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024 A Revolutionary

The real people, places and events that shape our community. › By JoAnn Guidry, Bonnie Kretchik and Katie McPherson

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As one of 15 small towns across the nation to be awarded the Levitt AMP Grant Award, the City of Ocala, in partnership with the Marion Cultural Alliance, is excited to present the 2017 Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series. Now through July 21, Webb Field will play host to a free concert each and every Friday, featuring both regionally and nationally recognized recording artists. Along with music from a diverse range of talent and genres, the concerts will include a free dinner to those ages 18 and under, several food vendors, craft and non-profit booths and so much more. The public is encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs and settle in for Friday night fun all summer long. Gates open at 7:30pm, and the concerts start at 8pm. Be sure to keep this lineup handy, and visit the Levitt AMP website for artist bios and concert information.

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MEAGAN CHANEY GUMPERT, TUSCAWILLA ART PARK ENTRANCE MOSAIC When you build an art park, a run-ofthe-mill entrance just won’t do. That’s where local artist Meagan Chaney Gumpert comes in. She’s responsible for making all 204 tiles in the park’s entrance mosaic by hand. “I’ve been involved in art my whole life. I have a degree in studio art with a concentration in sculpture, so I do have some formal training,” she says. “I did a post baccalaureate program at UF in ceramics, and I’ve done commissions in people’s homes and corporate collections around the country.” While she’s accustomed to clay and tile work, a mosaic was a new challenge. Gumpert was approached


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to recreate the logo, designed by Kent Weakley, when it became clear there were no commercial tiles available in the existing colors of the logo. “Melissa [Townsend] reached out to me to see if I could color match the logo,” Gumpert says. “I was on the steering committee of MAX, and I’ve been a judge of the sculpture contest at Tuscawilla, so it was exciting when Melissa asked if I wanted to be a part of that.” Once she signed on, a timeintensive research process began. “It probably took six months of glaze testing to get the right colors. That took just as long as creating the piece,” she says. Then, inside Ocala Union Station, Gumpert projected the logo on the wall and traced a version large enough to recreate in clay. “I rolled out a big piece of clay; I used porcelain because it’s durable, but it’s fussy and hard to work with,” she laughs. “Then I transferred the line drawing onto the clay, carving the tiles and adding some texture, then they’re left out to dry for about a month and then fired.” The meticulously matched glazes were sprayed on with an airbrush and fired again, setting down into a glass-

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Have you had a chance to stroll through the Tuscawilla Art Park? Maybe you’ve attended an event, like the Magnolia Art Xchange’s 2nd Annual Paint Out during the park’s opening ceremony. If so, you undoubtedly noticed the artwork contributed by local creators. Here’s the story behind a few of those pieces, as told by the artists themselves.

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like surface. Altogether, the mosaic took about one year to complete from the time Gumpert signed on until installation. “I was happy with how it turned out, so I feel like it was well worth the time,” she says. She installed the mosaic alongside Jeff Garrett of Garrett Tile, Inc. Thanks

to its porcelain base, the entrance is durable enough to last for years—this ensures the park can be enjoyed for generations to come. “I have two small boys, and it’s cool to go to the art park now and have them say ‘my mom made that,’ and they remember me making it in the studio,” she says. Stay updated on Meagan’s work at MeaganChaneyGumpert.com,

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Artist Aspen Olmstead usually does wood burning or pen and ink work, but her piece in the art park is nothing of the sort. It began with her appreciation for found objects, the kind most consider garbage. “All my life I’ve been the kind of person, wherever I am, that the majority of my time is spent picking up the trash I find. I can’t turn a blind eye,” Olmstead explains. She used to recycle her findings, but in 2008, she saw footage of mother albatross birds mistakenly feeding their chicks small bits of plastic and ultimately killing them. It made her acutely aware of the impact of discarded trash on the environment, even the miniscule items. “I became inspired to look at smaller pieces of trash, and I found myself walking along the water’s edge instead of just the sidewalk. I thought I could show people these are all of the things we lose out of our cars or things washed into the storm drains and to think about what we’re discarding.” The shape of a web was both inspired by nature and a way to comment on how people damage it absentmindedly. “I had seen a web—the sun was shining on the silk, and it was so oversaturated. That’s what gave me the inspiration to incorporate the colors this way into the web. The web developed around the idea that I find this trash, and we don’t even know we’re doing it, but we’re destroying things,” she says. After deciding on a web, next came construction. Without time to learn welding, she used welding putties to weave her web. She began with the center, looping 1/4-inch steel cables around a metal circle she found along train tracks near the old Seminole Feed warehouses. Olmstead estimates she completed around 600 individual welds on her piece. She then fastened the plastic pieces together, drilling corresponding holes in each and wiring them together one by one.

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The web took from June to September to finish and was taken to the park after completion. Her efforts came from a place of appreciation for the park and her hometown. “I’ve grown up going to Tuscawilla Park. At 18 I got an apartment off NE 3rd Street. Tuscawilla, you could look out the door and see it,” she says. “My young adulthood was spent in downtown Ocala and at Tuscawilla. I became a mom in 2000, and my daughter has been to that park her whole life. I enjoy being able to have the community enjoy my art.” Keep up with Aspen Olmstead’s latest creations at AspensArt.com.

JOHN GAMACHE, STAGE AND SHADE STRUCTURES John Gamache was raised in Ocala and has lived on a street which dead-ends into Tuscawilla Park for 35 years. And after his sculptures “Lofted” and

“Florada” became iconic around town, it’s fitting he’d want to contribute his skills to the art park opening. “It’s neat to be able to do something and have it stay so close,” says Gamache. He says he’s always been an artist, taking sculpture classes on the side while pursuing a master’s in engineering at the University of Florida. His experience in that field made him the perfect person to create the stage and shade structures seen today at Tuscawilla Art Park. Between the two, Gamache spent about 500 hours designing the structures in AutoCAD software. Each has its own inspiration. “I got the idea just from trees,” Gamache says of the shade structure. “I was trying to mimic broken tree cover with filtered light with the vertical columns as trunks of the trees. I kept it high enough where it does seem like a canopy, not like a roof you can jump up and touch.” The shade structure is designed and oriented so that the tables below it are fully shaded during the 4pm summer sun. “The holes in the canopies are leaf designs, and each one was

individually designed and oriented. It’s not symmetric, which is hard to do with computer programs because they make symmetry easy, but it’s more interesting to look at when it’s asymmetrical,” he says. The amphitheater is more utilitarian, intended to keep the focus on whatever is happening on the stage below. “We wanted something open and accessible,: says Gamache. “The mass of that arching rooftop makes it feel like a band shell or amphitheater, and it looks longer and bigger than it is thanks to the forced perspective of the lines going into the distance.” For this engineer and artist, it’s the downtown revitalization taking place that gets him excited to contribute in such big ways. “I’ve grown up in this neighborhood, and there were zero arts and culture prior to eight to 10 years ago. Now there’s so much going on and so many wonderful activities for recreation and arts happening right in my neighborhood. It was great to be able to participate in some of it.” Watch out for John Gamache’s work around town, as he intends to create more “unreasonably large sculptures” in the future. JUN ’17 ›





An Inventive Mind

Dr. Ken Ford, co-founder and CEO of Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, honored with induction into Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. › By JoAnn Guidry


redit philosophy and the Navy with setting Dr. Ken Ford on an innovative career path. “I had an interest in philosophy, particularly on the relationship between the mind and the brain,” says Ford. “But after getting my degree in philosophy, I realized that discipline wasn’t going to be the way to any progress in the matter.” Then in a fateful career twist, Ford joined the Navy. “While in the Navy, I was told I had a high aptitude for computer science, which surprised me,” recalls Ford. “But since the Navy is not a democracy, I next studied computer science. And I began to think of a computational explanation to the relationship between the mind and the brain.” By the time Ford left the Navy, he had a master’s in business and computer science; he later obtained his Ph.D. in the latter field from Tulane University. His career has been at full throttle ever since. Ford’s career highlights include directing and developing NASA’s Center of Excellence in Information Technology and serving on the National Science Board, Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, Defense Science Board, NASA Advisory Council and Advanced Technology Board. He was awarded NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal in 1999 and NASA’s Distinguished Public Service Medal in 2010. “My career has been full of surprises,” says Ford. “And I think that’s a good thing. We humans are


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“Computers don’t exist for their own purposes,” explains Ford. “They only exist because we have found them useful. I like to think of computers as cognitive orthotics for us.”

at our best when we constantly conceptualize how we see ourselves and launch into new adventures.” The latest accolade for Ford is being inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame, which is located at the Tampa-based University of South Florida. Nominees must have at least one U.S. patent and a connection to Florida. Ford, who has two computer science patents, is being recognized for his pioneering work in artificial intelligence and human-centered computing in Florida and throughout the United States. Of particular note is Ford’s role as co-founder of Pensacola and Ocalabased Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition.

IHMC is an independent not-forprofit research institute, which is part of the Florida University System. At IHMC, scientists and engineers from around the world investigate topics related to building humancentered computer systems. The researcher’s goals are to amplify and extend human cognition, perception, locomotion and resilience through computer science. “Computers don’t exist for their own purposes,” explains Ford. “They only exist because we have found them useful. I like to think of computers as cognitive orthotics for us.” Ford also notes that he is “very surprised at the current intense

interest in artificial intelligence.” He describes the existing perception of AI as “fearmongering from people who have watched too many science fiction movies. When AI runs amok in science fiction, it’s always because it’s taken on negative human qualities.” When asked, Ford is clear about his future plans for himself and IHMC. “My role is to recruit and hire the very best people to further our research,” says Ford. “Whatever they want to do is my strategic plan. I want to be delighted and surprised every day.”

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An Innovative Addition: Wetland Recharge Park

The City of Ocala’s upcoming Wetland Recharge Park is finishing up its design phase. This park will use 3 to 5 million gallons of treated wastewater and some filtered stormwater each day to assist in the reduction of nutrient loading in Silver Springs, along with recharging the aquifer. For all the latest on the Wetland Recharge Park, visit ocalafl.org.

Storm Season: Hurricane Preparedness Tips

Hurricane season is June 1 through November 30. Now is the time to make sure the security measures in your family’s emergency plan are up to date and in working order. Follow these simple steps from Ocala Fire Rescue to help your family stay safe this hurricane season.

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plan. Don’t have an emergency plan? Visit ready.gov. › Sign up for local emergency

management notification systems to learn about severe weather in your area and get up-to-the minute information. Check out Alert Marion, CodeRED or the FEMA Mobile App.

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contact. Make sure your family members know who your emergency contact is and how to reach that person if your family gets separated during an emergency. › Practice your preparedness plan!

Make sure all family members agree on what to do if or when an emergency occurs.

Splash Around: Lily’s Pad Is Now Open!

The brand-new splash pad located at Lillian Bryant Park, 2200 NW 17th Place in Ocala, is now open! Bring the family and cool off this summer at this new state-of-the-art splash pad, which features 22 unique water zones. Lily’s Pad is free to the public and open daily from sunrise to sunset.

To learn more about hurricane preparedness or to view current outage information during a storm, visit severeweather.ocalafl.org.

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Hail The Dales

A rare English pony breed now calls the Ocala area home. › By JoAnn Guidry


s an English university student, Yorkshire County native Zana Jackson bought her first Dales pony after seeing a classified ad and maxing out her credit card. In the ensuing 20 years and counting, Jackson has never been without a Dales pony. And that includes a 2016 move across the pond to the Ocala area. “Even though I already had a riding pony, like all horse people, I always scanned the horse classifieds,” says Jackson, who earned her degree in equine business and science. “When I came across the ad for a Dales for sale, I was intrigued. I knew of the history of the Dales ponies, but there just weren’t very many of them around anymore. I fell in love with that Dales pony at first sight and, of course, had to buy him. Even though I had to use my credit card to do it.” The Dales pony descends from the now extinct Scottish Galloway pony of the British Isles, dating back to the 17th century. The Dales were used predominantly as pack ponies in the lead mining industry of northern England. Traveling up to 100 miles a week, the Dales traversed the rugged terrain of mountains and moors with


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their loads. But as the lead mining industry faded away, so did the Dales. “But slowly people discovered that Dales were also great driving and riding ponies,” says Jackson. “Over the years, there has been a bit of a resurgence; although, there are only now about 1,500 Dales registered worldwide.” Jackson was so taken with the Dales’ versatility that she established a business with the breed as the foundation. She and her mother, Angela Jackson, operated Yorkshire Dales Trekking Centre for more than a decade. Later, Jackson also used Dales in her Devon Riding Holidays venture. “The great thing about Dales is that they are excellent riding ponies for both children and adults, beginners and experienced riders,” says Jackson. “They have an innate balance that transfers to the rider. They are wonderful for trail riding, driving, dressage and jumping.” Considering her Dales devotion, it was a given that when Jackson and her husband, Jim Allen, decided to move to the Ocala area, the ponies were coming, too. “Jim has always had an interest in training racehorses. We decided we wanted to move where we could afford to do both my Dales and his

racehorse,” says Jackson. “We looked at Australia and France and the Lexington, Kentucky, area. But we found everything we were looking for in the Ocala area.” A 147-acre farm north of Ocala in Micanopy is now home to Ocaladale Farm and Red Horse Stables. In addition to breeding and training Dales, Jackson also offers riding holidays by the day, weekend or week. There are two guest bedrooms with breakfast and dinner included in the

weekend and week packages. Guests can bring their own horses or ride a Dales pony during their visit. “We have trails in the woods, a show jumping area and an obstacle course,” says Jackson. “We’re a short box (trailer) ride to Paynes Prairie or the Goethe National Forest. And, of course, guests get to meet the Dales ponies.”

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A Revolutionary new treatment is now available. The Pinhole Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive technique for treating gum recession— a problem found in half of the U.S. population.


r. Jamie Amir is the founder of Ocala Periodontics & Dental Implants, which is now the exclusive Ocala home of the gum recession breakthrough treatment, the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST®), also known as the Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ and the Lunchtime Gum Lift™, featured on shows such as The Doctors Show and news programs at 240 TV stations around the United States and Canada. “My staff and I are thrilled about bringing this exciting new technique to Ocala,” said Dr. Amir. “Dr. Chao developed a remarkable method for correcting gum recession that will really benefit our patients.”

What is the Chao PST®, and why is it so special?

