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Features Rock On! p26 Taking the town by storm once more is the 2015 Downtown Summer Jams. Promising to foster a few standing ovations, both aspiring locals and original bands will hit the stage, leaving audience members chanting memorable lyrics. The fun starts in July and continues through September, but before you mark your calendars, we introduce you to the headlining acts. BY LAUREL GILLUM ON THE COVER

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Inventing A New Generation

The next time you feel inclined to tell your child to quit daydreaming and get to work—you might want to think twice. Those fanciful flights of imagination may be leading him or her to a successful career… and a nice home on easy street. BY JIM GIBSON

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A Slice Of (Summertime) Life p36 It’s the middle of summer, and it’s hot. Whether you want to cave dive or cool off poolside with your family, don’t let the Florida heat get the best of you. Take advantage of these local watering holes, weekend getaways, diving spots and water parks to keep you cool this summer! BY CEALIA ATHANASON

Take A Ride On The Wild Side p42 We’ve rounded up an assortment of the most thrilling rides in the Southeast. Some are brand-new, and others have been around awhile but have remained favorites for good reason. Make this a summer to remember and take on all of them… or at least as many as you can handle. Photos by John Jernigan

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ONEONONE p16

In the BBQ pit with Lori Frazee. HORSIN’AROUND p18

Welcome to Westview Farms. GOINGPLACES p20

Check out one of Ocala’s hidden gems.

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When technology strikes back. BUSINESSBRIEFS p24

A new dealership opens in Leesburg and hotel occupancies are up.

The Pulse p49 Ideas to keep you fit and healthy all year long. BY CEALIA ATHANASON AND JOANN GUIDRY

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The lowdown on leaky gut. PLAYINGWELL p52

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Just call Lori Frazee a jack of all trades and a master of the barbecue pit. Her résumé includes agriculture teacher, nursery owner, woodworker, Realtor and radio blogger. And although successful in all those endeavors, Frazee has made a name for herself when it comes to her grilling expertise. In fact, she’s a professional pit master known as the Barn Goddess BBQ. “I’ve always had a lot of interests that started out as hobbies and then became businesses,” says Frazee, who graduated from and taught agriculture at Purdue University. “But cooking has always been a longtime interest of mine.” After moving to Fort Myers in the early 1980s, Frazee even combined being an agriculture teacher with cooking. While teaching at a small middle school, her class would butcher and barbecue a pig as a year-end assignment.

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“It was a great tie in to the agriculture class,” says Frazee, “and we fed the whole school that day.” After retiring from teaching, Frazee began watching a lot of cooking shows and found herself being an armchair chef. “I was always yelling at the TV, saying they were doing it wrong,” recalls Frazee, 55, who co-owns Marion County Realty. “That’s when I realized I needed to pursue cooking further. I took an intense, three-day barbecue competition class, and I was hooked. Frazee joined the Florida Bar-B-Que Association, earned her judging certification and began competing on the pit master circuit. Competition is year-round in Florida, and Frazee also travels to other competitions across the country. Last summer, Frazee made it to the finals of the Travel Channel’s American Grilled competition in Pensacola. She

also competed in last year’s Las Vegas-hosted $100,000 World Food Championships; she’s already qualified for this year’s event in Kissimmee, November 3-10. “Competitions are a lot of work, but they’re a lot of fun, too,” says Frazee, who travels in a small RV that holds all her cooking equipment and supplies. “Competitions are usually Friday and Saturday. You have to commit to the time and expense. Combining entry fees, meat costs and travel expenses, I can spend $1,000 for a two-day competition. But you can win $10,000 at some of the bigger competitions.” In barbecue competitions, the participants are usually required to cook four different meats: chicken, ribs, pork butt and brisket. Although some teams have four people who each cook a dish, Frazee is a one-woman team. Using three different wood

or charcoal-burning cookers, she begins barbecuing at midnight on Friday; first is the pork butt followed by the brisket. By 6am, she moves on to the ribs with the chicken last at 9:40am. The doubleblind judging is on Saturday with a panel of six judges and one table captain. Competitors are judged on presentation, taste and tenderness of each meat dish. “Of course, winning is always great. We like to say that you come away with money, trophies and bragging rights” says Frazee. “I love doing the competitions, and the camaraderie in the barbecue community is wonderful.” Spoken like a true pit master.

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“I had heard about Ocala being a great place to raise horses, so I came to check it out,” says Pepe. “I knew right away what everyone said about the area was right. Ocala has good grass, great year-round weather and excellent industry support services.” Pepe’s farms have produced numerous national champions in the United States and Peru. The more recent WHEN I DEVELOPED BACK ISSUES, MY ones include WF Luna, DOCTOR TOLD ME I SHOULDN’T RIDE WF Gladiator and WF ANYMORE. THEN I READ ABOUT PERUVIAN Mistico, all who came PASOS AND HOW THEY WERE THE away with multiple SMOOTHEST RIDING HORSES IN THE WORLD. championship titles at the 2014 NAPHA U.S. National Show in Tunica, smoothness of its gait, as well Mississippi. Pepe’s WF Lunareja as its “brio,” or spirit. Known as and WF Embajador are past “The National Horse of Peru,” the national champions in Peru. Peruvian Paso is very suitable for “As far as I know, we are the pleasure and trail riding. only U.S.-based farm to have a “After my first of four trips horse named a national champion to Peru, I knew I wanted to be in in Peru,” says Pepe. “Obviously, the the Peruvian Paso horse business,” Peruvian breeders take great pride says Pepe, who immediately began in their horses. So for us to have riding and showing. “Very quickly horses named national champions I had many more horses than I there was quite an honor.” thought I ever would have.” A smooth-riding honor. Pepe established his Westview Farms first in Pawling, New York, in 1983 and then added the Ocala operation in 2000. All told, Pepe has 100 plus horses with the majority of those at the 150-acre Want To Know More? Ocala farm, which is managed by westviewbreeding.com Luis E. Malca. miles over the country’s rugged terrain. The Peruvian Paso has a four-beat lateral gait pattern of right hind, right front, left hind, left front. In the signature gait of the breed, the front legs are lifted high from the shoulder with a swinging outward pattern, known as “termino.” When showing, the Peruvian Paso is judged on the

A self-described weekend horseman with bad back issues, Gene Pepe was looking for a super comfortable horse to ride. Two farms and numerous national champions later, Pepe found what he was looking for and more in the Peruvian Paso horse. “I’ve always ridden horses, but they weren’t any particular breed, just horses,” says Pepe, who owns Ocala-based Westview Farms. “When I developed back issues, my doctor told me I shouldn’t ride anymore. Then I read about Peruvian Pasos and how they were the smoothest riding horses in the world. I decided to find out if this was a horse I could ride with my bad back.” Pepe’s research took him first to New Jersey and then Texas, where he actually bought several horses. “The minute I sat on one, I fell in love with the Peruvian Paso,” says Pepe, 84, who owns several luxury car dealerships in Westchester County, New York. “I became a bit obsessed with them. I wanted to know everything about them.” Pepe even went to Peru, the birthplace of the breed. The Peruvian Paso horse, which is a descendant of the Spanish breeds of Barb, Andalusian and Spanish Jennet, was developed by the early Spanish settlers in Peru. A smooth-riding horse was necessary for traveling many

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EDAR LAKES WOODS AND GARDENS FEATURES UNIQUE BOTANICAL BEAUTY IN AN UNLIKELY SETTING. aerator pumps. Soon, picnic pavilions and tables, even a hammock for truly relaxed nature viewing, were added. Little by little, a paradise began to emerge. Now, 50 botanical gardens on 20 acres feature more than 100 plant species, from azaleas to bromelias to orchids. Soon blue herons, egrets, osprey, kites, owls, hawks, woodpeckers, bald eagles and Canadian geese found a new home. White swans, Lancelot and Guinevere also settled in. And although Webber never ended up with his fishing pond, there are fish. “We have some very large catfish,” says Webber. “The largest is Big Ben, who’s a 100-pound blue catfish. And we also have some koi ponds. But no fishing is allowed.” While developing the quarry gardens, Webber also began planting trees, lots of trees, on an adjacent 54 acres. Webber says he “always liked trees but had never planted any before.” Let’s just say he made up for lost time. Cedar, hickory, pecan, pine, maple, dogwood and magnolia are just some of the trees that now adorn the property since donated to the

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Conservation Trust of Florida. The surrounding woods are open to visitors to the botanical gardens, which are designated as a 501(c)(3). Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens had its official public grand opening this past April and hosted 1,900 people. Visitors can tour the gardens and the woods at their own pace, usually taking 90 minutes to two hours. Guided tours are available on request. The site has also become a favorite for weddings as well as family reunions, birthday parties and retreats. “Most certainly, the woods and the gardens have exceeded my expectations,” says Webber. “I want to share it with the public, but my focus is mainly on preservation and conservation of this paradise we’ve created.”

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the witness denied doing so, the defense attorney handed the prosecutor a copy of the witness’s Myspace page containing a post of the witness bragging about the illegal drugs she took at the party. The witness’s credibility dropped quicker than photos, videos, medical Myspace stock. records, documents, tax returns, etc. Law enforcement also utilize relevant to the issues of the lawsuit. today’s technology to assist in solving This is what’s known as the crimes. The terms “digital footprint” “discovery” process. and “IP address” are now customary Gone are the days language in criminal cases, including when Perry Mason would applications for search warrants conproduce the secret doccerning computers and smartphones. ument or photograph One of the most interesting arrest at trial, showing that his warrants I signed recently concerned a client was innocent and carjacking case. The victim told officers someone else (usually the suspect approached her car, pulled a gun and IN MOST CIRCUMSTANCES, THEY told her to get out. She HAVE NOBODY ELSE TO BLAME… OTHER gave a description of THAN “THEMSELFIE.” the suspect and said her purse and phone were left in her car. The officers were able to track seated in the courtroom the mobile phone and found it discarded audience) was guilty of the on the side of the road. They were crime charged. Prosecutor pleasantly surprised to see the suspect Hamilton Burger—Perry’s had used the victim’s phone to log in to perpetual adversary—truly his Facebook account… and did not log would have benefited from the out. Needless to say, the officers truly discovery process. “liked” this piece of evidence. My initial experience Today’s technology gives us with social media impeachplenty of opportunities to connect ment happened years ago with friends and family like never in a criminal hearing. The before. But, this same technology prosecution’s witness testioften leaves those involved in criminal fied she saw the defendant or civil proceedings in the awkward drinking alcohol at a party position of explaining how a photo, on the night of her arrest. video or post differs from the position The defense attorney then they are now taking in court. In most asked the witness if she circumstances, they have nobody else had taken any illegal drugs to blame… other than “themselfie.” while at the party. When

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NEW CHAIRMAN, NEW STRATEGIES Michael Biskie, vice chairman of CAREERSOURCE CITRUS LEVY MARION’s board of directors, was elected vice chair of the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) at its annual forum recently in Washington, D.C. CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion is a private, business-led nonprofit and one of 24 workforce investment boards in Florida responsible for developing local workforce strategies and delivering services through a network of one-stop career centers.

