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Features Stage Presence p28 Ocala native Johnnie Mae seized the opportunities of school desegregation, going on to forge a successful career as a New York-based actress. Many of you may have seen her last fall as a recurring character in the highly acclaimed HBO series Boardwalk Empire. BY JOANN GUIDRY ON THE COVER
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Zenyatta, recently named 2010 Horse of the Year, received her early training in Ocala at the capable hands of Jeanne Mayberry & daughters. BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND
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As a new mom four years ago, I knew I wanted to breastfeed my son from early on in my pregnancy. I took a class, read the books and figured that when Somethe time came, it would happen naturally. Some times that just isn’t the case. BY KARIN FABRY-CUSHENBERY
An Edible Education p73 If you’re looking for a unique way to socialize with friends and family, then pull out your calendar and start picking dates. Your cooking class awaits. BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND
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A salute to the ladies who define “girl power”
The Buzz p17
The real people, places and events that shape our community
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Ocalan Tara Woods has made a habit out of being first in line. GIVINGBACK p22
M.O.M.S. Park moves forward, and The Ritz gets renovated.
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May is skin cancer awareness month. Are you skin savvy? FEELINGWELL p48
When good bones go bad: Osteoporosis awareness. THEDOCTORSAREIN p54
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The Scene p77 Earth, Wind & Fire’s bassist talks, FAFO goes Hollywood and The Marion Theatre survives. BY KARIN FABRY-CUSHENBERY, AMANDA FURRER & BONNIE KRETCHIK
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ne woman rises above the pains of desegregation to carve out a remarkable career for herself. Another makes history for herself and our city after years of service in uniform. A sensational mare comes from behind time and time again to leave the boys, and the rest of racing history, in Every the dust. Trailblazing, day, mothers influential and fearless, everywhere these ladies show us accomplish what real “girl power” is. Take, for example, what just might the remarkable be the single journey of Johnnie most impressive Mae Florence. At every feat—nurturing turn, this Ocala native a happy, healthy turned the challenges in her life into stepping family. stones. She was relentless in the pursuit of her dreams, never giving up or backing down. She blazed a path for herself, and today, she’s a successful actress in New York with a hit HBO show on her résumé. The story of Tara Woods, Ocala’s first African-American police lieutenant, is another inspiring example of one woman working hard and overcoming barriers to achieve a major milestone in her career and in our city’s history.
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Then there’s our feature story on one powerhouse of a racehorse. “Zenyatta,” who made it onto Oprah’s “10 Most Powerful Women” list last year, dominated in a mostly male sport for several years. She inspired women (and more than a few men) the world over with her record-breaking winning streak. Best of all, she got her training right here in Marion County. You don’t need to earn millions on the racetrack or land a plum role on TV, however, to be a woman of distinction. Every day, mothers everywhere accomplish what just might be the single most impressive feat—nurturing a happy, healthy family. While our health article this month on breastfeeding is educational, it’s also a nod to the powerful role mothers have in their children’s lives. We salute each and every one of you for raising the next generation of outstanding women—and of course men, too.
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Train or trolley tours are an easy way to see all historic St. Augustine has to offer. These tours allow visitors to get on and off at downtown attractions and avoid parking troubles at all the popular stops. Some of the tour companies even offer a free shuttle to the beach!
A Spanish fort built in the 1600s, this national monument is the oldest masonry fort in North America. Operated by the U.S. National Park Service, history comes alive through ranger talks, museum exhibits, historical weapons demonstrations and living history reenactments. Don’t miss the live cannon firings held at select times during weekend operating hours. nps.gov/casa, (904) 829-6506.
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Climb 219 steps and 165 feet above sea level to take in the views offered by St. Augustine’s oldest surviving brick structure. Built in 1874, the current lighthouse replaced the original, which was threatened by shoreline erosion and, eventually, succumbed to a storm. Visitors can also view the permanent exhibits at the museum and learn about maritime history and what it’s like to live and work at a lighthouse. staugustinelighthouse.com, (904) 829-0745.
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This museum offers an interactive journey through 300 years of pirate history and one of the largest collections of pirate artifacts in the world. Your visit takes you through authentic pirate environments and exhibits, where you’ll board the main deck of a pirate ship and see Captain Thomas Tew’s 17th century treasure chest—the only authentic pirate treasure chest in the world. thepiratemuseum.com, (877) 467-5863.
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ARA WOODS has been with the Ocala Police Department since 1990 and has managed to post some key firsts for herself and the department, including first black female detective, first black female sergeant supervisor and first black female lieutenant watch commander. “I look at every assignment that I’ve been given in the department as an opportunity,” says Woods, 44. “But not only as an opportunity for me personally, but as one that allows me to give back to my community.” Born and raised in western Ocala, Woods was the second youngest of eight siblings. Her father died when she was 10, leaving her mother Mildred to raise the brood on her own. Woods, who graduated from Forest High School, notes that her mother “was so devoted to our family and gave us all so much wonderful guidance and wisdom.” Woods was going to school at Webster College and working on the assembly line at Lockheed Martin when she found her calling. And appropriately enough, it came in church. While attending Sunday service with now husband Emery, Woods perked up at the announcement that OPD had positions open to citizens. One of the positions, that of community service officer, really appealed to her. “I knew I wouldn’t be a sworn officer, but I would get to wear a uniform and drive a patrol car,” recalls Woods, who still smiles in delight at the memory. “And I would be able to go out into my community and do some good.” When more than 200 people showed up to apply for the positions, Woods was surprised when she nabbed the one community service officer spot. She took to the job as though it had been a lifelong passion—so much so that four years later,
Woods decided to attend the police academy at then Central Florida Community College. She worked her regular 8am-5pm shift and went to school at night and on Saturdays. In 1996, Woods was sworn in and became an OPD patrol officer. A year later, she was assigned as a school resource officer at Howard Middle School. “I really loved my time at Howard,” says Woods, who was there for three years. “I interacted with the teachers, parents and the kids in all kinds of school and after-school programs. Middle school is a great age to reach children and have an impact on their lives. It was truly one of my most rewarding positions.” But possessing pragmatic ambition, Woods moved on when she made detective and was assigned to the Property Crimes/White Collar Crimes Division. During her four-year stint there, she earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice before being assigned to the Major Crimes Unit for a year. “Being a detective was something I really enjoyed,” says Woods, an admitted shopaholic, who on this day is wearing hot pink polish on her manicured fingernails. “It was very gratifying to put away the bad guys and bring closure to the families of the victims.” In 2005, Woods was promoted to sergeant. At that rank over the next six years, she was in various supervising roles within OPD: Community Policing Operations Bureau, Investigative Bureau, Multi-Agency Drug Enforcement Team and Youth Development. Promoted to lieutenant in January 2011, Woods is the watch commander for the Community Policing Bureau. In addition to administrative responsibilities, she oversees three sergeants and 16 patrol officers and most days is out on the road with her unit. But Woods, a selfdescribed “workaholic woman who sees my glass as half-full,” wouldn’t have it any other way. “Being out on the road is where the action is,” says Woods, who will receive her master’s in criminal justice this fall, “and that’s where I want to be.”
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THE QUILTING SISTERS QUILT GUILD recently held its big fundraising event of the year at La Hacienda Center in The Villages. This year, the event featured a quilt raffle to earn money for the Family Readiness Group and Hospice of The Villages. The Guild is a nonprofit organization that has donated money and over 200 quilts to various charities over the past year. In addition, the organization also participates in Quilts of Valor, a national program that sends quilts to injured soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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After their sons died in separate car accidents in 2008, two local mothers came up with the idea to create a park to honor the memories of all the children lost in Marion County. In 2009, they were granted a piece of land on Jervey Gantt’s property by the City of Ocala to develop the MEMORIES OF MISSING SMILES PARK. As the project develops, they have asked the community to help keep these memories alive. Volunteer days and fundraising events are posted on the organization’s website at memoriesofmissingsmiles.org.
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A Ritzy Renovation The RITZ HISTORIC INN will be back in business, but this time as a transitional housing facility for homeless veterans. The Inn is currently being renovated, and work is expected to be finished by this summer. Volunteers of America, the nonprofit organization that took over the Ritz, is reaching out to enlist volunteers and businesses that can assist with various tasks as the project progresses. To make a donation or to volunteer, call (727) 637-7730.
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On June 11, the Marion County Firefighters Benevolence Fund, the YMCA and the Ocala Runners’ Club will partner to present the FIRST ANNUAL MEMORIAL CANCER BENEFIT at the YMCA in honor of Michelle Standridge, a local wife and mother who lost her battle with cancer. Runners can register for the Stop, Drop & Run 5K for Cancer for $20 before May 11, and children under 12 can participate in the free 1K Fun Run for Kids. There will also be an all-you-can-eat cook-off. Proceeds go to the Professional Firefighters of Marion County Benevolence Fund to support local cancer victims Alyssa Muder and Marta Parisi. For more information, call (352) 653-8131.
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Knightly News Wins Sweet 16 Students in Marc Rice’s TV production classes at VANGUARD HIGH are tops in the nation! Their 16-minute newscast produced under deadline at the prestigious National Student Television Network Convention in Orlando recently captured first place. From Hawaii to Connecticut, over 2,000 of the country’s top TV production students put their skills to the test—and “Knightly News” came out on top. The group also walked away with top honors in the Public Service Announcement and Sports Highlight categories.
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Along with dozens of other special-needs students, Kinsey Bogart, 7, competed in the 31st annual “Our Own Games” at Maplewood in late March. At the kick-off, she won the Matthew Stoltz Memorial “Shining Star Award,” handed out to the student and family demonstrating enthusiasm, perseverance and love of life. Kinsey is a first-grader at WARDHIGHLANDS. Talk about a winning smile!
Booting Up For Success To call them a winning team is an understatement! Over spring break, FOREST HIGH’s EMIT students won the Chairman’s Award and the 2011 Entrepreneurship Award at the FIRST Robotics Regional Competition in Orlando. Judges even gave them a “wow” in their written comments. The team advanced and competed at the national robotics competition in St. Louis in late April... stay tuned to find out how they fared.
A boy and his dog—that could be the mantra for Sean Stein and Bruster, his standard poodle. Though larger than his master, Bruster accompanies Sean to school most days at MARION OAKS ELEMENTARY. Sean has Autism, and Bruster is specially trained to calm, guide and even protect him from running away from school. Bruster’s the first service dog in district history to tag along to class with his master.
Bringing Science To Life FT. MCCOY students have a natural habitat in their own backyard because of their close proximity to the Ocala National Forest. And thanks to a significant grant from the Plum Creek Foundation, which paid for picnic tables and benches to be installed on property owned by Plum Creek adjacent to the school, they are able to incorporate outdoor learning into their studies. Science comes to life thanks to this generosity and Mother Nature.
District Tops United Way Giving Representing 42,000 students and 6,000 employees, Superintendent Jim Yancey recently accepted the United Way’s top-giver award from President Maureen Quinlan. Students, staff and district departments held penny wars, bake sales and more, joining efforts to donate $277,335—a new record and 9 percent more than last year.
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You’ve seen them around town. A familiar face here or there. Meet some of Ocala’s hardest working professionals.
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ne word that describes the life of professional portrait photographer Tammy Griffin is busy. For over 20 years, Tammy has been capturing the memories of Ocala’s families, one click at a time. “It’s such a rewarding business,” she says. After studying photography in California, Tammy moved to Ocala in 1990, and it wasn’t long before she found her true calling. “I started working with children and animals, and I never looked back,” she says, adding that she would fill her house with cats if she could. Tammy takes a very artistic approach to her photography and prides herself on capturing just the right image. “I discuss with my clients what is important to them, and we combine several elements to create the perfect image,” says Tammy, who aims to create an “experience” for each family. “It’s a process, and I want it to be really special,” she says. “My greatest joy is giving the gift of everlasting memories.”
Let’s face it, we all make garbage. No one understands this better than David Joyner and Lenny Haines, who work for the City of Ocala driving garbage trucks. Although many of the city’s trucks are now automated, David and Lenny still keep Ocala clean with their own two hands. “We pick up the extra boxes and get into all the tight spaces and dead ends that the automated trucks can’t get into,” says David. “It’s never a boring day,” adds Lenny, who enjoys working outside year round. “There’s nothing pretty about garbage,” he says, “but I get to see something new every day.”
Barbara Moore GRACE EARLY LEARNING CENTER Walk into Barbara Moore’s classroom at Grace Early Learning Center in downtown Ocala and you’ll never doubt that she’s a dedicated VPK teacher. Originally from Arizona, her western-themed classroom is decorated with the colorful projects of her students. “I’ve taught everything from Pre-K to 5th grade, but 4 year olds are magic,” says the 2003 Golden Apple award winner. “They have a wonder about them, a heart and soul that we tend to lose as we get older,” she says, recalling the awe of her students when they learn something new. “It’s a joy to come and see what they’re all going to do every day,” Barbara adds. “There’s never a dull moment!”
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P R E S E N C E Ocala native Johnnie Mae seized the opportunities of school desegregation, going on to forge a successful career as a New York-based actress. Many of you may have seen her last fall as a recurring character in the highly acclaimed HBO series Boardwalk Empire. By JoAnn Guidry
And, unbelievably, a choice that a 12-year-old black girl wouldn’t have had a little more than a decade earlier. It was 1967, and school desegregation, which had been mandated by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1955, was finally gaining some traction. Johnnie Mae, who had attended Ocala’s all-black Dr. N.H. Jones Elementary from first through sixth grade, now had a choice when it came to junior high schools. She could go on to all-black Howard High School, or she could go to predominantly white Osceola Jr. High. Far beyond Ocala, as desegregation was changing the country’s culture, there was discord between whites and blacks. Race riots scarred Detroit, Cleveland and Los Angeles. It was an unsettling, frightening time throughout the country. The middle child of three siblings, Johnnie Mae’s older brother Curtis and younger sister Linda decided to attend Howard High School. When the Supreme Court issued a second and stronger school desegregation ruling in 1969, Howard High School was closed. After the closing, black students went first to Ocala High and then to the new Forest High and Vanguard High. But little Johnnie Mae, who had never been much of a follower, wasn’t going to wait for the Supreme Court to tell her what to do. Bold even then, she knew that she had a choice—a chance for an equal education—and she grabbed it Johnnie Mae cheerleader as a with both hands. at
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“I was never afraid. I wanted to go to Osceola Jr. High because I wanted to be part of what was changing in the world,” says Johnnie Mae, 56, now an award-winning, New York-based actress. “I was only a child, but I wanted to be a trailblazer. I decided I wanted to make a difference everywhere I went.” And in the ensuing four-plus decades since making that choice, Johnnie Mae has indeed blazed a trail from the sidewalks of Ocala to a recurring role in the 2010 season of HBO drama Boardwalk Empire. In between, she relished being the self-described “token black” in everything from talent shows and drama classes to beauty pageants and cheerleading—even in planning to try out for the University of Florida football team. When Johnnie Mae moved to New York City to pursue an acting career in the late 1970s, she parlayed her unique black beauty into work in print ads, commercials, and television and film roles. Gifted with infectious joy and a cheerful laugh, Johnnie Mae even became a comedienne. “I guess you could say that I’ve always believed in being all I could be,” says Johnnie Mae with her signature laugh that not only fills up a room but spills out into the hallway. “Being a performer is how I connect with people, and it’s who I am.” Given her desegregation background, the irony of playing Luanne Pratt, the black maid to a rich white man during the Prohibition era in Boardwalk Empire, is not lost on Johnnie Mae. But she never viewed it as going backward, instead as only part of being a performer. “I’m an actress, a black actress,” says Johnnie Mae matter-of-factly. “The part was for a black maid, so I was definitely right for the part on that basis.” She pauses to laugh, then adds, “So I just set about to be the best black maid I could be.”
DRAMA MADE AN EARLY appearance in Johnnie Mae’s life. Born and raised in western
Ocala, Johnnie Mae was only 5 when her parents drowned while fishing on Lake Weir. “The story we were told is that the wind blew my mother’s hat into the water,” says Johnnie Mae, “and when she reached for it, she fell from the boat into the water. Then, my father jumped in to help her, and they both drowned.” Johnnie Mae, Curtis and Linda were then raised by maternal grandparents J.Z. and Emma Sims, who had five kids of their own. But to Johnnie Mae and her siblings, J.Z. and Emma became Mama and Daddy. The family attended St. Paul A.M.E. Church, and it was there that Johnnie Mae found her first mentor.
“I was only a child, but I wanted to be a trailblazer. I decided I wanted to make a difference everywhere I went.” —JOHNNIE MAE FLORENCE
“Mary V. Jones was in charge of the young people in the church,” recalls Johnnie Mae. “She was the one who taught me about public speaking and how to recite poems. Later, Mama bought us a piano, but Curtis is the one who learned to play it. He played, and my sister Linda and I did the singing.” Having made that all-important choice, Johnnie Mae wasted little time in making her presence known at Osceola Jr. High. And it had more to do with her spirit than the color of her skin. Taking note of the newcomer was Jo Anne McClellan, a white student who was a year older than Johnnie Mae but who perhaps sensed the youngster’s destiny early on. “This was a difficult time for many people,” remembers Jo Anne, whose last name is now Chirdon. “My family had a black maid, and I had friends who had black maids and black yardmen. Now, their children were coming to school with us. I was fine with it, but I often thought how difficult it had to be for the black kids.” Except for Johnnie Mae, who Jo Anne describes as “this little bright light from the first day.”
