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OOL DOWN, HANG OUT AND HAVE SOME FUN THIS SUMMER! WE’VE COMPILED A LIST OF RESORTS THAT FEATURE SOME OF THE FASTEST, COOLEST WATER FEATURES AROUND. WITH SO MUCH FUN ON-SITE, YOU WON’T EVEN NEED TO SHELL OUT THE EXTRA BUCKS FOR THE THEME PARK TICKETS. SO BOOK THE ROOM AND GRAB THE SUNSCREEN, YOUR SUMMER OF FUN AWAITS.
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Want to win some major cool points? Be the parent that takes their kid to the NICKELODEON SUITES RESORTS in Orlando for some H2O excitement. The main attraction is the multi-story, outside waterpark, complete with lots of waterslides, splash features and more. Outside the water, there’s plenty to explore, with a 4-D Experience theater, a massive arcade, character shows, a kid’s spa, mini golf and more. nickhotel.com
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t’s not easy being a landlord. I say that not from any personal experience of actually being a landlord, but rather from hearing landlord-tenant cases. Like many relationships that begin with a promising future, landlord-tenant relationships often have a very abrupt and adversarial ending. An eviction is a lawsuit to remove a tenant from rental property owned by the landlord. In circumstances where the landowner has allowed a person to stay free of charge for an indefinite period of time, an ejectment action must be filed. “Eviction” may be a harsh sounding word, but “ejectment” brings to mind cartoon images of someone being flung from the property by a giant catapult. Both have the same goal of getting an unwanted person (or persons) off the landowner’s property. The ideal eviction case for a judge to consider is one with a signed rental agreement. This sets the terms of the agreement and lets the parties know what is expected of them. If there is no signed rental agreement, then it is presumed the
One of the most interesting eviction cases I heard concerned a tenant filing a lawsuit against her former landlord. The tenant sued for an unlawful eviction after the landlord did not comply with the law by giving her a three-day notice and filing an eviction action. Instead, the landlord changed the locks to the apartment and placed the tenant’s personal items and furniture beside the road. Thinking the items were abandoned, someone helped themselves to the tenant’s property. Other than the fact that the tenant was the plaintiff and the landlord was the defendant, the other thing that made this eviction AN EVICTION IS A LAWSUIT TO REMOVE A case so interesting TENANT FROM RENTAL PROPERTY OWNED was that the plaintiff/ tenant told me she BY THE LANDLORD. had been contacted by a nationally televised court show and invited to appear on the show. required three-day notice, But, I learned that both parties must the tenant still has not agree to appear on the show and the remedied the situation (i.e. plaintiff was furious because her paid the outstanding rent), the former landlord would not agree to be landlord may then file a lawsuit on television. I remember her telling to have the tenant evicted. me, “I just don’t understand, Judge A common response to Rogers. They were gonna fly us to Los a residential eviction for nonAngeles and put us up in a hotel—for payment of rent is for the tenant free.” Upset that she didn’t get the to submit photos showing the opportunity to appear before the deplorable living conditions television judge, the plaintiff dismissed at the residence. But, when I her case and left the courtroom. ask the tenant if they used When entering into a landlordtheir rent money to address tenant relationship, it is always these problems, the answer advisable to have a signed rental is always “no.” I then explain agreement. This way, if a dispute arises, that, considering the poor you don’t have to take the law into your living conditions, maybe the own hands… you can take them to eviction is a good thing, as it court (even if it’s not in Los Angeles). will now allow the tenant to find a better place to live.
agreement is for a week-to-week or month-to-month term, depending on how often rent is paid. I usually refer to these as the “Hollywood marriage” agreements—meaning there’s no longterm commitment and they usually don’t last very long. For a residential eviction, when a tenant fails to comply with the written rental agreement, the landlord is required to serve a three-day notice. This gives the tenant three days to “fix the problem” and avoid being evicted. If, after giving the statutorily
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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WOMAN OF THE YEAR The GFWC GREATER OCALA WOMEN’S CLUB has a new Woman of the Year: ANNE WILTON. The award is given to the woman who embodies the caring, charitable spirit of the volunteer nonprofit organization with enthusiasm and compassion.
MERRY OL’ MONTH OF DAMES KENT QUINN has proclaimed May the OCALA ROYAL DAMES MONTH. The
FLOORING THE COMPETITION At National Wood Flooring Association’s Wood Flooring Expo awards dinner in Nashville, Tennessee, on April 18, MARWICK’S/PRECISION FLOORCRAFTERS took home two National Floor of the Year awards. They received Best Limited Species and Best Reclaimed categories in the 2014 Wood Floor of the Year contest. The NWFA is a not-for-profit trade organization with over 2,700 members worldwide.
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Allocations Celebration for the Ocala Royal Dames for Cancer Research, Inc. took place May 20 and featured those receiving funds from the organization for 2014-15 for cancer research and education. The Royal Dames gave $15,000 to the College of Central Florida, $150,000 to UF Health Cancer Center for three of their projects and $50,000 to the Moffitt Cancer Center.
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During the City Council meeting on May 21, the ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF MICHAEL ALSUP received a service award for 25 years of service. Chief Alsup has been a part of the Special Operations team for 15 years and is a member of the Honor Guard, through which he has been deployed throughout the state for hurricane, wild fire, ceremony and funeral aid. He is also a member of the Medical Advisory Board for local hospitals, as well as the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board for the EMT program at the Florida State Fire College.
PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ CHILDREN’S HOME SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, Mid-Florida
Division held their 27th annual Puttin’ on the Ritz fundraising event March 15 at the Santa Fe Community College Fine Arts Hall in Gainesville. Money raised will go to the programs and services of Children’s Home Society of Florida. The Marion division has a special focus on prevention and intervention services.
HELP FOR HELP On April 15, HELPING HANDS received a $5,000 Grant from TD Bank’s Charitable Foundation. The grant will further Helping Hands’ mission to house the homeless and deliver employment training. They provide food, clothing, medical and dental services, jobs and training, transportation, education grants and counseling, particularly to women and children in need.
SALON SUCCESSES JANET WEST, owner of The Salon Professional Academy, wishes to announce the rebranding of her salon group in The Villages. With three locations to serve you, Salon Jaylee is a full-service hair and nail salon that now offers 100 percent human hair extensions from Great Lengths. Opening just last month is the new Beauty Bistro, located in Spanish Plaines Plaza, which offers professional beauty supplies and products and is open to the general public. Check them out!
AWARDS GABOR The COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA employees were honored by their peers
on May 9 at the 25th Annual Gabor Awards. The Gabor Agency and CF Foundation Inc awarded Barbara Anderson, professor of nursing, the faculty award; Darin McClain, a personal computer and audio-visual technician took home the award for career service; and Dr. Vernon Lawter, Citrus Campus Vice President with CF received the award for the administrative/professional category. Charlie Cummings was recognized as Adjunct Instructor for the Year. As faculty members who demonstrated excellence in teaching and student learning, Nancy Abshier, Sally Douglass, Lori Kielty and Debbie Towns received the Constellation Award.
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beachy getaway SARASOTA, FL
If you’re looking to relax, remember that our fair state is the perfect place to get your chill on. But a true vacation does require a change of scenery, so instead of stay-cationing at home, we recommend beautiful Sarasota. It’s got pristine beaches on the Gulf, plenty of seafood to go around and it’s only a few hours away.
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Lido Beach Resort
Perched on Sarasota’s Lido Key, this resort could not be any closer to the beach. With private beach access just for guests, they’ll make sure you enjoy your sun and sand to the fullest. On the off chance the ocean is too chilly, check out one of the two beachfront heated pools or the three Jacuzzis. There’s a sundeck for tanning, a tiki bar for toasting and plenty of other amenities, too. The resort is just a short drive from Sarasota’s best attractions, like museums, zoos, golf and more. They also offer a 15 percent discount, part of an offer exclusively for Florida residents, which comes with other perks like free welcome cocktails. lidobeachresort.com
State Street Eating House + Cocktails
If you like American fare with a modern flare, State Street is the place to eat in downtown Sarasota. It’s unlike its fellow restaurants thanks to its industrial aesthetic and dedication to serving fresh ingredients in food and cocktails.
