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When the 2014 Winter Olympics begin in Sochi, Russia, next month, two Ocala natives hope to be among the athletes proudly representing the United States of America. BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND
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HO KNEW FLORIDA HAD ITS OWN ARBOR DAY? SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, THE MARION SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT WILL BE GIVING AWAY 2,000 TREES TO MARION COUNTY RESIDENTS IN HONOR OF FLORIDA’S ARBOR DAY. THERE WILL BE LONGLEAF PINE, REDBUD, WHITE OAK, PERSIMMON AND DOGWOOD TREES FREE TO THE PUBLIC WHILE SUPPLIES LAST, BUT DONATIONS ARE STILL ENCOURAGED. Adding a native tree
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t was a simple request. The defendant claimed his shoplifting conviction caused him to lose his job as a pharmacist. Attached to his Motion for Mitigation was a photocopy of his pharmacy degree. But, when I looked at the degree, I noticed an obvious problem. The document was titled “Docterate of Pharmacy.” At the hearing, the Defendant raised his right hand, took an oath to tell the truth and testified about his doctorate degree from a certain college. When I confronted him with the obvious spelling error and the correspondence I received from the college indicating the document was fake, the defendant’s story fell apart like cotton candy in a rainstorm. The hearing ended with him being taken to jail for his actions. The truth. Why is it sometimes so hard to find? The proper question might be, “Why is it so hard to tell the truth?” Maybe it’s the adversarial nature of our legal system that causes people to stretch, fabricate, embellish or just flat-out lie. In court, every witness is required to tell (or at least promise to tell) the truth. Florida Statute §90.605(1) requires every witness to answer the question, “Do you swear or affirm that the evidence you are about to give will be the truth, whole truth and nothing but the truth?” Unfortunately, the answer of “yes” to
In reality, there aren’t many inmates serving time in Florida prisons for perjury convictions. The prosecutors simply don’t have the time and resources available to prosecute every instance of lying in court. The real motivation to testify truthfully might simply be good, old-fashioned credibility. Witnesses are often discredited by inconsistent statements given during trial, at depositions, in written documents, photos or videos, and even their own Facebook posts. When a witness is caught being “DO YOU SWEAR OR AFFIRM THAT THE untruthful, it’s EVIDENCE YOU ARE ABOUT TO GIVE extremely difficult for them to regain WILL BE THE TRUTH, WHOLE TRUTH credibility with the AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH?” UNFORTUNATELY, THE ANSWER OF “YES” TO judge or jury. The ultimate THIS SIMPLE QUESTION IS OFTEN THE FIRST irony is that one of OF A SERIES OF UNTRUTHFUL STATEMENTS. the few defenses to a perjury charge is recantation. to allow them to plead guilty Recantation is when the witness admits to a crime they didn’t commit, to making a false statement during the and we will set the case for same proceeding. So, even after telling trial. This typically grabs them a lie, the law still permits a person to like Wonder Woman’s Lasso of acknowledge their mistake and correct Truth, and they quickly start it with the truth. Although this may telling me what happened. not always fully repair the witness’s So, what’s the incentive credibility, the possibility of avoiding for a person to testify a perjury charge helps prove the truth truthfully? The real question and may indeed set you free. might be, “What’s the disincentive for a person not to testify truthfully?” Lying under oath in court is a crime. Perjury in an official proceeding is a felony with a maximum possible sentence of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
this simple question is often the first of a series of untruthful statements. One of my biggest aversions in criminal cases can occur when a defendant enters a guilty plea to a crime. After accepting the guilty plea and making certain it was freely and voluntarily made, I typically ask why they committed the crime. Nothing bothers me more than when a defendant then looks at me and says, “I didn’t do it.” My response is usually to say that I’m not going
Judge Steven G. Rogers has served as a Marion County judge for the past seven years and currently serves as a circuit court judge. He lives in Ocala with his wife, three children and an extremely spoiled Australian Shepherd.
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Having More Retirement Accounts is Not the Same as Having More Money. When it comes to the number of retirement accounts you have, the saying “more is better” is not necessarily true. In fact, if you hold multiple accounts with various brokers, it if you’re properly diversified.* At the very least, multiple accounts usually mean multiple fees. Bringing your accounts to Edward Jones could help solve all that. Plus, one statement can make it easier to see if you’re moving toward your goals. *Diversification does not guarantee a profit or protect against loss.
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Based on extensive research and surveys of more than 10,000 Veterans Administrationapproved schools nationwide, Victory Media ranks COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA among the top 20 percent of schools nationwide for providing military students with the best experience. The criteria included military support on campus, academic credibility, percentage of military students, flexibility, veteran graduation rates, student tuition assistance and more. “The College of Central Florida is dedicated to providing the best education and support services possible to active servicemen and women, veterans and their families,” says Dr. Tim Wise, vice president of student affairs.
COMMUNITY SERVICE The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) presented the CITY OF OCALA UTILITY SERVICES with the 2013 Community Service Award. The City of Ocala Utility Service was recognized for their commitment to enhancing the quality of life in their community through their unique programs such as customer energy-efficiency rebates, conservation presentations, Conservation Welcome Kit, their annual Weatherization Volunteer Project and other programs.
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Call it progress. Call it change. Call it what you will, but nothing on this earth stays the same. For lovers of all things “old Florida,” the news that Silver Springs, “nature’s theme park” attraction, was closing its doors and becoming a state park brought mixed feelings. Some felt this would make the grounds more accessible for people to enjoy. Others lamented the fact that the animal exhibits and jungle tours that once characterized the theme park would be done away with. As the state’s oldest tourist attraction, the site indeed has a rich history and has been a mainstay in Ocala. Unfortunately, “old” was also an apt description of many of the structures and facilities. It was time for a change. It was announced that the theme park would close permanently and the state of Florida would take over the facility. On October 1, 2013, the gates to the familiar venue once again opened to the public, but this time as Silver Springs State Park.
A Bit Of History It’s only fitting that such a setting would attract visitors. Tourists, however, were hardly the first to appreciate the unspoiled environment and 99.8 percent pure artesian spring waters. Timucuan indians settled around the springs in the early 1500s, but they weren’t the first to reside there. Habitation in the springs area actually dates back 15,000 years, if not longer. The Timucuans, however, are credited with referring to the area as “Ocali,” which is where our town got its name. Their peaceful inhabitation was upset by the invasion
of Spanish explorers led by Hernando de Soto in 1539. These Native Americans fought fiercely for their land and were eventually able to reclaim it; they were succeeded over the years by other native peoples, including the Seminoles. Fast forward to the 1850s when progress brought barges laden with lumber, cotton and other goods up the Silver River to area settlements. Steamboats followed a short time later, and it wasn’t long before tourists, intrigued by word of the sparkling clear waters, began journeying there for sightseeing and vacations. Many of these guests stayed at a 200-room hotel built near the main spring in 1881. The waters had been pristine for centuries, but this fact especially resonated with visitors once they got a better look beneath the surface, thanks to the famous glass bottom boats, which debuted in 1878. The first vessel was nothing more than a dugout canoe featuring a glass box on its flat bottom, but this simple invention opened an enchanting underwater world to patrons willing to spend a few cents for a tour of the springs. Commercial glass bottom boats were introduced in the 1890s and continued to be improved upon through the decades. By 1909, boats were equipped with canopies to shade the tourists and cushions to offer more comfortable seating. In 1925, gasoline engines were added, only to be replaced by electric motors in 1932. The commercialization continued in the 1930s when herpetologist Ross Allen founded the Silver Springs Reptile Institute and Colonel Tooey launched a concession featuring Jungle Cruise boat tours. It was Tooey who was responsible for introducing the original group of wild rhesus monkeys in hopes of creating a more “jungle-like” atmosphere for his cruises. Tooey figured tourists would appreciate monkey sightings but failed to realize the primates were talented swimmers. They quickly spread beyond the island where he first established a colony, and soon, monkeys were found living in various troops up and down the river. The area’s scenic beauty also caught the attention of movie producers. Starting in 1916, the silent movie The Seven Swans was shot
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at the park. It was also the location for six of the original Tarzan movies between 1932 and 1942. Television shows and commercials soon followed, with the latest commercial being filmed there as recently as 2005.
Change In The Winds The land around the headwaters of the Silver River changed hands eight times from 1860 to 1993, when Florida Leisure Acquisition Corporation sold the property to the state of Florida but arranged for a long-term management lease. That lease would be held by several different entities until the last of these, Palace Entertainment, acquired the lease in 2002. In early 2013, Palace Entertainment worked with the state, agreeing to an early end of the lease. The state of Florida took over the 242-acre theme park it had purchased two decades earlier, merging it with the adjacent Silver River State Park. On October 1, 2013, the combined properties—now known as Silver Springs State Park and comprising nearly 5,000 total acres— formally opened to visitors.
Several million dollars’ worth of renovations were made in the past year, including removal of old structures, restoration of buildings and repair to the park’s entrance walkway and boardwalk overlooking the main springs. “There are additional picnic areas with new tables and a public canoe and kayak launch as well as a vendor to rent from. We’ve been restoring the glass bottom boats, too,” says Nicky Aiken, assistant park manager. “Not all of the renovations have been completed; some are still in progress.” Buildings were painted, and non-native plants and shrubbery were removed, as the goal is to bring the area back to a natural setting. Speaking of removal, also gone are the zoo-like enclosures where animals such as bears, Florida panthers, alligators and more were once housed and exhibited. “We do not keep captive animals; Homosassa Springs State Park does that,” explains Aiken. “We have some animals we keep for educational purposes; these include a couple of snakes that are used for programs. People love the animal programs that the rangers give.
“We are also inviting certain not-for-profit animal rescue organizations that deal with native animals to do programs. OWLS-Ocala, Inc. has been doing some programs with us,” Aiken adds. “We’re very open to working with the community and to having the right type of nonprofit organizations come out and do programs with us.”
Options Abound Visitors can no longer go on a Jeep Safari tour, but there are plenty of other options, which enable guests to experience “real” Florida up close and personal. These are the springs after all, so water itself is a main attraction, and there are several ways to enjoy it. Those glass bottom boats (they’re named in honor of the Native American leaders who fought for their lands in Florida) take tours out on the Silver River several times a day. Veteran captains who worked for the theme park still pilot the boats, dispensing interesting facts and information about the area during the tours. If you prefer to explore the waterways under your own power, you can do so by canoe, kayak and paddle board. Discovery Kayak Tours is the on-site vendor offering rentals.
Both the state and county have spent millions on “spring restoration” projects, including the removal of nitrates that have affected water clarity and purity. Swimming is not allowed in the springs. “Boaters are not allowed to get out of their boats, from the spring or river near the spring head,” notes Christine Garrett, park service specialist. “We do have a launch in the park on the spring side that people can put in from and take out from if they come in through the park, but if they are coming from other areas up or down river, there is not an area to get out of their vessels. They need to enter the park to use the launch and our designated picnic areas that are located throughout the park and are accessible from land only.” The scenic gardens and walkways are open for exploration; you can walk or ride bikes along miles of designated trails. At this point, it’s “bring your own” when it comes to bikes, but bike rentals may be available in the future. Trails in the lower section of the park that was the Silver River State Park are now separate, but plans call for a connecting trail to be established, expanding the trail system across the entire park. “Dogs are allowed in Florida state parks, and a lot of people like to come here and walk their dogs,” says Aiken. Dogs must be vaccinated,
T I MEL I N E 1860
Samuel O. Howse purchased the land surrounding the headwaters of the Silver River.
Phillip Morell, lifetime resident of Silver Springs, built a glass-bottomed rowboat and sold rides above the springs.
1880 T. Brigham Bishop of New York City built a 200-room hotel near the main spring.
1890 Fire destroyed Bishop’s hotel. He replaced it with a new inn called the Brown House.
1900 C. (Ed) Carmichael bought 80 acres around the Springs from Anderson for less than $3,000. He improved the comfort of the glass bottom boats by installing cushioned seats and canopies.
1920 Glass bottom boats improved, equipped with gasoline engines.
1932 Ross Allen, noted herpetologist, founded the Silver Springs Reptile Institute. Allen pioneered many forms of snake anti venom, including a dried variety.
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well-behaved and on a leash at all times. They can’t be left unattended and aren’t allowed on boats, inside buildings or at after-hours events, such as concerts. “The park is also a great location for birders,” she adds. “As we remove exotic and invasive plants and replace them with native plants, you’ll find more wildlife, like butterflies and birds, coming in.” In addition to biking and hiking the park’s extensive trail system, horseback riders can take advantage of the park, as well. Horse owners are required to have current negative Coggins certificates for all horses entering the park. “Right now the equestrian trail is separate and has its own entrance off Highway 40,” Aiken notes. “There is also a vendor who rents horses for guided rides.” One popular aspect of the theme park was Twin Oaks Mansion, the concert venue. As of press time, the structure was still under renovation for a complete “facelift,” but it will debut this winter as a new calendar of musical performers are scheduled to appear. The park’s natural beauty makes a perfect setting for special events. Outdoor spaces, pavilions and rooms will be available to rent for activities
Six of the original Tarzan movies, starring Johnny Weissmuller, were filmed on location at Silver Springs.
The number of guests at Silver Springs jumped to more than 800,000 a year.
1961 More than 100 episodes of “Sea Hunt,” starring Lloyd Bridges, were filmed at Silver Springs.
such as weddings, reunions and receptions. Aiken says the park even hopes to have a wedding planner on board. There’s a food concessionaire currently offering a basic hamburger and hotdog menu, but future plans hint at different concession choices with a wider variety. Camping and cabin rentals make the park even more friendly to visitors wishing to stay overnight or longer. In addition to the full facility campground with 52 sites for RVs/tents (camping fee of $24.00 per night, plus tax, includes water and electric), there are 10 luxury cabins and a primitive campground, which can be used by organized groups such as Boy and Girl Scouts, church groups, etc. The Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center and pioneer cracker village are also open to the public but with different hours from the main park. These areas of the park are open for touring on weekends and holidays only from 9am to 5pm, and there is a $2 additional admission fee for the museum. If you haven’t yet visited your “new” park, this is the perfect time to plan an outing. After all, now that the old theme park has become a state park, it really belongs to all of us. Take advantage of that!
1972 Silver Springs was declared a registered Natural Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior and the National Park Service.
1984 Florida Leisure Acquisition Corporation purchases Silver Springs from Florida Leisure Attractions.
Jeep Safari, a 35acre jungle safari, opened to the public. This was the first new expansion at Silver Springs in 12 years.
Silver Springs deemed a State Park and merged with Silver River State Park.
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What do you get when you combine football; frogs, hamsters and Clydesdales; and chips and beer in one Sunday afternoon? An American pastime that wouldn’t be the same without some sizzling chicken wings! The Super Bowl is a great reason to get your friends together to feast on good food. This year’s game takes place on February 2, and unless you’ve got tickets, you’ll likely be tailgating at home or at your favorite watering hole, so we’ve compiled a list of the best restaurants where you can watch the game, order out and even fit in a round of pool or Pac-Man.
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Looking for the traditional sports bar scene with a dart board, pool table and the game playing overhead as you raise your pint? You thought Tony’s was all about the sushi, but they’ve got game when it comes to serving sports fans. Every Sunday you can get 20 wings and a pitcher of beer for $19.95. Special sauces include Boom Boom, a popular sweet sauce, and Tony’s Lava.
