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Contents JULY ’16

In This Issue

048 Burger Bonanza.

A savory celebration of Marion County’s most unique burgers › By Cynthia McFarland

036 Here Comes The Wind Up. The World Series of youth baseball is set to make its return to Ocala next month. › By Brett Ballantini

040 Fabulous Felines. Being adored by a cat is a special honor, despite the common misconception that cats are not affectionate. › By Cynthia McFarland

044 Beach Bound.

40 simple hacks to make your family’s beach vacation as relaxing as it should be. › By Cealia Athanason

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Beachbound? Batter Up! 40 hacks to help you relax

The Little League World Series comes to Ocala

Crazy About Cats

On the cover Servin’ up “The Big Kahuanna” at The Lunchbox. Cover and Contents photos by John Jernigan

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018 G R E A T O U T D O O R S The BHRS is back with Season 2.

030 G O O D T I M E S Cool off this summer at the Butterfly Rainforest.

056 F E E D I N G Y O U R F U R R Y FRIENDS Finding the best food for your pet.

069 A Q U I C K Q & A Find out more about Ocala’s Cop’s, Kid’s and Firefighter’s Day.

020 I N C R E D I B L E P E T S Chico the Chihuahua gets a second chance.

032 G A D G E T S & G I Z M O S The basics of babywearing.

074 N E W S U M M E R F U N Orlando’s newest theme park attractions.

022 G I V I N G B A C K The UF Pet Emercency clinic is there in your pet’s time of need.

034 S N A P S H O T S Having fun, making memories.

057 Q U I C K B I T E S Olive oil you can’t resist and more froyo for your tummy.

024 H O R S I N ’ A R O U N D Mr. Popper transitions from the wilds of Wyoming to the show ring. 026 B E N C H M A R K S What’s up with the robe? 028 B U S I N E S S B R I E F S MCA gets a new director and Campus USA gives to students.

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058 G E T T I N G G R I L L E D Grilling tips from the best of the best. 059 D I N I N G G U I D E What’s on your menu for tonight? 060 W H A T ’ S P O P P I N ’ ? Recipes for at-home ice pops.

076 T H E S O C I A L S C E N E Photos from our area’s most popular events.


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BC National Bank is a $600 million community bank serving Ocala and The Villages. One of its most unique services is provided by its SBA division, which caters to small business owners, providing loans for real estate purchases, business acquisitions, construction, expansion and many other purposes. An SBA loan definitely has its benefits. “Businesses benefit in several ways,” says Durand Childers, the executive vice president and managing director of the SBA Group. “First, an SBA loan does not require as much money down as a conventional loan. If an owner is looking at conventional loan products, you’re going to put 20 to 25 percent down. In most cases, an SBA loan requires 10 percent down. Secondly, the SBA loan has a longer term, or an extended maturity period. Conventionally, banks prefer a term of 15 to 20 years, while SBA loans offer terms of 25 years on real estate financing, for example. With less money down and extended maturities, businesses keep more of their capital for future growth.” CBC has held its preferred lending partner (PLP) designation since opening in 1999, meaning the bank approves government loans internally, speeding up the process for borrowers. Part of its recipe for successful, time-efficient lending is their highly trained staff members, who handle each loan from beginning to end. “You’ve got to have a dedicated staff with the knowledge, background and experience to do it right every time. Our staff has very little turnover—the majority of our staff has been together eight to 10 years. This is my 14th year with CBC. That tells you about our team and our culture.” What sets CBC’s SBA division apart is its mission to build relationships with its clients, providing them with a positive, transparent borrowing experience. “We have a defined process spelled out, and we set expectations on day one when we first meet with our client. We walk them through the process from beginning to end. We’ve closed SBA real estate loans in as soon as 21 days. Most take longer, but our loan process, on average, usually takes 52 days from beginning to end,” Childers explains. An SBA division isn’t a fixture in every bank, but even among SBA lenders, CBC stands out. During fiscal 2015, CBC National Bank was recognized as the No. 1 community bank lender headquartered in the North Florida district for both dollar amount and number of loans. Also ranking No. 2 in the South Florida district and the state,

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hico is one fortunate little Chihuahua. He was a very sick, neglected puppy when Jacque Arbuckle rescued him and saved his life. Then when Arbuckle became gravely ill, Inez Hill stepped in to foster the little dog who has brought joy to both Ocala women. “I was doing agility training with my dog, Ringo, with dog trainer Jerry Garber. That’s where I met Jacque and Chico,” says Hill, whose Ringo is a 9-year-old Papillon. “That little Chihuahua just made everyone smile. He was always happy. And he has these funny little floppy ears. He was malnourished before Jacque rescued him, so his ears never did stand up like they were supposed to. Everybody knows Chico by his ears.” Then last December, Arbuckle became very ill, necessitating a month-long hospital stay and two life-saving surgeries. Because Arbuckle had no family members who could take care of Chico, Hill gladly took in the little dog. “It was the right thing to do,” says Hill. “And Chico and Ringo hit it off right away. Soon I started calling them the twins. And since Ringo was getting too old to do the agility training, I started doing it with Chico. Since Jacque got out of the hospital, she’s still recovering and doing rehab, so Chico has stayed with me, his foster mom.” It was Arbuckle and Garber who colluded to enter Hill and Chico in their first agility competition. “Jacque comes out to the training sessions as much as she can,” says Hill. “She and Jerry were always saying how well Chico and I worked together. Next thing I know, they tell me we’re entered in a weekend show.”

In agility competition, dogs and their handlers navigate an obstacle course in a certain required time frame. The course includes things like a teeter-totter, an A-frame, a table top, jumps and poles that the off-leash dog has to touch, go through/around or jump. The handler runs alongside, giving voice or hand commands. For small dogs like Chico, the only concession made is in the height of the jumps. For Chico, he has to clear 8-inch jumps. “I use the commands left and right,” says Hill. “And the occasional ‘No’ if Chico gets off course, but that doesn’t happen often.” Chico won first place in that very first show and has since racked up perfect scores in two other shows. Chico, who’s now 6 and weighs all of eight and a half pounds, and Hill are working toward their Open agility title. “I just turned 68, and I’m having a ball with Chico doing the agility competitions,” says Hill. “Being Chico’s foster mom has brought me a lot of joy. And I’m grateful to Jacque for sharing Chico with me.”

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aybe it’s after dinner and UF provides the staff and runs the clinic. We regularly meet with the Fido got into your chocolate PETS group every three to four months to make sure our service is stash. Or Fluffy had a latedoing what was intended. It’s been a great partnership.” night disagreement with the neighbor’s The UF rotating staff, according to Buckley, includes nine faculty cat. And now your beloved pet needs members and seven are board-certified as specialists in emergency immediate emergency care and your medicine. UF also rotates vet residents at the clinic to give them what regular vet’s office is closed. Remain Buckley describes as “excellent hands-on emergency care experience.” calm. Fortunately for you, there’s the At nearly 5,000 square feet, the emergency clinic features Ocala-based University of Florida Pet state-of-the-art equipment to provide the highest level of care. This Emergency Treatment Services clinic, includes both digital X-ray and ultrasound machines as well as an which was recently accredited by the operating room for minor surgeries. American Animal Hospital Association. “We can take care of things like minor lacerations, bite wounds Celebrating its fourth anniversary or do a Cesarean in our operating room,” says Buckley. “If it’s this July, the UF Pet Emergency clinic anything major, then we would send them to the UF Small Animal was born out of a need realized by a Hospital in Gainesville.” group of Ocala veterinarians. In 2012, And in special certain circumstances, transport to Gainesville can the latter formed the Pet Emergency be arranged by the Ocala clinic. Treatment Service “A lot of elderly people have pets,” We have been busy from the Corporation. Then says Buckley. “If they don’t drive very beginning. Between vet PETS approached the or don’t feel comfortable driving referrals and walk-ins, we UF College of Veterinary to Gainesville, we can provide average about 6,000 pet visits Medicine with an idea to transportation for the pet.” a year. And with each visit, we establish an after-hours, The emergency clinic treats strive to provide the highest weekend and holiday pet primarily cats and dogs, although level of emergency pet care. emergency clinic. Buckley says “we can handle small › Dr. Gareth Buckley “We thought it was pets like rabbits and such, too. But any a great idea right away,” exotics are referred to Gainesville.” says Dr. Gareth Buckley, the medical Cases run the gamut from pregnancy complications and fractures director of the UF Small Animal Hospital to toxicity issues from being exposed to poisons. and one of the original vets involved in “We have been busy from the very beginning,” says Buckley. the creation of the clinic. “The Ocala vets “Between vet referrals and walk-ins, we average about 6,000 pet make their clients aware of us, and we visits a year. And with each visit, we strive to provide the highest provide a [solution to a] very real need. level of emergency pet care.”

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he United States Equestrian Federation Pony Finals annually draws the Once back at Tucker’s BrokeWell Farm, Grey Goose’s star power caught the most-well bred and accomplished pony hunters from across the country. attention of Ocala horseman Arnold Dobber, a friend of Madison’s family. At But last year, Ocala-based Mr. Popper was a bit of an anomaly. Born wild in Dobber’s recommendation, Madison and her mother, Mary Beth, a lifelong Wyoming, the gray pony became the first mustang to horsewoman, came to check out the mustang. ever qualify to compete in the prestigious show. “I didn’t know what to expect,” recalls Madison, who has been Of all the ponies that I’ve riding since she was 4. “I’d had Welsh and Quarter horse ponies. And if you think that was a fluke, you’d be wrong. owned and shown, Mr. Popper I’d never even thought of having a mustang. But we hit it off Mr. Popper qualified again this year and will be is absolutely the most right away.” competing in the 2016 U.S. Pony Finals, August willing to please. He’s a real 9-14, at Lexington’s Kentucky Horse Park. The duo After becoming a member of the Gentry family, the pony was people pony. renamed Mr. Popper. That’s the title character in one of Madison’s also qualified for the Pony Medal on the last day of › Madison Gentry the event. favorite movies, Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Madison and Mr. Popper “Of all the ponies that I’ve owned and shown, Mr. soon got to work on his new vocation as a large hunter pony, and Popper is absolutely the most willing to please,” says the pair trains with Terry Gonzales at his Ocala-based TM Hill Madison Gentry, 17. “He’s a real people pony.” Farm International. Mr. Popper found his way to Madison via the “Mr. Popper was well-broke to ride, he just needed to learn the Mustang Million program, and she has owned the finer points of being a hunter pony,” says Madison. “He needed to 7-year-old pony for three years now. After being learn to make smooth lead changes and clear the jumps.” rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management And indeed, Mr. Popper learned his lesson well. After qualifying in 2009, the pony was bought by Reddick-based for the 2015 U.S. Pony Finals in their very first rated show, Mr. horse trainer Colby Tucker for $250 at a mustang Popper and Madison finished 52nd out of 85 in the Large Green auction in Tennessee in 2013. Tucker put 120 days Pony division. This year, the pair will be competing in the Large of training into the pony he named Grey Goose and Regular Pony division. then competed in the Mustang Million in Fort Worth, “No matter where we finish, I’m very proud of Mr. Popper,” Texas. There, the duo won $3,700 and placed third says Madison. “He always gives his best. He has a forever home out of 75 with a bridleless freestyle performance. with me.”

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ecently, I had the opportunity to participate in my daughter’s high school graduation ceremony. The black robe I was given looked similar to the one I wear on a daily basis. The exception was the graduation robe had three velvet black stripes on each sleeve, indicative of my law (juris doctorate) degree. After the ceremony, one of the parents suggested I use the graduation robe as a spare for my judicial robe. Unfortunately, due to a recent rule implemented by the Florida Supreme Court, I am not permitted to wear the graduation robe at work. The reason is because of the velvet black stripes. Last fall, the Florida Supreme Court issued Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.340 governing judicial attire during court proceedings. The purpose of the Rules of Judicial Administration is to “secure the speedy and inexpensive determination of every proceeding to which they are applicable.” Rule 2.340 succinctly states, “During any judicial proceeding, robes worn by a judge must be solid black with no embellishment.” Most people associate judges with black judicial robes. However, some of my brethren in other parts of the state preferred robes of various other colors. There were

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reports of judges wearing red or blue judicial robes to court. One particular judge in Union County often wore a camouflage robe during court proceedings. This choice of judicial attire seems a touch extreme as not even Judge Chamberlin Haller wore a camouflage robe in the movie My Cousin Vinny. The fact Florida judges are now required to wear black judicial robes is not the controversial portion of the new rule. It’s the prohibition against any “embellishments” that has not been received well by all. To see examples of judges wearing judicial robes adorned with embellishments, one need look no further than the highest court in our country… the United States Supreme Court. In January of 1995, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist appeared in court with four gold stripes on the sleeves of his judicial robe. The forthcoming explanation was the Chief Justice decided to add the gold stripes after seeing a character in a local production wearing a robe “embellished” with four gold stripes. Former Chief Justice Rehnquist isn’t the only member of the Supreme Court to add embellishments to his robe. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor routinely wore a lacy, white neck doily to adorn the top of her black judicial robe with a more feminine touch. This practice has been carried on by current Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who regularly wears a white jabot. Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor have also previously worn similar items. In fact, even the most beloved and recognizable “judge” in the entire country–Judge Judy–wears a white neck doily as an embellishment to her robe. An American Flag is routinely placed on or near the bench in most every state and federal courtroom. Old Glory is There were reports of judges synonymous with the American court wearing red or blue judicial robes to system, and it was not uncommon to see court. One particular judge in Union judges with an American Flag sewn or County often wore a camouflage pinned to the front of their judicial robes. robe during court proceedings. But, since the implementation of Rule 2.340, American flags, as well as pins of religious significance, collegiate loyalty, or those having a personal meaning, are all prohibited as improper “embellishments” to a judicial robe. I’m in agreement with the clarification that all Florida judges should be required to wear black judicial robes. However, the issue of permitting appropriate embellishments to a judicial robe is something that may need to be “flagged’ for further discussion.

