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Sweet Music p36 Hearing about the 61st Annual Florida Folk Festival made us wonder about local musicians who play old-time instruments. The roots of folk music still run deep in Central Florida, as evidenced by these musicians who entertain themselves with tunes from bygone eras. BY MARY ANN DESANTIS
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Crafty Women p50 The word “craft” is defined as “a special skill, art or dexterity.” There’s no doubt the five craftswomen featured in the following pages have mastered that description to the proverbial “T” thanks to their creativity and dedication. BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND
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The Buzz p13 The real people, places and events that shape our community. BY KEVIN CHRISTIAN, MACKENSIE GIBSON, BONNIE KRETCHIK AND JUDGE STEVEN G. ROGERS
Primping with purses by GiGi Hill. CLASSACTS p18
Dunnellon High student a finalist for Emerging Young Journalist and Belleview-Santos gives for good. BUSINESSBRIEFS p22
YMCA gets a name change and Workforce Connection gives scholarships for STEM careers.
The Pulse p57 Ideas to keep you fit and healthy all year long.
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AY IS PERHAPS THE ONE MONTH OF THE YEAR WHEN WE TAKE A STEP BACK TO THANK OUR MOMS FOR THE 365 DAYS OF WORK THEY PERFORM WITHOUT ANY VACATIONS OR SICK DAYS. THIS MONTH, TREAT MOM TO AN EVENING UNDER THE STARS ON MAY 12 AT THE ANNUAL SYMPHONY UNDER THE STARS CONCERT. THE OCALA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WILL BE PERFORMING TO THE THEME “A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES,” WHICH WILL SHOWCASE SOME OF THE MOST RECOGNIZED TUNES OF ALL TIME. THE OCALA GOLF CLUB WILL PLAY HOST TO THIS ANNUAL AND MUCHANTICIPATED EVENT. BRING YOUR OWN BLANKET, OR RENT AN ADIRONDACK CHAIR FOR $5. AND IF YOU HAVEN’T SPLURGED ON A DECADENT BRUNCH (OR EVEN IF YOU HAVE), COME HUNGRY, BECAUSE THERE WILL BE DELICIOUS FOOD AND ICE CREAM AVAILABLE FOR SALE THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT. THE GATES OPEN AT 6PM, AND THE CONCERT BEGINS AT 7PM.
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EACHERS ARE A GROUP OF PROFESSIONALS WHO DESERVE TO BE PROPERLY THANKED FOR THE JOB THEY DO EACH DAY, BUT SOMETIMES, FINDING TEACHER GIFTS CAN BE TRICKY. WE HAVE COME UP WITH A FEW GUIDELINES YOU CAN STICK TO IN ORDER TO NAIL TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK.
GIFTS GALORE Homemade gifts are always a great idea, especially when it’s clear that the student was involved in the crafting process. Pinterest is a haven for tons of creative and beautiful homemade goodies, but there are a few recurring themes that we are loving: classroom supplies, puns and personalization. Lots of crafts can be made using cheap supplies like crayons, pencils, colored pencils and chalkboard paint. Flowerpots, pencil cups or even recycled jars can be easily transformed into teacher gifts by gluing pencils and crayons around the perimeter or painting on chalkboard paint and adding a personal touch like the recipient’s monogram with a tape measure ribbon. Fill the cup up with candy, flowers or homemade flower pens for a pretty touch. Even just filling a basket with helpful classroom supplies, treats and a card
can go a long way. The more paperclips, staples and markers teachers receive, the less shopping they have to do before the new school year begins. Pick up hand sanitizer, cleansing wipes, glue sticks, dry eraser markers, rulers and any other useful classroom items and arrange them in a basket. Bring your child along to pick out items, and let him or her decide what will be useful for the class. Make the basket look even more exciting by including a card or a personalized picture frame. Lots of printouts are available for free online or you can easily create your own by printing the teacher’s name in a pretty font and letting your child decorate it with finger prints, doodles, sequins and more. Place the artwork in a frame, and place it in the basket. Your teacher will love the thoughtfulness and creativity that went into it, and he or she will have something to decorate the classroom with.
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STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS AND DISTRICT NEWS THAT SHAPE MARION COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
BY KEVIN CHRISTIAN
ROBOTICS TEAM HEADS TO NATIONALS Forest High School’s Robotics Team recently competed in the FIRST ROBOTICS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS in St. Louis. Just a few weeks ago, the team captured
the Engineering Inspiration Award, the second most prestigious honor at a Ft. Lauderdale competition. Two years ago, the same team captured the most prestigious award, the Chairman’s Award. As of press time, national competition was underway, so no results were available.
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TOMYN’S TOWN HALL WITH TEACHERS
SONDRA COLLINS, music teacher at Romeo Elementary School
SUPERINTENDENT GEORGE TOMYN spent several
hours meeting with more than 500 teachers in a series of “town hall” meetings. Designed to share the district’s vision for student success, the meetings also gave teachers face time to ask the district leader some pretty tough questions. Forest, MTI and West Port High schools hosted the meetings, which were also provided via Web links for those unable to attend.
and president of the Marion County Music Association, represents all of Florida this summer at Yale University’s Symposium on Music in Schools. Collins will specifically focus on how music affects school reform. In addition to an all-expense paid trip to Yale, she’s also receiving Yale’s Distinguished Music Educator Award from more than 300 nominees nationwide.
AN IGLOO IN OCALA?
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PITCHING FOR LITERACY Kindergarten students at Hammett Bowen Junior Elementary encountered
real-life athletic stars in their own classrooms recently. The “PITCH A BOOK” Read-In brought athletes from the College of Central Florida and Miami-Dade together to emphasize the importance of great literacy skills. Players pitched a book promoting positive character traits to the school’s youngest children in a unified team effort.
Students at Belleview-Santos Elementary know how to give… including food for those who need it most. KRISTY CRAIG’s class donated the most items—567 in all, so they won a pizza party for fun and a “brain break” from the classroom. In all, BSE gave 5,143 pounds of food to Interfaith Services, a true mark of community concern and dedication to those less fortunate.
These youngsters at Saddlewood Ocala encountered their first igloo on campus thanks to the creative mind of ESE Teacher KIM FARROW. Collecting plastic milk, tea and water jugs over several months, Farrow carefully constructed the life-size igloo over four weeks using 405 containers. Teachers then used the tangible prop to illustrate lessons on recycling, earth science and counting, among other topics.
A PROMISING PROSPECT Dunnellon High freshman CHRISTINA BAUER is making waves
early in her high school career. She is one of only three finalists in the state contending to be Florida’s Emerging Young Journalist. The award is handed out by the Tampa Bay Times at a Florida Scholastic Press Association convention in Orlando. Among the judges’ words describing this year’s finalists: “impressive, amazing, and energetic.”
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Our well-trained staff provide safe, high-quality care so parents can have peace of mind while at work because at the Y, good child care is good family care.
WHAT: This swim team group focuses on building endurance, proper stroke mechanics and learning how swim meets are structured. WHEN: Practices are held Tuesday through Friday from 3-4 p.m. (ages 6-10) and Tuesday through Friday 4-5 p.m. (ages 11 and up) COST: $115 (members); $145 (non-members)
WHO: Grades K through 8 WHEN: June 10—August 16 (Monday through Friday) TIME: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
SUMMER SPECIAL EVENTS
WHERE: Druid Hills Church; 1712 SE Lake Weir Road
CHILL AND GRILLS BY THE POOL The Y brings families and friends together for food, music and fun in the sun from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on these Saturdays:
COST: $110 per week (members); $160 per week (non-members)
CAMP ACTIVITIES: This year, our summer camp includes four outcome-based programs that focus on values, reading, wellness and family stress. Each week of camp also includes field trips, swimming, character development, and other educational components.
July 4 MOVIE AT THE POOL All summer long we’re showing popular family movies at our Y pool starting at 8 p.m. May 24
NEW YOUTH & FAMILY PROGRAMS At the Y, we know that families that play together stay together. Our new youth and family programs address important needs for our members so that they can spend time growing stronger together. Visit our website for more information.
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This TWO-DAY pass will allow you to experience everything the Y has to offer. Plus, when you join during the month of May, we’ll take $50 off your joiner’s fee.
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here are those who say change is good, while others resist change at all cost. One thing is for certain… change is inevitable. After serving as a county judge since 2005, I made the decision last year to run for a circuit court position that was being vacated by a judge who was retiring. Because my current term did not expire until December 2014, I found myself face to face with Florida’s “resignto-run” law. Basically, to run for the circuit court position, I would have to resign from my present position as a county judge (with my resignation date effective January 6, 2013). I felt similar to Nik Wallenda when he was about to perform his famous tightrope walk over Niagara Falls. Not succeeding would have drastic consequences. Fortunately, my election to circuit court was non-eventful, as I did not face any opposition. As the only candidate to submit the qualifying paperwork, my name didn’t even appear on the ballot. I was humbled by those who commented that this was the result of my performance as a county judge the previous seven years. I was also amused by the person who told me the reason was because, “Nobody else wants that job.” So what’s the difference between a county judge and a circuit judge? To most people, it isn’t easy to recognize. We all work in the same courthouse, park in the same parking spaces and even wear the same black robes. Lawyers (should) know the difference. But to most people, it may be their
noticing the word “circuit” or “county” on the judge’s nameplate or letterhead. Florida’s trial courts consist of county and circuit courts. The 322 county judges in Florida handle misdemeanors, civil cases involving up to $15,000 and traffic infractions. The 599 Florida circuit judges preside over family law, juvenile delinquency and dependency, felonies, probate, foreclosures, guardianship and civil cases involving more than $15,000. The circuit court also serves as the appellate court for county court appeals. Upon starting my new position in January, not much actually changed. I was in the
Despite the court system’s efforts to move to a paperless system of filing, the amount of paper filed in a circuit civil case can be staggering. I recall a file landing on my desk a few weeks ago that resembled the size of the New York City telephone book. When I looked at the outside of the file, it indicated this particular file was volume 8 of 11. Eleven New York City telephone books I FELT SIMILAR TO NIK WALLENDA WHEN HE WAS for one single case? Toto, we aren’t ABOUT TO PERFORM HIS FAMOUS TIGHTROPE in county court WALK OVER NIAGARA FALLS. NOT SUCCEEDING anymore. WOULD HAVE DRASTIC CONSEQUENCES. Over the past few months, I have adapted and same office, with the same faithful am now enjoying my duties on the judicial assistant (Glenda) and the circuit court bench. Although I same bailiff (Mike). I was assigned still miss some of the duties of the the circuit civil docket, which county court docket—including was at the top of my queue in countless DUI trials—I have docket choices. embraced the challenges And then the circuit civil associated with inheriting over files started arriving. Be careful 1,000 open cases and moving what you ask for. I would estimate the average them toward a resolution. Having an open mind and flexible county court file consists of less schedule certainly helped during than 50 sheets of paper. For the transition. Maybe that’s circuit court, 50 sheets of paper the real meaning of the term may be the initial paperwork “loose change.” filed at the start of the case. Judge Steven G. Rogers has served as a Marion County judge for the past seven years and currently serves as a circuit court judge. He lives in Ocala with his wife, three children and an extremely spoiled Australian Shepherd.
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DELUCA’S DONATION Ocala business and community leader FRANK DELUCA, of DeLuca Toyota, has graciously donated $1 million to the Marion County YMCA. As a token of appreciation, the Marion County Y and the Central Florida Y association’s leadership have decided to rename the local Y the Frank DeLuca YMCA Family Center in his honor. “Giving back feels good, and it’s the right thing to do,” explains DeLuca. “I am honored and extremely proud to be blessed to be in a position to support the Y and our great community in this way. I cannot think of a more worthy organization than the YMCA to support at this level. The Marion County YMCA is not just a ‘gym.’ The Y builds character in our children and families and remains focused on addressing the changing needs of Marion County’s families and improving the overall wellness of our community.” DeLuca’s gift will be applied toward a $4.5 million renovation to the center located in Ocala. This capital campaign is to ensure the 35,000 adults and children on track to make use of this location in the next three years will continue to receive high quality programs and facilities.
SUPER SCHOLARS WORKFORCE CONNECTION will be awarding up to $105,000 in scholarships to local public high school graduates planning to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or technical occupations. Two scholarships up to $3,500 will be granted to students in each of the public high schools of the Workforce Connection region of Citrus, Levy and Marion counties. These scholarships can be used for training in two-year community colleges or technical school programs and can go toward tuition, books, fees, labs and supportive services.
HOSPITAL HOT LIST Each year, Truven Health Analytics names the The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals in the country based on performance in 10 different areas, and this year, OCALA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER and WEST
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part of Ocala Health, were among them. Truven Health Analytics is a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. This is the third year that Ocala’s facilities have received this honor.
COLLEGE CAMPAIGN CHALLENGE The COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA has an annual internal campaign to raise funds to support the work of faculty and students. This year, the College of Central Florida Foundation Annual Fund’s theme was the 2013 Great CF Fitness Challenge. The campaign was a great success, exceeding its $25,000 goal by raising a record $33,500. These funds can be designated for scholarships, faculty grants, program development through the Promise for the Future Fund, Dreamkeepers emergency relief for students or left undesignated to meet the college’s greatest educational needs.
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When selecting investment advisers, it’s important to choose an experienced team that puts the client first.
Garrett Suydam and Patricia Conrad
THAT WORKS FOR YOU
hen it comes to the world of investments, most people place their trust in the hands of professionals. This is why it is so important to choose a team with experience in the field and who values the client and understands their financial goals, both long and short term. Garrett Suydam and Patricia Conrad have many years of experience in the investment world and are two of the area’s premier financial advisers. After many years with Morgan Keegan, this dynamic team now partners together under the conservative, financially secure and well-diversified firm of Raymond James. “I am extremely excited to be a part of the Raymond James team. It has been a great platform for both myself and my clients to
area as a member of the Raymond be successful,” says Garrett, senior James family. vice president of investments. Garrett’s partner, Patricia, vice Born in Milltown, New Jersey, president of investments, brings Garrett moved to Inverness at age to the table a wealth of knowledge 8. During high school and college, and experience. Born and raised in he worked for Suncoast Schools Ocala, she began Federal Credit her financial Union as a teller The career with and new account foundation SunTrust in 1994 representative. in the banking In 2000, he of a great side before joined AmSouth client-adviser moving to the Investment relationship starts investment field Services and in 1995. In 2003, began his with trust. she became part career in the —GARRETT SUYDAM of the AmSouth investment Investments Firm field. Through and now finds herself at Raymond the AmSouth/Regions-Morgan James, where she couldn’t be more Keegan merger and most recent enthusiastic to work with clients. sale of Morgan Keegan to “Working at Raymond James Raymond James, he now finds is an exciting new way of doing himself ready to serve the Ocala
business,” she says, noting the excellent technology and market analysis. She predicts nothing short of success for her clients. Working with clients on a personal basis is important to both Garrett and Patricia, as they know having a relationship is key to client success. “The foundation of a great client-adviser relationship starts with trust. I get to know my clients’ hobbies and likes as well as their financial goals, and my satisfaction is only met when they fully understand their investments and my recommendations meet their comfort level and goals,” says Garrett. Both he and Patricia provide honest, up-front investment advice to each and every client. No pressure involved. “I love the relationship I have with my clients and look out for their best interests,” says Patricia, who specializes in growing assets for retirement and works in The Villages as well. Together, Garrett and Patricia bring years of investment experience with a diverse clientele to our area. From working with secure investments to tax-free income and stocks and bonds, they are ready to put their knowledge to work for you.
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Insurance Office of America offers clients a different type of experience with an internal culture and set of principles second to none.
Left to Right: Topper Fitch, Gary Robles, Travis Sanders James Powell and Curtis Neuman
An Insurance Agency
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nsurance is all about protection and security. For a business owner, insurance is about protection from legal action and liability. Perhaps one of the most important decisions a business owner has to decide is selecting an insurance company that will work for them, creating peace of mind and fostering an environment for success. Whether from fire or theft, weather or property damage, Insurance Office of America protects business owners and their assets. And they do it with customer service and relationships in mind. Insurance Office of America (IOA) is a full-service
commercial insurance agency specializing in property and casualty coverages, workers compensation, employee benefits and financial planning services. What makes IOA different is simple: their model. It’s a very consultative approach. “We offer agents and employees an opportunity to earn equity in the firm, because we believe that owners serve clients better than employees do,” explains Heath Ritenour, CEO of IOA. “Service is our top priority.” This unique model of doing business was so successful for both agents and clients alike that the offices of
IOA grew from a single Apopka location in 1988 to 31 offices in 12 states across the country. “We started with three people, and we now serve tens of thousands of customers with over 30 locations nationwide,” explains Heath, who adds that strong client-agent relationships are what have helped the company grow exponentially. The Ocala branch today consists of five agents: James Powell, Travis Sanders, Topper Fitch, Curtis Neuman and Gary Robles, plus their support staff. The agency has plans for significant growth as more companies experience the
difference between IOA and other commercial insurance agencies. The agents at IOA know that regardless of whether a company is a small, family-owned operation or a larger corporation, they can provide all of the insurance tools necessary for their clients to protect their business. “We understand that being a business owner isn’t easy. Their business is the ‘Goose that lays the golden egg,’ and we provide the expertise to protect that egg,” says Gary. IOA provides a list of significant in-house systems and program services that reduce the
We stay on the cutting edge of technology so we can add value to our clients by offering solutions that make them a more efficient company. —HEATH RITENOUR
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total cost of their client’s insurance premiums. Their offerings include:
“IOA agents take pride in solving problems by bringing solutions to their clients’ and prospective clients’ insurance issues. To do that successfully, you have to establish trust very quickly,” says James. “Relationship is key in our business!” Gary adds that “client satisfaction is our daily focus.” Because of this business model, the company maintains a 95 percent
customer retention rate annually and offers businesses a multitude of options. “We stay on the cutting edge of technology so we can add value to our clients by offering solutions that make them a more efficient company,” explains Heath. Not only does IOA represent the top insurance companies in the nation, but agents go beyond by educating clients on current market conditions and counseling them through the risk management process so they can make the best decisions for their business. “We are consultants/agents, not just salesmen,” says James. “We want our clients to understand the process and the cost drivers that are affecting their current and future insurance premiums.” There are several businesses in the area that have seen the difference IOA has to offer.