Traditionally, we treated gum recession by removing tissue from the roof of the mouth and transplanting it into the affected area allowing it to heal. Although this method is very effective, it has the after-effects of a traditional surgery associated with it. Many people elect to leave gum recession untreated due to fear of the pain associated with this type of procedure. The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, however, is an innovative procedure to correct gum recession without the need for transplanting the patient’s tissue, and it uses an ingenious method to correct gum recession through tiny pinholes, akin to keyhole surgery used in other medical procedures. With the PST®, there is no scalpel and no suturing involved and, therefore, considerably reduced discomfort after treatment.

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procedure. Gum recession is the loss of tissue along the gum line and causes exposure of the roots of the tooth, which can allow harmful bacteria to damage the root surface or further damage the gum and bone support of the tooth. Rebuilding lost gum tissue can help improve the esthetics of your smile if the gum recession is visible, as the root surfaces of teeth are usually darker than enamel.

What are the benefits of the treatment?

The benefits are countless, but the main distinction is the “no cut, no suture, no graft.” This is one of the main reasons why patients prefer the Pinhole® Technique. Furthermore,

it is typically completed in as little as one session. Due to the minimal invasiveness of the procedure, minimal discomfort occurs during and after treatment, with only common minor side effects, such as swelling and soreness. Finally, patients are typically back to normal light activities within one to two days. This would not be the first time that Dr. Jamie Amir has brought new technology to Ocala. Another new and innovative procedure that Dr. Jamie Amir has at his disposal is the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, or LANAP for short. LANAP is used to treat periodontitis and peri-implantitis, which is a chronic inflammatory condition in which the

Dr. Amir also takes a holistic approach to care, discussing preventative strategies to help combat disease and prevent issues in the future.

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gums and bone around teeth (or dental implants) are slowly destroyed. Like the Chao Pinhole® Technique, it is a scalpel and suture-free procedure, completed with a specialized laser and only offered in Ocala at Dr. Amir’s office. The cost of treatment is generally less than that of traditional periodontal surgery and also has the added benefit of less post-operative pain versus traditional techniques. While Dr. Amir and his team at Ocala Periodontics & Dental Implants are excellent at helping restore the oral health of their patients. Dr. Amir also takes a holistic approach to care, discussing preventative strategies to help combat disease and prevent issues in the future. Dr. Amir has a large focus on teaching people how to properly maintain their teeth and gums and improve their dietary habits to help reduce the chance of periodontal disease returning. “Diet is a huge part of preventative care, and by consuming less sugar and replacing it with healthy alternatives, in conjunction with regular dental care, people would see major improvements in both their oral health and overall health,” says Dr. Amir. Dr. Amir is a University of Florida-trained periodontist. He has a solo private practice located in the West Marion Medical Plaza, opposite Dillard’s on SR 200. He is still very involved with dentistry beyond his practice, taking part as an active member in many organizations, such as the Central Florida District Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association and

the American Dental Association. He also is a member of the International Team for Implantology, the American Academy of Periodontology and the Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry. Until recently, he also served as the president of the Marion-County Dental Association. He runs the Ocala chapter of the Spear Study Club, a renowned national dental educational organization. He is co-dental director for the FreeD.O.M. clinic, along with his brother, Dr. Simon Amir, and enjoys volunteering his dental services at several organizations in and around Ocala. Although dentistry is his passion and career, he also enjoys playing the guitar and piano, trail-biking and spending time with his wonderful family, which includes his wife, Heather; his three children, Jasmine, Lila and Julian; and their cat, Cosmo. He was a member of a Metallica cover band and has posted several Metallica guitar solo covers in the hope of Metallica firing its current lead guitarist and hiring him instead! Dr. Amir and his staff strive to deliver excellent care while providing a stress-free environment to all patients. Ocala Periodontics & Dental Implants continues to be the pinnacle of new technology and brings the future of dentistry to life. Call for a consultation!

Before After Repair of gingival recession using the Pinhole Surgical Technique

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Like father, like children. A recent study out of the University of North Carolina’s School of Medicine reveals that mammals— including humans—are more like their fathers. Although the research did confirm that we inherit equal amounts of genetic mutations from both parents, our body utilizes more of the DNA that we inherit from our dads. These findings reveal a major parallel found in human disease. According to researchers, inheriting a mutation has different consequences in mammals depending on whether the genetic variant is inherited from the mother or father. Studying illnesses like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, schizophrenia, obesity and cancers that take parent-of-origin into account will give scientists more precise insights into the underlying causes of disease and the creation of therapeutics or other interventions. Until then, you have our permission to use this info to blame your child’s bad behavior on their father!












STEMming From Childhood

Guess the era: typing fast to faraway friends, continuous clicking, flashing LCD screens. If you guessed the present, you are correct. › By Laurel Gillum Advances in modern toys can be a blessing or a curse. Parents and children alike feel pressure to keep up with the latest trends and up-to-the-minute gadgets. Balance, of course, is important. We want our children to play with toys that inspire thinking skills, leading to a bright future. STEM (which stands for science, technology, engineering and math) toys are designed to do just that. The best part? It’s all fun and games.

Learning Resources – Primary Science ViewScope $19.99, learningresources.com Make science fun early on with this 20x magnification microscope.

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Convert any room into your favorite galaxy—the Milky Way—with a star show on the ceiling. This spectacular orbiting solar system includes a brightly lit sun, 8 rotating planets and Pluto. World Tech Toys – Nemo 4.5CH 2.4GHz Camera RC Spy Drone

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Food Fighters

Feed The Need’s food-packing event impacts all area high schools. › By Cealia Athanason


tudents, sports teams, volunteers and sponsors packed meals in speedy assembly-line fashion at Trinity Catholic High School on Saturday, May 13. “It turned into a competition,” says Rondo Fernandez, owner of Mojo Grill and Catering Co. and an Ocala Outreach Foundation board member. “We had every football team in Marion County involved. They got to take the food back to their school.” There’s always an impact when the community steps in to help kids in need. Homeless Children Liaison Suzanne McGuire has seen the impact in the past when organizations have partnered up to feed the hungry. Suzanne’s program, in connection with Marion County Public Schools, has an emergency pantry along with capabilities to get food to someone when needed. In Marion County, a person living in shelters, homes of family members or friends, campgrounds or motels is coded as homeless. When a family lives this way and their child attends school, that child will be kept stable in school, if identified and enrolled as a homeless student—Suzanne makes sure of it.


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This ensures that the student receives breakfast and lunch, along with any needed clothing or hygiene necessities. Within Marion County, there are 2,800 or so homeless children identified and enrolled in area public schools. Although there are likely more, the school system can only work with the kids who share their need. “High school numbers are actually the lowest because most of the time, students won’t disclose,” Suzanne McGuire says. This is due mostly to a concept known as ‘couch surfing’—when a student will crash at different friends’ houses with no permanent place to stay. Even if the student’s family has a motel room, that’s not considered a permanent residence. Though the student has a place to stay each night, the student’s homeless status could be unknown at school unless shared with school administration. Until then, the student would miss out on available help.

Volunteers, high-school students and community sponsors came to the Feed The Need food-packing event for the very purpose of meeting the needs of hungry students. The goal was to pack and provide more than 100,000 meals to area high schools. “We have participated in these types of events before. There is a huge need in our community to make sure these kids get to eat,” says Rondo Fernandez. “I wanted to focus on the high school level to make sure they had what they need.” Rondo has a heart for underprivileged youth, and he founded Feed The Need under the umbrella of Ocala Outreach. A group of restaurants make up the non-profit organization with the purpose of supporting and impacting underprivileged children in Marion County. “I think it’s a great start—a great way to get something going to let these kids know that they are loved,” Rondo says. “They need to not worry about

Within Marion County, there are 2,800 or so homeless children identified and enrolled in area public schools.

where their next meal is coming from so they can concentrate on school.” Meals will be distributed to all eight area high schools and should provide enough food for students to grab from for the entire school year.

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Trinity Catholic High School 2018 senior football players at the Be You—A Walk for Children’s Mental Health hosted by The Centers

Twins Isabella and Sofia, 5, going for a ride at their grandparents’ house

Tess at the Be You—A Walk for Children’s Mental Health hosted by The Centers

Ava, 1, checking out the newest issue of Ocala Style Magazine

Trinity Catholic High Schol cheerleaders at the Be You—A Walk for Children’s Mental Health hosted by The Centers

Savannah, 9, receiving an award at Trinity Baptist Church

Bridey, 9, and Murphy, 8, horseback riding

Trinity Catholic High Schol football players at the Be You—A Walk for Children’s Mental Health hosted by The Centers

Emma, 7, enjoying s’mores by the fire

Liam, 6, and Ashlyn, 2, at the Appleton Museum’s Magical Night at the Museum

Trinity Catholic football player Keron Johnson with Carson Schuck, Dylan DeSantis and Kyle Schuck

Brooklyn, 5, at the Trinity Catholic High School Carnival

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Diego Fuentes, the music teacher at Hillcrest School and Marion County’s 2017 Teacher of the Year, is among the five finalists for Florida’s 2018 Teacher of the Year. The winner will be announced in mid-July. Florida’s Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart came to her hometown to personally hand Mr. Fuentes a $5,000 check from the DOE and Macy’s, the program sponsor. He also received a $500 Macy’s gift card, and Hillcrest received a $1,000 donation for its music program.

Barbara Brown’s sixth-grade class at Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks transformed one part of campus into a real-life, Florida outdoor aquarium. Students did the research to design, build and now maintain a 5-foot-deep pond in the cafeteria breezeway. Named for recently-retired assistant principal Scott Borth, the pond includes koi fish raised on campus, barbed tiger fish and one algae eater fish. Students also raised the plants surrounding the water feature as part of the school’s agriculture/agri-science program.

Purple Hearts’ Preferred Parking

Four more reserved parking spots are now reality throughout Marion County Public Schools. Forest, West Port, Sparr and Hillcrest Schools recently dedicated their reserved parking spots with designated signs. The program calls for reserved parking at all 52 public schools in Marion County over the next three years. At the Sparr Elementary dedication, WWII Purple Heart Recipient Dean Vanlandingham was the honored special guest (in wheelchair).

World’s Fair #31

Come gather ‘round, folks, and you’ll experience something astounding that will take you around the world without ever leaving your child’s school. That was the theme behind the 31st annual World’s Fair at Stanton-Weirsdale Elementary. The culminating part of weeks of preparation and learning, students dressed in native costumes, carried appropriate props, even sang and danced to traditional music during a communitywide parade. The annual tradition was the idea of Marilyn Hughes, a long-time assistant principal at the school who passed away last year.


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PERFECT ATTENDANCE Three class of 2017 members went to school for 13 years and never missed a day! That’s 2,340 days of school. Carly Cook and Logan Feger of Forest High and Aaron Geril of Vanguard High had the highest attendance rate in the district for the Class of 2017. 100 percent! MCPS recognizes these students for their dedicated and consistent efforts to always attend school. As well, 18 graduating seniors never missed a day of school during their four years of high school.

Voting By The Book

Thanks to the Marion County Election Center, young readers at East Marion and 11 other local elementary schools voted for their favorite books on this year’s Sunshine State Young Readers Award list. The experience even included genuine “I Voted!” stickers. In addition to improving their reading skills, over 900 students also got their first taste of elections and hopefully will turn into life-long voters. Photo courtesy of Marion County Election Center Forest TV Produces

The Digital Video Production students at Forest High recently wrapped up a banner year, including seven firstplace awards and the THEME Award at this year’s Student Media Festival. As well, the team walked away with multiple awards at the CREATE Festival and the Student Television Network convention, where they won honorable mention in Breaking News and a third place in Radio Hosting, a new category this year. Teacher David Guest credits the creativity and perseverance demonstrated by these students as the motivating factors for such a great year.

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re you constantly playing referee between your children? Are their arguments repetitive and without clear resolution? You may be dealing with sibling rivalry. True, all siblings argue and fuss to some degree, but there’s a difference between that and true sibling rivalry. “The roots of arguing are the same as the roots of sibling rivalry, but with sibling rivalry, there’s usually a pattern. It’s more than competitiveness; it occurs often and continues without the resolution you have with ‘normal’ fighting between siblings,” explains Karen Fattorosi, Ph.D., a licensed clinical social worker who has been practicing in Ocala since 2005 and specializes in marriage and family therapy. Parents can inadvertently foster sibling rivalry by paying more attention to one child than another. When one child is more self-sufficient, parents often devote more time and attention to the child who is less capable, which can create resentment and increased competitiveness. “A lot of sibling rivalry is trying to meet the need for parental time and attention. Kids will even do things they know parents don’t want them to do just to try and get that time and attention,” says Fattorosi. “Underlying many cases of sibling rivalry is the belief that there’s not enough to go around and you have

to work hard to get your fair share,” she notes. Depending on their individual temperaments and personalities, one child will fight hard for their “fair share,” while another will give up but still view their sibling as a rival for parental time and attention. The daughter who wants to spend time with her dad can end up resenting her brother for the hours father and son spend in the workshop together. She may not want to learn how to use a table saw (or she might!), but she still craves one-on-one time with her dad. An older child can feel weighted down with the responsibility of helping care for younger kids, while one child may feel pressure to live up to the standards set by an overachieving sibling.


In Fattorosi’s experience, gender doesn’t usually play as big a role as age and personality. She’s worked with more cases of sibling rivalry in families where the children are close in age and are doing similar things (sports/school activities, etc.) at the same time. “When you put two children who are inherently competitive together, you will have more conflict,” says Fattorosi. “You can’t control personality, but you can work with it.

When you have competitive children, you as parents have to work harder to model empathy and negotiation skills. Allowing competition within reasonable confines is important. “Parents teach kids how to support each other. If parents encourage and support each other and have empathy for each other, children will learn from this. “


You know your children better than anyone else. Pay attention and notice when a child is acting out or just acting differently than normal. This is usually a sign that you need to come closer and work with the child to see what’s going on. A perfect example of a potentially troubling time is when a new baby joins the family. The older child already has an established relationship with their parents and any other siblings. It’s totally normal to feel that this new baby is imposing himself or herself into the family unit. It takes time, especially for young children, to realize what a new baby means and that it’s a permanent situation. “Children need attention, and this is a challenge for new parents of a second baby,” Fattorosi acknowledges. “Helping the first child participate in welcoming the new baby and giving the older child continued attention helps that child learn he can share time and attention. Parents need to show there’s enough love to go around. One way to do this is to make the first child feel they are special just for being older and able to do things the baby can’t.”


