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Behind   The Scenes At IHMC Five years ago, a transformation took place at the old Marion County Library building on Osceola Avenue. Out came the dark, paneled walls and rows of bookshelves, and in went sleek, modern furniture and panels of whiteboard. What, exactly, is going on in there? BY DEBBIE INGRAM Cover illustration by Jason Fugate

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Seasonal specialties at Earth Origins and welcoming Don Chepe’s Café. DININGGUIDE p69

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Named one of the Travel Channel’s top 10 food and wine festivals, The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is serving up flavors from around the world.

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N OCTOBER 5, SKATE-A-WAY SOUTH OPENED ITS DOORS TO THE PUBLIC. IT NOW OPERATES IN THE SAME LOCATION STARLITE SKATE CENTER DID BEFORE CLOSING IN THE 1980S, AND THEY’RE BRINGING BACK THAT SAME NOSTALGIC FEEL. SKATE-A-WAY’S NEW OWNERS ENJOYED THE STARLITE ROLLER RINK BACK IN THE DAY, AND THEY’RE GIVING THE SAME OPPORTUNITY TO THE COMMUNITY OF OCALA.

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Around 7pm, a scuffle happened between Fanny The Seven Sisters Inn does more than its name and her sister, Daisy. The two were pulled apart by suggests. Besides hosting Ocala residents and out-ofdoormen, and Fanny Fay was ushered out the back towners as a bed and breakfast, they began hosting door. We heard two gunshots and jumped. Detectives murder mystery dinner parties just a few months ago. promptly closed down the club preventing anyone A couple of us decided to check it out, and we were from leaving, and so the scene was set for our cast to cast as two flapper girls, one a snarky wallflower and start pointing fingers. We went back to mingling but the other a cigarette vendor. this time with a goal in mind—find the murderer or We showed up at the inn, i.e. “Gatsby’s Speakeasy risk being blamed ourselves. Club,” right at 6pm. We donned our flapper duds Bob and Maria Schmidt, owners of the inn, ambled after work but were blown away by our fellow guests’ between the conversing flappers and gangsters handing costumes. The men wore striped suits, saddle shoes out clues like “ask the woman in the blue headband and fedoras. The ladies brought their A game in about Fanny Fay’s relationship with her husband” in fringed flapper dresses, white gloves, cocktail rings, order to reveal others’ motives. Soon, we were seated feather boas and sequined headbands galore. for a delicious dinner catered by Mesa de After giving the doorman the WE HEARD TWO Notte. We continued chatting over our entrée password, we walked through the door GUNSHOTS AND until the detectives began rounds of questions, and back 90 years right into the infamous JUMPED. DETECTIVES putting everyone in the hot seat. It seemed like roaring ‘20s. Everyone began mingling to get to know the other characters. Each PROMPTLY CLOSED everyone had a motive to kill poor Fanny Fay, person wore a headband or hatband of DOWN THE CLUB but only one person had the means and the a specific color, and we were all given a PREVENTING ANYONE opportunity to make it possible. The killer can’t be revealed of course, cheat sheet of names to correspond with FROM LEAVING. but it’s safe to say we never saw some of the them. They also listed our unique character plot twists coming. At the end of the night, we’d met a information, because in a room brimming with people number of energetic, hilarious people and experienced and jazz music, it can be hard to remember all the facts. As we got to know each other, we also met Fanny a time period unlike any other. Ocala Style’s night at the inn is one we hope our readers will try for themselves. Fay, the girl who would become the murder victim.


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(where the judge must determine if a discovery violation has occurred), Boecher discovery (allowing one side to obtain information about how much money the opposing party has paid their expert witness) and Fabre defendants (the name given to people or businesses not named in a civil lawsuit who may also be responsible for the plaintiff ’s damages). William Richardson, Robert Boecher and Marie Fabre are all real people who initially brought these issues to court THE LAW HAS SEVERAL TERMS THAT ARE NAMED FOR THE INDIVIDUALS WHO through the facts of FOUND THEMSELVES IN THE MIDDLE OF their individual cases. It’s unknown who A UNIQUE LEGAL CONTROVERSY. will present the next set of facts that will ultimately produce a legal precedent Alice, the housekeeper) bearing their name. But, knowing that take up too much storage people are typically in court because space in my head. But, in something is going wrong in their life, the court system, Brady is we must recognize the results are not more appropriately associated always favorable. After all, somewhere with the U.S. Supreme Court out there is a person named Murphy decision in Brady v. Maryland, who introduced us to the concept of 373 U.S. 83 (1963), where the “Murphy’s Law.” Court held prosecutors are required to disclose evidence that may be favorable to the defense. Requiring the prosecution to show all its cards—good or bad—is required by this decision. Thus, the concept of “Brady evidence” was formed. Other examples of (in)famous legal concepts include Richardson hearings

is credited with being the first to diagnose false labor during pregnancy. Personally, I think Susan got a bad rap for being called “lazy” after inventing a creative, rotating table centerpiece. Anyone who grew up in the ‘70s should remember The Brady Bunch television show. The iconic theme song and images of this family of eight (nine if you include

Judge Steven G. Rogers 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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TD Bank’s Charitable Foundation. Helping Hands is a not-for-profit organization that provides housing and assists with food, clothing, medical needs, transportation and more for abused or displaced people, generally women and children. The grant money will help fund a financial literacy and educational advancement project.

The College of Central Florida has recently appointed LOIS BRAUCKMULLER, APR, as director of marketing and public relations. Lois has been employed by CF for seven years, most recently as assistant director of the department. During her tenure at CF, she facilitated communications of CF’s 50th anniversary, an expanded mission to offer baccalaureate degrees, a new name, new branding and much more. She has a Bachelor of Journalism in news editing from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and a Master of Arts in public relations from Webster University. She earned her Accreditation in Public Relations in 2010 and has previously worked at the Ocala Star-Banner and Sarasota Herald Tribune.

DOLLAR GENERAL SUPPORTS LITERACY The DOLLAR GENERAL LITERACY FOUNDATION recently awarded a $2,000 grant to support youth literacy programs to Tutors for Kids, Inc. in Summerfield. “At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of serving others, and it’s exciting to see the real difference literacy and learning makes in people’s lives,” says Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. Since the program began in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded over $84.9 million in grants to nonprofit organizations. Over 4.8 million individuals have been aided in taking their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

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BUSINESS SUCCESS STORY OF LOCAL RESIDENT Ocala resident MARY ALDRIDGE recently earned the title of senior vice president for 5LINX, a telecom, technology and energy company that markets essential products that people use every day. Mary has a background in electrical engineering and had only been with the company for 20 months before earning her promotion. “I am very proud to be with this company that focuses on representatives coming first,” she says. The company was founded on five core principles: vision, integrity, opportunity, freedom and success and is an outstanding member of the Direct Selling Association.

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School’s NATIONAL CHAMP Robotics Team recently compet ed in the FIRST IONSHIPS in St. Louis. Just a ROBOTICS the Engineering few weeks ago, Inspiration Award, the team capture the second most Lauderdale compet d prestigious honor ition. Two years at a Ft. ago, the same team award, the Chairm an’s Award. As captured the most of press time, nationa so no results were prestigious available. l competition was underway,

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E TOMYN spent hours meeting several with more of “town hall” meeting than 500 teachers in a series s. Designed to vision for student share the district’ s success, the meeting face time to ask s also gave teachers the district leader some pretty tough questions. Forest , MTI and West Port High schools hosted the meeting s, which were also links for those provide d via Web unable to attend.

to give… including food for those who need it most. KRISTY CRAIG’s class donated the most items—567 in all, so they won a pizza party for fun and a “brain break” from the classroo m. In all, BSE gave 5,143 pounds of food to Interfai th Services, a true mark of commu nity concern and dedication to those less fortunate.

These youngsters at Saddlewood Ocala igloo on campus thanks to the creative encountered their first KIM FARROW mind of ESE Teacher . Collecting plastic milk, tea and water several months , Farrow jugs over carefully constru cted the life-size igloo over four weeks using 405 containers. Teacher s then used the tangible prop to illustrat e lessons on recycling, earth science and countin g, among other topics.

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REMEMBER 9/11 WITH DIGNITY Representing students throughout their school and across the district, dozens of AIR FORCE JRROTC cadets recently honored the memories of those killed on the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Escorted by sabre and color guards with a giant-sized American flag with cadets at the border as the backdrop, Principal Brent Carson laid a wreath in honor of the 2,977 Americans who lost their lives in the attacks.

RED HOT FOR READING Dress-up day came early for students and staff at ReddickCollier Elementary. To encourage reading in class and at home, Principal JEANNINE MILLS and Assistant Principal JOE SURANNI donned Batgirl and Superman costumes, respectively, and opened their campus after hours to provide kids with reading backpack kits. The goal is 1,000 “steps” per classroom or two steps for every 30 minutes of reading.

UNITING FOR UNITED WAY Marion County Public Schools’ top two administrators donned superhero capes and gear to inspire school personnel to “Be Someone’s Hero.” Superman (aka Superintendent GEORGE TOMYN) and Batman (Deputy Superintendent RICK LANKFORD) recently helped kick off the district-wide UNITED WAY giving campaign. This year, the goal is $250,000 between all schools and district departments.

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PROMOTING PRISM The PRISM PROJECT, or Promoting Regional Improvement in Science and Math, hands out checks and crystal awards to honor students and teachers achieving excellence in these areas. Pictured are science program leaders JACQUA BALLAS (left) and CHRIS HANES (right), along with this year’s winning teachers including JASMINE FINNIE (Emerald Shores), TIM PETERSON (Romeo Elementary), SHIZUKA CAMPAGNA (Osceola Middle) and JANE BEEBE (Forest High). The PRISM Project includes 10 Central Florida school districts serving more than 850,000 students.

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Thousands of elementary students learned fire safety from those who know it best—firefighters. First responders from OCALA FIRE RESCUE and MARION COUNTY FIRE RESCUE reinforced the safety message to “get down, get out, get on the phone” and to call 911 during a fire. These Maplewood Elementary students were up close and personal with county personnel, especially once firefighters donned their bunker gear so kids would know what they look like.

students combined physical education with purpose to celebrate its first-ever PEACE WALK. Community volunteers provided food, fun and games after a mile walk promoting the concept of peace—getting along with each other and those around us at home. Hundreds of third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders participated, proudly showing off their peace posters and chants during the activity.

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"Carl Heise is an extraordinary builder who takes great pride in his projects," says Dr. Riadh Fakhoury. "He never rushes the homeowners but instead allows them to develop their dream home to its fullest potential. He truly is an accomplished builder, patient and very hands on. His attention to detail is immaculate, producing one home at a time, lasting a lifetime. Manal and I highly recommend Carl Heise as a builder extraordinaire." Perhaps Dr. Fakhoury describes Carl best—a builder extraordinaire. A luxury home is far more than four walls and a roof. The

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materials, moldings and creative architectural elements are what set a Heise home apart. It's Carl's attention to detail and unique approach perspective that makes him such a successful builder. He often thinks like an engineer and comes up with suggestions and solutions that are special to every home he builds. As an example on a current project, a 15,000-squarefoot home in south Ocala for Chad and Monica Haufler, the owners didn't want visible gutters but understood the necessity of drawing water away from their home. Carl developed a system of intakes around the perimeter of the home in order to channel any rain runoff away from the house and its foundation. Those channels are what feed a nicely landscaped pond on the property.