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Leading The Way The Marion Cultural Alliance, Inc. recently welcomed Jaye Baillie as its new executive director. Baillie will assume the role after leaving the Ocala/ Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership (formerly the Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Commerce), where she has held executive roles since 2001. “The MCA governing board has unanimously selected Jaye Baillie to be our executive director,” said Angie Lewis, MCA Chair. “In 2016, as MCA celebrates its 15th year, we need a leader who has a vision for how MCA will build upon and advance our local arts community.”

Leon A. Kally

TD Bank has named John P. Cervellera as vice president, senior relationship manager in commercial lending based in Ocala. He will provide financing, treasury and banking solutions to commercial clients in Ocala, The Villages and throughout Citrus County in North Central Florida. Cervellera has 32 years of experience in banking and lending. Prior to joining TD Bank, he served in a similar role at Regions Bank. Cervellera is a member of Leadership Ocala/Marion and, in 2013, was a National Philanthropy Day AFP North Central Florida Honoree. A Marion County resident since 1974, Cervellera is a member of Ocala CEP and volunteers with the United Way of Marion County, Memories of Missing Smiles Inc., March of Dimes and the American Heart Association. TD Bank also recently named Leon A. Kally as regional vice president for the North Central Florida region. Based in Ocala, Kally will lead TD’s commercial banking, business banking and commercial real estate teams, helping grow the bank’s portfolio as well as manage commercial banking activities. Kally has 13 years of banking experience, including the last 10 years focused on commercial banking. Prior to joining TD Bank, he served as a senior relationship manager at Wells Fargo in Ocala. Kally is a current member of the Ocala Silver Springs Rotary Club and Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership.

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Campus USA recently gave the College of Central Florida Foundation $50,000 to establish an endowed scholarship for students in CF’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Business and Organizational Management program. Campus USA CEO Jerry Benton presented the check to CF President Jim Henningsen and CF Foundation Board Chair Fred Roberts Jr. “With double-digit enrollment growth in our bachelor’s programs, this scholarship will permanently help students earn a bachelor’s degree here at CF,” said Henningsen.    “This gift of education will empower students at CF to become successful members of our communities,” said Chris Knife, CF Foundation executive director. “Many students would not be able to fulfill their dream of receiving a degree in higher education without the generosity of donors like Campus USA.”

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The Marion Civic Chorale has awarded two scholarships for the 2015-2016 year. Marian-Elise Cayabas and Zoe Proeber have received the Grat L. Rosazza scholarship named for the founding conductor of the chorale. The girls are both seniors in the Marion County Center for the Arts program at Westport High School and will receive $500 each to assist them in furthering their education in vocal music or vocal theatre. The girls were showcased during the Marion Civic Chorale spring concerts held at Queen of Peace, First United Methodist Church and St. George Anglican Cathedral.


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Butterflies are solar-powered insects and require temperatures above 60 degrees to fly. When planning your visit, aim to get to the Rainforest between noon and 2pm if you want to see the butterflies flying around. Or, if you’re looking to take a beautiful photo, come in the morning when they’re warming up in the sun. Of the 265,000 species of butterflies and moths that make up the Lepidoptera (“scaled wings”) order of insects, only 20,000 of them are butterflies. The McGuire Center located at the back of the museum contains about 10,000 specimens, making it one of the largest Lepidoptera collections in the world. Examine thousands of butterfly and moth specimens and photographs on the indoor Wall of Wings exhibit that stretches almost three stories high. Then, stroll through the Rearing Lab to see butterflies in each stage of the life cycle. These young butterflies arrive at the museum every week and are sorted by staff to represent the appropriate stage. The ones that emerge are released in the Rainforest, and approximately 900 adults are added to it each week. There are also research labs, and you can peek through the windows to see scientists at work. “There are more than 20 staff members, grad students and researchers,” Gardiner says. “They’re always studying new things.” If you’re planning to visit the Butterfly Rainforest this month, enjoy extended hours until 7pm. Also this month, there are free movie screenings from 7 to 10pm each Friday. An opening reception kicks each movie night off at 6pm, followed by a discussion with artists, scientists and special effects experts at 7pm right before the movie starts.

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Fort King National Historic Landmark 3920 E. Fort King St.

Fridays | July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 | 11 a.m.

We challenge everyone to show off their own super powers and celebrate Park and Recreation Month by dressing like their favorite super hero or creating their own!

Nature never sounded so good! Come to a city park and listen to stories read by your favorite park rangers. Presented by City of Ocala, Department of Recreation and Parks in cooperation with the Marion County Public Library System.

Red, White and Blue Swim Day

Hampton Aquatic FUN Center | 1510 NW Fourth St. Jervey Gantt Aquatic FUN Center | 2390 SE 36th Ave.

Tomahawk Throwing

Saturday | July 2 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Join us at one of our pools wearing red, white and blue to receive half off admission. We are proud to be Americans!

July 4

Happy 4th of July!!! Tiny Tots Painting in the Park Lillian F. Bryant Park | 2200 NW 17th Pl.

Wednesday | July 6 | 9-10:30 a.m.

Interactive finger painting in the park for you and your little one.

Wild Edibles and Foraging Hike Fort King National Historic Landmark 3925 E. Fort King St.

Saturday | July 9 | 10 a.m.-Noon

Enjoy an informative hike surrounded by 40 acres of beautiful parkland. Identify edible plants that you could find in your own backyard.

Aquability

Hampton Aquatic FUN Center 1510 NW Fourth St.

Wednesday | July 13 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. An adaptive aquatic program for individuals who are differently abled.

Girl Power Hour

E.D. Croskey Recreation Center 1510 NW Fourth St.

Tuesday | July 19 | 2-3 p.m.

Join us for Zumba, motivational speakers and more in celebration of girl power! Grades 5-12.

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Girls Superhero Volleyball Clinic

Thursday | July 26 | 9-11 a.m.

Wednesday | July 20 | 4-6 p.m.

Tuscawilla Park | 500 NE Sanchez Ave.

A tomahawk is a type of single-handed axe from North America, traditionally resembling a hatchet with a straight shaft. Come make your mark and learn to throw a tomahawk.

E.D. Croskey Recreation Center 1510 NW Fourth St.

Catch of the Day | Ages 5-15

Come dressed as your favorite superhero and play some volleyball. Players will cover a variety of basic skills to advance player position drills.

Wednesday | July 27 | 9-11 a.m.

Game Day and Ice Cream Social | Ages 50+ Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center 830 NE Eighth Avenue

Thursday | July 21 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Enjoy a lively Game Day and Ice Cream Social comprised of a spirited group of individuals who enjoy the camaraderie and competition of dominoes, a variety of card games or board games. Bring your game or play ours. Ice cream will be served.

Aquasize

Hampton Aquatic FUN Center 1510 NW Fourth St.

Thursday | July 21 | 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Focus will be on enhancing movement, strengthening muscles and increase range of motion.

Learn to Make and Throw Your Own Atlatl Scott Springs | 2825 SW 24th Ave.

Saturday | July 23 | 10 a.m.-Noon

Learn to make and take home your very own atlatl, an early Native American throwing spear used to hunt everything from mammoths to rabbits. Join us for a distance and accuracy throwing contest.

Get “hooked up” with the City of Ocala Park Rangers as we fish in Tuscawilla Lake. Limited supplies.

Superhero Swim

Hampton Aquatic FUN Center | 1510 NW Fourth St. Jervey Gantt Aquatic FUN Center | 2390 SE 36th Ave.

Sunday | July 31 | 1-3 p.m.

CALLING ALL SUPERHEROS!!! Help us celebrate the end of Park and Recreation Month. Dress as your favorite superhero and participate in games and activities that will test your courage and honor.

Back To School Bash

E.D. Croskey Recreation Center Saturday | July 30 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Students receive complimentary school physicals, immunizations (must bring current shot record), vision and hearing screenings, child IDs, backpacks and school supplies (while supplies last). There will be vendors, clowns, games and food. Let’s get those kids ready to go back to school!

Dive In Movies

Fridays | 8-10:15 p.m. Hampton Aquatic FUN Center | July 8 Sponge Bob, Sponge Out of Water Jervey Gantt Aquatic FUN Center Aug. 5 | Soul Surfer Hang out in the pool while watching a great movie on the BIG screen…a SPLASH for the whole family!


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That’s A Wrap

Babywearing lends itself to much more than convenience and is becoming more popular among Florida mothers, according to Florida Today. Sure, you’ll enjoy the hands-free flexibility of taking your baby where strollers can’t tread, but you’ll also reap relational rewards and nurture your child in a way no carriage ever could.

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Babywearing Benefits

Carrier Safety

NOT SURE ABOUT BABYWEARING? HERE ARE A FEW PROVEN BENEFITS OF KEEPING YOUR BABY CLOSE.

FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES TO ENSURE YOU’RE CARRYING YOUR BABY SAFELY.

› Babywearing significantly reduces crying in infants.

› Wear your baby in an upward

position and high enough so his head doesn’t fall on his chest.

› Babywearing eases symptoms of colic and reflux by

aiding in babies’ digestion. › Babies are usually calmer and used to being

in the middle of the action without being the center of attention. › Babywearing boosts parents’ confidence and helps

beat postpartum depression.

› Make sure your carrier

provides enough support for your little one’s neck and back. › Inspect your carrier for tears,

loose fasteners or worn spots in the fabric.

› Parents are able to learn their little one’s needs before

he or she cries, and babies tend to develop faster as they learn their parents’ movements and actions.

› Practice all carries with

someone’s help or over a bed or couch until you’re confident.

› Babywearing’s hands-free function makes it easier to

take care of multiple children.

› Carriers shouldn’t be worn

SAFETY FIRST WEAR YOUR BABY IN AN UPWARD POSITION AND HIGH ENOUGH SO HIS HEAD DOESN’T FALL ON HIS CHEST.

where you wouldn’t normally hold your child in your arms.

Wrap, Sling & Style

Before you take on the babywearing aisle, brush up on the types of carriers out there.

RING SLINGS

A ring sling is made up of a long fabric piece and two rings. Simply thread the fabric through the rings to secure your baby in the one-shoulder carrier. Though ring slings limit the ways you can carry your child, the extra fabric hanging from the rings can be used as a nursing cover or a blanket.

POUCH SLINGS

Pouch slings are similar to ring slings but are a bit easier to put on and carry around in a diaper bag. They’re not adjustable and should be fitted to you. Just throw one over your torso and shoulder, and place your baby inside the pouch.

Wraps can adjust to all sizes and are available in a variety of fabrics. They’re super versatile and can be secured in different ways for various holding positions. Remember to think about the fabric that will work best for you and your baby. We’d suggest avoiding knit in the summer. MEI TAIS

These carriers can take your baby from a newborn to a toddler. Tie the shoulder and waist straps to fasten or adjust for other caregivers. Mei tais work well for front, back and hip carries.

BUCKLE/SOFT STRUCTURED CARRIERS

Wear these carriers like a backpack in front or on your back. They’re adjustable, provide skin-to-skin contact like wraps or slings and are available in many different styles.

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Ella, from South Ocala Elementary, shows off her Ocala Style bee trophy

Bryce, from St. John Lutheran School, is part of Team Style with his Ocala Style bee trophy

Easton, Jayda and Rachael represent South Ocala Elementary at the Marion County Media Festival at West Port High School

Caleb, from St. John Lutheran School, is excited to find his writing in the May issue of Ocala Style

Jordan, Gavin and Logan watching the sunset at Tuscawilla Park

Malachi, 10, and Julian, 6, out for a walk after school

Ronin, 3 months, smiles for the camera

Kaylina, 3, wins the Little Miss Strawberry title

Carlee with Green Bay Packers linebacker Lerentee McCray at Belleview Christian Church

Eryk, 11, having fun in the pool

Coursen and Aubrey, both in 5th grade at South Ocala Elementary, get ready for the WSOE Morning News

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Alexandra, 10, with her pet rooster, Skiddles, at Tuscawilla Park


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Florida has long been known as the East’s premier baseball wellspring, producing more major league players than any state except California and Texas. We host 15 MLB teams every spring in the Grapefruit League and are the professional home to both the Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins. By Brett Ballantini

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August,

once again, area baseball fans can get a glimpse of the next wave of baseball stars— only they won’t be making their big-league debuts for another decade or so.

