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HOW OTHER CULTURES TIE THE KNOT

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September2014

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Features A Century Of Learning p24 The oldest school in continuous service in the state of Florida is about to recognize a significant milestone. This month, the Eighth Street Elementary School building celebrates its 100th anniversary. BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND

The Lineup p28 This fall, you don’t have to travel very far to find amazing art. The local art scene is alive and thriving—so what are you waiting for? Check out this fall’s fine art lineup. BY LESLEY JONES ON THE COVER

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Happily Ever After: How Other Cultures Tie The Knot

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They say love is universal, but in truth, true love looks different & Arts to everyone across the map. Nowhere is this more evident Cover photo © Jani B Photography than in their weddings. Ethnic traditions combine with modern trends to create some of the most beautiful ceremonies, showcasing how other cultures celebrate love, commitment and the beginning of a lifelong union. Autumn

15 EXHIBITS, CONCERTS AND PRODUCTIONS TO ADD TO YOUR CALENDAR

A CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

BY KARIN FABRY-CUSHENBERY, KATIE MCPHERSON AND MELISSA PETERSON

Departments The Buzz p13

The Pulse p67

The Dish p77

The Scene p87

The real people, places and events that shape our community.

Ideas to keep you fit and healthy all year long.

Our best recipes, restaurant news and culinary quick bites.

Your guide to what’s happening in and around Ocala.

BY MADELINE CALISE, ANDREA DAVIS, JOANN GUIDRY, KATIE MCPHERSON AND JUDGE STEVEN ROGERS

BY ANDREA DAVIS & JOANN GUIDRY

BY MADELINE CALISE, ANDREA DAVIS, CYNTHIA MCFARLAND AND KATIE MCPHERSON

BY BONNIE KRETCHIK AND KATIE MCPHERSON

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AYBE THE LEAVES WON’T FALL HERE IN FLORIDA, BUT FALL FOR US DOES MEAN ONE THING: THE RETURN OF FOOTBALL SEASON. WHETHER YOU’RE ALL ABOUT THE NFL OR A DIE-HARD FAN OF COLLEGE BALL, AUTUMN WILL FIND YOU FIRMLY PLANTED ON THE SOFA WATCHING EVERY GAME, AND MAYBE YOU’LL GET A CHANCE TO CATCH A FEW IN PERSON. If

you need some tasty tailgating grub to serve up at your next party, check out our essential football food recipes in The Dish. They’ll help you enjoy game days even if you’re not too enthused about the game itself. Better yet, if you want to cheer for your hometown high school team on a crisp Friday evening, check out the schedules for every team in the county in The Scene. So get your gameday gear on, grab your foam finger and get ready to cheer!

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FROMCITYHALL

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As of this past July 1, Florida motorists are required to move over and slow down when passing utility services vehicles and sanitation vehicles. Tow trucks and law enforcement vehicles were already protected under the law. If the law is violated, motorists can be fined and points can be added to their license. Drive safe, and move over, Ocala!

The CITY OF OCALA has been curbside recycling for over two years now and is expanding its recycling efforts to public venues and events. You will soon find recycling receptacles at all city buildings, including Ocala City Hall, the customer service center, recreation centers and city pools. You will also find them in our parks, athletic complexes, golf courses and downtown. When attending events, you can expect to find the appropriate containers for your recyclables alongside the regular trash bins. So make sure your trash makes it to the right container. Ocala’s recycling movement starts now, and it starts with you! Working together, we can make Ocala a cleaner and more sustainable community.

RUNNING FOR A REASON The Marion County Public Safety team will continue their AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY’S MAKING STRIDES FOR BREAST CANCER campaign with a 5K race.

The race will take place Saturday, September 20, at the MCSO Operations Complex. Registration begins at 7am, and the race will start at 8am. Pre-register for $20 on active.com or in person the day of the run for $25.

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OUS ONLINE ACCESS Tired of standing in lines, wait times or holding on the phone to pay your utility bill? Avoid these frustrations by using OCALA UTILITIES’ online services. The OUS online service allows you to enroll and access your personal account, providing you additional time to review your utility bill. Additional services are offered online, including bill payment, application forms, disconnect requests, education and outreach events and more. Don’t delay, enroll today at ocalafl.org/us. The power is in your hands!

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Live music, food trucks and a beer garden, it doesn’t get much better than that on a Saturday during fall in Florida. Join us for the FEEL DOWNTOWN LIVE HARVEST FEST on November 8 at Tuscawilla Park. The event will feature two stages of local, regional and national artists. The festival kicks off at 1pm and is brought to you by the City of Ocala, All the Hits Q-92.9 and My Country 102.3. Feel Downtown Live is partnering with Project Hope to donate a portion of the proceeds to support local families for the Thanksgiving holiday. For additional details, including ticket sales and artist lineup, please visit feeldowntownocala.com.

GRANTS FOR BARKS “Do you have a

dog?” Out of all the questions he could have asked, that was what a young boy was concerned about when he toured fire station No. 4. Believe it or not, many people think a dog, a Dalmatian to be exact, is part of the firefighting team. It’s been many years since OCALA FIRE RESCUE has had a four legged fighter, but thanks to State Farm’s Arson Dog Training Scholarship Program, that will soon change. On Saturday, August 2, Captain Moreland embarked on a trip to Alfred, Maine, where she met and trained with her canine partner for four weeks. The arson dog will be officially adopted as part of our team at Ocala Fire Rescue early this September.

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DDICTED TO THE POWERFUL PAIN KILLER OXYCONTIN BY 17, ARRESTED FOR ARMED BURGLARY AND SENTENCED TO A 5-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE AT 23, NICOLE MASON-SUARES WAS DESPERATELY IN NEED OF A SECOND CHANCE. AND SURPRISINGLY ENOUGH, SHE FOUND IT VIA THE RETIRED RACEHORSES AT OCALA-BASED LOWELL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTE’S SECOND CHANCE FARM—MORE SPECIFICALLY, THROUGH THE EQUINE CARE TECHNOLOGY VOCATIONAL PROGRAM AT THE ALL-FEMALE PRISON WHERE SHE WAS INCARCERATED. The FLORIDA THOROUGHBRED RETIREMENT FARM, aka Second Chance Farm, was founded in 2001 in a joint effort by the Florida Department of Corrections, Marion Correctional Institute and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. Second Chance Farm serves as a home for retired Florida-bred racehorses and as a rehabilitation center for Lowell Correctional Institute’s women inmates. Situated on 100 acres at the LCI, the Florida DOC provides the land and labor at no cost. The Florida Breeders’ and Owners’ Association administers funding for the farm’s other expenses

through its charitable arm, the Florida Thoroughbred Charities. “It’s a great program to teach these women not only a vocation but also life skills and a work ethic,” says John Evans, a lifelong horseman who has overseen the Equine Care Technology program for nine years. “A great many of these women come into the program with none of that. But if they apply themselves, they graduate with a great foundation to start over once they’re released.” Twenty women are enrolled for each yearlong course, which includes classroom time, 20 written tests and hands-on work with the 45 resident horses. The women, who must be non-violent offenders to participate in the program, learn all aspects of horse husbandry, including grooming, feeding and basic health care. There is also an opportunity to ride the horses being trained for adoption. Upon successful completion of the program, the women graduate with an Equine Care Technology certification. Many upon their release find work in the equine industry.

Such was the case for MasonSuares, who was released from prison January 20, 2014. “I had never been around horses before I went to Lowell, and I was very afraid of them at first,” says Mason-Suares, a former honor student whose substance abuse began when she took prescribed pain medication for injuries incurred as an elite high school gymnast. “But slowly I began to gain confidence. The program really encourages you to think and prepares you for life out of prison.” Less than a month after her release, Mason-Suares was hired by Nick and Jacqui de Meric, who own Ocala-based Eclipse Training Center. She works with the racehorses from 5:30am-11am and then is also a waitress at a restaurant in the evenings. And she also has future goals. “The program and the horses at Second Chance Farm changed my life,” says Mason-Suares. “Now I have a passion for something. I want to continue to work with horses, but I also want to go to college. I’d like to get a journalism degree and become an equine writer.”

WANT TO KNOW MORE? For more information on Second Chance Farm, contact the Florida Thoroughbred Charities at (352) 629-2160 or visit ftboa.com.

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serve as both trial and appellate court judges.) But, the buck doesn’t stop in Tallahassee, as the opinions of the Florida Supreme Court are subject to review by the United States Supreme Court. You may recall the attention our state received during the presidential election of 2000, when the decision by the Florida Supreme Court was affirmed by the United States Supreme Court. Trial judges make most of their decisions on the battlefield of trials. Things happen, WHEN I FINALLY REACHED THE LAST objections are made PARAGRAPH, I READ THE WORD ALL and quick decisions JUDGES HATE TO READ… “REVERSED.” are required. These rulings are, primarily, based on the arguments have a third option where presented by the lawyers and the they indicate their agreement judge’s knowledge on the issue. Just with the lower ruling but do as umpires and referees do not have so without giving any specific the benefit of slow-motion instant reasons. These brief, one-page replay prior to making their calls in decisions are called ““per curiam sports, trial judges also do not have affirmed” decisions, or “PCAs.” the luxury of conducting hours of legal Trial judges like PCAs. research prior to making decisions that The Florida State Court could ultimately change or decide the System has a hierarchy for outcome of a case. As such, trial judges handling appeals. Decisions have the most difficult job of the entire of the county courts are judiciary. But, then again, maybe that’s reviewed by the circuit court. just my “opinion.” Circuit court decisions are reviewed by the district courts of appeal, which, in turn, have their opinions reviewed by the Florida Supreme Court. (Note: Circuit court judges are the only judges who

Appellate court decisions are (ironically) called “opinions.” In these opinions, appellate court judges give the reason(s) they agree or disagree with the decision of the trial court. If they agree with the trial judge, the opinion indicates the decision is “affirmed.” Their disagreement is clearly stated in the form of the dreaded “reversed” word. Appellate courts also

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Two Ocala Fire Rescue workers were recently honored with 97.3 The SKY Valor Awards at Hilton Ocala. FEO JAMES WILLIAMS IV and CHAPLAIN JOE LACOGNATA were recognized for their outstanding work as first responders. Williams was participating in the Space Coast Marathon in Cocoa Beach when he found a medically distressed woman in need of immediate assistance. Only after she had been transferred into the care of the paramedics did he continue the marathon. LaCognata was honored not for a particular incident but for the exceptional dedication and selflessness he demonstrates on a daily basis.

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The majestic blue sailfish, as depicted by celebrated artist GUY HARVEY, has become the colorful symbol for GATEWAY BANK’s new Guy Harvey Legacy Checking program that launched in August. With this program, new checking account customers will receive a co-branded Guy Harvey debit card and can order available Guy Harvey checks. The account requires a minimum opening balance of $100. For every new account opened at any Gateway Bank in Florida, the bank will donate $50 to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, a non-profit supporting marine research and education for the betterment of sustainable fisheries and ocean ecology. “It is an extremely generous commitment on Gateway’s part,” says Harvey, “and we plan to put the donation funds to good use in making a difference with Florida’s ocean and marine wildlife resources.”

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GROWING MORE THAN BUSINESS The POWER PLANT BUSINESS INCUBATOR, a division of the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership, launched a new mobile app, currently only available for iOS devices, in July to serve incubator residents, welcome visitors and inform the community as to the entrepreneurial activity occurring there. The app, designed by Shane Wooten, is now available for free in the Apple App Store. Included in the app is a news section, a video library, recorded podcast interviews with area entrepreneurs and interactive content from current residents and past graduates.

