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In Every Issue

JULY ’17

013 T H E

On The Cover


044 Beach Party. We’re turning

The real people, places and events that shape our community. › By Brett Ballantini, Laurel Gillum, JoAnn Guidry, Melissa Peterson and Judge Stephen Rogers

back time with high waists, classic cuts and playful patterns. So grab the gang and hit the shore—your summertime splash starts now. › Compiled by Cealia Athanason

014 H I S T O R Y L E S S O N S 016 G O I N G P L A C E S 018 H O R S I N ’ A R O U N D 020 B E N C H M A R K S 022 B U S I N E S S B R I E F S

In This Issue

031 The Summertime Great Toy Giveaway. Summer—

025 T H E

tis’ the season for sunshine, fun and games. From princesses to super heroes and bubbles to basketball, we’ve got everything you need to beat the summertime blues. › Written and compiled by Laurel Gillum


Dedicated to enriching the lives of local families. › By Brett Ballantini, Laurel Gillum, JoAnn Guidry, Melissa Peterson and Judge Stephen Rogers

026 C H I T C H A T 027 K I D S ’ K O R N E R 028 S N A P S H O T S 030 P A R E N T I N G P O I N T E R S

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036 Self{ie} Expression. Make

a face, find the best angle and click. Selfies are more than just photos enabled by front-facing smartphone cameras. › By Cealia Athanason


Our best recipes, restaurant news and culinary quick bites. › By Angelique Anacleto, Karin Fabry-Cushenbery, Robin Fannon, Laurel Gillum and Sean Trapani

040 Pushing The Limits. Though having a

060 F E A S T O F F L O W E R S 062 Q U I C K B I T E S 062 F A R - O U T F L A V O R S 064 S U M M E R T I M E M O C K T A I L S

passion may be common, living a passion is less so. Alex Moy made it from one to the other and wants to inspire you to do the same. › By Cealia Athanason

052 Summer Sandwiches. In the


mood for something out of the ordinary? Try one of our favorite local sandwiches the next time you’re out and about. › By Cynthia McFarland


Your guide to what’s happening in and around Ocala. › By Ralph Demilio, Laurel Gillum, Bonnie Kretchik and Nick Steele

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A beach party blast from the past

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Extra, Extra! Ocala Style has some exciting news: We have increased our monthly circulation by another 5,000 magazines, for a total of 20,000 magazines!

That’s 5,000 more opportunities to read and enjoy the magazine. Because of high demand, we have always had the highest circulation of any magazine of its kind in North Central Florida, which includes Marion County and The Villages. And now it’s even greater. And we’re proud to say our monthly readership is nearly 200,000 locals! We’ve made some noticeable changes and have adopted a new size, as well. These improvements will continue to benefit you, our readers, as we strive to accentuate the positive lifestyle in North Central Florida.

Blushing Brides

Ocala Style’s much-anticipated bridal expo will take place this year on September 14 at the College of Central Florida. Whether you’re a bride-to-be or a vendor with the latest wedding must-haves, we hope to see you there. For more information about becoming a vendor, call (352) 732-0073. For ticket information, stay tuned to Ocala Style’s Facebook page.

Giveaways Galore

July is all about fun, fun, fun. And we love to get in on that fun! This month we have three super-cool giveaway categories, sure to make your summer a bit more sizzling, and they’re back to back… to back. During our Summertime Great Toy Giveaway, we’re giving away thousands of dollars worth of top toys the week of July 10 thanks to our sponsor, Jenkins Auto Group. Like and share Ocala Style on Facebook, and stay tuned for details on how to enter. If you’ve had it with the heat like we have, then our Fun in the Sun Giveaway is Volcano Bay for you. The week of July 17, Healthy Living Magazines’ Facebook page is the place to go to win tickets to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park’s Buccaneer Bay, a family pack of tickets to Florida’s newest attraction, Universal’s Volcano Bay or an amazing twonight stay at the Tradewinds Resort in St. Petersburg. Talk about a wet-and-wild time! And for all you expectant moms (and dads) out there, our Baby Gadget Giveaway features more than $500 in new gear and gadgets designed to make Tradewinds Resort parenting easier. Visit Ocala Style’s Facebook page beginning July 24 for all the details needed to enter!

Our Man Of Steele Ocala Publications is proud to welcome writer Nick Steele to the family. Look for Nick’s name on a variety of stories and pages throughout Ocala Style and its sister publication, Marion & Citrus Healthy Living. His résumé is long and impressive and includes stints at ELLE, Woman’s World, The London Times Magazine, Eating Well, Premiere and more. Welcome aboard, Nick!


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Explore Art from the Inside Out! Framed: Step into Art™ lets children touch and play inside famous works of art, provides puzzles and games for creative play, and lets visitors encounter art in a whole new way.

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Book It

The City of Ocala’s Reading with a Ranger program is designed to get young kids and their families off the couch, into our area parks and enjoying books. The rangers will read aloud on Friday mornings at 11am throughout July. The program encourages kids and parents to explore the different parks Ocala has to offer as well as the many books offered from the Marion County Library System. Pack a lunch and spread out a picnic blanket after the reading to make a day of it. The Reading with a Ranger program is a free activity sponsored by Ocala Recreation and Parks and the Marion County Library System.

JULY 7: ....................Scott Springs Playground JULY 14: ..................... Nature Park Playground JULY 21: ....................Jervey Gantt Playground JULY 28: .......................Tuscawilla Playground


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Through The Looking Glass

A Silver Springs attraction staple since 1924, one of the park’s iconic glassbottom boats, finds a new home. › By JoAnn Guidry


o lifetime boater Paul Minaltoski, what he was seeing was akin to a fish out of water. There he was, looking at a glassbottom boat not at Silver Springs State Park but instead at an Ocala antique store. “The glass-bottom boat was being used as sort of a sign, a curiosity to draw people to the store,” says Minaltoski. “The store was going out of business; the owner needed to get rid of it. At first, I thought it would make an interesting piece of yard art. But then I thought I might be able to refurbish it. So I bought it.” After having a custom trailer built for it, Minaltoski moved the glass-bottom boat to a Crystal River property where he could begin the project. And refurbishing became rebuilding from the glass bottom up. “Basically, 99 percent of the boat had to be replaced. The only thing original that I could salvage was the glass bottom,” he admits. “I did as much research as I could to rebuild it to its original state. I looked at lots of old pictures, talked to the older boat captains at Silver Springs and bought old Silver Springs postcards on eBay.” Because the original wooden hull was rotting, Minaltoski built a new one and covered it in fiberglass. He replaced the window panes, passenger seats, captain’s chair, the roof and put in a new 48-volt motor. Over the span of eight months, he logged 850 hours of working on the boat. “While doing research, I found that the boats were converted from gasoline to electric


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“I did as much research as I could to rebuild it to its original state. I looked at lots of old pictures, talked to the older boat captains at Silver Springs and bought old Silver Springs postcards on eBay.”

beginning in 1932,” he says. “At first, some of the old boats were retrofitted with new motors. Then new electric-motor boats were built and gradually replaced the old ones. And the wooden boats began to be replaced by aluminum ones in the 1950s. As close as I could figure out, my boat was built in 1934.” In addition to rebuilding the boat, Minaltoski also had to meet certain codes for wooden boats as required by the Florida Coast Guard and be licensed by the state of Florida. “My glass-bottom boat is the oldest wooden boat ever issued a title in the state of Florida,”

he says. “Since I couldn’t find its original name, I named it Princess Donna after my wife. I figured she deserved that for putting up with the project.” The Princess Donna recently returned to the water with a test run on the Rainbow River. “We went over to Blue Cove by Swampy’s Restaurant in Dunnellon,” says Minaltoski. “It was great to finally get it on the water. We sure got plenty of attention.” After that initial test run, Minaltoski made a few tweaks like adjusting the captain’s chair to give him a better view. But overall, he was pleased that the boat proved river-worthy. “My goal is to offer tours to the public from a permanent dock,” says Minaltoski. “I’m working on that and hope to have it finalized soon. I want to share this unique piece of Florida history.”

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Rails To Trails!

The entire state of Florida is riddled with hidden gems, but if you are a biking aficionado, the Withlacoochee State Trail simply cannot be disguised. › By Brett Ballantini


he Withlacoochee State Trail is a nonmotorized rail trail that runs from southern Dunnellon southward to Lacoochee along the Withlacoochee River and through the Withlacoochee State Forest and Hernando, Citrus and Pasco Counties. At 46 miles, it’s the longest paved, multiuse (walkers, runners, cyclists, tricyclists, strollers, rollerbladers) trail in Florida. The route traces the path of 16th century Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto and was constructed in the 1880s as the Inverness and Brooksville Railway, connecting to the Florida Northern Railroad in Citrus Springs and the South Florida Railroad in Dade City. For many years, the railroad flourished, but, in 1987, CSX abandoned the stretch. Two years later, the state of Florida bought the abandoned tracks to convert it into a bike path under its “railto-trails” program, and the 12-foot wide route opened in 1992.

Trail Highlights

Note: Most trailheads (“rest stops” devoted to entry to or exit from the trail) boast parking, a picnic area, restrooms and water.



64 W Citrus Springs Blvd. Mile Marker: 4.5 S Unless you’re up for bowling at the nearby Parkview Lanes, keep on pedaling.

6410 Croom-Rital Road, Ridge Manor Mile Marker: 29.8 S Ridge Manor is where the trail’s railroad roots show, with original cement mileage and whistle markers still standing.

INVERNESS TRAILHEAD 315 N Apopka Ave., Inverness Mile Marker: 15.8 S The Inverness post pops up after riding over the Lake Henderson Trestle and is a stopover before Wallace Brooks Park, Cooter Pond Park and the historic Fort Cooper State Park. Although Inverness is just a third of the way through the full trail, it’s a good stopping point. Two-day trippers can bunk overnight at the Central Motel, just a block from the trailhead. If you need a mid-trip snack, walk or bike a half-mile south to downtown Inverness for eats at Coach’s or Little Italy.



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GULF JUNCTION TRAILHEAD 2333 W Magenta Drive, Dunnellon Mile Marker: 0 S This northernmost launch point is four miles south of downtown Dunnellon, which boasts notable eateries (Blue Gator, Swampy’s) and quaint, small-town shopping.


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Mile Marker: 22.8 S Floral City is the midpoint of the trail. Southward from here, the best nature views arise, so look for wild turkeys, otters, deer, rabbits, turtles and all sizes of birds.

One mile west of U.S. 98 on Trilby Road, Trilby Mile Marker: 44.8 S Not the best choice for an extended stop, with no restaurant of note for five miles in any direction.

OWENSBORO JUNCTION TRAILHEAD 19755 U.S. HWY 301, Lacoochee Mile Marker: 46 S A quiet end to the trail, just two miles from the upper northwest corner of the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve.

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The Lawn Jockey Lady

Equine artist Carol Moore Demme carves out a unique niche. › By JoAnn Guidry


rowing up in Clearwater, Florida, Carol Moore Demme dreamed of becoming a fashion illustrator. But life often takes dreams on unexpected detours. Today, Demme is an accomplished equine artist and fashion stylist for, well, lawn jockeys. “I was actually going to school to become a fashion illustrator,” says Demme. “But then I got married and had four kids. We always had pets, and I raised and showed Quarter horses. Our animals became my first paintings. That led to my career as an animal artist.” When Demme moved to Ocala in 1987, she became involved in the Thoroughbred industry via her artwork. And soon she painted her first lawn jockey. “I opened an art store, The Gift Horse, and that’s how I got to know Thoroughbred people,” she says. “The first lawn jockey I painted was my neighbor’s. Soon after, I was commissioned to paint several lawn jockeys of the area’s prominent farms for display at the Ocala airport. Next thing I knew, I was known as ‘The Lawn Jockey Lady.’ And the name has stuck.” In the past three decades, Demme has painted lawn jockeys for horse farms and racing stables across the country and internationally. Longtime clients include Ocala-based Double Diamond Farm, Glen Hill Farm, Live Oak Stud and Bridlewood Farm. “People fly in for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s Thoroughbred sales and see the lawn jockeys at the airport. Then they order one for themselves,” says Demme. “I’ve painted some while they’re in town, and then they load them on their planes and fly home.”


