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The Ro-Mac Window and Door Showroom is located in the heart of Ocala at 1432 SW 15th Ave, Ocala, FL and can be reached by phone at 352-622-7099.


For the homeowner, builder, and remodeler the true advantage of this Showroom is the variety of manufacturers displayed. Unlike other window and door companies that show one product line, the Ro-Mac Ocala Window and Door Showroom prominently displays the top lines. PGT, MI/Better-Bilt, YKK, Andersen, Croft, and Custom Window Systems are all available in the Showroom, together with a full line of Therma-Tru and Masonite Doors. To accent the windows and doors, the Window and Door Showroom has a complete line of mouldings and millwork products on display.

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Custom door sizes are no problem for the Ro-Mac Ocala Window and Door Showroom with Ro-Mac’s custom Door Plant located in Leesburg. The Ro-Mac Door Plant can build special size doors, manufacture specialty trim, and provide complete millwork solutions for any size home. Plus, window and door installation is no problem, as the company has one of the best installation departments in Central Florida.

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Lighting The Way p38 Most people think of Florida as a place to relax on sunny beaches. However, beyond those beaches, in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean and the Straights of Florida are the treacherous seas that claimed many ships and lives until lighthouses split the darkness and led the way to port. BY LEIGH NEELY

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endangered species in the world. That’s why conservations like Lubee are amazing. They provide a safe haven for the creatures who, single handedly, pollinate more than 180 plants that humans use in every day life. Learn more about Lubee’s conservation efforts, eat some food and maybe even buy a bat house at the merchandise tent and become a mini-conservationist yourself.

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HE FLORIDA THOROUGHBRED RACING INDUSTRY GENERATES AN ANNUAL ECONOMIC IMPACT OF MORE THAN $900 MILLION TO THE STATE, ACCORDING TO A RECENT STUDY CONDUCTED BY CUMMINGS ASSOCIATES. YOU CAN TACK ON TO THAT MORE THAN 12,000 JOBS AND $400 MILLION IN ANNUAL WAGES AND BENEFITS ATTRIBUTED TO THE FLORIDA THOROUGHBRED RACING INDUSTRY. With hundreds of farms, Ocala/Marion County is the wellspring of the state’s Thoroughbred breeding and training industries. The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company annually stages six major bloodstock public auctions, attracting sellers and buyers from all over the world. In 2013 alone, $714,742 in sales tax was collected on horses purchased in Marion County.

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“WE DECIDED THAT OUR FOCUS WOULD BE TO ASSIST LOCAL BUSINESSES LEARN HOW TO CONNECT WITH THE EQUINE COMMUNITY.”

Bearing the title of Horse Capital of the World, the Ocala/Marion County area is home to nearly every breed of horse. This practically guarantees that on any given weekend there is some kind of equine event going on in the area. Taking all this into account, it would stand to reason that the Florida equine industry is a gold mine for local businesses and residents to tap in to. And yet, oddly enough, that’s not the case. But the Equine Alliance of Marion County is on a mission to change that. “There is a disconnect between the Marion County equine industry and the rest of the community,” says Crystal Fernung, chairwoman of the Equine Alliance. “The equine industry is a great economic and recreation resource for our area that is very much underused. Our goal is to change that by connecting, communicating and educating.” In addition to Fernung, who with husband Brent owns and operates Journeyman Stud, this equine liaison group also includes Barbara Fitos (The Community Foundation for Marion County); Dori Morgan (Farm Credit of North Florida); Karen Grimes (Farm Tours of Ocala); Tammy Gantt (Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association); Frank Hennessey (Hennessey Arabians) and Mark Shuffitt (UF/IFAS Extension Marion County). “When we conducted an informal survey and asked local business owners if they market their goods and services to the equine community, most said they didn’t because they didn’t know how,” says Fernung. “So we decided that our focus would be to help local businesses learn how to connect with the equine community.”

With that goal in mind, the Equine Alliance has conducted Equine Industry Short Courses for business owners, Power Luncheons during OBS sales and Horse $ense business exchange meetings. The Equine Alliance also hosts a Horse $ense radio show every Friday morning (9:30am) on WOCA 1370AM/96.3FM. Through live interviews and discussions with local equine professionals, the radio program introduces the general public to the equine industry and promotes upcoming events. During this year’s Live Oak International, an annual driving and show jumping event, the Equine Alliance radio show was live on-site. “We are starting to get great feedback from business owners who are making a positive connection with the equine industry. And we’re just getting started,” says Fernung. “We truly believe that the equine industry is a great resource for all of Ocala/ Marion County. We really want everyone to make the most of the equine industry that is part of our community.”

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HE FOURTH ANNUAL WOMEN OF WORTH’S POWER OF THE PURSE EVENT WILL RAISE MONEY FOR THE ReadingPals, A CHILDREN’S LITERACY PROGRAM.

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Come on, admit it. You’re a purseaholic. To you, purses are not merely an accessory, they are a necessity. Your closet shelves are overflowing with purses of every design, size, color and material. From bargain-priced to haute couture, you have a purse for every mood, outfit and occasion. But as extensive as your collection is, do you have a purse with superpowers? Read on. The United Way of Marion County’s Women’s Leadership Council/Women of Worth will be hosting its fourth annual Power of the Purse event on Thursday, November 6. The fundraiser will take place from 5:30-8pm at the Hilton Ocala, and if you’re a purseaholic, this is a must-attend event. Nearly 200 super purses will be available to purchase, and when you buy one, you unleash its superpower of helping a child learn to read. “The main mission of the Women’s Leadership Council is to fund programs that assist women and children, particularly early childhood education,” says Julie Shealy, who is the current Women of Worth chairperson. “Over the past three years, money raised through the annual Power of the Purse has funded outdoor Born Learning Trails at area libraries and the R.E.A.D. Program at the Children’s Home Society. This year’s event funds will go to the ReadingPals program.” In 2012, the Barnett Early Literacy Grant was awarded to 10 Florida United Ways to establish

ReadingPals programs. The latter helps students establish a foundation for reading by improving vocabulary, listening skills and comprehension, as well as visual and auditory memory. United Way of Marion County was one of the chosen organizations to receive grant money for three years to implement the ReadingPals program. Based on pre-kindergarten testing, students assessed as “at risk” coming into kindergarten were put into the ReadingPals program at 15 Marion County schools. Specially trained volunteers are paired with one child, meeting with the student for two 30-minute sessions a week in the school’s media center over the course of the school year. The volunteer reads a book a week to the student, leads the child in a prescribed activity related to the book and, upon completion, the book is the child’s to take home. In addition, children are also given books to read over the summer. “The feedback from teachers about the ReadingPals program has been phenomenal,” says Shealy, whose day-to-day job is executive director of school development and evaluation for Marion County Schools. “I’m out there visiting schools and talking to those involved in the ReadingPals program. The results from the program are amazing. After the first year of the program, the kids’ assessment test scores improved by 18 percent from the initial testing.”


“THE MAIN MISSION OF THE WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP COUNCIL IS TO FUND PROGRAMS THAT ASSIST WOMEN AND CHILDREN, PARTICULARLY EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION.”

Shealy. “The package can include gift Following the 2014-2015 school certificates, jewelry, event tickets, year, the grant funding for the trips and just about anything they can ReadingPals program will end. With imagine. The more unique the better.” that in mind, the Women’s Leadership Once people have had a chance Council decided to make raising funds to to peruse the silent auction purses continue the program a priority. and pick out their favorites, then it’s “The ReadingPals program is so —Julie Shealy time to bring out their competitive important for these at-risk kids and natures with the live auction. can have an impact on their lives,” says Available to the highest bidders are Shealy. “We like to say that children can’t special Purses & Packages, usually four to six with the read to learn until they learn to read.” most intriguing combinations, such as a stuffed beach And that mission leads back to Power of the bag complete with a beach condo vacation. Purse and those super purses. “People get very competitive when it comes to “Purses are donated to the Women’s Leadership the live auction purses. But it’s all in good fun, too,” Council throughout the year,” says Shealy. “Some are says Shealy. “The Power of the Purse is open to women donated by individuals and others by businesses. If and men. We usually do have a man purse or two. you like purses, you’re sure to find at least one you’ll Last year, we actually had a gentleman attend. And the want to take home.” event is a great opportunity for a man to buy a special A very popular element of the event is the Pursepurse for the woman or women in his life. All in all, onallyYours Boutique, which features gently-used it’s a great evening and a great way to give back to purses sold at bargain prices. Last year’s event sold a the community.” record 149 purses and raised more than $3,000. Also And besides, all you purseaholics out there, you available during the event while enjoying the live know you want a purse with superpowers! music and hors d’oeuvres are the Purses & Packages offered for purchase through silent auction bid sheets. “During the year, we ask local women business leaders to put together a special gift package with a purse, briefcase or even a diaper bag,” explains

WANT TO GO? POWER OF THE PURSE 5:30-8pm, Nov Hilton Ocala 6 Tickets: $45 in advance, $50 at the door. Contact: Cathy Truesdale, (352) 732-9696, ext. 202

WANT TO KNOW MORE? READINGPALS VOLUNTEERS Jan Hathaway United Way Literacy Manager (352) 732-9696, ext. 212 jhathaway@uwmc.org

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State and national honors are pushing some local educators into the spotlight because of their commitment to students.

PEGGY BROOKINS, a math teacher and director of the EMIT program at Forest High, was recently appointed by President Obama to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. JAYNE ELLSPERMANN, principal of West Port High, is in the

running for National School Principal of the Year. She’s already Florida’s top principal, and we find out later this month whether she finishes at the top nationally.

DEAN MARINO, who teaches music at West Port High, is

a quarterfinalist and one of 222 music teachers nationwide in the running for the Music Educator Award™ presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation.

NATASHA MURPHY teaches intensive reading at West Port High. A full-time reading teacher

JOHN MCCOLLUM, principal at Eighth Street Elementary and Osceola Middle, is one of four middle school principals recognized by Florida’s Department of Education for outstanding leadership. After 35 years in public

BUDDY OSWALD teaches government classes at Marion Technical Institute, or MTI. A

PATCH BACKS KIDS IN A BIG WAY Students at Reddick-Collier Elementary received big surprises on their first day back to school— free backpacks filled with school supplies galore! These goods came from school district employees who are part of IUPAT, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, and the Patch Foundation. This generous donation made a tremendous difference for this rural school, getting everyone started on equal footing for a brand-new school year.

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for 12 years, Murphy is Florida’s Reading Teacher of the Year, an honor handed out by the Florida Reading Association.

the American Civic Education Teacher Award from the Center on Congress. DALE WADE teaches incarcerated students at the Marion Juvenile Correctional Facility. She was

one of three finalists for Florida’s Department of Juvenile Justice 2014 “Teacher of the Year.”

former attorney, he is one of just three people nationwide to receive

TOOLS 4 TEACHING TRIUMPHS Teachers found tons of supplies at the PUBLIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION earlier

this school year. The Teacher Resource Fair featured 15 vendors, 399 shoppers in the Tools 4 Teaching store and more than 300 hot dogs, snow cones and bags of popcorn for those attending. The week before school started, the T4T store hosted 499 shoppers, a new record in one week.


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HARVEST TIME

ROCKING & ROLLING

COOTERWEEN FUN

Micanopy Fall Harvest Festival

Inverness Grand Prix

Great American Cooter Festival

Nov. 1-2

Nov. 21-22

INVERNESS

MICANOPY

Known as “the town that time forgot,” Micanopy is a scenic location for a fall arts and crafts festival. Guest will enjoy the two stages filled with live musical entertainment, tons of great food and the grand auction.

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The party starts November 21 at 7pm at the Rock N Roll main stage. On November 22, starting at noon, the city of Inverness, along with local event partners, will bring out 70 go-karts doing speeds up to 60mph. Classic and collector cars will be on display both days.

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Oct. 24-26

INVERNESS

Named after their mascot, a turtle named Cooter, the Great American Cooter Festival offers a weekend full of activities for all ages, such as games, contests, rides, food and live music. On Sunday, October 26, there will be a Cooterween costume contest, so come dressed to impress.

cooterfestival.com (352) 726-2611

Turtle Talk | INTERVIEW BY KATIE MCPHERSON

e caught up with Sunny Cooter, the mascot of The Great American Cooter Festival, to get the lowdown on this year’s schedule. The thing about turtles is that they’re not too talkative, so his interpreter, Sharon Skeele-Hogan, was kind enough to translate. All for free.

TELL US THE STORY OF HOW A COOTER BECAME THE FESTIVAL’S MASCOT. The city manager was talking to a friend one day at the Cooter Pond boardwalk about creating a festival. One of my cousins, Jake, happened to be swimming by and the idea of the Great American Cooter Festival was born. A cooter is an indigenous water turtle native to Inverness lakes. It has another meaning if you’re from up north though, one that your mama told you never to talk about in good company. The double entendre struck a chord and created controversy. We made national headlines when The Daily Show came down and did interviews and the video went viral! Before you could say cooterific, we had a festival that drew thousands of people from all over the country. THAT’S AWESOME! WHAT DO YOU DO WHILE YOU’RE AT THE FESTIVAL EACH YEAR? I like to hand out goodies to all the kids and bring a little sunshine to the festival!

WHAT SORT OF EVENTS WILL BE AT THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL? The Cooter Festival is the last weekend in October and has events throughout the month of October. This is our 11th year, and we’ll crown a Cooter Queen, dine along the Cooterlicious culinary crawl, watch the Cooter Cinema’s The Muppet Movie in the Pines and have a TRI Cooter triathlon. We’ll rock out at our huge Rock the Block concert with Stormbringer and Warped Tour band Beebs and Her Money Makers on Friday, October 24. Then, we end the whole thing with a two-day festival in Liberty Park featuring a Cooterween contest, Miss Cooter Pageant, Greg Billings Band, cooter races, a game of duck duck cooter and over 90 festival vendors. Tell ‘em Sunny sent you! WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF ATTENDING THE FESTIVAL EVERY YEAR? Each year, about 8,000 to 10,000 people come out to celebrate. It’s good fun for our community. And it’s all for free!

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WORLD-CLASS ART Nov. 8-9

Downtown Festival and Art GAINESVILLE

Oct. 18-19

Rattlesnake Festival SAN ANTONIO

For almost 40 years, Floridians have slithered their way to the West Central Florida town of San Antonio to celebrate the rattlesnake. The Rattlesnake Festival features rattlesnake shows, entertainment, food, gopher races and arts and crafts. Admission to the “Snakes Alive” show is $5 for adults and $2 for kids under 12.

rattlesnakefestival.com, (352) 588-4444

AN OCALA TRADITION Oct. 23-26

Blessed Trinity Carnival OCALA

Everyone loves the Blessed Trinity Carnival, held each year on the grounds of Blessed Trinity Parish on SE 17th Street. The carnival includes traditional rides, games and food, and don’t miss the raffles happening throughout the weekend. Hours are 5-11pm Thursday and Friday, 11am-11pm Saturday and 11am-9pm on Sunday. Thursday and Sunday are armband days.

btcarnival.org or (352) 622-5808, ext. 356

gvlculturalaffairs.org, (352) 393-8536

CRAZY ABOUT CRAFTS Oct. 25-26

48th Annual Ocala Arts Festival OCALA

Come and experience art on every level. Get a start on seasonal shopping or just stroll through the artists’ displays. Along with an abundance of art, there will be free parking, a variety of food stands and activities for the kids.

fafo.org, (352) 867-0355

STITCHING SISTERS

ADVENTURES IN A MAZE Oct. 4-Dec. 14

Long and Scott Farms, MOUNT DORA Scott’s Maze Adventures features a 7-acre corn maze, a 3-acre tree maze, a 60-foot super slide, face painters, balloonists and other entertainers for children. The price of admission is kids (ages 3-16) $9, adults (16 and up) $11.

scottszellwoodsweetcorn.com, (325) 383-6900

ART IN SPANISH SPRINGS Nov. 1-2

The Villages Craft Festival, LADY LAKE

Craft enthusiasts flock to beautiful Spanish Springs to enjoy the art of more than 100 local and national crafters from 30 different states. Come and enjoy a unique blend of contemporary, original works.

artfestival.com, (561) 746-6615

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Annual Arts And Crafts Fair

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A RATTLIN’ GOOD TIME

The 33rd annual downtown festival and art show is a juried fine arts festival. Join 250 artists and marvel at world-class paintings, vivid photography, unique sculpture, dazzling jewelry and more. Enjoy continuous, live entertainment on three stages all weekend, including a downtown blues concert on Friday evening.

