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Dr. Zhou Has Moved! Outstanding Credentials of Dr. Zhou • Trained in Harvard Medical School

With nearly 17,000 patients visiting the Florida Pain and Rehabilitation Center in 2010, it’s no wonder the practice was experiencing growing pains (pun intended)! Well, problem solved. Dr. Yili Zhou recently opened his new facility, a 4,200-square-foot space, just minutes from his old location.

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“Our main goal is to solve the patient’s problem and take the pain away,” says Dr. Zhou. “Suffering from chronic pain is no way to live your life.”

• Author of numerous books and journal articles on Pain Management • Former Director of Jackson Memorial Hospital Pain Clinic, U. of Miami • Winner of Physician Recognition Award, American Medical Assoc.; 2003 • Distinguished Physician Award, Florida Medical Assoc.; 2004, 2006

Practice physicians Drs. Warycha and Vu agree. “Dr. Warycha is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist,” says Dr. Zhou. “He is an expert in conducting nerve function tests. Dr. Warycha also uses ultrasound-guided joint injections. The technique is more accurate and less painful than other procedures. “Dr. Vu is board certified in physical medicine and is a board-certified pain specialist who joined the practice this year,” adds Dr. Zhou. “He is very nice and everyone loves him. We’re excited about the practice’s growth.” Fortunately for Ocalans, Florida Pain and Rehabilitation Center, is right here in town to treat a wide variety of pain ailments. Dr. Zhou has helped thousands of locals finally make debilitating pain a thing of the past.

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Whether you suffer from back pain, joint ailments, sciatica or headaches, the physicians at Florida Pain use minimally invasive, non-surgical and effective treatments as a way to eliminate inflammation and pain. In fact, since opening his practice in 2006, Dr. Zhou’s facility has seen a 25 to 30 percent increase in patients each year. From 3,444 patients in 2006 to nearly 17,000 in 2010! That’s thousands of people living pain free. Dr. Zhou follows a strict philosophy of “patient first, quality first” and frequently extols the advantages of leaving surgery as an option of last resort. In articles, he pens for the pages of the world’s most prestigious medical journals. The results speak for themselves: The Florida Pain and Rehabilitation Center has never had a major complication in its six-year existence. This stellar has never had a record, coupled with Dr. Zhou’s honest and compassionate approach to record, coupled pain management, has made him one of the most popular practitioners in pain management, the area. the area.







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Vol13 No8

Power On p24

In only its second year of operation, Ocala Power Volleyball Academy has had great success, sending two teams to the recent Junior Olympics. BY BONNIE KRETCHIK

New Year, New Challenges p26

With school kicking off this month, it’s no secret the face of public education in Marion County is drastically changing. BY KEVIN CHRISTIAN

The Florida Way p33

A new season brings new coaches, new players and a new philosophy to Florida Gator football. BY SCOTT LAPEER

The Coupon Craze p36

Blame the recession. Chalk it up to changing mindsets. However you look at it, saving money with coupons is all the rage. BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND ON THE COVER


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Vaccination Nation p60

Somewhere in the United States, in a highly secured vault, sits one of two vials containing one of the deadliest substances ever to roam the earth… BY DEBBIE INGRAM

Seed By Seed p75

Through her Feed The Need Garden program, Rachelle Roper is on a mission to end hunger the old-fashioned way, one garden at a time. BY JOANN GUIDRY




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An inside look at this month’s issue.

The Buzz p13

The real people, places and events that shape our community BY AMANDA FURRER, BONNIE KRETCHIK & RAVEN MCMILLAN


August’s top to-do’s and Neon hair salon celebrates 30 years.



Michelle Gambarella has “A Novel Idea” and Deborah Miller dishes on bridezillas. GREATOUTDOORSE p22

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Our best recipes, restaurant news and culinary quick bites BY AMANDA FURRER, BONNIE KRETCHIK, CYNTHIA MCFARLAND & RAVEN MCMILLAN


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Tea With Lee celebrates 16 years and Times of your Life DJs hosts trivia nights around town.

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An out-of-this world exhibit at CF and an historic icon opens once more. BY BONNIE KRETCHIK


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own backyard bounty. What’s so special about her Feed the Need Garden program is that a percentage of each harvest is donated back to our area’s food banks. Consider it friends helping friends. If all this talk of food has your stomach growling, then check out our “Burger Bites” feature. These beefy meals are bursting with flavor, certain to satisfy and easy on the budget. Pairing down our top choices for mouthwatering burgers, not to mention the fries, onion rings and homemade buns that go along with them, was no easy task. It was so difficult, in fact, that we’re considering turning this fun feature into an annual pilgrimage to find the best burgers out there. What do you think? Yes, there’s no denying that food plays an important role in our lives. By integrating a few of the creative ideas found in this issue, you too can take the first step toward saving. It just might make your next meal a bit easier to digest. Bon Appétit.



f there’s one thing just about everybody agrees on, it’s that food has a way of bringing people together. An afternoon luncheon, a shared dessert or a family meal allows us a moment to sit down, regroup and, best of all, communicate with our friends and family. It’s no wonder the kitchen is often referred to By as the heart of the home. As tough economic integrating times continue to a few of grip our community the creative though, we want to be ideas found careful not to bring unwanted guests to in this issue, the dinner table in the you too can form of stress, anxiety take the first and worry. One way to step toward alleviate that stress is by saving money on the saving. foods and products we bring into our homes. Think back. I’m sure you remember your mom clipping coupons from the Sunday paper. Well my friends, as you’ll discover in “The Coupon Craze,” the evolution of couponing has reached astronomical heights. This article teaches you how to save money and have fun doing it. Another way to reap savings is by planting your own vegetable garden. Local gardening expert Rachelle Roper has been teaching individuals how to cultivate their

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Take a stroll on the sidewalks of Broadway, Magnolia, Fort King and First Avenue on August 5 to get your fix of artful skill during the FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK, sponsored by the Ocala Municipal Arts Commission. With over 20 art stops featuring local artists this monthly event, which runs from 6-8pm, is turning the neighborhood into a cultural hub.

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From 8am-1pm each Saturday, the downtown square wakes up to farm-fresh seasonal fruits and veggies, homemade jellies and jams, fresh popped kettle corn, hot-boiled peanuts and organic plants. All items are locally grown or made and brought to our first downtown farmers market.

Over the summer months, the downtown square has provided musicians ages 15-25 an opportunity to entertain the masses at the first DOWNTOWN SUMMER JAM, occurring on the third Friday of every month. The next performances are scheduled for August 19 and September 16 and are tentatively set for 7-10pm. Genres range from indie rock, heavy metal, punk rock, inspirational and blues.

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At the end of every month, STELLA’S MODERN PANTRY delights their diners with an ever-changing menu of tapas. Although derived from Spain, these appetizer-sized palate pleasers are offered in various global themes at Stella’s. Past themes have included Caribbean and Greek summer tapas. Visit from 5-7pm on August 29 and 30 for an equally tasty trip. Stella’s Modern Pantry / 20 SW Broadway, Ocala / (352) 622-3663



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Lisa Ball stands behind buckets of corn ears, baskets of tomatoes and bottles of honey at Terry’s Produce, located on NE 24th Street, across the street from Steak ‘n Shake and near the Walmart on Silver Springs Boulevard. With the stand open all year round and people’s growing interest in supporting local farmers, Lisa and owner Terry Mullis are kept on their toes. Come summer, however, Lisa is not without helpers. Now that school’s out, Lisa’s kids help her mind the stand. A day selling watermelons and eggplants is a human resources lesson for the Ball children.

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At Alterations Unlimited, Deborah Miller’s calendar is crammed with wedding dress appointments. The seamstress is busiest during spring and fall, which are common wedding and prom seasons. But cruises and teacher’s weddings tend to take up her summer schedule. The shop’s “Wall of Fame” is covered in photos of beaming couples in wedding garb, the brides’ gowns altered by Deborah’s magic touch. Opposite is the “Wall of Shame,” where divorcees re-tape wedding day portraits. Eventually, divorced clients return to tack up a photo with the new Mr. Right. The brides are Deborah’s favorite customers, but has she ever run into a “bridezilla?” “Bridezilla mothers.” Mothers, Deborah explains, tend to live vicariously through their daughters and often go to extremes to make everything perfect. “But their hearts are in it,” she adds.

Suzanne Shuffitt Recreation Program Supervisor

“I’m a little bizarre, but you have to be to work here,” says Suzanne Shuffitt, recreation program supervisor of the Discovery Science Center. A horticulturist by education, Suzanne was looking for a bigger challenge before she began working at the center in 2009. Inside, the 70-year-old building is bustling with activity. The hands-on facility makes sure its young summer campers are fully engaged. Past programs include Sidewalk Astronomy and CSI Training. On a typical day,

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Suzanne’s tasks range from making the coffee to dissecting worms and feeding the cockroaches. “I jump in and do whatever needs to be done.” In the future, Suzanne and fellow colleagues hope to open a traveling exhibit gallery on the center’s second floor. The project’s purpose is to bring more culture to Ocala, showcasing different exhibits each quarter. To learn more about the center, visit mydiscoverycenter.org.

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Last month, the Ocala chapter of the FLORIDA PUBLIC RELATIONS ASSOCIATION presented the Wilton F. Martin Communicator of the Year Award to Buddy Martin at the Ocala Hilton. Buddy is the son of the award’s namesake. Formerly known as The Communicator of the Year Award, the annual award has been Buddy is a well- renamed in honor of Wilton F. Martin, a known author, longtime journalist journalist and and public relations radio host, practitioner. Wilton was an Ocala native and but it was his diligent effort to co-founder of FPRA, the nation’s oldest communicate association of public the need to relations professionals. preserve The Each year, the Marion Theatre Ocala chapter, which that won Buddy was established in 2005, recognizes an instituthe award. tion and individual who has “demonstrated excellence in strategic communications to improve the quality of life in Marion County,” according to the press release. This year’s institutional winner is the Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Commerce, acknowledged for its year-round effort as well as the Power of One initiative. Past winners include Workforce Connection, the Star-Banner, Marion County Fire-Rescue and Dr. Charles Dassance, former president of the College of Central Florida.




Keeping Up The Pace Cathleen Blagay, executive director of PACE CENTER FOR GIRLS OF MARION COUNTY, has recently announced the addition of three new members to their board of directors.

In addition to welcoming the new board members, PACE Center for Girls is also celebrating 10 years of believing, embracing and encouraging local girls. Out of 132 Marion County Tricia Hayes, PROCUREMENT/BUYER, girls enrolled at PACE from SPX FLOW 2009 to 2010, 98 percent had TECHNOLOGIES no criminal involvement for at Amy Reed Pittman, least one year after PACE and 98 ATTORNEY, percent increased their academic MILLHORN LAW FIRM skills. Since opening its doors in Karen Rudolph, 2001, the center has had over 600 PRESIDENT, girls complete the program in OCALA EXPRESS Marion County. NETWORK OF ABWA

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New Location INTERIM HEALTHCARE held its open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony in February. They had a wonderful crowd with many community members present. Their new office is located at 2010 NE 14th Street. Interim HealthCare has been providing home health and medical staffing services in Ocala for 27 years.

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HELLEY FRASER MICKLE has been “lucky,” as she puts it. A successful novelist for over 40 years, Shelley has accomplished more than most writers can ever hope to. She’s authored a New York Times Notable Book, The Queen of October, which was also awarded the 1989 Library Journal Best Book For Young Adults, and her novel Replacing Dad, which is set in Cedar Key, was made into a CBS Hallmark movie in 1999. In 2007, her children’s book Barbaro, America’s Horse became a best seller, and she had the opportunity to sign copies at the Kentucky Derby. “It’s been a dream come true,” she says modestly. “I’ve been very lucky.” And now Shelley is on to a new phase in her career: publishing. Her company, Wild Onion Press, doesn’t publish your typical books, though. Take a close look at some of Shelley’s books and you’ll begin to notice a recurring theme. The starring characters all have a physical difference. “I realized one day that there are no children’s books out there where the characters have a physical difference,” Shelley says. “I knew that these were the books I wanted to publish.” So in 2009, Shelley and her husband established Wild Onion Press, which publishes books authored by Shelley and other writers whose main characters are children coping with a physical difference. Here Comes Julie Jack, authored by Ann Clare LeZotte, is a story about a deaf girl requiring a cochlear implant. Another character in the book has Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism. “We want children to be able to understand each other and be comfortable with their

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In only its second year of operation, OCALA POWER VOLLEYBALL ACADEMY has had great success, sending two teams to the recent Junior Olympics. » By Bonnie Kretchik

Power On the weekend of June 27-29, a group of extremely dedicated local girls made the fivehour trek to Atlanta, Gorgia. With “OCALA” sprawled across their shirts, these athletic girls made our city proud as representatives at the Junior Olympics. The athletes from the Ocala Power Volleyball Academy set a new standard for future players when they became the first volleyball team from Ocala to qualify for the games.




“Our girls worked very hard and beat out a lot of teams to make it this far. We’re so proud of them,” says Jeff Reavis, the executive director of Ocala Power Volleyball Academy. His nine years of coaching the Gainesville Juniors volleyball team, along with 15 years of college coaching, has contributed to the establishment of a truly elite group of players in Ocala. To qualify for such a prestigious event, the girls, who practice three days a week with the academy, as well as on their school teams during the academic year, had to compete against 96 other teams at the national qualifying event, which was also held in Atlanta, in the beginning of April. “It’s a very intense process,” says Jeff. But his girls were ready for the challenge and came home victorious. The 17-year-old age group came in third, and the 15 year olds won their division overall, earning both teams a spot at the Junior Olympic games. While the accomplishment is huge, the athletes at Ocala Power Volleyball Academy are no strangers to success. This year they were victorious at the OVA MLK tournament and the Daytona

L to R: McKenna Foster, Mary Ellen Pole and Rachel Grether prepare for play at the Junior Olympics in Atlanta.

