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“The concept map can be used by anyone in any domain anywhere in the world; it is extremely useful.”- Alberto Cañas, co-founder, associate director of IHMC Various versions of the software are available from IHMC’s website and can be downloaded to a personal computer, iPad or accessed in the cloud, which allows maps to be shared and worked on by others anywhere in the world. Concept mapping, however, is only one aspect of IMHC’s work. Randy Hammer, communications director at IHMC, explains the work among IHMC’s scientists is quite varied yet focuses on enhancing human
Did You Know? IHMC hosts a variety of outreach programs aimed at 3 8 7 inspiring people of all ages to become interested and excited about science. Along with the evening lecture series and podcasts, third-, fourth- and fifthgrade students are invited to IHMC one Saturday a month throughout the school year to take part in the institute’s Science Saturday program. Both the Pensacola and Ocala locations host a Robotics Summer Camp for middle school students, and newsletters are published throughout the year describing some of the newest research underway at IHMC. For more information on any of these outreach programs, visit ihmc.us.
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uper Sam jumps into a suitcase and peeks out before bounding toward Evan at her command. Evan points to a yoga mat, and Sam runs over to do a perfect doggy handstand before claiming a treat. Sam is a talented Jack Russell Terrier who loves doing tricks because she gets a treat for each one. “I use positive reinforcement and relationship-based training, which basically is just rewarding her for everything she does right,” says Evan. Evan Brown is 17 years old, and before Sam, she had another Jack Russell Terrier, named Wyatt, who passed away when Evan was 9 years old. She hadn’t taught Wyatt many tricks, but soon after getting Sam, she realized that this Jack Russell was eager to learn. “Since she was a puppy, she would always bring me the treat bag when she wanted to train,” says Evan. When Evan was 12, she started her own YouTube channel. She had been training Sam for three years at this point, but it wasn’t until she watched several videos of dog tricks that she got serious about teaching Sam. And, just as Evan thought, Sam caught on quickly. In addition to treats, Evan uses a clicker to train Sam, and she’s trained several other people’s dogs, too. “[Sam] was 2 when I really started doing the advanced tricks. I think she knows over 300,” says Evan. Evan started filming Sam’s tricks for her YouTube channel, and her mom made her a Facebook page, too. At first, Evan just used social media for fun. Then, she started getting more likes and views, so she started posting more photos and videos. “I was like, ‘You know, she’s really talented. Why not put that out there?’” says Evan. “I
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started posting videos, and the one that blew up was her yoga video. That was the one that got 4 million views, and that’s the one that made her popular.” Now that Super Sam has a substantial following, she often receives new products from various companies. Whenever a box arrives, Evan says Sam runs around it, excited to learn a new trick with the product. “She always makes me laugh,” says Evan.
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City Hall | 110 SE Watula Ave. Mondays through Fridays | Now through Sept. 7 | 8 a.m. -5 p.m. Enjoy works of art from over 30 local artists, ages 16-30.
YOGA IN THE PARK Tuscawilla Park | 500 NE Sanchez Ave. Saturday | Aug. 12 | 9 a.m. Sunday | Sept. 10 | Noon Celebrate summer with Yoga in the Park instructed by Power Yoga Ocala. Bring some water and a yoga mat, and wear comfortable clothes. Meet under oak trees next to the pavilion.
Lillian F. Bryant Community Center | 2200 NW 17th Pl. | 352.629.8389 Mondays through Fridays | Aug. 10-May 24 | 2-6 p.m. During school holidays, teacher workdays and summer | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. After school | 2-6 p.m. The FUN Zone has a variety of activities and interests! Indoor and outdoor sports and games, video games, arts and crafts like painting, drawing and jewelry making, computer lab and homework help, all in one place. Closed on national holidays.
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SCOTT SPRINGS KITE WORKSHOP Scott Springs Playground | 2825 SW 24 Ave. Saturday | Sept. 9 | 10 a.m. Let’s go fly a kite! Come out to the park to learn all about kites and make your own.
AGES 5-12 Mondays-Fridays | Aug. 10 through May 24 | 2-6 p.m. This FUNtastic program has it all! After-school activities include healthy snacks, homework help, educational FUN, fitness, arts and crafts, computer lab and indoor/outdoor games and sports. FUN field trips on school half-days! $60/month/child. Registration fee is $25/child and is open NOW through May 3. COME DANCE WITH ME UNDER THE SEA Dance for girls’ in pre-K through 12th grade and their “fatherly” role model. Saturday | Aug. 26 | 6-9 p.m. You’re invited to come dance the magical night away with your little mermaid! Share a FUN-filled evening with music, dancing, crafts, photo booth, appetizers, drinks and sundae bar. Girls must be escorted by their dad, grandpa, uncle or fatherly role model. $20/couple and $5 for each additional daughter. All proceeds from the dance will go to the “Let Them Play Scholarship Fund.” OPEN RECREATION ALL AGES Monday-Friday | Year round | 3:30-8 p.m. Come out and play! Indoor and outdoor games and sports, arts and crafts, computer lab and more.
DISCOVERY CENTER 701 NE Sanchez Ave. | 352.401.3900 mydiscoverycenter.org STAR LAB AGES 2+ Mondays through Fridays | Now through Aug. 18 | 10 a.m. | 1 p.m. Travel through space and meet the planets in our solar system! StarLab is an inflatable planetarium that seats up to 20 people. $4/person or $12/ family. SUMMER STEM STATIONS AGES 4-12 Mondays through Fridays | Now through Sept. 9 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Explore various building challenges with Legos, K’nex, foam blocks and more. Plus a maker space for creating anything you could imagine. $3/ adults and $2/child (ages 3 and under are free).
THE FIRST TEE OF GREATER OCALA AGES 6-15 Life skills and core value classes after school/ weekends at Ocala Golf Club and Pines Oaks of Ocala. Scholarships available. Call 352-362-2258 or go to www.thefirstteegreaterocala.org.
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Reading With Rover
Local kids are encouraged to practice their reading skills while devoting one-onone attention to some very needy four-legged friends. › By Bonnie Kretchik
ccording to the National Education Association, children who read for fun are more likely to become better readers and score higher in both reading and math as they get older. Unfortunately, statistics show that the number of children who actively read on their own has been declining, thanks in part to the popularity of handheld devices and gaming systems. It is becoming ever more crucial to teach young children that reading is, in fact, fun. The staff and volunteers at the Humane Society of Marion County know that encouraging children to read aloud is an integral part of their education. But, they also know the positive effect a child’s voice can have on some of their homeless residents, which is exactly why the Doggone Good Reading Program was implemented. Now beginning its second year, the program pairs one child and one dog for some quality one-on-one time. “It makes such a big difference for our dogs. Even the ones who are bouncing off the wall most of the time will lie still and listen. It’s very soothing for them,” says Shelter Manager Kelly Vail. Kelly says the program began last summer and took off immediately thanks to the help of volunteers and a few donated books. And although the dogs are clearly benefitting from the attention, the children also enjoy practicing their reading skills in front of an unbiased listener. “They can take their time and read without being judged, which really helps kids develop their skills,” she says. To encourage
continuation in both reading and the program, kids can keep their selected book and receive a T-shirt with a donation that they can wear each time they come. The Humane Society houses approximately 120 dogs and 150 cats, many of which are saved from euthanasia from other shelters. And every effort is made to socialize the animals. The hour spent with their child reader is an important part of that process. “It’s nice to watch. It’s very soothing for the dogs and children as well,” says Kelly.
LEARN MORE › The program is run year-round with special reading events scattered throughout the year. Reading days are the second and fourth Saturdays of the month at 11am and last about an hour. Registration is required. For more information or to volunteer, contact the Humane Society at thehsmc.org or (352) 873-7387.
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his past April, a Paynes Prairie wild horse became a viral sensation when a tourist recorded him attacking an alligator. Up until then, many people didn’t even know there were wild horses at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. The 22,000-acre park is located 35 miles north of Ocala, just off U.S. Highway 441. “We’ve definitely gotten plenty of calls about the horses since that video,” says Amber Roux, the Florida Park Service specialist at Paynes Prairie. “People want to know more about them and come out to see them.” And although the horses currently residing at the preserve are wild, they are actually descendants of domestic horses. “Spanish explorers came to the Paynes Prairie area in the 1500s and brought with them horses and cattle,” says Roux. “This area became the largest cattle ranch in Florida at that time. When the Spanish left, horses and cattle were left behind. The descendants of those horses were later used by the Seminole Indians and then Florida cattlemen.” The latter became known as Crackers for the cracking sound of their whips when herding cattle. The name then transferred to the small, sturdy horses of Spanish descent they used, which became known as Florida Cracker Horses. In May 2008, the Florida Legislature designated the Florida Cracker Horse as the state’s official heritage horse. “Beyond the preservation of natural environments, part of the Florida Park Service’s mission is to preserve cultural resources and heritage,” says Roux. “There had not been any horses roaming free at Paynes Prairie for decades. But because of the horses’ history with the preserve, six Florida Cracker
This area became the largest cattle ranch in Florida at that time. When the Spanish left, horses and cattle were left behind.