“She was on stage from the moment she hit Osceola Jr. High,” says Jo Anne, who went on to Forest High School, as did Johnnie Mae. “I remember that she entered a talent contest and did a lip-sync of the song The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game by the Marvellettes. What courage that little girl had! I always thought she’d accomplish much in her life.” So when Jo Anne recognized Johnnie Mae while watching Boardwalk Empire last fall, she wasn’t all that surprised. “I just always thought Johnnie Mae would pursue her acting dreams,” says Jo Anne, “and I was delighted to see that she had!”
play the drama group staged. She remembers Mrs. Clemmons, the drama teacher, being the first one to mention that she should pursue a show-business career. “Mrs. Clemmons told me that I needed to go to New York City,” says Johnnie Mae. “And she was the one who told me that when I did that I should just use my first name because it was unusual and people would remember me.” As it turned out, of course, Mrs. Clemmons was indeed a bit of a clairvoyant. But Johnnie Mae’s New York dream would have to wait. An honor-roll student, Johnnie Mae had the opportunity to
“I know I have many more wonderful roles to play. And I enjoy mentoring young performers. I want to encourage them to reach for their dreams like I did.”
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FLIP THROUGH THE 1971 Forest High School yearbook, appropriately enough named “Profiles of Courage,” and there’s Johnnie Mae, the one with the biggest smile in all the pictures. She was a member of the Spanish Club, treasurer of the Service (“S”) Club, parliamentarian of the Masque and Wig Club and a varsity cheerleader. “I didn’t make it the first time I tried out for cheerleader as a sophomore,” says Johnnie Mae, “because I was too black. My best friend, Tara Johnson, was also black and she made the squad. But she was lighter skinned than I was and had beautiful long hair. I was happy for Tara but determined to be a cheerleader.” That summer, Johnnie Mae attended a cheerleading camp as the only participant who wasn’t part of a school squad. By the end of camp, Johnnie Mae had charmed everyone enough to be named Miss Congeniality. And, of course, that fall, Johnnie Mae made the Forest High School cheerleading squad. As a member of the Masque and Wig Club, Johnnie Mae had a role in nearly every
go on to college, another choice she rightly made. Having married Paul Richard, a man four years her senior, Johnnie Mae followed him to Tallahassee. He went to Florida A&M while she attended Florida State. A year later, with the marriage shaky, Johnnie Mae transferred to the University of Florida to pursue a degree in broadcast journalism and theater.
NOT LONG AFTER Johnnie Mae arrived in Gainesville, she was soon smack in the middle of some more drama. It was as though she carried a portable stage with her, rolled up like a yoga mat and tucked under her arm, at the ready whenever she needed to unfurl it. “The first thing that caught my attention was that black students were not a part of UF Homecoming’s Gator Growl,” says Johnnie Mae. “We put a group together, went to the university’s president and got that changed.” Then Johnnie Mae, who’d been a Miss UF beauty pageant contestant, had the idea to try out as a wide receiver for the UF football team. This was 1975, and even with Title IX stating
that colleges must provide women separate but equal athletic opportunities, Johnnie Mae’s notion was generally considered a crazy one. First, the local media picked up the story, and then it went national, which was just what Johnnie Mae wanted. “I was going to be graduating in a year, and I was looking for a big break in broadcast journalism,” she says. “I was serious about trying out for the team. I even started working out with some of the players. But what I really wanted was to create myself some name recognition.” But all the media coverage drawing attention to Johnnie Mae infuriated UF Coach Doug Dickey. He would use Title IX guidelines pertaining to contact sports that allowed for separate men and women teams to deny Johnnie Mae’s tryout request. Later Coach Dickey would make a compromise that pleased Johnnie Mae. “Coach Dickey was going to let me be on the sidelines for the UF-Miami game,” recalls Johnnie Mae. “I was on my way to being the first woman, the first black woman, sideline color commentator for a college football game.” The night before the game, already in south Florida, Johnnie Mae received word that her husband Paul had killed himself in a shooting accident. Her broadcasting career dreams died that night, too.
AFTER GRADUATING FROM UF
in 1976, Johnnie Mae decided to take Mrs. Clemmons’ advice and moved to New York City. But the little girl who hadn’t been afraid of desegregation ran into something in New York that did scare her. “The snow scared me,” admits Johnnie Mae, laughing. “I packed up and came back to warm Ocala.” Johnnie Mae did social work for two years, but her show-business dreams wouldn’t die. She decided to give New York, snow and all, another try. That was in 1978, and Johnnie Mae has been in New York ever since. She honed her talent, attending the Lee Strasberg Institute, American Community Theatre and Weist-Barron School, and soon, it all began to pay off. “I started making the rounds of all the acting and modeling agencies,” she says. “And to draw attention to myself, I entered the Miss
Above: Johnnie Mae on the set of Boardwalk Empire with actor Steve Buscemi Top Right: Johnnie with actor Dabney Coleman Bottom Right: Johnnie with actor Michael Kenneth Williams
Black New York beauty pageant. I ended up first runner-up and, after that, started getting showroom modeling work and print ads. My first big TV commercial was for Cold Power laundry detergent in 1980.” After joining the Screen Actors Guild in 1981, Johnnie Mae’s performing résumé continued to grow impressively. She landed roles in TV shows such as all three incarnations of Law & Order, Oz and 30 Rock. Her theater work has included roles in What Would Jesus Do?, Romeo & Juliet, Native Son, Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery and Why Old Ladies Cry at Weddings. Johnnie Mae won an AUDELCO Award as best supporting actress for her role as Delores in What Would Jesus Do? And for Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery, she shared the OOBR Award for best ensemble cast. “I love all the performing arts,” says Johnnie Mae. “But I really love the theater and performing before an audience. The actress who had the biggest impact on me was Claudia McNeil in A Raisin in the Sun. I hope to have a part in that play soon.”
WHEN JOHNNIE MAE’S AGENT Renee Glicker called her about the role of a
black maid in an upcoming HBO production, she was happy for the opportunity. She went to the audition dressed in a simple white blouse with a scarf wrapped around her head, emoting in her best Southern black dialect. After reading dialogue for casting director Ellen Lewis, Johnnie Mae went home happy with her performance. As it turned out, she had every reason to be pleased with her effort. When Lewis met with Terrence Winter, the Emmy Award-winning creator, writer and executive producer of Boardwalk Empire, she let him know she thought they had their actress for the Luanne Pratt role. “Ellen came to me with three auditions,” says Winter, who along with his many other film credits was also the executive producer and writer of the highly successful The Sopranos. “But she said there really was only one to look at, and when I saw Johnnie Mae’s audition, I knew she was right. We had our Luanne Pratt.” Winter points out that “on the surface, Luanne Pratt looks like just a simple beleaguered black maid. But there was actually a lot going on beneath the surface with her, and we needed an actress who could convey that. Johnnie Mae had the talent to pull that off.” Set during the Prohibition era, Winter adapted the show from a chapter about criminal kingpin Enoch “Nucky” Johnson in Nelson Johnson’s book Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City. The series, which stars Steve Buscemi as the main character, was filmed on a specially created set in Brooklyn made to look like Atlantic City. The pilot, which was directed by Martin Scorsese, premiered on HBO on September 19, 2010, drawing high ratings and critical praise. HBO quickly ordered a full season. Then, after numerous Writers Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild awards for that initial season, HBO is bringing the series back for the 2011 fall season. “I was so excited to get the part of Luanne,” says Johnnie Mae, adding with a laugh, “In fact, I got too excited and my high blood pressure got out of hand. I had to go to my doctor to adjust my medication, but it was worth it.”
Johnnie Mae’s Luanne character, who was initially only going to be in the pilot, ended up being written into six episodes. She was the maid to Dabney Coleman’s Commodore character, who was very demeaning and mistreated her. Luanne seeks revenge in her own way, using arsenic to poison the Commodore. But the Commodore survives, and Luanne is discovered to be the culprit. “In my final scene, Nucky gives me money, tells me to go far away, change my name and not to come back,” says Johnnie Mae. “Then, I give him a book with a page marked in it and leave. So there’s some mystery there about that book and what the marked page means.” Winter isn’t sure if the Luanne character will return but left the door open. “I like to think of my projects as epic novels where characters come and go,” says Winter. “Johnnie Mae is a very talented actress, and she was a delight to work with. We work long days and nights, but no matter what the hour, she was so joyful and upbeat.”
FOR JOHNNIE MAE, the part of Luanne was a gift. She knows that she’s reached a time in her career where most of the roles offered to her will be the women-of-a-certainage kind. And that’s fine with her. She embraces her life’s journey and the experiences and wisdom that’s come along with it. As long as she’s performing, she’s happy. “I know I have many more wonderful roles to play,” says Johnnie Mae. “And I enjoy mentoring young performers. I want to encourage them to reach for their dreams like I did.” Family is very important to Johnnie Mae. Her daughter Sonia, 24, is a program director for the Harlem YMCA, and her son T.J., 21, is an actor, music producer and rapper known as T-Breezy. Back in Florida, brother Curtis lives in Mascotte and sister Linda is in Orlando. Aunts Vivian Simpson and Ora Lee Jackson and uncle J.Z. Sims Jr. live in Ocala. Once a year, the whole extended family gets together for a reunion at a Florida location. Looking back to when she was that 12-year-old little girl who had a choice, the first of many that put her center stage, Johnnie Mae has no doubt she made the right one. She sums it up best when she says, “I’ve been blessed and highly favored.”
Dieticians—and moms—always say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We’ve all heard the advice: Start your day with a wholesome, hot breakfast and everything else will fall into place. Breakfast doesn’t have to be bland or monotonous either, especially if you visit some of our favorite local restaurants known for their tasty breakfast specialties. By Staff Writers / Photos by John Jernigan
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melets at Scrambles Cafe are truly works of art, and owner Allison Nile happily describes to customers how simple eggs can be turned into eye-appealing masterpieces. “We put the omeletes under a broiler for a few seconds after they come out of the pan,” says Allison, who opened the restaurant 10 years ago with her husband Steve. “They’ll ‘puff up’ just before we bring them to the table.” The broiler trick also makes the omelets light and fluffy, hardly a usual description for the egg dish perfected by the French in the 16th century. But for whatever reason, Scrambles Cafe’s omelets do seem lighter and less greasy. Nine different types of omelets, including a healthy “in-training,” cholesterol-free version, are served until 2pm, seven days a week. And if all the variations—ranging from the Garden Delight to the Mile High Classic—are not enough, Allison’s team will prepare an omelet “eggsactly” your way. In addition, omelets with egg substitutes are also available. Omelet prices range from $6.59 to $8.29 and include a side of grilled potatoes, grits, or fruit and a home-baked biscuit or toast. Not an egg lover? Scrambles Cafe has a variety of other menu favorites, including waffles with fresh fruits that are quickly becoming a fan favorite.
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f restaurants could get awards for most creative menus, the Cotillion Southern Cafe would win hands down with descriptions like “Fiddle DeeDee Scramble,” “Cock-a-Doodle-Do Sandwich,” “Big Daddy’s Breakfast,” “Georgia Ice Cream,” which just happen to be cheese grits, and the “Hoot ‘n’ Holler Menu for Youngins.” Open since 2007 and known for its exquisite Southern cuisine and charming ambiance, the Cotillion began serving breakfast earlier this year and offered the meal only on Saturdays. “The breakfast menu has become such a hit that in April we began serving it six days a week,” says owner Kathi Hall Vincent, an Ocala native who grew up on a farm called “Hoot ‘n Holler.” One of Kathi’s most popular breakfast items is the “New Orleans French Toast” with
her homemade “buttamilk” syrup, and for good reason. The thick slices of French bread are coated with her special spices and a secret ingredient that many have loved since childhood: Cap’n Crunch cereal. Although it might sound overly sweet, it’s definitely not. The eggs and spices balance the light coating of cereal, which adds texture to the bread. Her buttamilk syrup is so mouthwateringly delicious that regular customers stopped asking for other toppings. In fact, customers have encouraged her to bottle the syrup, which she makes herself with real butter and vanilla beans. “We serve food ASAP—as Southern as possible,” says Kathi. “That means large portions and all-you-can-eat French toast or biscuits and gravy.” The Cotillion Southern Cafe serves breakfast from 8-10:30am, Monday through Saturday. Visit them online at cafecotillion.com.
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ooking for a great country breakfast not far from home? If so, head to the heart of horse country where Crossroads Country Kitchen has a menu that includes down-home favorites like applewood-smoked bacon, corned beef hash, catfish-n-eggs, country fried steak with white gravy and the pièce de résistance—fresh country ham. When most diners hear the words country ham, they think salty. Not at Crossroads, however. Here, the thick slice of ham is flavored perfectly without an overwhelming taste of salt. “Some people come just for the country ham,” says owner Jim Aiello. “I liked it, so I put it on the menu, and everyone else liked it, too.” Jim brought his country recipes and menu from The Spiced Apple Restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale, which he owned for 25 years. He retired to Destin, but after a few years, he was tired of golf and traffic, so he came to Ocala where he had family. Jim opened Crossroads Country Kitchen eight years ago when he decided retirement just wasn’t for him. Serving breakfast daily until 4pm has been a big hit with what Aiello describes as his “mixed” clientele. Naturally, employees of nearby horse farms are regulars, but he also gets retirees from The Villages and the SR200 corridor. Crossroads Country Kitchen’s extensive breakfast menu is matched by an equally impressive “Dinner Bell” selection that includes fresh, homemade desserts. “I was lucky,” says Jim with a smile. “The husband of my head waitress is a retired baker, and he was looking for something to do, too.”
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itterz Cafe is a happening place on Sundays when breakfast is served all day. Waiting time is tolerable because the self-service coffee bar keeps customers happy until a table is available. Anyone who likes biscuits and sausage gravy seems to know about Jitterz Cafe, a small eatery tucked into a corner of Almeida Plaza just south of Belleview. Owner Donna Dreggors recommends getting there early if you want biscuits and gravy “because we can only make so much.” If you’ve never had the Southern staple, you can try one-half order to see if you like it. Chances are, you will. Jitterz’ biscuits are sliced in half and slightly toasted, which keeps them from becoming soggy in the white gravy. Flavored with a generous amount of sausage, the gravy is not overpowering or pasty. The consistency was perfect—not too thick or too watery.
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s you travel south on US BILLY’S CAFE Hwy 441, you can’t help ADDRESS CITY but notice the overflowing 13752 US Hwy 441 Lady Lake parking lot at Billy’s Cafe every morning and especially on The restaurant offers just as many weekends. Billy’s has been a varieties of crepes. The server mentioned breakfast icon near The Villages for more that the “Black Cherry Roll-Up” is quickly than 10 years, and sooner or later, everyone becoming one of the most popular dishes. stops in for the homemade pancakes. Similar to a crepe, the specialty item sells for Pancakes and crepes have been the $6.29 and comes with whipped cream. signature dishes since the cafe opened. The Although Billy’s does offer lunch, the menu lists more than 17 different types of breakfast menu is by far larger. pancakes, not counting the breakfasts that Billy’s cafe serves breakfast from 7am include two pancakes alongside eggs, bacon until 2pm seven days a week. or sausage. Flavors include cherry, banana, blueberry, strawberry, apple, pecan and tropical, which contains both coconut and bananas. Flavored pancakes are $6.29 for three and a dollar less for two. Buttermilk pancakes and waffles are $4.99.
Donna knows that not everyone lives on gravy alone, so she’s developed an extensive menu that appeals to all ages and tastes. Surprisingly, the topselling breakfast item is oatmeal—and not just any oatmeal. It’s made with granola and fruit, and nothing like this comes in a grocery store box. In addition to being available all day on Sunday, breakfast is served Tuesday through Friday until 11am and on Saturdays until 11:30am.
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11707 North US 301
748-2664 Co-owner Carl Wiesjahn
&K Country Kitchen is one of those places where everyone knows your name. The clientele are regulars who enjoy a homecooked breakfast and the friendly banter that co-owner Carl Wiesjahn starts with customers as they approach the counter to order. “Where are you from?” he asks. “You don’t have an accent... how do you want your eggs cooked?” All the while, he’s hustling to get your coffee or juice while his wife Kathy is in the commercial-sized kitchen cooking her downhome favorites. Kathy began the business 21 years ago in a circa-1930s building at the corner of Hwy 301 and CR 466. At first, it was a convenience store, but her reputation for good food won out and the location eventually became a breakfast and lunch diner. “It’s like I’m cooking for a big family,” explains Kathy, who is a fifth-generation Floridian. “We don’t have a lot of different things on the menu because I want to maintain the quality.” C&K Country Kitchen has all the usual egg dishes, including omelets and egg sandwiches, along with pancakes and biscuits and gravy. Kathy says the top seller is probably the No. 2 breakfast with two eggs, two pieces of sausage, ham, or bacon with toast and grits or hash browns for $4.79. The same breakfast, which includes only one of those items and is known as the No. 1, is only $1.99. The restaurant retains the building’s original character with the pine-knotted tables and handmade benches adding to the casual decor. Carl and Kathy describe it as a “lowfrills” place. Breakfast comes on Styrofoam plates with plastic utensils but the food is freshly cooked to order. And don’t be surprised if Carl calls you by name and even remembers what you like to eat on your return visit. It’s definitely like coming home. Breakfast is served from 6-10am Monday through Friday and 7-11am on Saturdays.
