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A Taste Of Hollywood p34 More than 3,000 people attended last year’s inaugural Silver Springs International Film Festival, making it a rousing success. Not only was it a hit with local film buffs, it also benefitted local businesses and provided scholarship funds for budding local filmmakers. BY JIM GIBSON

Life After High School p38 One second you’re learning the ropes of high school—where to sit, where not to sit and the fastest route from the parking lot to your first class. Now, you’re suddenly staring at the real world in all its glory. After graduation, you’ll face a fork in the road: Will you take the fast track into the work force, or will you press on and continue your education? BY LESLEY JONES

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Renowned artist, marine biologist and conservationist Guy Harvey enjoys strong ties to the Ocala area. BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND

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The real people, places and events that shape our community.

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You might have noticed the Guy Harvey artwork on this month’s cover of Ocala Style. Style. What if we told you that the original piece was created especially for our magazine by Guy Harvey himself? Believe it. And better yet, each limited edition issue of April’s Ocala Style has a removable insert of the design, called “Touché,” that can be plucked from our pages and framed. We can’t wait to put one up in our office and to share it with you! Want to share your framed piece with us? Post it on Instagram and tag us in the caption @ocalastyle_healthyliving.

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The MCBIA has brought the Parade of Homes and their amazing expo to new and seasoned homeowners in Ocala for years, and this time, we just had to get in on the fun. The 2015 HOME, GARDEN & LIFESTYLE EXPO is back this year, and Ocala Style is proud to be its Official City Magazine. On Saturday, April 11, stop by the Klein Conference Center at the College of Central Florida anytime between 10am and 3pm to see exhibits and demos from the county’s leading home experts. You can also get professional advice on everything from new home products and financing to DIY remodeling tips. You definitely don’t want to miss this year’s event. Check out mcbia.org for all the details.

11 from 10am-8pm and April 12 from 10am-6pm. You won’t even know where to start between the live music and dancing, car and truck shows, theater performances and, of course, the incredible food. Visit floridablueberryfestival.org to learn more. By the way, keep an eye on our Facebook page for a giveaway from Island Grove Wine Company. Their 100 percent blueberry wine is absolutely scrumptious and could be absolutely yours. Like us at facebook.com/ocalastyle so you don’t miss it.

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Not only is she an awesome designer and furniture upcycler, CHRISTINA GIBSON loves to run. Her goal is to complete a 5K every month in 2015, and so far, she’s kicking butt. She missed the month of January but made it up in February, running a 15K with Team Freedom Joy FM to fundraise for Hope for Justice. She really outdid herself by completing two more 5Ks in March. Keep an eye out for her bright blue running shoes April 11 at Kimberly’s 5K Race Against Child Abuse. Christina, more power to you and thanks for dedicating your steps to these incredible causes!

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Dr. Joe Wallace has always had a unique connection with Silver Springs. Growing up, his favorite TV show and movie were Sea Hunt and The Creature of the Black Lagoon, respectively. On a childhood visit to the park, he discovered that both were filmed at Silver Springs. Wallace, who became a certified diver at 18, would later serve as a best man in a Silver Springs underwater wedding. So it’s no surprise that Wallace now leads the Silver Springs Professional Dive Team. “Over the years, I had volunteered on some dives to clean the glass-bottom boats and the statues in the head waters,” says Wallace, 68, who is currently an adjunct professor of marketing at the College of Central Florida and Webster University. “But since Silver Springs became a state park in October 2013, I knew that the cleaning dives weren’t taking place. So I had an idea to form a volunteer diving team.” Wallace met with Priscilla Bellcase, the director of operations for Silver Springs Management LLC, and pitched his idea. Bellcase liked what she heard. “We thought a volunteer dive team was a great idea,” says Bellcase. “We appreciated the willingness to cooperate with management while following our guidelines, scheduling and safety standards. Under our direction, they will provide a much needed service to Silver Springs.” With that endorsement, Wallace reached out to the diving community for volunteers. And the Silver Springs Professional Dive Team quickly came into being. In addition to Wallace, the current 20-diver team includes local divers such as Bill Foote, owner of Ocala Dive, Tom Ingram, CEO of Gateway Bank and Alan Youngblood, Ocala Star-Banner staff photographer.

“To qualify for the team, you have to have a minimum advanced diving certification,” says Wallace, who has been certified for 50 years. “And you have to sign up for at least four dives a year. We used 10 divers on our first dive, and for safety, we work in pairs. The work will determine how many divers are needed per dive.” The team’s first dive was on November 22, when they cleaned the glass-bottom boats and the three statues seen on tours via the former. “WE’RE VERY PROUD TO The three fiberglass PRESERVE THE HISTORY OF statues were props for an episode of the SILVER SPRINGS AND BE 1960s TV show I Spy. PART OF ITS FUTURE.” The episode, entitled “The Seventh Captain,” aired on November 13, 1967. It featured an underwater fight in a circle of statues supposedly in the Greek isles. But the scene was actually filmed at Silver Springs. “The statues were so covered in algae that they just looked like big underwater rocks,” says Wallace. “I had used a pressure cleaner underwater in my pool, so I thought it would work on the statues. You only have half the pressure underwater, but it works.” The plan is to schedule a dive a month to keep the boats and statues clean, while also picking up litter that has accumulated on the spring’s floor. “We are honored to assist Silver Springs Management,” says Wallace. “And we’re very proud to preserve the history of Silver Springs and be part of its future.”


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ARK AND SHARON JANK AND THEIR DAUGHTER, MOLLY, ARE HAPPY TO BE THE HONOREES AT THIS YEAR’S COMMUNITY HUG EVENT BY HUGS CHARITIES OF OCALA, INC. THE HUGS ORGANIZATION ENCOURAGES HEARTFELT UNCONDITIONAL GIVING TO BENEFIT CANCER PATIENTS AND THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER THROUGH THE CREATION AND SUPPORT OF ITS COMMUNITY CANCER ALLIANCE.

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Because all three are cancer survivors, they like the fact that they’ll be helping raise money and awareness in the fight against cancer through this annual event, set for 6:30-8:30pm April 30 at Gateway Bank in Ocala. Michael Koontz, founding member of HUGS, said the organization is so proud to be honoring the Jank family this year. “Each has had cancer and is now, more than ever, an effective advocate for the prevention of cancer: Molly, by encouraging healthy lifestyle changes; Sharon, as president of Ocala Royal Dames for Cancer Research; and Mark, through educating others on the importance of early detection,” Koontz said. “Each successfully uses his or her personal cancer experiences to benefit others and is a great example for all of us.” Each of the Janks had a different type of cancer. Mark was diagnosed with oral cancer in 1998 and is going on 17 cancer-free years thanks to successful surgery and radiation treatments. Sharon was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, and after surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments, she too is cancer-free. The family was excited at the beginning of 2014 to put cancer behind them. But in February that year, Molly was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. It was continuous pain in her leg that caused the family to seek medical attention. Molly was treated intermittently as an inpatient for nine months at Shands in Gainesville. October 2014 marked the end of her treatment. As any parent can imagine, Molly’s initial diagnosis was traumatic for her parents. “We were devastated,” Sharon said. “Mark cried. We both did. And then we told ourselves that we had to be strong for Molly. We had to get through this together.” But Molly surprised them with her strength and positive outlook. “Because she had accompanied me on all my doctor visits and driven me to treatments, she knew what to expect,” Sharon said. “She said ‘I know how this goes. I just saw my mom go through it. I’ve got this.’” In addition to helping with this year’s HUGS cancer-fighting, fund-raising event, both Molly and Sharon are taking part in research projects that they hope will help future cancer patients. Molly, who graduated high school with crutches and a wig, is now 19 and planning to attend college this fall in California. She’s currently taking an online class and working parttime at Ocala Eye, where her father is an ophthalmologist. Something that helped the Janks through this ordeal was to focus on the future. “We would talk about a trip we were going to take or talk about Molly going to college,” Sharon said. “It helps you mentally. It helps you heal, and it helps you stay strong.”

COMMUNITY HUG EVENT HONORING MARK, SHARON AND MOLLY JANK 6:30-8:30pm / Gateway Bank of Ocala Includes hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, live entertainment and an auction. Tickets are $50. Call (352) 622-3241 to purchase tickets.


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atch your horses train on this 5/8 mile track from the comfort of your own balcony. Impressive live oaks, rolling pastures, tennis court, pool, fishing spot and expansive covered lanai with summer kitchen.

Florida Greenway Access 70-180 Acres

reenway Canyon is adjacent to the Marjorie Harris Carr Florida Greenways and Trails. In all its glory, this phenomenal property has centurion Live Oaks, beautiful lake that once was a lime rock quarry, nature trails galore, and occasional wild turkeys.

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10+/- Acre Equestrian Estate

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reparing your house to sell can be overwhelming. As you venture out into the housing market, you’ll find that home staging is an integral part of the selling process. Updating your home for different seasons throughout the year can improve your chances of sparking a buyer’s interest. Here are some seasonal home-staging tips to take advantage of. Spring means bright colors. Place seasonal flowers in pots on your front porch, keep up with landscape trimming and weed removal and make sure there are no cracks in your driveway or walkway so people don’t trip. Allowing light to come into every room of your house is a sure way to appeal to a buyer’s senses. In Summer, your house may become cluttered with overgrown trees and plants, and the seasonal humidity makes your yard look out of control. To calm down the summer chaos, trim plants and hedges to reach the bottom of the window. Avoid placing hanging plants on your patio because you want a potential buyer’s eye to go to the house, not the plants. Don’t be afraid to spend the extra money on running

the A/C; make sure the inside of your house is cool, or buyers won’t stick around very long. Fall brings us many things, including lots of leaves. Make sure you keep the house exterior nice and neat by raking up all those extra leaves and trimming greenery as needed. Holidays come during fall, but don’t go overboard with the decorations. Remember that less is more when it comes to staging your home to sell. If it’s a chilly winter, you’ll want to spend the extra money on your heating bill if you want home shoppers to stay and look around, feel comfortable and potentially buy. It also gets dark earlier in the winter, so make sure you keep lighting in mind—putting timers around the inside and outside is a great solution. Keep the holiday decorations to a minimum so they don’t distract buyers from the actual house. Applying these small alterations can make a huge difference when attracting buyers! For more information, contact a local Realtor®. —DONNA DUNAWAY, PRESIDENT

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ncredible attention to detail in this impressive 5 bedroom home, with media room, office, spectacular gourmet kitchen, and grand family room with fireplace. Infinity pool, summer kitchen with outdoor dining plus fireplace and conversation/game areas. 10 stall stable with expansive garage for housing boat, trailer or motorcoach.

Mediterranean Masterpiece 27 +/- Acres

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PADDOCKS OF MILLWOOD • 10.25 Acres • Gated Equine Community • 3 bedrooms, 2 baths • 3 stall barn with equipment storage

• Heated Pool with NEW screened enclosure • Upgraded appliances & RV Parking • $549,000 • MLS#420443

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On the lake Park like setting Pool, spa, bird cage Charter Schools 2 car garage plus airconditioned 2nd garage • Bonus Room

• 6 Double French doors lead to covered lanai • Office, formal dining room, 2 fireplaces, 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, large family room • $430,000

FLORIDA CONCH FARM • 10 +/- Acres • 3 Bedrooms 2 Baths • Hardwood Floors & Remodeled Kitchen • 2nd Home- 3 Bedrooms 2 Baths • Small Pond • Lovely granddaddy oaks, mature azaleas

• Small barn and detached 2 car carport • Fenced for horse or cattle • SW Marion County, close to hospitals, shopping, and the Florida Horse Park

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2 LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU 115 NE 8th Ave Ocala, FL 352-351-0011

416 Teague Trail Lady Lake, FL 352-674-0028

Carolyn ROBERTS BROKER/REALTOR ®

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WARM AND WELCOMING WITH CHARACTER THROUGHOUT! This 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath mini farm located on 5.39+/- acres is simply perfect. (1 full bath located in 5-stall barn w/tack room). Spacious and perfect for entertaining. Office w/built-ins makes for a productive workspace. All rooms are generous in size to include formal and informal living rooms each with a fireplace. 3 bedrooms on main level; 2 additional bedrooms, full bath and large playroom upstairs. Large kitchen with beautiful island overlooks breakfast room and large windows to view this exquisite property nestled near The Country Club of Ocala and close to the FL Horse Park. $859,000 ML#421088

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DESIGNER HOME This gorgeous 5 bedroom, 5.5 bath brick home on 10 acres is perfect in every way. Convenient private SW location. High ceilings, lovely formal and informal living areas. Open & grand rooms. Custom gourmet kitchen has open view of the inviting pool area and grounds. Multiuse barn. Everything is perfect! $989,500 ML#402877

JUST IN TIME FOR SUMMER..... BEAUTIFUL LAKE WEIR PROPERTIES Look out to gorgeous views of Lake Weir from this 4/3 home located on the North Shore. Home was completely renovated in 2008 & an add’l master suite & den were added. Home has high ceilings in family room, kitchen & dining areas with a wall of sliders across the lakefront that offer beautiful water views. Custom kitchen w/ granite opens to spacious family room w/wood burning fireplace. Home also features wide plank wood flooring, a dock w/screen room & boathouse w/lift. MLS #405303 $630,000 Enjoy the most beautiful views of Lake Weir from this 2 story chalet style home w/pecky cypress wood throughout. A stone wood burning fireplace is surrounded by soaring ceilings & floor to ceiling windows in the family room, along with slate flooring. Home has downstairs master bedroom & master bath plus half bath. The upstairs offers 2 bedrooms, a bath & an additional loft style living space w/wood flooring, leading out to an outside deck that overlooks lake & property. Home is nicely landscaped, in a private setting. MLS #411581 $449,000

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ooking for ideas to brighten your home using color? Grab some paintbrushes, and let your creativity run wild. Sherwin-Williams recently announced their color trends for 2015. The newly predicted trends consist of 40 optimistic colors divided into four sections: Chrysalis, Buoyant, Voyage and Unrestrained.

chrysalis For those who want their rooms to reflect a calm oasis, try selecting from the Chrysalis line. This palette, based off of the colors created by the land and sea, evokes a modern feel. They’re earthly tones like those of the rocks on the beach or the sky before a storm. Chrysalis consists of various shades of off blacks, chalky neutrals, such as tans and grays, and dusty blues.

buoyant Bring the fun of an outdoor adventure inside your home. The colors that make up the Buoyant line were gleaned from tropical prints, tiki-inspiration and exotic locations. Use these colors to maintain your good spirits and inspire an optimistic attitude. Buoyant shades consist of light and deep greens, violets, pops of coral and sandy browns.