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One of Demme’s international clients is Costa Stud, a Welsh pony breeder based in Meopham, England. “The silks were a basic navy blue with bright yellow stripes on the sleeves and cap,” says Demme. “But the challenge was that the farm owner wanted the Costa Stud logo on the silks and name on the base of the lawn jockey in Old English lettering. When it was ready, he sent a personal courier here to arrange for shipping back to England.” Thanks to social media and word of mouth, Demme stays busy with lawn jockeys. In 2016, she painted 88 and estimates she’s painted thousands in her career. Clients typically email a picture of their silks, but some actually mail the silks to Demme. She has painted every color and color combination imaginable. Some silks are simple while others include diamonds, chevrons, stripes, polka dots, blocks, intricate logos and lettering. Lawn

jockeys used to be cast iron and concrete, but now are made of aluminum, which is lightweight and more durable. “I’ve done lawn jockeys for people who don’t own a farm. They just want one for their entry gate or garden,” says Demme. “Seems like at least once a year, I paint a lawn jockey in Secretariat’s silks colors for people who are fans of him.” In addition to painting lawn jockeys, Demme continues to do equine, pet and wildlife portraits. And she also hand-paints furniture and leather goods, such as purses and sales catalogs. But Demme has no qualms about her claim to fame. Says Demme, “I’m very happy being known as ‘The Lawn Jockey Lady’.”

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Lost In Translation By Judge Steven G. Rogers


he gentleman at the podium stood silently as the assistant state attorney announced the plea offer for the man’s criminal charges. I then asked if he wished to accept the plea offer and enter a plea of guilty or no contest to the charges or if he would prefer a jury trial in his case. There was an awkward silence while the man’s eyes darted between the clerk, bailiff, prosecutor and then to me. The silence was broken when the man softly said, “No hablo Inglés.” I then realized the man had not understood anything that had been said regarding his case. I’ve previously addressed the importance of those other than lawyers and judges who help our judicial system function efficiently. (See “Supporting Cast” in the May 2016 edition of Ocala Style). In situations such as the one outlined above, there may be no more important person than one of our certified court interpreters. People appearing in court with limited or no proficiency of the English language have the right to a court appointed interpreter in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Florida Statute §90.606 (2017), and Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.560 (2017). Sign language interpreters are also provided to those needing their services in accordance with Florida Statute §90.6063 (2017) and the Americans with Disability Act of 1990. Although court interpreters may provide assistance in helping people through complex court proceedings, they are not


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Kimberly’s Center for Child Protection was recently presented with the proceeds from the 4th Annual Brick City Beer and Wine Festival. Each year, the Ocala Silver Springs Rotary Club and the Ocala Sunset Rotary Club share their passion of giving back to the community by putting on the festival. This year they chose to support the mission of child protection. The funds raised this year totaled more than $30,000. Brick City Beer and Wine Festival is a collaborative effort between the Ocala Silver Springs Rotary Club and the Ocala Sunset Rotary Club. All funds raised benefited Kimberly’s Center for Child Protection. As a vendor at the Brick City Beer and Wine Festival, staff at Kimberly’s Center were able to share their mission with all in attendance. “The passion of these two rotaries to raise funds to help children heal from abuse and neglect in our community was incredible to witness first hand, and all of us at Kimberly’s will be forever thankful for this new partnership,” says Executive Director Dawn Westgate.

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Aiming to reduce the risk of drowning for the population most vulnerable—children ages 4 and under—Ocala Fire Rescue firefighters recently spent the better part of May teaching VPK and kindergarten students how to be safe in and around water. In April, Ocala Fire Rescue received Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim and Clifford Takes a Swim books from Safe Kids Marion, a collaborative effort between Marion County Children’s Alliance and Florida Department of Health in Marion County. Utilizing the books as interactive educational tools, firefighters visited facilities throughout the City of Ocala, where 33 classrooms were visited and a total of 599 children learned three essential water safety rules: Learn to swim, wear a life vest and always have adult supervision when you are in or near the water.

A Continued Partnership

Billy Casper Golf (BCG)—the highly respected and innovative manager of golf courses, country clubs and resorts—has earned a five-year contract extension with Ocala Golf Club. The City Council of Ocala unanimously approved the BCG management contract extension, citing the positive impact that BCG has had on club operations, course maintenance, customer experience and golf participation. BCG took over operations of the city-owned municipal course in 2012 and in fall 2015 oversaw its six-figure renovation. “The City of Ocala recognizes the benefit the golf course provides to our community,” said Kathy Crile, Recreation and Parks director for the City of Ocala. “We believe our continued partnership with Billy Casper Golf will ensure Ocala Golf Club maintains its reputation as a top Florida golf destination.” 022

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July 7 Scott Springs Park | 2825 SW 24th St. July 14 Nature Park | 1600 SE 30th Ave. July 21 Jervey Gantt Park | 2200 SE 36th Ave. July 28 Tuscawilla Park | 500 NE Sanchez Ave Join the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department and the Marion County Library System for another great summer of stories in the park. Meet the City of Ocala Park Rangers as they read their favorite books to you in various parks throughout the city. Feel free to bring a lunch or snack!

AFTER DARK IN THE PARK MOVIE SERIES “PETE’S DRAGON” Tuscawilla Park | 500 NE Sanchez Ave. Friday | July 7 | 8:30-10:30 p.m. Join us for a free movie and see the Discovery Center’s mini-dragon demonstration! Please bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Popcorn and drinks will be available for $1.

YOGA IN THE PARK Tuscawilla Park | 500 NE Sanchez Ave. Saturday | July 15 | 9 a.m. Learn yoga in a rich, natural environment in this one-hour course featuring instructors from Power Yoga Ocala. Join us by the big oak tree between the playground and the Reilly Arts Center. Bring some water, a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes.

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Speak Now A recent study by Dr. Catherine Birken, a pediatrician and scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, has raised some concern regarding the effects tablet and phone usage may have on babies.

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During her investigation of 900 18-month-old children, parents were asked to track their child’s screen time throughout the day. Then, an infant/toddler checklist was used to assess whether the child’s language development was appropriate for his or her age. Twenty percent of the children spent an average of 28 minutes a day using screens. Each 30-minute increase in daily screen time was linked to a 49 percent increased risk of what the researchers named “expressive speech delay,” or the inability to use sounds and words to communicate. The take away? Our kids are using electronic devices earlier than ever. Instead of handing your little one an iPad, keep them engaged with non-electronic toys and spend lots of one-on-one time together talking and playing.












One Magical Morning…

An Ocala storyteller and illustrator combine their talents to create a unique children’s book with a message of inclusiveness via art. › By JoAnn Guidry Do you believe in magic? Jessica McCune and Lila Ivey do. More to the point, they believe in the magic of art. And that belief has led to their collaboration on the children’s book, The Patron, The Docent & The Webelo. The 32page book, beautifully illustrated in Ivey’s watercolor line drawings, is based on McCune’s enlightening encounter while a volunteer docent at the Dallas Museum of Art. “One Saturday morning, I was called in to lead a group of Webelos on a museum tour,” says McCune. “Not thrilled to give up my day off, I went with low expectations and didn’t even know what a Webelo was.” Once at the museum, McCune found out that a Webelo is a term for fourth- and fifth-grade boys who are between being a Cub and a Boy Scout. That fact didn’t raise her expectations of their interest in art. But that would change quickly.

“When we came to the very first painting, El Hombre by Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo, I asked the Webelos to tell me what they saw,” says McCune. “To my surprise, one Webelo knew exactly what the artist was trying to say with his painting. The message was about striving for something against all odds. As we continued, it became obvious to me that the Webelos had done their homework before coming to the museum to earn their art badges. They were engaged, knew the art and were enjoying the tour. I went into the tour without much respect for the Webelos, but that had changed by the end of it.” In the ensuing decades, McCune, who has a master’s in storytelling, had shared the Webelo museum encounter many times at various storytelling events. And she often thought of

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writing down the story. When McCune, who also has a bachelor’s in nursing and a master’s in counseling education, began a new position at Hospice of Marion County, the timing to do just that seemed perfect. “I do community outreach work at HMC, and that’s where I met Lila Ivey,” says McCune. “We connected right away. We’re both Texans, and we both love art. Lila has written several books and is a wonderfully talented illustrator. We decided to collaborate on the book.” Ivey, who is the HMC community outreach director, adds, “Jessica and I have had many career paths, but we both love art more than anything. This was a perfect project for us to work on.”

In addition to McCune’s words and Ivey’s illustrations, the Dallas Museum of Art granted permission for reprints of El Hombre and other artworks featured in the book. The book’s message of respect for others is woven into the backstory of how and why El Hombre was commissioned by a museum patron. “Lila and I consider the book a children’s book for adults,” says McCune. “One that children can read, but that adults will love reading to their children, too. We believe that there’s magic in art and what it can teach us about the world and about ourselves.”

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Last month, we asked area elementary-aged kids about their favorite movies. We received fantastic submissions from one special Ocala family: the Westgates. Olivia, 4, colored Moana; Jonah, 7, drew Indiana Jones; Noah, 10, drew Nemo and Dory; and Alexis, 12, drew Harry Potter. How cute!


What’s your favorite subject in school and why? › Entries due by July 15.

Each month we pose a question to local kids in grades kindergarten through fifth. Answers can be submitted in the form of a short story, poem, paragraph or drawing. We’ll choose a few to feature each month. If your child’s submission is selected, they will receive their own Team Style bee trophy. Submissions can be emailed to melissa@ocalastyle.com or mailed or dropped off to the Ocala Style Editorial Department at 1007 E Fort King Street, Ocala, FL 34471. Please include your contact information with your child’s entry.

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A new splash pad opened at Lillian Bryant Park, and the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department recently hosted a grand opening celebration. Families who attended enjoyed music, games, kid-friendly food and beverages, and, of course, the splash pad.

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snuza.com The Snuza Pico is a simple-to-use and effective portable movement monitor designed to notify parents of baby’s breathing patterns, skin temperature, sleeping position and more. The small monitor connects easily to a child’s diaper and skin contact isn’t needed for an accurate reading. If abdominal movements stop for 15 seconds, the unit emits a soft vibration to rouse baby. If five more seconds pass with no movement, an alarm sounds and parents are notified via text message. There’s plenty of other great options, too, including an out-of-range notification. Perfect for once baby is on the move.

Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 Infant Car Seat › $159.99 › graco.com With a hassle-free, threestep installation process, this car seat is a must for all new parents. The SnugRide SnugLock is


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appropriate for rear-facing infants between 4 and 35 pounds and up to 32 inches tall. Four recline positions make it easy to adapt to your vehicle, and Click Connect technology makes for easy transfer between the car seat base and stroller.

baby’s head and body are safely in place, this bath allows free movement of both arms and legs for an enjoyable bath time. This baby tub can be placed directly in an adult bathtub, is made from a hygienic material that’s gentle on baby’s fragile skin and is easy to clean with just a wet sponge.

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Sleepybobo – Gerry the Giraffe by IBP › $149.99 › myownbabystore.com

sets starting at $99.95 › tidytotsdiapers.com Started by an environmentalist mompreneur, Tidy Tots makes cloth diapering hassle-free. Tidy Tots has designed the only cloth diaper with a fully secured liner made of cornstarch, a natural remedy for diaper rash. After the liner has been soiled, simply toss the biodegradable and septic safe material down the toilet and replace. Parenting has never been so easy!

