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For the homeowner, builder, and remodeler the true advantage of this Showroom is the variety of manufacturers displayed. Unlike other window and door companies that show one product line, the Ro-Mac Ocala Window and Door Showroom prominently displays the top lines. PGT, MI/Better-Bilt, YKK, Andersen, Croft, and Custom Window Systems are all available in the Showroom, together with a full line of Therma-Tru and Masonite Doors. To accent the windows and doors, the Window and Door Showroom has a complete line of mouldings and millwork products on display.
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EADY OR NOT, THERE’S NO DENYING THAT SUMMERTIME IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER. SO IN HONOR OF LAZY DAYS AND FAMILY FUN, WE’VE GOT THE RUNDOWN ON THE PERFECT POOLSIDE ACCOUTREMENTS FOR WHATEVER FLOATS YOUR BOAT. WHETHER YOUR GOAL THIS SUMMER IS TO RELAX AND BEAT THE HEAT OR TO ADD A DASH OF PLAY TO YOUR SUMMER DAYS, WE’VE GOT THE STUFF FOR YOU.
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OW DO HOUSES PARADE, YOU ASK? IN THIS CASE, THE SPECTATORS DO THE MOVING, BUT THIS EVENT IS WORTH THE WALKTHROUGH TO SEE BEAUTIFUL CUSTOM HOMES EQUIPPED WITH THE LATEST CONSTRUCTION INNOVATIONS. DAVID HARDEN, EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE MARION COUNTY BUILDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION, SAYS THE PARADE OF HOMES HAS BEEN A BELOVED ANNUAL EVENT FOR APPROXIMATELY 50 YEARS.
“The Parade of Homes is put on by the Marion County Building Industry Association,” David says. “It’s an event in which our builder members enter their homes into a competition. The MCBIA awards them for various levels of competency on quality, price and efficient use of square footage.” Builders who entered the contest began construction in November, designing and erecting custom homes built specially for the event. “The purpose is to invite the public to come out and visit the parade houses so they can see what to expect when they’re purchasing a home. They can come in, see builders and imagine the kind of home they’d like to have,” David says. Local builder members take advantage of the opportunity to demonstrate their construction expertise while incorporating new construction and design techniques. “This is a marvelous way for our builder members to showcase their products to new buyers. Visitors are going to see the latest and greatest in construction technique and technology. That includes things like state-of-the-art airconditioning systems, smart house technology and use of the most modern appliances. Builders can make each house more
energy efficient, family friendly and suit the purposes the buyer is looking for,” David elaborates. So how can potential homebuyers find these cutting-edge homes? “The Ocala Star-Banner will distribute a tabloid insert in the Sunday, April 20 edition. It will contain the floorplans and elevations of all the parade homes and a map of where they’re located. Once the parade is running, we post a digital version on Ocala.com and on MCBIA.org so everyone has the ability to pull up the tabloid if they didn’t get one,” David explains. The homes are dispersed throughout Marion County. The event spans two weeks so participants can view the homes at their leisure. Many of the homes will be sold after the event, or builders can recreate the models elsewhere. David adds that the parade is worth looking into for anyone in the market for a home. “Custom building gives buyers the advantages of being in a newer community. If they’re retirees, they can consider an age-restricted community. The Parade of Homes offers a broad cross section of housing opportunities for first-time buyers, growing young families and families that are downsizing.” This event truly has something for everyone, and if you don’t find something you love at the Parade of Homes, there’s no doubt one of our local custom builders can create just the home you’re looking for.
Want To Go? Here’s a list of the builders competing in this year’s Parade of Homes, which begins Saturday, April 26 and ends Sunday, May 11. Check out Ocala.com or MCBIA.org to find the locations and showing times of homes on parade.
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YAN MAHAN WANTS TO SELL YOU A HORSE. MORE SPECIFICALLY, MAHAN’S JOB AS A THOROUGHBRED AUCTIONEER IS TO PERSUADE YOU TO BUY THE PARTICULAR HORSE IN THE SALES RING AT THAT MOMENT.
“There’s a lot of emotion and excitement involved in the Thoroughbred business,” says Mahan, 60, who has been a professional auctioneer for 38 years. “So, as an auctioneer, I have to tap into that when I’m selling a horse. If I’m excited about a horse, it comes through in my voice. I have to convey a sense of urgency and make buyers feel like they might miss out on the next big horse if they don’t bid.” It’s a job Mahan does well as the senior auctioneer for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company, as well as for Kentucky-based Keeneland Sales, California-based Barretts Equine Ltd. and the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society. He travels from sale to sale 11 months out of the year, auctioning off Thoroughbred bloodstock. At each venue, Mahan works with a sales announcer and a team of bid spotters. Although it might seem like an odd way to make a living, becoming an auctioneer attracted Mahan early on. “I grew up around the Thoroughbred business in the Lexington, Kentucky, area,” says Mahan. “I thought I might become a veterinarian. But every time I went to the
Keeneland sales, I was intrigued by the auctioneer. I liked the excitement in the sales pavilion, so I decided that’s what I wanted to do.” Mahan officially got his auctioneer license in 1976 and began selling. “I sold cattle, chickens, pigs and goats. I sold cars and furniture, too. You sell whatever you can when you’re starting out. That’s how you build your craft,” he says. “You don’t just start out selling Thoroughbreds for millions of dollars.” In 1977, Mahan became a bid spotter, working sales at Keeneland and Ocala. He graduated to becoming a sales announcer, then an auctioneer in 1981 and eventually a senior auctioneer in 2001. “Every sale is different. Every sale has its own feel,” says Mahan. “The key to being a good auctioneer is knowing the horses, sellers and buyers at each sale. I study the sales catalogs and meet with sellers and buyers before and during the sale. All that preparation is necessary for me to sell each and every horse the best way I can.” Mahan and his bid spotters also have to know how buyers bid. It may be something as subtle as raising a finger, eye contact or a shrug.
While others, Mahan says, “practically jump up and throw the catalog at you.” And he adds that “you have to have a feel to know when to hammer a horse sold and move on.” As for Mahan, he has no plans of dropping the hammer on his career anytime soon. “I love what I do,” he says. “I can’t wait to get to the next sale and sell a horse.”
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STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS AND DISTRICT NEWS THAT SHAPE MARION COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
BY KEVIN CHRISTIAN
LAKE WEIR TOPS GRAPHICS STEFFEY STEPS Graphic arts students from Lake Weir INTO T.O.Y. High recently traveled to Orlando SPOTLIGHT to battle it out in the Specialty and
Graphic Imaging Association’s annual competition. They walked away with five honors, including an Award of Excellence and four Certificates of Merit. Winning students included COURTNEY DUPREE, MCKENZIE JOHNSON, SAYLOR DEAS, TRAVIS MAULDIN and MALLORY PROUE-YARBROUGH. Graphic arts teacher TOM NATALINO (far right) accompanied the students on their award-winning journey.
OSCEOLA CHAMPS— AGAIN! Over the last 26 years, students from Osceola Middle have captured first place in the MATHcounts competition every year except four times—and they did it again in 2014! This year’s champs include (front row, l-r): REID HARRISS, GRAHAM COPE, JEREMY WELLHONER and JOSHUA FOSEN; and (back row, l-r): JACOB CSUKA, TYLER LEHMAN, ERIC SHAW, DONOVAN HAMBY, MAX MCCAMMON and KADEN DANLEY. MATHcounts
competitors go head to head as teams and against each other. The object? To solve math equations and word problems most accurately in the shortest time span.
DAVID STEFFEY is Marion County’s 2014 Teacher of the Year—an honor he recently received at the annual Golden Apple Gala at Circle Square Cultural Center. An intensive reading teacher at Osceola Middle, Steffey has impacted students in the classroom for the last 18 years. He also started the Tools 4 Teaching store and led efforts to beautify the Osceola campus with help from a local big-box retailer. Steffey now competes to become Florida’s Teacher of the Year. Good luck, Mr. Steffey!
SPELLING BEE CHAMP “Velociraptor.” “Wildebeest.” These two winning words put ANDREW JACKSON in the spotlight as the winner of this year’s Marion County Spelling Bee. The eighth-grader at Howard Middle is 13 years old and the son of Andrew and Cassandra Jackson of Ocala. Andrew’s hard at work studying the dictionary and practicing his study words for the next round of competition in Orlando.
SHOWING OFF AT THE FAIR Dozens of students showcased their livestock investment at the Southeastern Youth Fair in Ocala. The annual event gives students a better understanding of the animal and agriculture industry, with some students raising animals from birth to sale. Here, Shady Hill Principal RYAN BENNETT shares the experience with teacher LINDY BATTEN, Superintendent GEORGE TOMYN, MATTHEW MINASSIAN and COLE CLEMONS, both fifth-graders at Shady Hill.
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MR. MCCOLLUM DAY @ 8TH STREET Talk about going to the principal’s office! Hundreds of students and staff members dressed as Principal
JOHN MCCOLLUM to honor his “Principal of the Year” award. Principal impersonators donned white shirts,
ties and bow ties, and dark-rimmed, colorful glasses in the spoof, all in the name of fun! McCollum serves as principal at both Eighth Street Elementary and Osceola Middle on the same campus in Ocala.
Thanks to his writing skills, JAVAN LATSON doesn’t have to worry about paying for college. He won the top spot in Governor and Mrs. Scott’s Black History Month writing contest—and a four-year college scholarship from the Florida Prepaid College Board. The only high school winner in Florida, the 17-year-old junior at Belleview High wrote about his grandfather’s experience with standing up for righteousness and speaking out against injustice—the very theme of this year’s contest. Well done, Javan!
Photo courtesy of Ocala Star-Banner and features David Steffy with his parents, Wayne and Connie Steffey.
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Some hobbies are a passing fancy, good for a few years until something more interesting comes along. But passion? Well, that’s another thing altogether.
For miniature artisan Lloyd Cooper, 65, his passion for building intricate miniatures has only grown stronger through the decades. Not only has it brought pleasure over the years, but his craft has been one of the sustaining joys in a life that has seen more than its fair share of difficulties.
of Artisans in Miniature International, an organization that is based in England. His work was even featured in their magazine this summer.
railroading, first working at 1/87th scale but even doing some work as small as 1/144th scale. It was while creating the tiny buildings to complete the villages for his model railroad projects that he realized how much he enjoyed that aspect of miniatures. In the 1980s, Lloyd saw 1/12th scale miniatures (also known as “one inch scale”) for the first time. Intrigued with the possibilities of working in a larger size, he began studying and reading everything he could find about this scale, including attending miniature shows. Lloyd got serious about his miniature artistry in the 1990s. He joined the International Guild of Miniature Artisans and is also a member
Lloyd joined the U.S. Army in 1966 and ended up doing two tours in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969. He served
loyd first discovered miniatures at age 13 when he began building scale model cars, a hobby he still pursues. He then branched out into model
on Huey gunships, the big turbine-powered helicopters, which first saw combat operation during the Vietnam War. While serving his country, Lloyd was shot down twice; the second time, he was wounded and was discharged in June 1969. When he returned home, it was as a disabled veteran. Several years after he left the jungles of Southeast Asia, Lloyd was diagnosed with Reiter’s Syndrome, an autoimmune condition also known as “reactive arthritis,” caused by his exposure to Agent Orange during his time in
Vietnam. His prognosis was grim; doctors said he’d never walk or use his hands and would be permanently disabled. Amazingly, Lloyd proved those doctors wrong and recovered well enough over a period of three years to enroll at the University of Southern California to pursue his college career. He graduated in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering.
As happens with many veterans, the unspeakable horrors of war aren’t always content to stay in the shadowy past. In 1983, Lloyd was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and manic depression. Doggedly, he persevered through those troubling times, finding focus and direction as he applied himself to new studies. Lloyd returned to his hometown of Dayton,
“I’ve always had an interest in old buildings and find a certain beauty in decaying structures; I love the colors and textures.” -Lloyd Cooper
Ohio, where he attended the Ohio Institute of Photography and Technology, earning a degree in commercial photography and a bachelor’s degree in electronics technology in 1987. Lloyd went on to work as an architectural engineer for 20 years. He spent four years as lead designer for Deeb Construction Co., a premier homebuilder then located in Pasco County, and worked as a freelance designer for about 10 years, but he didn’t stop there. “When I got back to civilian life, I never wanted to look back and say, ‘I wish I would have…’ so I’ve done a lot of different things. I’ve been a paramedic, drove stock and sprint race cars, drove hydroplanes and skydived for a while,” he recalls. “I’ve always had a hunger for education and wanted to try new things as I’ve gone through life; I just enjoy the experience of learning.” Lloyd lived and worked in Carson City, Nevada, from 1972 to 1977 and especially loved exploring Western ghost towns. He was even commissioned by the Nevada State Museum in Carson City to make a model of Virginia City showing a cutaway view of the mountain and the mines beneath the town. Another interesting commission was that of a 17-room Victorian house in Ohio. The homeowner requested that he make a 1/12th scale duplicate of her actual home. That project took Lloyd nearly two years to complete. Lloyd recently met with Scott Mitchell of the Silver River Museum in Ocala about doing a commissioned replica of one of the original Old Florida Cracker homes there on the property. He’s
already started working on the project, which will be 1/12th scale, and is excited that the piece will be on exhibit at the museum upon completion.