If you’re looking for a little magic and mystery in your life, choose a color from the Voyage line. Whether your imagination takes you on an outer space voyage or an undersea adventure, the colors in the Voyage line—undersea teal, bright green kelp, light watery blue and deep space purples—look like these outer limits.

unrestrained Want to be bold and try something completely new? The Unrestrained palette is full of ethnic-inspired colors and designs reminiscent of the Bohemian lifestyle. This line features saturated primary hues, including sunny yellow, lively turquoise and bright blue, as well as black and white, and each color can be used on its own for a pop of color or combined to create a vibrant, energetic space.

introducing…coral reef Each year, the Sherwin-Williams color experts research color influences from around the world to determine the annual color forecast and the Color of the Year, and this year they have chosen Coral Reef as the Color of the Year 2015. Use this uplifting, vivacious hue with floral notes to liven up any space. Coral Reef is the perfect mix of pink, orange and red. Find out more about this color and many others at sherwin-williams.com.

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This quaint cottage home features stone and wood craftsmanship, tile and laminate throughout, bright chef’s cryan@ellisonrealty.com kitchen, custom wood bar, and plenty of outdoor living space! 352.362.5901 REALTOR®

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forming a plan Consider what types of disasters could happen in your area, and make your plan accordingly. Decide on a meeting spot should family members get separated (think the mailbox, the neighbor’s front porch, etc.). Determine what to do if someone is at work and others are at school—how will you reach one another and make contact? It’s also important to consider what supplies will be needed in the wake of a disaster. And don’t forget your furry friends. Have a plan for them, too, if designated shelters aren’t pet friendly. Practice a dry run of your emergency plan twice a year. (We think practicing when the time changes in the fall and spring is ideal and easy to remember!)

what to include The last thing you want to do following an emergency is scramble to find necessary information. Instead, keep all pertinent information, including an out-of-state contact, work information, medical conditions and medications, the kid’s school information and insurance papers in one, safe place. You could also include helpful information for rescuers, including the names and ages of family members and pets, along with your emergency meeting place. Keep this information handy in a purse, car or, better yet, your emergency kit.

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In the aftermath of an emergency, text instead of calling your contacts if you aren’t injured or trapped. A text letting family members know you are safe could reach your contacts faster, especially when phone lines are very active.

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This box should include three days worth of supplies for each family member and pet. • LIST OF INFORMATION • A GALLON OF WATER FOR EACH PERSON FOR EVERY DAY • NON-PERISHABLE FOOD, SUCH AS CANNED VEGGIES, TUNA AND CEREALS • CAN OPENER • BATTERY-POWERED RADIO AND A NOAA WEATHER RADIO WITH EXTRA BATTERIES TO KEEP UP WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD • FLASHLIGHTS WITH EXTRA BATTERIES • FIRST AID KIT, INCLUDING BANDAGES, SCISSORS AND READY-TO-USE ICE PACKS • WHISTLE TO SIGNAL FOR HELP • DUST OR SURGICAL MASKS TO FILTER THE AIR IF NECESSARY • PLASTIC SHEETING AND DUCT TAPE FOR A MAKE-SHIFT SHELTER • MOIST TOWELETTES OR ANTIBACTERIAL WIPES, HAND SANITIZER, GARBAGE BAGS AND ZIP TIES FOR PERSONAL SANITATION • WRENCH OR PLIERS TO TURN OFF UTILITIES • LOCAL MAPS • TOOTHBRUSH, TOOTHPASTE AND SOAP • CELL PHONE WITH CHARGERS, INVERTER OR SOLAR CHARGER • PET FOOD, LEASHES AND ANY NECESSARY MEDICATION

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WINNERS CIRCLE FARM The ultimate training center... train your next derby contender here on this incredible farm. Situated on 30+ acres with ownership in a very limited, shared 3/4 mile irrigated track with starting gates, and lights. The farm features 2 barns, center aisle & shed row with a total of 60 12x12 stalls, 4 hot/ cold wash racks, covered 60ft/ 6 horse eurocizer, fly spray system, fans, 2 feed & hay rooms, laundry room, manager office with full bath & kitchen, lounge with kitchen for the employees, 10 paddocks with auto waters, 15 turn out round pens, 40x140 lined aerated horse pool that is 14ft deep, and so much more. Completely turnkey. From weanlings all way up to your working race horses, this is a must-see for your thoroughbred crowd.

First time ever offered for sale... Pond View Farm is an opportunity of a lifetime here in Ocala. This 24+ acre farm is definitely one of the most stunning & unique properties you will come across, starting with the custom 5 bedroom main home, which is built over the blue waters of an acre stocked pond to the 2/3 guest house nestled into the rolling hills of the property. Features of the main home include a large formal living room & formal dining room perfect for entertaining. This home also includes an intimate family room with custom built-ins & wet bar, office, craft room, huge bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, and a separate summer cook house all overlooking the pond. The guest house features a formal living plus a huge family room, office and personal gym. The manicured acres have the feel of a park with Live Oaks draped in Spanish moss, flowering shrubs & garden beds, lush bahia paddocks completely fenced in 4 board.

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Great Home in Del Webb Golf and Country Club! Clean as a whistle! Spruce Creek Kingston Patio Model 2/2. This home fea(352) 445-4953 tures a new shingled roof 2014, newer A/C 2011, updated kitchBob Niedzwiecki en sink and faucet, screened enclosed lanai and offers many extras. Waiting for a new homeowner! MLS #422288 $157,500 (352) 408-8525 Carol Castineira

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Enjoy the best of both worlds in this timelessly elegant 3/2.5 plus office home overlooking pristine farms on Millionaire’s row and the solitude of a beautiful koi pond with a waterfall in a screen-enclosed lanai. The home is in mint condition, perfect for entertaining, and close to golf, shopping and restaurants. Offered at $459.000.MLS#418002

Grand home in Ocala. Front entry boasts towering staircase, marble flooring and crown molding. This home has 3 fireplaces (2 wood burning), formal living with double doors. Chef’s kitchen with Jenn-air gas 4 burner with grill, downdraft and built-in deep freezer and copper hood, wine cooler, granite countertops, double ovens and much more. 1 master suite down and 1 main master up. Master has fireplace, his/her closets, dressing area and window boxes. Family room has all wood walls floor to ceiling. You must see to believe. Pool has just been redone. 1 block out of city limits. $324,900

Stunning, well appointed 3/2 home in popular Rolling Hills. This home Brett Ortengren boasts a large master suite with a walk-in closet and luxurious cus352-598-7834 tom polished marble vanities. You’ll also find a well equipped cooks kitchen and a game room with a custom billiards table. An old world paver pool and spa graces the back yard w/an awesome summer kitchen. Home is incredible w/many extra’s... Offered at $369.000

The Boulevard Office 615 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala (352) 732-3344 Office Gene Boone

SW Hwy. 200 Office 8721 SW Hwy. 200, Ocala (352) 479-0123 Office Naomi Furbush

Custom 4 Bdrm/3.5 Ba Pool Home on 3.6 acres- Spectacular floor Audrey Johns plan with lots of versatility & entertaining options both inside & out. (352) 812-6767 Home features include hardwood floors & fireplace. 3 car garage plus 40 x 40 additional building/optional barn, workshop or garage. Offered at $584,900 MLS # 410822

Tom Murvin

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30 ACRE FARM. 4/3 Ranch Home w/steel building & oak lined paved drive. Conveniently located. Open living rm, view to the pool, waterfall & wet bar. Master bdrm boasts a sitting area w/French doors to private patio. Enormous steel bldg is 60x60 w/loft & 3 roll-up doors. Steel pole barn is 60x80. Pastures fenced & cross-fenced. MLS 410945 $499,000

This meticulously maintained 3/2 model home is located in the gatConrad & Dania ed 55+ Golf Community of Candler Hills. Recently remodeled with new hardwood floors, granite countertops, new fixtures, crown Melancon molding, and built-in bookcases. Master bedroom features two (352) 208-4924 walk-in closets...and...so much MORE. A one year Home Warranty is being offered by the seller. Offered at $217,900. MLS 418788

Stunning three bedroom two and half bath “Parade of Home Julia McPherson winner.” Beautiful upgrades including custom cabinets, crown molding, central vac, tankless gas hot water system, plantation (352) 895-0722 shutters, accent ceiling beams in living room, 5 1/2” baseboards, kitchen has a windowed breakfast nook, and stainless appliances. The master suite offers up a huge private bath w/walk-in tiled shower, whirlpool. This home is immaculate! MLS 421696 $234,900

Summerfield/ The Villages 16570 S. Hwy. 441, Summerfield (352) 307-0304 Office Sheila McKathan

Lady Lake/ The Villages 126 N Hwy. 27, Lady Lake (352) 750-5110 Office Paul Ressler

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I diagnose and treat pain and disease from head to toe. People often come to see me to address issues that have eluded standard medical diagnoses and treatments. As an interventional radiologist, my extensive training combined with the latest technologies allows me to provide a range of health services, from complex angiograms to diagnose disease to interventional oncology to treat localized cancer without surgery. My understanding of vascular disease and pain management enable me to treat everything from low back and leg pain to varicose veins. As an Ocala native, I have long-standing professional and familial ties to the medical community, so I can easily work with your doctor to create a plan designed to identify and treat disease, and provide lasting relief for pain syndromes. I’m a proud member of countless patients’ healthcare teams. Ask your doctor if I would be a helpful addition to yours.

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BETHANY CRAWFORD, an Advanced Placement history teacher at Forest High School, is Marion County’s

2015 Teacher of the Year. After four rounds, she beat out four other Golden Apple recipients to become the school district’s top teacher. Crawford’s emotional speech challenged anyone questioning why people choose the teaching profession. “My kids rock,” she told a room full of community leaders, business partners, educators and family members at the 25th Golden Apple Gala held at Circle Square Cultural Center in Ocala.

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At just 19, she’s barely out of high school. But don’t doubt the impact BRIANNA HOSEY (left) has on the Ward-Highlands Elementary School community. Hosey was recently named this year’s School-Related Employee of the Year for all of Marion County. As the front desk receptionist, she’s often the first face most people see—and the last at the end of the day. Inspired by her father’s blindness, she taught herself Braille, works with special needs students every day after work and plans to become a classroom teacher. Other finalists included (pictured below, L to R) JONATHAN FIGUEROA (Anthony Elementary), CINDY WIMMER (Department of Juvenile Justice), DEBBIE MILLER (Fort McCoy School) and KATHY FIORE (Sparr Elementary).

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LITTLE LIBRARIES Former school district educators are being remembered with LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES

popping up all over Marion County. These boxes of books use a simple concept: Take a book to read for free, leave a book for others to read. The idea started six years ago in Wisconsin and has spread throughout the country. Several other “Little Free Libraries” exist in our area honoring educators’ dedication to literacy, including Abigail Cizmar, Terri Hartley and Frank Woods. More are going up in the near future.

DUNNELLON MIDDLE DOES IT AGAIN For years, TV production students at Dunnellon Middle have created award-winning videos. Their latest achievement is a runner-up finish for the DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION’S CELEBRATE LITERACY WEEK contest. For their second-place finish, students traveled to the Kennedy Space Center and received their award from Florida First Lady Ann Scott, Just Read Florida’s Wendy Stevens, Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart, former astronaut Wendy Lawrence and 2015 Florida Teacher of the Year Christie Bassett. Students (center) included Sayra Loya, Maggie Barde, Brandon Jaglal and Joshua McNicholas. These students also walked away with 50 books for their school library and $500 for Dunnellon Middle’s literacy program.

KINDRA BECK of Ft. King Middle captured the top spot in this year’s Marion County Spelling Bee by spelling “soliloquy.” Beck finished first from a field of 25 middle school spellers and recently represented the district in the Orlando Regional Spelling Bee. Results were not available at press time.

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HE COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA OFFERS A COMPREHENSIVE EQUINE STUDIES PROGRAM TO BOTH DEGREE-SEEKING STUDENTS AND THOSE JUST WISHING TO EXPAND THEIR EQUINE KNOWLEDGE ONE COURSE AT A TIME.

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variety of courses, including equine If you have an insatiable desire to learn nutrition, physiology, manual therapies, about horses, then Dr. Judy Downer anatomy, medicine, as well as introduction likely has a course for you. Downer heads to equine science, handling, safety, sport Ocala-based College of Central Florida’s and competition. equine studies program, located right “This year we offered an equine smack in the heart of the Horse Capital of technician course totally online for the first the World. time,” says Downer. “We anticipate adding Downer, a lifelong horsewoman, is more online courses depending on demand. very well-qualified to head the CF equine But the majority of our courses will remain studies program. She has a bachelor’s in in an actual classroom. Our courses are animal science from Rutgers University, open to everyone from those wanting a as well as a master’s and a doctorate in degree to those wanting to animal nutrition from the their education.” University of Kentucky “IT IS VERY GRATIFYING TO continue Outside of the and University of HAVE OUR STUDENTS GO classroom, CF is a member Delaware, respectively. She ON AND DO WELL IN ANY of the Intercollegiate Horse logged 18 years of equine ASPECT OF THE EQUINE Show Association and pharmaceutical and INDUSTRY, AND WE LIKE Intercollegiate Dressage nutritional research at two TO THINK THAT IT BEGINS Association. Downer is major companies before the coach for both the CF coming to CF. Downer WITH A GREAT EQUINE Western and Dressage is also a dressage rider, EDUCATION FOUNDATION teams. Since joining the trainer and team coach. HERE AT CF.” IDA, at least one CF DresWhen she isn’t teaching, sage Team member has Downer spends time in qualified for the national championships. the saddle on Wunderbar, her 15-year-old In 2014, CF Dressage Team member Sam Hanoverian gelding. Cooper won a national championship in “Of course, the majority of our the upper training division. students are from Florida,” says Downer, “It is very gratifying to have our who has led the program since 2005, “but students go on and do well in any aspect we also get students from nearly every of the equine industry,” says Downer. “And state and from other countries, too. We get we like to think that it begins with a great people from every breed and discipline. equine education foundation here at CF.” We’ve seen a 20 percent growth in the number of our students in the last five years and average about 100 students a semester.” The CF Equine Studies program offers associate science degrees in equine exercise physiology and business management specialization. Also offered are college credit certificates in equine assistant management and equine technician. A bachelor of applied science in business and organizational management (agribusiness specialization) is also available. “We are the only two-year college that offers an equine exercise physiology degree,” says Downer. “Our staff is very proud of this distinction.” Joining Downer on the Equine Want To Know More? Studies program staff are Dr. Marsha COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA Pidherney and Marie Davidson. Downer describes the three-woman staff as “small cf.edu (352) 854-2322 but mighty.” Indeed, the three teach a


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Ashley and Leonard Sansevere, with Theo

“Other than the fact that they’re four-legged, the Pet Therapy dogs are considered volunteers just like their owners,” says Judy Peacock, manager of MRMC’s Volunteer and Senior Services. “And just like any other volunteers, they have to meet certain criteria and adhere to specific guidelines.” To be accepted into the MRMC program, a dog must be a graduate of a recognized pet therapy training program, such as Canine Good Citizenship or Therapy Dog International. The dog also has to go through a training check and be cleared by an MRMC volunteer trainer. Once accepted, a dog is issued a pet therapy volunteer vest and picture ID badge. Pet Therapy dogs visit MRMC seven days a week on schedules coordinated by Volunteer and Senior Services. “Everyone loves having the dogs around,” says Peacock. “They provide stress relief, comfort and just brighten the day for the patients, their families and our staff. They are truly a very important part of the healing process, both mentally and physically.”

