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A one-of-a-kind exhibit, featuring costumes worn by legendary actress Katharine Hepburn, is calling Ocala’s Appleton Museum home before making its way to the Lincoln Center in New York City. BY BONNIE KRETCHIK

Getting To Know Our Gentle Giants p38

From November through March, King’s Bay and the waterways of Crystal River boast the world’s largest concentration of manatees in a natural, spring-fed environment. With more than 30 artesian water springs, the area is home to hundreds of manatees throughout the winter months. BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND

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Departments The Publisher p22

An inside look at this month’s issue.

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


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Alice Cannon’s on a mission—and it all begins with a fashion essential. THEGREATOUTDOORS p34

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Our area’s finest dining establishments. QUICKBITES p94

Knotting it up at Fiore’s and the Jersey Shore comes to Ocala.


The Scene p103

Super Grover loses his “super,” troops phone home and and United Way turns 50. BY AMANDA FURRER & BONNIE KRETCHIK


The Goo Goo Dolls are coming to Gator Growl, and Ocala Style’s got the 411. AFTERDARK p112

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Last November, we tried something even easier than that. We took our 10-year-old grandson and two of his friends on a camping trip to Carney Island Park on Lake Weir. This adventure is offered to area residents on just a few special days each year through Marion County’s Parks and Recreation department. What I particularly loved was that they supplied and set up all the tents, cooked dinner and breakfast, as well as a nice bedtime snack of hot chocolate and s’mores. It was camping made simple! All we had to bring was our sleeping bag and a toothbrush. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned adventurer, we hope we’ll inspire you to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. Happy Camping!

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or the rest of the country, the Super Bowl may still be a few months away—but not in Ocala. We’ve got two ways for you to get your fill of this high-energy sport. Come support these junior athletes and cheer for your favorite team. In its 41st season, the MARION COUNTY YOUTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE (MCYFL) is hosting

its playoffs this November. Comprised of roughly 1,100 youth ranging from ages 8 to 14, MCYFL includes 12 pee wee teams, 14 junior teams and 10 senior teams, as well as approximately 450 cheerleaders. Senior Buccaneers coach and member of the MCYFL Board of Directors Skip McDonald has been coaching for MCYFL for 11 years and highlights the benefits of the organization to the community. “It keeps kids out of trouble and teaches them to be responsible and respectful,” says Coach McDonald. MCYFL encourages a good work ethic, such as showing up on time and putting in the full effort, he adds. The organization has turned out the likes of Daunte Culpepper, Kadron Boone and John Brantley. Who knows? Ocala may have another future pro-footballer in the making.

Playoffs take place on the 5th, 12th and 19th with varying times for games. Visit mcyfl.org for schedules and updates. And if that’s not enough, head over to the Ocala Regional Sportsplex on November 18-19 for two days of non-stop youth football and cheerleading action. The American Youth Football and American Youth Cheerleading leagues will be battling it out on the field during their regional playoffs. The winners will advance to the national championships held in Orlando during December. For additional details, contact the City of Ocala at ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5517.








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items from friends. She looks to Sheena for inspiration. A typical day’s ensemble may be a layered look with the dress worn over a T-shirt and shorts, completed with a belt or scarf. Sometimes, Alice has to accommodate for school events, such as volleyball days when she wears a volleyball T-shirt. Just as these accessories remove the limitations of wearing the same dress every day, a goal of PACE Center for Girls is to remove the limitations of life situations for its students and allow them to express their own uniqueness. In the beginning, students didn’t observe Alice’s “LBD uniform.” Now, several months into the school year, they are finally starting to take notice. “People come up and say, ‘I wish I could do something like that,’” says Alice, “It’s so great that people are so supportive.” Of course, a common question arises now and then. “I’m often asked, ‘How do you wash it so quickly?’” she says. In actuality, Alice has four dresses to ensure the “one dress” withstands 180 days of wear. In addition to volleyball, Alice also plays tennis and enjoys baking in her spare time. Post-high school plans are still up in the air, but Alice says she definitely plans to attend college out of state. The Uniform Project has given Alice a can-do approach to life, and it’s unquestionable that whatever she decides, she’ll go after it and succeed. Will the dress be making an appearance at prom? Alice laughs and shakes her head with an adamant no. However, she says she may still stick with the black dress theme.

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Doing Without “The Dude” HENRY “THE DUDE” DUDA spent more

time volunteering in Marion County Public Schools than any other person—37,000+ hours over the last over few decades! few Recently Recently deceased, his deceased, contributions contributions to educato educa tion—both as a tion—both teacher then as teacher a volunteer—will a volunteer—will be felt for years be felt to come thanks to to come the district’s top the district’s volunteer award volunteer named in his honor. Pictured with Mr. Duda is Julie Liles, his local caregiver and co-worker.

Respectfully Remembering 9/11 In addition to ceremonies In addition to ceremonies throughout the community, students in out the community, students the AIR FORCE JUNIOR ROTC the program at Forest High held their program at Forest High own memorial marking the 10th own memorial marking anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist anniversary of the Sept. attacks. Dozens of cadets stood attacks. Dozens of cadets at attention as the American flag at attention as the American was raised in front of the school, was raised in front of punctuated with a 21-gun salute punctuated with a 21-gun and memorial wreath put in place and memorial wreath by Principal Chester Gregory. by Principal Chester Gregory.

Hurricanes Slam State Publishing Awards PINWHEELS FOR PEACE Hundreds of Howard Middle students planted pinwheels in front of the school to mark World Peace Day. The annual event encourages students to “give peace a chance” and offers a vivid display of spinning pinwheels in the Florida sun. District administrators, including Superintendent Jim Yancey, planted pinwheels alongside students for the school’s third annual observance of the international event.




STARS SHINE AT SCIENCE FAIR This group of science achievers received accolades and recognition from the school board for competing at the state science fair this year. KRISTA ALVERADO (West Port), COLT MANSFIELD (Osceola Middle), CASSANDRA MOSLEY (Osceola), JACOB MOSLEY (Osceola) and NATHAN KING (Fort King Middle) explained the ideas behind their projects. Both Mosleys captured first-place honors in the state—Cassandra for chemistry and Jacob for botany. Science fair coordinator JACKIE BALLAS (right) also shared three other students’ experiences of competing at the international science fair.

A Day With Dignitaries

Students from Lake Weir High’s graphic arts program fared quite well in this year’s Printing Association of Florida Print Awards. The competition is the state’s largest and most prestigious when it comes to students’ work. The Hurricanes captured 15 awards, sweeping the photography/illustration category and earning first- and secondplace honors in brochures/catalogs/flyers, editorial and invitations/ announcements categories. They also captured second- and thirdplace awards in letterhead/logo, book covers/jackets and packaging. First-place winners JOSHUA DONNA, KENDRA TYDINGS and SAYLOR DEAS are pictured here with graphic arts teacher TOM NATALINO and LWHS principal CINDY SAUNDERS.

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Morning Madness, the daily news program at Dunnellon Middle, hit a new high recently when two students scored once-ina-lifetime interviews with Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and former Governor-Turned-Senator Bob Graham. TAYLOR FUTCH and SHELBY WEBB asked both key figures about civics education returning to middle schools next year. The pair produced a public service announcement and news feature to share with fellow students. Principal Jane Ashman and TV production teacher Beth Wood also made the trip and are pictured.

Ft. King Middle students in the FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA program recently chatted with Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. The commissioner was in town speaking to the Marion County Farm Bureau.

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MUNROE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER’s marketing and public relations department was recently honored with six awards at the Florida Hospital Association’s 45th Annual Florida Society for Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing awards dinner. Awards included three Mark of Excellence awards in social media, external communications and print advertising and three Best in Show awards for community outreach, crisis communication and writing. “Each of these awards has a connection to the outstanding care and compassion that is provided by our associates, physicians and volunteers throughout our medical center every day,” says Mike Robertson, vice president of strategic planning and marketing. “We take great pride that we are telling Munroe’s story.”

Location, Location, Location DR. WILLIAM BARTLING is pleased to announce the opening of his new general dentistry practice in Belleview just south of the Sweetbay Supermarket. “I am thrilled to be practicing in my own office again,” he says. His concern for environmental health prompted him to install cork flooring, which is quiet, lightly cushioned and anti-allergenic, use chemicalfree digital x-rays that are safer for the patient and install a Mac-based computer network to store records that will eliminate the use of paper charts. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on August 1 at

WEBSTER UNIVERSITY’s new location, Market Street at

Heath Brook. The new location offers expanded classroom space, a larger computer lab and a student lounge. Webster University offers graduate degree programs to residents of Ocala and surrounding communities. GENTIVA HEALTH SERVICES, the largest provider of home health care in the U.S., now has a location on 17th Street in Ocala. This office currently serves over 200 patients and offers in-home nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapy, and home health services.

The COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA’s emergency medical services program recently received a $102,786 grant for a mobile lab to bring emergency simulation training to Marion, Citrus and Levy counties. “We feel that this will be a great addition to our program and will be a beneficial learning tool for our students, students,” says Rod McGinnes, EMS says program instructor. The lab will be housed program instructor. The lab in a recreational vehicle and contain all in a recreational vehicle the features of the the CF Ocala campus CF simulation lab, including state-ofthe-art simulation mannequins.

In June, DR. HARVEY, senior vice president at the College of Central Florida, was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators. “I am deeply honored by this award, as it represents one of the highest compliments one can receive during your career,” says Dr. Harvey. He has served at CF since 1998 and has been named interim president as of July 1 upon the retirement of Dr. Charles Dassance in June.





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A Trail Riding TV Star Representing Marion County, competitive trail rider Kasi Farrell ventured to Texas to take part in the first-ever reality TV show for trail horses and a chance to win over $25,000. By Bonnie Kretchik


orses have been in 27-year-old KASI FARRELL’s life for as long as she can

remember. “I could ride before I could even walk,” she laughs. And while most 4 year olds are opening toys on Christmas morning, Kasi recalls receiving the gift of a lifetime that year when she was given her first horse. Today, this Ocala native has four horses of her own and is a member of the American Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA). The association holds several events nationwide throughout the year with the proceeds benefiting various equine rescues and other notable charities. This past spring, ACTHA held its own reality TV show competition in Austin, Texas, called America’s Favorite Trail Horse, with the hope that the media coverage would inspire horse enthusiasts to get back in the saddle and adopt horses needing good homes. The auditions spanned 48 states, and of the thousands who applied for an audition, Kasi and her mount, Cash, earned a spot in the top 100 contestants. “My friends filled out the application for me because I didn’t believe I’d ever make it,” she says modestly. Not long after her application was submitted, Kasi was asked to audition. “The auditions were really fun. Everyone in ACTHA is very friendly and supportive of each other,” she says. The audition required her to perform movements on her horse including trotting ground poles and performing a




“freestyle” movement of her choice. Kasi chose to perform an emergency dismount, which her background in mounted patrol work has no doubt helped her to perfect. Her skill and exceptional horsemanship paid off when she, along with five other riders from Florida, were invited to Texas to compete. “It was such a great experience. Professional horsemen like Pat Parelli and Lynn Palm were there to coach us and give us training advice,” she says. In total, Kasi spent four days competing. Each day there was a new challenge consisting of obstacles you would experience in a competitive trail riding event, including guiding the horse over bridges, up hills, across creeks and even over a few jumps. A total of 13 episodes were filmed, and the show began airing on September 13 on Dish TV network HRTV and streamed on actha.tv. Each episode will feature 10 horse and rider combinations. For 48 hours after the episode airs, audience members have their chance to cast votes for their favorite team. The rider with the most votes wins their episode as well as $5,000. The finale will feature all of the episode winners, and the audience will once again have a chance to vote for their favorite duo, with cash prizes being awarded. “It was such a fun and educational experience, and I met so many great people from all over the country,” Kasi says, noting that if she wins, the money will be spent on building a new barn for her horses.

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A one-of-a-kind exhibit, featuring costumes worn by legendary actress Katharine Hepburn, is calling Ocala’s Appleton Museum home before making its way to the Lincoln Center in New York City. BY BONNIE KRETCHIK




very so often an actor, actress, athlete or musician has such an impact on society that their influence is felt for generations. Katharine Hepburn, also known as “The Great Kate,” is one such figure. During her eight-decade-long career, she not only set and continues to hold the record for Academy Award-winning performances by an actress, but she also set a new standard for women’s fashions with her outspoken, and often fiery, behavior both on and off the set. Though women today may take their clothing options for granted, women of the ‘40s and ‘50s did not. Katharine broke the mold by feminizing traditionally masculine attire. Trousers and jackets became her signature style. And while many of her starring roles were filmed in black and white, Katharine was concerned with and intricately involved in the design of her characters’ costumes. Katharine’s passion for fashion led her to purchase many of the famous costumes she donned over the span of her career. Before her death in 2003, she requested that her treasured outfits be given to an educational institution and never be sold at auction. In 2008, Kent State University acquired many of the legendary actress’s costumes and publicity outfits from her estate. Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen was unveiled on October 2, 2010 and was featured at Kent State University through September 4, 2011. The one-of-a-kind exhibit not only features clothing, including her trademark beige trousers, but also film posters and memorabilia from such films as Stage Door, Adam’s Rib and Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Beginning on November 19, Ocala’s Appleton Museum of Art will showcase this renowned collection. The museum will also host several exciting events to accompany it, including lectures and film viewings. “We are so excited to have this opportunity,” says Dr. John Lofgren, Appleton’s museum director. “This is not a fashion show. It’s a costume show that showcases the art of costume design, and it’s appropriate that the exhibit be featured in an art museum.” Katharine was instrumental in the design of her costumes, working with designers to ensure that her costumes really made her feel as though she really were a Russian officer, an Amazon woman or even the legendary Coco Chanel. “She played so many different characters but yet maintained her personality in each role,” says Ruth Grim, curator of exhibitions for the Appleton. “Her costumes helped her get into character, yet she was still always Katharine.”

To help give a thorough understanding of the artistry and technique of costume design, stills and film posters will accompany the featured costumes. “We want viewers to understand the context of each costume so they can appreciate the era it is depicting,” says Ruth. And she, along with the staff at the Appleton, have been hard at work creating the perfect setting to showcase the collection. “It’s going to look completely different in here. We’re all having a lot of fun with this, and it’s really going to be a stunning show,” says Dr. Lofgren. “We’ve wanted to expand our offerings here at the Appleton, and with Ocala’s rich film history, we think a lot of people will be able to relate to this.” Yet there is more to the exhibit than Katharine’s costume collection. Also featured are outfits Katharine wore to public events. “She was such a trailblazer for women’s fashions,” says Ruth. “We don’t even realize what she did for today’s generation of women. She was one of the first women to use her persona to change the face of fashion.” The exhibit is first and foremost an art exhibit with the intention to highlight the art of costume design and fashion. However, one can’t help but appreciate the historical aspect of the costumes and film memorabilia, too. The Appleton Museum will also offer a special package tour called “Date with Kate.” The package is being offered four times over the course of the exhibit and combines a docent tour of the exhibit, a special lunch in the café and the viewing of a classic Hepburn film in the auditorium. “The special afternoon package really will be like a date with Kate in all aspects, as viewers will see some of Katharine’s most treasured attire and dine on some of her very own recipes. “She was known for her burgundy chicken and for making brownies for everyone on the set, so it’s only fitting that we have both dishes on the menu,” says Dr. Lofgren, who is optimistic that this exhibit will be a success. Some who grew up in Katharine’s era may feel a spark of nostalgia, while younger fans of fashion might be interested in Katharine’s daring influence on the evolution of women’s trends. One thing is certain, Katharine Hepburn’s fiery and larger-than-life persona made waves decades ago, and even years after her death, she manages to keep people talking today.

IF YOU GO: The Appleton Museum Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen November 19-January 15 4333 East Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala (352) 291-4455 appletonmuseum.org

SPECIAL EVENTS: November 19 Public Opening of Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen November 19 Exhibition Lecture by Kent State University Museum Director Jean Druesdow (2pm) November 20 The Philadelphia Story viewing in the auditorium (2pm) November 27 Adam’s Rib viewing in the auditorium (2pm) December 4 Exhibition Lecture by Florida State University’s Associate Professor of Costume Technology Martha Cooper (2pm) December 11 State of the Union viewing in the auditorium (2pm) December 18 Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner viewing in the auditorium (2pm) January 8 On Golden Pond viewing in the auditorium (2pm)

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“OK, you can get in the water now, but move slowly. No splashing!” Even wearing a wetsuit, the water temperature makes me gasp for a second as I make my way carefully down the boat’s ladder. I adjust my mask and snorkel and float quietly a short distance from the boat. I gaze in awe at the amazing creature less than 20 feet away. “Don’t approach closer than 6 feet or initiate contact.” I recall the captain’s instructions as I float easily in the sun-dappled water, grateful for the buoyancy of my wetsuit. Slowly, gracefully, a half-ton West Indian Manatee moves in my general direction. Her enormous back has a light coating of greenish algae, and I can clearly see the slash marks of several old scars that were obviously made by a boat’s propeller. Her gray front flippers have small, distinctive circular “nails” around the edges, a

Photo by Patrick Rose, Save the Manatee Club

ust like “snowbirds,” manatees instinctively know where to go when cool weather comes. From November through March, King’s Bay and the waterways of Crystal River boast the world’s largest concentration of manatees in a natural, spring-fed environment. With more than 30 artesian water springs, the area is home to hundreds of manatees throughout the winter months. The beauty of living in Marion County is that we have the opportunity to experience the manatees during their “wintering in.” While I was thrilled with the chance to swim with the manatees, the more I learn about the stress these animals endure simply trying to survive the winter, the more I have to acknowledge that contact with humans isn’t always a positive thing for them. Some experts maintain that we shouldn’t interact with manatees in the water, while others allow that it’s acceptable but only if contact is strictly left up to the manatee. After my own up close and personal interactions—in the water and via kayak—I must admit both approaches have merit. Either way, meeting these magnificent creatures “on their own turf” is something I will never forget.

characteristic that makes her instantly identifiable to her nearest land relative: the elephant. “If a manatee approaches you, you can touch it lightly using one hand only.” I find myself holding my breath as she comes closer and then, remarkably, rolls over. I place my hand lightly on her broad side as she drifts past. She feels like firm, rubbery velvet. Graceful, despite her massive size, the manatee swims around until she’s facing me. Her small dark eyes appear to be focused on mine. I’m overwhelmed by a sense of gratitude that this wild creature is honoring me with her presence.

