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ELEBRATING ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY, THE KINGDOM OF THE SUN CONCERT BAND’S MUSIC IS BY THE COMMUNITY, FOR THE COMMUNITY.
Established in March 1990, the KOS was originally known as the Mid-Florida Symphonic Band for two seasons before adopting its current moniker. From an original 30 members, the all-volunteer Marion County resident’s band has grown to 90 strong. The youngest is 13, and the current oldest member is 85, representing myriad musical backgrounds and professions. But what they all have in common is a love of music and the desire to share that with others. “Community bands are just so much fun,” says Les Muncaster, who has served as the band’s conductor and music director since 1998. “They bring people from all walks of life together to play and enjoy music in a very unique way. And it’s free to the community.” Muncaster, who’s originally from Detroit and moved to Ocala in 1992, knows of what he speaks. He began playing the violin at 6 and the trumpet at 8. Out of high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force and spent 27 years involved in that military branch’s band. Muncaster moved up in the ranks of the USAF band from trumpet player to vocalist to manager to conductor. Once out of military service, Muncaster owned a music store and became involved in a community band in Mississippi. Upon arrival in Ocala, Muncaster spent five years with the Ocala Civic Theatre, first as associate and then music conductor. “Band music has been my life,” says Muncaster. “It just has so much to offer if you’re interested in music in any way.”
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He’d always loved flowers, thanks to an aunt with a green thumb, so those were his first subjects. In addition to the sheet metal, his materials also included bailing wire, fence lumber and concrete nails. An acetylene torch is his go-to tool. Friends and family were gifted with his initial sculptures, earning rave reviews. “I really began enjoying making the sculptures, and people seemed to like them,” says Kuperberg. “So when I saw an ad for artists to apply for the First Friday Art Walk downtown, I sent in an application. To my surprise, I was accepted, and I’ve been part of it ever since. Everything really took off after that.” A converted boat shed serves as Kuperberg’s home workshop, and he continues to be resourceful when it comes to his art materials. “I like to take old materials and re-salvage them to make my artwork,” he says, adding that most pieces take five to six hours to complete. “I think my flower pieces still give me the most joy.” Kuperberg’s work is regularly displayed throughout the county, including Gallery East, Brick City
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With years of teaching under her belt, Amy Roland decided to go back to school for a degree in instructional media before becoming a library media specialist at Madison Street Academy (MSA) and Dunnellon Elementary School (DES). “I had two good friends that were library media specialists who encouraged me to go back to school,” she says. That, plus her love of books, sent her on her way to working with children in a library setting. Now, Roland splits her time between MSA and DES, two days a week at each and switching schools every Wednesday. Though her schedule can be challenging, she is grateful to both of the schools. “I have been lucky,” she says. “I have worked with principals that were very considerate of the situation and flexible when you needed to be at the other school.” At work, Roland fulfills teachers’ requests for materials, organizes and processes books, selects books for orders and Continued on page 22
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WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT HER JOB IS LISTENING TO A CHILD TELL HER HOW MUCH HE LOVED A BOOK AND ASK IF SHE HAS MORE LIKE IT.
displays, handles book fairs and fundraisers, manages the Accelerated Reading program and assists with video production at DES for the Student Media Festival. “Students at both Madison Street and Dunnellon Elementary School benefit from an open library,” she says. “They can visit anytime it works with their classroom schedule.” What she loves most about her job is listening to a child tell her how much he loved a book and ask if she has more like it.
DARCI CARACCIOLO: CAFETERIA MANAGER “THE STUDENTS TRULY ARE FUN TO INTERACT WITH, MAKING EVERY DAY DIFFERENT AND INTERESTING.”
PEGGY RICH: SECRETARY
For Peggy Rich, working at Hillcrest School is all she knows. She received her associate degree in science and joined her husband and sister in the school system 24 years ago. “It feels like the only thing I’ve done,” she says. Because Hillcrest is a special needs school, the schedule may be slightly different from that of most Marion County schools. It’s important for her to see the kids coming in to school each day and to interact with them. But, along with being there for the kids, she also runs the office. Beyond handling the payroll and school budget information, she also has to know almost everything about the school. “People come to you for questions about anything,” she says. Each year is different for the school, and Rich has been challenged a few times in the past to make sure all the teachers have the proper funds and materials for their classrooms. What does she love most about her job? “More than anything, all of the kids here,” she says. She enjoys having two nephews who attend Hillcrest, especially because she’s able to keep an eye on them. But, when she’s not at work, she loves to watch sports and spend time with her husband and son.
Darci Caracciolo developed a love for food service when she worked as an assistant baker at a local grocery store while she was in high school. After three years of subbing on the Marion County Public School Food
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hen school bells ring this month to start schools, students and parents should be aware of several changes on many campuses. These typically include new principals, new teachers, new carline routes and similar alterations.
The biggest change this year is the school calendar and the first day of school. Normally, the start of August means students still have several weeks to prepare for the new school year. This year is the exception— students have less time, one week less to be exact. This is because Marion County public schools open their doors to students one week earlier this year—on Monday, August 17. The earlier start day comes thanks to the Florida Legislature loosening its grip on school calendars. In the mid-2000s, Florida’s tourism industry launched efforts to keep its summer student workforce longer, ideally until after Labor Day, when schools up north traditionally start. So, Florida lawmakers enacted wording preventing most school districts from starting sooner than two weeks before Labor Day. This rule no longer exists. Marion County’s August 17 start date means teachers also report one week earlier, now on August 10. The school board-approved change
prompted district staff to launch awareness efforts to ensure students and staff knew about the change before school let out back in June. Even newly hired teachers are feeling the time crunch because their orientation takes place earlier than ever on August 6. Why does it matter? Why not leave things the way they are? Many educators agree with the change because of one factor: semester timeframes. With the new calendar, students—42,710 projected this year—can finish their first semester and correlating semester exams prior to the winter break in December. In years past, students had two weeks off before coming back for a few days of classes then semester exams.
New Leaders For Learning
Thanks to retirements of long-term administrators this summer, the principal shuffle means five schools will have new leaders at the helm. These schools include:
Eighth Street Elementary
Treasa Buck, a home-grown principal and Lake Weir High graduate, earned her bachelor’s in special education and master’s in early childhood education from the University of Florida. She’s served Marion County students for the last 15 years.
North Marion Osceola Middle Middle Philip Leppert previously served as a teacher, assistant principal and principal at three schools. He was also the district’s executive director of human resources before returning to the school level.
Code of Student Conduct
The Code of Student Conduct is the bible when it comes to student behavior and what the district expects of every student. Each year, updated copies go home with every student. Changes this year include: • Penalties for unexcused absences are higher • Behavior expectations extend beyond the classroom to the bus and bus stop • Expanded bus stop expectations involving parents • Zero tolerance for possession and distribution of alcohol (Substance Abuse Diversion Program available)
Once its assistant principal, Suzette Parker returns to OMS to lead nearly 1,000 students and staff members. Parker started 14 years ago in Marion County and is Marion County’s 2005 Golden Apple Teacher of the Year.
Debra Riedl steps into the spotlight as a first-time principal in the district’s southeastern-most school. A practical nurse after college, Riedl joined the district 17 years ago. A 2005 Golden Apple recipient, she also served two schools as assistant principal before moving to the district level.
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Leading the Knights is John Kerley, an 18-year veteran of the district and former middle school principal. A social studies teacher early on, Kerley earned his bachelor’s from Florida Southern College and his master’s in educational leadership from NOVA Southeastern University.
Most school times remain the same
with a few exceptions: most elementary classes run from 7:45am to 2:05pm. Middle school times range from 7:45am-3:40pm and high school times range from 8:35am to 3:40pm. Check with your child’s school for specific school times.
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REMINDER: The start date for 2016-17 school year could be as early as August 8. That decision comes in the near future.
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IRT. GRIME. BACTERIA. AIRBORNE ALLERGENS. AS HARD AS YOU TRY TO KEEP YOUR HOME CLEAN, THESE TYPES OF YUCKY THINGS ARE AN EVERYDAY REALITY. TAKING THE NECESSARY STEPS TO CREATE A HEALTHY HOME CAN NOT ONLY GIVE YOU PEACE OF MIND BUT ALSO HELP KEEP YOUR FAMILY HEALTHIER.
“People think that if your home looks clean and smells clean, then it must be clean and therefore healthy for their family. However, when you look closely, you may be shocked by all the ‘yuck’ you find,” said Dr. Roshini Raj, attending physician and a clinical associate professor of medicine at the NYU School of Medicine. “Taking control of your home can make a big difference when it comes to living a healthier life.”
Raj suggests these changes for a healthier home:
LEARN THE TOOTH TRUTH. Most people know to brush their teeth at least
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allergens, pesticides and other toxins. Remove your shoes before you enter the home to avoid dragging them throughout your home. If you have carpeting, take extra care as pollen and other allergens can be brought into the home on your shoes and then harbored in the fibers of rugs and carpets.
HERE COMES THE SUN. Have you ever felt sluggish after sitting under the artificial lights in your home? Research shows that people who spend more time in natural lighting than artificial have increased productivity and alertness. So open up those blinds and drapes to let natural light shine in. START A TECHNOLOGY DETOX. In today’s binge-watching culture, it’s all too easy to let that next episode of the hottest show auto play. Remove TVs and computers from the bedroom for more and better quality sleep. You’ll be glad you did when you feel energized and have a more productive day after a solid seven to eight hours of slumber.
