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THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN Ocala Style is excited to announce two additions to the photography squad: FRED LOPEZ (left) and RONALD WETHERINGTON (right). Ronald has taken plenty of beautiful shots for us in the past at various community events, and we’re pretty happy to have him around again. Fred has appeared in the magazine, too—his first published photo was on our Parting Shots page back in the day. He’s been busy honing his craft since then, and we can’t wait to see how this dynamic duo adds to our photog dream team. Welcome aboard, fellas!
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TANDING 13 FEET TALL AND MEASURING 42 FEET LONG, YOU CAN GUARANTEE SUE WAS A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH IN THE DAY OF THE DINOSAUR. Today, though, her life-size skeleton cast is harmless as it looms over the T. rex Named Sue exhibit currently on display at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville. Not only is Sue the largest T. rex ever discovered, she’s also the best preserved at 90 percent complete. Sue’s interactive exhibit features touchable bone replicas, a fossil dig, educational videos and more. Have little ones who love dinosaurs? The museum, situated on the University of Florida campus, offers free admission to students who can produce their most recent report card with an “E” or “A” in science. For the rest of us, admission is $6.50 for Florida residents and seniors and $4.50 for kids ages 3 to 17. Not a resident? You’ll shell out a buck more at $7.50.
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O YOU KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A TWIN? I KNOW BECAUSE I AM A TWIN MYSELF. THERE ARE SEVERAL TYPES OF TWINS. I AM A FRATERNAL TWIN INSTEAD OF AN IDENTICAL TWIN. I HAVE A TWIN BROTHER NAMED MARCUS. BEING A TWIN HAS BOTH ITS BENEFITS AND DRAWBACKS.
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Norma Chicklo credits her paso fino horses with helping her become a cancer survivor. So when she was asked to contribute to the annual Ocala Royal Dames’ Tiara Ball, which raises funds for cancer research, she turned to the horses again. “I first became involved with paso finos 12 years ago as a way to deal with my first husband’s illness and death,” says Norma. “I began showing them, and just being around them was such good therapy. Then, two weeks after I was remarried in 2009, I was diagnosed with cancer. All during my chemo and radiation therapy, I would get through it by visualizing riding my wonderful horses.” Paso finos, which originated from Spanish horses, are naturally gaited horses known for their smooth walk. In fact, paso fino means “fine walk” in Spanish, and a favorite demonstration is for a trainer to sip champagne without spilling a drop while riding
one. Early explorers, including Christopher Columbus, brought the ancestors of the modern breed to the Americas in the 1400s and early 1500s. Today’s paso fino was imported to the United States from Puerto Rico and Columbia. “I board my horses at my friend Diana Venegas’ Grey Oaks, so I talked to her about my idea of a paso fino fiesta as a live auction grand prize,” says Norma, whose horses earned national and international titles. “She thought it was a wonderful idea and was willing to host it at her farm.” Winning bidders on The Paso Fino Fiesta: A Gait For A Cure were Guy Lemieux and Bernadette Castro, who each bid $2,500. The event featured champion horses and world-class trainers in a private exhibit for the winning bidders and their guests. In addition to enjoying the horses’ performances, the guests dined on grass-fed Argentinean beef, traditional accompanying dishes and fine wines.
Entertainment included Latin music and dance performances. “I wanted to do something unique for the Ocala Royal Dames,” says Norma. “The Paso Fino Fiesta served that purpose as well as introducing more people to these magnificent, spirited horses.” Sharon Jank, president of the Ocala Royal Dames, declared the Paso Fino Fiesta a resounding success. “We couldn’t have asked for a more special event for a live auction grand prize,” says Jank. “In all our 29 years, we’ve never had anything like it. We are so grateful to Norma, her husband, Jim, and Diana for The Paso Fino Fiesta.” The Ocala Royal Dames have raised more than $2 million for cancer research over the years.
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STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS AND DISTRICT NEWS THAT SHAPE MARION COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
BY KEVIN CHRISTIAN
VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR ERMA SEBEXEN (top center) spends lots of time at Belleview-Santos Elementary
helping kindergarten students. With more than 70 hours so far, she is this year’s Volunteer of the Year for the entire school district. Meantime, the Henry “The Dude” Duda Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service goes to Belleview High School’s FFA READING PALS. These students collectively spent 450 hours reading with the youngest students at BSE. Members include BRANDON HEALD, COLBY FLEET, MADDIE SHANNON, CORY MCCLURE, BRITTANY TERRY, KAITLYN MORRIS, JUSTIN MCCLURE, MAKAYLA RECTOR, CAITLIN MCCLURE and BILLY TERRY. BSE’s Terri Robinson and Principal Fredna Wilkerson (left), along with School Board Member Carol Ely and Volunteer Coordinator Suzanne McGuire, helped celebrate the group’s accomplishment.
FOREST MAKES ITS MARK PBS FOR POSITIVE BEHAVIOR PBS is an alternative program keeping kids in schools. POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT offers structured classroom options for students who find themselves in trouble. Ten schools, including representatives from Anthony, Belleview, Emerald Shores and Greenway Elementary, benefit because kids may be out of the normal classroom but still in a structured learning environment. Otherwise, they may not be engaged in learning at all while they’re being disciplined. Other schools recognized for their PBS contributions include Howard, Lake Weir and Osceola Middle schools, along with ReddickCollier, Saddlewood and South Ocala Elementary schools.
This trio of Forest High television production students captured second place in the nation for the Student Television Network (STN) competition this spring. Their efforts during the “Crazy 8” phase resulted in an award-winning animation in just eight hours. AVERY ASKREN, RONNIE QUERY and HARLEY SANDS worked together to capture the second-place finish. Veteran animator Tyler Goring captured “Best Film” in the animation category for his entry, “Afternoon Skating.” Forest sent 21 students to this year’s competition, which drew over 2,700 students from 162 schools worldwide.
SALUTING ASPIRING SCIENTISTS Marion County was well represented at this year’s STATE SCIENCE FAIR. Twelve local students appeared before the school board to be recognized for great finishes and thousands of dollars in college scholarships. These middle and high school students invest hours of research, experimenting and writing to improve their science studies. One student even walked away with a $14K college scholarship! Congratulations to all of these aspiring scientists!
STRAWBERRY DESIGN WINS For West Port High Senior KATELYNN NICHOLS, designing a new logo for Habitat for Humanity’s annual Strawberry Festival was no big deal. “The basic design was there,” Nichols said. I just personalized it with some strawberries, and my design ended up winning.” For her first-place finish, the 18 year old received a winner’s plaque and a crisp $100 bill. She is a student of Golden Apple Art Teacher Gene Hotaling.
FARMER FRIENDLY Second-graders throughout Marion County experienced local farming firsthand thanks to the “AGVENTURES” program. Various “stations” gave these youngsters opportunities to squeeze their own orange juice, play “beefo” bingo with marshmallows and enjoy ice cream at the dairy station. More than 1,100 students benefited from this year’s Marion County Farm Bureau efforts.
EXPO EXPANDS HORIZONS Hundreds of parents and students packed the halls of MTI to learn more about magnet programs and schools during the district’s annual MAGNET EXPO. With hands-on science demos and the smell of freshly made crepes, potential magnet students came face-to-face with current magnet students to discuss everything from academics and athletics to school culture and classroom structure.
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Students from Osceola Middle School with high academic performance have a chance to run a bank as part of the “STUDENT-RUN BANK” program, sponsored by Gateway Bank. The student bank opened in December and is completely run by the students. The bank takes deposits of real money, and all deposits are handled entirely by appointed students of the school. As the sponsor, Gateway Bank matches each student’s $10 initial deposit with an additional $10 when the student opens an individual minor savings account at Gateway Bank.
A NEW CITY LIGHTING UP THE AWARDS MANAGER HAMPTON INN & SUITES OCALA has been awarded the Lighthouse The Ocala City Council recently named JOHN ZOBLER as its next city manager. Zobler served as the acting city manager since November 2014 after former city manager Matthew Brower’s contract was not renewed. Zobler has been working for the city since 1999 and previously worked for Miami-Dade County from 1984 through1998.
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Ocala Symphony Orchestra joined together with community members to break ground on the REILLY ARTS CENTER, formerly the City Auditorium, on March 6. The new home of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, it’s also a venue that can be rented for productions and events. Target completion date is October 2015. The center has several rental spaces including an art deco-style lobby and the main stage. Fundraising efforts are still underway for the building.
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The Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition announced that scientist JERRY PRATT was named to the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame as one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of robotics. Pratt is a senior research scientist at the Florida IHMC. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and before joining IHMC, he developed a powered exoskeleton to allow people to carry heavy loads over rough terrain.
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DEALER DISTINCTION Dealership of Distinction award, Acura’s highest honor, which is presented to dealerships that demonstrate total operational excellence. Dealerships from across the nation participated, but only 84 earned the honor. Dealerships of Distinction are recognized for achieving excellence in client treatment, sales and service performance, facility and finance. The extraordinary performance required to earn the award aligns with Acura’s vision to deliver exceptional experiences to its luxury clients.
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A HELPING HAND HELPING HANDS was recently presented with a grant award in the amount of $2,500 from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. The money will be used to help house the homeless as well as help with employment training. Helping Hands provides housing for the homeless and those in crisis.
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Kerr and Downs Research recently reported to the Ocala/Marion County Visitors and Convention Bureau the economic impact of the COATES GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP to be $18.39 million. The Coates Golf Championship, presented by R+L Carriers, was held in January at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club and was the first stop on this season’s LPGA tour. Na Yeon Choi overcame a two-shot deficit to win with a 16 under par score. This was the eighth career victory for the South Korean golfer.
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Covered arena with excellent footing plus observation area. Stable sports 10 stalls, a/c office, tack rooms, day rooms. Eventing course plus dressage area. Custom residence with incredible pool!
Hilltop home in gated equine friendly community on 3 acres. 3 BR, 2BA and 2 .5 BA home with solar heated pool and generator for your convenience. Gourmet kitchen opens to family room.
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he early spring home selling-season is kicking off. There’s no time like the present to start decluttering and transforming your lived-in home into a show-worthy property to make a positive impression on potential buyers. That means attending to the most important details that will create mass buyer appeal and increase your home’s value.Ninety-five percent of homes that are staged by professional home stagers sell, on average, in 35 days or less and for near the asking price, versus 140 days for nonstaged homes, according to a study by the Accredited Staging Professionals (ASP), a national staging trade organization. Here are our Top 5 Do’s in Home Staging 1. Focus on curb appeal. Make the best first impression by sprucing up the lawn and landscape. 2. Declutter and neutralize. Adding a coat of neutral paint and updating lighting, window treatments and accessories gives a fresh, bright and updated look to the room. 3. Refresh walls, rugs and windows treatments. Are there imperfections or scratches on the walls? Is the current paint color dated? If so, consider adding a fresh coat of neutral paint. The same applies to area rugs and carpeting. Be sure to have them professionally cleaned and, if dated, consider replacing. 4. Brighten and add warmth. Update light fixtures with bright, cheerful accessories. It’s important that the home feels light and bright. 5. Make it shine. Clean, dust, vacuum and deodorize. Think aggressive spring cleaning!
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• USE THE LEAST TOXIC MEANS OF PEST CONTROL. THERE ARE “GOOD BUGS” THAT NATURALLY TAKE CARE OF THE “BAD GUYS.” OBSERVE YOUR GARDEN OFTEN TO NIP A PEST PROBLEM BEFORE IT GETS OUT OF CONTROL. • RECYCLE YARD WASTE LIKE GRASS CLIPPINGS, LEAVES AND PINE NEEDLES AS MULCH, OR CONSIDER TURNING THESE INTO COMPOST TO USE LATER. • MINIMIZE STORM WATER RUNOFF. STRIVE TO KEEP WATER THAT FALLS ON YOUR PROPERTY, ON YOUR PROPERTY. WATER THAT RUNS STRAIGHT TO THE STORM DRAIN CARRIES POLLUTANTS. WATER THAT IS ALLOWED TO PERCOLATE INTO THE GROUND WILL BE NATURALLY “FILTERED.”
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• PROTECT THE WATERFRONT. IF YOUR HOME IS ON A BODY OF WATER, ESTABLISH A FERTILIZER- AND PESTICIDE-FREE BUFFER ZONE BETWEEN THE YARD AND THE SHORE. NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE IN FLORIDA, THE AQUIFER IS NEVER FAR BENEATH YOUR FEET.
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Step one is to find a centrally located wall in your home to create your center. A few simple purchases like a dry erase board, cork board, hanging file holders, etc. will get you going. Get decorative with pretty frames and materials, too. You can be in charge and in style! Step two? Determine what information is most important for you and your family. Here are a handful of our favorites. Need more inspiration? Check out pinterest.com. will you forget a doctor’s appointment or field trip.
A calendar of the month’s activities can be super useful, especially when your weekends are filled with birthday parties and soccer matches. A dry-erase board (some come with the grids already in place) works perfectly. Never again
Have the week’s homework assignments spelled out, any projects due, spelling words and other pertinent information all in one spot.
wall of duty Everyone should have chores to complete, from mom and dad to the little ones. Keep a list of daily
tasks to be completed for each member of the family. For the kids, it could be a fun sticker chart or other reward-based system.
Kid’s artwork from school, invitations, school lunch menus and more are ideal for a cork board. Create an ongoing grocery list, and keep it pinned to the board as well.
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If mail piles up on your tables and counters, an inbox is a must for you. Simply drop the mail in the box when you walk in. Just don’t forget to check it once a day to make sure to take care of any time-sensitive matters. Junk mail? Throw it out!
Smaller chalkboards or dryerase boards are perfect for organizing your weekly dinner menus. Have an extra clipboard? Pinterest can point you to plenty of printable templates that can be changed out week to week. The options are endless.
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WOW...One more great thing to do in Ocala before you pack and head back up north. Come on over to see this fantastic Ascot Heath patio home overlooking the ninth fairway at Ocala National Golf & Country Club. Completely remodeled and updated with the ﬁnest features. You can cuddle up with a good book and relax in front of the ﬁreplace in the living room after a hard day on the golf course or the horse show. Soaring ceilings accented with rustic wood beams gives you that contemporary look yet a warm feeling. Show oﬀ your culinary skills in the stylish kitchen with its granite counters & spacious layout. With limited availability in this community this is a must see before you head out of town.
The perfect location with the perfect space for a growing family. This 4 bedroom custom, quality built home has ample room for everyone. Tree lined streets and direct access to a great public park, is just some of the many reasons that this has always been a popular SE Ocala neighborhood destination. This stylish home has upgraded features throughout such as oak wood ﬂoors, soaring ceilings, an open ﬂoor plan, walls of windows, and a game room. Not only does it have an inviting feel, but it is also designed for entertaining, so bring on the parties. The outside space, with over a half acre, lives as large as the home and the back yard features a multitude of options from relaxation to recreation. Call today to discover how you can have it all.
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f you’ve ever applied for a credit card, auto loan or mortgage, then chances are you’ve had your credit score evaluated. But what is this all-important “score” and what does it tell lenders about you?
Ever worry about loaning even your best buddy some money? Well so do banks and other lenders, and they don’t even know you! In order to avoid bias in lending, credit scores were developed to help determine your credibility as a borrower. CREDIT LIMITS, PAYMENT • YOUR CREDIT SCORE IS DERIVED HISTORIES, ETC.). FROM THE INFORMATION IN YOUR CREDIT REPORT. THE • INQUIRIES MADE (ALL REPORT COMPRISES FOUR INQUIRIES OF YOUR CREDIT CATEGORIES OF INFORMATION: REPORT MADE IN THE LAST TWO YEARS). • GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU (NAME, DATE OF BIRTH, • NEGATIVE ITEMS (ANY MISSED ADDRESS, ETC.). OR LATE PAYMENTS). • SUMMARY OF CREDIT ACCOUNTS IN YOUR NAME (DATES OPENED,
where does the credit report come from?
Your credit report is compiled by the three main credit reporting companies in the country: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Lenders, insurance companies, employers or anyone else who wants your credit score must buy this information from the credit reporting company.
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CREDIT SCORES GENERALLY FALL SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 300-850 DEPENDING ON THE PARTICULAR MODEL USED. MOST SCORES WILL BE SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 600700. GENERALLY, SCORES OVER 700 ARE CONSIDERED “GOOD,” BUT THAT IS ALL SUBJECT TO THE LENDER’S DISCRETION.
how is the score determined?