With the arrival of the manatees every fall, tourists and locals

alike find themselves hoping for an encounter with one of these incredible endangered mammals. Guides and tour operators maintain a steady






Photo by Patrick Rose, Save the Manatee Club

business, and their knowledge family-owned business, which Julie and experience offer some of the operates with husband Kenneth and surest ways to get up close to the son Wayne, is located at the marina manatees, while not harassing at the Days Inn Hotel in Crystal these massive, gentle giants. River. Bird’s Underwater, Inc., the “We guarantee that you will tour operator I ventured out with, see manatees, but we cannot force has been taking guests them to swim with to swim with manatees you. It has to be up MANATEES for 20 years. Owners Bill to the manatee to EAT ABOUT and Diane Bird still guide come up to you,” 10 PERCENT OF THEIR Julie explains. “We BODY take you to where WEIGHT IN the manatees are, VEGETATION and our staff gets in EACH DAY. the water with you. If a manatee comes up to you, you can reach out with one hand to touch it. If you put two hands on a manatee, that’s considered ‘riding’ and isn’t allowed. MANATEES MUST SURFACE If the manatee TO BREATHE AND ARE SLOW swims away, you SWIMMERS, AVERAGING 3 TO can’t follow it; that’s 5 MILES PER HOUR. called ‘chasing.’ Our staff reinforces these rules on the trip,” she adds. tours and get in the water with Bird’s Underwater and patrons on a daily basis. The Birds Florida Manatee Tours are just also shoot underwater video of two long-standing Crystal River manatees as they interact with tour operations that are part of the guests, a one-of-a-kind reminder of an amazing experience. Tours typically use pontoon boats, and depending on the size of the boat, there may be only a few people on board, or as many as two dozen. After the exhilarating experiMANATEES ence of swimming with the manatees CAN LIVE in the brisk 72 degree water, you’re 50 TO 60 sure to have some goosebumps. Back YEARS. (Snooty, a manatee on board, you can slip out of your in captivity in wetsuit and into the warm sweatsuit Manatee County, you brought along. has surpassed If, for any reason, you don’t the 60 year feel like getting wet, you can always mark. Unfortunately, observe from the deck of the boat. most manatees The clear water affords a great view of never fulfill their manatees swimming near the surface. natural life span, due

“It’s always magical, even though I’ve been doing this for 20 years,” admits Julie Wolf of Florida Manatee Tours. The




to human-related threats.)

Manatee Eco-Tourism Association (M.E.T.A.), a group of Citrus County tour companies dedicated to conducting human/manatee interaction in a “safe, non-stressful and considerate manner.” Members of M.E.T.A. follow U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regulations and adhere to a list of guidelines when it comes to swimming around manatees. To verify that you’re going out with a reputable company, check their website or ask whether they’re part of this organization. A responsible tour operator emphasizes “passive interaction” with manatees. Beware of any tour guide that promises you will get to pet a manatee. The outing should be an eduational experience, not a “theme park-style” adventure. “There are some environmental groups that want to end swimming with the manatees,” notes Rhonda Banker of Bird’s Underwater. “Yes, this is a business, but most of us are in love with the manatees. If we all work together, we can keep the tours going if everyone does it the right way.” “We‘re trying to find that balance to allow people to interact with manatees, while at the same

time making sure the manatees are protected and safe,” notes Michael Lusk, refuge manager of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, which was established in 1983 specifically to help protect the West Indian Manatee. “As a national wildlife refuge, we are directed by Congress to allow for wildlife observation and photography, as long as it does not hurt or endanger the animals we’re there to protect. “Our goal is to allow the opportunity to interact, so long as it doesn’t harm the manatees, either individually or as a population,” he adds. “I believe getting people in the water with manatees has enormous conservation value. Interacting with them makes people understand why it’s so important to protect them and the water quality on which they depend.”

“There’s no other marine mammal that people are

encouraged to get close to in the water,” notes Dr. Katie Tripp, director of science and conservation for the Save the Manatee Club in Maitland. “People need to understand it’s a privilege to do this. It’s not a petting zoo; these are wild

animals. The more you just let them ‘be manatees’ and observe, the more you will learn about them in their natural habitat,” she says. “The first rule of eco-tourism is that you don’t make promises with wild animals. You let the animals be in charge of any interaction. If a captain doesn’t abide by the rules or make his customers abide by them, this privilege we have in Crystal River could disappear.” Despite their size, manatees actually have a very thin layer of blubber compared to a whale or dolphin and cannot tolerate temperatures below 68 degrees. “Manatees are very temperature sensitive,” says Dr. Tripp. “We saw unprecedented cold mortality rates the last two years. In 2010, there were 281 confirmed cold stress manatee deaths. Based on the number of unrecovered carcasses and carcasses for which a cause of death could not be determined, which were recovered during this prolonged cold spell, and in areas where other coldrelated deaths were occurring, the number of manatees killed from cold during 2010 could approach 400. In 2011, there have been 108 cold-related manatee deaths.”

Manatees make their way into the Crystal River area each winter, searching for warmer water. The enormous vegetarians eat 100 pounds or more of vegetation each day, and digestion is a crucial way for them to stay warm. “If a manatee gets flustered enough with people that it leaves the spring, it can be a life-or-death decision,” says Dr. Tripp. “The manatees are in these areas for survival, and they need to conserve their energy. People often think if they’re not leaving people, it’s because they’re accepting, but they’re really just trying to find a way to rest.”

Not everyone believes in swimming with the manatees. Lars Andersen, a naturalist and professional river guide with High Springs-based Adventure Outpost, is one of them. “We don’t feel it’s in the manatees’ best interest to have people in the water with them. It alters their behavior, and a lot of manatees are timid of people,” says Lars, a Florida native who has been exploring Florida waterways for three decades. “It’s a tough case to make because people love to swim with them, and it’s a fun thing, no


question about it. Probably the biggest argument people make for swimming with them is that it’s educational. This holds a little bit of water, but really, the right environmental lesson is that you don’t interact with an endangered species. You don’t have to interact with animals to want to protect them. A lot of people have never touched a bald eagle or a whale, but they’re still passionate about saving them.” I had the memorable experience of going on a manatee kayak tour in Crystal River with Lars. On the nearly four-hour expedition, we saw many manatees. To my horror, I also saw people disturbing them numerous times. “Every time I take a kayak tour there, we see people grab manatees, chase them, ride them and do everything you’re not allowed to do legally and shouldn’t do ethically,” says Lars with dismay. “It puts stress on an endangered species. They need to be able to move as little as possible and do whatever they need to do to survive the winter. Just conserving energy is important.” Gliding along in a kayak, mere inches above the water’s surface, affords a great view of the


manatees. In addition to multiple up-close-and-personal manatee sightings, we were treated to the thrill of bottlenose dophins swimming close to our kayaks as we paddled across King’s Bay. Several different times, manatees surfaced so close to my kayak that I could have reached out to touch them. But I chose not to. Instead, I committed those moments to memory and hoped that the next time I venture out into these crsytalline waters, those amazing animals will once again grace me with their quiet, peaceful presence.

To learn more about protecting manatees, contact one of the following organizations. SAVE THE MANATEE CLUB (800) 432-5646 savethemanatee.org CRYSTAL RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE (352) 563-2088 fws.gov/crystalriver Manatee Tours ADVENTURE OUTPOST (386) 454-0611 adventureoutpost.net To locate Crystal River area companies, visit the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce at citruscounty.com. Click on “Visit Citrus County,” and then click on “Sports & Recreation.”





Part zip line, part eco tour, The Canyons Zip Line & Canopy Tours offers Ocala residents and visitors alike an outdoor adventure unlike any other in Florida. By Melissa Peterson / Photos by John Jernigan




Above: Love Burland zips across the longest zip on the tour—1,100 feet. Opposite: A fellow zip liner demonstrates proper zip line techniques.

“WOW! And the words couldn’t be more accurate. When I stepped onto the property, located north of Ocala at the intersection of FL-326 and Northwest Gainesville Road, I was greeted by a simple barn-style welcome center. It wasn’t until I took a deeper look into the woods that I got a taste of the real adventure that awaited me. I stepped through the welcome center and onto the back porch beyond. As I inched out to the edge of the cliff and looked down, I could see the expansive rope bridge in the distance. It looked like something straight out of Indiana Jones. My heart started pounding a little faster. Seeing valleys, steep drop-offs and small lakes surrounded by cliffs just 20 minutes from downtown Ocala caught me by surprise. “This is where visitors will do the rappel at the end of the zip line course,” says Traci. Never having the desire to scale down the side of a cliff, I wasn’t sure I even knew what it meant to rappel. I’d quickly find out. Opening in just a few short weeks, The Canyons Zip Line & Canopy Tours is an adventure park spanning almost 100 acres and treating guests to a two and a half- to three-hourlong eco-adventure along an engineered network of cables. Located in an abandoned limestone quarry from the 1920s, the property features large

I never knew a place like this existed in Ocala!” These

are words Traci and Dave Walker, owners of The Canyons Zip Line & Canopy Tours, have heard often over the last few months.

oak trees, five spring-fed lakes, cliffs and massive canyons—elements not possible in most parts of Florida due to the area’s usual flat terrain. “We offer the longest, highest and fastest zips in the state,” says Traci. “It’s bigger and badder than anything other parks in Florida can offer.” Before deciding on Ocala, Traci and Dave looked at other locations throughout Florida. “Nothing compares to the location we have here. You really have to have this type of property, with these types of elevations, to do it right,” she explains Professionally certified guides lead visitors through a series of nine zips, three rope bridges and one rappel, with the longest zip spanning roughly 1,100 feet over a lake and taking you within 10 to 15 feet of the water’s surface. The highest zip takes you 150 feet off the ground, and another sails you alongside enormous cliff walls. When creating the zips, Traci and the designers were mindful of the environmental aspects. Other than the dirt roads carved throughout the property, natural steps in the dirt to make hiking up hills easy for all ages and, of course, the zip lines strung from treetops, the area remains untouched. “We made every attempt to keep the area as natural as possible. Fortunately, we only needed to lose a few oaks during construction,” says Traci. “We are also very lucky to have an on-site arborist who surveyed the strength and health of the trees.”

BECAUSE TRACI AND HER TEAM were still in the process of putting the final touches on the park when I visited, I along with another Ocala Style writer—who I brought along to push me off the edge, so to speak, if I needed it—were given a behind-the-scenes look at what visitors can expect. Once open, visitors will don their full-body safety harnesses and hard hats within the walls of the visitor’s center before taking part in “Ground School,” a 15- to 20-minute hands-on tutorial that takes you on a mini zip 4 feet off the ground and teaches you how to stop and “self rescue” on the off chance you were to get caught in the middle of the zip. After Ground School, visitors will take a hayride through the woods to the first zip, adding to the tour’s rustic flair. To start our adventure, we pile into Traci’s SUV, along with our guides—husband-andwife team Dave and Love Burland, and their son, Reid Burland. Part owner of Geronimo Construction based out of Biwabik, Minnesota, Reid, along with Ross Curry, was charged with designing and building The Canyons Zip Line. We stop at a clearing where we disembark and find our gear situated neatly in piles waiting for us. Dave and Love give us clear instructions for stepping into our harnesses and tightening the straps around our waists and torsos. I listen intently—making sure to pull the straps a bit tighter than suggested, just in case. As I put on the safety helmet and gloves provided, our guides lead us up a hill where we find a tree stand from which we will zip to another tree stand some 450 feet away. I have to pause here to say that before this day, I had never climbed a tree, let alone attached myself to a cable and jumped out of one. Needless to say, I was a bit anxious. I carefully examined how the cables were attached to the tree and was comforted in the fact that the guides took the time to explain how to position your body, manually control your speed and “self rescue,” which sounds intimidating and scary but is actually fairly easy to do. Also, anytime you’re in a tree stand or waiting your turn to zip, you’re safely hooked to cables above you by multiple carabiners. This allows for safety, yet doesn’t feel restricting. “Participant and staff safety is the primary concern when building and operating a canopy tour,” says Reid, who began facilitating challenge courses in 1997 and building canopy tours in 2005.




Ocala Style Associte Editor Melissa Peterson (left) and Editorial Assistant Amanda Furrer make their say across the 200-foot rope bridge.

by filling your head with plenty of nature, history and wildlife facts. Once up and running, The Canyons Zip Line will offer night tours, and a “super zip” will be added in the future, which will allow visitors to zip side by side racing to the finish line.

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THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO » Ticket prices are $89 per person, with group and local discounts available, and reservations are recommended. » Participants must be 10 years of age and weigh between 70 and 270 pounds. Children must be accompanied by an adult. » A participation waiver must be signed before the tour begins. » Closed-toe shoes are required, and guides recommend leaving jewelry and valuables at home. » To participate, visitors should be in reasonably good health and must be able to endure short ground hikes and maneuver themselves along the cables.

Ocala Style Editorial Assistant Amanda Furrer zips above the trees.

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“To ensure this, all of the structures and training at The Canyons Zip Line exceed the industry standards, and every critical connection on the course is redundant,” he says, adding that all guides go through several weeks of training on the course to get their guide certification and are first aid, CPR and AED certified.


through the first zip. If you’ve never zip lined before, don’t be surprised by the sound of the trolley, which is the metal piece overhead, as it slides along the cable. It sounds, appropriately, like a giant, high-pitched zipper on a piece of clothing. On some zips, taking that first step is as easy as just lifting your feet. The harness holds all your weight and, before you know it, you’re flying through the woods, over a clearing or above a lake. I have to admit, I spent most of my first zip with my eyes closed. Thankfully, I opened them toward the end long enough to know when it was time to stop. (I could insert a clever George of the Jungle song reference here, but I won’t.) The first zip was a great starter; it

offers a taste of the mechanics of zip lining without being too long, too fast or too high. Having survived the first zip, I made a conscious effort to take in the view on the others. While our first experience was through a heavily wooded area, the second was over a large clearing and approximately 85 feet off the ground. It was a bit more intimidating but twice as exhilarating. This zip departs off the edge of a cliff and arrives on another some 460 feet away. When you’re in the air, definitely take a moment to look down below you—if you can stomach it. There’s nothing like the feeling of dangling from the sky with nothing between you and the ground below. As if the zip lines weren’t enough, The Canyons Zip Line connects the zips through a series of three rope bridges dispersed throughout the course, the largest being just over 200 feet spanning the rims of a large canyon, and ends with a 25- to 30-foot rappel. This was a day of firsts for me, so why not throw in a swaying bridge made of rope and scaling off the side of a cliff as well, right? During the journey, your tour guide will keep you entertained

mosquito bites (Don’t forget your bug repellant!), at the end of the tour, I felt a sense of self-satisfaction, as if I had accomplished some great feat. And while I learned that people experience and enjoy zip lining differently, most either do it for the thrill or the challenge—or both. “I enjoy zipping because it gives me a chance to be out in nature and see it from a different perspective,” says Love. “It gives me some physical challenge, but most of all, I love zipping because it’s fun!” Her husband Dave agrees, although he has a somewhat different perspective on the matter. “Zipping allows me to be outside of my comfort zone with speed, challenge and different environmental things to learn,” he says. “If I relax, it is almost soothing.” While I don’t consider myself an avid outdoorsman, I do enjoy the thrill of taking part in activities that test my boundaries and slightly terrify me—the experience is always worth it in the end. The Canyons Zip Line & Canopy Tours proved to be no different.