Parents can unwittingly fuel sibling rivalry by the way they respond to their children’s struggles. For example, young children cannot clearly verbalize their thoughts and frustrations when a sibling teases them or snatches away a favorite toy. Unless you help them learn how to handle these situations—and model such actions yourselves—negative patterns can develop that over time turn into sibling rivalry. It’s a parent’s responsibility to teach their children how to interact

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with respect and how to share. Losing your temper and yelling, “I’m sick of you two fighting. You better start sharing or else!” doesn’t teach them anything positive. Sharing is a learned skill, and parents need to teach their children this ability without requiring that they give up too much, which can cause resentment. “When needed, step in and separate them. Sit down with them sitting across from each other and ask each child what they propose to do about the situation,” advises Fattorosi. “Resist the urge to personalize. Saying, ‘Why can’t you two just get along?’ isn’t helpful. Talk about the problem at hand, not what the kids are doing wrong. Ask them how they’re going to solve it. You’ll be surprised what they come up with. Kids often aren’t given the chance to solve their own problems, but they’ve been listening to you and know what you want. “Parents will know when kids need instruction and coaching on how to compromise, but encourage them to figure it out on their own,” urges Fattorosi. She recommends setting up some foundational family rules that children should be taught from the earliest age. Some basic rules could include: › Ask for what you want. › Treat each other with respect. › Be fair. › No hitting or hurting each other. At the same time, children must learn that there are consequences if they don’t follow the rules. “Parents have authority, which is something children don’t have, and parents can use this authority to enforce rules,” says Fattorosi, adding that consistency is crucial. Kids need to know ahead of time what will happen if they do something they’ve been told not to do. And those consequences should not be up for debate, she adds. “If you are debating discipline with your kids, they will win. Don’t give up your parental authority. Once parents start hollering, they become just like kids, and they’ll never win. The most effective parenting can be done with a few words, such as, ‘Put that away’ and ‘Sit down now.’ Many parents confuse nurturing with discipline,” she explains. “You can’t combine the two.”


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When the discipline is done, then you can nurture and give them emotional support, but doing this immediately when they’ve misbehaved actually rewards poor behavior.


Many parents don’t seek professional help until they’ve tried everything they know to do, but there is still dysfunction in the family. “Typically, they bring in the child(ren) and want them to change, but it’s not

that easy,” says Fattorosi. “They’ve already told the child(ren) countless times to stop what they’re doing; they don’t need a therapist to say the same thing. What a therapist can do is find out what a child may be distressed about that is showing up as sibling rivalry and help find ways for each child to get the time and attention they need.” Underlying issues may be loss, worry about a parent or family

member, or changes in family dynamics. A trained professional can help uncover the real reasons behind why a child is upset. It’s essential to discover these issues in order to successfully implement a plan to deal with sibling rivalry. “Children have few ways to let people know they are distressed,” notes Fattorosi. “Sibling rivalry can be one of the ways.”

GROWING AS A FAMILY Help avoid rivalry by taking steps early on to encourage healthy sibling relationships:

• Treat children as individuals,

respecting their unique needs.

• Don’t compare children to each other. • Set firm ground rules for what is

allowed and what is unacceptable behavior.

• Be consistent with consequences for failure to follow rules.

• Model kindness, empathy,

cheerleading and cooperation.

• Avoid teasing and sarcasm, even in jest.

• Praise good behavior.

• Let kids work out differences on their own as much as possible.

• When you need to intervene, don’t take sides.

• Spend quality time with each child individually on a regular basis.

• Come up with a plan to allow kids to take turns doing “coveted” things (choosing a game to play or show to watch, etc.).

• Set aside time when each family

member has a chance to share their feelings and talk about what is happening in their life—family dinners together are a good starting place for this.

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Blue Wahoos Stadium 351 W Cedar St., Pensacola Home of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Cincinnati Reds affiliate) › Class AA, Southern League › 378 miles from Ocala › ›

Perhaps the most spectacular ballpark in all of Florida is nestled on Pensacola’s waterfront—unfortunately, it’s a robust five hours on Interstate 10 from Ocala. But if you can make the trip, this six-year-old, $28-million complex impresses with its panoramic view of Pensacola Bay alone. And if you don’t think a 5,038-capacity stadium can compete with the big boys, consider that in Blue Wahoos Stadium’s debut year of 2012, ballparks.com named it Ballpark of the Year, beating out the likes of the new Miami Marlins Park and the debut of the sprawling Boston Red Sox complex in Fort Myers. A few years haven’t tarnished the park: In a 2016 reader poll, ballparkdigest.com placed Blue Wahoos Stadium second among all 30 Class AA parks.

Co-owner, Florida native and PGA tour champion Bubba Watson put a personal stamp on the team. The Blue Wahoos’ home-plate restaurant was rechristened as Bubba’s Sand Trap, and there’s a signature grilled cheese sandwich named in his honor at the concession stands. A distinctive park innovation is repainting the yellow foul poles pink for breast cancer awareness, making it the only field in all of professional baseball with pink poles. And if a hitter really gets ahold of one to left field, his home run could land in Pensacola Bay, in a scene reminiscent of McCovey’s Cove in San Francisco. Overall, Blue Wahoos Stadium leans heavily on its picture postcard views and less on ballpark accouterments. But with party decks in the outfield and fresh seafood concessions (including a shrimp poboy and a fried cod sea dog) to fill your belly, who cares?

Photos courtesy of Barrett McClean/Pensacola Blue Wahoos

ntil 1993 and the debut of the Florida Marlins, minor league baseball was as good as it got when it came to hardball in the state. But even with two MLB teams today (the Tampa Bay Rays joined the majors in 1998), Florida still boasts the best minor league baseball in the country. The state hosts the 12-team, Class A league, the Florida State League as well as two Class AA teams. Now, 14 minor league teams make for a lot of baseball—and a lot of baseball parks. Because catching every one of them would melt the tread on your tires in the Sunshine State’s summer heat, here’s a guide to Florida’s top five minor-league ballparks. See you in the grandstands!

Tickets: $6.97 (standing room in the outfield’s Hill-Kelly Hill) to $11.62 (box). Call (850) 934-8444, email Tickets@BlueWahoos.com or visit BlueWahoos.com. Game times: Sunday games start at 4:05pm, all others 6:35pm Hot tix: Every Saturday is Fireworks Saturday. August 27 is Bark in the Park (dog day). Pensacola attractions: The National Naval Aviation Museum is a must-see in Pensacola, with hands-on displays—yes, you can enter some aircraft—a “frozen in time” look at small-town life during World War II and a children’s play area. If a beach break is what you need during baseball downtime, enjoy the white sand dunes of Perdido Key State Park. And the waterfront land the ballpark sits on is known as Community Maritime Park, with an amphitheater beyond the centerfield fence. Famous feats: The Blue Wahoos are the former Carolina Mudcats, moving to Pensacola from Zebulon, North Carolina, in 2012. On April 5, 2012, current New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius singled for the first hit in Wahoos history. Alumni: 34 former Blue Wahoos have made the major leagues, including Gregorius and Reds speedster Billy Hamilton. 2017’s player to watch: Nick Senzel was Cincinnati’s first-round pick in 2016 and top farm prospect. He should advance through the system quickly and see time in Pensacola at some point this year. The third baseman hit .329 with 15 steals and seven home runs in 58 for the Class A Dayton Dragons in 2016. JUN ’17 ›


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While the FAE pales in comparison to newer, sexier stadiums, you have to tip your hat to the longstanding relationship between the Blue Jays and Dunedin. In a world where new stadiums or spring training complexes are abandoned at the snap of a finger, Toronto and Dunedin have been married for 40 years. Although the park is only 27 years old, it’s definitely a throwback. Seats don’t fold up and aren’t oriented toward the pitcher’s mound. There is very little activity outside of the game— particularly challenging for children but ideal for a hardball purist. The park is not without its charm, however. The scoreboard is as old-school as you’ll find anywhere, with no video capability. Memorabilia from the great teams of Blue Jays past is on display throughout the park. And the stadium itself is situated in the heart of Dunedin—VFW Post No. 2550 is right across the street from the park!


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Tickets: $7 (all tickets are general admission). Call (727) 733-0429 or (888) 525-5297, or visit DunedinBlueJays.com. Game times: Vary from 11am to 7pm, with most starting at 6:30pm Hot tix: June 9 is “Beer, Bacon, and Fireworks,” and June 10 is Superhero Night. And watch your toes on July 29, because there’s a bowling tournament at the park. Dunedin attractions: Downtown is just a 10-minute walk from the ballpark and bustles with the usual restaurant and pub fare. The stadium is also just a quarter-mile from the Gulf of Mexico and a 15-minute drive from Clearwater Beach. Famous feats: During the baseball strike in 1995, the Blue Jays were prepared to play major league games in Dunedin due to the Canadian law forbidding the use of replacement players. Alumni: Every great player in Toronto history who came up through the Blue Jays system played in Dunedin, including Dave Stieb, Roy Halladay, Carlos Delgado and Vernon Wells. 2017’s player to watch: Third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is expected to begin the season at low

Class A Vancouver but should arrive in Dunedin by midsummer. He packs the offensive prowess of his future Hall-of-Famer father (eight homers, 42 RBI, 15 steals in 62 rookie ball games in 2016) with better plate discipline.

Photos courtesy of Miles Kennedy/Phillies

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Spectrum Field 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater Home of the Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia Phillies affiliate) › Class A, Florida State League › 119 miles from Ocala › ›

Where did Bright House Field go? Well, in the era of corporate naming rights, when a company morphs, so does the park. This summer marks the stadium’s 14th season, it’s the first under a new moniker (an ironic but unrelated note, the NBA’s 76ers and NHL’s Flyers played in The Spectrum in Philadelphia for four decades, beginning in the late 1960s). Spectrum Field was built for spring training (the Phillies hold their Grapefruit League games there) and thus has a major-league feel, boasting

a concourse that circles the park, unvarnished sightlines at every stop and angled seating that lends intimacy to the 8,500-seat venue. The main entrance is on the third-base side, with Kevin Brady’s sculpture “The Ace” as a centerpiece of the entry plaza. Fans are funneled past a wishing well and dozens of tall palms when entering the park. Outside the left-field fence is the 21-and-over Tiki Pavilion, similar to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ spirited Pirate Ship at Raymond James Stadium. The park has scant foul territory, meaning fans are close to the action despite a very healthy ballpark capacity. And if the Tiki Bar isn’t your idea of a unique spot to take in a ballgame, consider the outfield’s grass berm area, which is the only place fans can catch a homerun ball—and do it while spread out on a blanket, to boot.

Tickets: $7 (outfield berm) to $10 (premium box). Call (727) 4674457, email Tickets@ThreshersBaseball.com or visit ThreshersBaseball.com. Game times: Vary from 10:30am to 7pm Hot tix: Many weekend night games conclude with a fireworks show. August 12 is Superhero Night (with fireworks). Clearwater attractions: Less than 10 miles west of the park are Clearwater’s famous beaches, two state parks and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Eastward, the park is a mile from the waters of Old Tampa Bay and Ruth Eckerd Hall, a performing arts venue. Famous feats: Legendary Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins hit the first home run in Spectrum Field history on March 4, 2004. Threshers pitcher Julio De La Cruz hurled Spectrum Field’s first nohitter, thwarting the Sarasota Reds 6-0 on August 18, 2006. Alumni: The most notable former Clearwater players to make the majors are future Hall-ofFamers Chase Utley (currently playing second base for the Los Angeles Dodgers) and Cole Hamels (now pitching for the Texas Rangers). 2017’s player to watch: Pitcher Alberto Tirado is the only member of the Threshers on the Phillies 40-man roster (ensuring he is protected from other teams’ poaching). Just 22, the Dominican right-hander boasted a 6-1 record, 1.98 ERA and 80 strikeouts against 20 walks in the second half of 2016.

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Bragan Field at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville 301 A Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville Home of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Miami Marlins affiliate) › Class AA, Southern League › 102 miles from Ocala › ›

Imagine the odd focus groups that led the Jacksonville Suns to decide to change their nickname to… Jumbo Shrimp. And imagine those same folks deciding to create an alternate logo featuring a jumbo shrimp hurtling out of a boiling pot of water. The descent into nickname madness doesn’t belie how utterly spectacular Bragan Field is. The biggest park in Class AA (11,000 seats) is made improbably cozy by an intimate seating bowl and throwback façade and design. Bragan Field is what you might imagine a modern Ebbets Field or polo grounds to look like if built today; it combines old-school roots with modern flair like the video scoreboard, 12 luxury suites and four party decks. Bragan Field’s traditionalist ways extend to how it interacts with its Jacksonville neighborhood. In a nod to Camden Yards in Baltimore and Petco Park in San Diego, Bragan melds the surrounding architecture into its design—most notably the


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Old St. Andrew’s Church and its stately steeple incorporated seamlessly down the left-field line. Thus, there are no bad seats in the park. Downtown Jacksonville looms behind home plate, and most fans will have views of the Hart and Matthews Bridges over the St. John’s River. And the 360-degree concourse inside the park ensures a view of the field no matter how long it takes to gather souvenirs or concessions during the game. In as traditionalist an endeavor as baseball, it’s hard to balance fun and respect for the game, but no park in Florida accomplishes that like Bragan Field. Tickets: $5 (outfield general admission) to $18 (dugout box). Call (904) 358-2846 or visit JaxShrimp.com. Game times: Vary from 12:05pm to 7:05pm, with most start times at 7:05pm Hot tix: June 4 is Star Wars Night. June 5, July 19 and August 14 celebrate Canines & Crustaceans (dogs welcome in the park). July 9 is Christmas in July. August 8 is Silent Movie Night (no noise allowed in the park). Jacksonville attractions: You may not need to leave the immediate area, as Jacksonville’s new basketball/hockey arena nears completion a block to the west and EverBank Field housing the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars is within walking distance, beyond the right-field fence. The less-sports addled

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traveler can spin less than an hour south to St. Augustine to visit the oldest city in the United States. Famous feats: In 2005, Joel Guzman hit the longest home run in Bragan Field history, and an “X” in the playground area beyond the centerfield wall marks the spot the ball landed. Alumni: Jacksonville’s long baseball history means multitudes of legends have passed through its uniform, most notably Hall-of-Famers Hank Aaron, Randy Johnson, Phil Niekro, Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver and Hoyt Wilhelm. In 2016, 64 ex-Jacksonvillians were active in the major leagues. 2017’s player to watch: Austin Nola is an unusual case, as a 27-year-old in Class AA. The former blue-chip middle infielder is the only Jumbo Shrimp who’s protected on the 40-man roster, and this year begins a conversion to catcher. It’s an unusual move—players often move out from behind the plate, not toward it. Nola hit .261 in 113 at Class AAA New Orleans in 2016.