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Were chicken fingers your favorite food as a child? Then it’s time to graduate to the hand-breaded, boneless chicken zingers Miller’s Ale House is known for. Besides the jumbo chicken wings, you can also get an order of zingers tossed in the sauce of your choice or topped with melted cheese, sour cream and pico de gallo. But the Zinger Mountain Melt is where it’s at: medium garlic zingers over fries dripping with melted Jack and cheddar cheeses, bacon bits and scallions. It’s the Everest of finger food platters.
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Beef ’OBrady’s proves chicken can be more than a meal starter. Get your hands messy by ordering a basket of boneless or signature traditional chicken wings with fries, coleslaw and bleu cheese dressing. Kickin’ Bayou BBQ, Sweet Jalapeño and Beef ’s Signature Buffalo Sauce are among the standouts in Beef ’s selection of sauces. You could have a beer, but the Bloody’OBrady cocktail is highly recommended.
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Shakespeare wrote a rose is a rose, and when a restaurant calls itself WingHouse, you can bet behind its doors is chicken wing-goodness. From original (breaded) to buffalo, Ker’s WingHouse provides orders of five, 50 and in between, plus a “naked” option: marinated drumettes. Specialty sauces include Dallas honey BBQ, garlic parmesan and blackened. Immerse yourself in the game as you watch it on the 110-inch screen—you won’t be able to miss a moment as you get in the zone being glued to this feast for the eyes. But pry yourself away from the big screen
DON’T go overboard with the cooking. You want to enjoy the game, too! “The one thing I’ve done many times and regret is signing myself up for so much cooking that I can’t watch the game or hang out with my friends,” Robyn says.
DO prepare in advance. DON’T forget the chips and dip—and pretzels and salsa and peanuts. There’s no doubt you’ll be with a hungry crowd. DO serve a crudités platter. DON’T skimp on napkins—or cleaning wipes!
DO offer a range of beverages. If in doubt, tell your guests BYOB. And DO use your DVR if you DON’T want to miss anything! “Record, record, record,” Grace says. “We don’t want to miss those top-rate commercials!”
TOUCHDOWN! to meet the WingHouse Girls who are the company’s cheerleaders. These girls next door are your hosts for the evening, serving tables and bartending. The beautiful and polite WingHouse ambassadors create a new definition for the word “team.”
JUST YOUR FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPORTS BAR REAGAN’S SPORTS PUB & GRILLE 5195 E SILVER SPRINGS BLVD. | (352) 547-5030 REAGANSPUBGRILLEOCALA.COM
Opened in April 2013, the not quite 1-year-old Reagan’s is a family- and sports fan-friendly venue with a full menu of burgers and wings. Besides food, Reagan’s also offers karaoke, bingo and all sports packages. Pool tables, Pac-Man and pinball can be played by those who can’t sit still in their seats. Manager Diana Bellomo, who co-owns Reagan’s with her father, promises patrons will have a good time on football’s most important day of the year—and dares fans with the heartiest of appetites to take Reagan’s chicken wing challenge. (See “Earn Your Wings” for more info.)
ROADSIDE SPECIAL CODY’S ORIGINAL ROADHOUSE 2505 SW COLLEGE RD. | (352) 237-8182 CODYSAMERICAN.COM
At a restaurant where you can get anything and everything—a good burger, crock of French onion soup, rotisserie chicken—overlooking Cody’s jumbo chicken wings would be understandable but a downright shame. Known for their big portions, Cody’s Famous Chicken Wings is a generous helping of the starter any way you want it. Buffalo, BBQ or garlic, the familiarity of these flavored sauces makes these wings the perfect comfort food—and isn’t that the definition of all sports bar snacks?
WINGS TO GO
WHEN GATORS FLY
CRUNCHIES & MUNCHIES 1431 NE 25TH AVE. | (352) 622-2963
“Gators with wings” sounds like a really bad, low-budget monster movie. Have no fear—the wings we’re referring to are Gator’s delectable chicken wings, which can be grilled, buffalo, breaded or boneless. With over a dozen amazing sauces to choose from, including Thai Peanut, Slap Shot and 3 Pepper Suicide, you better come to the Dockside with a monster appetite.
This takeout-only eatery has been around for 28 years, and we strongly suggest calling ahead for game-day orders. All sauces are from original recipes, with the medium garlic sauce being a definite customer favorite. Crunchies also has daily lunch specials. The $24.99 50-piece, pint slaw and large fries afternoon super special is a dream come true. Store Manager Gerri Faw says the eatery’s largest order of wings was a whopping 1,200. If you want to match that number, best call in early. “The sooner, the better,” Gerri says.
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WINNER OF ARC MARION FOUNDATION’S KING OF THE WING HOTTEST WINGS AWARD for the past three years, you have to sign a waiver before sinking your teeth into Mojo Grill’s chicken wings, which are marinated with Ronnie’s Fire Juice. Reagan’s Fiery Inferno chicken wings are also known to have a flaming tongue effect. Eating 10 breaded wings in five minutes doesn’t sound too challenging, but 15 people (and counting!) were unable to endure the “mouth on fire” platter. Manager Diana Bellomo says the feat is possible and your bravery will be rewarded. But just who truly has the hottest chicken wings in Ocala? We’ll leave our most daring readers to discover for themselves. Should you take on such a challenge, here’s a list for reference. Diana’s recovery tips? “Just drink plenty of milk and eat Tums afterward and you’re fine.” She makes it sound so easy.
CRUNCHIES & MUNCHIES:
THE MOJO GRILL & CATERING CO.:
3 PEPPER SUICIDE
RONNIE’S FIRE JUICE
THE MOJO GRILL & CATERING CO. 2015 SW 17TH ST. | (352) 369-6656 MOJOGRILLANDCATERING.COM Winner of several ARC Marion Foundation awards, including 2013’s King of the Wing title, Mojo’s offers 15 signature sauces. Rondo’s Style, a spicy and citrusy sauce, is a sweet favorite, but the real test is Mojo’s hottest sauce, Ronnie’s Fire Juice. Watch the Super Bowl on one of 17 television screens with a nice brew—Sweetwater 420 is a popular choice—as you chow down. Takeout is also available. If you can’t get enough of Mojo’s chicken wings, Mondays are an allyou-can-eat wing night from 5pm until closing.
INSPIRED BY IRELAND
TILTED KILT PUB & EATERY 3155 E SILVER SPRINGS BLVD. (352) 351-5458 TILTEDKILT.COM “It’s going to be a super tailgate party,” says Kitchen Manager Huston Abbott, referring to Super Bowl Sunday at The Kilt, and he’s not kidding. The restaurant will broadcast the game on its 28 TVs and offer food and drink specials all day. The eatery serves their wings by the pound, boneless, traditional or grilled. Sweet and spicy pub-made sauces can be mixed and matched to create an original chicken wing flavor. One of the best combos is Garlic Parmesan with Tilted Sauce. Another popular creation, which may sound a bit on the strange side, is honey mustard, BBQ and the Tilted Sauce. The concoction is a sweet and thicker sauce that “actually works,” says Huston. See for yourself—or try making your own.
JUST WING IT
Score a touchdown at your Super Bowl party by making your own batch of chicken wings. We enlisted the help of three bloggers from all across the country to share their favorite wings recipes for you to tackle.
GRILL BOSS Fellow Floridian Robyn Medlin Lindars is GRILL GRRRL , a blogger who holds Quarterly Grilling Clinics and broadcasts webisodes on grilling how-tos and recipes. A trained FBA (that’s Florida BBQ Association) Judge, she has also participated in former Miami Dolphins player
John Offerdahl’s Gridiron Grill-Off, which benefits charity. For Robyn, grilling is a quick, easy and healthy way to make food, which is a message she wants to share with women who may feel too intimidated to give grilling a college try. Here, she shares her grilling tips and favorite wing recipes.
“The Chipotle Sriracha Wings are a three-heat combo including chipotle peppers in adobo, Sriracha, and Franks Buffalo Sauce,” says Robyn. The accompanying blue cheese dip is her husband Scott’s own recipe.
CHIPOTLE SRIRACHA WINGS WITH FRANK’S HOT SAUCE Serves 6-8 3
pounds chicken drumettes (defrost if frozen)
least 30 minutesCook chicken on a medium-hot grill, about 10 minutes on each side or until done. Baste with sauce while chicken cooks.
¼ cup Sriracha
SCOTT’S BLUE CHEESE DIP Makes 1 cup
chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
12 ounces sour cream
heaping tablespoons minced garlic
ounces blue cheese
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Throw all ingredients (sans the chicken) into a gallon Ziploc bag, seal and shake. Add chicken wings. Let chicken marinate in fridge for at
tablespoons minced garlic
tablespoon dry mustard
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste Mix ingredients in bowl, and serve for dipping.
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TOUCHDOWN! GRRRL’S GRILLING TIPS Oil your grill grates before putting food on the grill; it won’t stick, and your presentation will be better. Create direct and indirect cooking zones so you can use your grill as both a grill and an oven. Use a meat thermometer to check internal temperature; you’ll save yourself from serving over/undercooked meat.
WINGS OF THE CARIBBEAN “The West Indies Wings recipe makes extra sauce that is great for dipping, in addition to being versatile for other dishes,” says Robyn. The recipe was a major hit last year. “People were pouring the wing sauce on everything at my Super Bowl party.”
WEST INDIES WINGS Serves 4-6 15-20 chicken wings 8
ounces coconut milk
tablespoon curry seasoning
1⁄₃or 2⁄₃ cup (depending on hot preference) Caribbean-style hot sauce (habanero base) 1 tablespoon ginger Combine sauce ingredients, and stir well. Reserve 1/3 cup for basting and 1/3 cup to be served with the wings as a dipping sauce. Marinate the wings in remaining sauce for a minimum of 30 minutes. Heat grill to mediumhigh heat at 350°F, and create a direct and indirect cooking zone. Oil the
COOKING COMFORTS Grace Clerc and her husband founded THE COOKING APPRENTICE, LLC in 2010. This cooking couple holds basic cooking classes for children as well as private lessons in Brentwood, California. They share their recipe portfolio online to inspire new and experienced cooks with their favorite dishes. Grace grew up in the Bay Area, which makes her a loyal 49er. On Super Bowl Sunday, she keeps this simple tradition: “Break out the snacks before even thinking about sitting down to watch!”
“WHAT’S A FOOTBALL GAME WITHOUT A ‘HEARTY SNACK’, RIGHT?” “This recipe definitely had me excited about watching football!” says Grace. As for a drink pairing, Grace says, “If we’re talking buffalo wings with dipping sauce we’re
definitely pairing with an icy cold glass of apple ale or any type of fruity ale for a well-balanced sweet, spicy and savory meal!”
grates of the grill so the wings do not stick. Grill the wings on indirect heat for 7 to 8 minutes each side. Finish the wings on direct heat to get nice char marks, basting with sauce on each side. Once the internal temperature reaches 170°F, pull them off. Tent under foil for 10 minutes, and serve with additional sauce. For grilling clinic webisodes and more recipes, visit Robyn at grillgrrrl.com.
BUFFALO WINGS Makes 20 chicken wings ¾ cup all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper ½ teaspoon garlic powder ½ teaspoon salt 20 chicken wings ½ cup melted butter ½ cup hot pepper sauce (Tabasco sauce) Line baking sheet with aluminum foil, and lightly grease with cooking spray. Place flour, cayenne pepper, garlic powder and salt into re-sealable plastic bag and shake to mix. Add chicken wings, seal and toss until well coated with flour mixture. Place wings onto prepared baking sheet, and place into refrigerator. Refrigerate at least 1 hour. Preheat oven to 400°F.
Whisk together butter and hot sauce in small bowl. Dip wings into butter mixture, and place back on baking sheet. Bake in oven until chicken is no longer pink in the center and is crispy on the outside, about 45 minutes. Turn wings over halfway during cooking so they cook evenly.
BUTTERMILK RANCH DIPPING SAUCE Makes 1 cup 2
teaspoons granulated garlic
teaspoons dried basil
teaspoon dried thyme
teaspoons dried parsley
teaspoon dried dill
teaspoon freshly ground pepper
teaspoon fine-grain sea salt or kosher salt
cup olive oil mayonnaise
tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar In small bowl, mix all herbs and spices together. Pour buttermilk and mayonnaise into a bowl or a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid, and whisk or shake well, making sure there are no lumps. Add herb-spice mixture. Whisk or shake until smooth. Let sit for 15 minutes, and then shake again. Taste for seasoning, adding vinegar if you want more tang. If it is too thick, add a little more buttermilk. Find more recipes at thecookingapprentice.com.
SIMPLY SANDRA A self-described small-town girl with big dreams, Sandra Mi, who hails from Nashville, Tennessee, blogs at SANDRA’S EASY COOKING . She makes it her goal to feature easy-to-prepare, budget-friendly meals. Her vivid, gorgeous pictures make us wish magazines had the technology to produce food from photos. Many of Sandra’s recipes are Asian influenced; here she shares her own Sriracha sauce recipe with some honey—and ketchup!—to sweeten up your chicken wings.
BOWL OVER TRIVIA We couldn’t believe some of the numbers that went into Super Bowl Sunday. Share these fun factoids during those inevitable game-lagging moments.
A SWEET AND SPICY SENSATION
CHICKEN WINGS IN HONEY-SRIRACHA SAUCE 1-1½ pound chicken wings (defrost if frozen)
Salt, to taste
tablespoon soy sauce, or to taste
teaspoon fresh lemon or lime juice
teaspoon cooking oil
teaspoon garlic powder
teaspoon onion powder
Preheat oven to 400°F. Remove tips of wings and discard or save when making stock. Using a knife, separate carefully the wings at the joint. Mix everything for the sauce, adding soy sauce to taste. Line baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, and put wings in baking pan. Season with salt to taste, and rub oil all over chicken wings. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until they are completely done and look crunchy. Meanwhile, simmer sauce in sauce pan until it thickens, stirring often, approximately 15 minutes. Once wings are done, take them out of oven and brush on sauce or put wings in sauce directly and/or serve it on the side as a dip. For more affordable and simple recipes, see Sandra at sandraseasycooking.com.
ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL CHICKEN COUNCIL,
THE FAVORITE BEVERAGE OF CHOICE, BEER, IS EQUIVALENT TO
1.23 51.7 BILLION MILLION CASES ON GAME DAY.
CHICKEN WINGS WILL BE EATEN ON SUNDAY—THAT’S 100 MILLION POUNDS!
EVEN IF THERE’S STILL SNOW, AROUND
NOT INCLUDING MEALS, THE AVERAGE FAN CONSUMES
OF GRILL OWNERS GRILL OUT.
CALORIES FROM SNACKS ALONE.
2 20% ND
…AND THAT MEANS A
SURELY THANKSGIVING STILL TRUMPS AS THE DAY CALORIES ARE MOST CONSUMED. IT DOES. SUPER BOWL SUNDAY FALLS ONE PLACE BEHIND IT.
Sandra calls these her “lick your fingers and grab some more” chicken wings. “I love the taste! Sweet meets spicy, and it creates an amazing harmony,” she says. “I am always serving these wings with baked potatoes and freshly baked bread!”
