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Cover and photo on this page by John Jernigan Cover model: Cealia Athanason

In This Issue

030 Cards For Cancer.

The newly opened Cardroom at Oxford Downs will host poker tournaments with the purpose of introducing area residents to the world-class cancer research facility at UF. › By Bonnie Kretchik

038 Spring Break Solutions. Fill up the tank and

slather on some sunscreen—spring break is calling. Here are some of our favorite family outings, pleasing to teens, tweens, parents and every age in between. › By Laurel Gillum

042 Once Upon A Time. The magic of storytelling isn’t just for kids. › By Cynthia McFarland

046 I’m A Survivor.

When things go wrong, tips from an expert and some common sense can help you prepare for the worst. › By Brett Ballantini

051 Home Pros Who Know. Local home professionals share tips and advice.

058 Smart Living.

The latest smart devices that can turn your humdrum home into a cutting-edge 21st century smart home. › By Jim Gibson MAR ’17 ›


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The real people, places and events that shape our community.

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Our best recipes, restaurant news and culinary quick bites.

Your guide to what’s happening in and around Ocala.

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On The Homefront Homeowners or homeowners-tobe will have plenty of eye candy to ogle this month. The 46th edition of the Parade of Homes, presented by the Marion County Building Industry Association, will take place from March 23 through April 2 and highlights the best of the best in the building business from all over the county. With 37 houses and 22 builders featured, attendees will have the opportunity to see the latest and greatest designs, floor plans and innovations in different price range categories.

“It’s an incredibly exciting time to see what’s new in homebuilding,” says Jackie Suarez, chair of this year’s parade. “Some of these houses are smarter than me,” she says, referring to the newest at-home technology with the ability to regulate everything from temperature to CO2 levels in each room. Homes will be listed in the parade magazine, and interested attendees can pick up a copy in area eateries and establishments. Some of the top trends Jackie notices this year are elaborate kitchens, all-in-one home regulation systems and giant walk-in showers and soaker tubs. “Everything is beyond belief; it’s worth coming just to see what builders can do these days,” says Jackie, highlighting the fact that builders will be available to meet and greet attendees at each home daily. Homes will be open from 11am-5pm, with the official program hitting shelves this month. The program is also available on the Marion County Building Industry Association website. Find out more mcbia.org or (352) 694-4133

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ne in six women will be the victim of sexual violence at some point during her lifetime,” according to the Ocala Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Center’s pamphlet that was read at the January “Ignite” fundraising and awareness event. 100 women filled the tables in the College of Central Florida’s Webber Center. This was the first event the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Center had held in several years, and, more than raising funds, this luncheon served to raise awareness concerning the prevalence of domestic violence and how to help. A video played at the beginning of Ignite showing the faces of formerly abused women and sharing their stories. That, along with an audio recording of a 911 phone call at the video’s end, gripped everyone’s attention. The center works to provide a safe place for victims of domestic violence, but last year, between 30 and 70 women and children had to be turned away each month. “Many are turned away because there’s no space,” says Jeanne Henningsen, the event’s coordinator. “This is not OK.” She went on to share her own story of abuse, adding that when she decided to leave, she had somewhere to go, a job and a family—unlike many women who find themselves in abusive relationships. Dr. Judy Wilson, the center’s CEO, spoke next: “You can’t do anything alone like this. Nine people a day go through domestic violence, as reported to us. Hope is the biggest thing we give.” Plans to expand the center’s space and offices are underway. Wilson hopes to eventually increase their 58 beds to 100 along with adding extra office space and staff. The Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Center is a non-profit organization, and Wilson has obtained


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children had to be turned away each month.

grants to fund the staff and full-time attorneys. They work closely with law enforcement and the court system in order to secure restraining orders, as well. Wilson has been the CEO of this safe house for the past 42 years, and most of her staff has been there for between 15 and 20 years. “You’ve got to be dedicated to this,” she says. Ignite’s keynote speaker, Mary Kay Mueller, a best-selling author and TEDx presenter, delivered an uplifting speech on women’s empowerment and shared how her own journey began in a shelter for domestic violence recovery. She’s able to relate to victims of domestic violence and said that following through with leaving an abusive situation is the hardest part.

Monica Bryant of the Marion County Children’s Alliance followed Mueller’s talk, saying, “With no housing, where do they go? We get no federal funding. If this community does not decide to do something about our victims, we will have more of them.” The center received significant funding from this event, though consistent support is needed. In return, attendees left ‘ignited,’ armed with knowledge and awareness to spread the message of domestic violence like wildfire. SUPPORT THE CAUSE › Ocala/ Marion County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Center › PO Box 2193 › Ocala, FL 34478 › (352) 622-8495 or (352) 622-5919 › ocaladvshelter.org

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ou gonna stand there… or are you gonna shoot? It sounds like a line from a dusty western or a 1970s cop drama. But creators of the Silver Springs International Film Festival (SSIFF) are applying it as a tagline for a daring challenge to filmmakers: the Jump/Cut Film Challenge. Jump/Cut is the newest endeavor from SSIFF, delivering all the intensity of your favorite reality show, wrapped up with the traditional trappings of an international film festival. It piles together 12 filmmaking teams who will spend five days from March 14 to 18 crafting a film worthy of festival review.

Yes, you read that right: two days of prep, and then just 72 hours to write, cast, shoot and edit a film. Jump/Cut is a departure from the first three years of the SSIFF, which enjoyed unanticipated growth and acclaim since its inception in 2014. “We’re an all-volunteer organization, and we do this out of love for the arts and community,” says SSIFF Executive Director Laurie Zink. “Last year was a huge undertaking, and we needed to sit back and restructure things without just blindly continuing on the same trajectory.” In a moment of pause, education came to the fore. “We didn’t want to get away from the idea that film education is our greatest priority,” Zink says. “We’d previously discussed wanting to do a film challenge that could run in conjunction with the traditional festival.” There’s little doubt participants in Jump/Cut will be getting an education—and fast.


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As if the short time frame alone wasn’t a big enough challenge, each team of filmmakers has to use the same unknown mystery-box items in their films: a common line of dialogue, character name, prop and local landmark. So there’s no use trying to recycle a film-school short for the contest—these movies will be 100 percent fresh. So fresh, in fact, that filmmakers won’t even know what type of movie they’ll be shooting until the opening bell rings. At 5pm on March 16, each filmmaking team will draw a card that specifies the two genres they’ll have to choose from—a list ranging from traditional (comedy, drama) to eclectic (silent film, mockumentary, martial arts). There are some breaks handed out to filmmakers, however. First, each film will run just five to seven minutes. Additionally, the SSIFF provides mentors for the filmmaking teams leading up to and throughout Jump/Cut. These industry veterans will guide teams on film pitching,

developing, scriptwriting, character development, production, distribution and festival strategy. Mentors for Jump/Cut are led by SSIFF director Greg Thompson and will represent every aspect of film production. The breakneck weekend ends with appropriate pomp: a competitive screening (with films judged by the mentors) and an awards ceremony at the Marion Theatre in Ocala, followed by a Jump/Cut wrap party. Future plans are for SSIFF to combine the more traditional film festival experience of the group’s first three years with this fest’s experimental and educational Jump/Cut. But for now, it’s getting dangerously close to time to shoot.


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A Day to Remember

Feel Downtown LIVE will kick off its 2017 concert series with Ocala’s own A Day to Remember on Saturday, March 18 at Tuscawilla Park. Gates will open at 5:30pm, and the show will start at 7pm. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at feeldowntownlive.com. General admission tickets are $10, and a limited amount of VIP tickets are available for $45. VIP tickets include preferred access to the area directly in front of the stage, two free beverages and access to a private seating area and restrooms. No coolers will be allowed; however, chairs and blankets are welcome. This event is rain or shine! For more information and event updates, visit feeldowntownlive.com.

Tire Amnesty Day

MAR The City of Ocala is providing

residents with free tire disposal Saturday, March 18 from 9am2pm. Disposal locations will be at the corner of NE 14th Street and NE 8th Avenue, as well as the Hampton Center Aquatic Center located at 255 NW Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. There is a limit of 10 tires per resident. Tires generated by businesses will not be accepted. For more information, call the City of Ocala Residential Sanitation Department at (352) 351-6697.


Recreation and Parks’ After Dark in the Park Movie Series

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will host the After Dark in the Park movie series Fridays in March starting at 7:45pm.

MARCH 3: The Jungle Book (2016) at Tuscawilla Park, 500 NE Sanchez Ave. MARCH 10: Guardians of the Galaxy at Tuscawilla Park, 500 NE Sanchez Ave.

MARCH 17: Secret Life of Pets at Jervey Gantt Recreation Complex, 2200 SE 36th Ave. MARCH 24: Finding Dory at Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Complex, 1510 NW Fourth St.

Mayor’s Spring Cleanup

MAR The annual Mayor’s Spring Cleanup event is Saturday, April

22 from 8-11am at various locations throughout the city. Community groups, businesses and volunteers are invited to participate in this event by collecting litter or cleaning up an area in our city. The deadline to register is Friday, March 31. To register or for more information, contact Dwayne Drake, City of Ocala Sanitation Division Head at ddrake@ocalafl.org.


Lilly’s Pad At Lillian Bryant Park

Construction has begun at Lilly’s Pad, a new splash pad coming to Lillian Bryant Park, located at 2200 NW 17th Place. The state-of-the-art splash pad will feature 22 unique water zones and will be set in a beautiful, scenic location in West Ocala that both children and adults will enjoy. Be sure to join Ocala Electric Utility and the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department for the grand opening of Lilly’s Pad this summer!

Ocala Downtown Market Now Open Wednesdays The Ocala Downtown Market is now open Wednesdays from 3-7pm. The market is also open Saturdays from 9am-2pm, rain or shine! Check it out at the corner of SE 3rd Street and SE 3rd Avenue. For more information, visit ocaladowntownmarket.com or follow on Facebook at OcalaDowntownMarket.


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What’s In A Name? By Judge Steven G. Rogers


t had been a relatively uneventful morning as I addressed cases on the uncontested family law docket. Parties came forward as their cases were called, answered a few questions and left with copies of their paperwork a few minutes later. As I was nearing the conclusion of the docket, I opened a file for what appeared to be a simple name change. However, when I looked at the petition and the proposed final judgment, I smiled and asked the older gentleman sitting at the table before me, “Do you really want to change your name to Cool Breeze?” “Yes, sir. I sure do” he said. Minutes after I signed his Final Judgment for Name Change, Mr. Breeze thanked me and walked out of the courtroom. Florida law provides that a person may adopt a name other than his or her own as long as no fraudulent or wrongful purposes are involved. Florida Statute §68.07 addresses the process to do so. The individual must first submit his or her

fingerprints for a state and national criminal history records check. The petition filed with the court requires an extensive amount of information about the petitioner, including—but not limited to—the petitioner’s father’s name, the petitioner’s mother’s maiden name, the name of the petitioner’s spouse (if any), the names and ages of the petitioner’s children, whether the petitioner has ever been adjudicated bankrupt and whether the petitioner has ever been charged with a criminal offense. When addressing dissolution of marriage cases, it is completely the wife’s decision to either keep their current (married) name or have their former or maiden name restored. I once had to explain this fact to a soon-to-be ex-husband who insisted that his soon-to-be ex-wife “give me back my name.” I told him, “You freely gave it to her, and it’s hers to keep for as long as she so desires.” This issue of restoring former names in a divorce case presented me with an interesting dilemma a few years ago. Through what I can only believe was a sign of commitment and solidarity, one couple elected to both change their names and take the name of the other party at the time of their marriage. To further clarify, when John Smith married Jane Jones, he legally changed his name to John Smith-Jones and she legally changed her name to Jane Jones-Smith. When their happy ship of matrimony hit rocky ground, the couple filed the Florida Supreme Court approved family law form for Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. This document includes a place where the wife can request to be known by her former name. However, there is no such provision for a husband to be known by a former name. After the conclusion of their final hearing, Ms. Jones headed off to start her new life as a single woman, while Mr. Smith-Jones headed to the clerk’s office to file his petition for a name change. People have given several reasons for a name change. A common reason is that upon researching their family history, they learn the family’s surname was inadvertently changed and/ or spelled incorrectly generations ago on an ancestor’s immigration paperwork. Others have expressed simpler reasons for changing their name, such as a request to be legally changed to a nickname they have been known by for years. One gentleman told me he created his new name by taking the first name from one of his favorite superheroes and the last name from another. If this is how he wants to spend his money for the $400 filing fee, who am I to disagree? Despite the availability of forms and information online, navigating a case through the court system can often be a difficult process. But, upon filing a simple petition along with the accompanying fingerprints and background check, the process of obtaining a legal name change… is a breeze.

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A Fun Day Out

For years, members of the International Association of Firefighters (Local #2135), comprised of Ocala Fire Rescue Firefighters, have honored the tradition set forth by Cathy Fender, Cathy’s Kids founder, and this year was no different. With school personnel’s help, 20 Wyomina Elementary School children who could benefit from a little holiday cheer were identified. On the morning of December 6, this year’s Cathy’s Kids experience took place.

A school bus, filled with excited children, arrived at Walmart on 19th Avenue Road. On-site, a group of 30 people, including 20 firefighters and two councilmen, waited. Exiting the bus to meet the fire rescue personnel, groups of equally thrilled children and firefighters embarked on a shopping experience. Clothes, shoes and, of course, toys for the children and family members were purchased. Afterward, the group travelled to Tuscawilla Park for some playtime and a pizza party, sponsored by Papa Johns.

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A Helping Hand

Sabal Trail Transmission presented $50,000 to the CF Foundation to establish a student scholarship fund. The $50,000 contribution will provide scholarships to CF students in good academic standing who have financial need or are facing a financial hardship and are near completion of their degree. “We realize that all too often students do not graduate because of financial hardships, so scholarships are critical in helping students to complete their degrees,” said Andrea Grover, Sabal Trail Transmission director of stakeholder outreach.


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The Marion County road project that provides access to the industrial park now housing FedEx and AutoZone was awarded the 2016 Large Agency Project of the Year from the Florida Association of County Engineers and Road Superintendents. The project was essential to making the property usable for the companies’ distribution centers now calling Marion County home, providing jobs to hundreds and representing millions in capital investment. The road project (NW 35th St.) was a cooperation among Marion County, the City of Ocala and private development to create an east-west corridor promoting commercial development and eventually easing transportation connections to I-75. It includes a 1.8-mile, four-lane roadway from US 441 to NW 35th Ave., complete with drainage, sidewalks, bike lanes, traffic signalization, landscaped ponds and grassed medians.

Movin’ On Up

Cindy Kelley, director of budget & legislative affairs for the City of Ocala has been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2017 Transportation and Infrastructure Services (TIS) federal advocacy/committee. This committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC’s federal policy/positions on issues involving transportation. As a member of the committee, Kelley will play a key role in shaping NLC’s policy positions and advocate on behalf of America’s cities and towns before Congress, with the new Administration and at home. “It is both an honor and a privilege to be appointed to this committee,” said Kelley. “I look forward to advocating on behalf of the citizens of the City of Ocala to ensure that they are well represented at the federal level on matters involving transportation, including planning, funding, safety and security of public transit, streets and highways, aviation and railroads.”

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At the last Board of County Commissioners meeting of 2016, the BCC voted 5-0 to approve $740,000 in incentives for Chewy, Inc., an e-commerce fulfillment and customer contact center, providing distribution and warehousing for pet-related products. Chewy, Inc. is proposing to bring at least 114 jobs with the potential to rise to 600 with an average wage of $39,310. It will cost more than $31 million to construct and equip the 600,000-square-foot facility at the Ocala/Marion Commerce Park, in which Fortune 500 companies AutoZone and FedEx will also reside.

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The newly opened Cardroom at Oxford Downs will host poker tournaments with the purpose of introducing area residents to the world-class cancer research facility right in their own backyards. By Bonnie Kretchik


n 2017, the American Cancer Society predicts 1,688,780 new cases of cancer. Even more troubling, over 600,000 mothers, fathers, children and loved ones will lose their battle this year. Cancer knows no age, race or gender. “I don’t care who you are, you will be affected by cancer in one way or another,” says Tony Mendola, managing partner of Oxford Downs. Tony fought his own three-year battle with esophageal cancer and knows the physical and emotional struggle all too well. That’s exactly why he and the Jank family, Sharon and Mark, have decided to host a fun event combining awareness and education about the world-class cancer research facility at the University of Florida’s Cancer Research Center in Gainesville for residents of Ocala and The Villages. “Sharon and Mark have been very vocal about their family’s battle with cancer, and they introduced me to the Cancer Center at UF. It blew my mind


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that we are a mere 35 miles from a world-class facility,” says Tony. Three members of the Jank family have experience with the disease. Mark, an ophthalmologist with Ocala Eye, was diagnosed with and beat oral cancer 15 years prior to his wife’s diagnosis of breast cancer in 2013. “A year after my diagnosis in January 2014, my daughter, Molly, began experiencing pain in her leg,” Sharon recalls. “But she was 17, and we never expected it to be something more serious than some growing pains,” she says. But the pain was something more, and by February, Molly was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. While most 17 year olds were planning proms and graduation parties, Molly was receiving care at the UF Health Cancer Center. Today, she, Mark, Sharon and Tony are cancer free but feel they have a responsibility to share their stories with others in an effort to provide awareness about some of the latest breakthroughs in cancer research and treatments. “We wanted to give back to the community and share with them everything we’ve been through, because we know how hard it can be,” says Sharon. That’s when the group decided the best way to reach a large number of people would be to host a fundraising event for the Cancer Center. However,

they wanted to do something less complex than a golf tournament that would, at the same time, appeal to a wide range of individuals. Thus, the Ante Up Against Cancer event was born. The Ante Up Against Cancer event will be held at the newly opened Cardroom at Oxford Downs. The venue is situated on 70 acres that Tony describes as “picturesque” and offers a variety of poker opportunities with simulcast horse and dog racing. This June, live quarter horse action will also be available. “We are looking to be an entertainment destination,” says Director of Operations Randy Kiefer. He explains that the venue is continuing to grow and expand its offerings with the grand opening of the outdoor tiki bar featuring a full bar and top-notch cuisine. Located right outside The Villages and just South of Ocala, the venue seemed ideal to host the event.

