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AFTER SITTING VACANT THE PAST FEW YEARS, THE RHEINAUER HOUSE IS UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT AND WILL SOON BE READY TO OPEN ITS BRIGHTLY PAINTED DOORS TO GUESTS. THE FIVE GUEST SUITES ALL TAKE ON UNIQUE THEMES AND ARE DECORATED WALL TO WALL WITH A VARIETY OF ECLECTIC ANTIQUES AND DECORATIVE NE OF OCALA’S MOST BELOVED INNS IS OPENING ITS DOORS ONCE TRIMMINGS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. GUESTS CAN CHOOSE TO STAY AGAIN. THE SEVEN SISTERS INN, IN SPACIOUS SUITES MODELING THE ORIGINALLY CONSISTING OF TWO GREAT CITIES OF MADRID, PARIS, HOMES, THE SCOTT HOUSE AND THE RHEINAUER HOUSE, HAS BEEN A PART CAIRO, BEIJING OR, FOR THE BOGART OF OCALA’S HISTORY SINCE THE 1890S. FANS, A ROOM DEDICATED TO THE FILM
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Yami, also known as Petite Jamil, brings a unique form of art to Ocala as a professional belly dancer. “I moved to the United States from Venezuela nine years ago, and everyone here has been so supportive of my art form,” she says. Yami’s passion for dance began as a young girl when she fell in love with the dances of her country, including the Salsa and Merengue. Eventually, her passion evolved to include the Middle Eastern dances. Upon moving to Ocala, she began studying under top professionals in her field. Now, she teaches private lessons and performs at area venues, including the Ocala Wine Experience. “It’s a great workout and allows me to express myself,” she says.
Anyone listening to Denise Belanger talk about her son’s life wouldn’t believe her story. Her son, Logan, was born during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Her grandmother was supposed to have been on the flight leaving Logan airport (but fortunately wasn’t), and the nurse who was delivering her son had a brother who was working in the twin towers. “Yeah, it was quite the delivery,” she says. But that day was just the beginning of a long road of struggles ahead for Denise. Logan was born without a heart valve, which doctors didn’t find until he was 3 years old and being treated for a different infection. But Denise and Logan don’t let his ailments get in the way of helping others. “He doesn’t let anything stop him, and he’ll do anything for anybody,” says Denise. This fifth-grade student has already written a book and can’t get enough of monster trucks and the Swamp Brothers. He has to wait until he’s 13 for a surgery on his heart to replace the missing valve with a plastic one, but for the time being, he’s content just being a regular kid.
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Gerri Gerthe has a passion for kids. She, along with 15 family members ranging in age from 2 to 18, is part of a group known as the Purple Doves. They are a “kids helping kids” youth group here in Marion County. “We started with just three girls and grew to 15, with more interested in joining each day,” says Gerri. Along with her group, the Purple Doves have raised funds for many families-in-need with sick children. “We’ve had yard sales, spaghetti dinners, participated in the Relay for Life, made get well cards, you name it,” she says proudly of her Doves’ accomplishments. “Our goal is to grow, not stay local,” she says.
After visiting Ocala in 1997, Karen couldn’t help falling in love with the town she now calls home. “I just love the trees here,” she says. Karen’s life took an unexpected turn when a friend began talking about the Marion County Literacy Council. “You know how when someone is talking about something and it gets your heart racing, well that’s what happened to me,” she says excitedly. And though Karen wasn’t looking for a job, she knew she had to apply for the position of director at the Literacy Council. This year celebrates her seventh year in what she refers to as her passion. Along with literacy classes, GED prep courses and teaching English as a second language, the literacy council also works tirelessly to promote reading. Karen acknowledges that her life would not be the same without books, and it’s her passion for reading that she wishes to share with others.
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A VISIT WITH ARTIST LETA PHELPS Interview by Cynthia McFarland
TAINED GLASS ARTIST LETA PHELPS STUDIED AT TIDEWATER COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN VIRGINIA WHERE SHE FIRST WORKED IN OIL PAINTINGS AND PENCIL DRAWINGS. IN THE EARLY 1980S, SHE TOOK A CLASS IN STAINED GLASS JUST FOR FUN, BUT IN RECENT YEARS, HER INTEREST HAS GROWN INTO A FULL-BLOWN BUSINESS. Why stained glass?
The first time I picked up a panel of glass and saw light coming through, it was magical. That’s when everything changed for me. I first started doing stained glass mostly as a hobby. In 2007, I decided to do it full time. We began hitting the art show circuits in 2009, started a website and it just kept going from there. I really started with the glass when the economy was flat, and I thought, ‘What am I doing?’ But we’ve been very pleased. You’ve heard the cliché, ‘If you want something bad enough and hang in there, it will work.’ Well, it’s true.
How many pieces do you make in a year?
We make easily 40 to 50 pieces a year; more than half of those are for art shows and the rest are commissioned pieces.
Walk us through the process of making a piece of stained glass art.
I work from a photo or from an idea. I’ll make a sketch and then a pattern, which shows where each individual piece of glass goes. I cut the glass with a hand tool, or for more complex pieces, I’ll use a saw. I wrap a thin strip of copper foil around each piece of glass and place it on the pattern. Then, I solder the entire panel, which is what makes it rigid and holds it together, and Rhea (Leta’s husband) makes the frame. We use wood from all over the world, including some beautiful African wood that is so pretty I don’t even want to cut it!”
How does it work with a commissioned piece?
After the client sends a photo, I do a sketch. Once
that’s approved, I make a life-size pattern so the client can put this up on the wall to see if it’s the size they want. Then, I start cutting the glass. The client is extremely involved in the process, thanks to the technology of email. Most of our clients are not local, but at every stage, they’re seeing photographs of the piece, and if they’re in the area, I encourage them to come by and see it.
What’s the most complex piece you’ve ever done?
The elk piece I’m working on now for a client in Colorado. It’s 48x36 inches and will take at least 80 hours.
What has been the most exciting story behind a piece?
I did last year’s Kentucky Derby winner “Animal Kingdom.” I asked permission to do it from the horse’s owner. When he saw the piece, he liked it so much he bought it. I love to capture the intensity and motion of an animal. If you can capture the eyes, you’ve captured the essence of the animal. We use actual glass taxidermy eyes.”
If you weren’t creating art, what would you be doing?
I’m too old to be a professional bicyclist, which I would love to have done, so I’d probably be doing something with animals. I was a practice manager at a veterinary hospital for years.
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The COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA FOUNDATION unveiled a wall of honor in Founders Hall at CF’s Ocala campus earlier this year. The Founders Society Wall of Honor recognizes 65 donors who have given $100,000 or greater to support the College of Central Florida. Nearly $20 million raised by the Founders Society has impacted students, faculty and the community since 1959.
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On May 31, DANIEL GARCIA AND JUAN AND JOSE BATISTA joined forces for the opening of the first international Hispanic supermarket in Ocala. Bravo Supermarkets, located on 1929 SW College Road, offers an extensive range of Hispanic and Caribbean products. Bravo’s policy is achieving customer satisfaction by providing in-demand, hard-to-find products.
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JACK SILVERMAN celebrated his 106th birthday at The Bridge at Ocala on June 1st. Among the guests who attended the party was Mayor Kent Guinn, who presented Silverman with an honorary certificate. The centenarian left Poland and arrived on Ellis Island at the age of 6. Today, the former self-employed electrician utilizes the Internet and still manages his personal affairs and stock portfolio.
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Centerline Homes CEO CRAIG PERRY was named a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Florida program. Craig was selected from nearly 100 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Awards were presented at a special gala on June 14 at the Hilton Orlando. Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs.
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On June 5th, THE CENTERS AND HEART OF FLORIDA HEALTH CENTER celebrated
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FIRST FRIDAY FUN The FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK returns on September 7 as the ultimate opportunity to support Ocala’s pool of creative talent while enjoying the ambiance of our historic downtown. With the management of a steering committee consisting of representatives from the Downtown Business Alliance, Marion Cultural Alliance, Fine Arts For Ocala, City of Ocala and downtown proprietors, the art walk will now have monthly themes, additional indoor gallery space, extended business hours and include performing artists. September’s theme is “The Classics– Sonnets and Whimsy: It’s Not Baroque Yet.” Based off the classical era in performing arts, the public can expect to see a performance by Ocala Symphony Orchestra musicians at Citizen’s Circle, as well as experts from Insomniac Theatre’s production of Macbeth and the Ocala Civic Theatre’s production of The Tempest on the downtown square. The Art Walk will run the first Friday of each month through May 2013. Businesses and artist who wish to participate may contact Melissa Townsend at (352) 401-3900 or firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain registration forms. Please note that the registration deadline is the first of the month prior to the Art Walk event.
Most of Ocala’s residents have noticed the significant facelift occurring to City Hall’s exterior. Upon entering, visitors will find that the interior public spaces have been transformed as well. In addition to fresh paint, new lighting and decorative trim, the first floor and second floor lobby walls are now adorned with art. A selection of work on loan from Fine Arts For Ocala’s permanent art collection adorns the second floor lobby walls and will be on display until November 5. The Ocala Art Group will be installing their exhibition “Art Trails” in City Hall’s first floor lobby on September 5 and will be hosting a public opening reception on Friday,
Downtown Ocala serves as a hub for innovation, creativity and activity. Coupled with its many local business owners and walkability, downtown Ocala has transformed into a primary destination for the citizens of Ocala. CITIZENS’ CIRCLE was conceived in an effort to create a new active center within our downtown where families can enjoy an afternoon, local artists can display their talents and multiple venues and events can be held. Design of Citizens’ Circle began in spring 2011 and was completed in the fall of that same
September 7 from 6-7:30pm in conjunction with the First Friday Art Walk. The utilization of public interior spaces to exhibit public art is part of the City of Ocala’s Art in City Spaces program. A professional gallery hanging system has been installed at City Hall, the Discovery Center and the Recreation and Parks Administration Building. The same system is scheduled to be installed at Citizen Services Center. All spaces will be utilized for the Culture Builds Juried Art Show Series, which is being executed in partnership with the Marion Cultural Alliance.
year. Coupled with the redesign of the former City Hall Plaza was the exterior improvements to City Hall itself. During the design phase of both projects, many ideas were vetted on how to incorporate activity throughout the day, not solely at events. The addition of a splash pad within the park will allow families to reconnect with one another and their city, while being able to listen to bands performing on the newly installed stage. Upon the completion of the design phase, construction began, with the awarded contracts of both Citizens’ Circle and City Hall going to local construction companies, Genesis Construction for Citizens’ Circle and Slack Construction for City Hall. Construction began in spring 2012, and the grand opening celebration took place in late August.
Paint Cans © FikMik; Watercolor Text © Skymax; Hanging Frame © Tatiana Popova; Juniper Springs © J Hindman / Shutterstock.com; Citizen’s Circle © City of Ocala
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he gentleman at the podium wearing the faded orange and white uniform smiled and said, “I can explain… those weren’t my pants.” This unsolicited statement at his first appearance followed my reading of the police report outlining the reason he was arrested: possession of illegal drugs. “Those weren’t my pants.” Sounds reasonable, right? I mean, doesn’t everyone find themselves, at some point in life, unknowingly walking around wearing someone else’s pants? Hasn’t everyone experienced that awkward moment checking out at the grocery store when you realize you’re wearing someone else’s cargo shorts, and there’s a hand grenade in the pocket? In criminal law, “those weren’t my pants” is the equivalent of “the dog ate my homework.” This is just one example of the bizarre statements heard at first appearances conducted in Marion County—and every other county in our state—every morning. That’s Monday through Sunday, January through December, 365 days a year.
Florida law provides that individuals arrested for a criminal offense who are unable to secure their pre-trial release (aka post bail) have the right to appear before a judge within 24 hours of their arrest. Basically, before someone is required to spend more than 24 hours in jail, they have the right to have a judge review the reason(s) he or she was arrested and determine whether the person should be released on bail.
with bank robbery. He requested a lawyer, and I began asking questions to determine whether he met the financial qualifications for the public defender’s office. When the defendant said he wasn’t working, I asked how he was supporting himself—thinking maybe he was living on his savings, such as a 401(k). He looked at me and said with a straight face, “I rob banks.” In doing so, the line between honesty and brutal honesty was crossed and the prosecution’s case against him became much stronger. Recently, I was conducting the first appearance for a 30-something–year-old female who was charged with unlawful sexual activity with a minor. For whatever reason, she felt compelled to say, “He told me he was 18. I guess I need to start asking for ID or something.” Personally, I think “or something” is the better option. So when you wake up tomorrow morning and consider the challenging tasks in front of you for the day, understand another group of individuals are also facing a difficult situation of what to say—or not say—as they appear before a judge at their first appearance. And as you put on your pants, one leg at a time… just make sure they are, indeed, your pants.
IN CRIMINAL LAW, “THOSE WEREN’T MY PANTS” IS THE EQUIVALENT OF “THE DOG ATE MY HOMEWORK.” At the beginning of first appearances, the accused is advised of his or her right to remain silent. He or she is also notified that the proceedings are being recorded. I even remind them a second time not to talk about the allegations and why they were arrested, but some people just can’t help themselves. I often think the black robe causes them to think I’m a priest and the proceedings are a time for confession. Regardless, people say some interesting things at first appearances. I recall a case a few years ago where the accused was charged
Judge Steven Rogers has served as a Marion County Judge for the past seven years. He lives in Ocala with his wife, three children and an extremely spoiled Australian Shepherd.
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A RIDING PASSION OCALA HORSEWOMAN MICHELLE JUST-WILLIAMS PARLAYS A PASSIONATE PURSUIT INTO RIDING SUCCESS. By JoAnn Guidry
petite package of passion, discipline and competitiveness, Ocala horsewoman Michelle Just-Williams has achieved big accomplishments in the saddle— making the March 2011 cover of American Quarter Horse Journal with equine partner Downtown Cool.
