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Features Taste The World p30 Indulge in an exquisite assortment of culinary creations from around the world without having to step foot outside the state of Florida at Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival. BY LESLEY JONES ON THE COVER

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Some say Florida isn’t part of the South, but we know a few brides who beg to differ. They spent their wedding days honoring tradition and incorporating their way of life into the celebrations (and with more than just mason jars).

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State Of The Arts p36 As the arts season takes center stage, gain access to previews, behindthe-scenes details and exclusive interviews for the best of this season’s local art scene. BY CEALIA ATHANASON

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Perfect Your Pics p36 With DSLR cameras readily available and becoming more affordable, now’s the time to make the switch from auto to manual mode. You can do it! BY KARIN FABRY-CUSHENBERY

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The Buzz p17 The real people, places and events that shape our community. BY CEALIA ATHANASON, LAUREL GILLUM, JOANN GUIDRY & JUDGE STEVEN ROGERS

ARTISTS’CORNER p18

A super sculptor. BENCHMARKS p20

A lasting impact. HORSIN’AROUND p22

Equestrian artistry. CITYOFOCALA p24

Events and happenings for everyone.

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BUSINESSBRIEFS p25

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The Dish p75 Our best recipes, restaurant news and culinary quick bites.

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The Southern Pig & Cattle Company opens and Momma V’s cooks up classic Cuban cuisine. DININGGUIDE p77

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The Scene p85 Your guide to what’s happening in and around Ocala. BY LAUREL GILLUM, BONNIE KRETCHIK & KATIE MCPHERSON

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Ocala Style Magazine’s Second Annual Bridal Showcase is almost here! Join us Thursday, September 24 at the College of Central Florida’s Klein Center from 5pm to 8:30pm. Mingle with over 70 of our area’s finest wedding professionals, including event designer Dan Hathcock from Unforgettable Events. In true OS form, there will be giveaways throughout the evening. In fact, the first 20 brides at the door will receive free swag bags full of tasty treats from Sweet Pete’s. And speaking of treats, come sample delicious hors d’oeurves and desserts while sampling wine and champagne. Oh, and a big thank you to our sponsors, LifeStyle Solutions MedSpa and Ocala’s Lady Jeweler! Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased right now online at ocalastyle.com! Don’t delay—tickets are $15 at the door, cash only.

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TROPHIES SHMOPHIES September is award season for publications like us, so we’d like to congratulate all our fellow mags for their well-won accolades! Each year, we’re asked why our names don’t appear on the award lists, so we’d like to explain ourselves. We have received hundreds of awards over the years from the Florida Magazine Association, The ADDY Awards and the prestigious Society of Professional Journalists, including Best Magazine, Best Written Magazine, Publisher of the Year, Editor of the Year, Best Overall Design and Best Photography. Our publisher, Kathy Johnson, has also been honored with the Woman of the Year Award by the Chamber of Commerce. And although we haven’t entered any contests recently, due to the quality of our publication, someone did it for us. Our beloved printer, Trend Printing, took home the Charlie Award for Best Printed Magazine in August for turning out beautiful copies of OS each month. Talk about top honors. These days, rather than entering contests for more recognition, our energy is focused on printing three times more magazines than our community peers, putting us in the competitive ranks with statewide, large market magazines and creating the best possible publication for our beloved readers. So keep picking us up and turning our pages—that’s reward enough for us.

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HE COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA’S EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAM IS HARD AT WORK MAKING SURE THEIR FOURTH ANNUAL JOURNEY INTO READING EVENT WILL BE YET ANOTHER CROWD PLEASER. LAST YEAR, MORE THAN 800 FAMILIES ATTENDED THE EVENT. This year’s festivities will take place

Saturday, September 19, from 10am to 2pm. Centered around building strong family connections and memories sure to last much longer than the weekend, this free event will be structured around a special theme: Reading Around the World. The event will reflect the importance of reading throughout the year, include plenty of free books, parent resources, kid-friendly entertainment and more.

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CALA SCULPTOR JOHN GAMACHE HAS LIVED THREE BLOCKS FROM TUSCAWILLA PARK FOR 33 YEARS AND COUNTING. ONCE HIS CHILDHOOD PLAYGROUND, HE’S WITNESSED THE PARK’S UPS AND DOWNS THROUGH THE DECADES. SO WHEN HE READ ABOUT THE 2013-2014 OCALA OUTDOOR SCULPTURE COMPETITION TO REVITALIZE TUSCAWILLA PARK, IT WAS A MATCH MADE IN ARTIST’S HEAVEN.

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Gamache’s first entry, Lofted, was selected as Best of Show for the inaugural Outdoor Sculpture Competition. Purchased by Fine Arts For Ocala, it was then donated to the City of Ocala for permanent display at Tuscawilla Park. In the 2014-2015 competition, Gamache entered Florada, which earned the People’s Choice Award. Florada has been purchased by the Appleton Museum and will be moved to the museum’s sculpture garden at the end of September. “My sculptures are big, and they belong in the outdoors,” says Gamache, 35, who has a master’s in civil engineering from the University of Florida. “Tuscawilla Park is a perfect setting, both personally and professionally, for my artwork.” When Gamache describes his steel sculptures as big, he’s not exaggerating. Lofted is 13.5 feet high and weighs 780 pounds. Gamache topped those specs with Florada, which comes in at 14 feet high and weighs 3,000 pounds. “I like to create art you can walk up to and engage with on some level,” say Gamache. “Lofted is all about simple dynamic movement. It probably makes most people think of a bright blue fishing pole at the edge of the lake.” As for Florada, Gamache was inspired by the resilience of dandelions. An avid traveler who has been to 23 countries to date, he noticed that “no matter the harshest terrains and weather, dandelions grow all around the world.” Florada’s dandelion is fourfeet in diameter and sports

a bright golden shade that Gamache describes as “not exactly found in nature, but that would draw people to the piece from even across the park.” Gamache grew up in a family that always had home projects going on, and his father taught him to weld at an early age. While attending the College of Central Florida and having taken all the available sculpture courses, Gamache created his own independent courses utilizing welding. His first commission, an 18-foot stainless steel rose, came while he was at CF, and he’s been at it ever since. “My projects begin with a clear vision in my head. I try to get the finished piece as close to that vision as possible,” says Gamache, who is a certified welder. “I use several computer programs to design 3-D patterns, which I then use to get the steel sheets, usually 8 feet wide and 20 feet long, cut. From there it becomes about welding, grinding, bolting, assembling and painting by hand. Most pieces take, on average, 300 hours to complete.” To paint the pieces, Gamache uses a tractor or an extended forklift to stand them up. He primarily uses water-based marine paint, which helps the piece withstand the outdoor elements. For Florada, Gamache used “static electricity to powder coat the dandelion, creating a weather-resistant plastic exterior.” Gamache is already working on a sculpture for the 2015-2016 competition. Count on it being big, eye-catching and right at home in Tuscawilla Park.

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with several being multiple pages in length. Some admitted to attending the program “with a bad attitude” and believing the evening would consist of them being shown gruesome photos of traffic accidents. They then explained how the program was anything but what they expected and that the Victim Impact Panel had a positive effect on them and was a silver lining to the unfortunate experience of being convicted of DUI. “It teaches you to IT’S A RARE OCCASION WHEN A JUDGE RECEIVES A HANDWRITTEN LETTER FROM not only think about yourself while driving A DEFENDANT EXPLAINING THE POSITIVE but everyone else on EFFECT A CRIMINAL SENTENCE HAD ON the road,” wrote one THEIR LIFE. attendee. “It opened my eyes to realizing how lucky and from the panelists, I chose to grateful I am that I didn’t harm myself start requiring defendants to or anyone else the night of my DUI,” send me a handwritten “essay” said another. One lady said she went describing their thoughts and home and hugged her children a little opinions about the Victim longer than she had prior to attending Impact Panel program. I the Victim Impact Panel, while another explained they were free to said she planned to attend the Victim tell me their honest opinion Impact Panel again in the near future about the program, and with her teenage daughter. I would not change their It’s a rare occasion when a judge sentence regardless of receives a handwritten letter from a whether they told me if they defendant explaining the positive effect loved or hated the Victim a criminal sentence had on their life. Impact Panel. The requirement of drafting a 25-word Although I only essay is more for the writer’s benefit required a 25-word than it is for me. I’m simply giving limit, most of the essays them the opportunity to write a wrong. far exceeded the minimum

suffered and continue to suffer because of an impaired driver. When I first became a judge—10 years ago in November—I attended a Victim Impact Panel session to gain a better understanding of the program. After hearing the powerful and emotional stories

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IKE EVERY HORSE-CRAZY LITTLE GIRL, SALLY ANN LYLE ALWAYS WANTED A HORSE. BUT WHEN THAT WASN’T POSSIBLE, SHE STARTED DRAWING THEM. TODAY, LYLE IS AN AWARD-WINNING, OCALA-BASED ARTIST ST WHO REMAINS INSPIRED BY THE EQUINE WORLD.

“When I was a kid, I always had a pencil or crayons in my hand drawing horses,” says Lyle, who has owned and shown Morgan horses for more than 35 years. “I still have the sketch book of my childhood dream horses.” Having grown up in New York and Massachusetts, Lyle attended Syracuse University and then the University of Texas, where she earned a bachelor’s in fine arts. Right out of college, she was hired as an art designer by Hallmark Cards and moved to that company’s headquarters in Kansas City. It was during her initial year at Hallmark that Lyle bought her first horse. “I grew up in Morgan horse country, so there was never any doubt in my mind that I would get a Morgan,” says Lyle. “They were the subjects of my first paintings, and they are actually the reason that I ended up in Ocala.” While attending a Morgan horse convention in Tampa in 1988, Lyle took a group bus horse farm tour to Ocala. Having left Kansas City with February snow on the ground, she says, “I immediately fell in love with the horse farms and the wonderful mild winter weather.” Soon after that bus tour, she bought eight wooded acres in northwest Marion County. After 30-plus years with Hallmark Cards, Lyle retired to Ocala in 1996 and developed her farm. “I love having my own farm,” says Lyle, who primarily paints oil on canvas. “If I need inspiration for a

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painting, all I have to do is look outside at my horses and the scenery. The light here in the fall and winter is amazing. I especially love how the light filters through the fog on fall mornings. Light really sets the mood for my paintings.” All of those elements came into play in Lyle’s oil painting titled, “Hey, Hay!” Lyle’s three horses are enjoying a round hay bale in their pasture with golden light reflecting off them and casting soft shadows on the ground. The painting won the Leonard Meiselman Memorial Award at the 2004 Fall Show of the American Academy of Equine Art. Other works have been featured on magazine covers, including Saddle and Bridle . For a commissioned piece, Lyle prefers to meet the subject horse in its natural environment. “I like to observe a horse just being a horse. I like to see how they move, stand and the look in their eye,” says Lyle, who will also take many pictures for later reference. “I want to capture the horse’s personality the best that I can in the painting.” Lyle will also work from others’ photos, as well as videos, for the paintings that generally average 16 inches by 20 inches. A painting can take four to six weeks to complete and is then followed by a drying period. “The emotional response a person has when they first see the finished painting is the ultimate reward,” says Lyle. “That’s when I know I’ve done my best as an artist.”

Want To Know More? sallylyle.com (352) 401-0252


PROMOTIONAL FEATURE

Lifestyle Solutions MedSpa introduces

COOLSCULPTING

to Ocala

Do you know what it’s like to lose weight but not always see the image results you want? Perhaps previous surgeries have created problem areas for you. Sometimes even the hardest work doesn’t provide the results you want, but Lifestyle Solutions MedSpa, in Ocala, in addition to their proven weight loss programs, can help you get them using one innovative, non-invasive procedure: CoolSculpting.

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ifestyle Solutions MedSpa’s founder and medical director, Dr. Michael Holloway, along with wife, Shannon Holloway, who serves as the company’s executive director, are well known for promoting healthy lifestyles in Ocala, and this year, the facility acquired some new technology to offer patients the best in medical aesthetics. CoolSculpting is an FDA cleared, patented technology developed by Harvard scientists that takes about one hour per treatment area. Patients typically see up to a 25 percent reduction

BEFORE

8 WEEKS AFTER

First CoolSculpting® Session

4 WEEKS AFTER

of fat in the treated area. Better yet, the results are lasting as long as one maintains a healthy weight and lifestyle. From adolescence, the body has a fixed number of fat cells. They expand with weight gain but, unlike what some may think, they don’t multiply. CoolSculpting provides individualized contouring of problem areas (or as some patients like to say, “areas of opportunity”) by freezing fat cells in the targeted area. Once cells are damaged, they begin a process of cell death, and the

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body then eliminates them, which occurs naturally without harming any neighboring tissue. CoolSculpting is not intended for weight loss, though it can put the finishing touch on your hard work by adding definition and, in some cases, motivating individuals to stick with their prescribed weight loss program. Previous surgeries or cosmetic procedures, like liposuction, can produce an uneven look, which can be smoothed out with CoolSculpting. Many women have trouble eliminating fat from the infamous belly button area, and those who have had Cesarean sections may find it even more difficult. And everyone has that one difficult zone that won’t let go, at least, not until now. CoolSculpting is cleared for the abdomen, love handles, inner thighs, saddlebags, muffin top and other areas a patient may desire. Dr. Holloway, Shannon and the entire Lifestyle team are committed to developing programs and adding new technologies in order to provide results their patients deserve. During a thorough and personalized initial consultation, you can discuss your expectations and the Lifestyle Solutions MedSpa staff can clearly outline the way CoolSculpting can help you.

CoolSculpting uses specially designed suction to target a specified area on the body and focus its cooling power. Patients relax in a heated bed with blankets surrounded in candles and gentle music and report little to no discomfort. Many take advantage of the cozy hour to catch up on work or read. Some patients even use their CoolSculpting time as an opportunity to nap. And recovery? While a little bruising and itching is normal, patients typically can return to their normal everyday activities immediately following the procedure. CoolSculpting guests can expect to walk in, relax and walk out an hour or two later feeling no worse for wear. For troublesome spots that won’t let go or for added definition following weight loss, Dr. Holloway and the staff of Lifestyle Solutions MedSpa believe CoolSculpting is the best natural and non-invasive answer.

