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With the 4th Annual Great Toy Giveaway at an end, we’ve said good-bye to the stacks and stacks of toys that surrounded our desks all December long (we still miss you, Disco Robo). Thank you to everyone who entered our many giveaways, and congratulations to all the winners! And we owe a major thank you to JENKINS AUTO GROUP for sponsoring our toy giveaway and providing the grand prize, a $500 Toys “R” Us gift card.

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If you’re reading this page, it seems you already have your hands on our special issue dedicated to the Ladies Professional Golf Association and the Coates Golf Championship. So far, so good. We’re thrilled to be the official magazine of the LPGA and provide you with all the stories behind this big event. Keep flipping through to find our feature on how the tournament came to Ocala, profiles on prominent LPGA golfers and a look at which charities will benefit from the event.

CONGRATS, CASEY! In case you haven’t heard, he’s kind of a big deal.

CASEY ALLEN, one of our beloved graphic designers,

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A SOCIAL SNAPSHOT Many of you know about our Facebook page, but now we’re expanding—and we’re so excited. Facebook was the main hub of our 4th Annual Great Toy Giveaway last month, which was a huge success. We were able to engage with so many of you, and

A GUY HARVEY GIVEAWAY In the magazine biz, we’re always working months in advance. We’re getting excited about our March issue, where we’ll be inserting an original piece of artwork designed and signed by Guy Harvey himself. Surely we have some fans of Harvey’s work in the area, so we’ll be giving away enlarged, printed versions of this collector’s edition piece on Facebook at facebook.com/ocalastyle.

that’s the point of our social media presence—to connect with you and our community. In the coming weeks, our Instagram will be hosting photo contests, and winners will be featured in this section of Ocala Style. But, don’t take it from us—check it out for yourself. Follow us @ocalastyle_healthyliving. And Pinterest? Well, we love it. Whether it’s fitness tips, yummy recipes, wedding inspiration

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Spider is a 14-year-old Quarter horse gelding whose registered named is Playingwithafortyfive. When they aren’t competing on the weekends, Casey and Spider are training two to three times a week with Sabra O’Quinn. The session generally lasts 90 minutes total with 30 to 40 minutes of actual riding time. The rest is spent grooming, saddling/ unsaddling and bathing. “You have to put in the training time,” says Casey, who has won 20 rodeo belt buckles, two saddles and many horse-related supplies. “It makes you better when you compete at the rodeos.” And it is a rare weekend when the entire Oliver family isn’t competing at a rodeo. In addition to WPRA rodeos, Casey also competes in National Barrel Horse Association and smaller events closer to home. In 2014, Casey won another $8,000 in the latter competitions. For most 11 year olds, barrel racing would be enough of an extracurricular activity. But not for Casey, who is also an ace volleyball player on the Christina Redeemer team. “After school, I first go to volleyball practice and then I ride after that,” says Casey, who’s also an excellent student. “Then I do homework once I get home. I want to play volleyball through high school and then rodeo in college. I want to be a sports medicine doctor for rodeo cowboys and cowgirls.” Sounds like a horsewoman with more to accomplish.


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defendants seeking the return of their lost dog. To add even more emotion to this difficult case, the judge who presided over the initial court appearance ordered for the dog to be brought to the courtroom for the final hearing. When I walked into the courtroom, I was faced with two emotional families and a loveable 12-year-old dog. After determining the plaintiffs had not abandoned their rights to the dog as they made reasonable efforts to locate their pet, I then had to consider something that isn’t normally a in replevin WHEN IT COMES TO PERSONAL PROPERTY, factor actions… money. MONEY OFTEN CANNOT ADEQUATELY The defendants COMPENSATE FOR ITS LOSS. testified how much they loved this dog and also detailed the large amount of money they had spent Several years later, the plaintiff/ for the dog’s food, shots, medical care, father had a chance encounter etc. since the dog came to live with them with the dog while he was riding several years ago. I determined it would a motorcycle down a street be unfair to require the defendants to several blocks from where the return the dog without (at a minimum) plaintiffs lived. repayment of the money they spent The defendants for the animal’s care. In response, the acknowledged they found plaintiffs candidly admitted they could the dog around the time the not afford to reimburse the defendants plaintiffs said he went missing. for these expenses. The dog remained They contacted the local with the defendants as a result. animal shelters in an effort Most civil cases concern to locate the dog’s owner. monetary damages. Replevin actions But, as is often the case with are the exception to this rule. Because dogs, he soon became an replevin lawsuits aren’t simply business entrenched member of the decisions… they’re personal. defendants’ family. The plaintiffs filed a replevin lawsuit against the

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Aja doesn't know it, but she's a canine trailblazer. Two years ago, the 4-yearold German shepherd-Belgian Malinois cross became the first female K-9 with either the Marion County Sheriff 's Office or the Ocala Police Department. She and her partner MCSO Deputy Jeremie Nix first spent one year with the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team. Then the duo moved to the MCSO Criminal Interdiction Unit in October 2013, where Aja became the first dog to serve with that division. “Aja is a very special dog,” says Nix, who has been with the MCSO for 14 years, 12 of those as a K-9 officer. “I previously worked with three other dogs over the years, all male German shepherds. They were all very good dogs, but Aja is super good.” German shepherds and Belgian Malinois are the two most commonly used dogs with K-9 units around the world. Nix describes the 65-pound, sable-colored Aja as “having the best qualities of both breeds.” He also noted that while Aja is the only female, there are several

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other such crosses now serving on MCSO. “Female dogs are used by law enforcement throughout the country. But they sometimes cost more because of their breeding value,” says Nix. “Plus there is the issue of the female dog's heat cycle. It can affect the dog's working drive and distract the male dogs. Aja has cocaine (crack and powder form). been spayed.” When on duty, Nix and Aja patrol German-bred, Aja was the main thoroughfares running purchased by MCSO for $7,000 through Marion County. Those from New Smyrna Beach-based roads, including Interstate 75, are Southern Coast K-9 when she popular routes was just under for drug 2 years old. dealers. Aja The money to AJA IS EXTREMELY FOCUSED AND rides in style buy Aja was TAKES HER JOB VERY SERIOUSLY. in a specially donated to equipped the MCSO by Ocala businessmen Bill Tuck Jr. and kennel in the back of Nix's unmarked SUV. The climate-conTommy Villela. trolled kennel is strong enough “She had completed most of to withstand being rear-ended her basic training when she was or a rollover; it's also equipped bought,” says Nix. “Then the two with an escape hatch. When Nix of us finished off her training makes a traffic violation stop and together. Aja has five national suspects there might be drugs in drug-detection certifications.” the vehicle, Aja goes to work. Aja has been specifically “Aja is extremely focused and trained to detect marijuana, takes her job very seriously,” says methamphetamine, MDMA Nix. “When she's found the source (a.k.a. ecstasy), heroin and

of the scent, she will sit and then stare at that location. I absolutely trust her abilities.” Nix's faith in Aja is backed up by nature. Dogs have 200 million olfactory cells in their noses; we humans have a paltry 5 million. Throw in Aja's specialized training and she's a drug-detection diva. When off-duty, Aja goes home with her partner just like all K-9s do. “Aja shifts from working dog to pet dog the minute we get home,” says Nix, who is married with four children. “I am very grateful to have the opportunity to work with Aja. She's a great partner.” And a trailblazer at that.


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C-SPAN BUS BOUND FOR HOWARD

TAKES SILVER SUSAN JOHNSON, the school district’s

food services supervisor, now owns the Silver Rising Star Award handed out by FAME, the national Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence organization. Johnson captured the honor because she focuses on student input, food quality, cafeteria atmosphere and staff training. She listens to and speaks with students often and is always making improvements based on their preferences. Keep in mind Johnson oversees no small operation—her staff serves up nearly 30,000 lunches daily and handles a $24 million annual budget.

Talk about a fancy dig on wheels! The C-SPAN bus stopped by Howard Middle to show students what a mobile video production unit looks like. Students also learned why C-SPAN exists, who pays for it and where this high-definition learning lab on wheels travels day-in and day-out. C-SPAN stands for Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network and is a public service created by the American cable television industry providing government-based TV programming.

TAKING THE OATH

DEIORIO DELIGHTS LAUREN DEIORIO (center), the

fund development director of the Public Education Foundation of Marion County, received

the Margie Davidson “Leading Light” award from SUNSPRA, the Sunshine State School Public Relations Association. She was honored for her record-breaking leadership with the “Coupons for Education” program. The award, handed out by SUNSPRA

PRESIDENT KEVIN CHRISTIAN (right) and BLACKBOARD’S JUDD AUNGST (left), showcases one

individual each year who supports public education from behind the scenes and outside the classroom.

The three school board members recently raised their right hand, pledging to make choices benefitting students in our public schools. ANGIE

BOBBY JAMES

BOYNTON, BOBBY JAMES and newcomer KELLY KING all

took their oaths of office with family and friends close by. They also thanked voters for their support, and James announced this would be his last term on the Marion County School Board.

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FROSTY FOUNDATION FUN

ELLSPERMANN IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Santa (aka SUPERINTENDENT GEORGE TOMYN) and his elves (Public Education Foundation employees) held the first-ever “Christmas Drive Through Thank You” to show support to the dozens of volunteers who serve as mentors, board members and Foundation workers. Originally a formal banquet with low attendance, the new drivethrough option offered muffins, hot chocolate and other breakfast goodies that increased attendance more than 800 percent! Note the “North Pole” location.

West Port High School Principal JAYNE ELLSPERMANN delivered the

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commencement address at the College of Central Florida’s fall graduation. The 2015 National Principal of the Year, Ellspermann also received the CF Distinguished Service Award from CF President Dr. James Henningsen (left) and Board of Trustees Chair Don Taylor for developing a collegegoing culture at West Port. The Early College Program allows students to earn their associate degrees before graduating from high school.

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through Marion County’s Crime Prevention Fund, CHRIS BLAIR’S 30-year-old idea is coming to life. A little over 5 feet tall, with a 3-foot screen constantly showing pictures of wanted subjects with felony warrants, emergency alerts or sex offenders/predators, these kiosks are helping make criminals and public service information easily accessible and more widely known to everyday citizens. Because of their unprecedented success and innovative benefit to crime prevention, the Florida Crime Prevention Association awarded the Marion County Sheriff ’s Office the award for Outstanding Crime Prevention Program of the year.

With 28 years of leadership experience, DR. SAUL REYES has been named vice president of Student Affairs at the College of Central Florida. Reyes has a doctorate in higher education leadership from the University of South Florida and a masters in counseling from West Virginia University. He has participated in leadership programs of the American Association of Community College, National Community College Hispanic Council and Florida College System Chancellors Leadership Program.

LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE COACH! In early

October, legendary college football coach BOBBY BOWDEN paid a visit to the College of Central Florida, speaking to several hundred students, staff and community members at the college’s Student Leadership Symposium. Bowden spoke about the influence his faith had on his successful coaching career in hope of inspiring future leaders in Marion County.

YOUR VOICE

In an effort to help residents participate in city decisions, The City of Ocala has created a way for citizens to speak up from the privacy and convenience of their own home or anywhere with Internet access. Launched in early November, this online platform was designed to engage citizens in conversations that will harness their input on important city issues. City officials have promised to consider all input in their decision making process.

THE DOCS ARE IN The dual ribbon-cutting ceremony for

GYNECOLOGY SPECIALISTS OF OCALA and SURGICAL CONSULTANTS OF CENTRAL FLORIDA took place at their new state-of-the-art facility in November.

The ceremony was attended by patients, providers and prominent members of the business community. Guests were able to tour the facilities and meet with the dedicated staff members. EVERIN QUINTERO-BEALER, a talented artist who was born with phocomelia (no arms or legs) as a result of a birth defect, was honored. She was awarded $1,000 by Drs. Christian & Rosemary Oraedu to help cover some of her medical expenses. The amount was increased to $1,500 by an anonymous donor. The presentation was made by Mayor Kent Guinn.

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Nearly 300 motorcycles recently rolled through Marion County for the 11th annual STEEL HORSE STAMPEDE to benefit Hospice of Marion County. All $20,000 raised by the 55-mile event went to the patients being cared for by Hospice. Truly a ride to remember!

IT’S FINALLY HERE!

Excitement was in the air at OCALA FIRE RESCUE as the delivery date for two fire engines ordered last year finally

arrived. OFR’s headquarters took no time to show off the new engine, which displays the red, black and gold color scheme the department has transitioned toward, replacing the red and white engine. The truck is equipped with a water tank that holds 780 gallons of water and a pump ready to release 1,250 gallons per minute, plus all the necessary advanced life support tools first responders need to respond to both fire and medical calls.


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Extraordinary architectural details and state of the art amenities. Makes the perfect place for entertaining. Master suite offers his and hers baths. Overlooks the 18th fairway.

Phenomenal estate majestically located on 2.5 acres. Boasts 7 bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half baths, 5 fireplaces, and 9,765 SF of living area plus theater room, game room and pool.

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Ridgecrest Beautiful hilltop home in gated community on 3 Acres close to Florida Greenways and trails. Great family home with solar-heated pool, office and 3-car garage.


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54 Acres of beautiful rolling hills and lush pastures. European Tudor home overlooks the 2 barns with 22 stalls, and 7-lush green paddocks. Great location in the NW!

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42 Acre Equestrian Farm Sitting high on its own private knoll sits the 9-stall barn, office, tack room and half with 3 bedroom living quarters above plus maintenance building. Hay storage & jump field.

20 Acre Equestrian Estate Elegant 5,000 SF estates with 5 bedrooms overlooking pond. 2 Bedroom Guest Home plus 8-stall barn with guest apartment in the final stages of completion. Close to the FL Horse Park.

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or those of you that I have yet to meet, I am Donna Dunaway the 2015 President of the Ocala/Marion County Association of Realtors® and Broker/Owner of Century 21 Affiliates. It was 24 years ago I moved my Thoroughbred farm to Marion County and started my career in real estate. With 2015 upon us, I look forward to continuing to give back to our community, such as partnering with the CEP and MCBIA for the upcoming Home, Garden and Lifestyle Expo on April 11; the upcoming 7th Annual Chair-ity event, our fundraiser that helps local charities and our yearly grants to our Marion County Teachers. The Ocala/Marion County Association of REALTORS® Community Awareness Committee granted a total of $6,000 to Marion County teachers in 2014! Each year the committee accepts applications for teacher mini grants. Part of the decision process is determining which requests have the ability to impact the most students this year and in the future. On, November 25 Darlene Yonce, association executive; Randy Alvord, 2014 association president; Charlotte Axelsson, committee chair and committee members Larissa Ortiz and John Celebre attended the Marion County School

Board meeting to present the checks to teachers and their principals. In closing, please mark your calendars for April 11. The Ocala/Marion County Association of REALTORS® will be partnering with the Chamber of Economic Partnership (CEP) and the Marion County Building Industry Association (MCBIA) to present the 2015 Home, Garden & Lifestyle Expo at College of Central Florida! The expo will be returning to the Klein Conference Center in the Ewer’s Century Center from 10am to pm. This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever, as three business and leading industry organizations will join together. —DONNA DUNAWAY, PRESIDENT

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LOOK NO FURTHER! Very Clean & Well Maintained Pool home in Majestic Oaks. Split bedroom plan, formal living and dining room, kitchen with breakfast nook opens to family room. Inside laundry. A/C is one year old. Home has new exterior paint including pool deck and garage floor. $199,900 MLS#407522

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

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TURNKEY 20-ACRE FARM Great location close to Ocala and HITS; absolutely stunning 4 bedroom home with spacious rooms, tile and hardwood floors and obvious quality in every aspect; beautiful outdoor patio and pool area; 2 barns with a total of 18 stalls; office with kitchen; tack, feed, storage and laundry rooms; a full apartment; electric gate and board fencing; lush pastures; a great value in every way. $2,200,000.

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COZY 2/2 READY FOR IMMEDIATE OCCUPANCY! Freshly painted with tile floor throughout the living area and wood flooring in the bedrooms. Fenced in backyard, blinds on all windows, with ceiling fans throughout. The electrical panel was completely replaced and updated in 2013. Lots of extras for this little beauty. #411901 $59,900

AMAZING TWO STORY CUSTOM HOME! This beauty sits on almost an acre in a convenient location. Main home has 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths. It features beautiful wood and tile floors throughout, updated kitchen and charm galore! Master on lower level and remaining bedrooms upstairs. Guest house is 1/1 ready for the in-laws and/ or guests! $299,000 MLS#414691

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CANDLER HILLS LUXURY $195,000 • Golf course home -lanai w/ great view • 3 bedrooms, two baths, many upgrades • Tile flooring, 10’ ceilings, 42” maple cabinets • The amenities of Candler Hills/ OTOW • MLS#406665

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BUILDING LOT IN SOUTH POINT • Uniquely beautiful gated community • Acre property on secluded cul-de-sac • Adjacent to fine custom homes • Desirable close-in SE location • MLS#402687

THIS HOME IS A DELIGHT! Gracious, but comfortable living. Fine details including Travertine tile flooring, granite counters, crown molding, great room fireplace and wet bar. Large kitchen and dining area. Several rooms have volume ceilings, and almost every room opens to a gorgeous view of the outdoors. An oversized screened porch with stone flooring lets you enjoy the spectacular yard with a pond year round. On nice afternoons, read in the deck swing by the pond. Three bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, lots of storage -- an easy home to love. MLS 408448 $349,900 PERFECT FOR PROFESSIONALS/EMPTY NESTERS. Upstairs massive bedroom, den or media area, huge closet, & large bath. Also a sleeping porch with room for a hammock. Formal dining room w/corner cabinets, living room w/wood-burning fireplace. Large kitchen w room for table island. Wood floors through most of home. Molding & ceiling treatments add to the warm feeling of the vernacular design. This tranquil gated community has a 24/7 guard for your security and is close to all areas of Ocala MLS 399620 $315,000 GREAT ROOM! WORKSHOP! This home was designed ahead of its time! The great room opens to a large glassed-in porch, and incorporates an open kitchen and dining area. A corner fireplace accents the great room and sliding doors can divide off the porch if you desire. Home has lots of closets and an additional storage room. Separate workshop off the garage, with access to the out side. This is it! Neighborhood convenient to Jervey Gantt Park and all of Ocala! MLS 415723 $225,000

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PRISTINE FARM

$1,050,000

$849,000

• 3 bedroom, 3 bath main home with screened pool

• 4 bedroom, 4 full baths & 3 half baths

• 1 bedroom, 1 bath guest home with indoor pool

• 5,144 sq. ft. on 1.19 +/- acres

• Paddock, stall barn and sheds plus huge workshop

• In ground pool plus cabana/workshop

ML#414448

• 26.84 +/- Acres

• Desirable location close in ML#405206

ARBORS

$350,000

STUNNING & GORGEOUS $1,390,000

• 4 bedroom, 3 baths

• 5 bedroom, 5.5 baths

• 2,745 sq. ft., split plan • Beautiful screened & heated pool

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• In ground pool & covered patio

• Great location

ALAMAR VILLAGE

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• 6,101 sq. ft. plus barn/workshop

$525,000

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• 4 bedroom, 4 baths • 4.01 acres • 5,232 sq. ft., split plan • Screened in ground pool & 3-car garage

$1,199,000

• Great location/ Close to Florida Horse Park ML#404467

• 64.1 acre farm • 3 Homes on property • Barn, wash/tack room • Paddocks, office, shed row • Stalls, pens and riding lanes

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Parsley REAL ESTATE INC.

www.ParsleyRealEstate.com Dixie Parsley // Broker | Realtor // 352.220.4355 // 5860 SW 6th Pl. Suite 201 Ocala, FL 34474

26.9 Acres between Ocala and Gainesville off Hwy.441. Epona Farm (Divine Mare) is appropriately named. Wonderfully detailed main home with arched doorways, beautiful moldings, nooks, accent lighting, and tray ceilings. Entertaining is easy with a great kitchen, huge lanai, and pool with relaxing waterfall. 2 barns with a total of 27 stalls. Adorable barn apartment has high ceilings, lots of tile, office & huge porch. Lovely flat grassy fields. Singlewide mobile included. Artist’s studio or workshop. Gated entry. Priced to sell at $725,000.00

