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MAGAZINE January2016

Tourney

Tee off Introducing

The Coates Golf Championship returns to Ocala

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In this issue:

Disney Do’s & Don’ts New Buys For Baby The Kids’ Korner and Young Artists

Marion’s Masters

Ocala’s best golfers go head to head

Everyday Heroes


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Features Young At Art p34 Marion County is home to many young artists whose talents provide us all a fresh, new look at the world around us. BY JIM GIBSON ON THE COVER

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MAGAZINE January2016

Game On!

The 2016 Coates Golf Championship brings the LPGA back to Ocala. BY JIM GIBSON

Tourney

Tee off The Coates Golf Championship returns to Ocala

Introducing

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Marion’s Masters

Our newest section, filled with familyfriendly fun

Ocala’s best golfers go head to head

Everyday Heroes

In this issue:

Disney Do’s & Don’ts New Buys For Baby The Kids’ Korner and Young Artists

Cover photo by John Jernigan. Model: Jenni Jenq, Coates Golf Team. Shot on location at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club.

Photo by John Jernigan

The Master’s Touch p52 While there might not be a green jacket to go along with the trophy, competition at the Marion Masters is just as fierce. BY JIM GIBSON

Hero Jobs p56 We reached out to four local citizens whose jobs routinely put them in the position of bravery. Here are their inspiring stories. BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND

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News from area local businesses.

The Hive p25 Dedicated to enriching the lives of local families. BY CEALIA ATHANASON, KARIN FABRY-CUSHENBERY & BONNIE KRETCHIK

ONTHEGO p26 Tips and tricks for tackling theme parks. GADGETS&GIZMOS p28

Beyond your basic baby gear. SNAPSHOTS p30 Having fun, making memories. KIDSKORNER p32

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The Scene p75 Your guide to what’s happening in and around Ocala. BY LAUREL GILLUM, BONNIE KRETCHIK & KATIE MCPHERSON

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Having a baby? Have a toddler at home? Then you’ll want to find out all the details about Ocala’s newest children’s expo. SOCIALSCENE p88

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Do you consider yourself an adrenaline junkie? Wish you were an adrenaline junkie? Does the thought of rappelling down the third-highest building in Ocala get your heart pumping? If the answer is yes, then the Habitat for Humanity of Marion County’s Over The Edge fundraiser just might be for you. And, as an added bonus, that adrenaline rush will also benefit the HHMC mission of providing decent housing to community members in need. On February 27, from 8am-5pm, up to 90 people will be able to rappel down 76 feet from the roof of Ocala’s Holiday Inn & Suites. The catch? Those adventurous enough to make the rappel must first raise $1,000 for Habitat’s cause. The event is being staged by Over The Edge, a special events company that provides signature fundraisers for non-profit organizations throughout the United States and Canada. The company, which has put on more than 500 rappelling events since 2003, provides all the technical support and equipment. Its staff includes highly trained and certified industrial rope specialists. “This will be the first-ever Over the Edge event in Ocala,” says Laurie Whitaker, the development

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director for HHMC. “Last June, the Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast staged one at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi. Participants

“Seventy feet is a long way down, and people will have an exciting rappel.” rappelled from the 27th floor, 278 feet down. It was a huge success and several hundred thousand dollars was raised. We think it’ll be a great success here, too.” The Holiday Inn & Suites is the third-highest building in Ocala, behind the old Sovereign Building and the Hilton Ocala. After going up to the roof to inspect the hotel’s suitability for the event, Whitaker notes that indeed “Seventy feet is a long way down, and people will have an exciting rappel.” For those who raise at least $1,500, a Go Pro camera will be attached to their helmets and they’ll have a video recording keepsake of their rappel. Whitaker promises “other special incentives for those who raise more than $1,000.” Early Over the Edge committed participants include event sponsor representatives:

Burnyzz owner Josh Hart and his staff, K-Country 93.7FM’s Lewis Stokes and Classic Rock WindFM’s Charlie McGraw. Ocala Police Chief Greg Graham is also an early rappel signee. In addition to participants, event volunteers are needed. “We’re looking for general volunteers to manage the flow of the event,” says Whitaker. “And besides Over the Edge’s staff, we’ll need volunteers with rope or rappelling experience. So for those not interested in rappelling, they can still contribute by volunteering. It’s going to be a fun day for a great cause.” HHMC builds or renovates houses in partnership with families who qualify for home ownership based on three criteria: need, a

willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity and an ability to repay a no-interest mortgage. Since 1990, HHMC has built or renovated more than 200 homes for families in Marion County. In 2016, HHMC is slated to build 10 new homes in Silver Springs Shores.

Want To Know More? HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF MARION COUNTY’S OVER THE EDGE FUNDRAISER FEBRUARY 27 Holiday Inn & Suites 8am-5pm For more details or to register, visit habitatocala.org. To volunteer, call Britteny Fish at (352) 351-4663.


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CADETS FOR A CAUSE Forest High School’s Junior ROTC cadets (Reserve Officers Training Corps) take their community service

seriously. So much so that they gathered 2,797 pounds of food and $1,000 to donate to Interfaith during the holiday season. All 12 cadet flights compete against each other to see who collects the most items. While students earn bragging rights and giving spirits, our community benefits from the generosity of these students, their families and financial support from the OCALA JEEP CLUB.

AND THE GIVING CONTINUES… LIVING HISTORY Talk about history coming to life! Fifth-graders at Eighth Street Elementary focused lately on the American Revolution and some of the key players of that era. After scouring the Internet for research, they created custom speeches and donned American Revolutionary costumes to become a living wax museum—all benefitting younger students at the school who walked through the exhibits and questioned the living legends about their historical lives.

Not to be outdone by older students, kids and adults at East Marion Elementary focused a recent Character Word of the Month on

“Thankfulness” and came up with much more than expected. The school donated 4,130 food items that benefitted East Marion’s own families in need, far surpassing the original goal of 1,300 items. PRINCIPAL RUSTY CORLEY and Peer Counselor MICHAEL CARTER helped count all the goods.

FUN TIMES AT THE FOUNDATION SHADY HILL SPARKLES

IN THE LEAD Two seniors are among 14 finalists statewide to become “Leaders for Life” and earn complete $40,000 college scholarships from the Take Stock in Children program. Vanguard’s ALLYSA QUICK and MTI’s MARY GREEN find out later this month if they actually finish in the Top Four. If so, this will be only the second year Marion County has ever had such winning leaders.

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It was a no-holds-barred Christmas celebration at Shady Hill Elementary. Every grade level presented musical numbers to parents and friends attending the festive celebration. Music Teacher SONDRA COLLINS had the Shady Hill Harmony students kick off the event with percussion instruments on some songs. The packed house sang, clapped and cheered kids on as they presented months’ worth of work during numerous holiday performances with the finale at the school itself.

How do you honor great volunteers and board members? Instead of a luncheon, you wear matching outfits and throw in an elf for good measure! Employees of the Public Education Foundation of Marion County, along with Board Chairman NICK “THE ELF” BLASER, held their second annual

drive through experience for the holiday season. Coffee and hot chocolate orders came complete with sprinkles if requested, along with some spirited moves from Mary, the Dancing Christmas Tree!

LEGACY HONORS LEGACIES There’s a unique wall in front of Legacy Elementary dedicated to school volunteers. The keystone face in this wall is HENRY DUDA, a former volunteer who donated over 20 years of service to Marion County Public Schools. Duda showed up every day without hesitation and shared his wisdom and perspective from decades of life experience. Students, administrators and community guests recently gathered to dedicate the wall in Duda’s honor, recognizing the importance school volunteers make. Last year at Legacy alone, adults volunteered 3,579 hours helping students and teachers.


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DISSOLUTIONS dispute(s) regarding martial debts or assets, who have mutually agreed to conclude their marriage. For such cases I need only confirm the following: 1. the couple satisfies Florida’s six-month residency requirement, 2. they state their marriage is irretrievably broken, and 3. the wife confirms she is not currently pregnant. You can imagine the awkwardness involved with asking a woman if she is currently pregnant.

PATERNITY ISSUES IN FAMILY LAW CASES OFTEN PRESENT SCENARIOS THAT APPEAR RIPE FOR THE JERRY SPRINGER SHOW. If the wife answers “yes” to this question, I inform the couple their divorce is no longer “simple.” Once, when addressing a case for a couple in their early 80s, I asked the wife if she was currently pregnant and her husband replied with, “I sure hope not!” Paternity issues in family law cases often present scenarios that appear ripe for The Jerry Springer Show. One such case involved the divorce of a couple with four minor children. The wife explained that only the first, second and forth

child were her husband’s. The third child had a different father. When I asked how the third child was not her husband’s child, she responded with, “He (her husband) went to prison for two years, and I got lonely.” Ask a silly question… Alimony can also be a confusing topic for parties to comprehend. The primary issues are simply… how much (if any) and how long? Recently, I was conducting a hearing and was trying to help the husband understand the meaning of permanent alimony. “It’s until one of you dies, or she remarries,” I explained. “Seeing that both of you are clearly still alive, the only question would be if your former wife has any plans on getting remarried.” As if on cue, the 60-something year-old lady smiled and said, “Not unless that was a proposal.” There have been occasions where the parties have appeared for their final hearing, only to report they no longer want to be divorced. I recall one such instance when I asked the couple if their marriage was irretrievably broken and the husband replied with, “No sir, it is not.” The wife then confirmed they had decided to reconcile. Minutes later, the couple left the courtroom with copies of the order dismissing their case… and I was happy to be the one left at the altar.

Judge Steven G. Rogers currently serves as a circuit court judge. He lives in Ocala with his wife, three children and an extremely spoiled Australian Shepherd.

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Duties include filling in when the chairman is absent and maintaining order among council members. The purpose of the council is to help nurture and grow Marion County’s travel and tourism industry. Doherty will continue as executive director of the Florida Horse Park as he has done for the past three years.

BUILDING A BETTER COMMUNITY

The Florida Municipal Electric Association recently honored the community service efforts of Ocala Utility Services by recognizing the municipal electric utility with the 2015 Building Strong Communities Award. Honored during FMEA’s annual Energy Connections Conferences and Trade Show in Orlando, OUS received the award for its commitment to enhancing its customers’ quality of life through community improvement programs, such as Light Up Ocala, Energy Star Rebates and the Weatherization Program. “Being a part of the community is about more than making sure the lights are on,” said FMEA Executive Director Barry Moline. “The recipients excel in not only taking an interest in seeing their communities succeed but also actively working toward making them better places to live.”

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approved the acquisition of nearly 4,900 acres in Marion County that will protect Silver Springs and the Silver and Ocklawaha rivers. The property, called Silver Springs Forest, is located directly north of Silver Springs State Park. The district is partnering with the

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION and the CONSERVATION TRUST OF FLORIDA on the purchase.

The $11.5 million acquisition will contribute to an eight-mile buffer zone where forests “capture” rainwater to recharge the aquifer and augment the springs’ flow. The purchase will also protect the headwaters of Halfmile Creek and an unnamed tributary that flow into the Silver and Ocklawaha Rivers.

A GREAT ADDITION Fred and Kari Schweitz, owners of Too Your Health Spa, are excited to announce the opening of their newest spa location in Lady Lake. Doors will open to the public in the middle of January. The 16,000-square-foot facility will feature a 60-foot heated pool, infrared sauna, hydrotherapy whirlpool, three racquetball courts, tons of fitness classes and the most complete free weight room in the area. They even have free babysitting on-site for members while exercising. This is the fifth spa Fred has constructed in his 37 years in business, and he hopes it will help community members improve their health and their lives.

AN ARTISTIC MONUMENT THE OCALA ROTARY CLUB recently signed

an agreement with the City of Ocala to create a “Centennial Arbor” in Tuscawilla Park in downtown Ocala to mark the club’s 100th anniversary. City Council President JAY MUSLEH and Ocala Rotary Club President DENNIS DIMATTEO signed the agreement. The arbor, to be located in an area of Tuscawilla Park called an “Art Park” near the former train station, will be a permanent monument with four pillars representing the elements of Rotary’s “Four Way Test,” incorporating the words “Truth, Fairness, Goodwill and Beneficial” into the design. It will have seating for several people and will be lighted in the evening.

SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS

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Presented by Munroe Regional Medical Center and Chiropractic Centers of Ocala, this expo will feature over 65 vendors, along with medical professionals, demonstrations, support groups and more. The Klein Center at the College of Central Florida will be a hot spot for all things children. Learn the benefits and drawbacks of cloth diapers or have your car seat checked for safety. The event will also have a kid zone with activities, food trucks, entertainment and more, so bring the whole family… dads, too! The expo will run from 10am to 4pm, and admission is $5 for adults and free for children. Proceeds benefit Royal Family KIDS and Kimberly’s Center for Child Protection. For more information, visit the Bump, Baby and Beyond Facebook Page.