“Carl goes above and beyond,” Monica says. “He brings to your job a background that makes him knowledgeable in all the different aspects of construction. For example, Carl altered our truss design giving us an incredible amount of stand-up attic space and allowed for a larger closet for one of my sons. He doesn’t just build a home from the blueprint, he analyzes the construction, making sure your home is built the best it can be. Carl maintains a clean job site and earns respect from his subcontractors. Monica adds that Carl's efforts to smoothly coordinate every detail of their home while also working closely with interior decorator Carolyn Jennings has been exceptional, placing him at the top of his class for estate home builders. “Our relationship quickly evolved from a professional relationship to that of a trusted friend. We have already recommended Carl to family and friends and will continue to do so. A United States Air Force veteran, Carl began his contracting career in the early 1980s as a subcontractor, supervising his own framing crews and providing his

own master carpentry skills to any job when needed. With also an artist's eye, Carl can skillfully craft just about anything out of a few pieces of wood. He's completed intricate bars, elaborate cabinets and doors, and even a one-of-akind sauna. Fortunately for anyone who has worked with Carl, his skill set doesn't stop there. From all phases of construction, his experience is immense and among the best of his peers. "Carl's in-depth experience with carpentry, mechanical knowledge and all other elements that go into home building are unsurpassed in my opinion," says Lance Hill, Carl's brother-in-law and business partner. "I feel like an understudy to Carl, and I don't mind saying that! I don't know of anyone that emphasizes attention to detail more so than Carl." Both licensed contractors,

or remodeling, you're encouraged to be as hands-on as you wish. That "hands-on" approach by both the builder and the client are essential to the completion of a top-quality building project. Each project encompasses informed communication and correspondence with the owners. The goal is to create the uniqueness that each client can imagine with no limits. Every exclusive project is special in its own right. Each client is the director of their own ideas. Simply put, Carl and Lance’s motto is “If you can imagine it, we can build it.” The pair enjoys participating from the earliest stages of planning, and while they envelop themselves with the entirety of the construction process, there is a commitment to clients for a lifetime once their project is complete.

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Five years ago, a transformation took place at the old Marion County Library building on Osceola Avenue. Out came the dark, paneled walls, the rows of bookshelves and that old, dark carpeting, and in went sleek, modern furniture, lots of natural light and panels of whiteboard. The renovation was done so well that it’s the

only remodeled building in Florida to be awarded the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold level certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Ocalans were intrigued, if not somewhat confused, by the strange high-tech organization that quietly set up shop in the old building.

What, exactly, is going on in there?

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BLUE SKY STORY AND PHOTOS BY RONALD W. WETHERINGTON

Auf Wiedersehen Ocala My tale first unfolds with me being driven to Orlando International Airport, flying to Detroit and then, 16 hours later, landing in Beijing where the weather is hot and muggy just like Ocala’s—with one critical difference. The extreme air pollution looks like fog and hangs thick and heavy in the skies. I was last in Beijing in October 1995 and gaze with wonder at the new, massive skyscrapers the Chinese government has since erected. I venture out on the streets and see skeletal men picking for scraps of food in garbage cans. Rickshaws very nearly run me over. The swarm

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of honking automobiles clogs every conceivable inch of the streets. While in Beijing, I visit The Forbidden City, tour the Temple of Heaven and stop at the Summer Palace. Everything is just as I remember it except for the millions of Chinese summertime visitors. The Great Wall of China has not moved since my last visit, so I decide to pass up a tour of this monolithic structure.

Arrive Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia After a fast flight, I arrive in Ulaanbaatar, or UB as it is universally known. UB is the Mongolian capital and sits on the banks of the Tuul River

engulfed by mountains. UB is a bustling metropolis of almost a million people where nomads on horseback fight for space on the roads with cars in the chaotic traffic. I can’t call the roads actual streets because they are more like an interconnection of huge potholes. I am astounded by the dirt and filth. The city grime permeates my skin. The first order of business is sudsing up in a hot shower in the five-star Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace. I am sojourning in Mongolia with Overseas Adventure Travel with whom I have taken numerous trips to far-flung corners of the globe. This Mongolian trip would prove one of my most memorable.


Including myself, there are 15 people in my travel group. Within our small group, a sense of camaraderie is established from the first hello to the last good-bye. Our time in UB is spent visiting notable sites. I do not get the sense that UB is on most touristy destination maps. As Americans, we largely have the city to ourselves commingling with the locals. Arriving at the Ugandan Monastery, we tour Mongolia’s largest and most important center of Buddhism. Among the throng of visitors are worshippers bowing before an enormous Buddha and twirling prayer wheels. After a nondescript lunch, we stop at the Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts, which is home to a collection of Mongolian art through the early 20th century. Zanabazar was a 17th century artist and Mongolia’s first spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism. I marvel at the colorful facemasks. Afterward, the group laboriously ascends the 200 steps to the top of Asian Hill that overlooks a rather modern, communist-era building.

Gorkhi-Terelj National Park Since the days of Genghis Khan, Mongolia has existed as a mythic land of ancient times. The people are deeply spiritual, and nomadic cultures are prevalent. Heavenly landscapes of snowcapped mountains, crystalline lakes, acres

of grassy plains and ancient desert await visitors. Just be advised that this isn’t Paris, London or even Washington, D.C., which are thoughts that pass through my mind more than once as I fly on a Fokker 50 prop plane. Upon landing, we find that we are roughing it in gers, which are traditional felt tents. We stay in a Guru Camp for three nights. If you like camping, then you will like this excursion. I was shown to my private ger, which is a large circular room, and mine has an unusually rare feature—a private bathroom attached by a very low-ceiling hallway. There is a super modern glass shower, steaming hot water and a vanity mirror that was made for people no more than 5 feet tall. Because I am over 6 feet tall, this makes shaving a challenge. I had read that the nomads used dried dung to heat the gers and am vastly relieved to find a stack of extra firewood to burn in the stove located in the center of the tent. As an American, both small and large differences register in my mind. In America, we cherish animals as beloved pets. Here in Mongolia animals are everything but pets. They are used for food—including horsemeat—for transportation and for survival. A pitiful dog is tied to a stake near my tent. He barks and barks at me. I want to go over and feed and pet it, but one woman does and is rewarded with a sharp bite when she turns her back. The dog is used to guard our camp.

We are very far north and even in the summer the weather is chilling. One afternoon we drive to a nomadic horse family. They raise horses for their meat and have at least two hundred head of horses. We watch a demonstration of the nomads milking the mares for the milk that they will later ferment and sell. Sitting in the nomad’s ger, we ask a slew of questions about their daily lives. Just inside the ger is a large leather bladder of mare’s milk fermenting. I am offered a big bowl of fermented mare’s milk of which I take three sips. Fermented mare’s milk is slightly sour, effervescent and of acrid flavor containing alcohol. The milk is not only bitter to the taste but certainly not pasteurized like our American dairy products. Our guide laps up several bowls of the milk. One family that was wealthier than others was a nomadic dairy family. In their ger, they not only have color television where the children watch cartoons but also telephone service, a small refrigerator and Internet access. I wish I could wirelessly plug my tablet computer into their Internet service and reconnect with my friends and family back in Ocala. Homesickness is like that. The people do not speak English and our guide translates. A cow comes to the door and takes a look inside. Next, a fat rat scampers across the door. That night’s dinner is mutton, noodles and a candy bar. I prepare for the return trip to UB.

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Chanting Lamas

The Reindeer Family

We arrive at the Drepung Gomang College and meet with the abbot who was personally appointed by the Dalai Lama and the highest-ranking Buddhist in Mongolia. We are shown into his private office where a translator monk speaks to the abbot in Tibetan, then another monk translates to Mongolian and finally our guide translates into English. We proceed to ask questions for the next hour in this manner, and the abbot is both fascinating and kind. He exudes a sense of peace. The abbot instructs us to not accept so many worldly things that will interfere with our karma in the next life. He speaks of fleeing from Tibet and crossing the Himalayas to escape the Chinese.

The next day, we leave for the airport at 9:30am for an 11am flight that does not actually depart until 1:30pm. Many things run late in Mongolia, and time schedules are often meaningless. There is rain, as the weather changes constantly. We continue onward to our ger camps located at Khovsgol Lake. This is a mythical landscape of evergreen forests, flowering meadows where yaks graze, steepled mountains and pristine lakes and streams. Continuing the next day, we take a speedboat for two hours up the lake finally coming into contact with a reindeer family. They have over 100 horses and 200 reindeer. I am offered a bowl of reindeer milk. It is a thick liquid with a plain but distinctive taste. Reindeer milk is very mild and creamy, and the cheese melts easily in the mouth. I give their 4-year-old boy a laser flashlight that he finds tantalizing. We then continue in the speedboats to the cliffs where we climb to the top to the see the Buddhist monument. At the top, there is a beautiful view of the lake. Upon returning to camp, I am given a two-story wooden house instead of the ger tent and immediately shower and nap before dinner. The next morning at 5:00am (5:00pm Ocala), I am awakened by the women starting the fire downstairs in the living room. It is cold now, as we are over 4,500 feet above sea level. This day, we continue over rutted dirt roads in 4x4 all-terrain vehicles to visit a family of Tsaatans who live in traditional nomadic teepees and survive almost entirely on their reindeer herds. For generations, the Tsaatans have herded their reindeer high in the mountains and through ancient forests. It is a testament to their resolved strength as a people that the Tsaatans have learned to survive in this harsh environment of the taiga. As the grandmother is working over a wooden stove making cheese in a wok, we have another round table discussion in the tent. At one point, the grandmother lights up a cigarette made of Russian tobacco rolled with newspaper. It only took four whiffs of the noxious fumes before I was outside the tent gasping for fresh air. We then say our good-byes and return to our camp on the lake.

After partaking in a 20-minute group meditation, we are taken to an interior room where the lamas’ chants fill the air. The abbot gives me permission to take video and photographs. The chanting continues with men in tall hats striking gongs. It is a unique experience. Next, crawling down the linked potholes through traffic at 15 miles per hour, we arrive once again in UB. We have lunch at a restaurant that looks like the Mongolian version of Cinderella’s castle at Disney World. They charge the same price for a Coca-Cola as they do for a beer, and for each extra roll of bread, there is a surcharge. The only way to describe this place is “tourist trap,” but the Western-style bathrooms are modern and spotless. I try to shop but end up with only a few shirts for myself before returning to the Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace in UB. Exhausted, I order room service before collapsing onto a soft mattress.

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Although only 5 percent of the Gobi Desert is sand, there is much to explore, such as Vulture Valley where I ride a horse next to a stream through the canyons. The Gurvan Saikhan Mountains, deep gorges and the Flaming Cliffs, so named by American paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews in the 1920s near where he found the first nest of dinosaur eggs and other fossils, are stunning. In the Gobi Desert at Moltsog Els, there are sand dunes. After a terrific lunch, we visit with a nomadic family engaged in the breeding of Bactrain camels, which have two humps. The mother offers us camel’s milk. I find it delicious, creamy and rich. This is followed by a cheese curd that has a bitter taste. Finally, we mount our camels for a ride through the desert. I have ridden camels before near the pyramids in Egypt but none as comfortable as these two-humped camels. Lumbering along on my camel, it is an easy and comfortable ride though rather exotic.

My adventure is quickly coming to an end, and during my last night in my ger with the nomads of Mongolia, I reflect. My home in Ocala is exactly 12 time zones away on the other side of the Earth. What a privileged and exceptional life we Americans so nonchalantly take for granted. I think of the kindness of the Mongolian people and their generosity in offering all they had to share. I will never forget the luxury of living among these gentle people. I wish I could linger longer under the spell of the nomadic Mongolian people, but I am bound the next day for UB, then shopping in Beijing and finally home to Ocala. I am rather wistful and yet feel rejuvenated. I know I shall never return but look forward to regaling my friends and family with a new repertoire of Mongolian anecdotes. There is a sadness that shadows my soul as well during my last night among the nomads. They have lived this way for centuries, largely untouched by civilization. But the world is fast encroaching upon them. Even now, many of their children are being sent away from the nomad camps into government-run schools. I wonder if the next generation of Americans visiting Mongolia will only find a trap of tourist remnants and fragments of what was once the authentic nomadic Mongolian lifestyle. As I lay my head down, I wonder where life’s trajectory will take me next. I am an enthusiastic globetrotter. I remember a quote form Henry David Thoreau that I read long ago: “When it is time to die, let us not discover that we have never lived.”