4.7 acre farm near Westport High, OBS, and shopping! This charming log home has 2 bedrooms plus a guest room and office area. Florida stone fireplace, cathedral beamed ceilings, wood floors and pretty tiled baths. Rocking chair front and back porches. Inground pool, privacy fenced and landscaped. His and hers workshops (hers has a/c). 2 stall barn with room to add 4 more under existing roof. Electric gate with paved entry. Absolutely a cute, cute home! $239,500.00

NE Ocala, Gated Community in the country but minutes to town. Exceptionally nice, 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with 2 car garage. New central heat & air, new range with convection oven. Beautiful kitchen. Solar heated inground pool. 10x20 workshop w/loft and privacy fenced back yard. Landscaped 1/2 acre. $235,000.00

28 Acre Farm, NW Ocala location near Ocala Breeder Sales, Airport and town. Meticulously maintained and ready to move in, quick occupancy is doable. 2 show barns, very nice barn apartment, dressage arena, round pen, jump field. Board & no-climb fenced paddocks with run-ins. 3 bedroom, 3 bath home has two offices, open floor plan for entertaining, and a cook’s kitchen. There’s a solar heated salt water pool, generators, security system, paved drives throughout, gated entries and so much more! Bridle Paths to ride off property. One of a kind for quality, location & comfort. 3 parcels allow for another residence. $1,499,000.00

GOLDEN HILLS GOLF & TURF CLUB off Hwy. 27 in NW Ocala, convenient to HITS, Longwood Farm, I-75 and town.3 bedroom, 3 bath home on the Golf Course is being sold to settle an estate. In ground pool. A lovely community with a gorgeous clubhouse, award winning golf course, great places to walk with rolling hills & beautiful views. Low HOA fees. $245,000.00

WATERFRONT Sportsman’s Retreat. Lake Tsala Apopka in Citrus County, famous for fishing, hunting, kayaking, skiing, air boating, and borders Pott’s Preserve & it’s all out the back door of this beautiful multi-level home. Cathedral beamed cedar ceilings, walls, and oak floors. Stone fireplace, accent lighting. Like new appliances & a/c. Tiled baths w/slate & travertine. Wrap around screened porches. Lake views! Your own grove of lemons, limes, avocado, mango, bananas, fig, nectarines, ruby reds, tangelos, blueberries, and mulberries! Chill in the hot tub! Copper colored tin roof. Fenced yard. Workshop and Garage. Security system. Not far from Bike Path, boat ramp & beach in Hernando. $258,000.00


Adobe Farms Encounter the warmth of southern hospitality at our authentic adobe hacienda which offers Ocala’s most authentic southwest style experience.You’ll feel the richness of the adobe architecture throughout this 37 acre ranch, starting with the main hacienda. When you enter the “front door” you find yourself in an indoor/outdoor living experience with french doors off most rooms, foot thick adobe walls, and modern rustic clean lines. This style continues through to the guest cottage and separate studio building. No detail has been overlooked. Zoned A1 the ranch space is set up for all your creature’s comforts, equine, cattle, fowl, and exotics with 6 oversized lush bahia paddocks with run in sheds and automatic waters. Located in the very heart of NE Marion County’s horse country, directly across the street from Ocala’s famous Jumbolair--Fly in Community and minutes to downtown, with its many fine restaurants and shopping, but feel as if you are miles away in the quietest place on earth.

Enchanting Woodfields You deserve the best, start your new year living in your dream home in one of Ocala’s most enchanting neighborhoods; Woodfields. Conveniently located in the heart of the southeast you are within walking distance to multiple parks, public & private schools, shopping, dining, and medical facilities. Warm & inviting this home has quality upgrades throughout such as original hard wood floors, french doors, huge family room with a wet bar & soaring brick fireplace, intimate outdoor terraces and the perfect kitchen for the cook in the family. Impress your friends & family in the comfort that surrounds you in this very stylish Woodfields home. This home is a once in a lifetime opportunity so put it on your must see list.

Emerald Fields

Strawberry Fields

Don’t get left out in the cold this winter... this could be your perfect winter farm, just add a barn and poof an instant winter equine retreat for you and your horses. Minutes to HITS horse show this 3+ acres has a stunning open & bright floor plan with great views from every window out to the manicured lush bahia pastures dotted with gracious granddaddy oaks. Newly built and barely lived in, this home has wonderful upgraded features that anyone would appreciate such as 18 x 18 porcelain tiles thru out the home, custom built wood cabinets in the kitchen, furniture style bathroom cabinets, both vaulted & 10ft ceilings, a separate office or den off the great room. Relax after dinner on the open patio with serene views or light the logs in the cool fire pit and enjoy Florida’s mild winter evenings. Make sure to put this home on your gallop thru Ocala.

Grow your family, your business, your garden here at Strawberry Fields Farm. Collect things you love, that are authentic to you and this farm becomes your story. On a crisp chilly Ocala Florida winter evening snuggle in front of the soaring stone fireplace, prepare the perfect Thanksgiving feast in the custom Princeton Crown Center State Kitchen, and afterwards press the pause button in the theater room because the popcorn is ready! After a long day in the pool, put your feet up and get the smores out because it’s time to enjoy you fire pit. Wake refreshed in the morning and walk out you back door to work with 4 out buildings including a complete office space, workshop/warehouse, mechanic workshop, and storage, set up all 15+ acres. You can have it all in this home that has the happy ending that we all seek, Strawberry Fields Forever…

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Carriage Trail Cathy &®Summer Robinson REALTORs , GRI

robinsonteam@hotmail.com

352.812.3137

Ocala Downs $1,475,000

274,900

$

5 bed / 3 bath / Den / Pool Spacious home boasts wonderful split-bedroom floorplan with 2 master bedrooms, eat-in kitchen and is situated on over an acre of property.

4 bed / 2 bath / 21.7 Acres / Apartment

Robert ®Gonzalez REALTOR

Incredible rare equestrian offering! Property looks

352.282.7103

remodeled apt. and surrounded by beautiful lands

thegonzalezteam@ellisonrealty.com over Ocala with magnificent views. Home features

Edgewood Park $298,900 Joe & Darla Priest ® REALTORs

jdpriest@ellisonrealty.com

352.732.0769

3 bed / 3 bath / Pool / Private Quaters Unique home with private living quaters, roman style courtyard with pool, den, and beautilful master suite with remodeled bath & claw foot tub.

Golden Hills $354,900

3 bed / 2 bath / 27.5 Acres

REALTORs

thegrimmhometeam@ellisonrealty.com

352.804.9920

6 Paddock farm complete with 14 stall barn, 4 tack rooms and office. Complete working farm for horse business!

Scenic Farm Robert ®Gonzalez

dscudder@ellisonrealty.com

352.812.2269

Ocala Horse Complex $759,000 3 bed / 2 bath / 12 Acres

Robert ®Gonzalez REALTOR

thegonzalezteam@ellisonrealty.com

352.282.7103

3 bed / 2.5 bath / Pool / 3 Acres

Magnificent Training facility in Ocala Horse Complex. Minutes from I-75, with remodeled 27 stall barn, 12 paddocks and track

Arbors $388,000

398,000

$

Majestic property with 3 paddocks, tack room, thegonzalezteam@ellisonrealty.com office and barn. Expansive lanai and pristine pool perfect for entertaining in this home. 352.282.7103 REALTOR

Located on 16th Fairway Gold Course, with 3 car garage and enclosed pool with waterfall. 3417 living & 5981 total sq. feet.

REALTOR

Reddick Acreage $594,000 Allan & Susan Grimm ®

4 bed / 3 bath / Pool

Dawn Scudder ®

Dawn Trigg ® REALTOR

dtrigg@ellisonrealty.com

352.895.8557

4 bed / 3 bath / Cottage Situated on quiet cul-de-sac, this large home features split bedroom plan, eat-in nook, bonus room over garage and detached full cottege with living and kitchenette.

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2226 E Silver Springs Blvd Octala, FL 34470

7621 SW Hwy 200 Ocala, FL 34476

13710 US Hwy 441 Suite 200, The Villages, FL 32159

229,900 Oak Run

3 bed / 2 bath / Pool This pristine home is completely move-in ready and features beautifully maintained grounds and an enclosed salt-water pool.

$

785,000 Gorgeous Farm

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Sallie Saunders

® REALTOR , Broker-Associate

ssaunders@ellisonrealty.com

352.425.9510

1,200,00 Beautiful Acreage

96.79 Acres

2 bed / 1 bath / 28.45 Acres Turn-key throughbred operational farm with paddocks, 21 stall barn and located on “Millionaires Row” in Marion County.

Robert Gonzalez ® REALTOR

thegonzalezteam@ellisonrealty.com

352.282.7103

199,000 Spectacular Acreage

$

Robert Gonzalez

® Partially cleared land ready and primed for building REALTOR a working farm or ranch. Well already on thegonzalezteam@ellisonrealty.com property and close to amenities and I-75. 352.282.7103

3 bed / 2 bath / Workshop This home has a wonderful country living lifestyle but is close to shops and hospitals! Large open floorplan with workshop.

Kimber Hoopengarner ® REALTOR

khoopengarner@ellisonrealty.com

352.804.5872 RE

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279,900 Primed Acreage

4 bed / 3 bath / 10 Acres This bright and spacious property is primed for horses! Beautifully modeled open concept home with new improvements and lots of upgrades!

439,000 Magnificent Farm

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Susan Williams ® REALTOR

topproreo@juno.com

352.804.4970

179,900 Silver Hill

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3 bed / 2 bath / 3 Acres

3 bed / 2 bath / 5.82 Acres A Sycamore Tree-lined driveway leads to a magnificent entrance of over 5 acres of property boasts 4 paddocks and 4 stall barn.

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Robert Gonzalez

® Cozy & tranquil homed nesteled in Citra. Acreage REALTOR features 3 acres with paddocks and large barn thegonzalezteam@ellisonrealty.com behind home. Completely turn-key. 352.282.7103

Robert Gonzalez ® REALTOR

thegonzalezteam@ellisonrealty.com

352.282.7103

289,900 Belleview

4 bed/ 2 Bath Charming country home with newly remodeled kitchen. Perfect for entertaining guests and family indoors and out!

Angie Willard ® REALTOR

awillard@ellisonrealty.com

RESIDENTIAL | COMMERICAL | LUXURY | ACREAGE

352.875.6810


More than real estate...

Selling the Ocala Lifestyle

GOLDEN CORRIDOR • 7 acres on Highway 225A • 3 bedrooms 2 bath • 2697 sq. ft living • Cherry cabinets with granite tops • Travertine floors

• Center aisle barn • MLS # 407896

GOLDEN HILLS HOME • • • •

Golf Course View 3 Bedroom 2 Bath 1984 sq ft living Master bedroom with 2 walk-in closets

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(352) 427-8649

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3 Bedroom 2 Bath 1.24 acres 2,196 sq ft living Detached workshop

• Electric iron gate entrance • MLS # 415671 • $275,000

CARLA A D LORD

CARMEN C M MURVIN Realtor® / Owner R

• Hardwood Floors, Fireplace • Equipment building and riding arena • MLS # 377667 • $850,000

• 10.50 acres with 6 stall barn with tack and feed • 3 Bedroom 3 Bath with screened pool • 2,300 sq ft pool home

Screened porch Granite fireplace Circular drive MLS# 415057 $199,750

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RUSTIC BEAUTY & ELEGANCE ON 21+ ACRES 4 Bed/ 2.5 Bath custom built, pool home located in the heart of horse country. Convenient to Ocala, Gainesville & HITS.

BANK OWNED 10 ACRE FARM 3 bed/2 bath located in SW Marion County. Featuring a 36x46 center aisle, 36x44 pole barn, fenced and cross fenced. Lots of potential here! Offered at: 115,000

2.80 ACRES IN DESIRABLE ROLLING HILLS 3 Bed/ 2 Bath with 1953 SF of living space. Living, family, study, inside laundry & screened patio. The property also features a large pole barn. Offered at $115,000.

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M-1 ZONING, PRICED TO SELL CHEAP BUT GREAT QUALITY! Good location for Office with additional gated Equipment storage and parking area. Motivated seller!

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5 ACRES CONVENIENT TO THE VILLAGES & FLORIDA HORSE PARK- 4 bed/2 bath home nestled at the very back of this parcel offers lots of privacy. Stacked stone fireplace, spacious open layout & new stainless appliances. Lots of beautiful old Oak trees & some nice established grass, so bring your horses. Offered at: $159,900

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CALL 18002166972 ID# 421 EXCLUSIVE HOME WITH 2 BOAT LIFTS! Withlacoochee River property with over 5200 square feet of tranquility, great for entertaining with gourmet kitchen and granite throughout. Gorgeous 2001 home. Feels like brand new. Call me today.

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Career Opportunities “In line with my habit of always striving to be the best, there was only one Real Estate Company I could become a part of and that was Gene Boone’s Foxfire Realty.I am always proud to display the Foxfire name in my many dealings. Excelsior!“

Frank Benosky (352) 425-7441

Ken Pyles

“After a lifetime in education and ministry, I went to work for Foxfire less than two years ago. I have been blessed to become a multi-million dollar producer in my first year. My choice to work with Foxfire has been a great decision which has contributed to making me fulfilled and energized!”

Jim Head

“I am a lifelong Florida resident & a real estate broker since 1980. I really enjoy working with the Foxfire Realty professionals. We are the #1 Team in the business! My primary objective is your satisfaction with our exceptional & dedicated service. It is a great honor to represent you for all your real estate needs!”

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Cindy Delbene

(352) 454-1074

“Together my wife and I have 45 years experience in Real Estate, and joining this dynamic team has only enhanced our skills and established an outstanding skill set to provide our customers with an experience that exceeds their expectations. We are the only Chinese and Asian speaking Realtor in The Villages.”

“A dear friend introduced me to Foxfire a few years ago and it has been one of the best moves I have ever made. I thoroughly enjoy working with Foxfire staff from the secretary, agents and broker. We are definitely like family.”

(352) 445-5456

Pete Bauman

“Being part of the Foxfire team has been a rewarding experience. The resources Foxfire provides, along with the continuous training allow me to deliver the results my customers demand & deserve. I’m proud to be a part of the Foxfire team.”

(352) 895-3355

Marianne Romine

“2008 is the year that I became a part of the Foxfire Family. It’s Great to work with such a well know company. Foxfire offers training and a wonderful support staff that allows me to be able to exceed my customers’ expectations.”

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“I joined Foxfire Realty almost six years ago. It was the best move I could have made! The company offers wonderful training and support, and the people I work with are amazing. It is a great company to work for. Foxfire Realty has been a major part of the industry for a very long time.” “I have been in real estate in Ocala for just over two years. I recently moved to Foxfire Realty partly because of all the great things I consistently hear about Foxfire. I made the move and all the great things I have heard are true. No doubt, this is the best move I have made yet, and it will be the best move you will make.”

David Wineriter

(352) 817-4747

Bob Gallucci

“I am proud to be part of Foxfire Realty. Each individual is totally committed to each other’s success following the experience and professionalism displayed by our Broker, Gene Boone. Experience, cooperation and professionalism is what Foxfire is all about!.”

“My first year has been very successful because of the opportunities and support provided by Foxfire and the staff at our Summerfield office. It would be my pleasure to assist you with buying or selling your property.”

(352) 361-8755

“I came to Foxfire in 2001, I knew it was the right place to work then and still do today. Thinking of making a career move? Think no more, Foxfire will give you the training and opportunity you need to become successful..“

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Are Now Available At Foxfire

(904) 826-5247

“I have Real Estate experience both in Fl. and Va. We recently made a permanent move to Ocala and Foxfire Realty both have been the best moves I could have made. Foxfire’s great atmosphere,support, and wonderful training makes this a great place to work. Foxfire is simply the best!”

Sylvester Ricci

“I just joined Foxfire Realty in 2013 and love being with this agency. Working with a great group of realtors makes my career change such an enjoyable venture. Foxfire Realty has given me the tools and support needed to become a successful Realtor. Thank you.“

Chris Kelly

(352) 427-8259

David Rector (352) 216-1183

“I started with Foxfire in 2001 and have over 30 years as a full time agent. Foxfire was and is the largest Residential Real Estate Company and I prefer to work with best. The agents and staff are just like family. I was starting over in a new area and everyone here made it so much easier.”

The Best Career Move You Will Ever Make! Email or Call Broker/Owner Gene Boone directly at Boone@FoxfireRealty.com • 352-732-3344


Carol Castineira

(352) 445-4953

Bring the Horses! “Virmillion Estates “ 2.44 Acres With Built-In Pool! 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 2 Car Garage. $197,500

Bob Niedzwiecki

Tom Murvin (352) 362-0473

(352) 408-8525

Cheryl Reid (352) 361-8607

Carol Van Wagner (352) 572-4259

3BR/2Ba/2CGR in gated golf Coarse community overlooking the 16th hole! Expanded Huntley II models with so many upgrades! SS appliances in kitchen, corian counter tops, up graded lighting. Master bedroom has 10x12 walk in closet. Laundry room with plenty of storage. Many activities in the community.

Rainbow Springs Country Club - This 3 bedroom, plus den home is just under 3,000 sq ft of living space. Two baths and two half baths, 3 car oversized garage, living room with fireplace and a family room. Large master suite is off lanai and features french doors. Eat-in kitchen with Corian counter tops and wall of glass overlooking lanai. 34’ glass enclosed lanai overlooking pool with spa and waterfall. Hot tub tucked in corner. All of this surrounded by lush private 1.44 acre yard. Call for appointment. $349,000

Dave Myrick (352) 817-4324

Kathy Van (352) 789-0031

TRAIL RIDER’S DREAM. This farm has it all! Beautiful 3/2 split plan home nestled among beautiful oak trees on 12.82 acres with 1/2 acre pond. Features cathedral ceilings, open floor plan, upgraded kitchen, great room and master suite. Screened pool with waterfall. Bring the horses - 60x40 six stall barn with tack room, 30x26 pavilion, RV pad w/elec., equipment shed & trails very close by. MLS#406907 $314,500

This outstanding Hampton model is so beautiful you must see it to really appreciate. Located conveniently to the community center & pool, but far enough away to bask in the wonderful privacy of this back yard looking out to the preserve. This home has many, many upgrades like no other home in Del Webb. Truly a one-of-a-kind. Don’t let it get away from you. A copy of all the upgrades is in the home for your convenience. All appliances stay. Furniture negotiable. $349,250

NEW TO MARKET! 4 bedroom, 4 full baths, 3 garages, 3,366 sq ft home built in 2005. Private backyard w/gorgeous pool, hot tub & screened enclosure. Open floor plan, split bedrooms, living room, dining room, and family room. One bedroom can be an office. Plantation shutters, granite, tile, stainless appliances. Tremendous Curb Appeal! MLS#416420 Asking $329,000 Call Kathy Van to schedule an appointment.

Custom 3/2/2 pool home on private and peaceful one acre fenced lot. Open

Julia McPherson floorplan with fireplace. Beautifully maintained. You’ll enjoy sitting outside (352) 895-0722 and listening to the soothing sounds of the lighted waterfall. Gorgeous home!

Open to view at your convenience. MLS 416041.