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This event will be held in the Stanfield Hall of Ocala’s West United Methodist Church where you’ll find a large selection of hand-knitted, crocheted and handsewn items. The event coincides with the UM Men’s breakfast, and everyone is welcome to come eat! Just $5 for adults and $3 for kids.

(352) 854-9550

HORSEPOWER IN THE FALL Oct. 24-26

Ocala Pumpkin Run, OCALA

The 4th Annual Ocala Pumpkin Run is lining up tons of “horsepower” over a 400-acre spread. Cars of all makes and models will be bought and sold while vendors meet with people. There will be special demonstrations taking place such as the Extreme Dyno Challenge, a model car show and more, including free activities for the kids.

ocalapumpkinrun.com, (352) 620-9998

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Oct. 3-26

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Timberline Farm Corn Maze Festival, BELLEVIEW

Bring the kids down to Timberline Farm for a day of good, old-fashioned fall fun. There is a corn maze, hayrides, corn crib, country store, pony rides, music, food and drinks, pumpkin patch and train rides. Prices are $6 for students and $8 for adults.

timberlinefarm.net, (352) 454-4113

FUN FOR THE FAMILY Oct. 3-Nov. 2

Coon Hollo Fall Festival, MICANOPY

Come to the farm that has been operated by several generations and spend some time together as a family with corn mazes, hayrides, pasture putt putt, tug of war and more. Coon Hollo is open Fridays, 6-10pm and Saturdays and Sundays, 9am-8pm.

coonhollocornmaze.com, (352) 591-0441

CRAFTIN’ THAT FUN Oct. 25-26

Mount Dora Craft Fair MOUNT DORA

In its 30th year, the Mount Dora Craft Fair is a top-ranked event featuring an eclectic mix of arts and crafts from sculptures and ceramics to paintings and woodworking. The fair is a great opportunity to find unique gifts for friends or yourself. Plus, with all of the crowds in the streets, it’s a perfect time to shop along the resident stores.

whole festival, tons of peanuts! Whether you like them boiled, roasted or fried, come and enjoy some peanuts while watching the crowning of the new royal family.

willistonfl.com, (352) 528-5552

WILD ABOUT MUSIC Nov. 6-10

Riverhawk Music Festival BROOKSVILLE

Held at the Sertoma Ranch, this festival consists of a four-day outdoor concert featuring local, regional and national talent on four different stages. Bring

mountdoracraftfair.com, (352) 735-1191 Photo courtesy of Joe Elliot

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OFF-ROAD CHARITY Oct. 18-19

Jeeptoberfest, BELLEVIEW

The 17th annual fundraiser event of the Ocala Jeep Club will be held at the Market of Marion in Belleview. Activities include three levels of offroad courses for stock, moderately modified and extreme jeeps, plus an articulation ramp and a vendor area with leading manufacturers. A kid zone with a bounce house, face painting and more will also be available. Prices are $35 for pre-registration or $40 day of for all Jeeps, $5 for children and adults ages 13 and above and free for children 12 and under.

ocalajeepclub.com, (352) 624-1933

TURN BACK THE CLOCK Oct. 25

McIntosh 1890s Festival MCINTOSH

The McIntosh 1890s Festival is a chance to turn back the clock. Come stroll through arts and crafts booths and enjoy a picnic while the kids play. McIntosh is located along Hwy 441 between Gainesville and Ocala.

friendsofmcintosh.org, (352) 591-4038

NUTTY FOR NUTS Oct. 5

Williston Peanut Festival WILLISTON

Located at Williston’s Linear Park, this Williston tradition celebrates all things “nutty.” The festival will have rides, arts and crafts, the Little Peanut Royal Family and, of course, the reason for the

your camping gear and spend the weekend away getting close to nature.

lindentertainment.com, (863) 984-8445

PICKIN’ PUMPKINS Sep. 27-Oct. 31

Dunnellon Pickin’ Patch DUNNELLON

Bring the family and a wheelbarrow and come find the perfect pumpkins for the family. Along with the pumpkin patch, there are photo spots, hay forts, a corn maze, hayrides, a sunflower garden and more. The Pickin’ Patch is located at 11000 Rolling Hills Road in Dunnellon. Admission is $2.

dunnellonpumpkinpatch.com (352) 533-4344

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ndrea and Steven Dixon and Scott and Sarah Thomas are the agriculture experts behind the family-ownedand-operated Dunnellon Pickin’ Patch, now in its fifth year. Sarah was kind enough to share a little about their process.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO OPEN A PUMPKIN PATCH? My aunt and uncle and my husband and I have backgrounds in growing watermelons on a commercial basis. We wanted to do something where we could actually have interaction with customers. We liked the idea of pumpkins—they don’t grow well in Florida—but we decided to try. We planted them and tried our hardest but didn’t know if we could get them to grow. According to IFAS, we’re the only true patch where you can come and cut your pumpkin off the vine. Now, a lot of the guys from UF come down and say “you can grow ‘em better than we can.” HOW BIG IS THE FARM? HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE THE PUMPKINS TO GROW? We’ve got about 12 acres of pumpkins and gourds this year. We also have a sunflower patch, and we try to do some Indian ornamental corn for decorating. We also have picture spots and a corn maze.

We start prepping the fields in late June, and pumpkins are in the ground in early July. Our days to maturity can range from 60 to 120 depending on the weather and the variety of pumpkin. It’s been exciting because we try a few new varieties every year and figure out what works best for us. It’s a learning process every season. HOW MANY PEOPLE ATTEND EVERY YEAR? Last year, we had a little over 12,000 people. We’re open Friday 3-7pm, Saturday 10am-7pm and Sunday noon-7pm for five weekends from September 27 through October. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF HOSTING THE PUMPKIN PATCH? The best part of this for us is that it’s a tremendous amount of work, but it’s been a really fun venture. People are so far removed from farm life, so for us with our agricultural background, that gives us a lot of satisfaction.

SCREAMS & THRILLS Ready for a chill? On select nights throughout October, visit your favorite theme parks for a creepy, crawling, bone-chilling evening of fun. Don’t forget, some of these events aren’t suitable for children!

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HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS Select nights through Nov. 1 UNIVERSAL ORLANDO

Filled with haunted mazes, haunted houses and bone-chilling surprises around every corner, come only if you dare, but beware, this isn’t for the faint of heart.

halloweenhorrornights.com

The streets will swarm with hundreds of roaming creatures, making escape nearly impossible. Complete with 300 acres of fears and frights, horrifying haunted houses and sinister surprises around every corner.

seaworldparks.com

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This not-so-spooky event is fun for kids and adults of all ages. It features games, music, treats and plenty of Halloween-related activities.

seaworldparks.com

MICKEY’S NOT-SO-SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY Select nights through Oct. 31

LEGOLAND, ORLANDO

MAGIC KINGDOM, KISSIMMEE

Follow the Brick-or-Treat trail to find goodies and small delights. Visit the largest Lego Jack-O’Lantern and make some Lego creations to take home with you at the end of the night.

Enjoy the crisp autumn air with this fun event at the Magic Kingdom. Filled with candy, costumes and treats, bring the family and have a ball with Mickey and his pals.

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STATEWIDE STOPS Some things are worth traveling for, so we’ve compiled a list of great events from around the state.

FEAST OF THE SEA Oct. 31-Nov. 1

Seafood Festival, APALACHICOLA

The annual Florida Seafood Festival is an event that draws thousands of people to Battery Park in Apalachicola. The festival features delicious seafood, arts and crafts exhibits, musical entertainment, oyster-eating and -shucking contests, blue crab races, a parade, a 5K redfish run, fireworks show and the King Retsyo’s Ball. On October 31, the event is free; on November 1, the cost is $5 per person.

floridaseafoodfestival.com, (850) 653-4720

PUMPKIN PARTY Oct. 24-26

Sarasota Pumpkin Festival, SARASOTA

The 6th annual pumpkin festival is back! Located in Payne’s Park in Sarasota, festival-goers will be amazed by over 100 free shows, a pumpkin patch and maze, pie-eating contests, kid shows, rides and games, a petting zoo, pony rides, food, craft vendors and more!

sarasotapumpkinfestival.com, (941) 706-7605

ARTS IN WINTER PARK Oct. 11-12

Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, WINTER PARK

The Winter Park Autumn Art Festival is celebrating its 41st annual festival at Central Park in Winter Park. This year, the festival will feature musical entertainment, food and children’s activities, along with over 100 of Florida’s finest artists.

winterpark.org, (407) 644-8281

CULINARY CULTURES Through-Nov. 10

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, ORLANDO Take your taste buds on a journey as you sail around the world tasting different foods and wines from select countries in a pristine setting that only Disney can dream up. Sign up for any of the “Special Experiences” where you can get lessons in wine education, talk to celebrity chefs and more. Plus, don’t forget to satisfy that sweet tooth with dessert.

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he Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is back again for its best year yet with Chef de Cuisine Michael Deardorff leading the way. Between the artfully designed menus and the celebrity chefs, the culinary demonstrations and afterhours parties, this could be the most foodie fun you’ll ever have.

WHAT’S YOUR CULINARY HISTORY WITH DISNEY? I’ve been with the company for 27 years now. This is one of the bucket list jobs out there for chef de cuisines. There weren’t many jobs I’d have left Be Our Guest for, but this is definitely one of them. WHICH MARKETPLACE ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT? Puerto Rico is very prominent this year—we’re doing an expanded marketplace experience. There will also be some entertainment elements. It’s going to be a real focal point. It was designed by Walt Disney Imagineering to resemble the city of Old San Juan. This is also the first time we’ve had a deep fryer on the promenade, and it’s going to give us a new variety of cooking styles out there. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST POPULAR DISHES EACH YEAR? One favorite that’s back is the kimchi hot dog in South Korea. In Germany, the schinkennudeln. I’m really looking forward to how Hops & Barley turns out. In there is the dessert hit of the festival: fresh carrot cake and warm cream cheese icing. And, of course, Ireland’s seafood pie—we can’t not make that. TERRA IS A VEGAN MARKETPLACE, BUT DO OTHER MARKETPLACES HAVE VEGETARIAN AND GLUTENFREE OPTIONS, TOO? If someone with a special diet leaves hungry, they’re doing something wrong! At Scotland, we have vegan haggis with mashed potatoes and rutabagas and a potato pancake with smoked salmon on top that’s gluten-free and a vegan dessert. There are several gluten-free options, like Patagonia’s grilled beef skewer. New Zealand has venison sausage. Australia has garlic shrimp and grilled lamb chops. There’s South African bobotie, and Singapore has lemongrass chicken curry. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF WORKING WITH THIS FESTIVAL? Imagine what it takes to open one restaurant, and we’re trying to open 25. I didn’t realize the depth and breadth of what it takes to put this festival on. It’s fun because it gets you out of your cooking comfort zone. Even though I’ve been in this business for so long, I’ve learned so much just through working on Puerto Rico and diving into those flavors. This job is turning out to be everything I hoped it would be.

epcotfoodfestival.com (407) WDW-FEST.

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MOVIES ACROSS THE MAP

45th Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival

Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival

This annual event draws over 200 arts and crafts vendors as well as live music performers. When you get hungry, this festival is known for cooking up anything that swims. On Saturday, the lighthouse on Seahorse Key will open after the parade to fill your need for exploration.

cedarkey.org, (352) 543-5600

FT. LAUDERDALE

The Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival shows movies of different genres over the course of the festival. When you aren’t watching a show, enjoy a night out on the town and check out events and parties that are taking place throughout the festival.

fliff.com, (954) 525-3456

VILLAGE BY THE SEA

OPA! IN AUTUMN

20th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival

St. Augustine Greek Festival

Oct. 4-5

DELRAY BEACH

Just seconds away from the Atlantic Ocean lays the “village by the sea” known as Delray Beach. Hundreds of vendors will line the streets selling jewelry, pottery, clothing and more. Admission is free, and the festival runs from 10am–5pm.

artfestival.com (561) 746-6615

ROLLIN’ BY THE BEACH Oct 16-19

Daytona Beach Biketoberfest DAYTONA BEACH

Thousands of bikers will be rolling into Daytona for the 22nd annual Daytona Beach Biketoberfest. Not only can you gawk at the “eyecandy” bikes, but there will also be live musical entertainment, great food and lots of vendors.

biketoberfest.com (386) 255-0415

Oct. 10-12

ST. AUGUSTINE

Come join St. Augustine’s Greek Fest featuring togas, an agora and a bakailiko. Visit the bakailiko (marketplace) to sample Greek wine and beer and to pick up your Greek groceries. There will be Greek dancers, a 5K run, Greekinspired Zumba and much more. Price is $3 for adults, and kids 12 and under are free.

stauggreekfest.com (352) 829-0504

THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

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Germany is known for their Oktoberfest festivals, but just because we’re in the Sunshine State doesn’t mean we can’t join in on the fun. Lots of cities host their own version of Oktoberfest. Check out some options below. Oct. 10-11

Avalon Park Oktoberfest,ORLANDO eventsatavalonpark.com Oct. 10-12

Oktoberfest Tampa oktoberfesttampa.com Oct. 17

Tallahassee Oktoberfest tallahasseedowntown.com

Oct. 24-26

Top of the Bay Oktoberfest TAMPA

utbchamber.com, (813) 855-4233 Oct. 17-19, 24-26

29th Annual Cape Coral Oktoberfest capecoraloktoberfest.com (239) 283-1400

PERFECT PUMPKIN SEEDS

There’s no easier seasonal treat than roasted pumpkin seeds. You can even make a few batches with different flavors to give as gifts or munch on at home. You’ll need… Seeds from 1 large pumpkin 2

tbsp olive oil Seasonings of your choice

Nov. 8-9

Homosassa Seafood Festival

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spread pumpkin seeds onto a sheet pan in a single layer, and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with seasonings of choice, and toss to coat evenly. Bake for approximately 7 minutes until golden brown and crispy

HOMOSASSA

Come to the historic downtown of Homosassa for a festival full of seafood and art. Browse through their collections or feast on the outstanding seafood creations that this festival has to offer.

homosassaseafoodfestival.org, (813) 671-7655

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OKTOBERFESTS ABOUND

Source: foodnetwork.com.

CEDAR KEY

Nov. 7-23

SPICE IT UP!

Adding fall flavor to your home shouldn’t be left to just plain old salt. Here are some tasty alternatives for your seedy snacks. MAKE YOUR SEEDS CINNAMON-Y SWEET FOR A TRADITIONAL AUTUMN FLAVOR. 2 tbsp granulated sugar

FOR SOMETHING SAVORY, REACH FOR YOUR FAVORITE HERBS AND CHEESE. 1⁄4 cup Parmesan or Pecorino cheese

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tsp coarsely ground black pepper

SPICE UP THE SEASON QUICKLY AND EASILY WITH JUST A PINCH OF PEPPER. 1 tbsp red pepper flakes 1⁄2

tsp smoked paprika

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tsp cayenne pepper

Source: seriouseats.com

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SILVER SCREAM

If you enjoyed the Silver Springs International Film Festival, we have a treat for you: Silver Scream is debuting this year with a weekendlong roster of events centered on seasonal films.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

SILVER SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS:

INTERVIEW BY KATIE MCPHERSON

On October 30, check out one of two showings of the original silent film The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Better yet, Ocala Sympthony Orchestra conductor Matthew Wardell composed an original score for the movie, and 15 talented musicians will perform live in the theater to bring the film to life. Early birds can attend the 6:30pm showing, but VIP tickets to the 9pm slot also grant access to a special reception with entertainment, champagne and dessert at Brick City Center for the Arts. “We wondered what we could do that would be special,” festival director Greg Thompson says, explaining the event’s origins. “One of my favorite events is in LA when Dustin Hoffman hosts a fully restored film with the LA Philharmonic. I’d heard the symphony had done that successfully here and said ‘hey, we should really team up.’ We’re two organizations with a very broad reach, and that’s where it all started.” So why Hunchback? “It’s been digitally remastered, and it’s a classic. We were trying to choose something you could bring your kids to, and they might find it interesting to see a live score being played to film,” says Greg. In the spirit of the season, October 31 has been dubbed Fandemonium. Costumed film fanatics will swarm the downtown streets for special deals and storefront trick-or-treating. To take it to the next level, they’ve partnered with Ocala Comic Con, masters of sci-fi and fantasy. “Our intention is for you to see everything from knights and damsels in distress to Star Wars creatures. Hopefully it will be as fantastical as possible.” Fans of Rocky Horror Picture Show can also enjoy a midnight showing with live players interacting with the audience (and goodie bags full of props). Much of the festival’s talent is local, too, including the Rocky Horror shadowcast actors. Greg says this community togetherness is what will make the festival special. “There are people from every possible part of the city that have come together. We have an amazing team—it’s great to let them go and see them do what they do well. There’s such a cool energy in our community.”