Syki Bath Support by Syki › $24.99 ›

myownbabystore.com Designed for comfort, the unique ergonomic shape of this bath support is for newborns and infants up to 6 months old. While the

How many nights have you spent gently rocking your newborn back to sleep or using your foot to bounce the car seat or bouncer to calm your crying child? Well, no more. The Sleepybobo will do it for you. This unique product has been designed to attach to most existing car seats, baby bouncers and baby rockers, rocking or vibrating them softly, for a maximum of 30 minutes at a time. The soft, stuffed animal quality of Gerry is just icing on the cake. With a worldwide patent pending, the Sleepybobo will quickly appeal to babies and parents.


Make sure to head over to our Facebook page July 10-14 for your chance to win one of the great toys featured on the following pages (and more!). This summer’s toy giveaway is sponsored by Jenkins Auto Group. To enter, simply like our page at facebook.com/ocalastyle and stay tuned for details.

Summer—tis’ the season for sunshine, fun and games. From princesses to super heroes and bubbles to basketball, we’ve got everything you need to beat the summertime blues. › Written and compiled by Laurel Gillum

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Fisher-Price Imaginext Power Rangers Command Center $35, fisher-price.mattel.com This Imaginext playset is a place where Power Rangers train for battle to defeat Goldar and Riate Repulsa, ultimately saving the universe. Why we love it » Kids can let their imaginations run wild with one Morphinominal adventure after another.

Fisher-Price Thomas & Friends Thomas Adventures Shark Escape $25, fisher-price.mattel.com This thrilling playset allows kids to imagine and act out Thomas’ adventures as he bursts free from the crate, into the roaring waves. Why we love it » Imagination is what it’s all about.

ZURU X-Shot Bubble Ball $59.99, x-shotbubbleball.com X-SHOT Bubble Ball is extreme fun, sport and action rolled into one. Inflate your Bubble Ball, and climb inside to run, smash, roll and clash safely with your friends. Why we love it » Laughs are practically guaranteed.

ZURU Bunch o Balloons Filler/Soaker $14.99, zuru.com Now kids can fill their Bunch o Balloons anywhere! No need for a tap or hose. Then, once the balloons are full, use the soaker to drench your friends up to 30 feet away. Why we love it » The balloons are made with biodegradable material, perfect for outdoor parties.

Fisher-Price Grow to Pro Basketball $55, fisher-price.mattel.com Stephen Curry, watch out! There’s a new pro on the court. This basketball set with four height positions, from 3 to 6 feet, gives everyone a chance to shoot and score. Why we love it » This set comes complete with a steady base. Just weight it with water or sand to prevent tip-overs.


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Funrise Tonka Tiny’s Blast and Dash Quarry Playset $11.99, funrise.com All Tonka Tiny’s playsets can be connected to expand your Tonka Tiny’s world. With the Blast and Dash, race down the slide, take a perilous ride over the toppling tower and activate the “real” working detonator. Other playsets are available. Why we love it » This play set includes an exclusive Tonka Tiny’s vehicle.

Just Play Minnie’s Happy Helpers Pet Carrier $24.99, justplayproducts.com Children ages 3 and up can create their own farm adventures with this animal play set. Why we love it » Easily clean this kid-friendly set with soap and water.

The Bridge Direct Shopkins Kinstructions Deluxe Supermarket Building Set – Chef Club Academy $24.99, shopkinsworld.com Create a world of the cutest, most-collectible characters with Shopkins Kinstructions Deluxe Cooking School. Each pack comes with a buildable set and eight buildable figures that you can mix and match. Why we love it » This set jump starts your collection with a variety of cute figures.

Zing Toys Thumb Chucks $7.99, zingtoys.com Composed of two high-bounce balls connected by a special belt, the chucks are interchangeable, allowing for unique customization and endless tricks. Why we love it » Download the free app to view tutorials, watch pros and film your own videos. Available on iOS and Android.


Hasbro Dunk Hat Game $19.99, hasbrotoyshop.com This game takes the classic dunk game to new levels. See if you can stay dry! Why we love it » This laughout-loud game is a great addition to family game night—and a fun way to shower. (Hey, it’s summer, right?)

Melissa & Doug Scoop & Serve Ice Cream Counter $49.99, melissaanddoug.com Scoop up some cool treats with this 20-piece play ice cream counter. The sturdy wooden tabletop counter holds eight wooden scoops of different-flavored ice cream, six assorted toppings, two cones, a plastic cup, an ice cream scooper and a wooden spoon. Why we love it » What kid wouldn’t want a job at an ice cream parlor?

Hasbro Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Knight Lightsaber $29.99, hasbrotoyshop.com A must-have for Jedi training, this lightsaber features more than 50 combinations for ultimate battle versatility! Why we love it » Customizable with other BladeBuilders Lightsabers, stage epic battles with heroes, villains and aliens.

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Hasbro Disney Princess Little Kingdom Floating Cuties $7.99, hasbrotoyshop.com These floating princesses will make bath time that much more fun. When it’s time to dry off, kids can keep the fun going by creating and accessorizing outfits with the included snap-on pieces. Why we love it » Collect Floating Cutie Ariel, Rapunzel and Snow White.

$9.99, hasbrotoyshop.com Bring your own bottle, and start flipping with the Flip Challenge game. Ace the flip challenges to earn points. Each player has five chances to complete a challenge. First player to 10 points wins! Why we love it » Enjoy playing this game solo or with a group of friends.

$19.99, hasbrotoyshop.com Kids can pretend to blast and reload like their favorite wallcrawling super hero, and blast Nerf web darts are perfect for taking down super villains. Why we love it » Who doesn’t want to be a superhero? With this blaster, kids can pretend to be web-slinging masters.

Hasbro Disney Princess Splash Surprise Ariel Doll $19.99, hasbrotoyshop.com This Splash Surprise Ariel doll is ready to transform from mermaid to girl. Just place her in the water and her fin fills up with water. Then, lift her out of the water and see her fin break apart to reveal her legs. Why we love it » Ariel comes with one fin and one skirt for fun both under the sea and above the waves.

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Mega Construx American Girl: Lanie’s Camping Trip $19.99, americangirl.com Girls can help Lanie set up the perfect campsite by building her camper and then making a campfire and putting out her sleeping bag for a relaxing night under the stars. Why we love it » This set is combinable with other Mega Construx American Girl play sets for extra fun.

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Magic Set Melissa & Doug Rotisserie & Grill BBQ Set $49.99, melissaanddoug.com Cook up a fantastic feast with this deluxe wooden barbecue playset! The 24-piece set includes specialty grilling favorites, like a whole rotisserie chicken that spins on a skewer, a whole fish, sausage, shrimp and even vegetables for grilling kabobs. Shrimp on the barbie anyone? Why we love it » Boys and girls can grill right alongside Mom and Dad this summer.

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$115 for doll, $28 for accessories, americangirl.com The latest American Girl doll is sure to become your little girl’s favorite. Z Yang is a creative spirit who loves to take pictures and make movies. Her accessory kit includes a 35mm camera with a colorful strap, a camcorder, a smartphone and her tripod. Why we love it » Moms love keeping traditions alive. The first American Girl doll was sold in 1986.

$34.99, melissaanddoug.com Abracadabra! This fantastic set includes 10 professional tricks for beginners. Why we love it » Among the first tricks your young magician will learn from this game are “Magic Number Prediction” and “Secrets Silks,” both classics.

Melissa & Doug Happy Giddy Kid’s Cart $29.99, melissaanddoug.com This sturdy, generously sized and brightly colored plastic cart has a handle and wheels to carry whatever your toddler’s heart desires. From stuffed animals to blocks, this cart comes in handy. Why we love it » Make cleaning into a fun game. Have your children load their toys into this cart and then unpack them where they go.


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American Girl Wellie Wishes Willa Doll and Fun Fish Swimsuit + Cover up $60 for doll, $24 for outfit americangirl.com Willa has a love for animals. and is the last to turn away a furry friend. This 14 .5-inch doll is sized just right for younger girls. Why we love it » This little girl knows how to rock a cute headband with fabric bunny ears.

Hasbro Play-Doh Shape and Learn Letters and Language $19.99, hasbrotoyshop.com Meant to encourage pre-reading and pre-writing skills with tools, playmats and activities, your kids can use the stampers and doublesided playmats to engage in activities such as exploring letter recognition and identification with Play-doh. Why we love it » We love anything that makes learning fun.

Playmobil Ice Cream Truck $24.99, playmobil.us Man an ice cream truck for the day. Set includes one adult figure, three child figures, ice cream truck, table, ice cream, cones, dishes, ice cream scoop, beverages and other accessories. Why we love it » This toy truck is perfect for ages 4 and up and has everything needed to start playing.


Funrise Gazillion Bubbles Giant Bubble Mill $19.99, funrise.com This unique machine and special bubble solution produce bigger bubbles than ever before in seconds. Why we love it » Everyone loves bubbles, and, in this case, the bigger the better!

Creative Roots “Create Your Own” Line

VTech Pop-a-Balls Push & Pop Bulldozer

Kidz Toys Mini Mojis Collectible Expressables

$23.99, vtechkids.com Load the balls into the bulldozer, and watch your little one stroll along to poppin’ balls and fun sounds! The bulldozer also teaches colors, numbers and construction objects. Why we love it » This delightful bulldozer encourages movement and motor skills.

$6.99 -$24.99, horizongroupusa.com Creative Roots is a line of gardening-themed activities that give parents the opportunity to include their children in their outdoor and gardening hobbies by providing parallel play activities. Decorate a garden, build and paint a bird house, plant an herb garden or create personalized keepsakes with Creative Roots products. Why we love it » Instilling a love of gardening at an early age is a win-win!

Miracle-Gro Gardening Sets $12.99-$16.99, tractorsupply.com Sets include Miracle-Gro My First Garden, My Very Own Flower Garden, Root Viewer, Watch It Grow and Fairy Flower Terrarium. Each kit includes everything your child needs to be a gardening guru. In no time, watch your seeds sprout into flowers and veggies. Why we love it » Kids can soak up some vitamin D while trying out their green thumb with these creative kits.

$2.99-$10.99, toysrus.com, joann.com Start your collection today with 11 Mini Mojis, two being a mystery, and one carry case. You know how much kids love emojis these days! Why we love it » There are more than 100 to collect.

Mobo Mity – 3 Wheeled Cruiser

Just Play Disney Junior Mickey and the Roadster Racers Pit Crew Tool Set $19.99, justplayproducts.com Prepare to race your vehicle through the Hot Dog Hills. On your mark, get set, GO. Why we love it » Jam-packed with 50 awesome racer-themed tools, this set has everything you need to finely tune your winning car.

$129.99, mobocruiser.com The Mobo Mity is a mighty little three-wheeled cruiser designed for children 2 to 5 years old. From its innovative rear-wheel steering system to its ergonomic design, the Mobo Mity encompasses an abundance of great features. Why we love it » Perfect for a stroll around the block!

Spin Master Hatchimals Colleggtibles $2.99-$9.99, shop.spinmaster.com Each Hatchimals CollEGGtible needs your help to hatch! Hold the egg in your hands, rub the heart and when it changes from purple to pink, it’s ready to hatch. There are over 70 to collect in Season One, even ultrarare and special edition Hatchimals to find. Why we love it » Kids can use the collector’s checklist and map to keep track of their collection.

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Self{ie} Expression Make a face, find the best angle and click. Selfies are more than just photos enabled by front-facing smartphone cameras. By Cealia Athanason

On March 31, an art exhibition, From Selfie to Self-Expression, opened in London’s Saatchi Gallery of Contemporary Art. This exhibition displayed a history of selfies, beginning with self-portraits by early artists Rembrandt and Van Gogh. “For the last five centuries, humans have had this compulsion to create images of themselves and share them; the only thing that has changed is the way that we do it,” says Nigel Hurst, Saatchi’s CEO and exhibition curator.


