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SEP’17

Ocala

HOME VS. AWAY WHERE DO YOU WATCH THE GAME?

Hot Tickets

+ Your Best Trendy Wedding Ideas For

The 2017 Fall Arts Preview

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Considering Ocala?

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If you’re considering buying or selling, give us a call today!

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ating nutritious food, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy body weight are important for a balanced and active lifestyle. However, many individuals who are at or close to their ideal weight discover that even with adherence to a strict diet and exercise routine, stubborn pockets of fat remain. Often located on the hips, thighs, abdomen, flanks and chin, these fatty deposits may even be the result of genetic predisposition rather than excess consumption or inactivity. To assist our patients in treating these areas of concern, Lifestyle Solutions MedSpa offers FDA-approved, non-surgical CoolSculpting® treatments that can help to re-contour the body and reduce excess fat.

It’s safe. CoolSculpting patients can sit or lie comfortably and read, work on their laptop or even nap during the procedure. The procedure is performed in a medical office setting, under the supervision of a physician specializing in cosmetic procedures. CoolSculpting is safe because the delivery of precise cooling affects only targeted fat cells, leaving adjacent tissue unharmed and intact.

It’s convenient. Procedures last about one to two hours, so treatments can easily be performed during a lunch hour or without major disruption to the day.

The results are dramatic. CoolSculpting is a revolutionary, non-invasive contouring treatment that freezes stubborn fat, which then is naturally eliminated from your body. This clinically proven procedure selectively reduces fat layers in problem areas using a patented cooling technology. CoolSculpting requires no needles, no special diet, no supplements, no surgery and, most importantly, no downtime. It's safe, FDA-cleared, effective, and does exactly what it is supposed to do. CoolSculpting gently cools unwanted fat cells in the body to induce a natural, controlled elimination of fat cells. This reduces bulges in treated areas of the body without harming surrounding tissue.

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It involves no needles, surgery or downtime. Because the CoolSculpting Procedure is noninvasive, patients can resume daily activities, including work and exercise, immediately following treatment.

Patients can expect to start seeing results in as little as three to four weeks with maximum results obtained within three to four months following treatments.

How CoolSculpting Works During the procedure, a non-invasive applicator delivers precisely controlled cooling to the treatment area to specifically target underlying fat, leaving surface skin tissue unaffected. When fat cells are exposed to extreme cold, a process of natural removal is triggered, which gradually reduces the thickness of the fat layer. The result is a visible reduction in fat bulges.

the procedure generally requires little to no downtime. Furthermore, CoolSculpting® is designed to focus energy deep within the skin,

leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed. In most cases, a single CoolSculpting treatment to each area can provide effective results, although individual experience may vary and more treatments may be required to obtain ideal results. Your time is important to us, and if you’re considering treating more than one area (for instance, both flanks, thighs or arms), we offer Dual-Sculpting at no additional charge. A second CoolSculpting machine allows us to address multiple areas of concern in half the time, helping to increase efficiency and improve your overall experience. Our skilled aesthetics team can help patients develop a customized procedure plan that addresses their individual concerns and cosmetic goals. Of note, we offer the latest FDA-approved CoolSculpting technology that targets that undesirable “turkey neck” or “jowls” under the chin that is producing very rewarding results all without surgery or downtime!

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Contents

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GIVING BACK M A K E R S PAC E HORSIN’ AROUND FROM CITY HALL BENCHMARKS BUSINESS BRIEFS

The real people, places and events that shape our community. › By Laurel Gillum, JoAnn Guidry, Melissa Peterson, Judge Steven Rogers and Nick Steele

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GOOD TIMES SNAPSHOTS

Dedicated to enriching the lives of local families. › By Ralph Demilio and Laurel Gillum

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Our best recipes, restaurant news and culinary quick bites. › By Angelique Anacleto, Cealia Athanason, Laurel Gillum and Nick Steele

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A FESTIVAL FÉRIA TASTY TRICKSTERS QUICK BITES Photo courtesy of Kevin Mazur

On The Cover

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happenings, this fall offers a spectacular lineup filled with award-winning talent and breakthrough performances. › By Nick Steele

THE SCENE

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

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A ROUNDUP OF THE MONTH’S BEST BETS THE LOCAL SCENE THE SOCIAL SCENE

SEP’17

Ocala

HOME VS. AWAY WHERE DO YOU WATCH THE GAME?

On the cover:

Photographer: Ralph Demilio Model: Ashley Beloat

038 Football Fanfare. If you’re not sure whether to

Hot Tickets

+ Your Best Trendy Wedding Ideas For

In This Issue

take in Saturday’s game from the comfort of home or the nosebleed section of the stadium, we’ve got the pros and cons to help you decide.

› By Carlton Reese The 2017 Fall Arts Preview

Day Ever

043 On Trend: Tie the knot with this season’s top styles. Chic, bohemian

or modern? Make your way to ‘I do’ with style and ease. › Written and compiled by the Ocala Style staff

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A VOCAL Mission

A new animal advocate organization embarks on a different path to achieving a no-kill goal. › By JoAnn Guidry

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or Linda Norman, Kate Rengel and Lauren Carpenter, it was time for a new approach to an old problem. The latter being the long-standing dog and cat overpopulation in Ocala and Marion County. The new approach included the trio creating the Voices of Change Animal League (VOCAL), a non-profit 501(c)(3), in January 2015. “Our end game is for Marion County to become a no-kill community,” says Norman, a longtime animal advocate who spent a decade on the Humane Society of Marion County board. “Other communities have achieved this, including Tammy and Pippa Jacksonville. It’s a multifaceted solution to achieve this goal. But three main components are low-cost spay and neuter services, community-based care for feral cats and collaboration between all the animal welfare groups and our political leaders.” Addressing the persistent overpopulation issue, Norman says, “The national animal shelter intake average is 14 animals per thousand population. Marion County has an average of 28 animals per thousand population. This is the problem we have to remedy, and making low-cost spay/neuter services available to every citizen in our county is a must.” VOCAL offers the Tammy Green Daniels Fix the Future Fund, which offers spay and neuter financial assistance to pet owners. In 2016, VOCAL provided financial assistance for 400 animals to be spayed or neutered, including rescues and privately owned pets.

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“Right now, we have an arrangement with some local veterinarians who perform the procedures at a reduced rate,” says Norman. “But we are currently working on raising funds to build a clinic at our 22-acre facility. The property was a foreclosed greyhound farm. It was bought and donated to us by an anonymous benefactor.” VOCAL is being mentored by The Humane Alliance, a consulting arm of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The Humane Alliance has opened more than 150 low-cost spay and neuter clinics across the country. “The Humane Alliance will help us design the clinic and train a full-time paid staff,” said Norman. “They will aid us with buying equipment, as well as low-cost vaccines and other medications through their bulk buying.” Although VOCAL does house rescued animals at its facility, most are placed in foster

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homes. Norman notes that “fostered animals have better outcomes when adopted.” Visits to the VOCAL facility are by appointment only, and the adoption process begins on the organization’s website. “We are currently an all-volunteer organization,” says Norman. “Our volunteers are amazing people who understand our mission. They are dedicated to making Marion County a no-kill community. Together, I know we can achieve this goal.”

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› By Nick Steele › Photography by John Jernigan

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meet George and Shelia Spalding of Farm Fresh Collections in their workshop, where they are most at home. George is assembling a bookcase on one workbench,

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while, on another, Shelia paints an American flag on reclaimed barn wood. The building where their workshop is located once housed Wagon Wheel Antique Mall, the couple’s first retail foray. But it didn’t take them long to realize that they’d rather be making their own rustic and farmhousestyle pieces from reclaimed materials than tending to a store. “We were frustrated when we couldn’t help someone.” George explains. “A person would come in looking for a coffee table or something that we didn’t have. And I’d think, ‘Why don’t I just make one?’ One day, I grabbed some old barn wood we had in the back and made a coffee table,” he continues. “Then someone else was like, ‘Can you make a farm table?’ I said, ‘Sure, I can do that.’” “When people found out what we were doing,” Shelia interjects, “it spread like wildfire.” Soon, they closed the store and began exclusively working on a line of handcrafted hutches, farm tables, painted signs and décor items and taking custom orders. Recently, they even created display cases and the front counter for Hello Cupcake in Ocala. “We’ve made about 3,000 pieces in the last five years,” Shelia says. “Between referrals,

Facebook and Etsy, we have more requests coming in than we can handle. Right now, we have a lot of people waiting on pieces. But our customers are great. They’re like, ‘It’s fine. You’re worth the wait.’” And although adding more staff is something they’ve considered, the Spaldings haven’t found a way to add to the mix without sacrificing the most rewarding aspects of their business. “It is an intimate process when you build something yourself,” George explains. “You really do put care, thought and your own energy into it. I always say that we build heirloom pieces.” “Our customers tell us, ‘I’ll have this for the rest of my life.’” Shelia says, continuing the thought. “We want them to be able to share our pieces with future generations.”

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401Equine Retirement Plan The Retirement Home for Horses Inc. at Mill Creek Farm is an equine forever home. › By JoAnn Guidry

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t 44, Dakota is enjoying a hard-earned retirement. Used for many years as a rental trail-riding horse, Dakota was ridden relentlessly with little rest and care. At night, she was hobbled with a rope tied around a hind leg and left outside under a tree in all kinds of weather. She still bears the scar left by the rope. Finally rescued, Dakota was rehabbed back to health and adopted out to a supposedly loving home. But in a cruel twist of fate, two years later the mare was reported as abused and undernourished. Fortunately, once again, Dakota was rescued and, this time, sent to her forever home. Dakota arrived in 1998 at the Retirement Home for Horses Inc. at Mill Creek Farm in Alachua, just north of Ocala. And 19 years and counting later, she’s a happy, healthy horse. “Dakota had to have her right eye removed and is blind in her left eye. But she lives quite happily in a big pasture with her longtime buddies, Shetland ponies Bracken and Andy, and Dusty, a Florida Cracker pony,” says Nora Denslow, who is a board member/volunteer for the not-for-profit 501(c)(3) operation. “Dakota has been on the farm the longest and is the oldest horse. She is very loved.” Founded in 1984 by Peter and Mary Gregory, the Retirement Home for Horses Inc. at Mill Creek Farm provides lifetime care to elderly rescued horses, as well as those retiring from public service. The operation does not accept horses from private owners. The farm is protected from development by a perpetual conservation easement. Peter Gregory died in March 2014, and the farm is now run by 84-year-old Mary, her son, Paul, and a board of directors. And as Denslow notes, “We couldn’t survive without our wonderful donors and indispensable volunteers.” “Elderly rescued horses, generally those more than 20 years old, are very difficult to place,” says Denslow. “Older horses can have health issues and need special care. We provide them with a home for the rest of the lives.” At this writing, the 335-acre Mill Creek Farm is home to 135 equines, including two

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Dakota Mary and Paul Gregory, Bailey (dog) and Dusty (horse)

draft horses, three mini-donkeys, a mule and three mini-horses. “Volunteers help feed and groom the horses,” says Denslow. “The horses get regular vet, dental and farrier care. They have large pastures and are grouped together according to personalities and physical issues. They spend 24 hours outside grazing and have shelters in their pastures.” On Saturdays, the farm is open from 11am3pm to visitors for a self-guided walking tour along the grassy lanes between the pastures. Admission is two carrots. A laminated placard is located on each pasture fence, identifying the horses and how each came to Mill Creek Farm.