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Super

Seniors WRITTEN BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND / PHOTOS BY JOHN JERNIGAN

Much as I love my career, this thing we call “making a living” sure takes a lot of time and effort. I know I’d never

entirely quit writing—it’s part of who I am—but it would be gratifying to have more time for what I now consider hobbies: riding, crafting, gardening, reading, walking and what I affectionately refer to as “puttering.” Yet when my editors told me to find some “super” seniors, I didn’t find a single “putterer” among them. Every single one is enthusiastically engaged in passions that bring them joy and add meaning to their lives. The hard part wasn’t finding enough people to interview but rather narrowing my list down to just six. Read on to meet these inspiring seniors—one still working full-time and the others actively retired—who are living life to the fullest, impacting others and making the most of every day.

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atrons of Bob Coy’s Fitness Solutions don’t have far to look for motivation. Bob Coy is a living example of his career and lifestyle. The 66-year-old fitness trainer and competitive bodybuilder has a physique that men decades younger would envy. Originally from Salem, Ohio, Bob opened his Ocala training studio in the mid-1990s, but health and fitness have always been a main focus. “I spent eight years in the Air Force and started in the fitness field while still in the military,” says Coy, who became a fitness trainer in 1976. “After my second tour in Vietnam, I got involved with Jack La Lanne’s company. He was my inspiration; I still use a lot of his techniques.” Bob’s clients come from all walks of life, ranging in age from mid-20s to 70s. On an average day, he’ll typically train eight clients in his men-only facility where the one-on-one sessions run approximately an hour. “You have to know your clients; you can’t design a program without knowing them. That’s why it’s an art to be a personal trainer,” says Bob. “I take their lives seriously and know what they can achieve. You take what you have and make it the best you can. The body is like clay; you can mold it through proper exercise, nutrition and consistency.” The studio is sleek and modern; although there’s plenty of exercise equipment, there is no “gym” aroma. Bob shows up at 5am every morning and starts each day with prayer and quiet time, which he credits for his success.

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“You can be in the best physical shape, but without that spiritual component, you’re missing something.” A successful bodybuilder, Bob has won multiple titles, including The Southern States Bodybuilding Competition (over 50 masters), Florida State Masters Bodybuilding Competition (over 50) and the Southeastern USA Bodybuilding Competition (over 60). “I didn’t start competing until age 50. It’s time-consuming and requires discipline, but I wanted to challenge myself to see if at that age I could do it,” says Bob. “Now I’m waiting until I turn 70 to compete in the over 70 age group.” “Bob is a certified trainer, but it’s his tremendous personal experience that really benefits his clients,” says Tammy Coy, Bob’s wife and workout partner, who’s also a certified trainer. Bob has faced sobering health challenges of his own. Heart disease runs in his family; he’s had three heart attacks (doctors say his recovery was helped by his being in such great shape), and he’s also a cancer survivor, having beaten stage IV melanoma, a usually fatal diagnosis. “As we get older, the body ages, but proper exercise will slow that process,” he notes. “That’s why you have a difference between chronological and physiological ages. If you don’t take care of yourself, no one else will.”


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eeing how much joy animals have brought into her life made Marcia Lape, 69, of Ocala, eager to give back. Volunteering with the Humane Society was the obvious choice and has been part of her routine for about 15 years, the last 10 being here in Marion County. Originally from Canada, Marcia and her husband, Karl, moved to south Florida in 1964. “Then Hurricane Andrew blew us to Colorado, but the winters there told us to move back to Florida, and we’ve been in Ocala since 1998,” says Marcia, who also volunteered with the Humane Society in Colorado during the five years they lived there. During her career as a flight attendant with Eastern Airlines, Marcia always loved and had dogs in her life, but it wasn’t until she retired that she was able to devote time to volunteering. Now, she spends three mornings a week working with dogs at the Humane Society of Marion County and also serves on the board of the organization. “I work with a group of volunteers who are mostly retired people, and we train the dogs in basic obedience, teaching them to sit, stay and walk nicely so that when they get adopted they are less likely to have behavior problems,” she explains. “I think the reason we all volunteer here is to try and get the animals adopted. The best thing is seeing an animal that you’ve socialized and that’s been at the shelter for quite a while finally go to a good home. The good thing about volunteering here is that they don’t put the animals down.” Marcia has had several favorites over the years, dogs that made a special impression on her heart. Two of those were pit bulls that she says can be harder to adopt. Both were such sweet dogs that they opened her eyes to realize the breed’s negative stereotype isn’t necessarily true. She was thrilled when both dogs at last found good homes. Marcia’s own two dogs—a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix and a boxer mix—were both adopted from the Humane Society. “Everybody who volunteers here usually ends up adopting a cat or dog or more than one,” she says. Besides helping the animals, volunteering keeps Marcia active and has introduced her to people with similar interests. “You get to meet a lot of very nice people who really care for the animals,” she says, adding that orientation classes are held every month for anyone interested in getting involved with the Humane Society. “We can always use more volunteers and anyone over 16 can volunteer… not just us old folks!”

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ardening has been part of Raymond L. McNeal’s life since he was 7 years old. Now 92, Raymond, who was born in Georgia, has lived in Ocala for 91 years. Following a busy career in the auto parts business (he and two partners started Bi-lo Auto Parts in 1972), he retired in 1987. That’s when his wife, Helen, suggested he join the University of Florida Master Gardener program. (Helen McNeal was a former supervisor of elections in Marion County; she passed away July 6, 2013. The couple was married for 71 years.) Raymond is one of over 100 Master Gardener volunteers who help educate Marion County residents about plants and Florida-friendly landscape techniques. The group consists of volunteers who serve under the direction of the horticulture extension agent, giving of their time and expertise. “I’ve been a Master Gardener for 26 years now,” says Raymond, whose oldest son is Judge Raymond T. McNeal, a familiar name in Marion County. “This gives me a connection with all the latest innovations. I like experimenting with different types of vegetables. They’re developing new varieties all the time, and I like to see them grow. I do grow some flowers but mostly vegetables; that’s my forte. I know how, when and what to grow for Marion County.” In addition to teaching through the Master Gardeners program, Raymond often has people who call him directly for gardening

advice. He’s always ready to share his abundant knowledge and problem-solving suggestions. Raymond tends a 100-foot by 100-foot garden every spring and fall. In late August, he’d just finished planting his fall garden, putting in a wide variety, such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, spinach, several tomato varieties, carrots, beets, mustard greens, turnip greens and radishes. Those that don’t require meticulous spacing are sowed as seeds directly into the ground. With plants that need to be spaced carefully, he starts growing them in flats, then transfers to pots and finally transplants them into the garden. Not only does his garden produce vegetables that are superior to store-bought ones, some varieties aren’t even available at the local grocery stores. Raymond also maintains 48 muscadine vines, including 22 varieties, which people come and pick when ripe. He enjoys eating the fruits of his labor and regularly shares his garden surplus with friends and family. In late summer, that included different varieties of sugar cane, some for making cane syrup and others for chewing. (Raymond says Simpson Green is one of the best for chewing because it’s so sweet.) “I have something growing year-round. At my age, I’m not as active as I was, but I get plenty of exercise doing it,” says Raymond, who typically spends two to three hours a day tending his garden. “Gardening is a good outdoor activity,” he adds with a sly smile. “Plants don’t talk back to you, and they don’t ring a phone.”

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or Gwen Randle of Morriston, horses have always been a passion. At 73, she’s more active than ever, learning a new discipline of cutting and continuing to pursue her love of trail riding and competing. “Being active as you get older is extremely important; it keeps you young and keeps your weight down, which keeps you healthier. Learning new stuff keeps your mind alert,” adds Gwen. But the truth is she rides because she loves it. Born in New York City, Gwen was raised in New Jersey and moved to the Ocala area in 1999, but her fascination with horses started in elementary school.” My twin sister, Lynn, and I took riding lessons, but I was the chubby kid and they would never let me lope, so I finally quit,” she recalls. When Gwen was in her early 30s, her 12-year-old son expressed an interest in riding. Gwen signed him and herself up for lessons and six months later bought her first horse, a mare named Jody Jill. “I would ride her in the morning, and my son would ride her in the afternoon; that horse got a lot of riding!” laughs Gwen. Divorce brought changes, including the sale of Jody Jill. Gwen owned several other horses through the years before she became so busy as a mother and with working fulltime as a nurse that she had to put horses on the back burner. After moving to Florida, Gwen married Charlie Randle in 2005, a man who shares her love of riding. She went through a couple horses before Hank came into her life. The 15-yearold Quarter Horse gelding is easy-going, trustworthy and extremely versatile. Gwen has shown him in trail and pleasure classes but especially loves obstacle challenge competitions where Hank’s dependable nature shines. (That’s a good thing, as one of the obstacles includes standing quietly while a gun is shot next to him!) Having watched Charlie and their friends compete in cutting, Gwen wanted in on the action. She began taking lessons

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going to clinics to learn this exciting sport in which horse and rider must “cut” individual cattle out and keep the animal from returning to the group—something that is easier said than done. It involves skillful riding and lightning fast reflexes on the horse’s part. Once the heifer or steer is cut out, the rider drops his/her hand on the horse’s neck and from that point, the horse takes over. “Once you drop your hand, you’re not in control anymore; your horse is. You just have to hold on and stay out of the horse’s way. It’s fastpaced and very challenging. It’s different from any kind of riding I’ve ever done,” says Gwen, who uses a different horse, Pepper, for cutting. Although Gwen and Pepper practice cutting every week, trail riding remains a priority. She usually rides Hank three or four days a week, riding for two to four hours at a time. Her trusty horse excels at trail riding even though he lost an eye to infection several years ago. “He’ll still do anything I ask,” says Gwen. “I’m so proud of him!”

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“It took quite a while to mend from that,” says Barry, who never suspected he would face even greater challenges. When he and his wife, Cora, were living in North Carolina from 1993 to 2003, Barry took at job with the state’s recreation department maintaining rest areas along the interstate highways. On one particular afternoon in June 2000, he was planting flowers at a rest stop. A passing driver in an older model van lost control of his vehicle when one of the tires blew. “I heard someone yell, ‘Watch out!’” recalls Barry, who had no time to run. The van rolled, striking several of his co-workers and landing on top of him. Fit and athletic, Barry was 61 at the time and in great physical shape, but he was no match for a full-size vehicle. “When the van flipped over on me, it broke and crushed my legs, shattered my pelvis, broke my left arm, cracked several ribs, damaged disks in my back and caused serious internal injuries,” he remembers. “It hit everything but my head.” Doctors later told him they’d never operated on anyone still alive with the extent of his internal injuries. “When I came to, I told the person helping me, ‘I don’t think I’m going to make it,’” Barry remembers. “I said, ‘Lord, you’ve got to help me.’ I know I’m here today because of that.” After months in a nursing home and rehabilitation center, Barry was in and out of the hospital for two years as his body healed and he learned to walk again. A widower since his wife of 53 years passed away in 2008, Barry has three sons, one daughter and 13 grandchildren. “Looking back at that last accident, I think, how did I make it? I know I was supposed to reach out and help others. The Lord has really blessed me; I feel like I have to give something back,” says Barry. “I’m slowing down, but I have no regrets. It’s been quite a trip.”