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In April, ALLSTATE agency owner Abshier Emery received the Agency Hands in the Community Award for his commitment to helping others. With this award came a $1,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation to the Belleview Rotary Foundation, where Emery volunteers. Allstate agents and employees have a proud history of putting their good hands to work in supporting Florida communities, promoting volunteerism and providing financial resources to enable local organizations to help others.

HELPING FRIENDS IN NEED In an effort to help support those impacted by homelessness and poverty, BBVA Compass Foundation and Compass Bank representatives presented a check for $5,000 to HELPING HANDS. Helping Hands is a tax-exempt charity, serving the people of Ocala and Marion County. Providing shelter and related assistance for people in need, mostly women and children, “BBVA Compass is pleased to assist those in Marion County who have fallen on hard times,” says BBVA Compass Community Relations Officer John Lasswell. For more information about Helping Hands, visit helpinghandsocala.org.

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WASH WHERE YOU WALK. The favorable impression created by impeccable landscaping and a fresh, clean facade can be swept away in an instant if sidewalks, driveways and patios are unsightly. Reach for a high-pressure, high-flow pressure washer, such as those featuring Briggs & Stratton’s POWERflow+ technology, which include adjustable pressure and flow as well as power-soaping detergent tanks to let you clean tough stains and then quickly wash them away with a single machine. BEWARE OF DINGY DIRT. Because you

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Beautiful Well Maintained home w/spcaious floor plan. LocatBrett Ortengren ed in a quiet, family friendly subdivision sitting on 1.7 acres on a cul-de-sac street. 3/2/2, eat-in kitchen, large family rm, huge master bdrm w/walk-in closet, inside laundry & a huge covered patio & enclosed pool. Boats or motor home, No Problem. JUST REDUCED TO $176,000. BRING AN OFFER! MLS#423393

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LOT CAN BE SAID ABOUT A CITY AND THE MUSIC YOU IDENTIFY IT WITH. NEW YORK: FROM A DIRTY COFFEE SHOP WINDOW, YOUR EYES WANDER ACROSS THE STREET, EARS ATTENTIVE TO THE DISTANT GUITAR WRAPPED IN THE ARMS OF A STREET ARTIST. NASHVILLE: AS YOUR BOOTS LEAD YOU PAST A VINYL SHOP, YOU START TO HUM YOUR FAVORITE HOOK A LITTLE LOUDER. NEW ORLEANS: SCREAMING JAZZ, YOU’RE LOST IN THE EMOTIONS ENTANGLED IN NOTES BROUGHT TO LIFE BY WHAT YOU GUESS TO BE A TRUMPET SOMEWHERE NEARBY. OCALA: WITH DOWNTOWN SERVING AS A CENTERPIECE, THE SOUND BRANDING OUR SMALL TOWN CAN ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS A MELTING POT—A LITTLE OF EVERYTHING. TAKING THE TOWN BY STORM ONCE MORE IS THE 2015 DOWNTOWN SUMMER JAMS. PROMISING TO FOSTER A FEW STANDING OVATIONS, BOTH ASPIRING LOCALS AND ORIGINAL BANDS WILL HIT THE STAGE, LEAVING AUDIENCE MEMBERS CHANTING MEMORABLE LYRICS. THESE GROUPS DIFFER IN GENRE AND STYLE AND IDENTIFY WITH ARTISTS LIKE JASON MRAZ AND LED ZEPPELIN. THE FUN STARTS IN JULY AND CONTINUES THROUGH SEPTEMBER, BUT BEFORE YOU MARK YOUR CALENDARS, WE INTRODUCE YOU TO THE HEADLINING ACTS.

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WITH A BACKGROUND IN HARD ROCK, YOU ARE UP AGAINST SOME OF THE GREATS. WHAT ARTISTS DO YOU FIND THE BAND MOST COLLECTIVELY LISTENING TO? Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine. We listen to anything and everything. FOR A BAND TO TRAVEL, WORK AND LIVE TOGETHER, THEY HAVE TO BE PRETTY CLOSE. HAVE YOU KNOWN EACH OTHER LONG? HOW DID ANTIC COME TO BE? Antic has been a band for almost four years. Some of us met in high school, and we officially formed our band in 2011 after our soon-to-be singer needed a band for an upcoming gig he was offered.

SOUNDS LIKE YOUR FIRST GIG WAS A SUCCESS, BEING IT DEFINITELY WASN’T YOUR LAST! SEEMS YOU’VE PLAYED QUITE A FEW SHOWS SINCE THEN. DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE? We have performed in several parts of Florida, even a couple shows in Georgia and Tennessee. Our favorite gig would probably have to be when we opened for Saliva in Jacksonville at The Underbelly. Apart from Saliva, we have opened for Evergreen Terrace, Trapt and Pop Evil. IF YOU COULD GIVE SOME ADVICE TO THE BANDS FOLLOWING YOUR PERFORMANCE IN JULY, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM? Simple: Be confident in what you do.

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Pop Acoustic

YOUR MUSIC HAS A VERY CLEAN, EARTHY FEEL. IF YOU HAD TO PICK A FIGURE WHO HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE WITH YOUR SOUND, WHO WOULD YOU SAY THAT WAS? Some creatives who have had a big impact on my music are artists like Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Gretchen Parlato, Macklemore, Copeland and Sara Bareilles. I like to read a lot. Some of the writers and thinkers who amaze and continue to inspire me are Rumi, Gibran and Gandhi. IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE ONE ORIGINAL SONG TO PERFORM DURING EVERY SHOW FROM HERE ON OUT, WHICH DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD CHOOSE? I can’t really say that I have a favorite, but I’d probably choose “Better.” The song is a love song up front, but more than that, it’s an expression of gratitude for someone whose presence in my life made me a better person. It’s a song that helps put me in a perspective beyond the ups and the downs where I can see the experience for the experience and the growth thereby. DO YOU EVER CHANGE UP LYRICS IN LIVE SETS, OR DO YOU STICK WITH WHAT EVERYBODY KNOWS? I do change the lyrics sometimes. A lot of times it’s to make a cover song more personal. For example, personally I choose not to drink, so in “Uptown Funk” I always find myself saying “Fill my cup put some lemonade in it!” instead of “put some liquor in it.” I just think the word is groovy and fits in there really well. It also helps keep it creative for me because often times I’m singing the same songs night after night.

Although considering himself primarily a solo act, Dane also plays with a band called “The Family.”

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THE LYRICS IN YOUR SONGS ARE HEARTFELT, NOT JUST THROWN TOGETHER CHORUS REPEATS. WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR YOUR MUSIC MAKING? Usually, music making begins with an idea that just really clicks that I start trying to work out. I always enjoy the mystery of the process. For example, I could sit down for hours with the attitude of “OK, I’m going to write something awesome now,” and start trying to work it out and it just won’t happen. It’s more about letting myself delve into an experience and then, instead of focusing, just conveying that idea through song in a very ‘anything goes’ kind of way. Then, usually, I’ll come back to it if I like it and revise things and put it together to edit it. But it happens all sorts of ways; this just seems to be one way. IF YOU COULD GIVE SOME ADVICE TO THE BANDS FOLLOWING YOUR PERFORMANCE IN AUGUST, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM? Always think for yourself. Don’t let other people explain to you what is and isn’t possible; no one knows what’s going to make you come alive, and no one, not even yourself, knows all of the strengths that you have inside until you truly try at something.


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A LOT OF BANDS OUT THERE TODAY CLASSIFY THEMSELVES UNDER ONE OF THREE CATEGORIES—POP, ROCK OR COUNTRY. YOU DON’T FIT UNDER ANY OF THESE TITLES. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND? Jeremy/Daniel: If Creed had a baby with Slipknot, then that baby grew up and moved to Alabama, we would be that baby’s distant cousin that lives in the woods. Dusty: Also known as Radio Rock.

WANT TO GO?

WITH A SOUND DESCRIPTION LIKE THAT, THERE MUST BE A STORY BEHIND HOW YOUR GROUP CAME TO BE. Jeremy: Well, we met each other through playing in bands throughout Florida starting back in 2006. Dusty: Jeremy and I started this as an acoustic side project back in December 2011. We didn’t fully get this thing off the ground as a full band until April 2014 with the addition of Murph on drums and played our first show with Framing Hanley. In October, we added Daniel, and that’s when our sound really started to shape.

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SOUNDS LIKE YOU WERE ABLE TO SNAG QUITE A FEW TALENTED GUYS TO MAKE UP YOUR BAND. WITH FOUR GROUP MEMBERS EACH PARTIAL TO THEIR OWN IDEAS, HOW DOES THE MUSICMAKING PROCESS USUALLY GO? Dusty: Jeremy usually shows us a riff. Then we all jump in, adding our own style and influences to it, shaping it as we go. By the time it’s complete, it usually ends up in a completely different area than it started and way better than any of us thought it would be. We all have our unique fingerprint on at least one song. A DAY IN THE LIFE OF DEAR ABBEY—WHAT DOES A NORMAL DAY CONSIST OF? Dusty: Right now we are finishing up recording our debut album, so our practices stay focused on honing our live show to promote the album. After the album is out for a while, then we will probably switch gears back in to writing mode to work on new material.

HOW DOES THE FUTURE LOOK? IN FIVE YEARS, DO YOU SEE YOURSELVES STILL DOING WHAT YOU LOVE MOST? Jeremy: We have only been a full band for a little over a year now, and we have shared the stage with some amazing national touring acts. We have achieved so much in so little time. In five years… the sky is the limit. IF YOU COULD GIVE SOME ADVICE TO THE BANDS FOLLOWING YOUR PERFORMANCE IN SEPTEMBER, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM? Dusty: Be tenacious. It does not come easy, and no one is going to hand it to you. Be prepared to work hard, and don’t let a bad show or failed event keep you down. Instead, use it as a learning experience to improve for the next time. Above all, believe in what you’re doing.

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The next time you feel inclined to tell your child to quit daydreaming and get to work,you might want to think twice. Those fanciful flights of imagination may be leading him or her to a successful career… and a nice home on easy street.