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Maestro of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra

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aestro Matthew Wardell has been with the orchestra for six years, and this year, he’s bringing an incredible orchestral evening to the event by writing an original score to be performed live during The Hunchback of Notre Dame. WAS LIVE ORCHESTRATION COMMON IN THE ERA OF SILENT FILMS? Back in the day, it was really common before they had talkies. Playhouses would have piano players to improvise along with the film. As things got more sophisticated, composers would actually write music for an orchestra instead of just a piano. A lot of scores from the ‘30s and ‘40s have been lost, so this will be an interesting blend of something modern and classic. HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU HAD TO WATCH THE FILM SO FAR? I think when it’s all done, I will have spent about four months on the project. It’s about 90 minutes of music. I’ll look at the film very pedantically, in three-minute scenes, and work on ideas in short clips. Certain scenes I’ve seen so many times, which helps while we’re performing because I won’t be wondering ‘oh, when does this or that happen?’” ARE THESE LIVE PERFORMANCES TO FILM MORE DIFFICULT THAN CONCERTS? It’s a smaller orchestra, probably about 15 people or so, mainly strings, percussion, piano and flute. It’s hard because you’re trying to keep time with the film, but it’s a neat experience. The audience reception last year was excellent. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT THESE EVENTS? Last year, I was really surprised at the people who were interested in the show. The biggest comment I got was ‘man, I had no idea orchestras could do this.’ Everyone has this idea of a monocle and top hat, so I needed an event for people who think they know what classical music is so they could check it out and be surprised.

WANT TO GO?

October 30-31 Tickets for Thursday’s (October 30) showing of The Hunchback of Notre Dame are $20 per person and $35 per couple. VIP tickets are $35 per person and $50 per couple and include a dessert and champagne reception with live entertainment at the Brick from 7:30 to 8:45pm. Tickets for Friday’s (October 31) showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show are $15 per person for the 10pm show featuring a live shadow cast and $10 per person for the midnight screening. All street activities Friday night (Halloween) are free and open to the public.

Tickets can be purchased through ssiff.com and ocalasymphony.com.

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Most people think of Florida as a place to relax on sunny beaches. However, beyond those beaches, in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean and the Straights of Florida are the treacherous seas that claimed many ships and lives until lighthouses split the darkness and led the way to port.

Story by Leigh Neely Photos courtesy of the Florida Lighthouse Association


Lighthouses offer a unique perspective on the world, whether you’re looking from the top of the tower or marking the shore with the signaling light. Paul Moon James (1780-1854) says it best, “And o’er them the lighthouse looked lovely as hope—that star of life’s tremulous ocean.”

At one time Florida had more than 60 lighthouses along its coasts. Today, there are around 30 active lighthouses that aid with navigation. The oldest is the St. Augustine Lighthouse, and the newest is Tierra Verde Lighthouse, which was lit in 2005. The Florida Lighthouse Association is dedicated to making sure no more of these historical structures disappear. “We are a group of citizen activists and historical professionals that pool our resources to work on the preservation and restoration of the remaining 30 historic lighthouses,” says Ken Smith, president of the group. Information on all of Florida’s lighthouses is on our state’s official website, and the main mission is to secure resources for restoration. “Our interest is preservation, and we put legs to that,” Smith says. “We have two grant programs, and we’re told we’re the easiest to apply for. We never turn an organization down. So far, when needs come up, we’re able to find funds.” Though the familiar, conical tower is the most well-known design, it’s not the only structure for a lighthouse. “Florida has just about every style of lighthouse that is known in the United States,” says John Mann, lead docent at Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse in St. Augustine. Because of the sandy or muddy soil, lighthouses are fixed on screwpile foundations, where the iron supports are literally twisted deep into the ground. In the Florida Keys and other remote areas, the lighthouses look like skeletons of the more-recognized towers but are actually more effective

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because wind and rain can pass through them without destroying the structure. “The technology has evolved to the point where you can build them on land or in the water,” Mann says. During the day, mariners identify lighthouses by the design and colors of the structure. At night, it’s the characteristics of the light. For example, the Pensacola Bay Lighthouse is a flash of white every 20 seconds, and the Tortugas Harbor Lighthouse flashes white every six seconds with one red sector. The rating of the power of the lighthouse comes from how many nautical miles the light is visible. The Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse has two million candlepower and can be seen from 25 miles out to sea, making it the most powerful in Florida. But perhaps the most important element of a lighthouse is the lens for the light. The reason the light works the way it does is thanks to the work of Augustin-Jean Fresnel. An engineer and a physicist, he created a lens that was able to capture almost all of the light created by a flame. It was an amazing discovery that allowed light to be projected 20 miles or more. The Fresnel lens resembles a beehive with a bulls-eye in the center, which, like a magnifying glass, makes the concentrated beam stronger. The beehive structure is created with rings of glass prisms that force the light into a single beam. Fresnel’s theory was proven by tests showing an open flame lost more than 90 percent of its light. When reflectors were used, the flame still lost more than 80 percent, but with the advances discovered with the Fresnel lens, less than 20 percent of the light was lost. Although it may be difficult to explain in layman terms exactly how the lens works, a first-order (original) Fresnel is on display at

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the Lens Exhibit Building at Ponce Inlet. The huge lens came from the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse and was restored by a team of volunteers and museum staff. “Ponce Inlet has some of the top experts on lenses in the world. If you wanted to build it from scratch, lenses are irreplaceable. Lenses are brought here from all over the world to be restored,” Smith says. Perhaps the most important job related to historical lighthouses was that of the principal keeper. Because light was provided by flame, it was vital to have someone there to keep it fueled, often with whale oil or kerosene. Due to the high demands of the job, there was usually an assistant keeper and often a second assistant keeper. It wasn’t unheard of for a keeper’s wife to work with him, too, and being a lighthouse keeper was one of the few non-clerical jobs offered to women. Before the advent of electricity, the lighthouse keeper’s work meant a 24-hour day. Duties included trimming the oil-lamp wick, polishing the lens and ensuring the revolving mechanisms were wound so the light kept turning. In addition, the keeper monitored weather and made preparations if a storm was coming. Three of the 30 remaining lighthouses figure prominently in Florida history. Fortunately for us, they are open to the public and provide hands-on educational opportunities.

Lighthouse Lore • Built in 1825, the Cape Florida Lighthouse was set on fire during the Second Seminole War but was restored in 1846. • During the Civil War, lighthouses were used as lookout stations. • When it was discovered that boats and ships became more visible to German U-boats when the bright lights of lighthouses hit them, the Florida coast was darkened during World War II. • Located on Seahorse Key across the harbor from Cedar Key, though no longer functional, Cedar Key Lighthouse is used as a marine laboratory for University of Florida students. Built like a residential dwelling with the light mounted on top, it now serves as a dormitory for students involved in the study. It is open to the public only during designated open houses. • Though it’s listed as a faux lighthouse, the Mount Dora Lighthouse is the only registered inland navigation aid in the state.


St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum Exploration of St. Augustine, America’s oldest city, began in the mid-1500s, and a watchtower, built by the Spanish in the late 1500s, was replaced by an official lighthouse in 1876. The watchtower collapsed into the ocean during a storm in 1880. The lighthouse is St. Augustine’s oldest brick structure, features 219 steps to the top and stands 165 feet above sea level. A lighthouse keeper and an assistant and their families occupied the living quarters until the lighthouse was automated in 1955. The preservation of the lighthouse and its history is supported in a unique way, according to Shannon O’Neil, who is the museum’s public relations and graphics coordinator. “Our museum does archeology research. We conserve artifacts, and we try to conserve the history of the people who worked here,” says O’Neil. The Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) seeks to provide a better understanding of the maritime history of St. Augustine. It’s the nation’s oldest port, was considered the most dangerous port in all the British Atlantic colonies and was the site of many shipwrecks. “Our archaeological team has recently been working with a shipwreck just off the coast of St. Augustine,” says O’Neil. “A 1782 British Loyalty ship. We’ve retrieved two cannons, some cannon balls, clothing irons and even shoe buckles. Whatever artifacts we find that can’t be used are returned to the ocean.” The lighthouse is open daily from 9am to 6pm, except Thanksgiving and Christmas Days, and extended hours are available during holidays and summer months. Occasionally, weather will force the lighthouse to close. Hours are subject to change, and reservations may be required for some events. There are plenty of tour options available, including a popular paranormal activity tour.

100 Red Cox Rd., St. Augustine (904) 829-0745 staugustinelighthouse.com

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10 Oldest Lighthouses In Florida* Amelia Island Lighthouse

St. Augustine Lighthouse

Garden Key/Tortugas Harbor Lighthouse

Pensacola Lighthouse

Cape Florida Lighthouse

Key West Lighthouse

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Pensacola Lighthouse & Museum Though St. Augustine holds the title of America’s oldest city, Pensacola was home to the first American settlement. In August 1559, 11 ships carrying goods and the belongings of more than 1,000 people came into the harbor for the last part of the journey to their new home. Disaster struck before they could get all the people and cargo off the ships. A hurricane hit the coast, sinking five of the ships and killing hundreds of people. The series of events that followed this catastrophe led to Western Florida being declared too dangerous for habitation for more than 100 years. Despite the early misfortune, Pensacola is still Florida’s second-oldest city and boasts the deepest bay on the Gulf Coast. The lighthouse in Pensacola is located very close to the Naval air station. “This is the home base of the Navy’s Blue Angels,” says Jon Hill, executive director for the Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum. “You can climb to the top and watch them practice, and they center their entire show on the lighthouse. You’re almost at eye level with the pilots. It’s the best place to watch the Blues.” Those who enjoy having a little fun are fortunate, too. “In October, we decorate the grounds and do a haunted house in connection with the Coast Guard. We use it to raise funds for the Coast Guard Relief Fund.” Of course history is the main draw at this and most other lighthouses, and the Pensacola Lighthouse still has a very special piece of history on-site. “We have our original first-order Fresnel lens,” says Hill. “We sit on a bluff and our light is the tallest light beam coming out of a lighthouse in Florida.” Those planning a visit to the lighthouse should remember to wear good walking shoes. The Pensacola Lighthouse is 150 feet tall, and visitors climb 177 steps to the top. Now that’s a good workout! Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children under 12 and seniors 65 or older. Hours are 10am to 5:30pm Monday through Saturday and 12 to 5:30pm on Sundays. There are extended summer and holiday hours, and reservations may be required for some events.

2081 Radford Blvd., Pensacola (850) 393-1561 pensacolalighthouse.org

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*Dates vary depending on source used. These dates are courtesy of the United States Coast Guard.

Weathers Adages Followed by Lighthouse Keepers

St. Marks Lighthouse

St. George Lighthouse

Ponce de Leon Lighthouse

Dog Island Lighthouse

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Sources: floridalighthouses.org, lighthousefriends.com, uslhs.org, lighthousepreservation.org, ponceinlet.org, pensacolalighthouse.org, staugustinelighthouse.com, lighthousedigest.com, hillsborolighthouse.org, the villageslighthousegroup.weebly.com

Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum The lighthouse at Ponce de Leon Inlet is the tallest in Florida. Built in 1883, it’s 175 feet tall with 203 steps to get to the top. All the buildings in the compound are the original structures, including the keeper’s and assistant keeper’s houses. “When you step into the interior of that picket fence, that’s exactly the way it looked 126 years ago. It’s not recreated, it’s exactly what it looked like all those years ago,” says John Mann, lead docent at Ponce de Leon Inlet. The compound was a pleasant place to live for the keepers and their families, because unlike the keeper’s quarters in St. Augustine, where they all lived in one building, there were separate residences for each family at Ponce Inlet. “We have a full-time curator and full-time staff,” says Mann. “The curator is Ellen Henry, and she has a lot of research and writing credits. She has been with us more than 12 years and is acknowledged across the nation as one of the top lighthouse preservation curators,” adds Mann. Though it was originally called Mosquito Inlet Lighthouse, the name was changed by the townspeople in 1927. Ponce de Leon came through the area in 1533, giving the town reason to honor him. History surrounds you on the grounds of Ponce Inlet lighthouse. The kitchen garden that provided fresh vegetables for the families living there still contains heirloom plants. The principal keeper’s dwelling and the first assistant keeper’s dwelling provide a glimpse of how a typical home would have looked, and there are a number of artifacts on display in the principal keeper’s dwelling. The first assistant keeper’s dwelling was named the Gladys Meyers Davis house because Davis was the last child to be born at the compound. Her father, Edward L. Meyer, was the last civilian principal keeper. Davis and her husband are still active volunteers at the lighthouse and come by almost every day. Although education is the primary objective of the volunteers and staff, the lighthouse grounds are also the site of very important work. The staff and volunteers work with any other lighthouse in the world to restore historic lenses. “We restore lenses for other lighthouses for free,” says Mann. “We’ve been as far as the Bahamas to help other lighthouses and societies, and I’ve visited 1,300 lighthouses worldwide. I do a lot of research myself, but I can always still learn.” The lighthouse and museum are open to the public seven days a week from 10am to 6pm, with longer hours in summer through Labor Day. Admission is $5 for adults and $1.50 for children 11 and under. There are special admission rates for tours and educational group, and reservations may be needed.

• Ring around the moon means rain soon.

• Expect the weather to be fair when crows fly in pairs.

• If fleecy white clouds cover the heavenly way, the rain shall mar your plans that day.

• When ladybugs swarm, expect a day that’s warm.

• Frost and dew in the morning shows no rain before the night.

• Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.

• Fish bite least with wind in the east.

• Clear moon, frost soon.

4931 S. Peninsula Dr., Ponce Inlet (386) 761-1821 ponceinlet.org

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L-R:DIV. CHIEF BART WALKER AND HIS DOG “PEYTON”; PAT SAVAGE AND HIS BLOODHOUND; DEPUTY COLTON SULLIVAN AND HIS DOG “PYRO”

Lost & Found

WHETHER IT’S ON ONE OF FLORIDA’S MANY WA WOODS, OUR STATE’S B TERWAYS OR DEEP IN T EST UNITS ARE WELL-EQ HE HERE’S HOW THEY HAN UIPPED FOR SEARCH AN DLE THE CALL OF DUTY W D RESCUE (SAR). >STORYBY H E N SOMEONE GOES MISS CYNTHIAMC FARLAND> ING. PHOTOSBY JOHN JERNIGAN

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didn’t take long for night to swallow every bit of light once the sun dropped below the treeline. That was hours ago. The tiny beam from a weak flashlight flickers in a bass boat sitting silently in the dark water. The boat’s sole occupant is hunched over the outboard, flashlight in one hand, wrench in the other. He’s tried everything he knows to get the engine started again. He can no longer see the trees along the river, but he can hear the occasional call of an owl, and something splashing nearby. The boat bumps against a submerged log just as the failing flashlight batteries give up the ghost. Floating in the darkness in this narrow tributary somewhere along the St. John’s River, the boat owner isn’t exactly sure where he is. His wife is frantic, no doubt, but his cell phone is dead. He can only hope the call he made to her before the battery died offered some peace of mind and that she thought to tell authorities where he launched from. Sometime after midnight the unmistakable sound of an airboat upriver shatters the silence. Less than five minutes later, the roar of the airboat draws closer and a light cuts through the blackness. A wave of relief washes

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over the man when he sees the familiar Florida Fish & Wildlife logo on the airboat’s hull. Lt. Herbert Frerking, a 13-year veteran with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Ocala office, was the driver of the FWC airboat that night, but it wasn’t his first SAR mission. “When it comes to woods and water SAR, most agencies call the FWC because this is where we do our everyday patrols. We’ve got vessels, trucks and four-wheelers. We spend a lot of time on the water and in the woods; that’s what we do for a living,” says Frerking. “When someone’s missing in a hunting- or boating-related incident, the family will often think of us first, but most SAR cases are 911 calls to the sheriff ’s office.”

