cuvée brings together the taste of upscale cuisine with the freshest ingredients, combined with a wide array of wines from around the world. We guarantee your senses will be delighted and your palate overwhelmed. Feed your mind, your spirit and your curiosity at Cuvée.
Chili’s Grill & Bar Several convenient locations throughout our area / chilis.com Sun-Thu 11a-11p / Fri & Sat 11a-Midnight / Happy Hour All Day Everyday Party platters create the perfect event at Chili’s.
From freshly prepared salads to mouthwatering burgers, Chili’s kicks up the flavor with food that’s anything but ordinary. New steakhouse-quality steaks include a 6-ounce sirloin, which is featured on the 2 for 20 menu, and you can even upgrade to a 10-ounce sirloin! Chili’s also features a new one-inch thick cut rib eye, which is even more delectable than the old one! Enjoy the flavor without the guilt thanks to dishes under 750 calories. Scan here with your smartphone for a direct link to chilis.com
Cody’s Original Roadhouse 2505 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-8182 / codysamerican.com Doors Open at 11a. Serving Lunch & Dinner Daily. “Where Quality and Value Come Together!” Servin’ USDA hand-cut prime and choice steaks, rotisserie chicken, BBQ ribs, chops, fresh fish, burgers, salads and more! Kids eat free Monday and Tuesday; Wednesday—buy one, get one free fajitas; and Thursday steak night with $12.98 steak specials! Daily 2-4-1 happy hour 11am-7pm, early bird specials until 6pm Mon. thru Sat. Sunday—after church specials starting at $8.99 with dessert. Show Mom your appreciation by taking her out to Cody’s on Mother’s Day. Choose from a variety of roast turkey and dressing, lobster tails and more with a champagne mimosa, only $2.49.
Locations also in Gainesville, The Villages in Lake Sumter Landing and our new location in Tallahassee.Mother’s Day specials include free peach cobbler and a free carnation for Mom (while supplies last). Limited reservations available!
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 Happy Hour Daily 4p-7p New lunch specials include Taco Salad on Monday, $3.95; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $3.95; Quesadillas on Wednesday, $5.45; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $4.95; and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $3.95. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $7.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $6.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $6.95; Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $6.95; and Enchilada Fridays, $6.95. Don’t miss “Margarita Mondays” with $1.95 margaritas. On Tuesdays, kids 12 and under - 99¢ from the children’s menu (takeout not included). Wednesday is 99¢ margaritas and $1.95 for domestic and imported beers. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day.
Join us every day for happy hour from 4-7pm and get 2-for-1 wells or drafts. Whether it’s delicious food, great drinks or a festive atmosphere, there are more reasons than ever to visit either El Toreo location today.
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Roberto’s Italian Eatery 22050 N Highway 441, McIntosh / (352) 591-1145 Wed & Thurs 11a-9p / Fri & Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-3p Closed Monday & Tues Enjoy a new, distinctively Italian experience away from downtown at Roberto’s Italian Eatery located in Harvest Village in McIntosh. Roberto’s Italian Eatery offers a unique combination of Italian cuisine and affordable prices. Chef Antonio prepares every dish with a passion to preserve the integrity of Italian food traditions. Our signature red snapper is cooked whole and filleted right at your table, or try one of our classic Italian dishes. House-made tiramisu is a popular dessert that can be enjoyed with an Italian cappuccino after dinner. Feast on a meal that is distinctively Italian when you visit Roberto’s Italian Eatery. Just a short drive away.
Surf & Turf available for Lunch & Dinner Call for Mother’s Day reservations
Ipanema Brazilian Steak House 2023 South Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 622-1741 / www.ipanemaocala.com Lunch Tue-Fri 11a-2p / Dinner Tues-Thu 5p-9p, Fri & Sat 5p-10p, Sun 4p-9p Happy Hour Tue-Fri 5p-7p / Closed Monday Celebrate Mother’s Day Brazilian Style on Sunday May 13, Open 11am-8pm Private rooms and candle light patio available for all your special gatherings!