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Don’t want to go out? Use these recipes to serve a restaurant-quality breakfast that you—and that special someone—can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.
BAKED ASIAGO FRITTATA Servings: 6 2 1/3 2 3 1 ¼ 1/8 8 ¼ ¼
cups finely chopped broccoli cup sliced green onions cloves garlic, minced MorningStar Farms Veggie Sausage Patties teaspoon dried basil leaves or dried Italian seasoning teaspoon salt teaspoon pepper eggs, beaten* cup finely shredded Asiago cheese or Parmesan cheese cup chopped tomato
1. In 10-inch, oven-safe, nonstick skillet coated with nonstick spray, cook
and stir broccoli, onions and garlic over medium heat for four to five minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove from heat.
2. Stir crumbled veggie sausage patties, basil, salt and pepper into vegetable mixture. Pour eggs over top. 3. Bake, uncovered, at 350°F for 15-19 minutes or until set. Sprinkle with cheese. Let stand, covered, for two minutes. Sprinkle with tomato. Cut into wedges. *Note: For a lower-fat version, substitute 2 cups refrigerated egg substitute for the eight eggs.
THESE PANCAKE AND WAFFLE TOPPINGS CAN TURN A BLAND BREAKFAST INTO A TASTY TREAT. Freshly sliced strawberries, bananas, mango or peaches Chocolate chips Cinnamon and powdered or brown sugar Flavored butters, such as apple or ginger Chopped nuts, such as almonds, walnuts or pecans
WEEKEND BRUNCH CASSEROLE
Vanilla or chocolate ice cream—with sprinkles!
1 1 2 4 3/4 1/4 1/8
8-ounce can refrigerated crescent dinner rolls pound Bob Evans Original Recipe Sausage Roll cups shredded mozzarella cheese eggs, beaten cup milk teaspoon salt teaspoon black pepper
Fresh berries, such as blueberries, raspberries or blackberries Jellies, jams or preserves Hot fudge or caramel Yogurt
1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Crumble and cook sausage in
medium skillet over medium heat until browned. Drain. 2. Line bottom of greased 13 x 9-inch baking dish with crescent roll dough, firmly pressing perforations to seal. Sprinkle with sausage and cheese. Combine remaining ingredients in medium bowl until blended; pour over sausage. Bake 15 minutes or until set. Let stand five minutes before cutting into squares; serve hot. Refrigerate leftovers.
Honey Grilled pears or pineapple Marshmallow fluff Espresso maple glaze Cherry or apple pie filling
Powe Zenyatta, recently named
2010 Horse of the Year, received her early training in Ocala at the capable hands of Jeanne Mayberry & daughters.
N THE RAREST OF OCCASIONS, A RACEHORSE COMES ALONG THAT CHANGES HISTORY AND FOREVER CAPTURES THE HEARTS OF FANS.
Seabiscuit did it in the 1930s. Secretariat did it in the ‘70s. It took a girl to do it in the jaded, technology-saturated, information age of the young 21st century. Zenyatta, a powerhouse of a Thoroughbred with intelligence and personality to spare, did something many industry insiders considered impossible. She put racing smack in the center of the news and made giddy fans of even longtime horsemen. She was profiled on 60 Minutes and featured in Sports Illustrated. Oprah recognized her as one of the country’s most powerful “women.” Zenyatta made a difference, and she did it with style, class and elegance… not to mention astounding athletic ability.
OWNED BY JERRY AND ANN MOSS of California, the big mare
was named after Zenyatta Mondatta, an album by The Police. Jerry Moss is the co-owner of A&M Records, which
produced The Police, among many other artists. Zenyatta retired after her 2010 campaign, closing out a phenomenal four-year career with 19 wins from 20 starts and earnings of $7,304,580. A stunning 17 of her wins came in stakes races—the highest level of racing competition. Along the way, Zenyatta earned multiple Eclipse Awards, which are presented every year to outstanding Thoroughbreds and their human counterparts who have impacted the sport of racing. For fans of the big mare, nothing was more fitting than to see “their girl” finally honored as 2010 Horse of the Year when the Eclipse Awards were announced on January 17, 2011. Joining Zenyatta’s owners, trainer, jockey and racetrack connections on stage to accept the award were horsewomen from Ocala—the Mayberry Farm mother-daughter team of Jeanne and April Mayberry. (Daughter Summer was out of town). “I didn’t know the Mosses would call us up on stage,” says Jeanne. “They wanted everyone who was around her to get credit.”
RAISED IN SOUTH FLORIDA, Jeanne’s first introduction to horses came through showing Saddlebreds. Her father, Sam Saunderson, trained a few racehorses, so it only made sense for his horse-crazy daughter to exercise them. Jeanne was already hooked on Thoroughbreds when she married Brian Mayberry in 1966. His grandfather, J. P. Mayberry, owned the 1903 Kentucky Derby winner, a horse named Judge Himes. Brian and Jeanne moved to Southern California where he trained racehorses for many years. Among his clients at the time were
Photo by Benoit Photo
By Cynthia McFarland
WHEN IT COMES TO finding the right
yearlings, this usually takes place at public auction. Jeanne and April were at the Keeneland September sale in Lexington, Kentucky, in 2005 helping pick out horses with David Ingordo, an agent whose mother, Dottie Ingordo Shirreffs, is the racing manager for the Mosses. Among the horses they “short listed” as possible picks for the Mosses was a leggy dark bay filly by the stallion Street Cry (IRE). The filly had a skin rash, but Ingordo and the Mayberrys knew this was a minor issue that could be easily resolved. Expecting her to bring much more, they were surprised when Ingordo signed the ticket as agent for the Mosses, buying the yearling for $60,000. As they regularly do with sales yearlings, the Mosses sent their then-unnamed filly down to Ocala for her initial training at Mayberry Farm. “She was a very laid back filly. She slept a lot and took regular naps,” Jeanne remembers of the now famous mare. “She never had any problems. She was a very pleasant horse and smart.” Jeanne first realized the superstar potential in the lanky filly in February 2006, as the horses were progressing in their training. “I started galloping them and then breezing them (asking them to run faster). We had her at the back of the group, and she was just galloping along easily, but she galloped by
Photo by Benoit Photo
Jerry and Ann Moss. The Mayberrys raised two daughters—April and Summer—both of whom were as horse-focused as their mother. “After Brian died in 1998, I wasn’t sure what to do,” recalls Jeanne. “We’d always been in racing, and we’d always been on the racetrack, but I’d never had a farm until I decided to come back to Florida. I love Ocala, and I knew I’d do something with horses here.” Jeanne purchased a small farm on U.S. Highway 27 and quickly realized she wouldn’t be content unless she was doing something with racehorses. In the spring of 2000, she rented training barns at neighboring Plumley Farms, and soon, she and her daughters had stalls filled with promising young Thoroughbreds to break and train. “We buy yearlings to train and resell [them] as 2 year olds, and we also train horses for clients, including the Mosses,” Jeanne explains. “It’s always great to see Jeanne and April,” says Zenyatta’s owner, Jerry Moss. “Their enthusiasm and work with the young horses we have with them is terrific and a wonderful basis of our optimism for what we have in the game.”
Racing's FINEST How Zenyatta stacks up against other champion racehorses
BORN YEARS RACED RECORD TOTAL EARNINGS
89 starts, 33 wins, 15 seconds, 13 thirds
21 starts, 16 wins, 3 seconds, 1 third
20 starts, 19 wins, 1 second
Champion Handicap Male (1937, 1938), Horse of the Year (1938)
Champion 2 year-old colt (1972), Champion 3-year-old colt (1973), Champion Grass Horse (1973), Horse of the Year (1972, 1973)
Champion Older Female (2008, 2009, 2010), Horse of the Year (2010)
the other four horses. The other horses in the group were nice horses, but she just passed them, and they were working to keep up with her. The further we went with her, the more we realized she was something special.” Jeanne told David Ingordo she thought the filly might be one of the best horses she’d ever had her hands on. As time would prove, Jeanne’s early assessment was absolutely right. In April 2006, Zenyatta—her initial training in Ocala completed—was shipped to the barn of trainer John Shirreffs at Hollywood Park in Southern California. “She was in great shape when we got her, a really nice 2 year old,” the trainer recalls. “One of the nice things about horses that come from the Mayberrys is that they have so much confidence in themselves,” he adds. “They really feel good about themselves. They have a little sparkle in their eye and a spring to their steps. They’ve been taken care of so
well. The Mayberrys are a racehorse family and understand the needs of a Thoroughbred.” Shirreffs explains that confidence is crucial for a racehorse’s success, and he believes it’s important the horse gains this early on. “You don’t want to break the will of the horse,” he says, adding that if the desire to please is compromised during initial training, the horse may never realize its full potential.
JEANNE AND HER DAUGHTERS relish
their role in training young equine athletes. “It’s like working with little kids: If you make school fun, they like it,” Jeanne says. “We change it up so they don’t get bored.” Zenyatta didn’t begin racing until late in her third year, a decision Shirreffs made because the enormous filly needed time to mature physically and mentally. The Mayberrys made sure to watch those first races, cheering on their former student.
Right: Mayberry Farm is a family affair. Jeanne walks the shedrow with daughters April (far left), Summer, and 3-year-old grandson Brian, Summer's son with husband Rick.
Photo by John Jernigan
“We try to follow the racing careers of all our training graduates,” says Jeanne. “Zenyatta was impressive winning her first couple races. We thought she was the real deal, which she certainly proved to be.” And the “real deal” aptly describes Zenyatta, North America’s all-time leading female Thoroughbred. After those first two starts, the wins kept coming, even as the talented filly began competing in graded stakes company. The come-from-behind move she first displayed while training as a youngster in Jeanne’s barn became her patented running style. Usually a bit slow breaking from the gate, Zenyatta typically raced at the back of the field for much of the race, only to make a dramatic move and blow past her competition in the stretch. In all but her first three starts, when she was ridden by David Flores, Zenyatta’s jockey was Mike Smith. His outspoken enthusiasm for the big mare is well documented. As Zenyatta’s undefeated streak continued to build, the Mayberry women headed to California for the Breeders’ Cup races in 2009 to watch her take on the colts in the prestigious Breeders’ Cup Classic.
she wins this, she’ll be a super horse,” he said as the field of horses hit the top of the stretch. Yet amazingly, memorably, powerfully, that’s precisely what she did. When Zenyatta and Smith wove their way through and swept past the best male racehorses in the country, “Queen Z” once again made it look easy. “That Breeders’ Cup race was the most exciting I’ve seen,” Jeanne remembers with awe in her voice. “When she started to make her move, the crowd was so loud. We were screaming and hollering. Once she got started, she just bullied her way through; she has so much confidence. She gives me chills—it’s not just the public that gets excited about her. She’s just magic.” Although most people expected the Mosses to retire their undefeated star after her resounding triumph in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic, they announced early in 2010 that Zenyatta would race another year. IT WAS AN UNFORGETTABLE race, “The Mosses really love their horses,” says with track announcer Trevor Denman Jeanne. “They’re lovely people, and they make frequently referring to Zenyatta, who was good choices and everything is thought out for running in last place much of the race. their horses. John Shirreffs took such good care of “Zenyatta has a lot of ground to make up… if her; he did some job. The average person never realizes how hard it A horse lover since is to win every race and the work childhood, Jeanne Mayberry has worked that goes into it to keep them happy, with Thoroughbred healthy and sound.” racehorses most of her life.
Photo by John Jernigan
THE DECISION TO KEEP RACING Zenyatta elated her
fans, who came to the track en masse every time the mare raced. Hoisting signs that proclaimed, “Run Like a Girl,” “Zenyatta for President,” “Girl Power” and Go Zenyatta,” they thronged the paddock and lined up along the rail for a glimpse of their fourlegged heroine. Zenyatta accepted their adulation and cheers like the pro she is, thrilling the crowds with her prancing dance steps as she walked the saddling enclosure and made her way onto the track. Zenyatta raced five times at age six. She won all but her final
race, coming up a few heartbreaking inches short in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic to a colt ironically named Blame. Despite her devastatingly close, second-place finish, many believed this race was her most impressive effort, as she appeared hopelessly beaten until the stretch run when she flew past the other horses and nearly collared the winner in the final strides. Jockey Mike Smith, tears streaming down his face, said the loss was his fault, but horsemen around the world acknowledged how remarkable it was that any racehorse—particularly one competing at the highest levels—could win 19 of 20 races as Zenyatta did. After her official retirement in January, Zenyatta made her last appearance at Hollywood Park to the delight of thousands of fans in attendance. Then, she was flown to Kentucky, where, despite a late flight and frigid temperatures in the teens, a crowd of well-wishers arrived to see the mare after she landed in Lexington. The Mosses and Shirreffs, ever gracious in sharing Zenyatta with her fans, presented her to the public one last time at the Keeneland sales pavilion. “When we had that late night parade, I was leading her and took her really close to the wall so people could touch her as she walked along,” says Shirreffs, fondness for his former charge obvious in his voice. “How many racehorses can you let everyone touch like that?” Today, Zenyatta resides at Lane’s End Farm in Lexington and has begun her career as a broodmare. As for the Mayberry women, spring has been busy with training and selling 2 year olds. Later this summer when they head to Kentucky for the yearling sales, there’s one stop that’s chiseled in stone. “We’ll make a trip to Lane’s End to see Zenyatta,” says Jeanne Mayberry with a smile. “She’s a once-in-a-lifetime horse. We were very lucky to have her.”
WANT TO LEARN MORE? zenyatta.com
‘Beauty Is A
The Salon Professional Academy, located in The Villages, is known for being one of the top cosmetology schools in the country. Here, students earn a topnotch education and learn the ins and outs of the business of beauty.
rom the moment you enter The Salon Professional Academy, you feel as though you’ve stepped out of The Villages and into a high-end, New York City salon. An array of products line the walls—from the hottest colors of polishes, blushes and shadows to the gels, sprays and shampoos that create the chicest hair styles. On the salon floor, busy students maneuver through the 50 styling stations and instructors lecture on the science of hair-coloring and styling. “I was completely impressed with the facility,” says Molly Soltis, who joined The Salon Professional Academy team in February 2011 as director of marketing. “All of the students are held to such high standards, they’re prepared to be professionals when they leave.” And although the atmosphere is one of high energy and excitement, students are preparing for their future. Like students being prepared for any career, they work for their education. The Salon Professional Academy, a Redken 5th Avenue Premier School, is one of the top cosmetology schools in the country. A new cycle of classes begins every five weeks, when 20 to 25 eager new students begin their education in cosmetology. The curriculum takes place over nine months, and approximately 120 students are being educated at any given time. Ten
experienced educators ensure that students get the personal attention they need to excel. The 10,000-square-foot facility boasts 50 styling stations, eight pedicure and manicure stations, a color bar and a soundproofed skin care room. The Academy also features five state-of-theart classrooms, where students take theory classes, and a library with computers for researching the hottest styling trends and techniques. With all of these amenities available, students are guaranteed a well-rounded education. New students spend the first five weeks in the classroom learning the basics of hair cutting and styling. This allows students a chance to perfect their newly acquired skills on mannequins. Once ready, they work directly with clients who come in for services. “Thousands of people walk through these doors every month, so students have lots of opportunities to work with new clients,” says Janet West, owner of The Salon Professional Academy. She stresses that while students earn an outstanding education in the field of cosmetology, they also learn another quality vital to their profession: business skills. “Beauty is a business, and students need to know how to build a business and retain their clients by understanding how to interact with
All of the students are held to such high standards, they’re prepared to be professionals when they leave. —MOLLY SOLTIS
people and perfect their communication skills,” says Janet, who believes this aspect of The Salon Professional Academy’s curriculum is what sets it apart from other cosmetology schools. From the moment they take to the floor, students are learning how to become better business professionals. They have the opportunity to interact with new people every day. They greet customers, listen and consult
with them about their service, and ask for referrals, all aspects of the business they will have to master once on their own. They also gain experience using computer software to schedule and confirm appointments. And, as students become more practiced on the floor, prices for their services increase, illustrating the importance of performing quality work. “Students need to know how to charge for their services and how to build a strong
clientele in order to be successful in this business,” Janet explains. She stresses that beauty is a performance-based industry, which means that business skills, combined with strong technical skills, set the stage for a solid career upon graduation. “Our main goal is to prepare students to be in the top 20 percent of the field of cosmetology,” says Kevin Thompson, director of operations. “We want students to walk out of
We want students to walk out of here and feel confident working in a high-end salon. —KEVIN THOMPSON
here and feel confident working in a high-end salon.” And while working in a salon might be the goal of many students, the educators at The Salon Professional Academy stress that there are many options available after graduation. Students go on to work in day spas, aboard cruise ships, in editorial positions, as teachers of cosmetology or as salon owners, among a number of other possibilities. And Janet encourages anyone considering a career in the beauty industry to apply. “We have all types of students here,” she says. “There are males and females of all ages. Some are fresh out of high school, while others are looking for a career change.” And with The Salon Professional Academy being a Title IV school, perspective students can apply for financial aid on-site in the building’s financialaid office. Inside the walls of The Salon Professional Academy, the energy is electric. But make no mistake, first and foremost, this is a school and students are in a classroom working for their education. “We expect students to want to be here,” says Janet. “We put a lot of effort into providing
them with a top-quality education, and we expect them to be professional from day one.” And it is clear from the way the students conduct themselves while on the floor that they are held to high standards. Everyone is in dress code and fully engaged, whether with a client wanting a manicure consultation or an instructor demonstrating the proper application of hair color. With the possibility of starting a new career in only nine months, students feel confident that the rigorous coursework and hours of hands-on instruction are worth the effort. By the time they graduate, students will have completed 1,200 hours of instruction and 770 services and are ready to become licensed cosmetologists with confidence. The Salon Professional Academy has a very high success rate for its graduates. “Students are placed throughout Central Florida and other states as well,” says Janet. “There are not many careers where you can feel confident to go into business in nine months.” But that is exactly what the graduates of The Salon Professional Academy can expect. Nine months of hard work and dedication takes them one step closer to fulfilling their dream.