First Things First

No matter which agency is first notified, the initial step is to gather as much information as possible from the reporting party, including a detailed description of the person, what they were wearing and the time and place they were last seen. The area dictates the method of searching. For example, the mobile field force, helicopter and K-9 units are always used in an initial search, but if the area is near water, a boat team may also be called in. “The first search contingent usually has as many as 45 people. That number could rise to about 200 people if the search goes into additional days,” says Lt. Dennis McFatten, commander of the mobile field force with the Marion County Sheriff ’s Office (MCSO), who has been with the department since 1994. Law enforcement and public safety agencies work hand-in-hand. “Depending on where the search is and the magnitude of it, there can be a number of agencies involved,” explains Capt. Lonnie Blackburn of Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR) Special Operations. “When we’re searching, we don’t consider ourselves as separate agencies; we are one team striving for one goal, and that’s to find the missing person. That’s how we become successful in searches and provide the best results to the citizens.”


L-R: CAPT. EDDIE LEEDY AND HIS HORSE “LUSINDA”; LT. NEIL DIXON; ASA DIAS MCFR Special Operations utilizes multiple types of GPS devices, ranging from handheld to highly sophisticated models that allow the user to document and even photograph, with a time and date stamp, the areas searched. “Say we have a child missing and we find a child’s shoe in the search. We can take a photo of it live time and send it back to our command post,” says Blackburn. “With their resources they can let us know if this evidence is valid to our current search. This technology gives us more detailed information to make decisions.” GPS devices and software are used to enter coordinates on a map, which are then displayed on a monitor so SAR team members can see the areas covered and know if a location has been missed. “We don’t have a unit strictly for SAR. We have a mutual aid agreement with the sheriff ’s office, so if we need it, they will lend their helicopter and we may also use the DOC and their bloodhounds,” says Lt. Dan Wilson, who has been with the Ocala Police Department (OPD) for 29 years. “We’ll occasionally have an elderly person wander away from home or from an assisted living facility,” says Wilson, who is also in charge of the SWAT team. “If someone in the city goes missing, they are usually found within a half mile of their residence.”

Takin’ It To The Skies

Getting a helicopter quickly into the air and a K-9 unit immediately on scene greatly increases the odds of finding a missing person. “We’re a force multiplier. We have such a wide view compared to what people on the ground can see,” notes Lt. Neal Dixon, helicopter pilot and aviation unit commander for MCSO. “We can search an area the size of a football field in a matter of seconds, where it might take five or six men on the ground 30 to 35 minutes to do a thorough search.” Depending on area and terrain, the helicopter pilot generally flies a grid pattern when searching. In the case of a person missing from home, the area around the house is searched first. “Studies have shown most Alzheimer’s patients come out the door and turn left, so we work around the house first and then start spreading out,” says Dixon. “My goal is strictly to support the people on the ground, whether they’re searching for a lost person or are on an in-progress call,” says Dixon, who has been with the department for 32 years. That “eye in the sky” relies on some pretty advanced equipment, including night vision goggles and forward-looking infrared (FLIR) cameras, an imaging technology that uses infrared radiation.

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“We’ve been using this type of FLIR cam since 1993,” says Dixon. “It works strictly off heat. The definition of these cameras is so detailed. You see a silhouette and the hotter it is the brighter green it glows.” It takes a well-trained eye to identify exactly what’s on the screen. Even inanimate objects like trees and vehicles can hold heat and show up on the FLIR cam. “We also have one of the most up-to-date spotlights on the market, which has seven different filters,” Dixon adds. “If we use the night vision filter, no one on the ground would know the spotlight was on unless they had on night vision goggles.”

—LT. NEAL DIXON

Bring In The Dogs

Dogs are more than “man’s best friend.” They help find missing persons, evidence and recover bodies. “We use dogs on every search. We start locally with our K-9 deputies on the initial search with dualservice dogs that are used to search for people,” says McFatten. “We also use bloodhounds from the Florida

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Don’t Become A Statistic! Lt. Herbert Frerking of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission shares the following recommendations:

HAVE A PLAN AND SHARE THAT PLAN WITH A FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND. LET THEM KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING, WHERE YOU’LL PARK IF HIKING OR BOATING AND WHEN YOU PLAN ON RETURNING.

L-R: PAT STEFANSKI; LT. DENNIS MCFATTEN

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PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE WEATHER FORECAST AND PLAN YOUR OUTING ACCORDINGLY, ESPECIALLY IF YOU’LL BE OUT ON THE WATER.

ALWAYS CARRY WATER AND SOMETHING TO SNACK ON, EVEN IF YOU ONLY PLAN TO BE GONE A FEW HOURS.

WEAR APPROPRIATE ATTIRE FOR THE AREA AND ACTIVITY.

Department of Corrections (DOC), and these dogs are specially trained to search for people.” “We do more than just work at a prison,” says Col. William Malloy of the Marion Correctional Institution (MCI) in Lowell. “We have a good working relationship with the Marion County Sheriff ’s Office and the Ocala Police Department. We have an agreement with all law enforcement agencies and assist them with any canine needs.” When a SAR call comes in, MCI sends their K-9 teams to the scene, transporting the dogs in a truck equipped with dog boxes. The best option is for the dog to smell an article of clothing from the missing person. If this is not possible, the handler takes the dog to the location where the person was last seen. Dog and handler begin circling the area so the dog can pick up the person’s “scent pool” in the air and begin to follow it. “Time is of the essence; the sooner we can get there, the stronger the scent,” says Malloy. It usually takes at least six months to a year to properly train a bloodhound for search work. A trained bloodhound is often able to track a person even when the scent isn’t fresh. Sgt. Joshua Giselbach, DOC dog handler, recalls one SAR mission where the dog located the missing individual using a scent trail that was 72 hours old. “The Marion County Sheriff ’s Office called for our assistance about a missing suicidal individual. At the

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time there was a torrential downpour,” recalls DOC officer Mark Savage. “The sheriff ’s deputy gained access to the person’s vehicle, and we let the dog, K-9 Pepper, get the scent from the vehicle’s seat and started tracking from that. K-9 Pepper and his handler tracked the person threequarters of a mile in a rainstorm. Once the storm let up, Lt. Neal Dixon had the helicopter in the air. When Lt. Dixon located the man, the K-9 handler was only about 200 yards away.” (This story has a happy ending, as the man was alive and unharmed.) Despite what you’ve seen in movies, dogs are not running loose when tracking. “If we’re in the woods, they have a 20-foot lead,” explains Giselbach. “If we’re in the city, we give them a 10-foot lead, but if we’re by a highway, we keep the dog as close to us as we can. When they ‘alert,’ they start wagging their tails more than usual. Their reward for finding someone is hugs, praise and a treat when they get in the box to go back home.” In one Marion County case, a family called 911 after realizing their relative—a man in his 70s and diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease—had walked away from the house unnoticed. “When we got the call, the man had been gone for three or four hours,” recalls McFatten. “We searched until almost 9pm that night and didn’t find him, even with the helicopter. We returned early the next morning and brought in a DOC bloodhound and handler to track the man using scent from an article of his clothing. Within 30 minutes, the dog found the man just about 50 yards from the house.” “Our dogs are not your typical ‘police dogs’ that are known for being aggressive. We use a lot of hunting and bird dog breeds, including Labrador Retrievers and German Shorthaired Pointers. We have 18 canine units across the state and one in Marion County,” notes Frerking. “FWC dogs are specifically trained for manned tracking, article and wildlife searches.” When Division Chief “Bart” Walker of MCFR and his SAR dog K-9 Peyton go into the field, the dog wears a GPS collar that gathers information, which can be helpful when determining where to employ resources in the search.


Mounted Search Units Lost On Canines aren’t the only four-legged members of SAR. The Water When the MCSO needs additional help searching in rugged or remote areas, they call up the mounted unit. “There are a few unique factors about searching on horseback,” says Capt. Eddie Leedy, who has been commander of the mounted unit since 2007. “A horse has more stamina and can generally cover more ground than someone on foot, and your field of vision is higher because you’re 8 to 10 feet above the ground. A lot of times the horse will alert to the smell of a person or death before human searchers notice it.” That’s exactly what happened during the search for a missing man who was considered suicidal. After finding his abandoned vehicle along a road, authorities searched the surrounding woods on foot, but found no trace of him. That’s when the mounted unit was called. This search ended tragically when members of the mounted unit discovered the man had hung himself. The horses alerted to the scent before searchers spotted the man’s body. Marion County’s mounted unit, which currently has 26 members, is one of the few totally self-sufficient volunteer units with the sheriff ’s office. Volunteers must have horse, truck and trailer and pay their own expenses when on a search. In addition to search and rescue and search and recovery (when there’s no hope for the person to be found alive), the mounted unit also works parking duty for various functions and events. Volunteers fill out an application, pass a background check and go through detailed training. Horses must prove to be well-behaved and responsive. There is no one breed of horse used; the mounted unit has everything from stock horses to warmbloods. Leedy himself has three different horses, including a Thoroughbred mare who was a rescue case, a 17.3 hand Holsteiner and his “old faithful,” a 16-yearold Paint mare. The protocol for mounted searching varies according to terrain with vegetation and the line of sight dictating the search line. For example, in an area with abundant vegetation, riders maintain less distance between themselves than in an open grassy field. In extremely thick vegetation, riders will dismount and walk to be sure they don’t miss anything. “The members line up and proceed forward, keeping the line straight and staying within sight of each other so they know the search pattern is covered,” Leedy explains. “We use GPS locators; the riders hook it onto their saddle, and it shows the direction of travel. The locators have software that connects to a Google Earth map, and we use coordinates to ensure we’ve fully searched the area. This also lets you pinpoint exact areas where you find any evidence. Ideally, we like to have one of these GPS locators on both end riders in the line. Then we know everything between those two riders has been covered.”

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Florida has an abundance of fresh and saltwater bodies, and both see their fair share of SAR. “Our agency has a lot of vessels, and water patrol is one of our primary duties, so we’re often called on to help in water searches,” says Frerking. “It’s not unusual to have a breakdown on the water, but a lot of times people just get lost. They don’t know the area as well as they think they do, especially after dark.” When FWC is called about a missing boater, the first step is to go to the boat ramp where the person supposedly launched from and look for their vehicle and trailer in the parking area. If the search is on a river, FWC officers look for the person’s boat but also search for evidence in the water and along the bank that might be connected with the missing person. Searching on a lake presents a greater challenge, and if coastal waters are involved, the task is even more daunting. “Anytime we have a maritime situation—either the Gulf or the Atlantic—we involve the Coast Guard,” says Frerking. “They have a lot of SAR capabilities with both vessels and aircraft.”

—LT. HERBERT FRERKI

Cold Cases

Sadly, some cases remain unsolved, despite extensive SAR efforts. On February 25, John R. Radabaugh Jr., a 48-year-old man with the mental capacity of a toddler, walked out of his family’s backyard in Ocklawaha. Despite many days of searching by multiple SAR units, Radabaugh has not been located. “It’s always a hard decision to call off a search because the family always holds out hope,” says McFatten. He explains that this is done based on the missing individual’s condition and specific situation, weather conditions, along with research and studies that show how long a person could expect to survive. “Miracles happen all the time,” adds McFatten, “but there comes a time when we have to pull back the resources, and at that point, we’re trying to bring closure to the family.”

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eliminating the burden of locating documents and other pertinent information. “Having a plan gives families the most valuable gift of all: more free time with their loved ones,” Ryan says. For many, having a system to manage money day to day is just as important, because the stack of bills on the table can be intimidating to tackle alone. “People start forgetting to pay their bills, like life insurance, and no one knows. That’s why organization is so important,” Tina says. They maximize organization by creating custom management plans for each client and their family. Ultimately, it’s all about protecting a lifetime of assets. “Let’s sit down, let’s have coffee and let’s talk about your options,” says Tina.

“We want to be your financial caregiver.”

“There are plenty of financial planners in the area,” says Ryan, “but how many of them will have a current understanding of your situation and your family’s involvement because they have someone who frequently visits with you in your home?”

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HIS YEAR, DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS AT 2AM ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR YOUR SLEEP SCHEDULE HEADING INTO THE NEW MONTH? ON THE UPSIDE, WE’RE GETTING BACK THAT HOUR OF SLEEP WE MISS SO DESPERATELY.

However, an earlier bedtime may make falling asleep more difficult and lead to restlessness in the early stages of slumber. Until your circadian rhythm syncs with the sun again, you may feel a little groggy in the mornings, but this should pass after a day or two. Do yourself a favor and steer clear of evening alcohol and caffeine until you’ve adjusted, or try some calming stretches before laying down to maximize those hours in snoozeville.

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BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSIS IS A LIFE-CHANGING EVENT, SENDING A WOMAN (AND, YES, EVEN A MAN) ON A JOURNEY LIKE NO OTHER. THERE ARE SO MANY THOUGHTS, EMOTIONS AND QUESTIONS TO DEAL WITH THAT SEEM UNMANAGEABLE. BUT THERE ARE MANY RESOURCES TO DRAW FROM TO HELP A PATIENT NAVIGATE THROUGH THIS MAZE. HERE ARE SOME GUIDELINES TO HOPEFULLY EASE THE WAY.

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QUESTIONS, YOU MUST ASK QUESTIONS It is very important that a person become their own advocate and ask their doctors questions about any concerns. If you are uncomfortable with doing that, ask a family member or friend to act as your health advocate. Make a list of questions for each visit, write down the answers and then ask again as your treatment progresses. Here are some questions to get your list started: What kind of breast cancer do I have? What is the stage of my breast cancer, and what does that mean? Were any tests done on my tumor? If so, what are the results and how do these results affect my treatment options? What is a sentinel node biopsy? Will I have one, and how accurate is it? How can I get a copy of my pathology report?

Are there tests to determine if the cancer has spread before undergoing surgery? Will my lymph nodes under my arms be removed, and why? What is my chance of recovery from treatment? What are the chances that my cancer will come back or that I will develop another type of cancer? What type of doctors should I see, and when should I see them?

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DOCTORS YOU WILL BE DEALING WITH SURGEON: Will help you determine which type of surgery to undergo, perform a surgical biopsy and, if necessary, a lumpectomy or mastectomy to remove cancerous tissue and recommend further treatment.

MEDICAL ONCOLOGIST: Will determine if you are a candidate for chemotherapy and, if so, what dosage and type would work best.

RADIATION ONCOLOGIST: Will determine if you are a candidate for radiation therapy and, if so, the course of treatment.

PLASTIC SURGEON: Will determine and perform the type of reconstruction surgery, if any, you will have after breast surgery.

Treatment Specific Questions Which form of treatment offers me the best chance of survival? How long do I have to make a treatment decision? What procedures will my insurance cover? Will I need a blood transfusion? Can I donate my own blood? Where will my surgical scars be, and what will they look like? How long will I have to stay in the hospital? How much work will I miss? Will I need radiation, chemotherapy, hormone or targeted therapy? Why or why not? What is my prognosis?

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EDUCATE YOURSELF. It’s your

responsibility to learn all you can about your breast cancer and your treatment options. Don’t let anyone, including your doctors, pressure you into making treatment decisions until you feel you are ready. Treatment options to research include lumpectomy, mastectomy, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy and targeted therapy.

SUPPORT IS NOT OPTIONAL

Breast cancer is not something anyone should attempt to deal with on their own. Allow your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and anyone else who wants to help support you through this difficult time to do so. Ask your doctors about breast cancer support groups within your community. There are also many online support organizations, forums and support groups.

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GET A SECOND OPINION. A good doctor will not be offended if you want to get a second or even third opinion. Check with

your insurance company, as they may even require a second opinion.

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put together the best possible medical team for your treatment and recovery. Call the local office of the American Medical Association or go to ama-assn.org to check out doctors in your area.

Reduced anxiety and psychological distress Reduced depression and feelings of pain Improved mood and/or self-image Improved ability to cope Improved feelings of control

Breast Cancer Support Resources AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY (800) 227-2345 cancer.org

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BREAST CANCER BY THE NUMBERS 40,000 2,360 430

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HREE MEALS A DAY USED TO BE THE NORM, WHETHER YOU WERE DIETING OR NOT. BUT WITH AN EVER-GROWING OBESITY PROBLEM IN THIS COUNTRY, DIET EXPERTS ARE ALWAYS COMING UP WITH A NEW TWIST ON HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT. ONE OF THEM IS EATING SIX SMALL MEALS A DAY, USUALLY 250-300 CALORIES AT EACH MEAL, AS A WAY TO NOT FEEL DEPRIVED AND STILL LOSE WEIGHT.