Both the lunch and dinner menus are loaded with savory options, from lighter sandwiches and salads at lunch to an entire roasted chicken come supper time. Vegetarians won’t go hungry with options like sweet potato gnocchi and chickpea casserole. Old menu favorites like hand-cut fries are updated with pink sea salt. Oh, and they offer baked lobster mac and cheese with truﬄe oil, which is probably all you needed to know. statestreetsrq.com
Owen’s Fish Camp
You haven’t vacationed near the Gulf of Mexico if you haven’t eaten your weight in seafood before heading home. Owen’s is located in the Burns Court district, and inside, the Caragiulo brothers are churning out their best Southern cooking. More than anything, the staff wants to serve fresh seafood in an enjoyable atmosphere, which isn’t hard inside a historic cottage underneath a Banyan tree. Try a fried soft shell crab BLT, or if you’re really into food from the deep, try the low country boil for two, loaded with crab, shrimp, mussels, clams and Andouille
sausage. Bloody Mary oyster shooters, anyone? owensfishcamp.com
Hit the beaches of beautiful Longboat Key—isn’t some R&R in the sun and sand the whole reason you came? Longboatkey.org has updates on beach conditions and directions to beach accesses and parking so you’re not stressing about finding a place to relax. Coquina Beach is supposed to be one of the best, so you may want to check it out first. If you need some time on the water, boat rentals are easy at Cannon’s Marina, and they offer water skis and tubes to boot. Liquid Limousines offers sunset cruises, manatee and dolphin watches, guided tours and much more. cannons.com, liquidlimousinecharters.com
Mote Marine Laboratory Aquarium
Florida’s waters are renowned for their biodiversity, and the Mote Marine Laboratory Aquarium is an excellent showcase. The
aquarium is home to over 100 marine species, including manatees, sea turtles and, everyone’s favorite, sharks. Touch pools offer a chance to get up close and personal with some of the underwater world’s most interesting creatures, like sea stars, sea urchins, horseshoe crabs and even sting rays. Guests can also peek into viewable labs, where real Mote researchers are hard at work. Don’t forget about the eco-boat tours, narrated shark training sessions and more. mote.org
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
This horticultural hot spot boasts 13 acres and a collection of over 20,000 plants. Here you can see rare plants and flowers year-round in one of the eight greenhouses and see what the museum has been up to since its 1975 opening by visiting the mansion museum. Devoted to scientific research and public education, the gardens are home to the Gesneriad, Bromeliad and Orchid Research Centers as well as a molecular laboratory. Stop by The Garden Shop on your way out and pick up the perfect orchid or other tropical plant to take home. selby.org
cultural retreat SAVANNAH, GA
Savannah is home to the largest National Historic Landmark District in the United States, brimming with museums, monuments, colonial houses, churches and famous forts from the Civil and Revolutionary Wars. It’s also an up-and-coming art hub in the South thanks to its proximity to Savannah College of Art and Design. If your idea of time off involves history, food and shopping, check this out.
you’re looking at, is to take a guided tour. Old Savannah Tours has been voted Best Tour every year since 2003. Tours come in a variety of lengths from a 90-minute overview of the city’s history to an all-day trolley tour with frequent stops to explore. Guides are Savannah natives who are passionate about their city’s landmarks and can’t wait to impart a little wisdom to newcomers. oldsavannahtours.com
Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room
Hamilton Turner Inn
When staying in Savannah, you’ll want to experience Southern hospitality at its finest. Constructed in 1873, this inn is located at the center of the historic district. Each suite is unique from the others, and thanks to its origins as a family home, a variety of room sizes are available to accommodate any number of guests. Today, the inn is within walking distance of some of the city’s best restaurants, boutiques and entertainment, making it the perfect location for a weekend of cultural immersion. hamilton-turnerinn.com
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As a new generation of Southern restaurants opens, mixing tradition with new influences, Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room is sticking with what’s worked for years: traditional dishes with plenty of flavor. Named for Sema Wilkes, who ran the restaurant inside the boarding house from 1943 to 2002, Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room is still thriving and still doing dinner family style. Guests enter in shifts and sit at communal tables for 10, passing ‘round bowls of turnip greens, mac and cheese and Mrs. Wilkes’ famous fried chicken. The menu changes, but for $18, you get all-you-can-eat Southern fare, sweet or unsweet tea and dessert. mrswilkes.com
The Olde Pink House
Located inside Savannah’s only 18th century mansion, The Olde Pink House boasts an elegant yet casual dining experience. Built in 1789, it’s colonial architecture at its finest and one of the only buildings to survive the fire of 1796. It’s a pricier outing than
most, but diners’ reviews on Yelp and UrbanSpoon say over and over that the food is worth every penny. Taste the Southern shrimp-n-grits sushi, steak au poivre, bourbon molasses grilled pork tenderloin and so much more. You can dine inside to enjoy nightly live entertainment, al fresco or in the adjoining Planter’s Tavern. plantersinnsavannah.com/ the-olde-pink-house
Take a Tour
When James Oglethorpe founded Savannah, he organized the city into 24 town squares, 21 of which still remain. The best way to see them all, and fully appreciate what
Lovers of music and the performing arts shouldn’t leave Savannah without catching a show at this landmark. The theatre opened on December 4, 1818 and has changed appearances many times since, but quality productions are a time-honored tradition still in practice. Two of their best shows, Jukebox! and Savannah Live will be playing throughout July and either one is worth a trip inside. Jukebox! highlights popular music from the 1940s to the 1980s, complete with hilarious costumes and comedy. Savannah Live is a two-hour show featuring hits from multiple genres, including pop, Broadway tunes and rock ‘n’ roll. savannahtheatre.com
In the market for clothing, spices or maybe a souvenir in the form of home décor? Historic downtown Savannah is famous for its shopping opportunities. The downtown design district is full of furniture and décor stores like The Paris Market & Brocante, full of everything Parisian and antique. ShopSCAD sells artwork, photography, jewelry and more made exclusively by students. The Spice & Tea Exchange of Savannah and The Salt Table offer an incredible variety of spices, flavored sugars and more to take a taste of your trip home with you. theparismarket.com, shopSCAD.com, salttable.com, spiceandtea.com
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The Historic Savannah Theatre
and cinnamon butter. Herbs and produce are locally grown, cattle is grass-fed and coffees and teas are organic. Sweet Potato Café is also all about the Sunday brunch buffet, which makes it the perfect stopping place to fill up before the journey home. thesweetpotatocafe.net
Village Corner German Tavern
Adventurous eaters will love this unexpected foodie find. You wouldn’t expect to get authentic German cuisine in a small Georgia town, but Village Corner is serving just that. Stick your fork into a plate of real jaeger schnitzel and see how you like the taste of German potato pancakes. Try some traditional tavern food while you’re at it, like a giant pretzel or the German sausage sampler plate. site.germanrestaurant.com
Hit the Mountain
STONE MOUNTAIN, GA Is your family the outdoors-loving, nature-seeking type? Lounging on a beach and catching the evening matinee may be others’ ideal vacations, but maybe you need something to get your heart racing. Stone Mountain is a giant granite formation in North Georgia with a flat top, just begging for you to trek to its summit and eye the scenery. And when you get back to the bottom, there will be plenty more to do.
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Indoors Or Out?
Stone Mountain Park is all about letting you choose your adventure. Stay in the lodge, rough it in a tent or rent an RV for the comforts in between. For resort-style accommodations, try the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott nestled in the park. The Marriott Stone Mountain Inn is a charming 19th century inn replica conveniently located near the park attractions. The park’s campground is rated No. 1 in the
state with full RV hook-ups, partial hook-ups for tents and primitive style sites, too.
The Sweet Potato Café
You didn’t journey all this way for nothing—take a hike! Climb the one-mile trail to the top of Stone Mountain to take in the view. You can see the Appalachians and the Atlanta skyline. Trek through 15 miles of nature trails and songbird habitat through the woods or play a round on one of the 18-hole golf courses. Be sure to make a pit stop at the Confederate Memorial Carving on the mountain’s north face. It’s the largest bas-relief in the world, covering about three acres worth of space.
If you’d rather see the park from a 1940s locomotive open-air car, hop on for a five-mile excursion around the mountain. Jump into Summit Skyride, a high-speed Swiss cable car, and journey 825 feet above the ground to the top of Stone Mountain. Geyser Towers offers a series of rope nets and ladders for kids to climb, and it’s all built right above a high-shooting geyser. If that’s not enough, the SkyHike above-ground obstacle course offers a real adrenaline rush as you balance on wooden slats 40 feet above the ground (with a safety harness, of course).
Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision
If you and the family love music, mountains and an evening under the laser light canopy, this is the show for you. A tradition for locals and visitors alike, the Lasershow Spectacular is 45 minutes of hit songs and jaw-dropping visual effects. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and snacks or reserve terrace seating in advance. Either way, this is a show you won’t soon forget. Watch colorful lasers dart up the mountainside and jump over audience members to tunes from “Sweet Home Alabama” to “Let It Go.” stonemountainpark.com
At this hometown joint, their focus is farm-to-table food to preserve flavor and nutritional value. As the name suggests, sweet potatoes sneak their way onto plates inside biscuits, casseroles and more, and sometimes they’re loaded up with cheese, other veggies
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The DeConna family has been in the business of providing icy treats to area residents (young and old alike) and beyond since 1947. And the tradition continues. B Y
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T H E C H A N G E I N T E M P E R A T U R E I S O V E R W H E L M I N G when I walk through the first huge door. But it’s nothing compared to what lies beyond the second massive portal. A haze of ice crystals glistens on the floor. I catch my breath and pull the thick parka tighter around me. A moment later I flip the fleece-lined hood up over my head. It’s minus 20 degrees, and I can feel it to the bone. Oh, yes, and I’m in Florida. In the summer. No, I’m not at some new arctic adventure theme park attraction. I’m standing deep within the vast freezer at DeConna Ice Cream surrounded, floor to ceiling, by thousands of gallons of ice cream and novelties. The outer room is a nippy 45 degrees, but here, inside the 10,000-squarefoot warehouse, it’s minus 15 to 20 and, despite the heavy parka, within 10 minutes, I’m ready to hit the door.