Kandy Hansard Enjoy affordable country living on 1 acre in popular Rolling Hills. This (352) 362-2200 well maintained 2007 home boasts over 2100 sf with a large master

bath & bedroom, 3/2 split plan, side load garage, fenced back yard and more. Call today for your private viewing. MLS 415191

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

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

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

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

Email or Call Broker/Owner Gene Boone directly at Boone@FoxfireRealty.com • 352-732-3344


Patty Canatsey (352) 216-3102 Residential

Shelia Konnick

Donna Knox

Conrad & Dania Melancon

(352) 216-5495 Residential /Farms

(352) 208-4924 SW Ocala/ 55 +

Sandy Dingler

Rhonda Mitchell

(352) 427-6044 Residential

(352)-812-6767 Residential

Leslie Landham

Julia McPherson

(352) 422-2382 Citrus County

(352) 895-0722 Providing courteous service

(352) 572-2402 Residential

(352) 789-0031 55 + Communities

(352) 361-6345 55 + Communities

Kevin Lyons

Lindsay Paolillo

Dee Ellen & James Cook

Donna Johnson-Phillips

Barbara Burley

Donna Eastman

Betty & Ron Viola

(352) 362-9311 Residential

(352) 843-1542 Residential / 55+ /Farms

(352) 239-5851 55 + Communities

Rhonda Spotts (352) 843-0300

JosĂŠ Mateo

Lesley Rogan

Patricia Mountain

(352) 843-1988 Residential

Ken Pyles

(352) 205-5486 55 + Communities

Kathy Van

(352) 342-1207 Residential

Audrey Johns

(352) 216-7784 Residential

(352) 817-5114 Residential

(352) 509-1063 SW Ocala

(352) 209-3462 Residential

(352) 207-4194 Farms & Residential

Residential

Carol Castineira (352) 445-4953

Bob Niedzwiecki (352) 408-8525 Residential

Dottie Wise

(610) 420-4066 55 + Communities

Carol Van Wagner

(352) 572-4259 55 + Communities + VA

Tom Murvin

(352) 362-0473 Investment/ Residential

Email or Call Broker/Owner Gene Boone directly at Boone@FoxfireRealty.com • 352-732-3344


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$226,545

$245,476 BEAUTIFULLY APPOINTED MODEL HOME - Spacious model home. Oversized garage with golf cart area. Screened lanai. For your most sophisticated buyers. MLS#407124 2305CHE. $245,476

BEAUTIFUL MODEL HOME - In gated golf course community. Spacious home with split bedroom plan, screened lanai and large gathering room off kitchen. MLS#407128. 2306CHE. $226,545

$98,285

$89,580

VERY POPULAR, SPACIOUS, 2/2/2 VILLA - with den, Florida room, working stone fireplace and screened patio, situated on a corner lot. This home has wood and tile floors, a vaulted ceiling in the greatroom, gathering area in large open kitchen and wonderful, large front porch to enjoy the park-like area across the street, while sipping your morning coffee or afternoon cocktail! Well maintained and ready for immediate occupancy! MLS#414426. 2157A. $98,285

EXCEPTIONAL 2/2/2 VILLA with enclosed rear porch, under air, which extends the entire width of the house. Beyond this area is a patio with privacy fence. Ceramic tile floors throughout, except for the kitchen and gathering area which have parquet floors. Solar tubes in kitchen (2) and both baths make the homelight and bright. Additional features include: water softener and central vacuum, corian counters in kitchen, and insulated attic. Owner has maintained an annual pest service and a service contract for all appliances. Air handler replaced in 2007.Conveniently located near front entrance, shopping, banks, and medical facilities. Owner willing to remain in the home as a tenant if buyers need delayed occupancy. MLS#415135. 1956E. $89,580

$85,750

$52,400

VERY SPACIOUS AND PRIVATE - 2/2/1 - open design end unit villa with flroom and large country style eat-in kitchen. Pass through to enormous great room. Split bedroom master suite that opens on to the flroom. Open patio adjacent to flroom for your bbq. New roof 2014. A/c replaced in 2011. Neutral colors throughout. Furniture negotiable. MLS#417298.5060A. $85,750

VERY CLEAN MOVE IN READY BIRMINGHAMMODEL - Priced right. Extended edition which meansmore space in the back for that extra sitting/den/study. Extra long garage for golf cart. Unit is vacant and easyto show!! Extra wide beautiful tree lined street. A/C2010, roof 2006. MLS#417510. 2130B. $52,400

$115,750

$245,455

VERY NICE 3/2/2 - with side-entry garage and enclosedLanai overlooking golf course. Natural gas heat, washer and dryer. Smooth-top electric range. Dble pane windows. Conveniently located near H & R Buildingand Indoor Pool. MLS#408517. OA59409. $115,750

BEAUTIFULLY APPOINTED 3/2/2 - with Den, Bonus Room offMaster BR, open Kitchen, and bonus area in Garage for golfcart, all situated on lovely corner lot in prestigious neighborhood! Crown moulding in Great Room, tile in all areas except BR’s and Den. Neutral colors throughout. Shows like a model home. Mustsee to appreciate! MLS#409935. 0816CHE. $245,455

$128,820

$259,900

PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP - Shows from the moment one approaches this lovely 3/2/2 home situated on a corner lot with all season room providing an unobstructed view of the golf course! Light and bright w/ neutral colors through out alley style kitchen has cafe area with bay window looking out to private, paved courtyard. Jetted tub and shower in master bath which has solartube and dble vanity. Dble pane windows throughout. New hvac installed in June 2014. MLS#410611. 15A9541. $128,820

CUSTOM DESIGNED 3/2 -Split plan home situated on a large corner lot onthe 11th green of the golf course. This home welcomes you with natural pecan wood floors, 9’ ceilings, crown molding and too many extra special features to list (copy of extras in office). The kitchen features tile floors, custom cherrywood cabinets with pull outs. Large family room with wood burning fireplace with mantle and hearth and built-in bookshevles and cabinets on each side ofthe fire place. Family room opens out to an extended lanai. All window coverings, installed light fixtures and appliances convey. Home warranty on allappliances. Furnishings and golf cart negotiable. MLS#411906. 8J9520. $259,900

$398,500

$213,330

AN ABSOLUTE STUNNING PRESTWICK! You will enjoy all the beautiful upgrades this home has to offer. For the gourmet chef, enjoy the granite counters, stainless steel appliances including a gas stove and other fine built-ins. More features include crown moldings, hardwood floors, wall to wall carpeting and tile, volume ceilings, plantation shutters and numerous other amenities this home has to offer. Large 2-1/2 garage with separate golf cartgarage. Enjoy your screened lanai overlooking the gorgeous landscape and the 12th hole of candler! The exterior stacked stone and paver brick drive makes this entertainment home a real pleasure to own! MLS#415336.1603CHE. $398,500

POPULAR 3/2/2 HOME - in upscale neighborhood, with fully-enclosed lanai overlooking the golf course! Wood laminate flooring, and ceramic tile in living areas and carpeting in bedrooms. Inside laundry with cabinets. Neutral colors throughout. Brick paver driveway and walk. Lovely home located near private club house, pool, driving range and entertainment complex. Includes all appliances, fans and window treatments. MLS#416463. 0321CHE. $213,330

Call us at 1.800.871.8109 or 352.854.2394 or visit us at OTOWRealEstate.com Located in Circle Square Commons Onsite Resales Center 8413 SW 80th St. Ste. 4 • Ocala, FL 34481 Kenneth D. Colen, Licensed Real Estate Broker.

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T H EA T E R THE THEATER IS THRIVING THIS YEAR! YOU’VE GOT A SPECTRUM OF THEATRICAL OPTIONS FROM THE MUSICAL STORIES OF HANK WILLIAMS AND JERSEY BOYS TO MURDER MYSTERIES AND LAUGH-OUT-LOUD COMEDIES. TAKE A NIGHT TO EXPERIENCE THE THRILL OF THE LIVE, LOCAL THEATER WITH THESE NEARBY ATTRACTIONS.

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Travel 100 years into the future to a new civilization of darkness in Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play. See what happens when the apocalypse arrives, the power grid fails and society fades away. What will happen when civilization as we know it goes dark? Who will be left with the task of rebuilding? Find out in this pop-culture comedy.

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When Harry Brock, a corrupt junk dealer, brings his naive showgirl and mistress with him to Washington, D.C. for business, his business dealings become compromised by her ignorance. In an effort to scathe the liability, Brock hires a journalist to educate his mistress. In the process, the mistress uncovers Brock’s corrupt plans to bribe a Congressman into passing a bill that would allow his business to make more money. The mistress decides to utilize her newfound wits to interfere with his scheme.

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Hey, Good Lookin’! Experience the fascinating life of the legendary country music singer-songwriter Hank Williams at the IceHouse this spring. Enjoy Williams’ rise to country stardom as they take you from the Louisiana Hayride to the Grand Ole Opry. Hank Williams’ hit songs include “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Move It On Over,” “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Jambalaya” and “Lovesick Blues.” WHEN HANK WILLIAMS DIED AT 29 IN THE BACK OF HIS CADILLAC SOMETIME IN THE EARLY MORNING OF NEW YEAR’S DAY 1953, HE LEFT BEHIND A SCUFFED, EMBROIDERED BROWN LEATHER BRIEFCASE. HE USED IT TO CARRY BOUND NOTEBOOKS, AMONG OTHER ITEMS, FILLED WITH PAGES OF LYRICS AND SONG IDEAS HE JOTTED DOWN WHEN INSPIRATION STRUCK. SOME WERE FULLY FINISHED, SOME JUST STARTED. Source: HankWilliams.com

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It’s a musical, comedy and murder mystery! Ten guests are invited to an isolated English estate for a “marvelous weekend in the country air.” However, when they discover that their host is dead, the situation turns gruesome. As more bodies are pile up in the library, it turns into a battle of the wits as they race to find the killer. Playing off Agatha Christie detective stories, all the classic characters will appear: the butler, the saucy maid, the caretaker, the uninvited guest and all of the others. This suspenseful satire will have you quivering, shaking and laughing—all in one show! THE OCALA CIVIC THEATRE IS RANKED AMONG THE TOP 30 COMMUNITY THEATRES IN THE COUNTRY AND IS THE RECOGNIZED LEADER IN FLORIDA. THIS IS THEIR 65TH YEAR OF PROVIDING LIVE, PROFESSIONAL QUALITY PERFORMANCES TO THE OCALA AREA.

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AR T Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi of The Four Seasons. The four blue-collar kids wrote their own songs, discovered their own sounds and became an iconic success story in pop music history. They sold 175 million records worldwide all before the age of 30 and now their story comes to life live on stage at the Phillips Center. The musical will feature their hits songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take my Eyes Off You.”

PAINTINGS, POTTERY, JEWELRY AND MORE! EXPERIENCE THE AREA’S BOOMING ART SCENE WITH THESE UPCOMING GALLERIES AND FESTIVALS. OH, AND DID WE MENTION WE’VE GOT THE LATEST SCOOP ON THE TUSCAWILLA ART PARK COMING TO DOWNTOWN OCALA THIS YEAR?

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK BEYOND REALITY: THE MANY WORLDS OF JAMES H. VREDEVOOGD APPLETON MUSEUM APRIL 11-JUNE 7 APPLETONMUSEUM.ORG (352)291-4455 Step into James H. Vredevoogd’s world and experience unfathomable dreamscapes that are both realistic in their style and surreal in subject matter. Combining symbolism and iconography, this Dunnellon resident’s work will catch your attention and tempt you into taking a second, closer look. Vredevoogd’s work is featured in the permanent collections of several universities and museums but will only be at the Appleton Museum for a limited time. Don’t miss out on this gallery; it’s out of this world!

DOWNTOWN OCALA, CITIZENS CIRCLE EVERY FIRST FRIDAY OCALAFL.ORG/ARTWALK Every first Friday of the month between September and May, The City of Ocala hosts various artists as they work on arts and crafts. Come to relax, mingle with local artists and enjoy a unique performance on the square. The walk spans 15 beautiful city blocks in downtown Ocala and starts at 6pm. Expect acoustic musicians and vocalists and visual artists of all types: painters, photographers, sculptors, weavers and more. Artists are partnered with downtown businesses and their displays are usually in front of the business’ storefronts, on the sidewalk.  When you walk up an appetite, check out historic downtown’s unique boutiques and restaurants. Many have partnered with the city to extend shopping hours. Try local culinary offerings such as the Ocala Chocolate and Confections Shop, Stellas, La Cuisine and more!

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HISTORIC 2ND STREET, CEDAR KEY MARCH 28-29 CEDARKEYARTSFESTIVAL.COM (352) 543-5400 Step back in time and enjoy Cedar Key’s old Florida charm at the 51st Annual Fine Arts Festival. Over 120 fine artists and craftsmen will display their intriguing works of art this year. Artists from all over compete for over $10,000 in prize money and purchase awards. Over 20,000 people visited Historic Cedar Key to take part in this oneof-a-kind art festival last year. This year, you can expect delicious seafood, decadent desserts and fun for the whole family. Oh and while you’re there, don’t forget to soak in Cedar Key’s amazing sunset.

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46TH ANNUAL SANTA FE COLLEGE SPRING ARTS FESTIVAL NORTHEAST GAINESVILLE HISTORIC DISTRICT APRIL 11-12 SPRINGARTSFESTIVAL.COM Held amongst the charming homes of the Northeast Gainesville Historic District, this long-standing festival offers a plethora of fun and inspiration for the entire family. Fine artists gather from throughout the country to sell and


VISIT OCALAFL.ORG/ARTWALK AND PRINT OUT AN EVENT MAP, SO THAT YOU CAN EASILY LOCATE YOUR FAVORITE ARTISTS AND MEDIUMS.

Oh, and don’t forget about the unbelievably good food and music! The festival will offer selections ranging from Greek salads to Bar-B-Q, with plenty of snacks and treats in between. As usual, the DeLand Outdoor Art Festival will offer a toe-tapping blend of country, folk, bluegrass and blues concerts. Entertainers will take the stage between 10am and 5pm on Saturday and from 11am to 4pm on Sunday. This weekend event features a family-friendly atmosphere that winds around a jogging trail and overlooks a gorgeous pond.

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WANT TO HAVE A LITTLE MORE SPENDING CASH FOR THE DELAND OUTDOOR FESTIVAL? MAKE SURE TO STOP BY THE INFORMATION BOOTH FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN $100 TOWARD YOUR FESTIVAL SHOPPING.

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ALACHUA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS, GAINESVILLE JANUARY 24-25 AND JANUARY 30-FEBRUARY 1 GVLCULTURALAFFAIRS.ORG (352) 334-ARTS Hands down one of the most popular medieval fairs in the area, the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire is a unique way to experience the medieval period. Of course, they will have jesters, magicians and jugglers, but the event also offers a medieval blend of arts, crafts and music as well. The fair will showcase more than 160 talented artisans and craftspeople. They will display and sell a variety of goods, including authentic blacksmithing, jewelry, stone and wood carvings, weaving, hand-blown glassware, leather crafts and period fashions. These

ABSTRACT MEETS REALISM display their unique pieces. The festival will also have an Art Jungle where children can create their own masterpieces. Musicians and dancers will entertain on two stages and a large variety of food vendors will be on-site.

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More than 135 fine artists and crafters gather from throughout the Southeast to compete for thousands of dollars in prizes. The festival will offer a craft section with a wide range of items for sale, including handmade jewelry, carved wooden toys and even Adirondack furniture.

ARTIST-ALLEY MAY 8 ARTIST-ALLEY.COM Find out what happens when abstract art meets realism at ArtistAlley’s open door reception. They will feature the fine art of 17 creative artists. You can also browse through their mix of creations from local artists, which includes everything from jewelry and pottery to paintings and sculptures. The reception begins at 6pm and will last until 9pm.

artisans will also demonstrate how they create their pieces. Don’t miss King William and Queen Caroline during the Royal Procession through Hoggetowne’s crowded streets on Friday at 11am and 1:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 12pm and 4:30pm. The king and queen will lead more than 100 actors, musicians and other performers through the streets to the jousting fields, where knights will battle it out.

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Art comes in many forms and from many ages! This February, specialists in prehistoric skills will come from across the nation to share their unique crafts at Silver Springs State Park. Watch as expert flint knappers, archaeologists, potters, hide tanners, bow makers and other skilled artisans demonstrate their crafts. Vendors will also be on-site to sell reproduction tools, raw stone, food and more. Admission is just $5 for adults and children over 5 years old. The festival is from 9am to 4pm.

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M U SIC COMING SOON: THE ART PARK IN TUSCAWILLA As part of the Tuscawilla Park master plan, the Art Park will function as a serene venue of artwork, botanical gardens, urban cityscapes, historic architecture, water and wildlife. Groundbreaking on “Ocala’s Central Park” begins in Spring of this year, thanks to a generous matching grant from the Rick and Nancy Moskovitz Foundation. The park will be adjacent to the Ocala Union Station complex which is strategically located at the north end of the proposed Osceola Linear Park. The purpose of the Art Park is to create an environment that fuels the creative process and observation of local art, both visual and performing. The outdoor spaces will include exhibiting areas for outdoor sculpture, visual artists and performing artists. “This project’s return on investment will occur through the enhanced quality of place for the citizens of Ocala,” Community Cultural Arts Manager Melissa Townsend says. “By providing an enhanced urban space in the downtown core it will attract visitors to the area and contribute to a thriving downtown economy.” The entire project design will be carried out through four phases over the span of four years. The first phase will include the key infrastructures such as pathways, lighting, gardens, garden pergolas and more. It will also include completion of the landscape design and amenities such as shade canopies and benches. The other phases will include the addition of sculptures and a water feature. Townsend says that the Art Park will host a wide range of both public and private events, including art exhibits, plein air (painting in the outdoors) sessions, speaking engagements, private celebrations, weddings and more. The ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening are expected in October of this year. Do you love art and are interested in donating to the Art Park? Contact Melissa Townsend at (352) 629-8447 or mtownsend@ocalafl.org to donate. Tax deductible monetary contributions to the Tuscawilla Art Park matching grant fund may be made by contacting Barbara Fitos at (352) 507-8116 or by visiting ocalafoundation.org.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS! THE BEGINNING OF 2015 IS LOOKING EXCEPTIONALLY ENTERTAINING IN THE MUSIC REALM. FROM LOCAL EVENTS TO THOSE JUST AN HOUR OR TWO AWAY, THE WIDE ARRAY OF CONCERTS AND MUSICAL GENRES MEANS THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERY MUSIC LOVER THIS SEASON.

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The Art Park isn’t the only new addition to the Ocala community. The Reilly Arts Center is the new headquarters for performing and visual arts. The center will seat approximately 650 people with a founder’s club upstairs. The Founder’s Club will contain a VIP lounge featuring a full bar, lofty amenities and amazing VIP balcony seats for events. The hall will be the best acoustic space in the area and will host the Ocala Symphony Orchestra beginning with their 2015-2016 season as well as other performing arts groups. Other new features will include a covered outdoor stage for concerts, a grand lobby for local art exhibits, a refreshment bar, box office and larger parking areas. The Reilly Arts Center will also preserve the historic City Auditorium in Tuscawilla Park so that it can be enjoyed for generations to come.

24TH ANNUAL YOUNG ARTIST RECITAL

CHARLES R. DASSANCE FINE ARTS CENTER AT THE COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA OCALA FEBRUARY 1 OCALASYMPHONY.COM (352) 351-1606 Hosting some of the region’s most talented young musicians, the 24th Annual Young Artist Recital will be


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the hot spot for music enthusiasts this February. Watch as local, young musicians compete for a $1,000 prize and a chance to be featured as soloists with the Ocala Symphony Orchestra at an upcoming event at the Ocala Breeder’s Sale Auditorium. The competition consists of two age divisions, a Junior Division (ages 12-18) and a Senior Division (ages 18-25) and will be open to the public during finals on Sunday, February 1. For tickets, visit OCALASYMPHONY.COM.

If you love all kinds of music from blues to funk, the Suwannee Springfest will become your newest tradition. Located at the beautiful, wooded Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Springfest will have four stages of authentic concerts spanning across three days. Buy a ticket for the day or grab a three-day pass and spend the whole weekend in a one-ofkind atmosphere.

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Dust off your black leather boots and bust out some red lipstick, Welcome to Rockville is back, and they’ve recruited some of the most popular names in rock. Slipknot, Korn, Godsmack and Slayer will headline this year’s festival with many other big names such as Breaking Benjamin, Of Mice & Men and more. Tickets are bound to sell out fast, so snag yours soon!

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Season eight American Idol winner, Kris Allen, will be local this January. This is an opportunity to experience his new songs from the album titled Horizons, live at High Dive in Gainesville. On Horizons, his third full-length album, pop-rock artist Kris Allen hones in on his songwriting and brings a bold presence to his songs. Tickets are only $13 in advance and $15 at the door.

