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Features At Home in the Swamp p34

Robbie and Stephen Keszey, our local “Swamp Brothers,” capitalize on reptilian passions and sibling interaction. BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND

Taming The Dragons p40

They fiercely battled breast cancer and won. Now they are slaying the sport of dragon boat racing and getting ready for their first team competition as the “Treasured Chests.” BY MARY ANN DESANTIS

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The real people, places and events that shape our community. BY KEVIN CHRISTIAN, AMANDA FURRER, BONNIE KRETCHIK AND CYNTHIA MCFARLAND

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Festival fun for the whole family. CLASSACTS p28

Celebrating 100 days and brightening up Maplewood.

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After hours at AJ’s. SOCIALSCENE p102

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his April 15 marks 100 years since the majestic Titanic was brought 15 to its demise after striking an iceberg in the icy waters of the northern Atlantic Ocean. For a century, the story of the R.M.S. Titanic has captivated audiences with countless books, films and documentaries. The closest most people will ever get to this magnificent vessel is at the permanent exhibit in Orlando. Titanic: The Experience includes full-scale re-creations of some of the most fascinating aspects of the ship, such as the grand staircase and Veranda Café, as well as guided tours, film memorabilia and a 20,000-square-foot interactive museum. Over 100 new artifacts have been added to the collection, 31 of which have not been seen before, and visitors can see the second largest piece of the ship to be recovered. Actors in authentic period costume guide guests through the ship and reenact several of the occurrences that played out while the Titanic was at sea. Apr

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» The Titanic was built to be a cargo transport ship as well as a luxury liner. » The Titanic was 882 feet and 9 inches long. » There were 2,228 passengers on board the ship, and 1,517 people died when it sank. » The Titanic hit the iceberg at 11:40pm on Sunday April 14, 1912. The ship sank two hours and 40 minutes later at 2:20am on April 15. » The last living survivor, Millvina Dean, died at 97 years old in 2009.

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hy wait for April showers to bring May flowers when you can already see buds in bloom at KANAPAHA BOTANICAL GARDENS in Gainesville? Identified as “Best of Attractions 2011” by uptake.com, Kanapaha is a 62-acre facility founded, funded and operated by the North Florida Botanical Society. The Kanapaha project was developed in 1978, when Alachua County leased 33 acres of land to the botanical society for a public botanical garden. The word “kanapaha” is a Timucua Indian word for “palmetto leaf ” or “house.” The gardens’ name derives from nearby Lake Kanapaha. After additional land was added and planting was complete, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens opened to the public in October 1987. Home to 24 major collections of plants and a beautiful meandering waterway, Kanapaha is a popular venue for weddings, retreats and other social functions. Guests can go on a garden tour or take a leisurely walk on the wheelchairaccessible, paved walkways, taking in the wondrous beauty of our planet’s flora.

Garden Stroll Here’s a sampling of some of the collections at Kanapaha.

Spring Spotlight June through September offers the most color in the gardens, but that doesn’t mean all plants are dormant the rest of the year! An April visit to Kanapaha will present you with the sunny yellow of daffodils, bright pink camellias and gorgeous azaleas. THE SPRING FLOWER GARDEN is a visitor must for April. Established in 1980, the garden inhabits dozens of redbuds, dogwoods, wisteria and other species.

It’s Not All About The Flowers Kanapaha is home to the largest public display of bamboo and the largest herb garden in the Southeast. THE BAMBOO GARDEN grows a multitude of “running” and “clumping” bamboo, including the Chinese royal bamboo, or Wong Chuk. On a walk through THE HERB GARDEN, you can see various types of plants separated into four sections: the medicinal garden, aromatic garden, knot garden and native herb garden.

For Your Little Sprout THE CHILDREN’S GARDEN is dedicated to

Kanapaha’s youngest visitors. It includes a treasure wall studded with fossils and sea shells, a hedge maze, koi pond and wild flower meadow and vegetable garden. The visit presents a wonderful opportunity to teach children about pollination and food production.

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A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. On April 21, from 1-5pm, Kanapaha will host the GAINESVILLE ROSE SOCIETY’S ROSE SHOW. Judges will observe dozens of exhibits to find the award-winning flower. 21

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Did you know May’s full moon is called Flower Moon or Budding Moon? On May 5, the night before the moon is officially full, visit Kanapaha from 7pm-11pm to go on the MOONLIGHT WALK and see 1,500 luminaries and live entertainment. Refreshments will also be served. 5

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Want to make this year extra special for a mother or father in your life? On MOTHER’S DAY, May 13, mothers get into Kanapaha free, as do fathers on FATHER’S DAY, June 17. 13

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Over 200 bands on 15 stages make this Orlando music festival one of the hottest in the state. Hear new undiscovered talent along with some of the top names in the industry throughout this three-day celebration of music. floridamusicfestival.com.

Art in The Park Sidewalk Chalk Festival APR 21

Jacksonville Craft and Import Beer Festival MAY 18

Festival Of Chocolate APR 27-29

Chocolate lovers make your way to Orlando for the largest allchocolate event in the Southeast! Vendors, demonstrations, competitions, chocolate museum, math and science trivia of chocolate and many more chocolate-themed activities make this a one-of-a-kind experience for chocoholics of all ages. festivalofchocolate.com.

This year will be bigger and better than ever! The largest beer festival in the state is expanding to use all three levels of the Jacksonville Memorial Arena. Enjoy an impressive selection of domestic and import beers, and enjoy live entertainment, auctions and a wide variety of tasty restaurant samplings. Doors open at 7pm. beerfestjax.com or (904) 394-7196.

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival THROUGH MAY 20

Hundreds of topiaries, including over 75 Disney characters, await visitors at this annual event. HGTV and Epcot horticulturalists will help you uncover your green thumb with tips, tricks and demos. And be sure to stop by the Flower Power Concert series to hear some of your favorite tunes from the 60s and 70s. disneyworld.disney.go.com or (407) 939-6244.

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Cedar Key Fine Arts Festival

Watch where you’re walking at this festival! The sidewalks will be covered with chalk art around Tuscawilla Park. Prizes will be awarded in elementary, middle, high school and college categories. There will also be lots of fun activities and great food. This year’s event will be held in conjunction with Ocala Fire’s 125th anniversary celebration. (352) 620-8126.

Springing the Blues Music Festival APR 13-15

The largest free music festival in Florida, this event features some of the top names in blues music and a variety of familyfriendly activities. The festival is held on Jacksonville Beach and is voted one of the top 50 music festivals in the world. springingtheblues.com.

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Florida Folk Festival

Take in the fine arts of a variety of local artists and the beautiful coastal scenery at the 48th Annual Fine Arts Festival in Cedar Key. Be sure to stop for a bite of fresh seafood at any of the great seaside restaurants in this historic town. cedarkeyartsfestival.com or (352) 543-5400.

Celebrate Florida’s heritage with the dancing, arts and crafts and food that make Florida unique. This annual event is held at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs. floridafolkfestival. com or (877) 635-3655

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Bring your appetite to downtown Palatka for this weekend-long celebration. Along with live music, vendors, great food and a Memorial Day parade, a seafood cook-off highlights this annual event. bluecrabfestival.com or (386) 325-4406

Florida Blueberry Festival MAY 4-6

This three-day festival in Brooksville begins with a good old-fashioned berry stomp and features arts and crafts, live entertainment, vendors and, of course, some of the finest blueberry-inspired fare around. floridablueberryfestival.org or (352) 754-4173.

Chiefland Watermelon Festival JUN 2

A seed-spitting contest, watermelon king and queen contest, parade and arts and crafts are just some of the fun activities going on at the Watermelon Festival. Oh, and of course, there’s free watermelon! chiefland.com/events.


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Student achievements and district news that shape Marion County public schools.

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Drive to Save Lives WEST PORT students buckled up to win 2012’s “BATTLE OF THE BELTS” competi-

Manatees Make For Top Prize HANNAH VANORDER, a senior at Lake Weir High, captured first place in the high school divi-

tion. The annual contest measures drivers leaving high school campuses over a given time period to see which school is most-improved at buckling up to save lives. These West Port students, along with Principal JAYNE ELLSPERMANN and the school district’s BRIAN MARCUM, gladly accept the bragging rights plaque and a $500 check from Jimmy Collins (middle left) of Ayres Cluster, the local law firm sponsoring the event. West Port had a 97 percent buckle-up rate.

sion of Marion County’s Springs Festival Art Contest. Her submission featured manatees underwater swimming alongside a diver. Students from College Park, Eighth Street, Madison Street Academy, Reddick-Collier and Romeo Elementary schools also earned honors, as did students from Howard Middle, which swept the middle school category. VanOrder’s design was featured on the festival’s sponsor plaques.

Knowledge Close To The Tree Future teachers from Vanguard High captured two first-place honors at Florida’s Future Educators Association conference in Orlando recently. The team took home awards for best PowerPoint® presentation and best display board based on the theme “Teachers Plant the Seeds of Knowledge.” Vanguard’s display featured a tree of knowledge, as pictured, and team members included (l-r) Breana Wallace, Sponsor Carol Seiler, Jessica Kennedy, Casey Diuguid and Cody Miller.

100 Days and Counting Celebrating school day 100 is a big thing for Belleview-Santos Elementary students. These fifth-graders in PEGGY FORTNER’S class donated 464 items as part of the school’s 100th day Canned Food Drive benefitting Interfaith. Combined, BSE students donated over 2,100 items in the event’s third year. What a great way to celebrate 100!

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Lake Weir High’s CRISTINA MARTINEZ and KHALLIL STUDIVANT captured first place and honorable mention, respectively, for their graphic arts abilities in a national competition sponsored by SGIA, the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association. Martinez’s honor was for digital photography while Studivant’s was for heat transfer/T-shirt design. Both are students in teacher Tom Natalino’s award-winning program.

Things are much brighter around the Maplewood Elementary campus these days thanks to 3,945 new LED bulbs just like this one. The energy-saving project produces less heat and better lighting for the school’s more than 850 students and employees. It should also save the district $25,000 annually in electricity costs. Best of all? When one light goes out, the rest stay lit!

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Angels on Four Legs By Cynthia McFarland

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ost dog trainers don’t consider “saving lives” to be part of their job description. Then again, they’re not training medical service dogs. At GUARDIAN ANGELS MEDICAL SERVICE DOGS, INC., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Williston, the mission is all about changing lives for the better. Specifically, they’re dedicated to pairing highly trained medical service dogs with disabled individuals, usually military veterans. “For many vets, we are their last hope to restore normalcy to their lives,” says Carol Borden, executive director of Guardian Angels. “Many of them are on 14 to 20 medications at one time. The dogs make an immediate impact on their lives, and they can often start cutting down on the medications. It’s literally saving and restoring lives; most,

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if not all of them, were suicidal before getting their dogs.” The statistics are staggering.“Right now there are over 400,000 vets currently in treatment for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and there are 18 suicides a day in this group of vets,” notes Carol. Ryan, a U.S. Army veteran, knows this all too well. Having served six years—two of which were spent in Iraq on two separate tours—Ryan’s military experiences left him isolated, depressed and filled with anxiety as he struggled with PTSD. He took the drug treatments prescribed by his VA doctors and attended therapy, but he hated feeling “medicated,” and hearing fellow soldiers’ agonizing stories in therapy sessions only made him feel worse. After his application for a medical service dog was approved, Ryan was paired with “Razzle,” and his life began to turn around. “He gives me more confidence, ability and pride, too,” says Ryan. “For combat veterans with severe PTSD, having a medical service dog is a lifesaver. We’re a lot better off with our dogs than we are without. I’d like to say to other combat vets out there who are considering suicide, there is still hope.” Guardian Angels is currently working with the Veteran’s Administration Hospital to pair medical service dogs with veterans in an ongoing study for Florida vets with PTSD. Within two years, they will have paired 230 dogs. “In just six short months, the program has been so successful. Our hope is that when we present the results to Congress, they’ll decide to make this a nationwide program,” notes Carol. “There’s an overwhelming outcry from the American public to help our veterans.” Although it costs Guardian Angels $20,000 to take one dog from birth through training, the VA doesn’t reimburse them this amount. To make up the significant difference, the organization must rely on donations and fundraisers. “We could produce more dogs more quickly if we had that funding,” Carol explains. “Other organizations across the country doing similar training charge up to $50,000.” At their Williston facility, Guardian Angels not only trains medical service dogs; they also breed them, producing about 50 puppies each year.


“We breed about 50 percent of the dogs we use, and the rest are rescues,” says Carol. “With a rescue, we’re restoring two lives: the person’s and the dog’s.” Four full-time trainers and numerous volunteers work at Guardian Angels, putting in the enormous amount of time necessary to fully train a medical service dog. With the dogs bred on the premises, by the time a puppy is 14 weeks old, it knows all the basic obedience commands and already has 170 hours of socialization. “Everyone here—from pooper scoopers to trainers—plays a vital role in getting these dogs to the people,” says Carol, a dog trainer for nearly 50 years, who also has a business management background. More intense training begins around six months of age. Many of the skills start out as games—having the dog pick up something you drop and bring it back to your hand. Eventually, the dog will be able to turn on lights, open doors, retrieve dropped items, open the refrigerator and take out a bottle of water, close and open doors, even call for help by pressing the emergency button on a special phone device. In addition to many helpful skills, a medical service dog can alert their recipient to insulin changes or seizure onset, gently wake them from nightmares and provide comfort and courage around the clock. At any given time, Guardian Angels is home to 50 to 60 dogs of various ages and in different training stages. Currently able to pair 100 dogs with vets each year, Carol hopes to see that increase to 300 to 500 dogs a year in the near future. The application process to obtain a dog is extensive, and obviously, if veterans had to

pay for their dogs, it would be totally costprohibitive. Not only does Guardian Angels donate the dogs to the recipients, but they provide the training necessary to make the pairing effective. Approved recipients work with their dog and a Guardian Angels’ trainer for several days. It takes between 500 to 1,500 hours of training until a dog is ready for pairing with a recipient. Dogs are typically 1 to 2 years of age by this time, and they have a working life of eight to 10 years. “These dogs are with their person 24/7,” says Carol. “They’re different from pets in that the only one who plays with or feeds the dog is the recipient. This is what keeps the bond strong. But because dogs think in a pack mentality, the dog considers everyone in the family as part of that pack.” “Bishop,” a middle-aged German Shepherd, is a perfect example of a rescueturned-medical-service-dog. Found by a “puller,” someone who works with Guardian Angels by making regular visits to shelters, Bishop was discovered one day before he was to be euthanized. Extremely underweight and plagued by skin infections, Bishop’s ears were bloody and mangled, but his kind disposition was still apparent. Bishop spent several weeks in a quarantine foster home, which is standard for rescues. After recovering from his health challenges, he went into training and within a few months was paired with Robert, a Vietnam vet who suffers from diabetes and PTSD and was totally reclusive before Bishop entered his life. “For most people, if you make a serious impact on someone else’s life, that’s huge, but in our business, we’re impacting thousands of lives,” says Carol. “Not only do the dogs impact the recipients themselves, but it’s also their family members and caregivers who are touched. We’ve given all these people their lives back. It’s really a feel-good story.”

Want To Know More? To learn more, to donate or become a volunteer or foster home, visit medicalservicedogs. com. If you are a veteran currently undergoing treatment for PTSD at a Florida VA facility and are interested in getting a dog, contact Guardian Angels to see if you qualify through email at carol@medicalservicedogs.com.

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New company 3D TOURING DESIGN & PRODUCTIONS LLC invites Ocalans to rock out with Vince Neil.

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n Saturday, May 5, Ocala Poker and Jai-Alai will host Rockin’ the Phoenix with Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe. Promoting this event is the new company 3D Touring Design & Productions. 3D Touring’s CEO and owner Angie Cabret promises an unforgettable show. 3D Touring is a quintet of professionals with various skillsets. Angie is no stranger to producing shows. Before launching her own company, Angie worked as concert promoter at the Ocala Entertainment Complex for two years, working with the likes of Luke Bryan, Lee Brice, Styx, Great White, Sara Evans and Billy Currington, to name a few. Her fantastic four at 3D Touring include two graphic designers out of Ocala and Tampa who have over 30 combined years of experience in their field. The director for sponsoring events has over 10 years of sales experience, and the live events photographer, whom Angie has known from her previous job at OEC, has numerous gigs tucked under her belt.