Proponents of this way of dieting boast that frequent meals can boost your metabolism and control cravings by regulating your blood sugar levels. But a 2013 University of Colorado study reported that eating six instead of three meals (same calorie count) had no significant effect on metabolic rate. The same study also showed that frequent meals actually increased hunger, likely because test participants never felt satiated on those six small meals. And as for regulating your blood sugar better on six meals a day, at least one study showed otherwise. A 2013 Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine (Prague) study involved subjects with type 2 diabetes—half ate two large meals a day and half were given six meals a day. Those who ate the two

meals a day lost more weight and reduced their body mass index by 1.23 points more

than those who dined on six meals a day.

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OUR METABOLIC FURNACE

Independent studies at California’s Salk Institute and Israel’s Hebrew Institute came up with the same conclusion, skewing in the favor of three meals a day: We need five to six hours between meals, aka fasting periods, for our bodies to turn on the natural metabolic processes.

Protein is essential at breakfast to fire up the metabolic furnace and keep your body from robbing protein from your muscles. Up until noon, our metabolic processes

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are functioning at their highest levels while slowing down in the afternoon and evening. A light dinner is best between 5-7pm. This allows for those five to six hours of fasting and then an additional seven to eight hour fasting period while we sleep for our bodies to burn the calories we ate during the day. Additionally, this nighttime fasting period turns on genes that break down fat and cholesterol. According to the studies, if we eat continuously throughout the day and into the night without these fasting periods, the metabolic processes never properly engage. And this can lead to health disorders such as diabetes and obesity.

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A recent British Journal of Nutrition study found no weight loss difference between dieters who consumed the same amount of calories in six meals or three meals a day. Another review in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that there was no real weight loss

advantage to eating six meals a day. Most adults, depending on age,

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gender and activity levels, need about 1,500-2,200 calories a day on a weight-loss diet. If you’re going to go the six minimeals a day route, include the same foods you would if you were eating three nutritious meals a day: protein (eggs, lean meats, yogurt, etc.), healthy fat (olive oil, avocado) and fiber in the form of veggies and fruit.

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ON’T WORRY, THE SRT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SAT OR THE ACT. THIS IS A PHYSICAL TEST, AND PASSING IT DEPENDS ON YOUR LEVEL OF CORE STRENGTH AND FLEXIBILITY. THE SRT IS THE SITTING-RISING TEST, WHICH WAS DEVELOPED BY BRAZILIAN PHYSICIAN DR. CLAUDIO GIL ARAUJO TO MEASURE MUSCULO-SKELETAL FITNESS. BUT WHEN THE STUDY RESULTS WERE TABULATED, THEY ALSO SEEMED TO PERHAPS BE AN INDICATOR OF LONGEVITY. THE STUDY RESULTS WERE REPORTED IN A 2012 ISSUE OF EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR PREVENTION.

The study involved 2,000 adult participants of both genders, from ages 51-80. The SRT instructions were simple: “Without worrying about the speed of movement, try to sit and then rise from the floor, using the minimum support that you believe is needed.” Each movement (sitting/rising) was assigned five points for a composite best score of 10; one point was subtracted from five for each time a hand or knee was used for support in either sitting or rising. The participants were followed from the baseline test date until October 2011 or date of death, whichever came first, with a median follow-up

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of 6.3 years. Over the study period, 159 subjects died and of that number, only two were subjects who had a composite score of 10. Subjects in the lower score range of zero had a five- to six-times higher risk of death than those in the group who scored eight or higher. Overall, those with a composite score below eight were associated with two-fold higher death rates over the median 6.3-year study period. The study appeared to show that maintaining high levels of flexibility and muscle strength are not only good for performing daily activities but perhaps have a positive influence of longevity.

1 In a clear space, stand in comfortable clothes in your bare feet.

2 Without leaning on anything, lower yourself to a cross-legged sitting position on the floor. Try not to use your hands (on floor, knee or thigh), knees, forearms or sides of your legs.

3 Now stand back up, again without using your hands, forearms or sides of your legs.

HOW DID YOU SCORE ON A 10-POINT SCALE? SITTING (5 POINTS)/STANDING (5 POINTS): For each movement, subtract one point for each time you used your hand, knee, forearm or sides of your legs. Subtract half a point for loss of balance. CAUTION: If you have any kind of physical condition, such as knee or back issues, do not attempt!

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plan that will have his patients on the road to living pain free. “Pain is inevitable most of the time,” he says, “but suffering is optional.” A lover of sports, Dr. Jollu plays tennis and is an avid biker, so he knows how debilitating pain can be for those who wish to lead a healthy lifestyle. His office can treat both old and new sports injuries, from swimmer’s shoulder and ACL injuries to tennis elbow and ankle issues. Beyond sports, Dr. Jollu is also well-traveled. He’s worked across the world, including as house doctor in Antigua and then completing his residency in New York and his fellowship in Michigan. He incorporates medical practices from around the globe into his practice, bringing both traditional care and holistic treatments to patients.

“I believe in acupuncture and other alternative treatments along with the traditional treatments I perform,” he says. “It’s a holistic approach to bring the patients back to their healthy habits in life.” Dr. Jollu’s practice opened in July, and although he is new to Ocala, he isn’t new to pain management. The beautiful weather brought him and his family—a wife and two boys—to horse country all the way from snowy Wisconsin. “I grew up in a tropical country, so I like the weather,” he says. “This is more like my home weather here.” He left Wisconsin to come to Florida and is already getting to know the area quite well, including the local music scene. He loves music and is learning to play the guitar. He also takes his boys to most of the local concerts around Ocala. For Labor Day, Dr. Jollu took his family to Graceland. “My boys, they’re young, but they love Elvis Presley,” he says.

Dr. Jollu understands how pain can hinder a full, active lifestyle. He has a passion for family, sports, music and travel and wants his patients to be able to enjoy everything they’re passionate about as well. He accomplishes this by offering his patients the most advanced, minimally invasive interventional pain procedures. So if you’re experiencing pain in your lower back, neck, bones and joints, or muscles and ligaments, you should know that living without the pain is possible. Ask your doctor to refer you to Dr. Chayapathy Jollu at Comprehensive Pain Management and Rehabilitation today.

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am pleased to announce our newly formed advertising alliance between Ocala Style Magazine and the Ocala/ Marion County Association of Realtors®. The association’s board of directors and Ocala Style want to emphasize the importance of using a Realtor® in the process of buying, selling or leasing of properties. The home-buying process, to most consumers, is the single largest investment of their lifetime, and it is important that the process is facilitated by someone who has the big blue ’R’ in their list of affiliations. The title of Realtor® means that your agent abides by a strict code of ethics established and enforced by not only our local associations but by our state and national association as well. When you work with a Realtor®, accuracy of the information provided is one of the most important factors. Realtors® are fortunate to have more information and the resources to get that information than any other source. As a Realtor®, your agent is part of one of the nation’s largest professional trade organizations, over one million members, that advocate daily for homeowners’ and property rights not only on a national level but on a state and local level as well. Realtors® give back to our communities in many ways, so give your agent a call and see how they can make your American dream a reality. I certainly hope everyone enjoyed their summer, and as we all get back to our daily schedules of school, sports, clubs and such, we should take time to remember those less fortunate. Our state Realtor® leadership has chosen the word ’believe’ to work and live our lives by this year. We have a large population of homeless children in our state, and we can all do something about it if we just do a little and then some. Get involved and see what this community, state and nation can be with just a little more… and then some. —RANDY ALVORD

Realtors® and their acts of kindness and generosity are as varied as Realtors® themselves. From fighting foreclosures and helping veterans find housing to helping neighborhoods stabilize and communities rebuild after disasters, they do their part to keep families together. They represent the very best of what makes being a Realtor® so vital to the recovery and durability of America’s communities Our Realtor® Members volunteer year-round for The Heart Walk, March of Dimes and Ocala Honor Flight. They have also packed over 20,000 lunches for Meals of Hope and donated and collected items for “Stuff the Bus,” Salvation Army, Interfaith, Domestic Violence Center and Florida Realtors® “Fill that Bus” Homeless campaign. Our Community Awareness Committee awards local teachers with $6,000 in mini-grants every year. This is the 6th year our Realtor®/Affiliate Committee has held the Annual Chair-ity event, last year raising over $26,000 for local charities. We even had our first Fair Housing Trade Expo this year for future home buyers and are looking forward to the 2nd Annual Expo in April 2015!

Realtors® understand it is not just about selling real estate–it’s about living and working in this wonderful community and helping our neighbors whenever we can!


Spacious Home in Gated Subdivision! 4 bedroom 2.5 baths plus den is close to shopping & sports complex. 2009 built home has been very well maintained and beautifully landscaped. Eat-in kitchen includes island, big pantry, sliding glass doors that over look backyard that allows for natural light. Large great room off kitchen, great for entertaining. Formal dining room, indoor laundry and 2-car garage. Nice size bedrooms and master suite features an office/nursery. This home is move-in ready and a must see at $143,900. ML#412307

Summerton! 3/2 split plan with den. Separate bonus room w/2 closets could double as a mother-in-law room. Large master suite, sitting area & french doors over looking the screened saltwater pool. His & her vanity, closets & large garden tub. Open kitchen w/island, SS appliances, desk area & bar top great for entertaining over looks great room & pool. Fireplace, new wood floors, crown molding, security system & termite bond. $385,000. ML#411287

Amy GRAHAM REALTOR 速

Beautiful Wooded Lot in the Laurels of Bellechase. This prestigious gated community features 600 acres of rolling hills, lofty trees, 4 nature preserves, parks, and 5 miles of scenic walking and biking trails. Mother Nature at her best yet still inside the city limits and minutes from hospitals, schools, restaurants, churches and shopping. $79,900

352-572-5482

352-351-0011 / agraham@robertsflorida.com

The Laurels at Bellechase

No detail was left unnoticed in this 3/3 custom home, built in 2008, with study, bonus room & 3-car garage. Foyer leads to formal living room w/gas fireplace & a floor to ceiling window, offering spectacular views of pool. Formal dining room opens to built-in bar leading to gourmet kitchen. Kitchen features custom cabinetry, center island, granite, stainless appliances, & breakfast room w/mitered glass window. Bring the outdoors in w/2 sets of sliding pocket doors from family room, leading to beautiful covered lanai, salt pool, & summer kitchen, all surrounded by brick pavers & complete w/several fountains. Master suite has his/hers closets, double vanities, garden tub & separate shower. Bonus room could be used for many purposes. Home is light & bright, w/gorgeous hardwood flooring, crown molding & neutral colors. Beautiful landscaping & private backyard complete this peaceful setting. $860,000. ML#412233.

Mary Beth ELLIOTT REALTOR 速

352-895-1312 352-351-0011 / mbelliott@robertsflorida.com


Beautiful & private 3/3.5 estate custom built home on 10 acres - home is over 4,300 living sq ft w/stunning views. Features oak hardwood floors, 12-ft ceilings, custom cabinetry and extensive moldings throughout, 3 gas fireplaces, plus sewing/hobby room, formal living room & dining room, family room, artist studio and Florida room. Additional detached barn that is ready to be finished as guest cottage $824,900. ML#398350. Virtual Tour: http://apertureestate.com/view/493/b

Spacious 3/2 split bedroom plan with formal living and dining room. Eat-in kitchen features custom cherry cabinetry overlooking family room. Home is handicap accessible, including master bath with walk in shower. Covered back patio with screen enclosure encompassing garden area. $374,900. ML#403140 Virtual Tour: http://apertureestate.com/view/542/b

Melissa BRACKETT REALTOR ® / PROPERTY MANAGER

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

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

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

352-351-0011 / Brackett.Melissa@gmail.com

GRACIOUS LIVING Beautiful 3/2.5 home in Laurel Run has a welcoming feel and fine details. Travertine tile flooring, granite counters and details that add comfort & elegance to this home. The great room has a fireplace & wet bar. Entertaining is easy with the large kitchen and dining area. Enormous screened patio & deck-swing by the pond. Lots of storage -- an easy home to love. #408448 $358,000. CONVENIENT! LOCATION IS EVERYTHING! Close to schools, shopping & medical/hospital services. Trees frame this block home. Split bdrm plan offers privacy. Bdrms have plenty of closet space. Owner’s suite convenient to lr & kitchen, also has direct access to backyard. Fenced backyard has easy to care for landscaping w/gate. Home has been cared for & is ready for you. #409103 $139,900 E-X-P-A-N-D ME! More bedrooms, same footprint! Lovely gated Laurel Run. Formal dining rm & living rm w/ woodburning fireplace. Kitchen has seatingarea & room for a table. Lots of storage & big garage for accessories. Wood flrs throughout. Rocking chair front porch. #399620 $315,000

So close to town with so much space! Renovated 3/2 home with a pool and a 1/1 in-law home. This beauty has wood floors throughout, updated kitchen and updated bathrooms. Lovely pool separates the homes and the backyard is fenced for privacy. Lots of natural light through out both homes. Too many updates to list! Must see! $169,000

Angela 352-361-8359 / UMPLEBY, PA 352-351-0011 AUmpleby@RobertsFlorida.com REALTOR ®

352-812-3079

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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

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.

352-351-0011 / jwebb65@cox.net

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

Gordon & Carolyn SMITH 352-843-6395 REALTORS ®

352-351-0011 / clsmith@RobertsFlorida.com

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LAKE WEIR BEST OF THE BEST 2.5 Acres, N. shore. Great rm w/firepl, din rm, fam rm, gourmet kit, 3/3.5 w/den or 4th bedrm, view from all rooms, 38’ porch overlooks huge oaks & lake. 2nd home on property: 1/1, liv rm, firepl, kit, carport. Nothing compares. $898,000. #410149

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LUXURY AT ITS BEST! 4 bedroom, 4 full baths, 3 half baths and office. Private SE location on 1.19 +/- acres w/open and elegant floor plan. Kitchen w/2 dishwashers, sub-zero refrigerator & freezer, double SS sinks, double oven & lg pantry. Mstr suite has 2 sinks, 2 commodes and 2 walk-in closets. 2 of the bedrms upstairs are Jack & Jill sharing a shower/ tub. Beautifully landscaped & pool area with cabana. Cabana/workshop has half bath & outside enclosed shower. $1,195,000. ML#405206.

5 BEDROOM 5.5 BATH GORGEOUS HOME ON 10 ACRES! This gorgeous brick home is perfect in every way. Convenient private SW location. High ceilings, lovely formal and informal living areas. Open & grand rooms. Custom gourmet kitchen has open view of the inviting pool area and grounds. Multi-use barn. Everything is perfect! ML#402877. $1,390,000.

Carolyn ROBERTS BROKER/REALTOR ®

352-351-0011

352-351-0011 / ckr@robertsflorida.com

IMPRESSIVE QUALITY & CHARM Cheerful, spacious 4/3.5 in heart of Ocala. Foyer, liv rm w/firepl, din rm, fam rm, 2nd fam/ bonus rm upstairs, den w/firepl, eat-in kit, master downstairs, hardwd in liv & din rm, tile. Private courtyard w/wall & gazebo. $373,000. #413580

BEAUTIFULLY MAINTAINED 4/3/2, TRIPLE SPLIT ON 1.34+/- ACRES in desirable Country Club of Ocala. Open floor plan for comfortable living and entertaining. Planter shelves, tile, hardwood flrs, and cathedral beam ceilings. Large master suite with gorgeous master bath. Enjoy the views from the screen enclosed patio & pool that overlooks the fairway of the 2nd hole. ML#402522. $429,000.

BEAUTIFUL EQUESTRIAN FACILITY Top-quality location 64.1 Acre (MOL) treed farm w/12 lush paddocks & automated waterers. Three homes incl. 4/2.5 4045 SF main house w/pool. Hay barn, 3 horse barns: 10-stall w/ wash rack, feed rm, office & full bath; 8-stall shed-row w/feed rm; 7-stall w/ feed rm, office, W&D, tack rm. 60-ft & 50-ft round pens, miles of riding lanes, 3-board fencing and security gated. Close to FL Horse park in Shady Road area. $1,199,000. ML# 379173.