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Digital, interactive and well-known selfies were included in the display. Hurst came up with the idea for the exhibition, finding it timely and relevant. He concluded that selfies will continue, although he’s seen a rise in capturing what one finds interesting or beautiful as a way of self-expression as well. Humans have always felt the need for self-exploration and observation to find their identity or sense of self. Pamela Rutledge, director of the Media Psychology Research Center at Fielding Graduate University in California, explains that selfies are a selfexploration tool enabled by technology that allow us to see all sides of ourselves the way

others do—in all those silly, happy, artsy, moody times we experience. She says there are several reasons selfies have “nothing to do with narcissism” as they have often been dismissed. “Trying to figure out who we are and what we’re about is a distinctly human pursuit for almost everyone,” she writes on psychologytoday.com. “For years, people have been concerned about the amount of images of ‘perfect’ women on the internet. Between profile pictures and selfies on photo sharing sites, there are many more ‘real’ people images compared to idealized images by thousands.” How is that not positive? Let’s break out the phones and snap a few celebratory ones just for kicks.

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hanks to all those early (and surprisingly still surfacing) bathroom selfies and duck faces, selfies have gotten a bad rap. Yet, as much as society has turned up its nose at selfies, we still post them. Scroll through your feed on Facebook or Instagram and what do you see? Oh, wait. Let’s not forget Snapchat. That’s a selfie goldmine. And we love it. Over time, selfies have seemed to develop into more thoughtful constructions, whether through filters, settings or facial expressions that could be attributed to smartphone advances—‘selfie’ was even officially included in Oxford Dictionaries in 2013. But, selfies were around long before smartphones. Could it be that these self-images are actually artful expressions of ourselves?

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Although having a passion may be common, living a passion is less so. Alex Moy made it from one to the other and wants to inspire you to do the same.



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e’s 19 years old and a few years deep into owning a company. Alex Moy is considered ahead of the game, and sure, he’s young, but he knows—and has known—what he wants to do with his life. He’s worked hard, reached out to the community for support and delivered value to his clients. He’s someone who started a company when he was just a ‘kid,’ and he needed all the support he received. But now he’s ready and able to give back, to expand, to push the limits of his own vision.

From Passion To Purpose

There’s this thing about Alex—something that pushes and prods him. It’s what he credits for where he is today and what continually keeps him going. Alex is passionate. “From the time I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be able to achieve; I’ve always wanted to be able to accomplish... something,” says Alex. This young man was attending Business After Hours events with the Ocala/Marion Chamber and Economic Partnership when he was barely a teen. He had his own company name registered by the time he was 14. When his peers were focusing on high school, Alex had caught the video production and visual effects bug and started working toward living his dream. “Regret is huge for me, and I see a lot of other people who have regret because they’re not able to live their passion, live what they love every single day,” he says. When Alex was 4 years old, he remembers seeing his older brother Nick start first grade. Nick was being homeschooled, and Alex remembers wanting to start school, too, but his parents told him he needed to learn to read first. And that summer, he did just that.

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“Regret is huge for me, and I see a lot of other people that have regret because they’re not able to live their passion, live what they love every single day.” “I was starting school; I was in Cub Scouts at 4. My dad would bring me to work with him, and you know I was just learning, and I surrounded myself with people who were older than me,” says Alex. “And I just always wanted to fit in, I guess, being the young underdog—the kid in the group.”

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“I feel like Ocala spoiled me, in a way, to accept me for who I am and as a young business owner.” Photo courtesy of Moy Media

“I started emailing my friends my videos, and they would share it with their friends. And I would get random emails back saying, ‘Hey, this is an awesome video. How did you create this?’” Alex says. “So, this social network sort of happened through email, and then I was introduced to YouTube and started uploading videos there. I would study it a lot, and I would get some views actually. I started getting subscribers and just figuring out the YouTube game. I was very immersed in it.” Alex made videos with all kinds of visual effects just for fun and watched them eventually rack up 20,000 to 25,000 views on YouTube. He developed a signature line at the end of digital stunts, like teleporting or holding fire in his hands. He would turn to the camera and say, “That’s how it’s done.” Alex used that line as his first registered company name, That’s How It’s Done Productions. Then, he looked into how he could become a professional video producer.


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He just needed to be paid for his work, and that happened when he made his first commercial for his family’s friends at Kirby Family Farm. Alex’s commercial made its way onto TV-20 (ABC) and FOX. After the commercial aired, TV-20 contacted Kirby Family Farm, asking, “What LA company did you use?” When the station heard that a 14-year-old kid had made it, everyone was blown away. TV20 called Alex to confirm that he was behind the commercial and was indeed 14 before inviting him out to take a tour of the station. “Video companies here in Ocala that still exist were just starting at the time when I was 14,” Alex says. “I was like ‘Wow, I thought I was just creating these videos for fun, but this is something that’s needed.’” In 2014, Alex submitted a short film, called Protected, to the Silver Springs International Film Festival, and it won Audience Choice for Best Special Feature. That’s when the Power

Plant and the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership approached him, and he started meeting more people in Ocala— something that changed his perception of this community. Alex was able to rent space in the Power Plant Business Incubator for his video production company, and it became like a second home for him. At this point, Alex saw a future here in Ocala for the first time. He focused on commercial work, short films and the passion projects that he wanted to do, and he filled in the gaps by doing several wedding videos on the side. He continued to build his business and finally considered himself a professional. Once he neared the end of high school, though, Alex started thinking about college. Friends were asking him about it, and he had reached out to several universities because wasn’t that the next step? To him, it didn’t feel like it. “Well, do I want to go to college? Do I want to pursue this?” Alex remembers thinking.

“I feel like I’ve built this momentum here in Ocala that I would just walk away from and walk away from the opportunity I had to leave a legacy here, especially for our generation that’s younger and that wants to leave Ocala. “You know what, I feel like Ocala spoiled me, in a way, to accept me for who I am and as a young business owner,” Alex adds. “I feel like I should give back, you know, and make that mark here.” So, for now at least, Alex is here to stay and college is put on hold.

Step By Step

That’s How It’s Done Productions became Moy Media in November 2016, and Alex and his team expanded the business from a video production company to a marketing company. Now, Moy Media is a results-driven company that generates leads for clients through social media advertising.

“My love language is service, so I want to be able to do as much as I can for people. I just love being able to give,” Alex says. Alex notes that no one knows their business better than the owners and decision-makers, so by listening to their needs and who they target, he’s able to cater to their needs. “If they ask for my advice, I’ll recommend a couple of ideas for social media and how to achieve different results through Facebook or YouTube ads.” Being free, financially free and otherwise, has also been a significant driver in Alex’s success. He grew up in a modest, but very hardworking, family. As a young boy, he often thought about what he wanted to do with his life and how he would make money. Of course, when he received his first camera, it became more about how to make money doing what he loved—making films. Since then, Alex has followed his passion, eventually investing in more sophisticated equipment, one project and one piece at a time. “I’m always broke. I make money and then invest it into something else,” he laughs, but that’s how he keeps moving forward. Walking up the stairs to the second-story space above the old Starbucks location downtown, the conference room, cold brew coffee dispenser, open office area and overall vibe make this company’s success as a startup seem openly apparent. Alex secured this space for the company in February of this year, and

members of Moy Media buzz around the office, some collaborating and others working on laptops. There are 12 people on the team now, and a day for Alex includes not only team and client meetings but employee training, too. Alex continues to push the limits of his company and his own personal success. His goal for the business is to get to a point where Moy Media is well-known and self-sustaining. Meanwhile, he wants to inspire others to live their dreams. “I want to be able to really just share that message out there, saying, ‘Hey, invest in your passion,’ because I’m a model of that. I’ve done it, and it’s scary. But you have to be able to live on that edge if you want to be able to live the rest of your life happy and live regret-free.” Shadai Perez, a cinematographer at Moy Media, sits with Alex in the conference room. He films aspects of Alex’s life for his daily vlog (video blog). “This guy likes to inspire people,” Shadai says. “I think that’s what keeps him going. He constantly wants to push the team. We have morning meetings every day, and [he’ll ask] ‘What can we do to make it better?’ That’s leadership, entrepreneurship. How can I push the envelope more? How can we be more successful?” Of course, there are challenges to running a company, but Alex has a support system in place and a couple of mentors he looks to when he needs advice or encouragement. His advice for other young entrepreneurs? Know why you’re doing what you’re doing. “For me, it’s always been understanding that I’ve wanted to become an entrepreneur. It’s never been because I don’t like being told what to do,” Alex says. “But it’s always been because I just want to be able to have freedom.”

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We’re turning back time with high waists, classic cuts and playful patterns. So grab the gang and hit the shore—your summertime splash starts now.


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Photographer: John Jernigan ••••• Models: Cealia Athanason • Ashlynn Chiasson • Lexus Cooper • Alana James • Tyler St. John ••••• Hair/Makeup: Austin James Hair Studio — Kimberli Fanucci, Shelby Mozingo, Casey Taylor and Kelsie McCleary ••••• Lake Weir Locations: Eaton’s Beach Sandbar & Grill • Loch Harbor Condiminiums This photo, left-to-right:

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SummeR Sandwiches In the mood for something out of the ordinary? Try one of our favorite local sandwiches the next time you’re out and about. By Cynthia McFarland Photography by John Jernigan


e’re a country of sandwich eaters. In fact, Americans eat more than 300 million sandwiches every day. On any given day, nearly half the population (49 percent) eats a sandwich, so if Americans are packing away more than 300 million a day, a lot of us are eating more than one. I count myself among them—at least while I was on my sandwich-finding mission for this article. But for the record, although Americans polish off a huge number of sandwiches, we can’t take responsibility for inventing this lunch and dinner staple. That credit goes to John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich. Legend has it that in 1762, the good earl was deep into a 24-hour gambling venture when he decided he needed sustenance. Rather than stop the game to use a knife and fork, he requested his meat be served between two slices of bread, allowing him to eat one-handed and continue playing. Smart man. Next time you’re craving a meal in sandwich form—whether you’re in the midst of a hot card game or not—here’s hoping my diligent research will guide you to a tasty and satisfying meal.


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Turkey Breast & CraGood4You nberryCafePanini After my first lunch at Good4You Cafe, my only question was, why haven’t I been here before? Twin sisters Liza Ryan and Liz Owens were raised by parents who were ahead of their time when it came to healthy eating. Born in Southern California but raised in England, the twins grew up thinking it was totally normal to drink carrot and beet juice. “Our dad put out a health magazine in the ‘70s and was doing bone broth decades ago, long before it was trendy,” says Lisa. Lisa and Liz launched their downtown eatery in 2014 in response to local demand for a healthy alternative to fast food. A steady flow of satisfied customers has made Good4You Cafe a favorite lunch spot. The sisters make everything on the menu themselves, using the freshest ingredients, many of which are organic and, whenever possible, locally grown. The dressings and mayo are dairy- and gluten-free, and you can get dairy-free cheese upon request. Gluten-free bread is also available. They also offer fresh-squeezed juices and make amazing smoothies. My friend, Jan, and I stopped in recently for lunch, and by the time we left, both of us were making plans for our next visit. Yes, the food is that good. It was extremely hard to pick a favorite sandwich, but we finally decided the Turkey Breast & Cranberry Panini ticks all the boxes: It’s hearty, packed with flavor and pretty, to boot! Thinly sliced roasted turkey breast is piled on a ciabatta roll, along with Swiss cheese, sliced tomato, homemade cranberry chutney with nuts, mayo, lettuce and sunflower seeds. The roll is brushed with virgin olive oil and then pressed and toasted. The tang and texture of the cranberry chutney really set this sandwich apart, elevating it from simple to sublime. Sandwiches are accompanied by blue corn tortilla chips and a side, which was a small salad of organic spring greens and shredded carrots with homemade dressing on the day we stopped in. The menu at Good4you Cafe isn’t extensive, but this allows Lisa and Liz to create different

Also Recommended: daily specials. Be sure to ask about them; if you’re lucky, the Lobster Salad Sandwich will be featured that day. Jan and I both loved the cozy dining area with its appealing artwork and decor. We were also delighted to discover the “secret garden” at the back of the narrow cafe where 20 seats are situated in a tucked-away outdoor patio, perfect for parties or special events.