A Churrascaria (Portuguese for barbecue) is a dining experience where roaming Gauchos slice and serve fire-roasted meats from skewers in a continual fashion. Ipanema Brazilian Steak House boasts 11 of the finest cuts of meat complemented by an opulent salad and vegetable bar, delectable desserts, and delicious wines, beers and cocktails. Brazilian native and executive chef Alonso Esgaib invites you to embrace the flavors of his homeland and experience the magnetism of Ipanema for yourself. Enjoy the weather and come dine on our new covered patio area! Become a fan of Ipanema on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ipanemaocala.
Bamboo Bistro 700 North Hwy 441 (In Front of Target), Lady Lake / (352) 750-9998 Mon-Thu 11a-9:30p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun Noon-9p Chef Wu and co-owner Jian Daniels have created a wonderful new Asian Fusion dining experience in town that manages to be both elegant and casual. Please join us for Mother’s Day Sunday May 13th.
Celebrating one year in business! Experience the unique and unforgettable taste of Bamboo Bistro in The Villages! Offering Asian dishes from China, Japan, Vietnam and Thailand along with a full sushi bar, Chef Liang Wu incorporates the best variety of authentic Asian ingredients while using an array of cooking techniques. Our specialties include Peking Duck, Pepper Seared Filet Mignon, Seafood Delight, along with other seafood choices. Many wok entrées and noodle dishes are available as well. A variety of Asian beers and the extensive wine list will complement any meal.
BoJen’s “Home of the Flavor Burger” 2496 Baseline Road, Ocala / (352) 694-SIDE (7433) / bojens.net 7 Days 11a-9p “Where Sides Matter!” Order and pay online at bojens.net.
BoJen’s puts the flavor in the burger, marinated, seasoned and cooked to perfection. Sandwiches are crafted with Boar’s Head meats and cheeses. Order the BoJen Burger or a basket full of fresh and crispy fried shrimp, oysters, calamari or grouper. BoJen’s makes it their business to have every side possible. Their fried taters, fried veggies, seafood, salads and exotic sides offer a variety of choices to go with your meal. BoJen’s also offers Family Favorites: country home-cooked meals for four (4) ready to go with drinks included. Enjoy a 20 percent discount on your first online order ($25 minimum).
The Attic’s Cafe 801 N. Magnolia Ave, Ocala / (352) 369-9300 Serving Lunch Mon-Sat 11a-3p Let’s talk about great food! Let’s talk about unique and fun! Let’s talk about the Attic’s Café! The Attic’s Café recently opened its doors inside of My Designer’s Attic. (You know, the “Not our Average Furniture Consignment Store” located downtown.) Chef Andrew Dickson uses his culinary skills to create some of the best-tasting food around! Specializing in scrumptious Galettes (savory crepes) and incredible dessert crepes, Chef Andrew also does a super job with his distinguished sandwiches, fresh salads and soups. Whether it’s his signature Roasted Veggi Galette with goat cheese, the Hot Night Club Sandwich or a fantastic lemon crepe, you can’t go wrong!
Located inside of My Designer’s Attic, in the heart of the old business district, 8 blocks north of the historic square! Don’t forget to explore the 8000 sq ft of My Designer’s Attic after lunch!
The Ivy House Restaurant 106 NW Main Street, Williston / (352) 528-5410 / ivyhousefl.com Sun-Wed 11a-2p / Thu-Sat 11a-8p Tucked comfortably in the heart of Williston, this familyowned establishment is a pleasure to visit. The restaurant has been named by Florida Trend as one of the “Top 500 Best Places to Eat in the State” for several years now. Lunch is served seven days a week and features a Southern-style daily special, and supper is served Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings only. Specials include Southern Fried Lobster, delicious steaks and their famous Baked Krispy Chicken, along with a complete full menu.
For more information on catering, please contact Waica Huggins or Evelyn Nussel at email@example.com. Full-service catering, Gift Shop-Boutique. “Call for Mother’s Day reservations at our Williston and Alachua locations.”