Lifestyle Solutions MedSpa 2139 NE 2nd St, Ocala (352) 368-2148 lsmedspa.com

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WHERE YOU SLEEP! Ocala Fire Rescue is preparing to celebrate NATIONAL FIRE PREVENTION WEEK (October 4-10), and so should you. The National Fire Protection Agency has announced this year’s campaign as “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep,” in an effort to stress the importance of having a working smoke alarm in every bedroom. Ocala Fire Rescue believes everyone should have access to these vital devices and offers a year-round program through which owners of single-family dwellings within the city limits can obtain a smoke alarm and have it installed in their home, free of charge. To request your smoke alarm, visit ocalafire.org or contact Ocala Fire Rescue at (352) 629-8306.

FLOOD INSURANCE PREMIUMS TO

DROP BY 35% The city of Ocala on Wednesday, July 15 was officially designated by the Insurance Service Office as a Class 3 CRS. Previously, the city was a Class 8. This significant achievement reduces the flood insurance premiums for city of Ocala residents by 35 percent, effective October 1, 2015. This reduction equates to a collective annual cost savings of $118,204. Ocala is one of only two communities east of the Mississippi River to be designated as a Class 3 CRS. The other community is Louisville, located in Jefferson County, Kentucky. For additional information regarding the CRS, please contact Ocala Public Works Stormwater Engineering at (352) 351-6733.

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A musical celebration, children’s event, outdoor movie and festival at Citizens’ Circle will highlight the annual ONE OCALA ONE AMERICA WEEK, which takes place October 6-11. The observance is designed to promote racial harmony and cultural awareness. The event is coordinated by the city of Ocala’s Racial Harmony and Cultural Awareness Task Force, which is chaired by City Councilwoman Mary Sue Rich. For more information about the week’s events, please visit: ocalafl.org/usa.

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The 32ND ANNUAL LIGHT UP OCALA will take place Saturday, November 21 from 4-9pm in historic downtown Ocala. Stages for the event will be set up on North Magnolia Avenue, the downtown square and Citizens’ Circle. For more information, please visit ocalafl.org/lightup.

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IT’S BAAACK! September 4 marks the return of

OCALA’S FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK,

part of the Feel Downtown initiative. Put on your walking shoes and take in five blocks of displayed art, dining options, shopping and live entertainment on the downtown square. The event takes place from 6-9pm and is free to the public. For more information, call (352) 629-8447 or visit ocalafl.org/artwalk.

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DEFEND YOURSELF Free women’s self defense classes are offered

at the OCALA POLICE DEPARTMENT in November. In this 12-hour class, women will learn practical safety tips, risk reduction strategies, have the opportunity to practice specialized defensive techniques and utilize those techniques in dynamic situations. Classes take place November 2, 3, 4 and 6 from 6:30-9:30pm in the Community Room at the Ocala Police Department. To register, please email Morgan Bright at marioncountyrad@gmail.com.


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Carolyn ROBERTS

115 NE 8th Ave 16910 S. Hwy 441, Ste. 204 Ocala, FL 352-351-0011 Summerfield, FL 352-245-3388

BROKER/REALTOR ®

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BEAUTIFUL TRADITIONAL ESTATE • Gracious tree-lined drive • 6 bedrooms • 5.5 bathrooms • 4.48+/- acres • Grand foyer w/double circular staircase • Expansive rooms

• Magnificent formal & informal • Downstairs master suite • Large inviting pool & tennis court • Motor home garage w/extra storage • Perfection at its best!

$949,000. ML# 425211

TIMELESS ELEGANCE!

4 bedroom 4.5 bath home w/views of the 14th fairway in Country Club of Ocala. Gourmet kitchen w/custom cabinets & granite, center island & breakfast rm. Family rm has fireplace & views of sparkling pool w/covered patio. Master suite has closet w/built ins, bath w/double vanity & walk in shower. Upstairs balcony leads to 3 bedrooms, each w/own WIC & bath. Detached 2.5 car garage has separate living quarters. $1,200,000. ML#425192

SIMPLY PERFECT MINI FARM • 5.39+/- acres fireplaces • 5 bedrooms • Large kitchen, island • Residence has 4 full & breakfast room and 1 half bathrooms • Dream office w/ • Full bath & large built-ins playroom upstairs • Space for entertaining • Five-Stall barn w/tack • Near The Country room & 1 full bath Club of Ocala & close • Formal & informal to FL Horse Park living rooms w/ $859,000. ML# 421088

GOLDEN ACRES

Nestled among pretty oaks and located in a prestigious gated community close to town, this 5/4.5 bath home has high ceilings, formal living and dining rooms, additional family room and large game room w/fireplace. Nice eat in kitchen leads out to large deck and private backyard. Spacious master suite includes walk in closets, along with adjoining exercise room and study. New roof in the last 4 years. Relax and enjoy the peaceful and picturesque setting. $595,000. ML#425716

MOTIVATED OWNERS! • • • • • •

Guard-gated 6,900+/- sq.ft. 7 bedrooms 6 ½ bathrooms Cooks kitchen Huge laundry & pantry room • Multiple living areas

• Royal master suite w/fireplace • Spectacular pool, slide & gazebo • Summer kitchen • Screen porch spans back of house

$1,099,999. ML# 424420

BEAUTIFUL SETTING

Enjoy picturesque views of the 14th hole at Country Club of Ocala from this 4/3 home w/2car garage. Family rm w/high ceilings has fpl and opens to kitchen and sun rm. Master has WIC and bath has a double vanity and separate tub & shower. Other 3 bedrooms all have WIC. Beautiful & well maintained landscaping can be enjoyed from slate patio with peaceful views of nearby pond. $425,000. ML#425814


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HOME ADDITIONS

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ITH HOMEOWNERS STAYING IN THEIR HOMES LONGER DUE TO THE ECONOMY, RENOVATIONS SHOULD FOCUS ON USABILITY AND PERSONAL STYLE. For those homeowners looking to sell,

the market is still very much a buyer’s space, so quality additions that increase value are certainly top of mind. Fortunately, there’s no need to knock down walls or move plumbing to make an impact—simply start with small, quality updates to pack a dramatic punch for less money. Here are some ways to add quality and comfort within the different spaces of your home. And for more design ideas and tips, visit ronbow.com or masonite.com.

ENTRYWAY

LIVING ROOM

KITCHEN

BATHROOM

As the first thing visitors see, your front door should always provide a good impression, reflecting the beauty that emanates throughout your home. With doors, matching the exterior and interior creates a flow into outdoor living spaces. Using doors as a part of the overall aesthetic can also allow for some creativity with glass accents or bold color choices. Choose a reliable door manufacturer, such as Masonite, that offers a wide breadth of finishes and styles using wood, steel and fiberglass.

Add decorative touches to your living room with repurposed items found around the house. Fill a decorative pitcher or an old tin watering can with fresh flowers from the garden to add elegance to your coffee table. Wrap assorted globe lighting fixtures or mason jars with wire and hang them in a grouping to display votive candles. For an eclectic and shabby chic feel, turn a vintage drawer on end to use as a bookshelf or bring in an old wooden crate to use as a side table.

Refreshing your kitchen doesn’t require a major update. Add a new color to existing cabinetry by refinishing or adding a new coat of paint. Would you like to add a glossy shine to the kitchen? Simply apply mesh-back glass tile to fit the dimensions of cabinet door panels. Finish the update with a modern touch by replacing outdated hardware with the many new, stylish options available.

From tiles and countertops to faucets and showerheads, the options are endless for bathroom updates. With wall-hung, standalone or pedestal styles, your choices for a new vanity are no exception. During a renovation, some homeowners begin their project by focusing on other bathroom elements like those mentioned above. But starting with the addition of a new vanity, like one of the many beautiful options from Ronbow, will set the stage for your bathroom and provide a focal point for the other design elements.


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FEAT U R ED

Oak Run $127,000

Ocklawaha River $349,900 Cathy & Summer Robinson

2 bed / 2 bath / 7.5 Acres

This private retreat is perfect for the sportsman or nature REALTORs®, GRI, CRS enthusiast. Cypress clad w/ double bay pole barn offers robinsonteam@hotmail.com panoramic views of the river. Backs to the Greenway and close 352.812.3137 to the Rodman Reservoir, with access to St. Johns River.

3 bed / 2 bath

Connie Ryan REALTOR®

cryan@ellisonrealty.com

352.362.5901

Beautiful split plan Saratoga model perfect for the carefree active lifestyle Oak Run offers. Home is nesteled in a park like setting privately tucked away. Open, bright chef’s kitchen, granite countertops, and an all weather vinyl enclosed lanai.

Oak Run $188,000

Private Acreage $425,000

Dawn Trigg REALTOR®

dtrigg@ellisonrealty.com

352.895.8557

3 bed / 5.5 bath / 2 car garage / Pool Pines lead to this magnificent custom built brick home with wraparound porch, gorgeous pool and pristine details like granite counters, tongue & groove cypress ceilings, custom cherry kitchen, and oak & travertine tile floorings.

Southeast Ocala Joe & Darla Priest

REALTORs® jdpriest@ellisonrealty.com

352.547.2711

$

3 bed / 2 bath

Sallie Saunders REALTOR®

ssaunders@ellisonrealty.com

352.425.9510

This private cul-de-sac home with lush landscaping sets the mood of this stately home. High ceilings & Formal living/ dining. Gourmet appointed kitchen overlooks two gathering rooms, & glass enclosed Florida room & screened open patio.

234,500

3 bed / 2 bath Fantastic home located close to town in Florida Orange Grove. Home features a large Great Room with fireplace & deck just outside. Family/TV Room also features an additional fireplace and the eat-in kitchen has been upgraded with granite.

Meadowlands $429,000

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Lady Lake 299,000 $

Dawn Trigg REALTOR®

dtrigg@ellisonrealty.com

352.895.8557

4 bed / 3.5 bath Exceptional former builder’s model with a beautiful foyer that leads to a bright and sunny family room. Well-appointed kitchen with rich granite countertops & stainless steel appliances. Don’t miss the private bonus room with full bath!

3 bed / 2 bath / 5.82 Acres The Gonzalez Team REALTOR®

thegonzalezteam@ellisonrealty.com

352.282.7103

A Sycamore Tree-lined driveway leads to a magnificent entrance of over 5 acres of beautiful acreage that boasts 4 paddocks and 4 stall barn. The home features floor to ceiling stone fireplace, spacious master suite with huge master bathroom and private north-facing porch with vast views of the property.

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VEN FOR HOUSEHOLDS THAT COUNT FOUR-LEGGED FUR FRIENDS AS PART OF THEIR FAMILY, PET-FRIENDLY FEATURES CAN BE EASILY OVERLOOKED WHEN IT’S TIME TO BUILD OR REDESIGN. ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS, SUCH AS CABINETRY, OFFER CLEVER WAYS TO PROVIDE PET-FRIENDLY FUNCTION TO ANY ROOM. There are three categories to keep in mind when integrating your pet into your next home improvement design. Pets, like humans, need a place to be bathed, to sleep and to eat.

BATHING Whether your dog is large or small, having a space to keep them clean is a necessity for year-round grooming. Another bonus: By giving them their own space, you no longer have to use your kitchen sink or bathtub to get the job done. One perfect place to include a pet grooming area is the laundry room. This room is often hidden from guests and lacks carpet, which makes it the ideal place for bathing animals. Using Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.’s You Draw It Program, you can design a custom cabinet solution that puts all the supplies you need for grooming close at hand.

SLEEPING It’s pretty common for pets to have their own bed, but often, this is simply an oversized pillow lying out in a high-traffic area, such as the living room. A living/entertainment space or the kitchen is ideal for getting dogs and cats out of the way and giving

them their own little cozy corner with a more pleasing aesthetic. For example, a cutout area under the kitchen counter is an attractive way to tuck your furry friend’s bed away while allowing him to remain close to the action.

FEEDING Your four-legged friends have to eat just like everyone else. Create an area for food and water bowls out of the way of daily commotion. Feeding stations are commonly found in the kitchen or laundry room, but with a built-in system you can establish a functional and attractive dining destination in other rooms of the home. Features such as wells to hold food and water dishes, a bin on rollers for dry food and shelving for cans and treats will put everything you need at your fingertips for mess-free chow time.

Do your pets a favor and keep them in mind when building your home or doing your next remodel. For more ideas on how you can include your pet in the design of your home, visit wellborn.com.


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SAFETY TIPS TO PREPARE YOUR FAMILY FOR THE UNEXPECTED

HEN WEATHER OR OTHER UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES CAUSE A POWER OUTAGE, A PORTABLE GENERATOR MAY BE THE PERFECT SOLUTION. ALTHOUGH THERE ARE MANY BENEFITS TO USING A GENERATOR AS A TEMPORARY POWER SOURCE, SOME MAY BE UNAWARE OF THE DANGERS.

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Read and follow the operator’s manual before starting the generator.

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Never run a portable generator indoors or in partially enclosed spaces, even if you plan to use fans or open doors or windows for ventilation.

Part of being prepared for an emergency is having a portable generator to supply power in the event of an outage. Many homeowners opt for portable generators when temporary or remote electric power is not readily available. They provide flexibility, convenience and the ability to power lights and comfort devices, such as fans or space heaters, when the power goes out. While taking advantage of these benefits, users need to exercise caution to avoid a serious risk associated with the misuse of portable generators: carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide, which is contained in toxic engine exhaust, is tasteless, colorless and odorless. Unfortunately, it also can be deadly. That’s why the Portable Generator Manufacturers’ Association recommends you take time to become familiar with your generator and all of its safety operation instructions, as well as warnings about potential hazards. Keep the operator’s manual in a safe place so you can refer to it easily, and always keep these safety tips in mind.

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Always take your portable generator outside, placing it downwind with the engine exhaust pointed away from occupied spaces.

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Avoid placing a portable generator near windows, doors or vents, as carbon monoxide gas can accumulate and potentially be drawn indoors.