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The Ante Up Against Cancer event will be held at the newly opened Cardroom at Oxford Downs. The venue is situated on 70 acres that Tony describes as “picturesque” and offers a variety of poker opportunities with simulcast horse and dog racing.

“Some of the most innovative techniques never make it past the first step because of lack of funding.” —Carré Mitchell

“We especially want to bring awareness to the residents of The Villages,” explains Sharon. “So often people get discouraged thinking they need to go to the Moffitt Center in Tampa for medical care when UF is just up the road.” Sharon notes the importance of having UF’s world-class researchers available for a first or even second opinion. Senior Director of Development for the UF Health Cancer Center Carré Mitchell is thrilled with the event and what it hopes to accomplish for both the Cancer Center and those affected by the disease. “We have faculty and researchers from around the world working here,” Carré explains. “What

really sets us apart is our patient care focus. We are trying to bring the latest techniques and methods for treating cancer from the lab to the patients where it makes a lasting impact,” she says, noting, though, that in order to bring patients their much-needed care, investors and funding are critical. “Some of the most innovative techniques never make it past the first step because of lack of funding,” says Carré, explaining that even a small fund can parley into a much larger one once the research can get off the ground. With this in mind, the Jank family, along with the folks at Oxford Downs, have partnered with the UF Health Cancer Center to host not only an evening of entertainment even the most novice poker player can enjoy but to further the message that some of the best minds in cancer

research are just down the road, experimenting with and employing the latest and most innovative trends in therapies and treatments—but they need funding and support to continue their work. The Ante Up Against Cancer event will consist of a legitimate poker tournament with cash prizes for the winners. At the same time, there will be a presentation by the doctors and researchers from UF at the new outdoor tiki bar. Former patients and cancer survivors will also be on hand to share their stories and experiences and answer questions from the crowd. “My wife and I are very excited for Oxford Downs to host an event like this,” says Tony, who hopes to host several charitable events at the new facility. “Poker tournaments are much easier to put on than golf tournaments, and you don’t have to be an expert to participate,” he explains. The Ante Up Against Cancer event will take place on March 21, with registration beginning at 5:30pm and the tournament starting at 6pm. Halfway through the tournament, researchers from UF will present outside at the tiki bar. Those interested in attending but not tempted to test their hand at the card table can purchase a ticket for $25, which will include wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres. For more information, visit betoxford.com or call (352) 347-2273. For more information about the UF Health Cancer Research Center, visit cancer.ufl.edu. MAR ’17 ›


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Peanut Preferences Infants who have severe asthma, allergies to eggs or both are likely to have a peanut allergy as well. It is now recommended to introduce these children to peanuts around 4-6 months of age to ward off developing a potential allergy. Allergists can administer a skin prick test or a blood test to determine whether a child is allergic to peanuts. Next, children with mild to moderate eczema should be introduced to peanut-related foods around 6 months. Finally, children with no indication of allergies or family history can be exposed at any age, based on family preference. By exposing the immune system early, prevention of allergies is possible. In the LEAP study (Learning Early About Peanut Allergy,) highrisk participants were fed peanut products from an early age through age 5 or abstained from peanuts altogether. Eighteen percent of the kids who abstained developed an allergy by age 5, compared to 1 percent of the exposed group. The results were published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Don’t forget to seek your doctor’s advice to find out what’s best for your child.









Back To Books

In today’s overstimulated world, fastmoving cartoons, video games and iPads often rule the roost with kids. But what about books? Remember those? As your child grows and becomes more into electronics, it may be hard to keep them interested in reading. We have a few suggestions that may help, though. Read what they like.

Let your child lead the way. If you force your interests on your child, reading will always be a struggle. If your fourth-grader is into sports, then a biography about his or her favorite player or the newest sports almanac for kids just may be the way to go. A trip to the library or bookstore to peruse the stacks is another great way to find some books that will interest your child. Take


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note of the titles and authors so you can find them later. Even ageappropriate magazines are good choices to encourage reading.

Have books readily available. Have a stack of books at the ready so your child can read when the spirit moves them. Take them with you on vacations, to the doctor’s office for a checkup, to the park, etc.

Lead by example.

If your child sees you reading and enjoying it, he or she is more likely to do the same. If they see you on your phone all the time, well…

Create a safe and comfy space. Put up a bookshelf in the corner of their room with a comfy chair or a beanbag chair and a reading light. Allow them to read on the back porch or outside on the trampoline. So long as they’re reading, doesn’t matter where or how they do it!

Read out loud. Most parents (and teachers) read out loud to young children through elementary school. But according to the Kids & Family Reading Report, in association with Scholastic, 83 percent of kids surveyed between the ages of 6 and 17 enjoy being read to out loud. More than 3/4 of the kids said it was the quality time with their parents they liked, while just over half said it was a relaxing ritual before bedtime. Either way, take advantage of this! Peruse Pinterest or the internet for read-aloud book suggestions for older kids in middle school and even beyond. It not only provides great one-on-one time, it will improve your child’s vocabulary and imagination and may increase your child’s reading comprehension skills when you discuss and recall facts and themes from the book.

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Living Wax Museum

Research history to find an interesting person. Find out all you can about that person. Choose a fitting costume. Now become that person in real life. This lesson came to life at Eighth Street Elementary recently when dozens of fifth-graders joined efforts to become a “Living Wax Museum.” With a single touch, younger students brought each character to life, learning more about the American Revolution as they traveled from room to room.

Parking For Purple Hearts

Purple Heart recipients now have their own reserved parking spots popping up all over Marion County’s public schools. Hammett Bowen Jr. Elementary kicked off the specialty program, the brainchild of Superintendent Dr. Heidi Maier. Specialty signs clearly mark these spaces reserved for veterans who bring their expertise and knowledge into our classrooms to share with students.

Harbour View’s 25th Birthday Bash

Magnet EXPO

Hundreds of students and parents packed the halls of MTI to experience the Magnet EXPO, showcasing what the school district offers when it comes to specialized academics. Sixteen schools brought student ambassadors, knowledgeable staff members and lots of handson exhibits to convince students and their parents. The district recently changed its criteria for magnet admission, no longer requiring academic testing for entry into elementary- and middle-school programs.

1992 was a good year. A very good year. Especially for Harbour View Elementary. That’s when the school opened its doors. To mark its 25th birthday, the school invited former students, teachers and administrators back to campus to witness a time capsule burial, tree of life planting and celebration for the next 25 years. Situated just west of Highway 441 in Southeast Marion County, the school broadcasted the ceremony live across the entire campus so current students could join in on the fun.

Teacher Of The Year

Diego Fuentes is Marion County’s 2017 Teacher of the Year. A special needs music teacher at Hillcrest School, Fuentes spends his days creatively presenting life skills via music. It could be a new song on his guitar, a strong beat on the drums or a simple song melody—whatever the case, Mr. Fuentes creates breakthrough magical moments with his students. He’s now in the running to become Florida’s Teacher of the Year. We’ll find out this summer, so stay tuned!


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Community Conversations

Superintendent Dr. Heidi Maier recently held five “Community Conversations” in three weeks. The purpose? To share insight into the school district’s decisions and directions. Hundreds of parents and employees responded by asking great questions about magnet programs and schools, staffing plans, vocational and career academies, teacher vacancies and other school topics. Dr. Maier intends to repeat the conversations over the next four years to keep the community interested, involved and invigorated about public education in Marion County.





Grace, 17, teaching a cooking class to a group of young chefs

Sadie, 2, loves to bake

Ava, 10, having fun with her food at Longhorn Steakhouse

Harmony, 6, enjoying a day at the playground

Zoey Jane, 2, playing at the Baseline Trail Head park

Ava, 1, posing for her Valentine’s Day photos (Photo courtesy of Lynette Sardinas)

Serenity, 8, playing on the playground

Chase, 13, and Emma, 14, kayaking at Silver Springs

Cam, 6, and JJ, 3, playing at Tuscawilla Park

Olivia, 4, and Maggie, 4, play together at Tuscawilla Park

Layla, 3, visiting the Silver Springs State Park Cracker Village

Brandon, 17, receiving the Academic Award at Ocala Christian Academy

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Life’s A Beach

We live in Florida—embrace it. Pick a beach, choose a playlist and head toward the water.

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Lauderdale by the Sea

A half-mile wide hamlet, this oldfashioned “beach village” will warmly welcome your family—we’re talking sun and charm all around. Visiting beach-goers can head out to the threetier natural coral reef system for a quick snorkeling session. If you’re looking for a place to cool off, a family favorite is Sloan’s Ice Cream, a store that will not only have you screaming for ice cream but mesmerized by its ambience as well. Bright pink walls, chandeliers, moving toy trains, glass bathrooms—they had us at vanilla.

a day in the water, stay for the Sunset Cinema at Pier 60. Each Friday and Saturday around dusk, enjoy free, outdoor movies. B.Y.O.B. (bring your own blankets), and enjoy a starlit film. Catch Minions, rated PG, on the big screen March 16.

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Parks And Recreation

Climbing Everest is so overrated—climb Florida’s tallest working lighthouse instead. At 175 feet and with 203 steps, the view is worth the exercise. Once you’re back down at ground level, take the kiddos to the Marine Science Center featuring a turtle hospital, a seabird rehabilitation sanctuary, a hands-on aquatic pond with stingrays and hermit crabs, a boardwalk and nature trails. And the beach is there, too!

Ormond/Daytona Beaches

These beaches are just a short drive from Ocala and well worth the trip. Live like an Ormond local and grab a bite at Betty’s A1A Café. Or pack a picnic and spend the afternoon flying kites on the beach. Nearby is the Magic Forest Playground and plenty of miniature golf opportunities. A short drive to Daytona and you can spend the afternoon exploring the Daytona International Speedway. If you really want to cool off, try the Daytona Ice Arena for a day of ice skating. Check the website at daytonaicearena.com for public skate times.


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SeaWorld‘s Seven Seas Food Festival (Through May 13)

A hop, skip and jump away—Orlando is a hub for visitors from all around the world. And it’s practically in our own backyard. What’s our excuse not to visit? There’s more than enough to do for a weekend away.

Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s, Star Wars Guided Tour This new seven-hour Star Wars Guided Tour gives VIP access to the parts of galaxies far, far away, a.k.a. Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The night ends with the park’s “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks, laser and projection show. disneyworld.disney.go.com

Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival (Mar. 1- May 29)

Frolic through over 30 million colorful blossoms, interactive gardens and workshops at this annual springtime festival. disneyworld.disney.go.com

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon’s, Miss Adventure Falls (Opens Mar. 12) All aboard for some high seas fun. The longest raft ride in the history of Disney water parks, this family ride is one not to miss. Check out all the other newly refurbished digs, as well. disneyworld.disney.go.com

This popular food festival is inspired by street food from Asia, the Caribbean, South America and the Mediterranean. Various craft beers will also be available. seaworld.com

Movie Madness

Check out these family-friendly feature films coming to a theater near you. March 3: Leap! When orphan Félicie Milliner enters the Opera Ballet School in Paris, she is determined to make her dream as a prima ballerina come true. March 10: Kong: Skull Island. As a team of brave explorers travel to a mysterious island in the Pacific, they soon discover they are not alone—but on the same domain as the fictitious King Kong. March 17: Beauty and the Beast. Follow the timeless love story of a monstrous beast and a charming young woman. Can they beat the fall of the last rose petal?

Muses And Museums

Return to school with facts from these cool exhibits—some only on display for a limited time.

Orlando Science Center

The Astronaut (Through May 14) This traveling exhibit is out of this world. The Astronaut consists of 26 interactive displays that investigate the reality of the job that modern day space travelers face. From training to take off, discover what real-life space explorers must go through. osc.org

Museum of Science & Industry

Skywatch (Mar. 11) Circle the date, and set this night aside for star gazing. Join MOSI space experts and get your space exploration on. mosi.org MAR ’17 ›



Make your own big bubbles. You probably already

You probably already have all the ingredients in your have all the ingredients in your kitchen. Try out this kitchen. Try out this recipe for some soapy fun: recipe for some soapy fun: 1 cup water 1 cup water 4 tablespoons Dawn dishwashing liquid 4 tablespoons Dawn dishwashing liquid 2 tablespoons light corn syrup 2 tablespoons light corn syrup Mix each substance together, and head outside! Mix each substance together, and head outside!

Scavenger hunt. Make a list of some items your kids would likely find outside. (A quick Google search will help if you’re stumped.) Have them check items off the list once they’ve found them. Rainy day? No problem. Tailor your list to indoor play, and watch the little ones race around the house. Have a picnic. Head to your backyard or a local park, and spread out a blanket. Pack some yummy sandwiches, fruit and crackers, plus a pitcher of lemonade. On your way out the door, grab a few books to read or maybe even a board game to play after lunch.

Photo courtesy of Orlando Science Center

Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida

If you don’t take a selfie with a giraffe, did you really even enjoy spring break? Our answer is no!

Lowry Park Zoo

Dinos Alive (Through Aug. 31) Chimpanzees, panthers, koalas, oh my! Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is one of the most popular zoos in the southeastern United States, with over 1 million visitors annually. Take a day trip and visit the Dinos Alive exhibit. Get up close and personal with various species of interactive dinosaurs. By the way, pay for a day and visit the zoo for the rest of 2017 free of charge. lowryparkzoo.com

Jacksonville Zoo

Exhibits range from the Plains of East Africa and Land of the Tiger to Great Apes and Monsoon Asia—and that’s just the beginning of the animal exhibits available for guests. You can also get up close and personal at Stingray Bay and cool off at the Play Park and Splash Ground. Check the website at jacksonvillezoo.org and plan your trip around one of the offered zoo experiences. Just don’t forget to pack your camera.

Locals Only

Ocala just got a little more interesting.

Picasso’s Palette

Paint pottery, fuse glass, paint on a canvas or on glass. Picasso’s palette also offers classes in canvas painting, clay hand building, glass fusing,


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mosaics and pottery wheel. picassospalette.com

Sky Zone Trampoline Park

Sky Zone Trampoline Park, an all-walled trampoline court, is coming to Ocala this spring. Between Hobby Lobby and Blocker’s Furniture, activities range from “free jumping” on individual jumping squares to other activities like ultimate dodge ball and “Sky Slam” basketball-dunking. Plus, there’s plenty more to do. Let’s bounce! skyzone.com

Pokémon Hunting

This small town is big on Pokémon. Here are some hotspots to visit to increase your Pokedex: • • • • • •

Greenway Park, Ocala Tuscawilla Park Veterans Memorial Park, Ocala Lake Sumter Landing, The Villages College of Central Florida, Ocala Downtown square, Ocala

There’s No Place Like Home Put the keys away—no driving is required for these fun-filled activities. Let’s get creative! Abstract art. Grab a tray of paints, spread out a canvas or T-shirt and go to town. Swirling and mixing the paints is sure to teach an art lesson or two in there!

Baking day. Chocolate chip cookies? Apple pie? A little flour never hurt anyone. Spend an afternoon baking with your child. Better yet, pretend you are hosting your own cooking show with the family and video it. No doubt, that will be one funny episode. Water balloon fight. You know you’re a Floridian if you choose this activity in March. Fill the balloons, suit up and aim! Play charades. There is nothing like watching your father act out “cracking an egg” or your daughter pretending to “karaoke.” You can find a list of words to play with online or download an app to your smartphone. Make a board. When it comes to family game night, everyone likes to make their own rules. Why not make that a game? Using a piece of cardboard, make up some rules and find different objects around the house that serve as the game pieces. Just don’t change the rules halfway through the game! PJ day. Life is better in pajamas. Read books in bed, or make enough popcorn to last a movie marathon. Each family member gets to pick a movie.