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ACH YEAR, ON THE FIRST SATURDAY OF OCTOBER, WILLISTON GOES NUTS FOR PEANUTS AT THE ANNUAL CENTRAL FLORIDA PEANUT FESTIVAL. THE 2014 FESTIVAL WILL BE THE 26TH SINCE THE 1989 ORIGINAL. WILLISTON’S LINEAR PARK, WHICH EXTENDS ALONG NW MAIN STREET FROM NOBLE AVENUE TO NW 5TH PLACE, WILL BE TAKEN OVER BY PEANUTCONSUMING FESTIVALGOERS.

This family-friendly festival features rides for the kids, arts and crafts, live music and entertainment all day long, information booths, classic cars and antique tractors, and the Little Peanut Royal Family. This year’s animal attractions include a petting zoo, pony rides and an elephant. The festival lasts one day only from 9am until 4pm, so grab a free grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwich while they last and enjoy Williston’s fabulous, fleeting festival. “We have a little bit of everything that has to do with peanuts,” says Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mary Kline. And that includes peanuts in every form and flavor—roasted, boiled, fried, baked, you name it. For shopping lovers looking for the perfect gifts, look no further than this festival. It features approximately 130 vendors with unique, custom products. With a fun, friendly atmosphere, entertainment and products for every taste (not to mention peanuts galore), it’s no surprise that the festival sees upward of 7,000 people annually. And good news, admission and parking are free! And we know you’re curious about the Peanut Royal Family. The king and queen are selected from children ages 3-6 and the baby peanut from children up to 3. Mrs. Williston interviews the contestants in this friendly, casual, country western competition with fair, out-of-town judges. Parents just have to fill out an application. “The whole idea is for the children to have a good time,” Kline says. All contestants walk away with a goody bag.

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Peanuts are actually not nuts but legumes. That means they’re closer to beans and lentils than to cashews or walnuts.

Georgia, Texas and Alabama are the three top peanutproducing states

U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter and Thomas Jefferson were both peanut farmers.

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PEANUTS BY ANY OTHER FASHION

Peanuts are the most popular nut among U.S. consumers, so how did it get that way? Here are a few facts.

There are nearly endless ways to cook peanuts to your liking. If you’re not from the South, it is very likely that you’ve never even seen a boiled peanut, but boiled peanuts are a tasty, popular snack. Raw peanuts are boiled in salted or spiced water until tender and bean like. Roasted peanut flavors can be sweet, salty and even honey cinnamon. Fried peanuts also come in a variety of flavors and can be eaten shell and all.

» Spanish conquistadors first discovered peanuts in South America. They then spread the plant through Europe into Africa and Asia.

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» George Washington Carver encouraged Southern farmers to grow peanuts when the boll weevil destroyed their cotton crops. He promoted 300 nifty uses for peanuts.

livestock or eaten by the poor until armies on both sides of the Civil War began utilizing peanuts as a protein source.

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BETTER BUTTER What’s the most common use for peanuts? You guessed it, peanut butter. In the United States, that is. Most European countries don’t share America’s love for peanut butter. And boy, do Americans love peanut butter. Americans consume more than a BILLION POUNDS of peanut butter per year Peanut butter is eaten in 90 PERCENT of American households.

For those without allergies, peanuts have a number of health benefits. High in monounsaturated fats, peanuts are a heart-healthy snack option. Peanuts are also a good source of protein, niacin, antioxidants and vitamin E. Another plus, peanuts contain no cholesterol. They are, however, high in fat, so you know what they say, everything in moderation.

The average child will eat 1,500 PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY SANDWICHES before graduating high school. Looking back at those packed lunches, that sounds about right.

A NUTTY ALLERGY

John Harvey Kellogg—yes, as in the cereal—promoted peanut butter as a staple that SATISFIED

Less than 1 percent of people have a peanut allergy. So why does it seem like more? The number of reported peanut allergies, especially in children, has increased dramatically since 1997. A peanut allergy is one of the most common types of food allergies out there. About 20 percent of children do outgrow the allergy, though. Peanut allergy reactions range from mild symptoms to anaphylaxis. For some, even trace contact with peanuts or peanut products can cause an adverse reaction. As a result, airlines ditched the salty snack and products with peanuts come labeled.

THE NEED FOR PROTEIN WITHOUT THE HASSLE OF CHEWING.

Peanut butter was introduced at the 1904 ST. LOUIS WORLD FAIR, though both Kellogg and Carver promoted the tasty treat as well. It takes about 540 PEANUTS to make a single 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.

March is National Peanut Month, and January 24 is National Peanut Butter Day.

THE TERM ‘PEANUT GALLERY’ comes from 19th century theaters, when those in the rear seats would throw peanuts at those below or when displeased first-row occupants threw them at performers.

Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth.

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Although the long hall is empty on this quiet morning as a summer storm brews, it’s not hard to picture it as it is most of the year: bustling with children and teachers. After all, this building is the oldest school in continuous service in the state of Florida and is about to recognize a significant milestone. This month, the Eighth Street Elementary School building celebrates its 100th anniversary.

Today, Eighth Street Elementary serves students from kindergarten through fifth grade. After passing fifth grade, many students move on to neighboring Osceola Middle School. When the 2014-2015 school year began this August 18, Eighth Street Elementary welcomed just under 350 students into its 17 classrooms staffed by 17 teachers and 27 instructional staff members. Principal John McCollum is now in his sixth year at the helm of Eighth Street and his eighth year as principal at adjacent Osceola Middle School. All three of his daughters and three of his nephews have attended school here. Originally from Miami, McCollum’s entire teaching career has been in Marion County, beginning in 1979 when

THE STATELY THREE-STORY B R I C K B U I L D I N G on the corner of 8th Street and Tuscawilla in downtown Ocala was built in 1914 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When the doors opened in October 1914, it was as Ocala High School and was billed as the “premier high school” of that era. Barely a decade later, in 1925, the school was so overcrowded with students that another building was constructed on the same property. The original building became Ocala Junior High School and then in 1932, was christened Ocala Primary School. Since that year, it has consistently been an elementary school. At the time, it was the only school in town without electric lights, but that changed the following year when electricity was added. The school might have OCALA PARENT gained electric lights, but it TEACHER wasn’t in the best of shape. OH, HOW THEY’VE CHANGED SCHOOL IS ASSOCIATION BUILT FORMED By 1938, the building, which A quick glance back shows just how was described at the time as much has changed since Eighth Street “dark and gnatty,” was in such Elementary began 100 years ago as poor condition that it was Ocala High School. condemned and in danger of closing, although it never did. The building continued to be used as a school during the he started teaching at Stanton-Weirsdale Elementary. Depression years as the country struggled through World “Even in Miami, many schools didn’t get airWar II, but times were tough. When parents and teachers conditioning until the 1960s, but this school was a convened for PTA meetings, no refreshments were served little late,” notes McCollum. “Eighth Street wasn’t airbecause sugar was in short supply and on the ration list. conditioned until October 1978.” THE GYMNASIUM WAS BUILT THANKFUL FOR THE FACT THAT D U R I N G T H E D E P R E S S I O N , thanks to the Public Works Program. Ocala Primary wasn’t the only T H O S E A C units were fully functional on this muggy summer day, I follow Principal McCollum on a school to benefit, as the program also erected gymnasiums short tour of the building. On the main floor, we stop at schools in Reddick, Anthony and Weirsdale. In 1949, the school was once again renamed, this time before a series of photographs on one wall honoring the school’s past principals. as Central Elementary. It wouldn’t transition into Eighth One of those principals in particular, Mrs. Helen Street Elementary until 1965 and has continued in that Ingrao, deserves a great deal of credit for the school’s incarnation until the present day.

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reputation of having a friendly, tight-knit atmosphere. She served as principal from 1982 until April 2002 after her untimely death following a sudden stroke at the age of 58. “It was just like family here with Principal Ingrao. I think being a smaller school and a ‘neighborhood’ school made for a closer-knit family atmosphere. The parents were so involved, and the kids respond to that

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kind of atmosphere. I think you can still feel that today,” says former teacher Pat McGinnis, who taught physical education to grades K through 5 at the school from 1981 until retiring in 2009. “I’m still involved with some of the other retired teachers,” says McGinnis. “In fact, I was just about to leave to meet some of them for lunch. Since it was like family working there, we still keep in touch.” Gloria Arnold, another former teacher, agrees. “Helen Ingrao was the principal who hired me. Her love of children and compassion and support of the teachers made it a very special school,” says Arnold, who taught fifth-grade language arts at Eighth Street from 1985 to 2004 when she retired.

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“We were like family; everybody looked after each other and took care of each other,” adds Arnold. “I think this is unusual, and I credit a lot of that to Helen.” Principal McCollum and I head up the wooden stairs worn smooth by countless students’ shoes over the decades. In one upstairs corner classroom, I pause to look out the enormous 10-foot tall windows that offer a picturesque view of the neighborhood. This is definitely the 21st century, but here, in this room, there is a distinctive overlap of old and new, ranging from the 14-foot high ceilings to the overhead projectors. Today’s students, who can’t imagine life without cell phones and the Internet, might not appreciate this juxtaposition, but to me, the history in the room is palpable. A built-in corner supply cupboard has a definite 1950s look, but just a few feet away, a large SMARTboard dominates one wall. There’s not a blackboard in sight. “Blackboards went out when technology started coming in because chalk dust interferes with the computers,” explains McCollum. “We started moving toward white boards with dry erase markers and SMARTboards where the teachers write on the board with their fingers. Every classroom is outfitted with these boards now, and the majority of them are funded by the parent body.” “Technology became a big part of the school over the years, and now it’s in every classroom,” says Arnold. “Technology is very much a part of the kids’ lives. The children helped me learn as much as the workshops I attended.”

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Over time, some of the alterations detracted from the stately building’s appearance, so in 2001, a $2.5 million historic grants-in-aid preservation project took place. The much-needed project covered multiple aspects designed to literally bring the old school into the new century. Due to the great increase in technological equipment, the building’s antiquated electrical service was inadequate. In addition to totally updating electrical systems, the project included repair of basic infrastructure, such as roofing, as well as installing a three-story elevator so the building would meet handicap requirements. Also included in the project was the installation of fire sprinklers and fire alarm systems. Windows were completely replaced, and the brick exterior of the building


underwent a thorough cleaning, as well. Every effort was taken to ensure that the elegant old building didn’t lose her aesthetic appeal. “During that year of major renovation and repairs, the main building was closed,” says McCollum. “We had a ‘portable city’ on the Osceola physical education field, and our students spent a year in those portables while the renovation was going on. Within the last days of that school year (2000-2001), the renovation was complete enough to allow the fifth-graders to have their traditional walk-through one last time.” THAT SIGNIFICANT R E N O V A T I O N happened more than a decade ago. But for a building that has reached the century mark, this is just part of her everaccumulating history. If these walls could talk, oh the stories they would tell! Of the thousands of students who once occupied desks in the school’s classrooms, some have gone on to have great impact in their community and state. Among past students are former Ocala Mayor E.L. Foster, Lt. Governor of Florida Jim Williams and former Ocala Chief of Police Morey Deen, along with three generations of the Buddy McKay family, to mention only a few. McCollum hopes many of those past students will attend the upcoming Centennial Celebration set for Saturday, September 27 at 9am. In case you wondered why that date was selected, don’t think too hard.

same room will show off the latest high-tech advantages enjoyed by current students. “We’re hoping to incorporate four former students from different eras to talk about their time here,” says McCollum, “all the way back from the Depression era through segregation and to modern times. “All the students who are in attendance that day will be invited to come up on stage and sing a ‘Centennial’ song, which was recently composed by the music teacher, as well as an old school song. This lets all of the kids participate, not just selected students.” “Following the ceremony, SPAGHETTI a light breakfast will be served SUPPER PROFoutside. Tours of the school will ITS EXCEED be given by student docents,” adds $7,000 Dean. “The public is invited to share in this monumental time.” Phillip Lori “Penny” John Helen Ingrao As McCollum explains, part Leppert McKee McCollum ’-⁄ of the Centennial Celebration is a ⁄-’ ’-’ ’-present Capital Campaign to fund future improvements in the 100-yearold building and the school’s “We chose September 27 because it’s a Gator bye week,” education programs. “We’re hoping to capitalize on the Centennial laughs McCollum. “There’s nothing historic about that date Celebration to do some significant fundraising,” he notes. other than the fact that the Gators aren’t playing that day.” “We’ve already put in a security system, and we also want to “We have local and state education representatives put up a decorative fence around the front of the school for confirmed to speak. The ceremony/program will have safety reasons but also to meet Historic Ocala Preservation Eighth Street students giving a brief history about the different eras and how education has changed and evolved. Society (HOPS) requirements. We’re also looking to have a humanities program where we bring in speakers to enrich the Children will dress in these eras,” says Kristin Dean, PTO students in arts and music, as well as extracurricular activities. president for Eighth Street Elementary. “We’d like to encourage anybody who has attended The celebration will include an open house so guests the school and for whom the school is important to come can walk the hallways and step back in time as they out and join us for the celebration on the 27th,” says reminisce, thanks to photos and memorabilia from the past. One classroom will be staged to resemble the school’s McCollum. “If this school has made an impact on you, early days in the 1920s and ‘30s, while the other side of the come out and celebrate with us.”