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Stick to these basic rules to avoid crowds: It’s better to go on weekdays than weekends, and it’s best to avoid going on school and national holidays. Don’t worry about going during the busier summer months. If you can handle the heat, the more-than-usual staff on hand can handle the rides efficiently. Use these tips to save time, money and energy while at the park.

ORDER TICKETS ONLINE. Don’t get stuck waiting in line at the park. Purchase tickets ahead of time. (Chances are this will save you some cash, as well!) BE EARLY; STAY LATE. The crowds are usually thinnest during the first and last hour of the day.

BRING BAGGIES AND EXTRA BATTERY PACKS FOR CELL PHONES. Don’t let your

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WRITE YOUR PHONE NUMBER IN THE TONGUE OF YOUR CHILD’S SHOE. In case

GO ON RIDES DURING PARADES, SHOWS AND EVENTS. Don’t want to see the

your child gets lost, an employee will be able to call you.

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BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA DISCOVERY GUIDE APP: Use the GPS to help you locate

your car, tap to pay for food and merchandise, let the park’s map show you where to go and get alerts about show times and ride wait times. Plus, there’s an in-app camera with fun frames for photos.

MY DISNEY EXPERIENCE APP: Purchase park tickets, learn wait times and show times, organize and share plans, make dinner reservations and much more with this app. You can also find character greeting locations and keep track of your resort reservations. UNDERCOVER TOURIST ORLANDO PLANNING APP: This app can help you plan trips to Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando. It includes everything from a digital crowd calendar to wait times, a personalized trip schedule and events to skip or attend. Don’t want to use the app? Undercovertourist.com has a crowd calendar, weather forecast and events schedule to reference instead.

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“MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING” CITIZENS’ CIRCLE OCTOBER 7 | 7 P.M.

OCALA CULTURAL FESTIVAL DOWNTOWN OCALA OCTOBER 8 | 1-8 P.M.

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TUSCAWILLA PARK OCTOBER 14, 21, 28 | 7 P.M.

TUSCAWILLA PARK CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION TUSCAWILLA PARK OCTOBER 15 | 6-9:30 P.M.

OCALA ART FESTIVAL

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DOWNTOWN SQUARE DECEMBER 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 6-8 P.M.

SANTA’S CALLING

OCALA RECREATION AND PARKS DECEMBER 6, 7, 8 | 6-8:30 P.M.

AFTER DARK IN THE PARK (MOVIE)

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TUSCAWILLA PARK DECEMBER 16 | 6-8 P.M.

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Fridababy, a Miami-based company, is providing worried parents with a no-hassle way to check baby’s temperature throughout the night. Every four seconds the FeverFrida checks in on your little one and alerts your tablet or phone when the temp goes above a predetermined threshold. How does it work? A tiny Bluetooth monitor and patch are placed under baby’s arm. As an added bonus, the data is stored for future use and the device reminds tired parents about medicine doses.

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Like we said before, new parents (and sometimes seasoned ones, too) can be a bit anxious! Is baby breathing OK? Sleeping in the correct position? The MonBaby is an award-winning baby monitor that clips onto your child’s clothing just like a button. The device tracks baby’s movements, sleep position and breathing patterns and will even transmit an alert to mom and dad’s phone if baby rolls to his or her belly while sleeping. Now the whole family can rest easy.

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With this handy device parents can steam and blend baby’s fruits, veggies and meats all in one bowl. No more transferring piping hot squash or potatoes to another bowl. Simply add your ingredients, set your steam time and let the machine do the rest. The Baby Brezza will make delicious purées the perfect consistency for your little one, each and every time. The bowl holds 2 cups, so multiple meals are as easy as pie. The best part? It’s dishwasher safe.

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Madison Molock (8) at Ocali Country Days

Owen Manserra dresses as a Storm Trooper for the opening of Star Wars at the Marion Theatre

Cali Kreienbrink during a local horse show costume contest

Trinity Catholic Football volunteers at the Share Your Christmas Food Drive

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imagination more alive than in the heart of a child? Young eyes view an unblemished world through inquisitive, innocent eyes, lending a unique perspective to that which for most of us has taken on the patina of time. Marion County is home to many young artists whose talents provide us all a fresh, new look at the world around us.

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Life is Art

life is Ra’ahunte’ Grier believes best expressed

through the artist’s pencil or brush. The 18-year-old senior at North Marion High School has been drawing for as long as he can remember.

“I began drawing as soon as I was able to hold a pencil in my hand,” he says. “A certain amount of artistic ability is inborn, and I consider mine a God-given gift, but it also takes a lot of hard work and you have to be willing to learn. I have had some great teachers, and they have really helped me in my ability to draw and paint. One in particular is Ms. Maria Vasquez; she took me out of my comfort zone and taught me how to express myself in a more colorful way.” Ra’ahunte’ says he is inspired by hyperrealistic artist Chuck Close and aspires to have his drawings visually come to life on paper or canvas. Hyper-realism produces hand-drawn or painted works of art that cannot be discerned from a high-resolution photograph with the naked eye. “Most of my works are portraits of someone I know or of celebrities, but sometimes I simply imagine someone and draw my own creation. There is a lot of emotion involved… and to me art is internal emotion expressed outwardly,” he says. “My drawings represent a part of me, and each one is unique.” Ra’ahunte’ hopes to make art his life’s work. He hopes to attend Full Sail University,

which offers education in the entertainment and media industry. “My dream is to make art my career,” he says. “I would love nothing more than to be able to spend my life doing what I love most—bringing my art to life.”

t n e l a T f O s OceanWilliam L. Peterson

loves to draw anything that has to do with the sea.

“I love the ocean,” he says excitedly. “This past year we went to the Keys, and I saw the crystal clear water, and we went snorkeling. I even got to swim near

a sea turtle. It was great, and it made me want to draw even more things to do with the ocean, like dolphins and coral.” William, an 11-year-old sixthgrader at Ft. McCoy School, lives with his mom, Mary, and dad, Pete, in Silver Springs. Pete is a second generation sign-maker and owner of Pete Peterson Signs. William can be found most days working with his dad in the shop. “My dad started this business, and I took it over, and one day it could be William’s,” says Pete. “I like helping my dad, and I do think that one day this will be my business,” William says, “because I always want drawing and art to be a part of my life.” William says that when he feels stressed, all he has to do is get a good sharp pencil and some paper, and it calms him down quickly. He says his art teacher at Ft. McCoy, Ms. Jo Anne Dillard, has helped him to become better with his art through “constructive criticism.” “I love to draw, and I am also learning to paint,” he says. “I love to use my imagination when I draw. Sometimes I draw things like mermaids you might see in a cartoon, and sometimes I draw things I have seen when we go to the ocean during the summer.” Ms. Dillard says William is a “most awesome student” who is polite and courteous, presenting drawings to his teachers and friends as gifts.

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was raised in a home filled with art and love. Her mother, Lisa, is a master oil painter, and Victoria has attended art museums and professional art shows all across the Southeast at her mother’s side.

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As a young girl, was fascinated with eyes. She loved the detail involved in making them come to life. She began adding other facial features to her drawings, and soon she became an accomplished portrait artist. Leslie’s home in Summerfield contains many portraits she has drawn of family and friends. However, one of the portraits most important to her is one she drew of a total stranger. “When I was in middle school, a woman named Helen Greenspun visited our English class,” says Leslie. “This woman was a Holocaust survivor. Her story was so inspiring, and it affected me so much that I wanted to give her something to let her know how much she had touched my life. I saw an old weathered photo of her when she was about 20 years old, and I drew her portrait from the picture. When she returned to our

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class, I presented it to her, and it moved her so much that it brought tears to her eyes. She still has the portrait I drew of her, and that makes me feel so good inside.” Leslie, a 17-year-old junior at Belleview High School, draws with graphite pencils, colored pencils and charcoal and paints with acrylics. “One of my drawings won first place in the Ocala Art Show, and two more won second place. One of the second place winners was displayed in the Appleton Museum,” she says. “Art is so important to me; it helps me express my feelings and emotions.”

Victoria, age 10, is a fifth-grade student at Harbour View Elementary where Lisa is her art teacher. At her home in Ocklawaha, Victoria creates art in practically every medium imaginable.   “I love to make things. I especially love to draw with colored pencils,” she says, her voice tinged with excitement. “We have two dogs at home, and I love to draw them and pictures of other animals. Colored pencils are my favorite because I can make fine lines with them and I like the different colors.”  Victoria also showcases her artistic abilities in basket weaving, ceramics, painting, dance, singing, skating and video production.  “I love to skate, and I am a national champion artistic skater. I made a documentary film about skating called My Life in Skates. It won first place at the county and regional FAME Media Festival and placed third in the state,” she says. So what does this artistically inclined Renaissance Girl want to do when she grows up?  “I want to be a teacher… not an art teacher like my mom,” she says matter-of-factly. “I will always love to draw and create, but I want to be a fourth- or fifth-grade teacher and teach kids.”


Making Her Mark Mya Velez 

was born with the ability to draw… and draw she did. “When Mya was about 3 years old she drew a picture on the wall of our dining room,” says her father, David. “It was so good that I left it there, and when I paint our dining room I will paint

a frame around it and make sure it is always a part of our home.” Mya, a 10-year-old fifth-grader at Greenway Elementary School, says that drawing keeps her calm. “I am always calm at school, but when I am at home, I am a wild mess,” Mya says excitedly. “So I find some paper and a pencil and I sit down to draw, and it calms me down.”

David says Mya has left her mark “all over our house.” “She has drawn on our kitchen table, and the walls of her room are covered with beautiful drawings… like a mural,” he says. “I joke with her and tell her that her first paycheck will have to buy a new table and paint for the walls… but I would never cover up her art.”

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Bjorn Scribben’s

In the eighth grade, West Port High School senior art teacher told him he needed to check out an app called Instagram. Bjorn gave it a look and was hooked on photography.

He has been a part of the Marion County Center for the Arts Creative Photography program for the past four years and has impressed his teachers with his skills. “In the beginning, I took photos with my iPod, but then I bought a Canon T3 Rebel, and that’s what I use now,” he says. “I like my photography to be conceptual and to convey emotion. I do a lot of self-portraits using a tripod and timer.” Bjorn isn’t sure if photography will be a vocation or remain a hobby but says it gives him a chance to release his own emotions. “I sometimes use my photography to show the sadness and seriousness of the world around me, and sometimes I just like to have fun,” he says. “I like to be abstract and catch unique situations in my shots.”

Mya says she started out drawing cartoon characters when she was younger, and now she draws portraits of teachers and family members or uses her imagination to draw characters she creates. “I love to draw,” she says. “My favorite is to draw pictures of girls that I make up in my head.”


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sounds of a four-tiered waterfall just in front of the grand cornertower entrance. Their minds will become even more at ease after seeing the facility’s striking décor, which resembles a world-class resort. After a brief stop at the elegant coffee station, clients will feel a sense of home as they approach the beautifully adorned lobby, which features an awe-inspiring bubble wall behind the reception desk. The bubble wall provides a peaceful and calming effect, as mesmerizing air bubbles constantly flow and change colors: green, red, blue, purple and gold. “De-stressing is very important because stress is a major issue in our society and a much overlooked part of health,” Dr. Holloway said. “Stress affects all aspects of one’s health, including struggles with weight, blood pressure, diabetes, energy levels and mood. We provide a real-life approach to help our clients not only lose weight but learn how to have successful longterm outcomes.”

“We provide a real-life approach to help our clients not only lose weight but learn how to have successful long-term outcomes.”

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“We’ve really raised the bar not just with our weight loss programs but all of the medical spa services we offer,” Shannon said. “We continually research and incorporate the latest, state-of-the-art technology in the marketplace, like our CoolSculpting® non-invasive, body-contouring technology that can help our clients rid themselves of that stubborn diet- and exerciseresistant fat, which helps to achieve that sleek and sculpted body one may desire.”

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“Residents of the greater Villages community have asked us repeatedly to open a second practice that was closer to them,” Dr. Holloway said. “We’re excited that we can better accommodate them. We offer something for everybody. You may not need to lose weight, but you might be in need of one of our many full medical spa services we provide.”