Photo courtesy of Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

It’s A Zoo Out There

Photo courtesy of Florida

Sources: sheknows.com, realsimple.com, care.com

Can You Dig It? (Mar. 18) Ever want to take a closer look at fossils and gems? You can at the Florida Museum of Natural History! Through a collection of interactive exhibits and activities, guests can explore some of the treasures our Earth has to offer. While you’re there, check out the Butterfly Rainforest as well. You’ll explore a beautiful habitat that features hundreds of fluttering butterflies from around the world. flmnh.ufl.edu

CONFIDENCE WITH EVERY STROKE AT THE Y, WE BELIEVE THE ABILITY TO SWIM IS A CRITICAL LIFE SKILL. When you learn to swim, you gain confidence, acquire safety skills and experience water activities you can enjoy for a lifetime. Throughout all stages, we teach students how to be more comfortable in the water. The Y’s new swim lesson progression curriculum is designed to help participants reach their goals and provide a clear progression track so that we can: 

Accommodate students of varying abilities and ages

Foster a sense of achievement and self-confidence

Stay grounded in a skill continuum that allows students to move easily from one stage to the next with clearly defined stages of progress along the way

Encourage students to develop new friendships through group activities

SWIM LESSON LEVELS WATER DISCOVERY Parents accompany infants and toddlers in the water to explore the aquatic environment. WATER EXPLORATION Parents accompany infants and toddlers in the water to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles and fundamental safety skills. WATER ACCLIMATION Through water exploration, participants learn to feel comfortable, along with how to hold their breath and basic safety skills. WATER MOVEMENT Participants begin to learn how to move in the water, float, change direction and exit safely. WATER STAMINA Participants learn to swim longer by incorporating swim-float-swim. STROKE INTRODUCTION Participants are introduced to stroke technique on front and back crawl, breaststroke and butterfly. They are also introduced to treading water. STROKE DEVELOPMENT Participants continue to work on technique in all competitive strokes and water safety. STROKE MECHANICS Participants work on refining competitive strokes and turns, as well as focus on endurance training and water safety.

TEACHING MY CHILDREN TO SWIM We moved back to Ocala one year ago. I learned about the Y from a family member and was excited to join. At the time, my 4 children could not swim, and I was anxious for them to learn. We enrolled in the Safety Around Water Program (SAW) and signed up for swim lessons for all children immediately after the program was over. By the end of SAW Week, all of my children were comfortable in the water, and by the end of the swim lesson, 3 of the 4 of them could swim confidently, with the 4th learning to swim and enjoying the water, as she was only 2 years old at the time. My kids went from fearing the water and crying to jumping in with complete glee. The Y has been such a blessing to our family. It has not only provided a level of excellence in instruction, but has provided a sense of community with a routine of exercise, enjoyment and friendship.

—Kimberly Zeiss, YMCA Member

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN *Various Class Times Available

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a scene as old as history itself.

Flames shimmer and dance as sparks take flight, swirling and spiraling upward until they dissolve into the velvet black of night. Gathered around the fire pit, the listeners draw closer, the better to hear, as a single voice rises and falls and a story unfolds. Everyone around that crackling fire hears the same words, but as the story comes to life, each imagination paints a different picture. It’s the ageless appeal of storytelling, and it’s been part of our DNA since the beginning of time. Whether it’s a story that makes you laugh, reminisce or sends a shiver down your spine, a good tale stays with you. “As human beings, we are hardwired neurologically for narrative. It’s how we communicate, how we process things, how we envision things. Stories are universal. It doesn’t matter who you are or what culture you’re part of, we all can relate to stories,” observes Kaye Byrnes of the Mt. Dora-based Florida Storytelling Association. “Storytelling is very much part of the human experience, no matter who you are or where you live. People intuitively connect to stories,” adds Byrnes. “It resonates with them in ways that lecturing and left-brain information just doesn’t. Storytelling is very much from the right side of the brain.” Professional storyteller Doug Lipman describes the art of storytelling as the “experience of helping people listen together, each in their own way, gradually becoming part of something larger than themselves.”

history. In 1970, he took a job teaching math and science to emotionally disturbed children. “When I tossed ‘pearls of wisdom’ to them, they just grunted and turned away, because they didn’t trust me or my intentions,” Lipman shares on his website, storydynamics.com. “Then, one day, by accident, I told them a 10-minute story. For the first time, they gave me their complete, active consent to talk to them. They allowed me to take them on a journey of the imagination. I learned in the course of those 10 minutes that stories can help people trust one another. They can lead to a sense of sharing without coercion.” Lipman became a performing storyteller and today is also respected as a teacher of storytelling. For Jessica McCune, a nurse, mental health counselor and professional storyteller who lives in Ocala, stories offer the perfect combination of art and healing. “I am drawn to the stories that heal, that help us find our way and give insight and awareness,” says McCune, who has gleaned much from Diane Rooks’ book, Spinning Gold Out of Straw: How Stories Help Us Heal.

“Scientific studies back up the fact that areas of the brain respond to words. After U.S. Representative from Arizona Gabby Giffords was shot in the head and therapy was not working, her mother started playing songs from the ‘70s that she knew Gabby had memorized. When Gabby heard the lyrics she knew by heart, it was like it unlocked the tumblers in her brain. “Reading a story to your kids is light years away from storytelling,” McCune adds. “Storytelling is like a concert; someone is standing up telling their story, not reading from notes or a book. Neurological studies prove that storytelling fosters imagination and fires the brain. Kids can sit still and listen to a story, unlike sitting listening to someone trying to teach or just read to them.” McCune explains that storytelling connects information to emotion so we can remember and retain it.

“That’s the beauty of storytelling,” she says, “and that’s why you can remember something from 30 years ago.” In our technology-intense world, storytelling is enjoying a renaissance. McCune doesn’t think this is a mistake. Although many stories are about getting the listener to laugh, a good story is often about survival. This is where the hero story comes into so many of the fairy tales,” explains McCune. “The hero starts out to find his or her fortune or fame. There’s a crisis, and the hero makes it through that crisis and returns home

Fuel For Imagination

Among the homework Sigmund Freud, the Austrian neurologist considered the “father of psychoanalysis,” gave his students was to read fairy tales. He was in good company. After all, it was the brilliant physicist Albert Einstein who said, “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be very intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” Doug Lipman majored in mathematics in college but craved the connection of poetry, literature and MAR ’17 ›


a changed person with wisdom and/or experience. Stories help us survive and find our way.” This theme resonates with the vast majority of listeners because everyone is on their own journey and finding their way through life.

Types Of Stories

Think back to your favorite stories from childhood. You may not have realized they fell into particular categories, but just as there are book genres, there are definite storytelling genres. Among these are: • Folklore: Encompasses stories that reside in the oral tradition, including folktales, fairy tales, myths, legends, fables • Historical narrative: Encompasses original stories crafted from events and people of the past • Personal narrative: Encompasses original stories crafted from the teller’s life experiences • Literary: Encompasses stories from published literature, adapted for spoken word • Tall tales: Stories that seem believable into which the storyteller inserts something fantastic beyond belief, which is often humorous For the most effective, memorable story, the storyteller chooses a genre based on his or her specific venue and audience. “There are a multitude of storytelling applications,” says Byrnes. “Schools and libraries often focus on literacy development. Business venues may focus on leadership or

team development; care facilities may focus on nurturing cognition or emotional healing.” McCune recalls one story that made a lasting impact on her, Something for Nothing by Ann Redisch Stampler. What appears to be a simple tale about a dog and “a gang of howling and yowling, hissing and screeching cats” that terrorize him, is really based on the true story of a German soldier and a clever Jewish tailor during World War I. “The Yiddish tradition turns human characters into animals so the story could become a cautionary tale and less horrific,” notes McCune. “Stampler took an oral tradition story told to her by her grandmother and returned the story to the written word. Thus, I was able to find this great children’s story and return it to the oral tradition.”

Festival Opportunities Across the country, storytelling is becoming more and more popular; many urban areas in particular have

caught “the fever.” There are workshops and seminars to learn how to become a storyteller or, if you already are, how to improve your craft. “It’s a path of learning. Master the Possibilities at On Top of the World this semester even has a winter session on storytelling,” says McCune. Most people wouldn’t connect stories with a musical event like Woodstock, but McCune explains that this era of folk music concerts was a boon to the age-old art of storytelling. “People stood up and told folk tales at folk concerts during the ‘70s; storytelling festivals were spawned from this,” she notes. Today, storytelling festivals take place across the country, celebrating the magic of well-told tales and mesmerizing audiences of all ages.

Tell A Better Story Want to try your hand at storytelling? Follow these tips to get started: › Choose a story you love, making

sure it’s appropriate for your target audience. › Know your characters. Live with your story long enough so that the characters become real to you. › Visualize. You can’t bring a story to life for your listeners until you can see it clearly yourself. › Map it out. Every good story has a beginning, a body, a climax and finally, a resolution. 044

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› Prepare and practice. Record

yourself or have a friend video you so you can get comfortable with the process. You don’t have to memorize and recite the story word for word, but you should know it forward and backward, and you should know your beginning and ending lines by heart. › Make eye contact. Your listeners will feel like you’re speaking directly to them.

They offer opportunities to learn and are especially great venues to hear amazing stories from some of the nation’s best tellers. The National Storytelling Festival, which takes place in Jonesborough, Tennessee, begins the first Friday each October and in 2017 marks 45 years. Recognized as one of the Top

› Use expressions and gestures

to add to the story. Practice so these seem natural, not artificial. › Watch your pace. Don’t rush, but don’t dawdle; speak in a confident tone and at a pace that carries the story along. › Don’t ramble. When you’ve finished the story, stop! Avoid the cliché “moral of the story” wrap up and don’t feel you have to explain every detail. Listeners will always find their own take-away from a welltold story.

100 Events in North America, it’s often heralded as being the center of the storytelling movement that continues to spread. Closer to home, the Ocala Storytelling Festival is an annual fall event, held each November. Fortunately, you’re just in time for the Florida Storytelling Festival, slated for March 30 through April 2 in Mt. Dora. “If you’re just curious about the art of storytelling, joining us for one of the concerts would be a wonderful way to dip your toes in the water,” says Byrnes. “During each concert, all five of our featured tellers take the stage.” (McCune is one of those storytellers this year.) Tickets are just $10 for the concerts, but the festival also offers plenty of opportunities for people to come listen for free. On the veranda at the

Lakeside Inn, where the festival takes place, you can enjoy front porch storytelling at mid-day on Friday and Saturday. “These are free and open to the public; anybody can just sit and listen to the storytellers,” says Byrnes. “On Friday and Saturday afternoons, we have our ‘open mic swappin’ grounds’ for anyone who wants to tell a story.” (A seven-minute limit precludes longwinded tales.) Those interested in learning the ins and outs of telling their own stories will want to sign up for one of the numerous workshops throughout the event. A highlight of the festival is the Youthful Voices Concert, featuring the state’s finest young tellers in grade 12 and younger. Two past national winners of the Youthful Voices contest have hailed from Marion County: Jeremy Evans and Gwendolyn Pollock. “Most people assume stories are just for children, but one of the goals of the festival is to reintroduce adults to the joy and power of stories,” says

Byrnes. “People come for the first time, and once they’ve experienced it, they want more.”

Learn More

› Florida Storytelling Association,

Florida Storytelling Festival flstory.com, (800) 327-1796

› National Storytelling Festival,

storytellingcenter.net, (800) 952-8392

› Ocala Storytelling Festival


› Storytellers’ Websites to Visit and

Listen to Stories:

› Donald Davis: ddavisstoryteller.com

Elizabeth Ellis: elizabethellis.com Andy Offutt Irwin: andyirwin.com Bil Lepp: leppstorytelling.com Syd Lieberman: sydlieberman.com

› Jessica McCune:


› Kim Weitcamp: kimweitkamp.com

Area Storytelling Groups There are more than 20 storytelling groups across the state of Florida, including the following ones in our area: › Ocali Storytelling Guild (Ocala)

Contact: Jack Copeland, (352) 694-3350, jacquesdore@yahoo.com or Jessica McCune, (352) 895-9340, bigtexinfl@cox.net

› The Villages Story Group

Contact: Pat Crigler, (352) 391-9279, littleredbiplane@yahoo.com

› Gainesville Story Group

Contact: Ann Scroggie, annscroggie@gmail.com, (352) 332-6502

› Storytellers of Central Florida

(Winter Park) Contact: Pete Abdalla, (407) 699-8790, petenrusty@aol.com

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here’s nothing scarier than the unknown. Sating that fear is at the core of survival training. So in a world that can appear increasingly volatile, plus a Florida climate that through hurricane or flooding could turn inhospitable overnight, survival training can make a lot of the unknown known. Many people are simply intimidated by the idea of survival training. But Steven Claytor, a survivalist who runs the North Florida Survival School in Ocala, cools that concern.


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“Many people think they can’t spend a weekend out in the wilderness in a tent—much less build their own shelter, start their own fire using nothing but sticks or eat edible wilderness plants,” he says. “But if you have the physical strength to do some light hiking, I guarantee that you can complete my course.” In other words, once students get over the fear of the unfamiliar, confidence follows. “What most people fear is the unknown of the wilderness. They assume there will be snakes and spiders everywhere and bears constantly tramping through their campsite,” Claytor says with a smile. “There are plenty of dangers in the wilderness, but by using some common sense and caution, you can easily avoid the dangers of the terrain, wildlife and insects.” So no, survivalist living doesn’t mean you have to let your beard grow long or build a fortress tucked in abandoned woods like in Doomsday Preppers. In fact, much of survival training can be accomplished with some straightforward, sober preparation. That’s where the North Florida Survival School helps. Claytor has been teaching primitive wilderness survival and doing prepping consultations for three years, following a lifetime of passion for the subject. He trained in Arizona under veteran survivalist instructor Cody Lundin, best known as a host of the Discovery Channel show Dual Survival. Claytor’s school offers two main classes for students. The Weekend Warrior course is held in the Ocala National Forest over a weekend. Maximum class size is six students, with a cost of $250 per student (family/group discounts are available). The weekend covers a number of basic survival strategies, including building a

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Every family is going to have different needs, but there are a few basics that overlap:

You need both canned and dried. Steve likes beans and rice for beginners, along with some freeze-dried veggies. And don’t forget you’ll need a way to cook it if the gas and/or power are out.

Between 2-4 water cooler-sized jugs are the minimum.

Keep a few large tarps. They can be used to make an improvised shelter or to put over a leaking area of a roof or window after a storm.

Have a few good flashlights around the house and a small box of good candles. Twice a year, when you move the clocks forward or back, change the flashlight batteries. 048

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This is often overlooked. You’ll need water and possibly personal wipes. The easiest way to get sick quick is to be unclean.

Compile your own first-aid kit; do not depend solely on a store-bought kit.

Having some books or games to pass the time can not only keep the kids from giving you a nervous breakdown but can greatly aid in helping them get through a tough situation. A good game brings a family together, distracts from the difficulties at hand and gives everyone a bit less fear and anxiety. And maybe keep a surprise toy or stuffed animal for the tiny ones. The list can go on and on, but these basics could get you through at least a few days.

shelter, making a fire, identifying edible plants, finding and purifying water, and signaling for rescue. For the weekend, students need a gear bag, which can be compiled on their own or purchased ready-made from the school. The class teaches students how to survive in the wild on the strength of virtually nothing but their own wits. “This course builds confidence and independence,” Claytor says. “It’s a must for any hunter, hiker or camper and is a great way to give your Boy or Girl Scout some serious, real-life experience.” Claytor has helped scores of people become Weekend Warriors and has seen firsthand the changes in his students. “I guarantee once you’ve completed this course, you’ll be a different person,” he says. “Once you tell your friends you’ve completed it, they’ll look at you with a new level of respect. And they will also want that same confidence and self-reliance they’re seeing in you.” A cornerstone of Claytor’s teachings, and the most important component of outdoor survival, is limiting your exposure to the elements. “Most people die from their bodies getting either too hot or too cold,” Claytor says. “Here in Florida, the heat and humidity are a more constant threat to survival. A hat providing shade, long-sleeve clothing that provides breathability and lots of water and shade during the hottest part of the day are all great ways to keep hyperthermia at bay.” Claytor also runs an Advanced Survival course that extends beyond his starter class in both skill set and duration. Advanced Survival is a weeklong instructional that takes the lessons Claytor offers and forces students to put them to use.

For the first four days, the group learns survival skills at base camp in the woods. Over the last three days, students leave base camp (and their survival gear) behind and survive off the land with Claytor. “This course is not for those lacking in courage,” Claytor says. “We will be eating bugs, snakes, native plants and whatever else we can find.” The good news is that upon completing the course, there is virtually nothing a student will be unprepared to tackle in the wild. Specific challenges to meet include building a shelter out of natural materials, making a fire with primitive tools (sticks), finding edible plants and wildlife, preparing and cooking plants and wildlife, finding and purifying water, signaling for a rescue, trapping and weaving. Claytor also guides students through the challenges of thermoregulation (staying warm or cool enough) and mental survival.

