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OMETIMES YOUR DREAM JOB IS IN ANOTHER STATE. AT LEAST THAT’S WHAT KATHERINE SOKOL THOUGHT WHEN SHE HEADED TO NEW YORK CITY AFTER COLLEGE GRADUATION. THREE YEARS LATER, SHE’S DOING EXACTLY WHAT SHE HOPED TO DO—TEACHING DANCE. SHE JUST HAPPENS TO BE DOING IT ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD… IN CHINA, TO BE PRECISE.
Although born in North Carolina, Katherine and her family moved to Ocala when she was 12, so she considers Marion County home. An avid dancer who began studying ballet at age six, she continued training with Marion Ballet Theater after coming to Ocala. Katherine graduated from Forest High School in 2006, the same year she was Miss Silver Springs. She won the Miss Ocala pageant in 2008 and competed in the Miss Florida pageants in 2006, 2008 and 2010. All of her talent performances were dance. When Katherine graduated from Florida State University’s School of Dance with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2011, she did what many aspiring dancers and would-be instructors do… she headed to New York. Life in the city didn’t phase her, but the cold did. After 2 1/2 years, she left the Big Apple and headed to St. Petersburg for a little “thawing out.”
It was during this time that Katherine chatted with a friend she’d met when studying at the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. That friend had gone to China a few years earlier and mentioned to Katherine that there were good openings for teachers. The friend gave her a contact in Nanchang, and Katherine zipped off an email inquiring about a position. “I really love teaching; it’s my passion, but I didn’t know anyone in China,” relates Katherine, now 25. “I sent that email in early August 2013, and by August 28, I was on a plane to China. I had talked to my boss once and negotiated a one-year contract. It was a large leap of faith that has panned out very well.” So the girl from Ocala who didn’t know a word of Chinese found herself in the bustling city of Nanchang (population: a “mere” five million), teaching classical dance to students ranging in age from 4
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through their teens. She also taught modern dance for advanced adults. “There are not many westerners in Nanchang. I tried to integrate myself into that world as much as possible. The Chinese are very proud of their culture, and if they see you are trying to learn it, they are very welcoming and respectful,” says Katherine. She didn’t take language classes but learned by complete immersion. “It’s like being a child again in the learning process. Chinese seems difficult, and I won’t say it’s easy, but once you listen and learn the basic rules, it’s not hard. I taught myself to read the language by studying characters and street signs. I can now teach a full class in Chinese.” Beyond the language difference, Katherine found one of the biggest changes was the crowded city lifestyle. “Your personal space shrinks to where you basically have none when you’re in public,” she notes. “Although I had the ‘big city’ experience living in New York, this was a drastic change, but I got used to it. You have to be open and willing to accept a completely different world. Comparing Ocala and China is like comparing two alien planets. It was a big transition for me, but besides my family, I really don’t miss anything else. I absolutely love China.” Katherine’s first year passed quickly, and during that time, her employer decided to open another dance school in Shenzhen, a city across the river from Hong Kong. Shenzhen already has about 11 million residents and is growing exponentially; it’s the fastestgrowing city in China. Katherine has been promoted to lead faculty of the new dance
studio, Ethereal Art Education Center, and signed a two-year contract for the position, which she assumed this February. “For me, as a foreign ballet teacher, this is a good niche. Ballet is a very western dance form, and this is a good market for me to be in, especially at my age,” she says. “I realize the opportunity that has been handed to me, and I’m taking advantage of it. The Hong Kong Performing Arts School is right across the bay, and I plan to get my Masters of Fine Arts there. Then, I’ll have both a domestic and foreign degree. One of my life goals is to be bilingual, so I’m excited this is happening.” Plus, Katherine knows her time in China will definitely improve her résumé when she does return to the United States. “Whatever I learn, I’m going to bring back home. Dance in America is becoming prominent and accepted. I would love to become a university professor in a dance program and use my skills in teaching and instruction.” Meanwhile, she’s living in a tiny apartment (“I believe 200 square feet to be a generous estimate!” she laughs) and learning how to make it home. Shenzhen has far more westerners than other Chinese cities, so Katherine—who’s blonde and 5’7”—isn’t as much of an oddity as she was in Nanchang. Like most 20-somethings, social media is part of everyday life, but it’s not quite the same as in the United States. “There’s a Chinese firewall, so regular Facebook and Twitter don’t work there, but Instagram does and so does Pinterest, thank
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made up more than 20 lengths from the EEDLES, WHO WON THE 1956 KENTUCKY DERBY AND BELMONT half-mile pole to the STAKES, CAN LAY CLAIM TO BEING ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL finish line. FLORIDA-BREDS OF ALL TIME. After finishing second to Fabius in the Preakness Stakes, Needles secured his place in Florida’s Thoroughthe second leg of the Triple Crown, Needles came bred industry history when he became the first into the Belmont Stakes as the favorite. There Florida-bred winner of the prestigious Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes, the first and last races was no doubt that the mile-and-a-half Belmont Stakes was perfectly suited to Needles’ last-to-first of Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown series. running style. Making up an estimated 25 lengths Bred by William E. Leach, Needles was from last place in the eight-horse field, Needles foaled on April 29, 1953, at Dickey Stables, prevailed by a neck over Career Boy. where Ocala Stud now exists on County Road Needles, who had become the first Flori475A. Oklahoma oilmen Jack Dudley and da-bred national champion as a 2 year old in 1955, Bonnie Heath bought Needles as a 2-year-old was named the 1956 North American champion colt for $20,000. The duo, who would later 3-year-old colt. Needles finished the season as the establish Ocala-based Dudley Farm and Bonnie national leading money earner with $440,850. He Heath Farm, raced Needles in the orange and retired at the end of the 1957 season with 11 wins, blue silks of D&H Stable. three seconds and three thirds in 21 starts with Needles went into the 82nd running of the career earnings of $600,355. He retired to stand Kentucky Derby on May 5, 1956, as the betting stud at Bonnie Heath Farm in 1958, becoming the favorite of the 17-horse field. Breaking from first national champion to stand stud in Ocala. the No. 1 position, Needles settled back into Needles was also the first Florida-bred to be 16th place before making his move in the home inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. stretch, powering past Fabius to win the mile“I was only 6 years old when Needles and-a-quarter race by three-quarters of a length. won the Kentucky Derby and didn’t realize the What was most impressive was that Needles
historic importance of that win to the Florida Thoroughbred industry,” says Bonnie Heath III, who with wife, Kim, owns the current incarnation of Bonnie Heath Farm in Reddick, Florida. “But, of course, as I grew older, I came to appreciate his key role in bringing the Florida Thoroughbred industry to national prominence. I’m very proud that my family is part of that history.” Needles lived out his years at Bonnie Heath Farm until his death on October 15, 1984. A monument marks where he was buried at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Complex. Today, The Market at Heath Brook sits on what was the original Bonnie Heath Farm on State Road 200. There, in the center common area of the market, the legacy of Needles is honored by a larger-than-life statue for all to see.
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How many high school students buckle up when leaving campus? More than you might think. In fact, in this year’s “BATTLE OF THE BELTS” competition, three schools tied for first, requiring a second surprise count. The Wildcats of Forest High beat out the competition with a 96 percent buckle-up rate! The prize? A $500 cash prize from Ayres Cluster, a local law firm that’s sponsored the competition that started 14 years ago.
MOCK TRIAL WINNERS They are judges, attorneys and attorneys-to-be. This group of distinguished men includes the winner of this year’s “Great Debate,” an annual competition for high school debate team members. Fifteen competitors faced off with eight reaching the final round. Pictured here is first-place finisher STEPHEN WILLIAMS-ORTEGA (middle), along with (l-r) BRAD ROBINSON, the HONORABLE TOMMY THOMPSON, BO BRIGGS, JIM GRAHAM and ROB BATSEL. The Marion County Young Lawyers Division sponsors the annual competition.
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13TH YEAR LOOKS STELLAR May 9 marks the 13TH ANNUAL MARION COUNTY STUDENT MEDIA FESTIVAL. The event, held in the Performing Arts Center at West Port High School, showcases our district’s best video production students and awards them at an Oscars-type ceremony. Underwritten by sponsors, the free event is open to the public and airs live on the Marion Education Channel. As evidenced in this photo, the winning smiles are worth countless hours of effort put into hundreds of submitted videos.
WIND POWER AT DHS JAKE CALLAGHAN and his fellow students in the Power Generation Academy at Dunnellon High are learning all about wind turbines these days. Thanks to a grant from Duke Energy through the Public Education Foundation, students and engineers from Duke are working together to discover the most wind-efficient locations in our area.
TOPS IN THEIR CLASS IB program, captured first place in the Shell Science Lab Challenge, landing her a $20k science lab makeover, including new equipment for students. Roy beat out hundreds of other teachers for the prestigious honor. The Challenge honors science teachers for developing innovative approaches providing quality lab experiences to students with limited school resources Meantime, BOB AYTON, Dunnellon High’s chemistry teacher, is Florida’s Chemistry Teacher of the Year according to the American Chemical Society. Ayton is a Golden Apple teacher and Marion County’s 2007 Rookie Teacher of the Year. A former pharmaceutical rep, Ayton’s known for his hands-on approach to teaching.
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ith great expectation, everyone in the courtroom waited as I unfolded the small, yellow piece of paper. We were in the middle of a complex civil trial and a medical doctor had just concluded his testimony as an expert witness. After the lawyers’ questions, I asked the jury if they had any questions for the witness. One juror raised his hand and gave a folded piece of paper to the bailiff. I opened it and read the juror’s question… “Does the court reporter have carpal tunnel?” Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.452 states, “The court shall permit jurors to submit to the court written questions directed to witnesses or to the court…” In criminal trials, judges have the discretion to allow (or not allow) jurors to ask questions of a witness. But, in civil cases the word “shall” in the rule removes any element of discretion… it is required. The exception to this rule is when the court determines it is an improper question. The concept of allowing jurors to ask questions to witnesses sure sounds
politely explain, “You can’t ask for that information.” There was one particular instance where a juror’s question caught the attorneys and yours truly completely off guard. It was during a sinkhole trial and a geotechnical engineer had just concluded his testimony regarding soil borings, ground penetrating radar and rock formation under the surface of the plaintiff ’s residence. One of the jurors was a 20-something high school graduate who JURORS’ QUESTIONS OFTEN PLACE THE worked as a server JUDGE IN THE AWKWARD POSITION at a local restaurant. OF EXPLAINING HOW THEIR PROPOSED The bailiff handed QUESTIONS ARE NOT ALLOWED. me her question, which I suspected would concern what the jury would be having for lunch or if even cause the judge and she is allowed to send text messages to lawyers to question whether her friends during the trial. However, the jurors are actually paying the question asked the engineer to attention to the evidence being explain what effect atmospheric presented—as in the carpal conditions such as temperature and tunnel question. humidity may have on the soil testing During almost every and whether he had considered auto accident trial, the jury potential clay elasticity in forming his will inevitably ask a question conclusion. When I read the question about the accident report. aloud, the lawyers were speechless. The Seems logical for the jury to consider the law enforcement witness answered the question… and we all gained a new appreciation and officer’s opinion about the respect for the juror. accident, estimated property There are timeless axioms that tell damage and who was at us “it doesn’t hurt to ask” and “there’s fault. However, the jury no such thing as a bad question.” The is not allowed to see the exception to these is when the person accident report because wearing the black robe says otherwise. it is privileged. Again, I’m still seeking the best way to
good on paper (pun intended). What’s the harm? Lawyers get to ask plenty of questions. Why shouldn’t the people who will ultimately decide the case also have this same opportunity? In reality, the jurors’ questions often place the judge in the awkward position of explaining how their proposed questions are not allowed. They may
Judge Steven G. Rogers currently serves as a circuit court judge. He lives in Ocala with his wife, three children and an extremely spoiled Australian Shepherd.
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TEE TIME! COMMUNITY BANK & TRUST OF FLORIDA’s 12th Annual Tee Time for Tots Golf Tournament was held on March 22 at Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Summerfield to benefit the Marion County Public Schools Homeless Children and Youth Program. Over the past 12 years, with the generous help of employees, customers and sponsors, Community Bank & Trust of Florida’s golf tournaments have raised and donated $118,850 exclusively for the benefit of local children. This year alone, the tournament raised and donated $15,500.
LENDING A HELPING HAND HELPING HANDS OF OCALA was
awarded a gift of $5,000 on March 13 from the Spruce Creek Senior Games charity event. The senior games had over 1,000 resident participants from the Del Webb community in Summerfield. “We are very grateful for this generous donation, as it will go a long way in helping us rebuild the lives of the homeless people we serve,” said Brad Dinkins, chairman of Helping Hands.
DR. BONNIE J. DORR, a leading researcher in the field of natural language processing, is joining the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC) as an associate director and senior research scientist at IHMC’s Ocala facility. Her extensive research and project management experience includes deep language understanding and semantics, large-scale multilingual processing and summarization.
HOSTING FLORIDA’S FIRST LADY Florida’s First Lady, ANN SCOTT, visited the HITS show grounds on February 13 during which she received a tour and had lunch with HITS CEO, Tom Struzzieri. “It was truly a pleasure to host Florida’s First Lady at HITS Post Time Farm, and we admire her support for not only HITS Horse Shows in Ocala but also the HITS Triathlon Series event that takes place here annually,” said HITS CEO Tom Struzzieri.
TAKES THE PRIZE
After more than 31 years of dedicated service to the city of Ocala, ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF BRIAN STOOTHOFF plans to retire at the end of May. He was hired as a firefighter/emergency medical technician in November 1982 and became a paramedic in 1985. Assistant Chief Stoothoff also served as the department’s public information officer and public education specialist. In total, Stoothoff served 24 years on the line and more than seven years in fire administration.
TUSCAWILLA The MARION AUDUBON SOCIETY was recently awarded the Audubon Collaborative Grant from the Florida Audubon Society. This grant will be used to fund restoration projects for the Lake Tuscawilla Habitat. The grant will be directed toward the installment of Beemats in Tuscawilla Lake. Beemats are floating aquatic mats designed to move back and forth with the natural lowering and raising of water levels. These mats, planted with aquatic plant material, are helpful in reducing water nitrates.
HAIL TO THE (ASSISTANT) CHIEF
A BOND OF HONOR In March, an official delegation from Ocala traveled to its twin town, Newbridge, Ireland. The group consisting of 17 people had the honor to march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade and represent the Ocala community during many official activities. The twinning concept is a program that promotes cultural exchange and economic development between communities across the globe.
FIVE-STAR SERVICE HAMPTON HOTELS, a Hilton
Worldwide global brand of midpriced Hampton Inn and Hampton Inn & Suites hotels, has honored Hampton Inn & Suites Ocala with the company’s Lighthouse Award, designating it as one of the hotel chain’s top performing hotels among more than 1,900 Hampton properties. The hotel ranks in the top 5 percent of all Hampton Inn & Suites nationally.
Arthur Rutenberg Homes “Builder of the Year” now building in Ocala. Arthur Rutenberg Homes, Florida’s premier luxury homebuilder, is pleased to announce it has awarded it’s Ocala franchise to Kinsell Custom Homes, Inc.. Dale Kinsell, franchisee and building company president, won the prestigious 2013 “Builder of the Year” with his Alachua County franchise. Kinsell’s Alachua franchise, Barry Rutenberg and Associates, has been building customer’s dream homes for over 37 years. We also build on customer owned property and in premier communities throughout Marion County. To learn more about building with Arthur Rutenberg Homes in Ocala call:
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M P A S C ARE A CALLIN’
EFORE YOU KNOW IT THE SCHOOL BELL WILL RING FOR THE FINAL TIME THIS SCHOOL YEAR, AND KIDS (AND PARENTS) WILL BE SEARCHING FOR WAYS TO FILL THE TIME. FEAR NOT; WE’VE COMPILED A LIST OF SOME OF THE COOLEST CAMPS AROUND. WHETHER YOU’RE AN ARTIST, ANIMAL LOVER OR JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH FUN IN THE SUN, WE’VE FOUND A CAMP (OR TWO) FOR YOU.