Ocala Style recently visited with the smallest and the largest dogs that are part of the MRMC Pet Therapy Program.

THEO “The Cuteness Factor” Theodore Hunter Sansevere is quite the ladies’ man. Theo, as he is known by his closest friends and admirers, strolls into a room and women gush, “Oh, my, he’s so adorable.” Sure he is, because Theo is a diminutive 5-pound Yorkshire terrier with big, chocolate-brown eyes and a silky black and gold coat. And to up the cuteness scale even more, he looks stuffed-toy squeezable in his tiny red vest. But the vest isn’t just because Theo has great style. His business card (yes, he has a business card) lists his occupation as Therapy Dog, and the vest, as well as the photo ID badge, indeed validate that boast. When Theo visits MRMC, he is accompanied by his entourage


of Leonard Sansevere and his 13-year-old daughter, Ashley. “The women patients we visit fall in love with Theo right away,” says Leonard. “He’s definitely the center of attention when we walk into a room, and that’s the whole point of a therapy dog. They take the patient’s mind off why they’re in the hospital. They make them smile.” It was thanks to Ashley that Theo became a Sansevere and embarked upon his occupation. “A little over a year ago, Ashley came to me and my wife, Dana, and said she wanted a dog,” recalls Leonard. “I had had German shepherds growing up, but Ashley wanted a little dog. So we told her to write up a three-page school report on why she should have a dog. She came back with a ninepage Power Point presentation. Included in it was that she would like to train her dog to be a pet therapy dog. We most certainly couldn’t say no to our daughter wanting to do volunteer work.” Theo came to live with the Sanseveres when he was 10 weeks old. Before he was even a year old, Theo had gone through the Canine Good Citizenship training program and became, as his business card notes, a “proud member of the Canine Assisted Therapy Inc. Program.” Leonard and Ashley first began taking Theo to visit residents in assisted living facilities. Then, in April 2014, Theo became part of MRMC’s Pet Therapy Program. The trio usually visits MRMC on Sundays. “Doing the pet therapy work with Ashley and Theo has been an amazing experience,” says Leonard, who is the Florida sales and marketing rep for Old Castle Building Envelope. “We get to spend quality time together and give something back to other people. It’s so very gratifying.”

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FINNEGAN & MADDIE “Attention-Getters” One thing is for sure: Finnegan and Maddie could never sneak up on anyone. Finnegan is a 170-pound Landseer Newfoundland and Maddie is a 190-pound St. Bernard. “When I come down a hospital hallway with either Finnegan or Maddie, they just sort of overwhelm people at first with their size,” says Katherine Dunse, who raised both from 10week old puppies. “But then people just can’t get enough of them. They’re definitely attention-getters.” Katherine and her husband, Al, who own and operate Ocala-based Sterling Foods, are animal-lovers. In addition to Finnegan and Maddie, their farm is home to horses, chickens and Irish Dexter cattle. “I had actually gone to see a woman about buying some Irish Dexter cows,” says Katherine. “But when I got to her farm, I was greeted by six Newfoundlands. I had always had St. Bernards, but I fell in love with the Newfoundland breed that day. I didn’t buy any cows from the woman but later ended up buying Finnegan as a puppy from her. About another year later, I got Maddie as a puppy from a breeder in Kansas City.” Finnegan is the striking black and white color of the Landseer Newfoundland; most people are more familiar with the solid black Newfoundland. Katherine put Finnegan in Canine Good Citizenship training when he turned 1 year old, and she admits that “he was a bit of a wild child and a clown. I wasn’t sure if he’d be a good therapy dog.” But when they started visiting patients, she says, “Finnegan had this transformation and settled right down. He’s very gentle with everyone.” Maddie, whose registered name is Mad Eye Moody, was named after a Harry Potter character because of his striking half-white, half-black face mask. When Maddie began doing pet therapy work at a year and a half, Katherine says, “He was amazing and took to it right away. He just loves people.” Due to their size, Katherine only brings one dog with her at a time when she visits MRMC once a week. Both wear their triple extra-large red pet therapy vests, ID badges and an extra piece of equipment—drooling bibs. Both Newfoundlands and St. Bernards are among dog breeds that constantly drool. Want To Know More? “Patients ask us how much they weigh, how much they eat and even JUDY PEACOCK how much they drool,” says Katherine with a chuckle. “People fall in love with Finnegan and Maddie. We’ve had many touching moments with MRMC Manager of Volunteer & Senior Services patients and their families that will stay with me forever.” (352) 671-2156

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COVER A VARIETY OF STORIES IN HIS CAREER. FOR STANFIELD, THE ONES THAT BOTHER HIM THE MOST INVOLVE CHILDREN AND ANIMALS. “THEY ARE SO HELPLESS,” STANFIELD SAYS. “THEY EXPECT US [ADULTS] TO HELP THEM. YOU HAVE TO BE COMPOSED AND TELL THE STORY. THAT’S YOUR DUTY.”

Stanfield, 64,

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released Vampires, Gators and Wackos: A Newspaperman’s Life in October. He talks about “tons of cases” he’s reported on throughout his self-published, 461-page non-fiction work. “Look what I’ve done for all these years. This is why I did it. This is what I saw, and this is how I feel about it,” he says of his career. “It’s been interesting to say this in a book.” Stanfield, a Leesburg resident since 1980, spent most of his professional life in Central Florida—three years with the Daily Commercial, 15

with the Orlando Sentinel and five with the Ocala Star-Banner. Some of the cases covered in the book include the missing millionaire while at the Commercial and the carjacking incident that left Dorothy Lewis, who had been raped, fighting for her life and her two daughters, Jasmine, 3, and Jamilya, 7, dead while at the Sentinel. The latter story stayed with him. It took him two years to write Unbroken: The Dorothy Lewis Story. It was his first book, which came out in 2011 through Kingstone Media Group, a small Christian publishing house in Leesburg.

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“Her faith never wavered,” Stanfield says of Lewis. “It’s about forgiveness. She was able to forgive these people. She is a strong Christian. To tell her story was just a real privilege.” Stanfield also wrote about the vampire killers, which he says, “is the craziest, most horrific case I ever covered.” In 1996, several kids, including cult leader Rod Ferrell, came from Kentucky to pick up a former classmate from Eustis High School and then go to New Orleans. The cult leader killed the former classmate’s parents, Richard and Ruth Wendorf in their home, and they fled the state. Ferrell was convicted in 1998. The case was featured on Lifetime Movie Network’s Killer Kids in February, and the show included an interview with Stanfield. “I just didn’t copy old stories,” he says. “I updated the stories as much as I could by talking with prosecutors and investigators and filled in some of the blanks from before.” While at the Star-Banner, he worked behind the scenes, managing other people, including court reporters, police reporters, etc. He also direction reported the Jessica Lunsford case. Jessica was just 9 years old when she was abducted and murdered in Citrus County. The stories out of the courthouse gave Stanfield and the public something to think about. “The bullet goes right through—not just the victim, [but] the victim’s family and the defendant’s family. Everybody is affected,” he says. “You rub elbows with the worst people on the face of the Earth and nicest people on the face of the Earth. It kind of gives you some balance.”

Stanfield spent time behind the scenes as a copy editor, mostly on the regional desk at the Sentinel. At one point, he was on the team of the war desk during Desert Storm and was the assistant county editor in Lake for several years. “Half of my career was editing and half reporting,” he says. “I loved the reporting. I like writing for one thing, and you’re out on your own. The very best beat job was courthouse for seven or eight years.” Stanfield worked at Wilmington Star News for several years between the Commercial and the Sentinel, but his career started at The Augusta Chronicle, a 50,000 circulation newspaper in Georgia after he earned his bachelor’s in political science from the University of North Florida. He earned his master’s in journalism from the University of Georgia in 1980. “You always have strong memories of the first place you work,” he says. “It was an amazing place. It was so full of characters.” One of the editor’s was a notorious drunk, who went off on occasion by writing “Caramba”—something Bart Simpson would say—in the caption of a photograph. And then there’s the old county official who smoked cigars, mostly chewed them actually, and drank coffee that “you could float a horseshoe on.” “He knew where all the dead bodies were buried,” Stanfield says. “I worked with Margaret Twiggs. Back in the day, she was a pioneer for women. She wrote political stuff and had a bulldog kind of mentality.” Stanfield recalls that one time she got on her hands and knees and put her ear to the

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Meet The Author

WHAT: Book signing Vampires, Gators and Wackos: A Newspaperman’s Life by Frank Stanfield. WHEN: 11am-2pm, Saturday, April 18 WHERE: Marion County Public Library, Headquarters, 2720 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala For more information about the book signing, call (352) 671-8551. door to hear county commissioners, only to fall through when it was opened. These days some of the news media has taken a beating in its “ideological” coverage, but Stanfield said he has always taken his job seriously and isn’t sure what people think of reporters. Reporters have been called liberals, crazy people and have been accused of making the news up. Stanfield knows to take it all in stride. “It’s been good for me to talk about these things and for people to know about these things,” he says. Most people have a curiosity to know what’s happening in the world around them—good or bad. Stanfield says he wrote his latest book for several reasons. “One, to give people an idea, a behind-the-scenes look at a journalist’s [life] and to tell stories that have happened in this area,” he says. “This community has a lot of new people and people who have been around for a while. If you’re new to this area, this is what has happened in the past.” He says it’s a good way to

understand the area in which you’re living. On a somewhat lighter note, there are funny stories in the book as well, such as the guy who was running naked down the street before he was arrested and taken to jail and the guy who reported his lawn mower stolen, which was later found after following the trail of cut grass. For one year, Stanfield worked as a teacher at Clermont Middle School and wrote a column about it for the Sentinel. “I did manage to help a few of the kids,” he says with a laugh. “I don’t think I destroyed any of them, either.” Stanfield and his wife of 33 years, Jackie, have three children and six grandchildren. His future plans definitely include more writing, but the style of writing hasn’t been determined. He could write another book on other cases he’s covered or change direction completely and write a children’s book or a work of fiction. “It’s the best,” he says of being a writer. “I always liked to write.”

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entire festival board, volunteered their Do you love the excitement of the red carpet, paparazzi jostling to get that perfect time to make this event possible. Zink is the executive director of the Ocala shot of directors and stars, and the pure Film Foundation, which was created in energy of a Hollywood premier… all with conjunction with last year’s festival to a distinctively international flavor? If so, then get in line and grab your tickets to the garner funds for scholarships, classroom equipment and supplies, and educational second annual Silver Springs International opportunities for Marion County students Film Festival (SSIFF ’15). interested in the film industry. Thompson The festival will take place April 8 is the festival director and is also a through 12 with film screenings occurring general partner. He is an award-winning at the historic Marion Theatre and theatre and film artist and a member of filmmaker seminars being held at the the Screen Actors Guild and the Actor’s Brick City Center for the Arts in Ocala. Equity Association. The event is planned to coincide with SSIFF ‘15 is presented by the Ocala April’s Art Walk in downtown Ocala, Film Foundation and was designed which usually takes place on the to showcase filmmaking talent first Friday of the month, but ar d Aw from all over the globe this month was moved to SSIF 2014 while also promoting local April 10. W s talent. Last year’s festival, “We had overflow inner which had submissions crowds at the inaugural from 36 countries and festival last year, and we Audience Choice: Best Short 10 states, brought in are expecting even more Protected scholarship funds totaling film lovers and filmmakers Directed by Alex Moy $5,000 to assist area this year,” says festival Audience Choice: student filmmakers. Executive Director and Best Feature General Partner Laurie Catch of a Lifetime Homegrown Zink. “It was a tremendous Directed by Ben Klopfenstein Talent success not only for Best Student One of the first local artithe filmmakers but for Short sans to realize the benefits the general public, the Pedro Pan Directed by Andrea Puente provided through festival business community and participation is 16-yearthe entire area. We look Best old Ocala resident Alex forward to even more Documentary Short Moy. At last year’s festival, public participation Not Anymore: Alex won the Audience this year.” A Story of Revolution Choice Award for his short Once again, the Directed by Matthew VanDyke film titled Protected. festival is organized by Best Short “Shortly after Zink and Greg Thompson, Rabbit and Deer winning the award at the who, along with the Directed by Peter Vacz Best Documentary Feature

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Events Calendar & Ticket Information Wednesday, April 8

5:30-6:30pm 6:30-8pm 8-10pm

“Fresh Squeezed” Filmmaker Seminar Opening Night Reception Opening Night Screening of the film Cross Creek

Thursday, April 9

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Official Selections Screenings Horse Fever Block Screenings “Behind the Camera” Filmmaker Seminar Scheduled Downtown Activities

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festival, I was contacted by Angela Busler at the Power Plant business incubator in Ocala,” Alex says. “They provided office space for my production company, ThatsHowItsDone Productions.” Alex and his parents, Robert and Natalia Moy, produce corporate, music and wedding videos, provide photography services and create short films. The business is housed in one of the many offices located at the Power Plant, a renovated utilities building formerly owned by the City of Ocala. Alex, who is home-schooled, has been interested in filmmaking since he received his first video camera at age 11. He plans on expanding his business locally and eventually directing and creating movies nationally and internationally. He is presently working on a soon-to-bereleased short film and says he plans on submitting other entries to SSIFF in the future. “Young, local talent like Alex is one of the main reasons we organized this festival,” says Zink. “We want to rekindle an interest in local filmmaking, and he is a prime example. And the exposure the festival provides helped lead to the success he is experiencing today. Also, when it comes to helping the entire community, the festival provided a financial boost to local downtown sponsoring businesses that participated in the event.” According to Zink, community involvement was outstanding and participating downtown businesses saw a 67 to 177 percent increase in revenue during last year’s fourday festival. The addition of one more day to this year’s event should mean even more financial success for local vendors and merchants. A Continuing Success This year’s festival will have the same format as last year with all screenings taking place at the Marion Theatre. The theater provides two screens, one on the ground floor and one balcony screen. This allows for viewing two separate screenings simultaneously. Seating is limited, and festivalgoers must either purchase tickets prior to the event or be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Features will be screened almost exclusively on the main ground floor, and short films will be screened in the balcony, with minor exceptions. There will be four “Special Interest” blocks: Fresh Squeezed, featuring films produced within the State of Florida; Horse Fever, equine-themed entries tied to Ocala’s famous horse industry; Green Screen, a block of nature-based environmentally themed films; and Cinemagic, featuring family-friendly films that can be enjoyed by film lovers of all ages. Thompson believes the future holds nothing but promise for the young festival. “The film industry is changing, and festivals like this one will benefit,” he says. “No longer does a fledgling director need the financial backing of a major producer to create an acceptable film. This year at the Sundance Film Festival, there was a well-received entry titled Tangerine that was shot using an iPhone 5S. What was amazing is that because of the subject matter, the use of the iPhone was actually advantageous to the director. This type of technology and its ease of availability will mean more films on the market and more capable directors who can afford to produce quality films.” Changes such as this may also mean a bright future for film lovers everywhere. With the playing field leveling for producers and directors of varying budgets, this means more lower-budget, quality films—such as Alex Moy’s award-winning entry—will make their way to the silver screen. This means surprise breakout films such as Tangerine could very well make their debut right here in Ocala in the near future. Both Zink and Thompson say they expect interest in the festival to increase and look forward to this year’s event. Marion County could very well be on the cusp of something big… a revival in a film industry that has waned in recent years. The tremendous interest in the Silver Springs International Film Festival is a definite sign of renewed life and a very bright future.