“I cannot say enough positive things about IOA. They are competent, committed and concerned. They take the time to discuss innovative ways to reduce costs as well as educate clients on what to expect in the future,” says Jodi Schoeler with Elite Construction of Ocala. Traci Berry of Ehlers Realty experienced the benefit of having agents who acted as her consultants. “They were so incredibly helpful. They sat and explained everything and were always available to answer my questions,” she says, admitting she didn’t know much about insurance to begin with but felt at ease after working with IOA. “Here, you get the feel of a small, hometown office but with all of the resources of the major national agencies,” says Topper, who has had experience in both settings over the course of his career. IOA offers more than just traditional insurance coverages. They listen to what companies need. Whether it’s website development, branding, payroll services, promotional items, etc., their family of companies provide those services. “For example, we own our own payroll company, (Payroll Office of America), which has been integrated into our traditional services,” says Travis. “This brings tremendous value to our clients.” Curtis Neuman joined the IOA team in 2012 as an asset protection specialist. An Ocala resident for more than 20 years, Curtis is a veteran of the financial services industry with over 29 years of experience. His primary clientele are business owners and
professionals with the desire to protect their most valuable assets: their income, retirement savings and investments. “IOA not only protects a business owner’s buildings and equipment but their lives, savings and the ability to produce and earn an income as well,” says Curtis. He goes on to explain that IOA also helps establish retirement plan options for owners and employees such as 401Ks, IRAs and SRPs. “We can customize plans based on the individual and their goals,” he says. “It’s another benefit we offer our clients.” Insurance Office of America consists of a family of companies that provide multiple value-added services to their clients. Those companies are: Environmental Underwriting Solutions, Match-Up Promotions, Payroll Office of America, Asset Advisors of America, Web Solutions of America and Technology Solutions of America. While owning a business requires making many decisions, one decision business owners shouldn’t worry about is selecting an insurance office that will work with them. The offices of IOA provide a wealth of services and are backed by the top carriers in the nation. And their one-on-one relationships with clients take them into a category all their own.
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he’s an Ocala native who still calls Florida home, but for Brooke Newton, the “bright lights, big city” glitz of Tinseltown fits her just fine at this stage in her life. Stage is the operative word here, as Brooke successfully pursues her acting career in Hollywood, a passion she has nurtured since elementary school days.
“From a really young age I knew I wanted to do this,” she says. “I’d watch films and they’d make me laugh or cry, and I knew I wanted to make people feel like that. My mom and dad got me into beauty pageants when I was a toddler, which I was terrible at because it was boring. The pageants led to some modeling, but acting has always been a main focus.” says Brooke, who first acted in commercials at age 8 and has appeared in nearly 40 national commercials since. (You may recognize her face in ad campaigns for Joico, Bare Minerals and more.) Brooke was so sure she wanted a full-time acting job that she was determined to head to the West Coast as soon as she graduated from Westport High School in 2004, but her mother, Lisa, wasn’t keen on that. Instead of packing her bags for LA, Brooke took her aunt’s advice and tried out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ cheerleaders, as she’d danced for years and was captain of the dance team in high school. Her experience paid off. Brooke was just 17 when she made the team; she cheered for the Bucs throughout the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
Many football fans would be surprised to learn that when Brooke was an NFL cheerleader, it was a volunteer position. “We only got money through appearing at paid events, but there’s no way it could support you. My first year, we had a team of 28 women, and many of them were professionals with full-time jobs in addition to cheering,” explains Brooke. “You’re the face of the NFL, so you need to be able to dance and perform, but they also look for a woman who can speak and do interviews—be the whole package. I didn’t know this until I made the team. The girls were very supportive, and there was no cattiness. I still keep in touch with some of them; I made bonds with these women that will affect my life forever.” Brooke continued her acting career, so long as it didn’t interfere with her cheering and public event duties. Some days, she’d drive 16 hours for auditions. In 2007, Brooke followed her dreams to Los Angeles, and it’s safe to say her acting career is on a roll. She’s already appeared in 31 movies and television shows, including such popular television series as How I Met Your Mother, Glee, Mad Men, Happy Endings, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Gary Unmarried and Suburgatory. In addition to numerous made-for-TV movies, she’s acted in a number of feature films as well. This year promises to be especially rewarding for Brooke, as she can be seen in five films coming out in 2013, including Hamlet’s Ghost, Jake Squared, Jet Set, A Leading Man, Paradi$e and Knife Fight, starring Rob Lowe, which was released in late January. In 2012, Brooke became a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Emmys), something she considers a huge honor since you must be invited to join. Although she loves being in front of the camera, Brooke also appreciates what it takes to be creative behind the scenes. So far, she’s worked as associate producer and co-executive producer on two films and hopes to direct one day. She’s done a bit of script writing and is currently in a writing lab. At the time of this interview, Brooke was deep into pilot season, which is one of the busiest times of the year for a television actor. From January through March, new shows are shot in hopes that they will be picked up by a network. It’s a risky game, and the odds are tough, despite the enormous amount of time and effort that go into bringing a project to life. “Even if a new show gets picked up, it might not last,” says Brooke. “A show can be canceled after the second episode. Where every actor wants to be is three successful seasons into a show because then you can
renegotiate your contract for more money.” Life as an actress isn’t all glamour, though, and the hours are grueling. “It’s not unusual to have three to five auditions in one day, on top of filming and classes,” says Brooke. “When I’m filming a project, sometimes I’m up at 4am and not finished until 8 or 9pm. Or you might have an all-night Brooke Newton on Happy shoot and then have Endings with co-star auditions in the morning, Zachary Knighton so you’re only getting two or three hours of sleep. “What I like most is meeting new people, listening to their stories and working with them,” she says. “When you’re on a set, these people become your family. There are often 200 to “FROM A REALLY 300 people on a set; there are lots YOUNG AGE I more people behind the scenes than KNEW I WANTED you see in front of the camera.” TO DO THIS,” SHE Brooke continually seeks SAYS. “I’D WATCH inspiration to better her craft. She FILMS AND THEY’D typically does this by studying admired actors, such as Johnny MAKE ME LAUGH Depp, and watching good films, OR CRY, AND I plays, improv and comedy. KNEW I WANTED “When I have time, I like to TO MAKE PEOPLE hike. It’s nice to get back into nature FEEL LIKE THAT.” and take a breather,” says Brooke. “I also take classes in circus arts, including aerial silks and flying trapeze. I’m a dancer and love to push my body; I’ve really liked that art form since I was a little kid. “LA is very fast paced,” adds Brooke. “There are tons of passionate people; this is the city of dreamers, and I really enjoy that, but the traffic is horrible. Sometimes, it can take two hours to go 30 miles, so it can be hard to plan things.” To get away from all the stress, Brooke makes it a point to return home to Ocala as often as possible. “Whenever I get off the airplane, I can tell I’m in Florida by the first breath I take,” she says. “LA is really, really dry, so to me, it’s refreshing to breathe that humidity,” she muses. “The sky is bluer in Florida, and it hardly ever rains in LA, so I miss the thunderstorms. It’s great to come home and just chill out with my family.”
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There’s something fishy going on in Ocala, and it’s making our tummies rumble and our fingers fumble as we reach with chopsticks for the delicious and delectable prize. Chefs have been on a roll, and Ocalans have fallen hook, line and sinker... for sushi.
nce upon a time, before sushi went mainstream, this raw fish dish was either avoided at all costs or eaten only by pretentious foodies. Now, sushi has evolved with countless varieties, and many restaurants have dubbed their rolls flashy and sassy names, like “Godzilla” and “Red Dragon.” And chefs make up plates so beautifully that it’s a must to admire their handiwork. But it won’t be long before you take a stab with your chopsticks and take the first bite. We’ve found the finest venues in town—plus one in The Villages worth a little extra mileage—so you don’t have to go fishing without a paddle. Don’t let hibachi performances deter you from the savory— and sometimes spicy—allure of a sushi roll. It’s a true art form you’ll want to sink your teeth into.
Walking into Tony’s, you’ll be welcomed into a casual eatery with friendly servers and eclectic music. Head chef and owner Tony Li trained in Miami prior to opening the eatery in spring 2000. The millennium was the dawn of a new era, an era when sushi was becoming en vogue on the restaurant scene. “I think it was just becoming TONY SUSHI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE popular,” says Jade Chun, Tony’s restaurant 3405 SOUTHWEST COLLEGE RD., OCALA manager. “Tony came to Ocala and loved the nice cozy town. He wanted to bring his ideas and creations to a place where people would enjoy them.” Hundreds of rolls have been served at Tony’s, and the creative process involves the staff taste-testing the new sushi and giving their opinions on which fish are the perfect catch. But the head chef always gets the last word. “Tony has the final say on the end result,” Jade says. Two specialty rolls that have Ocalans talking are the Hot ‘N Sexy roll and the G roll. The Hot ‘N Sexy is a yellowtail, crab and cucumber roll sprinkled with tempura (fried batter) flakes and red and black tobiko (caviar) in a spicy crab and sesame sauce. The
The Racy Rolls
G roll is filled with cream cheese, shrimp tempura and spicy crab, with a drizzle of honey miso and sesame sauce. Its toppings are salmon, avocado and mango. “We have so many things off the menu,” Jade says. “Our creations are constantly evolving.” For people who still turn their nose at the thought of raw fish, Jade recommends the Jena roll, a snapper, crab and avocado roll that is lightly battered and fried. “Keep in mind that anything that the guest does not want or wants to add into the roll can be made special,” Jade says. “There is no limit to what we can create!”
Instead of making
The Rolls With A Little Zen
Starbucks your first pit stop off of SR 200 before heading into YAMATO JAPANESE STEAK HOUSE town, why not stop for a bite at 7414 SW COLLEGE RD., OCALA Yamato? One of four locations, Ocala’s Yamato opened in 2008. “Ginger is a palate cleanser, much Austin McCafferty has worked as a chef at like mint in western culture, used between Yamato for the past three years, rolling out rolls. Wasabi was used to mask the strong crowd favorites like the Ocalaholic. ammonia flavor in the first type of sushi, “In terms of popularity,” Austin says, which were much fishier,” Austin says. “the Ocalaholic roll wins hands down. It’s And is it unforgivable to eat sushi spicy crab salad with cream cheese, avocado sans chopsticks? and green onions on the inside, topped with “Actually, sushi was designed to be seared ahi tuna and wasabi infused fish roe.” eaten with your fingers,” Austin says. Austin compares sushi-making to a “Forks are not as OK, but bartender mixing new drinks. He has a better using a fork than minimalist approach to sushi, as mirrored failing with chopsticks.” by the rolls at Yamato. Did we “For appearance, I love the Eagle roll,” just hear a Austin says. “Instead of rice and seaweed collective sigh from we use a cucumber cut into a flat sheet then the chopstick-challenged? place salmon, crab, avocado, carrot, cream Yep, us too. cheese, fish roe and oshinko (Japanese pickled radish). The roll is cut then covered in ponzu sauce.” And what is sushi without its ginger and wasabi sidekicks? But why the Betty and Veronica duo?
Indecisive about where to lunch after window-shopping on the square? Maybe you’re in the mood for something umami (that’s “pleasant savory taste” in Japanese). Sushi Bistro is the destination when you’re looking for SUSHI BISTRO OF OCALA something to break 18 SE BROADWAY ST., OCALA your buffalo wing or burger routine. You can eat al fresco and people watch (or because it works both ways, be watched by people as you eat your gorgeous sushi), or escape from the heat by dining inside the chic and stylish eatery. Originally from Miami, Silvia Gonzalez and her son-in-law, a sushi chef, opened the bistro in 2009 because they noticed there weren’t many sushi-serving places in Ocala. “We wanted to open a sushi restaurant with our own style,” Silvia says. Style is just one word to describe the ornate sushi at Sushi Bistro. The rolls are served with floral aesthetics and bursts of color. Guests are also free to release their inner da Vinci when servers take their orders. “Our sushi rolls are created not just from the minds of our sushi chef. We let our customers go wild with their own creations. An appetite and a creative imagination will bring you closer to your perfect sushi roll,” Silvia says.
The Glamour Rolls
But it’d be remiss to pass up the bistro’s creations. The Fried Green Crazy Tomato roll, for instance, is a unique combination of Japanese and American South. Filled with cream cheese, scallions and cooked shrimp and topped with fried green tomatoes, the Crazy Tomato has a distinctive taste all its own. A popular roll is the Alexander, named after Silvia’s grandson, who was born weighing 1 pound 1 ounce. “My son-in-law, Nestor, invented the roll in his son’s name,” Silvia says. “He is our miracle baby.” The roll contains cream cheese, crab and shrimp tempura and is topped with more tempura, avocado, eel sauce and spicy mayo. Of all the rolls on Sushi Bistro’s menu, the Alexander is Silvia’s personal favorite.
You’ll feel like you’ve stepped
into the land of the rising sun when you enter Kotobuki. With curtained booths, hibachi chefs firing up the skillet and traditional Japanese low tables, the restaurant gives you such an authentic feel you may KOTOBUKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE have to pinch yourself RESTAURANT from culture shock. 2463 SW 27TH AVE., OCALA The oldest establishment on our sushi mustlist, Kotobuki opened its doors in 1986. Its colorful rolls are matched with monikers reminiscent of diners naming their sandwiches after celebrities. On Kotobuki’s regular menu are the Japanese Bagel roll, so named for its inclusion of smoked salmon and cream cheese; the Ricky Delite roll, filled with crab and cooked scallops; and the Awesome roll, stuffed with tuna, spicy crab and avocado, with cream cheese and fried salmon on top. But co-owner Susan Ishii shines the spotlight on the Ocala Rock ‘N Roll. The Ocala Rock
The O Wise Elder Rolls
‘N Roll is deep fried with crab, smoked salmon, spicy squid and asparagus. It’s a crazy combination of flavors that makes for one tasty dish. “It looks pretty, too,” Susan says. Another roll you won’t want to pass up is the Louisiana Spicy Cajun. The sushi has spicy tuna, spicy blue crab, spicy mayo and avocado on the inside. Rainbow hues of orange, dark green and gold-yellow roe decorate the Louisiana, making the sushi extremely attractive to look at—and irresistible to eat. But just how hot is the Louisiana Spicy Cajun roll? “It’s not really, really spicy,” Susan says, “but spicy enough.”
The Sushi Starlet
Want to make sushi but afraid it’s too complicated? Namiko “Nami” Chen is your guru for quick and easy Japanese recipes with instructional—and beautiful—photos on her blog Just One Cookbook. Nami, who started blogging in 2011, was born in Yokohama, Japan, and moved to California at age 20. Just One Cookbook includes helpful how tos as well as a list of substitutes for hard to find Japanese ingredients. Nami shares
Our one sushi eatery outside Ocala may be located in Lady Lake, but their most popular roll is no Miss Priss. The Sexy Girl has shrimp tempura BAMBOO BISTRO rolled inside, along THE VILLAGES, 700 N U.S. HWY 441, LADY LAKE with spicy tuna and lobster salad. It’s garnished with tempura and lavish black-red roe, which gives the sushi a vampy touch. Bamboo Bistro has a semi-formal ambience, where guests can enjoy beer and wine with a fusion of Asian dishes, including egg foo young and pad thai. Also If you’re a first-time visitor, you may on the menu is a selection of sushi special want to try The Villages roll. The sushi is entrées, which are served with miso soup. stuffed with tempura white fish, shrimp, Guests can choose the Love Boat, which is cream cheese and avocado and wrapped in an assortment of sashimi (thinly sliced raw soybean paper. fish), shrimp tempura rolls and Alaska rolls, For the perfect commencement after or the Boat of Four Seasons, which includes eating your Villages roll in The Villages, why sashimi, rainbow rolls, tsunami rolls, spicy not order the banana tempura ice cream? As tuna rolls and California rolls. On the zany the great sushi masters always say, “You can side, there’s also the Spicy Tuna Pizza, a never have enough tempura.” OK, they never sushi entrée with spicy tuna, spicy mayo say that, but we’d like to pretend they do. and tempura on a pan-fried pita.
The Rolls Of Lady Lake
with us her recipes, wisdom and sushi etiquette, because there isn’t necessarily a wrong way to eat sushi, but there is a right way. Is Japanese sushi different from American sushi? When we say “sushi,” the Japanese consider it as “nigiri” sushi. A lot of people in the United States like going to eat “sushi,” but they mean all kinds of sushi rolls. We have sushi rolls in Japan, but they are more like sides or an additional order. Creative rolls like California rolls or spider rolls aren’t actually served in an authentic sushi restaurant.
As a Californian, what do you think of the California rolls you find grocery stores? I like California rolls. I actually tried my first one at a restaurant in California! The crab, avocado, cucumber and Japanese mayonnaise go so well together, and it’s very light, too. I sometimes buy California rolls from a nearby Japanese grocery store for a quick lunch.
Where do you get ingredients and what are the best websites to order from?* Living in the Bay Area, I’m very lucky to live close to several Japanese grocery stores. They don’t have a wide range of fresh fish like we get in Japan, and some selections are limited; however, they do carry a majority of items that we need for our daily cooking. Big Japanese grocers like Mitsuwa (mitsuwa.com) and Marukai (marukai.com) have online shopping sites and can ship within the United States.
What are some sushi tips a novice chef should know? The key to a delicious sushi experience lies in its ingredients. Sure, practicing your sushi skills may help the look of your sushi, but without fresh ingredients, it’s difficult to enjoy the real beauty of sushi. For authentic sushi, the rice should be Japanese rice and the fish should be sushi grade. *You can also buy ingredients, such as sashimi and nori sheets, at Publix, Earth Origins and Gainesville’s Oriental Food & Gift Market.
Miss Manners Before a Japanese meal, it is proper etiquette to give thanks for your food by saying, “Itadakimasu” (“I humbly receive”; pronounced “ee-tada-keymat-soo”), but just gratifying the chef won’t let you off the hook. Nami gives the following tips on sushi decorum, which you can practice the next time you go out for Japanese cuisine. “There is common sushi etiquette that people follow in Japan. That’s mostly out of respect to the sushi chef who prepared your sushi,” Nami says. “Although this etiquette applies for sushi dining in Japan, following it here in the United States allows you to experience the taste of sushi differently.”
Cucumber Wrapped Sushi Unsure about “edible” seaweed? Try this simple sushi recipe that uses cucumber instead!
When you dip your sushi in soy sauce, rotate the sushi and only dip the fish lightly. It is best not to soak rice in soy sauce or separate the fish and rice. •
If you like wasabi flavor and want to add more, you can do so by putting it on top of the fish and dipping it in soy sauce to eat.
First, you can eat sushi with your hands or chopsticks; both are a correct manner. •
It’s OK to eat sushi in one bite (if you can easily do so); however, it’s considered bad manners when your mouth is filled with food.
California Roll We all know eating a convenience store California roll is a hit or miss, so spare yourself the gamble and try Nami’s recipe. YIELDS 9 LONG ROLLS
YIELDS 15-20 CUCUMBER WRAPPED SUSHI
½ cup Japanese mayonnaise (substitute 1 cup mayo, 2 tablespoons rice vinegar and 1 tablespoon sugar, whisked)
10 shiso (perilla) leaves 4
cups prepared sushi rice (vinegared rice; find recipe at justonecookbook.com) or Arborio rice
ounce sashimi-grade salmon
ounce sashimi-grade yellowtail
ounce sashimi-grade tuna
tablespoons salmon roe
6-ounce cans crab meat
½ cucumber 2
½ lemon, optional 9
nori (seaweed) sheets
cups prepared sushi rice or Arborio rice
¼ cup white sesame seeds Ikura (salmon roe), tobiko (flying fish roe), pickled sushi ginger and/or wasabi, for garnish
10 shrimp 1
lemon Daikon radish sprouts or alfalfa sprouts, for garnish
SPECIAL EQUIPMENT: Round cookie cutter (3/4 inch diameter recommended) Slice cucumber with peeler to make long thin strips. Place shiso leaves on a serving platter, and put cookie cutter on top of a shiso leaf. Stuff rice into cookie cutter about half way and remove cutter gently. Roll “sushi cylinder” with one strip of cucumber slice to measure circumference of the circle. Make short slits at ends of cucumber slice with knife so you can interlock the strip around the rice. Dice tuna, and lightly marinated it with scallions, soy sauce and sesame oil. Place tuna mixture in a cucumber cup. For shrimp, place a couple pieces from the outer edges to the center in a cucumber cup to make it look like a flower. Slice the sashimi-grade fish perpendicular to the muscle (the white line you see in the fish), and place a few slices in a cucumber cup. Garnish with lemon and radish sprouts. Serve immediately.