This was no small feat, considering the American Quarter Horse Journal is the national publication of the American Quarter Horse Association, whose members rank in the millions. The cover honor was thanks to Downtown Cool, a 7-year-old palomino Quarter horse
owned by Williston horsewoman Diane Adams Simmons, earning AQHA qualifying points in first level dressage, which was followed by him winning the 2011 Adequan/ United States Dressage Federation All-Breed Award. But wait, there’s more. This year, Michelle and Downtown Cool have qualified in second and third level dressage. And the dynamic duo will be competing in the invitation-only 2012 Great American Insurance Group/U.S.D.F. Region 3 Championships on October 4-7 in Fairburn, Georgia. “I am so grateful to have this opportunity to ride a horse like Downtown Cool,” says Michelle, 44. “It’s just been amazing.” A native New Yorker, Michelle describes herself as “that blacksheep, horse-crazy kid in a family of non-horse people.” Her childhood bedroom was decorated in horse wallpaper made from horse pictures she cut out of magazines. “When I was 9, my parents gave me riding lessons at a stable as a birthday present,” says Michelle. “I’ve been riding ever since.” And riding well. During her college years, she competed on intercollegiate equestrian teams and collected a suitcase full of awards. After earning an associate’s degree in animal science at State University of New York Cobleskill, she attended Murray State in Kentucky on a riding scholarship. At the latter, she was named 1990 Hunt Seat Rider of the Year. Michelle graduated from Murray State that same year with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture science. Soon after, she discovered Ocala and a new riding passion: dressage. “I had a cousin who lived in Jacksonville,” recalls Michelle. “Every time I visited him, he’d tell me about the horse country of Ocala. One visit and I knew Ocala was where I wanted to be.”
Soon after arriving in Ocala, Michelle went to a local Arabian horse show that featured dressage. Strictly a hunter/jumper rider to that point, Michelle was smitten “with the complete harmony between the horse and rider” she witnessed in the dressage ring. As fate would have it, she then answered an ad for a job at Charlie and Suzanne Stuart’s Everglade Arabians. Michelle worked her way up from groom to rider to trainer, eventually becoming a full-time dressage trainer and rider for Everglade Arabians. Along the way, she earned the coveted USDF bronze, silver and gold medal accreditations. “I find dressage endlessly fascinating,” says Michelle. “It’s an art form; this amazing communication, this dance, between horse and rider.” As for her partnership with Downtown Cool, Michelle is excited that Quarter horses can now earn AQHA points in dressage, something that only became possible in 2010 after an agreement with the USDF. “This has opened up a whole new avenue for Quarter horse owners,” says Michelle, an all-breed/all-riding disciplines instructor who received her AQHA Professional Horseman accreditation this year and will be featured in an upcoming AQHA “Borrow A Trainer” series. “Quarter horses have such great minds and are truly all-around athletes. I’d love to train more for dressage. I think there’s no limit to what they can accomplish.” The same could be said for Michelle.
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There’s a cornucopia of events awaiting you this fall. Let us make you smile with this guidebook so you’ll be in the know about where to go, what to see and what to do. Read on for exclusive interviews with artists and entertainers whose work you won’t want to miss. BY AMANDA FURRER
THEATER THE PLAY IS THE THING
You’ll cringe, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry as the characters in these productions try to disentangle themselves from their catastrophic situations.
ART VENERABLE VISUALS
Talented artists capture nature, life’s simple pleasures and lovable monsters in this season’s art shows.
FESTIVALS CARS, CRAFTS & COOTERS
Experience our local culture by marking your calendars for these fairs. The end of October will be a festival extravaganza, but we bet you’ll try to visit them all.
MUSIC/DANCE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS
A captivating dance performance, collection of musical tributes and patriotic concerts will cause all your senses to become enchanted and enliven you to get up and dance.
EVENTS OUT & ABOUT TOWN
These are some oldtime favorites you’ll want to catch before the New Year roars in.
Painting by Dana Cook
THE NUCLEAR FAMILY OTHER DESERT CITIES
THE FAMILY MAN ALL MY SONS
Aug. 29-Sept. 23, Hippodrome Theatre, Gainesville
Sept. 12-30, Gainesville Community Playhouse
The Hippodrome Theatre begins its 40th season with Other Desert Cities, one of Broadway’s most acclaimed productions in recent years. The Wyeths’ adult children are home for the holidays, and trouble ensues when their daughter Brooke announces that she has published a memoir. Old wounds are reopened and skeletons come out of the closet as the Wyeths try to move forward or risk disintegration. Other Desert Cities is a witty play with a jaw-dropping plot twist.
Arthur Miller’s masterful play about how a man’s past actions come back to haunt him in a single day is a classic, tragic drama that will dare audiences to empathize with anti-hero Joe Keller. The thriving businessman tries to justify his sin—allowing defective parts to be fitted to air force planes during wartime—as he faces the judgment and shame of his wife and children.
4TH ANNUAL HEALING HEART
thehipp.org or (352) 375-4477
Sept. 7-29, Brick City Center for the Arts
THE ARTIST’S PATH
A truly inspiring and uplifting exhibit, Healing Heart showcases original pieces created by children and adults in the art therapy program. The Healing Heart art
Sept. 6-Nov. 5, City Hall
therapy program has become an outlet for creativity and encouragement for clients. Local professional artists have donated their time as guides in the program. Visitors will witness how artwork can be transformative and instill confidence as they view the pieces and read “the story behind the art.” thecenters.us or (352) 291-5462
A Second Chance
Tea and Crumpets by Sue Primeau. Photo by Mike Kantz of Photo Imagers
Like many of the clients who participated in Healing Heart, Dana Cook, 48, had no experience in painting. Cook has continued her painting despite a busy schedule that includes studying the culinary arts at Withlacoochee Technical Institute. A non-profit educational corporation, the Ocala Art Group promotes the value of fine art in our community by demonstrating how it enriches the culture of our city with classes, workshops and exhibits. OAG’s fall show will feature artwork in all mediums, including acrylic, watercolor, oil, mixed media, pastel, charcoal and sculpture. Discover the quality pieces of local artists by taking the trail that celebrates art. ocalaartgroup.com or (352) 873-1689
WHEN DID YOU PARTICIPATE IN THE HEALING HEART PROGRAM? It was in 2010. I was in The Centers program for recovering women. They brought the art program there. I had never painted a day in my life. It just came naturally to me.
WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE CENTERS AND HEALING HEART? The Centers is a long-term recovery program for alcohol and drug abuse for adult women and men. Healing Heart brought
Painting by Da na Cook
art into The Centers, and it was a great way to get out your inner energy and creativity.
HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN YOU COMPLETED YOUR FIRST PAINTING? I couldn’t believe it. I just couldn’t believe I did that. It was just a really, really good feeling when I left the recovery program. I’m clean and sober today. I continue my art. It’s a wonderful way to express myself, and I feel a great feeling of accomplishment doing it.
gcplayhouse.org or (352) 376-4949
A NAIL-BITING THRILLER DIAL “M” FOR MURDER
Sept. 14-Oct. 7, Sonnentag Theatre at the IceHouse, Mount Dora
Former professional tennis player Tony Wendice marries wealthy Margot who is responsible for Tony giving up his career. When Tony secretly finds out about Margot’s love affair with crime-fiction writer Mark Halliday, he plots a devious plan to have his wife murdered. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as you watch the original play that inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s movie of the same name. icehousetheatre.com or (352) 383-4616
AMONG THE SAVAGES SELF HELP
Oct. 4-14, Ocala Civic Theatre
Self Help will leave you in a fit of laughter as you watch Hal and Cindy
ocalacivictheatre.com or (352) 236-2274
A FABULOUS ART SHOW
Oct. 6 & 7, Ocala Symphony Orchestra, Ocala Breeders’ Sales Auditorium
As a part of the Ocala Symphony’s 36th Subscription Series, the symphony will start the season celebrating American music. Beginning with an overture by Florida composer Evan Kassof, the orchestra will then guide you through Xanadu with the tone poem The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan composed by Charles Griffes. Sonorous music from The Red Violin will follow, and the concert’s finale will include masterpieces by George Gershwin. ocalasymphony.com or (352) 351-1606
DISCOVER FINE ART ON BROADWAY
Oct. 5-27, Brick City Center for the Arts
FAB (Fine Art on Broadway) is a non-profit group of amateur and professional artists in all media. The organization hopes to inspire the public and welcomes new members to take part in their art projects and clinics. A reception will take place on October 5 during the First Friday Art Walk. ocalafab.orbs.com or (352) 274-5755
Matthew Wardell began his tenure as music director and conductor of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra in 2009. Florida born and raised, he completed his master's in conducting at the University of Florida. He also studied at the prestigious Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians in Hancock, Maine. WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE ORCHESTRA?
WHERE DID YOUR LOVE FOR MUSIC COME FROM?
Most people are unaware that we have a professional orchestra. Our concerts are a really fun experience. People can come to just have a good time. It’s not formal; you don’t have to dress up and wear a bow tie and monocle.
I’ve been doing music since I was a kid. I played drums when I was in the middle school band. Eventually, I went on to graduate school and earned my master’s degree. Music has become a part of me.
MONARCHS OF THE SKY BUTTERFLYFEST
Oct. 13-14, Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville
Home of the award-winning Butterfly Rainforest exhibit, the Florida Museum of Natural
History will host its annual ButterflyFest, where visitors can become mystified as they learn about the winged ambassadors
of the natural world. Children can undergo their own metamorphosis by getting their faces painted and donning butterfly wings. Enjoy mesmerizing performances, eat delicious food and watch butterflies take flight. flmnh.ufl.edu or (352) 846-2000
BLESSED TRINITY CARNIVAL Oct. 18-21, Blessed Trinity School
Prizes, rides and button-popping carnival food galore await you at the Blessed Trinity Carnival. Time to warm up your throwing arm for target practice and train your stomach for a smorgasbord of fair food. btschool.org or (352) 622-5808
Fine Art on Broadway A Season For Every Purpose by Linda Reitz. Photo by Sandy Sturms
Photo by Eric Heikkinen
Photo by Kirsten Grace
Savage scramble to hide a potential scandal. The second-rate actors reinvent themselves as gurus after perusing a cliché-ridden self-help book. As the couple becomes revered for their relationship advice, their own marriage ironically unravels. A dead body in the Savages’ study further complicates their situation. You’ll be in good company with the melee of zany characters. Disclaimer: This play contains humorous sexual innuendo that may be offensive to some people.
Photo by Bonnie Blevins
“CRAZY” FOR CLINE TRIBUTE TO PATSY CLINE Oct. 20, Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale
A life cut short but a game changer for women of her time, Patsy Cline set the stage for women in music. Lorri Gill, an Orange Blossom Opry cast member, brings Ms. Cline to life through her incredible performance as the late singer. Gill goes through a timeline of songs and costume changes to reflect Cline’s short but influential career. Joined by the Orange Blossom Opry band, Lorri
PURSUE RIOULT RIOULT Oct. 25, Phillips Center at the University of Florida Performing Arts, Gainesville
UFPA is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an exciting lineup that includes modern dance company
RIOULT. Based in New York City, RIOULT (pronounced “ree-you”) tours nationally and internationally, mesmerizing audiences with sensual performances. Attendees will be in for a treat as they enjoy an evening of four dances, including the crowdfavorite “Bolero.” performingarts.ufl.edu or (352) 392-2787
Dance: “Food for the S��l ” Gill as Patsy Cline is a memorable show that will make you crazy for Cline all over again. obopry.com or (352) 821-1201
As artistic director and choreographer of RIOULT, founder Pascal Rioult has an extremely busy schedule that includes hours of intensive practice from his nine dancers. He took some time out to answer a few of our questions about modern dance and what will happen to audiences when they see RIOULT. Hint: Prepare to be moved.
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I grew up singing in church, and I sang at clubs for my mom in South Dakota. I always liked being onstage. I still sing in church now and do volunteer work singing at nursing homes. It’s something people can connect with and that I like to share.
WHAT OTHER ACTS DO YOU PERFORM? Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette are a few of the tributes I do for shows. I also make character appearances, like Dolly Parton and Susan Boyle. I went shopping
38TH ANNUAL MICANOPY FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL Oct. 20-21, Micanopy
The quiet little town of Micanopy will be bustling this fall with its annual arts and crafts festival.
at the Goodwill and got a really good Susan Boyle dress.
WHY PATSY CLINE? She appeals to such a broad range of listeners. She was an interesting lady who opened a lot of doors for women singers back in the early 60s, a strong lady. I used to sing in a rock band in the 80s. Even when I was listening to rock, I still listened to Patsy Cline. It’s something about her voice; when she sings she feels the message she is trying to get across.
Visit historic landmarks as you browse at approximately 200 displays by local artists and crafters. micanopyfallfestival.org or (352) 466-7026
WERE YOU INTERESTED IN DANCE WHILE YOU WERE A TRACK STAR IN FRANCE? Not at all! It was a big surprise. I liked to dance socially. One day, by chance, I met a professional dancer, and she said ‘Why don’t you come and watch the class?’ Being an athlete, I love to move. I love the physicality. My mother is a pianist and piano teacher, so I also have a great love for music, and the two came together in a great way. It transformed itself from liking to go dance on Saturday nights to dancing on some of the biggest stages in the world.
HAS YOUR DANCE STYLE CHANGED SINCE YOU STARTED YOUR COMPANY? Yes, a lot. Of course, I was more attached to what I used to do. Then,
I found my own way, which was a little more classical and abstract. I’m always looking for a different way of moving and constructing the pieces. It’s very hard for the dancers, but they’re very proficient; they have very high caliber.
WHAT CAN PEOPLE LOOK FORWARD TO WHEN THEY SEE RIOULT? They’ll be moved by the motion and beauty. They get all the senses, except maybe taste. But it’s food for the soul. People should come out moved and changed. It’s for people who don’t know that type of dance.
Photo by Charles Turner O'Neil
WHEN DID YOU START PERFORMING?