Photo courtesy of Steven Claytor

And he’s proud to be able to lead a growing group of Floridians toward selfsufficiency and grace under pressure. “Many of the lessons I teach can apply not only to practical and wilderness survival but also to everyday life,” he says. “Water purification applies when lost in the woods, after a hurricane or flood, or even in a country that may not have the safest water. An emergency bag that you keep in your car can help you in the case of an accident, can help someone stranded on the road or can be grabbed if you decide to take a spontaneous hike.” It might not be enough to make you laugh in the face of a crisis, but having survival training under your belt means there’s nothing you can’t take on.

For more information, visit northfloridasurvivalschool.com. Upcoming Weekend Warrior classes fall on March 10-12 and April 7-9. Other dates may become available, and class dates can be added if a large group needs to schedule a different weekend.

Photo courtesy of Steven Claytor

Photo by John Jernigan

“My goal is to not just teach people things that will help them in a bad situation but also encourage them to share this information with their friends, family and loved ones,” Claytor says. “I want to teach as many people as I can to be self-sufficient so they will never have to depend on their government, neighbors or anyone else. It’s just all part of being a responsible adult.” The Advanced Survival course holds a maximum of six students and costs $950, with group discounts available. In the area of emergency/disaster circumstances centering on your home, Claytor offers preparedness consultations. No mere book instruction, Claytor comes to your home for a personal powwow regarding your family’s emergency preparations, plans, stores and equipment. If you have too much or too little of an item, Claytor will let you know. By the end of the consultation, there’s a clear list provided for homeowners regarding what’s needed and where to purchase it. “One thing you don’t want to do is rely on a pre-made emergency bag you might find at a retail store,” Claytor says. “They will let you down with cheap gear that you may not even be familiar with. When it comes to your life, your survival, you need to know what’s in your bag and how to use it.” Claytor believes the worst thing we can do in these turbulent times is ignore the basic skills necessary to keep ourselves safe in crisis. “Too often, folks stick their heads in the sand or think they can learn what they need by just watching shows on TV,” he says. “There is nothing better than actually having one-on-one education, where someone can answer any question that pops into your head. “Plus, practicing with someone there who knows what they’re doing makes a huge difference. You can talk about it or even plan and make preparations on your own, but without an experienced professional, you never know where you might be going wrong or what you might be missing.” As Claytor says, having basic survival skills is part of responsible adulthood.

The two most important tools in survival are a cutting edge and a way to make fire. If you have those along with some training or skills—or even some oldfashioned ingenuity and common sense— you can create other tools that can improve your situation. But a checklist could be different for every person. Other than having a knife and a way to make a fire, if you take medication, always have backup medication. Similarly, if you have severe allergies to something as simple as a bee sting, make sure to have an Epipen. A 55-gallon trash bag can be used as a poncho or to carry items, collect water, make an improvised shelter, mark your trail (by cutting into strips and tying to tree branches) and even be twisted and made into cordage. If you’re going on a hike, take a buddy—or at least let someone know where you’re going and what time you plan to return. Make an imprint of your boot on some aluminum foil over a soft cushion, in case you get lost and the print is needed for search and rescue. And if you don’t mind the weight, take plenty of water (or a small water filtering straw— Steve loves the Sawyer Mini), enough food and a small flashlight to last a day or two. MAR ’17 ›


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t the end of a long day, there’s nothing quite like the comforts of home. Sometimes, though, we find ourselves thinking, “I wish I could change this” or “That would be so much better over there.” So in honor of building, remodeling, renovating and decorating your home, we bring to you our annual Home Pros Who Know feature. The professionals featured on the following pages are some of the best in the business when it comes to matters of the home. Whether you are want to install new granite countertops, redecorate your living room or build the custom home of your dreams, these experts know their stuff and are ready to share their know-how.


Angie Lewis Angie Lewis State Farm Why should potential clients choose State Farm? Home is where your family grows and celebrates. But in an instant, fire, theft or damage can happen—and you could lose it all. A State Farm homeowners policy has the coverage you need to protect your home and personal belongings at a competitive price. You deserve the personal service that only a Good Neighbor provides with the accessibility you count on. Is it a good idea to just let my policy renew each year? Your insurance needs change over time. Conducting an insurance review with your agent at least once each year can help you determine if your policies still make sense

for your current situation. Your agent can talk to you about new discounts you might be eligible for and policies that best suit your lifestyle. What does State Farm’s “Good Neighbor” moto mean for clients? State Farm, well known for being a “Good Neighbor” by “being there” for our customers, was founded in 1922 by retired farmer and insurance salesman George Jacob “G.J.” Mecherle. We now insure more cars and homes than any other insurer in the United State. Angie Lewis State Farm offers a fully licensed team to answer all your questions and provide the Good Neighbor service that State Farm homeowners have relied on for over 90 years.

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Ashley Yates, GRI

Broker Associate, Southern Charm Realty of Central Florida, LLC What do you do to help the buying or selling process go smoothly for your clients? My goal is to give every buyer and seller the tools to smoothly and successfully be the smartest buyer or seller in today’s market, while having a little fun during the process. Rest assured, I will be by your side or work on your behalf at every showing, inspection, appraisal and closing. With a completely paperless office and electronic signature features, buying or selling has never been easier. What makes a successful Realtor? Communication and education. Any successful relationship relies heavily on communication—so, naturally, communication is essential. I also pride myself on my GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute) and Broker Associate designations, and with so many

first-time buyers looking for assistance, I also have training in the SHIP program. What is your best advice to someone entering the real estate market as a buyer or seller? 2017 is looking like an exciting year. Interest rates are low, and new programs are making prequalifying for loans for every situation possible. Unfortunately, we don’t have the inventory to sustain the demand. Here are the secrets to prospering in today’s market: • Have your pre-approval ready. • Be prepared to drop everything to view a home and make a quick decision. • Bid aggressively but within financial reason. • Expand your search to other neighborhoods or homes that need a little TLC. • “If you sleep on it, you might not sleep in it.”

Southern Charm Realty of Central FL, LLC › 1008 NE 2nd St., Ocala › (352) 817-3804 ›

ashleyyatesrealtor@gmail.com › ashleyyatesrealtor.com


Byron Zonin

Mortgage AVP, Florida Credit Union Why should a homeowner or homebuyer choose Florida Credit Union over other financial institutions? Buying a new home can be a long, difficult process, but with a home mortgage from Florida Credit Union, everything becomes easier! From mortgage pre-qualification services to personalized service and our online home mortgage loan calculator, Florida Credit Union provides our members with products, information and services designed to ensure that you get your new home with the right personal mortgage. What types of loans and mortgages do you offer? We offer conventional, FHA, VA, USDA, fixed-rate, adjustable-rate, manufactured home loans with land, condo loans and much more. We offer everything that the big banks have but with local service!

What’s your best advice for first-time homebuyers? Deciding you’re ready to buy a home is an exciting, and sometimes overwhelming, decision. But before you start picking out paint swatches, you need to determine just how much house you can afford. When you’re calculating your potential future payments, it’s also important to remember all the mortgage extras. If you decide to make a down payment of less than 20 percent, you may need private mortgage insurance, which will be factored into your monthly payment. Plus, you’ll also want to remember the taxes and insurance you’ll be paying alongside any other closing fees. Our mortgage team can help you answer all these questions and more!

Florida Credit Union › 2424 SW 17th Rd. › 9680 SW 114th St. › 3504 E Silver Springs Blvd. › 10 Bahia Ave Ln. › (352) 237-8222 › flcu.org


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Heather Stevens, Mike Zysek, Byron Zonin, Deanna Chosewood


Roger Bills, Owner Roger A. Bills Interiors How would you describe your interiors? I address each project individually and approach it as a creative challenge that requires its own concept and solutions. My interiors stress architectural awareness and must reflect the aspirations and personalities of each individual client. We always respect the client’s personal treasures and willingly incorporate them into the design concept. I’ve heard my work described as bold but unpretentious while maintaining a clean, comfortable reflection of my clients. Who can afford a designer? Almost anyone. I order directly from all of the major furnishing manufacturers. My low overhead allows me to work on a cost-plus basis with a much smaller profit margin than the competition. My hands-on approach to construction allows me to actually save my clients money and headaches by eliminating costly mistakes. What is the difference between a designer and a decorator? An interior designer is a professional who is qualified by education, experience and state licensure to identify, research and creatively solve problems relative to the function and quality of a client’s environment. We manage proper allocation of space, traffic flow, activity planning and the relationship of scale of furnishings to the interior space. We often generate blueprints for both new construction and renovation. As a result, more technical issues such as HVAC, lighting, acoustics and window and wall placement are addressed.

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Parish Tanner, Owner Ocala Car Audio

Ocala Car Audio offers personalized, quality service that focuses on the client’s needs and experience. The main crux of this hinges on the “Hi, Mom” approach. This approach lets clients know that Ocala Car Audio is working hard to make them proud—just like they would for their own moms. Now, after offering 3M Automotive Window Film for several years, they are expanding to residential and commercial widow film installations, as well. Ocala Car Audio is equipped to improve a variety of issues within a home. What does your new 3M film expansion encompass? We offer residential and commercial window tinting, including decorative film. Our film installations offer quite a few options of film depending on the client’s needs, including glare-control film, energy-saving film, film that reduces hot spots in rooms with windows and even film that protects from UV rays. How does the film benefit a homeowner? Window film can help protect floors, furniture, drapes and more by reducing and minimizing fading with UV protection, along with helping homeowners who have glare issues. Film can help with rooms that seem to get too hot and can reduce your monthly heating and cooling bill by better maintaining a more comfortable climate with reduced heat transfer. We also offer security film that helps protect your home from break-ins and decorative film that can add a touch of class or elegance to a glass dividing wall or provide a bit of privacy. What do you feel is most important to clients? I feel everyone out there simply wants two things when shopping: to be treated with respect and to receive a good value for their money. I really push my guys to treat everyone right with the “Hi, Mom” approach. If we can do that, life is so much better for our clients, our staff and our company. We are focused on the entire experience, and we do everything we can to make sure we offer the highest quality products we can, along with providing the best service we can. Ocala Car Audio has a client bill of rights. How does that ensure a positive buying experience? Basically, it gives a comprehensive directive to our staff to ensure they know exactly how I want clients taken care of even if I am not there. When you look at our bill of rights, it is focused on service and not pricing. Clients are guaranteed to be treated with respect, good value for their money, quality installation done right the first time, open and honest communication, and having their expectations met and exceeded every time. This is just a great way to make sure my guys know exactly what is expected and what I feel all our clients are entitled to.

Ocala Car Audio › 804 NW 27th Ave., Ocala › (352) 512-9897 › ocalacaraudio.com › facebook.com/ocalacaraudio 054

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Keith Brahier/ General Manager Camping World of Ocala

Camping is growing in popularity recently. What are some of the newest products and accessories you offer? There are many RVs to choose from for every lifestyle and budget. We carry lightweight travel trailers starting at as little as $109 a month, luxury fifth wheels, small motorized RVs, all the way up to large class A diesel RVs similar in size to small apartments for campers looking to spend extended amounts of time enjoying our country. All of which come with three years of our Good Sam Elite Membership with purchase. Financing is available, and all purchases can be complemented with fantastic accessories like fire pits, chairs, outdoor carpets and more. Tell us a little about your store/showroom. We have a beautiful facility designed to cater to our

customers. We have approximately 200 RVs for sale, featuring top manufacturers like Thor, Winnebago, Forest River, Keystone, Heartland and Coleman. We have a beautiful indoor showroom, customer lounge and a large parts and accessories store providing our RV owners with all their camping needs. You were named the No. 1 dealer in the nation by Statistical Surveys, Inc. What does that mean for your customers? Our customers know they have the backing of our national presence for all their camping needs and peace of mind that they will be provided excellent customer service and have a friend in the RV business wherever they travel. With more than 125 locations to serve you, you’re never far from a Camping World no matter where your outdoor adventures take you.

Camping World of Ocala › 14200 S. US Hwy 441, Summerfield › RV Dealership (877) 878-7662 › campingworldofocala.com

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Jason Scott, Vice President


Mike Scott Plumbing What are some of the current trends in bathroom remodels? From a fixture standpoint, we’re seeing homeowners choose trough sinks, square-shaped shower heads and freestanding tubs. Aesthetically, a black and white color palette and open shelving are popular right now. Tankless water heaters and recirculating pumps are also in high demand.

What is one of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to a bathroom remodel? The biggest mistake homeowners can make for any remodeling project is not hiring a professional. The cost of doing it yourself can be devastating if you are faced with

flooding or mold issues from improper installation down the road. It’s much more cost effective to hire a professional in the beginning than to repair and replace when things don’t go as planned. What types of products and services do you offer for bathroom remodels? Our showrooms in The Villages and Hernando have a large selection of the latest styles and trends in faucets, shower heads, tubs and more from all of the major brands. We have a team of design experts that can help you choose the right styles and features for your budget and taste. From design to installation, we can guide you through the process. If water runs through it, we do it.

Mike Scott Plumbing › 668 E. Overdrive Circle, Hernando, FL 34442 › (352) 237-2888 › mikescottplumbing.com

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Dylan Fergus, President Stone Rise Granite & Tile What sets your company apart from your competitors? Our company is the only one of its kind in the region, as we are not just a granite shop. We’re also your one-stop shop for all of your kitchen and bathroom needs, whether it be cabinetry, flooring, shower doors or crown molding. In addition to the services we offer, we’re a familyowned and -operated business that believes our greatest goal is to make everyone who walks through our doors feel like a part of the family. Where does granite come from, and how is it made into countertops? Granite originates from countries all around the world, but the most prominent nations of origin are Brazil and India. Granite is harvested from large quarries that remove the granite

in large portions called blocks. Each block is sliced into 40-70 sheets. Once polished, slabs are fabricated to the exact specifications of a particular project and prepared for installation. What can customers expect from the installation process? Although many customers expect a long process laden with complications, that couldn’t be further from the truth. At Stone Rise, our installation process for granite and quartz countertops takes only one day. Our installation professionals take care of the entire process, from tear out and removal to applying the finishing touches and cleaning any messes made. All our clients have to do is open the front door and let us get to work!

Stone Rise Granite & Tile › 861 SW 60th Ave., Ocala › (352) 861-8200 › facebook.com/Stonerisegt


Dee Tanner Morgan Brothers

What is the difference between a tank or tankless water heater? Tank or tankless water heaters are not “hot water” heaters as commonly referred to. Tankless offers the convenience of using less space than a traditional tank-type heater. Tankless heaters are two and a half times the cost of a traditional heater; however, there are rebates to offset this cost. There is added maintenance with tankless heaters, and a water softener is recommended. It also must be descaled annually. Tankless heaters are not instantaneous. The cold water still has to move through the pipes. There are recirculating pumps that can be placed on the heaters and inside the cabinet furthest away from the unit to give instant hot water to all fixtures. It shuts itself off when the desired temperature is reached. The good news is some tankless heaters are now being sold with built-in circulating pumps.

Tank heaters are now available with heat pumps. What does that mean? The heaters are called hybrids, and they work by using the surrounding air and depositing the heat into the tank. The end result is very efficient production of hot water with cooler and less humid air. If placed in a garage, this unit would also cool that space to make it comfortable. This heater is equipped with a timer and a vacation mode for part-time residents. Lastly, if you want more hot water from your present heater and don’t need to replace it yet, there is a booster that adapts to the heater to increase its volume.

Morgan Brothers Supply, Inc. › 1620 NE 8th Road, Ocala, FL 34470 › (352) 629-8191 › morganbros.com


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Tasha Osbourne, GRI, Top 1% Realtor


Southern Charm Realty of Central FL, LLC Why should buyers and sellers choose you over other Realtors? As one of Marion County’s Top 50 Realtors in 2016, I consider myself to be your trusted guide and fierce guardian. I am passionate about real estate and about the experience my customers have. I have earned the reputation as a relationship-built agent who delivers unparalleled customer service every time and considers it a privilege. This is the core and soul of my business. How does your background in the mortgage and title industry benefit your clients? I started in real estate after working in the mortgage business for eight years and the title

industry for three years. Because of my history, I am able to offer both buyers and sellers a wealth of knowledge on the home-buying experience and minimize unpleasant surprises or delays, avoiding any future regrets. How do you ensure your clients are pleasantly surprised with their experience? Going above and beyond is important in every real estate transaction, excelling in customer satisfaction. Don’t just take my word for it: “My husband and I have been working with Tasha for a year and a half while waiting for our house in Virginia to sell. She has been the kindest, most patient person. If there was an Olympics for the realty profession, Tasha would receive the gold medal.” — The Millers.