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M Y is making new discoveries. In the countless times I’ve driven past the DeConna Ice Cream sign at their 33-acre operation on Highway 318 between Ocala and Gainesville, I had no idea of the history behind this longtime, familyowned business. When I make an appointment to visit, I’m warmly welcomed by Vince DeConna, the company’s present owner, whose father, Don, started the business 67 years ago. This fits perfectly with the findings of a recent study by the Washington, D.C.-based International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), which found that the majority of ice cream manufacturers in the United States have been in business for over 50 years and many remain familyowned businesses. After our quick venture into the depths of the massive freezer, I follow Vince upstairs to his office to learn more about DeConna Ice Cream.
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I’m a bit doubtful that Vince, trim and fit as he appears, actually indulges in the products the company sells, but he sets me straight right away. “Ice cream can be part of a healthy diet. My family has always eaten ice cream, and no one is overweight,” says Vince, passing me the August 2002 issue of Prevention magazine with a cover story promoting, yes, “The Ice Cream Diet.” “Everybody has the same conception of ice cream, that if you’re watching your weight you can’t eat it, but like anything else, in moderation it’s fine,” he notes. “You can eat a serving and it has a satisfying effect. A lot of people like to eat ice cream in the evening and the calcium can help you sleep.” (OK, so I’m already feeling vindicated about my own habit of a little ice cream before bed, but I don’t mention this to Vince.) Turns out Vince’s family grew up eating ice cream, and that’s been his business ever since he started working. All thanks to a father who decided ice cream made for a happier career option than toiling in the steel mill.
War II, he did what many men in that region did: took employment in a steel mill. In the summer, however, he drove a vending truck around the neighborhood selling ice cream treats. Dairy products were rationed during the war, but once this ended, the United States celebrated by eating one of their favorite treats, with the average American eating more than 20 quarts of ice cream in 1946. (Maybe it’s a sign of continued patriotism, but today, more ice cream is consumed per person in America than in any other country.) It didn’t take Don long to realize he’d much rather deal with ice cream than work in the hot, dangerous steel
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industry. Figuring that he’d sell more ice cream in a warm climate, he moved to Miami in 1947 and started DeConna Ice Cream. Initially, the company handled every aspect of the business, from manufacturing the products—many of which Don invented—to marketing and selling. In the 1980s, the actual production was transferred to a dairy manufacturing operation in Nebraska, where the vast majority of DeConna Ice Cream continues to be made to their precise specifications. Vince, a Florida native, worked with his father and then purchased the business from him in 1995. Don died in 2010, and Vince is proud to carry on the family tradition. A true Sunshine State creation, DeConna Ice Cream is sold all over Florida and into Georgia as far north as Macon. Actually, most ice cream is marketed regionally. Only 16 percent of manufacturers market nationally, and the international market is just 10 percent. Today, DeConna Ice Cream sells an amazing 650 different products, including a huge variety of novelties and about three dozen ice cream flavors, covering everything from goodold, plain vanilla to the ever-popular Moose Tracks.
Products from the Highway 318 warehouse are delivered all over North Florida. There’s a second warehouse in Tampa that covers Brooksville down to Naples and a third warehouse in Palm Bay from which products are sent out all along the state’s east coast and down to Miami. DeConna drivers come to the freezer warehouse on a daily basis, load their trucks—it must have been one of their parkas I borrowed—and head out for deliveries. Also loading trucks are some independent mobile street vendors. You know, the neighborhood ice cream man! Mobile vendors also make appearances at festivals, ball parks and businesses. DeConna provides signage for the trucks to help promote specific novelties. Amazingly enough, DeConna’s enormous freezer doesn’t have generator backup. “If the electricity goes out, the freezer will hold for five days without power if we don’t open the doors,” says Vince. “This has only happened once since we’ve been here since 1987. That was when the hurricanes went through in 2004. We were out of power for three days, and the freezer never got above zero.” Whew. I can only imagine how nerve-wracking those three days were to the owner of an ice cream warehouse stacked with 1,000 pallets of frozen treats.
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stores, as half-gallons, pints and novelties. The rest is sold in schools, food service and through the vending business. Three-gallon containers are sold to “dipping shops,” where ice cream is sold by the scoop. Novelties make up a huge portion of the hundreds of DeConna products, many of which are sold in chest freezers at gas stations, flea markets, snack bars and schools, in addition to convenience stores. Despite the great variety of novelties, two perennial best sellers are classics that have been around for decades. The No. 1 best-selling novelty is the six-ounce Mega Ice Cream Sandwich (vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate wafers) followed closely by the Everyday Sundae Cone (a scoop of vanilla topped with chocolate and chopped peanuts nestled in a sugar cone, the inside of which is coated with chocolate). “We sell approximately one million ice cream sandwiches a year,” says Vince. “Back in the 1990s, a lot of the schools went to low-fat and no-sugaradded. We still sell that, but our biggest seller is real ice cream.” He explains that in order to be labeled “ice cream,” it must contain milk
The Ice Cream Diet (No, that’s not a typo!)
Who knew the words ice cream and diet could be used together? The cover of the August 2002 issue of Prevention magazine features a tantalizing close up of an ice cream cone. Inside, an article based on the book by registered dietician Holly McCord outlines a diet plan that includes eating ice cream every day. Research shows that food containing calciumlike ice creamcan facilitate
Celebrating The Scoop! Have a sundae, make a shake, dip a scoophowever you choose to indulge, ice cream reigns as the summers preferred treat, so help yourself especially in July! In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month, and Americans have been making the most of that designation ever since. If a month seems excessive, you can at least celebrate National Ice Cream Day, which is the third Sunday of July, making it July 20th this year. Source: ice-cream-recipes.com
weight loss and also reduce the risk of colon cancer, lower blood pressure and even reduce PMS symptoms. Yes, you watch calories (no more than 1,500 per day), and yes, you should include exercise, but on this diet, you actually get to eat ice cream every day. Women are allowed one cup per day, while men are allowed 1 1/2 cups. Reduced-fat ice cream that contains 125 calories or less per half-cup serving is recommended. Of course, portion control is part of the plan. A scoop of ice cream should be about the size of a tennis ball.
Although no one person has been credited with the invention of ice cream, the idea of enjoying a frosty treat goes all the way back to the 2nd century B.C. Alexander the Great ate snow and ice flavored with honey and nectar, while Nero Claudius Caesar was said to have sent runners up into the mountains to bring back snow, which he ate flavored with juice and fruit. On his journey to the Far East, Marco Polo discovered a recipe that today would be described as sherbet. Residents of England and France indulged in frozen desserts as early as the 1500s. Somewhere around the mid-1600s, ice cream became available at a Paris café, supposedly the first exposure of such a concoction to the general public. By 1664, sweetened milk ices appeared in Naples, Italy. The French are said to have first used egg yolks to make custard-based ice cream around the mid-1700s. In the United States, ice cream was considered an unusual treat, primarily an indulgence for the elite, until the invention of insulated ice houses around the year 1800. That changed everything, and by the late 1800s, ice cream was widely available. Both America and England claim the first ice cream machine appeared in 1843. Just like todays old-fashioned, hand-crank models, this early machine consisted of a wooden
and cream and have at least 10 percent butter fat, which is something to remember when you’re shopping. If that’s not the case, according to federal guidelines, the label can’t use the words “ice cream.” Instead, it may say “frozen dairy dessert” or “lite” ice cream. When ice cream is made, it’s pumped from a large tank into a continuous freezer that holds a minimum of 100 gallons. The whole milk and cream mixture freezes during the process and comes out the other end of the freezer directly into a packaging machine. Flavoring and “inclusions” (think nuts, fudge swirls, chopped candy, etc.) are added during the packaging process.
Facts & Figures J UNE highest ice cream production month
SUMMER greatest consumer demand for ice cream
VA NI L L A most popular flavor. Chocolate chip mint, cookies and cream: next most popular flavors
PREMIU M I CE CRE A M with its higher fat content is more popular than low-fat.