Photo by Basil Childers
Lorri Gill has performed as Patsy Cline at the Orange Blossom Opry for almost 10 years. The Opry regular grew up in small town Leola, South Dakota, where she developed her love for singing and performing. Gill, who now resides in Palatka, Florida, cites Cline’s “Fated Love” as her favorite song.
9TH ANNUAL GREAT AMERICAN COOTER FEST Oct. 26-28, Downtown Inverness
For hatchlings, speedy tortoises and old coots, Inverness is putting on the annual Cooter Festival, an event that promises to be a big, countrified bash. The festival kicks off downtown with a Friday night block party featuring
CREAM OF THE CROP Photo by Heather Petrillo & Keirstin Yantis
Oct. 26-28, Castro Farms
After a successful first year, the organizers of the Ocala Pumpkin Run are carving up a monster of a weekend for 2012. The three-day classic car show promises a slew of events that includes the FAST (Florida Auto and Scale Trucks) exhibit, the First Annual Southern States VW Rally and a City Collision Crash Castle; a
Great American Cooter Festi Festival mascot Sunny braved the gators to leave his home for a nice chat. It doesn’t take much for this cooter to come out of his shell. His adopted parents at the City of Inverness helped interpret his responses. WHAT DOES THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL HAVE IN STORE FOR US? There are so many cooteriffic happenings it’s hard to decide
4,000-square-foot covered exhibition space dedicated to automotive body repair and restoration. Live music, free NSRA safety inspections, vendors, food and family activities make for a fun-filled weekend.
THE OCALA PUMPKIN RUN
cooterfestival.com or (352) 726-2611
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MCINTOSH 1890’S FALL FESTIVAL Oct. 27, McIntosh
A joyous event where thousands flock, McIntosh’s fall festival raises money to fund community projects. In the past, the festival has funded scholarship programs, playground equipment installations and other projects to preserve the community. friendsofmcintosh.org or (352) 591-4038
where to begin. There’s the Miss Cooter Fest and Cooter Idol, where contestants vie for those coveted turtle titles. Sunday morning, you’ll need to get the shell out of bed early and join us for the Great Cooter Triathlon at Wallace Brooks Park.
DORA FOR THE EXPLORER 28TH ANNUAL MOUNT DORA CRAFT FAIR Oct. 27-28, Mount Dora
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE FESTIVAL? Admission and parking is free— and that’s important to a turtle, because I don’t have pockets. Unlike other turtles who might withdraw into their shell, my second favorite part of the festival is meeting the humans, especially the little ones. Humans are an interesting species; they change their shell colors a lot. And on Sunday, Cooterween, some of those shell covers can become pretty awesome.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE FALL HOBBIES? Waxing my shell, making “Cootie Catchers” (remember those?), falling off a log.
FAFO’S OCALA ARTS FESTIVAL
Oct. 27-28, McPherson Government Complex
FAFO (Fine Arts for Ocala, Inc.) has made it their mission to promote appreciation of the fine arts and enhance art education in the community. The Ocala Arts Festival upholds this mission by displaying the work of professional artists from across the country. This year’s festival will exhibit the work of 200 artists as well as students’ artwork from Marion County’s public and private schools. fafo.org or (352) 867-0355
Photo courtesy of WhatToDoInMountDora.com
Photo courtesy of City of Inverness
THE TORTOISE AND THE FAIR
Bon Jovi, Journey and Bob Seger tributes. Saturday at Liberty and WalWal lace Brooks Parks will be an all-day celebration with live entertainment, games, turtle races, food, crafts and more. Finally, Sunday will be CooterCooter ween with costume contests.
The streets come alive in Mount Dora as vendors with nimble fingers, calloused hands and creative minds set up shop for the 28th annual craft fair. With over 400 crafters and artists in attendance, the village will be pulsating as the expected 300,000 visitors come to browse, admire and buy handcrafted wares. Come and get a taste of this historic community’s flavor. mountdoracraftfair.com or (352) 735-1191
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Oct. 31-Nov. 4, The College of Central Florida
Long before our present-day sparkling vampires, Bram Stoker’s incarnation emerged in the Roaring 20s in Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston’s stage play adaptation. Become transfixed as you watch John and Lucy Harker try to resist the fanged fiend. You may want to leave the garland of garlic at home, but it wouldn’t hurt to slip on your favorite turtleneck. tickets.cf.edu or (352) 873-5810
Show your support for local businesses, organizations and families when you attend the Marion County Chili Cook-off with an empty stomach. Bring the whole family and cast your vote for your favorite chili. marioncountychilicookoff.org or (352) 895-1648
28TH ANNUAL OCKLAWAHA RIVER RAID Nov. 3 & 4, Grand Oaks Resort, Weirsdale
In March 1865, the Union Army raided plantations east of Ocala, resulting in a battle with Confederate forces near the Ocklawaha River. Witness the reenactment hosted by the 2nd Battalion, Hardy’s Brigade. thegrandoaks.com or (352) 750-5500
OH SAY, CAN YOU SING? “A SALUTE TO VETERANS”
Nov. 3, Marion Civic Chorale, St. George Anglican Cathedral
In honor of America’s veterans, the Marion Civic Chorale will be performing a patriotic-themed concert. The program will include great American music, featuring the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” a Civil War medley titled “The Blue and the Grey” and traditional patriotic anthems “God Bless America” and “The Star Spangled Banner.” If you’re unable to make the date, the chorale will also be performing at the Ocala First United Methodist Church on November 11. marioncivicchorale.tripod.com or (352) 537-8833
Nov. 10-11, Silver River Museum
At this popular annual event, visitors can experience old-time music and historical reenactments portraying North Central Florida living during the 1800s. Live demonstrations include sugarcane syrup making, blacksmithing, quilting, spinning, woodworking and more. marion.k12.fl.us/district/srm/ ocali.cfm or (352) 236-5401
MOVES LIKE JAGGER SATISFACTION: ROLLING STONES TRIBUTE
Nov. 17, Circle Square Cultural Center
Stones’ fans can get their satisfaction this autumn when they come to see the likenesses of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and their
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This will be Matthew Bumbach’s second year conducting the Marion Civic Chorale. Besides practicing for November’s upcoming patriotic series, Bumbach will also be preparing a group of singers from the chorale along with 20 students from CF for a New York performance at Carnegie Hall in February.
supporting cast of performers. The show has toured since 2001 with over 1,600 performance dates to credit. Rock out to 50 years of classic hits by the “World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band.” csculturalcenter.com or (352) 854-3670
FOR THE WILD THINGS SENDAK & CO.: CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATIONS SINCE WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
Nov. 17, 2012-Jan. 20, 2013, Appleton Museum of Art
Prominent author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, who died this past May, left a legacy of treasured works beloved by young and old. In tribute to the brilliant artist, the Appleton is holding an exhibition showcasing original drawings from 34 of some of the bestknown names in children’s book
illustration. Kids, adults and wild things welcomed. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455
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HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERFORMANCES?
Nov. 17, Downtown Square
Our performances are both entertaining and educational. We try to provide background information on some of the music that we are performing so that the audience gains a deeper understanding and connection with the music.
That magical season of scarves, hot cocoa and goodwill unofficially begins with this Ocala tradition. Enjoy food and entertainment as the square becomes illuminated for the wintry season. ocalafl.org or (352) 629-8444
CHAMBERS FALL FARM FAMILY POWWOW Nov. 22-25, Chambers Farm, Fort McCoy
WHO SINGS IN THE CHORALE? The Marion Civic Chorale is made up of 50 auditioned singers. The group is a wonderful blend of students, community members and seniors with a variety of musical training.
The Blue Monster by Christa Unzner
Nov. 3, Southeastern Livestock Pavilion
OCALI COUNTRY DAYS
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MARION COUNTY’S 31ST ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF
This four-day event presents attendees with a lively powwow where visitors can immerse themselves in American Indian singing, dancing, native clothes, storytelling and vendors. chambersfarm.org or (352) 546-2984
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ess than 100 miles from the southern coast of Florida, The Bahamas was the perfect backdrop for Courtney and Brad’s nautical-inspired beach wedding. This was not your ordinary beach wedding, though. Following the morning ceremony, guests were treated to a unique breakfast featuring items like a cereal sundae bar and plenty of fresh fruit. The shipwrecked-style décor featured plenty of blues and greens, not to mention lots of bamboo and rope. The contrast to the soft yellow flowers and greenery lining the tables was stunning. Much of the décor featured DIY projects shared between Courtney and her mom, including the chandeliers made from origami boats and lures! To truly make their wedding an affair to remember, guests were encouraged to bring their bathing suits to change into following breakfast. And why not? Who can resist the emerald waters of The Bahamas? The afternoon and evening were filled with dancing, volleyball, swimming, bocci and plenty of other beach-style fun. And the best part? As a Central Floridian, you have a selection of beaches within an easy drive… no flying or cruise ships required!
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here’s something about a crisp, fall day that has the ability to make people happy. Maybe it’s the changing of the seasons, maybe it’s the upcoming holidays. Whatever it is, it works. The colors of autumn just seem to go perfectly together. And whether you’re planning a family feast, a bridal shower or a one-of-a-kind engagement party like this couple did, the decorative results are awesome.
What would a fall party be without some American classics like the candied apple and apple pie? To add an air of elegance to their party, the bride and groom got creative, using vintage picture frames as place settings. Wood crates were used to add height and interest to the centerpieces, along with plenty of texture-rich items like cinnamon sticks, burlap, pine cones, twine and even lace for a feminine touch.
Photos courtesy of James Linkowitz, James Linkowitz Photography, linkowitzphotography.com Design/styling by Christina Nease, Celebrations At Home, celebrationsathomeblog.com
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his (mostly) DIY wedding features plenty of country charm and personal touches. One of our favorites? The homemade jam favors! Beautiful and yummy. With no set wedding color to limit their creativity, Lauren and Jon opted for a spring palette with pops of brighter hues. Mission accomplished. Just take a look at the vintage quilt that adorned the favor table. The décor in the barn was kept simple with twinkling lights, white paper lanterns and soft, gathered material, making for a very relaxed atmosphere—just what the bride and groom were hoping for. When creating their woodsy affair, the bride and groom opted to use items normally found outside and in nature to add texture and style to their décor. Patio bistro tables with mismatched chairs adorned with simple flower arrangements added an eclectic flair to the couple’s day. Even the cake itself featured chocolate twigs to blend with the country qualities of the wedding.
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f you haven’t visited Etsy, the online marketplace for everything handmade, you’re definitely missing out. If you’re an Etsyholic (like me!), you know that it’s possible to find everything from
it’s all handmade, with some vintage goods thrown in for good measure. Etsy boasts more than 17 million members and 800,000 active shops, and in 2011 alone, sales totaled $525.6 million. Etsy is literally changing the way people buy and sell handmade items, providing a virtual way to support small business. With transactions coming from 150 different countries, Etsy buyers and sellers can be found around the globe. But as it turns out, they might just be your neighbors as well. In the following pages, we’ll introduce you to seven women (and one husband) from in and around Ocala who have started an Etsy shop and found success.
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furniture and party invitations to housewares and children’s toys, and
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fifthgeneration woodworker and the first female in the lineage, DJ Remington grew up in the woodshop watching her father, but it was her husband who turned out to be the inspiration for what is now DJ’s full-fledged career. “My husband is an amazing cook. He once made chicken pilau, which is traditionally stirred using boat paddles for large batches,” says DJ. “I thought this was crazy, so I made a large wooden spoon that he could use instead.” From there, she began replacing her own spoons and utensils and
then making others for friends. Now, three years later, she sells nearly 50 different types of utensils. DJ hasn’t always been a fulltime woodworker, though. With her husband’s support, she quit her job as a secretary to pursue her new career. “My husband talked me into it. And now I take this job very seriously,” she says. “You have to be very motivated to be successful. I’m a one-man band.” Between scheduling and attending shows, updating her website and marketing, DJ somehow finds time to enjoy fishing, camping, scalloping and many other crafts. “I wasn’t necessarily prepared for the success of my business,” DJ says. “But I love my life. My dad keeps the tools working in the
woodshop, and I’m fortunate to be able to visit with my mom every day since we live on the same farm.” DJ’s advice for anyone looking to start an Etsy shop? “Talk to people. Get advice. You have to dedicate a lot of time in the beginning, but there’s so much information out there to make your business a success.” And DJ knows all about success. She won runner-up in Garden & Gun Magazine’s Made In The South Award in the home category in 2010. And much of that success she owes to Etsy. “With Etsy, you know who the money is going to,” she says, “and any time you’re encouraging shopping in America for items made in America, you can’t go wrong.”
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eagan Chaney Gumpert is by definition a work-fromhome mom. With a son who’s 22 months old, a new baby due in a few weeks and a studio in her backyard, she creates mixedmedia sculptures and fused-glass jewelry while trying to maintain a fairly routine and structured setting. Meagan studied studio art at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, and attended the
" Handmade items are a reflection of the makers hand."
University of Florida for her post-graduate work. She moved to Ocala in 2007, had a solo show at the Appleton Museum of Art in 2009 and now sells her art through galleries along the east coast. Etsy is her third highest source of income, mainly using the site as a way for people who are already familiar with her work to shop online. “Etsy has gotten easier to use in the years I’ve been using it,” Meagan says of the online marketplace that launched in June 2005. “If you’re thinking of starting an Etsy shop,
just do it. You don’t have anything to lose.” Meagan has known she wanted to be an artist since before kindergarten. “I have parents who didn’t think I was crazy when I wanted to go to college for art,” says Meagan, smiling. “My parents told me to do what you love and the money will follow.” From her wedding jewelry, which was all handmade, to all of the dishes in her kitchen, Meagan has a love for the unique.
“I like the imperfections of handmade,” she says. “I like to buy things that are handmade and not a commercial creation. I’m not so afraid to use something because it might break, though. My son recently broke his first piece of pottery—just makes room for another dessert plate!”
