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COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS PA R E N T I N G P O I N T E R S CLASS ACTS SNAPSHOTS

The real people, places and events that shape our community. › By Cealia Athanason, JoAn Guidry, Bonnie Kretchik and Sean Trapani

Dedicated to enriching the lives of local families. › By Kevin Christian, Laurel Gillum and JoAnn Guidry

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042 Our Town. Things every Ocalan should know, see and do. › By Cynthia McFarland & Nick Steele

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

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034 Igniting the Fire Of Hope.

Our Town

Things every Ocalan should know, see and do

On the cover:

030 8 Great Parks.

It’s time to get outside—we’ll help you choose where. › By Katie McPherson

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

Photographer: Ralph Demilio

In This Issue

Plus: Rockin’ Ocala

Bringing opportunities for survivors of domestic violence. › By Cynthia McFarland

038 Rock On, Ocala.

Nearly a year into the phenomenon known as “Ocala Rocks,” and this artsy movement is only getting bigger! Read on to find out how to get in on the fun. › By Cynthia McFarland OCT ’17 ›

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This phantom energy can account for up to10% of your electrical cost. Energy Vampires can be hard to find. Be sure to turn the products off or unplug items like toasters, CD players and cell phone chargers. For larger items such as computers and TVs, use a power strip to turn everything off at once.

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The Ocala Arts Festival, run by an all-volunteer board, draws more than 25,000 visitors each year. This year’s event will take place October 28-29 and feature the work of 155 carefully selected artists vying for over $22,000 in prize money. Along with some of the country’s most beautiful artistic creations, the event will include live local entertainment on the downtown square stage and at Citizens’ Circle, a student art showcase, food trucks, children’s activities and more. For more information, visit the Fine Arts for Ocala website at fafo.org or call (352) 867-0355.

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As summer subsides, fair and festival season fires up. Be sure to keep this list handy in the upcoming months. › By Bonnie Kretchik

PRIME PATCHES AND CORNY FUN Head to theses area pumpkin patches and corn mazes for fall family fun. TIMBERLINE FARM CORN MAZE FESTIVAL, BELLEVIEW timberlinefarms.net or (352) 454-4113 SCOTT’S MAZE ADVENTURES AND CORN MAZE, MOUNT DORA longandsctottfarms.com or (352) 383-6900

Going Nuts October 7 The 29th Annual North Central Florida Peanut Festival is Williston’s biggest one-day event featuring plenty of peanutty fun for the whole family. 8am-4pm at Williston’s Heritage Park. willistonfl.com or (352) 528-5552.

Get Cultured October 7 The 13th Annual Ocala Cultural Festival is a local favorite and will be held at Tuscawilla Park this year from 11am-3pm. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5517.

Festival Fun October 19-22 Fall would not be complete without a trip to the annual Blessed Trinity Carnival featuring rides, games, fun houses and more. btcarnival.org or (352) 622-5808 ext. 3356.

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The annual Ocala Pumpkin Run includes fun for the kids and a premier car show of all makes and models, vendors, monster trucks, BMX biking, motocross and more. ocalapumpkinrun.com or (352) 620-9998.

COON HOLLO CORN MAZE, MICANOPY coonhollocornmaze.com or (352) 318-9258 DUNNELLON PICKIN’ PATCH, DUNNELLON dunnellonpumpkinpatch.com or (352) 533-4344 DRUID HILLS PUMPKIN PATCH, OCALA druidhillsocala.org or (352) 629-5688

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Gettin’ Chili For The Love Of Jeeps October 20-22 Jeep-lovers will converge at the Market of Marion for the 20th Annual Jeeptoberfest. The event is one of the largest Jeeponly events in the Southeast. ocalajeepclub.com.

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Turtle-Tastic October 27-29 The Cooter Music Festival, held at Liberty Park in Inverness, features three days of live music, carnival rides, over 100 vendors, turtle races and more. cooterfestival.com or (352) 341-7820.

November 4 For 36 years, chili aficionados from far and wide have brought their best batches for a chance to win the coveted Marion County Chili Cook-Off crown. This year’s event runs 10am-5pm at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion. marioncountychilicookoff.org or (352) 351-8840.

The 4th Annual Harvest Fest Music and Food Truck Festival will boast live music, over 40 vendors and more than a dozen food trucks. The Harvest Fest runs 1-10pm at Tuscawilla Park. feeldowntownlive.com or (352) 401-3980.

Tis The Season November 18 The winter season kicks off with the annual Light Up Ocala event. Held downtown from 4-9pm. ocalafl.org or (352) 629-2489.


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t is fitting, therefore, that friends and colleagues of Mary Britt have made her the honored subject of a celebrity roast this month—a gala event that will honor her 30 years of service as the beloved executive director of the Ocala Civic Theatre (OCT). Britt’s own Theatre story began as a volunteer for the organization she now leads. She had just moved to Ocala and taken a job in the art department at Pioneer Products (now Signature Brands). She knew few people in Ocala at that time. But that feeling of anonymity worked in her favor and helped persuade her to respond to an ad in the local newspaper. “The ad said the theatre needed 40 volunteers,” Britt said. “I thought it would be easy for

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me to hide in the crowd during the audition.” Instead, the director walked on stage during the audition and stopped to listen to each individual performer. Britt’s talent impressed the director. It was to be one of the most pivotal events in her life—and not merely for her chance to perform. “I also really liked the people,” Britt reflects. “Everyone was friendly, open and welcoming.” Encouraged by the warmth of those around her, Britt went on to volunteer for the OCT for the next six years. After her third year, she was asked to serve on the board of directors. After her sixth year, the theatre chose Britt over several national candidates to become the new executive director—a role she

has masterfully played for the last three decades. Britt plans to continue in her role for many years to come. But for now, the roast will create an opportunity for people to honor Britt’s milestone, invest in the future of the OCT and laugh until long after the curtain falls. Roast Mary Britt will take place on November 14 from 6-8:30pm at the Circle Square Cultural Center. Emceed by Chip Morris and Gary Rigby, this once-in-a-lifetime affair will be an evening of food, drinks and memorable moments from many distinguished guests.

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Dr. William Slayton and his team are expanding treatment options for children facing leukemia. He was able to give Tionna a bone marrow transplant from her sister, despite the girls only being a partial match. After 378 days in the hospital, Tionna is back where she belongs — doing cartwheels. And Dr. Slayton is back to searching for new solutions that move medicine forward.

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The CEP boasts an impressive equine outreach program. › By JoAnn Guidry

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ouisa Barton may have an unwieldy position title: director of equine engagement for the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership (CEP). But it is one she absolutely holds with ease. “I was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Horses are a way of life in England,” says Barton. “My mother was a rider, and I was on a horse before I could walk. I rode hunter/jumpers, did some cross country and absolutely loved fox hunting. And I had family members who trained Thoroughbreds at Newmarket. Horses have always been in my life.” Barton’s family moved to the Cape Coral, Florida, area in 1987; she joined them a year later. There, she bought her current horse, Sunny, a now 24-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse. “But Cape Coral wasn’t very horsey,”

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says Barton. “And every time I’d drive through Ocala, I’d think it would be a good place to live because it was so horsey. So finally, I moved to Ocala in 2000, and I love it here.” Barton wasted little time integrating herself into the Ocala/Marion County equine communities, soon producing and hosting a Florida Sports Talk radio show on all things horse related. When CEP President and CEO Kevin Sheilley and Brian Cox of Millennium Realty began brainstorming about an equine engagement position, Barton snagged the job in late October 2016. “The 2013 Ocala/Marion County Equine Economic Impact Study showed that the equine industry had a $2.6 billion economic impact on the area,” says Barton. “That was the impetus to take a more hands-on approach to dealing with the big disconnect between the non-equine and equine communities. My position was created, and Brian Cox became the presenting sponsor of it.”

Barton says her title sets the parameter of “engaging our non-equine community with our equine community, assisting our equine community as much as possible and showing how important horses are to our community.” Barton is involved with myriad tangents, including Equine 101 sessions for CEP members, Horse Shows In The Sun (HITS), the Florida Horse Park, a new annual all-breed horse event on the downtown square, a future equine hub downtown and hall of living equine champions. She also continues to host The Horse Talk Show every Saturday from 8-10am on 100.1FM and 900AM. “The equine industry here is a vibrant one. We have all the pieces. We just need to bring them all together,” says Barton. “The ultimate goal is to aid and foster appreciation for the equine industry’s vital role in our community.”

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or the third time, TEDxOcala is bringing our community challenging ideas and thought-provoking speakers thanks to the event’s organizer, Manal Fakhoury, and a small group of committee members. “Everything just came together and started lining up,” says Manal. Manal originally began the application process with TED two years prior to the first TEDxOcala event in 2015. She and a few ladies had collaborated on the idea before she applied as a TEDx organizer. The many rules that TED has for independent events put her

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through a rigorous process before it all finally worked out. To obtain a license for the event, organizers must follow TED’s guidelines, such as having a cap on the number of seats that can be sold for the first event. The number of seats were capped at 100 the first year and 300 in TEDxOcala’s second year. This year, it is anticipated that TEDxOcala with sell out the entire auditorium at the Reilly within the first several days. That’s 700 seats. “You [as the organizer] have to attend one of the TED events to upgrade,” says Manal, explaining the new ticket increase for this year, and adding that she attended one TED event last June and another this past April for that very reason. This year’s theme is ‘Risk Change,’ a topic that Manal believes will strike a chord in those attending. Of the 14 speakers lined up, six of them are local. In order to narrow down the number of speaker applications, there are two ways committee members select speakers:

Speakers are either invited by the committee or given a 30-to-60-day window to apply. The main thing committee members guard against is motivational speaking. Speakers are to present new, out-of-the-box and gamechanging ideas that challenge the audience rather than only motivate them. “As speakers speak, I think they will give the audience that ‘aha’ moment,” Manal says. “It’s going to be phenomenal. I think we have an excellent lineup.” Manal’s goal is to make TEDxOcala the best independent TED event in the world. As she continues to grow TEDxOcala, her vision is to bring speakers with pertinent ideas to impact people in the community to share these ideas and, ultimately, make a difference—whether it’s in their own lives or in the lives of others.

LEARN MORE › TEDxOcala is on

Saturday, November 4 from 9:30am to 4pm at The Reilly Arts Center. Visit tedxocala.com for more information.


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The Birds & The Bees

Talking to their kids about sex makes a lot of parents (and kids) uncomfortable.

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It’s a necessity, though. And parents, according to a survey conducted by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, your kids actually want to talk to you about sex. Turns out that 52 percent of children ages 12 to 15 said their parents have the most influence when it comes to sex, with friends far behind at 17 percent. For the 16 to 19 age group, 32 percent of teens say their parents carry the most weight, with 28 percent saying their friends have the most influence. Research also shows that young people who believe there is an adult they can talk with and trust are less likely to have a teen pregnancy. Parents, if you want “the talk” to go well, make the conversation casual and don’t lecture.

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The Curiosity Connection

Patrick Ledzian, a 2013 Vanguard High School covaledictorian, is awarded not one but two prestigious scholarships to pursue a master’s degree abroad. › By JoAnn Guidry

Curiosity may have killed the cat, but a what-if mentality has fueled Patrick Ledzian’s life path. And although only 21, Ledzian’s accomplishments thus far are quite impressive. In May of this year, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Ledzian was then assigned to USCG Cyber Command in Washington, D.C. before departing for the Netherlands’ Delft University of Technology on August 18. The reason for the latter is that Ledzian received both the 2017-2018 Fulbright Award and the 2017-2019 Justus en Louise van Effen Excellence Scholarship. In doing so,

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he became the first USCGA graduate to be awarded two scholarships to pursue the same graduate research project. At TU Delft, Ledzian will work toward earning a master’s of science degree in Systems and Control. “I’ve always liked to say that I don’t know what I don’t know,” says Ledzian, an avid backpacker and national chess champion who enjoys classical music, Rembrandt and Vermeer. “Growing up, I observed my father (Kevin) doing very interesting things because he was curious about them. He had a career in forestry and was both a mechanical and nuclear engineer. I learned from my father about having

a creative thought process to solve problems, to do things in a new way.” Ledzian segued from an interest in computer science to electrical engineering, which he says “gives you a great perspective of how all the parts work.” While attending the USCGA, Ledzian adds that he was “fortunate to have been surrounded by supportive faculty and classmates that encourage what-if thinking.” It was while working with other USCGA Honors Program classmates that Ledzian first had the spark of curiosity about the feasibility of using small unmanned aircraft in USCG search and rescue missions.

“A rescue helicopter has to cover hundreds of miles of water,” he says. “But what if you used something the size of a model helicopter and equipped it with a specialized flight control system. Then you could have a fleet of maybe 10 of what we call small unmanned aerial systems (SUAS) to help cover a lot more territory. This is going to be the focus of my graduate work.” Following the completion of his two-year master’s program at TU Delft, Ledzian has tentative plans to join the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA to work as a robotics engineer. “But I’m also going to stay open to other opportunities,” says Ledzian. “I want to go where my curiosity takes me.”


