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Tying the knot? Make your nuptials memorable. Instead of choosing the original, opt for the outrageous. When these five couples tied the knot, they created ceremonies and receptions filled with character, personality and whimsy. Why not do the same? BY KARIN FABRY-CUSHENBERY & MELISSA PETERSON

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A group of Ocala women join forces to support each other and tackle their weight loss issues through healthier lifestyles, mile by mile. BY JOANN GUIDRY

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On October 2, three men will be laying out their sharpened cutlery, wiping their brow as they’re splashed in clouds of flour and bracing themselves for that 15-minute crunch. BY AMANDA FURRER




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Choc’ full of goodness and taste, peanuts are perhaps the perfect on-the-go snack, sandwich bread accompaniment and cookie ingredient. Oh, and did you know that they happen to be grown right here in Marion County?






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An inside look at this month’s issue.

The Buzz p19

The real people, places and events that shape our community BY SONNY ALLEN, KARIN FABRY-CUSHENBERY, AMANDA FURRER & BONNIE KRETCHIK


Valecia Parker recalls the events of Sept. 11 as witnessed first hand at the Pentagon.

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A fond farewell to a friend and a patriotic picture. FROMCITYHALL p24

A piece of history comes to Ocala and the community celebrates diversity.

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Ideas to keep you fit and healthy all year long BY AMANDA FURRER & JOANN GUIDRY



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The Scene p97

The YMCA gets Marion County moving and Black Diamond hosts a blissful occasion. BY AMANDA FURRER & BONNIE KRETCHIK



Ocala’s last summer concert and football season makes a comeback. AQUICKQ&A p100

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o matter how long I’ve been married, I feel a spark of excitement when I meet a soon-to-be bride. All the talk of flowers, centerpieces and dresses sends me daydreaming back to my own wedding 41 years ago. A wedding is a chance for two people in love to express who they are as a couple. And the brides and grooms featured in this month’s issue did just that. From Ferris wheels to potluck dinners, the planning that went into these distinctive receptions is evident. If wedding bells are in your future, perhaps some of the ideas in our bridal trends story will inspire you. Our local bridal professionals have amazing talent, with unlimited choices to match your individual taste. As you’ll see from the creative weddings featured in this issue, with a little imagination, you can transform your wedding into an event both you and your guests will cherish. Let the planning begin.


Speaking of planning, in the publishing industry, we’re always thinking months ahead for our editorial schedule. In honor of the upcoming fall season, we’re showcasing our local and regional arts and entertainment lineup in this issue. Our longing for cooler temperatures has us working on features that celebrate our great outdoors, not to mention our upcoming fairs and festivals. A hint? A cool new outdoor adventure is making its way to Ocala this fall. You’ll just have to stay tuned. It will be well worth the wait!

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A New Normal Ten years after receiving serious injuries during the September 11 attack on America, Valecia Parker continues to come to terms with the event that changed her life. By Karin Fabry-Cushenbery


he time was 9:37am. VALECIA “CHEE CHEE” PARKER was on

the phone with a friend and co-worker when she suddenly yelled “I think we’re having an earthquake.” Then the line went silent. Valecia, a Staff Action Control Officer for the Army, was knocked unconscious by the impact of American Airlines flight 77 on September 11, 2001 as it crashed through the outer rings of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Her office, located on the second floor of the C-ring, was in the immediate pathway of the jet. “I don’t remember anything from that day,” she says. “Everything I do know has been told to me by family, friends and coworkers. “The man that pulled me to safety was actually looking for someone else,” she adds. “He heard me repeating

‘Jesus save me’ and was able to follow my voice.” Her body battered, her clothes soaked and charred and her mind numb, Valecia was carried to a triage center outside the building. In shock, she gripped hands with a perfect stranger, a kind woman who stayed there with Valecia as paramedics treated her and readied her for transport to an area hospital. At the time of her arrival at Fort Belvoir Army Hospital in Virginia, the full extent of Valecia’s injuries weren’t known. A brain scan showed her brain to be undamaged. She was released from the hospital with injuries to her shoulder, back, neck, head and teeth. Not to mention the severe heat burns she suffered across much of her body. Hours later, when she finally made it to her parent’s home, Valecia’s brain injury set in. “I went from acting like a 48-yearold lady to acting like an infant,” Valecia says. “I couldn’t speak, walk, eat or hold bodily fluids like an adult. I was rushed to Kaiser Hospital where it was discovered that I had a bruised cerebellum. They called it a traumatic brain injury.” Over the next several months, Valecia was transported to the hospital daily for therapies, medications and treatments to encourage her brain to begin working properly. “I had to learn how to do everything again,” she says. “I wasn’t released from my treatments until February of 2005. In the years since the attack, Valecia has been diagnosed with severe vertigo, vestibular migraines, smoke inhalation, post traumatic stress disorder, and depression and anxiety. A mother and grandmother, she was left with no memory of her life prior to the attacks.

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Even today, she sees doctors on almost a weekly basis to continue working toward negating the effects of the attacks. Recognizing the need to get away from the hustle and bustle of big city life, Valecia chose to leave Maryland. She had been given two horses to use for physical therapy and was told that Ocala would be perfect. Valecia moved here in 2005 “I wanted to live somewhere I could see the open sky and not be around tall buildings,” she says. “I purchased a 3.25 acre farm. I call it my oasis.” Today, 10 years after the terrorist attacks, Valecia is still attempting to come to terms with what happened to her and the other victims of September 11. It wasn’t until a year after the attacks that she was fully told of the attacks, and to this day, she hasn’t seen news footage of the events. “I have it all,” she says, “the books, documentaries and news stories on the attacks. I just can’t bring myself to look at them yet. “It’s a healing process for me,” she adds. “I’m trying to learn to live as normally as possible. It’s hard when the sound of an airplane or seeing a skyscraper makes me shiver with fear. “I realized I needed to start sharing my story,” she adds. “I hope to help other people who have been involved in traumatic events or who have traumatic brain injuries,” she says. “I started a support group for that very reason.” She also works as a clown, graduating from clown school, ironically enough, on September 11, 2009. “It’s my way of healing myself and others through laughter,” she says. “I am here, and I want to do something good with my life. I’m excited about where God is leading me and hoping I can make a difference in the lives of others.”

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CHRISTMAS IN SEPTEMBER? OPERATION 24 CHRISTMAS CHILD, a faith-based organization that sends simple gifts to needy children, will be hosting a charity car show at the Paddock Mall on September 24 from 10am-4pm. The event will feature classic cars, vendor tents, great food, a silent auction and raffle, and more. Call (352) 629-6079 for more information, including vendor registration details.





The Price Of Freedom With the approach of the 10-year anniversary of Sept. 11, artist Tim Petersen is unveiling a piece that took him almost three years to complete. THE PRICE OF FREEDOM is a mixed-work piece consisting of Photoshop, paint and airbrush, and features images of the famous wars throughout history. Tim began the work in January 2001, finished it in 2004 and has waited almost seven years to present it to the public. The piece has since been to the White House, with President George W. Bush owning the original.

Remembering A Friend On August 8, our Ocala Style family joined the community in saying goodbye to our longtime friend Craig Gillum. His infectious smile and larger-than-life personality will truly be missed. To support the family he left behind, a trust fund has been set up at Gateway Bank for Craig and Kristi’s children, 9-year-old Josh and 14-year-old Melissa. To contribute, make your check payable to the Craig Gillum Memorial Fund.

Sound the Alarm! The print sells for $149, and for every one sold, $50 is donated to a military organization of the buyer’s choice. “I’m proud of this work and I want to use it to help raise money for the soldiers,” Tim says. Tim was also recently commissioned by the Marines to create a one-of-a-kind work of art for the planned Marine memorial tower. Tim will be in Fort Worth, Texas this coming October at the Sky Ball for the unveiling of his new piece for the memorial. Visit mysticwindsdesign.com or call (941) 387-4255 for purchasing options.


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A Piece Of History Soon, OCALA FIRE RESCUE will proudly display a 40-pound piece of battered steel from the World Trade Center that was donated to the City by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Battalion Chief Brian Stoothoff, who coordinated the donation of the piece, said that it will officially be unveiled during the Ocala/Marion County Remembrance Program to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11. The ceremony will be held at 10am on Sept. 10 at Marion County Veterans Park. Remnants of the World Trade Center are being given to agencies that are committed to creating a display to preserve the memory of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11.


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One America Each year, the City of Ocala presents ONE OCALA ONE AMERICA WEEK to promote a racial and cultural understanding of the diverse populations that comprise our community. Through art, music, dance and food, we can develop an understanding and appreciation of our various cultures. Check out the accompanying schedule of events and help us celebrate this special week. Admission to all events is free. S C H E D U L E



1 Ocala 1 America Musical Marion Technical Institute 1614 SE Fort King Street Wed., Oct. 5, 7-9pm

Talented musicians, singers and dancers will perform at this diversitythemed extravaganza. Kids Involved in Diversity E.D. Croskey Recreation Center 1510 NW 1st Street Thu., Oct. 6, 6-8pm

A child-friendly celebration of diversity featuring cultural programs by youth, including music, dance and food.

Movie On The Square Fri., Oct. 7, 7:30pm, movie starts at dusk

Take the entire family to see The Karate Kid (2010) on the beautiful downtown square. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. Ocala Cultural Festival Sat., Oct. 8, 1-8pm

A celebration of diversity in our community on the downtown square with fun, food, music and dance!




As the econom y continues to struggle, gove spending is be rnment ing scrutinize d more than ev CITY COUNCI er. THE OCALA L will adopt th e city budget th next fiscal year is month for , which begins Oct. 1. First read budget is set fo ing of the r the council’s Sept. 6 meetin adoption sche g with final duled for Sept . 20. Council m under way at eetings get 4pm on the se cond floor of Ci City’s website ty Hall. Visit th at ocalafl.org an e d review the po the budget wor stings about kshops for addi tional informat ion.




Fun for Seniors If you are over age 50, we encourage you to check out some special trips offered through the OCALA RECREATION & PARKS DEPARTMENT. On Oct. 6, a trip is planned to John’s Pass Village/Boardwalk and Duck Boat tours at Madeira Beach. For $49, you get a day of adventure, sightseeing, shopping and dining. For more information on this and other trips, contact Grace at (352) 629-8357.







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One Farmer’s Life D.A. Lewis, a 2011 Marion County Agricultural Hall of Fame inductee, talks about the then and now of farming in Central Florida. By Amanda Furrer

Everybody’s got their own story. —D.A. LEWIS





was raised on a farm,” begins D.A. Lewis, Jr., retired row crop farmer and cattleman. These humble words in a softspoken drawl are a modest opening from a man of D.A.’s stature. The 75-year-old second generation farmer and Marion County native learned the value of hard work from his father, who impressed the mantra, “broad shoulders and tough mettle.” This motto resonated within D.A. and became his work ethic. As a farmer, D.A. explains, “you carry a heavy load and face adversity.” To earn money for college, D.A. would pack five to 10 semi-trucks full of melons a day. Farm labor prepared D.A. for athleticism at school, where he used his stamina and brawn in football. He began his college career in 1954 at the University of Florida, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and earned a Bachelor of Science in general agriculture. After college, D.A. joined the military and was the commanding officer of the armored unit in Ocala’s National Guard from 1965 to 1967. He would become a full-time farmer five years later. D.A. has always called Marion County his home, and he has witnessed its many changes throughout his lifetime. At one point, D.A. reminisces, Marion had grown the biggest acre of watermelons in the state. “Not anymore,” he says gravely. The influx of population over the past 50

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lear your calendar, and book a babysitter. We have your guide to some of this fall’s hottest art exhibits, festivals and theatrical productions. While there are too many to name them all, here is a sampling to get you started with planning your autumn entertainment schedule. With such great events to choose from, your calendar is sure to fill up fast! Really want to take the kiddos? There’s plenty for the whole family to do, too.



Oct. 1, Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale

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Logic tells us that puppets can’t speak for themselves. But ventriloquists Jimmy Nelson and Alex Houston have mastered this art so well that we just can’t help but suspend disbelief for an hour or so and fall completely in cahoots with Elmer and Farfel The Dog who are up to their same old antics. These comedy teams have been delighting fans for decades and will be at the Orange Blossom Opry for one night only. So put down your briefcase, laptop and Blackberry and use your imagination to be entertained by this legendary comedy duo. obopry.com or (352) 821-1201.

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Feast your eyes on these artful exhibits! watch for the stampede! UNVEILING OF HORSE FEVER HORSES

Sept. 29, Downtown Square Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past ten years, you have likely noticed the beautiful multi-colored horses that live in Ocala. We’re not talking about race horses or jumping horses here, either. The Horse Fever horses that raised over $1.2 million for various charities in 2001 are eagerly awaiting some new friends. Local artists have been hard at work on the latest batch, and on September 29, the new herd will be unveiled on the Downtown Square. This is one fever you’ll definitely want to catch! mcaocala.com or (352) 369-1500.

"Kytheira Beach” by Beatrice Athanas

equine extravaganza! ABBEY HORSE FESTIVAL

Oct. 1-2, Southeastern Livestock Pavilion Whether you’ve lived in Marion County your whole life or only call Ocala home during the winter months up north, you know that Marion County is known as the “Horse Capital,” and what better way to celebrate our claim to fame than with a weekend of equine excitement. For two days, the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion is the place to be for extreme equine fanatics or those just looking for a good time. Aside from the all-day horse show, Parade of Stallions, Arabian Drill Team and Cowboy Mounted Shooters, there will also be a fiddle competition, live entertainment, a Salute to Armed Services and much more. The event concludes with an over-the-top laser light show! theabbeyhorsefestival.com or (352) 347-1615.