SPECIAL EQUIPMENT: Bamboo mat Saran wrap Tezu (1/4 cup water and 2 tsp. vinegar) Knife, sharpened Drain water from canned crab meat, and put it in medium bowl. Add mayonnaise, mix well and set aside. Place cucumber next to nori sheet, and cut off cucumber’s edge so length of cucumber is same width of nori sheet. Peel cucumber, leaving some skin for a stripe pattern for looks and texture. Cut cucumber into long thin strips; set aside. Peel and cut avocado into quarter-inch slices. Squeeze lemon juice on cut avocados to prevent them from turning brown. Cut 1/3 from each sheet of nori. Keep both 1/3 and 2/3 nori sheets in Ziploc bag so they won’t become stale. Wrap bamboo mat with a large piece of saran wrap. Lay one piece of nori sheet on top of the bamboo mat, shiny side down. Put a cup of sushi rice on top of nori sheet (just enough to thinly cover the nori sheet; it’s OK to have some small gaps). Dip your fingers in tezu, and start distributing the rice toward the bottom of nori sheet. Sprinkle sesame seeds and/or tobiko over the rice. Flip nori sheet with rice side down, and line it at bottom end of the bamboo mat. Lay a strip of cucumber, spread crab meat and lay avocado slices on top. Use bamboo mat to roll bottom edge of nori sheet over filling; tuck filling in firmly. Lift edge of bamboo sheet, and roll it forward while keeping gentle pressure on the bamboo sheet. Take roll out of bamboo mat, and with a very sharp knife, cut each roll in half and then cut each half into three pieces. Keep wiping the knife with a damp towel after a few slices to avoid rice buildup.
For more of Nami’s recipes and tips, visit justonecookbook.com. Recipes and photos courtesy of Namiko Chen, justonecookbook.com
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Hearing about the 61st Annual Florida Folk Festival made us wonder about local musicians who play oldtime instruments. The roots of folk music still run deep in Central Florida, as evidenced by these musicians who entertain themselves with tunes from bygone eras. STORY & PHOTOS BY
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Larry Schorfhaar, OCALA
Violin © Christian Delbert / Shutterstock.com
Handcrafted instruments for oldtime music Larry Schorfhaar is known more for making handcrafted musical instruments than he is for playing them, but he is a musician first. Rest assured, if he makes it, he can play it. “I can play almost anything with strings,” says Schorfhaar, who has a drawer full of ‘Best in Show’ ribbons for the instruments he has exhibited at Ocala’s FAFO festival. “As I built an instrument, I would learn to play it.” The 300 instruments he has made from all types of wood are indeed works of art. His fiddles, guitars, banjos, hammer and mountain dulcimers, mandolins and autoharps have landed in the hands of musicians around the country, including Tammy Murray, fiddle player for the Gainesville-based folk band “Patchwork.” “I purchased one of Larry’s fiddles at a festival in McIntosh,” says Murray, who will be performing at this year’s Florida Folk Festival. “I was impressed with the quality and his creative use of woods.” A desire for his own guitar in 1957 was Schorfhaar’s first catalyst to build instruments. “My brother taught me how to play his guitar, but I couldn’t afford to buy my own,” he remembers. “So I built one. I made mistakes, but I learned from them.” Woodworking came naturally, and Schorfhaar spent most of his
career as a finishing carpenter for custom-built homes. During the mid-1970s, he began making musical instruments again as the building industry started using more mass-produced wood finishes. “I had to have another way to express myself creatively,” he says with a smile. “I read about dulcimers in the Foxfire Book about Appalachian culture, and I wanted one.” Thus, his second career as a woodworking artist of musical instruments began. Although his grandfather in Holland made a few musical instruments, Schorfhaar is mostly self-taught. Beautiful sounds emanate from the sleek, polished instruments as he plucks the strings with the ease of a concert maestro. Just as his woodworking is largely self-taught, so are his musical talents.
“I have a musical ear or what they call comparative pitch,” he says. “I can tell when I’m right or wrong.” He explains that sheet music was actually written for people who couldn’t play by ear. Many old-time musicians play by ear, and it’s that type of music that Schorfhaar and his wife of 62 years, Boots, enjoy the most. He keeps his favorite instrument, a hammer dulcimer, set up near the kitchen where he can stop and play a few notes whenever the mood strikes. Younger generations may not remember Schorfhaar’s favorite songs—“Turkey in the Straw,” “Sugar in the Ground” and “Soldier’s Joy”—but the distinctive sounds from mountain and hammer dulcimers are heard in many of today’s popular tunes. The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Cyndi Lauper, Joni Mitchell and Nine
Inch Nails, among others, have all used dulcimers in their recordings. Today, Schorfhaar and his wife are surrounded by books, music and his instruments in their northeast Ocala home. A few steps outside the backdoor is Schorfhaar’s workshop where instrument-making magic begins. On a table near the doorway, an outline of a guitar is emerging. On a sawdust-filled workbench, a hand-carved scroll is only days away from being attached to a fiddle’s peg box and neck. Schorfhaar estimates it takes about 200 hours to build a fiddle or “at least several weeks.” One of his most beautiful creations is a violin inspired by the movie The Red Violin. The European maple instrument is exquisite, but Schorfhaar modestly says he’s not yet created a perfect piece.
“I’m always learning and perfecting,” he says. When he’s not restoring old instruments or building new ones, Schorfhaar often walks in the woods to get his inspiration from nature—the only perfect creation he knows.
The first time Renee Moore heard a hammer dulcimer being played at a folk festival she says the music grabbed her soul. The instrument has been used in religious celebrations since the Middle Ages with its sounds closely resembling those from a psaltery or harp. Even the name dulcimer is derived from the Latin (dulce) and Greek (melos) words meaning “sweet music.” “About the only thing the mountain dulcimer and hammer dulcimers have in common is the name,” explains Moore. “The two instruments differ in form, sound and by the way they are played.” The hammer dulcimer roots back thousands of years from instruments in Asia and Europe. The strings on the trapezoid-shaped instrument are struck with mallets, creating sounds much different from those of a mountain or lap
dulcimer on which the strings are plucked. Nevertheless, both instruments are frequently heard at folk festivals like the one Moore attended in the early 1990s with her father. “My father played the guitar when I was growing up, and those were special times when we’d all sing together,” she remembers. “After my mom died, I took dad to a folk festival in Indianapolis, and it was the first time I saw him smile and laugh in three years.” The toe-tapping music inspired the Indiana native to buy her own hammer dulcimer, and shortly afterward, her father bought one. Moore did not have any musical training, but quickly learned to play by ear. She and her father traveled to several dulcimer and folk festivals where they studied with folk musicians like Cathy Barton, whom Moore described as “giving me the gift of music.” The former elementary school religion teacher also took the instrument to her classes hoping to inspire her students. “I wanted the music to get into their hearts,” she says. “Former students often told me they remembered the music from my classes.” Today, Moore plays a hammer dulcimer with the Mountain Music Club in The Villages, where she’s lived for a year. She plays all types
of music, including Celtic, waltzes and jazz, but old-time fiddle tunes are her favorites because “you can add your own embellishments.” And just like she has almost every year since 1994, she’ll be attending Kentucky Music Week in Bardstown in June where she reconnects with folk musicians from around the country who have become friends over the years. But it’s the music from the wooden box with strings that draws her to folk festivals around the country. “This instrument continues to speak to my soul,” she says.
Mountain Dulcimer, Penny Whistle
Music has always been a part of Randy Smith’s life. He was trained as a classical musician and played the oboe for the U.S. Navy Band from 1968 to 1972 and later for community orchestras. His wife, Christine, was a flute professor at Western Michigan University before the couple moved to The Villages in 2009. After retiring from an accounting and finance career, Smith had more time to pursue his
Hammer Dulcimer © John Kasawa; Lap Dulcimer © Anita Patterson Peppers; Washboard © alexnika/Shutterstock.com
interest in music, but he had one condition: “I didn’t want to play anything that required a reed,” says Smith. “If you’ve ever played a woodwind instrument, you know how often you have to replace reeds.” When he went to listen to music at the Mountain Music Club in The Villages, he was fascinated by the mountain dulcimers, also known as lap dulcimers. He picked one up and was amazed at the ease of picking chords and melodies. “There’s music in this box,” he remembers saying to himself. He mentioned the club meeting to his brother back in Oklahoma City who had a dulcimer that had never been played. “He bought it in Branson because it ‘looked neat’,” says Smith, “and he offered to send it to me.” As his nature, Smith began reading and studying everything he could about the instrument that has been an integral part of Appalachian music since the 1800s. He attended a dulcimer workshop in Mount Dora, where he learned that dulcimers are used not just for mountain music but for all kinds of music, including Bach, Scott Joplin’s ragtime, Irish music and more. “I’m constantly fascinated by the huge range of styles,” Smith says. “I wake up wondering if I can
play a particular tune I’ve heard somewhere.” And it’s not just tunes on a dulcimer that he plays now. Smith is also proficient on a hammer dulcimer, an autoharp and a penny whistle—an instrument known for the haunting sound in the theme music for the movie Titanic. He also has a second lap dulcimer that he uses when he wants a baritone sound. Although he had a musical background, Smith says anyone can learn to play folk instruments. “There’s no right or wrong way to play,” he says. “If you have the imagination, you can play anything.”
Larry Eidelberg, THE VILLAGES
Washboard & Spoons Strangers often laugh when Larry Eidelberg tells them he plays the washboard and spoons for the Mountain Music Club. After all, those are more commonly thought of as household items, not musical instruments. But in the North Carolina mountains where Eidelberg learned to play, washboards and spoons served as crucial percussion instruments to families
making their own kind of music. Washboards are still used in mountain and bluegrass music as well as by Cajun and jug bands and are played primarily by tapping and scraping the washboard with thimbles—as in sewing thimbles. Playing the spoons originated in Ireland, but the castanet-sounds are heard in all types of music ranging from Turkish and Russian ethnic songs to American and Irish folk ballads. Washboards and spoons intended as musical instruments are now made commercially, but Eidelberg enjoys his own invention. “I made my own old-time musical washboard by putting together two of them for resonation,” he explains. “I put pennies in gloves to replace the sounds made by thimbles. I even have a tin can mounted to the washboard that is used as a cymbal.” The tunes coming from an Appalachian bluegrass band that played every weekend in a flea market near Eidelberg’s Murphy, North Carolina, cabin attracted his attention seven years ago.
Photo courtesy of John Fletcher
Stepping Back In Time
Photo courtesy of John Fletcher
Photo courtesy of John Fletcher
Visit the Florida Folk Festival to experience old-time music and Florida life the way it used to be.
“I just went down to listen to them, and one day, they invited me to play,” he remembers. “They accepted me—and the fact that I had no musical training. Now I play every Saturday and Sunday when I’m in Murphy.” Eidelberg says neither he nor anyone in his family had any musical training growing up, but he always liked to whistle and today uses his whistling abilities when playing the spoons. He also learned to follow banjo players, no small feat as banjo picking can get quite fast in most bluegrass numbers. “The hardest part is keeping the beat with other people,” he explains. “You can really throw the other musicians off if you are not on the right beat.”
If you’ve ever wanted to be totally immersed in folk culture and oldtime music, head to the banks of the Suwannee River in White Springs on Memorial Day weekend, May 24 through 26. The Florida Folk Festival, the oldest and largest such gathering in America, celebrates the state’s diverse culture and rich heritage with musicians, storytellers and traditional craft demonstrations and workshops. “Everything that makes Florida unique will be here,” says Andrea Thomas, park services specialist for the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park. “Our mission is to promote and share Florida’s rich cultural history.” Whether it’s entering a fiddling contest, sitting in on a jam session or even building a mandolin, the festival offers many hands-on events and workshops in addition to more than 300 performances on 15 stages. Thomas estimates as many as 20,000 people from all over the United States and even Europe will attend the three-day event, which has been recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as a “Top 20 Event” in the southeastern United States. For information, visit floridafolkfestival.com.
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HE WOMEN ON THE FOLLOWING PAGES ARE THE DEFINITION OF STYLE. TALENTED, MULTITASKING AND THRIVING IN THE WORKPLACE, THEY ARE WOMEN YOU SEE EVERY DAY JUGGLING JOBS THAT TAKE DILIGENCE, DEXTERITY AND BUSINESS ACUMEN. WHETHER IN STILETTOS OR SCRUBS, THEY ARE MASTERS AT WHAT THEY DO. OCALA STYLE IS PROUD TO GIVE THESE LOCAL WOMEN THE RECOGNITION THEY DESERVE. HERE, THEY SHARE THEIR EXPERTISE AND OFFER INSIGHT RELATED TO THEIR PROFESSION. LET US INTRODUCE YOU TO THESE EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN…
WOMENLE OF SWTELYERS JE
As CEOs and buyers at Gause & Son Jewelers, what makes you stand out from the other jewelry stores?
GAUSE & SON JEWELERS
CAM MI E
My husband Jerry F. Gause and I own the store along with our daughter, Cammie Mcleod. As a team, we work hard to bring Ocala and Central Florida our love of beauty, sparkle, world fashion and style. We are excited to introduce Roberto Coin Jewelry, one of the most unique designers ever! Bridal lines, like Tacori and SES, and also fashion pieces from Scott Kay, Cherie Dori and Doves are also available. We carry a selection of fine Swiss watches, including those by Tag Heuer, and we are one of Florida’s oldest Rolex watch dealers. Plus, we feature watches by Philip Stein, a favorite of the ladies.
What makes shopping at Gause & Son Jewelers a unique experience?
Locally owned for over 63 years, we travel the world to bring you wonderful diamonds, colored gemstones and the most beautiful pieces you will ever see. Our brand-name products aren’t found in the typical chain jewelers—these are pieces you have to be invited to carry, pieces you see on celebrities attending Hollywood’s red carpet events.
What services do you oﬀer? We offer a Master Rolex Watchmaker, master jeweler and goldsmith, gemologists, appraisers and diamond and gold buyers. We also offer custom designs, remount specialists and professional jewelry consultants. Call for an appointment, or come downtown to the square for a delightful shopping treat!
GAUSE & SON JEWELERS
352.732.8844 / 14 SE BROADWAY ST., OCALA / GAUSEANDSONJEWELERS.COM ocalastyle.com MAY’13
WOMENLE OF SL TESYTATE REA
SHERRIMEADOWS What makes your company unique?
Many companies say they function as a family. At Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty, we truly do, and this approach guides us in how we conduct business. It’s the only company designed by and for real estate agents. Our mission is to build careers worth having, businesses worth owning and lives worth living. This year JD Power and Associates ranked Keller Williams Realty “Highest in Customer Satisfaction” among both home buyers and sellers.
What do you bring to Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty as CEO/Team Leader?
I believe my reputation as a trusted leader in the industry and community with over 30 years of experience
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER/ TEAM LEADER, KELLER WILLIAMS CORNERSTONE REALTY
will benefit the agents. I have an intimate understanding of the local market. We are the industry’s finest real estate company, both in education and training programs. I hope to bring an enthusiasm and energy to the market centers, and I am committed to helping our agents take their business to the next level!
What is one of the greatest accomplishments of your career?
Personally, it has been fulfilling to help clients achieve their dream of home ownership; to hand them the keys and say congratulations on your new home! In my spare time, volunteering in organized real estate has been a passion of mine for over 20 years. My greatest professional accomplishment is to serve next year as President of Florida REALTORS®, the largest trade organization in Florida.
KELLER WILLIAMS CORNERSTONE REALTY 352.598.6400 / 1918 SE 17TH ST., OCALA / KWOCALA.COM
MARTHA YOUNGBLOOD KAR EN
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Serendipity Boutique recently moved and expanded. What can customers expect?
OWNER, SERENDIPITY BOUTIQUE
MA RTH A
We have been in our new location in the Parkview Commons Publix plaza on Maricamp for nearly a year and love it. We are very accessible, and it allowed us to expand on everything. We have a newly enlarged children’s area, too. We literally get new products in every day. Sorrelli jewelry is one of our biggest lines, and we are the exclusive Ocala dealer. We also carry hundreds of other lines. God has blessed us with this business, and we don’t take that for granted.
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Tell us about your open house event.
Our Mother’s Day event is May 3 from 5-9pm. With a purchase, the customers name will go into a drawing to receive one of the 50 goodie bags available. Inside will be a pair of Sorrelli earrings among other great items. Everyone is welcome, and refreshments will be served. When you walk in to this store, I want you treated as if you were walking into my home. Serendipity Boutique is a place where friends come to meet friends.
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HEMARUPNARAIN, CPA, PA W
ITH TAX SEASON RECENTLY COMING TO A CLOSE, WE HAD A CHANCE TO CATCH UP WITH HEMA RUPNARAIN, CPA, PA, AND DISCUSS SOME OF HER SUCCESSES AS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER. WITH IMPRESSIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND A BUSY SCHEDULE, COMPLETE WITH A DRIVE TO GIVE BACK TO THE OCALA COMMUNITY, HEMA TELLS US HOW SHE MAKES IT ALL WORK—AND HAS TIME TO TRAVEL AND STAY CONNECTED WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS. Tell us a little bit about your background. I grew up in Ocala, then moved away to St.Augustine. I received my B.A. in accounting from Flagler College, followed by my master’s at the University of North Florida. I gained substantial experience in the accounting and tax field by working as a staff accountant for Ripley Entertainment Inc. and in the audit department of PricewaterhouseCoopers. I moved back to Ocala in 2006 and built upon the tax practice my father began in 1987. I acquired my license to practice as a CPA in the state of Florida in 2009 and now operate my own firm with two offices.
What are some ways you give back to the community?
I currently serve as chair-elect for the FICPA’s Mid-Florida Chapter, board member for the Francis Marion Military Academy, member of the Ocala-Silver Springs Rotary Club and member of the Emerging Leaders of Ocala. I am an active volunteer for Marion County’s
Junior Achievement Program. In the near future, I plan to teach accounting at one of our local colleges.
Share some of the accomplishments you’ve made in your ﬁeld.
I was among six women to receive the AICPA’s first national Women to Watch award and was recognized for one of the CPA Technology Advisor’s 40 Under 40 awards. Recently, I was selected as an honoree of the FICPA’s 26 under 36 initiative. However, my most significant accomplishment has been building and maintaining a client base made up of the most amazing people a CPA could ask for. I may be biased, but I think I have the world’s best clients and would like to thank each and every one of them for their continued support and loyalty.
Now that tax season is oﬃcially over, how do you enjoy spending your time?
I jet set! Traveling both domestically and internationally is my guilty pleasure and a great way to unwind. Because tax season consumes me 12 hours per day, six to seven days per week, I also spend much needed catch-up time with my loved ones.
What post-tax season tips do you give to clients to make next tax season run more smoothly?