GOOD4YOU CAFÉ › 304-C SW Broadway Street, Ocala › (352) 867-5557 › good4youcafe.com Editor’s Note: In mid-May, after this feature was already written, Liza and Liz announced via their Facebook page that they would be temporarily closing their doors to return to England for a family emergency. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for updates on when they will be re-opening: facebook.com/good4youcafe.

The Lobster Salad Sandwich, made with the freshest

lobster in a light dressing and piled on your choice of bread (or as a salad), is a special served at least twice a week. Let me just say, if this delicious sandwich was on the regular menu, it would have been featured!

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Chicken Rustico Pan ini Blue Highway Pizzeria So you’ve already made Blue Highway your go-to spot for terrific pizza, but did you realize this local hot spot also features an array of great sandwiches? When the original Blue Highway opened in historic Micanopy in 2004, owners Frank and Winny Ruffino focused on five-star food and personable service in a flip-flop casual atmosphere. The tiny eatery exploded in popularity, resulting in the opening of a second Blue Highway in Tioga Town Center (just west of Gainesville) in 2009 and a third in the heart of Ocala in 2013. Marion County residents no longer have to hit the highway and drive up to Micanopy, and the Ocala spot also features a much larger dining area. Cealia Athanason, a fellow Ocala Style writer, joined me for a sandwich fest that left both of us in a happy food daze. Our superfriendly and efficient server, Robert, definitely added to the experience. “We’re a ‘from-scratch’ restaurant,” says manager Reynolds Fielder, “and everyone who works here is passionate about food.” Even though we came for sandwiches, we figured Blue Highway’s famous bruschetta was a mandatory appetizer. Their house-made toasted focaccia is piled with vine ripe plum tomatoes, garlic, basil, balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil and then topped with shaved Grana Padano. It wasn’t easy, but after trying several different sandwiches, we settled on the popular Chicken Rustico Panini as our top choice. Tender, roasted chicken breast (hormone and antibiotic-free) is topped with provolone and spinach and served with sun-dried tomato mayo on grilled, pressed focaccia—unique and delicious. Sandwiches come with Blue Highway’s house-made potato chips and a pickle. The chips are wonderful, but take our advice and pay the small up-charge for the Tuscan Herb Fries. These skinny fries are sprinkled with fresh herbs and come with lemon aioli and peppadew jam (our favorite) for


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The Incredible Hot Tuna,

featuring classic albacore tuna salad with melted provolone cheese, tomato and honey dill mayo, served on toasted focaccia and piled high with crispy fried onions.

dipping—totally addictive. (Don’t say we didn’t warn you.) You can also enjoy local craft beers on tap, such as West Floridian by Infinite Ale Works here in Ocala and Big Nose by Swamphead brewery in Gainesville. Not many people make it to dessert, which is understandable when you see the hearty

sandwich portion sizes, but we were game and shared a chocolate chip cannoli. Richly satisfying but not overly sweet, it’s the perfect ending to the perfect lunch.


E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala ›

(352) 629-5555 › bluehighwaypizza.com

Ocala Fresh Rachel Ocala Fresh Produce & Deli Now I understand the buzz about Ocala Fresh Produce & Deli. This indoor produce shop and deli is so popular for lunch, many patrons call ahead or order delivery. Owners Chris and Nina Schweers previously had a produce tent on Highway 200 (which they still operate), but customers were thrilled when they bought their current location, a former auto repair shop that sat vacant for two years. (Don’t worry, the total renovation—complete with charming wall mural by local artist Lisa Fitzpatrick—will make you forget tires were ever changed in this spot.)

Since opening here in September 2015, Ocala Fresh has gained a reputation for serving up incredibly tasty breakfasts and lunches, in addition to a great selection of fresh produce. Cealia again joined me for a sampling of delectable sandwiches, but choosing a favorite wasn’t easy. I’m not a huge meat-eater, so I was surprised I couldn’t get enough of the Ocala Fresh Rachel. As a counterpoint to the traditional Reuben, most Rachels are made with turkey. While you can order it with turkey, take our advice and let them make it for you as they recommend—with corned beef. Ultra-tender thin slices of corned beef are topped with Swiss cheese and sweet slaw, along with their signature Kickin’ Russian spread, and served pressed on marbled rye bread. There’s a quarter-pound of meat, so this is a hearty sandwich. Maybe it’s the fact that sandwiches feature Amish-made meats from Ohio. Maybe it’s the bread that comes fresh daily from a South Florida bakery. Maybe it’s the kick from the horseradish in the secret homemade sauce.

Maybe all of these are the reasons the Rachel is Nina’s own favorite sandwich. Now it’s mine. “One of our regulars told me, ‘Don’t let your customers order the Rachel first or they’ll never order anything else!’” laughs Nina. Make sure you get a side of trio potato salad, made with white, red and sweet potatoes. The hint of sweetness adds a great twist over traditional potato salad. We would be remiss if we didn’t remind you to order dessert, as in Nina’s own banana pudding. I thought I was full, but one bite of this rich, creamy, made-from-scratch goodness convinced me otherwise. Be sure to ask about their First Responders Program, where you show your support by buying a meal.


› 1010 SW 1st Avenue, Ocala › (352) 620-4711, (352) 299-8011, (352) 789-6354 › ocalafreshproduce.com

Also Recommended: The King Kong, a

sandwich that eats like dessert, thanks to sliced, grilled bananas, peanut (or almond) butter topped with honey and then pressed and grilled on sourdough or wheat bread. Warm, gooey and irresistible!

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The Young Turk The Marion Cafe

I’m in good company. In 1963, Elvis happened to be in the area filming a movie and ate a grilled cheese sandwich in the very spot where I’m enjoying lunch at The Marion Cafe. This cozy—and very popular—lunch spot is tucked away in the lobby of the historic Marion Hotel, just one block north of Ocala’s downtown square. The Marion Cafe opened

Also Recommended: Delightful Dill,

featuring turkey, dill spread, cucumber, seasonal lettuce mix and avocado served on your choice of white or wheat.

on November 3, 2016, which happens to be National Sandwich Day, but this location has been an eatery ever since the building opened in 1927. Bryan Caracciolo and Dan “Sandstorm” co-own the cafe, which serves lunch Monday through Friday. They have craft beer on tap and offer catering, as well. They even have an event room for rent. You might think the typical customer would be someone who works downtown, but patrons are from all walks of life, and one very good reason is The Young Turk. Not your standard turkey sandwich, it’s bold but not overpowering with a just-right combination of spicy and sweet. A generous pile of thinly sliced Boar’s Head turkey is layered with slices of homegrown tomato, seasonal lettuce mix, crisp bacon, avocado, honey and a spicy chipotle aioli. The sandwich comes lightly toasted, so choose from white, wheat, hoagie roll or Texas toast. (All sandwiches can be made as a wrap or as a salad, too.) All those super fresh ingredients make for a beautiful sandwich, but “pretty is as pretty does”—or, in this case, tastes. One bite and I understand why this is one of the cafe’s best sellers. The chipotle aioli has just the right kick of spice and balances perfectly with the honey. Who puts honey on a turkey sandwich, anyway? Dan does. “People told me honey wouldn’t work on a sandwich,” laughs Dan, who proved them wrong in the tastiest way. He created the menu based on classic American sandwiches with his own spin, often using produce grown on his own urban farm lots. All sandwiches come with a side. I recommend the pasta salad made with penne pasta, homegrown tomatoes, Thai basil, Feta cheese and homemade dressing. The cafe also serves locally made soups by Butter & Broth. The day I stopped in they were serving crab bisque and Thai chicken coconut curry. There’s always a sup of the day and sandwich special. The Marion Cafe offers free downtown delivery; Dan says at least half their business is take-out and delivery.


Magnolia Avenue, #104, Ocala (Located in the lobby of the old Marion Hotel) › (352) 362-5300 › facebook.com/themarionocala


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Cranberry Pecan Chicken SaladEarthCrois sant Fare When Earth Fare opened its 40th store in Ocala on April 19, you were no doubt excited to finally have this fabulous shopping opportunity for natural and organic food in our town. You probably weren’t thinking lunch. Well, you should. Until my first visit, I didn’t realize I could “do lunch” at a grocery store. I was wrong. Recently I met up there with my friend, Jennifer. We decided this should be a regular pre-shopping stop, particularly on Thursdays when any sandwich is just $6. Adjacent to the full-service deli and bakery is an eating area that seats 60. There are even tables with umbrellas on an outdoor patio, but I’m saving that for cooler weather. Earth Fare makes five different versions of chicken salad; we chose the best-selling Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad Croissant. It’s made fresh each day in small batches using oven-roasted, American humane-certified chicken, which means the meat is free of antibiotics, hormones and steroids. The mayo in their signature dressing is made with cagefree eggs and non-GMO canola oil. You can taste the butter in the rich, flaky, European-style croissants, which are baked fresh each day. Unlike some chicken salads, which are heavy on the “salad” ingredients, this one is heavy on the actual chicken, so it’s a hearty sandwich. I liked the crunch of the pecans and the bit of sweetness added by the cranberries. Whenever possible, produce used in sandwiches is certified organic, so this is a sandwich you can feel good about. All sandwiches come with tortilla chips, but ordering an extra side really makes it a meal. We opted for the popular Roasted Corn Salad and loved the faint smoky roasted flavor. Another tasty side is the Italian Tomato and Caper Orzo Salad, which happens to be vegan. Don’t let anyone tell you a “healthy” store doesn’t have delectable sweets in their bakery. We shared a vanilla raspberry cream cupcake

Also Recommended: The Caprese, featuring thick

and a vanilla sandwich cookie. The shaved white chocolate on the cupcake and real raspberry are ideal finishing touches, and you don’t have to be a kid to love a thick sugar cookie filled with frosting and sprinkles! The folks at Earth Fare like to say, “We make it easier to live a healthy lifestyle.” To that I’d like to add, “and enjoy a healthy alternative to the typical fast-food lunch!”

slices of fresh mozzarella and tomatoes, plus pesto sauce, served on Earth Fare’s signature organic made-from-scratch sourdough, toasted.

EARTH FARE › 2405 SW 27th

Ave, Ocala (Shady Oaks Shopping Center) › (352) 291-2733 ›


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Molly’s Dirty Bird Molly Maguire’s So, what’s a nice Spanish guy doing with a pub and an eatery with Irish names? “Spanish bars are pretty lonely on St. Patrick’s Day,” quips a smiling George Carrasco, owner of Molly Maguire’s, the downtown eatery that opened almost three years ago and moved to its current location on March 16 this year. You’ll find George waiting tables and greeting customers by name in his friendly breakfast and lunch spot. If he looks familiar, that may be because you recognize him from nearby O’Malley’s Alley, the pub on the downtown square, which he’s owned for 20 years. My friend, Jennifer, and I met at Molly Maguire’s and found this busy spot was hopping with lunch regulars. We snagged a high-top table, but there were also a couple open spots at the counter. The eatery recently expanded into a second room, allowing room to seat more customers. A Tampa native, George buys his bread from La Segunda Central, a 100-year-old bakery located in Ybor City, and this authentic Cuban bread is featured in every sandwich. One of the most popular items on the menu is Molly’s Dirty Bird, featuring slices of hand-carved applewood smoked chicken breast, caramelized onions, melted provolone cheese and mayo on pressed Cuban-style bread. The chicken is smoked inhouse, adding to the flavor and tenderness. You can turn a “dirty bird” into a “filthy bird” by adding bacon to your sandwich. For a

Honorable Mentions

Also Recommended: slight upcharge, they’ll pile on two thick slices of Molly’s hearty Applewood-smoked bacon. Soup is made fresh daily and is always gluten free. The day we came for lunch, it was garbanzo bean. Molly’s Pick Two is a popular choice with the lunch crowd and features half a Cuban or bacon sandwich, along with a cup of soup or half a salad.