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Diane’s current horse is “Second Glance,” a halfThoroughbred, 1/4 Saddlebred, 1/4 Belgian gelding. Earlier this year, she lost her beloved dog, a part Lab named “Maggie,” but this summer she adopted “Nola,” another Lab. Although she’s painted with oils and acrylics for many years, she also does watercolors; her favorite medium is probably colored pencil, which she started doing in the late ‘90s. She took lessons at Red Swan for years before that business closedv and continues to take lessons from the teachers, Kelli Huff and Carlynne Hershburger, who have moved to another location. “I like the critique you get in a class and how you glean ideas from other people. It’s mentally therapeutic, and I’ve also made good friends there,” says Diane. “Once you learn basic techniques, you develop your own style.” Animal lover that she is, four-legged subjects are common in her paintings and drawings. “I basically paint things with fur,” laughs Diane, whose primary subjects are dogs and horses. “I usually work from a photo given to me by the owner. I want to show the realism and character of the animal but don’t want it to look just like a photograph. I prefer doing a painting where the animal is doing something natural that shows its character, like a horse biting at a fly, rather than a ‘mug shot’ just standing there posing.” Diane can easily invest 25 hours in a colored pencil drawing, which usually takes longer than painting, but she rarely keeps track of her time. “If I don’t have a commission, I just draw or paint as I’m inspired. And I get inspired very easily just by seeing a photo,” notes Diane. On one occasion, that’s exactly what happened when she was at her vet’s office. She saw a thank you note and photo written by a pet’s owner whose dog had passed away. She was so taken with the dog in the photo that she made a copy of it and did a colored pencil drawing, which she took to the vet, who gave it to the owners. “I never knew them, but I just wanted to do this,” says Diane. “The most satisfying thing for me about my art is making someone else happy.”


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F CELL PHONES COULD TALK, BOY WOULD THEY HAVE SOME DIRTY SECRETS. RECENT RESEARCH FROM THE ECOLOGY CENTER OF MICHIGAN FOUND THAT OF 36 OF THE MOST POPULAR MOBILE DEVICES, EACH ONE WAS MANUFACTURED USING AT LEAST ONE OF FIVE TOXINS, INCLUDING BROMINE, LEAD, CADMIUM, CHLORINE AND MERCURY. Although these risky chemicals won’t harm phone users, they could harm the environment when tired old phones get tossed into landfills. Instead of trashing sorry cells, find a recycling or take-back program nearby. Many organizations accept used phones and provide them to those in need, like victims at women’s shelters, to call authorities in an emergency. Visit electronicstakeback.com for information on how technology affects ecology as well as local drop-offs for used devices.

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EOPLE WITH DIABETES, BOTH TYPE 1 AND TYPE 2, MUST BE VIGILANT WHEN IT COMES TO FOOT AND WOUND CARE. UNCHECKED, WOUNDS CAN QUICKLY BECOME INFECTED, BECOME ULCERS AND LEAD TO SERIOUS COMPLICATIONS, INCLUDING AMPUTATION.

There are two factors that contribute to this scary scenario. One, diabetes causes poor circulation, which inhibits the healing of wounds. Two, many people with diabetes also suffer nerve damage (neuropathy) in their feet, which reduces sensation and early awareness of a wound. And for people with diabetes, any wound can be serious and should be treated immediately. According to the American Diabetes Association, the rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for those without the disease.

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CAUSE FOR CONCERN CALLUSES/CORNS: For people with

diabetes, even calluses and corns are not simple matters, as they are often precursors to more serious foot ulcers. To keep calluses in check, gently use a pumice stone on wet skin, then apply lotion afterward. Don’t use over-thecounter callus/corn products that could burn the skin. Calluses and corns that grow too large will have to be cut off by your health care provider.

FOOT ULCERS: Usually develop on ball and sides of foot, as well as bottom of the big toe. Left untreated, foot ulcers become infected and can lead to surgery, even amputation.

RED ALERT GANGRENE: This Greek word means “dead tissue,” and the condition occurs when blood flow is blocked to a part of the body, often leading to amputation of the limbs. For people with diabetes, gangrene often happens in the toes, particularly the big toe. Warning symptoms of gangrene include numbness, swelling, shriveling up of skin, brown/black skin discoloration, pus/foul smell, cold sensation and fever. If you or anyone you know has diabetes and any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately.


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THE FACTS ON FOOT CARE Check Your Feet Daily

Go over your feet carefully, tops, bottom and in between toes. If flexibility is an issue, a handheld mirror is a great aid. Look for blisters, corns, calluses, cuts, cracks and sores. Any break in the skin can be a pathway for infection.

Keep It Smooth

Dry, cracked heels are common in people with diabetes thanks to high blood glucose levels. It’s best to use non-greasy moisturizers like overthe-counter Cetaphil, Eucerin or Aquaphor to keep cracked heels at bay. Remember, infection-causing bacteria and fungus just need one little crack to sneak in!

»» Wash small cuts

Keep ‘Em Clean

Keeping your feet clean is important to ward off any infections. You can gently soak your feet in warm soapy water, but only for a few minutes. Soaking for too long in too hot water will dry your feet too much, leading to cracking skin, as well as possibly causing scalding damage. Make sure you dry your feet thoroughly, as moisture can open the door to fungal infections. Apply a light lotion afterward to your feet but not between the toes to avoid moistureloving bacteria and fungus.

The Magic Of Massage

A good way to improve blood circulation is a good foot massage. You can do it yourself, get someone you know to do it or go to a professional massage therapist. There are also personal deep massager units available through health supply companies.

or wounds with over-the-counter normal saline.

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antibiotic such as Neosporin immediately, then two to three times over the course of the day.

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light gauze bandage, and keep pressure off the area.

Trim Those Nails

Cut your toenails straight across and file edges with emery board/nail file. If your toenails are thick and yellow or ingrown, you should have your health care provider/podiatrist trim them.

»» If cut/wound

doesn’t heal within a couple of days, call your doctor immediately!

Be Picky About Footwear

Tight, pointy and high-heeled shoes are not compatible with circulation-impaired diabetic feet. Well-fitted athletic shoes generally work well, but always be sure to gradually break in new shoes to avoid blisters. Check with your health care provider and insurance company about free therapeutic shoe programs for diabetics. Wear socks with your shoes, but make sure they aren’t tight around your ankles to avoid swelling. There are many companies that make socks especially for people with diabetes. And never go barefoot—you don’t want to risk a cut or a bruise. Sources: diabetes.org; webmd.com

DIY WOUND TREATMENT

Pedicure Predicaments

Many health care providers recommend that diabetic patients avoid getting pedicures in nail salons, where there is a possible risk of contracting an infection through an inadvertent nick or cut. Getting a pedicure is a personal choice, but just be sure to let the pedicurist know you have diabetes. Also check out the salon tools for cleanliness, and make sure the displayed certification license is current.

Be Active

Mild to strenuous weight-bearing aerobic exercise like walking or jogging is the gold standard for improving blood circulation. Non-weight bearing exercise like biking, swimming or using an elliptical machine is also good.

ULCER URGENCY Foot ulcers, uninfected or infected, should be treated by a doctor and time is of the essence to avoid serious complications. Your doctor may decide that debridement, a procedure to clear the ulcer area of dead tissue and skin, is necessary. Medication and dressing may be applied, and a course of antibiotics may be prescribed. It also may be necessary to take pressure off the ulcerated area with the use of a brace, walker, crutch, special footgear or wheelchair.

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WANT HEALTHY TEETH? WATCH WHAT YOU EAT! W

HEN WE EAT OR DRINK, A CHEMICAL REACTION IMMEDIATELY BEGINS IN OUR MOUTHS. THE BACTERIA IN OUR MOUTHS CONVERT THE SUGAR OR STARCH TO ACIDS. THESE DASTARDLY ACIDS ERODE PROTECTIVE TOOTH ENAMEL AND PRODUCE TOXINS THAT LEAD TO DECAY-CAUSING PLAQUE. LEFT UNCHECKED, NEXT COMES CAVITIES AND GUM DISEASE.

And this cycle repeats itself every time you eat or drink! But this doesn’t mean you have to give up eating to save your pearly whites. Mother Nature did provide us with saliva, our own natural mouthwash that contains acid-neutralizing bicarbonate and enamel-friendly calcium and phosphate. But even with saliva on board, you have to be savvy about what you put in your mouth. Here’s a primer at good and bad food/ drinks when it comes to having healthy teeth.

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ALL SMILES APPLES, PEARS & VEGGIES: Raw crunchy fruits and veggies have a high water content, which helps minimize their acid-causing sugar content, and they also stimulate the flow of good ol’ saliva. CHEESE/MILK: Dairy products’ calcium and phosphorus content help replace acid-eroded minerals in tooth enamel. Try eating a piece of cheddar cheese, which has the highest alkaline level of all the cheeses, after a meal to reduce the acid reaction.

WATER/GREEN TEA: A good swish with a mouthful of water after a meal can help keep the bacteria level down until you can brush and floss. Green tea, preferably unsweetened, contains bacteria-killing catechins that zap plaque and bad breath.

FROWN WORTHY CITRUS FRUITS: Tomatoes (yes, it’s a fruit), lemons, oranges and other citrus fruits are highly acidic, so it’s best to eat them with other food to minimize their direct affect on your teeth. DRIED FRUIT: Drying fruit ups its sugar content, increasing the acid reaction in your mouth. Plus, it sticks to your teeth like gummy candy, promoting cavities.

COOKIES/CANDY/SWEETS: You knew this one was coming. Most of these foods are highly processed carbohydrates and full of sugar, which fuel bacteria growth in the mouth. Sucking on sugary

hard candies and mints continuously coats the teeth with sugar, opening up a superhighway to tooth decay!

SOFT DRINKS/COFFEE: Both sugared and diet soft drinks are acidic with the former providing a double whammy. Same for coffee. Plus, many people sip on these drinks throughout the day, providing a steady stream of sugar and acid to their innocent teeth!

NATURAL SWEETENERS: Check food labels for honey, molasses, fructose, evaporated cane sugar, rice syrup or barley malt. These added sweeteners are sugar-in-disguise and just as harmful to teeth.

Sources: webmd.com;totalhealthdentalcare.com;ada.org

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HALTING THE HAIR LOSS

BEYOND A BAD HAIR DAY M

EN SEEM TO GET ALL THE ATTENTION WHEN IT COMES TO HAIR LOSS WOES. BUT ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DERMATOLOGY, 30 MILLION WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES HAVE SOME FORM OF HEREDITARY HAIR LOSS. AND 40 PERCENT OF WOMEN HAVE VISIBLE HAIR LOSS BY AGE 40. The normal hair growth cycle is a complicated one that can be thrown askew by hereditary, health and environmental conditions. On average, we lose 50-100 strands of hair a day; 250 when we wash our hair. But if you start to notice more hair than usual in your hairbrush and/or on your pillow, there may be cause for concern. Other signs of significant hair loss include seeing more of your scalp than normal when you pull your hair back, thinning on top third to one half of the scalp and a gradually widening part. If you start to consistently notice these signs, it might be time to call your dermatologist.

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Treatments include medications that include Rogaine (minoxidil 2%), the only FDA-approved treatment for women’s hair loss. The liquid is applied twice a day directly to the scalp with expected results in in three to four months.

TYPES OF HAIR LOSS ANDROGENETIC ALOPECIA: Also known as female pattern hair loss, this is a

hereditary condition and the most common kind of hair loss that affects 50 percent of women. Usually occurs in late 50s or 60s but can happen at younger ages, even during teenage years.

ALOPECIA AREATA: Immune system attacks hair follicles, causing clumps of hair to fall out and leaving smooth, round hairless patches; also presents as thinning or breaking hair. Most common in those under 20.

TELOGEN EFFLUVIUM: Caused by a stressful/traumatic event like major surgery, childbirth, severe infection that disrupts hair growth cycle. Major hair loss can happen six weeks to three months afterward. ANAGEN EFFLUVIUM: Commonly caused by chemotherapy and stops hair growth.

TRACTION ALOPECIA: Localized trauma to hair follicles caused by braiding, tight ponytails, cornrows, etc.

TAMING THINNING HAIR Shampoo with sulfate-free products, and use volumebuilding conditioner. If you color your hair, use semi-permanent hair products that don’t contain ammonia or peroxide. Get a gentle body perm wave rather than a regular permanent wave. Use volumizing products that don’t contain paraffin (beeswax).

NON-HEREDITARY HAIR LOSS CAUSES HORMONE IMBALANCES: Women’s hormone levels are affected by pregnancy, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and menopause. HEALTH CONDITIONS: Thyroid disorders, anemia, autoimmune diseases, seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis.