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hat’s because the Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series is headed back to the Rotary Sportsplex in Ocala, playing out from August 6 to 13. Cal Ripken Baseball is the younger (age 4 to 12) division of youth baseball that falls under the umbrella of the Babe Ruth League (BRL), and the Ripken Major/60 division represents the oldest youth players, ages 10 to 12. The Rotary Sportsplex is not a newcomer to major youth baseball series, previously hosting the Major/60 World Series in 2010 and 2013 and the Babe Ruth 14U World Series in 2014. “We’re back because of the people [in] Marion County, the support of the key people in the community and the support of the press,” Vice President/ Commissioner of the BRL Robert Flaherty said at the press conference announcing the 2016 Major/60 World Series. Sportsplex president Jeff Salamone anticipates 10 teams participating in the tournament. North America is divided into eight regions, each of which will send at least one team to the seven-day tournament. The American Division of the tournament is made up of the Middle Atlantic, Midwest Plains, Pacific Northwest and Southwest regional

We’re not going to lose focus on why we’re here.” That focus: developing and promoting youth baseball throughout the area. The Major/60 World Series honors the top teams in youth baseball, played on a diamond with 60-foot base paths (compared to 90 in adult baseball) and a 46-foot distance (compared to 60 feet, 6 inches) from pitching rubber to home plate. While there’s no way of knowing which players from this year’s Major/60 tournament will become household names, chances are you’ll be reading about somebody playing here in August in the future. Notable BRL alumni include several baseball Hall-of-Famers, including all-time steals leader Rickey Henderson, strikeout king Nolan Ryan and Ripken himself. Basketball legend Michael Jordan’s first love and favorite sport was baseball, and in The Jordan Rules, he said, “I still think to myself that my greatest accomplishment is the Most Valuable Player Award I got when my Babe Ruth League team

30pm : 7 / m p 0 3 : 5 Field 4 at pm. n o h c t i p t firs at 6pm/8 1 d l e i F n o and champions as well as the local Ocala champion. The National Division consists of the New England, Ohio Valley, Pacific Southwest and Southeast regional champions as well as the Florida state champ. The first five days (Saturday through Wednesday) consist of pool play, with a pair of simultaneous games played on two fields—first pitch on Field 4 at 5:30pm/7:30pm and on Field 1 at 6pm/8pm. Pool play sets the seeds for single elimination games beginning on Thursday, culminating in the World Series title game on Saturday, August 13 at 1pm. The World Series is a huge boon to the local economy, coming in the dead of the summer when hotel rooms are often vacant. The Sportsplex and the Ocala Visitors Convention Bureau (OVCB) provided $50,000 up front to the BRL to provide transportation expenses (getting teams to and from their home states to Florida and to and from the ballpark). Beyond that, every dollar generated stays in the region. With the BRL anticipating each team bringing 12 to 14 players plus multiple family members who stay in Ocala for 10 days on average, the profit to the local economy piles up quickly. “The World Series fills a lot of [hotel] beds,” Salamone says. “Families are staying in Ocala, eating in Ocala restaurants and seeing Ocala sights. This comes at a time of year when we need it—the hotels aren’t doing a whole lot. The millions this event brings to Marion County are appreciated.” OVCB sports marketing specialist Corry Locke commissioned a study of the 2014 BRL World Series event in Ocala, which estimated the boon to Marion County was $1.9 million. And those costs are not passed on to local youth baseball fans. Salamone sells a $50 family pass admitting holders to all 30 World Series games, and that pass provides admittance to everyone in a family, be it a single parent or a rooting section of a dozen strong. “We don’t charge for parking, and we don’t charge a perperson gate fee,” Salamone says. “This is a very affordable event, and bottom line, we would never turn anybody away.


Babe Ruth Alumni In The Hall Of Fame 1989

Carl Yastrzemski

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Jim Palmer

“You’re having fun, but even as a kid, you want to win. Those [Cal Ripken] games are fun to watch. And it’s good baseball.”-Chris Sale

Joe Morgan

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and a possible future Hall-of-Famer. Back in 1991 at age 12, he was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Bambino World Series (precursor to the current Cal Ripken Majors). Rollins played shortstop and led the tournament with a George Brett .583 batting average but was also the winning pitcher in his Oakland team’s clinching win. “I have a lot of sweet memories of that time,” Rollins says. “We had won the Carlton Fisk title a year before, but [in 1991] we lost our first game and had to fight all the way back. I hit a bunch of home runs (four), and that set a record. And my parents and Nolan Ryan brother and sister, a bunch of other relatives, got to see me play. It was so much fun. What a thrill.” Eddie Murray Such memories are ready to be made again. And with pavilion seating and a two-story, air-conditioned press box (the Warren Daniels Score Tower), the Paul Molitor Rotary Sportsplex has a formula that finds the BRL returning to Ocala as often as possible. “They keep coming back to us, because we know what we’re doing,” Salamone Cal Ripken Jr. says. “We are a well-oiled machine when it comes to hosting events. The relationship we’ve built with Babe Ruth headquarters in New Jersey, it’s just Rickey Henderson priceless. I can call them at the drop of a hat and ask any questions. Same goes for them.” Jim Rice Flaherty agrees. “Ocala earned the 2016 event because of its track record in hosting the previous championships,” he says. “Marion County has treated our children, our players, our teams so well.” Frank Thomas Because a “host” team from Ocala is guaranteed to make the 10-team field, as well as the Florida state champion, there will be some rollicking moments in the stands. Randy Johnson “When a home team is playing, the place is packed,” Salamone says. “We’ve had hundreds, as many as 300 for one game [featuring local teams]. We bring in John Smoltz the big mobile bleachers that seat hundreds.” The Rotary Sportsplex and OCVB make Ocala especially attractive for out-oftowners with an opening ceremony and welcome picnic before the tournament Mike Piazza begins, giving families a chance to sample the area and, ideally, return for a vacation over the winter. And one thing is nearly certain: If you enjoy this year’s tournament at Rotary Sportsplex, you won’t have to wait long before seeing another. While allowing for the fact that Salamone’s corps of volunteers (the only paid personnel at games are the umpires) needs a breather The 2016 Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series runs from August 6 to 13 at the Marion County every so often, the BRL keeps Ocala on Rotary Sportsplex at 5220 SE Maricamp Road in Ocala. Parking is free, with a nominal singleits speed dial. When it comes to the BRL game attendance charge or a $50 all-tournament ticket available. For more information, call scheduling a new event, it looks south. the Sportsplex at (352) 694-7118 or log on to rotarysportscomplexofmarioncounty.siplay. “They always check with us first,” com or baberuthleague.org. If interested in World Series sponsorship options, contact Jeff Salamone says. “If we’re equipped for it, Salamone at (352) 425-5549. it’s on.”

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won the [North Carolina] baseball championship.” Today, the major leagues are inundated with approximately 220 BRL alumni, more than seven alums per team and making up more than a quarter of the major leagues. Chicago White Sox pitching ace Chris Sale, who grew up in Lakeland and in 1998 attended the very first Tampa Bay Rays game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg with his Uncle Robert, recalls his youth baseball days fondly. “All the way up from T-ball to Babe Ruth, yeah, it was always fun for me,” Sale says. “You’re having fun, but even as a kid, you want to win. Those [Cal Ripken] games are fun to watch. And it’s good baseball.” Sale’s teammate Jimmy Rollins is a three-time All-Star

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Fabulous

Felines

BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND

Although I don’t fit the definition of a “crazy cat lady,” I have had the privilege of sharing my life with a number of incredible felines over the years. My cats’ unique personalities, affection, cleverness and hilarious antics never fail to brighten my day. I’ve known kitties that come when called, fetch, roll over and carry favorite toys in their mouths (just like dogs do). People who don’t know cats never suspect these remarkable creatures of doing such things. Being adored by a cat is a special honor, despite the common misconception that cats are not affectionate. “They’re very affectionate with family members and friends, but you have to earn their trust. While dogs will be affectionate to many people, cats are more cautious with their affection and won’t necessarily warm up to everyone,” says Lee Kierstein, DVM, a veterinarian since 1982, owner of Magnolia Animal Hospital since 1990 and part owner of AA Pet Emergency Services and Pet Emergency Treatment Services (PETS).

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“Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty!”

Cats Vs. Dogs

Source: American Pet Products Association 2015-2016 National Pet Owners Survey

It’s not that these two most popular pets are in competition with each other. Both have their own ardent fans for many reasons, but it’s interesting to see how they compare.

CATS DOGS 85.8 million: approximate number of owned cats in the United States 35 percent of U.S. households own at least one cat. 46 percent of owned cats were adopted from an animal shelter. Cat owners spent an average of $196 on routine veterinary visits 90 percent of owned cats are spayed or neutered

77.8 million: approximate number of owned dogs in the United States 44 percent of U.S. households own at least one dog. 37 percent of owned dogs were adopted from an animal shelter. Dog owners spent an average of $235 on veterinary visits (vaccine, well visits) annually 86 percent of owned dogs are spayed or neutered.

According to rover.com, these were the most popular cat names for 2015, as compiled from the hundreds of thousands of kittens born last year. While some names are rather predictable, I’d rather come up with a name that tells a story… much like my beloved “Dozer,” the kitten I rescued in 2000 who was born to a wild mama cat in the transmission of a Caterpillar bulldozer. (I contemplated “Cat”—short for Caterpillar—but went with the more unexpected “Dozer!”) Female: 1. Luna 2. Chloe 3. Bella 4. Lucy 5. Lily 6. Sophie 7. Lola 8. Zoe 9. Cleo 10. Nala Male: 1. Oliver 2. Leo 3. Charlie 4. Milo 5. Max 6. Jack 7. George 8. Simon 9. Loki 10. Simba

True, cats are independent, but they’re also very social. “You shouldn’t keep a cat in one room,” says Dr. Kierstein. “Even though they’re independent, they don’t like isolation, and they don’t like their litter box in the same room with their food and water.” The average lifespan of a free-roaming outdoor cat is three years or less, while the lifespan of the average indoor cat jumps to 15 to 18 years, so if you want your kitty to enjoy a long life, make him an indoor cat (or an indoor/outdoor cat with access to a safe, enclosed outdoor space). “Indoor cats have a longer lifespan due to a protected environment and also because they have more observation,” says Dr. Kierstein. “Not only are the risks higher for outdoor cats, but illness and problems tend to be detected, and therefore treated, sooner if a cat is indoors. That doesn’t mean a cat outdoors can’t live

The

Best Breeds

You’ll find great variety among the most popular breeds, with literally something for every cat lover. According to catster.com, the top 10 breeds are:

No. 1 › PERSIAN

This long-haired beauty has ranked at the top of the list since 1871!

No. 2 › MAINE COON

Large, lovable and long haired, they typically weigh between 15 to 25 pounds.

No. 3 › EXOTIC

Similar in looks and temperament to the Persian but with short hair.

No. 4 › SIAMESE

Talkative, sleek and athletic, they can be considered “one-person” cats.

No. 5 › ABYSSINIAN

Energetic and affectionate, they’re known for their elegant appearance and luxurious coats.

No. 6 › RAGDOLL

Docile and cuddly, they typically love to be held and make ideal indoor pets.

No. 7 › BIRMAN

Among the most “dog-like” of cats when it comes to temperament, they tend to come when called and are known for their outgoing nature.

No. 8 › AMERICAN SHORTHAIR

Known for being good-natured family pets, they come in a wide range of colors and markings.

No. 9 › ORIENTAL

Similar in looks and attitude to the Siamese but less “chatty,” they come in many color combinations and two fur lengths.

No. 10 › SPHYNX

Hairless but with different skin colors, they’re known for loyalty, friendliness and high energy level but can be “needy” when it comes to wanting affection.


Health Alert a long time, but they must have a protected environment, be wellvaccinated and closely observed. Screened porches are excellent for cats because this lets them explore an outdoor environment while being safe from predators and other dangers.” Spaying and neutering is crucial— even for indoor cats—because this increases lifespan by significantly reducing the odds of ovarian or testicular cancers. Be sure your cat is protected with the vaccinations considered “core” for all cats that are indoor/outdoor, outdoor and/or around other cats:

Cats can be “stealthy” when it comes to health problems, so it’s up to you to be observant and catch any issues as early as possible. “There are three things you really need to monitor: appetite, activity and litter box habits,” says David Menard, DVM, a vet since 1989 and co-owner of Paddock Park Animal Care Center, which has been in business since 1982.