Southern Charm Realty of Central FL, LLC

› 1008 NE 2nd St., Ocala › (352) 613-6613 › tashasellsocala.com


Bill Benson, Owner Bill Benson Construction, Inc. What sets you apart from other builders? I’ve been in the framing business since 1984, and I’m involved in all phases of the job. I put on my nail bag and am not afraid to get dirty. Understanding your client, having a good vision of what customers want, offering ideas, putting together the customer’s dream home one step at a time and having fun doing it—that’s what it is all about. Why is your business still going strong while other builders are struggling? I’ve been blessed with a wife of 35 years who backs me up 100 percent. I have my own guys who take pride in their carpenter skills. Jack Grahling has been with me for 30 years and handles the

framing part of the business. My son, Billy, brings a bachelor’s degree in business and finance and helps in the office and with planning. Above all, my motto is “forget the past, live for today, don’t worry about tomorrow.” What’s your best piece of advice for someone looking to build a home? Find a hands-on builder, and make sure you can trust them with your investment. Check his or her credentials, credit and bankruptcy record, and make sure they are insured. Beware of contractors who tell you the numbers you’re wanting to hear to get the job, because most likely you will be getting hit with change orders and getting charged for it. Websites and Facebook seem to be today’s things, but word of mouth and handshakes are more my style.

Bill Benson Construction, Inc. › 2550 NE 36th Ave., Ste. C, Ocala › (352) 351-4108 › billbensonconstructioninc.com › Lic# CBC 1255331

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Amazon Echo is a wireless smart speaker that connects users to the “Alexa” voice service. This interactive device plays music, gives users access to virtually any information that can be retrieved on the internet and is one of the leading home automation hubs on the market. Echo is cylindrical in shape, is a little more than 9 inches tall, has a diameter of just over 3 inches and weighs 2.3 pounds. It contains a woofer and a tweeter and broadcasts in a complete circle, filling the room with sound. Echo’s simple design fits in with almost any décor in any room. All a homeowner has to do is say the word “Alexa” and the speaker immediately begins “listening.” Echo has seven microphones that can pick up your voice from practically anywhere in a room, even over music it is broadcasting while you are speaking. If the music is too loud or if you are too far away, then you may have to yell to be heard. Once you have Alexa’s attention, you can then use voice command to ask questions or control the various compatible

When outfitting your smart home for total integration, you must make sure that the various smart devices in your home are compatible with the central controller you choose to run your system.


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smart devices you have in your home. When it comes to controlling your smart devices, the key word is compatible. When outfitting your smart home for total integration, you must make sure that the various smart devices in your home are compatible with the central controller you choose to run your system. The list of devices that are compatible with individual controllers is constantly changing, so you must make sure you do your homework in advance. Echo’s hearing has a limited range, and to help extend the hub’s usefulness, Amazon released the Echo Dot. The Dot is a smaller and cheaper version of Echo. Echo costs $189 and Echo Dot costs $50. Dot is just 1 inch tall, has a diameter just over 3 inches and weighs just under 6 ounces. It also contains seven microphones, a woofer and tweeter. Amazon claims it produces sound on par with the larger Echo. Dots can be placed in each room, allowing homeowners to remain in constant contact with their home’s smart devices. The Dots are designed to be fully integrated so that Alexa will respond from the Dot you are closest to when you speak. Conveniently, this type of constant contact could allow a homeowner to lock all the door locks instantly if they were in a distant area of the home and heard a strange noise outside. It also affords homeowners the convenience to ask Echo or Dot a question from anywhere in the home and get an immediate response. For instance, if the homeowner is in the kitchen, he or she could ask Alexa to turn on the light and then ask for their favorite recipe. Alexa can then perform both tasks through either device, turning on the light electronically while retrieving the recipe from the internet. If the homeowner discovered that they didn’t have the necessary ingredients, he or she could ask Alexa to order that ingredient through Amazon Prime and have it delivered to their door the next day. Echo and Dot are the conduits through which the homeowner contacts the Alexa voice service, which exists in the Cloud. Amazon says that Alexa “learns” the habits of the user, including speech patterns and vocabulary. It also learns your personal preferences and “anticipates” your needs. One aspect of smart home control that must always be considered is the fact that all virtual assistant hub controllers must be connected to a power source and cannot be used during power outages unless the homeowner has a backup power supply.

GOOGLE HOME Google’s answer to Echo is Google Home. Home responds to “Ok Google” and provides virtually every service that Echo does. The main difference in the two systems is the amount of peripheral services they supply. For instance, when it comes to providing music sources, Home has access to Google Play Music, YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora and TuneIn. Amazon has access to Amazon Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn and Audible. Likewise, when it comes to the smart devices that power your home, the primary difference in the two systems is in the peripherals they are designed to control. Home has partnerships with Nest, SmartThings, Philips Hue and IFTTT supported products. Echo has partnerships with Nest, SmartThings, Philips Hue, IFTTT, Wink, Belkin WeMo, Insteon, Ecobee and others. Amazon Echo has been on the market for a considerably longer time than Google Home and at the present time, on average, offers more peripheral services than Home in all areas… but the list of peripherals increases almost weekly for both providers. While Home might presently fall short in providing all the services Echo does, it makes up for this shortfall in other areas. Home has access to Google Search, the most powerful search engine available today. So, when it comes to realtime responses concerning traffic, weather, finance or practically any subject you can think of, Home shines.

While Home might presently fall short in providing all the services Echo does, it makes up for this shortfall in other areas.



Garage Door Openers Forget and leave the garage door open? Receive an alert on your smartphone and close it with one click.


arage door opening systems such as Garageio or MyQ Garage now give homeowners the ability to open or close their garage door from inside their homes with just a simple voice command. Enjoy the convenience of having the garage door open automatically as you pull into your driveway and close automatically as you pull away from home. Did someone open your garage door without your permission? Now you can get an immediate notification on your smartphone or tablet. Forget and leave the garage door open? Receive an alert on your smartphone and close it with one click. Want to give your neighbor access to your garage? You can share services with just a click. Systems range anywhere from $50-$200 and can be installed by most homeowners.

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Door Locks & Doorbells


emember the good old days when you didn’t have to lock your door? Well, they’re back. Sort of. Smart locks make keys virtually a thing of the past. (Although it might be a good idea to keep one handy just in case.) Now, with a simple voice command to your virtual assistant, you can lock all your doors instantly from almost anywhere in your home. Smart locks can lock your doors automatically when you leave your home and unlock them automatically when you arrive back home. No more fumbling for keys with your arms full of groceries. Now you can allow access to your home to anyone you choose for any time period you choose. Do you want your neighbor to have access to your home Tuesday at 9am sharp? No problem. And you can cancel access with a simple command on your smartphone, smartwatch, tablet or even using voice instruction. You can also give family members or neighbors virtual keys so they can conveniently enter your home as needed. You can also keep an activity log that tells you which key opened the door and when they opened it. Smart doorbells with cameras and speakers allow you to see and carry on a conversation with anyone who approaches your door. Want to let them in? Simply instruct your smart lock to do so and they have immediate access. Expect to spend anywhere from $150-$300 on a smart lock and approximately $100 to $200 on a smart doorbell. Both systems can be easily installed by any experienced DIYer.

The system can alert you if a water leak is detected while you are away from home.

Security & Surveillance Systems


mart home security systems have kicked it up a notch. In the old days, an alarm went off if someone attempted to break into your home. Today, here is what a top-notch system can provide: When motion is detected anywhere in your home, the system can turn on the lights in that room or the entire home. If unlawful entry is detected, local law enforcement will be notified and security cameras will provide video footage of anyone inside or outside your home. When smoke is detected, the system can alert the local fire department and unlock your smart locks to grant firefighters access to your home. The system can alert you if a water leak is detected while you are away from home. Some systems detect toxic gases such as carbon monoxide and alert you instantly. Systems can arm themselves automatically when you leave home and automatically disarm themselves when you arrive home. You can have real-time video surveillance outside and inside your home from any distant location through your smartphone or tablet. (This service can provide ease-of-mind to parents whose children are left in the care of a babysitter or nanny.) You can spend anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars on a system, depending on the services you require. Some systems can be installed by the homeowner and some need professional installation. Systems can also be self-monitored or monitored by professional home-security companies.

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mart thermostats can help make your home more comfortable and can also help lower utility bills. Nest thermostats are leading the way in today’s smart thermostat market. Nest smart thermostats can “learn” your daily habits. This allows the system to automatically adjust the temperature inside your home depending on whether or not you are present. If the system learns that you prefer a constant 77-degree air temperature and if it learns that you leave home each day from 8am and arrive back home at 5pm, then the system can keep the temperature at a more economical level during the hours you are away, and then return it to a comfortable 77 degree just minutes before you arrive back home. Advanced technology allows the system to determine exactly how many minutes it takes to get your home to your favorite temperature, so no excess energy is wasted returning the home to 77 degrees. Some systems can discern when you are on your way home by

Smart locks can lock your doors automatically when you leave your home and unlock them automatically when you arrive back home.


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You can access smart thermostats from your smartphone, smartwatch or tablet and know what the temperature is in your home from any distant location. detecting the location and movement of your smartphone and adjust your home’s temperature accordingly. The ultimate goal of a smart thermostat is that you will never have to touch it again… and this offers convenience and avoids unnecessary changes in temperature, saving homeowners time and money. Smart thermostats, in conjunction with electronic vents, allow the temperature to be adjusted in individual rooms depending on the amount of use they receive. Individual vents can be shut down or partially closed to rooms that get little to no use. Individuals can also raise or lower the temperature of rooms they occupy to ensure their personal comfort. Over time, the smart thermostat learns which rooms require what temperature. You can access smart thermostats from your smartphone, smartwatch or tablet and know what the temperature is in your home from any distant location. You can also be notified if there are any mechanical problems with your heating and cooling system. Some smart thermostat systems also allow homeowners to control their hot water heaters, adjusting water temperature and helping save even more money. Systems cost anywhere from $100 to $250 and should quickly pay for themselves, as manufacturers claim smart thermostats can save consumers almost one third on their annual heating and cooling bills. They can easily be installed by any experienced DIYer.

Outlets & Switches


mart outlets and switches turn normal electrical devices such as lamps, coffeemakers, overhead lights, fans, etc. into smart ones. Smart outlets and switches give homeowners the ability to turn them on by smartphone or tablet or with a simple voice command to a virtual assistant. Some outlets have separate plugs that give you the convenience of controlling two electrical devices from one outlet. In order to deter break-ins, lamps plugged into smart outlets can be scheduled to come on and go off at various intervals while you are away on vacation. Lights throughout the house can operate on a coordinated schedule to naturally simulate your presence. Imagine this: Your Fitbit watch health tracker on your arm notifies your virtual assistant that you are awake. The assistant then activates the smart outlet that turns on your coffeemaker. By the time you have dressed, fresh hot coffee is ready to pour. Smart switches turn your overhead lights into smart lights while still allowing you to turn them on and off manually just as you have always done. Dimmer switches can be controlled with just a simple voice command to your virtual assistant or by smartphone or tablet. These devices cost from $30-$60 and are reported to save homeowners up to $100 annually when used to control standby devices. These could be installed by the homeowner but care should be taken when working with any electrical device… it might be best to contact a local professional to be on the safe side.

Everything Else


our smart home can also include smart pet feeders, high-quality audio systems, lawn mowers, vacuum cleaning systems, landscape irrigation systems, vehicles and virtually anything else you can imagine. As more and more home products go onto the smart market, it only makes sense to determine whether they are right for your lifestyle. They don’t just make the 21st century easier to live in, they make it more economical, too. And that’s smart living.

Imagine this: your Fitbit watch health tracker on your arm notifies your virtual assistant that you are awake. The assistant then activates the smart outlet that turns on your coffeemaker. By the time you have dressed, fresh hot coffee is ready to pour.

Light Bulbs


hen it comes to smart light bulbs, Philips Hue and LIFX lead the way. Philips smart bulbs can be used inside or out and require a “bridge” to connect the bulb to your router and virtual assistant. Once connected, the LED bulbs can be controlled by a click, swipe or simple voice command. The bulb eliminates the need for a smart outlet or smart switch and allows full control through the bridge alone. LIFX bulbs don’t require a bridge and are controlled through an app on your smartphone or tablet. Philips says the bulbs last an average of 15,000 hours and use up to 80 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs. A white bulb that is comparable to a 60-watt incandescent bulb uses only 9.5 watts of energy. The bulbs can be dimmed down to .9 percent brightness on command, and both companies offer bulbs that change color, lending ambience to any occasion. LIFX bulbs can “connect” with a Nest smart thermostat and turn your lights off and on automatically while you are gone for extended periods of time to help deter break-ins. One concern is price. The Philips White Light Starter Kit, which includes the bridge and two bulbs, costs $70 and the White Color Ambiance Starter Kit, which includes the bridge and three bulbs, costs $180. The LIFX Starter Kit, which includes two bulbs, costs $100.

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2005 Dodge Dakota $3,500 in cash prizes Golf cart & More great prizes

Join us for a hot sausage, egg and cheese biscuit, donuts, cookies, coffee and soda served up by SECO’s finest and friendliest employees.


• Register to win: 2005 Dodge Dakota, golf cart, $1500, $1000 and two $500 cash prizes. Assorted other prizes, entertainment, refreshments, and a variety of free gifts for all members. • Drawing for a special $300 bill credit for members who “like” us on Facebook and interact with us on Facebook during the event.


View energy-efficiency displays, interact with vendors, see our new solar array demonstration and test drive our newest online energy saving tools.


Saturday, March 25 SECO Energy Pavilion in Sumterville • Gates and Registration open at 8 a.m. • Business Meeting begins at 10:30 a.m.

PARKING ACCESS: Parking assistance and shuttle service provided.

Only SECO members may register and must be present to win.

The Kiwanis Clubs of Lake Weir and Ocala proudly present


Friday April 14, 2017 In Memory of George Albright, Jr. and to help save Camp Kiwanis

Single Golfer Entry: $75 Entry includes green fees, cart, lunch, corn boil, beer, soda water, and awards ceremony after play!

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High-Five Low Fats

Metastatic cancer is when cancer cells spread from one area of the body into nearby normal tissue, lymph nodes or organs. Professor Salvador Aznar Benitah from the Institute for Research in Barcelona has identified for the first time that the metastatic process is enhanced by fat intake. This theory was first tested on mice, who when given a high-fat diet, including palmitic acid (found in peanut butter, olive oil, etc.), developed the most aggressive metastatic cancer. They provided mice with a high-fat diet and then injected them with a type of oral cancer found in humans. The high-fat diet caused 50 percent of the mice to have larger and more frequent metastases. A low-fat diet is easy. Try munching on these delectable treats the next time you’re feeling the urge to snack:

› Low-fat microwave popcorn › Applesauce › Pretzels

Sources: cancer.org

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Of Farms, Food & Fables

An investigative journalist took on false food claims and shared her findings with the community. By Cealia Athanason


aura Reiley, award-winning journalist and food critic for the Tampa Bay Times, spoke to a full house at Ocala’s Institute for Human and Machine Cognition on February 9. As part of IHMC’s lecture series, Reiley approached her somewhat sobering topic, titled Farm to Table: Doomed to be Duped?, in a practical, and somewhat humorous, way. She began her lecture by sharing that McDonald’s and Subway are now claiming to provide farm-to-table fare. It’s not only the thing to do; it’s how these restaurants are keeping up with their competition. Most consumers want to eat locally sourced, farm-totable foods—though not necessarily for the same reasons. She said some reasons are taste-based, and others are fear-based. Some of us eat local foods for the environment or to boost our community’s economy. The good news is that the consumer’s desire for better food is being heard. It’s keeping the restaurateurs and farmers accountable, and that’s difficult. “The problem is that we’re being lied to,” she confirmed, leaving the audience in momentary silence. In 2015, Reiley worked on a series called On the Farm, which involved driving out to several farms to capture a day in the life of each farmer. What Reiley learned was surprising. One farmer tipped her off about fake farmers—and one specifically—that make it hard for the real farmers to make a profit. “You can just tell,” she told Reiley. This got Reiley wondering: Could she tell a fake farmer from the real deal? She went to a market and found the supposed fake farmer the other farmer had singled out. Reiley asked him about his farm, and


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“Food is a trustbased commerce.” he claimed to be a local farmer with a two-acre hydroponic farm. After doing her research and driving out to the farm’s listed address, all Reiley saw was a derelict piece of land that perhaps had been some sort of farm years ago. She questioned the farmer about it, and he cited theft as the reason he had an incorrect address on his Facebook page. He claimed his farm was on the street behind it, but he wouldn’t tell her exactly where. After driving that street and throughout the area, Reiley found his home, along with his truck that was piled high with store produce boxes.

Why does it matter? “Lies beget lies. Food fraud causes small farms to fail,” Reiley said. And four million farms have failed since the 1930s. False restaurant claims were the other problem Reiley encountered. When visiting a farmer who raised pigs for the pork, she learned that one restaurant would buy from the farmer for months but then switch to cheaper, conventional pork when the budget got tight. The restaurant would keep the farmer’s name on their chalkboard, crediting him for the wrong meat. “Food is trust-based commerce,” Reiley said. It’s not something that can be easily tracked down—or tracked at all sometimes.

“The problem is that we’re being lied to.”