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Install battery-operated carbon monoxide alarms according to manufacturer’s instructions. Replace batteries and test the alarm regularly to ensure it is in good working condition.

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Know how to recognize the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning: headache, nausea, dizziness, shortness of breath, weakness and fainting.

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If you feel sick, dizzy or weak while using your portable generator, get to fresh air immediately and call 911 for emergency medical attention.

For more information about how portable generators can provide a safe solution to your power emergencies, visit pgmaonline.com.




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PAINTING PROJECTS FOR

WEEKEND WARRIORS

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COLOR BLOCK YOUR FURNITURE. Take the dining room from drab to fab by painting the bottom halves of table legs and chairs in a bold, solid color. Change the look each season to impress guests on every occasion.

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INVENT YOUR OWN ARTWORK. Unleash

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ENHANCE YOUR TIRED ARMOIRES. Play

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SKIP STORE-BOUGHT PHOTO FRAMES.

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DESIGN A LAVISH HEADBOARD FOR LESS.

your inner artist and create unique designs on canvas or fiberboard. Use painter’s tape to make abstract designs, and add your favorite paint color before finishing each piece with a decal or monogram.

dress up with your furniture, and give armoire doors a makeover. Paint a colorful border around the front of the door, and adhere adhesive hooks in the middle for a stylish, yet functional, new piece.

Instead of purchasing frames for your gallery wall, paint basic shapes directly on the wall. Mount artwork or photos onto the painted backdrops for a picture-perfect place to preserve your favorite memories.

Save money and instead splurge on style by painting a “frame” on the wall just above your bed. Rectangular shapes work best for most beds and you can get creative by trying patterns such as stripes, chevron and diamonds.

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INSTALL FAUX PANEL MOULDING. No moulding? No problem! Buy inexpensive frames and paint them the same color as your baseboard trim. Adhere the frames to the wall (without the backing and glass) for a simple, yet dramatic, look.

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MAKE A STATEMENT (WALL). Pick your

favorite pattern trends and bring them to life on one wall of the living room or bedroom. If you’re not ready to take on patterns, bold and bright colors will do the trick.

For more tips to transform your rooms with paint, visit 3MDIY.com.

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OMEOWNERS ARE OFTEN ADVISED TO KEEP THE HOME NEUTRAL AND AVOID DECORATING WITH ANYTHING TOO BOLD OR PERSONAL. BUT IN ORDER TO MAKE A HOUSE YOUR HOME, THE DECOR SHOULD REFLECT YOUR PERSONALITY AND STYLE. THE GOOD NEWS IS YOU DON’T HAVE TO MAKE PERMANENT COMMITMENTS. PAINT IS AN EASY AND COST-EFFECTIVE WAY TO INFUSE COLOR AND PATTERNS THAT TRANSFORM THE AESTHETIC OF A ROOM OR PIECE OF FURNITURE.

Regardless of whether you’re a masterful weekend warrior or first-time do-it-yourselfer, paint projects don’t have to be time-intensive or overwhelming—a little paint and creativity can go a long way toward refreshing your space. “The key to achieving professional-looking results is using the right tools,” said interior decorator Martin Amado. “That’s why I start all my painting projects by going to Lowe’s to pick up high-quality paint brushes, a can of paint and 3M Safe Release Painter’s Tape with Advanced EdgeLock Paint Line Protector.”

Amado suggests these painting projects you can accomplish with just one can of paint.


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NYTIME IS A GREAT TIME TO MAKE UPDATES TO KIDS’ ROOMS. NOT ONLY DOES IT LET CHILDREN PERSONALIZE THEIR OWN SPACE WITH DECOR THAT REFLECTS THEIR GROWING PERSONALITY, IT’S ALSO A GREAT WAY TO KEEP THEM BUSY.

Craft projects are a great way to pass time and let kids practice some of the art lessons, without even realizing that’s what they’re doing. Crafting is about more than art and creativity, after all. Measuring and planning for certain projects puts math skills to the test, too. Let kids stretch their imagination with projects centered on a fresh, bright color palette that projects the excitement of youth and celebration. Creative projects, such as these fun and functional storage crates and wall art from the crafting experts at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores, give your child’s room an instant burst of energy. You can further embellish the room’s decor with more kid-friendly projects, such as painting unfinished wood frames in coordinating colors to display photos, awards and other prized items. Or decorate a paper mache letter to personalize the space. For more kid’s room craft ideas, visit joann.com.

Kid’s Room Creative Space CRAFTING TIME: WEEKEND PROJECT SKILL LEVEL: SOME EXPERIENCE NEEDED

CRATES SUPPLIES AND TOOLS: • • • •

Sandpaper Wood crates Acrylic paint Paint brushes

Lightly sand crates to remove any rough wood, and brush dust off. Using acrylic paint, paint outside of each crate white. To ensure a clean finish, inspect crate for paint drips and wipe away immediately. Allow outside of crate to dry completely. Apply second

coat of white paint for more a modern finish. Paint inside of each crate a vibrant color of your choosing. Allow inside of crate to dry. Apply second coat of colored paint for a more modern finish. Inspect crate from all angles, and apply touch up paint where needed. After crates are completely dry, stack in random pattern. Option: Crates can be embellished with painted or hand-drawn design or vinyl cutouts adhered to crate.

HOOP WALL ART SUPPLIES AND TOOLS: • Various sizes of embroidery hoops • Textiles and fabric of various textures • Hot glue • Scissors

Place fabric into embroidery hoop and pull tight. On back of hoop apply thin bead of glue and glue fabric in place to keep fabric taut. Cut off any excess fabric.


LEADING THE BEST IN THE SOUTHWEST

Ocala Palms - Custom model with pool on a lushly landscaped lot. Formal dining room, den, 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Beautiful kitchen boasts Silestone counters, pendant lighting, large master bedroom Bunny has sliders to the Lanai. Enjoy the pool year round with solar heat. Two Cooney (352) 361-8575 car garage, plus a golf cart garage. MLS# 428739 Priced at $282,000

Oak Run - Custom home with a fantastic view of the fairway. Mediterranean style front patio, formal dining room, spacious living room .Great Paul Valois kitchen with pull out shelves. Master bedroom with sitting room /office. (352) 895-1020 Laundry room with laundry tub, cabinets and sewing area. Large Florida room is a great finishing touch for this golf course home. $259,900 MLS #426022

Martha MaclineReynolds

(352) 362-1399

Jim Head

352-615-8234

Summer Glen - Spectacular- nearly new (2012). This 4/3/2 with over 3200 feet of space - open floor plan - meticulously manicured - premium corner lot - sprinkler system - master with luxury bath - updates abound - SS appliances - tile and carpet floors - brick paver drive and walkway - enclosed lanai - this one is a no brainer - come by here - shows beautifully!! Timeless elegance and functionality - even the price is attractive at $269,330 MLS 424844

Spruce Creek Preserve - Located in Spruce Creek Preserve, a gated golf course community featuring club house, pool, recreation center and more. This beautiful 2/2/2 is in the newest section and has been expertly maintained! This home has it all with a screened lanai, a stone patio and tasteful landscaping. A must see with many extras and a home owners warranty included! $118,500 MLS 425671

Marvin Brooks

(352) 989-3162

Kathy Van

(352) 789-0031

Carol VanWagner

(352) 572-4259

Lindsay Paolillo

Candler Hills - Great Curb appeal! Full glass door and river rock entrance. Formal dining room, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 car garage. Kitchen offers plenty of cabinets with pull-outs, stainless appliances. Beautiful wood flooring. 15 X 16 Lanai for entertaining or just enjoying the Sunset. One full year warranty. MLS #421398 Priced at $254,600

Rolling Hills - Sprawling 4200 sq ft ranch with stone fireplace, open floor plan, 45x42 office or game room. Gunite pool - 12’ deep with child proof fencing. 1 bedroom/1 bath guest house with large screened enclosure. 36 x 60 6 stall barn, 3 paddocks with 3+4 board fencing. Shed/kennel combo. $499,900 MLS 425144

Westgate - Custom 4/3/2 nestled on heavily wooded 6.14 acres. Japanese zen meditation garden 41x25 labyrinth with river stone enhancement, generator for house, run on inground propane gas. Laminate floors, sunny eat in kitchen with solid surface counters, double oven full size, freezer, center island. Step ceiling in formal dining room, 9’ ceiling, 14’ ceiling in family room, 11 fans, shed, double sided fireplace, laundry room, oversized 2 car garage 25x33. $450,000 MLS 429565

Spruce Creek Preserve - Well Maintained Villa across from woods and grassy area. Home hardly lived in since 2009. New roof and AC/heat system. MLS# 426488 Priced at $127,600

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Pride of ownership shows in this Exceptional 3/2/2 home. Home boasts an open Fl. Plan, Cath. Beam Ceiling, Foyer, Great Rm w/FP, Office, Formal Dining Rm, Spacious Master, Two Guest BR w/Guest Conrad & Bath. Beautiful eat in Kitchen (many extras). You will also find Crown Dania Melancon and Chair Molding, Planter Shelf, Wood w/blinds throughout, inside (352) 208-4924 Laundry, large Pantry, a 10 X 16 out bldg., within walking distance to two schools and much more! New Price: $194,900 MLS 428825

Surround yourself with luxury, exquisite pool home on 4 acres. The quality & design of this tastefully appointed 4br 3ba home with chefs kitchen, Audrey Johns gorgeous master suite and 2500 sq ft of outdoor living space with sunset views will impress you! Like stepping into a model home, impeccably (352) 812-6767 maintained and beautifully landscaped surroundings. And located in a gated community makes this the perfect home! Offered at $449,900

Quiet and Peaceful .53 acre setting. A long driveway leads off a cul-de-sac to the 3/2/2 open split bedroom plan home. Spacious master suite featuring new marble shower w/glass enclosure, garden tub, dual vanity sinks & Julia McPherson walk-in closet. Kitchen has great prep area, breakfast nook w/easy access (352) 895-0722 to screened porch. Addl. features: 2 guest bdrms, guest bath, linen closet, foyer, cathedral ceilings & front porch. Irrigation well. $145,000 MLS#428732

New to the market. Beautiful upgraded 2/2/1 villa in horse country. This luxurious spacious home features granite counters, stone flooring, designer cabinets, eat in kitchen, upgraded elegant baths, and lovely living and formal dining rooms. French doors from the great room open to the fabulous lanai. The home is perfect for entertaining. Offered at $154,000

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Bring your horses! Hard to find, gorgeous 31 acre turnkey horse farm or ranch. Fenced & cross fenced. 5 stall barn w/tack room. Irrigation & lights thru-out property. Majestic Oak trees, luscious landscaping and high & dry land. 3 bdrm MH on property to live in while you Build Your Dream Home. $350,000 MLS#398094

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Must see! Beautiful updated home on 2.5 acres. Bring horses or cows. Family room/den can be 3rd bedroom. Large front porch to sit and relax. 40x20 pool with diving board. Cabana area for bbq and gatherings. Lovely landscape with palms and a huge ruby red grapefruit tree. Cross fencing no climb fence. Barn with 13 ft. Ceilings with storage, 2 stalls with mat floors. 3 metal storage bldgs. New roof. Remodeled kitchen, new flooring, newer thermal windows and shutters. New hvac. Round pen and hay ring. 1 yr. Home warranty. $215,000 MLS 429230

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PROMOTIONAL FEATURE

The programs are working and lives of people in our community are changing—in some cases lives are being saved.

Ben and Danielle Marciano appreciate the community’s support of Zone Health & Fitness.

—DANIELLE MARCIANO

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his has been an incredible year for Zone Health & Fitness. “We feel truly blessed that God led us to this calling,” says Danielle Marciano, Zone co-owner. “Yes, there have been some extremely tough times over the last year, but we believe those tough times are what makes us stronger.” The Marcianos’ vision for Zone was to create a health club like none other in the country. Zone is truly the first of its kind. Their concept is based on the fact that not everyone is the same. They designed different zones and programs based on what members enjoy doing and their level of fitness. It has been a huge hit! Over the last year the Marcianos have talked to numerous members that, before joining Zone, tried exercising at other

facilities with little to no success. Zone members say this fitness establishment has not only made them feel more comfortable but that they are also seeing the results they have always wanted. Zone is different from other health clubs in that they truly want people to come in and see results. “Unfortunately, this is not the goal of some other clubs. It’s why we have designed programs to help people feel connected and stay accountable,” explains Ben Marciano, Zone co-owner. “When a new member joins, we give them a plan of attack to ensure they are successful.” One of the main reasons people stop using a gym is because they are intimidated or they do not know what to do. To combat this, Zone keeps trainers on the workout floor to assist members,

answer questions and encourage them along the way—keeping clients accountable. In fact, if you stop using Zone for a couple of weeks, you’d better expect a phone call! “The programs are working and lives of people in our community are changing—in some cases lives are being saved,” says Danielle. Over the last year, Zone has grown from nearly 1,000 members to over 4,200. The No. 1 reason people visit Zone is because their friend, who is seeing results, referred them. Ultimately, these visitors become members and see results of their own. Zone members are happy, and in turn, they want to help others achieve success. The Marcianos know that it is because of community support and an outstanding staff that Zone

has achieved much of its success. Zone’s staff gives countless hours because they have a desire to help others become their best. “We are truly blessed to have our team,” says Danielle proudly. “Thank you, Ocala, for all of the support you have given to Zone Health and Fitness over the last year.” In celebration of our one year anniversary, join for only $1 during the month of September!

Zone Health & Fitness 524 S Pine Avenue, Ocala (352) 509-3133 zonehealthandfitness.com

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CITY OF OCALA employees are encouraged to foster the city’s core values from the moment they start their role as a public servant. Recently, Leslie Allen, Diane Batka, Jasmine Taylor and other staff members, who serve in the call center and customer service lobby, effectively conveyed two of the city’s core values: customer focus and responsibility. On behalf of the Marion County Sheriff ’s Office they were recently presented the “Eagle Eye” award for their efforts—making our town a better place.