Let’s get pampered Lifestyle Solutions MedSpa is a medical practice that blends result-oriented treatments with the upscale feel and atmosphere of a destination resort. The wealth of services offered include weight loss, CoolSculpting®, Botox®, Restylane®, customized facials, including the incredible Hydrafacial®, peels, microdermabrasion, laser hair removal, IPL photofacials, fractional skin resurfacing, permanent makeup and massage, just to name a few. “In addition to being a certified CoolSculpting® site, we are one of only a few practices that offers ‘dual-sculpting,’ which is very beneficial to our clients,” said Shannon. “For example, if they want to get rid of fat on both love handles, then we can use two machines at once rather than have them come for two separate appointments. This cuts treatment times in half.” The MedSpa’s technology is all FDA cleared and proven. The Holloways pride themselves on offering only evidence- and outcomebased models of care. “We’ve done our due diligence by carefully researching each of these procedures,” they said. “That’s why we have an incredible success rate in everything we do here. If we do not feel a treatment or procedure will provide a client with the desired result, then we do not incorporate it into our practice model.”

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For two years, the Holloways have carefully thought out every detail in creating not only a practice with a unique design but also how to maximize efficient use of space. Their hard work has certainly paid dividends. The meticulous attention to detail and stunning décor will certainly leave patients feeling breathless. Crape myrtles, palm trees, butterfly

gardens, four-tiered waterfalls and stone columns dot the landscape. Inside, as a client undergoes treatment in a spa room, they can maximize relaxation by gazing skyward at the glimmering fiber optic star dome ceiling that features shooting stars and soothing colored sunrises and sunsets. After treatment, the client will experience the spa bathrooms that contain beautiful mosaic tile with a state-of-the-art body shower, crystal vanity light and a beautiful lavatory faucet that illuminates to provide a visual of the water temperature (red is hot, green is warm and blue is cold). Each spa room and treatment room features a unique décor and color scheme, including eye-catching paintings that hang on the wall. The bronze

and copper colored restrooms in the waiting area add even more elegance, style and artistic beauty to the facility. In addition, the MedSpa offers a unique spa package for a girls’ day out or couples’ escape where they can undergo simultaneous treatments and in between treatments enjoy a healthy catered lunch in a private, quiet oasis outside while listening to light music and admiring a butterfly garden and tranquil fountain. A simple massage is another wonderful way to de-stress. Without question, you’ll be hard pressed to find a medical spa that

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Last year’s inaugural Coates Golf Championship, held at the magnificent Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club,

marked the first time in 10 years that the Ladies Professional Golf Association teed off its season in Florida. If the reaction of the players, the LPGA, tournament founders Randy and Mollie Coates, the tens of thousands of fans who showed up to cheer on their favorite women golfers and even legendary course architect Ron Garl are any indication of the tournament’s success, then the first drive hit that day was a shot heard round the world. By Jim Gibson

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Mollie and Randy Coates


The Photo of Mollie and Randy Coates by Laurie Wilson

2015 Coates Golf Championship was a milestone in the rich tradition of Ocala golf. Approximately 80,000 golf fans attended the week-long, four-round event—a number Garl said was more indicative of a turnout at one of the LPGA majors. Mollie Coates, who founded the tournament along with her husband, Randy, says everyone involved was pleased and amazed at the tremendous fan and business support the tournament received in its first year and is looking forward to an even greater turnout and increased support this year. In a media interview, Garl said that the course, which is famous throughout the country for its unique design, was very well-received by the players with great positive feedback. Eight of Golden Ocala’s 18 holes are recreated “tributes” expertly modeled after famous holes on five of the world’s most prominent courses. “Course conditions are pristine,” says Golden Ocala General Manager Joe Donnelly. “What makes Golden Ocala so unique and perfect for an LPGA event such as The Coates is our flexibility in setting up the course to accommodate different calibers of

players. We can alter the length of our roughs and the width of our fairways, but most importantly, we have the ability to set up some really great pin placements and alter the speeds of our greens. Golden Ocala is a perfect place to start off the LPGA season.” Last year’s winner, Na Yeon Choi of South Korea, took home the winner’s purse of $225,000, her share of $1.5 million in total prize money. Choi carded a 16-under, 272 for the tournament, beating American Jessica Korda, fellow South Korean Ha Na Jang and New Zealander Lydia Ko by one stroke. Lydia Ko is the Rolex No. 1 women’s golfer in the world, a title she earned at the 2015 Coates Golf Championship, making her the youngest professional golfer male or female to be ranked world No. 1—a record previously held by Tiger Woods. Former Mount Dora Bible golf star Inbee Park now ranks a close second. Park tied for 13th place at last year’s Coates. Barring injury, all of the LPGA’s top players should be returning to this year’s event. The Coates tournament awards 500 CME Globe points to the winner. Globe points are awarded at each of the 32 professional tournaments held throughout the LPGA season in a Race to the Globe competition that culminates at the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida, in November.

The Birth Of Tradition Tradition is a word usually spoken by golfers when talking of major championships held on storied courses framed by fairways lined with hundred-year-old trees, aptly named footbridges crossing meandering creeks and plantation-style clubhouses with verandas overlooking breathtaking panoramas of lush green grass.

But even the most legendary championships began with a single stroke, a first round and the virgincrowning of its opening champion. This is how tradition begins—it is established. If the success of the inaugural Coates Golf Championship is any indicator of what it takes to establish such a tradition, then

tournament founders Randy and Mollie Coates have laid the cornerstone of a solid foundation. But the Coates know that the ultimate success of the tournament depends on more than just hard work and their commitment… it depends on community. “Ultimately, the status of any Official LPGA event lies solely

within the commitment of the title sponsor, and at Coates Golf, our dream would be to see this event carry on for decades,” Mollie says. “We are very fortunate that our partners at R+L Carriers and Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club have a similar vision. One hundred percent of our official partners from the inaugural 2015 event have

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recommitted to us in 2016, many of which have increased their levels of partnership. Commitments from our local government, business participation through sponsorships and the community’s involvement as spectators are the only three things that will ensure the event is a success year after year.” At the same time the tournament was launched, the Coates also debuted Coates Golf, a company that engineers and manufactures performance equipment exclusively for female golfers. Mollie says the company was created for more than just equipment design, and it was aimed toward female golfers for a very specific reason. “Our focus is not only providing women with quality golf clubs that they can customize for any level of play but also to empower them in the sport and encourage them to expect more from the game,” says Mollie. “At Coates Golf, we not only equip women with exceptional equipment, we give them the same options as men when fitting themselves with clubs. We understand that these female golfers are athletes who take their game seriously, so we constantly ask ourselves why should they all be shuffled into one style of equipment? “Beyond what we do as a company, we want to be the cheerleaders for girls and women to have the confidence to believe in

themselves and to take the course head on,” Mollie says. “Our logo at Coates is an antelope because it is sleek, elegant and athletic—but mostly because female antelope grow horns just like the male antelope. Coates Golf strives to bring equality to the game.” The Coates have dedicated themselves to the success of the tournament and look forward to some exciting changes scheduled for this year’s event. “We learned so much about owning and operating an Official LPGA Event, so we have a lot of changes in store for the 2016 Coates Golf Championship. The spectator numbers we had blew us away, so we are completely changing the way parking, ticketing and will call is handled this year, making it much easier for crowds to get onto tournament grounds and enjoy the golf,” Mollie says. Tradition begins with the first stroke, and it looks as if for the Coates Golf Championship, it was a hole-in-one.

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“This will be the second year of the tournament in Ocala, and we hope to generate excitement around the event and get the community involved. The first year was a great success, and we hope to continue that momentum.” — Jay Musleh,

Ocala City Council President

The Coates Golf Championship:

Info To Know

When

Mon, Feb. 1 Tue, Feb. 2 Wed., Feb. 3 Thu., Feb. 4 Fri., Feb. 5 Sat., Feb. 6

Where

Tee Times all day professional practice rounds tee time 7:30am, Coates Golf Championship Pro-Am Tournament Coates Golf Championship Round 1 Coates Golf Championship Round 2 Coates Golf Championship Round 3 Coates Golf Championship Round 4, Green Awards Ceremony following play

Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club 8300 NW 31st Ln. Rd., Ocala

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During tournament week the following day’s tee times can be found each evening online at coatesgolfchampionship.com and lpga.com so fans can determine when their favorites tee off.

Media Coverage Watch all the action live on the Golf Channel. Last year’s event was beamed into 157 million homes in 170 territories.

Where do I purchase tickets? Tickets can be purchased online at coatesgolfchampionship.com, at the gate on the days of the tournament or by calling (844) 209-4643.


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LOCAL ECONOMIC IMPACT FOR THE 2015 TOURNAMENT $9.6 MILLION SPENT DIRECTLY AT AREA BUSINESSES BY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF ATTENDEES $18.3 MILLION WORKED ITS WAY THROUGH THE LOCAL ECONOMY

The Craft Beer Tasting Festival “We appreciated the opportunity to partner with the 2015 Coates Golf Championship, an LPGA tournament, in raising money for these causes (Jett Travolta Foundation and Morgan Pressel Foundation). Many of the beneficiaries of the Jett Travolta Foundation are based in and around the Ocala area, and hence some of the money raised through the tournament will find its way back into the community.” —John Travolta and Kelly Preston

Paula Creamer at Autograph Alley

Randy & Mollie Coates, John Travolta, Kelly Preston and Morgan Pressel

Ticket packages $15 for a daily pass good any one day Monday through Saturday. This includes the practice round on Monday, Pro-Am play Tuesday and tournament play Wednesday through Saturday $45 for a weekly pass that is good Monday through Saturday for the practice round, Pro-Am and tournament play Children 12 and under accompanied by an adult are admitted free $25 for a daily tournament pass and craft beer festival admission good any one day Wednesday through Saturday $65 for a weekly pass for full access to all events Monday through Saturday and craft beer festival admission Wednesday through Saturday

Sponsored by Tri-Eagle Sales and Cone Distributing, this special event will take place on the breathtakingly beautiful garden grounds in front of the Golden Ocala clubhouse. Attendees can taste a wide variety of beers supplied by 18 different breweries for one nominal price. “Since we first met with Randy and Mollie, it was clear that they were on to something big in the golf industry,” says Mike LePorin, vice president of sales and marketing with Tri-Eagle Sales. “To attach our brands to such a reputable tournament is a great opportunity for us at Tri-Eagle. We came on as official partners with the Coates last year for the inaugural event. We are excited to return in 2016, and we have already signed on for 2017. Michelob Ultra will again be the Official Beer of the Coates, and expanding our partnership to help bring a craft beer festival to the 2016 tournament is yet another way of reaching a significant number of consumers who would otherwise be difficult to reach within a one-week time period. “As our portfolio has expanded to include multiple craft and import brands beyond our Anheuser-Busch portfolio, the Coates Golf Championship is a great means of exposing consumers from Orlando to Tallahassee to these great beers,” LePorin says. “We look forward to years of growth in partnership with the Coates Golf Championship and Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club.” “Team Cone is excited about partnering with Coates Golf for the 2016 Coates Golf Championship,” says Steve Conner of Cone Distributing. “When we heard that during the 2016 Coates Golf Championship the organizers were looking to host a craft beer festival throughout the tournament, we knew this would be a great event for us to partner. Craft beer festivals, especially one to be held during an event that draws tens of thousands of guests per day, provides us a great opportunity to showcase a wide variety of world-class beers. We plan to have national brands from across the United States, regional brands from the Southeast, local brands from Parking Gainesville and Crystal River and will Spectator parking will proudly be serving a hometown favorite be available for $5 brewer from right here in Ocala. The 2016 per day at the corner championship will, I’m sure, be the best of U.S. Highway 27 yet, and we are looking forward to it!” and NW 70th Avenue just outside the gates of Golden Ocala Golf “The players really had an & Equestrian Club. impact on our girls and Courtesy shuttles will showed them firsthand how take guests directly to fun it is to play on tour, which has the welcome center made them even more passionate for the tournament.

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— Kristie Griggs

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Mr. Pearson of Pearson Nissan and Paula Creamer

On The Greens: A Look At Golden Ocala Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club is one of Florida’s premier golf courses. Designed by legendary course architect Ron Garl, this magnificent course is home to eight expertly recreated “tribute” holes from the world’s finest golf courses, including Augusta National (holes 12, 13 and 16); Baltusrol (hole 4 on the lower course); Muirfield (hole 9); The Old Course at St. Andrews (holes 1 and 17); and Royal Troon (hole 8).

Built: 1986 Par: 72 Course length for the Championship: 6,500 yards Greens Grass: Tifeagle Bermuda grass Front Nine: Framed by century-old Live Oaks 18th hole: A tremendous finishing par-five that

gives players a great chance to finish with an eagle.