Mesa de Notte 2436 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala / (352) 732-4737 / mesaocala.com Mon–Fri 11a-10p / Sat & Sun 3p-10p / Happy hour daily 3-7p Additional parking in rear. Chef Jose Moreno says “Benvenuti a Mesa de Notte” (Welcome to Table of the Night) an Italiano vero, fine dining experience you won’t forget. Traditional Italian cuisine, as well as unique specialty dishes, are all served with gourmet pasta made in-house at Mesa de Notte. Mesa de Notte uses only the freshest ingredients, including fresh seafood and vegetables, hand-cut steaks, veal, duck and more. Complete your meal with one of 13 delicious sauces, all rooted in Italy, such as livernese, puttanesca, frances, pomodoro, bolognaise, pesto, vodka, piccata, oil and garlic. Enjoy a glass of “vino” from over 80 international fine wines, many served by the glass, or maybe a nice bottle of cold beer. Come enjoy! Or let us cater your special occasions!
Pamper Mom this Mother’s Day at Mesa de Notte with an exquisite dinner. Each Mom will receive one complimentary glass of champagne. Special hours Noon-10pm. Reservations recommended but not required.
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HERE’S A MAJOR RACE TAKING PLACE AT TUSCAWILLA PARK ON MAY 12, ONLY THESE COMPETITORS WON’T BE MOVING TOO QUICKLY. THOUSANDS OF YELLOW RUBBER DUCKIES WILL BE FLOATING DOWN LAKE TUSCAWILLA FOR THE 3RD ANNUAL MID-FLORIDA DUCK DERBY. COME SUPPORT THE CHILDREN’S HOME SOCIETY OF FLORIDA BY PARTICIPATING IN THE RUBBER DUCKY RACE FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN GREAT PRIZES! PURCHASE AS MANY DUCKS AS YOU’D LIKE TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. ALONG WITH THE MAIN EVENT, THERE’S ALSO GREAT VENDORS, LOTS OF FOOD, FAMILYFRIENDLY ACTIVITIES AND MUCH MORE! THE EVENT RUNS 11AM-3PM. DUCKS ARE AVAILABLE FOR $5 PER DUCK AND CAN BE PURCHASED ONLINE OR BY CALLING THE CHILDREN’S HOME SOCIETY. DUCKIES WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE THROUGH NOON ON MAY 11. BE SURE TO ORDER YOUR TEAM TODAY. IT’S NO KENTUCKY DERBY, BUT IT’S SURE TO BE A QUACKIN’ GOOD TIME! CHSFL.ORG OR (352) 732-1412.
25 Years of Song The MARION CIVIC CHORALE is celebrating its 25th anniversary with several concerts throughout the month of May. Each concert will include some of the Chorale’s favorite selections from the past 25 years. Matthew Bumbach will be the featured conductor joined by the founding conductor Grat L. Rosazza and former conductor Dr. Wayne Earnest. The Chorale will be performing in the following locations: May 5 @ 3pm at St. George Anglican Cathedral May 6 @ 3pm at Ocala First United Methodist Church (reception to follow) May 19 @ 4pm at the Appleton Museum marioncivicchorale.tripod.com or (352) 694-2579.
APPLETON EXHIBITS (ONGOING) The Appleton Museum will host the exhibit Art and the Animal, featuring over 45 works from the flagship exhibition of The Society of Animal Artists. CF’s annual judged student exhibition will take place through May 5. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
Forget your diets on the evening of May 5th, and sample some of the best cuisine Ocala has to offer. TASTE OF OCALA will take place at the Ewers Century Center at CF at 6:30pm. Whether you are in the mood for cheesy fondue or stir fry with an Asian flair, there’s something for everyone. Local musicians will provide entertainment, and there will also be a raffle prize drawing. Purchase your tickets now—only a limited number of reservations are available.
LIBRARY PROGRAMS (ONGOING) The Marion County Public Library will host a variety of programs for children and adults throughout the month. Call for a complete list or to register. (352) 368-4508.