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NI GHT R I DGE BY SANOWS KI S
WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN
IN THE DARK EXHIBIT JA N . 3 / A RTIST A LLEY, OCA LA
This gallery exhibit explores the world after the sun sets, when everything familiar looks a little darker. Learn about how the absence of light can be just as artful as its presence. A RTIST-A LLEY.COM , (352 ) 351-2787
A WALK ABOUT TOWN
FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK JA N . 3, FE B. 7 & M A R. 7, 6-9PM / DOW N TOW N OCA LA
Held the first Friday of every month from September to May, the art walk is 15 blocks of locals showcasing their best work throughout historic downtown Ocala. Many of the district’s favorite restaurants and boutiques host exhibits alongside the galleries, and plenty of artwork will overflow into the streets. This is the tour de art of Ocala, so it’s an evening not to miss. FE E LDOW TOW N .OCA LA FL.ORG
ARTIST PROFILE: NICOLE GREEN & AUSTIN PENNINGTON
If you find yourself strolling through the First Friday Art Walk, keep an eye out for this artistic duo. Though they use different media, they share a love of nature, creativity and Ocala’s art scene. W H E N DI D YOU EAC H STA RT P U R SU I N G YOU R ME DI U MS?
I’ve been painting for two years. I always have done art, but I decided to teach myself how to paint a couple years ago, and it’s really taken off for me. I’m also a commission artist, so I can work with people who want a specific piece done.
I started about eight BY NICO LE G R EEN years ago. I used to skateboard for 20-something years, but I injured my leg and couldn’t anymore, so I picked up a camera. I really enjoyed walking off by myself in the woods and photographing the landscape. I did it for me when I started, but I had a lot of friends pushing me to do art shows.
figure—even when I was little I always drew girls. When it comes to nature, I’m attracted to bright colors and vibrant things.
What really drives me is that photography brings me a lot of peace and detaches me from the manmade world. We live in an over-stimulating society, and I like to show people the beautiful things outside of that.
NI CO L E GR E E N & AUSTI N PE NNI NGTO N
W H Y S H O U L D O U R R E A D E R S D IV E IN TO T H E A RTS T H IS S E ASO N ?
These events bring out somebody from every kind of art. I think it’s really important to keep creativity alive, so I support the art walks and shows around town.
The art walks in Ocala show a very diverse group of people, so they’re a great start. There are so many upcoming studios and the Appleton Museum, where I’ve been going since I was a kid. I was born and raised in Ocala, so I’m glad art is taking off here.
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BY AUST IN PENNINGTON
WHAT ARE YOU R FAVOR I TE SU BJ ECTS?
I like shaping faces and painting emotions, so I do like to do women. I also like painting animals and nature, too. Sometimes when I’m just not in the mood to do anything, I do abstract.
I focus on macro nature photography, florals and landscapes. I grew up loving National Geographic and being outdoors. My mother was a floral designer, so that probably steered me toward flowers too.
WHAT INSP I R ES E ACH OF YOU ?
The natural beauty of people and the way things flow. I’ve always been into the female
A CREATIVE WONDERLAND: CENTRAL FLORIDA'S BEST VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS EVENTS
LOVE & MONEY GOOD PEOPLE
JAN. 8-FEB. 2 / THE HIPPODROME, GAINESVILLE
Hot off of Broadway, this play is surprisingly real yet shockingly funny. Margie Walsh tracks down an old flame, now a rich doctor, hoping that reconnecting with him will get her out of the paycheckto-paycheck club. See how it all unfolds on the main stage of the historic Hippodrome Theatre. T HE HI P P.ORG, ( 352 ) 375 - 4 477
HERE TO STAY
A PERMANENT MARK: HIGHLIGHTS OF CF’S PERMANENT COLLECTION JAN . 9 -F E B. 1 4 / W E B B E R CE N T E R GAL LE RY, O CA L A
G E NE RATIO N A BC BY JAC K TH U R SBY
The permanent collection at CF hosts works from nationally renowned artists, local Van Goghs and some highly talented CF students. Be sure to stop in and take in some of Central Florida’s most impressive visual art.
YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
JA N. 9 -1 9 / A RT C E NTE R O F C ITRU S CO U NTY, H E R NA ND O
Fans of Charlie Brown and the Peanuts will love REHEARSAL FOR YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN seeing the characters come to life in this classic performance. Charlie Brown wonders what it takes to DUELING PIANOS become a good man, and between INTERACTIVE his own morose musings and the DANCE PARTY JA N . 11 / CIRCLE SQUA RE help of his friends, he may just CULTURA L CE N TE R, OCA LA stumble upon the answer. Dueling pianos shows are A RTC E NTE RO FC ITRU SCO U NTY.O RG, guaranteed to be fun, but this one ( 352 ) 74 6 - 0 924 is chock-full of rock ‘n’ roll classics from the likes of Elvis and AC/DC. They don’t stop there though; the musicians will bust out greatest hits from all genres, even a little Lady Gaga. And don’t worry—they encourage singing along, so feel free to belt it out.
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THE PAINT MAN ARTIST PROFILE: DALE HENRY
Local fine artist Dale Henry has painted just about everything from incredible portraits to commercial murals, and his latest endeavor is speed painting. Dale creates amazing paintings during the threeminute span of a hard rock song, wowing audiences every time. Here’s what he has to say. WHAT GOT YOU STA RTE D W I TH SP E E D PA IN T IN G?
I thought speed painting would be cool and would make a great addition to what I’ve been doing with fine art. I really started liking it and decided that’s where I want to aim my career. It gives me another outlet for my creativity. HOW DO YOU P R E PA R E FOR A SP E E D PAINTING DE MON STRATI ON ?
I decide what I’m going to paint before the event and choose something that coincides with the event. There are some things I could wing, but it’s always better to be prepared.
WHAT’S YO U R BACKG RO U ND IN PAINTING?
I was an artist from day one, drawing and coloring all the time. I’ve painted on everything from cars to planes to buildings. I’m a renaissance man as far as art goes. I’m multifaceted and try to encompass every aspect of art.
W H AT IS YO U R FAVO R IT E S U B J ECT TO PAINT?
The subject needs to be something recognizable that has a lot of impact. It’s cool to do portraits because they’re recognizable at the end. Everyone can relate to them. As far as fine art goes, I like to paint things that are intensely captivating both visually and emotionally.
WANT MORE INFO? DALE’S FINE ART IS AVAILABLE AT THE HORSE & GATOR, OR HE CAN BE CONTACTED VIA EMAIL. CHECK OUT DALEH ENRYC R EATI ONS.COM FOR CONTACT INFORMATION AND LIKE DALE HENRY PAINTMAN ON FACEBOOK TO GET THE HEADS UP ON UPCOMING PERFORMANCES.
ARTIST PROFILE: JOURDAN EPSTEIN
A THEATRICAL LOVE TRIANGLE AIDA
JAN . 3 1 -F E B. 23 / GA INESV IL L E COMMU N I T Y PL AY H O U SE
LITTLE TREES, BIG IMPACT
THE LIVING ART OF BONSAI
JAN. 17-AP R. 13 / A P P L E TON MUSEUM O F ART, OCAL A
Members of the Marion Bonsai Society will display the best of their bonsai collections for lovers of the craft. Take some time to stroll through the museum courtyard and learn about this ancient art form. AP P LETO NMUSEUM.ORG, ( 352) 29 1 -4455
This tale of a prince, love-struck over the princess of Nubia but betrothed to the pharaoh’s daughter, has captivated audiences since its opening. Political, romantic and suspenseful, this show will appeal to just about everyone. G CP L AYHOU SE .O RG, ( 352 ) 376 - 4949
POINT YOUR TOES
COMPLEXIONS CONTEMPORARY BALLET F E B. 1 / P HI LL IP S CE N T E R, GA I N ESV IL L E
The Complexions ballet company has been reimagining old-school ballet for 20 years, and it won them a New York Times Critics’ Choice Award, too. They blend old and new, mixing techniques from all schools of dance to create a unique, sure-toplease performance.
Complexions Dance Company is comprised of 14 dancers touring the nation together. One of them, Jourdan Epstein, took a moment to tell us about her art of choice— the art of ballet. With years of training, apprenticeships and performances, she’s got plenty of insight to share. W H AT G OT YO U STA RT E D IN BA L L E T ?
time. I feel like I’m sharing a part of myself so someone else can join in on my experience, and it’s exciting every time. It really is my favorite part.
I started because my mom took me to a performance when I was 2 and I got up during the show and started dancing. She didn’t know what to do with me, so she put me in ballet classes. I feel like you get back what you give in dance, and hearing about audience members’ reactions and inspiration after a performance is my favorite part.
WHAT D O YO U HO PE AU D IENCES TAKE AWAY FRO M YO U R PERFO RM ANCES?
That’s a hard question, because the performance is different for everyone, but I think I just want joy. Some people walk away inspired to take a ballet class; some want to see more companies perform. My favorite is when people walk out and they can’t stop smiling. It’s nice to know you were part of what made that happen.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH COMPLEXIONS?
This is my third year in the company.
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THE LIFE & ADVENTURES OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY JAN. 22- MAR. 19 / OR L A N DO SH AKESPEARE TH EAT R E
MUSICAL MILESTONES DO BLACK PATENT LEATHER SHOES REALLY REFLECT UP?
Charles Dickens’ Nicholas Nickelby is left destitute after his father’s passing and winds up teaching in a miserable school under headmaster Wackford Squeers, who is as mean as he sounds. Nickelby and his companion, Smike, set out on an adventure and meet much better company along the way.
F E B. 6 -MAR. 2 / O CA L A C IV IC T HE AT R E , OCA L A
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Watch Eddie Ryan’s upbringing unfold in this romping musical about his teenage years in the 1950s. From the day he starts Catholic school to the grand finale that is senior prom, Eddie will encounter poodle skirts, patron saints and plenty of rock ‘n’ roll.
W H AT M A K ES T H IS CO M PA N Y U N IQ U E ?
Complexions is one of the most diverse companies in the world. When people come see Complexions they’re going to see Pointe shoes, modern, jazz, even a little bit of street dancing. We’re working on a Stevie Wonder piece right now that is fun to watch and everyone can relate to.
WANT MORE INFO? LEARN MORE ABOUT JOURDAN AND COMPLEXIONS AT COMPLE XIONSDANCE .ORG , AND DON’T MISS THEIR GAINESVILLE PERFORMANCE IN FEBRUARY.
W H AT IS IT L IK E TO P E R FO R M FO R S U C H L A R G E AU D IE N C ES?
J O UR DAN E PSTE I N
The energy you feel onstage from the audience is different every
A CREATIVE WONDERLAND: CENTRAL FLORIDA'S BEST VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS EVENTS
THE NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND
F EB. 8 / O RAN G E BLOSSOM OP RY, WEIRSDALE
From the time they were founded in 1966, this band has been one of the largest influences on American roots music. The iconic NGDB will be performing old favorites like “Fishin’ in the Dark” as well as new tunes from their recent criticallyacclaimed album “Speed of Life.” OBOP RY.CO M, (352) 821 -1 20 1
POETRY LOVERS, UNITE!
WORDS IN NEW DIRECTIONS POETRY SLAM F EB. 10 / I NSO MNIAC T HE AT R E , OCA L A
Here’s an event unlike any other. Spend a Sunday afternoon snapping for some of the area’s best spoken word poets as they serve up poems about everything imaginable. Careful—these shows are addicting. I NSO MNIACTH EATRE .COM, OR V I S I T FACEBO OK.COM/I NSOMN I AC T HE AT R E FOR U P TO- DATE INFO RMAT I ON ON S HOW LOCAT I ON S
THE BIG CRESCENDO UCF SYMPHONIC AND CONCERT BAND
FEB. 15 / UCF VISUAL ARTS BUILDING, ORLANDO
Who doesn’t love a traditional symphonic concert? With one gesture, the conductor will have these student musicians filling the hall with classical favorites from across the ages. UCF.EDU, (4 07) 823 -28 69
5TH ANNUAL THE VILLAGES CRAFT FESTIVAL F EB. 22-23 / LAKE S U MT E R LANDI NG, T H E V ILLAG ES
This spring tradition boasts free admission to see some of the nation’s best crafters as they line the streets with their finest products. Music and food provide the perfect backdrop for browsing paintings, photography, glasswork and much more. A RT F EST I VAL .ORG OR ( 561 ) 746 -6 61 5
THE LEATHER MERCHANT
KE R RY & DE AN SANTI NI
ARTIST PROFILE: DEAN SANTINI
If you find yourself strolling through The Villages Craft Festival this year, check out the fine handiwork of one Mr. Dean Santini. He specializes in leatherworking and functional artwork and started his own business, Santini Leather, in 1993. W H Y D ID YO U F IR ST T RY LE ATH E RWO R K IN G?
When I was 17, I moved from New York to stay with my cousin, a hippie in California, to get out of a bad neighborhood. He told me I wasn’t staying there for free. He had hides and tools in his garage, so I had to learn to cut, dye and stamp. W H E N D ID YO U STA RT YO U R B U S IN ESS?
I was a structural mechanic for years for McDonald Douglas. We all lost our jobs in 1992, and 1993 is when I started the business. This is what I hope to do until I retire. I used to dream about women, and now I dream about bags.
ART HISTORY 101: ICONS OF WESTERN ART F E B. 20 -MAR. 28 / W E B B E R CE N T E R GAL LE RY, O CA L A
While patrons are on campus at CF, organizers are taking the opportunity to quiz them. This art history event, created to celebrate iconic pieces and their unique perspectives, will be the subject of the test. Curators hope guests will collaborate, look around and cheat off of the pieces themselves to encourage some artful engagement. CF.E DU, ( 352 ) 873 - 58 0 0
W H AT M A K ES YOU R L E AT H E RWO R K U NIQU E?
I make everything functional, and to me, leather bags are personal. The quality speaks for itself, as does the design. Whenever people come into my booth, I ask about the pros and cons of customers’ bags and implement their ideas. I listen to the customers like so many salespeople don’t. W H Y S H O U L D R E AD ERS E N GAG E IN T H E ARTS?
It’s personally gratifying and inexpensive to do. It’s therapeutic to get away from your 9-to-5 and bills. Many people don’t know what they’re missing, and they may not know how talented they are until they try something either.
WANT MORE INFO? CATCH UP WITH DEAN AND HIS WIFE, KERRY, AND SEE HIS WORK FOR YOURSELF AT THE 5TH ANNUAL THE VILLAGES CRAFT FESTIVAL AND AT THE 13TH ANNUAL CRAFT FESTIVAL ON JANUARY 4 AND 5. FAC EBOOK.COM /TH ELEATHE RME RCHANT.
FOOD FOR THE SOUL
CANSTRUCTION OCALA FE B. 22- M A R. 9 / A P P L E TO N M U SE U M O F A RT, O CA L A
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Nick, a young Italian-American man, is considering packing up and heading for Seattle. Every week during Sunday dinner, his four grandparents plot to keep him from making the move. This is a heartwarming comedy about a little family with big personality.