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BE PART OF THE CELEBRATION EIGHTH STREET ELEMENTARY CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION Saturday, September 27, 9am For more information, please call (352) 671-7125. To become part of the fundraiser, contact the school PTO. Donations may be made to the Public Education Foundation/Centennial Celebration.

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THE LINEUP: EXPERIENCE THE LOCAL ART SCENE THIS FALL

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Fine art comes in many forms. From brilliant ballets to picture-perfect photographs, art can move your soul and trigger an array of emotions. This fall, you don’t have to travel very far to find amazing art. The local art scene is alive and thriving—so what are you waiting for? Check out this fall’s fine art lineup.


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Oct. 15-Nov. 9 The Hippodrome Theatre, Gainesville icking off the holiday season with Slasher by Allison Moore, the Hippodrome is bringing the horror genre and Hollywood to Florida—but in an unexpected light. This comedic production is an offbeat account attempting to give the public a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into making a Hollywood horror flick. With riveting twists and turns, this performance will surely have you screaming… for more. thehipp.org, (352) 375-4477

Sept. 26-Oct. 19 Gainesville Community Playhouse lip into a captivating tale of deception, lies, passion, heartbreak, redemption and everything in between. Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, winner of more than 100 international awards, will take audiences through a plethora of intertwined plots that are intermingled with the French revolution. Be prepared, however, because Les Miserables will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the production. Join the 65 million people that have already experienced Les Miserables by catching this classic at the Gainesville Community Playhouse this fall. gcplayhouse.org (352) 376-4949

Nov. 21-Dec. 14 Sonnetag Theatre at the IceHouse, Mount Dora rab your boots and spurs, folks—a new musical is coming to town. The IceHouse gets a little dusty with the addition of Annie Get Your Gun by Irving Berlin. The famous Wild West show gets a revamp when Col. Buffalo Bill scouts out Annie Oakley, the sharpest shooter around. When jealousy takes hold of the show’s former lead shooter, the handsome Frank Butler, Annie finds she has to choose between romance and the limelight. Annie Get Your Gun features five mesmerizing scores including “Anything You Can Do,” “The Girl That I Marry,” “They Say It’s Wonderful,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” and “I Got the Sun in the Morning.” icehousetheatre.com (352) 383-4616

Dec. 13-Dec. 22 Marion Ballet Theatre Ocala Civic Theatre he holiday season just wouldn’t be complete without seeing the Marion Ballet Theatre’s version of The Nutcracker. This classic Russian ballet has been a cornerstone of Ocala’s cultural arts scene for over 30 years and continues to be a seasonal must-see. If it isn’t already, maybe DONT it’s time to make MISS this ballet tale THE a tradition for GALLERIES your family. Travel LINEUP through a young girl’s ON THE Christmas dream as NEXT PAGE her toy nutcracker fights off dangerous rats and guides her through lands of whimsy, wonder and—yes, sugar plum fairies. This high-energy ballet is a production that any member of the family can enjoy. marionperformingballet.org (352) 629-6155

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> did you know? The building that is now home to the Hippodrome Theatre was once considered Gainesville’s most elaborate building. Constructed in 1911, this fine example of Palladium Classical Revival architecture features six Corinthian limestone columns and intricate scroll work on the entry way. The first floor of the “old federal building” was once the town’s post office, the second floor housed the courthouse and third was designated as office space. Now, the Hippodrome boasts a main stage, cinema, art gallery, various rehearsal/ dressing rooms and even a rentable basement level.

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> did you know? When Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables was first released in 1862, it was an instant must-have worldwide. In Paris, armed guards were summoned to control rowdy crowds who were bombarding the local bookstores to get a copy. Subsequently, Les Miserables transformed Hugo into one of the best authors of the 19th century.

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get lost in galleries ART OUTDOORS GALLERY EAST: ART IN THE PARK SHOW AND SALE Oct. 18 & 19 Rainbow Springs State Park, Dunnellon tep out of the typical gallery, and join Gallery East and other local artisans at Rainbow Springs’ Art in the Park Show and Sale. Browse unique pieces of art, jewelry and crafts all while being surrounded by the scenic surroundings of the Rainbow River’s headsprings. Once you’ve made your rounds, walk the shady trails through the historic gardens. floridastateparks.org (352) 489-8841

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> did you know? Gallery East actively participates in a variety of fundraisers and events that radiate goodness into the community. In fact, you may have seen their painted rain barrels in various parks throughout Marion County—to decrease littering and help promote a cleaner environment.

TOOL TIME RETOOLED: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE HECHINGER COLLECTION Nov. 8-Jan. 5 Appleton Museum, Ocala

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ake a second look at the way you perceive tools. Are they really only of a utilitarian value? The Hechinger Collection will have you reimagining tools as pieces of art. Come celebrate the prevalence of tools in our day-to-day lives with this thought-provoking collection of paintings, sculptures and photographs. The Appleton Museum is serving up works from 28 noted artists, including Arman, Richard Estes; photographers Berenice Abbot and Walker Evans; and pop artists Jim Dine, James Rosenquist and Claes Oldenburg. appletonmuseum.org, (352) 291-4455

> did you know? The Appleton Museum was named after Mr. Appleton, who established the famous thoroughbred breeding and training facility, Bridlewood Farm, in the Ocala area during the mid 1970s. Wanting to share his expansive art collections with the public, Mr. Appleton began purchasing and constructing what is now the Appleton Museum in 1984. Two years later, Mr. Appleton presented the impressive complex to the City of Ocala. The museum is now governed by the College of Central Florida and the CF Foundation but remains dedicated to sharing fine art and artifacts with the public.

SEASON OF GIVING ART-FULL HOLIDAYS Dec. 2-Dec. 20 Artful Gifts Gallery, Circle Square Commons at On Top of the World, Ocala n search of thoughtful gifts this season? Browse through an assortment of beautiful handcrafted gifts at Artful Gifts Gallery. From painted stemware and ornaments to exclusive jewelry and paintings, they’ll have something for everyone on your gift list. Hey, you may even find a little something for yourself to enjoy!

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make time for music A COUNTRY SUPERSTAR LUKE BRYAN Oct. 4 Whitehurst Cattle Farm, Gainesville ountry music lovers beware! Country superstar Luke Bryan has announced his Farm Tour 2014, and he’s making his way to a farm near you! Tickets will sell out fast, so don’t hesitate. Special VIP passes are also available for purchase. The “Harvest Time VIP Experience” includes a general admission ticket with an exclusive VIP viewing area, parking pass, VIP restrooms and more. lukebryan.com

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QUATTRO FOUR DIVO Sept. 13 Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala he world-class sounds of Quattro Four Divo will make your heart sing. With such influences as Sinatra, Josh Groban, Michael Buble and other greats, this group will truly wow you. The sensational vocals of the four handsome men will bring audiences on a delightful journey through one exquisite song after another. Not only does this operatic pop group deliver outstanding vocals and performances, but they can also sing in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. csculturalcenter.com (352) 854-3670

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GONE COUNTRY BILLY DEAN Nov. 15 Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale f you’re a fan of ‘90s country music, you’ll want to make your way down to the Orange Blossom Opry for Billy Dean in concert. Dean, who has recorded eight studio albums and produced more than 20 hit singles and 11 Top Ten hits, will be performing some of his most popular songs such as “Only Here For A Little While,” “Buy Me A Rose,” and “Let Them Be Little.” obopry.com, (352) 821-1201

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STARRY NIGHTS OCALA’S SYMPHONY UNDER THE LIGHTS Dec. 4 Citizens’ Circle at City Hall, Ocala rab plenty of warm blankets, a thermos of hot cocoa and head down to beautiful downtown Ocala this December 4. The Ocala Youth Symphony and the Ocala Symphony Orchestra will perform a special side-by-side concert on the square. You can expect to hear a mix of well-known classics as well as popular modern pieces. Come take in the beautiful sights and sounds with family and friends. Admission is free, so make sure you get there early to find the best seats! ocalasymphony.com (352) 351-1601

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SYNCHRONIZED SOUNDS UF SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Oct. 9 Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Gainesville here’s just something about the synced sounds of an orchestra in full swing—and if you haven’t experienced the UF Symphony Orchestra yet, you’re missing out! Be sure to catch them play Festive Overture by Shostakovich and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini by Rachmaninov alongside pianist, Andreas Klein on October 9. performingarts.ufl.edu (352) 392-2787

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Nov. 16 & 17 Downtown Gainesville rom original oils and acrylics to sensual sculptures and jewelry, a spectrum of artisans will line the roads of Gainesville to showcase their talents. Bringing out the some of the nation’s best artists, the 32nd Annual Downtown Festival and Art Show is a great way to dive into unique art, music and entertainment this fall. The festival, which draws a crowd of more than 100,000 each year, will also feature international cuisine ranging from blooming onions and Cajun jambalaya to Mediterranean pitas and savory Thai dishes. Visitors can munch on delicious food while checking out live performances on three different stages. A local blend of folk, jazz, country, pop and soul will be in attendance as well as a variety of dance companies. This festival isn’t one you’d want to miss. gvculturalaffairs.org, (352) 334-ARTS

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AN OCALA FAVORITE 48TH OCALA ARTS FESTIVAL Oct. 25ANNUAL & 26 Downtown Ocala ave the date! The 48th Annual Ocala Arts Festival is coming to town Saturday, October 25 and Sunday October 26. Over 150 artists from around the country will be flooding historic downtown Ocala with unique art pieces that you can stow away for one-of-akind gifts or keep for yourself. The parking, admission and entertainment are all free. Bring the whole family, and enjoy the food, fun and—most importantly, great art! fafo.org, (352) 867-0355

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I have to say is ‘it’s film’ and the questions disappear.” When the viewer realizes it’s something that can’t be altered, it allows them to focus on the actual image instead of how it was done. What’s also impressive about his newest collection, the Florida Noir Series, is that they’re all black and white. “Black and white film has a brilliant ability to realistically distort reality,” Auger says. “For instance, many people confuse my lake and river shots for the ocean, since water is always silver.” One of the photographs in the collection, ‘The Lonely Palm,’ which captures a towering palm surrounded by water and marsh, was already honored during this year’s Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. ‘The Lonely Palm’ will also be the poster art for the Ocala Arts Festival this October. With all of his recent success, you’d think Auger has been in the photography business for a chunk of time—but that’s not the case. Although photography has been a part of Auger’s life for as long as he can remember, he didn’t begin his professional photography career until 2010. For a while, photography was put on the back

burner while he pursued more logical ambitions. “While it was my dream in high school to get a photography degree in college, I took the safe route and went to business school. At FSU, I was the head lifestyles photographer for my college newspaper and made art as a hobby on the side,” Auger says, “After a few years as an accountant, I realized that office life just wasn’t for me.”