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lex Moy is a self-professed daydreamer. As a young boy he had a very vivid imagination, and he created elaborate stories around events in his everyday life. When his parents bought him a video camera for his 11th birthday, he then had an avenue to bring those daydreams to life. “At first I just practiced and practiced. Then I began to read and research everything I could find on filmmaking,” he says. “When I love something I give it all I have, and I gave it 110 percent.” It didn’t take Alex long to produce his first short film. “On my 14th birthday, I made a film called Precognition,” he says. “I decided to do it on my birthday because I had all my friends in one place at my party, and it worked out great. What really clicked for me and helped me decide to make filmmaking a serious part of my life is when I had a screening of the film for my youth-group at my church, Meadowbrook Church in Ocala. There were about a hundred students there, and they all stood and clapped as it ended. It was a surreal moment for me, and I knew right then that this is what I wanted to do with my life. I am very grateful to my church for believing in me; they are very supportive of the arts and have played a key role in my journey.” Alex, now 17, has come a long way in the six short years since he received his first video camera. Last year he won the Audience Choice Award for his short film titled Protected at the inaugural Silver Springs International Film Festival. He was then contacted by Angela Busler at the Power Plant Business Incubator in Ocala, where he was set up with an office/studio to “incubate” his fledgling business, ThatsHowItsDone Productions. “I was not offered just a business incubation program, I was offered an opportunity to live out my dream of being a filmmaker and businessman,” Alex says. “We have an office that has room for a small studio with a green screen for special video production. I am so grateful to the Power Plant for giving me the start I needed. The love and support they have shown has really helped me get my business off the ground.” The Power Plant Business Incubator is an innovative project created by the Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Partnership

ALEX MOY

(CEP). The incubator was designed to provide a place that attracts early-stage innovative companies and enables them to grow and flourish. It is there to give budding entrepreneurs a hand up in today’s business world… and that’s just what the Power Plant has done for Alex. Alex owns ThatsHowItsDone Productions along with his parents. The company produces corporate television commercials, web-commercials, wedding and music videos, develops highly creative marketing campaigns, produces short films and soon will begin producing feature films. After only one short year, the company is already looking for room to expand. “We just need more room,” Alex says. “We are hoping to increase our team of 10 and expand our services. We are currently seeking a building large enough to house a good-sized studio along with office space for other creative team members to join us. We want to be able to produce feature films completely in-house.” So far, Alex has directed three short films, Precogntion, Protected and his latest film, which received great reviews at this year’s Silver Springs International Film Festival, Less Than Nothing Nothing. All of Alex’s films have positive messages of faith and hope, and he says his objective is to inspire his audiences in all areas of life. He hopes to maintain that theme in all of the films he directs. Alex’s future plans include starting his first feature film by the time he turns 18. “I have a couple ideas in mind, and I hope to start filming my first feature soon. It’s a goal I set for myself, and it’s something I’m looking forward to achieving,” he says.


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hen Cameron Cato was a child, the crack of a whip piercing the morning air was as common as the lowing of cattle on his family’s 15-acre ranch in Summerfield. By the age of 4, he had learned the art of whip cracking and soon learned that for him it was “a God-given talent.” By 9 years of age, he had begun to plait his own whips, and as he practiced over the years, he became so good that four out of the last five years he has been named the Florida Whip Popping Champion at the Florida Ranch Rodeo State Finals and Cowboy Heritage Festival in Kissimmee. He was even flown to California in 2012 to appear on the Nickelodeon television show Figure It Out. Cameron, who is a 17-year-old student at Lake Weir High School, has been selling his handmade cow whips for many years, mostly advertising through word-of-mouth, although he now hands out business cards for “Cato’s Custom Cow Whips” at rodeos and cowboy get-togethers.

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“I make two kinds of whips,” he says. “I make them out of nylon, and I make them out of deerskin. Nylon became popular back in the 1970s because it makes a good whip and it doesn’t require as much care as a leather whip. If a leather whip gets wet, it has to be carefully dried and then re-oiled with neatsfoot oil. You also have to make sure it’s kept away from mice, rats and dogs, because they will chew on it. The nylon whips can get wet, and it doesn’t affect them, so they are much easier to own.” Cameron says that even though both whips produce the same result, they are very different when it comes to making one. “I can make an 8- or 10-foot nylon whip using 650 parachute cord in a day or two. Basically, all you have to do is cut the nylon to length and plait it. But it takes a much longer time to make a

leather whip,” he says. “To make a buckskin whip, I use old Florida primitive cow-whip-making techniques that were taught to me by master whip maker George Altman of Wauchula. I use doeskin because it’s more uniform in thickness, and it takes about 35 days to tan the doe hide. Once the leather is tanned, stretched and dried, it takes another couple of days to plait it into a whip. Right now, I sell my nylon whips for $20 a foot and the buckskin whips go for $30 a foot. I can customize any length whip and am very particular about turning out the very best product possible.” Cameron plans to attend Warner University in Lake Wales where he will major in Agricultural Business Management. He plans to continue making whips for as long as possible. “My dream is to manage a large farm, but I will always continue to make whips,” he says. “I hope to continue to carry on the Florida Cracker traditional style of whip-making throughout my life. There are only three or four traditional whip makers out there, and I don’t know of any others my age. It’s important to carry on tradition.”


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ollege of Central Florida student and Ocala resident Michael Ergle pulled up to a local gas station, took one look at the pump handle and had a possibly life-changing idea. “It was so gross that I could hardly bear to touch it,” he says. “I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice to have a pair of gloves to protect me from the nasty stuff that is all over that handle?’” The idea wouldn’t leave Michael’s head, and he shared it with his parents and grandparents. They agreed that the idea was a good one, and Michael sketched up plans for a unique type of hands-free glove dispenser that can be placed in germ-laden areas for free public use. “I am in the process of filing for a patent, and I hope to have a prototype available within a few months,” he says. “I would like to incorporate some type of antibacterial substance inside the glove as a hand cleanser, and I want to make sure they are biodegradable.” Michael hopes to sell the dispenser and gloves to businesses such as gas stations, hospitals, stores or any public area where germs are easily spread. Patrons can simply put on the gloves while performing whatever task they choose, and then simply discard them into any available waste receptacle. “I hope this will help in the control of germs that spread illnesses and would be a positive thing,” says Michael. “So many diseases are spread through germs that can live for many hours on things like pump handles and door handles. I believe this idea could keep a lot of people from getting sick needlessly.”


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s members of the Vanguard High School International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB Program), Katelyn Alvies and Jordan Brown have already exhibited their eagerness to learn and a desire to excel academically. The program, designed for highly motivated secondary students, is so rigorous that “Florida universities award up to 30 credit hours for the IB diploma.” When the instructor of their IB Business Management class told them about the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership’s inaugural Youth Business Plan Competition, the two friends sprang into action. “We were told that as a class project we could submit a business plan to the competition,” says Katelyn. “We had a good idea, we put it together and made a presentation, and we won first place.” First place won the pair $1,000, a one-year affiliate membership at the Power Plant Business Incubator and a one-year Entrepreneur Level Partnership with the CEP. “We named our company Flex Tech, and the product we designed was a compression sleeve, such as the type you see worn by athletes, that contains mesh graphene sensors that can relay vital medical and physiological information to an external cloud via wireless transmission,” says Jordan. “Katelyn came up with the idea of the sleeve and the sensors, and I connected it to a wireless cloud. It was a team effort.” “The compression sleeve is a very versatile idea. It can be used in many different settings,” says Katelyn. “It can be used to sense too much strain on overworked or injured muscles for athletes, or it can be used in the home to detect unsafe drops in blood pressure for older or ill people. There are many different ways they can be used. The sensors are mesh graphene, and they are very flexible. This makes the sleeve comfortable, and it doesn’t interfere with normal activities. The sleeves will be customized for each person, so they will fit all body types.” The girls have access to office space at the Power Plant but have been unable to take advantage of the site so far due to their grueling academic schedules. “We have taken advantage of the seminars presented through the CEP,” says Jordan. “And they have been very helpful in teaching us what it takes to succeed in the business world and to be a better entrepreneur. We have also made a lot of contacts, met a lot of new people and made connections within the community. We are very grateful for this opportunity.” Both girls plan on attending college but seem destined for disparate careers. “I haven’t decided which college I want to attend,” says 17-year-old Katelyn, “but I know I want to major in biomedical engineering. I have always been interested in the medical field and engineering, but I didn’t want to get into the physical part of actually operating on patients and that type of thing, so this field seemed perfect for me. I have always had ideas of things I’d like to make and create, and I think this field will provide me that opportunity.” “I want to major in finance and political science,” says Jordan, now 16. “I am also very interested in communication and broadcast television.” The girls say they are in the process of filing a patent for their design but say that production would still be years away following their college graduations.

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Gabe Pierannunzi started his company, Appuccino, a little more than a year ago when he was only 17 years old. After only one year in business, he talks like a veteran businessman. “I have learned so much in this one year,” he says. “When I started, I knew how to write and develop apps, but I have learned so much about what it takes to have a successful business through contacts and networking. It has been an amazing year.” Gabe, who wrote his first line of basic HTML code when he was 9 years old, now creates apps for local businesses that want to reap the many advantages of a solid presence in the mobile world. “I began seriously writing code when I was 16. I am very self-motivated, and I pretty much learned by trial and error. If I needed to know something I Google searched it and then taught myself,” he says. “I believe mobile devices and apps are the wave of the future, and my company is fully prepared to meet the needs of our clients.”

GABE PIERANNUNZI Gabe says Appuccino is currently working on a “check-in” app that can be used at various businesses. When a client comes in, instead of filling out information by hand on paper forms, they can simply wave their smartphone in front of the business’s iPad and their information will automatically and instantly be uploaded into the office’s computer system. Gabe recently created an online video tutorial describing how to create an app using the Apple programming language Swift. “The video took me a couple of weeks to make on my own, and I sold it online for $99 a copy. Within three weeks I had sold 1,000 copies,” he says. “That was pretty impressive.” Gabe says his business will soon be expanding but will maintain its base office in Ocala. He can be contacted at appuccino.org for more information.

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Kids are out of school and ready to cool off. Sprinklers aren’t going to cut it for much longer, and you’re probably ready to escape the heat, too. Head to one of several nearby springs for an afternoon of fun in the sun. Best part? These places are easy on the budget and within an hour’s drive.

Rainbow River West of Ocala in Dunnellon you’ll find Rainbow Springs, a fun spot to swim, kayak, canoe, camp or tube. The main spring is for swimming only. Parents, be sure to bring floats for younger kids because, on average, the water is between 5 and 18 feet deep. Or, skip the main spring and rent tubes, kayaks or canoes to paddle or float down river.


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Buccaneer Bay at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

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There are two different entrances, one by the main spring and the other a mile and a half down river at the tubing entrance. At the main spring, you can rent canoes or kayaks to take down the river, but you have to rent tubes at the other entrance where there is a ramp to launch your tube. The cost is $2 per person at the main entrance and $5 per vehicle at the tube entrance. Campsites are along the river, too, and kayaks and canoes can be launched only a short distance from each site.

Juniper Springs Just inside the Ocala National Forest, Juniper Springs’ clear and cool water attracts many swimmers during the heat of summer. Kids can swim and see fish underwater in the patches of seaweed and natural limestone that make up the spring’s floor. The water is shallow on the sides but gradually gets deeper in the middle and back of the spring. There’s also a platform for kids to jump off of into the water if they’re feeling brave. Enjoy your picnic lunch, or even grill out, right around the

spring. A boardwalk takes you on a tropical stroll along the river where you can also canoe. Just don’t forget to look out for alligators! They frequent the river and other springs along the boardwalk where swimming isn’t allowed. This family-friendly spring is 28 miles east of I-75 on Highway 40 and costs $5 per person. Juniper Springs also has a campground, so you could turn this afternoon spot into a weekend getaway, too.

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ages 6 to 12 (Children under 5 are free.), and the tickets include access to all shows and cruises.