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THERAPY IN THE THEATER ARTIST PROFILE: ROB O’BRIEN
In his fourth year at CF, Rob O’Brien has already directed six main stage shows and two young audience shows in the black box. This season, he’s taking on Beyond Therapy, a wacky comedy produced almost entirely by his students. HOW M UCH P R E PA RATI ON G OES I N TO A PRODUCTI ON LI K E TH I S?
The director starts prepping long before rehearsals begin. I have to think about what students I have and what we’ve done in the past—we don’t want to roll out Shakespeare every year. We’ll have auditions the second week in Jan., and then we will be rehearsing until show time. Then, it’s up to the students to create it under our guidance.
everyone was in therapy. There was a therapy for everything—that’s how you connected to the world. There are these crackpot therapists guiding two anxious people through their lives. There are some wacky characters, so it’s a different style of acting. W H AT ’S T H E M OST R EWA R D IN G PART O F YO U R JO B?
The rehearsals are stressful because students are learning lines and making character choices. I like turning the production over to the students and anxiously watching the audience, seeing if they laugh or squirm where we want them to. W H Y S H O U L D O CA L A C IT IZE N S INVESTIGATE P E R FO R M A N C E A RTS T H IS S E ASO N?
I’m a newbie to Ocala, and one of the first things I heard was the nickname “Slowcala,” and that aggravates me. What are we doing to change it? We’ve created something to do. This is by no means unattainable art. This is a bawdy, irreverent comedy, so come out and laugh and see what some of the students are able to do.
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OLYMPIC HOPEFULS BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND
hen the 2014 Winter Olympics begin in Sochi, Russia, next month, two Ocala natives hope to be among the athletes proudly representing the United States of America. In a town known for its equestrian pursuits, the two Ocalans hoping to carry the colors of the United States don’t have anything to do with horses. For Caydee Denney and Brittany Bowe, competition is all about the ice. Although at press time it wasn’t possible to know with certainty which athletes would make the U.S. Team, both Caydee and Brittany were likely contenders. Here’s a closer look at these talented athletes so you’ll know them a bit better when you tune in to cheer for the red, white and blue.
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n many ways, the old saying, “Don’t change horses in midstream” makes good sense. Why switch things up when they’re going well? But if Brittany Bowe, 25, hadn’t “changed horses,” she wouldn’t be on her way to the Olympics. For 12 years, Brittany (nickname: “BBowe”) was a die-hard inline skater… and a darn good one at that. Born and raised in Summerfield, she graduated from Trinity Catholic High School in 2006. She was just 8 years old when she went to a friend’s birthday party at Skate Mania in Ocala. Afterward, a speedskating team was practicing; the coach thought Brittany had potential and invited her to one of their practices. From that serendipitous beginning, the young athlete skated her way to 32 World Championship medals (2002 through 2008) and three Pan American gold medals (2007) in the world of inline skating. Unfortunately, inline skating is not an Olympic sport, and Brittany has wanted to be an Olympian for as long as she can remember. “I went to college at Florida Atlantic University and played basketball all four years. When I graduated in 2010, I was thinking I’d be picked up by a professional team, probably overseas,” she says. “But when I was watching the 2010 Winter Olympics, I saw some of my inline skating friends who’d made the transition to ice. They were walking in the opening ceremonies, and I knew I wanted to do the same.” If she had any hopes of making her Olympic dreams possible, Brittany realized it was time to ditch her inline skates for a pair of ice skates. That same year, this disciplined athlete, who’d never donned a pair of pro ice skates, moved to Salt Lake City and signed on for the “Wheels to Ice” program sponsored by the U.S. Olympic
Committee. The program puts inline skaters through a rigorous 18-month trial period to see if they can master the switch over to ice. “Having been on skates for 12 years of my life definitely helped the transition over to the ice. There are a lot of similarities in the basic movements and motions, but the technical aspects are very different. I’d underestimated how technical ice skating can be,” notes Brittany. “When you’re skating on wheels, you’re on top of the surface, whereas with ice, your blade is actually cutting into the surface. On ice, the pressure you’re putting down with each push is very vital to going fast.” And make no mistake, Brittany is fast. She’s currently ranked second in the world in the 1,000 meter and is a three-time World Cup medalist at that distance. Brittany’s most memorable speedskating accomplishment to date was winning her first World Cup gold medal and setting a new track record in the 1,000 meter, which she did in Erfurt, Germany, in March 2013. “This past year was really good for me,” says Brittany. “I progressed very quickly and found myself at the top of the podium at the end of the year. That was definitely the most fulfilling thing for me since I’ve been on the ice.” Although she’s known for her sprinting abilities, Brittany also competes at the 1,500 meter distance. “It’s one of—if not the—hardest races on ice because it’s such a combination of speed and endurance,” she says. “You’re skating 1,500 meters in under two minutes; you’re going as hard as you can.” Former U.S. Olympian Apolo Ohno made speedskating fans of many spectators, but he skated short track, while Brittany skates long track. The difference? In short track, contestants race in a “pack” style, whereas in long track, each skater has his or her own lane and skates against the clock going for the fastest time. “Long track is basically time trials,” says Brittany, adding that she does get nervous before competition, but in a good way. “I think
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it works in my favor; those nerves are positive energy. If you’re too relaxed, you won’t be ready to go.” When competing, long skaters wear an aerodynamic suit but no helmet. “The fact that I have razor sharp blades attached to my feet and I’m going 30mph-plus still kind of freaks me out if I think about it,” laughs Brittany. She adds that those skates are quite pricey. “Boots cost about $1,800, and each blade runs about $600, so you’re looking at about $3,000 on my feet!” Brittany’s father, mother and younger sister still live in Ocala, and she enjoys coming back to visit, although April is the only month she has off from training and competing. “Giving up time with my family has been the hardest thing for me,” Brittany admits. “Not being there to see my sister go through high school has been hard.” It will all be worth it if she makes the Olympics. And, because long track speedskaters are still often competing at the highest levels into their mid30s, Brittany, who turns 26 this February, could realistically make it to the 23rd Winter Games in 2018. As competitive as she is, Brittany has other goals, as well. “I’ve joined a charity organization called Right to Play, which helps children in a number of countries become empowered and inspired through play,” she says. “One of my goals after the Games is to get out and have a firsthand look at what’s going on on the other side of the world and see how I can help. I want to use skating as a platform to give back and help others.”
CAYDEEDENNEY FIGURE SKATING – PAIRS
ome dreams start early. For Caydee Denney, her Olympic goals took root when she was barely in elementary school after watching figure skater Tara Lipinski win Olympic gold in the 1998 Winter Games. Born and raised in Ocala, Caydee (nickname: Dory, as in Finding Nemo) started out roller skating, which was only natural as her parents, Bryan and Dee Dee Denney, were national and world champion roller skaters. The roller rink was literally Caydee’s playpen. “Both my parents taught at Skate Mania. I started skating as soon as I could walk,” recalls Caydee, 20, who was homeschooled and finished her high school studies in 2012. Caydee won the 2002 national juvenile roller and elementary pairs roller national championships and was named Southern Region Artistic Roller Skater of the Year. Despite her success, she craved more than roller skating could offer and never forgot the image of Lipinski winning a gold medal at the age of 15, the youngest individual gold medalist in the history of the Winter Games. “Ice skating is a bigger competitive world. It offers the chance to travel internationally, and it’s an Olympic sport. That’s what motivated me to switch to ice,” says Caydee, who started skating singles but changed to pairs at age 15. Amazingly, a year later at just 16, Caydee and her then-partner Jeremy Barrett made the U.S. Team and competed at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, where they finished 13th. “I enjoyed every moment, and it was a really good experience being at the Olympic Games,” she says. “I was one of the youngest U.S. competitors.”
Caydee skated with Jeremy for three seasons, winning U.S. silver (2009) and bronze (2011) medals with him. They were U.S. National Champions in 2010. Caydee’s younger sister, Haven, competes with partner Brandon Frazier, with whom she won the 2012 U.S. junior title. It was in Colorado Springs, after Caydee moved there to support Haven’s skating goals, that Caydee met her current partner, John Coughlin, who had taken time off from the sport after the death of his mother. Neither John nor Caydee were skating competitively at the time, but it didn’t take long to realize they both still had the drive and desire. Their first competition together was in the summer of 2011; they were U.S. champions in 2012 and won silver at the 2012 Four Continents Championships. The duo won’t know if they’ve made the U.S. Team for the Sochi Games until the U.S. Figure Skating Championships this month. “We’ve had strong showings at all our events this year and feel that our experience will help us,” says John. “At this point, there are at least a half dozen pairs that have a legitimate chance of making the team, but only two can make it.” “If we go to the Olympics, our goal is to help the United States bring home a medal,” adds Caydee. Although women’s singles figure skaters have a relatively short window of opportunity to compete at the highest levels, pairs skaters have a much longer competitive lifespan. “Caydee and I are in our prime now,” says John, 27. “Many of the top competitors in pairs are similar in age to us, if not older. There’s an exciting new team event in figure skating, which is similar to that in gymnastics, in that they name an individual champion and team champion; it’s another opportunity for skaters at the Olympic level.” Caydee does get nervous when skating at an event, but that doesn’t hold her back. “It’s nerves and positive adrenaline that give me energy,” she says.
Competing at this level involves dedication and sacrifice… and not just for those in the limelight. “Skating is an expensive sport; you need your family’s support to make it happen and having that support is a big thing,” says John. “Being able to go after these dreams has meant a lot of sacrifice by my family,” says Caydee. “My parents moved to Coral Springs when my sister, Haven, was training there, but my grandfather, Frank Deluca (owner of Deluca Toyota in Ocala), is still in Ocala and has been to so many of my events.” Both Caydee and John love the international travel that comes with their sport. Japan is one of their favorites places to compete. “We really enjoy our fan base there,” says John. “Skating over there is almost like football is here. Plus, we’re both big sushi eaters!”
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CAYDEE DENNEY SPORT: FIGURE SKATING DISCIPLINE: PAIRS HOMETOWN: OCALA, FL CURRENT RESIDENCE: COLORADO SPRINGS
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HE 22ND OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES TAKE PLACE FEBRUARY 7 THROUGH 23. ALTHOUGH THE OPENING CEREMONIES ARE HELD ON FEBRUARY 7, OFFICIAL COMPETITION BEGINS ON FEBRUARY 6. YOU CAN CATCH THE ACTION DURING PRIMETIME ON NBC. FOR A COMPLETE RUNDOWN OF 2014 WINTER OLYMPICS SCHEDULES, ATHLETES AND MORE, VISIT NBCOLYMPICS.COM OR TEAMUSA.ORG. YOU CAN ALSO FOLLOW BRITTANY, CAYDEE AND JOHN ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER!
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Those who answer yes to any of the above might find themselves with a new Rx, but others will simply be encouraged to pursue a more hearthealthy lifestyle. The pros say these new guidelines will double the number of potential statin prescriptions in America alone.
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The brain is 60 percent fat, which helps carry water and protein through membranes to brain cells. So it’s important to feed your brain the good fats like omega-3s found in fatty fish like salmon, sardines, oysters and other seafood. Other sources of omega-3s include walnuts, ground flaxseed and omega-3-enriched eggs.
Eat brands rich in probiotics, which may help brain neurons stay healthy. A UCLA study revealed that subjects who ate probiotic-rich yogurt twice daily for four weeks showed better connectivity between brain regions than a control group who did not.
AVOCADOS/OLIVE OIL Both avocados and olive oil contain good monousaturated (MUFA) fats that are also very brain friendly. Make a salad with slices of avocado, and drizzle on olive oil as a dressing.
EGGS Often maligned, egg yolks contain choline. This nutrient helps keep your brain’s neurotransmitters signaling properly. The best way to eat eggs is hard-boiled, especially for breakfast to get your brain moving along first thing in the morning.
KALE This nutrient-packed green leafy veggie is an excellent source of lutein, which protects brain neurons from pollution-caused oxidative damage. Researchers believe this oxidative damage is connected to early memory loss and possibly Alzheimer’s disease.
HINK (PUN INTENDED) OF THE BRAIN AS THE MASTER ORGAN OF OUR BODY. THIS AMAZINGLY COMPLEX ORGAN IS RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR THOUGHT PROCESSES, HOW WE LEARN, AS WELL AS STORING AND RECALLING OUR MEMORIES. ADDITIONALLY, IT SENDS SIGNALS TO OTHER ORGANS SO THEY CAN FUNCTION, REGULATES OUR NERVOUS SYSTEM AND BODY TEMPERATURE, AND IS RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERY LITTLE MOVEMENT WE MAKE. And consider this: The brain uses about 20 percent of the energy produced from the food we eat to function. So with this in mind, eating to keep our brain working at its optimal level is key to our overall health. Here’s a look at some brain-healthy foods.
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A Harvard School of Medicine study done on mice showed that the brain cells of those fed whey protein were better able to process oxygen, a marker of optimal brain functioning. Make a smoothie with two scoops of whey protein powder.
BERRIES Berries are rich in antioxidants, which help protect against that dastardly oxidative damage to brain cells. Research on eating blueberries in particular has shown to have a positive effect on cognition. Eat alone, or add to cereals, yogurt, whey smoothies.
TURMERIC This spice contains curcumin, which may improve memory recall. Use it as you would other spices in cooking or sprinkle over a salad.
ALMONDS Are a rich source of vitamin E, which researchers believe provide protection for brain’s cell membranes and combats oxidative stress in the brain caused by a diet high in refined carbs. Eat as a snack.
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In a study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, researchers at the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Exercise and Sports Science divided a group of long-time runners who logged 18 miles a week into two groups. One group (three women and five men, average age 34) followed the 30-20-10 program three times a week for an average of 30 minutes per workout and logged less than nine miles per week. The other group did their normal training of 18 miles per week for seven weeks. The results were impressive for the 30-20-10 runners,
who on average improved their times on a 1,500-meter run by 23 seconds and almost by one minute on a 5K run. The 30-20-10 runners also lowered their blood pressure and LDL cholesterol levels. There were no changes in the control group’s running times, blood pressure or cholesterol levels.
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The 30-20-10 workout can be applied to any aerobic activity, such as running, swimming or biking, as long as you have a good fitness base of being able to do it for 30 minutes uninterrupted. Start with a four-minute warm-up, then do 30 seconds of fast (moderate effort; you can talk in full sentences), 20 seconds of faster (rigorous effort; you can only talk in brief phrases) and 10 seconds of fastest (all-out effort; yes/no responses). Repeat 30-20-10 set four more times; then do a two- to four-minute minute cool-down. Begin with one or two sessions for the first weeks and then three sessions per week after that; always include rest days between the days you do a 30-20-10 workout.
»» Warm up with easy jogging for about ½ mile to 1 mile.
While not about speed, you can use apply the 30-20-10 numbers to your diet:
»» Jog for 30 seconds. »» Run for 20 seconds. »» Sprint for 10 seconds. »» Repeat jog/run/ sprint session four more times (5 minutes total). »» Jog for two minutes.
»» Repeat jog/run/ sprint session two to three more times depending on your fitness level/goals. »» JAP Study Group did 3x5-minutes for the first four weeks & 4x5-minutes for next three weeks. »» Cool down with easy jogging for about ½ mile to 1 mile.
Aim for 30 grams of fiber a day by eating fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds and legumes.