Plan, plan, plan! Just because tax season is over, doesn’t mean you should take another 12 months to start thinking about your finances and getting paperwork together. Now is a great time to make sure you are well organized for next year. Not happy with your tax return results this year? Arrange with your CPA for year-round tax-planning to achieve optimum results for next year!
HEMA RUPNARAIN, CPA, PA
352.351.9880 / 1306 EAST SILVER SPRINGS BLVD., OCALA / HEMACPA.COM ocalastyle.com MAY’13
WOMENLE OF STACY TOR
JEANNASEYLERTAYLOR,DC SONJALONADIER,DC LONADIER,
OWNER/CHIROPRACTOR PITTS CHIROPRACTIC
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ONJA LONADIER, DC, AND JEANNA SEYLER TAYLOR, DC, BELIEVE IN TAKING CARE OF PEOPLE FROM A HOLISTIC STANDPOINT. THEIR DEEP ROOTS IN FAITH, FAMILY AND THE WELL-BEING OF OTHERS ARE THE KEY COMPONENT TO PITTS CHIROPRACTIC, WHICH HAS SERVED THE PEOPLE OF OCALA FOR OVER 30 YEARS. NOW UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP, THIS CORNERSTONE OF OCALA’S ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO OFFER CARE TO PEOPLE OF ALL AGES. How did you get involved in the business?
DR. TAYLOR: I wanted to get involved in a health field. Having studied athletic training in college, I began to feel I wanted to have more of an impact on people and their daily lives. After graduating from UF, I began shadowing chiropractors in Ocala and quickly realized it was the perfect fit for me. DR. LONADIER: My undergraduate degree is in exercise and sport science; while attending UF, I was led to chiropractic. I enjoy serving people with health and wellness.
What led you to work at Pitts Chiropractic and ultimately become the new owner?
DR. LONADIER: When I moved to Ocala, I went to lunch with a group of Christian chiropractors that meet weekly. I met Dr. Pitts. His reputation impressed me. He’s a man of integrity, and it’s been an honor working with him for the past 10 years. Dr. Pitts strived for the office to be a place of ministry. I want to take it a
step further. I see Pitts Chiropractic as a place of ‘Grace’’, a place where anyone can go to be shown unmerited favor and to be loved and nurtured. We care about all aspects of our patients. We even have a corporate chaplain who ministers to our staff and patients. He makes calls and hospital visits to our patients.
What sets you apart from other businesses?
DR. TAYLOR AND DR. LONADIER: We are a family of co-workers treating your family like our family. We have five doctors all with different abilities, sure to meet the needs of those who are searching for specific chiropractic techniques.
What services do you perform?
DR. LONADIER: We offer a wide range of services, including chiropractic evaluation, X-ray, adjustments, massage therapy, ultrasound, muscle stimulation, spinal traction and exercise rehabilitation. We also treat auto accidents, sports injuries, weekend warriors, and we offer wellness care.
Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?
DR. TAYLOR: No, adjustments should not hurt. We offer a wide variety of adjusting techniques, some gentle enough to adjust a newborn baby. Techniques used in our office include: Diversified/manual, Activator, Thompson drop, ABC, SOT and BEST.
What do you mean by “alignment?”
DR. LONADIER: Physical, chemical and emotional stressors can cause the spine to misalign from its normal everyday position. Regular adjustments to the spine help to keep it in a proper position so that the body can function at its optimum level.
352.732.0200 / 801 NE 25TH AVE., OCALA / PITTSCHIRO.COM
PAMELABOUNDSOLSEN,ESQ. PAMELA Why do you specialize in personal injury/accident law?
I began practicing law in 1992, and initially represented corporations and huge insurance companies for five years. Over time, I realized that I was most passionate about representing the underdog and those truly in need of legal advocacy. I get tremendous satisfaction knowing that I made a difference in the health of my clients and their financial security.
You have a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling, how does that beneﬁt your clients?
My interest is in the sciences, and in particular medicine and psychology. I am genuinely interested in the stories, and lives, of all my clients. This is essential in creating the legal partnership, and representation, that all clients deserve. I have
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been protecting the rights of the injured for sixteen years, and understanding their emotional suffering, beyond the physical injury, is crucial to a successful case.
What sets you apart from other personal injury lawyers in Ocala?
Since moving to Ocala in 1979, my connection to the area is deep. I started my own firm in May of 2012 after 15 years with a large Orlando based law firm. When a client contacts my office they can expect to meet with me personally, and to have a lawyer that truly cares and connects with them directly. While many lawyers advertise in this community, it is rare that the partner will handle your case. I find that unacceptable. My mantra to my clients is that it is your life, body, time and money, so they should feel empowered in the process. On a final note, all cases are handled on solely a success fee basis and consultations are free.
PAMELA BOUNDS OLSEN, P.A., ATTORNEY AT LAW 352.671.9777 /1326 S. PINE AVE., OCALA / OCALAINJURYHELP.COM
DEBBIEGAJRAJ What is your strategy for successfully owning and operating two companies?
I earned my bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baruch College in New York. This set the fundamentals of owning and operating my businesses. I’ve always loved makeup and cleaning. I always tell people that making women feel beautiful is my destiny. My husband has been my biggest motivator; never in a million years did I think I would be able to own and operate two businesses. Hard work and dedication is key to any successful business.
What products and services does Merle Norman oﬀer? What are the shop’s specialties?
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formulas are made right here in the United States, along with the compacts, jars, bottles, caps and tubes in which our products are packaged. Merle Norman also won the totalbeauty.com Make Up Award 2013. My studio offers free makeovers every day. We also do hair, facials, massages and NovaLash extensions.
What sets Terriﬁc Cleaning Services apart from other cleaning services?
Our slogan is “We clean your House, not your wallet!” We exceed our customers’ expectations by doing the best possible work we can. I think I overcame every single one of my personal shortcomings by the sheer passion I bring to my work.
Merle Norman offers what people want to buy, not just what we want to sell. We are proud that our
MERLE NORMAN COSMETICS
352.368.5008 / 1012 E SILVER SPRINGS BLVD., OCALA
TERRIFIC CLEANING SERVICES, LLC 352.368.2247
DONNAM.BOWEN What sets you apart?
We don’t just sell tile, wood flooring and granite countertops, we make relationships. Our customers walk in as clients and walk out as friends. We examine the homeowners’ blueprints and review all aspects of the areas to see how everything coordinates. Whether it is for a porch, a laundry room, an entire home remodel or a brand-new construction, we give customers oneon-one attention through every detail.
What do you want people to know about your products? We have a large stock of materials in different colors, sizes and many coordinating accents in our 40,000-square-foot facility. Most are directly imported from manufacturers in Italy and Spain
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PRESIDENT, BOWEN TILE SALES CO., INC.
as well as lines manufactured right here in the United States, such as the new “wood-look tile.” Some of our high-definition tiles are produced with the most technically advanced glazing process to create a unique, authentic look.
What is the history of Bowen Tile? It is a family business started 28 years ago with the help of my husband, Lee. Our oldest sons, John and Shane Kasten, have been working side by side with us for the past 15 years and know every aspect of the business. We have experienced dramatic growth and gained a great reputation in the building industry. We look forward to continuing our relationships and the further growth of our business.
BOWEN TILE SALES CO., INC.
352.620.8442 / 811 NW 27TH AVE., OCALA / BOWENTILE.COM
BERNPARAISO What kind of services do you provide for your clients?
GFA, Inc. is a full-service medical marketing firm that specializes in business development and premium patient care. We partner with medical specialists to improve office performance, elevate patient satisfaction and grow referral rates. GFA implements small to comprehensive strategies that enhance doctor-patient relations and community outreach.
What are some of the biggest problems medical practices face today? People management and a focus on business administration are critical issues faced by medical offices in today’s landscape of changing regulations, increased administrative burdens and diminishing returns. As operating practices become more challenging, they impact patient care and productivity, which is why
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PRESIDENT & CEO, GFA, INC. medical practitioners need highly skilled professionals and valued resources in every aspect of their business.
What would you like the medical community to know about your business?
GFA offers a full suite of professional services for small and large medical specialists, providing dynamic marketing solutions that help clients take advantage of real world and virtual networking opportunities. A new mobile Web presence that supports patients and office administration is integral. A team of passionate and practiced professionals, refined office management and up-to-date billing are elemental. GFA identifies staffing, office management, billing, branding, public relations and regulatory compliance solutions for medical businesses. With a new sense of efficiency and improved productivity, our medical specialists can better attract referrals and maintain meaningful connections with patients.
352.622.6432 / 4800 NW 5TH ST., OCALA / GFAMEDICALMARKETING.COM
CARROLDILLON-SMITH MEGANCHRISTINEFORREST ADMINISTRATOR/OWNER
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
PRESTIGE MANOR ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY
IT’S A VERY DIFFICULT AND EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE WHEN YOU REALIZE THAT YOU CAN NO LONGER CARE FOR YOUR LOVED ONE AT HOME. THE PROFESSIONALS AT PRESTIGE MANOR UNDERSTAND THIS AND PRIDE THEMSELVES ON PROVIDING A STRONG EMOTIONAL SUPPORT SYSTEM TO NOT ONLY THE RESIDENT, BUT TO THE RESIDENT’S EXTENDED FAMILY AS WELL.
How does working as a motherdaughter team aid in the homelike atmosphere residents will ﬁnd at Prestige Manor? My mother and I work amazingly well together. She sees the big picture, and I see all of the little parts. It takes hard work and great personal sacrifice, sleepless nights and many long days to provide the quality of life and care that our residents deserve.
Why should someone choose your assisted living facility over another?
For 25 years we have been committed to creating an environment where our residents feel secure, cared for and loved. We believe in treating our residents with the same love, care and respect that we give our own family. And it shows. We pride ourselves on our motto “Where Miracles Happen and Love Heals.” We were recently told by a spouse of a resident that we cared for, that “Prestige Manor is Ocala’s best kept secret.” He has been referring his friends and colleagues to us ever since!
What amenities can future residents expect at Prestige Manor?
We are popular for our delicious meals and snacks. We are from Jamaica, so our meals tend to have a flavorful island twist!
We take care of housekeeping and assist our residents with their activities of daily living. We have a house psychiatrist, podiatrist, an ophthalmologist and a nurse practitioner that visits our facility, making it helpful for residents that find it difficult to have outside medical care. Holidays are very special to us and we take any opportunity to celebrate and have a party. Our celebrations are the best, and when we have them, families and friends come out in droves!
What tips would you give to families looking for an assisted living facility for a loved one?
Always visit several facilities to check out your options. Look at the outside of the building. Is it clean and in good repair? How were you greeted when you entered the facility? Do staff members seem happy to be at work? When you walk inside, inhale deeply. Does it smell clean? Do the residents look well cared for? Do they seem happy? Use your intuition. If you are in the right place, your heart will tell you.
How do you help families plan for the ﬁnancial costs of assisted living?
Because assisted living facilities are private pay, we would advise families to plan for the future by investing in long-term care insurance. Oftentimes, people think they may not need it, but it can become vital when you have to place your loved one in long term care. For those that are Veterans or spouses of veterans, we can assist in applying for benefits to offset the cost of placement. We also assist families that are having financial difficulties on an individual, case by case basis.
PRESTIGE MANOR ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY 352.307.6333 / 6333 SE BABB RD., BELLEVIEW
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WOMENLE O F STY S JEWELER
NANCYPORTER When did you decide to become a jeweler?
I was a pharmacy technician and worked at Alderman’s Pharmacy downtown (where the Melting Pot restaurant is now). Dr. Jay Alderman retired and sold the business. I was in a career transition and newly divorced. I have to blame my new love and husband Walt Porter for saying “Hey honey, you want to open a jewelry store?” I said yes and off we went to make it happen. Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith. I opened my store in September of 1990. With a new career comes training and education which I have enjoyed and continue to do every year. Even in jewelry you have to keep up with technology.
OWNER/JEWELER, GRADUATE GEMOLOGIST, OCALA’S LADY JEWELER
What do you enjoy most about being a jeweler?
My clients. They are our most precious asset and I am dedicated to customer service and quality control. Every day I wear several hats as a Master Bench jeweler , Advanced Diamond Setter and Appraiser. I am also certified in design, laser welding and platinum repair. How could a girl not love being surrounded by diamond jewelry every day!
What has been your greatest accomplishment in your career thus far?
I received my Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America in October of 2003. It’s one of the most prestigious degrees in the jewelry industry.
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352.401.0044 / 315 E SILVER SPRINGS BLVD., OCALA / LADYJEWELER.COM
DR.ASHLEYCAUTHEN We’ve heard a lot of praise about MidState Skin Institute. What is it that has patient’s raving?
I’m glad to hear that! Ocala is a wonderful place to live, work and play, and as our quaint town has grown, luckily for me, there was a desperate need for another dermatologist. I try to run my office a little differently. I schedule patients accordingly and limit patient numbers each day so I am able to spend quality time with each one and never feel rushed. I think my patients appreciate that. Also, we are very family oriented. Patients recognize that and quickly feel at home.
What are some examples of medical conditions that you treat?
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some of the more common diseases I treat are acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo, rashes and, of course, skin cancers, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.
What are some examples of cosmetic procedures you perform?
By far, the most requested procedures I perform are Botox injections and dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane and Perlane). However, we also offer photodynamic light therapy, medical-grade peels and a number of laser procedures. I’m excited to add microdermabrasion to the list in the very near future as well.
As a board-certified dermatologist, I treat all conditions of the skin, hair and nails. However,
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352.512.0092 / 1805 SE 16TH AVE., SUITE 1103, OCALA / MIDSTATESKIN.COM
OWNER, YVETTE GAYA DENTISTRY
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T YVETTE GAYA DENTISTRY, YOU’RE MORE THAN JUST ANOTHER PATIENT AND A TRIP TO SEE THE DENTIST IS ANYTHING BUT ROUTINE. OFFERING TOTAL PATIENT CARE IN AN ELEGANT, RELAXING ATMOSPHERE, DR. YVETTE GAYA AND HER TEAM OF EDUCATED PROFESSIONALS ARE COMMITTED TO PROVIDING THE LATEST ADVANCEMENTS THAT DENTISTRY HAS TO OFFER. FROM GENERAL TREATMENT AND EARLY CHILDHOOD DENTAL CARE TO COSMETIC AND SEDATION DENTISTRY AND PERIODONTICS, LET YVETTE GAYA DENTISTRY HELP YOU BUILD AND MAINTAIN A BEAUTIFUL SMILE FOR MANY YEARS TO COME. You and your staﬀ are so accommodating, from your gentle hygienist to the warm neck pillows and relaxing atmosphere. Is that by design? We treat our patients the same way we would like to be treated when we visit a dentist or medical office, with elegance, respect and great results. We strive for comfort and relaxation. We want patients to have a great experience.
What makes your practice unique?
In our practice, patients are not just a number or another patient. Our practice complements experience and excellence in training with devotion to meet each and every one of our patients’ needs. It’s “Dentistry Done Differently.” Whether you’re visiting for a routine teeth cleaning or filling or are interested in veneers or dental impants, Yvette Gaya Dentistry can help! We also offer same day dental restorations. The CEREC machine allows you to be in and out with a permanent, all-ceramic restoration. This means fewer injections, less drilling, no temporary restorations and most importantly, less time out of your hectic schedule.
School of Dentistry and in geriatric dentistry at Duke University greatly covered the medical aspect of dentistry.
What’s one of the biggest misconceptions about dentistry? The biggest misconception about dentistry is that people associate dentistry with a painful experience, and it doesn’t have to be that way. In addition, people assume that dental health is not related to your overall health. Dentistry plays a large part in heart health, happiness and selfesteem, as well.
What would you like the public to know about Yvette Gaya Dentistry?
We are known for providing excellence in all aspects of dental care, from preventative care to dental emergencies. We are not just cosmetic dentistry. We are committed to providing the latest treatments dentistry has to offer.
You come from a medical family. Your husband is also a doctor. Does that give you helpful insight into the medical side of dentistry? It does. We both understand and respect the responsibilities of each other’s professions. The emphasis of my training at Boston University’s
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352.622.8897 / 3321 SW 32ND AVE., OCALA / OCALADENTISTRY.COM
THE WORD “CR AFT” IS DEFINED AS “A SPECIAL SKILL, ART OR DEXTERITY.”
HERE’S NO DOUBT THE FIVE CRAFTSWOMEN FEATURED IN THE FOLLOWING PAGES HAVE MASTERED THAT DESCRIPTION TO THE PROVERBIAL “T” THANKS TO THEIR CREATIVITY AND DEDICATION. THERE’S SOMETHING UNIQUELY SATISFYING ABOUT CREATING SOMETHING MEMORABLE WITH YOUR OWN TWO HANDS, BUT THESE TALENTED WOMEN HAVE TAKEN THEIR SKILLS TO ANOTHER LEVEL. BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND PHOTOS BY JOHN JERNIGAN
LAURA VENOSA DELLAPORTA
When it comes to creativity, Laura Venosa DellaPorta seems to have no limit to expressing herself. From her vintage fabric clothing and European-inspired market bags to her unique handmade jewelry, Laura’s flair for all things romantic, refined and rustic is obvious in everything she makes, much of which is offered in her charming downtown retail shop, Verbena, right behind Harry’s on the square. The shop was even listed as a favorite resource to shop in the New York Times best-selling Romantic Prairie Style book. Over the last three years, she’s been especially successful with her pottery items. So successful, in fact, that the Spring 2013 issue of Romantic Country magazine features her winsome bird bowls. Laura first experimented with sculpting about eight years ago, making delicate Olivia clay roses (named after her daughter), which she fashioned into an extremely popular line of necklaces. Her designs appeared in numerous publications and shipped worldwide to both wholesale and retail outlets. After the roses, Laura started designing and making clay rosary beads and crosses and, then in 2010, launched her current line of bird-themed pottery items. “I love beautiful dishes, period. I like working with clay because it’s natural and organic,” says Laura, who spent 20 years in marketing in New York’s
garment industry before moving to Ocala in 2002. “I don’t use a pottery wheel because I prefer to build by hand and use my own hands to sculpt the clay rather than buying greenware that is pre-made,” says Laura, who is completely self taught. Once she sculpts a piece into the design she wants, it must be fired, then hand-painted and fired again. The process for a single cup or bowl can be as long as three weeks from start to finish. From teacups to bowls, Laura’s pottery dishes are beautiful but functional. It’s important to her that something pretty is also useful. Because the clay is lead free, the finished products can be used in the microwave. The designs—mainly birds—are all inspired by nature. Her signature color palette is soothing and simple: white, ivory, muted cream and delicate pastel hues. (“I never do brights,” she admits, “but I’m now adding whimsical colors to my pottery.”) “I’ve always been drawn to birds; there’s something very soulful about them,” notes Laura. “I try to keep things timeless, simple, not over embellished. The pottery has a rustic feel to it that is completely my style, but my work doesn’t stay the same. It’s always evolving.” One of her newest ventures is making porcelain eggs to sell in her “nest” dishes, and she’s also developing a new bowl collection. She creates many made-to-order pottery items for special occasions, such as weddings, baby showers and more. “I love what I do,” says Laura, who often works 50 hours a week. “I think it’s my therapy.”