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PORSCHE? With the ribbon cut and doors now open to the public, PORSCHE OF OCALA invites you to come and join in on the fun! Their new location is at 5155 Southwest College Road in Ocala. Founded in 1991 with a full selection of new and used Porsche vehicles right here in the heart of Marion County, they urge you to stop by and say “hello!”

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to be able to provide several college scholarships each year to students planning to pursue a degree in the performing arts. Many local students get their start in the performing arts through their Education Department youth programs, and we are delighted to watch them develop their talents and remain active in theatre as they grow up. This year’s winners are Bailey Vaughn, Timothy Steis, Maureen F. Degen, Zachary Titterington, Madison Youngblood, Greg Hersey, Elizabeth Hedges and Alexander Arbeiter. Congratulations to all of these outstanding actors!

WHY WAIT? “We couldn’t wait until 2016,” shares Coates Golf President Mollie Coates. COATES GOLF has unveiled a limited release of apparel—solely dedicated to women’s golf—that pairs trendy with classic and comfort with luxe. “We have not revealed our entire line, but we were pleased with the reaction to our initial pieces and decided to bring them to market sooner rather than later,” says Coates. Shop coatesgolf.com to see what’s now in store for fashion on and off the course.

A BIG HIT(S)! The FLORIDA SPORTS FOUNDATION recently presented five awards to recognize Florida communities and sports commissions for their outstanding efforts in sports tourism in the State of Florida. The awards were presented at the FSF’s annual Sports Summit, held this year in Fort Lauderdale. The 10-week HITS Ocala Winter Circuit was held between January 13 and March 23, 2015, attracting over 54,800 competitors and 20,000 spectators to Ocala/Marion County, while awarding over $3 million in prize money to the nation’s most accomplished riders and horses. For more information about the Florida Sports Foundation and the 27 Sports Commissions of Florida, visit flasports.com.

EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR... AGAIN! At the annual meeting of the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services, ARNETTE HOUSE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER CHERI BRANDIES was honored

with the Network Executive of the Year award for the second year in a row. During the award presentation, the Arnette House CEO was described by her staff as possessing the knowledge to provide quality services to the community, the experience to understand the struggles of the youth receiving services and the leadership skills that bring out the best in her staff. Ms. Brandies responded to receiving the award by saying, “I am humbled by all the awesome things the Arnette House employees wrote in their nominations for the Executive of the Year Award. Receiving this award would not be possible without you all. It is the Arnette House employees who do the really hard work!”

CARPET GOES A LONG WAY BUILDING FOR AMERICA’S BRAVEST is a program dedicated

to building hi-tech “smart houses” for service members returning from war who have been catastrophically injured. Carpet One Floor & Home, and its manufacturing partner Mohawk, have committed to providing flooring materials and installation for 46 of these smart homes. “We are the ones thankful,” Gary Gilbert from Carpet One Floor & Home beamed. “We are so thrilled to be part of this impactful program that helps military heroes who have sustained the most devastating injuries.”


WITH DSLR CAMERAS READILY AVAILABLE AND BECOMING MORE AFFORDABLE, NOW’S THE TIME TO MAKE THE SWITCH FROM AUTO TO MANUAL MODE. YOU CAN DO IT! BY KARIN FABRY-CUSHENBERY

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delicate flower in a field, a brilliant sunrise, a glistening skyscraper and the mischievous grin of a playing toddler. The world is filled with images just waiting to be captured. Moments pass in seconds, and any parent will readily tell you that kids do, indeed, grow up far too quickly. Maybe that’s why you went out and purchased that expensive DSLR camera in the first place, to capture those everyday moments—both big and small. Chances are, though, that you’re not using your camera to its fullest potential. Let’s be honest for a minute… have you taken the settings off of automatic? If not, read on. As a mom of three young boys, I frequently have my camera out and ready, something local photographer and owner of Jim Jernigan Photography John Jernigan stresses. “You have to be observant,” he says. “Especially when photographing children. In an instant a child can look off and go into their own world—that’s when you want to snap the picture. Don’t let them know you’re standing there waiting to take a picture.” It’s these everyday “slice-of-life” pictures that you’ll cherish most says Jennifer Eggers, owner of Jenny E Photography. “The natural, everyday shots are the ones you’ll remember,” she says. “Looking back through photos, you’ll think ‘oh, I remember when he used to sit and look at that


book upside down while pretending to read.’” Jenny reiterates John’s thoughts when she says not to put your camera down. Capturing amazing images of your little ones (or not so little ones for that matter) is all about learning to go with the flow. “Don’t force an image,” Jenny says. “Avoid the ‘cheeeeese’ look. Sometimes your best shots are going to be the ones that are actually in between what you were originally going for.” Instead of that posed, half-smiling shot, you have your 2 year old looking down and laughing. What a great memory. Longing to take those amazing shots with the blurry background or the ones in low lighting that look so natural and relaxed? John stresses the importance of knowing your equipment. “The camera has to become a part of you,” he says. “Don’t put it down. Take it everywhere. A photographer’s camera

is like a sculptor’s chisel. The more you understand how that chisel is used, the better your sculpture is going to be. The more you understand how your camera works, the better your pictures will be.” Jenny agrees. “I often recommend searching for online tutorials when trying to learn new aspects of your camera or shooting techniques,” she says. “You need to get the basics down… the definitions and the vocabulary. Once you understand that, you can move forward. It’s also a great idea to actually hang on to, and refer back to, your camera manual when a question comes up. Finally, just get out there and start taking pictures.” In other words, practice, practice, practice. OK, so you’re committed to learning your camera and taking better images. It can seem like a daunting task when you sneak a peek at the buttons and dials associated with your camera, so let’s just start with the basics.

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n high school photography class, you probably learned about the rule of thirds. Well, that ever-important rule is a great place to start. Most of today’s DSLRs do the upfront work for you, dividing your viewfinder into a grid-shaped pattern (think Tic Tac Toe). The idea is to position your subject, be it your child, a flower or a house, on one of the intersecting lines or within one of the boxes. To compose a shot with a little more interest, though, avoid placing your subject dead center within the grid. When shooting landscapes, such as a lake or ocean scene, try to position your subject along one of the horizontal lines of the grid. Of course placement is just a part of the equation. Quickly evaluate the

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Edit Like The Pros INVESTING IN A QUALITY EDITING PROGRAM IS A GREAT WAY TO BE ABLE TO “CLEAN UP” SOME OF YOUR PHOTOS, PLUS EXECUTE A HUGE VARIETY OF SPECIAL EFFECTS AND DESIGN ELEMENTS. JOHN AND JENNY BOTH RECOMMENDED PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS AS A GREAT STARTING POINT. IT’S AVAILABLE ON AMAZON FOR LESS THAN $100. HAPPY EDITING!

scene before snapping the shutter. If you’re photographing a small child or a pet, get down on their level. Don’t be afraid to sit or lay on the ground. Trying to capture that clump of berries in the tree? Grab a ladder. Immersing yourself in the image will always create more visual interest in your photos. Patience is key when shooting with children. Jenny emphasizes that you need to always be prepared to move and follow the action. “Pay attention to what’s in the background, too,” she says. “You’ll want to avoid cluttered backgrounds that distract from your subject matter.” “People also have a tendency to photograph from far away,” John adds. “Take a few steps forward to create a more intimate photo. Getting closer to your subject also helps to remove some of the background noise from your photo.”


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The best times to shoot, according to John, are very early in the day after sunrise, or very late in the afternoon just prior to and after sunset. These times are often referred to as the golden hours for photography. “This is when you’ll get the best, softest light,” he says. “Try to break out of the automatic white balance setting. You’ll get better color management by choosing your own white balance—if you’re

ithout light, there are no pictures. Whether it be the tiny flicker of a candle flame or the vast glow of the setting sun, light is an absolute must—and it’s what can easily make or break your photos. “Lighting is key,” says Jenny. “It’s the main ingredient in every single photograph.”

in the shade, choose shade, under fluorescent lights, choose that setting. Your final image will have a more natural look when you override your camera’s desire to select the white balance for you.” On especially sunny days, try to hunt down some shade to place your subject in. At the beach, where shade is usually hard to come by, pay attention to the shadows. Illuminate your subject’s face rather

than their back, which may create a silhouetted image with little facial detail. Also, use the clouds to your advantage when they come (and let’s face it, it’s Florida… eventually they will come). Clouds create a nice, diffused, natural look for your beach shots. When shooting indoors, try to position your subject near a source of natural light, such as a window with soft sheers on it.

SETTINGS, SETTINGS, SETTINGS

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o this is the stuff that you really want to know about, right: How to create that dreamy blurry background? How to shoot at the skating rink or a carnival at night without having to use the flash? Your first step toward manual mode may be to switch your dial setting to aperture priority (AV or AP). You set the aperture and let the camera take control of the rest. The aperture is the opening of the lens and is associated with your camera’s f-stops. A lower f-stop (let’s say f/2.8 or f/4) lets in more light and creates a shallow depth of field. It’s that shallow depth of field that creates the blurry background most of us love so much. “The closer you are to your subject, the shallower the depth of field will be,” says Jenny. “The lower the f-stop the greater the separation between the subject and the background,” says John. “Professionals often shoot with longer focal length lenses (an example would be a 70-200mm lens, while a typical kit lens is usually 50-80mm) because the depth of field stands out even more. An easy way to remember is to associate small numbers with small depths of field and large numbers with large depths of field.” To take pictures in low-light situations (a flash is never flattering), such as the aforementioned carnival, you may need to jump into full-on manual mode. First, you’ll need to set your camera’s ISO higher. The ISO is what makes your camera more sensitive to light. A good starting point for low indoor lighting is 1200 or 1600. At the same time, you’ll want to shoot with a low aperture (f-stop) as well. “The drawback to this might be a little pixelization,” says John, “But that can usually be corrected in post production.” Find a starting point and take a few shots, adjusting the settings each time until you discover the correct combination for you.

When capturing action shots at sporting events, you’ll want to pay particular attention to your camera’s shutter speed, this is the amount of time the camera’s shutter remains open when taking a picture. Shutter speed is measured in fractions of seconds, and the larger the denominator, the faster the speed (think 1/1000 versus 1/60). The thing to consider when choosing shutter speeds is whether or not anything is moving in your scene and whether or not you want that movement to be blurred. If you want to freeze the movement, you’ll choose a fast shutter speed. To blur the movement, a lower shutter speed. Keep in mind that unless your camera has a built-in image stabilization mode (and many do nowadays), you’ll want to use a tripod when shooting with a shutter speed of 1/60 or slower. Want to get really fancy and intentionally blur the background while keeping your subject in focus? It’s no easy task, even for the pros, but the resulting pictures are amazing. The technique is called panning, and the first step is to slow your shutter speed way down. Every shooting condition is different, so a willingness to experiment with settings is a must. As your subject approaches, press the shutter button. The key to panning is to follow the action of your subject (by panning along with it) at the same speed at which they’re traveling once your shutter button is pressed. This will, hopefully, produce a clear image of your subject while blurring the background. It may help to watch some videos on this technique before giving it a whirl. When learning how your camera works, the three main areas to focus on: the ISO, aperture and shutter speed, are referred to as the “exposure triangle.” What you do with one setting will affect the others. Fortunately, digital cameras are an ideal testing medium. There is no expensive film to buy and you can take (and delete) as many photos as you like. Just keep practicing.

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TASTE The W RLD INDULGE IN AN EXQUISITE ASSORTMENT OF CULINARY CREATIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD WITHOUT HAVING TO STEP FOOT OUTSIDE THE STATE OF FLORIDA AT EPCOT’S INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL. THE 2015 FESTIVAL WILL RUN FROM SEPTEMBER 25 TO NOVEMBER 16 AT THE WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT AND WILL BE CENTERED AROUND CELEBRATING THE FESTIVAL’S 20TH YEAR.

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itting to this year’s 20-year theme, Disney chefs are bringing back all-time guest favorites to complement a few new delectable dishes. New wine tastings, rockin’ parties, celebrity chef demonstrations and food experiences will please both veteran festival-goers and first-timers. In addition, Chef Remy of Disney’s animated film Ratatouille will kick off a culinary scavenger hunt that is sure to keep kids of all ages on their toes. The first International Food & Wine Festival took place in 1996, with the event spanning across 30 days and featuring 25 marketplaces. The first Party for the Senses began in 2002, which offers guests a unique culinary dining experience and the opportunity to mingle with talented chefs.

DISNEY’S PARTY FOR THE SENSES IS HOSTED EVERY SATURDAY DURING THE EVENT AND WILL FEATURE MORE THAN 50 TYPES OF WINE AND BEER TO PAIR WITH A WIDE SELECTION OF FOOD. GENERAL ADMISSION FOR THE ELEGANT EVENT IS $145 AND INCLUDES LIVE ENTERTAINMENT. TWENTY DELICIOUS YEARS LATER, THE EVENT’S POPULARITY HAS GROWN AND HAS EVEN BEEN PRAISED BY THE TRAVEL

his year’s rocking lineup of pop artists will include 18 fan-favorite bands as well as four new festival acts. New to the scene are Tiffany, Everclear, Maxi Priest and Chaka Khan who will be tuned up to serenade you during the Eat to the Beat events. Jo Dee Messina, Rick Springfield and The Pointer Sisters will rock the America Gardens Theatre stage during concerts at 5:30, 6:45 and 8pm daily. Check out the lineup and some of their notable songs: SEPT. 25-27 DAVID COOK “THE TIME OF MY LIFE” SEPT. 28-29 WILSON PHILLIPS “HOLD ON” SEPT. 30-OCT. 1 CHRISTOPHER CROSS “SAILING” OCT. 2-4 STARSHIP STARRING MICKEY THOMAS “WE BUILT THIS CITY” OCT. 5-7 SMASH MOUTH “WALKIN’ ON THE SUN” OCT. 8-9 THE POINTER SISTERS “I’M SO EXCITED” OCT. 10-11 38 SPECIAL “CAUGHT UP IN YOU” OCT. 12-13 RICK SPRINGFIELD “JESSIE’S GIRL” OCT. 14-16 SUGAR RAY “FLY” OCT. 17-18 S.O.S. BAND “TAKE YOUR TIME (DO IT RIGHT)” OCT. 19-21 AIR SUPPLY “ALL OUT OF LOVE” OCT. 22-23 FUEL “SHIMMER” OCT. 24-25 TIFFANY “I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW” OCT. 26-28 DENNIS DEYOUNG, ORIGINAL MEMBER OF THE GROUP STYX “COME SAIL AWAY” OCT. 29-30 JO DEE MESSINA “LESSON IN LEAVIN’” OCT. 31-NOV. 1 EVERCLEAR “SANTA MONICA” NOV. 2-4 BOYZ II MEN “END OF THE ROAD” NOV. 5-6 SISTER HAZEL “ALL FOR YOU” NOV. 7-9 BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY “GO DADDY-O” NOV. 10-12 HANSON “I WILL COME TO YOU” NOV. 13-14 MAXI PRIEST “CLOSE TO YOU” NOV. 15-16 CHAKA KAHN “I FEEL FOR YOU” (Songs listed are for artist recognition only and may not be included in the concert play list. The lineup is subject to change and included with Epcot admission.)