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Optimum Optimism

How does your mini-me view their glass of chocolate milk? Half full or half empty? › By Laurel Gillum

Listen for absolutes Keep an ear out for words that signal all-or-nothing thinking such as, “This always happens” or “I never do anything right.” Encourage your child to replace absolutes with less exaggerated phrases like, “Sometimes our team wins, but today we lost.” Commendation Focus on effort, not achievement. When this tactic is applied to the

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grades your child brings home, you want to build on the idea that success comes from hard work. You never want to imply that an “A” is what makes a child smart. Your child may conclude that if they ever get anything below the best, they have failed. Instead, remind them to always do their personal best and not to compare themselves with others.

It’s a date No matter how old we are, we all look forward to those dates on the calendar circled in red. Find things for you and your family to

look forward to together. Keep a big family calendar of all the fun activities that the future holds. Is Grandma visiting? A trip to the zoo planned? Mark it on the calendar! It’s all about you Your own efforts in positive thinking set a great example for your kids. When an issue arises, don’t complain. Instead, brainstorm (out loud so the kids can hear you) different ways you could solve the issue. Next time your children face a similar situation, encourage them to use this same method. Just imagine “What do you want to be when you grow up?” An astronaut? An explorer? This question encourages children not necessarily to set realistic goals but to think imaginatively about their future. Believe it or not, this is a form of optimism. 

MAKE A “HAPPY” LIST Have your child keep a journal and write down five different things that make them happy each day. At the end of one year, they will have 1,825 fond memories to look back on—and even more to come.

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Raising optimistic children today can be a challenge—especially with the slew of negative news outlets via social media and cell phone notifications. Even the negative topics your children overhear others discussing can have an impact on their way of thinking. Although it’s nearly impossible to keep a barrier between kids and technology, there are some ways that you as a parent can help your child find the silver lining.


City of Ocala

Recreation and Parks

AFTER DARK IN THE PARK MOVIE SERIES Fridays | 7:30-9:30 p.m. Popcorn and drinks available for nominal fee. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Oct. 6 | HIDDEN FIGURES Citizens’ Circle | 151 SE Osceola Ave. Oct. 13 | ROGUE ONE (STAR WARS) Tuscawilla Park | 500 NE Sanchez Ave. Oct. 20 | MOANA Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex | 1510 NW Fourth St. Oct. 28 | BEETLEJUICE Fort King National Historic Land mark | 3925 E. Fort King St.

OCALA CULTURAL FESTIVAL Tuscawilla Park | 500 NE Sanchez Ave. Saturday | Oct. 7 | 11 a.m.-3 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.

EIGHTH AVENUE ADULT ACTIVITY CENTER 830 NE EIGHTH AVE. | 352.629.8545

OCTOBER FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK DOWNTOWN OCALA First Friday of each month Oct. 6-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.

FORT KING NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK 3925 E. Fort King St. | 352.368.5535 EDIBLE PLANT HIKE Saturday | Oct. 7 | 10 a.m. As the season changes, so do our plants. During this hike, you’ll discover edible plants in your own backyard! Learn about native and non-native plants, their edibility and historic food sources. COEXISTING WITH FLORIDA WILDLIFE

FISH FRY AND CLASSIC CAR SHOW Friday | Oct. 13 | 5 - 7 p.m. Enjoy classic cars and live music to help raise money for the Senior Fall Fishing Derby. Come tour our newly renovated adult activity center featuring new programming!

Saturday | Oct. 14 | 10 a.m. Be bear aware. How do we coexist with the Florida black bear? Learn the do’s and don’ts of encountering this wild animal that deserves our care and respect.

SNACKS & FACTS: SILVER SPRINGS STATE PARK (AGES 50+)

Saturday | Oct. 21 | 6-9 p.m. Gather around the fire for some spooky tales! Partnered with the Marion County Library System.

Wednesday | Oct. 25 Come explore Florida’s oldest attraction. On a glass bottom boat ride, you’ll learn about our state’s history and more. Fee is $8/person.

SPOOKTACULAR FORT AND HAUNTED TRAIL

HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY (AGES 50+) Saturday | Oct. 28 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. Halloween costume contest, karaoke, food and fun!

STORIES UNDER THE STARS: PHANTOM IN THE FORT

Saturday | Oct. 28 | 5-10 p.m. Do you dare to explore the haunted fort? Test your wits through this spooky trail... the darker it gets, the scarier it becomes! Trick-ortreaters should come dressed in costume and prepared for candy. Beetlejuice will be playing on the lawn.

LILLIAN F. BRYANT COMMUNITY CENTER 2200 NW 17 Pl. | 352.629.8389 FUN ZONE AGES 5-18 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 (Aug.10-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. TRICK OR TREAT AGES 12 and under Monday | Oct. 30 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. Trick-or-treat! Come out for games, crafts, a costume contest and a lot of candy!

E.D. CROSKEY RECREATION CENTER 1510 NW Fourth St. | 352.401.3920 FUNTASTIC AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

DISCOVERY CENTER 701 NE Sanchez Ave. | 352.401.3900 NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM AGES 5-8

Friday | Oct. 13 | 6-9 p.m. Enjoy after-hours excitement with hands-on activities! $15/child/night. SUPER KIDS SAVE THE WORLD ALL AGES Now through Jan. 20 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. SUPER SATURDAYS ALL AGES Saturdays | Oct. 28 | 2-2:45 p.m. Get an in depth look at Super Kids Save the World. Program includes story time, hands-on science and a craft. $8/person.

LAIRD EXHIBIT City Hall | 110 SE Watula Ave. Mondays through Fridays Now through Oct. 24 | 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Cphace images depict natural phenomena such as Alaskan glaciers and rainforests, Okefenokee swamps, Costa Rican rainforests, South Carolina plantation and gardens, South Florida gardens and the Everglades swamps.

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.

www.ocalafl.org/recpark

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RECYCLED ART EXHIBIT Exhibit will be displayed at: Discovery Center Recreation and Parks Administration Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center Barbara G. Washington Adult Activity Center Mondays through Fridays Now through Jan. 20 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


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Hurricane Irma Marion County Public Schools came to the rescue when Hurricane Irma projected her wrath in early September. Because our community does not have an active Red Cross chapter, public schools serve as shelters during hazardous weather. Fourteen schools can handle 14,987 evacuees plus 400 pets. Fortunately, Irma did not require all 14 schools. Here’s a look at how Marion County Public Schools served our community during one of Mother Nature’s most severe storms.

› Governor Rick Scott closed all schools Friday and Monday, Sept. 8 and 11. MCPS closed the following four days, Sept. 12-15. The following dates will be used as weather make-up days for Hurricane Irma:

› 16 bus drivers and their vehicles picked up special needs and other evacuees from all over Marion County, and then returned them home once the storm had passed. › 400+ school district employees manned shelters, served food, transported special needs patients, took care of pets and provided countless other services to those evacuees.

› 11 schools opened as shelters, including three as “special needs” shelters. › 4,800+ evacuees received safe housing, hot food, comfort, care and personal attention in our school shelters. › Over 400 pets were housed at Vanguard High, including 247 dogs, 115 cats, 13 birds, three rabbits, two fish, one hamster, one guinea pig and one raccoon family (four pet raccoons). › School principals served as shelter managers and received annual training to successfully prepare, open, operate and close a shelter. 028

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› 300 anticipated special needs evacuees turned into 800, prompting additional shelters to open. › All schools re-opened one week after Irma to a first-day-ofschool atmosphere.

The following early release dates will now be full school days: Nov. 1, Dec. 6, Jan. 24. October 17, previously listed as a teacher training day, will also now be a full school day. › The day after Irma hit, 24 schools had no power. That number dropped to 10 three days later, five four days later and then to two five days later. Six days after Irma struck, power was restored to all 52 schools. SECO, Ocala Electric Utility and Duke Energy made schools a priority. › MCPS sold 10K gallons of diesel to Duke Energy to help fuel their 1,700 trucks and 3,700 workers staged at the Dunnellon Airport. › All students can receive free lunch through Oct. 20 as hurricane relief. MCPS continues offering free breakfast to all students regardless.


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Ivelisse, 7, Krystian, 6, and Solianna, 4, at Peachwave enjoying a sweet treat

THESE LOCAL KIDS KNOW HOW TO HAVE FUN! CHECK OUT THEIR PHOTO-WORTHY MOMENTS.

Elizabeth celebrating her 9th birthday

Carter, 1, at the Citizens’ Circle Splash Pad

Blake, 19 months, playing at Tuscawilla Park

Logan, 2, at Disney World

Ashley, 14, Victoria, 18 months, Bella, 5, and Danny, 8, at M.O.M.S. Memorial Park Everly, 1, and Addelynn, 3, enjoying the new Lily’s Pad splash park

Layla, 3, and her pig

Hailey, 11, at Indian Lake Trailhead

Darcie, 10, Austin, 11, and Heather, 12, at the Lily’s Pad grand opening

Sara, 2, at the Palm Chevrolet carnival

Kenslee, 8 months, enjoys the great outdoor weather

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Parks IT’S TIME TO GET OUTSIDE—WE’LL HELP YOU CHOOSE WHERE. By Katie McPherson As Floridians, few things will get us outdoors faster than a brisk October breeze. Trying to soak up some seasonal weather with the family while the weather’s right? Get everyone in their play clothes and head out, near or far, to one of these eight great parks and playgrounds.

tennis courts, lighted basketball courts, one racquetball court, a baseball field, shuffleboard and the most necessary amenity of all—clean restrooms.

2.Brick City Adventure Park

1.Tuscawilla Park 829 NE SANCHEZ AVE., OCALA Perhaps the most beloved park in the Ocala area, Tuscawilla gets plenty of attention for its art installations and the numerous community events hosted there each year. Now over 100 years old, the park is becoming a cultural hotspot with the adjacent Tuscawilla Art Park, which hosts live music and performances. Art and events aside, Tuscawilla features a state-of-the-art playground, a paved walking trail around “Lake Tuscawilla” dotted with sculptures by local artists, lighted

Photo by John Jernigan

For traditional park amenities, Brick City Adventure Park has you covered with a playground, lighted football field and track, a lighted multipurpose field for soccer and other games and picnic pavilions. For a more adventurous family outing, or even a business teambuilding event, visit the park’s low ropes obstacle course. And if you’re interested in caving, the office of Parks and Recreation offers an expedition into White Cliff Cave for $40. Participants can climb down into the natural, untouched cave and crawl through smaller spaces to explore its nooks and crannies. To register for caving, visit marioncountyfl.org/parks.

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1211 SE 22ND ROAD, OCALA

3.Scott Springs Park 2825 SW 24TH AVE., OCALA This 22-acre park is nestled in between shopping plazas and commercial buildings, and the city’s efforts to renovate the park have turned it into a local gem. The park’s green space surrounds a spring-fed pond, grotto and cave, making it a beautiful place to spot wildlife and relax in a natural setting. It also has walking trails and a 3/4-mile bike trail, as well as restrooms and nearby stores for easy picnic supply pickups. OCT ’17 ›

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4.Depot Park A new addition to Downtown Gainesville, Depot Park is being called the Central Park of the city after its August opening last year. The park features an expansive playground designed to reflect the surrounding industrial district. It’s also more inclusive than most, with handicap accessible ramps leading to jungle gyms and harnessed swings. The play structures cover about the space of a football field, so kids won’t be too crammed, either. The Blue Grotto splash pad provides waterfalls, ground jets, water cannons and hidden fossils, making it the perfect place to cool down. Stroll through the conservation area (but stay on the path of course, because, you know, alligators). A waterfront promenade is perfect for evening strolls, and the open green space is ideal for games of tag or lounging to read a book. The park even has a general store, Pop-A-Top, stocked with snacks, beverages and even park essentials like sunscreen and kites. Everything in Depot Park is free to access while the park is open from dawn to dusk. It’s also a destination for family-friendly entertainment, like family dance parties with DJ Dad and Karaoke for Kids. Visit depotpark.org for a complete schedule of events. The Cade Museum for Creativity and Innovation is also located here and will open to the public in early 2018, so keep an eye out for events and programming here at cademuseum.org.

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200 SE DEPOT AVE., GAINESVILLE

5.Flemington Community Park 18200 COUNTY ROAD 329, REDDICK Flemington Community Park has something for everyone: tennis courts, basketball courts, a volleyball court, a multipurpose field with a backstop for softball and baseball, a walking path and a playground. Be sure to check it out for a weekend family gathering during the seasonal weather. With picnic tables and grills already there (and games and entertainment provided, of course), it’s got you covered.

6.Jervey Gantt Park 2200 SE 36TH AVE, OCALA Jervey Gantt is another well-known Ocala park, with over 60 acres of land and a two-mile clay and paved trail for walking or running. Guests can choose from three different loops, and the entire path is lit for evening strolls or jogs. Exercise stations around the park offer detailed instructions for athletes of all fitness levels to use. It’s also home to M.O.M.S. Memorial Park, which has two waterfalls, a reflection pond and a garden. Kids can romp on the two playgrounds, and don’t forget the sports amenities: two basketball courts, three tennis courts, three sand volleyball courts, two racquetball courts, four T-ball fields, one baseball field and two soccer/football fields with bleacher seating. It’s also home to the Marion County Youth Football League. Jervey Gantt Aquatic FUN Center is located here, too, with plenty of water features and a twisting waterslide. Between May and September, two-hour swim sessions are available for $2 per child and $3 per adult, with open swim 11am-5pm on Saturdays and noon-5pm on Sundays. Entrance into the rest of the park is free, with ample parking and restrooms available.