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Community College Vs. State Universities

If you’re having trouble figuring out what kind of institution is right for you, weigh the pros and cons! Community colleges aren’t what they used to be and can actually be a better option for some people. Several community colleges even offer select four-year programs so that some students won’t have to transfer to a university after they’ve earned their associate degree. For example, the College of Central Florida now offers eight baccalaureate programs to make earning your bachelor’s degree that much easier. If a community college doesn’t offer the program you desire, they may still be able to offer you an advantage into outside programs. For example, CF has several university “partners” that can streamline your CF credits into their regular or satellite programs. Some of these satellite programs are even offered on the CF campus allowing students to avoid long commutes and stay close to home.

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ne of the biggest pros of starting at a community college is the cost. The total cost of tuition, added fees and room and board are significantly lower than state universities. According to recent research conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, the cost for a fulltime student to attend a four-year institution averaged $16,789 a year whereas the cost for a full-time student at a two-year institution averaged $8,561 a year—close to half of the cost!

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or those who plan to work throughout college, the flexibility of class scheduling may be a deciding factor. Find out the availability of night and online courses beforehand so you are able to easily work classes into your schedule. Community colleges tend to offer more options when it comes to night and online classes, but universities are starting to jump on the bandwagon, too! Meet with your perspective advisor to find out what scheduling options are available for the classes you need.

ROUND 3: CLASS SIZE

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ould you rather sit in a class of 20 to 30 people or in an auditorium with hundreds? That’s a question you need to ask yourself before deciding on an institution. Community colleges tend to have smaller class sizes, which allow more one-on-one time with professors. However, class sizes at universities generally decrease when you begin taking classes that are specific to your major instead of general education courses.

ROUND 4: TRANSFERRING OR STARTING AT A UNIVERSITY

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fter you’ve finished your general education courses and you’ve earned your associate degree, you’ll probably want to be admitted into your desired baccalaureate program. Universities tend to give current students priority over transfer students for admission into these programs. However, there are a few that have direct links with specific community colleges, such as Valencia College and the University of Central Florida. Connections like these could actually guarantee acceptance or make it easier to get into your desired program. Check ahead to see which route would give you the best possibility of entering the program you desire. Although requirements tend to change, always ask for a list of the current pre-requisites for your perspective program so you aren’t surprised when it’s time to apply.

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Some freshmen thrive in the up-tempo university scene. Universities tend to have more of a student life than community colleges and can offer a plethora of amenities, such as state-of-the-art gyms, “free” student concerts and activities galore. However, if you aren’t on a scholarship, keep in mind that you are the one paying for these extras. Are they worth it? Choosing to start at a university has other benefits as well. Although the transition from high school to a university may be a little rough, you won’t have to transition from a community college lifestyle to the university scene later on (if that’s the path you choose). Nonetheless, being accepted into an excellent university can be a dream come true for those who have worked hard to get there, and the experience alone can be worth it for many.

What About Private Colleges And Technical Institutions? Community colleges and big universities aren’t your only options. There are plenty of private colleges to choose from, too, but be aware that they usually come with a hefty price tag. The average cost of tuition and fees for the 2013-2014 school year for private colleges came to a whopping $30,094, according to the College Board. Their advantage lies in the accessibility of programs and smaller class sizes. Although there may be waitlists for high-demand programs, such as nursing or criminal justice in public colleges, there are usually never waitlists for these programs at private colleges; plus the classes usually have a smaller student-to-professor ratio. Locally, Rasmussen College is one private option.

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nce you’ve talked to your advisor and determined which courses to enroll in, you may have the option to pick your mode of instruction. Many schools offer online, hybrid and traditional in-classroom courses. You may not even have to set foot on campus if you can find all the classes you need online. Although online classes are undoubtedly convenient (think pajamas and hot cocoa), they aren’t for everyone. Online classes work best for those who are self-motivators, tech savvy and prepared to do a little extra work to understand the material. If online classes interest you, it might be good to start off with one online class to see what it entails before diving into the full-time cyber classroom. Attending class in a physical classroom has its advantages, too. For one, you get direct access to your professor. If you have a question, you can ask it right then and there. If you have a concern, you can address it right then and there. Online classes require an email in those cases and extra time for your professor to respond to it. Physical classrooms also offer direct access to your peers. This makes it easier to form study groups or complete group assignments. If you are able to, give the classroom setting a try. You might find yourself preferring face-to-face instruction over the convenient face-to-screen mode.

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o maybe a degree isn’t what you’re shooting for. Technical institutions, like Community Technical & Adult Education (CTAE) in Ocala, offer programs that will give you the education needed for certifications and licenses for specific careers. From veterinarian assisting and cosmetology to electrical apprenticeship and massage therapy, these programs are designed to train you for specific careers—fast. The cost varies from program to program, but they are usually much cheaper and faster than getting a college degree. Technical schools are also an excellent option for people who eventually want to get a college degree but aren’t sold on the field they want to pursue. For example, you can earn your nursing assistant certification at a technical institution, work in the field for a little while to gain hands-on nursing experience and then decide if you want to pursue a nursing degree. Even if a technical institution serves as a stepping stone in your education, it’s an excellent way to network with local professionals in your desired field. Keep in mind that those connections and experiences may come in handy when it comes time to find a job.

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our full-time or part-time status will be determined by the number of credit hours you enroll in per semester. A credit hour is the unit of measurement for college credit. A typical college course is worth three credit hours. Three credit hours usually means you will spend about three hours a week in a classroom for that particular class. In order to be considered “part time” in undergraduate coursework, you must enroll in at least six credit hours per semester (usually at least two classes). To be considered a “full-time” undergraduate, you must enroll in at least 12 credit hours per semester (usually four classes). Graduate classes differ from undergraduate courses because the workload is more rigorous. A graduate student usually only needs nine credit hours, or about three courses, to be considered a full-time student. Your status as a parttime or full-time student can have implications on student loans, scholarships, grants, Veterans Affairs benefits and more, so always make sure you know the requirements for each. Your choice to go full time or part time will also affect the amount of time it takes you to complete your degree. If you choose to go part time, remember that taking classes during the summer semesters will speed up the process.

The Scoop On Scholarships (And Grants)

What if I told you that there are groups out there that are willing to pay for your education? Well, there are, and it comes in the form of scholarships and grants. Scholarships and grants are cash awards that do not have to be repaid. Both scholarships and grants can come from private institutions, such as corporations and organizations. Some grants, however, come from federal funds. Two of the most popular federally funded grants, the Pell Grant and the Federal Supplement Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), are offered to undergraduates who come from low-income families. If you qualify for these federally funded grants, they’re awarded after completing your FAFSA application.

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f you don’t qualify for a Pell or FSEOG grant, don’t worry. There are plenty of private grants and scholarships that aren’t awarded based on your financial situation. In fact, there’s potential school money out there for just about any student—regardless of financial need. All you have to do is take the time to apply. Private grants and scholarships are offered by corporations, organizations or individuals. The awards range from small to large sums of money, but every penny counts when it comes to tuition costs. Requirements for these awards vary and can be merit based, need based or student specific. Competition for scholarships and grants can be brutal, so make sure to apply for as many as possible to increase your odds of winning one. If you are awarded a grant or scholarship that can renew each semester, make sure to reapply each semester and let them know

how much the award has helped you previously. You can find scholarships and grants in a variety of ways. One way to get information on available awards is by checking with the financial aid office at the college or institution you plan on attending. Check online for corporate-funded scholarships and grants, or contact community organizations and civic groups to see what they offer. If you are a veteran or are a dependent of a veteran, you may also be eligible for certain educational benefits, so make sure to check out the Veterans Affairs website at va.gov for more information. You can also visit studentaid.ed.gov to search for federal grants. Always make sure that the scholarship information and offers you receive are legitimate. You should never have to pay to find information or to apply for scholarships and grants.

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After applying for as many scholarships and outside grants as possible, you can use FAFSA to be “awarded” assistance with the remainder of your tuition costs based on your financial need. Be advised, however, that awards that are taken in the form of loans are just that—loans. Just like regular loans, federal student loans will accumulate interest and have to be repaid whether you earn a degree or not.

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here are two different types of federal student loans that you may be awarded through FAFSA: direct subsidized loans and direct unsubsidized loans. In order to receive either type of loan, you have to be enrolled at least part-time at a participating school. For the most part, you must also be in a program that leads to either a degree or certificate. Knowing the main differences between the two will help you decide which awards to accept when they are offered to you. Direct subsidized loans are only awarded to undergraduate students. The interest on this type of loan is paid by the government if you’re enrolled in school at least half-time (6 credit hours). The interest will continue to be paid for the first six months after you leave school. This is called the grace period. After that time, you will begin making monthly loan payments until the entire loan has been paid back. A loan deferment—a postponement of loan payments— can be set up through the financial institution providing the loan under certain circumstances. During a deferment, interest on the loan will be paid by the government. Direct unsubsidized loans can be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students. The interest on this type of loan is not paid by the government. If you choose not to pay the interest while you are enrolled in school, during grace

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periods or during a deferment, the interest will accumulate and will be added to the principal amount of your loan. Paying at least the interest on a direct unsubsidized loan during enrollment and other periods can save you from paying hundreds of dollars more for the same loan.

FOR DIRECT UNSUBSIDIZED LOANS, REMEMBER:

• YOUR SCHOOL WILL DETERMINE HOW MUCH YOU CAN BORROW BASED ON YOUR COST OF ATTENDANCE AND OTHER FINANCIAL AID AWARDS. • YOU AREN’T REQUIRED TO DEMONSTRATE FINANCIAL NEED. • YOU’RE RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING THE INTEREST DURING ALL PERIODS. • UNPAID INTEREST WILL ACCRUE AND BE CAPITALIZED, COSTING YOU MORE IN THE LONG RUN.

FIND OUT MORE

Learn more about federal loans at studentaid.ed.gov/ types/loans.

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ou’ll quickly find out that textbooks are outrageously expensive, but there’s ways of getting out of paying big bucks for books that you’ll probably only use for one semester. Here’s three easy ways to save money on your materials:

RENT, DON’T BUY.

Unless you know that a specific textbook will benefit you far after its use in that seemingly pointless gen. ed. class, don’t waste your money on buying it. Rentals usually only cost a small portion of what it would cost to buy it—used or not.

CHEGG IT OUT.

Chegg.com is a great resource for renting, buying or selling books. Other websites like Amazon also offer competitive prices that will usually blow away your school’s bookstore price, but don’t tell them we told you that.

NEW EDITION?

Ask your professor if the edition he or she is using can be substituted for an earlier version of the same textbook. This can save you tons of money if the professor says it’s OK first. Be aware that the page numbers may be a little different though. Be advised that if you are using financial aid to purchase textbooks, you may have to go through your school’s bookstore. Also, any professor-created workbooks or materials will probably only be sold through your school’s bookstore. Other than those exceptions, happy savings!


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AFSA can also direct you to Federal WorkStudy programs. These programs are offered to undergraduate and graduate students with financial need. They provide qualified students with part-time jobs to help earn money for education expenses. It’s available to full-time or part-time students and is administered by participating schools. You can find out if your school participates by contacting the financial aid office.

Student Budgets 101

So you’re on your own, or semi on your own, and you’re tasked with all the expenses that come with it. Those luxuries like the endless buffet of home-cooked meals and the revolving dry cleaner that was your mom have now dissipated and you’re left with expense after expense. If there’s one time you wish you paid attention in math class, it’s now, because “budgeting” has become a harsh reality. Phew… now that your anxiety level is through the roof, check out these tips on how to start a basic student budget from the U.S. Department of Education’s Financial Aid Office:

DETERMINE A TIME SPAN FOR YOUR BUDGET. You can create

a month-to-month budget, a yearly budget or a budget for each academic term. Your expenses and income may vary from month to month or from semester to semester, so keep that in mind when you select your time span.

Sources: nces.ed.gov, collegedata.com, studentaid.ed.gov, fafsa.ed.gov

PICK A TOOL TO HELP YOU MANAGE YOUR BUDGET. You

can use something as simple as a pen and paper or embrace the technological advances of our day and download a budget app (such as the free Level Money app). Your bank may also offer online budgeting tools, so you may want to check that out, too!

ESTIMATE YOUR MONTHLY INCOME. Make note of any

sources of income, including pay from work, financial help from family members or financial aid. Include any financial aid that is left over after it’s applied toward tuition and other fees. Divide any income that you normally only get once a year, like a tax refund, by 12.

IDENTIFY AND GROUP YOUR EXPENSES. Start by recording

everything you spend money on in a month so that you know where your money is going. Gather your bank and credit card statements, and note the expenses that may be automatically paid. Make note of other college costs such as books, supplies, travel expenses and equipment. Add those expenses to your list of more obvious college costs such as tuition and fees.

eating out less throughout the month or limiting the number of times you go clothes shopping. It’s also a great idea to put the extra money you save at the end of the month in an “emergency fund” in case something unexpected comes up.