Oct. 7, Phillips Center For The Performing Arts, Gainesville


Oct. 22-23, McPherson Government Complex The 45th annual Ocala Arts Festival returns to the McPherson Government Complex this October. Hundreds of artists from around the country convene in Ocala’s beautiful fall weather to display their masterpieces. Complete with free events to foster the talent of young artists, the festival also hosts a student art exhibit for kids in grades K through 12. This iconic event should hold a spot on everyone’s fall calendars. fafo.org or

(352) 867-0355.

bring your bifocals Experience six of the Henson puppeteers like you’ve never seen them—off script and uncensored. Surrounded by 80 Henson puppets, performers take audience suggestions and run with them in this improv show for adults only. Not only will you get a behind-the-scenes look at the puppeteers in action, two large screens show how the performance would look on TV. performingarts.ufl.edu or (352) 392-ARTS.


Dec. 3-31, Artful Gifts Gallery Support Ocala’s local artists by stopping in the Artful Gifts Gallery at Circle Square Commons. This beautiful gallery houses the work of Ocala’s most creative and artistic citizens. While each month hosts a different exhibit, you may have to look twice to find December’s! Each piece in the exhibit “Through The Looking Glass” is no bigger than 8x10 inches. Want to find out how it’s done? Stop by on the third Friday of each month for a reception with the artists. Helpful tip: You may want to pick up a magnifying glass on your way! mcaocala.org or (352) 237-3747.




a hint of history Celebrate our past at some of these historical happenings. movin’ in mcintosh MCINTOSH 1890 DAY FALL FESTIVAL

take ye home to the motherland OCALA SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GAMES

Oct. 8, Silver Springs Nature Park Bagpipes, Celtic dancers and some good ol’ fashioned hammer throwing and caber tossing await you at the 2011 Ocala Scottish Highland Games. Held at Silver Springs Nature Park, this event transports you back to 16th century Scotland when fierce warriors tested their might in a series of strength and throwing events and the melodic tunes of bagpipes filled the air. This reincarnation includes a full day of dancing, singing, eating and shopping all with a Celtic flair, along with the top Scottish athletes in North America battling it out Braveheart style. For those with a dab of Scottish blood in their veins, visit the clan tents to trace your roots to the motherland. ocalascottishhighlandgames. com or (352) 625-0086.

final curtain call THE JUDDS

Oct. 15, Grand Oaks Resort This red haired mother-daughter duo has been entertaining country music crowds for decades. If you consider yourself a Judd-head, this is it—the farewell concert tour that can’t be missed. The Judds: The Last Encore will feature new Judds music, not to mention 25 years of




fan-favorites, including some of Wynonna’s most loved solo hits. With only a few stops, the tour will also showcase seasonal favorites, weaving several classic Christmas songs into The Judds’ set list. Looking for a concert experience above the norm? The VIP Fan Experience package allows select fans never-before access to the duo. thejuddstour2011.com.

funnel cakes & ferris wheels BLESSED TRINITY CARNIVAL

Oct. 20-23, Blessed Trinity School Nothing says fall like a trip to the carnival. The Blessed Trinity Carnival, a staple of Ocala family fun, returns this October. Forget your diet, and indulge on your carnival favorites—preferably after you ride the tilt-o-whirl ! Clear out your trunk because you’ll need space to carry home all the jumbo-sized prizes you’ll win at the countless games you won’t be able to resist. It’s OK—the carnival only comes ‘round once a year! blessedtrinity.org or (352) 622-5808 ext. 356.

Oct. 22, McIntosh Historic District Visit McIntosh any day of the year and you’ll see that aside from telephone poles and traffic lights, the town maintains its historic charm, and those who live there like it that way. Hence, the McIntosh 1890 Day Fall Festival was born. Originally an effort to restore the historic train depot, this annual event has been a staple of the community since 1974. Now, over 250 vendors and 35,000 visitors make their way rain or shine to this one-day event with proceeds helping to maintain McIntosh’s charm. friendsofmcintosh.org or

(352) 591-4038.

watch out for cannon fire! OCKLAWAHA RIVER RAID

Nov. 5-6, Florida Carriage Museum, Weirsdale

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Nov. 12-13, Silver River Museum

Before Ocala became known as the “Horse Capital,” early citizens were busy farming plantations and living off the land. Bring the family to the Silver River Museum during the annual Ocali Country Days to get a sampling of what life was like before Target and Walmart. Demonstrations, reenactments and traditional craft making and cooking will recreate the Ocala of the 1800s.

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Nov. 24-27, Chambers Farm, Fort McCoy

When thinking of the Civil War battles, Bunker Hill and Gettysburg tend to be at the top of the list. But make no mistake, Central Florida saw its own share of Civil War action. On the first weekend in November, hundreds of Civil War reenactors will stage Marion County’s sole battle, the Ocklawaha River Raid. So step back in time to 1867, but bring your earplugs—the cannon fire can be deafening!

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It would be hard to find a group of people more in tune with nature than the Native Americans. The Chambers Farm Fall Family Powwow is a celebration of simpler times before heavy traffic, noisy machines and cell phones filled our every day lives. Along with singing, dancing and storytelling, there will be authentic Native American food and vendors, as well as teepees, wigwams, chickees and long houses. But leave your Wii at home, there are no outlets in these walls! chambersfarm.org or

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cruise onto castro OCALA PUMPKIN RUN

Oct. 28-30, Castro Farms Whether you’re an auto enthusiast or not, you’ll want to drive-in to this three-day classic car show. The inaugural Ocala Pumpkin Run is slated to be one of the premier car events in Florida. Arts and crafts shows, Florida Carriage Museum displays, a swap meet and Halloween-inspired family fun activities, including a hay maze and “trunk or treating,” await visitors on the 400-acre Castro estate. Oh yeah, there will be cars, too—about 3,000 of them—along with a car corral, automotive midway and judged classic car show. Purchase a ticket for the VIP reception at Artisinal Dish, where you can taste some of the best tapas in town. ocalapumpkinrun.com or (352) 817-8985.


Oct. 29-30, Micanopy Micanopy is a small town tucked quietly between our own Ocala and college-clad Gainesville. Yet every year, thousands of people flock to these oak tree-shaded streets for the annual Harvest Festival. Like most festivals, the event features local artists, craftsmen and performers offering an array of unique creations and entertainment. But what makes Micanopy’s festival so unique is the incredible old-world charm and ambiance. Historic landmarks, antique shops and quaint eateries line the streets, and horse-drawn carriages recreate the peaceful way of life in a quiet old Southern town. micanopyfallfestival.org or (352) 466-7026.

they’re creepy & they’re cooky… THE ADDAMS FAMILY

Nov. 1-16, Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, Orlando For a finger snapping good time, take a trip down the turnpike to the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre. Here, you’ll meet all your favorite Addams’ family members, including Morticia, Gomez, Fester, Wednesday, Lurch and others. In this original story, the Addams’ young daughter Wednesday (the ultimate princess of darkness and gloom), falls in love with a smart, respectful young man from a normal family. It’s the Addams’ worst nightmare come true. To make matters worse, the couple must now prepare to host a dinner for the young man and his parents in their not-so-normal abode. Hilarity is sure to ensue. ticketmaster.com or (407) 849-2577.


Nov. 6, Southeastern Livestock Pavilion Start dieting now because come Nov. 6, your diet is sure to fail. It’s time for the 30th annual Marion County Chili Cook-off, benefiting The Cornerstone School. People from throughout Marion County, including businesses, clubs, schools, organizations, politicians and family members, will be forming teams and putting their chili-cooking skills to the test. Not into chili? No problem! Along with the non-stop

entertainment, vendors and fun activities for the kids, visitors have the chance to vote for their favorite theme and booth display created by the teams. The event begins bright and early at 9am and runs until 5pm or until the chili is gone! marioncountychilicookoff.org or (352) 895-1648.


Nov. 19, Circle Square Cultural Center

No matter your age, there’s no doubt you’ve heard the song 16 Candles. If not, then you may want to do some research into R&B doo-wop. The Crests had suede shoes and poodle skirts twistin’ and shakin’ throughout the ‘50s and ‘60s and headlined a number of teen dance television shows. (Imagine the dance scene in Grease for all those in the under 50 age range.) Tommy Mara pays tribute to this iconic musical group at the Circle Square Cultural Center for one night only. It’s sure to bring back memories of malt shops and drive-ins. csculturalcenter.com or (352) 854-3670.




let the christmas season begin! LIGHT UP OCALA

a timeless classic THE NUTCRACKER

Dec. 9-18, Ocala Civic Theatre

Nov. 19, Downtown Square You’ve probably already begun seeing the Christmas decorations and candies making their way to the pharmacy and supermarket aisles. We’ll agree that it may be a bit early to put the carols on the radio, but the festivities on the Downtown Square in November should inspire you to get your Christmas lists together. It’s time once again for Light Up Ocala! It may not be a white Christmas, but we will have icicles in our trees and Santa on his sleigh. The countdown to the Holiday Season begins at 2pm and runs until 8:30pm. No scrooges allowed! ocalafl.org or (352) 629-8444.

What could possibly be more traditional during the holiday season than The Nutcracker? With countless renditions of this timeless classic, The Nutcracker, performed by the Marion Ballet Theatre dancers, returns to the Ocala Civic Theatre this December. No matter how many times you’ve seen Clara receive her precious nutcracker, the Holidays just aren’t complete until you’ve seen this performance. ocalacivictheatre.com or (352) 236-2274.

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From musicals that will have you singing along in your seat to spine-tingling ghost stories and plays that require a tissue box (or two), some of the biggest shows on Broadway are coming to Central Florida. greed, corruption & murder CHICAGO

We’ve definitely seen enough of that in the news! But this Tony Award-winning musical puts avarice to music. Set in the 1920s, the seductive murderesses Roxie and Velma seek fame and fortune from their time in the slammer. It’s a night of Razzle Dazzle and All That Jazz that you won’t soon forget! ocalacivictheatre.com

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Sept. 23-Oct. 16, Gainesville Community Playhouse

Sept. 8- Oct. 2, Ocala Civic Theatre


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Five hundred twenty-five…well you get the picture. We’re not sure if this number is accurate, but we’ll take their word for it. Rent, the ninth longest running show in Broadway history, is coming to Gainesville. Based on Puccini’s Opera La boheme, this thought provoking musical about young artists in New York’s Lower East Side struggling to find creative inspiration while at the same time pay their rent is a Tony Award and Pulitzer

Prize-winning show. Before being bombarded with holiday festivities, it’s worth the drive to Gainesville to see the Community Playhouse players’ rendition of this moving story that touches on the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the late 1980s. gcplayhouse.org or

eerie apparition THE TURN OF THE SCREW

Oct. 12-Nov. 6, The Hippodrome, Gainesville

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bring your tissues ROSE

Sept. 24-25, College of Central Florida This can’t-miss performance by Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis is sure to be an emotional experience. Rose tells the story of a Jewish octogenarian and her life experiences, including her escape from Nazi forces during the Holocaust and immigration to America. The actress comprises the entire cast as she has been doing for over 10 years at a variety of prestigious venues worldwide, including Broadways’ Lyceum Theatre. A truly moving piece, Rose kicks off a series of great performances at the College of Central Florida. cf.edu or

What would Halloween be without ghosts and ghouls? While some of today’s horror movies can be overly gory, nothing compares to the eeriness of a good Victorian-era ghost story. As the new governess assumes her role caring for two children, she begins to notice two individuals roaming the grounds of the estate. As her encounters become more and more eerie, family secrets unravel in this haunting classic by Henry James.

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Ocala Scottish Highland Games (2 Tickets)

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The Turn of the Screw (2 Tickets)

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tomorrow, tomorrow ANNIE

Nov. 18-Dec. 18, IceHouse Theatre, Mount Dora A true classic, Annie is sure to delight audiences young and old alike. Based on the comic strip Little Orphan Annie, the musical debuted on Broadway in 1977 with, believe it or not, a blond Annie. We’re not quite sure when Annie became a redhead, but those classic copper locks have been known to belt out some pretty intense tunes. Bring the kids to the IceHouse Theatre in Mount Dora and introduce a new generation to the loveable redhead as she charms her way into the heart of Daddy Warbucks. icehousetheatre.com or (352) 383-3133.

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The PracTical, PerfecT PeanuT Choc’ full of goodness and taste, peanuts are perhaps the perfect on-the-go snack, sandwich bread accompaniment and cookie ingredient. Oh, and did you know that they happen to be grown right here in Marion County? Read on to find out more… By Cynthia McFarland




EANUTS ARE PART OF MY EARLIEST MEMORY IN LIFE. Just shy of 3 years old, I sat in a

hospital waiting room in Tucson, eating cheese-peanut butter crackers and drinking orange soda while upstairs, my Mom gave birth to my baby brother. Turns out, I’m hardly alone when it comes to childhood peanut consumption. According to the National Peanut Board, the average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before graduating high school. Here in the United States, we consume enough peanut butter to make over 10 billion peanut butter and jelly sandwiches annually, and the typical American eats more than six pounds of peanuts and peanut butter products every year. The fact that we’re so crazy about peanuts actually makes good health sense. Peanuts contain more than 30 essential nutrients and no cholesterol. They have a higher antioxidant capacity than grapes, spinach, broccoli, carrots and tomatoes. More protein is found in the peanut than any nut; although, many people don’t realize that the peanut isn’t actually a “nut” but rather a legume and is related to beans and lentils. Peanut plants originated in South America, and peanuts were used as sacrificial offerings by the Incans of Peru as far back as 1,500 B.C. In the U.S., Dr. George Washington Carver is considered the “Father of the Peanut Industry,” having researched and developed over 300 uses for peanuts in the early 1900s. As National Peanut Day (September 13) approaches, I decided to find out more about the various peanuts grown in our area. The majority of peanuts in the country—65 to 70 percent—are grown in the Southeast, including Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama. While peanuts are grown in 27 counties in the Sunshine State, Marion is the southernmost county and ranks No. 5 in production, with 4,500 acres. Levy County is No. 3, while No. 1 honors go to Jackson County in the panhandle. In 2010, 135,000 Florida acres were

dedicated to producing peanuts, and it’s estimated that this will expand to 145,000 this year. Peanuts contribute over $4 billion to the U.S. economy annually, and four types of peanuts are grown in this country: runner, Virginia, Spanish and Valencia. In Florida, most acreage is devoted to the runner variety.