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bucket with a rotating handle. A metal canister rested within the bucket. The ingredients were placed in the metal canister, while ice and salt were poured into the wooden bucket surrounding it. Turning the handle eventually produced what we fondly refer to today as homemade ice cream. There is some disagreement as to when the ice cream cone came into use. Some say it was an American invention that debuted during the 1904 St. Louis World Fair. The English, however, claim that cones were first intentionally used to serve ice cream in 1888, as noted in Mrs. Marshalls Cookery Book. Sources: ice-cream.org, idfa.org
For those individually packaged treats known as novelties, the manufacturing and packaging process is specific to each novelty. And no, there isn’t a production line of white-coated workers wearing gloves whipping up each treat by hand. It’s all done in an automated process.
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develop new flavors and name them. Vince says they often get suggestions from sales people. “Sometimes we just sit and brainstorm, especially when we name something,” he says. “Friends and family often get involved in naming a new product.” The two newest flavors in pints are Micanopy Mud (chocolate ice cream with chocolate-covered almonds and caramel swirls) and Caramel Pecan Delight (vanilla ice cream with candied pecans and caramel swirls). Both hit the market in 2010. The most recent novelty invention is the Typhoon, an Italian ice product featuring blue raspberry and lemonade swirled together in a five-ounce cone cup. On occasion, an item is discontinued, such as the Triple Fudge Bar, which featured three layers of chocolate and just proved to be too intensely chocolate. (Who knew that was even possible?!) “Products have to meet certain volumes to justify the packaging and processing, and the numbers are high,” Vince explains. “In order to keep an item, it has to do very good volume.” Vince doesn’t have one personal favorite.
“I switch around,” he confesses with a smile. “Vanilla and butter pecan are my two favorite ice cream flavors, and for novelties, I go back and forth between the Everyday Sundae Cone and the Chip Around (vanilla ice cream with chocolate chips sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies).” In a world where economic challenges abound, ice cream continues to sell well. “Ice cream is pretty recession proof; it’s an affordable treat,” says Vince. “Our sales are more sensitive to weather. When it’s cold and rainy, we don’t sell as much. Florida has a high consumption of ice cream, and part of the reason is because Northerners move here and bring their ice cream-eating habits with them.” The ice cream business is, overall, a happy one, Vince notes. He likes working with customers and wholesale business people, but he also enjoys the product itself. “I do eat ice cream every day, usually in the afternoon and often again at home in the evening. There’s always ice cream in our freezer,” he says. Before I head out, Vince graciously sets me up with a box of frozen goodness: pints of Micanopy Mud and Caramel Pecan Delight and several novelty items, including the ever popular Everyday Sundae Cone. (Hmmm, I wonder if they named it that to subconsciously inspire daily consumption.) I haven’t made it out the driveway of DeConna Ice Cream before I’ve torn open the wrapper on an Everyday Sundae Cone. I’m taking Vince DeConna’s words to heart. It only makes sense to take the advice of an expert: a serving of ice cream every day can be part of a healthy diet. That’s the kind of advice I can live with!
total revenue generated by the United States ice cream business in 2010
$ 6. 8 BIL L I O N (67.7 % ) portion of sales belonging to take-home ice cream, the largest section of the market Sources: USDA, IDFA
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Styrofoam balls. Some large wooden letters and spray painted shower caddies make excellent center pieces. Beach towel table runners and matching striped napkins seal the deal. A little creativity with the snack spread will keep you from dropping major bucks on custom foods. Invite all the neighbors for some swim-themed treats, like Twizzlers, which double as pool
noodles. Submarine sandwiches with bendy straw periscopes are the perfect midday entrée. Sealed milk bottles with pretty paper straws look adorable and should prevent any major poolside spills. Scoop some Swedish fish into miniature drawstring bags and load play buckets with Goldfish snacks and more to send home after the party for when those post-pool munchies strike.
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Roll out the red carpet on your serving table and serve fresh popcorn in vintage-looking containers. Provide small paper cups to mix a variety of candies. Use the boxes as props while displaying the sweets and showcase the popcorn in glass jars. That’s the beauty of a movie party—the concessions can be decorative, too. A simple red and black curtain backdrop can really make it feel like guests are strolling through a theater. Have some hot dogs and toppings
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THE PERKS OF
SUNLIGHT T HE SUN DOES A LOT FOR US, GOOD AND BAD. A FEW GOOD REASONS TO APPRECIATE THE SUN’S PRESENCE? IT HELPS REGULATE MOOD, PROVIDES NECESSARY VITAMIN D, WHICH BOOSTS IMMUNE STRENGTH AND HELPS REGULATE BLOOD PRESSURE, AND MAY EVEN HELP YOU SLEEP.
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The sun’s rays assist in establishing a sleep-wake cycle for people, and studies show that those who don’t get enough light in the morning under-perform compared to those who do get enough light. You probably didn’t know that spending 20 or 30 minutes in morning light may be enough to positively affect your weight. Studies reveal that depression is also less common for early risers. So set your alarm clock and get ready to face the day… just don’t forget your sunscreen!
SUMMERIZE YOUR HAIR & SKIN W
E ALL LOVE SUMMERTIME, WITH ITS LONG DAYS TO SPEND OUTDOORS, WHETHER IT’S THE BEACH, A PARK OR HANGING OUT BY THE POOL IN YOUR BACKYARD. BUT SUMMERTIME DOESN’T ALWAYS LOVE OUR HAIR AND SKIN, THANKS TO DAMAGE DONE BY THE BLAZING SUN, POOL CHEMICALS AND EVEN OCEAN WATER. HELLO SUNBURN AND FRIZZY HAIR! STILL, THERE’S NO NEED TO FRET AND VOW TO STAY INDOORS FOR THREE MONTHS. HERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU CAN DO TO MAINTAIN YOUR BEAUTIFUL LOCKS AND GORGEOUS SKIN WHILE STILL ENJOYING YOUR SUMMERTIME FROLICKING!
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LOVELY LOCKS Your tresses can suffer from sun-induced stress in the summer, thanks to ultraviolet rays. Those UV rays actually cook hair shafts, drying them up and leading to fried hair, aka frizz. The latter happens when dried-up hair soaks up any nearby air humidity, causing hair shafts to swell and the hair cuticle to break from the extra weight. Poof! You have frizzy hair! TRY THIS:
Get regular trims to keep split ends under control. Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, an anti-frizz serum or oil and even a deep-moisturizing hair mask. Reduce use of blow dryers, curling and flat irons. Wear a wide-brimmed hat when out in the sun for long periods.
Combat Chlorine & Saltwater Chlorine robs hair of its natural protective oils, causing damage. And the copper in chlorine and other pool chemicals binds to hair shaft proteins, fading your hair color and giving it odd hues, especially if it’s color-treated. In the case of blondes, natural or colorenhanced, hair takes on a greenish cast! If you go swimming in Florida’s Gulf Coast, the saltwater sucks the moisture out of your hair and leaves it dried out. Remember our friend frizz? TRY THIS: Wet your hair before jumping in the pool or ocean to reduce the amount of chemicals or saltwater it will absorb. Always rinse your hair after a swim to wash away chemicals and saltwater. Apply a small amount of a leave-in conditioner before and after a swim.
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SOOTHE SUMMER SKIN Banish Breakouts
We’re not talking about wearing less red in summer. No, the sun’s dastardly UV rays can cause sunburn and, when combined with high humidity (Hello, Florida!), face flushing and redness, especially in fair-skinned people.
Summertime’s heat and humidity cause your skin’s oil glands, especially on your face, to be more active and may lead to an increase in acne breakouts. A recent study reported that nearly 60 percent of people with acne said the skin condition was worse in the summer versus about 11 percent who said their acne worsened in the winter.
Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! Apply SPF 15 or above over any exposed skin, and remember to reapply after swimming or a sweat-inducing exercise session.
Use water-based facial cleansers and moisturizers with ingredients like squalane, glycerin and silicones.
Reduce The Redness
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Drink plenty of water to hydrate your body and skin.
Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face when out in the sun. Hold an iced-water soaked facecloth against your neck to reduce facial flushing.
Look for an all-in-one makeup product that has moisturizer, foundation and sunscreen. Check out sunscreen products that are titanium-based, have oil-reducing zinc and/or are labeled oil-free or matte finish. Go for a toner/cleanser with salicylic acid.
Helping hands: Use sunscreen and moisturizer on hands daily to prevent wrinkles and brown spots. Luscious lips: Keep hydrated with a good, emollient-rich lip balm that includes a sunscreen.
Spa time: Especially in the summer, treat yourself to a monthly spa (or home) facial. Go for deep cleansing and microdermabrasion to clear away dead skin cells and leave your face glowing. Body TLC: Experts recommend doing a whole-body exfoliating two or three times a week during the summer. Use a gentle scrubbing product with skin-safe bristles. Glycolic acid, naturally derived from sugar, is a safe scrubbing agent for your whole body.