8.Kanapaha Veterans Memorial Park 7400 SW 41ST PLACE, GAINESVILLE This park has something for kids of all ages, with one play area meant for children up to age 5, complete with bucket swings and smaller, safer play structures. The second area features taller structures to climb, a zip line, fireman pole and more, and larger swings nearby. This park is also known for its perfect climbing trees. A sand volleyball court is available, as well as a basketball court and baseball diamond. Scenic fitness and hiking trails are perfect for jogging or bringing Rover along to stretch his legs. There’s even a cement hockey rink here, and when it’s not in use, kids can use it to ride their bikes, scooters\ and skateboards, too.

7.Little Springs Park,

or “Creative Playground” 600-698 NW 2ND AVE, CRYSTAL RIVER Adjacent to City Hall, this playground is known and loved for its wooden playground. It features an open-ended design that encourages imaginative playing with structures like forts, ships and cars alongside the old favorites like swings and slides. A smaller play area is available for little ones, and two shaded gazebos are perfect for Mom and Dad to keep cool and out of the sun.

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Good Old Games (And New Ones, Too)

Sources: ocalafl.org, marioncountyfl.org, fun4ocalakids.com, ocalamarion.com, depotpark.org, wired.com

Not to say that anything’s wrong with a game of tag or hide-and-go-seek, but when the kids get tired of the classics, you’ll need some easy ideas on hand. Here are some new games to introduce into your rotation—and bonus, they use household items you can easily throw in the car before you head out to the park.

FRISBEE TOSS

CAPTURE THE FLAG

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• Two or three Frisbees • As many laundry

• Two flags of any size (or

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baskets as possible Markers Paper Tape

Designate each hamper’s point value (5s and 10s are good, and set up a 25 a little farther away). Write them in large numbers on paper, tape one to each hamper, and set them at varying distances away. Take turns throwing Frisbees for points. Winner gets a few extra pushes on the swing!

just some decent-sized sticks found at the park)

This game works best with a large group. Split into two teams, each with a flag or other marker at the team’s base. Each team must run into the other’s territory, capture their flag and make it back to their own base without being tagged by an enemy player. If players are tagged and sent to jail, they can only be released if one of their teammates runs in to tag them out.

RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT No supplies needed for this grade school favorite, just a large area to run. One person plays the traffic light. With their back turned to the group, they yell “green light!” The group must run to get as close to the traffic light as possible until the traffic light player turns around and shouts “red light!” Everyone must freeze, and anyone the traffic light sees moving must return to the starting line. The first person to tag the traffic light player gets to call the shots next round.

SCAVENGER HUNT You’ll need…

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down the list of items to find Containers or paper bags to collect finds along the way

On the way to the park, get everyone excited by brainstorming what items to put on your list. Some suggestions include: something rough, something smooth, something beautiful, a leaf chewed by bugs a rock or even a bird’s feather.

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Igniting the

Fire of Hope Bringing Opportunities for Survivors of Domestic Violence

BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN JERNIGAN


No more.

She made a vow to herself if he laid a hand on her one more time, she was leaving. No more excuses. No more second (third, fourth...40th) chances. She’d heard about the domestic violence shelter here in Ocala, and this time, finally, she was ready to leave for good. She was going. Her bag was packed and hidden in the closet, so when it happened again that night—like she knew it would—she did it. She left. Imagine how she felt when she called the shelter and was told their safe house was full. No open beds. There’s a friend she can stay with tonight, maybe a couple nights. But after that? Suddenly, what felt like hope looks a lot like darkness.

The shelter opened in 1975 as a rape crisis center, starting as one of four other shelters in rural areas launched by Wilson and nearly a dozen volunteers. “We got more calls on our hotline for domestic violence than rape, so we thought we needed to do something about that,” recalls Wilson, whose background is in therapy. “We started with one house as a shelter and have been in our current facility since 1979.” The average stay at the shelter is 15 weeks, but extensions are sometimes given. The goal of case managers working with each individual is to help them get into safe housing and, if needed, find employment. “The typical person coming to the shelter is a mother with two kids, but we’re now seeing older women whose kids are grown,” says Wilson, noting that it’s not just women who are

victims of domestic violence. “We also get men calling the hotline, about 150 a year, but they mostly come for counseling and resources, rather than housing.” For whatever reason, the last few years seem to have generated more people seeking escape from domestic violence situations. Unfortunately, not all those individuals found a place to go. “The last two years have been tough, and we’ve had to turn people away because we were at capacity,” says Wilson, adding that’s not just the story in Ocala. “There are 42 to 43 domestic violence shelters in the state of Florida, and most of them are full most of the time.” “That’s unacceptable; something needed to be done to help women and children escape a dangerous situation and have a place to stay,”

More Need Than Space

“Right now we have 60 beds, and every month we turn away 30 to 70 women and children because the center is at capacity,” says Dr. Judy Wilson, director and co-founder of the Ocala/ Marion County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Center, a non-profit organization.

“That’s unacceptable; something needed to be done to help women and children escape a dangerous situation and have a place to stay.” — JEANNE HENNINGSEN

Ladies of the Ignite committee, L-R: Carlean Harris, Karen Hatch, Vickie Griffith, Kelly Brogan, Judy Wilson, Jeanne Henningsen, Leda Pérez, Stacy Alpizar, Jessi Miller, Jess Breaux, Nicole Graff, Shirl Matz, Karen Buss, Amy Keel, Martha Jane Davis, Barbara Sattoe, Kelly Wheat, Diana Ayers, Danielle Doty

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says Jeanne Henningsen, chairwoman and a driving force behind Ignite, an event she helped create to raise funds for the Ocala/ Marion County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Center. The event is co-chaired by Leda Perez.

Lighting A Fire

The first Ignite fundraiser luncheon was held in January 2017 and raised $15,000. In attendance were professional women from the community who came together with a passion to help women in domestic violence situations. Those funds, together with a federal/county grant and private donations, have enabled the Ocala/Marion County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Center to purchase the old Cloud 9 nightclub building on Pine Street. For years, the shelter has housed the safe house and also offices for support staff, including case managers, counselors and victim advocates, many of whom have worked with Wilson for 15 years or longer. There is even an attorney whose services are free of charge to those at the shelter. The Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Center works handin-hand with local law enforcement and the court system when restraining orders are needed by victims. Once the support staff offices are relocated to the Cloud 9 location, which will be known as Guiding Hearts Domestic Violence Counseling Center, much-needed space at the safe house will open up. In fact, moving the offices out of the shelter building will allow room for up to 85 beds. The eventual goal is to be able to offer 100 beds. Funds raised by Ignite and through local donations will assist with the renovations to make this possible, turning the old office spaces at the shelter into living quarters. A complete remodel will also be necessary of the Cloud 9 structure. “The property is large, and our hope is that down the line, we’ll be able to expand and have even more staff support at this location,” Wilson adds. To celebrate the purchase of the building, the CEP will hold a Ribbon Cutting event on Thursday, October 5 at 4:30. This will also be a fundraiser for the center with raffle prizes

valued at over $100 each. Another important component of this event is the opportunity to educate the public on domestic abuse and what the Ocala/Marion County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Center has to offer. The public is invited to attend this CEP Ribbon Cutting event and enjoy food generously provided by Woodlea Gardens Catering. Funds raised at the event will go toward the renovation projects.

“Our next Ignite fundraiser will be held on January 25, 2018, and our goal is to raise $30,000 for the shelter.” — JEANNE HENNINGSEN

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Henningsen notes that the Ignite fundraiser was not a one-time occurrence. “Our first Ignite event last January was incredibly successful, and we were so motivated by that success that we’ve decided to keep doing it,” she says. “Our next Ignite fundraiser will be held on January 25, 2018, and our goal is to raise $30,000 for the shelter.” The invitation-only event will be held at the Klein Center at the College of Central Florida. “By the time someone gets to the point of seeking help at the shelter, they usually have realized they need to move on from their abuser,” says Henningsen, who herself fled an abusive marriage years ago. “When I left my abusive situation, I had family to go to and also a full-time job. I had resources, but a lot of women don’t have the resources I had. “I know how horrible it can be in an abusive situation,” says Henningsen, “and how wonderful it is when you are healed and on the other side with a healthy relationship and a great life.” The Ocala/Marion County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Center and the Ignite events are all about giving more women the critical resources needed to find a way out to a safer, brighter future.

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Marion County Domestic Violence/ Sexual Assault Center, ocaladvshelter.org, Business line: (352) 351-4009, Need help? Call the hotline: (352) 622-8495, (352) 622-5919 › igniteforocala.com

Owning Up to Reality Sadly, domestic violence is nothing new. “It’s happened for centuries, but one of the things that concerns me is that domestic violence has become an everyday thing,” observes Judy Wilson, CEO of the Ocala/Marion County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Center. “It’s on television, in magazines; it’s everywhere. It’s a common story now, and many people don’t understand that it’s very dangerous and can actually lead to murder. Women always hope love will change things, but abusers have to help themselves, and most of them don’t know how to do that.” Wilson notes that in the last 12 months:

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OCALA FAMILY MEDICAL CENTER

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

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James London, MD

Robert Williams, MD

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Adam Alpers, DO

Brian Pecoraro, DO

Mimi Balch, MD

Stacey Graham, ARNP-C Linda Bellows, ARNP-C Laurel Bryant, ARNP-C Karen Larsen, ARNP-C Brittani Losapio, ARNP-C Tyler Lindsey, PA-C

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

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

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• Dermatology

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

• Family Practice • Women’s Health Collette Mercier, MD

• Women’s Health • Well Woman Exams and Pap Smears Evette Hearn, ARNP

Date: Thursday, November 2nd Time: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Don’t miss this one night only event! Take advantage of our amazing specials, enjoy Location: OFMC Aesthetics & Laser refreshments and learn about our various aesthetic treatments and procedures. 2121 SW 22nd Place Ocala, FL 34471

OFMC Aesthetics & Laser - Open House

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Nearly a year into the phenomenon known as “Ocala Rocks,” and this artsy movement is only getting bigger! Read on to find out how to get in on the fun.

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ooking for something to spark creativity? Spread a smile? Maybe it’s time you picked up a paintbrush. And a rock. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock (pun intended), you’ve probably heard of Ocala Rocks, a local Facebook group dedicated to spreading joy by painting rocks and hiding them around town for others to find. The official Ocala Rocks Facebook group was founded in December 2016 by Ocala moms and entrepreneurs Aften Nichole and Jodie Frantz Johnson. The idea was to launch a “community-building group meant to inspire creativity in all ages and energize people to explore the beautiful area we live in.” Ocala Rocks has exploded in popularity. With 1,500 members this June, the group had grown to 9,000 members by the beginning of September and continues to expand. Members paint small rocks and often post pictures on the Facebook page before hiding them. Many of them pen “Ocala Rocks” on the backs of their rocks. “It’s really taken off. You can find rock painting groups across the United States and even in other countries. It reminds me so much of the Flat Stanley craze,” says Cindy Lynn Skinner James, who serves as a moderator of the Facebook group and is an avid participant, having painted over 530 rocks since July 4. Cindy Lynn loves the fact that some rocks end up hundreds—even thousands—of miles from Ocala. “I’ve seen posts where people have found my rocks here in Florida, and they’ve ended up as far away as Anchorage, Alaska,” she says. Ocala preschool teacher Jaime Compton discovered the project this summer. She and her boys Christian, 11, and Colin, 7, were painting as many as 10 rocks a week, then leaving them in local parks. “It brings us together as a family because we sit down to paint,” says Jaime, who also appreciates the fact that they’re exercising together when going to the parks, as well as learning more about their town.

Rock painting has become so popular, some kids are requesting painting parties for their birthdays. Craft stores like Michaels have held painting workshops, and local businesses are also getting onboard. “We started rock painting for our Kids’ Nights, and it was a huge success,” says Sheri Brinck, who works at Mojo Grill and Catering and is on their promotions team. “We plan to do a large rock hunt at our Trunk or Treat event on Halloween at our Silver Springs location.” Sheri admits she had so much fun organizing the kids’ painting events that she’s started painting and hiding rocks herself.

In The Beginning The irony is that this burgeoning “rock movement” was actually born out of tragedy. On October 20, 2013, an accident claimed the lives

of two beautiful girls in Seattle when Anna, 6, and Abigail, 11, were struck by a vehicle in front of the family’s home while playing in a pile of leaves; both girls died from their injuries. (Read their story at: love-drenched-life.com/ love-rocks.) Heartbroken but comforted by the thought of their daughters in heaven together, their parents, Tom and Susan DieterRobinson, started Love Rocks, a project in honor of Anna and Abigail, decoupaging fabric hearts onto rocks. To the couple’s surprise, the project took on a life of its own. Not only have their Love Rocks turned up across the United States and beyond, but numerous rock decorating groups— including Ocala Rocks—have sprung up across the country.


LET’S ROCK

Get Started!