“We have lots of families visit. It’s just a great fun day for everyone,” says Denslow. “But we also hope to educate people about the plight of rescued horses. We hope after visiting the farm that people understand why we do what we do for these wonderful creatures.”

LEARN MORE › Retirement Home for Horses Inc. at Mill Creek Farm › 20307 NW County Road 235A, Alachua › (386) 462-1001 › millcreekfarm.org › open Saturdays, 11am-3pm ADMISSION: 2 CARROTS


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Mark Your Calendar! The 2017-2018 First Friday Art Walk season kicks off Friday, September 1 from 6pm

to 9pm. This event occurs on the first Friday of each month from September through May. Located within Ocala’s historic downtown, event festivities include over 30 artist displays, acoustic entertainment, free family art activities and extended shopping hours. For more information, visit ocalafl.org/artwalk.

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will host the 2nd Annual End of Summer Bash event

Saturday, September 16 from 10am to 2pm at Tuscawilla Park located at 500 NE Sanchez Avenue. This fun, family-friendly event is free and open to the public and will include live entertainment, food trucks and more! For more information, contact the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department at (352) 368-5517.

Fight Back Against Falling Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults? It’s a risk that affects one in three adults age 65 and older each year and can drastically alter a person’s quality of life. However, it’s a risk that can be significantly decreased by eliminating trip hazards in your home or office and modifying the way you carry yourself. Check out these tips from Ocala Fire Rescue to keep you and your family safe!

EVALUATE YOUR CURRENT RISK. Do you suffer from health conditions or take medications that may cause dizziness, shortness of breath or similar symptoms? If so, speak to your doctor about treatment options. SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS! Wear sensible shoes,

maintain clear pathways at home and be cognizant of every step. Moving consciously and with purpose will allow you to better identify obstacles and trip hazards before it’s too late.

GET MOVING!

Avoiding physical activity for fear of injury is counterproductive. Walking, water exercises and other gentle movements help maintain balance and flexibility, thus reducing your risk of falls.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO SCHEDULE A COMPLIMENTARY FALL RISK ASSESSMENT, CONTACT OCALA FIRE RESCUE AT (352) 629-8306.

WEATHER WOES

Hurricane season is nearing its peak! Are you prepared? Visit severeweather.ocalafl.org for hurricane preparedness information and tips to keep you and your family safe this season. You can even report and view current utility outages! Follow Ocala Electric Utility on Facebook for all the latest information and updates!

This is a fun, hands-on exhibit that empowers kids to reduce, reuse, recycle and repair! This exhibit opens to the public Saturday, September 23 and will be on display through January 20, 2018 at the Discovery Center at 701 NE Sanchez Avenue. The exhibit is open Tuesday through Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturdays from 10am to 3pm. Admission is $6 per person or $20 for a family of four. For more information, visit mydiscoverycenter.org or call (352) 401-3900.

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Default Lies Within › By Judge Steven G. Rogers

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riends will often ask me a question that begins with, “Can I get sued if…” Before they finish the sentence, I can answer their question with “Yes.” The fact is that any person or company may be sued for good reasons, bad reasons or no reasons. The question isn’t how to avoid being sued. Rather, the issue is what to do if or when served with a lawsuit. The answer is simple. Respond— and do so quickly. Upon being served with a lawsuit, the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure require the defendant to file a response within 20 days of being served. Failure to do so may result in a default being entered against them. This is the legal version of the classic concept of “you snooze, you lose.” The premise behind defaults being entered in court cases is simple: When served with a lawsuit, a defendant is put

on notice of what the plaintiff is requesting. The summons attached to the lawsuit provides specific instructions that a response must be filed within 20 days. The defendant’s failure to file an answer denying the plaintiff ’s allegations is interpreted as the defendant’s agreeing with the plaintiff ’s requested relief. Appearing at scheduled hearings is also important for those involved with a case. Recently, I walked into the courtroom for the scheduled final hearing in a mortgage foreclosure case. The defendants were seated at their table. But there was no sign of anyone (ie: attorney, witnesses, etc.) on behalf of the plaintiff. Based upon their failure to appear as scheduled, the plaintiff ’s case was dismissed. You can The fact is that any person or imagine the awkward conversation company may be sued for good the plaintiff ’s attorney had with reasons, bad reasons or no reasons. my judicial assistant later that afternoon when he called to explain the calendaring error that resulted in his not appearing in court for the final hearing. If a default is entered or a party receives a bad result based upon their failure to appear for a scheduled hearing or trial, it is still possible for the court to set aside the default or grant a rehearing in the case upon a timely request by the affected party. In fact, appellate courts constantly remind trial courts of their preference for cases to be decided “on the merits” as opposed to procedural defaults and/or dismissals. Most would agree that being served with a lawsuit is an uncomfortable experience. Once the initial shock has subsided, it is important to file a response within the 20 days allotted and appear at all scheduled hearings. Otherwise, default lies with you.

Judge Steven G. Rogers currently serves as a circuit court judge. He lives in Ocala with his wife, three children and an extremely spoiled Australian Shepherd.

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On Top of the World Communities and premier event sponsor Ford of Ocala recently held the Gold Shovel groundbreaking event, launching the construction of a new home to be given away within the Indigo neighborhood off SW 80th Avenue. Once complete, the home will be raffled off, with all proceeds benefitting Hospice of Marion County. The popular Ginger model, a brand-new, 1,746-square-foot home valued at approximately $220,000, features two bedrooms, two baths, a great room, a flex room, laundry suite and a two-car garage. Although Indigo by On Top of the World Communities is an active adult community, residents do not have to be 55 years or older to participate in the raffle or to live there should you win. Raffle entry sales will end on October 31. The suggested donation amount for a raffle entry is $100. Entrants must be 18 years or older to participate. For a complete list of rules and regulations, visit HomeFreePrize.com. Raffle entries may be purchased online at HomeFreePrize.com or at the Hospice of Marion County administration building, HospiceofMarion.com, The Legacy House philanthropy department, Your Heart’s Desire and Ford of Ocala. Entries are available on-site at On Top of the World at the following locations: The Club at Candler Hills Restaurant, Sid’s Coffee Shop & Deli, Mr. B’s Big Scoop Ice Cream and The Ranch Fitness Center & Spa. The drawing will take place on November 2.

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New Openings Paddock Mall continues to expand its diverse retail mix with the addition of two new retailers: Ocala’s first Sephora and The Bead Strand. “To meet shopper demand, we continue to evolve to deliver the right combination of retailers, dining, entertainment and events to keep shoppers engaged and returning often,” says Merri Hurn, general manager at Paddock Mall. Sephora and JCPenney have opened a new location inside JCPenney at Paddock Mall. The new 1,800-square-foot location is a beauty destination with close to 50 skincare, color, fragrance and haircare brands. The Bead Strand, with over eight years in the Ocala market, opened at Paddock Mall in July. The store offers a wide selection of jewelry and gifts. They are best known for their customized jewelry, including pieces that incorporate gemstones, Miyuki and TOHO seed beads, crystal, Czech glass, natural beads and more.

OFR For The Win Ocala Fire Rescue firefighters took the win at the Battle of the Badges Tournament recently held at Trinity Catholic High. The two-day event, hosted by the Marion County Sheriff ’s Office, served as a fundraiser for Marion County’s Special Olympics. Six agencies battled to defend their organization’s badge in friendly basketball matches, including Marion County Sheriff ’s Office, Ocala Police Department, Belleview Police Department, Florida Highway Patrol and the Florida Department of

Corrections. Working their way through the brackets, OFR firefighters found themselves in the championship game and emerged victorious. “This was a spectacular display of sportsmanship and community support from all participating agencies and attendees,” says OFR Public Information Officer Ashley López. “As fun as the games were, the most rewarding feeling came not from winning but from being able to contribute to such a worthy cause as the Marion Special Olympics.”


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Raffle Sales End: October 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm Drawing Event*: Circle Square Cultural Center 8395 SW 80th St. Ocala, FL 34481 Thursday, November 2, 2017 4 - 7 pm (drawing at 6 pm) *Must present valid raffle entry for admittance to drawing event.

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HomeFreePrize•com Hospice of Marion County HomeFreePrize Raffle Rules and Conditions for Advertisements Hospice of Marion County principal place of business is 3231 SW 34th Ave, Ocala, FL 34474. The HomeFreePrize drawing will be random and supervised by an independent auditor. The HomefreePrize has been donated by On Top of the World. All other prizes that may be offered will be donated to Hospice. No purchase or contribution is necessary to participate in the HomeFreePrize Raffle. Participants must be 18 years of age or older and a legal United States resident. Certain additional restrictions apply. Any offer to participate is void where prohibited or restricted by law. Visit HomeFreePrize.com for the complete HomeFreePrize Rules and Conditions, including the financial and tax obligations of the HomeFreePrize winner. Disclaimer registration #: CH1781 A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free 1-800-435-7352 within the state or at http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Consumer-Resources/Charities. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the State.