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commercials to publicize the client’s next show or tour; merchandise and representatives; and various sound and lighting packages. Angie’s pledge is a stress-free, seamless operation that will make out-oftowners feel welcomed. “On the artists’ side,” Angie 3D Touring was Angie’s says, “they’re coming into a town final project while she attended they don’t know, where they don’t the prestigious Full Sail know the personalities they’ll come University. After earning her across. They’re not familiar with the BA in entertainment business, venue or how it looks for staging the Angie didn’t realize she had the show for the fans business plan and for themselves. I for a potentially I want to want to make them successful venture comfortable. I treat until months later. make them everybody who “I sat on my comfortable. I knows me like famfinal project and treat everybody ily. I don’t want you didn’t do anything with it, and it was who knows me to be stressed.” A Mötley Crüe staring me in the like family. fan herself, Angie face, and then I thought, ‘You —ANGIE CABRET feels anticipation mixed with know what? I’m nostalgia as Rockin’ the Phoenix going to bring it from the paper to approaches. life,’” Angie says. “It’s the minute the gates The concert will be 3D open, and after all that hard work Touring’s chance to show Angie’s we do, the fans rush through. creative chops as promoter and They’re standing, the lights go out producer and her team’s expert and the bass drum is playing. The capabilities. 3D Touring provides fans are screaming along because a multitude of services to make they know what’s going on and artists’ shows run like butter. The company provides all graphic needs, what’s about to happen. You’re standing beside all these people including badges, passes, posters you don’t know, singing along and and stage designing; radio and TV

dancing and enjoying your favorite artist. You witness that picture. That’s why I love what I do. I’d do it every day in a week if I could.” Tickets for Rockin’ the Phoenix are on sale now. Visit 3D Touring’s website for more info, tickets and merchandise. VIP packages are also available ($200 individual, $1,000 for a party of six). Packages include VIP parking, drinks, food, one hour early entry, a private bar and waitresses.

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THE SWAMP ROBBIE AND STEPHEN KESZEY, OUR LOCAL “SWAMP BROTHERS,” CAPITALIZE ON REPTILIAN PASSIONS AND SIBLING INTERACTION. BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND / PHOTOS BY JOHN JERNIGAN

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CATCHING VENOMOUS SNAKES, RELOCATING CROCODILES, CAPTURING WILD HOGS AND WADING THROUGH MURKY SWAMP WATERS IN SEARCH OF AN ALLIGATOR NEST MIGHT SOUND LIKE THE STUFF OF NIGHTMARES. BUT FOR ROBBIE AND STEPHEN KESZEY, THE “SWAMP BROTHERS” OF DISCOVERY CHANNEL’S REALITY SHOW OF THE SAME NAME, IT’S ALL IN A DAY’S WORK.

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While Robbie has long made a living with all things reptilian, for little brother Stephen, creatures that slither and creep through the wilderness are indeed enough to spawn terrifying dreams. The show, which launched in May 2011, quickly generated a healthy fan base for several reasons. Viewers can’t get enough of the heart-pounding wildlife adventures the brothers find themselves in, but beyond that, the personalities of the two men couldn’t be more different. That in itself makes the program worth tuning in to watch. Robbie, with his laidback, casual demeanor, comes across a bit like a heavily tattooed Indiana Jones. The floppy-brimmed leather hat only adds to his persona. Robbie owns Glades Herp Farm in Bushnell with business partner RobRoy MacInnes. Robbie has indulged his passion for reptiles for many years, turning a lifelong hobby into a business. “This job means I never really had to ‘grow up,’ because I get to play with animals every day,” he says. Stephen, on the other hand, with his backward ball cap and sunglasses, feels far more at home

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ALLIGATORS HAVE BEEN AROUND SINCE THE AGE OF THE DINOSAURS.

with skyscrapers overhead and concrete under his feet. “I admit it—I’m kind of high strung, and I’m a neurotic person. I don’t see anything wrong with that. I consider it a compliment to be called ‘neurotic,’” says Stephen without a trace of irony. He may have a New York personality, having lived there for 15 years, but he’s called the swamp home for several years now.

GROWING UP IN OHIO, the Keszey boys had the typical pet dog, but Robbie’s tastes ran more toward the exotic. “I had all kinds of animals and got my first snake when I was 8,” he recalls. Stephen remembers those early days and his sibling’s slithering pets, particularly the snake that bit him when he was just 7 years old. “I have that burned into my memory. I didn’t touch any of his animals after that. I was busy riding MX bikes; I figured I’d rather get hurt in the dirt than bit!” The brothers ventured off in different directions as adults. Robbie spent seven years as a

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personal assistant for the ‘80s rock band Poison, but the fast-paced life of Los Angeles never felt like the right fit. Eventually, Robbie left California for Miami, and when he and wife Michelle had the chance to purchase Glade Herp Farm, they took it. Stephen, meanwhile, was happily making a living as a bartender on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. After their father passed away in 1997, the boys’ mother relocated to Florida. “When I used to come down from New York to visit Mom, it was fun being out in the middle of nowhere,” says Stephen. “It was fun to look at all the animals in their pens and then go back to civilization to the greatest city in the world.” But when their mother needed round-the-clock care in 2009, Stephen made the decision to leave New York and move down to Florida to help. “She needed someone to live with her to keep her from having to go into a nursing home. We had great parents, so this wasn’t even a sacrifice,” says Stephen. “Even when our Mom was dying of bone marrow cancer, the one thing she enjoyed was that Stephen and I were together on the farm,” says Robbie. “The day before she died in 2010, she asked me to promise we’d stay together here.” Over 400 alligators and some 60 crocodiles can be found at Glades Herp Farm, which is also a sanctuary for lizards and over 100 species of snakes, ranging from garter snakes to cobras and even the inland taipan,

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the world’s deadliest snake. The Keszeys have also taken in unwanted reptiles and encourage people to contact them rather than release their unwanted animals into the wild. Known as “the largest venomous snake farm in the world," the business revolves around selling

Filming for last season’s 34 episodes wrapped up in November, and new shows will begin filming this spring. The brothers come up with topics that might work for a show, and the producers then decide what to film. As is apparent when watching the show, there’s a

with gators. I’m like a normal sane person and want to run. There are still things that scare me, like the Cuban crocodile, for instance. Alligators are puppy dogs compared to crocs. I feel confident catching a four-foot alligator by myself now, but crocs are a lot

"EVERY ANIMAL ON THIS FARM SCARES THE $%)! OUT OF ME" snakes to permitted collectors and zoos, as well as venom laboratories, where the snakes are “milked” to collect venom for pharmaceutical research. Venom can be used as a pain reliever and is being used in research for treating strokes, heart attacks, cancer and arthritis. It wasn’t until Robbie asked Stephen for a little hands-on assistance that the idea for a television show was born. Robbie was filming a special on king cobras when the scheduled two-day shoot extended to three days. It was a Sunday, and all the regular farm employees were off, so he talked his little brother into helping. “The producer filming that segment thought our interaction was hilarious,” says Robbie. “He was laughing his butt off the whole time and said we should have our own show. The next thing we knew we had several production companies calling us that were interested in doing something. They liked the concept of ‘city boy and country boy’ and got Discovery Channel on the hook.”

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loose outline of what is supposed to happen but no script. When dealing with wild animals, there’s no way to predict just what will happen. One thing you can count on is Stephen’s “yikes-get-meout-of-here” reaction to many of the scenarios. The constant bickering and bantering between the brothers sets the framework for each episode, whether they’re moving a dangerous crocodile or sexing alligators (if you have to ask, don’t!).

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the disclaimer that these are professional animal wranglers and these activities should not be tried at home. (Yea, right.) While Robbie has obviously earned the title of “professional wrangler,” Stephen hedges a bit and says he’s probably more of a “novice animal wrangler.” “Every animal on this farm scares the $%&# out of me,” admits Stephen, whose anxiety-laden comments result in “bleep outs” in scene after scene. “Robbie wants to get up close and personal

THE LONGEST SNAKE IN THE WORLD IS A RETICULATED PYTHON.

THE DEADLIEST LAND SNAKE IN THE WORLD IS THE INLAND TAIPAN.

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GREEN BASILISKS ARE SOMETIMES KNOWN AS “JESUS LIZARDS” BECAUSE THEY CAN RUN ON TOP OF WATER.

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encouraging his brother to tackle a chore that seems daunting, if not downright dangerous, Stephen’s expressions and responses make the scenes memorable. Take, for instance, the episode where the brothers must bag up a 20-foot-long reticulated python that has been purchased by a zoo. By the end of the show, despite his earlier apprehension at handling the monster-sized reptile, Stephen grins, “I think —ROBBIE KESZEY I’m becoming a ‘snake whisperer’. Just because I’ve best thing is not to tell him exactly done it a few times doesn’t mean what we’re going to be doing next.” I’ve lost my fear or am great at it. “Sometimes, Robbie will say I’m just better at it.” I’m ready for something, and a lot Robbie loves the opportunity of times, I don’t think I’m ready to educate viewers and often yet,” says Stephen. “But it’s much dispenses with interesting tidbits better than sitting in an office all and facts throughout each episode. day. It really gets the adrenaline “My whole agenda is to get flowing, and I’m very spry and people excited about wildlife and ready to get out of the way.” enjoying it,” he says. “A lot of kids Robbie takes charge of their don’t even get out of the house many adventures, for example, anymore. They’re so busy playing announcing in one episode that Wii and Nintendo. There’s a lot of they have to go find a gator nest so humor in the show, but kids also they can gather the eggs to incubate learn a lot. It’s really an educational them before raccoons, fire ants or show with a reality twist, and we anything else can destroy them. give a lot of fun facts.” While Robbie takes the lead, often stronger and more aggressive; they’re like alligators on steroids!” “He’s improving at some things, but at others, he’s still a baby. I’ve always looked out for my brother my whole life. I’m not going to let him get hurt,” says Robbie. “When I have to do something and need his help, Stephen makes it his mission to disappear. I’ve found the

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DRAGON They fiercely battled breast cancer and won. Now they are slaying the sport of dragon boat racing and getting ready for their first team competition as the “Treasured Chests.” By Mary Ann DeSantis

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he long, narrow boats seem to glide effortlessly on the glistening waters of Lake Sumter in The Villages. The rhythmic beat of a drum echoes across the water, and sunlight bounces from 20 paddles that strike the surface of the lake in unison. Bystanders along the boardwalks are mesmerized by the paddlers, who are so synchronized that their arms look like one giant mechanism. And when one of the boats filled with women in pink shirts comes closer to shore, a murmur of admiration hums among several onlookers. These women, most of them petite, are conquering the sport of dragon boat racing—just as they conquered a deadly killer: breast cancer. “I was paddling with the Leathernecks, a team of former Marines and their spouses, when we went to the national competition in 2010,” says Marguerite Muller, who has organized two women’s teams in the retirement community. “We saw a breast cancer survivor team paddle out and distribute pink carnations in the water in memory of breast cancer victims. It was a very moving moment, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted to start a breast cancer survivor team in The Villages.” The amateur water sport requires upper body strength, balance and endurance. So when Marguerite issued a plea for breast cancer survivors to come try the sport and possibly create their own team, she wasn’t sure what kind of response she would get. Nearly a year ago, she started a women’s team known as the “Dragon Sisters,” one of seven teams in The Villages Dragon Boat Racing Club. In November, when a breast cancer survivors’ team came from Tampa to give an expo and demonstration at Lake Miona, the shores were lined with women. In a newspaper article covering the event, Marguerite mentioned that she wanted to start a survivors’ team in The Villages. That evening she had 60 phone calls, and by January, she had enough paddlers to form the “Treasured Chests,” a team of survivors whose average age is 65. They will compete as a team for the first time in Florida’s 10th Annual Dragon Boat Festival in Tavares, April 13 and 14.

“Dragon Boat racing is definitely a team sport,” says Marguerite, who is a breast cancer survivor herself. “I tell the girls that we win as a team and we lose as a team. In the meantime, we are getting stronger and having a good time.” Dragon boat competitions have been a part of ancient folk rituals in Southern China for more than 2,300 years. Dragon boat races symbolized the Chinese virtues of teamwork and cooperation, and exhibiting those virtues blessed the communities with happiness and prosperity. Unlike the evil mythological European dragons, Asian dragons were revered and considered wholesome and benevolent, and the boats were adorned with dragon heads to avert misfortune and calamity and to symbolize strength and vitality. Dragon boat racing only emerged as an amateur water sport in Hong Kong in 1976 and was introduced at select North American festivals in the 1990s. Today, it’s the eighth-fastest-growing sport in the world, according to the U.S. Dragon Boat Federation. Shortly after the sport gained international interest, Dr. Don C. McKenzie, a sports medicine physician and an exercise physiologist at the University of British Columbia, began a study in 1995 to dispel the myth that women who had breast cancer treatments should avoid repetitive, upper body exercise because such activity could result in lympedema—a permanent swelling of the arm and chest area. Returning women to unrestricted, active lifestyles was Dr. McKenzie’s goal, and he chose dragon boating for his study for a variety of reasons. He not only was able to work with a large group at once, he was also able to monitor how the strenuous, repetitive upper body exercise affected women who had undergone chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Dr. McKenzie formed the first breast cancer survivors team in 1996 to compete in the Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival, one of the largest in the world. His study, and later studies at Quebec’s McGill University, concluded that breast cancer survivors who participated in dragon boat racing significantly improved physical and mental health and coped better with post-recovery trauma. Since that first dragon boat of breast cancer survivors launched, hundreds of BCS teams have organized, and Dr. McKenzie received a Meritorious Service Medal in 2001

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We use the same determination in dragon boating that we had to have when we were fighting breast cancer. —DEBBIE STRICKLAND

for initiating and developing a program that has benefited breast cancer survivors around the world. The BCS dragon boat team in The Villages exemplifies the goals that Dr. McKenzie set out to reach. The women have become stronger in ways they never expected and have developed a sisterhood of sorts with fellow survivors. “The team is very cohesive,” says Debbie Strickland, who is a 20-year cancer survivor and the member who has been cancerfree the longest. “We use the same determination in dragon boating that we had to have when we were fighting breast cancer.” Debbie says that stamina and endurance are often the biggest challenges, especially for new members. However, the women are the epitome of teamwork as their paddles strike a downward motion in unison. Team members support each other, and when someone is having a bad day, the other paddlers pick up the slack. “The sport is indeed challenging, but it’s also invigorating and makes you feel good,” explains Marguerite. “You can see the transformation of the women’s abilities from the beginning of practice to the end of practice.” Marguerite’s passion for dragon boating is evident as she leads both women’s teams through twice-weekly practices. In her role as trainer, she is usually found at the front of the boat where the drummer sits during competitions or ceremonial events. The drummer, she explains, is not the person who sets the pace for the boat. Rather, it’s the lead paddler in the

front of the boat who sets the pace and the drummer watches them. Every time the lead paddle goes into the water the drummer strikes the ceremoniallooking instrument, providing the cadence that helps the team members maintain the same stroke rhythm. “The focus is on synchronization,” she Debbie Strickland explains. “It’s an aggressive Photos by John Jernigan


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stroke, not like canoeing or kayaking. I tell the team to think about something that has made them mad when they are paddling.” The team member with the real power is the steersman. The members have to trust the steersman, who must know the water currents and wind conditions. He or she is also the boat’s safety officer. Retired U.S. Marine Lee Cerovak, one of the first members of the Leathernecks dragon boat team, is often found in the steersman position for both women’s dragon boat teams. He has also helped the women with strength training exercises and is an unofficial recruiter. “I was on the shuttle to the Orlando airport a few months ago when Lee got on with life jackets,” says Susan Chicoine, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. “I couldn’t help but ask why he was going to need life jackets on an airplane.” Lee was on his way to teach a seminar about dragon boating, something that two manufacturers hired him to do nationwide following the Leathernecks national championship win in 2010. “He was a great salesman,” Susan said with a chuckle. “I had never been on any kind of team before, and this has been a wonderful experience, especially the camaraderie.” Both Lee and Marguerite want to see the sport grow beyond The Villages. They are diligently working to establish an outreach program for other senior communities as well as for young people. “It’s a safe sport,” says Lee, who will be competing with the Leathernecks United team at the Dragon Boat World Crew Championship in Hong Kong this

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summer. “Most people are initially afraid they’ll tip over. Once they get over that fear, they discover it’s great exercise and lots of fun.” It’s late afternoon when the paddlers disembark one at a time. Their muscles may be weary, but their laughter echoes over the docks behind the Waterfront Inn at Lake Sumter Landing. Members of both women’s teams agree the camaraderie overrides a few sore muscles. “I’m always impressed by the power of women and what they can accomplish,” says Marguerite, who also plans to compete in Hong Kong. “These women are cooperative and enthusiastic.” Determination should also be part of that equation if Dragon Sisters team members Nancy Bryson and Sandra Skopaz are any indication. “My husband asks me every time I come home from practice if I’m a Marine yet,” says Nancy Bryson. “This wasn’t part of my original retirement plan, but I feel better and stronger than I’ve ever felt.” Most of the team members agreed that getting in and out of the slender boats can be harrowing, and a little apprehension on the first cruise around the lake is normal. “But where else can you go and try out for something like this?” asks Sandra. “The environment and Marguerite’s leadership make it very appealing.”

Paddling Toward Hong Kong

Villages Leathernecks United headed to World Championships. The team members’ average age may be 68, but the Leathernecks know the taste of victory, and it’s especially sweet when the competition is younger—much younger. Amid a few snickers of opponents in their 20s and 30s, the team, named after the protective straps worn by Revolutionary War soldiers during sword fights, paddled its way to a win in the 200-meter sprint in the grand masters division at the U.S. National Dragon Boat racing Championships in 2010. Now, the new Leathernecks United is pumping up to compete in the International Dragon Boat Federation World Crew Championships, scheduled for July 4-8 in Hong Kong. Members from seven dragon boat teams within The Villages comprise the Leathernecks United, which is coed. The team hopes to have both a standard boat (20 paddlers) as well as a short boat (10 paddlers) in the competition. “We’re the oldest team to be invited,” says Lee Cerovak, who was one of The Villages’ first dragon boat club members.”We’ll have four straight days of racing, so we are training hard to get ready.” Strength training to build muscles, practicing paddling techniques and perfecting strategies have made them into a team that now gets more admiration than snickers. Members Lee Cerovak and Marguerite Muller say it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that they don’t want to miss. Fundraising events are being planned to help offset the $120,000 needed to send the 40-member team to Hong Kong. Learn more about the 2012 World Club Crew Championship at idbfworldchamps.com.