“So much more is learned here than just the sport,” Jeff says, noting that by working so closely — Jeff Reavis together, the girls gain skills in time management, team building 100 classic, where they were named and other valuable life lessons. The tournament champions. They were academy’s first goal is to create an atmosphere of sportsmanship and also top finishers at the Tampa confidence, where the girls can United Kickoff and Mid East focus their energy and hone their National Qualifier. skills. And while the coaches expect Though the Junior Olympics full commitment from the players, was a first-time experience for these ladies, they showed no signs homework and school obligations of letting the pressure affect them. always take precedence. The coaches and directors at The 17-year-old team placed 37th, and the 15-year-old team finished Ocala Power Volleyball Academy are former athletes themselves 11th overall. and understand the importance “It was such a wonderful of sports in adolescents’ lives. The experience, and these girls worked skills the players learn from being hard for it,” says Jeff. “This is the on a team will benefit them for the Junior Olympics—they are not rest of their lives. just giving spots away, and we had The teams are broken into two teams going, which is just an incredible accomplishment,” he says. age groups of 12 to 18 year olds, each age having its own team. The While only in its second season, the Ocala Power Volleyball academy also hosts a “mini club” Academy has grown tremendously. that offers volleyball to nearly 50 The club began its first season last middle school athletes between year with only 50 girls and grew to August and October. “Volleyball isn’t offered in 130 girls this season. In the future, Jeff hopes to begin a team for boys. the public middle schools,” Jeff

explains, “and we want to give these kids the opportunity to try it.” His mini club teams get a taste of the sport and travel as far as Orlando for tournaments. “We’re a not-for-profit organization, and we offer the mini club for very little money, we just want to be able to promote our sport,” Jeff says. To further promote volleyball in Marion County, the academy hosted a one-of-a-kind elite camp this summer. Division I coaches from the University of Florida, University of Central Florida, Marshall University, College of Central Florida and Marquette University each had their own day during the week-long camp, working one on one with the girls to enhance their skills. “It was a great success,” Jeff says. “Space was limited this year, but next year, we hope to be able to double in size.” Jeff is also proud that many of the graduates of the academy this year have already signed on to play volleyball in college next year. “Its always hard getting something new started,” says Jeff

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referring to the academy’s two-year run, “but we’re growing so quickly, and there are so many people involved who have contributed to our success so far.” With the amount of time and dedication the board of directors, coaches and players have contributed, along with the continued support and donations from the community, the Ocala Power Volleyball Academy is sure to have many successful seasons in their future.

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New Challenges With school kicking off this month, it’s no secret the face of public education in Marion County is drastically changing. By Kevin Christian


ntil now, most of the changes taking place in Marion County’s schools—the result of $24 million being cut from the budget this year alone and $51 million since 2007— have been behind the scenes: things like reducing school support services, not filling vacant positions, slashing department budgets, privatizing some custodial services and sending district administrators back to the school level. It’s been a painful process that most parents don’t realize. Most schools have adjusted to smaller budgets, fewer resources and less people to do the same jobs, including teaching daily lessons, administering the FCAT, supervising personnel to satisfying parent requests, completing required government paperwork and fulfilling unfunded mandates. Our teachers and administrators have worked hard to protect learning in the classroom while handling a myriad challenges elsewhere. To their credit, and despite higher accountability standards, our district remains a “B”-graded district by Florida’s Department of Education—just 15 points from an “A.” And, we are ranked third lowest in the state in administrative costs. For critics who disagree with either result, the proof is in the pudding. On top of this, the district finance department just earned its Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association. It’s the 11th year in a row the department has earned the honor. So “doing more with less” is very much the daily norm for our district.

Case in point: the Tools-4-Teaching store at the Public Education Foundation. Open just two school years now, 2,237 teachers shopped the store this past school year, taking home over $150,000 in supplies that otherwise would have been paid for by those same teachers. To further illustrate the toll a tough economy takes, consider the number of children eligible for, and taking advantage of, free and reduced meal programs. In 2007, 56 percent of all students were eligible for breakfast and lunch at a free or reduced price. This past school year, this number jumped to 64 percent—or about 4,400 more kids than just four years ago. Even more students could be eligible but don’t apply, for whatever reason. Obviously, a tough economy makes things tough at home and tough at school for many students. Public employees are also involuntarily contributing to the budget cuts, including all 6,000 school district employees in Marion County. Beginning July 1, all public employees in the state of Florida are taking home 3 percent less on their paychecks thanks to a legislative mandate for retirement. That amounts to savings for the district but less in every paycheck for every employee. One bright spot: With the everincreasing costs of health care, the district’s insurance provider, Blue Cross Blue Shield, agreed to hold prices and benefits steady this coming year, saving the district an estimated $2 million. Even with these “behind-the-scenes” budget cuts, this year will likely be different because the potential cuts are visible and tangible—everything from a continuous Continued on page 28

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Everyone needs to realize the four-day school week, which was approved in June, isn’t happening this year, but here’s notice for you— school board members did approved the radical calendar for the 2012-13 school year. So, whether it be Mondays or Fridays off, students and staff will spend an extra 75 minutes in class four days each week to make up for the fifth day. While the board can decide to return to the five-day school week if the economy rebounds, you should start considering your options if the four-day week poses child care issues for you.

Five B’s To an A? Marion County’s district school grade this year is a “B”—for the fifth year in a row! The district missed the “A” mark by 15 points this year, 11 last year, and just one point the previous two years. Learning gains in reading, math, science and writing factor into the grading equation, as do the percentage of students tested and learning gains for the lowest quartile of students. Even with higher accountability standards, the district maintained its grade thanks largely to 77 percent of elementary and middle schools earning “A” and “B” grades on this year’s FCAT.

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“THE FLORIDA WAY.” Rarely do a new coach’s methods acquire an enduring handle before he ever patrols his own sidelines, but in his introductory press conference, the 23rd coach in Gator history may have accomplished just that, coining the aforementioned phrase. “There’s a certain thing that I’m going to refer to as "The Florida Way," and that’s the way they need to act and that’s the way they need to represent our university,” said Muschamp. “I’m going to demand that, and I think that you’ll understand in time, that’s something that’s very important to me.” “The Florida Way” will test the balance between emphasizing character and discipline and winning football games. Casting off senior cornerback Janoris Jenkins, almost certainly Florida’s best player, after a third arrest this past spring, Muschamp made good on his standard early on. It was a decision that’s never easy

to make, but one current players, including senior quarterback John Brantley, stand in support of. “It’s about going out and trying to be the best you can be,” said the Ocala native and former Trinity Catholic star, “and that means on and off the field.” Running a clean program alone, though, won’t buy a long tenure. That much will ultimately be determined by results on Saturdays. “I’m not a big stat guy,” says Muschamp. “There is one stat I pay attention to, and that’s winning football games. There is no such thing as an ugly win.” Following Urban Meyer’s resignation, Athletic Director Jeremy Foley made a move few anticipated, bringing 39-year-old Muschamp to Gainesville. A highly regarded defensive coach and head-man-in-waiting at Texas, his reputation for success in various college capacities preceded him. While reaction throughout Gator Nation was neither disgust nor dismay, many believed a more seasoned selection was in the Gators' best interest. Despite it all, Foley maintains he found the best fit for the future. “We are thrilled to have Coach Muschamp lead our football program,” said Foley in his initial press release announcing the hiring. “Coach Muschamp is someone we targeted from the beginning, and he is the guy we wanted. I don’t see this as a gamble at all. For me, it was all about finding the right fit for Florida, and I think we have the right fit.”

An entire spring and offseason with Muschamp at the helm has Brantley praising his new coach’s passion. “His energy for the game rubs off on the players,” he says. “And that’s the biggest thing; it’s within his personality. It’s not a show—that’s just who he is every single day. I think he’s going to make the best come out in all of us and help us become the best players we can be.” But a head coach is only as good as the people who surround him, and to fill out his staff, Muschamp went to work in a hurry. What he delivered piqued the interest of just about everyone in the college football community. In search of an offensive coordinator with a combination of college and NFL experience, Charlie Weis was plucked from the same position with the Kansas City Chiefs. Weis owns four Super Bowl rings, three of them earned while operating the New England Patriots offense from 2000 to 2004. His strengths, admittedly, revolving around defense, Muschamp found exactly what he was seeking in Weis. “I needed somebody I could turn the offense over to,” he said. “Something I had to have was instant credibility, and Charlie brings that to the University of Florida.” Not serving strictly as offensive coordinator, Weis also oversees the quarterbacks. “His track record speaks for itself,” says Brantley. “He’s a genius, on and off the field, with his offense. So, coming into the spring,

“I think our defensive line

is going to be fantastic.” —John Brantley

I was just trying to soak it all in and learn as much as I can.” Meanwhile, the Florida defense will have Muschamp’s finger prints all over it. Still, to implement systems and schemes, the new coach again dipped into the NFL pool, hiring defensive coordinator/defensive line coach Dan Quinn. For the past decade, Quinn has worked in the pros, with his past eight years spent coaching defensive lines. It was with the Dolphins in 2005 where Quinn worked alongside Muschamp. “Dan is one of the best I’ve been around in terms of teaching fundamentals,” Muschamp says. “He understands how defenses will need to be multiple and how to put players in a position to be successful.”

New Offense AND THEN THERE’S THE OFFENSE. In 2010, Florida’s offense was flat out abysmal. The Gators ranked in the bottom half of every single Southeastern Conference offensive category. Made famous by its past Fun ‘n Gun and Spread Option attacks, how soon the University of Florida and Weis can pioneer point scoring will be especially intriguing. Fittingly, Weis brings a pro-style offense to the Gators. An obvious departure from years gone by, a more traditional, featured running back will assume the bulk of ball carrying duties. “You can count the number of times John Brantley will run the option on zero hands,” quipped Weis. “It doesn’t mean he won’t ever run the ball, but he won’t be running the option.” Which is just fine with Brantley, who is expected to be infinitely better suited in a play-action, drop back passing style of play.

“Any new offense that you don’t know much about, especially when the verbiage is completely different, you’re kind of nervous, but Coach Weis has a great way of teaching and helping everyone learn,” says Brantley. With Brantley the unquestioned starter, last season’s surprise play maker Trey Burton has been moved to halfback, while fellow sophomore Jordan Reed will line up at tight end. Seniors Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey will again be one of the country’s fastest duos at running back. At wide receiver, the opportunity is open for any number of the Gators’ promising talents to assert themselves, including Deonte Thompson, Quinton Dunbar and Frankie Hammond, Jr.

New Defense

MUSCHAMP LOVES TO CALL the SEC a “Line of Scrimmage League,” and that was a major reason for bringing Quinn aboard. The calling card of the Florida defense in 2011 is expected to be its defensive line. Muschamp will insert a unique “buck” position to play as a defensive end/linebacker hybrid. Sophomore Ronald Powell (6’4”, 250 lbs) could possess the perfect combination of size and speed to be a roaming force in this role. “I think our defensive line is going to be fantastic,” says Brantley, who ought to know, as quickly as he’s been reached by them in both spring and fall practice. “I think they’re going to be very strong, and as long as they can stay healthy, that’s going to be a very big position group for us there.” Meanwhile, the Gator linebacker corps is deep, but largely inexperienced. Muschamp and Quinn are eyeing junior Jon Bostic and sophomore Jelani Jenkins to emerge as leaders and difference makers pursuing the ball. With Janoris Jenkins dismissal, the Gators' entire secondary, a dominant area in past years, is dotted with question marks.

New Challenges

MUSCHAMP AND COMPANY won’t exactly get an opportunity to ease into their first year together. Florida’s 2011 schedule is one of the toughest in recent memory. The Gators play just three home

SEC games (Tennessee, Alabama, Vanderbilt) before hosting Florida State on November 26. October promises to be particularly brutal, where in three consecutive weeks (vs. Alabama, @ LSU, @ Auburn), the Gators face the past three BCS national champions not named “Florida.” The month then wraps up on the 29th in Jacksonville, against a Georgia team that’s a popular pick to win the East. “It’s going to be a tough little run into October, but we’re prepared for it,” says Brantley. “We prepared for it all summer in our workouts, into preseason camp, and we’re just going to keep working.” As for Muschamp, the new coach says simply equaling last year’s 8-5 mark would be a disappointment, even for a maiden voyage in the country’s toughest conference. “I’ve got high expectations for our football team,” Muschamp says. “I’ve said it before; I think we’ve got a good team on campus. I’m excited about our nucleus. We have some deficiencies—like every team does—but we’ve got to work through those and let our staff do a really good job coaching because I think our players have really bought into what we’re doing.”

Florida Football

2011 SEASON SCHEDULE Sep 3 Sep 10 Sep 17 Sep 24 Oct 1 Oct 8 Oct 15 Oct 29 Nov 5 Nov 12 Nov 19 Nov 26

Florida Atlantic Alabama-Birmingham Tennessee* Kentucky Alabama* LSU* Auburn* Georgia* (Jacksonville) Vanderbilt* South Carolina Furman Florida State

Home Games In Bold *Conference Game





o find out what’s behind the coupon craze and how to get started, I spent some time with some couponing gurus and even attended a coupon class. What I learned may just inspire you to start clipping and printing coupons yourself. By the way, one of the first things I discovered was that, yes, those televised couponing shows are indeed staged. It’s also highly unrealistic for the average person to stockpile hundreds, if not thousands, of items, no matter how stunning the savings. Like many others who have become adept at couponing, Caroline Carpenter of Summerfield was first attracted by the success of others. “I read an article about a woman who bought $200 worth of groceries and only spent about $20,” recalls Caroline. “I wondered if that was really possible. I’m a financial person, so I did the research and realized you really could do this.” Caroline and her grown daughter had both experienced financial challenges with the economic recession, so they decided to give couponing a try. Within a short time, they





discovered how to save substantially with savvy coupon use. Soon, friends were encouraging Caroline to hold classes and teach her couponing skills to others; she held her first class in November 2009. “Some people call me the coupon comedian because the class is entertaining and lively,” says Caroline. “It’s three hours long, but it’s like a girls’ night out; we even have child care.” Although saving money is what interests most people, Caroline says there’s much more to couponing. “My mission in life is to be a blessing to other people. Sharing my knowledge with people inspires hope in them and gives them the ability to move forward,” she explains. “When you’ve experienced the struggle and then turned it around, you can become a giver, and that really changes your mindset.” Melissa Williams of Lakeland first heard about couponing from a friend two years ago. “At first I thought, ‘good for you, have fun.’ A few months later she was telling me about all the stuff she got for free, and I’d just bought the same things, so I started researching to learn more,” Melissa says. Excited by what she learned, Melissa began couponing herself. As the savings mounted, she was motivated to share what she’d learned. Melissa held her first “Crazy for Coupons” workshop in the fall of 2009. About two dozen women attended; now, her workshops average 75 to 100 people, and she conducts two to four workshops every week at businesses, churches and community meetings. One of the biggest misconceptions people have is thinking there aren’t coupons for the things they’re already buying. “There’s something in couponing that everyone can use,” says Melissa. “I haven’t paid for toiletries in a year.” “If a family averages $100 a week on groceries, that’s $5,200 per year. By couponing, they could easily save 60 percent, which is $3,120, and that’s on the conservative side,” says Melissa, who typically saves about 90 percent on her total bill when grocery shopping.

She believes most people—once they learn the secrets of couponing—can easily save 75 percent People new to couponing might get discouraged if they only save 30 percent on their first trip,” she says. “I tell them, ‘Anything you can save is money to put towards something else.’”