Based on the information from your credit report, statistical programs compare your information with the repayment history of other individuals with similar information. Points are awarded for each factor that would predict your ability to repay a debt. A higher score tells lenders that historically other individuals with similar profiles have repaid their loans. Bottom line: The higher the score, the better the rating.
do the scores change?
Based on who is requesting a credit score and the program they use, the number may change. For example, different lenders may have different programs for determining scores. Some may weigh factors as “more important” than another company, and an insurance agency may look at a completely different set of factors. So, it is possible to have different scores based on the system used.
want to improve your score? Although each scoring system is different, there are certain measures you can take to ensure a top score. • PAY YOUR BILLS ON TIME. • DON’T “MAX OUT” YOUR CREDIT LIMIT. • DON’T APPLY FOR TOO MUCH CREDIT. • KEEP A GOOD TRACK RECORD. LENDERS WANT TO SEE THAT YOU HAVE BEEN A STEADILY RELIABLE BORROWER.
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ant to do more to purify the air in your home? Changing that dusty air ﬁlter every month may not be enough. By dishing out a little green, you could improve the air quality in your home. Researchers have found that certain houseplants may be beneﬁcial in reducing harmful airborne chemicals and allergens that are commonly found in living spaces. Mold, formaldehyde and benzene can be lurking in the air of your home and can make you and your family sick. Check out these three airpurifying plants that can make the air in your house healthier.
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Don’t let this pretty plant fool you—it packs a punch, too. Gerbera daisies (Gerbera jamesonii) not only reduce cancer-causing chemicals but can help improve your sleep. They emit oxygen during the night and battle two known carcinogens, benzene and trichloroethylene. Maximize the benefits of the Gerbera daisy by placing one in your bedroom, and enjoy their oxygen-producing leaves and bright-colored blooms.
PLANT CARE: Water regularly while they’re in bloom, and allow the soil to dry slightly before watering when they aren’t. Gerbera daisies can tolerate full or partial sun and thrive when fertilized every two weeks.
The spider plant (Chlorophytum Chlorophytum comosum) purifies by removing formaldehyde from the air. Formaldehyde is a cancercausing chemical that can be emitted from furniture, household products, clothing and gas appliances. Because formaldehyde is common in pressed-wood products like particle board, use this houseplant hero anywhere your family spends time on furniture—like a living room.
PLANT CARE: Water moderately. Place the spider plant where it can receive partial sun. Fertilize twice a year in summer and spring.
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English ivy (Hedera helix) can combat a common indoor allergen: mold. Researchers have proven that this vine can help cut down the amount of airborne mold floating around in the air. Researchers at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology found that English Ivy reduces 78 percent of airborne mold after only 12 hours. Bathrooms are ideal for English Ivy, as mold thrives in damp conditions, but make sure it can get sunlight.
PLANT CARE: Water thoroughly, but only when soil is completely dried. Place near a north- or east-facing window for ideal lighting conditions, and fertilize monthly. CAUTION: Make sure you place English ivy out of reach of children and pets; this plant can be toxic if ingested.
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id you know that 85 percent of women are wearing a bra that is the wrong size for their body? Edna Turner-DeGeneste, Sandra Brown and their employees at Unique Lingerie, all certified bra-fitting specialists, are aiming to provide women the comfort and support they need by providing professional bra fittings for all clients and assisting them in finding the best products to suit their needs. Unique Lingerie, which opened in the Market Street at Heath Brook plaza in 2009, also specializes in post-breast surgery and breast cancer care products—including mastectomy products and wigs for women who suffered hair loss—as well as jewelry, lingerie, shape wear and swim wear. Unique Lingerie carries what Edna and many customers call the “best bra in the world.” This isn’t just any line of bras—it’s the PrimaDonna line. All bras in this line are made by
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OF D L R O L W DWI-FI, A U T R I E V RNET AN ORS H T T E FORG-SPEED INTEAN OUTDO CTS E HIGH ECOMING AM CONND OF B R L E G R H O O T PR REAL W G AN N A M WO EN TO THE , OFFERIN IAD WOMOUTDOORS LEARN MYRG. THE RTUNITY TORAL SETTIN Y GUIDR N OPPOS IN A NATU N A o J y B SKILL
ou are a multitasking wonder woman. You juggle work, family and friends with ease. Your smartphone is your BFF, keeping you super connected via emailing, texting, tweeting and Facebooking. But lately you’re feeling a little disconnected, a little distracted. You catch yourself staring longingly out windows like a bored kid in a classroom, wanting to be outside. There’s a good chance that you’re suffering from nature-deficit disorder. The latter term was coined by Richard Louv, author of The Nature Principle: Reconnecting With Life in a Virtual Age and Last Child in the Woods. The focus of Louv’s books is that we all need to take time to disconnect with our fast-paced, high-tech lives and reconnect with nature. He calls it getting our necessary recommended dose of vitamin N, aka nature. Louv’s theory is backed by numerous studies that show being out in nature reduces stress while boosting memory, attention span and creativity. In Japan, whose people are considered to have a work ethic second to none, they even have Forest Therapy. Yoshifumi Miyazaki, a physiological anthropologist with Tokyo’s Chiba University, believes that because
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we evolved in nature that this is where our minds and bodies work best. Miyazaki’s Forest Therapy program gets Japanese workers out in nature on a regular basis for overall well-being. Lucky for Florida women, they don’t have to go to Japan for Forest Therapy. They just have to sign up for the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program. Created in 1990 by Dr. Christine L. Thomas, the University of Wisconsin’s dean of the College of Natural Resources, BOW made its Florida debut in 1995. Today, BOW programs are held throughout the country. Here in the Sunshine State, BOW workshops are offered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “BOW is a hands-on educational program that teaches outdoor skills to women,” says Lynne Hawk, who is the FWC regional hunter safety and BOW coordinator. “I’ve been with the BOW program here in Florida since the beginning. In 1995, I was
the basic wilderness survival instructor and then became the state coordinator in 1996. I can truly say that it is a wonderful program for women who want to feel more comfortable in the woods.” The FWC hosts two BOW workshops a year; one at the Ocala Conservation Center in the Ocala National Forest and another at the Everglades Youth Conservation Camp near West Palm Beach. Typically, the Ocala workshop is held in February with the West Palm Beach one in October. Both locations are rustic, no-frills camp settings with dormitory-style lodgings. Or you can opt to really rough it and sleep out in a tent, either bringing your own or using a provided one. Participants are required to bring their own bedding and towels. And although you can bring your smartphone and other digital devices, be forewarned that reception is poor and there is no Wi-Fi connection at the camps. Remember, ladies, this isn’t a business seminar at the Hilton!
The registration fee is $200 per person, which includes instruction, program materials, use of demonstration equipment, a T-shirt, two nights lodging and meals starting with lunch on Friday through lunch on Sunday. There is a $50 discount if you register at least one month in advance. For those with financial constraints, there is a $100 scholarship available to firsttime participants only. In addition to the daily workshops, there are evening activities for those who aren’t tuckered out. These include such activities as wildlife programs, campfire storytelling, night hikes, astronomy, archeology and even a laughter seminar. “Over the course of the threeday workshops, we offer more than two dozen outdoor-oriented topics,” says Hawk. “On their workshop registration sheets, each participant can pick four activities. Each class is three and a half hours long with a minimum number of students of three and a maximum of 12. We find that’s a good ratio of instructor to students.” Each workshop is limited to the first 100 applications received with others put on a waiting list in case of a cancellation. Hawk noted that “we always reach that 100 capacity for each workshop.” Although the workshops are open only to women, 18 and older, the instructors are a mix of women and men. “Our instructors are either FWC employees or volunteers and most have been with the program for a long time,” says Hawk. “They’re not
NATURE: IT’S GOOD FOR YOU A UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER STUDY DID FIVE SEPARATE EXPERIMENTS ON MORE THAN 500 COLLEGE STUDENTS OVER A TWO-WEEK SPAN, WHERE GROUPS SPENT TIME OUTSIDE AND OTHERS DIDN’T. THE RESULTS CONSISTENTLY SHOWED THAT THE STUDENTS WHO SPENT TIME OUTDOORS FELT MORE ENERGETIC AFTER JUST 20 MINUTES IN A NATURAL SETTING.
A UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS STUDY REPORTED A 50 PERCENT BOOST IN CREATIVITY AFTER BEING OUT IN NATURE FOR TWOTHREE DAYS.
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getting paid to do the workshops. They’re doing it because they love the outdoors and want to share that passion with the participants.” A sampling of workshop topics includes basic wilderness survival, fishing, hunting, canoeing, archery, outdoor cooking and even an introduction to muzzleloaders. Although all women are welcomed, the BOW workshops are specifically designed for beginners. “Our classes are taught on a basic introductory level. We want women who have never tried these activities to feel comfortable and not intimidated,” says Hawk. “We also don’t want someone with more experience to be bored. But the truth is that we do get women with outdoor experience that come to the workshops to try something new. We’ve never had any complaints, and many come back every year. Our workshops are usually 50 percent first-timers and 50 percent returnees.” And in addition to learning outdoor skills, BOW participants come away with much more. “There is a great sense of camaraderie at these workshops,” says Hawk. “Women come for all kinds of reasons, some very personal. They step out of their comfort zones, tackle challenges and overcome fears. We definitely see a transformation in the women from the beginning to the end of a workshop. We like to say that when you become an outdoors woman, you change your life for the better.”
A UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN STUDY SHOWED THAT AFTER JUST AN HOUR OF BEING OUT IN THE WOODS, MEMORY PERFORMANCE AND ATTENTION SPANS IMPROVED BY 20 PERCENT. THE RESEARCHERS CONCLUDED THAT BEING OUT IN NATURE GIVES YOUR BRAIN A BREAK FROM EVERYDAY OVER STIMULATION.
6 Most Popular BOW Classes BASIC WILDERNESS SURVIVAL SKILLS: INCLUDES INSTRUCTION ON HOW TO AVOID BEING INVOLVED IN A SURVIVAL SITUATION AND WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE. SKILLS TAUGHT INCLUDE HOW TO FIND WATER AND MAKE IT DRINKABLE, USE A MAP/COMPASS, FIND/ CONSTRUCT SHELTERS, BUILD/START A FIRE AND PACK A SURVIVAL KIT. BASIC ARCHERY SKILLS: STUDENTS LEARN BOW SAFETY, EQUIPMENT IDENTIFICATION/ SELECTION, TYPES OF BOWS AND THEIR USES, HOW TO SHOOT AND SHOOTING SAFETY. OUTDOOR COOKING: PARTICIPANTS LEARN HOW TO COOK OVER A CAMPFIRE, IN A DUTCH OVEN AND ON A CAMP STOVE. ALSO TAUGHT ARE THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR FOOD STORAGE, PREPARATION AND COOKING IN THE OUTDOORS. PARTICIPANTS PRACTICE THEIR COOKING DURING THE CLASS AND EAT EACH OTHER’S PREPARED FOOD. INTRODUCTION TO HANDGUN SHOOTING: STUDENTS LEARN HANDGUN SAFETY AND NOMENCLATURE AND PARTICIPATE IN A LIVE FIRING EXERCISE. DISCUSSIONS CENTER ON SAFE HANDGUN HANDLING AND STORAGE IN THE HOME. CANOEING/KAYAKING BASICS: PARTICIPANTS ARE INTRODUCED TO THE DIFFERENT TYPES AND STYLES OF CANOES AND KAYAKS. THERE IS INSTRUCTION IN PADDLES AND STROKES, EQUIPMENT, SAFETY AND ETIQUETTE WITH HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE ON THE WATER.
INTRODUCTION TO SHOOTING SPORTS: STUDENTS ARE INTRODUCED TO BASIC TYPES OF FIREARMS, NOMENCLATURE, MARKSMANSHIP AND FIREARM SAFETY. THERE ARE LIVE FIRING EXERCISES ON THE SHOOTING RANGE OF VARIOUS RIFLES, SHOTGUNS AND MUZZLELOADERS.
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hen Anne Keller discovered the BOW program in 2005, her outdoor activities included hiking and horseback riding. A firefighter/paramedic at the time, Keller also taught CPR, first aid and advanced cardiac life support classes. So when she scanned the list of BOW workshop activities, there was a lot that interested her. “I thought that the BOW program had a lot to offer, and I was interested in spending more time outdoors,” says Keller. “I’m a big believer in thinking outside the box, so I thought I’d give the BOW a try.” For Keller, it was an instant attraction right from that very first basic wilderness survival course. “I just fell in love with all the courses and the whole educational environment,” says Keller. “I just kept coming back year after year. By my second workshop, I became a volunteer instructor’s assistant wherever I was needed. By 2009, I became the lead basic wilderness survival course instructor, and I’ve been doing it ever since.” A couple of years later, Keller created two courses—introduction to wilderness first aid and introduction to geocaching & GPS—and, of course, also became the instructor for those as well. “I’m a visual learner, so I incorporate that into the basic wilderness survival course,” explains Keller, 55, who retired as a firefighter/paramedic in 2010. “On the first day, I have the participants watch a Discovery Channel video of an Amazon expedition. Participants in the video are divided into two groups, one shown doing all the right things and another doing all the wrong things. It really helps set the stage for the consequences of wilderness
survival. With that visual in the BOW participant minds, everyone is much more attentive.” Once she has the participants’ attention, Keller also likes “to keep things light and use humor to make it a positive experience.” She also likes to “take the topics from demonstrations to hands-on to engage the participants as quickly as possible.” Keller instructs at both the Ocala and West Palm Beach workshops. She travels to them
from her home in Tavares in her 18-foot travel trailer. The latter makes it easier to transport all her equipment and serves as her living quarters during a workshop. “We get all kinds of women in the BOW workshops. Everything from women who have never spent anytime outdoors to those with some experience,” says Keller. “The best part for me as an instructor is
seeing how quickly women adapt to the outdoors. At first, they’re a little unsure of themselves. But after about a day and a half, they’ve relaxed and are really enjoying it. Then it’s over and they want to come back next year.” For Keller, she receives as much as she gives as an instructor. “Every workshop is a learning experience for me, just like it is for the participants,” she says. “BOW has broadened my life and given me so much. I think any woman who gives it a try will find that BOW will do the same for them.”
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cala resident Linda Fambrough grew up outdoors, but then life got in the way.
“As I kid, I loved to camp out and be outside as much as possible,” says Fambrough, 54. “But then I got busy with my work as a bookkeeper and my family. Then, one day about five years ago, I read an article about the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program. I knew right away that this was for me.” Fambrough attended her first BOW workshop in the Ocala National Forest in 2009 and has been a regular participant ever since. That first year, she took basic wilderness survival, reading the woods, handgun shooting and outdoor cooking. “Even though I had always been an outdoors person, I still learned a lot,” says Fambrough. “It’s a great setting and the instructors are fantastic. They are experts and communicate very well with the participants.” In subsequent workshops, Fambrough re-took some of the courses, particularly outdoor cooking because she says, “I love cooking over a fire.” To her outdoor résumé, she’s added basic archery, hunter safety, outdoor photography, map and compass basics and hunter safety workshops. “The great thing about the BOW workshops is that you meet people who enjoy the same things that you do,” says Fambrough, whose family now camps together regularly. “It’s a great getaway, you relax, have fun and leave with new friends. You also leave with more knowledge than when you arrived. I tell every woman I know that a BOW workshop is well worth doing.”
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THIS YEAR MARKS Italian Tile Imports’ 30th anniversary serving Ocala and surrounding areas, and there are many reasons why they’ve stuck around. One is the attention Rayna Spellman pays to new clients. After materials have been selected in the showroom, she does something unique for clients with new construction and renovation projects. “I spend time alone at the project with my sketchbook getting to know each area,” she says. During the installation process, I spend even more time on the project with installers to ensure the design is coming together as planned.” And customers will love their prices. “We are a wholesale distributor to stores all over the Southeast. Because we import, there is no middleman, which makes our prices extremely competitive,” she explains.