Medical Care At A Moment’s Notice For the second year, Ocala Health will be providing emergency medical services for the event. There will be three first aid stations—one near the driving range, one on the front nine and one on the back nine—in addition to three roving carts providing first response capability across the course. First aid and CPR AED-level personnel will be at every first aid station with EMT/paramedics continually patrolling the course. Marion County Fire Rescue will provide medical emergency transport services. The emergency rooms at Ocala Regional Medical Center and West Marion Community Hospital will be prepared to treat visitors’ injuries or acute illnesses. The QuickCare at West Marion and FCS Urgent Care locations will be available for minor injuries and illnesses.

“This sponsorship has significant impact in many important areas for both the bank and the Marion County community. The agreement helps our bank build relationships and promote our brand to thousands of golf enthusiasts while having a positive impact on the local economy.” —Hugh Dailey,

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president of Community Bank & Trust of Florida

“As the official car provider for the Coates Golf Championship, Pearson Nissan of Ocala is proud to be a partner in this premier event for our community and North Central Florida. Our major function is to provide vehicles for players and officials. We will also feature our allnew model lineup at the Golden Ocala venue during the tournament. After the event, we will be having a special sale on all of the players’ courtesy vehicles. Who’s your favorite? We are thankful to Randy and Mollie Coates for bringing this classic LPGA golf tournament to Ocala. Come on Ocala, let’s all get out and support the Coates Golf Championship!” —Ted Lindsay,

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Meet The Newest Addition

Stacy Lewis with Megan Griggs

Jenni Jenq, the latest professional golfer to join the Coates Golf team and this month’s Ocala Style cover model, began playing at just 8 years old. Hailing from Saratoga, California, she currently lives near Orlando. Jenq played college golf at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, turned pro in 2012 and earned full status on the Symetra Tour in 2013. “Becoming a part of Coates Golf as a staff player and ambassador, I now feel connected to a team with a common mission: to excel the game of women’s golf as a whole,” says Jenq. “Coates Golf is made for women who refuse to settle and want to make a difference. It is an absolute honor to represent Coates Golf.”

“I will never forget walking with my favorite players, Lydia Ko, Stacy Lewis and Karrie Webb. Lydia shared her peanut butter sandwich with me, and now it is my favorite snack to eat while I golf.” —Megan Griggs, age

“My favorite part of walking inside the ropes was racing Jenny Gleason’s caddie across the bridge, and I won!” —Kara Griggs,

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“Walking inside the ropes was an amazing experience for our entire family, from shaking the players’ hands on the first tee to receiving signed balls at the end. We were treated so nicely by everyone involved with the tournament.” —Mike Griggs

Spectator Rules And Courtesies Autograph Policy No autographs are permitted once a player begins a competitive round, Wednesday through Saturday. A player may elect to sign autographs prior to or at the conclusion of her round.

Photo by John Jernigan

On-Site Restrictions Cell phones must be turned to silent on tournament grounds.

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No coolers permitted on tournament grounds. State liquor laws prohibit patrons from bringing their own alcoholic beverages. Beer is available at concession stands. Please be prepared to show proof of age. Patrons will not be allowed to leave the tournament with open containers of alcoholic beverages.

No outside food or beverages allowed. No containers or large bags are permitted on the grounds. No cameras or camcorders Wednesday through Saturday. (Monday and Tuesday cameras are allowed for personal use only.) No noise-producing electronic devices, TVs or radios. No weapons (regardless of permit), including but not limited to: firearms, knives and any other item the tournament staff deems unlawful or dangerous at its sole discretion. No pets (other than service animals) are permitted on the grounds. All purses, backpacks and small bags are subject to search and unauthorized items will be confiscated.


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new year brings new opportunities, new successes and new reasons to celebrate and be thankful. As the new year begins, I’d like to take this opportunity to look back on what was accomplished in 2015 and what we’re planning for 2016. This past year, we held several successful charity events, raising money for local organizations and causes; helped Marion County’s homeless children and families with the “Stuff the Bus” program and more; and donated $6,000 to local teachers to help support student projects in need of funding. This year, we hope to continue the success of our charity events and community outreach projects. Save these dates! Our Global International Committee will host a “Taste of the World” event on February 9 at 5:30pm. This event will

feature a social hour with presentations and entertainment from various cultures, food tasting from around the world, music and more. On April 30, OMCAR will once again join the Chamber & Economic Partnership and the Marion County Building Industry Association to bring to you the 2016 Home, Garden & Lifestyle Expo at the College of Central Florida’s Ewers Center from 10am-3pm. Please look for more information on this event on our website. OMCAR wishes you a wonderful new year filled with abundance, joy and treasured moments. May 2016 be your best year yet! —DALE BARRON, PRESIDENT

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pool home built for entertaining. Foyer leads to study w/built in desk & cabinets & to formal dining room, which opens to custom kitchen w/new cabinets, quartz countertops, stainless appliances & breakfast area w/mitered glass window, bringing in lots of natural light. Slide back the glass doors in the spacious family room to open home to screen enclosed lanai w/pavers, salt & solar heated pool & nicely manicured backyard. Beyond pool area is an open patio w/firepit for add’l entertaining space. Master bedroom has walk-in closet & master bath has garden tub, double vanities, & newly renovated shower. Other features include split bedroom plan & wood flooring in all living spaces. Home has been freshly painted & is in meticulous condition. MLS #435373 $249,400

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Surrounded by beautiful oak trees & lush landscaping, this 4 BR 4.5 bath home w/study offers pretty views of golf course. The foyer invites you into the formal living room & formal dining room, which lead to spacious kitchen. Wood cabinets w/granite & center island, round out this custom kitchen, which opens into family room w/gas fireplace & breakfast nook, which looks out to sparkling pool w/hot tub. Master suite w/ wood flooring has a large closet & double-sided gas fireplace. Master bath has jetted tub, double vanities & walk-in shower. This home offers a split bedroom plan, along w/built in work station, built-in bookcases & wood flooring in many areas of home. This home has the perfect flow for friend & family gatherings. MLS #435231 $599,900


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FIRST AID SUPPLIES Basic first aid supplies should be accounted for, including adhesive bandages, compression bandages, tape, gauze, antibiotic ointment, antiseptic wipes and rubber gloves. Pain relievers, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, are also good to have on hand.

FLASHLIGHT AND BATTERIES Power outages are a common result of natural disasters, and stumbling through darkness can be dangerous. Be prepared with a flashlight and usable batteries. Check your battery supply frequently.

hard surfaces and help prevent mold and mildew. In fact, Clorox has worked with the Red Cross for more than 40 years to donate bleach for recovery efforts following natural disasters. “Clorox is an invaluable partner to the American Red Cross,” said Trevor Riggen, regional chief executive officer, Red Cross Northern California Coastal Region. “Their donations help victims of disaster recover during the most difficult times.”

BLEACH After a natural disaster, water may not be safe to drink. If water supplies are compromised and you don’t have power to boil water, you can create potable water with a few drops of unscented disinfecting bleach, such as Clorox. It is also useful to have bleach on hand for cleanup, to disinfect

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Located in the 55+ Community of OTOW, this Wakefield 2/2/2 home awaits your personal touch. Spacious L/R w/triple slider to Lanai. Home also features an eat-in Kitchen w/oak cabinets & breakfast nook, a formal Conrad & D/R, a Den, Laundry Rm, and Guest B/R & Bath. Spacious Master B/R Dania Melancon Suite includes a walk-in closet, Bath w/step-in shower & large double (352) 208-4924 sink vanity. Extras include: custom blinds, plenty of natural light, professional landscaping & much more. Offered at $147,900. MLS #435552

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Nice, well maintained, country 3/2/3 (garage w/workshop), one owner home. This home boasts of a split B/R plan, D/R, Fam/R, FL/R, Kitchen, L/R and Laundry. Many extras including new roof in 2013, new A/C Brett 2013, radiant barrier insulation and a water softener/conditioner. Ortengren (352) 596-7834 Home is close to Lake Weir w/turkey and deer feeding in the back yard. If you like Country Living, this is a must see. Asking $259.000.

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“Each tournament features some of our area’s finest golfers,” says Marion County Golf Association (MCGA) Chairman Ron Russo. “Competition is open to men and women with the only restriction being that you must be a Marion County resident. That is what makes this series of tournaments so unique and special. There are no outsiders involved… when you win one of these tournaments… you are the best golfer in Marion County in that age group. We invite all our local golfers to come out and compete. Everyone has a great time, and there is always a lot of thrilling golf action taking place.” All three tournaments are held under the auspices of the MCGA, and this exciting competition allows local golfers a chance to play on some of the area’s finest courses.


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“This year’s qualifier will take place on Saturday, May 21, at the Pine Oaks of Ocala golf club,” says Russo. “The lowest 60 scores and any ties will qualify to compete in

the June Masters. There are a number of other players who have already qualified, but this qualifier allows any county resident to take part in the tournament.”

Tournament Directors Jim and Kay Yancey help organize the three-day event, which is held on a different area course each of the three days. “This year, the Masters will be played at three of our finest local courses: Country Club of Ocala, Stone Creek Golf Club and Ocala Golf Club,” says Jim. “This is a great event that includes some of the best golfers in Marion County, and it really gives our golfers a chance to play on some of the toughest courses the area has to offer. We have had some very notable winners, and there is a lot of prestige that goes into winning the Marion Masters.”

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“Berger Warner, one of the area’s finest golfers has won the Masters twice, the Senior Masters four times and the Super Senior tournament twice. He is ranked by Golf Week Magazine as the No. 1 golfer over 65 years old in the country,” says Russo. “That gives you some idea of the caliber of golfers that can be found in this area. And what’s great is that any county resident can enter our tournaments, and everyone has an equal chance of winning.” Anyone who wants to participate in the qualifying tournament, or any of the Masters series of tournaments, can either pick up an entry form at any of the local golf clubs, go online at marioncountygolf.com and print one off or use the email contact form on the website to request one from the MCGA. Once you have the form in hand, just fill it out and mail it to Marion Masters, P.O. Box 1943, Ocala, FL, 34478. The deadline to enter the qualifier is Monday, May 16. The entry fee for the qualifier is $50, and for anyone who qualifies, there will be an additional $150 entry fee to compete in the Masters in June. “A very unique thing about this tournament is that anyone under 16 who qualifies, we pay their entry fee for the Masters through private funds donated into the Moot Thomas Amateur Golf Fund,” says Russo. “This is something special the MCGA utilized to help promote and help our young, up-and-coming golfers.” Gift certificates ranging in value from $400 for first place to $50 for the 25th place finisher will

be awarded. The gift certificates can be redeemed at the golf clubs participating in the tournament. Ocala resident Matt Giovannelli won last year’s Marion Masters, pulling away from the field after trailing by several strokes at the start of the tournament’s final day. “I was so pleased and proud to win the Masters,” he says. “I feel very fortunate and appreciative. It is a very prestigious tournament, and the competition is tough. It was one of the first tournaments where I just put my head down and played my own game… and it just all worked out. And it really helped that my wife and parents were there to support me all the way.” Giovanelli attended St. John Lutheran high school in Ocala and played college golf at Florida Atlantic University. He says that Marion County is a wonderful place to play with top-notch golf courses and outstanding competition. “It’s such a pleasure to have this arena provided for us so that we can all compete and unite together,” he says. “It’s a tradition that will be kept up and in place for a long, long time. The MCGA does an unbelievable job in making local golfers feel like we belong to our own small tour. And the local club professionals and directors of golf, course superintendents, maintenance crews—all those people behind the scenes who make all these tournaments possible—we owe them so much because they make this game we love possible. Ocala and Marion County is just a great place to play golf.”

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The Marion Masters Seniors THE MARION MASTERS SENIORS TOURNAMENT IS SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 13 THROUGH 14 AND REQUIRES NO QUALIFYING FOR THE EVENT. THE TOURNAMENT IS OPEN TO ALL MEN AND WOMEN GOLFERS OVER THE AGE OF 50—BUT AS OF YET NO WOMEN HAVE ENTERED THE TOURNAMENT. THE TWO-DAY TOURNEY WILL TAKE PLACE AT OCALA GOLF CLUB AND PINE OAKS OF OCALA.