READY TO START SAVING? Here’s the good news on

couponing: You’ll have plenty of help! “Why reinvent the wheel? Use websites to give you lists of stores, tell you what’s on sale and where to get the coupons,” says Elisa Worsham, who, along with Alexa Jalbert, teaches a free couponing class at The Cherished Bride in Ocala every Friday morning at 9am.


collecting the coupons,” Melissa explains. “They post all the sales and tell you where the coupons cellfire.com are located. All you have to do is cut out (or commonsensewithmoney.com print out) the coupons and go to the store. You couponfaries.com want a local website because couponing rules couponnetwork.com can vary from state to state. For example, Florida couponqueeny.com doesn’t accept double coupons, but other states do.” coupons.com On their websites, both Caroline and Melissa frugaliving.com offer “sneak peeks” at upcoming ads from local hip2save.com stores. They list a coupon match-up, which includes hwomanfreebies.com every coupon available for an item, and explains how ilovecouponmonth.com to use them for the lowest out-of-pocket expense. Here’s an example from a recent week: Dial body mavenofsaven.com wash was BOGO (that’s buy one, get one free) at Publix. mycokerewards.com Regular price was $3.99, but there were $2 off coupons in pgesaver.com the Sunday paper insert. If you bought two and used two redplum.com $2 off coupons, both products ended up being free. shortcuts.com You’ll find plenty of coupons in the inserts included smartsource.com with your Sunday newspaper. If you want to dramatically southernsavers.com increase your savings potential, you can subscribe to several supportourtroops.org Sunday papers. thecherishedbride.com “The Sunday newspaper is the best source for finding workingmomcoupons.com good coupons,” says Melissa, who personally subscribes to a



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whopping 24 Sunday papers. She says the average couponer gets six Sunday papers. (Most papers offer Sunday-only subscriptions.) “If there are products you buy and haven’t seen coupons for, go to the manufacturer’s website,” says Melissa.


Tracking down the coupons can take a few hours each week in the beginning, but as you get more practiced, experts say it shouldn’t take more than an hour or so weekly. The more time you put into it, however, the more potential for savings. Elisa and Alexa frequent websites such as southernsavers.com and also advocate using Facebook. “Most manufacturers have realized the power of social media, and they’re putting out coupons that are available only on some of the social media sites, like Facebook, and these are high-dollar coupons,” Caroline notes. “Most people are brand specific. If they try a product and like it, they’ll be locked into that product. Manufacturers want you to try their products because if you like it, you’ll always use it. There are products I would never have tried if I hadn’t had coupons.” Before you head to the store, you’ll need a system to keep all those coupons organized and easy to access. You may need to experiment to find a method that works for you. Elisa stores her coupons alphabetically in a small plastic file box, which she keeps in her vehicle so it’s handy. She only takes into the store the coupons she needs for that visit. Alexa uses a three ring binder filled with plastic baseball card holder sheets, and slips the coupons into the slots.

ONE OF THE BEST THINGS about couponing? It isn’t just for large families. Anyone can do it. “We have some single girlfriends who pool together and split their orders to take advantage of coupons and sales,” says Denise Sarko, owner of The Cherished Bride. “We’ve disciplined ourselves so we don’t buy unless things are on sale. It’s made a difference and helped offset the increase in gas prices,”


Almost like texting, couponing has its own abbreviated language. Once you understand the terminology, you can more easily navigate couponing websites.




she adds. “My goal is that whatever I’m spending extra on gas each week, I try to save that on my groceries with couponing.” Florida is not a “double coupon” state, meaning that stores will not match the value of a coupon. But that doesn’t mean you can’t save big right here in Central Florida. “Stacking” is the key! Stacking involves using one store coupon and one manufacturer’s coupon on one item or one manufacturer’s coupon and one competing store’s coupon (if the store accepts competitor’s coupons) on one item. You can really save if the item happens to also be a buy-one-get-one sale. “A store coupon and a competitor coupon are considered the same thing, so you have to decide which you want to use (if you have both),” Caroline explains. “It absolutely makes sense to shop at a store that accepts competitor’s coupons, and in our area, Publix is the only one that does,” adds Melissa. In Marion County, both Publix and WinnDixie often feature buy-one-get-one-free sales. When you can combine coupons with these sales, you stand to take home the items for little or no money. “The most under-rated stores for couponing in our area are Walgreen’s and CVS,” says Elisa, as she displays a small

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OYNO = on your next order OOP = out of pocket RP = RedPlum insert in Sunday papers SS = SmartSource insert in Sunday papers P&G = Proctor & Gamble insert

COUPONING 101 Local couponing classes are gaining in popularity. Check out these sites to find out how you can get involved.

CRAZY FOR COUPONS WORKSHOPS Find out about upcoming workshops at thecouponnavigator.com

COUPONING CLASS I: Beginning the Coupon Craze $15 in advance, $20 at the door Visit mycouponexpert.com for class dates and details CLIPPIN’ CHIX OCALA AT THE MANOR The Cherished Bride, Ocala, Friday mornings at 9am Find out about couponing classes at thecherishedbride.com CREATIVE CENTS COUPONING Beginners and advanced classes offered Visit creativecentscouponing.com for details

mountain of items she purchased on a recent visit to Walgreen’s. Walgreen’s has a Register Rewards program, and CVS has their ExtraCare program. Both offer savings on a future purchase, not to mention what you already saved on your current order. The secret to couponing success is to buy items you need when they are on sale and increase your savings by using coupons on those same items. Sales tend to run in 12-week cycles, so it makes the most sense to buy enough to last you until the item is on sale again. “When you first get started, you’ll spend a lot more than you will later. Eventually, you build up a supply of the things you use, and as time goes by, you’re just buying to fill in the holes,” Caroline explains. “If you’re couponing effectively, you’re saving at least 75 to 80 percent on your grocery bill.”

If you don’t choose (or have room) to stockpile, you can share the bounty with family and friends (and hope they reciprocate) or donate products to area shelters or church pantries. “We’ve held five or six coupon classes over the past eight months that Caroline has taught, and at the last one, we had 300 people! It was amazing,” says Summer LaBonte, women’s ministry leader at Village View Community Church in Summerfield. “Caroline has literally changed people’s lives by teaching them how to coupon. The families in our church have helped not only stock the church food pantry but also helped others in need by donating formula, diapers and even personal hygiene items for people on food stamps.” “We want to promote good stewardship with coupons,” adds Elisa of the coupon group that meets at The Cherished Bride.


bring their surplus items here, and they will be donated to area charities. We also send expired coupons to the troops overseas because they can use them in the commissary.” (Check out supportourtroops.org to learn how to send coupons to our military families stationed in other countries.) People love to get a bargain. That’s the thrill behind couponing. You don’t need to explain that to Michelle Carney. The Ocala resident, who just started couponing, recently bought her favorite deodorant at CVS. With the sale price and coupons, she paid $1 for a $4.99 product. “I bought ten for what I’d normally pay for two. I was so excited, I had goose bumps,” laughs Michelle. “This can be addicting!”





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between a bun is in no way comparable to a demure slice of apple pie. Like an ice cream sundae, a hamburger symbolizes the freedom of choice. “You want a brownie sundae or a banana split?” corresponds with “You want a hamburger or cheeseburger?” or “Medium rare or well-done?” or “Mustard or ketchup?” After eating my way through the juiciest patties, baskets of sides and the occasional chocolate malt, I’ve found 10 drool-worthy burger stops, five in Ocala and five worth the drive. Like Odysseus on his journey to Ithaca, my burger odyssey wasn’t all smooth sailing—nor was it pretty. During my quest, I smudged barbecue sauce on blouses, forgot ballpoint pens on cushioned booths, unintentionally left a decimated heap of a mess on my plate after eating “today’s special” and feared a napkin shortage before taking my last bite. All for the sake of finding a good hamburger, here’s the beef of my labors.

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With a tangerine-colored truck parked outside, tubs of peanuts when you walk in and scores of memorabilia causing your neck to pull a 360 (a flying pig weathervane?), Cody’s is the haunt to visit for its fun atmosphere and plain good food. At Cody’s, you have your basic burger: a thick patty on a toasted bun, with a bubbly melted slice of American cheese. You can get it sans cheese and with french fries, but it’d be a sin to pass on the onion rings. These jumbo-sized golden rings are piled high on a stick, resembling a kid’s toy—though it’s certainly not child’s play to devour this tower. You can share it when you pair it with your ol’ cheeseburger. The choice is yours.

Hungry Bear Drive-In 4 2 0 S E O S C EO L A AV E .

“The DriveThru Burger” This little joint, which is over 30 years old, is an Ocala landmark. The out-of-towner may drive past this brick shack without a glance, but true Ocalans know this drive-thru is worth a pit-stop to satisfy the pit of your stomach. With Baby, Mama, Papa and Grandpa options to choose from for your hamburger or cheeseburger, there’s a meal that’s just right for everyone. Ridged french fries, onion rings and corn nuggets are sides, but the sweet potato fries (cinnamon sugar optional) with a peanut butter malt are highly recommended. The food is cooked to order, but the wait is worthwhile. Nothing beats being handed a brown bag with grease seeping through the bottom. One word: irresistible.

Five Guys 2701 SW COLLEGE RD., #A02A

Is it really a fast-food burger? Five Guys’ ground beef patties are made fresh with no freezers on the premises. Boasting over 250,000 ways to order a burger—and I don’t know about you, but I’ll take their word for it—their hamburgers, cheeseburgers, bacon burgers and bacon cheeseburgers can be hidden under a pile of pickles or jalapeno peppers, drowned in ketchup or steak sauce, or stuffed with all 15 toppings and condiments. (You’re gonna need a bigger mouth for this option!) Fries, which are made Five Guys’ style and Cajun style, are generously scooped into a bag, burying the foil-wrapped burger. Weary of going comatose with your beef? A “little” option is available—but even that may not save you.




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Cody’s Original Roadhouse

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Darrell’s Diner



“The Diner Burger” A good diner’s hard to find, especially in the south where the summer heat can cause potato salad to spoil. But Darrell’s Diner is like an old-time New York diner, where the servers call you “hon” and serve up your eggs any way you like them. The same goes for the half-pound burger, served with potato salad, pasta salad, coleslaw or cottage cheese, not to mention the onion rings or fries. Extras on your burger with a patty bigger than its Kaiser roll include bacon or cheese, while pickles are left on the side. Regulars joke with the staff, but newcomers may be too indisposed to fraternize. It’s impolite to talk with your mouth full, ya know!

The Mojo Grill 10 3 SE 1 ST AVE.

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A Staff Fave!

Why should you sacrifice your lust for beef when your tummy’s not up to par for a hefty 7-ounce burger? Answer: You shouldn’t! After eating Goliath-sized hamburgers, my tummy wouldn’t forgive me if I failed to mention the slider. Satisfying enough for the salivating carnivore, merciful enough on your waistline, these mini-burgers prove size doesn’t matter. It’s all in the taste.

You can get back your mojo with the 10-ounce ground Angus—the biggest hunk of beef on this list— at this bluesy joint. With mood lighting, Cajun cooking and live music on the weekends, it’s like a piece of the Big Easy implanted in the heart of Ocala. Of all the burgers on the menu, the “Soprano Burger” will have you singing an entire octave higher once you get your mouth around this beauty. The sundried tomato-infused beef is packed in its bun with a tomato, pickles, lettuce, provolone cheese and garlic mushrooms. Don’t be surprised if you see juice dripping down your arm as you reach for a waffle fry.

Beef ’O’ Brady’s ORDER: “Smokin’ Jack Sliders”

It’s three times the charm with three Black Angus sliders. The trio is decked out with pepper jack cheese, pickles, fried onions and a special smoky mayo. You’re in good hands when it comes to beef at Beef ’O’ Brady’s.

Steak ’N Shake ORDER: “Steakburger Shooters”

These little guys can be dressed with chipotle, A1, buffalo sauce and more. Indecisive? No need to fret! Combine with the “3 shooters n’ fries” option to have a go at the sauces you love spread on these pint-sized steakburgers.

Tilted Kilt ORDER: “The TK Slider Basket”

There’s more to this place than its extraordinary service. The burger menu’s “Classic ‘Big Arse’ Hamburger” is certainly a highlight, but the slider basket is also up for grabs. You can get thrice the amount of beef, buns and cheese.



Pudgee’s All American Hot Dogs 7 220 S FLO R IDA AVE , F LO R A L C IT Y

“The Hot Dog Stand Burger”

Photo by John Jernigan

It’s the kind of place you’d be inclined to raise an eyebrow at. A rundown trailer next to Ron’s Flooring Center, you may turn your nose up driving by this local favorite—a big mistake. Pudgee’s little hot dog stand has a truckload of gotta-have finger food to choose from. And when I say finger food, make sure you grab extra napkins. A hot dog stand, sure, but the made-to-order burgers are a must. Try Pudgee’s “Smack Ya Mama Burger”: a hamburger with barbecue sauce, cheese and grilled onions as the fixings. The “handful of fries” is enough to share. Dip them in ketchup… or vinegar. (This one’s for you, New Englanders!)




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“The Tiki Bar Burger”

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Blue Gator

“The Packs-A Lot-Of-Crunch Burger”

Nothing beats a burger and a beer, right? How about a burger and a beer at a tiki bar? Behind a bait and tackle shop is the Blue Gator, an outdoor family-friendly restaurant by the Rainbow and Withlacoochee Rivers where you can listen to live music while enjoying a beer or wine. Order the “Spicy Ranch Cheeseburger” with tater tots you can pop into your mouth between gulps of lager. Green chilies fried in batter, pepper jack cheese and everything else drenched in ranch dressing will engulf you in burger bliss. You can also order french fries and sweet potato fries as sides. But if you’re a ranch lover, get the gator bites. The servers recommend ranch dressing with the appetizer, and there’s plenty of that where your burger came from.

Glenview Country Club Restaurant 31 9 4 GLEN VIEW R OAD, T H E V I L L AG E S

At the other extreme, the Glenview Country Club has a refined atmosphere with polished wood floors, hunter green curtains and upholstered chairs. Don’t let this fool you. Glenview’s burgers are a hunk of messy love that will need more than a dab from the cloth napkin folded on your lap. The “Name Your Own Burger” option allows you to top the 7-ounce Angus beef with up to three toppings. Want a mushroom and Swiss? A black and bleu? My personal favorite: pimento cheese, sundried tomatoes and bacon. Fries are an option, but the mesquite-seasoned kettle chips more than suffice.

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110th Street Grille 1 0 9 0 1 U S HW Y 4 41 , B E L L E V I E W

What do you get when bayou and beach collide on 110th street? Paradise. The “Paradise Cheeseburger” is like a party on a bun. You have the usual fixings of lettuce, tomato and onion, but then there’s the tumbleweed of haystack fries held hostage by the creamy American cheese. Try wrapping your mouth around this crunchy nirvana. And when all else fails or remnants are leftover, wield your silverware from their designated jar. The homemade kettle chips are a nice side—and a perfect replacement for haystack fries if you couldn’t restrain yourself from inhaling the cheesy tangle off your burger. Don’t feel guilty if you’re unable to answer your server when she asks you how your meal is. Just nod, and take heed of the onion or tomato plopping back onto your plate.