Horses were released here in 1985. The current 30 horses are the descendants of those horses.” And in the ensuing three decades, the horses have truly lived wild. “We don’t feed them; they don’t get regular veterinary or farrier care,” says Roux. “We would call in a vet if a horse was severely injured or became seriously ill. But over the years, they mostly die of natural causes. They have access to 10,000 acres and are very self-reliant.” As for the alligator-attacking horse, Roux notes that “he’s a stallion who was protecting his little herd that included a new foal. There was some concern that the alligator nipped him, but we saw no wound on him.” Roux
estimates there are three major groups made up of a stallion, mares and their offspring. “Every now and then, we might have a horse or two that cause issues,” says Roux. “When that happens, we remove the horse and call the Florida Cracker Horse Association so it can find a new home.” As for the best chances of seeing the wild horses, Roux recommends the LaChua Trail, Bolen Bluff Trail and Cone’s Dike Trail. And because of possible conflicts with wildlife, no dogs are allowed on those three trails. “We, of course, want visitors to come out to see the horses,” says Roux. “But please stay at least 100 feet away, do not approach them or try to feed them. They are, after all, wild horses.”
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Back To School › By Kevin Christian
August means back-to-school time, and for Marion County Public Schools, this translates to tons of new leaders, new decisions, new directions and talented enthusiasm to make the district an “A” school district. School grades dramatically increased this year: 40 percent of schools improved their report cards, and three schools even improved two letter grades. This means one in every three schools is an “A” or “B” school. As a district, Marion County missed a “B” grade by just one point! Here’s a look at highlights for the upcoming 2017-18 school year.
New Principals 23 Schools
By The Numbers $519 million: 2017-18 proposed budget $22.2 million: college scholarship dollars earned by Class of ’17 grads 7 million: square feet of ﬂoor space $110,000: price of a new school bus 43,150: projected students 40,000+: number of phone calls daily district-wide 31,000+: number of networked computers 2,900: projected teachers 462: number of portable classrooms (not all used for academics) 286: projected buses daily 81.8%: graduation rate 67%: students eligible for free/reduced meals 31%: teachers with master’s degrees 17: consecutive annual highest ratings for government transparency 0.6%: drop-out rate
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Anthony – Lisa Coy College Park – Laura Burgess East Marion – Suzette Parker Greenway – Jamie North* Hammett Bowen Jr. – Traci Crawford Madison Street – Ryan Bennett Maplewood – Lamar Rembert* Marion Oaks – Shay Guynn* Oakcrest – Diane Leinenbach* Ocala Springs – Cassandra Boston Reddick-Collier – Joelene Vining* Shady Hill – Deb Riedl South Ocala – Stephanie Callaway Stanton-Weirsdale – Cynthia Brodie Sunrise – Dr. Anna DeWese Ward-Highlands – Regina Dickey
MIDDLE Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks – Don Maier* Liberty – Melissa Forsyth* (2008 Rookie Teacher of the Year) Osceola – Melissa Kinard
HIGH Dunnellon – Wade Martin* North Marion – Elizabeth Brown* Vanguard – Troy Sanford West Port – Ginger Cruze* *first-time principals As well, 55 assistant principal changes now take affect at 37 schools.
K-3 | 1:18 4-8 | 1:22 9-12 | 1:25 (core classes)
In addition to the 150 minutes of physical education required by the State of Florida, elementary students will enjoy 20 minutes of uninterrupted recess time each day of school. And, recess cannot be taken away for discipline reasons.
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Parents, you can update your contact information and communication preferences by logging in to this online service giving parents complete access to grades, test scores, attendance, contact info, lunch balances and so much more. To register, simply visit your child’s school with a valid photo ID. You can register all your children at one time at just one school.
No More Everyday Homework Thanks to recent research, elementary students will no longer have everyday homework assignments. That’s a relief to parents who struggle with understanding new standards and subjects. Instead, the district wants parents to read inspiring texts their kids choose for 20 minutes every evening. This energizes a child’s imagination, builds bonding time and gives teachers more time during the day to do what they do best—teach—instead of grading homework assignments. However, students will have occasional homework for things like science fair projects, book reports, historical biographies, and more.
CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS Aug. 10 | School Starts Sept. 4 | Labor Day (no school) Oct. 16-17 | Teacher Work Days (no school) Nov. 20-22 | Fall Break (no school) Nov. 24-25 | Thanksgiving Break (district closed) Dec. 20-Jan 2 | Winter Break (no school) Jan. 2 | Teacher Work Day (no school) Jan. 3 | Classes Resume Jan. 15 | MLK Jr. Holiday (district closed) Feb. 19 | Presidents Day (district closed) March 12-16 | Spring Break (district closed) March 23 | Teacher Work Day (no school) May 24 | Last Day of School May 25 | Teacher Work Day
Listen up, seventh-graders, get your shots now! Don’t wait until school starts. In addition to all other compulsory vaccinations, state law requires incoming seventh graders to receive an additional dose of the T-DAP vaccine for Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis. Schools must have appropriate paperwork on file by the first day of class; otherwise, students are not allowed in class until the family resolves the issue. Last August, this happened to 391 seventh-graders.
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All schools use the Peachjar service, a platform putting e-ﬂyers in the palm of your hand. Parents, subscribe with your email address (via Family Access mentioned earlier) and download the free app on any mobile device. You will then receive automatic alerts and links to the latest e-ﬂyers approved by schools and the district. Last year, Peachjar avoided more than 200,000 pieces of paper and saved more than 127 trees.
1. DO expect a notiﬁcation from the school/district with a Skylert® phone and/ or text message when the school is able to provide accurate information or the incident is resolved. 2. DO cooperate with school and/or district directives. 3. DO consult marionschools.net, Twitter @MarionCountyK12, School Way app, local media and other communication channels for updates. 4. DO NOT call the school– phone lines are busy and restricted for emergency use. 5. DO NOT go to the school–roads may be closed, doors locked and campuses oﬀ-limits to anyone other than authorized personnel. 6. DO NOT call your child’s cell phone–they may not be able to answer and ring tones could give away their location. AUG ’17 ›
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Jaiden, 7, David, 7, and Dylan, 8, exploring Legoland
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Belleview Rattlers Trinity Catholic Palatka Dunnellon Williston North Marion
Trinity Catholic Celtics Aug. 25 Sep. 8 Sep. 15 Oct. 6 Oct. 20
TBA 7:00p 7:30p 7:30p 7:00p
Buchholz Jordan Christian Prep Mount Dora Dunnellon IMG Academy Blue Santa Fe
Aug. 25 Sep. 1 Sep. 29 Oct. 13 Nov. 3
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Aug. 25 Sep. 1 Sep. 29 Oct. 27 Nov. 3
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Sep. 1 Sep. 8 Sep. 22 Oct. 13 Oct. 27
7:30p 7:00p 7:30p 7:30p 7:30p
Aug. 18 Aug. 25 Sep. 15 Sep. 22 Sep. 29 Oct. 27
7:30p 7:00p 7:30p 7:30p 7:30p 7:00p
Dunnellon Tigers Crystal River Citrus Madison County North Marion Baker County
Forest Wildcats West Port North Marion Gainesville Vanguard Belleview
Lake Weir Hurricanes Belleview Eustis Eastside Forest Leesburg
North Marion Colts Trinity Christian Acad. Rickards South Sumter Gainesville Eastside Trinity Catholic
Ocala Christian Academy Crusaders Master’s Academy Santa Fe Catholic Mt. Dora Christian Acad. Cedar Creek Christian
Aug. 25 Sep. 1 Sep. 29 Oct. 13
7:00p 7:00p 7:00p 7:00p
Forest Kathleen North Marion South Lake Leesburg Lake Weir
Aug. 18 Sep. 8 Sep. 15 Sep. 22 Oct. 6 Oct. 13
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Aug. 18 Aug. 25 Sep. 8 Sep. 22 Sep. 29 Oct. 20
7:30p 7:30p 7:30p 7:30p 7:30p 7:30p
Sep. 8 Sep. 15 Sep. 29 Oct. 13 Oct. 27
TBA TBA 7:00p TBA TBA
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MARCH ON Friday nights under the lights aren’t all about touchdowns and sacks. They’re also about tubas and snares.
PICTURED, LEFT-TO-RIGHT: William Perez, Vanguard • Elizabeth Hoesterey, Trinity Catholic Tobi Novinger, North Marion • Cameron Herrick, Lake Weir Brianna Bennett, Belleview • Erik Pedersen, West Port Zachary Gilligan, Vanguard • Haylee Austin, Forest • Hannah Dreiling, Lake Weir Crshonne Green, Dunnellon • Gary Chandler, Forest
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or hundreds of local high school students, football season is all about the music. Marion County has eight local high schools that feature a marching band, from smaller ensembles with just a few dozen members to those with nearly 100. No matter the size, they are heard loud and clear. In the following pages, the schools’ band directors share their favorite traditions and what they’re most looking forward to this band season.
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Lake Weir High School Hurricanes
Michael Jennings, band director Established: 1955 Number of members: Roughly 85 Favorite tradition: Our favorite tradition for games is the entrance onto the field of my drum major. The drum major does a strut onto the field and then a mind-blowing salute with a mac e. The audience always goes wild after this is done.
Looking forward to: This coming season, we are most looking forw ard to our marching band show. We are doing a jazz swing show. Drum major(s): Victoria Blanchett e, clarinet Fun fact: The band has been very successful over the years, receivin g many Superior (grade A) ratings at the Florida Bandmasters Music Perf ormance assessments in Marching, Concert , and Jazz band. The marching ban d has also performed in national parades in New York, Washington, D.C., Geo rgia, Philadelphia, Chicago and Florida.
Belleview High School Rattlers
Ariel Reddick, music director Established: 1994-1995, when the school first opened Number of members: 50-60 Favorite tradition: After we win a home game, we â&#x20AC;&#x153;snakeâ&#x20AC;? the field by getting in a line and following-the-leader around the field playing drum cadences. Looking forward to: The band is looking forward to another awesome year of going to festivals and competitions, hosting the annual Diamond Classic winterguard competition and playing some great music! Drum major(s): Raven Mello, percussion Fun fact: Many of the members like to form pep bands to support the other sports at the school, such as basketball and volleyball.