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Saturday, October 14th 9:00 a.m. - Noon 2230 SW 19th Avenue Road Ocala, FL 34471 Come meet our providers, tour our facility, learn about our full menu of services, and find a healthcare provider that’s right for you! Bring your family and friends to enjoy: Refreshments Blood Pressure Checks Free Physical Therapy Assessments Health Presentations 10:00 a.m. - Dr. Kenneth Wallace (Dermatology) & 11:00 a.m. - Dr. Carly Carrion Olmeda (Endocrinology)

Please RSVP by Monday, October 9th to 352-237-4133! Visit us on our website: www.ocalafmc.com Carlos Rodriguez, MD

Family Practice Internal Medicine Cardiology Endocrinology Preventive Medicine Auto Accidents

Robert Panzer, DO

Mark Monical, DO

James London, MD

Robert Williams, MD

Allen Winston, DO Carly Carrion Olmeda, MD Todd Panzer, ARNP-C

Mimi Balch, MD

Salesia Alvarado, MD

Anne Moyer, PA-C

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

Adam Alpers, DO

Brian Pecoraro, DO

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

Corey West, ARNP-C

Amber Starling, ARNP-C

Full Service Lab Digital X-Ray Ultrasound 64 Slice CT 1.5 Open Bore MRI Stress Testing

OFMC Wellness Center 2131 SW 20th Place Ocala, FL 34471

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

• Physiatry/Physical Medicine • Interventional Spine • Sports Medicine (outside referrals accepted)

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Nick Machupa, PT, OCS Deborah Main, DPT

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

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

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Baby boomers, watch out— there’s a new generation in town, and they’re having babies of their own. The Bump, Baby and Beyond Expo is Ocala’s premier mom, baby and kids’ event, where parents can celebrate new life with the best of the best in local resources for parents—all in one convenient location. Join in this year’s festivities for more than 65 new vendors and sponsors, plus favorites from previous years. The expo will give parents access to great bargains, exciting giveaways and a chance to chat with some of Ocala’s best baby and kid vendors, including OB-GYNs, birthing centers, pediatricians, breastfeeding experts, photographers, swim instructors and party rental companies. Sounds like Mommy Heaven, right? In light of last year’s success, Event Founder Jessica Gilbert is eagerly anticipating this fall’s affair. “I am grateful for the community support behind the expo, with vendors, sponsors and those who help pull it all together, like Junior League of Ocala members and our volunteers,” she says. LEARN MORE › Bump, Baby and Beyond Expo › Sunday, October 1 › Hilton Ocala › bumpbabybeyondexpo.com or facebook.com/bumpbabybeyondexpo

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What if we told you some of Florida’s top museums for children are only a hop, jump and scoot away? Load up the minivan—we’ve compiled a list of our favorite spots to visit. › By Laurel Gillum OCALA

GAINESVILLE 40 minutes

FLORIDA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

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ORLANDO 1 hour 30 minutes

TAMPA BASEBALL MUSEUM

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Step up to the plate and learn the history behind Tampa’s own.

Iron your lab coats and fasten your goggles—no one is too young to become a scientist.

floridamuseum.ufl.edu This museum is one of the nation’s top five natural history museums.

APPLETON MUSEUM OF ART appletonmuseum.org In the heart of Ocala, this 10-minute road trip is good for a day of fun. What To Do First Saturdays (every first Saturday, September-May, 10am-5pm) This family-fun event is the perfect opportunity to introduce the kids to the museum. Join the Appleton on the first Saturday of each month for age-appropriate art-making for children ages 4 and older. Each first Saturday art activity will focus on a different artist. Half-Day Happenings (on Marion County Public School Early Release Days, 1:30-3pm) Half-Day Happenings are a perfect way to spend Marion County Public School early release days. Pick up an assignment at the front desk, enjoy the exhibitions and then visit the ARTSpace for a fun, hands-on art-making experience.

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What To Do The Butterfly Rainforest: This lush landscape doubles as a permanent exhibit that features hundreds of free-flying butterflies and birds from around the world.

Discovery Zone: Encourage your child’s curiosity and wonder in the hands-on Discovery Room, an ongoing exhibit. Preserved specimens from museum collections and a variety of science resources provide many opportunities for families to learn about the world together.

What To Do The mission of this museum is to preserve and honor Tampa’s unique, historic role in the game of baseball and provide community inspiration by celebrating local legends.

GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM glazermuseum.org Children can explore a variety of career choices at this museum and possibly answer the age-old question: What do you want to be when you grow up? What To Do Firehouse exhibit: Your child can take on the life of a firefighter as they pretend to save the day in a safe, kid-sized firehouse. Slide down the fireman’s pole or simulate driving a firetruck through the streets of Tampa Bay. Vet Clinic exhibit: A space to play the role of a veterinarian at the Museum’s Vet Clinic. Looking at X-rays and investigating their animal patients’ charts, children will determine the best possible treatment.

What To Do Engineer it. Bridge your knowledge of engineering in this unique, hands-on exhibit that is sure to build an infrastructure of fun. Builders of all ages can get involved in the engineering process. This exhibit is sure to get kids and adults thinking about the humanmade world all around them.

DAY T O N A B E AC H 1 hour 40 minutes

DAYTONA ARCADE MUSEUM daytonaarcademuseum.com Sometimes it really is all fun and games.

What To Do The Daytona Arcade Museum is a wonderful trip back to the golden age of arcade games, allowing visitors not only to see games from the past but to play them as well. Challenge friends or compete with family. It’s generation meets generation.


Express Care of Ocala’s mission revolves around providing care that is

compassionate, convenient & affordable Express Care of Ocala is an urgent care center that began in 1990. Our facility offers a faster, convenient and economical alternative to going to an emergency room. We also provide primary care for chronic conditions.

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IHMC Robotics Camp Photos by Ralph Demilio @ Boys & Girls Clubs of Marion County

This summer, the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition held a Robotics Camp for rising seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders. The students learned to design, build and program Lego robots through teamwork and creativity—all while having fun.

Michelle Whipple, Alexis Somwaro and Asia Romero

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Aariana Council, Josiah Grey and Trevon Neal

Anthony Manning and Jeremy Wellhoner

Alexis Somwaro and Asia Romero

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Recreation and Parks

SEPTEMBER END OF SUMMER BASH FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK DOWNTOWN OCALA First Friday of each month Sep. 1-May 4 | 6-9 p.m. Enjoy strolling through downtown with 30 + visual and performing artists, businesses with extended shopping hours, and live entertainment! If you would like to display your art in the First Friday Art Walk, the fee is $50/artist.

AUDUBON BIRD HIKE Fort King National Historic Landmark 3925 E. Fort King St. Saturday | Sept. 9 | 8 a.m. Marion Audubon Society presents a morning bird hike. Come learn about and see some of the fascinating birds that can be found in your own backyard.

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. $10/person.

YOGA IN THE PARK Tuscawilla Park | 500 NE Sanchez Ave. Sunday | Sept. 10 | Noon Celebrate summer with Yoga in the Park instructed by Power Yoga Ocala. Bring some water, a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes. Meet under the oak trees next to the pavilion.

Tuscawilla Park | 500 NE Sanchez Ave. Saturday | Sept. 16 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Now celebrating its second year, this annual event celebrates the end of summer. Say one last FUN goodbye to summer with activities for both kids and adults, including live entertainment, food trucks and a variety of vendors.

SCOTT SPRINGS SCAVENGER HUNT Scott Springs | 2825 SW 24 Ave. Saturday | Sept. 23 | 11 a.m. Kids will learn about trees and use their senses to locate the answers. Prizes awarded to all. $2/person.

OCALA CULTURAL FESTIVAL Tuscawilla Park | 500 NE Sanchez Ave. Saturday | Oct. 7 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Travel around the world all in one day! You and your family can get a taste of international cultures without leaving Ocala. Games, activities, live entertainment, vendors and more, all with a cultural twist.

FALL T-BALL AGES 4, 5, 6, 7 Jervy Gantt Park | 2200 SE 36 Ave. Saturdays | Oct. 7- Nov. 11 | 9 a.m. Introduce your little ones to the FUNdamentals of this all-American game! $55/person. Register NOW through Sept. 20 at www.ocalafl.org/recpark.

LILLIAN F. BRYANT COMMUNITY CENTER

E.D. CROSKEY RECREATION CENTER

2200 NW 17 Pl. | 352.629.8389

1510 NW Fourth St. | 352.401.3920

FUN ZONE AGES 5-18

FUNTASTIC AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM AGES 5-12 Mondays-Fridays Now through May 24 | 2-6 p.m. This FUNtastic program has it all! Afterschool 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.

Mondays through Fridays Now through May 24 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (school holidays, teacher’s workdays, summer) 2-6 p.m. during school (NOW-May 24) 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. CDC PREVENT T2 LIFESTYLE WELLNESS AND WEIGHT LOSS Wednesdays | Sept. 6-Dec. 20 | 6-7 p.m. This program will positively impact local families by providing them the chance to improve their overall health and well-being through nutritional education, physical activity, and community development. ZUMBA AGES 18+ Wednesdays | Sept. 6-Dec. 20 | 7-8 p.m. Non-judgmental environment, FUN and good music.  $5/person.

RECYCLE ART PROJECT Exhibit will be displayed at Discovery Center | Recreation and Parks Administration Eighth Avenue and Barbara G. Washington Adult Activity Centers Mondays through Fridays Sept. 9-Jan. 20 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The City of Ocala invites artist of all ages to submit entries for a recycled art exhibit! Artwork will be shown in conjunction with the Discovery Center’s “Super Kids Save the World”exhibit, which empowers kids to reduce, reuse, recycle, and repair.

SUPER KIDS SAVE THE WORLD ALL AGES Discovery Center | 701 NE Sanchez Ave. Tuesdays through Fridays | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This interactive exhibit based on the book George Saves the World Before Lunch Time teaches families how to reduce, reuse, repair and recycle. $6/person or $20/family.

LAIRD EXHIBIT City Hall | 110 SE Watula Ave. Tuesday | Sept. 12 5:30-7 p.m. Opening reception Mondays through Fridays Sept. 13-Oct. 24 | 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

www.ocalafl.org/recpark

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FROM CAN’T-MISS CLASSICS TO THE HOTTEST NEW HAPPENINGS, THIS FALL OFFERS A SPECTACULAR LINEUP FILLED WITH AWARDWINNING TALENT AND BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCES. HERE’S YOUR BACKSTAGE PASS TO SOME OF THIS SEASON’S BEST BETS.

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First Friday Artwalk Ocala Historic District SEPTEMBER 1-MAY 4, 6-9PM ocalafl.org/artwalk, (352) 629-8447

A great opportunity to support Ocala’s artistic community, this monthly event takes place on the first Friday of each month beginning in September and running through May. The walk encompasses numerous indoor and outdoor spaces, including various restaurants and businesses that will be hosting visual and performing artists, acoustic entertainment, free family art activities and extended shopping hours.

Eye Of The Beholder

Photo from Joni Sternbach’s “Ocean Details” series

A conversation with visionary photographer Joni Sternbach and Curator of Photography for the Harn Museum of Art Carol McCusker

“Union Tracks” by Jessi Miller, from the first MAX Paint Out

MAX Paint Out

Ocala Historic District SEPTEMBER 23, 8AM-1PM maxocala.org, (352) 629-8414 This annual outdoor art event provides an opportunity for established and emerging artists to share their creativity with the public. Although organizers have set an end time for the event of 1pm, artists often work into the evening hours. The completed art will be exhibited at Ocala Union Station during the MAX Art Heist event on Thursday, November 9.