There are no rigid rules to being part of the rock painting phenomenon. You can use “found” stones or buy smooth river rocks by the bag. Paint your design with inexpensive acrylic paints. (Because kids are often the “finders,” keep those designs G-rated, please!) You can use paint markers for fine detail. Once paint is dry, seal it with a spray-on clear sealer for protection against the elements. Leave your rock outside in a public place. Be respectful of businesses and private property, and never leave a rock where it can cause harm. If you find a rock, you can keep it or give it away—immediately or whenever the mood strikes. “Once you put your rocks out there, you don’t own them anymore,” says Cindy Lynn, who routinely keeps a painted rock in her pocket so she always has one to leave. “We really just want to spread joy and inspire creativity. It’s a way of paying it forward, giving freely without the expectation of anything in return,” she adds. “You’re randomly leaving something for someone else to find and make their day.”

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Want to get in on the rock painting craze? Whether you’re looking to play hide-and-seek with these rocks or just want an artistic way to relax and unwind, we have the essentials needed to get you started.

The Rocks

Florida isn’t exactly known for its rocky landscape. That said, you can purchase smooth river rocks from any home improvement store. A 20-pound bag will probably run you around $10. Many local landscape companies are also allowing “rockers” to fill 5-pound buckets with the rocks of their choice for just $5. We know the following businesses offer that sweet deal. There may be others, so call around before making the drive. › Mulch & Stone Superstore, 7699 SW State road 200, Ocala › Dirt Cheap, 13265 US 441,

Summerfield › Southern Aggregate (The

Rockyard), 7598 SE 59th Ct., Ocala › Rural King offers a

large bag of river rocks for $3, 2999 NW 10th Street, Ocala

The Supplies

If you’re going to be placing your rock outside, you’ll want to use acrylic paint. We like the 50-cent variety found in the craft aisle at Walmart. Make sure to invest in a variety of brush sizes and styles, including flat tip and pointed paint brushes. Again, any discount store (or Amazon for the home shopper) can hook you up. If you really want to get fancy, acrylic paint markers are the way to go. Many people find the markers easier to control than a paint brush, and by selecting fine or ultra-fine tips, you can get the tiny details and outlining just right. Once your masterpiece is complete, seal it with a clear sealant. Glossy or matte is your choice. We like Rust-Oleum Clear Gloss spray. If you’re going for an extra glossy shine, try Deco Art Triple Thick Brilliant Brush On Glaze. An 8-ounce jar should run you less than $6.

The Ideas

Don’t consider yourself an artist? No worries. A quick Google or Pinterest search will yield thousands of rock-painting ideas. Go crazy! There are also plenty of popular books now at local bookstores or on Amazon. Our new favorite is Rock Art! Painting and Crafting with the Humble Pebble by Denise Scicluna.

The Event

Ocala Style staff members have been busy painting rocks the last few weeks, and we want to give them away— to you and your little ones!

Ocala Style Rocks

We’re going to hide hundreds of rocks (including the ones pictured throughout this story), and we want you to find them! Oh, and there will be prizes, too! You could win a $50 gift card to Harry’s Seafood Bar and Grille in downtown Ocala or a gift basket filled with painting goodies. And don’t forget to stop by our painting station to paint your very own rock creations to hide so you can keep the fun going! › Saturday, October 28, 10am-12pm › Scott Springs Park, Ocala › Find out more information at facebook.com/ocalastyle.


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OUR TOWN Things every Ocalan should k now, see and do

BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND AND NICK STEELE

Whether you’re new to the area or a life-long resident, we think our guide to all things Ocala will be a resource that’s worth hanging on to!

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Equestrian Endeavors

Photo by John Jernigan

Ocala Farm Tours

You’ve probably heard that the 2017 Kentucky Derby winner, Always Dreaming, was started and trained in Ocala at Crupi’s New Castle Farm. But Always Dreaming is hardly unusual; so many top Thoroughbreds get their start in Ocala, known far and wide as “Horse Capital of the World.” And it’s not just Thoroughbreds who make their home in Marion County. There are more horses and ponies—representing over 50 different breeds—in Ocala/ Marion County than anywhere else in the country. And 35,000 jobs in Ocala are related to the horse industry. The best way to experience a taste of the local horse industry is through a farm tour, which is where Ocala Farm Tours comes in. Whether you’ve been around horses your entire life, or don’t know a whinny from a nicker, this “insider’s tour” is both educational and entertaining. Limited to 10 people, the tour lasts approximately four hours and takes place in the morning, Monday through Saturday, rain or shine. (Afternoon tours are available for groups of five or more people with advance notice.) Tours are by reservation only and include visits to several local farms, where participants get an up-closeand-personal look at the horse industry. Tour guides are avid horse people and long-time Ocala area residents. “You’ll go behind the scenes of working horse farms in Ocala and meet the horses and people who work there,” explains tour operator Karen Grimes, noting that each tour includes three venues, and that the itinerary varies. The tour van departs from Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association. (352) 895-9302 › farmtoursofocala.com

Horse Country Carriage Co. & Tours

Learn about the area’s amazing equine history and famous horses as you tour some of Ocala’s beautiful farm country by horse-drawn carriage. Your tour guide shares facts, nostalgia and perhaps even a bit of gossip, accompanied by the musical clipclopping of hooves on peaceful back roads. Your hour-long carriage tour meanders along country lanes where you’ll see a variety of horses along the way. Tours by reservation only. (352) 727-0900 › hcccandt.com

Florida Agriculture Center and Horse Park This 500-acre facility is home to numerous local, national and international equine events throughout the year. (352) 307-6699 › flhorsepark.com OCT ’17 ›

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Home of “Champ,” one of the Horse Fever horses, the FTBOA houses an assortment of memorabilia representing the state’s Thoroughbred industry. Enjoy the displays of paintings, photos, memorabilia and trophies, including the 1956 Kentucky Derby trophy won by Florida-bred Needles. (352) 629-2160 › ftboa.com

Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS)

Winter Circuit brings close to three months (mid-January through late March) of top level horse show activity to Ocala. No other hunter/jumper circuit on the East Coast features such a wide-ranging opportunity all the way from elementary school-age beginners to Olympic-caliber competitors hailing from across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Classes take place Wednesday through Sunday each week. Food, gift, jewelry, clothing vendors. Hitsshows.com › HITS Post Time Farm (352) 620-2275

Grand Oaks Resort and Florida Carriage Museum

This exceptional museum is home to one of the world’s largest private collections of carriages and equine artifacts, including over 160 European and American carriages. Reserve a carriage ride to explore the beautiful grounds. (352) 750-5500 › thegrandoaks.com

Southeastern Livestock Pavilion

Home of numerous equine competitions, livestock and community events throughout the year, including the Southeastern Youth Fair, Southeastern Pro Rodeo and many more. (352) 671-8600 facebook.com/SoutheasternLivestock-Pavilion-Marion-County-FL

Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company

Watch Thoroughbred horses be sold at live public auction several times per year, many of which were raised right here in Ocala. (352) 237-2154 › obssales.com 044

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Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association

Gypsy Gold

Discover the history of the enchanting Gypsy Vanner Horse, first brought to America in 1996 by Dennis and Cindy Thompson, during a two-hour tour of the farm and horses. Reservations required. (352) 307-3777 › gypsygold.com

Photo by Ralph Demilio

Horse Fever Horses

Ocala’s first county-wide public art project began in 2001 as a partnership with Marion Cultural Alliance, Florida Thoroughbred Owners’ and Breeders’ Association, the City of Ocala, local businesses and philanthropists. All told more than 50 artists created over 85 works. Many of these life-size horses remain on display throughout the county. Why not plan your own tour? Find a map here: http://bit. ly/2w3DNFj

Horseback Riding

Marion County boasts some of the state’s best places for horseback riding. If you have your own horse, there are literally hundreds of miles of trails for equestrian use in the Ocala National Forest and the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway. Greenway trails can be accessed through the Florida Horse Park and at numerous other trailhead locations. Many riders enjoy riding across

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The Gala of the Royal Horses

Performances by Andalusian, Friesian, Lipizzaner and Arabians produced by world-renowned riding master Rene Gasser. galaoftheroyalhorses.com the land bridge, a unique trail feature that allows equestrians to cross over I-75, safely above the traffic, without even dismounting. For more trail information, maps and directions, visit floridastateparks. org/trail/Cross-Florida or floridagreenwaysandtrails.org.

Cactus Jack’s Trail Rides

Riders of all ages can experience Marion County’s best trails on a guided

ride with a safe, gentle horse. Custom rides available for more experienced riders. From winding trails through shade-dappled oak hammocks and stately pine forests to wide, rolling green fields, you’ll see the area in a new way. Rides depart from the Florida Horse Park and on the Greenway trail system. Reservations required. (352) 266-9326 rockspringsruntrailrides.com


Slick Charters Silver River Boat Tours

Bring your own food and beverages to enjoy as you kick back on this threehour tour of the historic Silver River on a private charter boat and view the scenery and abundant wildlife. (352) 817-7818 › slickcharters.net

Santos Trails

More Biking & Hiking Trails

Here in Marion County, we’re blessed with many miles of state land designated for hiking, biking and riding. Space won’t permit us to list all of the trails that, like Santos, are part of the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway, but you can find maps, directions and more information at floridastateparks.org/ trail/Cross-Florida › floridagreenwaysandtrails.org (352) 236-7143

Hardrock Cycle Park

You won’t feel like you’re in Florida when you experience the dramatic elevation changes, rock crawls and hill climbs at this 100-acre sports facility that is home to multiple race tracks and levels of off-road trails. In addition to hosting top motocross competitions, Hardrock is the go-to destination for Jeeps and off-road vehicles, including quads and ATVs. (352) 732-6697 › hardrockmx.com

Ocala Gran Prix

If you’re feeling the need for speed, rent a club kart and hit highway speeds on the private track. It’s safe, fun and fast! (352) 291-0600 › ocalagranprix.com

The Canyons Zip Line and Canopy Tours

See the wilder, wetter side of Florida. Captain Bob specializes in alligator airboat tours on the Withlacoochee River and Lake Rousseau areas. Pontoon boat rentals on the Withlacoochee River and Rainbow River are also available. (352) 586-4657 captbobsairboattours.com

Old River Paintball 9911 SE 170th Avenue Road, Ocklawaha › (352) 288-5840 oldriverpaintball.com

Paddle your way to peace and relaxation on Florida’s waterways. Expert kayak guides and naturalists will instruct and educate you along the way. (352) 789-4959 › discoverykayak.com

Bubba Raceway

Check out the action at the oldest continuously-operating auto race track in the state. (352) 622-9400 bubbaracewaypark.com

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Dramatic terrain, complete with cliffs, lakes, canyons and towering oaks, set the scene for high heights and super long zip lines at this popular outdoor adventure destination. Horseback riding is also available. (352) 351-9477 zipthecanyons.com

Captain Bob’s Airboat Tours

Discovery Kayak Tours

Photo by Sue Nassivera

Photo by John Jernigan

Considered one of the state’s best mountain bike destinations, Santos Trail features dozens of miles of well-maintained trail that are marked according to difficulty. Hikers and equestrians also use some of the trails, which allows visitors to experience outdoor Florida much as it looked a century ago. floridastateparks.org/trail/Cross-Santos

Photo by John Jernigan

Outdoor Adventures

Endangered Animals Rescue Sanctuary (EARS)

4841 S Pine Street, Ocala (352) 401-1801 › waynes-world.com

A leisurely guided walking tour of this 35-acre facility in Citra gives you a close-up look at lions, tigers, ligers, bears, leopards, bobcats, a cougar, monkeys and more. This fascinating, educational opportunity is not a petting zoo. Membership tours are offered on Wednesday or Saturday afternoons. (352) 454-6454 › earsinc.net

ATV Off-Road Adventure Tours

Crones Cradle Conserve

Wayne’s World of Paintball

Discover backwoods Florida on a guided all-terrain vehicle eco tour of the Ocala National Forest. Must be 18 years or older. (352) 546-5514, (561) 512-6579 atvoffroadadventuretours.com

This 756-acre ecological preserve and education center located in Citra is home to an organic farm, farm store and regular community events. (352) 595-3377 cronescradleconserve.org

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Arts, Culture, Museums and Galleries College of Central Florida Theatre (352) 873-5810 › cf.edu/theatre

Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing

Orange Blossom Opry

Get an up close and personal look at the world of drag racing, including cool drag cars from the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, thanks to “Big Daddy” Don Garlits’ legendary career. (352) 245-8661 › garlits.com

Musical venue located in Weirsdale featuring the Opry Band. The facility offers Jam Nights on Thursday evenings. (352) 821-1201 › obopry.com

Brick City Center for the Arts

Marion County Museum of History and Archaeology

Home of Marion Cultural Alliance, Brick City Center for the Arts features quality art exhibitions showcasing local and regional member artists in this downtown gallery. (352) 369-1500 mcaocala.com/the-gallery Photo by Lisa Crigar

Located on the McPherson County Government Complex, this museum will open your eyes to the rich history of our area and “real” Florida long before Mickey Mouse called it home. (352) 236-5245 marioncountyarchaeology.com