Restaurants typically have small budgets, but they also need to keep up with the competition. Reiley explained that it’s easy for them to do what everyone else is doing instead of spending more money on the food they’re claiming to serve. Their main priority is to keep the lights on, after all. Reiley was no stranger to the fact that restaurants were lying to her at times. After graduating from culinary school, working for a food magazine and reviewing restaurants, she could tell when she was actually just tasting the same pie from the supermarket instead of the different ‘house-made’ pies several restaurants claimed to serve. After pitching the idea of investigating false restaurant claims to the Times, she took two months off her

regular work to investigate. Come April 2016, she spent two weeks writing her Farm to Fable series. Not long after the series’ online debut on April 13, it had close to one million views. The ultralocal focus of her exposé brought light to the false claims of restaurants in the Tampa Bay area. “It was surprising to me that chefs and restaurateurs didn’t think it was a terrible crime,” Reiley said. At the end of 2016, Reiley wrote a follow-up story to show what happened as a result of her investigation. She contacted Pam Bondi, Florida’s attorney general, and found out that Bondi had initiated an ongoing investigation of the claims of farm-to-table restaurants. Other than that, Reiley feels that much of the

responsibility rests on the consumer. “At federal, state and local levels, we’re not at a moment where people will pull back those curtains,” she said. In the state of Florida, there are approximately 40,000 restaurants and 191 inspectors, and Reiley clarified that it’s not an inspector’s job to look into farm-totable claims. So, what does a consumer do? First, understand seasonality—what grows in Florida and when. The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has an app that can help. “Once you learn those things, you have to be content to not eat everything all the time,” Reiley said. Consumers shouldn’t be afraid to ask a chef or restaurateur to define their terms—like the term ‘local.’ And when grocery shopping, it’s important for consumers to be competent at reading labels. Look for the country of origin, and learn what the terms

‘naturally raised,’ ‘organic’ and ‘grass fed’ really mean. Reiley also suggested using social media for good, calling on consumers to research farmers. She encouraged the audience to share about it when farmers and restaurants are doing things the right way. “It’s about rewarding the good guys,” she said. Lastly, consumers need to be vigilant, paying attention to food-borne illness and the latest news. They shouldn’t be afraid to ask farmers questions or to go check out their actual farms. “I definitely plan to add to [the series] in the future,” Reiley says. She feels it’s her job as a journalist to look into these things.

LEARN MORE › Read Laura

Reiley’s Farm to Fable exposé on tampabay.com, and visit ihmc.us for more information on their lecture series.

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A Taste Of Italy

Chefs of Napoli open latest location in Ocala


s there a better aroma than that of oven-hot bread mingling with simmering Italian sauce, rich with garlic, herbs and freshly crushed tomatoes? Not if you ask Antonio Cacace and Luigi Barile. Their newest restaurant opened in Ocala on February 20, and the partners behind Chefs of Napoli couldn’t be busier—or happier. After all, the two

Italian immigrants are living their dream of sharing the best of Neapolitan cuisine here in America. The sons of fishermen, Luigi and Antonio grew up in the port town of Pozzuoli on the Gulf of Naples. Both spent their early years working in a restaurant owned by relatives, starting in the lowliest of positions as dishwashers and eventually working

up to prepping and then finding their true calling once they began cooking. In 2000, the two self-proclaimed cousins left Italy and headed for the Land of Opportunity, both finding work in Florida’s restaurant industry. Their goal, however, wasn’t to work for someone else but to eventually open their own restaurant together. It took six years, but no one worked harder than Luigi and Antonio to make that dream reality. Today, the partners have realized more than they ever hoped for with not one but four locations (Spring Hill,

Chefs of Napoli › Heath Brook Publix Shopping Center › 5400 SW College Road, Ocala › (352) 857-8111

Inverness, Wildwood and, now, Ocala). Chefs of Napoli continues to grow with franchising opportunities and looks to expand with even more locations in the future. Upon opening their first location in Spring Hill in 2006, Luigi and Antonio called their business Touch of Napoli. Nothing seemed more fitting since the restaurant featured authentic Italian dishes made from recipes the duo brought from their home country. After branching out into multiple locations, it felt right to tweak the name a bit to Chefs of Napoli. At each Chefs of Napoli location, patrons savor the tastes of Italy with delightful made-from-scratch dishes, featuring pasta, chicken, veal and seafood, as well as amazing pizza crafted with hand-tossed dough. Their delicious crusty Italian bread, warm from the oven is a big favorite with customers. Be sure to save room for tiramisu or another sweet treat for dessert! “We are very happy to share our culture and our authentic Neapolitan cuisine with the community,” says Luigi. “For me, the best part is when people leave our restaurant with a smile.” All locations are open seven days a week, serving lunch and dinner. Reservations accepted.

Silverthorn Square › 14277 Powell Road, Spring Hill › (352) 544-1234 Wildwood Oaks Business Center › 9811 North US Hwy 301, Wildwood › (352) 399-6825 › thechefsofnapoli.com

Brooklyn’s Backyard

2019 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Suite #102, Ocala › (352) 304-6292 brooklynsbackyard.com Sun 11a-8p › Mon-Wed 11a-9p › Thu-Sat 11a-whenever Head down to the “Yard” for fresh food and fun in a relaxed, backyard atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for finger foods or something exotic, they’ve got it, and it’s delicious! Try one of their unique burger creations or their award-winning wings. Want pizza? They’ve got it, NY style, plus a full range of fresh salads, sandwiches and entrées sure to suit everyone! There’s beer, wine and a full liquor bar in the “Yard,” too—over 40 craft beers, craft cocktails and a great selection of wines, all sure to perfectly complement your meal! Come join us for Sunday brunch from 11a-2p with $10 bottomless Mimosas and $5 Bloody Marys.


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Looking to make your next event extra special? Brooklyn’s caters—holidays, weddings, parties, office lunches—we got you covered! Live music on Fridays! Family owned & operated. Brooklyn’s Backyard—Good beer, better food!


Book your party at Tony’s today. Gift cards available.

Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse

3405 SW College Road, Ocala › (352) 237-3151 › tonysushi.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p › Fri & Sat 11a-11p › Sun Noon-10p With abundant menu choices and over 100 off-menu rolls, you certainly won’t run out of options at Tony’s Sushi. If you can’t decide, the waitstaff 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 prepare a memorable meal as they cook on the tableside grills, preparing chicken, steak or seafood just the way you like it. Entrées include soup or salad and rice. Family-friendly, casual atmosphere, along with a full bar, including imported Japanese sake and beer selections.

Come enjoy our brand-new tapas menu available exclusively at the bar. Monday through Saturday, 3-7pm for $7. Full-service catering also available. Additional parking in rear.

Mesa de Notte

2436 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala › (352) 732-4737 › mesaocala.com Mon-Thu 11a-9p › Fri & Sat 11a-10p › Closed Sun Mesa de Notte uses only the freshest ingredients to prepare their unique, gourmet, Italian dishes. The menu features both lunch and dinner options and offers patrons an expanded, private dining room capable of accommodating up to 50 guests. It’s perfect for your next party or company meeting. The talented professionals at Mesa de Notte can also handle all of your catering needs—big or small. Experience our St. Patrick’s Day dinner—Corned Beef & Cabbage and Shepard’s Pie, served 11a-9p. Easter Sunday—Serving brunch 10a-3p.

At our Sunday brunch, enjoy our chef’s specialty dinner selections, including an impressive assortment of fresh salads, peel and eat shrimp, and the chefattended carving station... not to mention the best part... dessert! Find us on Facebook for up-to-date info on special events.

West 82º Bar & Grill

9301 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River › (352) 795-4211 ext. 311 › plantationoncrystalriver.com/restaurant-and-bars.htm Breakfast: daily 6-10:30a › Lunch: Mon-Sat 11:30a-2p Dinner: daily 5-9p › Sunday Brunch: 11:30a-2pm Experience authentic Florida cuisine at the Plantation on Crystal River. Just off our lobby is the West 82º Bar & Grill, where you’ll find top-notch recipes in a relaxing setting along Kings Bay. Holding true to our reputation of genuine Southern hospitality and attention to detail, all our entrées are prepared with the finest natural—and, whenever possible, local—ingredients. Join us Sundays for our delicious brunch, featuring traditional breakfast favorites. Overlooking Kings Bay and Crystal River, the West 82º Bar & Grill provides a special place to enjoy dining with your friends and family.

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Party Like The Irish

Music, fun and good Scottish Irish fare—the Tilted Kilt has it all.


t’s March at the Tilted Kilt, and we all know what that means—it’s time to go all out for St. Patrick’s Day. The Tilted Kilt regularly hosts events like bike nights, live music and classic car cruise-ins, but this month, get ready for the biggest celebration of all: one whole weekend of St. Patty’s Day parties. But first, the Tilted Kilt kicks things off with their annual ride out to Daytona Beach for Bike Week on Saturday, March 11. “We meet at 10am; kickstands up at 11am,” says Nefty Montfort, Tilted Kilt’s general manager. Breakfast sandwiches are available before an estimated 40 motorcycles ride out to the beach. The next weekend, everyone gets to go Irish at the Tilted Kilt’s weekend-long St. Patrick’s Day Bash on Friday and Saturday, March 17 and 18. The whole restaurant will be decked out in all things green, and you’ll get to enjoy some of the best Irish fare all day long. “We’re talking green beer, beads and bagpipes,” Nefty says. “We’ll have live music, shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, and corned beef sandwiches, too.”

On March 17, Conrad Marcum and his band will perform live, along with a bagpiper. Happy hour begins at 3pm and features specials on all domestic drafts and well liquors. Then on March 18, the fun continues with local band Stripped Down playing from 6-10pm, happy hour the entire night and a classic car cruise-in. The excitement doesn’t end there. Come April 1, Bobby Friss will be welcoming bikers back to the Tilted Kilt’s monthly Bike Night from 6-10pm. Bike Night happens the first Saturday of every month from April to November, and besides bringing bikers together, there are classic car cruise-ins, happy hour offerings and fun games. Want to join in the fun? Head over to the Tilted Kilt, and stay tuned to their Facebook page for more upcoming events and specials.

Tilted Kilt › 3155 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala › (352) 351-5458 › ocala.tiltedkilt.com › Sun-Sat 11a-close

Crossroads Country Kitchen 7947 W Highway 40, Ocala › (352) 237-1250 Mon-Thur 6a-8:30p › Fri-Sat 6a-9p › Sun 7a-3p

Located west on Highway 40 in Ocala, the Crossroads Country Kitchen is a must for anyone craving down-home, country cooking. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, menu items range from a wide variety of homemade soups and chili to prime rib, fresh salads, seafood, prime steaks and burgers. If you’re in the mood for a real treat, try the Prime Rib Dinner For Two for $26.95. Make sure to leave room for one of the tasty home-baked desserts! In the mood for a fresh fish fry? Tuesdays and Fridays are all-you-careto-eat catfish or whitefish. Enjoy an Italian special on Wednesdays. Big screen televisions will allow you to enjoy your meal without missing one second of the big game or race.


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


Beer and wine are available, and the Sandbar is just steps away for specialty drink orders. Buy $100 in gift cards and receive a $25 bonus card for yourself, while supplies last.

Trivia Night every Thursday, 7-9pm (Silver Springs Blvd. location) Mariachi band every Thursday at the 200 location, 6-9pm

Eaton’s Beach Sandbar & Steam Shack 15790 SE 134th Avenue, Weirsdale, FL (352) 259-2444 › eatonsbeach.com Mon-Sat 12-8pm, Sunday 12-7pm

The Steam Shack at Eaton’s Beach is all about casual dining, a beachside atmosphere and fresh, delicious food. Sure, they have tasty sandwiches and appetizers, but the main focus is on the steamed shrimp, crab legs, crawfish and other seafood offerings. After spending a hot day on the beach or in the water at Lake Weir, guests can feel comfortable ordering in flip flops and a bathing suit. Or are you headed to Eaton’s Beach for an evening out with friends after work? Stop at the Steam Shack first for a drink and appetizer while waiting for your table.

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 New lunch specials include Taco Salad on Mondays, $4.45; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $4.95; Quesadillas on Wednesdays, $6.45; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $5.95; and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $4.95. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $8.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $7.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $7.95; and Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $7.95. Plus $1.95 margaritas on Mondays. On Sunday, kids 12 and under can enjoy 99¢ children’s meals (takeout not included). Wednesday is Special Margarita Day, 99¢ all day. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day. Happy Hour daily, 3-7pm. Everything is 2-4-1 (exceptions may apply).


Happy Hour 3-6pm every day. We also offer outside dining. Call ahead seating available. Reservations accepted for parties of nine or more. Check our website for a full menu and daily specials.

Lighthouse Point Bar & Grille 925 Lake Shore Dr., The Villages, FL (352) 753-7800 › lighthousepointbarandgrille.com Sun-Thu 11a-9p › Fri-Sat 11a-Midnight

Lunch overlooking the water or dinner with a breathtaking sunset. You’ll be sure to love it. Relax every Sunday with our Bottomless Mimosas. Monday’s special is Baked Stuff Lobster. Tuesdays, we have Shrimp and Chicken Jambalaya. Join us on Wednesdays to see what our Fresh Catch of the Day is. No matter what takes the bait our chef is sure to make it yummy. Thursdays are All You Can Eat Crab Legs (Call or stop in for dates and details). Whole Maine Lobster and Raw Oyster lovers, Friday is your day to enjoy. Saturday is Twin Tails Day. Look no further because we have The Best Clam Chowder in Town! We offer a gluten free and kids menu as well. For all the sports fans out there, we have seven flat-screen televisions for you to enjoy all sports all year-round. We are family owned and everyone is treated as family.

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BITES La Hacienda › A Mexican restaurant

and store so authentic you will think you’ve booked a one-way flight to Tijuana. Aside from the groceries, homemade flour and corn tortillas, and bakery, stop in with the kids on Thursday nights between 5-7pm for kid’s night. There they will enjoy awesome face painting and balloon twisting from Jewelz Entertainment Services. Balloon hats for the kids and chimichangas for the adults, please. Open SundayThursday 8am-9pm and Friday-Saturday 8am-10pm. › 4185 FL-40, Ocala › (352) 512-0746. lahaciendaocala.com

Savvy Sipper How to outsmart a hangover.

Crossroads Country Kitchen


ne too many trips to the bar can send you plummeting down a path of dehydration, sugar overload and, ultimately, a headache, lethargy and potential nausea the next day—not to mention the dizziness and restless few hours of sleep you’ll deal with immediately after excessive drinking. Listen up, party animals: You can let loose without wreaking havoc on your body and possibly avoid getting a bad hangover, too.

Down The Hatch

Going out? Take our advice, and pregame with these pointers in mind. EAT UP: Slow-release carbohydrates like brown rice, quinoa or sweet potatoes will line your stomach and act as a preliminary barrier, slowing alcohol absorption. Aim to eat a bit of food before your first drink. DRINK UP: Water that is—before, during and after cocktails. You know those frequent bathroom trips you tend to take when drinking? That’s because alcohol dehydrates your body. Drink one glass of water after each cocktail to stay better hydrated. REST UP: Magnesium is a mineral that encourages relaxation and better stress management. Before you collapse into bed after a long night out, pop a


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› If you are in the mood for some good

magnesium supplement to help you sleep better. TIP: Stick to cleaner liquors like gin, vodka or light rum. Avoid mixing different types of alcohol throughout the night, and replace those sugary mixers (a.k.a. undercover hangoverinducing agents) with lemon juice and sparkling water.

Handle That Hangover

Maybe last night got away from you, and you’re dealing with some serious hangover blues. (Hey, it happens.) These healthy, kind-to-your-body tricks will put go-to fixes, like coffee and Tylenol, to shame. REFUEL: But not with the usual greasy burger or fried chicken with a side of salty fries. Whether it’s a 2am fast-food feast or a groggy noon-time breakfast hours later, the junk food you’re likely craving will only make you feel worse. Instead, think healthy proteins and fats. Eggs, avocado and spinach are all good options. Because you’re dehydrated, you’ve lost electrolytes, like potassium. A potassium deficiency makes you feel lethargic and sluggish. Ditch the sloth-like behavior, and eat bananas, cantaloupe or avocado toast.

These foods are full of potassium and will give you a much-needed energy boost. Don’t stop there; you need to drink lots of water to rehydrate. Aim for 2 to 3 liters. Even better, try some coconut water. WORK OUT: Go for a walk or a quick jog, lift weights, do yoga or perform body weight exercises to work up a sweat. Exercising, even for a short amount of time, gets the blood flowing, stimulates the lymphatic system to filter out toxins and releases endorphins (those happy, feel-good hormones). Just remember to pay attention to your body and only do what feels best. BOOST LIVER HEALTH: Switch that cup of coffee for its decaffeinated friend, dandelion coffee, because dandelion root helps detoxify the liver. Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale and cabbage have enzymes that also aid liver detoxification, and another option involves drinking apple cider vinegar mixed with lemon water and turmeric—though we’d recommend trying the other, more palatable suggestions first. Source: cnn.com, mindbodygreen.com, wellandgood.com, craveonline.com

ole’ country cookin’, you’ve come to the right kitchen. Breakfast, lunch or dinner—the skillet is always hot. Get your metabolism pumping and order the Sirloin Steak and Eggs for breakfast. Come back for lunch and try the Country Cured B.L.T. with a cold ice tea. When dinner rolls around, we recommend the Country Fried Pork Steak Platter—you can thank us later. Open Monday-Saturday 6am-9pm and Sunday 7am-3pm › 7947 FL-40, Ocala › (352) 237-1250.