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DANIELLE MARCIANO KNOWS A THING OR TWO ABOUT FITNESS. She and her husband opened Zone Health & Fitness as a way to help others achieve healthy lifestyles. And Danielle has plenty of encouragement for those new to the fitness arena. “Pace yourself so you don’t burn out, and find a buddy to hold you accountable,” she says. “To be successful, you have to be diligent and faithful but also graceful on those days you blow your routine.” At Zone, there’s something for everyone, from classes and weights to a sauna, whirlpool and hydromassage bed. There’s no getting bored. Danielle’s greatest reward at the gym is hearing when someone is no longer a slave to medication after adopting a more active lifestyle. Her best advice? “Get with a trainer who will guide you through a routine specific for your body type and goals. This way, you learn proper form and equipment usage.”
funfact: Danielle loves toast. “I could eat toast for the rest of my life because there are so many diﬀerent types of delicious breads to toast. Toast could be eaten by itself or on a sandwich, chopped like a crouton on top of a salad or even crumbled to use as breading. It’s very versatile.”
PERRON LA CUISINE FRENCH RESTAURANT / 48 SW 1ST AVE., OCALA (352) 433-2570 / LACUISINEOCALA.COM
MOVING FROM FRANCE TO OCALA in 2009 to open La Cuisine with her husband, Patrice, Elodie Perron loves being a restaurateur. “I love sharing my culture with our patrons,” she says, “and believe it or not, I even enjoy working with my hubby.” Offering a French-style bistro menu utilizing fresh-from-the-farm ingredients, La Cuisine offers a warm ambiance just off the downtown square. Her favorite job, however? Being a mom. “I’ve learned so much. It’s sometimes hard to balance work and home life, but we have a great team and organization is key.”
funfact: The most adventurous thing the Perron family has ever done? “Selling everything we had in France and crossing the ocean with our children, Max and Roxane, and only eight suitcases to live the American dream.”
OCALA REALTY WORLD / 2709 SW 27TH AVE., STE. 103, OCALA (352) 789-6746 / OCALAREALTYWORLD.COM
OWNER/BROKER ELISHA LOPEZ purchased her Ocala Realty World franchise in September 2014, and it has been the highlight of her career. “Growing our business and offering a brokerage where agents can take their business to the next level is beyond gratifying,” she says. Their state-of-the-art facility offers plenty of buyer/seller incentives, too, including money off closing and commission waiving if your home doesn’t sell in 29 days*. Elisha encourages buyers to realistically analyze their budget and get prequalified. For sellers? Price it properly from the beginning and bring in multiple offers. Elisha and her team make it a point to communicate effectively with all clients. “I am here to facilitate the transaction, not sell a home,” she says. “The home sells itself.”
funfact: Elisha dreams of one day visiting the Sistine Chapel to personally view Michelangelo’s paintings.
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BURNYZZ SPEED SHOP / 1 ASPEN ROAD, OCALA (352) 307-1968 / BURNYZZ.COM
funfact: The No. 1 item on her bucket list is to travel to London. “I’ve always dreamed of visiting!”
WHEN YOU WANT QUALITY WORK and the feeling of family, Burnyzz Speed Shop, offering everything from regular car maintenance to full restoration, is the place to go. Brittanie Hart, co-owner/office manager, is a diamond in a rhinestone world: She’s a woman in the car shop. “Most men won’t take a woman seriously in this line of work,” she says. “You have to have a lot of confidence
and be willing to be criticized.” To combat this, Brittanie has learned as much about cars and how they work as possible. “I just hope to prove that women can be just as successful as men in any industry,” she says. Brittanie also focuses a lot of her attention toward charity, including recently raising almost $5,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida. Her goal is to one day open a non-profit charity. “Helping people that need it the most, there is no better feeling.”
AVENDANO SELLSTATE NEXT GENERATION REALTY 1720 SE 16TH AVE., BLDG. 200, OCALA (352) 387-2383 SELLSTATENEXTGENERATIONREALTY.COM
IN JUST 18 SHORT MONTHS Sellstate Next Generation Realty has 93 advisers in three offices. That’s success. “Helping our advisers close transactions through organization and technology has resulted in dramatic growth for the brokerage,” says well-respected Broker Joe Vorwerk. “Our advisers are excellent at managing expectations. I believe we have the most professional women in the business. The care and professionalism they provide can be seen by the level of production and accolades they receive. There are many moving parts in a real estate transaction. By letting buyers and sellers know what to expect, it makes for a much smoother and enjoyable experience.” Their best advice? When buying, prioritize your needs and wants and know what you can afford. When selling, learn the market value of your home and don’t neglect a thorough deep cleaning to attract buyers. “Sellstate Next Generation Realty is a full-service brokerage offering all aspects of
residential real estate services,” adds Joe. “We do it all, from property management, buying, selling, leasing and even some commercial real estate and project management.”
Regarding the Sellstate Women of Style: One is brand-new but protégé and daughter of a top 10 agent, one is part time but still a multi-million dollar producer and the remaining four sold over 340 homes last year for over $48 million in sales.
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FOR HEMA RUPNARAIN, BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR has been a longtime goal—one that came to fruition when she opened her Ocala-based accounting firm in 2006. “Growing up in a family that had their own business provided a roadmap to my dream,” she says. And it’s a dream that has lead to a career that provides daily personal rewards. “When a client is flustered and confused but in the end says I’ve made the process seamless and easy—that’s fulfilling,” says Hema, who opened a second office in The Villages in 2013. “Numbers are numbers, but when I can take those numbers and make them meaningful for the client, I know I have done my job.” When she’s not in the office, Hema can be found fulfilling her duties with various professional organizations, teaching classes at the College of Central Florida or traveling both domestically and internationally. She also supports a variety of local nonprofit organizations. “Charity has always been an important part of my life. As human beings, we share one planet, and I feel it is our duty to help those around us.”
funfact: The most adventurous thing Hema’s ever done? “I’ve jumped out of a perfectly good plane, three times—twice from 18,000 feet and once from 15,000 feet.”
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DR. RILEY HAS BEEN SERVING OCALA and The Villages for 16 years. Her priority is reducing recovery times using minimally invasive robotic surgeries and in-office procedures. “Being a female surgeon, it has been my goal to heal women quickly and get them back to being their best as soon as possible,” she says. Aside from doing in-office procedures, she holds privileges at all Ocala hospitals.
funfact: What is on Dr. Riley’s bucket list? Doing medical missions to treat the poor in underprivileged nations.
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EXFOLIATING HELPS SKIN BETTER ABSORB MOISTURIZERS AND SKIN TREATMENT PRODUCTS.
WEAR SPF 50
WEAR SUNSCREEN. This one seems obvious—especially living in Florida—but you’d be surprised how many people go without, even though the sun is the No. 1 culprit for causing brown spots, wrinkles and sagging. And no, the miniscule amount in your foundation isn’t enough! Apply at least SPF 30 (preferably 50 or higher) every day. Don’t forget your neck and chest, tops of ears and tops of hands. SAY “NO” TO TANNING BEDS.
Whether you get a tan from the sun or a tanning bed, it causes DNA damage to your skin and can lead to cancer.
DRINK MORE WATER. This one’s a no-brainer but worth repeating. Skin is the largest organ in your body, and bottom line, it needs water. Aim for eight glasses a day. If you need a little flavor, try one of the many flavor enhancers on the market today. AVOID EXCESS CAFFEINE AND ALCOHOL. Tasty as they
may be, these beverages are diuretics and cause dehydration, which affects the entire body, including your skin.
KICK THE SUGAR HABIT. High consumption of refined sugar and processed carbohydrates compromises your skin’s integrity and resiliency, accelerating the aging process. Collagen proteins become more rigid, and skin becomes less elastic.
DON’T SMOKE. The toxins in cigarettes harm your skin, not just your lungs. Smoking prematurely ages you by decreasing skin elasticity, and yellowing teeth and nails. Plus, pursing your lips causes fine lines around your mouth. EXFOLIATE ONE TO THREE TIMES WEEKLY. In your mid-20s,
collagen production begins to slow. You can encourage your skin to produce more collagen by using a facial scrubbing pad or textured exfoliation cream according to label directions. This helps increase cell turnover and sloughs off dead cells that can dull the skin’s appearance. Exfoliating also helps skin better absorb moisturizers and skin treatment products. (If you can afford it, visit your dermatologist regularly for a micro-dermabrasion or chemical peel, which offers a more advanced form of exfoliation than can be achieved with over-the-counter products at home.)
camellia, calendula, yangu and African marula oils. Look for lessprocessed, pure, organic plant oils. Apply facial oil—you only need a few drops—right after cleansing the face. Wait a couple minutes before applying sunscreen and foundation. At night, apply facial oil after cleansing and applying your antiaging treatment. The oil will calm skin and help prevent irritation.
USE RETINOID FACIAL CREAMS. Such creams help your
potent than over-the-counter formulas. Results are often seen within just weeks with a prescription cream.
SLEEP ON YOUR BACK.
Sleeping on your side or stomach all night puts pressure on fragile facial skin, which can increase wrinkles and creasing on your face. Ladies, this applies to your décolletage (chest) area, as well.
body produce more collagen and lessen wrinkles and age spots. Any retinoid cream will help, but prescription creams are more
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TRY FACIAL OILS. More popular than ever, facial oils protect the skin, hydrate, rebuild and maintain the lipid barrier, and act as a carrier for other active ingredients to more deeply penetrate. They can also speed up healing and repair, prevent water loss and help plump skin. You don’t want a greasy residue, so look for oils that penetrate deeply and quickly. Among these are argan, jojoba, apricot kernel, avocado, macadamia, passion fruit, kukui nut, borage-seed, rosehip,
for Younger YO U MO R HA Looking Locks R I YO E TH R MA U C Y B AN E AN Y CH OU S AGIN AN USP G Y GE E TH CT, B OU AT U ASA T P. GET CLEAN. Shine looks youthful, so use a clarifying shampoo to eliminate product buildup that dulls your hair. An apple cider vinegar rinse after cleansing your hair will also help eliminate buildup. ZAP FRIZZ. Blot—don’t rub—hair dry after washing, and always use a conditioner to moisturize strands and prevent frizzing. Comb out tangles from the bottom up to avoid breakage. SNIP ENDS. Forget those conditioners that promise to heal split ends. Cutting them off is the only real cure, so schedule regular trims. USE AN SPF HAIR PRODUCT. It’ll help preserve color. BULK UP. Your hair, that is. Look for mousse with panthenol in the ingredients to help fine hair look bulkier and more voluminous without being weighed down. GO FOR TEXTURE. Spritz on a texturizing spray when hair is damp, and tousle with your fingers as it dries. A loose, relaxed, “messy” look is more youthful than stiff and structured.
CHANGE YOUR PART. Something as simple as changing where you part your hair can make a noticeable difference. WATCH THAT COLOR. Don’t try to cover gray by using the darkest common shade. That results in flat, monotone color that looks unnatural and can age you even more. A more youthful choice is varying color strands in the same basic color, not one overall hue. GET TRENDY. Break out of your hairstyle rut, and try something different. Drastically different isn’t necessary, but try a change from your basic silhouette to update your look. Discuss ideas with your stylist before he or she whips out the scissors. Search Pinterest for some ideas that you like for inspiration. LONG OR SHORT? There’s no hard-and-fast rule that mature women can’t wear long hair. It depends totally on your hair and how you wear it. Uncolored (think silver) long hair tends to look more natural than long, colored hair. Generally speaking, a shorter, “sassier” style will look more youthful, but don’t chop off those tresses just because you hit a “certain age.”
MAKEUP TIPS FOR A FRESHER, YOUNGER APPEARANCE
K LADIES, WHO WOULDN’T MIND LOOKING A FEW YEARS YOUNGER THAN HER ACTUAL AGE? P.S. YOU DON’T HAVE TO USE EXPENSIVE DEPARTMENT STORE MAKEUP TO GET GREAT RESULTS.
a foundation or #1 Use tinted moisturizer that
matches your skin tone, and don’t forget your eyelids when applying it. concealer if you #2 Apply have dark circles or
colors carefully. #3 Choose Go for colors that flatter
your eye color, but don’t get matchy-matchy, as in blue shadow with blue eyes. Experiment to find colors that enhance your eyes, not overwhelm them. You want people to notice your eyes first… not your eye shadow. Oh, and a little bit of shimmer can go a long way to brighten your face. Just stick to one area of your face, though. Shimmer on the lips? Avoid the eyes and vice versa. a blending #4 Become expert. Practice
blending eye shadow with your fingertips, cotton ball or swab. The goal is a natural look. Even if you use a 1-2-3 eye shadow kit for creating a “smoky” eye, there shouldn’t be obvious definition between colors.
a light hand #7 Use with liner. Restrict liner to the upper lid, and if you’re older, skip the “cat eye” trick, which can accentuate droopiness.
your eyelashes. It #8 Curl adds “lift” to lids and opens up eyes.
in sparse #9 Fill eyebrows with a brow
pencil in a matching color. Follow the natural arch and don’t make them too dark or thick, as this looks artificial. your #10 Exfoliate lips. Apply a little
coconut oil to lips; then gently buff them with a warm washcloth. Apply lip balm, and let this soak in before using lipstick. you use a lip #11 Ifpencil, make sure
corners of eyelids; this will help open up the appearance of eyes.
it matches your lipstick. The last thing you want is a frighteningly obvious outline. Stay within your natural lip line; trying to make lips look plumper by extending the line doesn’t fool anyone.
it comes #6 When to eyeliner, think
for lip color #12 Go in the pink range
dark shadow #5 Keep colors to the outer
outside the black box. Try another color like navy blue, chocolate or rich amethyst that will add definition, but without harshness.
(think rose, mauve, etc.) instead of dark wine and plum colors, which can age your face. Soft tinted glosses are a great way to go, too.
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GO FOR LIP COLOR IN THE PINK RANGE (THINK ROSE, MAUVE, ETC.)
Feeling Better Overall GET 6-8 HOURS OFSLEEP
careful with face #13 Bepowder. Yes, it helps
“set” makeup, but it also settles in all the fine creases and lines, accentuating them. Instead keep your makeup bag stocked with creams, liquids and gels. The more moisture, the better! the #14 Accentuate positive. Want a
brighter looking, youthful appearance? Try placing a small amount of a bright (even white) eyeshadow in the inner corners of your eyes, closest to your nose. A little dab will do ya and will help to reflect light and lessen signs of fatigue.
makeup in #15 Apply natural light. The
end results will look more natural this way, as opposed to using artificial light, especially fluorescent. a few falsies. #16 Add Highlight your
eyes without going overboard by adding just a few false lashes along the corners.
MAYBE YOU’RE A GUY AND COULDN’T CARE LESS IF YOU HAVE A FEW WELLEARNED WRINKLES AROUND YOUR EYES. OR YOU’RE A CONFIDENT WOMAN OF A CERTAIN AGE WHO DOESN’T MIND LETTING THE WORLD KNOW YOU’VE LIVED MORE THAN A FEW DECADES. YOU MAY NOT BE STRIVING TO LOOK YOUNGER, BUT YOU STILL WANT TO BE HEALTHY AND HAVE A STRONG BODY TO CARRY YOU TOWARD YOUR FUTURE. HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.
SLEEP IS YOUR FRIEND. It’s during the deep stages of sleep that your body produces human growth hormone (HGH), which helps the body rejuvenate. Research shows that sleeping six to eight hours per night helps the body produce more HGH. Restless or interrupted sleep means lowered production of HGH, as well as more fatigue and stress. Studies have shown that people deficient in HGH tend to have a higher percentage of body fat around the waist. EAT RIGHT. Eat fewer processed foods. Skip the
soda; drink more water; eat more fiber. Strive for at least five servings of fruits and veggies per day, especially those high in antioxidants, such as berries, grapes, pomegranate, kale, Brussels sprouts and red cabbage. New research shows that a highfat, low-carbohydrate diet is best for brain health, so ditch the carbs and add avocado, fish and nuts to your diet.
