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By definition, a daredevil is a recklessly bold person. Although definitely bold, the local senior daredevils featured in Cover photo by John Jernigan this article are not reckless. Whether tackling challenging rocky trails, climbing mountains, conquering obstacle courses on horseback or falling through the sky, these adventurous seniors prove that a courageous spirit is truly ageless. BY JOANN GUIDRY
Stitch By Stitch: Quilting Past and Present p34 Tradition comes alive in the meeting hall of Saint Mark’s United Methodist Church the first and third Thursdays of each month—the Country Road Quilters of Ocala make sure of it. Together, they’re stitching together past and present, creating beautiful quilts and proving the value of what some see as a lost art. BY LEIGH NEELY
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Support for Seniors: A Roundup Of Senior Services p40 At some point in our lives, we all need someone’s help. Whether it’s filling up an empty pantry, needing someone to talk to or simply catching a ride here and there, it’s the small things that help keep us ticking. And there’s help out there—you just have to know where to look. BY LESLEY JONES
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OOKING FOR SOMETHING FUN AND UNIQUE TO DO THAT HAS A WINTERY FEEL? STARTING NOVEMBER 22, THE SYNTHETIC ICE SKATING RINK IN DOWNTOWN OCALA WILL BE UP AND RUNNING! The 64-foot by 32-foot ice rink’s opening
day corresponds with Light Up Ocala, making it a day you won’t want to miss. In case you’re wondering, the synthetic ice rink is made up of a seamless, highdensity polyethylene material. You won’t know it’s not real, though! Real ice skates are used, and the rink provides a unique winter activity for all ages, sans the snow. The ice skating rink will be open daily until January 4 with hours that vary. Visit ocalafl.org or call (352) 368-5517 if you need additional information.
UNDER THE DOME In a word, the Florida Horse Park’s new covered arena is big. Make that two words: very big. Need a visual? A National Football League field, including both end zones, is 57,600 square feet. The Florida Horse Park (FHP) arena easily beats that, coming in at 79,500 square feet. The arena is the latest addition to the FHP, which is located on 500 leased acres of the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway on South Highway 475 in south Marion County. Officially named the Florida Agriculture Center and Horse Park Authority, the entity was created as a non-profit 501(c)(3) by the Florida Legislature in 1996. In 2004, the FHP formed a partnership with the U.S. Equestrian Federation, and in 2006, it became the official training site for the U.S. Equestrian Team. In 2007, the FHP hosted the largest horse trials ever in the southeast region with 509 entries. The FHP has gone on to host many local, state, regional, national and international equestrian events, from dressage to three-day eventing to polo. The FHP has also served as a hub for numerous equine educational programs and clinics. But a consistent complaint from those who attended events over the years at the FHP was the lack of a covered arena. Now, it’s no longer necessary to add that note to the suggestion box. The $2 million arena was paid for by state funding approved in 2013 by the Florida Legislature and Governor Rick Scott. Construction began in February 2014 but was slowed by weather-related setbacks during a very active summer thunderstorm season. Torrential downpours and lightning are not conducive to safe construction work. But by the early fall, completion was in sight.
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The massive, multiple-use covered arena with a 3,000-seat capacity also features a state-ofthe-art audio system. The arena’s footing, a base of clay and sand, can be customized to best suit any event. Obviously the new arena will allow for more equine events, but it is also expected to attract many other athletic competitions and community functions. “Since even just the initial announcement of the arena project, our bookings have more than doubled,” says Shawn Doherty, the FHP executive director. “The addition of the covered arena will only enhance our facility and the services we can offer to a diverse group of people. Just a few of the non-equestrian events we have hosted and can host include RV shows, tractor auctions, marching band competitions, Civil War reenactments, rally driving and volleyball tournaments.” In 2014, the FHP was awarded another $2 million in state funding to build new barns to complement the covered arena. For the FHP principals, the new arena and barns are essential components of an ambitious long-range plan. “Our ultimate goal is to build a sustainable, world-class facility with broad appeal,” says Doherty. “The new arena and the barns to come will help put us much closer to that goal.”
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STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS AND DISTRICT NEWS THAT SHAPE MARION COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
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Dozens of youngsters and their parents traveled together for the annual WALK YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL event at Belleview Elementary. Law enforcement set up a “safe” walk zone that included dangers students might encounter— things like drug dealers, child predators and innocent situations that turn dangerous. Students completing the walk also received goodie bags with reminders to stay safe during their trips to and from school.
EIGHTH STREET @ 100 YEARS Talk about a major milestone! EIGHTH STREET ELEMENTARY is the oldest, continuous-running school building in all of Florida. Current students, parents, teachers and alumni celebrated the occasion in grand style. Students even researched the archives, interviewed early graduates and learned what life was like “back in the old days.” Today, the restored school is home to nearly 350 students near downtown Ocala.
BREAKFAST MEANS BICYCLES Marion County students celebrated SCHOOL BREAKFAST WEEK recently, and everyone eating breakfast had the chance to win T-shirts, backpacks and more. The grand prize was a new bicycle, which went to ALLISSA MILLS, a seventh-grader at Dunnellon Middle School. Cafeteria workers surprised Allissa with the bike. Those workers included (l-r) Cristian Maldonado, Allissa Mills, Dorsa Murphy, Debbie Hunley, Assistant Principal Reginald Rocker, Lori Grant and Cindy Guile.
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Governor Rick Scott’s office recently announced Dunnellon Elementary School’s MARIA GONZALEZ as the top elementary Hispanic educator in all of Florida. Gonzalez traveled to Tallahassee to receive formal recognition by Lieutenant Governor Carolos Lopez-Cantera as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Gonzalez went back to college at age 30 to earn her teaching degree. She joined the district 13 years ago and is now in her fifth year of teaching at Dunnellon Elementary.
teachers at the Journalism Museum in Washington, D.C. He was one of just 24 nationwide benefiting from the experience. The Newseum, as it is called, provided Hampton training in using social media in his classroom as a tool for student-led learning involving students speaking out about issues they face.
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t was just over a year ago when our television signed off during a Monday Night Football game. In our home, a working television is a requirement during football season. Although I’m not much of a shopper, the challenge of negotiating a major purchase is something I really enjoy. I will typically invest countless hours conducting online research, reading customer reviews, etc. Like most people, I’m simply looking for one thing… a bargain. For those who find themselves in the uncomfortable position of facing criminal charges, this may be the most important time to look for a bargain. Despite the constitutional right to a jury trial, when you consider the number of criminal charges filed every day, it would be impossible to have a jury trial in every case. Thus, the concept of “plea bargaining” helps resolve most criminal cases. There are several ways criminal cases are resolved without a trial. The first (and maybe the easiest) is when the prosecution simply decides to drop the charges. A less common route is when the charges are dismissed by the judge due to a technical issue.
enter an “open plea” to criminal charges. Simply stated, an open plea is when the defendant does not want a trial but also does not like the prosecution’s plea offer. Entering an open plea may be comparable to the old television game show Let’s Make a Deal, where the contestant voluntarily gives up what they have been offered for the uncertainty of what is waiting behind door number two. The timeless phrase, “I throw myself on the mercy of the court,” may have originated from an open plea. This, of course, assumes the court has mercy. Otherwise, THE CONCEPT OF PLEA BARGAINING IS the defendant may HERE TO STAY AS A NECESSARY MEANS TO be throwing him/ RESOLVE CRIMINAL CASES. herself into a more difficult situation. When a defendant is electing to pass on what Perhaps the most common I believe to be a generous plea offer, resolution to criminal cases I’ve always felt the moral obligation to is for the defendant to simply inform them of the mistake they may be enter a plea of guilty or no making. Although not every defendant contest based upon a plea offer will adhere to my not-so-subtle advice, from the prosecution. It’s the this typically alleviates the option of an prosecution’s discretion to open plea as the defendant will choose to handle criminal charges as they either accept the prosecution’s plea offer see fit. As such, they make or proceed to trial. the plea offers. When the The concept of plea bargaining prosecution and the defendant is here to stay as a necessary means to reach a mutual resolution resolve criminal cases. Most judges now in a criminal case—a plea devote entire days on their dockets for agreement— this alleviates the sole purpose of accepting negotiated the time and resources plea offers. Because plea negotiations required for a jury trial. result in the disposition of so many cases, The option that may judges typically accept these pleas with be the most intriguing is an understood, “Thank you.” when a defendant elects to
An increasingly popular disposition for criminal cases is through a pretrial diversion program. This is an agreement between the defendant and the prosecution where the charges are dropped after the defendant has completed certain conditions. A primary example occurred a few months ago when a certain, unnamed, college athlete was caught shoplifting from a grocery store. (Crab legs anyone?)
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SILENT AUCTION HELPS “HANDS” HELPING HANDS was recently presented with $2,000 from the Marion County Continuity of Care Council, which they raised at their 5th annual Appraisal-thon & Silent Auction. Helping Hands serves the people of Marion County by assisting with shelter, food, clothing and transportation while also helping with expenses such as medical, dental and counseling. Helping Hands also places major emphasis on assisting with jobs and job placements.
THE AWARDS GO TO... The Florida Public Relations Association’s Ocala Chapter announced its 2014 WILTON F. MARTIN COMMUNICATOR OF THE YEAR award winners. LAURA BYRNES, APR, communications manager with Career
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JUST ANOTHER NUMBER CRACKER BARREL celebrated its oldest employee, RITA FITCH’s, 97th year by presenting her with a cake, personalized Cracker Barrel rocking chair and an engraved glass barrel. She has worked for 14 years as a hostess and knows the Cracker Barrel menu like the back of her hand. Rita exemplifies the level of service Cracker Barrel strives to bring to its guests.
DOWNTOWN LIVING The Sprint Building’s redevelopment is a go with a $1.067 million investment from the OCALA CITY COUNCIL. Local developer McBride Land & Development plans to convert the building into 13-18 residential housing units. It’s a key component of the city’s vision for a beautiful downtown, especially living opportunities. The estimated cost of the project sits at $3.7 million, $2.632 million coming from developer costs. The remainder will come from the city in the form of payments, construction assistance and permit fees.
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On August 11, more than 12,000 golfers from around the country, including 439 wounded service men and women, played in the BILLY CASPER GOLF’S WORLD’S LARGEST GOLF OUTING, raising more than $875,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project. The Ocala Golf Club participated in this year’s event and 66 golfers came out to play, raising more than $3,000 for the WWP. This is a record-setting year for the event, which has now raised more than $2 million for the Wounded Warrior Project since its inception.
BEST BIKES AROUND Local shop Greenway Bicycles of Ocala made the National Bicycle Dealers Association’s 2014 list of America’s Best Bike Shops. Shops were chosen based on their application, mystery shopper evaluations, reviews of website and quality of customer service provided over the phone. Shops are also judged on their bicycling advocacy around the community. The list is created to help customers find the best cycling shops in their area.
DEL WEBB STONE CREEK in Ocala recently unveiled the first and only private Del Webb softball amenity in Florida with an inaugural softball game. The game was open to the public and was played between the Del Webb Stone Creek softball club and Del Webb employees. The new softball facilities include golf cart parking, a concession stand, a Bermuda grass outfield, covered dugouts, a clay warning track in the outfield, an electronic scoreboard and two sets of bleachers.
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he colon is a complicated place, and The American Cancer Society predicts 96,830 new cases of colon cancer will occur in 2014. Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S when men and women are considered separately, and the second leading cause when both sexes are combined. With numbers like this, it’s important for patients to have access to cutting-edge technology and a medical professional who knows how to use it best. Dr. Anand Kesari of Gastro-Colon Clinic is providing Marion County with Fuse Endoscopy, the latest in early detection technology.
How did you become the only doctor in the Central Florida area to offer the Fuse system? If there is a technology available in the GI market that will help raise the quality of care that I provide my patients, it is important that my
practice offers it to the community. This technology is fairly new in the industry and there are no other companies than EndoChoice that offer a scope with this advantage.
What sets FUSE apart from a traditional forwardviewing scope? The Fuse technology allows me to provide better care with early detection and the Gastro Colon Clinic is doing our part to help decrease the occurrence of colon cancer within the community. To date, standard, forward-viewing scopes give a physician a limited 170-degree field of view (similar to driving a car with blinders on). Fuse removes these ‘blinders’ and enables me to detect a significantly higher number of potentially pre-cancerous polyps. Fuse is revolutionizing colonoscopy by providing a panoramic 330-degree view of the colon, almost double the view of standard colonoscopes.
Why is detection more difficult using a traditional forwardviewing scope? The limited field of view provided by standard, forward-viewing scope colonoscopies has been shown to miss many pre-cancerous polyps.
by the physician. Also, the Fuse colonoscopy is covered by your insurance in the same way as a standard colonoscopy.
How important is early detection of colon cancer? During a colonoscopy, a physician is able to identify and detect pre-cancerous polyps or growths that could be precursors to colorectal cancer. Removal of these pre-cancerous polyps results in a significant reduction in the likelihood of developing colorectal cancer in the future.
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The owners at Zone Health and Fitness thought of just about everything when designing their new Ocala gym. But perhaps the most important for busy families is the level of child care provided to the little ones.
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ustin Turner goes to Zone Health and Fitness almost every night. You might call him somewhat of a fitness fanatic, but actually, it’s his 5-year-old son, Collin, who asks to go on many occasions. “I go to the gym sometimes just because he wants to see the friends he’s made in child care,” Justin says. “I’ve learned to use more of the gym equipment because I’m going so often I needed more to keep me busy while he’s playing!” Justin and his wife, Lindsey, have two boys, Collin and 2-yearold Dawson, and they often use their gym time to catch up with each other. “Lindsey stays at home with the kids all day right now,” Justin explains. “I’ll take the kids to the gym in the evening to give her a break, but we often go together, and we’ll walk on the treadmills so we can talk and catch up on our
infants and one for older children, plus plenty of tables, chairs and a fun play structure. But according to the Turners, the best thing is the mirrored tint on the windows. day without the distraction of the Parents can observe their children kids. It’s really hard to find time to from the gym floor, but the kids talk at home with two active boys cannot see out. always wanting our “We can attention.” watch them We want When it came to having fun and choosing a gym, child Zone children to know they’re OK, care was definitely a but they can’t see learn how to live deciding factor for us,” says Justin. healthy, active the Turners. “When we first “We like that it’s lifestyles just like started taking a classroom setting,” Collin, he would their parents. says Lindsey. “It’s cry when we left clean, organized —DANIELLE LUCAS him, so it was and structured. We nice that we could like that they have see in and know activities, not just free play. The that he was doing all right. Now, he boys know that each time they go cries when we go to pick him up!” there will be a new activity and not Having staff that understands a repeat of what they did the day parents’ needs is a big plus for before. They really look forward the Turners. to that.” “They genuinely care about The Zone’s child care center, our children,” Lindsey says. dubbed the Blast Zone, serves “Younger kids can have a hard children ages 6 months to 11 years time separating, but the staff really and is open seven days a week. The knows how to make that easier center features two areas, one for on the parents. They open their
arms to our kids, rather than just opening a gate.” Led by Director Danielle Lucas, the child care staff follows a monthly activity schedule that includes age-appropriate dance and body movement, creativity workshops, character building, arts and crafts, story time, homework help, games and even Spanish lessons. “We see child care as the children’s wellness Zone, not just a babysitting service,” says Danielle. “We want Zone children to learn how to live healthy, active lifestyles just like their parents. In fact, for each person who joins in November, Zone Health & Fitness will donate $10 to the Marion County Boys & Girls Club.”
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By definition, a daredevil is a recklessly bold person. Although definitely bold, the local senior daredevils featured in this article are not reckless. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve spent years honing their skills to excel in their sport of choice. And although what they do makes the rest of us look on in awe, intrepid would be a more apt description for these individuals. Whether tackling challenging rocky trails, climbing mountains, conquering obstacle courses on horseback or falling through the sky, these adventurous seniors prove that a courageous spirit is truly ageless.