MEDICATIONS: Anticoagulants, statins, antidepressants, amphetamines, beta-

blockers, birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, anabolic steroids, corticosteroids, anti-inflammatories.

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LOOKINGWELL

Never blow dry hair when it’s sopping wet and most fragile, and keep direct heat away from hair. Avoid hair styles that require using flat irons, curling irons and curl-relaxing products. Eat hair-healthy foods like salmon, oysters, walnuts, eggs, sweet potatoes, spinach, poultry and Greek yogurt.

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VER SHY AWAY FROM ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS? THEIR UNAPPEALING AFTERTASTES AND TENDENCY TO BRING ON HEADACHES MEAN THEY DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD. THE TIME HAS COME TO REPLACE HARDTO-LOVE SWEETENERS WITH THE NEWEST NO-CAL SUGAR SUBSTITUTE ON THE SHELVES: MONK FRUIT EXTRACT. MONK FRUIT IS A MELON FOUND IN SOUTHERN CHINA WHERE IT HAS BEEN SWEETENING DISHES AND DRINKS FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS. LIKE ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS, MONK FRUIT EXTRACT HAS NO CALORIES, BUT IT EARNS EXTRA POINTS FOR BEING ALL-NATURAL AND CALORIE-FREE. WHAT WILL FLORIDIANS LOVE ABOUT THIS MODERN-DAY MONK? UNLIKE SUGAR AND MOST GRANULATED SWEETENERS, IT DISSOLVES IN HOT AND COLD LIQUIDS. FINALLY, WHEN THE TEA ISN’T SWEET ENOUGH, MONK FRUIT CAN SET THE SWEETNESS STRAIGHT.

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HETHER YOU’RE LACTOSEINTOLERANT OR JUST LOOKING TO CUT BACK ON DAIRY, YOU HAVE OPTIONS! THERE ARE A NUMBER OF NEW DAIRY MILK ALTERNATIVES ON THE MARKET—SOME MORE REMINISCENT OF TRADITIONAL COW’S MILK AND SOME WITH A TASTE ALL THEIR OWN. HERE’S A LOOK AT WHAT ELSE YOU’LL FIND IN THE MILK AISLE.

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NUT MILKS: ALMOND, CASHEW, HAZELNUT AND BLENDS

Nut milks are a good alternative to dairy milk if you’re looking to cut calories. The unsweetened versions usually contain 30-40 calories per cup. They are generally high in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E and magnesium and have a slightly nutty flavor. On the downside, protein content is low (about 1 gram per cup) as is calcium unless fortified. Compared with whole milk, they are a bit watery, but if you’re used to skim, the difference is slight.

SEED MILKS: HEMP AND FLAX

A little harder to find, these two milks are new to the “milkalternative” family. Hemp milk is high in omega-3 and -6 fatty acids (though not the same found in fish oil) and is higher in protein than most other alternatives (about 4 grams per cup). It has a rich, creamy texture that is attractive to cow’s milk converts. Flax milk is low in fat and calories but is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids and, when enriched, high in calcium. It’s a good choice for dieters but offers practically no protein. The unsweetened versions’ tastes and textures are most reminiscent of cow’s milk.

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Coconut milk is creamy in texture and tastes very, well, coconutty! It’s a great source of B12, and although it does contain plenty of healthy fats, it also contains a fair amount of saturated fat (about 5 grams per cup). It’s also low in protein and tends to solidify and separate unless kept warm.

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• Look for fortified or enriched versions. • Unsweetened versions taste more like cow’s milk and are lower in calories. • Most milk alternatives can be used as a replacement in baking with the exception of oat and hemp milks. • Milk alternatives are not suitable as infant formulas. • With the exception of rice milk, most of these are not safe for people with nut allergies.

Both of these milks come with a naturally high sugar content. Oat milk is a good source of vitamin E and folic acid. Oats are part of a heart-healthy diet, but avoid this beverage if you are gluten-sensitive. The texture is a bit thin, and thickeners are often added. It’s also important to buy organic, as conventional oats are very high in pesticide residue. Rice milk is sweet, creamy and vegan-friendly. However, with recent debates over the safety of rice and arsenic contamination, organic is your best choice and even then may not be as “clean” as it should be.

DON CHEPE’S CAFÉ opened

in September at the corner of SE 25th Avenue and SE 17th Street/SE Maricamp. Owner Jose Moreno is no stranger to Ocala’s restaurant community, having been chef at Bella Luna for 10 years, then opening Uptown Grill, which evolved into the delightful Italian fine dining spot Mesa de Notte. Don Chepe’s grew from Moreno’s desire to open a Latin American eatery featuring © bonchan/shutterstock.com foods he grew up on in El Salvador. The menu offers many authentic Central American dishes, all fresh and handmade. Open 7am10pm daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dine-in or take-out. Catering also available. 2506-A SE 17th St., Ocala (352) 622-1300 donchepes.com

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If you’re thinking of a special dessert for your fall event, you’ll find it at Betty Cakes Bakery & Café, but © kentoh/shutterstock.com order early! In addition to their regular menu desserts, Betty Cakes features seasonal favorites such as their Sweet Potato Pie with Pumpkin Mousse and their delicious Continued on page 68


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Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille Is Dishing Out Holiday Specials The distinctive, bold flavors of Bourbon Street make their way 565 miles east to one of Ocala’s premier restaurants, Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille.

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esiding on Ocala’s downtown square since 1995, Harry’s has long been creating an inviting atmosphere full of character where locals can enjoy fresh, flavorful entrées. Creole, Cajun and Southern flavors are combined with Harry’s special twist to conjure delectable seafood, poultry, pork and beef dishes. This holiday season, Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille is dishing up some great specials. You can have it all with Harry’s Holiday Trio. Enjoy tender, grilled filet medallions topped with delicately fried lobster and finished with a New Orleans-style sherry cream sauce and served with their shrimp scampi pasta. Or, try Harry’s Abita Root Beer Glazed Pork Chop. A prime bone-in pork chop topped with a New Orleans inspired root beer glaze served with southern-fried mac and cheese. Also on the menu this holiday season

is Harry’s Salmon Rockefeller. Perfectly grilled Atlantic salmon topped with spinach, bacon, Parmesan cheese and a champagne cream reduction. This dish is served with a generous helping of Harry’s smashed potatoes. The flavor doesn’t stop there, though. Make sure to save room for one of Harry’s sweet desserts. Indulge in some of the season’s most iconic flavors with Harry’s winterberry cobbler. A sweet blend of raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries with a hint of Grand Marnier lies beneath a crumbly pastry and vanilla ice cream. Harry’s pumpkin martini features all of your favorite holiday spices blended into this adult version of pumpkin pie! If you’re having a hard time scratching off a few names on your gift list, Harry’s can help. Consider giving

Harry’s Holiday Trio - Filet, Shrimp & Lobster

the gift of great New Orleans inspired food this holiday season with Harry’s gift cards. Because it’s the season for giving, Harry’s Seafood Bar and Grille is giving you a $30 free gift card with every $100 you purchase in gift cards. Offer will be good from November 1 through December 24.

Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille 24 SE 1st Ave, Ocala (352) 840-0900 hookedonharrys.com

Wayne’s Brick City Café 10 NE 1st Street, Ocala / (352) 629-4700 Mon-Fri 7a-2p / Delivery Downtown Area 9a-1:30p

Wayne’s Brick City Café is a local favorite. Find out why! The specialty salads, including chicken, pasta and taco salad are out of this world, and guests can create their own salad plate, served with their choice of salad combinations. Also on the menu are a tasty variety of burgers and dogs and a great selection of sandwiches. For the early birds, breakfast is served from 6:30-11a. A great start to any day with menu items ranging from omelets and eggs benedict to French toast and sausage gravy and biscuits. Dine indoors or out in the secluded courtyard area. Brick City Café is known for its friendly service and cozy environment.

Call ahead for takeout, and delivery is available to the downtown area.

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Pumpkin Roll. Located inside the charming boutique Your Heart’s Desire, the café is open Monday-Friday from 10am-5pm and until 4pm on Saturday. Go to their Facebook page to see lunch specials and the “cake of the day.” The café is closed the day before Thanksgiving to accommodate people picking up pies and cakes they’ve ordered. 1915 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala (352) 622-3727 facebook.com/ BettyCakesCafe

FEELING SAUCY? CHEDDAR BACON ALE DIP

AVOCADO CUMIN YOGURT DIP Tired of the same old ranch and spinach dips? This creamy concoction pairs well with vegetables of all kinds as well as crackers, bread and pretzel chips.

If three better flavors exist, we need to see proof. Mix them together and this ooey gooey dip is one to be reckoned with. Serve it in a small slow cooker to keep it warm for the entire party. 6 3 1 2

slices bacon, diced tbsp flour (12-ounce) bottle amber ale tsp Dijon mustard

4 oz cream cheese, diced 2 cups sharp cheddar 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha sauce Salt and pepper to taste

In a large pan over medium heat, cook bacon until crispy. Remove from pan, and drain on paper towels. Retain a few tablespoons of bacon fat in pan. Stir in flour, cooking for 1 minute. Whisk in beer, stirring occasionally as the mixture thickens. Whisk in mustard. Turn down heat to low. Add in cream cheese. Add cheddar by handful. Stir until dip is completely melted and hot throughout. Recipe and photo courtesy of Erin Sellin, dinnersdishesanddesserts.com.

BLACKBERRY HONEY MUSTARD For a fruity twist on boring old honey mustard, try this sauce as a delicious topper to all the same foods but with a hint of blackberry sweetness. 1/3 2 2 1

cup fresh blackberries tbsp Dijon or country-style mustard tbsp honey tbsp organic mayonnaise

Place clean blackberries in bowl, and crush with the back of a fork. Add mustard and honey, mixing well. Add mayo, and stir until uniform consistency with no lumps. Recipe and photo courtesy of Carissa Bonham of Creative Green Living, creativegreenliving.com.

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2 tbsp fresh lime juice 1 tbsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp salt 3 ripe peeled avocados, seeded 1 minced garlic clove

3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt 1/2 cup chopped onion 3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro 1 tbsp chopped seeded jalapeno pepper

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Place all contents into blender or food processor. Pulse until smooth. Empty contents into bowl, and serve. Recipe and photo courtesy of Lisa Riedl and Anna Schaber, garnishwithlemon.com.

THAI PEANUT SAUCE This Thai tradition adds flavor to any dish but is especially tasty with tempura or an exciting alternative to ranch on a raw veggie platter. Now you can serve it up at home, on demand. 2 2

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tsp paprika tsp sesame seeds tsp soy sauce tsp hot sauce tsp sesame oil Salt to taste

Heat sesame oil in frying pan. Once warm, add paprika and sesame seeds. Once seeds begin to crackle, add milk and peanut butter. Combine well. Add hot sauce, soy sauce and salt. Stir on medium heat for 2 minutes; then serve hot or cold.