WEAR SUNGLASSES. Over time, UV exposure can lead to cataracts, so always wear sunglasses. Look for lenses that block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays. TAKE CARE OF THAT SMILE. Mouth health is directly related to overall health. It’s a fact that people with gum disease are more likely to have heart disease and lung problems. Not to mention the fact that you just plain look better if your teeth aren’t stained… or absent. LAUGH MORE. The saying, “Laughter is the best medicine,” is true. Laughter lowers blood pressure, increases vascular blood flow, reduces stress hormones, increases memory, improves alertness, helps the pituitary gland release pain-suppressing opiates and gives many muscles a workout. So, rent a funny movie, visit a comedy show or plan a game night with friends—it’ll do your body good! LTH IS H HEA MOUT RELATED TO LY DIRECT HEALTH LL A R OV E
MAINTAIN GOOD POSTURE. Your mother knew what she was talking about when she used to say, “Stand up straight!” Good posture—when sitting and standing—makes you look as much as 10 pounds lighter. It also increases confidence and allows you to breathe more deeply. A simple way to improve your posture is to imagine a straight line from your heels, up your legs, spine and coming out the top of your head. EXERCISE REGULARLY. You don’t need to run a marathon (unless you want to), but strive for a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise a day. USE YOUR BRAIN. Engage your brain for more than just work-related necessities. Lifestyle has been proven to have a huge impact on brain health, so stimulate that gray matter. Turn off the television, and engage your brain in a variety of different ways, such as word games, puzzles, learning to play a musical instrument or a new language. HAVE MORE SEX. Having sex at least three times a week can help you look and feel younger. It’s been shown to boost the immune system, lower blood pressure, improve sleep, reduce heart attack risk, lessen pain and lower stress. So the next time your husband or wife gives you “that look,” say “yes!” MAINTAIN YOUR FRIENDSHIPS. Research shows that as your social network gets smaller, your risk for mortality increases. One Australian study showed that older adults with strong networks of friends were 22 percent less likely to die during the study than those with weaker social networks.
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CAMP CABALLO FOR KIDS
SUMMER ART CAMP
July 6-10, 13-17; 9am-3:30pm
June 15-19; July 13-17; August 3-7; 10am-2:30pm
June 15-19, 22-26; July 13-17, 13-24, 20-24; August 3-7, 10-14
June 15-August 7
At SilverStride, you’ll be involved with everything horse, including riding, playing games and some relay races.
Children ages 4 and up can join the Appleton Museum for an array of art-themed camps. appletonmuseum.org or
Children ages 6 through 12 can experience the world through art with a different country and different art projects each week. picassospalette.com or
Marion Therapeutic Riding Association will host Camp Caballo For Kids, an equestrian day camp for kids ages 4 and up. mariontherapeuticridingassociation.org or (352) 732-7300
or (352) 591-3042
UNCLE DONALD’S FARM
OCALA CIVIC THEATRE
July 8-August 12, Wednesdays only; 9:45am-3pm
June 8-12, 15-19, 22-26
June 8-August 14
June 8-12, 15-19
With horseback riding, games, arts, crafts and more, kids will enjoy a summer camp full of equestrian fun. goodwilljumper.wix.com/ harleyfarms or (352) 812-3811
Children ages 4 and up will learn themes of music, dance, drama, magic, clowning and much more at this summer performance camp. ocalacivictheatre.com or
Held at Grace Christian School and Blessed Trinity School, these camps will inspire girls and boys entering grades first through sixth through science and technology. campinvention.org or
Milk a goat, check for chicken’s eggs or pet, groom and feed farm animals at this camp, located in Lady Lake. uncledonaldsfarm.com or (352) 753-2882
OWL HOLLOW FARM Dates in June, July and August; 9am-4pm
Children of all ages are welcome to come learn horse riding, grooming and first aid care and go swimming afterward. owlhollowfarm.net or (352) 237-4132
GREY DAWN STABLES June 8-12, 22-26; June 29-July 1, 20-24, 27-31; August 3-7, 10-14; 8:30am-4:30pm
This camp is for both the older kids and the young buckaroos and includes horsemanship skills, trail rides, proper tacking, grooming, horseback riding and crafts. greydawnstables.com or (352) 427-9721
TKO FARM SUMMER CAMP June 8-12, 15-19, 22-26; July 13-17, 20-24, 27-31; August 3-7, 10-14; hours vary
This camp offers instruction in arena/trail riding taught by handlers and instructors for campers 4 years of age and older. tkofarm.com or (352) 219-0248
EDEN FARM June 8-12, 22-26; July 27-31; 9am-3pm Monday-Thursday, 9am-12pm Friday
Children ages 5 through 14 can learn all aspects of horsemanship, from riding and cleaning stalls to grooming and safety. edenfarmocala.com or (352) 572-7658
(800) 968-4332 MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE PRESENTS RED RIDING HOOD June 15-20; ages 6-18
STEAM: PASSPORT TO THE FUTURE AT COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
June 15-19, 22-26; 8am-5pm
June 22-27; ages 7-18
Children entering ninth grade can learn through science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Each Friday will offer a field trip. cf.edu/summercamps or
WE ARE MONSTERS June 13 (auditions), June 29-July 11 (performance/rehearsals) Ages 7-13
INTO THE WOODS May 17-18 (auditions), June 8-July 23 (rehearsals), July 24-26, 30, August 2 (performances) Ages 10-20
COUNTS EARLY LEARNING ACADEMY SUMMER CAMP Runs entire summer (except weekends); 7am-6pm
For children up to 12 years of age, Counts offers on-site arts and crafts, outdoor play, hands-on reading, writing, math and science activities and more. countsacademy.com or
June 29-July 2; ages 6-12
ART OF PERFORMING MAGIC June 8-12, 9am-12pm or 1-4pm; ages 8 and older
ARTIST HUB OF OCALA July 7-10, 14-17, 28-31; 11am-3:15pm
BRICKS4KIDZ Dates/Times Vary
The Artist Hub of Ocala at Brick City Center for the Arts will host a variety of camps for children in kindergarten through ninth grade.
Kids who love LEGOS will explore a variety of themes from sports to robotics at Kinderoo Children’s Academy. (352) 804-4811 or
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GET YOUR FEET WET
living the life of a Dancer this Summer!
MARION BALLET THEATRE’S
S U M M. E R DA N C E. I N T E N S I V E Ballet pointe modern/contemporary choreography & more!
benson academy of dance July 6th - 23rd 1713 SW 17th Street Ocala | For more information Call 352-843-4765 between 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. or Call 352-629-6155 after 3 p.m.
1713 SWof17th Street ~ Ocala Official School Marion Ballet Theatre
For more information call 352-843-4765 between 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. or 352-629-6155 after 3 p.m.
SUMMER CAMP FUN AT ST. JOHN LUTHERAN Driver’s Education
June 15- July 17 week long sessions available
Basketball Camp June 8-12
Movie Making Madness June 22-25 (entering 3rd-8th graders)
July 8-10 (entering 1st-12th graders)
Study Skills & Test Taking Strategies July 27-31 (high school students)
All registration forms can be found at www.stjohnocala.org under Summer Camps or stop by the school to register. Questions? 352-622-7275
SUN KINDEROO CHILDREN’S ACADEMY June 1-August 21
Kids ages 4 through 9 will explore, observe, create, build and problem solve using STEAM. facebook.com/kinderoochildrensacademy or (352) 854-3800
ALPHABET LAND LEARNING CENTER Dates and times TBA
Children ages 1 through 12 can join Alphabet Land for new
weekly themes with water days and twice-weekly field trips. alphabetlandlearningcenter.com or (352) 307-2067
BUILDING BLOCKS OF OCALA Dates TBA; 6:30am-6pm
This summer program for children ages 5 through 12 is chock-full of field trips, martial arts, cheerleading, cooking projects and art. bbopreschool.net or (352) 694-7440 ext. 3501
SPORTIN’ AROUND BASEBALL CAMP AT COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA (MARTY SMITH SPORTS CAMP) June 15-18; July 13-16; 9:30am-4pm
Children ages 6 through 12 will learn position fundamentals, offense, defense, hitting and base running all with daily awards. gocfcamps.com or (352) 854-2322
SOFTBALL CAMP AT COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA (MARTY SMITH SPORTS CAMP) August 8, 15, 22
CF is offering a variety of softball camps for children ages kindergarten through high school. CF will also offer Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday hitting camps throughout the summer. cfsoftballcamps.com or
CAMP PATRIOT BASKETBALL CAMP AT COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA June 15-18, 22-25; July 6-9, 20-23; 9am-4pm
Boys and girls ages 8 through 18 can learn basketball skills and drills. camppatriotbasketball.com or (352) 427-7435
OCALA POWER UNITED Location, dates and times vary
Ocala Power United will offer volleyball summer camps for children in grades eight and under and a separate program for high school students. ocalapowerunited.com or (352) 351-4837
FOREST HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL CAMP
June 15-19; 9am-1pm
VOLLEYBALL CAMP AT COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA (MARTY SMITH SPORTS CAMP)
Children entering second through eighth grade can learn the fundamentals of football, make new friends and have a lot of fun. foresthighfootball.com or
June 30-July 3, July 14-17, 28-31; 9am-12pm
Children ages 6 through 18 will learn techniques such as arm swings and advanced ball control. patriotvolleyballcamps.com or (352) 854-2322
ST. JOHN LUTHERAN SCHOOL BASKETBALL CAMP June 8-12, 9-13; 8am-12pm
Elementary and middle school children from all schools can learn basketball
skills and have the chance to win awards. stjohnocala.org or
FUTURE STARS BASKETBALL PROGRAM
Learn basic skills and fundamentals, sportsmanship and team work Monday through Thursday at the E.D. Croskey Recreation Center.
OCALA TENNIS & SWIM CAMP June 8-14, 15-19, 22-26; June 29-July 3, 6-10, 13-17, 20-24, 27-31; 9am-1pm
Campers age 6 through 12 will join Jason Weiss, a professional tennis instructor, to learn the basics of tennis. ocalafl.org or (352) 629-8453
EN GARDE FENCING CLUB CAMP June 15-19; July 20-24; August 3-7; 8am-4pm
Learn to fence from a former Ivy League champion and assistant coaches from the University of Florida. Camp is open to boys and girls ages 8 through 14. engardefencingclub.com/ camps.html or (352) 286-9608
July 15-August 3; 6-9pm
FIRST TEE OF GREATER OCALA Starting June 15
Kids 5 years and older can learn the game of golf. Dates and times vary depending on age and level. thefirstteegreaterocala.org or (352) 362-2258
FRANK DELUCA YMCA SPORTS CAMPS The YMCA will offer a variety of sports camps open to children entering second grade through eighth grade. Each camp runs 8am to 1pm. ymcacentralflorida.com or (352) 368-9622
TRINITY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL CAMP
July 13-15; 9:15am-12pm
Learn the fundamentals, skills and drills of football at this three-day summer camp.
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POLICE DEPARTMENT’S P.A.C.C. CAMP
FRANK DELUCA YMCA SUMMER CAMPS June 8-August 21; 6:45am-6pm
DISCOVERY CENTER OUTDOOR CAMP
June 15-26; July 6-31; 8:30am-4:30pm
June 16-19, 22-26, June 29-July 3, 6-10, 13-17, 20-24; 8:30am-5:30pm
SwimAmerica will offer swim lessons on the College of Central Florida campus in Ocala. Morning and evening classes available for children and adults.
Kids ages 6 through 12 can join the Ocala Police Department to learn about safety, D.A.R.E and more. Frequent field trips are included. ocalapd.com or (352) 369-7133
Children ages 11 through 14 will explore a variety of themes, including “Get Moving,” “Chef In Training,” “Extreme Careers” and “Science Detective.” mydiscoverycenter.org or
ocalaaquatics.com/swim_ america.asp or (352) 804-5438
DISCOVERY CENTER ADVENTURE CAMP June 8-August 7; 8:30am-4:30pm
This camp features field trips and outdoor activities for kids ages 8 to 12. Themes include “Gross-ology,” “Camp Chemistry” and “Fear Factor.” mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900
WAYNE’S WORLD OF PAINTBALL July 14-18; 8:30am-5:30pm
If you’re looking to have a good time with friends and shoot paintball, join Wayne’s World summer camp. waynes-world.com or
HAMPTON & JERVEY GANTT AQUATIC FUN CENTER SWIM LESSONS Children ages 3 and older can learn to swim by certified swim instructors. Lessons are Monday through Thursday; call for dates and times. (352) 368-5517 or
OCALA KARATE DOJO SUMMER CAMP June 8-August 21; 7am-6pm
LILLIAN BRYANT SIZZLING SUMMER CAMP
Kids ages 6 through 12 can train with national and state champions, take an anti-bully class, go on exciting field trips and visit area parks. ocalakarate.com or
June 8-August 10; 7:30am-6pm
OCALA BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU
OCALA AQUATICS ADVENTURE SPLASH CAMP
Kids ages 5 through 13 will enjoy everything from golf and archery to movies and field trips. Lunch is included. ocalafl.org or
XTREME KIDS SUMMER CAMP June 8 through the entire summer; 6:30am-6pm
Kids ages 5 through 12 will experience a variety of athletic activities, plus field trips and movies, at this camp hosted by Too Your Health Spa. (352) 861-9474
CITY KIDS CAMP
SUMMER ENRICHMENT AT MONTESSORI PREPARATORY
June 8-August 10; 7:30am-6pm
Kids ages 5 through 12 will explore local government in a fun, interactive way, including going swimming and more. ocalafl.org or (352) 401-3920
Montessori’s summer program offers a unique blend of learning complex materials with hands-on experience. montessoriacademies.net or
PERRY’S SWIM SCHOOL
JUNIOR LIFEGUARD CAMP
June 22-26; 8am-12pm
Perry’s Swim School will teach anyone over the age of 6 months how to swim in a heated pool. Dates and times vary. perryswimschool.com or
Kids 11 through 15 years old can learn the basics of being a junior lifeguard. Camp is held at the Jervey Gantt Aquatic FUN Center. ocalafl.org or (352) 624-2410
Each week offers a different theme as campers ages 5 through 15 enjoy games, science projects, minute-to-win it challenges, singing songs and fitness fun. ymcacentralflorida.com or
June 4-August 24; 7am-6pm
Kids ages 5 through 13 will learn about martial arts while also doing arts and crafts, daily field trips and pizza parties. ocalabjj.com or (352) 622-6562
COOL CROSKEY CITY KIDS SUMMER CAMP Begins June 8; 7:30am-6pm
Kids ages 5 through 13 can learn archery, swimming and basketball at the E.D. Croskey Recreation Center. ocalafl.org or (352) 401-3920
June 8-August 7; 9am-3:30pm
This swim camp for ages 6 through 12 will provide instruction in a number of water activities and water games. ocalaaquatics.com or (352) 873-5811
CORNERSTONE DAY CAMP June 15-19, 22-26, June 29-July 3, 6-10, 13-17, 20-24; 9am-4pm
For children entering kindergarten through 10th grade, this year’s camp, Creative Journey, brings a different theme each week. thecornerstoneschool.org or (352) 351-8840
WINSHAPE CAMPS FOR COMMUNITIES June 8-12; 7:45am-5:30pm Monday-Thursday, 7:45am-1pm Friday
Hosted by First Baptist Church of Ocala, campers who have completed first through sixth grades can participate in Bible study, sports, archery, music and games. fbcocala.org/kids/winshape-2015 or (352) 629-5683, ext. 142 Continued on p.54
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FUNDAMENTALS & TECHNIQUE COMPETITIVE DRILL WORK HEADS-UP SAFETY TACKLING TECHNIQUE HALF LINE PASS & 7 VS 7 SPEED BALL TOURNAMENT QB FUNDAMENTALS & FOOTWORK OL/DL PROTECTIONS & PASS RUSH DB/WR COVERAGE SKILLS & ROUTE RUNNING
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SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION NOW OPEN For more information, call Camp Director Jamie Craig at 352.368.9622.
Y SUMMER CAMP. MOVING BODIES. BOOSTING BRAINS. Frank DeLuca YMCA Family Center 3200 SE 17th Street Ocala, FL 34471
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HIGHLANDS BAPTIST LEARNING CENTER
June 8-August 21; 7am-5:30pm
Children in kindergarten through fifth grade will see movies at the Marion Theatre, swim at Jervey Gantt, go skating and bowling and, on Fridays, enjoy a pizza day. hbclearningcenterocala.org or (352) 694-2194
UF/IFAS EXTENSION MARION COUNTY 4H SUMMER PROGRAMS Marion County 4-H offers day camps for different ages with different adventures throughout the summer. email@example.com or (352) 671-8404
AGRISCIENCE SAMPLER DAY CAMP June 15-19; Monday-Thursday 8:30am-4:30pm, Friday 8:30am-12pm
Children ages 8 through 18 will dive into different activities and experiments focusing on agricultural topics such as cooking, food production and gardening.