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ST. JOHN LUTHERAN SCHOOL A Tradition of Excellence K3-12th Grades • Comprehensive Athletic Program (beginning in 5th Grade) Arts, Music & Drama • Leadership and Service Opportunities
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David Jones, band director Established: 1922 Number of memb ers: 75 Favorite tradition : We love playing th e Brass Jam at the be the fourth quarter ginning of and playing the alm a mater for the footba the end of home ga ll team at mes. Looking forward to : I’m most looking for ward to seeing what students will accomp the lish this year. Drum major(s): Aja x McDonell, saxopho ne; Haylee Austin, Fun fact: We are th flute e oldest band in th e sta te of Florida and wi celebrating our 95th ll be season this year.
North Marion High School Colts
Joseph Lilly, band director Established: 1964 Number of members: 60 Favorite tradition: We love when the band boosters feed us before each game. Looking forward to: We’re looking forward to a fun marching band show. Drum major(s): Jordan Tobar and Hannah Dunbar, clarinet Fun fact: We’re looking for a mature band this year. We only lost two seniors in band.
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Must-read books for every age, from elementary school to adulthood BY KAT IE MCPHERSON
ccording to Stephen King, “books are a uniquely portable kind of magic.” In an era requiring screen time recommendations and fidget spinners, kids of all ages—grownup kids included— should never forget the simple joy of curling up with a good read. Whether your young pupil needs to reach a word count or you’re a fully grown bookworm in search of a new story, here are some must-reads at every age, including classic tomes and today’s bestsellers.
First and Second Grade Named a Caldecott Honor Book, Frog and Toad Are Friends is a collection of short stories about this amphibious friendship. From Toad telling Frog stories while he’s sick to Frog trying not to laugh at Toad’s ridiculous bathing suit, each little tale has a sweet ending. The sentence structure and vocabulary are just challenging enough, making these books perfect for readers learning to skim solo and for practicing a chapter aloud together before bed. Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein, is beloved by bookworms of all ages, but it’s a particularly good introduction to poetic structure for 6 and 7 year olds. The themes are inspirational, the illustrations are powerful, and they may just stick with little ones for a lifetime. The National Education Association named the book one of its Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, describes a young girl’s chance encounter with a talking rabbit, and an accidental fall down a rabbit
hole leads her to places and creatures even stranger. In 1862, Carroll began telling the story of Wonderland to entertain a young girl, Alice Liddell, and it has delighted readers of all ages since it was published in 1865. If your child prefers a little more swashbuckling in their stories, J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan is a fasterpaced alternative. You may have heard of an author by the name of Dr. Seuss. Some of his most-read titles include Green Eggs and Ham, Horton Hears a Who and
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Any book by this award-winning writer is appropriate for this age group and is almost certain to become a new favorite. The newest Seuss release to check out is What Pet Should I Get?
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Now is the time to introduce young readers to the wizarding world of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. They’re full of creatures and characters sure to keep up the interest and help build vocabulary. For kids not ready for the commitment of 250 to 750 page novels, consider the similarly spirited Tale of Despereaux or James and the Giant Peach. Roald Dahl’s novels Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG are both imaginative takes on the fairy tale genre. The Big Friendly Giant offers a lesson in getting creative with language as he tells Sophie about notso-friendly giants swallomping human beans after dark. Meanwhile, Charlie departs his impoverished upbringing and enters the Chocolate Factory. Here, good people get what they deserve (to run candy factories)
and bad people get what they deserve (turned into giant blueberries). In 2012, The BFG was ranked No. 88 among all-time children’s novels in a survey published by School Library Journal and has become one of the most beloved children’s books of all time. Natalie Babbitt’s Tuck Everlasting tells the story of Winnie, a girl who spies a boy drinking from a secret well only to find the mysterious water inside has caused him, and his family, to live for over 500 years. When others discover their secret, Winnie and Jesse must do everything they can to save the Tuck family. This book is classic in children’s fiction thanks to Babbitt’s powerful use of themes like time and death. AUG ’17 ›
Seventh & Eighth Grade Fifth & Sixth Grade Author Christopher Paul Curtis’ most famous work is Bud, Not Buddy. His equally impactful, Newberry Honor Winner The Watsons Go to Birmingham recounts the 1963 bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church during a particularly turbulent time in the Civil Rights Movement. Children in this age group have learned about segregation in history class, and reading a historical fiction novel with similar themes allows for open discussions on the book’s themes. Published in 2012, Wonder by R.J. Palacio is the tale of August Pullman, a 10-year-old boy who loves Star Wars and his pet dog. He is normal by all accounts, but he was born with a craniofacial abnormality, which means few people actually see him as normal at first glance. As he leaves home schooling for public school halls for the first time, he will make an unexpected impact on his family and fellow students. By now, some students may be growing tired of the classic morality tales and stories where everything turns out peachy. Enter
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, which declares itself from the first page a story with a most unhappy ending. It will introduce its readers to unforgettably resilient characters, a strange narrator and a unique narrative structure. With 13 books total, they can enjoy this series long term. One book kids can count on enjoying is Holes—it has sold over 1.5 million copies and its author, Louis Sachar, has won some of the most prestigious writing awards, such as the Newberry Award. In this story of, well, endless digging, Stanley Yelnats is a young man who finds himself wrongfully imprisoned at a Texas work camp. As he spends his work days digging away, he begins to realize there may be more to his daily task than just punishment. It’s a gritty but funny read with memorable characters and one-liners to boot.
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl is required reading for many middle-schoolers, who are beginning to look deeper into novels through their historical context. As Anne and her family hide from Nazi authorities during World War II, readers get a firsthand account of both her fear and her normal teenage thoughts about boys, her changing body and annoying parents. Although we know the tragic fate of Anne and her family, this book is one of the most moving students will find on their assigned reading list. To Kill a Mockingbird won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1961, and Harper Lee’s novel is considered a classic in American literature today. The book addresses themes of race, class, courage, compassion and gender roles in the Deep South, and the events that unfold reveal the true nature of each character in town. If you’ve seen The Big Bang Theory, then you know and love Mayim Bialik, aka Amy Farrah Fowler. She’s an actress with a Ph.D. in neuroscience and, now, an author. Her debut novel Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular was published in May 2017. Using a scientific context, it aims to teach girls how to grow into women physically, mentally, emotionally and socially while still being cheeky and relatable.
Sources: scholastic.com, commonsensemedia.org, amazon.com, weareteachers.com, abebooks.com
From ninth grade on, the classics take priority on class reading lists. Reading also becomes a more in-depth experience as teachers ask their pupils to examine sentence structure, metaphor and imagery. For a first-time reader of William Shakespeare, it’s shocking how many words and phrases we commonly use today (see: cold-blooded, scuffle and swagger) first appeared in his writing. Hamlet is one of the most commonly assigned of his plays and helps teachers introduce literary concepts like hamartia and hubris to their students. Before it was published, no book had ever plumbed the depths of the human psyche quite like Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. In this semi-autobiographical novel, a young woman named Esther struggles with her identity in mid ‘20s America. As the book wears on, she describes her clinical depression—which leaves her feeling as though she is trapped beneath a bell jar—with honesty about mental health that was unprecedented at the time. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, is a book about how important books really are in spreading ideas. In a dystopian future, books are illegal and routinely set ablaze by the Fire Department. One fireman, Guy Montag, is entranced by the mysterious novels and begins a secret stash in his air-conditioning ducts. After reading one and finding its value, things quickly get out of control. It’s a compelling tale about the consequences of censorship and considered one of the best literary works in the English language. For high-schoolers in need of a break from all this dense literature, consider No. 1 New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. The story takes place over one schoolyear in 1986. Two young outcasts, both in love with punk music, also happen to fall in love with each other. And although they know it likely won’t last, it doesn’t keep them from making their first love count. Other gems from Rowell include Fangirl and Attachments.
Dr. Brené Brown has dedicated the last 16 years of her life to studying vulnerability and its role in the human experience. She is also the author of three New York Times No. 1 bestsellers. In one of these, Daring Greatly, she argues against the idea that being vulnerable means being weak but instead that vulnerability is at the heart of love, empathy and joy. Watch her TED Talk, “The Power of Vulnerabilty,” to get a sample of the material before purchasing.
J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the most revered fantasy authors of all time. Anyone who invents an entire, full functional language for their characters to speak deserves every ounce of respect. In the Lord of the Rings trilogy, numerous races—hobbits, elves, dwarves, men and monsters—live in the sprawling world of Middle Earth. When a powerful ring falls into the hands of a curious hobbit, he must begin a journey to destroy it or see the home he loves destroyed instead. The characters are unforgettable, the places are magical and the universe Tolkien creates is unlike any other in literature. Politics in a barnyard setting? We’ve read crazier. Animal Farm is one of George Orwell’s most famous titles, and like his equally haunting 1984, it asks its readers to take a good, hard look at society and start asking questions. It’s a satirical warning against tyrannical governments told through the story of a handful of pigs, horses, dogs and more, all vying for control of the farm. If you missed this one in school, don’t let it slip through the cracks any longer. Published in 2016, Nora McInerny’s first novel, It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too), is a recent bestseller that could easily become a classic. It’s her first-person account of her husband and father passing away within months of each other and finding the balance between moving on and preserving their memories. The book serves as a manual on handling what seems like insurmountable grief with grace, understanding and humor. Plenty of humor.