Use an oil-absorbing clay facial mask once a week.
VERY DAY THE EVIDENCE MOUNTS THAT AVOIDING PROCESSED AND PACKAGED GOODS IS THE HEALTHY ROUTE TO TAKE. ALTHOUGH WE’VE ALL GOTTEN BETTER AT READING FOOD LABELS, THERE IS MORE WE CAN LEARN ABOUT SOME OF THOSE ODD LISTINGS ON THE LABEL. SO HERE’S A LOOK AT SOME OF THOSE MYSTERIOUS AND OFTEN SCARY INGREDIENTS IN THE FOODS YOU MAY BE EATING.
BUTYLATED HYDROXYANISOLE (BHA)/BUTYLATED HYDROXYTOLUENE (BHT) This petroleum-based substance is used as a preservative in butter, meat, chewing gum, cereal, nut mixes, beer, glazed fruits, potato chips, vegetable oils and numerous packaged snack foods. The U.S. National Institute of Health and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services consider BHA to likely be a human carcinogen (cancer-causing agent). The International Agency for Research on Cancer declared BHA and BHT as carcinogens.
A flour-bleaching agent found in breads, packaged baked goods, frozen dinners and boxed pasta mixers. Oh, it’s also found in foamed plastics like yoga mats and sneaker soles! It has been linked to asthma and other respiratory ills. Recently, Subway announced it had phased out azodicarbonamide from its bread.
These synthetic hormones are found in milk and dairy products. Cows are injected with these genetically engineered growth hormones to increase milk production. Some research has linked them to colon, breast and prostate cancers.
BROMINATED VEGETABLE OIL (BVO)
Its main ingredient is bromine, which is a flame retardant and is considered toxic to humans. Some research has linked BVO to hypothyroidism, birth defects, hearing loss, memory problems, autoimmune disease and cancer. BVO is used as an emulsifier in sports drinks (Gatorade, Powerade, etc.) and citrus-flavored sodas (Mountain Dew, etc.). After consumer complaints, PepsiCo Inc. removed BVO from Gatorade and Mountain Dew. Following suit, Coca-Cola announced it was removing BVO from all its drinks, including Powerade. BVO is banned in Japan and by the European Union.
POTASSIUM BROMATE/ BROMATED FLOUR This ingredient, which also contains bromine (see above), bulks up dough to reduce baking time. It is found in bagel chips, bread crumbs, rolls and wraps. Research has associated it with nervous system and kidney disorders.
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Poultry are fed arsenic-laced feed, which promotes growth and boosts pigmentation of meat to give it a rosy pink fresh look. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies arsenic as a human carcinogen.
ACRYLAMIDE Although not a label ingredient, acrylamide is present in our foods. It is a chemical formed by cooking starchy foods like grains and potatoes at high temps above 250°F; the longer the cooking time, particularly when frying, broiling or roasting, the higher amounts of acrylamide. It is found in French fries, potato chips, bread and grain products, as well as cigarette smoke. The EPA and the International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies acrylamide as a likely human carcinogen.
PROPYL GALLATE This is a preservative used in mayonnaise, chicken soup base, vegetable oil, meat products and chewing gum and has been linked to health problems for asthmatics and aspirin-sensitive people.
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edical oncologists Patrick Acevedo, M.D., Maen Hussein, M.D., and Vipul M. Patel, M.D., are part of a statewide network of knowledgeable professionals practicing in over 80 Florida locations. They are bringing their experience and expertise to a new, convenient location here in Marion County. So what brings this nationally recognized practice to Ocala? “When you have cancer, the last thing you need is to drive for hours to get treatment,” says Dr. Hussein. “The heart of our mission at Florida Cancer Specialists is to bring the most advanced and personalized treatments to communities, both large and small, so that our patients can be close to where they live and be surrounded by their families and friends.” The quality care at Florida Cancer Specialists is the product of many components. For Dr. Acevedo, one of the most important is the physician-patient relationship.
“It’s about the individual attention we give to patients,” he says. “We develop joint decision making between physician and patient for optimal outcomes.” “I think that’s the most important part of oncology,” adds colleague Dr. Patel. “You see these patients so often, sometimes every week, so you get to know them. It’s important to have a good rapport and have empathy for them. This is traumatizing for a patient when, for no fault of their own, they have cancer. You have to be able to guide them emotionally and medically, more than in any other field I think.” The experts at FCS believe proximity to quality care is paramount. The Ocala office not only provides a convenient location to patients but also offers multiple services under one roof. “One of the reasons we made the investment in establishing a local office is that we want to be close to patients’ homes and have an open door, especially when patients aren’t feeling their best,” Dr. Acevedo
explains. “Having quick and easy access to care means they won’t become sicker and wind up with unnecessary hospitalizations. We do all the lab work, all clinical trials, doctor visits and administration (chemotherapy) right here, in one location.” The physicians of Florida Cancer Specialists are dedicated to providing top-tier medical care for patients. In addition to providing cutting-edge treatments, offering world-class care means making national clinical trials available to patients, an element missing from Ocala until now, as a wide selection of clinical trials are often exclusive to academic medical institutions. “FCS offers all phases of clinical trials, including phase 1 trials, which are rare and usually exclusive to university medical centers,” Dr. Patel says. “Clinical trial participants receive the standard of care plus a new drug, so you’re getting the best cancer treatment available, with a new drug added on. They’re drugs that
have shown promise in treating cancer and drugs that we believe will improve what we’re already doing, so they do not mean subpar treatment.” Currently, Florida Cancer Specialists has approximately 70 clinical trials available and is able to enroll patients locally, if they qualify. “We have trials that are changing the standard of care, and a patient can participate in a clinical trial right here in our local office. That’s the advantage of a community practice; it’s closer to home,” Dr. Hussein adds. “I’ve noticed people are more accepting of clinical trials now, and patients have a choice—they can say no and they can always stop. The patients who go through clinical trials are monitored for safety, which is the number one concern.” Dr. Hussein acknowledges the collective effort at FCS; he says the physicians, nurses and clinical staff work together to become better and improve management and treatment. He knows clinical trials are not only important for those
The heart of our mission at Florida Cancer Specialists is to bring the most advanced and personalized treatments to communities, both large and small, so that our patients can be close to where they live and be surrounded by their families and friends.
participating but also for every cancer patient who follows. “Cancer medicine is better now because of the heroes, who are our patients who go through trials,” he says. “Clinical trials are how we improve. These people don’t only help themselves by getting something that could save their life, but they’re helping us find out what does and doesn’t work.” Dr. Acevedo seconds this. “Clinical trials are a huge opportunity,” he says, “not only for future cancer patients but also for those currently on a trial. Of the drugs we’re bringing into the clinic, 50 percent will be approved by the FDA and will be added to the armory for oncologists to fight cancer in the future. We give patients access to those drugs well in advance of the FDA approval, so a patient who is on a clinical trial can benefit immediately, versus having to wait years.” Two examples of recent breakthroughs are targeted therapy and personalized medicine. Personalized medicine involves creating DNA-based profiles on each patient’s cancer, so therapies can be tailored to an individual based on
hardship that may be a result of treatment. Modest, one-time grants are provided for non-medical living expenses such as rent, utilities, or car payments. This support allows patients to focus —DR. MAEN HUSSEIN on healing. “Because we are their cancer’s specifications instead part of a large, statewide practice, we of giving everyone an umbrella are able to offer a variety of resources treatment. Targeted therapy also that allow us to help our patients involves genetic research. Dr. Patel even more,” Dr. Hussein says of the explains that currently, most types of foundation. “As a medical oncologist, cancer are treated “broadly.” it is extremely gratifying to know that “We administer agents that cancer patients who are struggling to attack cells dividing rapidly, so make ends meet can find assistance these drugs attack hair cells, nail and support from the Florida Cancer cells, cancer cells and more. With Specialists Foundation.” targeted therapy, we can look for The mission of Florida Cancer specific changes in the DNA of the Specialists is delivered daily by the cancer cells and these drugs will more than 170 physicians in the target those mutations and only practice, including Drs. Acevedo, attack the cancer cells.” Hussein and Patel here in Ocala. FCS Another important service FCS strives to provide the most advanced offers is financial counseling. The cancer treatment, using cutting-edge practice recognizes cancer treatment technologies, in a setting where is expensive. Financial counselors patients can be close to home and are available at every FCS office surrounded by family and friends. to assist patients in meeting their Recognized by the American financial responsibilities. In addition, Society of Clinical Oncology for patients who qualify, FCS has a (ASCO) with a national Clinical philanthropic foundation dedicated to helping patients overcome financial Trials Participation Award, FCS
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Everything you need to know about some of summer’s favorite icy treats p52
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F YOU USUALLY PREPARE YOUR MEALS AT HOME, THEN CONGRATULATIONS— YOU HAVE A LESSER CHANCE OF GETTING FOOD POISONING THAN YOUR COUNTERPARTS WHO PREFER TO EAT AT RESTAURANTS.