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DESIGN YOUR DREAM OUTDOOR KITCHEN
T OFTEN STARTS AS A BLANK SPOT ON THE PATIO, USUALLY SOMEWHERE JUST OUTSIDE THE BACK DOOR. THEN COME THE “THINGS” TO FILL THE SPOT. THERE’S SO MUCH TO CONSIDER THAT IT GETS DIFFICULT TO MAKE A DECISION.
According to a 2014 survey of residential landscape architects by the American Society of Landscape Architects, one of the most popular features to fill that space is the outdoor kitchen.
THE FIRST 2 DECISIONS “Outdoor kitchens expand a homeowner’s opportunities to gather together with family and friends,” said Maria Stapperfenne, certified kitchen designer, certified bath designer and 2015 president of the National Kitchen & Bath Association. “However, just like indoor kitchens, outdoor kitchens must be designed thoughtfully.” Ken Kelly, a certified kitchen designer and principal at Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly in Williston Park and Sag Habor, NY, said the first decision is to pick a location and pay attention to the prevailing winds. “Wind direction and where the kitchen is located could
cause smoke to blow into guests or even into the house through an open window,” he said. “Keep the grill downwind of guests.” Russ Faulk, vice president of design for Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, said the second decision has to do with grill placement. “Do you want the cook to face the guests, or look at the scenery?” he asked. Faulk, who also teaches outdoor kitchen design classes, said it is important to keep the cook in the party. “It makes the outdoor kitchen less of a workplace. When the cook can talk to the guests, the space becomes more social and enjoyable,” he said.
ZONING IT OUT
Maximum enjoyment also comes when everything else is in its proper place, or zone. There are four zones in an outdoor kitchen—wet, cold, hot and dry. Faulk said getting these in the right combination makes prepping food, cooking and cleaning much easier. “Keep the cold zone next to the wet zone. This makes it easier to move things from the cold zone refrigerator to the wet zone sink to wash them off and get them ready for the grill in the hot zone,” he added. Zones are especially important when a pool is nearby. “Keep the cold zone nearest to the pool,” said Faulk. “It will keep kids who want a cold drink from running past a hot grill.”
A key to proper zoning is counter space. Grills should have a minimum of 24 inches of uninterrupted space to one side and 12 inches to the other. This gives the cook nearby room to place platters, cooking utensils and more. If there’s not room for that amount of counter space, “incorporate an open-shelf cabinet below. You get additional ‘counter space’ by being able to put things on shelves,” said Kelly. An outdoor kitchen is a long-term investment that will enhance a home. With the right planning behind it, homeowners and their guests can enjoy it for many years. For more information, visit kalamazoogourmet.com.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT LIGHTING FOR YOUR HOME
UST LIKE MANY PRODUCTS, WHEN IT COMES TO PURCHASING NEW LIGHT BULBS, NOTHING BEATS THE IN-STORE EXPERIENCE. SEEING THE DIFFERENCE IN LIGHTING HAS A STRONGER IMPACT THAN ONLINE REVIEWS FROM OTHER CONSUMERS OR EXPERTS.In fact, the 7th annual Socket Survey
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CONFUSING LIGHTING OPTIONS
FINDING THE RIGHT BULB
As a bright new era of lighting technology is ushered in, the array of energy-efficient choices can be somewhat overwhelming. Choosing new or replacement bulbs includes options for color temperature, tunable white light, applications and more—and newer technologies are more prevalent on store shelves after the incandescent phase-out. While Americans are familiar with these lighting technologies, choosing the right product may be confusing. The main options to choose from in the lighting aisle include:
Lowe’s home improvement company invited consumers to participate in a study that would help shape a better customer shopping experience, and what they heard was illuminating. From consumer feedback that ranged from “unsure” to “overwhelming” to “confusing,” Lowe’s redesigned the entire lighting aisle for a more streamlined and informative shopping experience. Now, choosing a lighting replacement isn’t just practical but intuitive in Lowe’s stores. Signage with clear, simplified messaging, displays that compare different lighting technologies, and even shelf-height adjustments are just some of the changes consumers will notice in the new and improved lighting aisle. For example, based on research that showed lingering confusion about the quality and benefits of LED lighting, Lowe’s designed a lit LED bulb display in each section that demonstrates the light output and shows the quality of the bulbs to consumers. A better light bulb shopping experience gives context to what type of bulb is needed through interactive point of purchase displays and is clearly organized into bold, color-coded sections by application: general purpose, decorative, indoor/outdoor, specialty or fluorescent. The redesign not only helps customers more easily find the product they need, but also helps them feel more confident in their decision. For more ways to use energy-efficient LED lighting in the home, visit sylvania.com/Discover-LED-Lighting and find expert advice to help navigate your light bulb choices at your local Lowe’s.
• Halogen bulbs are associated essentially incandescents with them, with a small amount of gas and they inside, making them more are now available in soft efficient. These bulbs white, bright white and offer a range of color daylight colors. quality from bright white • Light-emitting diode (LED) to a familiar warm light of bulbs have increased traditional incandescents. energy efficiency (up • Compact fluorescent to 80 percent less than lamps (CFLs) use up to incandescents) and last 75 percent less energy anywhere from 15 to 20 than incandescents. years. LED bulbs offer a Improvements in CFL great range and quality of technology have reduced color and are incredibly the harsh light often reliable and sustainable.
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A KITCHEN DESIGNER TELLS ALL When remodeling your kitchen, it can be tricky to know where to start. Certified Kitchen Designer MaryJo Camp has been there, in more ways than one. As a designer certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), Camp has designed thousands of kitchens in her 35-year career—including her own. With a newfound personal understanding of remodeling challenges, Camp has pulled together her top tips for a successful kitchen revamp.
REQUIRE REFERENCES FROM YOUR CONTRACTOR—AND CALL THEM As you start to look for kitchen designers and contractors, ask for references from their last few jobs and call those references to ask about the experience. Ask specific questions: How did they leave the jobsite? Are they loud? Did they show up too early? If sticking to a budget is critical, yet a reference says, “Well, he came in way over budget, but he did such an amazing job,” this isn’t the guy for you.
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A LITTLE SPACE CAN ADD A LOT Remodeling because you’re tight on space? You’re not alone. “The top complaints I hear—no room for seating, too little counter area—all go back to a lack of space,” said Camp. “We borrowed space from a closet in our entryway, which only added about 20 square feet, but it made a big difference.” When working with a smaller kitchen, resist the urge to put cabinets everywhere. Less common design options, like running cabinets along only one wall, selecting midhigh cabinets or implementing an art wall, can do wonders to break up the space.
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It takes a special person to get a crowd of hundreds, sometimes more, pumped up and excited. But that’s exactly what our local high school mascots (and the students behind their masks) do at every game. Rich with history and nostalgia, these mascots wear their school’s colors with pride. We took some time to track down the who’s who of Marion County’s mascots and are happy to introduce them to you here. COMPILED BY OCALA STYLE STAFF | PHOTOS BY JOHN JERNIGAN
ST. JOHN LUTHERAN SCHOOL
COLORS: NAMESAKE: Mustangs are known for their grace, strength and independence. The Mustang has become the American metaphor for the passionate pursuit of our dreams.
FUN FACT: Did you know that our students host events for special needs schools and our principal once kissed a big, smelly pig to raise money for the students?
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St. John has many traditions, but a fun favorite is the annual Pet Day hosted by Mr. John Westol in the middle school. For one day, cats, dogs and the occasional bird or guinea pig live in peaceful harmony while traveling to classes and then enjoy a variety of competitions in the afternoon. Awards are given at the end of the day to many of the animals, but the memories of this activity are really what this event is all about!
When the school was founded, the mascot was the Cougars. Around 1975, the board decided that since the name of the church and school was St. John, the mascot should be the Saints.
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CELTICS 2000 “Shamrocky,” AKA “Rocky”
After every football game, our players and cheerleaders NAMESAKE: meet in the middle of the field to pray, The Class of 2005 inviting the other donated Rocky to the team to join them. school as their class Once done, our gift, and a contest athletes come to the was held with the sidelines standing student body to shoulder to shoulder, name the mascot. swaying and singing Rocky was born during halftime at a the alma mater. 2006 football game.
NAMESAKE: The Belleview community entered their ideas, and then the community voted.
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LIONS 1999 NAMESAKE:
Jesus is called “the lion of the tribe of Judah.” (Revelation 5:5) We chose the lion as our mascot not only because he is the king of the beasts but more particularly because it reminds us of our Savior.
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VANGUARD HIGH SCHOOL NAMESAKE:
The colors of the school were determined by the feeder schools that formed the beginning The first principal of student body of Vanguard. Vanguard, Mr. Leon Rogers, combined the start These included: red for Fort King of the space program and Middle School, white for Ocala High School, which is now Forest one of the rockets being High School (they were running named Vanguard with a logo that he saw on the two sessions of school on their campus and half of the students back of a military truck became Vanguard students), that included a Knight on a horse. He felt that it and blue for Howard High related nicely to the main School, which became a middle school when the zoned schools “round” building of the school or the “Knights of were divided between Vanguard and Forest. the Round Table.”
DUNNELLON HIGH SCHOOL MASCOT:
TIGERS 1945 Leon the Tiger COLORS:
FUN FACT: Two current NFL players are DHS alumni: Former Gator Lerentee McCray and former Seminole Terrence Brooks.
In 2012, students nominated potential mascot names for our tiger. The three that were nominated the most were then voted on by the student body, with Leon being the overwhelming winner.