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eel like you need a place to hang out beyond the living room? Maybe a place that’s cozy and outdoorsy with just the right splash of uniqueness? Look no further than two steps outside your back door. With just a little bit of creativity, a fun, unique hangout space awaits in your own backyard. Let’s get started!

fire pits

Cool winter days and chilly fall nights are made warm and cozy with a backyard fire pit. Fire pits come in all shapes and styles, from modern to rustic, with plenty of DIY options. Surround the pit with plenty of seating. Lawn chairs and rocking chairs look great but so do homemade stools. If you have access to fallen trees, cut the stump into stools or lay the log long ways to create a makeshift bench. Place boulders in between chairs or use large stones surrounding the fire for a Zen look. Refurbish tires with twine covers, or create a sectional out of pallets and cushions for a lot of seating at little cost.

let there be light Outdoor lights add a touch of magic and complete any outdoor space. String lights in trees and place lanterns on porches to create a soft nighttime ambiance. Candles in mason jars are inexpensive but look fantastic. If you’re feeling crafty, you can turn the jars into hanging lights or fill them with seasonal décor like seashells or acorns. Want to go green? Consider using solar lights to light up your evenings.

stars under the stars For some inexplicable reason, watching movies outside is just more fun. So gather up the kids for your own backyard movie theater. Finding and setting up the screen, projector and sound system are the techiest parts of this project. A quick Internet search will lead you to several. Once you’ve got that down, all you have to do is pop some popcorn and pile up the pillows, picnic blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy your cinematic experience.

tents for grown-ups Setting up a tent in the backyard seems like something only done in childhood, but pitching a ‘grown-up’ tent can create a covered, comfortable hang out space. Utilize decorations and comfy cushions for reading, chatting and being lazy. Try setting up some tables and chairs for outdoor dining that’s sheltered from the rain.

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SADDLEBROOK EQUESTRIAN PARK, 28-acre, turn-key farm near OBS, airport, shopping. Manicured paddocks with run-ins, paved driveways, 3 gated entries. 2 show barns with 16 stalls total. Equipment storage, irrigated arena, round pen can come in handy. Immaculate 3-bedroom, 3-bath home plus den, huge office and huge pantries. Even if you’re not a chef, you’ll love the top appliances, hickory cabinets & granite in the kitchen. Oversized garage. Salt-water pool & spa, solar heated for year-round enjoyment. Generator for emergencies. Two wells. Very nice barn apartment. Bridle paths to ride off property. Asking $1,499,000.

EPONA FARM, 26.9 acres located in the NW between Ocala & Gainesville. Area of fine farms. Main residence is wonderfully decorated & appointed with tray ceilings, nooks, arches, accent lighting. 3 bedrooms with office or 4th bedroom, 2 baths, 2-car garage. Wood cabinets & granite in kitchen. Caged pool and large lanai are great for parties. 2 barns with a total of 27 stalls. Absolutely adorable barn apartment with high ceilings, lots of tile, office and huge porch. Lovely flat grassy fields. Singlewide mobile included. Gated entry. Priced to Sell at $725,000!

20 acres, very private setting. Huge live oaks and great pasture. 4-bedroom, 2-bath home has lots of pizzazz with tile floors, pretty kitchen, sunken living room, sunroom. Adorable 2-bedroom guest home sits back on the property so as not to disturb privacy. Great views across the fields to the woods behind. This is a super buy at $325,000.

4.7-acre farm near West Port High, OBS, shopping! This charming log home has 2 bedrooms plus a guest room and office area. Florida stone fireplace, cathedral beamed ceilings, wood floors. Pretty tiled baths. Rocking chair front and back porches. In-ground pool, privacy fenced & landscaped. His & hers work shops (hers has a/c). 2-stall barn with room to add 4 more under existing roof. Electric gate with paved drive entry. Absolutely a cute, cute home! $264,900.

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! $336,000 ($8,000 per acre).

DIXIE PARSLEY Broker | Realtor

352.220.4355

5860 SW 6th Pl. Suite 201 Ocala, FL 34474

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helping your home value 1 S PAINT: A fresh layer of paint can work wonders for a home that needs sprucing up, and at about $25 per gallon, there should be plenty of funds left over for rollers, drop sheets and other paint supplies to protect the house from splashes. Be sure to choose neutral colors, as they appeal most to potential buyers.

your kitchen is the No. 1 place to add value to your home. As a central gathering point for many, the kitchen should be open, attractive and party friendly. Investing in new, matching appliances is a great way to improve aesthetics, but a smaller investment could be replacing old-fashioned wallpaper, adding granite countertops or staining cabinet faces.

2 GOING GREEN:

5 BATHROOM:

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6 ROOMY ROOMS:

A great selling point for environmentally conscience buyers is energy efficiency. Consider installing a solar water heater, energy-efficient light fixtures, bamboo wood flooring or even a whole house fan to conserve energy and money.

CURB APPEAL: It might

seem obvious, but the first impression people get from your home is the view from the front. A beautiful lawn, shady trees and a grand entrance make a good first impression. Even small improvements like planting droughtresistant shrubs, replacing an unimpressive doorknob or planting sod in patches in your lawn can make a big difference.

4 KITCHEN:

Many Realtors agree that if there’s only one room you can afford to improve on,

The second most important room in the house to improve upon is the bathroom. Replacing cracked or grungy tiles, grout and faucets can go a long way. It’s important to maximize the space in each room of your house, making them look bigger and brighter. Do this by adding plenty of lighting options, replacing heavy draperies with vertical blinds and decorating with a large mirror.

7 STORAGE SPACE:

A huge selling point for potential buyers is storage space. Make a good impression by keeping closets clean and organized for showing, or even have a closet installed in a den area so it can be considered an extra bedroom.

Source: hgtv.com, bankrate.com

elling a house is no easy task, but there are some simple things you can do to add value to your property now and reap the benefits if you ever decide to sell down the road. Here are seven fairly inexpensive improvements you can make to increase your home value today.


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60.74 ACRE FARM Anthony Alfarone Zoned A-1 Located on Hwy 318 and 352-239-5002 less than 2 miles from I-75. Property is ideal 352-369-4044 for your winter farm and less than 15 minutes to HITS. Build your dream home with plenty of room for your stables and pastures. For pre-recorded information call: 866-920-2720 & enter MLS # 411559.

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Dr. Srinivasa Murthy, a five-star-rated HealthGrades doctor, has been practicing comprehensive family and geriatric medicine in Ocala for the past 22 years.

Our practice has achieved 4.5 stars from managed care companies for quality care, I am extremely proud of my staff who made that possible.

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r. Murthy and his staff strive to care for the whole patient, whether it is simple bronchitis or the common cold or multiple complex problems like heart disease, diabetes or cancer. His office can also treat anything from vascular or bone disease to chronic lung issues and skin problems. “It is important to know the patients and their entire medical history in order to treat them properly,” says Dr. Murthy. “We know our office is the entry point to medical care, and we want our patients to feel as if this is their medical home.” Affiliated with Munroe Regional Medical Center, Ocala Regional Medical Center and West Marion Community Hospital, Dr. Murthy provides comprehensive medical care to his patients whether in his office or at another

medical facility and can even treat patients in most rehab and nursing facilities in the Marion County area. His practice offers multiple medical services on-site for patients’ convenience, including ultrasound of the vascular system, echocardiograms, EKGs, minor dermatology procedures and blood draws so that patients do not have to travel to multiple locations. Ocala residents, however, are fortunate to have access to skilled doctors in many different specialties, and Dr. Murthy refers patients to the appropriate specialist when needed and continues to work with them to ensure his patients receive the best care possible. Indication for a particular treatment is important to Dr. Murthy. He offers evidence-based practice with outcomes and is very well aware of cost-effective, high-quality medicine.

—DR. SRINIVASA MURTHY

“Medical care has become highly complex and technical,” says Dr. Murthy. “Patients need guidance from a knowledgeable physician on what is appropriate for them. Just because doctors can perform high-tech procedures doesn’t mean they need to.” Dr. Murthy’s practice accepts most insurances and Medicare Advantage Plans, including Freedom Health, CarePlus, Wellcare, Coventry and Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and his staff is trained to handle the complex authorization procedures of different Medicare plans. Dr. Murthy knows that having a successful medical practice often involves the doctor’s whole family. “I am thankful to my wife, Prema, and my children who knew that patient care had to come first. Many times, they have sacrificed family time for the sake of my patients. I am proud that both my son and daughter elected to be in the medical field. My son is a cardiologist, and my daughter is in dental school.”

Dr. Murthy also knows that behind a good doctor is a great staff doing great work. “Our practice has achieved 4.5 stars from managed care companies for quality care,” notes Dr. Murthy. “I am extremely proud of my staff who made that possible.” Dr. Murthy is currently accepting new patients and makes every attempt to see sick patients as soon as possible. It is his personal goal to be the best at what he does by providing medical care through kindness and compassion. “We feel privileged and honored that patients trust us with their medical needs,” says Dr. Murthy. “We take that very seriously and want to guide them through their health problems. It is nice to see some of our patients who are 100-plus years old walking into our office who started with us 22 years ago.” Dr. Srinivasa Murthy 10238 SW 86th Circle, Ste. 200, Ocala Phone: (352) 873-1010 Fax: (352) 873-4387

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E CANNOT MAKE NEW ENGLAND APPLE ORCHARDS MAGICALLY APPEAR IN CENTRAL FLORIDA, YET WE CAN RECOMMEND TASTY RECIPES THAT STRAY AWAY FROM THE USUAL SWEET FARE ASSOCIATED WITH THE FRUIT. JUST LIKE THE POPULAR GOURD WITH ITS PUMPKIN SOUPS AND PIES, APPLES CAN BE ENJOYED IN SAVORY MEALS, TOO. WE CONTACTED TWO BLOGGERS (WHO LOVE AUTUMN AS MUCH AS WE DO) FOR APPLE DISHES YOU’LL WANT TO TRY. THESE RECIPES ARE EASY TO THROW TOGETHER AND BARELY TAKE ANY TIME TO PREP OR COOK. THE END RESULT WILL INSTILL A SENSE OF APPLE APPRECIATION—AS WELL AS A SATISFIED STOMACH.

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TWO RED BOWLS AND AN APPLE The aliases of Cynthia and her fiancé are Bowl #1 and Bowl #2 on her blog Two Red Bowls. The New Yorker, who calls herself an “inexperienced junior lawyer,” feels more in her element when it comes to cookery. Visit her website to see her beautiful photos of her fabulous dishes—we’ll let you be the judge.

Q&A WITH CYNTHIA WHAT DO YOU LIKE DOING WHEN IT’S FALL?

I love curling up with a hot cup of coffee, a thick throw blanket and a good book. Cozy, pebbly throws are my favorite! (They stay on my couch year-round, even when it’s too hot to use them!) And, of course, I love baking and cooking heartier foods, especially when it fills up the house with fall scents. One of my favorite things to do in the kitchen is poaching whole pears in syrup with plenty of brown sugar and spices. It makes everything smell amazing and autumnal.

WHAT OTHER FAVORITE SAVORY APPLE DISHES DO YOU MAKE/EAT?

One of my favorite grilled cheese sandwiches is one with cheddar, smoked Gouda, sliced apple and bacon; I’m also a huge fan of sliced apple in turkey & Brie sandwiches. And it adds such a satisfying, sweet crunch to leafy salads, too, like an apple, candied walnut and blue cheese salad. Savory-sweet combinations are my favorite, and apples are such a gorgeous, fresh way to achieve them!

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2-3 chicken breasts, boiled, 2-3 tablespoons Greek yog urt then shredded or cubed (or sour cream, regular 2-3 stalks celery, choppe unflavored yogurt d 3 whole green or buttermilk) onions, chopped 1/4 cup dill, minced 2 cups grapes, halved 1/2 cup slivered almond s 1 small apple, diced (Cy nthia 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar recommends Honeycrisp, 1 tablespoon lemon juic e Pink Lady or Gala) Salt and pepper to taste 3-4 tablespoons mayonnais e Boil chicken breasts for abo ut 10 minutes or until coo ked through. Let cool, shred with a fork and then cho p into bite-sized pieces. Chop celery, green onions, gra pes and apple, and combine in a bowl with the chicke n and almonds. Whisk together mayo, Greek yogurt, bro wn sugar, lemon juice, salt, pepper and dill. (Cynthia recom mends adding 1/2 teaspoon pep per and almost 1 teaspoon salt.) Pour over the chicken mix ture, and toss until coated . Let chill for a few hours or even overnight. Serve on toasted bread with lettuce and tomato or on its ow n.

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Cynthia adapted this recipe from The Pioneer Woman. n. For the best occasions on when to make this salad, Cynthia takes into account Florida weather: “Since it’s still wa rm in Florida, I feel like it would be perfect as a picnic potluc k dish with potato chips and something grilled. For a lighter option, I think it wo uld do well on top of plenty of romaine or spinach, too.”


My favorite autumn activities are watching football, making food and going to the pumpkin patch.

WHAT MADE YOU COME UP WITH THIS RECIPE?

This [Mystery Dish] challenge (a food blogger challenge Kat participates in) caused me to think outside the box, and I really wanted to make something savory. I saw bacon and apple on the list of secret ingredients to choose from, and I went from there. It was just turning autumn when I made these delicious sandwiches and thought that grilled cheese was a perfect way to kick off the fall.

WHAT OTHER APPLE DISHES DO YOU LIKE TO MAKE AND/OR EAT?

I love everything apple. I love the classic apple pie, apple crisp and, of course, caramel apples. But I really love them in savory dishes, like apple and cheddar soup or along with a sample tray of meats and cheeses. My favorite flavor pairing is pork and apple, they go so well together.

CATHY’S DWELLING

Photo courtesy of lemontreedwellingblog.com

Like welcoming guests into her home, Cathy, blogger of Lemon Tree Dwelling, welcomes readers into her little space in the blogosphere where she shares recipes and DIY projects that you can use as inspiration to decorate your home. We loved how she incorporated apples on one of our favorite guilty pleasures: pizza!

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BBQ Chicken Apple Pizza

Apples on pizza? Don’t knock it until you try it! These miniature pizzas look irresistible with amber BBQ sauce drizzled over apple slices, chicken and cheddar cheese melted all over.

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small flatbreads cups shredded, cooked chicken red apple, thinly sliced (Cathy recommends Gala or Cortland) cup shredded cheddar cheese blend rings red onion cup BBQ sauce, plus more for drizzling cup chopped fresh cilantro

Top each flatbread with 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce, half cup shredded chicken, quarter sliced apple, quarter cup cheese, half ring red onion pieces and 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro. Drizzle with additional BBQ sauce, and bake on cookie sheet at 400°F for 12 minutes.

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Brie, Apple & Bacon Grilled Cheese

Kat recommends enjoying this sandwich with a side of chips, crispy seasoned fries or tomato or potato soup. Serves 1 2 slices rye bread Butter, as desired 2 slices Brie 3 slices bacon d 1⁄2 Granny Smith apple, slice 2 teaspoons raspberry jam Cook bacon, slice cheese and ese apples. Assemble grilled che ’d with as many toppings as you ut abo to Brie the ping kee , like , 2 slices. Get pan nice and hot . and cook till cheese is melted

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Q&A WITH CATHY WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO DURING THIS TIME OF YEAR?

My favorite fall activities are family walks, visits to the pumpkin farm, bonfires with friends, hayrides and, of course, apple picking!

HOW ELSE DO YOU ENJOY APPLES?

I love pairing apples with chicken and/or cheese. Some of my favorite recipes are balsamic apple chicken salad, mixed greens with chicken, apples, pecans and dried cranberries and bacon cheddar apple scones.

TEXAS STOCKYARDS opened for business in late July in the Belleview location that was formerly 110th Street Grille. The new owner hails from Texas, and you’ll see that in the very diversified menu featuring tender and flavorful smoked meats, ranging from brisket and ribs to turkey. Check out their rib special, which includes a full © farbled /shutterstock.com rack of pork ribs, four sides and two pieces of bread, all for $20, an unbeatable deal for two people! You can order ribs “dry” (smoked with a dry rub) or “wet” (seasoned with rub, plus homemade BBQ sauce). Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. 10901 SE US Highway 441, Belleview (352) 347 5227 texasstockyards.com

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Sources: thekitchn.com, satisfyingeats.com, supergluemom.com, mayoclinic.org

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO MOST ABOUT THIS SEASON?

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CRAZY FOR KAT

Kat embraces the craziness in life and shares her love for cooking on her blog I Want Crazy. Kat has a few sweet apple recipes up her sleeve, including regal cinnamon apple napoleons, but we wanted to chow down her grilled cheese recipe, which involves crunchy bites of Granny Smith slices.