S T E V E AGRONICK
hen the going gets tough, the tough get going could be mountain biker Steve Agronick’s mantra. Throw in some rocky trails with steep elevation climbs and Steve becomes a happy super biker. Or more to the point, a national champion. At 71, Steve won his age group (70-74) at the 2014 USA Cycling Cross Country MTB Nationals this past July 17-20 in Macungie, Pennsylvania. The win qualified him for the UCI Mountain Bike Masters World Championship in Lillehammer, Norway, August 22 through 27. And there he finished third, earning a bronze medal in his age group. The MTB Nationals’ championship cross country course in the Poconos Mountains definitely met and exceeded the tough-going criteria. It began with an elevation climb of three and a half miles and then dipped down into a rock garden; another mile climb led to rock-strewn forest trails over more than two miles for a total of seven miles. Then the riders had to repeat the course! But the World Championship 12-mile course was even tougher. “It was absolutely brutal,” says Steve, a retired mechanical engineer who took up mountain biking 25 years ago. “It was extremely rocky, and you were always climbing. It took almost everything out of me to finish it. But I love a challenge.” Indeed he does. Prior to mountain biking, Steve rode in motocross events for more than 20 years. During that time, he rode professionally and competed internationally for corporate sponsors
based in Spain and Germany. But motocross exacts a toll on the body, and Steve knew when to move on. “When I retired from “I love the motocross, I knew I still camaraderie wanted to be active,” says and the festive Steve, who lived in upstate atmosphere of New York at the time. “I the mountain knew of people of who did biking events.” mountain biking, so I tried it and have been doing years ago it ever since. I discovered the Cross Florida Greenway biking trails when my wife, Eileen, and at a race in Connecticut, I regularly visited her parents in The Villages.” Steve flipped The Greenway’s bike trails made retiring over the handle bars into the rocks. He woke up to The Villages an easy decision for Steve and in an ambulance with broken ribs, a broken wrist Eileen in 2004. But Steve didn’t stay retired. and a shattered face that would take seven surgerSoon he was working full time at Village Cycles, ies to fix. The accident kept him off the bike for a describing it as “the perfect job for a biker.” year but didn’t diminish his affinity for the sport. Steve, who owns six bikes, logs 15 to 18 “I love the camaraderie and the festive hours a week training on both the Greenway atmosphere of the mountain biking events,” says trails and the roads. He also does weight Steve, who usually competes in 20 to 25 races training because he says that “people don’t a year. “And, of course, the fitness aspect and realize you have to have great upper body challenge of the sport. The tougher the better is strength to stay upright while going over rocks what gets me going.” and roots, uphill and downhill.” But sometimes all the training in the world isn’t enough on perilous mountain trails. A few
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hink American Ninja Warrior on horseback and you have a good idea of what cross-country competition is in the equestrian world. Rider and horse, mostly at a gallop, must complete a previously unknown course by jumping fixed obstacles of varied sizes, widths, shapes and materials, including water hazards, in the allotted optimum time. If a horse refuses, runs around or past a jump, that’s a penalty. If the rider or the horse falls on the course, that’s a penalty. If the pair goes over the optimum time, that’s a penalty. Cross country is all about the trust between horse and rider, focus, stamina and, of course, speed. All of which attracted Carol Ogden to the sport 40 years ago. “Cross country is such a rush. You’re moving very fast, and the obstacles are coming at you very quickly. To be successful, you and your horse have to be in sync,” says Carol, 66, a lifelong horsewoman. “And doing well in cross country, with you and your horse finishing safe and sound, is an unbelievable rush.” Cross country is part of the equine sport of three-day eventing, which also includes dressage and stadium jumping on separate days.
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and cross country work. Schooling shows also Three-day eventing is considered the ultimate test of a horse and rider’s all-around athleticism. help the duo prepare for the four to five major events they compete in a year throughout the Carol’s equine partner is Brogan, a 16-yearsoutheast region. Sometimes weather becomes old Thoroughbred gelding she raised from another obstacle on the course; competitions about 6 months old. Brogan, who never raced, are held rain or shine with only is a grandson of the great “Cross lightning stopping an event. The racehorse Secretariat. His regcountry is Masters class that Carol and istered Thoroughbred name is such a rush. Brogan compete in are generally Secret Deal while his official You’re moving a mile and a half course with show name is In Rhythm. very fast, and 20 to 22 obstacles; optimum “I like to go fast, and the obstacles finishing time of five to five and Brogan likes to go fast, so are coming a half minutes. we make a good team,” says at you very Brogan and Carol have been Carol, who when she isn’t quickly.” a successful team, winning so in the saddle works in the Sears accounting department. “Brogan has that innate love of running like Thoroughbreds do. But he’s also a very sensible, fun horse and a road warrior.” Carol and Brogan will generally begin a conditioning regime six weeks before an event, and they are regular visitors to the Florida Horse Park. Usually, the training sessions are about an hour long, four to five days a week, with alternate days of dressage, stadium jumping
many ribbons over the years that Carol made a quilt with some of them. Thanks to the entry fees to compete in the events, Carol calls it “my $100,000 quilt.” “As long as Brogan and I are healthy and enjoying cross country, we’ll keep on competing,” says Carol. “I love the challenge and riding Brogan. And after all, I need more ribbons so I can make a couple of matching pillows to go with the quilt.”
J A C K LA LONDE
ack La Londe’s idea of a good time with his closest friends is falling out of the sky together at 110 miles an hour. Then, while plummeting toward the ground, La Londe and his skydiving buddies maneuver toward each other, linking hands In 10-way non-competition formation skydiving, and feet to create geometric patterns. All in the name a team of 10 jumps out of a plane at an altitude of of friendship and fun for 75-year-old La Londe. 13,500 and is falling through the sky at about 110 “I started skydiving with friends on a dare,” says La Londe, a retired glass maker and installer. “We were miles an hour. The link-up among the skydivers takes place during 60-65 seconds of free-fall time. The latter looking for something thrilling to do and someone is the time before opening parachutes. The skydivers suggested skydiving. So off we went.” generally break apart at 4,000 feet and then open their An honest man, La Londe admits being afraid parachutes at 3,000 feet. during those early years of jumping. “The best part is when you’re in the sky,” says “I was petrified at first,” says La Londe with a La Londe, adding wryly, “We skydivers like to say that chuckle. “When we started jumping in 1968, we used the sky is our friend, but the ground, not so much.” old military gear, and that was a whole lot different Over the years, La Londe has held several than the equipment we have now. It was bulky, and formation world records, including a 20-way for you weren’t always sure if it was going to work. It skydivers over 40 and a 36-way for skydivers over probably took me about 100 jumps before I wasn’t so 70. In the past four years, he has been involved in scared anymore.” four records for jumpers over 70, including 11-, 16-, That was 46 years ago; 5,700-plus jumps 18- and 20-ways. and counting. Remarkably, the only skydiving After just falling through the sky “I love being injury La Londe has incurred over became a little blasé, La Londe began in the air the years was to his left knee on a sky diving competitively. He started and spending landing. He eventually had to have doing formation diving in 1976 and time with knee replacement surgery four years then added sport accuracy diving in my friends ago. And despite the doctor’s orders 1980. One of the latter’s competitions jumping not to jump for at least six months, involves jumping out of a plane from together.” La Londe was back in the sky in less 4,500 feet and landing in a standing position on a designated target; the skydiver does three jumps in an attempt to land in the six-foot in diameter target’s center. This past March at the annual Lake Wales, Florida, skydiving competition, La Londe finished second in the sports accuracy division. “I hadn’t done sports accuracy jumping in a while. It’s really a younger man’s game, but with age comes wisdom,” says La Londe, who has been attending the Lake Wales event for 35 years. “But my favorite is formation diving, particularly 10-way, but I will do up to 40-way.”
than three months. When La Londe, who averages 120 jumps a year, isn’t out of town or state at skydiving events, he can be found jumping at Skydive Palatka. “My goal is to jump for 50 years straight and make at least 6,000 jumps,” says La Londe, who has six grandchildren, none of which have inherited his affinity for skydiving. “I love being in the air and spending time with my friends jumping together. It’s an amazing experience to share with your friends.”
S A R A H BEWLEY
hat do you do if you’ve had a lifelong fear of heights? Well, if you’re Sarah Bewley, you learn to rock climb at 55 and, oh, with an arthritic hip. “I had been a runner from my late 20s to my early 40s,” says Sarah, 61, an award-winning playwright who graduated from Ocala’s Forest High School. “I was a fairly serious runner and ran in the New York City Marathon. But when I developed osteoarthritis in my right hip, I had to give up running. It was very frustrating to go from being very active to not being able to do much more than just walk.” No longer able to run, Sarah’s fitness level declined, she gained 40 pounds and, as she says, “felt like a slug.” The answer to her exercise dilemma, a very surprising one to height-challenged Sarah, came from writer and friend Kij Johnson. “Kij is a rock climber, and she’s so passionate about it that she writes a blog about it,” says Sarah. “Kij feels about climbing the same way I felt about running. Her writing made rock climbing sound so wonderful, and she encouraged me to give it a try.” After a little research, Sarah contacted Ken Hyneman at Gainesville Rock Gym. She told him right from the get-go that she was “terrified of heights but really wanted to try rock climbing.” Hyneman offered to set up a personal training session with her in the morning before the gym even opened, allowing her to try it without others around and the noise of the busy gym. Sarah took him up on the offer. Her first
lesson was on a beginner’s wall, which is 25 feet high but more slanted than vertical. “I actually managed to make it to the top of that beginner’s wall,” says Sarah. “When I got the ropes and back down, I had this big goofy smile on my then do it again. We face and told Ken that I wanted to do it again. Rock climbing was an instant love affair for me.” climbed for about an hour each day. It was the most amazing A year and a half later, Sarah was climbing experience I’ve ever had.” Foster Falls in Cumberland State Park, west With her fear of height vanquished and no of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Foster Falls is a issues with her arthritic hip, Sarah has climbed popular location for sport climbing, featuring rocks in Georgia and Alabama. strenuous vertical climbs To stay in shape, she goes to that average 60 feet in “I get great the rock gym three times a height. Hyneman led a satisfaction week and has progressed from group of climbers into the out of rock that 25-foot beginner wall to park for an overnight camp climbing, and 100-foot walls with much more stay that included two days my goal is to technical difficulty. of climbing. be climbing “Rock climbing is such a “We had a very difficult when I’m 80.” great workout, physically and long hike into the area where mentally,” says Sarah, who’s once we were going to camp,” says again fit. “You have to use your Sarah. “And as soon as we got physical strength, but you also there, we did our first climb. have to think and figure out The feel of the rock was just your ascent and descent. I get so different than the gym’s great satisfaction out of rock rock walls and just gave me an climbing, and my goal is to be incredible jolt of energy. We’d climbing when I’m 80.” reach the top, rappel down on
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member drops a dollar bill in a wicker basket on her way in. The church only charges $1 per person to rent the space, part of why group quilting is possible for such a large (and vivacious) bunch of women. Everyone chooses a seat at one of the many round tables while guild president Jan Smith looks over the schedule for the meeting. Quilting came over to America with Europen settlers, and because colonists weren’t the wealthiest of folks and money and textiles were hard to
come by, it became more useful than ever. When materials were scarce, colonial families often found new ways to use the old, like creating quilts and bed covers from the scraps of old clothing. They were even hung in front of windows and doors during the winter months to keep out the cold.
It wasn’t until fabrics could be manufactured in America that they became affordable, and quilting out
of necessity became, well, unnecessary. But now that women were free of the labors of sewing clothing for a whole family and furiously quilting before the seasons changed, they had time to get creative. This is when quilting became more akin to art. Years of a woman’s life could be spent quilting one heirloom that would stay with her family for generations. In rural communities, residents would often band together to help their neighbors finish a major project, like building a home. The ladies of the town, however,
held quilting bees. Quilting in groups allowed them to finish several quilts in a day instead of taking the usual weeks or months. Women could make significant progress, socialize and showcase their fine handiwork, which was highly prized at the time. Often, the women who helped would be served lunch and dinner for their whole families. Sometimes, there was even a little dancing in the evening.
“You can connect with women in ways you don’t get to anymore, and you stay friends with them,” explains Leanna
Burgin. She points to the woman next to her. “I met this one and she took me under her wing. Val and I didn’t have many friends, but once we found out all that we have in common, we became peas in a pod.” They both smile. “We’re both perfectionists! There’s not a woman in here you don’t feel comfortable with. We learn so much from each other.”
Valerie Whited, her fellow perfectionist pea, says that group quilting like this guild sometimes practices is educational in more ways than one. “I wanted to learn to quilt, so when I retired and moved to Florida, I found a group of neighborhood ladies near the community center where I lived. I went and asked if they’d teach me.” Her first experience took a bit of team effort. “We made a group quilt, which was interesting because they each sewed rows and they all gave them to me to sew into the tap.” She quickly realized not everyone sews carefully when some of the rows had crooked edges or were measured a little haphazardly. “That taught me the value of doing everything right the first time—I learned that right from the beginning,” she says. Member of 15 years Diane DeBoy enjoys meeting new people she may not encounter otherwise.
“You have so many diverse people; everyone is
different and from a different place. They all bring different styles of quilts and fabrics.” Even after the invention of the quilting attachment for sewing machines in 1892, most women continued to quilt by hand. It offered a mental escape from a hard day’s work. The Country Road Quilters agree wholeheartedly and still use quilting as a way to relax. “It’s therapy,” says Carol Fraser. The table also agrees they all enjoy quilting as a creative outlet. “Quilts are creative; you can put your spin on anything, and they’re something you pass on,” says Val. “It’s such a relaxing thing. You really focus on what you’re doing,” Valerie agrees. “I love color. It’s so much fun to go looking for fabrics—they’re eye candy. Even if you don’t have an idea for your own pattern, you can buy one and put a spin on
I used to necess N G i down be passed betwee ty, but no n gene w the p out of ration a s as a stime is sh way to ared bond. when discussing who they’d give their quilts to, these ladies always referenced where their hobby came from.
“My aunt used to show quilts nationally, and once she needed help finishing a quilt,” Kita Heslinga
it and make it more than what the pattern would have given you.” Like any art form, quilting has plenty of specialized lingo, some of which came up in conversation. One of those words was stash.
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“Stash: That’s what quilters call material they’re not using right now.
I don’t know a quilter that doesn’t have stash,” Carol explains. The table also references one of their favorite quilting patterns, the disappearing nine patch. The quilter sews together nine equally sized squares of fabric into a three by three square, then cuts it into quarters. Twisting and turning these panels produces a variety of beautiful patterns and is an excellent way to use up some stash. Although the skill of quilting may not always be passed down through a family, often the quilts are. In the 19th and 20th centuries, mothers would often sew multiple quilts for each of their children to take along when they left the nest. This custom is echoed today when women sew quilts for children or grandchildren on the way. It also seemed that
remembers. “She said to me ‘you need to sew these leaves on here because I need this done!’ I just fell in love with the whole process. She told me to go to the quilt store, take the classes and do what they say, and I’ve loved every minute.” “I learned how to sew from my mother and learned how to make clothes in home ec class. That’s where my love came from,” recalls Elizabeth Joy. “I didn’t start quilting until I was retired, and all my nieces and nephews starting having babies, so I started making quilts for them. I made three large quilts for my daughters, one each.” “My very first quilt I started two years ago, and this is my fifth. I’m working on a baby quilt for a great great nephew. Now I have to get the binding down so I can wrap it and mail it,” says Leanna. She knows a thing or two about family heirlooms—her name is a combination of an Uncle Lee and an Aunt Anna from generations back. Now, she sits at the table, pushing and pulling at her needle with one hand in a bright purple glove to help her grip the tiny tool. “It’s a conversation piece,” she laughs. Quilting used to be passed down out of necessity, but now the pastime is shared between generations as a way to bond. However, among the Country Road Quilters, just as many women learned from friends, each other or solo by going to classes. “I took lessons when I moved to Florida almost 26 years ago. I’m addicted. I’ve been in the guild 24 years,” says Anne Hardy. Fellow member Jean Whitney learned in a similar fashion. “I’ve always sewed. As a young girl, I sewed curtains and my own clothes and around the ‘70s, I started going to a
quilting class. When I came here, somehow I got involved in this mess,” she says with a chuckle. Member Peggy Greer was inspired to take up quilting when she attended a play at Florida State University. Her daughter did costume design for the production, a play called Quilters. She’d been sewing since she was 16 and always made her daughters clothes, even prom and wedding dresses. When she saw the show about pioneer women and their relationships to each other and their quilts, she knew she’d have to try her hand at it as well.