BENEATH A STARTLING BLUE SUMMER SKY, Justin McKinney, a research coordinator with

the University of Florida peanut breeding program, walks through row after row of peanut plants. At the 1,200-acre University of Florida Plant Science Research & Education Unit on Highway 318, about 40 acres are dedicated to peanuts. McKinney notes that the university’s breeding program is constantly working to develop peanut varieties that have a higher yield and are more disease resistant. “Peanuts are an indeterminate crop, which means they grow vegetation and produce seeds at the same time,” says McKinney. “Determinate crops, such as PeanuT corn, grow vegetation first and V arieTies then produce a seed.” Unlike corn and soyRUNNERS: Over 50 beans, peanuts are a “forpercent of crop goes to peanut butter; the rest giving” crop. They thrive goes to candy and other in well-drained, sandy soil uses. and can recover from hot, VIRGINIA: Largest of the dry periods, which makes peanuts; commonly them ideal for North Central sold at ballparks and for Florida. McKinney notes that candy. peanut farmers in our state VALENCIA: Picked produce anywhere from 2,800 green; used for boiled to 3,200 pounds per acre. Any peanuts. yield over 4,000 pounds per SPANISH: Small, acre is considered high and red-skinned peanut popular for eating and is usually only achieved with not commonly grown in irrigation. Florida.




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Above: Richard Barber (L) and D.A. Lewis (R) reunite at Barber’s farm in northwest Marion County. Left: Historical photos show peanut farming in Central Florida. Provided by D.A. Lewis

PeanuTs by The Grade


When peanuts are sorted at the shelling plant, they’re divided into several different “grades” or categories: JUMBOS: Largest peanuts; typically used for cocktail peanuts. MEDIUMS: Next largest in size; main ingredient in peanut butter. NO. 1S: Used to make candy, peanut butter and peanut paste; chopped for ice cream topping. SPLITS: Peanuts that are split in half during the shelling process; usually go to peanut butter. OIL STOCK: Smallest peanuts; used for peanut oil. Source: Andy Robinson, willistonpeanuts.com

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Number of peanuts it takes to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.



be associated with the peanut industry,” says Richard Barber, a Marion County native who has been growing peanuts since 1967. “Farming is a lot of hard work, but it’s worth the effort. I get a lot of satisfaction from filling the need of feeding people in America.” On a hot July day, Barber and longtime friend D.A. Lewis, Jr. stand in a field in northwest Marion County, examining Barber’s current crop. Both men have been inducted into the Marion County Agricultural Hall of Fame and have served as directors on the Florida Peanut Producers Association for many years; in fact, Barber was one of the founding directors. Although Lewis recently retired from farming himself, he remains active in promoting the peanut industry, while Barber continues to raise peanuts. He owns 1,150 acres, about 550 of which are planted in peanuts, and another 700 acres of leased land devoted to peanuts.


Number of peanut butter sandwiches you can make with the peanuts from one acre.

Barber’s gently rolling fields are covered with rich green peanut plants, the vast majority of which are runners. Planting season for runners takes place from April to June. Farmers spread out the planting time so they aren’t harvesting all at once. “We put out about 125 pounds of seed per acre,” says Barber, who uses a twin-row planter that plants 12 rows at a time, seven inches apart. (And yes, the seed is the peanut.) Some farmers use irrigation to water their fields; others rely on nature. Either way, plants require two inches of water per week once the nuts are growing, which is about 75 to 100 days after planting. Farmers regularly apply herbicides and fungicides to control weeds and grass, and to prevent fungus from damaging the plants. Insecticides are applied only as needed to prevent worms and other pests from destroying the crop. While it’s possible to grow organic peanuts without using chemicals, that’s tough to do in Florida’s humid environment.


Year Americans were first introduced to the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

Runners grow laterally, much like a vine. About 30 days after planting, yellow blossoms will begin appearing. Peanuts are selfpollinating plants, so bees aren’t a necessity as with some other crops. As the plant blooms, it puts out “pegs” that grow down into the soil where pods form on the ends of the pegs and then grow into peanuts. A mature plant produces about 40 pods. It takes about five months from planting to harvest. To determine when to harvest, a farmer randomly pulls up five plants from different parts of the field. He then uses a pressure washer to “blast” the peanuts and compares their size and appearance to a standard chart, which lets him know if his plants are ready. Peanut farming has come a long way since the early 1900s, when mules were used to till the soil and pull wagons stacked with peanut plants at harvest. Barber explains that today’s farmers use modern tractors and combines equipped with GPS technology. Tractors


Millions of dollars per year Americans spend on peanut butter.

literally drive themselves; the driver is only in the seat to turn the tractor around and start back down the rows. Valencias, the peanuts used for boiling, are the only variety still harvested by hand. Plants are pulled out of the soil by a peanut digger, which is pulled behind a tractor and digs up six rows at a time. The plants then lay in the field for three to four days (hopefully, with no rain), to dry in the sun, which helps draw moisture out of the peanuts. The farmer then drives a combine through the rows to pick up the dried plants. The peanut hulls drop down a chute into an enormous basket, which holds about 6,000 pounds. Peanuts are then transferred from the combine to a dump cart and taken to a drying trailer where 95-degree air is blown in to continue removing moisture so the peanuts won’t spoil when stored before shelling. Some farmers make peanut hay out of the dried plants that are blown out of the combine and scattered over the field. Others turn cattle out on the land to graze.


(farmers are paid according to peanut grade), they’re delivered to shelling plants. “Peanuts usually come in from August through October and are stored in bulk warehouses until ready for shelling. We average 15,000 to 20,000 tons per year,” says Andy Robinson, a Levy County farmer and former board member of the Florida Peanut Producers Association, whose family owns and operates Williston Peanuts on State


Percentage of consumers who prefer creamy peanut butter over crunchy.


Road 41. Although the shelling plant itself isn’t open for tours, the office is open to the public and sells many types of peanuts, including roasted, shelled and fried, as well as peanut butter and peanut candies.


about one year, but at Williston Peanuts, the entire crop will be shelled by June 1 following harvest. Tractor trailers transport the peanuts from enormous barn-like warehouses to the shelling plant where the peanuts go through a cleaning machine that removes 99 percent of the dirt from the hull, along with any weeds, sticks and pebbles. The hulls pass through the sheller, a device similar to a coffee grinder, which removes the hull and blows it out into a large pile. Area farmers buy the peanut hulls to use for horse bedding and compost. After shelling, the peanuts drop onto a set of “shaker screens” where equipment sorts them by size. Then, they’re packaged and shipped off to be made into peanut butter, candy, oil and more. Boiled peanuts—that Southern specialty people either love… or don’t—keep Scott Seiler in business. Seiler has been growing Valencia peanuts since the early ’80s, following in the farmer footsteps of his father and grandfather. On Seiler’s farm north of Ocala, about 500 acres are dedicated to Valencias, which are sold “green” and are the peanuts used for boiling typically found at roadside stands. “They’re a lot more work than the runner type, but it’s a

Number of candy bars out of the top 10 manufactured in the U.S. that contain peanuts or peanut butter.


steady market,” says Seiler, who ships his crop to Publix, WinnDixie and Fresh Market. “They’re more perishable than the other types of peanuts and have to be refrigerated after harvesting. They only have about a two-week shelf life.” Unlike runners, Valencias are planted beginning in the winter months. Planting times are staggered so that plants are harvested April through November. (The perk for a Valencia peanut farmer is that harvesting tails off around Thanksgiving, leaving time off in December and part of January.) Valencias are harvested by hand and picked when green. They’re brought to Seiler’s packing house to be washed, packed into bushel boxes and shipped out.


tions are still a favorite snack. I’ve always loved peanuts, but now that I know more about the growing, harvesting and shelling process, I’m an even bigger fan. Come the first Saturday in October, I’ll be part of the congenial crowd celebrating all things peanut at the Central Florida Peanut Festival in Williston. But this year, as I savor one of those warm, melty grilled peanut butter sandwiches they give away, I’ll appreciate the humble peanut more than ever before.

Pop’s Famous Boiled Peanuts sells Valencias by the cup on Lake Weir Avenue across from Courtney Plaza.

cenTral florida PeanuT f e s T i Va l Celebrate the peanut on October 1 at the 23rd annual Central Florida Peanut Festival in Williston. Along with peanuts (bagged, boiled and served up in tasty grilled PBJ sandwiches), you’ll find classic cars, antique tractors, a petting zoo and a variety of vendors, as well as the popular Little King, Queen and Baby pageant. There will be live entertainment all day. The festival takes place from 9am to 4pm at Heritage Park located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 27 and Main Street. Free parking and admission. Contact the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce at (352) 528-5552 for additional information.

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Percentage of all snack nuts consumed in the U.S. that are peanuts.


Peanut butter is the leading use of peanuts in the U.S.

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JAN 24: National Peanut Butter Day MAR: National Peanut Month MAR 1: National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day MAR 8: National Peanut Cluster Day APR 2: National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day MAY 18: I love Reese’s Day JUN 12: National Peanut Butter Cookie Day SEP 13: National Peanut Day NOV: National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month NOV 20: National Peanut Butter Fudge Day Source: nationalpeanutboard.org




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ITRUS FRUIT AN D GATOR COLORS . It wouldn’t be possi ble to find a more perfe ct wedding for Central Florida if we tried. All right University of Florida alumni, this orange burst-in spired wedding is both bright and cheerful, allowing for plenty of unique touches and personal elements. Who says wedding colors have to be subdued or bo ring? The pops of orange in Katie and Cameron’s wedding are found throughout the ceremony and reception, from the tangerine oran ges in the bridal




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Often brides and grooms hold a cocktail hour for guests while formal shots are being taken. If you arrange for these shots to be taken before the wedding, you can join in the cocktail fun with your guests. Yes, you’d have to be OK with the groom seeing the bride before the ceremony!


If you do still want to go for the posed look, try creating a nostalgic black and white album of your wedding photos. With Photoshop, you can spice up the B&Ws by adding a pop of color here or there, such as the bouquet or boutonniere. It’s a look that creates a lot of awe.


Consider your wedding album to be an ongoing project. Flip through magazines and online sites to find photos you love. Organize a folder and carry it with you as you meet potential photographers. Ask your photographer to recreate the look with you and your wedding party. Some popular props? Antique cars, bicycles, balloons, luggage and more. Browse online for a whole slew of ideas.


Don’t want your wedding dress taking up lots of space in your closet or cedar chest? One of the coolest trends we’ve heard about is the Trash Your Dress photography shoot. The photos are stunning and usually feature a bride in her gown surrounded by nature. Some brides even take a dip in a river or lake. Yep, your dress will get dirty and possibly ripped, but think of how gorgeous the pics will be!


If your wedding is of the relaxed variety, rent a photo booth for your reception area. Your guests will have a blast taking their photos and have a lasting memento to take with them. Better yet, have them make two photo sheets, one to keep and one to leave for you.

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By now we’ve all heard of photobooks. Many create them of their child’s first year or their recent family vacation. Imagine a coffee table book showcasing your amazing wedding photos. Many photographers offer the service themselves, but for the do-it-yourselfer, creating your own photobook is a cinch these days. Through programs such as Shutterfly and Snapfish, you can upload images in a matter of minutes and choose from a variety of different backgrounds, fonts and embellishments. Don’t forget to take advantage of the deals offered by the online photo companies. They’re often too great to pass up!

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All wedding guests want a way to leave well-wishes for the happy couple, but gone are the days of guestbooks. They wind up being tossed in a box—maybe until your kids dig it out for your 50th wedding anniversary! For a contemporary twist, some brides choose to have guests sign a framed and matted engagement photo. Have an artistic side (and want to let guests express theirs)? Set up an easel with various paints and brushes and let guests paint their thoughts on a canvas or chalkboard. This is anything but ordinary—and will probably be a source of great laughs after the honeymoon.


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Tea-length dresses. Long, sleek mermaid-style dresses. Ballgown dresses. 1950s vintage gowns. There’s a dress for every style. The key to choosing the perfect dress is choosing one that fits your occasion. Fun, short dresses work for beach weddings. Brides are opting for a dress with a little splash of color. Add a sash that coordinates with your wedding theme. Wear a wrap or shawl to give your dress a little glam. And don’t forget about the all-important veil. Keep it short to stay up with today’s hottest fashions. Want to go ultra stylish? A birdcage veil paired with a vintage dress are the way to go.