“THE SENIORS TOURNAMENT IS SPECIAL,” SAYS TOURNAMENT FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR MIKE MCGINNIS. “THE MARION MASTERS ALWAYS GAVE THE YOUNGER GUYS A CHANCE TO WIN, BUT I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE NICE FOR THE SLIGHTLY OLDER CROWD TO HAVE A TOURNAMENT OF THEIR OWN. THIS UPCOMING TOURNAMENT WILL BE THE 18TH ANNUAL SENIOR MASTERS, AND I’M PROUD TO HAVE BEEN A PART OF IT. IT HAS BEEN A LABOR OF LOVE FOR MANY YEARS.” MCGINNIS SAYS THAT WHAT MAKES THE TOURNAMENT SO SPECIAL IS THAT ANYONE OF ANY AGE OVER 50 CAN WIN IT. IF YOU ARE 70 YEARS OLD AND HAVE THE LOWEST SCORE AT THE END OF THE TOURNAMENT, THE CHAMPIONSHIP IS YOURS. ALL PLAYERS WHO FINISH IN THE TOP HALF OF THE TOURNAMENT WIN GIFT CERTIFICATES TO THE TWO PARTICIPATING GOLF CLUBS. “THERE IS A NOMINAL FEE OF $70 TO ENTER, AND ENTRY FORMS NEED TO BE FILED AT LEAST ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF THE TOURNAMENT,” SAYS MCGINNIS. “THE EVENT IS VERY POPULAR, AS WE DON’T SET THE COURSE UP TO BE DIFFICULT. EVERYONE TEES OFF FROM THE SAME MIDDLE TEES, AND THE FLAGS ARE SET UP FOR LOW SCORES. EVERYBODY HAS AN EQUAL SHOT,” HE SAYS. “AND THAT MAKES FOR SOME FUN GOLF.”

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The Marion Masters Super Seniors THE SUPER SENIORS TOURNAMENT, SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 THROUGH 18 IS OPEN TO MEN AND WOMEN GOLFERS AGES 65 AND UP. THE TOURNAMENT IS DIVIDED INTO THREE SEPARATE AGE GROUPS: SUPER SENIORS, AGES 65 THROUGH 69, SILVER SENIORS, 70 THROUGH 74 AND GOLDEN SENIORS FOR GOLFERS MORE THAN 75 YEARS OF AGE. “This year’s two-day event will be held at the SummerGlen and Stone Creek golf courses,” says tournament director Jim Williams III. “This is a great event, and all golfers in these age groups are welcome to come out and participate, no matter what their skill level. Gift certificates from the two participating courses are awarded to the top half of the finishers in the field.” There are no qualifiers for this tournament, so any Marion County resident in these age groups is eligible to participate. There is a $75 entry fee, and forms should be filed at least one week prior to the tournament date.

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Like the Seniors Masters tournament, Williams says the event has yet to have a woman competitor but would like to extend a welcome to all Marion women golfers who meet the age requirements to come out and participate. “Like all our Masters events, the women would have to compete from the same tees as the men, but what makes this type of tournament so great is that everyone has a chance to win,” Williams says. “There are some great players out here, but you don’t have to be a great player to play. We have a wide range of scores, but one thing Find Out More everybody has is a great time.” FOR MORE

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Local golfer Berger Warner, who has won eight of the different Masters tournaments, speaks volumes when he begins to talk about Ocala golf and this series of events. “I CAN’T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT GOLF IN OCALA AND MARION COUNTY,” HE SAYS. “THIS PLACE IS SIMPLY AN INCREDIBLE GOLF ENVIRONMENT THAT IS KNOWN FAR BEYOND THE BOUNDARIES OF THIS COUNTY. OCALA IS THE BEST GOLF TOWN IN OUR STATE, AND WINNING ANY EVENT HERE IS A SOURCE OF PRIDE. OCALA HAS A LONG TRADITION WHEN IT COMES TO THE GAME OF GOLF, AND THESE MASTERS TOURNAMENTS ARE A BIG PART OF THAT TRADITION.” BERGER BELIEVES THAT, LOCALLY, GOLF IS MORE THAN JUST A GAME; IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CROSS CULTURAL BARRIERS AND CHANGE LIVES. “IN OCALA, GOLF IS A SPORT, NOT A SOCIAL EVENT,” HE SAYS, THE PASSION EVIDENT IN HIS VOICE. “HERE, ALL GOLFERS ARE WELCOME NO MATTER WHAT GENDER, FINANCIAL STATUS, RACE… ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SHOW UP AT ANY LOCAL COURSE WITH THE DESIRE TO PLAY AND YOU FIND OTHER PLAYERS WILLING TO PLAY RIGHT ALONG BESIDE YOU. THIS SETS THIS AREA APART AND MAKES MARION COUNTY ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO PLAY IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY.”

INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL JIM WILLIAMS III AT (352) 817-4172 817-4172.

MARION COUNTY’S PREMIER GOLF TOURNAMENTS WHAT: Marion Masters WHEN: June 17-19 WHERE: Country Club of Ocala, Stone Creek Golf Club and Ocala Golf Club WHAT: Seniors WHEN: February 13-14 WHERE: Ocala Golf Club and Pine Oaks of Ocala WHAT: Super Seniors WHEN: September 17-18 WHERE: Summer Glen and Stone Creek golf courses


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The good guys don’t always wear capes or white hats. In fact, most of the time, they don’t. There are a number of careers in which heroic deeds come with the territory. The people who aspire to these careers are dedicated, focused and driven to help others but don’t consider themselves heroes. When they save a life in the course of a day’s work, they’re the first ones to say, “I’m just doing my job.” American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.” We reached out to four local citizens whose jobs routinely put them in the position of such bravery. Here are their inspiring stories.

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rowing up with a father and brother in the military special forces and an uncle who worked for Gainesville Fire Rescue, a life of service appealed to Jacqueline Nettles. A Florida native raised in Homestead, Nettles was a tomboy who did everything her brother did. “My mom has been the rock to our whole family. We have high-risk jobs and are adrenaline junkies; she always stays calm when most moms/wives would be a wreck, especially sending her husband and her son to war multiple times,” adds Nettles. For as long as Nettles can remember, she wanted to be a firefighter, even though there aren’t many women in the field. She attended EMT school and then enrolled at the fire college in Ocala. Having fallen in love with Ocala, she was thrilled to become a firefighter with Ocala Fire Rescue in 2007. “We have to have EMT certification to be a firefighter, but the paramedic training is optional. Paramedics have a higher level of medical knowledge than an EMT and are able to do more intricate work, such as running intravenous lines, reading EKGs and such. I went to paramedic school because I wanted to know I have the knowledge to do every single thing that can be done when we go on a call,” says Nettles, 36.

“I WENT TO PARAMEDIC SCHOOL BECAUSE I WANTED TO KNOW I HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE TO DO EVERY SINGLE THING THAT CAN BE DONE WHEN WE GO ON A CALL.”

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Her training was put to one of its greatest tests in December 2013, when called to a car accident in which a mother and her four children, ages 13 months to 9 years old, were trapped. Their car was stopped at a red light when it was rear-ended by another vehicle going approximately 50 miles per hour. The impact had so seriously damaged the compact car that it was impossible to open any doors. “It’s always challenging when children are involved,” says Nettles. “In this case, everyone in the car needed immediate treatment and had to be airlifted to hospitals for surgery.” But first, Nettles and her crewmates had to get the injured children and their mother out of the crushed car. This required calling for additional transport trucks to help with heavy extrication, a tedious process that required cutting off the front passenger door, the front seat and the back passenger door to reach the three children in the back seat. It took nearly an hour to get the last child free, as one of his legs was pinned under the seat. “The most difficult part of this case was the kids asking us over and over to help them, but it wasn’t that simple and it took time to get them out,” says Nettles. “Although the mother was also injured and in a lot of pain, she was the last one taken out of the car because her injuries were not as bad as the children’s. We always take the worst first.” One child was in a car seat; the other three were wearing seat belts. This was a blessing, as they would have been ejected from the vehicle otherwise, Nettles notes. “Everyone would have died without intervention, but the worst was the second boy we removed from the car, who was about 7 years old,” she recalls. “The impact pushed the car’s axle up into the back seat where he was sitting, shattering his pelvis and breaking both femurs. From just one femur fracture, you can lose up to three units of blood and he had two

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femur fractures, plus the shattered pelvis, so he had significant internal blood loss and pain. It was a lifethreatening situation.” The young victim remained conscious the entire time as Nettles assessed his condition and ran IVs to replace lost fluids. He was placed on a backboard and both legs were immobilized to prevent further injury. The child was then airlifted by helicopter to Shands pediatric unit for emergency surgery. “He survived, but one of his siblings did not,” says Nettles. “I’m a mother myself so I can’t imagine seeing your kids being taken to separate hospitals and not being there when your child takes their last breath.” Although many people credit the paramedics and firefighters as being “brave,” Nettles doesn’t see it that way. “The brave ones are the families who stand back and let us do what we’re trained to do. I feel more adrenaline after an incident. During the event, it’s instinctual and the training takes over. We’re doing what we’ve practiced for every single day.”

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“IT’S ONE OF THE FEW FIELDS WHERE YOU’RE PERFORMING SURGERY THAT IS ABSOLUTELY NEEDED. YOU’RE OFFERING PEOPLE HOPE ALL THE TIME.”

Still, some cases stand out simply because the odds are stacked so strongly against the patient. That was the scenario in the spring of 2014 when Ang was finishing up an operation on a perforated stomach ulcer and heard the trauma alert. Something told him this was going to be more than a regular motor vehicle accident. “We are a close-knit group of five surgeons who work together. My colleague, Dr. Jason Farrah, stabilized the patient, a woman in her 50s, until I got there and was resuscitating her when I came into the trauma room,” says Ang. “She was the sole survivor of a head-on vehicle collision; everyone else died at the scene. The moment I walked in, she lost her vital signs. “We started chest compressions, CPR and IV epinephrine. We were already giving her blood and her airway was intubated, but she had no vital signs. Her pupils were fixed and dilated; she was basically dead. After we had been working on her for 14 minutes, Dr. Farrah looked at me and said, ‘What do you think about opening her chest and doing manual heart massage and clamping her aorta?’” There was no way to know if that final desperate measure would work, but Ang made the decision to try. With the patient’s chest opened, Ang immediately opened the pericardium (the sack around the heart) and discovered her heart was compressed down to the size of a walnut because of all the pressure from internal bleeding. In addition, there was a hole in the heart, which had ruptured. Farrah clamped the aorta, while Ang massaged the heart. “Miraculously, her vitals came back within five to 10 minutes of opening her chest,” says Ang. “She was down for nearly 30 minutes. We took her back to the OR, fixed the hole in her heart and brought her to ICU.” The patient was hospitalized for over two months. Multiple surgeries were required, as she had—in addition to the injury to her heart—a ruptured bladder, ruptured spleen, fractured ankle and fractured pelvis. L-R: Dr. Ang and Dr. Farrah “That kind of force from a collision traveling through the body is usually not survivable,” notes Ang. “Later, we did research to find the statistics of people surviving cardiac rupture, and they are very low, less than 5 percent. We found no recorded survivors of anyone surviving a blunt cardiac rupture with emergency thoracotomy A Florida native who hails from Tallahassee, Ang, 43, is also (incision into the chest wall). She is the only known survivor of this kind certified in general surgery. He is often called upon to perform of injury. She really is a miracle. emergency general surgery, as well as caring for critically ill patients “She not only survived, but she did so with her mental faculties following an operation. intact,” says Ang. “It was a miracle that she lived but also that she has “It’s the whole spectrum of care, which is another reason I like this good quality of life today.” field,” says Ang. “We get to save lives in many different ways.”