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Together they checked the entrance. Clear. They proceeded through the doorway into the building and checked the first room. Clear. The door leading to a second room was closed, and as the dog and handler approached it, the dog sat down and wouldn’t go forward. Explosives detection dogs are trained to sit as soon as they discover explosives, so the handler was immediately alerted. Carefully, he inspected the door, seeing nothing to cause concern. Yet when he knelt in front of the door, he spotted a piece of rope beneath the frame. He traced the rope to where it ended… attached to a small blue box packed with explosives. It was a fertilizer bomb, which would have detonated and destroyed the whole building—as well as anyone inside—if the dog hadn’t detected it. Although this is just one instance, it’s a scenario that plays out time and time again as military working dogs do their part to keep our troops safe. RON AIELLO’S BEST F R I E N D didn’t make it home from Vietnam. The worst part for Aiello is not knowing what happened to the partner who served with him faithfully on countless missions in the sweltering jungles of southeast Asia. Aiello was one of the first 30 U.S. Marine Corps scout dog handlers deployed to Vietnam in

March 1966. He and “Stormy,” a young female German Shepherd, went through three intense months of training before they arrived in Vietnam on a C-130 transport plane. In the first six months alone, those 30 Marine scout dog handlers were credited with at least 2,200 captured or killed Vietcong. “It was all because of the dogs. There were thousands of miles of tunnels in Vietnam; the entrances and exits were small, but the dogs could track down the enemies hidden there,” recalls Aiello, co-founder and current president of the New Jersey-based U.S. War Dogs Association Inc. WHEN AIELLO SPEAKS, 45 years melt away as he remembers the physically and emotionally grueling days and nights when he trusted a fourlegged partner to help keep him and his men safe. Aiello and Stormy often had to “scout out” buildings, hunting for boobytrapped explosives that could spell death in an instant. Stormy and other military working dogs became experts at finding enemy soldiers and alerting their handlers of impending ambush. Dogs and their handlers in Vietnam are estimated to have saved over 10,000 human lives. In April 1967, Aiello’s tour of duty was up, and he returned to






the States. Stormy stayed behind, and a new handler took over. “She probably had four or five handlers after I left,” he says. “A number of years ago, I met all but one of her handlers at a reunion. As of July 1970, she was still alive and leading patrols.” In 1973, Aiello wrote a letter to Marine Corps headquarters. He wanted to know when the military dogs were returning home because he wanted to adopt Stormy if she was still alive. He never got a response. This troubled Aiello, who knew something was wrong, but he didn’t find out the rest of the story for many years—until 1990, to be exact. “Roughly 4,700 to 4,900 dogs served in Vietnam and about 232 were killed, which is actually a very small number,” says Aiello. “In 1971, the military turned 1,700 dogs over to the South Vietnamese Army; in 1973, they turned over another 1,000 dogs to them. Supposedly, about 224 dogs were brought out of Vietnam, but there are no real records of where they went. The rest were either euthanized or abandoned.” Aiello and fellow dog handlers were shocked and disturbed at this discovery. Dogs have served in the U.S. military since World War II.

Vietnam saw the largest number of handlers and dogs of any U.S. combat and remains the only war in which surviving military working dogs were never brought home. Fortunately, times have changed. Military working dogs, which is their official description, although they’ve also been called “war dogs,” now return to the States after serving. Thanks to lobbying efforts by dedicated dog handler Vietnam veterans, Congress approved a bill, which then-president Clinton signed into law, allowing U.S. military dogs to be retired and adopted after service. MOST PEOPLE KNOW C A N I N E S W O R K in law enforcement, but many have no idea there are currently about 2,700 active military working dogs worldwide. “A large number of these are working in the deployed areas, but nearly every U.S. military installation around the world has a military working dog kennel,” notes Gerry Proctor, public affairs spokesman for Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.





The Department of Defense Military Working Dog School at Lackland AFB trains about 500 dogs each year; those dogs serve in all branches of the military. “For the most part, we train all military working dogs,” says Proctor, “but Specials Ops has their own military dog school, and some very specialized mine detecting dogs are trained in other locations.” In World War II, the military asked the general public to loan their dogs to “the cause.” Gone are the days when the military sought dogs from civilians. Today’s dogs are bred, raised and trained by the military; some are also purchased from special breeders. Breeds typically used by the U.S military are German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois and Labrador Retrievers. “These are the three predominant breeds, but we also have others,” says Proctor, adding that it’s more important for the dog to have good DNA as far as working ability, rather than just be a purebred. Young dogs are raised with foster families until they enter training, which takes an average of four to six months, depending on the type of training. Explosives detection, patrol and tracking are the basic tasks for which dogs are used. Proctor adds that some dogs go through additional specialty training, and some can be

“dual certified” for both patrol and explosives or narcotics detection. When trained to attack, dogs are so highly responsive that they can be called off by a command from their handler, even as they’re running to attack someone. “For certain types of dogs, such as specialized dogs that search for explosives in the road, the handler goes through training with the dog,” says Proctor. “The handler will go through with two dogs and then pick the dog that is the best match for him. But in most cases, the dog is trained here and then sent into the field and gets a handler assigned there.” Each dog is paired with one handler following training, and the two remain a team for at least a year or longer, although not usually for their entire careers. AS DANGEROUS AS THE W O R K C A N B E , to a military working dog, it’s a game. For the most part, the reward for a job well done is praise from the handler, but dogs can also be rewarded with a favorite toy. In places like Afghanistan and Iraq, enemy combatants are constantly coming up with different “ingredients” for making improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Dogs already in the field continue to train in order to detect these devices. Trained dogs can detect miniscule amounts of these substances, even in sealed containers. “Millions of land mines were left in Afghanistan after the Soviets pulled out, so land mine detection dogs are big there,” says Aiello. “The dog walks straight out in front of the handler in a 30-inch wide 25-foot long path. If the dog detects any explosives, it is trained to sit down. The handler then tags any mines they find. It’s a very slow process because they are working inch by inch.” Aiello adds that the military dog is sometimes at risk of attack from roaming packs of stray local

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dogs. An armed team member often walks behind the handler ready to shoot any marauding dogs if they try to attack the military dog.



dogs. One fights the war on crime; the other fights the war for freedom. They keep us safe, secure and free.” Snow is currently working on a bill that will give veterinary benefits to M I L I T A R Y retired military and law enforcement W O R K I N G D O G S dogs in Florida. LIKE “CIR” “Many of these dogs come down OFTEN WEAR with cancers, likely because of the “DOGGLES” AND B O O T S F O R substances they’ve come in contact with, PROTECTION FROM S A N D S T O R M S A N D and treatment can cost thousands of T H E S C O R C H I N G , dollars,” says Aiello. “We’re trying to get R O C K Y E A R T H veterinary care for the retired dogs, just OF IRAQ AND A F G H A N I S T A N like retired human veterans receive.” “We have a sponsor for this in the Florida Senate but not yet in the House,” says Snow. “Once we get a sponsor in the House, I can go out and get the support from veterans’ groups and the general public.” Snow says people can help by volunteering at events, putting up displays about war dogs at local In 2000, Ron Aiello and four other military libraries and schools, and by signing petitions to dog handler veterans launched U.S. War Dogs get a War Dogs stamp created for the United States Association Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated Postal Service. to educating the public about military working dogs and helping with adoptions for retired dogs. TO DONATE OR LEARN MORE: “Awareness of war dogs is the biggest priority U.S. War Dogs Association, Inc. in our chapter,” says Barbara Snow of Bronson, (609) 747-9340 / uswardogs.org who heads up the Florida Chapter of U.S. War Dogs. “Because of the privacy of the military, these Florida Chapter: (352) 213-8958 / email: k9mwds@directv.net dogs aren’t as well known as law enforcement


WHEN OUR NAVY SEALS SUCCESSFULLY E X E C U T E D Operation Neptune Spear, the risky night raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound earlier this year, a military working dog was part of the team. “Cairo,” a Belgian Malinois, rappelled out of the helicopter with the Seals. In these situations, the dog wears a special harness and is lowered from the ‘copter by cable. (Dogs wear special goggles to protect their eyes when near helicopters and from sandstorms in desert country.) His handler immediately follows and unsnaps the dog’s harness, so the canine can get to work. Aiello explains that the dog likely was wearing a ballistic vest and may also have been equipped with ear buds. It makes sense that the handler can’t speak out loud to give commands to the dog in such a dangerous situation. It’s common to use ear buds so the handler can speak softly into a microphone on his or her own vest and tell the dog what to do. Sometimes a dog is equipped with a night vision camera mounted on his back. This comes in handy when the dog is sent ahead of the team as the handler carries a monitor and can see everything the dog is seeing.

Military working dogs are currently classified as “equipment” by the U.S. military. One of the goals of the U.S. War Dogs Association is to see that retired dogs are classified as “veterans.” Look through photos of military canines currently deployed overseas and the dedication and focused energy of these four-legged service members is obvious. Although they may not communicate in words, they share a powerful bond with their handlers and their devotion is complete. “Man’s best friend” may actually be our country’s best friend, thanks to their faithful service.

If you’re interested in providing a final forever home to one of these four-legged service members, you can review the requirements and download an adoption application at US W A R D O G S.O R G

WHEN A DOG CAN NO L O N G E R P E R F O R M full duty in the field, it returns to Lackland AFB to work as a training or demonstration dog. Most dogs work for an average of 10 years total. According to Lackland AFB, about 300 dogs are retired each year. There’s no fee to adopt a retired dog, but qualified adopters must travel to pick up the dog in person and most are adopted out of the Lackland facility.









ool mornings, crisp breezes and fresh air.

Fall is the perfect time of year to spend the day (and the night) outdoors in Central Florida. Whether you choose a close-to-home campout in the backyard with the little ones or opt for a few nights in the Ocala National Forest, we’ve got you covered as far as what to bring, what to eat and how to keep busy.

Cooking in the Great Outdoors

Your tent’s pitched, the kids are growing antsy and your stomach’s starting to rumble. It’s time to whip up some chow. With just a few quick and easy steps, you’ll be stuffed and singing campfire songs in no time.

Groggy as you crawl out of your sleeping bag? No worries! Just fry up some eggs in a skillet with sliced baby potatoes and bacon bits as hash. Add cheese, peppers or whatever else you fancy to create a more personalized breakfast. For a warm drink, heat some apple cider in a pot. Want a little spicier flavor? Add a few cinnamon sticks. Voilà! Breakfast is served!

Photo by John Jernigan

Sources: michcampgrounds.com, camping. about.com, dnr.wi.gov, thestir.cafemom.com

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Unro� Some Fun

Yarning tales while sitting in a circle? How about some crescent rolls under a full moon? Unravel a crescent roll and spiral it onto a stick. Over coals, turn the stick frequently to avoid burning for 15 to 20 minutes or until it’s golden brown. Slide the roll off, and spread with butter, jam or honey.

Beyond the Backyard

Photo by John Jernigan

If you’ve already mastered the great backyard and are ready to try the real deal, Carney Island will host two family overnight campouts on November 19-20 and December 10-11. For children over 8 years old, this includes a great campfire meal, nature hike, kayaking adventure and night walk. Don’t worry about the camping gear. Carney Island will provide the tents, equipment and food. All you need is your sleeping bag and any comforts of home you can’t live without. Pre-registration is required at $32 for a two-person family and $11 for each additional family member. marioncountyfl.org or (352) 671-8560.




Use Your Imagination! Without a TV or computer, you are practically forced to be creative in finding some means of entertainment on a camping trip. Take a look at these timeless games you can play sans the technology! MINUTE MYSTERIES Similar to the classic “20 Questions,” pick a theme and think of a specific object. Campers must then ask only yes or no questions to figure out the mystery object. Want to keep it camping oriented? Pick items that can be found around the campsite.

NATURE SCAVENGER HUNT Make a list of items found in nature and set out to find them. Include pine cones, seeds, acorns, various types of leaves and more. The first person or team to find all the items wins. Sources: ultimatecampresource.com, online.nwf.org, wenzelco.com

Photo by John Jernigan

Pack it Up Hobo Style

A hobo pack is “dinner in a bag.” All you need is foil and parchment paper, ground beef and canned veggies. For each pack, line foil with parchment paper and place the ground beef in the center. Add cubed or mashed potatoes over meat, with canned corn or peas on the side. Add a pat of butter and season with salt and pepper to taste. Fold the pack shut tightly, and place it on the coals for 15 minutes. It’s the campfire version of a TV dinner! You can spice it up with herbs, dill, garlic or red pepper flakes. For a side, make veggies in foil with butter. Slice up extra potatoes with parsley or shredded cheese sprinkled on top, or add brown sugar to carrots. Give green beans a nutty taste with slivered almonds.




Backyard Camping 411 Don’t underestimate the wilderness! Here’s a few tips to ensure a safe, stressfree experience under the stars. » Plan an itinerary and make a checklist of what you’ll pack. Don’t forget duct tape, whistles, Ziploc bags and spare socks. » Remember to pack a first-aid kit. » Go over ground rules and set boundaries with kids, such as no wandering. » Two words: bug repellent. » A tent pitched on a smooth surface does wonders for shuteye. » Pack trail mix and water when you decide to explore.

» Remember, children get cold faster than adults. Even if it’s warm before bedtime, make sure they dress in layers that can be easily peeled off and put back on. » Do a bathroom run before bedtime. » Try to keep food 100 feet away from your tent. We’re pretty sure you don’t want a visit from the three bears. » Review your camping site’s fire regulations, and always use common sense. Source: wenzelco.com

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Go beyond the basic dog with sausages. Try bratwurst speared with onions and tomatoes. Cook for 30 minutes, turning the stick so it cooks evenly, and top with your favorite condiments, such as relish, sauerkraut or mustard. In the mood for some poultry? Try some chicken kabobs. Cut up boneless chicken




breasts and slide pieces on a stick with sliced bell peppers and onion. Squeeze on some lemon juice and rotate on a skewer for an hour. Stuffed peppers are the perfect campfire appetizer. Scoop out the bell pepper and fill with your favorite cheese. Our choice? Cream cheese. Roast on a skewer until lightly browned and the cheese is hot.

Photo by John Jernigan

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Don’t toss those sticks just yet! Spear on bananas, chunks of pineapple and marshmallows for a sweet snack. Add pieces of pound cake for some sweet substance. Melt chocolate in a pot to use for dipping, or heat up some caramel or toffee. Banana boats are a gooey treat also made using hobo packs. Cut a banana in its peel down the middle, long ways. Stuff the inside with chocolate chips and mini marshmallows, then wrap in foil and place on coals for five minutes. Wait for the banana boat to cool—if you can—before spooning out the insides.






Geared Up!

Whether sleeping in your backyard or roughing it in the wilderness, these camping essentials offer your family convenience and comfort.


Hit The Sack 1 LAKESIDE RECTANGULAR SLEEPING BAG MSRP: $27.99 Wenzel / wenzelco.com

With this sleeping bag, you’ll stay comfortable down to 40 degrees. Featuring a polyester cover and liner, self-repairing coil zipper and quilt thru construction, this is a sleeping bag perfect for your camping adventures.




Home Sweet Tent! 2 WENZEL GREAT BASIN FAMILY DOME MSRP: $155 Wenzel / wenzelco.com

Just because you’re roughing it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be comfortable. After a long day of fun camping activities, the whole party can curl up inside this family-sized tent. And if you prefer a little more privacy, set up the hanging divider wall for your own personal bedroom. bedroom.

Glow-In-The-Dark Nite Caps? 3 NIGHT-CAPS MSRP: $9.99 Reliance Products / relianceproducts.com

Before you start mixing together all types of odd concoctions, we’re not referring to a drinkable nightcap, but rather these glow-inthe-dark tent pegs. The disk on the end of the 9-inch peg is ready to glow all night long after only two hours of sunlight exposure.

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MATTRESS MSRP: $69.95 Cascade Designs / cascadedesigns.com

This lightweight, yet durable, mattress rolls up small for carrying convenience but offers the comfort and reliability of a mattress found in your own home.



Mmm Mmm Good 6 MSR FLEX 4 SYSTEM MSRP: $159.95 Cascade Designs / cascadedesigns.com

This compact culinary complex includes one 3.2L nonstick DuraLite DX pot, one dual-handle 5.3L pot, two strainer lids, four plates, four stainless steel mugs and one Talon pot handle—all in one stackable, portable system.

BACKPACK MSRP $39.99 Wenzel / wenzelco.com


This pack features three large compartments, an internal front pocket, plus a padded waist belt and side compression straps. It’s where comfort meets organization.

7 SIZZLE-Q/GRIDDLE CLEANING KIT MSRP: $69.99/$12.99 Little Griddle / littlegrittle.com

Looking for a way to make the perfect fried eggs during your family camping trip? As long as your campsite comes with a grill, this stainless

If you’re planning a family excursion—whether in your backyard or at a campsite—we’ve got you covered! Gear up with the products you see on these pages.

steel griddle provides a whole new world of outdoor cooking possibilites. The cleaning kit, sold separately, is a must to keep your food tasting great time and time again.

Gone Grillin’ 8 CAMERON’S TAILGATER GRILL MSRP: $29.95 Cameron’s Professional Cookware / cameronscookware.com

Just because you’re in the woods doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some great grilled fare. Tailgate over to the campfire and serve up some grilled chicken, fish or even a side of veggies!

Smokin’ 9 CAMERON’S STOVETOP SMOKER MSRP: $54.95 Cameron’s Professional Cookware / cameronscookware.com

At a retail value of over $700, we’re giving away all of the items marked with a blue box like this: 3 AND Flavorwood Bar-B-Q Grilling Smoke (6 pack), Cameron's Grilling Planks, and a $100 Flint Creek Outfitters gift card!






Navigation Education 15 LIDDED COMPASS MSRP: $5.99 Wenzel / wenzelco.com

Trying to find your way in the dark? This compass features a luminous dial and needle.

Gadgets On The Go

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Kick It Up A Notch 10 CAMERON’S SMOKER

BAGS MSRP: $11.95 FOR A SET OF 3 Cameron’s Professional Cookware / cameronscookware.com

Mesquite, hickory or alder, these smoker bags are Emeril-approved and make cooking cleanup a snap.

Keepin’ It Cool 11 RUBBERMAID 48 QT COOLER MSRP: $29 Rubbermaid / rubbermaid.com

If you’re spending the entire day hiking and need to replenish your fluids at nightfall, this 48-quart

cooler can hold up to 68 cans and ice—so drink up!

Water on the Go 12 FOLD-A-CARRIER MSRP: $9.99

Reliance Products / relianceproducts.com

Fill this collapsible water container with up to 5 gallons of water. The handle and on/off switch make pouring a snap, and its durable material ensures you won’t spring a leak on the trail.