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"When you buy something handmade, you know iT' s been created with a lot of love and sweat and tears." I t’s the differences between Vicki Ray and Corri Yelken that make this mother-daughter team work so well together. Vicki is definitely the seamstress of the family, while Corri is often found ironing or stiffening the
fabric. Vicki is drawn to more earthy fabric, while Corri usually picks brighter materials. When you put them together, however, they’re a perfect match. “It’s fun to work with my daughter,” Vicki says. “We bring our dogs to work, and it’s very flexible. It allows a lot of freedom in our lives.” “But the best part about working together,” jokes Corri, “is that we never let the other take the blame when something is messed up.” The pair works 35 hours per week making 40 to 95 computer and tablet sleeves, cell phone cases and keychain fobs a week. The shop began with Corri making keychain fobs while attending the University of Central Florida, while Vicki had her own online store, KeetaCollection.com. “Corri’s always been a bit of a tomboy. I taught her how to sew over the phone while she was away at school to make some extra money,” Vicki says.
Vicki, on the other hand, is a natural seamstress, even making Corri’s wedding dress when she got married this past May. “If there’s something you need made, she can look at it and make it,” brags Corri. After graduation, Corri moved back to Ocala, and they eventually combined stores, calling themselves Oh! Koey. “Corri had the cutest way of saying her name when she was little. It came out sounding like ‘Koey,’” Vicki explains of the store’s name. When they’re not slaving away over a sewing machine and iron, they enjoy going to the beach and UCF football games—and most of all spending time together. “It’s important to have simple mother-daughter time,” says Vicki. “Time to shop or just talk… and not work.”
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orn and raised in Miami, Maddie George was tired of the city. So she saved for one year, quit her job in the health insurance business, bought an RV and moved to Ocala in 2009. She’s been making a living selling natureinspired jewelry ever since. “I make OK money, and I’ve had to give up some things,” Maddie explains, “but I’ve come to realize that, for me, less is more.”
Today, she has over 90 items listed on Etsy at any given time and sells her jewelry at the downtown Ocala Farm Market as well as at various craft shows around the region. Her jewelry is made from a variety of materials, including clay; beans and seeds; sea glass; artifacts, such as arrowheads; and even fossilized bones and shark and gator teeth. And it all started, as she says, due to a “weird taste” in her own jewelry.
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“I don’t like stuff from the stores,” Maddie says. “For the jewelry I make, I buy some of my pendants from other Etsy sellers, but I don’t shop at the large craft stores because then my stuff looks like everyone else’s.” In order to find the materials to make these pieces, Maddie isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. “It all starts with me digging in the dirt—and I only dig with permission,” Maddie notes. “I
often dig with a friend who’s an archeologist, and it’s amazing to think that someone touched this very same piece thousands of years ago. And it’s just been sitting there, waiting for me to find it.”
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These six crafty ladies aren’t the only Etsians in and around Ocala. To find other local Etsy sellers, visit etsy.com, scroll halfway down the page and look for the box that says “Ways to Shop” on the left side. Then click on the “Shop Local” link.
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or many artists, inspiration can be found everywhere, sometimes where it’s least expected. For Anna Duhame, inspiration comes from her many hikes in the Ocala National Forest.
“It’s one of the reasons I moved to Ocala,” Anna says. “There’s so much nature here. A member of Etsy since 2006, Anna originally sold glass beads and jewelry through eBay while living in the Melbourne area. After finding out she had fibromyalgia, which made working with the intense heat required in glasswork potentially dangerous, she needed a fresh start. A mother of four, she and her family moved to Ocala in 2011, and she now sells exclusively on Etsy. “After I moved to Ocala, I started making clay beads and realized I liked sculpting larger pieces,” Anna explains. “Nature and animals are my
motivators, so I go on walks and then use clay to create the things I see, whether it’s a pinecone, mushroom or creature from the forest.” It takes roughly a week from idea to finished product, and Anna puts in a minimum of four to six hours of work each day. And with over 700 Etsy sales thus far, it seems her time has been well spent. She is, however, looking forward to the changes, and success, the future might hold for her. “I would like to learn new skills, perhaps learn how to use a potter’s wheel,” she says. “But I’m also very happy where I am—anything else would be a bonus.”
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or Christina Easterling, making newborn crocheted hats started out as a hope, a manifestation of sorts. “It really began when my nephew was born in December 2008 and my husband, Dale, and I were actively trying to have a baby,” Christina explains. “We started out making hats for friends and selling them on Facebook and then opened our Etsy shop in October 2009.” After experiencing some difficulty conceiving, the couple found out this past March that they are expecting a baby boy in November. Christina’s grandmother taught
her to crochet when she was very young, and she had been crocheting as a hobby until just a few years ago. In December 2010, Dale lost his job, and they now work full time selling hats on Etsy, working 12-hour days and making six or seven hats each day. Dale, who didn’t know how to crochet before he found himself unemployed, makes roughly four per day and handles the majority of the shipping, packaging and communication. In total, they ship roughly 30 orders a week. “When Dale lost his job, we had no choice but to keep creating,” Christina explains. “We work five to seven days, and this is it. This is what
feeds the cats. But I’m thankful to be able to stay home and do what I love. Plus, the hats are adorable!” Above all, Christina and Dale love Etsy for the simple fact that each item is unique. “Why buy from some corporation when you can support someone else’s dream?” says Christina. “We put a little of ourselves into each piece. We wish happiness and health to each child that wears something of ours.”
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BY B O NN I E K RE T C HI K
A WEIGHTY ISSUE
STATES W/AN OBESITY STATES PRESENCE OVER 15%
OBESITY PREVALENCE IN FLORIDA
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death. In 1980, 7 percent of children ages 6 to 11 were categorized as obese. That number skyrocketed in 2008 to 20 percent. Today there are 12.5 million children between the ages of 2 and 19 who are classified as obese and predisposed to not only a list of avoidable physical diseases but profound psychological consequences as well.
What if there was a disease out there affecting over 35 percent of the nation’s adult population and 17 percent of the nation’s children? What if the number of people
OBESITY BY THE NUMBERS
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here have been plenty of media discussions surrounding the “obesity epidemic” that’s sweeping across our nation. But what exactly classifies a child as obese? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most accurate measurement for obesity is the body mass index (BMI), which is calculated using a person’s height and weight measurements. The CDC uses growth charts to determine where a child’s BMI falls in relation to other children their age. A child ranging in the 85th percentile (meaning that he or she weighs more than 85 percent of children their age) is classified as “overweight,” while children in the 95th percentile or above are considered obese.
WHEN DID WE START TIPPING THE SCALES?
So what makes obesity an epidemic? The next time you visit an amusement park, shopping mall, restaurant or school, take a look around—you’ll get a pretty good idea of why it’s considered an epidemic. The number of states with an obesity prevalence of 30 percent or more has been steadily increasing in the past decade. In 1990, there weren’t any states with an obesity prevalence over 15 percent. By 2010, 36 states were over 25 percent prevalence, and 12 of these states were equal to or greater than 30 percent obesity prevalence. Florida’s obesity prevalence is currently at 26.6 percent. And that’s obesity, not just being overweight, which carries its own set of hefty statistics. Today’s children are growing up in a society that is overeating itself to
TO BECOME A FULL-BLOWN
OBESE CHILDREN IS DESTINED
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How can a country obsessed with “thinness” and fashion allow their population to fall into the rut of obesity? On television we’re bombarded by ads for pills, potions, elixirs and creams all promising that, with just a few treatments,
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affected tripled in just the last two decades? What if this generation of children were the first predicted to have a shorter lifespan than their parents, and what if this disease was thought to lead to multiple chronic health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease and even certain cancers? Unfortunately, such a disease does exist and is affecting over 12.5 million children and adolescents nationwide. It’s America’s growing problem, and it’s killing our children. The disease is obesity.
the pounds will drop off. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, apparently it is. Lynn Richey R.D., L.D., the senior public health nutritionist supervisor at the Marion County Health Department, attributes this nationwide epidemic among our children to a number of sources. “Lifestyles are different now than they were before,” she says. She cites busier parents, advances in technology and an explosion in portion sizes to be among the top perpetrators. “In many homes now, both parents work and fast food is more common,” she says. Couple that with the availability of food that is in front of us and it’s no wonder eating is on everyone’s mind 24/7. “Everywhere you look there are vending machines, candy and
WHEN “BABY FAT” ISN’T CUTE
It’s a mother’s instinct to provide food and comfort for her child. But what if all that well-intentioned feeding and comforting were slowly killing them instead? Anne Allen, the senior community health nurse supervisor for the Marion County Health Department, has seen firsthand the dramatic changes in children’s weight over the past decade. “We used to focus more on the underweight children, but over the last 10 years, we’ve noticed more and more overweight children,” says Anne. “Obesity is a national epidemic, and Marion County isn’t immune,” she says. Under Florida law, children in grades 1, 3 and 5 are given a “health report card” to take home
with diet and lifestyle changes but only up to a point before the damage becomes permanent. Unfortunately, diabetes is not the only disease obese children face. “I see kids on cholesterol medication, blood pressure medication. These kids have diseases we normally see in 50 or 60 year olds,” says Jenny Martinez, a fellow student health nurse. She points out that these medications may treat the diseases but have other negative side effects, including liver damage. “When you start taking these medications at 8 years old, that’s a long time to be stressing your liver,” she says. And though nurses at the health department are there to help battle the epidemic, they are often met with hostility by defensive parents who, for whatever reason, disregard the report.
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The biggest offenders, in her opinion, are the sugar-laden beverages. And it’s not always soda she is referring to. “Parents think they are doing the right thing by giving their kids juice, but those calories add up,” she says. “Juice has the same amount of calories as soda,” she points out. She says children should only be consuming one cup of juice maximum per day, but kids today are drinking juice, punches, sports drinks and other high-sugar, high-calorie beverages all day long. And once they develop a taste for them, it’s hard to switch back to plain ol’ water. Combine an increased caloric intake with inactivity and you have the perfect recipe for obesity. “Obesity is about calorie imbalance,” says Lynn. “When you
“We are not judging you or your child, we are opening the door for communication and offering resources to help you,” Jenny says. So who’s responsible for the growing obesity problem in our children? The blame game can go round and round. You can blame portion sizes, but no one is forcefeeding anyone. You can blame the advertising media, but no one is forcing anyone to buy anything. “The obesity epidemic is here. We all know about it, and sometimes we laugh about it, but it’s getting worse,” says Jenny. And even though the “fat guy” comedy act, i.e. Chris Farley, John Candy and a multitude of others who have made millions off their generous girths, is something most people will laugh at
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that includes a BMI measurement along with vision and hearing tests. Of the 8,945 children tested during the 2011-2012 school year, 2,039 or 22 percent had a high enough BMI to be considered obese. “The scariest thing about those numbers is that one out of every six obese children is destined to become a full-blown diabetic,” says Lori Ritchie, a Marion County school health nurse. “Type II diabetes is a very expensive disease to control with all of the medications and doctors visits,” she says. Lori notes that there has been a steady rise in the number of type II diabetic students in Marion County schools over the past few years. She refers to the disease as a “silent killer” that can be reversed
AVERAGE OF CHILDREN’S WAKING
take in more calories than you burn, you will gain weight.” The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services calculates that, on average, 25 percent of children’s waking hours are spent watching television and children who watch the most television have the highest incidence of obesity. Time spent in front of the TV also doesn’t take into account hours spent sitting at a desk in school or sitting in front of a video game at home. Even sitting and reading a book is still sitting. And similar to attempting a change from sweet and fruity juices to water, once a child has developed a sedentary lifestyle, it’s not easy to get them off the couch and moving.
sugary drinks,” Lynn adds. “All that temptation puts parents in a bad place,” she says. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, food and beverage advertisers spend between $10 and $12 billion annually on advertising targeted toward children, and research suggests there may be a link between food advertising and the rising obesity trends. In fact, one study found that requests for certain snacks and other food products seen advertised on television came from children as young as 3. Lynn says that, for many parents of picky eaters, a request for food is often met with relief, and parents may purchase items without looking into their nutritional qualities.
without hesitation, the psychological effect obesity has on children is anything but a laughing matter.
HOW TO FIGHT THE FAT
As a registered dietician, Lynn Richey reiterates that obesity is about calorie imbalance. When the body consumes more calories than it burns, it will gain weight. However, she does not promote placing children on a diet with the idea of losing weight. “You don’t want children to diet, and you don’t want them to lose weight because their bodies are growing,” says Lynn. Instead, she will illustrate to parents where their child falls on the growth charts compiled by the CDC. “We want the child to stop gaining weight, so as they grow, they can get back on the curve,”
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time, one hour of physical activity and zero servings of sweetened beverages daily. While this may seem drastic for children and parents who are currently struggling with weight, they should remember that even small steps toward this goal have a big effect. Evelyn J. James, health education supervisor for the Marion County Health Department, has seen the impact the 5210 campaign has had on her 7 year old who has started requesting more servings of fruits and veggies with meals. Evelyn works throughout the community promoting healthy lifestyles and is a big proponent of exercise and physical activity. “You can’t have the nutrition component without the exercise component,” she says.
“People tend to focus on the I can’ts, but I try to get them to focus on what they are already doing and just expand on it,” she says. It can be as simple as going to the park a few times a week or playing a game outside. Evelyn often refers to Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, urging parents and kids to “just move, any way they can.” And for parents who think they are too busy to incorporate one more activity into their day or who ignore the health report cards, Evelyn offers this thought to contemplate: “Think of your children 20 or 30 years from now. If they are overweight and on medication now, they won’t live to be your age.”
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she says, adding that the “growth curve” indicates a healthy height and weight for a child. And she points out that getting back on that curve is going to take some work from the entire family, especially if the parents struggle with weight problems as well. Research indicates that children of overweight or obese parents are more likely to be overweight or obese themselves. But that doesn’t mean with some simple changes the entire family can’t get to a healthy weight. The Marion County school system recently launched the 5210 program, a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program, which promotes five servings of fruits and vegetables, two hours of television and video game
These charts are compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and are used by doctors and dieticians around the country to determine a child’s BMI percentile. The BMI is calculated through scientific formulas using the weight and height of the child. It is then plotted on the graph, and their percentile is determined.