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LIFE ON THE FARM CABALLO KID’S CAMP June 16-27
The Marion Therapeutic Riding Association will offer two one-week sessions for kids ages 8-13. The equestrian day camp will teach the basics of horsemanship and equine care as well as riding skills. Children with or without disabilities are invited to attend for one or both weeks. Camp runs 9am-3:30pm with after-care available. mtraocala.org or (352) 732-7300.
UNCLE DONALD’S FARM Wednesdays only July and August
For kids ages 6-13 who want to experience life on the farm, Uncle Donald’s Farm will host a day camp each Wednesday from 9:45am-3pm. Kids will work with animals, study nature and play games. Campers need to bring their own lunch. uncledonaldsfarm.com or (352) 753-2882.
OWL HOLLOW FARM Weekly sessions in June and July
What could be more fun than riding horses and swimming all day? Children of all ages are invited to learn various aspects of equine care and horseback riding skills in the morning sessions followed by an afternoon of swim sessions. owlhollowfarm.net or (352) 237-4132.
EDEN FARM Dates TBA
Children ages 5-14 will learn the basics of horsemanship from a professional instructor. A horse show will take place each Friday. Camp runs 9am-3pm MondayThursday and 9am-noon on Friday. edenfarmocala.com or (352) 572-7658.
HIDDEN LARK FARM Dates TBA
Hidden Lark once again offers instruction on riding for all skill levels, beginner through advanced. Learn proper horsemanship, play games and have fun with other equine-enthusiasts. Camp ends with a horse show, and each camper needs to bring their own water bottle, helmet and lunch. hiddenlarkfarm.net or (352) 854-5151.
TAP�JAZZ AND TOE SHOES
BALCONY GYMNASTICS Weekly sessions beginning June 9
Each week, campers ages 5-12 take part in numerous activities including gymnastics, dance, karate, cheerleading, crafts, field trips and more. Campers explore new themes each week. Camp runs 7:30am-3:30pm with extended care available. balconysports.com or (352) 401-3663.
dancers. Tap and ballet are offered for 3-7 year-olds, jazz for 7-10 yearolds, hip hop for 8-12 year olds and intensive ballet for dancers ages 8 and up. Call for times and pricing. dancefactoryocala.com or (352) 368-7616.
or Tuesday/Thursday sessions. Classes are limited to six students per one instructor. Private lessons are also available. perryswimschool.com or (352) 732-5540.
FOR THE ACTIVE ATHLETE DISCOVERY CENTER OUTDOOR CAMP June 16- Aug. 1
MARY ELLEN SCHOOL OF DANCE Whether it’s tap, jazz or monster trucks, the Mary Ellen School of Dance has a camp for your favorite girls or boys this summer. June 3-24 Wednesdays: Beginner Dance. Ages 6-12: 4:30-5:15pm, Ages 3-5: 5:15-6pm. June 9-12, July 7-10: Gymnastics Clinic for ages 5 and up. (call for times) June 9- July 24 Monday-Thursday:
Full Day Dance Camp for ages 6-12. 9am-3pm June 10-July 24 Tuesdays and Thursdays: Ballet/Pointe
Workshop for ages 5 and up (call for times)
June 16-July 31 Monday-Thursday:
Princess Camp for ages 3-6. 9am-noon or 12:30-3:30pm June 16-19: Lego Camp for boys. Ages: 3-5: 9am-noon, Ages 6-9:
12:30-3:30pm July 14-17: Hot Wheels Camp. Ages 3-5: 9am-noon, Ages 6-9: 12:30-3:30pm July 28-31: Monster Truck Camp. Ages 3-5: 9am-noon, Ages 6-9: 12:30-3:30pm August 4-8: Focus Intensive for ages 5 and up. 9am-4pm. maryellenschoolofdance.com or (352) 732-2030.
Calling all avid explorers! This camp introduces kids ages 11-14 to the outdoor world around them. Explore nature through a variety of different themes each week. Camp runs 8:30am-4:30pm. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900.
DISCOVERY CENTER ADVENTURE CAMP
July 7-Aug. 1
The Dance Factory will host four weeks of camp for up-and-coming
Through August 7
Swim America offer s classes at the Newton A. Perry Aquatics Center for all ability levels. Each session runs Monday-Th ur sday for two weeks. Infant/parent classes and adult sessions are also available. ocalaaquatics.com or (352) 804-5438.
June 9-Aug. 8
Kids ages 8-12 will have the opportunity to take part in a number of entertaining and educational adventures and activities. Different themes are explored each week. Camp runs 8:30am-4:30pm. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900.
BASEBALL CAMP AT COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA June 16-19, July 14-17
Baseball camps for children ages 6-12 will refine skills and include several games each day. Campers will also partake in swimming sessions and have the opportunity to win awards each day. Camp runs 9:30am-4pm. gocfcamps.com or (352) 854-2322 ext.
PERRY’S SWIM SCHOOL THE DANCE FACTORY
Throughout the summer, regular sessions are available for children 6 months and older. Students choose from Monday/Wednesday
OCALA OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMP June 15- Aug. 1
Th eFlo rida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will host a series of week-long overnight camps at the Ocala Conservation Center. Campers are dropped offS unday after noon and picked up Friday after noon. Each week focuses on a differ ent aspect of wildlife and wilderness skills, including hunting safety, fis hing, bow hunting and more. ocalaoutdooradventurecamp.com or (352) 625-2804.
XTREME KIDS SUMMER CAMP Weekly sessions beginning June 5
Campers ages 5-12 will have the opportunity to partake in a variety of athletic activities each day. There will also be field trip outings, movie presentations and lunch and snacks provided. Camp runs MondayFriday, 6:30am-6pm. (352) 861-9474.
SUMMER ENRICHMENT AT MONTESSORI PREPARATORY Weekly sessions in June and July
A number of different programs for children through fifth grade are available. All children will study a particular theme in a fun and educational way. montessoriacademies.net or (352) 351-3140.
SEA1 TEAM PROGRAM
Kids 10-15 can get a taste of scuba diving this summer when a Master Scuba Diver hosts this fun pool-only experience. Camp runs 8am-noon at the Jervey Gantt Aquatic FUN Center. ocalaﬂ.org or (352) 624-2410.
OCALA KARATE DOJO SUMMER CAMP
SUMMER ART CAMP Weekly camps, June 16-Aug. 8
The Appleton Museum will host a number of creative camps this summer for young artists ages 4-15. Camps run either 9am-noon or 1-4pm. Art supplies are provided. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455 ext. 1613.
OCALA TENNIS AND SWIM CAMP
Weekly sessions throughout the summer
June 9-Aug. 1
Karate Dojo offers a unique experience for campers. These award-winning camps focus on multiple areas, including self defense, sports fundamentals, bullying as well as offering a complete music program. Daily field trips are included. Reserve early as registration is limited.
Multiple programs throughout the spring and summer
ocalakarate.com, afterschoolofrock.com, ocalasummercamp.com or (352) 237-9076.
ocalacivictheatre.com or (352) 236-2274.
This eight-week camp will include tennis instruction for 6-12 year olds with games and drills incorporated into each session. All campers wishing to partake in the recreational swimming portion must know how to swim; lessons are not offered. Campers can sign up by the week and need not attend all eight weeks. A tennis-only option is available. Camp runs 9am-1pm at the Jervey Gantt Recreation Center.
OCALA BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU
Weekly sessions throughout the summer
Youth tennis is offered for children and teens under age 18. The seven-week session offers either Tuesday/Thursday or Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday options from 11:30am-1pm. A variety of drills and games will focus on improving players’ skill in match play. Sessions take place at the Ft. King Tennis Center. (352) 629-8453.
Camp will feature martial arts instruction (uniforms are included), along with arts and crafts sessions and a daily field trip, which is also included. There will also be a pizza party every Friday. No registration fees. Camp runs from 7am-6pm. ocalabjj.com or (352) 622-6562.
MARTIAL ARTS WORLD SUMMER CAMP June 9- August 15
JUNIOR LIFEGUARD CAMP June 23-27
Kids ages 11-15 can learn what it’s like to be a professional lifeguard in a fun and safe environment at the Jervey Gantt Aquatic FUN Center. Camp runs 8am-noon. Certain prerequisites are required. ocalaﬂ.org or (352) 624-2410.
The Ocala Civic Theatre offers a wide variety of classes throughout the spring and summer for children of all ages. Classes in drama, comedy, musicals as well as auditions for performances are available.
ART CAMP AT THE BRICK June 10-August 1
June 9-July 25
OCALA CIVIC THEATRE
A constructive alternative to day care, Martial Arts World summer camp provides daily martial arts classes and daily activities, including swimming, bowling, movies, sports, field trips and more. Kids can be dropped off as early as 7am. Martial Arts World is now an ELC provider. mawocala.com or (352) 307-0014.
Rainforest animals, Matisse and Monet, and Christmas in July are just a few of the fun topics explored at Artist Hub’s summer art camp. Artists in training will have the opportunity to dabble in multiple mediums and two-hour workshops are available as well. Camp runs 10:45am-4pm.
EXTRA FUN IN THE SUN COOL CROSKEY CITY KIDS SUMMER CAMP June 9-August 8
Each week a new theme exploring different aspects of local government will be discovered in a fun and educational way. Healthy lunches will be provided Mondays through Thursdays, and at the end of camp each camper will be a Certified City Kid! Camp runs 7:30am-6pm. ocalaﬂ.org or (352) 401-3921.
YMCA SUMMER CAMPS The Marion County YMCA hosts several summer programs for children of all ages throughout the summer. For a complete list, contact the YMCA. ymcacentralﬂorida.com or (352) 368-9622.
SIZZLING SUMMER CAMP AT LILLIAN BRYANT June 9-August 15
There will be plenty of hot summer fun at Lillian Bryant this summer. Each week a new theme is explored to keep kid’s minds and bodies active. Healthy lunches are provided Mondays through Thursdays. Camp runs 7:30am-6pm.
July 28-August 1
ocalaﬂ.org or (352) 629-8389.
Back by popular demand, this Broadway-inspired camp will expose up-and-coming stars to life behind the scenes. Camp includes 40 hours of professional instruction, Q&A sessions with industry professionals, master classes, healthy lunches and more. Camp is held at the Phillips Center for Performing Arts in Gainesville and is open to kids ages 10-17. campbroadway.com or (212) 575-2150.
THE FRANK DELUCA YMCA IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
EXPLORE, CREATE & DISC VER SUMMER FUN
SUMMER CAMP Camp Location: Druid Hills Church, 1712 SE Lake Weir Ave. Grades: K through 8th Camp Hours: 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Camp Days: Monday through Friday Weekly Cost: $110 members; $160 potential members Weekly Swim Lessons: $20 additional fee Camp Activities: Weekly Field Trips, Reading, Fitness and more
YOUTH SPORTS CAMPS Camp Location: YMCA Camp Days: Monday through Friday Cost: $100 members; $150 potential members SOCCER CAMP DATES
June 16—20 July 7—11 CHEERLEADING CAMP DATES
June 16—20 July 28—August 1 BASKETBALL CAMP DATES
June 23—27 July 21—25
MORE ADVENTURE. MORE LEARNING. MORE FUN. 2013 Summer Camp Outcomes
82 percent of children increased their reading proficiencies by three months. For every week that a child attended camp, his reading proficiency increased by one week.
75 percent of children improved behaviors, and 73 percent showed positive impact.
Children were active for 95 minutes per day— that’s 35 more minutes than recommended.
August 11—15 FLAG FOOTBALL CAMP DATES
June 23—27 August 4—8 FRANK DELUCA YMCA FAMILY CENTER 3200 SE 17th Street Ocala, FL 34471 P 352 369 9622 F 352 369 1003 www.ymcacentralflorida.com
M I LY FA A F Y R RB
ON RIGHT TRACK FROM ABANDONED TRAIN TO AGRI-TOURISM DESTINATION, THE KIRBY FAMILY FARM IS PROVING ITSELF TO BE A WORTHWHILE DAYTRIP.
BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND
t took almost three decades, but Daryl Kirby finally got his train. That’s right, a train. Not a toy train but an actual 100-plusyear-old steam engine that once chugged along the rails of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad. And what’s more… he wants to share that dream-come-true train with the rest of the world. The train might have been the inspiration that sparked the dream behind Kirby Family Farm, owned by Daryl and his wife, Tracy, but it’s only a part of this remarkable story. To learn the rest of the tale, we need to back up a few years. Daryl, 43, was born in Lakeland but spent as much time as possible with his grandfather, Lincoln Phillips, on his farm in Seffner. An engineer, Phillips was delighted to share his love of all things train-related with his grandson, and Daryl was eager to learn. Some of his favorite childhood memories involve playing in the “bone yard” of old train parts when granddad would take him along to the rail yard. Nicknamed “Peppy” (for “perpetual motion”), Daryl spent countless hours creating an imaginary world in the backyard where he played with his Matchbox cars and trucks, escaping a farfrom-perfect home environment. Tracy, 36, grew up in the Williston area where her family has a long history. Although she came from a happy, intact home, at a family reunion she once discovered that a distant relative had the dubious distinction of being the last person hung for his crimes in Levy County. Apparently, every family has a few outlaws and rebels.
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Tracy went on to marry and have two sons, while Daryl married and had three daughters, but both marriages ended in divorce. The two later met when Tracy rented videos from the store Daryl owned in Williston. The couple married in 2003, blending their families and five children, who currently range in age from 13 to 21; they also have one granddaughter. After marrying, Tracy finished her teaching degree and taught at Williston Elementary School from 2007 to 2013. She loved teaching but quickly realized that many of her students were hungry to learn more “important stuff ” than academics, the life lessons that a public school teacher couldn’t really touch on. She began to wonder if there was a way to offer programs outside of the school setting that would meet those children’s needs. The couple started searching for property where they could create a Disneylike educational farm for children and families, a giant version of the imaginary backyard playground Daryl escaped to as a young boy. Daryl shared Tracy’s passion for helping children, but he’d never gotten over his fascination with trains and the desire to have one of his own. Neither of them knew they were about to combine both dreams into one amazing reality, which would take an enormous amount of faith. “When I was a kid, Six Gun Territory (the former attraction in Silver Springs), was auctioning off its equipment,” Daryl recalls. “I’d saved up $500 and wanted to go to the auction in hopes of buying one of their trains, but my mom wouldn’t let me go.” It took 30 years, but Daryl finally found his train.