Appleton Museum of Art

Photo by Chris Redd Photo by Ralph Demilio

The Appleton Museum of Art opened to the public in 1987, a gift to the community from founder Arthur I. Appleton, owner of local Thoroughbred operation, Bridlewood Farm. One of the South’s premier art museums, the Appleton houses an extensive permanent collection of fine art and artifacts, as well as temporary traveling exhibitions throughout the year. (352) 291-4455 appletonmuseum.org

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Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center

Don’t miss the pioneer cracker village! There’s also a great playground and picnic area, just a short hike from the Silver River. (352) 236-5401 floridastateparks.org/activities/ silver-springs-museum

Webber Center Gallery

(352) 873-5800 › cf.edu/webber

Discovery Center (352) 401-3900 mydiscoverycenter.org

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Circle Square Cultural Center

Reilly Arts Center

Photo by Ralph Demilio

Built in 1936, the old Ocala City Auditorium building in Tuscawilla Park was once home to USO dances, New Year’s Eve celebrations and local proms. In its heyday, it hosted performances by Buddy Holly and The Boston Pops. By the 1980s, it has fallen into disrepair and was under the constant threat of being torn down. Its salvation came through a plan to make it both the permanent home of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, as well as a venue for community arts organizations. Since being renovated into a world-class performance hall, it has grown into a thriving center for arts and culture in Ocala. (352) 351-1606 › reillyartscenter.com

A wonderfully intimate entertainment venue featuring theatrical productions, concerts, dance parties and conventions. Beyond the entertainment offerings, each year the center hosts a health and wellness expo, a fall craft fair, a home-improvement expo and the “Hands Across the Highway” art show. (352) 854-3670 csculturalcenter.com

Ocala Civic Theatre

Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, The Villages Photo courtesy of The Sharon

For over six decades, Ocala Civic Theatre has grown into one of the largest community theaters in the state, serving more than 70,000 Marion, Citrus and Lake County residents each season with a line-up of theatrical performances. The Education Department offers after-school classes and youth shows, including an upcoming production of The Velveteen Rabbit, as well as the musical theatre performance class “Holiday Hoopla” (ages 8-12) that culminates in a 30-minute holiday showcase. Although the theatre maintains a small staff, its over 400 volunteers are the true stars. “Not only does the donation of their time allow us to keep our ticket prices accessible to the community,” explains Executive Director Mary Britt, “but, more importantly, the wealth and diversity of talent our volunteers bring to each project helps us maintain very high standards of quality.” (352) 236-2274 ›ocalacivictheatre.com

This state-of-the-art theatrical venue has quickly grown into a thriving center for the performing arts. The offerings include popular Broadway musicals, ballet and contemporary dance performances, concerts by a variety of orchestras, as well as a line-up of top-notch pop, Motown, jazz and country artists. They also feature circus-style acrobatic shows, aerial artists, magicians and comedians. The Sharon’s Performing Arts Academy offers courses in acting, theatre arts, theatre history and appreciation. (352) 751-7799 › thesharon.com

Local Springs

Photos by Richard Rossetto

Juniper Springs

One of the oldest and best-known recreation areas on the East Coast. This natural setting is unlike any other found in the United States, with hundreds of tiny bubbling springs and massive springs gushing out of the earth beneath a dense canopy of palms and oaks. (352) 625-3147 juniper-springs.com

Alexander Springs

A broad and naturally gentle, sloped spring pool becomes a natural water park. The springs are a great place to picnic, swim and play, as well as a major scuba site. 352-669-0600 › fs.usda.gov

Salt Springs

This crystal-clear spring is a popular spot for swimming or exploring the underwater caves. (You must be a certified cave diver). Its lush, semi-tropical setting make it perfect for picnicking, paddling and wildlife viewing. (352) 685-3070 › fs.usda.gov

Silver Glen Springs

An important archeological site that sits along the edge of the Big Scrub of the Ocala National Forest, it is also a picturesque recreation site popular with swimmers and snorkelers. The clear blue waters are a refuge for manatees looking for relief from the cooler waters of the St. Johns River each winter. (352) 685-2799 › fs.usda.gov OCT ’17 ›

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Iconic Attractions Ocala Historic Downtown Square

Photo by Ralph Demilio

Stroll the streets of historic downtown and it’s easy to see why this all-American town draws visitors from far and wide. In addition to the variety of unique shopping and dining experiences, the district has been the focus of a major revitalization in recent years—including the opening of a $5.3 million public parking garage, as well as the planned $15.7 million 90-room Hilton Garden Inn and the highly anticipated multimillion-dollar “Lincoln Square” commercial and residential project. Ever wonder why Ocala is called Brick City? It gained the nickname after a devastating fire destroyed downtown on Thanksgiving Day in 1883. Within five years, the town was rebuilt with large brick buildings of two and three stories, which made it look different from every other town in Florida. feeldowntownocala.com

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Ocala Downtown Market

Fort King Silver Springs State Park

A treasured landmark since the 1870s, Silver Springs State Park is one of the largest artesian springs in the world. Renowned for the Glass Bottom Boat tours where guests can observe the natural beauty and aquatic life of the crystal-clear spring’s underwater environment. Great hiking trails abound, and it is known for some of the best kayaking and canoeing in the state. (352) 261-5842 › silversprings.com

Marion Theatre

The original Fort King was built in 1827 and played a key part in the Seminole Wars. The site of the fort, near the corner of East Fort King Street and 39th Avenue, was preserved as a national historic landmark in 2004. This year, the fort will rise again thanks to the city of Ocala and The Fort King Heritage Association. The reconstructed fort will include a to-scale replica of the wooden garrison. It will be unveiled during the first weekend in December during a grand opening celebration with a reenactment called “Fight for Freedom: Attack on Fort King” to commemorate the attack on the fort. (352) 368-5533 › fkha.org

In 1941, when it first opened, it was Ocala’s first movie theater with air conditioning. The cost of admission was around 30 cents. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Marion Theatre has remained an icon in the heart of downtown symbolizing the spirit and history of Ocala. It continues to show first-run features in a luxurious retro environment with concessions that include a nice selection of wine and beer. (352) 629-6300 › mariontheatre.org

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Ocala Downtown Market is an incubator for emerging retail businesses and a marketplace where a diverse array of farmers, chefs, artisans, craftspeople and food vendors come-together to sell their products in a beautiful open-air pavilion just blocks off of the downtown square. The market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9am to 2pm. There is also a special holiday market on December 1 from 3pm to 7pm. (352) 629-80511 › ocaladowntownmarket.com

Ocala Drive-In

The first drive-in opened in Camden, New Jersey, in 1933. At the height of their popularity, there were close to 5,000 drive-in theaters in America. With just over 300 active drive-ins today, we have a true piece of Americana right here in Ocala. Praised by locals as a family-friendly and economical gem, they are open seven nights a week and offer two new releases for one low price. Children 5 years old and under get in free. (352) 629-125 › ocaladrivein.info Photo by Ralph Demilio


Notable Yearly Events Symphony Under the Stars

Mother’s Day annually. Presented by Fine Arts For Ocala (FAFO) each May, this event has been a community favorite since its inception in 1988. The Ocala Symphony Orchestra provides a backdrop of incredible live music as concertgoers relax and enjoy a picnic with family and friends on the scenic grounds of the Ocala Golf Club. The evening culminates in a spectacular fireworks display. (352) 867-0355 › fafo.org

Live Oak International Driving Event

Held every March, this event features world-class combined driving and show jumping competitions with attendees from around the globe. Don’t be surprised if you see Ocala’s own Chester Weber, multiple world champion driving phenom in action! The event also includes vendors and a classic car show. liveoakinternational.com

Photo by Ralph Demilio

Marion County Chili Cook-Off Ocala Pumpkin Run

Late October annually (2017 date: October 27 - 29). One of the Southeast’s biggest car shows featuring classics, customs and more, this event is held at Castro Farms on Highway 27. Plenty of food vendors, kids’ and family activities. (352) 620-9998 ocalapumpkinrun.com

Light Up Ocala

Mid-November each year (2017 date: November 18) Take part in the community’s annual kickoff to the winter season during this ceremonial lighting of downtown Ocala. The evening event includes vendors, food booths, kids’ activities, live music and more. Downtown Ocala & Citizens’ Circle City of Ocala Recreation & Parks › (352) 629-2489

Ocala Cultural Celebration

Ocala Arts Festival

2017 date: October 7. Cultural entertainment from around the world, arts and crafts, and children’s activities highlight this annual event held at Tuscawilla Park. (352) 629-2489 City of Ocala Recreation & Parks

Fourth weekend of October annually (2017 date: October 28 & 29). Presented by FAFO, the two-day event includes outstanding art, music, food trucks, beer and wine, live performances, hands-on art activities and more. (352) 867-0355 › fafo.org

McIntosh Habitat 1890s Festival Strawberry Festival October annually (2017 date: First Saturday in March annually (2018 date: March 3) Held at the McPherson Government Complex in Ocala, this festival features all things strawberry, along with arts and crafts, food vendors, a car show and live music and entertainment, all to raise funds to build a house for a deserving Ocala family. (352) 351-4663 habitatocala.org/strawberry-festival

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October 21). A picturesque setting of massive oaks, Victorian architecture and town residents in period attire is the scene for this massively popular festival. Walk the streets lined with hundreds of arts and crafts booths and food vendors. There’s also live music and entertainment. Town of McIntosh, Highway 441 between Ocala and Gainesville facebook.com/mcintoshfestival

First weekend in November annually (2017 date: November 4). Enjoy chili, a car show, craft beer and a kids’ area at this annual event hosted by The Cornerstone School. Held at Southeastern Livestock Pavilion. (352) 351-8840 marioncountychilicookoff.com

Silver Springs International Film Festival

Spring annually. Held downtown and in various venues, this international cultural festival celebrates our area’s contributions to the history of cinema and features films by upcoming and established filmmakers with opportunities for the community to participate. (352) 433-1933 › springsfilmfest.com

Micanopy Fall Harvest Festival

End of October annually (2017 date: October 28 & 29). Arts and crafts and food vendors fill the streets of this historic town where the 1991 movie Doc Hollywood was filmed. Micanopy is also home to numerous antique shops and boutiques. Live music and entertainment. Town of Micanopy, along Highway 441, 12 miles south of Gainesville micanopyfallfestival.org

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U-Pick Farms Abshier Blueberry Farm, Belleview

Crop/Season: Blueberries (six varieties) – April/May Offerings: U-pick and pre-picked available, picnic tables, credit cards accepted, rides by golf cart for those unable to walk to pick. Availability at any U-pick farm is subject to change, so it’s best to call before heading out. (352) 817-2660 abshierblueberryfarm.com

Heather Oaks Farm, Lady Lake Crop/Season: Blueberries (five varieties) – March through May, Strawberries – November to March, Certified Organic Muscadine Grapes – August/September, Organic and Aquaponic vegetables (year-round): heirloom tomatoes, lettuce, kale, squash and peas. Offerings: U-pick and call to order pre-picked available, picnic area, local honey, free-range eggs (year-round). (352) 753-1184 heatheroaksfarm.com

Crop/Season: Peaches (yellow & white), Nectarines and Plums – April through June Offerings: U-pick and call ahead pre-picked, picnic area and farm stand (during season only), homemade peach jam and farm fresh eggs (year-round— call to order). (352) 217-8853 ladylakepeach.com

Back Road Berries, Oxford

Crop/Season: Strawberries – December thru March, Blueberries – April/May, Blackberries – May thru July Offerings: U-pick and pre-picked available, picnic area, credit cards accepted, pies and honey available in season. They also offer strawberry, blueberry and blackberry jellies, jam and preserves year-round. (Call ahead to order). (352) 303-3213 backroadberries.com

Bay Lake Organic Blueberry Farm, Fort McCoy

Crop/Season: Rabbit Eye Blueberries – June/July Offerings: U-pick, picnic area, homemade blueberry ice cream available (only in season). (352) 546-3834

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Lonjevity Farms, Summerfield

Crop/Season: Blackberries – May through June Offerings: Mobile market on Saturdays beginning in October, offering a variety of certified organic produce (check for exact location), U-pick special all-youcan-pick vegetable days notification, when you sign up for “Farm News” on their site. They also sell farm fresh eggs and organic-raised broiler chickens, turkeys and pork. (305) 747-0863 › lonjevityfarms.com

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Lady Lake Peach Farm

Plantland Nursery & Orchards, Ocala Crop/Season: Muscadine Grapes, August/September; Oriental Persimmons, September through October. (352) 497-6271

Hilltop Groves, Weirsdale

Crop/Season: Satsuma/Mandarin/Navel /Valencia Oranges, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Tangerines – October through April Offerings: U-pick or buy pre-picked from outdoor farm stand. (352) 427-7794

Taylor Gardens, Sparr

Crop/Season: Grapes (17 varieties) – July through October Offerings: Picnic area, sells blackberry plants, guinea fowl and peacock wandering the farm. (352) 629-0980 taylorgardensnursery.com

The Wagon Farm, Ocala

Crop/Season: Blueberries – May through July Offerings: Bring your own carry-home container (flat pan/box suggested). Call to special order persimmons or chestnuts. (352) 489-1441