He soon discovered that the public’s reaction to his art was overwhelmingly positive. During the 2010 Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, he sold every print and framed image he displayed before the last day of the event. As he sat in his empty booth, he decided that he was going to take his photography career to the next level. That summer, he quit his office job and began showing his art full time. “I haven’t looked back since,” Auger says.

Remember to catch Richard J. Auger and his art collection at the Ocala Arts Festival on October 25 and 26. Visit his website for more information at richardauger.com

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They say love is universal, but in truth, true love looks different to everyone across the map. Nowhere is this more evident than in their weddings. Ethnic traditions combine with modern trends to create some of the most beautiful ceremonies, showcasing how other cultures celebrate love, commitment and the beginning of a lifelong union. We’ve found six weddings that perfectly illustrate this balance of new and old. These couples were inspired by their heritage and, while maintaining authenticity, incorporated new traditions as well. It’s important to pay tribute to where we’re from, too, so we’ve included everything you need to know about hosting a Southern, chic wedding here in the Sunshine State. And the cherry on top? We’ve got an interview with one of TLC’s most sought after dressmakers, and for her clients, the biggest dress is best.

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his six-ceremony, three-day celebration was as beautiful as it was elaborate. The Ocala couple began the wedding festivities with a henna ceremony, in which henna is applied to the bride, groom and their guests. It is said that the darker the henna’s color, the more the groom loves the bride. Rings were exchanged during an engagement ceremony, also known as the ring saree, and the bride received a saree from her in-laws to wear during the ceremony. At the pithi ceremony, guests applied turmeric paste on the couple, which is said to give them a natural glow for the upcoming celebrations. During the sangeet, a relaxed event consisting of dancing, music and food, Farzana arrived in a traditional palki carried by her uncles. The nikah ceremony is the actual Muslim wedding, and the bride wore a traditional saree. After the ceremony, the bride was brought to the groom’s home for the khoba-khobi ceremony, where she was welcomed into the groom’s family. The reception was a colorful, fun-filled time, where the couple had their first dance and their families gave toasts.

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Sondra Celli is the designer behind the infamously extravagant wedding gowns featured on TLC’s hit series My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding. We chatted with the woman behind the gowns about her clients, their unconventional wedding couture and why whoever has the most bling wins.

What’s your background in fashion design?

Why do gypsy brides opt for these extravagant gowns?

When I was 15, I wanted to become a designer, so I went to school in Europe in six different countries on a summer program. When I was 17, I went to New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. I majored in menswear. A lot of department stores picked me up as a designer. The gypsies were in one of the major department stores, liked my clothes and stole my number out of the Rolodex and started to call me. I didn’t know I was selling to them—they were all from the same street and area. I called a mentor of mine in the area, and she told me I was shipping to a trailer park. And she said ‘don’t lose them if they love your stuff.’

Rhinestones are status. They’ll say to you “I saw so-and-so’s dress, but can mine be bigger and have more bling?” Gypsies and travelers get their money in clumps so they spend it that way. There’s not a lot of notice for us, because that might be the week they have the money to do this right. If it’s a really good week, they’ll up the dress even while we’re working on it. But they never settle. They’ll wait until they have the dollars to build the dress.

What do gypsy brides ask for when you design? The gypsies pretty much give me freedom. In general, they come in with a color in mind to fit the theme of the wedding. Sometimes, they have requirements that they want, like body styles: a bustier, a gown that laces up the back, things like that. I’ve been doing this for years, so I know their style and their family’s look. If they say “I want hot pink and to spend X amount of dollars,” I work the design around the budget.

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They’re big, but how much do these dresses really weigh? Anywhere from 70 to 80-something pounds, and most of these brides are 120. I’m not saying it’s not heavy, but it does balance on your body. They’re so happy, and they can’t wait to have a big dress. After wearing it for five or six hours though they sometimes get a little cranky.

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What is the most outrageous dress you’ve ever designed? We made a dress out of black and white wigs once. On the show, we did a dress for Annie that lit up and had fur. The heat went out, and it was freezing out, so we’re in here with fingerless gloves on trying to sew the wires while we can’t feel the needle. Our fingers were blue. I sewed half the lights in there myself so no one got electrocuted. We never say no to anything; we just try to figure it out.

Other than the dress, what’s so different about a gypsy wedding? As entertaining as it is, the show still has a lot of cultural factors about it. Food is not their thing. They put their money into the dress, unlike us, who are crazy with the menu and the whole dinner. They don’t really even have a dinner. They have some drinks, hors d’oeuvres, dancing and a cake. They’re just party people. They don’t care about chair covers. Irish travelers buy huge gifts for each other, like Rolex watches and David Yurman bracelets. It’s a really big deal to take all the gifts that you bought for the husband or wife and display them next to the cake and show how much money you have and your status. They’re big on names and logos.

Do you work with clients other than gypsies? I work for everyone. I always have. We just finished a swim team and a wrestler, and we do a lot of ballroom dancers and step dancers, too. We bling and sell pretty much everything. We work with regular brides all the time. The show has just put us out there more and given us more notoriety.

How can brides incorporate a little gypsy style into their gown? Regular brides will call in and say they saw a dress on TV and take ideas from it. We work for other brides all the time who get inspired by the dresses but want them a little bit smaller, fewer stones, usually not a color and not as outrageous, just pretty.

How has the TV show changed your business? It’s more international, so we can tell in the morning when all our emails are in Spanish that the show must have been on somewhere in the world the night before. We just finished a dress for a little girl in Amsterdam. Someone just rang our doorbell from Honduras. People come from all over.

What’s something people should know about gypsies? People always ask me what happens if I don’t get paid, but I don’t have that. I find them really hospitable. They are incredibly good to me. I’m really just a dressmaker on the show, but I’ve been with them for years. There are so many things I will never divulge because they trust me. They’re very family oriented, and they love each other. Their doors are always open with kids running between their homes—it’s so Leave it to Beaver. There’s not much of that left today. I think a lot of people believe they’re scammers, and yes, they have bad people, but so do we. I know a lot of them have legitimate businesses and always treat me well.

What do you love most about designing for gypsy brides? I’m really lucky to do something I love. I honestly love every piece, whether it’s hot pink or traditional white. I’m a designer, so if it’s what the bride wants, I think it’s awesome. They’re all creative pieces, and I hate to see them go sometimes. Yeah, some days it’s very stressful and aggravating, but I can’t imagine doing anything else. I have complete creative freedom.


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Outdoor wedding? Scrounge up some old barn wood and DIY an adorable sign to direct your guests to the different areas of your venue. Create a country aisle runner with burlap fabric, and maybe make a few bows to tie onto the chairs while you’re at it. Add some lace to them for a classic contrast. Line the aisle with hay bales for a defined walk down the aisle that won’t obstruct anyone’s view. A pair of old barn doors would make the perfect backdrop to an outdoor altar, or you could build your own with reclaimed wood that’s been in the rain too long for much else. It’ll look perfectly weathered and totally rustic. If you walk down the aisle under beautiful Florida oaks, light them up with market string lights. You could even hang some mason jars on the lower branches for candleholders. Just be sure to use battery-operated tea lights.

Replace boring centerpiece vases with mason jars, which can be easily embellished with glitter, paint, twine or whatever else you can dream up. The same goes for tin cans if you’re aiming for a more budget-friendly option—just wrap some lace around them for a pretty touch. Drape tables and bench seating in vintage linens for a welcoming feel that’s still in keeping with the theme. To add some antique romance, oil-burning lanterns offer the perfect ambient light. Chalkboards, chalkboards, chalkboards! From menus to welcome signs to table numbers, you can incorporate some traditional schoolhouse style in countless ways. Speaking of table numbers, because burlap is basically required, place some inside mixn-match pictures frames and write table numbers in script on the glass. This is an inexpensive but

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adorable DIY, and you can keep a few as memo boards for later. Tap into the old work barn and see what you can find there. Wooden spools are perfect makeshift tables for the cake, favors, just about anything. An old wheelbarrow could make an adorable gift drop-off with a little elbow grease. Antique furniture, the kind that looks like it’s been in the barn a few years, is the perfect way to add southern charm without over decorating. Some other classy country tables for gifts and guest books are antique vanities and desks.

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The Flora If it looks like it came from your mama’s garden, it’s perfect. Try colorful flowers cut at varying lengths for that wildflower appeal, and add plenty of greenery. Peonies and ranunculus blooms are trending on Pinterest, and since they’re available in so many colors and sizes, you can definitely find a way to work them in.

Sunflowers are excellent for a Southern wedding in need of a gorgeous pop of color. For an autumn wedding, inserting a few short stalks of wheat into your bouquet adds a subtle touch of the season and is a nod toward your rustic motif. Once you’ve chosen your favorite flowers, bundle your bouquet in burlap or twine for the perfect finishing touch.

The Cake Pennant cake toppers are gaining popularity, and not only are they totally adorable, but they’re reminiscent of all those county fairs back home. Is your home state known for its fruit? Add a layer of fruit between cake layers, or flavor the cake itself. Wild blackberries are common in Florida, and of course, you could always go orange. Instead of paying for perfect icing, ask for textural frosting that looks like it was spread with a knife at the kitchen table. You could even cut calories and cost by only frosting between the layers and garnishing the rest with fresh fruit. Fondant allows a cake to become anything, and many

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couples have transformed theirs into a tasty tree, complete with a carving of their initials. Fallen trees aren’t uncommon after a Florida storm. Reclaim the toppled trunk by using a wood slice as your cake pedestal. Depending on your commitment to Southern tradition, you could ditch the cake altogether and opt for pies instead.

The Favors Mason jars filled with tea bags and sugar cubes for a sweet tea recipe are an excellent way to send a taste of your big day home with your guests. Add a lemon if an Arnold Palmer is more your style. If you foresee your daytime wedding getting warm, oldfashioned fans would be a cool and welcome favor. Keep your guests refreshed with keepsake mason jars. Apply a little chalkboard paint, let them write their names and they’ve got a personalized drink to have and to hold onto for years to come. Local jams, jellies and honey are the most delicious parts of the South, so send some home with your guests. You could even try making homemade apple butter. People will appreciate a favor you took the time to make, and you’ll save a pretty penny to reallocate elsewhere.

The Wedding Party Boots with dresses is the oldest trick in the book, but it’s still one of the cutest. And hey, no more spending money on shoes or heels that sink into the grass. The groomsmen can adopt this one, too. Mismatched dresses are an adorable way to add some rustic flare, and of course, bridesmaids love getting to choose dresses they really like. Cornflower blue is a classic southern hue that’s often overlooked for more popular ones, like mint, so consider less common options for your palette. Boutonnieres could be wrapped in twine for an easy, effortless rustic look. There’s just something about a gentleman in khaki, and all the better when he’s your groom. Khaki tuxes are frequently featured in rustic weddings, so consider them for yours, too. Source: rusticweddingchic.com


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CLEAN MOUTH IS A HEALTHY MOUTH… OR IS IT? MOST OF US BRUSH OUR TEETH AT LEAST TWO TIMES A DAY. BUT DID YOU KNOW SOME OF THE VERY PRODUCTS WE PUT IN OUR MOUTHS TO IMPROVE OUR DENTAL HEALTH ALSO CONTAIN SOME NOT-SO-HEALTHY CHEMICALS?