Water, Water Everywhere 13 PUR CLEAN DRINKING WATER KIT MSRP: $9.99 Reliance Products / relianceproducts.com

The PUR Clean Drinking Water Kit removes dirt, sediment, cyst

Items were provided courtesy of Wenzel, Cameron’s Cookware Professional, Rubbermaid, Reliance Products, Cascade Designs, Streamlight, Little Griddle and Flint Creek Outfitters.

This tech wonder runs on three AAA batteries or Coleman’s CPX power cartridge, which is sold separately, and charges cell phones, MP3 players and other small electronic devices.

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This handy smoker cooks food and, at the same time, keeps it moist. The smoke-cooking process allows food to retain plenty of moisture, so it won’t toughen up or dry out.

16 CPX 4.5 PORTABLE ELECTRONICS CHARGER MSRP: $19.99 Coleman / coleman.com

and pollutants, and kills bacteria and viruses found in dirty water. It’s like carrying a water treatment plant in your gear bag, only considerably easier. One packet can purify 2.5 gallons of water in only 30 minutes.

Don’t Dry Out 14 BEVERAGE BUDDY MSRP: $17.49 Reliance Products / relianceproducts.com

The Beverage Buddy is lightweight and can hold up to 4 gallons of water. Its large cap also makes it easy to add ice and the handle makes the container extremely portable.

17 CPX 6 EASY HANGING LED LANTERN MSRP: $34.99 Coleman / coleman.com

This hanging LED lantern is perfect for campsites and operates on the included battery cartridge and four D batteries. It’s made of durable rubber, and the handle can be positioned to hang horizontal to the ground.

All Lit Up 18 ENDURO LED HEADLAMP MSRP: $17 StreamLight / streamlight.com

If you want to do some midnight exploring, bring along this Enduro LED Headlamp. It’s one of the lightest, brightest and most comfortable headlamps available and can guide your way for up to 24 hours.

Tooling Away 19 CAMPER’S TOOL MSRP: $10.99 Coleman / coleman.com

The Coleman Camper’s Tool is comprised of 15 handy gadgets all in one lightweight, easy-to-use tool that includes everything from pliers to knives to screwdrivers.

For your chance to win, go to Ocala Style’s Facebook page and “Like” us. Then click on our profile picture and leave a comment under our current issue. Tell us a favorite camping memory or why you want to spend a night under the stars. Ocala Style would like to thank Southeastern Stone & Tile for generously providing the stones featured in the photos throughout this story.




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Change of clothing Hat Hiking boots Jacket/fleece sweater Rain gear/ ponchos Lightweight shoes Sleeping clothes Socks/underwear GEAR:


First-aid kit Food Prescription medications Toilet kit Insect repellent Lantern Tent repair kit Maps Toilet paper Towel

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Starry Starry Night You don’t need a telescope to witness the celestial beauty in the night sky. Just polish the lens on your binoculars to gaze at the stars above you. Planning on camping in the coming weeks? These constellations are easily viewable during the month of November: Andromeda, Princess of Ethiopia, Cassiopeia, Queen of Ethiopia and Pisces the fish.

Set Your Sites Most of these state parks are within an hour driving distance. We’ve listed extras for each park so you’ll know whether to pack a bathing suit or leave the kayak at home. Go to floridastateparks.org for more info. FANNING SPRINGS STATE PARK Fanning Springs, (352) 463-3420

FORT COOPER STATE PARK Inverness, (352) 726-0315


Backpack Camera Eating utensils/cookware Cup Flashlight Water bottles Garbage bags Knife Lighter/waterproof matches Sleeping bag Sunglasses Tent Bottle opener Can opener

If you have an Android phone, you can use the app Google Sky Map, which helps you identify constellations and search the sky for planets. Similar apps are available for Apple products. For expert advice, go to Silver River State Park’s Star-Gazing Party on November 12 and December 10. Share a night with members of the Ocala Astronomy Club to learn more about the stars. A lawn chair or blanket, binoculars and bug repellent are recommended. Dates are subject to change. Call (352) 236-7148 for more info.

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Dr. Zhou Has Moved! Outstanding Credentials of Dr. Zhou

With nearly 17,000 patients visiting the Florida Pain and Rehabilitation Center in 2010, it’s no wonder the practice was experiencing growing pains (pun intended)! Well, problem solved. Dr. Yili Zhou recently opened his new facility, a 4,200-square-foot space, just minutes from his old location. Dr. Zhou, along with the other doctors and staff members, are thrilled to bring their newly expanded practice to their Ocala patients.

• Trained in Harvard Medical School

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

• Board-certified in Pain Medicine and Neurology/Psychiatry

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“Dr. Warycha is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist,” says Dr. Zhou. “He is an expert in conducting nerve function tests. Dr. Warycha also uses ultrasound-guided joint injections. The technique is more accurate and less painful than other procedures. “Dr. Vu is board certified in physical medicine and is a board-certified pain specialist who joined the practice this year,” adds Dr. Zhou. “He is very nice and everyone loves him. We’re excited about the practice’s growth.” Fortunately for Ocalans, Florida Pain and Rehabilitation Center is right here in town to treat a wide variety of pain ailments. Dr. Zhou has helped thousands of locals finally make debilitating pain a thing of the past. Whether you suffer from back pain, joint ailments, sciatica or headaches, the physicians at Florida Pain use minimally invasive, non-surgical and effective treatments as a way to eliminate inflammation and pain. In fact, since opening his practice in 2006, Dr. Zhou’s facility has seen a 25 to 30 percent increase in patients each year. From 3,444 patients in 2006 to nearly 17,000 in 2010! That’s thousands of people living pain free. Dr. Zhou follows a strict philosophy of “patient first, quality first” and frequently extols the advantages of leaving surgery as an option of last resort. In articles, he pens for the pages of the world’s most prestigious medical journals. The results speak for themselves: The Florida Pain and Rehabilitation Center has never had a major complication in its six-year existence. This stellar record, coupled with Dr. Zhou’s honest and compassionate approach to pain management, has made him one of the most popular practitioners in the area. Consult with Dr. Zhou today for an honest assessment of your pain problems, and learn how you can begin to lead a pain-free life once again!








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body, fueling your metabolism and helping to rid toxins and other waste byproducts. By constantly breathing the same air, you’re inhaling your own, as well as everybody else’s, carbon dioxide, not he fall air is to mention the dust a welcome particles and bacteria difference to that have collected the unbearably hot on the used filter. humid air we’ve been Want to take it a step breathing since April, further? Try eating so take advantage some of your meals of it! Open up your outside, as fresh air windows regularly to stimulates digestion let in the fresh breeze. and gives you another With each breath, reason to enjoy one oxygen is transported of the nicest months to every cell in the of the year.


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Most Common Types of Arthritis

OSTEOARTHRITIS: Sometimes called degenerative joint disease because bone cartilage gradually wears away, osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. Occurs most often in hands, knees, hips and spine facet points.


Caused by the body’s immune system mistakenly attacking itself and causing joint lining to swell; inflammation spreads to surrounding tissue, eventually damaging cartilage and bone. Can affect joints in any part of the body, except the lower back, and most commonly affects the hands, wrists and knees. More severe cases can affect the skin, eyes, lungs and nerves.


Fact or Fiction

condition that occurs when body cannot eliminate uric acid, which forms needle-like crystals in joints that cause pain and swelling. Most commonly affects the big toe, knee and wrist joints in men more than women.


Gender: Generally occurs more frequently in women than in men.

Obesity: Being overweight stresses weight-bearing joints, increasing wear and tear on bones and cartilage.

Work: Repetitive movements and/or heavy lifting stresses joints.

Myth: You can’t be physically active when you have arthritis. Fact: Doctor-approved, low-impact exercise, such as walking, biking, yoga and

water exercises, will help decrease your pain, reduce your disability and improve your range of motion.

Myth: Losing as little as 5 to 10 pounds won’t make a big difference in osteoarthritis symptoms. Fact: The heavier you are, the more stress you put on your joints. For each

1-pound increase in weight, the force across the knees increases by 2 to 3 pounds. So losing just 5 to 10 pounds can help reduce pain and increase joint mobility.


Sources: arthritis.org, webmd.com, arthritistoday.org

Age: Risk of developing arthritis, especially osteoarthritis, increases with age.

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iterally meaning “joint inflammation,” arthritis causes pain, stiffness, and very often difficulty moving. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, including some autoimmune disorders that affect internal organs and skin. According to the CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION, an estimated 70 million Americans, from young to old, suffer with some form of arthritis. And it would surprise many to know that arthritis is second only to heart disease as a cause of work disability. “Rheumatoid arthritis tends to affect more women, particularly in middle age, than men,” says Ocala-based rheumatologist Dr. Stephen Bookbinder. “But it also affects young people as well, so it is not strictly an age-related condition. It doesn’t follow a textbook definition. It is very diverse and very deceptive.” Bookbinder stresses “the most important thing for people who have arthritis issues is to get diagnosed and receive aggressive early treatment.” He points out that “the more advanced medications we have today to deal with the disease can greatly prevent prolonged conditions and improve the quality of life.”


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ur mobility is something we rely on. Whether playing a game of soccer with friends or simply carrying groceries from the store, we oft en take for granted our ability to perform mundane daily tasks. But like it or not, there may come a time when once easy movements become more of a challenge. Whether it’s a young athlete coping with an injury or an older individual dealing with the wear and tear of aging, the team at Twin Palm Orthopedics is helping people get back on track. Th e state-of-the-art facility features 10 exam rooms fully equipped with the latest diagnostic tools and a physical therapy center on-site. Together, Dr. Derek Farr and Dr. Nirav Gupta have combined their expertise to

treat everyone from 2 year olds to centenarians. “We work together as a team to make sure our patients receive the best care for their injury for their condition,” says Dr. Farr. Dr. Farr is a board-certifi ed orthopedic surgeon and completed his sports medicine fellowship at the Orthopedic Institute of South Florida. Along with a specialization in sports medicine, Dr. Farr concentrates his focus on shoulder, knee and hip procedures and off ers patients the latest techniques in orthopedics. Dr. Farr was the fi rst surgeon in Marion County to perform the mobile bearing hip procedure, and his patients have benefi tted from his expertise and experience in knee and shoulder surgeries, as well.

As opposed to a traditional fi xed bearing hip replacement, the mobile bearing hip procedure employs the use of an inner and outer ball (femoral head), allowing for much greater range of motion, stability, more comfort and less wear. Dr. Farr can perform the surgery in less than an hour, and patients only need to spend two days in the hospital. “Th e bottom line is, this is a superior product for hip replacements, and my patients are back to doing the activities they enjoy within six weeks,” says Dr. Farr. Partial knee resurfacing, which alleviates arthritic knees, is another procedure that has brought new life to Dr. Farr’s patients. “Th e only option was to travel as far as Largo, Florida, for this type of surgery in the past, but I can perform this outpatient surgery right here in Ocala,” he says. And Dr. Farr also off ers the reverse shoulder replacement technique, a procedure he refers

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Aging Well & Healthy


s we age, our bodies change on many levels, and therefore, our nutritional needs must be adjusted to maintain good health. While there are myriad physiological changes due to aging, the overall answer is to choose nutrient-dense foods that are high in nutrients in relation to their calories. For example, low-fat milk is more nutrient dense than regular milk because you still get the benefit of calcium but with fewer calories. Good nutrition as we age reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, bone loss, anemia and cancer. Throughout our lifetime, eating well helps maintain a healthy weight and keeps muscles, bones, organs and the immune system strong, enabling us to age well!

Maintaining Senior Health With Good Nutrition

Physical Changes of Aging WEAKENED SENSES

Diminished sense of smell and taste.

PROTEIN: To maintain lean body mass, seniors need about .5 grams per pound of bodyweight; simply divide your bodyweight by half to know how many grams of protein you need a day. Good protein sources include lean beef, fish, beans, nuts, milk, cheese, seeds and eggs.


Decreases basal energy metabolism, negatively affects vital organ functions, decreases ability to generate new protein tissue, slows immune system’s response, reduces body water and increases chance of dehydration.

WATER: To avoid dehydration, which can lead to mental confusion, urinary tract infections and constipation, try to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses a day in between meals. CALCIUM & VITAMIN D: To prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures, seniors need 1,200 milligrams of calcium per day through milk, cheese or yogurt. Nondairy sources of calcium include almonds, kale, broccoli and tofu. Vitamin D, found in fatty fish, egg yolks and fortified milk, is essential for absorbing calcium.


Slower digestion and less stomach gastric acid can lead to constipation, higher risk of chronic diseases and poor nutrient absorption.

FIBER & VITAMIN B12: To keep your digestion running smoothly, increase your fiber intake with raw fruits and veggies, beans and unrefined whole grains such as oats. Less gastric acid produced in the stomach interferes with vitamin B12 absorption; eat lean red meats or check with a doctor about supplementation.


Increases incidence of osteoporosis, bone fractures and vertebral compression fractures.

SPICE IT UP: To perk up your sense of smell and taste, as well as reduce sodium intake, try using spices like curry, dill, basil and oregano and flavorful oils like olive oil or avocado oil for salad dressings.

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ike many of our wonderful senses, we often take hearing for granted. But hearing loss can have a great impact on the quality of our lives. Imagine not being able to hear birds singing or the laughter of your friends and family. And maybe it’s because our industrialized, surround-sound world has gotten very noisy, but according to National Institute of Health statistics, more than 36 million Americans suffer from some form of hearing loss. Our ears and how we hear are amazing works of nature. Ocala Style asked Dr. Shon Murray, a doctor of audiology at Ocala-based Hearing&Balance Solutions to explain how the hearing process works, how and why it malfunctions, and what to do about it. “The cochlea, which is the inner ear hearing organ, is set up very similar to a piano keyboard,” says



Types of Hearing Loss

1. CONDUCTIVE: Sound being Sound being dampened or stopped by impacted ear wax, by impacted ear wax, middle ear infection or injury to the ear drum. Usually temporary and can be resolved medically with surgery or medication.

Advanced Age: One out of three people aged 65 to 74 has some level of hearing loss; one out of two after age 75. Noise: Loud continuous noise; noisy work includes carpentry, plumbing, mining, manufacturing, military, transportation and music. Medications: More than 200 medications can affect hearing, including antibiotics, aspirin, diuretics and chemotherapy drugs.

2. SENSORINEURAL: Loss of hearing due to inner ear and/or nerve damage caused by old age, viral infections, loud noises and/or medication side effects. Typically permanent hearing loss, which requires a hearing aid.

Illnesses: Heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and others interfere with the ears’ blood supply.

3. MIXED: Combination of both conductive and sensorineural, which leads to total absence of hearing.

Infection/Ear Wax: Blocks ear canals and reduces hearing.




Murray. “One end of the cochlea is responsible for helping us hear high pitches, such as consonant sounds in words, and the other end helps with the low pitches of vowels.” Murray points out that “most hearing impaired people have hearing loss in the high pitches.” This leads to being able to still hear “but not understand because the words aren’t clear and it sounds like someone is mumbling.” Signs of this kind of hearing loss are asking others to repeat themselves, saying ‘Huh?’ or ‘What?’ and turning up the volume on the TV. Permanent hearing loss, which is caused by a damaged or malfunctioning inner ear or nerve, is treated by fitting a person with hearing aids. And today’s hearing aids are not your grandfather’s hearing aids. “Hearing aids have transitioned from being basic analog pieces to being highly advanced digital amplification devices,” says Murray. “Hearing aids today are soundless invisible in-ear digital devices. They are programmed by computers and software to achieve the most precise, individualized sound for each person.”

Presbycusis: Losing hearing as one ages. Tinnitus: Ringing, roaring or hissing sounds in the ears.

Trouble understanding highpitched voices of women and children





Perception that people are not speaking clearly or mumbling Trouble understanding the sound of “S” and “F” Often having to ask people to repeat themselves Trouble understanding phone conversations Often misunderstanding what people say and responding inappropriately Trouble hearing above background noise Trouble following a conversation when more than one person speaks at once

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that many bodily functions begin to decline at a rate of 2 percent a year, beginning as early as 30! But don’t panic yet because exercise is a superhero when it comes to slowing down this decline. The superpowers of exercise can slow the aging process to a rate of one-half of one percent! So a person who doesn’t exercise will lose 70 percent of their functional ability by age 90. But someone who does exercise will only lose 30 percent of their functional ability by age 90. Which one would you pick? “It is very beneficial for older adults to lead Benefits of an exercise lifestyle,” says Lisa Quercioli, an OcalaExercise based certified/licensed AT ANY AGE fitness practitioner and 1. Controls mental health therapist. weight “Doing so enables them 2. Combats to achieve and maintain health appropriate levels of conditions & physical and mental diseases function to lead healthy, 3. Improves independent lives.” mood & Quercioli, who mental works with many functions senior clients, bases her 4. Boosts individualized exercise physical programs on three energy components: strength/ 5. Promotes resistance training, better sleep flexibility and cardio/ 6. Improves aerobics. And as with balance any exercise regiment, 7. Strengthens she stresses getting bones a doctor’s approval, Source: National working with a certified Institute Of Aging exercise professional and starting slowly. “In older adults, strength training using hand weights or weight machines will improve muscle strength and bone




density,” says Quercioli, “and this will combat the effects of osteoporosis. Flexibility exercises, such as yoga, tai chi or Pilates, will strengthen what is stretched and stretch what is strengthened.” Strength training should incorporate all six major muscle groups: the chest, shoulders, arms, back, abdominals and legs. Quercioli says that a good strength-training program should include “one to two exercises per muscle group and to work out two to three time per week.” Cardio/aerobics exercises to improve cardiovascular function include walking, biking, elliptical training, jogging or swimming. Quercioli recommends building up slowly to “a minimum of 30 minutes every day.” Once a good solid aerobic base is established, then “you can increase the intensity and aim for 45 to 60 minutes every other day.” “The largest muscle group in our bodies is our quadriceps (front of thighs), and they are the engine that drives the heart,” say Quercioli. “So however you get them moving at a moderate pace for 30 to 40 minutes on a daily basis improves your cardiovascular function.” Quercioli recommends the following workout for a man or woman 55 and older with a goal of overall health and wellness: STRENGTH TRAINING: 2 to 3 times a week/3 sets/15 reps (begin slowly with light weights/increase with strength gains) CARDIO: Every day/build up to 30 to 40 minutes (walking, jogging, biking)


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6 Swaps To Save Big On Health Care By Michael Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet Oz, M.D.


f the shaky economy’s got you worried about the high cost of health care, you’re not alone. Maybe you’re like the 45 percent of people who are cutting back on medications. Or the 42 percent buying fewer fruits and vegetables. As a society, we need more affordable health care for all, and soon! And if everyone in North America gets their blood pressure, weight, cholesterol and blood sugar in check—and stops smoking—the U.S. and Canada will save more than 33 percent on lifetime medical costs and balance our budgets for as far as the eye can see. But until the politicians sort it out, here a few swaps you can make now.