“When I got home my husband, who had been on a trip, asked how it was and I found the whole idea of quilting to be so moving I cried the whole time I was telling him,” she says. “The play was about
these women who lived on the prairie and the hard times they had in the 1800s. They’re on farms far away from each other, and quilting is what brought them together. They would sit on the back porch where it was cool and quilt. They were vital; it was important to get them done before the first snow. After seeing that play, I just knew that when I retired I would start quilting.” While these women certainly enjoy creating quilts for loved ones, they’ve also constructed quite a few for good causes. When quilts are finished and need a recipient, they’re delivered to the resource center at KidsCentral. Parents of foster children in the program can use these resources—quilts included—to help the child or children in their care, and the quilts are given out to anyone who needs them. They also use their stash cloth to sew pillow cases, which are then donated to children in the cancer unit of Shands at the University of Florida. They’re sure to use kidfriendly fabrics: soft, comfy and full of fun. Even when a quilt is intended for another purpose, sometimes a better one arises, and these ladies have the heart to send their
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“One of my friends where I live kept commenting on how much she loved the fabrics and the colors, and she was diagnosed with cancer later, so we gave it
to her as a comfort quilt. Even though you don’t always get to see the people like her who get them, you can imagine how happy it makes them.” For the last year, the Country Road ladies have been especially busy planning their 2014 quilt show, Down Another Country Road of Quilts. The event will showcase over 200 quilts of all shapes and sizes—some of them are actually miniature. The guild hosts a quilt show once every two years. Anne says setting up the venue is scheduled to begin days in advance. “On November 4, we have to bring the quilts together to be judged and then transport them over to the college. Everyone will come in on November 6 to help us set up. We have backdrops for each quilt and baskets so you can take a raﬄe chance to win quilting items. We have an opportunity quilt and a Christmas quilt we’re raﬄing off to raise money for charity.” “It’s a yearlong process, and we start by making committees. They plan what kind of quilt they’ll make, and everyone takes a block,” says Sally Herrington, who has been quilting for 35 years, teaches beginner’s
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courses in local quilt shop Tomorrow’s Treasures, and according to tablemate Anne, “she knows everything.” Vendors and demonstrations will fill up the space at the College of Central Florida, and a certified quilt appraiser will be present for show-goers to question about the value of their own pieces. Sally recommends local quilters take advantage of this opportunity. “There will be an appraiser there to see how much your quilts are worth. I took one in and it was worth $2,500. You have to do that so they’re covered on your insurance,” says Sally. She estimates that between materials and time invested, her quilts usually cost around $1,000. “There will be lots of vendors, and you can take mini classes throughout both days,” says Kita of the event schedule. Guests can view creative pieces entered into the judged quilt show and bid on wall quilts in the silent auction. There’s even a boutique filled with handmade items, perfect for holiday gift shopping. The boutique committee made the selection sound promising. When the boutique committee told the club of the small tree they’d be bringing to display the ornaments they’d crafted, they were asked if there’d be room for more. One woman responded with “probably not, I already made a hundred!” and got quite a laugh from the rest of the club. Jan has been working on a very special quilt of her own off and on for about 15 years. She calls it “Once Upon A Time,” a fairytale themed quilt done in a method called rough edge applique that could probably be considered her magnum opus.
“Our group is a 501(c) group, and we donate to a lot of different organizations,
so I’d like to be able to donate this somewhere like a hospital or a doctor’s office where it can be hung on a wall.” Her ideal home for the quilt is in a waiting room somewhere in the community where it can add some
comfort and whimsy to an otherwise sterile environment. She especially hopes it helps calm children when they’re not feeling their best. All of the ladies have made a quilt that sticks out in their memories, but one of the most infamous among the group is Leanna’s turtle quilt. She invested a significant amount of time in the quilt, which depicts an underwater scene with turtles swimming by. She carefully layered the watery fabric under the turtles to make them seem as though they were swimming, and although her techniques created a beautiful finished product, the mention of it had the whole
table giggling about “that damn turtle” and wagging their fingers.
Centuries have passed since quilting made its way to our fair nation, and groups like the Country Road Quilters know how much it’s changed since their own early days. “When we started quilting fabric was $2.99 a yard, and now it’s $12 or $15,” says Diane. There are, however, a few things that haven’t changed a bit, one of which is that quilting brings people together. “I went up to Jacksonville for a show, and I didn’t know a single person there, but all I had to do is say something and everyone chimed right in. I didn’t feel lonely at all,” says Elizabeth. Peggy also notes that the love of creating something beautiful with their hands unites the women of the guild today with all the quilting artists who came before them. “Every one of these quilters in this guild has a burning passion for this. It’s a combination of art and history.” Leanna spoke for every member of the Country Road Quilters guild—and certainly many others—when she said the art of quilting isn’t a lost one at all. “I could go blind and I would still try to sew,” she says. “I got addicted to quilts.”
Sources: quilting-in-america.com, hartcottagequilts.com, emporia.edu, popularpatchwork.com
amazing handiwork where it’s needed most. Valerie experienced this on a personal level. “Earlier this year, the club had a surprise sew-in, and I didn’t get my quilt finished there.” She took her quilt home to finish, and there it caught someone else’s eye.
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A Roundup Of Senior Services At some point in our lives, we all need someone’s help. Whether it’s filling up an empty pantry, needing someone to talk to or simply catching a ride here and there—it’s the small things that help keep us ticking. As we age, we might also need a little more help—household maintenance might become more difficult and even scrounging up enough energy to make dinner can be a daily feat. But, there’s help out there—you just have to know where to look.
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ITH 27.4 PERCENT OF MARION COUNTY’S POPULATION OVER THE AGE OF 65, CHANCES ARE, YOU KNOW OR ARE A SENIOR CITIZEN. OUR SENIORS HAVE RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO HELP THEM FOR A SPECTRUM OF NEEDS, FROM THE BARE BASICS TO LIFE-ENHANCEMENT OPPORTUNITIES—BUT, NOT ALL SENIORS MAY BE AWARE OF THEM. HERE’S A QUICK GLANCE AT SOME OF THE COMMUNITY’S BEST SENIOR RESOURCES.
MAKING ENDS MEET ON A FIXED INCOME CAN BE QUITE CHALLENGING, BUT YOU DON’T NEED TO GO HUNGRY TO DO IT. OUR GENEROUS LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS HAVE DEVELOPED FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS TO HELP OUR SENIOR CITIZENSWHO FOR ONE REASON OR ANOTHER CAN’T MAKE IT TO THE GROCERY STORE OR JUST CAN’T AFFORD NUTRITIOUS FOOD ON THEIR INCOMES. THESE SERVICES RANGE FROM EXPANSIVE FOOD PANTRIES TO HOT MEALS DELIVERED RIGHT TO YOUR DOORSTEP, ALL THANKS TO SELFLESS DONORS AND VOLUNTEERS IN OUR COMMUNITY.
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Belleview St. Theresa
11528 SE HWY 301, BELLEVIEW (352) 245-1359
The wonderful social services team at St. Theresa Catholic Church provides seniors and others in need with a wide range of services. They serve fresh, delicious meals daily to anyone in the community who needs it. People come to Belleview’s St. Theresa Catholic Church for a number of reasons. Some come because they can’t afford a hot meal, while others come just to socialize with one another over lunch. One thing is for sure, they dish up a huge plate and an abundance of kind words. They also offer grocery items to Belleview and Summerfield residents who otherwise can’t afford to fill their pantries. They also offer canned food, bread and other locally donated food items. And with the installation of their large freezer, they’re now able to offer access to frozen meats and other frozen foods.
Central Christian Church
3010 NE 14TH ST., OCALA (352) 622-1119
Behold the “Mountain of Food,” the collection project that serves those in need of food within the local community. Offering access to pantry items with a genuine smile, Central Christian Church is dedicated to helping not only members of the church but the needy and elderly within the community as well. Located directly off Bonnie Heath Blvd., Central Christian Church is convenient to the Silver Springs area and northeast Ocala area. Marion Senior Services Congregate Meals
1101 SW 20TH CT., OCALA (352) 620-3501
Stop by Marion Senior Services’ main office Monday through Friday and join other seniors for a hot noon or dinnertime meal. Serving times are 9am to 1pm and again from 3pm to 6pm. They’re conveniently located right off SR 200 on SW 20th Court and are home to numerous other senior services. They also help support 11 other facilities around the county with congregate meals. For a list of other facilities that may be closer to you, call or visit their website at marionseniorservices.org.
1101 SW 20TH CT., OCALA (352) 620-3501
Can’t make it to a dining hall or know someone who can’t? No worries! Meals-On-Wheels has been delivering hot, noontime meals to seniors for over 40 years. The hot meal meets one-third of an adult’s daily nutritional requirements, so you can rest assured it’s healthy eating. Additionally, the Meals-On-Wheels program serves as a daily well-being check, for an added peace of mind for those living by themselves. If you’re over 60 and are homebound, contact Marion Senior Services to enroll in this exceptional food delivery program.
ACTIVITY NEEDS STAYING ACTIVE AND SOCIAL PLAYS A VITAL ROLE IN MAINTAINING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE AT ALL AGES, BUT IT MAY BE ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT IN HELPING YOU RETAIN INDEPENDENCE AS YOU AGE. IN FACT, THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF AGING FOUND THAT A CAREFULLY STRUCTURED, MODERATE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PROGRAM CAN REDUCE THE RISK OF LOSING THE ABILITY TO WALK WITHOUT ASSISTANCE. IF YOU HAVEN’T THOUGHT ABOUT GETTING INTO AN EXERCISE ROUTINE, NOW MAY BE THE TIME. THE OCALA AREA HAS PLENTY OF PROGRAMS TO HELP YOU BECOME NOT ONLY MORE ACTIVE BUT MORE SOCIAL AS WELL!
A C A R E F U L LY STRUCTURED, M O D E R AT E P H Y S I C A L ACTIVITY PROGRAM CAN REDUCE THE RISK OF LOSING THE ABILITY TO WA L K W I T H O U T A S S I S TA N C E .
Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center
830 NE 8TH AVE., OCALA (352) 629-8545
Located in gorgeous Tuscawilla Park, the Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center is a gem to many local senior citizens. The center hosts a variety of activities, programs and special events, including arts and crafts, bingo, cards, movies, dance, exercise, concerts, trips, educational classes and special celebrations
throughout the year. In addition, the Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center has plenty of covered shuﬄeboard courts. The center is open weekdays from 9am to 4pm.
Barbara G. Washington Adult Activity Center
210 NW 12TH AVE., OCALA (352) 629-8357
The Barbara G. Washington Adult Activity Center, located on the west side of Ocala, is perfect for active senior citizens. With a
walking trail, basketball, baseball, soccer and football fields, picnic pavilion and more, this center is designed exclusively for older adults. Senior citizens also have a chance to become more socially and physically active with programs such as fitness classes, walking clubs and special events. Seniors also have opportunities to receive health screenings, social services such as tax help and access to listen to public speakers. The center is open weekdays from 9am to 4pm. Don’t miss out on these free amenities!
Senior Companion Program
1101 SW 20TH CT., OCALA (352) 620-3501
The Senior Companion Program helps you maintain your independence as you experience the obstacles of aging. The volunteer companions can help you in a number of ways when a family member or caregiver is unable to. Let a volunteer companion help transport you to important medical appointments, go grocery shopping or even help you cook a meal in the comfort of your own home. They’re here to not only help you and give family members a little help but also provide a valuable friendship.
Frank DeLuca YMCA’s Silver Sneakers
3200 SE 17TH ST., OCALA
(352) 368-9622 Want to increase your strength, flexibility and balance while making new friends in the process? Come see what the rave is about at the Frank DeLuca YMCA’s Silver Sneakers classes. These popular classes are offered daily, Monday through Friday, with exercises specifically designed for older adults. Want to try it out, but don’t necessarily want to commit to a membership, call or visit the Frank DeLuca YMCA to learn more about a free-trial pass.
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What are some of the classes like? Are there diﬀerent levels of classes? The classes are 45 to 55 minutes long and use cardio, strength, resistance, balance, ﬂexibility and coordination exercises. You have the option to stand or sit during the class, and the instructor always faces toward the class. The movements are designed to simulate day-to-day
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HAVING SOME SORT OF TRANSPORTATION IS ESSENTIAL IN TODAY’S WORLD. WHETHER IT’S MAKING IT TO MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS OR SIMPLY GETTING OUT OF THE HOUSE, WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO A VEHICLE, IT MAKES LIFE COMPLICATED. HOWEVER, THERE ARE RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR YOUR TRANSPORTATION NEEDS THAT YOU MAY WANT TO KEEP IN MIND THE NEXT TIME YOU’RE IN NEED OF A RIDE.
motions, such as reaching into the back seat of a car or opening a jar. The class begins with a warmup and proceeds to light cardio to increase the heart rate, strength training and balancing. There aren’t diﬀerent levels of classes, but you can start oﬀ with lighter resistance bands and move up as you feel comfortable. Do you need a membership to attend these classes? The Silver Sneakers program is a trademark program. Therefore, a number of supplemental health insurances will cover the cost of the program. Seniors can also get a discounted senior membership to the Y. Do you have to sign up for speciﬁc classes? Where can you ﬁnd a class schedule? You don’t need to sign up for any of the classes, just show up to any Silver Sneakers class. Our members are very welcoming to new people. We oﬀer eight classes a week, and schedules can be found in the YMCA lobby or on the YMCA website at ymcacentralﬂorida.com.
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Marion Transit Services
1101 SW 20TH CT., OCALA (352) 620-3071
As a subsidiary of Marion Senior Services, Marion Transit Services can assist you with transportation needs. Their buses service disabled and disadvantaged citizens and can provide service even to rural areas of the county upon request. They maintain a fleet of regular and wheelchair lift-equipped vans to fulfill the needs of any senior citizen.
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Does it cost anything to catch a ride? Yes, it’s $2 each way, so $4 for a roundtrip. How do you sign up for service, and how does it work? Can you schedule weekly or monthly rides? You can call (352) 620-3071 three days in advance to schedule a trip but no more than two weeks out. For trips that are ongoing such as dialysis, therapy, etc., you may schedule transportation as a standing order without having to call for individual trips. We have a two-hour pickup window, so if you have a 10am appointment, you will need to be ready for pickup at 8am. What are the route limitations? What are some examples of places that Marion Transit Services can take you?
We service all of Marion County. For individuals who reside within the Ocala area, appointments can be accommodated between 9am and 2pm. For residents who live in the rural areas of the county, our schedules will accommodate appointments between 10am and 1pm. Individuals who are disabled and unable to access the mass transit system (SunTran) are eligible to ride with Marion Transit. We provide life-sustaining trips such as medical appointments and grocery shopping. Does the bus wait for you at your stop or come back to pick you up? The bus doesn’t wait for you at your stop. Once your appointment is complete, call the dispatch line at (352) 620-3127 to request the return transport.
1805 NE 30TH AVE., OCALA
All aboard! Taking a SunTran bus is an alternate option to get to shopping plazas, restaurants and medical facilities. With routes spanning across the heart of Ocala and even Silver Springs Shores from Monday through Saturday, SunTran can meet all of your transportation needs. All buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts and also offer generous discounts to senior citizens. A monthly SunTran pass is only $23 for seniors or, for occasional needs, a one-way fare is 75 cents. For more information and a map of available routes, check out the SunTran website at ocalafl.org/suntran.
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hen you’re concerned about cardiac issues, it’s not just answers you’re seeking. Sure, you want an experienced physician, but expert care is only part of the equation. You also want the assurance, patience and conscientious treatment that bring peace of mind That’s exactly what Paul Urban, MD, FACC, FSCAI, was determined to offer patients when he opened Paul Urban Cardiology in 2009. A board-certified cardiologist and interventional cardiologist, Urban has been
practicing for 31 years and has been serving Ocala for 22 years. After many years of hospitalonly care, Urban, who graduated from and completed his fellowship at the highly-rated Thomas Jefferson University, realized the field of medicine was changing. He wanted to be able to provide full-service care for his patients and knew that a private cardiology practice would allow him to do just that. In February 2014, Dr. Urban and partner Dr. Premranjan Singh opened Urban Cardiology
West in February 2014 to meet additional demand and offer more options for area residents. As interventional cardiologists, both Urban and Singh excel in clinical knowledge, but are also known for their superior bedside manner and kind approach. “We’re excited to be expanding and able to offer a more complete health care service,” says Dr. Urban. “We are here to offer our patients options in their health care. Our approach is to ‘be a servant’ and treat all people with respect. Our goal is to
provide physical, emotional and spiritual healing.” At Urban Cardiology you’ll find a complete range of sophisticated diagnostic evaluations and therapeutic options for cardiac conditions. Whether you go to the 17th Street office or the Urban Cardiology West facility, you’ll experience the utmost professionalism, balanced by the warmth and feel of a small practice. The expansion means even more opportunities for patients, as Urban Cardiology has brought on additional physicians. With four interventional cardiologists, four nurse practitioners, a physician’s assistant and a large support staff, you can trust that you’ll always receive the most knowledgeable care. The team of health care professionals now includes Dr. Urban; Premranjan Singh, MD; Shafeeq Ahmed, MD; Jigar Patel, MD; Matthew Morgan, ARNP; Myriam Alexander, ARNP; Eddice Companion PA-C; Dianne Continued on page 46
Urban Cardiology offers the following in-office procedures:
Dr. Paul Urban
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Dr. Premranjan Singh
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We’re excited to be expanding and able to offer a more complete health care service. Our goal is to provide physical, emotional and spiritual healing.