Like most artists, Lloyd finds inspiration in many places. It doesn’t
hurt that he’s traveled extensively, including to Japan and the Australian Outback. Closer to home, he’s gone to all but four of the 50 states and fell in love with the American West when living there. The Ohio native has had the opportunity to live and work in numerous states and has called Ocala home since 2001. He often takes photographs of old buildings when traveling and likes to invent his own stories about them, if he doesn’t know the actual history. He refers to those photos when visualizing what he wants to create but admits that sometimes his miniatures evolve differently as he’s building them. That’s just part of the artistic process. Lloyd’s detailed knowledge of how buildings are constructed has given him an insider’s view of how structures age, weather and decay. This allows him to make his miniatures totally lifelike. And make no mistake, Lloyd is a perfectionist when it comes to his craft. Over the years, he’s learned which materials work best for particular projects and has developed techniques that provide startlingly realistic results. For example, because he often creates miniatures based on old, weathered structures, Lloyd is all about detail. He mills his own lumber, using primarily basswood, and often
does the first stages of weathering that wood before he begins building. Using a mixture of India ink and rubbing alcohol he refers to as “instant aging,” he applies this concoction to the wood and… voilà! Sleek and new is suddenly transformed, taking on the appearance of lumber that is a century old. Once the structure is complete, Lloyd adds additional weathering details specific to that building. He explains that old buildings naturally have stains and patterns where rain and dirt have left their mark over the years. His goal is to emulate these with his aging techniques. Look closely at his work and it’s as though you’re looking at a photograph of an aged structure caught in time. That’s exactly the result for which he strives.
“I’ve always had an interest in old buildings and find a certain beauty in decaying structures; I love the colors
and textures. As an architectural engineer, I know how structures are built and conversely, how they decay,” he notes, adding that buildings in the arid climate of the American West age differently from those in the East or South where there is more moisture. For the most part, Lloyd’s miniatures are aged and weathered structures, and he tends to build a tiny landscape around each one. Take, for example, the two-seater outhouse (one side was for adults, the other for kids) modeled on a real outhouse that stood on his uncle’s farm in Springfield, Ohio.
does the framing on his tiny projects with stud construction just as one would in a regular-sized building and then proceeds to build it just like it was life size. The outhouse, with all its intricate details, took him four months to complete.
The past few years have not been without challenges. In 2009, Lloyd suffered “The outhouse is probably the pinnacle of my work, very unusual subject matter,” he laughs. He recreated in 1/12th scale the outhouse just as it was… right down to the catalog inside (no toilet paper in those days!), the jumble of weeds and debris scattered by the fence with the occasional missing board and the battered trellis topped by a tiny birdhouse. Lloyd painstakingly made his own “bricks” for the outhouse’s foundation, carving them from Styrofoam or Fimo clay and then casting the tiny bricks in resin for truly lifelike results. He also recreated the well from his uncle’s Midwestern farm. For subjects like this, which are based on real objects, Lloyd usually gathers measurements, takes photos from various angles and does sketches before he starts building. Other times, he’ll create a miniature from memory or builds one structure that is actually a conglomeration of several different buildings. His architectural background comes in handy. After all, he’s still designing and building structures—just miniature versions. Lloyd
his first stroke, which affected the entire left side of his body, as well as his speech and memory function. Miraculously, he regained his ability to speak and 90 percent of the use of his left arm, hand and leg. A second stroke in 2011 was followed barely two months later by a heart attack, and then he lost his beloved wife in July 2012. A lesser person would have thrown in the towel. Not one to complain, Lloyd credits his faith in God and his determination to live each day as he’s come through these soul-wrenching events. His passion for miniatures has been a significant part of his healing—both physically and emotionally. Not only has the work been therapeutic, but he also finds the entire process deeply satisfying. “I have a deep love for miniatures, and it pleases me to express myself this way,” says Lloyd modestly. Tucked into Ocala Plaza, a small strip mall off 36th Avenue just south of Silver Springs Boulevard, is Unique Antiques, a cozy shop literally brimming with a little bit of everything. Proprietress Kathy Rydin first met Lloyd when he came in and expressed interest in becoming
a vendor. She was so impressed with Lloyd and his work that she offered him a prime spot in the shop’s front window. “Miss Kathy has been wonderful and given me a venue in which to work. I’ve made a lot of new friends here,” says Lloyd. Not only are Lloyd’s finished works on display at Unique Antiques, but you can watch him working on current projects. The shop also plans to offer “make-and-take” sessions with Lloyd where participants will pay a small materials fee to craft a miniature keepsake of their own with Lloyd’s instruction. After all, sharing his enthusiasm for miniatures with others is often the best part of Lloyd’s day.
WANT TO LEARN MORE? YOU CAN CATCH LLOYD COOPER WORKING ON HIS MINIATURES AT UNIQUE ANTIQUES FROM 10AM TO 5PM MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY.
3602 NE 8TH PLACE, OCALA (352) 351-3248 LLOYD ALSO HAS AN ONLINE SHOP AT ETSY.COM/SHOP/LOSTCREEKSTATION AND A WEBSITE AT HTTP://LOSTCREEKSTATIONMINIATURES.SHUTTERFLY.COM. CONTACT HIM BY EMAIL AT LOSTCREEKSTATION@COX.NET.
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HOW LOCAL FAMILIES STRENGTHEN THE TIES THATBIND WRITTEN BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND / PHOTOS BYJOHNJERNIGAN
THE ERGLE FAM L-R: JOE, MON ILY SAM, NOAH & TY, ROBBIE, GRACE
“In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony.” —Eva Burrows, Australian community welfare organizer, Oﬃcer of the Salvation Army from 1951 to 1993
Statistics reveal that half of first marriages end in divorce, while second and third marriages fare even worse. Families that are not only together but happily so are becoming more and more rare. Is there a secret to those “joyfully intact” families? Apparently, there is. Love. Commitment. Those two words sound almost cliché. But in a world where both are often missing or maligned, to find them together and thriving in a family setting is to discover a treasure. A visit with three Marion County families reveals what makes their families close and shares how they’ve built a foundation of love and commitment over the years. We even scored some favorite recipes!
On a brisk winter evening, Noah and Joe Ergle are busy building a fire in the fireplace. The scent of wood smoke and crackling flames makes for a welcoming atmosphere, but the real warmth in the great room comes not from the fire but from the laughter and camaraderie of the family gathered to eat at the long table. When Monty and Robbie Ergle married in 1990, they knew they wanted several children, but most importantly, they wanted a close-knit family. Spend an evening with the couple and their brood— Sam, 19; Grace, 17; Noah, 13; and Joe, 11—and it’s easy to see they’ve certainly got the “close” part right. “Families love each other, but you have to find things you like about each other,” says Robbie. “We just try to enjoy each other and savor each day. It helps to have had good role models from our own families; even now we ask them for advice.” Robbie shares that her parents are in McIntosh and Monty’s parents live in Ocala and that both couples have been married for over 50 years. “The kids always want to call their grandparents and invite them to whatever we’re doing,” says Monty, a portfolio manager at Community Bank in Ocala. “They come to all our birthdays, games, plays and ceremonies,” says Noah, who’s in seventh grade at Blessed Trinity. “Going to Meme’s house every week is my favorite tradition; we get to see all our family and eat lots of good food.” “We are a very food-oriented family,” laughs Robbie, a professor who teaches at the University of Central Florida’s College of Education satellite program at the College of Central Florida here in town. “When Monty was growing up, he always went to his grandparents for Sunday lunch
MAMA’S CHOCOLATE POUND CAKE
Recipe courtesy of Robbie
1 ½ cups butter, soften ed cups sugar 5 eggs 3 cups flour ½ cup cocoa 3
1 tsp baking soda ¼ t salt 1 8-oz tub sour cream
cup boiling water tsp vanilla
Cream butter; add sug ar gradually beating well. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Sift flour , cocoa, salt and soda. Add to cream ed mixture, alternating with sour cream and beginning and ending with ﬂour mixture. Add boiling water, and mix. Stir in vanilla. Pour batter into grease d and floured 10-inch tube pan. Bake at 325°F for 90 minutes. Check donene ss. Cool in pan for 10 to 15 minutes. Remo ve from pan, and cool completely before icing with glaze. CHOCOLATE GLAZE Blend the following ing redients: 6 tbsp butter 2 cups powdered sug ar 6 tbsp cocoa 4-5 tbsp boiling water
after church. Now we all go to his parents’ (Gerald and Venice Ann Ergle) home for the evening meal. There are usually 15 or 16 of us, and each week the kids take turns requesting their favorite meals. It’s a life-long tradition.” Whether it’s with Robbie’s family or Monty’s, sharing meals is a great opportunity to catch up with one another. They usually end up playing games— everything from football and basketball to hide-n-seek and Wii games. With cousins who also live in town, it’s like a party every week, even though it’s just family. Holidays and birthdays are extra special; Christmas Eve is celebrated with Robbie’s parents (Celeste and Randy Brown), who live in McIntosh, a few blocks from the historic Presbyterian church her grandfather helped build. Four families with nine kids and two dogs (17 total) all spend the night together and wake up to share Christmas morning. “My mom started this tradition when we got married, and I hope to do the same with my own children. It’s priceless,” says Robbie. In this family, affection is expected and given freely. Saying “I love you” isn’t reserved for special occasions; it’s an everyday thing. “We’re definitely a ‘hug’ family, and there’s always an open door. If there’s a problem, we talk about it with Mom and Dad,” says Grace, a junior at Trinity Catholic High School. The Ergles make it a point to have lots of “common experiences” making “remember when” moments together. That might include fishing (buying a boat was one of the family’s best purchases, Robbie notes), working
MEETTHE WASHINGTONS Sometimes having a close family means striving for something you didn’t experience in your own childhood. “Even though I knew my parents loved me, I didn’t always hear it. You can say you love someone but not always show it or speak it. I wanted to make sure my kids heard that. I also wanted them to have relationships with their siblings where they tell each other they love them,” says Roxana Washington. “Going in, we knew we wanted to be a family that communicates and has an open relationship where our kids could trust us and always count on us,” adds Lorenzo Washington. Born and raised in Ocala, Lorenzo and Roxana knew each other long before they married. (“He was my brother’s friend,” smiles Roxana.) They are the parents of Lorenzo, Jr., 20; D’Andre, 18; and Shambria, 16.
on a house project, helping the boys with their 4-H steers and hogs, playing with their dog, Lucky, or attending one of the kids’ sporting events. And there are definitely plenty of those. Sam played basketball throughout high school, Grace plays soccer, Noah plays basketball and football, while Joe plays football and lacrosse. Monty has coached many of the kids’ teams and considers that a privilege, not a duty. All those practices can create havoc with a regular schedule, but the family still manages to eat together most nights. “We may end up eating late or in shifts, but we make it a priority to eat together… and not with the TV on,” says Robbie. “Face time is important, so there’s no texting or phones at the table. The real world is more important than the virtual world.” From ice cream sundaes and movies on New Year’s Eve to birthday celebrations where the “birthday person” creates the meal’s menu, to “pancake Fridays” when Monty cooks, to attending church every week, the family has built a foundation of cherished rituals that have made an impact on each person. “The secret to our family is ‘family time,’ like Dad waking us up every morning, making us breakfast and driving us to school,” says Joe, a sixth-grader at Blessed Trinity, who is wise beyond his years. “All of these traditions help to keep us close as a family. Our family wants to stay close and be connected,” adds Sam, a freshman at the University of Florida. “We are lucky because we love to be around each other and we have fun when we are all together.”
“When the kids were younger, we made a point of not only having nightly bedtime stories but also sharing Bible stories and having prayer time together,” says Lorenzo. “One of the things we did early on was to make sure we always ate dinner together. That gets harder when they’re teenagers and everyone has different schedules, but you really have to value that and set aside time for the family.” Over the years, the Washingtons built weekly rituals of attending church and eating dinner together. “Eating together as a family every day is my favorite tradition,” says Lorenzo, Jr., now a sophomore at Valdosta State University, where he’s studying broadcast communications. “We make the table a ‘no-texting’ zone,” notes Lorenzo. “Even when the boys bring friends home
THE WASHINGTON FAMILY L-R BACK: D’ANDRE, LORENZO, JR., SHAMBRIA FRONT: LORENZO, ROXANA
THE DELK FAMILY L-R: LANNIS, LILAH & JUDY DELK; MICHAEL & LORRIE WALKER
from college, we all sit down together to eat and talk about how the day went.” That habit of making the kids’ friends feel welcome began long ago. From the time their children were young, the Washingtons wanted their home to be a place their kids’ friends wanted to come. “We like to make our home a safety zone and a place to hang out,” says Roxana. “We’ve found a lot of their friends’ parents aren’t together, so the kids find it easy to be with us and bond with us. Plus, Roxana can cook really well,” Lorenzo adds with a grin. Just being together might sound simple, but all three Washington kids rank their family’s ability to communicate well as the main thing that has made and kept them close. “I believe that a family that worships, prays and communicates with each other stays close,” says Shambria, a junior at Trinity Catholic High School. “I can talk to my parents about anything,” adds D’Andre, who also attends Valdosta State, where he is a freshman studying psychology. Sports have always assumed a large role in the family, with both boys playing football. D’Andre also played lacrosse, and Shambria plays basketball. All those practices and games made for some hectic schedules, but as their dad points out, that’s part of being a family. “Our kids have all been very active in sports, and we made sure we supported each of them whatever season it was. Our goal was to make sure the whole family was in the stands to cheer them on,” says Lorenzo, adding that the kids realized this sometimes meant sacrificing their time to support their siblings. D’Andre admits this family time at sporting events is probably his favorite tradition. Both boys played Little League with city teams when younger, and Lorenzo also coached in the Pop Warner league for nine years while they were playing.