You should try to eat 20 grams of protein at each meal, key for muscle repair and building. Think lean cuts of beef, fish, whey protein powder smoothie, beans.
Go for 10 combined servings of fruits and veggies, which provide key nutrients and fiber.
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Age span when our sense of smell is at its best
HEN IT COMES TO OUR SENSES, OUR SENSE OF SMELL GETS LITTLE RESPECT. BUT WITHOUT THE SENSE OF SMELL, THINK OF ALL YOU WOULD MISS—THE SCENT OF THE OCEAN, WILDFLOWERS, A FRESH SPRING DAY, COFFEE, CHOCOLATE, FRESH-BAKED COOKIES. SCENTS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH TRIGGERING HOW WE STORE AND RECALL MEMORIES, EVEN WHO WE ARE ATTRACTED TO, AS THE PERFUME INDUSTRY WELL KNOWS. Without a sense of smell, you wouldn’t be able to detect a gas leak, smoke from a fire or food gone bad. And the ability to smell and taste are so closely connected that without the former, our taste buds can only detect a few strong flavors. Smells trigger our appetite—think about the last time you walked into a pizzeria! The loss of smell can cause a loss of interest in food, leading to malnutrition. The complete loss of smell is called anosmia (an-OHZ-me-uh), and it can be temporary (remember the last time you had a cold) or permanent, due to aging or a serious medical condition.
Olfactory nerve cells in our nasal cavity are stimulated by a scent, and then the information is sent to the brain, where the specific smell is identified. When this process is blocked, such as by nasal congestion or nerve cell damage, there is a loss of smell.
SOME ANOSMIA CAUSES »» Common cold »» Acute sinus infections (allergic/ non-allergic rhinitis) »» Flu »» Nasal polyps »» Nasal nerve damage from surgery or head trauma »» Brain tumor »» Exposure to toxic chemicals, such as solvents, pesticides, lead poisoning
»» Smoking »» Certain medications, including antibiotics, antidepressants, anti-inflammatories, heart drugs »» Radiation treatment for head and neck cancers »» Medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, hormonal disturbances
DIAGNOSTICS Olfactory Nerve Tests; CT/MRI Scan; Nasal Endoscopy
TREATMENTS »» Antihistamines/decongestants/ antibiotics
»» Treatments for underlying medical conditions
»» Surgery to remove nasal polyp
»» Medication changes
»» Stop smoking
THE SCIENCE OF SCENT
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WHAT THE CDC SAYS »» Ensure the daily management of food allergies in individual children. »» Prepare for food allergy emergencies. »» Provide professional development on food allergies for staff members. »» Educate children and family members about food allergies. »» Create and maintain a healthy and safe educational environment.
GUIDELINES TO GO BY
HAVE A PLAN OF ATTACK FOR
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»» Avoid using foods identified as allergens in allergic kids’ classrooms.
HE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION HAS FOR THE FIRST TIME RELEASED GUIDELINES TO MAKE SCHOOLS SAFER FOR STUDENTS WITH FOOD ALLERGIES. IN CONSULTATION WITH THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, FOOD ALLERGY RESEARCH & EDUCATION, AND OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES, THE CDC HAS DEVELOPED VOLUNTARY GUIDELINES FOR MANAGING FOOD ALLERGIES IN SCHOOLS AND EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION CENTERS. THE CDC ESTIMATES THAT 4-6 PERCENT OF CHILDREN HAVE FOOD ALLERGIES AND 88 PERCENT OF SCHOOLS HAVE AT LEAST ONE STUDENT WITH A FOOD ALLERGY. In those with a food allergy, their body’s immune system responds to certain foods as harmful invaders. This response can be severe, even causing life-threatening anaphylaxis, where the airways swell and compromise the oxygen supply to the body. The following eight foods or food groups account for 90 percent of serious allergic reactions: milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, wheat, soy, peanuts and tree nuts.
»» Train staff to use devices to inject epinephrine (such as Epi-Pens) »» Make sure kids who use their own injectors can get to them quickly. »» Make sure children with food allergies are not excluded from school activities.
“WARNING WORDS” OF FOOD ALLERGIES »» My mouth feels funny. »» My tongue feels full (or heavy). »» My throat feels thick. »» It feels like something is poking my tongue. »» My lips feel tight. »» My mouth (or tongue) itches.
prescription on file in the school clinic. If the child self-administers, the doctor’s orders must also be on file stating that the child is old enough and able to do so.” If a child with food allergies eats in the school cafeteria, there are alternate meal plans available at Marion County Public Schools.
“The parent of a child with food allergies should fill out a Special Diet Prescription Form available through the school,” says Susan Johnson, the Food and nutrition director of Marion County Public Schools. “The form must also be signed by a medical authority, stating the child’s food allergies.”
»» My tongue feels like there is hair on it. »» There’s a frog in my throat. »» There’s something stuck in my throat. »» It feels like a bump is on the back of my tongue (throat). »» It feels like there are bugs in there (to describe itchy ears).
“It is very important for parents to make school officials and teachers aware that their child has a food allergy,” says Kevin Christian, public relations officer for Marion County Public Schools. “Epi-pens are typically kept in school health clinics but may also be kept by the child as long as there is a written
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walk in the park is a great lunchtime activity, but new reports reveal that even desk jockeys and folks with little time (or no great love for the great outdoors) can reap the rewards of a green environment with only a few plants around their workplace and in their home. But you can’t pack all your green-time into a one-week vacation or a weekend excursion! You need a little green-time every—or almost every—day to reap its amazing benefits for your brain and body. Stronger immunity: In a Japanese study, levels of protective natural killer cells that battle viruses and some forms of cancer rose 40 percent when businessmen spent time walking in the woods. But you can get a similar immune boost from sniffing forest scents indoors. Who says you can’t fool Mother Nature? (Well, really, your brain or your immune system!) A break from worry: Getting outside when you’re feeling stressed improves mood and boosts short-term memory. And if you’re depressed, getting out and about makes it five times more likely you’ll feel better than if you stay indoors. Combine natural scenery with exercise and you’re really going to amp up your mood boosters. More energy: Office workers feel more energetic with a green plant or two nearby, and they become more productive. Your smart move: Place some greenery where you can see it when you look up from your computer. Higher creativity: Brain scans suggest immersing yourself in a natural scene, whether 3-D or in a picture, turns up brain activity in areas that govern pleasure and emotion. You’ll feel more relaxed and balanced and improve your creativity by as much as 50 percent. Ready to go green? Here’s how:
YOU NEED A LITTLE GREENTIME EVERY—OR ALMOST EVERY— DAY TO REAP ITS AMAZING BENEFITS FOR YOUR BRAIN AND BODY.
GOT A MINUTE? STAND UNDER A TREE. Or park yourself next to one. Even better, walk around a bush or beside a blooming garden. The more greenery you’re exposed to, the better the brain benefits.
DON’T FEEL LIKE EXERCISING OUTDOORS? GO ANYWAY. Compared with slogging
on that treadmill in the basement, doing the same stroll or jog under blue skies and leafy, green tree boughs can add a 12 percent mood boost to your exercise. And don’t let rain stop you: Even getting outside in bad weather boosts mood more than an indoor workout.
STUCK AT YOUR DESK? CALL UP IMAGES OF NATURE ON YOUR COMPUTER. Simply
looking at pictures of the outdoors can make you feel friendlier. While you’re at it, listening to soothing water and tweeting birds helps you rebound from a stressful experience 33 percent faster. (Check out archive.org’s free Sounds of Nature Collection.)
TAKE TIME TO SMELL THE PINE TREES. Japanese scientists say sniffing scents like pine and cypress is one reason nature walks strengthen immunity—a new reason to enjoy
these smells. If you’re a fan of aromatherapy, you know what we’re talking about.
CREATE AN INDOOR NATURE RETREAT. Although we are big fans of the benefits of outdoor physical activity, you can reap green benefits if you get on a treadmill with a view out the gym window! And position your home exercise equipment and a comfy chair so you have a view of outdoor greenery. There’s plenty of evidence that simply seeing greenery reduces stress, increases mental focus and fuels good moods. But don’t stop there.
INVITE BENEFICIAL HOUSEPLANTS INTO YOUR HOME. Live plants can help
keep your home humidified, remove carbon dioxide from the air and send out revitalizing oxygen. Most do this by day, as they convert sunlight into energy. But orchids, “air plants” (a type of bromeliad) and many types of succulents exchange oxygen for carbon dioxide at night, making them perfect for your bedroom or your work station if you’re on the night shift.
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Who Know Ocala’s medical and health-related community is vast and knowledgeable. So, when we wanted to get some important questions answered regarding a range of topics—everything from chiropractic care to vein health—who better to ask than the pros who know these matters better than anyone. The
physicians, veterinarians, nurses and trainers who live these topics every day took the time to share their expertise with us on issues that are important to maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. So sit back, grab a pen and paper, and start taking notes. What you learn may just save your life!
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Michael HOLLOWAY, MD LIFESTYLE SOLUTIONS
Does the HCG Diet really work? HCG, as well as other “fat burning” injections, can help the body burn fat more quickly as long as it is part of a reduced calorie meal plan. At Lifestyle Solutions, we do not prescribe an “HCG Diet” but rather an individualized, healthier, more consistent “lifestyle” that is physician supervised. HCG and prescribed appetite suppressants are simply “tools” to help the overall process.
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Do I have to restrict myself to only 500 calories per day? No, 500 calories per day is not realistic, not sustainable and can even be dangerous for certain individuals. Whether you are on HCG injections or not, I never prescribe fewer than 1,000 calories per day. We focus on increasing a person’s metabolic rate and balancing the calorie intake so weight loss is achieved without extreme changes.
How fast can I expect to lose weight? At Lifestyle Solutions, we believe in prescribing and coaching each individual to learn how to make realistic and sustainable lifestyle changes. We are more concerned about helping people lose weight and learn how to keep it off then how fast the weight is lost, but 10 to 15 pounds per month is certainly realistic.
LIFESTYLE SOLUTIONS 2139 NE 2nd St., Ste. B-2, Ocala (352) 368.2148 lsmedspa.com
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Dr. Ashley CAUTHEN MIDSTATE SKIN INSTITUTE
What are some risk factors for skin cancer? Those with fair skin, freckles and red hair are most at risk. Of course, chronic sun exposure and blistering sunburns are the biggest environmental risks.
Is skin cancer prevalence increasing? It is, and the biggest reason has been tanning bed use. There is a 75 percent increase in the likelihood of developing
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Education/Certiﬁcation: 2008 graduate of Florida State University’s School of Medicine, dermatology residency completed in 2012 at the University of South Florida, Tampa. Board certified. Adjunct faculty member
melanoma for those exposed to indoor tanning use. Spray tans are a safer alternative to indoor tanning. Skin cancer, if caught early, is very curable; if found later, it can be deadly. Patients should perform self-exams, looking for new or changing moles or marks on their skin. If you see something worrisome, contact your dermatologist.
What should we look for in a sunscreen? In general, you want a broad spectrum sunscreen that covers both UVA and UVB rays. Plus, it should be a physical blocker, such as a product with zinc oxide or titanium oxide. They are now micronized, allowing the cream to spread much easier and eliminating the white smearing that often occurred. MIDSTATE SKIN INSTITUTE 1740 SE 18th St., Suite 1103 Ocala, FL 34471 (352) 512-0092 Midstateskin.com
at the University of Florida and faculty member at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa. Years in Practice: 2
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Lauren CARTWRIGHT, DMD OCALA FAMILY DENTISTRY
entire staff ’s goal to make you happy and confident.
There are many options for dental care in Ocala. What makes your practice unique? Most importantly, we want the patients to feel comfortable and trust us. We genuinely have their best interest in mind. We want to make sure that all options are discussed and patients feel educated enough to choose the option that best suits their goals. A lot of decisions are based on trust in the dentist office; it is our
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Education/Certiﬁcation: Bachelor of Science from University of Florida, Doctorate of Dental Medicine from University of Florida
What should parents know about caring for their child’s teeth? As soon as baby teeth grow in, they need to be cleaned. Children need to see a dentist at age 1. This will not only help them become comfortable at the dentist office at an early age, but any issues can be addressed early, keeping appointments short and sweet.
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Why is it important to visit the dentist as you age, and what speciﬁc services do you offer for senior patients? We offer all services for adults and seniors, fillings, root canals, partial and complete dentures and implants. We use high-quality materials and labs to ensure our patients are getting nothing but the best.
OCALA FAMILY DENTISTRY 303 SE 17th St., Ste. 107, Ocala (352) 351-4412 ocalafamilydentistry.com
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Kim LANCASTER, OTR/L, CLT INNOVATIVE THERAPIES GROUP, INC. – HAND THERAPY CENTER What is hand therapy? A form of rehabilitation by an occupational therapist specializing in all conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder, including fractures, tendon injuries, burn rehab, Dupuytren’s contractures, carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff injuries, scar remodeling, rheumatoid/osteoarthritis and lymphedema. Our goal is to give patients back their pain-free lifestyle and functionality lost due to injury, trauma or disease. We educate patients and provide
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Education/Certiﬁcation: University of Tennessee—Memphis, Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy.
preventative therapy to prevent further arthritic changes.
What are the beneﬁts of hand therapy? Many of our patient’s primary goal is pain reduction. We help increase range of motion and sensation in the upper extremities, provide strengthening, edema reduction and wound care needs. We specialize in custom fabricated dynamic, static progressive, and static splinting accompanied by the most state-of-the-art
protocols available, and modalities, such as cold laser, interferential current, Iontophoresis, NMS, TENS, and ultrasound to maximize therapeutic recovery.
Why should I see a therapist with hand experience? Hand therapy is a specialized field. The hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder are complex, intricate structures, and it takes years of studying and hands-on experience to become competent. Our hand staff each have 20-plus years of experience with upper extremities. INNOVATIVE THERAPIES GROUP, INC. 929 N Hwy 27/441, Suite 301 Lady Lake, FL (352) 433-0091 innovativetherapiesgroup.com
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HarborChase friends or participate in our legendary Chef ’s Tables! And our service staff will serve every meal skillfully with a smile!
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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HARBORCHASE OF VILLAGES CROSSING
What kind of extracurricular activities do you have for active residents?
Besides the putting green, whole community Wi-Fi bubble, we have a Wii bowling alley business center for residents and with three Wii stations where an amazing Wii bowling alley. residents can play competitively against our other facilities. At HarborChase, we focus on In addition to hobby rooms, three main areas to help us stand Tell us more about your happy hour is available every apart from other assisted living dining options. day, and we have plenty of communities. First, our commu- The dining experience outings to restaurants, exhibits, nity looks at wellness as a whole, at HarborChase is all fairs and more. from what you eat to how you about choices. We have exercise, and developed a statethree dining areas, ranging HARBORCHASE OF of-the-art wellness center. Next, from casual to more formal VILLAGES CROSSING we focus on dining by offering dining. We also offer a private 13517 NE 86th Ct. three amazing dining rooms dining room that our residents Lady Lake, Florida 32159 with different menus. Lastly, we can use to entertain friends (352) 350-5310 focused on technology with a and family, party with their harborchase.com
What sets HarborChase apart from other assisted living facilities?