1. Grill a salmon burger instead of a beef burger. SAVE $20 EVERY TIME YOU DO. We’re serious! If you’re still asking “Where’s the beef?” instead of “Where’s the fish? ,” start socking away $10 per burger to cover the cost of future heart disease and another $10 for future wrinkle creams. Choosing salmon over beef doesn’t just subtract a lot of artery-clogging saturated fat from your diet, it also gives you omega-3s which protect against heart disease and stroke and keep your skin smoother, too. 2. Crunch greens instead of chips at lunch. SAVE $500 PER MONTH. Eat more of whatever green veggies are in season or on sale, and for pennies a day, you’ll cut your odds of big blood sugar problems by 14 percent. Avoid type 2 diabetes and avoid the $6,000 a year that diabetics pay out of pocket for added health care they need. EXTRA CREDIT: Ask your doc for a fasting blood sugar test to check for prediabetes, the stage when there’s still time to avoid full-blown trouble. Most of the one in three Americans who have prediabetes don’t know they do. 3. Don’t just cut bad fat. Eat more nuts, soy, whole grains and plant sterols. SAVE UP TO $2,400 PER YEAR. Avoiding artery-clogging saturated fat (yep, that burger, butter, full-fat cheese

and milk, and most baked/processed foods) is smart. Even smarter: Eat more nuts, tofu, oatmeal, barley and cholesterol-lowering plant sterols and stanols (found mainly in heart-smart margarines). Just cutting saturated fat drops your dangerous LDL cholesterol by eight points. Doing both can slash LDL by a stunning 24 to 28 points! Your $2,400 savings come from the cholesterol-lowering medications you won’t need. 4. Replace extra pounds with more muscle. SAVE $7 TO $13 A DAY. All exercise burns calories, but only strength training helps you burn ‘em 24/7, because unlike fat, muscle tissue burns calories constantly. The money you save comes from avoiding or reversing obesity, which shrinks your bank account by $2,650 a year for guys and $4,880 for women. That includes higher insurance premiums and medical expenses but not the food money saved by eating less! 5. Buy more fresh fruit, veggies, whole grains, lowsodium foods and fewer processed foods. SAVE $300 TO $700 PER MONTH. Think you can’t afford fresh food? Only buy produce that’s in season or on sale; add money savers like dried or no-salt canned beans, brown rice and store-brand 100 percent whole grain bread. Skipping salty, processed and fast foods will slash your threat of high blood pressure, help you avoid blood pressure meds and lower your odds for stroke, which typically costs $24,000 in out-of-pocket expenses in the years after diagnosis. 6. Switch to taking generic drugs instead of skipping pricey brand-name meds. SAVE YOUR LIFE. More than half of Americans could be saving serious money by switching to generics. Do it! Skipping drugs can backfire big time, landing you in the hospital. That’s a swap no one should make.

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You toss and turn. Punch your pillow and throw off the covers. Roll over and look at the clock… again. In frustration, you get up, go to the bathroom and then read another chapter of that novel. Go back to bed, try again, but still, sleep won’t come. Or if it does, you just seem to finally fall asleep when the alarm clock goes off. More exhausted than when you went to bed, you get up and stagger drowsily through your day.





Numbers THE AMOUNT OF SLEEP that an individual


ound familiar?

If it makes you feel any better, albeit still sleepy, you’ve got plenty of company. According to the National Institutes of Health, 50 million Americans suffer from some form of chronic sleep disorder and another 20 million deal with occasional sleep problems. Of adults, 75 percent experience daytime sleepiness. All of this sleepiness is not healthy and can be downright dangerous, even deadly. Research has proven there is a definite connection between sleep disorders and serious medical conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, hypertension and depression. And according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics, sleepy drivers cause more than 100,000 motor vehicle crashes and claim more than 1,500 lives a year. And while people will go to a doctor for all types of reasons, not being able to sleep is rarely at the top of their list. But considering the quality of life implications, maybe it should be. In fact, sleep medicine is an ever-growing specialty field for many doctors. Dr. Hany Falestiny of Ocala Pulmonary Associates, P.A. & Sleep Center is board certified in sleep disorders by the Academy of Sleep Medicine, and Dr. Lance Kim of FNC Sleep Center is board certified in sleep disorders by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. Dr. Falestiny and Dr. Kim recently took the time to talk with Ocala Style about our sleepchallenged lives and what we can do to get a good night’s rest.

sleep deprivation can cause serious health risks, such as cardiovascular disease and obesity. Kim: There is a very close relationship between sleep disorders and medical and neurological conditions. A sleep disorder acts as a catalyst, fuel to the fire, to medical conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular issues; to neurological conditions such as chronic headaches, neuromuscular disorders, depression and even attention deficit disorders.

OS: What are the most common sleep disorders that you treat? Falestiny: The most common referral to our practice is complaints of excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue, most commonly caused by obstructive sleep apnea. In obstructive sleep apnea, the breathing airways become obstructed and prevent the flow of air. There is also central sleep apnea, where the brain doesn’t send the signal to the respiratory muscles. Sleep apnea disrupts sleep by causing repeated awakenings and pauses in breathing during the night. A physical exam may reveal a long and wide soft palate, a large swollen uvula, large tonsils and/or excess tissues in airway walls. Excessive weight often plays a major role in obstructive apnea. Kim: The No. 1 reason people come to my center is because of insomnia, which can include difficulty falling asleep, frequent wakening, waking up too early and not being able to go back to sleep and waking up feeling unrested. There are many causes for insomnia, including lifestyle factors such as stress, diet and exercise. And, of course, sleep apnea as well.

OS: How important is getting a good night’s sleep to overall health?

OS: When should people seek professional help for sleeping problems?

Falestiny: Chronic lack of a good night’s sleep can lead to decreased performance and alertness, memory and cognitive impairment, stress on relationships, occupational injury and overall poor quality of life. If left untreated,

Falestiny: Patients shouldn’t hesitate to talk with their physician as early as possible when they suspect they have a sleeping problem. Common problems connected to a sleeping disorder include loud snoring,

needs varies according to age, gender, lifestyle, medical conditions and overall general health. Most sleep experts recommend an average of eight hours of sleep for adults. But according to recent National Sleep Foundation research, nearly a third of Americans sleep less than six hours a night. “Most adults should get eight to nine hours of sleep a night,” says neurologist Dr. Lance Kim of FNC Sleep Center. “Young children up until puberty need 12 to 14 hours, and teens should optimally get 10 to 12 hours of sleep. As we get older, our sleep patterns and needs change. For those 65 and older, it’s generally less than eight hours; 75 and older, six hours.”

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Polysomnogram: gasping, restless sleep, daytime sleepiness, fatigue, headaches, blurred vision, leg swelling, shortness of breath, irritability and memory problems. Kim: You should get professional help when you can’t fall asleep, don’t wake up refreshed and suffer from daytime drowsiness on a regular basis. Also, if you have a medical condition like high blood pressure, diabetes or have had a stroke and you take two or more medications, there’s a good chance you suffer from sleep apnea, so it would be a good idea to see a sleep specialist.

OS: How are sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia diagnosed? Falestiny: After a consultation and complete physical, the patient will undergo a one-night sleep study in a special bedroom at the sleep center. The patient is fitted with several leads to measure air flow, oxygen saturation, heart rate, brain waves, respiratory efforts and more. This provides a baseline measurement. If sleep apnea is diagnosed, the patient will need to come in for a second night for a CPAP/BiPAP titration. Kim: The sleep study results oftentimes really surprise people. We can monitor how long it takes them to fall asleep, how long they stay asleep and how often they wake up. They think they’re only waking up a few times a night, but then we show them it’s more like a hundred times a night. Now they can understand why they’re so tired and sleepy.

gives continuous positive airway pressure to keep the upper airways from collapsing. A BiPAP provides two levels of air pressure with the highest on inhalation and lowest on exhalation. Some people are not comfortable with the continuous high air pressure of a CPAP and can handle a BiPAP better. A BiPAP is also used to support ventilation at night in morbidly obese patients, those with severe lung disease or those suffering from neuromuscular disorders. Both the CPAP and BiPAP include the machine itself, hosing and a mask or nasal pillow to deliver air pressure. How long a patient needs a CPAP or BiPAP depends on each individual case. Kim: For insomnia without sleep apnea, the treatment protocol is usually a combination of medication and lifestyle changes. But any kind of sleep medication should only be taken under strict supervision by your physician and only for a short time. It’s too easy to become addicted to sleeping pills, and then you have another problem to deal with. There is no quick fix to a sleeping disorder. Instead, think of it as a long-term investment in your health. Lifestyle changes include a strict adherence to a nightly sleep schedule; keeping daytime and nighttime activities separate; reserving the bedroom only for sleeping (and sex); limiting Internet and TV time in the evening; creating a comfortable, relaxing bedroom environment; eating a good balanced diet; and getting adequate daily exercise. And, most importantly, learn to respect sleep for the critical role it plays in your well-being.

OS: How are sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apena and insomnia treated by a sleep specialist? Falestiny: Once a patient has been definitely diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, he or she is prescribed and fitted with either a CPAP or a BiPAP breathing machine that they wear all night, every night. A CPAP




Medical term for a sleep study. Electrodes and monitors are usually placed on the chest, head and legs to measure bodily functions, such as brain waves, heartbeat, eye movements, muscle tension, leg movements, wake-sleep patterns, airflow, oxygen level and breathing effort during sleep. The results are scored and interpreted by a sleep specialist to prescribe treatment for a sleep disorder. Source: nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus

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“Patients and their primary care physicians should seek the advice of a board-certified sleep specialist and go to an accredited sleep center,” says Dr. Hany Falestiny of Ocala Pulmonary Associates, P.A. & Sleep Center. “Also, the technical staff must be board registered as polysomnographic technologists. Or, they can be in a training program and be shadowed by a registered technologist.” To determine whether your sleep doctor, sleep center or sleep technologist is accredited or registered, visit: American Board of Sleep Medicine, absm.org American Board of Internal Medicine, abim.org American Academy of Sleep Medicine, aasmnet.org Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists, brpt.org

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Mellow Melatonin Produced by the pineal gland deep in the middle of our brains, melatonin is our body’s sleep hormone. Nighttime darkness stimulates the release of melatonin, and light suppresses it. Staying awake when we should be sleeping and particularly being exposed to artificial light at night—watching late night TV, surfing the Internet, nighttime shift work—disrupts the natural release of melatonin. Without adequate melatonin, you won’t fall asleep or sleep well, leading to sleep deprivation. And unfortunately, as we age, we produce less melatonin. Many sleep experts advise getting at least 15 minutes of sunlight soon after waking up in the morning to quickly stop melatonin production and reset your body clock. Then, in the evenings, limit artificial light as much as possible, particularly 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime. Keep your bedroom as dark as possible, and if you do get up in the middle of the night, don’t turn on any bright lights. Melatonin supplements are available over the counter, but Ocala sleep specialist Dr. Lance Kim recommends “using melatonin only under a doctor’s supervision.” Good nighttime meals or snacks are foods that contain some melatonin: cherries, bananas, oats, pumpkin seeds, tomatoes, seaweed, turkey, chicken, almonds, peanuts, rice, ginger and dairy products. Source: Drug Muggers, by Suzy Cohen, RPh

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Goldilocks When it comes to a mattress, most sleep experts recommend getting a new one every seven to eight years and investing in a good quality one that supports your body. “The secret to buying a mattress is to take your time and do your research,” says Steve Brannon, president and co-owner of Ocala-based The Sleep Center USA Inc. “Do your legwork, and go to reputable stores that carry the top brands. Buy a mattress with a 30-day sleep trial and at least a 10-year warranty.” Here are some additional mattress-buying tips: Too Soft: Poor support for your body; hips sink in and impede blood circulation; back strain. Too Firm: Causes joint and back pain. Just Right: Good support for proper body/spine alignment and overall comfort. Source: thesleepdoctor.org

Can’t Sleep & Gaining Weight? While we sleep, our brain produces growth hormone, which helps our body break down fat for fuel. So if you’re sleep deprived, you produce less growth hormone and also undergo an adverse cascade of other hormone levels. Your sleep-deprived body becomes less adept at dealing with glucose, and you’re insulin levels go up. Serotonin, the feel-good calming hormone, decreases, and cortisol, the fight-or-flight stress hormone, increases. To counteract this brain chemistry imbalance, we eat. According to an American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study, volunteers who slept only five and a half hours ate an average of 1,000 calories in snacks a day in addition to their regular meals. And Columbia University researchers found that adults who only slept four hours a night were 73 percent more likely to become obese than those sleeping seven to nine hours. Even those who managed to sleep six hours were 23 percent more likely to become obese than those getting seven hours a night. Want to lose weight? Get enough sleep!

Pillow Talk Next to a mattress, the right pillow is also important for a good night’s sleep. The most important thing is that the pillow keeps your neck in neutral alignment, depending on your sleeping position. Consider these points when buying your next pillow: Sleep Position Stomach Back Side

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“I got into a routine where I’d get off work, run by the store and pick up a few things, and go by Mom’s,” Joanne says. “I’d make sure she had taken her medicine and that she’d eaten something, and I’d try to snoop around a little and check her mail or the laundry.” Gradually, the daily visits became longer. “Little by little, I’d see more and more that needed to be done,” she says. “She’d forget to pay a bill or finish a load of laundry, and then it would have to be washed again. Or she’d leave food in the fridge too long; I was afraid she’d get sick from eating something bad.” As Ruth gradually required more and more attention, Joanne realized it was affecting her own health. She was feeling overwhelmed, resentful and depressed. Joanne’s husband Tom noticed when things were getting out of hand. “She’d get home from her mom’s house at 8:00 or 9:00 at night and still have her own affairs to tend to,” says Tom. “Our kids and I tried to pitch in and do what we could to help ease the load, but it’s not as easy as you’d think. There are the things she enjoys doing for us or for herself, and she just didn’t have time to do it all. Her existence had been reduced to a series of tasks that she could never catch up with. I was afraid * Names have been changed to protect resident’s privacy




Parent she’d have a stroke. Something had to change.” But change was just what Joanne feared Ruth would not handle well. She liked her home, her neighborhood and her routines. “Mom had to give up driving a couple of years earlier, but we had a routine that seemed to work. I’d leave work to run her to doctor’s appointments, and I’d take her to the hairdresser and grocery store on Saturdays.” Ruth’s neighbor took her to church on Sunday, and Joanne says her mother was satisfied with that arrangement. “She didn’t want to lose what independence she still had, she didn’t want to be a burden on anyone and she sure didn’t want to leave her home.” Eventually, Joanne knew it was time to talk to Ruth about moving out of her home and what her options would be. With Joanne and Tom working full time and no other family nearby, they felt that moving her in with them wouldn’t solve all their problems. “It’s not that I wouldn’t have taken her in to live with us,” she explains, “but, we didn’t feel like we would be solving anything with my husband and I both gone 10 hours a day.” It was evident to Joanne that, in order to give her mother quality care for her remaining lifetime,

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“Her existence had been reduced to a series of tasks that she could never catch up with.” ~TOM JANSEN

present a united front,” Joanne remembers. “We finally made plans for Mark and his family to visit over Fourth of July, which was about a month away.” And then, in late June, Joanne got the call she’d been dreading. Ruth’s neighbor had come by to get her for church one Sunday, and Ruth did not answer the door. The neighbor used the key Joanne had given her for just such an emergency and found