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Jackie Robinson Ballpark 105 E Orange Ave., Daytona Beach › Home of the Daytona Tortugas (Cincinnati Reds affiliate) › Class A, Florida State League › 76 miles from Ocala ›

The most socially significant ballpark in Florida— perhaps in the world—also happens to be the closest minor league park to Ocala. Jackie Robinson Ballpark was so named in 1989, acknowledging the game between Robinson’s Montreal Royals and the Brooklyn Dodgers on March 17, 1946, making Daytona the first stadium to officially host an integrated baseball game. The Jackie Robinson Museum now is housed within the complex, with fans admitted free to learn of Robinson’s accomplishments along with other pioneers like Althea Gibson, Roberto Clemente and Willie O’Ree. The park began as the Daytona City Island Ballpark on June 4, 1914, as just a baseball diamond and a set of wooden bleachers. The park was most recently renovated in 2007, bringing the number of seats up to 4,200. The Jack sits along the Halifax River and features a quaint Riverwalk, where fans can keep up with the game via radio broadcast while buying concessions or souvenirs. Tickets: $8 (general admission) to $12.50 (VIP). Call (386) 257-3172 or visit DaytonaTortugas.com. Game times: Vary from 1:05pm to 7:05pm, with most start times at 7:05pm Hot tix: June 9 and August 13 are Bark in the Park (dogs welcome). August 9 is Wine & Design at the Park (wine tasting and a painting class).

Daytona Beach attractions: Aside from, well, Daytona Beach, consider the Museum of Arts and Sciences, which boasts an IMAX theater and planetarium. For shopping and strolling, be sure to walk down Beach Street. Famous feats: All-time hitting great Stan Musial played for the then-Daytona Beach Islanders in 1940, as a pitcher (his original position) batting .311. In fact, it was in the sandy outfield of Daytona Beach where Musial fell and injured his pitching shoulder, re-setting his course for the Hall of Fame as an outfielder. Incredibly, minor league baseball in Daytona Beach has been affiliated with 12 different major league clubs: the Dodgers, Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City and Oakland A’s, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs. Alumni: In addition to Robinson and Musial, current Cubs infielder Javier Baez became only the second player in Florida State League history to hit four homers in one game while playing for Daytona Beach. There are dozens of other Daytona Beach alumni in the majors, most prominently the reigning NL MVP, Kris Bryant. 2017’s player to watch: Last fall, the Reds signed prime pitching prospect Vladimir Gutierrez out of Cuba. Just 21, the right-hander was Cuba’s Serie Nacional Rookie of the Year. As Cincinnati’s No. 5 farm prospect, the reliever will be converted to a starting pitcher this season with the Tortugas.

Contained within the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex off of Route 40 in Ocala are the remnants of Ocala’s professional past. Gerig Field was once part of the complex, and it was there that the Class D Florida State League Ocala Yearlings played the only two minor-league seasons in the city’s professional baseball history. Ocala’s baseball roots run deep, as one of four cities participating in the inaugural Florida State League in 1892. The city drew enough local interest to host two National League stalwarts, the Philadelphia Phillies and Brooklyn Grooms, for an exhibition game in town. But the fledgling FSL folded after just one year, and it would be more than four decades before professional baseball would return. Gerig Field was built using Works Progress Administration funds in 1936 and just four years later was hosting professional baseball. The Yearlings debuted in the now-thriving, eight-team Florida State League, competing against the likes of the Daytona Beach Islanders, Deland Red Hats, Gainesville G-Men, Leesburg Anglers, Orlando Senators, Sanford Seminoles and St. Augustine Saints. Former major league outfielder Wilbur “Lefty” Good was the Yearlings’ first manager but was fired during his debut season in 1940, when Ocala finished in seventh place with a 57-82 record. The team managed an even worse record in 1941, finishing in seventh at 49-78. The FSL suspended operations during World War II (1942-45), and when play resumed in 1946, the Palatka Azaleas had taken the Yearlings’ spot in the league. Before the Yearlings made their debut, the Milwaukee Brewers (then a minor league team) held spring training at Gerig Field, from 1939 to 1941. Joining them in 1940-41 was a Texas League club, the Tulsa Oilers. Like the Yearlings, the Brewers and Oilers ceased operations during World War II. After the war, Gerig Field became a minor league spring training site for the numerous farm affiliates of the Boston Red Sox, including the Birmingham Barons and Memphis Chickasaws, from 1948 to 1971. That means any number of future major leaguers made Ocala their spring home before the regular season: future Hall-ofFamer Carl Yastrzemski, Jimmy Piersall, Wilbur Wood, Walt Dropo, Bill Virdon, Phil Regan, Bobo Newsom, Hal Trosky, Galen Cisco, Dick Radatz and Glenn Beckert. And although Red Sox legend Ted Williams never played in a game at Gerig Field, in the 1960s he almost certainly spent some time in Ocala as an unofficial coach, watching Red Sox prospects and offering them hitting tips.

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You may have encountered some of these gentlemen before. Whether seated behind the desk in their office or working out at the gym, these individuals are some of the best in their fields. Their primary goal is to meet the demands of their customers. They might work long hours and late nights yet always appear suave and sophisticated, and their knowledge and precision place them in a field all their own. The gentlemen on the upcoming pages are some of the best Ocala has to offer. These are our Men of Style‌


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obert Harden began his career as a real estate broker 40 years ago in California and was also a mortgage broker for 18 years. In 1994, he relocated to Ocala where he has served Marion, Sumter and Lake Counties ever since. He prides himself on building strong customer relationships and helping seller and buyers with their needs. Robert utilizes his insight plus years of experience to help orient and to match resources for sellers and buyers.

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Williams Showcase Properties of Central Florida— REALTORS® 5780 SW 20th St, Ocala › (352) 351-4718 ›



r. Richard Alker moved to Ocala and entered the real estate indus-

try in 2009 after 24 years as a small animal and equine veterinarian in Panama City. He specializes in the sale and appraisal of veterinary practices throughout the state of Florida, and he is determined to ensure that veterinary practice owners get the best deal when selling their business. Dr. Alker and his wife, Natalie, also raise Thoroughbreds on their farm in Ocala.

avid Williams has 35 years of experience in the real estate industry, 27 of those in Marion County. He is a licensed Florida real estate broker. He also is a former mortgage broker of 15 years and property and casualty insurance broker for 27 years. David uses his diverse knowledge of real estate and finance, plus his experience as a former quarter horse buyer, seller and trainer, to specialize in equine, land and commercial properties.

Fun Faves ROBERT’S HOBBY: Hot rods & Porsches RICHARD’S DRINK: Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23-Year-Old Bourbon Whiskey DAVID’S MOVIE: Secretariat

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Arthur Staff America—CEO 8960 SW Hwy 200, Ocala

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f the medical community has a staffing need, Staff America can fill it, from the most basic to the most complex skill set. Michael Arthur opened Staff America in 1999 to provide health care facilities with quality, compassionate nurses. “I wanted to hire nurses like my mom and sister, who truly had a heart for nursing,” he says. “It’s about more than just a good paycheck. It’s about making a difference to our customers and their patients.” Staff America provides medical professionals to hospitals, rehab facilities and long-term care facilities. “We work with our customers to provide services as they need them, whether it be per diem assistance, contract nursing, travel nurses, direct hire or temp to direct hire,” Arthur says. “The difference with Staff America is that we treat our staff with respect and provide work that carefully matches our nurses’ skill sets. Our nurses are accountable and are held to a higher standard.” Staff America has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval, has operated in over 27 states and has offices in Florida and Indiana with more than 400 active professionals. Interested in expanding your nursing career? Staff America can help. “If you’re looking for a home, we help you answer three basic questions,” Arthur says. “What kind of work are you looking for? What geographical area do you want to work in? How much would you like to make? With this basic information, our recruiters will go to work to find the right opportunities for you!”

FunFaves Movie: The Wizard of Oz TV show: Expedition Unknown Sport: Basketball Dream vacation: Fiji


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Healthy Harts Fitness—Owner 415 N Magnolia Ave., Ocala ›

(352) 351-5100 › healthyharts.com


linton Hart came to Ocala in 1996 to play baseball at the College of Central Florida before playing eight years of football in the NFL with the Eagles, Chargers and Rams. When he returned, he started training at Jervey Gantt with a group of four people, which soon grew into a group of hundreds. He began looking for a location big enough for everyone, and, in 2012, he founded Healthy Harts Fitness. Healthy Harts Fitness offers basic memberships, unlimited access, personal training, weight-loss and weight-gain resources, kids’ fitness, nutrition, speed and agility training, mentoring and more—all in a judgment-free zone. “A day for me is crazy busy, but I love being someone who helps shape futures through health and fitness,” Clinton says. His daughter, Lillian Taylor Hart, continually motivates him and keeps him going.


FunFaves Movie: Rocky Hobbies: Golf and working out

Carlos Sanchez

Crazy Foods—Managing Partner 805 S Magnolia Ave., Suite A, Ocala › (352) 361-0321 › crazyfoodsllc.com


uests looking for a unique dining experience will find plenty of options with the Crazy Foods brands. Their family-owned restaurants offer unique atmospheres that you won’t find at their competitors. “From the crystal-clear waters of the Rainbow River to relaxed, outside dining on one of Marion County’s largest outside patios, we offer niche menus catering to a variety of different tastes,” says Carlos Sanchez, managing partner of the Crazy Foods brands. Horse & Hounds offers a casual dining atmosphere in Ocala’s horse country, and Swampy’s invites diners to enjoy fresh seafood and Cajun cuisine right alongside the Rainbow River in Dunnellon. And we can’t forget about The Crazy Cucumber—located at Market Street at Heath Brook, it’s a haven for fresh-minded foodies, offering vegetarian and gluten-free options, along with burgers and more for the more traditional eaters. “While some of our restaurants have been around for years, many residents have not heard of all of our locations,” Carlos says. “We want locals to try our menu and experience our atmosphere because it is completeDestination: Puerto Rico ly different from other Ocala dining options.” Go-to drink: Grey Goose


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Tillman Tillman & Associates Engineering – Owner 1720 SE 16th Ave., Ocala › (352) 387-4540 › tillmaneng.com


hen planning a development project, selecting a design team that understands the entire process, from preliminary planning through construction, is crucial. When David Tillman established Tillman & Associates Engineering, LLC in 2005, he recruited a comprehensive team of experts that cover all of the design disciplines that may be required in developing land. “We focus on listening to our clients to ensure we provide a solution that exceeds their expectations,” he says. “Although we work with many seasoned developers, we also have clients that are small business owners looking to complete only one project and who may need a little more guidance and help through the process.” Over the past 12 years, Tillman & Associates has become known as the local firm that gets difficult projects done. To view a sampling of their completed projects, visit tillmaneng.com. To complement Tillman & Associates’ success, the company and its professionals are active in many local charities and events, including the Ocala Silver Springs Rotary Club events and the Florida Engineering Society. If you are looking for a team that has the talent, quality and depth of the larger firms, but with a local presence that will give you personalized, high-priority service, then Tillman & Associates Engineering is your best choice. “We are confident that we have the technical qualifications, experience, creativity and TV show: The Blacklist mindset to team with you in Pastime: Offshore fishing achieving your land development Music artist: Eric Church goals,” says David.


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Dr. Jayanti

Panchal Owner |Success By Design 2654 SW 32nd Place, Ste. 100, Ocala (352) 854-7444 › (352) 387-0090


hen Dr. Panchal came to Ocala in 1994, he opened up an internal medicine practice. His greatest rewards are being able to take care of the whole family and the fact that his patients don’t have to worry about going somewhere else to get tested. “We take care of everything in one place,” he says. He also started the Success By Design weight loss program to help patients take charge of their own health. Patients in his program receive diet counseling and advice to avoid future hospitalization. His advice for patients is to have faith in their physician and to follow instructions. These days, when the health care industry as a whole is generalizing practices and lumping them together, it’s rare to find a thriving private practice. Dr. Panchal owns and runs one such practice, and he considers it one of his greatest career accomplishments.


When he’s not working, you might just find him on the golf course or the dance floor.

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Concierge Bariatrics Patient of Dr. Reginald Griffin, 1630 SE 18th Street, #103, Ocala › (352) 236-5809 › conciergebariatrics.com


aymond Kelly needed to lose weight. The results achieved from various diets never lasted. He suffered from high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea and chronic knee pain. After careful consideration, Kelly chose the Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass procedure with Dr. Reginald Griffin at Concierge Bariatrics. “Since I worked in the medical field, I had seen the results of his other patients,” Kelly says. “It wasn’t an overnight decision to pick Dr. Griffin.” But it was the best decision. Dr. Griffin reduced the size of Kelly’s stomach, and after two days in the hospital, Kelly was free to go home. “My life after surgery is remarkable,” says Kelly. “My physical problems were lessened or gone, and I have more energy. I no longer have to take insulin for my diabetes. I’m very conscientious of carbs, sugar and portions, and I no longer snack. It’s a lifestyle change.” For Kelly, the results were impressive and life-changing. “Having this surgery is not a quick fi x, but it is a long-term fi x,” he says. “Check your options on bariatric surgery. If you decide on surgery, choose a doctor like Dr. Griffin and follow each and every instruction. There is no cheating after surgery.”

FunFaves Movie: Finding Nemo Book: Moby Dick Drink: Unsweetened ice tea Dream Vacation: Ireland


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Luis Quiroz El Toreo — Owner 2436 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala (352) 694-1401


s a traditional Mexican family, Luis Quiroz and his brothers wanted to share their authentic fare with others by opening two El Toreo restaurants in Valdosta, Georgia before coming to Ocala and opening two more. “We opened in Ocala because it’s a good place to raise your family,” Luis says, adding that he serves many regular customers. “I know everyone who walks in the door.” With the restaurant’s newly renovated kitchen complete, Luis plans to begin construction on the bar soon, expanding that area and adding more seating to it. He’s also bringing a new menu to the table, full of the authentic Mexican cuisine El Toreo is known for.


FunFaves Hobby: Riding his Harley Vacation spot: Mexico Movie: Scarface



Landolfi Pavarotti’s Pizza & Restaurant—Owner 8075 SW Hwy 200 , Ocala (352) 291-9424 › Find them on Facebook


FunFaves Pizza: Pepperoni Hobby: Playing with my crazy kids Vacation spot: Greece Movie: Comic book movies

ohn Landolfi is the young man behind some of the best Italian food and old-fashioned pizzas in this area. He’s been making pizza since he was 15 years old, and he even created his own recipe for Pavarotti’s pies. But besides pizzas baked in a stone-deck oven, Pavarotti’s also serves classic Italian fare—all made from scratch. “I just love making good food,” says John, who also came up with the menu. He and his staff work closely together as a team and serve many regular customers, some that come for both lunch and dinner. “We treat everyone like family here,” John says.