CHANNEL AS ONE OF AMERICA’S TOP FOOD FESTIVALS. NOW, EPCOT’S FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL STRETCHES ACROSS A WHOPPING 53 DAYS AND OFFERS NIGHTLY EAT TO THE BEAT CONCERTS, SIGNATURE DINNERS AND TASTING EVENTS YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS. FOR THE GUESTS WHO WANT TO BURN OFF THOSE EXTRA CALORIES, DISNEY HOSTS A WINE & DINE HALF MARATHON THAT HAS ATTRACTED OVER 20,000 RUNNERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

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THE MAN BEHIND THE MMM MEET EPCOT EXECUTIVE CHEF GREGG HANNON

A festival food Q&A with Executive Chef Gregg Hannon Q: HOW DO YOU COME

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ith a culinary team of 350, Executive Chef Gregg Hannon is one of the biggest influences behind the sensational dishes and drinks at the event. He participates in the year-round research, menu development and preparations for the festival marketplaces. And Gregg knows Disney cuisine. He began his career at the Magic Kingdom Park, where he was a chef at multiple venues, including Tony’s Town Square and Cinderella’s Royal Table. He also took up the chef role at the California Grill inside Disney’s Contemporary Resort and was chef de cuisine for almost seven years at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts. After graduating from the Walt Disney World Culinary Apprenticeship Program in 1993, Gregg traveled to Europe for a chef position in Germany. He returned to the states and ultimately joined the Disney culinary team. He joined the culinary task force for launching the Disney Dream cruise ship in 2011 and worked as the Epcot chef de cuisine during the festival years of 2010 to 2013. Gregg was also chef de cuisine of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa convention center before he returned to Epcot to become the executive chef in the fall of 2014. Since then, he has been working hard to conjure up an amazing menu for this year’s festival.

UP WITH THE FEATURED RECIPES FOR THE EPCOT FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL? A: We start researching three to four weeks into the current festival by walking around and gaining guest feedback. We also watch the flow of the menu items and beverages during the festival to see what items are moving well. We take into consideration the storyline or theme of the festival and try to develop a menu around it. This year’s theme is “Celebrating 20 Years,” so we have brought back many of the guests’ favorites, such as the escargot with garlic butter from France.

Q: DO FESTIVALGOERS

HAVE ACCESS TO THE RECIPES THEY TRY? A: We have a festival cookbook available for purchase at the festival center that contains a good amount of the recipes that we serve to our guests. This year’s cookbook will be a special edition with a historical timeline of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival and will feature stories and photos of past events.

Q: WHAT’S THE TRICK TO

PAIRING FOOD WITH WINE? A: For us, it’s really just making sure the flavors are well-balanced. We conduct numerous food and wine tastings and carry out research to make sure the flavors are just right. We take great care in making sure everything goes together perfectly.

Q: WHAT ARE YOUR

FAVORITE DISHES? A: That’s a hard one. I like the beef tenderloin dish from Africa, the roasted pork from Korea and the grilled lamb with mint pesto, feta cheese and salt and vinegar potato crunchies from Australia. I developed the recipe for the Pepper Bacon Mac and Cheese, which we think will be very popular at this year’s event.

Q: ARE THERE PLENTY OF

OPTIONS FOR FESTIVAL GOERS WITH SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS? A: Yes, we offer vegetarian options at certain marketplaces and take into consideration a wide variety of dietary needs such as those requiring gluten-friendly dishes.

EPCOT TICKETS, WHICH INCLUDE FESTIVAL ADMISSION, START AT $97. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT DISNEYWORLD.DISNEY.GO.COM.

First-Timer Tips 1

COME EARLY. Give yourself a chance to browse the marketplaces before you dig in so that you can decide what dishes are a priority before your tummy fills.

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TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL GIFT CARDS. Digging out cash or swiping a credit card each time you want to sample a dish can be time consuming. With the gift cards, you don’t have to sign or keep track of cash. The appetizer-sized portions typically range from $4 to $8 each.

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MAKE USE OF THE EVENT MAP. This resource will ensure you don’t miss a bite. Circle the marketplaces you’d like to swing by ahead of time so you don’t have to make unnecessary loops around the park.

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PICK UP AN EVENT COOKBOOK. Your taste buds will thank you later for purchasing an event cookbook on your way out. You won’t have to wait until the next festival to re-experience your favorite culinary creations.


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f all of this food talk is making your taste buds dance, try whipping up a little something from this year’s festival on your own. The generous chefs at Epcot didn’t mind sharing a few of their favorite recipes so you could give it a go at home.

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he Farm Fresh Marketplace debuted in 2014 to showcase the freshest regional products and dishes. This Pepper Bacon Mac and Cheese is the ultimate indulgence and a contemporary take on a taste of childhood, made with four kinds of cheese and topped with crunchy breadcrumbs and a flourish of crispy bacon. Serves 6

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Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Cook pepper bacon until crisp. Chop, and set aside. Reserve 2 tablespoons of grease. Heat grease in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add onion, green pepper, red pepper and jalapeño. Sauté for 3-5 minutes, until vegetables are warm but still crisp. Set aside.

Heat cream in large saucepan over medium heat. When it begins to simmer, slowly stir in all of the cheese, mixing well to melt cheese.

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green onions, sliced Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

TO ASSEMBLE AND SERVE: Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine cooked pasta, vegetables and cheese sauce in a large bowl. Pour into a 9x13-inch baking dish and top with breadcrumbs. Bake 15 minutes, or until breadcrumbs are golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with green onions and bacon. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot.

What to drink:

TRY A WASHINGTON STATE RIESLING, WITH THE AROMAS AND FLAVORS OF WHITE PEACH, GRAPEFRUIT AND SWEET LIME.

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AUSTRALIA FESTIVAL DEBUT 1997 AND BACK FOR CELEBRATING 20TH ANNIVERSARY

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onsidered the “national cake of Australia,” this tender sponge cake is cut into little squares, then dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with coconut. Makes 16 small cakes

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Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8-inch square cake pan.Sift flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Cream butter and sugar in bowl of electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each egg. Mix in vanilla. Turn off mixer. Add half of flour mixture with a spatula. Add milk, followed by remaining flour mixture. Stir well to combine. Spread batter into prepared cake pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Remove from oven, and cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Run a knife or offset spatula along sides of cake pan; then flip onto wire rack to remove cake. Allow to cool at least 2 hours. Cut into 16 squares, and place in an airtight container; refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 1 day.

TO ASSEMBLE AND SERVE: Place coconut in a large bowl or pie pan. Place wire rack over wax paper. Dip 1 square of cake in icing, making sure to coat on all sides. Roll coated cake in shredded coconut. Place on rack, and repeat with remaining squares.

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cups powdered sugar

½

cup cocoa powder

4 ½ tablespoons butter ¾

cup milk

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cups unsweetened, shredded coconut

Combine ingredients in a double boiler or a heat-proof bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water.Whisk until butter melts and mixture is smooth and dipping consistency, about 5 minutes. Set aside and keep warm.

3

ounces Premium Grapefruit Sour Mix

1

ounce gin Fresh basil leaf, for garnish Grapefruit twist, for garnish

Fill a shaker glass with ice, add ingredients and shake well. Pour into a martini glass, and garnish with basil and lemon twist.


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AS THE ARTS SEASON TAKES CENTER STAGE, GAIN ACCESS TO PREVIEWS, BEHIND-THE-SCENES DETAILS AND EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS FOR THE BEST OF THIS SEASON’S LOCAL ART SCENE. JUMP BACKSTAGE WITH DAVID DORFMAN DANCE AS THEY PREPARE FOR THEIR “PROPHETS OF FUNK” PERFORMANCE, SNEAK A PEEK INTO ONE OF OCALA’S FINEST ART GALLERIES AND EXPLORE THE ROCK STAR PHOTOGRAPHY FEATURED ON ROLLING STONE COVERS. WITH AWARD-WINNING ARTISTS AND PERFORMANCES ON THE WAY, WE’VE HIGHLIGHTED A HANDFUL OF THIS SEASON’S MUST-SEES. By Cealia Athanason

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e r t a e h T Live TALE OF TWO BESTIES

SNOW QUEEN

THE HIPPODROME NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 20

thehipp.org | (352) 375-4477 Adapted from Hans Christian Anderson’s story, this tale of friendship and courage is a classic. Kai and Gerda’s bond is tested when Gerda embarks on a journey to rescue Kai from the Snow Queen’s spell. Full of magic, adventure, love and bravery, this is a performance for the whole family to see. DID YOU KNOW? HIS ART HOUSE BEGAN IN A HARDWARE/CONVENIENCE STORE BUILDING IN 1973, BUT OPENED THE DOORS OF ITS CURRENT BUILDING IN 1980. IT SCREENS FOREIGN AND LIMITED-RELEASE FILMS, HAS PRODUCED MORE THAN 100 PREMIERES AND HOUSES AN ART GALLERY FOR LOCAL ARTISTS’ WORKS.

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THE NUTCRACKER

3. KILLER THRILLER

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE

SONNENTAG THEATRE AT THE ICEHOUSE, MOUNT DORA SEPTEMBER 18–OCTOBER 11

icehousetheatre.com or (352) 383-3133 For a thrill ride of a show, see author Agatha Christie’s murder mystery come to life when 10 strangers get stuck on an island, each guilty of a murder from their past. None were ever prosecuted, but when evidence from each murder emerges, guilt begins to eat them alive. DID YOU KNOW? HE SONNENTAG THEATRE AT THE ICEHOUSE BEGAN IN AN ACTUAL OLD ICEHOUSE IN 1948. THE THEATER PRODUCED PERFORMANCES THERE FOR 10 YEARS, UNTIL THEY WERE ABLE TO BUILD A NEW FACILITY ON DONATED LAND. THEN, IN 2011, THE SONNENTAG FOUNDATION GAVE THE ICEHOUSE A LARGE DONATION TO COVER RENOVATIONS, TRANSFORMING THE THEATER INTO WHAT YOU SEE TODAY.

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marionballettheatre.org (352) 629-6155 It’s an Ocala tradition that entertains and amazes audiences each year. Performed at the Ocala Civic Theatre, watch the Marion Ballet Theatre dancers illuminate the stage with the story of the Nutcracker. The whole family will enjoy the performance, complete with sugar plum fairies.

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4. CURTAIN CALL

Baron Wolman

ROUNDING THIRD OCALA CIVIC THEATRE OCTOBER 8–18

ocalacivictheatre.com (352) 236-2274 Rounding Third spotlights two Little League coaches who couldn’t be more different. Don, the head coach, has been there for years, but Michael is the new assistant coach who’s throwing a wrench in Don’s coaching style. While Don believes winning is the only thing that matters, Michael disagrees and focuses on what he believes to be the most important aspect of Little League baseball—having fun. Sit back and laugh through their comedic journey with the whole family. DID YOU KNOW? HE OCALA CIVIC THEATRE BEGAN WITH A GROUP OF FOUNDERS, THE MARION PLAYERS, IN 1950. THE GROUP PRODUCED THEATER PERFORMANCES AT OCALA HIGH SCHOOL (NOW OSCEOLA MIDDLE) AND THE OSBORNE THEATRE. BUT BY THE 1980S, THE NEWLY NAMED OCALA CIVIC THEATRE DECIDED TO BUILD ITS CURRENT FACILITY.

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BACKSTAGE PASS: BARON WOLMAN AND THE EARLY YEARS OF ROLLING STONE APPLETON MUSEUM NOVEMBER 7–JANUARY 10

appletonmuseum.org | (352) 291-4455 Baron Wolman was the chief photographer of Rolling Stone from 1967 to 1970, and his photos demonstrate how images can define and influence history. Browse Wolman’s photographs and issues of Rolling Stone at the Appleton Museum’s seven-week exhibition, featuring Tina Turner, Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa. The Appleton Museum’s Curator of Exhibitions, Ruth Grim, shares more about the upcoming exhibition and what it’s like to be the museum’s curator:

HOW MANY ART EXHIBITIONS DOES THE APPLETON MUSEUM HOST EACH YEAR, AND HOW DO YOU FIND ART FOR THEM? We do 15 to 17 temporary exhibitions a year, which is a lot for a staff this size, and find them from many different sources, including traveling exhibition companies, other museums and state and local collectors. And sometimes the exhibitions are generated in-house based on ideas that we come up with.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT THE “BACKSTAGE PASS” EXHIBIT? When Exhibits USA (a traveling exhibition company) offered us Backstage Pass, we immediately jumped on it because of its crossgenerational appeal. Baby

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Boomers grew up with Rolling Stone magazine, and it’s an icon in the music and publishing industries. Musicians knew they had “made it” when they got the cover of Rolling Stone and journalists and photographers such as Baron Wolman also considered it a career coup.

WHAT DO YOU THINK THE EXHIBIT WILL SAY TO VIEWERS? I guess I would hope that the fact that we are hosting this exhibition shows visitors from Ocala and beyond that we want to bring people with all kinds of interests here to the museum. This is Ocala’s art museum, and although our collection is focused on more traditional forms of art, we want to augment it with other exhibitions for people young and old with different interests such as music history, photography, etc.