A RIDE THROUGH HORSE COUNTRY
See horse country atop a bicycle during the 5TH ANNUAL FRANK POLACK MEMORIAL RIDE. 250 riders are expected to turn out for this scenic ride with lengths of either 30, 62 or 80 miles. The courses are fully staffed, and riders are treated to a pre-ride breakfast, post-ride lunch and a gear bag filled with goodies. Registration is $40, and a donation of canned goods for Interfaith Emergency Services is also requested. After the ride, prizes will be awarded courtesy of Ocala Bicycle Center. The event begins and ends at the Hospice of Marion County’s Education Center. Riders can pre-register at hospiceofmarion.com or active.com. Registration is also available the morning of the event. (352) 873-7415.
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TOWN HALL MEETING A town hall meeting will be held with the candidates for superintendent at the Family Life Center of First United Methodist Church of Ocala from 6:30-8pm. The event is sponsored by the Educational Task Force and Marions United for Public Education. (352) 572-9313.
Hog For Hope Bikes, Brews & BBQ
Jump on your bike and head over to ARC Marion for the annual HOG FOR HOPE BIKES, BREWS & BBQ presented by Ocala Gran Prix. Along with a great display of top-notch bikes, there will be auctions, raffles, live entertainment and, of course, lots of lip-smacking BBQ! The highlight of the evening is the drawing for a brand-new bike, which takes place at 8:30pm. arcmarionfoundation.com or (352) 351-2479.
Boogie Fever Dig out your bell May bottoms, and dust off 25 your leisure suits. It’s time once again for the POLYESTER PROM presented by 92Q 92.9FM held at the Hilton Ocala. There will be plenty of music from the disco era right up to today’s greatest hits. The disco band Paradise will be performing all your favorite hits of the ‘70s, and The Cover Band will be belting out the best of top 40 tunes. Make plans to stay the night with the special Polyester Prom Package offered at the Hilton. Doors open at 8pm. radio92q.com or (352) 732-0079.
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ART MINI-CAMPS AND WORKSHOPS (ONGOING) The Artist Hub of Ocala will offer a variety of camps and workshops for kids in grades K-8 this summer. Programs include watercolors, ceramics, drawing and more. Call for dates, times, prices and to register. (352) 867-9660. CLASSES AT THE MANOR (ONGOING) The Artist Hub of Ocala will host a variety of classes throughout the month at the Cherished Bride Manor, including yoga, core strength, cardio dance, Zumba, art and others. Visit their website for specific times and dates. Preregistration is required. thecherishedbride.com or (352) 572-7351. CTAE STUDENT MASSAGES (THROUGH MAY 16) CTAE will offer 50-minute massages by students by appointment on Mondays and Wednesdays. Call to schedule your visit. Massages are $20. (352) 671-7200 ext. 56801. CIRCLE SQUARE COMMONS FARMERS MARKETS (THROUGH MAY) Circle Square Commons will host a farmers market on Thursdays from 4-7pm. CALL TO FLORIDA WOMEN ARTISTS (THROUGH MAY 12) The Florida Museum of Women Artists will accept applications for the Witness To Creativity III exhibit in June. The deadline for applications is May 12. Artists will be notified May 19. The exhibit will run June 22-August 19. floridamuseumforwomenartists.org or (386) 873-2976. RECYCLING RUMBLE (THROUGH MAY 31) Harbour View Elementary School in Summerfield will be collecting electronics, cell
phones and ink cartridges for recycling in an effort to earn points for the Funding Factory Recycling Program. (352) 671-6110. APPLETON AFTER HOURS (MAY 3) The Appleton Museum will host their monthly social from 5-8pm. Admission is free for members and $8 for non-members. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT (MAY 4) Drop your kids off for an evening of science and entertainment at the Discovery Center while you enjoy a night out. Price is $15 and includes snacks. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900. NOOK EREADER CLASS (MAY 1) Master the Possibilities Education Center at On Top of the World communities will host a Barnes and Noble NOOK eReader and NOOKTablet education seminar. Other May classes include iTunes, iPads and iPhones. masterthepossibilities.com or (352) 854-3699. SEMINOLE BOOSTERS SPRING TOUR (MAY 2) The Seminole Boosters will kick off their spring tour in Ocala with a golf tournament held at the Country Club of Ocala. A free cocktail hour at the Ocala Hilton will precede a dinner banquet featuring Coach Fisher and Gene Deckerhoff. Registration for the golf tournament is $110 per player. The dinner tickets are $50 for an adult and $25 for children under 12. seminoleboosers.com or (850) 644-3484. WINGS OVER OCALA (MAY 3-6) The Ocala International Airport will host this static display of classic war bird aircraft along with antique cars and planes. Admission is free. The show runs 8am-5pm both days. (352) 427-2171. LAW DAY (MAY 4) The Marion County Bar Association will host its annual Law Day Luncheon at Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club. Ninth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. will deliver the keynote address followed by a golf scramble and poker fundraiser. (352) 732-7218. UNITED IN PRAISE BENEFIT CONCERTS (MAY 4, 6, 9) This event will take place three times in May to benefit several charities. The choirs will also collect both newborn and adult diapers at each performance. The May 4 concert will be held at Washington Shores Church of Christ at 7pm. The May 6 concert will be held at First Baptist Church
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USICIANS IN MARION COUNTY ARE ABOUT TO BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE THEIR WORK TO THE NEXT LEVEL. RAMSEES MECHAN, PROTÉGÉ OF THE LEGENDARY BRUCE SWEDIEN, WILL OPEN A NEW RECORDING STUDIO, PHARAOH MUSIC, RIGHT HERE IN OCALA ON MAY 14. BRUCE IS A FIVE-TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNER WHO HAS WORKED WITH SUCH MEGA-STARS AS BARBRA STREISAND AND MICHAEL JACKSON. TOGETHER, BRUCE AND RAMSEES FOUNDED THE WORKSHOP CLASSES IN THE STUDIO WITH BRUCE SWEDIEN, WHERE BRUCE PASSES ON THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF MIXING AND RECORDING MUSIC TO THOSE UP AND COMING IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS. ADAM HUNT, A&R AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, TOOK TIME TO ANSWER SOME OF OUR QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS STUDIO PROJECT AND WHAT IT WILL MEAN FOR AREA MUSICIANS AND OCALA’S ECONOMY IN GENERAL.
producers who come in for lectures. We’ll probably run four workshops a year.
Tell me a little about the studio. AH: The goal is to pass on Bruce Swedien’s legendary techniques for recording, mixing and engineering music. We’ve got the top equipment in terms of software and hardware. The studio is 1,500 square feet and includes a control room, a live room and a creative lab that people can use or rent the equipment. We’ll also hold Bruce’s classes In The Studio With Bruce Swedien here.
How will this studio affect up-andcoming musicians? AH: This will be huge for them. They will have access to the top equipment and techniques. They can also work one on one with Ramsees or have him mix and master their work, and Ramsees is one of the best in the industry. We also charge very low rates, so most people can afford access to the studio.
Is the studio open to the public? AH: Yes. Musicians, as well as live bands, are welcome to book appointments to use the studio. There is also a room for producers who would like to rent space or equipment.
What does the In The Studio With Bruce Swedien workshop encompass? AH: The workshop is for professionals who want to learn about Bruce’s techniques for music production. There are sessions on the different technical aspects, including acoustic science, taught by Art Noxon. There will also be different guest
What will the studio do for Ocala? AH: This will really bring a great deal of creativity to Ocala and Central Florida. Bruce, and a lot of other famous individuals in the industry, will be coming to the area frequently, and there are several local restaurants he visits every time he comes. A lot actually goes on here, it’s just that people don’t know about it.
Pharaoh Music 2677 NW 10th St., Ocala (352) 497-4067 To learn more about Bruce Swedien and the workshop visit inthestudiowithbruceswedien.com.