MOLLY MAGUIRE’S › 17 SW 1st Avenue, Ocala › (352) 509-3999

Molly King Cuban, featuring

ham, pork, salami, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles served on pressed Cuban-style bread.

It’s not possible to include every great sandwich in one story, but here are a few more worth the trip. › Reuben at Southside Deli

› Steak-n-Cheese at

› I-95 Inter-Steak at

Brooklyn’s Backyard

Turnpike Mike’s

› The Smitty at Brick City

› Croque Monsieur at

La Cuisine

Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar

› Cuban at Cafe Havana › Krispy Chicken

Sandwich at The Ivy House

Editor’s Note: The sandwiches chosen for this features are just a sampling of Ocala’s super sandwich selection. Stay tuned for a future roundup of other options!


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Treat Yourself! Who doesn’t love ice cream? Turns out most of us do! As a matter of fact, the average American indulges in about 22 pounds of the frozen sweet stuff each year. To celebrate National Ice Dream Day (July 16 this year), make yourself a sundae with all the fixins’ and enjoy! Interested in bold flavors? How about guanabana or rum raisin? You can find Frutissia at several local stores and restaurants. Visit frutissia.com for more information.


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Feast of Flowers No longer relegated to centerpieces, edible flowers prove simultaneously gorgeous and delectable. › By Angelique Anacleto


coot over, bees and butterflies. Beyond inhaling, admiring and photographing delicate blooms, try sneaking a bite as fashionable garnish or fully incorporate them into breathtakingly beautiful dishes and drinks. Depending on your floral goals, incredible edibles produce pops of color, fragrance, flavor and nutrition to your haute summer cuisine. Hit refresh!

Prep Goal Beverages: Gather petals in an infuser for steeping, or muddle to release aroma into tea, juice, lemonade, alcohol or cocktails. For an extra flourish, freeze in ice cube trays and then adorn glasses, from jelly jars to champagne flutes, or float breezily atop punch bowls. TRY › Chamomile, elderflower, lavender, rose, violet Salad, sandwich, soup, grains, dip or cheese: Seize your chance to eat a doctor-recommended colorful diet. Brighten greens or pasta salads; layer inside sandwiches; toss into soups; embellish grains such as rice and quinoa; sprinkle over dips like hummus or yogurt; press into soft cheeses like brie and goat cheese. What’s more, many flowers contain vitamin C. Most flowers, like chrysanthemum, dianthus and viola contain a dose of potassium for heart and muscle health. Lavender contains vitamin A, as well as calcium. TRY › Chive and zucchini blossoms, coreopsis, English daisy, nasturtium, viola

petals into equal parts water and sugar over medium heat until sugar dissolves. TRY › Basil/ chive/linden blossoms, lavender, rose Stuff, bake, fry, stir-fry or steam: Stuff with herbs and cheese, and then bake. Fry up into fritters, or augment stir-fry. Steam unopened sunflower buds like an artichoke. TRY › Daylily, gladiolus, hibiscus, zucchini/squash/ pumpkin blossoms Baked goods, sweets, ice cream: Blend into batter or dough, and then crown dessert tops. TRY › Carnation, lavender, pansy, rose, viola Candied/sugared: To store a ready supply, preserve flowers’ graceful essence by lightly brushing with egg whites and sprinkling with quick-dissolving superfine sugar. Keep dry over wax paper for up to one month. TRY › Chamomile blossom, lavender, orchid, pansy, rose, violet

Taste Goal › Bitter: English daisy, sunflower › Citrus/tart: Begonia, fuchsia, hibiscus, lilac, › › › › ›

Infused oil, vinegar, jam, jelly, honey and simple syrup: Fancify and soak in your favorite staples for a touch of artistic elegance and flavor. To make simple syrup, stir


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marigold Cucumber/crisp/greens: Borage, daylily, orchid, pansy, tulip, yucca Floral/fragrant: Chamomile, citrus blossom, dianthus, jasmine, lavender, lilac Garlic/earthy: Chive and dill blossoms Minty: Bee balm, viola Peppery/spicy: Bachelor’s button, chrysanthemum, nasturtium Sweet/honey: Carnation, dandelion, impatiens, rose


Do not assume that all flowers are edible; some may be poisonous. In addition, avoid if you are prone to outdoor allergies. If unsure of digestion, test a small quantity. Select only organic flowers that have not been exposed to pesticides, chemicals or roadside car exhaust. Gently inspect and rinse blooms with cold water. Carefully pluck petals, leaving aside pistils, stamens, stems and leaves. Due to flowers’ highly perishable nature, consume within one to two hours of being picked. Ask your grocer’s produce manager or check farmers markets for organic varieties. Or order online through gourmetsweetbotanicals.com, marxfoods.com or melissas.com.


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

Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse 3405 SW College Road, Ocala › (352) 237-3151 › tonysushi.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p › Fri & Sat 11a-11p › Sun Noon-10p With abundant menu choices and over 100 off-menu rolls, you certainly won’t run out of options at Tony’s Sushi. If you can’t decide, the waitstaff is excellent at suggesting items you’re sure to enjoy. Every roll and sushi dish is made to order from the freshest ingredients. In the steakhouse area, highly trained chefs prepare a memorable meal as they cook on the tableside grills, preparing chicken, steak or seafood just the way you like it. Entrées include soup or salad and rice. Family-friendly, casual atmosphere, along with a full bar, including imported Japanese sake and beer selections.

Mon-Thu: 50% off draughts & house wines; $5 select appetizers Take-Out Tuesday: 25% off carry out (pizza & calzones) Family Wednesday: 50% off bambino menu (kids 12 & under) Wine-Down Thursday: $10 off all bottles of wine

Don’t forget to stop by our full-service liquor bar for your favorite drink. For information on catering, contact Waica or Evelyn at wmhivyhouse@yahoo.com

Blue Highway Pizza 2130 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala › (352) 629-5555 bluehighwaypizza.com › Sun-Thu 11:30a-9p › Fri & Sat 11:30a-10p Sun, fun and pizza! Top your summer off with a delicious handcrafted pizza, fresh salad made with local ingredients and a tasty craft beer. Blue Highway is a special place to get great food and attentive service in a fun, funky and relaxed atmosphere. We take pride in our culinary culture, serving the highest quality, fresh, local and expertly prepared food, from pizza and pasta to paninis and everything in between. Visit us at bluehighwaypizza.com for fabulous daily specials. Remember: Family Wednesdays, 50% off our Bambino Menu for kids under 12!

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.

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Photo courtesy of Hyppo Gourment Ice Pops


Far-Out Flavors

Peculiar combos to pique your taste buds for a summer of daring deliciousness. › By Angelique Anacleto


all them food hybrids, mashups, fusion or alchemy. Just when you thought life couldn’t get more awesome than noshing pretzel buns and cronuts, yet more ingenious, quirky flavor pairings grab headlines and catch the attention of foodies everywhere. So, are you in? Black Charcoal Ice Cream The trend of adding activated charcoal to face masks and juice cleanses has leapfrogged over to desserts. Food-grade charcoal (or coconut shell ash) mixes with creamy, indulgent ice cream, but it’s the head-turning jet black hue that’s the real wow factor. After the glut of rainbow-saturated Unicorn frappuccinos, this gothic treat stormed social media as a gutsy, noir-ish antidote. Customers flock to New York’s Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream, Little Damage


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in Los Angeles, or Milkjam Creamery in Minneapolis. Bloggers recommend going dark at home by suffusing with charcoal from health food stores, ikasumi squid ink, black licorice, black sesame paste, black cocoa or black food coloring. Check out amusedblog.com’s recipe or thefauxmartha.com’s vegan version. FYI: Charcoal is neither helpful at detoxifying nor poses health concerns unless in high doses. It can, however, lessen medication’s effects. Exploding Chocolate Bars Remember Pop Rocks from yesteryear? The Venezualan chocolatier brothers of Chuao blend the raucous antics of juvenile novelty candy with the uptown gentility of fine chocolates. This July, as you ooh and ahh over fireworks, enjoy a pleasantly explosive bite of their Firecracker Dark Chocolate Bar containing spicy chipotle, salt and popping candy. Continue the fizzing excitement with Pop Corn Pop Bar, which cunningly crafts popping candy with puffed whole grains, toasted corn

chips, sea salt and creamy milk chocolate. Craved by A-listers like actress Blake Lively and Chef Bobby Flay, this fair tradecertified and ethically sourced company out of San Diego also rolls out boutique flavors like Cheeky Cheeky Churro, Oh My S’mores, Baconluxious and Cinnamon Cereal Smooch. ($6/ bar, chuaochocolatier.com; also at Target, CVS and Bed Bath & Beyond) The Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops Hot outside temps call for staying inherently cool with an accessible stash of hip frozen treats. The Hyppo Café in St. Augustine concocts dreamy, eclectic medleys, including Avocado Coconut, Watermelon Hibiscus, Pineapple Cilantro, Granny’s Apple Pie and Dark Roast Espresso. The seven-yearold company stresses all-natural, hormone-free artisan recipes made fresh. Amble over to Marley Mae Market & Paperie and Earth Origins, both in Ocala, or Kentucky Bill’s Store of Many Items in Weirsdale for a lick or two. (thehyppo.com)


BITES Todd and Shelly’s Farm Fresh Produce › A go-to spot for good eats is Todd and Shelly’s Farm Fresh Produce, where you can browse their menu as well as their selection of local raw honeys and Amish jams. Todd and Shelly offer office, event and wedding catering, delivery and front porch seating to those interested in grabbing a quick bite. The Cranberry Pecan Grilled Chicken Salad is a must-have—romaine lettuce loaded with tomatoes, cucumber, grilled chicken, pecans, cranberries, bacon, feta or blue cheese, with your choice of dressing. Now serving beer and wine. Todd and Shelly welcome all! Open Mon-Thurs 9am-8pm and Fri-Sat 9am-9pm. Closed Sun. › 5625 SE Abshier Blvd., Belleview › (352) 693-5877

Fiore’s Café › Little Italy? Is that

you? This Italian bistro is one for the books, and one of Ocala’s best. With what they describe as “a taste of Italy in every dish,” we’d say it’s time to dine. Aside from Fiore’s stellar New York pizzas, the menu offers dishes from fresh Caprese and Antipasto Misto salads to great combinations of veal, seafood, chicken and a variety of special sauces. For dessert, try the Homemade Tiramisu to top off a sweet evening. Who needs to book a plane ticket? Fiore’s has brought the flavor of Italy to the heart of Ocala. Open Mon-Thurs 4-9pm and Fri-Sat 4-10pm. › 2327 S Pine Ave., Ocala › (352) 789-6980 › fiorescafeocala.com

Butter and Broth › Gluten-free,

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

Be sure to visit us at the Canopy Oaks Center. Pavarotti’s also caters. All-You-Can-Eat Mon: Spaghetti and Meatballs $6.99 Tue: 16” Cheese Pizza $7.99 Wed: 10 Chicken Wings $5.