Ruth on her kitchen floor, where she had fallen hours before. “Thankfully, she wasn’t hurt, except for her pride, but she had nothing to grasp onto to try and pull herself up,” Joanne explains, “So she had laid there for hours. She had wet herself. She was exhausted and embarrassed.” It was not the scenario Joanne wanted to open a dialogue with, but she was able to get her mother to see that this arrangement was a burden for the whole family and that they needed the peace of mind that a facility could provide. After speaking with Ruth’s doctor, Joanne determined that Ruth was the perfect candidate for an assisted living facility, or ALF. She didn’t need constant supervision or skilled nursing care, and she could do most things for herself, but she required assistance with some activities of daily living, such as meal preparation, laundry and medication reminders. Today, Ruth has her own apartment in an assisted living facility just a couple of miles from Joanne’s home. She has a housekeeper and laundry service, assistance with grooming and medications, and the security of knowing help is available round-the-clock. When her great-grandchildren come to visit, she still has the box of toys from home she can pull out to entertain them or they go outside to feed the

ducks that frequent the pond out back. She takes the facility’s bus to the grocery store and the pharmacy, and her former neighbor still comes by to pick her up for church on Sundays so they can catch up. She participates in the book club, bingo and goes to movie nights. The best part? Her daughter has gone back to being a daughter, wife and mother, instead of caregiver. This is the ultimate goal of assisted living: returning adult children to their familial roles while providing quality care to family members. “The best thing we can do is let sons and daughters become sons and daughters again. They can go to work or go on vacation without worrying,” says Geoff Oetjen, director of sales and marketing at Chambrel Pinecastle, an Ocala assisted living facility. One of his favorite success stories involves a 92-year-old man who was moved into Chambrel by his son. The son called a few days after his dad moved in and asked Geoff what he’d done to his father. “Dad’s talking more; he’s more animated,” Geoff recalls him saying. Geoff had the pleasure of calling the son later to let him know his father was attending the facility’s happy hour and dancing! He told Geoff, “You just don’t know how much you’ve made my day.” Another success story occurred when a mom told her son he shouldn’t visit that day

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“Watch the residents and staff: Do they interact with each other and know each other’s names? Do they look happy? Talk to the residents and listen to what they have to say about their home. Smell the rooms: Is there an odor, or are they clean?” Adams recommends having a meal at the facility. “Taste the food. Would you serve it to your mother?” Using your own senses will help you get a real feel for the home. Additionally, ask great questions. Adams suggests the following questions when looking for a skilled nursing facility: What is the average length of employment of staff? A facility with a high turnover rate is a warning sign, particularly nursing staff. You want to know the staff is happy working there and that there is continuity of care. Residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia do better when the staff is not constantly changing. How many doctors serve the facility? One doctor means long wait times for answers or visits, while 100 doctors means you never know who will be taking care of your parent. Ideally, somewhere between four and 20 doctors serving the facility will ensure you have accessibility and familiarity. What are the visiting hours? Look for a facility with no restrictions on visitors. Some facilities up staff during the day and down staff at night. If your parent’s nursing home makes

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Paying for Care Medicare covers short-term care in a skilled nursing facility after a hospital stay of at least three days. If a person needs to go into a nursing home to recover from a stroke or surgery, Medicare will pay all costs for 20 days and partial costs for an additional 80 days. Medicare will pay for home health care for a maximum of 35 hours per week and Hospice care for the terminally ill. Medicare does not cover assisted living or adult day care. Medicaid covers skilled nursing care while allowing a person to retain their personal savings for additional expenses such as telephone and TV service, dentures, hearing aids, beauty shop appointments and personal belongings. Medicaid is a viable option for those whose household income is not sufficient to cover care privately. The application process can take several weeks and is complicated, so it may help to enlist the aid of an eldercare representative. Long-term care insurance policies usually cover skilled nursing care in a licensed nursing home or home health care facility. Some policies also cover physical therapy, housekeeping, assisted living facilities, adult day care and respite care for caregivers. Many people are turned down for coverage due to preexisting conditions, alcohol or drug abuse and some mental disorders. Long-term care policies usually have a maximum daily benefit and maximum number of days covered. For example, a policy may pay $100 a day for up to five years and is renewable as long as premiums are paid. Premiums are higher as people age, so more and more people are purchasing policies




ONLINE RESOURCES FOR CAREGIVERS 20 to 30 years before care is needed. The high premiums of long-term care policies often scare people from purchasing one, but the cost of care without benefits is even higher. Some offer a death benefit, which returns some benefits after death, so it’s important to shop around. Check with your parent’s insurance provider to see if longterm care can be added to an existing policy. Reverse mortgages allow homeowners to receive cash payments against the equity they have built up in their home. No repayments are required until the home is sold. To qualify, homeowners must be at least 62 years of age and have paid off all or most of their mortgage. The reverse mortgage will pay off any remaining amount on the original mortgage before you receive any money, so if you have a large unpaid amount on your mortgage, a reverse mortgage won’t work for you. Veterans’ pensions are available to those who served during any U.S. conflict through Desert Storm. Additionally, benefits are available to cover medical costs and housing renovations necessary to cope with disabilities resulting from service, even if the disability did not appear until later in life. Check with your local VA office.

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“The most common circumstance that would lead to amputation is a patient with multiple blockages,” Dr. Qamar says. A SEVERE OBSTRUCTION OF THE ARTERIES, CREATING “We can reconstruct the vascular anatomy DECREASED BLOOD FLOW TO THE HANDS, FEET from the aorta down to the feet. AND LEGS, IS ONE OF THE LEADING CAUSES OF And Dr. Qamar describes the feet as the LIMB AMPUTATION. BEFORE COMMITTING TO THE window to the vascular system. PROCEDURE THOUGH, CARDIOLOGIST DR. ASAD “No matter what the level of QAMAR OF THE INSTITUTE OF CARDIOVASCULAR obstruction in the blood flow is, it’s the foot that is ultimately affected by EXCELLENCE STRESSES THAT THERE IS ALMOST ALWAYS discoloration, numbness or a cool SOMETHING THAT CAN BE DONE TO SAVE THE LIMB. sensation,” he says. While one of the most common symptoms of critical limb ischemia is pain in the legs, Dr. Qamar notes that not all patients he team of professionals at the Institute of present with the same symptoms. Cardiovascular Excellence’s track record in limb “The blockages don’t always cause pain,” he says. salvation interventions speaks for itself. “When the condition is asymptomatic, patients often “We are able to restore blood flow in almost all don’t seek medical help. That’s why it’s so important patients,” Dr. Qamar says, “even when ulcers were to see your family care physician and your podiatrist present on their feet.” regularly.” Diabetics, smokers, people with a family history of And while treatment is certainly necessary once limb loss and those on prolonged dialysis are all at an a problem is found, prevention and increased risk for amputation. early detection are key. Simple, non-invasive testing and a physical exam // testimonial // “Even the amputation of one toe can detect the likelihood of blockages in the peripheral can significantly change your life,” says arteries. Once a diagnosis is made, an angiogram is Dr. Qamar. “All five toes give feedback performed to locate and alleviate those blockages, to our brain regarding how our body restoring blood flow to the affected limb. A spinal stroke left Scott Williams wheelchair bound is oriented in space. The loss of just Angiography, the gold standard in diagnosing at the age of 29. It didn’t slow him down, though. one toe can totally throw off a person’s blocked arteries, involves a needle puncture of “Following later surgery for heart failure, I was the femoral artery. A dye is then injected into and balance.” So just imagine what the loss referred by my doctor to Dr. Qamar, a cardiologist. followed through the arteries using a sophisticated He didn’t like the coloring of my foot. Following of an entire limb could do. computer system. When a blockage is detected, it can several catheterization procedures, we discovered The lesson? be quickly treated with either a stent or a balloon. the blocked arteries. I had several stents put in, Keep your diabetes under A peripheral artery catheterization is usually restoring the blood flow to my foot. They were control, and follow up with your performed as an outpatient procedure at the ICE clinic simple procedures, and I was on my way back home primary care physician and podiatrist, where two state-of-the-art cath labs are available. in a matter of hours. The staff at ICE is outstanding, especially knowing that vascular where two state-of-the-art cath labs are available. especially knowing that vascular The procedure itself takes a matter of minutes, and and Dr. Qamar’s demeanor is the best of any doctor disease may be a significantly The procedure itself takes a matter of minutes, and disease may be a significantly the recovery time is only a few hours. Following the I’ve ever seen—and I’ve seen my share. asymptomatic occurrence. the recovery time is only a few hours. Following the asymptomatic occurrence. procedure, a home health nurse is arranged for all Both before and after the procedures, Dr. procedure, a home health nurse is arranged for all Qamar thoroughly explained the tests and the patients to ensure proper healing is taking place. patients to ensure proper healing is taking place. results, making sure to take the time to answer all my questions. I felt better leaving ICE than I did going in. Dr. Qamar definitely gets my recommendation.”



“Thanks to Dr. Qamar, I’m able to enjoy spending time with my two young grandsons.” — Scott Williams, Crystal River, FL





When a referring doctor or one of the ICE physicians suspect a patient may have blocked arteries based on symptoms they are exhibiting, they are sent to the cath lab for tests to rule out peripheral artery disease. A thin catheter is inserted into an artery (usually the femoral artery of the leg), and dye is injected to determine the extent of the blockage. If the physician determines the artery is indeed blocked, then either angioplasty or stenting is performed to open the occluded vessel. The results can be miraculous, and potentially limb-saving. HERE ARE SOME ICE SUCCESS STORIES… A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS.

CASE 1 This 71-year-old female had a history of smoking and presented with severe right arm numbness and recurrent mini strokes. Today, she is free of her symptoms.



This 71-year-old female was experiencing severe pain in her right leg, even at rest. At present, she is attending to her sick husband.

This 67-year-old female developed sudden numbness in her right leg. Currently, she is enjoying shopping with her daughter.

// fast facts //


one or more limbs due to limb ischemia.

» Vascular blockages in the limbs don’t always » The term ischemia refers to a cause pain—many are asymptomatic. restriction of blood supply. » It’s estimated that 1 out of every 200 people in the U.S. has had an amputation. » Diabetics and smokers are at an increased risk of losing

a significant risk factor for amputation. » Lower-limb amputations account for nearly 97% of all limb loss.

» 1 amputation leads to a very » If your peripheral arteries are blocked, chances high risk of an additional are the arteries leading amputation within 18 to your heart and lungs months. have blockages as well. » Family history of limb loss is


Dr. Asad Qamar has practiced in Ocala for 12 years, forming many wonderful relationships and helping patients enjoy a higher quality of life. He prides himself on combining the newest technologies, advanced expertise and personalized attention patients demand and deserve. As a testament to his passion for helping people, Dr. Qamar sees and treats uninsured and Medicaid patients. A graduate of University of Punjab in Pakistan, he completed both his residency and fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine. He is board certified in interventional cardiology and rated a five-star doctor by HealthGrades®, one of the country’s leading health care rating organizations.

“By opening occluded arteries through the use of stents or balloons, we can potentially save a patient’s limb that would otherwise need to be surgically amputated, allowing them to return to their regular lifestyle and preventing them from further complications often caused by the loss of a limb.” — Dr. Asad Qamar

Sources: AAFP.org, National Limb Loss Information Center

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Gettin’ Chili Out


ovember is chilly… the yummy-in-yourtummy kind of chili! On November 5, attendees can fill their stomachs and enjoy live entertainment at MARION COUNTY’S 30TH ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF. Cast your vote for “people’s choice,” and check out the decorated booths and children’s area, which features games, bounce houses and face painting, as you wait for the judges to announce the best chili in show. Entrants are teams formed by local businesses, organizations and families. See Dunning Shaw and other local musicians perform as


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you make the rounds. If you have belly room, feast on home-baked goods, burgers, hot dogs and fries. The cookoff is at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion from 9am-4pm. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for students and seniors, and $1 for children 3-12. Children under 3 get in for free. Proceeds support The Cornerstone School, a private independent school open to students in pre-K through 8th grade. For more information, visit marioncountychilicookoff.org.






You Can Do Fondue!


o you have a neglected fondue pot in your cabinet? Before you decide to plunk that baby on a yard sale table, consider having a retrochic fondue party. Hosting a fondue party is no hassle. Instead of being a prisoner to the kitchen, the simple food preparation will allow you to mingle with your friends and enjoy all the festivities. To throw the perfect party, let your guests know about fondue etiquette, such as no double dipping or using fingers to dip food, and make sure food is pre-cut into bite-size pieces. Hand out plates for guests to de-spear their food on, and never leave fondue pots unattended.

Here are a few additional tips from Chef Shane Schaibly, the corporate chef of Front Burner Brands, the management company that supports The Melting Pot. » Use a double boiler on a stove to cook fondue, and then serve it in a fondue pot.

» Once the fondue has been transferred to the pot, never let it boil.

Chipotle Swiss Fondue Add a little zing to your cheese fondue by adding chipotle chile. 3½ 2 1 2 4 2 1

cups shredded Swiss cheese tablespoons all-purpose flour cup white wine teaspoons finely chopped garlic teaspoons finely chopped chipotle chile tablespoons chopped bacon teaspoon freshly ground pepper


tablespoon chopped scallions




» Keep cheese and


dessert fondues at a low temperature—about 120 degrees—using a tea light.

» Don’t add water to cheese fondue, and keep heat as low as possible so it doesn’t become rubbery.

» If dark chocolate fondue tastes bitter, add confectioner’s sugar.

1. Toss cheese with flour in bowl.

2. Place metal bowl over saucepan

filled with 2 inches of water. 3. Bring water to boil. Reduce heat to medium, and pour wine into bowl. 4. Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. 5. Add half the cheese, and cook until cheese is melted, stirring constantly. Continue stirring while adding remaining cheese in small amounts, until it is melted. 6. Fold in chile, bacon and pepper. 7. Pour into warm fondue pot, and keep warm over low heat. 8. Garnish with scallions.

FOR CHEESE FONDUE: French bread, pita bread, artichokes, broccoli, cauliflower, potato wedges, peppers, cherry tomatoes, apples, pears FOR CHOCOLATE FONDUE: Pound cake, strawberries, bananas, pineapple, cherries, oranges, marshmallows, ladyfingers, biscotti, pretzels, shortbread, brownies Below are two recipes adapted from The Melting Pot’s Cookbook. Each serves four to six guests.

Yin and Yang Chocolate Fondue Impress guests with this psychedelic dessert. 4 4

ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped ounces white chocolate, finely chopped

1. Melt dark chocolate in the top of a double boiler set over simmering water, stirring constantly; or place chocolate in microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted, stirring every

30 to 45 seconds. Be careful not to let chocolate burn. 2. Repeat procedure for white chocolate. 3. Pour both chocolates simultaneously into warm fondue pot. 4. Rotate pot one-quarter turn to produce yin and yang effect. 5. Garnish white chocolate with a piece of dark chocolate and dark chocolate with a piece of white chocolate. 6. Keep fondue warm over low heat.


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

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

Tommy’s Country BBQ 2065 Northwest Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 732-7759 / (352) 732-7491 fax tommy@tommyscountrybbq.com Mon-Tues 6a-4p / Wed-Sat 6a-8p / Closed Sundays With the dream of cooking the home-cooked foods he loved as a child, especially BBQ favorites, Tommy started his restaurant business 12 years ago. As a professional in the food industry his entire adult life, Tommy was no stranger to the kitchen. Tommy’s Country BBQ features a comfortable, homey atmosphere that encourages friends and family to come together to eat. Prices range from $3.99-$6 for breakfast and $6-$9 for lunch. Wednesdays through Saturdays, dinner meals range from $6-$20.

Tommy’s specializes in the best prime rib in Ocala. Give them a try and you’re certain to feel the difference.

Ipanema Brazilian Steak House 2023 South Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 622-1741 / www.ipanemaocala.com Lunch Tue-Fri 11a-2p / Dinner Tues-Thu 5p-9p, Fri & Sat 5p-10p, Sun 4p-9p Happy Hour Tue-Fri 5p-7p / Closed Monday A Churrascaria (Portuguese for barbecue) is a dining experience where roaming Gauchos slice and serve fi re-roasted meats from skewers in a continual fashion. Ipanema Brazilian Steak House boasts 11 of the fi nest cuts of meat complemented by an opulent salad and vegetable bar, delectable desserts, and delicious wines, beers and cocktails. Brazilian native and executive chef Alonso Esgaib invites you to embrace the fl avors of his homeland and experience the magnetism of Ipanema for yourself. Enjoy the weather and come dine on our new covered patio area! Become a fan of Ipanema on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ipanemaocala. Great discounts online!

We now offer an extensive appetizer menu and full dinner service outdoors. Happy Hour: 2 for 1 premium drinks and house wines Tue-Fri, 5p-7p.







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ommy and his family want the good folks of Marion County to know how much they appreciate the community’s continued support of Tommy’s BBQ through these hard economic times. He’d like to share the story of how his recipe for cornbread dressing was born. The recipe came from Tommy’s Aunt Osie, who was the best cook in Bonifay, Florida. She cooked every week for the Men’s Supper Club. Each Thanksgiving and Christmas when the family got together, he would watch in the kitchen, and boy, those were the days! He would help her with the preparation by chopping celery and onions and taking the meat off the bones. After the stock was done, she made the egg bread. She was the master of getting the taste just right.