AFTER YOU IDENTIFY YOUR EXPENSES, GROUP THEM INTO TWO CATEGORIES. One category

should be for fixed expenses. These are the expenses that stay pretty much the same each month and might include items such as rent or car payments. Fixed expenses are normally nonnegotiable. Variable expenses are those that can be controlled or adjusted and can vary each month. They may include groceries, clothing and entertainment.

FIND WAYS TO ADJUST YOUR VARIABLE EXPENSES TO MATCH YOUR BUDGET. It’s easy

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Renowned artist, marine biologist and conservationist

Guy Harvey enjoys strong ties to the Ocala area.

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Standing in line at the grocery store the other day, I couldn’t help but smile. The man in front of me was wearing a Guy Harvey T-shirt. That’s certainly not uncommon, especially here in Florida. But of all the images licensed for apparel use, this particular shirt happened to be “The Old Man and the Sea,” Harvey’s take on Ernest Hemingway’s classic fishing tale. I’d just interviewed Harvey for this article, so I knew it was his original drawings based on Hemingway’s story that launched Harvey into the limelight as an artist.

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he year was 1985. A marine biologist with a passion for conservation and a Ph.D. in fisheries management, Harvey had always loved to draw and paint, but his career was in science. Still, he carved out the time to create a series of 44 pen-and-ink drawings based on the literary classic, The Old Man and the Sea. The response to this first public display of his artwork, which was exhibited at a gallery in Kingston, Jamaica, was so overwhelmingly positive that Harvey decided to devote his efforts to painting full time. Within just three years, Harvey’s custom artwork would be seen on a number of commercial endeavors, from posters to T-shirts and more. By 1988, he was readily acknowledged as one of the top saltwater gamefish artists in the world. Locally, Beall’s Department Store has been carrying Harvey’s popular T-shirts since 1992.

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s of 2015, Harvey has created over 1,000 paintings, but he’s only kept an official record of his work for the last 25 years. He works in five different media: pen-and-ink, watercolor, acrylic, oil and photography. “Watercolor is my favorite,” admits Harvey, who began painting when he was barely 5 years old. Those early images were, “pretty

rudimentary,” he says, but his love of nature was already evident in the subject matter. A 10th generation Jamaican of Scottish heritage, Guy Harvey was born in West Germany in 1955, thanks to his father’s military posting as a gunnery officer in the British Army. Harvey grew up fishing and diving in Jamaica, developing a love and respect for the sea and marine life that became as natural as breathing. He attended English boarding school and graduated from Aberdeen University in Scotland. Although Harvey had been drawing and painting since childhood, recreating many of the underwater scenes he’d witnessed firsthand, he was determined to pursue a career in marine biology. Grateful for the experience and knowledge gained during those years, he now applies that expertise to his art and to his zeal for protecting ocean life. “I started as a fish illustrator working in pen-and-ink, which is a very precise and unforgiving media, but I like it. I do a lot of cross-hatching and stippling, which is very effective,” notes Harvey, who never received any formal instruction. “My training came from the need to

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study animals as a marine scientist and to record them accurately through drawing. My knowledge of fish anatomy and habitat all comes from my background as a scientist.”

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arvey’s love of the sea has taken him on diving expeditions around the globe, from Central and South America to Magdalena Bay off the coast of Mexico, to the Portuguese island of Madeira and even the famed Great Barrier Reef in Australia. A man of many talents and passions, Harvey is a marine biologist, diver, photographer, angler and world-renowned marine wildlife artist, but he’s perhaps most proud to be recognized as a marine conservationist. In 1999, he founded the Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI) at Nova’s Oceanographic Center in co-operation with Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. “I basically gave up my academic career to go into art full time, but once the art was going well, I formed the Guy Harvey Research Institute,” he notes. “I wanted to put a portion of the art proceeds into academic research.” The Institute conducts research on all manner of things related to fish, with specific research into sharks and stingrays—both ecology and conservation—as well as design and monitoring of artificial reefs. “We have multiple interests, but a lot of that interest concerns sharks and a variety of different species,” says Harvey, who often speaks on ocean conservation at universities and other venues. “They are so rapidly being exploited, and their numbers are very low in some places. We need to be more proactive in their conservation. The data we generate on migration, reproduction and numbers is critical to stemming the cycle of over-exploitation and endangerment of many species. We have to embrace science to make any forward progress; nothing comes easily or quickly, but we are seeing progress. Without data, you’re just guessing. “This is where the science and research work is so important,” he explains. “Education is secondary to that because you can only educate people once you know what you’re talking about. Data collection is a primary focus, and if we can’t do it ourselves, we team up with others who can. We often use expeditions to make educational documentaries about the animals. I derive a lot of inspiration from being in their company. They’re very critical to my productive process.” The Guy Harvey Research Institute has produced more than 80 peer-reviewed scientific papers. Harvey is understandably proud of this fact because, in the world of academia, that is how progress is judged.

Guy Harvey:

Honors and Recognition 2004: NOGI Award; the oldest and most prestigious award in the diving industry, given to artists, scientists, educators and other distinguished individuals 2008: International Game Fish Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award; first-ever award given by the World Fishing Awards Committee

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2009: Wyland ICON Award; recognizes the achievements of individuals who exemplify the spirit of the adventurous ocean and inspires others to do the same through their art, research or diving 2009: International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame

2010: International Swimming Hall of Fame Gold Medallion Award; presented each year to a former competitive swimmer for his or her national or international significant achievements in the field of science, entertainment, art, business, education or government 2010: The Jamaica Committee

As a way to “help ensure that future generations will enjoy and benefit from a naturally balanced ocean ecosystem where fish and other marine wildlife flourish,” in 2007, Harvey founded the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. With an eye toward conservation and management practices that will help sustain marine environments, the foundation funds scientific research and educational programs. Large pelagic fish, such as sharks, billfish and tuna, are prime targets of conservation. Not surprisingly, those big fish are also Harvey’s favorite subjects when it comes to art. “They’re majestic and imposing. Many of them—like the big billfish and tunas—are also very colorful. I like to paint predator and prey interaction scenes because there’s some story-telling going on,” says Harvey who paints daily at his gallery on Grand Cayman and also at the island home he shares with wife, Gillian, and their children, Jessica and Alex. Realism is exactly what readers get to see in Harvey’s painting, “Touché,” showcased on this month’s cover of Ocala Style. This depiction of a sea turtle with a sailfish comes from first-hand experience, as does the vast majority of his artwork. The inspiration for this particular painting came from a diving outing in the Gulf of Mexico off the northern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. “The sailfish chase the bait fish—in this case, jacks, chubs, dolphin fish and rainbow runners—which are hiding under the turtle for protection,” notes Harvey. “I’ve witnessed this many times in different places and recreated it here.” One might think Harvey is against fishing, given his strong views on conservation, but that’s not the case. An angler himself, he is a vocal advocate of responsible fishing—both commercial and recreational— and supports “catch-and-release” practices. “There’s nothing wrong with fishing or with development, but it must be done in a sustainable way so that the marine environment will last forever,” he emphasizes.

Ocala Connections

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arvey maintains his art studio and home in Grand Cayman, but his connection with the Ocala area goes back, in his words, “a long ways.” He’d already become friends with Charlie Forman when he founded the Guy Harvey Research Institute in co-operation with Nova Southeastern University. Forman is a lawyer and keen fisherman from Ft. Lauderdale, whose family owned a large

Award of Excellence; presented to Guy Harvey for hands-on commitment to marine sciences, his inspired promotion of the marine environment and his philanthropy 2010: Country of Panama’s Vasco Núñez de Balboa Grand Officer Order; the highest honor the country of Panama bestows on non-Panamanians; Guy Harvey was

presented this award for his work to preserve and publicize Panama’s marine resources

fight with a fish in the Ernest Hemingway’s novella The Old Man and the Sea

Chosen to paint the hull art of the Norwegian Escape

Syndicated television series, Guy Harvey’s Portraits from the Deep, showcasing sport fishing destinations with educational information from marine scientists in an entertainment format

Painted floor-to-ceiling murals at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport and at Nova Southeastern University Two books currently in print: Guy Harvey Portraits From The Deep and Santiago’s Finest Hour, an illustrated depiction of the protagonist Santiago’s

New series on Destination America airs April 2015


Check out the back of the insert on the following page for your very own frameable copy of Ocala Style ’s exclusive Guy Harvey ’” artwork, “Touche

Hook,Line and Sinker

A Checking Account That’s Easy To Get Hooked On

“We have exclusive rights and are the only bank in the nation to be able to offer a Guy Harvey Legacy Checking Account. It even comes with a Guy Harvey debit card with his art on it,” notes Tom Ingram, chief executive officer of Gateway Bank of Central Florida. “We kicked this off in the fall of 2014 and donate $50 to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation for every new account opened.” Among the many perks with the account are: •

Free exclusive Guy Harvey debit card

Exclusive checks with Harvey’s artwork available for purchase

Unlimited check writing

Free e-statements

Free online banking with bill pay

Free mobile banking

For more information, contact Gateway Bank at (352) 368-3756 or visit gatewaybankcfl.com. .com

portion of farmland where Nova Southeastern University is now located. Forman also had ties to Ocala, which led Harvey to visit there for the first time in 1987. Enter Tom Ingram, local waterskiing fanatic and chief executive officer of Gateway Bank of Central Florida, who happens to have a passion for the ocean and scuba diving in Grand Cayman. “Six years ago when I was in Grand Cayman, I walked into Guy’s studio and there he was painting,” recalls Ingram. “I introduced myself and told him we were building a gallery in our bank. I said we’d love to sell his artwork and help his ocean foundation. He was familiar with Ocala and already had some contacts here. He’d never been to a football game, so we got him here for a Gator homecoming a couple years later.” The first art exhibit and sale of Harvey’s work at Gateway Bank took place in November 2009. That event raised about $25,000 for his foundation. Gateway Bank hosted another fundraising art exhibit in May 2014. That mixed media exhibit featured 38 pieces of Harvey’s work, including 17 originals. All displayed artwork was available for purchase by the public, and the sales brought in close to $30,000, again benefiting the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. “We displayed his work for several months before the actual event,” recalls Ingram. “Guy appeared at the event where he signed his art and gave autographs.” “Tom Ingram has been very active in helping us raise money,” acknowledges Harvey. “We’re always in touch and have done a lot of fundraising activities together.”

Member FDIC

Last fall, Gateway Bank launched the exclusive Guy Harvey Legacy Checking Account as another way to raise awareness and benefit important marine research and education. In addition to the numerous perks that come with the account, patrons can feel good about the fact that Gateway Bank will make a $50 donation to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation for every new account opened.

Lasting Legacy

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here’s no doubt Guy Harvey is successfully pursuing his greatest passions. He hasn’t even hit his sixth decade (he’ll turn 60 this next September), and he’s already made more impact than most people do in a lifetime. With his artwork known around the world and the establishment of his Guy Harvey Research Institute and Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, he has ensured a lasting legacy. “It’s all about helping people learn more about the marine environment so they appreciate it and conserve it,” says Harvey, who hopes his art has more than aesthetic value to those who buy it. “People want to collect art because it’s pleasing, but also in purchasing that art, they’re helping with our education and research efforts. They’re participating in the process of learning more about the marine environment.”

To learn more about Guy Harvey,

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ERE’S A FRIGHTENING STATISTIC: OVER 30 PERCENT OF KIDS IN THE UNITED STATES TODAY ARE OVERWEIGHT. TO PUT IT INTO PERSPECTIVE, THAT’S 25 MILLION CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 10 AND 18 WHO COULD STAND TO EAT A LITTLE HEALTHIER AND MOVE A LITTLE MORE MORE.Many attribute this

shocking statistic to the amount of time kids spend on their phones and in front of the TV. So Kurbo, a mobile subscription service to help both kids and teenagers safely and effectively eat healthier and lose weight, has created a program using the one thing teens never put down: their smartphones. With the Kurbo app, kids can track what and how much they eat as well as how much they exercise, and each food is classified using a traffic light system. For example, food packed with calories—whether an ice cream sundae or fast food burger— are flagged as red-light items. Food to be weary of, such as pastas and whole grain breads, are classified as yellow-light items, while guilt-free food such as broccoli and fish get a green light. By way of live text or video coaching, Kurbo promises to help kids, teenagers and families alike!

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MACULAR DEGENERATION: PUTTING YOUR EYESIGHT AT RISK

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ACULAR DEGENERATION, ALSO CALLED AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION, IS AN INCURABLE, PAINLESS EYE DISEASE THAT IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF VISION LOSS FOR THOSE 60 AND OLDER IN THE UNITED STATES. THE NATIONAL EYE INSTITUTE ESTIMATES THAT AMD AFFECTS MORE THAN 10 MILLION AMERICANS. AMD is caused by the deterioration of the macula, which is the central portion of the eye’s retina. The latter is the inside back layer of the eye that records the images we see and sends them via the optic nerve to the brain. The macula is responsible for focusing our central vision, making it possible for us to read, distinguish colors, recognize faces and drive a car. In some cases, AMD progresses so slowly that people don’t notice any change in their vision. In other cases, it advances very quickly and can lead to vision loss in both eyes.

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TOP TREATMENTS

DRY (ATROPHIC): Accounts for 85-90 percent of all cases

EYE INJECTIONS: Anti-angiogenic drugs are injected into the eye, blocking the development of new blood vessels and leakage within the eye that cause wet macular degeneration. Many patients have regained vision that was lost.

WET (EXUDATIVE): Accounts for only 10-15 percent of cases JUVENILE: Includes several forms of hereditary macular degeneration, which usually affect children or teenagers, such as Best’s disease, Stargardt’s disease and Sorsby’s disease

RISKY FACTORS AGE: Most likely to occur after age 60 SMOKING: Smokers are twice as likely to develop it

RACE: More common among Caucasians than African-Americans or Hispanics/Latinos FAMILY HISTORY: Those with a history of macular degeneration are at a higher risk

EARLY WARNING SIGNS:

Straight lines begin to appear distorted or central vision becomes distorted or dark. Blurry or white out areas appear in central vision and sufferers experience diminished or changed color perception.

A Test Will Tell…

ROUTINE EYE EXAM: Ophthalmologists detect presence of drusen (tiny yellow deposits under the retina). AMSLER GRID TEST: When a person with macular degeneration looks at a grid of straight lines that resemble a checkerboard, some of the lines appear to be missing or appear wavy/curvy. FLUORESCEIN ANGIOGRAPHY: Dye is injected into a vein in the arm, and photographs are taken as the dye reaches the eye and flows through the blood vessels. The photos will show any signs of blood vessel leakage in the macula or formation of new blood vessels in the eye. OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY: Light waves are used to capture very high-resolution images of the eye to detect any changes.