Experience the sounds of the South with Rosanne Cash this April at the Phillips Center. With 21 Top 40 country singles and 11 No.1 hits, singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash’s new show is a must-see. Her show celebrates the release of her critically acclaimed album, The River and the Thread. Rosanne Cash, daughter of Johnny Cash, draws on a unique sound of country, blues, gospel and rock that surveys the beautiful landscape of the American South to produce an exciting new album.

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Picasso’s Palette offers both walk-in crafts and special class options. Their walk-in crafts include glass painting, glass fusing, pottery painting and mosaic constructing. Classes include these options plus canvas classes, culinary classes, clay hand building classes and multimedia. They also have a charming café that offers fresh gourmet cupcakes!

What goes perfectly with art? Wine! At Painting with a Twist, they’ll supply all of the fundamentals for creating exquisite art including artist instruction. All you have to bring is your inner artist and, if desired, the wine. Open classes are available for small groups or private parties are offered to groups of 10 or more.

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Hole 4 This shorter downhill par 3 plays to a long narrow green. There is no need to get fancy with your tee shot. Players should club themselves to the front third of the green. The green is protected in front, as well as both sides, of the green with deep bunkers.

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When local-bred Affirmed won horse racing’s coveted Triple Crown in 1978, Marion County took a prideful bow on one of sport’s grandest stages. Since then, the milestones achieved on Ocala’s timeline have been few and unsung, replete with what-ifs and bygone relics. Suffice to say, Affirmed remains Ocala’s greatest sports legacy… for now. On January 26 through 31, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) will come to Ocala for its season opening tournament, the Coates Golf Championship, presented by R+L Carriers, held at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club. By C A R LT O N

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that a major league outfit would generally court? LPGA executives may have initially preferred Orlando or Tampa, but the Coates were adamant about Ocala as host and rather persuasive in their tactics. “If you sign on the dotted line to pay for the whole thing, you can have the tournament wherever you want,” Randy says, only semijoking. “We got a little push from the LPGA to

support the tournament just as well as a major metropolitan area. “Most people don’t understand what Ocala has in manufacturing and corporate presence,” Coates said. “People think there’ll be chickens and goats running around the course. They don’t understand we have 350 manufacturers in this county and it’s the second-largest thoroughbred-breeding facility in the United

“It’s an amazing lifestyle in Ocala. We want good things to happen in the community.” RANDY COATES

world has to offer, thanks to Randy and Mollie Coates, the Ocala couple who shared a vision of bringing an LPGA Tour event to Ocala three years ago. In January, that vision comes to fruition at Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club with the LPGA Coates Golf Championship presented by R+L Carriers. Not just a grand vision for Ocala but a bold one for the Coates, who will be showcasing a golf industry start-up company, pinning their hopes on the success of the event and women’s golf in general. The risk came in the form of a $3.5 million-plus price tag to own an LPGA Tour event. Why Ocala? Why not Orlando or Tampa or any of the other more typical destinations

have (the event) in Orlando or someplace else. But we wanted our community to get the benefit.” The benefit of which is a financial boon for the host community that typically ranges $12-15 million at LPGA events. With 120 players in the field chasing a $1.5 million purse, the event carries with it weight and cache never seen in this town’s history. As such, skeptics abound, including the ill-informed that seem to dominate Internet blogs and chat rooms. One such commenter on golfchannel.com (The Golf Channel will broadcast the tournament internationally) deemed Ocala a “farm town” that the LPGA would regret ever having hosted an event. Such sentiments may be shared by a few, but not Coates, who believes Ocala can

States. It’s an amazing lifestyle in Ocala. We want good things to happen in the community.” Convincing the powers of the LPGA Tour that Ocala was a tour-worthy stop may have seemed a challenge, but once on the Golden Ocala property, the powers-that-be set their fears to rest. Besides the unique nature of the golf course, which boasts holes designed as replicas of famous tracks around the world, Golden Ocala offers impeccable practice facilities, a spa and complete fitness center. The players shall want for nothing. “We brought their key people to see Golden Ocala,” Coates said of the LPGA brass’ initial visit to Ocala, “and once they saw the facility and the space, and when they were done, one of

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the senior vice presidents said ‘the hard part will be getting the women (players) to leave.’” That Ocala can successfully support an event of such magnitude—throngs of spectators expected to be anywhere from 60,000 to 80,000 and millions of television viewers in the United States and beyond—will not be known for certain until the tournament actually takes place. The logistics of hosting a high-profile golf tournament can be daunting, especially for a city as historically green in such endeavors. Hotel accommodations, quality of restaurants, parking snafus, airport commutes, media accessibility, local sponsors, the golf course and community itself will all be under the microscope. There’ll be no dress rehearsal for anyone; it’s trial by fire. “There’s sort of a learning curve there,” says Tournament Director Lenny Francoeur. “The LPGA historically performs well in smaller markets. If you look at some of the events they’ve had for decades in places like Rochester (New York), or Rogers (Arkansas), or Grand

Francoeur says that about 43 percent of the volunteers are coming from The Villages and that Tampa and Orlando also have a fair representation. By coming to Ocala, the LPGA Tour embarks on what it hopes will be a sound business strategy in keeping the season-opening event in the mainland United States. In most recent years, the LPGA Tour has begun in the Bahamas before heading to the Far East, meaning nearly all of the top Asian players have skipped the season opener. But with the Ocala event added to the beginning of the schedule, nearly $3 million in prize money is at stake and should be able to entice the top players to stay and compete in the two events before joining the tour’s Asian swing. It’s a prominent spot atop the LPGA Tour schedule that already has some top talent committed to play, including former U.S. Open winner Paula Creamer. “It’s the first time the LPGA has started the season domestically in over a decade,” Francoeur said. “I would be surprised if most of

exemptions and qualifying. The preceding weekend, non-exempt players will compete for two spots in the field in a qualifying tournament at Golden Ocala. Practice rounds will take place in the days leading up to the event, and spectator passes will be available. Quite a few concerns existed for Ocala hosting the LPGA Tour, but all seem to have been answered. First, the vast number of volunteers crucial to the tournament has been addressed and will not be a problem. Accommodations for players and fans is not a worry, at least to Francoeur, who says an average LPGA Tour event fills “around 2,000 rooms” and that Marion County has 5,000 rooms available. With 60,000 spectators likely during the week, parking can sure be a hassle. That’s one good thing about a “farm town,” however, in that there is plenty of room around the golf course property to park cars without having to shuttle spectators from miles away, as is customary at many tournaments.

“For spectators who have never experienced an LPGA event, it’s very unusual and different… engaging.” LENNY FRANCOEUR

Rapids (Michigan), they’re not giant cities, but cities that embrace the LPGA, and those events become the biggest thing in their market. Ocala has a chance to wrap its arms around this event and have it become a fabric of the community.” Early indicators show a warm embrace, indeed. The lifeblood of any professional golf tournament is its network of volunteers. With so many moving parts and quite a bit of ground to cover, hundreds of volunteer workers are needed to make sure a tournament runs smoothly, and Ocala, with its surrounding communities, is coming through in unprecedented fashion. Francoeur notes that over 700 volunteers are needed at a typical event and that it normally takes five to six months to recruit that number. Not in Ocala. “It took a whole three weeks to get 800 volunteers, and there are 400 on the wait list,” Francoeur said. “If that is an indicator of how the community will embrace the event, it’s going to be extremely successful.”

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the top domestic players won’t be here.” Those players are the main draw—and not just for their golfing talents. For the most part, aloof prima donnas reside elsewhere on other tours or professional sports. Divas on the LPGA Tour? Not so much. According to Francoeur, who has been directing tour-level events for over 15 years, “The LPGA is a very diverse and international tour and an extremely competitive tour. The players are very engaging, very appreciative of these events and of the volunteers and spectators. “For spectators who have never experienced an LPGA event, it’s very unusual and different… engaging.” The actual tournament begins with the first round Wednesday, January 28 and concludes with the final round Saturday, January 31, thus leaving the next day as the exclusive domain of the National Football League’s Super Bowl. In all, 116 players will commit to the event with four spots being filled through sponsor

Some have speculated that the event is too long a commute for players, with Orlando being the nearest major airport. Francoeur disagrees with the premise, noting that “it’s only an hour and 20 minutes from Orlando and 45 minutes from Gainesville and those are not aboveaverage commutes for players at events.” And the biggest hang-up for the naysayers, lack of local corporate support? No problem according to Coates. “Ocala has a strong manufacturing and corporate presence,” he says. “We have had a lot of response with what is going on; bigger names have stepped up. R+L Carriers is the big presenting sponsor, and we have a lot of banks, manufacturers, insurance companies coming in big. There is a list of really nice people in the area.” The short days in January create a short window for a golf tournament. This is one reason the field is limited to 120 players instead of the customary 144. With sunrise set for


Hole 1 8 A par 5 that is reachable in two with a wellplaced drive down the right center of the fairway. Keep in mind there is a hazard short and right of this green. If you take a shot at this green in two shots, there is plenty of room to the left of the green for an easy up and down for a birdie.

10: One of the best-designed par 4 holes on the course. A four on the scorecard makes the golfer feel like he or she has made a birdie. The front portion of this green is narrow in width, while the back half is generous in width. 11: One of the prettiest par 3s in all of golf, particularly in the spring time when the Azaleas behind the green in full bloom provide a spectacular backdrop. Because this green is narrow depth-wise, it is necessary to choose the correct club.

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7:18am and sunset for 6:03pm, there should be plenty of daylight for 40 threesomes. So Ocala has the bases covered it would seem. What others may see as an outrageous gamble, Coates sees as a great opportunity to showcase not only his new company but also Golden Ocala and the city itself. Coates Golf is making an enormous investment in the LPGA Tour before one bit of product has hit the shelves. His plan is to unveil the company at January’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando a week before the tournament, creating a 1-2 marketing punch. Just what market Coates Golf plans on filling is met with tight lips from Randy. At this point, it’s anybody’s guess just what products will come out of the factory, but it’s safe to assume the niche has something to do with women’s golf. “All I can say is that I think we have come up with an idea to fill a hole in this market,” Randy

said. “It was really Mollie’s idea, that’s why she’s the president of the company—we work as a team. “We have talked to the LPGA about it,” adds Coates. “They are more excited about what we are doing than they are us holding a tournament.” Waterboarding won’t get Coates to crack. He refuses to reveal any of his new company’s secrets until the show and then the tournament. He’ll only reveal that both equipment and apparel are part of the equation. “It’s definitely in the women’s market, but that’s all I’m going to say for now,” he says. The project may seem a head-first dive into the unknown, but Coates’ track record make him a safe bet. Instincts are hard at work for Coates, whose core business is strategy management for companies all over the world, including Lloyds of London.

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Golf fans and professionals from a long drive or a short putt away will soon arrive in Ocala for the 2015 Coates Golf Championship, presented by R+L Carriers. Visitors and locals alike will also have the opportunity to see the community behind the championship with Golden Ocala’s Tour of Homes. The community will offer tours Monday, January 26 through Saturday, January 31 from 8am to 5pm plus evenings by appointment. Tours will begin at the Royal Shell sales office just inside the gates of Golden Ocala. LPGA tournament attendees can also stop by the Royal Shell sales information center, located behind the 18th green in the tournament’s welcome center area. The Tour of Homes will include nine models from Golden Ocala’s 10 upscale neighborhoods. Those interested in

purchasing a home can choose from 35 preapproved plans, and approved builders stand ready to accommodate custom home construction. Golden Ocala brings elegant estate living to Central Florida, with residences offered exclusively by Royal Shell Real Estate. More information on the community, as well as club memberships, available resale homes, vacation rentals and more, can be found online at goldenocala.com.

“This wasn’t just overnight,” Coates said. “We did three years of research on this as an idea before deciding to do this.” As title sponsor, Coates still needed a presenting sponsor and a venue to host the tournament. The perfect storm came with R+L Carriers, owned by Larry Roberts, who just happens to own Golden Ocala. When the Roberts family came on board, Coates, R+L Carriers, Golden Ocala and the LPGA Tour constructed a deal that will cement the tournament taking place here for the next three years. The investment in the LPGA Tour event is one Coates hopes promotes his company’s brand name, but he does not see the tournament itself as one to make a direct profit. On the contrary, as with most golf tournaments, all revenues generated above operating expenses go directly to selected charities. For most events, Coates says that number reaches several hundred thousand dollars. Benefitting from the event will be four charities: the Boys and Girls Clubs of Marion County, the First Tee of Marion County, the Jett Travolta Foundation and the Morgan Pressel Foundation. The residual economic benefits to the community and local charities notwithstanding, the significance of the LPGA Tour coming to Ocala should not be lost on anyone, even those who can’t tell the difference between a pitching wedge and a waffle iron. Few places count themselves among the fraternity, or sorority, of tour stops. Only 14 states host LPGA tournaments, and of the three in Florida, the Coates Golf Championship is the only full-field event. “Especially in year one, getting everyone to understand how special hosting an LPGA event is—from the players to the spectators to the economic impact to international television—is really exciting,” Francoeur says. “I don’t know if everyone fully understands. It will do special things for Ocala and Marion County, and I’m excited to have everyone participate in that.” The time has come for this sleepy little town to show the world there’s more here than horse stalls and shuffleboard courts. Big things can happen. Ocala, the little town that could… just has.

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GOLDEN FAVORITES The Coates Golf Championship, presented by R+L Carriers, will host some of the best women golfers in the world. Here are some of the players who could be teeing off at Golden Ocala later this month. By J I M

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wenty-six-year-old Morgan Pressel has had a life of ups and downs. While enjoying success on the golf course by becoming the second youngest girl to qualify for an LPGA tour event at the tender age of 12, at home in Tampa, she was watching her mother battle a deadly form of breast cancer. Pressel’s mother, Kathryn Krickstein Pressel, passed away in 2003 and the then15-year-old was raised by her maternal grandparents. Indicative of her perseverance and drive to win, just three years later, Pressel became the youngest-ever winner of an LPGA major when she won the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship at the age of 18. Pressel has won two LPGA tour events and one Japan LPGA tour event in her career and has been ranked as high as No. 4 in the world. As storied as Pressel’s golf career has been, she may be just as famous off the course for her work in funding the battle against breast cancer. In 2007, she formed the Morgan Pressel Foundation, which has since raised more than $3 million for patient care and cancer research. She also participates in the “Bucks for Birdies” campaign, where fans contribute a predetermined amount of money for each birdie Pressel makes during each official LPGA event. In 2010, the Kathryn Krickstein Pressel Mammovan began traveling the streets of Palm Beach County providing mammograms and health care to the less fortunate, and in 2013, the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Lynn Cancer Institute created the Morgan Pressel Center for Cancer Genetics. The center’s research helps determine whether a woman might have a genetic propensity for a certain type of cancer. Morgan and her husband, Andy Bush, presently live in St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton, where she is the touring professional. Her sister, Madison, and brother, Mitchell, also play amateur golf, and her uncle Aaron Krickstein, who is the director of tennis at St. Andrews, is a former professional tennis player.

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resently ranked No. 2 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, many fans feel American golfer Stacy Lewis is No. 1 when it comes to guts and determination. Lewis was diagnosed with scoliosis of the spine at 11 years of age. For more than six years, she wore a back brace for 18 hours each day (unless she was on the golf course). When she was a senior in high school, Lewis underwent a spinal fusion, having a stainless steel rod and five screws inserted to hold her spine in place. After a red-shirt season at the University of Arkansas, and just two short years after surgery, she was named the Southeastern Conference’s Freshman Golfer of the Year in 2005. In 2008, she became the first golfer in history to go 5–0 in a single Curtis Cup, helping the United States win its sixth consecutive title. Following a stellar college and amateur career, Lewis turned professional in 2008. Since that time, she has won 11 tour events, including two majors: the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2011 and the Women’s British Open last year. In 2012, Lewis was named the LPGA Player of the Year, the first American to receive that honor in 18 years. In March 2013, following a win in the Founder’s Cup, she was named No. 1 in the Rolex World Rankings. After losing that position four weeks later to Inbee Park, 29-yearold Lewis regained the No. 1 position with a victory at the Shoprite LPGA Classic in June of last year. In October, she once again dropped to No. 2 behind Park.

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aving won five majors in her short career and earned more than $2 million in each of the last two years, 26-year-old golfer Inbee Park is undoubtedly the premier player on the LPGA tour. Ranked No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, Park is only the fourth LPGA golfer to win three majors in one year, a feat she accomplished in 2013. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Park turned professional in 2006 at the age of 17. Two years later, she became the then-youngest woman in history to win the U.S. Women’s Open. Since her debut on the tour, she has won 12 tour events and more than $7 million in earnings. In 2013, Park became the first South Korean to win the Rolex Player of the Year Award. Her most recent victory was the 2014 LPGA Championship in August. Showing great poise and determination, Park came from behind to defeat Brittany Lincicome by one stroke when she birdied the first playoff hole. Park plays a grueling schedule of events competing on both the American and Japanese LPGA tours. At 10 years of age, Park took up golf just a few days after watching South Korean golfing legend Se Ri Pak win the 1998 U.S. Women’s Open. Park’s family moved to Eustis in 2002 where she and sister Inah attended Mount Dora Bible School for two years before moving to Las Vegas. As an eighth-grader, in 2003, Park led the Mount Dora Bible girl’s team to a third-place finish in the state tournament.

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am really looking forward to playing at Golden Ocala. It’s only two hours away from my home, and I am excited to play in front of friends and family… especially my brothers and their families,” says 18thranked Brittany Lincicome. Lincicome was raised and lives in Seminole, a modestly sized city located adjacent to St. Petersburg. With her familiarity with Florida courses and conditions, she hopes to improve her chances for a win in the Coates Golf Championship. “Having played here my entire life could be a slight advantage. The only problem is that a lot of the women on tour now live in Florida or California, and this makes them familiar with the local conditions also,” she says. “It does help me out a bit with the type of grass and so on, but any advantage would be slight.” One thing that will help Lincicome is her ability to drive a golf ball farther than any other player on tour. She presently averages just over 271 yards per drive. “I started playing at 9 years old with my dad and two older brothers. I had to hit off the same tee as them, and, so, if I was to keep up with them, I had to

hit it long,” she says with a laugh. “It just sort of came natural to me, and it sure helps to be able to reach the par fives in two strokes.” 29-year-old Lincicome will be starting her 10th year on tour. She has won five LPGA tour events, including one major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, in 2009. She says her game is solid, and she is looking forward to the upcoming season. Lincicome is a self-proclaimed tomboy who loves to compete. When she isn’t playing golf she loves to fish in the Gulf and play Texas hold ‘em poker. She says both hobbies allow her to relax and prepare for the pressures of competing and a grueling traveling schedule. Lincicome has a strong faith in God that motivates and comforts her in all aspects of her life. “In my last tournament, I had a couple of scriptures written down and I would read them anytime I needed some inspiration,” she says. “My faith has always been an important part of my life.” What does the future hold for Brittany Lincicome? “I look forward to a long and successful golf career along with eventually getting married and raising a family,” she says.

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TEEING OFF CHARITY for

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ollie and Randall Coates, title sponsors and owners of the tournament, personally chose the charities they felt closest to,” says Libby Peacock, tournament marketing director. “The charitable amounts given during the tournament are based on

contributions from sponsors, as well as any revenue generated through the various tournament ticket sales. The Coates Golf Championship has a goal of $200,000 to $300,000.”

Here’s a look at the four charities that will benefit.


THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS THE FIRST TEE OF OF MARION COUNTY GREATER OCALA In 1860, the first Boys Club opened in Hartford, Connecticut, started by a group of women determined to offer a positive alternative to boys with nothing better to do than roam the streets. In the decades since, girls were also brought into the fold, and in 1990, this long-standing national organization officially changed its name to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Character development remains the focus of the club, whose mission statement strives “to enable all young people, especially those in the most need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.” The Boys & Girls Clubs of Marion County was launched in the late 1960s and follows the national organization’s mission of offering “a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals, life-enhancing programs and character development experiences, hope and opportunity.” “Our goal is to serve the kids who are most in need and at risk,” says Michael Warren, president of the board of directors. “One of our fundamental commitments is that no child is turned away, so we have a very nominal annual membership fee, and even then some children attend by scholarship.” Approximately 1,000 children are currently members of the three area clubs, which are located in Ocala, Silver Springs Shores and Dunnellon. On any given weekday, these clubs serve about 300 children in after-school programs. During the summer, as many as 500 kids are present each day between the three locations.