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PAINT YOUR WORLD BY JIM GIBSON
ew sights are more profoundly soul satisfying than the sharp, rich colors of a wooded landscape in fall. Artists and photographers have tried to capture the essence of this elusive magic since man discovered he could draw using paints made of red and yellow ochre. Needless to say, it is a magic that can only be fully appreciated firsthand. Only, we live in Florida, and fall just doesn’t seem to offer quite that splash of color our senses seek. Now, in all fairness, here in Central Florida, we do have a whole different perspective on color in fall (Coleus, Cassia, Stromanthe, Plumbago, to name a few), which, fortunate for us, can last all the way through a mild winter and into the next spring. But, if it’s real fall colors you’re looking for (maple, hickory, poplar), then it will require at least a couple of tanks of gas and a three-day-or-more weekend to view the magic up close and personal.
Our nearest neighbor to the north, Georgia, is just a couple of hours drive away, but to reach the really brilliant fall colors harbored in the sweetgum, dogwood and hickory stands, you’ll have to continue on a bit farther… but it’s worth every mile! The Peach State is home to more than 65 state parks and historic sites that are surrounded by thousands of acres of pristine woodlands. These areas offer great views of fall foliage. However, if your cup of tea is just cruising the highways and byways, then try U.S. Routes 301 and 441. That’s right, Ocala’s main north-south thoroughfare splits off just north of town and runs the entire length of the State of Georgia—in many places meandering through some of the most scenic fall areas in the entire southeast. Take your pick, U.S. 301 travels through the eastern part of the state and U.S. 441 heads north through the middle of the state. Both offer great views of the woodlands housed in the Piedmont Plateau and are home to many small attractions located along the way.
If you feel really adventurous, check out the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Tour in the quaint town of Blue Ridge. “Ticket Agent Steve” says the tour is well worth the trip into the depths of the Chattahoochee National Forest. “Our Fall Foliage Tour begins on September 29 and continues until the second week in November,” he says. “It’s a four-hour, 26-mile train trip that winds its way along the stunning Toccoa River. The colors are absolutely amazing and well worth driving up here from Marion County. The view is so awe inspiring that we book our tours up to a month in advance. We have open-air or closed-coach and prices range from $37.45 for children, 2 to 12 years of age, up to $95.03 for adults on the premium first-class tour.” While in Blue Ridge, check out the town’s beautiful rustic cabins for rent, visit the beautiful mineral springs and enjoy a horseback ride through the peaceful mountain countryside. The best viewing time for fall colors in Georgia is from mid-September to mid-November.
Photo courtesy of DiscoverSouthCarolina.com Photo courtesy of Melissa Peterson
A splash of Georgia 10 STATE PARKS KNOWN FOR BRILLIANT FALL COLORS: F.D. Roosevelt Sweetwater Creek Red Top Mountain James H. Floyd Amicalola Falls Smithgall Woods Cloudland Canyon Fort Mountain Tallulah Gorge Black Rock Mountain
Alabama is home to four national forests, 22 state parks and countless small backroads that afford a panoramic view of fall at its very best. Just hop on I-75 and travel north to Atlanta. Take I-20 west, and before you know it, you’ll soon find yourself sweeping through the Talladega National Forest amidst an explosion of fall colors. Take Exit 199, and follow the signs to State Route 281, also known as the Skyway Motorway. Then, pick your poison, head north toward Liberty Hill or south toward Cheaha State Park. Either direction provides an equally stunning view of natural Alabama at its best. The Motorway is approximately 30 miles in length and traverses the crest of the beautiful Talladega Mountain Range. It is well worth the time to drive the entire Motorway, so you could travel south and then backtrack your way north along the full length of this picturesque mountain highway. According to representatives at the National Park Service in Alabama, the Skyway
Motorway provides one of the best views in the state any time of year but is especially beautiful in the fall. The Talladega National Forest consists of upland hills and low mountains filled with hardwoods and pine that provide a wide range of fall colors. If you do choose to visit the forest, it’s just a short ride west on I-20 to the Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, one of NASCAR’s biggest and baddest racetracks. The Superspeedway hosts a series of fall events that you can plan to coincide with your fall foliage road trip. Another great Alabama highway that provides not only spectacular views in the fall but also year-round is the Lookout Mountain Scenic Parkway. This 93-mile roadway stretches from Gadsen, Alabama, to Chattanooga, Tennessee, and provides breathtaking views of waterfalls, valleys and gorges and also hosts numerous small towns and villages that make the entire trip an excursion you won’t soon forget. Once you reach Chattanooga on the Parkway, don’t forget to visit Ruby Falls. What makes Ruby Falls so special? Well, it’s only a 145-foot waterfall… located more than 1,100 feet underground… inside a mountain… and it’s only been waiting about 250 million years just for you to come and visit. It truly is a sight you’ll never forget. Alabama’s fall foliage season runs from early October to mid-November with its peak lasting from the last week of October through the first week in November.
Alabama’s Splendid Seven
Oak Mountain State Park Monte Sano State Park Cheaha State Park Guntersville State Park Little River Canyon Covered Bridges in Blount County Bankhead National Forest
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A hidden fall gem lying just 50 miles beyond the westernmost point of the Florida Panhandle is the state of Mississippi. Mississippi is home to 22 state parks and 6 national forests that put on a blazing fall display second-to-none. You can take I-75 north to I-10 west, and then get on Hwy. U.S. Highway 98 in Mobile, Alabama, or you can take the ultimate scenic route and drive over to U.S. Highway 19/98 on Florida’s west coast and take that route all the way into the beautiful state of Mississippi. The latter route takes a bit longer to drive, but the collateral views of Florida’s Gulf coast are simply spectacular. Once you enter Mississippi, head north on Highway 63, and then continue north on Highway 45. You can drive the entire length of the state on Highway 45 and see some spectacular views, or you can take I-22 west in Tupelo and visit beautiful Holly Springs National Forest. The forest is home to a hardwood color display of maple, hickory and oak that will literally take your breath away. And if you’ve come this far, maybe you’re willing to go a little further. That’s right, the bustling city of Memphis is less than an hour’s drive away… and there’s nothing that can compare to “Walking in Memphis”… in the crisp fall air. The Mississippi fall color season ranges from mid-October to early November.
Colorful Mississippi Fall Locales
If you’re a serious leaf-watcher, then South Carolina offers the ultimate southeastern U.S. fall road trip—the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway. This iconic roadway starts as you cross the Savannah River into the state on Interstate Highway 85 out of Georgia and traverses practically the entire length of the state, ending in the town of Gaffney just south of the North Carolina border. Points of interest to see along the way include: the Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center in Pickens, Lake Jocassee near Salem, the Cowpens National Battlefield outside of Gaffney, Campbell’s Covered Bridge in Landrum, Sassafras Mountain (the highest point in South Carolina) and Caesar’s Head State Park, to name a few. For the true fall colors, stay inland from the coast, because the woodlands near the ocean are mainly pine and have minimal color change. Areas west of Columbia afford the best views… and a short jaunt up I-26 to Asheville, North Carolina, is well worth the time. The Blue Ridge Mountains offer some of the best autumn displays in the country. Fall color appears in mid-October and lasts through mid-November.
YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS The Natchez Trace Parkway Homochitto National Forest The Freedom Hills Overlook Holmes County State Park Jeff Busby Campground Tishomingo State Park Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge
Photos courtesy of Alabama Tourism Department
Photo courtesy of DiscoverSouthCarolina.com
Photo courtesy of DiscoverSouthCarolina.com
South Carolina Sites to See
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Poinsett State Park Devil’s Fork State Park Table Rock State Park Jones Gap State Park Symmes Chapel – Cleveland, S.C. Keowee-Taxoway State Park Lake Hartwell State Park Musgrove Mill State Historic Site Chester State Park Oconee State Park
Æ BINOCULARS for close up views of particularly colorful areas
Æ COMFORTABLE SHOES suitable for short hikes (It’s almost impossible to simply look from a distance.)
Æ COOL-WEATHER CLOTHES… it may be 90° when you leave Florida, but mountain evenings and nights can get chilly
Æ ROSE-COLORED GLASSES (Believe it or not, seeing the fall world through rose-colored glasses makes fall colors even more spectacular.)
Trees to look for:
Æ RED MAPLE – yellow and deep red Æ GINGKO – golden yellow
Æ SUGAR MAPLE – yellow, orange and red Æ SMOKEBUSH – yellow, orange-red, purple and scarlet
Æ SOURWOOD – yellow, purple and crimson red Æ BLACK TUPELO – yellow, orange, bright red, purple and scarlet (Many times you can find all colors on the same branch.)
Photos courtesy of Alabama Tourism Department
Æ SWEETGUM – yellow, purple and red
Fall color sites in the Appalachian Mountains:
Æ THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
Æ CHIMNEY ROCK
Æ THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
Æ GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN
Æ BLOWING ROCK
Æ CLINGMANS DOME
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LET’S TACO ‘BOUT IT Ditch the basic meat, cheese and tomatoes for something a bit more extraordinary. By Cynthia McFarland
orget Taco Tuesday. That’s so yesterday. The truth is, tacos are perfect for any day of the week, whether you’re talking breakfast, lunch or dinner. And apparently, Americans are taking this to heart. Last year, we scarfed down over 4.5 billion tacos. That’s somewhere around 775 million pounds of taco goodness, or in more concrete terms, the weight of two Empire State Buildings. The history of tacos, however, isn’t as obvious as their popularity.