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There’s more to male wedding attire these days than formal suits. Many grooms are choosing to skip the tux and go with a less formal look. Just as with the bride’s dress, choosing attire that matches the occasion will help complete the look. Outfitting grooms—and his groomsmen—with colorful ties is extremely popular right now. Shed the jackets and dress the guys in colored suspenders and argyle socks for a unique vintage look. Outfitting your youngest wedding party member as a mini groomsman will add the “aww” factor to your wedding day.


Known for being one-timeuse attire, bridesmaids’ dresses don’t have to be stuffed into the back of the closet after the big day. Everyday, patterned dresses are all the rage. For less formal weddings, bridesmaids’ dresses in a variety of colors and styles offer an alternative to the stuffy dresses of yesterday. And while every little girl wants to wear a big poofy dress, consider going elegant » Bows » Beading » Sleeves and Straps » Greek Goddess Gowns » Ballgowns » Lace Source: weddinggowntown.com


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What’s a wedding without beautiful bouquets of flowers? Take traditional up a notch by adding unexpected details. Brides are adding natural and rustic elements with twigs, feathers and fruit to simple flower arrangements. Similar elements are being included in boutonnieres. While a single rose will always be classy, look out for orchids and other unusual additions to this classic accessory.

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ake. It’s the highlight of almost any party, from birthdays to anniversaries. And weddings are no exception. But, today’s cakes are more elaborate, more creative and more unusual than ever. Some brides even choose to forego the traditional wedding cake, opting instead for a modern selection of sweet treats.





Cake pops are, excuse the pun, popping up all over the place these days. And it’s amazing what cake artists can do with these little balls of joy. Teddy bears, babies with pacifiers, furry woodland creatures, delicate flowers. For a wedding, how about a mini wedding cake pop? Maybe wedding bells or doves? How about a diamond? The options are really only as limited as your imagination. Oh yeah, and if you’ve never eaten a cake pop, you are missing out! With dough and frosting mixed together to form a moist, pliable consistency, they are like heaven on a stick. One more cake pop option? Go for the

Imagine serving each guest their own mini wedding cake. Often as elaborate as the real thing, each twotiered cake is like an edible work of art. Your guests will feel indulged.


These days, lots of brides are opting for a sweets table. And anything and everything sweet, from candy and single-size servings of desserts, to mousses and tiramisu are considered fair game. Sure, you can still have the traditional cake, but what a treat for your guests! If you choose the candy route, allow guests to scoop out their favorites to take home by setting up

a table lined with plenty of options. Use creative containers or miniature bags that match your wedding’s theme to hold the candy. Mix up the candy colors for a colorful accent or order specialty candy to match your wedding decor.


Like a cake, only smaller. Why not go for a smaller wedding cake (after all, you might want to keep the top tier to eat on your anniversary, no matter how gross it tastes) and surround it with delicately decorated cupcakes? Today’s cupcakes take on a variety of looks and flavors, and with the proper cupcake wrap, you can tailor them to fit any theme or décor. Provide cupcake to-go boxes for guests who wish to take their sweets for the road.

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In a world filled with voicemails, emails, text messages and conference calls, it’s nice to know some companies still take the time to do business the old fashioned way, by getting to know their clients and providing only first-rate service. CAMPUS USA Credit Union is one of those companies.



s a former business owner, Terry Hook managed many accounts, both personal and professional. “I banked with the same company for 25 years,” she says. “Never once did they recognize me or remember my name. I had had enough.” “I was under the impression credit unions were only for educators or students,” Terry adds. “When I realized that wasn’t the case, I went to CAMPUS USA.” CAMPUS members for six years, Terry and her husband have checking and savings accounts through the credit union and also an auto loan and signature note.




“The experiences between banking at CAMPUS USA and at my former bank couldn’t be more different,” Terry explains. “At CAMPUS, every transaction is personable. They know our names and greet us when we walk through the door. They make members feel at home and immediately welcomed.” Terry adds that the loan rates are much better than any she’s received through past banks and that every transaction is reasonable and timely. “Banks have shareholders and have to pay stocks and dividends,” explains Gary Schmidt, service

center manager for the Silver Springs Blvd. location. “We are fortunate to not have that level of bureaucracy. Instead, we return our profits back to our members in the way of lower loan rates and higher savings rates. We generally have less fees all around.” And that’s enough to bring a smile to any CAMPUS members’ face. “I recommend CAMPUS USA to everyone,” Terry says. Jean Toan agrees. “It’s refreshing to know that in today’s society, there are still people and companies that care about you and treat you as an individual,” he says. CAMPUS members for three years, Jean and his wife use the credit union for several accounts, including checking and savings. The Toans also have a signature note through CAMPUS and a VISA Platinum Card. “The staff is extremely courteous and friendly,” Jean

says. “They remember us and our names, and you really can’t beat the rates offered by CAMPUS USA.” With a 75-year history in North Central Florida, CAMPUS USA Credit Union got its start in nearby Gainesville. Now 65,000 members strong, the credit union has been in Ocala for 10 years and continues to grow with three locations in Ocala and one in Summerfield. Unlike conventional banks, credit unions are not-for-profit and are run by a board of directors elected by the credit union members. “We work for our members,” says Denisse Nieves, branch manager of the West Marion location. “We develop relationships and truly have our members’ best interests at heart. “As a matter of fact, I was a member of CAMPUS before I was an employee,” Denisse says. “And I chose them based on their

We return our profits back to our members in the way of lower rates and higher savings rates. —GARY SCHMIDT

excellent rates and high level of service.” A full-service credit union, CAMPUS offers a wide range of banking services, including auto loans, mortgages, credit cards, free checking accounts and savings accounts. They offer financial planning through their partner, CAMPUS Investment Services, including wealth management, retirement/estate planning and life insurance. The credit union also offers a very reasonable selection of insurance plans, ranging from car and home to health and motorcycle, through Quorom Insurance. “No matter what type of account you have with us, you are appreciated,” Denisse says. “Our members aren’t just a number. We like to call our clients ‘member owners.’ We strive for world-class service, whether we’re working with

a seasoned banker or an individual new to saving.” That said, the professionals at CAMPUS USA Credit Union understand the importance of educating today’s children on the value of money. “That’s why we offer a special savings account for children up to age 16 that yields a higher interest than a typical savings account,” says Denisse. “It’s our way of helping to foster a healthy understanding and respect for money.” In addition, CAMPUS USA Credit Union also caters to those individuals who travel, including Marion County’s seasonal residents. CAMPUS USA Credit Union offers free online banking with bill pay and online loan applications with a fast response. The credit union

has a call center to answer questions and take loan applications whether you’re around the corner or around the globe. “Many credit unions are part of a shared banking network,” says Gary. “By participating in Shared Branching, most credit union services can be done at any credit union location and are instantly recognized by your home credit union branch.” “This program accomplishes the same goal as a large national bank touting hundreds of locations,” adds Gary. It’s just another way that CAMPUS USA Credit Union provides convenience and accessibility to its members.

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ou may have recently noticed the Food Pyramid has gone MIA. To encourage portion control and fit the recommendations of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the USDA has replaced the pyramid with MyPlate. The symbol illustrates a clearer and more familiar setup to show what is recommended for a balanced meal. Unlike the pyramid, only five food groups are shown on MyPlate. To simplify the image, oils are regarded as a component to food, while fats and sweets are called “empty calories” (solid fats and added sugars that add calories to food but few or no nutrients). The “Milk Group” and “Meat and Beans Group” were also renamed the “Dairy Group” and “Protein Foods Group” because dietary professionals felt the original labels were too limiting. A balanced diet is definitely important, but exercise is also crucial to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. To find out more about MyPlate, visit choosemyplate.gov.








Clean Hands Save Lives


hile washing your hands may not kill all bacteria and viruses, thorough hand washing will decrease the viral and bacterial counts to below the infectious threshold.



Outer layer of bacteria found on your hands that easily transmits disease from person to person. The good news is that the bacteria here is the most easily eliminated by washing your hands! RESIDENT FLORA:

The most dangerous strains of bacteria are located in the deeper layers of your hands’ skin cells, and they are more resistant to washing. So scrub really well!


Percentage of all food-borne illnesses transferred through hands that are unwashed or improperly washed




Percentage of all infectious diseases transmitted by touch


Bacteria increased by 194 percent on finger pads and 254 percent on palms.

A 2008 UNIVERSITY OF hand washing and drying study, funded by the paper towel industry’s European Tissue Symposium, came up with some scary results: PAPER TOWEL:

Bacteria increased by 42 percent on finger pads and 15 percent on palms.

Bacteria was reduced by 76 percent on finger pads and 77 percent on palms.

SOAP VS. ANTIBACTERIAL SOAP VS. HAND SANITIZERS The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that soap of any kind works fine if hand washing is done properly. CDC studies have shown that there is no greater benefit from using antibacterial soap versus regular soap. But alcohol-based hand sanitizers, at least 62 percent alcohol, eliminate more bacteria than soap and water.

Sources: webmd.com, hardydianostics.com, wikipedia.org, cdc.gov and ehow.com




Your fingernails and fingertips harbor the most viral and bacterial microorganisms.

Wash Your Hands! HOW


Wash your hands with running water and soap.


Rub your hands together for at least 20-30 seconds.


Pay special attention to between your fingers, under your fingernails, wrists and the backs of your hands.


Rinse well, and leave the water running while you dry your hands on a paper towel.


Use the paper towel as a barrier between the faucet and your clean hands when turning off the water.



In another study funded by an air-jet dryer manufacturer and published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology, the results were consistent that using paper towels to dry your hands is better than hot-air drying; also air-jet dryers were better than warm-air dryers. If you have to use a hot-air dryer in a public restroom, hold your hands under the dryer for a full 30 seconds and don’t rub your hands together! Doing the latter releases those nasty resident flora aforementioned living deep in your pores!

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Before eating food


Before and after caring for someone who is sick


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After touching garbage

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After handling money


After shaking hands

After using the bathroom After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the bathroom

Before and after treating a cut or wound After using a landline phone



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Friendly Bacteria


rom antibiotics to antibacterial soaps, we seem to wage a constant battle against bacteria. But not all bacteria is bad. In fact, the friendly bacteria residing in your gut is necessary to keep you healthy! The trouble starts when the bad bacteria overwhelms the beneficial bacteria and causes dysbiosis. The most common cause of dysbiosis is antibiotics, which kill not only bad bacteria but the innocent bystander good bacteria, too. The overgrowth of bad bacteria and yeast has been connected to yeast infections, irritable bowel syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis. To restore the good bacteria to your intestinal flora, you need to take probiotics. As always, check with your doctor before taking any supplement.



Live microbial food ingredient that, when ingested in sufficient quantities, exerts health benefits. Common strains include lactobacillus and bifidobacterium families of bacteria.

Non-digestible food ingredients that stimulate the growth of good bacteria in the gut. Usually added to food products or supplements, check labels for prebiotics such as inulin, chicory, FOS, GOS or TOS.



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Probiotics CFU: Stands for “colony forming units” and is the measure of live microbes in a probiotic. While different probiotics are effective at different CFU levels, research has shown health benefits for products ranging from 50 million to more than 1 trillion CFU for a daily dose. Sources: isapp.net; foodinsight.org; about.com/nutrition





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Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow, while lymphoma includes a group of blood cancers that develop in the lymphatic system. According to the LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY, more than 43,000 people were expected to develop leukemia in 2010. The LLS estimates that in 2010, there were more than 600,000 people living with some form of lymphoma or in remission.

is Leukemia/ Lymphoma National Awareness Month

TWO TYPES OF LYMPHOMA HODGKIN’S: Named after Dr. Thomas Hodgkin, who first noticed lymph node cancer in 1832, and was originally called Hodgkin’s disease until the late 20th century. One of the most curable forms of cancer, doctors examine cancer cells under microscope to detect a specific type of abnormal cell known as Reed-Sternberg; if present, it’s Hodgkin’s lymphoma. NON-HODGKIN’S: More common than Hodgkin’s lymphoma, it has many subtypes, including diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and follicular lymphoma.



Age: Those between ages 15-40 and those older than 55 are most at risk. Family history: Anyone with a brother or sister who had the disease faces an increased risk. Gender: Males are slightly more likely to develop the disease. Past Epstein-Barr infection: Having illnesses caused by EpsteinBarr virus increases risk. Compromised immune system: People with HIV/AIDS or who are taking organ transplant immune-suppressing drugs are at risk.

Age: Can occur at any age, but risk increases with age. Most common in people in their 60s or older. Immunosuppressive therapy: Those with organ transplants who have to take medications that suppress the immune system are more susceptible. Viral/bacterial infections: People with HIV, hepatitis C, Epstein-Barr virus or ulcer-causing Helicobacter pylori are at an increased risk. Chemicals: Those in contact with pesticides and weed killers are at an increased risk.


Risk Factors



Lymphoma Symptoms


Painless swollen lymph nodes in neck, armpits or groin


Persistent fatigue

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Fever and chills

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Loss of appetite


Common Leukemia Symptoms

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Fever or chills


Frequent infections


Losing weight without trying


Swollen lymph nodes, enlarged liver or spleen


Easy bleeding or bruising


Tiny red spots in your skin (petechiae)


Excessive sweating, especially at night


Bone pain or tenderness

Night sweats Unexplained weight loss Abdominal pain/swelling Chest pain, coughing and trouble breathing Itching Increased sensitivity to effects of alcohol or pain in lymph nodes after drinking alcohol

Persistent fatigue and weakness

Leukemia/Lymphoma Treatments Chemotherapy / Radiation / Stem Cell/Bone Marrow Transplant / Radioimmunotherapy / Biological Drug Therapy A possible solution for the future? A recently released study highlights a potential new treatment for leukemia. Check out http://tinyurl.com/3z6tk2f for details.




