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How did you get involved with mud runs and obstacle course races? “I started doing them with a friend when I was stationed as a Marine in California in the 1990s. I did a lot of road running and just wanted to try something different. Over the years, these events have just taken off. I do about three a month now.”

Why do you think these races are becoming so popular? “They’re a lot less boring than a 5K road race. It’s a totally different atmosphere; people don’t just leave when they’re done; they hang around. And you start to see the same faces at each event and look forward to seeing people at different races.”

How are they organized? “The races generally go off in waves with the competitive wave going first. There are usually 300-400 people per wave and any number of obstacles. The Hero Rush obstacles were firefighter themed, so there were poles, ropes and some others that I haven’t seen before. They

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It seems like you would have to be very fit to compete in one of these races. “You’d be surprised how many levels of fitness you’ll see out there. About 98 percent of the obstacles on course are constructed to be very safe. Any that are more difficult have people on course to assist you. And of course, if you don’t feel capable of completing an obstacle, you can always skip it.”

How do you train for an obstacle course-like race? “First, you’d have to build up your cardiovascular capacity with road running, then graduate to trail running to prepare yourself for the terrain. You’ll also want to spend some time working on upper body strength. Either try some boot camp classes or work on exercises that focus on pulling yourself. Most of the obstacles involve you pulling your body over or across something.”

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their ballots in the recent presidential election, but only after showing their ID, signing their name on the voter’s books… and standing in line! Like their real-life counterparts across the country, students re-elected Barack Obama as president, beating rival Mitt Romney with a 350-113 finish—nearly 76 percent of the popular vote.

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Two schools have new principals thanks to another principal leaving the district for the private sector. RYAN BENNETT is the new principal at Shady Hill Elementary, replacing Donna Cress who departed for a private-sector position. Bennett moves from Anthony Elementary, where STACY HOUSTON takes over as the school’s leader. She was the assistant principal at a nearby elementary school before the new appointment.

Speaking of new, the Marion County School Board has a new look these days, thanks to two new board members. CAROL ELY (far left) and NANCY STACY (second from left) recently joined the board and are already making important decisions. Previously elected school board members include Chair RON CRAWFORD (far right), Vice-Chair BOBBY JAMES (second from right) and ANGIE BOYNTON (center). Board members serve four-year terms that stagger every two years.

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Three schools captured $500 each for showing the most school spirit during RED RIBBON WEEK, celebrating a drug-free lifestyle. Appearing before the Marion County School Board, representatives from Belleview-Santos Elementary, Liberty Middle and North Marion High—including adults and students—proudly displayed their first-place trophies and cash awards.

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Thousands of people paid tribute to local veterans in the school district’s annual Veteran’s Day ceremony. The event captured the hearts of kids present and warmed the hearts of hundreds of veterans around the MARION COUNTY VETERAN’S PARK. Marion County students have class on Veteran’s Day to keep them learning about military sacrifice and patriotic duty.

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few months ago, I had the opportunity to work concession stand duty at the Marion County Youth Football League (MCYFL). For one and a half hours, I prepared countless orders of cheese fries. I was amazed at the number of people who eat cheese fries at 9am. Understand, it was not by choice that I contributed to the future wellbeing of our local cardiologists by filling countless orders of the processed cheese-like substance. The code required it of me. The Code of Judicial Conduct is a list of seven rules— affectionately referred to as “canons”—that govern judicial conduct. Among other things, the code requires judges to avoid impropriety, act impartially, minimize the risk of conflict and refrain from inappropriate political activity. The premise is to protect the integrity of the judiciary. Basically, the Code of Judicial Conduct is a list of dos and don’ts for judges (with a heavy emphasis on the don’ts). Like most rules or laws, it’s the interpretation of the code that’s important. Even judges need guidance in determining if certain activities are or are not permitted

One of the more bizarre opinions concerned a judge’s request to assist with the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign during the holidays. The judge requested the JEAC find it acceptable for him to wear a Santa suit and ring a bell while standing beside a red coin kettle outside a local store. I’m picturing a scene right out of a Norman Rockwell painting of the Santa ringing the bell, a young child running up and depositing a coin or two, and then being thanked with an appreciative “Ho, Ho, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE CODE Ho.” Certainly, the code REQUIRES JUDGES TO AVOID would not play the role of Grinch and forbid such IMPROPRIETY, ACT IMPARTIALLY, activity! However, JEAC MINIMIZE THE RISK OF CONFLICT opinion 04-36, which may AND REFRAIN FROM INAPPROPRIATE be more appropriately POLITICAL ACTIVITY. known as the “Bah Humbug” opinion, held this activity was not permitted. The JEAC has issued Despite our desire to blend opinions prohibiting judges from into our local community when being “friends” with lawyers on not wearing the black robes, Facebook, allowing juveniles to judges must adhere to the Code perform community service by of Judicial Conduct at all times. It participating in a jogging program is something all members of the with the judge, wearing jewelry judiciary learn to accept. Rather depicting a donkey or elephant than question the interpretation to a quasi-political event or even of the code, it is much easier mediating a friends’ marriage to just smile and say, “cheese dispute. Fortunately, the code fries anyone?” permits judges to write columns such as this and even encourages the same. by the code. For this, the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee (JEAC) was formed. The JEAC is a committee comprised of judges who consider various scenarios and issue “opinions” indicating whether certain activities are permitted under the code. JEAC opinion 00-17, which I call the “cheese fry” opinion, dictates that although a judge is permitted to work the concession stand at a youth function, he or she is not allowed to take money.

Judge Steven G. Rogers has served as a Marion County judge for the past seven years and, effective January 7, will now serve as a circuit court judge. He lives in Ocala with his wife, three children and an extremely spoiled Australian Shepherd.

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Join us for an evening of flowers, food and friends as we reveal 30 amazing floral creations inspired by the Appleton’s permanent collection and created by members of the Ocala Pioneer Garden Club and Florida Federation of Garden Clubs. The evening includes entertainment, floral-inspired food, craft beer, distinctive wines and an auction. Support provided by Jenkins Auto Group, Macy’s and Regions Bank. Tickets available at the Appleton and priced at $65 for members, $75 for yet-to-be members.

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NEW CHANGES TO AN OLD NAME One of the largest and longest-running car dealerships in Ocala will soon be undergoing some major changes. OCALA NISSAN will officially change its name to Pearson Nissan of Ocala and move into its new location in the former Bo Williams dealership on SW College Road. General Manager Ted Linsay says the move is necessary due to the tremendous growth the company has experienced over the past few years. “We’ve experienced an 80 percent growth in 2011 and 20 percent growth on top of that in 2012. There’s such a demand for the Nissan vehicle,” he says. The new, 50,000-square-foot facility will feature a state-of-the-art showroom capable of

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holding up to 16 vehicles and top-of-the-line service center complete with three service lanes. “It’s all about convenience. At the end of the day, it’s how well the customer is cared for, and we offer a truly exceptional experience,” says Ted. Ocala Mitsubishi will remain in the same location but will also see new renovations and improvements. The $15 million investment will also create the need for new jobs, as both facilities will need to be completely staffed. “This will bring a huge boost to Marion County’s economy,” says Ted. The grand opening is scheduled for March, though the new facility will be open for business this month.

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Would you be able to help someone looking to start their own business? Absolutely. A methodical plan of action is needed to fulfill your dream or goal of running a successful business. I can help aspiring entrepreneurs avoid the common pitfalls that many new small business owners make along with monthly or quarterly accounting needs.

We’ve heard so much about the “fiscal cliff” recently. What does that actually mean for taxpayers? First, it’s important to understand what the term “fiscal cliff ” means. The “fiscal cliff ” is a term used to describe the convergence of two events on December 31, 2012—the expiration of almost every tax cut enacted since 2001 and a scheduled reduction in government spending. Ultimately, this means that 90 percent of households may experience a tax increase. Additionally, taxpayers can expect a delayed tax filing season, delayed tax refunds and having to file amended tax returns to retroactively incorporate tax changes that could not be timely implemented by the tax filing deadlines.

As a result of the “fiscal cliff,” we’ve also heard that there may be new tax changes for 2013. Can you briefly explain some of the changes that can be expected? In the absence of any legislative action, many prior tax provisions, including the Bush-era tax cuts, the estate tax exemption, the payroll tax reduction and the lower

capital gains tax were set to expire at midnight on December 31. For taxpayers, this means: » Several provisions that benefit the lower-income classes—most notably the increased child tax, the earned income and expanded education credits are slated to expire. » The estate tax exemption and tax rate were at $5,120,000 and 35 percent, respectively. Taxpayers can expect the exemption to drop and the tax rate to increase. » The lower 4.2 percent rate for employees’ portion of the social security payroll tax expired and will revert to 6.2 percent. These are just a few examples. If you haven’t already consulted your CPA or financial advisor, I highly recommend having that conversation immediately.

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Beyond office cleaning, BLUE RIBBON offers comprehensive commercial janitorial services, pressure washing, window cleaning, event set-up services, floor care services, water extraction and more. Additionally, with the branches of Discount Janitorial and Paper Supply and Blue Ribbon’s coffee division, customers can enjoy convenient shopping for most of their basic office needs.

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or nearly three decades, Blue Ribbon Cleaning Company, Inc. has been the premier source of commercial janitorial services in Marion County. Beginning as a small venture, Bernardine and Jay Thomas steadily grew the company to the 65-employee, multi-faceted operation it is today: Blue Ribbon Cleaning, Discount Janitorial & Paper Supply, and Blue Ribbon Coffee &Tea. Blue Ribbon has maintained a standard of excellence by adhering to the basic principles that have brought success since the company’s founding: quality, delivered consistently. And Blue Ribbon truly is a family-run business. Jay Thomas remains active in the company, serving as vice president. Having

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Esperanza Casteneda and Terry Thomas

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FAMILY BUSINESS the most extensive experience, his contribution has been vital to the healthy growth of the company over the years. Jay not only handles special events and projects, but he also trains floor crews and is the go-to person when customers have questions about specialized cleaning products. He sets a high bar with his tireless work ethic and leads by example with his integrity and commitment to customer service. The person responsible for the smooth operation of the company is his son, Terry Thomas. As general manager of sales and operations, Terry oversees all three divisions of the Blue Ribbon family of companies. “My job description can be summed up in one sentence: I

do whatever needs to be done,” he says with a smile. While some wonder at how the three divisions of Blue Ribbon came to be under one umbrella, to Terry, it makes perfect sense, as each branch complements the others. “The customers that need their facility cleaned usually need paper goods and cleaning products. Similarly, the offices we clean often use a coffee service, which is why we decided to add that component to our product line,” he explains, adding that he is very pleased with the outcome of the coffee service addition. “We’ve received an enthusiastic response,” he says with pride. That newest division, Blue Ribbon Coffee & Tea, is the

happy coincidence of timing and opportunity. Jimmy Childress, a long-time business fixture in Marion County, joined the Blue Ribbon team in August of this past year. Jimmy owned a successful coffee service for a decade and has worked in sales most of his career. Terry and Jimmy got to know each other working on various local community projects. With his knowledge of the coffee business and the Ocala business community, Terry feels that Jimmy has been a welcome addition. “With a variety of products, Blue Ribbon Coffee can meet the needs of any office,” explains Jimmy. “People know the Blue Ribbon name. They know we have been here a long time and that we take pride in our ties to the area.”


People know the Blue Ribbon name. They know we have been here a long time and that we take pride in our ties to the area. —JIMMY CHILDRESS

Senior Account Manager David Huffman echoes those same sentiments. Another long-time resident of the area, he likes the deep roots that anchor Blue Ribbon to Marion County. “It’s great to be able to offer potential customers quality products and services and also give them the security that comes from doing business with a company that’s been here for nearly 30 years,” he says. Terry’s wife, Esperanza Casteneda, serves as Blue Ribbon’s president. She brings her 25 years of small business ownership to the mix. With service, retail and human relations experience, she finds herself wearing several hats. She makes sure safety and training stay up to date and oversees employee management. As part of the continuing effort to maintain quality and efficiency, this year, Blue Ribbon implemented a

computer-based quality assurance program. Additionally, they use the highest industry criteria so that the company meets or exceeds those standards at every job. “When we bought the company, we knew that we wanted to expand our customer base while maintaining the fine reputation that Jay, my father-in-law, had worked so hard to establish,” explains Esperanza. “Our entire management team has done an amazing job balancing all of that,” she says. Terry enthusiastically shares her view. “We have great people working with us,” he says. “Our challenge moving forward is managing growth while simultaneously maintaining the family environment that we all value.” He notes that roughly half of the employees, both office and custodial, have been with Blue Ribbon for 10 years or longer.

Shirley Mancinelli has been the office manager for 13 years, while Nina Dufresne runs the front office, and her husband, Danny, runs the delivery routes. Those familiar faces bring a sense of comfort to Blue Ribbon’s clients. “Our clients know them, and more importantly, they know our clients. They help us maintain the type of individualized customer service that sets us apart,” says Terry. Beyond the outstanding service and quality products, Terry feels there is another important component to their success. “We are truly a homegrown family business, and our customers know that. We invest in the community, financially and emotionally. In turn, the community has invested in us,” he says, noting that the local ties are what make Blue Ribbon stand apart from their competitors.

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istory is marked by notable events. The American Revolution, the Civil War, Sept. 11. While some events may stand out in our minds as especially noteworthy, for most of us, they are mere lessons in history—a chapter in a text book, images on the big screen. It’s rare to have the opportunity to experience historical events on a personal level. Perhaps it’s a trip to hallowed ground, maybe it’s an emotional conversation with a survivor. No matter the means, experiencing history on a more intimate level allows us to fully appreciate the past. A traveling exhibit will soon make its way to Marion County that will allow us to do just that—experience history up close and personal. Most of us have probably read The Diary of Anne Frank or seen Schindler’s List. These accounts of the Holocaust, one of the most cruel and shocking events in history, shed light on what it must have

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been like for millions of Jewish families who suffered at the hands of Nazi leaders in World War II Germany. And while museums and memorials have been built to honor those who died unnecessarily, and films, books and documentaries have been made and written that attempt to capture the atrocities committed, never before have people been able to experience Holocaust memorabilia hands on—especially those of us living in Marion County, far removed from the closest Holocaust museum. Until now. The Nazi Scourage: Postal and Monetary Evidence of the Holocaust—A Breakdown in Humanity is an award-winning exhibit containing over 300 priceless pieces of World War IIera mail and documents relating to the Nazi Holocaust. Acquired in 2007 by the Illinois-based Florence and Laurence Spungen Family Foundation, this exhibit will make its debut in Central

Florida when it arrives at Trinity Catholic High School in Ocala on February 8 before opening at a few other select Marion County locations through February 13. “This is such an important piece of history. It’s the only exhibit where you can pick up the pieces, hold them, look at them; it’s truly remarkable,” says Sandy Lichterman, who has worked tirelessly to bring the priceless exhibit to Ocala. The over-350-piece exhibit has been translated into several languages and contains postal evidence of the Nazis’ determination to exterminate the Jewish population during the World War II period. Envelopes, postcards, letters and specially designated stationery used solely among concentration camp inmates, Jewish ghetto residents and prisoners of war are preserved and displayed in such a way that visitors can hold them in their own hands and get a sense of the pain, fear and suffering associated with them.