Chest Pain Evaluation Cardiac Clearance Cardiac Medical Management Carotid Disease and Stenting Blood Pressure Control Congestive Heart Failure Coumadin Therapy Echocardiograms EECP P.A.D. Evaluation Pacemaker Checks Peripheral Vascular Disease Evaluation Pre-Operative Cardiac Clearance Stress Tests Venous Ablation Venous Reflux Testing
Urban Cardiology hospital services include: • Left Heart Catheterization • Angioplasty and stenting of Coronary Arteries • Renal Artery Stenting • Iliac Stenting • Carotid Angiogram • Run Offs – Leg Angiogram • Rotablator • Cardioversion • AICD • Pacemaker insertion • Stenting of Peripheral Arteries
—DR. PAUL URBAN
QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS? If you’re experiencing any of the following, you may want to call and schedule an appointment: • • • • • • Dr. Jigar Patel
Dr. Shafeeq Ahmed
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Chest pain Palpitations Shortness of breath Hypertension or high blood pressure Irregular heart rhythms Fatigue in legs, leg pain with walking Leg swelling Peripheral Artery Disease Venous insufficiency Varicose Vein
McDonald-Graber ARNP and Denise Raychok, ARNP. The experience you’ll have at Urban Cardiology is unique to this practice and it’s directly because of the doctors and staff. Each member of the team is committed to providing friendly, personalized attention that is second to none. “No one likes going to a doctor, but the doctors and staff at Urban Cardiology are so nice, and it’s a beautiful office, so you don’t mind going. The doctor treats you like a person, like you’re his only patient; you’re not a number,” says Suzanne Grant of Ocala, who has been a patient at Urban Cardiology for two years and has had six stents put in place by Dr. Premranjan Singh. “I’ve had clogged arteries and have had stents put in my left carotid artery, my heart and also two in my legs. I’m a hard
patient to deal with because I’m diabetic and also have lymphoma,” says Grant. “I’m always asking a thousand questions and I like that Dr. Singh talks to me in layman’s terms and answers all of them,” she adds. “He takes his time, shows me diagrams and explains everything in detail. He’s very patient about it and very concerned. He does good work besides having a great ‘bedside manner.’” Grant’s enthusiastic appreciation of Dr. Singh is echoed by his other patients, as well. Board certified in diagnosing and treating peripheral artery disease, as well as venous disease, Dr. Singh has helped many patients just like Grant who suffer from circulation problems in their legs. Opening the arteries with stents usually eliminates the chronic leg pain and allows grateful patients to be up and walking again.
“Our motto has always been that we’re not just treating the heart. That’s only one part of a person,” says Teri Fisher, practice manager at Urban Cardiology, which has two offices in Ocala. “Sometimes people just need to talk and be heard. We use a holistic approach and recommend what options would be best, but as the patient, you are always in control. That may be a different kind of philosophy, but we never forget that you could go anywhere, but you choose to come here. That’s important to us.” Patients remark on the fact that Urban Cardiology has a friendly, small-practice “feel,” but with all the benefits of the most up-to-date medical and technological advances. Dr. Urban’s passion for underwater photography is evident in the 17th Street waiting area
where large aquariums create a quiet, soothing atmosphere. As an avid collector of American Civil War artifacts, Dr. Urban has many of these and other historical items—including interesting memorabilia from Ocala’s early days—on display in the waiting areas of his offices. Some of them were once formally displayed at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. A pleasant environment and kind staff certainly helps when you’re dealing with a stressful health situation. Just ask Karon Johnson, who is presently being treated for cardiomyopathy. “The experience I’ve had at Urban Cardiology has been great,” says Johnson, who has been a patient of the practice since 2010 and has lived in Marion County his entire life.
We operate on the belief of having a medical partnership with our patients, not a dictatorship. We listen to what our patients have to say, because they are more than just a number to us.
“The doctors are very knowledgeable and take time to provide great care; they’re very thorough in the treatment they provide, so you aren’t surprised about anything because they really educate you and make you feel comfortable about what you’re going through. “There is a very caring feeling from the doctors and staff,” adds Johnson. “They’re concerned about you and want to help you return to a better lifestyle and everyday living experience. They do whatever it takes to take care of their patients. They even did a community fundraiser for me to help me get an LVAD device I’m now wearing. I wouldn’t be talking to you today without this.” Continuity of care is crucial when dealing with serious
health care professionals at Urban Cardiology. “We operate on the belief of having a medical partnership —DR. PREMRANJAN SINGH with our patients, not a dictatorship,” notes Dr. Singh. “We listen to what our patients have to say, because health issues. Urban Cardiology they are more than just a number provides extensive follow-through, to us. We strive to present each providing electronic medical patient with the best options for records to facilitate quick and their cardiovascular medical care thorough treatment, whether a and work with them to select the patient is in one of their offices option that works best for them.” or at a local hospital. Since the You don’t have to have a practice services all three Ocala doctor referral to call for an hospitals, every patient can count appointment. Self-referral is on a customized treatment plan welcomed and Urban Cardiology designed around their specific accepts most forms of insurance. health needs. Call today for your appointment. At some medical offices, patients feel like they’re simply part of the process. That “lost in the shuﬄe” experience will never happen with the doctors and
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hen I started my year as president of the Ocala/Marion County Association of Realtors® I wanted to bring back a motto or “catch phrase” to help catapult our Realtor® members into the year 2014. I remembered mottos of past presidents, like “Real Estate is great in 2008.” For anyone with a memory, it was not great, to say the least. Then in 2009, the less-publicized phrase “Real estate will be kind in 2009” was used. Needless to say, it was so kind to me that I decided to take a few months off and go to North Dakota in the middle of winter to build oil fields. I don’t think anyone would say 39 degrees below zero is great. Then, in 2010, the best “unpublicized” phrase they came up with is “Holy #*%^ there are a lot of foreclosures,” and that was the end of catch phrases… until this year. As I started to think about all the positive signs our local real estate economy was exhibiting, I came up with “…and then some.” This summed up, to me, what we all have to do to be successful in this economy. I think this applies to all professions, because to be successful, and especially the best in our fields, we all have to do what is needed and expected and then do what is considered the extra mile, or as I said the “…and then some.” Our local real estate economy is going strong in Marion County. Residential sales are strong compared to other metropolitan statistical areas around the state due to reasonable prices and near-record-low mortgage interest rates. The commercial market is slowly gaining momentum with currently a shortage of space available for larger industrial spaces. I strongly urge anyone interested in purchasing a new home, looking to expand an existing business or, especially, opening a new one to contact your Realtor® to get the process started. In closing, I wanted to give you a great example of “… and then some.” Our Realtor®/Affiliate committee just held its sixth annual Chair-ity event on September 12 in the Ewers Century Center at the College of Central Florida. The event was a phenomenal success and raised over $30,000, which will be distributed to two local
charities, Interfaith Emergency Services and Veterans Helping Veterans. I want to personally thank everyone who attended and especially the committee for all they did… and then some! —RANDY ALVORD
Ocala/Marion County Association of Realtors
Beautiful courtyard pool home tucked back in very private 2.5 acres. Open Great room/dining/kitchen floor plan with large baseboards and 10 ft ceilings throughout. All main living areas open up to private courtyard pool. 4th bedroom/bathroom currently being utilized as a game room, but will also make a perfect guest room separate from main home. Kitchen features corian counter tops and stainless appliances. This is a must see!! MLS 412457 $289,900
Beautiful front porch country living! 3/2 split plan pool home with formal living rm/study, dining room, family room, eat-in kitchen, morning porch, plus open lanai with pool area. A lot of character to this home. Home sits on over 1 acre, back yard is fenced. Conveniently located to Ocala and Gainesville.Virtual Tour http://apertureestate.com/view/541/b MLS 415144 $299,900
Melissa BRACKETT REALTOR 速 / PROPERTY MANAGER
352-351-0011 / Brackett.Melissa@gmail.com
Oak Hammock at Bellechase Surrounded by natural beauty and located in a gated community, this 4/4 two story home in Bellechase offers everything you could want in your dream home. Enter into foyer w/built-in bookcases, leading into formal living room w/ coffered ceilings, tile flooring, & gas fireplace. Spacious family room has wood beam ceiling, wide plank wood flooring & opens to custom kitchen w/ granite counter tops, stainless appliances & breakfast bar. Additional living space w/wood flooring, added in 2013, could be used for many purposes, such as a game room or theater room. Home also features formal dining room, which leads into state of the art wine cellar, w/independent temp control & 700+ bottle capacity. All bedrooms, including master, are located on 2nd floor. Master suite is spacious w/ his & hers custom closets, double vanities, garden tub & separate walk-in shower. Home is nicely landscaped & is in meticulous condition. Located close to town, shopping and other amenities. MLS #412230 $565,000
Mary Beth ELLIOTT REALTOR 速
352-895-1312 352-351-0011 / email@example.com
Gordon & Carolyn SMITH 352-843-6395 REALTORS ®
352-351-0011 / clsmith@RobertsFlorida.com
We Know Ocala, We Sell Ocala
Extraordinary Equestrian Estate Elegance and grace describe this 6,000-sq.ft. home with a guest house and 3/2 employee cottage on 12 acres. The property has 2 paddocks, 4-board fencing, 2 small barns, 2 gates, many extra garages for workshop, hobbies, antique cars; 2 offices; a stunning home with marble and hardwood floors throughout, 3 fireplaces, high ceilings and is in absolutely perfect condition in every way. It is in a great location--close to schools, shopping, medical, etc. Unique, quite beautiful, and an unbelievable value! $1,700,000.
Mary Lou 352-804-1856 / JORDAN® 352-351-0011 MaryLou.Jordan@gmail.com REALTOR
THE ULTIMATE 4/3 W/ POOL. This home has it all with quality on one acre. Liv, din, fam rm, gourmet kit, laundry & craft rm, 3 car gar. Luxurious pool area w/complete outdoor kitchen. Travertine floors, granite & cherry cabinets throughout, fireplace. Large lot. $559,500
WHAT? $121,900 FOR THIS 4/3 recently updated home with new roof, heat pump, water heater, dbl pane windows, new master bath, ceiling lights & more. Liv, din, fam rm w/ fireplace, laundry rm, hardwood floors in most rooms. Corner lot in SE. #400953
Judy WEBB 352-875-6930 GRI, ABR, BPOR REALTOR ®
ELEGANT HOME, ACTIVE LIFESTYLE ! GORGEOUS GOLF COURSE VIEW. 3/2/2 home has diagonal tile flooring, custom 42” kitchen cabinets, crown molding, river rock entry & lanai, fans throughout, window treatments, appliances, & 10’ ceilings. Light, open plan. Owner moving- a bargain at $195,000! ML#406665
352-351-0011 / firstname.lastname@example.org
BEAUTIFUL POOL HOME ON IMPRESSIVE SITE! 3/2 open plan, light and bright. Wood & tile floors, high ceilings, maple cabinets, impeccable design & neutral colors enhance this fine home in SW Ocala. Enclosed pool with fountain, very large .73-acre lot, $225,000. ML#408189
Laurel Run AMAZING 2 story custom-built home. Large Great rm w/fireplace & kitchen are open & inviting! Kitchen has stainless steel appliances & real oak cabinets. Gorgeous master suite has French doors that open to the lanai overlooking the pool. Master bath has beautiful marble/glass shower & jetted garden tub. Central vacuum system, irrigation well, cameras for security system, & so much more! Call before this one is gone! $299,000
5-Acre Jewel in desirable SE Beautiful 5-acre property with a 3/2/2 main house and a 1/1 in-law house. There is an additional 2-car garage with an office. Bring your horses to the three stall barn complete with feed room and wash station. Relax in the pool or hot tub after a long day. This home features a state-of-theart security system, irrigation system, water softener and so much more! $499,000
Quiet Country Living near Ft. McCoy! Gorgeous 4/3 nestled on 6.66 acres is awaiting you! This home features a great rm with a beautiful fireplace that opens up to the kitchen complete with hickory cabinets. Formal dining area and a den/ office offers lots of space to spread out! Large master suite with lots of closet space and a bath set for the king and queen. The guest bedrooms are large and feature a Jack/Jill bath. $299,900
This beauty sits on almost an acre in a convenient location. Main home has 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths. It features beautiful wood and tile floors throughout, updated kitchen and charm galore! Master on lower level and remaining bedrooms upstairs. Guest house is 1/1 ready for the in-laws and/or guests! $349,000
Angela 352-361-8359 / UMPLEBY, PA 352-351-0011 AUmpleby@RobertsFlorida.com REALTOR ®
This home is a delight! Gracious, but comfortable living. Fine details including Travertine tile flooring, granite counters, crown molding, great room fireplace and wet bar. Large kitchen and dining area. Several rooms have volume ceilings, and almost every room opens to a gorgeous view of the outdoors. An oversized screened porch with stone flooring lets you enjoy the spectacular yard with a pond year round. On nice afternoons, read in the deck swing by the pond. Three bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, lots of storage -- an easy home to love. MLS 408448 $358,000
Perfect for professionals/empty nesters. Upstairs massive bedroom, den or media area, huge closet, & large bath. Also a sleeping porch with room for a hammock. Formal dining room w/corner cabinets, living room w/wood-burning fireplace. Large kitchen w room for table island. Wood floors through most of home. Molding & ceiling treatments add to the warm feeling of the vernacular design. Designer drawings are available, adding more bedrooms/baths. Well over 1/2 acre and a pool could fit perfectly off the screened back porch, or you may prefer to use the community pool. This tranquil gated community has a 24/7 guard for your security and is close to all areas of Ocala. MLS 399620 $315,000
Patricia 352-843-4147 / KILGORE 352-351-0011 TrishKilgore@aol.com REALTOR ® / GRI
2 LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU 115 NE 8th Ave Ocala, FL 352-351-0011
416 Teague Trail Lady Lake, FL 352-674-0028
Carolyn ROBERTS BROKER/REALTOR 速
www.RobertsFlorida.com / mail@RobertsFlorida.com
GORGEOUS & PRIVATE SW location 5/5.5 6,101sqft 1.5 story on 10 acres built on engineered slab. High ceilings, formal living area, wet bar & fireplace. Custom gourmet kitchen w/ island & view of the pool area and grounds. Multi-use barn/Workshop and pond with bridge. ML# 402877 $1,390,000.
LUXURIOUS SE LOCATION 4/4 5,144sqft on 1.19 +/- acres with 3 half baths & office. Kitchen has 2 dishwashers, double oven & large pantry. Master suite has 2 sinks, 2 commodes & 2 walkin closets. Beautiful pool area with Cabana/Workshop & outside shower. ML# 405206 $1,050,000
COUNTRY CLUB OF OCALA 4/3 triple split on 1.34+/- acres in desirable gated community. Planter shelves, tile, hardwood flrs, and cathedral beam ceilings. Enjoy the views from the screen enclosed patio & pool that overlooks the fairway of the 2nd hole. ML# 402522. $429,000
ARBORS 4/3 2,745 sqft home on more than Split plan w/ crown molding, tray ceilings & stainless appliances. Beautiful Screened heated pool & Fenced back yard complete with Koi pond area. Great Southeast location in gated community. ML# 408208 $350,000
64.1+/- ACRE EQUESTRIAN FACILITY GREAT SE LOCATION Three homes incl. 4/2.5 4045 SF main house w/ pool, Hay barn, 12 lush paddocks w/automated waterers,3 horse barns, 10-stall w/wash rack, feed rm & office. 8-stall shed-row w/feed rm, 7-stall w/feed rm, W&D, tack rm, round pens, riding lanes, 3-board fencing and security gated. Close to FL Horse Park in Shady Road area. ML# 379173 $1,199,000
26.84+/- ACRE FARM ON HWY 301 SOUTH 3/3 2,282 sqft main residence w/ in-ground screened pool & 1/1 1,127 sqft second residence w/ indoor in ground solar heated pool w/ diving board. Property includes 4 paddocks, 4 stall barn w/tack rm, 2 sheds and detached garage/work shop. ML# 414448 $939,000
(352) 817-6755 Direct
BRING THE HORSES!