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Neil “Nick”



Marion County Assistant Property Appraiser, State Certified General Appraiser RZ1643 501 SE 25th Ave., Ocala › (352) 368-8300 ›





ssistant Property Appraiser Nick Nikkinen might be considered a newbie in the Ocala area, having moved to Hernando County in 1985 from Chicago before moving to Marion County seven years ago, but his community involvement tells a different story. As assistant property appraiser, he and his team are responsible for the valuation of all commercial property in Marion County, whether it’s vacant land or improved commercial property. “My work allows me to learn even more about the different and unique areas and property types in Marion County,” Nick says. Beyond his work, Nick takes great pride in his work with the Kiwanis Club of Ocala and Interfaith Emergency Services. “The Kiwanis Club does such great work in the community,” Nick says. “In April, I was honored to co-chair the George Albright, Jr. Memorial Save Camp Kiwanis Golf Tournament. The event raised over $30,000 for Camp Kiwanis.” From the relationships Nick developed at Kiwanis, he joined the Interfaith Emergency Services Board of Directors, which provides food, clothing, emergency shelter and other necessities to those in need. “Just last month, our local mail carriers and volunteers took in approximately 100,000 pounds of food for our warehouse,” he says proudly. “I honestly feel blessed to live, and now work, in this beautiful county and to have the ability to connect with and invest in the community.”


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Lend an ear to some of the more intriguing members of Central Florida’s vibrant and diverse music scene. PHOTOGRAPHY BY RALPH DEMILIO

Rob Hazen


Rob Hazen is straight outta Hollywood (Florida), and he is one schizophrenic soul cat. As an international touring dynamo, he has a golden touch, charting three different songs in five countries, including three No. 1 dance music singles across Europe and Asia. As a Florida homebody, well, the solo Hazen switches on the funked-up, soulcoustic sound. In either personage, Hazen’s soaring vocals will move you. After playing in South Florida bands throughout middle and high school, Hazen couldn’t kick the performing bug even while studying finance at the University of Notre Dame. “My professors told me to follow my passion instead of a paycheck,” Hazen says. “So I recorded my debut EP and toured the Midwest” while still in school.

“I put my vocals on the song, and it ended up getting into the hands of a label in Europe,” Hazen says. “The label had a lot of great producers on its roster who heard my track and subsequently wanted to work with me as a songwriter/vocalist. Since then, I’ve released almost a dozen songs, with more coming out this year. I’ve been blessed with a lot of success in electronic music over the past few years.” But Hazen isn’t neglecting his stripped-down sound, either. In March, he released his first solo single in more than three years, “Soul.” “It’s always difficult to box yourself in as a songwriter/musician—and it’s especially hard for me being that I have released music in several different genres—but I would say the best example of who I am today would be ‘Soul,’” Hazen says. “It’s an interesting mix of acoustic soul and tropical house, the perfect music to listen to with the windows down on a beautiful, sunny afternoon in Central Florida!” With “Soul” out and more songs trickling onto

“It’s always difficult to box yourself in as a songwriter/ musician.”

Hazen’s second EP coincided with graduation, and Florida’s fertile musical grounds pulled him home. “After graduating, I knew I wanted to be a musician and saw that there was way more opportunity to perform live in and around the Central Florida area,” Hazen says. “So I decided to live where the live scene is bustling.” Hazen moved back to Florida, assembled a band and management and hit the road. After some extensive touring in the United States and Canada, Hazen moved north to Orlando and found his first international success, a cover of the Smashing Pumpkins song “1979” with DJ/producer George Acosta.

Spotify in weeks to come and a new label and PR representation in place, Hazen is growing his fan base and working toward putting a personal imprint on the charts. “I feel like ‘Soul’ represents a fresh start,” Hazen says. “And I like where I’m starting.”

WEBSITE: IAmRobHazen.com FACEBOOK: IAmRobHazen SPOTIFY: Rob Hazen TOP TRACK: “Soul” GIGS: In regular rotation at Eaton’s Beach, Weirsdale and residencies at Bahama Breeze in Orlando and Altamonte Springs

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Mai Tätro can clearly remember being just 5 years old, sitting on the porch with her grandfather, learning guitar chords and songs. It’s still a crisp, vivid memory, because those roots of her music career came just a shade more than a decade ago. By 10, Tätro was performing live with a group in Orlando and has been growing her music career as a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, piano, ukulele) ever since. But don’t go throwing around flattering adjectives—Tätro might sooner listen to some Prodigy than be called a prodigy. As her own motto reads: “I’m just a girl and a guitar.” The hardest working teenager in Florida’s music business is a whirlwind of gigs, recording sessions and radio appearances. She’s already appeared on Nashville’s The Josie Show, on WQFB-FM in Flagler Beach and WROD-FM in Daytona Beach and gigged all over Central Florida to the delight of a growing legion of fans. “I’ve really liked playing in this area—Ocala is very friendly, and I love the scenery,” Tätro says. “Ocala and Central Florida have always been nice places to be a musician because growing up here, it’s where I’m most comfortable.” There’s no drudgery or fatigue involved with touring Florida in Tätro’s world. “I’ve loved traveling around Florida and going to new places I probably wouldn’t have seen otherwise,” she says. “I also like meeting new people and making new friends. There have been so many amazing things I have experienced as I musician.”


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In addition to playing live, Tätro is focused on finishing her first EP with producers Omar Maldonado and Alex Budzilek. Older hands might see some Ani DiFranco in Tätro, but she embraces a harder edge that drifts more toward Avril Lavigne, ‘90s alternative and grunge. One of her new tracks, “Twisted Lover,” certainly embraces those influences. Lavigne is an appropriate reference point, as a fellow performer whose age often overshadowed her talent and work ethic. “I have been performing since I was 10 years old, so even though I’m

still young, I have a lot of experience as a performer,” Tätro says. “I’ve been paying my dues for years.” A growing connection with her audience indicates those dues are already paying off.

WEBSITE: MaiTatroMusic.com FACEBOOK: MaiTatro REVERB NATION, YOUTUBE: Mai Tatro TOP TRACK: “Twisted Lover” GIGS: June 10 and 22, The Copper Rocket, Maitland; June 16, Johnny D’s, Flagler Beach; June 29 and July 23, Gator Joe’s, Ocklawaha

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“I have been performing since I was 10 years old, so even though I’m still young, I have a lot of experience as a performer. I’ve been paying my dues for years.”

“The music business is the worst part of music. It beats you down. It’s so fickle. Talent doesn’t have as much to do with success as money and connections.”


John Johnson didn’t set out to be a singer or musician. And he certainly didn’t imagine his roots as a performer would be straight out of a Nashville biopic. But it’s hard to call his story anything less than country kismet. Johnson was just 19, in college and making money bull riding, when his roommate’s father (a musician) heard him singing along to the radio and insisted he sing in his band. The young roughneck wasn’t moved, certainly not enough to sing in front of an audience—at least until that father added a sweetener. “He said, ‘Well, you can meet girls. There’s nothing better than a bull rider— unless it’s a bull rider who can play guitar and sing,’ Johnson recalls. “Well, as a 19-year-old kid, I was immediately interested.” Johnson used his roughneck spirit to take more than one crack at the bright lights of Nashville, and he’s not the first singer to return with a sour taste. “The music business is the worst part of music,” he says. “It beats you down. It’s so fickle. Talent doesn’t have as much to do with success as money and connections.” Johnson’s band, Branded Moon, did some good business around Ocala and throughout Florida, even upstaging the occasional headlining act along the way. But over the years, his bandmates have gotten older and deeper into careers and family, gigs together came fewer and farther between (Branded Moon plays every few months nowadays). But Johnson continues to follow the music, usually

playing a couple of solo shows a week in the Ocala area, at coffee shops and wineries, private parties or on charity slates. “I love the Ocala scene,” Johnson says. “Among artists, it’s a very supportive and encouraging scene. And music is strong, very diverse, from heavy grunge bands down to elevator music, with everything in between. There’s a huge amount of talent here and has been for years.” And Johnson is comfortable with his role among all that talent here, playing classic country and Southern rock covers with a twist, content in making new friends and connecting with audiences throughout the area.

“I turned 52 in April, and while I’ve recorded demos, I’ve never put together a quality recording,” he says. “I want to record a CD, just for fun, even if it doesn’t sell but is something I can be proud of, and that people can put on in their car and enjoy.” And those Nashville dreams? “I’m very content with the fact that I’m not going to be a big star,” Johnson says. “I’m good with that. But if I can have fun and give people an enjoyable show, that’s all I need.”

FACEBOOK: JohnJohnsonMusicPage, BrandedMoonMusic GIGS: June 13–Cup O’ The Irish, Ocala; June 16 The Backyard Barn, Wildwood; June 23–Two Old Hags, Leesburg; June 27–Cup O’ The Irish, Ocala; June 30–The Backyard Barn, Wildwood JUN ’17 ›


“We choose our station but not our placement. We book our own shows because we don’t fit in.”


As a musician, how do you cook up some sinister pop? If you’re Ocala stalwarts The Feeling Well, you take pop and rock, suffocate it with harmonies and smack it around in equal parts melody and hook. Ooh la la: That battered deliciousness sounds like sinister pop. The Feeling Well is comprised of veterans of the Ocala scene, Adam Rountree, Jahn West, Andrew Rome and William Perez, coming together for the most delightful reason possible: They really liked listening to one another’s music. “We have all worked on music separately and performed in other groups in and around Ocala,” Rountree says. “We all became friends at each other’s shows or in other bands that we’ve been in together. We all love playing music with each other.” West is more succinct: “We are weirdies.” In almost two decades crisscrossing the Brick City, there’s an edge to The Feeling Well that stems from not quite breaking big yet. Rountree’s résumé alone counts such varied outfits as Noadie There, AutoEuphoric, Low-Level Parties, Assemble the Embassy, Hippopotamus, Vincent Valentine, Hey Nice Guy and Under the Covers, not to mention numerous solo outings. “The Ocala scene has been inconsistent for me,” Rountree says. “[But] there’s almost always a place to have a show, and if the timing’s right and the right band or bands get together, a cool musical event can happen.” To meet the understandable angst stemming from stepping to the plate so often without getting a call to the show with such positivity is a tribute to the fortitude of The Feeling Well. Even the irascible West makes the best of it: “We choose our station but not our placement. We book our own shows because we don’t fit in.” One thing The Feeling Well has achieved in its young life is connecting with an audience hungry for something different.


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“We see and meet so many people, watch them dance and sing along to our music,” Rountree says. “We’re happy in the moment, doing what we love to do.” “We want to spread joy, understanding and even more questions,” West adds. A primary goal for The Feeling Well is to cut more tracks and steadily build a living with their latest, joyous project. “We have a lot of music that needs to get recorded and shared with the universe,” Rountree says. “That is a current and future goal for us, as we continually write and rehearse songs. We want to tour and perform as much as we can.”

To that end, The Feeling Well have launched a GoFundMe campaign (@ TheFeelingWell) where Rountree has penned a passionate appeal toward the band’s $10,000 goal. The band’s lofty mission statement indicates they might just pull it off. “The Feeling Well is based on the idea,” Rountree says, “that best friends playing music together with the intention of making everyone feel better, and doing it unlike anyone else has ever done it, is a worthy idea.” That’s not sinister. But it is Feeling Well.

FACEBOOK: TheFeelingWell SOUNDCLOUD: Sinister Pop Records TOP TRACK: “Moon”


When Jared Quidley and Elliot Eisler met in 2014 as bandmates in The Blue Jays Band, they didn’t realize they were about to don a disguise. But that October, the duo launched a new concept that found the musicians hunkering down in Ocala and cranking out an EP and album in short measure. Their dedication to playing live also helped hone their songwriting craft. Humans in Disguise was born. Did this duo make an impact? Well, mere months after their inception, Humans in Disguise was opening up for Tonic at Ocala’s 2015 Feel Downtown Live concert. But after a couple of years as a duo, the Disguise decided to double, adding Mike Koller and Dustin King to fill out the sound with lead guitar and bass. The band continues to exhaustively gig around town, developing a sound even more unique than that of the initial duo. “Ocala has been pretty great as far as gig opportunities go,” Quidley says. “Compared to other big cities, it’s actually a nice little scene here if you know where to go. There is plenty of support for local musicians among various venues, and there are some really lovely places that we call home and play at every month, where our fans know they can find us.” Part of developing a new and better sound is being able to lay it down on tape, and Humans in Disguise are itching to record a follow-up to their initial, selftitled release. “We didn’t have the same band lineup that we do now, and needless to say, our sound has changed since [the first recordings],” Quidley says. “We’ve grown tremendously as musicians.” Along with getting down new tracks to share with their loyal audience is finding new fans, in new environs. Humans In Disguise is itching to get on the road and spread the gospel. “We have plans to travel soon, and share our music with more of Florida and the entire Southeast,” Quidley says. “From there, the world! I feel proud of how far we’ve come and look forward to what the future holds if we keep working hard.” For now, Humans in Disguise are content to let the good vibes push them forward. “Our music has no specific direction. We simply write and play what feels and sounds good to us,” Quidley says. “Hopefully people like it and can enjoy it like we do.”

WEBSITE: HumansInDisguise.com FACEBOOK: HumansInDisguise SOUNDCLOUD: Humans_in_Disguise TOP TRACKS: “Hold Me Close,” “Same Ol’ Story” GIGS: June 9, Margarita Republic, Spanish Springs at The Villages; June 10, Eagle Ridge Golf Club, Summerfield

Photo courtesy of Justin Marshall Orlow

“We’ve grown tremendously as musicians.”



Justin Marshall Orlow—aka j.mo—is a battler. Like his beloved Cleveland Cavaliers, rallying back from a 3-1 deficit to win their first NBA title in 2016, the Toledo native knows the power of persistence. Most notably, j.mo suffered a shattered jaw in 2014, an injury that took five surgeries to repair. A year later, he was back out gigging and making plans to record—and in almost a blink of an eye, j.mo was signed after catching the ear of Lakehouse Records owner Reno Mussatto. “I went into the studio on my own dime,” j.mo says. “Chris Short, owner of Alpaca Ranch Studios, played my rough tracks for [Mussatto], who was mixing a record for one of his other artists. Getting signed has been the highlight of my career so far. Sometimes good things happen to good people who work hard.” The signing ensured j.mo membership in the exclusive SESAC writer’s guild, as well as granting the opportunity to meet and work with numerous industry veterans. The most noteworthy of j.mo’s connections was made before the release of his first record, East 408. That full-band production was mastered by Bruce Hensel, who has worked with The Eagles, The Bee Gees, Stephen Stills and Dan Fogelberg.