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On The Highway To Diabetes? Exit Here. By Michael Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet Oz, M.D.

Like ambitious socialites who’ve scored their own reality TV shows, prediabetes and metabolic syndrome have built huge followings.


his summer’s top horror story doesn’t feature Lord Voldemort, your tan line or watching the Houston Astros. The villains? Metabolic syndrome and prediabetes, two scary blood sugar problems rising faster than gas prices. Here’s the deal. There’s a very good chance that you or someone you know already has one of these silent conditions. Both disorders put you on the expressway to type 2 diabetes. Like ambitious socialites who’ve scored their own reality TV shows, prediabetes and metabolic syndrome have built huge followings: 79 million Americans have prediabetes; almost as many more have metabolic syndrome (a cluster of problems that set you up for diabetes). Finding out you have one of these conditions can be a shocker. But there’s an upside: It means there’s time to make the u-turn that’ll keep you from developing full-blown diabetes and its devastating consequences: heart attacks and strokes, nerve damage, vision loss, kidney failure and more. Are you on the highway to the big “D”? A major tip-off is buying ever-bigger belts. Ask your doc for a fasting blood sugar test. If the results are 100 to 125 mg/dl, chances are you have prediabetes. If you’ve got any three of these—a waist over 35 inches for women, 39 inches for men; blood pressure higher than 129/84; high blood sugar; high triglycerides; low good cholesterol (HDL under 50)—you’ve got metabolic syndrome. If you’ve got even one of them, the following six steps will slash your risk. Here’s where things start tasting good. We promise! 1. Go farm fresh. Chowing down on produce cuts your risk for diabetes by 24 percent or more, thanks partly to all that blood-sugar-steadying fiber. New evidence shows that just having some tangy arugula, crunchy baby spinach or tender bok choy daily could lower your odds by 14 percent. 2. Can the coffee (and soda for that matter). Chugging just one sugar-loaded

drink a day boosts diabetes risk 26 percent and metabolic syndrome 20 percent. Substituting an ice-cold glass of skim milk does the opposite: It cuts your risk by 12 percent. Nonfat yogurt and cheese count, too; the calcium, vitamin D and minerals in dairy help your body process blood sugar. 3. Gotta grill? Choose salmon or marinated chicken breasts. The nitrates and saturated fats in the processed meats that frequent grills (think hot dogs, knockwurst) boost diabetes risk 19 percent (and fuel cancer and heart troubles, too). Great alternatives: skinless white-meat turkey, juicy Portobello “steaks,” veggie burgers or, rarely, burgers made with extra-lean, grass-fed beef. Marinate anything you grill for 15 minutes. It cuts up to 85 percent of the cancer-causing compounds (HCAs) that high-heat grilling causes. Add any of these herbs to the marinade (all may decrease HCAs): rosemary, basil, sage, savory, marjoram, oregano, thyme. 4. Walk smarter. Daily exercise deters diabetes by helping your cells absorb blood sugar. Get a bigger bang by adding short spurts of speed here and there during your routine. Start with 15 seconds and work up to a couple of all-out minutes. 5. Get a little nutty. The healthy fats in nuts can whack diabetes risk 21 percent. Nuts have lots of calories (14 walnut halves have 185), so either stick with a small handful or buy pre-chopped. A daily tablespoon of chopped walnuts will do ya and has just 47 calories. 6. Go for more bliss, less stress. Don’t wait for vacations to tame tension. Both high anxiety and lack of sleep mess up blood sugar absorption. Getting fewer than six hours of sleep a night doubles diabetes risk. So does having a highstress job. Ease your angst by turning in earlier, exercising to blow off steam and finding a stress-reduction technique you love. (We do yoga or meditate.) It’ll put the “ahh” back in everyday life. You deserve it.

The YOU Docs, Mehmet Oz and Mike Roizen, are authors of YOU: On a Diet. Want more? See The Dr. Oz Show on TV (check local listings). To submit questions, go to RealAge.com. (c) 2011 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.




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A group of Ocala women join forces to support each other and tackle their weight-loss issues through healthier lifestyles, mile by mile. By JoAnn Guidry

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t 273 pounds and 40 years old, Jacqui Ferko was at a personal and medical crossroad. Her husband Scott had recently been killed in a motorcycle accident, she was now a single mother of three children and her weight issues were causing serious health problems. Simply put, her life was in crisis. And it would take a blunt, honest answer to a question to change Jacqui’s life for the better. “Because of my weight, I had a lot of digestive problems, like acid reflux,” says Jacqui. “Finally, my doctor told me I had to have gallbladder surgery. And while I was in the recovery room, I was told that the condition of my gallbladder was one of the worst

the Coffee & Lemon Diet, where she subsisted only on drinking coffee and eating lemons for months. She did indeed lose weight, only to gain it all back and more, exacting a terrible toll on her health. “I was your typical fad-diet junkie,” admits Jacqui, shaking her head in regret. “It was a vicious yo-yo cycle, and I was damaging my health.” But after the gallbladder surgery left her body unable to digest fatty foods and large meals, Jacqui began to change the way she ate. She made healthier food choices and ate several small meals throughout the day. Essentially, she became what she describes as a grazer. “I slowly started to lose weight,” says Jacqui, now 46. “I


Jacqui concedes with a laugh that her early running was “really jogging, very slow jogging.” But Blase not only encouraged her, he challenged her to make running a road race a goal. Jacqui had a friend who had lost a family member to leukemia, so she decided she would run her first road race as part of a leukemia fundraising team. The group would be participating in the 2009 Disney Marathon & Half-Marathon event. “I told Bill I was going to sign up for the half-marathon,” says Jacqui. “Then he told me that I

A person’s body mass index (BMI) is calculated based on height and weight and is not gender specific in adults. While BMI does not directly measure the percentage of body fat, it is considered a generally accurate indicator of being overweight and obese, more so than relying on scale weight alone. An adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight. An adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese. BMI only correlates with the amount of body fat and doesn’t directly measure body fat. Athletes may have a BMI that identifies them as overweight because of their body mass, even though they may not have excess fat. Methods of directly measuring body fat include: measurement of skinfold thickness and waist circumference, waist-to-hip circumference ratios, ultrasound, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). For a quick BMI score, go to lsmedspa.com, click on the “Medical Weight Loss” heading at the top of the page, then click on “Body Mass ON THE GO? Calculator.”. SCAN HERE Fill in the TO FIND OUT three boxes— YOUR BMI SCORE NOW! age, weight, height—and you’ll get your BMI score!

I thought about my children and how they needed me. Then I made a promise right then and there to change my life.


the doctor had ever seen.” When Jacqui asked why, she got a matter-of-fact response: “Because you’re fat.” It was Jacqui’s wake-up call. “No one had ever just told me that I was fat,” she says. “It was harsh, but it made me really take a look at myself and think about how being overweight was affecting my health. I thought about my children and how they needed me. Then I made a promise right then and there to change my life.” Having struggled with weight issues all her life, it wasn’t that Jacqui hadn’t attempted to lose the weight before. Indeed, she admits that she “tried every fad diet and even medically supervised ones.” But any weight loss was only short term. One of the fad diets she tried was

knew I needed to exercise, but I was still too heavy to do anything too strenuous. So I joined the YMCA, started taking Pilates classes and did some weight training. I lost 80 pounds the first year after my gallbladder surgery.”

And while she didn’t

gain it back over the next two years, Jacqui couldn’t seem to lose any more weight, either. She had hit that dreaded weight-loss plateau. Then she met Bill Blase, an accomplished competitive runner. “I loved that Bill had such a passion for running,” says Jacqui. “He told me that I needed to start running and the weight would just come off. I thought I was still too heavy to run, but Bill encouraged me and became my running mentor.”

needed to just go ahead and sign up for the marathon instead. So I did; although now looking back, I can’t believe I did that.” Four months later, Jacqui did indeed run in and finish the 26.2mile Disney Marathon in five and a half hours. Jacqui calls it “one of the most amazing experiences

COMING TO TERMS WITH THE TERMINOLOGY OVERWEIGHT VS. OBESE An adult is considered overweight if his or her body weight is above the recognized health standard for a given height. The excess weight can come from bone, muscle, fat and/or body water. A person is considered obese when he or she has an abnormally high proportion of body fat, again using parameters of weight to height. While a person can be overweight without being obese, many people who are overweight are also obese. Sources: cdc.gov; mayoclinic.com




BEING OVERWEIGHT/OBESE INCREASES RISK FACTORS FOR: Heart Disease Diabetes (type 2) Stroke Hypertension

› High blood cholesterol › Sleep apnea › Gallbladder disease

that I ever had.” The following year, she exceeded even that accomplishment by running in and completing the 2010 Disney Goofy. This feat involves running in the half-marathon on one day and in the marathon the next day! “I never dreamed that I would be able to do something like that,” says Jacqui, who now weighs 140. “But once I started running, everything changed for me. I stopped dieting and started thinking of food as fuel to run. I just became healthier in every way. Running was the miracle pill that I had always been looking for.” And just as Blase had become her mentor, Jacqui began connecting with other women who had struggled with similar body weight issues. She began offering support and coaching, encouraging them to exercise, especially to give running a try. Under the banner of Run To Change, the group has

› Osteoarthritis › Cancer (breast,

colorectal, endometrial, kidney)

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Bypass surgery is a tool. It’s not the total solution to weight loss and weight control.


now grown to 30 and counting. They meets four to five days a week, averaging 25 miles a week of walking/jogging/running, more when training for a race. Most also belong to the YMCA and do cross training there. “Everyone does what they can within their comfort zone,” says Jacqui. “We offer group support and encouragement to anyone who wants to join us. It’s become a family affair with husbands and kids joining in as well.”

MEDICAL INTERVENTION OPTIONS Weight-loss issues are complex, often involving psychological, physical and medical condition factors. For many, the best route is to seek medical intervention programs. Here’s a sampling of what is available in our area: SUCCESS BY DESIGN Always a believer in whole-body health, Dr. Jay Panchal saw the need to bring the Success by Design weightloss program into his medical practice. “Many of my patients, and those of other primary care doctors referred to me, had medical conditions brought on or made worse by being overweight or obese,” says Dr. Panchal. “I joined with Sherri Morrison, a nurse who is the founder of the Success by Design program in Tampa. It’s been very successful in Tampa for seven years, and we’ve offered it here in Ocala for a year.”




Success by Design is a comprehensive weight-loss program, incorporating a team of boardcertified physicians, nurse practitioners, nutritionists, psychologists and certified fitness instructors. Patients receive a complete medical evaluation, including blood work, EKG, urinalysis and BMI. They also receive nutritional and exercise counseling. The Success by Design diet plan is a high-protein (low-fat protein) and low-carbohydrate one. Depending on a patient’s weight-loss goals and medical conditions, he or she may


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be offered an FDA-approved appetite suppressant, as well as B-12 and amino acid methionine (MIC) injections for energy and fat burning, respectively. “Our program is not voodoo weight loss medicine, and it’s not a starvation diet,” says Dr. Panchal. “It’s about making better choices and changing your lifestyle. For anyone with a serious weight problem, a medically supervised weight-loss program is the way to go. It gives you the best chance of living a healthier life.” LIFESTYLE SOLUTIONS Dr. Michael Holloway describes the LS regime as a “physician-directed comprehensive and realistic weightloss management program.” Believing that fad diets don’t work and are

Percentage of Americans, nearly 73 million, considered obese according to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

unhealthy, Dr. Holloway says, “We educate our patients about living healthier through good nutrition and incorporating fitness into their daily lives. While our clients come from all walks of life, our weight-loss program is very individualized to match each person’s specific situation.” Patients undergo comprehensive testing, including a basic blood panel, metabolic testing, EKG and hormonal testing. In addition to nutritional and exercise counseling, LS also offers, when indicated, strictly supervised appetite suppressants, fat-burning injections, such as HCG, and energyboosting vitamin B-12 injections. “There are no quick fixes,” says Holloway. “Being healthy has to be a lifestyle.”

Since I’ve met Jacqui and joined the group, I’m doing better than OK. —JENNIFER FRANCO

Photo by John Jernigan



Percentage of children between 2 and 19 who are considered obese according to the latest CDC statistics.