You are welcomed into this exquisite 4-bed/2.5-bath home with soaring ceilings, gorgeous stone work and natural light. Custom built in 2002 it has all the bells and whistles to give it the wow-factor. The living area features a stacked stone fireplace, wood flooring and a wall of windows that overlooks the properties two aerated ponds giving you a breathtaking view. The kitchen is open to the living room and features custom cherry cabinets, granite counter tops and large breakfast bar for entertaining. The home also features a spacious master suite, formal dining room, 12x24 saltwater pool with fountain & hot tub. You have to see this home to appreciate all its beauty and details. Situated on 21+ ACRES in the heart of horse country and easily accessible to HITS, Ocala & Gainesville.
LAKE DIAMOND GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
Enjoy life as you play on the golf course and swim in your pool—all located in a gated community! Feels like a mini resort with all the amenities. The screened-in pool area and large lanai is complete with brick pavers and has room for a large gathering area for entertaining, grilling and good ol’ fashion fun. When you enter the front doors, you will be welcomed with the architecturally designed ceilings, lighting and style! Live first class with gorgeous granite, wide plank wood flooring, alarm system, large soaking tub and closet space galore; it’s the perfect home with 2,561 sq. ft. under roof. Located within 5 minutes of Walmart/Publix and so much more.
LAKE DIAMOND GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
This former model home has many deluxe features, including tray ceilings, Kohler fixtures, large garden tub in master bath, central vacuum, security system and wired sound system with ceiling speakers. The interior was professionally painted in December 2013, and kitchen appliances were replaced Jan 2014 with Frigidaire Gallery Series Stainless Steel. GE Energy Saving washer and dryer. High ceilings to accommodate 8-foot interior doors. 7 zone sprinkler system to take care of beautiful landscaping. The large back screened area and front entry features brick pavers.
Kathleen Plunkett (352) 816-1255 Direct
1740 E. Silver Springs Blvd. Ocala, FL 34470 E-mail: email@example.com - Phone: (352) 671-2900 or Toll Free: 1-877-671-2901
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LAKE WEIR WATERFRONT HOME • 4 bedroom • 4 1.2 baths • 100 foot dock • Boat lift, 2 jet ski lifts
• Heated Pool/Jacuzzi • MLS #414600
MILLIONAIRES ROW MINI FARM • 7 Acres • New Custom Home • 2697 Sq Ft • New Center Aisle Barn • Travertine Tile and Granite Counters • MLS #407896 • $685,000
SANDERS FARM • 90 Acres • 6056 Sq Ft Pool Home • 4 bedroom, 3 and 2 1/2 baths • 22 Stall Show Barn • Large Equipment Building • MLS#395063
• 13+ Acres • 3 bedrooms 2 1/2 baths • Equipment building • 2 Stall Barn • MLS #414867 • $275,000
• 3 Acres, Minutes to Hits • 2006 home • 1868 Square feet • 2 - 50 amp hook-ups for for RV's • MLS #405825 • $292,000
CARMEN C M MURVIN Realtor® / Owner R
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3 bed/ 2 bath / Resort Pool Gorgeous move-in ready home with custom facade, private office, bonus room with half bath, gas fireplace in master, luxurious finishes & private land.
3 bed / 2 bath / Pool This pristine home is completely move-in ready and features beautifully maintained grounds and enclosed pool.
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SILVER MEADOWS 3 bed / 2 bath / Pool
Vern Uhlinger, Agent
GOLF PARK Cathy & Summer Robinson REALTORs®, GRI
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Outstanding cul-de-sac home in quiet gated community. Home features 10 ft Cathedral ceilings & pristine enclosed pool!
ROLLING HILLS 4 bed / 3 bath / Workshop & Den Magnificently landscaped home complete with electrified workshop, den with private entry and well maintained grounds with rear patio.
ST ED JUDUC
Peter Furey, REALTOR®
MAJESTIC OAKS 3 bed / 2 bath
Humberto Batista, GRI
Beautiful property with porcelain tile throughout, cathedral ceilings and a newly remodeled master bath w/ jacuzzi tub!
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SCENIC HWY 326 - CLOSE TO HITS! REDDICK FARM
3 bed / 2.5 bath / Pool / 3 Acres Robert Gonzalez, REALTOR® email@example.com
This majestic property includes over 3 acres of land complete with 3 paddocks, stalls, barn & outbuilding office with tack & feed room. Home features huge lanai perfect for entertaining, & pristine pool.
3 bed/ 2 bath / 27.5 Acres
The Grimm Home Team
6 paddock farm complete with 14 stall REALTORs® barn 4 tack rooms or office. Property is firstname.lastname@example.org complete working farm with equipment 352.804.9920 and horses. Perfect for horse business!
Main Office / Boulevard
2226 E Silver Springs Blvd Octala, FL 34470
7621 SW Hwy 200 Ocala, FL 34476
13710 US Hwy 441 Suite 200, The Villages, FL 32159
SILVER MEADOWS Donna Luffman, REALTOR®
ST ED JUDUC
3 bed/2 bath
4 bed / 3 bath / Pool
This beautiful brick facade home features the family room and kitchen overlooking the spacious enclosed lanai.
Located on 16 Fairway Golf Course, with a 3 car garage and enclosed pool with waterfall. 3417 living & 5981 total sq.ft.
This immaculate home features a den, oversized lot, Cathedral ceilings, eat-in kitchen, tray ceiling in master & spacious lanai.
Dawn Trigg, REALTOR®
This magnificent home featured a sprawling 5 acres, luxurious finishes, marble flooring & chef’s kitchen.
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3 bed/ 2 bath/ Paddocks
Pat Roaderick, Agent
Beautiful home located in a coveted community. Home featured private courtyard, upstairs loft & balcony.
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Perfectly located acreage with 2 paddocks, greenhouse, fruit trees, & workshop. Home features gorgeous eat-in kitchen, formal dining room & lanai.
The Priest Team, REALTORs®
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Barbara Merrill, Agent
3 bed/2 bath/Reed Home
Trina Berry, Agent
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Dawn Scudder, REALTOR®
4 bed/ 3 bath / Pool
Beautifully renovated brick home in gated community with lush landscaping.
This courtyard villa home featured new appliances, well maintained grounds & unique bay window in master.
Main Office / Boulevard
2226 E Silver Springs Blvd Octala, FL 34470
7621 SW Hwy 200 Ocala, FL 34476
13710 US Hwy 441 Suite 200, The Villages, FL 32159
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Jack & Maureen Wilson
Donna Knox (352) 216-5495
Kandy Hansard (352) 362-2200
Amazing piece of property! 21.98 acre farm with two homes in NE Marion County. Enjoy this beautiful property with private, gated driveway and two paddocks. Large 3/2 main home with double garage, RV pad and hook up, party deck, covered pavilion and so much more. MLS#410457 $324,500
Acreage/Waterfront Picturesque Fun Family Home with 2+ acres on quaint Lake Hattie in Lady Lake. 4 Bedrooms with 3.5 baths along with a formal living and dining room, fireplace and a wall of glass overlooking Lake Hattie. MLS # G4802288 $296,000
Historic Ocala at its Finest!! This 16-Room James Taylor Home sits on Caldwell Pond where you can stroll the lush gardens or just sit on the 3-tier brick balcony enjoying the breathtaking view. Complete with 4 fireplaces, original wood floors and crown molding. The character of this home will overtake you as you enter. $695,000. Call Donna Knox 352-216-5495
This small farm has it ALL. Popular NW location, well-maintained, horse-ready, price, PLUS a one-year home warranty. 4-stall barn with tack room, bathroom, wash rack and a 60x20 storage building for equipment or sectioned for garage use. Home has a fabulous cook’s kitchen and the open floor plan provides a great entertainment environment. All on 5.7 manageable acres. Call today for your private viewing. $399,000
The Boulevard Office 615 E Silver Springs Blvd. Ocala, Florida (352) 732-3344 Office
SW Hwy. 200 Office 8721 SW Hwy. 200 Ocala, Florida (352) 479-0123 Office Naomi Furbush
Audrey Johns (352)-812-6767
Custom 4 bdrm/3.5 bath pool home on 3.6 acres- Spectacular floor plan with lots of versatility & entertaining options both inside & out. Home features include hardwood floors & fireplace. 3-car garage plus 40 x 40 additional building/optional barn, workshop or garage. Offered at $584,900 MLS # 410822
Harbor Hills Country Club This truly gated prestigious country club is home to this magnificent open floor plan that is great for entertaining with a rotunda entrance and formal dining room, a great master suite with his/her California closets and a guest wing with an en-suite bedroom. MLS #G4801544 $421,487
Jack & Maureen Wilson
Bring the Horses! “Virmillion Estates “ 2.44 Acres With Built-In
Carol Castineira Pool! 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 2 Car Garage. $197,500 (352)-445-4953
Julia McPhearson (352) 895-0722
Gorgeous Home - Great for entertaining! Screen-enclosed, solar-heated pool. 3 bedrooms with den & 2 1/2 baths. Custom kitchen. Two-car, side-load garage. You must see to appreciate all the features this home has to offer. MLS#412795 $249,900
Summerfield/ The Villages 16570 S. Hwy. 441 Summerfield, Florida (352) 307-0304 Office Sheila McKathan
Lady Lake/ The Villages 126 N Hwy. 27 Lady Lake, Florida (352) 750-5110 Office Paul
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Parsley REAL ESTATE INC.
FOR LEASE, NW Ocala off 225A, near HITS and Longwood Farm. Brand New 8 Stall Barn & Luxury Apartment. Center Aisle, CBS, 14x14 stalls will comfortably house you and your show horses. Apartment has high ceilings with crown moldings, tile floors, and open floor plan for entertaining. Front porch overlooks fields and pond. Gated entry. Jump field, round pen, board fenced paddocks. $7,600.00 per month for Dec. thru April. A great beginning to your show season starts here!
26.9 Acres between Ocala and Gainesville off Hwy.441. Epona Farm (Divine Mare) is appropriately named. Wonderfully detailed main home with arched doorways, beautiful moldings, nooks, accent lighting, and tray ceilings. Entertaining is easy with a great kitchen, huge lanai, and pool with relaxing waterfall. 2 barns with a total of 27 stalls. Adorable barn apartment has high ceilings, lots of tile, office & huge porch. Lovely flat grassy fields. Singlewide mobile included. Artist’s studio or workshop. Gated entry. Priced to sell at $725,000.00
28 Acre Farm, NW Ocala location near Ocala Breeder Sales, Airport and town. Meticulously maintained and ready to move in, quick occupancy is doable. 2 show barns, very nice barn apartment, dressage arena, round pen, jump field. Board & no-climb fenced paddocks with run-ins. 3 bedroom, 3 bath home has two offices, open floor plan for entertaining, and a cook’s kitchen. There’s a solar heated salt water pool, generators, security system, paved drives throughout, gated entries and so much more! Bridle Paths to ride off property. One of a kind for quality, location & comfort. 3 parcels allow for another residence. $1,499,000.00
GOLDEN HILLS GOLF & TURF CLUB off Hwy. 27 in NW Ocala, convenient to HITS, Longwood Farm, I-75 and town.3 bedroom, 3 bath home on the Golf Course is being sold to settle an estate. In ground pool. A lovely community with a gorgeous clubhouse, award winning golf course, great places to walk with rolling hills & beautiful views. Low HOA fees. $225,000.00
DIXIE PARSLEY 42 acres, vacant improved pasture with beautiful oaks and a slight roll. High and dry off paved road. Perimeter fenced with existing well. Build it your way on this lovely property fronting Hwy 328. Owner will finance! $299,250 ($7,125 per acre).
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LAUGH A LITTLE. Even a doctor will tell you that laughter is the best medicine. Try a sitcom or a comedy flick. TRAVEL. You don’t have to go far at all to explore a new destination. DANCE. You don’t even have to dance with anyone. Dance alone in front of the mirror. Just get down and boogie!
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ROM BODY LOTIONS AND SHAMPOOS TO ANTI-WRINKLE CREAMS AND MAKEUP PRODUCTS, IT’S DIFFICULT TO GET THROUGH A DAY WITHOUT USING SOME SORT OF COSMETIC PRODUCT. BUT, UNFORTUNATELY, COSMETICS ARE MADE WITH ALL KINDS OF NOT-GOOD-FOR-YOU INGREDIENTS. AT LAST COUNT, ACCORDING TO CONSUMER REPORTS, THERE ARE MORE THAN 12,000 INGREDIENTS USED IN THE MANUFACTURING OF COSMETICS—AND MANY OF THOSE ARE KNOWN HARMFUL CHEMICALS.
Despite that, cosmetics ingredients do not have to be cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In Europe, on the other hand, cosmetics cannot contain any ingredients known or even suspected to cause genetic mutation, cancer, reproductive harm or birth defects. More than 1,300 chemicals are banned from use in cosmetics in Europe. But public awareness is a powerful thing, and it has motivated the cosmetics industry to make some changes. Some U.S. companies have made legitimate efforts to produce cleaner, safer products while others are only using marketing spin. Just like we’ve learned to do with food products, when you’re shopping for cosmetics, read the labels!
Here’s a look at a few cosmetics ingredients to avoid and legitimate cosmetics seals to look for to protect your health!
AVOID, AVOID, AVOID! PHTHALATES: Found in perfumes,
hair sprays, nail polishes, deodorants, lotions and other products with fragrance, DBP or DMP will be listed as an ingredient.
COAL TAR: Found in dandruff shampoos and skin ointments to treat eczema and psoriasis. Also avoid coal-tar alternative selenium sulfide. FORMALDEHYDE: Found in eyelash glues, nail products and hair straighteners. Also steer clear of its derivatives formalin and methylene glycol. FORMALDEHYDE RELEASERS/1, 4 DIOXANE: Found in hair conditioners, body washes, mascaras, makeup removers and anti-wrinkle creams. Buyer beware of quanterium-15, DMDM hydantoin, polyoxyethylene or PEG.
TRICLOSAN/TRICLOCARBAN: Found in
toothpastes, deodorants, hand and body washes.
SEALS OF APPROVAL
USDA ORGANIC: At least 95 percent of ingredients must be organically
grown; the use of all potentially harmful synthetic ingredients or chemical processing methods and genetically engineered ingredients is prohibited.
MADE WITH ORGANIC INGREDIENTS (should be accompanied by certification
logo): Products must contain 70 percent organic ingredients. The remaining 30 percent of non-organic ingredients can’t be genetically or nano-engineered; any synthetics must meet USDA standards, which prohibit such ingredients as parabens and phthalates.
NON-GMO PROJECT CERTIFIED: Product must not contain any genetically
NATURAL PRODUCTS ASSOCIATION CERTIFIED/COSMOS ORGANIC: Product contains
a specified percentage of USDA-certified organic ingredients. Synthetic ingredients such as nanoparticles, triclosan and phthalates are not allowed.
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Terms like all-natural, natural, hypoallergenic and dermatologist-tested are just marketing ploys and don’t have to be independently verified.
NANOMATERIALS/NANOPARTICLES: Found in toothpaste, sunscreen, face creams and makeup products. Run away from acrylates, alumina, carbon black, cerium oxide, colloidal gold, fullerene, iron oxides, platinum, silica, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.
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F YOU EAT YOGURT (REGULAR AND/OR GREEK), THEN YOU’VE BEEN EATING A FERMENTED FOOD AND PROBABLY DIDN’T EVEN REALIZE IT! KNOW THOSE PROBIOTICS THAT ALL THE YOGURT COMPANIES BRAG ABOUT? WELL, PROBIOTICS ARE A BY-PRODUCT OF A SPECIFIC KIND OF FERMENTATION. IN THIS CASE, THE FERMENTATION PROCESS USES THE SUGAR (LACTOSE) TO PRODUCE LACTIC ACID, WHICH IS AN IDEAL ENVIRONMENT FOR GOOD MICROORGANISMS LIKE PROBIOTICS. FERMENTATION IS THE CONVERSION OF CARBOHYDRATES AND SUGARS INTO OTHER CHEMICAL ELEMENTS. FOR INSTANCE, THE CONVERSION OF SUGARS INTO ETHANOL PRODUCES ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES SUCH AS BEER AND WINE. AND HERE’S ANOTHER DID YOU KNOW: DARK CHOCOLATE IS PRODUCED FROM FERMENTED CACAO BEANS!