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Assisted Living Facilities care. We have lovingly served the communities of Marion, Sumter and Lake Counties for over 26 years. At Prestige Manor, you can rest assured that your loved one’s days will be filled with love and joy. If you’re looking to place a loved one who is dear to your heart in assisted living, we provide care you can count on and trust.
Carrol DILLON-SMITH, ADMINISTRATOR/OWNER Megan Christine FORREST, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS PRESTIGE MANOR ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY What services do you offer to help residents ease into assisted living care?
How do you work with doctors when accepting new residents?
It is important to know that there is an assisted living facility that will provide the very best care for your family members in the event they can no longer care for themselves at home. From organized social activities like games and church services to assistance with daily living needs, we are committed to creating an environment where residents feel secure and cared for.
We are currently accepting referrals to our facility and can easily accommodate emergency placement. We partner with medical professionals for a seamless transition to our facility.
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Why should I choose your facility over others in our area? We believe in providing the very best quality of life and
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Dr. Lawrence McCHESNEY, MD, FACS Susan McCHESNEY, PA-C
beneﬁcial to the patient?
Laparoscopic surgery allows access to the abdominal cavity without making large, tissue-destroying incisions. Smaller incisions allow for less pain after the operation and quicker return to daily activities. Most abdominal operations can be approached in a laparoscopic format. I perform a number of surgeries laparoscopically, such as hernia repair, and the patient typically goes home the same day.
L. MCCHESNEY, M.D. AND SURGICAL ASSOCIATES, PA the same university hospitals but never together. This has I had been in academic surgery been our first opportunity to for 20 years teaching residents work closely on a daily basis. and fellows. When our boys Having a husband-and-wife went off to college, Susan and I team has provided increased were concerned that they would communication with our not want to return home. We patients. I typically focus on found Ocala to be ideal for our the technical aspects of the year-round activities and have illness, and Susan brings out the made many close friends. personal aspects. This approach provides the patient with a more complete surgical experience. What is it like working
Why did you open a private practice in Ocala?
together in a surgical practice?
Susan and I have worked within
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Dr. Lawrence McChesney, M.D., F.A.C.S.: Certiﬁcation/Education: Medical school, Creighton University School of Medicine; surgical residency, University of Massachusetts Medical Center; fellowships, Rush University Years in Practice: 23
What is laparoscopic surgery, and why is it
L. MCCHESNEY, MD & SURGICAL ASSOCIATES, P.A. 6907 SW Hwy 200, Ocala (352) 300-3636
Susan McChesney, P.A.-C..: Certiﬁcation/Education: Physician assistant, George Washington University; residency, Yale/Norwalk Hospitals Years in Practice: 15
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Dr. Salvador D. RAMOS II, DO Dr. Reginald L. GRIFFIN, MD CENTRAL FLORIDA SURGICAL SERVICES
r. Ramos and Dr. Griﬃn understand the struggle with obesity isn’t easy. At Central Florida Surgical Services, the team of doctors and staff make it their priority to treat patients with utmost care and compassion providing options to help get weight under control. Both doctors are capable of performing a number of laparoscopic procedures that are minimally invasive, giving patients an opportunity to experience weight loss. Who is a candidate for bariatric surgery? Dr. Ramos: The criteria for a patient to receive bariatric surgery includes a BMI of greater than 35 along with a medical condition such as high blood pressure or diabetes, or they have a BMI of greater than 40 without a comorbidity. Regardless
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of age, if you fall under one of these criteria, you’re a candidate.
What are the most common bariatric procedures?
Dr. Griﬃn: The three most common procedures we perform are the gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and lap band. Gastric bypass works
by bypassing the stomach and small intestine which results in durable weight loss. When this first portion of intestine is bypassed, there are also changes in gut hormones, which results in improvement in medical conditions such as diabetes. During the sleeve gastrectomy, we remove 85 percent of the stomach and only a small tubular portion remains, which limits the amount of food one can consume. We are learning that the sleeve also results in resolution of medical conditions just like gastric bypass. The adjustable band procedure allows placement of a band around the top part of the stomach. We can adjust it to let more or less food pass through into the stomach. We perform all of these procedures laprascopically, which results in less post-operative pain and earlier return to normal activity.
and attend one of our information sessions. Next, the patient meets with us for a one-on-one consultation where we tailor their operation according to weight and past medical history.
What risks are involved?
Dr. Griﬃn: There is risk involved with any patient who undergoes general anesthesia. Because our patients have two surgeons present during the procedure, we minimize the risks involved.
What other procedures do you perform? We also treat GERD, bile-induced gastritis and gastroparesis, all laprascopically. We are also capable of performing many other minimally invasive general surgeries.
What are the steps a patient needs to take in order to receive a bariatric operation?
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Dr. Ramos: They must be referred by their primary care physician
Dr. Salvador Ramos.: Certiﬁcation/Education: Board-certified in general surgery, fellowship-trained in bariatric and general surgery, daVinci Robotic Surgery Certified Years in Practice: 7
Dr. Reginald Griﬃn.: Certiﬁcation/Education: Board-certified in general surgery, fellowship-trained in bariatric and general surgery, daVinci Robotic Surgery Certified Years in Practice: 1
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ELAMINE IS A FLAME-RETARDANT CHEMICAL USED TO COAT A VARIETY OF KITCHENWARE, BUT AFTER A SPIN AROUND THE MICROWAVE, THAT CHEMICAL COULD LEACH INTO HOT LEFTOVERS. Researchers in Taiwan found that participants
who ate hot noodle soup from a melamine bowl had significantly higher levels of the chemical in their urine than those eating out of ceramic dishes. While research on exposure in humans is lacking, melamine is known to cause kidney and bladder stones in animals. To prevent risky eating, heat foods only on ceramic dishware or dishes labeled “microwave safe.” Acidic foods can cause a similar amount of leaching, so keep the spicy stuff in ceramics. Hand washing dishes coated with melamine can slow the breakdown and leaching process as well. For more information on melamine safety, visit fda.gov.
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OOD DEN, MY LORDS AND LADIES! IF YOU’RE NOSTALGIC FOR A TIME WHEN YOU DIDN’T EXIST OR DREAM OF KNIGHTS ASTRIDE ARMORED HORSES, THEN PREPARE TO BE AMAZED WHEN STEPING ONTO THE GROUNDS OF THE 28TH ANNUAL HOGGETOWNE MEDIEVAL FAIRE. FOR ONLY TWO WEEKENDS—JANUARY 25 TO 26 AND JANUARY 31 TO FEBRUARY 2—GAINESVILLE’S ALACHUA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS WILL HOST THE MAGICAL FESTIVAL WITH OVER 160 ARTISANS, EIGHT STAGES OF ENTERTAINMENT AND A SPREAD OF FOOD THAT RESEMBLES A FAT FRIAR’S HEAVEN.
Since its inception, the medieval fair has grown wider and more popular, with 57 percent of attendees from outside the community. Of the 200 costumed players, more than half are local performers and volunteers. You never know who you’ll run into with a cast of royals, peasants, gypsies, minstrels and magicians. From the extravagant (camel, elephant and pony rides) to the whimsical (a living chess match), visitors will experience life in the Middle Ages. “It’s truly a step back in time,” says Events Coordinator Linda Piper of The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department. As producer for the past 20 years, Piper has witnessed the festival’s widespread reach and appeal that has dazzled young and old.
Fun and educational, the fair’s School Day, January 31st, has halfpriced tickets and invites schools from neighboring counties for group discounts. Students can revel in this amazing time of falconers and knife throwers as well as play games to test their arrow-shooting and hammerthrowing skills. Entertainment Producer Bill Hutchinson, who has been involved in this renaissance affair for a quarter of a decade, says one of his favorite parts of the fair is the Royal Procession, which happens once a day at noon and includes most of the festival’s performers. Guests are invited to follow the procession, which leads to the jousting fields. All are welcome to come dressed in medieval attire. “Some of the young knights are so darling with their tinfoil armor,”
says Hutchinson. Little princesses and princes are even bestowed the honor of becoming a member of the royal court. Another exciting part of the festival is the Living Chessboard, which is directed by Sunshine Andrei. Performers in full medieval regalia play on a multileveled stage. “We play ‘Battle Chess,’” says Andrei, who participates as a player herself. “We bend the rules slightly so the pieces can defend their square.” Cast members are local community theatre volunteers who act in three 30-minute shows that are scheduled per day. “[Andrei] is a great fight choreographer,” says Hutchinson. “There’s a glint in her eye when she’s swinging that sword. One year, I remember her weapon was sausages.”
Should a twirling sausage make you hungry, make your way to a food court of bloomin’ onions, sweet potato fries, turkey legs, crepes, bakery buns, BBQ, gyros, hot dogs, beers from microbreweries and more. Come hither to Hoggetowne, ye knights and damsels. You’ll not want to miss a thing, by my troth!
WANT TO GO? For tickets, hours and more information visit gvlculturalaffairs.org or call (352) 393-8536.
A FEAST FIT FOR A KING—OR QUEEN! Here are two medieval-inspired recipes from bloggers that have us wondering why the Middle Ages were ever called the “Dark Ages.”
PEAR-FECT PORK ROAST
THE QUEEN OF TARTS
Grace, blogger of The Cooking Apprentice, compares medieval eating habits to the paleo diet, as the period’s dishes mostly consisted of meat and vegetables. This recipe, adapted from Sandra Lee, incorporates a popular medieval fruit, pears, into the roast recipe.
Lisa, author of the blog Story of a Kitchen, adapted this savory tart recipe from The Medieval Kitchen: Recipes from France and Italy. “It made me recall the memories of visiting the Medieval Times restaurant and dinner theater chain as a teenager,” she says. In contrast to the book’s Stuffed Suckling Pig recipe, the only pork in this dish is a seasoning of pancetta.
Bone-in Pork Roast with Pear Jam Glaze
Serves 4 1 (4 1/2- to 5 1/2-pound) bone-in pork loin end roast, room temperature Salt and pepper 2 tablespoons pear jam 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 3 tablespoons Champagne dill mustard (or a spicy brown mustard) Preheat oven to 350°F. Place pork in roasting pan fitted with rack or onto a baking sheet, fat side up. Season with salt and pepper. Put in oven, and roast for an hour. Meanwhile, make glaze. In a saucepan over mediumhigh heat, whisk pear jam, brown sugar, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and champagne mustard. Simmer until thickened, another 5-7 minutes. After pork has roasted for an hour, start brushing it with the glaze every 15 minutes. Cook until roast reaches an internal temperature of 150°F, about two hours total cooking time. Remove from oven, coat with glaze and let rest uncovered for 15 minutes before carving. Visit Grace at thecookingapprentice.com.
Medieval Shallot-Ricotta Tart PÂTE BRISÉE: 1¾ cups flour
1/3 cup water
9 tablespoons butter, cold
1 teaspoon salt
FILLING: 1 pound shallots
5 threads of saffron
Drizzle of olive oil
5 ounces pancetta, diced
½ teaspoon kosher salt
10 ounces ricotta
CUPCAKEABLES! can accommodate any event or celebration that requires a made-to-order sweet treat, from cupcakes to full-size cakes, cake pops and more. Custom baker Michele Fye-Retter of Dunnellon started her business in 2009 and is known for delicious creations in an incredible range of flavors. A signature item is her “Jake’s Cakes,” featuring dark chocolate cake, dark chocolate ganache filling, chocolate buttercream, dark ©Ivonne Wierink/shuttestock.com chocolate drizzle and chocolate sprinkles/shavings. Mocha Frappacino and Salted Caramel are also extremely popular. Vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options available. Ask about cupcake tasting parties, featuring up to nine different flavors of mini cupcakes.
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IT’S ABOUT THYME BISTRO & CATERING is taking over Tailwind Cafe at Ocala Regional Airport and serves breakfast, lunch and hot entrées from 7am-7pm, seven days a week. The menu will feature at least nine salads, made-fromscratch dressings and aioli. Beyond sandwiches, look for steak, ©Francesco83/shutterstock.com grilled chicken, hot entrée of the day, quiche and soup of the day, too. Chef
2 tablespoons heavy cream Line tart pan with parchment on bottom. Cut butter into small pieces; then rub into the flour using fingers. Rub until mixture looks like sawdust. Dissolve salt in half of water; then add to flour mixture. Combine flour and remaining water with fingertips until dough comes together. Add more water if needed. Form into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap or waxed paper, and chill in refrigerator for at least two hours before using. Preheat oven 400°F. Set chilled pâte brisée on countertop to warm slightly. Mince shallots. Heat a skillet with a drizzle of olive oil, and cook the onions and pancetta until onions are soft and translucent and pancetta browns slightly. Cool slightly. While the shallots and pancetta are cooking, mix ricotta and heavy cream. Combine mixture with egg and add saffron by crumbling between fingers. Add salt. Roll out pastry to about 12 inches in diameter, and place into lined tart pan. If using a Springform, the dough should reach about 2 centimeters up the sides to accommodate the filling. Mix the slightly cooled shallot-pancetta mixture into cheese-egg mixture. Set aside. Line pastry with foil, and add pie weights (rice, dried beans or pennies). Bake for 10 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for five more minutes. Remove from oven, add filling and bake for 35 to 50 minutes, checking at 35 minutes to make sure the tart is not burning. Chop basil in strips (chiffonade). Serve tart warm or at room temperature sprinkled with basil. Lisa’s story continues at storyofakitchen.com.
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CLEAN UP YOUR KITCHEN MAKE USE OF MAGNETS
Magnets are super handy when organizing, especially for those unruly spice cabinets. Invest in metal mesh large utensil organizers and some uniformly-sized metal spice canisters. Just nail up the tray to the back of the cabinet. Then, hot glue some magnets to the canister bottoms, label with spice names and pop them into neat little rows.
MAKE SOME SPACE Maximize
drawer space in new ways, like storing silverware vertically in a flatware caddy. Crockery drawers with moveable pegs can handle stacks of bowls and plates in any size. It will be easier for young ones to help with table setting when heavy dishes are in reachable drawers instead of high above their heads in the cabinets.
HOOK AND STACK
A few adhesive hooks on the back of the cabinet door can hold up all those stray lids for pots and pans. With those out of the way, everything else will stack more neatly and take up much less space. The same goes for travel cup lids. They tend to clog up junk drawers, but decongest by dedicating the cabinet door to them. We have also discovered some tricks to prevent the dreaded Tupperware avalanche. First things first, match containers with their lids and toss any solo pieces with no matching buddy. Next, lids can be stacked in a letter organizer inside a drawer or cabinet. The leftover bowls can either be stacked or placed neatly in separate bins, depending on size.
LABEL EVERYTHING Labeling in the kitchen is key. One roll of Washi tape—a Scotch tape-width adhesive topped with paper—makes an easy and colorful labeling system. There are also plenty of free printable labels online in every color scheme and print imaginable.
WRITE IT DOWN A little chalkboard paint goes a long way. One coat on the underside of a cast iron skillet creates a memo board that will add an organized vintage touch to any kitchen. Painting the inside of a cabinet door creates a convenient yet hidden place to plan meals and grocery lists. Some chalkboard paint is also magnetic, which means helpful recipe cards and measurement conversion charts will have somewhere to hang around.