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is the only spring-fed water park in Florida, and the flume rides empty right into the crystal clear water. It’s located in Spring Hill, about an hour and 20 minutes south of Ocala. Although older kids and adults can enjoy the swimming area, lazy river and flume rides, the lifeguard-supervised Lil’ Mates Caribbean Cove will keep the little ones safe and occupied. And, throughout the day, there are mermaid shows and riverboat cruises, too. Don’t forget to bring the camera! Pack a lunch or eat at the Mermaids Galley Restaurant. Want to brown bag it? There’s a picnic area, and locker rentals range from $5 to $10. You can also rent single, double or triple tubes for $8, $12 and $15. The bay is open from 9am to 5:30pm daily. Tickets cost $13 for adults and $8 for children

Ichetucknee Springs The beautiful, flowing waters of Ichetucknee Springs State Park meander for a lazy 6 miles—perfect for tubing, kayaking, canoeing or snorkeling. Rent tubes, and slowly let the water take you and your family through the cool water. Grill out and eat at the picnic tables or buy refreshments at the concession stand. Scuba diving in the Blue Hole is also available between October and March for those who are cave certified. It’s only about an hour and a half from Ocala, so go relax, cool off and spend time with family and friends. Park admission is $4 per vehicle with one person or motorcycle with up to two people, $6 per vehicle with two to eight passengers and $2 for each pedestrian, bicyclist or extra passenger.

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Some places are just too far away for a weekday afternoon but perfect for a lazy weekend off. These natural Florida springs are within two hours of Ocala and can turn any day into a family-fun day!

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Diving Holes De Leon Springs This 625-acre park has it all. From diving classes to kayaking down the Spring Garden Run, spend a fun-filled day swimming in the main spring, grilling by the water, bow fishing or hiking the 4.2-mile Persimmon Hiking Trail. There’s even a playground for the kids, picnic tables and pavilions to rent. And, it’s just over an hour east of Ocala. Besides the variety of outdoor possibilities, De Leon Springs State Park is known for its pancakes. At the Sugar Mill Restaurant, you can order from a variety of toppings and batters and make your own pancakes right there on the flat top griddle at your table. This pancake house fills up early in the morning, so show up really early or call (386) 985-5644 to make a reservation. Park admission is $4 per vehicle or motorcycle with only one person, $6 per vehicle with two to eight people and $2 for each pedestrian, bicyclist or extra passenger.

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Divers and snorkelers, we’ve got some exciting spots for you, too. You may love to swim, but these watering holes offer that plus amazing depths to explore.

Alexander Springs Although Alexander Springs is a great swimming spot, it also boasts something special for even the most adventurous in your group. About an hour from Ocala, this spring is a popular spot for diving and snorkeling. Snorkeling easily gets you up close and personal to the fish and underwater vegetation, but diving is only allowed in the large spring boil with a valid diving certification. Nearby hiking and biking trails, along with a boardwalk to take you through the natural habitat of Alexander Springs, make it a perfect hub for outdoor activities.

Peacock Springs Peacock Springs is a diver’s paradise. About two hours north of Ocala, near Perry, divers can explore an intricate system of caves and passageways in the clear springs. In fact, divers have mapped out almost 33,000 feet of underwater routes. Proof of certification is required for divers, and there are specific rules about where and when you can dive, so make sure you’re on the up and up. Parents, you may have to leave the kids behind, as these springs are deep and there are no lifeguards,

but if you prefer to swim and snorkel, there are designated areas. Admission is $4 per vehicle for up to eight people and $2 for each pedestrian or bicyclist.

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Take your family for a weekend of fun in the sun at one of the nearby family-friendly water parks. Relax by the pool, let off a little steam on the water slides and watch your little ones splash around in kiddie areas. There’s something for everyone at these weekend-worthy family destinations.

Aquatica Orlando Any excuse to go to Aquatica will do, right? With something for every age group, it’s the place to cool off and enjoy family fun for a weekend. A two-day pass costs $99, so stay the night and go back for more in the morning. Buy the pass online

before you go, so you won’t have to wait in long lines at the gates. For older kids and adults, there are plenty of thrilling water rides, including a free-fall slide. Walkabout Waters is a water playground with colorful slides made especially for the little ones in your family, and there are even rides for the family to brave together. Pack a few snacks for the day, but be sure to check out the cooler policy online. Continued on page 40

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With that in mind, we’ve rounded up an assortment of the most thrilling rides in the Southeast. Some are brand-new, and others have been around awhile but have remained favorites for good reason. Make this a summer to remember and take on all of them… or at least as many as you can handle.

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and the single car coaster leaves the station, taking riders 200 feet up before slowly coming to the edge of a stomach-tumbling, 90-degree drop. Half the fun is found in those few heart-pounding moments (actually about four seconds) as you hang there, knowing all too well what’s in store… and then it happens. Your floorless car plunges over the edge, and you’re hurtling along at 70 miles per hour-plus, whipping through a simultaneous loop and roll. There’s a second vertical drop into an underground tunnel before the ride culminates in a wild splashdown finale, sending huge water sprays into the air. Why we love it: It’s named after the shikra, an Asian-African hawk that dives vertically when hunting.

The Incredible Hulk Coaster UNIVERSAL STUDIOS ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE/Orlando/ universalorlando.com iders will accelerate from zero to 40mph in a mere two seconds. That’s a force equal to a jet engine taking off an aircraft carrier. The weightless, zero-G roll is just the beginning as the ride carries those brave enough to conquer it more than 150 feet in the air. With a max speed of 67mph, Hulk features seven inversions and two subterranean trenches during the two minute 15-second ride. Why we love it: The Hulk sound effects pulsing in your ears only add to the ride’s excitement.

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360 � VIEW Acrophobia SIX FLAGS OVER GEORGIA/Austell, GEORGIA GA/sixflags.com f you’re afraid of heights, you’ll want to skip this one. (After all, it should be a warning sign that the ride is named after this common fear.) But if you’re up for the challenge and heights aren’t an issue with you, you’ll love the freefall in this 200-foot tall, stand-up gyro drop tower. Although you’re safely fastened into a special harness, your legs dangle freely, which can be a bit disconcerting, but that’s part of the thrill. Acrophobia rotates as it rises upward a daunting 20 stories high, so look around and appreciate the incredible 360-degree view as you prepare for the drop of a lifetime. At the top of the tower, pneumatic pistons behind the harnesses go into action, tilting the riders about 15 degrees past vertical. And then the gondola is released and you’re freefalling back to Earth in less than 3.5 seconds. Why we love it: You get the sensation of parachute freefalling skydive… minus the airplane ride!

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Twisted Typhoon WILD ADVENTURES/Valdosta, GA/wildadventures.com his suspended looping roller coaster is deceptively quiet as it races along, but trust us, you won’t be. Hitting speeds up to 70 miles per hour, Twisted Typhoon rolls, winds, twists and makes a nearly 90-foot drop. Riders sit two abreast, and because the cars ride below the track, your feet will swing freely. It’s 1 1/2 minutes of whirlwind craziness that’ll leave you breathless. Why we love it: You’ll be upside down seven different times.

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EAKY GUT SYNDROME, AKA INCREASED INTESTINAL PERMEABILITY, OCCURS WHEN THE LINING OF THE SMALL INTESTINE BECOMES COMPROMISED. THIS IS CAUSED BY LONG-TERM INFLAMMATION OR IRRITATION THAT DAMAGES THE TIGHT JUNCTIONS THAT SEAL THE GUT LINING’S MILLIONS OF SINGLE CELLS. THE DAMAGE CAUSES THE JUNCTIONS TO BECOME “LEAKY,” ALLOWING UNDIGESTED FOOD PARTICLES, BACTERIAL TOXINS AND GERMS TO SLIP THROUGH INTO THE BLOODSTREAM. When this happens, the immune system goes into hyperdrive and further exacerbates the issue. Leaky gut syndrome has been linked to many health conditions, including acne, asthma, food allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. “Increased intestinal permeability is a very common but greatly under-diagnosed condition,” says Dr. Douglas Hall, an Ocala-based functional medicine physician. “The key is that you have to know to look for it. I see probably three to four cases a week in my practice.”

“When someone comes to me with possible IIP symptoms, I do a complete physical exam, as well as ask them about their lifestyle,” says Hall. “In functional medicine, it’s very important to get as complete a picture of a person as possible. After my initial exam and if I suspect IIP, then the next step is an intestinal antigenic permeability screening, which measures zonulin antibodies in the bloodstream. This is the most accurate test for IIP.”

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Sources: nhs.uk, experiencelife.com, webmd.com

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Lifestyle Solutions MedSpa introduces

COOLSCULPTING

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

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

BEFORE

8 WEEKS AFTER

First CoolSculpting® Session

4 WEEKS AFTER

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

BEFORE

8 WEEKS AFTER

First CoolSculpting® Session

9 WEEKS AFTER

Second CoolSculpting® Session

Second CoolSculpting® Session

Photos courtesy of Daniel Behroozan, MD

Photos courtesy of Edward Becker, MD

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

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

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LWAYS THOUGHT OF HULA-HOOPING AS JUST SILLY FUN? WELL, THINK AGAIN. TURNS OUT THE HULA HOOP HAS SOME SERIOUS FITNESS CREDS. AN AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EXERCISE STUDY TOOK 16 WOMEN, BETWEEN 16 AND 59, AND PUT THEM THROUGH A 30-MINUTE AEROBICS ROUTINE WITH WEIGHTED (3.75 POUNDS) HULA HOOPS. THE WORKOUT INCLUDED TWIRLING THE HOOPS AROUND THE WAIST, ARMS AND LEGS. The women wore portable

oxygen analyzers and heart rate monitors. During the routine, the average heart rate was 151 beats per minute, which was about 84 percent of the women’s age-predicted maximum heart rates. The average oxygen consumption was about 20 milliliters per kilogram per minute, resulting in about seven calories burned per minute. That added up to about 210 calories burned in the 30-minute hooping workout. The researchers reported that hula-hooping delivers a total-body workout and improves flexibility and balance while strengthening the core, back, arm and leg muscles. All while still having silly fun!

There are drawings of Egyptian children playing with hoops made of grapevines. Hoops later became popular in Great Britain in the 14th Century. And it was British sailors who when they saw hula dancing in Hawaii during World War II, it apparently reminded them of the hooping children back home did. Hence the name “hula hoops” was born. In the early 1950s, Australian children first used bamboo and then plastic hoops. The Los Angeles-based toy company Wham-O manufactured the first polyethylene hoops in the United States in 1958. It’s estimated that Wham-O sold more than one million hula hoops that year at $1.98 each. Wham-O went on to trademark the name “Hula Hoop.”

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REGULAR OR WEIGHTED? An adult-sized hoop is 40-43 inches in diameter; a regular one weighs 1.5-2 pounds while a weighted one can weigh as much as 5 pounds. To find a hoop that’s the right size for you, it should reach somewhere between your waist and mid-chest when it’s resting vertically on the ground. As for weight, the lighter the hoop, the more energy it takes to keep it going, making for a more intense workout. But a heavier hoop is easier to keep going, which may lead to a longer workout. Most beginners are better off starting with a heavier hoop and then progressing to a lighter one as they master hooping. The goal initially is to hula-hoop for at least 10 minutes and gradually increase to 30 minutes. A good hula hoop costs between $30-$50.