FERMENTED FOODS 411 YOGURT: In addition to cow’s milk, yogurt can also be made with almond, soy or coconut milks. Look for products with terms “active cultures” and L. acidophilus bacteria on the label. Also, go for the sugarfree variety and add your own fruits. KEFIR: Originally made with
camel’s milk, now cow’s milk is brewed with a yeast and bacterial fermentation starter kit called “grains.” A thick but pourable drink that is 2.5 percent alcohol, kefir can also be eaten like yogurt with fruit.
SAUERKRAUT: Finely chopped
cabbage is fermented with salt and is therefore very high in sodium. The best sauerkraut is in the
refrigerated section of your grocery or health food store. Avoid the sauerkraut sold on store shelves.
often used as a salt alternative in soups, sauces, marinades and salad dressings.
KIMCHI: A Korean condiment made by pickling chopped up radishes, cabbage or turnips with vinegar. Can be eaten alone or served with noodles, rice or as a burger or hot dog condiment.
KOMBUCHA: An effervescent drink, kombucha is made from sweetened tea that is fermented with yeast, bacteria and sugar. Sold in health food stores, it comes in different flavors and even with chia seeds.
TEMPEH: Made from whole
SOURDOUGH BREAD: Made from dough fermented with lactobacilli that gives it a tangy flavor and makes it easier to digest than regular yeast breads.
fermented soybeans, tempeh is best eaten cooked and is often used as a meat substitute.
MISO: This Japanese food is made
of soybean, barley or rice paste fermented with mold called koji. With more than 200 varieties, it is
CAUTION CAUTION PROCEED SLOWLY: If you’re going to add fermented foods to your diet, it’s best to start slowly with a tablespoon a day for a week or two. If your body responds well to that, then try to eat a small portion of fermented foods on a regular basis, such as once or twice a day with a meal. YELLOW CAUTION FLAG: Pregnant
women, very young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems should check with their health care provider before adding fermented foods to their diet.
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OTHERS: Black garlic, mead, nattō, buttermilk, cheese, Greek olives, sour cream and soy sauce.
Fermented Food Facts Improved management of allergies Improved immune system function Decrease blood cholesterol Improved nutrient bioavailability Improved digestive and urinary health Decreased lactose intolerance
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HAT IF THERE WAS A PIECE OF EXERCISE EQUIPMENT THAT WAS CONVENIENT, VERSATILE AND EVEN PORTABLE—WOULD THAT MOTIVATE YOU TO EXERCISE MORE OFTEN? WELL, SAY GOOD-BYE TO THOSE EXCUSES AND HELLO TO RESISTANCE BANDS! THESE COLORFUL LENGTHS OF RUBBER TUBING WITH A HANDLE ON EACH END ARE ABOUT THE SIMPLEST PIECE OF EXERCISE EQUIPMENT THERE IS. YOU CAN USE THEM AT HOME, IN THE OFFICE, IN A PARK OR JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE. Basically, you stand on the middle of the band or secure
a handle end to a stable object, such as a doorknob, bannister or park bench. Then, by using your own body weight, you push and pull your way through a series of strength-training exercises. The level of resistance depends on the thickness of the band (they come in light, medium and heavy) and how far you stretch it. With resistance bands, you can get a wholebody workout from arms to core to legs. And because you have to engage more of your core stabilizer muscles to keep the bands in alignment, you use more muscles overall than you would with dumbbells!
Start with six basic resistance band exercises; do two sets of eight to 10 reps of each exercise twice a week. Then, when that becomes easy (and it will!), increase to 15 reps and do a quick circuit of each set for a speedy 20-minute workout! If you are just beginning an exercise program or are new to resistance bands, start with a lighter band, then work your way up to medium and eventually heavy. As always, if you have any medical condition, check with your health care provider before beginning an exercise regimen.
ARM SWING: Insert center of band at waist height in a doorjamb or loop around an immobile object. Holding both handles, step back until band is straightened out equally on each side. Then alternate bending and straightening your elbows, pumping your arms as though you were walking fast or jogging. CHEST PRESS: Secure the band at the middle
to a stable, chest-high object. Now turn your back to the anchor point, hold the handles palms down and extend your arms about shoulder-width apart. Take a step or two forward to create tension on the band and put one foot slightly in front of the other. Slowly pull your arms back, keeping the handles close to the sides of your chest, and then press forward and extend the band to your starting position. That’s one rep.
CORE TWIST: Anchor one end of the band,
chest level, in doorjamb or tie to a sturdy object that isn’t going to move. With your right side facing the door or object, grab the band’s other handle with both hands. With arms extended, rotate your torso away from the door or point of anchor. Release, and repeat on left side; that’s one rep.
DEADLIFT: Step on band with both feet
shoulder-width apart. Keep your lower back in its natural arch, and then bend your knees slightly and sit back, hinging forward at the hip joints until you feel a stretch in your hamstrings. Now, shorten the band by wrapping it around your hands until you feel tension. Keeping your back straight and your abs engaged, push through your heels and drive up through your hips to a standing position.
That is one rep. Pause briefly, repeat steps.
SIDE LEG RAISE: Secure one end of the band,
and then stand sideways to anchor point. Loop the other end around the ankle of the outside leg. Squeeze your glutes (butt muscles) on anchor leg while lifting outside leg to side; do eight to 10 reps, and then turn around and lift other leg to side for eight to 10 reps.
SQUAT: Stand with feet on band with both
feet shoulder-width apart. Grab both handles, palms facing out and bring your arms up to your shoulders and squat down. Return to standing position; that’s one rep; repeat.
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Beyond The Latte
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CINNAMON: NOT YOUR AVERAGE SPICE Y
OU MAY THINK OF IT AS A GREAT SPICE FOR AUTUMN, BUT CINNAMON HAS MANY MORE USES THAN IN JUST THE KITCHEN. HERE’S A LIST OF FIVE SURPRISING FACTS AND USES FOR THIS AROMATIC SPICE.
1. You may not believe it, but cinnamon is actually classified as a bark. It comes from a species of tree called the Cinnamomum tree. 2. Cinnamon can be used in treating arthritis. It’s been shown to help slow down and reduce bone damage. 3. Many types of gum are cinnamon flavored, but you can’t beat the real thing. A little piece of cinnamon bark before a hot date can help relieve bad breath. 4. Taking a whiff of cinnamon can boost your brain power and keep you focused. Add a little to your morning tea for a good start to your day.
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5. It may smell great to us, but cinnamon is like ammonia to moths and insects. Just a dash on a pesky anthill will make them disappear.
So what exactly is pumpkin spice? You may have pondered the answer once or twice last year to this puzzling question as you inhaled virtually every product with a pumpkin spice label smacked across the front of its packaging. Surely the main ingredient is pumpkin, right? But wait, what if pumpkin spice has no trace of pumpkin whatsoever? Yep, it’s true, your favorite fall flavor is a fraud. We have been played by a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice (no pumpkin!). But let’s be honest… does it really matter? It’s just so darn yummy. While you ponder the epiphany that pumpkin spice contains no pumpkin at all, check out this list of products touting the seasonal spice. Some make you say ‘yum,’ while some may make you say ‘huh?’
Oreos: As if we weren’t already addicted…
Pringles: The Huffington Post reported their Post taste testers were struck with a wide variety of reactions to Pringles’ new line of chips, ranging from “surprisingly not revolted” to a “horrible abomination to humanity.” We’ll let you decide for yourself.
Pop Tarts: Sneaking a bite of
M&M’s: Why not? Everybody else is jumping on the bandwagon. Extra Gum: Pumpkin spice “pocket edition.” Hummus: Not exactly sure when
the need for fall-flavored hummus would ever arise in a normal situation.
these sweet treats may not be as Country Crock Butter: Yea, outlandish as some other options we pretty sure this would only work on have seen. At least it’s meant to be breakfast foods! sweet! Cream Cheese: See above. Lasagna: Evidently Rossi Pasta’s next big thing was to combine a fall Vodka: Talk about a drunkin’ punkin. favorite with an Italian classic… interesting. Soy milk: This one made our
Flavored dog treats: Come on noses crinkle. now, they couldn’t leave Fido out of Chocolate, I mean the seasonal trends. pumpkin spice, chips: Imagine it with an oatmeal cookie. Lattes: You didn’t think we would forget this one did you?
This one just might be worth trying.
ADD IT TO EVERYTHING
In case these snacks aren’t up to par, try this recipe to make your own pumpkin spice to use on anything your heart desires.
Pumpkin Spice (Makes 8 tablespoons) 4 tablespoons ground cinnamon 4 tablespoons ground nutmeg 4 tablespoons ground ginger 3 tablespoons ground allspice
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients, and mix well. Store in airtight container.
best known as a creative art studio, has a new café. From the palette to your palate, Picasso’s is serving up delicious lunch dishes, including quiche, salads, ©Lesya Dolyuk /shutterstock.com sandwiches and at least two kinds of soups served daily. They’re also in the business of desserts and feature delicious mini-gourmet cupcakes. The café is open to the public, so all are welcome to eat, but food always tastes better with a paintbrush in your hand. Come paint while the café serves food Monday through Friday between 11am and 2pm. 106 SW 17th St., Ocala (352) 789-6670 picassospalette.com
QUICK BITES Sources: flavorwire.com, greatideas.people.com, allrecipes.com
ONG GONE ARE THE DAYS WHEN THE CHANGING COLORS OF AUTUMN COOL CRISP AIR LEAVES, COOL, AND THE ARRIVAL OF ACTUAL REAL-LIFE PUMPKINS MARKED THE COMING OF FALL. NO, AS STRANGE AS IT SEEMS, PUMPKIN SPICE HAS TAKEN OVER AS THE NEW FACE OF FALL.
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SPICING IT UP!
THE BRAISED ONION
welcomes expert chef Daryl Dean to the restaurant. Equipped with plenty of experience, he brings new dishes that are a great fit with Braised ©Gary Gello /shutterstock.com Onion’s “comfort food with attitude” style. Don’t worry—the favorites are back as well. Dean has worked as a chef for 13 years and has worked all over Ocala, recently at Golden Ocala cooking and training staff. The Braised Onion also Continued on page 60
Braised Onion: Comfort Food with Attitude is Only Getting Tastier
ew people know the local restaurant scene better than the Lemieux family, owners of the Braised Onion Restaurant, which has been open since late 2011. So you can expect only good things for the future as the establishment now highlights the talents of Chef Daryl Dean. When the Lemieux family brought Chef Dean on board at the beginning of October, it wasn’t to change an already beloved menu, but rather to bring a fresh approach. With a depth of experience—he spent 11 years at the prestigious Golden Ocala Country Club— Chef Dean’s goal is to enhance the current offerings, bringing a bit more attitude to the Braised Onion’s new American comfort food cuisine. “I just see myself as the new coach of the team,” he says modestly. On a recent visit, I got to taste a few of the dishes with Chef Dean’s personal twists and was most impressed. Don’t skip the appetizers! The fried green tomatoes, in particular, are not to be missed. Stacked atop a flavorful remoulade sauce, these slices of just-right green tomatoes have enough breading to deliver a satisfying crunch, and partners well with
a good bottle of white wine from their substantial wine list. Chef Dean’s rainbow trout is seriously better than any trout I’ve ever had. Delicately breaded, this generously-sized trout is presented on a bed of cauliflower puree and braised cauliflower. It’s topped with arugula and cranberries, lightly bathed in the Braised Onion’s signature vinaigrette dressing and sprinkled with slivers of delightfully crisp pork chicharrones. This fish practically melts in your mouth. My dining companion and I cleaned our plates! The rainbow trout is just one of the entrees on a well-balanced menu. Bestsellers include the ever-popular Scottish salmon, chicken Marsala, meatloaf, liver and onions and chicken pot pie. Chef Dean is excited to be using fresh products from local farms, upping the ante for the choices of sides. Be sure to ask your server about dessert. Our server Jeannie enticed us with several choices and we gave in to the Princess Diane bread pudding and the coconut cream pie. The prize-winning bread pudding features a crisply browned top that marries perfectly with the Crème
Chef Daryl Dean
Brulè base and raisins soaked in Amaretto. The pie is actually an adorable miniature pie, ideal for sharing. The Braised Onion definitely hits the mark when it comes to comfort food and its new attitude is as close to perfect as can be.
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Braised Onion 754 NE 25th Ave, Ocala / (352) 620-9255 Tue-Thu 11a-9p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-8p OPEN THANKSGIVING DAY! The holidays are just around the corner. Join us with your family and friends for our annual Thanksgiving Buffet. We’ll be serving all your holiday favorites from 11am-6pm, so call ahead for reservations! Whether at your place or in our beautifully decorated banquet room that seats 90, Marge Newsom-Felix can help you plan your holiday event so that you can relax and enjoy the party! No group is too big or too small! Chef Daryl Dean brings tasty dishes to life, making your taste buds explode with happiness!
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RISP, FALL AIR, ORANGE FALLEN LEAVES AND COMFY KNITTED SWEATERS. IT’S HERE! THE COLDER MONTHS ARE ON THE HORIZON, AND THE AIR IS TURNING CHILLY TO PROVE IT. NO PUN INTENDED, BUT THE ONLY LOGICAL ANSWER TO EVERY HOUSEHOLD’S DAILY QUESTION OF “WHAT’S FOR DINNER?” SHOULD NOW BE OBVIOUS—CHILI! AND WITH RECIPES LIKE THESE, YOU’LL NO DOUBT HAVE YOUR FAMILY HOOKED ON SOME NEW FAVORITES THIS SEASON AND EACH SEASON AFTER.
BBQ Chili 1
pound Byron’s Fully Cooked Pork BBQ 1 large onion, diced 1 can (4 ounces) diced green chilies 1 package (2 ounces) chil i seasoning 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) chili beans 1 can (14.5 ounces) crushed tomatoes Sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped scallions (to garnish) Thaw barbecue meat (ideally , overnight in refrigerator). Sauté diced onions over medium heat about 5 minutes, until translucent. Add green chilies and chili seasoning, stirring often. Stir in chili beans, tomatoes and barbecue. Simmer over low heat until thoroughly heated (approximately 30 minutes ), stirring occasionally. For other savory comfort food recipes this season, visit byronsbbq.com.
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The countdown is on for Marion County’s 33rd annual Chili CookOff. The thousands attending will taste chili, check out the decorated booths and support all the teams brave enough to serve up their best chili. Each recipe will be unique, so prepare to taste a plethora of samples from Ocala and beyond. Nov
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offers live jazz every Wednesday and Friday from 6:30-9:30pm and live entertainment all day on Saturdays. 754 NE 25th Ave., Ocala (352) 620-9255 braisedonion.net
LATINOS Y MAS has a
new pastry chef, and his name is William Clavell. A member of the American Culinary Federation, Clavell grew up in his mother’s bakery. He brings fiery passion to his pastry dishes, © Oliver Hoffmann /shutterstock.com including a favorite, the Kahlúa crème brûlèe. The pastries are baked daily and include such tastes as key lime mango cheesecake and dulce de leche cheesecake. Clavell also does event cakes for weddings and quinceañeras. Hours are 3-9pm Monday-Thursday and 3-10pm Friday and Saturday. 2030 S Pine Ave., Ocala (352) 622-4777 latinos-mas.com
DARRELL’S DOGGONE GOOD
DINER known for locations
in Silver Springs and the Shores just opened their seventh location in Belleview in the Publix shopping center. The ©RoJo Images /shutterstock.com diner is known for delicious breakfasts, such as home-
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Harry’s For The Holidays Creole, Cajun and Southern flavors are combined with Harry’s special twist to create delectable seafood, poultry, pork and beef dishes.
esiding on Ocala’s downtown square since 1995, Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille has long been creating an inviting atmosphere full of character where locals can enjoy fresh, flavorful entrées. This holiday season, Harry’s is dishing up some great specials. You can have it all with Harry’s Holiday Trio. Enjoy tender grilled filet medallions topped with delicately fried lobster and shrimp finished with a New Orleans-style sherry cream sauce. Or try the French Market Mahi with blackened mahi served atop steamed rice with tender shrimp and scallops sautéed in a rich tomato broth and drizzled with saffron aioli. Also on the menu this holiday
season is Harry’s Salmon Rockefeller. Perfectly grilled Atlantic Salmon topped with spinach, bacon, Parmesan cheese and a Champagne reduction. The flavor doesn’t stop there though. Make sure to save room for one of Harry’s sweet desserts. Indulge in our Chocolate Bread Pudding, Oreo Beignets, Key Lime Pie or Bananas Foster. Don’t forget about Harry’s pumpkin martini, which features all of your favorite holiday spices blended into this adult version of pumpkin pie! If you’re having a hard time scratching off a few names on your gift list, Harry’s can help! Consider giving the gift of great New Orleans-inspired food this holiday season with Harry’s gift cards. Because it’s the season for giving, Harry’s Seafood Bar and Grille is giving you a $30 free gift
card with every $100 you purchase in gift cards. Offer will be good from November 1 through December 24. So whether you’re downtown for one of the many holiday events or you’re looking for somewhere to share a night out with someone special, Harry’s on the square is the place to go.