Yancey’s Blueberry Farm, Silver Springs

Crop/Season: Blueberries – April/May Offerings: U-pick and call ahead prepicked blueberry plants for sale, bring containers to take home your berries, picnic area. (813) 363-4949

Whispering Oaks Winery, Oxford

Crop/Season: Blueberries – April/May Offerings: Credit cards accepted, lunch and dinner served outdoors on the patio next to their open wood grill and koi pond. Winery offers wines made with fresh blueberries that have been harvested and fermented on the premises. (352) 748-0449 › winesofflorida.com


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Kids’ Activities Discovery Center

The Discovery Center has been offering hands-on, interactive education opportunities for the past 20 years. Whether you’re a parent looking for an adventure with your toddler, a senior seeking stimulation or an educator in search of creative ideas for your classroom, you’re guaranteed a fun, interactive learning adventure. (352) 401-3900 mydiscoverycenter.org

Easy Street

This all-ages entertainment center offers something fun for everyone in the family. With indoor and outdoor spaces, there are lots of adventures to be had, including go-karts, mini-golf, rock climbing, batting cages, an arcade, as well as laser maze and water balloon games. (352) 861-9700 funworks.com/easystreet Photo by John Jernigan

Ocala Petting Zoo

SkyZone Trampoline Park

Monkey Madness

Parents can sit back and relax while their kids climb, slide and play their way through this massive indoor playground, including a jungle gym, rock wall and bounce houses. There’s also an arts and craft room and a crawler section for the younger kids. (352) 732-9739 monkeymadnessofocala.com

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Bounce-N-Play

A great rainy-day alternative to outdoor play, offering slides, bounce houses and inflatable obstacle courses. (352) 857-8020 bouncenplayocala.com

Batter Up Ocala

6 cages, 4 baseball (40, 45, 50, 65) 2 softball, both fast and slow pitch. $1 per 15 pitches. (352) 624-4121 facebookcom/batter-up_Ocala

Let go of gravity and grab some air with wall-to-wall trampoline action, including Freestyle Jump, Warrior Obstacle Course and Ultimate Dodgeball. This is a great place to put your agility to the test and show off your inner acrobat. (352) 304-5050 skyzone.com/ocala

Skate Mania

This local favorite offers recreational skating, group and private lessons, birthday and private party packages, as well as year-round learning for kids through fun activities at their learning center. Check out their “Cheap-Skate” and family night specials. (352) 624-4222 › skatemania.org

Kids and adults love the rustic charm of this small, family-owned petting zoo and farm. See, interact with and feed animals, including goats, pigs, horses, llamas, sheep, ducks, donkeys, emus, peacocks, monkeys and many others. Pony and camel rides are also available. Many of the animals are rescues and the cost of admission, as well as the pellets you can purchase to feed the animals, help pay for their feed and vet bills. Picnic tables, bounce houses and a train ride are included with admission. (352) 237-3527 pettingzooocala.com

Skate A Way South

Public skate times change on a monthly basis, so check online for the current schedule and upcoming events. They offer semi-private and private speed skating lessons, family skate specials on Sundays and birthday party rentals. (352) 671-8100 skateawaysouth.com


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Community Kids’ Play

Pools

E.D. Croskey and Lillian F Bryant Recreation Centers

Hampton Aquatic FUN Center & Jervey Gantt Aquatic FUN Center

Fun and creativity abound with a wide variety of sporting and arts activities for youth and adults. Both centers operate a summer camp, after-school recreation programs and school holiday programs. E.D. Croskey: (352) 401-3920 Lillian F. Bryant: (352) 629-8389 ocalafl.org

Both centers have spray features, a waterfall, water slide, pools with zero-inch depth entry for easy access with a maximum depth of five and a half feet and are ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant. Pools are open daily from Memorial Day through early August each year. After that, the pools are open on weekends only through Labor Day. Hampton: (352) 622-6803 Jervey Gantt: (352) 624-2410 ocalafl.org

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Splash Pads Open daily from sunrise to sunset from late-Spring through mid-Fall. ocalafl.org

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Lily’s Pad at Lillian Bryant Park

Open daily from dawn to dusk from late-Spring through mid-Fall. ocalafl.org Editor’s note: This is in no way meant to be a comprehensive list of things to see and do in Ocala and Marion County. Have an idea you’d like included in a future version of this story? Email us at comments@ocalastyle.com.

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By a show of hands, how many of you know by heart the number of your favorite fast-food value meal? It’s OK—we sheepishly raised our hands, too. We get it. Fast food is quick, easy and doesn’t taste half bad. The only drawback? According to USDA, the average McDonald’s Big Mac contains 563 calories. Talk about a cheat meal! Thankfully, most fast food chains now offer smaller portion sizes and menus with lower calorie options. Here are some new meal numbers to memorize: Wendy’s Mediterranean Chicken Salad: 240 calories McDonald’s Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad (without bacon): 230 calories Burger King’s Tendergrill Chicken Sandwich (without mayo): 320 calories Dunkin’ Donuts Egg & Cheese Wake-Up Wrap: 150 calories Subway’s Black Forest Ham Salad: 110 calories

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Here’s some of our favorites to consider adding to your registry list. Ready, set scan. › By Laurel Gillum Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker

CucinaPro Imperia Home Pasta Machine

Shark DuoClean Powered Lift Away Speed

Instant Pot is a 7-in-1 programmable cooker that speeds up cooking by 2-6 times using up to 70 percent less energy. WHY WE LOVE IT: It’s a slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, pressure cooker and more. instantpot.com

This traditional pasta roller lets you make the freshest pasta you’ve ever tasted right at home. WHY WE LOVE IT: Includes a double cutter head for spaghetti and fettuccine, as well as a starshaped ravioli-making tray. cucinapro.com

Its dual-brush rolls easily sweep up debris, while the detachable canister makes cleaning up a breeze. WHY WE LOVE IT: The HEPA filter keeps 99.99 percent of dust and allergens trapped inside. sharkclean.com

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$149.99 Dual Deluxe Chocolate Melting Pot by Good Cooking

$39.99

This chocolate lovers’ musthave melts or tempers up to two cups of any kind of chocolate at a time. WHY WE LOVE IT: It comes with over 30 accessories. mygoodcooking.com

$299.99

CucinoPro Magnetic Cheese Plate

$49.95

Good Cooking Deluxe Chocolate Fondue Maker

$29.99

Quickly and evenly melt up to 12 ounces of chocolate, cheese or sauce. Includes four fondue skewers. WHY WE LOVE IT: The bowl and tray are easy to remove and dishwasher safe. mygoodcooking.com

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All the tools needed to present a tasty, beautiful cheese spread at your next gathering. WHY WE LOVE IT: The built-in magnetic strip holds tools in place. cucinapro.com Camerons Stainless Steel Professional Grade Multi Roaster

$129.99

This stainless-steel pot serves as a roasting or a stock pot, the lid as a roaster lid, a sauté pan, lasagna pan, shallow roaster or serving dish and more. WHY WE LOVE IT: It stays cool to the touch. cameronsproducts.com

CucinaPro 12-inch Non-Stick Electric Skillet

$129.99

The interior of this large skillet heats evenly and cooks meals quickly. WHY WE LOVE IT: The tempered glass lid locks in heat and allows you to see into the skillet as your food is cooking. cucinapro.com Shark Genius Steam Pocket Mop System

$109.99

With a simple pinch of a button, attach a clean pad and start mopping in seconds. WHY WE LOVE IT: No more wringing out mops or wrestling with dirty pads. sharkclean.com

Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker

$49.99

With three choices for easy, automatic cooking, you can sit down to juicy pot roast, savory roasted chicken or pulled pork barbeque. WHY WE LOVE IT: This slow cooker is easy to use and a snap to clean. hamiltonbeach.com


iRobot Roomba 960

$699.99

Nutri Ninja Nutri Bowl DUO

$139.99

4-cup Nutri Bowl handles everything, from chopping and mixing to dough-making and puréeing. WHY WE LOVE IT: Two Nutri Ninja Cups with Spout Lids are perfect for personalized, nutrient-rich drinks to take on the go. ninjakitchen.com

The Roomba 960 can clean an entire level of your home (up to 2,000 square feet), recharging and resuming as needed until the job is done. WHY WE LOVE IT: The Roomba 960 is compatible with the iRobot HOME App, enabling the new Clean Map Report to show the user where the robot has cleaned. irobot.com

OXO Good Grips 10-piece POP container set

Krups Savoy 12-cup Programmable Coffee Maker

The airtight lid seals with the push of a button, and the modular design allows you to efficiently organize your pantry without wasting shelf space. WHY WE LOVE IT: The corners are rounded for easy pouring. oxo.com

The SAVOY Coffee Maker is a robust and intuitive drip coffee maker that produces up to 12 cups of hot, satisfying coffee at a time. WHY WE LOVE IT: The one-touch button makes coffee easy for the entire family. krupsusa.com

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Pathfinder Explorer Hard-side Spinner Luggage

$199.95

Swiss Diamond HD Fry Pan Duo

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Ninja Coffee Bar System

$199.99

The 10-cup pitcher holds 50 ounces of coffee when entertaining or brews a single cup at a time, prepared at the infusion level of your choice. WHY WE LOVE IT: The built-in frother for hot and cold drink creations. ninjakitchen.com

Pyrex Watercolor 5-Piece Bakeware Set

$34.99

Set includes 3-quart Oblong Baking Dish with lid, 8-inch Square Baking Dish with lid and 9-inch Pie Plate. WHY WE LOVE IT: They look like works of art. walmart.com

Keurig Hot 2.0, K200 Plus Series

$119.99

Whether you’re brewing for yourself or a group, this coffeemaker’s strength control and specialty beverage settings let you easily whip up whatever delicious hot drink you crave. WHY WE LOVE IT: It’s available in fun colors! keurig.com Wolf Gourmet High Performance Blender

$85.88

This luggage set is constructed from 100 percent polycarbonate. WHY WE LOVE IT: The impact and scratch resistant shell is lightweight, yet durable. amazon.com

High-quality, versatile and easy to clean, this two-piece skillet set makes a wonderful gift for any at-home chef. WHY WE LOVE IT: The surface is so nonstick that you don’t need to use any additional oil or fat. swissdiamond.com Nuwave Brio Air Fryer

La Creuset 10-piece Stainless Steel Set

$99.99

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The NuWave air fryer uses hot air in combination with high-speed air circulation to perfectly cook your favorite fried foods. WHY WE LOVE IT: Bake, roast and grill a wide variety of foods using little to no oil. mynuwavebrio.com

This collection of radiant, highperformance stainless steel cookware adds beauty and functionality to any kitchen. WHY WE LOVE IT: All the sizes you need are included! lacreuset.com Omega Blender OM7560S

$475.95

This blender comes fully loaded with 11 speeds, pulse function and six-minute timer with automatic shut-off. WHY WE LOVE IT: Includes a rubber pad that minimizes vibration and noise. omegajuicers.com

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West Bend Professional Popcorn on Demand

Make soup, blend drinks, chop vegetables, purée sauces, whip cream, churn butter, grind grains, create nut butters and more. WHY WE LOVE IT: Ultraresponsive speed controls allow you to reach your exact preferred consistency. subzero-wolf.com

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Krups 4-slice Belgian Waffle Maker

Riedel O Cabernet/Merlot Stemless Wine Glasses

Movie night is just a dial away with the professional popcorn maker! WHY WE LOVE IT: Its kernel storage feature allows a single or a family-sized serving. westbend.com

Prepare up to four delicious, thick Belgian-style waffles at a time. WHY WE LOVE IT: The unit provides five adjustable browning levels, making it easy to accommodate individual preferences. krupsusa.com

Perfect for concentrated, intense red wines high tannins medium acidity. WHY WE IT: These glasses are tough enough for everyday use. riedelusa.net

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elicate wines that worked beautifully with light summer foods may no longer pair well with heavier autumn dishes. Similarly, bold, tannic winter wines may overwhelm the subtle spices in stews and roasts. To avoid these wine “disorders” (aka ordering an unsatisfying wine), here are a few options that one can try. Pinot Grigio fans might try a glass of Vermentino, another popular Italian grape variety. Vermentino has refreshing acidity and often is made in a slightly richer style than cool-climate Pinot Grigios. Like its northern cousin, it also delivers lemon and lime citrus flavors, plus some nutty aromas that blend well with roasts and stuffing. Sauvignon Blanc drinkers might enjoy an Albariño from

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Stella’s Modern Pantry. This signature Spanish grape has a medium body with flavors of apricots, peaches and melon that pair well with seafood recipes that feature rich broths and cream sauces. If unoaked Chardonnay is a new love, consider an Austrian or New Zealand Grüner Veltliner with your sautéed scallops. This wine shines with flavors of fresh apples, citrus and stone fruits as well as floral and mineral notes. (One should be able to find both Vermentino and Grüner Veltliner at their local wine shop.) For reds, instead of Pinot Noir, visit the new 7 & 7 Coffee and Wine House and ask for a glass of their Spanish Garnacha. Garnacha is a red grape most commonly associated with the hearty red GSM blends of the Southern Rhone. But the Spanish choose to use the grape (mostly)

on its own to make lush, rich, low-acid, lowtannin red wines that are wonderful with pork dishes, grilled meats and—because of its low tannins—a good pairing with mushrooms. For diehard Cab-with-steak drinkers, break the Cabernet Sauvignon habit and instead try a bottle of Cabernet Franc (the “c” in Franc is silent). Cab Franc is a popular blending grape in Bordeaux wines, but it’s also being grown in California and Virginia. American styles often have a medium body and deliver familiar flavors of black currants, raspberry and bell pepper. Finally, for those who prefer American red blends, try a GSM (a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre grapes) when dining at La Cuisine. These French blends have less sweetness than typical American styles, making them ideal partners for vegetables and savory foods.