Ocala-born and –raised, Lannis and Judy Delk met in their teens and married in 1971, but they have a connection that goes back to earliest childhood, as both were delivered by the same family doctor, Henry Harrell, Sr. “We married young; I was 17, and he was 18, but we had some very deep conversations about family before we married. We wanted our marriage to be permanent and to make sure our children didn’t go through divorce,” says Judy. “Lannis’ mama died when he was young; my parents separated when I was 10 and divorced when I was 21. There were a lot of hurts that came up through the years after I was grown that
Roxana laughs remembering those years. “The boys tell this story over and over. Their dad always told them to have their shoes and pads on and be ready to go out the door for practice in five minutes from when he’d get home from work. The rules were that any player who was late to practice had to run laps. Sometimes they were late because their dad was late getting home. They didn’t like to have to run, but he said the rules applied to them even though he was the coach!” At least once a month, the Washingtons get together with their extended family in Ocala. There are usually 25 to 30 in attendance, and the kids are especially “tight” with their uncles and cousins. (Although Roxana’s parents are deceased, Lorenzo’s mom stays involved and tries not to miss any activities.) Monopoly is often the game of choice on these occasions. “If we don’t play Monopoly, we may spend a day at the park and play softball, volleyball or kick ball, something where we can all play together,” says Lorenzo. Even though smartphones are a no-no at the dinner table, the Washingtons use technology to stay close, especially now that both boys are away at college. “The boys call me every day,” says Roxana, “and with the iPhones, we do FaceTime.”
I had to deal with, and I didn’t want that for my kids. Children can cope with divorce but not without a price.” The Delks raised their children, Lorrie and Logan, on a small farm in rural Marion County. It was only 6 acres, but there was always a garden and room for the kids to raise steers, hogs and rabbits for their 4-H and FFA projects (“There has to be family support for a child to be successful in this,” notes Judy.) From the time the kids were young, the family went fishing and to the hunting camp together. Both parents were determined to give them as much love and attention as possible but also to teach them
BAKED MACARONI & CHEESE
Recipe courtesy of Judy Del k
Cook 1 ½ cups elbow macaroni (or shells) in boiling, salted water until tender; drain. In saucep an, melt 3 tablespoons butter or margarine. Blend in 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, ½ teaspoon salt and a dash of pepper. Add 2 cups milk. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Add ¼ cup finely cho pped onions (optional) and 2 cups sharp cheese, cubed. Cook and cheddar stir until cheese is melted. Mix che ese sauce with cooked macaron i. Turn into 1 ½ quart casserole dish , and bake at 350°F for 35 to 40 min utes.
(Note from Judy: When La nnis and I first married, I made thi s for him. Looked beautiful, tasted wo nderful, I thought. He took a bite and said it wasn’t macaroni and che ese. I assured him it was. He sai d it wasn’t like what they made for the mselves from the box. It took a wh ile before I got over my mad spell and made it again, but the kids—and now the grandchildren—love it. Logan makes it all the time for his kids and to take to events. Boxed ma c and cheese, my eye!)
practical life skills. Lorrie and Logan learned how to wash their own clothes, do simple mending chores, change a tire and change the oil in the car. Judy made sure they learned to cook, helping at her side as she canned and put up jelly. Lannis worked for the phone company for many years. When he came home from work, it became habit for Judy and the kids to meet him in the yard to talk and unwind before dinner. “We solved a lot of the world’s problems sitting on the tailgate of his truck,” she says. Family photos and Lorrie’s artwork are found throughout the Delk’s family home. A massive fireplace constructed of field rock from Levy and Marion Counties anchors the living room. “We’ve had lots of good times around that fireplace,” recalls Judy. “Even when the ‘Storm of the Century’ went through and took out the power, we were fine. We had a nice, warm fire and roasted weenies in the fireplace on palmetto sticks.” Lannis and Judy didn’t always follow their own childhood memories when creating traditions for their own family. For example, as a boy, Lannis dreaded leaving home on Christmas morning to go visit relatives all day. When he and Judy had their own children, they made the decision to stay home. “We invited the relatives to our house, but we didn’t want to wear the kids out taking them all over creation,” Judy says. Birthdays were always celebrated with the grandparents. Because there are numerous August birthdays in the family, Lannis and Judy host an annual cookout, a big “birthday blow-out” where family, cousins and friends gather. Judy even put together a family cookbook, cleverly titled, Cooking with Nuts and Other Family Members. “So many of my friends were from divorced homes, so it was great having an intact family. There was always a lot of humor and picking on each other in a playful, fun way. To this day, when you get my dad, brother and I in the same room together, there’s a lot of joking and cutting up,” says Lorrie Delk Walker, 41, who is married with two grown stepsons and lives
in Lakeland, where she has her own public relations business. “My mom was always good about demonstrating what it means to be grateful and appreciative. I think teaching empathy and appreciation raises good kids,” she says, adding that some of her and her brother’s favorite memories were of spending time every summer at their grandparents’ farm in the Panhandle town of Cottondale. “My granddaddy was a peanut farmer, and I’d ride in the combine with him. My grandmother was a real green thumb, and we’d start cuttings together. There were several summers I came home with plants and a kitten!” Lorrie and Logan spent hours tearing up and down their driveway and dirt road in the two-seater go-kart (the salesman said it was “maintenance-free,” which was far from the truth). Logan loved drag racing, and as early as age 8, he was helping his dad do mechanical work on the cars. When he was in high school, he had his own drag racing car. Now 37, married and a father of three, Logan lives in Belleview and works as a lineman with SECO. Lannis and Judy have a treasure trove of memories of their family over the years, but the best part is how close they remain today. Judy sums it up perfectly: “We love our kids dearly, but we also like them as people.”
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OWNER, ROGER BILLS INTERIORS How would you describe your interiors? I address each project individually and approach it as a creative challenge that requires its own concept and solutions. My interiors stress architectural awareness and must reflect the aspirations and personalities of each individual client. We always respect the client’s personal treasures and willingly incorporate them into the design concept. I’ve heard my work described as bold but unpretentious while maintaining a clean,
comfortable reflection of my clients.
Who can aﬀord a designer? Almost anyone. I order directly from all of the major furnishing manufacturers. My low overhead allows me to work on a cost-plus basis with a much smaller profit margin than the competition. My hands-on approach to construction allows me to actually save my clients money and headaches by eliminating costly mistakes.
What is the diﬀerence between a designer and a decorator? An interior designer is a professional who is qualified by
education, experience and state licensure to identify, research and creatively solve problems relative to the function and quality of a client’s environment. We manage proper allocation of space, traffic flow, activity planning and the relationship of scale of furnishings to the interior space. We often generate blueprints for both new construction and renovation. As a result, more technical issues such as HVAC, lighting, acoustics and window and wall placement are addressed.
ROGER BILLS INTERIORS 1507 SE 14th Street, Ocala (352) 351-2888
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OWNER A.L. MILTON CONSTRUCTION, INC. A.L. Milton Construction has won many prestigious building awards. Are there any you are particularly proud of?
mean for your clients?
It means that I am personally on the job daily checking the accuracy and quality of the construction work. That way the client benefits from having Over the course of 32 years of an experienced contractor custom building in Ocala, we not a representative - ensure have won many awards in the Parade of Homes. But the award quality control. This also I have the most pride in is having means that I personally meet with the client throughout the a client who loves the home we built for them. To me there is no construction process from foundation to finish. greater award than that. With me the client is A.L. Milton Construction not just a job number. High volume builders cannot offer is described as a the same level of individual“hands-on” contractor. ized attention. What does that
My ideal client is one who is excited about building their new home. Whatever the budget, we build what the client wants, meeting their particular budget and design. Ask for references and look at the builder’s education, experience, professionalism and integrity. Choose a builder that cares as much about your new home as you do.
A.L MILTON CONSTRUCTION, INC. 2701 SE Maricamp Road, Suite 103 Ocala, FL 34471 (352) 368-7733 www.ALMILTON.COM
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Rafael FRANCO, CO-OWNER Daniel PEROTTI, CO-OWNER
CABINET DEPOT OF OCALA
hether you are in the market for a kitchen or bathroom remodel or are starting from scratch, the professionals at Cabinet Depot of Ocala can help you design and excecute the kitchen or bath of your dreams.
Cabinet Depot is a familyowned business. What does that mean say about the type of service your clients will receive?
You’ve been called a onestop shop for kitchen and bathroom needs. What are some of your newest or most popular products or lines?
At Cabinet Depot, we realize that the best way to grow our business is through positive customer testimonials and word of mouth. We work tirelessly to ensure that every customer is satisfied with our work and would feel comfortable recommending us to family and friends. Customer satisfaction is paramount to us because our business is our passion and we take great pride in a job well done.
We offer the best products available for all budgets. We specialize in cabinetry and granite countertops and also offer bathroom remodeling, tile, wood and laminate flooring.
Tell us about the design/ purchasing experience with Cabinet Depot. We strive to make the design and purchasing process as smooth as possible. First, we meet with
clients to get their ideas and give our professional suggestions. We go over all available products, then do a three-dimensional design for them. We then meet again to get their feedback and make any necessary changes. When the client is satisfied with the design, we go into production. Once all the materials and products are ready, our professional team gets the job done quickly and efficiently. We offer the fastest kitchen remodeling turnaround without sacrificing the quality of work. Kitchen remodeling work done by our competitors typically takes two to four months, but our streamlined process allows us to complete most projects in one to two weeks.
How would you sum up the quality of work put forth by the professionals at Cabinet Depot? Our staff of designers and craftsmen are some of the best in the business, and we take great pride in our work. We settle for
nothing less than 100 percent customer satisfaction, and we stand by our work.
What one piece of advice would you give to someone considering a kitchen or bath remodel? I would encourage them to go with a family-owned business that has skin in the game and a strong commitment to customer satisfaction. They should know what kind of budget they have and insist that the remodeling company go over their options in detail so that they can make an informed decision. After all, a family’s home is its castle, and choosing the wrong remodeling company can be a costly mistake.
CABINET DEPOT OF OCALA 4810 SW 60th Avenue Ocala, FL 34474 (352) 299-5528 Cabinetdepotofocala.com
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John CHIASSON SHOWROOM MANAGER MIKE SCOTT PLUMBING What can customers expect when visiting either of your showroom locations?
What services do you oﬀer to assist customers with remodels or new construction projects?
Our showrooms offer over 3,600 combined square feet of the latest in kitchen and bathroom designs. We offer products from top manufacturers, like Moen, Delta and Kohler. Not only can you expect great products but great customer service as well. We’ll make sure you get the one-onone service you deserve.
We tailor our services to the individual needs of our customers and offer free, on-location estimates by one of our experts who will answer your questions every step of the way. We schedule appointments around your time, not ours. After picking out the kitchen or bathroom of your dreams, our friendly and highly trained technicians work seven days a week, so you can watch the install process even on the weekends.
How has Mike Scott Plumbing set itself apart from other plumbing companies? We can handle all of your plumbing needs—no job is too big or too small. We do commercial, residential and industrial plumbing as well as septic and drain fields, irrigation and gas work. Follow us on Facebook and YouTube to stay up to date with our latest projects and designs.
MIKE SCOTT PLUMBING “If water runs through it, we do it.” 668 E Overdrive Circle, Hernando 5950 Signature Drive, Wildwood (866) 314-4443 mikescottplumbing.com
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David CHAMBERS OWNER GO CONCRETE DESIGNS
Is that stamped concrete? fade like pavers and achieves Actually, it’s a concrete coating that we trowel onto your existing slab and hand carve and color in an infinite variation of seamless artful designs. We can do completely unique versions of popular slate and flagstone stamp designs with many more color options right onto your existing driveway, porch or patio, for far less than stamped concrete would cost.
You say this is the ideal driveway or patio product. Why? Our concrete doesn’t crack or
a more elegant look for a lot less. It doesn’t have to be done during initial construction like stamped concrete, it is much cheaper than stamped overlays, and it doesn’t have the limited color options and repeating patterns and seams that stamps entail. And, of course, it doesn’t flake up or get dangerously slippery like painted concrete.
What makes GO Concrete Designs successful? We take really good care of our customers. Integrity is the cornerstone of our business.
Sure, our product combines the best new technology and the best of Florida’s rich culture of trowel skills, and that sets us far ahead of others. But, at the end of each project, our customers tell us how much they enjoyed the project itself—that it was a pleasure to work with a crew that they can trust and rely on.
GO CONCRETE DESIGNS (352) 598-3160 firstname.lastname@example.org go-concrete-designs.com
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Amy COOPER MARKETING MANAGER HIGHLAND HOMES Why build a new home instead of buying an existing one? In a new home, there are no surprises or hidden damage, like mold or termites. Builder warranties protect your investment, and there are no costly renovations or repairs needed before you move in. Most importantly, the home will be designed for your life. Our main focus is pre-sales, so buyers may select their perfect home plan and then choose from hundreds of included and upgrade options to personalize their home to their style, needs and budget.
How can you help with the costs of building a home?
We often hear the biggest thing holding someone back from purchasing a home is not Can a new home save me having money for the down payment. That is why we have money over time? sought out finance options Our homes meet or exceed so our buyers can purchase current building codes for with just $99 down. Plus, we safety and efficiency—they pay a portion of the mortgage are more energy efficient closing costs. than homes built even five years ago. They are less expensive to maintain as well. With improving technology, products and materials are built to last longer. Plus, with no existing wear or damage from previous owners, you will take advantage of the full HIGHLAND HOMES product life. 9840 SW 54th Ave,, Ocala (863) 797-4999 highlandhomes.org
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OWNER OCALA PLASTERING, INC Ocala Plastering has been in business since 1998. Your slogan is “Where tradesmen still exist.” What does this say about the quality of work you provide?
What types of services and products do you oﬀer your clients?