“When you hold an item, you feel the horrors in that item,” says Sandy. Perhaps some of the most emotionally impacting items include the torn fragments of the handwritten Hebrew parchment from Bible scrolls that Nazis destroyed and used as envelopes. “Four remnants of Holy Scriptures used by Nazis as postal envelopes are known today, and our foundation owns three of them for exhibits and research by scholars,” says Daniel Spungen, a board member of the Spungen Foundation, who is responsible for acquiring these historic artifacts. An avid collector, Daniel was at a stamp show when he stumbled upon a segment of Torah scroll covered in Nazi insignias. It was that fragment of scroll that changed Daniel’s life and led to his purchase of an extremely valuable and unique collection of Holocaust artifacts. “I had no interest in World War II before finding that stamp,” says Daniel. As a Jewish boy growing up, Daniel’s family and friends didn’t discuss what happened a generation earlier. It was still too fresh in their minds. “We all knew we were Jewish, but we knew nothing at all; we didn’t talk about it,” he says, noting that it wasn’t until the film Schindler’s List debuted in the ‘90s that people started to really talk about the Nazi Holocaust and what it meant not only to the Jewish population but the entire world. The original owner of the collection, Ken Lawrence, a former vice president of the American Philatelic Society, had been collecting letters, postcards and other materials since 1978. His intention when he began the collection was to counter those who claimed that the Holocaust never occurred. After almost 30 years of establishing such a rare cache of materials, he was prepared to sell the 200-piece collection to a museum when Daniel offered to buy it and not only expand it but to

travel around the world with it in an effort to educate today’s generations on the travesty of the Holocaust. “Daniel will drop everything and fly anywhere to obtain more pieces,” says Sandy. Recently the exhibit acquired evidence of counterfeited English money that the Nazis produced during “Operation Bernhard.” Among the 350 pieces that attendees of the exhibit will be introduced to include: • Rare examples of mail sent to prisoners and mail sent between inmates at different camps • A card sent by an inmate at Dachau soon after it opened in 1933, among the earliest known prisoner mail from any Nazi concentration camp • An October 3, 1943 letter from Eduard Pys, a 21 year old who arrived on the first transport at the Auschwitz concentration camp in May 1940, to his parents from Rzeszow, Poland • The only known surviving piece of mail sent by Rabbi Leo Baeck, the leader of German Jewry, while he was confined to the Theresienstadt ghetto • Mail secretly carried by children through the sewers of Warsaw during the 1944 uprising • Mail clandestinely carried from Nazi-occupied Poland to the Polish Navy Headquarters in London and to a Jewish resistance leader in Switzerland

A UNIQUE CONNECTION Nazi Scourage: Postal and Monetary Evidence of the Holocaust—A Breakdown in Humanity is brought to Central Florida in memory of Simon Waksburg. Simon was a Holocaust survivor who was later transferred to a displaced persons camp following the war where he lived with Oscar Schindler and his wife. It is through Simon that Sandy Lichterman met Daniel Spungen, allowing this incredible exhibit to make its way to Central Florida for the first time.

• A December 1945 postal card addressed to Dr. Eugen von Haagen—a Nazi war criminal on trial after the war at Nuremberg— that is the only recorded example of the censor mark of the International Military Tribunal • Coded or hidden messages in some of the ghetto and concentration camp letters about the plight of the senders

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WANT TO KNOw More? The Florence and Laurence Spungen Family Foundation was founded in 2006 with the mission of promoting cancer research and Jewish educational causes. The foundation ensures that the children and grandchildren of the founders are educated in and appreciate the need for giving back to the community. Each year, the grandchildren are given the opportunity to research and fund a charity of interest to him or her. To learn more about the Florence and Laurence Spungen Family Foundation and the Holocaust exhibit, visit spungenfoundation.org.

“There is going to be a lot to see,” explains Sandy. Daniel travels with the exhibit and gives a Powerpoint presentation to help people understand what they are going to see and the significance of the pieces. Often, Holocaust survivors

“We don’t charge an admission fee,” says Sandy. “We don’t want people to have any hesitation about coming to see this exhibit.” As a matter of fact, the Spungen Foundation does not collect any profits off of the exhibit.

“This is not just a quick walk-through. You will be moved by this entire experience.” -SANDY LICHTERMAN

accompany Daniel and speak to attendees as well. “This is not just a quick walkthrough. You will be moved by this entire experience,” says Sandy. The presentation and speakers will present a few times throughout the exhibit display so that attendees can come at their convenience and still have the opportunity to take in the full experience.

“They could rent this out for thousands of dollars, but they won’t collect one cent—that is how much they want people to see these amazing artifacts,” says Sandy. “As time goes on, in another 10 years, there won’t be any more Holocaust survivors. It is vitally important that this be taught so that it never happens again to any group of people.”

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Now that the pumpkins have decomposed and the sugar cravings have been satiated, it’s time to take a moment to relax and appreciate the beauty our community has to offer. This season there is a multitude of events for every type of art-lover. Whether you prefer situational comedy shows, tragic drama plays or rooms chock-full of elaborate paintings and sculptures, there’s a local event for you. Support local artists and Marion County’s economy this season by checking out these elegant, unique and even quirky events!

Fly Away BOEING BOEING MARCH 21-APRIL 14 OCALA CIVIC THEATRE

In a comedy of international proportions, Bernard, a Parisian Casanova and architect, charms three different flight attendants from Italy, Germany and America. All three women are engaged to Bernard, and he seamlessly carries on his relationships until the arrival of the faster, more efficient Boeing jet, which derails his timing and consequently delivers all three women at the same time. Prepare to laugh and cringe as the playboy protagonist tries to cover his tracks.

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The Pazinski Sequel

A Rockin’ Musical

This sequel to The Hipp’s hit show from last season, Over the Tavern, takes place in Buffalo, New York, in the late ‘60s and focuses on the dramas of the Pazinski family. From divorce to war, this play takes serious, heartfelt issues and adds a comedic spin to them.

A rock musical with songs by Duncan Sheik, this intense and controversial performance is a story of several confused adolescents as they deal with their sexuality, abuse and growing up. Based on a German play from 1891, this show is the winner of eight Tony Awards, and despite the dark subject matter, the songs will keep you engaged and eager to see what happens next.

KING O’ THE MOON FEBRUARY 20-MARCH 17 HIPPODROME THEATRE, GAINESVILLE

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A Sensational Classic THE SECRET GARDEN MARCH 22-APRIL 14 ICEHOUSE THEATRE, MOUNT DORA

Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, this musical is about a young orphan who goes to live with her grumpy uncle and sickly cousin. Let this story warm your heart as these lovable characters discover love and healing through a magical garden.

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JANUARY 11-JANUARY 20 ART CENTER OF CITRUS COUNTY, HERNANDO This morbid musical comedy comes together when a kitchen accident kills off 52 of the Little Sisters of Hoboken Convent nuns. Due to a shortage of funds, a proper burial service cannot be provided to all the little sisters, forcing the remaining—living—nuns to put on a talent


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Rebellious Elders

Artistic Director Mark Morris created his namesake dance group in 1980 when the company performed its first show in New York City. It has since expanded and toured all over the world with its signature live music and award-winning musicians. With powerful choreography and unique performances, you won’t want to miss your chance to see this performance.

CHASING MANET JANUARY 25-FEBRUARY 10 GAINESVILLE COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE This is a sweet and hilarious story of two rebellious older women who plot to escape their nursing home to have adventures in Paris. Watch as these spunky seniors who are complete opposites band together to make their dreams come true.

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CHARLIE MCCOY FEBRUARY 8 ORANGE BLOSSOM OPRY, WEIRSDALE

Charlie McCoy, a session musician well known for his skillful harmonica playing, will be performing at the Orange Blossom Opry. A staple in the Nashville music scene, Charlie has collaborated with artists like Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley.

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show. Laugh and cringe as these nutty nuns sing and dance their way to a proper funeral.

Like many Nashville legends, Charlie McCoy has performed with his fair share of musicians. He sat down and talked with us about how he got started and what it was like working with some of the biggest names in the business.

How does music influence your work? All of my dances arise from music.

What makes a certain piece of music suitable for one of your works? Generally, if a piece of music is written to be danced to, it is unsuitable for me to choreograph. I’m much more interested in rigorous, surprising, composed pieces of music. I avoid music that everyone else has choreographed.

Do you prefer modern or perhaps long dead composers? Well, of course most modernist composers are dead. By modern, I assume you mean contemporary. I very infrequently commission scores from living composers, and there’s so much wonderful music in the world repertory. I just like good music.

Why is music important to your work, particularly being performed to live music?

with the likes of Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan? Elvis and Dylan were quite different. Elvis was very personable and communicated with the musicians very well and couldn’t thank us enough for playing with him. I played on 12 albums, (seven movie tracks and five other albums), and he was the same every time. Dylan, on the other hand, had nothing to say. He was either very shy or he trusted us completely.

How did you first get started playing harmonica?

What can folks expect of your upcoming performance?

I started playing harmonica at age 8. I saw an ad in a comic book, “You can play harmonica in seven days or your money back. Send 50 cents and a box top.” So I begged my mother for 50 cents, and the rest is history.

When I play the Orange Blossom Opry, people can expect a lot of country music, including wellknown standards, some “Hee Haw” humor and lots of harmonica. The Orange Blossom Opry is a great venue, family oriented and just plain good entertainment.

What was it like working

Live musicians are no less important than live dancers.

Can you tell us a bit about the music and dance we will see? Silhouettes is a duet to music of the same name by Richard Cumming. Mosaic and United is a dance for five people set to two string quartets of Henry Cowell from the mid-1930s. Ten Suggestions is a very early, semi-improvised solo set to Bagatelles, Op.5 by Alexander Tcherepnin. Festival Dance is a big party of a dance for six male-female couples in three movements to Piano Trio No.5 in E Major, Op.83 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel.

What do you hope audience members will take away at the end of each performance? I hope audiences have a really good time watching and listening to my shows. I would like people to come into the theater with no preconceived ideas of what they’ll experience. Watch and listen.

Artistic Impressions

REBELS WITH A CAUSE: AMERICAN IMPRESSIONIST WOMEN FROM THE HUNTSVILLE MUSEUM OF ART FEBRUARY 2-MARCH 31 APPLETON MUSEUM OF ART, OCALA Take a glimpse of some of the most influential artwork of the American Impressionist style. This exhibit will consist of 54 paintings and sculptures of the mid-19th and 20th centuries created by some of history’s most incredible women. You will see influences of French Impressionism as well as Barbizon style in this collection. You won’t want to miss this unique and empowering exhibit.

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This art exhibition is sure to introduce you to artists from around the campus and community. We asked participant and Head of the Visual Arts Department Tyrus Clutter a few questions about the upcoming show. How did you decide to become an artist?

Talented Teachers

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Bluegrass Chorale “THE WORLD BELOVED: A BLUEGRASS MASS” FEBRUARY 8 MARION CIVIC CHORALE

A College of Central Florida student, 19-year-old Lauren Wilson is the talented winner of the Marion Civic Chorale Scholarship. A sophomore music education major, Lauren will be performing a ballad from “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass” at Carnegie Hall in February. Here’s what

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I never thought I was that interested in art while I was growing up, though looking back, I was always working on creative projects. By the time I was in high school, I realized that, while I was an excellent student, art was the one thing that really made me happy. Then, I pursued it in college and graduate school.

What inspires your artwork?

This biannual exhibit showcases the talents and techniques of the visual arts department faculty at the College of Central Florida. The opening reception, which is free and open to the public, will be Thursday, January 10 from 4:30-6:30pm.

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Most of my work has to do with my personal faith. It is not some form of Sunday School biblical narrative artwork, however. I tend to wrestle with deeper questions that confront all of us, and the work usually brings forth even more questions rather than answering them. Also, much of my

How did you hear about the scholarship?

How do you feel about performing at Carnegie Hall?

I found out about the Marion Civic Choral Scholarship through an advertisement at CF. It was also brought to my attention by Professor Bumbach, who is the assistant professor of Music at CF and one of my professors. I tried out. I had to perform one piece from memorization, and then the judges conducted an interview. They wanted to know about my musical background, how does music affect society and other relevant questions. Apparently, I did well because they called me the next week and informed me that I had won! I then performed the audition solo at the 25th anniversary concert and was presented with the scholarship at that time.

I am so elated to perform at Carnegie Hall in February. This is truly a dream come true! I never thought this would happen to me, a small town girl who only started voice lessons the spring of 2012. Only in dreams did I ever imagine myself at Carnegie, but now, knowing that I am going and performing a solo is more than I ever dreamed or thought possible. It just goes to show you that dreams really can and do come true!

work is a combination of text and imagery merging into each other. I find exploring how the written word and visual images are linked to be endlessly fascinating.

What’s your favorite thing about working with the CF Visual Arts Department? I have outstanding colleagues in the Visual and Performing Arts Department. It is great to have co-workers who are also your friends. I also enjoy working with students who study every discipline on our campus. Many people enjoy creating art on the side but fear taking it up as full-time work. These students are able to be creative in my classes and think about their lives and studies in new, unexpected ways.


A Jane Austen Romance SENSE AND SENSIBILITY FEBRUARY 6-MARCH 17 ORLANDO SHAKESPEARE THEATER

Based on Jane Austin’s novel, this romantic story takes place in late 1700s England and follows the lives of the Dashwood sisters as they experience love, heartbreak and life.

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Impossible Relationships ITALIAN AMERICAN RECONCILIATION JANUARY 4-JANUARY 20 INSOMNIAC THEATRE, OCALA This quirky story is about Huey Maximilian Bonfigliano who, although divorced from his awful wife, finds it necessary to woo her one last time even after she shoots his dog! Huey hopes to regain his masculinity by seducing her and enlists the help of his playboy friend, Aldo Scalicki. See if this interesting plan goes awry.

Ocala’s Art Scene “RAVENMANIA” POP UP JANUARY 19 GALLERY EAST

Artist and member of both Gallery East and Artist-Alley, Lauren Manera has decided to give Ocala’s art scene the kick in the pants it needs with a revolutionary pop up gallery in a warehouse downtown. For one night only, about 25 artists will be contributing their artwork based on the pop up’s theme.

(352) 245-2781 OR GALLERYEASTFL.ORG.

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What exactly is a pop up? A pop up is the temporary use of a space for a purpose other than what it was designated for. And that can take the form of an art gallery, a designer fashion store, even a kiosk at the mall. People get the space for free or for cheap, and there’s no real commitment—some people just want to see if an idea will fly. For us, it’s all about exposure.

The life and writings of Edgar Allan Poe. It’s his birthday, so it’ll be a celebration, and we hope to have some new art made just for this occasion. Everyone really

Do As The Romans Do The winners of the 22nd Annual Young Artist competition will be performing Respighi’s “Pines of Rome” at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Auditorium. This powerful piece will even include some familiar tunes from famous gangster movies like The Untouchables and The Godfather.

This exciting and increasingly popular way to display various forms of art will be making its way to our area. We spoke with Lauren Manera to learn more about this concept.

What’s the theme of this pop up?

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A FUNKY KIND OF ART

Musical Mishaps THE PRODUCERS APRIL 4-14 CF THEATRE, OCALA

This brilliant musical comedy follows the story of a scheming Broadway producer and his timid accountant as they attempt to create a flop of a musical, Springtime for Hitler, and therefore

scam their way into a fortune. You won’t want to miss the catchy songs and hilarious mishaps of this show that won 12 Tony Awards.

CF.EDU OR (352) 873-5810.

Chalk It Up ART IN THE PARK SIDEWALK CHALK

knows Poe and likes him a lot. He was very ahead of his time and has had a great impact on literature, music and poetry.

What kind of art will be there? There will be sculpture, jewelry, paintings and an installation by yours truly. Content-wise, I’m not too sure because everyone’s being secretive about it, which is fun.