N E D D I H SURE TREA
#19 COMES HOME
n February 2011, Daryl was visiting with a friend at an RV park in Williston that had been foreclosed on by the bank. While showing Daryl around the property, the man mentioned a rumor about an old steam engine supposedly abandoned in the woods surrounding the park. Intrigued, Daryl hiked through thick trees and underbrush and there it was… an engine and five cars… the kind of train he’d dreamed of since he was a boy. Sure, it was buried in weeds and didn’t run, but it was the train, and he was determined to find a way to get it. “Tracy said the only way we could build that life-size backyard playground was if we had a sign from God. I figured finding that train in the woods a mile from our house was a real sign,” says Daryl with a grin. “Most husbands want a boat or new truck. He came home and said, ‘I want to buy a train.’ I call him Walt Disney, Jr.,” laughs Tracy. Meanwhile, the RV park property sold to developers, who soon realized the old train in the woods was valuable. Daryl’s first meeting with them didn’t look promising, but he persisted. It eventually came down to the Kirbys and a railroad scrap company bidding for a chance to buy the train. “We weren’t the high bidder, but the bank decided to go with us,” recalls Daryl. “They liked our idea; I think they were amused and went with us. Once they accepted our offer, we had 30 days to move the train.” The only glitch—and it was significant—was that the Kirbys didn’t have land to put it on. Their search for the right property hit dead end after dead end. “O ye of little faith,” said Tracy when Daryl told her about the train-moving time limit. That same week, Daryl was at a Williston High School football game (he’s an assistant coach) and ran into a woman who started talking about a piece of property her friend had to sell. As he listened, Daryl realized the land was the very same property he and Tracy had wanted to buy in 2005 but couldn’t afford. He went home, told Tracy, and they immediately met with the owner. “It turns out the owner of the property had fallen into poor health and really needed to sell, so he’d dropped the price,” says Tracy. “We were able to buy the land we originally wanted and help him out at the same time.” They closed on the 173-acre farm the week of Thanksgiving 2011.
etting the train to the property was a feat in itself, and it all came about with the help of volunteers. Everyone involved—from the 120-ton crane operator to the police escort—volunteered their services, including a man who happened to be a master diesel mechanic and wanted to help Daryl get the old engine running again. “We’ve had a lot of volunteers help and couldn’t name them all, but Neal Frisbie poured his heart and soul into this dream. He spent more time then anyone making sure #19 was in tip-top shape,” Daryl relates. “It was originally a steam engine but had been converted to diesel hydraulic when it was used at a theme park in the ‘70s. When I found it, squirrels were living in the engine, but in just under a year, we had it running.” When the Kirbys bought their train, Daryl thought it was priceless, but they had no idea of its actual value. They were stunned
when it appraised at over $3 million. The engine, known as #19, and five cars (originally box cars) date back to the late 1800s and were once part of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad (D&RG), the original narrow gauge railroad to steam through the Rocky Mountains. “The appraiser told us it’s one of only three trains like it operating in the world and will only increase in value. There is a waiting list of theme parks wanting to buy trains like this,” says Daryl proudly. Today, Kirby Family Farm has the largest railroad on private property in the state of Florida and third largest narrow gauge railroad—public or private—second only to Disney World and Busch Gardens. There are 1.3 miles of track painstakingly put together rail by rail. The first train ride took place in December 2012, and that same month, Kirby Farm hosted its first small Christmas Express for family and friends. They were up and running, but 2013 exceeded all of the expectations Daryl and Tracy had for their fledgling operation.
FULL SPEED AHEAD
n that first full year, Kirby Family Farm had four events: Rock-n-Roll Easter Train, featuring the world’s largest annual Easter egg hunt (125,000 plastic eggs hidden about the property; every kid got a goodie bag and was entered into drawings for great prizes and gift cards); Dad’s Day in June (a blowout for the whole family on Father’s Day, complete with monster truck rides, airboat rides on the grass and the kids from the hit A&E show, Duck Dynasty); The Lost Railroad (a Halloween event that is family fun-oriented instead of scary); and Christmas Express in late November and December, a magical train ride through thousands of LED lights, along with a live nativity scene and an outdoor cinema. “In 2013, our goal was to have 10,000 people come through the whole year, but we ended up with over 25,000, and by the end of Christmas Express, we were having to turn people away. Over 10,000 people came just for that event,” says Daryl, his face registering both awe and satisfaction. “We were overwhelmingly blessed. We’re already excited about Christmas Express 2014!” “This project is costlier than we thought it would be, but God has met all our needs. Everything has come together, but it’s been day to day. For our first Easter egg hunt, we had no sponsors, but two weeks before the event, we got a surprise in the mail when the IRS sent us an unexpected
check after refiguring our 2005 taxes, so I guess the government was our sponsor that first year,” laughs Tracy. Now a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Kirby Family Farm is an agri-tourism destination, one of the fastest-growing forms of tourism in the country. Plans are in the works for a 10,000-square-foot barn where kids will be able to interact with animals and learn from hands-on activities, from milking cows to feeding baby piglets. “We hope to have a native wildlife species habitat there, too,” adds Daryl. “When Silver Springs attraction closed, we were offered their black bears, but we weren’t ready for that yet!” Tracy’s days in the classroom have ended, so she can devote all her time to Kirby Family Farm, but that doesn’t mean she’s not teaching anymore. “This is all about education, opening up minds and imaginations for the kids. It’s really a 173-acre classroom for children. Life is so fast-paced, but a farm automatically makes you slow down. We had a field planted in peanuts last year and had several field trips where kids got to harvest their own peanuts,” says Tracy, who leads youth worship at Meadowbrook Church in Ocala. In 2013, she designed and launched “Friends of a Hero,” a free after-school program that is focused on behavior intervention, character and team-building. It takes place at the farm on Mondays and Fridays and has been enthusiastically received. Despite the enormous positive energy generated by the events of 2013, the Kirbys’ venture has not been without devastation. The couple was thrilled when Tracy became pregnant, only to lose the baby in late 2012. But that hasn’t shaken their faith or their enthusiasm for reaching out to children.
E R U T FU US FOC
irby Family Farm is already in for a busier year than last. Nature Coast Civil War Reenactment held their 17th annual reenactment at the farm in March, an event that was previously held in the Crystal River area. In addition to the four signature events launched in 2013, Kirby Farm plans to hold even more family events throughout the year, as well as open the farm to children for special activities year-round. “It’s amazing what’s happened in such a short time. We’ve gone from finding an abandoned train in the woods in February 2011 to talking with an investor about building a hotel on two acres of our land down by the road,” says Daryl. The couple stands beneath the huge white tent overlooking the fields of Kirby Farm with the train in the background. Standing side by side, Tracy slips an arm around her bear of a husband. “The dream grows daily,” she says with a warm smile. “As a child, my imagination is what saved me, and I wanted to do that for kids today,” says Daryl. “We wanted to create a sanctuary and build a farm for children of all ages. When people come here, this place brings out the child in everyone.”
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A Montessori education is like no other. Our children have progressed in ways we could never have imagined. In comparison to standardized education, Montessori is miles ahead. At Montessori Preparatory of Ocala, they know the importance of not only teaching the basic fundamentals, but also emphasizing the need for global cultural awareness and understanding. As parents we know how critical setting the proper foundation for the future is, and we are confident that our children are receiving the best preparation for life they can receive. Our family has been part of the Montessori Preparatory of Ocala family for almost 10 years, and it shows. From their comprehension of multiple languages to their understanding of art and music, there is no doubt that Montessori Preparatory of Ocala has created an environment where children are “Free to Grow.”
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For example, it’s just a fact of life that more women become nurses than men do. Although women love horses, there are far more male jockeys than female jockeys riding at the top level. Some men make fabulous teachers, but you won’t find many when you visit your local elementary school. When it comes to male-dominated careers, it takes determination and perseverance for a woman to succeed, but the reward can be great and the satisfaction level high. We visited with five local women who enjoy jobs that are typically held by men to find out how they chose their line of work and what it means to them.
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Stereotypes persist for a number of reasons, and while they are often unfair, let’s face it, they can also ring true.
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ated from Belleview High School in 2003, Alicia, now 29, originally had her heart set on a career in architectural design. Her senior year of high school was spent in the Career Academy at College of Central Florida (then CFCC), but she had a hard time finding an internship in architecture, which was a graduation requirement. Then, she learned about an internship opportunity in mechanical design at E-ONE, the internationally known manufacturer of fire and emergency vehicles in Ocala. After interning, she worked at E-ONE part time while completing additional college courses and came on full time later in 2003. Today, she is a product designer in the engineering department and works on custom truck design as well as aircraft rescue firefighting vehicles (ARFF), the “biggest, baddest” trucks they produce. “About 60 percent of my time is design, creating blueprints for production, and the rest is problem solving,” says Alicia, who focuses heavily on cab design. “We get orders from sales and go through it part by part to create what is needed based on what the customer wants. Whenever production has issues working on a project, I troubleshoot and problem solve with them. I help explain things, find solutions and make sure we’re all on the same page. “I appreciate the people on production who’ve been there a long time and know
“If you are determined to produce the highest quality of work and maintain a great attitude, you will gain the respect of your co-workers.”
a female but also younger than most of the people here. In the beginning, I noticed some of the guys tried to help me a little bit more, but over time they realized I knew what I was doing. “One important thing I feel has helped me succeed in a mainly male-dominated career field is that if you are determined to produce the highest quality of work and maintain a great attitude, you will gain the respect of your co-workers,” she says. Alicia wears business casual attire to work, so she looks professional if she has to meet with a vendor or customer, but when she heads downstairs to the production line, she has to put on steel-toed shoes, safety glasses and pull her hair back. Her favorite part of the job? Creating something from nothing. “When a customer has a request of what they want and I get to create it, that’s what I like best,” Alicia says. “Working here, you get to see every part of a project. I see the sales request, create all the blueprints and models and then see it come to life as it’s created. I can ‘baby’ a project all the way through from plan to finished product; that’s pretty neat!” Married for seven years to Miguel Rioseco, a firefighter with Marion County Fire Rescue (they met as teens at Career Academy), Alicia and her husband recently became guardians of her 16-year-old niece. One of six kids in a close-knit family, Alicia is glad to remain in Marion County. In her free time, she enjoys playing golf and riding her motorcycle. She also loves barbering and cutting hair for friends and family. “They’re guinea pigs and can’t complain since they don’t pay!” she laughs.
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“It can be dangerous working by yourself, especially in a big county like Levy, when your backup could be 45 minutes away. You can be in the middle of the woods or out on the water, and it can take a long time for backup to get to you,” says Cara, who has run into her share of ‘good ol’ boys’ and marijuana grow sites in the woods. This past hunting season, Cara and another officer were on the trail of someone who had illegally shot a doe in a state management area. Knowing that what he was doing was against the law, the man shot the doe and covered her body with brush. Cara and the other FWC officer knew he’d return, so they split up and waited in the woods. Sure enough, the man had someone drop him off and he snuck back to the deer’s body. Once he began cleaning the deer and cutting up the meat, the officers came out of hiding and confronted him, and he tried to make a run for it. “My heart was pumping chasing him through the woods because you don’t know who you’re dealing with,” recalls Cara. The story ended with the man in custody. In cases like this, when a deer is taken illegally, the venison is donated to a local charity or animal rescue facility that can use it so the meat doesn’t go to waste. One thing Cara appreciates about her job is that there’s no such thing as a “typical” day. Her shifts vary, and night shifts are often busy, thanks to such illegal activity as night hunting or shooting deer off the road. “Because of what we do, one day we could be on a boat; another day we could be on an ATV or walking through the woods. Hunting seasons dictate a lot of what we do, including checking licenses and handling calls about people who are trespassing, poaching and shooting across the road. After hunting season, we spend a lot of time on the water checking licenses, legal size and bag limits as well as boating safety. We go out on a variety of different boats in the Gulf and on rivers.” Search and rescue cases are common, both on the water and in the woods. One rescue with a happy ending occurred when a small plane went down in Lake Okeechobee. “The people survived; they were standing on top of the plane when we got there in an airboat to rescue them,” recalls Cara. “Always carry GPS because that can be a lifesaver for us trying to find you!” Cara comes across plenty of wildlife, some friendlier than others. Working the Gulf Hammock management area, she saw at least 20 pygmy rattlers in one day. Another time, she had a fawn in her front seat; the mother had been killed and Cara was taking the baby to a rehab facility. “I love my work and am glad I found it,” says Cara. “You meet all different kinds of people and see a lot of things. Part of our job is exploring what’s out there.”
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fter graduating high school in 2007, Cara wasn’t sure which direction to take, although she was intrigued with the idea of a career in law enforcement. Unsure what FWC officers actually do, she did some research and decided it sounded like a great choice for someone who loved being outdoors. Even though only a small percentage of Florida’s FWC officers are women, Cara, 25, feels quite comfortable in uniform and carrying a weapon. “I think sometimes when you have two men (confronting each other), there tends to be more ‘bowing up.’ You’ll have some people give you an attitude, but they know they can go to jail,” says Cara, adding that she’s gained confidence and gotten braver since starting in the field in 2009. FWC officers are federally deputized, so they are able to enforce federal laws dealing with protecting threatened and endangered species as well as go offshore and enforce commercial fishing laws. As certified law enforcement officers, they also have the power to stop a motorist for a vehicle violation, such as running a light or driving under the influence. Officers tend to work alone and while Cara says she hasn’t had too many bad situations, there have been moments when she’s had to be more cautious than others.
“I think sometimes when you have two men (confronting each other), there tends to be more ‘bowing up.’ You’ll have some people give you an attitude, but they know they can go to jail.”
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aised in the Florida Panhandle, Lana was a horse-crazy kid who started competing in rodeo at the age of 14. She ran barrels and did trick riding, but she also entered bareback bronc riding. “I just looked at the boys riding and thought, I can do better than that,” Lana remembers. “Back then girls were allowed to ride rough stock with two hands, but I rode one-handed like the boys.” Lana got into her line of work unintentionally. Once she was rodeoing for a living, she realized she was lucky to get a farrier to show up when scheduled. Since her success in the rodeo arena depended on having her horse well shod and ready to run, she decided to do it herself. So, in 1979, she headed to the Oklahoma Horseshoeing School, went through the course and earned her certification. After that, some of the cowboys began bringing their horses for her to shoe when she was at a rodeo. “I had a good barrel horse at the time, one of the best in the Southeast, and some of the ropers asked me to reset and shoe their horses. They wouldn’t stick around while I did the horses because they didn’t want to admit a girl was shoeing their horse and doing a darn good job of it!” After Lana quit rodeoing professionally in 1987, she became an active duty officer in the U.S. Air Force and served from 1987 to 1994, including both Desert Storm and Desert Shield. After serving her country, Lana was raising champion Paint horses and continued doing her own shoeing. Although she never intended to do farrier work for the public, she began getting more and more client horses.
“Whatever you do to the bottom of the horse’s foot will affect his skeletal system all the way up. It’s similar to your car’s tires and alignment; if they’re wrong, it’s going to affect everything,” explains Lana. “You have to know body mechanics because you can create issues down the road if you don’t know what you’re doing. Balance and alignment make a huge difference, especially with old or rescued horses.” The work is physically demanding and can be dangerous. Lana has had both feet broken (fortunately not at the same time!) as well as a number of cuts that required stitches. She wears chaps, knee protectors, tarsal protectors and half gloves when working. Staying strong with a well-developed core helps prevent back soreness, she’s found. Lana, who has been in the Ocala area since 1995 works by referral doing therapeutic, pathological, natural balance and performance shoeing, and trimming. A professional farrier for 35 years, she appreciates how the industry has changed over the years and the wide range of materials and types of shoes now available. “The bias against women farriers isn’t as bad now as it was even 20 years ago, when my sexuality was called into question even though I’ve been happily married over 20 years,” she notes. Although she’s hired by the owners, helping the horses is the best part of Lana’s job. “I love working with horses that have had acute lameness and making their lives better. Doing something to enhance the lives of these magnificent animals is a good thing. I love to see the relief on the faces of the horse and the owner. Improving quality of life is what gives me joy.”