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Who doesn’t want white teeth? Unfortunately, carbamide peroxide, an ingredient found in whitening pastes, gels and rinses, eventually turns into ammonia once in your system. Triclosan is a main ingredient in Colgate Total, and the product claims to prevent bacterial growth for up to 12 hours. The FDA has taken note that triclosan is an endocrine disrupter that can lead to thyroid and fertility issues, and further investigation is being done. It’s become such an issue that Johnson & Johnson has agreed to remove the product from its soap by 2015. Then there’s the alcohol in mouth washes. The bottom line? It’s just not necessary in order to fight germs or freshen your breath. It dries out the mouth, actually making bad breath worse, and scientists have been making strides to link alcohol to mouth cancer. When in doubt of your products, you can always check out ewg.org for a complete list of ingredients and product safety ratings or opt for an organic/all-natural brand. Happy brushing!

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HEN WE GET A HEADACHE OR MAYBE WE’RE A LITTLE SORE FROM A STRENUOUS WORKOUT, MANY OF US REACH FOR THAT BOTTLE OF IBUPROFEN IN THE MEDICINE CABINET. TAKE A COUPLE OF THOSE AND WE’RE SOON FEELING MUCH BETTER. OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDS LIKE IBUPROFEN (ADVIL, MORTIN, NUPRIN), ASPIRIN (BUFFERIN, BAYER EXCEDRIN) AND NAPROXEN (ALEVE) ARE CONSIDERED NONSTEROIDAL ANTIINFLAMMATORY DRUGS, AKA NSAIDS. PRESCRIPTION NSAIDS INCLUDE CELEBREX, DAYPRO, INDOCIN, KETOPROFEN, LODINE, NAPROSYN, RELAFEN, VIMOVO AND VOLTAREN, AND NSAIDS ARE BIG BUSINESS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

In the United States alone, it is estimated that 100 million prescriptions are written annually and billions are bought over the counter each year. According to Food and Drug Administration statistics, some 35.5 million people in the United States report using ibuprofen at least once a week on a regular basis. “NSAIDs are a particularly effective drug for treating pain, inflammation and fever,” says Dr. Paul Doering, a University of Florida pharmacy professor. “Many people self-diagnosis themselves, go to the nearest drugstore and buy their NSAID of choice. But the problem is that most people are not aware that NSAIDs are for occasional, short-term use. Consistent, long-term use, especially without medical supervision, can lead to some serious health consequences, particularly bleeding ulcers.”

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DOSAGE MATTERS Most people, according to Doering, don’t read the instructions when taking NSAIDs, and that is their first misstep. “It’s very important to read the instructions on the box and the accompanying insert,” says Doering. “It’s always best to go with the lowest dosage for the shortest amount of time. Don’t think that if the instructions say take one tablet every four hours that two every four hours will be better. And if you do this every time you get a headache, you’re setting yourself up for adverse side effects down the road.” And to avoid possible gastrointestinal distress, Doering says, “Don’t take NSAIDs on an empty stomach. It’s best to take them with food.” Doering also recommends that “if you’re taking NSAIDs on a regular basis and not getting any relief for your health issues, see a doctor.”

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for a treadmill, know where you want to put it and measure the space. Most treadmills are about 6.5 feet by 3 feet. Folding treadmills are about half that length when folded, but you’ll still need at least 7 feet of floor space when it’s in use.

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blinded by the bling! Look for a treadmill with controls that are well-displayed and are easily accessible when you’re using it. You shouldn’t have to break your stride, or worse fall off, if you want to change the settings.

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for a treadmill at a store so you can try it and check it out thoroughly. Also, when you buy from a local store, you have someplace to go with any issues or questions you might have once you get the treadmill home and use it for a while.

treadmills require regular maintenance and occasional repairs, so ask about service options at the store. You’ll likely be offered an extended warranty or service contract, but that’s a personal choice. Most treadmills come with at least a one-year warranty.

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treadmill, you should not hear the motor straining to work. An overly noisy treadmill means poor engineering, components and assembly. SUPER SHOCKS: Choose a

machine that boasts good “shock absorption” rather than good “cushioning.” Shock absorption removes forces from joints; cushioning simply stores the forces and then returns them to hips, ankles and knees. Ouch!

treadmills out there for $499. But that’s not really a good deal if it doesn’t last longer than six months. Consider that the average person uses a treadmill for 30-60 minutes at least three times a week. The more zealous among us get in their treadmill time every day. So if you’re going to make the investment, buy something that you’ll get good use from for years. A good treadmill usually costs $1,000 to $2,500.

THE FUNDAMENTALS OF TREADMILL FORM Let go: Holding onto the handrails can throw off your stride, leading to knee and shin pain. Swing those arms: Swing your arms front to back; extra side-to-side motion wastes energy. Your hands should not cross the center line of your body, so imagine keeping them in line with the bottom of your ribcage at a 90-degree angle.

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Look straight ahead: You can strain your neck if you’re always staring down at the treadmill’s display menu or even reading a book. (Yes, we’ve seen people doing that.)

Toes under nose: A good stride should have your feet landing as close to your body as possible.

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ASSAGE HAS GONE BEYOND JUST A SPA-DAY INDULGENCE AND BECOME A VIABLE THERAPY. ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN MASSAGE THERAPY ASSOCIATION, 52 PERCENT OF U.S. PHYSICIANS NOW PRESCRIBE MASSAGE THERAPY. AND MASSAGE THERAPY IS BIG BUSINESS, WITH AMERICANS SPENDING MORE THAN $11 BILLION ANNUALLY ON MASSAGE THERAPY.

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SWEDISH: The most common type of massage, almost all massage therapists in the United States are trained in Swedish massage. It involves different types of strokes, all performed flowing toward the heart, combined with movement of the joints. Each stroke is designed to improve blood circulation and reduce muscle tension. A recent study reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine involved more than 400 patients with chronic lower back pain; one group received a combination of painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants and physical therapy. Another group received 10 weeks of Swedish massage therapy once a week; first session was 75-90 minutes with subsequent ones 50-60 minutes. After 10 weeks, nearly 40 percent of the massage patients reported their back pain as much better or gone. Only 4 percent of those who received the usual combination care reported improvement. DEEP TISSUE: Therapists uses

deliberate, methodical strokes to reach deep into layers of

muscles, tendons and other tissues. Good for breaking up scar tissue from muscle damage caused by injuries, back sprains, postural problems and chronic patterns of tension.

SHIATSU: In Japanese, shiatsu means “finger pressure,” and therapists use fingers and palms, as well as elbows and knees, to trigger acupressure points. These acupressure points are believed to be key to restoring the body’s vital energy known as chi. Recommended for overall general relaxation and well-being, as well as for tension headaches, back pain and injury recovery. THAI: Practiced in Thailand for more than 2,500 years, this practice is also called nuad bo rorn. Based on the theory that our bodies are made up of 72,000 energy lines, Thai massage therapists use body weight to compress muscles, mobilize joints and hit acupressure points. The patient is placed on a mat on the floor to maximize the effectiveness of the therapist’s body weight.

HOT STONE: Therapists place warm

stones on acupressure points on the body, which can be temporarily left in place and/or used as massage tools to transmit heat deep into the body. Good for relieving muscle tension, back pain and insomnia issues.

NEUROMUSCULAR: This form of soft tissue manipulation aims to balance the body’s central nervous system with the musculoskeletal system. Considered a medically oriented form of massage, neuromuscular therapy targets issues such as nerve compression, circulation, repetitive movement injuries and chronic muscle spasms. PREGNANCY: Performed by a

trained perinatal specialist, pregnancy massage can be used prenatally, during labor and postpartum. Therapists use specially designed massage pillows to help their client into a comfortable position to decrease arm and leg swelling, muscle and joint pain, as well as overall stress.

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discomfort increases the chance of success for its members. “The key to what makes Zone Health & Fitness unique is our attention to service,” says Marciano. “In everything we do, we focus on our members’ needs and wants. Our “The vision of Zone is to create concentration is geared to helping a place that’s inviting for all levels of each person fulfill his or her fitness fitness, with unique programming. goal.” Zone will keep athletes, We don’t want people to dread novices and experts engaged, thanks working out,” says Marciano. “We to a variety of options. want them to find something they’re “We went with an equipment passionate about—something they line that’s very sleek and user will see results from.” friendly, providing the best results for reaching long- and short-term The vision of Zone goals.” Members can choose from is to create a place that’s cardio and cycling to on-site CrossFit and a zone dedicated to boxing, inviting for all levels of not to mention over 70 group classes every week, coached by some of the fitness, with unique best instructors in the community. programming. We don’t And moms and dads don’t need to worry about their children want people to dread at Zone. Ben has designed the working out. childcare area to be a place kids will —BEN MARCIANO drag their parents to because it’s so much fun! There are play structures and planned fitness activities to keep Zone stands out for its the little ones on their toes. beginner friendly section, which will The locker rooms deviate from have trainers available at all times to the traditional dim, gray aesthetic help newcomers become confident look with excellent lighting and and establish exercise regimens. The artful decoration. They house Zone team knows that eliminating

saunas, steam rooms and whirlpools to provide immediate recovery after a challenging workout. Members can also add access to a hydro massage bed to their package and create tasty, healthy meal plans with the on-site café. One thing that hasn’t changed is Ben’s commitment to his community. He is passionate about helping others, and he wants Zone Health & Fitness to be an organization that gives back. He explains that more than anything, he’s excited about serving the community by providing an environment that will lead to a healthier, more fit population. “It is certainly a dream come true to do this in my hometown of Ocala,” he says. “I am excited to see what the future holds!”

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Blue No. 1: Found in ice cream, yogurt, frosting, packaged soup mixes and products with blueraspberry flavors. Studies showed it causes hypersensitivity reactions in children. Banned in France and Finland. Blue No. 2: Found in cereal, candy and ice cream. Possible cause of brain and bladder tumors in mouse/rat studies. Banned in Norway.

Red No. 3: Found in candy, chewing gum, cake-decorating gels and Popsicles. In animal test, caused thyroid tumors. Requires warning label in European Union countries. Banned in United States for topical use. Red No. 40: Found in sports and soft drinks, fruit snacks, cocktail mixes, breakfast cereals, jam, hot dogs, beef jerky, chips, frozen pizza and salad dressings. Studies show it to be carcinogenic and cause hyper-sensitivity reactions. Required warning label in the European Union.

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In 2007, a study on artificial food dyes by England’s University of Southampton showed that of the 300 British children used in the study, those who were given a drink containing artificial food dyes became more hyperactive over time; the children who were given a drink totally free of food dyes had no change in behavior. Following that study, the British government asked food companies to stop using artificial dyes in food and other countries soon followed suit. But here in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration still approves nine artificial colors as food additives. That means companies like Kraft Foods, Kellogg’s and McDonald’s use natural food colorings in Europe where certain dyes are banned. In the United States, however, those same companies can continue to use artificial food dyes. This despite a 2012 meta-analysis, conducted by Columbia University and Harvard University, showing 24 different studies proving that as many as 33 percent of kids with ADHD would likely benefit from a diet free of artificial food dyes. Other animal studies have shown many food dyes to be carcinogenic. There are natural alternatives to food dyes. Last fall, Kraft bowed to public pressure for safer food additives and agreed to use paprika instead of Yellow No. 5 and 6 in its newer kids’ mac-and-cheese products.