IT’S ALL IN THE HIPS: Hoops spin around your body from the momentum of you rocking back and forth, pushing your hips and belly forward, and slightly shifting your weight as it spins. The key is the forward push motion of your hips rather than a circular movement. FRONT-TO-BACK HOOPING: Stand with one leg slightly forward and one hand on each side of the hoop with it touching the small of your back. Wind up by holding the hoop and turning your body in one direction to give the hoop an energetic spin around your waist in the opposite direction. Now, push your hips forward each time the hoop crosses your stomach while shifting your weight back and forth, forward and back.

SIDE-TO-SIDE HOOPING: Stand inside the hoop, place your feet hip-distance apart and bend your knees slightly. With the hoop touching the small of your back, wind up and turn your body in one direction while spinning the hoop in the opposite direction. Now, move your hips side to side, pushing the hoop as it passes over each hip. Remember to keep your hands and elbows above the hoop. OTHERS TO TRY: Hula-hoop dancing (combined with

various dance styles, including tango); hoop chi (uses tai chi-inspired movements); hoopilates (corestrengthening hooping using Pilates-type moves); hoop yoga (yoga-like stretches using a hoop).

Sources: mayoclinic.org, hulahooping.com, webmd.com, prevention.com

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ONSIDERED A TYPE OF ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE, AROMATHERAPY IS THE THERAPEUTIC USE OF PLANT-DERIVED ESSENTIAL OILS TO IMPROVE A PERSON’S HEALTH AND/OR MOOD. AS THE NAME IMPLIES, ESSENTIAL OILS ARE PRIMARILY INHALED DIRECTLY (FROM THE BOTTLE OR A SOAKED COTTON BALL) OR INDIRECTLY (DIFFUSER OR SPRAYS). Many

times, some essential oils are blended with others to enhance their effects. They may also be applied to the skin through massage oils and lotions. These products typically use essential oils diluted by a carrier oil, such as jojoba or coconut oil, for better absorption. But buyer beware: Many personal care products touted as aromatherapeutic actually only contain synthetic fragrances and not essential oils. Most research seems to indicate that aromatherapy works by stimulating our noses’ smell receptors, which then activate certain areas of the brain. Other researchers believe that when absorbed through the skin, essential oil molecules may interact with hormones or enzymes in the blood. Keeping in mind that overall scientific evidence for aromatherapy’s efficacy is mixed, here’s a sampling of some popular essential oils and what the science says.

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STUDYING SCENTS LEMON VS. LAVENDER: An Ohio State University

study tested the effect of lemon and lavender essential oils on 56 healthy volunteers with a working sense of smell. The participants were exposed to both scents during different times over three and a half days. Their blood pressure and heart rate were monitored; blood samples were taken to test for biochemical markers. To test their reaction to stress and pain, their feet were placed in freezing water for several minutes. Volunteers took a psychological test to measure mood and stress levels three times during each session. The study results showed that lemon oil put the subjects in a better mood; lavender oil did not. But neither lemon or lavender had any effect on stress levels or pain control.

BERGAMOT & BLOOD PRESSURE: Taiwanese researchers exposed 100 employees at various spas to two hours of bergamot essential oil diffused vapors in a study room. Blood pressure, heart rate and amount of bergamot in the air were continuously monitored. At the 45-minute mark, average systolic blood pressure dropped by just over two points and heart rate decreased by two beats per minute. But after an hour, both increased again. The takeaway was that bergamot oil has a general relaxing effect for about an hour.

Essential Oils Red Flags

Always follow all label instructions and warnings. Some oils are safe for consumption and cooking, but many are not. Always consult with your doctor and read the oil’s label before proceeding.

JASMINE & SLEEP: In a study presented at the 2011 Eastern Psychological Association Conference, researchers observed 20 people as they slept in rooms scented with jasmine, lavender or nothing. Participants in the jasmine-scented rooms moved the least during sleep, had the lowest anxiety levels and performed better on cognitive tests the next day.

REVITALIZING Bergamot, cinnamon leaf, eucalyptus, grapefruit, lemon, orange, peppermint, rosemary

Some oils should be mixed with a carrier oil or other diluting oil before being applied topically. Pregnant/breastfeeding women, as well as those with medical conditions and/or taking prescription medications, should check with their health care provider about possible risks before using essential oils.

RELAXING Cedarwood, frankincense, jasmine, lavender, patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla, ylang ylang

Sources: mayoclinic.org, medicalnewstoday.com, thedoctorwillseeyounow.com, umm.edu/health

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MAGINE IF THE VOLUME OF NORMAL EVERYDAY AMBIENT SOUNDS—TYPING ON YOUR COMPUTER, SHUFFLING PAPERS, RUNNING FAUCET WATER, WALKING ON LEAVES, A CAR DRIVING BY—WAS TURNED UP TO LOUD, VERY LOUD, ALL THE TIME. THIS IS WHAT A PERSON WITH HYPERACUSIS HAS TO DEAL WITH ON A DAILY BASIS. OFFICIALLY, HYPERACUSIS IS DEFINED AS A REDUCTION OF NORMAL TOLERANCE FOR EVERYDAY SOUNDS.

The condition can come on gradually or suddenly. It may initially affect only one ear but, within a short time of onset, generally involves both ears. Hyperacusis occurs in people of all ages and both genders. It is seen in brain-injured children as well as in some with autism and cerebral palsy. Pain and discomfort are often present. Hyperacusis adversely affects a person’s quality of life, possibly leading to social isolation, depression and even phonophobia, which is a fear of normal everyday sounds. A rare condition, hyperacusis

affects approximately 1 in 50,000 individuals.

HYPERACUSIS CAUSES • HEAD/NECK (WHIPLASH) INJURY • CHRONIC EAR INFECTIONS

• VIRAL INFECTIONS INVOLVING THE INNER EAR OR FACIAL NERVE (BELL’S PALSY)

• TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT SYNDROME (TMJ)

• DEPRESSION

• VALIUM DEPENDENCY

• POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)

• LYME DISEASE

• EPILEPSY (SOME FORMS)

• AIR BAG DEPLOYMENT

Tinnitus Connection

DIAGNOSIS: Hearing test evaluation performed by an otolaryngologist, an ear, nose and throat specialist, to establish loudness discomfort levels (LDLs). Normal LDLs are in the 85-90+ decibel range; those with hyperacusis have LDLs well below that level.

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• EAR DAMAGE FROM TOXINS OR MEDICATIONS, ESPECIALLY CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM DRUGS • MIGRAINE HEADACHES • CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME • AUTOIMMUNE DISORDERS

TREATMENT: Although there are no

There is a strong relationship between tinnitus, when a person constantly hears phantom sounds such as ringing in the ears, and hyperacusis. Nearly 36 million Americans have tinnitus, and of that number, an estimated one out of every 1,000 also has hyperacusis.

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medical or surgical treatments, sound therapy is the common go-to. Officially referred to as tinnitus retraining therapy, it has been adapted successfully to treat hyperacusis as well. The therapy was pioneered by Dr. Pawel Jastreboff of Atlanta-based Emory University. The treatment involves wearing special noisegenerating hearing aids to retrain the brain’s auditory processing center to once again accept normal everyday sounds. The special hearing aids produce a gentle static-like sound (white/ pink noise) that is barely audible. Treatment can

take six to 12 months and usually improves ambient sound tolerance.

Sources: hyperacusis.net, entnet.org, hyperacusis.org

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SAYONARA, YELLOW! Source: CNN.com

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OOKS AS IF KRAFT HAS BIG PLANS FOR THEIR KID-FAVORITE MACARONI AND CHEESE. YOU KNOW, THE YELLOWISH-ORANGE ONE. WELL, REPLACING YELLOW NO. 5 AND 6 WILL BE THREE NEW SPICES ON THE INGREDIENT LIST COME 2016. PAPRIKA, ANNATTO AND TURMERIC WILL SLOWLY CREEP INTO ONE OF OUR FAVORITE COMFORT FOODS.

But don’t worry, Kraft insists the new version of mac and cheese will taste the same (as in your kids won’t notice the difference!) while giving the pasta a little boost in nutritional value. The big change resulted from multiple claims on the negative effects of artificial dyes linked to hyperactivity, asthma, skin conditions and cancer and has started to spark conversation with other major brands as well. M&M’S—you better watch out!

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O YOU WAKE UP, SNATCH A HEALTH BAR AND RUSH OUT THE DOOR, HOPING THERE’S JUST ENOUGH TIME TO GRAB A COFFEE BEFORE WORK? YOU’RE NOT ALONE. IT’S BREAKFAST ON THE GO, AND IT’S WHAT 41 PERCENT OF BREAKFAST EATERS FIND THEMSELVES DOING.

BRUNCH MUCH?

Brunch brings to mind wonderful friends, delicious muffins and an excuse to buy an extra latté. Weekends are the perfect time to sleep in and go out for a late breakfast or brunch. In fact, it all started more than 120 years ago. “The ‘brunch’ concept has been around since the 1890s, when British college students came up with the word for having a later Sunday breakfast after Saturday drinking binges,” wrote Kathleen Purvis for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Despite the reason for brunch,

Who says you have to save your favorite breakfast foods for weekend mornings? Not us! Eat them for lunch, or even dinner, instead. It’s practical, convenient and relaxed. Breakfast is a versatile meal, and we’re here to tell you why you should enjoy breakfast no matter what time of day.

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Don’t deprive yourself of your favorite breakfast food—just put a healthy spin on it.

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breakfast foods are popular in the United States, with Sunday being the most popular day for brunch. But, at Ocala’s own Scrambles Café, breakfast and brunch guests seem to be about even. If you’re not up for whipping up your own creations at home, the café’s owner, Barbara Harward, has you covered for breakfast and lunch. Barbara considers three of Scrambles’ breakfast dishes—the Spudfest, Western Scramble and the Love Boat (a light option)—to be the most popular. “The breakfast items stay popular all day long,” she says.

IT’S BRINNER TIME! While brunch fills us up on weekends, ‘brinner’ is becoming more popular on weeknights. Most of the time it’s more convenient to make that big, yummy breakfast for dinner. You can enjoy all your favorite breakfast foods without having to rush off anywhere, and there’s just something about breakfast for dinner that makes an ordinary weeknight more fun. And, it turns out that eating breakfast for dinner may be healthy for you, too. Dr. Natalie Nevins of American Osteopathic Association says, “The ingredients in breakfast foods are often less expensive, quicker to prepare and, most importantly, lower in calories.” So, you can have your breakfast and eat it, too.

Whole grain pancakes or waffles: Skip the butter, and

substitute fruit syrup with fresh fruit on the side.

Omelets: Switch bacon and sausage for turkey bacon or ham, and add spinach, mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes and onions for a healthy punch.

Oatmeal: Order plain oatmeal

and ask for the sugar to be served on the side, so you can add it yourself.