Remembering someone special doesn’t always mean looking at a photograph. For Lou Petty, helping keep cherished memories alive involves using a tangible object. In this case, horsehair. Lou, a lifelong horsewoman herself who, with husband, Tim, has owned Petty Quarter Horses in Ocala since 1996, knows all too well the ache of saying good-bye to a beloved equine companion. She also understands the desire to keep a memento—something you can see, touch and use, not just look at. Lou has shown horses for over three decades. About 20 years ago, someone she knew in the show horse world asked if she could try to make something from horsehair. She took on the challenge and began making pins and brooches. When champion Rugged Lark died here in Ocala, Lou offered to make some jewelry from the stallion’s tail hair for grieving owner Carol Harris “I usually make a round, hollow braid and that allows me to use wire to form it into the shape I want,” explains Lou. “I also learned beading, so sometimes I’ll use seed beads and make a pattern of them to sew into the braid. I’m currently making bronze and pure silver beads out of clay that I fire in the kiln, and I can personalize a piece with those.” Lou designs and crafts every piece herself, making everything from rings and hat bands to bracelets, anklets, barrettes and bolo ties. She prefers to work with tail hair, as it’s longer and stronger than mane hair. “I never make two things alike,” she confesses. “I don’t like
to duplicate my own work, much less anyone else’s!” A bracelet can take anywhere from four to 15 hours, depending on the complexity. Lou admits she doesn’t keep track of the hours she puts into a piece because she doesn’t want to hurry. Lou’s work is on display at the downtown shop Artist’s Alley. She’s won awards for various pieces, including one from the Webber Art Museum at the College of Central Florida for a bronze pendant horsehair necklace she made. Despite the accolades she’s received, Lou compares her jewelry making to showing horses: “You’re always trying to get better at what you do.” Almost all of her pieces now are commissioned. She’s currently at work on a project for a woman in Kentucky who lost 17 horses and her home in a tornado last year. “She lost everything except a 12-day-old foal who only survived because he was underneath two other horses. One horse lived a few days, and it’s from his hair that I’m making this piece.” Lou enjoys the fact that when she’s making something, she’s constantly thinking of that person and their horse(s). Horsehair is extremely durable—after all, horses are out in the weather all the time—and so is her horsehair jewelry. “You don’t have to baby this jewelry, and getting wet won’t hurt it,” Lou says. “I want people to wear their pieces every day. For me, the best part of this is that rewarding feeling of making a special treasure for someone.”
If you’re seeking a hobby that yields immediate gratification, you should probably pass on rug hooking. Considering that some projects call for fabric strips 3/32nd of an inch wide, this is not something you’re going to finish overnight. Yet for Karen Duncklee, rug hooking is a truly satisfying way of honoring the past while creating something to enjoy in the future. “Rug hooking started as a necessary item for the home—using up worn out clothing. It is now flourishing nationwide and has actually become a current, modern art form,” says Karen, who is originally from Wisconsin and moved to Ocala in 2005. “I’ve always been involved in some kind of handcrafts, whether it was sewing, quilting, knitting. I had seen rug hooking and said, ‘When the kids are out of the house, I am going to hook rugs.’ In 2006, I started lessons with Patti Gaufillet at her studio in Silver Springs.” Karen discovered there are many classes and workshops; she continued her training and in 2012 became an Accredited McGown Teacher in Traditional Rug Hooking. Today, she makes projects for herself and as teaching examples and holds classes as well as monthly “hook-ins” at her home for others who enjoy the craft. She buys 100 percent wool by the bolt from a woolen mill and then dyes it in colors suitable for each specific project. Karen’s used commercial patterns as well as some of her own original designs. She finds ideas everywhere and often takes a photograph or makes a quick sketch when she sees something inspiring. Whether she’s making a pillow, a handbag, a table runner, floor rug or wall hanging, each project starts with strips of wool fabric, either cut with a cutter or, for wider strips, torn by hand. She uses a hook similar to a crochet hook, but with a wooden handle, much like what women used to hook rugs centuries ago. The backing is typically linen or rug warp (in the past women used old burlap feed and flour sacks), held taut in a frame. Karen holds the strips under the backing and then pulls each one through the spaces forming a loop on top. The loops vary in size according to the width of strips used; the thinner the strips the shorter the loop size. “I don’t count the hours involved in a project,” she says. “Sometimes, I only have 10 minutes to work; other times, I’ll have two hours. I’ve spent as long as a year working on a detailed project.” Karen exhibits her work and has been a demonstrator at Ocali Country Days, the Florida State Fair and other events; she sells rug-hooking supplies through her online store at shadyhillrughooking.com and from her home. “Creating a hand-hooked rug is still being done today as it was long ago, with the simple tools of a hook and strips of cloth,” Karen reflects. “In this fast-paced world of technology, it’s nice to sit and relax and enjoy a form of self expression that lets you tell a story.”
A spinner who crochets and knits using the yarn she spins, Anne Stumpf considers herself a textile historian because she studies the craft of textiles and enjoys bringing history alive in her handiwork. “I don’t have a degree in history, but you should see my library,” laughs Anne. She actually has an MBA, and her career was spent in health care and medical insurance management. Now retired, she can devote many hours to the hobby she says helped keep her sane during her busy career. Originally from Maryland, Anne moved to Ocala in 2000. She started knitting at 20 but, in 1991, attended a spinning workshop in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Presently in her late 60s (“but my brain is
about 32!”), she continues to take classes and workshops to expand her knowledge. Today, Anne has five spinning wheels and several hand spindles, including a few African spindles that are between 500 and 600 years old. The spinning process starts with fibers, and there are many different types, ranging from cotton, silk and wool to alpaca, angora, yak and qiviut—now there’s a Scrabble word for you—which is the undercoat of the musk ox. (And just where does one buy qiviut? “You can either buy it online or go to Alaska,” Anne says matter of factly.) “You name it, I spin it,” says Anne, whose bubbly, peaceful personality is perhaps the best testimony to her craft. If the fibers aren’t clean, she washes them in mild soap and cool water, then rinses and lets them air dry. Then she “cards” the fibers to remove any tangles and debris. Fibers can be dyed, if desired, before or after spinning. Anne uses non-toxic dyes— even Kool-Aid and food coloring will work. To spin the fibers, she sits at her wheel or picks up a hand spindle, puts a twist in the fiber and starts spinning. “You get a lot of serenity from a spinning wheel,” says Anne. “I even have a charka, which is an Indian spinning wheel. This is what Ghandi used; he spun an hour a day until he died. It’s very meditative.” You might find Anne demonstrating her craft at Ocali Country Days the second weekend in November or at other area festivals. While she delights in sharing her knowledge, she says her greatest pleasure is in continuing to learn and create. “Most of what I make I give as gifts, but I do sell items at festivals,” says Anne, whose 50/50 cotton/wool socks are huge sellers. Socks are practical, but her favorite things to make are lacey, delicate shawls. (“They please the girl inside me.”) “It’s so satisfying to go from cotton you picked in a field or fibers you get from a friend’s alpaca and take those fibers all the way through the process to see what it becomes. When I buy fibers, I often just hold and look at them and ask myself, ‘What does this fiber want to be when it grows up?’ Sometimes, it takes me a while before I sit down and spin because it has to tell me what it needs to be.”
A love of fantasy and a vivid imagination launched Jane Houck down the path as a doll maker. “I’ve always believed in fairies since I was a child and have great fun imagining what a fairy looks like,” says Jane, who hails from North Carolina and moved to Salt Springs in 2000. She and her husband, John, make their home on Lake Kerr and were first drawn to the area because of his love of sailing. While living in New Hampshire in the late 1990s, Jane took a workshop to learn how to sculpt doll figures from polymer clay. She wasn’t as thrilled about her own results with clay as she’d hoped. When she learned about the option of cloth dolls, Jane decided to go that route. When prominent doll makers Elinor Peace Bailey and Susanna Oroyon encouraged her abilities, Jane started designing dolls and making her own patterns, some of which she’s been selling on the Internet for about 10 years. Now in her mid-70s, she focuses on whimsical figures, fairies and elves, ranging in size from a mere 7 inches to 22 inches tall. She’s even designed a few realistic dolls—including herself!—creating them for her own enjoyment and gifts. Jane creates the doll body and head from plain, tightly woven cotton cloth (at least 250 thread count) and stuffs them with fiberfill. “I have an image in my mind when I start,” she explains. “Once the body is completed, I tint the face with colored pencil and then finish painting it with acrylic paints for final definition. When you get the face done, it comes alive and becomes a functioning character and starts telling you what kinds of clothes it wants. I listen to these things; anybody who creates understands these kinds of messages and hints.” Indeed, a peek at Jane’s dolls reveals the amusing personalities and attitudes these cloth creations contain. Jane’s dolls are a labor of love, and she’ll often work six hours a day; one doll usually takes 30 to 36 hours. (“There’s no way to charge for the time in them!”) From the doll’s bodies to wings (fairies fly, you know!) and gowns, Jane makes each piece by hand. No matter how much she loves a pattern, she doesn’t get in a rut. “Once I have a new pattern, I only make it a few times before changing it or doing something different. I get bored quickly. I never totally duplicate a doll; they’re all unique in their own way. The most satisfying aspect for me is the creativity.” When she isn’t making dolls, Jane likes beading, creating elaborate seed bead projects. She also fosters kittens for the Marion County Humane Society, keeping them until they’re old enough for spaying/ neutering and adoption.
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Back pain? Joint pain? Want to get rid of it? See Dr. Zhou and his associates! Finding new treatments and hope for chronic pain patients is a life-long interest of Dr. Zhou. In addition to many books and articles on pain management published over the last decade, Dr. Zhou of the Florida Pain and Rehabilitation Center (FLPNR) published two new research articles in the March issue of an international professional journal: Techniques in Orthopedics. In the first article, Dr. Zhou reported his own new technique to safely and accurately inject mediations (steroids) into the cervical epidural space to treat neck pain. In the second article, Dr. Zhou and Dr. Vu demonstrated new techniques on how to decrease radiation exposure during the spine injection procedures, protecting the patients as well as the performing physicians. Dr. Zhou and his associates at FLPNR always put quality and patient safety first. Over the last eight years, more than 34,000 interventional pain relief treatments (including spine injections) have been successfully offered to their patients without any major complications.
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YiLi Zhou, MD, PhD. Harvard Trained Pain Specialist Author of numerous articles and book chapters for pain management Distinguished Physician Award by Florida Medical Association 2004, 2006 Physician Recognition Award by American Medical Association 2003 Former Director of Jackson Memorial Hospital Pain Clinic, University of Miami TRIPLE BOARD CERTIFIED BY: American Board of Pain Medicine American Board of Interventional Pain Physician American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Many of Dr. Zhou’s patients feel very lucky to have such a top-notch scholar and practitioner in North Central Florida. Dr. Zhou’s philosophy of treating pain is not to put his patients on high doses of narcotics for the rest of their lives. His philosophy is to “find the cause and get rid of the pain.” Back pain can often be relieved at FLPNR with only one or two treatments. A previous patient suffering from severe headaches without knowing the real cause for many years was diagnosed and successfully treated by Dr. Zhou in the first visit. A patient crying with severe leg pain after cardiac catheterization found a cure at FLPNR. These are just few examples. Many of Dr. Zhou’s patients find there really is no need to return because they are pain free. However, they refer many of their closest family and friends to his practice. In addition to being a successful academician and clinician, Dr. Zhou also focuses on building a great team of experts. Dr. Warycha is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist. His area of expertise is nerve function study, and he excels at using ultrasound-guided joint injections. “This technique is more accurate and allows me to treat the exact pain site instead of the general area,” he says. Dr. Vu is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist and pain specialist. Together with other team members, Dr. Vu offers a comprehensive approach to treating pain using minimally invasive non-surgical treatment. Dr. Jollu is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist with fellowship training in minimal invasive treatment for spine and sports injuries. Just listen to what one of his patients has to say: “I am very pleased with the treatment and the results of the treatment I received in Dr. Zhou’s office. I can rest easier knowing there is a doctor who cares and can help me with the treatment. It is worth it to travel hundreds miles to see him. I will happily refer anyone I know that is having a problem with pain to Dr. Zhou’s office.” Consult with this outstanding team today, and learn how you can begin leading a pain-free life without surgery!
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NE OF THE BENEFITS OF LIVING IN FLORIDA IS BEING SURROUNDED BY BEAUTIFUL NATURAL BODIES OF WATER. BUT BEFORE YOU DIVE INTO THAT LAKE OR POND THIS YEAR, THERE ARE A FEW PRECAUTIONS YOU SHOULD TAKE. DURING THE STEAMY SUMMER MONTHS, THE WATER HEATS UP, PROVIDING IDEAL LIVING CONDITIONS FOR TINY AMOEBAS KNOWN AS NAEGLERIA FOWLERI. THEY CAN BE LURKING IN FRESHWATER LAKES, RIVERS AND HOT SPRINGS IN SOUTHEASTERN STATES. THESE NASTY MICROSCOPIC CRITTERS CAN POSE A SERIOUS HEALTH RISK. THEY TYPICALLY ENTER THE BODY VIA THE NOSE (INHALING CONTAMINATED WATER) AND CAN LEAD TO A DEADLY INFECTION.
WHILE EXTREMELY RARE, amoebic
infections do occur each year. So, before you opt for a few strokes in the lake, take these precautions to ensure a safe swim.
» Hold your nose shut or use nose clips. » Avoid putting your head underwater in hot springs or untreated bodies of warm water. » Avoid water-related activities in low levels of waters over 80˚F. » Avoid digging in or stirring up sediments in shallow, warm water. Source: cdc.com
Here are some key Florida bicycle traffic regulations:
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HETHER IT’S FOR A FAMILY ADVENTURE AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD OR AN EFFICIENT MODE OF TRANSPORTATION, BIKING IS A PART OF MANY PEOPLE’S LIVES. BUT WHAT MANY PEOPLE DON’T KNOW IS THAT ACCORDING TO FLORIDA LAW, A BICYCLE IS LEGALLY DEFINED AS A VEHICLE, AND THEREFORE, BICYCLISTS MUST OBEY THE SAME TRAFFIC LAWS THAT APPLY TO MOTORISTS WHEN ON THE ROAD, INCLUDING RIDING WITH THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC.
“The biggest issue with bicyclists on the road is failing to stop for red lights and stop signs, as well as properly signaling for turns,” says Sgt. Eric Hooper, a supervising sergeant with the Ocala Police Department’s Bicycle and Special Deployment units. “We can and will issue citations for those violations.” Hooper also notes that “if you’re going to ride between sunset
and sunrise, bicyclists must use lights.” He adds that “a bike must have a white light on the front and a red light on the back. Real lights, not just reflective lights.” Those interested in learning more about bicycle traffic laws and safety, can call Sgt. Hooper at (352) 369-9400. To download or request a copy of the Florida Bicycle Law Enforcement Guide, visit floridabicycle.org.
MUST OBEY ALL TRAFFIC CONTROLS AND SIGNALS
RIDE WITH FLOW OF TRAFFIC
PROTECT YOUR HEAD Under Florida law, persons under 16 must wear a bicycle helmet that is properly fitted and secured to the head with a taut chinstrap. Helmets must be approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and meet nationally recognized standards for bicycle helmets. Law enforcement officers and school crossing guards may issue a verbal warning to a bicycle rider under 16 not wearing a helmet; a law enforcement officer can also write a citation. A court will usually dismiss a first violation citation upon proof of helmet purchase and compliance with the helmet law. “There’s really no excuse not to wear a helmet,” says Jennifer Newman, sales manager for Ocala-based BRICK CITY BICYCLES. “They are your best safety protection against head injuries, and for those 16 and under, it’s the law. Helmets today are much more aerodynamic, well-ventilated and come in plenty of colors and styles. On average, a good bicycle helmet will cost about $40.” In addition to brightly colored, high-visibility reflective vests and jerseys, Newman also recommends reflective and blinking lights for bicycle safety. “A blinking red light on the back of your bike will make a big difference between a motorist seeing you on the road or not,” says Newman. “I personally have one on the back of my bike.”
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Non-helmeted riders are 14 times more likely to be involved in a fatal bike crash than helmeted riders, according to Florida Department of Health statistics
Percentage of head injuries that account for bike-related crash deaths, according to Florida Department of Health statistics
YIELD RIGHTOF-WAY WHEN ENTERING ROADWAY
USE LIGHTS AT NIGHT
GOING THROUGH INTERSECTION, RIDE IN CENTER OF LEFT HALF OF LANE
MUST USE A FIXED, REGULAR SEAT
MUST YIELD RIGHT-OFWAY TO PEDESTRIANS ON SIDEWALK/IN CROSSWALK
A PROPERLY FITTED BIKE HELMET Should fit snugly and space between strap sit low on the forehead, and chin just above the eyebrows » Gently roll helmet back » Two-sided plastic pieces and forth on head, on helmet strap should should not move more fit just under the ears than ½ inch in any direction » Strap buckle should be just under the chin; » Helmet must always be strapped on one finger’s width of
Number of bike fatalities in Florida (2009) out of 100 that were not wearing a bike helmet, according to Florida Department of Highway Safety
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BICYCLE RODEOS Thanks to available grant money, the OCALA POLICE DEPARTMENT’S BICYCLE UNIT
stages Bicycle Rodeos for local youth groups and elementary schools. “The children must know how to ride a bike,” says Sgt. Eric Hooper. “But we do have bikes, helmets and other equipment we can supply. We set up obstacle courses and intersections to teach kids about bike safety. At the end of the course, we give out certificates. It’s a great learning experience and a lot of fun for the kids.” For more information on bicycle rodeos, contact Sgt. Hooper at (352) 369-9400.
Sources: floridabicycle.org, safekids.org, leg.state.fl.us, hsmv.state.fl.us, doh.state.fl.us
MUST RIDE AS FAR TO THE RIGHT OF LANE AS PRACTICABLE
Percentage of head injuries that account for bike-related crash hospitalizations among children 5-14, according to Florida Department of Health statistics
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SUPERSEEDS CHIA SEED
OK, we probably all remember the once very availpopular, and still avail able, chia pet. Thanks to chia sprouts, the clay pot animal figurines seem to grow green hair when watered. But you don’t want to eat your chia pet hair! Tiny black and white chia seeds come from the Saliva hispanica plant, a flowering mint plant species that is native to Mexico, Central and South America. It was reportedly eaten for health by the Aztecs and the Mayans, hence it is often referred to as the “Superfood of the Aztecs.” NUTRITIONAL CONTENT: One tablespoon contains 5 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein and 2.5 grams of omega-3s. One ounce (2 tablespoons) of chia seed provides 5,000 milligrams of omega-3—twice as much as three ounces of salmon. HEALTH BENEFITS: May
indicates that white chia seeds do not significantly increase triglycerides.
HOW TO EAT: Chia seeds can be added to yogurt, cereal or smoothies and can be ground and added to baking flour.
ENERGIZING CHIA DRINK: Add
1 tablespoon of chia seed to 8 ounces of your favorite juice or water; stir, wait 15 minutes, stir again and drink. You can add AVOID IF: Pregnant; breast-feeding; have high lemon or triglyceride blood level; risk lime juice to water. of prostate cancer; taking blood pressure, diabetes, or Note: When added heart meds, blood thinners to water, chia seeds make an edible gel. or aspirin. reduce high risk factors for type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
ITH THE TERM “SUPERFOODS” AROUND FOR SOME TIME NOW, IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE WE HAD SUBSETS OF SUPERFOODS—NAMELY SUPERSEEDS. SO MEET WHAT MANY HEALTH EXPERTS CONSIDER TWO OF THE MOST POWERFUL SUPERSEEDS AVAILABLE: CHIA AND FLAX.