We offer free estimates and can meet either at your site or at our showroom where you can view our wall of stone samples or pick up a brochure. We sell We have been a leader in only LEED-certified stone commercial and residential products. Their warranty is 50 interior and exterior years and we even back that up applications of stucco, stone with our own warranty as well. and other finishes for more With prices on stone starting than 30 years. We strive to maintain the highest standards at less than $5 dollars a square foot, plus installation, it’s in quality while continuing to easy to dramatically enhance offer new products and costsaving measures for our clients. a home or office without breaking the bank.
For someone interested in a decorative ﬁnish, how can you assist them? We assist our clients with both the design and installation. We’ll visit your home or job site to hear your ideas and offer suggestions. Our trained installers are professionals who take pride in being respectful of your home or office.
OCALA PLASTERING, INC. 210 SE 7th Street Ocala, FL 34471 (352) 572-4473 Facebook.com/ocalaplasteringinc Lic. #CGC1520116
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PRESIDENT CENTER STATE CONSTRUCTION, INC.
enter State Construction, Inc. was founded 25 years ago and has been all in the family ever since, designing and selling homes the way they would want to buy them. They’ve built over a thousand homes in Central Florida and have earned the Marion County Builder’s Association Builder of the Year title five times. When they’re not at the oﬃce, Josh spends time with family or at the drag track as a member of the NHRA and Deborah serves as treasurer of the MCBIA. From their personalized approach to customer service to their top-tier construction standards, Center State Construction makes quality their priority every time. Building a custom home sounds expensive. How do you provide customers with the best value possible? It doesn’t have to be expensive. However, what we try to do is work backward. If a customer
comes to us with a budget, our design department can design and specify materials for the house to meet their budget. We offer tiers of homes with different levels of finishings, which includes things like cabinetry, floors, countertops,
trim, all of those materials. You can spend $100,000 on a kitchen, or we could do one for $20,000 depending on what our customer’s end budget is. Everyone has their own budget, and whether they’re looking for a move-up home or an estate home, we can design and spec out the house to meet it.
to get repeat customers. Not only are they absolutely happy, but we build a long-term relationship with them. Many build with us again and refer their friends.
Why should a customer choose you over one of your competitors? Our standards usually exceed everyone else’s upgrades. We emphasize quality, value and oneon-one customer service. When you get into the higher-end homes, granite throughout, upgraded trim work and a lot of energy efficiency become standard in our plans. There are also a lot of energy efficient things like open-cell insulation and high-tech air-conditioning systems. We get everything as close to perfect as we can get it. Our customers get their dream home on time and on budget, and they’re proud to call it theirs.
What can customers expect from a building experience with Center State Construction, Inc.? One-on-one customer service is the Center State standard from design to moving in. They’re going to experience a lot of individualized communication, especially with me, since I’m the owner and builder of the company. They will get personalized supervision, a personal design staff for both house design and finishings, just lots and lots of communication.
What is your ultimate goal when building someone’s home?
CENTER STATE CONSTRUCTION, INC. 3251 SE 31st Street, Ocala (352) 694-5022 centerstateconstruction.com
We strive to build a home to such a satisfactory level that we are able
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Clay WOODS, PRESIDENT Maureen WOODS, KITCHEN DESIGNER STATEWIDE CABINETRY & INSTALLATION What services does Statewide Cabinetry provide? We custom design and professionally install a wide range of cabinetry for the home, including the kitchen, bath, laundry, office, garage and more. We also offer custom closet solutions, entertainment centers and an array of countertop choices.
What is the design process like?
We go the extra mile to make the entire process as easy on the
homeowner as possible. First, we personally meet with the client to discuss their wants and needs. Then, using the latest design technology, we create a set of plans and 3-D color renderings so the homeowner can see exactly what they are ordering. Once this meets with their approval, the order goes to fabrication. Finally, our team of professional installers brings the homeowner’s dreams to life. It generally takes approximately three to four weeks from the design phase to installation. Seeing your kitchen come to life
is our pleasure. Your complete satisfaction is our goal.
What options and accessories do you provide? Our expert designers can assist you with selecting everything from door style to finish colors (stained wood or painted), hardware choices and countertop materials. For those looking to maximize space, we also offer a wide range of storage amenities including drawers, spice racks, bread boards, appliance elevators and pull outs just to name a few.
STATEWIDE CABINETRY 1759 SW 18th St., Williston (352) 529-0093 scicabinets.com
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Bob SUMPTER, OWNER/PARTNER Ed HENDRIX, OWNER/PARTNER
What is one piece of advice you would give to owners about maintaining their RVs?
We see all types of problems come through our shop. One of the most common is roof seals. It is so important that How does being a local customers check and reseal center beneﬁt your their roofs or schedule us to customers? do it for them. The damage Having the ability to service caused by roof leaks is costly the RV here at our shop or and preventable. Another very go wherever the customer important area to maintain is is located says a lot for how the batteries. Be sure they have we feel about our service. Convenient, reliable and timely water and stay charged. repairs help our customers enjoy time with their RV instead of waiting around for repairs to be made.
B&E RV SERVICE & REPAIR What sets your business apart from other RV service and repair businesses? We know that, to you, your RV is as much of a home as any other traditional home, and we strive to give it the best care possible. When we started the business, our goal was to provide quality workmanship at a fair price and in a timely manner. All of us at B&E RV work hard to satisfy our customers’ needs. Courtesy, clean and thorough is what our customers can expect.
B&E RV SERVICE & REPAIR 3660 NE 45th Place, Ocala (352) 401-7930 bandervservicerepair.com
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SHOWROOM SALES MORGAN BROTHERS SUPPLY What is the diﬀerence between whirlpools? All jetted tubs are whirlpools. Aquatic, Kohler, Maax/Pearl, MTI, Jetta and Jacuzzi are name brands of whirlpools. Maax/Pearl tubs are true whirlpools because of the positioning of a two-jet system that creates a whirling motion.
What should I look for when purchasing a jetted tub?
a combination of both. There are other stimulants that can be added such as heat, color/ light and aroma, according to your needs and desires. If you use salts, bubbles or oils in the bath, then air baths are for you. It’s a warm, soothing bath without the need of a heater.
the tub through a cycle for approximately 20 minutes and then drain. Do this maintenance about three times a year. Remember to fill and run the tub before your next use to remove the bleach in the piping. Air tubs have a selfcleaning mode. Laundry tubs can also be jetted, what a great idea for a doggie spa!
What maintenance is required?
Water-jetted tubs can have bacteria buildup. However, the bacteria can be easily Jetted tubs can be operated using water, which gives direct- removed with proper cleaning. Fill the tub to cover all jets, area therapy, or air, which add one cup of bleach, run provides a soothing bath, or
MORGAN BROTHERS SUPPLY 1620 NE 8th Ave., Ocala (352) 629-8191 morganbros.com
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A FUN AND RELAXING DAY CAN BE FOUND AT ANY OF OCALA’S CITY AND COUNTY PARKS, AS CLOSE AS YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD OR A SHORT TREK AWAY. WRITTEN & COMPILED BY JOANN GUIDRY
he Ocala/Marion County area is blessed with an abundance of city and county parks for all to enjoy. They offer lost of recreational opportunities: playgrounds for kids to burn off some of their seemingly unlimited energy; pick your sports activity—volleyball, tennis, baseball, soccer, softball, basketball, even disc golf and pickleball. Just want to kick back and relax? Pack a picnic lunch; spread out a blanket in the shade under a tree or alongside a lake. There are even grills if you’ve got a hankerin’ for barbecue. You can go swimming, fishing or take a hike. “It is always surprising to me that longtime residents of Marion County don’t know about our
parks,” says Gina Peebles, director of the Marion County Parks and Recreation Department. “And once they discover our parks and programs, they are surprised by the quality and variety available. Parks offer wonderful opportunities for an active and healthy lifestyle.” Terri Moore, resource development manager with the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department, agrees and says, “Parks are a tremendous resource to improve quality of life for families and individuals. They serve as an anchor for neighborhoods and bring communities together.” Here’s a look at some of our city and county parks.
300-899 NE Sanchez Avenue FYI: One of the largest city parks at 45 plus acres; famous for its pond and all the birds and other wildlife it attracts; home to the Discovery Center (mydiscoverycenter.org), which offers classes and activities for all ages, and Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center. FUN STUFF: Catchand-release fishing; 6 lighted tennis courts; 3/5 mile concrete walking trail; fitness biking trail; playground; picnic pavilions/ tables; sports amenities include baseball, basketball, racquetball, shuffleboard; restroom facilities.
JERVEY GANTT RECREATION COMPLEX EAST/AQUATIC FUN CENTER 2200 SE 36th Avenue/2390 SE 36th Avenue FYI: Named after Jervey Gantt, who was the director of the then Ocala Recreation Department from 1951-1980; in 1984, the 36th Avenue Sports Complex was renamed in his honor; Gantt died in 1989 at age 77. At 63.5 acres, it’s the largest city park. FUN STUFF: Two-mile clay/asphalt health trail with exercise stations; three lighted tennis courts; recreation center; playground; picnic pavilions/ tables; sports amenities include racquetball, softball, football, soccer, volleyball; restroom facilities. The Jervey Gantt Aquatic FUN Center features a competitive swimming pool, water slide and zero-depth entry splash area.
COUNTY PARKS MINI-TOUR
In addition to Tuscawilla Park, there is catch-and-release fishing at:
BASELINE ROAD TRAILHEAD
2300 NW Magnolia Avenue
4255 SE 58th Avenue FYI: More than 446 acres; actually part of the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway; managed by both Marion County Parks & Recreation and Florida Office of Greenway & Trails. FUN STUFF: Five-mile paved bike trail plus two-mile unpaved trail leading to Marshall Swamp Trailhead; Boundless Playground designed for children of all abilities to be able to play side by side; 18-hole disc golf course; hiking; dogs allowed on leashes; picnic pavilions; concessions; restroom facilities.
NATURE PARK 1600 SE 30th Avenue
MARTIN LUTHER KING RECREATION COMPLEX 1510 NW 4th Street FYI: Named in honor of the famed civil rights leader, the 24-acre MLK complex is also home to the E.D. Croskey Recreation Center. FUN STUFF: Playground; picnic pavilions/tables; 1/2-mile asphalt walking/jogging trail with exercise stations; swimming pool; sports amenities include baseball, basketball, racquetball, soccer, football; barbecue grills; restroom facilities.
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LILLIAN BRYANT PARK 2200 NW 17th Place FYI: Opened in 2011 and named for Ocala teacher, community activist and philanthropist. FUN STUFF: One-mile clay/asphalt walking/jogging trail with exercise stations; two lighted tennis courts; playground; picnic pavilions/tables; barbecue grills; shuffleboard, volleyball,
basketball, softball, fitness biking around park; recreation center; restroom facilities.
RITTERHOFF PARK 1400 Block SE 17th Street
CLYATT PARK 1401 SE 17th Street FYI: A small park at just 10.9 acres but with plenty to offer for a fun family outing. FUN STUFF: Three lighted tennis courts; fitness biking around park; playground; picnic tables; baseball, basketball, racquetball; restroom facilities.
THE PRESERVE AT PINE OAKS 2201 NW 21st Street FYI: Adjacent to Pine Oaks of Ocala Golf Course, only city park to offer 24-hole disc golf course. FUN STUFF: Unlike traditional golf with clubs and balls, players in disc golf, sometimes called Frisbee golf, throw a disc into a basket on a pole at each hole; the object is to make the hole in as few tries as possible.
TAKE A HIKE HERITAGE NATURE CONSERVANCY 1900 Block NE 3rd Street 2/5-mile mulch trail with nature education stations
THOMPSON BOWL PARK 900 Block SW 9th Avenue 1/2-mile concrete trail with exercise stations
SCOTT SPRINGS PARK 2300 SW 24th Avenue 1/4-mile nature trail with observation deck
MARSHALL SWAMP TRAILHEAD 8282 SE Highway 314 FYI: Connects to Baseline Road Trailhead; subleased to Marion County by Florida Department of Environmental Protection/Greenway & Trails in 1999. FUN STUFF: 2.5-mile hiking/jogging trail; picnic pavilion/tables; dogs allowed on leashes; restroom facilities.
CITY PARKS’ RULES OF PLAY • Parks are open from sunrise to sunset. • Lighted courts/sports fields close at 10pm. • Dogs on leashes are allowed, but not on or near walking trails/playgrounds; scoop your pooch’s poop! • No bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, scooters allowed on trails and courts.
• Refrain from smoking near playgrounds. • Don’t litter. • No fireworks, alcoholic beverages or offroad vehicles. • Don’t feed, harass or take/release animals in parks. • No swimming in lakes/ponds.
COEHADJOE PARK 4225 NE 35th Street FYI: 63-acre plus park named after Seminole Chief King Coe Hadjo, who lived in the area around 1820, and translates to “wildcat.” There is an Indian burial ground on the north side of Indian Prairie Lake. FUN STUFF: Only park to offer pickleball court; pickleball is a cross between tennis and badminton that uses a wood/ composite paddle. Other amenities include basketball, volleyball, tennis, horseshoes, hiking, playground, picnic pavilions/ tables, restroom facilities.
BRICK CITY ADVENTURE PARK 1211 SE 22nd Road FYI: First park bought by Marion County with Pennies for Parks referendum in 1991. Famed Ocala architect Hal Reid designed and built his office/studio at the bottom of a lime rock quarry and remnants can still be seen;
Ocala landscape architect John Olters designed existing quarry boardwalk system and floor docks structure. FUN STUFF: The 35-plus acre park features two forested lime rock quarries; larger quarry is 7 acres with sheer drops of 40 feet. There are guided tours of the quarries, offering opportunities for spelunking (caving) and rappelling. Hiking; picnic pavilions/tables; playground; community center; football; dogs allowed on leashes; restroom facilities.