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of Americans spend more time picking out an outfit than what they’re going to eat in the morning of breakfast eaters in America eat breakfast on the go of Americans eat breakfast for dinner of Americans use ingredients already in their pantry for “brinner”

Breakfast sales have increased more than all other meals in the fast-food restaurant industry

BREAKFAST LIKE A KING Your body follows a 24-hour cycle, called its circadian rhythm, that is influenced by your metabolism. Because of this rhythm, it’s better to eat a large meal in the morning, slightly smaller meal at lunch and a light meal at dinner. Think, “breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dinner like a pauper,” suggests Joan Salge Blake, nutritional writer for Boston.com. Saving breakfast foods for lunch or dinner could benefit you since there are lots of lighter options that contain fewer calories than a regular meal. So, what should you eat in the morning? Because you may not have a lot of time, make

of Americans want restaurants to serve breakfast all day

sure to pack in the protein. This is supposed to be your biggest meal of the day, so try a smoothie with whey protein powder, fruits and yogurt. Or, throw two slices of bread in the toaster before spreading on the peanut butter. For brunch, think breakfast casseroles or omelets to keep you satisfied on the weekends. And, for brinner? Well, that’s up to you, as long as you eat smaller portions and avoid a lot of bacon, syrup and butter.

Protein © Lopolo; Shake © JeniFoto; Quiche © spline_x; Girls © alexkatkov; Omelet ©Africa Studio; Shirt © Hein Nouwens; Pepper © Bryan Solomon; Chef © VoodooDot; Runner © VitaminCo; Clock © Kapreski; / shutterstock.com

1 package hash browns 1⁄2 cup grat ed cheese 1 cup chop ped ham 8 ounces ground saus age 5 pieces of bacon, and crumbled cooked 5 eggs 1 cup who le milk 1⁄4 cup chop ped onion 1⁄2 teaspoon dry mustard 1⁄2 teaspoon salt 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper Chopped ch ives for garnish

A BIT ABOUT BREAKFAST

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QUICK BITES

PHO KIM LONG is the

new Vietnamese restaurant in town, and it’s the real deal. Located on Pine Avenue, owner Hien Lam’s food stays authentic to the food of Southeast Asia. This lunch and dinner restaurant serves pho (a beef noodle soup), salad with Vietnamese lotus roots, rice bowls and sandwiches with marinated carrots, cilantro, jalapeno peppers, cucumbers and radishes. Start your meal off with an appetizer, like the soft paper wraps © bonchan/shutterstock.com that have mint, shrimp and pork all wrapped up inside, or a beef stew that’s full of carrots, onions and bread. There’s even a kids’ menu with a pho meatball option and grilled pork, beef or chicken served with rice. 1022 S Pine Ave., Ocala (352) 236-5791 phokimlong.net

QUICK BITES

MELODIA LATIN CUISINE

recently opened in Cedar Shores Plaza. Head on in and spice up your dinner with traditional Latin fare. And don’t forget to try the Colossal Burritos, loaded with rice, beans, vegetables and your choice of ©Olga Nayashkova/shutterstock.com meat rolled up in a 14-inch grilled tortilla that’ll knock your socks off. Don’t miss out on Continued on page 62

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decrease LDL cholesterol, they also increase HDL cholesterol and are chock-full of vitamins and antioxidants. Try avocados on your sandwiches and salads to replace dressings, mayonnaise or other unhealthy condiments. Asparagus: Full of vitamins and

minerals, asparagus is a good source of fiber that helps to lower blood pressure and prevent blood clots. You’ll get the most out of this super food by steaming it raw. Broccoli: The more broccoli

you can eat, the better off you’ll be. Because it contains vitamin K, it prevents calcium from hardening in the arteries. And, it’s fiber content helps lower blood pressure and prevent tears in arterial walls, too. Olive oil and coconut oil:

Though oils are sometimes associated with being full of fat and cholesterol, both coconut oil and olive oil are essential for heart health. Olive oil reduces bad cholesterol and gives the body healthy fats. It also reduces the risk of stroke by up to 41 percent, if eaten regularly. Coconut oil removes plaque from your arteries by changing cholesterol into a useable substance.

Pomegranates: Because of their

phytochemicals, pomegranates stimulate nitric oxide production, which opens the arteries and helps regulate blood flow. Turmeric: Inflammation and

arterial wall damage are the two main causes of blood clots and plaque buildup. Turmeric has antiinflammatory powers, which can help prevent and reduce clotting and buildup, along with reducing fatty deposits in the arteries. Green tea: Drinking a cup or

two a day can prevent cholesterol absorption during digestion, boost your metabolism, decrease blockage in the arteries and promote a healthy blood-lipid level. Flaxseed: Adding flaxseed to

smoothies, sandwiches, salads or almost any type of meal can fight inflammation and lower blood pressure by clearing out arterial blockage. You can thank its alphalinolenic acid for this. Chia seeds: It only takes two

ounces of this food to reap its heart healthy benefits. Chia seeds help regulate blood pressure, lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, and raise HDL cholesterol. They’re full of protein and nutrients, too, which makes for a healthy and satisfying snack.

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the Latin Dance Party every Friday night from 8pm to 2am, including an open kitchen and drink specials. Open MondayThursday 11am-9pm, Friday and Saturday 11am-2am and Sunday 12-7pm. 3535 SE Maricamp Rd., Suite 303, Ocala (352) 694-2326 restaurantemelodia.com

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With an espresso bar, frozen drink menu and delicious breakfast and lunch options, the Cup O’ the Irish is the ideal spot to hang out and chat with friends over coffee. But, the next time you go, try one of their delicious smoothies or protein shakes. From organic strawberry to pomegranate blueberry, their fruity ©FikMik/shutterstock.com smoothies will cool you down on summer afternoons. Don’t forget to grab a protein shake after workouts, too. You can pick vanilla, peanut butter or chocolate peanut butter and pack in a mean 32 grams of protein. 3233 SE Maricamp Rd., Ocala (352) 694-0245 facebook.com/cupotheirish

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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 steaks, rotisserie chicken, BBQ baby back ribs, chops, fresh fish, burgers, salads and more! Kids eat free Mondays and Tuesdays. Buy-1-get-1-free Fajita Wednesdays $12.98. Two for $19.94 on Thursday! Daily 2-4-1 happy hour, 11a-7p, includes draft beer, wine and all liquors (top shelf, too). Lunch from 11a-3p, and early bird from 3p-6p Monday-Saturday. Fourth of July Combo Special available all day on July 4th and 5th, special includes BBQ 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 $14.98. Dine in or take out.

Locations: Hwy 200 in Ocala, also in The Villages at 1041 Lakeshore Drive at Lake Sumter Landing and our newest location at Brownwood in The Villages. Be sure and call for your reservations for our Fourth of July weekend!

Brooklyn’s Backyard 2019 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Suite #102, Ocala / (352) 304-6292 brooklynsbackyard.com / Sun 11a-8p / Mon-Wed 11a-9p / Thu-Sat 11a-whenever Head down to the “Yard” for fresh food and fun in a relaxed backyard atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for finger foods like the fried cheese bites or something more exotic like pierogies or poutine, they’ve got it and it’s delicious! Try one of their fresh fish entrées. In the mood for wings? Get the best from the 2015 King of Wings. Want pizza? They got it, NY style, plus a full range of fresh salads, burgers, sandwiches and entrées sure to suit everyone! There’s beer and wine in the ‘Yard,” too—over 40 craft beers and a great selection of wines, all sure to perfectly complement your meal!

Winner of 2015 King of Wings! We cater! Let us create an unforgettable menu for your next special occasion. Come enjoy our new summer menu, including fresh fish, lobster rolls, watermelon salad and more. Check out live music on Fridays. Brooklyn’s Backyard—Good Beer, Better Food!

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roots of beets more than the leaves. Though beetroots are known to be nutritious, the leaves actually hold most of those nutrients. They can be treated like spinach and sautéed or chopped. So, before tossing these leaves in the trash, think of all the iron, lutein and betacarotene you’ll be missing out on. Corn: Since corn silks or husks are

rich in vitamin K and potassium, don’t throw them out with the rest of the cobs. Instead, steep them in hot water to make tea so your body can benefit from the nutrients. Broccoli: Though the florets are

more commonly eaten, don’t throw out the broccoli stems and leaves just yet. The stems actually contain more fiber than the florets, and the leaves are full of beta carotene,

antioxidants, folate and vitamins A, C and K. Celery: Did you know that the

part, a pineapple core contains most of the fruit’s fiber. It’s the tougher part of the fruit, but it’s definitely worth keeping out of the trash and eating. Oranges: You know those white, stringy fibers in

oranges? They are actually thought to contain the highest concentration of flavonoids. You don’t have to fight to pull them off anymore—try eating them instead. Then, toss the skin into a blender and make a smoothie! Besides the extra flavonoids, you’ll pack in a healthy dose of vitamin C and fiber.

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skin, but you should throw it in with your soups, broths and stews. Steeping the skin like this will let you absorb the fiber, flavor and anticarcinogenic powers it contains. And, if you don’t like eating onions, this is a great way to add flavor without having to sift out onion slices.

Watermelon: We’re serious. You should be eating

watermelon rind instead of throwing it out. Full of L-citrulline (an amino acid that protects the heart and immune system), it also removes nitrogen from the blood, according to a USDA study. Pickle the rind, or simply eat the whole watermelon slice. Just make sure to eat only up to the outermost, green layer— that layer could upset your stomach. Oh, and did we mention that this rind can also boost libido and assist with weight loss?

100 percent gluten free and guaranteed to make you smile. The company’s philosophy is to “turn every guest into a fan.” The homemade, rich ice cream flavors can be put in ©Brent Hofacker/shutterstock.com cones, cups and shakes. Malts, sundaes and slushies are offered, as well, but their list of favorites has the most unique options. From the Hot Fudge Brownie Boat to the Cookiewich, Twistee Treat will be your new favorite spot for something sweet. 2394 SW College Rd, Ocala twisteetreat.com

leaves of celery contain more nutrients than the stalk does? Forget dipping celery stalks in peanut butter. Tear off the leaves and toss them in a salad! They contain vitamin A and E along with calcium. And, for those of you who don’t like the way celery tastes to begin with, you might like the leaves—they taste like parsley.

FRUITS Pineapples: Though it’s not as flavorful as the fleshy

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With a real redneck feel and good ol’ southern cookin’, BubbaQue’s BBQ smokes pork, beef and chicken. The one and only thing they’re serious about is their barbecue. From PiggyBacks ribs to the Big Ol’ Bubba Sammich, BubbaQue’s barbecue is hardwoodsmoked the © Denis Vrublevski/shutterstock.com right way. But, for those who don’t prefer the barbecue, there’s a Chicken Coop full of wings, Nacho Typical Nachos, Rabbit Food for salad-lovers and Bubbatizers with favorites like jalapeno poppers and corn dog nuggets. The best part? BubbaQue’s BBQ is scheduled to open on Ocala’s downtown square later this year.


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La Famiglia Pizzeria 2506 A SE 17th St., Ocala / (352) 245-2419 Mon-Wed 11a-9p / Thurs-Sat 11a-10p / Sun closed

Stepping into this pizzeria, you may be fooled into thinking you’ve arrived at a cafe in New York City! With a menu chock-full of hearty offerings like steaming cheese calzones, chicken cacciatore and jumbo, spicy chicken wings—their pizza is not the only specialty that will bring you to your feet! But if it is pizza you’re after, there are plenty of specialties to try, such as the lasagna, chicken parm, buffalo chicken and more. This family-owned restaurant is sticking close to their motto, and we are in complete accordance—they are “not just pizza! It’s much more...”