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WILDCATS “Willie” Wildcat
The Wonker was found in the national forest about 10 years ago as a cub and has been at OCA ever since. Due to new government regulations, we are no longer able to keep this exotic mascot, so we will be releasing the Wonker back into the wild. Our new mascot will be revealed at the first OCA football game. Don’t miss... Captain Crusader!
We don’t know why the wildcat was chosen as the mascot; however, 20-plus years ago, an OHS alumni came by and told me that in the ‘50s Ocala High School had a contest to name the mascot. The winner was a student named Willard. His nomination was Willie Wildcat. Ocala High School was changed to Forest High School in 1969 upon the opening of Vanguard High School.
Two former Willie Wildcats now presently teach at FHS.
LAKE WEIR HIGH SCHOOL MASCOT:
HURRICANES 1955 NAMESAKE:
The hurricane The first class graduated in 1956. The school warning flags was on the middle school campus at that were chosen after time and served grades 7-12. In 1975, LWHS realizing the original moved to the current location. We’ve also symbol resembled had some notable athletes come from LWHS: a tornado. We are Eddie and Frank Johnson, professional now contemplating a basketball players; Ted Potter, Jr., PGA Tour mascot called Super golfer; and Grace Daley, WNBA player. Cane that will be Also, Pam Stewart, FDOE Commissioner of similar to the mascot Education, was a former AP at Lake Weir, of Tulsa University. and George Tomyn, MCPS Superintendent, was a teacher at Lake Weir.
NORTH MARION HIGH SCHOOL
WEST PORT HIGH SCHOOL
WOLF PACK “Wolfie” FOUNDED:
The name “Norman” was made by condensing North Marion.
Prior to the addition of “Norman,” a cheerleader used to ride a real horse onto the football field.
Students voted to name him after the Wolf Pack.
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A Brief History of Common Core
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is designed to establish consistent educational standards in the United States. It is today’s end product of a standards and accountability movement that began with the publication of A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform, a report by the National Commission on Excellence in Education in 1983.
long with the information provided in A Nation at Risk, research in the mid-1990s began to reveal that American students were scoring poorly compared to students in the world’s other industrialized nations. This research was seemingly verified when in 2000 the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) began testing students around the globe in mathematics, science and reading literacy. In the last round of tests, performed in 2012, PISA
continued to lag behind, it would put the nation at a disadvantage both in the business world and as a global military power. Their solution was to take a close look at the American system of education to determine whether changes needed to be made in order to improve our students’ international standing. Every presidential administration for the last three-and-a-half decades has attempted to improve the American education system, and all have used standards-based education as a foundation. In 2010, the Common Core Standards for math and English
low-performing schools, adopting programs that expand the creation of charter schools, maintaining state data systems aligned with federal data systems to record progress and utilizing performance-based evaluations for teachers based on their effectiveness. States are awarded federal funds based on scoring enough points. Florida was awarded $700 million in Race to the Top funds. Since the standards’ establishment, the majority of states have adopted all or part of them, but many have altered
AMERICAN EDUCATORS AND POLITICIANS HAVE LONG FEARED THAT IF AMERICAN EDUCATION STANDARDS CONTINUED TO LAG BEHIND, IT WOULD PUT THE NATION AT A DISADVANTAGE BOTH IN THE BUSINESS WORLD AND AS A
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language arts were released, and the federal government urged states to adopt them. Contrary to popular belief, Common Core is not a product of the federal government, and the government does not mandate states to adopt the standards. Common Core was initiated by the National Governor’s Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, and state participation is completely voluntary, although there is an incentive program provided by the federal government designed to financially entice participation. This incentive program, named Race to the Top, gives states “points” for adopting common standards, improving
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showed that the average score of U.S. students ranked 29th in mathematics, 22nd in science and 19th in reading literacy compared to 65 of the world’s other advanced countries. The State of Florida chose to be tested both within the U.S. education system and as a separate individual education system. The results of those tests showed that Florida students ranked even lower, falling below the U.S. average in all three subjects. American educators and politicians have long feared that if American education standards
them to best suit their individual preferences. The one common goal of federal, state and local educators, whether adopting Common Core standards or not, is to ensure that when a student leaves high school they have the education required to either attend college or effectively begin work in their chosen career field. According to Common Core creators, the initiative is designed to set a common standard of learning that each child should reach by the end of each grade level; it does not deal directly with school curricula. School districts are free to determine their own curricula, and their teachers have the freedom to create their own methods of instruction.
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Florida’s ﬁrst attempt at standardized education began in 1996 with implementation of the Sunshine State Standards, which were designed to provide “greater accountability for student achievement at each grade level.” These standards covered English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, physical education, world languages, ﬁne arts and health education for grades kindergarten through 12. Students were tested each year in grades three through 10 on varying subjects utilizing the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT).
n 2008, the standards were revised and renamed the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. The standards still used FCAT testing to ensure all students were learning the required material at the required pace, and end of course (EOC) assessments were added to measure student proficiency following completion of specific courses, such as algebra I or biology I. Florida law directly tied school funding to student performance on these tests. Higher performing schools were rewarded with higher school funding, and lower performing schools were penalized. Opponents to FCAT testing argued that the poorly performing schools should have received the increased funding in order to hire additional staff to increase performance standards, thereby creating parity in the state’s school system. Opponents also felt far too much emphasis was being placed on students passing the test and too little emphasis was being placed on actual learning. These objections were one of the catalysts behind the creation of the Common Core Standards. Common Core creators say they are attempting to shift the emphasis back onto learning and away from standards-based testing. Although the Common Core approach will also entail year-end testing, proponents of Common Core feel that it will once again return focus on how students can learn best and how teachers can teach more effectively. In 2010, the state adopted the Common Core State Standards, which were renamed the Florida State Standards in 2014 when 100 amendments were made to the standards. FCAT testing has been replaced with the Florida Standards Assessment tests, end of year assessment tests produced by the American Institutes for Research (AIR). The Florida Standards can be read in their entirety online at flstandards.org, and the Common Core Standards can be found at corestandards.org. Although the name of the year-end test has changed, the Race to the Top policy of awarding higher achieving schools and teachers remains, a point that Common Core opponents says does little to change Florida’s “high-stakes-testing mentality.”
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When it comes to the mechanics of Common Core, where do the experts stand?
ccording to William McCallum, distinguished professor (on leave) from the Department of Mathematics at the University of Arizona, who was the chairman of the team that wrote the Common Core Math Standards, Common Core is generally misunderstood and is only a guide for schools to use to set up their own approach to learning. “The Common Core establishes expectations at the end of each grade level but does not dictate how to get there,” says McCallum. “So there is more than one approach to teaching that will achieve the standards; there is no single ‘Common Core approach.’” Belleview resident, Michael Losito, who has taught mathematics at Belleview
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High School for the last 12 years, agrees—with certain reservations. “Yes, Common Core standards do allow schools and teachers to set their own curriculum, but when you have a certain standard of learning that has to be met by the end of the school year, how much freedom do you really have? A set amount of defined material has to be learned before end-of-year testing, and that material has to be taught, so where is the freedom? Teaching styles may differ slightly, but the material that must be taught is the same for every teacher.” Marion County Public Schools Superintendent George Tomyn feels the standards afford districts adequate leeway to create substantially different curricula while reaching the same goals. “The Florida Standards we’ve adopted make sure all schools reach the same common goals for each student in each grade, while still giving us complete freedom to determine the curriculum to reach those goals,” he says. “Whether it be Shakespearian literature, the Constitution or some other piece of distinguished literary work that we should choose to use
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in our curriculum to meet that standard is left up to the states and the districts. The year-end assessments and end-of-course
McCallum says Common Core concepts enable students to learn why math works… not just accepting the fact that 2 + 2 = 4.
here are expectations that students be fluent in procedures, that they understand why those procedures work and that they be able to apply them to solve problems. The standards pay equal attention to fluency, understanding and applications,” he says. “They describe the expectations as a coherent whole, not in fragmented pieces. Students who have memorized many fragmented pieces have fragile knowledge, which crumbles when they are confronted with problems posed in a different way from what they are used to. Students who understand why the procedures they are using work and who see how all the pieces fit together are more likely to have a robust knowledge that lasts beyond the class they learned it in.” Losito agrees. “Teaching in high school is a bit different from teaching in elementary school using Common Core standards,” he says. “In high school, what we are seeing is that material is being taught at a ‘pushed up’ pace. Things that were being taught in 10th grade are now being taught in 9th. Younger students are expected to understand concepts they didn’t have to understand under the previous standards… but the real changes are in the elementary schools. Children are being taught a different way to look at numbers. And yes, it is true that this should give them a better number sense using this approach, especially when it comes to estimating and having some idea of what a correct answer should look like even before starting a problem. “However, it will be three or four years before we begin to see if this concept is working,” Losito adds. “The students who are learning Common Core methods now will have to reach high school; only then will we begin to see if these changes have actually worked. Everything takes time… and we have to give Common Core time to prove itself.” Tomyn thinks the standards are the real deal and that time will prove them out. “When I took a look at the math standards as they are written, I understood why they have chosen this method to teach our children. Our generation did learn math in pieces, and we memorized certain ways of doing things, but we never fully understood the mechanics of math. I made As and Bs, but I just didn’t understand the why of what I was doing. Our children will have that ability. “And, yes it will take a while to see if they are working, but remember, we’ve already been using standards in Florida for more than 15 years… this isn’t something brand-new.” However, Marion County School Board District 1 member, Nancy Stacy couldn’t disagree more.