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That’s exactly what happened early in the hours of September 13, 2015. Mangum was on the Ocala Square with several other officers, keeping an eye on patrons exiting the various clubs at about 1:45am. PED M U J I N E “I was teasing the other officers about the fact that my 10-hour shift “WH Y M F O was almost over and I’d be heading home soon when we got a call over the OUT radio about shots fired at Cloud 9. It’s not unusual to get a shooting call ARD C A R, I H E around that area of Pine Street, so we all got to our squad cars and raced down there,” she recalls. OFFICER R E H T O N A When Mangum arrived at the nightclub minutes later, it was chaos. ADIO ON THE R There were numerous other law enforcement vehicles and officers HERE (both Ocala PD and Marion County Sheriff ’s Office), and hundreds of S AY I N G T patrons and onlookers clogged the scene. LT I P L E U M E R E “When I jumped out of my car, I heard another officer on the W D N A S T O radio saying there were multiple gunshots and to bring every available GUNSH Y ambulance, ” she says. “At that point, we had no idea how many victims EVER TO B R I N G we had and if the shooter was still on the scene or not. I saw a huge E man, well over 6 feet tall and 275 to 300 pounds, walking out of the AVA I L A B L .” club, holding his leg and screaming that he’d been shot.” CE AMB UL AN Mangum immediately ran to the injured man to offer help. Although she’s only 5 feet 5 inches tall and 130 pounds “soaking wet,” the panicked man draped his arm across her shoulder and she managed to get him over to a car he could lean against for support. “On first glance at his leg from the front, I thought the gunshot wound was a ‘through and through’ (where the bullet enters and exits), but I wasn’t sure. I was trying to calm him down, watch his vital signs and render first aid,” says Mangum, who pulled out her pocket knife to cut away the man’s shorts so she could bandage the wound in an effort to stop the bleeding. It was then that she got a good look at the back of his calf where the bullet had exited. “It looked like someone had taken a meat cleaver to it,” says Mangum, who was concerned because of the amount of blood, which continued to soak through the gauze she wrapped around the wound. “There was a lot of blood. Another officer came up and helped me lift the man’s leg so I could apply a tourniquet. The injured man was begging me to help him and was starting to go into shock. At that point, my goal was just to make sure he didn’t bleed so much that he died. “You revert back to your training in a situation like that. I can’t take individual credit for saving him,” notes Mangum, whose uniform and gear were covered with blood from the man’s injured leg. “Everyone worked rowing up in Weirsdale, Rachel Mangum always had an together; it was a group effort. Two other officers and myself helped get interest in law enforcement. him into an ambulance and off to the hospital. In the end, there were five “I don’t like desk jobs, and other than going into the people injured and one fatality; my guy survived.” military, there’s nothing else that comes close to this kind of Once the injured man was in the ambulance, Mangum turned her profession where you get to wear lots of different hats in one shift,” says attention to helping the other law enforcement officers on the scene. Officer Mangum, 25, who became a police officer in 2013. Tragically, Benetria Robinson, 19, died at the scene after being shot; If there’s one thing she knows for sure, it’s that things can take a very five other people were injured in the shooting. Eight days later, Laquan different turn after the sun goes down. Working her 4:30pm to 2:30am Ria’Mel Barrow, 24, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder shift for the Ocala Police Department, Officer Mangum gets a little and attempted second-degree murder after multiple witnesses said he daytime “exposure” and a lot of nighttime exposure, which is when bad fired a handgun into a crowd of people in the parking lot of the nightclub. things tend to happen.

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HE RECEIVED THE SILVER MEDAL OF VALOR FOR HIS QUICK ACTIONS… IN WHICH HE SINGLE-HANDEDLY LIFTED AN OVERTURNED SUV A FOOT OFF THE GROUND SO FELLOW FIRST RESPONDERS COULD FREE A WOMAN UNDERNEATH.

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“Neither of them had been seen since earlier that evening,” recalls Hickman, who was part of the team targeted with trying to save the house’s residents. Other firefighters worked desperately to battle the fire before it could overtake the victims and the firefighters trying to extricate them from the burning house. “We found the people in their bedrooms, but both of them were overcome by smoke and unresponsive,” says Hickman. “The flames were visible over our heads as we removed both victims from the house. Once we got them safely outside, we began aggressively

firefighter assisted him with the second patient. “We also had to initiate IV therapy and give life-saving medications. “These folks were definitely both lucky and blessed for a rapid response and trained crew who knew exactly what to do on scene when time counts,” Hickman adds. “This event forever changed my approach as to how I enter a building that is on fire and those who enter with me as we do our jobs protecting the great citizens of our community.” Hickman, who is married and has two “amazing” kids, has been the recipient of several awards for courage and service. He received the Silver Medal of Valor for his quick actions at the scene PA R A M E D I C / F I R E F I G H T E R , O C A L A F I R E R E S C U E of a traffic accident in July 2008, in which treating them, as neither person he single-handedly lifted an was breathing.” overturned SUV a foot off The situation was critical. the ground so fellow first Hickman’s paramedic skills responders could free a woman were put to good use as he underneath whose arm was quickly performed endotracheal trapped beneath the vehicle. intubation on both persons. Despite the accolades and “That’s a fancy way of the fact that his actions were saying we helped to secure the heralded in numerous articles as patients’ airways by placing an incredible “feat of strength,” a tube in their tracheas and Hickman doesn’t see himself as a breathing for them by using a hero. “I was just doing my job,” he bag valve mask,” he explains, says modestly. adding that another paramedic

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Replace Neosporin. Save some money, honey. Instead of buying a special ointment, use the honey you already have on small scrapes or scratches. It’s antibacterial, antimicrobial and a natural antiseptic. And it certainly smells better than any first aid cream on the market.

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Use it instead of energy drinks and bars. Ditch sugary, over-caffeinated supplements before your workout and down a tablespoon of honey. It has been scientifically proven to give athletes (and normal people at the gym) a natural performance boost.

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Fight hangovers. Honey is full of fructose, which is helpful in metabolizing alcohol more quickly. Put some helpful honey on your toast or in some hot tea and wait out the suffering.

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Eliminate parasites. Fallen victim to internal parasites or worms? Pesky bugs can be killed and expelled using a mixture of vinegar, water and honey. Of course, always ask your doctor before trying a home remedy to see if it is dangerous or will interfere with other treatments.

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Nibble on some honeycomb. Honeycomb isn’t as sturdy as it looks, and it can help lower bad cholesterol and protect the liver. It’s also home to the purest, most flavorful honey. It’s easy to spread on biscuits or bread, or you can wow guests by placing some honeycomb in the middle of a cheese plate. (It complements cheddar and brie well.)

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ONEY IS A SUPERFOOD IN ITS OWN RIGHT AND HAS BEEN USED AS MEDICINE, MOISTURIZER AND MORE IN ALMOST EVERY ANCIENT SOCIETY. CHANCES ARE, YOU’RE NOT USING YOURS AS WISELY AS YOU CAN. NOW LET THAT GOLDEN GOO OUT OF THE PANTRY—IT’S GOOD FOR MORE THAN YOU THINK.

through Saturday, has a lot to offer! From the spring rolls, featuring ground pork, carrots, noodles and mushrooms, to the noodle soup and rice dishes, you will no doubt leave satisfied, smiling and ready to come back for more. If you’re in the mood for soup, try the pho with ribeye and beef brisket with rice noodles or the ramen with a choice of beef, pork or shrimp with ramen noodles. Taste of Asia also offers a vegetarian plate that features sautéed vegetables in a Vietnamese house sauce and a curry chicken meal with onion, green peppers and potatoes. We’ve decided, and the verdict is yum!

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Arthur’s – An American Bistro Inside the Hilton Ocala / 3600 SW 36th Ave. Ocala, FL 34474 / www.hiltonocala.com Breakfast: 6:30am - 11am daily / Lunch: 11am - 2pm, Mon-Fri / Sunday Brunch: 11:30am to 3pm / Dinner: 4:30pm - 10pm, Tues - Sat A true american bistro experience! Extraordinary Flavors, in a casual and affordable setting. Hilton Ocala is proud to be the home of Arthur’s - An American Bistro. Renowned for years as one of the region’s most celebrated dining establishments, the new Arthur’s - An American Bistro provides a comfortable, graceful atmosphere to enjoy the one-of-a-kind American bistro flavors of Executive Chef Josue Torres and his high-caliber culinary team. In addition to this unique twist on American regional cuisine, you will also find one of the best wine, bourbon, Scotch and specialty drink selections in North Central Florida... so enjoy!

The amazing private CHEF TABLE dining experience! Call 352-873-6446 to design your evening for parties of 4-8.

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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 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 and Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $7.95. Plus $1.95 margaritas on Mondays. On Sunday, kids 12 and under can enjoy 99¢ children’s meals (takeout not included). Wednesday is Special Margarita Day, 99¢ all day. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day. Happy Hour daily, 3-7pm. Everything is 2-4-1 (exceptions may apply).

Trivia Night every Thursday 7-9pm (Silver Springs Blvd. location) Mariachi Band every Thursday at the 200 location 6-9pm

THE BEST MEXICAN FOOD

Cody’s Original Roadhouse 2505 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-8182 / codysamerican.com Doors Open at 11a. Serving lunch and dinner daily. “Where quality and value come together!” Hand-cut, USDA Choice steaks, rotisserie chicken, BBQ baby back ribs, chops, fresh fish, 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, 11am7pm, 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 HITS visitors!

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Braised Onion Restaurant 754 NE 25th Ave, Ocala / (352) 620-9255 Tue - Thu 11a-9p / Fri & Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-8p / Closed Mondays Join us for live jazz featuring Rudy Turner every Wednesday and Friday from 6:30p-9:30p and live entertainment every Saturday with Bobby Blackmon, Gosia & Ali, Rick & Paige and many others beginning at 6:30p.

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. Winner of Culinary Combat and Taste of Ocala for 2 years. From country fried tenderloin and Kentucky hot brown melt, to the eggplant parmigiana or the frenched pork chop, the menu options are plentiful and are guaranteed to make your taste buds explode with happiness. Happy hour is Tuesday through Friday from 4-7p. Visit our website at braisedonion.com.

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

Welcome to Pasta Faire! Proudly serving Marion County for over 25 years with the very best in Italian/American cuisine and service. Come relax and enjoy the fabulous menu items, such as Veal Marsala or Picatta, Homemade Lasagna, Seafood Lovers Delight, wood rotisserie oven chicken and authentic NY Style pizzas. Happy Hour is every Monday through Saturday 11a-6p. Join us on Sunday for our Italian Feast for Two. Looking for an authentic Italian caterer? We offer full-service catering for any occasion, size or budget. Home of 2-4-1 large pizzas every day for take out.

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 HAPPY HOUR Daily from 3-7pm & 9pm-close. Happy hour 4-11pm. ASK ABOUT OUR CARRY-OUT CATERING.

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


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Cuvée Wine & Bistro 2237 SW 19th Ave. Rd., Ste 102, Ocala / (352) 351-1816 Mon-Thu 5-10p / Fri & Sat 5-11p / Happy Hour Daily 5-7p cuveewineocala.com Very affordable casual and fine dining—whether you are stopping in for a glass of wine, enjoying an exquisite dinner, celebrating a special occasion, gathering in one of our private rooms or indulging in a premier Chef ’s table, at Cuvée Wine and Bistro you’ll experience it all in an elegant, refined atmosphere. Upon entering the grand double doors, you’ll find yourself transported to an intimate world of fine dining, wine and relaxation, matched only by impeccable service.

Private party dining and offpremise catering available.

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 People from all over converge on Eaton’s Beach for a variety of reasons. For some, it’s the Sandbar’s scintillating musical lineup on the weekends. For others, it’s the ease of a day at the beach— complete with resort-style cocktails. We like to think it’s for the award-winning food. With back-to-back wins at Taste of Ocala, Chef Del Rio’s Pastrami and Shrimp & Grits are two things that make Eaton’s Beach a destination where the only thing better than the view… is the food.

Check out EatonsBeach.com for weekly beach events and music guests. Try Eaton’s Beach catering for your next event—we’ll bring the beach to you. From corporate events and birthdays to weddings and wedding rehearsals, Eaton’s Beach will help you plan the perfect event with the perfect food.

The Blue Gator 12189 S Williams Street, Dunnellon / (352) 465-1635 Sun-Thurs 11a-10p / Fri & Sat 11a-12a With a menu full of delicious seafood and nights packed with events and live music, The Blue Gator is the place to go for a good time. Take your family and friends to enjoy football games, airboat tours and dinner on the water. Start the night off with the Blue Gator bites appetizer or one of their seafood baskets like the grouper platter. Get your fill of 59¢ wings on Tuesdays, and make sure to try the award-winning clam chowder from Cedar Key. Don’t forget to check out their Facebook page to stay up to date on events and specials!

Grab lunch or dinner on the water, enjoy a full liquor bar or get takeout from this family-friendly restaurant.

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Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant 2463 SW 27th Avenue, Ocala / (352) 237-3900 / kotobukiocala.com Lunch: Tue-Fri 11:30a-2p Dinner: Tue-Thu 4:30-9:30p / Fri & Sat 4:30-10:30p / Mon & Sun 4:30-9:30p Early Bird daily 4:30-7pm Check out our sushi bar. Serving Ocala since 1986! Ask about our lunch specials! Welcome HITS and LPGA!

For an authentic Japanese meal in an award-winning restaurant that has been serving Ocala since 1986, try Kotobuki. Enjoy traditional Japanese favorites like tempura, teriyaki and broiled seafood and vegetables. For a memorable experience, gather around the hot grill and watch as your chef prepares steak, chicken and seafood favorites right before your eyes. Get the VIP treatment and join today! Text MYSUSHI to 40518 and get exclusive offers, promos & coupons. Check out the specials!