Yellow No. 5: Found in Popsicles, pudding, Jell-O, soft and sports drinks, ice cream, jam, cereal, mustard, cake mixes, noodles and boxed rice dinners. Studies found it to be contaminated with benzidine and other carcinogens; linked to asthma, insomnia, lymphomas, thyroid tumors and hyperactivity in children. Banned in Norway and requires a warning label in the European Union.

Yellow No. 6: Found in orange soda, packaged soup mixes, ice cream, noodles, lemon curd and jam. Also found to be contaminated with benzidine and other carcinogens. Studies show link to asthma, eczema, hives, allergies and hyperactivity. Banned in Norway and Sweden; requires a warning label in European Union. Green No. 3: Found in mint jelly, canned peas, mixes for baked goods and sauces. Animal studies showed possible cause of brain and bladder tumors. Not approved for use in European Union.

Annatto, betanin, black carrot juice, carrot oil, elderberry juice, paprika, red cabbage, purple sweet potato juice, saffron and turmeric.

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uring pregnancy, a developing fetus is tuned in to Mom—reacting to her voice, tasting the food she ate for dinner, feeling her sway as she walks around the block. But Mom influences the health and happiness of her offspring in even more powerful ways than that! Research has found that in the belly and after birth, some of a child’s genes can be flipped on or off depending on what Mom does (or doesn’t do) while she’s pregnant. And that can affect a child’s health and happiness throughout life. What are these powerful gene-flippers? The food Mom eats; how much weight she gains during pregnancy; how she reacts to stress; and her exposure to environmental toxins. So, if you want to take control of your pregnancy and protect your bundle of joy, before and after you deliver:

1. START PRENATAL VITAMINS BEFORE YOU GET PREGNANT. Take a daily prenatal

vitamin supplement containing folic acid for three months before you start trying to conceive, and keep taking it while you are breastfeeding. In a recent Norwegian study of more than 85,000 kids, this simple step reduced children’s risk for autism and autism-spectrum disorders by 39 percent.

2. TUNE UP YOUR DIET, TOO, BEFORE YOU MAKE A BABY. According to a

new Australian study, women who munch more fruit and lean protein before pregnancy are 50 percent more likely to deliver a full-term baby than women who dine on high-saturated-fat and high-sugar foods.

HIGH LEVELS OF STRESS DURING PREGNANCY INCREASE THE CHANCE THAT A CHILD WILL BE OVERWEIGHT BY AGE 10 TO 13.

3. EAT FOR 1.1—NOT FOR 2! Pregnant women do need to gain weight, but just the right amount. According to the Institutes of Medicine, you should gain 25-35 pounds if you started at a healthy weight (BMI 18.5-24.9); 15-25 pounds if you were overweight (BMI 25-29.9); and less than 15 pounds if you’re obese (BMI over 30). Best way to avoid gaining too much weight? Eat 10 percent more calories than usual during your first and second trimesters; up that to 15 percent to 20 percent more for the last three months. Gaining excess weight increases your risk for high blood pressure, diabetes and premature delivery. And gaining too much weight increases the chances that your child will become obese later in life. (Hear those genes flipping?)

the paper; wash your hands if you come into contact with it. Don’t microwave food in plastic containers; stay clear of pesticides; and eat two to three servings a week of fish like salmon, tuna (light canned) and/or cod. They’re low in contaminants, such as mercury, and are loaded with omega-3s, which are so important for fetal brain development.

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which is important for your infant’s immune health. You’ll increase production of breast milk if you gain a healthy amount of weight, eat a healthy diet and get the amount of exercise that’s right for you. Another breast-milk booster for women who develop gestational diabetes (known to reduce supply): Take in recommended levels of calcium and vitamin D during pregnancy and afterward. That helps to keep blood sugar levels under control.

of California, San Francisco, study found fewer than 20 percent of obstetricians regularly talk with their pregnant patients about toxins such as phthalates, BPA (bisphenol-A) and BPS (bisphenol-S, probably just as bad), pesticides and PCBs. They all can alter healthy fetal development. Here’s how to reduce your exposure: Don’t handle cash register and store receipts. BPA (a hormone disruptor) is in

5. DE-STRESS. High levels of stress

during pregnancy increase the chance that a child will be overweight by age 10 to 13, according to a new Danish study. Other new research suggests a connection between a pregnant woman’s stress level and an increase in her child’s later risk for asthma.

6. PROTECT YOUR BREAST-MILK SUPPLY,

Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of The Dr. Oz Show, and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into The Dr. Oz Show or visit sharecare.com. (c) 2013 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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In their minds, the calorie intake looked to be the same because the food they consumed was smaller. The same goes for potato chips and pasta noodles. Although smaller food can be more filling because it’s usually eaten in multiple bites, larger foods can actually help with calories—just don’t go back for seconds!

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T LL? THE BEGS A B T O O F E M WATCHIN DY F O R S O RE YOU REAUT FOOTBALL (BESIDEGSATING WITH THING ABO, OF COURSE) IS TAIL . SO BEFORE THE GAME D AND TAST Y DRINKS ITE TEAM VOR FOO DELICIOUS IN CH YOUR FAOME GOODIES T A W O T SETTLING PIGSKIN, ROLL OUT S S WITH FRIENDS TOSS THE SCORE EXTRA POINT THAT WILL Y. AND FAMIL

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HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS These entertaining ideas from Wilton will ensure you don’t cause a delay of game by rushing and fumbling around your tailgate. Whether hosting fans at home or celebrating at the stadium, start by drafting a roster of easy-to-prepare snacks like chips and salsa or veggies with dip. Just make sure to have a yummy variety to hold ravenous receivers over until halftime. Now for the tailgate MVP: mini pulled pork sandwiches. This tiny take on a familiar favorite makes for perfect

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handoffs to your hungry crowd. Here’s the game plan: Homemade pulled pork is easy. Just marinate pork shoulder in a spicy-sweet mustard mixture, and then cook slowly until fork-tender. While the pork cooks, make homemade buns. The Wilton Whoopie Pie Pan makes perfect petite buns for the pork. Kick off the process with frozen bread dough rolls and accent with a sprinkling of sesame seeds before baking. Assemble the sandwiches, or set out the fixings and fans can help themselves. Top off with pickles and pennant-shaped picks.

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In bowl of food proces sor, combine all ingred ients except pork and process until smooth. water; Pour Marinate at least 3 hours over pork shoulder, turning to coat on all sid es. or overnight. In large pot and water. Bring to sim , mix pork, marinade mer over low heat. Co ok covered 2 1/2 to 3 hou or until pork pulls apart rs easily with a fork, turnin g meat every half hour. Remove pork from pot ; shred. Meanwhile, ove r high heat, reduce sau 2/3 or until slightly thic ce by kened. Pour over shredd ed pork, and toss to coa t.

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Run out th e game clock with Chocolate Kicker Cereal Tre ats, a surefire way to bring your team to the end zone. For the footba shaped Choco lllate Kicker Cerea l Treats recipe and ot tailgating idea her s, visit wilton.com .


Grilled food is good anywhere for any occasion. Whether you’re tailgating in the stadium parking lot or watching the game in your own backyard with family and friends, get ready to take your grill skills to the gridiron. Although you might not be in the running for MVP this season, everyone has a shot at being Tailgater of the Year. Try these tips from world champion pitmaster Chris Lilly to tailgate like a pro this season:

SCORE AN EARLY FIRST DOWN. Marinate meat before guests arrive. Try KC Masterpiece marinades, such as Santa Fe Picante, which gives a real kick to meat, seafood and vegetables. It can add flavor to meat in as little as 30 minutes. Also, to be confident your grill will be ready to cook in about 10 minutes, try Kingsford Match Light charcoal.

AVOID TURNOVERS. Frequent flipping of items on the grill can dry

out the food. Instead, let food brown before turning to develop a flavorful crust, which is the signature of great grilling. When it’s time to flip, use tongs or a spatula in place of forks, which pierce food and release juices.

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DON’T CALL IN THE SECOND STRING. One of the best parts about tailgating at home is that you own the “concession stand.” You wouldn’t call the deliveryman from the stadium, so make sure you follow the same rule when watching the game at home. Fire up your grill to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the stadium right in your own backyard with Lilly’s Barbecue Chicken Pizza with Alabama White Sauce. TAILGATING

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Barbecue Chicken Piz

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tablespoons onion, ½ teaspoon coarse diced black pepper, ½ teaspoon garlic, ground minced ½ teaspoon fresh ½ tablespoon butter basil, chopped 3 tablespoons ½ teaspoon fresh distilled white oregano, chopped vinegar ½ teaspoon fresh 4 teaspoons sugar Italian parsley, 2 tablespoons chopped Parmesan cheese, ¼ teaspoon lemon grated juice ½ cup mayonnaise ¼ teaspoon salt 1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

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ounces pizza dough cup grilled chicken, diced cup hot and spicy sausag e, cut in 1/4 inch slices cups mozzarella cheese, shredded Preheat grill to 500°F usi ng Kingsford charcoal. Sau té onions and garlic in butter over mediu m heat for approximately 1 minute or until onions turn slightly translucent. Remove from and add vinegar and sug heat, ar. Stir mixture until sugar dissolves, and pour it into small mix ing bowl. Add Parmesan cheese, and mix well. Add remaining white sauce ingredients, and blend together. Roll pizza dough to 16-inch diameter circ le on lightly greased pizza stone and spread pizza sauce over dough evenly. Top pizza with diced gril led chicken and slices of sausage. Spread mozzarella cheese evenly over pizza. Place pizza stone on grill, and close lid. Coo k for 10-12 minutes or unt il cru brown and crisp. Remove pizza from grill, cut and serv st is e.

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

za with Alabama White Makes: 1 16-inch pizza, Prep Sauce time: 15 minutes, Cook tim e: 21 minutes

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SQUARE 1 BURGERS & BAR opened April 8 in the Pinellas Plaza of The Villages. Known for its Meyer’s Red Angus, you can also get burgers made from Kobe beef, buffalo, lamb, chicken or turkey, plus they offer vegetarian options. Enjoy one of the many craft and ©Nitr/shutterstock.com draft beers, a specialty drink or glass of wine from the bar or a killer milkshake, such as the Boston Cooler Float with original Vernor’s Ginger Ale or a decant Nutella and Peanut Butter Shake. Be sure to try the homemade Double Dipped Onion Rings. Open at 11am for lunch and dinner seven days a week. 2542 Burnsed Blvd., The Villages (352) 689-2191 square1burgers.com

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MESA DE NOTTE RISTORANTE closed temporarily in mid-May for a renovation and updates in both the dining room and kitchen. Get ready for their grand re-opening this month with added seating and some great new menu additions, including pizza. Owner © Denizo71 / Shutterstock.com Jose Moreno is pleased to announce that Mesa de Notte has now joined forces with executive chef Loring Felix. Expect Continued on page 80

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F YOU’RE NOT SATISFIED WITH THE KITCHEN YOU HAVE, WHY SETTLE? IT’S WHERE YOU COOK, PUTTER, AND EVERYONE USUALLY GATHERS AT PARTIES. YOU SHOULD BE HAPPY WITH YOUR KITCHEN, SO WHY NOT CUSTOMIZE IT TO SUIT YOUR INDIVIDUAL NEEDS?

If the idea of hiring a contractor is too pricy and daunting, no worries. There are plenty of options for those willing to install their own kitchen alterations. With so many nifty and creative options out there both at home improvement stores and online, you can utilize your space as efficiently and effectively as possible. From lazy Susans to intricate chef ’s pantries you can deck out your shelves to your heart’s content. So get ready to get handy and turn the kitchen you have into the kitchen of your dreams. There are a number of companies both online and in-store that make kits for athome installation. The company Rev-A-Shelf has it all. Online at rev-a-shelf.com, you’ll find items like cabinet locks and pullout towel holders, as well as more complicated but still easy to install units, such as cabinet inserts. We’ve included a few of our favorites here, but many more can be found on the company’s website.