No. 1

APPETITE

No. 2

“It’s important to monitor a cat’s appetite and eating habits, because if they get sick, they quit eating. You never want a cat to go more than one or two days at most without eating,” says Dr. Menard. “That’s why putting food out in quantity all the time is not the best method, especially if you have multiple cats because you may not notice if one is not eating normally. It’s better to feed in portions so they actually get hungry between meals. Then if you put food down and they don’t eat or only eat a little, this is a red flag. You also need to know what’s normal for your cat. Some are voracious eaters; others are a little picky. A red flag is a change in what’s normal for your particular cat.”

ACTIVITY

“A lot of house cats are ‘couch potatoes,’ so they may seem lethargic, but if you have an active cat, you’ll notice if they are less active. You’re looking for a change in your cat’s normal activity level.”

Contact your veterinarian if you notice any abnormal changes in these three areas. Never try to medicate your cat without veterinary advice. Some human medications, such as aspirin and Tylenol (acetaminophen), can kill a cat.

No. 3

LITTER BOX HABITS “We all use scoopable litter these days, so you can notice any changes in the normal presentation of the litter box. Cats are prone to bladder infections, so less urination might indicate this or that they aren’t drinking enough water. An excessively wet litter box is often a sign of diabetes, a common disorder with cats.”

› Rabies › Distemper (panleukopenia or FPV) › Feline viral rhinotracheitis › Feline calicivirus Depending on your individual cat’s exposure, your vet may recommend additional vaccines, such as feline leukemia (FeLV) and others.

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Nutrition & Feeding

A visit to the pet food aisle can be overwhelming. So many choices! How do you know what’s best for your cat? “Millions of dollars have been spent by companies to create commercial diets, so I always recommend feeding a well-balanced, commercial diet that fits the age and activity level of your cat. Purina and Iams are the two foods I’d recommend from the grocery store; Science Diet makes a very high quality food, and it’s available at veterinary offices and pet stores,” says Cara Erwin-Oliver, DVM, who’s been practicing at Belleview Veterinary Hospital since 2002. The hospital itself has been in business since 1993. “Whether you have a kitten, senior or indoor cat, it’s very important to feed them according to age and activity,” she adds. “You also need to have an annual vet check and blood work done so you know what’s going on with their health and if you need to change the diet. There are diets for diabetic cats, kidney insufficiencies, liver disease, etc.” Canned food is recommended in some cases, such as cats with urinary and/or kidney issues, because it increases the amount of moisture in the diet. Feed according to the label, but watch your cat’s condition. “Obesity is the biggest problem I see in sedentary, indoor cats,” says Erwin-Oliver. “People think they’re doing them a favor by feeding as much as they want, but weight control is important for inactive, adult cats because obesity leads to problems like heart disease, diabetes and orthopedic issues.”


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is the time of year many of us escape to the beach. The kids are out of school, and it’s scorching hot—who can deny the fun and relaxation offered by sand and sea? Well, parents can, that’s who. Taking the kids to the beach can be stressful, messy and, if we’re honest, just plain hard. If you’ve got little ones, teens and in-betweens, we have just what you need to hack your way to the beach and back—all in one piece.

PERFECT PREP

What can go wrong often does go wrong, especially with kids involved, right? These clever troubleshooters will up your odds of success.

1 Packing list: 2 Baby powder: 3 Aloe ice cubes:

Avoid leaving your toddler’s favorite stuffed animal behind by typing up a packing list and attaching it to your bag for a last-minute check. Sprinkle it on your kids’ sand-covered feet, legs and hands. Then watch the sand fall right off. We don’t know why it works, but it does!

Pour aloe into an ice tray, and freeze. If you or your children leave the beach looking like lobsters, apply these aloe cubes for instant relief. (But, please use lots of sunscreen.)

4 Phone protection:

Most phone touchscreens still work through a Ziploc bag. Seal the bag, and scroll and text as you wish.

5Kiddie pool:

Take an inflatable pool to the beach for your toddler and fill it with toys and water to keep him occupied, cool and within sight.

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Bring baby’s tub for naptime, and fill up the base with just a bit of water to keep his feet and legs cool. Or dig a shallow, cradle-shaped ditch in the sand under your umbrella, line with a towel and let baby rest there with his bottom at the deepest point—think of the swing or bouncer you have at home to get the right shape.

8 Sand-free beach mat:

A dual layer of mesh material allows sand to sift right through the top of the mat, keeping the sand to a minimum. Purchase one on amazon.com. Don’t want to spend money on that fancy mat? Bring a fitted sheet and prop each corner up with something heavy like a cooler or beach bag. The resulting walls will guard against blowing sand.

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Floating keys: Attach

wine corks to your keychain so your keys will float if they somehow land in the water.

10 Mesh beach bag: 11 Steering wheel turn:

Leave the sand at the beach and tote the kids’ toys in a mesh bag to let all the sand sift through the bottom. Save your hands from a hot steering wheel by turning it around 180 degrees after you park at the beach. You could also throw a hand or beach towel over the top of the wheel to keep it a bit cooler.

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Hide your valuables: If you’ve got diapers on

hand for little ones, consider using one to roll up your valuables. (Just make it a clean one!) Roll everything up, secure the sides, and voilà! No one will think to look there for your wallet—just don’t let that diaper end up in the trash.

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The right wagon:

A wagon with all-terrain wheels will transport your cooler, beach toys, bags and towels right through the sand. (Available on amazon. com.)

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Set boundaries: Keep

track of the kids by giving them boundaries on the beach and in the water. It’ll be easier to keep tabs on them, especially when they head for the waves. Be specific: Don’t go past the lifeguard stand to the left and the hotdog stand to the right.

15 Flip-flop fix

: When the prong of your flip-flop slips out, push it back through and attach a bobby pin or safety pin to it on the other side. It’ll hold your flop together long enough to get back to the car.

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A day on the beach can really take it out of you. Use these tips to make it easier to feed hungry bellies and quench little thirsts.

16 Ditch the juice boxes:

Bring Capri Sun juices for the kids instead. Cardboard juice boxes don’t last well in a cooler, and you can freeze Capri Suns to make yummy beach slushies. Just cut the top off and hand the kids spoons.

Psst! You can make adult ones, too: 3⁄4 cup agave nectar (or other sweetener) 8 cups water 4 to 5 fresh lemons, juiced

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Add ingredients to a large pitcher and mix. Pour into eight to 10 plastic baggies, and chill in the fridge or cooler.

17 Finger foods 19 Straw storage: 20 Cooler tricks: :

Pack crackers, cheese, sandwiches, fruits and veggies in separate Tupperware containers or baggies. With sand and seagulls on the loose, finger foods are the way to go.

18 Snack attacks:

Pack snacks for the kids in clean Coffee Mate creamer containers. The snap lids are perfect for pouring, but any container will do.

Keep straws clean and straight in toothbrush holders.

Freeze water in freezer bags to keep snacks and drinks chilled in a cooler. When the ice melts, dump the water and pack with wet swimsuits. Or, freeze water bottles completely and use in lieu of ice. The water should stay cold most of the day at the beach—even if it’s not in a cooler. You can also freeze water balloons for the cooler, and, once they melt, you’ll have a water balloon fight on your hands. (Just make sure to pick up the broken balloons when you’re done.)

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Damaged hair, peeling skin and dehydration are just some of the after-effects of spending a few days (or even hours) at the beach. Make your beach stay a healthier one with these tips.

21 Apply sunscreen early: 24 Drink up: 25 Wash buckets: 22 Reapply chart: 26 Beach hair protection: Make it easier on yourself and coat the kids with sunscreen before you leave for the beach. They won’t be as distracted, and it’ll give their skin time to absorb it.

Use a marker to write down times to reapply sunscreen on the back of the bottle. If your bottle doesn’t have a blank area, set a few phone alarms.

23 Rash guards:

Cover more of your kids’ skin, surfer-style. Rash guards provide extra sun protection, so don’t worry too much about missing a spot with the sunscreen.

Take a break from those adult Capri Suns to drink plenty of water. Pack a bunch of smaller water bottles for the kids, too.

Fill up one or two buckets with water for the kids to use to rinse their hands off in before eating. No one likes a sandy sandwich. Mix two tablespoons of melted coconut oil, three drops of lavender oil and one cup of water together in a spray bottle. Spritz on your hair throughout the day for hydration and protection.

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this cream on your and your kids’ skin to keep it healthy and soothed, especial y if it’s slightly sunburned. Apply before bedtime, as lavender helps the body relax. Mix these ingredients together, and store in the fridge for extra cooling relief:

GAME ON 30 Bath toys: Don’t forget to bring toys, games and fun activities to keep the kids occupied at the beach. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

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Pack your kids’ bath toys instead of buying new beach toys. Watch as the old toys become interesting again in a new setting.

and 31 Handprints footprints:

Bring along some plaster of Paris in a baggie. Add the appropriate amount of water, and pour into your kids’ hand and footprints in the sand.

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Shell art: Help

your kids color shells with crayons. Let the shells and crayons warm up in the sun first to make it easier for the color to go on.

Sunscreen tattoo: Give your

child a tattoo (or let them give you one) by making a design on their skin with sunscreen. After being in the sun awhile, a tattoo of lighter skin will make its mark under the sunscreen.

2 7 Soft feet:

The beach will dry out your feet if you’re not careful. Keep them soft and refreshed by applying Vaseline or lotion and wearing socks to bed at night.

28 Prevent stinging legs:

Ladies, coat freshly shaved legs with baby oil before jumping in the water to lessen the sting.

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34 Water relay: 37 Sand drawings: Form teams of two, one person from each sitting on the sand and holding a cup above their heads. The other teammates have to fill up smaller cups with water from the ocean and run back to fill the larger cups. The team that fills their large cup first wins, so try not to spill!

35Sand angels:

Florida doesn’t get snow often—or ever really—so making sand angels is a must for us locals. (And it doesn’t require bundling up or getting frostbite.)

Write words like flip-flop, sun or rainbow in the sand for your kids to draw a picture of. Then switch.

38Sandcastle kit:

Gather measuring cups, plastic drinking cups, shovels, paint spatulas and brushes together in a large bucket to make a sandcastle kit.

39 Scavenger hunt:

Surprise the kids with a list of objects to find and collect on the beach. Make it a competition or work together.

36 Beach bowling: 40Tic-Tac-Toe: Dig three holes in the sand—a small, medium and large one. Line the kids up and have them roll tennis balls toward the holes. More points for sinking them in the smaller holes.

Draw a big tic-tactoe grid in the sand. Then, let your kids pick beach toys as playing pieces or just draw ‘x’ and ‘o’ in the sand.

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ou may have known it as Artisinal Dish, but this locally owned, European-inspired, deli-style establishment changed its name to The Blue Wagyu in 2015 to emphasize their savory mainstay: humanely pasture-raised, local Wagyu beef. My friend, Jean, and I were already fans, so going there to eat burgers was hardly a “chore.” We settled into the over-sized, comfy armchairs and breathed in the wonderful aroma that permeates this friendly, laid-back eatery. We then promptly devoured three different burgers. We settled on the Shigeshigetani as the most deliciously unique. Half the fun is just saying the name, which is pronounced “shiggie-shiggietani.” (Say that fast three times. If you have trouble pronouncing it, just point to it on the menu! Burgers are named after famous Wagyu bulls, by the way.) This burger has none of the usual ingredients; there’s no ketchup, mustard, mayo, tomato or lettuce, but you won’t miss them. The Shigeshigetani is a burger of contrasts, perfectly compiled to bring out the flavors of each ingredient. On the bottom bun (a brioche bun made in-house) is a mound of mild cilantro slaw and just enough creamy garlic aioli sauce to add some tang. Atop the burger is a heaping spoonful of blackened onions, slow cooked for hours to make a decadent reduction that resembles a black onion marmalade. The bright red sriracha sauce seeping into the bun is the final addition. We loved the combination of sweet onion backed up by the salty heat of

the sriracha. The sprinkling of fried shallots adds a delightfully crispy crunch. The star, of course, is the quarter- or half-pound (your choice), hand-formed patty of Wagyu beef. These cattle, originally from Japan, have a totally different type of fat and marbling than traditional U.S. beef breeds. This healthier fat melts at a lower temperature, resulting in remarkable flavor and tenderness. “Part of the story is educating the consumer,” says chef, cattleman and co-owner Greg Mullen, who takes great pleasure in sharing the merits of Wagyu beef. Take our advice and order the 50-50 fries, half russet and half sweet potato. They’re hand-cut and fried to that just-right degree of doneness: tender inside, yet crisp outside, and topped with a scattering of sea salt. If you possibly have room for dessert, ask if they’ve made any double chocolate flourless cookies. Warm from the oven, these are positively amazing.