In a study from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), researchers analyzed over 10,000 cases from 2002 through 2011 and an expected 28,000 people became ill due to food served in a restaurant as opposed to 13,000 people who cooked their own meals. But that’s not the worst part. Much of the time, cases of food poisoning go unreported, with underreporting of outbreaks reaching “epidemic proportions,” according to the CSPI food safety director. If after eating you experience vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps or other symptoms, it may be the result of food poisoning. In this study, only 3,933 cases were considered to be solved (meaning the food or pathogen that caused the illness was identiﬁed) out of a total 98,399 illnesses.
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ONE OR CUP YOU ASK YOURSELF AT THE ICE CREAM PARLOR. WHY NOT DEVIATE FROM THE USUAL PICKINGS OF WAFFLE CONE OR ICE CREAM SUNDAE? A SODA FOUNTAIN AND DINER CLASSIC, THE MILKSHAKE SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AND NOT OVERLOOKED WHEN IT COMES TO THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER.
MILKSHAKE MISNOMERS In essence, a milkshake is just ice cream and milk (mix-ins, whipped cream and cherry on top optional); however, there are a few dessert beverage terms that will not only broaden a sugar-lover’s vocabulary but also help her make the preferred choice when it comes to having a summer treat.
Malt: Add in malted milk and the milkshake everyone loves is no longer a milkshake but the beloved malt. Malted milk is a powder made of evaporated milk, malted barley and wheat ﬂour. It gets trickier when a malt may also be referred to as a “malted milkshake,” “malt shake” or “malted.”
Root beer ﬂoat: Traditionally, a root beer ﬂoat is root beer with a few scoops of vanilla ice cream. Other ice cream ﬂavors may also be used as substitutes, and the beverage, like the malt, has used other aliases, such as “black cow” and “brown cow.” Root beer can be replaced with soda (coke ﬂoat), orange soda (orange ﬂoat), grape soda (purple cow) or Guinness (beer ﬂoat or Shakin’ Jesse—we kid you not).
Egg cream: If you’re raising an
Frappe: And now, to top oﬀ your
eyebrow after reading about cows and the Shakin’ Jesse, prepare to raise the other eyebrow with this twist: An egg cream contains neither an egg nor cream. The beverage with an identity crisis typically consists of milk, soda water and chocolate syrup.
dessert beverage vocabulary, here’s a case where a milkshake is still a milkshake yet it may also be called a frappe. Everywhere else, a frappé is known as a frozen coﬀee drink, but a frappe in New England—where it’s pronounced “frap”—may also refer to the ol’ familiar heavenly blend of milk and ice cream.
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Cookie Shake If you want to get fancy, check out this indulgent yet slightly healthy version of a milkshake by The Little Kitchen blog.
½ cup heavy whipping cream pinch of cinnamon 1 cup skim milk ¼ cup Biscoﬀ spread (or cookie butter spread) 3 big scoops of low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt 2 Biscoﬀ cookies, crushed & divided For more recipes, visit thelittlekitchen.net.
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CAUTIONARY TALE Straw fatigue from slurping a too-thick milkshake is frustrating enough, but when the milkshake is just at the right melted, creamy consistency and you’re in the midst of devouring the dessert in all its sweet glory, another hindrance may ail you: the dreaded brain freeze, aka ice cream headache. This physical pain isn’t all in your head, figuratively speaking. Brain freeze is recognized in the medical lexicon as sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia. What triggers brain freeze is the interaction of frozen food with the roof of your mouth, which causes the dilation and swelling of blood vessels, resulting in inflammation that sends signals through nerves to your brain. The best remedy for brain freeze? Slow down!
MILKSHAKE HOTSPOTS A few scoops of ice cream and some milk is all it takes to make a milkshake, but there are other wondrous incarnations of this treat that you can find at restaurants and diners. When the summer heat has you wilting while you’re out, head to one of these milkshake “hotspots” to cool down. STEAK’N SHAKE 3800 SW College Rd., Ocala, (352) 873-1994 5180 NE 24th St., Ocala, (352) 438-0057 It’s the obvious choice to grab a milkshake—and with good reason. Steak’n Shake has a reputation for making impressive milkshakes. Three menus offer your choice of classics, such as chocolate or vanilla; Side by Side, which combines two flavors in one; and specialty milkshakes. Steak’n Shake’s newest milkshake, Birthday Cake, celebrates 80 years of the restaurant chain being in business.
HUNGRY BEAR 420 SE Osceola Ave., Ocala, (352) 732-3003 Open since the 1970s, this mainstay is known for its burgers, fries and shakes. In other words, Hungry Bear is where it’s at when one is in search of the quintessential summer meal. Vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, banana and cherry are listed as flavors (malt optional), but the peanut butter shake is what locals love to slurp when chowing down on their Papa Bear burger and sweet potato fries.
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You could shake ingredients to make a milkshake, but the standard approach is pulling out and plugging in the blender, which requires the simple press of a button. It doesn’t get any easier than that.
CHAYOTE LATIN AMERICAN CUISINE & CATERING opened in May in the cozy spot next to Tas-T-O’s Donuts that once housed Petit Jardin. The culinary team of Chef Jose Troche & Chef Joel Ortiz, both accomplished chefs who hail from Puerto Rico, create authentic ©rmnoa357 /shutterstock.com dishes with plenty of “flare and fresh ingredients.” In addition to the regular menu, be sure to ask about daily lunch specials, which are also posted on their Facebook page. Local delivery is available. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open at 7am Tuesday-Thursday and 11am on weekends. Closed Mondays. Live music on Saturday evenings.
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SMOKEHOUSE opened in downtown Wildwood back in February. Owners Tracy and Aileen Smith are members of the Florida BBQ Association and Weston’s is recognized as one of the nation’s best BBQ restaurants. The menu features delicious St. Louis-style ribs, Wagyu beef brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken Angus beef burgers and more, and they were voted “best ribs” and “best brisket” in Sumter County. Pulled pork, pulled chicken and beef brisket are ©Brent Hofacker/shutterstock.com available by the pound, and dine-in or take–out is available. Catering is also available. Opens at 11am Tuesday-Saturday, serving lunch and dinner.
1210 N Main St., Wildwood (352) 748-9378 twestons.com Continued on page 54
RED FISH, BLUE FISH,
WILD FISH, FARM FISH
OH MY OMEGAS First of all, fish have a lot going for them in the health department. Two or more servings of fish a week can reduce the risk of heart disease, which is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Fish are a great protein source, are low in saturated fats and high in omega-3 fatty acids. FARMED FISH may have more OMEGA-3S, and SALMON IS ONE OF THE BEST SOURCES. Omega-3s boost immunity; can reduce the risk of dementia, stroke, and cancer; and are an important nutrient for children and nursing or pregnant women.
DO WE KNOW THAT THEY’RE TOXIC? The health beneﬁts of eating ﬁsh outweigh the concerns, but if your diet is heavy on seafood, there are a few things to look out for. Mercury is an old threat, a dull one. Fish with the largest mercury content are tuna, shark and swordfish, all of which are commonly wild caught. Those with very low levels are the most common farm-raised fish: tilapia, catfish and salmon. U.S. regulations prohibit the use of hormones or antibiotics in farmed fish, but this is not the case in all other countries. Some farm-raised fish do receive antibiotics, which in large amounts can lead to antibiotic resistance in populations. Other toxins to look out for are pesticides like DDT and PCB, toxic manmade chemicals.
THERE’S ALWAYS A SMALLER FISH THE GREENER THE FISH Which method is the green method? It’s surprisingly balanced, as both have their pros and cons. Wild fish are sometimes harvested using practices that damage ecosystems and other fish and can pollute the water and threaten flora and fauna. In the United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration regulates wild-caught fishing and enforces standards to protect fish populations and the environment. As for U.S. fish farming, it’s strictly regulated. However, the UNITED STATES GETS MOST OF ITS FISH from the GLOBAL MARKET. Other countries have more lax regulations and cheaper fish.
If you’re worried about toxins, try sampling smaller ﬁsh like sardines, mackerel and anchovies. They live shorter lives and don’t have the same opportunity as larger fish to pick up toxins. They’re lower on the food chain, which also makes them a more sustainable option. Another recommendation to reduce toxins is to trim the skin and fat or cook by grilling or boiling.
A LITTLE VARIETY NOW The best choice you can make when it comes to fish is variety. Health-wise, you minimize contamination from one group of fish. Environmentally, it’s never good for an ecosystem to overdraw from one source. After all, there are many types of fish in the sea.