“The kids have a place where they can have fun recreational activities after school but also get help with their homework and mentoring from adults,” says Warren. “The idea is to bring them into a place that’s safe and fun that also gives them the most opportunity to succeed.” Programs and services provided by the Boys & Girls Clubs include education and career development, character and leadership development, health and life skills, the arts and family support. The club is open daily, offering a positive, productive environment when kids need it most. In addition to full-time, trained staff, adult volunteers graciously give of their time and energy to serve as mentors and positive role models. “We have teenagers in our club doing service work in the community,” says Warren. “These kids aren’t just receiving; they’re giving to the community.” As for the club benefiting from the golf tournament, Warren adds, “We are just grateful to be involved and that they would think of us. It’s a great opportunity for Marion County as a whole, and we’re excited to see this tournament happening here.”

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In 1997, The First Tee initiative began as a way to expose young people to golf and its positive values. It has blossomed into a non-profit worldwide youth service organization with more than 200 chapters that have impacted over 9 million young people. The First Tee of Greater Ocala was launched in 2012 and has already served over 1,000 area children. The First Tee offers a handson, practical solution to the many challenges facing kids today. It’s open to youth ages 5 to 18 from all backgrounds. “It’s a youth development program for all kids, and they can start at any time,” says Chris Wilson, executive director of The First Tee of Greater Ocala. Integrity, respect, sportsmanship and perseverance may be inherent to the game of golf, but they’re also crucial in everyday life. The First Tee program was created to teach such values as part of basic golf instruction. “We teach core life and relationship skills and values, as well as healthy life habits. It goes way deeper than the golf course,” Wilson notes, adding that participating students learn about “responsibility, courtesy, how to make decisions by thinking about the possible consequences, how to set goals, how to define those goals, the importance of maintaining a positive attitude, as well as the importance of showing respect for others.” Parents can sign their children up for The First Tee, which provides golf instruction at

partnership golf course locations and in participating local elementary schools. “We have a presence in 19 of Marion County’s 30 elementary schools and have trained school PE instructors and provided equipment and training so they can teach their students,” explains Wilson. “This year alone, we’ve had 600 kids involved at our partner golf course locations, which are Pine Oaks, Candler Hills and Ocala Golf Club. We’re active about 40 weeks out of the year, and kids can come in at any time.” About 70 percent of the enrolled area children participated free of charge, thanks to a scholarship program, which is funded primarily through local donations and grant writing. Local chapters are not funded by the national organization and must raise their own funds. They also rely on interested adults from the community to help as mentors and program volunteers.

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THE JETT TRAVOLTA FOUNDATION

When their 16-year-old son, Jett, passed away in January 2009, John Travolta and Kelly Preston were devastated. While a void will always remain in their hearts, the couple was determined that something positive would come out of their heartache. with other special needs,” notes John Travolta. “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with the LPGA tournament in raising money for these causes,” adds Kelly Preston. “Many of the beneficiaries of the foundation are based in and around the Ocala area, and hence, some of the monies raised through the tournament will find its way back into the community.” Coates Golf, LLC recently announced John Travolta and Kelly Preston as two of the honorary co-chairs of the Coates Golf Opening Night Gala. The January 25, 2015 gala is the kickoff event for the Coates Golf Championship, presented by R+L Carriers. The Opening Night Gala is an invitation-only event with guests such as LPGA professionals, top sponsors, VIPs and Pro-Am participants. The evening will mark the start of the inaugural Coates Golf Championship as well as the LPGA season. Photo courtesy JTP Films

Later in 2009, they established The Jett Travolta Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization based in Florida and created to help children from a variety of disadvantaged backgrounds. The Foundation directs its resources to a variety of causes, many of which directly benefit children in the Marion County area. Some

of these children have vision, hearing, mobility, communication, behavior learning impairments or special needs in health and education. “The Jett Travolta Foundation has been very fortunate to be able to raise and donate money over the years for a variety of charitable purposes, including without limitation, to help children with special needs, autism, those suffering from seizures and those

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THE MORGAN PRESSEL FOUNDATION

Launched by LPGA star Morgan Pressel, the foundation was created to honor her mother, Kathryn Krickstein Pressel, who died at an early age after a battle with breast cancer. The organization’s mission is to fight cancer—in particular, breast cancer—through early diagnosis, genetic counseling, development of new treatments and basic research complementing all of the above modalities. In a short six years, the foundation has raised over $2.7 million for the cause. Those funds have been donated to hospitals, medical schools and research institutions to fuel research efforts, as well as aid and support cancer patients. A major accomplishment of the organization was the 2013 opening of the Morgan Pressel Center for Cancer Genetics at the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Lynn Cancer Institute. The Kathryn Krickstein Pressel Mammovan began operating in 2010, under Boca Raton Regional Hospital. This fully equipped van goes on the road across Palm Beach County and offers affordable breast exams and health care to patients who might not otherwise benefit from the opportunity. Coates Golf, LLC also recently announced that Morgan Pressel would serve alongside John Travolta and Kelly Preston as the honorary co-chairs of the Coates Golf Opening Night Gala.

“I’m looking forward to starting my 10th LPGA season with the Coates Golf Championship at the Opening Night Gala,” said Morgan Pressel, LPGA Tour Professional. “The evening promises to be an exciting night for this first-year golf event, and I’m happy to be a part of it.”

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GIVING GOLF to

No major golf tournament could function smoothly without the efforts of a large number of volunteers. We’re talking hundreds of volunteers. By C Y N T H I A M C F A R L A N D

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olunteers assist the tournament in many different aspects, everything from marshaling and managing hospitality areas, to distributing supplies throughout the course. LPGA tournaments could not run without the help of their volunteers. They truly provide the backbone to each event, and without that, we could not operate,” says Kathryn Wentzell, tournament coordinator for the 2015 Coates Golf Championship coming to Golden Ocala January 26 through 31. Volunteers were recruited through media outlets with the goal of finding 700 to 800 volunteers. “The Coates Golf Championship had an overwhelming response,” says Wentzell. “Ocala and its surrounding communities provided the tournament with over 800 registered volunteers and 400 on the wait list.” Volunteers are assigned a variety of tasks, including shuttling players around the tournament grounds, keeping the driving range

stocked and ready for practice or assisting the Golf Channel in their television efforts. A typical day varies depending on the committee a volunteer is assisting. They arrive on the grounds at 6:30am for the morning shift or 12:30pm for the afternoon shift. Each volunteer works anywhere from four hours to an entire day. The average volunteer puts in 16 to 20 hours during tournament week, typically in three shifts. “Some committees require more training than others. For example, standard bearers, walking scorers and marshals all require a bit more golf knowledge and training than most,” says Wentzell, noting that training takes place the weekend prior to the tournament. Volunteers pay a nominal fee to help cover the costs of the gift bag they receive, which includes official tournament golf shirts, a tournament jacket and more. For some golf enthusiasts, volunteering at tournaments is a lifestyle. “Volunteers will travel the state to attend and volunteer at different pro/amateur tournaments,” says Wentzell. “For many, the biggest perk includes the opportunity to play some of

the most beautiful courses that they would not have had the opportunity to play otherwise, due to the fact many are private clubs.” “I first started volunteering so I could watch golf inside the ropes and get to play a great golf course where the pros played,” says John Konicek, one of the general chairman volunteers for the 2015 Coates Golf Championship. “One day after visiting the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies and the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, I was able to see firsthand what the doctors and nurses do for the babies and the children in those hospitals, not giving up on them where others might have. It was a very humbling and eye-opening experience as to why I volunteer,” says Konicek, who says the best part about volunteering is knowing he’s made a difference in someone’s life when it counts. “Being a combat-wounded Vietnam veteran, I know that I might not be here today if it weren’t for people who cared and gave,” says Konicek. “This is the best way I know to give back and help people’s lives in a positive way. My volunteering goes beyond golf tournaments to help those in need.”

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Picture the pristine green of a well-manicured golf course in our area and, more often than not, the thought of retirees enters the mind. However, Florida’s beautiful weather and amazing courses also attract an array of junior golfers who enjoy the game just as much… perhaps dreaming of a future in the PGA or LPGA.


developed hand/eye coordination. A simple test for this is to toss the child a tennis ball. If the ball is caught, the child has good hand/eye coordination. For those who enjoy the competitive aspect of golf, the Marion Junior Golf Association holds tournaments for players as young as 5 years old, who play four holes. Players are grouped by ages: 5 to 7, 8 to 10, 11 to 13 and 14 and older, and tournaments are scheduled during weekends and school breaks. Playing golf features new challenges with every game. However, golf ’s capacity to inspire achievement as an individual and a team player makes it an ideal sport for the younger crowd.

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Here are a few up-and-coming golfers that are paving the way for the future generation of golfers.

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Evidence of the popularity of junior golf is easy to find at The First Tee of Greater Ocala, a chapter of the successful national organization. Organized by groups of professional golfers and the support of Shell Oil, this program was specifically created to take golf to youngsters who might not otherwise get a chance to play. Chris Wilson, the executive director of the local program and a level-one coach, is proud of the growth and reach the organization has enjoyed in Marion County. “We have around 600 kids taking classes in elementary schools and on participating golf courses,” says Chris. “That means we’ve had a 200 percent growth during the past two years. But most important, we teach the life skills and core values of The First Tee to all these kids.” Introducing a youngster to golf can be as simple as putting a golf club in the child’s hands and letting him or her hit the golf ball. However, most golf instructors say lessons shouldn’t begin until there’s evidence the child has

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Like many junior golfers, J.D. looks for the life lessons he can get from the game.

Eric admits his first sport was hockey; however, he found golf to be a great pastime, too.

Anna enjoys the challenges of play at ChampionsGate Golf in Orlando.

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“I’ve been playing since I was 5 years old, and I believe golf teaches you good basics, like honesty and integrity, that you can use throughout your life.” His favorite golf course is the Gainesville Country Club, and his heroes are Tiger Woods and Bill Haas. “I like Tiger’s work ethic. That’s what got him to best player in the world. I don’t think anybody does it anywhere close to anything like him,” J.D. says. “Bill Haas is really a nice guy, and he has a cool swing.” And what’s his advice for younger players? “Once you have good fundamentals, just go play.”

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“I needed something to do during the summer because I played hockey all winter and I was super bored,” Eric says. “Golf teaches you stuff you can take with you for the rest of your life, like being competitive and good sportsmanship. I also think playing golf [at the University of Florida] teaches you how to manage your time with school, practice and going to tournaments.” He especially likes to play the Golden Ocala golf course and the Highland Links, in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. “When I’m home, I could only play golf for four months a year, so it’s pretty drastic being able to play 12 months a year.” Among his favorite professional players is Justin Rose. “He’s a complete player. He does everything well, and he doesn’t really have any weaknesses.”

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“Both my parents played golf, and they would always take me and my sisters. We started playing when we were 6 or 7,” Anna says. “I started liking it when I was 11.” Anna had surgery in June and has just recently returned to the game.  “Right now I’m working on chipping and pitching, and I’m working on my long game. I’ve been focusing on that and getting my swing into position. My putting is pretty good right now.”  She names Tiger Woods and Cindy Park as her favorite players.  “I like Tiger for his fire and determination. I like Cindy because no matter how she plays she always keeps an even temper,” Anna says. “When Tiger’s not playing well, he gets angry, and that’s not something I’d want to do. Cindy’s very consistent in how she reacts.”  Her plans for the future?  “I’m moving to Orlando next year, and if I play well, maybe I’ll get my PGA card and go from there.” 

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SOME OF TH E ESSENTIAL RUL ES FOR J UNIOR G OL F E R S IN C L U D E : • Arrive in time to warm up before play. • Read the scorecard to learn rules of the local course. • Keep things moving for those awaiting play behind your group.

• Be conscientious in maintaining the course. These are simple steps like not stepping on the putting line, marking your ball, raking the bunker, filling divots and repairing pitch marks.

• You may display frustration, but always hold your temper. • The five most common rules of golf deal with being out of bounds, lost balls, unplayable lies, cart paths and water hazards.

• When the game is finished, shake hands, congratulate winners, console losers and express gratitude for a good game.

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RULES!

Along with the rules of the game and the fundamentals of basic play, it’s important to teach young players golf etiquette. All golfers, no matter what age, are expected to conduct themselves in a polite and courteous manner on any course they play.

TAYLOR TOMLINSON Hometown: G A I N E S VI LLE School: U N I V ER SITY O F F LO R I DA Year: FR E SH MA N , MA JO R I NG I N BU S I NE S S

Taylor is J.D.’s sister, and the two of them began their golfing careers by playing with their parents.

“My dad played in college, and my mom picked up the game when she was in college, and she’s gotten to be pretty good, too,” says Taylor. Golf is such an individual experience that Taylor says she believes how you think about the game is an essential part of your performance.  “I think what’s important is the mental aspect of the game. You can practice as much as you want on the swing and stuff , but if you aren’t even keeled throughout the game, it doesn’t work.”  She enjoys watching Bubba Watson’s play on the course.  “Bubba Watson is so real. He shows his emotions, and you can tell he has fun with it,” says Taylor. “Paula Creamer is a great role model. I love seeing Americans up there, and she’s got a great personality and is always good with fans.”  Taylor doesn’t speculate too much about the future.  “I would love to play professional. I have a few years ahead of me and we’ll see how that goes.”

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Playing at Trinity Catholic High School has given Lindsey Pinder a strong sense of accomplishment.

Lauren enjoys making golf a team sport. She became interested in the game about six years ago and has worked to improve and learn ever since.

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“I feel like we’ve all come together as a team. We all know that even though we play by ourselves, we have to come together to win,” Lindsey says. “We also try to cheer each other on and help each other out because the team score is what matters in the end.” Her favorite course to play is Candler Hills Golf and Country Club. As for her favorite pro, she’ll pick Rickie Fowler. “I like his style on the course; he wears vibrant colors,” Lindsey says. “He’s kind of like the underdog in a lot of tournaments, and I think that’s inspiring.” As for a future career in golf, Lindsey has this to say: “I won’t continue to play in college, but I’ll always play golf for fun. It’s a great hobby for me.”

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“I like playing with the school, and I had a good season myself. I came in third in the district, first in regional, and 41 out of 95 in the state.” She also likes the intensity of the sport and how it helps her focus her energy. “I like that I need to stay focused and forget about a shot if something else happens. Concentrating on the shot is the hard part for me.” As a developing golfer, Lauren is already thinking about what comes next. “I hope to play through college and get a golf scholarship. I would like to stay near Florida or at least on the east side of the country.” She finds Rory McIlroy an interesting player and admires his skills and techniques. “I really enjoy watching him play.”


WANT MORE INFO? I NF O R MATI O N S I TE S FOR YOUNG GOL FERS:

marionjuniorgolf.org Marion Junior Golf is sponsored by The First Tee. This website offers information about tournaments for players ages 8 to 18.

Photo by Kristie Griggs

ajga.org American Junior Golf Association, with the motto, “Developing golf’s next generation.”

Photo by Kristie Griggs

fsga.org Florida State Golf Association website features a special section for juniors and sponsors tournaments.

thefirstteeofgreatocala.org The First Tee of Greater Ocala is the local branch of a national organization that offers lessons and junior tournament information.

NEIL HEINLEIN

MEGAN GRIGGS

KARA GRIGGS

The 11-year-old went along when his sister decided to learn the game of golf, and now Neil enjoys playing with his school’s team.

Megan, who has been playing golf for more than two years, says golf is one of her favorite things to do in the world.

Kara has been learning and playing golf for about a year, and she can hit the ball about 100 yards for a drive. Like her sister, she plays in Marion County Junior Golf tournaments in the area.

School: T H E C O RNE R S TO NE S CHO O L Grade: F I F T H

“I got interested in it when I was watching Lauren take lessons. I enjoyed watching her and thought I would try it, too.” That was two years ago, and now Neil plays with U.S. Kid’s Golf in addition to his school team. He really likes the challenge of the game. “I like playing the game because it’s more fun than just hitting the ball. I’m competitive now.” Alan Heinlein, father of Lauren, 14, and Neil, 11, is pleased his children have done so well with golf. “We’re not a golf family,” he says. “My wife and I don’t play, but Lauren thought she would like it and now Neil is playing, too. It’s exciting as a parent to watch them play. I like that they’re having the team experience in what is usually an individual sport.”

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“I think it’s cool and a good experience. I think it’s cool that every course is different and every shot you take is different.” Megan plays with the Marion County Junior Golf Tour, and she often wins her tournament. She works at staying calm while playing the game. “I know I have to keep my nerves to myself. Sometimes if you get nervous, you will mess up your shot.” One of her favorite activities is to ride with her dad to a field near their home and practice. “My dad gets my driver or a nine iron, and we play with colored balls so we don’t lose them.” She says she also enjoys playing in tournaments with her friends.

School: MADISON S TR E E T A C A D E M Y Grade: SEC OND

“I just like traveling to different courses and playing and winning, and I like to play in tournaments with my friends.” She still takes lessons once or twice a week and is really enjoying learning the techniques and values of golf.

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ONSISTENCY AND PERSISTENCE ARE KEY TO GETTING AND STAYING FIT. BUT ADDING VARIETY TO YOUR WORKOUT WILL CHALLENGE YOUR BODY AND KEEP YOU FROM MENTALLY BURNING OUT. FITNESS TRENDS COME AND GO, BUT HERE ARE A FEW THAT HAVE STUCK AROUND (PLUS MAYBE A COUPLE YOU HAVEN’T HEARD OF YET.) YOU JUST MIGHT FIND THE ONE YOU’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR TO UP YOUR FITNESS QUOTIENT!

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TABATA: Originating in Japan, tabata is a form of

high-intensity interval training (HIIT) that can

be done just about anywhere, no gym required. You perform consecutive exercise intervals for 20 seconds, followed by 10 seconds of rest eight times for an intense four-minute workout. For example, you can do four minutes of squats followed by four minutes of jumping jacks, then four minutes of sit-ups for a 12-minute workout. Once you’ve mastered that, you can add in other exercises for a longer workout or dumbbells to increase the resistance.

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BATTLE ROPES: Many gyms now have these long ropes that are either looped through kettlebells placed in the center of a room and radiating outward or are attached to a wall. As a group workout, one person battles the ropes while the others are doing strength or cardio intervals for a set time; then the group rotates through until everyone has completed the circuit. Battle ropes for in-home use can be purchased online or through a fitness equipment retailer. AQUA SPINNING: Yep, it’s just what it sounds like. A stationary bike is anchored in a pool, and when the spinning starts, the water provides added resistance for an intense and likely wet workout. So you get in your workout and cool down all at once! Check with your local gyms and pool facilities. And yes, this would fall under the category of “do not try this at home!” FITWALL: Spreading from its beginnings in Los Angeles, Fitwall is actually the name of a health club. The fitwall itself is a 3-foot by 7-foot wall with hand rungs and steps; the 40-minute personalized workout combines high-intensity interval training with bodyweight resistance movements. Think indoor rock climbing sped up and made even more difficult—as if that was necessary! PARKOUR: Developed by the military in Vietnam, parkour is basically

walking or running without stepping aside for anything and without breaking pace. The premise being that parkour is a functional workout that improves your balance, coordination and timing. A park is a good place to do parkour, such as walking over picnic tables or jumping over benches. As you become more adept at a simple parkour course, add in more difficult elements to give yourself an overall good body workout.

AMRAP: Another high intensity workout you can do anywhere, with or without weights, AMRAP is a CrossFit term meaning ‘as many rounds as possible.’ Typically it involves six exercises (burpees, bent rows, thrusters, etc.) that you work through one by one and do as many rounds as possible in a set time limit. The goal is to work up to five rounds in 30 minutes.