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JUST DO IT—YOU CAN’T AFFORD NOT TO
There are many resources for parents and children who struggle with weight in Marion County. For those who qualify, the WIC program is available through the Marion County Health Department and allows families to work one on one with dieticians. The school nurses are passionate about the plight to combat this epidemic as well and are another great resource for parents looking for direction. And along with dieticians in private practice, the health department offers counseling as well. For those who don’t know where to begin, start by following the advice of First Lady Obama: Just move!
LYNN’S TIPS FOR HEALTHIER EATING
LEAD BY EXAMPLE. If you don’t eat healthy, your kids won’t either. DON’T BUY IT. If junk food isn’t in the house, there is less temptation to eat it. Instead, stock up on fruits, veggies, lean proteins and whole grains. GET IN A ROUTINE. It’s not
always easy, but plan meal and snack times. Don’t let your children mindlessly consume snacks throughout the day. Those calories add up!
BE STINGY WITH THE SECONDS. If your child wants a second helping at dinner, make sure it’s a second helping of vegetables.
TUNE IN AND TURN OFF. Don’t have a TV playing during mealtime, which encourages overeating. Instead, discuss school and your child’s social life and eat slowly as a family. MAKE COOKING A FAMILY EXPERIENCE. Discuss with your
kids new foods they’d like to try, and let them participate in the shopping and preparation of healthy meals.
H2O ALL THE WAY. Get rid of the sweetened beverages, and avoid artificial sweeteners as well. If your child must have flavor in their water, add a small amount of juice to their water.
Not sure where to begin? Here is a list of helpful websites that offer great tips for smarter eating, starting an exercise program, how to calculate your BMI, the WIC program and more.
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And according to the CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION, nearly
40,000 Americans die annually from blood pressure complications. The problem arises in how our kidneys handle sodium, for some people better than others. In those who are particularly salt-sensitive, they retain more fluid, causing an increase in blood pressure. That said, a certain amount of salt in the diet is necessary for our bodies to function best. So how much is enough and how much is too much? The USDA guidelines recommend a daily salt intake of less than 2,300 milligrams for the average person and 1,500 milligrams for those 51 and older, as well as for those of any age in the high-risk groups of African Americans and people with diabetes, hypertension or chronic kidney disease. The CDC estimates that people consume an average of 3,400 milligrams of sodium a day, not including the salt added to food at the table!
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Bread & rolls (7%) Fast food sandwiches (4%) Cold cuts/processed meats (5%) Cheese (4%) Pizza (5%) Pasta dishes (3%) Fresh & processed poultry (4.5%) Meat-mixed dishes/meatloaf (3%) Soups (4%) Processed snacks (3%)
SODIUM ENEMY NO. 1
According to the CDC, bread is the No. 1 source of sodium in our diets! A typical slice of bread has between 100-200 milligrams, while an ounce of potato chips has about 120 milligrams or more. Other baked goods fare no better than bread when it comes to sodium content: whole English muffin (206 mg); biscuit (348 mg); piece of cornbread (428 mg); 6 1/2-inch pita (322 mg). There is a high sodium content in processed baked goods because sodium chloride/sodium bicarbonate is used to get dough to rise, give bread its texture and act as a natural preservative. The latter allowing the products to sit on store shelves for so long, tempting you every time you walk by!
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO SHAKE THE SALT HABIT?
Eat less processed/prepackaged/fast foods. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Don’t use salt during cooking. Use more spices and herbs for seasonings. Read labels for sodium content. Toss the salt shaker.
Sources: CDC, American Heart Association, USA Today, experiencelife.com
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E. COLI: Associated contaminated foods include uncooked beef (especially ground beef); unpasteurized milk and juices (fresh apple cider); raw fruits and vegetables; water.
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People with weakened immune systems (cancer; HIV/AIDS; diabetes; organ transplant patients; kidney disease)
Cook foods, especially leftovers or ready-to-eat foods, until steaming hot
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LISTERIA: Associated contaminated foods include cold cuts/ luncheon meats; poultry; soft cheeses made with unpasteurized milk; smoked seafood; packaged salads, such as ham, chicken, seafood.
Number of deaths each year in the United States caused by foodborne illnesses, according to the CDC.
» Store food in refrigerator (40°F or below)/freezer (0°F or below). » Cook raw meat (beef/ poultry) to safe minimum internal temp of 165°F using food thermometer.
» Maintain hot cooked food at 140°F or above. » Reheat cooked food to 165°F. » Avoid eating raw or undercooked meats and eggs. » Avoid unpasteurized milk, juice or cider.
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Associated contaminated foods include raw or undercooked eggs, poultry and meat; cheese and seafood; unpasteurized milk and juice; raw fruits and vegetables.
DANGER ZONE: Bacteria multiply rapidly between 40°F and 140°F.
» Do not thaw foods at room temperature; thaw them in the refrigerator. » Do not refreeze food once it has been completely thawed. » Wash raw vegetables and fruits thoroughly.
» Wash your hands, cut cutting boards and knives thoroughly before and after every use.
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Can be a sign of a lack of protein, essential fatty acids and iron.
WHAT TO EAT Lean beef; eggs; omega 3-fatty acids foods, like salmon and sardines; nuts and avocados; iron-rich foods, such as liver and shellfish (oysters, mussels, clams)
AND INADVERTENTLY CUT BACK ON GOOD NUTRITION. GIVEN ENOUGH TIME, THAT WILL SHOW UP IN PHYSICAL SIGNS LIKE HAIR LOSS.” WHILE SUPPLEMENTS ARE ONE WAY TO ADDRESS NUTRITIONAL DEFICITS, MENA PREFERS “A WELL-ROUNDED, WHOLE-FOODS DIET.” THEN, JUST FOR A LITTLE EXTRA BOOST, TAKING A “GOOD MULTIVITAMIN/MULTIMINERAL SUPPLEMENT WITH NO MORE THAN A 100 PERCENT RDA.” HERE’S A LOOK AT SOME COMMON PHYSICAL SIGNS OF NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES, WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT THEM AS WELL AS SOME KEY VITAMINS AND MINERALS VITAL TO YOUR HEALTH.
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CRACKING/INFLAMMATION AT CORNERS OF MOUTH Called angular cheilitis, can be a sign of either riboflavin (B2) or iron deficiency.
WHAT TO EAT Milk, bread products and fortified cereals
Could be a sign of iron or B-vitamin deficiency.
WHAT TO EAT For iron, lean beef, eggs, beans and lentils; B-vitamins are found in beef, poultry, fortified cereals and whole grain breads
Called koilonychia, the nail curves up from the nail bed like a spoon and can be a sign of iron-deficiency anemia; you should get tested by your doctor if you have this condition, and you may be prescribed iron pills.
WHAT TO EAT Iron-rich foods, such as beef, liver and shellfish
Could be a sign of vitamin A deficiency; if persists, get an eye exam.
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ETTLEBELLS, WHICH RESEMBLE CAST-IRON CANNONBALLS WITH HANDLES, CAN PROVIDE ONE OF THE SIMPLEST AND YET MOST EFFECTIVE WORKOUTS. THE CENTERING OF THE KETTLEBELL’S
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“I love using kettlebells with my clients,” says Jennifer Tuten, a
certified personal trainer and training coordinator with Brick City Health & Fitness. “They’re a good break from using traditional weights, and they really give you a great overall workout. But it is very important to get expert guidance before trying kettlebells so you use them correctly.”
Those new to using kettlebells should begin with a low to moderate weight (15-35 lbs. for women; 35-55 lbs. for men). Start with one exercise, and do as many repetitions as possible in a 10-minute time frame without putting the kettlebell down.
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» Then, keeping your » Stand with feet back flat and arms shoulder-width apart, straight, stand up and centering the kettleswing the kettlebell bell slightly in front upward until of you on the floor shoulder height. between your feet.
» Look forward, » Stand with feet and squat back shoulder-width apart; down, lowering the toes turned out at kettlebell. about 45 degrees.
» Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, toes turned out about 45 degrees.
» Place the kettlebell between your feet.
» Place the kettlebell on floor between your feet.
» As the kettlebell’s » Grab handle with momentum goes both hands (palms downward, bend facing downward), your knees and and squat until thighs squat as you swing are nearly parallel to between your legs. floor. » Hike the kettlebell backward slightly between your legs.
This is one rep/ continue for 10 minutes.
Works abs, hips, glutes, quads and hamstrings
» Squat down, and grab handle with both hands, palms facing downward. » Push heels firmly into floor and stand upright, keeping arms extended downward and back straight.
Works shoulders, back, arms, hips, glutes and hamstrings
This is one rep/ continue for 10 minutes.
» Grab handle with both hands, palms facing downward, then quickly stand, bringing the kettlebell up to chest height as you slide hands down the sides of
the handle, bringing elbows in and down as you push the kettlebell straight over your head. » Lower the kettlebell back down to your chest, return to grip in middle of handle and lower the kettlebell to starting position between feet. This is one rep/ continue for 10 minutes.
Works shoulders, backs, hips, glutes, inner thighs and hamstrings
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LISTEN TO YOUR LEGS They might be telling you something you need to hear about your heart.
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ARE YOUR LEGS TRYING TO TELL YOU SOMETHING? PAD – Peripheral Arterial Disease – is a condition characterized by restricted blood flow to the arms and legs, though it manifests most often in the lower extremities. A diagnosis of PAD means the blood vessels that carry vital oxygen and nourish the muscles and structures of the leg have been damaged in some way, usually through a build-up of plaque in the arteries (atherosclerosis). Pain, nature’s elegantly efficient alert system, tells us when something is wrong somewhere in the body. It speaks volumes to us when it occurs in our legs. The signs may be subtle at first – a persistent numbness or tingling in the foot or toes. Later, we might begin to notice a painful throbbing in the calves or thighs if we sit for too long. Sometimes when we exercise, go for a walk or climb some stairs a recurring sharp stab tries to tell us something is just not right. The good news? Pain has alerted us to a problem we can now begin to address. The bad news? Only 20 percent of persons with PAD
will ever feel that persistent or intermittent pain (called intermittent claudication). There are several reasons. Some may simply have a high pain tolerance and just “push through the pain.” Others may have damaged nerves, most often from diabetes, that make it impossible to feel any pain. Still others may live a lifestyle that never stresses the legs enough to ever cause pain in the first place. For all those people who experience no pain, their legs may still be talking to them, but in different ways. Legs that constantly feel “heavy” or weak could be showing symptoms of PAD. Feet or toes that are constantly cold or numb are exhibiting classic signs of PAD. Difficulty walking or balancing and sores that take a long time to heal are also symptoms. PAD has progressed to a more advanced stage when there are actual changes to the skin that become visible. Discoloration is a primary warning sign. Constant redness, feet or toes that turn a dusky blue or even black are warnings that cannot
be ignored. Skin ulcers that refuse to heal are another. What do you do if you suspect your legs or feet are trying to tell you something? Let the experienced medical technicians and certified physicians at ICE translate for you. A few simple tests, most of them painless and noninvasive, can help determine right away how healthy the blood vessels in your extremities really are. Our doctors will assess your contributing lifestyle factors – smoking is the number one risk factor for PAD. We’ll begin by testing blood pressure, cholesterol levels and glucose for diabetes. Comparative pulse and blood pressure checks on different areas of the body help point up variations in blood flow. An ankle-brachial index test (ABI) will indicate how narrow your arteries are and assess the flow of blood through them. A Doppler ultrasound may be prescribed as an alternative to an API. If warranted, more sophisticated tests may be
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“I began having problems with my left foot. It hurt all the time, got numb and discolored. I couldn’t stand the cold and my shoes hurt. “I met with Dr. Sheila Noroozi at Family Foot and Ankle in Ocala. Told her I had just trimmed my toenails and maybe that was the problem. She said that wasn’t it and we had to do something or I could lose my foot. Dr. Noroozi immediately referred me to Dr. Qamar at ICE. I didn’t even have insurance and that really worried me. He said for me to relax and don’t worry. The most
used such as a Magnetic Resonance Angiogram (MRA) or Computerized Tomography (CT) Angiography. If the presence of PAD is confirmed, Dr. Asad Qamar and his team of medical experts at ICE can begin treating the condition to head off any further damage and start the healing process. Angioplasty, catheterization and stents put in place to widen arteries and increase blood flow are just some of the procedures Dr. Qamar may call upon to help reverse the effects of PAD. Beyond merely diagnosing PAD, the tests you undergo at ICE may ultimately have an even greater impact on your overall health and welfare. If the presence of PAD is confirmed, it is often the first warning sign your body gives you that you have an increased risk of coronary artery disease, stroke or heart attack. Are your legs trying to tell you something your whole body needs to know? Listen to them and let ICE be your first step on a journey to a much healthier, more enjoyable and longer life.
important thing was for me to get better. “They did Doppler studies on both my legs and an arteriogram. Results showed I had no pulse in my left leg and my right leg was minimal. Dr. Qamar put stents in both my legs, first the left and then the right, to improve blood flow. “It’s been several months now and oh man, I can put my shoes on! Even my church shoes I couldn’t wear before. My pain and numbness are gone. My color is back. Thank the Lord I can walk without pain. I want to thank Dr. Noroozi for being a good foot doctor. If it wasn’t for her, I never would have met Dr. Qamar. And Dr. Qamar? I just can’t thank him enough for all he’s done for me.”
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with Dr. Sheila Noroozi and Dr. Shannon Floyd of Family Foot and Ankle in Ocala. Dr. Noroozi: “It’s also important to educate people. We explain what’s going on and what they themselves can do to improve things. How common is PAD among the patients you see? Dr. Noroozi: “As far as PAD is concerned, I’d say about 20% of the patients we see will be diagnosed with some degree of PAD”
Dr. Noroozi: “When we want to know more we’ll order a work-up. Then a vascular technician will do an in-office arterial Doppler study, take segmental blood pressures. Once we get results from those tests it’s relatively easy to diagnose.”
Dr. Floyd: “Sometimes we see patients who complain of cramping or heel pain. Or they think they have tendonitis. But it ends up being something a little more serious.”