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Florida Theatre, Jacksonville
Amway Center, Orlando
Hard Rock Live, Orlando
Amway Center, Orlando
Ocala Poker and Jai-Alai, Reddick
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
The Ritz Ybor
Jacksonville Veterans Mem. Arena
1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa
The Mahaffey, St. Petersburg
House of Blues, Orlando
Florida Theatre, Jacksonville
Motown and More
Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala
Hard Rock Live, Orlando
Florida Theatre, Jacksonville
St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa
Princesses on Ice
Summer is just getting started, and it’s getting hotter every day! Escape the summer heat and see your favorite Disney Princesses live at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in an all new ice skating spectacular. Disney on Ice presents Dare To Dream, featuring scenes from Tangled, The Princess and the Frog and Cinderella. For everyone who just can’t get enough of Disney’s most famous Princesses, this event is a once-in-a-lifetime event. An exciting finale features all your favorite princesses together in a musical skating showcase. Tickets are available through ticketmaster.com or tampabaytimesforum.com or (813) 301-6900.
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GOLF TOURNAMENT (MAY 4) The Country Club of Ocala will host Chip in FORE Habitat to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Registration begins at11:30am with a shotgun start at 1pm. Registration is $125 per person or $500 for a foursome. Deadline to register is April 27. habitatocala.org or (352) 351-4663.
of Umatilla at 6pm, and the May 9 concert will be held at Liberty Baptist Church at 6:30pm. unitedinpraise.com or (407) 832-9745.
Times Union Center for Perf. Arts, Tampa
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Hippodrome, Gainesville
The Lion King
Bob Carr Center for Perf. Arts, Orlando
IceHouse Theatre, Mount Dora
Music From the Main Stage
Ocala Civic Theatre
Dance Divine School of Ballet presents “The Story of Esther”
CF Fine Arts Auditorium, Ocala
Straight No Chaser
Phillips Center, Gainesville
Steve Maglio “NOT” Just Sinatra
The Savannah Center, The Villages
Fiddler on the Roof
Ocala Civic Theatre
Bob Carr Perf. Arts Center, Orlando
Phillips Center, Gainesville
Barbershop Quartet Extravaganza
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SINGLES DANCE (MAY 4, 11, 18, 25) Friday night singles dance and socials will be held at the Nights of Columbus Hall from 7:3010:30pm. Dances are dressy casual. (352) 304-8672. 2012 FOUNDERS DAY (MAY 5) City Hall Park in Belleview will host this event from 10am-3pm. There will be rides, food, crafts, Belleview Pageant, truck show and much more. (352) 245-2178. BOOK SALE (MAY 5) The Friends of the Ocala Library will host their quarterly book sale at the main library from 10am-4pm. Hardcover books will be priced 50 cents and paperbacks will be priced at 25 cents. friendsoftheocalalibrary.org or (352) 671-8551. COPS, KIDS, FIREFIGHTERS AND FAMILY FUN (MAY 5) An event featuring local law and rescue enforcement will take place at
the Martin Luther King Recreation Complex. (352) 629-8444. 5KFORKYLE (MAY 5) This 5K walk in honor of Kyle Carnes, will take place at the Baseline Road Greenway Trailhead at 4pm. There is no registration fee, but donations can be made. 5kforkyle.com “THE WORLD HAS TALENT” SHOW (MAY 5) Finalists from the February auditions will perform live at the Circle Square Cultural Center for a chance to win the $500 first place prize. Doors open at 6pm, and the show begins at 7pm. Tickets are $9 for residents, $10 for non-residents. csculturalcenter.com or (352) 854-3670. SHALOM PARK YOGA (MAY 5) A free yoga class will take place the first Saturday of the month through November. Class begins at 9am. (352) 854-7950. STARS AND STRIPES BIKEFEST (MAY 5) The Air force JROTC presents Stars and Stripes Bikefest at the Market of Marion. There will be bike judging with prizes, vendors, food, door prizes and much more. Registration is $15. Event runs 8am-4pm. themarketofmarion.com or (352) 245-6766. CREATIVE CENTS COUPONING CLASSES (MAY 8, 22) Creative Cents Couponing will host two classes this month at the College of Central Florida. The May 8 class Continued on page 100
LIVE MUSIC! FRIDAYS & STURDAYS
F HEADING TO THE THEATER TO SEE THE LATEST SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS OR SPENDING LONG WEEKENDS BEACHSIDE IS LEAVING YOU FEELING A LITTLE STRAPPED FOR CASH LATELY, BUT YOU’RE STILL LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO ON A FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT, YOU’RE IN LUCK! THERE ARE PLENTY OF FREE AND PUBLIC MUSICAL EVENTS GOING ON IN MARION COUNTY. WHETHER YOU’RE LOOKING TO MIX AND MINGLE AT THE HILTON OCALA OR JOIN IN AT A JAM SESSION, THERE’S AN EVENT EVERY WEEKEND THAT WON’T COST YOU ANY GREEN.