Mayans and Aztecs considered corn the “seed of life,” and by the early 1500s, the Aztec diet centered on corn, tortillas and tamales with generous use of chilies. According to anthropologists, evidence suggests early residents in the lake region of the Valley of Mexico ate tacos filled with small fish. In Mexico today, corn tortillas remain a cornerstone of most meals, and those tortillas are used both as eating “utensils” and to hold a wide variety of
fillings, usually protein-based. Basically, if you can put it in a tortilla, you can make a taco out of it. One traditional option, Tacos de Cabeza, includes cow brains, tongue, eyes and lips. (Uh, no, thank you. I’ll pass on that one.) Taco shells, deep-fried corn tortillas in the convenient U-shape, showed up in at least one cookbook in the late 1940s and were soon mass produced. Whomever we credit for introducing tacos to our country, it was a fast-food chain that
helped popularize them across the United States. Founded in California in 1962, Taco Bell certainly didn’t invent the taco, but it sure helped spread the word, thanks to franchising. October 4 may be National Taco Day, but we couldn’t wait that long to celebrate. We’ve rounded up some of the tastiest and most diverse taco recipes based on a variety of different fillings from seafood and beef to chicken and pork. You’re sure to find some new favorites.
Photos courtesy of Hass Avocado Board
Beer-Battered Fish Tacos
Recipe/image courtesy Old El Paso, oldelpaso.com, General Mills
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Vegetable oil for deep frying cup Gold Medal all-purpose ﬂour cups Mexican beer lb ﬁrm white ﬁsh ﬁllets (such as cod) tsp coarse sea salt Chimichurri Aioli (see recipe) Old El Paso Stand ‘N Stuﬀ taco shells cup shredded red cabbage jalapeño chilies, thinly sliced lime, cut into wedges
Grilled Salmon Tacos with Avocado Slaw Recipe/image courtesy Hass Avocado Board, avocadocentral.com
1 1⁄2 1⁄4 1 8 4
lb fresh salmon ﬁlet tsp ground cumin tsp freshly ground pepper cup pico de gallo, homemade or store bought small corn tortillas cups Easy Avocado Cabbage Carrot Cole Slaw (see recipe)
Avocado Cabbage Carrot Slaw
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ripe fresh Hass avocados, halved, pitted, and diced, divided cup white vinegar tbsp water tbsp sugar tsp ground cumin cups sliced green cabbage cups grated carrots cup sliced red onion cup chopped cilantro leaves Salt and pepper, to taste
To make slaw, place one avocado, vinegar, water, sugar and cumin in a blender. › With the blender on purée setting, blend until smooth. › In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, carrots, onion, cilantro and one diced avocado. › Pour dressing over cabbage mixture, toss gently and season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle salmon filets with cumin and pepper. › Wrap salmon in aluminum foil, and grill over medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes, turning once, until cooked through. › Wrap tortillas in aluminum foil, and place on grill for 4 minutes, turning once until warm. › Fill tortillas with salmon, pico de gallo and Easy Avocado Cabbage Carrot Slaw, dividing evenly.
1 1⁄3 3⁄4 1 1⁄2
can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso chopped green chilies cup packed fresh parsley cup packed fresh cilantro small clove garlic, crushed cup mayonnaise
To make aioli, in food processor, place all Chimichurri Aioli ingredients inside. › Cover; process, using quick on-and-off motions, until smooth. › Empty into bowl, and refrigerate until ready to serve. In deep fryer or heavy saucepan, heat at least 2 inches oil to 350°F. › While oil is heating, mix flour and beer in medium bowl. › Cut ﬁsh ﬁllets into cubes. › Dip cubes into batter, and fry fish in batches, about 3 minutes per side, until golden brown and cooked through. › Drain on paper towels; sprinkle lightly with salt. › Heat taco shells as directed on package. › Fill each taco shell with ﬁsh, cabbage, a dollop of aioli and chilies. › Serve with lime wedges. Photo courtesy Old El Paso, www.oldelpaso.com, General Mills
Taco Shells Tacos can be made with soft corn or flour tortillas or fried corn tortillas in the traditional U-shape. Sure, you can buy ready-made hard taco shells, but it’s super easy to shape your own.
Pre-heat oven to 400°F. › Wrap corn tortillas (white or yellow) in a damp towel and microwave about 20 seconds. You want them soft and pliable. › Brush sides lightly with oil (corn or canola), and drape over two parallel bars in oven rack. › Bake about 4 minutes or until just crisp. › Remove to let them cool and harden on a tray lined with paper towels. Then ﬁll with your choice of protein and garnishes.
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Breakfast Skillet Beef Tacos
Recipe/photo/information courtesy of The Beef Checkoff BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com
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oz cooked (leftover) beef steak or roast, chopped (about 1-1/2 cups) tsp vegetable oil large eggs, beaten cup frozen Mexican vegetable blend small ﬂour tortillas or taco shells (about 6-inch diameter), warmed Crumbled queso blanco or shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend (optional) Toppings (optional): salsa, guacamole, dairy sour cream, chopped fresh cilantro, chopped avocado
Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. › Add eggs and vegetables; cook 1 to 3 minutes or until eggs are scrambled and just set, stirring occasionally. › Stir in beef steak; cook and stir 1 minute or until beef is just heated through. › Evenly divide beef mixture between tortillas; top evenly with cheese, if desired. › Serve with toppings, if desired.
Chipotle Chicken Tacos
Recipe/image courtesy McCormick & Co.
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cup oil tbsp white vinegar tsp salt tsp McCormick Garlic, Minced tsp McCormick Chipotle Chili Pepper tsp McCormick Cumin, Ground tsp McCormick Onions, Minced tsp McCormick Oregano Leaves lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips medium red onion, thinly sliced medium red bell pepper, cut into thin strips medium zucchini, cut into thin strips ﬂour tortillas, 8-inch
Mix oil, vinegar, salt and all of the seasonings in small bowl until well blended. › Place chicken and vegetables in 2 separate large, resealable plastic bags. › Pour 1/2 of the marinade into each bag; turn to coat well. › Heat large skillet on medium-high heat. › Add chicken; cook and stir 5 minutes. › Add vegetables; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until vegetables are tendercrisp and chicken is cooked through. › Serve chicken and vegetables in warm tortillas. › Serve with sour cream and lime wedges, if desired.
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There are just about as many recipes for guacamole as there are tacos, but this simple version, which I grew up eating in Tucson, is a winner.
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to 1/2 chopped white onion ripe avocados, chopped and mashed to 2 tablespoons lime or lemon juice salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. › If you want it chunky, serve as is. › If you prefer creamy, pulse in blender for a few seconds. Photo courtesy McCormick & Co.
Grilled Shrimp Tacos
Recipe/image courtesy McCormick & Co.
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cup olive oil cup lime juice tbsp chopped fresh cilantro tbsp ﬁnely chopped jalapeño pepper tsp McCormick Gourmet Lemon Peel tbsp honey tsp McCormick Gourmet Organic Garlic Powder tsp McCormick Gourmet Organic Paprika tsp McCormick Gourmet Sicilian Sea Salt lb jumbo (16 to 20 count) shrimp, peeled and deveined Jalapeño Mango Slaw (see recipe) ﬂour tortillas, 6-inch
Variations: Add chopped green chilies or diced jalapenos for some “kick.” Fold in a small carton of cottage cheese. (This is how we always made it.)
Honey and Spice Sauteed Pork Tacos
Recipe/photo courtesy of National Pork Board. For more information about pork, visit PorkBeInspired.com.
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Jalapeno Mango Slaw
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cups shredded cabbage mango, peeled, pitted and cut into 1/4-inch cube tbsp chopped red onion
Mix ﬁrst nine ingredients in small bowl with wire whisk. › Reserve 1/4 of the marinade for jalapeño mango slaw. › Pour remaining marinade into large resealable bag. › Add shrimp; turn to coat well. › Refrigerate 15 minutes. › Make slaw, mixing cabbage, mango and onion in large bowl. › Add reserved marinade; toss to coat. › Cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve. › Brush 1 side of each tortilla with oil. › Grill, oil-side down, over medium heat 2 to 4 minutes or until lightly browned. › Remove tortillas; cover with towel to keep warm. › Remove shrimp from marinade. › Discard any remaining marinade. › Grill shrimp over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes per side or until shrimp turn pink. › To serve, place 3 shrimp on each tortilla. › Top with slaw and serve immediately.
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lb. boneless pork chops, thinly-cut (1/2-inch thick), cut into strips tbsp honey tbsp olive oil tsp lemon juice tsp soy sauce tsp ground chipotle pepper (smoked or plain paprika can be used as an alternative) small corn tortillas, warmed cup romaine lettuce, shredded cup prepared pico de gallo light sour cream, or crema to taste
In a medium-sized bowl, combine the honey, olive oil, lemon juice, soy sauce and ground chipotle pepper, and whisk to combine. › Add the sliced pork to the marinade, and let it sit for 15 minutes. › Heat a skillet over high heat. › Add the slices of pork to the skillet, and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side, flipping with tongs in the middle of the cooking process. › Once cooked, remove the pork to a plate, and reserve. › Arrange 8 corn tortillas on a platter. › Sprinkle each with equal amounts of shredded lettuce and pico de gallo. › Arrange a few pieces of pork on top of each taco, and top with sour cream or crema if desired.
Photo courtesy of National Pork Board. For more information about pork, visit PorkBeInspired.com.
As summer temperatures continue to rise, Ocala Electric Utility would like to share a few simple tips to keep homes cool and electric costs down. • Keep thermostats set no lower than 78 degrees when home. • Keep thermostats set at a minimum of 83 degrees or higher when away from home for more than four hours. Every degree below 78 degrees raises cooling costs by approximately 6 to 8 percent per degree.
• Change air conditioner filters monthly. • Keep blinds or drapes closed during the day to reduce heating from the sun. • Adjust ceiling fans to turn counter-clockwise during the summer months. • Be sure to turn off or unplug any unnecessary lights and electronic devices.