LASER THERAPY: High-energy laser light destroys actively growing abnormal blood vessels. PHOTODYNAMIC LASER THERAPY: Medication is injected into the bloodstream, and then a cold laser is shined into the eye to activate the drug, damaging the abnormal blood vessels. VITAMINS: The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS), conducted by the National Eye Institute, showed that, for certain individuals, vitamins C, E, beta-carotene, zinc and copper can decrease the risk of vision loss in patients with intermediate to advanced dry macular degeneration. Always talk to your eye doctor about which supplement may be right for you.

Sources: nei.nih.gov, webmd.com, macular.org, eyesight.org

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HEN IT COMES TO TOXINS, WE THINK OF THOSE IN OUR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD, COSMETICS AND HOUSEHOLD FURNISHINGS. BUT TOXIC CHEMICALS MAY ALSO BE LURKING ON OUR CLOTHES, AND WE CAN ABSORB THEM THROUGH OUR SKIN. ACCORDING TO ECO WATCH, THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 80,000 CHEMICALS USED BY THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY AROUND THE WORLD. Many of these are banned for use in the United States and Europe, but they are largely unregulated in clothing manufacturing countries such as China, Taiwan and Thailand. Many of these toxic chemicals have been linked to serious health issues, such as asthma, infertility, endocrine system disruption and many cancers.

CHEMICALS TO STEER CLEAR OF FORMALDEHYDE: Used for mildew prevention, stain,

wrinkle and water resistance, perspiration and moth proofing, anti-clinging and to preshrink wool. A known carcinogen, formaldehyde has been linked to lung cancer and leukemia; can also cause allergies, insomnia, skin rashes, nausea, headaches, skin, nose and eye irritation.

PERFLUORINATED CHEMICAL (PFC): Found in clothing labeled

wrinkle-free/no-ironing, PFC is used to make Teflon, furniture and carpets stain-resistant, and clothes and mattresses waterproof. In animal studies, PFC disrupts normal endocrine activity, reduces immune system function and negatively affects the liver and pancreas. The Environmental Protection Agency has deemed PFC toxic.

P-PHENYLENEDIAMINE (PPD): Used in black clothing and dyes for leather, PPD can produce severe allergic reactions from skin irritation to asthma. DIBUTYL PHTHALATE (DBP): An endocrine-disrupting plasticizer banned for use in toys but still used in clothing screen printing. Linked to several cancers, type 2 diabetes and ADHD. DECA-BDE: A type of polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE), Deca-BDE is used to make clothing flame resistant. It’s been linked to thyroid and liver cancer, thyroid dysfunction in pregnant women and children and impairing brain development in the fetus and young children. OPTICAL BRIGHTENERS (OBAS): Some fabrics contain these

optical brightening agents, which work by absorbing ultraviolet light and then emitting it back as visible light for a short time. But before they wear out, OBAs can cause allergic reactions, including eye irritation.

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SAFE CLOTHING TIPS GO NATURAL. Try to avoid clothes made from synthetic materials, such as rayon, nylon, polyester, acrylic, acetate or triacetate. Go for clothes made from natural fabrics like cotton, silk, hemp, wool; look for the

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) logo.

NIX THE NO. Try to avoid no-wrinkle and no-ironing clothes, which are made with PFCs. Steer clear of pre-shrunk clothes, which are manufactured with formaldehyde. RESIST THE RESISTANCE. Avoid stain-resistant clothes, which are treated with polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) and

cause hormonal imbalances and thyroid dysfunction. WASH AND DRY. It’s a good practice to wash and dry

new clothes three times

before wearing. Some experts recommend adding baking soda to the wash to help neutralize toxic chemicals in new clothing.

ACCEPT HAND-ME-DOWNS. Buy secondhand clothes or trade hand-me-down clothes with friends and family, which over

time have lost their toxic chemical load.

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LIVINGWELL

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Jumping rope improves balance, coordination, reflexes, bone density, muscular endurance, arm and shoulder strength. It stimulates both sides of your brain and increases production of brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which spurs the growth of new nerves, synapses and preserves existing brain cells. All of which improve mental awareness, reading skills and memory.

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CHOOSE CORRECTLY: Cloth ropes are generally best to begin with and then you can progress to beaded or weighted ropes. To determine the right jump rope length for you, step on the middle of the rope while holding the handles. The handles should reach to upper chest or shoulders. Cross trainer shoes with ample forefoot padding are best. Jumping rope requires bouncing and balancing your body weight on the balls of your feet.

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HERE WAS A TIME WHEN MOST KIDS, ESPECIALLY GIRLS, GREW UP JUMPING ROPE. BUT THEN WE ALL GREW UP, AND OUR JUMP ROPES FELL BY THE WAYSIDE. WELL, IT JUST MAY BE TIME TO PICK THEM UP AGAIN IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A COST AND TIME-EFFECTIVE COSTFITNESS TOOL. ACCORDING TO THE JUMP ROPE INSTITUTE (YEP, THERE IS SUCH A THING), A 10-MINUTE JUMPING ROPE SESSION AT A MINIMUM OF 120 REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE (RPM) CAN BURN 200-300 CALORIES. Additionally, it’s

an all-around aerobic and conditioning exercise, thanks to using your body weight and the pull of gravity. Sports and fitness coaches incorporate jumping rope into many fitness programs, including boxing, wrestling, bootcamps, yoga, CrossFit, kickboxing and Pilates. The American Heart Association endorses jumping rope as part of its healthy lifestyle program.

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FEELINGWELL

FORM MATTERS Wrap hands around handles, keeping a comfortable but firm grip. Relax your shoulders and keep your elbows close to your sides. Take off and land gently on the balls of your feet with a slight bend in the knee.

ANCIENT FITNESS & FUN

Turn the rope by making small circles with your wrists.

Way back in the day, jump ropes were made with vines and flexible bamboo by the early Egyptians and Australia’s Aborigines. Medieval paintings depict children jumping rope down European cobblestone streets. Some historians date jump roping origins to ancient China, but Western versions likely began in 1600 A.D. Egypt then spread across Europe to the Netherlands and finally to North America.

Don’t hunch. Keep your torso relaxed, head up, back straight and look ahead to keep balance. Jump low, just high enough to clear the rope and minimize impact on knees and ankles. The rope should slightly brush the floor or the ground as you jump. Don’t sacrifice good technique for speed. Aim for 10- to 20-minute sessions three to five times a week.

TORCH THOSE CALORIES

A 10-minute session at a minimum of 120 rpm can burn the same amount of calories as:

30 minutes

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720 yards

18 holes

of jogging

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of racquetball or handball

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Lifestyle Solutions MedSpa introduces

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Do you know what it’s like to lose weight but not always see the image results you want? Perhaps previous surgeries have created problem areas for you. Sometimes even the hardest work doesn’t provide the results you want, but Lifestyle Solutions MedSpa, in Ocala, in addition to their proven weight loss programs, can help you get them using one innovative, non-invasive procedure: CoolSculpting.

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ifestyle Solutions MedSpa’s founder and medical director, Dr. Michael Holloway, along with wife, Shannon Holloway, who serves as the company’s executive director, are well known for promoting healthy lifestyles in Ocala, and this year, the facility acquired some new technology to offer patients the best in medical aesthetics. CoolSculpting is an FDA cleared, patented technology developed by Harvard scientists that takes about one hour per treatment area. Patients typically see up to a 25 percent reduction

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of fat in the treated area. Better yet, the results are lasting as long as one maintains a healthy weight and lifestyle. From adolescence, the body has a fixed number of fat cells. They expand with weight gain but, unlike some may think, they don’t multiply. CoolSculpting provides individualized contouring of problem areas (or as some patients like to say, “areas of opportunity”) by freezing fat cells in the targeted area. Once cells are damaged, they begin a process of cell death, and the body then eliminates them,

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which occurs naturally without harming any neighboring tissue. CoolSculpting is not intended for weight loss, though it can put the finishing touch on your hard work by adding definition and, in some cases, motivating individuals to stick with their prescribed weight loss program. Previous surgeries or cosmetic procedures, like liposuction, can produce an uneven look, which can be smoothed out with Coolsculpting. Many women have trouble eliminating fat from the infamous belly button area, and those who have had Cesarean sections may find it even more difficult. And everyone has that one difficult zone that won’t let go, at least, not until now. Coolsculpting is cleared for the abdomen, love handles, inner thighs, saddlebags, muffin top and other areas a patient may desire. Dr. Holloway, Shannon and the entire Lifestyle team are committed to developing programs and adding new technologies in order to provide results their patients deserve. During a thorough and personalized initial consultation, you can discuss your expectations and the Lifestyle Solutions MedSpa staff can clearly outline the way CoolSculpting can help you. CoolSculpting uses specially designed suction to target a

specified area on the body and focus its cooling power. Patients relax in a heated bed with blankets surrounded in candles and gentle music and report little to no discomfort. Many take advantage of the cozy hour to catch up on work or read. Some patients even use their CoolSculpting time as an opportunity to nap. And recovery? While a little bruising and itching is normal, patients typically can return to their normal everyday activities immediately following the procedure. CoolSculpting guests can expect to walk in, relax and walk out an hour or two later feeling no worse for wear. For troublesome spots that won’t let go or for added definition following weight loss, Dr. Holloway and the staff of Lifestyle Solutions MedSpa believe CoolSculpting is the best natural and non-invasive answer.

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ON’T YOU HATE IT WHEN YOUR APPLE TURNS BROWN JUST MINUTES AFTER SLICING OR BITING IT? IF YOU DON’T, CHANCES ARE YOUR KIDS DO! WELL, THE USDA HAS CLEARED THE WAY FOR OKANAGAN SPECIALTY FRUITS TO PRODUCE AN APPLE THAT IS GUARANTEED TO NOT TURN BROWN WHEN CUT. THE CATCH? THE APPLE IS GENETICALLY MODIFIED. The browning occurs when PPO (a naturally occurring plant enzyme) mixes with the apple’s polyphenolics (substances that give an apple its aroma and flavor). Scientists basically “turned down” the PPO in the plant, preventing the reaction from ever taking place. Turns out, according to researchers, that while PPO plays an important role in some plants (defense against pests or pathogens in tomatoes, for instance), it doesn’t serve much purpose in apples. With the go-ahead given to produce Arctic apples, farmers are working to get the plants in the ground. It may be a few years before we see them in the produce aisle, though.

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It turns out, however, that our beauty is more than meets the eye. After all, what really matters is what’s on the inside, right? So then, how do we nurture the outside of our body while at the same time care for what’s inside? There is both a simple and satisfying answer to this intriguing question: food. To prove it, here are 10 superfoods that experts insist will make us feel, well, 10 years younger!

Beans: Beans, beans they’re good

for your heart… It’s true! Just onehalf cup of beans daily could lower your cholesterol. Broccoli: Looks like this green

veggie has a little more to it than we thought. Turns out, just a halfcup serving contains more than two-thirds of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, which is a major boost to the immune system. It’s also said to be high in sulforaphane, promoting liver detoxification. Because the buildup of toxins is sure to produce effects such as dull and dry hair, skin and nails, we vow to eat more broccoli! Chicken: High in zinc and

selenium, these minerals are known to support balanced hormones and promote healthy skin. Cocoa: Did someone say

chocolate? Close! Cocoa, rich in antioxidants, contains twice the amount of nutrients than dark chocolate, without the added fats and sugars. What does this mean? It means drink hot cocoa and you will be assisting your body in maintaining healthy blood vessels, supporting a healthy heart.

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Fish: There is nothing fishy about

this claim. The omega-3s found in fish can help reduce the risk of cancer and inflammation as well as prevent serious skin conditions, including psoriasis and rosacea. Flaxseed & flaxseed oil: If you’re

not a fish fan, add a tablespoon of flaxseed to smoothies, cereal, oatmeal, baked goods, veggies and just about anything else. With nearly as many omega-3s as fish, these seeds are worth it! Green tea: Forget about green

eggs and ham! According to research, green tea promises to help reduce the risks of diabetes, stroke and dementia. And another bit of good news, four cups daily burn at least 80 calories! Oranges: Orange you glad

oranges taste as good as they are for you? We are! Touted to be chock-full of vitamin C, this yummy breakfast is also chock-full of skin-firming collagen. Spinach: Popeye was right—

spinach is extremely good for you. The provitamin carotenoid converts to vitamin A inside our bodies, acting like soap, polishing our digestive systems.

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OURS OF LEANING OVER THE MIRROR CURLING THAT ONE EYELASH SO IT SITS JUST SO, EVENINGS SPENT RUBBING CREAM ON THE INCREASINGLY NOTICEABLE LINES SITTING PRETTY ON YOUR SKIN AND MANY DAYS SPENT DRIVING TO THE GYM SO YOU CAN POWER WALK ON THE ND ALL THIS TREADMILL, AND FOR ONE THING: TO FEEL YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL.

QUICK BITES

JERSEY MIKE’S SUBS is

open in Rolling Acres plaza in The Villages. What first began as a mom-and-pop shop in New Jersey has expanded across the nation due to the eatery’s authentic taste of lettuce, onions, tomatoes, oil, vinegar and spices. With cold sandwiches, such as the Jersey Shore’s Favorite, a provolone, ham and cappacuolo sandwich, and hot sandwiches, ©svariophoto /shutterstock.com such as the Big Kahuna Cheese Steak, a Philly with jalapeños added for an extra twist in flavor, Jersey Mike’s Subs is a mouthwatering delight. Can’t wait to order? Online ordering is available as well. 674 N Hwy 441, Lady Lake (352) 633-9744 jerseymikes.com

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GYRO HUT

on South Pine Avenue

not only has good food, they also feature a fun atmosphere, with music ©Joshua Resnick /shutterstock.com videos playing right at your table. Whether you’re looking for a classic gyro or something slightly different, Gyro Hut has it. Choose between a wrap or a rice bowl, filled with Continued on page 60


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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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The Ivy House Restaurant 917 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala / (352) 622-5550 Sun 11a-2p / Tue 11a-2p / Wed & Thu 11a-8p / Fri & Sat 11a-8:30p / Closed Mon 106 NW Main St, Williston / (352) 528-5410 Sun-Wed 11a-2p / Thu-Sat 11a-8p / ivyhousefl.com “Come on home, it’s supper time!” is our motto. We want you to feel you have come to our house to eat. The family-owned Ivy House Restaurant now has two locations, Williston and Ocala. The downtown Ocala location has added several specialty items, and the restaurant has been named by Florida Trend as one of the “Top 500 Best Places to Eat in the State” for several years. Specials include Southern Fried Lobster, delicious Hand-Cut Steaks and our famous Baked Krispy Chicken. Trying our delicious homemade desserts like the Key Lime Pie or Chocolate Midnight Cake is a must when dining here.