HORSESHOE LAKE PARK & RETREAT 10780 E Highway 318 (Orange Springs) FYI: Lakeside furnished cabins available for weekend/weekly rental. Cabins, which can sleep six to 10 people, offer kitchenette with microwave oven, gas stove, mini-fridge; dining/living room; screened-in porch with view of lake. Conference/mess hall available for corporate retreats, reunions, weddings, etc. FUN STUFF: Playground; picnic pavilions/tables; swimming; canoeing; fishing; hiking; restroom facilities. USER FEE: $3 per vehicle
CARNEY ISLAND RECREATION & CONSERVATION AREA Brick City
13275 SE 115th Avenue (Ocklawaha)
FYI: Includes 750 acres of
beaches, wetlands and sandhill islands. Purchased in 1875 by Captain John L. Carney and his brother E.L. Carney; operated as a citrus packing house. Purchased by Coca-Cola Company for its Minute Maid Orange Juice division in 1960. In 1990, Coca-Cola sold to Marion County, which purchased it with Pennies for Parks funds. FUN STUFF: Swimming; boating; fishing; playground; picnic pavilions/tables; volleyball; horseshoes; concessions; restroom facilities. USER FEE: $5 per vehicle
ANNUAL COUNTY PARK PASS
KP HOLE PARK ANNUAL PASS:
• For $35 (plus tax and administrative fee) per vehicle, you can buy an annual park pass that is valid for day use at Carney Island, Horseshoe Lake Park & Retreat, Gores Landing, Hampton Beach, Moss Bluff (North & South), Ray Wayside Park (Ocala Boat Basin) and Hope Boat Ramp. • To purchase an annual county park pass, visit marioncountyfl.org/parks.htm or call (352) 671-8560.
$35 individual and $50 for family of four for Marion County residents only. Sold exclusively at KP Hole Park located at 9435 SW 190th Avenue Road inDunnellon. Call (352) 489-3055 for details. Daily User Fee: $5 per person; children 4 and under free.
405 E. Highway 316 (Citra) FYI: 72 acres in rural northeast Marion County/Citra area donated in 2004 by Misdee Wrigley-Miller, of Chicago’s famous Wrigley family, i.e. Wrigley chewing gum, Wrigley Field. Officially opened in 2007. FUN STUFF: Playground; picnic pavilions/tables; hiking; sports amenities include baseball, soccer, football, volleyball, shuffleboard, horseshoes; concessions; restroom facilities.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? CITY OF OCALA RECREATION & PARKS DEPARTMENT 828 NE 8th Avenue (352) 629-2489
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OU DON’T VISIT THE EMERGENCY ROOM AND EXPECT TO BE SEEN AND SENT ON YOUR WAY LICKITY SPLIT. EVERYONE ASSUMES THAT FOR THE AVERAGE BROKEN LIMB OR STOMACH PAIN YOU’LL LIKELY HAVE TO SIT IN THE WAITING AREA FOR HOURS ONLY TO THEN BE PLACED IN A BED TO WAIT ANXIOUSLY FOR A DOCTOR. FORTUNATELY FOR ER VISITORS, THOSE ASSUMPTIONS AREN’T QUITE ACCURATE.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average ER wait time throughout all facilities in the United States is a mere one hour. And if you live within Marion County, you’re likely to wait even less. According to Suzanne Santangelo, marketing director with Ocala Health, in 2013, the average ER wait time at Ocala Regional Medical Center was 26 minutes and 21 minutes at West Marion Community Hospital. And in keeping with our alwaysin-touch, tech-savvy ways, it’s now easy to find out how long you’ll wait before even stepping foot in the hospital’s door, helping patients judge whether a trip to a walk-in clinic or urgent care facility will best suit their needs. “Average ER wait times for ORMC and West Marion are posted in real time on Ocala Health’s website, electronic billboards and via other communication channels, including text messages and an iPhone app, called iTriage,” says Santangelo.
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CCORDING TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION, A PREMATURE OR PRETERM BABY IS BORN BEFORE 37 COMPLETED WEEKS OF PREGNANCY. MOST PREMATURE BABIES REQUIRE SPECIAL MEDICAL CARE, SPENDING WEEKS OR MONTHS IN A HOSPITAL NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT (NICU). LATE PRETERM BABIES ARE BORN BETWEEN 35 AND 37 WEEKS OF GESTATION; THEY MAY NOT NEED TO BE ADMITTED TO A NICU BUT ARE STILL AT RISK FOR MORE HEALTH PROBLEMS THAN FULL-TERM BABIES. FULL-TERM INFANTS ARE DEFINED AS THOSE BORN BETWEEN 37 AND 42 WEEKS. Nearly 500,000 premature babies are born annually in the United States. Sadly, preterm-related causes of death are the leading cause of all infant deaths, those occurring before the first birthday, in the United States. Of the 25,000 infant deaths occurring annually, preterm-related causes account for 7,750 (35 percent). Preterm birth is also the leading cause of long-term neurological disabilities in children. The good news is that, thanks to today’s medical advances, premature babies who weigh a little more than one pound have more than a 60 percent chance of survival. And premature babies born weighing a little less than two pounds have a 90 percent chance of survival.
PREMATURE BABIES BY THE NUMBERS
Number of premature babies born annually in the United States
Number of premature babies born each year on average in Florida
Number of premature babies born each year on average in Marion County
Number of infant deaths in the United States attributed annually to pretermrelated causes
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MARCH FOR BABIES The March for Babies, which takes place throughout the year in 900 communities across the country, is the primary fundraiser for the March of Dimes. The March of Dimes, a non-profit organization, spends 76 percent of the money raised by March for Babies events on research and programs
that support pregnancy and baby health. In 2013, the Marion County March for Babies raised more than $330,000. Marion County walkers joined with three March for Babies groups from Alachua, Putnam and Suwannee Valley counties to raise a combined $1.3 million.
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“March for Babies is a great event for an important cause,” says Marion County March of Dimes Community Director Isadora Delvecchio. “It brings together individuals, families and communities to raise money for a cause that touches everyone’s lives. We encourage everyone to join in. It’s never too late to give us a call and become involved.”
Want To Join In?
MARION COUNTY MARCH FOR BABIES
Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway 4255 SE 58th Ave (Baseline Rd & Maricamp Rd.), Ocala 7am registration 8am: 6-mile walk begins
To register or for more information, contact Isadora Delvecchio (352) 229-8588 marchforbabies.org
PREEMIE HEALTH COMPLICATIONS APNEA: Pause in breathing for 20 seconds or more; may happen together with a slow heart rate.
PREMATURE BIRTH RISK FACTORS
Sources: cdc.gov, marchofdimes.com, kidshealth.org, nlm.nih.gov
HISTORY: Previous preterm birth
RACE: For unknown reasons, on average, African-American women are about 50 percent more likely to have a premature baby compared to a Caucasian woman AGE: Greater risk for
mothers who are younger than 16 or older than 35
JAUNDICE: An under-developed liver causes a yellowing of the skin and whites of eyes.
ANEMIA: Lack of enough healthy red blood cells to MULTIPLE PREGNANCY: About 15 percent of all premature births involve twins, triplets or more
blood pressure and protein in urine after 20th week of pregnancy
MOTHER’S HEALTH CONDITIONS: Diabetes,
kidney disease, heart disease, high blood pressure
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SMOKING/ DRINKING ALCOHOL/ DRUGS: Cocaine,
INFECTIONS: Urinary tract, amniotic membrane, etc.
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LACK OF GOOD PRENATAL CARE BIRTH DEFECTS OF THE UTERUS
carry oxygen throughout body.
INFECTIONS: An under-developed immune system can lead to pneumonia (lung infection), sepsis (blood infections) and meningitis (heart lining infection).
RETINOPATHY OF PREMATURITY (ROP): Abnormal growth of blood vessels in eyes, can lead to vision issues. RESPIRATORY DISTRESS SYNDROME (RDS): Most common breathing problem from lack of protein called surfactant, which prevents small air sacs in lungs from collapsing.
PATENT DUCTUS ARTERIOSIS (PDA): Heart problem where the heart’s ductus arteriosus doesn’t close properly and can lead to breathing problems or heart failure. INTRAVENTRICULAR HEMORRHAGE (IVH): Ventricles in center of the brain fill with fluid, causing bleeding. BRONCHOPULMONARY DYSPLASIA (BPD): Fluid in the lungs, leading to scarring and lung damage.
NECROTIZING ENTEROCOLITIS (NEC): Problems with baby’s intestines, causing feeding issues.
SEEKING REST FROM
ESTLESS LEG SYNDROME (RLS), ALSO KNOWN AS WILLIS-EKBOM DISEASE (WED), IS A NEUROLOGICAL DISORDER THAT CAUSES UNPLEASANT SENSATIONS IN THE LEGS, LEADING TO A SOMETIMES OVERWHELMING URGE TO MOVE THEM FOR RELIEF. ALTHOUGH OCCURRING RELIEF PRIMARILY IN THE LEGS, RLS CAN ALSO AFFECT THE ARMS AND THE TRUNK.
The sensations, also called paresthesias or dysesthesias, are usually described as creepy crawly, pins and needles, throbbing, itchy, tugging, gnawing and burning. The RLS sensations are usually worse when at a person is lying down or sitting, particularly in the evenings. And because it usually interferes with sleep, RLS is also considered a sleep disorder. Although there is no definitive cause for RLS, health experts suspect that there is a link to an imbalance of the brain chemical dopamine, which sends the signal for muscle movement. Another RLS cause may be that the brain takes up or uses iron abnormally. RLS can lead to severe insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, depression and avoiding social activities.
RLS RISK FACTORS
» Get leg massages.
» Women are twice as likely to experience RLS as men.
» Physical and neurological exams
» Take hot baths.
» Blood tests to identify iron and vitamin deficiencies
» Apply heat or ice.
» Sleep study test
» Severe daily RLS symptoms are more common after age 50. A family history of RLS usually leads to developing it at a younger age, but it progresses more slowly. » Up to 25 percent of pregnant women develop RLS or have existing symptoms worsen, especially after week 20. Symptoms usually lessen or disappear within a month after birth.
WHAT YOU CAN DO » Reduce caffeine and alcohol intake. » Don’t smoke. » Maintain regular sleep habits. » Exercise regularly (moderate aerobics and lower body strength training).
Mirapex, Neupro and Requip, which affect dopamine levels in the brain, are FDA-approved to treat moderate to severe RLS. Other drugs prescribed for RLS symptoms include anticonvulsants or antiseizure drugs such as Neurontin, Lyrica, Horizant and Tegretol.
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Percentage of the U.S. population that may have RLS, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Number of schoolaged children affected by childhood RLS, according to NINDS
Percentage of people with RLS who also experience periodic limb movement of sleep (PLMS), which is characterized by involuntary leg twitching or jerking movements during sleep and that typically occur every 15-40 seconds, sometimes throughout the night
Sources: ninds.nih.gov, rls.org, webmd.com, mayoclinic.com
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ADON IS A SILENT KILLER. YOU CAN’T SMELL, SEE OR TASTE THIS RADIOACTIVE GAS THAT, ACCORDING TO THE U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF LUNG CANCER AMONG NON-SMOKERS AND SECOND-LEADING CAUSE OF LUNG CANCER IN THE UNITED STATES AFTER SMOKING. ANNUALLY, RADON IS RESPONSIBLE FOR AN ESTIMATED 21,000 LUNG CANCER DEATHS. Radon gas is produced by the breakdown of naturally occurring radium (a byproduct of uranium) found in most soils, rocks and even water. It enters through small openings in building foundations and can become elevated to toxic levels. Sometimes radon enters the home through well water, and in rare instances, building materials can cause radon problems. The EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon, as well as public facilities such as schools.
RADONRESISTANT HOME CONSTRUCTION Many new homes are being built with radonresistant features, which can greatly reduce indoor radon levels. If you are building a new home, discuss installing radon-resistant features. The EPA recommends that every home should be radon-tested before occupancy, even if it was built radon-resistant.
Major renovations can change the level of radon in a home, so it’s a good thing to test for radon before and after any renovation.
Nearly one out of every 15 homes in the United States is estimated to have elevated radon levels. According to the FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, one in five radon tests in the state are found to be elevated in all regions of the state. Florida previously had mandatory radon testing programs for various public facilities statewide, but currently, only certain counties are required to test for radon. Marion County is not one of the latter. Radon levels are measured in picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), which is a unit of measuring radioactive concentrations. The EPA recommends correcting the problem if the radon level is 4 pCi/L. Because there is no known safe level of radon exposure, the EPA also recommends considering fixing the problem if the radon level is between 2 pCi/L and 4 pCi/L. The average U.S. home radon level is about 1.3 pCi/L. You can go the do-it-yourself route by purchasing a radon testing kit, usually from home improvement stores, your county health department and Internet companies. Or you can hire a state-certified radon tester. For a list of Florida state-certified mitigation contractors, who are trained to test and fix radon problems, visit radon.doh.state.fl.us. To purchase radon test kits, call (800) 505-767-7236 or visit sosradon.org.
LOWERING YOUR LEVELS There are several ways to reduce radon levels in your home; costs vary and depend on the extent of the problem.
SOIL SUCTION REDUCTION SYSTEM: A vent pipe system and fan, which pulls radon from beneath the house and vents it to the outside, is installed. It also usually involves sealing foundation cracks and other openings. ACTIVE MITIGATION SYSTEM: This involves soil depressurization, and the average cost is $1,200 to $3,000. For more information, call the Radon Fix-It Hotline at (800) 644-6999.