2. EXPERIMENTAL ART

OBJECTIVITY

THE THOMAS CENTER, GAINESVILLE SEPTEMBER 25–JANUARY 2

gvlculturalaffairs.org (352) 393-8532 Twenty artists were presented with identical objects and instructed to create new art in response to them. See the art each artist came up with and how the objects were interpreted differently at The Thomas Center Gallery art exhibit. Opening night is September 25.

3. ARTSY ALLEY

CELEBRATING NATIONAL SELFIE DAY ARTIST-ALLEY.COM BUILDING, DOWNTOWN OCALA SEPTEMBER

artist-alley.com (352) 351-ARTS With more than 400 works on display, the Artist-Alley.com gallery displays the work of 17 local artists. Find anything from wildlife woodcarvings and oil paintings to pottery, handmade jewelry, blown glass and note cards. Owner Linda Harlow is constantly changing the way the art is displayed. “Usually the art is grouped by either color or theme,” she says. “A few months ago we [had] landscapes, figures, animals and still life.” September begins the gallery’s fall season with the theme Celebrating National Selfie Day. “ Each artist will be creating a self portrait, and you can’t imagine what they have done,” Harlow says. From October to April, the gallery will showcase the work of one particular artist in the “Creative Corner” of the gallery.


Alley Artist

MEAGAN CHANEY GUMPERT

has displayed her work in the gallery since November 2012. Her art tells the story of regeneration within nature, and this season, you’ll find a few of her newest sculptures in the gallery. meaganchaneygumpert.com

WHAT TYPE OF ART DO YOU HAVE ON DISPLAY IN ARTIST-ALLEY? I have a variety of ceramic and glasswork on display at Artist-Alley that includes sculpture for both wall and tabletop display.

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WORK? Nature is my primary source of inspiration. I stylize plant and animal forms to create fluid, simplified shapes.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MEDIUM TO USE IN YOUR ART?

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Meagan Chaney Gumpert

I enjoy the tactile qualities of clay and the translucent properties of glass when creating my mixed-media sculptures.

4. ART PARTY

TOAST TO THE ARTS: OCALA ART GROUP ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION

Joseph Hare

OCALA ART GROUP APPLETON MUSEUM SEPTEMBER 12–NOVEMBER 1 ocalaartgroup.org

The Ocala Art Group’s fall exhibit celebrates art of all kinds and will include everything from original drawings, graphics and photography to mixed media, fiber and sculpture. Artists will be competing for the Best In Show award, so come to the opening reception on September 12 and stick around to see all of the amazing art. DID YOU KNOW? HE OCALA ART GROUP HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE 1950, SPONSORS SEVERAL ART SHOWS EACH YEAR AND PROVIDES EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS AND PROGRAMS.

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RAISE THE ROOF

OPENING NIGHT AT THE RAC! OCALA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA REILLY ARTS CENTER OCTOBER 23

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As the former City Auditorium, the Reilly Arts Center will open with a special performance by the Ocala Symphony Orchestra. Renovations began in March and will be finished in October, just in time for the big opening night performance. Here’s a preview of the performance and building renovations from the Symphony’s Executive Director Pamela Calero.

WHAT MAKES THIS SHOW A ONE-OF-A-KIND EXPERIENCE?

WHAT ARE THE MOST NOTABLE NEW FEATURES?

This will be an exclusive celebration and stellar performance! Guests will experience Gustav Holt’s The Planets with a live orchestra and cosmic video projections, as well as Ottorino Respighi’s Pines of Rome. Guests will enjoy the newly renovated Reilly Arts Center, featuring fantastic acoustics, state-ofthe-art sound and lighting, and an interior that blends the original charm of the building with the luxuries of today.

Most notable features include the original steel bow trusses lofted above a 715-seat, stadium-style auditorium. The Live Oak Founders’ Club banquet room, located on the south side of the building, features a bar and patio that overlooks the majestic Tuscawilla Park. The RAC also features a spacious lobby, new acoustics and sound, and lighting equipment to make each experience not only special but high caliber.

WHAT WILL THE REILLY ARTS CENTER RENOVATIONS GIVE TO THE PEOPLE OF OCALA?

WHAT DROVE THE DECISION TO RENOVATE THE BUILDING?

The Reilly Arts Center preserves a piece of Ocala’s rich history and many wonderful memories made by our citizens. The building will also serve as a cultural and economic hub for Ocala, inviting all arts groups to enjoy the opportunities this facility offers and showcase the great things that can happen when we all come together for our community!

The decision to renovate the building came from the Symphony’s desire to establish a permanent home in Ocala. This facility is not only for the Symphony but will be used to house local and non-local performance groups ranging from a rock concert to a ballet.

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5. OFF BROADWAY MUSICAL

2. ROCK AND ROLL

THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL

DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

THE ORANGE BLOSSOM OPRY SEPTEMBER 12

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DAVID DORFMAN DANCE, “PROPHETS OF FUNK” PHILLIPS CENTER, GAINESVILLE NOVEMBER 10

performingarts.ufl.edu | (352) 392-2787 Creator of the “Prophets of Funk” show, David Dorfman tells us a bit about his company’s upcoming dance performance and how it relates to the funk of this life.

WHAT GOT YOU INTO DANCE?

3. OLDIE BUT GOODIE

Well, I pretty much started as a disco dancer in college. A good old kick ball change was everything to me. So was the social aspect of dancing with one or more people and innovating in an improvisational sense while you danced. The ‘70s were rich for me. I saw Saturday Night Fever in the theater the week it came out when I was in college at Washington U. in St. Louis, and I was hooked. About four years later, I was studying seriously in an MFA in dance program in New London, Connecticut, at Connecticut College, where I now live and teach.

HERMAN’S HERMITS STARRING PETER NOONE

CIRCLE SQUARE CULTURAL CENTER OCTOBER 16

csculturalcenter.com (352) 854-3670 See Herman’s Hermits perform as the rock-and-roll stars they’ve always been with hits like “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter,” “There’s A Kind Of Hush” and more at their upcoming performance.

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DID YOU KNOW? ETER NOONE, THE LEAD SINGER OF THE ‘60s BAND, BECAME FAMOUS AT AGE 15 AND APPEARED ON TV SHOWS AND SEVERAL INTERNATIONAL PUBLICATION COVERS.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR COMPANY’S PERFORMANCE?

For “Prophets,” my early platform heels/“Jewfro” dancing style was essential to the inspiration for this evening of dance. Our goal was to mix and match old funk steps with new ones and then mix those steps with modern and post-modern vocabulary so a hybrid is created and can stand for today’s funk in the world.

WHAT CAN PEOPLE LOOK FORWARD TO WHEN THEY SEE “PROPHETS OF FUNK?” On many levels, the narrative is a classic arc of ascension to power (of Sly), fall from grace and redemption. We weren’t interested in a clear, literal narrative, rather one that would give a feeling or state in regard to these ideas and, in so doing, imbue the dance and the audience with a sense of tragedy, joy and hope.

thesharon.com (352) 750-5411 The classic Disney fairytale is coming to The Sharon in Broadway-musical style. With beautiful sets and all the musical hits, experience this beautiful love story in a spacious, multi-level auditorium. Doors open 45 minutes early for munching and socializing, but they won’t stay open for latecomers. DID YOU KNOW? ITH JUST OVER 1,000 SEATS, THE SHARON OPENED IN APRIL, HAVING BEEN TRANSFORMED INTO A PERFORMING ARTS CENTER COMPARABLE TO THE PHILLIPS CENTER IN GAINESVILLE. WITH ALL KINDS OF GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING ARTISTS, BROADWAY-INSPIRED PERFORMANCES AND BIG NAME BANDS SLATED TO PERFORM THIS SEASON, THE SHARON IS READY TO ENTERTAIN AUDIENCES FROM ALL OVER.

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DID YOU KNOW? HEY LANDED 10 TOP 40 HITS IN TWO YEARS DURING THE ‘60s AND EARNED THEIR HALL OF FAME STATUS IN 2000.

THE SHARON L. MORSE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER OCTOBER 12-13

Vince Scarano

obopry.com (352) 821-1201 Best known for the hits “Do You Believe in Magic,” “Daydream” and “Summer in the City,” the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame group The Lovin’ Spoonful is coming back from the ‘60s with a live performance at the Opry.


2. FAMILY FEST

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ART APPRECIATION

49TH OCALA ARTS FESTIVAL

34TH DOWNTOWN FESTIVAL AND ART SHOW DOWNTOWN GAINESVILLE NOVEMBER 14-15

DOWNTOWN OCALA OCTOBER 24-25

gvlculturalaffairs.org | (352) 334-ARTS From culinary and performing arts to children’s art and one-of-a-kind creations, Gainesville’s Downtown Festival and Art Show has been nationally-recognized as one of the top 30 festivals in the country. Artists from all over the nation draw more than 100,000 visitors to stroll through the artfully transformed downtown area. Art in the form of ceramics, oil and watercolor paintings, sculptures, jewelry and photography have delighted festivalgoers for years.

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DID YOU KNOW? HERE’S A PLACE FOR THE KIDDOS, TOO. ART EDUCATION STUDENTS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA PUT AN “IMAGINATION STATION” TOGETHER FOR KIDS TO INSPIRE FUN AND CREATIVITY.

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For nearly five decades, the Ocala Arts Festival has brought a large display of fine arts from all over the country to the local community. The whole family will enjoy an array of art, live entertainment on two stages, food trucks and kid-friendly activities. With more than 25,000 people estimated to attend, free parking and free admission, it’s certainly not an event to miss! DID YOU KNOW? INE ARTS FOR OCALA (FAFO) WAS ESTABLISHED WITH A GOAL TO PROMOTE FINE ARTS APPRECIATION AND EDUCATION IN OUR COMMUNITY. THE 25-MEMBER BOARD WORKS TO BRING IN UP TO 155 ARTISTS AND CRAFTSMEN EACH YEAR.

3. AN ECLECTIC MIX

31ST ANNUAL MOUNT DORA CRAFT FAIR DOWNTOWN MOUNT DORA OCTOBER 24-25

mountdoracraftfair.com (352) 217-8390 The city of Mount Dora turns into a bustling destination for more than 250,000 visitors eyeing the unique mix of arts and crafts from approximately 400 skilled artists and crafters. The crowded streets give way to street shops, providing visitors with more options for finding the perfect gift or work of art. Find ceramics, woodworking, sculptures and paintings, along with food and a weekend of fun.

4. FESTIVAL WITH A PURPOSE

MCINTOSH 1890’S FESTIVAL MCINTOSH OCTOBER 24

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Sources: thehipp.org, marionballettheatre.org, icehousetheatre.com, ocalacivictheatre.com, appletonmuseum.org, eusa.org, gvculturalaffairs.org, artist-alley.com, meaganchaneygumpert.com, ocalaartgroup.org, ocalasymphony.com, obopry.com, rockhall.com, csculturalcenter.com, peternoone.com, performingarts.ufl.edu, daviddorfmandance.org, thesharon.com, dailycommercial.com, fafo.org, mountdoracraftfair.com, friendsofmcintosh.org

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friendsofmcintosh.org (352) 591-4038 Originally established to raise money to move and restore McIntosh’s Old Train Depot built before 1890, the McIntosh 1890’s Festival now uses the money raised to provide scholarships for students and to fund community projects. The first festival, held in 1974, drew about 4,000 visitors. Now, the festival boasts about 35,000 visitors each year and hosts more than 250 vendors. The Old Train Depot serves as a museum and will be open on the day of the festival.

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SOME SAY FLORIDA ISN'T PART OF THE SOUTH, BUT WE KNOW A FEW BRIDES WHO BEG TO DIFFER. They spent their wedding days honoring tradition and incorporating their way of life into the celebrations (and with more than just mason jars). Peruse their beautiful venues, from ranches to cottages, and see if their special décor touches could be perfect for your Southern ceremony. If you need blooms on a budget, check out our guide to getting perfect flowers on the cheap. We’ve even gathered some of our state’s best venues for you, and we can tell you exactly how to stage the perfect dessert station. Oh, and Lori and Monte of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta have a few words of advice, too. Need we say more?

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Photos courtesy of Footstone Photography, footstonephotography.com.

ALL IT TOOK FOR SHELBY AND CORY TO FALL IN LOVE

with Santa Fe River Ranch was a quick Google search for “barn wedding in Florida.” (She may or may not have booked the venue before Cory actually proposed!) Even with cattle-dotted pastures and a massive, beautiful barn, this couple still found ways to make their wedding even more Southern special. Shelby rode in with her father in a carriage, and the couple made their grand exit the same way. Cory himself built the arbor used in the ceremony. Horseshoe table numbers and lacey mason jar luminaries topped the tables. The bride and groom even created their very own registered cattle brand, a recurring touch on many of their decorations, including their guest “log.”

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ori Allen and Monte Durham are two TV personalities you probably know and love already. Their rambunctious expertise is what suits them to helping Southern belles find their dream dresses and makes Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta so bingewatchable. Ocala Style chatted with Lori and Monte about behind-thescenes secrets and what they think you should wear this season. OS: How did Bridals by Lori become part of SYTTD?

lori: Say Yes was looking to expand the franchise, and we were

contacted along with other stores. We shot a pilot, and we got the go ahead in no time. I think our strong suit is our Southern roots. They had Kleinfeld showing the Northern bride and what goes on there, and I think they wanted some Southern flair. TLC really showcases small businesses and owners with a passion for what they do. monte: And you have to remember most bridal stores are very small, but Lori’s has 24,000 square feet, so there’s plenty of room for a runway and cameras and tech guys to run around. We’re going into our ninth season, and we’re very excited and proud!