The Salon Professional Academy 11915 CR 103, The Villages Admissions: (352) 753-5511 Appointments: (352) 259-6717 tspathevillages.com
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Fabulous Feet Sandal season is upon us. It’s time to shed the socks and flaunt your feet. Not feeling quite ready? Here’s some expert advice to get your feet into tip-top shape for the summer.
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Trim toenails straight across but not too short. Cutting into the nail’s corners can lead to ingrown toenails. File nails lightly (don’t use an emery board) in one direction.
Moisturize your entire foot with an emollient-rich lotion on a regular basis.
Soak feet with warm water. Add epsom salts, oils or herbal soaks to pamper yourself.
Rub heels and the balls of your feet gently with a pumice stone (after a good soaking) if calluses are forming.
Discard shoes from the previous year that appear worn out.
Source: American Podiatric Medical Association
Fun In The Sun OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES ARE PART OF LIVING IN FLORIDA, SO HERE ARE SOME TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR SKIN SAFE:
Slather It On: Generously apply a broad-spectrum, waterresistant sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more to all exposed skin. One ounce, enough to fill a shot glass, is considered the amount needed. Reapply approximately every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming and sweating.
Skin Cancer Awareness
ay is MELANOMA/SKIN CANCER DETECTION & PREVENTION MONTH, and
acccording to the National Cancer Institute, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. The two most common types of skin cancer are basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, both of which are highly curable. The third most common and more dangerous type of skin cancer is melanoma. To put it in perspective, more than 2 million
people are treated for basal and squamous cell combined while 68,000 are diagnosed with melanoma each year. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that less than 1,000 deaths occurred as a result of basal cell and squamous cell, while nearly 8,500 people died from melanomas in 2005, the latest year with recorded numbers. The culprit: 65-90 percent of melanomas are caused by exposure to sunlight’s ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays.
Skin Cancer Signs BASAL CELL/SQUAMOUS CELL
MELANOMA: THINK “ABCDE”
» A lump that is small, smooth, shiny, pale or waxy
Aysmmetry: One half of the mole
» A sore or lump that bleeds and develops a crust or scab » A red or brown patch that is rough and scaly » A lump that is firm and red » A flat red spot that is rough, dry or scaly and may become itchy or tender
doesn’t match the other half. Border: Mole’s edges are often ragged, notched or irregular, or its pigment spreads into surrounding skin. Color: Uneven shades of black, brown and tan. White, gray, red, pink and blue may also be seen. Diameter: It changes in size, usually an increase. Evolving: Mole has changed over the past few weeks or months. Source: cancer.gov
Diagnosis & Treatment If you have any suspicions about a mole or skin lesion, see your doctor immediately! Your doctor may refer you to a dermatologist, and you may need to have a biopsy of the growth. Treatment for skin cancer depends on many factors, including the type and stage of the disease, the size and location of the lesion, and your general health and medical history. Source: National Cancer Institute/ Skin Cancer Foundation
Cover It Up: Wear longsleeved shirts, pants, wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses. Shade Is Good: The sun’s rays are the strongest between 10am-4pm, so avoid exposure during those hours if possible. Here’s a key: If your shadow appears to be shorter than you are, seek shade. Source: American Academy of Dermatology
CHECK YOURSELF! • The best time to do a self-exam is after a shower or bath. • Check your skin from head to toe in a room with plenty of light, using a full-length or hand-held mirror. • Know your birthmarks and moles. • Make note of a new mole, a raised red or darker-colored flaky patch, or any flesh-colored firm bump. If you find changes in size, shape, color or feel of a mole, or notice a sore that doesn’t heal, schedule a visit with your doctor. Source: National Cancer Institute
A Skin Cancer
How common is skin cancer? One in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer. Most of these are basal-cell and squamous-cell carcinomas. Melanoma, while not the most common, is the most serious form of skin cancer and continues to show increasing rates. One American dies every hour from melanoma.
Are all skin cancers caused by sun exposure?
May is the perfect time to raise awareness of skin cancer and the simple steps people can take to prevent and detect this condition.
Dr. Steven T. Powell,dermatologist, has been in practice for 26 years, and Dori Hite, P.A. has been a dermatology physician assistant for nine years. They answer common questions about skin cancer.
Ninety to 95 percent of cases are caused by sun exposure, and most of these are basal-cell and squamous-cell carcinomas. Melanoma is a bit more complicated because there are other risk factors beyond sun exposure. Fortunately, sun exposure is a risk factor you can control.
How do moles relate to skin cancer? When looking at a mole, we consider its size, shape and color and then whether these characteristics are changing. If moles are abnormally dark, irregularly colored, or increasing in size, or if you have many large or irregularlooking moles, you should come in for an exam.
How can I tell if I am at risk for skin cancer? Risk factors for skin cancer include exposure to the sun, greater than 50 pigmented moles and a personal or family history of skin cancer. Also, people with red or blond hair, light eyes, sun freckling and an inability to tan are at greater risk.
What are some things I can do to prevent skin cancer? We suggest staying out of the sun between the hours of 11am and 2pm. Daily use of sunscreen is
One in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer. —DR. STEVEN T. POWELL
important. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Wear protective clothing while outdoors. A wide-brimmed hat is also an excellent investment for your skin.
How can I tell if I have skin cancer? If during a self-exam you notice red or scaly spots, pigmented spots, spots that change shape or size over time, spots that bleed or have scabs that won’t heal, or spots that remain tender beyond a few days, you should come in for an exam. The best way to determine whether a spot is skin cancer is to get an exam. We can often tell within seconds whether something is wrong.
What skin cancer treatments do you offer in your oﬃce? We offer Mohs micrographic surgery for non-melanoma skin cancer of the head, neck and other high-risk areas, surgical excision for melanoma cases, Levulan phototherapy, laser surgery, cryosurgery and pharmaceutical treatment for certain types of skin cancer.
What other procedures do you perform in your oﬃce? We offer a wide array of cosmetic procedures, including Botox and other injectables, fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm, and IPL light therapy. We perform chemical peels, microdermabrasion and sclerotherapy for spider veins. We also have a successful weight-loss program called Releana.
Dr. Steven T. Powell 2910 SE 3rd Court, Ocala (352) 732-0339
Just The Facts
May is National Osteoporosis Awareness Month
DID YOU KNOW?
OSTEOPOROSIS: WHAT IS IT?
uite literally, osteoporosis means “porous bones.” This condition, which causes weak and brittle bones, leads to painful fractures throughout the body, usually from falls but sometimes from simply coughing or bending over. Spine and hip fractures are the most common injuries resulting from osteoporosis.
Be Good To Your Bones! CALCIUM UP: THE INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE recommends
1,000-2,500mg daily for anyone 50 and older. Beyond supplements and dairy products, other foods supplying calcium include broccoli, spinach, almonds, cooked kale, canned salmon and sardines with the bones, and tofu. MIGHTY VITAMIN D: Your body needs sunshine to produce vitamin D, so try to get 15-20 minutes each day in the early morning and without using sunscreen. If you want to avoid sun exposure,
the Institute of Medicine recommends that adults get between 400-1,000 IUs of vitamin D3 daily through supplements as an alternative. Good food sources include oily fish, such as sardines and tuna, and egg yolks. EXERCISE PRESCRIPTION: A combination of weightbearing and strengthtraining exercises will keep your bones strong. Lifting even light weights can strengthen the muscles and bones in your arms and upper spine, helping to keep you upright. Weightbearing exercises, such as walking, jogging, skipping rope and climbing stairs, strengthen the bones in your legs, hips and lower spine.
Of the 10 million Americans with osteoporosis, 80 percent are women. One in two women over age 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis. A woman’s risk of fracturing a hip due to osteoporosis is equal to her combined risk of developing breast, uterine and ovarian cancer. According to the latest statistics, osteoporosis is responsible for an estimated two million fractures and $19 billion in health care costs.
RISK FACTORS YOU CAN CHANGE » Low calcium intake » Tobacco/excessive alcohol use » Eating disorder like anorexia nervosa or bulimia » Sedentary lifestyle » Use of medications such as corticosteriods, antidepressants, cancer treatment drugs and antacids
RISK FACTORS YOU CAN’T CHANGE » » » » »
Being a woman Getting older Race (Caucasians & Asians have highest risk) Family history Frame size (Body mass index of 19 or less)
Should You Get Tested? The NATIONAL OSTEOPOROSIS FOUNDATION recommends a
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• A woman older than 65 or a man older than 70, regardless of risk factors • A postmenopausal woman with at least one risk factor • A man age 50-70 who has at least one risk factor • Older than 50 with a history of a broken bone • A postmenopausal woman who has recently stopped hormone therapy • A woman who experienced early menopause
Sources: National Osteoporosis Foundation (nof.org) & Mayoclinic.com
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ccording to THE FOOD ALLERGY & ANAPHYLAXIS NETWORK, more than 12 million Americans suffer from food allergies. Milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat account for 90 percent of all food reactions. Many people also have allergic reactions to foods such as corn, gelatin, meat, seeds and certain spices, including caraway, coriander, garlic and mustard. Food allergies occur when the immune system mistakes a food ingredient as harmful and creates a defense system of antibodies to fight it. Allergic reactions to foods can have mild symptoms, including rashes, hives, itching or swelling, to severe symptoms, including difficulty breathing, wheezing and loss of consciousness, and can sometimes be fatal. Symptoms of an allergic food reaction typically occur within two minutes to two hours after ingesting the food.
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Anaphylaxis is the most severe food allergy reaction and can cause life-threatening symptoms, including: » Constriction and tightening of airways » Swollen throat or the sensation of a lump in your throat that makes it difficult to breathe » Shock with a severe drop in blood pressure » Rapid pulse » Dizziness, lightheadedness or loss of consciousness Emergency treatment is critical for anaphylaxis, which if untreated can cause coma or death. People with this type of severe allergic reaction should carry an epinephrine auto-injector, such as EpiPen or Twinject, with them at all times. Source: WebMd.com
If you suspect a food allergy, visit a doctor as soon as possible. The two most common tests for food allergies are a skin prick test and a blood test to check the amount of allergy-type antibodies, known as immunoglobulin E (IgE), in your bloodstream. Your doctor will likely do a complete physical exam to exclude any other medical issues, ask for a description of your allergic symptoms, request that you keep a food diary and put you on a food-elimination diet. Source: MayoClinic.com
Be Allergy Aware For minor allergic reactions, over-the-counter or prescribed antihistamines may help reduce symptoms. But the only way to avoid an allergic reaction, especially a severe one, is to avoid the problem food(s). READ LABELS: The Food Allergen Labeling & Consumer Protection Act requires manufacturers to list common food allergens present in their food, beverages, cosmetics and bath products. DO’S FOR DINING OUT: When eating out, always let your server know about your food allergies and, if necessary, talk to the manager or the chef. Even at fast food restaurants, ask if you aren’t certain what a meal contains. ADD SOME BLING: If you have serious food allergies, wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace with your allergic reaction information in case you are unable to communicate. EMERGENCY PEN: Carry an epinephrine auto-injector with you if you are at risk of a severe allergic reaction. Source: foodallergy.org
MYTH: Food allergies aren’t common.
MYTH: A food can be made less
MYTH: Adults don’t develop
allergenic by cooking it.
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FACT: More than 12 million Americans have food allergies—that’s about one in every 25 people. One in 17 children under the age of 3 has food allergies.
FACT: On the whole, you cannot make a food less allergenic by cooking it. As an exception, people with milk and/or egg allergies are sometimes able to consume those foods if they have been extensively heated or are present in smaller amounts, such as in baked goods.
FACT: Though most individuals develop food allergies in early childhood, food allergies can develop at any age. Source: foodallergy.org
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The light emitted from your TV, computer, iPad and cell phone might be affecting the quality of your sleep. According to the NATIONAL SLEEP FOUNDATION’s 2011 Sleep in America poll, 95 percent of the 1,508 people surveyed reported using some type of electronic device within an hour of bedtime at least a few nights a week. Researchers believe that all that late-night light suppresses the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin. Experts suggest turning off all your electronic devices at least an hour before your usual bedtime.
A recent Swedish study gave further credence to the prevailing medical belief that coffee has some health benefits. In particular this study, which followed more than 34,000 women ages 49-83 for an average of 10 years, gave evidence that coffee may offer protection against strokes. In the U.S., stroke is the third-leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer. As reported in STROKE: JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, women in the study who drank more than a cup of coffee a day had a 22-25 percent lower risk of stroke than those who drank less. A 2009 Nurses Health Study, which tracked more than 83,000 women, reported similar results. Always remember to check with your doctor before making dietary changes that might affect your health.
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Beyond Iodine Pills— Get a Real Disaster Plan By Michael Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Experts say rocks, soil, sunshine and procedures like dental X-rays and CT scans expose you to far more radioactivity every day than the tiny amounts drifting across the Pacific from northeastern Japan.
raving potassium iodide? You’re not alone if you’ve pestered your local drugstore or Googled the popular pill that sold out at pharmacies from British Columbia to Houston in the wake of Japan’s nuclear-reactor crisis. Yes, that little white tablet can protect your thyroid from radioactive iodine-131, the main type of radiation released when a nuclear reactor malfunctions in a serious way. But here are three reasons why not having a supply of KI (scientific shorthand for potassium iodide) isn’t a disaster... and why not having a family disaster plan is:
1. At press time, radiation levels reaching North America’s West Coast from Japan’s troubled Fukushima reactor were millions of times lower than levels needed to create a health risk. Take a deep breath. Experts say rocks, soil, sunshine and procedures like dental X-rays and CT scans expose you to far more radioactivity every day than the tiny amounts drifting across the Pacific from northeastern Japan. Don’t get us wrong; extra radiation isn’t good. But there’s not enough headed this way to worry about. 2. Without radiation danger, KI could do more harm than
good. The supplements flood your thyroid with safe iodine, blocking absorption of radioactive iodine, which raises the risk for thyroid cancer. That’s why we think KI is worth adding to your disaster preparedness kit when it’s available again. That doesn’t mean we think you’ll need KI anytime soon. It’s a backup. But—and this is important—take KI pills only if directed by government health officials. Never dose yourself or your kids on your own. KI can trigger allergic reactions, rashes and problems with your thyroid and salivary glands. 3. Look at the big picture. Think about all the other disasters that are much more likely in your neck of the woods. We’re talking hurricanes. Tornados. Floods. Fires. Truth is, many people survived Japan’s tsunami because they knew what to do when the earthquake first rumbled.
WHAT’S IN OUR DISASTER KIT WHAT WOULD YOU NEED IF A DISASTER STRANDED YOU AT HOME, WITHOUT ELECTRICITY OR WATER, FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS OR LONGER? KEEP THESE ITEMS READY: 1. A two-week supply of food and water. Store at least a half-gallon of water per day per person. Add nonperishable foods you can eat without heating, like peanut butter, canned beans, canned vegetables, sealed containers of nuts and granola bars. Don’t forget a can opener! Got pets? Stock up for them, too. 2. Health supplies. Store two weeks of prescription drugs
that family members take regularly, plus over-the-counter remedies like pain relievers, vitamins, allergy easers, sunscreen, hand purifier gel and tissues. Also add first-aid items like wide bandages, antibiotic ointment, towelettes for cleaning cuts, a thermometer and a product that stops bleeding quickly. (QuikClot or Celox are our favorites.) Add baby supplies if necessary and anything special an elderly member of your household might need.