Want to see the Treasured Chests team in action?

Don’t miss the 10th Annual Dragon Boat Festival on April 13-14 in Wooton Park, Tavares. For more information visit, cfdragonboat.org. Photo by John Jernigan

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The 2004 Academy Awardnominated short documentary Autism is a World chronicles the life of Sue Rubin, who was labeled and treated as mentally disabled for the first 13 years of her life. Unable to communicate verbally, Sue made continuous repetitive noises and gestures, typical of the mentally disabled. She would act out in tantrums and was obsessed with water and spoons, carrying plastic spoons with her everywhere she went. As a means of comforting herself, she spent hours at the bathroom faucet catching water in a spoon. When Sue was 13, she received a keyboard to aid her in communicating. The keyboard allows the user to type in words, and the device reads them out in an electronic voice. Her caregivers expected her to eventually learn to tell them “yes” or “no”

just needed a way to communicate with the outside world. Through her keyboard, using painstakingly slow, one-finger typing, Sue learned to express the thoughts and feelings that had been bottled up inside her for all those years. She went on to graduate from high school and attend college independently. She wrote the screenplay for her documentary. Ocala resident Sonja Ferrall, 14, is much like Sue was at the same age. Very limited verbally, she can understand others but can only reply “yes” or “no” or with scripted sentences that are the means to an end, such as “I want a drink.” Sonja needs full-time care; she can’t yet take care of her personal hygiene. She plays on the computer for hours, drawing or looking at pictures. She picks compulsively at her arms and legs, creating sores in her skin.

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“Autism is an enigma.” —SON JA F ER R A LL

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She engages in constant repetitive movements and sounds that would lead any bystander to assume that, like Sue Rubin, Sonja must be mentally disabled. Puberty, with its hormonal swings, has wreaked havoc on Sonja, as it does most teens with autism. She acts out in aggressive behaviors that can cause harm to herself or others and has come close to being barred from attending classes at Hillcrest School, a school for exceptional students. Sonja watched Autism is a World with her caregiver Lauren, who is working with her on communicating through writing. Afterward, Lauren asked Sonja whether she has autism. Sonja wrote, “Yes.” When asked what she thinks about autism, Sonja astounded her family by writing, “Autism is an enigma.”

Autism is a neurological disorder that affects the parts

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theory. Recent studies do indicate biological or neurological differences in the brain and abnormalities in the structure of the cerebellum and certain brain cells. Studies are being done to try and find a genetic link, as some families tend to have a pattern of autism or related disabilities. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) refers to pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), including autism, Asperger’s syndrome and PDD-NOS (not otherwise specified or atypical autism). Because autism is a spectrum disorder, children may exhibit a large range of behaviors. There are varying degrees of autism, ranging from very low-functioning individuals who are uncommunicative, show aggressive behaviors and require assistance to perform tasks of daily living, to high-functioning individuals who are verbal, able to live independently and hold a job. Children with autism are usually very sensitive to stimuli, resistant to change and unable to empathize with others. Higher-functioning children may have difficulty socializing with others their age and may only be interested in topics they are focused on. There is no specific test for autism; diagnosis is made after hours of observation and interaction. It is Jennifer McBride

most commonly diagnosed by age 2 or 3 when parents and pediatricians have noticed that something just isn’t “right,” or age 6, when entering school requires a diagnosis for placement. Sometimes, a normally progressing infant, who is reaching milestones on time, suddenly slows when verbal skills usually develop. Sometimes, children who begin to speak their first words on time lose the words they’ve learned and retreat into silence. Sonja started out progressing normally and, at around 15 months, began to withdraw. “All her milestones were reached up until 15 months, and then she just shut down,” Theresa Ferrall, Sonja’s mother, explains, “At 18 months, the pediatrician asked me how long she had been acting like this; she was in the corner, drawing a circle over and over and making a repetitive noise. I kept asking if she would be able to go to school, and they couldn’t tell me. It was devastating.”

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a prekindergarten Exceptional Student Education (ESE) teacher at Maplewood Elementary School in Ocala, has been working with children with autism for almost 10 years.


She currently teaches 16 3 to 5 year olds in a self-contained ESE unit. Some of her students will go on to regular kindergarten classes, while others will be in ASD self-contained classes, spending time each day with ESE teachers in small groups. Children with autism need structure in their routine, and they do not react well to change. “Everything you tell them must be clear, and consistency is huge,” McBride says. “We don’t change the schedule from day to day. I ask the same questions every day, ‘What month are we in? What day is today?’ We do it the same every day until they learn how to answer.” For non-verbal children, using picture icons to associate words with pictures is crucial. McBride’s classroom has thousands of laminated pictures representing virtually any word her students may need to learn. She’s happy to share these with her students’ families to use at home. “We have pictures for every concept we are teaching,” she says. “For children with autism, words just flow by their heads, nothing is attaching, so showing pictures and modeling day after day is how they learn. With the picture exchange communication system, we pair pictures with the actual

“We have pictures for every concept we are teaching.” — JENNIFER MC B R I D E

item. We show a student a picture of a cracker and an actual cracker, so they eventually learn if they want a cracker, they choose that picture.” This becomes their method of communication at this early level. Another method used is short task activities paired with rewards, such as “Put the puzzle piece here. Great job; here’s a sticker!” Repeating that process, step by step, gradually teaches children with autism how to follow direction and complete a task. Parents should use the same techniques at home for consistency. “At school, we go through the line to get our food, take our tray to the table and sit down. We have shown them, using visuals, this is the order we will do this, and we do it every day,” McBride says. “The parent might say, ‘I’ve never been able to get him to sit at the table,’ so we show them how to use the visuals to explain the order of tasks: This is what is going to happen in order to get to eat dinner. Then, do it the same every day.”

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and the mother of two boys with autism, Sylvia Miller has used the picture exchange communication system so well in her home that her boys will be able to live somewhat independently when they are both grown. Kibriyyil, or Kibby, is an 18-year-old Hillcrest student and is non-verbal. His younger brother Shukriyyil, 16, talks a little and understands others. He is a student at Forest High School. Miller spent seven years training the boys with the picture exchange system. Every room in her home has picture icon boards to remind the boys in what order tasks must be completed. “They have been taught to live in this home using visuals. They

L to R: Shukriyyil, Sylvia and Kibriyyil Miller

know how to take care of their personal needs; they set their own schedules, fix their own meals, keep the home clean and do their laundry,” Miller says. “They won’t be able to live totally independently but with minimal support. The level of care that you get from others is better if the individuals being served can do more for themselves. It’s easier to find people to live with them and take them out in the community.” Their ability to do things for themselves also contributes to them having less behavior problems, which also makes it easier to get help. Miller’s plan is for her boys to continue living in the family home with assistance, and she will move out to give them independence. McBride insists children with autism can learn. The key, she says, is finding what motivates each individual child, and the younger you start working with them, the better. “It’s about finding what they like; what motivates them to learn. If they like trains, teach them with trains. If they like balloons, use balloons. Motivation is hard to find

“It’s about finding what they like; what motivates them to learn.” —SYLVI A MI LLER

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she could make strides in teaching her son Garian by focusing on his love of game shows and numbers. Garian is a higher-functioning, verbal and sociable 10-year-old student at Maplewood Elementary who loves to play game show host. “Whenever I have trouble getting through to him, I go back to thinking, ‘What can I do to put this on his level?’” Sansevere says, “I spent last summer teaching him to eat and order from a menu. I spent hours working with him before I thought to make it into a game show. “People say you’ve got to have patience, but that’s not it. It’s understanding. Once you understand how they learn, patience just comes. They have it all in there, it’s just getting it

out. You just have to figure out what it is that will unlock it for them.” Garian didn’t always talk. “As soon as we got the diagnosis, my mom and I signed up for sign language and started to sign with him,” says Sansevere. “His speech therapist told us that if he has the ability to speak, he will eventually because it’s easier than signing. There was one instance where I had the cookie jar, and he kept signing cookie. I’d say ‘cookie’ and eat a cookie. He’d cry, point and sign cookie, and I’d repeat over and over until I was almost sick from eating cookies. Finally, he made an attempt to verbalize ‘cookie.’ I celebrated and gave him the rest of the jar of cookies as his reward. So he got it.” Sansevere thinks parents are often too quick to push for mainstreaming kids with autism in school. “I’ve never pushed for Garian to be mainstreamed; it’s more important that he get the help and attention he needs than to get a label of mainstream,” she says. “I see a lot of parents pushing for mainstreaming, and I think a lot of times that’s more for the parents than the children.” For those participating in mainstream activities, she believes children will do better if regular children are better educated on the needs of the children with autism around them. “We broke out of our comfort zone last summer and put him in a two-week summer camp for regular kids at the Discovery Center.” Unfortunately, there was an incident, and camp directors felt Garian shouldn’t continue. “But I went in and talked to them and explained that if the other kids knew about his disability, they probably would have treated him differently,” Sansevere explains. “So they

allowed me to educate the teachers and children as to how the whole event could have been prevented. If you ask kids for their help, they will respond, and that’s what I did at Maplewood. I asked if there was anyone willing to help him out, and the students stepped right up.”

Parents of children with autism hope that public educa-

tion and increased awareness will help raise resources available to them, as well as raising an awareness of what autism looks and sounds like. There is a great need for funding of medical care, behavioral education, respite care and other services. Private behavioral services, like Step by Step in Ocala, offer behavior training and community outings for children with autism but are funded through private payment and private insurance. Currently, there is a five-year waiting list for Medicaid waivers for services not covered by Medicaid. The public needs to see that these services make a difference and that children with autism can and do learn, so funding programs and services is money well spent. When Sonja wrote her first words for Lauren, her mother thought, “Oh my gosh, here’s a kid who can’t even verbalize her most basic needs but can write enigma?” Farrell wants people to remember that the next time you are in a store or restaurant and you see a parent asking a screaming child, “Tell me what you want,” don’t assume the parent is giving in to a tantrum and give them a look of disgust. That parent may simply be trying to encourage the child to use words in order to help them unlock their world.


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Children’s Emergency Dept Munroe Foundation is commited to raising $2,000,000 To donate to the project go to www.MunroeFoundation.com or call 352 351-7233

At Munroe Regional Medical Center, community isn’t just a place, it’s a promise. To us, the families of Marion County are our families, neighbors, friends, and coworkers. At Munroe’s Children Express we treat 25,600 children a year - that’s a lot of children! We have a plan, and that’s to build a Children’s Emergency Department within the walls of our medical center. This Children’s Emergency Department will allow Munroe to continue meeting the needs of our community.

The 5,677 square foot, state-of-the art facility will include:

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SPRING IS IN THE AIR, AND SOON, SCHOOL HALLWAYS WILL BE EMPTY, LOCKERS CLEARED OUT AND BUSES PARKED FOR THE SUMMER. BUT JUST BECAUSE SCHOOL’S OUT DOESN’T MEAN YOUR KIDS SHOULD SIT IDLE THIS SUMMER. HERE IS A LIST OF JUST SOME OF THE PROGRAMS OFFERED AROUND MARION COUNTY TO KEEP THE KIDS BUSY THIS SUMMER. / Written & Compiled By Bonnie Kretchik

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1 MARION THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOCIATION Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays Jun. 12-Aug. 16

Nine weeks of summer sessions offer adults and children over 4 years old a chance to learn to ride safe, experienced horses in a state-of-the art covered arena. Sessions are one hour long. mtraocala.org or (352) 732-7300.

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UNCLE DONALD’S FARM

Thursdays Jul. 12-Aug. 9

Children ages 6-13 can participate in a variety of fun farm activities. Camp runs 9:45am-3pm. uncledonaldsfarm.com or (352) 753-2882.

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OWL HOLLOW FARM

Weekly Sessions in Jun. and Jul.

Children of all ages can learn various aspects of horseback riding and equine care. Riding sessions will take place in the morning hours and swim sessions will take place in the afternoon. owlhollowfarm.net or (352) 237-4132.

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Jun. 11-15, 25-29, Jul. 30-Aug. 3

Children ages 6 and up will learn the basics of horsemanship from a professional instructor. Camp runs 9am-3pm Monday-Thursday and 9am-noon on Friday. (352) 572-7658.

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HIDDEN LARK FARM

Jun. 18-22, Jul. 16-20

Camp is open to beginners through advanced riders. Learn basics, play games, improve your skills and much more. Camp ends with a horse show. Campers need to bring their own helmet, lunch and water bottle. hiddenlarkfarm.net or (352) 854-5151.

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HAPPY ACRES RANCH

Weekly sessions through Jul.

Campers ages 7-13 learn the basics of horsemanship and horse care. Campers go on daily trail rides and compete in a weekly horse show. Camp runs 8:30am3:30pm. An overnight session is available if there is enough demand. Campers can bring their own horse if they choose. ocalahappyacres.com or (352) 489-8550.

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Gymnastics Clinic Jul. 9-12: Dance Camp and Ballet Intensive Jul. 16-19: Princess Camp and Harry Potter Camp Jul. 23-26: Dance Camp and Weird Science Camp Jul. 30-Aug. 3: FOCUS Intensive Dance camps are from 9am-3pm for ages 6-12. Princess camps are 1/2 day for ages 3-5. Gymnastics clinic and ballet intensive program are 1/2 day for ages 5 and up. Sports, Star Wars, Harry Potter and weird science are 1/2 day for ages 6-12. FOCUS intensive program is full day for ages 5 and up.

SPORTS CAMPS AT COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA Jun. 18-21: All Sports Camp:

Campers play a different sport each day. Jul. 16-19: Baseball Camp: Focus on baseball skills and games. Jul. 30-Aug. 2: Baseball Fun Camp: Baseball-type games, including wiffle ball, homerun derby, kickball, etc.

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THE DANCE FACTORY

Begins Jun. 25

The Dance Factory offers a six-week tap/ballet program for ages 3-7, a six-week ballet/tap/ hip hop program for ages 8-11, a six-week hip hop program for ages 12-18 and a four-week ballet intensive program. dancefactoryocala.com or (352) 368-7616.

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DISCOVERY CENTER OUTDOOR CAMP These sessions are for campers ages 11-14. Each week will include team building exercises and opportunities to discover Florida’s great outdoors. Camp runs 8:30am-4:30pm with extended times available.

Mary Ellen School of Dance offers the following programs this summer: Jun. 11-14: Dance Camp and Sports Camp Jun. 18-21: Princess Camp and Star Wars Camp

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Children ages 5-12 can enjoy different activities centered around a specific theme of the week. Dance, gymnastics, cheerleading, crafts, fieldtrips and more are scheduled into the campers’ day. Camp runs 7:30am-3:30pm with extended times available.

MARY ELLEN SCHOOL OF DANCE

callaghansoccer.com or (602) 214-0780.

maryellenschoolofdance.com or (352) 732-2030.

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reserved for ages 15-18. Camp is held at Jervey Gantt Park.

All camps run Monday-Thursday 9:30am-4:00pm with swimming every afternoon. Limited to 65 campers.

Mon-Fri beginning Jun. 11

balconysports.com or (352) 401-3663.

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Jun. 25-28: Dance Camp and

mydiscoverycenter.com or (352) 401-3900.

11 CALLAGHAN’S ENGLISH SOCCER CAMP Jun. 25-29

This camp is staffed by some of the highest-qualified soccer coaches in the U.S. and U.K. The morning session from 9am-noon is reserved for ages 5-14, and the afternoon session from 6-9pm is

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MARION COUNTY JUNIORS VOLLEYBALL Throughout the summer

The Marion County Juniors Volleyball team offers various camps throughout the summer for all ability levels. Camps are open to boys and girls ages 6-18. Open gym time will also be available Tuesday and Thursday nights. Clinics and private lessons available by appointment. marioncountyjuniors.clubspaces.com or (352) 351-4837.

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PERRY’S SWIM SCHOOL

Classes run either Tuesdays and Thursdays or Mondays and Wednesdays through October

Perry’s swim school offers classes for infants through adults, beginners through advanced swimmers. Learn the different strokes and improve your skill and technique. Private lessons are also available.

Swimming Coaches Association. Stroke classes available as well. Day and evening sessions. All classes are held at the Newton A. Perry Aquatics Center. ocalaaquatics.com or (352) 873-5811.

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OCALA OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMP Jun. 17-Aug. 3

Operated through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, camp consists of six one-week long sessions at the Ocala Conservation Center. Campers are dropped off Sunday afternoon and picked up Friday afternoon. Programs include fishing, hunter safety, bowhunting safety and outdoor skills. ocalaadventurecamp.com or (352) 625-2804.

17 XTREME KIDS SUMMER CAMP Weekly sessions beginning Jun. 11

Campers ages 5-12 will take part in a variety of athletic activities, including swimming, aerobics, rock climbing, skating and more. Lunch and snacks provided. Camp runs Mon-Fri, 6:30am-6pm. (352) 861-9474.