GOOD 4 YOU offers tasty fare that’s just that—good for you! Located downtown next to Feta on Broadway, owner Liza Ryan opened the eatery in April, which features fresh, homemade sandwiches, salads and paninis. Among their most popular options are the tofu burger, turkey and cranberry panini and the tuna melt. Good 4 You is known for its fabulous smoothies, made only with the freshest of fruits and juices. Open for lunch Monday-Friday from 11am-3pm.
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OR THOSE OF US WHO DON’T WAKE AT THE BREAK OF DAWN TO CATCH OUR OWN FISH, WE FACE CONTINUOUS CONTROVERSIES OVER THE MERITS OF WILD-CAUGHT FISH OVER FARMED-RAISED FISH. WITH MANY CONTRASTING OPINIONS OUT THERE, HOW DO WE NAVIGATE THE ROUGH WATERS OF PESCO-ETHICS.
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SCOOPLES ICE CREAM PARLOR AND RESTAURANT opened this January in the Brownwood section of The Villages next to the movie theater. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu includes casual items such as bagels, sandwiches, salads and soups. The main attraction is the ice cream, featuring 22 flavors all made by Hershey’s. Most are gluten-free, and there are three no-sugar added flavors, including a ©Michael C. Gray /shutterstock.com fabulous butter pecan. Ice cream is available by the cone, cup, sundae, shake or float, and Cappuccino Crunch and Praline Pecan are the two most popular flavors. Open 9am-10pm seven days a week.
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Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse 3405 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-3151 / tonysushi.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p / Fri & Sat 11a-11p / Sun Noon-10p With abundant menu choices and over 100 off-menu rolls, you certainly won’t run out of options at Tony’s Sushi. If you can’t decide, the waitstaff is excellent at suggesting items you’re sure to enjoy. Every roll and sushi dish is made to order from the freshest ingredients. In the steakhouse area, highly trained chefs prepare a memorable meal as they cook on the tableside grills, preparing chicken, steak or seafood just the way you like it. Entrées include soup or salad and rice. Family-friendly, casual atmosphere, along with a full bar, including imported Japanese sake and beer selections. Like us
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Cody’s Original Roadhouse 2505 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-8182 / codysamerican.com Doors Open at 11a. Serving Lunch and Dinner Daily. “Where Quality and Value Come Together!” Hand-cut, USDA-Choice, certiﬁed Angus steaks, rotisserie chicken, BBQ baby back ribs, chops, fresh ﬁsh, half-pound burgers, salads and more! Kids eat free Mondays and Tuesdays. Daily 2-4-1 happy hour, 11am-7pm, includes draft beer, wine and all liquors (top shelf, too). Lunch from 11am-3pm, and early bird from 3pm-6pm Monday-Saturday. July 4th Combo Special available all day on July 4th only, includes a ½ slab of baby back ribs and a ½ BBQ rotisserie chicken with bottomless salad bowl, fresh corn on the cob and all the other fixins’ for just $13.98. Dine in or take out.
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Pavarotti’s Pizza & Restaurant 8075 SW HWY 200, Canopy Oak Center, Ocala / (352) 291-9424 Mon-Thu 11a-9p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-8p Pavarotti’s Pizza and Restaurant in Dunnellon is known for their famous, old-fashioned pizzas, hand-tossed and baked on a stone deck oven as well as their array of classic Italian entrées, fresh salads and subs and hearty pasta dinners. Their newest location in the Canopy Oak Center means Ocala residents can now enjoy Pavarotti’s famous fare. Veal or chicken is served Parmigiana, Marsala or Picatta style, and the seafood dishes are served fresh over linguini. Pizza lovers can’t get enough of the homemade pies, and don’t forget about the subs, stromboli and calzones!
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Don Chepe’s Café 2506-A SE 17th St, Ocala / (352) 622-1300 Mon-Thu 7a-5p / Fri & Sun 7a-7p / Closed Sat
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Craving a new cuisine? Don Chepe’s Café serves a variety of authentic Latin American dishes created by El Salvador native Jose Moreno. Breakfast is served all day and includes familiar food as well as authentic Latin American breakfast options, like the Desayuno Centro Americano, containing fried eggs and beans, Salvadorian cheese, plantain, carne asada and rice. Creating a comfortable atmosphere with casual food, Don Chepe’s also serves sandwiches and entrées made from fresh ingredients such as pupusas from El Salvador, churrascos from Argentina, and arepas from Columbia and Venezuela.
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 Southern comfort food the whole family can enjoy! Enjoy the new Thai Chicken Salad. Reservations recommended for parties of 10 or more. Make Reservations Today! We have catering and gift certiﬁcates.
“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 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 and Chocolate Midnight Cake is a must when dining here. Like us on Facebook!
Tilted Kilt 3155 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 351-5458 / tiltedkilt.com Mon-Thu 11a-11p/ Fri-Sat 11a-Midnight / Sun 11a-10p Scan the code to view our complete menu and calendar of events. We have a cruise-in every third Saturday of the month. Or go to our website, ocala.tiltedkilt.com.
Looking for some fun with a great meal? Besides our personable service, hospitality and delicious food, you’ll feel at home watching your favorite HD sporting events on the big screen TVs or enjoying live music on the patio. From poker to cruise-ins, there’s always something happening at the Tilted Kilt. Big or small, celebrate your next party or special occasion with us. Our menu features an array of options, from snacks to full meals, plus a complete bar, all served by beautiful lasses in kilts. You’ll want to make us your hometown pub. The Tilted Kilt – where a cold beer never looked so good! Get the free mobile app at
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Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill 2711 SW 27th Ave., Ocala / (352) 390-8188 Mon-Thu 4p-2a / Fri-Sun 11-2a Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill is the place for hungry sports fans to go. With 32 high-definition televisions lining the walls, including a 133-inch and a 70-inch 3-D screen airing every televised game, you won’t miss a minute of the action. A great menu and an incredible selection of 40 beers on draft means Tony’s can cater to any appetite. Not into the big game? Not a problem. With a pool table, dart boards and video games, patrons are sure to find plenty of entertainment. Visit Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill and Tony’s Sushi within 48 hours and receive a free domestic beer when you show the receipt.
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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; Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $7.95. Plus $1.95 margaritas on Monday. On Sunday, kids 12 and under can enjoy 99¢ children’s meals (takeout not included). Wednesday is Special Margarita Day, 99¢ all day. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day.
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Ipanema Brazilian Steak House 2023 South Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 622-1741 / ipanemaocala.com Lunch Fri 11a-2:30p / Dinner Tue-Thu 5-9p, Fri & Sat 5-10p, Sun 4-9p Brunch Sun 12-3p / Happy Hour Tue-Fri 5-7p/ Closed Mon A Churrascaria (Portuguese for barbecue) is a dining experience where roaming Gauchos slice and serve fire-roasted meats from skewers in a continual fashion. Ipanema Brazilian Steak House boasts 12 of the finest cuts of meat complemented by an opulent salad and vegetable bar, delectable desserts, and delicious wines, beers and cocktails. Brazilian native and Executive Chef Ortencia DeAlmeida invites you to embrace the flavors of her homeland and experience the magnetism of Ipanema for yourself. Become a fan of Ipanema on Facebook at facebook.com/ipanemasteakhouse.
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Smallcakes, a Cupcakery 4701 SW College Rd., Suite 106, Ocala / (352) 484-1127 facebook.com/smallcakesocala / smallcakescupcakery.com Mon.-Sat., 10a-8p / Sun. 12-6p Start your week oﬀ right with Mini Mondays, featuring mini cupcakes by the dozen, and Toddler Tuesdays—free mini cupcakes for children under 5 with another purchase. And coming soon: cupcake milkshakes!
Ocala just got sweeter, thanks to the opening of Smallcakes, a Cupcakery. With over 150 flavors and the franchise cranking out new flavors every month, there is something for every sweet tooth. Smallcakes features 12 daily flavors with a rotation of two to four specialty flavors. The most-asked-about flavors are key lime pie and strawberries n crème. Smallcakes also caters events, such as weddings and other parties, and if you don’t see what you’re looking for in the shop, the talented staff of decorators can create customized orders just for you with advance notice. Come in-store for pick up and share the sweetness today.
World of Beer 2751 W Torch Lake Drive, The Villages / (352) 633-9519 / worldofbeerusa.com Sun-Fri 11a-Midnight / Sat 10a-Midnight
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Attention local beer enthusiasts, your newest favorite watering hole is now open. Serving 38 varieties of beer on draught and an additional 525 types of bottled beer, the World of Beer in The Villages doesn’t skimp on selection. Show up on a Friday or Saturday and enjoy live music while you try a new brew and munch on delicious appetizers like their soft German pretzel, crispy beer-battered onion rings or Guinness bratwurst sliders. Plus, this month, join us for several beer tastings! July 4, Founder’s Friday; July 15, Uinta; and July 29, Lazy Magnolia with giveaways during the event.