VAST: Sea, Salt, Sand, Sky, Photographs by Joni Sternbach

Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville NOVEMBER 14-APRIL 24 harn.ufl.edu, (352) 392-9826 Acclaimed photographer Joni Sternbach uses both large format film and early photographic processes to create raw and somewhat haunting coastal landscapes and portraits of the individuals who inhabit them.

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Joni Sternbach’s images move your senses through their profound stillness. Her penetrating vision captures both the vastness of the natural world and imbues her portraiture with the immediacy of a found object. “The word “vast” references the subject and scale of Sternbach’s prints and the reverie she finds there,” explains Curator of Photography Carol McCusker. “Landscape photography, since the medium’s birth in 1839, has remained almost exclusively the preserve of men. In the 1980s, this changed; many, now notable women photographers began carrying large cameras and tripods into the wilderness. What they found there has added to our understanding of the planet and ourselves,” she continues. “Sternbach is one of them; her photography is about the physical experience of land, sky and sea. It is about solitude, self-reliance, responsibility and the gradual ability to shape the planet’s mysteries into something familiar and personal. She is a risk-taker and feels deeply about our collective impact on these places, asking: What seeds are we sowing, what does history teach us, what can we do to become better caretakers of the earth and each other?” This sentiment is not only visible in the work but also echoed by the artist herself. “The future holds concern for me,” Sternbach admits. “I worry about the political state of the country, the natural environment and the loss of wilderness. I want my children to have a future without fear for the planet and the natural order.”

Photo from Joni Sternbach’s “The Salt Effect” series “Road to Lucin”

Sternbach has explored various historic processes to conjure her hauntingly beautiful images. “I have worked with a variety of materials and mediums,” she explains. “As a way to have a conversation with history and play with photography.” VAST includes images from Sternbach’s popular Surfland series, which documents the various surfers she has encountered on beaches around the world and rendered using the 19th century wet plate collodion process. But it is the candid way she captures these individuals that reveals their genuine passion for and close relationship to the elemental. “What makes great photography is to see something in a new way, through a new sensibility,” McCusker explains. “This is what makes a photographer an artist different from the rest of us wielding cameras and cellphones.”


Fiddler on the Roof

Gainesville Community Playhouse, Gainesville SEPTEMBER 23-OCTOBER 16 gcplayhouse.org, (352) 376-4949 One of the most enduring musicals of all time, this life-affirming story cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion while exploring the essential human longings for love, freedom and success.

La Cage aux Folles

Ocala Civic Theatre SEPTEMBER 7-OCTOBER 1 ocalacivictheatre.com, (352) 236-2274

The Legend of Georgia McBride

This Tony Award-winning musical was one of Broadway’s biggest hits of all time and features songs like “I Am What I Am” and “The Best of Times.” The comedic and heartfelt performance tells the story of the relationship between Georges and Albin. When Georges’ son from a one-night stand announces his engagement to the daughter of an ultra-conservative politician, things quickly spin out of control.

Sweeney Todd

Sonnentag Theatre at the IceHouse, Mount Dora SEPTEMBER 8-OCTOBER 1 icehousetheatre.com, (352) 383-3133

Reilly Arts Center, Ocala SEPTEMBER 8-10 reillyartscenter.com, (352) 351-1606 Not for the faint of heart, this musical thriller by Stephen Sondheim tells the chilling story of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street and his nefarious doings.

The Hippodrome, Gainesville OCTOBER 13-NOVEMBER 5 thehipp.org, (352) 375-4477 A flamboyant and campy comedy about a young Elvis impersonator, barely able to keep a roof over his and his pregnant wife’s head, who transforms into a popular drag performer.

This classic tale of wonderfully mismatched roommates, uptight Felix Unger and the slovenly Oscar Madison, gets a fresh take under the direction of David W. Clevinger.

The Dixie Swim Club

Bay Street Players, Eustis SEPTEMBER 15-OCTOBER 1 baystreetplayers.org, (352) 357-7777 Five lifelong friends gather annually over the course of 30-plus years at the same beach cottage to share joy, heartbreak and martinis. Drawing comparisons to both Steel Magnolias and Golden Girls, it is equal parts heartwarming and humorous.

Feathers Will Fly

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Q&A with Kim Wise, director and choreographer of La Cage aux Folles MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER SEEN LA CAGE AUX FOLLES MAY BE SURPRISED TO REALIZE HOW WELL THEY KNOW THE STORY.

Yes, if you’ve seen the hilarious movie The Birdcage, starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane, then you know the story of La Cage aux Folles. However, there are a few differences between stage and screen. La Cage aux Folles is set in the South of France, so our set designer Joseph Harris has designed a beautiful French town with a quaint, eclectic and friendly European atmosphere. Our costume designer Eryn Brooks has also created some breathtaking costumes.

WHAT’S BEEN THE MOST CHALLENGING ASPECT OF BRINGING THIS STORY TO LIFE?

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The Other Mozart

Phillips Center, Gainesville OCTOBER 23-24, 7:30PM performingarts.ufl.edu, (352) 392-2787 Sylvia Milo’s one-woman show tells the story of the lost genius of Mozart’s sister, once considered to be one of the finest pianists in Europe. Milo has been praised for her phenomenal portrayal of this fascinating woman, who has been all but forgotten by history.

Kinky Boots

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The main goal of this musical is to tell a heartwarming story about love, family and tolerance. It’s a story that will make you laugh and walk away knowing that love can unite us all.

A big-hearted and high-heeled comedic romp with great songs by legendary pop sensation Cyndi Lauper.

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My Fair Lady

Sonnentag Theatre at the IceHouse, Mount Dora NOVEMBER 17-DECEMBER 10 icehousetheatre.com, (352) 383-3133

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Bay Street Players, Eustis NOVEMBER 17-DECEMBER 3 baystreetplayers.org, (352) 357-7777 Based on the raucous hit movie of the same name, this hilarious musical about friendship and revenge centers on three work friends who take on their lying, thieving, sexist boss.

The Platters Salute with Myles Savage Debby Boone

The Sharon, The Villages SEPTEMBER 8, 7PM thesharon.com, (352) 753-3229 Debby Boone earned instant fame in 1977 when “You Light Up My Life” became one of the biggest songs in history. Now Debby is lighting up the stage with a mix of her own hits and selections from the Great American Songbook.

Clint Black

The Sharon, The Villages SEPTEMBER 15, 7PM thesharon.com, (352) 753-3229 Prolific singer-songwriter Clint Black is not only a deeply talented singer and guitarist, he’s a feel-good entertainer. Between his No. 1 hits and fan favorites, Black delights in sharing stories and making his audiences laugh.

The Nutcracker This fairy tale ballet in two acts was created for and first performed at Moscow’s Imperial Theatres in 1892 with music by Tchaikovsky. Through colorful staging and beautiful choreography, viewers follow a little girl who falls asleep after a party at her home and is transported to a fantastic world where toys become larger than life. This annuall favorite has become the most popular show of the winter season. Here’s where you can catch it:

The Nutcracker, Marion Ballet Theatre Ocala Civic Theatre DECEMBER 8-17 marionballettheatre.org, (352) 236-2274

Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale OCTOBER 21, 2:30PM & 7:30PM obopry.com, (352) 821-1201

Myles Savage, former lead singer of The Platters, delivers smooth renditions of the group’s greatest hits while fans sing along and dance in the aisles. Photo courtesy of Metropolis1927.com

Lerner and Loewe’s musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion is the musical by which all others are judged. When rigid linguistics professor Henry Higgins sets out to teach Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle to speak proper English, they both experience an unexpected transformation.

Atlantic City Boys

Circle Square Cultural Center OCTOBER 7, 7PM csculturalcenter.com, (352) 854-3670 Expect dynamic vocals, fun choreography and a rollicking good time from these hard-working performers. With the power of four talented lead singers and chemistry to spare, the group covers the hits of The Beach Boys, The Drifters, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Photo by Andrew Eccles Courtesy of The Sharon

Metropolis: Silent Film + Live Orchestra Reilly Arts, Ocala OCTOBER 28, 7:30PM reillyartscenter.com, (352) 351-1606 Great music and great cinema make for mesmerizing collaborations. The Ocala Symphony Orchestra will perform composer Brian Satterwhite’s acclaimed score as Fritz Lang’s classic silent film Metropolis is screened, during this one-night-only event. The chillingly beautiful science fiction epic, celebrated for its visual sweep and entrancing special effects, tells the story of a futuristic city and the oppressive class struggle brewing beneath its gleaming surface.

Bernadette Peters

The Nutcracker, Dance Alive National Ballet

The Sharon, The Villages OCTOBER 14, 7PM thesharon.com, (352) 753-3229

The Nutcracker, Dance Alive National Ballet

Ms. Peters is one of those performers that commands the stage and delights her fans with equal parts sparkle and shtick. This award-winning star doesn’t just sing a song, she brings out the nuanced character within and breathes life into them.

Reilly Arts, Ocala DECEMBER 5, 7:30PM reillyartscenter.com, (352) 351-1606

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Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Ocala OCTOBER 29, 3PM marionchambermusic.com Gabrielle Chou, former child prodigy, recent graduate of Juillard and Florida-native will appear at a free concert event on behalf The Marion Chamber Music Society. Ms. Chou is an accomplished pianist and violinist, who will play selections on both instruments.


The Everly Brothers Experience Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale NOVEMBER 3, 7:30PM obopry.com, (352) 821-1201

Great music transcends time, as evidenced by the two-part harmonies of brothers Zachary and Dylan Zmed, who artfully recreate the music and magic of Phil and Don Everly over the course of this entertaining evening.

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Alabama & The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet

The Sharon, The Villages NOVEMBER 20, 7PM thesharon.com, (352) 753-3229 Lovers of jazz, soul, R&B and gospel music won’t want to miss the chance to see these legendary talents come together for the first time in a celebration of the eclectic New Orleans sound.

Thornebrook Village Plaza, Gainesville OCTOBER 21-22, 10AM–5PM artfestivalthornebrook.com, (352) 682-2662 A two-day fine arts festival offering visitors an opportunity to interact with top-flight artists like Yvonne Ferguson and Laurie Scott-Reyes, enjoy food from local restaurants and live music from such favorites as The Killer B’s and Middleground. Art on view will include paintings, sculptures, photography, pottery, jewelry, fiber art, wood carvings, glasswork and crafts.

Donnelly Park, Mount Dora OCTOBER 28-29TH, 9AM-5PM mountdoracraftfair.com, (352) 217-8390

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Tens of thousands of visitors flock to downtown Mount Dora each year on the hunt for great crafts, art, ceramics, sculpture, gifts and a vast array of artisan goods. This popular event features on-site craft demonstrations, eclectic eats, music by local performers and a free “Kid Zone” area.