Among those belonging to the group

are Jennifer Franco, 41, and Amy Sampson, 38. Both have had lifelong body-weight issues and have found a way to deal with them. Jennifer, a mother of three, was the victim of a violent crime 14 years ago. The life-threatening injuries she suffered caused her to undergo numerous surgeries and arduous rehab over the ensuing years. As she slowly recovered her health, she also gained weight and began “trying every diet there was to lose weight, even something called the Cookie Diet” with little


lasting results. Then, like Jacqui, she also had a friend who had lost a loved one to leukemia and decided to run in a fundraiser race. And as fate would have it, she and Jacqui met at the 2009 Disney Marathon. “When I met Jacqui, I was doing OK,” says Jennifer. “But since I’ve met Jacqui and joined the group, I’m doing better than OK. It’s just great to be around those who understand and offer such great support.” Jennifer says that Jacqui encouraged her “to keep a journal of what I ate and how I felt when I

Percentage of Floridians considered obese according to the latest CDC statistics.

ran. And that made me understand the importance of eating well to run well.” When she was still having low energy, Jennifer went to a doctor and discovered she was vitamin B-12 deficient. “I took B-12 injections, and my energy level went up,” says Jennifer, a social worker who has recently lost 30 pounds and weighs 170 at this writing. “It’s made a lot of difference. I ran two half-marathons in a month’s time, and I never thought I’d be able to do that.” For Amy, she doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t

Both Munroe Regional Medical Center and Ocala Regional Medical Center offer bariatric surgery. Weight-loss surgery may be considered with a BMI of 40 or higher or a BMI of 35-39.9 with serious healthrelated medical conditions, such as type 2 diabetes or hypertension. Patients considering weight-loss surgery undergo a battery of physical and psychological tests. The most common weight-loss surgeries include: GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY: Surgeon creates a small pouch at the top of the stomach, then the small intestine is cut and rerouted to this pouch, causing food and liquid to bypass most of your stomach. LAGB: In laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding surgery, the surgeon separates the stomach into two pouches with an inflatable band; the band is tightened like a belt to create a small opening between the two pouches, reducing the amount of food that can go through at once. GASTRIC SLEEVE: The most severe surgery, this involves biliopancreatic diversion, duodenal switch and most of the stomach being removed. Source: mayoclinc.com




PRESCRIPTION WEIGHT LOSS DRUGS PHENTERMINE: Appetite suppressant for short-term use, usually three months. ORLISTAT: Blocks fat absorption in intestines to reduce calorie intake; long-term use up to one to two years.

PHYSICIANSUPERVISED FATBURNING INJECTIONS HCG: Human chorionic gonadotropin is a hormone produced in women during early stages of pregnancy; reportedly increases metabolic rate and fat reduction. HGH: Human growth hormone produced by the pituitary gland; reportedly can decrease body fat and increase muscle mass.

EAT WELL › Lean proteins (beef,

poultry, fish, legumes)

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Did you know the food pyramid has been replaced with MyPlate? Check out page 67.

Fruits Vegetables Whole grains Fat-free/low-fat dairy products Good fats (olive oil, avocado) Drink water Limit salt/sugar Limit sugary drinks Avoid oversized portions

Source: choosemyplate.gov

PICK UP THE PACE! Once you’ve achieved a good solid base of physical fitness, put some speed into your workouts! Recent research by University of Bath (England) scientist Keith Stokes points to speed workouts enabling the body to produce human growth hormone (HGH), considered an excellent fat metabolizer. The study showed how a series of 30-second sprints elevated HGH levels in the body while exercising and kept the levels high even afterward. Sprint work can be incorporated into jogging, biking, swimming or any other aerobic exercise. For more information, check out Phil Campbell’s Ready, Set, Go! Synergy Fitness for TimeCrunched Adults. Source: experiencelifemag.com




Photo by John Jernigan

MIC: Methionine, an amino acid that reportedly breaks down fat in the body.

BE ACTIVE The American College of Sports Medicine recommends at least 150 to 180 minutes (30-minute sessions daily six times a week) of moderate intensity exercise for people who are overweight or obese to prevent further weight gain or lose a

overweight. Then at 25, only months before her wedding, Amy had gastric bypass surgery. She weighed 385 pounds at the time. “I was ready to make some changes,” says Amy, a marketing director. “I was getting married, and I wanted to have children. I knew that having kids would be difficult if I didn’t lose weight.” Following the surgery, Amy, who admits she used to be able to eat two medium-sized pizzas at one sitting, discovered she could only now eat one pizza slice at a time. The reduced size of her stomach made her switch to smaller, healthier meals spaced

modest amount of weight. To lose more weight, 250 to 300 minutes may be needed. Start slowly, gradually increasing your minutes whether you decide to walk, jog, swim, bike or engage in any other physical activity. Always check with your doctor before starting any exercise routine.

out throughout the day. Amy also joined Weight Watchers and the YMCA. And she managed to lose weight, be healthier and is now the mother of three children. “Bypass surgery is a tool,” says Amy, who now weighs 192. “It’s not the total solution to weight loss and weight control. But for me, it was definitely necessary.” Amy had never been very active, only seeing the point to running “if someone was chasing you and your life was in danger.” But when she joined the YMCA, she began jogging on the treadmill. To keep her motivation up, she decided to set a goal of running in

a 5K (3.1 miles) race once a month. Then she met Jacqui and joined the Run To Change group. Now she has a new goal. “Jacqui and the group are helping me train for the 2012 Disney Marathon,” says Amy, smiling in disbelief. “Everyone in the group is so supportive and inspirational. It’s amazing to watch how, together, we accomplish more than we ever thought possible.”

WANT TO KNOW MORE? runtochange.blogspot.com

Central Florida’s most experienced weight loss surgeons. When it comes to weight loss surgery, no one in Central Florida has more experience than the team at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Since 1984, Dr. Jawad has performed thousands of successful weight loss surgeries—from gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomy to gastric bypass—using minimally invasive techniques. He joins Dr. Wier, director of minimally invasive surgery, to bring quality and expertise to a place you already trust. Go with experience. Go with ORMC. Find out if weight loss surgery is right for you at a free info session. Learn more at myORMC.com/weightloss and register by calling 321.8HEALTH (321.843.2584).



Why Grace School?

1. Grace provides an unrivaled, close-knit community for all ages. 2. Grace provides an unmatched program of academic excellence. provides an unparalleled number of opportunities for 3. Grace enrichment outside the classroom. Grace School was the first private school in Marion County, and we hope that you will join us as we continue to be Marion County’s premier Christian school. We will strive each day to fulfill our mission statement:

To Prepare Our Children for Life, To Honor and Glorify God, In a Christ-Centered Environment Of Academic Excellence.

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Grainy Matter Who would have thought buying bread would be such a hassle? Here are a few tips to select the healthier product.

Look for the word “whole” at the top of the ingredient list. For example, “whole grain,” “whole wheat” or “whole oat.” “Whole” means that the bran, germ and endosperm are all used, which gives these grains a high fiber count as well as important vitamins and minerals. Steer clear of terms like “multigrain” or “100 percent wheat.” “Multi-grain” means there are multiple grains used but not necessarily whole grains. “100 percent wheat” means wheat flour is used, but it can be a refined wheat grain, which lacks fiber and other nutrients.

Not all white breads are created equal. Some white breads are made from an albino variety of wheat and are indeed whole grain, so check your label! Brown bread is not the same as whole grain bread. Though most whole grain breads are usually darker in color, manufacturers will often add coloring to refined breads to make them seem healthier. Breads aren’t the only foods made from whole grains. Check labels on crackers, cereals and pastas. The word “whole” should be listed among the first three ingredients. Source: mayoclinic.com






Score Big with Game Day Recipes


ne of the most anticipated things about this time of year is cheering on your favorite sports teams. High school, college and professional—there’s always a favorite to root for or an underdog to support. From the neighborhood potluck dinner to the “big game” watch party at your house, this year, serve up game time food that scores big on flavor. Pepper Jack Cheesy Mac puts a little kick into a family favorite with zesty southwest flavors. And Prime Time Pepperoni Pizza “Pie” is a touchdown when it comes to finding a meal that is easy to make and everyone will enjoy.

Pepper Jack Cheesy Mac Makes 6 servings 2 2 2

cups (8 ounces) dry elbow macaroni cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese cups (8 ounces) shredded Pepper Jack cheese, divided 1 can (12 fluid ounces) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk ½ teaspoon ground black pepper ½ to 1 cup broken tortilla chips (your choice of color) ½ to ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional) 1. Preheat oven

to 350°F. Lightly grease 2 ½-quart casserole dish. 2. Cook macaroni in large saucepan according to package directions; drain. Return to saucepan. 3. Add cheddar cheese, 1 ½ cups pepper jack cheese, evaporated milk and black pepper to macaroni; stir until combined. Pour into prepared casserole dish. Combine remaining 1/2 cup pepper jack cheese, tortilla chips and red pepper flakes in small bowl. Sprinkle over top. Cover tightly with foil. 4. Bake for 20 minutes. Uncover; bake for an

additional 10 minutes or until lightly browned.




Prime Time Pepperoni Pizza “Pie” Makes 8 servings 1 1 2

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unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) frozen pie shell package (8 ounces) shredded Italian-blend cheese, divided ounces thinly sliced pepperoni (about 20 to 30, 1 ½- to 2-inch diameter slices), cut into quarters, divided can (12 fluid ounces) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk large eggs, beaten tablespoons all-purpose flour teaspoon dried basil leaves teaspoon garlic powder

1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Sprinkle 1 cup

cheese and half of pepperoni pieces onto bottom of pie shell. 2. Whisk evaporated milk, eggs, flour, basil and garlic powder in medium bowl until blended. Pour mixture into pie shell. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Decorate top with remaining pepperoni pieces and any other topping you like. 3. Place quiche on baking sheet (if pie pan is made of aluminum foil). Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Tip: Choose 1/4 cup of any of your favorite toppings (such as chopped onions, red or green peppers or sliced black olives) and add as topping with the remaining pepperoni pieces.

Photo courtesy of Nestlé


Fans of the television shows Cake Boss and Ace of Cakes will want to check out Debbie Busser of Ms. Debbie’s Sugar Art. Owner Debbie Busser creates over-the-top cakes and has specialized in wedding cakes for 18 years. Her bakery is located in Newberry, but display cakes can be viewed at The Cherished Bride on Silver Springs Boulevard. One popular design is her “sea shore” wedding cake topped with an array of shells and sea horses, all painstakingly crafted from white chocolate and painted with edible food-grade paint. Debbie also turns out “extreme” groom’s cakes, fancy designer cookies and unique chocolates. (352) 472-9895 / msdebbie.com


Cup O’ The Irish opened its doors in late May and offers a delightful Irish twist on breakfast and lunch. “People love Ireland, and there are a lot of people with Irish connections here. We wanted to bring a unique style to Ocala,” says Gary Dunseath, who hails from the Emerald Isle and owns the eatery with wife Tammy. As Gary explains, Cup O’ The Irish is more a combination coffee shop/pub than a full-blown restaurant. You’ll find such Irish specialties as shepherd’s pie, “bacon and bangers,” and Irish coffees and beers, such as Guinness and Harp. There’s even a drive-thru so you can easily grab a cup of coffee or tea on your way to work. Open seven days a week, from 6am weekdays until 9pm. Saturday 8am10pm and Sunday 11am-7pm. 3233 SE Maricamp Road, Ocala (352) 694-0245 / cupotheirish.com


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.

Fiore’s Café 119 South Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 789-6980 Summer Hours: Closed Mon / Sun, Tue, Wed, Thu 4p-9p / Fri & Sat 4p-10p Happy Hour 4p-6p Sun-Thu Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name! Beautiful Tuscan architecture combined with decadent dishes, superb wine and excellent service makes for a delightful evening at Fiore’s Cafe. Bring the whole family and enjoy live music over a delicious dinner. Valet service available on the weekends. Allow Fiore’s to cater your next event.

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

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Cody’s Original Roadhouse 2505 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-8182 / codysamerican.com Doors Open at 11a. Serving Lunch & Dinner Daily. “Where Quality and Value Come Together!” Servin’ USDA Prime and Choice Steaks, rotisserie chicken, BBQ ribs, chops, fresh fish, burgers, salads and more! Kids eat free every Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday – Buy One, Get One Free Fajitas and Thursday, Steak Night with $12.98 steak specials! Daily 2-4-1 Happy Hour 11am-7pm, Early Bird Specials till 6pm Mon. thru Sat. Sunday – after church specials starting at $8.99 with dessert. Labor Day Special – 1/2 slab BBQ baby back pork ribs and 1/2 BBQ rotisserie chicken with corn on the cob and all the fixins’ for $13.98.

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







$5.6 million, and this year’s goal is a lofty $5.8 million. The easiest way for patrons to show their support is through the Create-A-Pepper campaign. A simple donation of as little as $1 will allow guests to create their own one-of-a-kind chili pepper that can be displayed in the restaurant, and a $12 donation will allow their peppers to be donned on a T-shirt. “It’s a really simple and fun way for guests to support St. Jude and help fight childhood cancer,” says area director John Ernst. Another big fundraising event sponsored by Chili’s is right around the corner. The 2nd annual golf tournament held at Candler Hills Golf and Country Club will take place on September 26. Along for St. Jude Children’s Research alk in to any Chili’s and you’ll find yourself Hospital over the past seven years. with 18 holes, the $65 entrance fee also includes a delicious lunch But Chili’s isn’t stopping surrounded by the and reception following the delicious aroma of sizzling entrees there—the restaurant chain tournament. There will also be and decadent desserts. Like many wants to raise $50 million over a raffle tickets for prizes donated ten-year period. With many fun casual-eating restaurants, Chili’s from area merchants, a 50/50 ways for patrons to contribute, offers great food at an affordable raffle and a silent auction. For the annual campaign starts up price. But Chili’s goes above and area businesses, hole sponsorship again this month. Last year, the beyond other facilities, raising a is $100, and Candler Hills has whopping $30 million nationwide restaurant managed to raise over

Turnin’ up the Heat on Cancer


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 flavor with food that’s anything but ordinary. Smokey, sweet and savory ribs are now slowsmoked over pecan wood and impossible to resist. Enjoy the flavor without the guilt thanks to dishes under 750 calories. Party Platters create the perfect event at Chili’s. Scan here with your smartphone for a direct link to chilis.com




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!

generously offered a free foursome of golf for all participating sponsors, a $200 value. “At the end of the day, we are all just trying to give back,” says John, who stresses that it doesn’t matter if you donate $1 through the Create-A-Pepper campaign or bring your whole family to the golf tournament. Every little bit helps in the fight against childhood cancer.