Sokol Vineyards › “Where there is no wine, there is no love,” is a quote by Euripides and cherished by the Sokol family vineyard since 2010. Welcoming guests into their Ocala tasting room spring of 2017, Sokol Vineyards has it all, from handcrafted wines to a relaxing, modern atmosphere. As a member of the Wine Club at Sokol Vineyards, you will have first taste of the finest wines before they are released to the public. Sign up for a newsletter by Dr. Wine on sokolvineyard.com for information and answers to wine/food parings, recommended tasting events within the United States and the art of wine creation. 101 E Silver Springs Blvd Suite 102, Ocala › (352) 528-2675 › sokolvineyard.com Continued on p.74


Happy Hour Specials: 2-7p every day, $3 Draft Beer $4 House Wine & Premium Cocktails $5 Super Premium & Signature Cocktails Every Tuesday is Fat Tuesday at Harry’s. Happy Hour all day long! Mardi Gras Parade of FlavorsEnjoy through the month of March.

Dine with us in the most elegant and elaborate dining room in Ocala–perfect for a romantic dinner experience to remember. Taste Brazil! Happy Hour Tue-Fri 5-7p Join us for Easter Dinner on Sunday, April 16th from 12-7p.

Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille

24 SE 1st Avenue, Ocala › (352) 840-0900 › hookedonharrys.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p › Fri & Sat 11a-11p › Sun 11a-9p Located in the heart of downtown Ocala, Harry’s offers traditional Louisiana favorites like Shrimp and Scallop Orleans, Crawfish Etouffée, Jambalaya, Shrimp Creole, Blackened Red Fish, Louisiana Shrimp and Southern Grouper Fingers (as pictured). Other favorites, like Harry’s Signature Crab Cakes and Bourbon Street Salmon, are complemented with grilled steaks, chicken, burgers, po’ boy sandwiches and salads. Their full bar features Harry’s Signature Cocktails such as the Harry’s Hurricane, Bayou Bloody Mary or the new Southern Mule. They also feature wines by the glass and a wide selection of imported, domestic and craft beer. Harry’s menu is sure to have something for everyone!

Ipanema Brazilian Steak House

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

Jersey Mike’s Subs

Join us on Wednesday March 29 and show your support for Combat Veterans to Careers!

2602 SE 19th Ave Rd, Ocala › (352) 236-6809 8075 SW SR 200 Suite 121 (Publix Plaza), Ocala › (352) 304-8781 Sun-Sat 10a-9p › jerseymikes.com At Jersey Mike’s Subs, our goal is to give back to the community, make the freshest sub—hot or cold—cut each time in front of you and provide a clean and friendly atmosphere in which to relax. Jersey Mike’s Subs in Ocala has partnered with several organizations and charities in Marion County. During the month of March, Jersey Mike’s is celebrating a month of giving in which we will be partnering with Combat Veterans to Careers. We will be collecting donations throughout the entire month, and on Wednesday March 29, all of our sales for the day will be donated as well. Join us as we welcome our new location at On Top of the World, 8075 SW State Road 200, #121, in the Publix plaza. Be a sub above.

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BITES Crunchies and Munchies ›

Phone Gone Foodie

The apps all foodies need.


o you love eating at new restaurants, trying interesting or foreign foods, experimenting with ingredients at home and, yes, even grocery shopping? If that’s you, admit it— you’re a foodie. Now take a minute to check your phone. Do you have the foodie-approved apps listed below? Take a look; then hit download.

In The Aisle

The apps to help you make healthy, informed decisions when planning your next great dish.

YUMMLY: Introducing your all-inone food app. This app features personalized recipes, video tutorials, food articles, dietary and taste preferences, accommodations for your level of cooking experience and a convenient grocery list function. (It’s even categorized.) Ready, set, download. Free on iOS and Android devices. VIVINO: Ever find yourself overwhelmed in the wine aisle? Scan wine labels directly from this app for reviews, ratings, food pairings and complete descriptions. Plus, you can find most types of wine by using the app’s search function. (Looking at you, fancy restaurant wine lists.) Free on iOS and Android devices.

At Home

FOODUCATE: Open the app and scan the barcode of foods in-store to see their health grades on a scale from A to D. See nutritional facts, explanations and healthy alternatives, too. Input your health stats and goals, and save healthy recipes to the ‘Favorites’ tab. Free on iOS and Android devices.


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Cooking up tasty dinners at home requires inspiration, planning and management. Get your foodie fix with these apps. THYME: It’s the ultimate kitchen timer and manages cooking times for your oven and each burner on your stove separately. Goodbye, charred dinners and boiled-over pots. Free on iOS and Android devices. TENDER: Playing off dating app Tinder’s concept, swipe right to save food

photos with corresponding recipes to your ‘cookbook’ and swipe left if you’re not interested. Search by ingredient or dietary preference, and you’ll be matched with new dishes. Share your own food photos through the app, and see what your friends are cooking, too. Free on iOS and Android devices. AMOUNT: Because math isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, use this app to convert different food measurements like pints, gallons, ounces or teaspoons. It does cost 99 cents, but isn’t that worth the time spent and mental gymnastics done otherwise? Available on iOS devices only.

Out On The Town

Move over, Yelp. With these apps, you can make reservations, scout the hotspots and take gorgeous photos of your food. OPENTABLE: Find restaurants, read reviews and book reservations all within this app. Enjoy access to menus, payment options, dress code and contact information. Then, wait for your table from home. Free on iOS and Android devices. MATCHBOOK: This app is perfect for keeping track of your favorite restaurants and making a list of new ones you’d like to try, especially when traveling to new places. Connect with friends to see their favorites, too. Free on iOS devices only. FOODIE: Want your friends to appreciate your food as much as you do? Use this camera app to capture your food beautifully with impressive editing features, 26 filters and more. Free on iOS and Android devices. Sources: buzzfeed.com, organicauthority.com, mashable.com

Ocala is stepping up its wing game. A new Crunchies and Munchies location is opening soon on NE 36th Avenue, across from the Ocala Golf Club. Choose from original sauces like mild, medium, hot or x-hot. They also offer sauces named thermal meltdown, garlic, smoky bbq, carolina bbq, honey mustard and honey bbq. If you want to swing in for lunch with friends, the “Afternoon Super Special” is good Monday-Thursday, 10:30am-5pm, and is served with 50 wings, one pint of slaw and one large batch of fries for only $35.89! Daily lunch specials are available Monday-Friday, 10:30am-2:30pm. crunchiesandmunchiesinc.com

Earth Fare › In 1975, the first

Earth Fare opened in Asheville, North Carolina. Now, next month, the health food store is making its way to Ocala. The mission statement is simple: offer real food to enable people to regain control of their own health. Earth Fare’s food is free from added hormones, artificial fats and trans-fats, artificial sweeteners, antibiotics, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors or flavors and more. Do your sweet tooth a favor and check out their bakery. It’s certified to use only the purest of ingredients. An “Old-World European” baking philosophy is what they call it— healthy, wholesome and delicious. Also check out the deli, hot items and home and beauty products. Open daily from 7am-10pm. › 2405 SW 27th Avenue #101, Ocala › earthfare.com


For more information on catering, contact Waica Huggins or Evelyn Nussel at wmhivyhouse@yahoo.com Stop by our new bar and enjoy our specialty drinks! Share your Easter Sunday lunch with us!

This family-inspired pizza joint never disappoints on pizza that is served with love! Maddio Monday: 9” 3 topping pizza & drink, $7.99 Maddio Meal Lunch Special 11a-4p: 6” pizza, soup/salad & drink, only $8.99

Early Bird daily 4:30-7pm Check out our sushi bar. Serving Ocala since 1986! Ask about our lunch specials!

The Ivy House Restaurant

917 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala › (352) 622-5550 Sun & Tue 11a-2p › Wed & Thu 11a-8p › Fri & Sat 11a-8:30p › Closed Mon 106 NW Main St, Williston › (352) 528-5410 Sun-Wed 11a-2p › Thu-Sat 11a-8p › ivyhousefl.com “Come on home, it’s suppertime!” is our motto. We want you to feel you have come to our home to eat. The family-owned Ivy House Restaurant now has two locations, Williston and Ocala. The downtown Ocala location has added several specialty items, and the restaurant has been named by Florida Trend as one of the “Top 500 Best Places to Eat in the State” for several years. Specials include Southern Fried Lobster, delicious hand-cut steaks and our famous Baked Krispy Chicken. Trying our delicious homemade desserts like the Key Lime Pie or Chocolate Midnight Cake is a must when dining here.

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza

2606 SW 19th Ave. Rd., (Easy Street) Ocala › (352) 854-5100 Sun-Thu 11a-9p › Fri & Sat 11a-10p › unclemaddios.com At Uncle Maddio’s, prepare to be blown away! With over 3 million topping combinations, we build pies using quality, responsibly-sourced food, from the pizza dough that’s made in-store each day to the locally-grown veggies that are delivered fresh every morning. Uncle Maddio’s is a next generation pizza restaurant that lets guests build their own pizza exactly how they want it. The pizza is cooked in fast-bake ovens and served to their tables in about six minutes. Guests choose from one of three crusts, including a delicious gluten-free option, seven different tasty sauces and over 50 topping choices. For guests looking to expand their pizza horizons, Uncle Maddio’s also offers Chef-Made Creations ranging from the Classic Margherita and Steak & Blue to the Mushroom Truffle and Greek Garden. Create-your-own salads and toasted Foldwiches™ round out the Italian-inspired menu.

Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant

2463 SW 27th Avenue, Ocala › (352) 237-3900 › kotobukiocala.com Lunch: Tue-Fri 11:30a-2p Dinner: Tue-Thu 4:30-9:30p › Fri & Sat 4:30-10:30p › Mon & Sun 4:30-9:30p For an authentic Japanese meal in an award-winning restaurant that has been serving Ocala since 1986, try Kotobuki. Enjoy traditional Japanese favorites like tempura, teriyaki and broiled seafood and vegetables. For a memorable experience, gather around the hot grill and watch as your chef prepares steak, chicken and seafood favorites right before your eyes. Get the VIP treatment. Check out our specials!

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Braised Onion Restaurant

754 NE 25th Ave, Ocala › (352) 620-9255 Tue-Thu 11a-9p › Fri & Sat 11a-10p › Sun 11a-8p › Closed Mon

Join us for live jazz each week, Friday evenings from 6-9p.

Braised Onion Restaurant, where you’ll experience “Comfort Food with Attitude” in a fun, warm and colorful but casual atmosphere, is open for lunch and dinner. Winner of Culinary Combat and Taste of Ocala for three years. From country-fried tenderloin and Kentucky hot brown melt to the eggplant parmigiana or the frenched pork chop, the menu options are plentiful and guaranteed to make your taste buds explode with happiness. And don’t forget the dessert menu, which includes the prize-winning bread pudding and coconut pie. YUM! Visit our website at braisedonion.com.

Fish Hawk Spirits

21 SW 2nd St., Gainesville › (352) 792-6699 › fishhawkspirits.com › Mon & Tues Private Tastings › Wed-Fri 4p-10p › Sat 1p-10p › Sun 4p-10p Craft spirits—what does that mean? At Fish Hawk Spirits, the philosophy is about doing business with their neighbors while pursuing quality in their finished spirits. Their spirits are made from locally sourced, all-natural raw materials. They consider themselves makers of fine, handcrafted spirits. They distill every drop, capturing the essence of Florida from the ingredients grown here. They source materials first from Marion County and then from Florida and, if necessary, from other U.S. producers. Every drop of their tangerine brandy, Marion Black 106, began as a blossom on a tangerine tree in a Florida grove—just like their blueberry products are made from the blueberries grown at Island Grove Winery and their whiskey from corn and oats grown in Florida.

Pavarotti’s Pizza & Restaurant

8075 SW HWY 200, Canopy Oaks Center, Ocala › (352) 291-9424 Mon-Thu 11a-9p › Fri-Sat 11a-10p › Sun 11a-8p

Pavarotti’s Pizza and Restaurant in Ocala is known for its famous, old-fashioned pizzas, hand-tossed and baked on a stone deck oven. Try the array of classic Italian entrées, fresh salads and subs, and hearty pasta dinners. Veal or chicken is served Parmigiana, Marsala or picatta style, and the seafood dishes are served fresh over linguini. Pizza lovers can’t get enough of the homemade pies, and don’t forget about the subs, stromboli and calzones!

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A NIGHT To Remember



Ocala has seen its fair share of headliners, but few can trace their roots from as close as just down the street. Members of the chart-topping band A Day To Remember are back from a whirlwind tour overseas and are making a pit stop in their hometown of Ocala. Band members Jeremy McKinnon, Kevin Skaff, Neil Westfall, Joshua Woodard and Alex Shelnutt all originate from the city, and, together, the group has skyrocketed to fame. Their latest album, Bad Vibrations, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Top Album Sales Chart. A Day To Remember will return to where it all began with a concert on March 18 in Tuscawilla Park at 7pm. Mayor Kent Guinn will be in attendance to recognize the band for their





success and present its members with keys to the city. Tickets are on sale now, with general admission set at $10 and a limited amount of VIP tickets available for $45. VIP tickets include preferred access to the area directly in front of the stage, two beverages and access to a private seating area and restrooms. Gates open at 5:30pm. For more information, event updates or to purchase tickets, visit feeldowntownlive.com.









Downtown To-Dos MARCH 3: First Friday Art Walk, downtown Ocala, 6pm MARCH 11: Las Almas son de Cristo, Citizens’ Circle, 11:30am MARCH 17: St. Patty’s Day Street Party, downtown Ocala, 4pm MARCH 25: Making the Blind Visible Awareness Event, Citizens’ Circle, 10am




The Best of Bikes


The largest bicycle expo for manufacturers and local bike shops in Florida and the Southeast is slated to take place once again at the Santos Trailhead this month. Presented by the Ocala Mountain Bike Association, the three-day Fat Tire Festival will host over 50 vendors representing everything from mountain and road bikes, accessories, clothing and bicycle-related art and jewelry. Professionally led cycling skills clinics are available by Take Aim Cycling, and a special mountain bike “trials style” show will take place on Sunday. Be sure to come hungry, as food trucks will be on hand to fuel up riders, including vegetarian Heart and Seoul, LEJ Pretzels, The Big Hot Box, as well as pizza gurus Humble Pie from Gainesville. For a complete list of activities, visit the Fat Tire Festival Facebook Page or santosfattire.com.

Putting For a Purpose

Candler Hills Golf Club will proudly play host to the 11th Annual Ocala Open, a pro-am golf tournament to benefit Hospice of Marion County and Interfaith Emergency Services. The event will first pair Ocala’s amateur golfers with a pro, as they challenge the course of Candler Hills. The tournament continues with professional play kicking off each morning at 9am. The deadline to enter the pro-am charity tournament is March 7, with the event limited to 30 teams. candlerhillsgolfclub.com or (352) 861-9712.

A Charming Challenge


Be sure to go green on March 18 for the annual St. Paddy’s Day 5K. This 3.1 mile run/walk is an Ocala tradition that benefits the United Way of Marion County. Ladies and leprechauns of all ages are invited to take part by donning their finest Irish-inspired ware. The race kicks off at 8am from Citizen’s Circle in downtown Ocala. Can’t make it on race day? Be sure to log your miles and take part in the virtual

race for the opportunity to earn that coveted race bling! This is also the second race in the Lucky Charm Challenge for those who took part in the Blueberry Horseshoe 5K last month and the secondto-last opportunity to earn valuable Big Hammock Race Series points. For more information on the Big Hammock Race Series or to register for the race, visit bighammockraceseries.com.





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A Quick Q & A


With Juliet W. Reid


Interview by Bonnie Kretchik

Ridin’ And Ropin’

Two nights of equine action are slated for the end of this month at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion. Along with bronc riding, cattle roping and barrel racing, these fearless cowboys and girls will tackle the most dangerous eight seconds in sports: bull riding! Doors open each night at 5:30pm, with the first event kicking off at 7pm. Don’t forget to don your favorite pink cowboy attire on Saturday in recognition of breast cancer awareness and in support of the Michelle-O-Gram Foundation. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the gate. Children under 5 are free. ocalarodeo.com or (352) 401-5900.



All FORE Camp Kiwanis

For over 70 years, Camp Kiwanis has given some 30,000 children the opportunity to experience the great outdoors with activities like swimming, canoeing, archery, camping and more. In 2016, the camp lost one its most passionate supporters, George Albright Jr. In memory of George’s legacy, Camp Kiwanis will host the Save Camp Kiwanis Memorial Golf Tournament in his honor. The tournament will be held at the Del Webb Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Summerfield. Registration begins at 11am and will include green fees, cart, lunch, a corn boil, drinks and an awards ceremony. The shotgun start will take place at 1pm. ocalakiwanis.org or (352) 817-1888.