“I really try to make each song have its own sound, meaning and feel when I’m writing.” The singer-songwriter is now finishing up a different sort of project, a more acoustic-based EP reflecting the eclectic, old-soul solo stage chops he puts on display throughout Central Florida. “I’ve been gigging in Central Florida for more than 10 years, and I love how eclectic the scene is as a whole,” j.mo says. “I enjoy and prefer playing my original music, and Central Florida has offered me a vast amount of venues throughout the years, which is fantastic.” Among at least a dozen venues on j.mo’s tour rounds include Ocala’s A Cup o’ the Irish and World of Beers in Spanish Springs at The Villages, as he aims to spread his sound to bigger and bigger stages. “Basically, I love rock and tend to lean on the soulful side as a singer,” j.mo says. “I really try to make each song have its own sound, meaning and feel when I’m writing.”

WEBSITE: JustinMarshallOrlow.com FACEBOOK: JustinMOrlow RECORD LABEL: LakehouseRecords.com TOP TRACK: “Sometimes” GIGS: June 23 and August 11, Orlando Brewing; July 14 and 27, The Copper Rocket, Maitland

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Have you ever finished your second plate of food only to feel like you just can’t move? That overwhelming urge to hit the hay after eating is what we call a food coma. Scientists, however, call it “postprandial somnolence.” So what causes it? Your body is working hard to digest the food you just ate. You’re also experiencing elevated blood sugar and the release of hormones like insulin and glucose in response to the food consumed. You can control it, though! Check out these tips to wake from the coma—there’s a kitchen to be cleaned, after all! Eat smaller meals. The bigger the meal, the harder your body has to work at digestion. Liquids vs. solids. If you have a salad or bowl of soup instead of a hamburger, especially during lunch, you’ll notice a positive difference in your level of fatigue. Caffeine, please. A cup of coffee or tea could give you the boost you need to make it to your real bedtime. Go low. Opt for low glycemic carbs. This list includes whole wheat bread, oatmeal, beans, peas, most fruits and non-starchy vegetables. Limit white bread, white rice, bagels, pretzels and crackers, which are all harder to digest.



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f you’re jonesing a break from the typical “How was your day?” mealtime jabber, an armload of new dinner show choices can soup up an evening out with dazzling live performances right before your table. Although the dinner theater concept isn’t exactly new, today’s fresh combo platter of entertainment moves past the congealed mold of jousting feasts and murder mysteries, bringing onlookers a high-caliber, fullon sensory experience. Now, unwrap these simple instructions: watch, eat, enjoy.

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MANGO’S TROPICAL CAFÉ 8126 International Drive, Orlando › mangos.com › (407) 673-4422 $49 or $62 packages; reservation deposits vary Mango’s Tropical Café patrons come for the food and stay for the shake-


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rattle-and-roll action. With infectious, high-energy dancing, sizzling costumes and pulsating music, owner Joshua Wallack guarantees enough interactive fun at this nightclub/ restaurant/lounge to get you clapping and on your feet. “It’s like nothing that Orlando has ever seen,” says Wallack. “It’s Vegas and South Beach excitement for the whole family. Our show invites you to dance and sing along. We perform in the crowd and bring everyone into the experience. We want it to be something that you’ll never forget.” Start with a three-course gourmet menu offering Latin or American cuisine, and then supplement with colorful specialty drinks. A nonstop showcase includes a Michael Jackson tribute (Wallack’s favorite) or Celia Cruz experience, plus salsa, merengue, hip hop, Cuban conga with conga line and dance DJ playing on until 2am for a jam-packed, memorable evening. Select a two-and-a-half-hour dinner show slot for up-front seating, a table from four lounge areas or dinner only seating.

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CAPONE’S DINNER & SHOW 4740 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway (Hwy 192), Kissimmee › alcapones.com › (407) 397-2378 Half-price online tickets: $35.46 ages 13 and older, $22.56 ages 4-12 That there Capone’s Dinner & Show promises one lulu of a good time. Like a shifty scene straight out of 1931 Chicago, bootlegging thrills come alive with hard-boiled gangsters, sassy flappers, roaring jazz numbers and wacky comedy. Not to mention, this “knock three times” speakeasy dispenses a swell all-you-can-eat

Italian and American buffet with meat carving station, salad bar, dessert and unlimited beverages (classy alcoholic hooch, too). There’s even a chance to score nifty goods during the show’s new shootout segment. Web manager Carla Sinclair-Wells notes that Capone’s is the snake’s hips for several reasons. “Many guests enjoy the standup comedy and guest interaction. And those who play along seem to have the best time. We also feature a hot buffet (not plated food) and more drink options than any other show for the best value.”


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Osceola Heritage Park › 1875 Silver Spurs Lane, Kissimmee › manorprowrestling.com › (863) 874-0361 $57-$66 ages 13 and older, $31-$40 ages 4-12, $160 family of four *Note: Next show July 21

PIRATE’S DINNER ADVENTURE 6400 Carrier Drive, Orlando › pirates-town.com › (407) 206-5102 $67.95 ages 13 and older, $41.45 ages 3-12 For swashbuckling hijinks, Pirate’s Dinner Adventure features an authentically replicated 18th-century Spanish galleon measuring 46 feet with 40-foot masts, a 300,000-gallon indoor lagoon, cannon blasts, pyrotechnics, singing, swordplay, aerialists, acrobatics, treacherous dragons, romance and comedy. Cheer on your section’s mascot, or join evil Captain Sebastian and his renegades. Michael Mack, general manager, tabs this performance as the “most interactive dinner show in Orlando” by encouraging 150 participants aboard. Additionally, Mack points out engaging pre-show activities in the village area. “It’s a burst of experience,” says Mack. “When they come through the doors, we offer appetizers, alcohol, soda, non-alcoholic frozen drinks,

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a gift shop and photo opportunities.” To eat, drink and be merry also entails a three-course meal of soup or salad, entrée, dessert and beverages, including two rounds of beer. Following the night’s second performance, a Buccaneer Bash disco celebration invites guests to shake their booty (pun intended). Pirate’s Town theater complex also offers Treasure Tavern, an adultthemed vaudeville revue and the family-oriented Cirque Magique.

Disney Delights Disney does it again. The beloved entertainment powerhouse delivers these amusing options in its dinner show lineup.

SPIRIT OF ALOHA Where else can frenzied fans watch high-octane wrestling while eating an elegantly prepared meal than at Manor Pro Wrestling Dinner Theater? Founder and owner Bryan Smith concocted his dream, merging delicious dining; a rocking house band, Anyone’s Guess; a full-size, smoke-filled ring; spandex gear; intimidating Lucha Libre-style masks and snarling, trash-talking wrestling icons ready to pounce. Not to be outdone, even the dishes have rabble-rousing names like Body Slam Oven Roasted Chicken or Drop-Kicking Vegetable Medley. And the best part? Meeting your heroes afterward, of course! “We have crafted an experience that everyone can enjoy, from the exciting strokes of guitar-playing to the angelic vocals of the house band to the amazing three-course meal,” says Smith. “In the end, it’s a rush for guests cheering on their favorite village for the battle of the Manor Medallion.”

Luau Cove, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort › 1600 SevenSeas Drive $66-$78 ages 10 and older; $39-$46 ages 3-9 An outdoor Polynesian luau features hula, fire dancing and a heart-stopping fire knife performance. Savory feasting includes kid favorites, alcohol and culminates with a pineapple-coconut guava cake with chocolate crunch. Photos courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort

HOOP-DEE-DOO MUSICAL REVUE Pioneer Hall › Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground › 4510 N Fort Wilderness Trail $64-$72 ages 10 and older, $38-$43 ages 3-9 This interactive Western-themed show entertains with 1800s foot-stomping, singing and zany slapstick skits. Bite off some fried chicken, barbecue pork ribs, baked beans, cornbread and strawberry shortcake. Includes beer, wine and sangria.

SCI-FI DINE-IN THEATER RESTAURANT Commissary Lane › Disney’s Hollywood Studios › 351 S. Studio Drive $15 to $34.99 › Park admission required Cruise this cool 1950s-style drive-in theater that blends classic American fare and sci-fi movie clips. Hop in a retro-style convertible booth or table underneath a twinkling night “sky.” Learn more › disneyworld.disney.go.com › (407) 939-3463 or (407) 939-5277

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Tasty Turn-Ons

Can certain foods help to heat things up in the bedroom? You’ve heard of aphrodisiacs. You know, those foods (like oysters, avocados and salmon) with legendary sensual powers? You might agree that just adding wine and chocolate to a quiet night at home can get things going, but have you ever wondered if specific foods can actually boost your libido? Before you change your shopping list, let’s take a closer look.

Folklore Or Fact?

Something to consider before we dig into the power of food is the difference between libido and performance. Libido is sexual desire or drive, and performance is, well, self-explanatory. (We hope.) So, can aphrodisiacs truly increase libido? This is what Lynn Edlen-Nezin, a clinical health psychologist who co-authored the book Great Sex: The Three Food Factors for Sexual Fitness has to say about that. “The claims in the popular literature for foods that can increase libido have no scientific support.” What has been proven to boost libido in both men and women is the hormone testosterone, which unfortunately is not found in food. Aphrodisiacs are known to have specific nutrients that influence the


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production of hormones, even sex hormones, but the whole trick to eating for the bedroom has to do with a healthy heart. Though obvious, it’s often overlooked that increased blood flow provides a big boost to sexual function and performance. When it comes to aphrodisiacs, many of their shapes—along with nutrient profiles—have surrounded them with more folklore than facts. Edlen-Nezin points out most of these foods may still encourage healthy hormones, but the focus should be on whether they are heart healthy or not. “What’s good for you above the belt is good for you below the belt,” says Edlen-Nezin, connecting impaired blood flow to the heart with impaired function down there.

Frisky Foods

We’re not suggesting that eating foods termed aphrodisiacs can’t be sensual, but the fact is that eating 15 avocados in one day isn’t going to get you physically raring to go—though some foods can certainly set the scene. “It is all subjective,” says sexologist Megan Stubbs. “The power of suggestion is a strong

motivator for sexual desire, and the placebo effect can come into play as well.” A diet rich in a variety of heart-healthy foods (with a few avocados mixed in, of course!) will up your performance by increasing blood flow. In fact, nitric oxide is a compound that responds to sexual stimuli by opening blood vessels and welcoming more blood to pertinent areas. Common erectile dysfunction drugs actually target this nitric oxide reaction. But you don’t have to go that far. As it turns out, many foods contain the building blocks needed for nitric oxide production. Forget those fabled aphrodisiacs. Instead, stock up on lean proteins like nuts, beans and fish; dark green veggies like kale, broccoli and spinach; antioxidant-rich fruits like blueberries, raspberries and prunes; and dark chocolate (told ya!). These heart-healthy foods will keep your heart pumping strong and your body fueled for the bedroom. If getting there seems to be the problem, did we mention wine? Just keep it to one glass to avoid a downward slide.

Sources: cnn.com, cnbc.com

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Experience Eaton’s Beach Anyone who has dined at Eaton’s Beach knows it’s not simply a restaurant but a quintessential Florida experience complete with awardwinning cuisine. If you’ve never been, here’s what you’ve been missing:


ituated on the shore of Lake Weir, Eaton’s Beach provides delicious, award-winning Florisiana cuisine in a beachside setting for scenic dining with friends and family. They’ve got great music, a variety of drinks at the Sandbar, freshly steamed crab legs and seafood offerings at The Steam Shack, and even jet skis, pontoon boats and seaplane tours on Mondays and Tuesdays. There’s just more to do at Eaton’s Beach than there is time in the day. It’s the perfect destination for a relaxing getaway without the travel time. The Steam Shack is Eaton’s Beach’s newest addition, serving fresh seafood by the water. It’s a great place to enjoy an appetizer while waiting for a table in the main room or to order an entire meal. Aside from steamed shrimp or oysters, Steam Shack offers dips, salsas and sandwiches, like their best-selling Cuban, and the Sandbar is just steps away for special drink orders. For guests dining in the main room, the signature, awardwinning shrimp & grits are an excellent choice. This dish of creamy cheese grits and a decadent white wine cream sauce is decorated with wins from Taste of Ocala and Taste of Class.

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

Staff members share that time and time again people say they come to Eaton’s Beach just for the shrimp and grits. The dish even wins over people who aren’t usually fans of grits. Did you know you could have the entire Eaton’s Beach experience brought right to you? Eaton’s offers full-service catering for corporate functions, rehearsal dinners and weddings. Their beach also offers the perfect backdrop to personal or business holiday parties, reunions or weddings and comes with all the amenities guests love like volleyball, beachside corn hole and a breathtaking view.

Eaton’s Beach › 15790 SE 134th Avenue, Weirsdale › (352) 259-2444 › eatonsbeach.com Mon-Thu 11a-9p › Fri-Sat, 11a-10:30p › Sun 10a-9p

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.