3. The smart stuff. Be sure to include a hand-cranked or battery-powered radio (with lots of extra batteries), plus a way to recharge your cell phone (a solar charger or a hand-cranked radio that also charges phones). Don’t forget flashlights (and more batteries, which should be changed every six months so they’re fresh), or get a flashlight powered by shaking. Tuck in extra eyeglasses, maps, cash, disposable face masks, a list of credit-card and bank-account numbers, a whistle, a product for sanitizing drinking water, matches stored in a waterproof container, a knife, plates and cutlery, toilet paper, garbage bags and a small set of tools.
Make a plan and test it! Try living on your supplies overnight to see if you’re truly prepared. Learn how to turn off your home’s water and gas. Disasters don’t strike at convenient times, when the whole family’s together. Agree on a find-eachother plan. As we’ve all seen after Japan’s crisis, there’s nothing more important than reuniting with your loved ones.
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Breast nothing but the
As a new mom four years ago, I knew I wanted to breastfeed my son from early on in my pregnancy. I took a class, read the books and figured that when the time came, it would happen naturally. Sometimes that just isn’t the case. Bruised skin, nipple shields, lactation consultant visits—yes, we had our share of challenges. But in the end, my oldest son nursed for 14 months, as did my youngest son, who is now nearly 2 years old, and I wouldn’t trade those cherished moments for anything. Sure, we had some bumps along the way, but we made it work. And so can you. By Karin Fabry-Cushenbery
here is nothing more precious and awe-inspiring than holding your brandnew baby in your arms.
Talk about putting life into perspective. This tiny being that depends on you for everything is the epitome of unconditional love. Perfectly swaddled, he lies sleepily in your arms, exhausted from his recent journey into the world. Then, he wakes up. And he’s hungry. Instinctively, a baby wants to nurse. Sometimes he needs a little guidance, though, as does mom. “Breastfeeding is a learned art for all parties involved,” says Leah Ehrlich of La Leche League of Marion County. “Educating yourself before your baby arrives is the best advice we can give to any expectant mom. It’s necessary to have a support system to turn to as well when questions arise.” So why breastfeed? The better question would be, “Why not breastfeed?” The health benefits for both mom and baby are plentiful, and the bonding experience is unrivaled. “There’s significant research that shows a decreased risk in all types of cancers for moms who breastfeed,” says Dr. Jimi Francis, who earned her doctorate in maternal/infant nutrition and has been an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) for 20 years. “Of course we’re talking about breast, cervical and ovarian cancers, but risk for other cancers is lessened as well. And, the longer you breastfeed, the longer the benefits will last. As a matter of fact, Dr. Francis says it takes your body a year or two after weaning to return to its pre-pregnancy chemical state. In addition to the cancer-fighting qualities of nursing, mom releases the “mothering hormone,” prolactin, during nursing sessions. “This feel-good hormone is a cross between an opiate and an endorphin,” says Dr. Francis. “It really helps mom and baby bond and enjoy breastfeeding.” And we’ve all heard that nursing your baby can help you lose the baby weight at a faster pace.
“It takes a lot of energy to make milk,” says Dr. Francis. “To put it into perspective, moms burn about 300 calories a day while maintaining a pregnancy. To nurse, we go through 800 to 1,000 calories a day, 500 of those coming directly from fat stores.” If you do the math, that means nursing moms have the potential to drop about a pound a week after baby’s birth. At that rate, you’d be back in your skinny jeans in no time! And let’s not forget the baby. “Babies who nurse exclusively definitely have a stronger immune system, says Renee Cuppy, registered nurse and IBCLC at Munroe Regional Medical Center. “Breast milk is packed full of antibodies. Sure, breastfed babies can still get illnesses, but they tend to be less severe and have a shorter duration. “Babies who breastfeed also tend to have less tummy issues since breast milk is so easily digested, “Cuppy adds. “Plus, breast milk is always available, always at the perfect temperature and always ready to go.” So now that you’ve decided to breastfeed. How do you get started? “The labor room is really the best time to introduce the baby to the breast,” says Cuppy. “Immediately following birth, your baby is most alert and ready to go. After about one or two hours, they begin to fall into a sleepy recovery stage and it can become a bit harder to get them to nurse.” And Cuppy stresses to let your doctors and nurses know your plan to breastfeed so baby isn’t inadvertently given a bottle of formula. The same holds true if you have a cesarean delivery. “Communicate with your health care team,” she says. “If we know up front what you want, we’ll do everything to follow your plan.” Cuppy adds that new moms at MRMC have a high breastfeeding initiation rate—in the mid 70s. “Moms want to nurse their babies and start the process, but we find that as time goes by, they lose their support system and quit earlier than they originally planned,” she says. “A mom, no matter what stage of breastfeeding she’s in, from day one to the weaning process, should always seek help from a professional when it’s needed. The services are free.”
breastfeeding: the benefits For Baby 9 Reduces risk of middle ear infection, gastroenteritis, respiratory illness, SIDS, necrotizing enterocolitis, obesity and hypertension 9 Reduces risk of diarrheal illness among breastfed infants by half 9 Reduces risk of any middle ear infection by 19 percent and 80 percent with prolonged episodes (> 10 days) 9 Reduces the odds ratio for obesity at school age by about 20 percent
For Mommy 9 Reduces risk of breast, ovarian and endometrial cancers, type 2 diabetes and incidences of postpartum depression 9 Promotes weight loss 9 Promotes small declines in overall cholesterol levels Source: American Dietetic Association
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The kicker? The WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION recommends exclusive nursing for the first six months of life and to at least 2 years of age or longer if desired. The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends breastfeeding exclusivity for the first six months and continued nursing for at least the first year. Sources: World Health Organization, American Academy of Pediatrics
the lowdown on the latch Forget location, location, location. It’s all about latch, latch, latch. Follow these suggestions to help your baby achieve a successful breastfeeding latch, courtesy of Leah Ehrlich of La Leche League of Marion County.
1. Hold baby snuggled very close to your body, tummy-to-tummy.
2. Begin with the nipple pointing at baby’s nose. 3. As the breast touches baby’s chin, wait for baby to open really wide.
4. As baby opens wide, roll the breast into the baby’s mouth and onto the tongue, with the lower jaw as far back on the breast as possible, away from the nipple.
5. After the baby’s upper lip covers the nipple,
snuggle the baby’s body in closer to yours. The whole front of baby’s body should be in contact with your body, with baby’s legs wrapped around your side.
need help? LA LECHE LEAGUE OF MARION COUNTY Meets the first Saturday of each month at the Ocala Public Library headquarters at 11am (352) 369-8328 / (352) 629-1945 LLLFLORIDA.COM MUNROE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT (352) 671-2164 (daytime) To register for prenatal breastfeeding classes at MRMC, call (352) 368-3474.
Talk to any breastfeeding expert and they’ll all agree that the No. 1 factor in ensuring successful breastfeeding is a proper latch. “You can make all the milk in the world, but if baby can’t successfully transfer it, then it doesn’t do any good,” says Cuppy. First and foremost, it shouldn’t hurt. Sure, the initial few latches might make your toes curl and feel uncomfortable for a minute or two, but beyond that, it should be pain-free. In the early stages, you’ll even feel some tightness in your tummy once baby begins to nurse. “There will be plenty of uterine cramping the first few days following the birth,” says Dr. Francis. “The oxytocin being released while breastfeeding causes the smooth muscles of the uterus to contract, allowing it to expel blood and shrink back to its original size, preventing excessive bleeding or hemorrhaging.” “I always tell moms, if you have to use your Lamaze breathing, then you should call someone for help,” smiles Ehrlich. “Having a correct latch allows for greater suction on the breast and prevents baby from swallowing air,” agrees Cuppy. “If the baby can efficiently empty the breast, then the supply-and-demand aspect of breastfeeding is much easier to establish.” So what accounts for a satisfied baby? It may be hard to tell when your baby is getting enough milk, especially in the early weeks when you’re still learning to navigate your way around one another. “Crying isn’t an indication of not getting enough milk,” says Amy Reynolds, a certified midwife and La Leche League leader. “Don’t worry about input as long as you have output
from your baby. You should be getting about six to eight wet diapers and two bowel movements a day, plus you should be able to see milk around baby’s mouth and hear him swallowing during a feeding.” During the first few days of nursing, baby will receive colostrum until mom’s milk comes in, which normally occurs around the third day or so following birth. This “yellow gold,” as some call it, comes in very small quantities, but it packs a serious nutritional wallop. Chock full of antibodies, colostrum passes precious immunities to your newborn, not to mention all the vitamins and minerals he needs. It’s normal for a baby to lose as much as 10 percent of his body weight in the initial days of life, but by 2 weeks old, however, most babies have returned to their birth weight. “As the baby reaches a variety of growth spurts, including around 10 days, three and six weeks, and three and six months, his tummy will begin to stretch to accommodate more milk,” says Cuppy. During these times, your little one may seem fussier than normal and act unsatisfied after a nursing session. As your body makes note of this, the supply will increase to meet your baby’s demand. As you make it past the initial hurdles of breastfeeding, and things are (hopefully) going smoothly, the next big challenge is to stick it out. Remember, it’s recommended that babies breastfeed exclusively for the first six months of life, followed by at least a year or two of nursing after that. If you’re a mom who will be returning to work, making breastfeeding last can prove to be a challenge. There’s the
breastfeeding is natural, but it’s a learned behavior. —DR. JIMI FRANCIS
pumping, storing and getting baby to accept a bottle issues. I’m proof that it can be done, though. Yes, I know, most of us would rather stay home with our bundle of joy, but the mortgage won’t pay itself, right? First things first, let’s talk pumps. Manual, electric, double electric. Who knew there was such a variety when it comes to breast pumps? If you’re a working mom, Cuppy recommends a hospital-grade double electric. “You’ll get the job done in half the amount of time,” says Cuppy. “And if you’re going to be introducing a bottle for expressed milk, the best time to do that is around 4 weeks old. “You certainly want to try baby with the bottle a few times,” adds Cuppy, “because you don’t want to get stuck with an emergency if baby won’t accept the bottle. Waiting until you’ve already gone back to work is too late to introduce the bottle.” Sometimes it takes trying several brands before finding one that your baby is comfortable with. After you return to work, you will certainly learn the finer points of pumping at the office… or in the ladies room, or in the car. Whatever the case may be, moms who are exclusively breastfeeding will normally need about three 10-to-15minute pumping sessions per work day. Pumping can be a bit overwhelming for some, but look at it as an opportunity during your day to think about your baby. As baby begins to eat solids, usually around six months, those sessions will most likely begin to decrease. And if you’re trying to build up your freezer stash and your little one is sleeping through the night (hallelujah!),
set your alarm for the middle of the night or very early in the morning for an added pumping session, as this is when your prolactin levels are at their highest. “Another great way to increase your supply is to nurse on one side and pump on the other once nursing is established,” says Reynolds. In the end, it doesn’t matter how you achieve your breastfeeding goals. The ultimate goal is the same for everyone: to nourish your baby the best way you know how. Whether it’s six months or two years, the benefits to your baby—and yourself— are overwhelming. The topic of breastfeeding is a vast one—one that’s covered in countless books and countless more websites and discussion boards. From pregnancy to the weaning process, nursing moms need to know that support and guidance is available. Although breastfeeding rates aren’t where pediatric and lactation specialists want them to be, they are certainly on the rise. “The U.S. had a breastfeeding rate of about 20 percent in the 1970s,” says Dr. Francis. “According to the latest numbers by the CDC, the number of mothers initiating breastfeeding with their newborns is closer to 75 percent. “What we have to work on as a nation is the duration,” she adds. “Breastfeeding is natural, yes, but it’s a learned behavior. We need to talk about it, see it, teach it and learn about it. In the end, it’s about figuring out how to make this dance work between you and your baby.”
Bonanza! Are you an expectant mom who plans to breastfeed? Ocala Style, with the help of a few generous donors, has put together two impressive breastfeeding gift baskets. And one of them could be yours! For a chance to win, email email@example.com with your name, address, phone number, due date and a few sentences on why breastfeeding is important to you. A prize panel will determine two lucky winners who will be announced in our July issue!
Basket 1 $550 VALUE
Medela Freestyle hands-free breast pump; Lansinoh Nursing Pads, Soothies Gel Pads, Storage Bags, Latch Assist and HPA Lanolin; Gerber receiving blankets and burp cloths; Maya Wrap; and the New Mother’s Guide to Breastfeeding by the American Academy of Pediatrics
Basket 2 $200 VALUE
Gia Simplisse Nursing Pillow, Nursing Pillow cover, LanolinFree Nipple Wipes, Disposable Breast Pads, Lanolin-Free Nipple Cream, Essential Lactation Supplements; Gerber receiving blankets and burp cloths; Bebe au Lait Nursing Cover; and La Leche League's The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding Gift basket contents courtesy of Medela, Lansinoh, Simplisse, Bebe au Lait, La Leche League and Target
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he mint julep has been associated with the Kentucky Derby since 1938. Today, more than 120,000 mint juleps are served over the two-day period of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby. Those attending Churchill Downs on May 7th can spend $1,000 for a premium mint julep served in a gold-plated cup with a silver straw. Too steep? Try this at-home version instead.
The Perfect Mint Julep 4
bunches fresh spearmint
cup distilled water
cup granulated sugar sprinkle powdered sugar
1. Cover about 40 spearmint leaves with 3 ounces of bourbon and soak for 15 minutes. Gather leaves in a paper towel and wring the mint over the bowl of whisky several times. 2. Heat 1 cup granulated sugar with one cup distilled water until sugar dissolves. Continue stirring so sugar doesn’t burn. 3. Add the syrup mixture to 3 ½ cups bourbon in a pitcher. Add mint extract one tablespoon at a time until you taste a soft minty flavor. Refrigerate mixture for 24 hours. To serve, fill ½ cup with crushed ice. Insert a sprig of mint and fill the rest of the cup with ice. Pour mint julep mixture over ice and add powdered sugar on top. Serve immediately. Source: foodnetwork.com
The first ice cream parlor in America opened in New York City in 1776, and American colonists were the first to use the term “ice cream.” The term was originally “iced cream.”
FROZEN YOGURT VS. ICE CREAM
It’s almost time for Floridians to start seeking refuge from the scalding heat of summertime. While some chill seekers prefer to take a dip in the pool, others would rather dip into a gallon of ice cream. If you’re one of the latter, you might want to consider frozen yogurt, a healthier alternative to keep you cool—and maintain your waistline!
As early as the 4th century B.C.
Yogurt cultures, milk and fat solids, sweetener, corn syrups, various flavors
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(½ cup vanilla flavor)
Calories from fat Fat content percentage
It takes about 50 licks to finish one scoop of ice cream or frozen yogurt.
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These fruity frozen yogurt sundaes are sure ways to beat the heat this summer.
Tropical Vacation Sundae Makes 4 Servings ¼ cup packed light brown sugar 2
tablespoons butter or margarine
teaspoon grated orange peel
cup diced fresh pineapple
scoops Blue Bunny StrawberryBanana Frozen Yogurt
1. In a small saucepan over medium
heat, melt brown sugar and butter, stirring constantly. Add orange peel and pineapple, bringing mixture to a boil. Reduce heat until gently bubbling. Cook and stir for 10 minutes or until mixture thickens slightly. Remove from heat, and let cool for five minutes.
2. Stir in banana. Place frozen yogurt
into serving bowls. Spoon 1/4 cup of pineapple mixture over each. Top each 1/3 cup roasted & salted macadamia nuts with about 1 tablespoon of macadamia 4 maraschino cherries nuts and one cherry. Serve immediately.
Tijuana Flats is the place to try some of the most unique hot sauces in town. Since opening in August 2009, the chain eatery, located in the Berkshire Oaks Plaza on College Road just west of I-75, has become popular for its fast-casual Tex-Mex faire and unique variety of sauces. “Our hot sauce bar has 15 different sauces, some original to Tijuana Flats,” says manager Justin Brown. “You can try any you like, and we’ll try to explain them and answer any questions.” Sauces include mild, sweet, medium, hot, make-you-cry, and more. Justin also says their “Taco Tuesdays” special is drawing a big crowd. Served all day on Tuesday, it features two tacos, chips and a drink for just $4.99. All food is made-to-order, and the service is fast and friendly. 3950 SW College Road, Ocala (352) 291-1316 / tijuanaflats.com
Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse 3405 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-3151 Mon-Thu 11a-10p / Fri & Sat 11a-11p / Sunday 3p-10p Tony’s Sushi brings scrumptious sushi favorites from New York and Miami to Ocala, served in a fun, family environment. All sushi dishes are made to order—choose from a variety of specialty rolls or create your own! Whether you prefer chicken, steak or seafood, talented chefs will prepare it with dazzling showmanship on the hot grill right at your table. All entrées come with soup or salad and rice. In addition to the full Japanese kitchen, there is a full liquor bar and a beer selection, including imported Japanese beer and Sake.