What will drive the crowd in? Warehouse funky atmosphere, hors d’oeuvres and Ravenswood wine. The opportunity to participate in something contemporary; I think it’ll be the first pop up in Marion County.

competition by the art booster club at West Port High School and Ocala Art Group should be bigger than ever this year. Spend a beautiful day at Tuscawilla Park and watch as students express their creativity on the sidewalks.

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FESTIVAL APRIL 20 TUSCAWILLA PARK

This annual student sidewalk chalk

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“CIRQUE-TACULAR’S WORLD” MARCH 29 CIRCLE SQUARE CULTURAL CENTER

This show is the perfect ensemble of history, culture and acrobatics. The talented Cirque-tacular performers take the audience on a tour of the world, incorporating mythology and ancient traditions with modern concepts and choreography as well. The athleticism and graceful execution of these amazing feats is sure to entertain the whole family.

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Creative Cultures “CULTURE BUILDS” ONGOING DOWNTOWN OCALA

The City of Ocala has partnered with Marion Cultural Alliance to present this juried art competition series. There will be three juried competitions and $6,000 in prizes. The “Living Communities” exhibit is currently displayed at City Hall until June 14, 2013, the “Inspiring Spaces” exhibit will be at the Citizen Services Center from March 1-September 13 and “Evolved Play” will be at the Recreation and Parks Administration & Discovery Center from April 19-October 18. Each exhibit will have an opening reception with entertainment and refreshments.

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We asked producer Tad Emptage a few questions about this upcoming show. We wanted to hear all about what’s behind such a creative show and what can be expected when we sit down to watch. What’s the story line of Cirque-tacular’s WORLD? It’s a quirky offbeat adventure through the world as it never was, that you always wanted it to be. Basically we’re playing fun with folk tradition. We go around the world stopping at different countries along the way and take their folk traditions and add cirque-style entertainment to those traditions.

What types of performers can the audience expect to see? They’ll see contortionists, sideshow acts, jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, magic and surprising specialty acts.

What was the best part of producing this show? Producing a show is a lot of fun. It’s great because you get to come up with a vision. You don’t have a roadmap; you just have a spark, and it begins. It’s a very rewarding process to come up with all the creative solutions for something that never existed in the first place.

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What kind of art can be found in the gallery?

Back Alley Art ARTIST-ALLEY ONGOING EAST FORT KING STREET

This gallery off of East Fort King Street opened this past September, and now that the street construction is done, it’s easier than ever to see beautiful pieces by 15 local artists. On January 4, you can attend the Interpreting The Visual Clues reception, on February 1 the Mardi Gras Carnival reception, March 1 the Off the Wall reception and April 5 the Return to Realism reception. We asked Owner Linda

Harlow a few question about her new gallery. ARTIST-ALLEY.COM. What made you decide to open Artist-Alley? The decision for the opening of the gallery was my opportunity to give back to the art community. Ocala simply did not have a full-time retail art gallery, and our local artists needed a home. The gallery provides our artists

a wonderful opportunity to showcase their new creations and the public a much-needed place to purchase. I strongly feel the gallery has helped bring awareness of the importance of the arts in our community.

The art in the gallery is as varied as the artists who have created it. We offer paintings created in acrylics, watercolors, oils, pastels, mixed media, encaustic (wax) and photography. Handmade jewelry, including custom and horsehair, nature-inspired pottery, fused glass and painted glass. However, no matter what type of art is in the gallery, the standards are high and the quality of work is outstanding.

What is your favorite type of art to create? My art is created in oils either on canvas or wood. I have two subjects that interest me the most. One is the Art Deco period of the ‘20s and ‘30s. The second is replicating the “Old Masters,” the most difficult task imaginable.

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TRUTH It was sophomore year of college when, after years of cramping, bloating, denial and doctor visits, I finally recognized that I had a problem. In an attempt to ease my intestinal ailments, I turned to the Whole30 cleanse. This is my experience. WRITTEN BY MACKENSIE GIBSON / PHOTO BY JOHN JERNIGAN

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he diagnosis: severe lactose intolerance, an unfortunate reality for a cheese connoisseur like myself, and iirritable rritable bowel syndrome (IBS). I knew to cut down my dairy intake, but besides that, I was on my own; the doc said, “Figure out what foods hurt your stomach and don’t eat them.” Easier said than done.

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adding lactase to the digestive tract) just in case I came across a big, cheesy slice of pizza I couldn’t turn down—which happened often. Because I kept bombarding my stomach with foods it couldn’t process correctly, it was in a constant state of turmoil. After college, it hit me that this wasn’t healthy behavior, and without cutting out dairy, how was I ever supposed to figure out what the other IBS triggers were? I first came across the Whole30 in August 2012, and it boasted words like “more energy,” “better skin,” “no dairy” and “no stomach inflammation.” I was intrigued and decided to give it a try.


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LET THE GAMES BEGIN WEEK 1

30 DAYS & 30 NIGHTS The entire plan is free online (whole9life.com), but here’s the gist of it.

EAT: Meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit and good fats from fruits, oils (coconut, olive or clarified butter), nuts and seeds

OFF-LIMITS:

» Added sugar of any kind, real or artificial » Alcohol and tobacco products » Grains » Legumes » Dairy, with the exception of clarified butter or ghee » Carrageenan, MSG or sulfites » White potatoes

For 30 days, I would adhere to this strict eating plan with the hopes of pinpointing the sources of my gastrointestinal distress.

The reading materials warned me about the “sugar hangover,” but I didn’t expect it to hit me as hard as it did. I had very little energy, I got a bad cold and my skin was inexplicably dry. At the end of this week, I had a very vivid dream where I ate a McDonald’s cheeseburger and I woke up feeling extremely guilty.

WEEK 2

I was still feeling a little sick, but I also noticed myself falling asleep faster and waking up less groggy than usual. My cravings were pretty intense during this week, however, and there were temptations everywhere I went, everywhere. My stomach was feeling a lot better, though, and I remained full for longer periods of time after eating. Confession: I put lactose-free cheese (which still contains dairy) on

a bun-less burger in a moment of weakness during this week. This was how I learned that it’s not just lactose that wreaks havoc on my insides, but all dairy products in general. Lesson learned.

WEEK 3

I was feeling good. My meals were becoming tastier and quicker to cook as I got the hang of it. My skin had really evened out and was looking flawless (not too dry, not too greasy and not a blemish to be found). I was sleeping well and my stomach was less bloated than it had been in months. My energy seemed to be level throughout the day—no highs and lows like it usually was—and I started running again. I’ve been running for about seven years now, but while training for my third half marathon about a year prior to this experiment, I developed

tendinitis in my left knee. After about six months of taking it easy, it still bothered me occasionally while running. During week three, I upped my mileage and noticed I was running faster and without pain, which came as a surprise since I’d always thought that a carb-heavy diet was ideal for long-distance runners.

WEEK 4

The Whole30 materials mentioned that eating the recommended foods could help ease unexpected side effects, such as inflammation in knees and elbows, as well as symptoms from diabetes, migraines, sinus headaches and more. I was skeptical at first, but by week four, I noticed a significant improvement with my sinus issues (which I assumed were allergy related) in addition to improved running performance.

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NOT ALL MEATS ARE CREATED EQUAL

You can receive daily emails to keep you on track for 30 days for $14 and an in-depth explanation of why certain foods are offlimits. The method behind the madness can be explored in the book It Starts with Food.

The Whole30 highly suggests only consuming meat, eggs and fish that are grass-fed, free-range or wild-caught to avoid added hormones and potentially dangerous toxins.

LESSONS LEARNED

After reintroducing “less healthy” foods into my diet, I realized that eating real, unprocessed food that truly made me healthier retrained my brain to know the difference between hunger, cravings and just being bored/stressed/ thirsty. I certainly do not have perfect eating habits now, and the sugar cravings still come and go, but I now know that when I choose to eat that doughnut, it’s going to

make me feel tired, bloated and even more hungry than I was before I ate it. In addition to getting insight into my inflammation triggers (gluten, sugar, beans and all forms of dairy), I lost about four pounds and the before and after photos showed a noticeable difference in body composition. I certainly indulge in unhealthy foods still, but now I have a much better understanding of where my stomach pains are coming from.

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If that extra wiggle room you had in your jeans a few months ago is gone and instead, now have to wiggle just to pull your pants up, you’re not alone. It’s no wonder that after the indulgences of the past few weeks that January is one of the most popular times to start a new diet. And why not? It’s a new year with new prospects. But with every diet promising to melt away the pounds, which one should you choose? Do you go low-carb? Lowfat? Diet shakes? Registered Dietician Sharie Youmans, MS, RD, LD/IN, CNSD, breaks down some of the most popular diets out there and explains the pros and cons of each.


>LOW-CARB Diet:

Key Points: Replaces carbohydrate sources

with fat and protein; can limit carbohydrate sources to as little as 10 percent of your total caloric intake

>LOW-FAT

Best For: Those looking for quick results Low-carb diets have been around for decades and became wildly popular with the Atkins gurus of the ‘70s chowing down on steak and eggs three times a day. However, the resurgence of this type of diet promotes a much more heart-healthy approach. “The protein sources have to be lean and low in saturated fat. We’re not talking about 1-pound cheeseburgers at every meal,” says Sharie. She explains that the low-carb approach is effective because your body is forced to burn fat for fuel rather than carbohydrates and that the results can be noticed within the first week. “For those looking to get jump started, the low-carb diet is effective, but they have to realize that the weight loss will plateau over time,” says Sharie. She adds that those on a low-carb plan need to consider their protein sources and realize that this is not a long-term lifestyle. “Going low-carb is a good way to drop quick pounds, but staying on too low of a carbohydrate plan can have consequences over time,” she says, citing kidney stones, osteoporosis and ketosis as examples. She also cautions that exercise is key in any weight loss plan and, with too few carbohydrates, the body won’t have enough energy to exercise efficiently or function normally, thereby lowering metabolism and decreasing the effectiveness of the weight loss plan. Low-Carb Diets: Atkins, South Beach, Paleo

Diet:

Key Points: Replaces fat and protein sources with carbohydrates; can limit fat intake to as little as 10 percent of total calories Best For: Those looking for a heart-healthy

diet plan

Low-fat diet plans rose to popularity in the 1980s when the idea that eating fat made you fat was the mantra of dieters everywhere— hence the introduction of low-fat and diet foods that unassuming dieters ate freely while their waistlines expanded. Fast-forward to the year 2013 and the low-fat trend has a whole new look. “The low-fat diet emphasizes more fruits and vegetables, so automatically you are getting more antioxidants and fiber,” says Sharie. On a low-fat plan, animal-based fats, the unhealthy saturated kind, are eliminated and heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fats, like those found in canola, olive and peanut oils, are incorporated. “This is a great diet to try for those who have a pre-existing heart condition,” says Sharie, who adds that the higher potassium consumption from plant sources helps lower blood pressure. As for results, Sharie points out that lowfat plans are effective with weight loss, but the results won’t be as quick as with a low-carb plan. “You’ll get the same results, but the weight loss will be more steady over the long haul rather than the drastic drop you’ll see on other plans,” she says.

CANDICE’S LOW-CARB ALMOND FLOUR BROWNIES Photo and recipe courtesy of Candice Wong, yourlighterside.com 2 8 11⁄2 1⁄2 3 2 1⁄4

100g 85% Lindt Chocolate Bars oz (1cup) unsalted butter cups Xylitol* cup Splenda* large eggs tsp pure vanilla extract cup unsweetened dutch process cocoa powder 1⁄4 tsp salt 11⁄4 cups ground almonds *OR 1 cup sweetener of choice Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 8x8-inch or 9x9 -inch baking dish with parchment (or grease with butter). Melt butter and Lindt Chocolate in a heat-proof bowl. Stir with a whisk until completely smooth. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, add eggs, Xylitol and Splenda. Using a whisk attachment, beat until the mixture is pale and doubled in volume. Whisk the cocoa powder into melted chocolate/butter mixture until smooth. Quickly whisk in 1/3 of egg/sweetener mixture. Carefully fold in the remaining egg mixture, almond flour and salt. Mix just until combined. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 25-30 minutes. Let cool in pan before removing and cutting. Cut into 12 equal pieces.

Low-Fat Diets: Ornish, Macrobiotic

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> MEDITERRANEAN Diet:

Key Points: Emphasis on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and olives, with lean animal protein sources in moderation

Photo and recipe courtesy of Candice Wong, yourlighterside.com Makes a 10-inch stuffed pizza. 11⁄2 cups packed cooked, minced chicken breast 11⁄2 cups packed mozzarella, shredded 1 tbsp parsley, dried 1 tsp basil 1⁄2 tsp onion powder 1⁄2 tsp garlic powder Pizza sauce Toppings Extra Cheese Preheat oven to 350°F. Process chicken and cheese together. Mixture will resemble a meal/thick, dense crumb consistency. Press a little over half of the chicken/cheese mixture on in a 10-inch spring form pan lined with parchment. Top with parsley, basil, onion and garlic powder. Top with sauce and toppings. Add the rest of the chicken/cheese dough, pressed lightly down. Top with sauce, toppings and cheese. Bake for 12 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes. Slice and serve.

Best For: Those looking for a more balanced approach to dieting Sharie refers to the Mediterranean diet as one with “no big fireworks or bells and whistles.” Rather, the Mediterranean diet incorporates a balanced approach to weight loss through a diet rich in fresh whole foods. “If someone isn’t looking to go into hardcore diet mode, then this is definitely a plan they should try,” says Sharie. There is no actual structured plan. Rather, the diet mimics the eating habits of the different regions along the Mediterranean coast of Europe. The focus is on fresh, seasonal whole foods, primarily fruits and vegetables. Fats come from healthy sources like olive oil, and proteins come from beans and nuts with a smaller emphasis on animal sources. Lean meats, cheeses, eggs and the like are all included in moderation. And, of course, the meals are usually accompanied by a glass of red wine (optional), known to be high in antioxidants. The theory is that the combination of these rich sources of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber, along with a physically active lifestyle, are what have kept the instances of chronic diseases very low among those living along the Mediterranean coast for centuries. Diets Similar to Mediterranean: DASH, Mayo Clinic Diet, Volumetrics

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STRUCTURED PLAN

Key Points: A specific meal plan and/or packaged meals are incorporated with counseling sessions or online support. Best For: Those who need guidance and support For those who feel overwhelmed just thinking about how to diet, structured plans like Nutrisystem and Weight Watchers can take the burden off your shoulders. Sharie points out that research has proven that commercial structured programs are effective at helping people lose weight partly because of the calorie control these programs offer (Nutrisystem delivers the meals to your doorstep, and Weight Watchers employs the use of the “Point System.”) and partly because of the online support system. “You need a cheering section when you’re trying to lose weight, and if you can’t find it at home, then finding it online is the next best thing,” says Sharie, who praises these plans for their support systems and educational approach to better eating but also offers some words of advice if you’re considering one of these programs. “These are great to kick start your diet plan, but you have to learn from them,” she says. “If you don’t change your diet for the long haul, the weight will come back on.” Structured Plans: Weight Watchers, Nutristystem, eDiets Deliciously Yours, Freshology

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>MEAL-REPLACEMENT > VEGETARIAN Diet:

Key Points: Calls for replacing meals and snacks with specially designed bars, shakes and other snack products Best For: Those looking for quick results and who aren’t opposed to replacing meals How many times have you heard “you need to eat six times a day?” Easier said than done for many people. Six times a day may sound overwhelming for those who barely have time to eat lunch, but the concept may also mislead some into thinking they can eat six entrée-sized meals every day. If the thought of finding enough time for that many trips to the break room overwhelms you, then mealreplacement programs may be your answer. “Meal replacement shakes are very effective, and the results are quick,” says Sharie. Similar to structured diet plans, mealreplacement plans generally require that you replace one or more meals with either a shake or bar that is low in calories but offers the required amount of nutrients. They also take the guesswork out of counting calories and coming up with healthy snack and meal ideas. Sharie cautions dieters to read the ingredient labels, though, before they consume any of these products. “You have to look out for stimulants and appetite suppressants. If you have high blood pressure or are sensitive to caffeine, you’ll have to be careful,” she says, noting that these are meant to be meal replacements not to be consumed with another meal. For people who aren’t satisfied with a shake or bar, these programs wouldn’t be beneficial. Meal Replacement Diets: Slim-Fast, Medifast, Special K Diet, Biggest Loser Club.