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Crossroads Country Kitchen 7947 W Highway 40, Ocala / (352) 237-1250 Mon-Thu 6a-8p / Fri-Sat 6a-9p / Sun 7a-3p Located west on Highway 40 in Ocala, the Crossroads Country Kitchen is a must for anyone craving down-home, country cooking. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, menu items range from a wide variety of homemade soups and chili to prime rib, fresh salads, seafood, prime steaks and burgers. If you’re in the mood for a real treat, try the Prime Rib Dinner For Two for $25.95. Make sure to leave room for one of the tasty home-baked desserts, too! In the mood for a fresh fish fry? Tuesdays and Fridays are all-you-care-to-eat catfish. Big screen televisions will allow you to enjoy your meal without missing one second of the big game or race.
Located at the crossroads of NW 80th Ave. and Hwy 40 West. No matter what you have a taste for, Crossroads Country Kitchen is sure to become a new favorite. Former owners of The Spiced Apple restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale
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F YOU HAPPEN TO HAVE SOME LEFTOVER TURKEY IN THE FRIDGE THIS MONTH, CHECK OUT THESE IDEAS FOR UNIQUE WAYS TO DO YOUR LEFTOVERS JUSTICE. BECAUSE, SOMETIMES, A BORING OL’ SANDWICH JUST WON’T CUT IT.
Turkey & Brie Cranwich Homemade cranberry-apricot chutney is the star of this turkey and brie panini.
For the cranberry apricot chutney:
For the sandwich:
tbsp olive oil cup chopped yellow onion spicy red pepper, seeded and chopped, optional clove garlic, minced Juice of 1/2 lemon Juice of 1 orange tsp Worcestershire
tbsp brown sugar (more if desired) Pinch of ground ginger oz bag of cranberries
12-15 dried apricot rounds, chopped 1 cup water Pinch of salt
Slices of brie from a small wheel Cranberry-apricot chutney Handful of salad greens Olive oil
To make the chutney, heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and pepper (if using), and cook 3 minutes, until onions have softened. Add garlic, and cook 1 minute more. Add remaining chutney ingredients to pan and bring to a boil. Let cook covered for 10 minutes until cranberries have softened. Remove lid and cook until nearly all liquid has cooked away, another 10-15 minutes. Taste for sweetness, and add another tablespoon or 2 of sugar, if needed. Let cool, and transfer to a jar or bowl; store in refrigerator up to 2 weeks. To assemble sandwiches, heat panini maker or grill pan to high. Lightly brush the outside of the bread slices with olive oil and the inside with a generous smear of chutney. Pile turkey, brie and salad greens on top, and grill until golden brown.
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Curried Turkey with Raisins and Mushrooms
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1½ tsp extra virgin olive oil 12 ounces boneless, skinless turkey breast diced into one-inch cubes 2 cups fresh white mushrooms 2 cups sliced cremini mushrooms ½ medium red or green bell peppers, chopped into squares 2 cups chicken or turkey broth 1 cup raisins 2 cups instant whole grain rice 1½ tbsp curry powder Basil leaves, chopped Heat extra virgin olive oil in a large sauté pan or skillet. Heat leftover turkey in pan over medium-high heat. If your turkey is raw, cook turkey strips at least five minutes until done through. Add mushrooms and peppers and cook for three to four minutes. Add broth. Mix in raisins, rice and curry powder. Bring to boil; then reduce heat and cover. Simmer until rice is done. Fluff with fork, and remove from heat. Let sit three to five minutes, and garnish with basil before serving.
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There’s nothing like second-day turkey, but we all know you can do better than slapping it between two slices of bread. This curried turkey recipe makes a dish both sweet and savory, and it’s totally unique this time of year.
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Southern Cotillion Café, but with a new sweetery two doors down, a new name came, too. The food stayed the same, so all the southern, flavor-filled favorites, such as the Dixie Caviar with black-eyed peas and veggies on crackers and the Train Wreck, homemade cheese grits covered with beans ©Lesya Dolyuk /shutterstock.com and pork, remain on the menu. The demand for dessert grew so large that a stand-alone bakery called Miz Kathi’s Southern Sweetery opened just two doors down. You can order cakes or rent out the building for parties. All the quality desserts experienced in the cafe now are in full force at the Sweetery.
Cafe Location: 101 N Main St., Wildwood (352) 748-1223 cafecotillion.com Sweetery Location: 105 N Main St., Wildwood (352) 748-7437 cafecotillion.com/ sweetery
Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse 3405 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-3151 / tonysushi.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p / Fri & Sat 11a-11p / Sun Noon-10p With abundant menu choices and over 100 off-menu rolls, you certainly won’t run out of options at Tony’s Sushi. If you can’t decide, the waitstaff is excellent at suggesting items you’re sure to enjoy. Every roll and sushi dish is made to order from the freshest ingredients. In the steakhouse area, highly trained chefs prepare a memorable meal as they cook on the tableside grills, preparing chicken, steak or seafood just the way you like it. Entrées include soup or salad and rice. Family-friendly, casual atmosphere, along with a full bar, including imported Japanese sake and beer selections. Like us
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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” Mon - Spaghetti & Meatballs $6.99, Tues - 16” Cheese Pizza $6.99, Wed - 10 Chicken Wings $4.
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Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille 24 SE 1st Ave., Ocala / (352) 840-0900 / hookedonharrys.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p / Fri & Sat 11a-11p / Sun 11a-9p Located in the heart of downtown Ocala, Harry’s offers traditional Louisiana favorites like Shrimp and Scallop Orleans, Crawfish Etouffée, Jambalaya, Shrimp Creole and Blackened Red Fish. Other favorites, like Harry’s Signature Crab Cakes and Bourbon Street Salmon, are complemented with grilled steaks, chicken, burgers, po’ boy sandwiches and salads. Our full bar features Harry’s Signature Cocktails such as the Harry’s Hurricane, Bayou Bloody Mary or the new Southern Mule. Also featuring wines by the glass and a wide selection of imported, domestic and craft beer. Harry’s menu is sure to have something for everyone!
Harry’s Happy Hour Daily 2-7pm $3 All Draft Beer $4 House Wine & Premium Cocktails $5 Super Premium & Signature Cocktails $5 Special Bar Bites Menu Every Tuesday is Fat Tuesday at Harry’s with Happy Hour all day.
Ipanema Brazilian Steak House 2023 South Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 622-1741 / ipanemaocala.com Lunch Fri 11a-2:30p / Dinner Tues-Thu 5-9p, Fri & Sat 5-10p, Sun 4-9p Brunch Sun 12-3p / Happy Hour Tue-Fri 5-7p / Closed Mon Open on Thanksgiving Day serving dinner from 12-6:30p. Come and let us serve Turkey and all the fixings to you and your family. Happy Thanksgiving!
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.
La Cuisine French Restaurant 48 SW 1st Ave., Ocala / (352) 433-2570 / lacuisineocala.com Tue-Fri Lunch 11:30a-2p / Dinner daily starting at 5:30p / Happy Hour Mon-Thu, 5:30-7p Live Piano Dinner Tues 6:30-9p / Thu 6-9p Visit our website or Facebook page for details on special events. Now accepting reservations for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Year’s Eve!
Been craving half-roast all-natural chicken with premium goat cheese béchamel sauce or grass-fed beef du jour? Well, get ready to brush up on your French, because located in the heart of Ocala’s downtown square is La Cuisine, an authentic and rustic French bistro dedicated to serving traditional French dishes. A new menu will have La Cuisine working with local organic and grass-fed poultry and beef farmers, as well as local and free range/organic chickens farmers. New owners Patrice and Elodie Perron have made it their goal to serve only the food they remember their grandmothers preparing, and now they’re bringing the finest French cuisine to Ocala!
El Toreo 3790 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 694-1401 / 7 Days 11a-10p SR 200, Ocala / (352) 291-2121 / 7 Days 11a-11p Happy Hour daily, 4-7pm. Everything is 2-4-1 (exceptions may apply).
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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.
Cody’s Original Roadhouse 2505 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-8182 / codysamerican.com Doors Open at 11a. Serving Lunch and Dinner Daily. “Where Quality and Value Come Together!” Servin’ USDA prime and choice steaks, rotisserie chicken, BBQ ribs, chops, fresh fish, burgers, salads and more! For Thanksgiving Day only, order Fresh Roasted Tom Turkey or Baked Sugar Cured Ham at $13.98 each. Kids 10 and under can choose the Turkey or Ham for $4.99. You can also feast on Fresh Grilled Salmon & Garlic Fried Shrimp for $14.98. Meals come with all the fixins’, so bring your appetite, but save some of it for a slice of pumpkin pie, which comes free with all Thanksgiving specials.
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Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant 2463 SW 27th Avenue, Ocala / (352) 237-3900 / kotobukiocala.com Lunch: Tue-Fri 11:30a-2p Dinner: Tue-Thu 4:30-9:30p / Fri & Sat 4:30-10:30p / Mon & Sun 4:30-9:30p For an authentic Japanese meal in an award-winning restaurant that has been serving Ocala since 1986, try Kotobuki. Enjoy traditional Japanese favorites like tempura, teriyaki and broiled seafood and vegetables. For a memorable experience, gather around the hot grill and watch as your chef prepares steak, chicken and seafood favorites right before your eyes.
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The Bistro 3622 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala / (352) 208-1557 Mon-Fri 10a-4p / Closed Sat & Sun The new European-style restaurant The Bistro is full of succulent brunch food perfect for an early afternoon outing. Owned and operated by Chef Kim Smith who recently relocated to Ocala to “soak up sun and share delicious creations with all the Ocala foodies.” The Bistro uses locally sourced ingredients whenever available to create dishes such as the waffle benedict and stuffed French toast. Not in the mood for breakfast food? They also have scrumptious smoked trout hash and artisan boards full of various meats and cheeses. Menu items can vary daily due to market availability, and all the dishes are made 100 percent fresh.
Keep an eye out for the Street Bistro gourmet food truck at local Ocala- area events.
Latinos Y Mas 2030 S Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 622-4777 / latinos-mas.com Mon-Thu 11a-9p / Fri & Sat 11a-10p / Closed Sunday
Our VIP rooms and the patio are available for private events and can accommodate 20 to 70 people. Daily lunch specials Mon-Fri, 11-3pm. Looking for the perfect holiday gift? We have gift certificates available!
When it comes to planning the perfect holiday party menu, look no further than Latinos Y Mas! Whether your event will be at our location or yours, Latinos Y Mas is the place to turn to for catered holiday events or parties. Our friendly staff 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. Or, for your convenience, we will customize a menu just for you. With menu items ranging from refreshing exotic drinks like Coconut Pineapple mojitos and savory entrées such as Paella Valenciana to traditional desserts like Spanish Tres Leches—you won’t be disappointed.
Mesa de Notte 2436 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala / (352) 732-4737 / mesaocala.com Mon–Thurs 11a-9p / Fri & Sat 11a-10p / Sunday Closed / Additional parking in rear.
Mesa de Notte features a fullservice bar serving beer, wine and liquor. Stop by the bar and enjoy an appetizer on your way home from work. Full-service catering is also available. Happy Hour, Mon-Sat, 3-7pm.
If you want delicious food without the hassle this Thanksgiving, reserve your space today at Mesa de Notte’s. Thanksgiving Buffett “AMERITANO” will be served from 11am-4pm on Thanksgiving Day and will feature all the traditional favorites, including roast turkey, baked Virginia ham, roast leg of lamb, mashed potatoes, real turkey gravy, Felix’s 3-cheese baked mac ‘n cheese, Southern style green beans, fresh fish, cranberry sauce, plus a variety of Italian classics. A full antipasto bar, fresh salads and a vast assortment of homemade desserts will also be available.
Eaton’s Beach Sandbar & Grill 15790 SE 134th Avenue, Weirsdale, FL / (352) 259-2444 / eatonsbeach.com Sun–Thurs 11a-9p / Fri & Sat 11a-10:30p
Live entertainment ThursdaySunday. Catering available on and off site. Want something different? Eat and drink right by the beach!
Waterfront dining awaits you at Eaton’s Beach Sandbar & Grill where you can experience Florisiana™ Cuisine, a unique fusion of Florida and Louisiana flavors. Chef Del Rio is famous for a variety of dishes, and you’ll be hard-pressed to choose a favorite from the menu. But a handful of his most well-known tastes include Fried Green Tomatoes, Smoked Pastrami and Shrimp & Grits. And be sure to save room for dessert. The Orange Cake is a top choice and you’ll swear it tastes just like an orange Creamsicle! The restaurant offers beach access and cabana rentals. Call ahead for seating—more than 100 seats offer a spectacular water view.
The Ivy House Restaurant 917 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala / (352) 622-5550 Sun 11a-2p / Tue 11a-2p / Wed & Thu 11a-8p / Fri & Sat 11a-8:30p / Closed Mon 106 NW Main St, Williston / (352) 528-5410 Sun-Wed 11a-2p / Thurs-Sat 11a-8p / ivyhousefl.com “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.
Great food is our Thanksgiving blessing to your family from ours! We are taking reservations now for Thanksgiving Day. We can prepare your Thanksgiving Day feast for you to take home and enjoy. Gift certificates available. Stop by our “new bar” and enjoy our speciality drinks!
Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill 2711 SW 27th Ave., Ocala / (352) 390-8188 Mon-Thu 4p-2a / Fri-Sun 11-2a Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill is the place for hungry sports fans to go. With 32 high-definition televisions lining the walls, including a 133-inch and a 70-inch 3-D screen airing every televised game, you won’t miss a minute of the action. A great menu and an incredible selection of 40 beers on draft means Tony’s can cater to any appetite. Not into the big game? Not a problem. With a pool table, dart boards and video games, patrons are sure to find plenty of entertainment. Visit Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill and Tony’s Sushi within 48 hours and receive a free domestic beer when you show the receipt.
Ask about our half-off Happy Hour specials.
World of Beer 2751 W Torch Lake Drive, The Villages, FL 32163 / (352) 633-9519 Sun-Fri 11a-Midnight / Sat 10a-Midnight / worldofbeerusa.com Attention local beer enthusiasts, serving 38 varieties of beer on draught and 525 different bottled beers, World of Beer in The Villages doesn’t skimp on selection. Join us Tuesdays for trivia or Wednesdays for beer-bingo. Stop by on Friday or Saturday and enjoy live music while trying a new brew and munching on delicious appetizers like soft German pretzels, crispy beerbattered onion rings or Guinness bratwurst sliders. Join us all day on November 11 for the 2nd annual Victory Veterans Day Celebration. WOB is partnering with Victory Brewing and Operation Shoebox to serve great beer while helping the troops. The staff will be collecting supplies for troop care packages, so bring in your donations. Suggestions include wrapped candies, pens, instant coffee, powdered drinks, toiletries, games, batteries, snack items and books.
Come by for lunch or dinner on November 29 for Football Rivalry Day. Don your school’s colors as well-known college rivalries are settled on the big screens.
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N NOVEMBER 15, THE COLORFOAM5K RUN WILL BE HELD AT TUSCAWILLA PARK IN OCALA BEGINNING AT 8AM, RAIN OR SHINE. THE COLORFOAM5K IS AN UNTIMED RACE IN WHICH PARTICIPANTS RUN THROUGH ECOFRIENDLY, HYPOALLERGENIC FOAM AND COLORED WATER AS A WAY TO PROMOTE HEALTH AND WELLNESS AND SUPPORT LOCAL CHARITIES. This colorful event is for all ages, and there are no winners or losers. Wearing a white shirt during the race leaves you finishing with a variety of flying colors—on your shirt that is. The cost is $46 per person, and kids 7 and under run for free. For our readers, the code “FOAM” will get you in for half price. Don’t forget to pack the sunglasses or goggles to protect your eyes and a towel or bandana to wipe your face during the run.
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BOW WOW Canine lovers will have a chance to bring their best friends to the K-9 KARNIVAL AND FAMILY FUN DAY at Inverness Liberty Park. There will be a free kids’ zone, adoption groups, pet vendors and plenty of dog-friendly activities, including a performance by the World Famous Frisbee Dogs. And be sure to dress Fido in his finest for a photo op with Santa himself! The K-9 Karnival will run from 9:30am-3pm, and admission is $2 per pooch. (352) 464-0324.