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riginally, I wanted to go to school for horticulture,” says Roseanne, who grew up in Lake County and moved to Ocala after high school. “I was working at a feed store loading flat bed trucks when one of the customers said, ‘If you’re going to do this kind of heavy manual labor, you should go to fire college and make a career out of it.’ He even brought me an application.” Intrigued, she completed the application and was accepted. She went through the fire college in Ocala, graduated and was hired by the Ocala Fire Department in March 1989. She was just 19 years old. “I literally grew up in the fire department. It’s been my second home,” says Roseanne, now 44, who has been a Captain since 1997 and is one of just six women firefighters on the Ocala Fire Department roster. The physical demands of the job can be grueling. The weight of gear alone is over 50 pounds… and that doesn’t take into account dragging heavy hoses, maneuvering equipment and simply wearing full gear in blistering heat. A firefighter must also be able to remain calm and think clearly in the midst of great distraction and potential danger. But it goes far beyond the physical, Roseanne notes. “God has led me down this path, and my faith has kept me confident. It’s a big part of being in this line of work. You have to have a stomach for this type of work. We sometimes see horrific things. We’re there to pick up the pieces, and that affects firefighters mentally and emotionally. We see things most people never see, and over time, these things stay with you and affect you.” Firefighters work 24-hour shifts and rotate on 24 hours, off 48 hours. Roseanne, who is divorced and has a 15-year-old daughter, works out of fire station 6 on Highway 200. As a captain, she’s responsible for anywhere from two to five personnel and up to three trucks as well as the station itself. All equipment must be meticulously maintained and ready to go at a moment’s notice. After all the necessary details are handled, she says the next question is usually, “What are we going to eat?” There’s truth to those rumors about firefighters being good cooks, she laughs. Working in a male-dominated field brings constant challenges, but Roseanne doesn’t expect to be treated differently because she’s a woman, and she enjoys being part of a team effort. She does get a kick out of the
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fact, however, that the guys she works with are always surprised when she puts on makeup and “women’s clothes” for a meeting or event. They’re used to seeing her in uniform, with no makeup and her hair in a ponytail. After 25 years as a firefighter, Roseanne remains happy with her career choice. “It’s been a blessing. I still enjoy the work after all these years. I enjoy the caring and compassion and helping people. That’s the reward, because the pay is not there for what firefighters do in general, just like teachers’ pay.” She also is grateful for those occasions when she learns “the rest of the story.” “We usually don’t find out the outcome when we help someone who’s severely injured, so it makes me feel appreciated when later they take the effort to make calls and find out who was on the truck that day who helped them. We have people who come back to thank the emergency responders and some even bring cookies. Then, we get to talk to them and get the whole story,” says Roseanne. “The most rewarding part of the job is when you make a difference in someone’s life and they show appreciation. “People don’t usually think about the fire department until they need help or have benefited from our service,” she adds. “Holidays, 24/7… it doesn’t matter, we’re always working, and we still make house calls!”
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and real estate. Debbie began in sales, working her way up to vice president of the company before starting Center State Construction in 1988 with then-husband Jim Klugger. Today, Debbie and her son, Josh Klugger, run the company, which has built over 1,000 homes in Marion, Citrus, Levy, Lake and Alachua Counties. When she started in sales, she found some male clients often didn’t want to deal with her because they assumed she wouldn’t know as much as a man. “I decided I needed to be as smart and know as much—if not more—than the men I worked with,” recalls Debbie. “I remember one man apologizing to me after I went over his blueprints with him because he realized I knew what I was talking about.” She laughs when telling the story of how one client arrived for his meeting and asked her to get him a cup of coffee. “When I brought him his coffee, he said, ‘I owe you an apology. That’s your name on the front door, isn’t it?’” says Debbie, adding with a smile, “It’s always better to be underestimated!” Although she’s never had to swing a hammer, she’s put in plenty of hours in the field doing walk-throughs, making design tweaks and meeting with customers to review plans. Today, she spends more time in the office than on building sites, so her daily attire is “business casual.” Her position is that of COO (chief operations officer) and advisor, as Josh is company president and they collaborate on running the office. A typical day may include reviewing sales, going over insurance details, discussing budgets and financials, and strategic planning. She enjoys the diversity and the fact that her work is never boring. “We’re known for architectural design twists and tweaks that set us apart from other builders,” notes Debbie. “We have a book of floor plans people often use, but we also do custom homes. We make it a point that most things are included in the standard price and aren’t extras, so the customer isn’t disappointed and spending more than they expected.” She’s well aware of the fact that what is everyday work to her is often a once-in-a-lifetime experience for her customers. “It’s really exciting to help people realize their dreams,” says Debbie. “A home purchase is usually the largest purchase of someone’s lifetime, so it’s rewarding to be a part of that.”
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hen my editors suggested a feature on secondhand shopping for furniture and home décor, I was all in. My couch is the only piece of furniture that was purchased retail at a “regular” furniture store. (And it’s been given a “facelift” with a slipcover and new pillows.) Everything else had a previous life before finding its way to me. Most of the things I hold dear came with their own stories… even if
Room, the area’s oldest furniture and home décor consignment store, which opened over 20 years ago. “The price of new furniture is very inflated; the mark-up is astronomical. That’s why they can run ads with furniture
There are numerous shops in Marion County where
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BEFORE I HIT A FEW SHOPS, I WANTED TO GET AN IDEA OF HOME DÉCOR TRENDS FOR 2014, SO I CHECKED OUT THE BLOGGERS ON HOUSEBEAUTIFUL.COM. HERE’S WHAT I FOUND:
MIXED METALLICS: Think gold and silver accessories.
BLUE: All hues of this popular color, from deep cobalt to vibrant indigo. BLOSSOMING PRINTS: Floral fabrics and chintz—try mixing these fabrics with other graphic patterns. COLOR, COLOR, COLOR: Forget beige and earth tones—choose colors you love. LAYERING AND LOTS OF IT: Think texture and color and look for ways to layer them by introducing a combination of metal/wood/fabrics. VINTAGE ONE-OF-A-KIND: Go for “unusual” and “unexpected” to punch up the look of a room and make it your own.
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“When we opened in 1993, no one else in town was doing this; we were the only ones. I just felt there was a need. My mother had a clothing consignment shop, and a lot of people were asking her to take small pieces like lamps, end tables and so forth. I was a stay-at-home mom at the time and thought, Why not?,” says Debbie Holshue, who owns Renaissance Room with her husband, Bob. “We rented a small store, and it just took off. Within 10 years, we bought our own land, built our own building and now we have an 8,000-square-foot showroom,” she says. “Through those 20 years and the services we’ve offered, we’ve built many relationships and feel we’re able to help many families in the process. It’s really a relationship business. “We know what people are looking for. We have everything from sets of sheets to sets of china; you never know what you’re going to find, and it changes all the time,” adds Holshue, pointing out an enormous Chinese armoire priced at $1,600. “If you have a shop that screens items and brings in quality merchandise, this makes shopping easier because it’s already clean and checked for quality, and the price is less than retail. It’s fair market value, not over- or under-priced.” THINKING OF A FRIEND UPDATING THEIR GREAT ROOM, HERE’S WHAT I FOUND AT RENAISSANCE ROOM:
Metal and mirror leaves candle holder Assorted area rugs Cherry finish TV armoire
$50 and up $300
Burl wood wet bar with granite top and 4 bar stools $2,500
LOOKING TO CREATE A COZY READING NOOK IN THE CORNER OF ONE ROOM, HERE’S WHAT I DISCOVERED AT THE WHITE ELEPHANT:
Vintage faux bamboo yellow cane chair
Art Noveau vintage lamp with fiberglass shade
Mersman Demi-lune table with hand-carved bird
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“I have a shopping problem,” laughs Jennifer Townsend, owner of The White Elephant in downtown Ocala. “I purchase everything, then bring it in to the shop and resell it, so I get to pick and choose what to buy. I find things at auctions, flea markets, homes, even on the side of the road. I’m not a morning person, so I don’t go to yard sales.” What really excites Townsend is discovering vintage, one-of-akind, eclectic things you don’t see every day. Lettering on her storefront window proclaims “Fine Hoarding,” and that’s exactly what you’ll find in Townsend’s delightfully crowded store, which is filled with everything from furniture to art, jewelry to knick-knacks, books to accessories. “A lot of people come here looking for inspiration, for one certain piece to get them going in a direction. They may find a lamp and redecorate a whole room around that one thing,” says Townsend, who opened her business nine years ago. “I don’t really have an ‘average’ customer,” she adds. “They come in all age brackets and from all walks of life. Many people who never dreamed they’d be buying secondhand are doing it because they can’t afford to buy retail.” Townsend says it helps to have a vision, but be patient and open-minded when shopping secondhand because what you find may need to be painted, stained or otherwise “tweaked.”
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Secondhand Strategies BRING A TAPE MEASURE AND KNOW DIMENSIONS. Have a good idea of what you’re looking for and the size of the space you plan to fill. TRY BEFORE YOU BUY. Sit on the sofa or chair. Open drawers. Turn furniture upside down to investigate soundness. LOOK FOR QUALITY BENEATH THE SURFACE. That oak trunk may be scarred and scratched but solid. Hardwood furniture tends to be durable and long lasting, even if it needs a “facelift.” THINK “MAKEOVER.” Paint, varnish and fabric can breathe new life into a secondhand piece. If the “bones” of the furniture are good and solid, don’t worry if you don’t like the present color or finish. BRING THE OUTSIDE IN. Don’t overlook metal patio and “outdoor” furniture. Those sturdy metal chairs might look fabulous at the ends of your dining table instead of on the porch. CONSIDER REPURPOSING A FURNITURE ITEM. Why not find a secondhand dresser with great lines and character and repurpose it as a vanity, or use that elegant old china cabinet as an entertainment cupboard? USE YOUR NOSE. Think twice before bringing someone else’s stinky stuff into your home. You may feel silly sniffing that love seat or recliner, but trust your nose. Smoke and pet odors may be impossible to totally remove. DON’T BUY MATTRESSES. You’ve heard all the horror stories about bedbugs, right? This is one area where it pays to buy new.
“I have a design background, so I accept items I think will appeal to buyers, but they must be of extremely high quality,” says Jim Holstrom, owner of My Designer’s Attic, which has two locations in Ocala. “I’ve had the Magnolia location for four years in March and opened the College Road store last summer,” says Holstrom. “The Magnolia store is now a clearance center; we still have nice things, but it caters to people looking for furniture on a budget, while the College Road store has more highend and one-of-a-kind items.” Holstrom frequently buys from estate sales when looking for merchandise, and about 60 percent of the items in his stores are consigned. There’s definitely an original feel to many of the items at the College Road location. In addition to furniture and home décor, there are custom-made pieces by local artisans, including jewelry, pottery and fanciful folk art. It’s a great place to find something eclectic and out-of-the-ordinary if you’re looking for a statement piece.
Shop ‘Til You Drop LISTED HERE ARE JUST SOME OF THE GREAT SECONDHAND STORES IN OCALA. A QUICK INTERNET SEARCH WILL OFFER PLENTY OF OTHER OPTIONS TO TEMPT YOUR WALLET. Photos by Cynthia Brown
MY DESIGNER’S ATTIC (352) 369-0033 (352) 369-9300 mydesignersattic.com facebook.com/mydesignersattic RENAISSANCE ROOM (352) 854-7022 renroomocala.com
The Carriage Trade I WENT TO MY DESIGNER’S ATTIC SPECIFICALLY HUNTING FOR STORAGE PIECES, KEEPING IN MIND THE DÉCOR TRENDS FOR 2014:
Set of two vintage wicker valises $40 Set of three stacking black-and-white leather suitcases $110 Woven metal hostess/storage stand with three shelves inside $240 Large cedar trunk (doubles as coffee table) $320
“People usually come specifically with something in mind, but nine out of 10 times they leave with something completely different than they came for. I think it’s because we have such a wide variety,” says Katie Payne, assistant manager at The Carriage Trade, which has been in Ocala for 14 years. Payne says this happens regularly because the shop routinely offers unusual objects. Some out-ofthe-ordinary décor items include a mounted elk head, Fredrick Remington western bronzes, Fred Stone artwork, sculptures, Asian pieces, even a model tractor. Horse items are always popular, Payne adds. She explains that people can bring décor items to the store for inspection. Furniture is picked up daily. “We go as far as Leesburg, Crystal River and Gainesville, and pick up a truckload of furniture every day of the week from a different direction. We won’t take anything that has animal stains or smells of cigarette smoke; something has to be in excellent condition for us to accept it.” THINKING OF A WAY TO INCORPORATE METAL AND BLACKAND-WHITE INTO A LIVING ROOM, HERE’S WHAT I FOUND AT THE CARRIAGE TRADE:
Set of three pewter candle stands
Metal/wood black and silver wall hanging
Framed black-and-white print of late local horseman Fred Hooper with 1945 Kentucky Derby winner Hoop Jr.
Black iron chaise with cushion and four pillows
THE WHITE ELEPHANT (352) 732-5580 facebook.com/WhiteElephantStore
THE CARRIAGE TRADE (352) 369-9298 carriagetradeocala.com
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Prestige Manor is a family-owned assisted living facility that has served Marion, Sumter and Lake Counties for over 26 years. We pride ourselves in providing a home-away-from-home environment. We focus on strong emotional support for our residents as well as their family members. How will I know when it’s time to transition my loved one into an ALF?
This is a deeply personal question and may vary for different individuals. Many seniors are able to live an active, independent life without assistance. For others, the process of aging can become increasingly difficult, and the need for daily assistance becomes an inevitable and critical necessity. For your loved one, there are many indications that it may be time to transition to an assisted living facility, including memory loss, decrease in proper hygiene, personality changes, forgetting to take medications, difficulty performing housekeeping duties and needing more assistance than you can provide. We also provide emergency placement when families can no longer cope and need help right away.
What can I do to make my loved one comfortable with the idea of transitioning to an ALF? Talking to your
loved one about moving to an assisted living facility is a sensitive topic. Your loved one’s primary health care provider can inform them that due to their medical condition an assisted living facility is recommended to help them get stronger and rehabilitate. Some
might be upset or angry initially, and this approach may alleviate them from directing their disappointment at you. Although roles are often reversed when you care for your spouse or parents, it is imperative to allow them to maintain their dignity. Let them know that you love them and want the best for them.
What can I expect during the beginning of the transition? Once you decide to
place your family member, do not allow too much time to pass between informing them and moving them in. It will allow less time for them to worry or become agitated or stressed. In the beginning, feelings of guilt, inadequacy and simply not knowing how to accept a helping hand are normal. Caregivers often become overwhelmed and neglect their own health and well-being. Take this time to take care of yourself. Go out and get your hair done! Get some well-needed rest! When you come to visit, you will be refreshed and positive. You can now focus on enjoying their company, knowing that they will be well cared for. We go the extra mile to make the transition to Prestige Manor as seamless as possible.
What sets Showcase Properties apart from the competition? Our roots run strong! Our
team has over 30 years experience collectively in real estate and generations of ties to the local community. We also have strong relationships with banking, home-buying and selling resources. Repeat business is a key contributor to our success, with many repeat clients buying and selling farms over generations.
Does Showcase Properties specialize in one particular real estate category? We do it all! Today’s economy is all about diversification. The old adage “you cannot be all things to all people” is history. We actually do just that! Although we are known for equestrian, agricultural and land properties, we do about 40 percent of our business in residential and 10 percent in commercial properties.
OWNER/BROKER SHOWCASE PROPERTIES 3087 NW BLITCHTON RD., OCALA (352) 351-4718 SHOWCASEOCALA.COM
What are your biggest accomplishments to date, both professionally and personally? In 2013, I had a very successful year, selling over $20 million. I had the pleasure of selling Bridlewood Farm, the largest horse farm sale in Marion County in the past five years. This spring, I also became the new owner/broker of Showcase Properties. Personally, I am proud of being able to raise my daughter in an agricultural environment through the Southeastern Youth Fair, 4-H and FFA programs. Agriculture and the many ways it impacts Florida’s economy is near and dear to my heart and a way of life for my family!
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What are your shop’s specialties?
We carry one-of-a-kind designs in platinum, white and yellow gold, plus preloved Rolex watches and estate jewelry. My staff is certified in computer design through Gemvision and Stuller settings and can help clients design their dream piece of jewelry. We have a large selection of diamonds and our interactive ring display and bridal showcases are exquisite.
What do you enjoy most about being a jeweler? My clients 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.
OWNER LADY JEWELER 315 E SILVER SPRINGS BLVD, OCALA (352) 629-5703 LADYJEWELER.COM
How do you repair jewelry? We repair our clients’ jewelry in several ways. We show them through a microscope camera what needs to be repaired or serviced and then have them choose whether the item should be repaired by standard soldering or laser welding. Being a master jeweler and advanced diamond setter is a very specialized profession and takes great dedication and detail to care for clients’ precious jewelry. What has been your greatest accomplishment in your career so far? Receiving my Graduate Gemologist
degree from the Gemological Institute of America in 2003. It’s the most prestigious degree in the jewelry industry. And most of all to be celebrating 25 years in business in Downtown Ocala in 2015.