Are incidences of PAD getting worse? Dr. Noroozi: “It’s being diagnosed more, certainly. Diabetes continues to be a problem. Obesity is on the rise.”
What are the symptoms of PAD? Dr. Noroozi: “About half of our PAD diagnoses have pain, burning sensations or numbness. But the other half are non-symptomatic. We only discover their PAD after doing a work-up for something incidental like bunions.”
Dr. Floyd: “We see longtime smokers, even after they’ve been smoke-free for years, damage from that is irreversible.” How do you treat P.A.D? Dr. Floyd: “If symptoms are severe we’ll refer them right away to a cardiologist. But if medication can alleviate their problem, we’ll refer them to their primary physician.”
Dr. Floyd: “We find out about the usual lifestyle culprits smoking is a big one. Blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes is very big, family history....”
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When is it time to call in a cardiologist? Dr. Noroozi: “There’s no one test result, or reading. We had a patient who complained that his pinky toe hurt when he wore shoes. We ran some tests. Sent him right over to ICE and Dr. Qamar. He had bypass surgery within a couple days.” Dr. Floyd: “I think it was a triple bypass. Dr. Qamar saved that man’s life because of a bone spur on a pinky toe.” Why is ICE so important to this community? Dr. Floyd: “Having ICE and Dr. Qamar here saves limbs and buys our patients time. It’s as simple as that.” Dr. Noroozi: “Our patients are like family to us. We’re called Family Foot and Ankle for a reason. We know Dr. Qamar will see them immediately if we ask him to. Time is of the essence with a vascular problem. Dr.
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Qamar understands that like no one else.” What’s the prognosis for someone diagnosed with P.A.D? Dr. Noroozi: “Early diagnosis is key. You can usually get a pretty favorable result. And Dr. Qamar is great. Depends where the blockage is, but he can open up the smallest blood vessels where other doctors have told our patients it can’t be done.” Dr. Floyd: “Ditto. All that. Early detection is critical. Don’t wait until your toe turns black to come see us.” If you could say one thing to people about the health of their legs and feet what would it be? Dr. Floyd: “Check your feet. Check your feet. Check your feet. See a podiatrist once a year.” Dr. Noroozi: “It’s never too late to do something positive for yourself - lifestyle changes especially. Don’t procrastinate. See a doctor. See a specialist. That’s what we’re here for.”
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Eat an apple with melted dark chocolate. An unpeeled apple will help you stop feeling rotten because it is full of antioxidants, which protect dopamine cells from damage. Chocolate also increases dopamine production—another good reason not to pass up chocolate!
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OU CAN TURN THE TABLES BY HAVING YOUR FOOD DICTATE YOUR MOOD INSTEAD OF HAVING YOUR MOOD DICTATE YOUR FOOD WITH THESE HEALTHY SNACK CHOICES.
NA E ATINGGTHUT WAY T HE R I E’VE ALL HEARD OF THE MANY HEALTH BENEFITS OF EATING FISH, BUT HOW IT’S PREPARED CAN TAKE YOUR MEAL FROM HEART HEALTHY TO ARTERY CLOGGING IN A SNAP. WHETHER YOU PREFER YOUR TUNA SALAD AS A HOT TUNA MELT, SPREAD ON CRACKERS OR STUFFED IN TOMATOES, THIS LUNCHTIME STAPLE CAN COME WITH A HIGH CALORIC PRICE.
WHAT’S IN TRADITIONAL TUNA SALAD? CANNED TUNA: Tuna is a great source of protein and is low in fat. Opt for tuna packed in water. A five-ounce can contains about 100 calories, 2g of fat and 20g of protein. If your salad is made from tuna packed in oil, add 60 calories and 6 additional grams of fat. CELERY: Celery consists of mostly
water, and the small amount used in most tuna salad recipes adds only a negligible amount of calories.
MAYONNAISE: And here is where this potentially healthy meal goes down the drain. A little bit of mayonnaise won’t hurt, but many recipes call for a lot more than a dab, and many commercial restaurants’ tuna sandwiches contain some of the highest fat and calorie counts on the menu. One tablespoon has a whopping 110 calories, 12g of fat and 3g of saturated fat. Factor in that most recipes call for much more than one tablespoon, add some cheese, bread or crackers and your lunch just became a calorie catastrophe!
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HOW TO MAKE IT HEALTHY » Stick with low-sodium tuna packed in water. » Swap out mayonnaise for low-fat yogurt. » For added flavor, try Dijon mustard, lemon juice or relish. » Fill it up with diced veggies like celery, onion, carrot and sweet peppers. » Swap out bread and try lettuce cups or whole wheat crackers.
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Peachwave Frozen Yogurt has quickly become a customer favorite with its self-serve treats since opening in January. Located near the new Publix in the Park View Commons plaza on Maricamp Road, Peachwave offers 16 flavors at all times. No-sugar-added, low-fat and lactose-free frozen yogurts are available in addition to the traditional ones. With at least 50 different toppings to choose from, foodandmore / Shutterstock.com you’ll find everything from the expected hot fudge and caramel to more unusual toppings. Create your own sweet concoction by mixing and matching yogurt and toppings, then head to the cash register to get your dish weighed and pay 42 cents per ounce (plus tax). 3035 SE Maricamp Rd., Ocala (352) 694-0978 peachwaveyogurt.com
Tony’s Bar & Grill promises to be one of the coolest new places to hang out in Ocala. Having just opened in the building that once housed Posh, Tony’s (owned by Tony Li of Tony’s Sushi), features 40 beers on tap, billiard tables and 32 televisions. General Valentyn Volkov / Shutterstock.com Manager Jason Luke and Chef Rick Alabaugh have also cooked up an impressive 80-item menu. Open for dinner seven days a week and also for lunch on
Friday-Sunday. Bring your meal receipt from Tony’s Sushi to Tony’s Bar & Grill (or vice versa) within two days and you’ll get a free 16-ounce tap beer. 2711 SE 27th Ave., Ocala (next to the Regal Hollywood 16 Cinema) (352) 390-8188
The Lunchbox opened April 9 in the old Mojo’s Grill location at the corner of 1st Avenue and Fort King Street, serving breakfast and lunch seven days a week. Breakfast items include all the expected favorites, from pancakes and eggs to French toast and enormous Belgian-style Susan Stevenson / Shutterstock.com waffles. From Philly cheesesteaks to the classic BLT, there are numerous lunch options. You can order breakfast or lunch any time, so if you’re craving a burger at 7:15 in the morning, The Lunchbox has you covered. Torn between breakfast and lunch? Try the “White Elephant,” a bacon cheeseburger in the middle of a Tas-T-O donut. Open 7am-2:30pm. 103 SE 1st Ave., Ocala (352) 512-0252 thelunchboxocala.com
Apple Bar & Grill opened on April 29 in the former “Pinstripes” restaurant inside the Ramada Inn. If some of the menu items look familiar, it might be because you enjoyed them at the Big Apple Eatery in the past. “When they
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hen you’re looking for some ﬁnger-licking good BBQ and a laid-back, comfortable setting, Shane’s Rib Shack is the place to go. This family-oriented restaurant serves up some of the most delicious lip-smacking ribs and ﬁxings in town. “Our ribs are incredible, the meat practically falls off the bone and is so tender you can eat it with a plastic fork,” says owner Kristen Keene. The BBQ is always slow smoked, chopped by hand and served with Big Dad’s Secret Sauce. Along with their famous smoked wings and a full line of traditional BBQ sides, Shane’s also serves tasty sandwiches and sumptuous dinner salads and even has a gluten-free menu. “Our food really does stand out and our peach cobbler is an award winner,” says Kristen, adding that Shane’s offers catering for any event. “We have some great menu items for the upcoming tailgating season, and we can cater anything from large weddings to small events,” she says. Shane’s catering can supply everything you need at your most elaborate bashes to the most intimate of events. Because, as Kristen says, “who doesn’t love BBQ?” And while Shane’s is famous for their tantalizing menu, they are also known for their community-oriented efforts throughout Marion County. “We believe in giving back to the community,” says Kristen. Shane’s has been a part of several fundraising events, including those in support of Kimberly’s Cottage and The American Cancer Society. They also host “Spirit Nights” and youth group functions and have provided food for after-school activities.
“We’re family-oriented and like to be involved with our area’s youth,” says Kristen, a mother herself. With their passion for serving up delicious food and their emphasis on giving back to the community, it’s no wonder Shane’s Rib Shack is quickly becoming one of Ocala’s top dining spots.
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HETHER YOU’RE A BUSY MOM-ON-THE-GO OR SINGLE GAL WHO’S COOKING FOR ONE, AT SOME POINT IN THE DAY, YOU’VE GOT TO ASK YOURSELF “WHAT’S FOR DINNER?” THANKS TO TODAY’S MEAL PLANNING APPS AND WEBSITES, YOUR WEEKLY MENU IS A SNAP TO WHIP UP! WHETHER YOU’RE LOOKING TO EAT LIGHTER, ADD SOME VARIETY, FIND THE BEST BARGAINS OR ARE COOKING FOR AN ARMY OF HUNGRY TEENAGERS, WITH THE HELP OF THESE APPS, EVEN THE MOST NOVICE OF COOKS CAN LOOK LIKE A MASTER CHEF!
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CHAIN EMAIL FROM THE EARLY 2000S CREATED A CANCER SCARE WHEN AN ALLEGED JOHN HOPKINS UNIVERSITY NEWSLETTER CLAIMED MICROWAVING OR FREEZING WATER IN PLASTIC BOTTLES RELEASED CANCER-CAUSING AGENTS, SUCH AS DIOXIN AND DEHA. THE MESSAGE QUICKLY EVOLVED INTO AN OUTCRY AGAINST ALL PLASTIC, WARNING PEOPLE ABOUT DRINKING FROM WATER BOTTLES OR KEEPING FOOD IN PLASTIC CONTAINERS. IN 2007, JOHN HOPKINS HOSPITAL OFFICIALS DECLARED THE CONTENTS OF THE EMAIL INVALID AND NOT RELEASED BY THEIR ORGANIZATION. BUT DON’T LET OUT THAT SIGH OF RELIEF JUST YET! WHILE THE FDA STATES THERE’S NO EVIDENCE PLASTIC CONTAINERS CONTAIN DIOXINS, THERE IS STILL THE INEVITABLE TRANSFER OF BISPHENOL-A (BPA) AND PHTHALATES, WHICH CAN DISRUPT HORMONE FUNCTION. FOLLOW THIS ADVICE TO DECREASE YOUR EXPOSURE.
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Most takeout containers, water bottles and plastic tubs or jars (the kind margarine, yogurt and mustard come in) are not microwave safe.
Instead of using plastic wrap, which can melt if it touches food, cover the container with wax paper, kitchen parchment paper or a paper towel.
If you’re unsure if a container is microwaveable, transfer food to a glass or ceramic container labeled microwave safe.
USE THIS GUIDE AS A DECODER FOR THE NUMBER SYSTEM, WHICH TELLS YOU THE TYPE OF PLASTIC THE BOTTLE IS MADE OF, ON THE BOTTOM OF PLASTIC CONTAINERS: #1 (PET OR PETE) are generally regarded as safe. If there is any risk from reuse, it probably comes from bacterial contamination. The bottles’ narrow necks make them hard to clean.
#2 (HDPE), #4 (LDPE) & #5 (POLYPROPYLENE) plastics are generally regarded as safe.
#3 (PVC) & #6 (STYRENE) plastics pose health risks and should be avoided.
plastic is usually polycarbonate and contains BPA and are not recommended for storing food or beverages.
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A Great Ocala Tradition
or many Ocalans, it’s hard to remember a time before our local Paddock Mall came into existence, and for as long as it’s been around, one staple has always been the store you can smell from Sear’s to Macy’s that sells the best cookie cakes in town: Great American Cookies. Offering patrons double doozies, sugar cookies, brownies and elaborately decorated chocolate chip cookie cakes, no trip to the mall is complete without stopping by this long-beloved store for a mid-shopping treat. Sure, there was a time when kids had to settle for plain ol’ chocolate chip-less birthday cakes, but those bleak days are long gone. As ice cream shops, gourmet dog treat bakeries, toy stores and even calendar stores came and went, Great American Cookies hasn’t budged for over 30 years.
“We are the home of the original cookie cake, and we’ve been serving Ocala since the mall opened with great products, service, quality and freshness,” says Franchisee John A. Lombardi. Starting at a mall in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1977, Great American Cookies has grown to be a franchise present in over 300 locations across the country, says John. With home-style cookies and treats freshly baked each day, it’s hard to resist the sumptuous scent, not to mention the great deals available all year long. Currently, you can buy any three of the same kind of treat and get the fourth one free. “Our No. 1 seller is the chocolate chip cookie, followed by sugar cookies and the red velvet brownies are our most popular brownie,” says John. Great American Cookies is perfect for a sweet tooth or a celebration, but it’s also concerned with giving back to the community. This year marks the store’s third year donating to the Annual 5K Run for Autism September 15 at Silver Springs.
Joseph & John Lombardi
As a U.S. Navy veteran, John is also passionate about supporting our troops, and the store often works with Operation USO Care Package for deployed military personnel and donates a portion of online patriotic cake proceeds to the Yellow Ribbon Fund. Great American Cookies is also teaming up with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for Light The Night, an evening walk raising money for those who struggle with or have passed from cancer.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect sweet main attraction for your next soirée or simply need to satisfy a craving while traipsing around the mall, Great American Cookies has got you covered. Great American Cookies 3100 SW College Rd #154, Ocala (352) 237-2557 greatamericancookies.com facebook.com/ greatamericancookies twitter.com/gr8amcookies
Carmela’s Italian Restaurant 12169 S Williams St, Dunnellon / (352) 465-1818 / carmelas1.com Sunday Breakfast Buffet or Menu 8:30a-2p / Mon-Fri 8:30a-9p / Sat 4-9p Whether you have a craving for traditional Italian lasagna or juicy steak, Carmela’s is the place to go. With 31 years of culinary experience in New York and Florida, Chef Ralph knows how to get those taste buds singing. Soups and sauces are all made fresh daily. Our Grouper Francese, Steak Italiano, Shrimp Angelina, Prime Rib, Escargot and Fisherman’s Platter have made us People’s Choice for two years running. Come in for our breakfast, lunch and dinner menu.