Tommy learned from his Aunt Osie and follows her recipe exactly, with one minor exception—he doesn’t use squirrel in his meat stock. She said it really helped the flavor, but Tommy has refined the recipe to make it squirrelfree and just as tasty. Aunt Osie’s cornbread dressing can be enjoyed any time of year, but it especially perfect for the holiday season. Tommy’s BBQ offers many other delicious foods for the upcoming months, including smoked turkeys and hams with all the trimmings, giblet gravy and sweet potato casserole to mention a few! Thanksgiving is Tommy’s favorite holiday and time of the year. His family has traditionally celebrated the holiday with friends, setting the table with plenty of great tasting food—from the turkey to the desserts. These delicious favorites and more are available at Tommy’s convenient 441 location. If you don’t have the time to make great tasting food, let Tommy’s BBQ do it for you! Just give them a call—they’ll be more than happy to help you out. Tommy’s BBQ also offers catering! December is a very busy time, so if you’re planning a party or an upcoming event, book your date soon Tommy’s Country Market and BBQ Mon-Tue 6am-4pm Wed-Sat 6am-8pm Closed Sun 2065 NW 4th Ave., Ocala (352) 732-7759

has a sweet solution when it comes to when it comes to choosing between brownies or cake. To put brownies or cake. To put an end to this indecisive nightmare, owner indecisive nightmare, owner Meltonia “Mel” King created a confection created a confection that is a chocolaty dream come true. Mel dream come true. Mel took the ever-popular cake pop a step cake pop a step further by making sumptuous Chunky sumptuous Chunky Chocolate Brownie Lollipops. Inspired by Lollipops. Inspired by her brownie-loving children, the pops have children, the pops have a moist brownie center and a hardened center and a hardened milk, white or dark chocolate shell that will chocolate shell that will make chocoholics’ toes curl. toes curl. Specialty flavors include include white chocolate coconut, coconut, chocolate peanut, dark dark chocolate raspberry, dark chocolate orange and chocolate cheesecake. Operated in Ocala and Ocala and Orlando, Chocolate Dreams Candy Dreams Candy Catering serves all of Central Florida. Visit Central Florida. Visit Mel and taste her brownie pops at the farmers market at the Downtown Square on Saturdays from 8am-1pm. To find more delectable treats and create an irresistible candy buffet, visit chocolatedreamsonline. com or call (407) 230-1050. Chocolate Dreams Candy Catering desserts can also be found on chocolate.com, the Internet’s global chocolate marketplace.


Sometimes a restaurant develops a reputation for a particular item. At Fiore’s Café, the entrées are classic Italian and their pizzas have a huge fan base, but just about every patron who enters the door wants the “garlic knots.” These homemade, warm-fromthe-oven rolls have just the right combination of garlic and butter. Add some marinara sauce and you can practically make a meal out of these alone. They come with every entrée, or you can order entrée, or you can order some on the side. Fiore’s is open for open for dinner seven nights a week. week. 119 S Pine Avenue, Ocala (352) 789-6980


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

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Mesa de Notte with our Black Tie Gala Dinner. Six courses with complimentary wine with each course. Reservations only. Seating 8pm to Midnight.

Kick n’ Back Café and Grille 14400 E Hwy 40, Silver Springs / (352) 289-4069 Tue-Sun 6:30a–9p, Closed Mon Take a ride out to the island in the forest at Kick n’ Back Café, where you’ll fi nd Caribbean fl are and fare. Conch fritters are a customer favorite, as well as the Cuban Mix: mojo marinated pork, Spanish ham and Swiss cheese on a special bread and pressed to perfection. Don’t miss out on the MO-BAY Chicken, slow cooked with a blend of Caribbean jerk seasonings. We’re also known for our selection of seafood entrees, including fi sh, shrimp and scallops. Also, try the gator, served as an appetizer or entrée. Kick n’ Back off ers a relaxing, casual, laidback atmosphere.

At Kick n’ Back Café, “It’s all good!” On East Highway 40, Downtown Lynne, FL. Now Serving Breakfast.

Blanca’s Café Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club / 5000 N US Hwy 27, Ocala / (352) 867-0001 Sun Breakfast Buffet 8a-Noon, Dinner 1p-7p / Mon-Sat Lunch & Dinner 10:30a-9p Tucked in among the rolling greens of the Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club, Blanca’s Café is a gem of a fi nd for diners looking for excellent food served in a warm, friendly environment. Italian dishes and delicious homemade desserts are the café’s specialty, with a popular breakfast buff et off ered 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 off ers, 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 off ers something to please every palate.

Open for Thanksgiving Noon - 7pm, now taking reservations. Weekly entertainment, call for details. Homemade pizza served daily. Lunches now feature Beef on Weck & Monte Cristo Sandwiches. Each Friday in Nov., 1½ lb. Maine Lobster. Reservation required.






Sweet Traditions, Pumpkin Delights


amily gatherings, the wonderful smell of baked goods— fall is full of familiar traditions and special memories. Traditions are part of what make the season so enjoyable, and pumpkin treats are perfect for fall baking. The mellow, sweet flavor blends beautifully with spices, citrus and nuts, making pumpkin a versatile and delicious addition to any autumn tradition. For more ways to make baking with pumpkin a tradition in your home, visit verybestbaking.com.

Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies Makes 3 dozen COOKIES: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground ginger ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened 1¼ cups granulated sugar 2 large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten 1 cup Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin 1 teaspoon vanilla extract CREAM CHEESE FILLING: 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature 6 tablespoons butter, softened ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 1½ cups powdered sugar

time, beating well after each addition. Add pumpkin and vanilla extract; beat until smooth. Stir in flour mixture until combined. Drop by heaping measuring teaspoons onto prepared baking sheets. 3. Bake for 10 to 13 minutes or until springy to the touch. Cool on baking sheets for five minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. FOR CREAM CHEESE FILLING: 1. Beat cream cheese, butter

and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl on medium speed until fluffy. Gradually beat in powdered sugar Lightly grease or line four until light and fluffy. baking sheets with parchment paper. 2. Spread a heaping teaspoon of filling onto flat 2. Combine flour, baking side of one cookie; top with powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt in flat side of second cookie to make a sandwich. Repeat medium bowl. Beat butter and sugar in large mixer bowl with remaining cookies and filling. Store in covered on medium speed for two container in refrigerator. minutes. Add eggs, one at a FOR COOKIES: 1. Preheat oven to 350°F.




Old-Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies

PumpkinOatmeal Raisin Cookies

Makes 3 dozen

Makes 4 dozen

2½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1½ ½ 1 1 1

cups all-purpose flour teaspoon baking soda teaspoon baking powder teaspoon ground cinnamon teaspoon ground nutmeg teaspoon salt cups granulated sugar cup butter (1 stick), softened cup Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin large egg teaspoon vanilla extract Glaze (recipe follows)

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease baking sheets. 2. Combine flour, baking soda, baking

powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in medium bowl. Beat sugar and butter in large mixer bowl until well blended. Beat in pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets. 3. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool on baking sheets for two minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Drizzle glaze over cookies. FOR GLAZE:

Combine 2 cups sifted powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in small bowl until smooth.

2 11⁄3 2 1 ½ 1

cups all-purpose flour cups quick or old-fashioned oats teaspoons pumpkin pie spice teaspoon baking soda teaspoon salt cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin 1 large egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ¾ cup chopped walnuts ¾ cup raisins 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease baking sheets. 2. Combine flour, oats, pie spice, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Beat butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract; mix well. Add flour mixture; mix well. Stir in nuts and raisins. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets. 3. Bake for 14 to 16 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned and set in centers. Cool on baking sheets for two minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.


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

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

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Bamboo Bistro 700 North Hwy 441 (In Front of Target), Lady Lake / (352) 750-9998 Mon-Thu 11a-9:30p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun Noon-9p Celebrating 1 year in business! Experience the unique and unforgettable taste of Bamboo Bistro in Th e Villages! Off ering Asian dishes from China, Japan, Vietnam and Th ailand along with a full sushi bar, Chef Liang Wu incorporates the best variety of authentic Asian ingredients while using an array of cooking techniques. Our specialties include Peking Duck, Pepper Seared Filet Mignon, Seafood Delight, along with other seafood choices. Many wok entreés and noodle dishes are available as well. A variety of Asian beers and the extensive wine list will complement any meal.

Four course dinner for two, $30. 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.

Woodlea Gardens 2201 SW College Rd #3, Ocala (off SR 200 in Sheffield Plaza) / (352) 690-9699 woodleagardens.com / Mon-Fri 9a-5:30p / Sat 9a-1p / Closed Sun Special occasions call for the best of the best when it comes to catering. For 16 years, Woodlea Gardens has provided fabulous food for catered events and gourmet carry-home meals. For any type of event—large and small, casual to formal—Woodlea does it all. With Woodlea as your chef, your guests can enjoy fi ne feasting in your own home. Traditional Holiday dinners can be preordered and picked up the day before the Holiday. Be the belle of your offi ce when you order from Woodlea’s lunch menu of cold and hot plates and superb sandwiches. Entertaining—its heart is hospitality, its soul is food!

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, take a night off from the kitchen and let Woodlea take care of your family with fresh takeout dinners. Make same-day orders by noon; pickup is between 4 and 5:30pm. Please call ahead for special made-toorder items. On Monday through Friday, pick up ready-to-cook fresh frozen entrees and side dishes.

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Dry It Out! An absolute essential in any camper’s bag should be good ol’ beef jerky. This low-fat, high-protein snack is easy to store and lasts as long as your trip, unless you eat it all first, that is! While there are many packaged varieties on store shelves, beef jerky is an easy snack to make. Try these methods and recipes for your next camping trip.

Choose your meat. Beef tends to be a popular choice, but you can also make jerky from turkey, venison and even alligator.


Freeze your meat just prior to slicing for an easier time with cutting the perfect size strips. Usually 1/8 inch 1/8 inch is ideal. There are several drying methods available for jerky making. If you want to truly rough it, you can air dry the meat, which can take up to several days, especially in Florida’s humidity. Dehydrators are also very popular and the easiest means for making jerky. However, if purchasing another kitchen accessory just isn’t in the cards, fear not. You can make beef jerky in your oven. Simply place the strips of meat on the oven racks, and set the oven to the lowest setting. Prop the door open a crack to let the moisture escape. The drying process will take a few hours, but you should check it frequently. Good jerky should be able to bend but not break. Remove from heat when it’s bendable to avoid overcooking.


Flap Jack’s Café opened for business on September 6 and is located in the same building that formerly housed Town & Country Diner and, before that, the popular Huck Finn’s Restaurant. Owners Ben Rumans, Carlos Sanchez and Wendell Landry were excited when the location, which is just west of I-75, came up. “This side of town needed a good breakfast available to them,” says Rumans. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7am to 9pm seven days a week, Flap Jack’s Café serves breakfast all day. Patron favorites include the Strawberry-Banana Waffle and the Steak and Cheese Omelet. Lunch and dinner feature plenty of sandwiches, salads and hearty entrées, plus a children’s menu. 3821 NW Blitchton Road, Ocala / (352) 237-1777





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Choose your marinade or spices. Jerkys can be made simply by using salt to dry the meat, but for an added zip, marinate your meat in either a store-bought marinade or make your own. Popular marinades include soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, teriyaki sauce, garlic, salt, curry, brown sugar or anything that tickles your taste buds. Marinate for six to 12 hours. buds. Marinate for six to 12 hours.

Jersey Shore Boardwalk Grill opened June 28 with the goal of bringing the taste of the Jersey boardwalk to Ocala. Owner Patricia Izdebski created a menu that features “gourmet fast food,” including the popular quarter-pound Jumbo Jersey dogs (yes, they’re actually imported from New Jersey) available in 40 different varieties. The menu includes Boarshead hot and cold subs, Tuscan gourmet pies (personal size pizzas), salads, smoothies and more. The eatery serves beer and wine and is open for lunch and dinner. Dine in or take out. 2611-A SW College Rd., Ocala (352) 671-1410 / jerseyshoreboardwalkgrill.net


Farm House Restaurant in Belleview recently celebrated 12 years in business. Well known in the area for serving breakfast all day every day, Farm House is also appreciated by patrons for its reasonable prices. “Breakfast starts at $2.99 and is no higher than $5.99,” says a restaurant spokesperson. The establishment also serves lunch Monday through Saturday, a popular choice being the daily hot meal, which comes with two veggies and free salad bar. Open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday from 7am to 2pm; Sunday is breakfast only from 7am to 1pm. 11077 SE 57th Ct., Belleview (352) 307-7100


Golden Corral is now serving breakfast on Friday, in addition to Saturday and Sunday. “We have all the usual breakfast items, but if you don’t see it somewhere else, chances are we have it,” says Ryan Reynolds, general manager. Among the most popular items are steak and omelets made to order. “We also have creamed chipped beef, which is popular with seniors who were in the military,” he adds. Over 300 items are featured on the breakfast bar and bakery. 2111 SW College Road, Ocala (352) 690-3020 goldencorral.com


Cody’s Original Roadhouse 2505 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-8182 / codysamerican.com Doors Open at 11a. Serving Lunch and Dinner Daily. “Where Quality and Value Come Together!” Servin’ USDA Prime and Choice Steaks, rotisserie chicken, BBQ ribs, chops, fresh fi sh, burgers, salads and more! For Th anksgiving only, order Fresh Roasted Tom Turkey or Baked Sugar Cured Ham at $11.98 each. You can also feast on Fresh Grilled Salmon & 13 Garlic Fried Shrimp for $13.98, Bacon Wrapped Petite Filet Mignon and Lobster Tail for $21.98, Bacon Wrapped Petite Filet Mignon & 13 Garlic Fried Shrimp for $18.98 and Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef for $14.98. Meals come with all the fi xins’ so bring your appetite, but save some of it for a slice of Pumpkin Pie, which comes free with all Th anksgiving specials.

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

Ocala’s Chocolate & Confections 104 SE Fort King Street, Downtown Ocala / (352) 789-6882 / ocalaschocolate.com Mon-Wed 11a-9p / Thu-Sat 11a-10p / Sun 1p-7p Ocala’s only handmade chocolate shop located just off the downtown square. Delectable, high-quality, handmade chocolates, ice creams, gift baskets, party favors and more. Everything is made on-site by proud owners Keith and KerryAnn with the fi nest European chocolate. Stop by for your favorite ice cream, Jamaican coff ee and hot cocoa. Assorted truffl es, fudge, caramel corn and brittles guaranteed to delight you! Book your corporate events, chocolate fountain or have your order shipped.

Extended hours during special events & holidays. Outdoor seating. Wi-Fi available. Gift certificates available. Order your holiday chocolate cornucopia and chocolate turkey!

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Fiore’s Café 119 South Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 789-6980 Sun-Thu 4p-9p / Fri & Sat 4p-10p Happy Hour: 4p-6p Sun-Thu Enjoy beautiful Tuscan architecture, decadent dishes and an extensive wine list at Fiore’s Café. Daily specials, tempting tapas and delightful desserts along with excellent service make Fiore’s one of Ocala’s premier dining spots. Now VIP members can earn points for cash rewards, discounts and free items. Ask how to get started earning points right away. VIP members receive 20% off on Mondays in November, double points on Tuesday, complimentary house wine and sangrias or $5 off appetizers on Wednesday, and complimentary dessert on their birthday. Th ere are new promotions every month!

Allow Fiore’s Café to host your private party (max 60 people) or cater your holiday event. Happy hour: 4p-6p Sun-Thu, 2-for-1s and a new tapas menu.

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

Have you heard the buzz around town about Ocala’s newest restaurant and sports bar? Everything at Tilted Kilt, from the delicious pub-style food to the friendly costumed staff , is exciting and fun! Th e 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, Th e 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.

Ocala Ale House 305 SE 17th Street, Ocala / (352) 620-8989 / millersalehouse.com Daily 11a-2a Join us for our annual Thanksgivinig Eve Bash, prizes, music and much more!

Great food in a great atmosphere. We have it all, and with football season now in full swing, you can bet that Ocala Ale House is the place to be. Bring your appetite and start with their world-famous Zingers. Th ese boneless chicken wings can be accompanied by one of nine diff erent, tasty sauces and are the perfect start to any meal. With a menu that’s far too expansive to list, take note of their daily food and drink specials, both for lunch and dinner! Th ursday night is ladies night from 9pm-2am and Wednesday night features an unforgettable night of trivia between 9pm-12am. Not enough? How about $1 draft s and $1 drink specials all day, every day! Check out millersalehouse.com for all the details.

My Mochi Frozen Yogurt 2611 SW 19th Ave. Road (By Regal Cinemas), Ocala / (352) 671-1556 Open 7 Days a Week, Noon-Midnight Caution: Mochi frozen yogurt is addictive and may cause extreme cravings!

Mochi frozen yogurt is causing a craze here in Ocala! Did you know yogurt is one of the healthiest foods in the world? Not only healthy and delicious, Mochi frozen yogurt is also 100% natural, nonfat, low calorie, cholesterol free and contains eight times more live and active cultures than normal yogurt. Indulge in Taro, Coconilla, Lychee and more! Top off your swirly creation with cereals, nuts, candies and fresh fruit cut daily! Scan here with your smartphone for a direct link to our Facebook page.





Crossroads Country Kitchen 7947 W Highway 40, Ocala / (352) 237-1250 Mon-Thu 6a-8p / Fri-Sat 6a-9p / Sun 7a-3p Located west on Highway 40 in Ocala, the Crossroads Country Kitchen is a must for anyone craving down-home, country cooking. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, menu items range from homestyle chicken & dumplings to prime rib, fresh salads, seafood, prime steaks and burgers. If you’re in the mood for a real treat, try the Prime Rib Dinner For Two. Make sure to leave room for one of the tasty home-baked desserts, too! In the mood for a fresh fi sh fry? Tuesdays and Fridays are all-you-care-to-eat catfi sh. 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.