Diet:

Key Points: Varying degrees of vegetarianism Best For: Those who can commit to planning meals ahead of time and researching available options Vegetarians don’t eat meat, right? Well, yes, but the term vegetarian actually encompasses several different eating plans, allowing for as much or as little flexibility as you want. “Vegetarian diets can be very healthy, and there are plenty of options to choose from,” says Sharie. Lacto-vegetarian diets include dairy products, lacto-ovo-vegetarian diets include eggs and dairy and pesco-vegetarian diets include fish. There are even some vegetarian diets that include poultry as well. The central focus of all of these branches of vegetarianism is an emphasis on fruits and vegetables, which generally results in a lower fat and higher fiber intake. Sharie praises the vegetarian-style diet for its fruit and veggie intake but cautions that vegetarians need to be sure they maintain a balance. “When you remove a source of protein, you need to be sure to replace it with another source,” she says, explaining that animal sources of protein are all considered “complete” proteins, meaning they contain all of the essential amino acids. For complete vegetarians or vegans, finding other sources of protein is essential to good health. “You have to do your homework,” says Sharie. She emphasizes that these diets are healthy but need to be balanced. She also stresses that not all vegetarian choices are healthy, citing french fries, smoothies and pastas as being among the culprits of high-calorie vegetarian fare, so choose your vegetarian dishes wisely. Vegetarian Diets: Lacto (includes dairy), Lacto-ovo (includes eggs and dairy), Pesco (includes fish).

READY TO GET STARTED? LET’S FACE IT, DIETING CAN BE A CHALLENGE AND SOMETIMES THE DIETS JUST DON’T WORK. SHARIE OFFERS THE FOLLOWING ADVICE FOR THOSE LOOKING TO TAKE THE PLUNGE AND MAKE THE COMMITMENT TO FIGHT THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE. »

Don’t get fooled by television shows where dieters drop 10, 20 and even 30 pounds each week. Contestants on those shows are exercising several hours each day and have chefs preparing their meals. Instead, expect to safely loose between 1 and 2 pounds each week if you follow the diet.

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Don’t give up. It takes between four and six weeks to form a new habit, even a healthy one.

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Don’t be afraid to try different diets. There’s no one solution that will work for everyone. Think about what you are willing to change and what you think you can stick with.

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Keep a food diary and be honest. Assess what you are eating to see where your diet is lacking.

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Weigh yourself once a week to see if you are progressing.

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Avoid “diet foods.” Many of the so-called “diet” cookies or candies have the same amount of calories as the real thing, and people often think if they eat the diet ones, they can eat more. Eat the real thing—just eat less of it.

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Use smaller bowls and plates. Studies show that you will eat less when served from a smaller plate.

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Be sure to exercise! The pounds will come off much quicker with exercise, and your body will build muscle, which helps burn calories even when you’re not exercising.

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Get the whole family involved. A support system is key, and making healthy choices as a family is good for everyone in the long run.

*Consult a physician before beginning any type of weight loss program

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Insomnia? Stress? Baby blues? From a few days to a week or more, wellness spas around Florida can help with whatever ails you.

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Desoto was convinced he had discovered the legendary waters on Florida’s west coast, and maybe he did if the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa is any indication. The natural spring waters bubbling beneath the spa attracted the rich and famous even before the spa was founded in 1925. Believed to restore youth and vitality, the natural mineral water from the springs is still used today in the spa’s three swimming pools and spa treatments. One of the most comprehensive spa and fitness centers in the nation, Safety Harbor Resort & Spa specializes in wellness programs to rejuvenate and revitalize mind and body. The website SpaWellness Finder consistently names it among the top 10 U.S. spas. The 50,000-square-foot spa features 30 newly renovated treatment rooms, pools, saunas, steamrooms, whirlpools and a tranquility garden. In addition, the resort offers 174 spacious guest rooms and an additional 30,000 square feet of meeting and convention space. The U.S. Department of Interior named the spa as a national historic landmark in 1964, and it became a Florida Heritage Landmark in 1997. Guests choose the services and level of activity that fits their interests. One of the most popular programs is the “Wellness for Life,” a six-night minimum package that partners guests with a physician to provide an optimal health and wellness plan through sustainable exercise, nutrition and relaxation. One- and two-day packages are also available for guests who need to find just a bit of personal serenity where the healing waters still flow.

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stress and blue moods after just two weeks. If you suffer from any of these ailments, or just need some affordable R&R, you may want to head over to Florida’s east coast where Ponce de Leon’s fountain of youth is supposedly located. The Discovery Yoga Retreat offers guests a chance to find tranquility, healing energy and personal growth in historic St. Augustine. The beautifully restored, 1913 building has a 1,350-squarefoot main studio, a smaller meditation room, a healing arts therapy room and a gift shop. The yoga hostel with guest rooms and baths, a community kitchen and commons lounge are on the second floor of the center. Guests may share rooms with rates as low as $35 a night or elect to have private rooms for $85 per night. Discovery Yoga is a Kripalu-affiliated yoga center, which is a form of Hatha Yoga that uses inner focus, meditation, standard yoga poses, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques to help guests develop “quiet minds.” Discovery Yoga’s R&R programs run year-round and give students a chance to de-stress and focus on health, wellness and personal growth. Guests can set their own schedules and choose just how many activities or classes they want. In addition to the personalized R&R programs and special workshops, the center also offers a 200-hour Kripalu yoga teacher training or a 500-hour Master Yoga Teacher Certification. Guests are encouraged to experience the healing nature of the beaches and explore St. Augustine during their stay. And chances are they’ll feel refreshed and well rested when they leave whether their stay has been two nights, two weeks or even a month.

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If weeks of rushing around, budget-busting shopping and cooking for guests has left you exhausted, stressed and filled with anxiety and stress, you’re not alone. That’s no way to begin a new year. It’s time to take some time for yourself, and there’s no better place to rejuvenate than a wellness spa. Here are a few that are close to home where you can renew your spirit for the year ahead.


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The Lake County resort is only a stone’s throw from Ocala, and, speaking of stones, the 50-minute customized couples’ massages feature heated stones and chocolate-scented oils. It’s the perfect way to relax after a full day of activities offered at Mission Inn, including golf, tennis, fishing, trap and skeet shooting, and even hiking on the Trails of the Conquistadors that wind through undeveloped land reminiscent of “old Florida.” The blissful spa treatments are a great way to enjoy a day or, even better, a weekend of luxurious pampering and romance. Mission Inn’s bougainvillea-covered courtyards and Spanish Mission-style architecture create a special ambience for couples whether they are there for their wedding, a special occasion or just for some downtime together. And a candlelit dinner in Mission Inn’s elegant El Conquistador Restaurant is the perfect way to end the day. Possibly because Mission Inn offers so many activities, men have become a growing part of the Spa Marbella clientele. A newly furbished men’s Serinidad Lounge and relaxing steamroom facilities are only part of the men’s spa package. They can also choose from services designed just for the masculine gender, such as deluxe razor shaves and men’s MAN-icures. Seasonal rates at Mission Inn begin at $184 and include deluxe room accommodations, breakfast buffets and $100 credit in Spa Marbella per night stay. Also, check the website for special spa packages available throughout the year.

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wellness retreats puts Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach at the top of the list. The 1950s-era Carillon Hotel itself was restored and rejuvenated after sitting vacant for 10 years to become the Miami Beach location for Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa in 2008. After Carillon owner Eric Sheppard visited the legendary Canyon Ranch in Tucson, his life changed dramatically. He and a business partner convinced Canyon Ranch founder Mel Zuckerman to join them in restoring and converting the Carillon into a hybrid version of the original property. Canyon Ranch offers holistic and integrative medical advice that helps guests establish healthy habits for life. On-staff health specialists include board-certified physicians, physical therapists, nutritionists, healing touch practitioners, exercise physiologists, licensed therapists

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with a 40,000-square-foot “sanctuary” that features 40 treatment rooms, wet areas, a wellness center and more. No one deserves special treatment more than expectant and new moms, and The Ritz-Carlton Spa has a variety of services to help them get through the final stages of pregnancy. The “Mellow Mama” package includes massages using specific pre-natal techniques to increase circulation, alleviate tired muscles and reduce water retention. Other treatments include “The Yummy Tummy” to soothe and moisturize the abdomen and the “Free Your Mind” treatment to relieve the stresses that often accompany pregnancy. If baby is already here, The Ritz Carlton Spa offers a “4th Trimester Healing Hour” treatment to help new moms realign and restore their bodies. The special mother-to-be packages range from $75 to $185. Rates for hotel accommodations are additional. Helping guests achieve good health, balance and overall well-being are the goals at The Ritz-Carlton Spa. These are also reflected in the Spa Cafe where guests are encouraged to relax and enjoy healthy cuisine after their treatments.

he name Canyon Ranch has been synonymous with health and wellness retreats since the original property in Arizona was founded more than 30 years ago. Any Internet search for Florida

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and acupuncturists. The health professionals work with guests to design health programs specifically tailored for guests’ needs. The various health packages offered at the Ranch address issues such as stress management, weight control, pain management or smoking cessation and range in price from $1,800 to $3,500 for four days. One of the most popular is the Optimal Living® health package that creates a personalized plan for health, fitness, nutrition, stress management and creative expression. The package begins with a consultation with a Canyon Ranch physician and can include a combination of sessions with other health practitioners on the staff. Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach is one of the first wellness retreats to offer energy medicine, a relatively new study to Western culture; although, it has been practiced for thousands of years in Asia. Guests can choose acupuncture, acutonics, reiki and other Eastern practices to address pain and stress. In addition to the health packages, Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa offers more than 40 indoor and outdoor fitness classes every day, including cycling and yoga.

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travel to the small town of Alachua, just north of Gainesville, to learn how to enrich their lives at the Ayurveda Health Retreat & Spa. Founded in 2001 by Richard Masla, the spa focuses on a 5,000-year-old healing tradition from India known as Ayurveda, which promotes harmony with nature. “Ayur” means life and “veda” means knowledge. The ancient healing system—or science of life—is a holistic approach to understanding how the environment impacts health. The therapists help guests make lifestyle changes that create a greater harmonic balance for the mind, body and spirit. These include nutrition and dietary changes, simple exercises such as yoga, meditation, deep breathing and herbal medicines and treatments. Ayurveda offers weekend retreats, 14- or 28-day weight management programs and a detoxification program known as Panchakarma that eliminates toxins from the body through a deep cleansing process. To gain maximum results from Panchakarma programs, the spa recommends a minimum five-day stay that is all-inclusive at $2,250. Prices for a weekend retreat begin at $615 while the weight management programs begin at $4,900 for 14 days and $8,900 for 28 days. In addition, an à la carte menu of services is available during the Wellness Retreat packages that run $149 a day and include a private room, yoga, and meals.


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During the week of January 20-26, make a commitment to live a diet-free lifestyle during the 28th annual Healthy Weight Week. Constant yo-yo dieting not only leads to a host of health risks to your heart, metabolism and moods but very rarely results in any long-term weight loss. Keep the weight off for good by committing to healthy eating and exercise habits that will keep you on track at a healthy weight.

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TRY THESE TIPS: » Find the healthy weight* for your height, and make it a priority to get there. » Emphasize fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean meats and healthy fats. » Eat smaller portions of your favorite higher-calorie meals. Restriction will only lead to binge eating. » Exercise at least three times a week. » Don’t fall for weight loss plans that promise quick results. » Be consistent.

NOT SURE WHAT YOUR “HEALTHY” WEIGHT IS? VISIT THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION’S WEBSITE FOR WEIGHT CHARTS AND TIPS ON HOW TO ACHIEVE YOUR IDEAL WEIGHT WITHOUT “DIETING.” CDC.GOV

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doesn’t mean you can’t try some. Just check with your doctor first.” When it comes to incision care, DeIorio suggests “avoid exposure to the sun for the first six months after surgery, because if an incision tans, it’ll stay dark forever.” DeIorio also recommends Mederma to minimize scarring.

» To lessen pain, do deep breathing exercises to relax; elevate limbs to increase circulation to incision; alternate cold and heat packs and take pain meds as prescribed. » Go outside several times a day for fresh air and sunsun shine. If that’s not possible, sit by an open window.

» Listen to music to help your body produce “feel good” endorphins. » Eat nutritious foods to aid healing, such as fish, chicken, egg whites, nuts and brown rice. » Take vitamin C and zinc; some studies show they speed wound healing. » Take B12 and iron supplements; some studies show they help bone marrow produce new red blood cells.

POST SURGICAL TIPS

1 Follow your doctor’s instructions, such as no lifting or showers only.

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2 Monitor your incision and report any swelling, redness or excessive drainage to your doctor.

3 Cough and sneeze carefully to avoid opening a chest or stomach incision.

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“For the most part, the healing process after any surgery is time-dependent,” says Dr. Anthony DeIorio of Ocala Surgical Associates. “But you can help yourself by being in as good of health as possible and nutritionally sound prior to surgery.” As for post-surgery remedies to expedite healing, DeIorio says that “there aren’t any scientific proven ones, but that

» If able, and with doctor’s approval, take short walks two to three times a day to increase circulation and prevent deep vein thrombosis, constipation and pneumonia.

Keep your follow-up appointments even if you think you’re OK. Sources: livestrong.com; oprah.com; about.com

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“One of the advantages to having your teeth whitened in a dental office is that you get professional supervision throughout the process,” says Dr. Tina Chandra. “Your dental health should be evaluated before undergoing a whitening procedure, and it’s usually a good idea to have your teeth cleaned before as well.” Dr. Chandra notes that a possible side effect of whitening is teeth sensitivity. To alleviate that as much as possible, Dr. Chandra says, “We provide our clients with a

prescription sodium fluoride toothpaste to use a week before whitening.” And after the in-office whitening procedure, a prescription sodium fluoride gel is also applied. In her office, Dr. Chandra uses the Zoom! whitening procedure. It consists of three 20-minute sessions during one visit. A 14 percent hydrogen peroxide gel is applied directly to the teeth, and then the gel is activated by a special heat light that accelerates the whitening process. Clients are then sent home with a customized

DIY TEETH WHITENING

WHITENING RINSES: Major brands like Listerine and Act have added peroxide to mouthwash rinses. Recommended use is rinsing for one minute twice a day before brushing. Usually takes three months to see results. Cost: $5-$7.

TOOTHPASTES: Most major brands such as Crest, Arm&Hammer and AquaFresh have whitening toothpastes. They usually contain gentle polishing agents such as hydrated silica and/or whitening chemicals such as calcium carbonate, aluminum oxide and baking soda. Cost: $5-$8.

WHITENING STRIPS: Thin strips coated with carbamide peroxide-based whitening gel that are generally applied twice a day for 30 minutes for 14 days. Effects can last for three months. Cost: $20-$60.