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HARVEST MARKET DELI & PRODUCE

Great news for fans of Harvest Market Deli & Produce… they’ve opened a second location! The original location on 36th Avenue will remain, and the new shop is near the heart of Ocala on the “S” curve in the building that formerly housed Great American Coffee Roasters. Owner Eddie © Jill Chen / shutterstock.com LaPuma has increased the menu options for the new location, which features breakfast, lunch and dinner. Harvest Market has a number of popular menu items but also features seasonal dishes. Both locations sell the fresh produce Harvest Market is known for, and the new location even has curbside service for pick-up orders. 3751 SE 36th Ave.,Ocala 816 S Magnolia Ave., Ocala (352) 624-2636 Continued on page 70


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Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse 3405 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-3151 / tonysushi.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p / Fri & Sat 11a-11p / Sun Noon-10p With abundant menu choices and over 100 off-menu rolls, you certainly won’t run out of options at Tony’s Sushi. If you can’t decide, the waitstaff is excellent at suggesting items you’re sure to enjoy. Every roll and sushi dish is made to order from the freshest ingredients. In the steakhouse area, highly trained chefs prepare a memorable meal as they cook on the tableside grills, preparing chicken, steak or seafood just the way you like it. Entrées include soup or salad and rice. Family-friendly, casual atmosphere, along with a full bar, including imported Japanese sake and beer selections. Like us

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World of Beer 2751 W Torch Lake Drive, The Villages / (352) 633-9519 / worldofbeerusa.com Sun-Fri 11a-Midnight / Sat 10a-Midnight Attention local beer enthusiasts, your newest favorite watering hole is now open. Serving 38 varieties of beer on draught and an additional 525 types of bottled beer, the World of Beer in The Villages doesn’t skimp on selection. Show up on a Friday or Saturday and enjoy live music while you try a new brew and munch on delicious appetizers like their soft German pretzel, crispy beer-battered onion rings or Guinness bratwurst sliders. And what’s better than sipping on some of the world’s best beer? Bragging about it.

Join the World of Beer’s Loyalty Card program, which tallies up the beer you’ve tried and showcases it for bragging rights. As part of the loyalty program, members receive merchandise, discounts and giveaways. Our gift cards make the perfect holiday gift!

Braised Onion 754 NE 25th Ave, Ocala / (352) 620-9255 Tue-Thu 11a-9p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-8p OPEN THANKSGIVING DAY! The holidays are just around the corner. Join us with your family and friends for our Annual Thanksgiving Buffet... We’ll be serving from 11am-6pm, so call ahead for reservations! Adults, $26.50 and Children 10 & Under, $12.95. Whether at your place or in our beautifully decorated banquet room that seats 90, Marge Newsom-Felix can help you plan your event so that you can relax and enjoy your party! No group is too big or too small! The Braised Onion is a Taste of Ocala Winner for Best of Taste, People’s Choice and Best Presentation. The talented Chef Felix is the current recipient of the Culinary Combat Iron Chef Award.

Live Jazz with Rudy Turner every Wednesday & Friday.

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1. SEA SALT. Anything salt can do, sea salt can do

better. It’s great for everything, even baking, and it’s always available at your neighborhood grocery store.

2. BLACK PEPPER. Buy a peppercorn grinder and use whole peppercorns instead of the pre-ground stuff. Not only is the flavor stronger, but you won’t need nearly as much. You’ll never go back to those little cardboard shakers again.

3. CINNAMON.

This sweet stuff is your best friend for baking, but it can also lend an interesting twist to meatloafs and stews. Stir some into coffee grounds to add a seasonal feel to your morning cup. It’s also a tasty addition to curries, adding an extra layer of flavor and upping your master chef status.

4. CHILI POWDER.

One dash and suddenly dinner packs an extra punch. Chili powder is the go-to additive for a spicy kick. Cayenne powder or red pepper flakes will do the same job with varied flavors, so if heat is your thing, experiment with them all.

5. CURRY POWDER. Because it tends to be a blend of around a dozen spices, sweet or spicy curry powders are all-purpose and can save a ton of cabinet space.

6. CUMIN.

This little spice is quite the globetrotter, and it’s essential to many cuisines from Mexican to Indian and even Caribbean. Don’t get caught without this hombre on taco night.

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OST STORE-BOUGHT SPICE RACKS HOLD 12 TO 16 BOTTLES, BUT WITH ALL THE FLAVORS IN THE WORLD, HOW CAN YOU NARROW THEM DOWN TO A 4X4 CANISTER ORGANIZER? CONSIDERING THE ENDLESS ARRAY OF SPICES, SWEETENERS AND SEASONINGS THAT ARE OUT THERE, WHICH ONES ARE ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL? WHETHER YOU’RE JUST STARTING OUT OR SCALING DOWN TO A SMALLER SPACE, HERE ARE A DOZEN SPICE CABINET ESSENTIALS YOU SHOULDN’T BE COOKING WITHOUT.

7. ONION OR GARLIC POWDER. If you’re keeping

an eye on your sodium intake, these seasonings could be your new best friends. Like salt, they act as flavor enhancers when added to a dish. Just don’t be too liberal.

8. THYME.

The essential flavor saver, thyme is the workhorse of the spice cabinet. It’s a major player in French, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine and goes well on meats and veggies of all kinds.

9. ROSEMARY.

This little herb has been a Mediterranean staple for thousands of years and should receive a seat of honor in your spice cabinet for its services. Rosemary is the ideal herb for poultry, soups, breads and even some drinks.

10. OREGANO. Known as “the pizza spice,” oregano also pulls its weight flavoring pastas, vegetables and seafood dishes. In a pinch, it’s a great substitute for thyme.

11. STEAK RUB. Save yourself some time playing

mix master by keeping a pre-made spice on hand. The flavors are perfectly blended, which means no time or poorly seasoned meat will be wasted.

12. SEASONING SALT.

A good old-fashioned seasoning salt goes with everything and will add a dash of flavor to whatever it touches. This is the staple spice your cabinet—and you—can’t live without.

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EARTH ORIGINS

Many patrons love the best-selling “Green Splash” smoothie at Earth Origins, and although that’s always on the menu, fall is the perfect time to try some seasonal specialties. The acorn squash cut in half and filled with brown rice topped with a honey drizzle makes a great, edible centerpiece. Try the sweet potatoes with orange glaze or the cranberry rice with chunks of butternut squash. Spiral-cut hams and turkeys (organic and free-range) can be © Bochkarev Photography / pre-ordered. shutterstock.com If you don’t want to bake pies for Thanksgiving, Earth Origins has options that include their popular Harvest Berry, cherry, apple and, of course, pumpkin. 1917 E Silver Springs, Blvd., Ocala (352) 351-5224 earthoriginsmarket.com

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Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine 2437 SW 27th Ave., Ocala / (352) 237-3433 / ocalathai.com Lunch: Mon-Fri 11a-3p / Dinner: Mon-Thu 4:30-9:30p / 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

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

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

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.

Take-out is available for those who can’t stick around. Thursdays at 7pm is Trivia Night, and every Wednesday at 8pm and Fri & Sat at 9pm is karaoke night, so take your singing voice and your appetite to Reagan’s. NFL Sunday Ticket on DIRECTV.

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SAFFLOWER AND SUNFLOWER: These oils are neutral in flavor so they make good all-purpose oils. They work well in salad dressings and can easily be enhanced with herbs and spices. Both are low in saturated fat, and sunflower is a good source of vitamin E.

AVOCADO: Avocado oil adds a unique, nutty flavor to any dish. It works wonderful in salad dressings, adds flavor to grilled meats and can be added to pasta dishes, sauces and dips for a little something extra. It is also very low in saturated fat and high in the heart-healthy polyunsaturated type.

SESAME: There are two types of sesame oil: light and dark. Light is made from untoasted sesame seeds, while the dark variety is made by toasting the sesame seeds prior to pressing them. Light sesame oil has a nutty flavor and is best used for frying. Dark sesame oil has a bold flavor used most often for flavoring Asian dishes. This oil is not actually used during the cooking process.

COCONUT: Coconut oil has a strong coconut flavor. Its high smoke point lends itself well to cooking, but it can also be used in dressings, baked goods and sauces as well. Coconut oil is high in saturated fat and solidifies in cooler temperatures.

PEANUT: Peanut oil is the go-to oil in Tempura-style frying and Asian-inspired stir-fried dishes. It has a high smoke point and a very neutral flavor.

NUT (WALNUT/ALMOND/ HAZELNUT): Nut oils add a wonderful nutty flavor to dressings, sauces, dips and soups. They work well when used for light sautéing rather than heavy frying.

INTERESTED IN INFUSION?

Infused oils can transform a tasty dish into an outstanding explosion of flavor. The addition of herbs and spices add that extra zip that will keep you dinner guests guessing your secret. And the best part is that infused oils are easy to make. Follow these simple directions to make your very own culinary creation. What You’ll Need: Oil of choice (Hint: Start with olive or neutral-tasting oils unless you are familiar with the taste of stronger varieties.) Your favorite combination of herbs and/or spices (Hint: Fresh herbs provide stronger flavor than dried.) Clean glass jar with lid Rub or bruise the herbs, and lightly toast spices to enhance their flavors. Cover in as much oil as you desire, and let sit sealed for about two weeks, lightly swirling the oil around once daily. After two weeks, sample the oil. If a stronger flavor is desired, simply add more herb-spice mixture. Infused oils can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two months.

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VEN A SELF-PROCLAIMED “NON-COOK” CERTAINLY HAS A BOTTLE OF OLIVE OIL IN THE KITCHEN. OILS CAN BE USED IN A VARIETY OF WAYS—FROM SAUTÉING AND FRYING TO DRESSING AND DIPPING. YET MANY COOKS ARE AFRAID TO VENTURE FROM THE TRIED-AND-TRUE OLIVE OIL. CHECK OUT SOME OF THESE ALTERNATIVES AND THEIR USES THE NEXT TIME YOU GET A HANKERING TO MAKE MAGIC IN THE KITCHEN.

Sources: exploratorium.edu, pccnaturalmarkets.com, missvicki.com

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and order a slice of dessert, you get $1 off your order of any whole dessert. Try the Strawberry Delight or Blueberry Delight with Mama J’s own pecan crumb crust and fresh fruit. If you fancy pie, try the apple, lemon meringue or sweet potato. Peach cobbler, banana © Mike Filppo / shutterstock.com pudding, sour cream pound cake and sweet potato bread are always popular. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days. 2901 NE Jacksonville Rd., Ocala (352) 351-8036 mamajssoulfood.com


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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!” Servin’ USDA prime and choice steaks, rotisserie chicken, BBQ ribs, chops, fresh fish, burgers, salads and more! For Thanksgiving Day only, order Fresh Roasted Tom Turkey or Baked Sugar Cured Ham at $12.98 each. Kids 10 and under can choose the Turkey or Ham for $4.99. You can also feast on Fresh Grilled Salmon & Garlic Fried Shrimp for $14.98. Meals come with all the fixins’ so bring your appetite, but save some of it for a slice of pumpkin pie, which comes free with all Thanksgiving specials.

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.

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

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.

Happy Hour 2-4-1 all day, everyday. Along with other drink specials.

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Tilted Kilt 3155 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 351-5458 / tiltedkilt.com Mon-Thu 11a-11p/ Fri-Sat 11a-Midnight / Sun 11a-10p

Scan the code to view our complete menu and calendar of events. Or go to our website, ocala.tiltedkilt.com.

Looking for some fun with a great meal? Besides our great service, hospitality and delicious food, you’ll feel at home watching your favorite HD sporting events on the big screen TVs or enjoying live music on the patio. From poker to cruise-ins, there’s always something happening at the Tilted Kilt. Big or small, celebrate your next party or special occasion with us. Our menu features an array of options, from snacks to full meals, plus a complete bar, all served by beautiful lasses in kilts. You’ll want to make us your hometown pub. The Tilted Kilt – where a cold beer never looked so good! Get the free mobile app at

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2023 South Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 622-1741 / ipanemaocala.com Lunch Fri 11a-2:30p / Dinner Tues-Thu 5-9p, Fri & Sat 5-10p, Sun 4-9p Brunch Sun 12-3p / Happy Hour Tue-Fri 5-7p / Closed Mon Open on Thanksgiving Day from 12-8p. Come and let us serve Turkey and all the fixings to you and your family. Happy Thanksgiving!

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.

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 Happy Hour daily 4:30-6:00p Check out our full sushi bar. Celebrating 26 years!