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VER BITE INTO A SWEET, JUICY PEACH AND THEN IN A FEW MINUTES, YOUR MOUTH FEELS ITCHY? DO YOU ALSO HAPPEN TO HAVE AN ALLERGY TO GRASS POLLEN? IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO BOTH QUESTIONS, YOU LIKELY HAVE ORAL ALLERGY SYNDROME. OAS, ALSO KNOWN AS POLLEN-FOOD SYNDROME, IS CAUSED BY CROSS-REACTING ALLERGENS FOUND IN BOTH POLLEN AND RAW FRUITS, VEGETABLES AND SOME TREE NUTS. YOU CAN BLAME YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM—ITIT RECOGNIZES A SIMILAR PROTEIN IN BOTH THE POLLEN AND THE OFFENDING FOOD, GOES INTO HIGH GEAR TO PROTECT YOU AND PRODUCES AN ALLERGIC RESPONSE. OAS symptoms are

usually most noticeable during the related pollen season and for a few months afterward. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, about one-third of those with pollen allergies also have OAS. The onset of OAS usually occurs in older children, teens and young adults and is the most common type of food allergy in adults.

POLLEN ALLERGIES & OAS TRIGGER FOODS RAGWEED: Bananas, honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon, tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini, sunflower seeds, dandelions, chamomile tea and Echinacea.

GRASS: Peaches, celery, tomatoes, melons and oranges. BIRCH: Apples (green varieties more so than red), kiwi, pears, peaches, plums, coriander, fennel, parsley, celery, cherries, carrots, hazelnuts and almonds.

MUGWORT (RAGWEED RELATIVE): Apples, bell pepper, carrots, celery, garlic, onion, spices (caraway seeds, parsley, fennel, etc.)

OF NOTE: Like those with pollen allergies, people allergic to latex rubber may have an OAS reaction to bananas, avocados, kiwi, chestnuts and papaya.

COMMON OAS SYMPTOMS • ITCHING AND TINGLING OF THE MOUTH, THROAT AND SOMETIMES LIPS • SLIGHT SWELLING AND BUMPINESS OF THE MOUTH, THROAT OR LIPS • SYMPTOMS USUALLY BEGIN WITHIN A FEW MINUTES OF EATING PROBLEMATIC FOODS, BUT ONCE THE FOOD IS SWALLOWED, SYMPTOMS ABATE.

MORE SEVERE SYMPTOMS • ITCHING, REDNESS OR SLIGHT SWELLING OF HANDS WHEN PEELING OR HANDLING PEELED FRUITS •

AND VEGGIES. NAUSEA, STOMACH UPSET, WHOLEBODY ALLERGIC REACTIONS CHEST/THROAT TIGHTNESS, DIFFICULTY BREATHING SEEK MEDICAL CARE IMMEDIATELY!

Skin prick test: If you suspect you have OAS, have your doctor perform a skin prick test. A little of the protein trigger is introduced to your body via a light scratch on your back or forearm.

If that spot turns red or swells in about 15 minutes, that’s an allergic reaction.

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WHAT YOU CAN DO Avoid trigger foods Try peeling fruits and veggies Cooking the trigger food usually alters the offending protein, negating the OAS response

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ANCIENT FOR MODERN

GRAINS TIMES AMARANTH

Greek for “never-fading flower,” amaranth is technically a seed that traces back 8,000 years to the Aztecs and Incas in Central and South America. It has a nutty flavor with a slightly gelatinous texture. Gluten-free, it’s sold as seeds, flour and puffed cereal and can be used to make crackers, pastas, pancakes, hot cereals and even casseroles.

EINKORN

First cultivated 10,000 years ago in the mountainous areas of Europe, einkorn means “single grain” in German. Technically a wheat strain, it has a less inflammatory form of gluten than regular wheat. When ground up, it has a yellowish tinge and looks and smells like corn flour. Einkorn is available in whole grain and all-purpose white, which works best when used to bake breads, cakes and cookies. If used in place of regular wheat flour, einkorn can take up to 50 percent more flour to produce the same results.

FARRO

Originating from Egypt and also called Pharaoh’s wheat and emmer, farro was used as currency in ancient Rome. A little chewy, farro has a nutty taste similar to barley. A common food staple in Italy, it’s used in soups, stews, casseroles and as a pasta and rice substitute in risotto dishes. Look for “whole farro” on the label and avoid “pearled” if you’re looking for a whole grain.

KAMUT

NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS

A trademarked name for Khorasan wheat, Kamut was first grown in Egypt and Mesopotamia. It was introduced to the United States in 1949 and released as a commercial grain in the 1990s. Kamut has a natural sweetness mixed with a nutty flavor and a firm texture. When ground, it’s a good substitute for whole-wheat flour. Can be used in soups, salads, stews and pilaf-type dishes.

Contains higher levels of magnesium, selenium, zinc, fiber and protein than wheat.

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HILE WHEAT CONTINUES TO BE THE MOST POPULAR GRAIN, IT HAS LOST GROUND TO THE GLUTEN-FREE DIET MOVEMENT. EVEN IF YOU DON’T HAVE AN ISSUE WITH GLUTEN, YOU MIGHT JUST BE LOOKING FOR A LITTLE MORE VARIETY IN YOUR DIET. ANCIENT GRAINS TRACE BACK 10,000 YEARS TO CULTURES IN PLACES SUCH AS AFRICA, CHINA, GREECE, ITALY, EGYPT AND SOUTH AMERICA. AND SOME ANCIENT GRAINS LIKE AMARANTH, TEFF, SORGHUM AND MILLET ARE GLUTEN-FREE. OTHERS SUCH AS KAMUT, EINKORN AND FARRO CONTAIN A LESS INFLAMMATORY FORM OF GLUTEN THAN WHEAT. HERE’S A SAMPLING OF A FEW GRAINS YOU MIGHT WANT TO MAKE ROOM FOR ON YOUR PLATE.

Sorghum originated in Africa more than 8,000 years ago. Slightly sweet with a chewy texture, it can come in white, pale yellow, purple, red, brown and bronze varieties. Sorghum is gluten-free and can replace rice or noodles in soups, is good for porridges, cold salads and pilafs or can pop as a snack.

High in antioxidants and phytochemicals with some research showing the ability to lower bad cholesterol levels. Some studies showed some reduction in the risk of diabetes, colon and skin cancer as well.

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EATINGWELL

The only grain documented to contain vitamin C, amaranth is also high in calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, iron and plant protein (9 grams per cup). Amaranth also includes the amino acids methionine and lysine, which are usually low in most grains.

Rich source of beta carotene lutein, which is considered a key nutrient for eye health; also high in vitamin E, manganese and phosphorous.

High in protein (6 grams per cup) and fiber (5 grams per cup); provides good levels of B vitamins, especially niacin, vitamin E, magnesium, iron and zinc.

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“We do what’s called medicupping or air cupping,” says Lisa George, who owns and operates Ocala-based Better Body Physical Therapy. “We use a pump machine that has different settings, so it can be intermittent or continuous suction. Cupping can be used on just about any part of the body, and it’s great to use for back and neck pain. It’s also very good for breaking up scar tissue and relieving swelling after a surgical procedure like knee replacement.” Often done on the back to correspond with the five acupuncture meridians there, traditional cupping can leave red marks that last for a few days. In fact, celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow have been seen sporting the telltale cupping marks when wearing backless clothing. So if you want to be like Jen and Gwen, cupping might be for you!

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COMMON CUPPING USES • BACK AND • MIGRAINES NECK PAIN • FIBROMYALGIA ANXIETY • • ACNE ARTHRITIS • • HERPES ZOSTER SHINGLES • FATIGUE

• FACIAL PARALYSIS • CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS • RESPIRATORY CONDITIONS • HYPERTENSION

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TYPES OF CUPPING

Most traditional medical societies are skeptical of cupping’s health claims. The American Cancer Society’s position is: “Available scientific evidence does not support cupping as a cure for cancer or any other disease.” But a 2012 study, published in PLoS ONE, reviewed 135 research studies on cupping from 1992-2010 and concluded cupping may be effective

DRY: A flammable substance such as alcohol, herbs or paper is placed in a cup and set on fire. As the fire goes out, the cup is placed upside down on the patient’s skin. As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum; this suctioning force pulls the skin upward and causes it to redden as blood vessels expand. The cup is generally left in place for 5-10 minutes.

when combined with acupuncture or medications in treating various conditions. The latter included acne,

herpes zoster (shingles), facial paralysis and cervical spondylosis.

CURB THE CUPPING IF… Menstruating Pregnant Have bone fracture Have muscle spasms Have metastatic cancer

• WEIGHT LOSS • CELLULITE/ ECZEMA • DEPRESSION • VARICOSE VEINS

WET: Follows same initial steps as dry, but the cup is removed after three minutes. The practitioner then uses a small scalpel to make superficial skin incisions, followed by a second suction to draw out a small quantity of blood to remove harmful toxins from the body. After the procedure, the incision site is treated with an antibiotic ointment and covered with a bandage to prevent infection.

AIR: Many modern practitioners use a rubber pump instead of fire to create the vacuum inside the cup, usually medicalgrade silicone cups. The latter can be moved around on the skin to create the massage-like effect without causing the cupping marks. Possible side effects: Bruises, mild discomfort, burns, skin infection

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

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

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HE KEURIG HAS BECOME A STAPLE IN FAMILY HOMES, COLLEGE APARTMENTS AND THE WORKPLACE BUT WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THE K-CUPS ONCE THEY’RE USED? CLEAN THEM UP, PLUG UP THE HOLE AND REUSE THEM!

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TINY PLANTERS

ORGANIZE SUPPLIES

With a little bit of soil and a tiny plant, you can make a planter to hang, or set, around your house or office. Just don’t forget to water them!

Use a K-Cup organizer like you would for the kitchen. Take the empty cups and fill them with supplies such as paper clips, hair ties and pins or, if you craft, small beads or other supplies.

and more!

USE THEM AS (GASP) CUPS They’re called cups because they are! You can use them to make Jell-O shots (or regular Jell-O for the little ones) or use them as rinse cups for after brushing your teeth. It’ll save on the extra dollars for sure.

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WHAT’S THE BIG DILL? E

ACH YEAR, OVER HALF OF THE CUCUMBERS GROWN IN THE UNITED STATES ARE TURNING IN THEIR TRUE IDENTITIES AND TAKING ON THE WELL-KNOWN LABEL AS “PICKLES.” WITH THAT BEING SAID, IT’S SAFE TO SAY THAT THESE “SOUR CUCUMBERS” HAVE MADE THEIR MARK. OH, AND WHOEVER DECIDED A VINEGAR SOAK WAS A GOOD IDEA FOR A CUCUMBER IN THE FIRST PLACE IS IN DIRE NEED OF A STANDING OVATION IN OUR HUMBLE OPINION.

WHAT’S A GHERKIN? GHERKIN So what exactly is that thing you always throw in your cart at the supermarket? To put it quite simply, a pickle or gherkin, (for those from the U.K.) is just a small cucumber preserved in vinegar for 4-6 weeks. Rich in probiotics, pickles stimulate the immune system, improve the digestion process and act as antioxidants. In addition, they also facilitate the synthesis of certain vitamins, such as vitamin C and B12, so get to snackin!

A PLETHORA OF PICKLES

Cornichon: These French gherkins Hungarian: Cucumbers are are soaked in both vinegar and tarragon

Kosher dill: Garlic and dill are

generously added to the natural salt brine, made in the traditional manner of Jewish New York City pickle makers.

placed in a glass vessel along with spices, water and salt. Additionally, a slice or two of bread is placed at the top and bottom of the solution, and the container is left to sit in the sun for a few days so the yeast in the bread can help cause a fermentation process.

Polish: Developed in the northern Swedish and danish: Swedish parts of Europe, Polish pickles are usually preserved in wooden barrels and are only pickled for a few days for a less sour taste.

Bread and butter: Having a

higher concentration of sugar is what gives these pickles their sweet reputation. They are often sliced before the pickling process.

Lime: For the soaking process,

lime is used instead of salt brine, greatly enhancing the texture. After 24 hours, the lime is rinsed off the pickles and vinegar and sugar take its place.

WHERE DID THE PICKLE POP UP?

pickles are slightly pressed cucumbers seasoned with brine, vinegar, sugar, dill and mustard seeds. Danish pickles pack a similar list of ingredients but aren’t pressed.

Kool-Aid pickles: Popular in

places such as Mississippi, these fun pickles are made by soaking dill pickles in Kool-Aid.

Sweet pickle relish: Typically used as a condiment to garnish dishes, the idea for this chopped fruit originated in India and quickly became popular throughout the rest of the world

ALL THROUGHOUT HISTORY PICKLES HAVE MADE HEADLINES. ARCHEOLOGISTS AND ANTHROPOLOGISTS BELIEVE THAT THE ANCIENT MESOPOTAMIANS PICKLED AS EARLY AS 2400 BC. AGAIN, PICKLES WERE PRAISED WHEN IN 850 BC ARISTOTLE WAS FOUND USING CURED CUCUMBER FOR HEALING PURPOSES. IT SEEMS THAT PICKLES MAY JUST BE THE LONGEST-LASTING FOOD TREND WITH NYC’S FIRST ANNUAL PICKLE DAY CELEBRATION IN 2001 SEALING THE DEAL.

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Pickled Pickles INGREDIENTS 1 1⁄2 4 2 1⁄2 1 1 1 1⁄2

pounds Kirby or Persian cucumbers garlic cloves, peeled and smashed teaspoons dill seed teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional cup cider vinegar cup water tablespoons pickling salt or kosher salt

EQUIPMENT Chef’s knife Cutting board 2 wide-mouth pint jars with lids Large pot, if canning

DIRECTIONS The jars: If you’re planning to can your pickles for long-term storage, bring a large pot of water to a boil and sterilize the jars and their lids. If you’re planning to make refrigerator pickles, simply washing the jars and lids is fine. The cucumbers: Wash and dry the cucumbers. Trim away the blossom end of the cucumber. Leave the pickles whole, cut them into spears or slice them into coins, as preferred. The spices: Divide the garlic, dill seed and red pepper flakes and add them to the jar. Two smashed cloves, 1 teaspoon dill seed and 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes per jar. Pack it in: Pack the cucumbers into the jars. Trim the ends if they stand more than 1/2 inch below the top of the jar. Pack them in as tightly as you can without smashing the cucumbers. Bring it to a boil: Combine the vinegar, water and salt in a small sauce pan over high heat. Bring

to a rolling boil. Pour the brine over the pickles, filling each jar to within 1/2 inch of the top. You may not use all the brine. Remove air bubbles: Gently tap the jars against the counter a few times to remove all the air bubbles. Top off with more pickling brine if necessary. Place the lids over the jars, and screw on the rings until tight. Helpful hint: For longer storage, place the jars in a boiling pot of water. When the water comes back to a boil, set the timer for five minutes; then remove the jars immediately. Make sure the lids pop down; if they do not, refrigerate those pickles and eat them first. Cool and refrigerate: Let the jars cool to room temperature. If you processed the jars, they can be stored on the shelf. If unprocessed, store the pickles in the fridge. The pickles will improve with flavor as they age so try to wait at least 48 hours before cracking them open.

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PERSONALIZED PICKLES

Just in case your local supermarket ever runs out of your favorite snack, try this recipe to put your pickling skills to the test.

Recipe courtesy of thekitchn.com

• Cleopatra claimed that pickles were what made her beautiful (although it probably had more to do with genes). • Elvis Presley loved him some fried pickles! • In the same boat as tomatoes, most people consider pickles to be a vegetable because they are made from cucumbers; however,

the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that they are technically a fruit. • George Washington was such a pickle fanatic that he had a collection of more than 400 varieties of pickles! • Pickles are mentioned at least twice in the Bible, suggesting pickles are older than we think.

• Some have been known to drink pickle juice straight, and some athletes drink pickle juice as a way to replenish the salt after their workouts. Blech. • Americans consume more than nine pounds of pickles per person annually. • If it weren’t for pickles, Christopher Columbus

would have never discovered America… In his famous 1492 voyage, Columbus rationed pickles to his sailors to keep them from getting scurvy.

Sources: fillyourplate.org, thekitchn.com, cnn.com

PLAUSIBLE PICKLE FACTS:

BROWNWOOD SQUARE in The Villages, which boasts the sights and sounds of early century Florida cattle towns, has seen the opening of many new restaurants throughout the square.

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LAS TAPAS SPANISH TAPAS BAR, RESTAURANT & BREWERY

offers delicious Spanish food from tapas to vegetable entrées and soups. Every © Paul_Brighton/shutterstock.com Wednesday and Saturday night, there is live entertainment, and an in-house microbrewery will be opening in February. 2738 Brownwood Blvd. The Villages, FL 32163 (352) 399-5516

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FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES

includes more than 250,000 ways to order a fresh, never frozen burger filled with any ©Alena Haurylik/shutterstock.com choice of toppings. Burgers not your thing? They have hot dogs with a full topping selection and sandwiches as well. At Five Guys, you can’t go wrong. Don’t forget the bulk peanuts! 3642 Kiessel Rd. The Villages, FL 32163 (352) 399-5535 Continued on page 68

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UGAR. HIGHLY ADDICTIVE, HORRIBLY OMNIPRESENT, HARASSINGLY TAUNTING AND HOPELESSLY DELICIOUS. YEP, THAT ABOUT SUMS IT UP. JUST KIDDING, THERE’S A LOT MORE ON THE SUBJECT DEPICTING SUGAR THAN CAN FIT INTO EIGHT WORDS (EVEN IF THEY DO SOUND FANCY).

If you’re still reading, this means you too have become the victim of the sweet treat that no one can seem to get enough of. And with so many variations of this yummy ingredient used to make your favorite desserts taste just so, no wonder your sweet tooth is screaming for more sugar!

CONFECTIONER’S SUGAR

Used to make that icing you often lick out of the bowl, this powdered sugar is used in virtually every frosting recipe known to man. Made by milling normal granulated sugar into a powdered state, the fine texture is perfect for frosting, fondant and other cake decorations.

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BROWN SUGAR

If a recipe calls for sugar and the word “moist” is in the name, you’ll most likely be measuring out some brown sugar. Mixed with molasses, brown sugar is known to leave baked goods such as cookies with a softer texture.

GRANULATED SUGAR

This is the sugar we think of when someone mentions sugar. White sugar is 99.9 percent pure sucrose refined and processed into teeny tiny crystals. With hundreds of things to do with a spoonful of sugar, including helping the medicine go down, really it can’t be beat (no pun intended).

TURBINADO SUGAR

Minimally processed, it’s rumored to be much better for you than white or brown sugar, yet with a similar taste. It’s made from the residue left behind after processing sugarcane.

HONEY

Arguably a sugar, we felt honey needed a spot on this list. Considered by many to be the world’s oldest sweetener and branded “natural” opposed to “manmade,” honey is also a healthier option. Great in tea, butter, baked beans and breads, no wonder Winnie the Pooh couldn’t get enough of it!

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CITY FIRE AMERICAN OVEN & BAR

includes legendary soups such as French Onion or the City Fire Tomato Basil and entrées such as the tempting City Fire Fillet, oven baked Mediterranean Salmon or the Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf. Don’t miss out on the nightly entertain©Elena Shashkina / Shutterstock.com ment, from live blues to jazz music performances. 2716 Brownwood Blvd. The Villages, FL 32163 (352) 561-2078

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AT GATOR’S DOCKSIDE

it’s bar food done right, featuring wings, ribs, burgers and seafood. There are also plenty of TVs broadcasting ©Paul Binet/shutterstock.com all your favorite sports teams. Happy hour is Monday through Friday 3pm to 7pm with 20 percent off all drinks. 3698 Meggison Rd. The Villages, FL 32163 (352) 775-4071

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CODY’S ORIGINAL ROADHOUSE

includes a menu full of fried pickles and beef brisket and, of course, steaks such as baconwrapped filet mignon. Don’t forget to try the


endless rolls with cinnamon butter. Happy hour is 11am to 7pm daily with ©BGSmith/shutterstock.com two-for-one drinks except for bottled beers. 3731 Meggison Rd. The Villages, FL 32163 (352) 430-2996

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TEXAS STOCKYARDS BBQ has

opened a second location in Belleview where 110th Street Grille was once located. Putting “their brand on BBQ,” Texas Stockyards uses nothing but wood to slow cook their meat, sometimes up to 18 hours, for ©Brent Hofacker/shutterstock.com their delicious entrées like BBQ Nachos (chips and a meat of your choice covered in queso), Yard Poppers, chargrilled jalapeños covered with meat or the Ultimate Burger—a half-pound burger topped any way you like. Don’t forget to join them for their breakfast plates, either! And yes, they do deliver. 10901 South U.S. Highway 441 Belleview, FL 34420 (352) 245-9077 texasstockyards.com

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UNCLE MADDIO’S PIZZA JOINT

has signed on to open three restaurants in the Ocala area. The pizza franchise, best known for its made-to-order gourmet pizzas for as little as $7, was created by Moe’s Southwest Grill co-founder

PROMOTIONAL

Chef Dean Grill Joins The Crazy Cucumber Team Crazy Cucumber’s new location in Market Street at Heath Brook will serve up healthy, fresh, local dishes with a side of creativity.