Derived from the Mediterranean plant usitatissimum,, flaxseed was Linum usitatissimum an all-purpose medicinal used by the Egyptians and cultivated in Babylon as early as 3000 B.C. Today, flaxseed is fed to chickens to lay eggs rich in omega-3 fatty acids. NUTRITIONAL CONTENT: One tablespoon of ground flaxseed provides 1.8 grams of omega-3s and 2 grams of fiber and lignans, a phytoestrogen and antioxidant. HEALTH BENEFITS: Provide heart health benefits by possibly lowering bad cholesterol levels and reducing the risk of atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries. Flaxseed relieves constipation and acts as an anti-inflammatory. It may also improve type 2 diabetes blood sugar levels. There is ongoing research into the effect of flaxseed lignans on estrogen-driven cancers.
AVOID IF: Pregnant; breast-feeding; have bleeding disorder, gastrointestinal disease, high triglycerides, endometriosis or estrogen-sensitive cancer. Check with your doctor if you’re taking blood thinners, diabetic meds, birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy. HOW TO EAT: Flaxseed, brown or golden, should always be eaten ground/milled; you can grind it yourself or buy it already ground. Whole flaxseed passed through intestinal tract undigested or unripe/raw flaxseed is poisonous. It can be mixed into flour for baking; sprinkled on oatmeal, cereal or yogurt; or be blended into smoothies.
SALBA: Brand name for white chia seeds, sometimes described as heirloom chia seed. The benefits are the same, but some research also
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Superseed Tips Gradually add to diet; start with 1 tablespoon a day. Drink plenty of water when eating seeds. Don’t take with medications/supplements; take at least two hours before or after.
Sources: drweil.com, ehow.com, webmd.com, livestrong.com
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HOUGH IT IS SOMETIMES DIFFICULT TO DIAGNOSIS, ENDOMETRIOSIS IS ONE OF THE MOST COMMON GYNECOLOGICAL PROBLEMS. ENDOMETRIOSIS OCCURS WHEN UTERINE-LINING TISSUE THAT INCREASES DURING A WOMAN’S MENSTRUAL CYCLE MIGRATES AND GROWS OUTSIDE THE UTERINE WALLS. CALLED ENDOMETRIAL TISSUE IMPLANTS, THESE GROWTHS CAN ATTACH THEMSELVES TO THE OVARIES, BLADDER, BOWEL, RECTUM AND PELVIC AREA. THEY CAN GROW WITH EACH MENSTRUAL CYCLE, CAUSING IRREGULAR BLEEDING, PAIN, NAUSEA, DIARRHEA AND PAINFUL INTERCOURSE. THE MAJOR COMPLICATION OF ENDOMETRIOSIS IS FERTILITY ISSUES.
“Endometriosis is a very common condition,” says Dr. Poorti Riley, an obstetrician/gynecologist with Ocala-based Women’s Health Associates. “In my practice, I see 15-20 women a week with it, including women as young as 14 to 16 years old.” Riley says the key to dealing with endometriosis is “an early diagnosis and aggressive treatment because that lessens the complications.” She also notes that “thanks to the many advances in treatment options, women with infertility issues due
Large cysts in pelvic area caused by endometriosis that can rupture
Number of women in the United State who have endometriosis, according to THE ENDOMETRIOSIS ASSOCIATION.
STAGE I & II: STAGE III & IV: Mild endometriosis; typically does not affect fertility
Moderate/severe endometriosis; usually affects fertility
40-60% Percentage of women who suffer from very painful periods that have endometriosis
» Genetics » Early onset menstruation » Frequent menstrual periods
to endometriosis should not give up hope of becoming pregnant.” There is definitively no known cause, but some research points to a backward menstrual flow and perhaps a faulty immune system response. Women are most commonly diagnosed in their 30s and 40s. Diagnosis can involve a pelvic exam, laparoscopy and/or transvaginal ultrasound.
Percentage of women with endometriosis who have difficulty becoming pregnant
lasting more than 7 days » Closed hymen » Never having had children
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pain medications » Prescription medications » Exercise » Surgery to remove endometriosis growths
» Hysterectomy » Pseudopregnancy (using birth control pills continuously for six to nine months to halt menstrual cycle)
Sources: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, womenshealth.gov, endometriosisassn.org, webmd.com, mayoclinic.com
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WAYS TO BREAK OUT OF A BAD MOOD, FAST
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hat do you do when you’re in a funk? Overeat? Sleep too much or not enough? Snap at your loved ones? Mess up at work? Well, at least you’re not alone with your blues: A whopping 49 percent of people report feeling cranky and glum at least once a week. But did you know downin-the-dumps feelings stimulate health-threatening inflammation and trigger brain changes that make high-fat, high-sugar foods look extra-tempting? Great reasons to take bad moods seriously—and to have a rescue plan ready the next time a tough commute, nasty boss or a piece of unwelcome news dampens your day. The goal: Lift your spirits before you skip your lunchtime walk and head to a nasty vending machine
instead. Dealing with negative moods in a healthy way can help you sidestep weight gain and increased stress, avoid heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and more. You have control, so take it. Here are a couple of steps to get you on your way to laying a good foundation for sound emotional health: Cultivate and cherish good friends; make sure you eat a healthy diet (fruit, veggies and good fats like fish and nuts boost your mood); take a 30-minute daily walk—proven to reduce depression; get a good night’s sleep; and practice daily stress relief such as meditation and yoga (any quiet, calming, repetitive activity). Even a vigorous weekly tennis match with a good buddy can help clear your brain and relieve stress. It’s also important to get professional help if you notice signs of depression.
DEALING WITH NEGATIVE MOODS IN A HEALTHY WAY CAN HELP YOU SIDESTEP WEIGHT GAIN AND INCREASED STRESS, AVOID HEART DISEASE, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, DIABETES AND MORE.
But for a quick pick-you-up, here’s how to put a smile on your face and some bounce in your step.
TURN ON THE MUSIC. Cue up your favorite tunes, then tell yourself, “I’m planning to feel better, and this music will help.” Keep that good intention in mind while the tunes play. One new study says that positive intention is an even more powerful mood-lifter than music alone. WRITE DOWN YOUR NEGATIVE THOUGHTS—then rip them up and throw them
away. There’s something powerful about the physical act of tossing aside gloomy thoughts. It seems to signal your brain in a dramatic way that you’re getting past the bad stuff. In contrast, putting glum thoughts on paper and keeping them around—such as in a journal—seems to tell your brain that you want to hold on to them, and that means you’re more likely to replay them.
PET A PET. Stroking Fido’s fur or Kitty’s silky coat boosts oxytocin, the cud-
dle hormone, as well as levels of the feel-good brain chemical serotonin. It also can lower blood pressure by an impressive 10 percent. (Fido’s blood pressure falls, too.) Don’t have a dog or cat? Spend some quality time with your neighbor’s pet.
GAZE AT YOUR FAVORITE PAINTING. Monet’s Water Lilies? A sensual Georgia O’Keefe flower? Whatever you favor, taking it in for a few minutes could increase blood flow in your brain by an energizing 10 percent—a boost on par with what happens when you look at someone you love. (Real flowers work, too.) Try bookmarking your favorite visuals online. Make them your computer’s desktop image or keep postcards of them by your desk. BUST A YOGA MOVE, AND LAUGH A LITTLE. Plenty of yoga practices slash stress and
help you feel calmer, but if the yoga studio in your neighborhood isn’t yet offering laughter yoga, try this trend on your own. Think about something funny, then produce a laugh while you do a simple routine. (You’ll find an easy yoga routine at realage.com.) Just 20 minutes can boost your mood and improve heart rate, a sign of a healthy nervous system.
UNLEASH YOUR INNER ROCK-AND-ROLL DRUMMER. Beat out a rhythm on your desk, a kitchen pot or those old bongo drums you’ve had in the closet since 1978. Studies show that drumming lifts spirits fast. For even more fun, try it with another person. Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of The Dr. Oz Show, and Mike Roizen, M.D. is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. To live your healthiest, visit sharecare.com. (c) 2013 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.
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Personal matters No matter how long one has been married or in a relationship, you experience many of life’s joys and challenges in the journey together. You share in the excitement and nervousness of becoming parents for the first time, as well as the happiness and comfort in simpler moments such as an evening walk holding hands or a loving glance exchanged across the dinner table. Spending quality time together and being attentive takes work in today’s world, where hypertasking and smartphones are commonplace. With my commitment to ICE, I also struggle with that balance. I find that the key to keeping a relationship solid and a love strong are evergreen: communication, trust, honesty, and making time for each other. These are the facets of a relationship that can make or break this partnership, which is why tackling misunderstood issues such as erectile dysfunction in an open and honest way is extremely important. For men and women, honest communication makes you vulnerable, but you’ll find that being vulnerable can also feel quite liberating. The value this openness has on a relationship and your overall health is incomparable to any dinner reservation or tangible gift you can present to your better halves. Besides, when you bottle up your emotions, this added stress negatively affects your heart-health and, simply put, can only make intimacy more challenging. I encourage you to open up and love with your whole heart. Overcome the fear that is “now” and know that on the other side of that tough conversation lies a stronger, healthier heart and relationship. Yours,
Asad U. Qamar, MD FACC, FCCP, FSGC, FACP, FSCAI Cardiologist
The hard truth – Erectile Dysfunction Erectile dysfunction is a very intimate and often intimidating condition. Because of its personal nature, it is often left untreated and misunderstood, causing great emotional distress. This makes it even more important to understand that erectile dysfunction does not necessarily happen because of age and that it is most likely the result of a heart-health issue, not a psychological one. As many as 30 million men in the United States are affected by ED with 64 percent of those men over the age of 60, according to the National Institutes of Health. But while incidences increase with age, it is not an inevitable part of aging, rather a signal that your
vascular health needs some serious attention. Vascular disease is a broad term for any disease that affects the circulatory system. The circulatory system is made up of arteries and veins that spread from the heart through the body to the tips of our extremities. The heart pumps blood away from itself through the body by way
of our arteries and our veins are responsible for returning the blood back to our heart. It might also help to know that the main artery that branches off into the pelvis is called the internal iliac artery, which extends into the penis as the internal pudendal artery. If any artery in the vascular system is compromised, the pudendal artery may not receive the
necessary blood flow required for creating and sustaining an erection. For example, men with coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels are at an increased risk for erectile dysfunction. Rest assured. Erectile dysfunction can be treated at any age. Treatment options vary from exercise and a healthy diet, smoking cessation and medication, to surgical procedures. But the first and often-dreaded step is to have a serious and open conversation with a doctor who can help identify the root of erectile dysfunction and provide comfort and clarity while helping to solve it.
FA S T FA C T S
The younger you are, the more likely that erectile dysfunction signals a risk of heart disease. Men younger than 50 are at especially high risk. In men older than 70, erectile dysfunction is much less likely to be a sign of heart disease.
Source: “Erectile dysfunction: A sign of heart disease?”: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/erectile-dysfunction/ HB00074/NSECTIONGROUP=2
One Pleased Patient! I was referred to Dr. Qamar when I began to experience heaviness in my legs while walking. I felt like I was carrying around bricks every day. I have also been a diabetic for the past twenty-five years. My first visit with Dr. Qamar went well and I was set up for diagnostic testing. The tests came back to show I had blockages in my legs. The blockages were a complication due, in part, to my diabetes. I could have completely lost the circulation in my legs, resulting in an amputation. The staff at ICE showed me my test results and pointed out the blockages so I could fully understand my condition and options. I have gone through a series of stents and have felt calm and cared for each time.
The ICE facility is wonderful and the nursing staff is the best. They have made my outpatient procedures and recovery as comfortable as possible. Dr. Qamar is a thorough doctor who cares and loves his patients; I put him on the top of the list. The staff is wonderful and I enjoy my appointments at ICE. I recommend Dr. Qamar to all my friends as they have seen me achieve life-changing results. Today, I feel 100 percent better. Not only is there a huge difference in my walking, I am even doing a water aerobics class three times a week! Aquasize is something I could have never considered before going to ICE. I am able to be active and I feel more energetic than I could have ever imagined!
Echo testing has been my career since 1995, but I found my first professional “home” at ICE in 2009. I am an echo supervisor, which means I am part of a team that runs echocardiograms and carotid, arterial, renal, and abdominal scans. I ensure that our patients’ schedules and equipment run smoothly and my goal is to treat patients the way I would want to be treated. We realize no one wants to spend time in the doctor’s office. This is why we try to make it as pleasant as possible. It’s what Dr. Qamar expects and we all agree. That’s what makes us a good team that appreciates our patients like Nellie Rhodes. Nellie has been a patient at ICE for several years and used to own a fish camp in Dunnellon. I am a sportsman and can relate to her amazing stories and her funny jokes. She just enjoys living, and I would never want to let her down.
At ICE, my team manages the schedules and performs all the ultrasounds for both our Marion County locations. We also do the transcranial Doppler study and take care of people in the best way we know how. Our team philosophy is simple: we all care and treat our patients as we would treat our family. I moved to Ocala after graduating from Santa Fe Community College in 1987, and I started working at the catheterization lab at Munroe Regional Medical Center. I enjoyed it, but ultrasound was a better fit for me. I met Dr. Qamar at another practice and have worked with him ever since. I have seen Dr. Qamar’s practice grow, which I think is a sign we are doing things right. I consider my teammates a part of my family. We have all been together for so long that we have actually watched each other’s children grow up.
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HE START OF A NEW SEASON IS A GREAT TIME TO INCORPORATE DIFFERENT PRODUCE INTO YOUR DIET. NOT ONLY IS EATING WHAT’S IN SEASON HEALTHIER, IT ALSO ADDS VARIETY TO A DIET THAT MAY BE REDUNDANT. OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, INCORPORATE SOME OF THESE TASTY FRUITS AND VEGGIES INTO YOUR DIET THAT ARE JUST ABOUT TO HIT THEIR PEAK.
These tasty orbs come in a variety of colors and sizes. They are high in vitamin C, calcium and iron and add a great crunchy texture to salads, dips, spreads or casseroles.
June: Sweet Corn:
Nothing says summer like corn on the cob! Get creative with this summer staple. Try grilling the ears or use the kernels in salsas or guacamoles. To enjoy when the winter winds blow into town, freeze the corn and add to hearty soups and chowders.
Tired of grapes and melons? Add this bite-sized Asian fruit to your fruit salad. Grown in bunches like grapes, add to fruit and green salads or stir-fry with veggies for added Asian flavor. Longans can also be diced and added to chicken or tuna salads for a sweet twist.
AHOWDAY AT THE RACES: TO THROW A DELECTABLE DERBY BANQUET
Photo courtesy of Sherry Cole
VERY YEAR THE KENTUCKY DERBY RAISES AN ENORMOUS HYPE AND GIVES ONLOOKERS AN ADRENALINE RUSH, EVEN THOUGH IT’S OVER IN MOMENTS. IN ITS 139TH YEAR, THE DERBY HAS INTRODUCED A SCORING SYSTEM TO DETERMINE WHO WILL HAVE A SLOT IN THE PIVOTAL RACE. THE DEDICATION AND HARD WORK FOR A TWO-MINUTE SHOW WILL CULMINATE ON MAY 4. THE CROWDS WILL BE OUT OF THEIR SEATS AS 20 EQUINE BEAUTIES ARE RELEASED FROM THEIR CORRALS.
A DERBY TRADITION Mint Julep
You may not have a front row seat at Churchill Downs or own a fashionable hat, but you can throw a derby-inspired party with a delicious spread of southern delights. A pecan- and bourbon-themed menu will satiate your guests as you make wagers on the winning Thoroughbred. A gallop for the last appetizer? A tiebreaker for the last mini cheesecake? You may have more than one competition on your hands! To find out more about the Kentucky Derby, visit kentuckyderby.com.
Cream Cheese and Cranberry Pecan Appetizer
The beloved pecan is a southern gem and excites any dish. Sherry Cole, blogger of Savvy Apron, loves how this pecan appetizer looks on a plate when served to guests. It’s an easy recipe that requires few ingredients, is easy to assemble and can be made ahead of time. Visit Sherry Cole at her website savvyapron.blogspot.com. SERVES 4-6 4
ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped 2
tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
80 large pecan halves Stir cream cheese, cranberries and orange juice in small bowl. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Sandwich cream cheese between pecan halves and serve.
It’s not a day at the races without a silver gauntlet of this minty cocktail. There are so many variations of this traditional drink, but we like to keep it simple. A frosty glass should be enjoyed with small sips. And don’t forget to put down your cup when the horses are in the homestretch. You don’t want to spill a drop. SERVES 1 4-5 sprigs of mint 2
21/2 ounces bourbon Place mint and sugar in drinking cup. Muddle (press and stir) well to dissolve sugar and release mint aroma. Add bourbon. Fill with crushed ice, and stir well until glass becomes frosty. Garnish with mint sprig.
Simply So Good blogger Janet Barton has a confession to make: Ham isn’t her favorite entrée. But to satisfy her husband who loves this meat, Janet cooks up this glazed ham with homemade pecan sauce that’s so tasty it’s won her over. Proof of her allegiance to this recipe: It originated from a clipping in Salt Lake City’s Deseret News about 25 years ago. “I’ve been using it ever since,” Janet says. For more by Janet
Doughmesstic blogger Susan Whetzel discovered a terrific way to make miniature cheesecakes that taste like banana pudding by using mini silicone molds. These little desserts are the Shetland ponies of the party and will have guests whinnying for more. See more recipes by Susan Whetzel at doughmesstic.com. MAKES 24 MINI CAKES
Barton, visit simplysogood.com. SERVES 10-12
For the roasted bananas: 3 overripe bananas, mashed
9-13 lb. bone-in ham
1/4 cup dark brown sugar Preheat oven to 400°F. Combine ingredients; roast in shallow pan for 10-12 minutes, stirring every 2-3 minutes. Remove from oven, and allow to cool while preparing cheesecake batter.
cup brown sugar, packed
tablespoons spicy brown mustard
1/4 cup honey 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1
cup pecans, chopped
Preheat oven 325°F. Line a roasting pan with heavy duty aluminum foil. Score the ham 1/4-inch deep with paring knife in 1-inch intervals diagonally on ham. Score opposite direction for diamond effect. Bake for 1 1/2 hours or according to ham packaging instructions. In a small sauce pan, add brown sugar, mustard, honey and cloves. Cook until sauce bubbles and sugar begins to dissolve. Stir in pecans. Glaze ham with half of brown sugar glaze, and bake 20 minutes. Spread remaining glaze, and baste with accumulated juices from bottom of pan. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven, and let stand for 15-20 minutes. Slice and serve.