IT’S COOK-OFF TIME Head to the SOUTHEASTERN LIVESTOCK PAVILION for the 33rd year of this classic event. Taste more than 40 different chili samples, and vote for your favorite (and also the best-decorated booth!). There will be children’s activities, live entertainment and fun for everyone! Proceeds benefit The Cornerstone School. Event takes place from 9am-5pm rain or shine. marioncountychilicookoﬀ.com or (352) 895-1648. Nov
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GOOD OLE’ OCALI Experience Florida life of yesteryear at the OCALI COUNTRY DAYS FESTIVAL at the Silver River State Park. This annual event features vendors, exhibits and activities that highlight life in the 1800s. Tour pioneer cabins, visit with Seminole tribal members, watch sugar cane syrup being made or take a tram ride though the state park. And no visit would be complete without a visit to the Silver River Museum. Admission is $5 per person and free for children under 5. silverrivermuseum.com or (352) 236-5401.
The annual Lake Hernando Dragon Boat Festival kicks off on Friday night at the Elks Club with an Italian dinner, cash bar and plenty of pre-race festivities. On Saturday morning these mythical colorful creations take to the water for a full day of dragon boat racing action. There will also be arts and crafts displays and food vendors, so plan to spend the day. No experience is necessary, so build a team and come out and give it a try! lakehernandodragonboatfestival.com or (352) 201-6500.
AQUATIC ARTS FOR LANDLUBBERS For those who want a glimpse of the deep blue sea but are more than content keeping their feet safely ashore, the annual TWO
IT’S TIME FOR TINSEL Once again it’s time for the downtown square to become transformed into a winter wonderland. Hundreds of lights of all size, shape and hue will don the streets and trees of our historic downtown square during the annual LIGHT UP OCALA extravaganza. Beginning at 4pm three stages of live entertainment will prep the crowds for the main event. There will also be activities for the kids, great food vendors and plenty of festive fun for the whole family. Can’t make it for the main event? Don’t worry! The lights will remain lit nightly through December. ocalaﬂ.org or (352) 368-5517.
HAWK HAMMOCK COUNTRY CIRCUS provides the best of
both worlds. The theme this year, Aquatic Dream, includes aerial performances, equestrian arts, live music, activities and more with an undersea twist. There will also be raffles, carriage rides, kids’ games and plenty of food trucks to satisfy your hunger! The circus runs from 2-10pm with camping options available. sconnection.net or (352) 316-0682.
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Join us for the 3rd annual Saturday • November 8th • 2014
At the Institute of Cardiovascular Excellence 4730 SW 49th Rd., Ocala, FL 34474 Registration at 8:00 A.M. Walk begins at 9:00 A.M. Our 3rd annual ICE WALK encourages fun for all while benefiting your health and wellness. Come and enjoy the day with our participating vendors including Pet Adoptions, Pet Costume Contest, Marion County Sheriff’s K-9 demonstrations and more!
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Q& A DR. DAVID HOLMES
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ANY OF US TAKE FOR GRANTED WHERE OUR FOOD ACTUALLY COMES FROM. IN FACT, IF YOU ASKED MOST KIDS TODAY WHERE THEIR FRUITS AND VEGGIES COME FROM, THEY MAY ANSWER “THE GROCERY STORE!” THAT’S EXACTLY WHY FARM CITY WEEK IS SO IMPORTANT FOR RESIDENTS TO ATTEND. WHAT BEGAN IN THE 1950S AS A WAY TO BRING TOGETHER MARION COUNTY FARMERS WITH CITY RESIDENTS, FARM CITY WEEK CELEBRATES THE AGRICULTURAL ASPECT OF OUR AREA AND IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR RESIDENTS OF ALL AGES TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BEHIND-THE-SCENES WORKINGS OF FARMING AND FOOD PRODUCTION. DAVID HOLMES, THE COUNTY EXTENSION DIRECTOR, TOOK A FEW MINUTES TO TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE ACTIVITIES PLANNED FOR FARM CITY WEEK.
When is Farm City Week? Farm city week traditionally runs through the week of Thanksgiving. This year’s events will take place beginning on the 16th with our open house and continue through Thanksgiving.
farmers. I think the significance of the event occurring around Thanksgiving is to remind us all where our food comes from and to be thankful for our local bounty.
farm equipment displays, tours of the farm and a live herding dog demonstration.
restaurants will feature dinner specials that reflect local food items throughout the week.
What other events are in store?
What do you hope to achieve with this year’s event?
There will also be a banquet on Nov. 20 at the UF/IFAS Marion County Extension Auditorium to honor Hall of Fame inductee Frank Smith, a local cattleman and watermelon farmer. The banquet will feature a delicious bounty of locally produced food, and tickets are $20. There will also be tours of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales feed mill, and many of the downtown
It’s important for people to know where their food comes from and to understand the history of Marion County’s agricultural community and to both celebrate and enjoy it. Last year’s event was a success, and we are hoping even more people will attend the open house this year.
What is the premise behind Farm City Week?
The celebration kicks oﬀ with an open house. Tell us a little more about that.
Originally the week-long event was organized to bring the agricultural community and the city residents together. There’s a mutual need for both parties. Without farmers there wouldn’t be any food, and without consumers there wouldn’t be any
This will be the second year we hold the open house. It was such a success last year that we wanted to do it again. The open house will be held at the Marion County 4H farm from noon to 3pm. There will be a farmers market, activities for the kids,
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For a complete list of activities scheduled for the week, visit the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association at ftboa.com or call (352) 629-2160.
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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 and are 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.
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. CRAFT FAIR (NOVEMBER 1-2) The 18th Annual Villages Craft Fair at Spanish Springs will take place from 10am-5pm both days. There will be a wide array of craft vendors from around the country, and admission is free. artfestival.com or (562) 746-6615.
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(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.
THELOCALSCENE UPCOMING EXHIBITS AT THE APPLETON (ONGOING) Retooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection will open November 8 and feature a thought-provoking look at the unexpected subject of tools through more than 40 inspiring paintings, sculptures, works on paper and photographs and will
be on display through January 4. A Dickens Christmas: Urban Family Holiday Collection will return to the Appleton on November 15. This Christmas collection is the private collection of Dr. Paul and Joyce Urban and their daughters and often raises funds for various charities. The collection will be on display
LET’S SKATE OCALA (THROUGH JANUARY 4) The City of Ocala presents an ice skating experience for the whole family. The rink will be open Nov. 22 through Jan. 4, and is available for private rental. Hours vary. ocalaﬂ.org or (352) 368-5571.
INVERNESS FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS (NOVEMBER 1-2) This 43rd annual festival will feature hundreds of artists displaying their works as well as a wide variety of vendors. The festival will take place at the historic courthouse square from 9:30am-4:30pm. inverness-ﬂ.gov. Continued on page 76
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FALL SENIOR FISHING DERBY (NOVEMBER 3) A fishing derby for the 50-plus crowd will be held at Lake Tuscawilla. The event will run from 9am-1pm. ocalaﬂ.org or (352) 401-3916.
RC MODEL AIRPLANE SHOW (NOVEMBER 8) The Ocala Flying Model Club will host an RC model airplane show to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Admission is $2 per person or $5 per carload. Food concessions available. ocalaﬂyingmodelclub.com or (404) 625-9497.
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FIRST SATURDAY ART PROGRAM (NOVEMBER 2) The Appleton Museum will host a children’s program from 1-3pm. The program is free for members and included in admission for non-members. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT (NOVEMBER 7) The Discovery Center will provide parents with a night to themselves on the first Friday of the month. From 6:30-9:30pm the Discovery Center will entertain children ages 6-12 with a film and educational activities. Registration is $15 and limited to 25 participants. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900. COWBOY UP FOR ADOPTION (NOVEMBER 7) This 3rd annual event will be held at End of the Trail Ranch in Reddick and features a barrel-racing competition, face painting, pony rides, games, raffles and more. Live entertainment performed by the Shane Wooten band and The NextGen Band. Admission is free. Bring your own seating. (352) 547-3750.
DIVERSE MELODIES (NOVEMBER 8) Local musicians will perform at Citizens’ Circle to raise funds for Ocala’s House of New Beginnings. The concert will run from 5-9pm. (352) 286-5379. HARVESTFEST (NOVEMBER 8) Tuscawilla Park will host this music festival featuring two stages of live entertainment, food trucks, vendors and more. Gates open at 2:30pm, and the music will run from 3-10pm. ocalaﬂ.org or (352) 732-9877. CRAFT FAIR (NOVEMBER 8) The Marion-Dunn Masonic Lodge #19 will host a community craft fair from 9am-3pm. The fair will feature various works and
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Take Stock in Children fundraising bike ride will begin at The Villages Charter School. There will be 7-, 30- and 63-mile options with full-support rest stops along the course. Breakfast and lunch are included. Registration is $35 in advance, $40 the day of and begins at 7:30am with the rides beginning at 8:30am. pefmc.org or edfoundationlake.com or (352) 861-8245 or (352) 787-6576.
SIDEWALK ASTRONOMY (NOVEMBER 15) A family-friendly astronomy lesson will take place at the Discovery Center and will include hands-on activities and a guided tour of the night sky. Telescopes provided. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900.
ART AND CRAFT FAIR (NOVEMBER 8) Spruce Creek Preserve will host an art and craft fair from 9am-1pm. Lunch will be available as well as a bake sale. Admission is free. (352) 861-8245 or (352) 291-9395.
GIRLS INSPIRED TO TRY SCIENCE (NOVEMBER 15) A program designed to introduce girls to the field of science will be held by the Discovery Center. The program features hands-on activities and is open to girls ages 8-12. Registration is $15, and the program runs 10am-1pm. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900.
HOLIDAY PORTRAITS TO BENEFIT BRIDGE TO HOPE (NOVEMBER 8-9) The Ocala Courtyard Marriott will host Our Personal Touch Photography from 9am-3pm. The company will be taking holiday portraits for $30. There will also be a craft fair. Proceeds benefit Bridge To Hope and The Marion County Domestic Violence Shelter. (352) 207-0755. GALLERY RECEPTION (NOVEMBER 13) Gateway Bank in Ocala will host an opening reception for Avant Garde-Innate Expectations. The reception will run 6-8pm and feature wine, hors d’oeuvres and live music from jazz duo Just in Time. Admission is free. ocalaartgroup.com.
JOHNNY MELLO SHOW (NOVEMBER 15) The Johnny Mello ‘50s and ‘60s dance show to benefit Have a Heart for Companion Animals will take place at La Hacienda Recreation Center in The Villages from 5-9pm. The event will feature line dancing, entertainment, a free pizza buffet, a 50/50 drawing and more. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. thejohnnymelloshow.com or (352) 687-1776. CRITTER TRAIL RUN (NOVEMBER 15) Silver Springs State Park will host this first annual 5K event. The race will be held at
WOMEN’S SELF-DEFENSE CLASS SERIES
(November 10, 12, 14, 15) A women’s self-defense class series will be held at the Ocala Police Department from 6-9pm for four nights in November. The class series is free. For registration details, visit the Marion County RAD Facebook page.
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VERY MERRY MARKETPLACE (NOVEMBER 8) The Very Merry Marketplace in Fruitland Park will feature numerous vendors, mini photo sessions, giveaways and more seasonal fun. The event is free and open to the public and runs from 10am-4pm. (315) 952-3057.
9:30 and is limited to 300 runners. friendsofsilversprings.org or (352) 895-0300. BOOK SALE (NOVEMBER 15, 16) The Belleview Library will host their annual fall book sale. The sale will run 9am-5pm and feature over 20,000 bargain-priced books. friendsofbelleviewlibrary.org or (352) 245-2767. TRIPS ’N’ TOURS NOVEMBER 19) The Appleton’s Trips ‘N’ Tours program will visit the Orlando Museum of Art for a Christmas Extravaganza Collection. Lunch is included, and registration is $60 for members and $70 for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455 ext 4456. INVERNESS GRAND PRIX AND MOTOR SPORT FESTIVAL (NOVEMBER 21-22) This World Karting Association sanctioned event will have go karts, racing enthusiasts and spectators geared up for Grand Prix festivities centered on Courthouse Square in downtown Inverness. invernessgrandprix.com or (352) 400-5870. MURDER MYSTERY DINNER (NOVEMBER 22) The Seven Sisters Historic Inn will host a murder mystery event from 6-9:30pm, featuring a fourcourse dinner along with a murder mystery plot for guests and community actors to participate in. Reservations are $65. Doors open at 6pm, and dinner is served at 7:30pm. sevensistersinn.org or (352) 433-0700. ARTIST SHOWCASE (NOVEMBER 29) The 17th annual Artist Showcase will be held at the Savannah Center in The Villages. Works will be on display from over 70 Village artists. The showcase will run from 9am-3pm, and admission is free. (352) 751-1033.
SANTA ON THE SQUARE (DECEMBER 4) Boys and girls will have their chance to catch a glimpse of the big guy himself. Santa will visit the downtown square from 6-8pm, and parents can arrange a phone call from Santa and Mrs. Clause in the days leading up to his arrival. ocalaﬂ.org or (352) 368-5517. APPLETON AFTER HOURS (DECEMBER 4) The Appleton Museum will host an after-hours event featuring live entertainment, light fare and presentations by the Ocala Art Group. The event will run from 5-8pm, and admission is free for members and $10 for non-members. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. SYMPHONY UNDER THE LIGHTS (DECEMBER 5) The Ocala Symphony Orchestra will perform a number of seasonal favorites at Citizens’ Circle. The concert will run from 7-9pm. ocalasymphony.com or (352) 239-5888.
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At the Y, we focus on helping kids, adults, families and seniors reach their fullest potential. Building a stronger community is what we’re all about. In 2014, 1,100 donors gave more than $350,000 with the help of more than 200 volunteers, which allowed us to impact the lives of:
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Thank you for supporting the Y as we work day in and day out to bring our cause to life. With your help, we can continue bringing people together of all walks of life so that we can help every member learn, grow and thrive. My name is Denise Sarko and I am a very proud mom of 3—Alexa, 34, Brandon 33, Cyle 15, and a “MIMI” to a cute little redhead named Allie. Anyone who knows me will tell you where I am—if I am not at home, with my family or at work, I am at the Y. This facility has become a major part of our lives, and our daily routine. In fact, out of the list of my things to do, time at the Y is among the top of the priorities. “Y time” is my time to recharge, rebuild and renew spirit, mind and body. When we enter in the front doors, it is a commitment to total health, enjoying fellowship with friends, and pushing energies beyond any perceived limits. It is a lifestyle… not just a recreation. Plugging in to the programs that are offered here enables us to maintain the balance that is needed to handle life’s demands. The YMCA was recommended to me by a friend shortly after I moved to Ocala 12 years ago. At that time, I was married, and my youngest, who is special needs, was about 3 years old. My life was very stressful. Not only was I a mommy to a child with Prader Willi Syndrome, but I had a husband who struggled with bipolar and manic depression. Being the caregiver to a child with special needs and an adult with mental illness had its own full-time commitment. I had a moderate commitment to keeping up with my fitness level due to the demands of family and work, however Cyle enjoyed his social time at the Y’s Child Development Center, so I struggled through the workouts with the last fragments of energy I could muster up. As the years progressed, my son Cyle’s disorder presented other health issues, some of which are life-threatening. Because severe muscle weakness and a slow metabolism are characteristics of Prader Willi Syndrome, finding him an activity that was safe was always a challenge. I had always been proactive with his therapy and dietary needs, so as he grew, I searched for a sport that he could learn and play safely while fitting in with the rest of the kids. YMCA basketball was my answer! Little did I know that we would find a team of the most caring and nurturing coaches, parents and staff to teach my star how to play. Not only has he learned the sport, his can-do spirit says he is the next Michael Jordan! Every time he scores—or even just catches the ball—both teams give him a standing ovation! You will find me crying on the sideline when that happens.
Becoming stronger and healthier, both mentally and physically, was not an option anymore. It was a necessity. That meant re-arranging my schedule, saying no to things I did not need to do, and eating for power. I talked to the pros to push my mental and physical limitations, and I took their advice. I am still a consummate learner. Today, I can proudly say I am 57 years old and in the best shape of my life. I am rebuilding our lives with new victory and determination. My son has gone way beyond what his doctors ever expected. His muscle tone is very strong and his health is very stable. I have to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the people and community who are responsible for maintaining and building on the dream and vision of the YMCA. Because of your commitment, you have impacted my family’s life by helping me put the pieces back together.
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