For more information, please contact Ocala Electric Utility at 352-629-2489 or visit www.ocalaelectric.org “Home cooling systems work harder than ever during the summer to maintain your current temperature settings,” said Mike Poucher, Director, Ocala Electric Utility. “Air conditioning can account for approximately 45 percent or more of your total power costs. Visit www.myenergyplanner.com to find out your estimated daily power usage and get personalized tips to save on your electric costs this summer.”
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Juicy New Guidelines
Grape juice, apple juice, orange juice. If you have kids, chances are they like juice. But we all know they can be chock-full of sugar. Check out these updated guidelines regarding fruit juices by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
AGES 1 TO 4: This age bracket can drink up to four ounces of fruit juice per day.
AGES 4 TO 6: Fruit juice should not exceed more than six ounces a day.
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NEWBORN TO AGE 1: At 6 months of age, real fruit can be introduced; however, fruit juice is not recommended during the ﬁrst year.
7 TO 18: Between these ages, the AAP says children shouldn’t consume more than eight ounces of fruit juice per day.
A FOOTBALL FEAST DRINK UP! AFTER-SCHOOL SNACKING
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Tailgating Time! Everyone’s favorite time of the year, tailgating season, is fast approaching. Warm, late-summer breezes still linger in the air, and football season is ramping up. Time to gather with family and friends and root for your favorite team with some festive food and beverages. ›Photos and Story By Robin Fannon
icture this scenario: It’s a warm, sunny weekend, and there’s an important game that afternoon that everyone is looking forward to. Friends are driving in from out of town, and a tailgate party is totally expected. It’s up to you to create a fun, laid-back, stylish spread. Tailgating suggestions run the gamut—from salty, fatty, unhealthy menu options to tacky logo decorations. There’s some great inspiration to be found on the Web (in particular Pinterest), so start scrolling! Whether you are having a picnic in your backyard or are tailgating at the stadium, there’s no reason why your food
and decor needs to be unhealthy and unimaginative. Now, I know what you’re thinking; Tailgating food is not supposed to be healthy—it’s supposed to be messy and hearty. Macho food (mostly meat) that sticks to your ribs. Well, I say it can, in fact, be both. The challenge lies in creating a healthy, yet delicious casual menu. Incorporating fruit, fresh veggies, lean protein and hydrating beverages is the direction you want to head in. There are, of course, some traditions that should be upheld, like beer and Bloody Marys! In keeping with this safe and healthy-ish direction, here are some guidelines for pulling off a great tailgate party.
› Everyone needs to stay
hydrated. Serve plenty of nonalcoholic beverages like water, coconut water, sparkling water, iced tea or lemonade. › Incorporate lots of colorful
fruits and veggies. Not only do they provide some low-calorie nutrients, they also have high water content and help everyone stay hydrated. › Go easy on the salty snacks
and unhealthy fats. Try substituting avocado, yogurt, humus and salsa-based dips and spreads. Don’t fall prey to snack foods that claim to be healthy but are actually the opposite, such as “veggie” chips, muﬃns, granola bars and high-sugar beverages. › Pack a ﬁrst aid kit. Be
prepared for insect bites and include sunscreen, BandAids, aspirin and eye ﬂush. It’s best to be prepared for the unexpected. › Make sure to apply
and re-apply sunscreen for protection. › Keep food at the proper
temperatures to avoid
contamination. Have lots of ice on hand, and keep the food refrigerated until the last minute.
› Mozzarella and Tomato Bites › Assorted Sandwiches
on Baguettes › Tropical Fruit Skewers › Individual Tossed Salad with
“House” Dressing › Turkey Chili with Rice and
Cheddar Cheese › Homemade Parmesan Popcorn › Quinoa Tortilla Chips and
Beverage Bar › Bloody Mary’s › Beer › H20 › Coconut Water › Assorted Cold Press Juices
Turkey Chili Recipe A simple and healthier version with the same big, bold chili flavor! This is a great make-ahead dish because the flavors meld and improve with time. Yields 6 servings
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tablespoons canola or olive oil large onion, chopped cloves of garlic, minced tablespoons of chili powder teaspoons ground cumin pound of freshly ground turkey breast can of organic plum tomatoes (crushed by hand) can of cannellini beans can of red kidney beans cup of water cup of chicken broth Salt, pepper and Tabasco to taste
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In a Dutch oven over medium heat, add oil and brown turkey meat. › Add onion, and sauté until translucent. › Add garlic, and sauté until the garlic aroma is in the air. › Add chili powder and cumin. › Add beans and tomatoes. › Add water and broth. › Bring to a boil, and then reduce and simmer for at least 30 minutes. › Adjust seasoning if necessary. › Garnish with your favorite toppings: rice, cheddar cheese, cilantro or sour cream.
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. rsvprobin.com
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› port wine or sherry (depending upon which version of the drink recipe you use). The modern recipes also tend to include ingredients such as Grand Marnier and orange juice. Like Sangria, the cocktail is generally made into a red wine-style punch and served on the rocks. Speaking of red wine, slaves to the sanguine grape will love how its fruity flavors influence a NY Sour, which blends red wine into a frothy, sour cocktail base. Whitney Marquette, the head bartender at Hemingway’s in The
Uncork a New Cocktail One doesn’t have to be an industry analyst to notice that craft and classic cocktails are hot right now. › By Sean Trapani
he trend is easy to spot, evidenced by bar menus that seem to offer endless new options for creatively conceived libations. Some of the “new” drinks you’ll see on these menus aren’t new at all, as they date back to the Prohibition era (and older). But another common thread with many of these cocktails is that they share a common ingredient: wine. The wine-as-an-ingredient phenomenon is not new, of course. Most people forget that vermouth is a type of wine (with a few added ingredients). And one can find many trendy drinks
that use vermouth in unexpected places, such as the Blood and Sand, which is a blend of sweet vermouth and Scotch. Beyond vermouth, there are drinks like the French 75, a refreshing sparkling wine cocktail with a kick. It’s made from a blend of Champagne, gin, lemon juice and sugar. Created in 1915, you can order one in 2017 from your favorite local bartender, provided they use real Champagne (although a nice, dry Cava works in a pinch). Not to be confused with Sangria, the Sangaree cocktail dates back to the 1700s and employs the powers of red wine,
Villages, puts her own riff on this summer-friendly sipper. “I prefer the flavor of Malbec over other reds in this type of cocktail,” says Marquette. “And because we use a Malbec from Argentina, we call our version an Argentine Sour.” Some wine-based cocktails are not really cocktails at all because there are no distilled spirits used in the recipe. One example is the Bamboo, an elegant drink made with equal parts of sweet vermouth and Fino Sherry (a style of dry, fortified Spanish wine). Add a few dashes of aromatic and orange bitters, plus a lemon twist, and one has a lower-alcohol, winebased drink that can be sipped by the pool all day. Of course, to fully enjoy any of these wine-based cocktails, or any cocktail for that matter, one must find a venue with serious bartenders who study their craft. For that, a little exploring can go a long way. Try new places, and ask the mixologists behind the bar about their—not the bar’s— favorite recipes. “Ask the bartender for a Boulevardier,” suggests Ian Selph, a wine and spirits consultant based in Ocala. “If they don’t know the recipe, then they’re probably not the bartender you want to mix your high-end cocktails.”
To fully enjoy any of these wine-based cocktails, or any cocktail for that matter, one must find a venue with serious bartenders who study their craft. Sean Trapani earned his advanced certificate in wine and spirits (WSET 3) from the London School of Wine. He is also a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW).
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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.
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
Don’t forget their free doggie sundaes and baby cones for children under 40 inches.
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! The restaurant now seats 166 patrons, which will allow for bigger parties. Our bar includes eight new draft beers and a wine list that boasts the likes of popular brands such as J. Lohr, Ménage A Trois and Ruffino.
Bruster’s Real Ice Cream 2707 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala › (352) 622-2110 › brusters.com Sun-Thur 12p-10p, Fri-Sat 12p-11p You scream ice cream, we scream Bruster’s. More than just any ol’ ice cream parlor, Bruster’s knows how to cater to the needs of any ice cream lover. Their large variety of premium flavors and desserts is made right in the store where they are served, including crunchy handmade waffle cones, customized sundaes, candy-filled blasts, thick milkshakes, frozen yogurts and no-sugar added flavors. On Banana Thursdays, banana splits are 1/2 price if you bring your own banana. If you really want to crank up a party—Bruster’s will bring their scrumptious sweets to you. Cater your next big day with Bruster’s, and choose from endless flavors such as Blueberry Cheesecake, Caramel Apple and Irish Cream.
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Pop Up Some AfterSchool Snacks
From post-school gatherings with friends to outdoor athletic activities and mid-homework sessions at home, after-school activities have one thing in common: Tasty snacks make them more enjoyable.
ight, airy and fresh popcorn is a perfect snack. It’s naturally low in fat and calories, non-GMO and gluten free—all the makings of an ideal guilt-free treat. Whether you enjoy it one delicious handful at a time, sprinkled with seasonings or as an ingredient in fun recipes, popcorn offers plenty of versatility for every occasion. You can kick up the heat with a zesty popcorn mix and no autumn sporting event is complete without some good old toffee-style popcorn and nuts. Find more popcorn recipes at popcorn.org.
Beach Party Popcorn Ballpark Popcorn Crunch Yields 2 1/2 quarts 1 1-2 1⁄3 2 2 1⁄2
teaspoon soy sauce drops hot pepper sauce cup melted butter quarts popped popcorn cups assorted seasoned snacks (crackers, pretzels, etc.) package (0.56 ounces) bacon-onion dip mix
Heat oven to 350 F. › Add soy sauce and hot pepper sauce to melted butter. › Put popcorn and seasoned snacks in large bowl. › Pour butter mixture over popcorn and snacks; toss. Sprinkle with bacon-onion dip mix; toss again. › Spread mixture in 15 1/2-by-10 1/2-by-1-inch jelly roll pan, and bake 8-10 minutes, stirring once.