CLEAR THE CLUTTER The refrigerator is where the food, i.e. the best part of the whole kitchen, spends most of its time. Somehow, it’s also the most cluttered kitchen real estate. Change that with some inexpensive bins to sort food groups. Put a spin on an old organizing tool by placing a turntable inside the fridge. No more reaching around the milk or forgetting hidden leftovers in the back. Next to be organized is the freezer. Taking individually wrapped foods out of their boxes saves a surprising amount of space. Purchase some simple office organizers, like small bins for bagged vegetables and magazine orders for boxed foods. This should prevent the usual game of freezer Jenga on future trips to the kitchen.
Sources: goodbyehousehellohome.com, housebeautiful.com, eatingrichly.com, tidymom.net
HEN IT COMES TO KITCHENS, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS TOO MUCH ORGANIZATION, BUT PROFESSIONAL STORAGE JOBS CAN COME WITH A HEFTY PRICE TAG. INSTEAD, BE YOUR OWN CRAFTY CONTRACTOR AND IMPLEMENT SOME DIY INGENUITY IN THE KITCHEN.
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Bruce Cordrey’s’s family has been in Florida for five generations, and he’s been catering in Marion County for over 12 years. Thyme Flies Bistro is located in the same building as Landmark Aviation. Catering available, including in-flight catering for private aircraft coming into Ocala.
1200 SW 60th Ave., Ocala (352) 216-7336 facebook.com/ItsAboutThymeBistro
THE BEACH is living up to its name. The bar/ eatery has a newly completed sand beach, complete with palm trees and a fire pit as well as beach volleyball. You can relax “beachside” or indoors and enjoy a cold one as well as lunch and dinner. The Beach features $6 lunch specials and is known for its “Orange Crush.” Don’t miss the crab dip made with fresh blue crab meat. Check their Facebook ©ValentynVolkov/shutterstock.com page for theme night activities—karaoke on Friday night starting at 9pm and DJ and dancing on Saturday and Sunday nights. The Beach is open 12pm-2am, seven days a week.
13201 W Hwy 326, Ocala (240) 882-7530
WOLFY’S Owned and operated by the John Wolf family and known for its home-style food, friendly service, reasonable prices and daily specials, Wolfy’s Restaurant has been Continued on page 72
Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse 3405 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-3151 / tonysushi.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p / Fri & Sat 11a-11p / Sun Noon-10p With abundant menu choices and over 100 off-menu rolls, you certainly won’t run out of options at Tony’s Sushi. If you can’t decide, the waitstaff is excellent at suggesting items you’re sure to enjoy. Every roll and sushi dish is made to order from the freshest ingredients. In the steakhouse area, highly trained chefs prepare a memorable meal as they cook on the tableside grills, preparing chicken, steak or seafood just the way you like it. Entrées include soup or salad and rice. Family-friendly, casual atmosphere, along with a full bar, including imported Japanese sake and beer selections. Like us
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Pavarotti’s Pizza & Restaurant 8075 SW HWY 200, Canopy Oak Center, Ocala / (352) 291-9424 Mon-Thu 11a-9p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-8p Pavarotti’s Pizza and Restaurant in Dunnellon is known for their famous, old-fashioned pizzas, hand-tossed and baked on a stone deck oven as well as their array of classic Italian entrées, fresh salads and subs and hearty pasta dinners. Their newest location in the Canopy Oak Center means Ocala residents can now enjoy Pavarotti’s famous fare. Veal or chicken is served Parmigiana, Marsala or Picatta style, and the seafood dishes are served fresh over linguini. Pizza lovers can’t get enough of the homemade pies, and don’t forget about the subs, stromboli and calzones!
Be sure to check out the new bar area and expanded dining room. Pavarotti’s also caters.
PAVAROTTI’S Pizza & Restaurant
Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill 2711 SW 27th Ave., Ocala / (352) 390-8188 Mon-Thu 4p-2a / Fri-Sun 11-2a Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill is the place for hungry sports fans to go. With 32 high-definition televisions lining the walls, including a 133-inch and a 70-inch 3-D screen, airing every televised game, you won’t miss a minute of the action. A great menu and an incredible selection of 40 beers on draft means Tony’s can cater to any appetite. Not into the big game? Not a problem. With a pool table, dart boards and video games, patrons are sure to find plenty of entertainment. Visit Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill and Tony’s Sushi within 48 hours and receive a free domestic beer when you show the receipt.
Ask about our 1/2 off Happy Hour specials.
UNDER 400 W ITH PLENTY OF WINTERTIME TRAVEL, IT’S HARD TO ALWAYS FIND HEALTHY FARE. AND WHILE PACKING AN ARRAY OF HEALTHY SNACKS CAN KEEP YOU GOING FOR THE SHORTER TRIPS, THOSE ENDLESS HOURS IN THE CAR SOMETIMES REQUIRE A HEARTIER MEAL. BUT BEFORE YOU ORDER, LISTEN UP! SOME OF THOSE SANDWICHES CAN COST YOU IN UPWARD OF A THOUSAND CALORIES IF YOU’RE NOT CAREFUL. THE NEXT TIME YOUR STOMACH STARTS GROWLING, TRY ANY OF THESE FAST FOOD OPTIONS THAT WILL FUEL YOU UP FOR UNDER 400 CALORIES… OR LESS!
TIPS AND TRICKS »» Swap out mayonnaise for lowcalorie options like mustard.
A chicken sandwich can be a healthy choice. Always opt for “grilled” over “crispy,” and avoid sandwiches with names like “bacon,” “cheddar,” “buffalo” or “ranch,” as they are code for extra calories.
MCDONALDS: Premium Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich 350 Calories, 9grams fat
BURGER KING: Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken Wrap 330 Calories, 16 grams fat
WENDY’S: Ultimate Chicken Grill
350 Calories, 7 grams fat
WENDY’S: 6-piece serving CHICK-FIL-A: 8-piece serving
Believe it or not, a cheeseburger doesn’t have to ruin your diet. Avoid stacking two or three of them on one sandwich, and stay away from add-ons like bacon, extra cheese or specials sauces.
MCDONALDS: Grilled Onion Cheddar Burger
310 Calories, 13 grams fat
BURGER KING: Cheeseburger WENDY’S: Junior Cheeseburger
serving Ocala since 1983. Among their popular specials are ham steak or spaghetti and meat sauce on Monday; meatloaf on Tuesday; roast pork or all-you-can-eat roast chicken on Wednesday; pot roast on Thursday; all-youcan-eat fish or prime rib or baked grouper on Friday; and roast turkey ©littleny/shutterstock.com breast or prime rib on Saturday. If you have room, enjoy a piece of home-baked dessert, such as pineapple cream pie, chocolate Derby pie or peanut butter pie. Open 6am-8pm. Closed Sunday.
3443 NE Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala (352) 622-5008
BURGER KING: 6-piece serving
270, 18 grams fat
290 calories, 13grams fat
270 Calories, 17 grams fat
310 Calories, 4 grams fat
»» Salads can be a healthy option, but avoid high-fat dressings and add-ons like cheese, croutons, bacon, tortilla strips, etc.
»» Always opt for water to help balance out the highsodium content of many fastfood options.
MCDONALDS: Spicy Chicken McBites
280 Calories, 17grams fat
270 calories, 12 grams fat
»» Save approximately 100 calories by eliminating the cheese on your burgers.
Chicken nuggets may not be the healthiest choice on the menu, but due to their relative ease of use for in-car dining, they are often a driver’s top choice. But those bites can add up, and sauces and condiments add extra fat, calories and sugar. Stick with a smaller serving size, and ask the server for only one sauce of choice. Or even better, go sans sauce altogether!
CHICK-FIL-A: Chargrilled Chicken
»» Pile on the veggies to fill you up for a lower caloric dent.
»» For the low-carb lovers, swap out your bread for lettuce.
NOSHING ON NUGGETS
270 calories, 13 grams fat
SOUTH OF THE BORDER Sometimes burgers and chicken just won’t cut the mustard. If you’re looking to check out something with a Latin flare, try some of these lighter options.
TACO BELL: Bean Burrito 380 Calories, 11 grams fat
Chicken Soft Taco (2) 320 Calories, 10 grams fat
Crunchy Taco (2) 340 Calories, 20 grams fat
CHIPOTLE: Chicken Tacos (3) 370 Calories, 13 grams fat
Chicken Burrito Bowl 190 Calories, 7 grams fat
Barbacoa Tacos (3) 350 Calories, 13 grams fat
Sources: nutrition.mcdonalds.com, wendys.com, chick-fil-a.com, fastfoodnutrition.org, tacobell.com
FUELING UP FOR
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GR’S PLACE opened last fall in the location of the former Swampy’s Bar & Grille on Blitchton Road (Highway 27) just west of I-75. Named for owner Gayland Reed, GR’s Place offers “a little bit of everything” when it comes to dinner. ©CameronWhitman/shutterstock.com There are hearty sandwiches, such as Ruebens, Philly cheese steaks and a very popular fish sandwich. Gator tail is also on the menu if you’re so inclined. The eatery has a full bar, and happy hour is from 4-6pm with half off draft beers and well drinks. Open for dinner seven days a week from 4-9pm.
3281 NW Blitchton Rd., Ocala (352) 237-1777
Ipanema Brazilian Steak House 2023 South Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 622-1741 / ipanemaocala.com Dinner Tues-Thu 5-9p, Fri & Sat 5-10p, Sun 4-9p Brunch Sun 12-3p / Happy Hour Tue-Fri 5-7p / Closed Mon 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 12 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 Ortencia DeAlmeida invites you to embrace the flavors of her homeland and experience the magnetism of Ipanema for yourself. Become a fan of Ipanema on Facebook at facebook.com/ipanemasteakhouse.
Live music every Wednesday. Winesday Wednesday 50% off all bottles of wine. Happy Hour Tue-Fri 5-7p. $3 house wine, 2 for 1 beer and $5 most call liquors.
Crossroads Country Kitchen 7947 W Highway 40, Ocala / (352) 237-1250 Mon-Thu 6a-8p / Fri-Sat 6a-9p / Sun 7a-3p Located west on Highway 40 in Ocala, the Crossroads Country Kitchen is a must for anyone craving down-home, country cooking. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, menu items range from a wide variety of homemade soups and chili to prime rib, fresh salads, seafood, prime steaks and burgers. If you’re in the mood for a real treat, try the Prime Rib Dinner For Two for $25.95. Make sure to leave room for one of the tasty home-baked desserts, too! In the mood for a fresh fish fry? Tuesdays and Fridays are all-you-care-to-eat catfish. Big screen televisions will allow you to enjoy your meal without missing one second of the big game or race.
Located at the crossroads of NW 80th Ave. and Hwy 40 West. No matter what you have a taste for, Crossroads Country Kitchen is sure to become a new favorite. Former owners of The Spiced Apple restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale
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 4-7p New lunch specials include Taco Salad on Monday, $4.45; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $4.95; Quesadillas on Wednesday, $6.45; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $5.95; and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $4.95. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $8.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $7.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $7.95; Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $7.95. Plus $1.95 margaritas on Monday. On Sunday, kids 12 and under can enjoy 99¢ children’s meals (takeout not included). Wednesday is Special Margarita Day, 99¢ all day. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day. Live Mariachi Band every Thursday 6-9pm at our Hwy 200 Location.
Join us every day for happy hour from 4-7p 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.
THE BEST MEXICAN FOOD
New Year, New You Popular health food store Vitalize Natural Market and Juice Bar did more than just change their name. They’re changing the health of Ocala residents with the recent introduction of a 100 percent organic juice bar.
ou can try all the fad diets you want, but everyone knows that to really be at your healthiest you need to eat a diet rich in fruit and vegetables. And although many will make that resolution this month, few will be able to stick to it for long, touting claims of expense or timecommitment woes. But this year, thanks to Cara Owens and her Vitalize Natural Market and Juice Bar, Ocala residents will have the opportunity to supplement their diets in an easy, affordable and 100 percent organic way. “We always knew we wanted to provide fresh and healthy options for busy people,” says Cara, who opened the Vitalize Nutrition Company two years ago. The success of the store allowed Cara to expand her offerings to include the newly opened juice bar. But these are not the sugary drinks that can sit for years on supermarket shelves. Rather, Cara’s juices are prepared from 100 percent organic fruits and vegetables and are prepared on-site daily.
Like many avid “juicers” out there, Cara understood the benefits of incorporating fresh juices into a diet. Chock-full of vitamins and minerals, juices extracted from fresh produce are an easy, efficient and cost-effective way to ensure you’re getting your daily servings of fruit and veggies. “Customers are already saying how much better they feel,” says Cara, who is thrilled at the juice bar’s popularity. Although all of the juices are delicious, she notes that the Berry Green, a combination of kale, apple, strawberry, lime and cilantro is a customer favorite so far. They also offer a line of smoothies including “The Boss,” consisting of almond milk, frozen bananas, chocolate protein and PB2 powdered peanut butter, and “Topical Green,” their version of a “healthy piña colada.” The juices are made to order and for those looking to be in and out fast, Vitalize offers a call-ahead service and pre-bottled juices that are made fresh every day.
So this year, stick to your resolution and visit Vitalize Natural Market and Juice Bar, where you’ll also find a large variety of healthy products, supplements and more.
Vitalize Natural Market and Juice Bar 4414 SW College Rd., Suite 1520, Ocala vitalizenutrition.com facebook.com/vitalizenutritioncompany (352) 509-6839
Reagan’s Sports Pub & Grille 5195 E Silver Springs Blvd, Silver Springs / (352) 547-5030 Sun-Thu 10:30a-Close, Fri-Sat 10:30a-2a
Take-out is available for those who can’t stick around. Thursdays at 7pm is DJ Bingo, and every Wednesday is Ladies Night 4-10pm. Fri & Sat at 9pm is karaoke night, so take your singing voice and your appetite to Reagan’s. NFL Sunday Ticket and NHL Center Ice on DIRECTV.
Sports Pub & Grille
Attention foodies, Reagan’s Sports Pub & Grille is serving up classic sports-pub favorites like burgers and wings. Reagan’s feature attractions are their Colossal Burger Challenge (which is free if you can finish it), and the Fiery Inferno Wing Challenge! Winning earns the customer a T-shirt and a coveted spot on the winners’ board. Enjoy one of their wings and things appetizers. For an entrée, try a specialty burger or a sandwich, like the Reagan Griller. Reagan’s offers a variety of wings, from favorite flavors to new ones like sweet-and-spicy plum. Little ones can order from the kids’ menu, and Reagan’s has beer and wine for the big kids.
La Hacienda Restaurant & Supermarket 4185 W Hwy 40, Ocala / (352) 512-0746 Sun-Thu 8:30a-8:30p / Fri & Sat 8:30a-9:30p / Open 7 days a week! lahaciendaocala.com / facebook.com/ la.hacienda.773 Come enjoy “The Real Deal” at La Hacienda Restaurant and Supermarket. For all our uniformed police and firefighters of Marion County and the City of Ocala, we offer a 10% discount for your service. Don’t forget to visit all our departments in our supermarket for your holiday cooking, such as our fresh meat department, produce section and bakery department. We will have Rosca’s de Reyes available for purchase for the celebration of Epiphany (weekend of January 6th), a great family tradition. See you here!