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FREE BEATS! Party on the Patio
Whether you’re a guest of the HILTON OCALA or not, the hotel opens its doors for the Party On The Patio every Friday night from 5-9pm. Each week features a different artist performing live. There’s plenty of food and two-for-one drink specials. hiltonocala.com or (352) 854-1400.
Hit The Square
Head to CIRCLE SQUARE COMMONS on Friday and
Saturday nights for free live entertainment from 7-10pm. Each week promises something new! Other special events going on this month include a performance by Second Slice on May 4 in the town square and the Latin American Festival
featuring Latin music, dancing, food and more on May 12. (352) 854-3670.
Every Night’s A Reason To Party
Head to the LAKE SUMTER LANDING MARKET SQUARE in The Villages for free entertainment every night of the week. From ‘50s and ‘60s oldies and today’s greatest hits to solo performers and groups, there’s something different going on every night from 5-9pm.
CENTER on May 6 for the Jamming in the Park series. All types of music, all types of performers and all types of fans are welcome to this open jam session from 4-7pm. Don’t forget your lawn chair! salsaandjazz.com.
Calling All Country Fans
If you’re looking for a place to perform your latest hit or just want to enjoy the music of other musicians, head to the
There will be a free live outdoor country music event on May 19 at the FOREST COMMUNITY CENTER AT SANDHILL PARK in Silver Springs. Enjoy the music of the Country Blend Band with guest performers starting at 5pm. There will also be free snacks and a 50/50 drawing. Bring your friends because the more attendees the bigger the pot!
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TRIPS ‘N’ TOURS (MAY 10, 16) The Appleton Museum of Art’s Trips ‘N’ Tours series will visit two Greek monasteries in North Ocala starting at the Queen of Peace Church. Lunch is provided. $60 for members, $70 for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4456. QUAD GAMES (MAY 11) The Discovery Center and Tuscawilla Park will celebrate Water Conservation Week by hosting a friendly competition of 5-person teams. Winning teams will be presented with awards. Games take place 3-7pm. (352) 401-3900. ART PARTIES AT THE CHERISHED BRIDE MANOR (MAY 11, 12, JUNE 1, 2) The Cherished Bride Manor will host four art parties. May 11 and June 1 classes are for adults, and May 12 and June 2 are for children in grades K-8. Pre-registration required. For class descriptions and prices, call (352) 867-9660. NATIONAL FOOD DRIVE (MAY 12) The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold their national food drive campaign to “Stamp Out Hunger.” Postal customers are asked to hang non-perishable donations on their mailboxes before their letter carrier arrives. Donations can also be dropped off at the post office. uwmc.org or (352) 732-2684. MASTER GARDENERS’ SPRING SALE (MAY 12) The Marion County Master Gardeners will host their annual spring sale at their green house located in the Marion County Extension Service. The sale begins at 8am and ends when they
are sold out. marioncountyfl.org or (352) 671-8400. SYMPHONY UNDER THE STARS (MAY 12) The Ocala Golf Club will host Symphony Under the Stars. The Ocala Symphony Orchestra will perform several pieces, and food and drink concessions will be available. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and free for children under 6. fafo.org or (352) 867-0355. MOTHER’S DAY LUNCHEON (MAY 12) This event will be held at Bonefish Grill beginning at 11:30am. There will be entertainment, a silent auction, a 50/50 drawing and door prizes. Proceeds benefit Hospice of Marion County. Tickets are $30. hospiceofmarion.com or (352) 854-5218. M.O.M.S DAY 5K (MAY 13) A 5K run and 1-mile walk will be held at Jervey Gantt Park to benefit Memories of Missing Smiles. Registration and packet pick-up begins at 6:30am, and the event begins at 7:30. There will also be a kids’ fun run prior to the awards. memoriesofmissingsmiles.com or (352) 690-1851. NATIONAL WOMEN’S CHECKUP DAY (MAY 14) The Freedom Public Library will host a workshop focused on women’s health in celebration of National Women’s Checkup Day. There will be refreshments served. Workshop begins at 10:30am. (352) 291-6040. SCRAPBOOK FOR BREAST CANCER (MAY 18) Bring your scrapbook, knitting, embroidery or any other craft project to the Marion County Extension Auditorium beginning at 6pm. Admission is $5, and proceeds benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. (352) 732-5982.