OS: What is a typical day of filming like?

m:

We have a call time, so that’s sort of like punching the clock to normal 9-to-5 people, but our day is hardly normal or 9 to 5. We go into makeup, and then we are sequestered in Lori’s office so we are not told anything about the bride or the bride’s story. Then they’ll call us; we’ll get mic’d and put up on the runway, and we meet the bride at the same time you first see her on the screen. We wrap up depending on the bride and the story. Some stories are very emotional, and they may take us a little longer to comfort and find the right dress. No day would be complete without a bride saying yes to a dress! l: I love this about our show: It really is reality. We really don’t know a whole lot about what’s going on. Today they said “the bride is getting married in three months,” and that’s all we knew, and that’s how it could be on a busy Saturday. We film until around 3, and then I run the store so my day’s not over then.

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OS: What's one of your most memorable moments from filming?

m:

I have a lot of favorites. I think any of the filming we’ve done, the memorable moments are when a bride turns to the mirror and says yes to a dress. It makes what I do worth it. We had one bride, Nikki Johnson, who was from a group of sisters who had never gotten married, and she was determined to do that and we helped her. Her spirit and her gumption really inspired me. l: I’d say one of my favorite shows was Hope Cross. She was engaged and found out... that her fiancé had Lou Gehrig’s disease. To be that strong, to go ahead with the wedding knowing what was ahead for them and she was going to be a caretaker… some girls would’ve run, but she didn’t. She was such an amazing person, and we’ve kept in touch. She meant those vows when she said them. I can still watch that show and cry.

OS: What are your favorite bridal trends for this season?

l: I like how strapless is kind of going by the wayside. We’re starting to see higher necklines and sleeves. It’s nice that we’re having a little more coverage and we don’t have to see brides yanking up their strapless dress during a ceremony. It’s becoming a norm for designers to offer gowns in colors, like blush. There’s not one set trend—there’s a lot of things going on in bridal right now. m: Sweetheart neckline is still the No. 1, soft A-lines, organic fabrics like organza and English tulle, appliques on the gowns, illusion necklines and sleeves. Low backs are coming back up and adding buttons, sashes and


OS: What do Southern brides look for in a dress, and how are they unique?

l: Southern brides are definitely outspoken, as are their mothers and grandmothers, and they’ll tell you what they want. But I like that—that’s how you find the dress of your dreams. I think Southern brides always are going to give a nod to tradition. She may have a wedding dress cut to her belly button, but her parents’ wedding date is monogrammed on the slip. I think they really like a long train because we sell a lot of long trains and long veils. m: A Southern bride is different because she’s rooted deep in tradition. They really look at their venue. They’ll come in with a vision. And they’re keeping it very traditional, like getting married on their grandfather’s land, so you can feel a lot of heritage. OS: What do you love most about working in the wedding industry?

l: I love problems. I like to get a girl in here who’s insecure or arguing with her mother or has looked in 15 stores and just can’t find a fit. I love to make her happy and see her smile. That’s my delight. m: I truly am like a fairy godfather, and that’s amazing. I tell you, working in the bridal industry, going to markets and the opportunities TLC has supported me with are unbelievable, and that’s all because I’m in this industry. It’s ever changing, but it’s also steeped in tradition. And I get to work with my best friend. How lucky am I? OS: What are some common reasons brides have trouble saying yes to a dress?

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I think you get engaged, what an incredible experience; then you want to run out and get a dress. First of all, you bring too many people. Maybe go in on a Wednesday or Thursday when the salon is emptier by yourself, then come in with everyone later. Remember magazines are modeled, so you want to look at real weddings online. And be mindful. This is the dress of your dreams. Don’t stop until you find it. l: Sometimes brides don’t want this experience to end. They dream of trying on a dress and having everyone fawn over them, maybe especially

Southern brides. We call them career brides. But the more you try on, the more confused you’re going to get. When you find a gown, it’s an emotional connection. It may not be anything like what she said she wanted, but she’ll cry, get red in the face and red in the neck. When this happens, you don’t keep looking. It may only be the second dress you tried on. When you connect, it’s time to buy.

OS: What's your advice for any bride searching for her dream dress?

l: Do your homework. Bring some pictures in and give the consultants a guide. It helps immensely. Then you need to listen to your consultant; she can guide you to dresses that [will] look great on you. Do not bring everybody that you have known since kindergarten. Some people want to pull up in a bus. Two or three people at most. You really want Aunt Gertrude who you haven’t seen in 15 years giving opinions? She shouldn’t even be here, but she can sew the seeds of doubt. m: I always tell the girls there’s three Fs in dressing. You want to look at the fashion, the fabric and the fit. If you can line those up, you’ll be great. What are the trends? Do you want to go with them, set them or step back from them? With fabric, are you getting married on the beach? Organza will roll like the waves. Lace won’t wrinkle so you can transport it and it looks beautiful in cathedrals or outside. We all know the most important part of any garment is fit. Is it sitting properly on the waist? A gown should fit snugly. OS: You're best friends. What makes your dynamic work, and why does it vibe with Southern brides-to-be?

l: I think our dynamic is so great because we have a no-holds-barred attitude. We can say anything to each other, and we do, and we don’t get our feelings hurt. We know that underneath we love each other. I think it works with Southern brides because we’re honest. m: When we come together, we have this great charisma because we have the same work ethic. We’re going to work diligently, and we are going to find you the perfect dress. That’s why we’re such good partners—that’s what we’re here for and that’s what we believe in. Find Out More

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ou’ve looked at your budget and met with florists but still aren’t satisfied with your options. If you get the flowers you want, you might spend a fortune. And, if you stay within your budget, you might not get the look you want. Or, maybe you don’t want to use flowers for your bouquets. Whatever you’re going for, it’s important to remember that it’s your day, so you get to decide what you’ll carry down the aisle—if anything at all. Either way, we’ve put together ways to save on your wedding flowers and several alternatives to flowers, as well. TRADITIONAL TRICKS If you’re planning on having traditional bouquets with real flowers, do your research, talk to your florist about your budget and keep your mind open to different types of flowers. Use these strategies to help stay within your price range while getting the look you want. Larger and fluffier: Incorporating large, fluffy blooms into your bouquets means you won’t have to purchase as many flowers. Think hydrangeas, sunflowers and garden roses.

Flower varieties: If your heart’s set on peonies (probably your most expensive option), research other flower varieties that look similar but cost much less. Keep in mind that it’s always cheaper to buy flowers that are local and in season. Your florist should be able to make suggestions, too.

Fewer types: It’s cheaper to buy flowers in bulk, so keep the different types of flowers to a minimum.

Rustic fillers: Adding wild flowers, baby’s breath or waxflower to your bouquets fills in the gaps and gives them a rustic look.

Reuse ceremony bouquets: Following the ceremony, have your bridesmaids decorate different parts of the reception space by placing bouquets in preset vases around the room.

Pick your own: Picking your own flowers will give your bouquets that fresh-picked look and wild, rustic feel while saving you lots of money. Put a few of your maids in charge of gathering and arranging bouquets the day of your wedding so you don’t have to worry about it.

Grocery store or farmers market: Who says you can’t buy your flowers from the grocery store or your local farmers’ market? A little research will help you plan ahead for what types of flowers will be available near your wedding date.

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Don’t bust your budget by picking flowers out of your price range or out of season. Instead, achieve the look you want with cheaper, similar flowers. Here are a few common wedding flowers, the time of year that they are in season and the flowers to swap them for.

flower Peony

Rose

Hydrangea

Tulip

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Year-round

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July through Viburnum, November Mountain Laurel November through May

Japanese Magnolia, Crocus

Calla Lily

Winter Mariposa Lily through late spring

Orchid

July through Bearded Iris, Japanese Iris November

SIMPLIFY CENTERPIECES Instead of large, expensive floral centerpieces, go for something simpler like a birdcage filled with ivy and surrounded by candles. Or, cozy up to decorative lanterns. Gather an eclectic mix of vintage vases or jars and fill them with a few sprigs of waxflower, baby’s breath or daisies. Fill in the extra space on the table with candles, vintage photo frames or small, potted succulents. But, if you prefer each table to have a large, floral arrangement, add greenery to a few large, bold blooms to bulk up each bouquet without having to buy extra flowers.

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If you’re a DIY queen and want to give your bouquets a personalized touch that will last forever, use materials from paper to vintage doorknobs to make the bouquets of your dreams. Not sure how to get started? There are lots of tutorials on youtube.com. Paper: Make big, paper flower blooms, and decorate with pearls, lace or twine. Personalize them by using creative paper options. Are you and your future spouse bookworms or music lovers? Use the pages of vintage books or sheet music to make the flowers. Or, write your own vows on the paper of your choice and make your bouquet out of them. Fabric: From yarn to felt, the options are

practically endless for the creative bride. Mix patterned, neutral or floral fabrics to match your wedding’s theme.

Pearls, brooches, buttons or knobs: Visit your local craft, thrift or

consignment shops to find the materials you’re looking for. Make bouquets of brooches, pearls, buttons or vintage doorknobs to complement your wedding.

Fake flowers: More and more brides are buying fake flowers from craft stores to make their bouquets. It’s cheaper and easier to use fake flowers, and with options like burlap blooms and larger, colorful ones, you can achieve the look you want for a fraction of the cost of real flowers.

ALTERNATE OPTIONS For a non-traditional touch, forget flowers altogether and pick a fun, unique or personal object that fits your style and wedding theme. Lanterns, cotton or dried rye are fitting options for country weddings, while lavender and feathers work well for more elegant, outdoor ceremonies. From pinwheels to parasols, have fun picking that perfect addition to your wedding.

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centerpieces, and deck chairs and anchors decorated Dave and Katie’s waterfront wedding at Swor Cottage. A mix of twine-wrapped bottles and burlap banners gave this wedding a rustic vibe, but a canoe filled with ice and beverages resting on hay bales and unique touches like oars for guests to sign, a tackle box and a ship’s steering wheel provided a nautical twist. Dave and Katie expressed their personal style and love for life on the water in this seafaring celebration.


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timeless houses

Plantation on Crystal River 9301 W Fort Island Trl., Crystal River | (352) 795-4211 | plantationoncrystalriver.com

The Grumbles House 20799 Walnut St., Dunnellon | (352) 465-1460 | dunnellonfloridaantiques.com

The Ribault Club 11241 Fort George Rd., Fort George Island (Jacksonville) | (904) 251-1050 | theribaultclub.com

Bellemoor Plantation 3500 SE 107th Pl., Ocala | (352) 553-8595 | plantationparkevents.com

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romantic ranches

Santa Fe River Ranch 29220 NW 122nd St., Alachua | (352) 317-0276 | santaferiverranch.com

Grand Oaks Resort & Museum 3000 Marion County Rd., Lady Lake | (352) 750-5500 | thegrandoaks.com

6850 S Hancock Rd., Homosassa | (352) 228-0308

Sweetwater Branch Inn 625 E University Ave., Gainesville | (352) 373-6760 | sweetwaterinn.com

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park 11016 Lillian Saunders Dr. / US HWY 41 North, White Springs | (386) 397-4331 | plantationparkevents.com

Ocala Jockey Club 8720 West Highway 318, Reddick | (352) 591-1212 | ocalajc.com

Wishing Well Barn 4302 Pippin Rd., Plant City | (813) 478-6554 | wishingwellbarn.com

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Country Club of Ocala 6823 SE 12th Cir., Ocala | (352) 237-6644 | thecountryclubofocala.com

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Swor Cottage 15050 SE 140th Ave. Rd., Weirsdale | (352) 630-9809 | lakeweirfamilyvacations.com

Waterfront Inn 1105 Lake Shore Dr., The Villages | (352) 753-7535 | waterfrontinnvillages.com

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Silver Springs Park 1425 NE 58th Ave., Ocala | (352) 236-7148 | silversprings.com

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Hampton Inn 3601 SW 38th Ave., Ocala | (352) 867-0300 | ocalahamptoninnandsuites.com

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Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Ocala Conference Center 3600 SW 38th Ave., Ocala | (352) 629-9500 | ocalainn.com

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with the vibrant colors of sunflowers and royal blue elements. A gazebo, trimmed in lace and ribbons, along with barrels and wood pallets for tables dressed their wedding in rustic elegance, and the green lawns of the Bellemoor Plantation created a bright backdrop. This couple’s fresh take on outdoor weddings featured details like an old-fashioned pickup and a wedding-themed game of corn hole.

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RUSTIC POPCORN BAR Grab a cart, several seasonings and toppings, popcorn and barrels. Add a few signs, and your popcorn bar is ready for guests. Hors d’oeuvres were never better!

CANDY STATION

For a twist on the well-known (and well–loved) candy station, spray paint an old cart or wicker stand in shimmery gold. Fill glass canisters with all kinds of sugary goodness, and top it off with an elegant sign.

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Expecting a chilly wedding? Go for cozy with a hot chocolate bar. Dress it up with striped straws, vintage mugs, marshmallows, chocolate chips and cinnamon. Just don’t forget the whipped cream!

root beer float bar

Add some old-fashioned fun to your wedding with a root beer float bar. Purchase bottles of root beer for a vintage look, and add one or two crates to place glasses on. Finish it off with straws, ice cream and a banner.

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From a Milk and Cookies Station to a Coffee Bean Bar, pick something that fits you and your future spouse. If you’re having trouble, here are a few more ideas: Trail mix bar: No more picking out the raisins. Everyone gets to make the ideal mix.

Cereal bar: Having a brunch wedding?

Biscuit and honey station: For the classic southern wedding.

From personalized candies to styled candy buffets, Sweet Pete’s, located in Jacksonville, is the candy-loving bride’s best friend. Sit down with Candy Concierge Ericka Woods and talk about what you want, whether it’s a large candy bar or custom candy pieces to add to your wedding cake. Sweet Pete’s offers three types of candy buffets—the Basic, the Sugar Fix and the Crazy Candy Buffet—and will set up the buffets with the candy selections you choose. “We have thousands of types of candy. Literally,” says Woods. And, because it’s large enough to hold more candy, the Crazy Candy Buffet is the most popular buffet option. But, Woods shares her two best tips for adding a candy buffet to your wedding. “Know how many people you’re trying to accommodate, and always keep a back-up to fill up candy.”

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Hot fudge sundae bar: Pile ice cream scoops in a bowl, and place the bowl on ice. The more toppings, the better!