January Specials-Taco Tuesdays .99 cent Authentic Tacos on Tuesdays (Served on homemade corn tortillas, double layered, meat of choice, topped with onion, cilantro and lime on the side!) Chimichangas covered w/ cheese dip for $5.99! Wednesdays- Fajitas (chicken or steak) served w/ rice & beans (corn or flour tortillas) for $5.99 Quesadillas Thursdays and more Daily Specials!
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Ker’s WingHouse Bar & Grill 2145 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala / (352) 671-7880 Sun 11a-Midnight / Fri-Sat 11a-1a winghouse.com If you’re looking for a fun, casual environment to enjoy the next big game or fight, look no further! Ker’s Winghouse Bar & Grill is it! A full liquor bar, 12 draft and bottled beers, 25 televisions, not to mention a 110-inch monster TV, and a menu that will leave you wanting more. Try their famous “Naked” Chicken Wings. These skinless drumettes are marinated, baked and tossed in your choice of award-winning sauces. Football season is in high gear, and you won’t miss a second of it at Ker’s Winghouse with the NFL Sunday Ticket. They also feature all college games and all pay-per-view sporting events. But let’s face it, Ker’s Winghouse Girls may just be the biggest draw. Make Ker’s Winghouse Bar & Grill your new favorite hangout.
Daily lunch specials are offered Monday-Friday, 11am-4pm. Happy Hour 4p-8p & 10p-close.
Blanca’s Café Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club / 5000 N US Hwy 27, Ocala / (352) 867-0001 Mon-Sat Lunch & Dinner 10:30a-9p / Sun 11a-4p Taking Reservations for Valentine’s Day 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. 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.
WELCOME HITS! Each Friday, we are offering 1 ½-pound Maine lobster. Reserve by Wednesday. Homemade pizza served daily. Lunches now feature Beef on Weck & Monte Cristo Sandwiches. Weekly entertainment, call for details.
Eating Eclectic in The Great Outdoors A two-time Prince of Pizza winner, Brooklyn’s Original Pizza recently underwent some major renovations both to their restaurant and menu. Although their outstanding pizza still remains one of the top pies in town, they’ve expanded the menu to include “eclectic comfort food” and moved to a larger location, creating one of the most unique dining atmospheres in Ocala.
ometimes you just want to kick back, relax and enjoy a home-cooked meal in the great outdoors. But that isn’t always a possibility for those who live in the hubbub of downtown. Realizing how enjoyable a quality meal in a relaxed environment can be, Tim and Janice Thomas revamped their already successful Brooklyn’s Original Pizza to offer an expanded menu and a one-of-a-kind atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else in Ocala. Walk into the new Brooklyn’s Backyard and you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to the serene setting of an outdoor getaway. Grab an outdoor patio chair, or enjoy a drink from the craft beer bar on the deck. Tim and Janice have even managed to bring the great outdoors indoors with real trees and rustic-themed
décor throughout the dining room, with much of it coming from a 100-year-old barn they reclaimed from a small town in north Georgia. “You won’t find anything like this in Ocala,” says Tim. “Everyone tells us how much they love the warm and homey atmosphere.” He also notes that he and Janice purchased the furnishings locally and completed most of the renovations themselves. In addition to the unique atmosphere, Brooklyn’s food is also a welcome addition to Ocala’s dining options. “I call it eclectic comfort food,” says Tim, adding that along with their famous pizza, the menu offers an array of Italian and backyard classic dishes. One look at the menu and you can see what he’s talking about. Italian die-hards can enjoy a delicious homemade pasta dish, while those looking for something with a little twist may want to try some of their unique offerings, like Reuben Rolls or an enormous Portabella mushroom sandwich. With a commitment to a “fresh-is-best” theme, all of the produce is purchased from local vendors and everything is prepared on-site, including salad dressings and sauces. Tim and Janice
even plan to begin growing their own organic produce soon. With so much to offer, including five flat screens, weekly and daily specials, catering, happy hour, 35 craft beers and a great wine list, Brooklyn’s Backyard really is eclectic eating at its finest.
Brooklyn’s Backyard 2019 E. Silver Springs Blvd. Unit 102, Ocala (352) 304-6292
Braised Onion 754 NE 25th Ave, Ocala / (352) 620-9255 Tue-Thu 11a-9p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-8p Welcome H.I.T.S.! Open Valentine’s Day 2/14 lunch and dinner. Serving lunch 11a-2p, and dinner from 4p-11p.
Treat the special ladies in your life like a queen for a day— make your reservations for Valentine’s Day dinner. They will be treated like royalty in a very romantic setting at Braised Onion! Chef Loring Felix will be serving our Special Holiday Menu for dinner, so call and make your reservation, she will love you for it! Chef Felix was the winner of Culinary Combat, Iron Chef and Best of the Best Chef 2012-2013. Winners of Taste of Ocala, too!
Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine 2437 SW 27th Ave., Ocala / (352) 237-3433 / ocalathai.com Lunch: Mon-Fri 11a-3p / Dinner: Mon-Thu 4:30-9:30p / Fri 4:30-10p Sat Noon-10p / Sunday Noon-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 provide a quality dining experience for 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. Early Bird Special: Sat-Sun Noon-5p soup or salad & dessert with any entrée purchased. Scan tag for special promotions
Cody’s Original Roadhouse 2505 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-8182 / codysamerican.com Doors Open at 11a. Serving Lunch and Dinner Daily. “Where Quality and Value Come Together!” Hand-cut, USDA Choice, certiﬁed Angus steaks, rotisserie chicken, BBQ baby back ribs, chops, fresh ﬁsh, half-pound burgers, salads and more! Kids eat free Mondays and Tuesdays. Buy 1 Get 1 Free Fajita Wednesdays, $11.98; Steak-Out Thursday with steak specials starting at $9.98! Daily 2-4-1 happy hour, 11am-7pm, includes draft beer, wine and all liquors (top shelf, too). Lunch from 11am-3pm, and early bird from 3pm-6pm Monday-Saturday. Sunday after-church specials starting at $8.99 with free dessert. Hand-cut steaks and “Just Plain Good Food” made from scratch...daily! Don’t miss our BIG T-Bone Steak Specials in January!
Take-Out Service Available. Locations also in Gainesville at 3100 SW Archer Road and The Villages at 1041 Lakeshore Drive at Lake Sumter Landing, and our new location in Tallahassee.
Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant 2463 SW 27th Avenue, Ocala / (352) 237-3900 / kotobukiocala.com Lunch: Tue-Fri 11:30a-2p Dinner: Tue-Thu 4:30-9:30p / Fri & Sat 4:30-10:30p / Mon & Sun 4:30-9:30p For an authentic Japanese meal in an award-winning restaurant that has been serving Ocala since 1986, try Kotobuki. Enjoy traditional Japanese favorites like tempura, teriyaki and broiled seafood and vegetables. For a memorable experience, gather around the hot grill and watch as your chef prepares steak, chicken and seafood favorites right before your eyes.
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N REMEMBRANCE OF CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST MARTIN LUTHER KING JR., THE CITY OF OCALA WILL HOST SEVERAL EVENTS THIS MONTH. THE ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MARCH WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 7AM-10AM IN DOWNTOWN OCALA. FOLLOWING THE MARCH, A WREATH CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. PARK FROM 12-1PM. THE SERVICE WILL INCLUDE A LAYING OF A WREATH TO HONOR DR. KING’S MANY CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. On Monday, January 20, a gathering at the Martin Luther King Recreation Complex will celebrate Dr. King’s life with a day of both solemn reflection and joyful celebration. Bring the whole family to honor Dr. King and teach the young ones about his amazing contributions to society. Martin Luther King Day in the Park will consist of speakers, musical and dance performances, and poem readings by various members of the community. Be sure to take part in some of these events that honor the legend that is Martin Luther King Jr.
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STRIDES AND SWINGS Strap on your sneakers or dust off your golf clubs because TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN, a program of the Public Education Foundation, has three opportunities for you to raise money for a good cause. For the golfers out there, the “Moot” Thomas Scramble will take place at the Country Club of Ocala on January 17. There will be lunch and a shotgun start at noon. Tee up again the next two days for The Memorial Golf Tournament, or strap on your sneaker for the Sneakers and Smores 5K Run/ Walk. All events raise funds for low-income or at-risk youth in the community in an effort to aid in their college education. pefmc.org or (352) 671-4167.
GET OUT AND GOLF (JANUARY 7-FEBRUARY 11) Let your child learn the great game of golf from area pros at this afterschool program. Junior golfers will learn the basics of the game, including grip, stance and posture. They’ll also be schooled in proper golf etiquette and visit some of the area’s finest courses. The program meets every Tuesday through February 11 from 4:30-6pm at the Lillian Bryant Center. mcchildrensalliance.org or (352) 438-5996.
A FOR BREAST CANCER Raise money for breast cancer awareness at the SIXTH ANNUAL BUNCO BASH. The Bunco Babes of Ocala present their annual bunco event, Saving The Treasure Chest, at the Jumbolair ballroom. The event raises funds for Michelle-O-Gram, and all proceeds go toward providing women in need with free mammograms. The evening will include a costume contest, cash bar, plenty of prizes and of course, bunco! Admission is $35, and the doors open at 5pm. michelleogram.com or (352) 812-3585.
ADVENTURE AWAITS! Bring the whole family for FAMILY ADVENTURE DAY at Brick City Adventure Park. There will be multiple activities to try out including hiking, canoeing, kayaking and more. Get ready to explore for clues high and low during the nature scavenger hunt and come hungry because no day in the park would be complete without a hotdog cookout! This family-friendly day of adventure and exploring in the great outdoors will run from 10am-3pm. Children must be 6 years old and accompanied by an adult. Registration is $5 per person. (352) 671-8560.
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OR YEARS, THE OCALA MARATHON HAS PROVIDED RUNNERS ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE RACES IN FLORIDA AND WAS EVEN VOTED THE MOST SCENIC MARATHON IN THE COUNTRY. ATHLETES WILL RUN THROUGH HORSE COUNTRY TO QUALIFY FOR THE BOSTON MARATHON OR FOR PERSONAL GOALS, AND DIRECTOR CHRIS MOLING GAVE US SOME INSIGHT INTO THE BIG RACE.
morning is beautiful with the sun coming up and the fog lying around the lakes. Most of the course is horse farms. It’s not an urban race at all. Major marathons are very concrete and glass, but the Ocala Marathon is fresh air and beautiful scenery. It’s a nice race visually, and we always say you can really “get out of town.”
What is the most rewarding part of working on the Marathon committee?
Where are the runners in this race from? We’ve got three from Europe, in Germany, Denmark and England. We also have two or three from have South America, a couple Canadians and one from Japan. There are also traveling groups like the Marathon Maniacs and the 50 States Club, which does a marathon in every state.
What caliber are these runners? Each distance will have runners from beginners to highly competitive. Whatever distance you pick, there will be people doing their very first 5K or marathon or people who are traveling great distances to try and win.
What makes this race different from others? What makes Ocala different is the horses. They run alongside the runners sometimes, and the
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Being a part of personal achievement. There are many people who put a marathon on their bucket list, and completing 26 miles is a real task. People will train every day for over six months to prepare for this, so we see them finish in tears with their families cheering them on. The most inspiring people are the ones just trying to finish that distance. Also a marathon is kind of the anchor of a big city. You think of Boston and New York, and we want to build that up here.
Do you have any tips for spectators? We’d really like to get more spectators. There will be bleachers at the finish lines, so people are welcome to come and cheer on the runners as they come in. The best places to see the race are the start and finish areas. That’s where the most action is.
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UPCOMING EXHIBITS AT THE APPLETON (ONGOING) The Appleton will host Age of Revolution through January 19, featuring a collection of 19th century works from the Appleton, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art and the Museum of Arts and Sciences. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, a juried exhibit by members of the Ocala Art Group, will run through January 5. Selections from the Florida Watercolor Society’s 42nd Annual Exhibition will be on display through January 19. A Celebration of Japan will premier on January 17 and run through April 13 and will feature a variety of Japanese artifacts and works of art. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. FREE TENNIS PLAY DAYS (THROUGH MAY) During the last Saturday of each month, the Ft. King Tennis Center will host free play for kids 10 and under from noon-1pm at Tuscawilla Park. The program is designed to give kids additional court time in a low-pressure environment. (352) 598-0353. KAYAKING (ONGOING) There will be several kayaking opportunities available throughout the month for all experience levels. For specific program details, visit marioncountyfl.org or (352) 671-8560. DISCOVERY CENTER EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS (ONGOING) The Discovery Center’s children’s programs combine fun with learning. Several programs are available for children of all ages, including Toddlers Explore and Create Scientists. For specific program information, visit mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900.
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For over two decades, the OCALA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA has sponsored an outreach program to foster the careers of young musicians. Now in its 23rd year, the Young Artist Competition once again rounds up the best of the best junior musicians. Each will have a chance to show the judges what they’ve got on January 25. The next day, the finalists will perform live at the Honors Recital at the Charles R. Dassance Fine Arts Center. The selected winners will have the opportunity to perform as soloists with the orchestra in their March performance of Heroes: Bond and Beyond. The Honors Recital will take place from 3-5pm, and admission is $10. ocalasymphony.com or (352) 351-1606.
PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT (JANUARY 3) The Discovery Center will host a parents’ night out. Children can be dropped off at 6:30pm and will watch a film and take part in hands-on activities. Registration is $15 and limited to 25 participants. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900. FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK (JANUARY 3) Hit the streets of downtown Ocala from 6-9pm to see the various artists’ displays, indoor and outdoor vendors, restaurants and much more. (352) 401-3900. ARTS AND CRAFT SHOW (JANUARY 4-5) The 13th Annual Village Craft Fair will take place at Spanish Springs and will host over 175 artists over the course of the two-day festival. A wide variety of arts and crafts will be available to purchase. Admission is free,
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CROP TO CURE (JANUARY 17) Bring your craft of choice to the Marion Extension Auditorium at 6pm for a fun way to meet new people and learn new crafts. Admission is $5 per person, and proceeds benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. (352) 732-5982. 5K RUN/WALK (JANUARY 25) Blessed Trinity School will host a 5K run/walk at the Baseline Trailhead at 5pm. There will also be a kids’ fun run following the 5K. Dryfit shirts will be given out as well as awards, post-race snacks and more. btschool.org or (352) 622-5808.
ECO TRAM TOURS (JANUARY 12, 16, 30) A tram tour of nature trails to see various native wildlife will take place beginning at Sunny Hill Restoration on January 12, Carney Island on January 16 and Ocklawaha Prairie on January 30. Tours begin at 9am and are $8 per person. marioncountyfl.org or (352) 671-8560.
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Taste of the Y
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Taste of the Y, presented by DeLuca Toyota, was held November 17 and featured food samplings from six local restaurants. All proceeds benefited the YMCA. The event was a fundraiser for the WHY I Y community campaign, which raises funds for the centerâ€™s expansion.
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PHOTOS BY RON WETHERINGTON
David & Jayne Ellspermann and Rodger Essery
Reggie Geffrard, Yasmeen Escobar, Sorayah Geffrard, Nadine Escobar and Alaura Devereaux
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Natasha Myers and Phillip Brown Dakota Floyd, Angela & Jim Charles
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