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endell and Cathy Landry were in Lake Tahoe when they visited a small deli called Sprouts, and the tiny space had a line out the door. Seeing the demand for healthy food, they brought the idea back to Ocala, and the demand here has been just as crazy. The Crazy Cucumber deli has been dishing out fresh foods for awhile, but Ocala’s desire for healthy options has led Wendell and partner Carlos Sanchez to finding a bigger space. Located in Market Street at Heath Brook, Crazy Cucumber and sister flatbread shop Crazy Flats are projected to open by mid January. To create an original, enticing menu, Wendell and Carlos brought an experienced chef on board. Executive Chef Dean Grill started his work under a master chef as early as 15. He has also served as executive chef for one of the largest seafood restaurants in America and is no stranger to the area after lending his talent to numerous locations in The Villages. The Crazy Cucumber menu is playful, creative and health-conscious. Guests can start with kale and avocado dip with Florida grapefruit before diving into seared diver scallops with garden polenta, grilled salmon with smoked onion quinoa with lentils or one of two tableside salads. “We’re going to offer about 75 percent healthy, organic and gluten-free foods and another 25 of traditional foods like burgers, wings, things that you’d find in a sports bar,” Wendell says. And for the more traditional eaters?

“We’ll have a short-rib burger with pickled cucumber and beefsteak tomato, a Florida Farm product,” says Dean. “There’s something for everyone. The menu is creative and diverse to please everyone’s tastebuds.” As for building a menu on predominantly healthy options, he argues there’s no reason healthy has to mean bland. “You can source high-quality ingredients and highlight the freshness by treating them correctly. We try and support farm-to-table, local agriculture. I think you can do healthy cuisine that’s seasonal, but you don’t have to lack in flavor.” The new location features an indoor and outdoor bar, outdoor seating and couches under a canopy, fire pit, multiple TVs and a stage for entertainment. They encourage fellow crazies to stop by after work for crazy hour and enjoy a cocktail with the freshest food in Ocala.

The Crazy Cucumber 4414 SW College Road, Ocala (352) 390-6969 thecrazycucumber.com

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VETERAN DISCOUNTS

KIDDIE DISCOUNTS

Arby’s, Dairy Queen, Popeye’s, Quizno’s, Sonic, Subway and Zaxby’s all offer a 10 percent discount.

Every night after 4pm., kids can eat at IHOP for $1.99.

On Mondays at Hooter’s Hooter’s,, vets will receive 10 percent off their bill. Vets will receive an 11 percent discount at Golden Corral.

IH IHOP offers not only a 10 percent

Cinnabon offers a discount of 15 percent.

Dunkin’ Donuts, Arby’s, Golden Corral, Chili’s and Dairy Queen

Veterans can receive a 10-15 percent percent, at manager’s discretion, discount at Cracker Barrel locations.

discount but also has a menu specifically created for seniors.

also offer a 10 percent discount.

Denny’s has a menu specifically

for seniors, with cheaper prices and smaller portions.

Applebee’s offers not only the 2

for $20 menu but also offers a 5-15 percent discount to our seniors. On Wednesdays, Carrabba’s Italian Grill offers a 20 percent discount. Who doesn’t love Italian, especially with that deal? Monday through Thursday, seniors can find a 15 percent discount at Outback Steak House.

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Boston Market offers a 20 percent discount to all veterans. Lone Star Steakhouse offers a discount of 20 percent on Mondays, while the rest of the week vets receive a 10 percent discount. Don’t go alone because that 10 percent discount can be applied to the whole family. Veterans also have the benefit of eating a free meal at select restaurants, including Chili’s, Applebee’s and Olive Garden on Veterans Day.

Monday and Tuesdays, kids eat free at Cody’s. Monday through Thursdays, kids can eat for $3.29 at Logan’s Steak House. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, kids eat free at Denny’s from 4-10pm. On Tuesdays, with the purchase of an adult entrée at Lone Star, two kids can eat free. Kids can also eat free at Beef O’ Brady’s on Tuesdays. On Wednesdays, kids eat free at The Dugout Sports Bar & Grill and Mojo’s Grill. On Saturdays

and Sundays, kids eat free with every $8 spent.

Matt Andrew who wanted to bring fresh, premium ingredients to fast and fresh pizza. Customization is key, allowing customers to choose their crust, their sauce and a choice of 48 toppings. The Ocala restaurant will be ©B.andE. Dudzinscy/shutterstock.com owned and operated by Kim Ragle, a practicing registered nurse in Ocala. The franchise currently operates in 25 locations across 13 states. unclemaddios.com

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Sources: militarydiscountscentral.com, myseniordiscounts.com, money.usnews.com, kidsmealdeals.com

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PENDING THE AFTERNOON OUT IN TOWN, YOUR STOMACH STARTS TO GROWL AND RUMBLE. YOU DECIDE TO STOP FOR A BITE TO EAT. ARE YOU A SENIOR OR A VETERAN? DO YOU HAVE KIDS? IF SO, LISTEN UP. WHAT’S BETTER THAN A FREE OR DISCOUNTED MEAL? HERE’S A HANDFUL OF PLACES THAT OFFER DISCOUNTS OR FREE MEALS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS, MILITARY PERSONNEL AND THOSE WITH KIDS IN TOW.

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THE YUMMY

HOUSE just opened a new location of its sit-down-style Chinese restaurant in Ocala. With locations in Tampa and Gainesville, co-owners John Zhao and Tommy Tang decided to move into Central Florida. Bringing experienced workers from other locations to help train the new local staff, The Yummy House features ©Joshua Resnick /shutterstock.com appetizers like Peking Duck, soups from seaweed to wonton, meals such as sizzling frog legs in ginger sauce and an assortment of different rices, noodles and more. 3500 SW College Road Suite 400, Ocala (352) 237-6788 yummyhouseflorida.com


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Beyond The Backyard

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hat began as Brooklyn’s Original Pizza has evolved into Brooklyn’s Backyard, known not just for its top-notch culinary creations but for the eclectic backyard-themed atmosphere as well. Celebrating one year in their new location, owners Janice and Tim Thomas continue to offer their prizewinning fare and are excited to announce some of their latest ventures. As back-to-back winners of the Prince of Pizza award and taking home the coveted King of the Wing award this year, Brooklyn’s Backyard is known for their emphasis on quality food. “Our burgers are absolutely breathtaking,” says Janice. She notes that although the St. Croix burger remains a fan favorite, incorporating cream cheese, Thai chili sauce and fried banana peppers, each 1/2-pound patty is a unique creation. Although the burgers are certainly something to behold, the menu also

consists of an array of crowd-pleasing appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches and more made with only the freshest ingredients. The food alone is certainly enough to draw a crowd, but the unique backyard atmosphere and regular live entertainment is what sets Brooklyn’s apart. “We’ve got live entertainment every Friday, fresh seafood buckets each Saturday and are incorporating wine and tapas pairing and beer dinner events as well,” says Janice. She notes that the introduction of Chef Jeremy Zajac to the team at Brooklyn’s has proven to be a welcome addition as well. “Chef Jeremy has trained under Felix and has worked in some of Ocala’s finest restaurants. We are thrilled to have him on board with us,” says Janice.

Along with the rotating selection of craft beers, unique backyard environment, live entertainment and emphasis on only the highest quality and freshest ingredients, Brooklyn’s Backyard is sure to keep drawing a crowd and racking up awards. Janice, Tim and Jeremy are excited to keep pairing food with entertainment while continuing to provide their menu classics.

Brooklyn’s Backyard 2019 East Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala brooklynsbackyard.com (352) 304-6292

Pasta Faire Italian Ristorante 10401 US Hwy 441, Belleview / (352) 347-3100 Mon-Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-9p

Welcome to Pasta Faire! Owner Kathy Funk invites you and your family to enjoy the unique flavors of Italy. Come relax and enjoy the fabulous menu items, such as Veal Marsala or Picatta, Homemade Lasagna, Seafood Lovers Delight. Gourmet wood oven pizza’s and authentic NY Style pizzas. Happy Hour is every Monday through Saturday 11a-6p. Looking for an authentic Italian caterer? We offer full-service catering for any occasion and a catering facility in Belleview that can accommodate up to 150 guests. Home of 2-4-1 large pizzas everyday for take out. Gift certificates available!

“New”Zia Pasta Day. Thursdays-AUCE, four different pastas and sauces, with salad $7.99. Monday all you can eat rotisserie chicken with two sides just $7.99.

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El Toreo 3790 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 694-1401 / 7 Days 11a-10p SR 200, Ocala / (352) 291-2121 / 7 Days 11a-11p Happy Hour daily, 4-7pm. Everything is 2-4-1 (exceptions may apply).

New lunch specials include Taco Salad on Monday, $4.45; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $4.95; Quesadillas on Wednesday, $6.45; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $5.95; and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $4.95. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $8.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $7.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $7.95; Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $7.95. Plus $1.95 margaritas on Monday. On Sunday, kids 12 and under can enjoy 99¢ children’s meals (takeout not included). Wednesday is Special Margarita Day, 99¢ all day. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day.

THE BEST MEXICAN FOOD

Mesa de Notte 2436 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala / (352) 732-4737 / mesaocala.com Mon-Fri 11a-10p / Sat & Sun 3p-10p

Mesa de Notte features a fullservice bar serving beer, wine and liquor. Stop by the bar and enjoy an appetizer on your way home from work, and enquire about catering your next event.

Make your Valentine’s Day reservation now and experience the holiday menu February 14 from 12pm to 10pm. Mesa de Notte’s new, unique menus and complete redesign give the restaurant a whole new vibe. With Jose Moreno and new chef Loring Felix joining forces, the dynamic duo has brought an expanded restaurant and the promises of delicious dining to the area. The updated kitchen sends out plenty of new homemade Italian dishes, including authentic Italian-style pizza. If you were a fan of Mesa de Notte in the past, don’t worry, all the customer favorites are still on the menu.

Braised Onion 754 NE 25th Ave, Ocala / (352) 620-9255 Tue-Thu 11a-9p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-8p Join us for live jazz every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday with Rudy Turner, Bobby Blackmon, Gosia and Ali and many others. 2 for 1 happy hour Tuesday-Friday from 4-7pm.

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Open for lunch and dinner, the Braised Onion Restaurant, where you’ll experience “comfort food with attitude” in a fun, warm and colorful but casual atmosphere, starts a new chapter of delectable eats. Chef Daryl Dean will be dishing out the delicately breaded rainbow trout and deliciously popular Scottish salmon featured on their holiday menu. And don’t forget the dessert menu, which includes the prize-winning bread pudding and coconut cream pie. Yum! Having an office or family get together? Braised Onion has the perfect space for that. Let our professionals take care of all the details.


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Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse 3405 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-3151 / tonysushi.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p / Fri & Sat 11a-11p / Sun Noon-10p

With abundant menu choices and over 100 off-menu rolls, you certainly won’t run out of options at Tony’s Sushi. If you can’t decide, the waitstaff is excellent at suggesting items you’re sure to enjoy. Every roll and sushi dish is made to order from the freshest ingredients. In the steakhouse area, highly trained chefs prepare a memorable meal as they cook on the tableside grills, preparing chicken, steak or seafood just the way you like it. Entrées include soup or salad and rice. Family-friendly, casual atmosphere, along with a full bar, including imported Japanese sake and beer selections. Like us

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Ipanema Brazilian Steak House 2023 South Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 622-1741 / ipanemaocala.com Dinner Tues-Thu 5-9p, Fri & Sat 5-10p, Sun 4-9p Brunch Sun 12-3p / Happy Hour Tue-Fri 5-7p / Closed Mon A Churrascaria (Portuguese for barbecue) is a dining experience where roaming Gauchos slice and serve fire-roasted meats from skewers in a continual fashion. Ipanema Brazilian Steak House boasts 12 of the finest cuts of meat complemented by an opulent salad and vegetable bar, delectable desserts and delicious wines, beers and cocktails. Brazilian native and Executive Chef Ortencia DeAlmeida invites you to embrace the flavors of her homeland and experience the magnetism of Ipanema for yourself. Become a fan of Ipanema on Facebook at facebook.com/ipanemasteakhouse.

Winesday Wednesday 50% off all bottles of wine. Happy Hour Tue-Fri 5-7p. $3 house wine, 2 for 1 beer and $5 most call liquors.

Blanca’s Café Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club / 5000 N US Hwy 27, Ocala / (352) 867-0001 Mon-Sat Lunch & Dinner 10:30a-9p / Sun 11a-4p

Tucked in among the rolling greens of the Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club, Blanca’s Café is a gem of a find for diners looking for excellent food served in a warm, friendly environment. Italian dishes and delicious homemade desserts are the café’s specialty. Patrons enjoy a full-service bar and live entertainment weekly as well as spacious seating for up to 150. Try one of the weekly dinner specials Blanca’s offers, or schedule catering for your next event through the café. Whether you’re a newcomer in town or a local looking for somewhere new to dine, Blanca’s Café offers something to please every palate.

Each Friday, we are offering 1½-pound Maine lobster. Reserve by Wednesday. Homemade pizza served daily. Beef on Weck & Monte Cristo Sandwiches. You’re invited to our Super Bowl Party, Feb! Call for info. Wed.-Karaoke, Sat.-Music & Dancing. Welcome HITS & LPGA!

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Latinos Y Mas 2030 S Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 622-4777 / latinos-mas.com Mon-Thu 11a-9p / Fri & Sat 11a-10p / Closed Sunday ’ available for VIP rooms and patio are private events (20-70 people). Daily lunch specials Mon-Fri, 11am-3pm. We have gift certificates available! Feliz Año Nuevo 2015

Whether your event will be at our location or yours, Latinos Y Mas is the place to turn to for catered holiday events or parties. Our friendly staff is more than happy to help plan an extraordinary dining experience. You can choose from an assortment of authentic Spanish cuisine platters or order from the takeout menu. Or, for your convenience, we will customize a menu just for you. With menu items ranging from refreshing exotic drinks like Pisco Sour and savory entrées such as Salmon Mediterraneo to traditional desserts like Passion Fruit Mousse—you won’t be disappointed.

Cuvée Wine & Bistro 2237 SW 19th Ave.Rd Ste 102, Ocala / (352) 351-1816 Sun-Thu 4-10p / Fri & Sat 4-11p / / Happy Hour Daily 4-7p cuveewineocala.com Private party dining and offpremise catering available.

Experience the ultimate in fine dining with fabulous wine and culinary classics at Cuvée Wine & Bistro. Relax with a glass of wine, indulge in an elegant dinner or enjoy our small plates and specialty Happy Hour menu. Let us transport you to an intimate world with impeccable service and exquisite cuisine. Embrace the age-old relationship between food and wine by creating your personal pairing experience. Enjoy over 104 wines from  the largest interactive wine system in North Central Florida . An unforgettable experience awaits you...

La Cuisine French Restaurant 48 SW 1st Ave., Ocala / (352) 433-2570 / lacuisineocala.com Tue-Fri Lunch 11:30a-2p / Dinner daily starting at 5:30p / Happy Hour Mon-Thu, 5:30-7p Live Piano Dinner Tue-Thu 6-9p Visit our website or Facebook page for details on special events.

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


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Cody’s Original Roadhouse 2505 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-8182 / codysamerican.com Doors Open at 11a. Serving Lunch and Dinner Daily. “Where Quality and Value Come Together!” Hand-cut, USDA Choice, certified Angus steaks, rotisserie chicken, BBQ baby back ribs, chops, fresh fish, half-pound burgers, salads and more! Kids eat free Mondays and Tuesdays. Buy 1 Get 1 Free Fajita Wednesdays, $12.98! Daily 2-4-1 happy hour, 11am-7pm, includes draft beer, wine and all liquors (top shelf, too). Lunch from 11am-3pm, and early bird from 3pm-6pm Monday-Saturday. Sunday after-church specials starting at $9.98 with free dessert. Two for $19.94 on Thursdays. Hand-cut steaks and “Just Plain Good Food” made from scratch...daily!

Take-Out Service Available. Locations in The Villages at 1041 Lakeshore Drive at Lake Sumter Landing and our new location at Brownwood in The Villages. Welcome LPGA visitors! Mention this ad and recieve 15% off your food purchase

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

Happy Hour daily 4:30-6p Check out our full sushi bar. Celebrating 28 years! Ask about our lunch specials! Welcome LPGA & HITS

Get the VIP treatment and join today! Text MYSUSHI to 40518 and get exclusive offers, promos & coupons. Check out the specials!

Pavarotti’s Pizza & Restaurant 8075 SW HWY 200, Canopy Oak Center, Ocala / (352) 291-9424 Mon-Thu 11a-9p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-8p

Pavarotti’s Pizza and Restaurant in Dunnellon is known for their famous, old-fashioned pizzas, hand-tossed and baked on a stone deck oven as well as their array of classic Italian entrées, fresh salads and subs and hearty pasta dinners. The newest location in the Canopy Oak Center means Ocala residents can now enjoy Pavarotti’s famous fare. Veal or chicken is served Parmigiana, Marsala or Picatta style, and the seafood dishes are served fresh over linguini. Pizza lovers can’t get enough of the homemade pies, and don’t forget about the subs, stromboli and calzones!

Be sure to check out the new bar area and expanded dining room. Pavarotti’s also caters. 16” Cheese Pizza $7.99 10 Chicken Wings $5.

PAVAROTTI’S Pizza & Restaurant

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

Head down to the “Yard” for fresh food and fun in a relaxed backyard atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for finger foods like the fried cheese bites or something more exotic like pierogies or poutine, they’ve got it and it’s delicious! In the mood for wings? Get the best from the 2014 King of Wings. Want pizza? They got it, NY style. Plus a full range of fresh salads, burgers, sandwiches and entrees 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!

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

Live entertainment ThursdaySunday. Catering available on- and off-site. Want something different? Eat and drink right by the beach! Now offering umbrellas and cabanas free of charge at the beach. See management for details.

Waterfront dining awaits you at Eaton’s Beach Sandbar & Grill where you can experience Florisiana™ Cuisine, a unique fusion of Florida and Louisiana flavors. Chef Del Rio is famous for a variety of dishes, and you’ll be hard-pressed to choose a favorite from the menu. But a handful of his most well-known tastes include Fried Green Tomatoes, Smoked Pastrami and Shrimp & Grits. And be sure to save room for dessert. The Orange Cake is a top choice, and you’ll swear it tastes just like an orange Creamsicle! The restaurant offers beach access and cabana rentals. Call ahead for seating— more than 100 seats offer a spectacular water view.

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

Scan the QR code or visit our website to view our complete menu and calendar of events. We have a cruise-in every third Saturday of the month, and don’t forget our all-you-can-eat wings on Wednesdays for just $11.99! Plus, the daily Hoppy Hour from 3-7pm and 9pm-close.

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


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Crossroads Country Kitchen 7947 W Highway 40, Ocala / (352) 237-1250 Mon-Thu 6a-8p / Fri-Sat 6a-9p / Sun 7a-3p

Located west on Highway 40 in Ocala, the Crossroads Country Kitchen is a must for anyone craving down-home, country cooking. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, menu items range from a wide variety of homemade soups and chili to prime rib, fresh salads, seafood, prime steaks and burgers. If you’re in the mood for a real treat, try the Prime Rib Dinner For Two for $25.95. Make sure to leave room for one of the tasty home-baked desserts, too! In the mood for a fresh fish fry? Tuesdays and Fridays are all-you-care-to-eat catfish. Big screen televisions will allow you to enjoy your meal without missing one second of the big game or race.