CLOSE SECOND: The Sanjirou, featuring chili fire kale, crispy fried shallots, caramelized bacon, chili aioli and a fried egg

THE BLUE WAGYU

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alk into Brooklyn’s Backyard and you can’t miss the friendly, laid-back feel. Cozy patio furniture, a pergola with twinkle lights, wood deck, porch roof and even real trees in the center of the dining room all add up to a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere. There’s even live music on Friday evenings. The eatery started out as a pizzeria when owners Tim and Janice Thomas opened in 2010 in their original location on 14th Street. (They’ve been in their current spot since November 2013.) Patrons still love the pizza, but now there’s a whole lot more to choose from, including some amazing burgers. You can even create your own burger and get as inventive as you like. “We go through as much as 360 pounds of beef a week,” says Chef Jeremy Zajac, who’s always looking for new ways to put a creative spin on a dish. My friend Jan and I showed up hungry. Good thing we did. The St. Croix, like all their burgers, is presented with a steak knife stuck through the top bun. We opted to cut ours in half. Their flagship burger, the St. Croix, was inspired by a memorable meal Tim and Janice had at a tavern in Christiansted on the island of St. Croix. It begins with a half-pound of ground chuck hand-pattied with seasonings and minced onions. The beef is blackened and topped with a slice of cream cheese, fried banana peppers, lettuce, tomato, onion and sweet Thai chili sauce. I love it when ingredients come together for a one-of-a-kind taste, and that’s exactly what happens with the St. Croix. In addition to the perfectly cooked burger, you have the crunch and zip of banana peppers, the zesty sweetness of chili sauce, the smooth creaminess of cheese and the saltiness of blackening seasoning. I’d never tasted anything quite deliciously like it. No wonder this has become a menu standout. Every burger comes with one side, and it doesn’t have to be fries, even though theirs are cut fresh each day and are excellent. We went crazy over Grandma’s 3-Cheese Mac & Cheese, which leaves “regular” macaroni and cheese in the dust. It’s ultra rich and cheesy, and the toasted bread crumb topping is the perfect finishing touch. (Honestly, I could make a meal out of the mac and cheese, no offense to the burgers, but it’s that good.)

CLOSE SECOND: The Angry Orchard, featuring homemade apple compote made with Angry Orchard Cider, bacon, Brie cheese and Angry Orchard aioli

BROOKLYN’S BACKYARD 2019 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala (352) 304-6292 brooklynsbackyard.com

It’s possible to build the perfect burger, according to Charles Michel, Oxford University chef and prominent food scientist. As he explains, we “taste” food with all of our senses, so what makes something delicious isn’t just how it tastes in your mouth. The best burger should engage all five senses. Next time you put a burger together, make sure it includes: 050

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The sizzling beef patty, the crunch from lettuce, onion, bacon, pickle

piled on. In this case, applewood-smoked bacon, Gouda cheese, guacamole, crispy onion strings, chipotle-jalapeno sauce, lettuce and tomato all stacked on a butter-toasted brioche bun. This baby was a good 5 inches tall, so I had my hands full (literally!) trying to take a civilized bite. I have yet to figure out how to eat a burger this scrumptiously juicy without needing a ton of napkins. I finally gave up and just dove in. (The fact that there’s a napkin dispenser at the table helps. I also appreciated the fact that a hand-washing station is located near the entrance, so you can easily tidy up before and after eating.) Fries are a la carte, which means you can order exactly the amount and type you want. We went for the full pound of “half and half,” meaning half regular fries, half sweet potato fries. Oh, did I mention the sauce station? I saw no need to add anything to my tasty burger, but boy was it fun to spice up the fries with the different sauces. Take our word for it: The

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toasted marshmallow sauce with the sweet potato fries is a winner. Absolutely save room for one of Burger 21’s signature milkshakes—with whipped cream, of course. Rich, thick and ultra creamy, they’re handmade to order. From the great food to the super friendly staff, this is a spot the whole family can enjoy. Plus, you have to love a place that donates 10 percent of its sales to a local charity on the 21st day of each month. That alone makes me want to come back for another burger.

CLOSE SECOND: The Shroom, featuring crimini mushrooms, onions, fontina cheese, lettuce and tomato

BURGER 21

3105 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala (352) 629-8821 burger21.com/locations/ocala/

Eat it with your hands, never a knife and fork

You may even want to crank up your favorite music, as that’s proven to enhance the pleasure of eating.

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’d been hearing about a burger I had to try at The Lunchbox, a popular downtown spot known for tasty, fast breakfast and lunch. So on that recommendation, I ventured in one afternoon and ordered the Big Kahuanna. It did not disappoint. The Lunchbox is already known for its fresh, never frozen, half-pound steakburgers made from ground chuck and sirloin steak. Owner Josh Snyder takes it to a whole different level with the Big Kahuanna. Topping the sizzling hot burger is a slice of tender ham, topped with a slice of melty Swiss cheese and grilled pineapple. A generous splash of teriyaki sauce adds to the “island” taste theme. Tomato, lettuce and mayo round out this burger creation, which was inspired by a Hawaiian-style pizza. Even “smushed” down so I could try to get every layer in my mouth at once, this impressive burger is a good four inches tall. After the first scrumptious, ultra-juicy bite I realized this was going to require a lot of napkins. And it did, but I savored every mouthful. The teriyaki is a brilliant addition and really adds the finishing touch. Fries are a standard burger accompaniment, and The Lunchbox serves regular and sweet potato fries, as well as curly fries. I opted for the potato salad they make fresh every day, which was creamy and had just the right amount of tanginess.

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Wash it all down with a big glass of their perfect sweet tea and you’re good to go. When you enter The Lunchbox, you’re literally walking right into the kitchen; the grill is just on the other side of the counter. A nostalgic collection of lunch boxes from earlier times adds an appropriate decor in the dining area, which is super casual and staffed by friendly, efficient servers. Put that atmosphere together with the tasty faire and it’s easy to see why so many people make this a regular stop.

CLOSE SECOND: The White Elephant, featuring their bacon cheeseburger served between two halves of a grilled Tast-T-O donut

THE LUNCHBOX

103 SE 1st Ave., Ocala (352) 512-0252 thelunchboxocala.com


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ome things stand the test of time. Shuckers Bar & Grill is one of those. This Ocala institution has been around since 1982, and although it’s well known for oysters, they also make a mean burger. Definitely the most unique burger on their menu is the Billy Burger. All the burgers at Shuckers contain a half pound of beef, but that’s just the starting point for this particular creation. It’s a bacon cheeseburger with the traditional fixings (lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle), but instead of a bun, it’s nestled between two (yes, TWO!) grilled cheese sandwiches. I figure a man had to have come up with this one... all that meat, all those carbs... it’s been on the menu since well before the current owners bought the establishment. As manager Jamie Chavez put it, “It’s ambitious.” I’ll say.

Want to make your own unique burgers at home? Here are some suggestions for toppings beyond the typical ketchup, mustard and mayo. Your burgers will never be the same!

When they placed the Billy Burger in front of me, complete with a substantial mound of hot fries, I said the first thing that came to mind: “I don’t think I can finish this.” “Nobody finishes the Billy Burger,” smiles Jamie. (Sounds like a definite challenge to some hungry guys out there.) And so, with the AC pumping out cold air and “Knock, Knock, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” cranking from the jukebox, I gave it my best shot, but she was right. I didn’t come close to finishing. I loved the perfectly grilled, crisp outside, gooey inside grilled cheese instead of a bun. Whoever came up with that idea was onto something. It’s the classic white bread/American cheese combination and works just fine with the hearty burger. At a neighboring table, regular patron Doug “Radar” Vandeursen watched me fail to master the

Billy Burger. “It’s a lot to handle,” chuckles Doug, who typically orders it once a month. “I brought my nephew here from New York City,” adds Doug. “He said it was the best burger he ever put in his mouth.” I’m not sure if they have a NYC version of the Billy Burger up in the Big Apple, but I’m glad to know Ocala is on the map for such a uniquely satisfying burger.

CLOSE SECOND: The Buckmaster, featuring cheese cooked right in the burger, topped with bacon, cheese and a fried egg

SHUCKERS BAR & GRILL

408 SW 16th Street, Ocala (352) 840-0777 facebook.com/ShuckersBarGrillOcala

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A Move Toward Mediterranean

The list of Mediterranean diet benefits is getting longer. A new study found that the diet, which is high in fruits, vegetables and fish, is linked to a lower risk of stroke and heart attack in people who have heart disease.

Source: cnn.com

Previous research has found that the Mediterranean diet can keep your brain young, help you live longer, decrease your risk of cancer, manage your weight and increase bone health. The most recent study examined people in various countries around the world who had an average age of 67 and stable heart conditions. After being asked about their diet, researchers found that for every 100 people who ate the highest amount of Mediterranean foods, there were one-third the amount of heart attacks and strokes compared with 100 people who ate the highest amount of unhealthy foods.

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Americans spend $21.3 billion on pet food each year, and a Consumer Reports survey says a significant portion of that is spent on premium food—the average pet parent drops $36 monthly. But it turns out expensive brands don’t have much on standard kibble or wet food. Dr. Marion Nestle, co-author of Feed Your Pet Right: The Authoritative Guide to Feeding Your Dog and Cat, told The New York Times that premium pet foods often cost three to four times more than supermarket brands. When she compared the ingredients of high-end and supermarket brands, often the first five ingredients were the same (representing proteins, fats and carbs) since all brands must meet the Association of American Feed Control

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Premium pet foods often cost three to four times more than supermarket brands. As long as the bag says “complete and balanced,” your pets will get everything they need. › Dr. Marion Nestle

Officials’ nutrition standards. The only notable difference: less expensive brands have a slightly higher grain to protein ratio. As long as the bag says “complete and balanced,” your pets will get everything they need. Allergy-specific foods can be costly, as well, but in some cases, you could avoid the markup by studying ingredient lists before you buy. One corn-free kibble marketed toward dogs with a corn allergy costs $31 for a 12.5-pound bag, but Kirkland’s Super Premium Dog Food sold at Costco is corn-free and costs $15 for 40 pounds. No studies have been done on pet food brands’ or ingredients’ effects on animal longevity and long-term health, but your veterinarian can advise if food changes would benefit your dog or cat. And on your next trip to the store, grab the premium food and compare its ingredients to less expensive brands. You may find a bargain your budget and your furry friend will love.

Is That… A Fridge?

Why yes, yes it is. Freshpet brand foods don’t use preservatives and practice minimal processing to provide dogs and cats with 80 to 90 percent meat-based foods that are 100 percent natural, and real food has to stay in the refrigerator —even in the pet aisle. Other kibbles are formulated to provide all the necessary nutrition, but if unprocessed pet food is important to you, this is the brand for the job.

Sources: aspca.org, nytimes.com, pet360.com, petmd.com, freshpet.com, cesarsway.com

We spend plenty of time scrutinizing our own diets, but exactly what’s in those brown crunchies we feed our cats and dogs? Let’s break down whether your furry friend should be eating small-batch, artisanal, organic, gluten-free kibble or if the generic brand will suffice, why there’s suddenly a refrigerator in the pet aisle and which table scraps are safe to share (because c’mon, look at that face!).


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• Ground flax seed for coat health and shine • Pumpkin purée for added betacarotene and vitamin A (and to get the GI tract going if your pet is backed up) • Ripe banana for potassium and soluble fiber • Fresh parsley for fresher breath *Remember, these supplemental snacks should make up no more than 10 percent of your pet’s diet.

Want to ensure your dog is getting good nutrition? Make your own treats at home to supplement their regular diet using healthy ingredients. Here’s how to make simple, no-bake treats customized to what your pet needs: Frozen peanut butter bites come together with some vanilla yogurt (yay, good bacteria!) and peanut butter. Melt 1 cup of peanut butter in the microwave and mix together with 32 ounces of yogurt; then freeze in cupcake papers for a protein-packed cooldown.

Safe Snacks It’s hard not to slip a treat to your dog or cat every once in a while, so make sure what you’re feeding Fluffy and Fido is not only safe, but beneficial. These tidbits are safe and healthy. › SALMON AND TUNA – Dogs and cats alike can enjoy

fully cooked fish for a boost of amino acids and good fats. › EGGS – Only serve your pets cooked eggs (raw eggs

cause biotin deficiency), and that occasional scramble will provide extra protein and riboflavin. › APPLE SLICES – Remove seeds to prevent

intestinal blockage. › BABY CARROTS – Crunching away on carrots

removes plaque.

› CANTALOUPE – Not all cats and dogs will go for fruit,

but those with a taste for cantaloupe will reap their antioxidant benefits. › BLUEBERRIES – High in vitamins C and A, these are

another healthy treat.

Homemade Health

Does that brown gelatinous stuff in canned cat and dog food give anyone else nervous sweats? Just like your own food, if you’d rather know what you’re dishing out to your beloved pet, consider making their food at home. Always make sure your pet’s food includes highquality protein (meat, seafood, dairy or eggs), healthy fats from meat or oil, carbohydrates (grains and veggies), calcium and essential fatty acids. Tons of recipes are available online with their nutritional chart attached, but be sure not to alter them when trying them at home. Substituting ingredients could change the nutrition profile, and not cooking food long enough could make ingredients like meats and beans harder to digest. Note: Always check with your veterinarian before starting your dog or cat on homemade food to ensure you’re providing them with a well-balanced diet. Print out some recipes you’re considering and bring them with you so the vet can approve them and recommend serving sizes.