Two medium cheese pizzas, one two-liter soda and an order of 6 garlic knots for $21.99! Catering available Delivery available

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

2015 Best of Taste Winner & Best Taste People’s Choice

Mesa de Notte features a full-service bar serving beer, wine and liquor.

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.

Happy Hour Tue-Fri, 5-7p. 2-4-1 drinks, wines and $5 Premium Cocktails.

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Shuckers Bar & Grill 408 SW 16th St., Ocala / (352) 840-0777 Mon-Thurs 11a-12a / Fri-Sat 11a-1a / Sun 11a-10p For a seafood fix and good local cooking, Shuckers is Ocala’s best-kept secret. Visit their Facebook page (facebook. com/ShuckersBarGrillOcala) to find out about daily lunch and dinner specials and happy hour offerings!

With favorites like oysters, crab legs, wings, gator tail nuggets and po’ boys, at Shuckers Bar & Grill, you’ll get a taste of the local cooking that’s been loved for years. And don’t forget to try one of their delicious burgers (rumored to be one of the best in town!), like the Billy Burger, a bacon cheeseburger all the way between two grilled cheese sandwiches. Join us for Happy Hour from 2-6 pm and enjoy $2 pints and $6 pitchers of domestic beer. Or, take advantage of the $6 lunch specials weekdays from 12-2pm. Take the girls out on Wednesday night for Ladies Night and 50 cent wings, and come hungry on Sunday for All You Can Eat Cajun boil crawfish. Whether you’re watching the game or just meeting friends, Shuckers is the place to be.

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 Trivia Night every Thursday 7-9pm (Silver Springs Blvd. location) Happy 4th of July!

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New lunch specials include Taco Salad on Monday, $4.45; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $4.95; Quesadillas on Wednesday, $6.45; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $5.95; and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $4.95. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $8.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $7.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $7.95 and Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $7.95. Plus $1.95 margaritas on Monday. On Sunday, kids 12 and under can enjoy 99¢ children’s meals (takeout not included). Wednesday is Special Margarita Day, 99¢ all day. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day. Happy Hour daily, 4-7pm. Everything is 2-4-1 (exceptions may apply).

The Ivy House Restaurant 917 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala / (352) 622-5550 Sun 11a-2p / Tue 11a-2p / Wed & Thu 11a-8p / Fri & Sat 11a-8:30p / Closed Mon 106 NW Main St, Williston / (352) 528-5410 Sun-Wed 11a-2p / Thu-Sat 11a-8p / ivyhousefl.com Summer menu now available! Our Thai Chicken Salad is back by popular demand. For more information on catering, contact Waica Huggins or Evelyn Nuseel at wmhivyhoue@yahoo.com

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


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

Located west on Highway 40 in Ocala, the Crossroads Country Kitchen is a must for anyone craving down-home, country cooking. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, menu items range from a wide variety of homemade soups and chili to prime rib, fresh salads, seafood, prime steaks and burgers. If you’re in the mood for a real treat, try the Prime Rib Dinner For Two for $26.95. Make sure to leave room for one of the tasty home-baked desserts! In the mood for a fresh fish fry? Tuesdays and Fridays are all-you-care-to-eat catfish or whitefish. Make Wednesday a must for fresh Roast Turkey Dinner with all the fixin’s. Big screen televisions will allow you to enjoy your meal without missing one second of the big game or race.

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

Momma V’s Cuban Cafe 2635 SW College Rd., Ocala / (352) 622-1727 Mon-Fri 10a-7p / Sat 11a-9p / Sun closed

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in true authentic Cuban style at Momma V’s Cuban Café. Chow down on the picadillo (ground beef simmered in tomato-based criollo sauce) or the medianoche sandwich chock-full of ham, pork, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard on brioche bread. Choose sides like fried green plantains and fried white sweet potatoes or an order of black beans. Complete your meal with an authentic café con leche Cuban espresso, an Iron Beer or a mango milkshake. Momma V’s can cater your next office party and satisfy the kids on family night with kids’ menu options like chicken tenders and hamburgers.

Enjoy the authentic Cuban food of Momma V’s Cuban Café with family, friends or at your next event. Visit their Facebook page (facebook.com/mommavscubancafe) to stay in the loop on events and specials!

Gator Joe’s Beach Bar & Grill 12431 SE 135th Ave., Ocklawaha / (352) 288-3100 / gatorjoesocala.com Mon-Thu 11a-9p / Fri 11a-10p / Sat 10:30a-10p / Sun 10:30a-9p Come enjoy casual lakeside dining at Gator Joe’s Beach Bar & Grill on gorgeous Lake Weir where you can kick back and relax. Their courteous and knowledgeable staff can supply you with an ice-cold beverage from the full-service liquor bar, or choose from the craft or draught beer selection. While sitting on the deck over the water, be sure to indulge in Gator Joe’s island-inspired cuisine—from their delicious gator tail and fried shrimp to hometown favorites like the juicy 1/2-pound Joe’s Big Burger or excellent chicken wings. Bring the entire family to the beautiful white sand beach where you can cool off in the water or simply watch the world go by from the comfort of a well-placed chair.

Gator Joe’s has plenty of parking, whether you arrive by land, water or air! We have happy hour MonThu from 4-6pm, all-you-can-eat fried fish on Fridays from 4pm to close and live entertainment on the weekends Fri-Sun.

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Eaton’s Beach Sandbar & Grill 15790 SE 134th Avenue, Weirsdale, FL / (352) 259-2444 / eatonsbeach.com Sun–Thurs 11a-9p / Fri & Sat 11a-10:30p Check out EatonsBeach.com for weekly beach events and music guests. Try Eaton’s Beach catering for your next event—we’ll bring the beach to you. From corporate events and birthdays to weddings and wedding rehearsals, Eaton’s Beach will help you plan the perfect event with the perfect food.

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

Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille 24 SE 1st Ave., Ocala / (352) 840-0900 / hookedonharrys.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p / Fri & Sat 11a-11p / Sun 11a-9p FREE $30 Gift Card For Every $100 in Gift Cards Purchased. Available July 1 - July 31. Free shipping on Hookedonharrys.com. Cards not valid day of purchase.

Located in the heart of downtown Ocala, Harry’s offers traditional Louisiana favorites like Shrimp and Scallop Orleans, Crawfish Etouffée, Jambalaya, Shrimp Creole and Blackened Red Fish. Other favorites, like Harry’s Signature Crab Cakes and Bourbon Street Salmon, are complemented with grilled steaks, chicken, burgers, po’ boy sandwiches and salads. Our full bar features Harry’s Signature Cocktails such as the Harry’s Hurricane, Bayou Bloody Mary or the new Southern Mule. We, also, feature wines by the glass and a wide selection of imported, domestic and craft beer. Harry’s menu is sure to have something for everyone!

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. BIKE NIGHT July 4th. 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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jump right in and kick back on your favorite raft. This month’s flick brings back the 1958 children’ss book character Paddington Bear in Paddington. So, don your best bathing suit, snag your favorite float and pack a marmalade sandwich or two in honor of this classic childhood character and head to the pool. The movie begins at 8pm, and admission is only $2. Can’t make it? No worries! Another great family Flick & Float night will be presented on August 7, so mark your calendars now. For more information, visit ocalafl.org or call (352) 368-5517.

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Area runners (and runners-to-be) rejoice! A new race series is in the works that doesn’t require travel and a hotel room. Thanks to the growing interest in the sport, the Ocala Runners Club presents THE BIG HAMMOCK RACE SERIES, which will include seven top-notch events right here in Ocala. Earn points at each race to receive a special series-end medal. Run any of the “Super Races” to earn extra points toward a special medal. The series will include some area favorites, such as the Turkey Trot in November and the Reindeer Run in December, and the Super Races include Ocala’s very own certified marathon and half-marathon in January. Ocala Runners Club members are automatically entered in the series, but non-members can sign up for $10 before August 15 or $15 after. Or better yet, join the Ocala Runners Club for $25 before August 15 for the chance to meet fellow running enthusiasts. Registration for the series or club can be found on the Ocala Runners Club website. ocalarunnersclub.com or (352) 304-3217.

BROWN BAGGIN’ IT Pack a snack pack and head to the APPLETON for “Bring Your Own Lunch and Afternoon Movie.” Against the Odds: The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance will be presented in conjunction with the exhibition Promises of Freedom. The film will begin at 12pm. You provide your lunch of choice, and the museum will treat you to drinks and a cookie. Admission is free for museum members and included with the cost of admission for non-members. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.

MEET AND GREET DOG’S BEST FRIEND Noted author and dog enthusiast DAVID ROSENFELT will be speaking at a special reception hosted by Gateway Bank 29 later this month. Rosenfelt has published 14 novels, as well as three TV films, and is the proud owner of a whopping 27 four-legged friends. The founder of the Tara Foundation, a dog rescue group, will be speaking about his writing experiences, signing book copies and explaining just how he accumulated 27 dogs and what it took to start the Tara Foundation. The reception will take place at 6pm on the bank’s second floor. Tickets can be purchased at the Humane Society of Marion County’s website. thehsmc.org or (352) 873-Pets (7387). Jul

DOWNTOWN TO DO’S Don’t let the sizzling sun keep you locked indoors; there are plenty of great activities going on all summer long! Every Saturday morning our area farmers, craftsmen and artisans display their goods at the OCALA FARM MARKET from 9am to 2pm. The HISTORIC MARION THEATRE will air several children’s movies throughout the summer. Two dollars will buy the ticket, a drink and popcorn to boot! Don your best red, white and blue at COMMUNITY FEST, which will kick off early this month and feature a giant water slide, food trucks, vendors, entertainment and more! And be sure to sign up for Iggy’s four-mile FREEDOM RUN on July 4 at Veterans Park. Cool down at the Hampton Pool on July 10 for the FLICK & FLOAT film beginning at 8pm. On July 17, head to Citizens’ Circle as area talent takes the stage at the DOWNTOWN SUMMER JAMS concert series. More of a morning runner? The SECOND ANNUAL 4-H COLOR ME GREEN 5K will be held bright and early at Tuscawilla Park and benefits Marion County 4-H clubs. For more information on all of these events, visit ocalafl.org, mariontheatre.org or call (352) 629-6300.