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OCALA TENNIS AND SWIM CAMP Weekly Sessions Jun. 11-Aug. 10

The City of Ocala offers nine weeks of swim and tennis instruction at Jervey Gantt Park. The tennis session runs from 9-11am and includes quality instruction for beginner to intermediate level players ages 6-12. A recreational swim session

perryswimschool.com or (352) 732-5540.

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SWIM AMERICA

Throughout the summer

Swim America offers classes of all levels. All coaches are certified through the American

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OCALA CIVIC THEATRE

runs 7:30am-6pm at the E.D. Croskey Recreation Center.

Weekly throughout the summer

Variety of programs throughout the spring and summer

ocalafl.org or (352) 401-3920.

This award-winning camp draws participants from all over the United States. It includes training in karate, self-defense, anti-bullying and daily field trips. Register early. Camp runs 9am-5pm with extended hours available. ocalakarate.com or (352) 237-9076.

ocalacivictheatre.com or (352) 236-2274.

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MARTIAL ARTS WORLD SUMMER CAMP

(352) 629-8453.

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TEAM TENNIS

Jun. 12-Jul. 19

This is a six-week program for children under 18 to improve their tennis skills. A variety of drills and games will improve students’ abilities in match play. Tuesday/ Thursday or Tuesday/Wednesday/ Thursday sessions available.

A daily martial arts class is followed by a variety of fun and educational activities, including field trips, picnics, swimming, movies and much more. Sessions begin at 7am and participants can be picked up as late as 6pm. mawocala.com or (352) 307-0014.

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DISCOVERY CENTER ADVENTURE CAMP Mon-Fri Jun. 10-Aug. 20

Children ages 8-12 will take part in fun and educational activities, including weekly field trips. Camp runs 8:30am-4:30pm with extended times available. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900.

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COOL CROSKEY SUMMER CAMP

Jun. 27-Jul. 1, Aug. 1-5

Jun. 11-Aug. 17

This camp is for young artists ages 7-14. Campers will learn about art and create their own works. Camp runs 9am-noon and is held at the Appleton Museum.

This summer, children ages 5-12 will engage in many fun activities that build self-esteem and character. Each week includes team sports, arts and crafts, swimming, field trips and much more. Camp

appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.

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SUMMER RECREATION Jun. 11-Aug. 17

Kids can have fun all summer creating projects, playing sports and games and/or reading a book in the learning library at the E.D. Croskey Recreation Center. This is a free program and is limited to 30 participants. ocalafl.org or (352) 401-3920.

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YMCA SUMMER CAMPS

Weekly throughout the summer

The Marion County YMCA offers a variety of summer camp programs for children of all ages throughout the summer. Contact the YMCA for a complete list. ymcacentralflorida.com/ylocations/marion or (352) 368-9622.

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OPEN RECREATION AT LILLIAN BRYANT Weekly throughout the summer

This is a weekly program for children ages 5 and up at the Lillian Bryant Recreation Center from 3-7pm. A variety of fun and educational activities will keep participants’ minds and bodies engaged in a supervised environment. ocalafl.org or (352) 629-8389. © Mandy Godbehear/Shutterstock.com

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Weekly Sessions Beginning Jun. 13-Aug. 20

will take place from 11am-1pm. A tennis only option is available.

The Ocala Civic Theatre offers a wide variety of classes throughout the spring and summer for children of all ages. Classes in drama, comedy, musicals as well as auditions for performances are available.

(352) 629-8453.

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JUNIOR LIFEGUARD CAMP Jun. 18-23

Interested in becoming a lifeguard? Kids ages 11-15 can learn to become a professional lifeguard in a safe and fun environment at the Jervey Gantt Aquatic FUN Center. Camp runs 8am-1pm. Certain prerequisites required. ocalafl.org or (352) 624-2410.

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LOOKING FOR SOMETHING ADVENTUROUS TO DO THIS SUMMER?

Ocala native Tom Ranier, along with a group of dedicated individuals who share a love of nature and adventure, introduce two once-in-a-lifetime experiences for teens. Costa Rica Teen Travel has been bringing students to Costa Rica for educational and adventurous trips for over 11 years. They introduce two new programs this summer: Eco Education Adventure and LEAD, a leadership program for teenagers. Both programs serve to inspire and educate future generations about the environment and responsibility. crrtravel.com or (352) 694-3462.


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CAMP KIWANIS HAS OFFERED A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR CHILDREN TO LEARN AND PLAY DURING THE SUMMER FOR GENERATIONS. / By Bonnie Kretchik

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If you talk to enough people, your destined to hear stories about how much Marion County has grown. Where single-lane roads used to wind through farmland, now exists four-lane highways h ighways surrounded by shopping malls m alls and restaurants. But there aare re a few traditions that have managed m anaged to stick around despite the changes our city has seen. Camp Kiwanis, located on Mill Dam Lake in the Ocala National Forrest, has been a summer haven for children since 1948. Originally a Civilian Conservation Corps camp for workers during the 1930s, the facility became a quarantine hospital during World War II. It sat vacant for a few years before the Kiwanis Club leased the property and began restoring its facilities. In 1948 the first group of campers were welcomed to days of safe, structured activity, and the rest is history. “If you talk to people who’ve lived hear long enough, everybody knows somebody who either went there as a camper or counselor,” says Scott Mitchell, the camp’s current director.

The original camp consisted of wooden cabins, which served as dormitories. A wooden pavilion was added in 1952. None of these early structures, of course, had air conditioning. “Oh it used to be hot, but we didn’t notice so much as kids,” recalls George Tomyn, whose father was one of the early instructors. George spent most of his summers tagging along with his father to Camp Kiwanis. The sessions back then consisted of swim lessons early in the morning and riflery practice or BB gun shooting, arts and crafts and archery lessons in the afternoon. Over the years, portable classrooms were added, and air-conditioned dormitories replaced the old wooden ones,

but the lessons learned by campers remain the same. “Camp Kiwanis provided— and continues to provide—a friendly and safe environment for local school-aged children to experience the Ocala National Forest in a great camping atmosphere,” says George. He firmly believes that camping is an important prelude to college dormitory life. “There are specific skills you learn living with ten or 12 other people that prepare you for college life on your own,” he says. Today, Camp Kiwanis runs four weeklong sessions for children ages 7-13. Children spend Monday through Friday at the sleep-away camp. The original staff of four has grown to 35 camp instructors today. Camp Kiwanis

staff members are employees of the Marion County School Board and are certified teachers, while high school and college students are hired as camp counselors. The camp has space for 104 campers, 52 boys and 52 girls. Children continue to participate in the same activities that many of their parents did decades ago; swimming, canoeing, archery and field games are just some of the daytime activities to keep campers busy. Evening activities include skit night and dance night. This year’s sessions run from June 18 through July 13. Camp fee is $200 per week and includes all meals, camper insurance and craft supplies.

WANT TO GO? CAMP KIWANIS Jun. 18-Jul. 13

Mill Dam Lake in the Ocala National Forrest 19300 SE 3rd St. campkiwanisocala.com (352) 236-5401

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Back pain? Not ready for surgery? See Dr. Zhou and Associates. Every patient with back pain wants to avoid surgery or use surgery as a last resort. How can you do it? The answer is right here in Ocala! Dr. Zhou of the Florida Pain and Rehabilitation Center recently published an invited expert review article titled “Back Pain, How to Avoid Surgery” in the British Journal of Medical Practitioner. This article summarized the current scientific evidence regarding the subject and Dr. Zhou’s daily practice in an attempt to help thousands of patients relieve their back pain without surgery. Dr. Zhou was also recently interviewed on Care Generation, a public health education radio show. You can hear his interview and learn how to avoid surgery by visiting thecaringgeneration.com, clicking on the “As Heard On” tab and listening to the October 16, 2011 show. Dr. Zhou combines scientific research and clinical practice. His research on “How to Obtain a Clear Fluoroscopic Lateral View for Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection” was featured in Pain Medicine News last year. His most recent book chapter “Principle of Pain Management” in Neurology in Clinical Practice, 6th edition will be released worldwide in May 2012. This book provides guidance for neurologists. Many of Dr. Zhou’s patients feel very lucky to have such a top-notch scholar and practitioner in Ocala. Traditionally, people need three epidural steroid injections to feel sciatica relief. You may only need one or two from Dr. Zhou. With his accurate diagnostic skills, high moral ethics and high success rate, Dr. Zhou always tells his patients after treatment, “You do not have to come back if you do not have pain,” and many of his patients find there really is no need to return again because they are pain free. However, they refer their closest family and friends to his practice. This is why Florida Pain and Rehabilitation Center has been growing at 20-30 percent annually over the last seven years. Because of this rapid growth, Dr. Zhou has recently added two new associates, Dr. Warycha and Dr. Vu, to his team.

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Dr. Warycha is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist. His areas of expertise include nerve function study. He excels at using ultrasound-guided joint injections. “This technique is more accurate and allows me to treat the exact pain site instead of the general area,” he says. Dr. Vu is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist and pain specialist. Together with other team members, Dr. Vu offers a comprehensive approach to treating pain using minimally invasive non-surgical treatment. The Florida Pain and Rehabilitation Center has had an outstanding record in treating and eliminating pain. Dr. Zhou and his staff offer an honest and compassionate approach to pain management and have become one of the most popular groups of practitioners in the area. Just listen to what some of his patients have to say. “Dr. Zhou has offered various treatments to me, giving me a quality of life unattainable with other medications.” “Dr. Zhou is extremely knowledgeable, while remaining friendly, courteous and, very importantly, on time for appointments. He displays a “we can help you” caring attitude, not often seen in this fast-paced world.” Consult with this outstanding team today, and learn how you can begin leading a pain-free life without surgery!

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basketballs, but from being bent over electronic devices. Trading textbooks for tablets, scrolling through a selection of music on ever-shrinking MP3 players along with rigorous texting and nonstop video gaming is taking its effect on today’s youth, raising instances of migraines, strained wrists, necks and elbows, and other conditions that generally effect people who are much older. While kids may laugh off these aches and pains now, down the road, they may be haunted by chronic problems.

Ideas to combat tech-age dilemmas: » » » » »

Encourage kids to get enough exercise. Limit video gaming. Talk instead of text messaging Unplug from the iPod while doing homework or chores. Take the family outdoors for a game of baseball or kickball (rather than the app version).

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ablets, smartphones, MP3 players, handheld video games, iPads, iPods, iPhones… with so many electronics on the market today, it has become entirely possible to go through an entire day without having to interact with another human being or move from your seat. Every day, people moan and groan over aches and pains acquired from long hours spent sitting at a desk. But now, a new generation is starting to feel the effects of the digital age. The CHIROPRACTIC ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA recently found that a growing number of children and teens were developing conditions such as repetitive strain injury (RSI), not from throwing baseballs or shooting

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Beyond A Smile Oral hygiene is about more than a dazzling white smile. The health of your mouth—teeth and gums included—plays a key role in your overall health, as well. Our mouths are a gateway to our bodies, providing entry for germs and bacteria to cause havoc, including contributing to heart disease, diabetes, pulmonary disorders and even infertility. The No. 1 tool to good oral hygiene is the toothbrush, along with its sidekick floss. So here’s what you need to know about the all-important toothbrush and why you should give it a little extra respect with it comes to helping you stay healthy.

MANUAL VS. ELECTRIC VS. SONIC Numerous scientific studies comparing manual and electric toothbrushes found that, overall, there wasn’t a significant difference in the ability to remove plaque and prevent gum disease. But there was some evidence that Sonic toothbrushes are more effective than manual toothbrushes. “It’s not that people can’t do a good job of brushing their teeth with a manual toothbrush,”

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» Don’t scrub or use too much pressure. » Brush outer and inner teeth surfaces. » Brush for the recommended two to three minutes, morning and evening.

» Floss after brushing at least once a day.

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says Tammy Davis, a dental hygienist with Dr. Charles Odaiyar’s Ocala-based dental practice. “It’s that they usually aren’t as thorough as they are with an electric toothbrush, particularly a Sonicare. In my 12 years of experience, I’ve definitely seen improved dental hygiene, less plaque and healthier gums in patients who use a Sonicare toothbrush.”

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Toothbrush Care Thoroughly rinse with tap water after every use.

Store uncovered in upright position & allow to air dry. Keep family toothbrushes separated to prevent cross-contamination. Replace adult toothbrushes every three to four months, more often for children.

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AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION, wealthy Europeans during the Middle Ages used twigs made of sweet-smelling wood to clean their teeth. Splinters, anyone? In 1498, the Emperor of China developed a toothbrush with a bone handle and stiff hog hair bristles. Ouch! Mass production of toothbrushes in America began in 1885, and nylon bristles were introduced in 1938, thank goodness. The first electric toothbrush, the Squibb company’s Broxodent, hit the American market in 1960.

ADA Seal: Always buy a toothbrush that carries the AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION’s Seal of Approval. Companies earn the ADA seal by producing scientific evidence that their product is safe and effective.

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“On our traffic accident reports, we now have a box to check to indicate if distracted driving played a role in the crash,” says Sgt. Mike Sommer, a supervising sergeant with the Ocala Police Department’s Traffic Unit. “Once, while driving in a marked OPD patrol car, I was nearly run off

TEXTING TERROR

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Defined as anytime you take your eyes off the road (visual distraction), your hands off the wheel (manual distraction) and your mind off (cognitive distraction) the primary task of driving safely. Besides talking and/or texting on a cell phone, other driver distractions include drinking, eating, talking with passengers, grooming or using CD players or GPS devices.

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Percentage of car accidents causing injury involved a distracted driver.

the road by a young lady who was texting. Of course, I stopped her, and she got a careless driving ticket.” While there are currently no specific distracted driving laws in Florida, police officers, according to Sgt. Sommer, can and will ticket someone for careless driving, which

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is often connected to distracted driving. “The bottom line is that people have to take personal responsibility for safe driving,” says Sgt. Sommer. “When you’re driving, your focus should be on driving. That’s safe driving.”

Your reaction time while using a cell phone is the same as having a blood alcohol level of .08, which is considered legally intoxicated in Florida.

If you talk on a cell phone while driving,

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If you text while driving,

you are 23 times you are four times more likely to have an more likely to have an accident and be injured. accident and be injured.

What You Can Do There are several technology options that parents can use to keep their teenagers from talking and/or texting while driving. Most charge monthly or annual fees and can be used on multiple phones. To see which might suit your needs, check out: » cellcontrol.com » getizup.com » textecution.com » key2safedriving.com » txtblocker.com

Sources: U.S. Department of Transportation; distraction.gov; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Centers for Disease Control & Prevention; usatoday.com

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pring is the perfect time to get your kids—and yourself—out of the house and away from getting way too much screen time, aka the computer, video games, TVs, smartphones—you get the idea. It’s time to get outside to enjoy the sunshine, green grass and blooming flowers—and get in some fitness via play! Say “exercise” to your kids or even your spouse and you’re likely to see a lot of frowns. So instead, try saying, “Let’s go play!” Here are some ideas to get you and your family on the fitness track this spring!

The Ocala/ Marion County area is blessed with many city parks, the Ocala National Forest and the Cross Florida Greenway, all of which are great for family hikes. Check out floridagreenwaysandtrails.org.

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Kids are natural jumpers, and a jump rope is a simple and inexpensive piece of fitness equipment. With you right alongside them, have your kids start slowly, building up to several minutes at a time while increasing the time at every session. You can jump to music or just sing your favorite songs. Then add in group jump rope games and competitions, again with fun prizes for whoever jumps the longest or the fastest.

Go Retro Great for all ages, Simon Says is a good way to incorporate stretching and flexibility in a fun activity. Start with, “Simon says, stand on your toes” then “Simon says, stand on your toes and count to five.” From there add, “Simon says, jump high,” then “Simon says, jump high five times.” Switch off, letting your kids take turns being the leader and tell you what “Simon says!” Other simple games include hide-and-seek, potato-sack races, hopscotch and tag.

Build An Obstacle Course Your backyard is a great place to build an obstacle course. You can incorporate any play stations (swings/slides/sand boxes) you might already have with new obstacles. Add a tire swing, big boxes to crawl through, small benches to jump, use lawn ornaments like a fountain to run around. Then, set up teams of kids and adults, and you’re off to the races! Winning prizes can be a simple hand-made medal or crown, maybe a movie pass or a chore-free day.

Hunt For Treasure Hide small treasures around your yard, give your kids a list and set them off with a certain time limit to find as many of the treasures as they can. Of course, again you’ll have to stoke their competitive fires with some cool prizes!

Practice Some Ping-Pong Ping-pong is a simple game that everyone can play, and it’s a great workout, as well as an excellent way to improve hand-eye coordination. You don’t even have to have a ping-pong table. Just buy a couple of paddles and balls, then improvise and turn your kitchen table, a card table or outdoor patio table into a ping-pong table by putting up a vertical obstacle. You could use a row of books or a rolled-up towel. Start with short, low-scoring games, and work up to longer ones as your child’s game improves.

Sources: education.com; exercise.com; ehow.com; fitness.usatoday.com

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ere are nearly 5,000 hospitals in the United States, many of them very good ones. And from those 5,000, HealthGrades®, the leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, selected 50 that they rank as America’s 50 Best Hospitals. Munroe Regional is one of them. For the sixth year in a row (2007– 2012). *Munroe Regional has been named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for six years in a row (2007-2012) by HealthGrades®, America’s most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality outcomes. Patient comments excerpted from actual patient letters and comments. There are many, many more. In fact, we get hundreds of comments every month.