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Whether you’re on a date, meeting for business or grabbing a casual lunch, look no further than Latinos Y Mas! It’s the only place to dine for contemporary Latin fusion cuisine. Begin your dining experience with a refreshing Dragon Berry Mojito or perhaps an exotic Passion Fruit Caipirinha. Follow that with our delicious Tostones Con Chorizo. Order any entrée from paella to bandeja paisa and end your evening with traditional Spanish flan—you won’t be disappointed.
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N CASE YOU HAVEN’T HEARD, WILD WATERS HAS REOPENED FOR BUSINESS. A SMALL SECTION, INCLUDING COOL KIDS COVE, THE TAD POOL AND THE WAVE POOL OPENED TO THE PUBLIC THURSDAY, JUNE 12. LARGER RIDES LIKE THE SILVER BULLET, THE SILVER RIVER, ALLIGATOR AMBUSH AND THE HURRICANE SHOULD BE OPEN ANY DAY NOW, TOO. The park will be operated by Silver
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THINK YOU’VE SEEN EVERYTHING FLORIDA’S THEME PARKS HAVE TO OFFER? THINK AGAIN! AS THE SUMMER SUN SIZZLES AWAY, CHECK OUT SOME OF THESE COOL NEW ATTRACTIONS AT OUR STATE’S COOLEST THEME PARKS.
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SEAWORLD AFTER DARK
Head out after dark to Sea World’s Summer Nights, and check out Shamu’s cool new show, Light Up the Night. The revamped revue features new music, performances and everyone’s favorite whale! Be sure to check out the comedic genius of Seamore and Clyde, the hilarious sea lion duo. seaworldparks.com. seaworldparks.com.
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For those with little ones in tow, LEGOLAND’s new addition, DUPLO valley, features an interactive farmthemed park where youngsters can hop on a tractor just their size and help the farmers search for missing animals. When the work is done, they can board the DUPLO train to explore the rolling countryside. ﬂorida.legoland.com.
START YOUR ENGINES For the competitive people out there, Orlando’s Wet ‘n Wild will debut its newest addition, the Aqua Drag Racer. This interactive ride pits four fierce competitors against each other in this 350-foot track of wet twists and turns. Racers take their marks at 65 feet above ground and make their way headfirst to the landing pool below. wetnwildorlando.com.
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If you haven’t visited Disney’s long-awaited expansion to Fantasyland, now is the time! Hop on the coolest train ride around with the likes of Dopey, Doc, Sleepy… you get the picture. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train twists and turns visitors through a diamond mine filled with adventure. disneyworld.disney.go.com.
This summer, Busch Garden’s Tampa Bay will unveil its coolest ride yet. Falcon’s Fury is not for the squeamish. The 335-foot tower drop plummets those daring enough to board straight to the ground at warp speed… oh yeah, and riders will be positioned face-first as opposed to the traditional (and less-terrifying) seated position. seaworldparks.com.
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Harry Potter fans rejoice, as the Wizarding World’s cool new expansion is set to open on July 8. Diagon Alley features the pulse-pounding thrill ride that takes you inside Gringotts bank. Plus, all the wizard-wear and wizardry items you’ll need are available at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions and several other magical shops also line the alley. Hungry? Stop at the Leaky Cauldron to feed your famished family. universalorlando.com.
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This ain’t no day at the beach! Aquatica’s newest slide, Ihu’s Breakaway Falls, is the tallest, steepest and downright coolest multi-drop tower around. This watery free-fall is guaranteed to make a splash this summer! aquaticabyseaworld.com.
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HE CITY OF OCALA, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE APPLETON MUSEUM OF ART, IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE 2ND ANNUAL OCALA OUTDOOR SCULPTURE COMPETITION AT TUSCAWILLA PARK. MELISSA TOWNSEND, THE COMMUNITY CULTURAL ARTS MANAGER, TOOK A FEW MINUTES TO EXPLAIN THE PURPOSE OF THE COMPETITION AND WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO OUR CITY.
What is the main purpose of hosting this competition? The contest is a catalyst for the rejuvenation of Tuscawilla Park and the surrounding redevelopment area by providing opportunities for self-discovery, art education, community gatherings and the celebration of creativity.
This is the second year for the sculpture competition. Are there any changes planned? The first-year competition ran very smoothly, and there have not been any changes to the competition guidelines and format. In the future, we hope to be able to increase the artist
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honoraria, which would enable more artists to compete and ensure that we continue to have high-quality entries.
How will the artists be selected? The sculptures are selected by a jury comprised of residents who represent our local cultural arts and community organizations.
Do the artists need to be Ocala residents? The competition is open to any adult artists working in North America.
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What prizes will contest winners receive? The artists who create the 10 selected sculptures will each receive a $1,000 honoraria to offset transportation costs. Merit Awards include: Best of Show, $2,000; Second Place, $1,000; Honorable Mention, $500. There is also a $500 People’s Choice Award.
When can residents expect to see the new sculptures? The sculptures will be installed at Tuscawilla Park during the week of October 13. There will be a ticketed kick-off party to celebrate the new exhibit on Friday, October, 17. Save the date!
UPCOMING EXHIBITS AT THE APPLETON (ONGOING) The Appleton will host Industrial Nature: Work by Michelle Stitzlein, featuring a collection of moths created from recycled materials, which will be on display through July 6. A Creative Life: Gladys Shafran Kashdin features a selection of paintings, collages and drawings by Dr. Gladys Shafran Kashdin. Symphonic Style: The Art of Benny Collin features many of the artist’s colorful works and will remain on display through July 13. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. RED, WHITE AND BLUES (JULY 3) Citizens’ Circle will host a patriotic festival from 6-9pm. The festival will feature live entertainment, plenty of food and fun for the whole family. ocalaﬂ.org or (352) 368-5517. FLICK N’ FLOAT (JULY 11) The Hampton Aquatic Center will host an evening of family fun. A film on the big screen will be presented from 8-10pm over the pool for those wishing to swim. Concessions will be available. ocalaﬂ.org or (352) 368-5517. MAKE IT HAPPEN FOOTBALL CAMP (JULY 12) The 11th Annual Make it Happen football camp is a free opportunity for kids ages 8-18 to learn the sport from 11-year NFL veteran Drayton Florence. The camp will be held from 6-10pm at Webb field in Ocala. Registration is available for the first 250 participants only. draytonﬂorencefoundation.com. ART FESTIVAL (JULY 12) The Villages Art League’s 8th Annual Summer Art Festival will take place at the Lake Miona Recreation Center and feature over 60 artists, including those who specialize in jewelry, paintings, sculptures
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The artwork of internationally renowned marine wildlife artist GUY HARVEY is currently on display on the second floor of Gateway Bank. The 38-piece exhibit features 17 original works and 21 reproductions of Harvey’s work and represents his vision of the wildlife that inhabit our waters. All artwork is for sale, and Gateway Bank will donate all portions of its share of the sales to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. Exhibit hours are 9am-5pm Monday through Thursday and 9am-6pm on Friday. guyharvey.com or (352) 368-3756.
STETHOSCOPES & TWO-STEPS THE ANNUAL DANCING WITH THE DOCTORS event has benefitted numerous
organizations over the past six years, including the Munroe Foundation and the Drayton Florence Foundation. Now in its seventh year, Jul the wildly popular and ever-entertaining event 19 will benefit The Frank Deluca YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club of Marion County. Tickets are $125 per person with special sponsorship opportunities available. A 14-karat, tri-color gold diamond ring valued at $2,600 has been graciously donated by Nancy Porter of The Lady Jeweler, and raﬄe tickets are available for purchase at $50 per ticket. dancingwiththedoctors.com.
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STAND-UP PADDLE BOARDING (JULY 12, 20) A paddleboarding class will take place at Carney Island on July 12 at 9am, 10am and 11am for a $5 fee. A paddleboard outing will launch from the KP hole at 9am on July 20 for a fee of $20. Both fees are in addition to park entrance. marioncountyﬂ.org or (352) 671-8560.
COPS, KIDS AND FIREFIGHTERS FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL (JULY 18) The Martin Luther King Recreation Complex will host this annual event that introduces families to local law enforcement. The festival will be held from 10am-1pm, and admission is free. ocalaﬂ.org or (352) 368-5517.
TRIPS ‘N’ TOURS (JULY 15) The Appleton’s Trips ‘N’ Tours program will head to the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota for the groundbreaking exhibit Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World. Several ingenious forgers of the 20th century are profiled and represent some of the most infamous scandals of the century. The trip is $85 for
DOWNTOWN SUMMER JAMS (JULY 18) Held at Citizens’ Circle, the Downtown Summer Jams series is a free event showcasing up-and-coming musicians, singers and bands. The concert runs from 6-10pm. ocalaﬂ.org or (352) 368-5517. MURDER MYSTERY DINNER (JULY 26) The Seven Sisters Historic Inn will host a murder mystery event from 6-9:30pm. The
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