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

The Bistro 3622 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala / (352) 208-1557 (352) 512-0977 Mon-Fri 10a-4p / Closed Sat & Sun / streetbistrochefofocala.com The new European-style restaurant The Bistro is full of succulent brunch food perfect for an early afternoon outing. Owned and operated by Chef Kim Smith who recently relocated to Ocala to “soak up sun and share delicious creations with all the Ocala foodies.” The Bistro uses locally sourced ingredients whenever available to create dishes such as the waffle benedict and stuffed French toast. Not in the mood for breakfast food? They also have scrumptious smoked trout hash and artisan boards full of various meats and cheeses. Menu items can vary daily due to market availability, and all the dishes are made 100 percent fresh.

Keep an eye out for the Street Bistro gourmet food truck at local Ocala-area events. We offer private catering.

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 / Thurs-Sat 11a-8p / ivyhousefl.com “Come on home, it’s supper time!” is our motto. We want you to feel you have come to our house to eat. The family-owned Ivy House Restaurant now has two locations, Williston and Ocala. The downtown Ocala location has added several specialty items, and the restaurant has been named by Florida Trend as one of the “Top 500 Best Places to Eat in the State” for several years. Specials include Southern Fried Lobster, delicious Hand-Cut Steaks and our famous Baked Krispy Chicken. Trying our delicious homemade desserts like the Key Lime Pie or Chocolate Midnight Cake is a must when dining here.

We want to invite visitors to the LPGA & HITS event to enjoy lunch or dinner with us. Taking Reservations for Valentine’s Day.

For more information on Catering, Contact Waica Huggins or Evelyn Nussell at wmhivyhouse@yahoo.com

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T’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! THOUSANDS OF HORSES, RIDERS AND TRAINERS WILL BE MAKING THEIR WAY FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY TO OCALA FOR THE CHANCE TO COMPETE FOR OVER $1 MILLION IN PRIZE MONEY. FROM THE TINIEST OF TOTS TO THE GUTSIEST GRAND PRIX RIDERS, HITS HAS CLASSES FOR RIDERS OF ALL AGES. Along with hosting the second stop in the million-dollar

series, The Great American $1 Million Grand Prix on March 23, HITS will also welcome riders from across the globe with the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup. A new stop for the Nation’s Cup series this year, Ocala will host the only U.S qualifying competition for the World Final. This special week of international competition will run February 10-15 with the $200,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup taking place on Friday afternoon. Later in the series a unique East vs. West simulcast competition will take place along with plenty of special, family-friendly events and evening show jumping competition.

HITS is located at 13710 US Highway 27 in Ocala. Competition runs Wednesdays-Sundays rain or shine beginning at 8am. hitsshows.com or (352) 620-2275.

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What better way to start off 2015 than with a smile. Comedian MONIQUE MARVEZ will make her way to Ocala for two performances this month. Monique has appeared in three Showtime specials and has hosted numerous radio shows. She continues to headline at comedy clubs and theaters throughout the country and will make a brief two-night stop at our very own Marion Theatre. Both shows begin at 10pm, and tickets are $15 for general admission and $20 for VIP seating. mariontheatre.org or (352) 629-6600.

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24TH ANNUAL YOUNG ARTIST COMPETITION. Talented young musicians are invited to submit applications through January 5. The selected finalists will compete for the coveted prize of $1,000 and for a chance to perform as a soloist with the Ocala Symphony Orchestra in March. The preliminary competition will take place January 31, and finalists will perform on February 1 at the College Of Central Florida to determine this year’s winner. The finals are open to the public, and performances begin at 3pm. Tickets are $10. ocalasymphony.com or (352) 351-1606.

Waltz, cha cha or salsa your way to the FLORIDA FUN MINI MATCH held at the Circle Square Cultural Center. This ballroom dancing competition welcomes pros and amateurs alike to take part in a fun and professionally judged competition. From those who’ve tapped and tangoed since they were toddlers to those who’ve just bought their first pair of dancing shoes, this family-friendly competition offers a category for everyone. Cursed with two left feet? Come as a spectator to watch the area’s top talent as well as a special performance by internationally known professionals. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Marion Therapeutic Riding Association. The competition begins at 1pm but is sure to last well into the evening. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. dancedancedance.biz or (352) 432-0873.

STRUT WITH YOUR MUTT! Head to The Villages with your four-legged friends for the first annual STRUT YOUR MUTT dog walk. This non-competitive walk raises funds for the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, an organization dedicated to helping dogs and cats of all breeds and ages find their forever homes. This family-friendly event will take place on the polo fields from 9am-1pm where there will be live entertainment, agility demonstrations, vendors and more! Afraid your pup isn’t up to snuff? An obedience trainer will be on-site offering tips to tackle even the most misbehaved mutt. Join in as an individual or sign up a team. Registration is $25, and donations are accepted even if you cannot attend. strutyourmuttthevillages.com or buffaloridgeanimalhospital.com or (352) 750-4711.

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THE MINI MARATHON Tackling the full 26.2 in one day may be a bit much to ask of youngsters, but that doesn’t mean they still can’t be “marathoners!” The FIVE POINTS OF LIFE KID’S MARATHON allows kids in grades kindergarten through eighth to take on 26.2 miles over the course of a month. Each day, these mini marathoners will complete one mile and log it on their entry. The final 1.2 miles will be completed on January 24 at the College of Central Florida at 9am where all participants will receive their very own T-shirt and finisher medal as they cross the finish line. This monthlong event promotes health and fitness among today’s youth. To register and download log sheets, visit the Five Points of Life website. Packet pickup for the final event will be held at Sports Authority on January 23 from 3-7pm when a live broadcast from WOCA The Source will help get runners set for the big day. Registration will also be available race morning. fivepointsoflife.com or (352) 224-1623.

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Interactive Dance Party Tickets: $14 (Reserved table seating)

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Peter Yarrow

Opera Tampa

(Formerly with Peter, Paul & Mary) An evening of music and word.

Tickets: $22-26

Tickets: $5 (General Admission) Doors open at 2 p.m. Show starts at 3 p.m.

The World Has Talent Auditions 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Auditions on first come, first served basis. No entry fee.

IMPROVEMENT EXPO The Ultimate EAGLES Experience 7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Experience

Greatest Hit: “Hotel California” Tickets: $15-17

Home Improvement Expo 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

FREE EVENT

Greatest Hit: “Peggy Sue” Tickets: $17-19

Greatest Hits: “Leaving On a Jet Plane,” Puff the Magic Dragon,” “Blowing in the Wind”

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Rockin’ 60s Party Paul Revere’s Raiders featuring Mitch Ryder

Live Bait Band: A Tribute to Jimmy Buffett

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Vegas style variety acts. Tickets: $24-26

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Motown Magic: A Tribute to Motown

8395 SW 80th Street, Ocala, FL 34481 | (352) 854-3670 | CSCulturalCenter.com

Tickets: $19-21

Schedule and prices subject to change without notice. Reduced ticket prices are for residents of On Top of the World Communities. (Resident ID required when purchasing at ticket office.) Ticket prices do not include sales tax. All ticket sales final. Refreshments available for purchase at events. To arrange for handicap seats, call or visit the ticket office. *Online tickets subject to a convenience fee.

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jugglers, magicians and all the entertainers we want to perform well in advance and then lay out the plan and theme for each year.

Can you share this year’s theme with us? This year’s theme is “The Return of Robin Hood.” A special play has been written for the actors and will be played out on the human chessboard three times daily at noon, 2pm and 4pm.

What can fairgoers expect? I compare the fair to a theme park. Everyone you see is in period attire with actors and entertainers everywhere you look. We also have over 165 artisans, old world games, camel and elephant rides and, of course, the turkey legs!

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a Kid’s Kingdom built specifically for children 2-6 years old. The enclosed area is designed for parents of youngsters to run around a bit and partake in some of their own medieval activities. Also this year, we have photo opportunities with real-life mermaids. There really is something for everyone.

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WHAT: The 39th Annual Hoggetown Medieval Fair WHERE: The Alachua County Fairgrounds WHEN: January 24-25, January 30-February 1

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UPCOMING EXHIBITS AT THE APPLETON (ONGOING) Retooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection will be on display through January 4. The exhibit features a look at the unexpected subject of tools through more than 40 inspiring paintings, sculptures, works on paper and photographs. A Dickens Christmas: Urban Family Holiday Collection is the private collection of Dr. Paul and Joyce Urban and their daughters and often raises funds for various charities. The collection will be on display through January 4. Faith and the Devil is a largescale installation that investigates the philosophical and existential conundrums of evil and underlying faith in the world. The exhibit opens January 24 and runs through March 22. An exhibition opening will take place on January 23 from 7-8pm. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. ESL CLASSES (THROUGH MAY) Adult ESL classes will be held every Wednesday through May for those interested in taking a citizenship exam. The classes begin at 6pm and are at the College Road Baptist Church in Ocala. Childcare is provided on-site during class time. All classes and activities are free. (352) 854-6981. FREE YOGA FOR VETERANS (ONGOING) Bliss Yoga and Wellness Center will host a free yoga class for active-duty and military veterans every Wednesday at 12:15pm. Classes are taught by a military veteran and are suitable for all fitness and experience levels. (352) 694-YOGA. GUY HARVEY EXHIBIT (ONGOING) The artwork of internationally renowned marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey is currently on display on the second floor of Gateway Bank. All artwork is for

sale, and Gateway Bank will donate its share of the sales to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. Exhibit hours are 9am-5pm Monday through Thursday and 9am-6pm on Friday. guyharvey.com or (352) 368-3756. OCALA FARM MARKET (ONGOING) Head to the downtown square every Saturday from 9am-2pm for an abundance of local produce, baked goods, arts and crafts, entertainment and more. The Farm Market is free and open to the public. Vendor space available. ocalafl.org or (352) 426-8244. FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK (JANUARY 2) There will be various artists set up throughout downtown Ocala working on paintings and other projects, so stop by and have a look from 6-9pm. In addition to the local arts, the nearby shops will host extended shopping hours. facebook.com/artwalkocala or (352) 629-8447. SIDEWALK ASTRONOMY (JANUARY 2) Take a tour of the night sky with a professional astronomer. The event includes hands-on activities and educational lectures. Telescopes are provided. Registration is free, and the event takes place downtown from 5-7pm. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900. FIRST SATURDAY AT THE APPLETON (JANUARY 3) The Appleton will host a free family-friendly art event the first Saturday of each month from 1-3pm. Hands-on activities are appropriate for children ages 4 and up. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. CHAIR YOGA CLASSES (JANUARY 3) The Freedom Public Library will host a series of chair Continued on page 86

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THELOCALSCENE / Continued from page 84 yoga classes beginning this month and running monthly through April. (352) 854-7950. CRAFT FESTIVAL (JANUARY 3-4) The 14th Annual The Villages Craft Festival will take place at the Spanish Springs Town Square from 10am-5pm both days. Over 175 artists will be showcasing their crafts. There will also be a juried craft show as well as plenty of gifts and vendors. artfestival.com or call (561) 746-6615. LET’S SKATE OCALA (THROUGH JANUARY 4) The City of Ocala presents an ice skating experience for the whole family. The rink will be open through January 4 and is available for private rental. Hours vary. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5571. SENIOR LEARNERS COURSES (THROUGH NOVEMBER) A number of courses will be available for seniors at the College of Central Florida. seniorlearners.org or (352) 239-8770. GIRLS INSPIRED TO TRY SCIENCE (JANUARY 10) This program designed to inspire girls ages 8-12 to discover the world of science is presented by the Discovery Center. The event runs 10am-1pm and includes educational, hands-on activities. Registration is $15, and the program is limited to 30 participants. Pizza and drinks are included. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900. FRESH START 5K (JANUARY 10) A 5K run/walk will take place at the Baseline Greenway Trailhead to benefit the Christian 12 Steps Ministry of Ocala. Registration opens at 7am; the run begins at 8am. ocalafit.com.

SOUNDART AT THE APPLETON (JANUARY 11) The Ocala Symphony Orchestra will take center stage at the Appleton Museum for the popular SoundArt series. The event is both educational and entertaining and takes place from 3-4pm. Tickets are available at the Appleton front desk. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. ARTIST WORKSHOP (JANUARY 11) Gallery East will host a History of Chinese Painting workshop with artist Bonnie Canning from 3-4:30pm with doors opening at 2:30pm. Cost is $15 or $12 for members. Wine and cheese will be served. galleryeastfl.org or (352) 245-2781. MYSTERIES OF THE SEVEN SISTERS INN (JANUARY 15) The Seven Sisters Inn presents a tour of the inn as well as an in-depth presentation regarding the inn’s haunted past. The presentation runs from 7-8:30pm, and admission is $10. sevensistersinn.org or (352) 433-0700. TRIPS ’N’ TOURS (JANUARY 15) The Appleton’s Trips ‘N’ Tours program will visit the Dali Museum for the Picasso/Dali, Dali/Picasso exhibit. Price is $85 for members and $95 for non-members and includes lunch. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455 ext 4456. WINTER FEST (JANUARY 16-17) St. Mark the Evangelist Church in Summerfield will host a winter benefit for their soup kitchen featuring arts and crafts vendors, a car show, food trucks, entertainment and more. The event will run from 9am-4pm on Friday and 9am-2pm on Saturday. Friday night at 7pm comedian Homer Noodleman will be performing in St. Mark’s Social Hall. (352) 245-2458 Continued on page 88

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SPORTS PLAN AHEAD FOR THE NEXT BIG GAME. HOME SCHEDULES

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OCALA MARATHON (JANUARY 25) The Ocala Marathon will take place starting at the Paddock Mall at 7am. The half marathon will begin at 7:15am, and the 5K will start at 7:30am. Packet pickup and registration will be held from 10am-6pm on Saturday at the Runner’s Pace shoe store inside the Paddock Mall as well as prior to the start of the marathon on Sunday morning. ocalamarathon.com. APPLETON AFTER HOURS (FEBRUARY 5) The Appleton Museum will host an after-hours event featuring live entertainment, light fare and presentations by the Ocala Art Group. The event will run from 5-8pm, and admission is free for members and $10 for non-members. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.

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PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT (FEBRUARY 6) The Discovery Center will provide parents with a night to themselves on the first Friday of the month. From 6:309:30pm, the Discovery Center will entertain children ages 6-12 with a film and educational activities. Registration is $15 and limited to 25 participants. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900.

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22nd Annual Silver River Friends of the NRA Fundraiser MARION COUNTY AGRICULTURAL CENTER

The “friends” are a non-profit, non-political foundation of the NRA. The money raised from this event helps fund shooting programs for such organizations as JROTC and 4-H Clubs. The Ocala Police Department received the “Eddie Eagle” costume which will go into local schools to teach gun safety to elementary school children. PHOTOS BY DON WALKER

Lisa Nevels and Kristin Keene

Emily Greco and Isaac Swinhart

Connie & Ken Davis

Nicki Gust and Gretchen Hensen

Brenna Watson and Johnny Walker

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Sue & Jeremy Brown

Connie Lucas and Carl Hernandez

Rich Valvo

Alex Angulo, Christian Mays, Savanna Clark, Sohail Khan and Joseph Cates

Robert Gravel, Beau Ganceres and Officer Gravel

Briana Cupstid and Heather Coven

Tom & Tracy Males Patsy & Rodney Weaver

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Power of the Purse OCALA HILTON

United Way of Marion County’s Women’s Leadership Council “Women of Worth,” will hosted the 4th annual Power of the Purse fundraiser on November 6 at the Ocala Hilton. The event had silent and live auctions on purses of all sizes, colors and name brands. All proceeds will benefit women and children’s programs in the areas of education, income and health in Marion County.   PHOTOS BY CRYS WILLIAMS

Cindi Chapman and Rosa Guinn

Lory Cook and Andrea Everett

Wendy Green and Stephanie & Sara Sosa Sarah Lanham, Susan Goebel, Katie Judy and Chris Menetti

Barbara Fitos and Debbie Browder

Jessica Boutwell and Samantha Rauba

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Lois Schwenk, Krista Garner and Julie Schealy

Barbara Little and Miranda Barrineau Phyllis Gray and Jackie Ventura


Lana Newby and Nikki Neal

Katie Sawyer and Melodee Schneider

Angie & Don Umpleby

Mary Ann Davis and Johnna Agin Christi & Crystal McCall Carmen Maines and Carla Lord

Gerri Lukens and Mary Lou St. Cyr

Sarah Lanham, Susan Goebel, Katie Judy and Chris Minetti

Lois Schwenk, Scot Quintel and Pam Carr Joyce Fabian and Dr. Cheryl Fante

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Ocala Royal Dames Women of Hope Luncheon

Diane Houtz, Teula Bondank and Pat Sasso

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Ocala Royal Dames for Cancer Research Inc. hosted the 4th Women of Hope Luncheon in October. Honored this year for outstanding fundraising services for cancer research and for strides in medical research were Bernadette Castro of Ocala and New York, Dr. Julie Bradley and Dr. Nancy Mendenhall. Luncheon speaker was Dr. Riccardo M. DeGirolami, specialist in the fields of coronary CTA and cardiac imaging and musculoskeletal radiology.

Sandy Kohl, Erica Ward and Tammy Kelly

Macella Braidar, Margaret Friend and Mayor Kent Guinn

PHOTOS BY JUDY GREEN

R. Susan Smith, Marge Smith and Marleen Wiersum Monica Hauer, Nancy Porter and Connie Brown

Donna Leel, Naida Rasberry and Amanda Ostrom Sharon Jank, Bernadette Castro and Edna DeGeneste Nancy Karlsen, Margaret Elder and Sally Crass

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Brenda Clark, Ardis Clark and Debbie Clark

Joanne Elia, Deborah Weber and Karen Rollin


LaVerne Hope, Christine Spinochi and Carolyn Lathrop

Edward & Rudelle Berry and Teecy Matthews

Betsy Koshinski, Karen Zeedek, Bronwyn Busey and Stan McClain Kathy Bryant, Lee Niblock and Michelle Stone

Bernadeth Paraiso, Jim Payton and Sharon Cooper Sally Crass, Kathy Dinkins and Henry DeGeneste

Edna DeGeneste, Dr. Julie Bradley, Bernadette Castro, Dr. Riccardo DeGirolami and Sharon Jank Lois & Ed Johnson and Lydia Kuttas

Dr. Peter Guida, Bernadette Castro and Jonathan Austin Barbara Brooks and Jane Crosby

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Guy Harvey “Save the Seas” Gala GATEWAY BANK

On October 24, locals had the opportunity to meet Guy Harvey at an event showcasing 38 pieces of his work in a mixed-media exhibit. Harvey’s work depicts visions of the wildlife and ecosystems that inhabit the oceans, from marlins to manta rays and is currently on display at Ocala’s Gateway Bank. PHOTOS BY CHRISTINA GIBSON

Jenn & Mike Carey Dana & Raymond Andrews

Bob Wilson, Sandy McBride, Sue & Randy Keuntjes Kim Nale, Jackie Ramputi and Jessie Dudley

Kevin & Kristin Nast and Kristan Ashton Guy Harvey and Dean Johnson

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Kimberly’s Center 4th Annual Fundraising Dinner KLEIN CENTER AT THE COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

Guests gathered at the Klein Center for a dinner fundraiser to help raise money for Kimberly’s Center for Child Protection. Kimberly’s Center is a facility designed to advocate against child abuse in Marion County. By providing specialized services, Kimberly’s helps children on a path to a brighter future. PHOTOS BY CHRISTINA GIBSON

Bobby James and Ken Ausley

Cassidy Prusac and Jennifer Martinez

Ryan Robbins and Brian Cretul

Connie Mullis and Jaky McCall Dawn Westgate, Morgan Bright and Victoria Smith

Yvette Gaya and Rebecca Rogers

Garrett Callahan and Ashley Kroft Nicole Graff, Matt & Leila Baker, Megan Muckenfuss and Hema Rupnarain

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Gene Mullins and Chris Boyd Sean Sida and Brian Morgan

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