Our special mother “Mimi” would like to invite you to treat your special mother to a lovely dining experience at The Ivy House. Reservations only. Sunday, May 10th. Make your reservations today!

For more information on catering, contact Waica Huggins or Evelyn Nuseel at wmhivyhouse@yahoo.com

Happy Mother’s Day

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 Tue-Thu 6-9p Been craving half-roast free range, local chicken with premium goat cheese béchamel sauce or grass-fed beef du jour? Well, get ready to brush up on your French, because located in the heart of Ocala’s downtown square is La Cuisine, an authentic and rustic French bistro dedicated to serving traditional French dishes. A new menu will have La Cuisine working with local organic, grass-fed beef farmers as well as local and free range/ organic chicken farmers. New owners Patrice and Elodie Perron have made it their goal to serve only the food they remember their grandmothers preparing, and now they’re bringing the finest French cuisine to Ocala!

Visit our website or Facebook page for details on special events.

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THE FOOD FRENZ FRENZY The food junkies have spoken: Menus are changing, and stores are stocking their shelves full! From new-and-improved ramen noodles to hybrid veggies, we’ll leave it to you to decide what makes the cut on your “favorites” list. Here are just a few of the foods you should expect to see popping up on your feed over the next several months!

Savory dessert? The old school flavors—chocolate, strawberry, mint—all seem very vanilla compared to the flavors on their way to stores. Popular in Japan, ice creams and yogurts imitating veggies, such as beets, tomatoes and butternut squash, have begun arriving on shelves.

Sour is in. Pickled jalapeños? Pickled tomatoes? Pickled onions? Yes, it’s true—the sour predictions for 2015 have left us with no choice but to pucker up. Top chefs are calling fermented food the new “it” food, and sauerkraut is another big flavor making headlines this year. Ever heard of kimchi, a spicy, pickled cabbage popular in Korea? If not, you will! Everybody loves ramen (noodles). It looks like ramen noodles are moving beyond the classic college food label.. Ramen shops are popping up in places such as New York and San Francisco, specializing in wheat, soba, cellophane and rice noodles. Looks like the ramen renaissance has just begun.

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Oodles of oils. Recipes just got a little more detailed—and your pantry, well, a little more cluttered. As it seems, olive oil is no longer our go-to oil in the kitchen. It’s been replaced by a whole other group of oils made from avocado, pumpkin seeds, coconut and mustard! Encouraging us to embrace those healthy fats, oils made from vegetables, nuts and seeds are making a comeback. More butter. “I’m bringing butter baaackk…” Oh, not the words? Regardless, the chefs have spoken and decided that they are using butter. And a lot of it. As

Broccoflower. What is broccoflower you might ask? Well, put quite simply, it’s broccoli—and it’s cauliflower. Referred to as a “vegetable mashup,” food scientists have assured us this is not the only vegetable featuring another vegetable that will soon be landing in a produce section near you.

1532 S Pine Ave., Ocala (352) 629-1106 thegyrohut.com

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FREDDY’S FROZEN CUSTARD AND STEAKBURGER

opened in March in the building last occupied by Chick-Fil-A on SW College Road. The Ocala location is one of three locations in Florida. Freddy’s was founded on a 1950’s attitude of quality, cookedto-order meals to bring families together, so all food is made fresh to order. Freddy’s ©Eric Francis /shutterstock.com menu includes frozen custard, a type of ice cream-like treat that is smoother and richer than ice cream, and steakburgers, hot dogs, fish sandwiches, patty melts and a whole lot more. 3558 SW College Rd., Ocala freddysusa.com Source: cosmopolitan.com

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LTHOUGH YOU CAN PRETTY MUCH GUARANTEE THAT FRAPPÉS AND UMAMI WILL STAY AT THE TOP OF THE TRENDY LIST FOR “THINGS TO EAT IN 2015,” THERE’S BEEN SOME SPECULATION THAT THEY AREN’T THE ONLY THINGS THAT WILL HAVE US SNAPPING PICS AT THE TABLE.

chefs embark on this brave move, they’re also putting extra emphasis on the quality of the butter. It appears that not all butter is created equal.

toppings and stuffings, including an assortment of vegetables and meat. Looking for a vegetarian meal? They offer falafel and hummus as well. Open seven days a week with delivery offered in the near future. And even better news, they cater!

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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.

Happy Hour daily 4:30-6p Check out our full sushi bar. Celebrating 29 years! Ask about our lunch specials!

Get the VIP treatment and join today! Text MYSUSHI to 40518 and get exclusive offers, promos & coupons. Check out the 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. The 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. ALL YOU CAN EAT MONDAY Spaghetti / meatballs $6.99. 16” Cheese Pizza $7.99 10 Chicken Wings $5.

PAVAROTTI’S Pizza & Restaurant

Latinos Y Mas Latin Fusion Restaurant & Catering 2030 S Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 622-4777 / latinosymas.com Mon-Thu 11a-9p / Fri & Sat 11a-10p / Closed Sunday

Whether your event will be at our location or yours, Latinos Y Mas is the place to turn to for catered events or parties. Our friendly staff is more than happy to help plan an extraordinary dining experience. You can choose from an assortment of authentic Spanish cuisine platters or order from the takeout menu. Or, for your convenience, Latinos will customize a menu just for you. The VIP rooms and the patio are available for private events and can accommodate 20-70 people.

Daily lunch specials are served Monday through Friday from 11a-3p. Gift certificates are available!

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ANT TO TRANSFORM AN ORDINARY CUPCAKE INTO SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY? LOOKING FOR A RECIPE TO PAIR WITH ALL THOSE FRESH BLUEBERRIES YOU RECENTLY PICKED? THESE DELECTABLE DESSERTS ARE AN EASY ADDITION TO ANY SPRING CELEBRATION.

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No matter how you slice it, fill it or serve it, these cupcakes are a party pleaser that’s guaranteed to impress. Find tasty filling recipes, fresh ideas and easy decorating projects at wilton.com. Servings: 1 dozen cupcakes Favorite chocolate cake mix or recipe Creamy Decorator Icing Chocolate Decorator Icing Leaf Green Icing Color Orange Icing Color Crushed chocolate sandwich cookies Preheat oven to 350°F. Place Color Wheel baking cups in standard muffin pan. Prepare cake mix following package instructions. Bake in prepared muffin pan 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on cooling grid. To decorate, tint small amount of creamy decorator icing green; tint remaining orange. Use spatula and chocolate icing to ice tops of cupcakes smooth. Sprinkle with cookie crumbs. Chill until set, about 15 minutes. Use knife to cut out center of cupcakes almost to bottom of cupcake. Use tip 2A and orange icing to fill in center of cupcake and pipe about 1/4 inch above cupcake; pat smooth. Use tip 352 and green icing to pipe pull-out leaf carrot tops.

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Blueberry Streusel Cheesecake

This fresh dessert idea features everyone’s favorite indulgence—cheesecake—along with the fruit of the spring season, blueberries. A dessert this delicious will have your guests hopping up for seconds. For these and other recipe ideas, visit creamcheese.com.

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CHAMPION BBQ AND STEAKHOUSE

was once just a food truck on State Road 40 near Interstate 75, but the owner has now moved into the vacant Pizza Hut building on South Pine Avenue. Planning for an April opening, they’ll be open seven ©Brent Hofacker /shutterstock.com days a week offering breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. With steak and prime rib, fried okra, BBQ sandwiches and more, they’re real Southern barbecue. If you’re looking for a good place to grab some melt-in-yourmouth brisket and smoked chicken wings, Champion is the place to go. 2327 S Pine Ave., Ocala (352) 427-1543


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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-6:30p. We will be sending each family member home with our traditional Easter souvenir. Make reservations today!

Riverside Inn at Isaak Walton Lodge 6301 Riverside Drive, Yankeetown / (352) 447-2595 / isaakwaltonlodge.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p / Fri 11a-12a / Sat 9a-12a / Sun 9a-10p

Since 1924, this landmark establishment has been serving up breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails along the banks of the Withlacoochee River. Start the day with beautiful views (and perhaps a wildlife sighting) and a classic breakfast like French toast or a custom omelet. Lunch and dinner guests can begin their meal with Mediterranean bruschetta or calamari before moving on to one of the many fresh lunch options, such as a chicken salad sandwich, Reuben and many more. The menu features many wonderful waterfront favorites, from shrimp and grits and peel-and-eat shrimp to a fresh smoked mullet spread or the catfish dinner—the list goes on! And for the perfect liquid dessert? Why, try the chocolate martini, of course.

Riverside Inn at Isaak Walton Lodge features a full bar with beer, wine, liquor and champagne. Try one of their specialty drinks—mimosas, Bloody Marys and chocolate martinis—with your next meal..

Mesa de Notte 2436 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala / (352) 732-4737 / mesaocala.com Mon-Thurs 11a-9p / Fri & Sat 11a-10p Closed Sunday Planning an event? The professionals at Mesa de Notte specialize in full-service, professional catering for any gathering. They offer amazing Italian, Spanish, American and Asian cuisine, but can certainly tailor any menu for any budget. Your guests will no doubt be impressed! Mesa de Notte also offers a full alcohol selection as part of the catering options, from beer to liquor to high-end wines. Service is guaranteed to be second to none whether your event is for 10 or 100. That’s just the kind of quality you’ve come to expect from Mesa de Notte.

Stop by and enjoy an appetizer. It’s a great place to gather with friends. Also, make your Mother’s Day reservation today for May 10th. Brunch will be served from 11am-6pm. Mesa de Notte features a full-service bar serving beer, wine and liquor.

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Vegetables and fruit can be mixed into almost anything, from sandwiches and cupcakes to cookies and macaroni and cheese, and you can be discrete about doing so. The magical mac ‘n’ cheese.

Making macaroni and cheese? Put puréed carrots or cauliflower into the cheese sauce and the dish will not only be healthier but tasty, too. Match your colors. Make sure you’re using similar colors when it comes to mixing veggies with other food. For example, mix cauliflower with potatoes and green veggies like broccoli with darker foods. Mash them up. Mashed

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First things first, if your kids turn their noses up at the good stuff, try veggies with a little something else added on. Putting them in plain sight might work as long as they’re with something tasty. Ranch dip anyone?

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Cheese is always a good way to cover up the taste of vegetables, especially cauliflower or broccoli. Dip it. Buy a dip, and use carrots,

celery, cucumbers and more for a crunchy snack.

potatoes are an easy victim for vegetables, such as turnips or the aforementioned cauliflower, to be mixed in. The flavor is almost unrecognizable, and the texture won’t change much.

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Purée vegetables and fruit, and then freeze them. When you’re ready to use them, defrost, stir and add away. Everyone loves a popsicle. Purées can be

used to make homemade popsicles just by using juice, muffin tins and popsicle sticks. Get saucy. Sauce is

Beyond the basic sandwich.

If your child doesn’t mind a bit of a crunch, try apple slices on a sandwich. You can also easily add mashed sweet potatoes or puréed carrots to a grilled cheese. Who wants dessert? Grated

zucchini, grated carrots and even spinach can be hidden inside chocolate chip cookies, chocolate brownies and more.

great for blending in zucchini and carrots without an overpowering veggie flavor.

SMOOTHIES Most kids like smoothies, which makes this the easiest way to give them a daily dose of fruits and vegetables all while they’re none the wiser.

» Make it fun. Fill a bowl with a variety of ingredients, such as berries and spinach, and let the kids pick what they want to put in. You can even let them press the button on the blender.

» Keep the colors the same. Make sure you’re using flavors and colors that won’t overpower the smoothie. For example, use spinach, kale and other hearty greens in blueberry smoothies.

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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.

Cody’s Original Roadhouse 2505 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-8182 / codysamerican.com Doors Open at 11a. Serving Lunch and Dinner Daily. “Where Quality and Value Come Together!” Hand-cut, USDA Choice steaks, rotisserie chicken, BBQ baby back ribs, chops, fresh fish, burgers, salads and more! Kids eat free Mondays and Tuesdays. Buy-1-get-1-free Fajita Wednesdays, $12.98. Two for $19.94 Thursday! Daily 2-4-1 happy hour, 11a-7p, includes draft beer, wine and all liquors (top shelf, too). Lunch from 11a-3p, and early bird from 3p-6p Monday-Saturday. Sunday after-church specials starting at $9.98 with free dessert. Hand-cut steaks and “Just Plain Good Food” made from scratch... daily! Also, on Easter Sunday, April 5, try our Brown Sugar Cured Honey Ham, Roast Leg of Spring Lamb, Roast Loin of Pork with Stuffing and Roast Young Tom Turkey with Stuffing, your choice just $13.98. Kids 10 & under $5.98. Free dessert with all specials.

Locations in The Villages at 1041 Lakeshore Drive at Lake Sumter Landing and our newest location at Brownwood in The Villages. Limited reservations available.

Tilted Kilt 3155 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 351-5458 /ocala.tiltedkilt.com Mon-Thu 11a-11p/ Fri-Sat 11a-Midnight / Sun 11a-10p

Next time you’re in the mood for a trip to Ireland, look no farther than Ocala’s very own Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery. Their classics will have you convinced that you’ve just taken a one-way flight to Dublin. Favorites such as fish & chips, shepherd’s pie and Gaelic chicken in an Irish whiskey cream sauce all served by beautiful lasses in kilts will leave you wanting more! Menu items as low as $6 from 11am-3pm makes The Tilted Kilt the perfect place for a quick bite to eat during lunch. Stop by with the whole family to enjoy TV on the big screens, games, good service and great food! Scan this QR code and see our calendar of events.

Join us for Bike Night, now every first Saturday of the month! April 4 live music by Bobby Friss. Happy hour from 4-11pm.

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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

Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet 11am-4pm Sunday, April 5th Mother’s Day Brunch 11am-4pm Sunday, May 10th

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 10 from 11am-4pm. Reservations welcomed. Stop by Tuesday through Friday 4-7pm for happy hour featuring two-for-one. Wednesday, Friday & Saturday Live entertainment 6:00- 9:00pm. Taste of Ocala Winners 2013-2014: Best of Taste, People’s Choice and Best Presentation Awards.

Brooklyn’s Backyard 2019 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Suite #102, Ocala / (352) 304-6292 brooklynsbackyard.com / Sun 11a-8p / Mon-Wed 11a-9p / Thu-Sat 11a-whenever Winner of 2015 King of Wings! Don’t forget—we cater! Let us create an unforgettable menu for your next special occasion. Also, check out Live Music Fridays and Seafood Bucket Saturdays. Brooklyn’s Backyard—Good Beer, Better Food!