Munroe Regional is one of only nine hospitals in Florida to receive this prestigious distinction—and the only hospital in Marion, Lake, Sumter, Citrus and Alachua counties.

As the only community owned hospital in Marion County, we believe that every one of our patients, every citizen of Marion County — anyone who entrusts their care, their family, their children and their life to Munroe Regional — deserves the best. We believe that you deserve a hospital this good. Learn more about how Munroe Regional earned the HealthGrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals award at www.youtube.com/MunroeRegional.

What does that mean? It means that patients treated at America’s 50 Best Hospitals — hospitals like Munroe Regional — had, on average, a 30% lower risk of death across 17 different procedures and diagnoses. It means that, if all hospitals performed at the level of America’s 50 Best Hospitals — like Munroe Regional — from 2008 through 2010, over 179,000 Medicare deaths may have been prevented. Most of all, it means that you can count on Munroe Regional. In fact, you should insist on Munroe Regional. Not because we say so. Because the experts say so. And that’s important.

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roup fitness classes have evolved way beyond Richard Simmons and Jane Fonda decked out in tights, leg warmers and headbands leading an aerobics class, sweating to the oldies. Trends have gone from kickboxing to indoor cycling to boot camps to Zumba. “Today’s group fitness programs offer a wide variety with something for everyone,” says Cammy Dennis, the Cammy Dennis fitness director for On Top of the World Communities Inc., as well as THE RANCH FITNESS CENTER AND SPA. “Having been involved in the health industry for 20 years, my own philosophy has evolved beyond fitness to achieving whole-person wellness.” A certified personal trainer, Dennis also

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has a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Her extensive health career involves experience in group fitness, personal training, curriculum development, fitness education and administration. Her fitness programs for three facilities include managing 75 group fitness classes per week, personal training, wellness seminars and fitness assessments. “Physical activity is critical for maintaining a strong, healthy body and improves the quality of our lives,” says Dennis. “We need to stop thinking about exercise as something to check off our daily to-do list but rather something that helps us celebrate life.” At The Ranch Fitness Center & Spa, the group fitness programs are categorized into four main areas of fitness to address whole-body health and fitness. Here’s a look at The Ranch’s fitness menu, where you can mix and match classes to suit you and your be-healthy goals.

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Water

Yoga: Long known to improve strength and flexibility, yoga connects mind, body and breath.

Aqua Zumba: Brings the Zumba dance party to the pool for a great cardio and strength workout.

Pilates: Designed on the principles of Joseph Pilates, this is a mat-based class for strengthening and lengthening the body’s muscles.

H20 Fit: A shallow-water, low-impact aerobics and strength class.

Cardio

Strength/ Athletic Conditioning

Power Cycling: Using indoor spinning cycles, this is a challenging cardiovascular workout that incorporates interval training and simulates riding on the road. Zumba: Take part in Zumba’s high-energy dance aerobics set to all types of music, from salsa to hip hop. Zumba Toning: A different spin on Zumba that combines body-sculpting exercises with Latin music-infused dance moves. Beyond the music, this workout incorporates lightweight maraca toning sticks to tone and strengthen your upper body.

Power Pump: Resistance training in a group fitness setting to build muscle and burn fat. R.I.P.P.E.D: A 50-minute, boot-camp program with pre-choreographed movement set to highenergy music. In fitness slang, ripped is used to describe someone who has attained a high level of fitness and has the ripped muscles to prove it! A national trademarked program, the acronym spells out each component of the workout: Resistance: Bodyweight and dumbbell exercises

for fast-paced, plateauproof strength training. Intervals: Short bursts of high-intensity cardio drills to burn calories and improve endurance. Power: Strength plus speed equals power. Plyometrics: Explosive, powerful movements to improve overall athletic performance. Endurance: Calorietorching cardio challenges. Diet: Nutritional guidance to promote optimal health and performance.

Source: The Ranch Fitness Center & Spa (theranchfitnessspa.com)

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Not All Facelifts are the Same A Q&A with Dr. Nijher

What type of facelift is best for me? When trying to determine what will most refresh a face, it is best for the surgeon to use a systematic approach to address the issues on each individual face. These issues may be laxity of skin, looseness of muscle, jowls, bands in the neck or excess fat. Each of these issues needs to be addressed in a specific manner tailored to the individual problem. It is, therefore, important to get an appropriate assessment by a board-certified plastic surgeon. This is extremely important in today’s media market where there is a significant amount of advertisement for minimally invasive facelifts. Often, these do not repair the underlying structural problems and merely tighten the skin, which then subsequently leads to a very unnatural look. Furthermore, the rejuvenation effect is very temporary and does not have the longevity of a good facelift. If done properly, and by addressing the individual components of the facelift, a good facelift should last eight to 10 years, but the most important factor in choosing a type of facelift is actually choosing the appropriate surgeon, one who looks at you with an individualized approach and does not simply use a standard approach to every patient. When choosing a surgeon, ensure he or she is board certified and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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Will I be put to sleep for my facial surgery? There are many misconceptions about the safety of anesthesia during facial rejuvenation procedures. Most facial rejuvenation procedures can actually be performed very safely under IV sedation. Although there are some physicians who prefer to perform facial procedures under general anesthesia, the vast majority are actually performed under IV sedation. IV sedation is similar to the type of “twilight” anesthesia given during colonoscopies and other outpatient procedures. It is a very safe and commonly used form of anesthesia. In the case of facial rejuvenation, it is in fact much safer than having no anesthesia at all. With the patient sedated, the surgeon has much more control over the procedure and the patient can be appropriately monitored. Therefore, make sure you have a complete and thorough consultation to determine what your anesthesia needs will be.

Board Certification: American Board of Plastic Surgery American Board of Surgery

Education:

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New York Presbyterian Hospital of Cornell and Columbia University Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, New York

What can I expect while recovering from a facelift? In general, the recovery period of any type of facial rejuvenation procedure has several phases over six to eight weeks. During the first week, patients will most likely be bruised and swollen. During the second to third week, the bruising will resolve significantly and the swelling will begin to subside. By three to four weeks, most patients begin taking on a normal appearance, and by six to eight weeks, patients will achieve their final result. This is fairly consistent regardless of whether someone has a full facelift procedure or a minimal facelift procedure, but make sure you discuss the specifics of your individual case with your surgeon.

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How to Have Healthier Teens By Michael Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet Oz, M.D.

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sobering new study about teens’ threatened hearts hit us YOU Docs hard. If there are young VIPs in your life, it will rock you, too. Today’s teens are developing heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes at a younger age than any generation before them. After 40 years of improvements in America’s heart health, they’re likely to live shorter lives than their After 40 years of parents. improvements in There’s no way to sugarcoat this. More than 70 percent of teens studied already America’s heart had one or more of these red flags: high health, today’s blood pressure, high blood sugar, high teens are likely to triglycerides (a menacing blood fat), low levels of healthy HDL cholesterol, lots of live shorter lives excess pounds. than their parents. How did kids’ health problems get so big they need their own ZIP code? Blame the four S’s: SUGARY drinks and snacks: About 30 percent of teens’ daily calories now come from them. SALT: Kids eat more blood pressure-boosting sodium than any other age group. SKIPPING the good stuff: Only about 20 percent eat five servings of fruit and veggies a day, or enough whole grains. SITTING around (usually staring at screens): Just 20 percent of teens get an hour of physical activity per day, the minimum for good health.

“OK, YOU Docs,” we hear you saying, “What can I do?” Truth is, we know what really keeps kids’ hearts healthy. Not lectures and weigh-ins. (Whew.) Kids click with what you do, not with what you say. Don’t shame them about their weight or waist size, ever. Focus on positives and their health. Walk the walk, and start with the basics:

1. Get every kid’s cholesterol checked (yours, too). Heart-health experts now recommend that all kids have a cholesterol test between 9 and 11, and again between 17 and 21. Out-of-whack numbers— total cholesterol over 189, LDLs over 119,

triglycerides over 114, healthy HDLs below 45—mean it’s time for the whole family to eat smarter and move more. Few kids need cholesterol-lowering medications. 2. Know your kid’s blood pressure (your own, too). Healthy blood pressure numbers vary with a child’s age; your pediatrician can tell you if your child’s is fine or needs help. 3. Change your menu. Today. Few teens get even half the cholesterol-lowering fiber they need. Serving up more fiber-rich fruits, veggies and whole grains is a great place to start. Toss walnuts and raisins on oatmeal or Cheerios, keep apples and oranges on the counter, make sandwiches with 100 percent whole-wheat bread, sprinkle veggies with almonds at dinner and buy wholewheat pasta. Serve water, nonfat milk or iced tea instead of sugary soft drinks. 4. Downshift on pizza and other teen salt bombs. The single largest source of sodium in teen diets is pizza, so make it a once-a-month treat—and start with a big salad so a couple of slices fill them up. Cutting back on salt now will cut your teens’ risk for high blood pressure later by 63 percent. Got a kid who loves to cook? Try making 100 percent whole-wheat pizza together with low-salt sauce and tons of vegetables. 5. Turn off the TV and get moving. Play backyard soccer, hit the playground, go skating or break out Wii Fit or a dance-along video. Simply cutting your family’s staring-at-the-TV time in half will help everyone burn calories and build muscle (and body confidence). 6. Put some experts (us) in your corner. Give kids our just-for-them book, YOU: The Owner’s Manual for Teens. It’s written in kid-speak. Find tips at healthcorps. com, a national program started by Dr. Oz and his wife, Lisa, to fight childhood obesity. Turn your kid onto teen DailyStrength at teen.sharecare.com, a site we’ve developed that supports teens trying to make healthy choices. There’s a grown-up version, too. Just in case.

The YOU Docs, Mehmet Oz and Mike Roizen of Cleveland Clnic, are authors of YOU: Losing Weight. For more information go to RealAge. com. (c) 2012 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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A SERVICE OF THE INSTITUTE OF CARDIOVASCULAR EXCELLENCE AND THE INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL EXCELLENCE

CARDIOVISION

WHEN IT COMES TO SEEING YOUR HEART CLEARLY… I.C.E. BRINGS IT ALL INTO FOCUS WITH 4D ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY.

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OTHER ADVANCED IMAGING TECHNIQUES INCLUDE: AORTIC

ULTRASOUND is used to diagnose any problem with the aorta. The aorta is the body’s largest artery that comes directly out of the heart’s left ventricle, travels down through the abdomen and branches off into the external and internal iliac arteries. Common problems are stenosis or narrowing of the aorta or aortic aneurysm, which is where the artery weakens and balloons out. Many times abdominal aortic aneurysms have no symptoms whatsoever until the artery actually ruptures. Once the aorta ruptures only 10–25 percent of patients survive. This is why it is vitally important to discover aortic aneurysms early in their formation. ICE technicians, using the best and latest in ultrasound technology can get a clear view and diagnose the problem quickly and accurately. Once a definitive diagnosis is made, ICE physicians take over and expertly repair the aneurysm.

RENAL ULTRASOUND allows our technicians to find problems forming in the renal, celiac or superior mesenteric arteries, the lower aorta and the kidneys. This type of ultrasound can be technically challenging but highly trained ICE technicians have the patience and skill to uncover even the smallest problem. Flexi-Volume 4D

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hen it comes to seeing clearly — no one does it better than the Institute of Cardiovascular Excellence. They are poised to begin a new era in cardiac diagnostics with the latest in imaging technology — 4D ultrasound of the heart. This innovative advance in imaging technology will capture pictures of your heart in three dimensions — in real time. This will allow ICE physicians and technicians to study your beating heart, identifying its structure down to the minutest detail. Problems that once took invasive procedures, and several hours, to diagnose will now be clearly discerned and instantly diagnosed by ICE physicians. This new 4D technology permits technicians not only to assess your heart’s structural problems but also determine how those problems are affecting your heart’s function. ICE physicians will be able to look deep within the heart, seeing past the outer wall of muscle and isolating individual heart valves. The image they see will be that of the valve itself, opening and closing in real time with each beat of your heart. Add in Doppler technology and they can even discern the rate of blood flow through the valve. This will enable them to detect issues such as mitral valve regurgitation and to check the status of replaced mitral and aortic valves. Amazing new 4D technology will give ICE specialists crisper, sharper anatomical images not available with standard 2D ultrasound and may even save patients the time and expense of further testing. In instances when the only alternative is transesophageal ultrasound, no one does it better than the staff at ICE. The images produced allow a detailed analysis of the heart and its structures under light anesthetic. The ICE staff prides itself on staying on the cutting edge when it comes to providing the very best in technological advances for the comfort and service of its patients.

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TRANSCRANIAL DOPPLER is used to measure blood flow within the vessels inside the brain. It can detect arterial stenosis (narrowing), blood clots, and ruptured blood vessels. In some instances it can detect circulating cerebral clots that can be detected by no other means. This test is especially helpful in patients suffering from strokes or transient ischemic attacks (mini-strokes). CAROTID

ULTRASOUND is available to determine narrowing of the carotid arteries. Plaque buildup in these arteries increases the risk of stroke. The disease itself has no symptoms until stroke occurs and stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

LOWER

ARTERIAL

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measures blood blow through the arteries in the legs. Narrowing of the arteries in the legs can lead to leg pain, numbness or a feeling of heaviness. This test can detect peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a disease that affects over 12 million Americans. ICE physicians are experts at detecting and treating PAD. LOWER VENOUS ULTRASOUND can

detect narrowed veins and deadly blood clots that have formed in the veins of the legs. Chronic venous insufficiency affects those who sit or stand for long periods of time and can lead to phlebitis or deep vein thrombosis. The technicians at ICE can quickly and accurately diagnose vein problems. Whatever your symptoms, the technicians at ICE are ready to help diagnose your problem quickly and accurately and ICE physicians are ready to take whatever steps are necessary to restore your health.


Dr. Qamar

Stanislav MKHITAROV

“You never realize how much you walk, until you can’t walk,” says Stan Mkhitarov, a 69 year-old retired general surgeon, who relocated to The Villages after practicing medicine overseas for over 40 years. “It started slowly, as a pressure in my right leg when I was walking. But it grew into debilitating pain that hindered my ability to get around and take part in activities I once enjoyed. My search for a highly knowledgeable and skillful cardiovascular physician led me to Dr. Asad Qamar. He diagnosed me with Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) in the spring of 2011. angio“Since then, I have undergone several angio plasty and catheterization procedures on both legs. Words can never express how much I appreciate the care I received from the talented and caring Dr. Qamar. I have so much respect and trust in his entire team, who were so approachable and treated me and my family with respect and understanding. “Having worked in the medical field for four decades, my wife (who is also a retired M.D.) and I have always had access to quality healthcare. However, I say with a great deal of confidence that Dr. Qamar and his staff at ICE are one of the finest groups of healthcare professionals I have ever met.”

Since I was a child, I have known that the practice of medicine is my family’s chosen profession. My father was a surgeon practicing in Great Britain and my mother was an ICU nurse. Before I attended medical school, I watched as my two sisters and older brother went through the rigors of a medical education. I managed to meet my wife during the hardships of medical school. We moved to the United States in 1990 after leaving our internships at a hospital in Dublin. While attending Yale, I fell in love with the incredible field of cardiovascular medicine and it was my good fortune to have mentors such as Dr. Joseph Babb, Dr. Craig McPherson, and Dr. Stuart Zarich. It has been 13 years since we moved to Ocala and looking back, we couldn’t have chosen a better place to raise a family and earn a living. I want to thank this community. We have had the pleasure of meeting some of the most wonderful people during our time here. Yours,

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The first echocardiogram on a human heart was performed in 1953 by physician Inge Edler and physicist C. Hellmuth Hertz.

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Bob and Nancy WARREN “In February 2009, good friends of ours referred us to Dr. Qamar. Following several tests it was determined that my husband Bob needed a stent placed in an artery to his heart. In his following visits to Dr. Qamar and Dr. Gharai, they decided Bob needed open-heart surgery. His aortic valve was replaced in March 2011 and a few days later they implanted a pacemaker. “I also underwent several tests and found I needed a procedure performed on my leg. Following an ablation, I am doing very well. Both Bob and I are up and about, taking daily walks. We are very pleased with the results of our care. “The doctors at ICE are wonderful and take time to talk with us. We have great confidence in them and are very thankful for the consideration and kindness of the staff. They are always helpful and smiling.”

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This no-meat meal is tofu-free! FAUX CHICKEN TENDER MEAL: Spread peanut butter on wafer sandwich cookies and cover them with crushed corn flake cereal. For ketchup, put seedless strawberry jam in a condiment cup. Shape green taffy candy into little balls to make “peas.”

Cupcakes for dinner! MEATLOAF CUPCAKES: Bake meatloaf in cupcake liners in a muffin tin at 375°F for about 15 minutes. Dye mashed potatoes using food dye (try pink or blue), and then spread on top of “cupcakes” for icing after they have baked.