B&W Rexall Drugs Restaurant 214 US HWY 41 SOUTH, INVERNESS

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“The Retro Burger” There’s a retro diner hidden in Inverness, and it houses a monster. If a burger were named after Frankenstein’s Monster, I’d call it “The Bürgermeister,” but B&W has simply dubbed this burger the “Monster Burger.” It’s the original diner burger with Swiss and American cheeses, tomato, lettuce and onions that will fly onto your companion’s plate as you take your first bite. An ice-cold Coca-Cola or chocolate malt will help quench your thirst from snacking on ridged potato chips and a side of fries. You’ll be pulled back to an old Woolworth’s five and dime as you chow down on this burger.







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SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL You could say a hamburger is a sandwich. I beg to differ. You could also say a bun-less patty is a hamburger. That is not a hamburger, it is a McDonald’s breakfast sausage. Enter the roll, aka the bun, as essential to the burger as the opposable thumb.


KAISER ROLL: Sometimes sprinkled with sesame or poppy seeds, this roll is the most dependable when it comes to big beef and overflowing condiments.

WHEAT ROLL: Often chosen as a healthier substitute to its white counterpart, the wheat roll is light brown and fiber rich.

POTATO ROLL: Soft and sweet, golden in color, the potato roll is perfect for a slider bun.

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Ruby Tuesday’s ORDER: “Zucchini Cake Minis”


Some may think a few of the burgers listed below are out there—probably the ketchup or yellow mustard squeezers—but I’m sure the rest of the world would say the same about our burgers. (A donut burger, America? Really?)

UNITED KINGDOM: Our English cousins go for their burger fix at the chain

Besides serving turkey sliders, Ruby Tuesday’s also offers meat-free burgers. The new “Zucchini Cake Minis” are made with all the usual fixings plus roasted red peppers, feta cheese and Ruby’s mayonnaise.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen. The “Kiwi Xmas Burger” includes turkey, ham, avocado and kiwifruit salsa.

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Down Under, but falafel, lamb, venison and cod are choices found at Fergburger, which specializes in gourmet burgers.

ORDER: “Streamliner”

All burgers can be transformed into a veggie burger by substituting the patty with a 100 percent soy Boca burger, but the “Streamliner” is an award-winner not to be missed. Outstanding additions include a wheat bun substitution, fried egg, grilled mushrooms, bell peppers and onions.

AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND: Of course you’ll find the kangaroo burger

JAPAN: Teriyaki burgers and shrimp burgers are menu items at the chain


KOREA: The native dish kimchi is served on the “Kimchi Burger” at Lotteria,

along with the “Paprika Bacon Beef Burger” and “Burning Squid Burger.”

INDIA: At Nirula’s, a favorite is the “Nutty Paneer Burger,” which is made of cheese and walnuts. PAKISTAN: McDonald’s “Shami Burger” is a lentil and minced lamb patty

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ORDER: “Veggie Burger”

Its name is self-explanatory, but this isn’t your average veggie burger. The meatless patty’s key ingredients are brown rice, mushrooms, wheat and veggies. Get it with fries, coleslaw, kettle chips or even one of Mimi’s signature freshly baked muffins.


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The Basics Of Blood Flow


When To See A Doctor • Tender to

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Percentage of women in the U.S. who suffer from some type of vein problem. Varicose veins affect half of people, men and women, 50 years and older.




Blue, red or fleshcolored swollen and noticeably raised twisted cords pushing up against the skin. Usually found on the thighs, back of calves and inside of the leg. SPIDER VEINS: Smaller and

closer to the surface of the skin than varicose veins. Usually red or blue; look like spiderwebs or tiny tree branches; can be found on legs and face.


• Sores or rash

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• Dull ache or pain

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Sclerotherapy: Chemical sclerosant is injected into a varicose vein to scar it and close it up. Laser: Laser energy is used to zap and destroy the varicose vein, or in endovenous treatments, laser fiber is inserted into the vein causing it to close up.

Ultrasound: Checks vein structure and blood flow and spots blood clots.

Radiofrequency: Instead of laser energy, radiofrequency energy is sent into a varicose vein to scar and close it off.

Venogram: Detailed assessment of vein blood flow and complications.

Ligation & stripping: Incisions are made over the varicose vein, which is then tied off and removed.

Serious Vein Conditions

SUPERFICIAL THROMBOPHLEBITIS: Blood clot in vein just below surface.


Blood clot deeper in vein; can travel to lung and be fatal.


Family history Increasing age Hormonal changes Obesity Sedentary lifestyle Leg injury Sun exposure


Do Exercise regularly to improve vein strength and circulation

Wear sunscreen regularly Control your weight to avoid placing too much pressure on your

legs Elevate your legs when resting as much as possible Wear compression/support stockings Eat a low-salt diet rich in high-fiber foods Cross your legs while sitting Stand or sit for long periods; move/take a walk every 30 minutes Wear tight clothing that constricts your waist, groin or legs Wear high heels for extended periods


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Blame The Greeks

the word, with records dating back to 1550 B.C. mentioning the condition no one wants to have. A mouthwash of wine and herbs was the recommendation back then. Today, halitosis is defined rom the Latin word as an oral health condition “halitus” or breath and marked by consistently odorcombined with the ous breath. The main culprit is Greek suffix used to describe a bacteria accumulation in our medical condition—“osis”—we mouth, which as the chemiget halitosis. And it turns out cals break down produce the that bad breath is as old as bad breath.


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Medical Causes

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Medications Alert Many medications, such as antidepressants, antihistamines, decongestants and blood pressure meds, can cause dry mouth, which, in turn, can lead to halitosis.

Halitophobia: Also known as delusional halitosis, people who don’t have bad breath who think they do!



• Cup your hands over your mouth, breathe out and take a whiff.


• Use a home tonguescraping test kit.


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TREATMENT OPTIONS MOUTHWASHES/ TOOTHPASTES: Look for those containing chemical compounds such as stabilized chlorine dioxide, cetylpyridinium chloride, chlorhexidine or zinc chloride. NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS: Try vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, zinc, coenzyme Q10 and folic acid.

HERBS: If you want to go the more natural route, try mouthwashes and toothpastes with ingredients like thyme (thymol), eucalyptus (eukalyptol), tea tree oil, clove, caraway, peppermint, sage, myrrh and bloodroot. FOLK REMEDIES: Chew on fennel seeds, cinnamon sticks, mastic gum and/or fresh parsley.

• Halimeter: Tests for levels of sulfur emissions in the mouth air. • Gas Chromatography: Digitally measures molecular levels of sulfur components in breath. • BANA Test: Detects salivary levels of halitosisrelated bacteria enzyme.

Good Breath Tips Brush your teeth after you eat. Floss at least once a day. Brush your tongue, or use a tongue scraper. Change your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Get regular dental cleanings/checkups every 6 months. Drink plenty of water to avoid dry mouth. Decrease alcohol and coffee use. Limit sulphur-rich foods. Avoid tobacco products. Chew sugar-free gum. Gargle before bedtime.

Sources: medicalcenter.osu.edu, halitosis.com, myhealth.ucsd.edu, breathcare.com, mayoclinic.com


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ccording to the NATIONAL PSORIASIS FOUNDATION, psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin disease that affects an estimated 7.5 million Americans. A normal skin cell matures and falls off the body in 28-30 days without ever being noticed. For those with psoriasis, that cycle is accelerated to only 3-4 days, and instead of falling off, the cells accumulate on the skin’s surface and create lesions. Psoriasis can appear anywhere on the body, including the torso, knees, elbows and scalp. Researchers believe that a person must have a Quick Facts combination of genetic factors and be exposed to Not contagious external triggers to develop psoriasis. Scientists Affects both men estimate that at least 10 percent of the gen& women eral population inherits one or more genetic Commonly predisposition to psoriasis, but only 3 percent appears between actually develop the disease. People with psoriasis ages 15 & 25 have an increased risk of developing other serious diseases, such as psoriatic arthritis, diabetes, skin cancer and depression.








Most common form; red raised patches or lesions covered by silvery white dead skin cells.

Small red spots on skin.

Red patches that usually occur in armpits, groin and skin folds.

White blisters surrounded by red skin.

Intense redness over a large area, such as the torso. Photos © National Psoriasis Foundation


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Infections, strep throat or thrush Injury to skin, cut, scrape, bug bite or severe sunburn Extremely cold weather Stress Smoking Heavy alcohol consumption Allergies Medications, such as antidepressants, blood pressure, antimalarial and iodides

TREATMENT OPTIONS While there is currently no cure for psoriasis, there are many treatment options to discuss with your dermatologist. Because psoriasis manifests differently in each individual, treatments that work for one person won’t necessarily work for another. Often, doctors try several treatment approaches with a patient to find the one that works the best.


Psoriasis treatments fall under the following three headings:

Up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis, which causes joint pain, stiffness and swelling. Most commonly appears between the ages of 30 and 50.

TOPICAL: Corticosteroids, vitamin D analogues, retinoids, anthralin and salicylic acid

LIGHT THERAPY: Sunlight, UVB, Goekerman, PUVA and laser

ORAL/INJECTED MEDICATIONS: Retinoids, methotrexate, cyclosporine; hydroxyurea, immunomodulators and thioguanine

Sources: psoriasis.org, mayoclinic.com, skincarephysicians.com




What You Can Do

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Take daily baths/consider bath oils or salts. Use moisturizer several times a day. Cover affected areas overnight. Expose skin to small amounts of sunlight. Apply medicated creams and ointments. Avoid drinking alcohol. Eat a healthy diet.

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nstead of always using hummus, try tahini paste instead as a spread on whole-wheat crackers or apple slices. Tahini, a roasted ground sesame seed paste, is a main ingredient in hummus, but it is a delicious stand-alone spread as well, and it just may help you fit into your favorite bikini this summer! Turns out, tahini paste is loaded with lignans, a plant chemical compound that research has shown helps the liver produce fat-burning enzymes. And less fat is good when you want to fit into that little-bitty bikini!

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While there’s nothing wrong with the good ol’ standbys orange and apple juice, there are a few other superjuices out there. These are particularly good as a complement to your exercise routine, providing key nutrients before and after a workout.

BEET JUICE: Beets are rich in nitrates and betacyanin, a potent antioxidant that gives the veggie its rich deep-red pigment. A Journal of Applied Physiology study reported that people could exercise at a higher intensity longer if they drank two cups of beet juice daily for six consecutive days. COCONUT WATER: Not to be confused with high-fat coconut milk, coconut

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THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON EXERCISE According to a study published in Neurology, moderate to intense exercise lowers the risk of brain damage linked to strokes, certain types of dementia and decreased mobility. While even light exercising has been proven to lower blood pressure, bad cholesterol and insulin levels, the latest research shows that most benefits come from moderate to intense exercise. Those in the study participated in exercises such as hiking, tennis, jogging, swimming, racquetball and biking. Source: yourhealth.usatoday.com

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These no-warning cardiac collapses are the single largest cause of death among young competitive athletes.


ou’ve seen the shocking news stories of young athletes collapsing and dying of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA): the 14-year-old Wisconsin runner, the Michigan high-school basketball whiz who’d just sunk the winning shot, the star quarterback at a Texas high school. These no-warning cardiac collapses are the single largest cause of death among young competitive athletes. The real story is, they don’t have to be. A string of positive research combined with news of kids who’ve survived SCA means this troubling killer could soon be tamed. Meanwhile, we hope parents and grandparents saw reports about the swift steps that can restart struggling young hearts—like the Minnesota dad who ran onto the soccer field when his 12-year-old son collapsed, started CPR, then used a portable defibrillator to kick-start his heart into beating normally again. He saved his son’s life. It’s not just an issue for kids who play sports. Actually, the cause has nothing to do with sports, per se. While sudden cardiac arrest is five times more common among college athletes than once believed, and just one in 10 survives, what’s most often behind SCA is an enlarged heart—specifically, a common inherited defect called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. While months of strenuous exercise will make any athlete’s heart muscle bigger, (that’s normal and nothing to worry about— unless the kid also has HCM), the combo can block blood flow from the heart, which puts young athletes at a much higher risk than non-athletes with HCM. It’s summer, so be alert for dehydration and heat exhaustion. Working out in hot weather can use up a young body’s water supply fast and lead to heat stroke and a collapse that looks like SCA. Tell your kids to drink plenty of water. Dehydration is risky for anyone with an enlarged heart because it interferes with the ticker’s main pumping area, the left ventricle. Getting parched makes blood-flow problems worse, leading to fainting, shortness of breath or something way more serious.

$1,500. That’s what it costs to buy and donate an automated external defibrillator. These super-easy-to-use heart re-starters are already in many airports, planes, gyms, malls and office buildings. High schools that have an AED and people trained to use it save the lives of 64 percent of people with sudden heart problems (students and adults). That’s a great reason to hold a few fruit sales or car washes. Parents need to be alert and spot trouble before it starts. Heart screening tests for all student athletes costs more than bake-sale money, but the tests could prevent 90 percent of SCA. Two hot-off-the-presses studies prove it. In one, 964 college athletes got physicals that included echocardiograms and electrocardiograms. They found seven students with serious heart conditions. Another study of 50,665 Chicagoarea teens uncovered 1,096 kids with heart irregularities. Most importantly, look for risk factors in your kids, and know what to do: 1. Know the signals. A kid you love may be in danger of sudden cardiac arrest if he or she has fainted or had seizures after physical activity—or after becoming suddenly excited, upset or startled—or for no reason you can figure out. OTHER RED FLAGS: episodes of chest pain, racing heartbeats or unusual shortness of breath, fatigue or tiredness; dizziness during or after exercise; a family history of heart disease or an unexplained death after physical activity. See a reason to worry? Ask your kid’s doc about an echocardiogram. 2. Get some power behind you. About 15 states encourage or require AEDs in schools. A volunteer group of parents who’ve lost kids to SAC or whose own lives have been saved by a defibrillator are leading the charge. Find out more at parentheartwatch.org. 3. Know what to do. Act fast. If a kid’s losing consciousness and gasping for breath, call 911 or get someone else to. Then immediately start CPR; survival odds drop 10 percent for every minute without it. Meanwhile, send someone for a defibrillator. Don’t hesitate.

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You’ve seen them before, blue or purple veins that stand out on people’s legs. Varicose or spider veins affect many people, but what are they and what causes them? The doctors at

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Varicose veins and spider veins are a condition associated with the superficial venous system. They are the visible surface manifestations of an underlying problem with reverse venous flow. This means venous blood is deviating from a normal flow path to flow in a retrograde direction so that fluid accumulates, causing a “congested” leg and venous claudication. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the formation of a blood clot in a deep vein.

What are the symptoms of each? In many people, varicose veins cause no symptoms other than the appearance of the bulging, twisted vein beneath the skin. Varicose veins are often progressive, which means that symptoms may worsen over time. In some people, symptoms include aches, swelling of feet and ankles, itching, cramping or restless legs and overall leg tiredness or heaviness. Symptoms of DVT include sudden pain, redness, warmth and swelling in the affected leg.