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TECH WIZARD CAMP Monday-Thursday 8:30am-4:30pm, Friday 8:30am-12pm July 6-10
Kids ages 8 through 18 will take part in hands-on activities to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
BALCONY GYMNASTICS Begins June 8; 7:30am-3:30pm
KAYAK/PADDLE BOARD MINI CAMP ATV SAFETY CAMP June 29 through July 2; 9am-4pm
June 15-18; July 20-23; August 10-13; 8am-2pm
Open to kids between the ages of 12 and 18, this camp will focus on safely operating and riding an ATV, along with general maintenance and the opportunity to earn your ATV Safety Certification.
Children ages 10 through 15 will learn the basic skills of kayaking and stand-up paddling. Camp will include local outings to test their skills. marioncountyfl.org/parks or (352) 671-8560
Monday-Thursday 8:30am-4:30pm, Friday 8:30am-12pm July 13-17
Kids between the ages of 8 and 18 will learn about marine science, water quality and protecting our natural resources, all while enjoying outdoor activities.
July 6-10, August 3-7; 9am-12pm
Children ages 9 through 15 can learn about the techniques of archery under safe supervision. marioncountyfl.org/parks or (352) 671-8560
CAVING ADVENTURE August 17-20; 8am-12pm
YOU OTTER BE IN BUSINESS CAMP July 20-24; Monday-Thursday 8:30am-4:30pm, Friday 8:30am-12pm
Teens ages 13 through 18 will learn what it takes to start your own business, from core concepts to PowerPoint presentations.
Campers will have the opportunity to explore four caves in Marion County. Learn about types of caves and the importance of preserving them. marioncountyfl.org/parks or (352) 671-8560
FISH CAMP June 8-12, July 27-31; 8am-5pm
Kids ages 8 through 14 will learn about the art and science of gardening through soils, garden pests, plant identification and more.
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SADDLE UP FOR SUMMER HORSEMANSHIP June 22-26
Open to ages 10 through 18, this camp will focus on good horsemanship skills, equine safety checks and grooming. This camp will take place at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, and applications must be received by May 12. Each person must bring a horse.
FIREWISE NATURE CAMPS June 8-August 7; 7:30am-6pm
For ages 6 through 12, each week at this nature camp, located at Brick City Adventure Park,
Learn about bank and boat fishing, boating safety, types of tackle, casting tips, knot-tying and more. All campers will receive a rod and reel, tackle box and tackle. marioncountyfl.org/parks or (352) 671-8560
Kids ages 5 through 12 will receive an introductory look at gymnastics, karate and dance while also taking field trips, playing games and making crafts. balconysports.com or (352) 401-3663
MARY ELLEN SCHOOL OF DANCE No matter what you’re looking for when it comes to dance, there is a little something for everyone this summer at Mary Ellen’s. maryellenschoolofdance.com or (352) 732-2030 DANCE CAMP (BEGINNER)
July 13-16, 27-30 July 13-16
PRINCESS CAMP (BEGINNER)
July 6-9, 20-23
SUPER HERO CAMP
Ages: 6-2 August 3-7
GRACE’FULL GYMNASTICS CAMP June 15-19; July 6-10, 27-31; 9am-1pm
A camp full of dancing, gymnastics and karate, including snacks and crafts. facebook.com/ GraceFullGymnastics or (352) 694-3055
EXTREME ADVENTURE CAMP June 22-26, July 13-17; 8am-5pm
This camp includes kayaking, paddle boarding, tubing, hiking, ropes challenge, zip lining and tree climbing. marioncountyfl.org/parks or (352) 671-8560
BENSON ACADEMY OF DANCE July 6-23
Join Marion Ballet Theatre’s Summer Dance Intensive to take your dance skills to the next level. marionballettheatre.org or (352) 629-6155
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THE DANCE FACTORY Whether you want to dance like a pirate or move like a mermaid, The Dance Factory can make it happen this summer! dancefactoryocala.com or
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July 6-9; 1:30-4:30pm
PRINCESSES AND PRINCES
At PAC, each genre of performing arts will feature its own camp with a new theme each week. pacocala.com or (352) 237-5678
July 20-24; 9:30am-12:30pm
SUMMER DANCE INTENSIVE July 6-August 7 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday); 5:30pm-8:30pm; ages 13 and up July 6-August 7 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday); 5:30pm-6:30pm; ages 8 and up
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July 13-17; 9:30am-12:30pm
July 5-9; HIP HOP MUSIC 9:30am-12:30pm VIDEO July 27-31; 9:30am-12:30pm
9am-4pm; ages 4-teen June 22-26: Drive In July 6-10: Beach Bums July 20-24: Soda Shop/Sock Hop August 3-7: Camp Out
INTENSIVE CLASSES AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE
OVERNIGHT ORDEALS UF/IFAS EXTENSION MARION COUNTY 4-H
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Marion County 4-H offers camps for different ages with different adventures throughout the summer. kimberly.condurso@ marioncountyfl.org or
Campers ages 8 though 13 will swim, kayak, shoot archery, sing camp songs and more at Camp Ocala located in the Ocala National Forest. florida4h.org/camps_/
specialty-camps/gator-adventures or (352) 759-2288
CAMP OCALA RESIDENTIAL CAMP June 8-12; dropoff Monday 12pm, pickup Friday 10am
CAMP CORRAL July 26-31
Kids ages 8 through 18 will come together in the Ocala National Forest to experience a classic outdoor camp full of hands-on experiences, new adventures and new friends.
This free, weeklong camp located at Camp Ocala in the Ocala National Forest is open to the children (ages 8-15) of all military service members. Registration priority is given to children of wounded, disabled or fallen military service members. campcorral.org or
4-H UNIVERSITY July 27-31
Teens ages 14 through 18 will learn about possible career opportunities, work with faculty and discover the University of Florida campus.
CAMP KATERI June 7-July 17
Open to all girls in grades first through 12th, each camp session features a different theme, from superhero to time travelers. girlscouts-gateway.org or (877) 764-5237
CAMP WILDWOOD June 14-July 25
Located at 4-H Camp Ocala in the Ocala National Forest, this camp is open to children ages 8 through 13 and who are children of Active Duty, Guard and Reserve parents. florida4h.org/camps_/ camp-ocala or (850) 929-4429
CAMP KIWANIS Childrn ages 7 through 13 are invited to this traditional sleepover summer
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June 15-July 10
camp, full of safe and fun activities. Camp runs Monday through Friday. campkiwanisocala.com or
All girls grades first through 12th are welcome to attend Camp Wildwood, a Girl Scoutsrun overnight camp, offering swimming, nature activities, barn dances and horseback riding. gswcf.org/summercamp or
Teens ages 13 through 18 will develop skills in debating (and put them to use), legislation and public speaking in Tallahassee.
July 7-23 (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Levels 1, 2 and 3
FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CAMP June 14-19, 21-26; July 5-10, 12-17, 19-24, 26-31
Florida Fish and Wildlife offers a variety camps throughout the summer for children ages 9 though 14 featuring different adventures, including fishing, archery, hunting and outdoor awareness. myfwc.com myfwc.com/education/ outdoor-skills/ocala-youth-camp or (352) 625-2804
PRO-TRACK DANCE INTENSIVE July 27-30
THEATER 4-5:30pm; elementary ages June 23-August 4: Peter Pan Musical
11-11:45am; ages 2-5 ACTING June 16-August 9am-4pm; 4: Mini Mozart middle and high school ages ACADEMIC July 13-17 9am-12pm; elementary ages July 13-16: Building Bridges & Brains
CYPRESS HOUSE HORSE CAMP June 7-13, 14-20, 21-27; July 5-11, 12-18, 19-25
Girls ages 9 through 14 will love learning to ride at this overnight horse camp, located in Bushnell. Other activities include grooming, caring for and saddling horses. chhorsecamp.com or (352) 568-0909
Editor’s Note: This is not a comprehensive list of summer camps. We made every attempt to research and contact as many camps as possible and to ensure accurate information was included. Dates, times, locations and details are subject to change at the camps’ discretion. Please contact the camp directly for up-to-date information.
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URNS OUT CERTAIN TECHNOLOGIES MAY BE HARMFUL TO OUR TEENS. IN A RECENT STUDY BY UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA RESEARCHERS, IT WAS REPORTED THAT 12 PERCENT OF FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS REPORTED TRYING E-CIGARETTES (ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES). THAT NUMBER IS UP FROM 8 PERCENT FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR.
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Also discovered was the fact that teens who use e-cigs are more likely to turn to other tobacco products, including traditional cigarettes and hookah. Lead Investigator Tracey Barnett, Ph.D., says part of the problem is that nicotine delivery systems like e-cigs and hookah are less regulated than cigarettes when it comes to allowable flavoring and public smoking laws that could lead to “re-normalizing smoking for youth.” Some flavors, like bubble gum or gummy bear, definitely appeal to kids. The findings are based on data retrieved from the anonymous 2013 Florida Youth Tobacco Survey, which was completed by more than 12,000 students, and are being further researched in the hopes that smoking doesn’t once again become the societal “norm.” Have kids? Talk to them about the dangers of smoking—in all forms.
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N MAY 10, THE 16TH ANNUAL NATIONAL WOMEN’S HEALTH WEEK KICKS OFF AND GOES THROUGH MAY 16. LED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES OFFICE ON WOMEN’S HEALTH, THE GOAL OF NWHW IS TO EMPOWER WOMEN TO MAKE THEIR HEALTH A PRIORITY. BESIDES DAY-TO-DAY HEALTHY HABITS, THE NWHW PROMOTES NATIONAL WOMEN’S CHECKUP DAY ON MAY 11, 2015. This will be the 13th annual incarnation of the day that
women are encouraged to schedule their annual well-woman visit. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, a well-woman visit is considered a preventive service and must be covered by most health plans at no cost to women.
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Keep a record of your important health information. Know your family health history. See a doctor/health care practitioner regularly for checkups. Be prepared for medical appointments. Ask your doctor/health care practitioner and pharmacist questions.
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HEALTHY HEART It’s important to eat healthy, but it’s even more important to eat for your heart’s health. Avoid foods with
saturated and trans fats, and monitor your cholesterol and exercise.
Obviously, eating a lot of sugar, sodium and red meat are not good for your heart either. Moderation is key. “Eating a healthy diet is not about good foods and bad foods in isolation from the rest of your diet—it’s about the overall diet,” says Robert Eckel, M.D., previous American Heart Association president. Also, beware of fad diets. Even the trendy Paleo diet can promote weight loss at a rate that’s not healthy for your heart, according to the AHA.
STRONG BONES According to Marcelle Pick, OB/ GYN and nurse practitioner, most of our diets are overwhelmed with acidic foods. Although our bodies are built to combat acid, too much acid
will end up forcing the body to pull alkalizing minerals from our bones to digest certain foods. This leads to a loss in
bone density over time and can eventually cause osteoporosis. Pick writes, “Paying attention to your pH is one place you can begin to make an immediate positive change to preserve your long-term health.” A quick Internet search will yield of list of acidic and alkaline foods, and your doctor can test your pH levels. You can also test your own saliva and urine with litmus strips from your local pharmacy.
MUSCLE MASS It goes without saying that working out is good for your overall health, but did you know that building
strong muscles can halt and even reverse diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular illness and hypertension? Try targeted muscle-building exercises and rotate areas worked on from day to day.
Women are far more likely to struggle with anxiety and depression than men, according to The American Institute of Stress. Changing hormone
levels, being more invested in relationships and managing work and family responsibilities are the main explanations. Marcelle Pick urges women to get to the root of what’s causing their stress. “Everything we know about stress—either real or perceived—acute or chronic affects your health,” she writes. Eating healthy will fuel your body when the stress hormone cortisol is released, doing something relaxing for 15 to 30 minutes each day can quiet your nerves, and handling any deep emotional issues with psychotherapy can help resolve issues.
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Sources: American Heart Association, womentowomen.com, medhealth.net, The American Institute of Stress, womenshealth.gov
Being a woman, I find it easy to empathize with problems my patients have, and I have an understanding of what they’re going through. It really helps with treating those problems. —DR. ROSEMARY ORAEDU
Dr. Rosemary Oraedu welcomes Ocala women of all ages into her office, the most welcoming place to be treated like a lady.
We’ll Treat You LIKE A LADY
hen a woman first walks through the door, she might mistake it for a spa. Gynecology Specialists of Ocala is a relaxing environment where patients feel at ease about the experienced, compassionate care they receive thanks to modern, beautiful décor and the warmest professional staff around. Rosemary Oraedu, M.D., MRCOG, knows that her patients want to be heard. She designed her office with this in mind, adding hand-painted quotes and tasteful pink touches throughout to remind women of the community that this practice was built to serve. “What sets our practice apart from others is patient-centered care,” Dr. Oraedu explains. “Our staff is very personable, and care is unhurried. It’s a relaxing, unrushed environment focused 100 percent on the patient. It’s given for women by women, and being a woman myself, I see my patients the way I would see my sisters, my mother, my friends.”
She received specialist training and became board certified in obstetrics and gynecology in the United Kingdom. She also became a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. After moving to America, she completed another residency training at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital New York, affiliated with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Now her expertise has found its home in Ocala. Dr. Oraedu and staff offer a full range of gynecological procedures for women from adolescence into post menopause. From preventative care and common ailments to diagnostic procedures, infertility treatment and contraceptive placements, Gynecology Specialists of Ocala is equipped to do many procedures in-office. Because overall wellness is their goal, they even offer nutrition and weight loss counseling, all delivered with a woman’s touch. Ocala’s older women may have experienced the embarrassment
of urinary incontinence as they’ve gotten older and lost hope that any area doctors can treat them. “We have full urodynamics and a number of procedures to handle what is typically an embarrassing problem,” she says. “The urodynamics are something we have that not many offices offer in-house.” Gynecology specialists also offers in-office hysteroscopy and colposcopy, treatment of menstrual disorders, fibroids and fertility treatment. A busy mother of three, Chudi, 15, Kaira, 12, and Kobi, 10, Dr. Oraedu enjoys reading, traveling and watching her kids play tennis with her husband, Christian. She knows these things are equally important to other women and wants to keep them well enough to enjoy them. “Being a woman, I find it easy to empathize with problems my patients have, and I have an understanding of what they’re going through. It really helps with treating those problems.”
When she’s not at home or the office, Dr. Oraedu volunteers with We Care of Marion County to care for patients pro bono. She is also a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Florida Medical Association, Ocala Royal Dames and Marion County Medical Society. It is evident her dedication to medical excellence runs deep. “We understand that when you choose to see a gynecologist, you’re not merely patronizing a business but entrusting someone with your life,” she says. “That is an honor we do not take lightly.”
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OSTEOPENIA : ARE YOUR BONES BRITTLE? W
HILE MOST PEOPLE HAVE HEARD OF OSTEOPOROSIS, NOT SO MUCH OSTEOPENIA. THINK OF IT AS A RELATIVE TO BONE DENSITY. OSTEOPENIA IS DECREASED BONE DENSITY BUT NOT TO THE EXTENT OF OSTEOPOROSIS. THAT BEING SAID, OSTEOPENIA, LIKE OSTEOPOROSIS, STILL LEADS TO BONE WEAKENING AND AN INCREASED RISK OF FRACTURES, PARTICULARLY IN THE HIPS AND SPINE. Fractures, especially of the bony building blocks of the spine, in those with osteopenia do not always cause pain. This can allow the condition to go undiagnosed for years. Women over the age of 65 make up the majority of those diagnosed with osteopenia, but men can be affected as well. Considered a possible precursor to osteoporosis, not everyone diagnosed with osteopenia will develop osteoporosis.
ARE YOU AT RISK FOR OSTEOPENIA? ❍ Women 65 and older and
❍ Nutrient malabsorption
men 70 and older
(particularly of calcium and vitamin D) due to digestive health conditions or eating disorders
❍ A family history of early bone loss, osteopenia or osteoporosis ❍ Decreased estrogen in women after menopause or decreased testosterone in men
❍ Chronic inflammation due to medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis ❍ Long-term use of certain medications, such as corticosteriods, including prednisone
❍ Having a thin frame ❍ Smoking
❍ Caucasians and those of ❍ Being inactive or immobile (bedridden) for long periods of time
❍ Excessive alcohol consumption
Not everyone diagnosed with osteopenia requires treatment with prescription bone-building medications, like Fosamax, Actonel, Boniva or Reclast. For some, lifestyle modifications such as increasing weight-bearing exercises, quitting smoking, not drinking alcohol excessively, as well as getting an adequate amount of calcium and vitamin D through their diet or supplements may be treatment enough. If you
are diagnosed with osteopenia, talk to your health care provider about the best treatments for you.