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Motown Magic Concert Circle Square Cultural Center NOVEMBER 25, 7PM csculturalcenter.com, (352) 854-3670

Motown in Motion dazzles with top-notch vocals and high energy choreography in this fantastic tribute show that will transport you back to the soulful sounds of Gladys Night & the Pips, Dion Warwick, The Platters, James Brown, Martha & The Vandellas, The Supremes, The Temptations and The Four Tops.

Judy Garland: Come Rain or Come Shine starring Angela Ingersoll Reilly Arts, Ocala DECEMBER 17, 3PM reillyartscenter.com, (352) 351-1606

There is something unenviable about the idea of measuring up to one of the world’s most beloved performers, but for Angela Ingersoll, it feels like second nature. Her resemblance to Garland, both physically and vocally, is nothing short of uncanny—but it is the way in which she conjures the legendary star’s heartbreaking blend of power and vulnerability, that lifts her performance well beyond mere impersonation.

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Downtown Ocala OCTOBER 28-29, 10AM-5PM fafo.org, (352) 867-0355 Fine art, music, food and fun combine during the last weekend in October at Marion County’s premier art event. For over 50 years, Fine Arts for Ocala has energized downtown with exceptional art, activities and enthusiastic crowds. The festival also showcases a large selection of student artwork from local schools. Enjoy entertainment on two stages and delicious fare from a variety of vendors and food trucks.

Gainesville Downtown Festival & Art Show

Historic Downtown Gainesville NOVEMBER 11, 10AM-5PM AND NOVEMBER 12, 10AM-4PM gainesvilledowntownartfest.org, (352) 334-ARTS Ranked one of best fine art shows in the country, this annual celebration attracts over 90,000 visitors. Talented artists, including notable Gainesville painters Alyne Harris and Sylvia McIntyre-Crook, converge to share their works as visitors enjoy continuous entertainment on four stages and sample mouthwatering local cuisine. Aerial and acrobatic arts studio S-Connection will also perform with guest artist-in-residence and master of Chinese acrobatic arts Dong “Andy” Xin. The festival kicks off November 10 at 7pm with a free Downtown Blues Concert at Bo Diddley Plaza. SEP ’17 ›

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BALL FAN faRE If you’re not sure whether to take in Saturday’s game from the comfort of home or the nosebleed section of the stadium, we’ve got the pros and cons to help you decide. BY CARLTON REESE

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merging from an aisle tunnel at Notre Dame Stadium, the field and crowd appear brilliantly before him. Daniel Ruettiger, Sr. exclaims “This is the most beautiful sight these eyes have ever seen.” Even forgetting the fact that Ruettiger was alive during the era of Brigette Bardot, the statement seems at best a slight embellishment but more truthfully delusional hyperbole. Ruettiger, as portrayed by actor Ned Beatty in the 1993 movie Rudy, had always been content to watch the Irish via the pixels that flew from South Bend into the receiver ensconced by his living room couch. Whatever the sights, sounds and smells offered beneath Touchdown Jesus, they held no sway over Ruettiger who saw little need to battle traffic, weather, crowds and ticket prices simply to watch a game he could do so while also enjoying the creature comforts of his own castle. Ah, but that all changed upon entering the sacred grounds still haunted by the ghosts of the The Four Horsemen, Angelo Bertelli and The Golden Boy. The oxygen inhaled from the game-day atmosphere created a high that not even the cynical Ruettiger could defy. The verdict was clear: Viewing the game on television was no match for attending in person. And so the modern-day college football fan is left to settle the debate for himself: Which is better: attending a game in person or watching it on television? Not wanting to rest solely on the judgment of Daniel Ruettiger, we offer here a more clear path to an informed vote on the issue, so provided is a primer of the pros and cons.

Atten ding The Game Pros: 1. “I WAS THERE” INSURANCE: In case of a ‘Kick Six’ or ‘Immaculate Reception,’ you will not be among the millions of people who tell a lie 50 years later when they claim to have actually been there.

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2. SOCIAL ANIMALS: Pack animals by nature, humans are at their best in social settings, and there is not a greater eclectic social setting than a football game.

2. SOCIAL ANIMALS: Pack animals by nature, humans can be at their worst in social settings. Bring on the game, and let the fan fights begin!

3. PAGEANTRY: This old cliché has its merits. Only at a college football game can a band consisting of nothing but horns and drums sound cool.

3. NO REMOTE CONTROL: You’re stuck in the stadium at halftime, forced to listen to the marching band’s “Tribute to Doctor Who” when you’d rather just switch over to see the dramatic finish of Penn State-Maryland.

4. REAL-TIME ACTION: As opposed to watching the game at a place such as Air’s Palace, there is no such thing as tape-delay when you are in the stadium. 5. EYE CANDY: Oh, to be young again and re-live the youth that springs eternal once setting foot again on campus. Many things may have changed about the old alma mater, but the visuals certainly have not. 6. THE VIEW: From the stands, you ultimately control what you are watching, not having to rely on some producer every minute cutting to shots of some dancing banana or 3 year old in a cheerleading outfit. 7. INSTANT REPLAY: Yes, you get them now in the stadium on the Jumbotron. Needless to say, we never needed them before, but now suicide seems to be compelled without them. 8. CROWD NOISE: Perhaps the biggest difference of all. Whether cheering or booing, is it not more fun when in sync with 70,000 others?

1. EYE CANDY: Public drunkenness, foul language and unflattering outfit choices are bound to be in abundance in and around a college football game setting.

4. TIGHT SEATS: Unless you’re a Bull Gator, there is the inevitability of squeezing next to a sweat-laden ex-shotput thrower. And don’t even think about using the bathroom, after which you must go through fumigation procedures in order to set foot back home. 5. THE VIEW: From the stands, you are at the mercy of your section and ultimately the large support column in your way. 6. CROWD NOISE: Inevitably, the “real” coach with the largest lungs sits in your section. He whines about every play-call and penalty flag thrown. Those who don’t support fan-beating are known to convert rather quickly in such a situation. 7. WEATHER: Games in The Swamp used to be at noon. Now, it’s too hot for some, so many games are played at night. That still does not protect us from the hurtful precipitation known to plague our state from time to time. 8. TRAFFIC: Unfortunately, Burrito Brothers went out of business so there is nothing left to kill time while traffic subsides. Get in line and deal with it—just listen to Gene or Mick on the way home. SEP ’17 ›

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Watching At Home Pros:

Cons:

1. CHAIR GROOVE: The only chair on the planet grooved to your rear end is the one sitting in your living room, not in the stadium.

1. THE CHILDREN: Yes, dad (and mom) get their butt-grooved chairs but also must watch the game amid the torturous screams of their offspring.

2. REMOTE CONTROL: At any time, you may switch over to This Old House or reruns of Hello, Larry.

2. THE TOMB: Sounds of silence echo through the house, unless you want to cheer in solitude, in which case you’re one of those with no life anyway.

3. CONCESSIONS: You will not pay $6 for a Coke when at home, and you have the right to swill a beer without being arrested. 4. “I WAS THERE”: Your mind will have convinced you anyway, so feel free to fib to everyone 50 years later and claim you were actually at the game. 5. AIR CONDITIONING: Precipitation is a non-factor—unless, of course, you have satellite TV. Then you will watch a screen filled with instructions of what to do during the storm. Maybe you’ll miss a TD, but so what? You’re dry. 6. ENLIGHTENED ANNOUNCERS: Thanks to ESPN, Kirk Herbstreit will teach you things you never before dreamed. 040

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3. COMMERCIALS: This is where the remote control comes in to play, unless you’re watching at Air’s Palace with three huge flat-screens and a Grain Vault concert to follow. 4. UM VISITORS: Uninvited they come, unwanted they stay. Don’t let a ‘Cane fan through the doors on game day. You’ve been warned. (Just kidding, just kidding!)

5. HONEY-DO LIST: The lawn must be mowed, the faucet needs repair and the cat just vomited. If you were actually at the game, such things would not matter. But you are home and so is the better half to keep reminding you of your duties.


Essentials For The Tailgating Fan

You’ve elected to attend the game and arrive early for the tailgating festivities. Here are some things to know and essential elements for the proper tailgate experience.

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t’s all about location. Solitude is for hikers and yetis. Park where the party is and preferably near an open field for some long-toss. Avoid foods that require cutlery and perhaps plates. If you must dive into a T-Bone and go all fancy-schmansy, go durable with the plates by incorporating holders such as these reusable plastic paper plate holders, $10 for a dozen on Amazon.

If you park next to a house, make certain the cable TV is exposed so you can splice into it and pirate the source for your three television sets (just kidding!). The only exception would be if no one watches cable any more, opting for “livestream” methods. Ah, nothing screams ‘Ultimate Tailgaiting Experience’ quite like the scene of five of your house guests seated around an ice chest of craft beers all with noses buried in their respective iPads. Large trash bags, Solo cups and koozies can never be too abundant. Chairs must be light, collapsible and comfortable. The Therm-A-Rest Treo Camp Chair fits the bill but is certainly not for the tailgater on a tight budget. It’s

cool, but it’s $99.95 on Amazon. For the rest of us, any folding chair will do. The right grill must also be safe. Try to avoid traveling with gas grills or charcoal fire hazards. An electric grill should do the trick. The Char Broil Patio Bistro is

available at most Lowe’s or Home Depot stores and costs less than $200. Shelter is essential for the larger tailgating experience and can make things bearable during unwanted rain. Again, a unit that collapses small is better for transporting. Simple is better—you don’t want to spend 45 minutes putting up a tent. A typical cheap and easy 10-by-10 tent costs

around $50, but larger ones can be just as simple to put up and take down and will cost over $100. Avoid side walls on your tent lest you be scorned upon as a hater. If watching games and drinking beer isn’t enough for you, try games such as corn hole. Cheap and portable is the way to go and this lightweight, portable GoSports PVC-Framed version costs just $40 on Amazon.

Beer pong tables make a great 2-for-1 investment: useful tailgate table combined with an activity for the restless ones. You can get a beer pong table for less than $100 at Walmart. Avoid chef aprons, especially those with team logos. As such, you will be seen as the servant of the tailgate and be relegated to chores the whole time. Don’t get sucked in to buying tailgate gadgetry or filigree. A fun tailgating experience should not be much different than it was during the First Battle of Manassas (minus the carnage, of course). All it takes is good food, good drinks, good weather and good friends. And a good victory doesn’t hurt, either.