What are the risk factors for developing a vein condition? Risk factors for varicose veins include: 1. Heredity. 2. Gender. Women are at greater risk than men. 3. Pregnancy. Varicose veins may surface for the first time or worsen during late pregnancy when the uterus exerts greater pressure on venous system. 4. Obesity. Excess weight puts pressure on surface veins, causing them to weaken. 5. Standing and sitting. People who have jobs that require them to stand or sit for long periods also are at increased risk. Important risk factors for DVT include: 1. Immobility. Prolonged travel and sitting, airplane flights, long drive, surgery and trauma. 2. Hypercoagulability. Coagulation of blood faster than usual. 3. Trauma to the vein.

Is one condition more dangerous What types of procedures are than the other? available? DVT is a serious condition that can be life threatening. Immediate treatment

Mild varicose veins often do not require treatment; however, some people

may choose treatment for cosmetic reasons or because the condition causes uncomfortable symptoms. Treatments for varicose veins include compression stockings, injection therapy, surgery, laser therapy, closure technique or treatment of ulcers.

What can one do to prevent vein issues in the future? Not all varicose and spider veins can be prevented. Regular exercise, weight control, leg elevation when resting and wearing elastic support stockings can reduce your chances of getting new varicose and spider veins. Marion Heart Associates has been a top practice in Ocala for over 20 years. The facility is comprised of primary care physicians, cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, as well as specialists in endocrinology and geriatrics. They provide one-stop shopping for all your medical care needs. The Board Certified expert physicians at Vein Clinic at Marion Heart Associates provide a wide range of treatment for vein problems.

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in the United States, in a highly secured vault, sits one of two vials containing one of the deadliest substances ever to roam the earth: the smallpox virus.

The other vial is safely stowed away in a Siberian lab. Aside from the two samples, kept for research purposes, and locked up against the threat of biological warfare, the deadly virus has been eradicated from the earth thanks largely to an 18th century English doctor named Edward Jenner. Smallpox had ravaged the world for centuries, possibly as far back as 10,000 B.C. Egyptian mummies have been known to show evidence of smallpox lesions, and the smallpox epidemic is believed to have been a factor in the decline of the Roman Empire. It was well known that survivors of smallpox became immune to the virus, so the practice of variolation, introducing viral matter to the skin through cuts, began. The procedure left scars and came with the risk of contracting other blood-born diseases like syphilis and tuberculosis. However, with the other choices being death or disfigurement, variolation gained acceptance as the only protection against smallpox, with its practice gradually spreading from country to country. Back in England, the people of Gloucestershire had long noticed that milkmaids seemed to be immune from smallpox, though they often were subject to the less-virulent cowpox. In May 1796, Dr. Jenner found a milkmaid with fresh cowpox sores and inoculated an 8-year-old boy with the pus from her lesions. The boy developed mild symptoms but was well within days. Two months later, Dr. Jenner inoculated the boy again, and no disease developed. Two years later, after conducting additional experiments, Jenner published his findings, naming the procedure vaccination, after the Latin word for cowpox, vaccinia.

By Debbie Ingram

Fast-forward 200 years, smallpox has

been eradicated, and new cases of other infectious diseases have drastically decreased worldwide. Diseases that have been greatly reduced since vaccinations were introduced include: Diphtheria: One of the leading causes of death in children in the 1920s, the vaccine was introduced in the 1940s, and the disease is now rare in the U.S. Polio: After World War II, polio was the most feared disease, crippling tens of thousands of children in 1952 alone. The polio vaccine was mandated in 1955, and since, annual cases have decreased to less than 1,400 incidences.

Measles, mumps & rubella: The MMR vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella was not introduced until the early 1970s, but new cases of measles dropped from over 750,000 in 1958 to only 150 cases in 2008. Today, there are over 60 vaccines licensed for distribution in the United States for protection against dozens of diseases. A child entering elementary school in the late 1960s was vaccinated for eight diseases. The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends 12 vaccinations administered in 36 doses from birth to 18 years, plus an annual flu shot. Although no federal law exists mandating immunizations, all 50 states

require some immunizations for children entering public school. Still, there exists a debate as to the safety and necessity of all these shots. Anti-vaccination activists are pointing to immunizations as a possible cause for the seeming explosion of neurologic and immune disorders in the United States, particularly autism. Many also blame vaccines for an increase in allergies, asthma and even SIDS. They cite lower rates of these afflictions in populations where vaccinating is less extensive and argue that these disorders were not prevalent in children until vaccination programs were developed. However, scientists point out that other populations




have different lifestyles, environmental factors and genetics. Although some of those opposed to vaccinations merely question the necessity, most point to the risk of side effects as the reason vaccinations should be avoided. Although not supported by scientific evidence, many parents feel giving infants many vaccines in a short period of time may weaken their immune systems. Parents of children who suffer from asthma or allergies or who already have weakened immune systems due to autoimmune disease or cancer treatment insist that children should not be given multiple vaccinations at once or before they are 2 years old. Additionally, many parents are opposed to giving their children immunizations that contain live viruses, such as the MMR and varicella (chickenpox) vaccines, out of concern that the vaccine itself could cause illness. Reported cases of disease contraction from the live vaccine are extremely few, and incidences are much less severe than if contracted from the virus itself, but that does not make the decision easier for some parents. “My oldest son became sick after his shots,” says mother of three, Marcia. “So we didn’t vaccinate our youngest two. I am aware of the risks, but I made the choice I felt was best for us.” The controversy surrounding vaccines and autism has received the most attention recently. In 1999, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics

asked vaccine makers to stop using thimerosal, a compound containing mercury, which is used as a preservative in vaccines and drugs. This action fueled existing controversy surrounding the rise in autism cases and a possible link to mercury, toxicity of which produces symptoms similar to autism. Although many say the FDA moved too slowly to remove thimerosal from vaccines, the government maintains that these actions were precautionary and stresses there is no credible scientific evidence linking thimerosal and autism. One study brought significant attention to the possible vaccine-autism link. In 1998, British physician Andrew Wakefield, along with several colleagues, published a paper suggesting that the MMR vaccine causes autism. The study reported on 12 children who were first treated for gastrointestinal problems. When the 12 children were found to have had a normal development followed by a loss of certain skills after receiving the MMR vaccine, Wakefield associated the reported loss of skills and onset of bowel problems with the MMR vaccine. The paper was seriously flawed. There was no control group for comparison, the findings could not be replicated in additional studies and further questioning revealed that almost half the children had developmental problems before receiving the MMR vaccine. Since then, 10 of the 13 authors have retracted their findings. Additional research, including a Japanese study

of over 30,000 children, shows no link between the MMR and autism. Unfortunately, publicity resulting from the initial publication has resulted in a decline in MMR vaccinations and a resulting resurgence of measles in England and other parts of Europe. Although cases of autism have risen in recent years, doctors say that it’s due to the umbrella of autism diagnosis being widened. “What we define as autism has changed over the years,” says Suzanne Kerns, M.D., of Ocala Pediatrics. “Where autism used to define one set of severe symptoms, we now refer to a broader range of behaviors as being autism spectrum disorder (ASD).” In other words, according to some doctors, it appears the number of cases have increased, but it is actually a matter of more cases being identified as ASD.

So, real or perceived risks aside, do Americans need to continue to vaccinate against diseases that have been largely or wholly eradicated? Because vaccination programs have been so successful, the FDA says, recent generations of parents have not seen the ravaging effects of communicable diseases in their lifetimes, so it’s easy to see how young parents might take the stance that vaccinating against diseases that aren’t rampant is not worth the risk of an adverse reaction. As seen in the recent measles outbreak in England, a decline in vaccinations does lead to an increase in disease. So far, only smallpox has

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been completely eradicated. According to the Centers for Disease Control, elimination of immunizations would result in 2.7 million deaths per year from measles. In countries where immunizations have been reduced, pertussis (whooping cough) rates have risen as much as 10 to 100 times. There are more than 350 million life-long carriers of hepatitis B that can transmit the disease to the unprotected. Tetanus kills 300,000 unvaccinated newborns annually in countries where the tetanus vaccine is unavailable. Polio is still an endemic in Afghanistan, India, Nigeria and Pakistan. In this age of world travel, these and other diseases are literally knocking at our door. Most physicians and researchers agree that immunizations are our best, and most cost-effective, security system. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that vaccinations are second only to clean water in reducing infectious diseases. “There is no disputing the fact that immunizations have saved more lives than any other medical intervention in history,” says Dr. Kerns. “People who choose not to immunize are putting others’ health at risk. Vaccinations don’t always protect a person 100 percent,” she explains, “So, being exposed to unvaccinated people puts others at risk.” Furthermore, she urges parents who are deciding whether to vaccinate their children to make their decision based on accurate research. “If parents choose

not to vaccinate, they should at least make their decision based on credible scientific research.” As another local doctor muses, “It’s interesting that when one study is published touting the health benefits of red wine, everyone wants to believe it, but a hundred studies can’t convince some parents of newborns that those early shots could ensure not just their baby’s health but ultimately contribute to the health of future generations.” So what’s on the horizon for vaccines? Hundreds of new vaccines are being researched and tested for diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, typhoid and cholera, which kill millions in developing countries. Other studies are being conducted on vaccines to protect against “super bugs” like MRSA. Vaccines for allergies, biological warfare viruses such as anthrax and even addictions to drugs like nicotine, cocaine and methamphetamine are being investigated as well. For more information on immunization schedules for children and adults, school requirements and flu shot programs, visit the Marion County Health Department’s website at doh.state.fl.us/chdMarion or the CDC website at cdc.gov. “We follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC,” says Jan Stepp, Immunizations Supervisor at the Marion County Health Department. “And we highly recommend immunizations from birth to adulthood.”

ADULT VACCINATIONS Influenza: Get a flu shot every fall or winter. Pneumococcal: Get this at age 65 or earlier if you smoke or have chronic health problems. Tetanus, diphtheria & pertussis (Tdap): Get the adult whooping cough vaccine if you are under 65 or are over 65 and are in contact

with an infant or a health care worker. Get a tetanus booster every 10 years.

26 can receive the Gardasil brand to protect against genital warts.

received one dose, ask your doctor if you should be vaccinated.

Hepatitis A & B: You need these vaccines if you have risk factors for hepatitis A or B.

Measles, mumps & rubella (MMR): If you were born after 1957 and never received the MMR, you should get this vaccine.

Meningococcal: You may need this vaccine if you have certain medical conditions or are going to live in a college dormitory.

Varicella (chickenpox): If you never had chickenpox, or only

Zoster (shingles): Get this vaccine if you are over 60.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV): Women under 26 can get this vaccine to protect against cervical cancer. Men under


The influenza virus affects 5 to 20 percent of Americans each year, with approximately 200,000 people requiring hospitalization. In 2010, vaccine experts voted to recommend that everyone age 6 months and older receive an annual flu shot. Certain people, including pregnant women, people over age 50, health care workers, children under 5, people with chronic health problems and those living in nursing homes or caring for flu patients, may be especially susceptible. Side effects may include a low-grade fever, aches and redness or swelling at the shot site, but the shot cannot give you the flu. Sometimes people get the flu after being vaccinated because they were exposed prior to getting the shot. Other instances occur when people contract a strain of the flu not covered by the shot. Sources: Centers for Disease Control, American Academy of Pediatrics, Food and Drug Administration, Mayo Clinic, Immunization.org, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, World Health Organization, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations, Baylor University Medical Center




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Eat To Beat The Heat


ately, it seems like there’s no relief to the relentless summer heat. It is August after all! So what are we to do? Did you know the foods you eat can actually help cool you down— or keep you sweating for that matter? However, the foods we tend to reach for when the heat hits—ice cream and ice cold drinks—can actually interfere with our body’s natural cooling system, and the sugar and salt in sports drinks can leave you even more dehydrated. These tips offer little known ways to keep your cool—and stay healthy!

Cool As A Cucumber... or Tomato? We all know fruits and vegetables are comprised mostly of water. To cool down this summer, pile your plate high! You’ll feel refreshed and hydrated. Check out the water content of

some of summer’s best fruits and veggies.

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SPICE UP to CHILL OUT The next time you find yourself melted to the chair, try adding a bit of spice to your main meal. That’s right, spice! Though it sounds contradictory, eating spices actually has a cooling effect on the body by aiding in digestion and counteracting inflammation. The harder your body works to digest, the less efficient it is at keeping you cool. Try adding some of these spices to your summer dishes to keep you cool all summer long!

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What It Does

Relieves indigestion and reduces inflammation.

Stimulates the digestive juices to aid in digestion and reduces acid reflux.

Aids in digestion and counteracts spiciness in main dishes.

A natural antiinflammatory and acts as an anti-allergen.

Add to lemonades and teas or fruit salads.

Sprinkle on pizza or meat entrees, or nibble on a teaspoon before or after a big meal.

Add to salsas and chutneys for a light and cooling appetizer or topping.

Popular in most Thai and Indian dishes, this spice can be added to meat or vegetable dishes for an international flare.

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Aids in digestion.

Stimulates stomach enzymes to help break down food.

Soothes the stomach after a large meal.

One of the most effective spices in post-digestive cooling. This soothing spice triggers the body’s natural cooling mechanisms.

With a cooling flavor similar to mint, add this spice to teas, smoothies and shakes.

A little goes a long way with this aromatic spice. Add a dash or two to rice or veggie dishes for a little extra zip.

Add cooling dill to dips, or sprinkle on grilled veggies.

This spice is most commonly used in Asian-inspired dishes such as stir-frys. Try sipping on ginger tea throughout the day to keep cool. Source: healthiertalk.com





Cody’s Original Roadhouse 2505 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-8182 / codysamerican.com Doors Open at 11a. Serving Lunch & Dinner Daily. “Where Quality and Value Come Together!” Servin’ USDA Prime and Choice Steaks, rotisserie chicken, BBQ ribs, chops, fresh fish, burgers, salads and more! Kids eat free every 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 till 6pm Mon. thru Sat. Sunday – after church specials starting at $8.99 with dessert.

Locations also in Gainesville and The Villages in Lake Sumter Landing. Take-Out Service Available. Check out our new and exciting menu items!

Mesa de Notte 2436 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala / (352) 732-4737 / mesadenotte.com Mon–Fri 11a-10p Sat & Sun 3p-10p Chef Jose Moreno invites you to join him at his newest endeavor, Mesa de Notte, a fine dining Italian restaurant serving beer and wine. Traditional Italian cuisine as well as unique specialties, all served with gourmet pasta made in-house. Every dish consists of only the freshest ingredients, including fresh seafood and vegetables, hand-cut steaks, veal, duck and more. Each meal is complemented by your choice of 13 different sauces, all rooted in Italy. Choices include livernese, puttanesca, frances, pomodoro, bolognaise, pesto, vodka, piccata, and oil and garlic. Mesa de Notte’s extensive wine list features 80 choices of international fine wines, many served by the glass.