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THELOCALSCENE / Continued from page GOLF TOURNAMENT (MAY 18) The Candler Hills Golf Club will host a golf tournament to benefit the Ocala Civic Theatre. Registration begins at 11:30am with a shotgun start at 1pm. Entry fee is $75 and includes buffet, on-course soda and water, range balls, golf balls, cart and goodie bag. ocalacivictheatre.com or (352) 236-2274. JUNIOR MASTER GARDENERS SUMMER CAMP (MAY 18) The Marion County Extension and the Marion County Master Gardeners will host a summer camp June 18-22 for children ages 8-14. Registration deadline is May 18, and the cost is $75. (352) 671-8400. ROCK AND ROLL FUNDRAISER (MAY 19) A Rock and Roll Fundraiser to benefit the Ocala Civic Theatre will be held at the Blessed Trinity School gymnasium. There will be a buffet dinner, music, dancing, costumes and performances to the music of Grease. Tickets are $45 or $500 for a VIP table of six. Dinner served at 7:30, and dancing begins at 8:15pm. ocalacivictheatre.com or (352) 236-2274. WATERCOLOR COLLAGE WORKSHOP (MAY 19-20) The Museum of Florida Art will host a watercolor collage workshop with Louise Lieber from 10am4pm. Pre-registration is required before May 11. Cost is $150 for members, $175 for nonmembers. museumoffloridaart.com or (386) 734-4371.
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KINGDOM OF THE SUN BAND (MAY 20) The Kingdom of The Sun Concert Band will perform a concert to celebrate Armed Forces Day. The concert will be held at the VFW in Fort McCoy and is free and open to the public. kingdomofthesunband.org or (352) 624-9291. CALL TO WOMEN ARTISTS (MAY 21) The Florida Museum for Women Artists will host their third annual juried show
in November. The deadline for applicants is May 21. For information about the exhibition, visit floridamuseumforwomenartists. org or (386) 873-2976. WATERMELON FESTIVAL AND BICYCLE RIDE (JUNE 2) This event will take place in historic downtown Chiefland and includes vendors, a pageant, a parade and great food. There will also be bike rides consisting of 18, 60 or 100 miles. chieflandwomansclub. org or tourdemelon.com or (352) 493-1948. BOOTS AND BLING FASHION SHOW (JUNE 2) The Florida Thorobred Fillies Club present a charity fashion show and luncheon at the Hilton Ocala, featuring fashion vendors, silent and live auctions, door prizes and raffles. The event runs 11am-3pm. Tickets are $33 per person. (352) 207-4880 or (352) 624-3051. BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL (JUNE 3) The Ramada Inn of Ocala will host a blueberry festival to benefit Sheltering Hands Rescue from 9am-5pm. The festival will feature arts and crafts, contests, raffles, a book sale and much more. Admission is $1, and children under 12 are free. (352) 291-1962. VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (JUNE 18-22) The First Baptist Church of Dunnellon will host a vacation Bible school this June for children ages 3 through 6th grade. Activities include Bible stories, music, games, family night and much more. (352) 489-2730.
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