PAVAROTTI’S Pizza & Restaurant

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.

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.

Pavarotti’s Pizza & Restaurant 8075 SW HWY 200, Canopy Oaks Center, Ocala › (352) 291-9424 Mon-Thu 11a-9p › Fri-Sat 11a-10p › Sun 11a-8p Pavarotti’s Pizza and Restaurant in Ocala is known for its famous, old-fashioned pizzas, hand-tossed and baked on a stone deck oven. Try the array of classic Italian entrées, fresh salads and subs, and hearty pasta dinners. Veal or chicken is served Parmigiana, Marsala or picatta style, and the seafood dishes are served fresh over linguini. Pizza lovers can’t get enough of the homemade pies, and don’t forget about the subs, stromboli and calzones!

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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online or head on over to the Marion Café to try crowd pleasers, such as the Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice or Tomato Basil. 820 SE 6th St., Ocala › (352) 239-0510 › perfectsoups.com

Oasis Café › This scratch kitchen

Summertime Mocktails › By Robin Fannon “Mocktails” or “fauxtails” can be a fun and delicious addition to your entertaining repertoire year-round if you follow some simple guidelines. Keep it healthy. Experiment with some of the healthier options out there, or simply cut the sugar amount in half. Fresh fruit is at its peak in the summer, so rely on its natural sweetness. Use organic, non-GMO cane sugar if necessary or substitute with wild, local honey, maple syrup or Stevia. By all means, avoid artificial sweeteners. Keep it colorful. A splash of brightly colored fresh juice goes a long way. Use colorful, interesting glassware to add to the festive feel. Remember, we feast with our eyes as well as our palate! Get creative. Pretty, flirty glassware and interesting accessories, such as straws, stirrers, garnishes and picks, add a touch of whimsy. Edible garnishes, such as herbs, pickled veggies and fresh fruit skewers, are readily available and add personality.

Pink Flamingo (Makes one pitcher)

1 4 2

container organic frozen pink lemonade concentrate (thawed) cups lime-flavored sparkling water limes, juiced

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bottle of quality organic vegetable or tomato juice 1 lemon, juiced To taste add: Worcestershire Sauce, Hot Sauce, Celery Salt and Horseradish Sauce (or Freshly Grated)

Place all ingredients in a pitcher, and stir. › Pour into a chilled glass with ice › Garnish with a pink flamingo straw.

Stir, and pour into a tall glass. › Garnish with celery stalks, skewered cooked shrimp, olives or pickled vegetables.

Orange Creamsicle

Mango Madness


4 1

container of organic frozen orange juice concentrate (thawed) cans of Pellegino “Aranciata” Orange Soda Splash of organic 1⁄2 & 1⁄2 (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher, and stir. › Pour into chilled champagne flutes. › Garnish with fresh strawberry.

Robin Fannon is a New York culinary school trained-chef and a successful party planner with decades of experience. You can visit her popular blog at rsvprobin.com for healthy recipes, party tips and lifestyle articles. Or check her out on Facebook or Instagram.


Virgin Bloody Mary


cup of mango purée

Fill pitcher with lime-flavored sparkling soda. › Stir, and pour into chilled glass. › Garnish with skewered, cubed fresh mango and blueberries.

deserves a five-star rating for its Classic Reuben and Homemade Potato Chips alone. Owners John and Dawn Kalen arrived from Massachusetts in February of this year and opened Oasis in late March. This husband-andwife duo has 10 years of experience in the food business and really know how to draw a crowd. As for the locals, seems they have already picked their favorite dish: liver and onions, anyone? Open Sun-Wed 7am-4pm and Thurs-Sat 7am8pm. › 7651 SW State Road 200, Ocala › (352) 857-8002

Mojo on the Go › Food trucks are

taking the nation by storm—get in on the trend and head to Mojo on the Go for their award-winning chicken wings tossed in a signature Chile Lime Mojito sauce and served with celery and blue cheese. Want a snack to munch on? Order the Loaded Pork Nachos, topped with pork, nacho cheese and homemade salsa and drizzled with BBQ sauce and sour cream—just beware, you may have to share! Call in your order ahead of time to avoid waiting in line. Open Mon-Fri 11:30am7:30pm and Sat 11am-7:30pm. Closed Sun. › 4586 SE Maricamp, Ocala › (954) 812-5982


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

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

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!

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

st 82º Bar & Grill

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 in July!

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!

JUL ’17 ›




A Vino Adventure

Most restaurant wine lists do a good job of impersonating a grocery store wine shelf. The brands are familiar. The basic reds and whites are there. Some options are cheaper than others. You get the picture. › By Sean Trapani


ther restaurant wine lists, however, like the one guests will find at Mesa de Notte Italian restaurant in Ocala, tell a far more engaging story. It’s a list—big on options— that offers both familiar choices and new options for the culinary explorer. “We started out with a basic wine list back in 2011 of 30 wines,” says owner Jose Moreno. “But we offer more than 120 wines currently, and we are expanding our list.” The 120-plus-bottle wine list (with 35 wines served by the glass) is filled with wines from around the world, with a strong focus on domestic Cabernet Sauvignon and Italian varietals. Napa Cabernet lovers will be at home, with top-tier producers, such as Far Niente, Jordan, Hewitt and Groth on


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Owner Jose Moreno

dry, style of red wine made from the restaurant’s “Capitana” dried grapes. Or, if one desires (Captain’s) List as well as a range a wine with both elegance and of value-oriented domestic reds. power, one can opt for a Barolo, And naturally, there are several made from the Nebbiolo grape, domestic whites available, as well, affectionately called the wine of including a few standouts from tar and roses. Napa’s neighbor, Sonoma. Not a dry wine fan? Not But as interesting as these a problem. domestic options are, Mesa de If there are sweet wine lovers Notte differentiates itself by in the group, offering an impressive Mesa de Notte encourage them collection of Italian differentiates to order a glass of classics, red and white, to pair with their food itself by offering Moscato or even “blood wine.” menu. These include an impressive This is a sweet, Sangiovese (grape)-based wines from Tuscany, collection of Italian semi-sparkling, low-alcohol red such as Chianti and classics, red and wine that tastes Chianti Classicos. But one can find wine white, to pair with of black cherries examples from many their food menu. and is curiously called Sanque di different Italian regions. Guido (Blood of Judas). (Legend is, From the Veneto region, the Italian monks who invented one can indulge in a bottle of this style of wine gave it a scary Amarone—an intensely rich, but

name to scare people away from drinking too much.) Of course, there are many traditional Italian favorites that don’t require a backstory to fully enjoy. “Drink what you like,” says Kelly Adams, general manager. “Pinot Grigio is a versatile wine that you can enjoy on its own or with a light dish, like a salad or even a Pizza Margherita.” Are you a creature of comfort or an Anthony Bourdain wannabe? Whatever your personal dining style, it’s comforting to know that one can find both familiar flavors and interesting new ones on the same wine list—and in the same place—at Mesa de Notte. To build your own vino adventure, visit their website at mesaocala.com or make a reservation via Open Table.


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


We make the Spirits of Florida!

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, $5.45; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $5.45; Quesadillas on Wednesdays, $7.95; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $6.95; and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $5.25. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $10.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $8.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $9.95; and Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $9.95. Plus $1.95 margaritas on Mondays. On Sunday, kids 12 and under can enjoy $1.95 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).

Fish Hawk Spirits

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.


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

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 use only the freshest ingredients to create their unique Italian dishes. Mesa can customize a menu to fit any budget or group size. No event is too large or too small. They also offer full liquor service on off -premise catered events. Need a place to host you next event? Ask about Mesa’s private dining room which comfortably seats up to 50 guests. Coming very soon - new Lunch and Dinner menus.

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Where to go, what to watch, books to read › By Nick Steele

Tune In

Photo by Aaron Epstein / Amazon Prime Video

A Roundup Of The Month’s Best Bets

Photo courtesy of Sky Productions

The Last Tycoon, July 28, Amazon Prime

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Featured Films Spider-Man: Homecoming, July 7

Although Tom Holland had precious little screen time in Captain America: Civil War, his appearance created tremendous buzz around the idea of a new incarnation of the web-slinger’s saga. The film begins where Peter Parker’s story ended in Civil War with the teen attempting to balance high school life with his new superhero status, under the tutelage of Iron Man and Captain America.

Tom Holland stars in Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN™: HOMECOMING.

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Michael Landes stars as Hooten, a rumpled anti-hero akin to Indiana Jones, in this globetrotting adventure series. The brash and perpetually wisecracking Hooten begrudgingly teams up with aristocratic museum curator Lady Alexandra SpencerParker played by Ophelia Lovibond. The two make a charmingly hapless and amusingly quarrelsome pair as they travel the globe in pursuit of mysterious missing relics—think Romancing the Stone meets Moonlighting. “It’s a big, globetrotting action adventure with some humor,” Landes explains. “It’s a nice alternative to the dramas and big dark cop shows.” The show originally made its debut in the UK, which explains the sometimes-offbeat sense of humor and international feel. “Every week we’re in a different place,” Landes explains. “This season we’ve filmed in Cambodia, Russia, Capetown, Namibia and Angkor Wat; we’ve literally been all over the world.”

Photo by Chuck Zlotnick

Hooten & The Lady, July 13, 9pm, CW

Don’t believe them when they say, “they don’t make ‘em like they used to.” This nineepisode adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished novel of the same name is a sweet, old-fashioned confection. The series contrasts the optimism and glamour of 1930s Hollywood with a world struggling under the weight of The Great Depression and Hitler’s ever-growing threat. Matt Bomer, with his movie idol good looks and easy charm, stars alongside a top-flight cast that includes Kelsey Grammer and Lily Collins.

Good Reads

Keep It Local

Strays: A Lost Cat, a Homeless Man, and Their Journey Across America by Britt Collins

Free Museum Day, Appleton Museum of Art, July 8, 10am-5pm

Photo Courtesy of The Appleton Museum of Art

Enjoy an art-filled day at the museum for free! Take in the special exhibitions, like Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of Northeast Brazil, tour the permanent collection of European, American, Asian, African, Contemporary and pre-Columbian art and artifacts, make art in the ARTSpace or stroll the Sculpture Walk & Garden. Community members of all ages are invited to spend the day at the Appleton.

Ocala’s Backyard Galleries, Brick City Center for the Arts, August 4-28 The Marion Cultural Alliance challenged artists to create works that highlight what “backyard” means to them, from what they see out their actual back door to the people, places and things that give them that uniquely “Ocala” feeling. Admission is free, and exhibit organizers invite you to join them at a special reception at Brick City Center for the Arts to celebrate the opening and meet the artists on August 4 from 5-7pm. For exhibit hours and more information, call (352) 369 1500.

Dunkirk, July 21

Photo Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

A scene from Christopher Nolan’s new epic action thriller, DUNKIRK, a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

One of the most anticipated films of the year, Dunkirk tells the inspiring true story of tremendous heroism in the face of an unimaginable threat. Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic depicts the miraculous evacuation of hundreds of thousands of Allied soldiers by a motley fleet of civilian boats aided only by a handful of airplanes for cover. Although this chaotic rescue took place during one of the fiercest battles of the war, Nolan was not out to make your typical war film. “It’s a survival story and, first and foremost, a suspense film,” he explains. “While there is a high level of intensity to it, it does not necessarily concern itself with the bloody aspects of combat.” What he has achieved is beautifully haunting film that is tense and poignant but also full of hope and humanity.