Open seven days a week. Monday through Friday, 11am–10pm; Saturday and Sunday, 3-10pm. Visit Mesa de Notte for an experience you won’t forget. Happy Hour daily from 3–7pm. Take-out also available

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 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 entreés 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.






Salts Earth of the

Whether you add a pinch, a dash or a twist of the grinder, everyone has added salt to their food from time to time. But what’s the best salt to use and when?

Table Salt

Kosher Salt

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Found in salt shakers around the globe, table salt is mined from underground salt deposits and undergoes a refining process to create the small crystals. In 1924, iodine was added, an important nutrient in thyroid function. Its small size makes it easy to measure out exact recipe amounts.

This salt is the unprocessed version of table salt. Its larger crystals dissolve fast and add flavor quickly. Many cooks prefer it to table salt because they can easily add a pinch or a dash with their fingers. Kosher salt is also used in the meat curing process.

Touted as being the healthiest of the salts, sea salt contains no additives and is minimally processed. It’s harvested from evaporated seawater and contains the minerals found in the water. Sea salt originating from different areas will have different mineral content and can come in different hues, resulting in slightly different flavors. Use sea salt to flavor just-cooked dishes. Its bold flavor is sure to add an extra kick!

This high-end salt originates from the coastal salt ponds of France. When conditions are ideal, this salt will blossom like a flower on top of the water and is harvested by hand. This salt tastes best on melons, berries and fresh tomatoes.

You won’t use this salt on your salmon. Rock salt is most commonly used in de-icing sidewalks and roadways or in old-fashioned ice cream makers to regulate temperature. It appears large and coarse and is often grayish in color due to its lack of processing.


Mesa de Notte Ristorante (formerly Moreno’s Uptown Grill) opened June 13 with a makeover that created a fine dining atmosphere. Owner and chef Jose Moreno serves up his homemade Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner and also offers an extensive wine list. Many patrons who frequented Uptown Grill since it opened in 2007 have returned to check out Moreno’s “new” restaurant, and the response has been very positive with both repeat customers and first-time patrons. The establishment is open Monday through Friday from 11am-10pm and on weekends from 3-10pm. 2436 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala (352) 732-4737 / mesadenotte.com





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Summer in Florida is a great time to be on the water. Why not combine a relaxing river cruise with some great local seafood? Stumpknockers on the River has been serving Florida favorites for more than 20 years. Owners Tim and John Channell have created a popular menu featuring catfish, frog legs, gator, shrimp, scallops, grouper, crab legs, steaks and more. While you’re there, book a tour with Captain Mike’s Lazy River Cruises and venture down the scenic Withlacoochee River on a 24-foot, covered pontoon boat. It’s common to spot birds, turtles and alligators along the way. “We dock right there at Stumpknockers. A lot of people like to cruise and come back to eat at the restaurant,” says Captain Mike. Current tour prices are $12.50 for one hour and $17 for two hours. During the summer, tours run in the morning and evening, but hours vary, so call ahead for reservations. Stumpknockers on the River 13821 SW Highway 200, Dunnellon Captain Mike’s Lazy River Cruises (352) 854-2288 / stumpknockers.net (352) 637-2726 / lazyrivercruises.com


My Mochi Frozen Yogurt 2611 SW 19th Ave. Road (By Regal Cinemas), Ocala / (352) 671-1556 Open 7 Days a Week, Noon-Midnight Mochi frozen yogurt is causing a craze her in Ocala! Did you know yogurt is one of the healthiest foods in the world? Not only healthy and delicious, Mochi frozen yogurt is also 100% natural, nonfat, low calorie, cholesterol free and contains eight times more live and active cultures than normal yogurt. Indulge in Taro, Coconilla, Lychee and more! Top off your swirly creation with cereals, nuts, candies, and fresh fruit cut daily!

Caution: Mochi frozen yogurt is addictive and may cause extreme cravings!

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Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine 2437 SW 27th Avenue, Ocala / (352) 237-3433 / OcalaThai.com Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30a-2:30p / Dinner Mon-Thu 5p-9p / Fri & Sat 5p-10p / Sun closed for Summer months Crossing the threshold at Ayuttaya is like stepping into a different world, far from the bustling activity of nearby SR200. Serving authentic Thai cuisine in an impeccable environment was the mission of owners Paul and Sherry Chanavorachai. Judging by a constantly busy dining room, it appears they have succeeded. Featuring a variety of vegetable, seafood and meat dishes that can be prepared using either traditional spices or milder variations (takeout included), every meal at Ayuttaya is like travelling to new and exotic places without ever having to leave Ocala. Forget your passport at home and decide for yourself.

Authentic Thai cuisine. Takeout available. Ten years and going strong... thanks all!

Fiore’s Café 119 South Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 789-6980 Summer Hours: Closed Mon / Sun, Tue, Wed, Thu 4p-9p / Fri & Sat 4p-10p Happy Hour 4p-6p Sun-Thu Come join Fiore’s this month to celebrate their 1st anniversary in the new location. Look for delicious new specials from the many regions in Italy. All of their dishes are prepared with the finest, freshest ingredients. Try their extended tapas menu, along with a bottle of fine wine with your dinner. You can also friend request them on Facebook to receive up-to-date information on their specials and events.

Fiore’s Cafe - Home of the 18” Pizza and so much more! Experience the expanded wine collection and take-out menu. Happy Hour - 2 for 1’s and $5 appetizers. Email questions or reservations to fiorescafe2011@hotmail.com.

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A Succulent Family Tradition


t began in Germany, 1839, when George Geck was handed the family steak sauce recipe by his father before immigrating to America. A family heirloom, the treasured recipe would gradually move southward, starting in New York and then to South Carolina, Alabama and finally Palatka, Florida, where great-greatgreat-grandson Terry threw his passion into upholding the family legacy. STAGE COACH SAUCES, named after the mode of transportation used to deliver the Geck’s sauces in the 1800s, was founded in 1991. At the family-oriented facility, both Terry and his wife Lisa Marie oversee product development. That the company was founded on one recipe has much to say about the over-a-century-old steak sauce. “There had to have been something to it,” comments Josh Gilbert, a Stage Coach business partner. Perhaps the sauce’s longevity is due to its ability to complement and accentuate a dish’s flavor instead of overpowering it. Free of high fructose corn syrup and made with all-natural ingredients, Bona Fide BBQ, Carolina BBQ and Red Ruby Garlic Glaze have joined the enduring steak sauce’s team.

Stage Coach is also in the business of bottling people’s dreams. The company offers a contract bottling and packaging service for fledgling food brands. This fellow feeling for startup businesses echoes Stage Coach’s own innocuous beginnings. In the past year, Stage Coach welcomed Josh Gilbert and Greg Borowiec to their marketing team. The New Yorkers, who are in their early 20s, dropped everything to partner up with Terry and his company. Formerly financial analysts, Josh and Greg left their 9-to-5 jobs with a cubicle atmosphere to re-brand Stage Coach, making the facility more eco-friendly. Besides shrinking their carbon footprint, Stage Coach donates proceeds to charities and community organizations, such as breast cancer awareness and the Palatka football team. In the future, the company hopes to increase green efforts and create more job opportunities through expansion. Stage Coach has upheld the Geck family tradition as an environmentally conscious, big-hearted company that continues to distribute succulent sauces— just not on a stagecoach.


Tea With Lee will celebrate its 16th anniversary in October. The quaint tea house and Italian café is located just east of downtown Ocala and is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11:30am until 2pm. Owner Lee Johnson serves up Italian fare such as antipasto and sausage and meatball subs, but the charming eatery is also known for its scrumptious chicken salad platter, quiche, sandwiches and salads. When it comes to desserts, the pistachio napoleon is a favorite. On Saturdays, Tee With Lee is closed to the public but is open for private parties with groups of 15 or more. It’s an ideal spot for showers, birthday gatherings, children’s tea parties and more. 944 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala (352) 867-5530 / teawithlee.com


Calling all trivia buffs! Party Time Trivia Challenge Nights are hosted by Times of your Life DJs at several area restaurants. On Mondays, you can join the trivia fun at Dugout Sports Bar & Grill on Maricamp Road from 7-9pm or Taverna Red on U.S. Highway 441 in Summerfield from 6:30-8pm. On Tuesdays, the fun moves to the recently opened Mojo Grill II on U.S. Highway 27/441 in Belleview from 7-9pm. Come Thursday night, your options include the original Mojo Grill in downtown Ocala from 7-9pm and Gator’s Dockside in the same shopping area as Kohl’s just off State Road 200 from 7-8:30pm. Look for more locations to be added in the near future! Oh yea, and it’s free! (352) 694-1647 / timesofyourlifedj.com


Melanie’s Restaurant opened in mid-May, and patrons are already making this a regular spot for breakfast and lunch. Plans call for the establishment to open for dinner this fall. Owner Melanie Burchett and her staff serve country breakfasts, including biscuits and sausage gravy, omelets and the Hearty Boys Breakfast, which allow you to build you own creations. Among customer favorites at lunch are the grilled chicken Caesar salad, the chicken salad plate and “The Fonzie,” a hot sandwich featuring chicken with BBQ sauce, bacon, provolone and toppings. Working Cow ice cream and homemade desserts including, Melanie’s peach cobbler, round out your meal. Open from 6am-2pm seven days a week. 112 Noble Avenue, Williston (352) 529-0133





Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse 3405 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-3151 Mon-Thu 11a-10p / Fri & Sat 11a-11p / Sunday 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.

El Toreo 3790 East Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 694-1401 E. Silver Springs Blvd: 7 Days 11a-10p / SR 200 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 (take-out 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.


Krazy Kones 5801 West Highway 40, Ocala / (352) 351-0020 Sun-Thu 11a-9p / Fri & Sat 11a-10p Looking for a delicious cold treat on a hot summer day? Krazy Kones offers 24 flavors of soft-serve ice cream as well as hand-dipped Working Cow ice cream. Homemade ice cream sandwiches are made with your choice of either chocolate chunk or peanut butter cookies. Krazy Kones offers more than sweet treats, too. Sink your teeth into a Chicago-style hot dog or Vienna Italian beef sandwich. Hamburgers and cheeseburgers, made from Angus beef, and Polish sausage by Vienna are also favorites on the menu. Add a side of potato salad or coleslaw and you have a meal fit for a king.

Having a summertime celebration? Krazy Kones will custom make ice cream cakes with any flavor of ice cream they serve.






Getting Crafty With Kool-Aid If you’ve had your fair amount of sugar for the summer, don’t let those extra packs of Kool-Aid go to waste. Here are five easy alternatives for summer’s favorite drink.

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Get Creative To make clay, mix together a cup of white flour, 1/4 cup of salt, 2 tablespoons cream of tartar and a package of Kool-Aid in a pan. In a cup of water over medium heat, add one tablespoon of vegetable oil. When the mixture clumps together remove pan from heat and let cool. Knead the clay with your hands until it’s not lumpy anymore. Place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator until use.


STILL COOL AFTER ALL THESE YEARS Who doesn’t remember being greeted on sweat-drenched summer days by an icy pitcher of Kool-Aid? Keeping kids hydrated and hyper year after year since 1928, this sugary summer staple still hasn’t lost its cool, it just keeps getting better.

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Kool-Aid canisters made an appearance in stores.


K O O L - A I D Kool-Aid introduced its newest addition to the lineup, Kool-Aid Fun Fizz.

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The original six flavors were: raspberry (Mr. Perkins’ favorite), cherry, grape, lemon, orange and root beer.

To quell the feverish effects of August afternoons, try this icy concoction to keep your cool.

In 1998, Kool-Aid was named the state drink of Nebraska.


To make Kool-Aid infused lip balm, pick your favorite presweetened Kool-Aid flavor and blend a package with 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening, then microwave for one minute. Transfer to a small container and refrigerate overnight.

The Icing on the Cake

The product was originally spelled “Kool-Ade.”


Dump a packet of unsweetened lemonade Kool-Aid into the soap drawer of your dishwasher and run the washer through a hot-water cycle. When you open the door, the inside will be as white as the day you bought the machine.

Lip-smackin’ Good

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As a counterpart to the ever-popular Capri Sun, Kool-Aid “Jammers” burst onto the scene.

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Kool-Ade hit the shelves in $.10 powdered packets introduced by entrepreneur Edward Perkins.

Squeaky Clean


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pkgs. presweet presweetened tropical punch Kool-Aid


can pineapple juice


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bottle 7-Up


pkg. presweetened orange Kool-Aid


pkg. presweetened cherry Kool-Aid

Mix well and freeze to a mush.


pkg. presweetened strawberry Kool-Aid

Add 7-Up before serving.

Empty a package of cherry (or any other flavor) Kool-Aid into a can of vanilla frosting to make a tasty, creamy topping that will amp up any cake.

Hair to Dye For Choose a bright color. Mix two packets of unsweetened Kool-Aid with enough water to make a paste. Add a few drops of hair conditioner to make the paste sticky, and apply the mixture to your hair. Wrap your hair in plastic wrap and wait. The longer you leave the plastic on, the brighter your hair will become.


Grace Sushi 8075 SW Highway 200, Suite 117, Ocala / (352) 291-9303 Mon-Thu 10:30a -10p / Fri- Sat 10:30a -11p / Sun 11a-10p Yearning for the Japanese cuisine of New York City? Grace Sushi’s Japanese hibachi and sushi bar serves guests the delicious cuisine you’d expect from the big city right here in Ocala. From an edamame or sashimi appetizer to the steak and chicken hibachi or bento box dinner from our full dinner menu, each dish is fresh, flavorful and flawlessly presented. Try a regular or hand roll—salmon, tuna, spicy, California, avocado and shrimp tempura are just a few of the menu selections—or one of the specialty rolls like the King Crab or Salmon Special. With miso soup, Spicy Kani Salad, Yaki Udon and an endless selection of a la carte sushi/sashimi items, there’s something for every palate at Grace Sushi.

Any 2 rolls for $7.95 - lunch only.

Super Buffet Pine Plaza / 620 South Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 369-9937 Sun-Thu 11a-9:30p / Fri & Sat 11a-10:30p Finding the right place to dine is a nightmare. Wanting sushi, pizza, seafood, salad or Chinese food? There are loads of books and guides that will lead you to various places. But there is one place that carries all of these items. That place is Super Buffet. With more than 300 items on its buffet, the consumer can choose from a hot, delicious food bar or a cold fresh fruit and dessert bar. The buffet offers generous portions, which explains the name “super,” so you can be sure to leave full and satisfied. Super Buffet is located in Pine Plaza by the Ocala Police Department. If you like to eat, come in and enjoy the buffet!

Voted in the Top 100 out of over 43,000 Chinese restaurants in the United States by Chinese Restaurant News.