WHITENING GELS: A small brush is used to apply peroxide-based gel directly to teeth two times a day for 14 days. Effects can last for three months. Cost: $13-$100.

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whitening tray kit to use for 30 minutes a day for up to two days. “The in-office procedure generally whitens three to five shades,” says Dr. Chandra. “The results usually last four to six months, and then you can do touch-up whitening after that.”

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TRAY-BASED WHITENERS: Brands such as AquaFresh include a mouth guard that is filled with a peroxidebased gel solution. Treatment is two hours a day for four weeks and effects can last for three to four months. Cost: $20-$50.

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When it comes to a gym, convenience is everything! No matter how great the facility is, if it’s not conveniently located, once the newness and resolve wears thin, you’ll stop going. Most experts agree that the ideal location is between your home and your workplace.

BE SPECIFIC Focus on what kind of workout you want and what you’ll need to accomplish that. A basic gym should provide weight machines and free weights for strength training and cardio machines, such as treadmills, ellipticals and stair steppers. It might also have a schedule of classes, such as yoga,

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aerobics and Zumba. If that fits your needs, then don’t join a gym that has a sauna, whirlpool, swimming pool and racquetball court because you’ll be paying a premium price for amenities you won’t use.

CLEANLINESS COUNTS While you’re getting the introductory tour, check out the overall cleanliness of the facility. Is the equipment free of grime? Are there disinfectant dispensers available to wipe down equipment before and after use? What’s the status of the locker room, particularly the showers where mold loves to grow?

GET REFERENCES Ask around your workplace and social circle about local gyms. Find out what people like and don’t like about the gym

they belong to before making a decision. Ask to go along as a guest to get a firsthand look.

GIVE IT A TRY Most gyms offer at least a threeday, sometimes a one-week, complimentary trial. This will give you a chance to go when you normally would and see what the activity level is at that time before spending money. If it’s overcrowded and there’s a line to use the equipment, then you might want to scratch that gym off your list.

HIRE A TRAINER For beginners, signing up with a personal trainer at the gym is usually a good idea. A personal trainer will help you set your fitness goals, make sure you’re using the equipment correctly and help you stay motivated. For

many people, having a personal trainer also gives them a sense of accountability. Most gyms offer one free session with a personal trainer and then you pay after that. Typically, you can sign up for various packages from two weeks and up. Make sure to ask to see a personal trainer’s certification with organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine.

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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

MAKE IT OFFICIAL Signing up for a one-year contract is usually more cost-effective than shorter memberships. But if you’re only going to be using the gym during the winter months, then it makes more sense to pay as you go if possible. There are some gyms that allow you to pay per month without signing a long-term contract. Others have three- and six-month contracts.

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A DAIRY DILEMMA M ANY FOLKS HAVE THE SAME MORNING ROUTINE: A BAGEL WITH CREAM CHEESE, CEREAL WITH MILK AND COFFEE WITH CREAM. DAIRY IS THE PREFERRED SOURCE OF CALCIUM AND VITAMIN D FOR MANY, BUT WHAT IF JUST A COUPLE SIPS OF THAT MILK SENT YOUR STOMACH INTO SPASMS?

Lactose intolerance is a condition affecting nearly 40 million Americans age 20 and older. It is caused by a deficiency of the enzyme lactase in the small intestine, which is needed to break down lactose—the milk sugar found in many dairy products. This condition makes it difficult and painful to digest dairy, and it often doesn’t rear its ugly head until early adulthood.

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Within 30 minutes to two hours after consumption of lactose, the lactase-deficient individual can experience anything from mild bloating and discomfort to nausea, severe cramping, diarrhea and gas. Although this condition is not particularly dangerous, it can be very uncomfortable and disruptive. For those who do not wish to alter their diet, lactase tablets are available to counteract the negative side effects. However, those who are severely lactose intolerant will most likely still have symptoms despite taking a lactase tablet.

The only way to truly avoid the effects caused by lactose intolerance is to avoid products that contain large amounts of lactose. But, this does not mean you must cut all dairy out of your diet; it just takes some know-how as far as recognizing your stomach’s lactose limit and knowing your way around the dairy aisle. Although many products vary in lactose percentage depending on the brand and manufacturing process, here is a chart of common dairy products

DAIRY PRODUCT AVERAGE % LACTOSE PROCESSED CHEESE “FOOD” (VELVEETA, PRE- 9.3-14.2 % PACKAGED AMERICAN CHEESE SLICES, ETC.) SOFT CHEESES (CREAM CHEESE, FETA 0.4-5% CHEESE, COTTAGE CHEESE, ETC.)

and the average amounts of lactose they contain.

There are also several brands that make dairy products that are specifically made to be low in lactose, as boasted on the packaging. Many health food stores carry dairy-free alternatives, which instead use soy, vegetables, coconut, rice or nuts to achieve a cheese-like consistency. These products do not necessarily melt or react as a dairy-based cheese would, however, so be sure to read labels and adjust cooking times accordingly.

Cow’s milk

HARD, AGED CHEESES (SHARP CHEDDAR 0-3.7% CHEESE, PARMESAN, ETC.)

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GOAT AND SHEEP CHEESES WHOLE MILK CREAMER 2% MILK SOUR CREAM YOGURT BUTTER MARGARINE CLARIFIED BUTTER “GHEE”

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SWITCHA-ROOS Looking for lactose-free substitutes that actually taste like the real thing? Try these swaps:

BORDEN LACTOSE-FREE CHEESE SLICES

Cream cheese

Cheese pizza

AMY’S SOY CHEEZE PIZZA

FRIENDSHIP FARMER CHEESE

Butter

Brie

Creamer

SOFT SHEEP’S CHEESE

Cheddar cheese

CABOT CHEDDAR CHEESE (MANY

DIFFERENT FLAVORS AVAILABLE)

EARTH BALANCE

NESTLE COFFEE MATE CREAMER

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Asymmetry One half is unlike the other half.

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cientists in Denmark announced that yearly doctor visits didn’t help 182,880 people live longer or sidestep medical problems. Well, just showing up once a year isn’t what makes those annual visits so valuable; it’s actually getting good advice, making a plan to stay healthy and following it. That makes you live younger, longer and happier! So, our advice? Keep those appointments, then use the getting-you-healthier plan that you and your doc devise to kick-start a healthy-living revolution guaranteed to make you feel better and roll back your RealAge. You can transform that all-too-often rushed and confusing

doctor’s appointment (you’re lucky to get 18 minutes—demand more) and make sure you’re not one of the 50 percent of patients who walk out not knowing what to do next.

STEP ONE: PARTNER WITH YOUR DOC. We love it when you become the world’s leading expert on you, your body and your health. (Go to ShareCare.com or Realage.com and search for “How can I have a better doctor checkup?” Then click on our videos.) Knowing as much as possible about any health conditions you have—and about treatment options—can boost your well-being, save money and help you sidestep drugs and procedures you don’t need.

JUST SHOWING UP ONCE A YEAR ISN’T WHAT MAKES THOSE ANNUAL VISITS SO VALUABLE; IT’S ACTUALLY GETTING GOOD ADVICE, MAKING A PLAN TO STAY HEALTHY AND FOLLOWING IT.

STEP TWO: COME PREPARED. Bring along a list of the drugs, supplements and remedies you take, extra medical info (like X-rays or reports from another doctor), all your health insurance information and a note pad and pencil (maybe a tape recorder and/or a friend or relative) to record what happens. And write down in advance any special questions you want answered. STEP THREE: HAVE THESE QUESTIONS HANDY. Make sure you know the answers to these when you leave: » Are you concerned about any aspect of my health? » Do you have any recommendations about what I can do on my own (like exercising or diet changes) to improve my health? » Should I lose or gain weight? » Are there tests I need based on my age or for other reasons? » When should I come back for a follow-up appointment?

STEP FOUR: SET HEALTH GOALS WITH YOUR DOCTOR. Lose 15 pounds? Lower

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STEP FIVE: CALL IN REINFORCEMENTS. Your doc may not have an hour to run through the basics of diabetes care or how to upgrade your eating habits, but he or she can direct you to those who do. Find out what your insurance covers (visits with a registered dietitian, diabetes educator, cardiac rehab with an exercise physiologist or therapist, etc.).

STEP SIX: FIND A COMMUNITY OF SUPPORT. Online at sharecare.com, you can find tips for reaching out to dozens of support groups. Local hospitals will also have info.

STEP SEVEN: FIND OUT WHAT TO DO AT HOME. Would a home blood pressure monitor, a new blood-sugar meter or a smartphone app help you reach your goals?

STEP EIGHT: SCHEDULE A FOLLOW-UP VISIT. You and your doctor can make midcourse corrections to your plan so you can meet your goal: six visits in a row in which you achieve normal blood pressure, the best weight for your height, healthy LDL cholesterol and fasting blood sugar levels, have all immunizations up-to-date and no tobacco use. Your yearly checkup isn’t just to get a blessing (no cancer, whew). It is to set targets and then ensure you have enough support to hit them.

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Who Know Ocala’s medical and health-related community is vast and knowledgeable. So, when we wanted to get some important questions answered regarding a range of topics—everything from chiropractic care to vein health—who better to ask than the pros who know these matters better than anyone. The

physicians, veterinarians, nurses and trainers who live these topics every day took the time to share their expertise with us on issues that are important to maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. So sit back, grab a pen and paper, and start taking notes. What you learn may just save your life!

Health Pros Who Know

Functional Training

Lisa MIDGETT OWNER, CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER

KINETIC MOTION FITNESS

What is functional training? Functional training is a type of exercise that involves training the body for the activities performed in daily life. For example, we need to squat down to pick up the baby’s toys, so we do squats in the studio.

How do you use functional training at Kinetic Motion Fitness? We use functional training in a variety of ways. We use

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bands, balls and dumbbells as well as plyometric and cardio exercises. Most importantly, we use simple body weight exercises, such as lunges, push-ups, squats and a variety of abdominal exercises for a strong core.

Why is functional training important to you personally? I lost 100 pounds, became a personal trainer and own a gym because of simple,

functional training exercises. My trainer and dear friend, Kerry, taught me that we didn’t need complicated machines to get strong and lose the weight. At Kinetic Motion Fitness, our team members can help you reach all of your fitness goals through simple and fun “fun”ctional training! KINETIC MOTION FITNESS 2410 NE 18th Place, Ocala (352) 789-6561 kineticmotionfitness.com

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Pet Pain

Dr. David MENARD, DVM

PADDOCK PARK ANIMAL CARE CENTER How do I know if my pet is in chronic pain? Acute pain is obvious and can be elicited by touch or manipulation of the affected area. But with a chronic pain, we normally see a change in the pets’ behavioral activity. Several signs are difficulty in rising from a lying down position or climbing stairs and the inability to jump on furniture.

is mostly associated with arthritis; however, pain can also be associated with dental disease, infections of internal organs and inflammation of the skin or ears.

What’s available to treat pain?

Severe pain from things like broken bones is often treated with narcotic pain medications. Chronic, less severe pain is What causes pain in pets? often treated with NSAID medications similar to those Many things cause hidden or used in people. Inflammatory chronic pain. Chronic pain

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Certification/Education: 1989 graduate, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from LSU Certified in K-Laser Class IV Laser Pain therapy

pain can be lessened with corticosteroid drugs. Non-pharmaceutical therapy is also often effective with chronic joint pain.

What sets your practice apart from others? As a full-service practice we have doctors with training in acupuncture, chiropractic, surgical intervention, dental care and the full array of pharmaceutical and nonpharmaceutical therapies. We also have the therapy and diagnostic tools for pet pain treatment and prevention.

PADDOCK PARK ANIMAL CARE CENTER 3931 SW 42nd St., Ocala (352) 237-4176 paddockparkvet.com

Advance training in both Acupuncture and Chiropractic treatment for Animals Years in Practice: 24

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Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. David L. OLIVER, DO AMERICAN FAMILY MEDICAL

What is a doctor of osteopathic medicine? A doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) focuses primarily on treating the body as a whole. The treatment of specific diseases and illness is managed with an understanding of how disease affects the entire body because of its’ systems integration. D.O.s are fully qualified physicians who practice a “whole person” approach to medicine and maintain a focus on preventative medicine.

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It is my focus to address your health care needs in a holistic manner. How well you function What are the benefits of as a whole depends on your seeing a D.O.? overall health, not just one We want to prevent illnesses specific aspect of your health. before they start. At American Family Medical, we believe that My practice is operated on the health of the family is critical a foundation of love and to the success of our community, compassion toward my patients where I can give each and every state and nation. We want to help grow a healthy community. patient the personal attention they need and deserve.

How is American Family Medical unique to other practices in the area? As an osteopathic physician, I look to treat the entire body.

Ormond Beach, FL; board-certified by the American Board of Osteopathic Family Physicians Years in Practice: 15

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Health Pros Who Know

Arthritis

Joseph R. LOCKER, MD Marc J. ROGERS, DO Michael K. RILEY, MD Zakariah S. MAHMOOD, MD Paul J. RUCINSKI, MD THE ORTHOPAEDIC INSTITUTE

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or more than 30 years, the specialty physicians of The Orthopaedic Institute have been dedicated to providing comprehensive musculoskeletal care that is unsurpassed in quality, accessibility and compassion. From the advanced athlete with a simple sprain to the weekend warrior ready for total joint replacement, The Orthopaedic Institute offers the full spectrum of orthopaedic and sub-specialty services. What are the advantages of the anterior approach to hip replacement? The anterior approach allows the hip to be replaced without detaching any muscle. The patient is allowed full motion after surgery and generally experiences a

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quicker recovery. X-ray is used to position the implants to ensure a more accurate result. - Joseph R. Locker, MD

When will a patient with arthritis know its time to have a hip replacement?

The time for hip replacement surgery is based on the patient’s symptoms. When the hip pain is constant, interferes with sleep and activity and fails to respond to conservative treatment, surgery is a reliable procedure that will help restore your quality of life. - Marc J. Rogers, DO

cortisone injections are a good first-line treatment. When these stop working, surgery is sometimes needed. For the wrist and finger joints, options include joint replacements or fusion procedures. Thumb surgery requires joint reconstruction.  - Zakariah S. Mahmood, MD

What are common symptoms of arthritis in a patient’s shoulder that they should look for?

What types of conservative treatment options are there for people with osteoarthritis?

Whether you’re throwing a ball or just lifting your arm, you’re relying on your shoulders. Although not as common as in the hip or knee, the shoulder can be affected by arthritis. Pain is the most common symptom often aggravated by activity. Night pain, limited range of motion and clicking or snapping sounds are other symptoms. - Michael K. Riley, MD  

There’s no way to reverse the cartilage loss of OA, yet there are many ways to treat the pain. You may be able to manage OA pain with an integrated approach that includes lifestyle and dietary changes as well as antiinflammatory medications and alternative therapies. - Paul J. Rucinski, MD

What surgical treatment options are common with arthritis of the hand and wrist? Arthritis of the hand and wrist is very common. NSAIDS and

Joseph R. Locker, M.D.: Certification/Education: Doctorate, Georgetown University; board certified by American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Marc J. Rogers, D.O.: Education/Certification: Doctorate, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine; board certified by American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Michael K. Riley, M.D.: Education/Certification: Doctorate, University of Michigan; board certified by American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Diplomate; Certificate of Subspecialty Qualification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

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Hearing Loss

Ernest E. WALDEN, M.A., CCC-A

The first step is to identify the cause of your hearing loss. A hearing evaluation will then withdraw because it becomes tell us what needs to be done too frustrating to participate. next. If medical treatment is not required, most people How are hearing loss and can be helped with hearing understanding different? aids. No one needs to be left The ear is tuned to hear different behind when it comes to better hearing and understanding. frequencies. Typically, we first begin to lose the ability to hear high frequencies, such as the sounds “F,” “S,” “K,” “T,” “Sh” and ERNEST E. WALDEN, “Th.” Consequently, if someone M.A., CCC-A says, “Sandy called Kate,” you 1111 NE 25th Ave., Suite might think they said, “Andy 204, Ocala alled ate.” While you did hear, (352) 671-3277 you did not understand. hearnowllc.com

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Why are the ears and having your hearing checked so important? Our ability to hear affects every part of our lives, and over 30 million of us suffer from poor hearing. Loss of hearing is invisible, so while no one can see that you have hearing loss, everyone will know. Imagine missing out on hearing your grandchildren or not hearing your spouse calling for help. People with hearing loss usually begin to

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Certification/Education: Graduate degree in Audiology, East Tennessee State University; board certified in Audiology; developed and directed hearing aid program at University of Florida

What can be done if I have hearing loss?