1/4 cup dark rum (if desired)
For the cheesecake: 3 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened 3
3/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup light brown sugar Pinch of salt 1/4 teaspoon almond extract 2
teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup heavy cream 2/3 cup sour cream 1/4 cup vanilla wafer cookies, pulverized (use blender) Roasted bananas (see above)
Preheat oven to 325°F. Place one 8-ounce package of cream cheese, 1/2 cup of sugar and cornstarch in large bowl. Beat with electric mixer on low speed until creamy for 3 minutes; then beat in remaining packages of cream cheese. Increase mixer speed to high, and beat in remaining sugar; then beat in salt, almond and vanilla. Blend in eggs one at a time, beating only until completely blended. Mix in heavy cream and sour cream. Be careful not to over mix batter. Mix in vanilla wafer crumbs and roasted bananas by hand. Pour batter into mini silicone molds. Bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool in oven with door propped open.
The Cure Cafe, a brand-new coffee house, opened for business in March. Located inside the Insomniac Theatre, The Cure Café features an array of coffee drinks. Owner Amy © happydancing/shutterstock.com Beshears not only makes a great cup of java but takes pride in creating “latte art” in her drinks. “I love making coffee and making people happy, so a coffee shop seemed like a good business venture,” says Amy. In addition to coffee, patrons also enjoy pastries by A Bushel and a Peck. Open Monday-Friday from 7am-2:30pm and from 8am-4pm on Saturday. 1 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala (352) 426-1892
For the crust: 10 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
2/3 cup sugar 1
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour 1
cup vanilla wafer cookies, pulverized Cream together butter and sugar. Add egg, and beat until combined. Add dry ingredients, and mix until combined. Chill for 30 minutes; then roll half of dough between two floured pieces of parchment paper. Cut into desired size (should be big enough to place silicon-molded mini cheesecake). Freeze remaining dough for later use. Bake at 350°F for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. To assemble: Place one mini cheesecake onto one cookie crust. Top with homemade whipped cream and garnish as desired.
Mini Banana Pudding Cheesecakes
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Southern Pecan Glazed Ham
Feta Mediterranean Cuisine opened downtown in November in the original Primary Oven building. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, Feta promises all “the flavors and taste of Greece without leaving Ocala.” In addition to Greece, the menu offers dishes ©svry/shutterstock.com inspired by other Mediterranean countries. From Mousaka and Chicken Souvlaki to lasagna, gyros, Continued on page 72
HERE’S BEEN A LOT OF HYPE ABOUT BPA RECENTLY. IS IT DANGEROUS? DOES IT CAUSE CANCER? WHERE DOES IT COME FROM? HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THESE THREE LITTLE LETTERS.
HOW TO BAN THE BPA While further testing is necessary to determine exactly how dangerous BPA is, many companies have already begun to banish the chemical from their packaging. Here’s what you can do to avoid exposure: » Avoid plastics with recycling codes No. 3 or No. 7.
WHAT IS IT? Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical that has been in use since the 1960s.
WHERE IS IT FOUND? Plastics (recycling codes No. 3 and No. 7), baby bottles, lining of infant formula cans and other metal-based canned goods, and thermal paper products such as cash register receipts
» Use glass, stainless steel or BPAfree dishes and cups.
» Avoid canned goods or look for BPA-free cans. A simple Internet search will tell you which companies have banned BPA from their canned products, and BPA-free cans specify so on the bottom.
» Opt for products in “pouches” rather than cans.
» Avoid frozen meals, or look for frozen entrées that come in paper-product containers or that can be easily removed and heated in a glass container.
» Increased risk of certain cancers » Early onset puberty in females and hormonal imbalances
» Metabolic disorders such as insulin resistance
» Heart problems » Increased health risks for children whose bodies are still developing
WHAT DO THOSE NUMBERS REALLY MEAN? RECYCLE CODE
POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALETE (PET)
Soda/sports drink bottles, cosmetics cases, food jars
Designed for single-use only; prolonged use increases risk of chemical leeching and bacterial growth
HIGH-DENSITY POLYETHYLENE (HDPE)
Grocery bags, detergent bottles, milk & juice jugs
Appears to be safe
POLYVINYL CHLORIDE (PVC)
Garden hoses, window frames, meat wrap
Contains many dangerous toxins (nicknamed Poison Plastic)
Dry cleaning bags, bread bags, squeezable bottles, plastic food wrap
Appears to be safe
Medicine bottles, cereal liners, packing tape, straws
Appears to be safe
CD and video cases, plastic cutlery, egg cartons
Avoid; may leech styrene, a possible human carcinogen
Baby bottles, water cooler bottles, car parts
Caution; concern with leeching of BPA
» Never heat plastics in the microwave or dishwasher, as the chemical leeches out in high-heat conditions.
Up until 2010, the Food and Drug Administration believed BPA was safe. Now, the agency is expressing more concern over the chemical based on recent findings. BPA has estrogenic properties, which in studies is thought to be linked to:
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WHY IS IT DANGEROUS?
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salads, pizza and more, Feta Mediterranean Cuisine has a varied and intriguing menu. Check out the entertainment, such as belly dancing or other live performances, on Sunday evenings. 306 SW Broadway, Ocala (352) 433-4328 fetacuisine.com
Pepe’s Mexican Store & Restaurant is a local treasure adored by those who crave authenticity in both cooking and market items. Shop here if you’re looking for meats, produce, spices and Mexican/Latin staples. The restaurant inside the shop serves up tasty, inexpensive Mexican fare, © Julie Deshaies/shutterstock.com starting with thick homemade chips and made-from-scratch salsa. Some patrons claim they make the best Mexican food in this part of Florida. Don’t forget to ask about the daily specials, which are often the most popular dishes of the day. Open seven days a week. 7915 W Highway 40, Ocala (352) 291-8888
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Belleview opened in January and delivers a refreshing new dining experience. This totally new, freestanding building is more of a dining restaurant than a sports bar Continued on page 74
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 wait staff 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 make for a memorable meal as they cook on the tableside grills, preparing chicken, steak or seafood just the way you like it. Entrées include soup or salad and rice. Family-friendly, casual atmosphere, along with a full bar, including imported Japanese sake and beer selections. Like us
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Pavarotti’s Pizza & Restaurant 8075 SW HWY 200, Canopy Oak Center, Ocala / (352) 291-9424 Mon-Thu 11a-9p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-8p Pavarotti’s Pizza and Restaurant in Dunnellon is known for their famous old-fashioned pizzas, hand tossed and baked on a stone deck oven as well as their array of classic Italian entrées, fresh salads and subs and hearty pasta dinners. Their newest location in the Canopy Oak Center means Ocala residents can now enjoy Pavarotti’s famous fare. Veal or chicken is served Parmigiana, Marsala or Picatta style, and the seafood dishes are served fresh over linguini. Pizza lovers can’t get enough of the homemade pies, and don’t forget about the subs, stromboli and calzones!
Be sure to check out the new bar area and expanded dining room. Pavarotti’s also caters.
PAVAROTTI’S Pizza & Restaurant
Riccardo’s Restaurant 11783 S US Hwy 441, Belleview (Almeida Plaza) / (352) 693-5828 / riccardosrestaurant.net Mon-Sat 7a-9p / Sun 7a-2p Newly opened and family owned and operated by proprietors Ricardo and Desire’ Cardenas, Riccardo’s Restaurant in Belleview serves up traditional Italian meals and pizza even New Yorkers describe as “outstanding.” The pies come in medium and large sizes, while the “pizza-by-the-slice” size is a meal in and of itself. Aside from Riccardo’s famous pizza and delicious Italian dinners, the restaurant also offers a traditional all-American breakfast menu and special lunch menu consisting of a variety of homemade soup, salad, sandwich and pizza combinations.
Riccardo’s also offers catering for large or small parties, as well as to-go orders. Don’t forget to save room for one of their tasty desserts, too. With prices ranging from $2 to $5, it’s easy to splurge!
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A SAVORY SUPERFOOD
VOCADOS HAVE STEPPED INTO THE SPOTLIGHT LATELY. NO LONGER ARE THEY JUST A CATALYST FOR MASSIVE CHIP CONSUMPTION OR THAT CONFUSING TOPIC OF CONVERSATION—FRUIT OR VEGETABLE? NOW, THEY’RE POPPING UP IN CHAINS LIKE SUBWAY AND HAILED AS A SUPERFOOD—AND FOR GOOD REASON!
Florida and California are the two major avocado producers in the United States, with California having over 6,000 groves, making up about 90 percent of U.S. avocado crops. Florida avocados differ from the Hass variety from California in that they are larger, have smoother, lighter skin, yellow flesh and a less creamy taste to them. Hass avocados, however, are more commonly found in restaurant guacamole, sandwiches and sushi all over. Hass avocados, also known as alligator pears for their shape, color and texture, are ripe all year long, and one tree can produce about 500 avocados per year. Not only are these strange fruits delicious and versatile, but they are also a great source of
vitamin E, C, K, fiber, potassium, folate and B6. Due to the tough, protective outsides of the Hass avocado, it is very unlikely to be eaten by pests and, therefore, tainted by pesticides. Also, half an avocado contains about 160 calories, 15 grams of heart-healthy unsaturated fat and 2 grams saturated fat. The mild and creamy taste of avocados make them extremely versatile. If you thought guacamole was the only use for these green goddesses, think again! They pair just as well with sweets as they do with salty foods; in fact, in Brazil, avocados are often a garnish for ice cream. Also, European sailors used avocados as a butter substitute on their route to the New World. Country singer Sheryl Crow features an avocado recipe for raw vegan chocolate mousse in her cookbook, If It Makes You Healthy. You simply mix two ripe avocados, 1/2 cup organic unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 cup agave nectar and 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract in a blender or food processor and refrigerate. Garnish with fresh raspberries, blueberries or bananas, and enjoy. The delicious, creamy treat certainly doesn’t taste as healthy as it is. Avocados also make great garnishes for salads as well as salad
dressings, sandwich toppings or just by themselves. Slicing up an avocado and adding lemon juice, salt and cayenne pepper is a quick snack when you need something healthy and filling. The uses for avocados don’t stop in the kitchen, they can also be used to get rid of unsightly bags under the eyes. Simply slice a ripe avocado, and place the crescent shaped slices over eye bags for about 20 minutes. Try moisturizing dried out, damaged hair by mashing together one ripe avocado with two tablespoons of coconut oil and applying to hair and scalp. Put on a shower cap, and let sit for about 20 minutes before rinsing and shampooing as usual.
FUN FACT To prevent oxidation, or browning, of an already-sliced avocado, squeeze lemon juice on the exposed flesh and refrigerate in a plastic bag.
but still offers 25 big screen televisions, 20 draft beers on tap and a full bar. The eatery is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. There are also special events, such as Tuesday © Valentyn Volkov/shutterstock.com night “kids eat free” from 4-8pm, karaoke on Wednesday from 7-10pm, trivia on Thursday from 7-9pm and a live band every Saturday starting at 9pm. Happy Hour is 3-7pm Monday-Thursday and all day Friday-Sunday. 4496 SE 100th Place, Belleview (352) 307-7960 beefobradys.com
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Riccardo’s Italian Restaurant opened last October and serves up authentic Italian fare in Belleview. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, breakfast items offer a bit of an Italian twist. A popular lunch item is the mix-and-match salad or soup and half sandwich. Check out their lunch special of one 12-inch slice © El Nariz / shutterstock.com of pizza with one topping of your choice and a soup or salad for just $6.99. Pizza is a specialty at Riccardo’s. Patrons love the large, thin- crust, New York-style pies. Open Monday-Saturday from 7am-9pm and on Sunday from 7am-2pm. 11783 SE US Highway 441, Belleview (352) 693-5828 riccardosrestaurant.net
Tango Argentinian Steakhouse 2015 SW 17th St Ocala, FL / (352) 236-5656 Mon-Tue 12-9p / Wed-Thu 12-10p / Fri-Sat 11a-12p / Sun Closed We invite you to come experience Argentinian cuisine with the blending of Mediterranean influences. Ocala’s urban steak house is a new concept in fine dining, enjoy the modern decor and Tango music. We cook on an open charcoal grill to bring out the best flavors. We offer a wide range of Argentinian meats, including Chorizo, Sweetbread, Chitterlings, several cuts of steak and more. Each entrée is served with our homemade Chimichurri sauce that brings our meats to another level of flavor.
We also have a full bar stocked with signature Argentinian wines like Malbec, specialty drinks, beers and more!
The Attic’s Cafe 801 N Magnolia Ave, Ocala / (352) 369-9300 Serving Lunch Mon-Sat 11a-4p Let’s talk about great food! Let’s talk about a unique and fun place! Let’s talk about the Attic’s Café! The Attic’s Café is located inside My Designer’s Attic. (You know, the “Not Your Average Furniture Consignment Store” located downtown.) Chef Andrew uses his culinary skills to create some of the best-tasting food around! Specializing in scrumptious galettes (savory crepes) and incredible dessert crepes, Chef Andrew also does a super job with his distinguished sandwiches, fresh salads and soups. Whether it’s his signature Roasted Veggie Galette with goat cheese, the Hot Night Club Sandwich or a fantastic lemon crepe, you can’t go wrong!
Join us for a Mother’s Day Celebration, Sunday May 12th from 10:30a-3p. Located inside of My Designer’s Attic, in the heart of the old business district, 8 blocks north of the historic square! You’ll never know what you’ll find at My Designer’s Attic, even the NEW Attic’s Salon!
Cody’s Original Roadhouse 2505 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-8182 / codysamerican.com Doors Open at 11a. Serving Lunch and Dinner Daily. “Where Quality and Value Come Together!” Hand-cut, USDA Choice, certiﬁed Angus steaks, rotisserie chicken, BBQ baby back ribs, chops, fresh ﬁsh, half-pound burgers, salads and more! Kids eat free Mondays and Tuesdays. Daily 2-4-1 happy hour, 11am-7pm, includes draft beer, wine and all liquors (top shelf, too). Lunch from 11am3pm, and early bird from 3pm-6pm Monday-Saturday. Mother’s Day is May 12 and specials include Roast Turkey & Dressing for $12.98, Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef or Bacon Wrapped Petite Filet Mignon for $16.98 and Fresh Grilled Salmon with Cold Water Lobster Tail or Fresh Grouper with Grilled Garlic Shrimp for $19.98.
Treat Mom! All Mother’s Day specials come with a free peach cobbler. Plus, Moms receive a free mimosa or glass of champagne. Hurry! Limited reservations are available.
Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant 2463 SW 27th Avenue, Ocala / (352) 237-3900 / kotobukiocala.com Lunch: Tue-Fri 11:30a-2p Dinner: Tue-Thu 4:30-9:30p / Fri & Sat 4:30-10:30p / Mon & Sun 4:30-9:30p Happy Hour daily 4:30-6:30p Check out our full sushi bar. Celebrating 26 years!
For an authentic Japanese meal in an award-winning restaurant that has been serving Ocala since 1986, try Kotobuki. Enjoy traditional Japanese favorites like tempura, teriyaki and broiled seafood and vegetables. For a memorable experience, gather around the hot grill and watch as your chef prepares steak, chicken and seafood favorites right before your eyes.
Tilted Kilt 3155 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 351-5458 / tiltedkilt.com Mon-Thu 11a-11p/ Fri-Sat 11a-Midnight / Sun 11a-10p
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Looking for some fun with a great meal? Besides our great service, hospitality and delicious food, you’ll feel at home watching your favorite HD sporting events on the big screen TVs or enjoying live music on the patio. From poker to cruise-ins, there’s always something happening at the Tilted Kilt. Big or small, celebrate your next party or special occasion with us. Our menu features an array of options, from snacks to full meals, plus a complete bar, all served by beautiful lasses in kilts. You’ll want to make us your hometown pub. The Tilted Kilt – where a cold beer never looked so good! Get the free mobile app at
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Braised Onion 754 NE 25th Ave, Ocala / (352) 620-9255 Tue-Thu 11a-9p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-8p Mother’s Day Brunch 11a-8p. Happy Hour and Jazz Night with Rudy Turner every Wed. & Fri. at 6 pm.
Betty and Raoul Lemieux and Marge and Loring Felix welcome you to Braised Onion, where you can experience a fun, colorful meal in a casual atmosphere as your taste buds dance away with the many exciting flavors of our “comfort food” dishes created by our own award winning Chef Felix. We invite you to join us with the special ladies in your life and treat them like a “Queen for the Day” with our beautiful Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet on Sunday, May 12th from 11a-8p. Reservations welcomed (352) 620-9255 Taste of Ocala winners for: Best of Taste, People’s Choice and Best Presentation Awards. Chef Felix was winner of the Culinary Combat Iron Chef Award 2012-2013.
Ipanema Brazilian Steak House 2023 South Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 622-1741 / ipanemaocala.com Lunch Fri 11a-2:30p / Dinner Tues-Thu 5-9p, Fri & Sat 5-10p, Sun 4-9p Brunch Sun 12-3p / Happy Hour Tue-Fri 5-7p / Closed Mon A Churrascaria (Portuguese for barbecue) is a dining experience where roaming Gauchos slice and serve fire-roasted meats from skewers in a continual fashion. Ipanema Brazilian Steak House boasts 12 of the finest cuts of meat complemented by an opulent salad and vegetable bar, delectable desserts, and delicious wines, beers and cocktails. Brazilian native and Executive Chef Ortencia DeAlmeida invites you to embrace the flavors of her homeland and experience the magnetism of Ipanema for yourself. Become a fan of Ipanema on Facebook at facebook.com/ipanemasteakhouse.
Wishing all moms a Happy Mother’s Day! We will be open from 12-8p on May 12, and we will be honoring our mothers with an elegant rose and complimentary Ipanema dessert. Experience Ipanema while we serve your family on this special day! Visit us at ipanemaocala.com to inquire about our full-service, on-site catering!
Asian Pop 2611 SW 19th Ave. Rd. Suite 400, Ocala / (352) 237-2666 / asianpopfl.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p / Fri 11a-11p / Sat 1-11p / Sun 3-9p The newest Asian restaurant to open in Ocala is Asian Pop. Sample the many flavors of Asia either dining in or by ordering online for a quick pick up. For lunch, the bento boxes are the way to go. Each comes with daily fruit, a spring roll, cream cheese Rangoon, miso soup, salad and rice. For dinner, try one of the chef ’s specials such as the Walnut Shrimp or Mongolian Beef. There’s also plenty of tempting appetizers, soups, salads, rice and noodle dishes and much more. And no Asian dinner would be complete without tempura ice cream for dessert!
Reservations for private parties and business dining available. Most credit cards accepted. Beer and wine available. Grand Opening Special - 20% off entire check.
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Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine 2437 SW 27th Ave., Ocala / (352) 237-3433 / ocalathai.com Lunch: Mon-Fri 11a-3p / Dinner: Mon-Thu 4:30-9:30p / Fri 4:30-10p Sat Noon-10p / Sunday Noon-9p Conveniently located off SR200 near Best Buy, Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine is a window into the taste and decor of Thailand. Great dishes are designed to please anyone’s palate, ranging from seafood, pork, beef, chicken or just vegetables. Dishes can be made mild or spicy, depending on your preference. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and will provide a quality dining experience for adventurous Ocalans and curious visitors. For single diners or large groups, Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine is a great choice if you want to feel like you’ve traveled somewhere exotic without leaving the great town of Ocala!