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THAT HARDWORKING ORGAN IS FACING SURPRISING NEW THREATS FROM YOUR DINNER PLATE AND MEDICINE CABINET.
You can’t feel the slow buildup of fat, though your doc can spot it early with an ultrasound or later via a routine blood test. (Be sure to ask for liver readings at your next physical.) But don’t wait for bad news. Here’s how to show your liver a little more love every day:
STOP SEEING (AND EATING) RED! A diet packed with red meat boosts bodywide inflammation and raises your risk for a fat-packed liver by 45 percent. Munching 4 ounces a day triples your risk, compared with folks who indulge only once in a while. PUT MORE FISH AND GREEN VEGGIES ON YOUR PLATE. Seafood, like salmon
and ocean trout, is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which discourage fat buildup in the liver. So does purified omega-7 (for more info, see YOU: The Owner’s Manual, Updated and Expanded Edition). Veggies, such as asparagus, contain minerals and amino acids that help liver cells detox themselves. And broccoli and cabbage contain sulfur compounds that help your liver clear toxins from your body.
SAY “SO LONG” TO SUGARY DRINKS. They
raise fatty liver odds by 45 percent. The reason: Fructose in soft drinks (and other sweet treats) revs up the liver’s production of fats. In their place, wet your whistle with coffee and tea. Caffeine stimulates the breakdown of lipids stored in liver
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EXTEND THE WARRANTY ON YOUR LIVER cells. There’s evidence that four cups of coffee or tea a day could help prevent NAFLD. Dr. Oz’s favorite liver elixir: a quarter-cup of warm water flavored with the juice of one lemon wedge and two dashes of hot pepper sauce. Warm water aids digestion, lemon juice packs inflammation-soothing vitamin C and the capsaicin in hot pepper helps your liver do its job.
SAY “CHEERS,” BUT NOT TOO OFTEN. One crazy night of binge drinking—in two hours, downing four or more drinks if you’re a woman, five or more if you’re a man—can seriously harm your liver. And 30 percent of women and 40 percent of men do that at least once a year. You can slow down your alcohol intake with a glass of water before and after each drink, or try nonalcoholic beer. DON’T BELIEVE IN MAGIC PILLS. Avoid all herbs, supplements and packaged formulas with a cocktail of ingredients. Far too often, they contain drugs not listed on the label while missing what they claim to provide. Your safest bet: Buy only supplements certified by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention. And that acetaminophen? Sure, it relieves pain, but stick with the dose on the label, and never combine it with alcohol.
Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of The Dr. Oz Show, and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into The Dr. Oz Show or visit sharecare.com. (c) 2013 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.
Packing The Perfect Picnic
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Some manufacturers choose to refine that unique goodness right out of sea salt to make it look ‘normal.’ If the sole ingredient on the label is sodium chloride, it might as well be table salt. By the way, table salt is dug from salt deposits underground and has its nutrients pared away during refining. Those stripped ingredients are replaced with other ingredients for ideal packing appearance. Typically, iodine is also added to table salt, which helps keep your thyroid healthy. Before you go adding salt to everything though, too much iodine can mean headaches, nausea and hormone imbalances. Whichever salt is more your flavor, keep moderation in mind.
URNS OUT, THE GREAT DEBATE BETWEEN SEA SALT AND TABLE SALT IS MORE ABOUT NURTURE THAN NATURE. HOW SALT IS PRODUCED, TREATED AND PACKAGED CAN HAVE A BIG IMPACT ON ITS CHARACTER. THE DIFFERENCE IS MORE ABOUT REFINEMENT THAN SODIUM LEVEL. SEA SALT, THE RESULT OF EVAPORATED SALTWATER, IS GENERALLY OFF-WHITE OR PINKISH IN COLOR IF LEFT UNREFINED.
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F EVER THERE WAS A YEAR WHEN SPRING COULDN’T COME TOO SOON IT’S THIS ONE. ALTHOUGH WE’RE LUCKY TO BE GRACED WITH THE FLORIDA SUNSHINE, WE’VE HAD OUR SHARE OF COLD SNAPS THIS WINTER. IF APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS, THEN—OH MERCY, LET IT BE SPRING! TO WELCOME THE ROARING IN OF THIS LONGAWAITED SEASON, WHAT BETTER WAY TO CELEBRATE THAN WITH A FRISBEE, COOLER AND RED GINGHAM BLANKET? TRANSLATION: PICNIC WEATHER!
COOKING WITH THE KENDALLS To set up a springy, fresh, easily portable menu, we enlisted the help from Home Skillet’s bloggers Jenn and Seth Kendall and asked Jenn about how her family picnics.
WHAT SNACKS DO YOU LIKE TO BRING ON PICNICS?
Fruit! We are fruit-oholics. And cutup veggies, cold vegetable and soba noodle salad, cheese and crackers, homemade granola bars, sugar cookies baked in fun shapes that match the place where we are going because I am a dork and water. Lots of water!
DO YOU RECOMMEND ANY PICNIC TIPS?
Bring bags for clean up! And napkins— we deﬁnitely use a lot of napkins. And not all picnics have to be fussy and time consuming.
We have a 3 year old, so while we would love to leisurely eat and dawdle with a book in hand, that doesn’t actually work out so well. We tend to do a lot of exploring; we bring a magnifying glass and take along a container and pick up petals and leaves and little objects like that to make collages later.
Spinach Mandarin Pasta Salad Serves 6 to 8 This salad is bursting with bright colors and has a summery taste thanks to the mandarin oranges. Believe it or not, Jenn also calls this her “recovery salad” because it’s abundant with vitamins and hearty carbs. Pasta salad: ½ large red onion, thinly sliced ½ lemon Drizzle of olive oil 2 cups chopped spinach leaves 1 ½ cups mandarin orange segments 5 cups cooked pasta
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cup chopped cauliflower scallions, chopped small carrots, chopped cup chopped jicama cup sunflower seeds Salt and pepper, to taste
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Ladybugs, butterﬂies— and ants in your pants? Here’s some dos and don’ts to keep the creepy crawlies at bay while you enjoy your lunch.
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DON’T wear bright, intense colors, which can attract insects. DO seal sweet foods, especially fruits, in containers. DON’T set up your site by streams or ponds. DO scrub tabletops with white vinegar or lay citrus peels on tablecloth. DO consider using citronella candles, but DON’T set the site on fire; otherwise, Smokey the Bear will abandon campers and come for YOU.
BROOKLYN’S BACKYARD (formerly Brooklyn’s Original Pizzeria), moved into its new location last November, site of the old Copper Pot Restaurant. Owners Tim and Janice Thomas have expanded the menu to include “eclectic comfort food.” Also new is the large craft beer selection—over 40 to choose from. There’s live music every Friday evening, and that’s also the night for their ©Valentyn Volkov /shutterstock.com popular create-your-own seafood bucket. “This is also the only place in town where you can make your own S’mores without getting rained on or eaten up by mosquitoes. We bring a hibachi grill right to your table,” says Janice. Serving lunch and dinner seven days a week.
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MOJO’S GRILL AND CATERING in Belleview recently moved into the former Beef O’Brady’s location right off 441, just south of the Moose Lodge and north of the Publix Plaza. Expect the same great food Mojo’s has become known for, just in a more spacious setting with their signature Southern-style atmosphere, ©Joyce Marrero /shutterstock.com right down to the blues music. Patrons rave about the Cajun and Creole dishes, including their amazing Cajun sandwich, but you’ll also find Continued on page 60
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Gluten is an elastic protein found in wheat, rye, barley and triticale and is mildly indigestible to all humans. Chains of gluten form during kneading and give dough its stretch and bread its fluff. For most, gluten passes through the GI tract without note. For some, consuming gluten leads to moderate intestinal discomfort and drowsiness. As many as 20 million Americans suffer from nonceliac gluten sensitivity, experiencing moderate discomfort after eating a gluten meal. For others, those with celiac disease, eating gluten causes their body to wage war on itself. Experts say celiac disease affects more people than previously thought, one in 133 Americans according to the Archives of Internal Medicine. Celiac is a chronic digestive disorder in which the immune system sees any trace of gluten as something to attack. The constant barrage can cause severe symptoms short term and intestinal damage leading to poor nutrition over time. In some, it even leads to infertility. So when is it time to see a specialist? Experts believe up to 2.5
million people may have celiac but not know or have been wrongly diagnosed. If you notice any of the following symptoms recurring after meals, it’s time to check with a professional: Most common celiac and gluten sensitivity symptoms: • GI disturbance, like gas, bloating, cramping and more • Headaches or migraines • Fatigue/brain fog following a meal with gluten • Mood swings • Dizziness • Body aches and joint inﬂammation With gluten-free products available for the gluten-sensitive, the food industry started a whole new health craze. Safe grains include oats, which are gluten-free themselves but are frequently cross-contaminated with wheat during processing. There are plenty of other non-gluten alternatives, including quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, corn, rice, sorghum and more. Some dieters say eliminating this protein from
their diet helped alleviate migraines and fibromyalgia. But beware, going gluten-free is not a one-way ticket to losing weight and may not make you inherently healthier. Gluten is a sneaky ingredient used as a thickening agent in a surprising number of foods. It’s in everything from salad dressing to soy sauce, so while avoiding the bread basket at dinner is easy enough, dieters will have to be thorough in checking labels. Removing gluten means companies add extra fat and sugar to compensate for the flavor loss. Gluten-free foods are rarely as rich in vitamins B and D as bread, and many patients with celiac report deficiencies in both. Dieticians say the reason gluten-free diets appear to be healthy is because gluten is used in so many processed foods, which are subsequently removed from dieters’ pantries. The return to natural foods in natural forms is what really trims down waistlines and makes consumers feel so much better. Stick to food in its original form, ditch the processed snacks and the benefits will begin.
Visit celiac.com for information, recent research and thorough lists of safe and off-limits foods.
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VERY CELEBRITY IS SHUNNING IT, FOOD LABELS SAY THEY’VE ELIMINATED IT AND MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE QUESTIONING WHETHER THEY SHOULD CONSUME IT AT ALL. POOR LITTLE GLUTEN HAS BECOME A HEALTH ENEMY OVERNIGHT. A GLUTEN-FREE DIET PROVIDES MYRIAD HEALTH BENEFITS, BUT BEWARE OF HIDDEN HEALTH HAZARDS BEFORE JUMPING AT THE G-FREE LABEL.
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NORTHGATE DINER celebrates 12 years in business this summer. Tucked into Northgate Plaza, on Old Gainesville Road (C-25), just north of Walt’s Brake, this favorite local spot serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week. Owner Tammy Lolley dishes up country home cooking at down-home prices. There are always lunch specials and regular daily specials, including spaghetti on Mondays, meatloaf on Tuesdays, fried chicken on Wednesdays, beef tips over noodles or rice on Thursdays and all-youcan-eat fish and shrimp on Fridays, which is a deal at ©tiverylucky/shutterstock.com $8.59 and comes with fries, slaw and a drink. Open 6am-3pm.
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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. Like us
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Ipanema Brazilian Steak House 2023 South Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 622-1741 / ipanemaocala.com Lunch Fri 11a-2:30p / Dinner Tue-Thu 5-9p, Fri & Sat 5-10p, Sun 4-9p Brunch Sun 12-3p / Happy Hour Tue-Fri 5-7p / Closed Mon A Churrascaria (Portuguese for barbecue) is a dining experience where roaming Gauchos slice and serve fire-roasted meats from skewers in a continual fashion. Ipanema Brazilian Steak House boasts 12 of the finest cuts of meat complemented by an opulent salad and vegetable bar, delectable desserts, and delicious wines, beers and cocktails. Brazilian native and Executive Chef Ortencia DeAlmeida invites you to embrace the flavors of her homeland and experience the magnetism of Ipanema for yourself. Become a fan of Ipanema on Facebook at facebook.com/ipanemasteakhouse. Great discounts online!
Ipanema will be serving Easter Dinner all day from 12p-8p. We will be sending each family member home with our traditional Easter souvenir. Make reservations today!
Blanca’s Café Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club / 5000 N US Hwy 27, Ocala / (352) 867-0001 Mon-Sat Lunch & Dinner 10:30a-9p / Sun 11a-4p Tucked in among the rolling greens of the Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club, Blanca’s Café is a gem of a find for diners looking for excellent food served in a warm, friendly environment. Italian dishes and delicious homemade desserts are the café’s specialty. Patrons enjoy a full-service bar and live entertainment weekly, as well as spacious seating for up to 150. Try one of the weekly dinner specials Blanca’s offers, or schedule catering for your next event through the café. Whether you’re a newcomer to town or a local looking for somewhere new to dine, Blanca’s Café offers something to please every palate.
Each Friday, we are offering 1 ½-pound Maine lobster. Reserve by Wednesday. Homemade pizza served daily. Lunches now feature Beef on Weck & Monte Cristo Sandwiches. Weekly entertainment, call for details. Serving Easter Dinner 12p-6p. Reservations required.
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THE BASICS Pasteurization is the process of heating milk to kill off potentially harmful bacteria. The process revolutionized the dairy industry in the 1920s when diseases like tuberculosis, scarlet fever and typhoid fever were spread through contaminated milk and dairy products. The practice has been mainstream ever since.