Worth The Trip Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Live at the St. Augustine Amphitheater, July 22, 7pm

If you haven’t checked out Jason Isbell yet, you’re missing out on one of the most unique and compelling voices of the moment. The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter is being heralded as “the Americana music man” for his bluesy, harddriving, alt-country sound and powerfully insightful perspective. “Lyrics and melody are still the driving force behind what we’re doing, but this time around, there’s more of a rock ‘n’ roll influence,” Isbell explains of The Nashville Sound, his new album with the 400 Unit. Photo by Danny Clinch

An uplifting true story about an unlikely friendship that develops between a homeless man and a stray cat, who manage to help one another heal the scars of their past. Strays is an inspirational story about love, loss, redemption and the transformative power of the bond that develops between humans and animals.

A Beautiful, Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal by Jen Waite A dark and turbulent tale that follows a woman as she endeavors to uncover the truth about a man she believes to be the love of her life. Once she begins to unwind the web of lies that surrounds her husband, Waite arrives at the startling conclusion that she has married a psychopath. This unflinchingly honest story illuminates a fear that haunts us all—what if the person we love most is not who we think they are?

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong

Rachel Khong’s absorbing debut novel takes on the daunting topic of Alzheimer’s disease with captivating honesty and a wicked sense of humor. Ruth is a woman at a crossroads in her life, who moves back home to help care for her ailing father. Possessing the intimacy and immediacy of a personal journal, Khong offers a fresh and funny perspective on family, love, loss and the messy business of being human.

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The Local


Performing Arts

Downtown To Dos July 4 › Flag March, downtown Ocala, 10am July 8, 22 › Worship on the Square, downtown Ocala, 5pm July 22 › Pro Equality Peace Rally, downtown Ocala, 6pm

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group Theatre at Universal CityWalk, Orlando


Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba

Disney Springs, Orlando



Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando

Jul. 1

Legally Blonde: The Musical

Gainesville Community Playhouse Jul. 7-30

6pm, (352) 629-5683

Bill Maher

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando

Jul. 8

6pm, (352) 854-6981

WIND FM presents: “In the Light of Led Zeppelin”

Reilly Arts Center, Ocala

Jul. 15

Mark Zauss & The Z Street Band Dance Party

Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala

Jul. 15


Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando

Jul. 22-23

Dance Party with Norman Lee Schaffer

Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala

Aug. 4

WIND FM presents: “Titans of Rock” Journey and Bon Jovi Tribute

Reilly Arts Center, Ocala

Aug. 12

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

(352) 694-YOGA

Yoga for Trauma Survivors › Sunday at Blissful Life Corporation Survivors Support Group › Last Tuesday of the month at

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

Arts, Crafts and Culture

Master Choir Auditions (Ongoing) › The Central Florida Master

Camping World Stadium, Orlando Jul. 5

Paul McCartney

Amalie Arena, Tampa

Jul. 10

The Eagles: Hotel California

Reilly Arts Center, Ocala

Jul. 14

New Kids on the Block, Paula Abdul & Boyz II Men

Amalie Arena, Tampa

Jul. 15

Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini & Brett Young

MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa

Jul. 28

Shawn Mendes & Charlie Puth

Amway Center, Orlando

Jul. 28


RoyceAmway Center, Orlando

Jul. 29

Sabrina Carpenter

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando

Aug. 5

All Time Low

House of Blues, Orlando

Aug. 7

John Mayer

Amalie Arena, Tampa

Aug. 13

J. Cole

Amway Center, Orlando

Aug. 16

Goo Goo Dolls & Phillip Phillips

Hard Rock Live, Orlando

Aug. 30

Ed Sheeran

Amway Center, Orlando

Aug. 31


Free ESL Classes › Wednesdays at College Road Baptist Church at

Upcoming Exhibits At The Appleton › Con-Text: The Word Based Images of Tyrus Clutter explores the ways humans interpret both words and images. 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. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.


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

at 9am, (352) 694-YOGA



Ongoing Events

Choir is seeking new members. Rehearsals begin September 5. To schedule an audition, call (352) 615-7677.

Artist Alley Exhibit (July 1-29) › The members of Artist Alley present Sunny, Funny Florida, featuring the art of local artists depicting Florida in a lighthearted way. The exhibit will be on display at the Brick City Center for the Arts through the end of the month. (352) 369-1500. Ocala Symphony Orchestra Concert (July 2) › The Ocala Symphony Orchestra will present Red, White and OSO Blue at the Reilly Arts Center at 3pm. reillyartscenter.com or (352) 351-1606. Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series Concerts (July 7, 14, 21) › The 2017 Levitt AMP Concert Series will take place Fridays at 8pm through July 21. Each concert will feature a different performer, highlight a different genre and will take place at Webb Field in Ocala. concerts.levittamp.org or call (352) 629-8220. Art Show (July 8) › The Villages Art League will host their July Celebration Art Show at the Lake Miona Recreation Center from 9am-3pm. (845) 807-7489. Trips ’N’ Tours (July 26-28) › This Appleton Museum program will take guests on a tour of southern plantations and historic landmarks in Thomasville, Georgia, and Tallahassee, Florida. Registration is $365 for members based

on double occupancy and $465 for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4456.

Festival Brazileiro (July 30) › The Appleton Museum will host a Brazilianthemed celebration that will include live performances and educational activities from 2-3pm. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.

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. 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. Iggy’s Four on the Fourth Freedom Run (July 4) › 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 Iggy’s Four On The Fourth Freedom Run, a four-mile race that kicks off at Veterans Memorial Park at 7:30am. bighammockraceseries.com. Yoga in the Park (July 15) › Power Yoga Ocala will host a free hour-long yoga session at Tuscawilla Park at noon. The group will meet at the oak tree between the playground and the Reilly Arts Center. (352) 368-5535.

Pack Walk (July 23) › Marion County Animal Services will host a ranger-led walk through Silver Springs State Park with homeless dogs. All shelter dogs will be available for adoption. Those interested in joining the walk but don’t want to walk a dog are welcome to attend. All dog walkers must be 16 years of age or older. The walk begins at 10am. silversprings.com or (352) 261-5842.

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Other Fun Stuff! Ocala Health Events › A special seminar on veterans health care benefits will be held July 7. A discussion about the early detection and prevention of breast cancer will take place July 12. A seminar discussing how to prevent falls will take place July 14 and a special presentation regarding fasting and weight loss will be hosted by a registered dietician on July 25. All programs will be held at the Senior Wellness Community Center in Ocala. ocalahealthsystem.com or call (800) 530-1188. Flags, Freedom and Fireworks (July 1) › This Evolution

Dance performance will be held at 4pm and 7pm at the Savannah Center in The Villages. $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. Performances will be held at the Savannah Center at 3pm and 7pm. thevillagesentertainment.com or (352) 750-5411.

outdoor movie from 8:30-10:30pm. This month’s film is Pete’s Dragon, and popcorn and drinks will be available for a small fee. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5517.

48th Annual God & Country (July 4) › Activities

begin at noon and continue until the fireworks end. Enjoy kids’ games, train rides, inflatables water slides, and bounce houses. Visit the arts and crafts expo, and grab a bite to eat from the food vendors. The festival will be held on the Golden Ocala Property, and parking is $5 at the entrance. Additional fees may apply for activities. facebook.com/jciocala

After Dark in the Park Movie (July 7) › The Jervey Gantt

Recreation Complex will host a free

Doggone Good Reading Program (July 8, 22) › Children

ages 5 to 12 are invited to read to a Humane Society of Marion County dog on select Saturday mornings at 11am. Advance registration is required. thehsmc.org or (352) 873-7387 x204.

It’s a Family Affair (July 15) › Tuscawilla Park will host this family-

themed event, featuring games and entertainment, from 11am7pm. ocalafl.org or (352) 454-2445.

Casino Cruise (July 29) › ACT

4 will sponsor a one-day cruise out of Port Canaveral to benefit the Ocala Civic Theatre scholarship program. The cost is $60 per person, which includes bus transportation, port fees, one meal, drinks while gambling, plus $20 in promo slot play. The cruise must be paid for by July 21. ocalacivictheatre.com or (352) 236-2274.

Back to School Bash

(July 29) › The annual Back to School Bash will take place at the E.D. Croskey Recreation Center from 10am-2pm. Health, dental and eye exams will be provided to at no cost, and book bags stocked with school supplies will be available. ocalafl.org or (352) 875-1248. JUL ’17 ›






Go Red For Women Is Heart Healthy › Written And Photographed By Ronald W. Wetherington


ith a theme of Peace, Heart and Rock ‘N Roll, guests walked the red carpet recently for the Go Red For Women annual dinner. Master of ceremonies for the evening was Bob Moore of Munroe Regional Medical Center. Guests enjoyed a silent auction during the social hour followed by dinner, dessert, live music and dancing. Live music was performed by Peace of Woodstock. Robyn Stowell, chief nursing officer of MRMC, and Lisa Capps, assistant chief nursing officer of MRMC, were co-chairs. They emphasize: “We are honored to serve as the 2017 Go Red for Women chairs for the Marion County American Heart Association. Heart disease affects and strikes each of us in many different ways. We all have friends and family members who have been affected by this disease. It is a privilege and an honor to continue the good work that this women’s health-driven annual event has achieved each year and give back to the community in support of this great organization.” The success of the evening, with many guests in themed hippie costumes, was ensured by the dedication and hard work of the executive leadership team, which included: Ginger Carroll; Tina Chandra, D.D.S.; Lori Dennis; Diana Lammermeier; Angela Lennon; Angie Lewis; Hima Mikkilineni, M.D.; Kim Panzer; Colleen Powell; Srisha Rao, M.D.;

and Marion County Commissioner Michelle Stone. Also instrumental were Men Go Red Chairmen Jim Henningsen and Tom Ingram. While there are too many event sponsors to list here, key sponsors included: Munroe Heart of Munroe Regional Medical Center, DeLuca Toyota, Macy’s, CVS Health, Ocala Health, Signature Brands, Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club, Adena Springs, Braised Onion, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Kitchen & Spice, Latinos Y Mas, Longhorn Steakhouse, Mimi’s Café, the Ocala Civic Theatre and many other generous sponsors. Even if you were unable to attend the 2017 Go Red for Women annual dinner, it is not too late to get involved in such a worthwhile enterprise. Go Red for Women’s Circle of Red and Men Go Red is a powerful, passionate group of people striving to making an impact in our community’s fight against heart disease—the No. 1 killer of women. These groups are a great place to build professional relationships and gain personal, long-lasting friendships. Members donate a minimum gift of $1,000 annually for Circle of Red and Men Go Red to support the Go Red for Women movement and serve as ambassadors for the cause. If you are interested in joining the Circle of Red or Red Tie Society, please call (800) 257-6941 ext. 8018. If you are a woman reading this and cannot make the commitment to join the Circle of Red, there are still things you can do to fight heart disease. For example, commit to exercising regularly, eating a healthier diet, visiting the doctor for important tests and influencing others by talking about heart health. Above all, we need to raise awareness for women’s heart health to protect and save the lives of our wives, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, nieces, cousins and friends. Make plans now to participate in the 2017 Marion County Heart Walk, chaired by Lockheed Martin’s Bill Paul, on Saturday, October 7 at the Baseline Road Trailhead.

Ronald W. Wetherington SOCIAL SCENE EDITOR


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Ante Up Against Cancer Photos by Sheila Hartley @ Oxford Downs

The newly opened Cardroom at Oxford Downs hosted a poker tournament to raise money for both the UF Health Cancer Center and those who need treatment. Cash prizes were given to tournament winners, and doctors and researchers from UF delivered a presentation outside at the tiki bar. Guests who preferred not to play poker enjoyed wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres with the purchase of a ticket.

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Bridles, Birdies & BBQ Photos by Crys Williams @ Florida Horse Park

The First Tee of Greater Ocala partnered with the Florida Horse Park to host a fundraiser full of equestrian events and golf challenges. This event featured obstacles designed especially for it, and a barbecue dinner followed the competitions.

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