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Chic, bohemian or modern? Make your way to I do with style and ease. Written and compiled by the Ocala Style staff

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ust moments after saying ‘yes’ and slipping on that sparkly ring come thoughts of your big day and spending happily ever after with the one you love. As excitement and plans for that day build and take form, loads of decisions present themselves. Searching through trends, finalizing your style and including the friends and family you hold close can become overwhelming quickly. Instead, let’s keep the fun and celebration front and center throughout your wedding planning process. To help us sort through the trends, we’ve partnered with Robin Fannon, a New York City culinary school-trained chef with 25 years of

experience in professional event planning who now blogs about all things entertaining. (You can find her at rsvprobin.com.) Her best piece of advice? “Get a binder and start putting all of your ideas and thoughts in one place,” Robin says. “When you see something that appeals to you, cut it out or take a photo and print it out, put it in your binder and soon a pattern or particular style will emerge.” So let’s get started: We’ve outlined different styles and up-and-coming trends to give you the options you need to plan the wedding of your dreams. Here’s to you, your day and your happily ever after!

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Your wedding day will come and go rather quickly in the grand scheme of becoming engaged and planning a ceremony. Thankfully, you’ve hired a top-notch photographer to capture all the nuances and splendor that made your day spectacular. “When selecting a photographer, it’s important that you have chemistry and you could see yourself being friends with this person after the event is over,” says Robin. Requesting that the photographer capture plenty of candid moments and interesting angles is one way to surely remember the special moments of the day. And future

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quite popular, as are both low V necklines and high collars, off the shoulder and flutter sleeves and black accents and trim. For the bridesmaids, choose bold colors in mismatched tones. Dresses with flirty floral or ombre patterns are also worth checking out. If you’d like your maids to get use out of their dresses even after your big day, consider going tea-length. And guys, it’s time to let your personalities shine. We like brown, gray or even velvet suits on the gents. Fun, printed or colorful socks or vintage hats add a pop of color to wedding portraits. Another favorite? Suspenders!

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The cake is often the centerpiece of your reception. It stars in photos and is an element to any wedding that many guests look forward to, so make yours memorable. “No more cupcakes please,” says Robin. “And fondant is beautiful but not particularly tasty. Naked cakes, those with just a light layer of frosting, are still really popular now, as are fruit and cream-filled cakes. Fresh fruit and fresh flowers are timeless toppings and decoration, and also popular are cakes with metallic finishes and accents, those with intricate lace designs, drip cakes where the frosting appears to literally run down the sides (yum!), geometricinspired shapes and accents, and light-to-dark ombre cakes. And don’t forget to go all out for the groom’s cake, too. Capture his personality, whether it’s that of a football fanatic or a Wall Street investment broker. Finally, if cake just isn’t your cup of tea, consider hosting a dessert bar. Single serving/bitesized pieces of lots of different desserts, from pies and cookies to cheesecake and mousse, is sure to hit that sweet spot.

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As social media evolves, brides and grooms continue to incorporate more aspects of it into their weddings. If you’re a social media butterfly looking for connection with your guests and lots of interaction on your wedding day, you’ll want to include some or all of these trendy ideas.

Hashtags

Having a whimsical, ‘punny’ or unique wedding hashtag has been perhaps the most popular social media development within the wedding industry in recent years. There are even wedding hashtag generators—you’ll find plenty just by searching Google—to help you come up with the perfect one. You and your guests will love seeing candid wedding shots all in one place.

Geofilters

Create a custom Snapchat geofilter for your wedding day festivities by visiting snapchat.com. You can upload a design or create your own. Submit the artwork, and

designate when the filter will be available. Guests will love snapping memories and good times using your unique geofilter. Just be sure to set guidelines for phone use during the ceremony. Having smartphones raised in the air when you walk down the aisle is a sure way to throw off your wedding photographer—and your photos, for that matter.

Livestreaming

Facebook Live at your wedding? As weird as it may sound, streaming live on social media is a thoughtful option for family members or friends who can’t make it to your wedding. Sure, you likely don’t want it all over the internet, but you can adjust your settings so that any livestreaming you do will only be available to your friends. You can also use a livestreaming service—like idostream.com or mystreamingwedding.com—Skype or Google Hangout. Whatever you choose, designate someone to manage it so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

Pinterest Planning

No idea what photos, colors or centerpieces you want? Pin all of your inspiration to separate Pinterest boards for each part of your wedding. Set your Pinterest boards to ‘secret’ if you want to keep your plans private. Then, simply pull up the appropriate board when meeting with your florist, caterer, photographer or wedding planner.

Wedding Websites

While you’re searching theknot. com, weddingwire.com and other sites for wedding planning lists and tips, go ahead and create your own wedding website. You can keep all of your wedding details in one place, and guests can refer back to your website whenever they need to. Don’t stress about getting everything figured out right away. Aim to share your website’s URL on social media once it’s ready, and then include it on your ‘save the date’ cards and wedding invitations.

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Dieting is not fun or games. In fact, a new survey confirms what we all have been thinking: “Healthy” foods are confusing, and factual nutrition information is hard to come by. It’s this vague or misleading information that causes 56 percent of survey respondents to doubt and question their food choices, according to a study conducted by the International Food Information Council Foundation. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, “For a food product to be marketed as healthy, it should have low levels of total and saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol and have at least 10 percent of the daily requirements for vitamins, fiber and other nutrients.”

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“Frankly, building a five-day festival from the ground up last year often felt like fighting an uphill battle because we had to educate so many people about what a culinary festival entailed,” says Jennifer. “This year, we just point to the pictures and video of last year and ask, ‘Do you want to join us?’” La Noche en Broadway, which means ‘A Night on Broadway,’ is a preview of what the Ocala Culinary Festival can bring together in both taste and community. The sounds and tastes of Spain will transform a stretch of Southeast Broadway Street from Southeast Magnolia Extension to Southwest First Avenue for one October night. This culinary experience will resemble a traditional Spanish street party with flamenco-style dance and music filling the outdoor space and tapas and

wines from various regions of Spain. “We wanted an event name that communicated a Spanish theme,” says Elodie. “This event will be an elegant street party, and the setting will be influenced by Férias held in Spain.” The event’s sponsor, FMC Wealth Management Group, is a big supporter of this community, and Branch Manager & Founding Partner Jay Fratello attended the James Beard Foundation dinner during the first Ocala Culinary Festival. He saw how the festival brought the community together, and, besides having the company’s name associated with this year’s festival, he is especially looking forward to the different events and locations. “It’s something exciting in Ocala that can be built upon in the future,” Jay says. Guests will experience a night of culinary expertise, while also supporting the Marion


Cultural Alliance—the arts organization that has partnered with the festival for the official poster contest. The winning artist, Nancy Wright, was announced in August, and her final artwork will be unveiled for the first time at La Noche en Broadway. Guests will be able to purchase poster prints from the Marion Cultural Alliance and have them signed by her. A few of the event’s participating chefs spent time in Spain to learn about and experience authentic cuisine from various regions of the country, while the other chefs put in significant research in order to bring their best interpretations to the table. With a ticket, guests will enjoy tasting Spain’s well-known dishes and various takes on others. Throughout the evening, three dancers from Siempre Flamenco Company will perform different styles of flamenco dance to live music. Celia and Paco Fonta formed the not-for-profit company in 2002 to bring awareness to flamenco dance and music with the goal to preserve its art and history. Celia has been a professional flamenco dancer for 35 years, and her husband, Paco, is a renowned flamenco guitarist and singer. “Flamenco music and dance developed in the southern part of Spain called Andalusia,” says Celia. “Flamenco dancing is very dramatic, passionate and technically very challenging. The dancers’ feet are used as a percussive instrument.” Traditionally, flamenco dance is performed to live music as a solo and follows a rhythmic structure that allows dancers and musicians to work together and easily improvise. At La Noche en Broadway, the dancers will perform several different styles of flamenco. “The audience will be mesmerized by the passion displayed in the performance,” Celia says. “The depth of its human emotion is timeless and crosses all ethnic cultures and experiences.”

The sounds and tastes of Spain will transform a stretch of Southeast Broadway Street from Southeast Magnolia Extension to Southwest First Avenue for one October night. In addition to the dance performances, live music and various chef-prepared tapas, guests will have the opportunity to taste wines from different regions of Spain. There will be five different wine stations, and Miguel Torres wines will be featured at the event. “The Torres family has been making wine in the Penedes region of Spain for over 140 years. That’s five generations of family winemaking,” says Heather McCleaf, a festival board member and wine consultant. “All of their wines are estate-grown, and they are very passionate about sustainability in their winemaking process.” As a senior sales consultant for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits,

Heather chose wines from the Torres family that she has worked with before, ensuring the best and most appropriate palate-pleasers for the Spanish street party. Tickets for this one-of-a-kind event are limited, as are tickets to the upcoming Ocala Culinary Festival. The festival will take place from April 11-15, and tickets will be available for purchase on November 1. Visit ocalaculinaryfestival.com for more information. Expertly prepared dinners, tastings and cocktails are waiting!

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Food swaps showcase unexpected ingredients in a healthy new light. › By Angelique Anacleto Ditch the same old, same old for nutritious new twists. Superfood switcheroos perform culinary sleight of hand by fooling you into eating healthy. Try transposing this tired flavor for that crafty stand-in, and reinvent mealtime.

Cauliflower As Smoky, Cheesy Popcorn

Inside a Ziploc bag, shake florets along with nutritional yeast, turmeric, onion powder, cayenne powder, sea salt, cracked pepper, stevia and coconut oil. Place in a dehydrator at 135°F for one hour.

Broccoli As Guacamole

Cauliflower As Pizza Crust Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Pizza Crust is comprised of nutty, riced cauliflower and corn flour. Cornstarch, potato starch, olive oil and sea salt bind this gluten-free dough and total a scant 80 calories per slice. Serve as breadsticks, too. ($4/10.6 ounces) Black Bean As Brownies

Tofu As Scrambled Eggs

Sprinkle turmeric over drained, mashed extra firm tofu. Pan fry as you would scrambled eggs. For a convincing omelet version, toss in garlic, diced vegetables, cumin, sea salt and pepper.

Spaghetti Squash As Spaghetti Pasta

Zema’s Madhouse Black Bean Brownie Bites exploit the deep, dark flavors of black bean and cocoa powder mixed with teff flour, a high protein ancient grain. Hemp, chia and flaxseed add an extra energy kick. ($7/ baking mix)

Cover seeded spaghetti squash halves with aluminum foil, and roast at 425°F for 20 minutes. Uncover, and roast an additional 35 minutes. Further mimic spaghetti strands by scraping squash flesh with a fork. Top with sauce, meatballs and Parmesan.