Toxic Treats Did you know that some of humankind’s favorite foods are harmful to pets? Be sure to keep these to yourself: › ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES – can cause vomiting,

diarrhea, tremors and difficulty breathing › GRAPES AND RAISINS – can cause vomiting, diarrhea,

dehydration, kidney failure and could even be fatal › CHOCOLATE, CAFFEINE AND COFFEE – contain

methylxanthines, which cause vomiting, diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death › CITRUS – can cause upset tummy › NUTS – pecans, walnuts and especially macadamia nuts

are toxic to pets › FOODS OR PRODUCTS CONTAINING XYLITOL – can

cause insulin release and even liver failure › GARLIC AND ONIONS – plants in the allium

family cause anemia in dogs, leading to pale gums, weakness and collapsing

The Olive Obsession › With over

60 flavors to choose from, the Olive Obsession is Ocala’s premier gourmet olive oil and balsamic vinegar store and tasting room. Most recipes call for it, so why not head to the one place in town where you can be sure to find the freshest and purest oils and vinegars? This specialty store’s broad and affordable selection will impress both your guests and your palate. Plus, stop by to pick up a jar of Italo’s Gourmet sauce, a family favorite, manufactured in Ocala since 2009. › Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10a-6p. › 2370 SW College Road, Ocala › (352) 427-8462 › oliveobsession.com

Sky Asian Fusion › Located in the

Holiday Inn Suites of Ocala, this gem of a restaurant has earned the Golden Spoon Award for six consecutive years, from 2010 to 2015. Start the night off right and order Steamed Lobster Shu Mai, lobster dumplings steamed, served with ponzu butter, sesame seeds and scallions. Share Pan Seared Citrus Scallops with your honey, drizzled with sweet coconut sauce served with blueberry jasmine rice and sautéed julienne vegetables. Close out the evening with Moonstone, Asian Pear Sake. No doubt, you’ll repeat the process very soon. Open Monday through Thursday, 5-10p, and Friday and Saturday, 5-11p. › 3600 SW 38th Ave, Ocala › (352) 291-0000 › ocalasky.com

Pita Burger › Bread lovers unite! Pita Burger’s special pita pocket bread is stuffed with fresh veggies, your selection of steaming meat and smothered with melted cheese. Their burger is equally as awesome, stacked with your choice of fresh toppings. Offering several handmade dressings such as Garlic Mayo, Honey Dijon and Chipotle, this unique restaurant will soon become JUL ’16 ›

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cup medium-bodied beer, such as pale ale Zest and juice of 1 large orange 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 large garlic clove, minced 1⁄2 medium onion, peeled and coarsely shredded on a box grater 1 teaspoon kosher salt Whisk all ingredients together. › Put beef in a nonreactive baking dish, and pour marinade over, turning to coat. 058

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afety first. Anyone less than a master chef would be tempted to throw cold meat on the grill and fire it up. Master chefs, however, know better. Let your steak-maker heat up for at least 20 minutes to allow the grill and surrounding metal to come to an even temperature, leading to a more efficiently cooked piece of meat. And while we’re on the topic, let your steak sit out on the counter for 20 minutes or so to bring it up to room temperature before grilling. It’s one of Bobby Flay’s top grilling tips. And who are we to not take cooking advice from Bobby Flay?

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MARINATE IN IT. Aside from making your food taste 100 percent

better, acidic marinades actually protect against heterocyclic amines, carcinogens most often caused by cooking poultry, red meat or fish over an open flame. Use vinegar, citrus juice, or even beer as a base. Soak the meat up to two hours before throwing it on the grill. Not feeling creative? Bottled marinades would be the way to go.

STICKY SITUATION. Often, leaner cuts of protein stick to the grates of the grill. Prevent this by rubbing a pair of tongs with a paper towel soaked in oil over the top. Another option is to brush your meat or veggies with olive oil and season them with salt before transitioning them to the grill. SAUCE IS NOT MARINADE. Barbecue sauce may be tasty, but it has a lot of sugar in it, which can easily burn to the grill. Brush it on at the very end of the grilling process and then quickly mark the meat on the grill for a caramelized effect. CRUST IS GOOD. It takes skill to get the perfect crust-to-meat ratio. Pay careful attention to this one because the flavor found in the crust may make or break your meal. If flipped too soon, it will stick to the grate. Foods like salmon and burgers will typically release themselves when the time is right. If you go to flip and feel resistance, don’t flip! The heavier the grate, the less likely food is to stick. UNDERCOOK IT. Not sure if it has cooked all the way through? It’s best

to take meat off the grill sooner than later. It can always be placed back on if it's too raw to eat. When in doubt, use a meat thermometer!

better than one. We think that’s how the saying goes anyway. Check out the latest location and treat yourself to a low- or no-fat frozen yogurt. Choose from an array of flavors from banana nut to bubblegum, plus a variety of natural fruits, nuts, grains and other fun toppings. With a unique self-serve setup, customers are promised a satisfied, personalized experience upon leaving— not to mention a happy belly! Open Sunday through Monday, 11a-10p. › 2611 SW 19th Ave, Ocala › (352) 237-4961 › peachwave.com

Lechonera Lena Brava › Puerto

Rican cuisine meets BBQ, and it doesn’t get much better than that. In need of a quick lunch? Look no further than Lechonera Lena Brava. Lunch specials run Monday through Thursday and include your choice of meat, rice and one side, starting at $5.99. It’s likely you’ll return for dinner, so try the lechon, a juicy, tender, barbecue roasted pork and a crowd pleaser. Served with rice and your pick of yuca, green bananas or sweet plantains, you’ll be tempted to order dessert, too. P.S. The tres leches is great! Check them out on Facebook. Open Monday through Thursday, 10a7p, and Friday and Saturday, 10a-9p. › 11850 SE Co Hwy 484, Belleview › (352) 203-4516.

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Honey Lime Marinade for chicken

one of your top spots. Stop by soon to see what all the fuss is about! Open Monday through Thursday, 11a-6p, and Friday and Saturday, 11a-3p. › 816 SE Magnolia Ext, Ocala › (352) 388-1555

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Book your party at Tony’s today. Gift cards available.

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.

For Alberto, Peruvian food is all about the flavors really popping. And if you can take the heat, he can make any dish as spicy as you’d like. For something different but delicious, Off The Hook’s the place to eat!

We cater! Let them create an unforgettable menu for your next event. Check out new items on the menu. Enjoy one of the specialty drinks at their new backyard tiki bar. Live music on Fridays. Family owned and operated. Brooklyn’s Backyard—Good Beer, Better Food!

Off The Hook Bar and Grill

Tues-Sun 11a-9p › 10901 S US Hwy 441, Belleview › (352) 307-0661 Alberto and Melanie Benvenuto opened Belleview’s newest addition, Off The Hook Bar and Grill, in April to serve fresh, homemade Peruvian food. When you walk in, the first thing you’re served is canchita, which is like a Peruvian popcorn. Browse the menu and choose from different appetizers, stir-fries, ceviches, soups and so much more. Order from the newly discounted $9.99 lunch menu or come for dinner. Complement your meal with a Peruvian beer or juice, and enjoy the lounge atmosphere decorated in bold colors and filled with modern Peruvian music.

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 or something more exotic, they’ve got it and it’s delicious! Try one of their unique burger creations. In the mood for wings? Get the best from the 2014 & 2015 King of Wings. Want pizza? They got it, NY style, plus a full range of fresh salads, sandwiches and entrées sure to suit everyone! There’s beer, wine and a full liquor bar in the ‘Yard,” too—over 40 craft beers, craft cocktails and a great selection of wines, all sure to perfectly complement your meal! Come join them for Sunday Brunch, every Sunday from 11a-2p.

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pound strawberries, hulled and halved 2¡1⁄2 cups orange juice Zest of 3 oranges 1⁄2 cup agave nectar Place all the ingredients in a saucepan, and bring to a boil, cooking the strawberries for 15 minutes. › Turn the heat off, and use a hand blender to purée the strawberries. › Carefully taste the purée to see if it needs more agave. › Pour the mixture into your molds; let it cool completely, and then freeze.

Pineapple Mint Pops

It was 1905 and Frank Epperson was 11. The night was cold, and his cup was accidentally left sitting on his San Fran front porch filled with powdered soda, water and a stirring stick. Over 100 years later, this mistake has become a summertime staple.

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oday, 2 billion ice pops are sold every year. With this being said, it’s only normal to say we want in on the fun. Here are some fun pops to keep you cool, both literally and figuratively.

Here’s what you’ll need: 1. A FREEZER. For obvious reasons. 2. TOOTHPICKS. If you don’t have unused Popsicle sticks on hand, it’s most

likely because you have used them for all of our other DIYs throughout the months. Don’t fret, toothpicks will do the job, and they’re fun-sized.

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8-oz bottle of POM pomegranate juice pint fresh blueberries, plus some extras for garnish 6-oz container Greek yogurt

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cup sugar cup fresh lemon juice tbsp grated lemon peel pinch of salt 1¡1⁄4 cups buttermilk Whisk sugar, lemon juice, lemon peel and salt in a large bowl until sugar dissolves. › Whisk in buttermilk. › Divide mixture among molds. › Cover, and freeze until firm, at least four hours. › These pops will stay tasty in your freezer for up to five days.

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and pulse until combined. › Pour the mixture into molds or Dixie cups, add sticks and some extra berries for garnish, and freeze until frozen.

Sources: passthesushsi.com, versusfrommykitchen.com, countryliving.com

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2 cups pineapple chunks 1⁄4 cup fresh mint 1⁄4 cup water 2 tbsp honey Combine pineapple, water and honey together, and process in a food processor or blender until smooth. › Add fresh mint sprigs, and process for a minute longer. › Pour into molds, add sticks and cover. › Freeze until frozen, about four hours.


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Trivia Night every Thursday, 7-9pm (Silver Springs Blvd. location) Mariachi Band every Thursday at the 200 location, 6-9pm Happy 4th of July!

El Toreo

3790 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala › (352) 694-1401 › 7 Days 11a-10p SR 200, Ocala › (352) 291-2121 › 7 Days 11a-11p New lunch specials include Taco Salad on Monday, $4.45; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $4.95; Quesadillas on Wednesday, $6.45; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $5.95; and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $4.95. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $8.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $7.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $7.95 and Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $7.95. Plus $1.95 margaritas on Mondays. On Sunday, kids 12 and under can enjoy 99¢ children’s meals (takeout not included). Wednesday is Special Margarita Day, 99¢ all day. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day. Happy Hour daily, 3-7pm. Everything is 2-4-1 (exceptions may apply).

THE BEST MEXICAN FOOD

At Sunday brunch, enjoy the chef’s specialty dinner selections, including an impressive assortment of fresh salads, peel and eat shrimp, and the chefattended carving station... not to mention the best part... dessert! Find them on Facebook for up-to-date info on special events.

• All-you-can-eat jumbo snow crab legs and fish every day. • Plan any party, social event, business lunch or celebration. Ask for Murphy! • Enjoy monthly specials while watching your favorite sporting event on the many TVs. Like them on FB at Murphy’s Oyster Bar

West 82º Bar & Grill

9301 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River › (352) 795-4211 ext. 311 plantationoncrystalriver.com/restaurant-and-bars.htm Breakfast: daily 6-10:30a › Lunch: Mon-Sat 11:30a-2p Dinner: daily 5-9p › Sunday Brunch: 11:30a-2pm Experience authentic Florida cuisine at the Plantation on Crystal River. Just off the lobby is the West 82º Bar & Grill, where you’ll find top-notch recipes in a relaxing setting along Kings Bay. Holding true to their reputation of genuine Southern hospitality and attention to detail, all entrées are prepared with the finest natural—and, whenever possible, local—ingredients. Join them Sundays for a delicious brunch, featuring traditional breakfast favorites. Overlooking Kings Bay and Crystal River, the West 82º Bar & Grill provides a special place to enjoy dining with your friends and family.

Murphy’s Oyster, Steak & Seafood Restaurant 3821 NW Blichton Rd., Ocala › (352) 236-5656 Open 7 Days a Week 11a-Midnight

Welcome to Murphy’s, where you’ll dine on delicious seafood, oysters, choice steaks, fresh wings and much more served in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The restaurant’s extensive menu offers something for everyone, from tasty Philly cheese steaks and steamed clams to snow crab. Try the authentic gyros, too. A special menu for the kids features dishes like the hot dog platter and the chicken strips platter. Come take advantage of the massive outdoor tiki bar with flatscreen TVs. Murphy’s is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Bring the whole family for an experience you’ll want to relive again and again.

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Crossroads Country Kitchen 7947 W Highway 40, Ocala › (352) 237-1250 Mon-Thur 6a-8:30p › 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-careto-eat catfish or whitefish. Enjoy an Italian special on Wednesdays. Big screen televisions will allow you to enjoy your meal without missing one second of the big game or race.

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

Located at the Crossroads of NW 80th Ave. and Hwy 40 West. No matter what you have a taste for, Crossroads Country Kitchen is sure to become a new favorite. Former owners of “The Spiced Apple” restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale. We accept all major credit cards.