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Photo by John Jernigan

A Taste Of Florida Moving Florida wine forward in our own backyard. › By Sean Trapani


hat does a place taste like? even the casual wine enthusiast can For the past 30 years, this smell and taste. question has captured Tasting “place” in a wine comes the imagination of David Sokol, the from the idea of “terroir,” a concept winemaker for Sokol Vineyards in pioneered by the French but a goal Ocala. Patriarch of a wine-loving of artisan winemakers worldwide. family, David, his wife, Patricia, and his Terroir (tare-WA) refers to the effect daughter, Katherine, now offer what that a vineyard’s home environment they feel is an answer to this question (heat, soil, wind, etc.) has on the at their stylish new tasting room in grapes, causing grapes grown in downtown Ocala. different places (and the finished “The space is a bit of SoHo-chic wines) to taste differently from each meets Ocala other. historic,” says But it’s We’re taking more of a Katherine. not terroir fine-art approach to our “There is a story alone that winemaking, We blend behind all our makes Sokol wine from different local, repurposed Vineyards barrels and different materials we wines so techniques; then we search used to create the intriguing. for ways to make each tasting room.” It’s their learn to ‘like’ each other. But beyond the foray into the antebellum-era world of fine woods that help wine. Yes, create the old-meets-new mood of Florida offers plenty of enjoyable glugthe venue, the Sokols believe that glug sippers using native Muscadine the wines themselves can reveal a grapes and even blueberries, but deeper truth about Ocala—one that Florida’s heat and humidity has largely


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David Sokol and daughter, Katherin Sokol

crushed the dreams of any winemaker attempting to make “serious” wines. Sokol Vineyard’s uniqueness is twofold: first, theirs is the first winery to attempt to express the characteristics of Ocala’s terroir specifically. But more compelling is that their proprietary combination of grape varieties, cultured yeasts, mix of oak barrels and fractional blending is elevating Florida winemaking to new levels of sophistication. “We’re taking more of a fine-art approach to our winemaking,” explains Dr. Sokol. “We blend wine from different barrels and different techniques; then we search for ways to make each learn to ‘like’ each other.” Katherine describes the process using metaphor, as well. From her fine-arts background she sees her father as a type of composer, blending the forces of nature and the decisions of the winemaker

like orchestral musicians in perfect symphonic step. The tasting room is designed to help humans get along, as well, offering an airy, bright meeting space that local organizations may reserve free of charge. There is free Wi-Fi for all and small, semi-secluded conversation areas for guests to relax and plan upcoming events. The Sokols have also partnered with the Marion Cultural Alliance and several educational partners to develop community enrichment initiatives year-round. You can enjoy a cold glass of the Sokol family’s ode to Ocala now at the downtown tasting room, plus Patricia’s homemade sangria and a few locally sourced small plates. To learn more or reserve a space for your group, visit SokolVineyard.com. Or better yet, stop by in person to get a taste of the place–and of Ocala itself.


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

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).


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!

Let’s celebrate 30 years of being “Hooked on Harry’s!” To show our appreciation for 30 years of loyalty, we are offering a FREE $30 gift card for every $100 in gift cards purchased during June and July!

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.

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, Low Country Grouper (as shown) and Blackened Red Fish. Other favorites, like Harry’s Signature Crab Cakes and Bourbon Street Salmon are complemented by 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 and 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!

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Chefs of Napoli Ristorante Italiano 5400 SW College Rd., Ocala › (352) 857-8111 Mon-Thu 11a-9p › Fri 11a-10p › Sat 12-10p › Sun 12-9p thechefsofnapoli.com Chefs of Napoli is proud to bring an authentic Italian dining experience to Ocala, featuring the restaurant’s fresh, delicious made-to-order cuisine. From the walls to the ceilings, the atmosphere is designed to transport you to the sunny hills of Tuscany, where you can satisfy your taste buds with a Neapolitanstyle pizza pie or a chicken or veal entrée, such as the Pollo all Parmigiana or the Vitello all a Picatta. A vast selection of imported wines will complement your entrées perfectly. In the mood for seafood? Try the fresh seafood options at Chefs of Napoli, such as the Pescatore and Gamberi in Bianco. Come out and enjoy the ultimate Italian dining experience at Chefs of Napoli!

Mesa de Notte

2436 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala › (352) 732-4737 › mesaocala.com Mon-Thu 11a-9p › Fri 11a-10p › Sat 3-10p › Closed Sun Planning a special event? The professionals at Mesa de Notte specialize in full-service catering. They offer amazing Italian, Spanish, and American cuisine and can customize a menu to fit any budget, for any size event. Nothing is too big or too small. Mesa also offers full liquor service on and off premise. Reserve their private dining room for your next special event.

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

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.


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Ask about our full catering service “Italian Toscani Style,” and let us handle your next event! Enjoy 10% off through the month of June on takeout orders or when you dine in for lunch. (Just mention this ad!)

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

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.


Don’t forget to stop by our full-service liquor bar for your favorite drink. We Invite your special dad to enjoy prime rib with us on Father’s Day Sunday, June 18th. For information on catering, contact Waica or Evelyn at wmhivyhouse@yahoo.com.

We make the Spirits of Florida! Fish Hawk Spirits @Fishhawkspirits @Fishhawkdistill

Avoid the line! View our menu and order online at jerseymikes.com. Sign up online for our Shore Points Rewards to earn free subs and get great offers.

The Ivy House Restaurant

917 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala › (352) 622-5550 › Sun 11a-2p 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 supper time!” is our motto. We want you to feel you have come to our house 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.

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.

Jersey Mike’s Subs

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 we offer a sub above. We carefully consider every aspect of what we do—every slice, every sandwich, every store. We provide our customers with sustenance and substance, too. We start with a strong foundation: the kind of high-grade ingredients you’d use yourself—premium meats sliced on the spot, the freshest vegetables, a hot grill always ready and delectable bread baked throughout the day. Jersey Mike’s is a brand that believes in the value of ingredients, in the virtue of intention and in the idea that making a sub sandwich and making a difference can be one and the same.

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OCALA FAMILY MEDICAL CENTER 2230 SW 19th Ave Rd Ocala, FL 34471

Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

OFMC Welcomes... Allen Winston, DO, FACOFP Dr. Winston is Board Certified in Family Practice. He brings many years of experience to our OFMC team, and is now accepting New Patients!

Collette Mercier, MD Dr. Mercier is Board Certified in Family Practice and has additional experience in Women’s Health and Dermatology. She is currently accepting New Patients!

(at our Main Office)

(at our Dermatology Center)

352-237-4133 Carlos Rodriguez, MD

Robert Panzer, DO

Mark Monical, DO

James London, MD

Robert Williams, MD

Douglas Rogers, DO

Brian Pecoraro, DO

Mimi Balch, MD

Todd Panzer, ARNP-C

Anne Moyer, PA-C

Laurel Bryant, ARNP-C Karen Larsen, ARNP-C Brittani Losapio, ARNP-C Tyler Lindsey, PA-C

Salesia Alvarado, MD

Adam Alpers, DO

Stacey Graham, ARNP-C Linda Bellows, ARNP-C

Corey West, ARNP-C

Amber Starling, ARNP-C

Family Practice Internal Medicine Cardiology Preventive Medicine Geriatrics Full Service Lab Digital X-Ray Ultrasound 64 Slice CT 1.5 Open Bore MRI

Auto Accidents Stress Testing

www.ocalafmc.com OFMC Wellness Center 2131 SW 20th Place Ocala, FL 34471

• Physiatry/Physical Medicine • Interventional Spine & Sports Medicine • Regenerative Medicine

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Stem Cell Therapy Eduardo Cruz, MD (outside referrals accepted)

• Physical Therapy • Balance & Gait Training • Vertigo & Incontinence

Nick Machupa, PT, OCS Deborah Main, DPT

Joseph Javier, DPT

(outside referrals accepted)

OFMC Dermatology, Aesthetics & Women’s Health Center 2121 SW 22nd Place Ocala, FL 34471

• Dermatology

(outside referrals accepted)

• Mohs’ Skin Cancer Surgery Kenneth A. Wallace, MD

• Aesthetics & Laser • Facials, IPL Laser, Botox & Fillers • Pharmaceutical Grade Products Deb Scott, LPN, LE

FREE CONSULTATIONS! Call 352-368-1333 for our JUNE SPECIAL!

• Women’s Health • Well Woman Exams & Pap Smears • IUD Insertion & Removal Barbara Ellis, ARNP

*Ocala Family Medical Center, Inc. complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.*






Gabbee Dee Singing at La Cuisine

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Eating On The Run!

Most runners grab for an energy gel or electrolyte drink while logging miles in the summer sun. But only the very bravest of the brave will reach for a donut… or six! The fifth annual Running of the Donuts 5K challenges hungry competitors to run 1.5 miles, eat six donuts and finish the last 1.5 miles of the run at breakneck speed. Not up for a sugary half-dozen during a race? A more traditional 5K race will take place prior to the donut run for those looking to watch their waistlines. And for those looking to log a mile for each donut consumed, “The Challenge” option will include both the traditional 5K and the Running of the Donuts 5K. The runs will take place at the Baseline Trailhead, with the first 5K taking off at 7:30am followed by the Running of the Donuts at 8:45am. Custom medals and pint glasses will be awarded to finishers. runningofthedonuts.itsyourrace.com or (904) 318-8104.

Upcoming Ocala Health Events JUNE 2: Why Do I Need to Know About Sepsis?, 2:30pm JUNE 9: Senior Lifestyle & Injury Prevention: Tips for Preventing Falls, 2:30pm JUNE 14: Understanding Hip & Knee Pain, 10:30am JUNE 14: Summer BBQ Side Dishes That SLAM!, 1pm JUNE 14: Journey Through Your Body With STRIVE!: Why Is My Therapist Doing Hip Exercises for Everything?, 3pm JUNE 16: Thyroid Function and Dysfunction, 2:30pm JUNE 21: Managing Prostate Cancer, 10:30am JUNE 28: Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month Cooking Demo, 10:30am JUNE 30: What’s Next For Your Hernia?, 2:30pm

Downtown To-Dos JUNE 10, 24: Worship on the Square, downtown Ocala, 5pm


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Comic Craze

Whether you haven’t flipped through a comic since your youth or are a full-fledged comic junky, Ocala Comic Con is an event you just can’t miss. Now in its fifth year, Ocala Comic Con gathers thousands of comic fans for an event like no other. With an impressive lineup of live-action characters making an appearance, this year’s event promises not to disappoint. The event will take place at the Hilton Ocala from 10am-6pm on Saturday and 11am-6pm on Sunday, and tickets range from $15 for a single day pass to $25 for a weekend pass. VIP tickets are available as well. For more information and a schedule of events, visit ocalacomiccon.com or the Ocala Comic Con Facebook Page.


A Quick Q & A

With Brittney Marthaller Interview by Bonnie Kretchik



The Final Four

After months of logging miles and collecting medals, it’s time once again to strap on your sneakers and make your way to the starting line. The final race of the Big Hammock Race Series Season 2, presented by Prime Mortgage Group, will wind runners through downtown Ocala for the annual 4 On The Fourth four miler. The race kicks off at Veterans Memorial Park at 7:30am and is sure to draw a crowd as dedicated runners will be eager to earn their final points toward winning some pretty impressive race bling. So don your red, white and blue and head out for the final four of Ocala’s top racing series. For more information on the Big Hammock Race Series and race results, visit the Big Hammock Race Series Facebook page or bighammockraceseries.com.

Docs On Demand

Interested in learning more about joint pain? Curious about thyroid function? Do the latest tweaks to nutrition labels have your mind spinning? You’re not alone. And the folks over at Ocala Health know not everyone has the ability to schedule an appointment with their M.D. whenever a question or concern arises. That’s why they’ve been consistently striving to educate the public through community-based events on a wide variety of topics. Brittney Marthaller, director of marketing and public relations at Ocala Health, took some time to tell us a bit more about what Ocala Health has to offer. How long have you been offering the community classes? Community education has been a longstanding priority for Ocala Health. We offer events regularly around the community and also have a dedicated Senior Wellness Community Center in the western part of our community, which opened in 2009 with the focus of providing educational classes and events. We also offer exclusive events for our Health to You (H2U) members (our 50+ health and wellness program).

Are the classes offered year-round? We offer classes and events throughout the year. For listings of classes and events, you can visit our website at ocalahealthsystem.com.


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DAY & DAY, PAup with the topics? How do you come We regularly survey our attendees and H2U members to find topic areas that are of interest to our community. PlaId Frog For injury prevention events, we research our top mechanisms of injury to ensure we’re providing education for our trauma center’s top injuries. URCE S CREA TIVE RESO

Who are the presenters for the classes? We partner with community organizations such as Strive Physical Therapy, Marion County Sheriff ’s Office and Zone Health & Fitness; our medical staff; as well as our own Family Care Specialists to provide experts in various areas of health and wellbeing.

Do you have to register in advance, and what is the cost to attend? Our events are open to the public and free of charge unless indicated. Registration is required by calling (800) 530-1188 to save your spot.

Where are the classes held? Although we offer several events in our community, a lot of our educational classes are hosted at our Senior og PlaId FrCommunity Wellness Center, home of Health to You (H2U), our 50+ health and wellness program. URCE S CREA TIVE RESO

For more information about the H2U program and for more upcoming classes and events, visit ocalahealthsystem.com or call (352) 401-1338.

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The Local


Performing Arts

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

6pm, (352) 629-5683

Free ESL Classes › Wednesdays at College Road Baptist Church at 6pm, (352) 854-6981 Chair Yoga › Wednesdays at Blissful Life Corporation at 10:30am,

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group Theatre at Universal CityWalk, Orlando


(352) 694-YOGA

Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba

Disney Springs, Orlando


Yoga for Trauma Survivors › Sunday at Blissful Life

Shrek: The Musical

Ocala Civic Theatre

The Battle of Shallowford

Sonnetag Theatre at the IceHouse, Mount Dora The Hippodrome State Theatre, Gainesville Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando

Forever Plaid Finding Neverland

WIND FM presents: “Let Reilly Arts Center, Ocala it Be” Beatles Tribute Cactus Jack and The Circle Square Cultural Cadillacs Dance Party Center, Ocala Dr. Phillips Center for the PAW Patrol Live! Performing Arts, Orlando The Ditchfield Family Circle Square Cultural Patriotic Show Center, Ocala Red, White and Reilly Arts Center, Ocala OSO Blue Legally Blonde: Gainesville Community Playhouse The Musical Dr. Phillips Center for the Bill Maher Performing Arts, Orlando WIND FM presents: “In the Light of Reilly Arts Center, Ocala Led Zeppelin” Mark Zauss & The Z Circle Square Cultural Street Band Dance Party Center, Ocala Dr. Phillips Center for the Hairspray Performing Arts, Orlando

Through Jun. 11 Through Jun. 18 Jun. 2-25

Corporation at 9am, (352) 694-YOGA

Survivors Support Group › Last Tuesday of the month at JUN


Arts, Crafts and Culture

Jun. 6-11

Upcoming Exhibits At The Appleton › Diversity in Cultures

Jun. 9

Through African Insights by artist Annelies Dykgraaf consists of woodblock and linocut prints using textile pattern designs and themes of West African folk tales and myths. The exhibit runs through June 11. Con-Text: The Word Based Images of Tyrus Clutter explores the ways humans interpret both words and images. An opening reception will take place June 10 at 5:30pm, and the exhibit will be on display through August 6. Coveted Delights: Qing Dynasty Snuff Bottles From the Permanent Collection will include approximately 35 snuff bottles highlighting the technical artistry of Qing dynasty craftsmen. The exhibit will be on display through August 27. Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints. Popular Art Of the Northeast of Brazil explores how the ancient cultures of Africa blended with indigenous and colonial Portuguese traditions to form the vibrant and complex cultural mosaic of modern Brazil. The exhibit will open June 17 and be on display through August 13. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.