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tests should soon give us reliable feedback on if we are reaching those goals using the methods and curricula we’ve chosen.”
“THE STUDENTS WHO ARE LEARNING COMMON CORE METHODS NOW WILL HAVE TO REACH HIGH SCHOOL; ONLY THEN WILL WE BEGIN TO SEE IF THESE CHANGES
HAVE ACTUALLY WORKED.”
“The Florida Standards are an absolute disaster,” she says. “The math standards were written by mathematicians who have never taught one day of class in an elementary or high school. They sit around and come up with theories that they think will work and then experiment on our children with them. How can someone who has never taught a child know what is the best way to teach them? Look at how convoluted the process is to simply add two numbers together. It is nonsense. “The true experts are the ones on the validation committees like Drs. Sandra Stotsky and James Milgram who believe Common Core will ruin our nations academic standing internationally,” Stacy adds. “I completely agree with them that the standards are totally inadequate and will set us back at least two years behind the world’s leading countries. This approach to math was already tried in Russia and in California, and it didn’t work then and it won’t work now. We will end up losing technology jobs to countries like China in the very near future.”
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When it comes to American students falling below international averages, McCallum feels that American students have the same abilities as international students who are scoring higher on PISA and that the long-term implementation of Common Core Standards will eventually prove this fact.
would not say that Common Core makes better students, but that it expects students to be better and it expects the education system
to rise to that challenge,” he says. “The expectations of Common Core are equal to those of high achieving countries. American students have the same abilities as
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All agree that standardization is helpful in assisting the education process, but does it have any drawbacks?
would say standardization is helpful rather than necessary,” McCallum says. “If our expectations of students are shared across state lines, then resources can be shared also. And teacher preparation can be much more targeted to the mathematics that teachers will be developing in a given year. However, standardized tests do not assess everything a student knows… but they do give you some idea of how much students are learning. States spend on average something over $10,000 per student per year on education. It makes sense to spend a few dollars per student figuring out whether the investment is paying off or not. The promise of common standards is a common measuring stick that could be used to compare different teaching methodologies. However, I don’t think tests should be used in a crude way to make comparisons… there are so many other variables that might affect student performance.” “Standardization is necessary,” says Losito. “It makes sure we are all on the same page and that education is uniform wherever you are in America. But the problem comes when the emphasis is on testing. Teachers tend to focus their teaching on the test, and when testing time comes, the students are under tremendous pressure to perform. In all this test preparation, we lose sight of the student and his or her need for a total education. We lose focus on instilling creativity through the arts, music, etc. It hinders our ability to turn out free thinkers with good ideas and a social conscience. We end up just looking for a number and miss out on creating a ‘whole’ child.” “We live in a high-mobility state for students,” says Tomyn. “This means that we have lots of students moving here from other states, students moving within the state itself and students leaving the state to go elsewhere. Standardization ensures that if a student should leave their home in Oklahoma and move to Florida, they will be able to enter the classroom pretty much on the same academic level as the students around them. That’s very important for a state like Florida. If students can seamlessly enter a new classroom, then teachers aren’t required to spend extra time bringing them up-to-speed and the other students aren’t affected.”
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Everyone also agrees that yearend standardized tests should not be tied so closely to teacher performance and tenure, school grading and district funding.
’m all in favor of holding teachers to expectations for their students’ learning,” says McCallum, “but we don’t know enough about all the variables and about the complexities of the education system to tie their evaluation directly to student test scores.”
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“33 PERCENT OF THE TEACHER’S EVALUATION IS BASED ON STUDENT PERFORMANCE AND 67 PERCENT IS BASED ON
ADMINISTRATIVE OBSERVATION.” “I believe in accountability, but there simply has to be a better way than basing teacher and school evaluations on a student’s score on a single test,” says Losito. “Some students simply don’t do well on tests, some kids may not have gotten to bed on time, some may not have eaten breakfast… there are just too many variables affecting a student’s score on a single test to use it to determine funding and performance evaluations.” And evaluation methods have recently changed in Florida. “I am very concerned that a student sitting down for a one-time test can help determine his or her teacher’s value-added performance score. But remember, this has been an ongoing problem for a while,” Tomyn says. “But things have changed a bit since the last legislative session. Before session, 50 percent of a teacher’s evaluation was based on student test scores and 50 percent was based on administrative observation. Now, 33 percent of the teacher’s evaluation is based on student performance and 67 percent is based on administrative observation. How does that observation take place? Here in Marion County, we train our principals to look for the qualities that make a teacher a good teacher, and we ask our principals to spend at least 70 percent of their time out of their offices among the teachers, observing them in the classroom and evaluating their strengths and weaknesses. No teacher evaluation model is going to be ideal, and all are going to be debated, but some method has to be used to determine how successful a teacher is in the classroom.”
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Is I t Political?
There may be basic disagreements between backers and opponents of the Common Core Initiative when it comes to the mechanics of the standards and their implementation, but Osborne, who has spoken extensively on the subject, takes his opposition a step further.
ommon Core is purely a political ploy. Our education system was the best in the world before certain politicians began to try to change it,” he says. “Why did they want to change it? To gain more governmental control over our children. The way that Common Core math is taught is the perfect example. A parent today can’t sit down with his elementary-school-age child and help him or her with their homework. What parent can understand how or why it takes so many steps to just add two simple numbers together? Common Core forces the child to receive all their education from the school and from the teacher. And the schools have the ability to bend curriculum beyond just simple math or reading; they can introduce social or political issues into learning… and they do. I, and many others, feel this is just one more way for the federal government to control our and our children’s lives.” Tomyn disagrees. “Whenever I am challenged by someone who claims the standards are a government ploy to take over our children’s lives, I ask them to read the standards. The standards are simple. They outline exactly what our students need to know by the end of each school year at each grade level. They are well-defined and sound. There isn’t a hidden agenda. We aren’t mandated to use them, and we can teach them using whatever methods we choose. They are simply an outline. “And here in Marion County, we have made an extra effort to help parents understand how the standards work. We have open houses… our teachers are always available to assist parents, so they too can understand how to help their children with their homework. We will take the time to teach the parents, so they can, in turn, help teach their children at home. We understand how vitally important it is for parents to be totally involved in their children’s educations, and we make every effort to keep them involved.”
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Jim McElwain embarks on the tall task of bringing Florida football back to national prominence. BY CARLTON REESE
he man seems so unassuming at first glance,
only the coterie of handlers and media liaisons that shepherd him from room to room belies the fact he commands uncommon respect for a person of his rather modest tenor. This is Jim McElwain, and he is the man now responsible for parallel parking this battleship known as Florida Gator football into the tight space of a national championship, a space fans and players had been accustomed to battling for for around two decades. Now they hope McElwain to be their next Bull Halsey.
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“They” would be the contingent of fans and boosters gathered to pine over every word of their new leader at one of the latest stops on the Gator Gathering trail— this one in sort of the right ventricle of the heart of Gator Country: Ocala’s Ewers Century Center. They harbor high expectations that include Southeastern Conference titles and national championships while at the same time carry within a deep-rooted cynicism—a cynicism forged from moments that range from heartbreaking to embarrassing. Three national championships have certainly soothed but not covered the scars that remain from such ignominious moments known as “Fourth and Dumb,” “The Great Gator Flop” or “The Choke at Doak.” No matter how many consecutive victories the Gators may reel off against the hated Georgia Bulldogs, the acidic verbiage of “Run, Lindsay, Run!” will forever trump any momentary elation. These fans expect to play for national championships while at the same time see a train wreck ahead. One hand is high-fiving a buddy while the other shines white knuckles bracing for the inevitable. The Sybil nature of this ship needs ballast in steadying the two masts known as expectation and fear. So enter McElwain, who comes to Gainesville much the same way as Urban Meyer in 2005—taking over a juggernaut program that has failed to deliver on the field. Meyer took over from a fired newbie in Ron Zook and in his second season led the Gators to the national championship. His job was simple: corral all this megatalent with discipline and a proven system while understanding the fundamentals of game-day planning. It brought two trophies to Gainesville. Whereas Meyer inherited the rewards of Zook’s unquestioned recruiting abilities, McElwain steps
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Three national championships have certainly soothed but not covered the scars that remain from such ignominious moments known as
“Fourth and Dumb,” “The Great Gator Flop” or “The Choke at Doak.” into a situation where fired newbie Will Muschamp left an infirmary. During Muschamp’s tenure that concluded with consecutive seasons of 4-8 and 7-5 records, unprecedented numbers of injuries wrought miserable offensive production. Even when healthy, though, offensive production was mediocre. Twice, Muschamp’s Gators held opponents to less than 120 yards and still lost (the only times in
the last 10 years that has happened to anyone). And that is why McElwain is in Gainesville: to breathe life into an offense that once terrorized the best defenses of the SEC. The duty roster coming out of spring practice was rather pitiful. Only six scholarship offensive linemen were healthy and only two running backs. No wide receiver coach and not much to work with at the position were one there at all.
And quarterback? Tim Tebow’s not running through that tunnel any time soon. The Gators faithful at the Ewers Center seem to understand the predicament of their new coach. McElwain is not hailed as the Second Coming, as was Steve Spurrier in 1990 or Meyer 15 years later, but he certainly enters the scene with more respect than Zook or Muschamp, admirable fellows for sure but likely in over their heads for their first head coaching positions. “I think we’re pretty reserved about what our expectations are for this year,” said one fan in attendance, echoing the sentiment of most in the room. “I think there’s a capital ‘P’ for potential with the ship heading in the right direction.