Yields 3 quarts
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cup butter cup brown sugar quarts unsalted popped popcorn cup chopped walnuts
Heat oven to 350°F. › Cream together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. › In separate bowl, toss popcorn and walnuts. › Add creamed mixture to popcorn and nuts. › Combine until coated. › Spread on large baking sheet in single layer. › Bake 10 minutes, or until crisp.
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Happy Hour Monday - Friday from 3-7pm 2 for 1: Well Drinks, Domestic Drafts, and House Wines.
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 that comfortably seats up to 50 guests. Coming very soon—new lunch and dinner menus.
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!
Early Bird daily 4:30-7pm Check out our sushi bar. Serving Ocala since 1986! Ask about our lunch specials! Happy Hour Daily
Brooklyn’s Backyard 2019 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Suite #102, Ocala › (352) 304-6292 brooklynsbackyard.com Sun 11a-8p › Mon-Thu 11a-9p › Fri-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.
Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant 2463 SW 27th Avenue, Ocala › (352) 237-3900 › kotobukiocala.com Lunch: Tue-Fri 11:30a-2p Dinner: Tue-Thu 4:30-9:30p › Fri & Sat 4:30-10:30p › Mon & Sun 4:30-9:30p For an authentic Japanese meal in an award-winning restaurant that has been serving Ocala since 1986, try Kotobuki. Enjoy traditional Japanese favorites like tempura, teriyaki and broiled seafood and vegetables. For a memorable experience, gather around the hot grill and watch as your chef prepares steak, chicken and seafood favorites right before your eyes. Get the VIP treatment. Check out our specials!
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Cody’s Original Roadhouse 2505 SW College Road, Ocala › (352) 237-8182 › codysamerican.com Doors Open at 11a › Serving lunch and dinner daily “Where quality and value come together!” Hand-cut, USDA Choice steaks, rotisserie chicken, BBQ baby back ribs, chops, fresh fish, half-pound burgers, salads and more! Kids eat free Mondays and Tuesdays. Buy 1 Get 1 Free Fajita Wednesdays, $12.98! Daily 2-4-1 happy hour, 11am-7pm, includes draft beer, wine and all liquors (top shelf, too). During the summer, happy hour at the bar is from open to close! Lunch from 11am-3pm, and early bird from 3pm-6pm Monday-Saturday. Sunday after-church specials only $9.98 with free dessert. Two for $23 three-course dinners on Thursdays. Hand-cut steaks and “Just Plain Good Food” made from scratch... daily!
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).
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 suppertime!” is their motto. The Ivy House wants you to feel you have come to a friend’s 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. Try the delicious homemade desserts like the Key Lime Pie or Chocolate Midnight Cake when dining here.
Take-Out Service Available. Locations in The Villages at 1041 Lakeshore Drive at Lake Sumter Landing and our new location at Brownwood in The Villages.
Trivia Night every Thursday, 7-9pm (Silver Springs Blvd. location) Mariachi band every Thursday at the 200 location, 6-9pm
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Summer menu now available! The Thai Chicken Salad is back by popular demand. For more information on catering, contact Waica Huggins or Evelyn Nussel at email@example.com. Enjoy your favorite drink from our full liquor bar.
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We make the Spirits of Florida!
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.
August Specials: Mon- Half Bottle (All Wine List Bottles) Tues- Buy 1 Get 1 Call Cocktail Wed- 2x1 Martinis All Day 2x1 Manhattan All Day Happy Hour- Every day 3 to 5 $2 oﬀ Glass of Wine
Need a boost? The coﬀee, tea, cold drinks and eats at Chelsea Coﬀee Company will do the trick.
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!
Chelsea Coffee Company 3217 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala (352) 351-5282 › chelseacoﬀeecompany.com Mon-Fri 6a-7p › Sat 7a-7p › Sun 8a-6p Start every day off right with the high energy, super greens and whey protein smoothies at Chelsea Coffee Company. Brewed coffee, espressos, lattes and cappuccinos are on the menu for coffee lovers, and this company promises to pour only the finest coffee into your cup. Their signature morning blend of coffee is a fairly traded one from Sweetwater Organic Coffee Roasters. Loose leaf and bagged teas are also on the list of must-haves. There are six different types of bagged teas and eight loose leaf teas to choose from. Enjoy the cozy and friendly atmosphere, and grab a bite to eat from their breakfast, lunch or bakery offerings. Cold beverages––including iced coffees, French and Italian sodas, iced teas and chillers––are served, as well.
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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.
The Mojo Grill & Catering Co. 2015 SW 17th Street, Ocala › (352) 369-6656 4620 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala › (352) 291-6656 4496 SE 100th Place, Belleview › (352) 307-6656 Sun - Thu 11a-10p › Fri & Sat 11a-11p › mojogrillandcatering.com
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.
Check out Wings & Trivia on Monday nights and Kids’ Night on Wednesdays. Check mojogrillandcatering.com for other deals and special events.
When you walk through the doors at The Mojo Grill, you’re in for a treat. You’ll want to return time and time again for all that good food cooking on the grill! The hometown favorites, like the Mojo Fish Tacos or Rondo’s Famous Cuban Pork Dinner, are to die for! They also offer a large gluten-free menu, not to mention plenty of vegetarian and lighter offerings. The friendly, fun atmosphere is just a plus! And don’t forget Mojo’s for your next catered event— they promise to make it both tasty and memorable.
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.
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.
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y b b De e n o o B If you only know her as the daughter of Pat Boone or for her ‘70s megahit “You Light Up My Life,” you’ve got a lot to learn about this versatile performer.
Keep It Local Frankie Avalon The Sharon, August 7, 4pm and 7pm
A one-time teen idol from the age of poodle skirts, pompadours and bobby socks, Frankie Avalon has grown into one of America’s sentimental favorites and continues to delight audiences with the hits that made him famous. thesharon.com.
Tell us about your upcoming show It’s a combination of the last two shows I toured with, a tribute to my mother-in-law Rosemary Clooney and Swing This, which is about Vegas in the ‘60s. I’ll tell some stories and do my best to give a well-rounded view of not only who I am as a performer but also as a person.
Can you talk about songs that hold a particular significance? There’s a Dave Frishberg song called “You Are There.” It’s written from the perspective of someone who’s lost somebody dear to them and continues to experience their presence. It never fails to bring up real emotion in me and in the audience. Another comes out of my shared country roots with Rosemary. My grandfather was a country-western and gospel singer by the name of Red Foley. I have a picture of Red on stage at the Grand Ole Opry, with a young Rosemary singing a Hank Williams tune. I do Hank Williams’ “I’m so Lonesome” in the show, and I have found a whole new place in myself musically singing that song.
What do you love about performing live? When it’s all going well, it is the most satisfying experience you can imagine. You get on the stage and feel yourself connect with the audience. That to me is just the happiest place.
LEARN MORE › Catch Debby at The Sharon in The Villages September 8 at 7pm. › thesharon.com
Mount Dora Seafood Festival Evans Park, August 26, 11am-9pm & August 27 11am-5pm
It’s that time of year when thousands of visitors invade the picturesque shores of Lake Dora in search of delicious seafood. The festival features specialty food vendors, live music and activities for the kids. mountdoraseafoodfestival.com.
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TV to Watch
The Store James Patterson and Richard DiLallo
The Guest Book August 3, 10pm, TBS (two-episode premiere)
There’s some strange stuff going on at the “Froggy Cottage” vacation house, and the guests are writing it all down. This offbeat comedy, set in a small mountain town, features a quirky cast, including Kellie Martin as a nervous local cop and Garret Dillahunt as the hunky doctor next door.
Danny Pudi in The Guest Book
In a world of Amazon Prime and Google Express, it’s not a stretch to imagine a future where a powerful retailer can anticipate your every need and deliver it to your door, but when a pair of journalists uncover some unsettling facts about The Store, they must race to expose the truth or die trying.
The Golden House Salman Rushdie
Marvel’s The Defenders August 18, Netflix
In the same way The Avengers united Marvel’s top superhero film franchises, the TV division is bringing together Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. This eightepisode miniseries is one of the most anticipated crossover events of the year and boasts some serious star power, including Sigourney Weaver as the big bad.
FILM to Watch
Woody Harrelson and Ella Anderson in The Glass Castle
In our current world of alternative truths, one of the world’s greatest storytellers offers up an insightful, page-turning mystery set against the world of American politics and pop culture. Rushdie weaves his tale of identity, terror, loss and reinvention with compelling realism.
Imelda Staunton in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Humphrey Bogart & Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca
TCM Big Screen Classics, Regal Hollywood Stadium 16 & IMAX, Ocala
TCM and Fathom Events are bringing classic movies back to the theater where they belong. During August, see Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty looking so good it’s criminal in Bonnie & Clyde, take an amazing ride with E.T. in September, get the royal treatment in October with The Princess Bride, journey to Casablanca and play it again in November and Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner in December. Check dates and show times at tcm.com/fathom.
The Glass Castle August 11
“When did you lose your sense of adventure?” Rose Mary Walls asks her daughter in this true story of a young woman struggling to reconcile her hardscrabble upbringing with her desire to carve out a successful life of her own. Brie Larson brings Jeannette Walls’ wrenching best-selling memoir to life, as the conflicted daughter of two rootless free spirits, played by Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson. Beautifully acted and distinguished by its lush cinematography, the film explores the choices we make in pursuit of self-fulfillment.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Event Cinema at The Rialto, The Villages, August 22, 5pm
Imelda Staunton drew rave reviews in the first major revival of Edward Albee’s greatest play during its run at London’s National Theatre Live. But if you couldn’t make it across the pond to see this wickedly entertaining marital-crisis drama, you won’t want to miss The Rialto’s screening of the filmed stage performance.