For the truly adventurous, try Tony’s famous Sake Bomb! We also provide catering and host private parties.
Tilted Kilt 3155 E. Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 351-5458 / tiltedkilt.com Mon-Thu 11a-Midnight / Fri-Sat 11a-12a / Sun 11a-11p Have you heard the buzz around town about Ocala’s newest restaurant and sports bar? Everything at Tilted Kilt, from the delicious pub-style food to the friendly costumed staff, is exciting and fun! The menu features an array of satisfying options, whether you just want to snack or feel like having a full meal. Nachos, cheeseburger sliders, quesadillas and salads join over half a dozen hearty burgers, such as the Black & Bleu, The French Connection (lots of melted Swiss cheese and sautéed mushrooms and onions) and the BBQ Bacon. Other favorites include Maggie Mae’s Fish & Chips, Kilt Burner Wings, Chicken Tenders, the Ultimate Club Wrap and the Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap.
Other favorites include such entrees as the Sausage Artichoke Fettuccini, Danny Boy’s Shepherd’s Pie and lasagna.
Stevi B’s 3101 SW 34th Avenue, Ocala / (352) 390-8181 / stevibs.com Sun-Thu 11a-9p / Fri & Sat 11a-10p The Stevi B’s dining experience was created with families in mind. The Ultimate Pizza Buffet makes it easy for parents to relax, knowing their children are getting fresh, wholesome food at value prices. With a large game room, Stevi B’s is also the perfect place for birthday and team parties or a special Pizza Tour program, taking kids behind the scenes to show them the secrets of the pizza-making pros.
Specialty pizzas offered include Loaded Baked Potato, Mac & Cheese, BLT, Chicken Fajita and Cheeseburger, among many others. All pizzas are made with fresh dough and ingredients and 100% real cheese.
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Powerful Probiotics Forget apples, it’s a little bacteria a day that keeps the doctor away!
he best benefit of frozen yogurt may sound the least appetizing, but it’s the bacteria found in yogurt that makes it so good for you. Probiotics, or “good bacteria,” are live microorganisms similar to the beneficial bacteria found naturally in your intestinal tract and are vital for boosting the immune system, fighting disease, absorbing nutrients and assisting in digestion. Don’t like the taste or texture of frozen yogurt? Probiotics are also found in fermented and unfermented milk, miso, tempeh and some juices and soy beverages. Still not sure? They can also be consumed in tablet or powder form.
Source: medicinenet.com and the National Institutes of Health
Fat Daddy’s in Summerfield has plenty going on since new owners Scott and Sherry Haber took over February 1. There’s live entertainment every night except Monday, and dancing on Thursday evenings. Locals, including many regulars from The Villages, appreciate the tiki bar and indoor-outdoor dining options. “We have different specials every night,” says Joe Hilliard, who runs the kitchen. “On Friday nights, we have a Louisiana-style shrimp boil and a Haddock fish fry, in addition to the regular menu, and we sell a ton of Philly cheese steaks.” There’s a full bar and 13 different beers on tap. Open seven days a week, Fat Daddy’s serves lunch and dinner. 10135 SE Sunset Harbor Road, Summerfield / (352) 288-1342 fatdaddysgrilleandbar.com
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Stella’s Modern Pantry has some of the coolest kitchen gadgets in town. We recently discovered two items that make it a breeze to chop and mince fresh garlic. The “Garlic Twist” ($17.99) is an awardwinning device that is about the size of your palm and used to finely chop garlic, shallots, ginger, peppers and more. The “Garlic Zoom” ($9.95) is a small plastic container with a removable stainless steel blade. You just peel the garlic, pop the cloves inside the gadget and roll it on the counter. Voila… chopped garlic with no mess! The blade comes out for easy cleaning. Either gadget could make a clever Mother’s Day gift for the women on your list who love to cook. 20 SW Broadway Street, Downtown Ocala / (352) 622-3663 stellasmodernpantry.com
ARBY’S on College Road closed this winter, and the KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN/A&W on South Pine just recently closed. BRUSTER’S REAL ICE CREAM on Mulberry Road in The Villages has closed its doors, which
is a shame because many patrons say Bruster’s offers some of the best fresh ice cream around. The Bruster’s location on Silver Springs Boulevard in Ocala is still up and running!
Honey-Peach Frozen Yogurt Sundae Makes 4 Servings 1/3 cup walnut halves 2
medium fresh peaches, sliced
¼ cup honey ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon Pinch ground cloves 4
scoops Blue Bunny Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt
2/3 cup fresh raspberries 1. In medium skillet over medium heat, cook walnuts until toasted, about five minutes, stirring constantly. Cool. When cool enough to handle, chop very coarsely. Set aside. 2. In same skillet over medium heat, combine peaches, honey, cinnamon and cloves. Cook and stir until peaches soften. Cool several minutes before spooning equally over frozen yogurt. Top each serving with about four raspberries. Serve immediately.
Krazy Kones 5801 West Highway 40, Ocala / (352) 351-0020 Sun-Thu 11a-9p / Fri & Sat 11a-10p Looking for a delicious cold treat on a hot summer day? Krazy Kones offers 24 flavors of soft-serve ice cream as well as hand-dipped Working Cow ice cream. Homemade Ice cream sandwiches are made with your choice of either chocolate chunk or peanut butter cookies. Krazy Kones offers more than sweet treats. Sink your teeth into a Chicago-style hot dog or Vienna Italian Beef Sandwich. Hamburgers and cheeseburgers, made from Angus beef, and Polish sausage by Vienna are also favorites on the menu. Add a side of potato salad or coleslaw and you have a meal fit for a king.
Having a summertime celebration? Krazy Kones will custom make ice cream cakes with any flavor of ice cream they serve.
El Toreo 3790 East Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 694-1401 E. Silver Springs Blvd: 7 Days 11a-10p / SR 200 7 Days 11a-11p / Happy Hour Daily 4p-7p New lunch specials include Taco Salad on Monday, $3.95; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $3.95; Quesadillas on Wednesday, $5.45; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $4.95 and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $3.95. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $7.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $6.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $6.95; Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $6.95; and Enchilada Fridays, $6.95. Don’t miss “Margarita Mondays” with $1.95 margaritas. On Tuesdays kids 12 and under - 99¢ from the children’s menu (take-out not included). Wednesday is 99¢ margaritas and $1.95 for domestic and imported beers. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day.
Cinco de Mayo! All beer 99¢. $1.95 margaritas & tequila shots. Mother’s Day - all moms get a free dessert.
THE BEST MEXICAN FOOD
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 12p-9p Experience the unique and unforgettable taste of Bamboo Bistro in The Villages! Offering Asian dishes from China, Japan, Vietnam and Thailand along with a full sushi bar, Chef Liang Wu incorporates the best variety of authentic Asian ingredients while using an array of cooking techniques. Our specialties include Peking Duck, Pepper Seared Filet Mignon, Seafood Delight, along with other seafood choices. Many wok entrees and noodle dishes available. A variety of Asian beers and the extensive wine list will complement any meal.
Chef Wu and Co-Owner Jian Daniels have created a wonderful new Asian Fusion dining experience in town that manages to be both elegant and casual. Bring Mom in for Mother’s Day on May 8th.
A Picnic Under The Stars
ust off your red-and-white-checkered blanket, and stock your little straw basket for Ocala’s largest picnic—the SYMPHONY UNDER THE STARS is happening on May 8. This event is the perfect opportunity to dine with friends and family picnic style while enjoying a night of musical entertainment from the Ocala Symphony Orchestra. But forget the turkey sandwiches and potato chips. We’ve found everything you need for the perfect picnic at your favorite stops around town. What better way to support local businesses and the arts than enjoying a night out with family and friends.
Special Delivery Show Mom you care every day, or simply brighten up your home with a vivid floral arrangement! Though the traditional flower to bestow upon your mother is the carnation, women today receive everything from a single rose to a bountiful bouquet. This featured arrangement has an organic twist and comes in a twiggy, moss basket courtesy of PETAL PUSHER FLORIST. It can be purchased for about $75. The arrangement includes light blue irises, blue delphiniums, a yellow finesse rose, yellow daffodils, orange tulips, light green cymbidium orchids, a pink spray rose and a grape cluster, among many other unique details. Petal Pusher Florist can create an arrangement just for you starting at $30. Petal Pusher Florist 739 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala (352) 732-4883 / (800) 749-1080 petalpusherfloristocala.com
C.H. BERRES SPATLESE
FRUIT SALAD BOWL
from Sonny’s BBQ, $4.99 per gallon
1997 Riesling (Mosel) from Cuvée Wine and Bistro, $32 per bottle
from Publix, $ 2.99 per pound
CHICKEN SALAD from Ipanema, $10.95 per pound
Marked by the big white whale sign in front of the establishment, Lena’s Seafood celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Run by three sisters—Kathy, Charlotte and Karen—the original Lena’s first opened in Salisbury, Massachusetts in 1958 by the girls’ grandmother, Lena Hunt, the restaurant’s namesake. Patrons love Lena’s for many reasons, and their Ipswich clams are extremely popular. “They’re a New England clam; it’s not just the strip, it’s the whole clam,” explains Kathy.
BREAD from Primary Oven, $4.50 per loaf
Presented by FINE ARTS FOR OCALA, this year’s Symphony Under the Stars theme is “FAFO Goes Hollywood.” The Ocala Symphony Orchestra will be performing music from the following movies and plays. Harry Potter Close Encounters of the Third Kind The King and I Cats Evita Funny Girl Disney Magic (A selection of Disney favorites)
ASSORTED COOKIES from Betty Cakes Cafe, $15.00 for a baker’s dozen
Among their best-selling specials is the all-you-can-eat plate featuring shrimp, clam strips or Pollock. The meal is served with coleslaw, fries and topped with onion rings. “People love our onion rings, and they garnish the top of everything we put out,” says Kathy. Lena’s is open for lunch and dinner from 11am to 8pm Wednesday through Saturday and from 2-8pm on Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday. After Memorial Day, they’re only open Thursday through Saturday until the end of August. 18478 E Hwy 40, Silver Springs / (352) 625-6489
West Side Story The Sound of Music Phantom of the Opera Pirates of the Caribbean Jesus Christ Superstar 1812 Overture (fireworks) WANT TO GO?
Symphony Under The Stars May 8, 7pm $15 for adults, $5 kids ages 6-12 Children under 6 are free Ocala Golf Club 3130 E SR 40 (352) 867-0355
Jitterz Café Located in Almeida Plaza / 11783 Highway 441, Belleview / (352) 307-9870 Breakfast & Lunch Tue-Fri 7a-3p / Sat 8a-3p / Sun 8a-2p (Breakfast Only) If you’re searching for a friendly eatery where the food is delicious, the staff is great and the atmosphere is just right, then look no further than Jitterz Café on Hwy. 441 in Belleview. This delightful spot has been getting rave reviews from patrons! Stop by for a breakfast of Almond French Toast, a fluffy omelet filled inside and out or the wonderful biscuits and gravy. Try a lunch of homemade soup, a fresh salad and a char-grilled burger. For dessert, try our award-winning Bread Pudding topped with vanilla Grand Mariner sauce.
Jitterz’s tea and coffee bar encourages guests to sit a while and enjoy good company. Smoothies are available, and two-for-one beer and wine is offered all day, every day. Call for information about private parties and catering.
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 & Sat 4:30p-9p For an authentic Japanese meal in an award-winning restaurant that has been serving Ocala for 16 years, try Kotobuki. Try traditional Japanese favorites like Tempura, Teriyaki, and broiled seafood and vegetables. For a memorable experience, gather around the Hot Grill and watch as your chef prepares steak, chicken, and seafood favorites right before your eyes.
Check out our full sushi bar.
Bay Leaf Indian Restaurant 3131 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 291-9237 / bayleafindianocala.com Mon-Thu 11a-9:30p / Fri-Sun 11a-10:30p Indian haute cuisine at its finest! Prepared with only the freshest ingredients and top-shelf spices, the dishes at Bay Leaf Indian Restaurant are a welcome change from the ordinary and are sure to dazzle your palate. Start with the Vegetable Samosa or Samosa Chat appetizers, both featuring a crispy, flaky puff pastry. The Chicken Tikka Masala—a barbecue chicken prepared in a delicious zesty gravy—is a must-order entrée as is the Tandoori Chicken—a whole Spring chicken marinated overnight in yogurt and freshly ground spices and cooked in a clay oven. Or try any one of the Laziz Gosh or lamb specialties.
Catering for crowds of two to 200 or more is available. And don’t forget to stop by the Spice Bazaar next door!
Calling All Chefs!
ant to put your culinary skills to the test in an event that supports food, fun and philanthropy? CULINARY COMBAT pits three of the region’s top chefs against one another in an “Iron Chef ”-style event to benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children. If you think you have what it takes, applications are currently being accepted. Chef Rick Alabaugh, two-time Culinary Combat winner and executive chef at the Country Club of Ocala, will be taking on the area’s best challengers. The event will feature a secret ingredient, and each chef will have one hour to create a three-course meal. Chef Alabaugh’s advice for his competition? “Have fun, and let your personality come out in your food,” he says. The event, which will be held October 2 at the Ocala Hilton, will be open to the public and include a food show, featuring gourmet items by local restaurants, a beer and wine tasting and live entertainment. The competition will be broadcast live throughout the venue.
Sam Betty, of Peace of Mind Caregivers and Mr. PC, of PC House Productions, who are also founders and chairmen of Culinary Combat, are seeking event sponsors and vendors interested in participating in the food show. “We’re looking to cover all the expenses before the event so ticket sales can go directly to the hospital,” says Sam. The Shriners Hospitals for Children is the official philanthropy of Shriners International. And as Mr. PC says, “What better thing to be involved in? And on top of all of that, you get food and fellowship.” Keith Poole, third vice president of the Ocala Shriners, emphasized the event’s importance. “It costs millions of dollars to operate our hospitals and provide these services,” he says. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with Culinary Combat to achieve these goals.” To submit an application, find out more about sponsorship or the food show, or purchase tickets, visit culinarycombat.com or call (352) 427-7400. Applications are due by July 31.
LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS
We all know how important fruit and vegetables are to a healthy diet. With planting and harvesting season in full swing, there’s no excuse not to fill your fridge with locally grown, fresh produce. Check out these area markets, including Ocala’s newest farmers market that recently opened on the downtown square. Featuring rows of gourmet and organic foods, seafood products, flowers and botanicals, and art and antiques, the market is open Saturdays from 8am to 1pm. OCALA FARM MARKET Saturdays, 8am-1pm
Downtown Ocala on the square (352) 426-8244 FARMERS MARKET Wednesdays, 9am-2pm
City Hall Park 5301 SE Abshier Blvd, Belleview (352) 245-2178 THE FARMERS MARKET Thursdays, 9am-1pm
Circle Square Commons 8405 SW 80th St., Ocala (352) 427-3982 or (352) 854-3670 CITRA FARMERS MARKET Thursdays, 4-7pm
Citra Community Center County Road 318, Citra (352) 595-337 OUR VILLAGE MARKET Fridays, 3-6:30pm
El Toreo has all the margaritas you could ask for to celebrate Cinco de Mayo on May 5 or any time you’re craving that classic South-of-the-Border concoction. With more than a dozen different types of margaritas on the menu, there’s something for every taste bud. “We have lime, strawberry, peach, mango, raspberry, banana, blue margaritas and more,” says Roger Avendano, manager of the El Toreo on Silver Springs Boulevard, which opened nearly 20 years ago. “We have premium brands of tequila, and we also have the Partida, an organic margarita made without sugar. It’s made with agave nectar for sweetness.” If you’re in the mood to share with friends, the Monster Margarita is a whopping 60 ounces, nearly a half gallon. Roger says the Texas Margarita, made with Cuervo Gold tequila and Gran Marnier, is their most popular seller. All margaritas can be made frozen or served on the rocks. El Toreo has two locations in Ocala—on Silver Springs Boulevard and on College Road just east of I-75. Both establishments are owned by the Quiroz family. 3790 E SR 40., Ocala / (352) 694-1401 3510 SW 36th Ave., Ocala / (352) 241-2121
McIntosh Area School 20400 10th St., McIntosh (352) 871-1094 NORTH MAGNOLIA MERCHANTS FARMERS MARKET Fridays, 8am-1:30pm
834 N Magnolia Ave., Ocala (352) 401-0888 FARMERS MARKET Saturdays, 8am-2pm
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Latinos Y Mas 2030 S Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 622-4777 / latinos-mas.com Mon-Thu 11a-9p / Fri & Sat 11a-10p / Closed Sunday Looking for a unique evening out with a Latin flair? Well look no further, Latinos Y Mas is the answer. Begin your dining experience with a refreshing dragon berry mojito, or perhaps a unique tropicolada. Follow that with the golden crispy calamari with homemade marinada chipotle mild sauce. For your main entrée, try the Zarzuela de Mariscos, a combination of sautéed shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels, fish and calamari in a delicious coconut milk and Caribbean rum sauce, served over rice. Or, try the Blackened Mero served with a tangy tropical mango salsa and a cool orange sauce. Of course there is no resisting the sweet treats at Latinos, so make sure to save room for dessert!
Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us! Live music three nights a week. Gift certificates and party platters available for any special occasion. Our outside patio is now available for private parties!
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, Crossroads Country Kitchen is a must for anyone craving down-home, country cooking. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, menu items range from homestyle chicken & dumplings to prime rib, fresh salads, seafood, prime steaks and burgers. If you’re in the mood for a real treat, try the Prime Rib Dinner For Two. Make sure to leave room for one of the tasty home-baked desserts, too! In the mood for a fresh fish fry? Tuesdays and Fridays are all-you-care-to-eat catfish. Big-screen televisions will allow you to enjoy your meal without missing one second of the big game or race.
Located at the Crossroads of NW 80th Ave. and Hwy 40 West. No matter what you have a taste for, Crossroads Country Kitchen is sure to become a new favorite.
Victoria’s 19773 East Pennsylvania Avenue, Dunnellon / (352) 465-4635 Mon-Sat 11am-9pm / Sun 12-8pm Sit back, relax and enjoy the delicious homemade cuisine of Victoria’s Restaurant. Located on the idyllic Rainbow River, Victoria’s is locally owned and operated with owner Victoria Slocumb on-site preparing the day’s fresh fare. With outdoor deck seating available, you can watch as boaters, kayakers and tubers make their way downstream while enjoying any of the homemade specialty pizzas, pastas and panini sandwiches. Be sure to try their famous walnut gorgonzola chicken salad sandwich. The menu includes soups, salads, panini sandwiches, pizzas, calzones, strombolis, burgers, seafood and decadent desserts, as well as traditional Italian entrees, such as lasagna, eggplant parmesan, and spaghetti and meatballs.
Everything at Victoria’s is made on-site with the freshest ingredients. Beer and wine is also served.
Brooklyn’s Original Pizzeria and Restaurant 1011 NE 14th Street, Ocala / (352) 304-6292 Mon- Thu 11a-8p / Fri & Sat 11a-9p / Closed Sunday Spice up your night out by visiting on Wednesdays to take in the live entertainment, featuring music from the ‘50s and ‘60s. Seniors receive a 15% discount.
Looking for authentic New York-style pizza and cuisine without making a trip to the Big Apple? Now under new ownership, Brooklyn’s Original Pizzeria and Restaurant serves an array of Italian dishes, including pasta, stromboli and calzones, made with fresh ingredients in an open-kitchen atmosphere. Available for dine-in, take-out or delivery, try one of the daily lunch specials under $6, and remember Brooklyn’s Original Pizzeria and Restaurant the next time you need to schedule catering for an event.
Blanca’s Café Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club / 5000 N US Hwy 27, Ocala / (352) 867-0001 Sun Breakfast 8a-Noon, Dinner 1p-8p / Mon-Sat Lunch & Dinner 10:30a-9p
Mother’s Day hours 1p - 7p, now taking reservations. Weekly entertainment, call for details. Homemade pizza served daily. Lunch now feature Beef on Weck & Monte Cristo Sandwiches. Live Maine lobsters every Friday night. Reservation required.
Tucked 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 specialties, with a popular breakfast buffet offered every Sunday. Patrons enjoy a full service bar and live entertainment weekly as well as spacious seating for up to 150. Try one of the weekly dinner specials Blanca’s offers, or schedule catering for your next event through the café. Whether you’re a newcomer in town or a local looking for somewhere new to dine, Blanca’s Café offers something to please every palate.
Bruster’s Real Ice Cream 2707 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala / (352) 622-2110 / brusters.com Sun-Thu 12p-10p / Fri-Sat 12p-11p Remember Mom this Mother’s Day with an ice cream cake or pie from Bruster’s Real Ice Cream. Banana Thursdays, banana splits are 1/2 price if you bring your own banana.
Bruster’s believes there’s no richer reward in life than the smooth, creamy pleasure of fresh ice cream. Bruster’s rotates over 30 of their 145 flavors every day, and because every generous scoop is made just a few steps from the counter where it’s served, it always tastes fresh. Favorite flavors include Birthday Cake, Cotton Candy, Peanut Butter Puddles, White Turtle and Key Lime Pie. Don’t forget their free doggie sundaes and baby cones for children under 40 inches. Scan here with your smartphone for a direct link to our website.
Super Buffet Pine Plaza / 620 South Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 369-9937 Sun-Thu 11a-9:30a / Fri & Sat 11a-10:30p Finding the right place to dine is a nightmare. Wanting sushi, pizza, seafood, salad or Chinese food? There are loads of books and guides that will lead you to various places. But there is one place that carries all of these items. That place is Super Buffet. With more then 300 items on its buffet, the consumer can choose from a hot, delicious food bar or a cold fresh fruit and dessert bar. The buffet offers generous portions, which explains the name “super,” so you can be sure to leave full and satisfied. Super Buffet is located in Pine Plaza by the Ocala Police Department. If you like to eat, come in and enjoy the buffet!
Voted in the Top 100 out of over 43,000 Chinese restaurants in the United States by Chinese Restaurant News.
Mary’s Cuban Kitchen 101 SW 60th Avenue, Ocala / (352) 369-6279 (MARY) Monday-Friday 6:30a-8p / Saturday, 6:30a-4p Whether enjoying lunch or dinner, at Mary’s Cuban Kitchen it feels like you’re dining with family. A variety of lunch and dinner plates are available daily and the selections are too numerous to mention them all! New selections include Arroz con Pollo, Masitas de Puerco, Palomilla Steak, Frijoles Negros and more. In addition to the tasty new menu items, Mary’s also offers dinners to go, also known as “cantinas.” Now you can enjoy Mary’s one-of-a-kind dishes right in the comfort of your own home. The all-day menu also includes Café Cubano, Café Con Leche, Papa Rellena and Empanadas as well.
Make sure to save some room for one of Mary’s signature shakes! Thick and creamy and made from fresh fruit, choose between banana, strawberry, seasonal fruits and the ever-popular chocolate and vanilla. You have to try Mary’s to appreciate how good it is!
La Cuisine French Restaurant 48 SW 1st Avenue, Ocala / (352) 433-2570 / LaCuisineOcala.com Tue-Thu 11:30a-2p, 5:30-9p / Fri & Sat 11:30a-2p, 5:30p-10p Looking for a romantic escape, a cozy place for a business lunch or dinner, a beautiful spot for a reunion with family and friends? Or are you simply craving good, hearty, quality food and dedicated service? La Cuisine with its unique atmosphere alongside world-class French food is definitely worth a closer look!
Celebrate Mother’s Day at La Cuisine. The restaurant will exceptionally be open on Sunday, May 8th from 12 noon to 7 p.m.
Pasta Faire Italian Ristorante 10401 US Hwy 441, Belleview / (352) 347-3100 / Pastafaire.com Mon-Sat 11a-10p / Sunday 11a-9p
Call soon for Mother’s Day reservations. Monday: All You Can Eat Rotisserie Chicken $7.99; Tuesday: Seafood Feast $10.99; Wednesday: 2-4-1 Gourmet Pizza; Thursday: All-you-can-eat spaghetti, $6.99
Welcome to Pasta Faire. Owner Kathy Funk and Chef Ricardo Cardenas invite you and your family to enjoy the flavors of Italy. Come relax and enjoy the “new” dinner menu. The chef has added new items such as Veal Marsala or Picatta, Gnocchi ala Ricardo, Seafood Lovers Delight, Grilled Fresh Salmon, Surf and Turf, and much more. Don’t forget the extravaganza menu, three courses for just $11. Pasta Faire also features a full bar and an extensive wine list. Also available is the new $7.69 Mix n Match Lunch, available Monday through Saturday from 11am-3pm. And don’t forget, Happy Hour is every Monday through Saturday from 11am-6pm.
Chili’s Grill & Bar Many Convenient Locations Throughout Our Area / chilis.com Sun-Thu 11a-11p / Fri & Sat 11a-Midnight (lounge open till 2a, at I-75 location only) Happy Hour All Day Everyday Happy Hour is all day every day with 2-for-1 drinks. New lunch break. Forget the old - go for the bold $6 lunch combos!
From freshly prepared salads to mouth-watering burgers, Chili’s kicks up the flavor with food that’s anything but ordinary. Smokey, sweet and savory ribs are now slowsmoked over pecan wood and impossible to resist. Enjoy the flavor without the guilt thanks to dishes under 750 calories. Party Platters create the perfect event at Chili’s. Scan here with your smartphone for a direct link to chilis.com
Cuvée Wine & Bistro 2237 SW 19th Ave Rd, Ste. 102, Ocala / (352) 351-1816 / cuveewineocala.com Mon-Thu 4p-10p / Fri & Sat 4p-2a / Happy Hour 4p-7p & 11p-1a
Call for Reservations Private Parties and Off-Premise Catering Available
Cuvée Wine & Bistro is an elegant and approachable environment where you can embrace the age-old relationship between food and wine. In an inspiring and intimate atmosphere, Cuvée brings together the taste of upscale cuisine with the freshest ingredients combined with a wide array of wines from around the world. We guarantee your senses will be delighted and your palate overwhelmed. Feed your mind, your spirit and your curiosity at Cuvée.
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t’s a Thursday evening and the fun’s just getting started at Artisinal Dish Fine Grocer & Eats, where ten of us have signed on for the Pizza class. Perched in comfy seats at high wooden tables, we have a perfect view of Chef Greg Mullen and the expansive open kitchen. The mood is relaxed as we chat before the class begins. Rita Miller, the Florida wine consultant from the Opici Wine Group, is on hand, pouring a variety of different Italian red wines. She starts us off with a glass of Sangiovese to accompany the slices of herb cheese pizza Chef Greg prepares to whet our appetites. As we nibble and sip, the chef demonstrates how to make two different tomato-based sauces. He shows us how to slice an “X” in the end of each Roma tomato before cooking so the skins slip off easily. By the time Chef Greg has moved on to showing how he whips up his pizza crust, my mouth is starting to water. To my surprise, he adds a little white wine to one type of crust, explaining that it adds both moisture and flavor. Sure, you can use a mixer to combine your crust ingredients, but, as Chef Greg demonstrates, it’s much more effective (and satisfying) to use your hands. We even learned that you can make pizza dough a few hours in advance and then refrigerate it. The cold slows down the yeast’s action until you take it out and let it rise for a second time. At this point, it’s all we can do to stay in our seats. When we’re invited to step up to the granite counter top and begin shaping our crust, everyone dons an apron and finds their place. Some participants use their hands to pat out the dough, while others opt for rolling pins or even flour-dusted wine bottles rolled on their sides.
Once we achieve the crust shape we want, we place them on individual pizza stones. Now for the really fun part: choosing sauces and toppings. There’s a huge assortment of ingredients available to top our pizzas in any combination we desire. I decide to craft my first pizza with tomato sauce on one half and a tempting cilantro/pecan pesto sauce on the other. Then, I add mozzarella, caramelized onion, slivers of purple potato, chorizo and thinly sliced Wagyu beef meatballs. It’s delightful having so many toppings to pick from while not having to chop, slice or prepare any of them! Jennie Greening, the chef ’s assistant, uses a paddle to guide our pizza stones into the wood-fired brick pizza oven. At more than 700 degrees Fahrenheit, the oven cooks our pizzas to perfection in barely three minutes. Then, all we have to do is settle back and enjoy them as Rita visits our table with another bottle of wine. A short time later, everyone is ready for round two, with most participants selecting different sauces and toppings to try new flavor combinations. My hands-down favorite is the blackened onion, an amazing concoction made from sliced onions, balsamic vinegar and a little sugar. The mixture is cooked over low heat for many hours until it’s reduced down to a thick, flavorful consistency best described as a spread. Several of us are begging for the recipe by the end of the night. As the class wraps up, we’re inspired, armed with pizza sauce and crust recipes, not to mention an arsenal of cooking tips. There’s a feeling of camaraderie among the participants, several of whom have attended previous classes. “I took the Cooking Fundamentals class, and it was fantastic,” says Robbie Payne. “We cooked two gourmet meals, and I made the dishes at home the next week; my husband said
“ONE OF THE THINGS WE REALLY TRY TO DO IS DEMYSTIFY COOKING.” —CHEF GREG MULLEN
it was like a four-star restaurant. I came to take the Pizza class because I was so impressed with the first class.” Chef Greg and his assistants Jennie, Meredith Donnan and Dish co-owner Mary Gary keep things moving smoothly all night and are there to help. Dish offers different classes every month, taught by Chef Greg, as well as guest chefs. Classes average eight to 16 people, but with hands-on classes, such as ours, ten is the maximum number. “One of the things we really try to do is demystify cooking,” says Chef Greg. “Take your time, prepare and think about what you’re going to do. Keep it simple. We want people to have fun with it.” Trust me, we did!
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Learning & Laughing
hen Joy Dudis retired after three decades of politics in Ohio, she never thought she’d become a cooking instructor. “I don’t even like to cook,” she laughs. After Joy and her husband, Roger, moved to The Villages, she realized she’d be bored if she didn’t come up with a way to entertain herself. She and Roger became cooking instructors for The Villages Lifelong Learning College and have been entertaining themselves and their “students” for the past four years. (Classes are open to the public and only cost a few dollars more if you aren’t a Villages resident.) Joy, with Roger assisting, teaches at least six cooking classes per month, and classes take place at the Dudis’ home. “He is my more-than-right-hand man,” she says of her husband and co-instructor. “He mans the ovens, dishes up the food and actually makes some of the dishes.” Joy and Roger built their spacious kitchen—complete with huge island, two ovens, five-burner gas cook top, two dish washers, walk-in pantry, wine cooler and soda cooler—for entertaining. Now, they’re so busy with their classes, the couple doesn’t have much time for entertaining. When Joy says the classes are simple, she means it. “There’s no slicing, dicing, chopping, paring, peeling or sautéing,” she declares. “We use mostly prepared ingredients. I like to call it ‘dump and stir.’ They’re easy recipes, and you don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen.”
cooking and entertaining be simple, it doesn’t Recently, 13 participants gathered at the need to cost a fortune. Dudis’ home for the Easy Brunches class. Joy “We usually serve Oak Leaf label wine, which greeted her guests wearing pajamas and with her is $3 at Wal-Mart,” she says. “For the Brunch class, hair in curlers. She appears “in costume” for every we also did Bloody Marys.” class, with her outfit tailored to the specific topic. Participants eat at every class (and take Within 90 minutes, Joy and Roger home the leftovers)—that’s half the fun. The prepared an astonishing array of brunch items. other half is the entertainment value. She whipped up a Texas quiche with Monterey “The best part of her classes is the Jack and cheddar cheese and a little kick from playfulness,” says Pat Young, who moved to The green chilies, an egg and chili cup, and two Villages from Colorado last fall. “She makes different potato dishes. Roger turned out an cooking more than a chore.” apple-sausage ring using ground sausage, Angela Op de Deek, from British Granny Smith apples, Stovetop brand herb Columbia, Canada, was visiting friends and stuffing, onion and egg substitute. A blintz attended the Easy Brunches class. soufflé came together in minutes, thanks to “I’m a retired home frozen blintzes with added sour economics teacher and taught cream and eggs. for 35 years,” says Angela. Joy assembled two different “I can tell you from both a mixed fruit salads: one with rum professional and fun point of and brown sugar, the other with a view, the class was absolutely dash of cardamom and mace. She fabulous. What Joy’s doing is then demonstrated how to create technically correct but also an easy, yet crowd-pleasing sweet “THERE’S NO fun. She shows you can have finale: bread pudding. Joy starts SLICING, DICING, a brunch or dinner party and with cinnamon raisin bread, it will look and taste fabulous, which she saws into large chunks CHOPPING, you don’t have to do a lot with an electric knife. After PARING, PEELING but of work. She has an amazing spreading the bread in a pan, she OR SAUTÉING. sense of humor. I could see tops it with a mixture of milk, egg, cinnamon, raisins and a bit WE USE MOSTLY myself as her sous chef if I move down here.” of Splenda for sweetness, then PREPARED Joy admits her lessons are pops it in the oven. INGREDIENTS. “a little R-rated,” but her clever “Some of my recipes I’ve banter is one reason her classes had for years,” she says. “I test I LIKE TO CALL are always full. The kitchen everything and make my own IT ‘DUMP AND is the best place to catch her modifications.” STIR.” in action. All those grins and Joy is all about showing class giggles, plus tasty food, too! participants that, not only can —JOY DUDIS
ARTISINAL DISH 6998 N. U.S. Highway 27, Ocala / (352) 622-9977 / artisinaldish.com (Click on “Cooking Classes” and browse the calendar.)
THE VILLAGES LIFELONG LEARNING COLLEGE (352) 753-3035 / thevillageslifelongcollege.com
(Go to “courses” and click on the appropriate catalog, then click on “Culinary Arts.”)