Carrots As Hot Dogs Cauliflower As Mashed Potatoes

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Briefly boil in an umami (brothflavored) marinade. Add soy sauce, chipotle and maple syrup. Cook for 10 minutes until glaze forms, char on grill and top with fixings.

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slaw, smoothies, muffins and as “tater tots.” popsugar.com › Exchange oil in baked goods

Bananas As Ice Cream Purée frozen, chopped bananas in a blender, and voilà—rich ice cream flavor. Uncanny!

for your choice of applesauce, avocado, bananas, beets, black beans, pumpkin, prunes, tofu, yogurt or zucchini.

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Simmer broccoli over medium heat for 15 minutes; then drain. Process Greek yogurt, garlic, jalapeno, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, pepper and salt in blender for one minute. Add diced tomatoes.


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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.

Call Braised Onion catering, “When Only the Best Will Do!” “Comfort Food With Attitude!” Visit our website at braisedonion.com

Need a boost? The coffee, tea, cold drinks and eats at Chelsea Coffee Company will do the trick.

Braised Onion 754 NE 25th Ave, Ocala › (352) 620-9255 Tue-Thu 11a-9p › Fri-Sat 11a-10p › Sun 11a-8p braisedonion.com Welcome to Braised Onion, where you can experience a fun, colorful meal in a casual atmosphere. While fall is just around the corner, wedding season is year-round here at Braised Onion! We have a beautiful, private dining room that can accommodate weddings and social events for up to 75 people. Our full-service catering department can make all your event dreams come true. Let us handle all the details so you can relax and enjoy your special day. Winner of Culinary Combat, and four-time winner of Taste of Ocala, including 2017 winner of “Best Dessert.”

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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7&7 › 2119 SW 1st Ave., Ocala › the7n7.com › (352) 355-1223 There’s an unassuming quality about 7&7 from the outside, which might have something to do with the fact that the building once housed a drive-thru pharmacy. And if that history has seeped through in one distinct way, it is that this new addition to the culinary landscape is a true tonic for the soul. First-time restaurant proprietor DonaMarie Nosse, who along with her husband, Noel, has cultivated a warm and inviting atmosphere

that has quickly made it a runaway success. In addition to the great coffees (ground fresh when you order), an exceptional wine list, a large craft beer selection and innovative menu items, what makes this a standout is how the owners enjoy curating each guest’s experience. This is evident from DonaMarie’s delectable custom gourmet tasting boards (cheeses, fruits, chocolates, etc.) and

healthy Panini sandwiches to their wine and beer pairing recommendations. They also offer flavorful and healthy salads, as well as innovative dinner specials on the weekend. One of the novel elements of the business is they’ve kept the drive through in the mix. “Part of our concept was to have a way for moms to pick up dinner without the kids having to get out of the car.” DonaMarie explains. “I wanted to make their lives easier

and more enjoyable. For a mom to be able to call up, order some paninis or a cheese board, ask us to choose a bottle of wine for her and also get beer for her husband and some basic grocery items, without ever getting out of the car… that’s a service! I’m a mom of five, so I know.” All total, it’s an inventive and surprisingly sophisticated concept with a down-to-earth vibe in a space that is cozy enough to feel like home.

Valentina’s Sandwich Factory

Owners Araceli Lujan and Nino Perisic have been delighting visitors to their charming casual dining restaurant with a variety of delicious salads, soups and sandwiches since opening recently. In fact, Lujan explains that her express goal is to make people happy with her menu, which includes Aztec chicken soup, Argentinian empanadas, Mediterranean couscous, waffle crab cakes, baked brie, avocado toast, Limoncello cake and classic tiramisu.

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at this Grand Central District bakery and dessert bar that they are opening a second St. Pete location this month. With a name that nods to the proper pronunciation of soirée (swah-rey), the owners have taken the definition to heart by creating a party vibe around their delectable desserts, offering six types of draft beer and a selection of wines, in addition to their tea and locally roasted coffee. Although their cake slices, pie in-a-glass and crème brûlée draw crowds, their bite-size “Minis” cupcakes are the star attraction.

132 East Magnolia Ave., Eustis › (352) 408-9608

There’s something genuinely sweet about Valentina’s, and it is reflected in co-owner Araceli Lujan’s smile. The menu is an eclectic mix of Italian, South American and Mediterranean dishes, lovingly made with fresh herbs from her front yard garden. Everything is homemade, and you won’t find anything fried on the menu.


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Don’t forget their free doggie sundaes and baby cones for children under 40 inches. Banana Thursdays: Bring your own banana and get 1/2 price on a banana split!

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).

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.

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. 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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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!

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 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.

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Let Chefs of Napoli Cater your next event! We can accomodate small and large parties. FULL CATERING SERVICE Italian Toscani Style!

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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.

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FILMS to Watch Stronger • September 22 Jake Gyllenhaal stars in the inspiring true story of Jeff Bauman and his struggle to recover after the loss of both his legs during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Despite his injuries, Bauman was able to help Boston law enforcement identify one of the terrorists. Stronger is an inspirational story of one man’s journey to overcome devastating adversity and go on to become a symbol of hope and determination for a wounded world. Jake Gyllenhaal in Stronger

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Young Sheldon September 25, 8:30pm CBS (two-episode premiere)

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It might be a “spin-off ” of The Big Bang Theory, but this prequel about child genius Sheldon Cooper has more in common with The Wonder Years and American Housewife than the laughtrack laden sitcom that first birthed Sheldon. In fact, the most direct link between the two shows is the narration by Jim Parsons. Sweet and sentimental, the series is set in an East Texas Bible-belt town circa 1989. Iain Armitage is charming and engaging as young Sheldon, but it is Zoe Perry as Sheldon’s mother that anchors the show with her heartwarming intensity.

Will & Grace September 28, 9pm, NBC They’re back, and thanks to a Dallas-style switcheroo, the cast is living single once again. Forget the finale. The reboot gets the show back to the big-hearted, bawdy action that made it a fan favorite and won it 16 Emmys.

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Good Reads Victoria & Abdul September 22 When it comes to finding the humanity and wit at the heart of the most imperious monarchs, Judi Dench is the gold standard. She received an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Queen Victoria in the 1997 film Mrs. Brown, which explored the queen’s Judi Dench in unorthodox relationship with Victoria and Abdul her servant John Brown. This time Dench returns to the sovereign’s royal robes with another relationship that sent shockwaves through the royal court, a young Indian clerk who grew to become one of Victoria’s most trusted friends.

Keep It Local Wear Your Wings 5K Run and Walk Citizens’ Circle, September 16, 8am5pm, wearyourwings5krunwalk. itsyourrace.com October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but the Marion County Children’s Alliance Family Violence Prevention Workgroup is kicking things off this month with some great events that raise awareness and funds to help victims and survivors of domestic violence. The organization works in conjunction with the Marion County Sheriff ’s Department, the Ocala Police Department and other community

organizations in an effort to offer vital services and break the cycle of domestic violence. In addition to the run/walk, the group will also be hosting A Night of Hope on September 28, the Swing to Break The Silence Golf Tournament on October 6 and Break the Silence on Violence Conference on October 13. View all the upcoming events at breakthesilenceonviolence.org. If you are a victim of domestic violence and need help, call the Ocala Domestic Violence/ Sexual Assault Center’s 24-hour hotline at (352) 622-5919 or check out links to community resources at marionso.com/domestic-violence.

End of Summer Bash Tuscawilla Park, September 16, 10am2pm, ocalafl.org Send summer off with a bang at this outdoor extravaganza featuring activities for kids and adults, including interactive games, great crafts, food trucks and lots of vendors. Reggae band Propaganjah will provide live entertainment.

Origin By Dan Brown

For the past 15 years, Dan Brown has thrilled readers—and film audiences alike—with the exploits of his globetrotting character Professor Robert Langdon. Through his bestselling book series, which includes Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol and Inferno, the fictional Harvard professor routinely finds himself on a perilous adventure to uncover the truth about some of history’s most compelling mysteries. Origin opens as Langdon arrives in Spain for the announcement of a discovery that will change the face of science forever. In typical fashion, the event erupts in chaos, and soon Langdon is teamed up with a beautiful young woman in a race to uncover the truth. Although his previous novels have toiled in the past, Origin revolves around the modern art world and some cuttingedge technologies.

The Cuban Affair By Nelson DeMille, AUTHOR EVENT: Barnes & Noble, Lake Sumter Market Square, September 27, 1pm Meet the New York Times bestselling author at a talk, Q&A and book signing for his new novel The Cuban Affair. This eagerly anticipated thriller introduces “Mac” MacCormick, a former Army infantry officer who now runs a charter fishing boat out of Key West, and follows as he becomes embroiled in an action-packed treasure hunt that may cost him his life. SEP ’17 ›

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La Cage aux Folles

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The Odd Couple

Sonnentag Theatre at the IceHouse, Mount Dora

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Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I

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Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra

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The Return! Peace of Woodstock

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Life Beyond Amazing: Defining Moments with David Jeremiah

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

Survivors Support Group › Last Tuesday of the month at 1pm in the chapel at Ocala West United Methodist Church (room 235), (352) 291-6904

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Amazon: Visionary Artwork of Pablo Amaringo and His Students will feature approximately 95 paintings by Peruvian artist Pablo Amaringo and his students from the collection of Scott Olsen, Ph.D. The exhibit will open September 22 and be on display through January 14, 2018. In addition, a selection of 60 paintings by Amaringo and his students, also from Dr. Olsen’s collection, will be on display at the College of Central Florida’s Webber Gallery from September 14 through October 20. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.

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Sleeping with Sirens

The Social, Orlando

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Foster the People

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currently seeking new members. Rehearsals begin September 5. (352) 615-7677.

Trips ’N’ Tours (September 6) › This Appleton Museum program will take guests to the Brown Museum of Daytona Beach, home to the largest collection of Florida art in the world, followed by a leisurely two-hour cruise on the Intracoastal Waterway and Halifax River. $85 for Appleton members and $95 for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4456. Ocala Plein Air Painters (September 9) › The Ocala Plein Air Painters will be at Silver Springs State Park from 9-11:30am creating works of art. Admission is free with park entrance. silversprings.com or (352) 261-5840.

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Fall Market (September 23) › Marley Mae Market & Paperie will host this

fall market from 11am-4pm. The event will feature a showcase of work from local artists. (352) 438-0088 or facebook.com/marleymaedesigns.

MAX Paint Out (September 23) › The 3rd

Annual MAX Paint Out will take place throughout downtown Ocala from 8am1pm. Painters, photographers and sculptors will take to the streets to create their own artistic versions of historic downtown Ocala. (352) 629-8414 or maxocala.org.