DXA SCAN: THE GOLD STANDARD The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends all women 65 and older routinely get a bone mineral density (BMD) test. To measure BMD, the National Osteoporosis Foundation endorses the dual energy X-ray absorptiometry scan (DXA). This scan measures BMD in the hip, spine and sometimes the wrist, which are the most frequent sites of fractures. Scan results are given as T scores, which compares the person being tested to the BMD of a healthy 30-year-old of the same sex. A T-score between -1.0 and -2.5 indicates osteopenia; T-scores lower than -2.5 indicate osteoporosis.
Number of people in the United States who have osteopenia
Number of people in the United States who have osteoporosis
Age at which we reach our bone density mass peak
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Sources: nei.nih.gov, webmd.com, macular.org, eyesight.org
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VEN WITHOUT BINGE-WATCHING OUR FAVORITE TV SERIES, WE ALL WATCH TOO MUCH TELEVISION. AND WATCHING TV USUALLY MEANS ADDING MORE SITTING TO OUR DAY. RESEARCH SHOWS THAT PROLONGED STRETCHES OF SITTING ARE NOT GOOD FOR US, LEADING TO METABOLIC SLOWDOWN. Add in snacking while we watch TV and you have a perfect recipe for unwanted weight gain. But there is a simple solution to this TV-watching quandary. Nix the unhealthy snacking, or replace it with more nutritious choices, and add in some exercise during the commercial breaks. Of course, if you’re binge-watching, you’re going to have to set a timer to get you off your duff! Oh! And no more fast-forwarding through the commercial breaks.
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Each commercial break during a 1-hour program lasts about 3 minutes, so your goal is to finish 2 sets (6-10 reps) of 2 different exercises each break. Here are a few exercises to get you started.
LIE & PRESS: Lie face down on the
floor with hands palms down. Brace your core, and push up with your arms to lift your torso off the ground from the knees up. Then, push until your arms are straight, hold for a count of 3, and lower your body back down to the floor, making sure that your chest and hips touch down at the same time. That’s one rep. This is a good exercise for your core, arms and chest.
KNEEL TO STAND: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, arms at your sides. Take a long stride directly forward with your right leg. Then, stand on your toes with your left foot, and lower your body to the ground, ending up kneeling with right leg perpendicular and left leg straight down. Hold for a count of 3; then stand straight and repeat. Do 6-10 reps on each side. This modified lunge is great for the glutes, aka your backside.
CHAIR SQUAT: Stand with your back
to a chair close enough to sit down on it. Hold your arms out straight in front of you, and slowly lower yourself until you feel your backside just touch the chair seat; then stand up. Repeat 6-10 times. Squats are a great exercise that target all your lower-body muscles and your cores as well.
Sources: onfitness.com, experiencelife.com
LEG PELVIC RAISES: Lie on your back, and place your hands palm down on the floor. Bend your knees to a 90-degree angle with the soles of your feet flat on the floor. Now, raise your right foot off the floor, and hold your leg in the air. Pushing your left heel into the floor, raise your hips off the ground and push them up as high as you can while clenching your butt as you raise. Slowly lower your leg and butt until you lightly touch the floor, and then repeat 6-8 times with the right leg. Switch to the left leg, and repeat. This is a great exercise to tone your butt and core.
Lifestyle Solutions MedSpa introduces
Do you know what it’s like to lose weight but not always see the image results you want? Perhaps previous surgeries have created problem areas for you. Sometimes even the hardest work doesn’t provide the results you want, but Lifestyle Solutions MedSpa, in Ocala, in addition to their proven weight loss programs, can help you get them using one innovative, non-invasive procedure: CoolSculpting.
ifestyle Solutions MedSpa’s founder and medical director, Dr. Michael Holloway, along with wife, Shannon Holloway, who serves as the company’s executive director, are well known for promoting healthy lifestyles in Ocala, and this year, the facility acquired some new technology to offer patients the best in medical aesthetics. CoolSculpting is an FDA cleared, patented technology developed by Harvard scientists that takes about one hour per treatment area. Patients typically see up to a 25 percent reduction
8 WEEKS AFTER
First CoolSculpting® Session
4 WEEKS AFTER
of fat in the treated area. Better yet, the results are lasting as long as one maintains a healthy weight and lifestyle. From adolescence, the body has a fixed number of fat cells. They expand with weight gain but, unlike some may think, they don’t multiply. CoolSculpting provides individualized contouring of problem areas (or as some patients like to say, “areas of opportunity”) by freezing fat cells in the targeted area. Once cells are damaged, they begin a process of cell death, and the body then eliminates them,
8 WEEKS AFTER
First CoolSculpting® Session
9 WEEKS AFTER
Second CoolSculpting® Session
Second CoolSculpting® Session
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12 WEEKS AFTER
which occurs naturally without harming any neighboring tissue. CoolSculpting is not intended for weight loss, though it can put the finishing touch on your hard work by adding definition and, in some cases, motivating individuals to stick with their prescribed weight loss program. Previous surgeries or cosmetic procedures, like liposuction, can produce an uneven look, which can be smoothed out with Coolsculpting. Many women have trouble eliminating fat from the infamous belly button area, and those who have had Cesarean sections may find it even more difficult. And everyone has that one difficult zone that won’t let go, at least, not until now. Coolsculpting is cleared for the abdomen, love handles, inner thighs, saddlebags, muffin top and other areas a patient may desire. Dr. Holloway, Shannon and the entire Lifestyle team are committed to developing programs and adding new technologies in order to provide results their patients deserve. During a thorough and personalized initial consultation, you can discuss your expectations and the Lifestyle Solutions MedSpa staff can clearly outline the way CoolSculpting can help you. CoolSculpting uses specially designed suction to target a
specified area on the body and focus its cooling power. Patients relax in a heated bed with blankets surrounded in candles and gentle music and report little to no discomfort. Many take advantage of the cozy hour to catch up on work or read. Some patients even use their CoolSculpting time as an opportunity to nap. And recovery? While a little bruising and itching is normal, patients typically can return to their normal everyday activities immediately following the procedure. CoolSculpting guests can expect to walk in, relax and walk out an hour or two later feeling no worse for wear. For troublesome spots that won’t let go or for added definition following weight loss, Dr. Holloway and the staff of Lifestyle Solutions MedSpa believe CoolSculpting is the best natural and non-invasive answer.
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STRESS EATING: WEIGHT-GAIN ENABLER
BLAME IT ON CORTISOL When we’re stressed, a biological self-preservation response kicks in and sets off a cascade of chemical responses to the perceived threat. One of those chemicals is cortisol, considered the primary stress hormone, which is excreted by our adrenal glands. A short-term release of cortisol revs up our body and helps us overcome the stressor. But if you’re always stressed out, a constant flood of cortisol does more harm than good. Chronic cortisol levels rob your brain of glucose, its primary source of fuel, and deplete the calming neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. So running low on these key energy sources, cortisol revs up your appetite and triggers cravings for sugary and fatty foods. Remember those Oreos? Chronic stress also causes
the release of a molecule called neuropeptide Y, which encourages fat cells to grow faster! An Ohio State study on a group of stressed women found
that on average they gained 11 pounds a year.
A DE-STRESS PLAN NUTRITION: Instead of reaching for sugary and fatty foods, you want to eat to replenish the key brain neurotransmitters that cortisol depletes. High-protein foods like lean meats, poultry and seafood are good for restoring your feel-good dopamine and calming serotonin levels. Good fats like omega-3 fatty acids found in avocados, nuts, olive oil and egg yolks up your levels of acetylcholine, which
wards off brain fog. Green tea, brown rice, broccoli, shellfish and bananas contain relaxing amino acids that help you de-stress.
EXERCISE: Walking, biking, swimming, tennis and just about any kind of physical activity is good for getting the chronic cortisol response under control. It can be as simple as taking a 20-minute lunch break walk to ease stress during the workday.
YOGA: Research has shown that yoga is a stress-response buster. The deep, controlled breathing during specific yoga poses actually reduces the levels of stress hormones in the bloodstream. There are many types of yoga, with restorative yoga considered a good one for beginners. Check out your local health club or look into some yoga DVDs.
MASSAGE: A powerful stress reducer, massage breaks the pattern of musculoskeletal tension created by chronic stress. Experts cite basic relaxation and deep tissue massage as good stress-busters. Check with your local health club for a referral. MEDITATION: Studies show that mindfulness meditation, becoming a calm observer of your own thoughts
and emotions, interrupts the stress response. Check in your area for meditation classes, or look into DVDs.
REST: Aim for 7-8 hours a night of sleep to give your body a chance to rejuvenate; a well-rested body has a better stress response.
Sources: thedoctorwillseeyounow.com, experiencelife.com, usatoday.com
OU’RE STRESSED OUT ABOUT WORK DEADLINES AND JUGGLING FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES. YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE GOING 100 MILES AN HOUR AND YOU JUST CAN’T KEEP UP. AND YOU’RE HUNGRY, VERY HUNGRY, ALL THE TIME, ESPECIALLY FOR COOKIES, CHIPS, CAKE, ICE CREAM. NEXT THING YOU KNOW YOU’VE EATEN A BAG OF OREOS AND HALF A PIE. YOU KNOW THAT’S NOT GOOD FOR YOU, BUT YOU DO FEEL BETTER. BUT THE CALM DOESN’T LAST AND THE CYCLE BEGINS AGAIN. THEN YOU NOTICE YOUR FAVORITE JEANS ARE FEELING REALLY TIGHT. YOU STEP ON A SCALE AND DISCOVER THAT SEEMINGLY OVERNIGHT YOU’VE GAINED 10 POUNDS! CONGRATULATIONS, YOU’VE BECOME A VICTIM OF STRESS EATING.
Christian Oraedu, M.D., FACS, FASCRS, FRCS, brings knowledge, experience and compassion to Ocala’s medical community.
COMPASSIONATE CARE For The Community
any patients, especially those with aging bodies, have been told by their doctors that nothing can be done to remedy their colon issues, such as fecal incontinence and rectal prolapse. Dr. Christian Oraedu assures them that’s not the case. “Often ER doctors and primary care doctors tell them nothing can be done due to their age, but that’s simply not true. We design the options to the patient.” Community members do not need to travel far and wide searching for a colorectal specialist with the expertise to treat them effectively. Dr. Oraedu is offering professional, compassionate care right here in Ocala and is one of the only specialists in the region. “I have a dedicated division of my practice, a bowel control center, for our retired and elderly patients with fecal incontinence and rectal prolapse,” he explains. “Fecal incontinence can affect their quality of life, and this is a problem that many mothers and grandmothers won’t tell anyone
about. There are many options that don’t require surgery. For those who need surgery, this is done with good results.” Dr. Oraedu is fellowship trained, board certified as a general surgeon and as a colon and rectal surgeon, and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. He completed his general surgery training at Maimonides Medical Center in New York and also completed a fellowship in colorectal surgery through the Pennsylvania State University program at LeHigh Valley Hospital. “In the office, we have endorectal ultrasound, anal manometry and physiology testing equipment. I also perform robotic and laparoscopic colon and rectal surgeries for patients with colon/ rectal cancer and other problems. Patients recover quicker and with less pain,” he says. “Part of my practice is also general surgery like
robotic and laparoscopic hernia repairs, gall bladder removal and surgery for breast cancer.” He even offers one procedure only done in a handful of places nationwide. “This procedure just started less than five years ago; it’s called transanal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS). It avoids painful surgeries and colostomy for patients with large polyps or cancer in the rectum. It’s done in very few places in the country, actually.” He is also active in the community outside his practice. Dr. Oraedu volunteers with the We Care charity program in Marion County for underprivileged patients and is currently serving at Munroe Regional Medical Center as Chief of Surgery. He’s quite the family man as well and loves spending time with his wife, Rosemary, his sons, Chudi, 15, and Kobi, 10, and daughter, Kaira, 12. “For patients with hemorrhoids, I do minimally invasive procedures that don’t require surgery and don’t require
Often ER doctors and primary care doctors tell them nothing can be done due to their age, but that’s simply not true. We design the options to the patient. —DR. CHRISTIAN ORAEDU
time off work, things like infrared laser treatment, banding of hemorrhoids and Doppler-guided procedures,” he says. More than anything, Dr. Oraedu is dedicated to providing his patients with compassionate, personal care when they need it most. “The greatest honor one human being can bestow on another is to entrust them with their life in their greatest moment of need. The least a surgeon can do in return is exhibit diligence, skill and, above all, compassion.”
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SWEETEN UP YOUR
Sure, tomatoes, onions, corn and beans are common salsa ingredients. But why not switch it up a bit? We’re particularly fond of the fruit salsas here at the office. Some popular ones include mango, peach, pineapple and cherry salsa. Even strawberries are getting in on the action. A little sweet, a little spicy, the unexpected flavor hits the spot. Of course, the traditional tortilla chip will work, but you may also want to try cinnamon chips with your next batch of fruit salsa. Mmm. Here’s a great one to try!
Strawberry Salsa Makes 4 cups 1 4 1 2 1 1
pint fresh strawberries, sliced roma (plum) tomatoes, seeded and chopped jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced garlic gloves, minced lime, juiced tablespoon olive oil
AY IS KNOWN FOR A LOT OF THINGS… MOMS, RAIN SHOWERS AND NOW SALSA. YES, MAY IS NATIONAL SALSA MONTH.HOW DO YOU PLAN ON CELEBRATING THIS HEALTHY (AND TASTY) SNACK?
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OFT OR CRUNCHY. FILLED WITH BEEF, CHICKEN OR PORK AND PILED HIGH WITH CHEESE, LETTUCE AND SAUCE. THAT IS THE TACO, AN AMERICAN STAPLE. LAST YEAR ALONE, MORE THAN 4.5 BILLION TACOS WERE CONSUMED IN THE UNITED STATES. BUT—AND IT MIGHT SURPRISE YOU—THE TACO AMERICANS KNOW AND LOVE IS NOT REALLY A “TACO” AT ALL. IN FACT, THERE IS MUCH, MUCH MORE TO TACOS THAN THE CRUNCHY SHELL LEADS YOU TO BELIEVE…
TACO BOUT DELICIOUS
THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR ON TACOS Mexican-style tacos and American-style tacos are completely different, from the fillings to the tortilla itself. Although Americans have a specific vision of what a taco is, traditionally, the word taco is used like Americans use the word sandwich: It’s an all-encompassing food dish.
• Soft, corn tortilla
• Hard or flour tortilla
• Meats vary from slowcooked to head meats
• Ground beef • Shredded cheese
• No cheese
• Iceberg lettuce
• No lettuce
• Sour cream topping
• Lime juice topping
• Diced tomatoes
• Fresh salsa, onions, radishes and cilantro
• Low fat
A BRIEF HISTORY
Tacos are traditionally Mexican, but when the taco made its way over the border, Americans concocted a spinoff vision to create the taco we know and love today. Here is a brief history of the taco’s arrival.
TACOS MADE THEIR WAY TO THE UNITED STATES THROUGH MEXICAN STREET VENDORS.
WITH THE RISE OF THE AMERICAN FOOD-PROCESSING INDUSTRY, TRADITIONAL SLOW-COOKED MEATS AND FRESH VEGETABLES WERE REPLACED WITH HAMBURGER MEAT, CHEDDAR CHEESE AND ICEBERG LETTUCE.
THE HARD-SHELL TACO WAS INVENTED, SO THE TORTILLA DIDN’T HAVE TO BE MADE FRESH THAT DAY AND COULD BE PRESERVED.
WITH THE FOUNDING OF TACO BELL, THE AMERICANIZED TACO BECAME A HOUSEHOLD STAPLE.