Say cheese? GRILLED CHEESE FAKE-OUT: Slice two pieces of pound cake for “bread.” Cut diagonally and bake in oven until lightly toasted. Stir red and yellow food coloring into buttercream frosting to make a cheese-like tint. Spread on one slice, then put other slice on top to make sandwich. Source: familyfun.com

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The average child will consume more than 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before they graduate high school. Children on the east coast generally prefer creamy style, while those on the west coast often opt for crunchy.

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Two Slices of Bread

Peanut Butter

Bread isn’t always the enemy we make it out to be. Choose whole wheat over white, and check your ingredient list! Bread can be a source of high fructose corn syrup and is surprisingly high in sodium.

Ooey gooey and a lunch box staple, peanut butter is a nutritional powerhouse compared to cold cuts. Choose an “allnatural” version, which lacks artificial additives.

Per slice: 80-90 calories, 15-18g carbohydrates, 200mg sodium. What’s that? Bread contains mono and diglycerides, which are emulsifying agents to increase the shelf life of baked goods. Burn it off: Ride a bike for 40 minutes.

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Try this instead: Almond butter has the same amount of fat and calories but is considerably higher in vitamin E, iron and calcium. It is also 50 percent higher in “good fat” (monounsaturated) and 25 percent lower in saturated fat. Per two tablespoons: 180 calories, 16g fat, 7g protein Burn it off: Mow your lawn with a push mower for 35 minutes.

Jelly Satisfyingly sweet, jam, jelly or preserves are all made from fruit, sugar and pectin. Look for spreads without added sugars, but avoid ones with sugar substitutes. For something different, try sliced bananas to keep sugar levels down. What’s the difference? The difference between jam, jelly and preserves is the form of the fruit. In jam, the fruit is in the form of fruit juice; in jelly, it’s pulp or crushed fruit; and in preserves, it’s chunks. Per tablespoon: 50-60 calories, 0g fat, 10-13g sugar. Burn it off: Hand-wash your dishes for 20 minutes.

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U T T ER PE A NU TLLBY A ND JE NE OF AMERICA’S FAVORITE LUNCHES IS THE CLASSIC PB&J. TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT’S IN THIS LIP-SMACKING SANDWICH, AND TAKE IN A FEW TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE IT HEALTHIER.

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Tailwind Café accommodates both “fly-in” and “drive-in” patrons at its convenient location at the Ocala International Airport. Located in the Landmark Aviation Building, Tailwind Café has large windows that overlook the runways, offering the perfect spot to watch planes come and go as you enjoy breakfast or lunch. “We’re most known for our burgers and Morgan Lane Photography / Shutterstock.com fries,” says manager Erin Beagan. “Our meat is 90 percent pure beef and low fat.” For breakfast, best sellers include the omelets and the Combo (two eggs, two pancakes, two slices of bacon, sausage or ham). Open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week from 8am-3pm. Open Friday until 6:30. 1200 SW 60th Ave., Ocala (352) 291-0283

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Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse 3405 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-3151 Mon-Thu 11a-10p / Fri & Sat 11a-11p / Sun 3p-10p Tony’s Sushi brings scrumptious sushi favorites from New York and Miami to Ocala, served in a fun, family environment. All sushi dishes are made to order—choose from a variety of specialty rolls or create your own! Whether you prefer chicken, steak or seafood, talented chefs will prepare it with dazzling showmanship on the hot grill right at your table. All entrées come with soup or salad and rice. In addition to the full Japanese kitchen, there is a full liquor bar and a beer selection, including imported Japanese beer and sake.

For the truly adventurous, try Tony’s famous Sake Bomb! We also provide catering and host private parties.

Roberto’s Italian Eatery 22050 N Highway 441, McIntosh / (352) 591-1145 Wed & Thurs 11a-9p / Fri & Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-3p Closed Monday & Tues Roberto’s Italian Eatery offers a unique combination of Italian cuisine and affordable prices. Chef Antonio prepares every dish with a passion to preserve the integrity of Italian food traditions. Try our savory aged steaks and vibrantly colored dishes. Our signature red snapper is cooked whole and filleted right at your table. House-made tiramisu is a popular dessert that can be enjoyed with an Italian cappuccino after dinner. Other classic dishes, such as veal marsala, chicken Parmesan and fettuccine alfredo, are available for the diner’s choosing. Feast on a meal that is distinctively Italian when you visit Roberto’s Italian Eatery.

Located 1 mile north of McIntosh Village on Highway 441. Check out the new menu and try our bestselling lasagna! Surf & Turf available for Lunch & Dinner Closed for Easter

El Toreo 3790 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 694-1401 / 7 Days 11a-10p SR 200, Ocala / (352) 291-2121 / 7 Days 11a-11p Happy Hour Daily 4p-7p New lunch specials include Taco Salad on Monday, $3.95; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $3.95; Quesadillas on Wednesday, $5.45; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $4.95; and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $3.95. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $7.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $6.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $6.95; Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $6.95; and Enchilada Fridays, $6.95. Don’t miss “Margarita Mondays” with $1.95 margaritas. On Tuesdays, kids 12 and under - 99¢ from the children’s menu (takeout not included). Wednesday is 99¢ margaritas and $1.95 for domestic and imported beers. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day.

Join us every day for happy hour from 4-7pm and get 2-for-1 wells or drafts. Whether it’s delicious food, great drinks or a festive atmosphere, there are more reasons than ever to visit either El Toreo location today.

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High in hearthealthy omega-3 fatty acids; high in protein

Can be high in mercury and other contaminants

Pink in color with a dense texture

Keep it moist! Salmon overcooks easily. Try it grilled or pan seared in your favorite marinade.

Low in mercury and other contaminants and high in protein, B12 and potassium

Low in omega-3 fatty acids

Very mild flavor with a white, very flakey texture

Don’t try to grill it. Tilapia absorbs flavor easily, so steam, bake or broil in your favorite marinade for a high-protein, low-fat dish.

High in protein and niacin with a fair amount of omega-3 fatty acids

Mercury levels range from moderate to high depending on the species

Subtle flavor with a bit more density than Tilapia

The most popular method is English fish and chips, but cod’s versatility allows it to pick up other flavors well. Try baking it in your favorite sauce.

Excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, protein and vitamin D.

Certain varieties tend to be high in mercury content such as albacore and bluefin

Varies from pink to dark red or even brown in color with a very dense texture

Tuna’s density makes it great for grilling.

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Halibut is high in protein and B vitamins and has a fair amount of omega-3 fatty acids

Tends to be high in mercury

Known for its delicate sweet flavor, snow white color and firm flakey texture

Halibut is best prepared either baked or grilled with seasonings and spices only.

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become pregnant and young children should avoid eating fish with a high mercury content, as it can interfere with the development of the nervous system in babies and young children. For more information and a list of the mercury content in different fish, visit fda.gov.

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Bruzzi,” has been on the menu for 45 years and features baked spaghetti, mixed with mushrooms and three types of cheese baked to perfection under a cheesy top layer. Mom & Dad’s even offers a gluten-free menu, which Ricky says is becoming quite popular. Open for dinner from 4-9 pm TuesdaySaturday. 304 S 27/441, Lady Lake (352) 753-2722

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BBQ Shack opened November 2011 and barbeque lovers definitely approve. “We used to do BBQ competitions. Trophies are great, but you can’t eat them,” says pit master and co-owner Mark Davis. “People kept telling us we needed to sell our BBQ, so we built the shack and started selling. We have a big following, and business is growing Igor Dutina / Shutterstock.com every day.” Find all your BBQ favorites in addition to some unique items, including a smoked chipotle chicken wrap complete with cucumber pineapple relish and “Redneck Eggrolls” (pulled pork with tomato slaw in an eggroll wrapper deep-fried and served with peach dipping sauce). Open 10:30am-5pm WednesdaySaturday. Located on Hwy. 466, near Lake Sumter Landing, The Villages (352) 426-0644 Continued on page 82


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Little Joey’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant Baylee Plaza: 16840 US Hwy 441, Summerfield / (352) 347-1800 Big Lots Shopping Center: 103rd Street Plaza, 8602 SW SR200, Ocala / (352) 873-0223 6998 N. Lecanto Hwy / (352) 465-0082 Mon-Thu 11a-8:30p / Fri & Sat 11a-9:30p / Closed Sun

After 20 years in business, Little Joey’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant has not lost its touch. The family-style dine-in or takeout Italian restaurant serves fabulous dishes that are prepared to order. Catering for various events can also be arranged. With quality as a top priority, chefs prepare authentic Italian dishes, from Chicken Marsala to Eggplant Rollitine, a vegetarian delight, and another favorite, the Linguine Pescatore, a seafood lover’s dream. And don’t forget about the hand-tossed pizza, stromboli and calzone with your choice of toppings. With quality as a top priority, our chefs put the utmost care into the preparation of each dish to provide the best dining experience.

Don’t forget to join us on Tuesday every week for a large pizza for only $6.95!!!

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Mark’s Prime Steakhouse and Seafood 30 S Magnolia Ave., Ocala / (352) 402-0097 Mon 5p-9p / Tue-Thur 5p-10p / Fri-Sat 5p-11p Mark’s Prime Steakhouse, located in historic downtown Ocala is known for its “Steaks with Passion.” Mark’s proudly serves the finest prime beef and freshest seafood, specially seasoned and cooked over a wood fire grill. Filet Mignon, Bone In Ribeye, Grouper Sante Fe, Pistachio Encrusted Tuna, and award-winning Crab Bisque are a few of the local favorites. Mark’s complements its exquisite menu with one of the best wine lists in North Florida. Dessert highlights include Crème Brulee and a decadent Chocolate Paradise.

Happy Hour Mon-Sat 5-7pm Complimentary Valet Reservations Suggested

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Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant 2463 SW 27th Avenue, Ocala / (352) 237-3900 / kotobukiocala.com Lunch: Tue-Fri 11:30a-2p Dinner: Tue-Thu 4:30p-9:30p / Fri & Sat 4:30p-10:30p / Mon & Sun 4:30p-9:30p For an authentic Japanese meal in an award-winning restaurant that has been serving Ocala since 1986, try Kotobuki. Try 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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The previous years’ structure had become quite expensive in order to accommodate everyone. In addition, the logistics for outdoor events depend so much on the weather that it was always a possibility that all of the funds spent on outdoor setup would be lost by having to move indoors or even cancel the event. Space was a consideration in determining price, as well. The price reflects that only a limited number of reservations will be available. This can be compared to previous years where larger numbers were necessary to raise the same amount of money needed to fund scholarships.

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N MAY 5, STARTING AT 6:30PM AT THE EWERS CENTURY CENTER AT THE COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA, TASTE OF OCALA INVITES YOU TO SAMPLE LOCAL RESTAURANTS’ TASTIEST DISHES. WHILE SOME ARE WARY OF THIS YEAR’S MAKEOVER—THE EVENT HAS UNDERGONE MAJOR CHANGES WITH A MORE FORMAL TONE AND RISE IN PRICES (ADMISSION IS $100)—MANY WELCOME THE MORE ELEGANT FORMAT WITH ENTHUSIASM AND POSITIVITY. JENNIE WEAVER, EVENT COORDINATOR FOR THE COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA FOUNDATION, TELLS US WHY YOU SHOULD, TOO.

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in previous years were eligible for state matching funds, which is no longer the case due to the economy and state funding, making it even more critical for the success of the event. We are hoping the changes this year will increase the support available.

What can attendees look forward to? This year, there will be talented local musicians as well as a raffle. We are excited to report that we have several local restaurants that will bring examples of their own unique flavors and atmosphere that makes them special. There will also be a wine tasting as an added elegant experience. There will definitely be something there for everyone, and attendees will possibly be able to try foods they never have before.

Will this year’s changes affect the scholarship fund? The beneficiaries of the event are, and have always been, the deserving local students receiving scholarships. With less expense and a higher ticket price, more funds will be directly available for scholarships. Funds raised

To make reservations or find out more, contact the College of Central Florida Foundation at (352) 873-5808 or visit tasteofocala.com or cf.edu/foundation.

Since MJ’s Country Cafe & Buffet opened in November 2010, the Reddick-area restaurant has been serving breakfast and lunch, but due to strong demand from patrons, owners Mike and Jana Winter hope to soon be open for dinner. Mike and Jana offer a full menu Josh Resnick / Shutterstock.com focusing primarily on “Southern comfort food” and also feature a country buffet. “Our fried chicken is probably the most popular thing on the menu,” says Mike. “We make everything like we make it at home.” Fried chicken and meatloaf are on the buffet every day, and fried fish is on the Friday buffet, as well as the daily menu. Jana also makes custom cakes to order. 15330 NW Gainesville Rd. (25A), Reddick (352) 591-0802

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House of Japan 3410 SW College Rd., Ocala / (352) 304-5110 / houseofjapans.com Mon-Fri 11:30a-3p / 5p-10p Sat-Sun Noon-10p House of Japan is Ocala’s newest dining restaurant, specializing in traditional Japanese cuisine. House of Japan offers both traditional and exotic Japanese cuisine, including sushi, teriyaki, tempura and hibachi food. The staff is committed to serving the highest quality fish available on the market. Try a variety of original house sushi rolls that are unlike anything in the area including Uni. Enjoy quality seafood, including Yellow Tail, Sea Bass and Lobster! Come enjoy your dining in a casual and comfortable atmosphere with great service.

Happy Hour 5-8pm daily. $8.95 Lunch Menu! 2 for Tuesdays Specials! 8oz Filet Mignon served daily. Two private party rooms available. Karaoke available upon request.

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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 homestyle chicken & dumplings 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. 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.

Blanca’s Café Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club / 5000 N US Hwy 27, Ocala / (352) 867-0001 Sun Breakfast Buffet 8a-Noon, Dinner 1p-7p / Mon-Sat Lunch & Dinner 10:30a-9p Tucked in among the rolling greens of the Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club, Blanca’s Café is a gem of a find for diners looking for excellent food served in a warm, friendly environment. Italian dishes and delicious homemade desserts are the café’s specialty, with a popular breakfast buffet offered every Sunday. Patrons enjoy a full service bar and live entertainment weekly as well as spacious seating for up to 150. Try one of the weekly dinner specials Blanca’s offers, or schedule catering for your next event through the café. Whether you’re a newcomer in town or a local looking for somewhere new to dine, Blanca’s Café offers something to please every palate.

Weekly entertainment, call for details. Homemade pizza served daily. Lunches now feature Beef on Weck & Monte Cristo Sandwiches. Every Friday, 1½ lb. Maine Lobster. Reservation required by Wednesday. Easter Dinner will be served from noon to 7pm. Please call for reservations.

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opportunity was right, we jumped in feet first,” says owner Erik Fox. Already popular are the Supreme Roast Beef, a hot roast beef sandwich with gravy and melted provolone, and the Supreme Turkey, a hot turkey sandwich with gravy, melted provolone and a side of cranberry sauce. “We roast our own beef, turkey and corned beef, and anything we don’t do ourselves is exclusively from Boarshead,” says Erik. Open 10am-4pm, Monday-Saturday. 2506 SE 17th St., Ocala (352) 369-3354

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Common Chef? A new TV show centered around three friends, Mr. PC, Chris Brack and Sam Wilburn, having a good time in the kitchen. They have no culinary training and anything can happen while the camera is rolling. Mr. PC of PC House Productions, which produces The Common Chef, describes his kitchen crew as “just a bunch of average guys mixing up dishes with local flair” (most of their ingredients come from the Ocala Farm Market and local businesses). The idea for The Common Chef emerged around the time of October 2011’s Culinary Combat—a PC House Productions-sponsored event. The

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three friends conceived a plan to create a show that captures the joy of cooking and the bonds formed while sharing a home-cooked meal. They may be goofing off at times, but the trio is also on camera to inspire. “We want people to know anybody can do this; it just takes a little bit of creativity. Experimentation, that’s the whole point,” says Mr. PC. Besides zooming down grocery aisles and bouncing on a hop ball through the kitchen, the chefs are also filmed cooking for charities. In “Operation Delicious – Episode 7,” The Common Chef cooked up a meal for the founders of “Operation Shoebox,” an organization that creates care packages for troops, veterans and their families. The chefs have also teamed up with Shane’s Rib Shack to cook for Interfaith Emergency

Services in “The Most In ‘Shane’ Meal Eva – Episode 8.” The Common Chef’s most recent episode “Super Fry,” has a fried food-themed menu: fried chips, fried chicken strips, deep fried wings—you get the picture. The chefs aren’t afraid to tackle anything. Prime example: “Super Fry’s” gigantic Twinkie, a deep fried angel food cake filled with ice cream. Watch The Common Chef on FOX 51 every Sunday at 10:30am. The show is also aired on COX three times a day, seven days a week. Visit thecommonchef.com to watch past episodes and read the chefs’ blogs.