Sean Trapani attended the London School of Wine, holds an advanced certificate in wines and spirits (WSET 3), and is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW).


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all at Tilted Kilt means football and fun events are coming your way. Cheer on your favorite college or NFL team over freshly prepared Scottish fare. Tilted Kilt might just become your new game-day headquarters, with 27 TVs, two big-screen projectors and live-streaming capabilities. You can enjoy made-from-scratch, authentic Scottish foods without missing the game. “We can show 11 games at a time,” says General Manager Nefty Montfort. Several new food offerings have hit the menu, including salmon vera cruz, Asian barbecue pork, buffalo macaroni and cheese, meatball subs, a blackened chicken avocado sandwich and much more. On an especially delicious note, you’ll want to try the new loaded tater tots—complete with a beer cheese sauce, bacon bits and green onions— along with the new blackened chicken pasta with a jalapeño cheese sauce. “We’re bringing the Monte Cristo back—our version of it,” says Montfort. “Almost 75 percent of the menu is new.” When you arrive at Tilted Kilt, you can be sure you’ll receive quality service. Servers don kilts in true

Scottish spirit and ensure each guest receives the service they need. It’s always a fun environment, and servers often pull guests out of their seats to dance to live music—linedancing style. “Every customer feels important. They’re given the time and attention needed during their dining experience,” says Montfort. And, let’s not forget about the monthly events. Bike Night happens on the first Saturday of every month from 6 to 10pm, and Tilted Kilt hosts car shows on the third Saturday of every month from 5 to 9pm. Hoppy Hour offerings are available often and are perfect for nights filled with live music. Check Tilted Kilt’s Facebook page for more upcoming events and specials.

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

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

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Culinary Thrill Rides, Boarding Now at Epcot The party has started at the 22nd annual Epcot Food & Wine Festival, happening now through November 13. › By Sean Trapani and India, offering a new dessert, a velvety Pistachio Cardamom Bundt Cake. Wine, beer and spirit enthusiasts will have barrels of options with unique adult-beverage pairing options at each exhibit. But that’s just the beginning. Visitors can also splurge on optional beverage-focused seminars at the Festival Center. Each seminar costs an extra $17 per person but gives attendees the opportunity to hear stories and insights from dozens of American and international wineries, breweries and distilleries. Speakers include representatives from Piper Heidsieck Champagne (France), King’s Estate Winery (Oregon), The Macallan (Scotland) and Bell’s Brewery (Michigan), to mention a few.

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The foodie fun keeps going with daily Eat to the Beat music concerts, chef-hosted Back to Basics cooking demonstrations and book and bottle signings from celebrity chefs and winemakers.

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This year’s festival runs longer than any year before it, a full 75 days, from August 31 to November 13. But don’t dally if you want to attend the special events, such as the Party for the Senses Grand Tastings and pairing events at the Epcot resorts and restaurants. Whatever your culinary pleasure, the 22nd Annual Epcot Food and Wine Festival will be a deliciously unforgettable experience. Plan your adventure now by visiting EpcotFoodFestival.com or by calling (407) WDW-FEST (939-3378). Bon appétit and salute! Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort

The festival is one of America’s most beloved gastronomic gatherings, featuring food from dozens of countries and beverages chosen to pair perfectly with the unique flavors of each dish. This year, festivalgoers can sample creations from 35 different international exhibits. Choices range from wholesome eating to downright decadence. Health nuts can jog over to The Almond Orchard for their Cauliflower Risotto with chicken, artichokes, spinach and Parmesan. Seafood fans can dive into the Lump Crab Cake with Napa Cabbage Slaw featured at the Coastal Eats marketplace. Not in the mood to calorie count? Visit the Flavors From Fire exhibit, and inhale a savory plate of Smoked Corned Beef finished with a Blonde Ale Beer Fondue. Afterward, visit the Light Lab and refresh your palate with a sparkling glass of Blanc de Bleu Cuvee Mouseux with Boba tapioca pearls. There are also standout dishes from two returning-favorite exhibits: Spain, featuring a new handheld cone of spiced charcuterie,


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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.

For more information on catering, please contact Waica Huggins or Evelyn Nussel at wmhivyhouse@yahoo.com. Book your bridal luncheon and let us cater your wedding reception! We help make memories special!

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

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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.

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).

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Braised Onion 754 NE 25th Ave, Ocala › (352) 620-9255 Tue-Thu 11a-9p › Fri-Sat 11a-10p › Sun 11a-8p braisedonion.com Braised Onion Restaurant, where you’ll experience “Comfort Food with Attitude” in a fun, warm and colorful but casual atmosphere, is open for lunch and dinner. Winner of Culinary Combat and Taste of Ocala for three years. From country-fried tenderloin and Kentucky hot brown melt to the eggplant parmigiana or the frenched pork chop, the menu options are plentiful and guaranteed to make your taste buds explode with happiness. And they didn’t forget the vegetarians and the gluten-free among us. Having an office or family get-together? They have a room for that, or they can bring catering to you.

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

Happy Hour Tuesday through Friday from 4p-7p Join us for live jazz each week, Friday evenings from 6p-9p Visit our website at braisedonion.com

Come see Italian singer Taddeo Scalici every Thursday and Mark Raischs October 7th, 13th, 20th and 28th.

Chefs of Napoli is proud to bring an authentic Italian dining experience to Ocala, featuring the restaurant’s fresh, delicious, made-to-order cuisine. They offer complete catering for any occasion including weddings, anniversaries, communions, confirmations, Sweet Sixteen, Engagements, Graduations, Holiday parties, condolences, showers, office luncheons, corporate events, cocktail parties and brunches. Call us and enjoy the ultimate Italian dining experience at Chefs of Napoli!

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.

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Latinos Y Mas 2030 S. Pine Avenue, Ocala › (352) 622-4777 › latinosymas.com Mon-Thu 11a-9p › Fri-Sat 11a-10p › Closed Sun Come to Latinos Y Mas for a table surrounded by the people you love with the food you enjoy the most. Come feel at home, and try our exquisite fusion of Latin food. Lunch specials daily. On Monday, kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée (at dinner only), PLUS kids activities Happy hour: Mon-Thurs, 5 to 7pm Ask about our gift card offers for the holidays! Call about our private room for your holiday party!

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

Happy Hour Specials: 2-7p every day, $3 Draft Beer $4 House Wine & Premium Cocktails $5 Super Premium & $6 Harry’s Signature Cocktails $7 off bottles of wine Every Tuesday is Fat Tuesday at Harry’s. Happy Hour all day long!

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

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

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Eaton’s Beach Sandbar & Steam Shack 15790 SE 134th Avenue, Weirsdale (352) 259-2444 › eatonsbeach.com Mon-Sat 12-8p › Sunday 12-7p The Steam Shack at Eaton’s Beach is all about casual dining, a beachside atmosphere and fresh, delicious food. Sure, they have tasty sandwiches and appetizers, but the main focus is on the steamed shrimp, crab legs, crawfish and other seafood offerings. After spending a hot day on the beach or in the water at Lake Weir, guests can feel comfortable ordering in flip flops and a bathing suit. Or are you headed to Eaton’s Beach for an evening out with friends after work? Stop at the Steam Shack first for a drink and appetizer while waiting for your table.

Fish Hawk Spirits Craft spirits—what does that mean? At Fish Hawk Spirits, the philosophy is about doing business with their neighbors while pursuing quality in their finished spirits. Their spirits are made from locally sourced, all-natural raw materials. They consider themselves makers of fine, handcrafted spirits. They distill every drop, capturing the essence of Florida from the ingredients grown here. They source materials first from Marion County and then from Florida and, if necessary, from other U.S. producers. Every drop of their tangerine brandy, Marion Black 106, began as a blossom on a tangerine tree in a Florida grove—just like their blueberry products are made from the blueberries grown at Island Grove Winery and their whiskey from corn and oats grown in Florida.

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The holidays are fast approaching, let Pasta Faire Ristorante and Catering help with all your upcoming festivities. Locally owned and operated for over 25 years, Pasta Faire has teamed up with Catering Director Leeann Stewart to bring the absolute best in off premise full service catering. Pasta Faire is the proud winner of the 2017 “Taste of Ocala” Best Presentation award for their stunning culinary display. If you’re looking for first class cuisine, from a tradition holiday turkey feast to carved prime rib, Pasta Faire’s chefs can accommodate any menu. Give Leeann a call at (352) 260-5807 for a consultation.

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If you’re a fan of British Upstairs, Downstairs-period pieces akin to Downton Abbey and Gosford Park, then you’ll be delighted to discover this 1940s drama based around a glamorous five-star London hotel during World War II. With a compelling cast, intriguing storylines, lavish vintage styling and a great soundtrack, it’s a delicious recipe that will leave you hungry for more.

The Halycon

Willem Defoe stars in this striking depiction of the all too real struggles of a dysfunctional and impoverished single mother and her charmingly “wise beyond her age” 6-year-old daughter. Living week to week in a Kissimmee budget motel and (like so many others) existing tenuously on the fringe of society, the motherdaughter pair ricochets through scenes both terrifying and hilarious with warmth, humor and a refreshing authenticity. Claire Foy & Andrew Garfield in Breathe

The Gifted October 2, 9pm, FOX

Sci-fi fans will get another glimpse into the X-Men universe this month with a small screen outing that has big ambitions. As far as plot and visual style, it’s a mash-up of Heroes and The Fugitive, but the metaphor behind the ongoing “mutant struggle”is our own society’s pervasive battle with bigotry, sexism, political repression and persecution of any group deemed “different” from the mainstream.

Breathe October 13

An inspiring biographical drama based on the life of Robin Cavendish, who becomes paralyzed from the neck down after contracting the polio virus. With the help of his wife, her brothers and the inventor Teddy Hall, Cavendish, who was told he only had months to live, defied the odds and went on to become a visionary advocate who transformed the lives of countless other disabled individuals.

Only The Brave October 20

The moving true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a unit of extraordinary firefighters that rose to prominence as one of the country’s top firefighting teams through a mixture of bravery, determination and sacrifice. Josh Brolin & Jeff Bridges in Only The Brave

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Horsepower in Horse Country presented by The Ocala Pumpkin Run October 27-28, 8am-4pm and October 29, 8am-3pm, Castro Farms, ocalapumpkinrun.com This popular event is the perfect day out for car enthusiasts and families alike. Visitors can check out an exceptional array of classic cars from all eras and even shop the corral and take home that fantasy dream machine. We had a chance to catch up with Dee Moore of the Ocala Pumpkin Run and get the scoop on what’s in store this season. What can visitors expect this year? We will have 400-plus vehicles on display, something to excite every car enthusiast in the crowd. We’ve also welcomed show trucks, Jeeps and motorcycles into the mix. What are some of the other activities that will be going on? This year there will be amusement rides, a giant slide, face painting and bungee jumps. We also welcome back Disc Dogs, BMX Trickstars and FMX Motocross stunts, drone races, as well as the Twins & Jungle Friends performing monkeys. The Dan Story band [will be] playing throughout each day, and we’re giving away lots of cash and prizes. The first 200 registrants will receive goody bags, and pumpkins and trick-or-treat goody bags will be available for the kids while they last! What is the cost for admission? Admission is $15 per person. Children up to 3 years old are admitted free with a donation of a can of dog food for The Humane Society or a canned food or nonperishable food item for Interfaith Food Pantry.

Rescued: What SecondChance Dogs Teach Us About Living with Purpose, Loving with Abandon, and Finding Joy in the Little Things By Peter Zheutlin Seasoned journalist and best-selling author of Rescue Road, Zheutlin has set out to dispel some of the misinformation around adopting and offers insightful perspectives on the essential lessons a rescue dog can teach us about life. He draws not from his own experiences but shares heartwarming stories from dozens of families and animal advocates.

Sensing the Rhythm By Mandy Harvey with Mark Atteberry

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After Dark in the Park Movie Series ocalafl.org During October, the City of Ocala invites you to come out to the movies. The city will be screening some great films in several locations around Ocala. All movies are free, and refreshments will be available, but bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Hidden Figures: October 7, 7:30-9:30pm, Citizens’ Circle Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: October 13, 7:30-9:30pm, Tuscawilla Park/Discovery Center Moana: October 20, 7:30-9:30pm, MLK Recreation Complex Beetlejuice: October 28, 8pm-10pm, Fort King National Historic Landmark

Ocala Cultural Festival October 7 11am-3pm Tuscawilla Park ocalafl.org/recpark Journey the world without ever leaving home! This annual event is your ticket to international cuisine, cultural demonstrations, live music, games and a melting pot of great merchants.