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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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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

La Hacienda Restaurant & Supermarket 4185 W Hwy 40, Ocala / (352) 512-0746 / lahaciendaocala.com Restaurant Hours: Sun-Thu 8:30a-8:30p / Fri & Sat 8:30a-9:30p Open 7 days a week The word on the street is there’s a new authentic Mexican restaurant right here in Ocala. Are you ready to experience “The Real Deal?” If so, come check out La Hacienda Restaurant & Supermarket on West Highway 40 just two blocks past I-75. With unique Mexican dishes and daily lunch specials, La Hacienda can’t be beat. Try our shrimp quesadillas, fish tacos or quesadilla-la reina made on homemade flour tortillas. Don’t miss Taco Tuesdays throughout November. For just 99 cents, you can get authentic tacos served on homemade corn tortillas, double layered with your meat of choice, topped with onion, cilantro and lime on the side!

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La Cuisine French Restaurant 48 SW 1st Ave., Ocala / (352) 433-2570 / lacuisineocala.com Tue-Fri Lunch 11:30a-2p / Dinner daily starting at 5:30p / Happy Hour Mon-Thu, 5:30p-7p Live Piano Dinner Tues 6:30p-9p / Thu 6p-9p Looking for a romantic escape, a quiet spot for a business lunch or dinner or a cozy place for a friend or family reunion? Or simply craving good, hearty, quality food and dedicated service? Located in the heart of beautiful downtown Ocala, La Cuisine, with its unique French bistro atmosphere alongside worldclass food, full liquor bar and extensive selection of wines, is definitely worth a closer look! Our specialties include Escargots in Garlic Butter, Traditional French Onion Soup, Beef Bourguignon, Pork Shank in Honey Sauce, Orange Duck, Blue Crab Stuffed Filet Mignon, Ratatouille and our genuinely authentic Creme Brulée, to mention just a few!

Come and celebrate the release of the Beaujolais Nouveau wine on Thursday, November 21st! Open for Thanksgiving!

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In the mood for a taste of Germany? How about a nibble of something French? Maybe both? Then The Getaway Deli is the place to go for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Taste menu items from around the world, including the American “Liberty Bell,” grilled chicken, sautéed onions and peppers smothered with rich provolone cheese; the French “Croque Monsieur,” ham, gruyere cheese and béchamel sauce on a toasted croissant; or the Old World-themed “Three Tenors,” ham, salami and pepperoni on a hoagie with mozzarella. Crisp salads and classic soups are also available along with a variety of sides.

The Ivy House Restaurant 917 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala / (352) 622-5550 Sun 11a-2p / Tue 11a-2p / Wed & Thu 11a-8p / Fri & Sat 11a-8:30p / Closed Mon 106 NW Main St, Williston / (352) 528-5410 Sun-Wed 11a-2p / Thurs-Sat 11a-8p / ivyhousefl.com Southern Comfort Food the whole family can enjoy! We make the holidays easy so you can enjoy what’s most important… Your family and friends! Thanksgiving Dine In, Call for reservations today! Order to go… Enjoy a southern feast with all the fixins at home. Order today!

“Come on home, it’s supper time!” is our motto. We want you to feel you have come to our house to eat. The family-owned Ivy House Restaurant now has two locations, Williston and Ocala. The downtown Ocala location has added several specialty items created by award-winning Chef Rick Alabaugh. The restaurant has been named by Florida Trend as one of the “Top 500 Best Places to Eat in the State” for several years. Specials include Southern Fried Lobster, delicious Hand-Cut Steaks and our famous Baked Krispy Chicken. Trying our delicious homemade desserts like the Key Lime Pie and Chocolate Midnight Cake is a must when dining here.

WingHouse Bar & Grill 2145 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala / (352) 671-7880 Sun 11a-Midnight / Fri-Sat 11a-1a winghouse.com Daily lunch specials are offered Monday-Friday, 11am-4pm. Happy Hour 4p-8p & 10p-close.

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If you’re looking for a fun, casual environment to enjoy the next big game or fight, look no further! The Winghouse Bar & Grill has it all! 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 the action at the Winghouse with the NFL Sunday Ticket. They also feature all college games and all pay-per-view sporting events. But let’s face it, the Winghouse Girls may just be the biggest draw. Come and make the Winghouse Bar & Grill your new favorite hangout.


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NE OF THE FINEST COLLECTIONS OF WATERCOLOR WORKS IN THE COUNTRY WILL SWEEP INTO OCALA ON NOVEMBER 23. SELECTIONS FROM THE 42ND ANNUAL EXHIBITION OF THE FLORIDA WATERCOLOR SOCIETY WILL BE ON DISPLAY THROUGH JANUARY 19 AT THE APPLETON MUSEUM OF ART. The roundup will feature 35 of the best watercolor

pieces produced by top Floridian artists as well as those from across the country and are a perfect representation of watercolor art at its finest. The Appleton and Florida Watercolor Society invite all art lovers to view this unique collection of swoops, swirls and strokes to discover what makes watercolor so unique.

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ALL THE PRETTY PURSES Calling all purse-loving ladies! The United Way of Marion County’s Women Leadership Council, Women of Worth, is hosting the purse event of the year. The THIRD ANNUAL POWER OF THE PURSE will feature both live and silent auctions for purses of all shapes, sizes and colors. There will be plenty of hors d’oeuvres to sample and a cash bar on hand, and the event will be held at the Hilton Ocala from 6-8pm. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. Proceeds benefit various women and children’s programs in Marion County. uwmc.org or (352) 732-9696 ext. 202.

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TALKIN’ ABOUT CHILI Chefs, take your mark. Spectators, come hungry. It’s time once again for the annual MARION COUNTY CHILI COOK-OFF. For the 32nd year, Marion County’s finest chili chefs will show what they’ve got. Spectators can expect top-notch chili-tasting along with plenty of entertainment for the whole family. And if chili just isn’t your thing, then head over to the pie and cake contest or dip into some salsa at the salsa competition. Whatever your preference, there’s sure to be plenty of food and lots of fun. The event takes place at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion from 9am-5pm rain or shine. marioncountychilicookoff.org or (352) 895-1648.

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SINGIN’ IN THE SUNSHINE Forget singing in the rain—this is the Sunshine State! The first annual SUNSHINE FESTIVAL is slated to take place at the Florida Horse Park. The family-friendly event will highlight Florida’s history, agriculture, business and artistry and feature vendors, music, live entertainment, a children’s play area and more. But make sure you come hungry because a food truck invasion will also be set up offering tasty gourmet bites from some of your favorite eateries. Admission is free; parking is $2. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Florida Agricultural Center and Horse Park Authority. floridasunshinefestival.com or (407) 296-5882.

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IT’S AN ALL-NEW OCALI! Head over to the Silver River Museum for a new and improved OCALI COUNTRY DAYS festival. Along with all of the traditional festival activities, this year’s guests can experience new living history exhibits as well as a special exhibit highlighting the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Europeans in Florida. See what early Ocala life was like with a variety of craftsmen, artists and reenactors, and sample some traditional grub while whittling your own tools to take home as keepsakes. The festival runs daily from 9am-4pm, and proceeds benefit the educational programs of the Marion County School System. silverrivermuseum.com or (352) 236-5401.

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Visit the IHOP on Pine Street and help raise money for our troops overseas with the annual OPERATION PHONE HOME campaign. In the past two years, over $2,300 was raised to supply troops with phone cards so they could call their families back home. In recognition of our veterans, IHOP will serve a free short stack of pancakes on November 11 to thank those who have generously donated. This event will take place at the Pine Street location in Ocala only. (352) 897-4898.

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HE ANNUAL EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL IS UP AND RUNNING ONCE AGAIN. NAMED ONE OF THE TRAVEL CHANNEL’S TOP 10 FOOD AND WINE FESTIVALS, THEY’RE SERVING UP FLAVORS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. WE CAUGHT UP WITH EPCOT CHEF GREGG HANNON TO GET THE INSIDE SCOOP.

Tell us about the festival. Guests can walk around the promenade and taste different menu items from 28 marketplaces. You’re able to taste flavors from around the world and see the chefs cooking right out there in the park. It’s a high-energy atmosphere that would be hard to duplicate.

What can guests expect at the event? Not only will they experience great food, wine and beer, but there will be learning. It’s interesting to see and learn about the different food and wines they’ll taste. There are daily wine seminars, culinary demos, mixology and bottle signings. These are opportunities for guests to experience the festival from an educational side.

Will there be any celebrity chefs? We have Kat Cora, Warren Brown, Gale Gand, Jamie Deen, Robert Irvine, The Chew host Carla Hall and that’s just a few.

What are the most popular attractions from previous years? Definitely Eat To The Beat and Party For The Senses, which is a unique event where we have entertainment from Cirque du Soleil and food prepared by celebrity chefs. It’s like a giant cocktail party. We’ve gotten great reviews from Terra, our vegan marketplace. It’s not just for people who are eating vegan. We offer fullflavored food like Trickin’ Chicken Curry and Chili Colorado with cashew cheese.

Are there any new attractions this year? Every year we come up with two to three new marketplaces to excite our guests. This year Scotland is new and Brazil is a returning market. We’re trying to bring authentic flavors.

Do you have any insider tips for locals? Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are great days to come to beat the crowds because we do get busy on weekends. There are also Florida resident specials. We have introduced reloadable gift cards to help speed you through the lines. They’re very handy.

What’s your favorite marketplace at the festival? I think it’s going to be Scotland; I always have to go with the new one. It’s something we’ve worked really hard on. We have Scottish salmon with fresh watercress and malt vinaigrette, vegetarian haggis with traditional accompaniments and more.

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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 November 2-January 5. Selections from the Florida Watercolor Society’s 42nd Annual Exhibition will be on display from November 23-January 19 and features some of the finest watercolor works from around the country. New World Treasures: Artifacts from Hernado De Soto’s Florida Exhibition will be on display through December 31. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. FREE FALL TENNIS PLAY DAYS (THROUGH MAY) The Ft. King Tennis Center will host free play for kids 10 and under from noon-1pm at Tuscawilla Park on the last Saturday of each month. The program is designed to give kids additional court time in a low-pressure environment. (352) 598-0353. PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT (NOVEMBER 1) The Discovery Center will host a parents’ night out. Children can be dropped off at 6:30pm where they 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 SATURDAY CHILDREN’S ART PROGRAM (NOVEMBER 2) The Appleton Museum will host a children’s art education series from 1-3pm. Children will partake in a hands-on art project with instruction. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. THRILL THE WORLD (NOVEMBER 2) Head to the Continued on page 82


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Michael Bublé

Tampa Bay Times Forum

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Newfound Glory & Alkaline Trio

House of Blues, Orlando

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Chris Tomlin

O’Connell Center, Gainesville

11/05

Anberlin & The Maine

House of Blues, Orlando

11/05

Motion City Soundtrack & Relient K

High Dive, Gainesville

11/06

Drake

Tampa Bay Times Forum

11/06

Juicy J

Coliseum, Tallahassee

11/07

Passion Pit

St. Augustine Amphitheatre

11/08

Johnny Rogers

Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale

11/08

Justin Moore

St. Augustine Amphitheatre

11/09

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Saenger Theatre, Pensacola

11/09

The Avett Brothers

St. Augustine Amphitheatre

11/15

O.A.R.

St. Augustine Amphitheatre

11/16

Chris Chan’s Tribute to Barry Manilow

Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala

11/16

The Eagles

Tampa Bay Times Forum

11/20

Ring of Fire: Johnny Cash Tribute

Florida Theatre, Jacksonville

11/22

Straight No Chaser

Phillips Center for Performing Arts, Gainesville

11/22

Holiday Favorites with Opera Tampa Singers

Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala

11/23

A Beatles Tribute

Wayne Densch Center, Sanford

11/23

Mayday Parade

Sidebar Theater, Tallahassee

11/26

Bonnie Raitt

Florida Theatre, Jacksonville

11/29

Kanye West

Tampa Bay Times Forum

11/30

The Legends of Doo Wop

Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale

11/30

Cheap Trick

Florida Theatre, Jacksonville

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John Mayer

Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

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Kathleen Madigan

Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

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Let’s Hang On! Frankie Valli Tribute

Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale

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downtown square from 5-10pm and join fellow dancers in an attempt to break last year’s record of the most people dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. There will be lots of food, activities, music and more. $7 to dance; free admission for other activities. (352) 671-4221.