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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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“Where Quality and Value Come Together!” Hand-cut, USDA Choice steaks, rotisserie chicken, BBQ baby back ribs, chops, fresh fish, burgers, salads and more! Kids eat free Mondays and Tuesdays. Buy-1-get1-free Fajita Wednesdays $12.98. Two for $19.94 on Thursday! Daily 2-4-1 happy hour, 11a-7p, includes draft beer, wine and all liquors (top shelf, too). Lunch from 11a-3p, and early bird from 3p-6p MondaySaturday. Mother’s Day is May 10, and specials include Roast Turkey & Stuffing for $13.98, Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef for $17.98, Bacon Wrapped Sirloin & Scallops for $19.98, Salmon Oscar for $18.98 or Bacon Wrapped Petite Filet Mignon & Lobster Tail for $24.98.
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Looking for a reason to celebrate? The Cinco de Mayo fun, where margaritas are 2-for-1, starts May 1 and lasts through May 5. And let’s not forget Mom. Treat her to a tasty lunch or dinner May 8 or 9. Latinos honors moms with much-deserved (and maybe needed!) 2-for-1 sangrias and margaritas. Congratulations to the grads, too. Bring them by to celebrate. Have an upcoming event? Whether it’s at our location or yours, the friendly staff at Latinos is more than happy to help plan an extraordinary dining experience. You can choose from an assortment of authentic Spanish cuisine platters or order from the takeout menu.
The VIP rooms and patio are available for private events and can accommodate 20-70 people. Daily lunch specials are served Monday through Friday from 11a-3p and gift certiﬁcates are available.
TACOFY YOUR OUR KITCHEN Taco shells are cheap and easy to buy prepackaged in a store, but making your own makes them fresh, delicious and a delight. With devices such as the Fiesta Series Taco Toaster, which allows you to turn a fresh, flat tortilla into a hard shell, or taco shellshaped tongs for the oven, do-it-yourself tacos are taking over the kitchen.
THE WILD SIDE OF TACOS Whether it’s traditional or American, there’s a wide variety of tacos and a wide variety of toppings. Here are some unusual ones for you to consider.
Scrambled eggs and Swiss chard: Instead of using taco meat,
scramble some eggs and sauté Swiss chard together as your filling. Top with your usual taco sauces and salsas for a lighter breakfast taco.
Sauerkraut: If you’re tired of the same old fish taco, mix it up with sauerkraut and turn it into a fish Reuben taco.
Fried chicken: Take your taco to the next level and add fried chicken tenders instead of the typical beef for an all-American flavor. Barbecue sauce, anyone?
Instead of buying prepackaged taco seasoning blends full of preservatives and “other” ingredients, ma ke your own at home. Here’s how. 1 tablespoon chili pow der 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic pow der 1⁄4 teaspoon onion pow der 1⁄4 teaspoon crushed red pepper ﬂakes 1⁄4 teaspoon dried oregan o 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika 1 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cum in 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon black pepper In a smaller bowl, mix tog ether all spices until well blended , and then store in an airt ight container. When making taco meat, use 2 tablespoons of the seasoning mix for each pou nd of ground meat.
Beer-braised turkey: Skinless turkey thighs are not only flavorful but packed full of protein, too—it makes for a savory taco.
Taco dog: Fill a crunchy shell with hot dogs, beans and American cheese for an authentic classic with a twist.
Indian curry powder: Instead of using traditional taco seasoning, try curry for a spicy twist to a Mexican dish.
Apple-cucumber salsa: Replace the onions and
tomatoes with apples and cucumbers for a refreshing, interesting twist to taco salsa
Sources: allrecipes.com, delish.com, huffingtonpost.com, seriouseats.com, smithsonianmag.com, amazon.com
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WORLD OF BEER. Embarq on a journey. Travel to Singapore, then New Zealand, or India to Norway all in one day, one place and one sip at a time. Offering different styles, tastes and stories infused into over 550 ©Valentyn Volkov /shutterstock.com beers, World of Beer could quite possibly become your new favorite hangout. Get ready for some seriously good eats when the second WOB location opens in The Villages at the Spanish Springs Town Square. With an incredibly knowledgeable staff to help you through each country, you’ll no doubt be back each week for a new pairing. Marinated Steak Fritas served with savory garlic aioli and a cold Harpoon IPA anyone? 994 Alverez Ave., The Villages wobusa.com/spanishsprings
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El Toreo 3790 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 694-1401 / 7 Days 11a-10p SR 200, Ocala / (352) 291-2121 / 7 Days 11a-11p Celebrate the BIG party with us on Cinco de Mayo! (May 5th) Trivia Night every Thursday 7pm-9pm (Silver Springs Blvd. location)
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New lunch specials include Taco Salad on Monday, $4.45; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $4.95; Quesadillas on Wednesday, $6.45; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $5.95; and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $4.95. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $8.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $7.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $7.95; Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $7.95. Plus $1.95 margaritas on Monday. On Sunday, kids 12 and under can enjoy 99¢ children’s meals (takeout not included). Wednesday is Special Margarita Day, 99¢ all day. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day. Happy Hour daily, 4-7pm. Everything is 2-4-1 (exceptions may apply).
Mesa de Notte 2436 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala / (352) 732-4737 / mesaocala.com Mon-Thurs 11a-9p / Fri & Sat 11a-10p Closed Sunday Planning an event? The professionals at Mesa de Notte specialize in full-service, professional catering for any gathering. They offer amazing Italian, Spanish, American and Asian cuisine but can certainly tailor any menu for any budget. Your guests will no doubt be impressed! Mesa de Notte also offers a full alcohol selection as part of the catering options, from beer to liquor to high-end wines. Service is guaranteed to be second to none whether your event is for 10 or 100. That’s just the kind of quality you’ve come to expect from Mesa de Notte.
Stop by and enjoy an appetizer. It’s a great place to gather with friends. Also, make your Mother’s Day reservation today for May 10th. Brunch will be served from 11am-5pm. Mesa de Notte features a full-service bar serving beer, wine and liquor.
Brooklyn’s Backyard 2019 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Suite #102, Ocala / (352) 304-6292 brooklynsbackyard.com / Sun 11a-8p / Mon-Wed 11a-9p / Thu-Sat 11a-whenever Head down to the “Yard” for fresh food and fun in a relaxed backyard atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for finger foods like the fried cheese bites or something more exotic like pierogies or poutine, they’ve got it and it’s delicious! Try one of our their fresh fish entrees. In the mood for wings? Get the best from the 2015 King of Wings. Want pizza? They got it, NY style, plus a full range of fresh salads, burgers, sandwiches and entrées sure to suit everyone! There’s beer and wine in the ‘Yard,” too—over 40 craft beers and a great selection of wines, all sure to perfectly complement your meal!
Special Mother’s Day Menu. Winner of 2015 King of Wings! Don’t forget—we cater! Let us create an unforgettable menu for your next special occasion. Also, check out Live Music Fridays and Seafood Bucket Saturdays. Brooklyn’s Backyard—Good Beer, Better Food!
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. The 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. All you can EAT Monday, Spaghetti and meatballs $6.99. Tuesday, 16” Cheese Pizza $7.99. Wednesday, 10 Chicken Wings $5.00.
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FOOD OR FICTION? But wait a minute—don’t be so quick to brush off all myths just yet, as we have gathered a handful of our favorite food myths ready to be debunked or confirmed for good! That’s right! We can finally give you the answer to whether that gum you swallowed six years ago is still hanging out inside your stomach or whether eating carrots could potentially turn your skin orange.
Myth: DRINKING 100% FRUIT JUICE IS JUST AS HEALTHY AS EATING FRESH FRUIT.
RUMOR! A team of scientists from Britain have found that while eating whole fruits still containing vital fibers lowers the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, drinking fruit in the form of fiber-free juice, on the other hand, actually increases it. Nutritionist Katherine Zeratsky of the Mayo clinic backs this up, reasoning that although it’s true that 100 percent fruit juice has no added sugars, it is also true that for taste’s sake, more vitamins and minerals are thrown into the mix; and there’s the catch! Those extras are packed with sugar. Despite the convenience of poking a straw in a cardboard box, the juicing process destroys a number of the fruits’ beneficial components and removes nearly all of the natural fiber in real fruit, which is crucial for slowing the absorption of the fruit’s sugar.
Myth: IF A BIRD EATS UNCOOKED RICE, THEIR STOMACHS WILL EXPLODE.
RUMOR! Ann Landers caused quite an uproar in her 1966 column
warning against the dangers of throwing rice at weddings. However, since rice only expands in boiling liquid, it seems strange to think such an extreme impact would be made inside of birds. Well don’t fret rice throwers, birdwatchersdigest.com reports that birds can actually digest rice just fine.
Myth: EATING TOO MANY CARROTS WILL CAUSE YOUR SKIN TO TURN ORANGE.
FACT! The diagnosis is in. Carotenosis. Once in your digestive system, excessive carotene can no longer convert the plant-produced pigment to retinal, so it is stored in superficial connective tissue, or fat, altering the skin color.
Myth: YOU CAN CUT MOLD OFF CHEESE AND EAT IT BUT NOT BREAD.
FACT! The low moisture content of hard cheese, such as cheddar, colby,
Myth: EATING BURNT TOAST GIVES YOU CANCER.
MAYBE. No one has investigated whether people who eat a lot of burnt toast have higher cancer rates, but there are chemicals in burnt toast that have been linked with cancers in both humans and animals. Our advice? Just make a new piece of toast.
Myth: BERRY-FLAVORED YOGURTS ARE COLORED WITH CRUSHED INSECTS.
FACT! We are guessing you’ll never look at your strawberry yogurt the same, but it’s true! Most berryflavored yogurts get their sweet pink hue from crushed cochineal insects. Still don’t believe us? Look for the words “carmine” or “cochineal extract” on the label.
Myth: IF YOU SWALLOW GUM, IT STAYS IN YOUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM FOR SEVEN YEARS.
RUMOR! Turns out this is nothing more than a mere wive’s tale. Gastroenterologist Dr. Farshad Aduli is quick to reason that gum, a mixture of natural and synthetic gums and resins, color, flavor, corn syrup and sugar, is definitely not detrimental and definitely should not be of concern for the next seven years if accidentally swallowed. And why not six or eight years? The specificity of this myth should have been a dead giveaway.
time you return, you’ll get to say the infamous line: “Looks like we’re back to Square 1!” More than just a burger joint, you’ll be hooked on their salads, appetizers, shakes and off-thebun choices! From items like fried Mac n’ Cheese panko breaded and bacon topped to Bourbon pulled pork confettied with pepper jack ©mjsomerville/shutterstock.com cheese and onion rings on a sesame bun, it’s safe to say that maybe going back to Square 1 is a good thing after all! Open Sunday-Thursday 11am-10pm and Friday and Saturday 11am-11pm. 2542 Burnsed Ave., The Villages (352) 689-2191 square1burgers.com
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S WE GET OLDER, IT’S NORMAL (AND LOGICAL) TO DISMISS SOME OF THE MORE OUTLANDISH CLAIMS WE WERE TOLD AS KIDS. I MEAN, COME ON—WE ALL KNOW THE TOOTH FAIRY IS NON-EXISTENT AND WE’RE FAIRLY SURE NO ONE’S EYES WERE REALLY IN JEOPARDY OF GETTING STUCK IN THE EYE-ROLLING POSITION, LIKE MANY A MOM CLAIMED THEY WOULD.
provolone and Swiss, and its dense structure means there’s not likely mold beyond what the eye can see. On the other hand, foods such as soft cheese, bread or cake have a much higher moisture content, leaving space for mold to creep inside.
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HONEST JOHN’S WHISKEY & PROVISIONS will be opening soon in Lake Sumter Landing where the old TGI Friday’s was once located, breathing life into the building that has been empty since the former shut down in November. Honest John’s will offer a Northern tavern feel with substantial comfort food and a warm atmosphere with dishes such as chicken and waffles. ©Joshua Resnick /shutterstock.com Owners Mike and Gina also own both City Fire American Oven & Bar locations in The Villages, one of which is located in the Brownwood area, while the other is located in Lake Sumter Landing. 1045 Old Camp Road, The Villages Continued on page 76
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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
Come join us on the the 19th hole at Blanca’s Cafe, 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. Weekly entertainment, call for details. Entertainment will be provided at 6:30 seating. By reservations only. Serving special Mother’s menu on Mother’s Day. Now taking reservations.
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!
The Ivy House Restaurant 917 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala / (352) 622-5550 Sun 11a-2p / Tue 11a-2p / Wed & Thu 11a-8p / Fri & Sat 11a-8:30p / Closed Mon 106 NW Main St, Williston / (352) 528-5410 Sun-Wed 11a-2p / Thu-Sat 11a-8p / ivyhouseﬂ.com “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 downtown Ocala location has added several specialty items, and the restaurant has been named by Florida Trend as one of the “Top 500 Best Places to Eat in the State” for several years. Specials include Southern Fried Lobster, delicious hand-cut steaks and our famous Baked Krispy Chicken. Trying our delicious homemade desserts like the Key Lime Pie or Chocolate Midnight Cake is a must when dining here.
Our special mother, “Mimi”, would like to invite you to treat your special mother to a lovely dining experience at The Ivy House. Reservations only. Sunday, May 10. Make your reservations today!
For more information on catering, contact Waica Huggins or Evelyn Nuseel at email@example.com
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GARLIC… BAM! With records indicating that garlic was used when the Giza pyramids were built, the popular spice has been in use for more than 5,000 years. More recently, several population studies have shown close association between the intake of garlic and a reduced risk of certain cancers, including cancers of the stomach, colon, esophagus, pancreas and breast. So, with that being said, it looks like the common rule that food can’t be both tasty and healthy was just revoked. Chopped, minced, grated or juiced, garlic is not one to be avoided. Here are the most common ways garlic can make it to your plate!
Powdered garlic is basically a dehydrated ground garlic with the same savory flavor as the fresh variety! Powdered garlic can be used in dips or as a dry-rub when preparing meat on the grill!
The most common way for garlic to climb its way into our favorite dishes is by being minced. Minced—meaning finely chopped fresh garlic—can be found in almost everything! Pastas, chicken dishes, sautéed veggies, the list is endless!
Popularly used to set atop of dishes like bruschetta, roasted garlic is usually drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled lightly with salt and pepper and then placed in the oven or a covered skillet to roast along with the dish it will complement. Plus, the soft, creamy texture is a perfect substitute for butter!
**SUBSTITUTION SCALE: 1 CLOVE = 1 TEASPOON CHOPPED GARLIC = 1/2 TEASPOON MINCED GARLIC = 1/8 TEASPOON GARLIC POWDER = 1/2 TEASPOON GARLIC JUICE
GARLIC GONE WILD As if the reputation, taste and health benefits weren’t enough to give garlic a round of applause, maybe these garlic life hacks will bring you to feet!
ACNE TREATMENT: Rub a slice of raw garlic on the aﬀected area, and it will lessen the appearance of unwanted blemishes. GLUE: Out of Elmer’s? Don’t sweat it! Crush up a few cloves and use the juice as an adhesive for both paper and glass.
FISH FOOD: Fisherman swear that an added clove of garlic at the end of their hook helps reel the ﬁsh right in.
MOSQUITO REPELLENT: If you don’t mind smelling like garlic (and why would you!), rub garlic juice on your arms to keep those annoying mini helicopters at bay.
SPLINTER EXTRACTION: To easily remove a splinter, place a clove of garlic on the area and wrap a bandage around it. The garlic will ease the splinter right out!
ZAXBY’S, known for fast-food chicken tenders and wings, recently signed a lease to open a new location in an outparcel building of the Ocala’s Parkview Commons shopping center off SE 17th Street next to Publix. The restaurant has plans to open within four to six months, and this will be the sixth Zaxby’s ©Joshua Resnick/shutterstock.com location in Marion County. With food like the chicken finger plate, piled high with chicken, crinkle fries and Texas toast, and wings with a variety of yummy sauces, another location is always well received. Don’t forget to pick up the Zax sauce! zaxbys.com
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HEWING UP A RAW CLOVE OF GARLIC MAY NOT BE THE BEST IDEA— UNLESS YOU ARE PREPARED TO GIVE OFF NOXIOUS FUMES TYPICALLY NOT APPRECIATED BY OTHERS. HOWEVER, WITH SO MANY PRACTICAL WAYS GARLIC CAN BE PUT TO USE, WE’RE SURE YOU’LL FIND A PERFECT EXCUSE TO SWING BY THE STORE AND SNATCH UP SOME CLOVES!