Corner Lazy Susans: Rev-A-

Woven Organizer Pullout Basket: Ditch the traditional cabinet for the natural, homely look of woven baskets. Simply replace the door and shelves with these sliding baskets that are ideal for fresh fruit and veggies.

Shelf’s lazy Susans are far from “been there, done that.” From full circle and pie-cut to D- and kidney-shaped, you’ll find the perfect lazy Susan for your corner.

Filler Pullout Organizer: You know that odd, thin space in your kitchen, maybe between a cabinet and appliance? Utilize it by installing a filler pullout pantry. This tall, thin pantry option is sure to be the hidden gem of your kitchen. Rev-A-Shelf has many types of pullouts in all shapes and sizes.

Mixer/Appliance Lift Mechanism:

Chef’s Pantry Complete System: For the serious cooks

If your mixer is one of your kitchen’s most prized possessions, doesn’t it deserve a little lift? The durable lift brings your appliances to counter level without all that work and then stores them easily out of site when not in use, keeping your counters uncluttered.

out there, consider this roll out pantry for optimal organization. With spaces for everything a seasoned chef might need, this modern organizer is an impressive addition to any kitchen.

Top Mount Pullout Waste Containers: Keep your trash out of sight and out of mind with hidden waste containers. Your cabinet door will conceal waste containers that easily slide out when needed—and stay out of sight when not.

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some tasty modifications to the menu but the same elegant Italian fine dining concept. Serving lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. 2436 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala (352) 732-4737 mesaocala.com

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LA CUISINE FRENCH RESTAURANT is under the sole ownership of Patrice and Elodie Perron as of mid-July. The establishment opened in 2009 as a partnership between the Perrons and close friends Stéphane and ©vichie81/shutterstock.com Marie Gattacieca. The couples left France and came to Ocala with their families specifically to open a traditional French restaurant. Stéphane and Marie are pursuing further dreams and have moved from Ocala to broaden their American horizons. The award-winning eatery features traditional French cuisine for lunch and dinner. Live piano music on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Check the website calendar for happenings. Private dining room available for special events. Reservations recommended on weekends. 48 SW 1st Ave., Ocala (352) 433-2570 lacuisineocala.com

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The New Mesa de Notte Aiming to reopen in September, Mesa de Notte is undergoing a major remodel and will be adding some new talent in the kitchen.

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wner Jose Moreno and Chef Loring Felix are joining forces to combine Moreno’s 25 years in the restaurant business with the chef’s 40 years of cooking experience. In fact, he’s the same culinary mind responsible for opening Braised Onion and Felix’s before that. “It’s something we’ve been talking about doing since we worked together 15 years ago,” Chef Felix explains. “The reason for the change is to expand. There are never enough seats because he’s so busy. I’m going to run the kitchen, and he’s going to run the front of the restaurant.” The floor-to-ceiling remodel will expand the restaurant from 120 to 150 seats with a full bar serving beer, wine and now liquor. While everything will continue to be homemade and customer favorites remain, all new lunch and dinner menus

will debut as well, including authentic Italian-style pizza. “We’ve made it a point to keep some of the favorites people really loved, so not everything has changed. The rest has been reworked,” says Chef Felix. “Now ,if you’re not too hungry, you can sit at the bar and order an appetizer. It’s in a great location to stop on the way home,” says Jose. Chef Felix says the redesigned Mesa de Notte will provide an upgraded experience for diners and improve the kitchen, helping him dish out the very best food. “Everything will be more organized to help us do what we need to. Overall it’ll be a more efficient operation,” he explains. “We’ll still be a full-service catering business, which we can focus on even more now.” “He was doing his thing, and I was doing mine, but when I started the remodel, I told him ‘now’s the time.’

I like to be in the front, and I want to get involved with his knowledge and experience. It will be a good combination, if not the best,” Jose says. With each professional in his element, this dynamic duo promises to serve up some of Ocala’s finest fare in style.

Mesa de Notte 2436 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala (352) 732-4737

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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KEEPING FOOD I To keep a banana bunch from turning to mush before you eat them all, tightly wrap a few layers of plastic cling wrap around the crown of the joined stems for three to five extra days of firmness. This prevents the release of ethylene gas, which causes ripening. Honey is the only nonperishable food item known to man, so don’t toss it! If it crystallizes or looks cloudy, microwave it for 30 seconds at a time until clear and smooth.

If you want to keep your potatoes from sprouting, add an apple to the mix. The apple’s release of ethylene prevents the taters’ cells from elongating and kick-starting the process of popping out sprouts. Eggs, fish and other meats

should all be stored in their original containers. Wrapping them in something new just

exposes them to any bacteria in their immediate environment and isn’t really necessary. Berries have notoriously short shelf lives, but a quick bath will help. Rinse all berries in a mixture of one part vinegar and three parts water to kill bacteria and mold, the natural way. Dry them well and store in a paper towel-lined container to absorb any errant moisture. Speaking of, line the bottom of the produce and crisper drawers with paper towels to pick up stray dampness there, too.

Nothing is worse than wilty greens, but if they’re not too far gone, submerge them in ice water until they look as fresh as when you brought them home. Water permeates the dehydrated cells in each leaf and brings the zombie lettuce back to life almost instantly. Kale, collards and Swiss chard do well stored in a glass of water, stems down, with a loose bag on top. Wrap iceberg in

damp paper towels and store in a plastic bag for better salads. If finding weevils in flour is a problem in your area, freeze any new bags of flour for 48 hours before opening to kill insects and eggs. Then dump flour into an airtight container with one bay leaf—the scent wards off any insect intruders—and store somewhere dark, cool and dry. Tomatoes last best when stored on the countertop, and placing them stem-side down prevents mold and bacteria from getting inside. If you don’t have the counter space for a gaggle of upside down maters, place them in a large bowl and cover their stems with Scotch tape. Fresh herbs pack a lot of flavor, so if you don’t need the whole bunch, wash and freeze them in a plastic bag to use later. They’ll keep for a month, are much easier to chop when frozen and thaw quickly when tossed into a pan to sauté.

Find Out More? More questions? Visit fda.gov/downloads for a printable cheat sheet on how long foods stay fresh in the freezer or the refrigerator.

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for two with grilled steak, chicken, carnitas pork and shrimp on a skewer, plus all the fixings. They can accommodate parties of all sizes, from weddings to office gatherings, and it’s a great spot for birthdays with their whipped cream “pie in the face” celebration! Happy hour from 4-7pm daily. Both locations ©Deymos.HR/shutterstock.com open at 11am seven days a week for lunch and dinner. 3790 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala 352) 694-1401 3510 SW 36th Ave. (facing Highway 200), Ocala (352) 291-2121

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TILTED KILT PUB & EATERY in Ocala offers great burgers, wings, nachos, pizza, sandwiches and more. Beyond the tasty pub fare, you’ll also find the Tilted Kilt is a fun spot for special events. Catch “Bike Night” on the first Saturday of every month with live music and happy hour from 4-11pm. On the third Saturday of every month, don’t miss “Cruise In,” starting at 5:30pm, with hotrods, classics, trucks, collectors, rat rods, antiques, Jeeps and more. Open seven days a © Joshua Resnick/shutterstock.com week starting at 11am. “Hoppy Hour” is daily from 3-7pm and 9pm to close. 3155 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala (352) 351-5458 tiltedkilt.com


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Smallcakes, a Cupcakery 4701 SW College Rd., Suite 106, Ocala / (352) 484-1127 facebook.com/smallcakesocala / smallcakescupcakery.com Mon.-Sat., 10a-8p / Sun. 12-6p Ocala just got sweeter, thanks to the opening of Smallcakes, a Cupcakery. With over 150 flavors and the franchise cranking out new flavors every month, there is something for every sweet tooth. Smallcakes features 12 daily flavors with a rotation of two to four specialty flavors. The most-asked-about flavors are key lime pie and strawberries n crème. Smallcakes also caters events, such as weddings and other parties, and if you don’t see what you’re looking for in the shop, the talented staff of decorators can create customized orders just for you with advance notice. Come in-store for pick up and share the sweetness today.

Start your week off right with Mini Mondays, featuring mini cupcakes by the dozen, and Toddler Tuesdays—free mini cupcakes for children under 5 with another purchase. Our cupcake milkshakes are ready for you!

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 and Chocolate Midnight Cake is a must when dining here.

For more information on catering, please contact Waica Huggins or Evelyn Nussel at wmhivyhouse@yahoo.com. We will design and cater your elegant bridal luncheon, rehearsal dinner and your wedding reception. We cater any size event at your venue or ours.

Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill 2711 SW 27th Ave., Ocala / (352) 390-8188 Mon-Thu 4p-2a / Fri-Sun 11-2a Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill is the place for hungry sports fans to go. With 32 high-definition televisions lining the walls, including a 133-inch and a 70-inch 3-D screen airing every televised game, you won’t miss a minute of the action. A great menu and an incredible selection of 40 beers on draft means Tony’s can cater to any appetite. Not into the big game? Not a problem. With a pool table, dart boards and video games, patrons are sure to find plenty of entertainment. Visit Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill and Tony’s Sushi within 48 hours and receive a free domestic beer when you show the receipt.

Ask about our 1/2 off Happy Hour specials.

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Don Chepe’s Café 2506-A SE 17th St, Ocala / (352) 622-1300 Mon-Thu 7a-5p / Fri & Sun 7a-7p / Closed Sat

Get a FREE cup of coffee when you order breakfast.

Craving a new cuisine? Don Chepe’s Café serves a variety of authentic Latin American dishes created by El Salvador native Jose Moreno. Breakfast is served all day and includes familiar food as well as authentic Latin American breakfast options, like the Desayuno Centro Americano, containing fried eggs and beans, Salvadorian cheese, plantain, carne asada and rice. Creating a comfortable atmosphere with casual food, Don Chepe’s also serves sandwiches and entrées made from fresh ingredients such as pupusas from El Salvador, churrascos from Argentina, and arepas from Columbia and Venezuela.

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

VIP rooms available for private events. 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 Dragon Berry Mojito or perhaps an exotic Passion Fruit Caipirinha. Follow that with our delicious Avocado Salad and Ceviche Peruvian Style (pictured). Order any entrée from paella to bandeja paisa and end your evening with traditional Spanish flan—you won’t be disappointed.


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Tilted Kilt 3155 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 351-5458 / tiltedkilt.com Mon-Thu 11a-11p/ Fri-Sat 11a-Midnight / Sun 11a-10p Football season is here, and we have all the games (plus plenty of other favorite HD sporting events) on our big screens! Great service, hospitality and delicious food. That’s what it’s all about here at the Tilted Kilt. Our menu features an array of options, from snacks to full meals, plus a complete bar, all served by beautiful lasses in kilts. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic entrée like the Blackened Fish Tacos or Chicken Fried Chicken, or a “Big Arse” Burger, such as the Pub Fried Egg Burger or the Inferno Burger, we have you covered. One visit and you’ll want to make us your hometown pub. The Tilted Kilt – where a cold beer never looked so good!

Scan the code to view our complete menu and calendar of events. We have a cruise-in every third Saturday of the month. Or go to our website, ocala.tiltedkilt.com. Don’t forget our all-you-can-eat wings on Wednesdays for just $11.99! Plus, the daily Hoppy Hour, from 3-7pm and 9pm-close.

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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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.

Happy Hour Tue-Fri, 5-7p. $5 premium cocktails, $3 house wine, 2-4-1 beer and $5 tapas. We are bringing back Winesday Wednesday for a limited time - Half off any bottle of wine in our inventory!