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

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


Cup O’ the Irish 3233 SE Maricamp Road in the Maricamp Square Plaza, Ocala / (352) 694-0245 Visit us on Facebook Mon-Thu 6a-9p / Fri 6a-11p / Sat 8a-11p / Sun 8a-9p Enjoy the delicious fl avors of Ireland without even leaving Ocala. At Cup O’ the Irish, the espresso coff ee drinks and specialty drinks will treat your palate with the likes of Irish stout latte, the Irishman, the Nutty Irishman, Irish cream cocktails, Irish coff ee and Irish cream immersion, just to name a few. And, don’t forget about our fi ne Irish draughts that you can enjoy while watching English Premier League soccer, College or NFL football on the tele. Choose from Guinness draught, Harp, Smithwick’s, Half & Half, plus many more blends of Irish cheer. Oh yes, we also have gourmet items from our kitchen to enjoy with your favorite beverage.

Whether you stop by or drive thru, warm up with a hot latte or a seasonal flavored coffee. Also, check out our daily evening specials.





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.

Darrell’s Dog Gone Good Diner 3375 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 351-5632 Open Seven Days a Week, 6a-3p End your meal with a slice of homemade cake and you’ll see why Darrell’s Diner is so Dog Gone Good!

Th is Ocala gem serves up delicious breakfast and lunch meals in a small, cozy ambiance that leaves you feeling satisfi ed. Start your day with homemade biscuits and sausage gravy or a unique omelet that is the fl uffi est in town. Lunches can’t be beat with the “dog gone” best burger in Ocala or a homestyle meal, such as meatloaf or smothered pork chops made fresh daily. Or for a lighter fare, try the Santa Fe wrap or grilled chicken salad.

The Ivy House Restaurant 106 NW Main Street, Williston / (352) 528-5410 / ivyhousefl.com Sun-Wed 11a-2p / Thur-Sat 11a-8p For more information on catering, please contact Waica Huggins or Evelyn Nussel at wmhivyhouse@yahoo.com. No reservations are required, but a courtesy call for parties of more than 10 is appreciated. Full service catering, gift shop-boutique.




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

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he crisp cool month of November is the perfect time to celebrate nature! At the 32ND ANNUAL CHAMBERS FARM FAMILY POWWOW, you can catch a glimpse of life through the eyes of Native Americans. From November 24-27, Chambers Farm, located in Fort McCoy, welcomes visitors of all ages to take a break from hectic schedules and busy workloads and explore a more tranquil approach to life. The festival features traditional dancing, singing and storytelling, plenty of vendors and crafts, and demonstrations, along with the delicious flavors of Native American fare. Bring the kids to visit teepees, chikees, long houses and wigwams and see what life was like before TVs, DVDs and cell phones. chambersfarm.com or (352) 546-2984.










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SADDLE UP YOUR TRACTOR! The Agricon Equipment Company will sponsor the AGRICON EQUIPMENT RODEO at the International Commerce Park from 10am-2pm. If you’re a lover of tractors, excavators and equipment of all types, this event is a must. Bring the whole family to enjoy the bounce houses, face painting and contests, including the equipment rodeo and special kids’ events. Come early—the first 1,500 people eat for free! agriconequipment.com or (352) 368-2400.

The IHOP on Pine Avenue in Ocala will have more than pancakes during the week of November 7. The USO will be there daily raising money for OPERATION PHONE HOME. Organizers use the money to purchase prepaid phone cards for troops overseas who would otherwise be unable to speak to their friends and families. Be sure to stop by on November 11 when IHOP will reward supporters with a free short stack of pancakes!



The Taste of Chemistry Join the Discovery Center team from 9am-12pm as they host KITCHEN KHEMISTRY, a fun and tasty way for kids to discover science in their everyday lives. Enjoy interactive stations of stimulating and yummy activities. This event is part of the center's Science Saturday program, which features three events throughout the school year for children ages 5-15. The event is free, and limited to 150 registered participants. The first 50 registrants receive a door prize. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900.



A Car Show For Paws and Claws Whether you’re an auto enthusiast, an animal advocate or both, make your way to the McPherson Government Complex for the 8th annual HOT DOGS AND

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COOL CATS CAR, BIKE AND TRUCK SHOW presented by the Humane

Society of Marion County. Along with the car show and benefit motorcycle

plenty of fun for ride, there will be plenty of fun for you and your pet, including pet, including contests, live music, silent music, silent auctions, raffles, pet pet photos and much more! Admission is is free, and of course course pets are welcome. welcome. The event runs from 9am-4pm. thehsmc.org or (352) 873-7387.

United Way Celebrates 50 Years



UNITED WAY OF MARION COUNTY invites the community to celebrate 50 years of service. To help commemorate the event, the United Way will host a progressive dinner at the Hilton Ocala and invite attendees to take a look at the projects and successes of the past 50 years and where the United Way is headed in the future. The event runs from 6-8pm, and tickets are $50. Please RSVP in advance. uwmc.org or

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THELOCALSCENE GOODWILL CALL FOR DONATIONS (ONGOING) Goodwill Industries of Central Florida is calling for donations of gently used clothing, appliances, electronics and furniture. To find your nearest Goodwill store, visit goodwillcfl.org. APPLETON MUSEUM OF ART EXHIBIT OPENINGS (ONGOING) The Appleton Museum will host Tradition/Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Art and Traditional Craft, featuring the works of 30 master craftspeople, along with Painted Poetry: Landscapes of Jackie Schindehette, featuring 35 paintings by the artist. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. CTAE STUDENT MASSAGE CLINIC (THROUGH NOV. 21) CTAE will offer 50-minute massages in the student massage clinic. (352) 671-7204. 16TH ANNUAL LEESBURG CHRISTMAS HOUSE OPENING (THROUGH DEC. 10) The Leesburg Christmas House will be open through December 10. Crafters can download applications online. leesburgpartnership.com or (352) 365-0053. CF INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES (NOV. 1, 15) The Hurt Locker plays on Nov. 1 and Journey From Zanskar on Nov. 15. Films start at 2pm at the Appleton Museum and at 7pm at CF. cf.edu or (352) 854-2322 ext. 1233. FOR BUSINESS…BY BUSINESS (NOV. 2) The Ocala/Marion Elephant Eaters will host For Business…By Business, a free event, at Church @ the Springs from 9am-12pm. APPLETON AFTER HOURS (NOV. 3) The Appleton Museum will host their monthly After Hours social from 5-8pm, featuring hors d’oeuvres, live music and programs by the Ocala Art Group. Admission is free for members and $8 for non-members. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. LADY OF THE LAKES RENAISSANCE FAIRE (NOV. 3-6) The Hickory Point Park Recreational Facility will host this event, featuring reenactors, games and contests, live entertainment and great food. Admission prices vary. lakerenfaire.com or (352) 326-1265.


A Goo Goo Doll in Swampland

Interview by Amanda Furrer


he GOO GOO DOLLS are set to perform at Gator Growl, “the world’s largest student-run pep rally,” on November 4. After last year’s absence of a musical act and an almost 90 percent vote demanding its return, UF held a poll to determine who should make music’s grand retour at the Growl. Listed on the top five on the student survey and top three on the alumni survey, the Goo Goo Dolls’ presence in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, aka “The Swamp,” is one of the most highly anticipated homecoming performances. “It’s amazing,” says Goo Goo Doll bassist Robby Takac. “We’ve been doing this for a long time, and it’s great we’ve come top percentage of young people as well as older people.” Along with lead singer and guitarist John Rzeznik, Takac formed the band in Buffalo, New York, in 1986—drummer Mike Malinin joined in 1995. The Goo Goo Dolls have paved their way with 14 top-10 singles, four Grammy nominations and almost 9 million albums sold nationwide. Their most well-known hit “Iris,” which appeared in the 1998 film City of Angels, was No. 1 on Billboard charts for 17 weeks. With a career spanning 25 years and nine records—the latest being 2010’s Something for the Rest of Us—Takac comments on the music industry’s evolution. Mentioning video games and even Glee, Takac sees these venues as a positive since they provide more places for music to have an impact on people.

The Goo Goo Dolls themselves have witnessed the effect new media has on reintroducing old songs to new fans. This past September, “Iris” made the second spot on the Top 40 after it was covered by a contestant on The X Factor (UK). Despite years of being in the business, Takac has kept himself grounded. When asked to finish the sentence, “The world would be a better place if…” Takac responded, “Everybody respected everyone else.” In 2003, he founded the record label Good Charamel Records, which grants struggling bands a chance to be discovered and gain notoriety. Takac also started the non-profit organization Music is Art (MiA) in 2004. The organization holds instrument drives and runs the program Music is Action, which teaches youth who are interested in the music industry. The MiA festival is held annually in Buffalo with thousands of attendees. “You’ve got to make music separate from what you do with the rest of your life,” says Takac. “Just be a decent person in general. As far as the music goes, I think you need to be true to the music you play, and then that will make you happy.”



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Swift Action Since releasing her debut single "Tim McGraw" and self-titled debut album in 2006, TAYLOR SWIFT has taken the country and pop music scene by storm. As a multi-platinum recording artist and winner of four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year in 2008, she was listed in the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records as having the Fasting Selling Digital Album by a Female Artist for her more recent album Speak Now. You can see this music superstar this month at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on November 11 and Tampa's St. Pete Times Forum on November 12.

It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. It’s… ELMO!



Join Elmo and all his superhero friends as they help put the “super” back in “Super Grover.” They’ll teach the fuzzy blue monster how healthy habits, such as exercise, rest, nutritious foods and good hygiene, can make Grover feel “super” again! The SESAME STREET gang will be coming to the St. Pete Times Forum on November 29 and 30. ticketmaster.com.

THELOCALSCENE 8TH ANNUAL SEMESCO SHAMBLE (NOV. 4) CINGA will sponsor this event at the Ocala Golf Club beginning at 11:30am and benefiting the Andrew J. Semesco Foundation Inc. Registration is $100 per person. ajsfoundation.org or (352) 454-6664. BEAUTY OUT OF CHAOS OPENING RECEPTION (NOV. 4) The Sabal Palm Gallery will host the paintings of James H. Vrendevood in an exhibit entitled Beauty out of Chaos. A free opening reception will be held from 6-8pm at the gallery, and the show will run through November 29. sabalpalmgallery.com or (352) 351-0646. OCKLAWAHA RIVER RAID (NOV. 4-6) The Grand Oaks Resort in Weirsdale hosts the annual Ocklawaha River Raid, a

Civil War reenactment. The event runs from 9am-4pm. Admission is free. thegrandoaks.com or (352) 750-5500. RACING AT OCALA SPEEDWAY (NOV. 5, 12, 19, 25) Stop by the Ocala Speedway for non-stop action. Gates open at 4:30pm, and racing starts at 7pm. ocalaspeedway.com or (352) 622-9400. ADOPTION APPRECIATION DAY (NOV. 5) Youth and Family Alternatives will host an adoption appreciation event celebrating families who have adopted children at the Elks Lodge from 11am-2pm. yfainc.org or (352) 547-3750. STEEL HORSE STAMPEDE (NOV. 5) Hospice of Marion County holds this event to honor veterans and National Hospice Month, featuring breakfast Continued on page 108




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SOUP KITCHEN FUNDRAISER (NOV. 5) St. Theresa’s Soup Kitchen in Belleview will host this event at the Nights of Columbus Hall from 4-7pm. Tickets are $9. (352) 245-1359. TRASH AND TREASURES SALE (NOV. 5) Summer Springs Sweet Adeline’s Chorus of Summerfield will hold a yard sale at the Marion County Flea Market to fund a trip to the state competition in

24TH ANNUAL MOPARS WITH BIG DADDY (NOV. 5-6) This car show, held at the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, features a swap meet, personal autographed parts for sale, vendors, food, entertainment and great trophies. Gates open at 8am. garlits.com or (813) 748-3314 or (407) 620-1886. GROUP HIKES (NOV. 5, 12) A 7-mile hike from the Santos Trailhead to the Landbridge parking area will take place on Nov. 5, and a 6-mile hike from Coyote Corner to the Landbridge via the Blue Loop will take place on Nov. 12. floridatrail.org or (352) 347-5716. SCAVENGER HUNT POKER RUN (NOV. 6) This event will begin at Harley-Davidson of Ocala. Registration is at 10am, and last bike out is at 11am. The ride ends at Mojo’s at 3pm with a BBQ lunch provided. mojogrillandcatering.com or (352) 369-6656. BALLROOM DANCE PARTY (NOV. 9, 23) Dancin’ Around Studio will host two social dance parties. The events are free for currently enrolled students and $12 for guests. danceocala.com or (352) 690-6637. FASHION SHOW AND HIGH TEA (NOV. 10) The Pioneer Garden Club will host a fashion show and high tea at 1pm. Tickets are $12. pioneergardenclub.org or (352) 694-3667. DISHIN’ IT OUT WITH RANDAL WHITE (NOV. 9) The Ocala Express Network of the American Business Women’s Association hosts this fundraiser and vendor show to benefit their grants and scholarship programs as well as the PACE Center for Girls at the

Ocala Hilton. A cocktail hour and vendor show begins at 5:30pm followed by a dinner show. abwaocala.org or (352) 529-2003. GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH BAZAAR (NOV. 11-12) Grace Episcopal Church will host a bazaar from 8am-4pm on Nov. 11 and 8am-2pm on Nov. 12. (352) 622-7881. BOOK SALE (NOV. 11-12) The Friends of the Belleview Library will host a book sale from 9am5pm. friendsofbelleviewlibrary.org or (352) 245-2767. ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR (NOV. 12) Spruce Creek Preserve will host this event from 9am-1pm. Admission is free. (352) 854-9798. KINGDOM OF THE SUN MARCHING BAND FESTIVAL (NOV. 12) The North Marion High School Mighty Colt Regiment will host a 14-band competition at the Stan Toole Memorial Stadium beginning at 11am. Admission prices vary. (352) 598-1274. BENEFIT AUCTION (NOV. 12) The Fort McCoy School will host a benefit auction at the MTI Auditorium. (352) 671-6325 or (352) 595-1170. ARTIST TALK (NOV. 12) The Florida Museum for Women Artists in Deland will host the artists from their 2nd annual juried arts exhibit from 1-3pm. Admission is free for members and $5 for non-members. floridamuseumforwomenartists.org or (386) 873-2976. FEED THE NEED GARDEN’S FEAST TO FIGHT HUNGER (NOV. 12) Feed the Need will sponsor this fundraising event at Harley-Davidson of Ocala from 10am-3pm. Tickets are $10. feedtheneedgarden.com or (352) 572-7843.

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The UNITED WAY OF MARION COUNTY is selling ceramic piggy banks for residents or businesses to purchase and decorate. Six-inch pigs can be purchased for $25, and larger pigs can be purchased for $50. The pigs will then be displayed at Gateway Bank on November 29 from 5-7pm at the “Parade of Pigs.” Admission is free, and proceeds benefit the United Way of Marion County. uwmc.org or (352) 732-9696. 10TH ANNUAL SALUTE TO VETERANS (NOV. 12-13) The Ocala Flying Model Club will host their 10th annual warbird air show at the Ocala Flying Model Club Field in Ocala. There will be two days of food, fun and excitement. Parking is $2 per person or $5 per carload. ocalaflyingmodelclub.com or (352) 288-8383. CELEBRATION OF HOPE (NOV. 13) A silent auction and dinner will be held at the Elks Lodge in Belleview in support of autism awareness beginning at 4pm. Cost is $20 per person. autism4parents.org or (352) 245-8476. BOOK LECTURE (NOV. 13) The Friends of the Ocala Library will host author Sally Morrison and illustrator Kate Barnes to talk about Morrison’s new book Cross Creek Kitchens at 2pm in Room C




present a concert at Queen of Peace Catholic Church at 3pm. (352) 5370207 or (352) 622-3244 ext. 350. BASKETBRAWL (NOV. 15) Support the United Way along with Marion County Public Schools and Ocala Publix Supermarkets as they battle it out on the court. The event begins at 7pm at Forest High School. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. uwmc.org or (352) 732-9696. TRIPS ‘N’ TOURS (NOV. 15-16) The Appleton Museum of Art’s Trips ‘N’ Tours series will visit the Daytona Museum of Arts and Sciences. Tickets are $75 for members and $85 for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4456. FUN WITH FLOWERS CLASS (NOV. 17) Learn to make

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3RD ANNUAL ROB MCCOY FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNAMENT (NOV. 19) The Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club will host this event to benefit the Rob McCoy Foundation and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Tee off is 8:30am. Sponsorships available. (352) 427-8694. OCALA HORSE PROPERTIES FALL HORSE TRIALS (NOV. 19) The Florida Horse Park will host this event, including dressage and jumping competitions. The event begins at 8am. flhorsepark.com or (352) 307-6699. MAPLEWOOD BAZAAR (NOV. 19) Maplewood Elementary will host a bazaar to benefit school programs from 9am-2pm. (229) 395-6468. LEESBURG POWWOW (DEC. 2-4) The Intertribal Cultural Arts Society presents this outdoor Native American dance festival. (352) 568-5092. 4TH ANNUAL KRINGLE CHRISTMAS FAIR (DEC. 3) The St. Theresa Church in Belleview will host this event featuring an arts and crafts fair, unique basket raffle and Santa himself from 8am2pm. Santa will be on-site between 9am-1pm. (352) 245-2458. 11TH ANNUAL TOYS FOR KIDS CRUISE-IN (DEC. 3) The Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing will host this car show to benefit the Interfaith charity. There will be $1,500 worth of giveaways, vendors, food and entertainment. Fee is a new, unwrapped toy or $15 donation. Gates open at 9am. garlits.com or (352) 347-3696.

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On September 17 Art in the Park and the Ocala Oncology Center hosted Bras for a Cause. Participants designed their own pink bras on pre-drawn canvases. $3,000 was raised for the Ocala Oncology Center “OOC TATA’s” team to support Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

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