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THE GYRO HUT MEDITERRANEAN GRILL opened in July, and patrons are already talking about their menu offerings. Best sellers include the Original Gyro made with beef, lettuce, grilled onions and peppers, and the Chicken Shawarma, featuring fresh marinated chicken sliced off a spit and served in a pita with pickles, ©Brent Hofacker / Shutterstock.com lettuce and cream garlic. The menu also features sandwiches and salads and traditional sides like hummus, baba ghanouj, falafel, grape leaves and more. They Continued on page 64

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HE BEST WAY TO AVOID UNHEALTHY SNACKING IS NOT TO BUY THE BAD STUFF, BUT SERIOUSLY, THE OREOS PUT THEMSELVES IN THE CART THIS TIME. EXPERTS SAY A SNACK OR TWO THROUGHOUT THE DAY IS GREAT FOR KEEPING METABOLISM UP AS LONG AS THEY’RE NOT OVER 250 CALORIES. HERE ARE SOME EASY SNACK SWAPS TO MEET YOUR NUMBERS WHILE ALSO SATISFYING WHATEVER CRAVING IS DRIVING YOU INSANE TODAY.

INSTEAD OF A CANDY BAR, TRY…

A spoonful of nut butter. Peanut butter is an integral part of the most beloved candies, so grab a tablespoon and snack on the original. Other varieties, like almond butter, should also do the trick.

A dried date. Apparently, dried

INSTEAD OF POTATO CHIPS, TRY…

Sunflower seeds or pistachios. These little morsels

are packed with nutrients, and because they require some laborintensive shell cracking, they’ll slow you down before you overeat.

Popcorr n. Popcorn is actually Popco

full of fiber, a redeeming quality that chips know not of. Spritz on some spray butter and toss in grated Parmesan for some extra flavor.

Pickles. If salt is what you need,

pickles are the perfect solution, and they actually have zero calories.

EASIEST EXCHANGE Baked potato chips. You still get some crunchy spuds, but with 120 calories and 4.5 grams of fat per ounce versus 150 and nine respectively.

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dates are a dead ringer for caramel flavor. Stuff them with peanut butter or hazelnut spread and maybe a few chocolate chips and, suddenly, you have a healthy Snickers.

Protein bar. They come in

similar flavors, but they’re loaded with essential vitamins and more fiber to keep you full.

EASIEST EXCHANGE A few dark chocolate squares, 60 to 70 percent cacao. The darker it is, the more antioxidants are inside. Nibble away.

Whole wheat or bran muffins. Search for one

with a sweet flavor, like orange or chocolate. It’s healthy cake sans frosting.

Fig or other fruit bars. Get your fix for something sweet and chewy, but instead of excessive amounts of fat, the bulk of the bar is fruity goodness. Two homemade chocolate chip cookies rack up about 14 grams, while two store-bought fig bars combined only equal one gram.

EASIEST EXCHANGE Angel food cake. At around 80 calories per slice and less than a gram of fat, it’s basically the answer to a cake-starved prayer.

INSTEAD OF SODA, TRY:

Tart cherry juice: It’s super flavorful just like soda and has tons of antioxidants. As a result, studies show it’s excellent at relieving soreness and reducing oxidative damage, which is known to contribute to heart disease. Infused water. It’s all the rage on food blogs these days because it’s delicious, nutritious and super easy to make at home. Hit your local grocery or produce market, carve up some fruity combos, soak overnight and enjoy.

EASIEST EXCHANGE Seltzer water. Carbonation is a big part of soda’s appeal, so adding it to your H2O might just trick your brain into thinking it’s enjoying a Sprite.

Sources: womenshealthmag.com, mensfitness.com, fitbie.com

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INSTEAD OF CAKE, COOKIES OR BROWNIES, TRY:

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even have fruit fusion smoothies and fresh carrot juice. Open seven days a week from 10am-9pm. 1532 S Pine Ave., Ocala (352) 629-1106 thegyrohut.com

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CITY FIRE AMERICAN OVEN & BAR now has two locations in The Villages, offering lunch and dinner seven days a week. Dinner favorites include the City Fire Filet, a centercut tenderloin served with boursin mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach, finished with whole grain Dijon hollandaise; the ovenbaked Mediterranean Salmon topped with Mediterranean ©Kyrien /shutterstock.com salsa, feta cheese, asparagus and finished with a balsamic reduction; and their famous bacon-wrapped meatloaf, which comes with boursin mashed potatoes, asparagus and morel mushroom sauce. Open daily at 11am. Nightly live entertainment. Brownwood (Paddock Square) 2716 Brownwood Blvd., The Villages (352) 561-2078 Lake Sumter Landing 1018 Canal St., The Villages (352) 205-7169 cityfirerestaurants.com

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Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse 3405 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-3151 / tonysushi.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p / Fri & Sat 11a-11p / Sun Noon-10p With abundant menu choices and over 100 off-menu rolls, you certainly won’t run out of options at Tony’s Sushi. If you can’t decide, the waitstaff is excellent at suggesting items you’re sure to enjoy. Every roll and sushi dish is made to order from the freshest ingredients. In the steakhouse area, highly trained chefs prepare a memorable meal as they cook on the tableside grills, preparing chicken, steak or seafood just the way you like it. Entrées include soup or salad and rice. Family-friendly, casual atmosphere, along with a full bar, including imported Japanese sake and beer selections. Like us

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Ipanema Brazilian Steak House 2023 South Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 622-1741 / ipanemaocala.com Lunch Fri 11a-2:30p / Dinner Tue-Thu 5-9p, Fri & Sat 5-10p, Sun 4-9p Brunch Sun 12-3p / Happy Hour Tue-Fri 5-7p/ Closed Mon A Churrascaria (Portuguese for barbecue) is a dining experience where roaming Gauchos slice and serve fire-roasted meats from skewers in a continual fashion. Ipanema Brazilian Steak House boasts 12 of the finest cuts of meat complemented by an opulent salad and vegetable bar, delectable desserts, and delicious wines, beers and cocktails. Brazilian native and Executive Chef Ortencia DeAlmeida invites you to embrace the flavors of her homeland and experience the magnetism of Ipanema for yourself. Become a fan of Ipanema on Facebook at facebook.com/ipanemasteakhouse.

We are open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch in December. Go ahead and book today for your holiday get together or party. We can accommodate your needs, whether it’s an office celebration or a luncheon with friends.  Great Weekday Happy Hour- See website for details.

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 beer-battered onion rings or Guinness bratwurst sliders. October 13-17, try pumpkin beer at our Pumpkin Fest. Oh, and don’t forget about the pumpkin carving contest, too! Halloween night includes all things spooky at WOB, including our annual costume contest. So what are you waiting for, come on out and have a brew!

This month, join us for Wobtoberfest October 3 and 4 where you’ll find plenty of German music, food, games and yes, beer.

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A Twist On The Tilted Kilt Tilted Kilt unveils a brand-new menu full of offerings for the whole family.

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the Spicy Southwest Chicken Salad. Chow down on a burger of your choosing, or nosh some traditional wings in a variety of sauces, such as Garlic Parmesan or Kilt Burner. Be sure to end your evening with a warm, halfbaked cookie topped with ice cream and chocolate syrup—they don’t call it a Tilted Guilt for nothing. If you’re feeling lucky, grab yourself one of nine massive, flavorful burgers and see if you’re up for the Big Arse Burger Challenge. Take a brief quiz at tkburgerbowl.com to find out which burger is your match made in heaven. Vote online for your favorite to receive a burger horoscope and submit a selfie, complete with your best Tilted Kilt Big Arse Burger Face, on any social media platform with #TKBABF to see your submission on the site’s live feed. Oh, and be sure to try one of the five hand-crafted cocktails made to pair perfectly with your burger choice. When you stop by for happy hour at 3pm, try out some of Tilted Kilt’s best pub fare offerings, like classic fish & chips, shepherd’s pie or Gaelic chicken in an Irish whiskey cream sauce. With over 30 beers on draught and in bottles, there’s plenty to choose from while you listen to live music on Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights. Better yet, stop in for a football game and get the next best experience to being in the stadium thanks to 28 TVs, two massive screens and a surround sound system. With reduced price menu items as low as $6 from 11am to 3pm, it’s the perfect place for a quick bite to eat during lunch. Stop by with the whole family to enjoy games, good service and great food!

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery 3155 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala (352) 351-5458 tiltedkilt.com Open daily, 11am-11pm

glass made entirely of ice, and an array of bowl entrées, including a spicy tuna featuring premium sushi grade, sesameseared rare, avocado, sweet chile sauce, jasmine rice and passion fruit salsa. They’ve added a 13-ouce USDA Choice rib-eye steak, and new to the ©Piyato/shutterstock.com dessert section is their S’mores Flatbread, consisting of creamy chocolate, toasted marshmallow and sliced almonds, sprinkled with graham cracker crumbs. 4701 Southwest College Rd., Ocala (352) 873-3846 3580 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages (352) 674-9292 bonefishgrill.com

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GATOR’S DOCKSIDE RESTAURANT is known for wings, ribs, seafood and sports. Now that football season is in full gear, this is the spot to watch the game on their big-screen TVs. Check out their new menu items, such as the ahi tuna appetizer, a bacon, egg and cheese burger, the California cobb salad, the mushroom and brie sirloin and more. Lunch specials offered © joesayhello/shutterstock.com MondayFriday from 11am-3pm. Enjoy all-you-can-eat traditional wings on Monday nights from 6-11pm. Kids eat free on Tuesday nights starting at 5:30pm. 3920 SW 42nd St., Ste. 101, Ocala (352) 433-2441 gatorsdockside.com


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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.

Stop by our “New” Bar and enjoy one of our Specialty Drinks! Make your Thanksgiving Reservations now! For more information on catering, please contact Waica Huggins or Evelyn Nussel at wmhivyhouse@yahoo.com.

The Bistro 3622 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala Mon-Fri 10a-4p / Closed Sat & Sun All-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.

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.

PAVAROTTI’S Pizza & Restaurant

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

Open for lunch and dinner, the Braised Onion Restaurant, where you’ll experience “comfort food with attitude” in a fun, warm and colorful but casual atmosphere, starts a new chapter of delectable eats. From filet mignon to poached pear salad, new chef Daryl Dean brings wonderful dishes to life making your taste buds explode with happiness. And they didn’t forget the vegetarians out there, either! Happy hour is Tuesday through Friday from 4-7p and includes 2-for-1 well brand cocktails, house wines and draft domestic beers. Visit their new website at braisedonion.net.

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 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.

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!

Latinos Y Mas 2030 S Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 622-4777 / latinos-mas.com Mon-Thu 11a-9p / Fri & Sat 11a-10p / Sun Noon-9p

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. Gift certificates and party platters available for any special occasion.

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Whether you’re on a date, meeting for business or grabbing a casual lunch, look no further than Latinos Y Mas! It’s the only place to dine for contemporary Latin fusion cuisine. Begin your dining experience with a refreshing Tamarind Margarita or perhaps an exotic Pisco Sour. Follow that with our delicious appetizer, the new Trio Ceviche. Our new pastry chef, William Clavell (a member of the American Culinary Federation), creates and bakes amazing desserts daily, such as Key Lime Mango, and Dulce de Leche cheesecake, Crème Brulee and more.


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

Happy Hour daily, 4-7pm. Everything is 2-4-1 (exceptions may apply).

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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 ½-off Happy Hour specials.

Mesa de Notte 2436 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala / (352) 732-4737 / mesaocala.com Mon–Fri 11a-10p / Sat & Sun 3p-10p / Additional parking in rear. Mesa de Notte’s new, unique menus and complete redesign give the restaurant a whole new vibe. With Jose Moreno and chef Loring Felix joining forces, the dynamic duo has brought an expanded restaurant and the promises of delicious dining to the area. The updated kitchen sends out plenty of new homemade Italian dishes, including authentic Italian-style pizza. If you were a fan of Mesa de Notte in the past, don’t worry, all the customer favorites are still on the menu. Mesa de Notte still has a full-service catering business as well and is perfect for your next event—large or small.

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. Catering Available.

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FTER VANISHING 2 MILLION YEARS AGO, THE MEGALODON HAS RESURFACED FOR THE RETURN OF “MEGALODON: LARGEST SHARK THAT EVER LIVED.” FROM OCTOBER 4 TO JANUARY 4, EXPERIENCE THIS TRAVELING EXHIBIT AS IT RETURNS HOME TO THE FLORIDA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY. Enter

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through Jaws’ jowls and discover the megalodon’s story from birth, with the newly discovered Megalodon nursery, all the way through extinction, with fossils and touchable teeth. The exhibit includes a 60-foot-long metal sculpture walkthrough filled with family-friendly interactives. For 15 million years, the megalodon hunted Earth’s waters, engulfing 2,500 pounds of anything from fish to whales daily. (That’s like eating more than 6,500 cans of tuna every 24 hours, by the way.) Of course, if you prefer canoodling to gnoshing, the museum’s annual ButterflyFest will also take place on October 4.

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Admission is $7 for adults and $4.50 for children 3-17. An opening celebration will take place October 26 from 1-4pm.

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MEGALODON: LARGEST SHARK THAT EVER LIVED

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IT’S STORY TIME! Creative minds will gather on the first weekend this month for the annual OCALA STORYTELLING FESTIVAL presented by the Public Education Foundation of Marion County. Mij Byram will be the featured guest storyteller along with many masters of stories, tales and fables. An educators’ workshop kicks off the event, followed by an evening of adventure, mystery, drama and so much more! Head to the downtown square on October 3 at 6pm for the premier event, the Storytelling Concert. ocalastorytelling.org or (352) 895-9340.

TIME TO GET “CORN”-Y (October 3- November 2) It just wouldn’t be fall without a good old-fashioned corn maze! We may not have the crisp autumn air of the North, but we still know how to have fall fun. The

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Brews and brats are all part of fall, but so are Jeeps! One of the largest Jeep-only events in the country takes place right here in Marion County. Presented by the Ocala Jeep Club and Phillips Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, JEEPTOBERFEST celebrates 17 years of all-Jeep fun. There will be three levels of off-road course, Jeep vendors, drawings, raffles, and a bounce house and kiddie activities all day long. The event runs 8am-5pm on Saturday and 8am-3pm on Sunday and will be held at the Market of Marion in Belleview. ocalajeepclub.com.

TIMBERLINE FARM 5TH ANNUAL CORN MAZE FESTIVAL will run all month long.

The whole family can experience life on the farm each weekend with pony rides, face-painting, country music, crafts and, of course, a giant corn maze! The farm is open to the public Friday, from 4-8pm; Saturday, from 10am-8pm; and Sunday from 12-8pm. timberlinefarms.net or (352) 454-4113.

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In an effort to promote racial harmony and acceptance, the City of Ocala presents a week-long celebration of cultural awareness. Several events are scheduled to take place throughout the week that encourage peace and tolerance, including the ONE OCALA DINNER AND SHOW on October 8, the KIDS INVOLVED IN DIVERSITY SOCIAL on October 9 and the OCALA CULTURAL FESTIVAL on October 11. For a complete listing, contact the Racial Harmony and Cultural Awareness Task Force at (352) 368-5517.

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Don your finest lederhosen and make your way to Circle Square Commons for a German-inspired festival that’s fun for the whole family. Along with a healthy helping of grilled brats, Shepherd’s pie and pretzels, there will be face-painting, live entertainment, activities and more. Be sure to warm up your vocal chords for the yodeling contest, too! OKTOBERFEST at Circle Square Commons runs from 5-9pm on the town square. circlesquarecommons.com or (352) 854-3670.

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Whether you possess natural poise or were cursed with two left feet, now is your chance to take part in one of the largest simultaneous dance sessions in the country. The annual THRILL THE WORLD event takes place in cities across America as dancers come together to perform the dance steps to one of Michael Jackson’s greatest hits, “Thriller.” Thrill the World Ocala 2014 will take place on the Ocala Square from 5-10pm alongside plenty of entertainment, vendors and trick-or-treating fun. There is no age limit on participation, and registration is only $5 in advance and $7 the night of the big dance. Rehearsals to learn the choreography will take place at Extensions Dance Studio on October 15 and 16. For more information on the nationwide event, visit the Thrill the World Facebook page. (352) 519-6211.

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It just wouldn’t be fall without a trip to the BLESSED TRINITY CARNIVAL. Held on the grounds of the Blessed Trinity Parish, this annual event is the largest fundraiser for the school and is always sure to draw a crowd. Take a spin on any number of amusement park rides or purchase a few raffle tickets for your chance to win great prizes. If you don’t fill up on carnival goodies, be sure to buy tickets to the family dinner nights featuring fare from the area’s finest restaurants. And don’t forget, Thursday and Sunday are armband days for those who find one ride just isn’t enough! btcarnival.org or (352) 622-5808 ext. 356.