Head down to the “Yard” for fresh food and fun in a relaxed backyard atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for finger foods like the fried cheese bites or something more exotic like pierogies or poutine, they’ve got it and it’s delicious! In the mood for wings? Get the best from the 2015 King of Wings. Want pizza? They got it, NY style, plus a full range of fresh salads, burgers, sandwiches and entrées sure to suit everyone! There’s beer and wine in the ‘Yard,” too—over 40 craft beers and a great selection of wines, all sure to perfectly complement your meal!

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 Celebrate the BIG party with us on Cinco de Mayo! (May 5th) Trivia Night every Thursday 7pm-9pm (Silver Springs Blvd. location)

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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. Happy Hour daily, 4-7pm. Everything is 2-4-1 (exceptions may apply).


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HE LONG-AWAITED WINNERS OF THE 2015 OUTDOOR SCULPTURE CONTEST HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED, INCLUDING THE COVETED PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD. THE COMPETITION SERVED AS A CATALYST TO REJUVENATE TUSCAWILLA PARK AND THE SURROUNDING AREA. PRESENTED BY THE APPLETON MUSEUM OF ART, FINE ARTS FOR OCALA, MARION CULTURAL ALLIANCE AND THE CITY OF OCALA, THE EVENT AWARDED $14,000 IN PRIZE MONEY TO THE WINNING ARTISTS. For those

who haven’t yet had a chance to sneak a peek at these stately sculptures, the exhibit will remain on display at Tuscawilla Park through the summer. For those who are up for a little friendly competition, a scavenger hunt map is available that twists and turns participants through the park searching for clues hidden among the sculptures. Bring your completed map to the Appleton Museum for a free family admission! Maps can be obtained at the Discovery Center or downloaded at the City of Ocala’s website.

WANT MORE INFO?> BEST OF SHOW: “Shanti”

SECOND PLACE: “Primal Unity” by Hanna Jubran

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Timberline Farm invites the young and old alike to celebrate spring at the 6TH ANNUAL BUTTERFLY AND BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL each weekend this month. Visit the butterfly garden, take a spin or two atop a pony or just browse through the numerous arts and craft vendors set up on-site. Of course, there will be plenty family-friendly entertainment and tasty treats to snack on. The farm is open 10am-6pm on Saturdays and noon-6pm on Sundays. timberlinefarm.net or (352) 454-4113.

A solemn event to commemorate innocent Jews who lost their lives during the Holocaust and those who survived with the help of the many liberators and rescuers, the HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE EVENT will take place from

3-5pm at the Appleton Museum Auditorium and feature guest speaker Gene Klein, an Auschwitz survivor, and his daughter, Dr. Jill Klein, author of We Got The Water: Tracing My Family’s Path Through Auschwitz, as well as other holocaust survivors and a candle-lighting ceremony. Prayers will be lead by both a rabbi and a priest, and winners of the countywide middle and high school essay contest will be recognized. (352) 553-5176.

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a number of healthy, family-friendly activities this month, including an active Easter egg hunt on April 4 and Healthy Kids Day on April 25. Healthy Kids Day introduces kids and parents to many of the fun activities and programs the YMCA has to offer, including family Zumba and bootcamp classes, healthy kids cooking classes, a science station, vendors, prizes and more! Also be sure to support the organization by making a donation on April 14 as part of the Annual Support Campaign. Donations on this day help fund many of the programs available to families in the area. ymcacentralflorida.com or (352) 368-9622.

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What was once an abandoned limerock quarry is now teaming with beautiful botanical life and gardens. CEDAR LAKES WOODS AND GARDENS is home to over 50 gardens, waterfalls, koi ponds and numerous species of wildlife, including doves, owls, turtles and Big Ben, a 100-pound blue catfish who calls Cedar Lakes Woods home. This unique setting is opening its doors to the public and will be hosting a grand opening celebration. During the festivities, there will be food, music, vendors and more, including half-price admission. Come see a side of Florida not many have laid eyes on before. cedarlakeswoodsandgarden.com or (352) 529-0055.

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the art of filmmaking during this second annual event, which features of screenings, events and opportunities for audiences and filmmakers alike to interact. In recognition of Marion County’s rich equine history, the Equus Film Festival will run in conjunction and feature numerous equine films airing on April 10, including the award-winning Talking to the Air and Tarpan. The festival will take place at the Historic Marion Theatre in downtown Ocala. For a complete list of films and events, visit springsfilmfest.com or call (352) 817-4152.

Last year’s first BRICK CITY BEER AND WINE FESTIVAL was such a success the powers-that-be decided to do it again! Back again this year at Citizens’ Circle in downtown Ocala, the Brick City Beer and Wine Festival features craft beer and wine samples from various breweries and area establishments as well as live music presented by R-Style and the Dusty 45’s. The festival runs 2-6pm, but stick around for a live concert by Blue Oyster Cult following the festival at 6:30pm as part of the Feel Downtown Live Concert Series. General admission to the festival is $35 and includes admission to the Blue Oyster Cult concert. VIP tickets are $60 and include VIP admission to the concert. feeldowntownocala.com or brickcitybeerfest.com.

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How will American kids benefit from the trip?

How do you hope the program will evolve?

We are going to offer a four-day, three-night trip abroad to Jamaica for about 12 kids ages 9 to 14. The goal is to introduce the sport of baseball to kids in Jamaica who don’t have exposure to the game.

The goal is to act as sort of goodwill ambassadors for the sport and introduce our kids to the culture. The kids there can learn something about the American kids and our sport and culture, and we, too, can learn about theirs.

This is our first time, but I’d like to be able to go back several times a year and eventually offer the same trip for Jamaican kids to come here.

Why choose Jamaica? I’m from Jamaica, and I go there frequently with my foundation. The kids there are so athletic but don’t have exposure to baseball the way kids here do. My goal is to help promote the sport by hosting these trips and allowing the kids to all play together.

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What is the cost of the trip? The cost is $350 plus airfare, but we are trying to raise funds. We are raffling off a 7-inch tablet, a 36-inch flat-screen TV as well as some other prizes. We are also looking to host some baseball events and small dinners to help offset some of the costs.

How can people get involved? Monetary donations are appreciated as well as the donation of baseball supplies and equipment we can bring with us for the kids. Right now, I’m selling raffle tickets, and the raffle will be held April 10. In the future, we will be looking for host families as well. It’s a great way to promote the sport and introduce kids to different cultures.

TRIP DATES: July 3-6, 10-13 and17-20 COST: $350 per person (airfare not included)

For additional details or to purchase raffle tickets, visit andrewdixonfoundation.org or call (352) 286-5125.

GUY HARVEY EXHIBIT (ONGOING) The artwork of internationally renowned marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey is currently on display on the second floor of Gateway Bank. All artwork is for sale, and Gateway Bank will donate its share of the sales to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. Exhibit hours are 9am-5pm Monday through Thursday and 9am-6pm on Friday. guyharvey.com or (352) 368-3756. APPLETON AFTER HOURS (APRIL 2) 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 3) Various artists will set up throughout downtown Ocala working on paintings and other projects, so stop by and have a look from 6-9pm. In addition to the local arts, nearby shops will Continued on page 72


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FIRST SATURDAY AT THE APPLETON (APRIL 4) The Appleton will host a free, family-friendly art event the first Saturday of each month from 1-3pm. Hands-on activities are appropriate for children ages 4 and up. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.

OPEN HOUSE AND RIBBON CUTTING (APRIL 8) The Florida Center for the Blind will host a ribbon cutting at their new training and administrative facilities. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the instructors and staff and experience the challenges faced by vision loss though goggle-simulation tours, tactile learning and much more. Snacks and beverages will be provided. flblind.org or (352) 873-4700.

CHAIR YOGA CLASSES (APRIL 4) The Freedom Public Library will host a series of chair yoga classes throughout the month. (352) 854-7950.

BONSAI EXHIBIT (APRIL 8-11) The Master The Possibilities Education Center and the Marion Bonsai Society will host their 7th annual bonsai exhibit.

facebook.com/artwalkocala or (352) 629-8447.

CF STUDENT ART SHOW (APRIL 8-MAY 1) The College of Central Florida will open its 2015 Student Art Showcase April 8 at 12:30pm in the Webber Center Gallery. The judged art show features the work of students from both the Ocala and Citrus campuses. The works will remain on display through May 1, and many of the pieces are for sale. cf.edu or (352) 873-5809. GIRLS INSPIRED TO TRY SCIENCE (APRIL 11) This program, designed to inspire girls ages 8-12 to discover the world of science, is presented by the Discovery Center. The event runs 10am-1pm and includes educational, hands-on activities. Registration is $15, and the program is limited to 30 participants. Pizza and drink are included. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900. OCALA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT (APRIL 11, 12) The Ocala Symphony Orchestra presents “Super Heroes, and Fairy Tales, and Music! Oh, My!” Concerts will take place on April 11 at 7:30pm and April 12 at 3pm at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Auditorium. Tickets range from $5-$30. ocalasymphony.com or (352) 351-1606. CENTRAL FLORIDA MASTER CHOIR CONCERTS (APRIL 12, 19, 26) The Central Florida Master Choir presents Souls Arisn’. Performances will be held at the Countryside Presbyterian Church on April 12, First United Methodist Church on April 19 and the Dunnellon Presbyterian Church on April 26. All concerts begin at 3pm. cfmasterchoir.com or (352) 615-7677.

NATURE WALKS (APRIL 14, 28) The Marion County Parks and Recreation Department will host two free interpretive nature walks this month. The April 14 walk will take place at Indian Lakes, and the April 28 walk will take place at Pat’s Island. Walks differ in length and terrain. Contact the Marion County Parks and Recreation Department for specific details about each walk. marioncountyfl.org or (352) 671-8560. ECO TRAM TOUR (APRIL 16) An eco tram tour will depart from Sunnyhill Restoration Area. The tour will allow participants a close glimpse of area wildlife and natural habitats. Pre-registration is required, and the tour costs $10. marioncountyfl.org or (352) 671-8560. WEST PORT HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE PERFORMANCE (APRIL 17-19) West Port High School’s Omega Theatre Company will present the musical Hands on a Hardbody. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students, seniors and military personnel. Performances will take place at 7pm on April 17 and 18 and 2pm on April 19. Opening night gala tickets are available for $18 for adults and $15 for students, seniors and military personnel. The gala will feature food, beverages, live music and a meet and greet with the cast. westportwolfpack.org/mcca or (352) 291-4000 ext. 59785. EARTHFEST AT ARBOR DAY (APRIL 18) Tuscawilla Park will host a number of events celebrating the great outdoors. Events include a youth fishing derby, spring cleanup, music, art, tree climbers and more family-friendly entertainment. The festivities run 9am-2pm, and admission is free. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5517. WALK TO DEFEAT ALS (APRIL 18) The two-mile Walk Continued on page 74

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SUGAR HI RUN (APRIL 18) The 2nd Annual Sugar HI run will take place at the Baseline Road Trailhead in Ocala. The event will feature a 10K and 5K run as well as the Disney Dash, plenty of food provided by Mojo Grill, awards and entertainment. A best-dressed award ceremony for the best Disney character costume will also take place. The first race is set to take off at 10am. sugarhirun.weebly.com or raceroster.com.

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The Marion Ballet Theatre will host a number of performances over the weekend, including their rendition of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. These accomplished young dancers bring to life a fantasy world of fairies, mermaids and mystical forest creatures with original choreography by Nicole Benson. Preceding matinée performances on April 18 and 19, young up-and-coming dancers are invited to take part in the Festival of Fairies at 10am for a meet and greet with the dancers and a chance to partake in an introduction to dance lesson. The evening of April 18 will also host the 6th annual Springtime Dance Festival, featuring several dance troupes from Marion County and surrounding areas. ocalacivictheatre.com or (352) 236-2274. NEPHEW TOMMY COMEDY TOUR BILL BURR

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COMMUNITY YARD SALE (APRIL 18) The Friends of Marion County Parks and Recreation will be holding a Community Yard Sale at Liberty Community Park from 9am-1pm.

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SENIOR FISHING DERBY (APRIL 20) Tuscawilla Park will host a senior fishing derby open to adults over 50 from 9am-1pm. Nursing home and assisted living facility residents are welcome to participate. Lunch is provided. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5517.

THE WORLD HAS TALENT (MAY 2) The ever-popular talent show for the 55+ community will take place once again at the Circle Square Cultural Center. The top 10 finalists will perform live, and the winner will be selected. Doors open at 6pm, and the event begins at 7pm. csculturalcenter.com or (352) 854-3670.

LIFEGUARDING CLASS (APRIL 20-27) The Newton A. Perry Aquatic Center at the College of Central Florida will host a 32-hour American Red Cross lifeguarding class. Students must be at least 15 years old, be able to swim 300 yards continuously and tread water for two minutes without the use of hands. Registration is $180.

VILLAGES CRAFT FESTIVAL (MAY 2-3) The 6th Annual The Villages Craft Festival will take place at La Plaza Grande and feature an eclectic collection of works by the country’s finest artisans. The festival is free and open to the public and will run from 10am5pm both days. artfestival.com or (561) 746-6615.

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or (352) 873-5811. CF HAMPTON FILM SERIES (APRIL 24) The College of Central Florida will present the film Stand and Deliver at 1pm and 6pm at the CF Hampton Center. The movie, rated PG, is based on the story of Jamie Escalante, a high school teacher who uses unconventional teaching methods to inspire students. The Hampton Center Spring Film Series is a cultural and educational outreach program sponsored by the college. For more information or to reserve a seat, call (352) 873-5881. YARD SALE (APRIL 24-25) The La Leche League of Marion County will host their annual yard

UF ALUMNI ASSOCIATION EVENT (MAY 4) UF Gator Football coach Jim McElwain will make an appearance at the Marion County Gator Club Gathering held at the College of Central Florida. The event will feature a dinner and presentation, and Coach McElwain will sign autographs for the first 200 people in attendance. ufalumni.ufl.edu or (352) 237-5332.

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CancerGirl Enterprises Annual Charity Fashion Show OCALA BALLROOM

On Thursday, February 5, CancerGirl Enterprises hosted the Share The Love Fashion Show at The Marion Ballroom. Guests enjoyed dinner catered by many local hotspot restaurants as well as a raffle and silent auction. And don’t forget the main event—women currently undergoing treatment strutted their stuff alongside cancer survivors, all in the name of fashion and fellowship.

Rose Turnow and Lucy Hutchinson Pam Thompson and Cathy Duncan

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On Thursday, February 5, CancerGirl Enterprises hosted the Share The Love Fashion Show at The Marion Ballroom. Guests enjoyed dinner catered by many local hotspot restaurants as well as a raffle and silent auction. And don’t forget the main event—women currently undergoing treatment strutted their stuff alongside cancer survivors, all in the name of fashion and fellowship.

Becky Johns and Sandy Daughtry Kristin & Steven Folts

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