“The poor guy (McElwain) has been dealt a tough hand to start off. It’s going to take time and patience. It’s unrealistic to expect his offense to win the SEC right away.” What fans expect is for McElwain to eventually bring to Gainesville what he built during his brief tenure as head coach at Colorado State and before as offensive coordinator during Alabama’s national championship run. His final season at CSU, McElwain’s offense generated 34 points per game and turned a previously unheralded quarterback in Garrett Grayson into a 4,000yard passer. Such coaching feats cause Gator fans to hearken back to when Steve Spurrier turned an unknown Shane Matthews into the SEC Player of the Year. McElwain groomed A.J. McCarron into a two-time national championship
there’s a capital ‘P’ for potential Vernon Hargreaves
with the ship heading in the right direction.
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QB, so who’s to say he couldn’t do the same with Treon Harris? Or Will Grier? But for McElwain, turning the ship around isn’t about the grooming of a quarterback or any other individual player for that matter. In speaking to media and fans, McElwain not once utters a single player’s name despite the heavy prodding. Not until Kreskin joins the UF football press corps is McElwain likely to discuss an individual player by name. Perhaps it’s
because the new coach is squarely focused on the team concept or maybe it’s because classes have only just begun and he hasn’t yet learned the names of his students—McElwain keeps his remarks on individuals to himself. “You will never hear me talk individually about players,” McElwain says. “It’s about the team. I might talk about players who don’t show up in the box score—usually the guys whose names don’t show up in the box score are the guys who do all the
work so those other guys can score all the touchdowns.” Fans would be happy to see touchdowns next to anyone’s name in the box score following the Muschamp era in which not a single light bulb needed changing on Ben Hill Griffin Stadium’s scoreboards. McElwain does not promise a return to Spurrier’s “Fun and Gun” era, mainly because that’s not his style, but also he understands the deficiencies he’ll be working with in his early moments with the program.
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“Offensively, it’s going to be an evolution,” he says. “It doesn’t happen overnight; you’ve got to get the pieces in there.” The pieces will be mainly those that he and his staff can bring in from the recruiting trail. At the anemic wide receiver position, only two players on the roster can boast of more than 20 career receptions—a prospect that bodes well for any up-and-comer hoping to make a mark wearing orange and blue. “We’ve got some positions where guys have some ‘Fast Pass’ tickets,” said McElwain, opting for a Disney World metaphor. “They’re going to get on the ride real quick.” In an abbreviated period, McElwain turned what was about to be an all-time bust of recruiting classes into a rather respectable one, albeit thin by UF’s lofty standards. “When we went out and recruited this year, we had some major needs,” McElwain
understates. “For some reason the numbers weren’t there—that’s not on the guy that was here before. Guys got injured or left early for the draft.” The addition of Martez Ivey, arguably the top lineman recruit in the nation, could help an offensive line depleted by injuries and the departure of four NFL draft picks. Who they’ll block for is anyone’s guess as Harris and Grier have battled for the quarterback position. Harris is more of a running play-maker and owns all the on-field experience, having replaced Jeff Driskel during last season’s demise. Grier looks more of the Garrett Grayson mold—a pure passer with decent mobility. Both players put up good numbers in a spring game that could hardly be called much more than a scrimmage. McElwain will enjoy some pretty good running backs despite the small numbers. Kelvin Taylor, son of former Gator Great Fred, could be poised for a breakout year
Kelvin Taylor, Will Grier Photo by Tim Casey
McElwain turned what was about to be an all-time bust of recruiting classes into a rather respectable one, albeit thin by UF’s lofty standards. as the feature back if an offensive line somehow emerges. Taylor has rushed for over 1,000 yards in his career, and his 197 yards against Georgia last season has left fans salivating for more of the same. With Taylor, Adam Lane gives the UF running game another solid option. When he rushed for 109
yards in the Gators’ bowl win over East Carolina, Lane looked like he could actually be the featured back. Spurrier and Meyer both turned the SEC on its ear with innovation many said would not work in this league, but both proved skeptics wrong. If McElwain has any remarkable
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innovations in mind, he’s keeping it close to the vest but certainly hinting that some major changes are coming down the pike. “The economist (John Maynard) Keynes had an interesting saying,” McElwain said. “He said, ‘the difficulty lies not in the new ideas but in escaping the old ones.” So can fans look forward to some sort of Quantitative Easing or monetization of the offense for 2015? As for the defense, McElwain simply need not destroy the only thing Muschamp built of Cadillac quality. Muschamp’s defenses were ranked among the nation’s best statistically and a treasure trove of talent remains in the secondary, including Vernon Hargreaves III, the All-American junior. McElwain brought in Geoff Collins from Mississippi State to take over as defensive coordinator as well as Randy Shannon, the former Miami Hurricanes head coach, in order to make sure the unit does not take any steps back. Shannon’s biggest asset may be more in his connections to recruits in the rich talent pool of South Florida more so than his ability to coach up that talent.
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The fans at the Ewers Center like a strong defense, but it will always be the offensive side of the ball that captures their attention. “Having a great defense is rather comforting, and you know you have a chance in any game,” another fan at the Gathering said. “But when the offense stinks, you know you also have a chance to lose any game. Whatever happened to the days of running up the score? That’s what we want here. And to shut teams out!” More of everything, and keep it coming! That would be the fans’ mantra, and optimism for the future exists though guarded. But perhaps no one has as much at stake with McElwain’s success as does the man who hired him— Director of Athletics Jeremy Foley. Foley, who boasts of eight national championship coaches currently on his staff, knows success at his position hinges mainly on what happens Saturdays at the Swamp. Softball and tennis titles are nice, but they don’t make up for losses on the football field,
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especially to the likes of Vanderbilt and Georgia Southern. McElwain arrives in Gainesville to revive the UF football program but also to silence Foley’s critics. For McElwain to bring Florida football back to national prominence would remind the critics of Foley’s genius that brought in a young Billy Donovan and turned Gators basketball into a national power; for McElwain to fail would simply remind the critics of Foley’s disastrous experiments with Zook and Muschamp. Although Foley is the person who technically hired Meyer in 2004, most in Gainesville view that as a crony hire of then-president Bernie Machen. Perhaps unfairly, Foley gets no credit for the vision in bringing Meyer to UF. “These visits with fans around the state were a lot easier when we were winning back-to-back national championships in basketball and in football,” Foley said. “I know a bunch of you are saying, ‘that’s all good, but what
have you done for us lately?’ I get that. “I understand where Gator fans come from, disappointed in where we are in football. They hated watching the football playoff, because we weren’t even a spec in the conversation.” And whose fault is that? “There’s one person that bears responsibility for that, and that’s me,” Foley admits. “I made some decisions that didn’t work. We’re going to get better in football. “You’re going to love the new football coach. He’s really smart, really talented, and he’s got a couple national championship rings, too.” Foley, like the contingent of fans at the Ewers Center, is not expecting a title in 2015, but the honeymoon will likely be over then. Meyer won in his second year in Gainesville, and McElwain turned CSU into a winner in year two as well, so when the 2016 season ends the jury will quit deliberating and hand down its verdict—on McElwain. And Foley.
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ET’S FACE IT, THE NORMAL ROUTINE OF SMACKING TWO PIECES OF WHITE BREAD TOGETHER OVER SOME SMEARED PEANUT BUTTER JUST ISN’T MAKING THE CUT THESE DAYS. SO NEXT TIME YOU HIT THE SUPERMARKET, PLAN ON ROLLING RIGHT PAST THE JELLY AISLE, BECAUSE THE KIDS HAVE SPOKEN AND THE SAME OL’ SAMMY IS OUT—FOR GOOD!
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Kids may be kids, but that doesn’t mean they enjoy finding the same squished sandwich at the bottom of their lunchbox day after day any more than we would. With some experts estimating the average student that eats over 2,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the time they toss up their caps on graduation day, we venture to guess our kids would all agree it’s time for a change. Ham and cheese? Sorry, but you’re gone, too.
Sandwich box: Flat sandwiches
be gone! This nifty little container will ensure the sandwich stays in fine shape, no matter how many bumps it has to endure from the backpack ride into school. Some sandwich boxes also have a removable ice pack to keep sandwiches cool throughout the
you pull out what used to be a perfectly yellow banana only a few hours earlier to find its color has shifted and the peel is now sporting tons of brown mushy spots? Us, too. Banana guards are small plastic covers that will encase this sweet fruit, not allowing a single bruise— even if lunch isn’t for another three hours. Reusable sandwich bag: One
First things first, parents:
In order to provide your kids with the best box at the table (and reclaim your “master lunchbox chef ” title), you’ll need to invest in some of these extremely necessary and exuberantly cool gadgets. Don’t worry, you don’t have to run out on a full-blown shopping spree just yet. After all, you do still have to fit some food in the lunchbox!
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day. And the best news of all? Sandwiches aren’t the only thing that have permission to occupy this container! If you decide to forgo the sandwich a couple days of the week, the sandwich box can also protect cheese and crackers or fruit.
more thing to check off your grocery list. Instead of the constant dumping of cling wrap and foil, invest in one bag to last the entirety of the school year. We like the fully washable version from Nigel’s Eco Store, also equipped with a handy name tag.
this idea has been trying to become a thing for the past few years, we are taking it upon ourselves to make this August the month it finally happens. Featuring a compartmentalized tray with different sections, you can pack a smorgasbord of lunchtime treats!