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Preventive Pet Exams

Dr. Eduardo ARELLANO, DVM

A FAMILY VETERINARIAN PET HOSPITAL

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What are the most common problems you treat at your practice?

What are the advantages of preventive physical exams?

We often treat gastrointestinal, skin and arthritis-related problems. Gastrointestinal problems range from simple dietary indiscretion to more severe metabolic and surgical problems. Skin problems range from allergies to parasite infestations. Arthritis is usually geriatric and degenerative in nature, so optimal treatment relies on individualized evidence-based approaches.

It’s important for pets to have a full physical exam twice yearly. Many times, nothing is wrong, but it’s important to know whether something has developed into a serious condition, for example the growth of a mass, haze behind the pupil or a heart murmur. All of these could be nothing, but they could also be the difference between a healthy

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patient and a patient with a serious condition.

What other services can pet owners expect from A Family Veterinarian? We are a complete medical and surgical facility. We offer everything from preventive care to soft tissue exploratory surgeries and orthopedic procedures. Diagnostically, we have in-house lab equipment for basic blood screenings as well as digital X-rays. We also offer services for exotic species. A FAMILY VETERINARIAN PET HOSPITAL 7466 SW 60th Ave., Ocala (352) 671-9550 afamilyveterinarian.com


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Posture

Dr. Nate COX

BACK TO HEALTH CHIROPRACTIC

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How does posture affect you physically?

How does posture affect your ability to exercise?

Good posture ensures that the spine and muscles are aligned properly, allowing the nervous system to evaluate and heal the entire body. After all, a great functioning nervous system is the main requirement for great health. Good posture also allows more oxygen intake, which will give you better cognitive function, more energy and more stamina.

When you focus on exercising with good posture, there are several benefits. First, you will be reinforcing your postural muscles. This is not only more attractive, but it helps you have more power and stamina in any physical activity. Second, when lifting weights, proper technique and posture will put the greatest physical strain on individual muscles to provide a more intense workout. Third,

Certification/Education: Doctor of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic; Owner of Back to Health Chiropractic

Does posture affect sleep too? Yes! Sleep posture is often overlooked or written off. While it is most important that you actually get sleep, sleeping in the correct posture can actually reinforce good posture when you’re awake. On the other hand, bad sleep posture can cause headaches, pain, numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, back pain and a myriad other issues. BACK TO HEALTH CHIROPRACTIC 1521 SE 36th Ave., Suite 2, Ocala (352) 512-0530 DrNateCox.com

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Skin Care & Wrinkles

John S. POSER, MD, PA, FACS POSER PLASTIC SURGERY CENTER What do you recommend to improve skin’s appearance? First, a light glycolic acid can be used daily at home to melt off dead skin. Second, a more aggressive approach, microdermabrasion or a Vi peel, to melt the deeper layers of the dermis. The third phase is to use an IPL or Fraxel laser to reach the deepest layers, reducing the appearance of brown or red spots and tightening the skin.

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keeping good posture will help protect you from injury.

Certification/Education: Medical Degree/Northwestern University, 1973 Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery

Tell us about the new SlimLipo laser. It’s a Palomar laser that uses 942 nm wavelengths to eliminate fat seven times better than any other wavelength. The light melts the fat and stimulates the dermis to tighten and thicken. Using a local anesthesia, the procedure results in very little pain or downtown. Patients can expect full results in one month.

What are the best injectables to use on wrinkles? Juvederm is a water-loving filler that helps cells retain water. It’s great for deep frown lines and to augment the cheek bone area. Radiesse is a longer lasting filler, while Botox stops fine wrinkles for up to 3 months. We also do fat injections with your own fat that contains stem cells to rejuvenate the skin. One-third of the fat cells injected remain permanently. POSER PLASTIC SURGERY CENTER 10900 SE 174th Place Rd., Summerfield 12921 SW 1st Rd., Suite 219, Tioga (352) 342-9940 (352) 372-3672 posermd.com

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Vein Care

Dr. John BURRESS, DO PHYSICIANS VEIN CARE OF LADY LAKE

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r. John Burress of Physicians Vein Care understands that vein care is a major concern for many people, especially for women, as 75 percent of the people who develop varicose veins are women. He takes his time to establish an individualized plan and educates patients on vein health so that they understand their options.

There seem to be a lot of people treating veins now. Why should someone choose you over another vein clinic or perhaps even their own doctor who might be doing some vein work? What we provide is state-of-the-art vein care. We are not like medical providers who simply decided to treat veins part time without dedicating themselves to it entirely.

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I am the only doctor who is full time in The Villages area and who has passed the board certification to become a Diplomate of the prestigious American Board of Phlebology (ABPh). We are completely dedicated to the study and treatment of veins at a level that is unmatched.

What kind of down time is there? Will I have to miss

work or stay at the hospital? We are an outpatient-only vein clinic, as the techniques we use are so advanced they do not require a hospital stay. In fact, there is really no downtime at all. We have had patients who have had the procedure in the morning and played golf in the afternoon.

Is my insurance going to cover my procedures? Our mission is to correct medically important vein pathology that causes significant concerns in patient’s lives. We use the latest technology to objectively diagnosis and treat this. So yes, reputable insurances will cover this according to their prearranged agreement with you.

What causes varicose veins? The primary reason is genetics. It is one of few things you can actually blame on your parents. Other factors include standing or sitting for long periods of time, being female and having children, but again, the primary reason is that you inherit them.

Who needs vein treatment? Anyone who has clearly visible varicose veins is obviously a candidate. Varicose veins interfere with circulation and can make the prospect of a

Certification/Education: Board Certified in Family Medicine, AOBFP. Board Certified Diplomate in Phlebology, ABPh.

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clot a more likely occurrence. People who have had a clot in the past have a higher risk for a condition called post-thrombotic syndrome, which can be helped by venous treatment. For anyone who has experienced the symptoms of varicose veins, which include aching, cramping, tired or heavy legs, restlessness and swelling, it’s important to have your legs examined by a board-certified phlebologist.

Years in Practice: 15

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ozone therapy, joint therapy, gold bead implants or nutritional guidance.

Holistic & Performance Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Shauna CANTWELL, DVM

What is the best way for pet owners to use this type of medicine?

MEDICINE WHEEL VETERINARY SERVICES, INC What do you do as a veterinarian?

treatments do you offer?

Through Chinese meridians, the immune system and lifestyle, this medicine helps optimize the animal’s health by working on inflammation, proper systems health and neuromuscular balance. I start with a physical exam followed by a neurologic, orthopedic or Chinese medicine exam. Then, the treatment plan is made, which may consist of acupuncture, spinal manipulation, laser, functional neurology, rehabilitation and postural therapy, How does holistic medicine work, and what herbal therapy, homotoxicology, I am trained in conventional medicine and have specialized in anesthesiology and pain management. I do holistic and rehabilitation medicine for dogs, cats and horses. Much of my time is spent with arthritic dogs doing acupuncture. Many of the patients I see have chronic diseases and can’t be otherwise easily treated.

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Certification/Education: DVM, (WCVM, 1989) MVSc, DACVA; CVA; CTN; CFT; CVSMT; CAVCA

I recommend treating with both holistic and western medicine for the best outcome when disease is present. For injuries, add rehabilitation medicine. For healthy animals, set up appointments with every season change to maintain wellness and help prevent injury and disease. MEDICINE WHEEL VETERINARY SERVICES, INC Golden Hills Center #105, 6998 N Rt. 27 Ocala (888) 687-3821 shaunacantwell.com

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T’S A NEW YEAR, AND YOU’RE PROBABLY READY TO MAKE SOME NEW CHANGES. WHY NOT START WITH YOUR DIET? EACH MONTH, CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO TRY A NEW, HEALTHY FOOD. HERE’S A FEW IDEAS TO GET YOU STARTED.

JANUARY: SPINACH

Spinach is a vegetable that often causes people to turn up their noses and push it to the other side of the plate. But, spinach is overflowing with antioxidants, cancer-fighting properties and vitamins.

FEBRUARY: GRAPEFRUIT February is the perfect month to try grapefruit. This sweetyet-sour fruit is bursting with vitamin C, disease-fighting compounds and fiber.

MARCH: BRUSSELS SPROUTS

These veggies are filled with vitamins, help prevent breast cancer and contain lots of necessary fiber.

How To Eat It Add spinach to an omelet, use it instead of lettuce, add chopped spinach to a soup or blend fresh spinach into a smoothie.

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How To Eat It Blend grapefruit chunks into a smoothie, make a grapefruit margarita or combine it with avocado for a stellar salsa.

How To Eat It Slow cook on the stove, add shredded sprouts to a salad, combine sautéed sprouts with caramelized onions or slow roast them.

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HEN YOU THINK OF SEAWEED YOU PROBABLY ENVISION A GRASS-LIKE PLANT GROWING ON THE OCEAN FLOOR RATHER THAN A FOOD YOU MAY ACTUALLY WANT TO EAT. BUT BELIEVE IT OR NOT, UNLIKE LAND-BASED PLANTS, EDIBLE SEAWEEDS, A TYPE OF ALGAE, ARE A COMPLETE PROTEIN THAT OFFER A WHOLE HOST OF NUTRIENTS AND ARE TASTY, TOO. HERE’S A BREAKDOWN OF A FEW OF THE MOST COMMONLY CONSUMED, WHERE YOU’LL FIND THEM AND WHY THEY STAND OUT AS NUTRIENT SUPERSTARS.

If you’ve eaten in a Japanese restaurant, you’ve probably tasted nori. It’s used in different sushi rolls, miso soup and several salads. Of all the edible seaweeds, it’s the highest in protein.

HIJIKI:

This seaweed resembles little black noodles and is most commonly found in soups, salads, stews and as a tea. Hijiki packs a powerful punch of calcium and fiber.

DULSE:

Seaweed is not just an Asian specialty. Dulse is found in Canada, Ireland and throughout Northern Europe. Dulse is naturally salty and even a little spicy with a chewy texture. It can be added to soups, stir-fries or eaten as a snack. It’s packed with vitamins B6 and B12.

WAKAME:

Commonly served as a chilled salad, wakame is usually green or brown in color and can be added to rice for additional flavor. Wakame is the best source of calcium of all the seaweeds.

WHAT ELSE?

All seaweeds contain high amounts of vitamins A, B, C, E and K along with potassium, zinc, magnesium, copper and iodine, which is vital for proper thyroid function. And like all greens, seaweeds are a good source of fiber, too.

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Seaweed isn’t just found in Asian cooking. Nori is also popular in Wales where it is called laver. The Welsh use it to make laverbread, which is boiled laver mixed with oatmeal and then deep fried.

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The Ivy House finally opened its new Ocala restaurant in the old 1890 House location in midNovember. The original Williston establishment is still open and thriving, but the Ocala Joshua Resnick / Shutterstock.com restaurant gives more people a chance to enjoy Marjorie Hale’s amazing Southern home cooking, including the best-selling baked Krispy chicken, barbeque shrimp and grits, Mimi’s signature fried shrimp, fried green tomatoes, the famous raspberry iced tea and mouthwatering homemade desserts. Beer and wine are available at the Ocala location. Dinner is served Wednesday-Saturday evenings. Lunch is served Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Monday. 917 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala (352) 622-5550 ivyhousefl.com

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Artisinal Dish Fine Grocer and Eats has expanded hours for the winter season, and that means breakfast is now served Tuesday through Saturday, beginning at 8am. Check out the menu posted online to see what’s available. Artisinal Dish serves Francesco83 / Shutterstock.com lunch and


OT CHOCOLATE IS THE PERFECT, FESTIVE ALTERNATIVE TO THE COFFEE WE’VE BEEN SIPPING ON ALL YEAR. THERE’S JUST SOMETHING SO COZY ABOUT THIS DESSERT-IN-A-MUG THAT BEGS TO BE CUSTOMIZED AND TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF WHILE IT’S STILL CHILLY OUT. TRY OUT THESE UNIQUE TWISTS ON YOUR RUN-OF-THE-MILL MILK CHOCOLATE AND MARSHMALLOW VARIETIES TO IMPRESS ALL YOUR PARTYGOERS

THAI SPICE PEANUT BUTTER CURRY HOT COCOA

Recipe courtesy of TheCulinaryLife.com.

Serves 6 2

cups milk, 2% milk fat

1/2 cup heavy cream 1/2 teaspoon salt 4

ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

2/3 cup creamy peanut butter 1

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1/8 teaspoon ground ginger Heat milk and heavy cream over medium-low heat in a small saucepan until bubbles begin to appear around the sides of the pan; remove from heat. (Tip: Don’t let it come to a full boil or it will burn.) Stir in salt and chopped chocolate constantly until chocolate is completely melted. In a small bowl, mix peanut butter, yellow curry powder and ground ginger until it’s a smooth paste with no lumps. Add this mixture to chocolate milk and return the saucepan to a low heat. Stir constantly until the peanut butter is incorporated into the milk. If you have some lumps of peanut butter that simply won’t melt, run the cocoa through a blender and reheat before serving. Serve hot, adding more salt to taste.

CHAI HOT CHOCOLATE

Recipe courtesy of StephsBitebyBite.com.

Serves 1 1 1/2 cups coconut milk 1

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1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder Whipped cream In a medium pot, bring coconut milk to a simmer and add the chai tea bag. Let milk simmer for a few seconds, then remove from heat and let the tea bag steep for 5 minutes in the milk. Place pot back over medium heat, and add the chocolate and cocoa powder, whisking until chocolate is melted and cocoa is thick and rich. Pour in a mug, and top with whipped cream.

NUTELLA HOT CHOCOLATE

Recipe courtesy of TheHungryHousewife.com.

Serves 1 1

cup milk

2 1/2 tablespoons Nutella 1

tablespoon cocoa Tiny pinch of salt

In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk all ingredients together until well blended and hot. Pour in a cup, and top with whipped cream and shaved chocolate.

SWEET SPOONS

Turn any of your favorite hot chocolate recipes into a pretty party favor by dipping plastic spoons into melted chocolate, caramel, peanut butter, marshmallows, nuts or crushed peppermints! Let spoons dry on wax paper, and cool in the refrigerator. Wrap cooled spoons in cellophane for cute gifts or dip them right into your hot milk, tea or water, stir and enjoy.