Chili’s Grill & Bar Many Convenient Locations Throughout Our Area / chilis.com Sun-Thu 11a-11p / Fri & Sat 11a-Midnight (lounge open till 2a, at I-75 location only) Happy Hour All Day Everyday From freshly prepared salads to mouthwatering burgers, Chili’s kicks up the flavor with food that’s anything but ordinary. Smokey, sweet and savory ribs are now slowsmoked over pecan wood and impossible to resist. Enjoy the flavor without the guilt thanks to dishes under 750 calories. Party Platters create the perfect event at Chili’s.

Happy Hour is all day every day with 2-for-1 drinks. New lunch break. Forget the old—go for the bold. $6 lunch combos!

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Tilted Kilt 3155 E. Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 351-5458 / tiltedkilt.com Mon-Thu 11a-Midnight / Fri-Sat 11a-12a / Sun 11a-11p Other favorites include such entrees as the Sausage Artichoke Fettuccini, Danny Boy’s Shepherd’s Pie and lasagna.

Have you heard the buzz around town about Ocala’s newest restaurant and sports bar? 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 4p-10p / Fri & Sat 4p-2a / Happy Hour 4p-7p & 11p-1a 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.

Victoria’s 19773 East Pennsylvania Avenue, Dunnellon / (352) 465-4635 Tues-Sat 11a-9p / Sun Noon-8p / Closed Mon Everything at Victoria’s is made on-site with the freshest ingredients. Beer and wine is also served.




Sit back, relax and enjoy the delicious homemade cuisine of Victoria’s Restaurant. Located on the idyllic Rainbow River, Victoria’s is locally owned and operated with owner Victoria Slocumb on-site preparing the day’s fresh fare. With outdoor deck seating available, you can watch as boaters, kayakers and tubers make their way downstream while enjoying any of the homemade specialty pizzas, pastas and panini sandwiches. Be sure to try their famous walnut gorgonzola chicken salad sandwich. The menu includes soups, salads, panini sandwiches, pizzas, calzones, strombolis, burgers, seafood and decadent desserts, as well as traditional Italian entrees, such as lasagna, eggplant parmesan, and spaghetti and meatballs.

R Through her Feed The Need Garden program, Rachelle Roper is on a mission to end hunger the old-fashioned way, one garden at a time. By JoAnn Guidry Photography by John Jernigan

achelle Roper is excited about the green beans, okra, black-eyed peas, cucumbers and lettuce. And, oh, she loves seeing those big, red ripe tomatoes, just begging to be picked, sliced and tossed in a salad. This bountiful harvest from the Devereux Kids’ West Ocala community garden is just what Rachelle envisioned when she founded Feed The Need Garden. “When I realized that there are hundreds of families who go to bed hungry in our community, I knew I had to do something,” says Rachelle. “Donations to soup kitchens and food pantries are way down, but in these tough

economic times, the need is way up.” For Rachelle, who grew up on a farm in Okahumpka, the solution to the hunger problem was simply obvious: plant a garden. Of course, given the scope of the hunger problem, Rachelle realized it would take many community gardens to begin to remedy the problem. And thus, the seed for Feed The Need Garden, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was planted. “The idea is to teach people to be able to feed themselves and others through gardening,” says Rachelle, 33, who not surprisingly has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

“By doing this, people become self-sufficient, so they’re not just getting a handout but a hand up. And then when they can help themselves, they can return the favor and help someone else.” As Rachelle began spreading the word about Feed The Need Garden in 2010, the community quickly responded. In just a little over a year, there are now 40 gardens and counting throughout the Ocala/Marion County area. Locations where gardens have been planted include Queen of Peace Church and The Sister’s House, which donate the produce to Brothers Keepers Soup Kitchen; Hawthorne Village




and Kenny’s Place Nursery donate to St. Theresa’s Soup Kitchen; G G’s House feeds the at-risk children they assist and Salam Academy helps feed the homeless. When Scott Hackmyer, community facilitator for Devereux Kids, heard about Feed The Need Garden, he knew it was something that could benefit the West Ocala community. “The message of being self-sufficient and using a community’s resources really resonated with me,” says Hackmyer. “This is exactly what Devereux Kids is all about, and I thought a community garden would be a great idea.” Utilizing what had once been a little used playground behind the Devereux Kids office on Martin Luther King Boulevard, Rachelle set about planting a spring garden. First she drew up a blueprint of the 30-foot-by-40-foot garden, explained what could be planted in the spring and fall seasons, suggested a chicken-wire perimeter fence and then got to work. “The day the garden went in looked like a scene from Little House on the Prairie,” says Hackmyer. “Rachelle did all the tilling herself with this hand-held plow, put in special growing soil and then planted all the seeds. Our job would be to water and then harvest.” Hackmyer was pleased that there was no shortage of volunteers, all ages, for watering duty. The garden became a focal point, a meeting place in the community. Four to six weeks later, the first crop yielded plenty of lettuce, cabbage, green beans, black-eyed peas and tomatoes. The fresh veggies are free to anyone in the community. And for Hackmyer, there’s an added bonus. “We have been able to grow enough for our community and to share with several churches who provide meals to the needy,” he says. “And now we’re meeting with church groups and encouraging

them to grow gardens, too. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

The hand-held plow

that Rachelle used to till the Devereux Kids garden has a special meaning for her. “That plow belonged to my grandfather,” says Rachelle, whose résumé includes an extensive career in several agriculture-related fields. “I like to use it because it’s my connection to my family and the land that has supported us for generations. And now it’s helping support new generations by plowing up new land.” But on occasion, Rachelle does come across land that just isn’t fertile or suitable for growing anything. Not a problem for a farm girl like Rachelle. “One of the first people that I helped put in a garden lived out in the Ocala National Forest,” recalls Rachelle. “That was some of the worst ground I’ve ever seen. It was sandy with no nutrients, and you just couldn’t dig an inch without hitting roots.” The solution was a 4-foot-by-8-foot raised bed garden. This particular one was constructed of client-supplied concrete blocks. Special growing soil was added, and within six weeks, there were plenty of fresh vegetables. Now Rachelle regularly makes 4-foot-by-8-foot raised bed gardens, but she uses untreated lumber, usually pine or spruce. The raised beds hold 2,000 pounds of the special soil mixture of peat, sand, chicken and mushroom compost. “You have 32 square feet to plant,” says Rachelle. “And this simple raised bed garden can grow 32 tomatoes or 128 leaf lettuce or 288 bean plants or

512 carrots. Of course, most people like to mix it up, and you can grow in the box whatever you can grow in the ground. The possibilities are limitless.” With each new garden, Rachelle discovered unexpected rewards and how they nourished more than just the body. As she became a regular speaker at community functions, Rachelle realized additional potential for the gardens. “I was asked to put in a garden at New Horizon Academy, which is a school for autistic children,” says Rachelle. “It was very emotional for me to hear about and then see how these children, who have trouble engaging in the world around them, are now helping to take care of the garden.” A comment to Rachelle about it being unfortunate that they weren’t wheelchair-accessible gardens sparked an innovative solution. “I woke up at 4am with this blueprint in my head,” says Rachelle, “and, within hours, had built the prototype for a wheelchair-accessible garden.”

While Rachelle

is seeing progress in the Feed The Need Garden mission, she is hardly complacent. She typically spends three to four hours a day working in gardens, leaving her with the occupational hazard of perpetually dirty

fall harvest WHAT TO PLANT WHEN Plant warm season veggies like snap beans, cucumbers, southern peas, peppers, squash and tomatoes. AUG



Plant cool season veggies like broccoli, cabbage, collards, lettuce, mustard greens, onions, English peas, strawberries and turnips.



Plant more cold tolerant veggies like beets, carrots, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, radishes and spinach. OCT

Rachelle and her 5-year-old daughter, Morgan.

gardening tips & tricks INTERVAL PLANTING: Cool season veggies can be replanted as needed throughout the winter. Planting in intervals helps extend your growing season and doesn’t overwhelm you with too many veggies at once!

ZAP ‘EM: Plug in a bug zapper near your garden to help eliminate moths at night. Fewer moths mean fewer eggs and fewer caterpillars to eat your garden!

GOOD BUGS: Fight bad bugs with good bugs: Beneficial bugs like lady bugs, praying mantis, certain nematodes and wasps can help battle bad bugs without using harmful pesticides.

SAFE BUG SPRAY: Mix 1 quart of water, 1 teaspoon of natural dish soap, 1 teaspoon of natural mouth wash and one large crushed garlic clove. Spray directly on pests like aphids, stink bugs and ants as needed.

Source: Rachelle Rope/feedtheneedgarden.com

fingernails. In addition to community organizations, she also helps individuals set up personal gardens, whether traditional, raised bed or wheelchair accessible. Others who seek Rachelle’s gardening skills include 4-H clubs, public schools and home-schooled groups. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Feed The Need Garden is funded by donations from individuals and community businesses. And for those who don’t mind digging in the dirt, Rachelle is always looking for volunteers. Every day is a new opportunity to educate people about the benefits of gardening, including cooking and preserving what you grow. And as far as Rachelle is concerned, it’s never too early to begin the education process. “I have gardening programs for kindergarteners to senior citizens,” says Rachelle, who is often accompanied in her classroom presentations by her 5-year-old daughter Morgan. “So many kids don’t even know where food, real food and not something in a box, comes from. I find this very sad, and I’m doing my part to change that.” On 5 acres in Belleview, Rachelle is establishing what she hopes to develop into the Feed The Need Garden Teaching School. In addition to teaching traditional gardening, she wants to show others how to grow edible landscape like she’s planted. From her farm, she already sells blueberry and thornless blackberry bushes, grape vines, fig trees, kiwi

plants, vegetable seedlings and heirloom seeds. Future projects include both hydroponics and aquaponics systems, the latter would also raise tilapia in addition to vegetables. And she already teaches cooking and preserving classes, including how to can beef and chicken. “My dream is that the teaching school and farm will be able to supply nearly 150,000 pounds of fish protein and fresh vegetables to our community soup kitchens and pantries,” says Rachelle, who gives you no reason to doubt her ambitious long-term goal. Then there’s The Veggie Bus. By the fall, the hope is to get the 1970s-era Volkswagen van running; bought in less than pristine condition, the van still needs mechanical work and a paint job. “I want to be able to load up The Veggie Bus with produce and drive it all over Marion County,” says Rachelle, whose husband George is her biggest supporter. “The Veggie Bus will be an educational traveling farmers market.” Lest you think that Rachelle will rest once all of her goals are accomplished, think again. “My goal is to put a garden in every possible spot and be able to grow so much food that there’s more than enough to feed everyone in Marion County,” says Rachelle, adding, “and then we’ll keep going and share our harvest with all our neighbors outside the county. I believe that we can do this.” Seed by seed, garden by garden.

green thumb

giveaway How does your garden grow? Does it need a little help? Ocala Style has you covered with our basket of gardening goodies. After all, thanks to the Florida sun, we’re fortunate enough to be able to garden practically year around. To enter to win, “Like” us on Facebook, click on our profile photo—August’s cover—and leave a comment under the image. The winner will be announced in October!

WHAT’S IN THE POT? » 2 gal watering can » Various vegetable and herb seeds » Miracle-Gro Watering Can » Week-by-Week Singles plant food and potting mix

» GardenPlus

kneeling pad and pruning shears

» Midwest Gloves

& Gear men’s and women’s gloves

» 15” planter » GroundWork

Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook

» Homegrown Herbs » $50 Lowe’s gift card


Gift basket contents courtesy of Tractor Supply Co. of Ocala South, Storey Publishing, » Bond cushion-grip Feed The Need Garden culti-hoe and Ocala Style.

stainless steal cultivator

» 3-piece garden tool set

» Forged trowel

want to know more?

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ip up your chaps and strap on your spurs. It’s time once again for the annual OCALA SHRINE RODEO held at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion. Now in its 29th year, the rodeo has raised over $1.5 million for Shriners Hospitals for Children, the closest of which is in Tampa. Over 5,000 spectators are expected each day to watch the pros test their skills in bareback riding, bull fighting, calf roping, barrel racing and much more. The event will kick off with the Special Rodeo beginning at 7pm where patients from the children’s hospital will partake in their own rodeo, complete with bull riding, barrel racing and calf roping events. The professional event will follow at 8pm. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the gate. Friday is family night where a family of four can buy admission for $25. ocalashriners.com or (352) 239-1839.






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SPACE OUT For a truly out-of-this-world experience, visit the COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA through September 18. Beyond: Visions of Planetary Landscapes will feature images from the inner and outer solar system, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, including sand dunes, storms and fiery eruptions of the sun. Michael Benson created the exhibit of 35 largescale framed prints each containing 59 individual prints. His goal was to collect some of the most amazing images ever captured. The exhibit opens on August 5 and runs through September 18. cf.edu or (352) 854-2322 ext. 1552.




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ant to learn how to expand your business and succeed in today’s highly competitive marketplace, but do so by spending less money? Whether you run a major corporation or a mom-and-pop shop, the CONNECT B2B EXPO— Ocala’s first all-encompassing business-to-business event—at Hilton Ocala is a must. This free event will run from 1-9pm and feature helpful seminars on social media, public relations, branding, media strategy, professional development and business strategy. In the event’s Speaker Series, six business professionals will answer your questions in an “Ask The Expert” panel where




you can receive one-on-one advice from industry leaders who know how to get results. Learn how to exceed customer expectations and bring your business to the next level. Visit the over 50 exhibitors that will be on-site on the expo floor. Stay after-hours for a poolside networking mixer. This event is $20 per person and will offer DJ entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and prizes. Exhibitor space is available for $100. Exhibiting at this event is the perfect venue to meet face to face with attendees who are actively seeking ways to grow their business and make alliances. connectb2bexpo.com or (352) 201-4882.



Recess Is Over It’s that time of year again. School will be in session soon, and pens, pencils, notebooks and folders will be stuffed into backpacks all over the country. Make sure your child has the supplies he or she needs this year by coming to the eighth annual BACK TO SCHOOL BASH at the Ed Croskey Recreation Center. Free backpacks filled with school supplies will be handed out while supplies last. There will also be free hearing and vision tests, immunizations, vendors, food and much more. Sponsors are also needed. The event runs from 10am-2pm. breakthesilenceonviolence.org or (352) 438-5993.



LOVABLE, ADOPTABLE PUPPIES In May, the organization W.O.O.F. (Women Offering Obedience and Friendship) established a relationship between the Lowell Correctional Institute, a women’s prison located in Ocala, and the Humane Society of Marion County. W.O.O.F. places Humane Society dogs with female prisoners for obedience training. Program director Julie Drexel sat down to talk about the program, what it means to both the dogs and the women who train them and how you can bring home one of these fully trained puppies today.