Soup thermos: Who said your kids can’t enjoy a hot meal every once in a while in the cafeteria? Not limited to chicken noodle, you can jam pack this container full of mac and cheese, chili or whatever else you feel should be on this week’s menu!
BEYOND THE BASICS Now that our packing tools are in check, we can get down to business. At approximately noontime, your child will sit down to lunch—15 lunchboxes unzipped and under close inspection. Yes, avoiding that infamous—and somewhat disgusting—food swap between kids may be tricky at times. However, here are a few lunchtime ideas that are guaranteed to be trade-proof!
THE ELVIS BURRITO MONDAY:
Spread peanut butter on a toasted whole-wheat wrap, then sprinkle with crumbled bacon and drizzled honey. Slice a whole banana, scatter it around the wrap and roll. We promise, your kids will thank you for this one!
TAKE-TOSCHOOL TACO BAR TUESDAY:
If your kids love taco night, why not come up with a few ingredients that will fit neatly into that bento box you should have already purchased. Shredded cheese, lettuce and taco meat are really all you need for another successful “Taco Tuesday.” Be assured, your child will want to make this a weekly thing.
MINI FRENCH PICNIC WEDNESDAY:
Time to break out that bento box again, because who needs a picnic blanket and a basket to eat picnic-inspired foods? This picnic-in-a-bento-box includes baby pickles, blueberries, spreadable cheese, crackers and, yes, maybe a few finger sandwiches for the final touch!
CHIPS AND DIPS THURSDAY:
Sour cream, smashed avocados, salsa, even a meat dip! Pack flaxseed tortilla chips along with small containers full of your child’s favorite dips. This healthy option is one of the few school meals that tastes just as good as it looks!
MAKE YOUR OWN LUNCHABLES FRIDAY:
Lunchables: Every kid loves them; health-conscious moms hate them. So, why not make your own? (You’ll once again need that handy-dandy bento box!) Slice up some turkey and swiss, add in some crackers, grapes and homemade cookies, and you have yourself a homemade lunchable. If you’re feeling really fancy, try mini pizza lunchables using an English muffin. And for the creative parents out there, use cookie cutters to shape the meal. After all, everybody knows that a flower-shaped piece of cheese beats the taste of a square any day!
A FEW MORE WINNERS Even kids need a little variety in the week. So here you go—two more lunches that will no doubt satisfy a tummy or two.
» Ants on a log: Halfway through surviving a tough school day, your kids will need some protein. Try packing a few stalks of celery smeared with your choice of peanut butter or tuna salad, topped off with a few raisins starring as the “ants!”
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» Salad shakers: We told you that a thermos would come in handy! Toss together a mixture of greens, tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, dressing and whatever else is requested into a soup thermos—the salad will stay as cool as a cucumber. It’s a great way for kids to have a tasty bread-free lunch!
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ITH THOUSANDS OF SPICES AND HERBS FROM AROUND THE WORLD, EACH DISTINCTIVE TO ITS OWN REGION, IT’S A SHAME THAT YOUR SPICE RACK CAN ONLY HOLD A NUMBERED AMOUNT. WELL, IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE. TIME TO SWAP, TRADE AND TRASH, BECAUSE THE WORD’S IN AND GARLIC POWDER IS JUST NOT CUTTING IT. HERE’S 10 NEW SPICES TO ADD TO YOUR SPICE SELECTION.
Referred to as the “Queen of Spices” for a reason, this exotic spice ranges in use from chocolate chip cookies to white fish. As a must for savory dishes, this spice is an all-around winner.
With hints of lemon and curry in its subtle flavor, it can be used in a variety of entrées. Also try it in roasted cauliflower, chicken, butter cookies, lentils and squash. Best added at either the beginning or end of the cooking process, coriander will have a distinctly different taste depending on which you choose. Two spices in one? We’re in.
Ever wonder what those spiky seeds are garnishing your fish and veggies at fancy restaurants? Wonder no longer—it’s cumin. Fried whole in oil, this spice is a perfect way to bring out the hidden flavors in otherwise bland food.
Grains of paradise:
Great in salad dressings and just about everything else, grains of paradise is now taking the title as salt’s new best friend. Cooked into the dish or cracked fresh, this spice excels at both.
A smoky spice best put to use in marinades, sauces and soups, this one’s a keeper.
Savory dishes crave this spice. Although turmeric is commonly used in Indian dishes, in the United States, it has been used in a variety of things, like icings, orange juice, yogurt and even ice cream!
Nutmeg: Mac and cheese or spice cake, with nutmeg in the picture, they’re sure to be excellent! We love the soft, buttery taste of nutmeg.
Thyme: A little goes a long way, and this powerful spice is great for fish, poultry and meat dishes.
Sesame seeds: Mostly present to add texture, one simply can’t call a spice cabinet complete without it.
Source: thekitchn.com, seriouseats.com
Aleppo chile: Say good-bye to all forms of generic crushed red pepper. Described as bright and zesty with a smoldering aftertaste, it’s said to go best with basic tomato sauces, roasted vegetables, chicken and nuts. On tonight’s menu— chicken cacciatore!
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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La Famiglia Pizzeria 2506 A SE 17th St., Ocala / (352) 245-2419 Mon-Wed 11a-9p / Thurs-Sat 11a-10p / Sun closed
Stepping into this pizzeria, you may be fooled into thinking you’ve arrived at a cafe in New York City! With a menu chock-full of hearty offerings like steaming cheese calzones, chicken cacciatore and jumbo, spicy chicken wings—their pizza is not the only specialty that will bring you to your feet! But if it is pizza you’re after, there are plenty of specialties to try, such as the lasagna, chicken parm, buffalo chicken and more. This family-owned restaurant is sticking close to their motto, and we are in complete accordance—they are “not just pizza! It’s much more...”
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100 Proof Saloon 1735 N Pine Ave, Ocala / (352) 512-0233 / Mon-Sun 11a-2a
With a full menu of unique favorites—like their fried bologna sandwich, gator tail nuggets and pulled pork tacos—you can enjoy lunch, dinner or a night out inside or on the patio. If you can handle the heat, start your meal off with their Jalapeño Bottle Caps (lightly battered jalapeño slices) or their 100 Proof Hot Wings. With a non-smoking interior, it’s a great place to grab anything from a salad or a burger to shrimp or tacos. Take out and free Wi-Fi are available, too.
From sandwiches and salads to gator tail nuggets and 100 Proof Hot Wings, there’s something for everyone at 100 Proof Saloon. Taco Tuesdays every Tuesday!
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Cinnamon Toast milkshake:
Cereal and ice cream together? It really doesn’t get better than that. Ground Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal is a perfect way to beat the heat while sipping on a delicious treat! Add some whipped cream on top and on some cinnamon for extra measure and enjoy!
PINCH-WAIST SKIRT, A QUARTER IN THE JUKEBOX, THREE BUBBLEGUM TUNES AND A COUPLE OF BOYS FLAUNTING THEIR UPTURNED COLLARS. IT’S FRIDAY NIGHT, AND AS YOU SWIVEL AROUND ON THE PINK SWEETHEART CHAIR, YOUR WAITRESS EMERGES FROM BEHIND THE GOOSENECK SODA SPOUT HOLDING FIVE DESSERTS, CHERRY ON TOP. 1950S OR NOT, YOU KNOW WHAT’S BEING SERVED: MILKSHAKES. When the term “milkshake” was first
it simple is usually the best advice for almost everything, but when it comes to shakes, a few extra ingredients never hurt, right?
Fruity milkshake: Raspberries,
blueberries, strawberries—throw a few of these into your favorite shake and you’ll be in love.
Cherry-Cola milkshake: With
cherry sauce lining the bottom of the glass, vanilla in the middle, followed by cola and, of course, a cherry on top, we wouldn’t be surprised if you served this tasty invention with every meal.
used in print, it was 1885 and the treat was not so much a treat but rather a popular medicinal containing whiskey. By 1900, the term referred to drinks made with chocolate, strawberry and vanilla syrups. Still touted “a crowd favorite,” milkshakes are here to stay, with not a sign of fading. From cookies n’ cream and banana to peanut butter or mint, one thing is for sure—you’ll be slurping in no time!
Chocolate or vanilla? Keeping
out the marshmallows, because s’mores are no longer just a campfire occasion! Anything will go for this one. If you eat it around the fire, throw it in the blender! Chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows or marshmallow fluff are surefire add-ins to leave a great first impression (or sip)!
Cookies n’ Cream milkshake:
Check out these sweet ideas to make your own at home and keep milkshakes trending for the next few decades!
Place whatever cookie you feel will make your sweet treat complete in a plastic baggie. Crunch up the cookie in the bag with your hands or a rolling pin. We say the more Oreos, the better!
Add softened cream cheese to any vanilla shake, and you’re halfway through making the ultimate shake. Once you’ve poured a glass, top with graham crackers, warm strawberry jam and cream. Cheesecake in a cup? We vote yes.
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The Ivy House Restaurant 917 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala / (352) 622-5550 Sun 11a-2p / Tue 11a-2p / Wed & Thu 11a-8p / Fri & Sat 11a-8:30p / Closed Mon 106 NW Main St, Williston / (352) 528-5410 Sun-Wed 11a-2p / Thu-Sat 11a-8p / ivyhousefl.com “Come on home, it’s suppertime!” is 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.