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dinner, as well, for dine-in or take out. A Europeaninspired fine grocer and deli-style establishment, there’s also a tempting grocery section of organic and all-natural pantry items, produce, meat (including locally raised Waygu beef), wine, microbrews and other beverages. Check out their online calendar for events such as cooking classes and wine tastings. 6998 Hwy 27, Unit 111, Ocala (352) 622-9977 artisinaldish.com

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Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant has been earning positive reviews since it opened in April 2012. Serving lunch and dinner 7 days a week, Guadalajara offers specials keko64 / Shutterstock.com every day in addition to the regular extensive menu. Among the most popular items are the Ocala Platter, which features grilled chicken, grilled steak, rice, beans, grilled onions and tortillas, and the Steak Ranchero, a 16-ounce T-bone with onions and jalapenos, rice, beans, lettuce, tomato, cheese and guacamole. There’s a full bar, and house margaritas are just $3.95 during happy hour, which runs all day Monday through Friday. Continued on page 76

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Enjoy live mariachi music every Thursday from 6-9pm. 3355 SW College Road, Ocala (352) 671-9411 http://guadalajaraocalamexicanrestaurant.com

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Beer: 12 fl oz Wine: 5 fl oz Liqueur: 2-3 fl oz Liquor: 1.5 fl oz

Due to the large amount of antioxidants found in red wine, it is believed that its consumption helps to prevent heart disease. While it is true that antioxidants are certainly heart healthy, the alcohol in the wine actually cancels out the heart-healthy benefits. In a study published in the journal Circulation Research where 67 at-risk men were instructed to drink different types of alcohol every day for four weeks, it was found that non-alcoholic red wine lowered blood pressure, therefore reducing chances of stroke by 20 percent and heart disease by 14 percent, whereas the alcoholic red wine did not.

BEER BELLIES

When folks rock an oversized mid-section, particularly men, beer is often the first to be blamed. While the “beer belly” is an easy way to laugh off this condition, beer may not be the only culprit. While an average beer contains about 150 calories and generally several are consumed on any given night, alcohol also lowers your inhibitions and increases your appetite, making it a perfect time to binge on fatty foods. However, genes are ultimately to blame for where these extra calories will deposit themselves on the body. Women are more likely to store fat in their arms, legs and buttocks, whereas men are more likely to store it in their bellies, regardless whether these calories are from beer or simply poor eating habits.

SIZE & TOLERANCE

It seems that two people who are the same size would be able to drink the same amount of alcohol and be affected in the same way regardless of gender, but this is not the case. Men have the alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) enzyme, which breaks down alcohol, in their stomachs that women have significantly less of. So if a man and woman of the same size both consumed one beer in the same amount of time, the beer would go straight to the woman’s blood stream while only half of it would enter the man’s bloodstream.

SOBERING UP

Many people swear by food, caffeine, water and showers when it comes to sobering up by the end of the night, but as far as your designated driver goes, don’t take any chances. The only way to “sober up” is to wait for your body to metabolize all the alcohol in your system, which, depending on how much was consumed, can take many hours. In general, alcohol leaves the body at a rate of .015 percent blood alcohol content per hour, regardless of other factors.

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RED WINE & HEART DISEASE

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La Bella’s Italian Piatto & Pizzeria celebrates 20 years in business this summer. The cozy neighborhood restaurant is situated in Courtney Plaza off US27/441 just Farbled / Shutterstock.com past Southern RV Center. Patrons come for pizza and the expected traditional Italian dishes, including the extremely popular Pasta La Bella, featuring penne pasta with grilled chicken, sausage, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, spinach and black olives, all sautéed in a tomato cream sauce. Check out the daily lunch specials, and be sure to try the bread—they make it fresh every morning. Open Monday-Friday for lunch from 11:30am-2:30pm and dinner from 5:30-9pm. Closed weekends. 3909 SE Lake Weir Ave Ocala (352) 620-8820

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

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Island Grove Wine Comapny 24703 SE 193rd Ave, Hawthorne / (352) 481-WINE(9463) / IslandGroveWineCompany.com / Facebook.com/islandgrovewinecompany Open Mon-Fri 10a-4p / Sat with Reservations Love wine? Love free winery tours and wine tastings? Then you should take a day trip to the Island Grove Wine Company, just a short drive north of Ocala off of Highway 301. Residing in the heart of old Florida, the winery sits on a 200+ acre blueberry farm. The wines up for tasting are a collection of fruit wines, like the 100 percent blueberry wines, Kinda Dry and Sorta Sweet, which are made exclusively from berries grown on the farm. Our wine family also consists of our NEW Backporch Peach Chardonnay, Southern Strawberry Riesling, Rustic Raspberry Zinfandel, Crisp Green Apple Gewurztraminer and Bold Blackberry Merlot.

Like us on facebook for specials and events. Come on out with a friend or two, groups are welcome!

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Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine 2437 SW 27th Ave., Ocala / (352) 237-3433 / ocalathai.com Lunch: Mon-Fri 11a-3p / Dinner: Mon-Thu 4:30p-9:30p / Fri 4:30p-10p Sat Noon-10p / Sunday Noon-9p Conveniently located off SR200 near Best Buy, Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine is a window into the taste and decor of Thailand. Great dishes are designed to please anyone’s palate, ranging from seafood, pork, beef, chicken or just vegetables. Dishes can be made mild or spicy, depending on your preference. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and will provide a quality dining experience for adventurous Ocalans and curious visitors. For single diners or large groups, Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine is a great choice if you want to feel like you’ve traveled somewhere exotic without leaving the great town of Ocala!

Take out also available. Early Bird Special : Sat-Sun Noon-5p soup or salad & dessert with any entrée purchased.

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Recipe courtesy of motherwouldknow.com. 2

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bottom and sides of soup bowls with a bit of oil. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in pan; add vegetables, cooking them for about 10 minutes on a medium-low heat, until softened. Add the cubed turkey and cook 5 minutes. When done, move the vegetables and turkey to the mixing bowl. Combine broth, milk and sherry, and microwave mixture for 2 minutes on high. Melt the butter in the pan. After the butter is warmed, add the flour and cook under a low-medium heat, stirring for about 5 minutes. Slowly add liquid to the butter/flour mixture, stirring almost constantly until all the liquid is incorporated and mixture is smooth. Pour mixture over vegetables/ turkey; add parsley, salt and pepper and crushed thyme. Mix together and pour into bowls. Put the puff pastry squares on top, press the sides down and gently brush the tops with a bit of milk, using a brush or paper towel. Place bowls on cookie sheet, bake for about 20 minutes.    

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features an array of salads, soups, sandwiches, wraps and flatbreads. Their popular “Pick-a Pair” lets you mix and match two of your favorites. Special icons on the menu signify “Health-a-licious” items under 500 calories, in addition to gluten-free and vegetarian options. Winter is a perfect time to try some of Crispers’ hearty soup choices, such as Kickin Crab Chowder, Broccoli Cheddar and Loaded Potato to mention only a few. Serving lunch and dinner 7 days a week. 2604 SW 19th Ave Rd, Ocala (352) 622-4819 3551 Wedgewood Ln, The Villages (352) 751-6502 crispers.com

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place chicken breasts on a sheet pan; sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Roast chicken for about 40 minutes. Let chicken cool, and then removing skin and bones, shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces and set aside. Remove puff pastry from freezer, and set out to thaw. Using butter, grease 9×13-inch baking dish. In a large pot, melt 1/4 cup butter over medium heat. Add onion, sprinkle with salt and cook over medium heat until onion is soft. Add carrots, celery, potatoes, peas and pearl onions to the butter and onions. Sweat for a few minutes until they start to soften. Add chicken pieces to the vegetables. Add Guinness, and let vegetables and beer sweat for about 5 minutes. Add flour and stir into vegetables. Cook for 3-5 minutes. Add chicken stock, cream and fresh thyme leaves. Stir filling and let simmer with the lid on for about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste; then pour filling into prepared baking dish. Take two puff pastry sheets out and lay them side by side on a lightly floured surface. Using a rolling pin, roll them together so you have a long rectangle. Using puff pastry sheets, make a tent over the filling, simply pinching the puff pastry to the edges of the dish to hold it in place. Cut off extra dough. Beat egg with 1 teaspoon of water. Lightly brush the egg wash over puff pastry. Slice steam holes in the top. Bake at 425°F for about 20 minutes.


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Iron Skillet 7401 W Hwy 318, Reddick / (352) 591-4842 Open 24 hours / 7 days a week Try the all-you-can-eat buffet at the Iron Skillet. In a hurry? Pick up some “homemade to go.” Try the famous down-home chicken-fried steak, which is skillfully cooked and served with creamy country gravy that includes a choice of one side and a trip to the soup and salad bar. Iron Skillet offers healthier options, too! Look for Breyers Ice Cream parlor coming soon. Iron Skillet is only minutes from Ocala and The Villages. From I-75 take exit 368 (CR 318) and you’re there! Stop in, start saving and see why they’re the No. 1 Iron Skillet in the country!

Mention this ad and receive 20 percent off, and ask your server about a membership card. Wed & Sat BBQ buffet; Friday seafood buffet; breakfast buffet every day.

El Toreo 3790 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 694-1401 / 7 Days 11a-10p SR 200, Ocala / (352) 291-2121 / 7 Days 11a-11p Happy Hour Daily 4p-7p New lunch specials include Taco Salad on Monday, $3.95; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $3.95; Quesadillas on Wednesday, $5.45; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $4.95; and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $3.95. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $7.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $6.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $6.95; Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $6.95; and Enchilada Fridays, $6.95. Don’t miss Margarita Mondays with $1.95 margaritas. On Tuesdays, kids 12 and under can get 99¢ children’s meals (takeout not included). Wednesday you can get 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 4-7p and get 2-for-1 wells or drafts. Whether it’s delicious food, great drinks or a festive atmosphere, there are more reasons than ever to visit either El Toreo location today.

THE BEST MEXICAN FOOD

Ipanema Brazilian Steak House 2023 South Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 622-1741 / www.ipanemaocala.com Lunch Fri 11a-2:30p / Dinner Tues-Thu 5p-9p, Fri & Sat 5p-10p, Sun 4p-9p / Brunch Sun 12-3p / Happy Hour Tue-Fri 5p-7p / Closed Monday A Churrascaria (Portuguese for barbecue) is a dining experience where roaming Gauchos slice and serve fire-roasted meats from skewers in a continual fashion. Ipanema Brazilian Steak House boasts 11 of the finest cuts of meat complemented by an opulent salad and vegetable bar, delectable desserts, and delicious wines, beers and cocktails. Brazilian native and executive chef Ortencia DeAlmeida invites you to embrace the flavors of her homeland and experience the magnetism of Ipanema for yourself. Become a fan of Ipanema on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ipanemaocala. Great discounts online!

Join us and celebrate Ipanema Gala Night! Jan 17th. Call to purchase tickets! Wine, professional portraits, and live music! Happy Hour Tues-Fri 5-7pm, Wed 2-for-1 Caipirinhas all night!

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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 Dim Sum Hours: Mon-Sat 11a-4p; Sunday-All Day 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.

Celebrating one year in business! Experience the unique and unforgettable taste of Bamboo Bistro in The Villages! Offering Asian dishes from China, Japan, Vietnam and Thailand along with a full sushi bar, Chef 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 and Seafood Delight, along with other seafood choices. Many wok entrées and noodle dishes are available as well. A variety of Asian beers and the extensive wine list will complement any meal.

The Attic’s Cafe 801 N Magnolia Ave, Ocala / (352) 369-9300 Serving Lunch Mon-Sat 11a-5:30p Located inside of My Designer’s Attic, in the heart of the old business district, 8 blocks north of the historic square! Don’t forget to explore the 8,000 sq ft of consigned furniture and estate pieces. You’ll never know what you’ll find at My Designer’s Attic.

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Let’s talk about great food! Let’s talk about a unique and fun place! Let’s talk about the Attic’s Café! The Attic’s Café is located inside My Designer’s Attic. (You know, the “Not Your Average Furniture Consignment Store” located downtown.) Chef Andrew uses his culinary skills to create some of the best-tasting food around! Specializing in scrumptious galettes (savory crepes) and incredible dessert crepes, Chef Andrew also does a super job with his distinguished sandwiches, fresh salads and soups. Whether it’s his signature Roasted Veggie Galette with goat cheese, the Hot Night Club Sandwich or a fantastic lemon crepe, you can’t go wrong!

The Ivy House Restaurant 917 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala / (352) 622-5550 / ivyhousefl.com Sun 11a-2p / Tue 11a-2p / Wed-Sat 11a-9p / Closed Monday For more information on catering, please contact Waica Huggins or Evelyn Nussel at wmhivyhouse@yahoo.com. No reservations are required, but a courtesy call for parties of more than 10 is appreciated. Full-service catering, Gift Shop-Boutique.

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Tucked comfortably in the heart of Williston and with a new location in Ocala, this family-owned establishment is a pleasure to visit. The restaurant has been named by Florida Trend as one of the “Top 500 Best Places to Eat in the State” for several years now. Lunch is served seven days a week and features a Southern-style daily special, and supper is served Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings only. Specials include Southern Fried Lobster, delicious steaks and their famous Baked Krispy Chicken, along with a complete full menu.


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

Welcome HITS. Now taking reservations for Valentine specials. Each Friday, we are offering 1 1/2lbs. Maine lobster. Reservation required. Homemade pizza served daily. Lunches now feature Beef on Weck & Monte Cristo Sandwiches. Weekly entertainment, call for details.

Cody’s Original Roadhouse 2505 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-8182 / codysamerican.com Doors Open at 11a. Serving Lunch and Dinner Daily. “Where Quality and Value Come Together!” Hand-cut, USDA Choice, certified Angus steaks, rotisserie chicken, BBQ baby back ribs, chops, fresh fish, half-pound burgers, salads and more! Kids eat free Mondays and Tuesdays. Buy One Get One Free Fajita Wednesdays, $10.98; Thursday Steak Day with $12.98 specials! Daily 2-4-1 happy hour, 11am-7pm, includes draft beer, wine and all liquors (top shelf, too). Lunch from 11am-3pm, and early bird from 3pm-6pm Monday-Saturday. Sunday after-church specials starting at $8.99 with free dessert. Hand-cut steaks and “Just Plain Good Food” made from scratch...daily!

Take-Out Service Available. Locations also in Gainesville at 3100 SW Archer Road and The Villages at 1041 Lakeshore Drive at Lake Sumter Landing, and our new location in Tallahassee.

Crossroads Country Kitchen 7947 W Highway 40, Ocala / (352) 237-1250 Mon-Thu 6a-8p / Fri-Sat 6a-9p / Sun 7a-3p Located west on Highway 40 in Ocala, the Crossroads Country Kitchen is a must for anyone craving down-home, country cooking. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, menu items range from a wide variety of homemade soups and chili to prime rib, fresh salads, seafood, prime steaks and burgers. If you’re in the mood for a real treat, try the Prime Rib Dinner For Two. Make sure to leave room for one of the tasty home-baked desserts, too! In the mood for a fresh fish fry? Tuesdays and Fridays are all-you-care-to-eat catfish. Big screen televisions will allow you to enjoy your meal without missing one second of the big game or race.

Located at the Crossroads of NW 80th Ave. and Hwy 40 West. No matter what you have a taste for, Crossroads Country Kitchen is sure to become a new favorite. Former owners of “The Spiced Apple” restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale

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Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill 2711 SW 27th Ave., Ocala / (352) 390-8188 Mon-Thu 4p-2a / Fri-Sun 11a-2a Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4p-7p, 10p-close. Along with other drink specials.

Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill is the place for hungry sports fans to go. With 32 high-definition televisions lining the walls, including a 133-inch and a 70-inch 3-D screen, airing every televised game, you won’t miss a minute of the action. A great menu and an incredible selection of 40 beers on draft means Tony’s can cater to any appetite. Not into the big game? Not a problem. With a pool table, dart boards, video games and an incredible jukebox, patrons are sure to find plenty of entertainment. Visit Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill and Tony’s Sushi within 48 hours and receive a free domestic beer when you show the receipt.