Ocala Recovery Fest (September 23) › Join the Voices For Recovery to

celebrate the gains made by those in recovery. The event will take place from 10am to 2pm at Tuscawilla Park and include a memorial walk, memory wall, honor guard, food and entertainment. (352) 438-5992.

Applaud the Arts

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Applaud The Arts event will take place at the Reilly Arts Center from 5:30-8pm. The event will begin with libations and tapas from the community’s top chefs on the second floor of the Discovery Center before moving into the Reilly Arts Center for the announcement of the MCA Art Awards and the award of the 2017-18 MCA Cultural Grants. Tickets are $30 or $25 for MCA members. mcaocala.org or (352) 369-1500.

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The City of Ocala will present the fourth annual Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Contest in February 2018. Interested artists should submit entries no later than September 30. ocalafl.org/outdoorsculpture or (352) 629-8447.

Oktoberfest (September 30) › Tuscawilla Park will host this authentic Oktoberfest event featuring live music on the Reilly outdoor stage, Biergarten and food. The event runs 3-7pm, and admission is free. ocalafl.org or (352) 239-5888.

Gospel Concert Benefit (September 30) › Families for Cancer

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bike rides throughout the week and weekend. brickcitybicycles.com or (352) 369-9400.

Kayak Outings (Ongoing) › The Marion County Parks and Recreation Department will host several kayak outings for children and adults. marioncountyfl.org or (352) 671-8560.

Florida Safari (September 3) › 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. The tour begins at 10am, and only 15 spots are available. silversprings.com or (352) 236-7148 ext. 4.

West Ocala Wellness Community Garden Day

(September 9) › The City of Ocala will host an event from 10am-12pm at the

community garden located at 2200 W Highway 40. Community members are encouraged to attend and replant their crops for the spring or start a new garden plot. Plots are available for $10 per year. (352) 368-5540 or facebook.com/WOWcommunitygarden.

Yoga in the Park (September 10) › Power Yoga Ocala will host a

free, hour-long yoga session at Tuscawilla Park at noon. The group will meet at the oak tree between the playground and the Reilly Arts Center. (352) 368-5535.

Silver Springs Garden Tour (September 10) › A ranger-led tour of the Courtyard Garden, Crossroads Garden, Camellia Garden, Fire & Water Garden and Wildflower Garden will take place at 1pm. The tour will consist of a discussion of the gardens’ history, seasonal flowers and wildlife, and more. Admission is free with park entrance. silversprings.com or (352) 261-5840. Walk Of Hope (September 16) › The 5th Annual Walk of Hope will

take place at Citizens’ Circle at 8am. The walk raises awareness of domestic violence in the community. ocalafl.org or (352) 438-5993 or (352) 875-1248.

Nature Hike (September 17) › A guided nature hike through Silver

Springs State Park will take place the third Saturday of each month through May. Sturdy walking shoes, a canteen and insect repellent are suggested. The hike is free with park admission. silversprings.com or (352) 236-7148.

Ocala Zumbathon (September 22) › This fundraising event benefits the United Way of Marion County and includes four sessions of Zumba from the area’s top instructors. The event will take place at the Ocala Downtown Market from 6-9pm and includes a variety of vendors. feeldowntownocala.com or (352) 629-8231. Cornerstone Leads the Way 5K (September 23) › The annual Cornerstone 5K will take place at the Baseline Greenway Trail. This year’s event will feature a Doggy Fun Run with proceeds benefitting VOCAL. The event will also include a 1-mile Puppy Parade, Cutest Pet Costume Contest, Puppy Kissing Booth and more. The run kicks off at 8am and 8:05 for walkers. itsyourrace.com or (352) 351-8840, ext. 202.


Other Fun Stuff! Ocala Health Events › A special cooking demonstration for those with

metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes or diabetes will take place on September 13 along with a special seminar on the dangerous effects of uncontrolled diabetes taking place on September 15. 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.

Marion County Chili Cook-off Registration (Through October)

› The 36th Annual Marion County Chili Cook-off will take place on November

4 at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion. Registration is now open and will run through October. Registration is $60 through September 7, $70 through October 5 and $80 after if space allows. Proceeds benefit The Cornerstone School. marioncountychilicookoff.org or (352) 804-2450.

Ocala Carnival (September 3) › The North Central Caribbean Culture

Carnival Association will present the 2nd Annual Downtown Carnival at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park Recreation Complex. The event will feature Caribbean food, dance and music. ncccca.org or call (352) 470-7799.

Saving Paws and Hooves Festival (September 9) › The Maricamp

Animal Hospital will host a fundraising event from 4-8pm. The event will include live music, a comedian, free food, hospital tours and raffles. Admission is free, and all proceeds will benefit animals in need of medical care in the area. (352) 624-0300.

Doggone Good Reading Program (September 9, 23) › Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to read to a Humane Society of Marion County dog on select Saturday mornings at 11am. Advance registration is required. thehsmc.org or (352) 873-7387 x204. Design, Decorate and Discover Series

(September 13, October 12, November 9, January 11) › United Way of Marion County’s Women’s Leadership Council, “Women of Worth,” will host its second annual four-part series called “Design, Decorate and Discover” that includes expert insights, hands-on activities and fun ways to connect with women in our community. All proceeds will benefit the ReadingPals program. (352) 732-9696 or uwmc.org.

LEAF Series at Sholom Park (September 15) › Sholom Park will host

the first event in the LEAF ( Learn Explore Appreciate Focus ) Series. Maxine Hunter of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Services will discuss the olive trees lining the park’s Olive Promenade. The event will begin at 10:30am at the main pavilion. Bring a lawn chair, and wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Admission is free. sholompark.org or (352) 873-0848.

End of Summer Bash (September 16) › Tuscawilla Park will host a familyfriendly event from 10am-2pm. The event will include Reggae music, children’s activities, adult beverages, vendors and more. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5517. TGZone Community Concert (September 16) › The TGZONE Community Concert will take place at 6pm in the ballroom of the George Washington Carver Community Center in Crystal River. Attendees are asked to bring two or more canned goods for entry, which are used in upcoming community programs at the center. tgzconcert.eventbrite.com. A Night at the Library (September 29) › The Ocala Public Library Headquarters will host a golf-themed fundraising event from 7-9pm and includes mini golf, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and more. Tickets are $20 each, and the attire is golf casual. friendsoftheocalalibrary.org or (352) 368-4591. Bump, Baby and Beyond Expo (October 1) › The Third Annual Bump, Baby and Beyond Expo will be held at the Hilton Ocala. The event features an array of vendors, demonstrations, activities, giveaways and more for both the expectant and experienced mother. 10am-3pm, tickets are $5 general admission and $25 for VIP. bumpbabybeyondexpo.com or facebook.com/bumpbabybeyondexpo. SEP ’17 ›

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ecently, at the sold-out-inadvance gala to benefit both the Reilly Arts Center and the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, 160 guests donated nearly $81,000 to the arts and culture in our lovely community. The gala was held at the Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club. Guests arrived early to sip complimentary beer and wine while viewing an eclectic display of silent auction items. During dinner, music by Mike and Jessica Matthews and their band The Kings of Swing set the mood, as did the live auction. Ocala Symphony Orchestra CEO and Maestro Matthew Wardell spent the evening thanking guests for their generous contributions. The Night at the Copa event committee was led by the Reilly’s Executive Director, Pamela Calero, and assisted by Marketing and Patron Coordinator Natasha Herrera. Event committee members included Ana Soler, Kelsie Ruff, Kristina Donohue, Megan Whittaker, Olivia Ortiz, Dana Demilio, Robin Fannon, Hilary Hoover and Maureen Fannon. Kudos to the event committee for organizing such a successful evening. Sponsors for this gala included Bill and Cindy Nassal of Stone Cliff Farm, Jim and Melodee Schneider, Chuck and Anne Koch of

Oak Lane Farm, Golden Ocala, Regions Bank and Gateway/ CenterState Bank. The new president of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Directors, Bill Nassal, observes, “We are proud of Ocala. Ocala is the only town of its size in the country with a full symphony orchestra that also operates its own 700-seat entertainment complex. These accomplishments are due to the support given by our Ocala patrons. Last season, 110 events were held at the Reilly and 45,000 attendees graced the Reilly’s doors.” With an eye to the future, Nassal also notes, “The OSO/Reilly Board of Directors has been supplemented by a new associate board of young local business professionals, which brings another generation of Ocala business people into Ocala arts.” The Reilly is committed to inspiring the next generation of music and arts lovers. Through such OSO programs as the Symphony for Schools and the Young Artist Competition, among other events, the Reilly and OSO encourage young talent to thrive. The OSO has made a real commitment to our youth. Building on a firm foundation with the promise of an illustrious future, the Board of Directors for the OSO and the Reilly Arts Center recently elected the following officers: William Nassal, president; Robert Reilly, vice president; Jim Schneider, treasurer; and Susan Gilliland, secretary. The coming season at the Reilly Arts Center will see many popular and even sold-out events. In its third season, the Reilly Arts Center will feature a lively variety of performances. The Ocala Symphony Orchestra offers a subscription package of five concerts plus additional concerts such as Live Orchestra + Silent Film: Metropolis on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Be sure to reserve your seats early for the special holiday-themed events. For ticket information, visit reillyartscenter.com or call the box office at (352) 351-1606.

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Chuck and Anne Koch

Krostom Freeman-Lowry, Joanne Brinkman, Diane Bostwick and Kathy Maechtle

Joel Downing and Victoria Billig

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Barbara Fitos, Bruce and Vicki Listebarger

Vanessa Thomas, Jessi Miller, Tom Dobbins, Patti Morgan, Christina D’Amato-Miller and Chad House

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Cheers & Beers

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Young Professionals Ocala recently hosted a social networking event at Tri-Eagle Sales. Besides meeting and connecting with other young professionals, those in attendance enjoyed a tasting and class on all things beer.

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Summer Gill and Billy Gilchrist

Ashley Davies and Alex Fontana

Stefani Garcia and Rebekah Hill

Sarah Damien and Rhoda Walkup

Jessica Gilbert and Elizabeth Shor

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Indian Independence Day

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In honor of Indian Independence Day, the India Association of Ocala recently hosted a celebration at the India Association Cultural and Educational Center. Medical professionals and business owners in the community enjoyed delicious food and drink, along with festive Indian dances.

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Chadni Patel, Daisy Jaikissoon, Angelique Ramotar, Jasmine Jaikissoon, Sarah Patel, Emily Peira and Sayjal Jaimungal Tina and Rayna Chandra

Pravina Cacodcar and Lakshmi Jagalur

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