WHY GO ULTRA? As technology advanced, “ultra-pasteurized” milk began popping up on store shelves. Although the standard pasteurization process heats milk to 161°F for about 15 minutes, ultra-pasteurization requires heating milk to 212°F for two seconds. THIS PROCESS INCREASES SHELF-LIFE FROM ABOUT ONE
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THE COLD AISLE CONUNDRUM What about those unrefrigerated aisle-bound milks? Those batches went through a process called ultrahigh temperature (UHT) pasteurization and reached temperatures in the 280°F range for about one second. They’re perfectly fine at ROOM TEMPERATURE
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ROGUE RAW MILK The human consumption of raw milk is highly controversial. Milk purists claim this most natural of milks is not only safe but bursting with nutrition that the pasteurization process kills. Unfortunately, the CDC and FDA warn otherwise, claiming that thousands of people are sickened every day from bacteria found in raw milk. CONSUMING
THIS BACTERIA CAN RESULT IN PARALYSIS, kidney failure and
even death in extreme cases. Even the cleanest of farms is at risk, as contamination from cow feces can occur in the blink of an eye. From a nutritional aspect, the FDA and CDC claim very little, if any, nutrition is lost through the heating process, and the trivial amount of nutrients affected are easily consumed from other food sources in the diet.
MEETING IN THE MIDDLE The sale of raw milk for human consumption is illegal in Florida. It can only be sold for use as an “animal feed.” So for those wishing to remain as pure as possible, vat-pasteurized or “low-heat pasteurized” milk is a good compromise. Here, milk is heated to 145°F for a longer period to maintain the integrity of the product while dangerous pathogens are effectively eliminated. Although a nice compromise, this product can be pricey and is usually only
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ILK IS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR BEVERAGES IN THE UNITED STATES. A WHOPPING 36 PERCENT OF U.S. ADULTS DOWN BETWEEN TWO AND THREE GLASSES DAILY, AND A MAJORITY OF SCHOOL CHILDREN DRINK EITHER THE PLAIN OR CHOCOLATE VARIETY EACH AND EVERY DAY. FOR MOST CONSUMERS, THE BIGGEST DECISION IS WHETHER TO SELECT WHOLE OR LOW-FAT MILK, AND MOST NEVER LOOK BEYOND THE “SELL-BY” DATE. SO HOW OFTEN DO YOU READ THE FINE PRINT? WAS YOUR SELECTION PASTEURIZED? ULTRA-PASTEURIZED? WHAT ABOUT “VAT-PASTEURIZED”? HERE’S THE LOWDOWN ON PASTEURIZATION AND THE PROS AND CONS OF EACH METHOD.
bacon-wrapped pork chops, crab-stuffed shrimp, duck a l’orange, crab cakes and more. All sauces and salad dressings are homemade. Bentley’s has a wide selection of wines by the glass and bottle, beer and specialty martinis. Their popular Sunday brunch menu features everything from pancakes and buildyour-own omelets to quiche and ©Brent Hofacker /shutterstock.com crab benedict. Open seven days.
CUP O’ THE IRISH opened three years ago, bringing a taste of Ireland to Marion County. This European-style coffee shop is both a pub and a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Enjoy a real-deal Irish coffee, one of © Joe Gough/shutterstock.com their many espresso drinks or fresh fruit smoothies. Have a Guinness or other Irish-inspired libation. The menu features everything from bagels and lox, to salads, sandwiches/ wraps and classic Irish entrées, such as Shepherd’s Pie, Banger & Mash and more. Catch original music and local bands every Friday and most Thursdays.
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Cody’s Original Roadhouse 2505 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-8182 / codysamerican.com Doors Open at 11a. Serving Lunch and Dinner Daily. “Where Quality and Value Come Together!” Hand-cut, USDA Choice, certiﬁed Angus steaks, rotisserie chicken, BBQ baby back ribs, chops, fresh ﬁsh, half-pound burgers, salads and more! Kids eat free Mondays and Tuesdays. Buy-One-Get-One Free Fajita Wednesdays, $11.98; Steak-Out Thursday Specials! Daily 2-4-1 happy hour, 11am-7pm, includes draft beer, wine and all liquors (top shelf, too). Hand-cut steaks and “Just Plain Good Food” made from scratch... daily! Also, on Easter Sunday (April 20), try our Brown Sugar Cured Honey Ham, Roast Leg of Spring Lamb, Roast Young Tom Turkey with Dressing, along with many more! Free dessert with all specials. Limited reservations available.
Take-out service available. Locations also in Gainesville at 3100 SW Archer Road and The Villages at 1041 Lakeshore Drive at Lake Sumter Landing, and our new location in Tallahassee.
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.
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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 Happy Hour Daily 4-7p New lunch specials include Taco Salad on Monday, $4.45; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $4.95; Quesadillas on Wednesday, $6.45; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $5.95; and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $4.95. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $8.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $7.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $7.95; Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $7.95. Plus $1.95 margaritas on Monday. On Sunday, kids 12 and under can enjoy 99¢ children’s meals (takeout not included). Wednesday is Special Margarita Day, 99¢ all day. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day. Live Mariachi Band every Thursday 6-9pm at our Hwy 200 Location.
Join us every day for happy hour from 4-7p and get 2-for-1 wells or drafts. Whether it’s delicious food, great drinks or a festive atmosphere, there are more reasons than ever to visit either El Toreo location today.
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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 Mother’s Day Brunch 11am-8pm Easter Sunday Brunch Buﬀet 11am-6pm Happy Hour & Live Jazz with Rudy Turner every Wed. 6-9pm & Fri. 6:30-9:30pm. Saturday Live Entertainment 6:30-9:30pm.
Treat the special ladies in your life like a “Queen for the Day” and join us for our beautiful, extravagant Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet on Sunday, May 11 from 11am-8pm. Reservations welcomed (352) 620-9255. Taste of Ocala Winners 2013: Best of Taste, People’s Choice and Best Presentation Awards. Chef Felix was winner of the Culinary Combat Iron Chef Award 2012-2013 and Best of the Best Chef 2014. Come see us at College of Central Florida’s Taste of Ocala April 5, 6:30pm.
La Cuisine French Restaurant 48 SW 1st Ave., Ocala / (352) 433-2570 / lacuisineocala.com Tue-Fri Lunch 11:30a-2p / Dinner daily starting at 5:30p / Happy Hour Mon-Thu, 5:30-7p Live Piano Dinner Tues 6:30-9p / Thu 6-9p Open Easter Sunday from 11:30a to 6p.
Looking for a romantic escape, a quiet spot for a business lunch or dinner, or a cozy place for a friend or family reunion? Or simply craving hearty, quality food and dedicated service? Located at the heart of beautiful downtown Ocala, La Cuisine with its unique French bistro atmosphere, award-winning menu alongside world-class food, full liquor bar and extensive selection of wines, is worth a closer look! Our specialties include Escargots in Garlic Butter, Traditional French Onion Soup, Beef Bourguignon, Braised Pork Shank in Honey Sauce, Duck a l’ Orange, Blue Crab Stuffed Filet Mignon, Ratatouille and our genuinely authentic Creme Brulée, to mention just a few!
Tilted Kilt 3155 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 351-5458 / tiltedkilt.com Mon-Thu 11a-11p/ Fri-Sat 11a-Midnight / Sun 11a-10p Scan the code to view our complete menu and calendar of events. We have a cruise in every third Saturday of the month. Or go to our website, ocala.tiltedkilt.com.
Looking for some fun with a great meal? Besides our great service, hospitality and delicious food, you’ll feel at home watching your favorite HD sporting events on the big screen TVs or enjoying live music on the patio. From poker to cruise-ins, there’s always something happening at the Tilted Kilt. Big or small, celebrate your next party or special occasion with us. Our menu features an array of options, from snacks to full meals, plus a complete bar, all served by beautiful lasses in kilts. You’ll want to make us your hometown pub. The Tilted Kilt – where a cold beer never looked so good! Get the free mobile app at
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Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill 2711 SW 27th Ave., Ocala / (352) 390-8188 Mon-Thu 4p-2a / Fri-Sun 11-2a Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill is the place for hungry sports fans to go. With 32 high-definition televisions lining the walls, including a 133-inch and a 70-inch 3-D screen, airing every televised game, you won’t miss a minute of the action. A great menu and an incredible selection of 40 beers on draft means Tony’s can cater to any appetite. Not into the big game? Not a problem. With a pool table, dart boards and video games, patrons are sure to find plenty of entertainment. Visit Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill and Tony’s Sushi within 48 hours and receive a free domestic beer when you show the receipt.
Ask about our 1/2 off Happy Hour specials.
Pavarotti’s Pizza & Restaurant 8075 SW HWY 200, Canopy Oak Center, Ocala / (352) 291-9424 Mon-Thu 11a-9p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-8p Pavarotti’s Pizza and Restaurant in Dunnellon is known for their famous, old-fashioned pizzas, hand-tossed and baked on a stone deck oven as well as their array of classic Italian entrées, fresh salads and subs and hearty pasta dinners. Their newest location in the Canopy Oak Center means Ocala residents can now enjoy Pavarotti’s famous fare. Veal or chicken is served Parmigiana, Marsala or Picatta style, and the seafood dishes are served fresh over linguini. Pizza lovers can’t get enough of the homemade pies, and don’t forget about the subs, stromboli and calzones!
Be sure to check out the new bar area and expanded dining room. Pavarotti’s also caters.
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Crossroads Country Kitchen 7947 W Highway 40, Ocala / (352) 237-1250 Mon-Thu 6a-8p / Fri-Sat 6a-9p / Sun 7a-3p Located west on Highway 40 in Ocala, the Crossroads Country Kitchen is a must for anyone craving down-home, country cooking. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, menu items range from a wide variety of homemade soups and chili to prime rib, fresh salads, seafood, prime steaks and burgers. If you’re in the mood for a real treat, try the Prime Rib Dinner For Two for $25.95. Make sure to leave room for one of the tasty home-baked desserts, too! In the mood for a fresh fish fry? Tuesdays and Fridays are all-you-care-to-eat catfish. Big screen televisions will allow you to enjoy your meal without missing one second of the big game or race.
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those without bikes are encouraged to attend one of the many scheduled concerts, including Uncle Kracker and plenty of other well-known talent. There will also be specialty expos, safety demonstrations and the famous Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Shows. Close to 200 vendors will line the streets and dole out great grub, motorcycle gear and apparel with attitude. Join the fun this year and see just what Bikefest has to offer.
Leesburg Bikefest takes place April 25-27 in downtown Leesburg. Visit leesburgbikefest.com for details and event schedules.
PRIL IS HERE—BIRDS ARE CHIRPING, SQUIRRELS ARE CHATTERING AND THOUSANDS OF MOTORCYCLES ARE THUNDERING INTO TOWN. FOR THE 18TH YEAR IN A ROW, THE LEESBURG BIKEFEST IS BACK BIGGER THAN EVER, SPRAWLING ACROSS 20 BLOCKS IN DOWNTOWN LEESBURG. BIKEFEST IS ALSO TAKING OVER GATOR HARLEY-DAVIDSON AND, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, STORMY HILL HARLEY-DAVIDSON IN CLERMONT. Even
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It’s that time of year again! The annual TASTE OF OCALA is right around the corner offering a sample of Ocala’s top culinary delights. Now in its 26th year, this annual scholarship fundraising event will take place at the College of Central Florida Ocala campus and features samplings from some of Ocala’s finest restaurants, live music, entertainment and more. The black tie-optional event will run from 6:3010pm, and tickets are $100 per person or $150 per couple. tasteofocala.org or (352) 873-5808.
TALKIN’ TRASH Apparently one man’s trash really is another man’s treasure. Come see what treasures can be made from recycled goods at the second annual TRASHY FASHION SHOW sponsored by the Ocala On Top of The World Lions Club. Models will strut their stuff on the runway donning outfits made out of various recycled goods. This one-of-a-kind fashion show will be held at the Circle Square Cultural Center with doors opening at 6:30pm. A silent auction and cash bar will also be available, and proceeds benefit various local charities. Tickets are $15. otowlionsclub.org or (352) 861-7358.
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Whether you’re a wine sipper or love a cold beer on a hot night, Ocala’s first BRICK CITY BEER AND WINE FESTIVAL has something for everyone. Citizens’ Circle in downtown Ocala will play host to this soonto-be-annual event featuring craft beer and wine samples from various breweries and area establishments. Food will be available from Mojo’s Grill and Catering Company, and there will be live music courtesy of the Southern rock group R-Style. The event runs 2-6pm, but stick around for the Brett Eldrige concert following the festival as part of the Feel Downtown Live Concert Series. Tickets to the festival are $30 or two for $50 in advance. brickcitybeerfest.com.
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ROLLING DICE FOR THE DOGS The SPCA of Marion County has gone BUNCO! The organization known for helping Marion County’s needy pets will host an evening of fun, games and prizes. This fundraising event will feature plenty of bunco, raffles, prizes, entertainment and more. Whether you’re a bunco pro or have never even heard of the game, this event is sure to draw a crowd. The fun begins at 6:30pm at the Klein Conference Center at CF. Tickets are $30 per person, and hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. (352) 362-8513.
Calling all Cajun crawfish fans! It’s time for the OCALA CRAWFISH MUSIC FESTIVAL. Bring your appetite, as there will be lots of fresh crawfish, red beans and rice, and plenty of Cajun classics, as well as organic selections, too. And don’t forget your dancing shoes; the music will be playing all day long. For the kiddos, there’s an expanded play area and special menu. Bring a lawn chair, and plan to spend the day. The festival takes place across from the CF Webber Center and begins at 2pm. Admission is $3 or $5 for a couple. Proceeds benefit the Marion Academies. ocalacrawﬁshfest.com or (352) 458-1116.
The City of Ocala will once again host the annual “IT STARTS IN THE PARK” photography contest. The contest combines the art of photography with nature and the role the area’s parks play in our community. A special workshop will take place on April 12 for interested students at the Discovery Center. Submissions will be accepted through May 15. Students will be competing for B H Photo Video gift cards and a personal, on-location photography shoot with Emmy award-winning National Geographic photographer Mark Emery. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 629-8447.