Braised Onion 754 NE 25th Ave, Ocala / (352) 620-9255 Tue-Thu 11a-9p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-8p Open Valentine’s Day 2/14 lunch and dinner. Serving lunch 11a-2p, and dinner from 4p-11p. Welcome H.I.T.S.!

Betty and Raoul Lemieux, Nicole Lassister, and Marge and Loring Felix welcome you to The Braised Onion, where you can experience a fun, colorful meal in a casual atmosphere as your taste buds dance away with the many exciting flavors of our “comfort food with attitude.” Treat the special ladies in your life like a queen for a day—make your reservations for Valentine’s Day dinner. They will be treated like royalty in a romantic setting at Braised Onion! Chef Loring Felix will be serving our Special Holiday Menu for dinner, so call and make your reservation, she will love you for it! Felix was recently the winner of Culinary Combat Iron Chef.

Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant 2463 SW 27th Avenue, Ocala / (352) 237-3900 / kotobukiocala.com Lunch: Tue-Fri 11:30a-2p Dinner: Tue-Thu 4:30p-9:30p / Fri & Sat 4:30p-10:30p / Mon & Sun 4:30p-9:30p Happy Hour daily 4:30-6:30pm Check out our full sushi bar. Celebrating 26 Years!

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For an authentic Japanese meal in an award-winning restaurant that has been serving Ocala since 1986, try Kotobuki. Enjoy traditional Japanese favorites like tempura, teriyaki and broiled seafood and vegetables. For a memorable experience, gather around the hot grill and watch as your chef prepares steak, chicken and seafood favorites right before your eyes.


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> MLK YOUTH DAY

> ECUMENICAL SERVICES

> PRAYER BREAKFAST

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Help your children understand the legacy of MLK with this fun day of activities! DATE: Saturday, January 12 TIME: 1:30-3:30pm WHERE: Howard Academy Community Center

Join fellow Ocalans for a breakfast to celebrate Dr. King. DATE: Saturday, January 19 TIME: 9am WHERE: Edward Croskey Center. Tickets: $10

> WREATH CEREMONY

Enjoy another event celebrating unity, equality and fellowship. DATE: Saturday, January 19 TIME: 12-1pm WHERE: Martin Luther King, Jr. Park

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Here’s another opportunity to come together and remember the importance of equality. DATE: Sunday, January 20 TIME: 7pm WHERE: Shores Baptist Worship Center

Join in on the annual MLK March through Ocala. DATE: Monday, January 21 TIME: 8am (line up at Ocala’s downtown square), 9am (the march begins) WHERE: Ocala downtown square to MLK Complex on HWY 40

> DAY AT THE PARK

Bring the family to enjoy the festivities. DATE: Monday, January 21 TIME: 10am-2pm WHERE: MLK Complex

Contact Narvella Haynes for more information at (352) 598-0205.

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festival. Every year, the quaint town square welcomes artists and crafters from all over the country. Over 175 artists will be on-site to discuss and sell their wares, with prices ranging from a few dollars to a few thousand. Admission is free and the festival runs 10am-5pm daily.

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will host the Midwest Cheerleading and Dance Competition from 10am-5pm on January 19. Come see some of today’s top cheerleading squads and dancers as they compete head to head. The competition will be held through regular park hours, and guests of the park are invited to attend. And feel free to belt out a few cheers of your own! silversprings.com or (352) 236-2121.

Make your way to the Citizens’ Circle for the first annual FASHION SHOW AND EXPO. Over

2,500 people from all over Central Florida are expected to attend this inaugural event, featuring tons of vendors, loads of prizes and a live Internet video feed. A 40-foot runway will accommodate six categories of fashion where the latest trends will be modeled by some of Marion County’s own leading ladies and gentlemen. The event kicks off at 1:30pm with the fashion show starting at 6pm. Admission is free. (352) 732-4442.

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Where in Florida can you find over 10,000 pounds of crashing, smashing, vehicle jumping and crunching? Don’t worry, we’re not talking about the highway—we’re talking about the return of MONSTER JAM to the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando. For one night only, see these massive monster trucks spin out, pop wheelies and crush cars, vans, buses, motor homes and more. Pick up a Monster Truck Ride Pass at Advanced AutoParts and get to ride in a real monster truck before the show starts. Gates open at 5pm with the opening ceremonies beginning at 6:30pm. The crashing and smashing starts at 7pm. monsterjam.com, ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000.

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BIG FUN ON THE BAYOU The University of Florida’s Performing Arts Department will host its biggest fundraiser of the year at the Phillips Center. BIG FUN ON THE BAYOU will feature signature cocktails and a gourmet dinner provided by Blue Water Bay, along with a silent auction, music, dancing and plenty of other Bayou-themed entertainment. The UFPA was recently named the 2011 Overall Best Small Business, so help support this outstanding organization with some big fun on the Bayou! performingarts.ufl.edu or (352) 273-2483.


THELOCALSCENE CLASSES AT THE MANOR (ONGOING) The Artist Hub of Ocala will host a variety of classes throughout the month at the Cherished Bride Manor. Visit their website for specific classes, times and dates. Pre-registration is required. thecherishedbride.com or (352) 390-6801. UPCOMING EXHIBITS AT THE APPLETON MUSEUM (ONGOING) Cedar Key artist Chick Schwartz will present 34 works of sculpture, ceramics and oil on canvas depicting both city life and relaxed Cedar Key living. The works will be on display January 19-February 24. A Dickens Christmas features miniature Dickens-era villages and Christmas decorations. The exhibit runs through January 6. Sendak & Co: Children’s Book Illustrations since Where the Wild Things Are features drawings from some of the best-known children’s book illustrators. The exhibit runs through January 20. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. FREE ENGLISH CLASSES (WEDNESDAYS) Free ESL classes will be held each Wednesday at 6pm at College Road Baptist Church. (352) 854-6981. DANCE PARTY (JANUARY 16, 26) Dancin’ Around Studio will host a dance party at 7pm. Admission is free for students and $10 for guests at Wednesday’s party and $5 for students and $10 for guests on Saturday. Refreshments will be served, but BYOB. danceocala.com or (352) 690-6637. MASTER GARDENERS’ LECTURE (JANUARY 3, 17) The Marion County Master Gardeners will host a lecture on selecting fertilizers. The January 3 presentation will take place at the Belleview Public Library at 10:30am, and the January

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ITH THE MARCHING BAND SEASON DRAWING TO A CLOSE, IT’S TIME FOR THE WINTER GUARD MEMBERS TO TAKE CENTER STAGE. THE DIAMOND CLASSIC, A WINTER GUARD COMPETITION THAT DRAWS TEAMS FROM ACROSS THE STATE, WILL BE HOSTED FOR THE SECOND TIME BY BELLEVIEW HIGH SCHOOL. BOOSTER CLUB VOLUNTEER TINA ALLEN TOOK A FEW MINUTES TO TALK ABOUT THE WINTER GUARD AND THE UPCOMING COMPETITION.

What is the difference between color guard and winter guard? Color guard is the flag squad that is commonly known as part of marching band shows and competitions. Their role is to complement the music and marching performance with dance, flags and other guard equipment. During the winter, when marching season comes to an end, winter guard is the color guard unit that continues to perform. They are completely separate from the band and have different requirements that they are judged on.

How do the teams compete in the Diamond Classic Winter Guard Competition?

How many teams will be competing this year? Winter guards from across the state will come to the Diamond Classic. So far, 21 units are scheduled to compete, but new guard units can be

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How many students participate at Belleview High? Sixteen students are in this year’s winter guard unit.

Tell us a little about the kids who participate. The kids are often a part of the color guard during marching season, and a unit may include band students that join the winter guard now that marching season is over. The students have to maintain a certain GPA to be a part of the unit, and while they often have dance backgrounds or previous color guard experience, they are quick to include any new member who wants to be a part of the team. Winter guard is a place where performers come together to learn teamwork, new skills, build self-confidence and improve themselves as young adults.

How can the community help support the color guard team?

They have shows set to music using flags and other equipment. They are scored in four categories: general affect, equipment, movement and ensemble analysis.  

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added up to 10 days prior to the event. There will be different class levels competing, from beginning to world class levels. 

With decreased funds going to all band programs, dues are often required to help offset the cost of uniforms, instrument rentals and repairs, transportation and competition fees. The community can help by supporting the Belleview High School Band Booster Program with corporate sponsorships and donations, by partnering with the program with fundraisers or just by coming to the event to see the different units perform.

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17 presentation will take place at Marion Oaks Public Library at 10:30am. Both presentations are free. marioncountyfl.org or (352) 438-2500 or (352) 438-2570. PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT (JANUARY 4) The Discovery Center will host Parents’ Night Out from 6:30-9:30pm. Children ages 6-12 are invited for an evening of games and activities. Limited to 25 participants. $15 per person. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900. AGILITY DOG SHOW (JANUARY 4-6) The Greater Ocala Dog Club will host a three-day agility event. Judging begins at 8am and ends around 3pm daily. Bring a lawn chair. ocaladogclub.com or (352) 629-1382.

class, exam and text book. Register by January 6. (888) 232-8723. FORD MUSTANG CAR SHOW (JANUARY 12-13) Silver Springs will host a Ford Mustang Car Show from 10am-5pm. The show is not judged, and vendors will be on-site. silvesprings.com or (352) 861-8701 ext. 4207. “HOME BUYER SHORT COURSE” (JANUARY 9, 16, 23, 30) The Marion County Extension Service presents a four-course series on the home-buying process. Each class will take place at the Marion County Extension Office from 5:30-8pm. Registration required by January 2. marioncountyfl.org or (352) 671-8400.

FIRST SATURDAY CHILDREN’S ART PROGRAM (JANUARY 5) The Appleton Museum will host a children’s art education series from 1-3pm. Children will partake in a hands-on art project with instruction. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP (JANUARY 10) A support group for adults with type 2 diabetes will be held at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist from 2-3pm. Discuss eating plans, physical activity and other related issues with professionals. marioncountyfl.org or (352) 671-8400.

OCALA HORSE PROPERTIES INTERNATIONAL EVENT (JANUARY 5-6) The Florida Horse Park will host an event featuring dressage, show jumping and eventing competitions. The competitions starts at 8am. equiventures.com or (352) 425-6302.

SINGLES DANCE (JANUARY 13) The American Legion Hall will host a singles dance benefiting Vets Helping Vets. Social hour begins at 6pm with the dance beginning at 7pm. Complimentary snacks provided. A donation of $10 is suggested. (352) 307-7873.

COMMERCIAL FOOD HANDLING CERTIFICATION AND EXAM (JANUARY 9) This course and exam provides training on how to safely handle and prepare food for consumers. A certificate of achievement is awarded from the University of Florida Food Safety and Quality program upon completion. Registration is $110 for the class and exam and $165 for the

SCRAPBOOK FOR BREAST CANCER (JANUARY 18) Bring your scrapbook or any craft to the Marion County Extension Auditorium from 6pm until the last person leaves. Admission is $5 and benefits breast cancer research. (352) 732-5982. GIRLS INSPIRED TO TRY SCIENCE (JANUARY 19) The Discovery Center will hold a program for girls ages 7-14 that Continued on page 88

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(January 23, 31) The Appleton’s Trips ‘N’ Tours program will take participants to the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg to see The Art of Golf. Lunch will be served at Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club. Price is $67 for members, $75 for non-members. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4456. CHARITY PICNIC (JANUARY 25) Highland Memorial Park will host a charity picnic to benefit the Marion County Veterans Council. Lunch is served on a donation basis with proceeds benefiting the council. hiers-baxely.com or (352) 671-6466. HOUSE WARMING PARTY (JANUARY 26) Enjoy a complimentary lunch at the Elks Lodge from 11am-2pm with a donation of a personal hygiene item or a household cleaning product. Donations benefit Interfaith Emergency Services. (352) 732-7091. CUSTOM & CLASSIC CAR SHOW (JANUARY 26) The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 145 will host a classic car show at the Market of Marion from 9am-3pm. There will be concessions, vendors and door prizes. Registration is $20. marioncountyfop145.com or (352) 236-3069.


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On November 3, the annual Marion County Chili Cook-Off raised funds to benefit The Cornerstone School. Guests enjoyed chili from various community teams and sampled some of the finest chili in Ocala. The event raised approximately $48,000.

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On October 14, Lt. Col. Frank and Mrs. Naida Rasbury were honored for their philanthropic work with a special evening at the Hilton Ocala. Attendees were treated to an array of samplings from some of Ocala’s finest chefs. The evening concluded with both live and silent auctions featuring unique packages, including experiences with the evening’s featured chefs, travel and entertainment.

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On October 19, the Ocala/Marion County Association of Realtors had their 4th annual “Chair-ity” event, where local artists and business owners created chairs to be auctioned. Over 30 chairs were up for auction, which included hand-painted seats to gift certificates to local businesses. Auction funds will help benefit The Ocala Domestic Violence Center and The Royal Family Kids Camp.

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On November 2, the United Way threw an appreciation party for Publix and its employees at Jervey Gantt Park in recognition of one of Marion Counties’ largest employers. Publix is a generous supporter of the United Way. PHOTOS BY KRISTEN NETHEN

Maureen Quinlan and Mike & Chris Cotter

Christie Evon and Tina Banner

Nick Gilardi and Kristy Powell

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On September 8, Mollie JacksonCoates and Randall Coates introduced Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo to Ocala in an effort to spread awareness of the zoo’s noteworthy wildlife conservation and education programs. The event was held at the hosts’ residence, where guests sipped cocktails and mingled with exotic animals before enjoying a presentation by Carlton Ward, Jr. This event raised money and awareness for local and global animal conservation.

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Adam Winders, Amanda Miller and Melinda Mendolusky

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Tim & Tammy Kip

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Debbie Dunkin, Kelley Rivera and Rachel Chun Sylvia Rusche, Jim Malek and Karen White Oscar Osorio and Katina Santos

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APR1

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1.Offer is for new loans only. Existing CAMPUS loans not eligible. Rate based on the September 15th rate sheet and is subject to change daily. Please call 800-367-6440 and press 7 for the most accurate rate information. Must mention offer at time of loan application. No closing cost offer is available only when obtaining a CAMPUS mortgage and only in the State of Florida. Offer applies only to standard buyer’s closing costs as itemized in the CAMPUS Good Faith Estimate and does not apply if seller pays buyer’s closing costs. Offer subject to credit approval, sufficient income, adequate property valuation, and maximum $417,000 loan amount. CAMPUS will pay up to $5,000 of closing costs. Owner-occupied property only. Offer excludes mobile homes, new construction, FHA and VA loans. Prepaid interest, initial escrow deposit and fees for rate buy down, if any, must be paid by borrower. Property, Flood and Mortgage insurance may be required at an additional expense to the borrower. If loan is paid in full within the first 24 months, closing costs paid by CAMPUS will be added to the loan payoff amount. For example, a $150,000 loan with a 20% down payment of $37,500 and prepaid interest of $215.70 at a 3.5% rate for 180 months would require 179 payments of $1072.33 and a final payment of $1,070.82; finance charge of $44,719.59 for a total of payments of $193,017.89. The amount financed is $148,298.30, the APR is 3.67%. APR=Annual Percentage Rate. Certain other restrictions apply. 2. Credit approval and initial $5 deposit required. Mention this ad and we’ll waive the $15 new member fee.

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