How Can You Help? • Create-A-Pepper in stores or online for a donation. Visit createapepper.com to get started! • Participate in the 2nd Annual Golf Tournament to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at Candler Hills. Contact (352) 304-6973 or (561) 379-7144 for more details or to sponsor a hole.

Chili’s Grill & Bar Several convenient locations throughout our area chilis.com


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

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

Ocala Ale House 305 SE 17th Street, Ocala / (352) 620-8989 / millersalehouse.com Daily 11a-2a 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. These boneless chicken wings can be accompanied by one of nine different, 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! Thursday night is ladies night from 9pm-2am and Wednesday night features an unforgettable night of trivia between 9pm-12am. Not enough? How about $1 drafts and $1 drink specials all day, every day! Check out millersalehouse.com for all the details.

Check out the Ale House website and join the Raving Fans Club to receive exclusive discounts and promotions, win prizes and receive updates. Join today and you’ll be entered to win free Zingers for a year!

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

Located at the Crossroads of NW 80th Ave. and Hwy 40 West. No matter what you have a taste for, Crossroads Country Kitchen is sure to become a new favorite.







Growing pains can be a positive thing. The Mojo Grill and Catering Company, which opened two years ago in July, has outgrown its snug little downtown site and moved to a roomier spot as of September 1. Rondo is relocating his popular eatery to the former Las Palmas location near Compass Gym in Pine Plaza. The downtown shop will either be sold or turned into a different restaurant concept. The menu will remain the same in the new Pine Plaza venue. 506 SE Pine Street, Ocala (352) 369-6656 / mojogrillandcatering.com


Take a Byte Out of This


efty cookbooks splotched with gravy stains and crinkled handwritten instructions for a coveted casserole used to be the only go-to sources for recipes. Now, the pass-it-on tradition is being redefined in today’s technological world with food blogs—where food enthusiasts juggle many hats, including photographer, writer, cook and foodie. With photos that are a feast for the eyes and kitchen wisdom, bloggers connect with their readers through satiable entries on culinary triumphs, kitchen disasters and the occasional photo of a family pet.

WHO: David Lebovitz

WHO: Joy Deangdeelert Cho

WHAT: David left the restaurant business in 1999 to pursue a career in writing in Paris. A food blogger veteran, his site includes recommended kitchen tools, recipes, guest interviews and more.

WHAT: Joy, a graphic designer, started her business Oh Joy! in 2005 and added the Eats tag in 2009, where she chronicles food findings and recounts restaurant experiences.

WHERE: davidlebovitz.com CLICK: Watch David introduce Parisians to homemade chocolate chip cookies in an April 2010 video. The French consensus on the cookies? C’est magnifique!


WHERE: On her blog, ohjoy.blogs.com, called Oh Joy Eats CLICK: See a candid photo of Joy contemplating a snack to satisfy “pregnant lady cravings” in late May 2011. Adorable animal cracker ice cream sandwiches in a mid-July entry are also a sweet sight to behold.



WHO: Elissa B, Hannah Q, Kamran S, Lauren M and Tessa A

WHO: Husband and wife Peter and Christey Krause

WHAT: A collaboration of five teen bloggers who give photography and blogging tips.

WHAT: A cook/photographer dream team on the Atlantic coast of Florida. Peter writes, “My step-by-step cooking techniques gel with her photojournalistic style, and I think between the two of us, we can tell the story of a meal in a way that blends both of our arts.”

WHERE: thekitchengeneration.com CLICK: The fab five give an informative breakdown on photo editing in a May 2011 post. An image of a stack of pancakes gets lightly retouched by each blogger, making the photo match their personal taste.

WHERE: fotocuisine.com CLICK: Inspired by a Manwich commercial and Christey’s distaste for sloppy joes, see Peter break out a can of beef in September 2008. “Bangers and Mash Americanized,” a March 2009 entry, is also appetizing. The classic British dish is transformed with Velveeta and hotdogs.

New to Ocala, Ocean Buffet opened for business on June 22 in the former Bella Luna location. The large Oriental buffet features an abundance of lunch and dinner options, as well as a hibachi grill with Mongolian barbecue. You’ll find plenty to pick from among the bountiful buffet options, including Cantonese, Szechuan, Hunan and Mandarin cuisine, crab legs, a large sushi menu with many types of sushi rolls, lots of vegetables, some American specialties and even ice cream and dessert. The establishment is owned by the Zhu family, who did extensive renovations to give the building a fresh new look before opening. Open every day for lunch and dinner. Sunday-Thursday 11am-9:30pm, Friday and Saturday 11am-10:30pm. 3425 SW College Rd., Ocala / (352) 789-6266


Located just outside the gates of the Williston Municipal Airport, the Pyper Kub Restaurant offers drive-in and fly-in service. General aviation customers often stop in for a meal after or before a flight, and the restaurant has become popular with area residents, as well. Aviation-themed artwork and photos add to the eatery’s friendly, downhome atmosphere. Owners Dave and Carol Bibby opened the establishment in December 2009. They serve up breakfast and lunch seven days a week, plus dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. Breakfast is available all day. Chicken wings are a specialty, along with daily “hot plate” specials. Now that Pyper Kub is serving beer and wine, look for karaoke nights on the calendar. The Bibbys are proud to support our troops, and active duty men and women eat free any time. Open 7am-3pm and until 8pm on Friday and Saturday. 1890 SW 18th Street, Williston (352) 528-0376 / pyperkub.com


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

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

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 flavors of Ireland without even leaving Ocala. At Cup O’ the Irish, the espresso coffee drinks and specialty drinks will treat your palate with the likes of Irish stout latte, the Irishman, the Nutty Irishman, Irish cream cocktails, Irish coffee and Irish cream immersion, just to name a few. And, don’t forget about our fine Irish draughts that you can enjoy while watching English Premier League soccer, the Rugby World Cup 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 snack on with your favorite beverage.

Whether you stop by or drive thru, enjoy Irish treats such as bangers, shepherd’s pie, quiche, soups and an authentic Irish breakfast dish.

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

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

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

Super Buffet Pine Plaza / 620 South Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 369-9937 Sun-Thu 11a-9:30p / Fri & Sat 11a-10:30p Voted in the Top 100 out of over 43,000 Chinese restaurants in the United States by Chinese Restaurant News.

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

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


Darrell’s Dog Gone Good Diner 3375 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 351-5632 Open Seven Days a Week, 6a-3p This Ocala gem serves up delicious breakfast and lunch meals in a small cozy ambiance that leaves you feeling satisfied. Start your day with homemade biscuits and sausage gravy or a unique omelet that is the fluffiest 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.

End your meal with a slice of homemade cake and you’ll see why Darrell’s Diner is so Dog Gone Good!

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

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


Kick n’ Back Café and Grille 14400 E Hwy 40, Silver Springs / (352) 289-4069 Tues-Sun 11a–9p Closed Mon Take a ride out to the island in the forest at Kick n’ Back Café, where you’ll find Caribbean flare 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 fish, shrimp and scallops. Also, try the gator, served as an appetizer or entrée. Kick n’ Back offers a relaxing, casual, laidback atmosphere.

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





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.

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

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.

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.


WARRIORS ARMED & READY FOR COMBAT By Amanda Furrer / Photos by John Jernigan


N OCTOBER 2, three men will be laying out their sharpened cutlery, wiping their brow as they’re splashed in clouds of flour and bracing themselves for that 15-minute crunch. The cooking showdown Culinary Combat will be hosted by the Hilton Ocala, where chefs will don their jacket and apron like gladiator gear as they struggle to complete a three-course meal, consisting of an appetizer, entrée and dessert, in one hour. For each dish, the chefs must incorporate a secret ingredient that won’t be revealed until match day. Net proceeds from the event will benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Two-time Culinary Combat winner Rick Alabaugh will defend his title against challengers James Schumann and Chuck Hurley. These North Central Florida chefs are the cream of the crop, but only one can be this year’s champion. We rounded up Florida’s finest for a quick Q&A to learn about their plan of attack and played a little word game to get their creative juices flowing.

“Cook from your heart.” CHEF:

Rick Alabaugh

RESTAURANT: Country Club of Ocala WEAPON OF CHOICE: French knife or mandolin

In 1980, you earned an associate degree in criminal justice at the University of West Virginia. What made you become a chef? I took a wrong turn probably. I don’t know (laughs). I grew up in West Virginia and worked in the kitchens at The Greenbrier during the summer. I wanted to be a trial


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lawyer, but you find you have other passions in the world. Working at The Greenbrier was an eye-opening experience.

What were the previous years’ secret ingredients? The first year was challenging. The secret ingredient was wild boar. For dessert, I had to step back and say, “I’m not a chef anymore. I have to be some kind of scientist and break down the molecules.” The second year was red grouper. It’s hard to use a protein like that. Everyone wants to think so hard, but food is simple. We do a lot of intricate dishes, but at the end of the day, it’s still food.

I guess. I’m very confident in my food. It’s got to taste phenomenal. I could make food look like a million dollars, but it’s all about taste.


Tell us about your sous chef Guirellmo Lopez.

OS: Vegetable. RA: Fresh.

Do you think good things come in threes?

He was my partner for the last two combats. He has been with me since I worked in Birmingham (14 years). I’ve trained him from the ground up. I can’t say enough about him. He can make grown men cry.

Message to challengers: Have fun doing what you love. Go into it thinking that way. Cook from your heart. If you do that, it all comes together.

“I’ve cooked with anything you can name.” CHEF:

James Schumann

RESTAURANT: Cuvée Wine and Bistro WEAPON OF CHOICE: 9-inch chef knife

Tell us about your cooking background.

Tell us about your sous chef Jeremy Zajack.

I was interested in cooking since I was 16. I studied at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, in 1988. I’ve been working for Cuvée for almost two years now.

He’s an excellent chef with a lot of skills, extremely fast.

What is your strategy for the competition? Fall back on familiar items and techniques, such as classic French style methods of cooking, keeping with sauces. I can dig deep on any product that comes across the table. I’ve cooked with anything you can name.

Why do you think you would win? As an executive chef, I’ve always been hands-on. I’m also on the same page with my sous chef. We think very much alike.

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Biggest challenge of the challenge? Kind of being the new kid on the block.

WORD GAME TIME! OS: Vegetable. OS: Ice cream. JS: Carrots. JS: You’re making OS: Meat. JS: Tenderloin. OS: Egg. JS: Chicken.

me hungry. Chocolate brownie.

OS: Rick. JS: Defeated.

OS: Meat. RA: Fresh. OS: Egg. RA: Sunny

side up.

OS: Spice. RA: Gosh, there’s

so many… Salt.

OS: Candy. RA: Praline. OS: Victory. RA: Sweet.

“I’m just incredibly versatile.” CHEF:

Chuck Hurley

RESTAURANT: O!O Garden Grille, Gainesville WEAPON OF CHOICE: Forged steel knife

Tell us about your start. I’ve been in the culinary field for 19 years and had non-institutionalized training. I didn’t want to get a “real job” and found cooking to be natural. I started out up north and then left everything in New York except for my car and my knives.

Why do you think you’ll win? I’m just incredibly versatile. Give me a pack of instant coffee, shoelaces and a tin can and I’ll make you the best hobo stew you ever had.

What is your worse kitchen injury? I ripped fat out of my hand. I was cutting a piece of 18-month old Parmesan that was 120 pounds. At the hospital, I videotaped being treated.

How do you spend your time outside the kitchen? I fish as much as I can. It’s more of a hobby. I catch and release when I fish in freshwater. In salt, I eat everything.

Do you have a strategy for the combat? I’ve been talking to a lot of people. Everybody is wishing me luck, but as far as strategy, right now I’m still working on that.

ONE MORE WORD GAME! OS: Vegetable. CH: Knives.

OS: Hamburger. CH: Drive-thru.

OS: Meat. CH: Rare.

OS: Rick. CH: Is that the

OS: Egg. CH: Breakfast.

dude’s name?


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sk someone where they were that day 10 years ago. Chances are they’ll remember. Honor those who lost their lives and those whose lives were changed by the September 11 terrorist attacks at a special event at the CIRCLE SQUARE CULTURAL CENTER. The Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s brass quintet will perform a variety of patriotic ensembles along with students from various Marion County Public Schools and the University of Florida. A projection of September 11 images will open the program. Veterans will be honored by Hospice of Marion County in an official pinning ceremony as part of the Hospice Veterans Partnership program. Local first responders are invited to attend and will also be recognized. Bring the whole family to this historic event to pay tribute to and remember an event that has changed the course of history. Doors open at 6pm; the program begins at 7pm. General admission is $12. csculturalcenter.com or (352) 854-3670.







The Last Summer Concert


atch the last rendition of the DOWNTOWN SUMMER JAMS on September 16 from 7-10pm. A free show, the concert’s lineup features local bands The Skalors, Facing Your Shadows, The Veer and Vincent Valentine, plus Emma Sexton, Austin Sauers and Alex Perrin playing acoustics. To get fans ready for the action, Ocala Style talked with Matthew Smith, front man of Vincent Valentine.


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GENRE: alternative, metal, indie, punk SOUNDS LIKE: AFI, Queens of the Stone Age, Fugazi MEMBERS: Matthew Smith, 24, lead singer and guitarist; William Perez, 27, drums and vocals; Michael Vassallo, 23, bass and vocals

This will be Vincent Valentine’s final performance. Front man Matthew

Smith says the band hasn’t done a show in over a year, and the members are moving on to new projects. “We’re old guys on the scene,” says Matthew. “Bands now, like Facing Your Shadows, were at many of our shows during our formative years.” Their influence has encouraged younger talent to form bands of their own. Now old and new will share the stage, which Matthew has no qualms about, commenting that, “it’s just real cool.” They’ve taken on a similar mindset, Matthew continues, using the same hardworking, DIY ethics as Vincent Valentine. Downtown Summer Jams will be your last chance to listen to songs “Maybe You’re a Ghost” and “Like a Make Out Scene from Dragon Ball Z” performed live.