Tell me a little about W.O.O.F. Basically, the Lowell prison chooses 12 female inmates to work with six dogs from the Humane Society. They are divided into two-women teams and teach the dogs basic obedience for eight weeks. The dogs live with the women 24/7 before they are returned to the Humane Society to be adopted.

Where did you get the idea for this program? We got the idea from the Gainesville-based organization Paws on Parole. They have been very helpful in offering us advice.

What benefits do you see from this program? Everyone involved with W.O.O.F. benefits. First, six places open up at the Humane Society when the dogs leave for the prison—that’s six places available for other dogs. The dogs that are in the program live with the women, so they become much more familiarized with people, and the training makes them much more adoptable upon finishing. We also bring in guest speakers and trainers to teach the prisoners how to train

dogs. They have the opportunity to learn a new skill that they can take with them when they go back into society. Not to mention, the dogs bring a real sense of relaxation and calm to the prison. Everyone loves them.

What happens after the eight weeks? Many of the dogs are already adopted by the time they are finished thanks to their training. A new batch of dogs will come in after the first cycle graduates. Eventually, we want to incorporate service dogs.

What are your goals for the program? Obviously, I’m so happy to see the dogs adopted upon graduating and to see the women learn a new skill they can take with them. I’d like for my non-profit organization, Patriot Service Dogs, which places service dogs with returning war veterans, to be able to place dogs in the prison for training. Right now, we are training 14 dogs, so placing even two in the prison would help us greatly.

Want To Know More? For more information on W.O.O.F. or Patriot Service Dogs, check out the website patriotservicedogs.org or call (352) 307-2524. To find trained dogs available for adoption, contact the Marion County Humane Society at (352) 873-PETS or visit the website humanesocietyofmarioncounty.com.






Ticketmaster / (800) 745-3000 / ticketmaster.com All dates are subject to change without notice, so please call ahead to confirm venue listings.

Concerts Who



Kings of Leon

1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa


Lil Wayne

1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa



Florida Theatre, Gainesville



Plush, Jacksonville


Hillsong United

1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa


Rob Base and Yellowman

Stadium Green Iguana, Tampa


Highway to Hell AC/DC tribute

Firestone Live, Orlando


Michelle Branch

The Plaza Theatre, Orlando


Bryan Adams

The Plaza Theatre, Orlando


Christian Castro

House of Blues, Orlando


Alabama Blues Brothers

Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala


Rascal Flatts

1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa


Legends of DooWop

Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale


Miranda Cosgrove

St. Augustine Amphitheatre


Brad Paisley

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Heart of The King, Tribute to Elvis

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Live Bait: Jimmy Buffet Tribute

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This is Country Music He’s the Country Music Association’s reigning entertainer of the year, his H2O tour was 2010’s most attended event, and he’s sold over 12 million albums. He’s BRAD PAISLEY, and he’s coming to the 1-800-ASKGARY Amphitheater in Tampa on September 9. With 18 No. 1 hits to his name, Brad Paisley’s newest album, This is Country Music, pays homage to the music he’s been performing since the age of 13. This nationwide tour will feature some of his greatest hits of the past as well as new songs from his current album, including Old Alabama and Working on a Tan. ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000.

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PHINEAS AND FERB are at it again. They’re popping out of the TV and on to the stage for this live performance at the Lakeland Center Youkey Theatre. Watch as Perry shifts to his secret double life as Agent P to foil another one of Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s evil plans. Musical madness and hilarious hijinks abound in this live-action adventure for the whole family. thelakelandcenter.com or (836) 834-8100.

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THELOCALSCENE BONKERZ COMEDY CLUB (AUG. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27) The Ocala Bonkerz Comedy Club will feature a number of performers this month, including Jason Hunter, Forrest Shaw, Angelo Cianfrocco and Cowboy. bonkerzcomedy.com or (352) 425-8480. YOUTH SUMMER CAMPS (THROUGH AUG.) Check out the list of summer camps offered by the City of Ocala, including golf, tennis, swim and much more. Contact the City of Ocala

Parks and Recreation Department for more details. ocalafl.org/ recpark or (352) 368-5517. FARMERS MARKET (THROUGH AUG.) Circle Square Commons will host an evening farmers market every Thursday from 5-8pm through August. circlesquarecommonsfarmersmarket.com or (352) 387-7580. INSOMNIAC THEATRE (MONTHLY PERFORMANCES) Visit the Insomniac Theatre for an evening of unique entertainment. Monthly improv and open

KAYAK OUTINGS (THROUGH AUG.) The Marion County Parks and Recreation Department offers kayaking classes and outings throughout August. Contact the department for details. ocalafl.org/recpark or (352) 671-8560. SUMMER ART CAMP (AUG. 1-5) The Appleton Museum of Art will host an art camp from 9am-12pm for children ages 7-14. $85 for members, $95 for non-members. appletonmuseum. org or (352) 291-4455 ext. 1613. FAMILY NIGHT (AUG. 4, 18) Enjoy a fun-filled family evening at the Jervey Gantt Aquatic FUN Center from 7:15-9pm. Admission is $4.50 per adult and $3.50 per child and includes music, games, a hot dog, chips and soda. ocalafl.org or (352) 629-2489. BEAUTY AND THE BRIDE (AUG. 6) The Cherished Bride Manor will host this charity event from 10am-3pm. Admission is $5 and includes a trunk show, pampering services and much more! Also check the website for a variety of classes, meetings and events going on at the manor all month long. thecherishedbride.com or (352) 390-6801. YOGA IN SHALOM PARK (AUG. 6) A free yoga class will be offered the first Saturday of every month at Shalom Park. The class begins at 9am. (352) 854-7950. ISLAND FESTIVAL (AUG. 6) Circle Square Commons will host the 4th annual Island Festival from 6-10pm. The festival will include live music, Polynesian dancers, a limbo contest, fire dancers, food, vendors and much

more! circlesquarecommons.com or (352) 387-7580. APPLETON’S FIRST SATURDAY PROGRAM “POP OUT WITH ANDY WARHOL” (AUG. 6) The first Saturday program at the Appleton will teach children ages 4-12 about the vivid creations of pop artist Andy Warhol from 1-3pm. Admission is free for members and included with museum admission for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. STUFF THE BUS (AUG. 6) Come to ChiropracticUSA for a day of family fun. There will be bounce houses, a water slide, carnival games, food and much more. All proceeds benefit homeless children in Ocala. Donations of school supplies and hygiene items are needed. (352) 351-2872. DOG DAYS OF DUNNELLON (AUG. 6) In honor of National Pet Appreciation Week, Tractor Supply of Dunnellon will host a variety of fun pet contests, activities, services as well as adoptions and rescues. Admission is free, and contest entry is $5. Event runs 9am-2pm. tractorsupply.com or (352) 216-4225. FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL (AUG. 6) An afternoon of free family fun will be held at Tuscawilla Park from 10am-1pm. (352) 629-8444. HOUSE CONCERT (AUG. 6, 21) The next in a series of house concerts featuring professional independent artists will be held on the evening of Aug. 6. The concert will begin with a potluck dinner and a chance to meet the artists. A donation of $15 is requested. BYOB. For more information, including who will be playing, call (352) 216-1115. RACING AT OCALA SPEEDWAY (AUG. 6, 13) Stop by the Ocala Speedway for non-stop action. Continued on page 86




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JAMMIN’ IN THE PARK (AUG. 7) An eclectic group of musicians get together for a jam session at the Marion Oaks Community Center from 4-7pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and your favorite instrument. All types of musicians are welcome. Free admission. salsaandjazz.com

YOUTH SWIM LESSONS (AUG. 8-18) The City of Ocala offers swim lessons for children over age 3 at the Hampton Aquatic FUN Center and the Jervey Gantt Aquatic FUN Center. Lessons are comprised of eight 30-minute sessions. $50 per two-week session. ocalafl.org or (352) 629-2489. DOGS NIGHT OUT (AUG. 8) Make the rounds to your favorite outdoor watering holes in downtown Leesburg with your favorite pooch on the second Monday of every month. All

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Gates open at 4:30pm, and racing starts at 7pm. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students and $5 for children 6-12. Kids under 5 get in free. ocalaspeedway.com or (352) 622-9400.


It’s back by popular demand! The OCALA DRIVE-IN theater opened its doors once more at the end of July. There’s just something special about watching a movie under the stars. Buttery popcorn. Hot dogs. Ice cold soda. Oh, nostalgia! Originally opening in the ‘40s, the drive-in has been closed since 2007. The new owners have put a lot of money into sprucing up the theater, including new projectors and a new sound system. Located at 4850 South Pine Avenue, adult tickets are $6, children ages 6-12 can watch for $3 and kids under 6 are free. Visit the theater’s Facebook page for updates, or call (352) 629-1325 for more information.


Ever wonder what that vase or tea set your great grandmother left you is worth? Bring your antiques and collectables that have been collecting dust in your garage to the ANTIQUES AND COLLECTABLES APPRAISAL-THON at the Angela Santos VFW Post 4781. Certified appraisers will be on-site to answer questions about your most treasured antiques. The event runs from 12-4pm. Proceeds benefit the Ocala Honor Flight. (352) 239-0091 or (352) 433-6660.

non-aggressive leashed dogs are welcome. For more information, call (352) 435-9107. UNBELIEVABLE HIBISCUS SEMINAR (AUG. 13) Learn about the beauty of the hibiscus flower at this free seminar at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center in Lady Lake. Seminar starts at 9am. (352) 518-0156. TEEN NIGHT (AUG. 13) Teens can hang out together poolside for a night of fun at the Hampton Aquatic FUN Center from 7-10pm. Admission is $5 and includes music, games, a hot dog, chips and soda. (352) 629-2489.

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UPWARD SOCCER REGISTRATION (AUG. 13, 15) Children in grades 4 and 5 can register for Upward Soccer @ The Springs from 9-11am on Aug. 13 and 5:30-7:30pm Aug. 15. Registration is $65. Practices begin Aug. 27. thesprings.net or (352) 624-0545. TRIPS ‘N’ TOURS (AUG. 17) The Appleton Museum’s Trips ‘N’ Tours program will take

visitors to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Mussallem Galleries in Jacksonville to view rare finds from around the world. Lunch is included. $60 for members, $70 for non-members. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4456. COUPONING CLASSES (AUG. 16, 30) Creative Cents Couponing will host couponing classes at the College of Central Florida. The classes will be two hours in length with 9am and 6pm sessions available. Visit creativecentscouponing.com or call (352) 216-8122 for details. CHAIR-ITY EXTRAVAGANZA (AUG. 19) Support the Helping Hands Foundation by attending the 3rd annual Chair-ity Extravaganza held at the Ocala Marion County Board of Realtors. Tapas and chocolate fondue will be served. The event will run from 5:30-8pm. Tickets are $10. helpinghandsocala.org or (352) 445-1160 or (352) 895-7177. SCRAPBOOK FOR BREAST CANCER (AUG. 19) A night Continued on page 88






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Everything Equine Come see the elegance of dressage and the excitement and power of jumping at the FLORIDA HORSE PARK. This event will test horse and rider teams from around the state as they compete in both a dressage test and jumping derby competition. Event begins at 8am. flhorsepark.com or (352) 427-7345.


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of scrapbooking, embroidery, knitting, jewelry making and other crafts will be held at the Marion County Extension Office. Admission is $5, and no reservations are required. The event begins at 6pm and lasts until the last person leaves. (352) 732-5982.

ROLLER DERBY (AUG. 20) The Ocala Cannibals will take on the Sintral Florida Derby Demons in South Daytona. Check the website for directions and ticket information. ocalacannibalderby.com or (352) 454-2018. SPECIAL OLYMPICS BOWLING COMPETITION (AUG. 20, 27) The Special Olympics of Marion

County will host their upcoming bowling competitions at AMF Ocala Lanes on Aug. 20 for adult bowlers and AMF Galaxy West on Aug. 27 for school-based athletes. soflmarioncounty.org or (352) 671-1434. HEALING HEART (AUG. 21SEPT. 18) Over 100 works of art created by individuals who are receiving treatment for a variety of mental health disorders will be on display at the Appleton Museum of Art. There will also be a silent auction for art with proceeds going to multiple organizations. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. TAILGATING GALA (AUG. 27) The Ocala Royal Dames for Cancer Research presents a tailgating gala at the Country Club of Ocala. The event runs 6-11pm. Second Slice will be performing, and dress is casual. Tickets are $60 per person. ocalaroyaldames.org or (352) 622-7363. “BE A FAN” BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT (SEPT. 17) The Ocala Palms Golf and Country Club will host a benefit golf tournament for the Special Olympics of Marion County. There will be a $1 million hole-in-one shot for both men and women, a silent auction and several raffle prizes. Donuts, juice and coffee will be served at 7:30am, and tournament play begins at 8:30am. Sponsorship opportunities are available, and early registration is encouraged. soflmarioncounty.org or (352) 629-5407.

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Harry Potter fans stayed up late to be among the first in the nation to see the final chapter in the ever popular Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. Several midnight and beyond showings at Ocala’s Regal Cinemas sold out and many fans came dressed for the part.

Audrey Fletcher, Megan Stevens, Sydney Roig and Crystal Curcie

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The Harry Potter Experience DOWNTOWN OCALA

The magical world of Harry Potter came to life at the Marion Theatre recently when area muggles joined together to bid farewell to the Harry Potter movie franchise in style. Many fans arrived in costume and with props, making the Save The Marion Theatre street party a huge success.

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Sonya Baker, Christina & Tina Loughrey Alex & William Torres, Gracie Schore and Sarah Tomlinson

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Jena Bromley and Mekaeua Lord John & Jennifer Tuck

The Harry Potter Experience DOWNTOWN OCALA

The magical world of Harry Potter came to life at the Marion Theatre recently when area muggles joined together to bid farewell to the Harry Potter movie franchise in style. Many fans arrived in costume and with props, making the Save The Marion Theatre street party a huge success.

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Retirement Celebration Honoring Charles Dassance HILTON OCALA

The District Board of Trustees and Foundation Board of Directors of the College of Central Florida held a retirement celebration honoring Charles Dassance on June 18 at Hilton Ocala. Dassance has been president of CF since 1996. Proceeds from the event, which featured a reception, dinner and dancing, benefited the CF Foundation.

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Retirement Celebration Honoring Charles Dassance HILTON OCALA

The District Board of Trustees and Foundation Board of Directors of the College of Central Florida held a retirement celebration honoring Charles Dassance on June 18 at Hilton Ocala. Dassance has been president of CF since 1996. Proceeds from the event, which featured a reception, dinner and dancing, benefited the CF Foundation.

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Susan Dill, Sara Dassance and Ellen Kennedy


Leigh Roberts & Greg Blair

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Hog For Hope participants enjoyed an evening of live music and great food at this annual fundraiser to benefit ARC Marion in Ocala. The event featured a silent auction, motorcycle raffle and plenty of Outback Steakhouse barbecue-all for a good cause. PHOTOS BY JOE DEMARTINO

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