After a star-turn on America’s Got Talent, Harvey captivated millions worldwide with her incredible voice and fascinating story. Her new memoir details how sudden deafness at the age of 18 transformed her life in totally unexpected ways. Offering candid insights into her journey and what she learned along the way, Harvey reveals how she found a new way to “hear” and thrive. OCT ’17 ›

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Downtown To Dos October 6 › First Friday Art Walk, downtown Ocala, 6pm October 14 › Ocala Pride Festival, Citizens’ Circle, 7pm October 20 › Ocala Culinary Festival’s Spanish Feria, downtown

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October 21 › Ocala Thrill the World, downtown Ocala, 4pm October 28 › Fort King Haunted Trail and Halloween Movie, 9:30am October 28-29 › Ocala Art Festival, downtown Ocala, 10am October 31 › United Way Day Trick-or-Treat, downtown Ocala, 6pm

Arts, Crafts and Culture Upcoming Exhibits At The Appleton › Mysteries of the

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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., on display through January 14. 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 through October 20. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.

Jack Johnson

St. Augustine Amphitheatre

Oct. 2-3

Martin Garrix

CFE Arena, Orlando

Oct. 12

Florida Georgia Line

Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

Oct. 12

Lynyrd Skynyrd

St. Augustine Amphitheatre

Oct. 13

Classic Albums LIVE Presents: The Music of Lynyrd Skynyrd

Reilly Arts Center, Ocala

Oct. 13

Bruno Mars

Amway Center, Orlando

Oct. 14

NEEDTOBREATHE: All The Feels Tour

House of Blue, Orlando

Oct. 13

Kid Cudi

Hard Rock Live, Orlando

Oct. 14

Willie Nelson

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando

Oct. 15

Willie Nelson & Family

Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, The Villages

Oct. 18

Bruno Mars

Amalie Arena, Tampa

Oct. 19

Edible Plant Walk (October 7) › This event will take place at the Fort King National Historic Landmark on Ft. King Street at 10am and introduce walkers to native and non-native plants, their edibility and historic food sources. ocalafl.org.

Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Amway Center, Orlando

Oct. 21

Ocala Cultural Festival (October 7) › Tuscawilla Park will host the

Halsey, PartyNextDoor & Charli XCX

Amway Center, Orlando

Oct. 22

The Weeknd

Amway Center, Orlando

Oct. 25

Santana

Amalie Arena, Tampa

Oct. 27

Third Eye Blind

House of Blues, Orlando

Oct. 28

The Family Stone

Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala

Oct. 28

Fall Out Boy

Amalie Arena, Tampa

Nov. 5

Niall Horan

House of Blues, Orlando

Nov. 9

Imagine Dragons, Grouplove & K. Flay

Amway Center, Orlando

Nov. 10

Jay-Z

Amway Center, Orlando

Nov. 11

Marc Anthony

Amway Center, Orlando

Nov. 19

98 Degrees

Florida Theatre, Jacksonville

Nov. 30

Appleton After Hours (October 5) › The Appleton Museum will

host an After Hours concert series throughout the fall and winter months, featuring live music, special displays of artwork by the Ocala Art Group, samplings from local restaurants and a cash bar. Doors open at 5pm. Admission is free for members and $15 for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.

Arts and Crafts Festival (October 7) › The First Baptist Church of Ocala will hold its 12th annual arts and crafts festival at the Fellowship Hall adjoining the church. The event will run 9am-2pm, and admission is free. (352) 629-5683.

annual Ocala Cultural Festival from 11am-3pm. The event celebrates the diversity of Ocala and includes live music, dancing, food, activities and more. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5517.

Night at the Museum (October 13) › The Discovery Center will host a family-friendly event featuring hands-on activities for children ages 5-9. Registration is $15 per child. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900. Craft Fair (October 14) › The Ocala West United Methodist Church

will host their annual craft fair from 7:30am-2:30pm. Admission is free. (352) 237-9798.

Ocala Plein Air Painters (October 14) › The Ocala Plein Air

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Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba Disney Springs, Orlando

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Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, The Villages

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Atlantic City Boys

Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala

Oct. 7

Champions of Magic

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Bernadette Peters

Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, The Villages

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Over the River and Through the Woods

Ocala Civic Theatre

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War of the Worlds: Radio Play and Live Broadcast

Reilly Arts Center, Ocala

Oct. 20

Fit

Ocala Civic Theatre

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Practically Perfect: The Music of Julie Andrews

Reilly Arts Center, Ocala

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Broadway’s Next H!T Musical

Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, The Villages

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Chicago

Bob Carr Theatre, Orlando

Oct. 27

Orlando Ballet presents Swan Lake

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando

Oct. 27-29

Catapult

Peabody Auditorium, Daytona Beach

Oct. 28

Silent Film + Live Orchestra: Metropolis

Reilly Arts Center, Ocala

Oct. 28

Cinderella and More! Presented by Dance Alive National Ballet

Reilly Arts Center, Ocala

Nov. 3

Gary Owen and Friends Live

Reilly Arts Center, Ocala

Nov. 4

American Dream Singers: A Tribute To Veterans

Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala

Nov. 11

La La Land

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando

Nov. 11

Kinky Boots

Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, The Villages

Nov. 11-12

Man is the Only Animal Who Blushes

Ocala Civic Theatre

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My Fair Lady

Sonnentag Theatre at the IceHouse, Mount Dora

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Handel’s Messiah and More

Reilly Arts Center, Ocala

Nov. 19

Love Never Dies: The Phantom Returns

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando

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A Year with Frog and Toad

The Hippodrome State Theatre, Gainesville

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Motown in Motion

Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala

Nov. 25

A Christmas Carol

The Hippodrome State Theatre, Gainesville

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Tango Buenos Aires

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Art Show and Auction (October 14) › The Friends of Uncle Pepe

Club will host an art show and auction at the Captiva Recreation Center in The Villages from 5-8pm that will include a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and live and silent auctions. Proceeds will benefit Have A Heart For Companion Animals, Inc and Gallery East Art Gallery. (352) 687-1776 or (352) 223-7687.

Craft Show (November 4) › St. John Lutheran will host a craft show

from 8:30am-2pm. The event will include a white elephant sale, bake sale and handmade items. All proceeds benefit the church, school and missions. (352) 208-4898.

Outdoor & Athletic Endeavors Florida Safari (October 1) › Silver Springs State Park will host a tram

tour of the longleaf pine forest. During the tour, guests can take a short, guided walk on the swamp trail. A park ranger will lead visitors down the boardwalk to the Silver River. The tour begins at 10am, and only 15 spots are available. silversprings.com or (352) 236-7148, ext. 4.

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (October 7) › The Santos

Trailhead will host this annual event featuring free helmet and safety checks, guided trail rides, raffles and lunch. The event and activities are free. retrocitycycles.com or (352) 351-3475.

Out of the Darkness Walk (October 7) › A walk to raise awareness and funding for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention will take place at Jervey Gantt Park from 10am-12pm. The walk is approximately 3 miles and wheelchair and stroller friendly. afsp.donordrive.com or (352) 817-8972. Silver Springs Garden Tour (October 8) › 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’ histories, seasonal flowers and wildlife. Admission is free with park entrance. silversprings.com or (352) 261-5840. Trail Ride for the Cure (October 14) › The Sun Country Trail Blazers will host a trail ride to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. The event will be held at the Land Bridge Trailhead and includes a poker ride, raffles, silent auction and lunch. Registration begins at 8:30am and is $25. (352) 861-4227.

Fun at the Park (October 15) › Sholom Park in Ocala will host a

family event from 1-4pm featuring live music, food trucks and activities. Admission is free. sholompark.org or (352) 873-0848, Ext. 7650.

Nature Hike (October 21) › A guided nature hike through Silver Springs State Park will take place the third Saturday of each month through May. Each hike will start from a different location in the park and focus on different plants and wildlife. Free with park admission. silversprings.com or (352) 236-7148.

Sangria 5K Dash & Fall Festival (November 11) › Take part in

this beautiful 5K trail run on the winery farm and property of Island Grove Wine Company, and then stay for wine tastings, arts vendors, food trucks, music, a car show and kids’ activities. The race starts at 8am, and the festival is from 9am-4pm. islandgrovewinecompany.com


Other Fun Stuff! Ocala Health Events › A diabetes support group will be held October 4. A seminar about mental health in the aging population will take place October 11. A self-defense class will be held October 12, and an information session on knee replacements will take place October 27. All programs will be held at the Senior Wellness Community Center in Ocala. Advanced registration is required. ocalahealthsystem.com or (800) 530-1188.

Marion County Chili Cook-off Registration (Through October) › The 36th Annual Marion County Chili Cook-off will take place November

4 at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion. Registration will run through October. The event will also feature salsa and dessert contests along with a car show, children’s activities and vendors. 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.

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. The event runs 10am-3pm, and tickets are $5 general admission and $25 for VIP. facebook.com/bumpbabybeyondexpo. Fashion Show and Luncheon (October 8) › The Ocala Civic Theatre will host a fashion show and luncheon to benefit the theatre’s youth scholarship programs. The event will be held in the dining room of the Ocala Elks Lodge. Doors open at 12:30pm, pre-show shopping begins at 1pm and lunch will be served at 2pm. The fashion show begins at 2:45pm and features Resort Fashions By Tiffany. Tickets are $25. (352) 236-2274.

Design, Decorate and Discover Series

(October 12, November 9, January 11) › United Way of Marion County’s Women’s Leadership Council’s 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.

Break the Silence on Violence Conference (October 13) ›

Award-winning speaker Kevin Hines will be the keynote presenter at this 17th annual conference held at College of Central Florida from 8am4:30pm. mcchildrensalliance.org or (352) 438-5990.

Doggone Good Reading Program (October 14, 28) › Children

ages 5 to 12 are invited to read to a Humane Society of Marion County dog at 11am. Children will select a book to read, which they can then take home. Advance registration is required. thehsmc.org or (352) 873-7387 x204.

Universability Pageant (October 15) › Champions for Champions

will host a Universability Pageant at the Medical Health Center in Ocala. Categories include personality, team spirit and interview. All ages are welcome. Doors open at 1pm. (352) 207-8396.

Dining in the Dark with Dignity (October 21) › The Florida Center

for the Blind will host this fourth annual event inviting guests to dine in total darkness. The event will be held at Trinity Catholic High School and includes a cash bar, raffle, live music, dancing and a catered dinner. Seating begins at 5:30pm. Tickets are $75. flblind.org or (352) 873-4700. OCT ’17 ›

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Winning With Kids Central’s Casino Royale › Written And Photographed By Ronald W. Wetherington

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uring its third annual Casino Royale—Vegas Baby! event, Kids Central brought all the fun and excitement of Vegas casino games to the Ocala Hilton ballroom. The night was one of classic Vegas vibes and style. The complimentary cocktail hour and impressive array of hors d’oeuvres put guests in the mood to gamble the night away for a good cause. The doors of the Hilton’s ballroom opened to reveal a room full of casino games and a Sinatrastyle performer on the stage. The crooner helped set the mood with 1950s classics, and later he transformed himself into Elvis, performing all his greatest hits. Kevin Sheilley, Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership CEO and Kids Central board member explains, “Donation dollars to Kids Central give the organization the ability to provide childhood experiences to kids who have experienced abuse, neglect or abandonment through no fault of their own. These unrestricted funds can also be used to give parents and caregivers the help they need to care for their children safely.” Kids Central’s Casino Royale night raised approximately $25,000. Debra Wise-Velez, deputy chief of programs, observes, “The money raised through Casino Royale will go a long way.” Kids Central cares for these vulnerable children in Marion, Citrus, Hernando, Lake and Sumter Counties.

Funds raised help meet the unfunded needs of families. For example, when a grandmother ends up with her three grandchildren and the mother isn’t around, Kids Central can use fundraised dollars to purchase school uniforms, repair her oven or allow the children to participate in extracurricular activities. The money can be used to help any family they are working with, whether the children are being served through a community prevention program or are in foster care. The financial needs of abused, neglected or abandoned children in Marion County are dire. In Marion County alone, there are 258 children in licensed foster care. There are 315 children in approved care with a relative or non-relative. In 2016 alone, there were 7,338 child abuse reports in Marion County. Small wonder then that so many Ocala/Marion County movers and shakers were dressed to impress for an evening devoted to such a worthy cause. Nicole Pulcini Mason, director of community affairs for Kids Central, states, “Casino Royale is an exciting evening. However, it’s important to remember that we do this for the kids, and without our sponsors, it wouldn’t be possible. Our dedicated supporters allow us to give children and families what they need, which isn’t covered by other funding.” Platinum Event Sponsors included Front Street Commercial Realty and Bouchard Insurance in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield. There was an impressive list of sponsors, including Ocala Style Magazine. At the end of the night, the gamers turned their winnings in for raffle tickets to use in an effort to win fabulous prizes. Prizes included an Adena Springs Golf and Country Club golf outing for four, a Trilogy at Ocala Preserve golf and dinner package and many other valuable raffle items. Make plans now to attend next year’s event. To learn more, volunteer, donate or find out about being a foster parent, visit kidscentralinc.org.

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