“Carmela’s: Where friends and family meet” Catering: small or large parties
A HEALTHY MEAT SANDWICH ISN’T BALONEY
THE MEATY DETAILS: BOLOGNA: This blend of pork and beef offers more protein than an egg and is a good source of iron. It’s not a rich source of vitamins and minerals. Eat on 100% whole grain bread and with veggies for added nutritional content. HAM: This lean
deli meat is low in fat and cholesterol and is a good source of minerals. Ham contains the antioxidant manganese and also provides traces of vitamins B, C, D and E. Be on the lookout for low-fat and sodium-free varieties.
PASTRAMI: A cured, spiced beef, pastrami is a good source of iron. It also contains zinc and is a good source of vitamin B12, niacin and selenium. Containing almost no carbs, pastrami is high in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. Eat in moderation.
ROAST BEEF: This
tender cut of beef is a good source of protein and iron. Roast beef contains a significant amount of potassium and is high in sodium. Some processed varieties contain sodium nitrate, which is carcinogenic, so look for sodium nitriate-free varieties.
SALAMI: This typically spicy pork sausage contains a significant amount of potassium but is high in fat, sodium and contains sodium nitrate. Look for varieties low in calories and fat. TURKEY: The healthiest choice as far as lunch meats and sandwiches are concerned, turkey is lower in calories, fat and sodium than other cold cuts and has a higher percentage of protein compared to ham, pastrami and salami.
closed, we acquired their staff and recipes,” says General Manager Diane Long. Although known for marco mayer / Shutterstock.com their incredible lasagna and phenomenal pizzas, Apple Bar & Grill also has an array of pasta dishes, burgers, wings, subs and more. There’s a full bar in a separate room from the dining area with live entertainment coming in the future. Open for lunch and dinner at 11am. MondaySaturday. Closed Sunday. 3810 NW Blitchton Rd., Ocala (352) 622-7799 ocalaapple.com
OLD CUTS ARE A FAVORITE SANDWICH FILLER, BUT HIGH-FAT, HIGH-SODIUM AND—YIKES!—CARCINOGENIC INGREDIENTS HAVE BEEN MAKING MEAT-LOVERS GO COLD TURKEY—WITHOUT THE TURKEY. BUT YOU CAN ENJOY THAT DELI SANDWICH BY CHOOSING HEALTHIER MEATS AND CHECKING LABELS FOR LOW-FAT VERSIONS.
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Pavarotti’s Pizza & Restaurant has locations in Dunnellon and Ocala, with the Ocala site celebrating its third anniversary this year. Located not far from Publix in the Canopy Oak Plaza near On Top of the World, Pavarotti’s opens at 11am for lunch and dinner every day. They serve Komar Maria / Shutterstock.com pizza pies and many classic Italian entrées, including Chicken Scarpariello and Veal Marsala to Lobster Ravioli and Seafood Fra Diablo. Patrons love the specials, including Monday night All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti for $6.99, Tuesday’s 16-inch cheese pie for $6.99 and Wednesday’s 10 wings for $4. 8075 SW SR 200, Suite 101, Ocala (352) 291-9424 Continued on page 88
Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse 3405 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-3151 Mon-Thu 11a-10p / Fri & Sat 11a-11p / Sun 3p-10p With abundant menu choices and over 100 off-menu rolls, you certainly won’t run out of options at Tony’s Sushi. If you can’t decide, the wait staff is excellent at suggesting items you’re sure to enjoy. Every roll and sushi dish is made to order from the freshest ingredients. In the steakhouse area, highly trained chefs make for a memorable meal as they cook on the tableside grills, preparing chicken, steak or seafood just the way you like it. Entrées include soup or salad and rice. Family-friendly, casual atmosphere, along with a full bar, including imported Japanese saki and beer selections. Like us
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Braised Onion 754 NE 25th Ave, Ocala / (352) 620-9255 Tue-Thurs 11a-9p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-8p
Betty and Raoul Lemeiux, Nicole Lassiter, and Marge and Loring Felix welcome you to Braised Onion, where you can experience a fun, colorful meal in a casual atmosphere. While fall is just around the corner, wedding season is year round here at Braised Onion! We have a beautiful, private dining room that can accommodate weddings and social events for up to 75 people. With over 30 years of event-planning experience, Marge Newsom-Felix and our full-service catering department can make all your event dreams come true. Let us handle all the details so you can relax and enjoy your special day.
Call Braised Onion catering, “When Only the Best Will Do!” “Comfort Food With Attitude!”
17th Street Deli 2506 SE 17th St., Ocala / (352) 369-DELI (3354) Mon-Sat 10a-9p / Closed Sundays 17th St Deli is a family-owned business and the perfect place to stop for a tasty lunch. All meats are roasted—corn beef, pastrami and roast beef. If it is not made in house, they exclusively carry Boar’s Head. 17th St Deli makes delicious deli salads, cold and hot sandwiches, and wraps. A standout signature sandwich is the New Yorker, which is topped with corned beef, pastrami and melted provolone cheese, with sauerkraut or cole slaw, and Russian dressing.
Home of the Supreme Free delivery (minimum $15). We accept cash and all major credit cards (no checks).
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OUT WITH SOME OF THE BEST BARBEQUE CHAMPIONS IN THE COUNTRY, TASTED AWARD-WINNING FOOD AND LEARNED HOW TO CREATE AND PRESENT INCREDIBLE MEALS IN THE REALM OF COMPETITIVE BARBEQUE. MARINADE: 4 bell peppers
GLAZE: 1 Valencia orange
10 ounces BBQ sauce
½ cup mushrooms
½ bunch carrots
cup brown sugar Pinch each of salt and pepper
Heaping tablespoon of chili garlic sauce 1
carton of beef stock Large pinch each of salt, pepper, Creole and Everglades seasonings
For marinade: Stuff everything into food processor, and pulse your mixture to a liquid. Preheat oven to 200°F. Put rack of ribs in pan, marinate. Put second rack of lollipop ribs on top, and cover with the remaining marinade. If you need more liquid, just add some stock. Cover and cook for 5 hours. With a half hour left, begin making the glaze, which will be brushed on when you are grilling the ribs.
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Start on medium-high and bring to boil, then turn heat down to medium. Stir frequently until liquid is thick. Remove ribs from oven, and marinade mixture, setting them on a large tray. Put the ribs on the grill, and generously add the glaze. After 30 minutes, pull ribs off the grill.
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Abio’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria has been in the same location, Plaza 200 (just across the street from Carrabba’s and Panera Bread), since 1980. Owners Al and Pat Di Feo have built a faithful clientele, thanks to consistently delicious Italian cooking and great pizza. A nine-time El Nariz / Shutterstock.com award winner at Taste of Ocala, Abio’s is known for its pizza, but you’ll also find both hot and cold submarine sandwiches, baked pasta dishes and classic spaghetti with a variety of sauces. Open for lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. 2377 SW College Td., Ocala (352) 629-4886 / abiospizza.com
Mi Tierra Caliente is open for lunch and dinner every day of the week. Since opening in 2010, the eatery has become known for its familyfriendly atmosphere and authentic Mexican cuisine. Best-sellers include the always-popular fajitas, quesadillas and steak. The menu also features combination plates, enchiladas, tacos, chalupas, burritos and a great kids’ menu They’ll love the Mexican sodas, while you’ll appreciate the margaritas and frozen drinks. Check out the lunch specials from 11am-3pm Mondaykeko64 / Shutterstock.com Friday. You can always eat inside, but with the arrival of pleasant weather, their outdoor dining option is a great idea. 2105 SW Hwy 484, Ocala (352) 245-2300 mitierracaliente.com
Tilted Kilt 3155 E. Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 351-5458 / tiltedkilt.com Mon-Sat 11a-Midnight / Sun 11a-11p Looking for some fun with a great meal? Besides our great service, hospitality and delicious food, you’ll feel at home watching your favorite HD sporting events on the big screen TVs or enjoying live music on the patio. From poker to cruise-ins, there’s always something happening at the Tilted Kilt. Big or small, celebrate your next party or special occasion with us. Our menu features an array of options, from snacks to full meals, plus a complete bar, all served by beautiful lasses in kilts. You’ll want to make us your hometown pub. The Tilted Kilt – where a cold beer never looked so good!
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The Attic’s Cafe 801 N. Magnolia Ave, Ocala / (352) 369-9300 Serving Lunch Mon-Sat 11a-3p Let’s talk about great food! Let’s talk about unique and fun! Let’s talk about the Attic’s Café! The Attic’s Café is located inside My Designer’s Attic. (You know, the “Not Your Average Furniture Consignment Store” located downtown.) Chef Andrew Dickson uses his culinary skills to create some of the best-tasting food around! Specializing in scrumptious galettes (savory crepes) and incredible dessert crepes, Chef Andrew also does a super job with his distinguished sandwiches, fresh salads and soups. Whether it’s his signature Roasted Veggi Galette with goat cheese, the Hot Night Club Sandwich or a fantastic lemon crepe, you can’t go wrong!
Located inside of My Designer’s Attic, in the heart of the old business district, 8 blocks north of the historic square! Don’t forget to explore the 8,000 sq ft of My Designer’s Attic after lunch!
Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant 3355 SW College Rd, Ocala / (352) 671-9411 Weekdays 11am-10p / Weekends 11a-11p / Happy Hour Mon-Fri 2-7p If you crave a real taste of Mexico in a festive and colorful place accompanied by Mexican music with live Mariachi every Thursday, Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant is the best option. Delight in a variety of appetizers, meal combinations and daily specials. Lunch: Fajita Monday, $7.95; Chimichanga Tuesday, $5.50; Super Enchiladas Wednesday, $5.49; Deluxe Taco Salad Thursday, $4.95; Taco Enchilada Friday, $4.95. Dinner: Tacos De Asada Monday, $10.99; Super Burrito Tuesday, $7.95; Chili Verde/Colorado Wednesday, $9.95; #8 Two Burritos Thursday, $8.50; Enchiladas Suizas Friday, $7.99.
2 for 1 on all single drinks, shots, draft beer, wine, margaritas; topshelf excluded. House margaritas $3.95 every day. Catering Available.
4 of a Kind Latin BBQ 4953 NW Blitchton Rd., Ocala / (352) 509-3237 Sun & Mon Closed / Tue-Sat 11a-9p / Lunch Specials 11a-2p Kids Night every Saturday from 5-9pm (Kids eat free—ages 11 and under). Take your family out, or call ahead for pickup. Catering is available. Let us come to you!
There’s nothing better than a meal fresh off the grill. 4 of a Kind Latin BBQ is a fusion of both Cuban and Puerto Rican cultures right here in Ocala. Enjoy our traditional recipes in our lunch specials for $7.59, featuring Picadillo on Tuesdays; Chicken Fricassee on Wednesdays; Ropa Vieja on Thursdays; and Chef ’s Choice on Fridays, ranging from Rabo Encendido to Arroz con Pollo. All lunch specials are served with white rice, beans and a side of your choice. Here at 4 of a Kind, we only use charcoal and pecan wood for that genuine and authentic smoky flavor.
Bamboo Bistro 700 North Hwy 441 (In Front of Target), Lady Lake / (352) 750-9998 Mon-Thu 11a-9:30p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun Noon-9p Dim Sum Hours: Mon-Sat 11a-4p; Sunday-All Day Chef Wu and co-owner Jian Daniels have created a wonderful new Asian Fusion dining experience in town that manages to be both elegant and casual.
Celebrating one year in business! Experience the unique and unforgettable taste of Bamboo Bistro in The Villages! Offering Asian dishes from China, Japan, Vietnam and Thailand along with a full sushi bar, Chef Wu incorporates the best variety of authentic Asian ingredients while using an array of cooking techniques. Our specialties include Peking Duck, Pepper Seared Filet Mignon and Seafood Delight, along with other seafood choices. Many wok entrées and noodle dishes are available as well. A variety of Asian beers and the extensive wine list will complement any meal.
The 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 email@example.com. No reservations are required, but a courtesy call for parties of more than 10 is appreciated. Full-service catering, Gift ShopBoutique. 917 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala ( Coming Soon! )
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.
Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine 2437 SW 27th Ave., Ocala / (352) 237-3433 / ocalathai.com Lunch: Mon-Fri 11a-3p / Dinner: Mon-Thu 4:30p-9:30p / Fri 4:30p-10p Sat Noon-10p / Sunday Noon-9p Conveniently located off SR200 near Best Buy, Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine is a window into the taste and decor of Thailand. Great dishes are designed to please anyone’s palate, ranging from seafood, pork, beef, chicken or just vegetables. Dishes can be made mild or spicy, depending on your preference. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and will bring a quality dining experience to adventurous Ocalans and curious visitors. For single diners or large groups, Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine is a great choice if you want to feel like you’ve traveled somewhere exotic without leaving the great town of Ocala!
Take out also available. Early Bird Special : Sat-Sun Noon-5p Soup or Salad & Dessert with any entrée purchased.
Cuvée Wine & Bistro 2237 SW 19th Ave Rd, Ste. 102, Ocala / (352) 351-1816 / cuveewineocala.com Mon-Thu 5p-10p / Fri & Sat 5p-11p / Happy Hour 5p-7p Experience the ultimate in fine dining with fabulous wine and culinary classics at Cuvée Wine & Bistro. Relax with a glass of wine or indulge in an elegant dinner, and let us transport you to an intimate world with impeccable service and exquisite cuisine. Embrace the age-old relationship between food and wine by sampling over 104 wines on our interactive wine system. An unforgettable experience awaits you...