OWNER HAIR PERFECTION BY SUZETTE, LLC 2750 E SILVER SPRINGS BLVD., STE. 204, OCALA (352) 629-0006 HAIRPERFECTIONBYSUZETTE.COM
What sets you apart from your competitors?
Competition is part of the business. I tend to think of it as perfecting my craft and challenging myself. I am a onewoman show, often working a three-chair rotation in an effort to service my clients. Honestly, the most prevailing difference is that I am a very diverse stylist. I do hair! Any type, any style, any gender and, most importantly, any race.
What can clients expect from an appointment with you? My clients know that I want to educate them about their hair. I expose
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OWNER MIDSTATE SKIN INSTITUTE 1805 SE 16TH AVE., STE. 1103, OCALA (352) 512-0092 / MIDSTATESKIN.COM
Your practice has grown so quickly! What are some core values that have made MidState Skin so successful? Well, I think it starts with a warm welcome and a gentle
smile. I treat all my patients as if they were my family and have respect for their time. I also have an amazing, kind-hearted staff that keeps everything rolling smoothly. I feel blessed to do what I do, and I truly enjoy making a difference in my patients’ lives.
What are some examples of medical conditions that you treat? As a boardcertified dermatologist, I treat all conditions of the skin, hair and nails. However, 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 cosmetic procedures does your office offer? Botox and fillers continue to be the most popular procedures I perform, but we now also offer laser treatments to treat sun spots, rosacea and acne scars. We also perform laser hair removal. I’m most excited about our new device that treats cellulite! My esthetician offers the most wonderful facials and microdermabrasion. If your skin needs a little pick-me-up, you should definitely consider treating yourself to one of those.
the myths and reveal the secrets to maintaining their hair beyond my chair. Each client receives the benefit of a God-given talent, not just trained experience. I challenge any outsider to stop by. It will surely change your hair!
What is your next goal as a business owner? I have a
list a mile long, but up first is my product line. Clients often ask for the personally mixed concoction, so eventually it will be for sale. We have a number of franchised salons in the area, but none of them are black owned. I want to be the first black-owned franchised salon in Ocala. Third, I desire to be a consultant for other stylists to challenge the way we do hair. My mark will be a tradition of hair excellence passed down from my grandmother.
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OWNER YVETTE GAYA DENTISTRY 3321 SW 32ND AVE., OCALA (352) 622-8897 OCALADENTISTRY.COM
The professionals at Yvette Gaya Dentistry are committed to providing patients with the latest techniques and procedures the field of dentistry has to offer. They understand that each patient is different and requires an individualized treatment plan. One thing that goes unchanged from patient to patient, though, is the caring, compassionate care provided by Dr. Gaya and her staff. What types of treatments do you specialize in? My extensive training is in
many different areas, such as general dentistry with special interests in cosmetic dentistry, geriatric dentistry (delivery of dental care to older adults) and neuromuscular dentistry (the specific area of dentistry that treats the cause, not just the symptoms, of the painful headaches associated with a misaligned jaw.)
What’s one of the biggest misconceptions about dentistry? The
biggest misconception 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 self-esteem, as well.
Do you take X-rays on-site? Today, X-rays are done with digital sensors and intra-oral imaging. The method cuts out 90 percent of radiation. With the digital X-ray, problems are diagnosed so much earlier than with film. At our office, we take X-rays with exams once a year as state regulations require and again as needed. Do you offer complimentary consultations? We always welcome patients
ask questions they may have and see if our services can benefit them. If a patient decides to move forward, we will schedule to have a complete oral evaluation done to establish them as a patient.
Do you have a no-wait policy, and do you offer payment plans and financing options? We respect our patients’ time when
scheduling appointments. We understand that patients take time off work or their lunch hour to come to an appointment. Therefore, we guarantee you will be seen at your reserved time. This will allow all of our patients to stay on schedule and meet their other daily deadlines. We understand that patients need financial relief, therefore we offer financing through companies that will allow you to make small monthly payments with little or no interest.
You and your staff are so accommodating, from your gentle hygienist to the warm neck pillows. Is that by design? We treat our patients the
way we would like to be treated at a dentist or medical office, with elegance, respect and great results. We want patients to have a great experience.
to stop in, visit our location and meet the team with no obligation. This is their time to
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OWNER J. HADLEY FUNERAL HOME & HADLEY-BROWN & PAULK FUNERAL HOMES (352) 620-0573 127 NW 20TH ST., OCALA
Jessica Hadley-Brown and her staff have plenty of experience servicing families during difficult times of loss. They offer compassionate, professional care and service options to meet the needs of every family. How did you get started in the funeral industry? My humble beginnings started
with two friends, David Woody and Edward Jennings, Jr., sitting at my dining room table in Gainesville in 1996. After my son Kenyatta’s graduation and draft into the NFL, he asked “Mom, what else would you like to do?” Later on my cousin and best friend passed away. As my mother and I sat at her bedside, her children asked me to help with the planning of her funeral. That was my first experience with mortuary science when I was a student at Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service. Then my brother Bobby, who was my confidant, transitioned following the death of my cousin.
What services do you offer above and beyond the average funeral home? J.
Hadley Funeral Home and Hadley-Brown & Paulk Funeral Home offer unparalleled traditional services, including graveside funerals, lasting memories, cremations with ceremonial funerals, humanist funerals, direct burials, conservation and more. We have a professional grief committee, program designers and caterers as well.
What can patrons expect from a funeral experience with you? A family can expect
a fiduciary relationship with the complete staff of J. Hadley Funeral Home and HadleyBrown & Paulk Funeral. They will experience integrity, a family atmosphere, and as funeral
director and embalmer, it is my duty to ensure every family is highly respected. I would like to thank my entire staff for their commitment as assets to the business.
What keeps you motivated in a field filled with grief? Knowing that when a
family entrusts their loved one to me, I make it personal. I took an oath at graduation that I will treat everyone who depends on me with dignified service. Final arrangements involve the most personal decisions one can make for their loved one. We believe in comfort for a family entering our facilities and comfort after the interment. I want to ensure that those families I take care of are completely satisfied with our service.
What special traits of yours allow you to excel in this industry? Compassion is my
special trait which allows me to help families during their time of bereavement. Families can be sure of my personable care and that their loved ones are entrusted to our standard of excellence. Restorative art is my passion in the death care industry.
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What sets Italian Tile Imports apart from other tile companies? We import and stock tile from all over the world, so many of our selections are in stock at the most competitive prices. A lot of researching of current and upcoming trends happens before we decide to stock an item so we have the most up-to-date looks for the home. If we do not stock an item, we can get it in a week or less.
Your showroom is open to the public. Tell us about the customer service clients will experience. Anytime someone visits our
showroom they will meet with an experienced member of our design staff. No
mozingo OWNER AUSTIN JAMES HAIR STUDIO (352) 620-2495 1015 EAST FORT KING ST. OCALA
How did you get into the industry? I was 16 and my mom’s friend needed an assistant for her salon. I’ve been hooked to the salon energy and driven by an artistic passion ever since. Women are their worst critics, and when you can give them the confidence they deserve, there is no better feeling. Love, love, love my career! Tell us about the new stylist you recently welcomed to your salon. We are excited to
welcome our newest stylist Federico Cuomo, An Italian stylist and educator who will bring an international flare to Ocala. What a privilege to work with such a talented fellow artist.
matter the size of the project, a small bathroom or an entire house, we have something for every budget and will hold our clients’ hands through the selection process.
What types of new services/products do you offer? We have more than just tile. We can
be a full-service design center for our clients by offering tile, wood, carpet, laminate, vinyl, marble, travertine and specialty items. We have a special builder partnership program and offer after-hour appointments for our builder partners who are unable to meet with their busy clients during business hours. We also offer home design and installation services.
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What are some of your specialties offered? We offer customized
hair coloring for men and women, also precision cuts and hair extensions. We offer Great Lengths, Hairdreams and Babe hair extensions. We also use a fantastic German hair color called Schwarzkopf. On a side note, the infamous Austin James will not be taking any hair appointments due to the fact he’s 17 and one of my four amazing children. No matter what type of service you desire, we strive to create an experience that will exceed all of your expectations.
DESIGNER ITALIAN TILE IMPORTS 2400 NW 10TH ST., OCALA (352) 368-2838 ITALIANTILEIMPORTS.COM
What prompted you to pursue a legal career?
I was a paralegal in Miami and a law enforcement officer with the Metro Dade Police Department. It was a natural progression to study law. I graduated from U.F.’s College of Law in 1997 and joined Bogin, Munns & Munns in 2003. As a personal injury attorney I represent clients who have been injured and oftentimes their world has been turned upside down.
What sets Bogin, Munns & Munns, P.A. apart from other law firms?
BMM was established in 1979 in Orlando and now includes nine satellite offices, including our Ocala office. We are a large firm with an abundance of resources and we pride ourselves in providing our clients with “small firm” service.
ATTORNEY BOGIN, MUNNS & MUNNS, P.A. 1396 NE 20TH AVE # 400, OCALA, FL 34470 (352) 690-7400 BOGINMUNNS.COM
What brought you to Ocala?
After managing the Clermont office for 9 years, I was offered the Ocala office. I have been an avid equestrienne since childhood so I jumped at the chance.
What is your most notable achievement?
Raising my children as a single mom and never giving up my dreams, including my legal education, career and maintaining my passion for equestrian sports. To balance all of these areas takes work and dedication, but I believe women are strong and resourceful. We can have it all.
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CO-FOUNDER TAX PROS GROUP 1023 NE 14TH ST. (352) 433-0094
What inspired you to start your own business? I come from a business-oriented family. My mom and dad had been business owners since shortly after I was born. I went to college, got a degree as a respiratory therapist and then worked in the hospital industry for 10 years. Every time I have a business in mind, I make it a research project. One day I woke up with the idea of owning my own business, did my research, took some classes and borrowed a little bit of money. Here I am six years later. I have owned over five tax offices and three other types of businesses not related to the tax industry. As an entrepreneur, how do you compete with existing businesses? The best
competition out there is and always will be advertising and doing the right thing for your clients. They will make your business grow in the blink of an eye. Knowledge is power, so stay up to date and always be there for your clients. They are a top priority for me.
What can clients expect from an experience with you? They will tell you
better than I can, but I believe they feel that I’m experienced. They can count on my knowledge as a professional to help them with their needs, and they receive great one-on-one service.
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ROGRESSIVE MENTAL DETERIORATION DUE TO THE DEGENERATION OF THE BRAIN, COMMONLY KNOWN AS ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE, AFFECTS 5.2 MILLION AMERICANS. What’s
even more alarming is that, statistically, African-Americans are two times as likely to develop Alzheimer’s and less likely to receive a diagnosis compared to Caucasians. Many African-Americans receive a late diagnosis of their condition and do not receive the aid that could help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s when that aid is most useful. How can you tell? Signs of Alzheimer’s include memory loss, poor judgment, problems with speaking or writing and confusion with time and place. Many patients will require constant care, as they have forgotten how to eat, bathe, dress and walk. Unfortunately, there is no cure for the United State’s 6th leading cause of death, only treatments.
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THE LOWDOWN ON
OST PEOPLE ARE AWARE OF HYPERTENSION, ALSO KNOWN AS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. NOT SO MUCH HYPOTENSION, WHICH IS ABNORMALLY LOW BLOOD PRESSURE AND IS A HEALTH CONCERN FOR MANY PEOPLE. OUR BLOOD PRESSURE, WHICH IS THE FORCE OF BLOOD PUSHING AGAINST ARTERY WALLS AS THE HEART PUMPS OUT BLOOD THROUGHOUT OUR BODY, VARIES DURING A 24-HOUR PERIOD. BLOOD PRESSURE NORMALLY LOWERS WHEN WE SLEEP AND RISES WHEN WE WAKE. The key is to make
sure we have enough vital oxygen-carrying blood flowing to and from our organs, such as the brain and kidneys. Too much or too little blood pressure are both dangerous. Like Goldilocks seeking the most comfortable bed, our health depends on our blood pressure being just right.
HYPOTENSION TYPES & TREATMENTS CHRONIC ASYMPTOMATIC Occurs in people who always have low blood pressure and is normal for them without symptoms, needing no treatment.
ORTHOSTATIC Usually happens when you go from lying down to standing up, typically lasting only a few seconds or minutes. Treatments include slowly rising if immobile for an extended period, not crossing legs while sitting, avoiding alcohol, drinking plenty of water, talking with your doctor about using compression stockings. Prescribed meds include fludrocortisone and midodrine, which raise blood pressure.
BLOOD PRESSURE 101 Blood pressure is measured as systolic (blood pressure when the heart beats while pumping blood) and diastolic (blood pressure when the heart is at rest between beats). Millimeters of mercury (mmHg) is the unit used to measure blood pressure. Blood pressure numbers use systolic numbers above or before diastolic number, such as 120/80 mmHg, which is considered a normal adult blood pressure. Hypotension is considered a blood pressure reading below 90/60 mmHg.
HEED THE WARNING SIGNS: Dizziness; blurry vision; confusion; rapid,
shallowing breathing; fainting; cold, clammy skin; extreme thirst; lightheadedness; sleepiness; weakness; depression.
POSSIBLE HYPOTENSION CAUSES: Alcohol; anti-anxiety meds; diuretics;
heart meds; painkillers; Parkinson’s disease meds; Viagra, particularly in combination with nitroglycerine; dehydration; Arrhythmias; nerve damage from diabetes; heart disease; pregnancy; severe infection (septicemia); hypo/hyperthyroidism; Addison’s disease; severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis); anemia; hypoglycemia; diabetes.
DIAGNOSTICS: Complete blood count
(CBC) test; basic metabolic panel; electrocardiogram (EKG): echocardiography; stress test; abdomen/chest X-rays; Valsalva maneuver (deep-breathing test); tilt table test (patient lies on table that goes from recline to upright position to test fainting response).
Sources: nhlbi.nih.gov, mayoclinic.com, ncbi.nlm.gov
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CHRONIC SKIN DISEASE, ROSACEA’S TELLTALE-SIGN IS FACIAL REDNESS PRIMARILY ON THE CHEEKS, CHIN, FOREHEAD AND NOSE. FREQUENT FACIAL FLUSHING, OFTEN ACCOMPANIED BY A BURNING SENSATION, OCCURS IN THE EARLIEST STAGES OF ROSACEA. SOME PEOPLE DEVELOP PIMPLES, LITTLE RED BUMPS AND, IN ADVANCED STAGES, THICKENED FACIAL SKIN ON AFFECTED AREAS. Rosacea can also
affect the eyes. According to the National Rosacea Foundation, more than 16 million Americans suffer from the skin condition. It most commonly affects adults ages 30-60 and older, women (particularly during menopause) more than men and fair-skinned people. There is no known cause of rosacea, in which the blood vessels in the face expand and produce the redness. “If you suspect you might have rosacea, it’s very important to get diagnosed,” says Dr. Ashley Cauthen of Ocala-based MidState Skin Institute. “There are very effective treatments for rosacea, but the key is getting treated before it becomes an advanced case.”
Rosacea triggers Stress Hot weather Sun and wind exposure Extreme weather shifts Prolonged, intense exercise
GOOD-TO-KNOW TERMS VASCULAR ROSACEA: Causes persistent flushing and redness. Can possibly lead to telangiectasia, where the blood vessels under the skin enlarge and show through as small red lines. The affected area may feel warm and be slightly swollen. INFLAMMATORY ROSACEA: Causes persistent redness, papules (pink bumps) and pustules (bumps containing pus). Telangiectasia and eye inflammation may also occur. OCULAR ROSACEA: Causes dry, red, irritated eyes and light sensitivity; blurred vision/loss of vision possible. RHINOPHYMA: Enlargement of the nose with knobby bumps and a swollen, waxy
look can develop in advanced stages of rosacea; more common in men and rare in women.