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Dance Party with Norman Lee Schaﬀer
Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala
The Music Man
Sonnentag Theatre at the IceHouse, Mount Dora
Through Aug. 6
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Reilly Arts Center, Ocala
Phantasmagoria’s “Wickedest Tales of All”
Reilly Arts Center, Ocala
The Hippodrome State Theatre, Gainesville
La Cage aux Folles
Ocala Civic Theatre
Sept. 7-Oct. 1
The Odd Couple
Sonnentag Theatre at the IceHouse, Mount Dora
Sept. 8-Oct. 1
Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando
The Return! Peace Of Woodstock
Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala
Master Choir Auditions (Ongoing) › The Central Florida Master Choir is currently seeking new members. Rehearsals begin September 5. To schedule an audition, call (352) 615-7677.
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Peppa Pig Live! Peppa Pig’s Surprise!
Hard Rock Live, Orlando
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando
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Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala
August 26 › Glo With The Flo 5K, Citizens’ Circle, 8pm September 1 › First Friday Art Walk, downtown Ocala, 6pm
Arts, Crafts and Culture 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, on display through August 27. Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art Of the Northeast of Brazil explores the vibrant and complex cultural mosaic of modern Brazil, on display through August 13. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
the fourth annual Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Contest in February 2018. Interested artists should submit entries no later than September 30. ocalafl.org/outdoorsculpture or call (352) 629-8447.
Color Theory Workshop (August 14) › Gallery East in Belleview will host a color theory workshop from 1-4pm. Registration is $40 and should be paid in advance. galleryeast.org or (352) 245-2781. Trips ’N’ Tours (August 17) › This Appleton Museum program will
Concerts Nickelback with Daughtry
MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa
House of Blues, Orlando
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando
All Time Low
House of Blues, Orlando
Hard Rock Live, Orlando
Lionel Richie with Mariah Carey
Amalie Arena, Tampa
Amalie Arena, Tampa
Matchbox Twenty with Counting Crows
MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa
Amway Center, Orlando
MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa
Linkin Park with Machine Gun Kelly
MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa
Goo Goo Dolls & Phillip Phillips
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80s in the Park
International Palms Resort, Orlando
take guests on the Icon Tour of the Greek Monasteries throughout Marion County. Panagia Vlahernon in Williston and Annunciation of the Theotokos in Reddick will open their doors to their magniﬁcent gold leaf religious paintings. The day will begin with a tour at Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church where local artist Peggy Watts will show her inspirational icon work. Modest dress code is required. Registration is $60 for Appleton members and $65 for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4456.
Wine Glass Painting Workshop (August 17) › The Appleton
Museum will host a wine glass painting workshop for adults from 6-8:30pm. Supplies are included and adults over 21 may bring wine with them. Registration is $30 for Appleton members and $35 for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
Pickin’ In The Park (August 20) › Silver Springs State Park will host a gathering of local musicians performing acoustic music live. Guests are invited to bring their own instruments. The performance will begin at 1pm and is free with admission to the park. silversprings.com or (352) 261-5840. River Rhythms at Silver Springs (August 25) › Silver Springs State Park will host an evening of music and entertainment featuring a live drum circle from 4pm to sundown. The performance is free with admission to the park. silversprings.com or (352) 261-5840.
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. Continued on p.74
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Kayak Outings (Ongoing) › The Marion County Parks and Recreation Department will host several kayak outings for children and adults. marioncountyfl.org or (352) 671-8560.
Florida Safari (August 6) › Silver Springs State Park will host a tram
tour of the longleaf pine forest. During the tour, guests can take a short guided walk on the swamp trail. A park ranger will lead visitors down the boardwalk to the Silver River. The tour begins at 10am and only 15 spots are available. silversprings.com or (352) 236-7148 ext. 4.
Yoga in the Park (August 12) › Power Yoga Ocala will host an hourlong yoga session at Tuscawilla Park at noon. The session is free and open to the public. The group will meet at the oak tree between the playground and the Reilly Arts Center. (352) 368-5535. Glo With The Flo 5K (August 26) › The Marion County Children’s
Alliance and the Drayton Florence Foundation will host the Glo With The Flo 5K, beginning at 8pm at Citizens’ Circle. Registration is $30 through August 24 and $35 on race day. glowiththeflo5k.itsyourrace.com or visit the Glo With The Flo 5K Facebook page to register.
Pack Walk (August 27) › 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 who don’t want to walk a dog are also 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.
Other Fun Stuff! Ocala Health Events › A special seminar on smoking cessation
will be held August 8. A discussion about senior lifestyle safety will take place August 11. A seminar discussing sleep apnea will take place on August 18 and a discussion on managing hip pain will take place August 25. All programs will be held at the Senior Wellness Community Center in Ocala. For a complete list of seminars this month and to register, visit ocalahealthsystem.com or call (800) 530-1188.
Doggone Good Reading Program (August 12, 26) › Children ages
5 to 12 are invited to read to a Humane Society of Marion County dog on select Saturday mornings at 11am. Children will select a book to read, which they can then take home to keep. Advance registration is required. thehsmc.org or (352) 873-7387 x204.
Tailgate Fundraiser (August 19) › The Royal Dames of Ocala will host a fundraising event with a tailgate theme from 6-11pm at the Country Club of Ocala. The event will include music, dancing, a table-decorating contest, corn hole contest and horseshoes. Tickets are $75, and proceeds beneﬁt cancer research and education. ocalaroyaldames.org or (352) 622-7363.
Daddy-Daughter Dance (August 26) › A dance for girls in pre-K through 12th grade and their father, grandfather or fatherly role model will be held at the E.D. Croskey Recreation Center at 6pm. The event will include music, dancing, crafts, photo booth, appetizers, drinks and a sundae bar. Tickets are $20 per couple and $5 for additional daughters. Proceeds beneﬁt the Let Them Play Scholarship Fund. ocalafl.org or (352) 401-3920. Ocala Carnival (September 3) › The North Central Caribbean Carnival
Association will present the 2nd Annual Downtown Carnival at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park Recreation Complex. The event will feature several aspects of Caribbean Culture, including food, dance and music. nccca.org or call (352) 470-7799.
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The Family Stone features Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and original founding members of Sly & The Family Stone. Rock to legendary anthems such as “I Want To Take You Higher,” “Everyday People,” “Dance to the Music,” “Hot Fun in the Summertime,” “Family Affair,” “Sing a Simple Song” and more will be performed. The album “Stand” was declared a national treasure in 2015 and is preserved in the Library of Congress and was also inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame. TheFamilyStoneMusic.com
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Night in Key West, the fourth thematic event of its kind in as many years, was Trinity Catholic High School’s annual gala. Thanks to the combined efforts of Trinity Catholic Development Director Penny Baird and her gala committee members plus numerous staff members, students and others, guests were transported to the Southern-most point in the continental United States as they passed through the campus courtyard gates. Gala committee members included Lizabeth D’Ambrosio, Vicki Ehlers, Chrissy Gourley, Anna Redgate, Chris Scott and Darlene Stipes. Trinity Catholic student ambassadors provided island hospitality as they greeted and conversed with visitors. Mojo Grill & Catering Co. served multicolored umbrella drinks and various appetizers. Among the first people to arrive were Al and Judy Dunlap, who were the Duval Street sponsors of this event. Walking tours included various shopping stops and gallery visits at the silent auction tables. Almost 70 local businesses, restaurants and individuals generously contributed silent auction donations. Among individuals contributing to the silent auction were Al Dunlap, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Gangler, Mr. and Mrs. Randall Scott, Joseph Gagnier and Janet Marks. Live entertainment was provided by Caribbean Crew. Trinity Catholic Principal Lou Pereira
and table sponsors Larry Strack, Monica Plunkett, Dr. Mery Lossada, the Honorable Carol Falvey and Reverend Patrick Sheedy of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church were among those congregating amid the colorful Adirondack chairs and high-top tables from Party Time scattered throughout the courtyard. At Mangoes Island Cuisine on Duval Street, Rondo Fernandez and his Mojo Grill & Catering Co. crew served up gourmet island surf and turf cuisine worthy of the Conch Republic. Dr. John Littel, a Trinity Catholic dad, emceed the live auction. Live auction items included two fishing trips—one out of the private Bonita Fishing Club in Yankeetown and one out of Miami on a luxurious Bertram yacht. Other live auction experiences included FSU football games and a weekend getaway to the Gardens Hotel in Key West. Following the live auction, dessert stations were open and accompanied by live entertainment. Guests received mini Key lime cupcakes made by Creative Confections as a thank you for the guests. Development Director Penny Baird said, “Our goal each year is to ensure that every student who wants a Trinity Catholic education obtains one. Out of a student population of 550 plus students, over 60 percent of them receive some form of assistance. This year we awarded over $700,000 in financial aid. We are so thankful for the generosity of those in our community who attended this beautiful event and helped us to raise over $50,000.” Likewise, Principal Lou Pereira said, “I am very proud of our student ambassadors for the hospitality they provided. I can never say enough about the quality of our students. This event not only helped to provide crucial financial support for student tuition assistance but also enabled us to further our mission through community building and fellowship.” Supporters of Trinity Catholic High School are already looking forward to next year’s gala. More information about next year’s gala will be on Trinity Catholic High School’s Facebook page.
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