DUNKIN’ DONUTS is a haven for the coffee lovers among us, and now, adding to the already extensive list of locations in Marion County, two new locations are opening: one in Belleview and one near Canopy Plaza on West SR 200. Known for their donuts and coffee drinks, Dunkin’ Donuts also serves up breakfast sandwiches and regular sandwiches throughout the day, like the pretzel bun chicken sandwich served with bacon and ©HandmadePictures/shutterstock.com cheese. Try the new croissant donut, with the flaky layers of a croissant but glazed like a donut. Have a favorite flavor coffee? They now come in K-Cups as well so you can enjoy your favorite cup of joe even at home. dunkindonuts.com
Braised Onion 754 NE 25th Ave, Ocala / (352) 620-9255 Tue-Thu 11a-9p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-8p
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 10 from 11am-4pm. Reservations welcomed.
Mother’s Day Brunch 11am-6:30pm Sunday, May 10th
Stop by Tuesday through Friday 4-7pm for happy hour featuring two-for-one. Live entertainment Wednesday, Friday & Saturday from 6-9pm. Taste of Ocala Winners 2013-2014: Best of Taste, People’s Choice and Best Presentation Awards.
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.
Happy Hour daily 4:30-6p Check out our full sushi bar. Celebrating 29 years! Ask about our lunch specials!
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Tilted Kilt 3155 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 351-5458 /ocala.tiltedkilt.com Mon-Thu 11a-11p/ Fri-Sat 11a-Midnight / Sun 11a-10p
Next time you’re in the mood for a trip to Ireland, look no further than Ocala’s very own Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery. Their classics will have you convinced that you’ve just taken a one-way flight to Dublin. Favorites such as fish & chips, shepherd’s pie and Gaelic chicken in an Irish whiskey cream sauce all served by beautiful lasses in kilts will leave you wanting more! Menu items as low as $6 from 11am-3pm makes The Tilted Kilt the perfect place for a quick bite to eat during lunch. Stop by with the whole family to enjoy TV on the big screens, games, good service and great food! Scan this QR code and see our calendar of events.
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T’S TIME TO ONCE AGAIN RECOGNIZE SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT LADIES AROUND WITH AN ELEGANT EVENING UNDER THE STARS. THE ANNUAL SYMPHONY UNDER THE STARS CONCERT, FEATURING THE OCALA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE OCALA GOLF CLUB. THIS POPULAR EVENT HAS BEEN A TRADITION FOR AREA FAMILIES SINCE 1988.
Bring some snacks to nibble on, or visit one of the onsite vendors. And don’t forget your favorite lawn chair or most comfortable blanket to kick back and relax on. Fine Arts For Ocala will also have a vendor tent on-site for those looking to purchase last-minute gifts for Mom. The gates open at 5:30pm, 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 free. Tickets are $20 at the gate. fafo.org or (352) 867-0355.
LIGHT UP THE NIGHT (THROUGH MAY)
This month, the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa will be aglow like never before. ZOOMINATIONS features a dazzling exhibition of colossal lanterns sprawling over 26 acres. Millions of LED lights and lanterns constructed of a variety of materials will be the centerpiece of this ancient Chinese-themed festival. Visitors will also have the opportunity to discover authentic artisans, awe at Chinese performers and enjoy a cultural dining experience. Zoominations will run for a limited time only, and the action gets underway at 6pm nightly. lowryparkzoo.org.
SPECIAL DELIVERY One of the largest nationwide food drives nationwide will take
place this year on May 9. The annual NATIONAL LETTER CARRIERS FOOD DRIVE is now in its 23rd year. Last year in Marion County over 190,000 pounds of non-perishable food was delivered to Interfaith Emergency Services to be distributed to area food banks. For the past eight years, the Ocala post office has ranked first in their union member category thanks to the community’s outstanding support. Remember to place your nonperishable items on your mailbox on May 9. Collection barrels will also be set up at area post offices. uwmc.org or (352) 732-9696.
SOMETHING ABOUT SUNFLOWERS! (WEEKENDS MAY 9-25)
Coon Hollo Farm in Micanopy welcomes in the summer sunshine with a tribute to the tallest flower around, the sunflower! THE SUNFLOWER FESTIVAL will run weekends between May 9 and May 25. Bring home a souvenir or two from the U-pick sunflower and farm-fresh veggie stations or cool off with a ride down the 300foot slip ’n’ slide! And don’t forget to come hungry because there’s always plenty of homemade ice cream and baked goods available as well as a whole barnyard of baby animals to play with. This is one festival that will give you more than one reason to smile. coonhollocornmaze.com or (352) 318-9258.
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Dust off your bike, trike or unicycle if you prefer. THE 8TH ANNUAL FRANK POLACK MEMORIAL RIDE will wind
riders through the rolling hills of beautiful horse country. This popular spring event always draws a crowd, and 2015 is set to be a record-breaking year for entries. Choose from a 30-, 62- or 80-mile route with a pre-ride breakfast provided at the start and fully stocked rest stops scattered throughout the course. Stick around after to celebrate your finish with a postride lunch and entertainment. The mass start is set to take off from the Hospice of Marion County parking lot at 8am, so come ready to ride. hospiceofmarion.com or (352) 854-5218.
YOU CAN BET ON IT!
Brush up on you blackjack and practice your poker face, a night of casino action is headed to Golden Ocala. CASINO ROYAL is presented by Kids Central and is sure to be the talk of the town. With a James Bond theme, the evening event features an “undercover” costume contest with prizes awarded for best Bond Girl, best villain and, of course, a prize for the best 007 himself. The evening kicks off at 7pm and includes casino classics such as Texas hold’em, roulette, craps, slots and more. kidscentralinc.org or (352) 387-3559.
SOMETHING TO YAP ABOUT
Everyone loves puppies and kittens, but pet overpopulation is a real problem in Marion County. That’s why VOICE OF CHANGE ANIMAL LEAGUE (V.O.C.A.L.) is stepping up to open a low-cost clinic and educate the public about the importance of spaying and neutering pets. Help support this non-profit group at a kick-off event held at Gateway Bank from 5-8pm. Tickets are $25 and proceeds from “Yappy Hour” will go toward opening the new clinic and providing affordable services for your four-legged friends. vocalforpets.org or (352) 289-0800.
MIGHT AND MAYHEM
Don’t be surprised if you see a Viking or two in Ocala. FENRIR’S MAYHEM III is a functional fitness competition with a Viking theme. Hosted by CrossFit Iron Legion, these mighty athletes will be showing what they can do in a competition like no other. With a “Most Viking-Like Beard” and “Most Viking-Like Braid” competition, this family-friendly event will join athletes from across the Southeast. And for the Vikings-in-training, there will be a kiddie competition as well. fenrirsmayhem.com or (352) 620-2625. 29-30
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UPCOMING EXHIBITS AT THE APPLETON (ONGOING) Everglades: America’s Wetland contains 40 framed photographs by Mac Stone, an award-winning conservation photographer and naturalist who recently published a major book by the same title. The exhibit will run through July 5. Beyond Reality: The Many Worlds of James H. Vredevoogd is the artist’s first retrospective. Realistic in style but surrealist in subject matter, his works are enigmatic dreamscapes with their own unique symbolism and iconography. The exhibit runs through June 7. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
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N 1952, MRS. ADA HOLDING MILLER, PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF MUSIC CLUBS, OBSERVED THAT THE GROUNDS OF THE STEPHEN FOSTER MEMORIAL WOULD BE AN IDEAL SETTING TO HOLD A FOLK FESTIVAL. WITH THAT OBSERVATION, THE FLORIDA FOLK FESTIVAL WAS ESTABLISHED. SINCE 1953, THIS ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF FLORIDA HISTORY HAS BEEN RECOGNIZING THE CULTURES, CUISINES AND TRADITIONAL FOLKLORE OF VAST DIVERSITY AMONG THE STATE’S NATIVES. PARK SERVICES SPECIALIST AT THE STEPHEN FOSTER FOLK CULTURE CENTER STATE PARK ANDREA THOMAS TOOK A FEW MINUTES TO EXPLAIN THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE EVENT AND SOME OF THE UNIQUE ENTERTAINMENT VISITORS CAN EXPECT. Why is the Florida Folk Festival such an important event? At the Florida Folk Festival you can sit with the masters who keep cultural traditions alive. There are jam sessions, demonstrations and workshops as well as cultural dining delicacies that are unique celebrations of the ‘melting pot’ of the state.
What kind of entertainment can visitors expect? There’s music, arts, crafts, food, workshops, demonstrations, storytelling, vendors and
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exhibitors all showcasing Florida. Learn how to collect your family’s history, call a square dance or the importance of native plant and animal species.
What are some examples of “Florida foods?” There’s everything from homemade beef jerky to Caribbean-influenced dishes of chicken pilau, hoppin’ john, black-eyed peas and okra and tomatoes. At the amphitheater food court, there’s everything from barbecue and gumbo to lime fizzes and vegetarian fare.
Are there activities for children? There’s an area for children’s crafts and games as well as the ‘Florida Species Parade’ that kids can participate in, which teaches children about the local fauna. Talented young ones are also welcome at the fiddle and banjo contests and open mic that occurs every night.
Are schedules available? Yes, schedules are available in the festival program, on the mobile app, at the information table, at stage kiosks and on the website.
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ESL CLASSES (THROUGH MAY) Adult ESL classes will be held every Wednesday through May for those interested in taking a citizenship exam. The classes begin at 6pm at the College Road Baptist Church in Ocala. Child care is provided on-site during class time. All classes and activities are free. (352) 854-6981. OCALA ART GROUP EXHIBIT (THROUGH MAY 28) The Art of Portraiture exhibit by members of the Ocala Art Group at Ocala City Hall covers a range of images from oil paintings of well-known people to whimsical images of favorite family pets and 3D assemblages that are sure to delight. ocalaartgroup.org VILLAGES POLO CLUB (ONGOING) The Villages Polo Club will host a match every Friday evening at 5pm and every Sunday at 2pm throughout the month. General admission is $15, and tailgating tickets are available. Only cash will be accepted at the gate.
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SENIOR LEARNERS COURSES (THROUGH NOVEMBER) A number of courses will be available for seniors at the College of Central Florida. seniorlearners.org or (352) 239-8770. GUY HARVEY EXHIBIT (ONGOING) The artwork of internationally renowned marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey is currently on display on the second
floor of Gateway Bank. All artwork is for sale, and Gateway Bank will donate its share of the sales to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. Exhibit hours are 9am-5pm Monday through Thursday and 9am-6pm on Friday. guyharvey.com or (352) 368-3756. FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK (MAY 1) Various artists will set up throughout downtown Ocala working on paintings and other projects, so stop by and have a look from 6-9pm. In addition to the local arts, nearby shops will host extended shopping hours. facebook.com/artwalkocala or (352) 629-8447.
LATIN-AMERICAN FESTIVAL (MAY 2) Silver Springs State Park will host an evening of Latin music, food and fun while exploring the springs on the world-famous glass bottom boats. This event will feature dancing, games, prizes and more. Gate opens at 1pm, and the festival starts at 4pm. Admission is $12 for adults and $7 for kids. silversprings.com or (352) 261-5840. MURDER MYSTERY DINNER (MAY 2) The historic Seven Sisters Inn will host a murder mystery dinner, including a four-course meal, cast of actors and script for the evening. Tickets are $65, and the event lasts three hours. Period costume is encouraged. sevensistersinn.org or (352) 433-0700. BRICK CITY BEER AND WINE FESTIVAL (MAY 2) The Brick City Beer and Wine Festival features craft beer and wine samples from various breweries and area establishments as well as live music presented by R-Style and the Dusty 45’s on Citizens’ Circle in downtown Ocala. The festival runs 2-6pm and is followed by a live concert by Blue Oyster Cult at 6:30pm. General admission to the festival is $35 and includes admission to the Blue Oyster Cult concert. VIP tickets are $60 and include VIP admission to the concert. feeldowntownocala.com or brickcitybeerfest.com. THE WORLD HAS TALENT (MAY 2) The ever-popular talent show for the 55+ community will take place at the Circle Square Cultural
Center. The top 10 finalists will perform live, and the winner will be selected. Doors open at 6pm, and the event begins at 7pm. csculturalcenter.com or (352) 854-3670. VILLAGES CRAFT FESTIVAL (MAY 2-3) The 6th Annual The Villages Craft Festival will take place at La Plaza Grande and feature an eclectic collection of works by the country’s finest artisans. The festival is free and open to the public and will run from 10am5pm both days. artfestival.com or (561) 746-6615. UF ALUMNI ASSOCIATION EVENT (MAY 4) UF Gator Football Coach McElwain will make an appearance at the Marion County Gator Club Gathering held at the College of Central Florida. The event will feature a dinner and presentation, and Coach McElwain will sign autographs for the first 200 people in attendance. ufalumni.ufl.edu or (352) 237-5332. LIFEGUARDING CLASSES (MAY 4-14) The Newton A. Perry Aquatic Center at the College of Central Florida will offer an American Red Cross Lifeguarding Class. The 32-hour course includes training in lifeguarding, CPR and first aid. Students must be at least 15 years old, be able to swim 300 yards continuously and tread water for two minutes without the use of hands. Classes will be held Monday through Thursday from 6-9pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8am-6pm. Registration is $180. ocalaaquatics.com or (352) 873-5811.
TRIPS ’N’ TOURS (MAY 5, 28) The Appleton’s Trips ’N’ Tours program will take members to the Tampa Museum of Art and Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. Tickets are $70 for members, $80 for non-members. On May 28, the program will travel to the Brown Museum of Art and Continued on page 86
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MOTHER’S DAY LUNCHEON (MAY 10) The Appleton Museum will host a luncheon featuring a docent-guided tour of artwork focusing on motherhood and women and a screening of a film in the auditorium. Tickets are $45 each for members and $50 for nonmembers. Advanced registration is required. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455, ext. 1836.
BEYOND THE BARBWIRE (MAY 7) This professional development event prepares individuals to discover the professional services available for those looking to aid formerly incarcerated individuals
UNITED WAY GALA (MAY 7) The United Way of Marion County will host a gala event at the Circle Square Cultural Center as part of its plan to raise $6.7 million by 2017. The gala will feature dinner,
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OCALA ART GROUP MEETING AND DEMONSTRATION (MAY 13) Beginning at 12pm at the Appleton Museum, the group’s monthly meeting will be followed by an “Expressionist” demonstration by artist Ted Kioski, who will demonstrate how to paint a portrait and explain his thought and painting processes. ocalaartgroup.org. NATURE WALKS (MAY 12, 26) The Marion County Parks and Recreation Department will host two free interpretive nature walks this month. The May 12 walk will take place at the Land Bridge Trailhead, and the May 26 walk will take place at Carney Island Conservation Area. Walks differ in length and terrain. Contact the Marion County Parks and Recreation Department for specific details about each walk. marioncountyﬂ.org or (352) 671-8560. SPRING FLING BOWLING TOURNAMENT (MAY 14) AMF Galaxy East Bowling Alley will host a bowling tournament to benefit the Public Education Foundation of Marion County. The tournament will run from 5-8pm, and sponsorship packages are available through May 5. pefmc.org or (352) 671-4167. FOOD TRUCK RALLY (MAY 16) A food truck rally will be held at Citizens’ Circle to benefit Open
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HPV Vaccination” will take place from 5:30-8pm in the Marion County Sheriff ’s Department conference room. Dinner will be served; seating is limited. (352) 438-5990 or (352) 812-4378.
JOHNNY MELLO SHOW (MAY 16) Have a Heart for Companion Animals presents the Johnny Mello Show and Dance held at La Hacienda Recreation Center in Lady Lake. The evening features seven local recording artists, line dancing, door prizes, a 50/50 cash drawing and a free pizza buffet. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. thejohnnymelloshow.com or (352) 687-1776.
MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO COMMUNITY FOOD EVENTS (MAY 23) A community food event to educate citizens about food awareness, creating a local food system and promoting sustainability and gardening will run 11am-2pm at Citizens’ Circle. ocalafl.org or (352) 595-3739.
PANEL DISCUSSION AND DINNER (MAY 20) The Cancer Alliance of Marion and the Marion County Children’s Alliance present a panel discussion with regional medical professionals about the HPV vaccine. “Efforts to Reduce Cancer Burden Through
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