High Jumps and Hazards

Entering its 26th year, the Live Oak International Combined Driving and Show Jumping Competition hosts some of the biggest names in equestrian sport from two disciplines. Internationally ranked drivers and show jumpers convene on the sprawling Live Oak Plantation for a week of nonstop action. Co-president of the event Juliet W. Reid took some time to explain how the event has evolved and what spectators can expect at this year’s event. Tell us a little bit about the history of the competition. In the beginning, it was sort of a backyard show. Susan Gilliland wanted to host a combined driving event in Ocala, and my parents offered one of our large cow fields for the marathon phase. Gradually, it grew so that all three phases were held at Live Oak Plantation.

This is the event’s 26th year. How has the competition grown since its inception? The competition has come a long way in our 26 years. By increasing the number of competitors, hosting USEF national championships and adding show jumping, it has grown in many facets. There’s more entertainment for spectators and competitors, too. How has adding a show-jumping competition changed the dynamic of the event? Adding show jumping has brought a new element to the weekend. It attracts international competitors from a different horse sport. And now that we are a World Cup qualifier, top-level riders are putting us on their schedule. We also

started offering ringside hospitality on Saturday and Sunday. And personally, show jumping adds to the family dynamic. My daughter, Chloe, is a show jumper, and she will compete in the jumping classes. She’s the third generation of our family to pursue her passion of horses. About how many competitors are you expecting this year? This year we are expecting probably around 130 competitors. The hazards are always a crowd favorite. Which ones tend to draw the most spectators? The CBC National Bank at the water is for sure a crowd favorite, but the course is designed so that if you stand in the center you can see most of them. What else can visitors expect? Well, it’s more than just a horse competition! There is shopping at a multitude of vendors in the Vendor Village, you can reserve a tailgating spot on Saturday and Sunday morning and

we’re having a 5K run.

FIND OUT MORE › Live Oak International › March 9-12 › Live Oak Plantation, 2215 SW 110th Ave., Ocala › liveoakinternational.com or

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Ongoing Events Free ESL Classes › Wednesdays at First Baptist Church of Ocala at

6pm, (352) 629-5683 or Wednesdays at College Road Baptist Church at 6pm, (352) 854-6981

Chair Yoga › Wednesdays at Blissful Life Corporation at 10:30am,

(352) 694-YOGA

Performing Arts Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba

Disney Springs, Orlando

Becky’s New Car The Studio Theatre – The Last Five Years Blue Man Group Taj Express, the Bollywood Musical Jim Bruer Irish Comedy Tour Disney’s The Little Mermaid Annie The Affections of May Saturday Night Fever Disney on Ice Jay Leno Hamlet Chris Rock

The Hippodrome State Theatre, Gainesville The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, The Villages Blue Man Group Theatre at Universal CityWalk, Orlando The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, The Villages The Reilly Arts Center, Ocala The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, The Villages Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, The Villages

Yoga for Trauma Survivors › Sunday at Blissful Life Corporation at 9am, (352) 694-YOGA

Survivors Support Group › Last Tuesday of the month at

1pm in the chapel at Ocala West United Methodist Church (room 235), (352) 291-6904

Arts, Crafts and Culture

Through Mar. 11 Through Mar. 19 Through Mar. 19 Through Apr. 30

Call to Artists (Through April 28) › The City of Ocala and the

Magnolia Art Xchange invite artists between the ages of 16 and 30 to submit entries for the “Ignite Your Dream” Student and Emerging Artist Competition and Exhibit, taking place at Ocala City Hall. Artists will compete in three divisions according to age. All entries must have been completed within the last two years. Work will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and the deadline to submit entries is April 28. An awards reception will be held on May 11. maxocala.org or (352) 629-8414 or (352) 629-8447.

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Mar. 7-12 Mar. 10-11 Mar. 16Apr. 9

Ocala Civic Theatre The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, The Villages Amalie Arena, Tampa Hard Rock Live, Orlando The Hippodrome State Theatre, Gainesville Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando

Mar. 18-19

UF International Film Series (March 7) › The CF International

Mar. 24-26 Apr. 7 Apr. 14May 7

Film Series will present Inside Out at the Appleton Museum at 2pm. The film is free for Appleton and film series members and included in the price of admission for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.com or (352) 291-4455.

Apr. 16-17 MAR


A Brilliant Ballet (March 24) › It’s

all about tights and tutus at the Reilly Arts Center as Dance Alive National Ballet closes out its 51st season with a performance of Firebird. This talented dance troupe will bring to life the exotic tale of Gerard Ebitz’s The Firebird, while George Balanchine’s magnificent masterpiece Apollo lifts the art of dance to the highest level of beauty. The performance will take place at 7:30pm, and tickets range from $15-$35, with student tickets available for $10. reillyartscenter.com or (352) 351-1606.


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Upcoming Exhibits At The Appleton › Diversity in Cultures Through African Insights features textile pattern designs and themes of West African folk tales and myths. The exhibit runs through April 2. Hallowed Absurditites: Work By Theodore Waddell raises the issue of the use of guns in our society. The exhibit runs through May 7. Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray provides an intimate look at Frida Kahlo. The exhibit runs through April 2. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.

Gourd Workshop (March 18) › The Marion County Gourd Artist Association will host a gourd art workshop at Cherokee Park in Belleview at 9:30am. Dues are $16 per person for the year and $25 for a family. marioncountygourdartists.com or (352) 871-3786. Trips ’N’ Tours (March 9) › The program will take guests to St. Petersburg for a tour of the Duncan McClellan Gallery. The 3,000-squarefoot gallery space is a work of art and will feature guest artist Raven Skyriver. Lunch will be included. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. Floral Show (March 31-April 1) › The Magnolia Art Xchange will host the Pioneer Garden Club of Ocala’s annual floral show from 1-4pm on March 31 and 10am-3pm on April 1. The event is free and open to the public. maxocala.org or (352) 629-8414.

Appleton After Hours (April 6) › The Appleton Museum will

host an after hours event featuring live entertainment and dancing, special displays of artwork by the Ocala Art Group and tasty samplings from Mojo Grill with a cash bar available. Doors open at 5pm, and music begins at 5:30pm. The event is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.

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Outdoor & Athletic Endeavors

Ticketmaster › (800) 745-3000 › ticketmaster.com All dates are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm venue listings.

Super Diamond: The Neil Diamond Tribute Wynonna & The Big Noise Jacob Satorious Tony Bennett Kaleo Norah Jones Paul Anka Kansas ZZ Top Stevie Nicks & The Pretenders Carrot Top JoJo Doo Wop & Rock n’ Roll Legends We The Kings Steve Miller Band The Company Men Alan Jackson and Lee Ann Womack

HITS Horse Show (Through March 26) › The annual HITS Horse

Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala

Mar. 3

Reilly Arts Center, Ocala

Mar. 3

The Plaza Live Theatre, Orlando Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando House of Blues, Orlando Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, Orlando The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, The Villages The Plaza Live Theatre, Orlando The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theatre

Mar. 5

Amway Arena, Orlando

Mar. 21

The Plaza Live Theatre, Orlando The Plaza Live Theatre, Orlando Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala High Dive, Gainesville Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala St. Augustine Amphitheatre, Saint Augustine

Mar. 21 Mar. 22

Show Series features 10 consecutive weeks of competition with over $4 million in prize money awarded over the course of the circuit. The premier event, the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix, will take place March 26. Competition runs Wednesday through Sunday each week with a number of special events happening throughout the winter. hitsshows.com.

Mar. 5

Group Bike Rides (Ongoing) › Brick City Bicycles offers group bike rides throughout the week and weekend. brickcitybicycles.com or (352) 369-9400.

Mar. 5 Mar. 8

Kayak Outings (Ongoing) › The Marion County Parks and

Mar. 13 Mar. 17

Recreation Department will host several kayak outings for children and adults. marioncountyfl.org or call (352) 671-8560.



Golf and Tennis Tournament (March 4-5) › The Don Harrison Golf and Tennis Tournament will take place at Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club to benefit the Literacy Council and other local charities. The tennis tournament will take place on March 4 beginning at 9am and features an awards party and silent auction after the tournament. The golf tournament will take place on March 5 with a shotgun start at 12pm. The event features a brunch at 10:30am and awards reception following the event. donharrisonfoundation.org or (352) 629-5591.

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Mar. 24 Mar. 29

Trinity Catholic Baseball Military and First Responder Appreciation Night (March 8) › Service men

Mar. 31 Apr. 7 Apr. 8

and women and first responders will be granted free admission to the baseball game between Trinity Catholic and Westport High School. The game will be played at Trinity Catholic High School at 7pm with a pre-game ceremony at 6:30pm. trinitycatholichs.org or (352) 622-9025.




Don’t miss a single dunk. Here are the home schedules:

NCAA Baseball University of Florida Columbia Mar. 3 Columbia Mar. 4 Columbia Mar. 5 FGCU Mar. 8 Seton Hall Mar. 10 Seton Hall Mar. 11 Seton Hall Mar. 12 Florida State Mar. 14 LSU Mar. 24 LSU Mar. 25 LSU Mar. 26 University of Central Florida Florida Mar. 1 Stony Brook Mar. 3 Stony Brook Mar. 4 Stony Brook Mar. 5 Florida State Mar. 7 Florida State Mar. 8 Central MI Mar. 10

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Central MI Central MI Bradley Jacksonville Dartmouth Dartmouth Dartmouth Jacksonville

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6:30p 1:00p 6:30p 6:30p 6:30p 6:30p 12:00p 6:30p

Florida State University Oakland Mar. 3 4:00p Oakland Mar. 4 1:00p Oakland Mar. 5 1:00p Boston Coll. Mar. 10 6:00p Boston Coll. Mar. 11 6:00p Boston Coll. Mar. 12 1:00p Jacksonville Mar. 21 6:00p 6:30p North Carolina Mar. 31 6:00p 6:30p 6:30p 1:00p 6:30p 4:00p 6:30p

NBA Orlando Magic New York Mar. 1 Miami Mar. 3

New York Chicago Cleveland Philadelphia Charlotte Detroit Oklahoma City

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Miami Heat Philadelphia Cleveland Charlotte Toronto New Orleans Minnesota Portland Phoenix Toronto New York

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Wild Caving Experience (March 25) › The Marion County Parks and Recreation Department will host a caving experience for adults and children ages 8 and older at the Brick City Adventure Park from 9am-2pm. The activity requires strenuous physical activity, and participants should wear long pants, sturdy footwear and gloves. Caving gear is provided. Fee is $40 per person. marioncountyfl.org or (352) 671-8560. Eco Tram Tour (March 25) › The Marion County Parks and

Recreation Department will host a series of eco tram tours throughout the spring season. The tours will visit nature trails in the area. Registration is $10, and the tour runs 9-11am. marioncountyfl.org or (352) 671-8560.

The Celtic Open Golf Tournament (April 1) › A golf tournament

hosted by Al and Judy Dunlap will take place at the Country Club of Ocala with a four-person scramble format. Early registration is $125 per player, and day of registration is $150 and begins at 8am. A shotgun start will take place at 9am. The tournament will also feature raffles, prizes, hole-in-one awards and more. (352) 817-3126.

Fishing Derby (April 1) › The 3rd Annual City of Belleview Fishing Derby will be held at Lake Lillian from 9am-12pm. The derby is for youth under 15 years of age, and registration is free. Participants must arrive by 8:30am. A cookout will follow the event. For more information, visit the Fishing Derby Facebook page or call (352) 245-7021 ext. 2115.

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Other Fun Stuff! Ocala Culinary Festival (March 1-5) › The first annual Ocala

Culinary Festival will consist of numerous events throughout the community, each highlighting a different aspect of cooking, wine pairing and dining. Each event has a limited amount of tickets available. ocalaculinaryfestival.com.

Generation FIT Family Fun Day (March 4) › In recognition of National Nutrition Month, Tuscawilla Park will host a family-friendly event featuring hands-on interactive activities provided by various health-related vendors. The event is free and runs 10am-2pm. mcchildrensalliance.org or (352) 438-5996.

Central Florida Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group (March 4) › A support group for those with peripheral

neuropathy will be held in the Lodge Cardroom in Waterman Village in Mt. Dora at 10am. (352) 735-2077.

Grand Tasting (March 5) › The Ocala Culinary Festival will wrap

up with the final event, the Grand Tasting, at Tuscawilla Park from 2:30-6pm. The event will include tastings, demonstrations and more. ocalaculinaryfestival.com or (352) 342-4911.

Casino Night (March 11) › Our Lady of The Springs will host a casino night event featuring black jack, Texas hold’em, slot machines and more from 6-9pm. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. (352) 236-2230. Tiara Ball (March 18) › The 31st annual Tiara Ball presented by the Ocala Royal Dames will be held at the Circle Square Cultural Center at 5:30pm. Tickets are $125, and proceeds benefit cancer research. Black tie attire preferred. ocalaroyaldames.org or (352) 861-9404. JUMP/CUT Film Festival (March 19) › The upcoming JUMP/ CUT Film Challenge hosted by the Ocala Film Foundation will put teams of amateur filmmakers against each other as they pitch, write, cast, shoot, edit and screen a five- to seven-minute film in just 72 hours. Teams will be mentored by seasoned veterans in the business, and all films will be presented at the historic Marion Theatre in downtown Ocala on March 19. Registration is still available for interested teams. The official competition will begin on March 16. jumpcutchallenge.com. Garden and Plant Show (April 1) › The Seedlings Garden Club of McIntosh will host their annual Garden and Plant Show from 9am-4pm at Van Ness park in McIntosh. The event will include over 30 vendors, entertainment, food trucks, a children’s learning center and more. Parking and entrance are free. (352) 591-0579.

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Florida Fun Mini Match Benefits Marion Therapeutic Riding Association › Written And Photographed By Ronald W. Wetherington


oes were tapping and dancers twirling at the recent Florida Fun Mini Match held at the Circle Square Cultural Center. Amateur, professional and Pro Am couples competed in vibrantly colored costumes for cash awards. It was a professional show with expert judging. Sponsors included Dr. & Mrs. David Lammermeier, Royal Décor, Ocala Breeders Sales, Brown & Brown Insurance, GFA Medical Marketing, Fasttrack Staffing, Equistaff, Dance Dance Dance, MKT Talent and Community Bank. The Florida Fun Mini Match had dancers from all over Central Florida and beyond in attendance this year. Among the local winners, Ken Marshall of Dance Dance Dance, who danced with Svetlana Rudkovskaya to “Singing in the Rain,” took home the top prize in the Pro Am Solo Showcase. Rayna Chandra of Ocala danced with Shaw Swaithes and won first place in the Pro Am Rhythm Multi Dance (under 40). James Webb of Team Harmony took home the prize for top instructor. The Florida Fun Mini Match dance competition was an exceptional event filled with elegance, beauty and glamour. In its fifth year, the event raised over $20,000 for charity. The

organizer and power house behind the Florida Fun Mini Match is Mary Thomas. An Ocala business woman, she is the owner and founder of four successful businesses: Equistaff, the first equine staffing company in the United States; Dance Dance Dance, the premier dance event facility in Central Florida; Fasttrack Staffing, a general staffing agency with six offices in Central and North Florida; and MTK Talent, a career and life coaching company. Mary founded Dance Dance Dance as an outgrowth of her own interest in dancing. For Mary, though, it was not enough to just establish successful businesses. She also wanted to give back to the community. For the last three years, the Marion Therapeutic Riding Association (MTRA) has been chosen as the beneficiary of the competition. MTRA is an organization for people with physical, mental and emotional disabilities. According to MTRA’s Executive Director, Leslie Gettys, “When Mary Thomas approached us about three years ago, we were so excited to be the recipients. We love the Florida Fun Mini Match, and, although we provide volunteers to help out, Mary and her team are the heart and soul of this event. Receiving these funds help keep the programs going that we provide to the disabled in our community. Therapeutic riding has changed the lives of many of the children and adults that we serve, and, with the help of the Florida Fun Mini Match, we will be able to continue providing these services.” Dr. David Lammermeier, a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon at Munroe Regional Medical Center, and his wife, Diana, a registered nurse and patient educator for cardiovascular at MRMC, were not only sponsors but also danced a showcase presentation. Dr. Lammermeier states, “We would encourage anyone who wants a great form of exercise and to make wonderful long lasting friends to consider dancing. Several years ago, I would have never imagined that Diana and I would be dancing alone center stage in front of 400 people. Motivated by the added bonus of providing entertainment to help those less fortunate, I enthusiastically recommend dancing.”

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Bourbon Invitational Photos by Ralph Demilio @ La Cuisine French Restaurant


A five-course meal paired with small-batch and single-barrel bourbons made for a delicious evening of fine food with friends. Limited quantities of hard-to-obtain bourbons were also available for purchase, and guests

enjoyed an after-dinner auction and concert. This affair gave the community a preview of the first annual Ocala Culinary Festival, sponsored by Ocala Style Magazine.

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After more than 30 years of serving the community at Ocala Eye, Dr. Gordon Schwenk retired over fond memories and refreshments shared by staff and friends. The recent retirement party celebrated the doctor’s noteworthy career, relationships and good years ahead.

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