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ARION COUNTY IS TOUTED FOR ITS RACEHORSES AND HUNTER/JUMPER SHOWS, BUT POLO? WHILE POLO DOES EXIST IN OCALA AND THE SURROUNDING AREA, IT’S A LITTLE-KNOWN FACET OF THE EQUINE INDUSTRY. BUT THAT IS SOON TO CHANGE. LONGWOOD FARM IN OCALA AND THE OXFORD POLO CLUB IN LADY LAKE ARE SET TO HOST AN INTERNATIONAL POLO EVENT THIS MONTH WITH RIDERS FROM THE UNITED STATES, SCOTLAND AND MEXICO SUITING UP TO PLAY. PRESIDENT OF THE OCALA POLO ASSOCIATION DAVID MANUAL TOOK A FEW MINUTES TO TELL US ABOUT THIS EXCITING EVENT. 15.2 and 15.3 hands, and like I said, they’re incredibly fit animals, more so than even racehorses.
Tell us a little about the tournament. The event is called the Longwood International Series. We’ll have three teams from the United States, Scotland and Mexico with matches on Thursday at 4pm at Longwood Farm with a BBQ to follow and the final round robin event on Saturday at 11am at the Oxford Polo Club. Each match lasts about an hour and consists of four periods.
Has Longwood Farm ever hosted polo before?
How many polo ponies can people expect to see? There are four players on each team and four periods per match. Each player needs a fresh horse for each period, plus there are two umpires mounted as well. The size of a polo field is equivalent to 12 football fields and the polo ponies have to be incredibly fit to run back and forth for an entire quarter.
Are the horses really considered “ponies?” Back in the day, yes. A pony measures 14.3 hands and under, but now we ride all sizes and breeds of horses. Thoroughbreds are the most common or Spanish crosses as well. Most measure between
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Longwood Farm is located just off 25A. The facility has hosted many jumping and dressage shows in the past, but the owner recently became involved in polo and installed a beautiful brand-new polo field. This will hopefully be the first of many events to come, and we are excited to introduce the people of Ocala to the sport of polo.
What else can people expect to see? It’s going to be a great family event! We’ll have corn hole, horseshoes, tailgating, entertainment and more. It’s a great, family-friendly day out, and pets on leashes are welcome. We’ll also have some fun events, like a hat contest, too. We really want everyone to come and learn what polo is all about.
Longwood Farm 10011 NW Hwy 225A, Ocala (352) 351-5030
Oxford Polo Club 2490 NE 72nd Blvd., Lady Lake (352) 330-0250 / oxfordpoloclub.com
For more information about the Ocala Polo Association visit, ocalapoloassociation.com.
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UPCOMING EXHIBITS AT THE APPLETON (ONGOING) The Appleton will host the work of children’s book illustrator R. Gregory Christie through April 27. The Gathering of Legends exhibit will feature an Irish linen tablecloth with over 700 autographs through May 4. [In]justice: Art and Atrocity in the 20th Century will feature works by 20th century artists and will be on display through May 11. Industrial Nature: Work by Michelle Stitzlein features a collection of moths created from recycled materials and will be on display through July 6. New Art of the Loom will open April 26 and features works combing at the ancient art of weaving with more modern techniques. The exhibit will be on display through June 29. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
work of the Ocala Art Group will be on display through the end of April at Gateway Bank in Ocala. (352) 237-8161. FREE FALL TENNIS PLAY DAYS (THROUGH MAY) On the last Saturday of each month, the Ft. King Tennis Center will host free play for kids 10 and under from noon-1pm at Tuscawilla Park. (352) 598-0353. KAYAKING (ONGOING) There will be several kayaking opportunities available throughout the month for all experience levels. marioncountyﬂ.org or (352) 671-8560.
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3-6) This inaugural event will feature four days of ﬁlm screenings from ﬁlmmakers around the world. The fun starts on Thursday with a downtown dinner tour and concludes on Sunday with an encore screening of the award-winning ﬁlms. Screenings will be shown at the Historic Marion Theatre. Ticket prices vary; a calendar of events can be found on the website. springsﬁlmfest.com or (352) 433-1933. Continued on page 72
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PERFORMING ARTS WHERE
Orlando Shakespeare Theatre
THE ODD COUPLE
Ocala Civic Theatre
ON GOLDEN POND
Art Center of Citrus County, Hernando
Gainesville Community Playhouse
OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS
IceHouse Theatre, Mount Dora
CF Dassance Fine Arts Center, Ocala
RHYTHM IN THE NIGHT: THE IRISH DANCE SPECTACULAR
Phillips Center for Performing Arts, Gainesville
ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC: OLIVEIRA PLAYS BRAHMS
Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, Orlando
STARS ON ICE
Amway Center, Orlando
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
Phillips Center for Performing Arts, Gainesville
AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO
CF Dassance Fine Arts Center, Ocala
MIKE EPPS: AFTER DARK TOUR
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GALA OF THE ROYAL HORSES
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Phillips Center for Performing Arts, Gainesville
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TUTUS, TOE-SHOES AND TEA THE MARION BALLET THEATRE presents the classic tale of
Sleeping Beauty. This beautifully arranged ballet presentation will also feature a cast of Disney characters, including Princess Jasmine, Snow White, Belle and many more. On Friday, a special hour-long children’s matinée performance will take place at 2pm complete with plenty of action and entertainment. Saturday will feature the popular Sleeping Beauty Tea Party at 10am. Children are encouraged to don their favorite princess dresses, as there will be photo opportunities with the cast of characters. Performance will be held at the Ocala Civic Theatre at 8pm on Friday and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. ocalacivictheatre.com or (352) 236-2274. 98ROCKFEST
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GALLERY AT EGGS OVER BASELINE (ONGOING) Eggs Over Baseline will host a gallery event featuring the works of local artists. There will also be an all-day cruise-in the fourth Friday of each month. (352) 351-3447. MOTORCYCLE GIVEAWAY TICKETS ON SALE (THROUGH MAY) The annual Hog For Hope Bikes, Brews and BBQ will raffle off a 2014 Harley-Davidson StreetGlide motorcycle. Tickets are on sale now for $100 each, and the winner will be announced during the May event. hogforhope.com or (352) 351-2479.
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DISCOVERY CENTER EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS (ONGOING) The Discovery Center’s children’s programs combine fun with learning. Several programs are available for children of all ages. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900.
APPLETON AFTER HOURS (APRIL 3) The Appleton Museum will host an after-hours event featuring live music, tapas and presentations from the Ocala Art Group. Doors open at 5pm; music begins at 5:30. The event is free for members and $10 for non-members. appleongmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK (APRIL 4) Hit the streets of downtown Ocala from 6-9pm to see artist displays, indoor and outdoor vendors, restaurants and much more. (352) 401-3900. BOOK SALE (APRIL 4-5) The Friends of the Belleview Library will host their annual spring book sale at the old Belleview Library building. There will be a large selection of used books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and more. The sale runs 9am-5pm. friendsofbelleviewlibrary.org
or (352) 245-2767 or (352) 438-2500. OCALA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCE (APRIL 5) The Ocala Symphony Orchestra presents Pops! Goes America to conclude the 37th season. The concert will take place at the Ocala Breeders Sales Complex from 7:30-9:30pm and feature a number of different genres. ocalasymphony.com or (352) 351-1606. WALK TO DEFEAT ALS (APRIL 5) The two-mile Walk to Defeat ALS will take place at the Jervey Gantt Recreation Center. Registration begins at 9:30am, and the walk begins at 11am. walktodefeatals.org or (888)257-1717.
BLUEGRASS IN THE PARK (April 5)
The Friends of Silver Springs State Park will host the seventh annual Bluegrass in the Park event featuring three different bluegrass bands. The event begins at 5pm. Bring your own lawn chair; hot dogs and soda will be available for sale. thefriendsofsilversprings.org or (352) 236-7148.
3RD ANNUAL EARLY CHILDHOOD FESTIVAL (APRIL 5) Celebrate children at the CF Learning School Lab at the College of Central Florida campus through dance, song, Continued on page 74
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FIRST SATURDAY ART PROGRAM (APRIL 5) The Appleton Museum will host a children’s program from 1-3pm. The program is free for members and included in admission for non-members. appleongmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. CENTRAL FLORIDA MASTER CHOIR CONCERTS (APRIL 6, 13, 27) The Central Florida Master Choir presents Bernstein, Beatles & Beyond. The first concert will take place at the First United Methodist Church. The April 13 concert will take place at Countryside Presbyterian Church, and the final concert will be held at the Dunnellon Presbyterian Church. All concerts begin at 3pm. Donations appreciated. cfmasterchoir.com or (352) 615-7677. TRIPS ‘N’ TOURS (APRIL 9-13) The Appleton’s Trips ’N’ Tours program will head to the Crystal Bridges Museum of Little Rock Arkansas. The trip will include several stops and multiple tours along the way. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
(April 11) The popular Monster Jam monster truck show will take place at the Ocala Speedway and feature a number of monster trucks, activities, vendors and more. ocalaspeedway.com or (352) 622-9400 622-9400.
CROSSFIT COMPETITION (APRIL 12-13) Crossfit Pinnacle will host Duces Wild, a two-person Crossfit competition. Age group competition will take place on April 12, and the elite division will take place on April 13. Competition begins at 7:30am. Registration is $15. crossﬁtpinnacle.com. JAM FOR A CAUSE (APRIL 12) The Heath Brook Mall will host a fundraising event to benefit various local charities from 2-8pm. Ten percent of all sales generated will go toward a specific charity each month. There will be live entertainment, food trucks, activities and more. marketstreetatheathbrook.com or (352) 857-9737.
GIRLS INSPIRED TO TRY SCIENCE (APRIL 12) An educational event for girls ages 7-13 will be held at the Discovery Center. The program will incorporate fun activities with science and learning and runs 10am-1pm. Registration is $15. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900. CYCLING FOR SUCCESS (APRIL 12) The annual Cycling For Success bike ride to benefit Take Stock in Children will take place at Lake Weir High School. There will be a 10-, 30- and 60-mile option. Registration is $35 before April 6 and $40 after and includes breakfast, lunch and a goodie bag. pefmc.org or (352) 671-4167. CAR SHOW (APRIL 12) Grace Christian School will host a National Parts Depot Car and Truck Show. The collection consists of mostly American vehicles spanning from 1903 to present. There will also be dinner, dancing and a live auction. graceschoolocala.org or (352) 387-3090. ARTFUL DINING (APRIL 13, MAY 4) The Appleton Museum
will host a presentation of art combined with an array of appetizers from local eateries. Meet the artists and learn more about their works. Tickets are $55 for member and $65 for non-members. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455 ext. 1831. SCRAPBOOK FOR BREAST CANCER (APRIL 18) Bring your favorite craft to the Marion County Extension Auditorium and raise money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Each month features a different theme, and admission is $5. Doors open at 6pm. (352) 732-5982. FUSED GLASS WORKSHOP (APRIL 18) Gallery East will host a fused glass workshop from 1-3pm. The workshop will highlight the basics of fused glass craftsmanship. No previous experience is necessary. Registration is $45; reservations required. (352) 245-2781. COMMUNITY DANCE FESTIVAL (APRIL 19) The Marion Ballet Theatre will host the fifth annual Community Dance Festival at the Ocala Civic Theatre. There will be performances by different groups and several different genres will be represented. The performances begin at 7pm, and tickets are $12. ocalacivictheatre.com or (352) 236-2274. YARD SALE (APRIL 25-26) The Le Leche League of Marion County will host a yard sale from 8am1pm. The sale will be held at 4225 SE 13th Street in Ocala, and tax-deductible donations are currently being accepted. (713) 344-3746 or (352) 216-1435. REAL ESTATE EXPO (APRIL 26) The Ocala/Marion County Association of Realtors will host the first annual Real Estate Expo featuring a number of seminars, vendors, prizes and giveaways. The expo will be held the Ocala/Marion County
Auditorium in Ocala and run from 10am-4pm. Admission is free. (352) 629-2415, (352) 615-0559 or (352) 438-8548. BUTTERFLY AND BALLOON PICNIC (APRIL 26) The Compassionate Friends of Ocala will host an afternoon event to commemorate the loss of a loved child. The event will include poems, readings and music. Meats and drinks will be provided; bring a dish to share. RSVP by April 7. For cost and location, contact (352) 369-6665, (352) 245-4798 or (352) 522-0768. CRAFT FESTIVAL (MAY 3-4) The fifth annual Villages Craft Festival will be held at La Plaza Grande in The Villages. Various genres of art will be on display and available for purchase. Admission is free, and the festival runs 10am-5pm. artfestival.com or (561) 746-6615.
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Recently, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Marion County presented a memorable evening featuring the music of Second Opinion--a band made of up local medical professionals. The dinner, dance and auction raised funds to help support the mission, programs and services at each of the Boys and Girls Clubs. The Club’s missions focus on academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. PHOTOS BY RON WETHERINGTON
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Recently, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Marion County presented a memorable evening featuring the music of Second Opinion--a band made of up local medical professionals. The dinner, dance and auction raised funds to help support the mission, programs and services at each of the Boys and Girls Clubs. The Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s missions focus on academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. PHOTOS BY RON WETHERINGTON
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The Legacies of Love Luncheon, benefiting Interfaith Emergency Services Foundation, was held at the Hilton Ocala on February 14. This annual event is the signature fundraiser for the Interfaith Foundation and recognizes individuals from the community who have given back to help those in need. This year’s honorees were Dr. Mike Jordan, executive director of the Marion County Children’s Alliance, and Cory Pool, vice president and chief financial officer of the Jenkins Auto Group.
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