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Mark’s Prime Steakhouse and Seafood 30 S Magnolia Ave., Ocala / (352) 402-0097 Mon 5p-9p / Tue-Thur 5p-10p / Fri-Sat 5p-11p Happy Hour Mon-Sat 5-7pm Complimentary Valet Reservations Suggested
Mark’s Prime Steakhouse, located in historic downtown Ocala is known for its “Steaks with Passion.” Mark’s proudly serves the finest prime beef and freshest seafood, specially seasoned and cooked over a wood fire grill. Filet Mignon, Bone In Ribeye, Grouper Sante Fe, Pistachio Encrusted Tuna, and award-winning Crab Bisque are a few of the local favorites. Mark’s complements its exquisite menu with one of the best wine lists in North Florida. Dessert highlights include Crème Brulee and a decadent Chocolate Paradise. Get the free mobile app at
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Hilton 3600 SW 36th Ave., Ocala / (352) 854-1400 / facebook.com/hiltonocala Arthur’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and the best Champagne Brunch in Ocala on Sundays. The Starting Gate Lounge is open daily until midnight and features a wide selection of vodkas, bourbons, micro-brew beers, wines and other cocktails.
There’s always something special going on at the Hilton. Bring Mom out for a Mother’s Day brunch. Every Friday night, celebrate the start of the weekend with live music at “Party on the Patio.” Saturday nights, get ready to relax to the sounds of live jazz music to accompany your dinner or drinks at the bar. And as always, Arthur’s serves up delicious cuisine in a relaxed, beautiful and newly renovated atmosphere every day of the week.
The Ivy House Restaurant 917 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala / (352) 622-5550 Sun 11a-2p / Tue 11a-2p / Wed & Thu 11a-8p / Fri & Sat 11a-8:30p / Closed Mon 106 NW Main St, Williston / (352) 528-5410 Sun-Wed 11a-2p / Thurs-Sat 11a-8p / ivyhousefl.com Call for Mother’s Day reservations! For more information on catering, please contact Waica Huggins or Evelyn Nussel at email@example.com. No reservations are required, but a courtesy call for parties of more than 10 is appreciated.
“Come on home, it’s supper time!” is our motto. We want you to feel you have come to our house to eat. The family-owned Ivy House Restaurat now has two locations, Williston and Ocala. The downtown Ocala location has added several specialty items created by award winning Chef Rick Alabaugh. The restaurant has been named by Florida Trend as one of the “Top 500 Best Places to Eat in the State” for several years. Specials include Southern Fried Lobster, delicious Hand-Cut Steaks and our famous Baked Krispy Chicken. Trying our delicious homemeade desserts like the Key Lime Pie and Chocolate Midnight Cake is a must when dining here.
Blanca’s Café Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club / 5000 N US Hwy 27, Ocala / (352) 867-0001 Tue-Sat Lunch & Dinner 10:30a-9p Tucked in among the rolling greens of the Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club, Blanca’s Café is a gem of a find for diners looking for excellent food served in a warm, friendly environment. Italian dishes and delicious homemade desserts are the café’s specialty. Patrons enjoy a full-service bar and live entertainment weekly as well as spacious seating for up to 150. Try one of the weekly dinner specials Blanca’s offers, or schedule catering for your next event through the café. Whether you’re a newcomer to town or a local looking for somewhere new to dine, Blanca’s Café offers something to please every palate.
Open for Mother’s Day with a special menu. Reservations from noon until 6p. Each Friday, we are offering 1 ½-pound Maine lobster. Reserve lobster by Wednesday. Homemade pizza served daily. Lunches now feature Beef on Weck & Monte Cristo Sandwiches. Weekly entertainment, call for details.
La Cuisine French Restaurant 48 SW 1st Ave., Ocala / (352) 433-2570 / lacuisineocala.com Tue-Sat Lunch 11:30a-2p / Dinner daily starting at 5:30p / Happy Hour Fri-Sat, 5:30p-7p Open Mother’s Day, so don’t let your mom cook on her special day! Looking for a romantic escape, a quiet spot for a business lunch or dinner or a cozy place for a friend or family reunion? Or simply craving good, hearty, quality food and dedicated service? Located at the heart of beautiful downtown Ocala, La Cuisine, with its unique French bistro atmosphere alongside world-class food, full liquor bar & extensive selection of wines, is definitely worth a closer look! Our specialties include Escargots in Garlic Butter, Traditional French Onion Soup, Beef Bourguignon, Pork Shank in Honey Sauce, Orange Duck, Blue Crab Stuffed Filet Mignon, Ratatouille and our genuinely authentic Creme Brulée, to mention just a few!
Enjoy our live piano bar on Tuesdays at 6:30-9p and Thursdays from 6-9p. Bring this ad for a FREE glass of our Champagne Kir Special (Restrictions apply).
El Toreo 3790 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 694-1401 / 7 Days 11a-10p SR 200, Ocala / (352) 291-2121 / 7 Days 11a-11p Happy Hour Daily 4-7p New lunch specials include Taco Salad on Monday, $3.95; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $3.95; Quesadillas on Wednesday, $5.45; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $4.95; and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $3.95. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $7.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $6.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $6.95; Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $6.95; and Enchilada Fridays, $6.95. Don’t miss Margarita Mondays with $1.95 margaritas. On Tuesdays, kids 12 and under can get 99¢ children’s meals (takeout not included). Wednesday you can get 99¢ margaritas and $1.95 for domestic and imported beers. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day.
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VERY BRIDE DREAMS OF BEING A PRINCESS ON HER BIG DAY. FOR ALL THOSE PRINCESS-BRIDES-TO-BE, THE FAIRYTALE WEDDING SHOW PROMISES TO BE THE WEDDING EVENT OF THE YEAR. ON JUNE 2, THE 9,000-SQUARE-FOOT BALLROOM AT JUMBOLAIR WILL BE TRANSFORMED TO A FUTURE BRIDE’S PARADISE. ENJOY COMPLIMENTARY HORS D’OEUVRES, WEDDING CAKE SAMPLES AND OTHER DECADENT DESSERTS AS YOU MINGLE THROUGH THE MULTITUDE OF VENDORS SHOWCASING THE BEST OF WEDDINGINSPIRED WEAR, MUSIC, FOOD AND MORE. NOT SURE HOW TO WEAR YOUR HAIR ON THE BIG DAY? NO WORRIES! THERE WILL BE STYLISTS ON HAND TO OFFER TIPS ALONG WITH A FASHION SHOW, MOCK-CEREMONIES AND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT. THE SHOW RUNS FROM 1-4PM, AND TICKETS ARE $10 IN ADVANCE AND $15 AT THE DOOR. FAIRYTALEWEDDINGSHOW.COM OR (352) 270-8924.
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Put out more than just your mail on May 11. The 21st annual NATIONAL LETTER CARRIERS FOOD DRIVE will take place on May 11, and letter carriers around the country ask that you place your non-perishables out with your mail—they will do the rest. Last year in Marion County, 282,000 pounds of food was collected and distributed to local food banks. The Ocala Post Office was ranked first in the nation in their category for the sixth year. Collection barrels will also be set up at all post office branches. uwmc.org or (352) 732-2684 ext. 211.
COPS & KIDS
Honor those who serve our community at the annual Cops, Kids and Family Fun day. THE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. RECREATION Complex will host this free event from 10am-1pm. Bring the whole family to enjoy games, entertainment, food and more. The K-9 unit will also be there to meet and greet. (352) 368-5517.
The Marion County Parks and Recreation department will host an eco tram tour, taking passengers through the wildlife-populated trails of the county. See turkeys, great horned owls, red shoulder hawks and more. The tram is accessible to people of all abilities and ages. Passengers are asked to meet at CARNEY ISLAND PARK at 9am. Registration is $8 and can be completed online or in person. marioncountyfl.org or (352) 671-8560.
Get ready for an evening of intrigue. THE SEVEN SISTERS HISTORIC INN will host a “Murder at the Inn” mystery dinner. Come dressed to kill and bring along the usual suspects. The evening begins at 6pm with appetizers and drinks followed by a four-course meal with the intent to establish “whodunit.” Make your reservations early, as seating is limited for this night of fun, mystery and murder. sevensistersinn.org or (352) 433-0700.
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Q& A JIM HILTY, JR.
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Bring all your old cell phones, computers, televisions and any other “e-waste” you have to the RECYCLE ALL ELECTRONICS offices behind Target. The recycling center is open for all Marion County residents and will take any “e-waste” free of charge. 9am-2pm.
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ACH YEAR, OVER 4 MILLION PEOPLE IN MORE THAN 20 COUNTRIES SPEND THE NIGHT ON THEIR FEET, WALKING IN AN EFFORT TO WIPE OUT CANCER FOR GOOD. RELAY FOR LIFE EVENTS ARE HELD THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES AND THE ENTIRE WORLD. MONIES RAISED SUPPORT CANCER RESEARCH FOR THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY AND SEVERAL PROGRAMS, SUCH AS THE HOPE LODGE, WHERE PATIENTS’ FAMILY MEMBERS CAN STAY FREE OF CHARGE WHILE THEIR LOVED ONES ARE RECEIVING TREATMENT AND MULTIPLE COUNSELING SERVICES FOR THOSE BATTLING THE DISEASE. THIS YEAR’S OCALA EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT TRINITY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL ON MAY 17. EVENT CHAIR JIM HILTY, JR., WHO HAS BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE EVENT FOR FOUR YEARS, TOOK A FEW MINUTES TO TALK ABOUT RELAY FOR LIFE.
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Gainesville’s Hippodrome Theatre will turn the big 4-0 this month, and a special event will be held to honor the occasion. Founded in 1973, the “Hipp” has become one of the country’s leading professional regional theaters. Celebrate 40 years of artistic elegance with great food, live entertainment and more! Tickets are $40 and can be purchased through the box office. thehipp.org or (352) 375-4477.
Relay For Life is an 18-hour community event to raise funds to fight cancer and raise awareness of cancer in the community. It’s a celebration of life honoring cancer survivors. While the relay is going on, a community party atmosphere is created by team members camping out and enjoying entertainment, food, games and camaraderie.
How many people constitute a team? Eight to 10, the more the merrier. We have some teams with 25.
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Is there an age requirement for participants? No! Cancer affects all ages. We have cancer survivors as young as 3 and as old as 77.
What other activities will be planned in conjunction with the relay? The event features a DJ who plays for the entire 18 hours, along with live entertainment, various performances and business-sponsored laps with giveaways.
Should relay participants bring their own food and beverages? Each team has a fundraiser on-site, very similar to a carnival. Pulled pork, nachos, hamburgers, hotdogs, Latino’s Y Mas Spanish food, MOJO’s Grill, popcorn, ice cream, cotton candy and much more.
Can pets participate? No, Relay For Life is a non-pet, non-smoking and non-alcohol event.
What do you think is the most inspiring/rewarding aspect of being involved in Relay For Life? It is hard to choose one. For me personally, after losing my mom to cancer two years ago, I want to help others, so that someday there will be a cure. The Survivor Lap and Dinner and the initial lap that honors those who have beat cancer, is very moving. The Luminaria Ceremony, a ceremony with lighted bags that are purchased and decorated in honor or in memory of those touched by cancer and placed around the track, is also a very emotional ceremony.
RELAY FOR LIFE
Trinity Catholic High School / (352) 629-4727 / relayforlife.org
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THELOCALSCENE CLASSES AT THE MANOR (ONGOING) The Artist Hub of Ocala will host a variety of classes throughout the month. Visit the website for specific classes, times and dates. Pre-registration is required. thecherishedbride.com or (352) 390-6801. UPCOMING EXHIBITS AT THE APPLETON MUSEUM (ONGOING) Out of Abstractions: Divergent Directions in Late 20th Century Art presents the multiple pathways of art that emerged from American Abstract Expressionism. It will be on display through June 2. Victorian International showcases examples of 19th century English and American art. The exhibit will be on display through June 19. New World Treasures: Artifacts from Hernando De Soto’s Florida Expedition features artifacts discovered in Marion County and will be on display through December 31. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. SWEET ADELINE’S CHORUS REHEARSALS (ONGOING) Women interested in singing with the Sweet Adeline’s Chorus are invited to attend a Monday rehearsal from 1-3:30pm. Rehearsals are held at the First Baptist Church of Belleview. (352) 624-2887. LIBRARY PROGRAMS (ONGOING) There will be a variety of fun and educational events this month at the library for children of all ages. Contact your branch directly for a list of program details. library.marioncountyfl.org or (352) 671-8551. KAYAKING (ONGOING) The Marion County Parks and Recreation Department will host a variety of kayaking
classes and outings over the coming months. marioncountyfl.org or (352) 671-8560. FREE ENGLISH CLASSES (WEDNESDAYS) Free ESL classes will be held each Wednesday at 6pm at College Road Baptist Church through May 22. (352) 854-6981.
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ONE OF BROADWAY’S BEST (MAY 16-JUN 9)An award-winning musical with a score consisting of some of the top Broadway tunes, GUYS AND DOLLS has been a classic since it debuted in 1950. See the hustle and bustle of New York City come to life at the Ocala Civic Theatre. The story of big city gangsters and the ladies who love them is sure to keep audiences entertained with romance, action and comedic interludes at every corner. The show begins May 16 and runs through June 9. Tickets are $22 for adults and $10 for full-time students. ocalacivictheatre.com or (352) 236-2274.
THELOCALSCENE / Continued from page 84 will host an after hours social featuring live music, dancing and refreshments. Doors open at 5pm, and the music begins at 5:30pm. Admission is free for members and $8 for non-members. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. MASTER GARDENERS’ LECTURE (MAY 2, 16) The Marion County Master Gardeners will present two lectures this month. The topic is “The Potato: The Plant That Changed The World.” Presentations are free. marioncountyfl.org or (352) 438-2500 or (352) 438-2570. PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT (MAY 3) The Discovery Center will host Parents’ Night Out from 6:30-9:30pm. Children ages 6-12 are invited for an evening of games and activities. Limited to 25 participants. $15 per person. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900. YOGA (MAY 4) A free yoga class will take place in Sholom Park at 9am. (352) 854-7950. FIRST SATURDAY CHILDREN’S ART PROGRAM (MAY 4) The Appleton Museum will host a children’s art education series from 1-3pm. Children will partake in a hands-on art project with instruction. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. POSICALA FESTIVAL (MAY 4) Oakbrook Center for Spiritual Living will host this first annual festival to recognize the people and places that make Ocala wonderful. There will be artists, musicians and vendors, and the day will end with the Halo awards. The festival runs 10am-4pm. oakbrookcsl.org or (352) 629-3897.
5K (MAY 4) The PACE Center for Girls will host a 5K run at the Baseline Trailhead. Registration begins at 6:30am. The race goes off at 8am. pacecenter.org or (352) 369-0571. BOOK SALE (MAY 4) Friends of the Ocala Library will host their quarterly book sale at the main library location. The sale will run from 10am-4pm. Hardcover books will be priced at 50 cents, paperbacks at 25 cents. friendsoftheocalalibrary.org or (352) 368-4591. ART SHOW AND FUNDRAISER (MAY 4) The Museum of Florida Art and the Museum Guild present From the Wall…To the Runway, a juried wearable art show and fundraiser at the Sandhill Golf Course in DeLand. There will be hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and prizes. Tickets are $40, and the event runs 6:30-9:30pm. (386) 734-4371. AUTHOR VISIT (MAY 5) Jeff Klinkenberg will be at the Ocala library at 2pm to discuss his writings about Florida. Refreshments will be served. friendsoftheocalalibrary.org or (352) 368-4591. KINGS AND QUEENS OF THE CROWN (MAY 5) Girls ages 0-25 and boys ages 0-6 are invited to compete for trophies, sashes and crowns at the Ocala Hilton at 11am.There are two optional events, casual wear and theme wear. Registration is $17. queensofthecrown.com or (352) 854-1400. MARION CIVIC CHORALE (MAY 5, 12, 18) The Marion Civic Chorale will host three concerts this month featuring hits from Broadway musicals. All concerts Continued on page 88
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TRIPS N’ TOURS (MAY 7-11) The Appleton Museum’s Trips N’ Tours program will visit Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to visit The Barnes Foundation, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Wyeth Museum and many more sites. Price TBA. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4456. FOREST HIGH SCHOOL PRODUCTION (MAY 8-10) The Forest High School Thespian Troupe will present Godspell. Nightly performances begin at 7pm. Admission is $5 for students and Marion County Public School employees and $10 for adults. (352) 671-4700. DANCE PARTY (MAY 8, 24) Dancin’ Around Studio will host a dance party at 7pm. Admission is free for students and $10 for guests. Refreshments will be served, but BYOB. danceocala.com or (352) 690-6637. BRICK CITY BLUES FESTIVAL (MAY 11) Midnight Rodeo will host this annual event featuring an evening of blues music and great food. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $40 for VIP, which includes dinner and seating. mojogrillandcatering.com or (352) 369-6656. MONSTER MILE (MAY 11) The Market of Marion will host a 4x4 stock car event, featuring vendors, concessions and prizes. Limited to the first 1,000 vehicles. The course will be open from 9am5pm. themarketofmarion.com or (352) 245-6766.
MOTHER’S DAY LUNCHEON (MAY 11) A special Mother’s Day luncheon will be held at Bonefish Grill. Tickets are $30. There will be a 50/50 drawing, silent auction and special menu with a cash bar. The luncheon begins at 11:30am, and proceeds benefit Hospice of Marion County. hospiceofmarion. com or (352) 854-5218. JACKED UP FOR A CAUSE CAR AND TRUCK SHOW (MAY 11) A car and truck show will be held at Mojo Grill. There will be music, food and prizes. Open to all vehicles. jackedupforacause.com or (352) 465-7473. WALL STREET COFFEE CLUB (MAY 15) A monthly meeting will be held the third Wednesday of each month at 9am in the Ewers Century Center at CF. The meeting will include refreshments, guest speakers and roundtable discussions on the economy. (800) 443-4368. DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP (MAY 16) A support group for adults with type II diabetes will be held at the Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church. Nutrition, exercise and medication will be discussed. The meeting will run from 2-3:30pm. (352) 629-3782. PSYCHIC FAIR (MAY 18) A psychic fair will be held at Soul Essentials in Ocala from 12-7pm. There will be readings, healings, Thai Massage and much more. (352) 207-0281. 5K RUN (MAY 18) The 2nd Annual Race Against Child Abuse will take place at the Baseline Trailhead at 8am. There will also be a 1-mile kids’ fun run. Proceeds benefit Kimberly’s
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MURDER MYSTERY DINNER (MAY 25) The historic Seven Sisters Inn will host a murder mystery dinner on the fourth Saturday of each month. The dinner features appetizers, drinks and a four-course meal. Tickets are $60, and the dinner and show runs 6-9pm. sevensistersinn.org or (352) 433-0700. WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT (MAY 25) Forest High School Air Force JROTC and RideNow Power Sports will host a motorcycle ride to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The ride will begin at RideNow Power Sports at 11am and finish at the Market of Marion. There will be BBQ and lots of activities. (352) 671-4720.
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On April 3, Ocala Publications hosted a party to celebrate the launch of its newest publication, Marion Healthy Living. Attendees enjoyed health-inspired hors dâ€™oeuvres, beverages and entertainment while multiple prizes were given away throughout the evening. PHOTOS BY RONALD W. WETHERINGTON
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