Jun. 10 Jun. 24-25 Jul. 1 Jul. 2 Jul. 7-30 Jul. 8 Jul. 15

Artist Alley Exhibit (June 2) › Artist Alley members present a new

Jul. 15 Jul. 22-23

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



exhibit, Fins, Feather and Fur. The exhibit will open on June 2 with a reception featuring live music and hors d’oeuvres from 5-8pm. The exhibit is on display through June 30. (352) 369-1500.

Pups on Patrol (June 24-25) › What do you do when it’s the day of the Great

Adventure Bay Race and one of the key participants is missing? You call in the PAW Patrol! The pups from the hit children’s television show are coming to Florida on their first ever live tour. Join Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest as they search high and low for the missing Mayor Goodway and share many lessons for kids of all ages along the way. PAW Patrol Live! comes to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando June 24-25. pawpatrollive.com.

Brick City Blues Festival (June 2) › The Reilly Arts Center

will host the 2017 Brick City Blues Festival, a narrated blues show featuring authentic blues from the Chitlin Circuit. General admission tickets are $25, and VIP tickets are available for $50 and feature a pre-show reception, complimentary beer and wine, appetizers and prime seating. All proceeds benefit Feed the Need. Doors open at 6:30pm, and the show begins at 7:30pm. reillyartscenter.com or (352) 351-1606.


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Women’s Health Imaging

Empowered by a Woman’s Perspective

Radiology Associates of Ocala (RAO) has been a local leader in diagnostic services for decades. Another groundbreaking directive was to appoint Board Certified Radiologist and Breast Imaging Specialist Dr. Amanda Aulls as RAO’s Medical Director of Women’s Imaging Services, adding a woman’s perspective to its diagnostic care.


f course, all patients deserve accuracy, speed and compassion, and RAO is always committed to those ideals,” says Dr. Aulls. “But there’s security in knowing that our women’s health services are overseen by someone who personally relates to every aspect of the experience. After all, you can’t know what it is to have a mammogram unless you’ve had one yourself.” For Dr. Aulls, RAO’s deep involvement in patient care supports greater accuracy, quicker turnaround and less patient anxiety. “We were the first local practice to offer 3D Mammography™ examinations, which enable superior early discovery,” she says. “And our radiology team reads all imaging results in-house, instead of sending them out to be

read by a third party. We deliver the kind of care we’d want for our family members, our friends and ourselves.” RAO can perform follow-up imaging the same day when required, for quicker answers with less worry. This philosophy of both diagnostic and emotional care is applied to all breast imaging services, from 3D Mammography™ exams to stereotactic breast biopsy, as well as other women’s imaging services, like pelvic ultrasound and DEXA bone density testing. RAO’s advanced technologies, comprehensive array of services and ongoing accreditation have earned its women’s imaging centers the elite Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designation from the American College of Radiology.

For more about RAO’s Women’s Imaging Services,

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Paul Simon Joe Jackson T.I. Chance the Rapper Enrique Iglesias with Pitbull Diana Ross Vans’ Warped Tour 2017 Metallica Paul McCartney Classic Albums Live New Kids on the Block Shawn Mendes & Charlie Puth Prince Royce

St. Augustine Amphitheatre The Plaza Live, Orlando Venue 578, Orlando Amalie Arena, Tampa

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Amalie Arena, Tampa

Jun. 22

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando

Jun. 27

Tinker Field, Orlando

Jun. 30

Camping World Stadium, Orlando Amalie Arena, Tampa Reilly Arts Center, Ocala Amalie Arena, Tampa

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Amway Center, Orlando

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Amway Center, Orlando

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Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series Concerts (June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) › The 2017 Levitt AMP Concert series will take place each Friday through July 21. Each concert will feature a different performer and highlight a different genre. Concerts take place at Webb Field in Ocala and begin at 8pm. For a complete lineup, visit concerts.legittamp.org or (352) 629-8220. Gourd Workshop (June 17) › The Marion County Gourd Artist Association will host a gourd art workshop at All About Art in Belleview at 9:30am. Dues are $16 per person for the year and $25 for a family. marioncountygourdartists.com or (352) 871-3786.

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



Don’t miss a single slide into home base. Here are the home schedules:

MLB Miami Marlins Diamondbacks Diamondbacks Diamondbacks Diamondbacks Athletics Athletics Nationals Nationals Nationals Cubs Cubs Cubs Cubs Mets Mets Mets

Orioles Orioles Jun. 1 Jun. 2 Jun. 3 Jun. 4 Jun. 13 Jun. 14 Jun. 19 Jun. 20 Jun. 21 Jun. 22 Jun. 23 Jun. 24 Jun. 25 Jun. 27 Jun. 28 Jun. 29

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Tampa Bay Rays White Sox Jun. 6 White Sox Jun. 7 White Sox Jun. 8 Athletics Jun. 10 Athletics Jun. 10 Athletics Jun. 11 Reds Jun. 19 Reds Jun. 20 Reds Jun. 21 Orioles Jun. 23

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Atlanta Braves Phillies Jun. 5 Phillies Jun. 6 Phillies Jun. 7 Phillies Jun. 8 Mets Jun. 9 Mets Jun. 10 Mets Jun. 11 Marlins Jun. 16 Marlins Jun. 17 Marlins Jun. 18 Giants Jun. 19 Giants Jun. 20 Giants Jun. 21 Giants Jun. 22 Brewers Jun. 23 Brewers Jun. 24 Brewers Jun. 25

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Kayak Outings (Ongoing) › The Marion County Parks and Recreation Department will host several kayak outings for children and adults. marioncountyfl.org or (352) 671-8560. Full Moon Kayak Tour (June 11) › Silver Springs State Park will host a kayak tour around Raccoon Island. The event will include glow sticks, s’mores, a campfire, music and more. Registration is $2 per person for park entrance fee. silversprings.com or (352) 261-5840.

Yoga in the Park (June 18) › Power Yoga Ocala will host an hour-long yoga session at Tuscawilla Park at noon. The session is free and open to the public. The group will meet at the oak tree between the playground and Reilly Arts Center. (352) 368-5535.

Other Fun Stuff! Faculty Meet and Greet (June 2) › Master the

Possibilities will host a faculty meet and greet as well as a tour of the facilities from 1:30-3:30pm. Course catalogs will be available, and a sampler course will be held from 10:30am12:30pm. masterthepossibilities.com or (352) 861-9751.

Wine and Tapas (June 3) › A variety of shops and

restaurants will participate in this downtown event, featuring tapas with paired wine, beer and spirits. Tickets are $50 and are limited. Check-in begins at 4pm, and the event begins at 5pm. feeldowntownocala.com.

After Dark in the Park Movie (June 16) › The Jervey

Gantt Recreation Complex will host a free outdoor movie from 8:30-10:30pm. This month’s film is The BFG, and popcorn and drinks will be available for a small fee. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5517.

Beach Party (June 30) › Lake Sumter Landing Market Square in The Villages will host a beach-themed party from 5-9pm. The evening will include entertainment, food, giveaways, prizes and a beach hat contest. thevillagesentertainment.com or (352) 750-5411.

Flags, Freedom and Fireworks (July 1) › Evolution

Dance will hold two performances of their newly enhanced patriotic show. The performance honors the men and women who have served our country and will be held at 4pm and 7pm at the Savannah Center in The Villages. Tickets are $20 for residents and $25 for non-residents. thevillagesentertainment.com or (352) 750-5411.

Patriotic Spectacular (July 3) › The combined Bands

of the Villages will present a compilation of patriotic songs in honor of our nation and those who have served. Performances will be held at the Savannah Center at 3pm and 7pm. Proceeds benefit Fisher House. thevillagesentertainment.com or (352) 750-5411.

To have an event considered for Ocala Style Magazine’s The Scene, send a short description (and a color photo, if possible) 60 days in advance to calendar@ocalastyle.com, fax us at (352) 732-0226 or by mail: Ocala Style Magazine, The Scene, 1007 E. Fort King St., Ocala, FL 34471

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The Angels Among Us: Ocala Royal Dames’ 31st Annual Tiara Ball › Written And Photographed By Ronald W. Wetherington


ach year, the crowning event of our social season is the Ocala Royal Dames’ dazzling Tiara Ball. Held at the Circle Square Cultural Center, the theme for this year’s 31st annual Tiara Ball was The Angels Among Us. This theme was inspired by Frank DeLuca, who also lent his Community Room at DeLuca Toyota for Ocala Royal Dames’ planning meetings. The evening began with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. The Master of Ceremonies was Tom James. A welcome was given by President of the Ocala Royal Dames Connie Brown, followed by an invocation by Reverend Dr. David Sokol. After a delectable dinner, guests lingered over tiramisu before a live auction with auctioneer Guy Lemiuex and dancing to the Paul de Ritter band commenced. Interest was also keen for the bracelet drawing as Nancy Porter of Lady Jeweler donated a gold and diamond bracelet. The bracelet drawing committee was overseen by Donna Crippen. “The evening was a celebration of ‘The Angels Among Us’ who have supported our quest to fund cancer research and education,” says Brown. “We are proud that our efforts have resulted in over $3 million to the University of Florida health Cancer Center, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center

and the College of Central Florida. Our community and our sponsors are truly generous.” Assisting in these fundraising efforts were the 2017 officers: 1st Vice President Corinne DeVault, 2nd Vice President Norma Chicklo, 3rd Vice President Patricia Sokol, Secretary Linda Longo and Treasurer Beth McCall. Overall co-chairs for this annual extravagant evening were Dr. Sharon Cooper and Naida Rasbury. Seating for the large gathering was organized by Barbara Fitos. Decorations for this lovely event were spearheaded by Edna Turner DeGeneste and Gloria Couch. Sherry Swigert headed the Royal Knight committee. While there are too many business and individual sponsors to list here, notable among the sponsors were UF Shands, Bank of America/Ocala, DeLuca Toyota, Good Fella’s Roll Off & Waste Disposal Inc., Moffitt Cancer Center, Signature Brands, Absolute Health, Fast Track Staffing, Fortress Wealth Planning, Life Care Center and Rehabilitation and Scott Cameron’s State Farm Insurance. James Henningsen, Ed.D., president of the College of Central Florida, says, “Ocala Royal Dames Endowment for Cancer Research Endowed Scholarships have provided annual scholarships to CF science and nursing students since 2002. These students will become our next generation of health care providers.” Saluting the current generation of health care providers came in the special presentation of the 2017 Royal Knight to Dr. Paul Okunieff. Dr. Okunieff was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his M.D. in medicine from Harvard Medical School. His expertise and areas of interest include metastatic cancers, radiation side effect mitigation and multidisciplinary cancer care. Currently, Dr. Okunieff is a professor and chair of UF’s Department of Radiation Oncology and works at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute at the Jacksonville College of Medicine. The Ocala Royal Dames for Cancer Research was founded in 1986 by the late Theresa Castro and a group of likeminded fine ladies. Membership in the organization continues to grow and has now reached well over 200 in number.

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Beth and Christi McCall

Larry and Sharon Cooper, Naida and Frank Rasbury

Michelle Dinkins and Kathy Dinkins

James and Jeanne Henningsen, Lois and Ed Johnson

Scott and Pam Adoma

Guy and Elaine Lemieux

Monia Haufler, Dalton Hobbs and Cheri Futch

Tom and Heather James

Ann and Carl Zalak

Dennis Rose and Linda Byrd

Joan Tamburo, Connie Brown and Barbra Fitos

David and Patricia Sokol, Katherine Sokol and Jerry Ritter

Carre Mitchell, Margaret Friend, Bern Paraiso, Sally Crass and Ileana Canizares

Irene Tisani, Linda Longo, Lois Johnson and Connie Brown

Anne Raduns, Jay and Rebecca Fratello

Scott and Linda Siemens, Loida and David Moore

Laverne Hope, Tom and Judy Green

Randy and Cheri Futch, Chad Haufler, Sheri Turner and Dalton Hobbs

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Fross & Fross Happy Hour

Fross & Fross Wealth Management hosted a happy hour reception for the UF Health Cancer Center preceding a fundraising event to support the fight against cancer. Dr. Jonathan Licht spoke to the Fross & Fross clients, doctors and members from UF Health who were in attendance.

Photos by Sheila Hartley @ Fross & Fross Wealth Management

Robert Fross, Jone Larrivee and Jeanne Arruda

Robert Fross, Dr. Jonathan Licht, Carre Mitchell and Thomas Fross

Dick and Barbara Pace

Joan Anderson, Ann McWilliams and Jane Hertz

Dan Charzon and Robert Fross


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Jenny Fross, Lisa Chisholm and Jena Sullivan

Bob and Pat Swartz

Dr. Jonathan Licht

Judy Hampton, Jeanne and Ron Rhoades, Debbie Dickinson

Janet Colliatic, Jeanette Hobizon, Lenore Pensabena-Brower and Dee Remy

Gary Senator, Steve Berke, Debra Johnson, Garry Davis, Joice Wichie and Sandi Senator

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The George Albright, Jr. Memorial Save Camp Kiwanis Golf Tournament Photos by Crys Williams & Ron Wetherington @ Del Webb Eagle Ridge Golf Club

In memory of George Albright, Jr., a passionate supporter of Camp Kiwanis, this year’s Save Camp Kiwanis Golf Tournament was named for him. Attendees enjoyed lunch, golf, drinks and an awards ceremony following the tournament. Proceeds from the event support the maintenance of the camp as well as provide need-based scholarships for camp applicants.

Caesar Randazzo, Joe Lemieux, Gayna Hulbert and Gary Peterson

John Piccin, Glenn Lane, George Albright III, George Albright Jr. (in photo), Brents Bullock, Dean and Kathy Johnson

Larry Sauey, Royal Bliss, Jim Austin and Brent Roaderick

Michael Bean, Lou Learned, Larry Jones and Jerry Burney

Diana and Jim Williams

Rusty and Lisa Wadsworth

Aggie and George Albright Jr.

Christopher and Brian Croteau

Joan Pletcher, Justin Albright, George Albright Jr. (in photo), Austin Albright and Dr. David Albright

Don Lamb, Ron Cohick , DJ Jones, Patrick Gollinger and Richard Smart

Glenn Lane and Joan Pletcher


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Lainie Claudio and Villie Smith

Cathy and Ron Beal

Ron Caldwell, Gene Riccio, Vinnie Tieche and Mark Paraiso

Clay Albright and Nick Nikkinen

Parnell Townley, George Albright III, Glenn Lane, Villie Smith and Ron Wetherington




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