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THERE IS HELP
RED/DRY/IRRITATED EYES: Prescription
BLOOD VESSEL REDNESS: Lasers and
antibiotics; skin creams containing azelaic acid and metronizadole
DRY/SENSITIVE SKIN: Moisturizers
eye drops or artificial tears
intense pulsed light treatments
BUMPY/THICKENED SKIN ON NOSE OR FACE: Cosmetic surgery
WHAT YOU CAN DO BE PROACTIVE: See a dermatologist. Keep a journal to track your flare-ups, and learn your rosacea triggers. CALM DOWN: Try deep breathing or gentle yoga classes to keep stress-induced inflammation under control.
BABY YOUR SKIN: Use sensitive
skin products; avoid rubbing or scrubbing your skin. Women should try green-tinted, mineral-based products, which have natural ingredients and are gentler. Men should shave with a less-irritating electric razor. Avoid being outside between 10am-4pm; when outdoors, wear a wide-brimmed hat or visor. Use sunscreen rated SPF 15 or higher; use a moisturizer with sunscreen.
EXERCISE MODERATELY: Lowintensity and short periods of exercise are best to keep you fit but cool. AVOID HOT WATER: Nix hot baths; wash your face with lukewarm water and a mild cleanser. BE WEATHER WISE: On hot, humid days, enjoy the air-conditioned indoors. On cold days, dress warmly and cover your face with a scarf to minimize facial skin exposure.
Sources: niams.nih.gov/health, webmd.com
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SRAIGHTEN UP! M AY
OT FORWARD HEAD? HAVE MORE OF A SWAY BACK THAN THE OL’ GRAY MARE? THEN YOUR POSTURE MAY NEED SOME SERIOUS REALIGNMENT. BEYOND AESTHETICS, POOR POSTURE IS A MAJOR CAUSE OF CHRONIC BACK AND NECK PAIN.. AND OVER TIME, ALL THAT SLOUCHING CAN CONTRIBUTE TO SERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITIONS SUCH AS DIGESTIVE AND CARDIOPULMONARY ISSUES.
“I’ve seen a definite correlation in my patients, both adults and children, with back and neck pain caused by the increased use of digital devices,” says Dr. Donna E. Patrick of Ocala-based Patrick Chiropractic Center. “We all spend so much time hunched over working or playing on computers, cell phones and tablets. Without proper professional attention, poor posture will only get progressively worse and affect your overall health. But with the right care, exercises and awareness, it is something you can treat and improve. You’ll look and feel better.”
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SNAP A PIC
Get some visual body awareness by having someo take a picture of ne you, standing as you normally do Have three pictur . es taken—front, back and side. Then print out ea ch picture on its own sheet of paper. Next plac e a red dot betwee n your feet on the front and ba ck view and then on your ankle on the side view. Now fold each sh eet in half vertically on the dot. Here’s what to look for in each picture:
& BACK VIEW: The tw o halves of your should be sym body metrical. Poor posture indica include your he tors ad and/or torso appearing aske to one side and/ w or one hand is hanging lower further away fro an d m your body. SIDE VIEW:
Remember that forward head re ference? The line from yo ur ankle should pass directly th your shoulder an rough d ear. If your he ad is way forwar that line, you ha d of ve the posture distortion know forward head po n as sture (FHP).
POSTURE REALIGNMENT TIPS a computer keyboard or any other digital device for hours (and who doesn’t these days?), then at the top of each hour, take a break—set a timer if you have to. On the hour, stand up and snap to attention like a soldier. Pull your shoulders back, put your head up and straighten your torso; take a deep breath through your nose, hold for eight seconds, exhale through your mouth, relax, then
repeat six to eight times.
BECOME A STORK: Stand tall with your best posture; then balance on one foot while keeping straight as you lift your thigh to bring your knee at hip height. Hold for 30 seconds, and then alternate leg and repeat. Try for six sets two to three
times a week.
BACK AGAINST THE WALL: Literally back up to a wall with your heels, buttocks, shoulders and head all lightly touching it. Then take three slow breaths, feeling your body’s posture points against the wall. Have any areas of tightness checked out by your health care practitioner.
TOTAL BODY EXERCISE CLASSES: Pilates, yoga and tai chi are good exercise practices for the whole body. SHOES MATTER: Yes, ladies, you may love those stiletto heels, but they’re not very posture friendly. Save them for special occasions, and for everyday wear, opt for supportive, low-heel shoes. And if you have back, foot or knee problems, talk to your podiatrist about orthotics. GET A GOOD THRONE: Invest in a good ergonomic chair that keeps you properly aligned, particularly during work hours.
Sources: acatoday.org, health.com
SNAP TO ATTENTION: If you sit hunched over
The Medical Foster Care Program
mends broken wings
The Medical Foster Care Program is part of the state’s foster care system. It provides short-term placements for children, ages birth
to 21 years, who are clients of Florida’s Department of Children & Families and Department of Health, Children’s Medical Services.
Children are carefully screened to determine medical, emotional and physical needs prior to acceptance and placement in a medical foster home. They may be any age, sex or ethnic background, but they all have a need for a loving, safe and secure home. Why are children in need of medical foster parents? The foster child may have been born with a complex medical condition; may have spent most of his or her life hospitalized; may have been abused or neglected; may require intermediary medical care between the hospital and home; or may have a terminal illness and need a caring environment.
Medical foster parents provide a home away from home for medically complex foster children, providing for their physical, emotional and health care needs 24 hours a day. Medical foster parents work with professionals from a variety of programs and serve as important members of a health care team. They serve as role models and trainers for the biological families of foster children.
Being a medical foster parent can be a very rewarding experience. At
times they share the joy of seeing a child reunited with his or her family. Other times they help prepare a child for permanent placement with an adoptive family or other living arrangement.
Medical foster parents receive: Medical foster parent training (40 hours) Child-specific training and ongoing education Enhanced reimbursement rates Intensive nurse care coordination Social work support services 24-hour, on-call medical support
The participation of the biological parents can be an important part of a child’s progress of recovery. Whenever possible, goals and objectives are outlined for the child’s family and training is provided. Medical foster parents play an important role in the training and family reunification process. They act as role models, teach parenting skills and show the family how to provide their child proper medical care. Family visits are supervised and generally encouraged. Unsupervised visitation is permitted under certain circumstances.
For more information on how to become a medical foster parent, please contact Jessica Messenger at 352-369-7872 or Jessica.Messenger@flhealth.gov, and toll free, 888-326-7485. www.cms-kids.com/families/health_services/fostercare.html The Medical Foster Care Program is a coordinated effort of the Agency for Health Care Administration’s Medicaid Program, the Department of Children & Families’ Child Welfare and Community Based Care Program, and the Department of Health’s Children’s Medical Services.
ENERGIZE YOUR V This high-intensity, hour-long workout combines strength training exercises interspersed with 10-15 minutes of treadmill intervals. Considered a fusion workout, it boosts overall strength and cardiovascular fitness. Workouts can be designed specifically to address abs, arms, legs and glutes.
POUND Another fusion workout, Pound uses neon green weighted drum sticks (called Ripstix) in a fullbody, high-energy workout set to a mixed-genre music soundtrack. The 45-minute sweatfest combines cardio, isometric, plyometrics and Pilates while you play the role of background
drummer. The Poundtrack consists of two- to four-minute songs with accompanying exercise choreography, taking you through 70 movements and 15,000 drumming repetitions!
SHOCKWAVE A circuit cross-training routine, ShockWave utilizes specially designed water rower machines paired with functional strength training for a high-intensity interval workout. In the 45-minute class, you’ll alternate through workout routines involving sandbags, kettle bells and body-weight exercises with rowing machine intervals. ShockWave targets the whole body, with a special emphasis on legs, core and arms.
IRON YOGA Created by triathlete Anthony Carillo, Iron Yoga ratchets it up a couple of notches from regular yoga by incorporating dumbbells into the workout. This intense, 30-60 minute workout has you hold power yoga poses while using two- to five-pound dumbbells. The power yoga portion gives you a stronger lower body, greater flexibility, better posture and reduced stress. The addition of the dumbbells strengthens your upper body and contributes to increased bone density.
CXWORX For the time-challenged, an intense 30-minute-or-less CXWORX class may be the
fitness answer. Developed by Les Mills, this moderate- to highintensity total body workout uses choreography set to heartpounding music to improve overall functional fitness. Focus is on the core muscles: abs, obliques and glutes.
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ViPR An acronym for “vitality, performance, reconditioning,” ViPR uses specially designed weighted tubes of different sizes to combine full-body movement with load movement training. Inspired by the prevalence of farm kids who excel in many athletic sports, the goal of ViPR is to produce full-body strength and agility.
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OU’VE PROBABLY HEARD THIS PHRASE A TIME OR TWO. IT’S TRUE THOUGH, AND TODAY’S PARENTS SHOULD BE CONCERNED WITH WHAT THEIR CHILDREN ARE EATING. AFTER ALL, HEALTHY HABITS START AT HOME. BUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR LITTLE ONES HEAD OFF TO SCHOOL? Sugary
sodas and junk foods have been offered in school vending machines for quite some time now. Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative is aiming to combat childhood obesity and change how our children eat. According to Fox News, “Calorie, fat, sugar and sodium limits will have to be met on almost every food and beverage sold during the school day at 100,000 schools.” If your child doesn’t brown-bag his or her lunch, you can take heart that this is a step in the right direction. Source: foxnews.com
S IF SMARTPHONES WEREN’T ENOUGH, IT SEEMS OUR KITCHENS ARE GETTING MORE TECHNOLOGICAL BY THE DAY. GONE ARE THE DAYS OF HAPHAZARD CHOPPING AND PUTTING TOO MUCH ELBOW GREASE INTO A NOT-SO-TASTY RESULT. WE’VE ROUNDED UP KITCHEN GADGETS AND TOOLS DESIGNED MAKE EVERY MEAL JUST A LITTLE BIT EASIER.
ICY TREATS ICE SHAVER
$29.99, HAMILTONBEACH.COM Sure, you can toss a tray of ice cubes in a blender but only if dull blades and half-liquefied slush is what you’re craving. An ice shaver is an inexpensive way to get the perfect consistency out of your frozen treats at home. It’s perfect for slushies, smoothies, snow cones and margaritas on the weekends.
ZOKU QUICK POP MAKER $49.95, ZOKUHOME.COM
With summer on the way, every mom hosting play dates will need one of these countertop companions. The Quick Pop Maker base is stored in the freezer until go time. Then just pop it on the counter, pour in juice, yogurt or any other popsicle base and watch as they begin freezing instantly without electricity. Because it’s a fun summer staple, it comes in a variety of colors, too.
CB2 CLOTHESPIN CHOPSTICKS Chop chop! Eating slowly gives your brain time to realize when your stomach is full, and stopping before it’s too late can keep inches off your waistline. Chopsticks are a great way to pace yourself, and this clothespin pair is easy enough for anyone to use. Cutest kitchen gadget ever!
Everyone and their grandmother has a Keurig, but on a humid summer morning, do you really want piping hot anything? This countertop contraption makes one serving of iced coffee from your favorite grounds in minutes.
ULTRASONIC BEER FLAVOR ENHANCER
SODASTATION HAND-HELD CARBONATED SODA MAKER
There’s nothing like a cold brew after a long day, and this ultrasound technology can make it taste even better. The coaster uses ultrasonic vibrations to excite gases in the beer to the top, recharging the foam head with the push of a button. That means more aroma and more flavor on demand.
Larger as-seen-on-TV carbonators have become popular because they’re more economical and environmentally friendly than buying cases of canned soda. This gadget offers the same benefits in a more conveniently sized package from Hamilton Beach. Just fill, seal, carbonate and drink up.
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This little gadget from Jokari is the third hand you’ve always wished for when it comes to wrangling plastic baggies. The extendable arms can reach the top of any size bag, and the rubberized base gives the rack a firm hold on your countertop. No more spilled leftovers in your kitchen. The arms fold down for convenient storage even in shallow drawers.
ZYLISS EASY SLICE TOMATO SLICER
Finally something to slice tomatoes that can contain the mess. This tool slices an entire tomato evenly in one motion while capturing the inner tomato goop for easy clean-up. No more fighting with dull blades and wiping up a runny mess means everyone can be happy about getting their vegetables.
What’s 40 percent faster and 52 percent more energy efficient than an oven? A miniature pizza maker, that’s what. Hamilton Beach’s can bake a pizza up to 12 inches in diameter while rotating for even heat distribution. It cooks other appetizers like egg rolls and onion rings too, and it comes with a little window so you can make sure your snack is perfectly golden before you take a bite.
3-QUART DESIGNER SLOW COOKER
$19.99, HAMILTONBEACH.COM No one needs to be reminded of the convenience of slow cookers. Dump in the ingredients, turn the knob to low and find your meal done six hours later with little to no stress on your part. If only they were easier on the eyes, but that’s where these cookers come in. They’re available in a variety of patterns like animal print and the oh-so-trendy chevron, as well as football themes for game day grub.
PROGRESSIVE OVER-THE-SINK CUTTING BOARD $28.99, PROGRESSIVEINTL.COM
Introducing the cutting board of your dreams, this tool has an extendable arm to fit almost any sink. It comes with a removable colander for draining the good stuff and dumping the bad directly into the garbage disposal. It also collapses for storage in flat spaces.
THE POMEGRANATE TOOL $19.99, HICKITCHEN.COM
Pomegranates are a superfood that comes in super touch packaging. Trying to deseed a pomegranate can be messy, time-consuming and lead to much of the tasty seeds being crushed. This simple tool is BPA-free, dishwasher-safe and gets the job done in under two minutes. That’s a kitchen keeper for sure.
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EVRIHOLDER AVO SAVER AVOCADO HOLDER $5.99, HICKITCHEN.COM
Leaving the pit in an avocado can prevent it from oxidizing as quickly, but unfortunately, it’s not enough to prevent a lone half from going bad (and fast). For a low cost, an avocado saver could be well worth the money—if you eat avocados frequently, because you know they aren’t cheap. Buckle in the leftover side, preferably with the pit still inside, and it should last until your next sandwich or salad.
HAMMACHERSCHLEMMER MARINADE INFUSING MEAT TENDERIZER
$49.95, HAMMACHER.COM Any gadget that multitasks is a friend of ours. Fill the reservoir with your favorite marinade and take out any meal prep frustrations on tonight’s steaks. Although the regular prongs tenderize, the needle-like ones are infusing little flavor deposits into your dinner. It even has two depth settings and won’t change the thickness of the meat. We hope we get to come over when you test it out.
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SMALLCAKES: A CUPCAKERY
opened on April 3, bringing an internationally known brand of decadent gourmet cupcakes to Ocala. Founded in Kansas City in 2009, Smallcakes now has over 60 locations. The daily menu features 12 signature flavors (Birthday Cake, Caramel Crunch, Chocolate Cream, Chocoholic, Cookies N Crème, Hot Fudge Sundae, Lemon, Peanut Butter Cup, Pink Chocolate, Pink Vanilla, Red Velvet and VanillaN-Chocolate). © Ruth Black / Shutterstock.com Plus, there are rotating specialty flavors. All cupcakes are made from scratch each morning. Located west of I-75 in the same plaza as Bonefish Grill. Open seven days. 4701 SW College Rd., Unit #106, Ocala (352) 484-1127 smallcakescupcakery.com
DELANCEY STREET DELI & BAGELS opened
in mid-February in Canopy Plaza near On Top of the World and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Kids especially love the chocolate chip French toast for breakfast. © Brent Hofacker / Shutterstock.com The lunch and dinner menus feature plenty of New York deli-inspired options, whether you’re craving an authentic sandwich, like the Rueben, or hearty corned beef and cabbage. In addition to the soup du jour, there’s always chicken noodle and Matzo ball Continued on page 60
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soup. Stuffed cabbage is one of the most popular dishes on the dinner menu. Open 6am-8pm, seven days. 8075 SW Hwy 200 (College Rd.), Ocala (352) 237-8539
GLASS BELONGS IN THE KITCHEN, SO IT CAN TAKE THE HEAT. Plastic degrades
with heat and time, making the chemicals that compose it a concern. Glass can handle the oven and dishwasher without issue and is made of natural materials you can actually recognize, like sand. Glass also retains heat exceptionally well, making it the perfect serving dish not just for its beauty but also for its ability to keep your dinner nice and warm. Many glass containers can go from oven to table to fridge to microwave with no problems. Using only one dish makes cooking, serving, storing and reheating that much less of a hassle.