Scoops Ice Cream Parlor Inc. celebrated its nine-year anniversary on March 1. The family-friendly neighborhood ice cream shop has won numerous “best of the best” awards. “The scoops are huge; our biggest complaint is that the scoops are too big,” says Magone / Shutterstock.com owner Paul Murphy. “We serve premium ice cream and a lot of it at a decent price.” With nearly 50 flavors, Scoops Ice Cream Parlor dishes up all kinds of ice cream creations. The banana split weighs nearly two pounds! Located in the Big Lots shopping center on West Highway 200, Scoops is open seven days a week from noon-8pm and until 9pm on weekends. 8602 SW Hwy 200, Ocala (352) 861-7372


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Mesa de Notte 2436 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala / (352) 732-4737 / mesaocala.com Mon–Fri 11a-10p / Sat & Sun 3p-10p / Happy hour daily 3-7p Additional parking in rear. Chef Jose Moreno says “Benvenuti a Mesa de Notte” (Welcome to Table of the Night) an Italiano vero, fine dining experience you won’t forget. Traditional Italian cuisine, as well as unique specialty dishes, are all served with gourmet pasta made in-house at Mesa de Notte. Mesa de Notte uses only the freshest ingredients, including fresh seafood and vegetables, hand-cut steaks, veal, duck and more. Complete your meal with one of 13 delicious sauces, all rooted in Italy, such as livernese, puttanesca, frances, pomodoro, bolognaise, pesto, vodka, piccata, oil and garlic. Enjoy a glass of “vino” from over 80 international fine wines, many served by the glass, or maybe a nice bottle of cold beer. Come enjoy! Or let us cater your special occasions!

Join us for a delectable Easter dinner, Sunday, April 8th. Special hours Noon-10pm. Reservations recommended but not required.

Bamboo Bistro 700 North Hwy 441 (In Front of Target), Lady Lake / (352) 750-9998 Mon-Thu 11a-9:30p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun Noon-9p Celebrating one year in business! Experience the unique and unforgettable taste of Bamboo Bistro in The Villages! Offering Asian dishes from China, Japan, Vietnam and Thailand along with a full sushi bar, Chef Liang Wu incorporates the best variety of authentic Asian ingredients while using an array of cooking techniques. Our specialties include Peking Duck, Pepper Seared Filet Mignon, Seafood Delight, along with other seafood choices. Many wok entrées and noodle dishes are available as well. A variety of Asian beers and the extensive wine list will complement any meal.

Chef Wu and co-owner Jian Daniels have created a wonderful new Asian Fusion dining experience in town that manages to be both elegant and casual.

Cody’s Original Roadhouse 2505 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-8182 / codysamerican.com Doors Open at 11a. Serving Lunch & Dinner Daily. “Where Quality and Value Come Together!” Servin’ USDA Hand-Cut Prime and Choice Steaks, rotisserie chicken, BBQ ribs, chops, fresh fish, burgers, salads and more! Kids eat free Monday and Tuesday; Wednesday – Buy One, Get One Free Fajitas and Thursday, Steak Night with $12.98 steak specials! Daily 2-4-1 Happy Hour 11am-7pm, Early Bird Specials until 6pm Mon. thru Sat. Sunday – after church specials starting at $8.99 with dessert. Celebrate Easter with our Brown Sugar Cured Honey Baked Ham or, Roast Young Tom Turkey with Dressing for only $12.98! Take-out service available.

Locations also in Gainesville, The Villages in Lake Sumter Landing and our new location in Tallahassee. Enjoy Easter specials such as Roast Leg of Spring Lamb for only $13.98! Specials only available until 7pm. FREE Dessert with all Easter Specials!

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Tilted Kilt 3155 E. Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 351-5458 / tiltedkilt.com Mon-Sat 11a-Midnight / Sun 11a-11p Other favorites include such entrées as the Sausage Artichoke Fettuccini, Danny Boy’s Shepherd’s Pie and Lasagna.

Everything at Tilted Kilt, from the delicious pub-style food to the friendly costumed staff, is exciting and fun! The menu features an array of satisfying options, whether you just want to snack or feel like having a full meal. Nachos, cheeseburger sliders, quesadillas and salads join over half a dozen hearty burgers, such as the Black & Bleu, The French Connection (lots of melted Swiss cheese and sautéed mushrooms and onions) and the BBQ Bacon. Other favorites include Maggie Mae’s Fish & Chips, Kilt Burner Wings, Chicken Tenders, the Ultimate Club Wrap and the Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap.

Cuvée Wine & Bistro 2237 SW 19th Ave Rd, Ste. 102, Ocala / (352) 351-1816 / cuveewineocala.com Mon-Thu 5p-10p / Fri & Sat 5p-2a / Happy Hour 5p-7p Call for Reservations. Private Parties and Off-Premise Catering Available.

Cuvée Wine & Bistro is an elegant and approachable environment where you can embrace the age-old relationship between food and wine. In an inspiring and intimate atmosphere, Cuvée brings together the taste of upscale cuisine with the freshest ingredients, combined with a wide array of wines from around the world. We guarantee your senses will be delighted and your palate overwhelmed. Feed your mind, your spirit and your curiosity at Cuvée.

Chili’s Grill & Bar Several convenient locations throughout our area / chilis.com Sun-Thu 11a-11p / Fri & Sat 11a-Midnight (lounge open till 12a, 11p on Weekdays at I-75 location only) / Happy Hour All Day Everyday Party platters create the perfect event at Chili’s.

From freshly prepared salads to mouthwatering burgers, Chili’s kicks up the flavor with food that’s anything but ordinary. New steakhouse quality steaks include a 6-ounce sirloin, which is featured on the 2 for 20 menu, and you can even upgrade to a 10-ounce sirloin! Chili’s also features a new 1-inch thick cut rib eye, which is even more delectable than the old one! Enjoy the flavor without the guilt thanks to dishes under 750 calories. Scan here with your smartphone for a direct link to chilis.com

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Latinos Y Mas 2030 S Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 622-4777 / latinos-mas.com Mon-Thu 11a-9p / Fri & Sat 11a-10p / Sun Noon-9p Looking for a unique evening out with a Latin flair? Well look no further—Latinos Y Mas is the answer! Begin your dining experience with a refreshing Dragon Berry Mojito, or perhaps an exotic Passion Fruit Caipirinha. Follow that with our delicious Ceviche appetizer. For your main entrée, try the Pescado a lo Macho, a Peruvian seafood specialty. Of course, dessert is a must at Latinos Y Mas. You won’t be able to resist the Passion Fruit Mousse!

Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us! 2-for-1 Margaritas. Gift certificates and party platters available for any special occasion.

The Attic’s Cafe 801 N. Magnolia Ave, Ocala / (352) 369-9300 Serving Lunch Mon-Sat 11a-3p Let’s talk about great food! Let’s talk about unique and fun! Let’s talk about the Attic’s Café! The Attic’s Café recently opened its doors inside of My Designer’s Attic. (You know, the “Not our Average Furniture Consignment Store” located downtown.) Chef Andrew Dickson uses his culinary skills to create some of the best-tasting food around! Specializing in scrumptious Galettes (savory crepes) and incredible dessert crepes, Chef Andrew also does a super job with his distinguished sandwiches, fresh salads and soups. Whether it’s his signature Roasted Veggi Galette with goat cheese, the Hot Night Club Sandwich or a fantastic lemon crepe, you can’t go wrong!

Located inside of My Designer’s Attic, in the heart of the old business district, 8 blocks north of the historic square! Don’t forget to explore the 8000 sq ft of My Designer’s Attic after lunch!

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The Ivy House Restaurant 106 NW Main Street, Williston / (352) 528-5410 / ivyhousefl.com Sun-Wed 11a-2p / Thu-Sat 11a-8p Tucked comfortably in the heart of Williston, this familyowned establishment is a pleasure to visit. The restaurant has been named by Florida Trend as one of the “Top 500 Best Places to Eat in the State” for several years now. Lunch is served seven days a week and features a Southern-style daily special, and supper is served Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings only. Specials include Southern Fried Lobster, delicious steaks and their famous Baked Krispy Chicken, along with a complete full menu.

For more information on catering, please contact Waica Huggins or Evelyn Nussel at wmhivyhouse@yahoo.com. No reservations are required, but a courtesy call for parties of more than 10 is appreciated. Full-service catering, gift shop-boutique.

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Nutrient Deficit While parents sound like a broken record repeating, “Eat your vegetables” (sometimes encouragingly, most times in irritation), there’s a sad truth behind those three words. “Kids will eat what their parents eat,” says Dietician Joy Semelka, MS, RD, LDN and CDE, of Ocala-based Dia-Trition, Inc. “Parents need to set an example.” In her profession and through her work with Marion County’s Head Start program, which is affiliated with Child Development Services, Inc., Joy has found that parents themselves turn their nose up when it comes to eating their greens. It’s the old “do as I say, not as I do” approach. Joy asks families to complete a survey and record how many times they eat fruits and vegetables a week. It’s not unusual for parents to be shocked when they find how deficient their diet is on paper. Eating vegetables lowers your risk of cancers, diabetes and obesity. Yet with all these benefits, why do we still shun vegetables, allowing them to slowly rot in our refrigerator drawer while we grab a cookie or microwave a bowl of instant mac and cheese instead? “As humans, we have a propensity for sugar, salt and fat,” says Joy. “Today, we use food as entertainment.” How can we increase our vegetable intake without feeling like we’re eating rabbit food? The answer may lie in the culinary art of sweet deceit.

Hide & Sneak Missy Chase Lapine wrote The Sneaky Chef out of desperation when her youngest daughter wouldn’t eat her fruits and veggies. She became a mom on a mission in the kitchen, concocting recipes for purées to hide in kids’ favorite meals. “You have to present healthy foods in a kid-friendly way,” says Missy. Serving a plate of kale to kids, she continues, may create some backlash. They’ll push away that UFO in front

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Sneaky Chef: How to Cheat on Your Man (in the Kitchen!) features recipes for adults, too. Picky eaters of all ages can reap nutrients from kitchen stealth. But is trickery the best way to get people to eat healthier? “As parents, it’s our responsibility to invest in our children’s future,” says Missy. “We need to sneak—and teach. Sneaking is subtle. You don’t need to take away your favorite foods, just make them healthier. Swap out ingredients, make replacements, work with what you love.” Missy’s website sneakychef.com provides recipes for parents—and spouses—to try out.

I wish we had the Sneaky Chef when I was going through my fickle phase. Even though I’ve grown out of my vegetable hate, some of my colleagues at Ocala Style were the best victims, er, candidates for trying the Sneaky Chef ’s Brawny Brownies.

Baker’s Deception Armed with frozen blueberries and spinach, wheat germ, oat bran and chocolate chips, I practice my poker face and set to work in the kitchen. I purée, mix and stand vigil as my Brawny Brownies bake

“As parents, it’s our responsibility to invest in our children’s future.”

of them and run away when it comes to trying more new things. Missy found the answer to solving her picky eater problem by sneaking fruits, vegetables and grains into “kid foods.” In instant mac and cheese, for example, she added a few tablespoons of her White Purée, which contains cauliflower and zucchini. The kids’ verdict? They eat it up. In her Sneaky Chef series, which spans five books, Missy provides make-ahead purée recipes. Parents can add the purées to cupcakes, chicken tenders, pizza and instant dinners. The

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in the oven, filling the room with a chocolaty aroma. At least they smell like brownies. I go to work with my precious cargo and casually ask Ocala Style’s staff, “Want a brownie?” I already have the upper hand since I usually bring baked treats. Missy says to present people with familiar foods after all, right? So there’s nothing out of the ordinary when I bring in brownies. As unknowing eaters enjoy the brownies, comments soon sweep in: “Is there coconut in these? Applesauce?”

An editor, who never had spinach, eats the entire brownie despite her suspicions (she knew I was writing this story). My inability to keep a straight face eventually leads to the big reveal. The jig is up. With most of the brownies devoured and no one detecting a trace of spinach, I declare my Sneaky Chef experiment a huge success. Unconvinced? Well then see for yourself!

Brawny Brownies

cinnamon, coffee powder, cocoa powder and salt. Add to chocolate mixture and blend thoroughly. Mix in walnuts, if using, then pour entire mixture into baking pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely in pan before cutting the brownies. Keeps for a week in the refrigerator, covered tightly.

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½ teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon instant coffee powder 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder ¼ teaspoon salt Butter or non-stick cooking spray 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional) Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter or spray only the bottom, not the sides, of a 13-by-9-inch or 9-inch square baking pan. Melt butter and dark chocolate in a microwave, checking every 15 seconds. In separate bowl, stir together eggs, vanilla, sugar and Purple Purée. Combine purple egg mixture with cooled chocolate mixture. In a mixing bowl, stir together Flour Blend, oat bran,

PURPLE PURÉE Makes 1 cup 3

cups raw baby spinach leaves or 1 cup frozen spinach 1 ½ cups fresh or frozen blueberries ½ teaspoon lemon juice 1-2 tablespoons water Wash spinach and rinse blueberries. If using frozen spinach and blueberries, allow to thaw. Fill food processor bowl with spinach, blueberries, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of water; purée on high until as smooth as possible. Stop occasionally to push the contents to the bottom. If necessary, use another tablespoon of water to smooth-out the purée. Store in refrigerator for up to three days, or freeze. FLOUR BLEND Makes 3 cups 1 1 1

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cups raw baby spinach leaves or 1 cup frozen spinach 2 cups broccoli florets, fresh or frozen 1 cup sweet green peas, frozen 2-3 tablespoons water Wash spinach. To prepare in the microwave, place broccoli and spinach in microwave-safe bowl, cover with water and microwave on high for 8-10 minutes, until very tender. Add peas for last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain. Place vegetables in the bowl of your food processor along with 2 tablespoons of water. Purée on high until as smooth as possible. Stop occasionally to push contents to the bottom. If necessary, use another tablespoon of water to smooth out the purée. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days, or freeze.


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outside of Ocala with four home games at Daytona Beach’s Municipal Stadium. The league is made up of two conferences—a western conference and an eastern conference—with teams in Texas, California, New Mexico, Arkansas, Ohio, Arizona, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Louisana, North Carolina and Maryland. The season runs from March to September annually. Catch Team Florida playing their first home game on April 28. For game schedules and more information, visit exclusivefootballleague.com.

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The annual TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN’S CYCLING FOR SUCCESS will take place at a new venue this year. The 63- and 35-mile rides will begin at Lake Weir Middle School at 7:45am and wind through some of the most beautiful roads in Marion and Lake Counties. A light breakfast will be served along with a lunch and celebration after the event. Registration is $40 in advance and $45 the day of. A kid’s ride will also take place with a one-, three- and five-mile route for $25. Proceeds benefit Take Stock in Children. pefmc.org or (352) 208-1362.

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See the sidewalks of Tuscawilla Park transformed into colorful works of art. It’s time again for the annual ART IN THE PARK SIDEWALK CHALK ART FESTIVAL. Artists of all ages are invited to bring to life their creations on the sidewalks of Tuscawilla Park. The drawings will be judged with prizes awarded in elementary, middle and high school categories. The family-friendly festival also features lots of fun, food and plenty of activities! Clowns, jugglers, dancers and bands will be taking part in this day-long celebration. The fun begins at 9am. (352) 208-4147.

National Spa Week is making its debut in Ocala for the first time since the program began in 2004. Every year, hundreds of health and wellness professionals offer their services at discounted rates for one week to allow spa goers and those new to spas the chance to experience services. This year, experience health and wellness by trying out new products, procedures, classes and much more at THE RANCH FITNESS CENTER & SPA. Those interested should book their appointments online as early as possible. spaweek.com or theranchfitnessspa.com or (352) 861-8180.

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AN EARTHY CELEBRATION In honor of two events that celebrate 28 Mother Earth, the Marion County Extension Service and the Discovery Center have joined forces to commemorate EARTH DAY and ARBOR DAY with one major party. Earthfest and Arbor Day will be a day-long celebration at Tuscawilla Park from 10am-10pm. The theme for this year’s event is “water” with lots of educational vendors, games, music and activities all centered around this precious resource. There will also be tree climbing, bird watching and plenty of other fun activities throughout the day. Apr

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HE TENNIS AND ROCKIN’ BLUES EVENT ON APRIL 21 AT GOLDEN OCALA SHOWCASES FOUR TENNIS LEGENDS AS THEY TAKE PART IN A ONE-ON-ONE DOUBLES EXHIBITION TOURNAMENT THAT WILL BE NATIONALLY TELEVISED. ALONG WITH THE EXCITEMENT OF WATCHING THE PROS COMPETE TO A ROCKIN’ SOUNDTRACK, THE NATIONAL ROCKIN’ BLUES BAND JIMMY HALL AND FRIENDS WILL PERFORM LIVE AT AN AFTER PARTY TO CLOSE OUT THE STAR-STUDDED EVENT. ED KRASS, THE FOUNDER OF ONE-ON-ONE DOUBLES TENNIS, TOOK SOME TIME TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT THE EVENT.

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Describe one-onone doubles tennis.

are administering the game to their players.

EK: One-On-One doubles is the half-court serve-andvolley singles game played on the doubles court. All points are played crosscourt on the diagonal with the alleys included. The game combines both singles and aggressive doubles plays all in one game.

How will this event becoming USTA sanctioned change the game of tennis for younger generations?

How is this different from traditional tennis? EK: What makes the game different is the one-on-one doubles’ mandatory serve-and-volley rule on both serves; half-volleys are allowed. The game’s unique boundary is the middle line that extends from the service line through the middle of the baseline. The fans will see faster points, more volleys, lobs and overheads than with traditional singles or doubles.

What has been the response of the players? EK: The response has been very positive. Many of the nation’s top college coaches and teaching professionals

EK: Not only will this new concept revolutionize the game, it will alter the path toward more success for our juniors. They need to learn how to play all-court tennis, whereas in today’s tennis world, juniors are so constricted to playing only baseline tennis. Introducing one-on-one doubles tournaments to kids will allow them to discover areas of the court, including the midcourt volley. This will help grow their allcourt confidence.