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STEEL HORSE STAMPEDE (NOVEMBER 2) The 10th Annual Steel Horse Stampede motorcycle ride to benefit Hospice of Marion County will kick off at 10am. The 55mile ride will stop at each of the four hospice houses in Marion County. Breakfast and lunch will be offered along with entertainment, prizes, drawings and more. A minimum donation of $18 is requested. Registration begins at 8am at Hospice of Marion County’s Education Center. hospiceofmarion.com or (352) 854-5218. CIRQUE DE FREAK VAMPIRE BALL (NOVEMBER 2) A carnival-style, vampire-themed party will be held at the Ocala Hilton from 9pm-1am. Dress in your best vampire attire, and enjoy gourmet food, a costume contest and dancing. Tickets are $50. thelaststopcarnival.com.

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OCKLAWAHA RIVER RAID (NOVEMBER 2-3) The 29th Annual Ocklawaha River Raid will take place at the Florida Horse Park. The living history event features a reenactment of the only Civil War engagement that took place in Marion County. There will be period costume, food and demonstrations. The event runs 9am-4pm daily with the reenactment taking place at 2pm both days. flhorsepark.com or (352) 307-6699. CRAFT FAIR (NOVEMBER 2-3) The Spanish Springs Town Square will host the 17th Annual Craft Fair from 10am-5pm. There will be a juried art show featuring a wide

variety of crafts, folk art, personalized gifts, unique creations and more. The crafters will be on-site for the duration of the festival to discuss their work. The festival is free and open to the public. artfestival.com or (561) 746-6155. YOGA (NOVEMBER 2) A free yoga class will take place in Sholom Park at 9am. (352) 854-7950. FALL HAIR AND FASHION AFFAIR (NOVEMBER 3) The Hilton Ocala will host a hair and fashion show from 5-9pm. There will be vendors, food, demonstrations and live entertainment. fallhairandfashion.eventbrite.com or (352) 426-4608. DANCE PARTY (NOVEMBER 6, 22) Dancin’ Around Studio will host a dance party at 7pm. Admission is free for students and $10 for guests. Refreshments will be served, but BYOB. danceocala.com or (352) 690-6637. PRAYER BREAKFAST (NOVEMBER 7) The Frank DeLuca YMCA will host their annual prayer breakfast with guest speaker Charlie Duke, one of the first 12 astronauts to walk on the moon. Tickets are $15, and the event begins at 7:15am. (352) 368-9622. TRIPS ‘N’ TOURS (NOVEMBER 7-10) The Appleton’s Trips ‘N’ Tours program heads to the High Museum in Atlanta for a docent-led tour of paintings and sculptures on loan from the Louvre in Paris. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4456. FASHION EVENT (NOVEMBER 8) The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. presents a fashion show featuring The Vogue Esquire Models of Chicago 55th Annual Tour, The Fashion Carousel. The event will take place at the Marion Technical Continued on page 84


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The Book of Mormon

Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, Orlando

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Lugosi Lives

Insomniac Theatre, Ocala

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Hugh Laurie

Florida Theatre, Jacksonville

11/02

All My Sons

CF Dassance Fine Arts Center, Ocala

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Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s SoundArt

Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala

11/03

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Phillips Center for Performing Arts, Gainesville

11/04

The Manganiyar Seduction

Phillips Center for Performing Arts, Gainesville

11/06

Benjamin Beilman

Squitieri Studio Theatre, Gainesville

11/07

The 39 Steps

Ocala Civic Theatre, Ocala

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Tribute to Tina Turner

Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala

11/09

Celtic Thunder

Times Union Center for Performing Arts, Jacksonville

11/10

The Little Princess

David A. Straz, Jr. Center, Tampa

11/14-23

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

Phillips Center for Performing Arts, Gainesville

11/14

Rock on Broadway

CF Dassance Fine Arts Center

11/15-17

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, Orlando

11/16

Tribute to Barry Manilow

Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala

11/16

Craig Ferguson

Florida Theatre, Jacksonville

11/17

Craig Ferguson

Hard Rock Café, Orlando

11/20

Tango Fire

Phillips Center for Performing Arts, Gainesville

11/20

CF Wind Symphony & Patriot Singers

CF Dassance Fine Arts Center, Ocala

11/22

Holiday Favorites with Opera Tampa Singers

Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala

11/23

A Tuna Christmas

The Hippodrome, Gainesville

11/29-12/22

CF Chamber Music

Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala

12/01

Flashdance

Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, Orlando

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Ocala’s very own symphony presents a special performance of the world-renown Handel’s MESSIAH. This unique oratorio is a large-scale vocal work featuring soloists, choir and orchestra. The audience is sure to be “struck with a thunderbolt” (as Motzart described this work) as the symphony presents their own interpretation of the classic performance. The Messiah will be performed at the Queen of Peace Catholic Church at 3pm. Tickets are $15. For those looking for a more fiery number, be sure to check out the SoundArt performance at the Appleton this month, which features an exploration of classical Latin music. The performance will begin at 3pm, and tickets are $15. ocalasymphony.com or (352) 351-1606.

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HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR (NOVEMBER 9) SummerGlen will host their annual holiday craft fair from 9am-1pm. There will be a variety of unique crafts for sale, including artwork, jewelry, floral arrangements and more. There will also be door prizes and refreshments available. (352) 693-3431. HOMECOMING SATURDAYS (THROUGH NOVEMBER 9) High School girls and their moms are invited to preview the latest

homecoming dresses from 12-3pm at Mary’s Bridal. Refreshments will be served, and free layaway is offered. (352) 622-8559. RC AIRPLANE SHOW (NOVEMBER 9) The Ocala Flying Model Club will host an RC Airplane Show to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project. Warbirds of any size are permitted. ocalaflyingmodelclub.com or (404) 625-9497. GIRLS INSPIRED TO TRY SCIENCE (NOVEMBER 9) The Discovery Center will host a science-based program for girls from 10am-1pm. Girls will explore interactive stations based on a film, and lunch is provided. Cost is $15 per child, and the program is limited to 30 participants. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900. SIDEWALK ASTRONOMY (NOVEMBER 9) The Discovery Center will host an evening of stargazing with astronomer Ken Nash. Telescopes are provided, and the event runs 6-8pm. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900. KINGDOM OF THE SUN CONCERT BAND PERFORMANCE (NOVEMBER 10) The Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band Performance presents Veterans Light The Stars at the Ocala Marion County Veterans Memorial Park. Admission is free and open to the public, and the concert begins at 6:30pm. kingdomofthesunband.org or (352) 624-9291. MARION CIVIC CHORALE CONCERT (NOVEMBER 10) The annual Marion Civic Chorale concert Salute to Veterans will take place at the First United Methodist Church at 3pm. A number of patriotic pieces will be performed, Continued on page 86


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and the colors will be presented by the Vanguard High School JROTC Color Guard. Admission is free; donations appreciated. marioncivicchorale.tripod.com or (352) 537-8833. VETERANS CHARITY AUCTION (NOVEMBER 11) The SummerGlen Veterans Club will host their annual Veterans Charity Auction at the SummerGlen Community Great Hall. The auction will include numerous gift baskets, jewelry, artwork and more. Proceeds benefit Marion County veterans and their families. The auction begins at 3:30pm. (352) 693-3431.

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(November 14-17) The Greater Ocala Dog Club and the Seminole Dog Fanciers Association will host the Horse Country Cluster, featuring an AKC all-breed dog show, obedience and rally competition. The event will be held at the Ocala Dog Club show grounds, and competition begins each day at 8am. Parking is $5, and admission is free. ocaladogclub.com. MR. AL CONCERT (NOVEMBER 15) Tickled Pink Party Parlor will host a concert featuring Mr. Al at the Ed Croskey Recreation Center. There will be singing, dancing and entertainment for children of all

ages. The event runs 9:30-11am, and admission is $5. (352) 875-8726. STARRY NIGHT (NOVEMBER 15) The Florida Museum of Natural History will host an astronomy event providing visitors with professional telescopes to tour the night sky. There will also be space-themed activities and demonstrations. The event runs 6-10pm. flmnh.ufl.edu or (352) 273-2054. THE SCRIBE (NOVEMBER 15) International opera singer Paul Pitts will perform this one-man performance at the Village View Community Church in Summerfield. The performance begins at 7pm; a $10 donation is appreciated. (352) 307-7303. HOLIDAY HOUSE GALA (NOVEMBER 15) The Palatka Art League presents the 18th Annual Holiday House grand opening. The gala will take place at the historic Tilgham House from 5-9pm and feature two floors of holiday gifts, food, live entertainment and a wine tasting. (352) 685-2520. SCRAPBOOK FOR BREAST CANCER (NOVEMBER 15) Bring your scrapbook or any craft to the Marion County Extension Auditorium from 6pm until the last person leaves. Bring a covered dish, and stay for a pot luck dinner. Admission is $5. (352) 732-5982. BOOK SALE (NOVEMBER 15-16) The Friends of the Belleview Library will host their annual fall book sale from 9am-5pm in the Friends Book Nook. Books are 50 cents each, and proceeds benefit the library’s children’s programs. friendsofbelleviewlibrary.org or (352) 245-2767. COMMUNITY DAY OF FEEDING (NOVEMBER 16) Enjoy complimentary food and live music at Continued on page 88

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Protecting your investment... THELOCALSCENE / Continued from page 86 Tuscawilla Park. This day of fellowship for the community is free and runs 9am-3pm. ocalafl.org or (352) 275-0503. CRUISIN FOR ST. JUDES (NOVEMBER 16) The annual Cruisin for St. Judes will take place at the Amvets Post 1992. Breakfast is served at 8:30am; kickstands up at 11am. There will be door prizes, raffles, contests, car washes, food, entertainment and more. Participants can cruise on or in a motorcycle, car, truck or even taxi! All proceeds benefit St. Judes Hospital. fallenfewmc.com or (352) 552-4067. KISS THE HORSE FOR LITERACY (NOVEMBER 16) The Fifth Annual Kiss the Horse For Literacy event will take place at Mikosz Show Horses. The event will feature area business people who have been nominated to “kiss the horse” in an effort to raise money for the Marion County Literacy Council. The event will run 11am-2pm. (352) 690-7323. ART SHOW (NOVEMBER 16-17) Gallery East will present a fundraising art show at Rainbow Springs State Park from 9am-4pm daily. There will be a variety of art for sale, and proceeds benefit Friends of Rainbow Spring Park. Admission to the park is $2. (352) 245-2781 or (352) 789-5239. HOLIDAY HAIRSTYLE PARTY (NOVEMBER 18) Studio Chic will host a hairstyle party that will instruct you on how to do your own holiday hairstyles. The event will run 6-9pm. Admission is $10. (352) 812-0887. MURDER MYSTERY DINNER (NOVEMBER 22) The historic Seven Sisters Inn will host a murder mystery dinner. The dinner features appetizers, drinks and a four-course meal. Tickets are $60, and the dinner and show run 6-9pm. sevensistersinn.org or (352) 433-0700. CHARITY GOLF INVITATIONAL (NOVEMBER 22-23) Helping Hands will host their second annual charity golf invitational at the Golden Ocala. There will be celebrity and special guests, professional and amateur golfers, entertainment and a dinner

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HEALTH FAIR (NOVEMBER 23) A free health fair will take place at the Lorven Heart and Vascular Institute from 10am-2pm. There will be screenings, discounted flu vaccines, vendors, door prizes and more. lorvenheart.com or (352) 401-9888.

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The Marion County Realtor Association had their 5th annual “Chair-ity” event, where local artists and business owners created one-of-a-kind chairs to be auctioned. Money raised through the auction will help benefit SOS (Support our Soldiers), Humane Society of Marion County, Veterans Helping Veterans, Marion Therapeutic Riding Association and the homeless children and youth program from Marion County Public Schools. This year, more than $20,000 was raised.

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