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UPCOMING EXHIBITS AT THE APPLETON (ONGOING) The Appleton will host “A Creative Life: Gladys Shafran Kashdin,” featuring a selection of paintings, collages and drawings by Dr. Gladys Shafran Kashdin. It will be on display through November 2. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.

FREE SELF DEFENSE CLASSES FOR WOMEN (OCTOBER 1, 3, 9, 10) A free self-defense class series will take place in the Ocala Police Department community room from 6-9pm. Register through the Marion County RAD Facebook page.

ANNUAL 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. Childcare is provided on-site during the class time. All classes and activities are free. (352) 854-6981.

FLORIDA FALLEN FIREFIGHTER MEMORIAL (OCTOBER 2) A memorial to commemorate our fallen firefighters will begin at Fort King Street and make its way to the downtown square. The service will include a fire truck and honor guard with pipes and drums playing. The walk takes place from 8-9:30pm. ocalafl.org or (863) 287-0913.

GUY HARVEY EXHIBIT (ONGOING) The artwork of internationally renowned marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey is currently on display on the second floor of Gateway Bank. All artwork is for sale, and Gateway Bank will donate its share of the sales to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. Exhibit hours are 9am-5pm Monday through Thursday and 9am-6pm on Friday. guyharvey.com or (352) 368-3756.

APPLETON AFTER HOURS (OCTOBER 2) 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.

DR. GIGGLES HOUSE OF HORROR (THROUGH OCTOBER) The Ocala Drive-In will host the creepiest event in town throughout the month of October. The event is not suitable for young children and will be open Fridays-Sundays and every night during the final week of the month. There will also be a kid-friendly trunk-or-treat on October 31. giggleshouseofhorror.com or (352) 229-9600 . SENIOR LEARNERS COURSES (THROUGH NOVEMBER) A number of courses will be available for seniors at the College of Central

PINK SHOE BALL (OCTOBER 3) The Marion County Sheriff ’s office presents an elegant evening to support breast cancer fighters and survivors. The event includes a silent auction, cocktail hour and dinner, and is hosted by the Hilton Ocala. Tickets are $100. Cocktail hour begins at 6pm; dinner served at 7pm. (352) 368-3598. SIDEWALK ASTRONOMY (OCTOBER 3) A family-friendly astronomy lesson will take place at the Discovery Center and will include hands-on activities and a tour of the night sky. Telescopes provided. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900. Continued on page 74

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HAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU COMBINE ALEXANDER BJORKLUND, SEBASTIAN FURRER AND THEIR SICK ELECTRONIC BEATS? DUBHOUSE DUO CAZZETTE (ALONG WITH VIC LATINO, AUDIEN AND DJ LEONY) WILL PERFORM IN GAINESVILLE ON OCTOBER 24 AT THE HANGAR ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY THE ELECTRO CHEMICAL SHOW.

The Electro Chemical Show will create a new experience for electronic dance music fans, bringing the same energy and feel as an international music festival but on a boutique level without needing a passport. Cazzette is talking to us about EDM culture and why they wear giant cassettes on their heads.

How long have you two been working together? We’ve been together around four years now.

What brought you to America from Sweden? The market is really good in the States, and it’s almost as if the country is made for touring. You can visit so many cities and reach out to a lot of people yet only fly domestic!

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EDM has a really dedicated, passionate fan base. How close are you with your fans? We try to interact with our fans as much as possible.

How did you decide on the name Cazzette and wearing the cassette masks? What inspired that?

If you could collaborate with one artist, past or present, who would it be and why?

We chose cazzette together with our manager because we wanted a name that could represent a wide variety of genres. Just like when we used to record our favorite songs onto mixtapes when we were young. We wanted to bring the masks into the picture to give our shows something extra, and wearing masks seemed like a perfect way to do that.

Kanye, to name one, because of his creativity.

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Why do you think electronic/house music has become so popular in the last five-10 years? It has slowly become more mainstream due to interaction with already accepted successful mainstream artists.

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THELOCALSCENE / Continued from page 73 FIRST SATURDAY ART PROGRAM (OCTOBER 4) 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.

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ALL GM CAR SHOW (OCTOBER 4) Silver Springs Park will host an all GM car show from 8am-6pm. All vehicles are model year 1990 or newer. This will be a family-friendly event featuring professional athletes on-site promoting family fitness. Admission is free; park entrance

TAKE A KID MOUNTAIN BIKING DAY (OCTOBER 4) The Ocala Mountain Bike Association and Ocala Mountain Bike Patrol will host this national event right here in Ocala. The event will feature a light breakfast, a safety talk, guided rides, bicycle repairs and lunch provided by Zaxby’s. The event takes place at the Santos Trailhead from 8am2pm. You can pre-register for the event on the association’s website. omba.org or (352) 233-4087 or (352) 361-9343. 5K RUN (OCTOBER 5) The College of Central Florida Student Activities Board will host a 5K run to benefit the Dunnellon-based Michelle-O-Gram, a nonprofit that assists women who cannot afford diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasounds or screenings. The color-style run begins at 8am at the CF campus. cf.edu or (352) 291-4455. MUSEUM ANNIVERSARY (OCTOBER 5) The Marion County Museum of History and Architecture will hold their 3rd anniversary event in Green Clover Hall. A lecture titled “Classic Cracker: Florida’s Wood-Frame Vernacular” will be presented along with a book signing. The event begins at 2pm and is free for members and $5 for non-members. (352) 622-7630. COMMUNITY PICNIC (OCTOBER 9) A free community picnic sponsored by Fero & Sons Insurance will take place at Ernie Mills Park in Dunnellon from 4:30pm until dusk. There will be hot dogs and soda while supplies last as well as a DJ and bounce house. (352) 875-5780. ALZHEIMER’S BENEFIT POKER RIDE (OCTOBER 11) The Sun Country Trail Blazers will host a trail ride to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Registration is $15 and includes lunch, one

poker hand and one raffle ticket. Registration begins at 8:30am. Coggins test results required. (352) 362-9527. FALL ART WORKSHOP (NOVEMBER 13-14) The Ocala Art Group will host a palette knife still life workshop. The workshop runs from 10am-5pm both days. Prior to October 8, early registration (before Oct. 8) fees are $140 for members or $180 for non-members. After Oct. 8 and through Oct. 24, fees are $160 for members and $190 for non-members. ocalaartgroup.com or (352) 237-8161. BREAK THE SILENCE ON VIOLENCE CONFERENCE (OCTOBER 10) This 14th annual conference will take place at the College of Central Florida in Ocala from 8am-4:30pm. There will be a number of speakers, exhibits, activities and more. breakthesilenceonviolence.org or (352) 438-5990.

MOVIE IN THE PARK (OCTOBER 10) A family-friendly film will be presented at Citizens’ Circle at 7:30pm. Admission is free; bring lawn chairs or blankets. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5517. FIELD OF AGES IS CARNIVAL FOR A CAUSE (OCTOBER 11) The Southeastern Livestock Pavilion will host the Carnival For a Cause, a family-friendly event to raise funds to assist children battling cancer. There will be traditional carnival fun, face-painting, cuisine from top area restaurants, bake sales, cake walks and a live auction. The carnival runs from 10:30am-4pm. For more information, visit the Carnival for a Cause Facebook page. CRAFT SHOW (OCTOBER 11) Cherrywood Estates will host a craft show from 9am-2pm featuring various arts and crafts for purchase. (352) 237-1675. Continued on page 76


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CF Dassance Fine Arts Center, Ocala

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THELOCALSCENE / Continued from page 74 THE LITTLEST OF LASSOS (OCTOBER 11) The Anvil G Ranch will host this special charity goat-roping competition to raise funds for the March of Dines NICU Support and Florida Neonatal Neurological Network. The event features a dinner, live music and entertainment and will be held at the Trenton FFA Arena from 6-10pm. Admission is $25 for adults and $15 for kids 6-10. Free admission for the jr cowboyskids 5 and under. (352) 262-3646 or (352) 286-3295. ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR (OCTOBER 11) The Ocala West United Methodist Church will host an arts and crafts fair from 7:30am-2:30pm. There will also be a breakfast served until 9:30am for $5. (352) 854-9550. BREAST CANCER AWARENESS RIDE (OCTOBER 11) The Ocala Bicycle Center will host a 10- or 25-mile casual bike ride for breast cancer awareness. The ride begins at 9am and registration is $30. ocalabicyclecenter.com or (352) 291-5268. CHARITY GOLF EVENT (OCTOBER 14) The Pine Oaks of Ocala golf course will host a charity golf event to benefit the development of a West Ocala Wellness Center. The event will include 18 holes of golf, continental breakfast and lunch, awards and prizes. Registration is $65 per player and begins at 7am. Tee off at 8am. (352) 207-1996. TRIPS ’N’ TOURS (OCTOBER 15) The Appleton’s Trips ‘N’ Tours program will visit the Florida Southern College for a tour of the 12 buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Registration is $85 for members and $95 for non-members. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455 ext 4456.

A NIGHTMARE ON PINE STREET (OCTOBER 17-25, 30-NOVEMBER 1) Wayne’s World of Paintball presents a guided haunted trail walk from 8-11pm that will include several local haunts. The event will take place Fridays and Saturdays and begins at Wayne’s World of Paintball. Proceeds benefits Toys for Tots. (352) 401-1801. OCALA BOAT CLUB OPEN HOUSE (OCTOBER 18) The Ocala Boat Club will host an open house at Ray Wayside park from 11am-4pm. Boat rides will be available as well as hot dogs and sodas, boat safety inspections, tours of the clubhouse and more. ocalaboatclub.org or (352) 236-3227. FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (OCTOBER 18) The Appleton Museum will host a fun-filled evening, including a flashlight scavenger hunt, live actors bringing paintings to life, hands-on activities and goodies. The event is suitable for children 4 and up and runs 6:30-9pm. $8 for members, $10 for non-members. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. MARCHING BAND FESTIVAL (OCTOBER 18) West Port High School will host the 11th Annual Ocala Marching Band Festival. Over 20 marching bands from around the state will be participating. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 11. Stadium gates open at 9am with the first band performing at 10am. (352) 291-4000. DRIVING TRIAL AND COMBINED TEST (OCTOBER 18-19) The Ocala Horse Park will host a driving test and trial. Dressage and cones will take place on Saturday, and the marathon will take place on Sunday. Competition Continued on page 78

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GOLF TOURNAMENT (OCTOBER 20) The 2nd annual Johnson Golf 4 Guts Golf Tournament to benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America will take place at the Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club. The tournament features 18 holes of golf, numerous prizes, lunch and more. Registration is $125 per person or $400 per foursome. Registration begins at 8am; shotgun start at 9am. golf4guts.com or (352) 266-2399. FOOD FOR THOUGHT LUNCHEON (OCTOBER 21) Our Redeemer Lutheran Church will host a luncheon featuring guest speaker Dr. Amruth Bapatla, a pulmonary and critical care specialist, who will discuss sleep disorders. The luncheon begins at 11:30am. Reservations required. (352) 237-8309. CAREGIVER LUNCHEON (OCTOBER 23) A free luncheon will take place at the Grace Episcopal Church in Ocala from 11:30am-1:30pm. The event will feature a free lunch for all caregivers and a presentation. A three-part series on caring for an individual with dementia will also be presented at the On Top of the World Master the Possibilities campus from 1:30-3:30pm on October 29, November 5 and November 12. (352) 378-6649 ext. 126. PRAYER BREAKFAST (OCTOBER 23) The Frank Deluca YMCA Family Center is hosting its seventh annual prayer breakfast. The event will feature inspirational speakers, a hot breakfast and coffee. Childcare will be provided. Breakfast is served at 7am and the program begins at 7:15am. Tickets are $15 each or $150 for a table of eight. All proceeds benefit the

YMCA Scholarship Campaign. facebook.com/marioncountyymca or (352) 368-9622.

VARIETY SHOW FUNDRAISER (OCTOBER 24) A variety show to raise funds for the veterans’ program Combat Boots to Cowboy Boots will take place at the American Legion Post in Lady Lake at 7pm. Tickets are $15. (352) 307-8317. FLORIDA FEAST FUNDRAISER (OCTOBER 24) The Marion County Roadbuilders Association will host a dinner at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion to benefit Interfaith Emergency Services. The menu is authentic Florida fare, including frog legs, venison, gator tail, fried turkey, smoked pork, chicken and fish. There will also be entertainment, raffles and an auction. Tickets are $25. iesmarion.org or (352) 629-8868 x33. FALL FESTIVAL (OCTOBER 24) The Frank Deluca YMCA Family Center is hosting a free community fall festival to celebrate the season with games, treats and non-scary costumes. The event will be held outside on the soccer fields from 5:30-8:30pm. facebook.com/marioncountyymca or (352) 368-9622.

OCALA ARTS FESTIVAL (OCTOBER 25-26) The Ocala Arts Festival, presented by Fine Arts For Ocala, will take place in historic downtown Ocala and feature the works of local artists and artists from around the country. Along with a wide array of designs and genres, there will be activities, entertainment and food vendors. The festival runs from 10am-5pm daily, and admission is free. fafo.org or (352) 867-0355. PARENTING IN THE PEW CONFERENCE (OCTOBER 24-25) A two-day conference featuring noted author and speaker


Robbie Castleman will take place at the Agricultural Complex. The theme involves introducing children to religious worship and is presented by Grace Episcopal Church. Early registration is $20 per couple or $12 per individual until October 3. Regular registration is $50 per couple and $25 per individual. (352) 622-7881. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD BIKE RIDE (OCTOBER 25) A 22- and 50-mile bike ride will take place on the Florida Greenway. Registration begins at 8am with a costume contest at 8:30. The rides begin at 9am. Early registration is $25 and takes place at Ocala Bicycle Center. firstplaceracing.com or (352) 291-5268. MCINTOSH 1890S DAY FESTIVAL (OCTOBER 25) The 41st annual McIntosh 1890s Day Festival will take place in Historic McIntosh from 8am5pm. There will be over 200 vendors along with period demonstrations and live entertainment. Admission is free. friendsofmcintosh.org or (352) 591-4038. DINING IN THE DARK (OCTOBER 25) A special evening event and dinner presented by the Florida Center For the Blind will take place at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Ocala. Guests will eat in complete darkness to gain a better understanding of what the visually impaired experience. Tickets are $55 or $100 for two. Doors open at 5:30pm. flblind.org or (352) 873-4700. MURDER MYSTERY DINNER (OCTOBER 25) The Seven Sisters Historic Inn will host a murder mystery event from 6-9:30pm, featuring a four-course 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. 5K WALK (OCTOBER 25) The Ocala Out of the Darkness walk to benefit the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention will take place at the Jervey Gantt Recreation Complex. Registration begins at 8am, and the walk begins at 9am. afsp.org or (352) 817-4747. FUN RAISER FESTIVAL (OCTOBER 25) The 3rd Annual Fun Raiser Festival will take place at Victory Academy in Ocala from 10am-2pm. The festival will feature vendors, games, a corn hole tournament and bounce house. Tickets are also available for a rib dinner. (352) 622-4410.

MINI MONSTER BOO BASH AND HALLOWEEN FLICK (OCTOBER 31) This kid-friendly event features Halloween fun, goodies and a spooky movie. The event runs 5:30-8:30pm at the Discovery Center. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900. DANCE PARTY (OCTOBER 31) Dancin’ Around Studio will host a social dance party from 7-9pm. The evening will feature a number of music genres and is open to the public. Admission is $5 for enrolled students and $10 for guests. Light refreshments are provided, but the party is BYOB. danceocala.com or (352) 690-6637. MASQUERADE BALL (OCTOBER 31) A masquerade ball will take place at the Hilton Ocala beginning at 8pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. halloweenmasqueradeball2014. eventbrite.com or (352) 345-9005.

TRICK-OR-TREATING AT SILVER SPRINGS (OCTOBER 31) Silver Springs will host trick-or-treating from 3-5pm. Admission is $3 per child along with park entrance fees. There will also be inflatable games and candy. silversprings.com or (352) 261-5840. CRAFT FAIR (NOVEMBER 1-2) The 18th Annual Villages Craft Fair at Spanish Springs will take place 10am-5pm both days. There will be a wide array of craft vendors from around the country. Admission is free. artfestival.com or (562) 746-6615. MARION COUNTY CHILI COOKOFF (NOVEMBER 8) Head to the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion for the 33rd year of this classic event. Taste close to 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. Registration may still be available. marioncountychilicookoff.com or (352) 895-1648.

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