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THELOCALSCENE UPCOMING EXHIBITS AT THE APPLETON (ONGOING) Everglades: America’s Wetland contains 40 framed photographs by Mac Stone, an award-winning conservation photographer and naturalist who recently published a major book by the same title. The exhibit will run through July 5. Promises of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection includes the work of 30 artists and is only a portion of 300 works in the Arthur Primas Collection. The exhibit will feature paintings, sculptures, works on paper, graphics and documents that cover a period of 200 years and will be on display through August 23. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. VILLAGES POLO CLUB (ONGOING) The Villages Polo Club will host a match every Friday evening at 5pm and every Sunday at 2pm throughout the month. General admission is $15, and tailgating tickets are available. Only cash will be accepted at the gate. thevillagesentertainment.com

or (352) 750-7656. FREE YOGA FOR VETERANS (ONGOING) Bliss Yoga and Wellness Center will host a free yoga class for active-duty and military veterans every Wednesday at 12:15pm. Classes are taught by a military veteran and are suitable for all fitness and experience levels. (352) 694-YOGA. CALL TO ARTISTS (THROUGH SEPTEMBER 1) Rainbow Springs Art Festival is slated to take place in downtown Dunnellon on November 21. This is an open call to artists of all genres to submit their original pieces by September 1. Artists will be notified of their acceptance into the exhibition by September 30. (352) 804-2364. Continued on page 72

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LTHOUGH A DIP IN THE POOL OR A TRIP TO THE WATER PARK ARE GREAT WAYS TO COOL OFF DURING THE SUMMER, THE MARION COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT OFFERS SOME FUN ALTERNATIVES FOR ADULTS AND KIDS ALIKE. THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER MONTHS, THE COUNTY OFFERS BOTH PADDLEBOARD AND KAYAK ADVENTURES ALONG SOME OF OUR STATE’S MOST PRISTINE RIVERS. ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER LEAH HOFFMAN TOOK A FEW MINUTES TO FILL US IN ON THE DETAILS OF THESE WET AND WILD RIDES. Where do the kayak and paddleboard outings take place? We offer various outings for both paddleboarders and kayakers down the Silver and Oklawaha Rivers and Carney Park throughout the summer months.

Do participants have the option to kayak or paddleboard? Yes, some trips are for both kayakers and paddleboarders, and we like to get an equal number of both. Some trips are specified for kayakers only because they tend to be a little longer and more strenuous.

How long can participants expect to be on the river? The trips tend to run from between 3 1/2 to 4 hours. We

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generally meet at Blue Run Park and then transport all the participants to KP Hole to set out. This way the cars are all in one location when we return.

up (July 20-24) and an August session as well.

Do you need to have experience to participate?

We recommend bringing water and wearing sunscreen. We supply some snacks and all the equipment necessary.

If you’ve never tried kayaking or paddleboarding, we suggest you take our 101 class at Carney Island. It’s an opportunity to learn the basics or hone the skills you already have before we set out.

Is there an age limit? Some of our outings are specified for adults over the age of 15, but for kids, we offer a paddleboard and kayak camp. This is basically a five-day camp for kids to learn all the basics. We have a July session coming

Should participants bring anything with them on the outings?

How can people register? People can sign up on our website or by calling the Parks and Recreation Department. We recommend registering in advance because the outings are quite popular this time of year and are a lot of fun.

UPCOMING OUTINGS

JULY 12: Kayak Outing JULY 18: Kayak/Paddleboard 101

JULY 20-24: Kayak/Paddleboard camp JULY 26: Kayak/Paddleboard Outing

For more information or to register, visit marioncountyfl.org or call (352) 671-8560.

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ROCKIN’ SUMMER NIGHTS (ONGOING) Wild Waters Park will host Rockin’ Summer Nights every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening from 6:30pm-2am. Bands and live entertainment will perform each night, and the bar will be fully stocked. silversprings.com or (352) 261-5840.

at the College Road Baptist Church from 6-7pm allows individuals to converse in a laid-back setting. Childcare and teen activities will be offered. (352) 854-6981. YOGA (THROUGH NOVEMBER) A free yoga class will be offered at Sholom Park in Ocala on the first Saturday of the month through November. Class begins at 9am. (352) 854-7950. SENIOR LEARNERS COURSES (THROUGH NOVEMBER) A number of courses will be available for seniors at the College of Central Florida. seniorlearners.org or (352) 239-8780.

KAYAK AND PADDLEBOARDING (ONGOING) The Marion County Department of Parks and Recreation will host numerous kayak and paddleboard outings and clinics throughout the month. Visit the website or call for a list of locations and times. marioncountlyfl.org or (352) 671-8560.

GUY HARVEY EXHIBIT (ONGOING) The artwork of internationally renowned marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey is currently on display on the second floor of Gateway Bank. All artwork is for sale, and Gateway Bank will donate its share of the sales to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. Exhibit hours are 9am-5pm Monday through Thursday and 9am-6pm on Friday. guyharvey.com or (352) 368-3756.

CONVERSATION CAFE (WEDNESDAYS THROUGH JULY) For those looking to practice their English language skills, this informal gathering held

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Country Superstar Tanya Tucker puts a new spin on some of the golden oldies of country music. Her new album, My Turn, transforms some of the traditionally male-performed top tracks of decades past into ballads sung with a woman’s perspective. A winner of a Grammy award, two Country Music Association awards, two Academy of Country Music awards and three CMT Awards, Tanya heads to the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center in The Villages for one night only this month, so don’t miss out. thesharon.com or (352) 750-5411.


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or free parking with resident ID from On Top of the World or Stone Creek, or symphony tickets. csculturalcenter.com or (352) 854-3670.

COMMUNITY FEST (JULY 4) This all-day event (10am-10pm) features the Slide The City giant water slide, food trucks, music and entertainment, a concert and fireworks at the end of the night. feeldowntownocala.com or (941) 216-2606.

FIREWORKS AND CELEBRATION (JULY 4) Circle Square Commons will host a patriotic celebration from 5-9:30pm featuring live entertainment, food vendors and more. Parking opens at 4pm, and admission is free. circlesquarecommons.com or (352) 854-3670.

OCALA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT (JULY 4) The Ocala Symphony Orchestra presents the third annual Red, White and OSO Blue: A Salute to Our Troops concert at the Circle Square Cultural Center. Doors open at 6pm, and the concert begins at 7pm. Parking opens at 4pm and is $5 per car

GOD & COUNTRY DAY (JULY 4) The 46th annual God & Country Day will take place starting at 12pm on the property of Golden Ocala at the NW corner of Hwy US 27 and CR 225 (NW 80th Ave.). The event will feature art and craft vendors, live entertainment, food vendors, bounce houses, train rides, an

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Museum will offer free admission to the museum from 10am-4pm. Guests are offered an opportunity to explore the museum and enjoy the exhibitions, art-making activities in the ARTSpace and art-related short films in the auditorium. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.

inflatable water slide, pony rides, kids’ games, a petting zoo and, of course, fireworks starting at dark. ocalagodandcountryday.org or (352) 282-4925. ROCK THE SPRINGS (JULY 4) Come to Silver Springs State Park for live entertainment, fireworks, a Harley ride, a veteran tribute and more! silversprings.com or (352) 261-5840. OCALA ART GROUP LECTURE (JULY 8) The Ocala Art Group will host a three-hour lecture on Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous architecture as well as details about his personal life by noted expert Timothy Totten. Admission is free for members and included in museum admission for non-members. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. FLICK & FLOAT (JULY 10) Hang out in the Hampton Aquatic FUN Center pool while watching Paddington on the big screen. Admission fee is $2 per person. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5517. TRIPS ’N’ TOURS (JULY 15) The Appleton’s Trips ’N’ Tours program will take members to the Raymond James Financial Center in St. Petersburg. The outing will include a docent-led tour, and lunch will be held at the Café Ponte in Clearwater. Registration is $75 for

members and $85 for non-members. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455, ext. 4456. DOWNTOWN SUMMER JAMS (JULY 17) Local young bands will perform live music in downtown Ocala at Citizens’ Circle. And if you’re hungry, food trucks will be on hand to satisfy your appetite! ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5517. MOVIE IN THE PARK (JULY 25) In celebration of Recreation and Parks Month, come out to Tuscawilla Park starting at 7pm to watch The Goonies. There will be food trucks and live entertainment, too! ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5506. ORANGE LAKE HOMECOMING (AUGUST 1-2) The 50th annual Orange Lake Homecoming Festival will take place at the Orange Lake Community Club in Reddick. The festival will feature a parade, talent show, kickball, softball, car show and much more. (352) 777-6407.

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VER 300 GUESTS GATHERED AT TRINITY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL ON A PERFECT LATE SPRING EVENING FOR A NIGHT IN MONACO. THIS WAS TRINITY CATHOLIC’S ANNUAL GALA EVENT. ORCHIDS, MARKET STREET LIGHTING AND BLOOMING JASMINE SET THE SCENE. Live music

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by The Dane Myers Band helped transform the school’s courtyard into a setting reminiscent of a lovely night in Monaco. Attendees were presented a flute of champagne as they entered through a gossamer-draped archway. Royal sponsors, Al and Judy Dunlap, were on hand to personally welcome each guest. encircled Trinity Catholic all evening long, Attendees sampled the wine grab and the the heavens waited to open up until after the hors d’oeuvres stations in addition to the gaming last guest—and the band—had exited the and silent auction tables. Guests bid on over 40 premises. School president David McKenzie donations, among them boat rentals, jewelry, considered this “ a heavenly donation, the interior design packages, teeth whitening and blessing of a beautiful evening for our outdoor Heather Wyman, Robbie Ergle, more. Student ambassadors mingled with the Margarita de Urtubey and Anna Redgate gala event.” crowd selling tickets for three separate drawings: Proceeds from A Night in Monaco front row seats for the 2015 graduation; a senior benefit Trinity Catholic’s tuition assistance student event package and the VIP table. The program. This year’s enrollment of 575 is the Friends of Hospice group won the VIP table highest in the history of the school. Students drawing and moved to an elegantly decorated come from Marion, Citrus, Levy, Lake and creation arranged by Dawn at Party Time, the Sumter counties. Sixty percent of the student sponsor of this table. Trinity Catholic’s a cappella body receives some form of assistance to ensemble treated guests to a mini concert during attend Trinity Catholic. This year, $760,000 the wonderful dinner provided by the was awarded in financial aid. Successful Mojo Grill & Catering Company. Julie and Paul Miranda fundraising makes these awards possible. After dinner, Mr. Greg Committee members last year emceed the live auction, searched for a name for their gala that which included day and could be adjusted to a different theme vacation trips, jewelry and each year. An Evening in Central Park a private catered tailgating became the theme for 2014. Picking up party, NASCAR tickets, a hog the thread from last year, A Night in hunt and an exclusive dinner Monaco was chosen for the 2015 prepared by Top Chef Elmi. The event. Where will Trinity evening’s fundraising Catholic’s gala event “go” efforts concluded with next year? Mark your an “ask” for “love calendars now for the donations.” Donors evening of April 23, received a white 2016. Watch Trinity balloon for every Catholic’s Facebook thousand dollars page for further donated. Anne Marie Thornton information. Although and Joan Pletcher the storm clouds Ronald W. Wetherington Social Scene Editor

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Ginette & Dennis Baxley Debbie Kopstein and Greg Lord

Angel & Haley Caban

Kathia Castaneda, Taylor Schanel, Victoria Baird, Katie Colitz and Natassja DeBra

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Elizabeth Steiner, Penny Baird, Dana Yonge and Debra Bianculli

Kim & Lou Pereira Rich & Wendy Nugent

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Ashley Pyette and Faith Garmely Linda Hougle and Carolann Belcher

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Tri-Eagle Sales proudly unveiled “Bud,” a new painted horse statue at this popular event. The unique piece of artwork displayed at the event combined an equine “palette” and the Budweiser brand. The event also featured a presentation to the Marion Cultural Alliance Center. Attendees, of course, enjoyed an ice-cold Budweiser, compliments of Tri-Eagle Sales.

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The Marion County building community came together in March to toast the industry and the success of the recent Parade of Homes. The evening included a full meal, bar services, door prizes and plenty of camaraderie.

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