Pavarotti’s Pizza & Restaurant 8075 SW HWY 200, Canopy Oaks Center, Ocala / (352) 291-9424 Mon-Thu 11a-9p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-8p Be sure to visit us at the Canopy Oaks Center. Pavarotti’s also caters. Mon- All You Can Eat Spaghetti and Meatballs $6.99 Tues- 16” Cheese Pizza $7.99 Wed- 10 Chicken Wings $5. Happy New Year from Pavarotti’s

Pavarotti’s Pizza and Restaurant in Ocala 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. 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!

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The Ivy House Restaurant 917 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala / (352) 622-5550 Sun 11a-2p / Tue 11a-2p / Wed & Thu 11a-8p / Fri & Sat 11a-8:30p / Closed Mon 106 NW Main St, Williston / (352) 528-5410 Sun-Wed 11a-2p / Thurs-Sat 11a-8p / ivyhousefl.com We want to invite visitors to the LPGA & HITS event to enjoy lunch or dinner with us. For more information on Catering, Contact Waica Huggins or Evelyn Nussell at wmhivyhouse@yahoo.com Taking Reservations for Valentine’s Day.

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“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.


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Blanca’s Café 5174 NW 26th Street - in Ocala Palms, Ocala / (352) 867-0001 Mon-Sat lunch & dinner 10:30a-9p / Sun 11a-4p Limited Menu

Come join us on the 19th hole at Blanca’s Café, tucked in among the rolling greens of the Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club. Blanca’s Café is a gem of a find for diners looking for excellent food served in a warm, friendly environment. Italian dishes and delicious homemade desserts are the café’s specialty. Patrons enjoy a full-service bar and live entertainment weekly, as well as spacious seating for up to 150. Try one of the weekly dinner specials Blanca’s offers, or schedule catering for your next event through the café. Whether you’re a newcomer to town or a local looking for somewhere new to dine, Blanca’s Café offers something to please every palate.

Each Friday, we are offering 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 on Feb. 7! Call for info. Wed.Karaoke, Sat.-Music & Dancing. Welcome HITS & LPGA! Make your reservations for Valentine’s Day - Special Menu.

Hello Cupcake 2601 SW 19th Ave Rd., Ocala (Easy Street, round building in front of the movie theater) (352) 512-0224 / Mon-Thu 10a-8p / Fri-Sat 10a-10p

Hello Cupcake offers everything from cupcakes and pastries to macarons and cakes, with lattes and cappuccinos crafted in between. Daily flavors include vanilla bean, strawberry, lemon, cookies and cream, peanut butter, chocolate and mocha espresso. Come in for coffee and free Wi-Fi, grab a macaron to-go or bring your friends along to hang out. Let Hello Cupcake cater your next party, too.

Hello Cupcake is the perfect spot to chill with friends, catch a sweet break or order treats for friends and family! For updates and featured items, stay tuned to their Facebook page.

Crossroads Country Kitchen 7947 W Highway 40, Ocala / (352) 237-1250 Mon-Sat 6a-9p / Sun 7a-9p Located west on Highway 40 in Ocala, the Crossroads Country Kitchen is a must for anyone craving down-home, country cooking. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, menu items range from a wide variety of homemade soups and chili to prime rib, fresh salads, seafood, prime steaks and burgers. If you’re in the mood for a real treat, try the Prime Rib Dinner For Two for $26.95. Make sure to leave room for one of the tasty home-baked desserts! In the mood for a fresh fish fry? Tuesdays and Fridays are all-you-care-to-eat catfish or whitefish. Enjoy an Italian special on Wednesdays. 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. We accept all major credit cards.

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and Southern charm, this Boston-qualifying event has a distance for everyone, including an equally scenic half marathon and 5K. Runners who cross the finish line will earn extra points in the BHRS and become one step closer to earning one of the coveted medals. The BHRS is a series of seven races throughout Marion County, starting with the Turkey Trot and ending with the 4 On The Fourth race on July 4, 2016. The $15 series entry fee includes a commemorative shirt, commemorative medal if you complete all four Super Races (Reindeer Run 5K, Ocala Marathon weekend races, Live Oak International 5K and St. Paddy’s Day 5K) and access to the final award recognition event. Each race also has a separate entry fee. Runners will earn points in both age divisions and overall categories in each race. Double points will be awarded in the four Super Races; additional points come with running in the half or full marathon during the Ocala Marathon weekend. For more information, visit bighammockraceseries.com.

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WANT TO GO? 2016 OCALA MARATHON

Paddock Mall parking lot (near Sears automotive) 7am full marathon, 7:15am half marathon, 7:30am 5K Packet pickup is on January 16 from 10am to 6pm at the Runner’s EXPO at the Paddock Mall or on race day at 6am.

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LA TRAVIATA MARCH 20, 3PM REILLY ARTS CENTER (352) 351-1606, REILLYARTSCENTER.COM Richard Eyre’s traditional 1994 production of Verdi’s ever-popular opera, conducted by Yves Abel and starring Russian soprano Venera Gimadieva and Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu.

FUNNY MONEY JANUARY 22-FEBRUARY 14, 2PM, 8PM ICEHOUSE THEATRE, MOUNT DORA (352) 383-3133, ICEHOUSETHEATRE.COM In this play starring fictional character Henry Perkins, all trouble breaks loose when he accidentally picks up the wrong briefcase. Instead of his own belongings, he now possesses a case—full of untraceable money.

THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY FEBRUARY 3, 7PM SHARON L. MORSE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (352) 750-5411, THESHARON.COM The “World’s Most Successful Rock n’ Roll Musical” continues to please crowd after crowd—and you could be next! The production has been enjoyed by over 20 million people around the world since 1989 and continues to go strong.

WOMEN IN JEOPARDY FEBRUARY 19-MARCH 13, TIMES VARY THE HIPPODROME THEATRE, GAINESVILLE THEHIPP.ORG In this laugh-out-loud, flirtatious new comedy, imaginations run wild when a group of friends trade their wine glasses for spy glasses to solve a hilarious mystery.

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NEXT TO NORMAL JANUARY 29-FEBRUARY 21, 2PM, 8PM THE GAINESVILLE COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE (352) 376-4949, GCPLAYHOUSE.ORG This beloved musical was awarded three 2009 TONY Awards, including Best Musical Score plus the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play chronicles one “normal” family’s struggles against manic depression and is intended for mature audiences.

BLOOD BROTHERS FEBRUARY 11-MARCH 16, 2PM, 8PM OCALA CIVIC THEATRE (352) 236-2274, OCALACIVICTHEATRE.COM This long-running musical was successful in London’s West End and now promises to sweep Ocala away with its powerful anthems and poignant ballads about two boys separated at birth.

OCALA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: STAR-CROSSED LOVERS FEBRUARY 13, 7:30PM REILLY ARTS CENTER (352) 351-1601, OCALASYMPHONY.COM Concertmaster Oleg Proskurnya and cellist Lyle Lamboley will lead the orchestra in Johannes Brahms’ Double Concerto in A Minor. The orchestra will bring to life the story of Romeo and Juliet.

The Singer’s Singer GENE WATSON JANUARY 16, 7:30PM & JANUARY 17, 2:30PM ORANGE BLOSSOM OPRY (352) 821-1201, OBOPRY.COM Once again, Gene Watson graces the stage for two shows singing his hit songs “Here Comes My Baby Back Again,” “Fourteen Carat Mind” and “Farewell Party.” Grab your hair brushes, cowboy hats and boots and get ready to sing along!

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They Dance, You Watch CARMINA BURANA MARCH 18, 7:30PM & MARCH 19, 2PM PHILLIPS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, GAINESVILLE (352) 392-2787, PERFORMINGARTS.UFL.EDU Depicting the story of Adam and Eve, the performance, produced by Dance Alive National Ballet, is brought to life by the UF Symphony Orchestra, Choir, Master Chorale and guest vocalists.

The Best Boy Band Around YESTERDAY AND TODAY: THE INTERACTIVE BEATLES EXPERIENCE FEBRUARY 26, DOORS OPEN AT 6PM, SHOW STARTS AT 7PM CIRCLE SQUARE CULTURAL CENTER, OCALA CSCULTURALCENTER.COM In this rockin’ Beatles production, the audience gets to choose the playlist. When the lights dim and the curtain rises, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to the ‘60s. Just try and stop your foot from tapping!

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Artists’ studios will house resident and visiting artists alike, and communal spaces will be a melting pot for artists to blend their ideas. President of MAX Matthew Fischer notes how this new endeavor is vital for preserving the current artistic community and fostering new talent. “We’ve recognized a need for something like this for a long time, and now, we are finally in the process of creating this cultural hub,” he says. Along with offering a creative working environment, MAX will also provide the tools and training necessary for artists to build a unique and professional portfolio. Further, MAX will introduce the community to the artist sector by inviting citizens to the studios, where they can watch the artists work firsthand. Workshops, presentations and events will also be held regularly. Ocala Union Station will be the home to MAX’s many studios, classrooms and galleries. Fundraising is underway to restore this historic site, yet the support of the community is still needed. For those interested in learning more, an open house will be held at Ocala Union Station (531 NE 1st Avenue) on January 12 at 12pm.

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Want to help get MAX off the ground? Volunteers are needed in several capacities, from selling tickets at the door to priming walls for mural paintings. Stop by the MAX booth at the First Friday Art Walks for more information on upcoming fundraising events and ways to get involved. Visit maxocala.org for more information.

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DOWNTOWN TO DO’S Make it a point to get out and enjoy some of our great local events.

LET’S SKATE OCALA

(Through January 10)

THE BEST OF BALLROOM Strap on your dancing shoes, the FLORIDA FUN MINI MATCH, produced by Dance, Dance, Dance of Wildwood, invites the top talent in both professional and amateur ballroom dancing out for a fierce yet friendly competition. The professionally judged event offers a category for all ages and ability levels. Not ready to strut your stuff in public yet? Come as a spectator and garner a tip or two from area pros. The event will be held at the Circle Square Cultural Center beginning at 1pm and stretching long into the evening hours. Proceeds benefit the Marion County Therapeutic Riding Association.

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(January 18 7-10am) DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY IN THE PARK

(January 18 10am-2pm) For more information on these and other events, visit ocalafl.org or (352) 401-3918.


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ORN FROM HER OWN EXPERIENCES AS A NEW MOM WHOSE HEAD WAS SWIMMING WITH QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS, JESSICA GILBERT KNEW EXACTLY WHAT OCALA WAS MISSING. SHE, ALONG WITH CO-FOUNDER JENNIFER LEGGE, HAVE SPENT THE LAST FEW MONTHS ORGANIZING A CENTRAL EVENT AS A RESOURCE CENTER FOR NEW, CURRENT AND EXPECTING MOMS. The first

annual Bump, Baby and Beyond Expo is slated for January 30 at the Klein Center at the College of Central Florida and is the first event of its kind in our area. Although busy finalizing all the details, Jessica took some time to fill us in on the the gist of this first-time event.

What is the Bump, Baby and Beyond Expo?

Did you think other mothers felt the same as you?

Are there a lot of resources available to moms in Ocala?

Essentially, we want this to be a first resource for moms, a place where they can go and ask all the questions they need, meet with specialists and vendors and get support from other moms, too.

There are tons! But people aren’t aware of them all. When I first started pitching the idea to area vendors, I had 30 sign up in 72 hours. Now we are up to 65.

I had my first child in Atlanta, Georgia, and there were so many options for me to meet with mother groups and have access to resources. When I moved back to Ocala, I had a really hard time finding that same support.

Definitely. I work in a chiropractor’s office and hear pregnant patients asking questions all of the time. But doctors only have so much time to spend with a patient. We need a resource or a place for moms to go and get the support they need through the long haul.

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The first annual Bump, Baby and Beyond Expo will be held at the Klein Center at the College of Central Florida from 10am-4pm. Tickets are $5 for adults, and proceeds benefit Royal Family Kids and Kimberly’s Center for Child Protection. Kids’ admission is free. For more information, visit the Bump, Baby and Beyond Facebook page.

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We’ll have doctors and OBGYNs but also midwives. There will be demonstrations from groups like Le Leche League as well as chiropractors, massage therapists and more. Basically, we want to have something for everyone. We’ll have a kids’ area, and dads are encouraged to come, too!

What kinds of vendors will be at the expo? We are trying to take a very well-rounded and holistic approach, and we want all avenues of child-raising covered.