THE WAY IT SHOULD BE GLASS HAS THE TERRIFIC BENEFIT OF BEING IMPERMEABLE, SO THE PROPER TASTE OF THE FOOD STAYS AS IT SHOULD BE. A glass
container paired with a good seal keeps moisture out and freshness in. This lovely characteristic is ideal for preserving the quality of your food and protects from freezer burn. Scratches in plastic can trap
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food particles, compromising taste and aesthetics. Glass, however, is difficult to scratch, which is just one more reason to love it.
MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY FACE GLASS MAKES FOR A PRETTY CONTAINER, BUT IT CAN ALSO DO A WHOLE LOT MORE. Glass containers are ideal for work lunches. If you packed something that needs to be reheated, you don’t even have to bring a separate plate. The same convenience applies to leftovers and bake-ahead dinners, which are easily reheated in the oven or microwave with glass. Glass will keep other refrigerated items, such as cut produce, meats and cheeses, fresh and flavorful. There’s also a place for glass in your pantry. Glass containers are an attractive, air-tight way to store dry goods, as well as homemade baby foods and canned goods. Different brands and containers are well suited for different needs, so take a look at where your kitchen efficiency is lacking and start shopping!
There’s a reason why glass is popular with the packaging crowd. Glass has a next-to-nil rate of chemical interactions and is nonporous, meaning foods packaged in glass are unaffected in smell and taste. Glass earns the FDA’s highest packaging standard of ‘GRAS’ (generally recognized as safe). In addition, glass is green. Glass is 100 percent recyclable and can be recycled without limit and without compromising its quality.
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E’VE ALL HAD THAT MOMENT. YOU’RE STANDING IN FRONT OF THE MICROWAVE, LEFTOVERS IN HAND, WONDERING IF IT’S REALLY A GOOD IDEA TO ZAP THAT PLASTIC CONTAINER. THERE’S A SIMPLE AND STYLISH ALTERNATIVE TO IFFY PLASTICS: GLASS. WE KNOW—GLASS COSTS A LITTLE MORE AND YOU ALREADY HAVE A DRAWER OF MISMATCHED PLASTIC TUBS AND TOPS, BUT MAKING THE CHANGE FROM PLASTIC TO GLASS MIGHT BE AN INVESTMENT WORTH MAKING.
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PARTING WITH PLASTICS
THE CRAZY CUCUMBER
opened for business in February on the “S” curve of South Magnolia in the location of the former Great American Coffee Roasters. Serving breakfast and lunch, the eatery focuses on fresh and healthy fare. Chose from menu sections such as salads, sandwiches, © sarsmis / Shutterstock.com burgers, paninis and wraps. Their tasty cucumber water is free with your meal. “Everything is health-driven. We have no fryers,” says General Manager Chris Gardner. “We have lots of vegan, vegetarian, paleo and gluten-free options.” Dine in, carry out and local delivery. Serving breakfast and lunch Monday-Saturday from 7am-3pm. 186 S Magnolia Ave., Ocala (352) 390-8020
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Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse 3405 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-3151 / tonysushi.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p / Fri & Sat 11a-11p / Sun Noon-10p With abundant menu choices and over 100 off-menu rolls, you certainly won’t run out of options at Tony’s Sushi. If you can’t decide, the waitstaff is excellent at suggesting items you’re sure to enjoy. Every roll and sushi dish is made to order from the freshest ingredients. In the steakhouse area, highly trained chefs prepare a memorable meal as they cook on the tableside grills, preparing chicken, steak or seafood just the way you like it. Entrées include soup or salad and rice. Family-friendly, casual atmosphere, along with a full bar, including imported Japanese sake and beer selections. Like us
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Cody’s Original Roadhouse 2505 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-8182 / codysamerican.com Doors Open at 11a. Serving Lunch and Dinner Daily. “Where Quality and Value Come Together!” Hand-cut, USDA Choice, certiﬁed Angus steaks, rotisserie chicken, BBQ baby back ribs, chops, fresh ﬁsh, half-pound burgers, salads and more! Kids eat free Mondays and Tuesdays. Daily 2-4-1 happy hour, 11am-7pm, includes draft beer, wine and all liquors (top shelf, too). Lunch from 11am-3pm, and early bird from 3pm-6pm Monday-Saturday. Mother’s Day is May 11, and specials include Roast Turkey & Dressing for $12.98, Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef or Bacon-Wrapped Petite Filet Mignon for $16.98, Fresh Grouper with Grilled Garlic Shrimp for $19.98 and Bacon-Wrapped Petite Filet Mignon & Lobster Tail for $21.98.
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Blanca’s Café Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club / 5000 N US Hwy 27, Ocala / (352) 867-0001 Mon-Sat Lunch & Dinner 10:30a-9p / Sun 11a-4p Tucked in among the rolling greens of the Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club, Blanca’s Café is a gem of a find for diners looking for excellent food served in a warm, friendly environment. Italian dishes and delicious homemade desserts are the café’s specialty. Patrons enjoy a full-service bar and live entertainment weekly, as well as spacious seating for up to 150. Try one of the weekly dinner specials Blanca’s offers, or schedule catering for your next event through the café. Whether you’re a newcomer to town or a local looking for somewhere new to dine, Blanca’s Café offers something to please every palate.
Each Friday, we are oﬀering 1 ½-pound Maine lobster. Reserve by Wednesday. Homemade pizza served daily. Lunches now feature Beef on Weck & Monte Cristo Sandwiches. Weekly entertainment, call for details. Serving Special Mother’s Menu on Mother’s Day. Hours 12pm-6pm Reservations required.
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NE OF THE BEST WAYS TO GET MORE OF NATURE’S HEALTHIEST SUPERFOODS INTO YOUR DAILY DIET IS TO “THINK FROZEN.” FROZEN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES RETAIN THEIR NUTRITIONAL VALUE JUST AS WELL AS FRESH. AND WHEN IT COMES TO TASTE, ONE SUPERFOOD IS A FREEZER SUPERSTAR: WILD BLUEBERRIES. STOCK UP AND TURN YOUR OWN FREEZER INTO A DAILY SOURCE OF HEALTH-PROMOTING SUPERFOOD.
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Blend Wild Blueberries, brown sugar, ginger and 6 ounces coconut milk in blender until frothy. Pour remaining coconut milk into four glasses, and slowly add Wild Blueberry mixture to each. Stir gently with a spoon to get a marbled white and blue look. Garnish with toasted coconut.
Tandoori Chicken Sticks w/ Wild Blueberry Fig Sauce Serves 4 as entrée or 12 as appetizer 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
½ cup chopped fresh ﬁgs (or substitute pears)
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package Tandoori Tikka or Tandoori Chicken Marinade:
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Veggie Sticks w/ Ricotta Wild Blueberry Dip Serves 1
½ cup Wild Blueberry jam
Chop chicken into bite-sized chunks. Stir together Tandoori Tikka and yogurt in medium bowl, and add chicken. Cover and marinate for at least 1 hour. Sauce: Stir together Wild Blueberries and jam in a small saucepan. Rinse and chop ﬁgs. Add figs and orange zest. Cook sauce, stirring until it begins to simmer. Remove from heat, cool slightly. Add lentils and season with salt, pepper and coriander. Preheat oven to 425°F. Remove chicken from marinade, and drain in a colander. Place chicken pieces in an oiled 11x13-inch glass baking dish, without allowing them to touch. Roast 8 to 10 minutes until done. Place chicken on skewers. Serve with the Wild Blueberry dipping sauce. Traditionally accompanied by rice as an entrée.
¼ cup part-skim ricotta (or cream cheese)
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Wash celery and carrots, and cut into sticks. Mix ricotta and Gorgonzola with Wild Blueberry juice. Season with grated orange peel and pepper. Gently stir in Wild Blueberries, and place in bowl for dipping. Photos and recipes courtesy of Family Features.
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SUSHI BISTRO OF OCALA has
reopened on the downtown square and is under new management. Featuring more specials than ever, the trendy eatery serves lunch and dinner and has an extensive menu in addition to daily specials. Despite the name, they serve much more than sushi, whether you’re craving a noodle dish or one of their popular chef specialties. If you are in the © prapass / Shutterstock.com mood for sushi or sashimi, you’ll find a great variety of rolls (both cooked and raw) as well as platters. They’ll even create a roll for you with up to five ingredients of your choice. Open seven days. 18 SE Broadway St., Ocala (352) 401-7650 sushibistroofocala.com
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. Happy Mother’s Day!
PAVAROTTI’S Pizza & Restaurant
Ipanema Brazilian Steak House 2023 South Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 622-1741 / ipanemaocala.com Lunch Fri 11a-2:30p / Dinner Tue-Thu 5-9p, Fri & Sat 5-10p, Sun 4-9p Brunch Sun 12-3p / Happy Hour Tue-Fri 5-7p / Closed Mon A Churrascaria (Portuguese for barbecue) is a dining experience where roaming Gauchos slice and serve fire-roasted meats from skewers in a continual fashion. Ipanema Brazilian Steak House boasts 12 of the finest cuts of meat complemented by an opulent salad and vegetable bar, delectable desserts, and delicious wines, beers and cocktails. Brazilian native and Executive Chef Ortencia DeAlmeida invites you to embrace the flavors of her homeland and experience the magnetism of Ipanema for yourself. Become a fan of Ipanema on Facebook at facebook.com/ipanemasteakhouse.
Wishing all moms a Happy Mother’s Day! We will be open from 12pm-6:30pm serving dinner all day. We will honor all of our moms with a rose. Let us serve you and your loved ones on this special day. Taste Brazil!
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, $4.45; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $4.95; Quesadillas on Wednesday, $6.45; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $5.95; and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $4.95. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $8.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $7.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $7.95; Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $7.95. Plus $1.95 margaritas on Monday. On Sunday, kids 12 and under can enjoy 99¢ children’s meals (takeout not included). Wednesday is Special Margarita Day, 99¢ all day. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day.
Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo! $1.99 Margaritas all day, $2.00 Coronas, $1.00 Yellow shots and a DJ at our SR 200 location only. Happy Mother’s Day Feliz dia de la Madre
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The Getaway Deli 2637 E. Silver Springs Blvd. / (352) 789-6474 / F:(352) 789-6475 / thegetawaydeli.com Open Daily for Breakfast and Lunch
Come Taste The World... As We See It. Catering available, and free delivery with call-in orders. Gift certiﬁcates available.
The Getaway Deli is the place to go for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Taste a wide variety of menu items, including the American “Liberty Bell,” grilled chicken or steak, sautéed with onions and peppers and smothered with rich provolone cheese; or the Old World-themed “Three Tenors,” ham, salami and pepperoni on a hoagie with provolone. Crisp salads and a choice of two soups daily are also available along with a variety of sides. Top it all off with a wonderful dessert. Check out the new Juniors Menu, kids eat free Sundays (up to age 12).
La Cuisine French Restaurant 48 SW 1st Ave., Ocala / (352) 433-2570 / lacuisineocala.com Tue-Fri Lunch 11:30a-2p / Dinner daily starting at 5:30p / Happy Hour Mon-Thu, 5:30-7p Live Piano Dinner Tues 6:30-9p / Thu 6-9p Open Mother’s Day from noon to 7pm. Don’t let 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 hearty, quality food and dedicated service? Located in the heart of beautiful downtown Ocala, La Cuisine with its unique French bistro atmosphere, award-winning menu alongside world-class food, full liquor bar and extensive selection of wines, is worth a closer look! Our specialties include Escargots in Garlic Butter, Traditional French Onion Soup, Beef Bourguignon, Braised Pork Shank in Honey Sauce, Duck a l’ Orange, Blue Crab Stuffed Filet Mignon, Ratatouille and our authentic Creme Brulée, to mention just a few!
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 Celebrate Mom with us on May 11 at The Ivy House. Southern comfort food the whole family can enjoy! Reservations recommended for parties of 10 or more. Make Reservations Today! We have Catering and Gift Certiﬁcates.
“Come on home, it’s supper time!” is our motto. We want you to feel you have come to our house to eat. The family-owned Ivy House Restaurant now has two locations, Williston and Ocala. The restaurant has been named by Florida Trend as one of the “Top 500 Best Places to Eat in the State” for several years. Specials include Southern Fried Lobster, delicious Hand-Cut Steaks and our famous Baked Krispy Chicken. Trying our delicious homemade desserts like the Key Lime Pie and Chocolate Midnight Cake is a must when dining here. Like us on Facebook!
Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill 2711 SW 27th Ave., Ocala / (352) 390-8188 Mon-Thu 4p-2a / Fri-Sun 11-2a Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill is the place for hungry sports fans to go. With 32 high-definition televisions lining the walls, including a 133-inch and a 70-inch 3-D screen airing every televised game, you won’t miss a minute of the action. A great menu and an incredible selection of 40 beers on draft means Tony’s can cater to any appetite. Not into the big game? Not a problem. With a pool table, dart boards and video games, patrons are sure to find plenty of entertainment. Visit Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill and Tony’s Sushi within 48 hours and receive a free domestic beer when you show the receipt.
Ask about our 1/2 oﬀ Happy Hour specials.
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 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.
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Don Chepe’s Café 2506-A SE 17th St, Ocala / (352) 622-1300 Mon-Thu 7a-5p / Fri & Sun 7a-7p / Closed Sat Craving a new cuisine? Don Chepe’s Café serves a variety of authentic Latin American dishes created by El Salvador native Jose Moreno. Breakfast is served all day and includes familiar food as well as authentic Latin American breakfast options, like the Desayuno Centro Americano, containing fried eggs and beans, Salvadorian cheese, plantain, carne asada and rice. Creating a comfortable atmosphere with casual food, Don Chepe’s also serves sandwiches and entrées made from fresh ingredients such as pupusas from El Salvador, churrascos from Argentina, and arepas from Columbia and Venezuela.
When you order breakfast you also get a FREE cup of coﬀee! Come and join us for Mother’s Day, open 7a-7p. Happy Mother’s Day! Feliz dia de la Madre!
Tilted Kilt 3155 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 351-5458 / tiltedkilt.com Mon-Thu 11a-11p/ Fri-Sat 11a-Midnight / Sun 11a-10p Scan the code to view our complete menu and calendar of events. We have a cruise-in every third Saturday of the month. Or go to our website, ocala.tiltedkilt.com.
Looking for some fun with a great meal? Besides our 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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Take-out is available for those who can’t stick around. Thursdays at 7pm is DJ Bingo, and every Wednesday is Ladies Night 4-10pm. Fri & Sat at 9pm is karaoke night, so take your singing voice and your appetite to Reagan’s. NFL Sunday Ticket and NHL Center Ice on DIRECTV.
Attention foodies, Reagan’s Sports Pub & Grille is serving up classic sports-pub favorites like burgers and wings. Reagan’s feature attractions are their Colossal Burger Challenge (which is free if you can finish it), and the Fiery Inferno Wing Challenge! Winning earns the customer a T-shirt and a coveted spot on the winners’ board. Enjoy one of their wings and things appetizers. For an entrée, try a specialty burger or a sandwich, like the Reagan Griller. Reagan’s offers a variety of wings, from favorite flavors to new ones like sweet-and-spicy plum. Little ones can order from the kids’ menu, and Reagan’s has beer and wine for the big kids.