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Get Your Groove On May
ust off your leisure suits, and dig out your bell bottoms. It’s time once again for the POLYESTER PROM AND LEISURE SUIT CONVENTION. The 9th annual event is hosted by Big Oldies 92.9 and will be held at the Ocala Hilton on May 27. There will be enough
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disco-era music, dancing and live entertainment to keep you stayin’ alive all night long! Special guest Paradise will perform the hits that made the ‘70s a groovin’ good time. Listen to Big Oldies 92.9 to win tickets, or call the Ocala Hilton to plan an overnight stay that includes two entry passes, one night of deluxe sleeping accommodations and two buffet breakfast tickets to Arthur’s Restaurant. Visit wmfq.com or hiltonocala.com for details, or call (352) 732-0079.
The Marion Theatre Wins
Sailing…Over Orlando? What’s bigger than a Boeing 747, floats 1,200 feet above the ground and creates instantaneous smiles for miles around? THE FARMERS AIRSHIP is flying to Orlando in early May! One of only two zeppelins flying anywhere in the world, the Farmers Airship truly is big news, both literally and figuratively. Not only is this the zeppelin’s first-ever visit to the area, but at 246 feet long, the Farmers Airship is the largest in the world. The “Covering Communities” tour will make its way to Orlando and about two dozen other cities across the country. Dates are subject to change. airshipventures.com/tour or (650) 696-8100 ext. 111.
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fter much uncertainty about the MARION THEATRE’s future, the City of Ocala has stepped in with financial support that will allow the theater to remain open for at least another year. But in order to survive long term, it still needs your support! Come downtown to watch first-run movies, and enjoy dinner before the show at one of the area’s nearby restaurants or a drink afterward. Serving beer and wine and providing movie-goers with all the modern theater amenities in a unique atmosphere, the Marion Theatre offers an alternative to the standard movie experience. carmike.com or (352) 390-2731.
Come meet Ocala’s finest at the KIDS,
COPS AND FIREFIGHTERS FAMILY FUN FEST at the MLK Recreation Complex. Bring the little ones to meet and greet local law enforcement and rescue staff who will be at the park from 10am1pm. It’s sure to be a fun event for the whole family! Admission is free. (352) 629-8444.
FAFO Goes Hollywood
This year’s Symphony Under The Stars, presented by FINE ARTS FOR OCALA, offers a night of musical celebration, as the Ocala Symphony Orchestra plays Hollywood’s greatest hits. The evening begins at 6pm at the Ocala Golf Club. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and sit back, relax and enjoy as “F.A.F.O. Goes Hollywood.” Vendors will be on hand selling tasty treats, or you can pack your own picnic basket. There will also be a silent auction featuring items donated by nearly 200 participating artists from the 2010 Ocala Arts Festival. The evening concludes with an out-of-this-world 3-D fireworks display. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 6-12. fafo.org or (352) 867-0355.
Neither Rain, Nor Sleet, Nor…Can Of Vegetables?
Be sure to put more than just your outgoing mail in the mailbox on May 14 for the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LETTER CARRIERS “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive. Be a part of one of the largest one-day food drives in the country and hang any non-perishable food donations on your mailbox before the mail gets delivered. Last year, Marion County raised a record 184,000 pounds of nonperishable food items for distribution to area charities, and the Ocala post office was ranked first in the nation in their union member category for the third year in a row. Collection barrels will also be set up at all post office locations to accommodate those with post office boxes. nalc.org or (352) 867-1603.
Did you know that polo is the original “Sport of Kings?” That’s right and Florida has plenty of it. The OCALA POLO ASSOCIATION practices every Thursday at 4:30pm and plays every Sunday at 10am at the Florida Horse Park. Admission is free and open to the public. For real diehards, they even give polo lessons for $125. No experience is necessary. Travel south to The Villages every Friday and Sunday for even more matches. The Villages Polo Club hosts games every Friday at 3pm and on Sundays at 12pm and 2pm. Advance tickets are $4.50 for residents and $9 for nonresidents, and tickets at the gate are $5 for residents and $10 for nonresidents. Matches run through May 22 at the Florida Horse Park and May 29 in The Villages. ocalapoloassociation.com or (859) 312-4412 or thevillagespoloclub.com or (352) 750-7656.
A QUICK APOPICON
VERDINE WHITE, bassist for legendary band Earth, Wind & Fire, recently spent some time with Ocala Style, talking about performing for presidents, energetic fans and musical influences. Here’s what he had to say. Interview by Karin Fabry-Cushenbery
Earth, Wind & Fire has been invited to the White House on several occasions. Tell me what that was like. Performing for President Obama was really a great thrill for us and a lot of fun. We performed the Governor’s Conference for him when he first got into the White House.
Both President Obama and President Clinton seem like big music lovers, so it must have been an honor to have been chosen by them. They listen to almost everything. From us to Stevie Wonder to Bob Dylan to Paul McCartney. So we were in great company.
Bikes, Blues & BBQ HOG FOR HOPE Jun
invites you to enjoy 3 good music, good food and an allaround good time during their annual fundraiser “Bikes, Blues and BBQ” at ARC Marion. This fun-filled event features silent auctions, raffles, lots of mouthwatering BBQ from Outback Steakhouse and live entertainment by The Bluzbusters. The highlight of the evening will be the drawing for a new custompainted Harley Davidson Street Glide. Tickets are $25 and include food, entertainment and one drink. The fun begins at 6:30pm, and the bike drawing is at 9pm. hogforhope.com or (352) 351-2479.
A lot of today’s most popular artists, like Usher and Beyonce, list Earth, Wind & Fire as a musical influence. Who would you say is your musical influence? It’s all over the place, from Miles Davis to John Coltrane. Of course, when you’re a kid, you have your heroes and stuff, but we love everybody.
What kind of music is on your iPod these days? My collection is really eclectic. From Esperanza Spalding to the Beatles to Adele.
Are you guys in the studio making music? We’re in the middle of making our next Earth, Wind & Fire album now. We like to say that it will be out when we’re finished (laughs).
You guys seem to be on the go constantly. You’re right, we’ve been at it. We have a tremendous audience, and they still like to see us, so we get out there for them. We have a very high energy show.
Do you have a preference between performing live and performing in the studio? They’re very different. When you’re in the studio, you’re making records and you don’t know what the fans will think of the music. You hope they’ll like it. When you’re out there live, you get an immediate reaction from the fans and you know they appreciate the music.
Do you have any last comments you’d like to say to the fans who have supported you through the years? We love our fans and thank them from the bottom of our hearts for supporting us and our music. We can’t wait to see them at our show! May
WANT TO GO? Earth, Wind & Fire May 3, Orlando (Hard Rock Live) (407) 351-5483 May 5, Fort Myers (Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall) (800) 440-7469 May 6, Jacksonville (Metropolitan Park, Funk Fest) (904) 542-3318
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Ticketmaster / (800) 745-3000 / ticketmaster.com All dates are subject to change without notice, so please call ahead to confirm venue listings.
Tim McGraw and Luke Bryan
Amway Center, Orlando
Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals
The Villages, Lady Lake
Earth Wind and Fire
Hard Rock Café, Orlando
Florida Theatre, Jacksonville
Hard Rock Café, Orlando
Earth Wind and Fire
Metropolitan Park, Jacksonville
Coachman Park, Clearwater
Jannus Live, St. Petersburg
Metropolitan Park, Jacksonville
Disney World, Lake Buena Vista
Disney World, Lake Buena Vista
Disney World, Lake Buena Vista
Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater
Busch Gardens, Tampa
Hard Rock Café, Orlando
Metropolitan Park, Jacksonville
UCF Arena, Orlando
Tampa Theatre, Tampa
Kenny Chesney/Billy Currington
Jaksonville Veterans Mem. Arena
Plain White T’s
Freebird Live, Jacksonville
Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone
Disney World, Lake Buena Vista
Brewsters Pub & Pit, Jacksonville
House of Blues, Lake Buena Vista
Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
Plain White T’s
Treasure Island Yacht Club, Treasure Island
Michael W. Smith
Busch Gardens, Tampa
Amway Center, Orlando
Freebird Live, Jacksonville
My Chemical Romance
House of Blues, Lake Buena Vista
Jacksonville Veterans Mem. Arena
House of Blues, Lake Buena Vista
House of Blues, Lake Buena Vista
Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater
The Barn, Sanford
Hard Rock Café, Orlando
Hard Rock Café, Orlando
Circle Square Cultural Center, The Villages
Jacksonville Veterans Mem. Arena
Jacksonville Veterans Mem. Arena
House of Blues, Lake Buena Vista
Coming Full Circle Tacking on the Amway Arena as a venue hotspot for their extended 2011 tour, epic band BON JOVI will be playing in Orlando for one night only. Responsible for fist-pounding anthems “Livin’ on a Prayer” and “It’s My Life,” Bon Jovi will be approaching a three-decade reign since forming in 1983. The Grammy and Golden Globe award-winning band’s Circle Tour was the top-grossing worldwide tour of 2010. This year’s astronomical Bon Jovi Live is a follow-up not to be missed. ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000.
The Immortal Miss Martha Reeves May
Motowners rejoice! MISS MARTHA REEVES will be singing at the Circle Square Cultural Center this month. Formerly Martha and the Vandellas, the talented songstress and her group released hits “(Love is Like A) Heat Wave” and “Dancing in the Street.” With a music style all their own, the group dominated the Billboard R&B charts from 1963 to 1972. During her solo career, Martha released several studio albums and acted on Broadway in Ain’t Misbehavin’. The soon-to-be 70-year-old’s retirement is indefinite, her mark in music: indelible. Resident and nonresident prices vary, see website for more info. csculturalcenter.com or (352) 854-3670.
James on My Mind
26 Music legend JAMES TAYLOR and his band are coming to Orlando’s Bob Carr Performing Arts Center. Since his breakthrough in the ‘70s, Taylor has led a successful career earning him five Grammys and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This past March, Taylor became the recipient of the nation’s highest medal of artistic excellence, The National Medal of Arts, for his outstanding contribution to music. His extensive discography includes several charttoppers and three multiplatinum certifications. Classics like “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Country Road” and “Smiling Face” will be included in the concert’s program. ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000.
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BONKERZ COMEDY CLUB (MAY 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28) The Ocala Bonkerz Comedy Club will feature a number of performers this month, including Artie Fletcher, Jamie Morgan, Chris Cope and Dean Napolitano. bonkerzcomedy.com or (352) 425-8480. MARION COUNTY STUDENT ART SHOW (MAY 2-6) Art teachers from Marion County will host an art show of their students’ best work at the SunTrust Bank located downtown. (352) 671-7125. CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK CELEBRATION (MAY 2-8) Come to any branch of the Marion County Public Library System and pick up a StoryStarter written by some of the best authors of our day. Complete your story, and drop it off. You will receive a bookmark for your submission and have your name entered in a drawing for a book. library.mariouncountyfl.org or (352) 268-4508. CHARITY BALL (MAY 3) The USA Dance Ocala chapter will host a charity ball to benefit Hospice of Marion County from 7-10pm at the Pioneer Garden Club. The evening will feature professional dance exhibitions and live music along with dancing, door prizes and chance drawings. Tickets are $15 per person. usadanceocala.com or (352) 629-0837. JIMBO DAY IN OCALA (MAY 4) Join the Marion County Seminole Club in welcoming Coach Jimbo Fischer. A golf tournament, banquet and dinner will take place. Reservations are required. marionseminoles.org or (352) 624-0792 or (352) 857-9024. APPLETON AFTER HOURS CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION (MAY 5) The Appleton Museum’s After Hours
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THE WORLD HAS TALENT (MAY 7) The 2nd annual World Has Talent 55+ talent show will take place at the Circle Square Cultural Center. After a full day of auditions, the top 12 contestants will return to perform live for cash prizes. Doors open at 6pm, and the show begins at 7pm. Tickets are $9 for residents and $10 for nonresidents. csculturalcenter.com or (352) 854-3670. POKER RUN TO BENEFIT OPERATION SHOEBOX (MAY 7) The 4th annual Poker Run to benefit Operation Shoebox will take place at the Eagles Club in Belleview. The event runs until 11am and ends at the VFW where there will be a 50/50 raffle, prizes, great food and entertainment. A donation of $10 per rider or $15 for a rider and passenger is appreciated. operationshoebox.com or (352) 687-1675. BONSAI AUCTION (MAY 7) The Marion Bonsai Society is hosting its annual fundraising auction at the Marion County Agricultural Center’s Extension Service Auditorium. The auction is open to the public and bonsai trees, plant material, tools, pots and books will be available. The auction begins at 9:30am. (352) 854-1896 or (352) 854-7569. ART COMPETITION (THROUGH MAY 8) This annual student art show at the Appleton features more than 50 of the finest two- and three-dimensional works produced by high school students from the surrounding seven counties. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. HOPE RISING MOTHER’S DAY BALLOON RELEASE (MAY 8) Join Highland Memorial Park on May 8 as balloons are released to remember moms who have passed as well as honor moms who have lost a child. Highlands Memorial
Park is located two blocks behind the Cascades off of Silver Springs Boulevard. The event is free and open to all community members. (352) 369-1020. FARM AND GARDEN SHOW (MAY 8-9) It’s time once again for the 3rd Annual Farm and Garden Show held at the Ocala Equestrian Complex. The show runs 9am5pm on May 8 and 10am-4pm on May 9. Admission is free. ocalaequestriancomplex.com or (352) 812-0088. CADE PRIZE NIGHT (MAY 12) Come to the Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall in Gainesville for an exciting evening from 6:30-10pm where the Cade Prize for Innovation winner will be announced. Tickets are $125 and should be purchased before May 6. cadeprizenight.com or (352) 371-8001. STUDENT MEDIA FESTIVAL AWARDS CEREMONY (MAY 13) Come honor Ocala’s media students at the Student Media Festival Awards Ceremony at West Port High School’s performing arts auditorium. The event begins at 7pm and is open to the public. marion.k12.fl.us or (352) 671-7555. BENEFIT CONCERT (MAY 14) Interfaith Emergency Services will host a benefit concert, “Praise With A Purpose,” on the downtown square from 5-8pm. Local Christian band Shameless Faith will perform live. iesmarion.org or (352) 629-8868 ext.33. LATIN AMERICAN FESTIVAL (MAY 14) Circle Square Commons will host a Latin American Festival from 5-10pm. Food, dancing and much more. Admission is free. circlesquarecommons.com or (352) 387-7580. “PIG OUT” BBQ BASH (MAY 14) Sanctioned by the Florida BBQ
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CHARITY FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON (MAY 14) The Florida Thoroughbred Fillies present “Triple Crown Couture,” a charity fashion show and luncheon at Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club at 11am. Tickets are $40. (352) 208-4630 or (352) 254-0404.
13TH ANNUAL PADDLER’S POKER RUN (MAY 21) This event consists of a nine-mile paddle down the Ocklawaha River beginning at Gore’s Landing. There will be lunches, games and music at the outpost. mcaquaholics.com or (352) 875-6007.
ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW (MAY 19-21) The Paddock Mall will host a mall-wide arts and crafts show. simon.com or (330) 493-4130. BRICK CITY EXPRESS (MAY 19-22) The Ocala Model Railroaders Historic Preservation Society will host the NMRA/SSR convention at the Ocala Hilton. ocalamodelrailroaders.com or (352) 401-0747. BALDWIN AGILITY TRIALS (MAY 20-21) Baldwin Agility will host a nighttime agility trial at the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex. Trials begin at 5pm and run until 10:30pm. Entries close May 13. baldwinagility.com or (352) 789-1593. GRACE RACE 5K (MAY 21) Grace School will sponsor a 5K run and 1 mile fun run/ walk to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. graceschoolocala.org or (352) 387-3090 to register. GOLF TOURNAMENT (MAY 21) CenturyLink will host a fourperson best-ball-scramble-format golf tournament at Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Summerfield to benefit the United Way of Marion County. The event begins at 8:30am, and the cost to enter is $220 per team. Deadline for entry is May 11. uwmc.org or (352) 368-8825.
FREE FAMILY CONCERT (MAY 21) The Marion County Children’s Alliance along with the Junior League of Ocala are hosting a free family concert, “Jump with Jill,” at the Ocala Hilton at 1pm. Cost of admission is a non-perishable food donation. mcchildrensalliance.org or (352) 438-5992. ALTERNATIVE ENERGY CONFERENCE (MAY 24) A free educational seminar will be held at Ewers Century Center at the College of Central Florida from 8am-12pm. The event will feature a keynote address by Dr. James Fenton, director of the Florida Solar Energy Center. HIGHLAND MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION (MAY 30) A Place for Remembering invites families to Highland Memorial Park to celebrate freedom and remember local heroes from 11am-2pm. highlandmemorialday.com or (352) 369-1020. KIDS OF ROCK (MAY 30) Calling all bands ages 20 and under! A battle of the band competition will be held May 30 to benefit the ARC Marion. hogforhope.com or (352) 351-2479.
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