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Amalie Arena, Tampa

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Germain Arena, Estero

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Amalie Arena, Tampa

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Charles R. Dassance Fine Arts Center, Ocala

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Amalie Arena, Tampa

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Hard Rock Live, Orlando

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Amway Center, Orlando

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Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale

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Amalie Arena, Tampa

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CFE Arena, Orlando

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Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale

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The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, The Villages

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House of Blues, Orlando

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The Reilly Arts Center, Ocala

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Amalie Arena, Tampa

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House of Blues, Orlando

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Hard Rock Live, Orlando

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Wednesdays at Bliss Yoga at 12:15pm. (352) 694-YOGA. FREE ESL CLASSES Wednesdays

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Wolman and the Early Years of Rolling Stone features a variety of Rolling Stone magazine photographs and covers. The exhibit will be on display through January 10. Paradise Park Remembered: Photographs by Bruce Mozert and Others features 100 photographs of the segregated Paradise Park attraction in Florida opened in 1949. The exhibit opens January 23 and runs through April 24. Journey into IMAGIMATION: 100 Years of Animation Art from Around the World celebrates the ongoing 100-plus year history of animation art. The exhibit highlights animation techniques from as early as 1914 through the present day and will be on display January 16 through April 24. On January 16, the Appleton welcomes Patrick Dougherty for a three-week residency, during which he will be constructing an outdoor sculpture comprised of tree branches and saplings. The sculpture will stand for two years before it decomposes into the landscape. Stickwork is a selection of drawings, video and photograph documentary of the artist’s past projects and will be on display January 16 through April 17. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.

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at Bliss Yoga at 10:30am. (352) 694-YOGA.

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Sunday of each month at Silver Springs State Park at 1pm. (352) 236-7156.

Theatre offers a variety of acting and dancing classes for children of all ages. ocalacivictheatre.com or (352) 236-2274. CRAFT FESTIVAL (JANUARY 2-3) The 15th Annual Spanish Springs Craft Festival will take place at the Spanish Springs Town Square in The Villages

from 10am-5pm both days. The festival features over 175 crafters from 30 different states, a juried outdoor craft show and prices to meet all budgets. Admission is free. artfestival.com or (561) 746-6615. CF INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES (JANUARY 26) The College of Central Florida presents an International Film Series, airing world films that are culturally, historically and artistically important. This month’s selection is The Lunchbox. The film will air at 2pm at the Appleton and 7pm at the College of Central Florida. cf.edu or (352) 873-5800.

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11) Kick-off celebration of the new sculpture exhibit at Tuscawilla Park will take place from 5-7:30pm. Admission is free. ocalafl.org or (352) 629-8447. Continued on page 84


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Ocala Civic Theatre, Ocala

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Hernando Performing Arts Guild, Brooksville

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Sonnetag Theatre at the IceHouse, Mount Dora

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Charles R. Dassance Fine Arts Center, Ocala

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Hard Rock Live, Orlando

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Ocala Civic Theatre, Ocala

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The Hippodrome Theatre, Gainesville

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Amalie Arena, Tampa

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Charles R. Dassance Fine Arts Center, Ocala

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The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, The Villages

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The Peabody, Daytona Beach

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THELOCALSCENE / Continued from page 82 YOUNG ARTISTS RECITAL (JANUARY 31) The six finalists in the 25th Annual Young Artists Competition will perform at the Reilly Arts Center in a live competition recital at 3pm. The winners will be selected at the conclusion of the performance. ocalaysymphony.com or (352) 351-1606.

FUN FUNDRAISERS AND CHARITABLE CAUSES MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER CRAFT NIGHT (JANUARY 15) A craft night to benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer will take place the third Friday of each month at 6pm featuring a different theme each night. The event will take place at the Marion County Sheriff ’s administration building. (352) 732-5982. SISTERHOOD OF SURVIVORS SUPPORT GROUP (JANUARY 26) The SOS Support Group meets the last Tuesday of the month at 1pm in the Chapel, Room 235 at Ocala West United Methodist Church. The group offers support and guidance for those facing cancer as well as speakers and lecturers. (352) 291-6904.

OUTDOOR AND ATHLETIC ENDEAVORS HITS (JANUARY 19-MARCH 27) The HITS Horse Show Series features hunter/jumper action through March 27 at Post Time Farm in Ocala. Competitions run Wednesdays through Sundays from 8am-5pm with special events and evening competitions presented throughout the series. hitsshows.com or (352) 620-2275.

GROUP BIKE RIDES (ONGOING) Brick City Bicycles offers several group bike rides throughout the week and weekend. brickcitybicycles.com or (352) 369-9400. CLINTON ANDERSON HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC (JANUARY 15-17) The Florida Horse Park will host a three-day horsemanship clinic with 20 participants. Several clinicians will be on hand to work one on one with participants. Spectators are welcome. The clinic runs 9am-5pm daily. Spectator admission is $75, $125 and $175 for one-, two- or three-day passes. walkaboutevents.com or (254) 552-1080. NATURE WALK (JANUARY 20) The Marion Audubon Society will host a guided walk around Tuscawilla Pond to see seasonal migratory and resident birds. The walk will depart from the Discovery Center at 9am and is free and open to the public. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900. “HEALTH HAPPENS” FARMERS MARKET (JANUARY 8, 15, 22, 29) The McPherson Governmental Complex field hosts a farmers market regularly throughout the month featuring fresh produce, seafood, honey, baked goods, gluten-free snacks and even prepared meals for lunch. The event runs 9am2:30pm. marioncountyfl.org or (352) 438-2300.

OTHER FUN STUFF! MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WREATH CEREMONY (JANUARY 16) The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee will host its annual Continued on page 86


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THELOCALSCENE / Continued from page 84 Wreath Ceremony at the 500 Block of MLK Ave. The event will run 12-1:30pm. ocalafl.org or (352) 209-2973. CAMELLIA SHOW (JANUARY 30) The Ocala Camellia Society invites the public to their annual Camellia Show featuring over a thousand beautiful camellia blooms. The show will be held at the Ocala Golf Club from 1-5pm. Admission is free. atlanticcoastcamelliasociety.org. ROTARY DISCOVERY FEST CRACKER CATTLE DRIVE AND COWBOY ROUNDUP (FEBRUARY 20) This annual event features an authentic cowboy cattle drive through the streets of downtown Ocala along with music, food, a Kid Corral, animals, demonstrations and much more. The event runs 10am-4pm at

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Tuscawilla Park. ocalafl.org or (352) 401-3900. SILVER RIVER KNAP-IN AND PREHISTORIC ARTS FESTIVAL (FEBRUARY 20-21) Silver Springs State Park will host the 6th Annual Knap-in and Prehistoric Arts Festival. The event features demonstrations, exhibits, vendors, entertainment and more. Admission is $5 and free for children under 5. silverrivermuseum.com or (352) 236-5401.

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AKE YOUR IMAGINATION BACK IN TIME TO A VICTORIAN ERA WHEN LADIES GOT ALL GUSSIED UP, COMPLETE WITH WHALE BONE CORSETS, FINE LACE, FEATHERS AND HATS. SUCH WAS THE SCENE ONE FALL NIGHT AT THE IVY HOUSE AS SPONSOR OCALA STYLE MAGAZINE AND OTHERS RAISED MUCH-NEEDED FUNDS FOR HOSPICE OF MARION COUNTY. ALL PROCEEDS FROM BAR RECEIPTS, SERVER TIPS AND 10 PERCENT OF MERCHANT SALES WENT TO BENEFIT THE MARION COUNTY HOSPICE CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS. MORE THAN $15,000 WAS RAISED.

Over 150 guests sampled a cornucopia of appetizers while being musically serenaded by a classical trio from the Ocala Symphony Orchestra. Dancers from the Marion Ballet Theatre also entertained the crowd. The Ivy House, co-owned by EVELYN NUSSEL and WAICA HUGGINS, went all out with their lavish dinner, served on goldrimmed China plates. Guests enjoyed Cornish game hens, corn bread dressing, green beans, orange glazed sweet potato, fresh garden salad and rich desserts served in teacups. The Ivy House is a historic 1890 Victorian house and restaurant located on Silver Springs Boulevard near downtown. For the Hospice event, Nussel and Huggins erected a snow white tent with a real crystal chandelier for their guests. Many in attendance wore period clothing, and the award for best hat went to SUSAN HALE. The best couple award went to GINNY AND BILL ALLEN, and best costume was taken home by KANDI CROSSEN. The evening’s speakers and dinner were followed by dancing. One remarkable speaker was REBECCA ROGERS who, as the Major Gifts/ Planned Giving Officer, gave “The Hospice

Story.” During her remarks, Rebecca shared a touching example: “Sam is 15 years old and on our pediatric hospice service. He was abandoned by his parents, so he’s been raised by his grandparents who live in the Ocala National Forest. Their trailer isn’t in good shape. In fact, the only door was barely hanging on and could not be locked. Sam was terrified someone would break in and cause him and his grandparents harm. A new door with installation was $400. One of our Hospice social workers asked our Philanthropy Department if there was a donation to help Sam. The answer to that question is always ‘yes!’ The door was purchased and installed.” Nussel spoke for many when she observed, “The Ivy House was honored to host this event again this year. Hospice of Marion County cared for our family, just as it has for others for more than 30 years. We are delighted to give back to the community for supporting our business.” KAREN HAVEN, Annual Gifts and Events Officer for Hospice of Marion County, was quite right when she stated, “The generosity of individual donors, increased number of sponsors and twice as many guests helped make this year’s event a great success. This event grows each year!”

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Amlia and Bayleigh Strickland

Robin and Jim Byrne

Nancy Porter, Lt. Col. Ed and Lois Johnson and R. Susan Smith

Mimi Hale, Evelyn Nussel and Waica Huggins

Bethalas Bishop, Emily Lettelier and Brandalyn Bishop

Jim and Debbie Robertson and Lewis Stokes

Genny Allen and Faith Henry

Sharon Masciarello, Jose Leverette and Amelia Strickland

Bryce Peck, John Dozrer and Albert Peek

Rho-nan and Katie Florio

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United Way of Marion County’s Women’s Leadership Council hosted the 5th Annual Power of the Purse event on November 5. Purses of all shapes, sizes and hues were auctioned off to raise funds to benefit early childhood literacy.

Stacy Alpizor and Leda Perez-Castillo

Melody Day and Susan Leight

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Karen Hatch, Diane and Miranda Barrineau Pam Carr, Scot Quintet and Lauren Delorio

Jill Schuck, Emma Luetgert and Stephanie Cortes Kristi Vanvleet, Desi Leibfried, Phyllis Jarvis and Charlotte Martin

Laurie Cape, Greta Blonton and Phyllis Gray Kelly Gassman and Christi McCall Virginie Sturdivant and Danielle Leeds

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Angie Umpleby and Tina Champagne Sarah Sosa and Lola Gonzalez


Samantha Rauba, Lauren Seller and Chessie Robinson

Liyla Amyotte, Hayley Creasey and Lori Croley

Jone Tamburo and Beth McCall

Crystal Kornblau, Amanda Finlee and Elissa Abrajano Anne Dozier and Julie Shealy Don Umpleby, Donna Cress and Kathleen Piper

Erin Howland, Jessica Russell and Katie Lodge

Cheryl Fante and Lura Vergh Kathy Baker and Mary Levitt

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Angie Shashy, Carole Wright and Jamie Hampy

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Boys & Girls Club Luncheon BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF MARION COUNTY

The Boys & Girls Club of Marion County’s Leadership and Legislative Day Luncheon on October 16, 2015 brought local politicians, school board members, county commissioners and officers together to thank them for their support and share information about the organization. Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart spoke at the luncheon, mentioning that Florida has one of the best education systems in the country.

Eddie Esch, Kevin McDonald and Nathan Whitt

Calder Miranker and Tracy Parks

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Ken Kirkpatrick and Ben Marciano

George Tomyn, Michelle Stone, Villie Smith and Wesley Willcox Susan Griffin and Mike Shrader

Michelle and Charlie Stone, Angie Negron

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George Tomyn and David Ellspermann

Kendra Hamby and Fredna Wilkerson


Pam Stewart, Mary and Patrick Hill

Devon Chestnut, Bette Nagele and Charlene Williams Fred Roberts Jr., Stan Creel and Carswell Ponder

Wes Hopkins, Bart Rowland and Marston Newman Adam Scarpetta, Mikel James and Maurice Lewis Sandra Vanliew-Jackson, Mac McCray Sr. and Christine Brown

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Gateway Bank’s 2015 Reindeer Run GATEWAY BANK

The 37th Annual Ocala Reindeer Run presented by Gateway Bank took place on Saturday, December 12, with the Rudolph Dash Kids Fun Run at 4:20pm and the 5k at 4:30pm. Runners ran on Silver Springs Boulevard and finished with an awards ceremony and a complimentary cup of beer immediately afterward.

Karen Donnelly and Tina Banner

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