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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.
2015 Best of Taste Winner and Best Taste People’s Choice Mesa de Notte features a full-service bar serving beer, wine and liquor. Just Before Dark Dinners start August, 2015. Monday thru Thursday 3 - 5:30pm.
Gator Joe’s Beach Bar & Grill 12431 SE 135th Ave., Ocklawaha / (352) 288-3100 / gatorjoesocala.com Mon-Thu 11a-9p / Fri 11a-10p / Sat 10:30a-10p / Sun 10:30a-9p Come enjoy casual lakeside dining at Gator Joe’s Beach Bar & Grill on gorgeous Lake Weir where you can kick back and relax. Their courteous and knowledgeable staff can supply you with an ice-cold beverage from the full-service liquor bar, or choose from the craft or draught beer selection. While sitting on the deck over the water, be sure to indulge in Gator Joe’s island-inspired cuisine—from their delicious gator tail and fried shrimp to hometown favorites like the juicy 1/2-pound Joe’s Big Burger or excellent chicken wings. Bring the entire family to the beautiful white sand beach where you can cool off in the water or simply watch the world go by from the comfort of a well-placed chair.
Gator Joe’s has plenty of parking, whether you arrive by land, water or air! We have happy hour MonThu from 4-6pm, all-you-can-eat fried fish on Fridays from 4pm to close and live entertainment on the weekends Fri-Sun.
Eaton’s Beach Sandbar & Grill 15790 SE 134th Avenue, Weirsdale, FL / (352) 259-2444 / eatonsbeach.com Sun–Thurs 11a-9p / Fri & Sat 11a-10:30p Check out EatonsBeach.com for weekly beach events and music guests. Try Eaton’s Beach catering for your next event—we’ll bring the beach to you. From corporate events and birthdays to weddings and wedding rehearsals, Eaton’s Beach will help you plan the perfect event with the perfect food.
People from all over converge on Eaton’s Beach for a variety of reasons. For some, it’s the Sandbar’s scintillating musical lineup on the weekends. For others, it’s the ease of a day at the beach— complete with resort-style cocktails. We like to think it’s for the award-winning food. With back-to-back wins at Taste of Ocala, Chef Del Rio’s Pastrami and Shrimp & Grits are two things that make Eaton’s Beach a destination where the only thing better than the view… is the food.
Crossroads Country Kitchen 7947 W Highway 40, Ocala / (352) 237-1250 Mon-Thu 6a-8p / Fri-Sat 6a-9p / Sun 7a-3p Located at the Crossroads of NW 80th Ave. and Hwy 40 West. No matter what you have a taste for, Crossroads Country Kitchen is sure to become a new favorite. Former owners of “The Spiced Apple” restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale
Located west on Highway 40 in Ocala, the Crossroads Country Kitchen is a must for anyone craving down-home, country cooking. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, menu items range from a wide variety of homemade soups and chili to prime rib, fresh salads, seafood, prime steaks and burgers. If you’re in the mood for a real treat, try the Prime Rib Dinner For Two for $26.95. Make sure to leave room for one of the tasty home-baked desserts! In the mood for a fresh fish fry? Tuesdays and Fridays are all-you-care-to-eat catfish or whitefish. Make Wednesday a must for fresh Roast Turkey Dinner with all the fixin’s. Big screen televisions will allow you to enjoy your meal without missing one second of the big game or race.
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Next time you’re in the mood for a taste of Ireland, look no further 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.
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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! Try one of their fresh fish entrées. 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!
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 Happy Hour daily 4:30-6pm Check out our full sushi bar. Celebrating 29 years! Ask about our lunch specials!
For an authentic Japanese meal in an award-winning restaurant that has been serving Ocala since 1986, try Kotobuki. Enjoy traditional Japanese favorites like tempura, teriyaki and broiled seafood and vegetables. For a memorable experience, gather around the hot grill and watch as your chef prepares steak, chicken and seafood favorites right before your eyes. Get the VIP treatment and join today! Text MYSUSHI to 40518 and get exclusive offers, promos & coupons. Check out the specials!
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 Happy Hour Tue-Fri, 5-7p. $5 premium cocktails, $3 house wine, 2-4-1 beer and $5 tapas.
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.
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Tuscawilla Park. In honor of the Ocala’s own centennial celebration of Ocala Tuscawilla, the prize money has been increased by $10,000. The competition is open to artists 18 and older working in North America. Ten artists will be chosen to display their work, beginning in February 2016, for a 20-month exhibition. Interested artists may submit up to three works by the deadline. ocalafl.org/outdoorsculpture or (352) 368-5517.
Bust out your bowling shoes! It’s time for the 5TH ANNUAL “BOWL-TO-BUILD” BOWL-ATHON. AMF Galaxy East Lanes will once again
play host to this popular tournament, benefiting Habitat for Humanity. Last year’s lanes were packed, and this year’s goal is to raise $15,000 for families in need. With plenty of prizes up for grabs, a silent auction, raffles and more, this is one event you can’t miss. Registration begins at 12:30pm, and bowling begins at 1:30pm. habitatocala.org or (352) 351-4663.
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What’s destined to be a truly cultural affair, the FIRST ANNUAL OCALA CARNIVAL is a three-day celebration of all things Caribbean. Presented by the
North Central Caribbean Culture Carnival Association, the festivities begin with a kickoff party at Jumbolair featuring Caribbean cuisine and entertainment by DJ Spice. Saturday features a day of vendors, arts and crafts, face-painting and a concert lineup that includes the hottest Caribbean performers from 4-9pm. But the night doesn’t end just because the sun goes down. An after party will feature Caribbean-inspired cuisine, dancing, prizes and more. The event closes Sunday with a parade at 2pm on Martin Luther King Blvd. For a complete list of events, visit ncccca.org or call (352) 470-7799.
DOWNTOWN TO DO’S Though we may not be cooling down just yet, kids across the country consider August the end of summer. Keep ‘em busy this month with some of these great events! The HISTORIC MARION THEATRE will continue offering their summer deal on kids’ movies through August 13. Two dollars will buy the ticket, a drink and popcorn. Runners in the family can lace up their sneakers for two great runs. August 1 is the first annual COLOR ME GREEN 5K held at Tuscawilla Park to benefit the Marion County 4-H Foundation, and on August 22, runners take to the streets for the GLO WITH THE FLO 5K, a fun nighttime race for those 10 and over. Stay up late on August 7 for the FLICK & FLOAT at Jervey Gantt Aquatic FUN Center, and head out the next day for two back-to-school events. The BACKTO-SCHOOL BASH at MLK Recreation Complex kicks off at 10am and the TURN UP THE HEAT BACK TO SCHOOL EXTRAVAGANZA gets started at 3pm at Lillian F. Bryant Recreation Complex. Looking for live entertainment? The popular DOWNTOWN SUMMER JAMS will host local talent at Citizens’ Circle from 6-9pm on August 21—make sure to come hungry because the finest food trucks will be serving up food all evening long. Celebrate fitness on August 29 at the THE MAYOR’S OCALA FITNESS CHALLENGE COMMUNITY CELEBRATION taking place at Jervey Gantt Recreation Complex at 9am. And don’t forget that the OCALA FARM MARKET takes place every Saturday from 9am-2pm. For more information on all these events, visit ocalafl.org or mariontheatre.org or call (352) 629-6300.
THELOCALSCENE UPCOMING EXHIBITS AT THE APPLETON (ONGOING) Promises of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection. This 75-piece exhibition includes the work of 30 artists and is only a portion of 300 works in the Arthur Primas Collection. The exhibit will feature paintings, sculptures, works on paper, graphics and documents that cover a period of 200 years and will be on display through August 23. People & Places Of North Vietnam, 1948-1968: Selections From The Bruce H. Blowitz Collection features a sizable collection of rare mid-20th century Vietnamese works on paper, including historically invaluable Communist party propaganda posters. The exhibit runs through October 4. Masterworks From The International Guild Of Realism features 65 award-winning works that range from the ultracontemporary to timeless and traditional Realism. The exhibit runs September 5 through November 1. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. VILLAGES POLO CLUB (ONGOING) The Villages Polo Club will host a match every Friday evening at 5pm and every Sunday at 2pm throughout the month. General admission is $15, and tailgating tickets are available. Only cash will be accepted at the gate. thevillagesentertainment.com
or (352) 750-7656. ROCKIN’ SUMMER NIGHTS (THROUGH AUGUST) Wild Waters Park will host Rockin’ Summer Nights every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening from 6:30pm-2am. Bands and live entertainment will perform each night, and the bar will be fully stocked. silversprings.com or (352) 261-5840. FREE YOGA FOR VETERANS (ONGOING) Bliss Yoga and Wellness Center will host a free Continued on page 76
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UTISM AWARENESS IS CLOSE TO BARBARA LEONARD’S HEART. FOR YEARS SHE HAS BEEN TIRELESSLY RAISING FUNDS FOR THE NEW HORIZON ACADEMY. HER FIRST EVENT, THE 5K FOR AUTISM AT SILVER SPRINGS GREW FROM A MEAGER FOOTRACE IN 2002 TO A COMMUNITYWIDE EVENT BRINGING IN OVER 600 RUNNERS. Unfortunately, due to several changes at Silver
Springs, the race can no longer take place. Not one to be easily defeated, Barbara and her son, Troy, have been organizing several events over the past few years to benefit New Horizon Academy. She took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to fill us in on this year’s events.