HAPPY HOUR Daily 3-7. Thu, Fri & Sat 3p to close Ask about Carry-Out Catering.

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 make 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 to see our calendar of events.

Eaton’s Beach Sandbar & Grill 15790 SE 134th Avenue, Weirsdale, FL (352) 259-2444 eatonsbeach.com 12-8pm Mon-Sat, 12-7pm Sunday

The Steam Shack at Eaton’s Beach is all about casual dining, a beachside atmosphere and fresh, delicious food. Sure, they have tasty sandwiches and appetizers, but the main focus is on the steamed shrimp, crab legs, crawfish and other seafood offerings. After spending a hot day on the beach or in the water at Lake Weir, guests can feel comfortable ordering in flip flops and a bathing suit. Or are you headed to Eaton’s Beach for an evening out with friends after work? Stop at the Steam Shack first for a drink and appetizer while waiting for your table.

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Christmas in July! Purchase $100 in gift cards and get $30 Free! Free shipping online at hookedonharrys.com. Promotion valid July 1 - 31. Happy Hour Specials: 2-7p every day, $3 Draft Beer $4 House Wine & Premium Cocktails $5 Super Premium & Signature Cocktails

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

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Summer menu now available! The Thai Chicken Salad is back by popular demand. For more information on catering, contact Waica Huggins or Evelyn Nussel at wmhivyhoue@yahoo.com.

Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille

24 SE 1st Avenue, Ocala › (352) 840-0900 › hookedonharrys.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p › Fri & Sat 11a-11p › Sun 11a-9p 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. Their full bar features Harry’s Signature Cocktails such as the Harry’s Hurricane, Bayou Bloody Mary or the new Southern Mule. They 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!

Arthur’s — An American Bistro

Inside the Hilton Ocala › 3600 SW 36th Ave. Ocala (352) 390-1515 www.hiltonocala.com › Breakfast: 6:30am-11am daily Lunch: 11am-2pm, Mon-Fri › Sunday Brunch: 11:30am-3pm Dinner: 4:30pm-10pm, Tue-Sat A true American bistro experience! Extraordinary flavors, in a casual and affordable setting. Hilton Ocala is proud to be the home of Arthur’s — An American Bistro. Renowned for years as one of the region’s most celebrated dining establishments, the new Arthur’s — An American Bistro provides a comfortable, graceful atmosphere to enjoy the one-of-a-kind American bistro flavors of Executive Chef Josue Torres and his high-caliber culinary team. In addition to this unique twist on American regional cuisine, you will also find one of the best wine, bourbon, Scotch and specialty drink selections in North Central Florida... so enjoy!

The Ivy House Restaurant

917 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala › (352) 622-5550 Sun & Tue 11a-2p › Wed & Thu 11a-8p › Fri & Sat 11a-8:30p › Closed Mon 106 NW Main St, Williston › (352) 528-5410 Sun-Wed 11a-2p › Thu-Sat 11a-8p › ivyhousefl.com “Come on home, it’s suppertime!” is their motto. The Ivy House wants you to feel you have come to a friend’s 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. Try the delicious homemade desserts like the Key Lime Pie or Chocolate Midnight Cake when dining here.

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Ipanema Brazilian Steak House

2023 South Pine Avenue, Ocala › (352) 622-1741 › ipanemaocala.com Dinner: Tue-Thu 5-9p, Fri & Sat 5-10p, Sun 4-9p › Lunch: Fri 11a-2:30p Brunch: Sun 12-3p › Happy Hour Tue-Fri 5-7p › Closed Monday

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

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.

Mesa de Notte

2436 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala › (352) 732-4737 › mesaocala.com Mon-Thu 11a-9p › Fri & Sat 11a-10p › Closed Sun Ocala’s finest Italian restaurant, Mesa de Notte is now offering “Tapas Happy Hour.” Choose from five mouthwatering dishes all priced at $7 each. Ceviche de camaron, Latin meatballs, shrimp and andouille latkes, seared tuna piadinas and sweet-spicy Thai pepper Calamari. Served Monday through Saturday from 3-7pm exclusively at the bar. Mesa de Notte is the perfect spot for a quick bite and a cocktail after your busy workday comes to a close. Stop by and see for yourself what all the buzz is about.

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-get1-free Fajita Wednesdays $12.98. Two for $22.00 four course dinners on Thursday! Daily 2-4-1 happy hour, 11a-7p, includes draft beer, wine and all liquors (top shelf, too). Fourth of July Combo Special available all day on July 3 and 4, special includes a ½ slab of baby back ribs and a ½ BBQ rotisserie chicken with bottomless salad bowl, fresh corn on the cob and all the other fixins’ for just $14.98. Dine in or take out. Don’t feel like cooking 4th of July weekend? Our BBQ Picnic Package serves four and includes baby back ribs, a whole BBQ chicken, BBQ pulled pork, baked beans, corn on the cob, coleslaw, salad and yeast rolls for just $49.95. Taking orders now through Saturday July 2nd.

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Locations in The Villages at 1041 Lakeshore Drive at Lake Sumter Landing and our newest location at Brownwood in The Villages.


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Get Happy at the Highway, Mon-Thu 50% off draughts & house wines $5 select appetizers Take-Out Tuesday 25% off carry out (pizza & calzones) Family Wednesday 50% off bambino menu (kids 12 & under) Wine-Down Thursday $10 off all bottles of wine

Join us for live jazz featuring Rudy Turner every Wednesday and Friday from 6:30-9:30p and live entertainment every Saturday with Bobby Blackmon, Gosia & Ali, Rick & Paige and many others beginning at 6:30p.

Become a member of the Latinos Y Mas Family Club and receive exclusive offers, discounts, special birthday surprises and more! Kids Eat Free- During the month of July kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entree. Valid Mon-Thurs.

Blue Highway Pizza

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MAKE IT EDIBLE. If you’re conflicted about what to plant, turn to functional plants that look good and taste great, too. Ly’s favorite meals come from her backyard, with raised beds where she rotates vegetables such as kale, beets and radishes, and herbs are scattered throughout the garden in small beds and pots. She also grows fruit trees, flowers and a cactus garden and has a composting area and tiki coop for chickens. READY THE DECK. No one likes fungus on the deck—or mildew stains, dirt or weather-beaten patches. Pressure wash your deck, re-stain it with a matching color and finish and apply a wood preservative to help prevent water damage and discoloration. REMOVE MOLD AND MILDEW. Mold and mildew can form on the exterior siding and trim of your home, as well as on patio furniture, flower pots and swimming pools. It’s important to regularly clean the outside of your house as well as your outdoor furniture and accessories that may be susceptible to standing water to remove any mold or mildew. It is easy to remove mold or mildew with a garden hose, a longhandled brush and a mixture of one-half cup of Clorox Regular-Bleach per each gallon of water. GIVE IT A FRESH COAT. Weather can really take a toll on a paint job. If your shutters are looking dull or more washed out than before, it might be time for a touch-up. Same goes for the garage door as well as your front door. Nothing is more welcoming to guests than a well-caredfor facade. STOP THE SPREAD OF FUNGAL DISEASE IN GARDENS. One thing to be mindful of in the garden is fungal diseases, which can be deadly to plants and wildlife. Although it may not be the first thing that comes to mind, Clorox RegularBleach when used as directed is a simple but powerful tool that is often used to help stop the spread of fungal diseases and can even keep flowers alive longer when you add a small amount to the vase.

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While you may be sipping on slurpies and feasting on fresh fruit during these hot summer months, it’s never too early to start planning for fall festivities! Registration is now open for the 35th annual Marion County Chili Cook-off. This Marion County tradition will be held on November 5 at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, and teams are already forming. Now is the time to start selecting your secret ingredients in the hopes of being named the top chili cook in town. For registration details, visit marioncountychilicookoff.com or (352) 351-8840. 351-8840

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Don your most patriotic running shorts and singlets for the last and final race of the Big Hammock Race Series. Iggy’s 4 Miler on the 4th of July Freedom Run will honor Greg “Iggy” Miller. The race begins bright and early at 7:30am at Veterans Memorial Park and winds through a tree-shaded residential neighborhood. All runners will receive their own American flag as they cross the finish line. This is your last chance to earn valuable points toward the Big Hammock Race Series final standings! Registration and packet pickup begins at 6:30am. Registration is $25 before June 30 and $30 the day of the race. bighammockraceseries.com or (352) 304-3217.

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Whether you prefer milk, dark or white, peanut butter-filled or caramel, chocolate lovers of all ages should make their way to American Legion Hall in Dunnellon for a sweet celebration of all things chocolate. Local restaurants, bakeries and caterers will be entering their most decadent desserts in an effort to win your vote for the top-tasting chocolate in town. This Chocolate Extravaganza is presented by the Friends of Dunnellon and serves as a fund-raising event for the upcoming Christmas parade. The event will run 5:30-7pm, and tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the door and can be purchased at Cadence Bank, Al’s TV or Dunnellon Pawn & Jewelry. (352) 489-0099.

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In Praise Of Pizza

It’s a pizza lover’s paradise! The Belleview South Marion Chamber of Commerce invites pizza fans of all ages to the City Park Hall for the 3rd Annual Pizza Wars. Local restaurants and pizzerias will be on-site panning out their most perfect of pies in the hopes of winning coveted “People’s Choice” award for the best slice in town. From a traditional cheese to some of the more original creations, visitors will have the opportunity to sample slices for hours. The event runs 4-7pm and is fun for the whole family. (352) 245-2178.

Ever wonder what Fido or Fifi do when you aren’t home? Universal Studios’ newest release The Secret Life of Pets attempts to answer just that question. The Marion Theatre will host a pet-inspired party recognizing the release of this sure-to-be animated hit of the summer. Head downtown from 11am-2pm for the street party of the season complete with music, games, movie ticket specials and even a puppy pageant! ocalafl.org or (352) 789-2486.


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Interview by Bonnie Kretchik

Fire Hoses And Armored Cars

A popular event held each July, the annual Cop’s, Kid’s and Firefighter’s Day will be presented by the City of Ocala on July 15. Although there are plenty of fun and games, the real purpose of the long-time event is to offer some much-needed education about uniformed officers and what they do. Diane Leaf of the City’s Parks and Recreation Department took some time to explain the event’s mission and what visitors can expect. What is the purpose behind hosting so many uniformed officers? The purpose is to show the kids that uniformed officers are there to help them, not hurt them. So often in an emergency situation, kids are afraid of the officers or their equipment. This event was established so kids can get up close to some of the equipment and feel more comfortable with the officers. Who are some of the agencies that will be in attendance? The Ocala police will be there, firefighters, search and rescue, game and fish commission, the sheriff ’s department as well as the canine units, too. What kind of equipment will be on-site? There will be armored cars, firetrucks and hoses. The search and rescue team will bring their basket, and this year we will have a wrecked car and the Jaws of

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Life. Kids love to see equipment, and it’s good for them to see it in case they are ever in an emergency situation. Will there be activities planned? Oh yes, there will be plenty of games, and kids will have a chance to play with some of the equipment like the fire hoses. There will even be a boot race with the firemen’s boots. There will be plenty for the kids to do, and we also offer hot dogs, chips and drinks. How many kids are you expecting? We have all our summer camp kids attend as well as camps held by the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club and the Ocala Police Department camps. Plus the event is open to the public, as well, so we usually see about 600 or so. It’s an important event for our area kids to attend.

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Ongoing Events Free Yoga for Veterans › Wednesdays at Bliss Yoga at 12:15pm, (352) 694-YOGA

Free ESL Classes › Wednesdays at First Baptist Church of Ocala at

Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba

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Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group Theatre at Universal CityWalk, Orlando

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Ocala Symphony Orchestra: Red, White and OSO Blue

Reilly Arts Center, Ocala

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Sonnetag Theatre at the IceHouse, Mount Dora The Gainesville Community Playhouse

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The Reilly Arts Center, Ocala

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Anything Goes Oklahoma! Run It World Comedy Show Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses Stage Kiss 9 to 5: The Musical Rhapsody & Rhythm: The Gershwin Concert Experience

The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, The Villages The Hippodrome State Theatre, Gainesville Ocala Civic Theatre The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, The Villages The Gainesville Community Playhouse Sonnetag Theatre at the IceHouse, Mount Dora

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6pm, (352) 237-9858

Chair Yoga › Wednesdays at Bliss Yoga at 10:30am,

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Free Yoga › First Saturday of the month through October at Sholom Park at 9am, (352) 854-7950 Garden Workshop › Second Sunday of each month at Silver

Springs State Park at 1pm, (352) 236-7156

Survivors Support Group › Last Tuesday of the month at

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feature framed colored pencil, graphite and other drawings with an emphasis on works at least 18x24 in. and larger. An opening celebration will be held on July 1 from 6-8pm. Norman Rockwell: The Man Behind the Canvas explores the private life of Norman Rockwell and features the photography of Louise Lamone along with memorabilia and over 100 Saturday Evening Post covers from 1936-1963. The exhibit will be on display through July 19. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.