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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 11am-8pm Happy Hour & Live Jazz with Rudy Turner every Wed. 6-9pm & Fri. 6:30-9:30pm. Saturday Live Entertainment 6:30-9:30pm.
Treat the special ladies in your life like a “Queen for the Day” and join us for our beautiful, extravagant Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet on Sunday, May 11 from 11am-8pm. Reservations welcomed (352) 620-9255. Taste of Ocala Winners 2013: Best of Taste, People’s Choice and Best Presentation Awards. Chef Felix was winner of the Culinary Combat Iron Chef Award 2012-2013 and Best of the Best Chef 2014.
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MICHAEL JACKSON: THE IMMORTAL WORLD TOUR
UT ON THOSE DANCING SHOES, AND PRACTICE YOUR MOONWALK! THE ELECTRIFYING SOUNDS OF MICHAEL JACKSON ARE MAKING THEIR WAY TO GAINESVILLE. CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S PRODUCTION OF MICHAEL JACKSON: THE IMMORTAL WORLD TOUR IS A COMBINATION OF STUNNING VISUALS, ENERGETIC CHOREOGRAPHY AND AWESOME ACROBATICS. A tribute to the “King
of Pop,” the performance features artists who have previously worked with Michael Jackson. For you life-long MJ fans, this is an event you don’t want to miss. Tickets range from $40 to $150 each. With the event fast approaching, hop onto ticketmaster.com or check out cirquedusoleil.com to see if you can snag some last-minute seats.
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AN EVENING FOR MOM Recognize some of the most important ladies out there with an evening under the stars. The annual SYMPHONY UNDER THE STARS will take place at the Ocala Golf Club and will feature a performance by Ocala’s own symphony orchestra. Bring your own snacks to nibble on or visit one of the select food vendors on-site for the evening. The gates open at 6pm, and the concert begins at 7pm. Stick around afterward for a fireworks display you won’t soon forget! Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 6-12. Children under 6 are admitted for free. fafo.org or (352) 867-0355.
OUT WITH THE MAIL One of the largest food drives nationwide will take place once again on May 10. The annual NATIONAL LETTER CARRIERS FOOD DRIVE is now in its 22nd year. Last year in Marion County over 280,000 pounds of non-perishable food was delivered to Interfaith Emergency Services to be distributed to area food banks. For the past seven years, the Ocala post office has ranked first in their union member category thanks to the community’s outstanding support. Let’s make it eight years in a row! Remember to place your non-perishable items on your mailbox on May 10. Collection barrels will also be set up at area post offices. uwmc.org or (352) 732-9696.
TOP TALENT Make your way to the Circle Square Cultural Center for an evening of music, dancing, comedy and much more as the area’s top 55+ residents showcase their hidden talents. “THE WORLD HAS TALENT” show is now in its fifth year and has been a hit among Ocala residents since the beginning. The top 10 acts from the February semi-finals have sharpened their skills and are ready to compete for cash. Tickets are $11 for residents and $13 for non-residents. The show begins at 7pm. csculturalcenter.com or (352) 854-3670.
CALLING ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS (THROUGH MAY 15)
The City of Ocala will once again host the annual “IT STARTS IN THE PARK” photography contest. The contest combines the art of photography with nature and the role the area’s parks play in our community. A special workshop will take place on April 12 at the Discovery Center for interested students. Submissions will be accepted through May 15. Students will be competing for B H Photo Video gift cards and a personal, on-location photography shoot with Emmy award-winning, National Geographic photographer Mark Emery. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 629-8447.
GET READY TO RIDE FOR HOSPICE
One of the largest fundraising bike rides in Marion County kicks off again this year with 80-, 65- and 30-mile rides. The FRANK POLAK MEMORIAL BIKE RIDE takes riders through the scenic roads of horse country. There are SAG stops along the way and support vehicles available throughout the course. Riders of all ability levels are encouraged to participate. Registration is $40 before May 7 and $45 after. Proceeds benefit Hospice of Marion County. Day-of registration begins at 7am and includes a light breakfast, tech shirt and lunch. hospiceofmarion.com or (352) 854-5218.
A FOLKSY FESTIVAL
Whether you’re a Florida native, transplant or snowbird, the 62ND ANNUAL FLORIDA FOLK FESTIVAL is your chance to learn about everything Florida. From some of the South’s traditional tastes to craft demonstrations and live entertainment, this three-day festival is fun (and educational!) for the whole family. The festival is held at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs. Tickets are $25 per day in advance or $30 at the gate. But because one day won’t be enough to see everything the festival has to offer, stay the weekend for the price of $50 in advance or $60 at the gate. ﬂoridastateparks.org or (877)635-3655.
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HETHER YOU’RE A TOP ATHLETE LOOKING FOR A UNIQUE CHALLENGE OR JUST WANT TO GO PLAY IN THE MUD, THE EYE MUD RUN COMING TO THE FLORIDA HORSE PARK ON MAY 24 IS AN EVENT YOU CAN’T MISS. THE JUSTOVER-3-MILE COURSE CONSISTS OF CRAWLS, CARGO NETS AND CLIMBS. MAKE NO MISTAKE—PARTICIPANTS WILL BE HEADTO-TOE DIRTY, BECAUSE AS CO-OWNER OF THE RACE, STEVE BROMAN, NOTES, THESE GUYS ARE SERIOUS ABOUT THEIR MUD.
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Tell us a little about the Eye Mud Run.
What will the course be like?
My friend, Jason Margulies, and I created the event from scratch. Our first event was held in Tampa this past April and was a huge success. The course is anywhere between 3.1 and 3.5 miles long with anywhere between 18-25 obstacles, including the mud. Unlike some of the more hardcore mud runs, we are a family-friendly event. There’s no fire, ice or barbed wire, and we don’t hand out beer after the run. We want families to come out and participate together.
Each course is different. The obstacles are military style and include cargo nets, walls, jumps and much more. And there’s so many that include the mud, like pulling yourself through the mud and mud crawls.
What goes into creating an event like this? There’s months of planning with 18-hour days building the obstacles. What is nice about our event is that we utilize all of the resources of the community. If we need equipment, we rent locally; if we need supplies, we shop locally. We try to give back to the communities that welcome us. We also select a local charity to benefit.
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How ﬁt should participants be? Obviously, being in good shape helps, but the beauty of our event is that it isn’t timed. If you can’t make it over one obstacle, go around it. We get some of the touchiest mud runners around, beginners just starting out and families looking for a good time. It’s challenging but doable, and our motto is, “Just have fun.”
EYE MUD RUN / Florida Horse Park / 11008 S Hwy 475, Ocala First wave goes off at 8am / Mini Mudder Run at noon (888) 894-7010 / eyemudrun.com
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UPCOMING EXHIBITS AT THE APPLETON (ONGOING) The Appleton will host The Gathering of Legends, featuring an Irish linen tablecloth with over 700 autographs through May 4. [In]justice: Art and Atrocity in the 20th Century will feature works by 20th century artists and will be on display through May 11. Industrial Nature: Work by Michelle Stitzlein features a collection of moths created from recycled materials and will be on display through July 6. New Art of the Loom will feature works combining the ancient art of weaving with more modern techniques. The exhibit will be on display through June 29. Symphonic Style: The Art of Benny Collin opens on May 24 and will feature many of the artist’s colorful works. The exhibit will be on display through July 13. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. FREE FALL TENNIS PLAY DAYS (THROUGH MAY) On the last Saturday of each month, the Ft. King Tennis Center will host free play for kids 10 and under from noon-1pm at Tuscawilla Park. (352) 598-0353. DISCOVERY CENTER EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS (ONGOING) The Discovery Center’s children’s programs combine fun with learning. Several programs are available for children of all ages. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900.
There will be several kayaking opportunities available throughout the month for all experience levels. marioncountyﬂ.org or (352) 671-8560.
GALLERY AT EGGS OVER BASELINE (ONGOING) Eggs Over Baseline will host a gallery event featuring the works of local artists. There will also be an all-day cruise-in the fourth Friday of each month. (352) 351-3447. MOTORCYCLE GIVEAWAY TICKETS ON SALE (THROUGH MAY) The annual Hog For Hope Bikes, Brews and BBQ will raﬄe off a 2014 Harley-Davidson StreetGlide motorcycle. Tickets are on sale now for $100 each, and the winner will be announced during the May event. hogforhope.com or (352) 351-2479. FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK (MAY 2) Hit the streets of downtown Ocala from 6-9pm to see artist displays, indoor and outdoor vendors, restaurants and much more. (352) 401-3900. FIRST SATURDAY ART PROGRAM (MAY 3) The Appleton Museum will host a children’s program from 1-3pm. The program is free for members and included in admission for non-members. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. TRIPS ‘N’ TOURS (APRIL 9-13) The Appleton’s Trips ’N’ Tours program will head to the Crystal Bridges Museum of Little Rock, Arkansas. The trip will include several stops and multiple tours along the way. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. BENEFIT CONCERT (MAY 2) The Dane Myers Band will host a benefit concert at the Historic Dunnellon Train Depot to benefit a local resident suffering from kidney disease. Tickets are $10, and the show begins at 7pm. (352) 208-6789 or (352) 875-7777.
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PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT (MAY 2) The Discovery Center will host an evening of science and entertainment for kids ages 6-13. The evening will feature a film, hands-on activities and a snack. Registration is $15, and program is limited to 25 participants. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900. BUNCO (MAY 2) The SPCA of Marion County will host an evening of bunco, raﬄes, prizes, entertainment and more. The event begins at 6:30pm at the Klein Conference Center at CF. Tickets are $30 per person, and hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. (352) 362-8513. GOLF TOURNAMENT (MAY 2) The 23rd annual golf tournament to benefit the Ocala Civic Theatre will be held at the Candler Hills Golf Club. Registration is $80 per person and includes a deli-style buffet lunch, on-course beverages, prizes and more. ocalacivictheatre.com or (352)236-2851 ext. 104.
FREE YOGA (MAY 3) A free yoga class will take place the first Saturday of each month at 9am. Class runs May through September. (352) 854-7950. BOOK SALE (MAY 3) The Friends of the Ocala Library will host a book sale from 10am-4pm at the library headquarters. Admission is free. (352) 671-8551. MOTHER AND SON DANCE (MAY 3) This fourth annual event held at the Blessed Trinity Church will feature a dance for mother or mother-figures and sons ages 3-12 with live entertainment, refreshments and more. Proceeds benefit opsoclonus myoclonus syndrome research at Boston’s Children’s Hospital. The dance begins at 7pm. (352) 629-8092. CRAFT FESTIVAL (MAY 3-4) The fifth annual Villages Craft Festival will be held at La Plaza Grande in The Villages. Various genres of art will be on display and available for purchase. Admission is free, and the festival runs 10am-5pm. artfestival.com or (561) 746-6615.
COPS, KIDS AND FIREFIGHTERS FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL (May 3)
This traditional family event introduces area families to our local law enforcement and includes a number of fun activities. The event is held at the Martin Luther King Recreation Complex from 10am-1pm and is free. (352) 368-5515.
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ARTFUL DINING (MAY 4) The Appleton Museum will host a presentation of art combined with an array of appetizers from local eateries. Meet the artists, and learn more about their works. Tickets are $55 for members and $65 for non-members. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455 ext. 1831. DANCE PARTY (MAY 7, 30) Dancin’ Around Studio will host a social dance party from 7-9pm. The evening will feature a number of genres and is open to the public. Admission is $5 for enrolled students and $10 for guests. Light refreshments are provided and the party is BYOB. danceocala.com or (352) 690-6637. ROTARY CLUB GOLF SCRAMBLE (MAY 9) The 24th annual Rotary Club Golf Scramble will take place at the Stone Creek Golf Club. Registration is $340 per team or $85 per player and begins at 11am with a shotgun start at 12:30pm. Lunch will be served at 11:30am. (352) 732-7080. 5K AND DINNER BANQUET (MAY 9-10) A charity event to benefit Helping Hands will feature a dinner banquet at the Hilton Ocala on May 9 and a 5K run on May 10 at the Baseline Trailhead. Three-time Olympian Jim Ryun will be the featured guest. helpinghandsocala.org or (352) 732-4464. MARION CIVIC CHORALE (MAY 9-11) The Marion Civic Chorale presents “Mostly Mozart,” featuring a number of Mozart’s greatest works. The May 9 concert will be held at the St. George Anglican Cathedral at 7pm. The May 10 concert will be held at the United Methodist Church in Ocala at 3pm and the May 11 concert will be held at Countryside Presbyterian Church at 3pm.
Donations accepted at the door. marioncivicchorale.tripod.com or (352) 537-8833.
GIRLS INSPIRED TO TRY SCIENCE (MAY 10) An educational event for girls ages 7-13 will be held at the Discovery Center. The program will incorporate fun activities with science and learning and runs 10am-1pm. Registration is $15. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900. MOTHER’S DAY LUNCHEON (MAY 10) Bonefish Grill will host their annual Mother’s Day luncheon to benefit Hospice of Marion County. Doors open at 11:30am, and reservations are $30 per person and include live entertainment with a choice of entrées. hospiceofmarion.com or (352) 854-5218
FEEL DOWNTOWN LIVE CONCERTS (MAY 10, 24) The popular Feel Downtown Live concerts continue this month with Sanctus Real performing on May 10 and Diamond Rio taking the stage on May 24. General admission is $10. Doors open at 6pm, and the concerts begin at 7:15. ocalaﬂ.org or (352) 401-3978. SPRING BLING HAIR AND FASHION GALA (MAY 11) This third annual fashion gala will feature the work of some of the upcoming names in the fashion industry. The event will be held at the Hilton Ocala from 5-9pm. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $20 for VIP. Proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. (352) 345-9005.
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M.O.M.S. DAY DASH (May 11) Moms of Missing Smiles, Inc. will host a 5K run through Jervey Gantt Park. Registration is $20 through May 7 and $25 after. Day-of registration begins at 6:30am, and the run begins at 7:40am. memoriesofmissingsmiles.org or (352) 369-6667.
BOWLING TOURNAMENT (MAY 15) The Public Education Foundation of Marion County presents their second annual bowling tournament at AMF Galaxy Lanes. The tournament begins at 5pm, and team registration is $250. pefmc.org or (352) 671-4161. SCRAPBOOK FOR BREAST CANCER (MAY 16) Bring your favorite craft to the Marion County Extension Auditorium and raise money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Each month features a different theme, and admission is $5. Doors open at 6pm. (352) 732-5982. CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT (MAY 17) Breaking Out, an anti-human trafficking organization, is hosting a charity golf tournament at the Royal Oaks Golf Club. Registration is $40 and includes golf, lunch, raﬄes and more. Wear red to support Armed Forces Day and receive a $5 discount. breakingoutcorp.org or (352) 274-0181. CRUISE-IN NIGHTS AT THE OCALA DRIVE-IN (MAY 17) The Ocala Drive-in will host a cruise-in on the second Sunday of every month at 4pm. The cruise-in will feature a DJ, raﬄes, prizes and much more. The event is free, and a special discount
will be give to those wishing to stay for the evening films. xtremeautoshows.com or (352) 388-1382. TRIPS ’N’ TOURS (MAY 21) The Appleton group will head to Tallahassee to visit the Governor’s Mansion. Included on the tour will be stops at the Old Capitol Museum and the House Chambers. Tickets are $70 for members and $80 for non-members. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4456. MURDER MYSTERY DINNER (MAY 24) The Seven Sisters Historic Inn will host a murder mystery event from 6-9:30pm. The evening will feature a four-course dinner along with a murder mystery plot for guests and community actors to participate in. Reservations are $65. The doors open at 6pm, and dinner is served at 7:30pm. sevensistersinn.org or (352) 433-0700.
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