The 5K event was such a major fundraiser. Were you expecting to find another event that would draw the same crowd?
The gala was a way for people to support the cause without having to hit the courts.
know anything about golf, but they have really stepped up to help us.
What’s new for this year?
Three years ago, we hosted the tennis tournament at the Country Club of Ocala. We weren’t sure what to expect, but we had a great turnout, and the Country Club of Ocala staff was wonderful.
This year, we are hosting the tennis tournament and gala but also including a golf scramble. The idea is that people can golf in the morning, and the prizes and awards will be handed out at the gala that evening. The tennis tournament will be held the next day.
What can attendees expect?
Last year you included a gala. What was your inspiration for including the new event? People wanted to help New Horizon Academy, but not everyone was a tennis player.
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Registration for the golf scramble includes a boxed lunch, on-course beverages and tickets to the gala , where the prizes will be announced as well as the winner of the raffle for the Benelli M2 Field Shotgun. The gala will also feature a silent auction, delicious food and live entertainment. Saturday’s tennis tournament consists of men’s and women’s doubles, and each team is guaranteed two matches.
CHAIR YOGA (ONGOING) A chair yoga class for those with limited mobility will be held at Bliss Yoga in Ocala at 10:30am on Wednesdays. Registration is free, but donations are accepted. blissyogacfl.com or (352) 694-YOGA.
EDUCATIONAL ART FILMS (THROUGH AUGUST 30) The Appleton Museum will host a series of educational art films for art fans of all ages Sundays through August 30. The series will include both documentaries and various films and is free to members and included with museum admission for non-members. Films begin at
CALL TO ARTISTS (THROUGH SEPTEMBER 1) Rainbow Springs Art Festival is slated to take place in downtown Dunnellon on November 21. This is an open call to artists of all genres to submit their original pieces by September 1 and artists will be notified of their acceptance into the exhibition by September 30. (352) 804-2364. OPENING NIGHT TICKET SALES (THROUGH OCTOBER 23) Tickets are now on sale for the opening night concert at the newly renovated Reilly Arts Center. The inaugural concert will include selections from Disney’s Fantasia, and guests will be treated to Gustav Holst’s The Planets like never before with a live orchestra and HD video projections above the stage. Tickets can be purchased through the Ocala Symphony. ocalasymphony.com or (352) 351-1606. KAYAK AND PADDLEBOARDING (ONGOING) The Marion County Department of Parks and Recreation will host numerous kayak and paddleboard outings and clinics throughout the month. Visit the website or call for a list of locations and times. marioncountlyfl.org or (352) 671-8560. YOGA (THROUGH NOVEMBER) A free yoga class will be offered at Sholom Park in Ocala on the first Saturday of the month through November. Class begins at 9am. (352) 854-7950. SENIOR LEARNERS COURSES (THROUGH NOVEMBER) A number of courses will be available for seniors at the College of Central Florida. seniorlearners.org or (352) 239-8780. 4-H COLOR ME GREEN 5K (AUGUST 1) This 2nd annual 5K will take place in Tuscawilla Park Continued on page 78
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a school supplies giveaway. The event will take place at the Lillian F. Bryant Recreation Complex from 3-7pm. ocalafl.org or (352) 207-5219.
ORANGE LAKE HOMECOMING (AUGUST 1-2) The 50th annual Orange Lake Homecoming Festival will take place at Orange Lake Community Club in Reddick. The festival will feature a parade, a talent show, kickball, softball, a car show and much more. (352) 777-6407.
GARDEN WORKSHOP (AUGUST 9) Silver Springs State Park will host a garden workshop on the second Sunday of each month at 1pm. The goal is to provide the home gardener with the information necessary to create a low-maintenance and diverse garden compatible with the local ecosystem. Exact locations of each workshop will vary. (352) 236-7156.
FLICK & FLOAT (AUGUST 7) Hang out in the Hampton Aquatic FUN Center pool while watching a movie on the big screen. Movie to be announced. Admission fee is $2 per person. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5517. BACK TO SCHOOL BASH (AUGUST 8) This annual event provides complimentary school supplies and guidance for students plus fun activities for the kids. Event takes place at the MLK Recreation Complex from 10am-2pm. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5517. TURN UP THE HEAT BACK TO SCHOOL EXTRAVAGANZA (AUGUST 8) This event offers games, clowns, face-painting and
END OF SUMMER BASH (AUGUST 9) Easy Street will host their first annual End of Summer Bash from 1-5pm. The event will feature bounce houses, face painting, carnival games and more. Admission is $6, and Easy Street armbands and food specials will also be available. School supply donations will also be accepted. funworks.com/easystreet/ or (352) 861-9700. THE BIG HAMMOCK RACE SERIES (AUGUST 15) Registration for the Big Hammock Race Series is now open. Ocala Runner’s Club members are automatically entered. Non-members can register Continued on page 80
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MARION COUNTY GOURD ARTIST CLASS (AUGUST 15) Marion County gourd artists will host a meeting and class at the Cherokee Park Adult Recreation center in Belleview. The class begins at 10am. marioncountygourdartists.com or (352) 245-7203.
SILK SCARF WORKSHOPS (AUGUST 18, 20) Gallery East Art Center will host two silk scarf workshops with Margie Picard. Registration is $50 and includes all supplies. Each participant will create two scarves. Workshop limited to 6 participants. galleryeast.org or (352) 245-2781. FREE ESL CLASSES (AUGUST 19) Free ESL classes will be held at First Baptist Church of Ocala every Wednesday at 6pm. Classes are taught by certified ESL teachers at three levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced, and childcare is available. (352) 629-5683. DOWNTOWN SUMMER JAMS (AUGUST 21) Local young bands will perform live on Citizens’ Circle in downtown Ocala. If you’re hungry, food trucks will be on hand to satisfy your appetite. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5517. AMATEUR BOXING CHAMPIONSHIP (AUGUST 22) The Southeastern Livestock Pavilion will host an amateur boxing championship at 6pm to promote anti-bullying. Children who take the anti-bullying pledge receive free admission to the event. sampsonsboxing.com or (352) 875-5271.
GLO WITH THE FLO 5K (AUGUST 22) This nighttime 5K will take place throughout the streets of downtown Ocala from 8-10pm. The event will benefit the Marion County Children’s Alliance. Race intended for those over the age of 10. ocalafl.org or (352) 402-5222 or (352) 484-8108. THEMED TOUR AT THE APPLETON (AUGUST 27) A themed tour will be held at 2pm entitled When Small is Huge. The tour will focus on small details that play a huge compositional role in paintings from the permanent collection. appleonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. THE MAYOR’S OCALA FITNESS CHALLENGE COMMUNITY CELEBRATION (AUGUST 29) This is the final event to celebrate the participants’ success and give away prices to challenge winners. The event will take place at the Jervey Gantt Recreation Complex from 9am-12pm. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5506. FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK (SEPTEMBER 4) Local artists will be presenting their work and crafts in the downtown business district from 6-9pm. The evening will include live entertainment and performances on the downtown square. ocalafl.org or (352) 629-8447. GOLF TOURNAMENT (SEPTEMBER 25) The 5th Annual First Tee of Greater Ocala Golf Tournament Fundraiser will take place at Golden Ocala. The tournament raises funds for the First Tee golf program in Ocala, which supported over 900 young golfers in 2015. firstteegreaterocala.org or (352) 362-2258
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HEN THE CAUSE IS A GOOD ONE, THE GOOD ONES TURN OUT IN DROVES. SUCH WAS THE CASE FOR GRACE CHRISTIAN’S SCHOOL AUCTION AND FUNDRAISER. DOS DE MAYO WAS A GRAND NIGHT IN STYLE COMPLETE WITH A HISPANIC DINNER CATERED BY LATINOS Y MAS CRAFTED BY FABIAN. Guests dined at a taco bar laden with chicken and roast pork tacos,
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Dos de Mayo was the 22nd annual auction. This year’s event was extra special in that it honored retiring Grace Christian School principal Mr. Don Raymond. Counting down the 12 days before the auction, the students enjoyed a “Where’s Waldo” style hunt with a life-sized, cardboard pin up of Principal Raymond which was nicknamed “Don Juan Raymond” in celebration of his upcoming retirement. There was an abundance of support from political officials, public service leaders and school family which was amazing. Jill Fore and Melissa Simmons were auction co-chairs. The party was held at the National Parts Depot. NPD’s Chief Operations Officer, Rick Schmidt, son of founder Jim Schmidt, graciously invited the Marion County community to tour the 360,000 square feet warehouse and store. Over 200 beautifully restored classic cars were on display. The auctions items were many and varied. Marion County Sheriff
Chris Blair sponsored “Sheriff for the Day” with a winning bid for fourth grader Halsey and sibling second grader Bryce Fore. Ocala Police Chief Greg Graham sponsored “Police Chief for the Day” with a winning bid for third grader Mackenzie and sibling sixth grader Mason Danner. Other popular auction items that were bid on included a dinner with astronaut Dr. Story Musgrave, a romantic night on the town for two, Tampa Bay Rays tickets, private fencing lessons and many school related days and gifts. Following the success of this event, Mr. Raymond stated: “I am so grateful for all the hard work of our parents and friends that made the auction such a success. We were able to raise over $80,000 and also were given donations to repair the boardwalk. I want to thank the Schmidts from NPD for allowing us to use their factory and thus enjoy their beautiful car collection.”
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