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What other show can be considered comedy, theater, rock concert and dance party all rolled into one? The wildly popular Blue Man Group is a multi-sensory experience you won’t soon forget! Aside from the never-drying blue face paint the characters don throughout the show, audience members are mesmerized by the sights, sounds and, yes, splashes they encounter throughout the performance. The show is held at the Blue Man Group Theatre at Universal CityWalk in Orlando, and tickets can be purchased at universalorlando.com.

Springs Art Festival is slated to take place this November, and organizers are calling artists for submissions. This daylong festival takes place in downtown Dunnellon with the goal of showcasing the work of both emerging talent and established veterans. The deadline for submission is September 1, and all mediums are welcome. rainbowspringsart.net or (352) 489-0099.

Jaws: The Movie and Shadowcast (July 1) › The Reilly Arts

Center presents the classic film Jaws with an all-original shadow cast performance live on stage while the movie plays. General admission tickets are $15, and the show starts at 7:30pm. reillyartscenter.com or (352) 351-1606.

Ocala Symphony Orchestra Concert

(July 3) › The Ocala Symphony Orchestra will perform their 4th annual Red, White and OSO Blue: A Salute to our Troops. The performance will take place at the Reilly Arts Center at 3pm. Tickets are $20. reillyartscenter.com or (352) 351-1606.

Webber Gallery Exhibit (July 7-August 19) › The College

of Central Florida Webber Gallery presents CloseUp: Eight Contemporary Cuban Artists. Each work evokes naturalism and realism and is representative of Cuban artists living in Miami. cf.edu or (352) 873-5809.

Free Museum Day (July 9) › The Appleton Museum invites the

public to enjoy the exhibitions, art-making activities in the ARTSpace and art-related short films in the auditorium free of charge throughout the day. Museum hours are 10am-5pm. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.

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Concerts

Best of the Best Art Show (Through July 11) › The Marion Cultural

Alliance will host an art exhibit featuring works created by MCA member artists. The gallery is open Tuesday-Friday, 11am-5pm, and Saturday, 11am- 4pm. mcaocala.com or (352) 369-1500.

Ticketmaster › (800) 745-3000 › ticketmaster.com

Gourd Artist Meeting (July 16) › The Marion County Gourd

All dates are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm venue listings.

Twenty One Pilots Halsey Dierks Bentley Gwen Stefani Dave Matthews Band Guns N Roses: Not in This Lifetime… Pitbull Motion City Soundtrack: So Long, Farewell Tour Still Surfin’ Beach Boys Tribute Drake feat. Future Goo Goo Dolls Flume Maroon 5 Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour Meghan Trainor

Amway Center, Orlando CFE Arena, Orlando MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds, Tampa MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds, Tampa MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds, Tampa

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Camping World Stadium, Orlando

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Amalie Arena, Tampa

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House of Blues, Orlando

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Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale

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Artist Group will hold a monthly meeting at the Cherokee Park Recreation Center in Belleview at 10am. All are welcome. marioncountygourdartist.com or (352) 245-7203.

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Themed Tour at The Appleton (July 28) › The Appleton will host an in-depth tour of the American artists and subjects found in the Appleton’s permanent collection. The tour meets in the museum lobby at 2pm and is free for museum members and included with the cost of admission for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. Sunday Jam Session (July 31) › Guitar Center will host a Sunday Night Jam Session at 5pm. All musicians and instruments welcome, and an in-house band is available for solo musicians. guitarcenter.com or (352) 861-4442.

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several group bike rides throughout the week and weekend. brickcitybicycles.com or (352) 369-9400.

Kayak Outings (Ongoing) › The Marion County Parks and

Recreation Department will host several kayak outings for children and adults alike. marioncountyfl.org or call (352) 671-8560.

Pack Walk (July 24) › The Marion County Animal Services will host a

ranger-led walk through Silver Springs State Park with homeless dogs. All shelter dogs will be available for adoption and can come home the same day. Walkers can bring their own dogs as well. Park admission is $8 per carload or $5 for a single person. Walk is free. Rain or shine and begins at 10am. marioncountyfl.org/animal or (352) 671-8700.

Off-Road Biking 101 (July 31) › The Marion County Parks and Recreation Department will host an off-road bike ride and equipment check at the Santos Park trail beginning at 8:30am. Bikes and equipment are provided for $40 per person. Registration is $20 if you provide your own bike and helmet. (352) 817-8548.

Fun Fundraisers Magnolia Art Xchange Fundraiser (July 21) › Burger 21 will

host an all-day fundraiser for the Magnolia Art Xchange. Ocala Style Magazine is a main sponsor of this event in which 10 percent of all sales on food and alcohol will go directly to the association. The event runs from 11am-10pm. burger21.com or (352) 629-8821.

Southern Sportsmen Whitetail Foundation Annual Banquet (August 6) › The annual banquet will be held at the National


Guard Armory at 5:30pm. The event will feature food, hundreds of prizes and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit veterans, disabled veterans and disabled children of Marion County. Tickets are $40 per person, $20 per child and $60 per couple. (352) 207-7118 or (352) 237-5499.

Other Fun Stuff! Evolution Dance Performances (July 1) › Evolution Dance

Company will present Flags, Freedom and Fireworks, a show honoring all servicemen and women who fought for our country. Two performances will take place at the Savannah Center in The Villages at 3pm and 7pm. Tickets are $20. thevillagesentertainment.com (563) 210-3641.

Fireworks and Celebration (July 4) › Circle Square Commons will host a patriotic celebration from 5-9:30pm featuring live entertainment, food trucks and more. Parking opens at 4pm, and parking is $5 per carload. circlesquarecommons.com or (352) 854-3670. Dive In Movies (July 8) › Annie will be presented at the Hampton

Aquatic FUN Center at 8pm. Bring a beach chair or towel. Check out mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900.

Candidate Forums For Local Races (July 12, 19, 26) › The

League of Women Voters of Marion County and the Ocala/Marion TheOnScene County Chamber & Economic Partnership, in cooperation with Top of the World Communities and the College of Central Florida, have scheduled political forums in an effort to inform voters about the issues and the candidates on the August and November ballots. The July 12 forum will present commission district 5 candidates at CF, the July 19 forum will present school board and superintendent candidates at On Top of the World Communities and the July 26 forum will present candidates for Marion County Sheriff at the Appleton Museum. All forums begin at 6:30 and are free and open to the public. lwvmarion.org or (352) 547-9670.

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Open Mic Night (July 12, 19) › The Silver Spring Shores Community

Center will host an open mic night from 5-8pm. All singers, readers, players, poets and comedians are welcome. The event is free and open to the public. (352) 438-2810 or (352) 239-0532.

Hair and Fashion Show (July 24) › The Annual Sunshine State Of Mind Hair and Fashion Show will be held at the Ocala Hilton. The show will be hosted by Tyesha Williams, comedian Terry T. Harris and feature several vendors and live entertainment. Doors open at 5pm. ssmhairshow2016.eventbrite.com or (352) 345-9005.

To have an event considered for Ocala Style Magazine’s The Scene, send a short description (and a color photo, if possible) 60 days in advance to calendar@ocalastyle.com, fax us at (352) 732-0226 or by mail: Ocala Style Magazine, The Scene, 1007 E. Fort King St., Ocala, FL 34471

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Universal Orlando Resort has announced a new attraction opening this summer at Islands of Adventure. Skull Island: Reign of Kong will be an epic expedition through the realm of King Kong in the 1930s, where the mission is to discover new creatures and their mysterious origins. Guests will encounter an underworld of caves, prehistoric beasts, ancient temples and vicious natives on this multi-sensory, 3-D ride. universalorlando.com

Frozen & Fabulous

The Disney blockbuster Frozen hasn’t lost any of its coolness factor since being released several years ago, and we’ve been eagerly awaiting the opening of this boat ride at Disney’s Epcot ever since it was first announced. Frozen Ever After opened in June in the pavilion that once housed the Maelstrom ride. This family-friendly ride features everyone’s favorite characters and music from the film. New projection technology makes the experience feel very life-like as guests explore Arendelle. disneyworld.disney.go.com

Can You Manage Mako?

SeaWorld Orlando unveiled their new hypercoaster, Mako, in June. Named after one of the fastest sharks in the ocean, Mako is Orlando’s longest, fastest and tallest roller coaster. With 4,760 feet of track and a crest of 200 feet, this new coaster moves at a swift 73mph and will make riders feel as though they are flying through the air with the same agility as that of the apex predator the ride is named after. seaworldparks.com

Explore The Springs

If you still have some energy after a hot day in the parks, head to the newly dubbed Disney Springs for some nighttime fun with the fam. Formerly known as Downtown Disney, the area features an abundance of great shops, restaurants and live entertainment offerings to explore. Some of our favorites include The Boathouse, a new upscale restaurant, and the Amphicar. This iconic vehicle drives on land and floats in the water and is the perfect way for guests to enjoy a special journey around Disney Springs. Other classics include Cirque du Soleil (get your tickets early) and Disney Quest, a five-story interactive, indoor (think air-conditioned!) theme park and arcade that will be closing soon to make way for an NBA-themed attraction. disneysprings.com

Sources: visitorlando.com, universalorlando.com, seaworldparks.com, wdwinfo.com

Summer is the time of year when plenty of families get together, go on vacation and take a break from everyday life. If you’re looking for something new to do one weekend, just head south to Orlando to check out the newest attractions at some of our area’s favorite theme parks.

Tampa Bay’s Busch Gardens’ Cobra’s Curse spin coaster also opened in June. With a maximum speed of 40mph, the ride unfolds in chapters, telling the story of the Snake King. First, riders will be facing forward and then be turned backward for the second segment. For the final third of the ride, you’ll free spin into a frenzy. And a fun tidbit: The air-conditioned (woohoo!) queue line features an exhibit with live snakes, interactive elements and projection mapping technology to tell the ride’s story. seaworldparks.com/en/ buschgardens-tampa


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The Tell-Tale Heart: Go Red for Women

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n order to increase women’s awareness about protecting their own hearts and the hearts of their mothers, daughters, sisters, cousins, friends, co-workers and acquaintances, these ladies hosted an important social gathering that will long be remembered. Almost $160,000 was raised in a single evening. Tina Chandra, D.D.S., observes: “I am honored to serve as the 2015-16 Go Red for Women Campaign Chair for the Marion County American Heart Association. As my mother was affected by heart disease many years ago, she was a volunteer and helped raise funds for the American Heart Association. It is a privilege to continue her good work and give back to this community in support of this great organization.”

The 2016 Go Red For Women’s Executive Leadership Team included Anita Capps, Ginger Carroll, Phyllis Ewers, Colleen Powell, Tammy Griffin-Vincent, Jeanne Henningsen, Angela Lennon, Angie Lewis, Diana Lammermeier, Hima Mikkilineni, M.D., Kim Panzer, Srisha Rao, M.D., and Michelle Stone. The Go Red movement is sweeping not only Marion County but America as well. It is a movement that crucially emphasizes the fact that one in three women will die of heart disease or stroke. This silent killer is more deadly than all cancers combined. Guests were opening their hearts up to one another on their red carpet arrival. These ceremonial entrances led participants to the cash bar, as the money raised was for this excellent cause. Live music was by Just the Two of Us. A silent auction followed with many notable donated items from over 30 businesses. In arranging and organizing a charitable fundraiser, attention to even the smallest detail is of the utmost importance. For example, guests were utterly delighted with the gift bags sponsored by Ocala Health. And the food was fabulous at the Go Red for Women event. The entrée was stuffed chicken breast with feta, sun dried tomato and spinach with a mascarpone Dijon sauce with asparagus and special scalloped potatoes served on the side. Dancing followed dinner and speeches. Music was by DJ Jarad Bowen. Quitting smoking, limiting alcohol, lowering stress triggers, eating healthy and exercising are just some of the tips experts recommend for a healthier heart. The American Heart Association is passionate about lifestyle changes that lower the risk of women dying from heart disease and stroke. Affiliated powerful groups are Go Red for Women’s Circle of Red (for women) and Red Tie Society (for men). These local ambassadors donate $1,000 annually for the Go Red for Women movement. Please call (800) 257-6941 ext. 8018 for contact information. Sitting in a recliner and just reading or just watching television won’t cure your broken heart. Plan now to attend the 2016 Marion County Heart Walk chaired by Ellen Witterstaeter of HealthSouth. The Heart Walk occurs on Saturday, October 1, at the Baseline Trail and Trailhead area of the Cross Florida Greenway and is nationally sponsored by Subway. Please read Ocala Style Magazine for further information.

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Some of the region’s finest amateur, professional and youth ballroom dancers showcased their talent at the 2016 Florida Fun Mini-Match held at the Circle Square Cultural Center. The competition benefited the Marion Therapeutic Riding Association and was produced by Dance, Dance, Dance Studios of Wildwood in partnership with its owner and presenting sponsor Mary K. Thomas.

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