GATOR’S DOCKSIDE has 27 TVs showing any and every game as long as it’s not blacked out. Drinks start at $.99, domestic longnecks are $1.99, and there’s a 2-for-1 deal all day, every day. gatorsdockside.com or (352) 433-2441.

Watch your favorite team on one of the 24 flat screens or two projection screens at the TILTED KILT. There are drink specials throughout the season, 64- and 100-ounce beer tubes and 28 different beers on tap—not to mention what they have bottled. tiltedkilt.com or (352) 351-5458. BEEF ‘O’ BRADY’S launched

its new beverage menu mid-August. Order five domestic beers for $10 and get 20 wings and a pitcher of domestic beer for $19.99. The 16 TVs cater to NFL lovers and college football fans. beefobradys.com.


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“A Decade of Remembrance” Honoring 9/11 Today and Always


Live Bait: Jimmy Buffet Tribute



The Diamonds Tickets: $18-22


Lovin Spoonful Tickets: $23-27



Kid Fiddlers Tickets: $10-12

The Duprees Tickets: $23-27

Lola & The Saints


9th Annual Craft Fair 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. FREE EVENT




Bronx Wanderers Tickets: $18-22

Lesley Gore Tickets: $23-27



The Amazing Kreskin Halloween Show Show begins at 2 p.m.



Elvis® Tribute Artist Contest Tickets: $18-22

Beginnings: The Ultimate Chicago Tribute Band Tickets:$18-22


The Crests featuring Tommy Mara


Holiday Music Festival featuring The Ditchfield Family Singers FREE EVENT (ticket needed for admission)

Debby Boone & Orchestra Opera Tampa “Swing This” Show General admission: $5 Tickets: $40-44



Lou Christie Tickets: $23-27

The Contours with Joe Billingslea Tickets: $18-22

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3rd Annual “The World Has Talent” Show General admission: $10

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Barbershop Quartet Extravaganza Tickets: $9-11 Show begins at 2 p.m.


Logan Wells: A Tribute to Patsy Cline Tickets: $17-19

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The YMCA is launching their Get Moving Campaign this September by offering Marion County residents 21 days of free membership. During their membership, residents will have access to a wellness coach and membership representative to help them establish fitness goals and an exercise routine. This offer is open to individuals and families and is designed with the intention of educating the community about health and wellness. ymcacentralflorida.com or (352) 368-9622.

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If wedding bells are in your future, this event is a must! See the latest trends and styles for your Central Florida wedding. BLACK DIAMOND RANCH will host a wedding expo from 6-9pm. The evening will include hors d’oeuvres, fashion shows, dance lessons, carriage rides and local vendors. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door. bdweddingexpo.com or (352) 746-3440.

Studio offers art enthusiasts a unique opportunity. Converse with artists, watch them paint, take your own lessons or simply “hang out” in a one-of-a-kind artistic atmosphere. A different artist will be featured each month, and the gallery walls are lined with works from several local artists including Margaret Watts and Linda Harlow. The free grand opening celebration will take place on Sept. 2 from 6-9pm, and Jack Thursby’s work will be debuted and showcased throughout this and coming months. sabalpalmgallery.com or (352) 351-0646.




While we’re not talking about the season, the 10th annual

MARION COUNTY SPRINGS FESTIVAL is right around the corner!

Visit the Silver River State Park to learn more about Marion County’s fresh water springs. Exhibitors, vendors, speakers and demonstrations make this a fun and educational event the whole family can enjoy. The festival begins at 10am and runs until 4pm. floridastateparks.org or (850) 245-2157.

As part of its signature series, Ocala Civic Theatre will host the musical Chicago this fall. The show’s director and choreographer, Myles Thoroughgood, got his start with The Mickey Mouse Club in 1989. This lucky break has spanned an exciting career in choreography with Disney, Nickelodeon, N*Sync and Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede as only a sampling of his impressive resumé.

What got you interested in choreography? I always loved dance. When I was young, I enjoyed dancing at parties. I didn’t train until I got to high school, where I was actually forced to take dance since it was a requirement. The Mickey Mouse Club was my first professional job. It was quite an education.

Who are your heroes? My heroes are Broadway people—Bernadette Peters— classic performers. They work seven to eight times a week, and there’s no do-overs.

What’s it like taking on both roles as director and choreographer? As director and choreographer, you have more control, but it’s also a lot more responsibility. While the vision may be very

strong and clear in your head, you have to be really secure in what you’re doing.

How is working on a stage production different from working in television? Television is a lot faster. We’d spend maybe two and a half hours on a rehearsal and shoot four takes of a number with different camera angles. Working in television has helped me have a more cinematic approach to the theater.

Want To Know More? For more information on Ocala Civic Theatre’s Chicago production, visit ocalacivictheatre.com or call (352) 236-2274. The musical will be performed September 8-October 2.

THELOCALSCENE BONKERZ COMEDY CLUB (SEPT. 16-17, 23-24) The Ocala Bonkerz Comedy Club will feature a number of performers this month, including Frankie Paul and Chris Johnston. bonkerzcomedy.com or (352) 425-8480. FARMERS MARKET (THROUGH OCTOBER) Circle Square Commons will host an evening farmers market every Thursday

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THELOCALSCENE month at Shalom Park. 9am. (352) 854-7950. ACOUSTIC GUITARIST (SEPT. 3, OCT. 1) Acoustic guitarist John Lawler will be performing at the Brick City Center for the Arts. Doors open at 7:30pm, performance begins at 8pm. mcaocala.com or (352) 369-1500. RACING AT OCALA SPEEDWAY (SEPT. 3, 10, 17, 24) 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. AMERICAN BUSINESS WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION (SEPT. 8) Join the Ocala Express Network of the American Business Women’s Association for a celebration at the Ocala Hilton. abwaocala.com or (352) 529-2003. FIELD OF FLAGS (SEPT. 9-10) Highland Memorial Park will honor those lost in the Sept. 11

attacks with nearly 3,000 flags. The event is free and open from 8am-9pm daily. On Sunday, a candlelight remembrance will take place from 6-9pm. (352) 369-1020. MARION SADDLE CLUB HORSE SHOW (SEPT. 10) The 53rd annual Marion Saddle Club Show Series continues this month at the Ocala Equine Complex. The competition begins at 8am. marionsaddleclub.com or (352) 207-0060. SEPT. 11 REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY (SEPT. 10) A remembrance ceremony will be held at the Marion County Veterans Park at 10am. WILDERNESS FIRST AID CERTIFICATION COURSE (SEPT. 10-11) Byron Kerns Survival School is sponsoring this two-day, 16-hour certification course at the BKSS training facility in Fort McCoy. The course is limited to 25 people, and people Continued on page 104



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The show that made you think you could dance is coming to the Amway Center in Orlando. All of your top 20 dancers from Fox’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE will be showcasing their best tangos, cha chas and hip hop routines. Who was your favorite? Did they win? If not you can see them perform again on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 7pm. You may even get inspired to strap on your own dancing shoes! ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000.


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BALLROOM DANCE PARTY (SEPT. 14, 28) Dancin’ Around Studio will host two social dance parties. Parties are free for currently enrolled students and $12 for guests. danceocala.com or (352) 690-6637. LOCAL CAREGIVERS CRUISE CONTEST (SEPT. 15) The local Home Instead Senior Care Office is sponsoring a five-night, six-day cruise from Jan. 21-26 for an

outstanding caregiver. If you know someone who is an exceptional caregiver, submit a brief story that details why they should be nominated by Sept. 15. homeinstead.com or (352) 622-6447. INDOOR YARD SALE (SEPT. 15-16) The Pioneer Garden Club will host their annual indoor yard sale at the Appleton Museum from 8am-3pm. (352) 236-4888 or (352) 236-1879. SPORT ART RECEPTION (SEPT. 16) Artful Gifts Gallery will host the Sport Art exhibit, which features the work of several local artists. A reception will be held at the gallery from 5-7:30pm. mcaocala.com or (352) 237-3747. SCRAPBOOK FOR BREAST CANCER (SEPT. 16) A night of scrapbooking and other crafts will be held at the Marion County Extension Office. Admission is $5, and no reservations are required. The event begins at 6pm. (352) 732-5982. MOVIE IN THE PARK (SEPT. 16) Come to Tuscawilla Park for the Movie in the Park. This month’s film will be Yogi Bear. Show starts at 8:15pm. ocalafl.org or (352) 629-8444. HOUSE CONCERT (SEPT. 17) This show will feature the music of Calypso Nuts. Potluck dinner starts at 6pm with music from 7-10pm. Email oasisconcerts@yahoo.com for more information. 7TH ANNUAL FLORIDA CRACKER BALL (SEPT. 17) Come to the Sumter County Fairgrounds in Bushnell at 6pm to celebrate Florida’s history and heritage to benefit the Thomas E. Langley Medical Foundation. telmedical.com or (352) 793-5900. 5K AUTUMN RUN FOR AUTISM (SEPT. 17) Hosted by Horizon Academy, the run will take place at Silver Springs nature park. Register

race morning at 7:30am or online. ocalarunnersclub.com. “BE A FAN” BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT (SEPT. 17) The Ocala Palms Golf and Country Club will host a golf tournament for Special Olympics Marion County. There will be a $1,000,000 Hole-In-One Shot for men and women. Tournament play begins at 8:30am. soflmarioncounty.org or (352) 629-5407. FALL HOME AND GARDEN SHOW (SEPT. 17-18) The Marion County Building Association will host this event at the College of Central Florida from 10am-4pm, featuring presentations and displays for adults and children. mcbia.org or (352) 694-4133. 16TH ANNUAL SUMMER’S END FLY-IN (SEPT. 17-18) Ocala Flying Model Club will host this event from 9am-3pm on Saturday and 9am-1pm on Sunday. Tickets are $2 per person or $5 per carload. ocalaflyingmodelclub.com or (352) 553-2627. HEALING HEART (THROUGH SEPT. 18) Over 100 works of art created by individuals who are receiving treatment for a variety of mental health disorders will be on display at the Appleton Museum of Art. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. FASHION SHOW FUNDRAISER AND LUNCHEON (SEPT. 19) The Christian 12-Step Ministry will host this event at the Royal Oaks Country Club. Tickets are $25. christian12step.org or (352) 861-0296 or (352) 208-4261. GOLF TOURNAMENT (SEPT. 23) Childhood Development Services will host a golf tournament at the Ocala Golf Club Municipal Golf Course to benefit homeless mothers and their children. Registration is $65 per golfer or $240 per

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UNITED WAY 50TH ANNIVERSARY VISIONARY MEETING (SEPT. 29) Celebrate 50 years of the United Way in Marion County with this event at the Paddock Mall from 8am-12pm. uwmc.org or (352) 732-9696. KINGDOM OF THE SUN CONCERT BAND (SEPT. 24-15) The Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band will open their 22nd season with Musical Memories at the Marion Technical Institute auditorium. Performances are 2pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday, and this event is free. kingdomofthesunband.org or (352) 624-9291. TRADITION/INNOVATION EXHIBIT (SEPT. 24-NOV. 6) The Appleton Museum will host Tradition/Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Crafts and Traditional Art, featuring handmade artwork of Southern artisans. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. “HOW-TO-BUILD” BOWL-ATHON (SEPT. 25) Habitat for Humanity will host this event at the AMF Galaxy West Lanes from 1:30-4:30pm. Register by Sept. 15. habitatocala.org or (352) 351-4663. HORSE FEVER UNVEILING (SEPT. 29) The newest additions to the Horse Fever herd will be unveiled on the Downtown Square. Contact the Marion Cultural Alliance for activity times and details. mcaocala or (352) 369-1500. SPORTSABILITY OCALA (SEPT. 30-OCT. 1) Water skiing, diving, horseback riding, archery and other activities are scheduled for people with disabilities and their families and friends during this third annual event at the Ed Croskey Center on Sept. 30 and the Carney Island Recreation and Conservation area on Oct. 1 from 10am-3pm each day. This is a free event and open for all ages. fdoa.org or (850) 201-2944.

BREAKING OUT FIRST ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT (OCT. 1) The Summer Glen Country Club will host this event to benefit Breaking Out and its effort to fight human trafficking. Registration deadline is Sept. 21, and the cost is $55 per player. stopsextraffickingnow.org or (866) 323-2649. FALL FESTIVAL (OCT. 1) St. Theresa Church in Belleview will host their fall festival from 8am2pm. There will be food, games, crafts, entertainment, raffles and 50/50 drawings. (352) 245-2458. ABBEY HORSE FESTIVAL (OCT. 1-2) The Abbey Horse Festival and Horse Show will take place at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion. The event will include an all breed horse show, fiddle competition, parade of flags and more, and concludes with a laser light show. Gates open at 9am, and tickets are $10. abbeyhorsefestival.com or (352) 347-1615. GM CAR SHOW (OCT. 1) The 6th Annual All GM Car Show will take place at Silver Springs nature park. Free registration for the first 500 preregistered cars. silversprings.com or (352) 236-1732. JUDAH FEST (OCT. 1) This free event at Tuscawilla Park includes a fish fry, games and entertainment. ocalafl.org or (352) 264-9920.

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