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World of Beer 2751 W Torch Lake Drive, The Villages, FL 32163 / (352) 633-9519 Sun-Fri 11a-Midnight / Sat 10a-Midnight / worldofbeerusa.com

This month, join us for our one-year anniversary September 5 and 6, where one loyalty member will win a free draft beer every day for a year!

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. We’re also spotlighting Bell’s Brewery on September 19 and celebrating WOBtober Fest October 3 and 4 with German food, beer, music and games. Come grab a brew!

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

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

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!

Crossroads Country Kitchen 7947 W Highway 40, Ocala / (352) 237-1250 Mon-Thu 6a-8p / Fri-Sat 6a-9p / Sun 7a-3p

Located at the crossroads of NW 80th Ave. and Hwy 40 West. No matter what you have a taste for, Crossroads Country Kitchen is sure to become a new favorite. Former owners of The Spiced Apple restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale

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Located west on Highway 40 in Ocala, the Crossroads Country Kitchen is a must for anyone craving down-home, country cooking. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, menu items range from a wide variety of homemade soups and chili to prime rib, fresh salads, seafood, prime steaks and burgers. If you’re in the mood for a real treat, try the Prime Rib Dinner For Two for $25.95. Make sure to leave room for one of the tasty home-baked desserts, too! In the mood for a fresh fish fry? Tuesdays and Fridays are all-you-care-to-eat catfish. Big screen televisions will allow you to enjoy your meal without missing one second of the big game or race.


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as local artists present their latest creations. Each month will feature live entertainment, extended shopping hours at the exclusive downtown boutiques, gallery exhibits, presentations and more. The First Friday Art Walks are free and run from 6-9pm. But the evening doesn’t end there. Stay late to check out some of the downtown’s hottest nightspots for bar specials and more late-night entertainment.

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SMALL TOWN ON THE BIG SCREEN Our very own small town will hit the big screen when the MARION THEATRE hosts the premier of What Tomorrow Brings. The movie was filmed and produced right here in Ocala and includes a wide range of the area’s top talent. See some of your favorite hot spots and natural resources featured in this unique film that all Ocala natives are sure to enjoy. Cast and crew will be on hand to commemorate both the lead cinematographer and aviator who tragically lost their lives during production. The event will kick off with a number of festivities beginning at 7pm with the film showing slated to start at 8pm. General admission is $8. Seating is limited so reserve your seat early! wtbmovie.com or (352) 615-2868. Please note: This film may not be suitable for younger audiences.

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IT WILL BE ELEPHANT-ASTIC! Like elephants? Well this event is for you… or anyone looking to learn more about these ginormous creatures. TWO TAILS RANCH in Williston will host its third annual Elephant Appreciation Day, allowing you to get up close and personal with some of these gentle giants. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about elephants and other critters and enjoy some food, fun and facepainting, too! There will be lots of interactive activities to keep every member of the family entertained, so plan to spend the day. The event runs 11am-5pm, and admission is $10 per person. allaboutelephants.com or (352) 528-6585.

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TAKE A SEAT Or a chair for that matter! The annual Chair-ity event to benefit VETERANS HELPING VETERANS and INTERFAITH SERVICES will take place once again at the Ewers Century Center at the College of Central Florida. Presented each year by the Ocala Marion County Association of Realtors, this one-of-a-kind event features whimsically crafted chair creations, delicious cuisine provided by the area’s top restaurants and several silent auction items. This is one of Ocala’s top events, so be sure to mark the date on your calendar to see what this year’s char-ity chairs are all about. Tickets are $15. omcar.com or (352) 690-1787.

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This is no ordinary carnival we’re talking about! This carnival for a cause is a fundraising event for H.U.G.S., a local charitable organization that assists families of children battling cancer. The carnival kicks off at 10:30am at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion. Along with all your traditional carnival fun, there will be great food provided by area restaurants, a bake sale, silent auction and superheroes meandering through the crowds. Take a shot at the dunk tank or partake in a round of cow patty bingo for a chance to win $500. The fun runs until 4pm! For more information, visit the Carnival for a Cause’s Facebook page.

UPCOMING EXHIBITS AT THE APPLETON (ONGOING) The Appleton will host works by some of the best Florida artists with the 2014 biennial Outside the Box exhibit. The pieces will be on display through October 19. A Creative Life: Gladys Shafran Kashdin features a selection of paintings, collages and drawings by Dr. Gladys Shafran Kashdin and will be on display through November 2. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. KAYAKING (ONGOING) There will be several kayaking opportunities available throughout the month for all experience levels. marioncountyfl.org or (352) 671-8560. DISCOVERY CENTER EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS (ONGOING) The Discovery Center’s children’s programs combine fun with learning. Several programs are available for children of all ages. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900. MARION COUNTY CHILI COOK-OFF REGISTRATION (ONGOING) Registration is now open for the 33rd Annual Marion County Chili Cook-Off. This year’s event will take place on November 8 at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion. Registration is $60 per team until September 5 and $70 until October 5. Space is limited. marioncountychilicookoff.com or (352) 895-1648.

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 held at the College Road Baptist Church in Ocala. Childcare is provided on-site during the class time. All Continued on page 90


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HILDHOOD LITERACY IS A TOPIC THAT AFFECTS EACH ONE OF US, AS THE STUDENTS OF TODAY WILL EVENTUALLY BE THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW. EACH YEAR THE COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA HOSTS THE JOURNEY INTO READING EVENT, FOCUSED ON PROMOTING LITERACY AMONG ALL AGES. DR. HEIDI MAIER, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF THE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION BACHELOR PROGRAM, TOOK SOME TIME TO FILL US IN ON THE IMPORTANCE OF READING AND THIS VERY SPECIAL EVENT.

Tell us a little about the event. This event is a free, family event that promotes the importance of family literacy. Each year, it’s organized by our senior students. They begin organizing this event in January and have collected over 1,300 books for this event! Each child who attends will receive at least one free book. This year, we have books for adults, as well.

Why is childhood literacy so important? Reading and writing are the baseline skill through which all other skills are learned. Reading

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to your child, even in utero, is one of the most empowering acts a parent can do for a child. Children who are intentionally exposed to the sophisticated language found in storybooks are more proficient readers—and learn to love reading.

section of the parking lot will be decorated to represent that theme.

This year’s theme is “Reading Through the Seasons.” Tell us a little bit more.

What type of activities will be going on during the event?

Each year, the seniors choose a theme, and there are sections related to that theme. This year, the different sections are: spring, summer, fall and winter. Each

What age group does this event target? Families with infants and children through elementary school; all families are welcome!

Each agency will have a special activity, designed just for this day. Some activities include: corn hole, consonant sound bingo, making hats, cupcake decorating, financial literacy… just as a beginning.

Also this year, author Mike Boldt will be on hand. He will be reading to the children at College Park Elementary on Friday, September 26. At our event on Saturday, he will read his books and do hands-on activities with the children.

How can the community get involved? Please join us that day. Community support and feedback on the event will help us to continue this community outreach project.

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September 27, 10am-2pm College of Central Florida Campus Parking Lot adjacent to the Learning Lab School. This is a free event. For more information, contact Dr. Maier at (352) 854-2322 ext.1915.

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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 all portions of its share of the sales to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.

include music and speakers and will be held at Citizens’ Circle from 7-9pm. afsp.org or (352) 817-4747.

DANCE PARTY (SEPTEMBER 3, 19) 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.

MODEL AIRPLANE SHOW (SEPTEMBER 13) The Ocala Flying Model Club will host an RC Model Airplane show to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project. Admission is $2 per person or $5 per carload. There will be live music, and concessions are available. ocalaflyingmodelclub.com or (404) 625-9497.

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT (SEPTEMBER 5) The Discovery Center will host its popular Parents’ Night Out program the first Friday of each month. The evening will feature a film and fun activities. The program is open to kids ages 6-12 and runs from 6:30-9:30pm. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900.

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Exhibit hours are 9am-5pm Monday through Thursday and 9am-6pm on Friday. guyharvey.com or (352) 368-3756.

FREE YOGA (SEPTEMBER 6) A free yoga class will take place the first Saturday of each month at 9am at Shalom Park. Class runs May through September. (352) 854-7950. FIRST SATURDAY ART PROGRAM (SEPTEMBER 6) 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. DOWNTOWN SUMMER JAMS (SEPTEMBER 12) A free concert highlighting talented area musicians will be held at Citizens’ Circle from 6-10pm. Food trucks will be available for concessions. (352) 368-5517. NIGHT OF HOPE (SEPTEMBER 13) A candlelight vigil will be held in remembrance of those who lost their lives to suicide. The evening will

AUTUMN GIFT MARKET (SEPTEMBER 19-20) The Junior League of Ocala will host their annual Autumn Gift Market at the Circle Square Cultural Center from 10am-6pm. Tickets are $5, and the event will feature a wide variety of craft vendors. juniorleagueofocala.com. SCRAPBOOK FOR BREAST CANCER (SEPTEMBER 19-20) Bring your favorite craft to the Marion County Extension Auditorium and raise money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Each month features a different theme. Doors open at 6pm. (352) 732-5982. ART WALK (SEPTEMBER 26) A self-guided art walk will take place in downtown Gainesville the last Friday of each month. The walk combines both visual and live art with a number of activities. The event is free and runs from 7-10pm. artwalkgainesville.com or (352) 384-3950. CHRISTIAN CONCERT (SEPTEMBER 27) A Christian music concert will be held at the Oxford Assembly of God featuring Tom Angew and the group All Things New. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $25 for VIP with meet and greet. Doors open 6:15 for general admission and 5:45 for VIP; concert starts at 7pm. (352) 303-6341. Continued on page 92


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THELOCALSCENE CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN ALLIANCE OF FLORIDA BANQUET (SEPTEMBER 27) The Caribbean-American Alliance of Florida will host its annual banquet to recognize its 31st anniversary. The banquet will take place at the Silver Springs Shores Community Center. The semi-formal event will include cultural music, entertainment and cuisine. Tickets are $35, and the event begins at 7pm. A canned food donation is requested to benefit Interfaith Services. (352) 351-0870. MURDER MYSTERY DINNER (SEPTEMBER 27) The Seven Sisters Historic Inn will host a murder mystery event from 6-9:30pm. The evening will feature a four-course dinner along with a murder mystery plot for guests and community actors to participate in. Reservations are $65. The doors open at 6pm, and dinner is served at 7:30pm. sevensistersinn.org or (352)433-0700. 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. FALL ART WORKSHOP (OCTOBER 9-10) The Ocala Art Group will host a two-day painterly linoleum cut workshop with artist Leslie Peebles. The workshop runs from 10am-5pm both days. Deadline to register is September 26 with early registration running through September 10. Prices are $120 for members or $150 for non-members at the early registration rate or $140 for members and $170 for non-members through September 26. ocalaartgroup.com or (352) 237-8161.


2014-2015 PERFORMING ARTS SERIES Saturday, Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m. Ewers Century Center, Ocala Sunday, Oct. 5, 3 p.m. Citrus Learning and Conference Center, Lecanto

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Alachua Guitar Quartet $15

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Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, Orlando

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater

9/10-10/12

IceHouse Theatre, Mount Dora

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Hard Rock Live, Orlando

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Phillips Center for Performing Arts, Gainesville

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Ocala Civic Theatre

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Helping Hands recently held its 5K dinner banquet and run event, raising $38,000 in proceeds to benefit the organization. The dinner hosted more than 330 attendees and featured three-time Olympian runner Jim Ryun as a special guest. More than 339 runners participated in the 5K, with Shane Harlow of Lake Weir High School as the overall male winner and Audrey Carpenter of Vanguard High School as the overall female.

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