Whether a beginner or a connoisseur, our knowledgeable and friendly staff will be ready to assist you. Private rooms and off-premise catering available. Happy Hour 5-7pm/Monday half priced bottles of wine/Thursday $5 Martinis
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El Toreo 3790 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 694-1401 / 7 Days 11a-10p SR 200, Ocala / (352) 291-2121 / 7 Days 11a-11p Happy Hour Daily 4p-7p New lunch specials include Taco Salad on Monday, $3.95; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $3.95; Quesadillas on Wednesday, $5.45; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $4.95; and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $3.95. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $7.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $6.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $6.95; Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $6.95; and Enchilada Fridays, $6.95. Don’t miss “Margarita Mondays” with $1.95 margaritas. On Tuesdays, kids 12 and under - 99¢ from the children’s menu (takeout not included). Wednesday is 99¢ margaritas and $1.95 for domestic and imported beers. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day.
Join us every day for happy hour from 4-7p and get 2-for-1 wells or drafts. Whether it’s delicious food, great drinks or a festive atmosphere, there are more reasons than ever to visit either El Toreo location today.
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Walking For Heart Health
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EED AN EXCUSE TO SPEND SOME TIME OUTDOORS? SURELY YOU DON’T, BUT WE’LL GIVE YOU ONE ANYWAY. THE THIRD ANNUAL THE VILLAGES CRAFT FESTIVAL, HOSTED BY AMERICAN CRAFT ENDEAVORS, IS THE PERFECT PLACE TO BE SEPTEMBER 15 AND 16 BETWEEN 10AM AND 5PM. WHETHER YOU’RE LOOKING FOR THAT UNIQUE GIFT FOR A FRIEND, THE PIECE OF ART THAT’S GOING TO PULL YOUR LIVING ROOM TOGETHER OR JUST REALLY WANT TO TRY GOURMET JALAPEÑO JELLY, THIS EVENT WILL KEEP THE WHOLE FAMILY ENTERTAINED ALL DAY LONG. GET SOME EXERCISE, AND ENJOY THE FRESH AIR AT THE COLONY PLAZA IN THE VILLAGES WHILE SUPPORTING LOCAL ARTISTS AT THE SAME TIME. WITH NO ENTRY FEE AND OVER 100 VENDORS FROM 30 DIFFERENT STATES SELLING ITEMS FROM $3 TO $3,000, THERE’S SURE TO BE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. FOR MORE INFORMATION, BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE ARTFESTIVAL.COM OR CALL (561) 746-6615.
POSE FOR A PURPOSE
Enjoy a good steak? Up for an evening of action-packed polo? Then make your way to the Grand Oaks Resort for an event featuring both! STEAK AND POLO NIGHT FOR KIDS will feature a savory steak dinner and all the excitement of live polo while raising money for children in need in Marion County. The evening begins with a cocktail hour at 6pm followed by dinner and polo at 7pm. Dress is casual, and tickets are $40. Proceeds benefit Kids Central.
Join yogis around the globe in an effort to raise one million dollars for charities around the world! The “YOGA RELAY” will begin in Sydney, Australia, and travel through more than 20 countries and over 200 events before ending at sundown in Los Angeles, California. The relay will hit Brick City Health & Fitness from noon-2pm. Participants who raise over $108 gain free admission to the class, or you can donate $25 at the door. Pre-registration is required. Proceeds benefit Yoga Gangsters, a non-profit organization offering yoga to at-risk youth in schools, hospitals and rehab facilities. poweryogaocala.com or (352) 361-3619.
thegrandoaks.com or (352) 750-5500.
STAND UP & SALUTE… THE ARTS!
Mark your calendars! The
FIFTH ANNUAL SALUTING THE ARTS event will take place at the
Ocala Hilton. The event will begin with a reception at 11am followed by lunch and drawings for a wine and art basket. Don’t worry if you don’t win the drawing. There will also be a silent auction with plenty of artistic items to bid on. The event is sponsored by the Marion Cultural Alliance. Individual tickets are $10, and sponsorship opportunities are available. mcaocala.com or (352) 369-1500.
HISTORY & HERITAGE
Celebrate Florida’s heritage at the EIGHTH ANNUAL FLORIDA CRACKER BALL at the Sumter County Fairgrounds. Enjoy some good ol’ country cooking with live music by the River Junction Band. Learn about our Cracker ancestors and the history of our great state with an evening of food, fun, auctions and entertainment! Tickets are $90 or $150 per couple, and proceeds benefit the Thomas E. Langley Medical Foundation. langleymedical.com or (352) 793-5900.
BOWLING FOR BUILDERS
Dust off your bowling shoes, and head to AMF Galaxy West Lanes for the SECOND
ANNUAL BOWL-TO-BUILD BOWL-A-THON,
benefiting Habitat For Humanity. Due to last year’s overwhelming success, this year’s event will feature two sessions: one at 11am and another at 2:30pm. Bring the entire family to cheer on the bowlers, and take part in raffles and a silent auction, too. Even if you see more gutter balls than strikes, come out and take part in this bowl-a-thon for a good cause!
habitatocala.org or (352) 351-4663.
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SIRLOINS & CHUKKAS
Q& A STEVE HOLLOSI
WALKIN’ FOR HEART HEALTH Interview by MacKensie Gibson
HE 2012 MARION COUNTY HEART WALK IS ALL GEARED UP AND READY TO PROTECT HEARTS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY ONE MILE AT A TIME. PARTICIPANTS OF ALL AGES, WHO HAVE RAISED ANYWHERE FROM $0 TO $10,000 FOR THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, WILL START WALKING THE THREE-MILE TREK AT 8AM, OCTOBER 6, AT THE BASELINE ROAD TRAILHEAD. THESE WALKERS HAVE HIGH HOPES OF A BRIGHTER FUTURE WHERE CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE IS A THING OF THE PAST. HERE TO TELL US A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THIS EVENT IS MARION COUNTY HEART WALK CHAIRMAN STEVE HOLLOSI.
WANT TO GO?
Tell us a little bit about the Marion County Heart Walk. The Marion County Heart Walk promotes physical activity and heart-healthy living in a fun, family environment. Bring the kids out to play in our Kids Zone, which will have face painting and some fun games and prizes. Everyone can enjoy free refreshments and other giveaways. The event is completely free and open to the public.
Are there any changes this year as compared to past years?
The American Heart Association is looking to recognize people who have made changes that will impact their quality of life and improve their health. No change is too small, every accomplishment is significant! Nominations for the Lifestyle Change Award can be submitted by friends, co-workers or relatives, and individuals can nominate themselves. Individuals who have made the most significant changes to their lifestyle will be honored at the Walk.
What inspired you to get involved with the Marion County Heart Walk?
Heart disease and stroke are major health concerns for our county. Nearly 40 percent of all deaths in Marion County are a result of cardiovascular disease. It’s the No. 1 killer of all Americans— male and female. Cardiovascular diseases kill more people than the next four causes of death combined. That means everyone I know or work with will be affected or will know someone who will be affected by these diseases. I want to be part of the solution to end heart disease and stroke.
What is your favorite part of working with this organization?
The American Heart Association does great work! Currently, the American Heart Association is funding almost $3 million in research in North Central Florida, which has yielded breakthrough discoveries like CPR, bypass surgery, pacemakers, life-extending drugs and other
surgical techniques designed to repair heart defects. This research has saved countless lives all over the world. The AHA is also working with the local hospitals to ensure the best treatments are possible for heart and stroke emergencies. Lastly, they are working with 44 Marion County Schools to educate students about heart-healthy lifestyles, reaching nearly 22,000 students each year.
How much money was raised for the American Heart Association last year?
Last year’s Heart Walk raised $175,000, so we have an ambitious, but achievable, goal of $225,000 this year. We are off to a great start, and we are trending ahead in dollars raised and teams recruited.
How many participants are you expecting this year?
We are expecting 3,500 walkers this year. We had a very wet Heart Walk last year, and we still had a crowd of 2,700 walkers!
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION’S 2012 HEART WALK
Baseline Road Trailhead, Ocala / marionheartwalk.org
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Enrique and JLO
Amway Center, Orlando
K Country Acoustic Concert
Ocala Civic Theatre, Ocala
Florida Theatre, Jacksonville
USF Sun Dome, Tampa
Hard Rock Live, Orlando
The Mahaffey, St. Petersburg
Hard Rock Live, Orlando
Florence & the Machine
USF Sun Dome
Phillips Center, Gainesville
Jacksonville Veterans Mem. Arena,
House of Blues, Orlando
Phillips Center, Gainesville
1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa
Ruth Eckerd Hall, Tampa
No, we’re not talking about strapping a rocket on your back here. We’re talking about the one and only Elton John! One of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time is coming to the newly renovated USF Sun Dome on September 14 at 8pm. Known for his extravagant getups (think feather boas and rose-colored glasses), piano skills and such hits as “Crocodile Rock” and “Benny and the Jets,” Elton John is the knight of pop music. Tickets range from $39.50 to $139.50, so you certainly won’t want to miss this opportunity to see Sir Elton in action.
Other Desert Cities
The Hippodrome, Gainesville
The Best Little Whore House in Texas
Ocala Civic Theatre, Ocala
Disney on Ice
Amway Center, Orlando
Insomniac Theatre, Ocala
Casa De Mexico
Bob Carr Center for Perf. Arts, Orlando
Tango del Cielo
College of Central Florida, Ocala
The Rolling Stones: Some Girls, Live in Texas ’78
Phillips Center, Gainesville
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MARION COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS (ONGOING) The Marion County Master Gardeners will host a variety of workshops and seminars. Topics include hummingbirds and butterflies, vegetable gardening, growing fruit trees and more. (352) 671-8400. FALL FESTIVAL VENDOR SPACE AVAILABLE (ONGOING) The Pioneer Garden Club will host a Fall Festival October 6-7 featuring antiques, jewelry, arts and crafts, and many other vendors. Interested vendors should contact the Pioneer Garden Club at pioneergardenclub.org or (352) 236-4448.
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SILVER RIVER FRIENDS OF NRA FUNDRAISING DINNER (SEPTEMBER 6) The Silver River Friends of the NRA will host their 20th annual fundraising dinner at the Marion County Agricultural Center. Members and non-members are invited. Tickets are $45 or $85 for couples. Prepay by September 4. friendsofnra.org or (352) 239-0711. PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT (SEPTEMBER 7) Drop your kids off for an evening of science and entertainment at the Discovery Center while you enjoy a night out. Price is $15. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900. MOVIE IN THE PARK (SEPTEMBER 8) The Ernie Mills Park in Dunnellon hosts a free showing of How To Train Your Dragon at 8:30pm. The doors open at 8pm, and concessions will be available. (352) 533-5034. WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S (SEPTEMBER 8) Individuals and teams are invited to join the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Tuscawilla Park. Check-in begins at 9am. act.alz.org/ ocala2012 or (407) 951-7992. ROD AND KUSTOM CAR SHOW (SEPTEMBER 8) A free car show will be held at Don Garlit’s Museum of Drag Racing. Gates open at 8am. garlits.com.
AUTISM RUN (SEPTEMBER 15) The 9th Annual Run For Autism 5K and free kids’ 1-mile fun run will take place at the Wild Waters parking lot. Race-day registration opens at 6am; race begins at 7:30am. silversprings.com or (352) 207-2347. PRAISE WITH A PURPOSE CONCERT (SEPTEMBER 15) Interfaith Emergency Services will host a free benefit concert at First Baptist Church in Ocala from 4-8pm. iesmarion.org or (352) 629-8868. REX RUMBLE (SEPTEMBER 15) Cross Fit Zoo will host their first Cross Fit competition beginning at 8:30am. Entry is $30. Space is limited. crossfitzoo.com or (352) 427-9952. ROTARY DISCOVERY CENTER YARD SALE (SEPTEMBER 15) The Discovery Center will host a yard sale from 8am-2pm. Donations accepted through September 10 at the Discovery Center during business hours. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900. KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT (SEPTEMBER 17) The Knights of Columbus will host the 5th Annual Queen of Peace Charity Golf Scramble at Stone Creek Golf Club on October 1. Registration is Continued on page 100
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The artwork displayed by Ocala’s pool of creative talent is quite diverse and offers something for everyone’s taste and budget. Remember, the First Friday Art Walk is a rain-or-shine event!
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Visit the Art Walk’s website and Facebook page for information about participating artists and businesses. And keep your eyes open for the monthly Art Walk map that will be available three weeks prior to each walk. Maps will also be given out the night of the event.
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Registration is now open for visual and performing artists and participating businesses. The deadline to register is the first of the month prior to the event. For more information or to register, visit artwalkocala.com, call (352) 266-7885 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CANDIDATES FORUM (SEPTEMBER 18) The GFWC Women’s Club of Ocala will host a candidates forum at the Marion County Public Library at 5:30pm. Candidates for Board of Commissioners, School Board, Sheriff, Superintendent of Schools and Supervisor of Elections are invited to participate. (352) 629-7397. LOG-A-LOAD FOR KIDS GOLF TOURNAMENT (SEPTEMBER 20) The 18th Annual Tommy Usher Log-A-Load for Kids Golf Tournament will take place at the Chiefland Golf and Country Club, benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network. The winning team will receive a “dream round” at the TPC Stadium Course with PGA Golfer Frank Lickliter. Registration deadline is September 14. (386) 462-4201. SCRAPBOOK FOR BREAST CANCER (SEPTEMBER 21) Bring your scrapbooking, knitting, embroidery or any other craft to the Marion County Extension auditorium. Admission is $5, and the event runs from 6pm until the last person leaves. Proceeds benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. (352) 732-5982. PRESIDENTS AND THEIR FIRST LADIES (SEPTEMBER 22) A performance about the personal life of President Lincoln will take place at the Dunnellon Public Library at 10:30am. Free to the public. (352) 438-2520. INDOOR YARD SALE (SEPTEMBER 22-23) The Pioneer Garden Club will host their annual indoor yard sale from 9am-3pm. Shop for a variety of items including pottery, kitchen items, decorations, clothing and much more. (352) 236-4448 or (352) 208-4159.
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