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Tennis and Rockin’ Blues Event Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club April 21, noon-9pm $30 in advance, $40 day of event, $20 for concert only For more information, visit oneononedoubles.com or call (352) 402-4351.

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St. Augustine Amphitheatre, Anastasia Isle

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Silver Springs Nature Park, Silver Springs

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Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

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House Of Blues, Orlando

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Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala

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St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa

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Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale

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Ruth Eckerd Hall, Tampa

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Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala

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A Perfect Wedding

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The Marvelous Wonderettes

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Squabbles

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South Pacific

Youkey Theatre, Lakeland

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Disney on Ice: Toy Story 3

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Legends of DooWop

Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale

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Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala

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Cirque Dreams: Pop Goes the Rock

The Mahaffey, St. Petersburg

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Hippodrome, Gainesville

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Kevin James

Tampa Bay Perf. Arts Center, Tampa

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Kevin James

Hard Rock Live, Orlando

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Let’s Hang On, Tribute To Frankie Valli

Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale

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Ballet Folklorico

College of Central Florida, Ocala

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Bob Carr Center for Perf. Arts, Orlando

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APPLETON EXHIBITS (ONGOING) The Appleton Museum will host the exhibit Art and the Animal opening April 14, featuring over 45 works from the flagship exhibition of The Society of Animal Artists. A member’s preview will take place April 13 from 5-7pm. CF’s annual judged Student Exhibition will take place April 4-May 5. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. LIBRARY PROGRAMS (ONGOING) The Marion County Public Library will host a variety of programs for children through adults throughout the month. Call for a complete list or to register. (352) 368-4508. CLASSES AT THE MANOR (ONGOING) The Cherished Bride Manor will host a variety of classes throughout the month, including yoga, core strength, cardio dance, Zumba, art classes and others. Visit their website for specific times and dates. Pre-registration is required. thecherishedbride.com or (352) 572-7351.

CTAE STUDENT MASSAGES (THROUGH MAY 16) CTAE will offer 50-minute massages by students by appointment on Mondays and Wednesdays. Call to schedule your visit. Massages are $20. (352) 671-7200 ext. 56801. CIRCLE SQUARE COMMONS FARMERS MARKETS (THROUGH MAY) Circle Square Commons will host a farmers market on Thursdays from 4-7pm. RECYCLING RUMBLE (THROUGH MAY 31) Harbour View Elementary School in Summerfield will be collecting electronics, cell phones and ink cartridges for recycling in an effort to earn points for the Funding Factory Recycling Program. (352) 671-6110. CURBSIDE RECYCLING KICKOFF (APRIL 2) The downtown square will host a BBQ kick-off event for Ocala’s new curbside recycling program, featuring educational materials, giveaways and photo opportunities with the recycling mascot. The event Continued on page 96

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CALA’S DOWNTOWN SQUARE OFFERS A GREAT VARIETY OF PLACES TO HEAD TO AFTER WORK. FROM STEAK HOUSES TO SEAFOOD TO IRISH PUBS AND FONDUE, THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE! AND THE NEWEST ADDITION, AJ’S ON THE SQUARE, FITS RIGHT IN WITH THIS ECLECTIC MIX. AJ’S OPENED IN LATE FEBRUARY AFTER GOING THROUGH QUITE A FEW COSMETIC CHANGES. THE NEW, UPSCALE BAR, IN THE LOCATION THAT FORMALLY HOUSED LILLIAN’S, HAS BEEN COMPLETELY RENOVATED WITH NEW FLOORS, EXTENSIVE LIGHTING TO CREATE THE PERFECT AMBIANCE, A REMODELED GRANITE BAR, NEW TABLES AND AN OUTDOOR PATIO. AJ’S OWNER, AMANDA TILLANDER, HAS A HISTORY IN THE NIGHTLIFE INDUSTRY. HER FATHER HAS OWNED AND OPERATED MANY NIGHTCLUBS DURING HIS CAREER, INCLUDING THE OCALA ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX. AMANDA HAS HER OWN IDEAS ABOUT AJ’S THOUGH AND TOOK SOME TIME TO TELL US WHAT HER NEW PLACE IS ALL ABOUT.

Why did you decide to open a new bar on the square? I’ve been in the nightclub scene for so many years because of my dad. I’ve been inspired by him and wanted to prove that I’m ready to take on a business of my own.

What are you doing differently from you father? My dad likes to manage big clubs, but I wanted to do something smaller and more manageable with less overhead. When this building

became available, I knew it would be the perfect size.

What sets AJ’s apart from the other places on the square and around Ocala? There are lots of places around that draw a younger crowd, but AJ’s is catering to the over 25 crowd. It’s an upscale place where people can go for drinks and talk after work or dinner without it being too rowdy. I just wanted to offer some more variety to the area, so I’m going with a different ambiance than what’s already here.

What do you like best about working in the nightlife industry? I love to interact with people and see people have a good time. The nightlife industry is always busy; you’re always doing something. I tried a desk job once and knew it wasn’t for me. This is the lifestyle I was raised in, and I love every minute of it!

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SENIOR FISHING DERBY (APRIL 2) Senior citizens are invited to catch up with friends and enjoy a few hours of fishing on Lake Tuscawilla. A few poles will be provided. The fishing derby runs from 9am-noon and is free. ocalafl.org or (352) 629-8444. APPLETON AFTER HOURS (APRIL 5) The Appleton Museum will host their monthly After Hours social from 5-8pm. Admission is free for members and $8 for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT (APRIL 6) Drop your kids off for an evening of science and entertainment at the Discovery Center while you enjoy a night out. $15, includes snacks. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900. TRIPS ‘N’ TOURS (APRIL 4) The Appleton Museum of Art’s Trips ‘N’ Tours series will visit the Gypsy Gold Gypsy Vanner Horse Farm followed by a tour of the Chasing A Dream Thoroughbred Horse Farm. $65 for members, $75 for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4456. ROLLER DERBY (APRIL 1, 29) The Ocala Cannibals will host home bouts on April 1 and April 29 at Skate Mania. Doors open at 6pm, and the bout begins at 6:30pm. Tickets are $8 in advance, $12 at the door. ocalacannibalderby.com or (352) 454-2018. EASTER TABLEAU (APRIL 5-6) Druid Hills United Methodist Church will host an Easter Tableau from 8-9:30pm. Admission is free. (352) 629-5688.

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FARM TO FAMILY FULL MOON FESTIVAL (APRIL 6-8) The Spring Farm to Family Full Moon Festival in High Springs will feature special guest Verlon Thompson and include a special Bikes, Bands and BBQ Sunday. Campsites are available. farmtofamilymusic.com or (368) 462-1701. SINGLES DANCE (APRIL 6, 13, 20, 27) Friday night singles dance and socials will be held at the Nights of Columbus Hall from 7:30-10:30pm. Dances are dressy casual. (352) 304-8672. PAAS EGGSTRAVAGANZA (APRIL 7) Signature Brands LLC presents this family tradition at Tuscawilla Park. This day of Easter fun, including Easter egg hunts, begins at 10am and runs until 2pm. It’s sure to be eggtastic! ocalafl.org or (352) 629-8444.

CHEERLEADING AND DANCE COMPETITION (APRIL 7)

The MIDWEST CHEER AND DANCE competition will take place at Silver Springs Nature Park. Park visitors are invited to watch. silversprings.com or (352) 236-2121. BLUEGRASS IN THE PARK (APRIL 7) The Silver River State Park will hold this annual fundraiser beginning at 5pm. There will be three bluegrass bands playing throughout the evening, and food will be available. Tickets are $10 Continued on page 98

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THELOCALSCENE / Continued from page for adults, and children under 16 are free. thefriendsofsilverriver.org or (352) 236-7148. BOOK SALE (APRIL 13-14) The Friends of the Belleview Library will host their spring book sale from 9am-5pm at the Book Nook in Belleview. Paperbacks are 3 for $1, and hardcovers are 50 cents. (352) 428-2500. LES DEBONAIRES FORMAL DINNER/DANCE PARTY (APRIL 14) The Les Debonaires Formal Dinner/Dance club will host a formal party at the Colony Recreation Center from 6:30-10pm. The theme is “Ebony and Ivory.” Call (352) 751-6214 for details. ZUMBA FOR BABIES (APRIL 14) Support the March of Dimes at Silver Springs Nature Park where they will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most Zumba participants in one location. The event runs from 7:309:30am. Admission is free; event participation is $10; $15 for a T-shirt if preregistered. marchofdimes.com or (352) 629-7555. VETERANS HORSE FESTIVAL (APRIL 14) Sponsored by the VFW Retirement Home and the Fantasy Arabian Horse Riders, this event begins at 11am on the campus of the VFW Retirement Home in Fort McCoy. Admission is $3 for anyone over 65 and children 12 or under and $5 for everyone else. (352) 236-0823. CAR SHOW AND CRAFT SALE (APRIL 14) A car show and craft sale will take place at the Marion-Dunn Freemason Lodge #19 from 10am-2pm. All types of autos are welcome. Car registration and vendor fee are both $10. (352) 694-2461. GOLF TOURNAMENT (APRIL 14) CenturyLink will

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host a golf tournament to benefit United Way at the Ocala Municipal Golf Course. The tournament is a best ball scramble format, and registration includes golf, cart, lunch and grab bags. Registration deadline is April 6. uwmc.org or (352) 368-8825. CENTRAL FLORIDA MASTER CHOIR (APRIL 15, 22, 29) The Central Florida Master Choir will perform at the Countryside Presbyterian Church on April 15, Dunnellon Presbyterian Church on April 22 and First United Methodist Church on April 29. Each performance begins at 3pm with a lecture preceding it at 2:30pm. cfmasterchoir.com. AH-MEN! FILIPINO CLERGY CONCERT (APRIL 20) The Filipino Clergy will host a concert at St. Marks in Summerfield benefiting St. Theresa’s Soup Kitchen. (352) 624-1900 or (352) 598-1922. SCRAPBOOK FOR BREAST CANCER (APRIL 20) Bring your scrapbook, knitting, embroidery or any other craft project to the Marion County Extension Auditorium beginning at 6pm. Admission is $5 and proceeds benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. (352) 732-5982.

MONSTER JAM (APRIL 20-22)

The ADVANCED AUTO PARTS MONSTER JAM will take place at Bubba Raceway Park and will feature USHRA monster trucks. Shows are at 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. monsterjam.com or ticketmaster.com.

DOWNTOWN DANCE FESTIVAL (APRIL 21) The downtown square will host dancers of all genres from 1-6pm. The event is free and open to the public. ocalafl.org or (352) 629-8444. COMIC GAMING AND ANIME SHOW (APRIL 21) A comic gaming and anime show will be held at the Crystal River Armory from 10am-8pm. There will be comics, anime, tournaments, LAN and console gaming, bands, dances, panels and much more. naturecoast.cgashows.com or (561) 797-9492. SATURDAY IN THE PARK (APRIL 21) The Ocala Regional Sportsplex will host a health fair from 10am-2pm. There will be health screenings, fitness demonstrations, clinics, games and activities for all ages. MEET THE AUTHOR PROGRAM (APRIL 21) The Dunnellon Public Library will host NY Times and USA Today best-selling author Terri Dulong, author of the Cedar Key series among others, at 10:30am. The program is free. (352) 438-2520. HOUSING FAIR (APRIL 21) The Silver Spring Shores Community Center will host the 12th annual housing fair from 10am-2pm.

Housing professionals will be on hand to answer questions. Admission is free. (352) 867-7841. GREEN WITH ENVY GALA CELEBRATION (APRIL 21) The Museum of Florida Art will host an evening of dancing and design from 7-10pm, featuring a wearable art show consisting of art made from recyclables. Tickets are $40. RSVP by April 16. museumoffloridaart.org or (386) 734-4371. KINGDOM OF THE SUN BAND (APRIL 21-22) The Kingdom of The Sun Concert Band will host two performances at the Marion Technical Institute. The Saturday performance begins at 2pm, and the Sunday performance begins at 3pm. All concerts are free and open to the public. kingdomofthesunband.org or (352) 624-9291. BUSINESS, HOME AND GARDEN EXPO (APRIL 21-22) The Main Street Chamber in Marion County will host a business, home and garden expo at the Pioneer Garden Club from 9am-4pm both days, featuring demonstrations, workshops, food, music and prizes. SINGLES DANCE (APRIL 22) A singles dance will be held at the American Legion Post 0347 in Lady Lake. Doors open at 6pm with a social hour and music begins at 7pm. Attire is dressy casual, and food will be provided. $10. (352) 307-7873. TENT EVENT CAR SALE (APRIL 26-28) The Campus USA Credit Union Empower Park in Gainesville will host a three-day car sale. There will be hundreds of cars from four dealers with buyer incentives. (352) 335-9090. APPLETON DOCENT-GUIDED TOUR (APRIL 26) A docent-guided tour, Fashion in History, will Continued on page 100

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THELOCALSCENE / Continued from page explore the wide variety of period fashions depicted in the Appleton’s European and American collections. The tour begins at 2pm and is free for members and included in admission for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. BOOK SALE (APRIL 27-28) The Dunnellon Public Library will host a spring book sale from 10am-4pm. All books are priced at 50 cents. (352) 438-2520. PHYSICAL WELLNESS FAIR (APRIL 28) Downtown Chiropractic (8484 SW 103rd St. Rd, Ocala) will host a wellness fair from 8am-1pm. (352) 854-1112. MARCH OF DIMES WALK FOR BABIES (APRIL 28) The annual March of Dimes Walk for Babies will take place at the Baseline Trailhead. The walk is six miles, and registration begins at 7:30am. The walk begins at 8am. marchforbabies.org or (352) 378-9522. EMERALD BALL (APRIL 28) Trinity Catholic presents their annual Emerald Ball located in the high school gymnasium, featuring great prizes to win along with live and silent auctions. The evening begins at 6pm, and tickets are $100. trinitycatholichs.org or (352) 622-9025 ext. 5110.

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OCALA CRAWFISH FESTIVAL (APRIL 28) This event will feature plenty of crawfish and BBQ and music from The Porchdogs. Admission is $5 per person, and the event starts at 5pm at 1551 NW 44th Ave., Ocala. ocalacrawfish.com or (352) 387-1222. SPORTSMAN’S DINNER AND AUCTION (APRIL 28) The Kiwanis Club of Ocala presents a Sportsman’s Dinner and Auction at Jumbolair, featuring gourmet BBQ, complimentary beer and wine, door prizes, auctions and vendors.

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Tickets are $75 per person or $500 for a table of eight. ocalakiwanis.org or (352) 620-0094. SPRING FLOWER SHOW (APRIL 28-29) The Pioneer Garden Club will host its annual spring flower show from 1:30-5:00pm, featuring several floral displays and vignettes. Admission is free. pioneergardenclub.org or (352) 236-4448. MARION CIVIC CHORALE CONCERT (APRIL 29) The Marion Civic Chorale celebrates 25 years of music with its spring concert series. The first concert will be held at Ocala West United Methodist Church at 3pm. marioncivicchorale.tripod.com or (352) 537-8833. SPRING BLING HAIR AND FASHION GALA (APRIL 29) A hair and fashion gala will be held at the Ocala Hilton from 5-11pm, featuring custom hair designer Anu Belle. nytymespromotion. eventbrite.com or (352) 613-3864. WINGS OVER OCALA (MAY 3-6) The Ocala Airport will host this two day air and car show featuring a static display of War Bird Planes, 1929 Ford Tri-Motor Flight and antique cars and planes. Admission is free. The show runs 8am-5pm both days. (352) 427-2171. GOLF TOURNAMENT (MAY 4) The Country Club of Ocala will host Chip in FORE Habitat to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Registration begins at11:30am with a shotgun start at 1pm. Registration is $125 per person or $500 for a foursome. Deadline to register is April 27. habitatocala.org or (352) 351-4663.

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Chamber After Hours CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The February Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event gave members a chance to network over delicious bites from some of Ocala’s trendiest restaurants. The Chamber also offered young business leaders a chance to mingle with Chamber members at the Emerging Leaders of Ocala’s Happy Hour event. Both events were hosted by Party Time Rentals and Studio 352 Events.

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The 12th annual Medical Expo of North Central Florida was held in late January at the India Association Cultural and Educational Center. The event serves as a tradeshow and cultural festival for the area’s medical professionals.

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Dr. Prabhakar Rumalla and Tony Li

Dr. Mangala Shetty, Colleen Wade and Dr. Anju Vasudevan

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Public education supporters from around Ocala and sponsor Allstate Construction hosted the Lover’s Lane Bowling Tournament on February 9 at AMF Ocala. The event raised more than $15,000 in cash donations for the “Tools for Teaching” and “Grants for Great Ideas” programs for the Public Education Foundation of Marion County. PHOTOS BY MICHELLE FOSTER AND CISSY MCMILLEN

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The Marion County Building Industry Association hosted the 6th Annual King of the Wing competition on February 23 at ARC Marion. Besides offering guests the opportunity to find out who serves the best chicken wings, pizza was also up for inspection with the new Prince of Pizza competition. Proceeds benefited The Hope Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Scholarships for Hope.

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