Taco station: Pile on the fixings, and add some homemade guacamole.

Make-your-own-cocktail bar: Provide several types of liquor and mixers, and let your guests drink their own creations.

Fruit and cheese bar: Perfect finger foods for mingling guests.

S' mores bar: No matter the season, everyone loves s’mores!

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is all in the details, and WISH Vintage Rentals can help with each one, big or small. They offer a wide assortment of items, including vintage lounge furniture, vintage dining chair options and many other accessory tables and furniture pieces. Their inventory is also home to many decorative touches, including bottles, jars, candelabras, salvaged doors and windows, trunks, suitcases, antique books and unique sign options, like mirrors, frames, windows and chalkboards (with custom chalk art, for customers with messy handwriting). Take a look at this gorgeous wedding at Doe Lake Campground in the Ocala National Forest. WISH’s farm tables, handcrafted from 100-year-old salvaged barn wood, looked perfectly imperfect paired with mismatched chairs, which were also used as ceremony seating. Whiskey barrels made the perfect cocktail tables, and the head table at the reception was bedecked in antique bottles, brass candlesticks of all shapes and gold flatware. If you’re looking for the perfect Southern chic touches to finish off the feel of your big day, WISH can make your wedding just as beautiful. Wish Vintage Rentals (863) 606-8689 wishvintagerentals.com


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wedding planning: Alison Events Planning & Design // venue: Doe Lake Campground in Umatilla, Florida // furniture + décor: Wish Vintage Rentals // florals: Natalie Bowen Designs // dish rentals: Dishie Rentals // linens: La Tavola // dj + lighting: DJ Jacob // cake + desserts: Michelle Calabro, Owner of Bakers Cottage Cakes // catering: Green Coat Catering // hair + makeup: Shelby George // wedding dress: Chaviano Couture // bridal headpiece: Twigs and Honey // bridal jewelry: Free People // bridesmaids dresses: Katie of Coralie Beatrix // groom’s attire: J.Crew // ceremony + cocktail music: Landon Pontius // officiant: Keith Kolakowski // robes: Girl with a Serious Dream // tent: Shelter Co. // invitations + paper goods: Designed by Lee and Val, Owners & Founders of 48 Savvy Sailors // invitations: Letterpressed by Mama’s Sauce

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Blogger Bliss interview by Katie McPherson

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auren Grove is the Ocala-born and -based founder of national wedding blog Every Last Detail, which is overflowing with gorgeous wedding inspiration and tips from Lauren on every aspect of wedding planning imaginable. You can see her posts at theeverylastdetail.com, but we have some exclusive info from her right here. OS: Why did you start your blog?

lg: It was my own wedding that made me get started. I realized a

lot of my wedding regrets were things that went wrong because of my lack of knowledge. I set out to educate brides about weddings because it’s likely they’ve never planned one before and it’s a whole new world. I took a wedding planning class, became a wedding planner and started Every Last Detail thinking I would be a planner. I started working for a company in Tampa as a wedding planner and kept blogging thinking I was building my brand, but instead I built a national wedding planning blog.

OS: What brought you to Ocala? What do you love about it?

lg: My husband and I grew up in Ocala—we met in high school at

Forest. Our family is still here, and my husband is a chiropractor, and he wanted to start a practice, so we chose to come back. We really like the downtown area. We try to frequent downtown establishments as much as possible and attend any events being hosted.

OS: What are the three most common mistakes couples make planning their wedding?

lg: The first thing is that couples think they can’t afford a wedding

planner. A lot of couples also think having a wedding planner results in them not being able to plan their own wedding, which is absolutely not true. They’re there to be a partner and a guide. It would be akin to someone saying ‘I need a tooth pulled’ and pulling it themselves and not going to a dentist. People do this professionally for a reason, and every couple should enjoy their wedding day. Another mistake couples make is that they invite too many guests. The more guests you have the more money you have to spend, and if you have a limited budget, the answer to having the wedding you want is to invite fewer people.

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Three would be that couples try to do everything themselves. DIYing your wedding takes a lot of time, and it puts a lot of stress on the couple, family and friends. There’s a difference between DIY and handmade; DIY means literally doing the whole wedding yourself. You can make your table numbers and runners, things that can be done ahead of time, but if it has to be done on the day of, I would recommend leaving that to a professional.

OS: If you were to plan a Southern wedding of your own, what are a few details you'd have to have?

lg: I would probably have to incorporate family hand-crocheted doilies

into my centerpieces. I would incorporate a Southern-themed signature drink, like something with bourbon, and also some type of Southern food, perhaps shrimp and grits or chicken and waffles. All of those can be done in cool ways, like bite-size form. I would probably incorporate cotton into my centerpieces and florals and probably do a pretty neutral color palette.

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Fortunately, though, scientists have finally exposed the secret of the Swiss. Agroscope experts specializing in agriculture have shared that the infamous holey appearance is caused by tiny bits of hay present in the milk during the cheese-making process. They also found that by using modern methods to extract that milk, the mystery holes became smaller or disappeared completely. Well that sure put our minds at ease! To calm you further, once the open buckets used to store milk were replaced by sealed milk machines, the holes were completely done away with. Less floating particles, less holes. Who knows—solid Swiss just may become a thing in the not-so-distant future.

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AKING A GROCERY LIST FULL OF GREENS AND HEALTH FOODS IS ONE THING. SNACKING ON THEM THROUGHOUT THE WEEK IN PLACE OF THOSE POTATO CHIPS PRACTICALLY SCREAMING YOUR NAME IS ANOTHER. ADAMANTLY TRYING TO EARN YOUR TITLE AS SUPERFOOD JUNKIE? WE CERTAINLY SUPPORT YOU, BUT CHANCES ARE YOU’RE DOING IT ALL WRONG. Eating healthy is about far more than just throwing the right ingredients into your dinner. According to dietitians, the biggest challenge in eating healthy is pinpointed to one thing: how the food is consumed. In an attempt to hide the natural flavor of superfoods, it was found that almost all vitamins and minerals are extracted by so-called health food junkies by the way they prepared the food. That’s right—you ate that broccoli for nothing! As important as it is to receive as much nutritional value as possible, we have 10 superfoods that you will never prepare wrong again!

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Flaxseeds: High in fiber, heart-

healthy omega-3s and lignans, these tiny pods are full of health benefits. Popularly used to sprinkle through smoothies or yogurt, flaxseeds are hardly noticeable. However Katherine Zeratsky, a registered dietician with the MAYO CLINIC, RECOMMENDS EATING FLAXSEEDS GROUND UP. Buy them pre-ground or throw them in a coffee grinder before adding them to your favorite dish. Black tea: Extra tea, HOLD THE

MILK. Studies have shown that the addition of dairy to black tea negates any cardiovascular benefits you may have been hoping to reap. Milk proteins binding with the catechins in tea make the plant compounds more difficult for the body to absorb. Broccoli: Loaded with vitamin

C, chlorophyll, antioxidants and anticarcinogenic compounds, steamed, as the biggest losses in nutrients are attributed to boiling and frying. Strawberries: To get the full

spectrum of health benefits, AVOID CUTTING THESE BERRIES FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE. Certain nutrients—especially vitamin C—are sensitive to light and oxygen and, therefore, begin to deteriorate when the fruit is cut. Garlic: Opposite from strawberries,

the allicin found in garlic actually benefits from oxygen exposure. Chop up some garlic, and let it sit for 10 minutes before adding it to your dish.

Whether you’re watching the game or just meeting friends, SHUCKERS BAR & GRILL is the place to be. Their famous burgers and seafood favorites, including oysters, crab legs and gator tail nuggets will give you the taste of local cooking that’s made Shuckers an Ocala favorite. Join them for happy hour from 2-6pm, and enjoy $2 pints and $6 pitchers of domestic beer. Or, take advantage of the $6 lunch specials weekdays from 12-2pm. Catch Ladies Night on Wednesdays and all-you-can-eat Cajun boil crawfish on Sundays. And don’t forget to visit their Facebook page for daily lunch and dinner specials and happy hour offerings.

Whole grains and beans: Intact

whole grains that still have the outer layer should be SOAKED IN WATER OVERNIGHT TO HELP RELEASE THE PHYTATES. In addition to helping you get the maximum amount of nutrients like iron and zinc, the soaking process also means less work for your digestive tract. Yogurt: You know the water that

seems to be sitting stagnate atop your yogurt? Well, that’s whey, and it’s very good for you! Containing protein and vitamin B12, along with minerals like calcium and phosphorus, rather than dumping the whey out, give your yogurt a quick stir so you retain all of its health benefits. Tomatoes: Time to kick the tall-tale

that insists eating raw veggies is always best to the curb! WHEN IT COMES TO TOMATOES, YOU’RE BETTER OFF COOKING THEM.

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Grilled meat: Cancer-causing

chemicals are formed when meats are cooked using high-temperature methods like chargrilling. Don’t rely on the color of the cooked meat to gauge food safety. Use a food thermometer that shows that meats are cooked to a safe minimum internal temperature as recommended by the USDA.

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asparagus, SAVE THE LEFT OVER WATER. Rich in vitamins and minerals, you can add it to sauce or soup for some extra value!

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With abundant menu choices and over 100 off-menu rolls, you certainly won’t run out of options at Tony’s Sushi. If you can’t decide, the waitstaff is excellent at suggesting items you’re sure to enjoy. Every roll and sushi dish is made to order from the freshest ingredients. In the steakhouse area, highly trained chefs prepare a memorable meal as they cook on the tableside grills, preparing chicken, steak or seafood just the way you like it. Entrées include soup or salad and rice. Family-friendly, casual atmosphere, along with a full bar, including imported Japanese sake and beer selections. Like us

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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.

100 Proof Saloon 1735 N Pine Ave, Ocala / (352) 512-0233 / Mon-Sun 11a-2a

With a full menu of unique favorites—like their fried bologna sandwich, gator tail nuggets and pulled pork tacos—you can enjoy lunch, dinner or a night out inside or on the patio. If you can handle the heat, start your meal off with their Jalapeño Bottle Caps (lightly battered jalapeño slices) or their 100 Proof Hot Wings. With a non-smoking interior, it’s a great place to grab anything from a salad or a burger to shrimp or tacos. Take-out and free Wi-Fi are available, too.

From sandwiches and salads to gator tail nuggets and 100 Proof Hot Wings, there’s something for everyone at 100 Proof Saloon. Taco Tuesdays every Tuesday!

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Although it’s easier (and sometimes tastier) to toss your favorite Little Debbie snack into the cart versus standing in the produce section comparing ripe to not ripe, we all know which is the smarter choice. It’s those impulse buys that will get us in the end! In fact in a new study by RAND Health, people who said they always use a shopping list had a healthier weight, opposed to those winging it. The study, which questioned 1,300 shoppers about their grocery habits, found nearly a third always use a shopping list, while 17 percent admitted to leaving the list behind. Another 26 percent didn’t even bother to write the list in the first place. Study participants were also weighed, with the scale tipping in favor of those who planned their grocery outings. On average, they were 5 pounds less. What are you waiting for? Grab your pencil and pad of paper and start writing.

restaurant’s arrival to Ocala has been highly anticipated by fans, and with good ol’ southern favorites like okra, barbecue beans, corn bread and mac and cheese, they continue to impress. Try their basted and smoked southern pig ribs, the Cattle Co. prime rib or endless soup and salad bars. This family-friendly smokehouse is ideal for family dinners or nights out with friends. Ask your server about daily and weekly specials.

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SHOPPING 1. Bakery and bread

6. Soups and canned goods

Whole wheat bread, pita pockets, English muffins and tortillas are healthier staples, usually containing at least three to four grams of fiber and fewer than 100 calories per slice. Who says you can’t love your bread!

Look for lower sodium in canned food such as broths and beans.

2. Meat and seafood

Lean meats with little marbling are often big on flavor and low in fat. Chicken or turkey breasts, ground turkey or chicken, salmon, halibut, trout and reduced sodium, nitrate-free lunchmeat are perfect examples. 3. Pasta and rice Sticking to whole grains when picking up rice and pasta is always a good idea.

4. Oils, sauces, dressings and condiments

Surprisingly high in sodium and sugar, you have to be careful about what you pick to complement your food. Although you should steer clear of mayonnaise and other high-fat spreadables, others like tomato sauce, mustard, barbecue sauce, salsa and hot pepper sauce are all OK! 5. Breakfast food Buying oatmeal, cereals and cereal bars high in fiber and low in sugar will make for a great start to your day. Use berries, dried fruit or nuts to add your own sweet touch.

southernpigandcattlecompany.com 7. Dairy, cheese and eggs

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Skim and soy are healthy ways to build your bones. Stronger cheeses like Parmesan and goat cheese are great additions to the saying “less is more.” And eggs? High in protein, they’re a musthave in every fridge.

8. Snacks and crackers

Instead of loading up on sugar and salt, try dried fruit, nuts and seeds. You can even indulge in some dark chocolate every now and again. 9. Produce The key to finding fruits and veggies with the most nutrients is all in the color. Time to stock up on some bananas, apples and oranges. And while you’re at it, why not grab some baby spinach, berries and carrot sticks, too!

10. Drinks

Who knows? You may find you like sparkling water more than soda! Unsweetened green and flavored teas are also cooling options.

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HEN IT COMES TO GROCERY SHOPPING, THE RULE BOOK IS PRETTY THIN. NO RIDING THE CART, NO BRINGING YOUR HUSBANDS AND, MOST DEFINITELY, NO SHOPPING ON AN EMPTY STOMACH. HOWEVER, MADE EVIDENT BY THE COOKIE DOUGH IN THE CHILD’S SEAT AND THE BAGS OF CHIPS BURYING THE VEGGIES, THE MOST COMMON OFFENSE IS NO DOUBT THE LATTER.

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The Ivy House Restaurant 917 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala / (352) 622-5550 Sun 11a-2p / Tue 11a-2p / Wed & Thu 11a-8p / Fri & Sat 11a-8:30p / Closed Mon 106 NW Main St, Williston / (352) 528-5410 Sun-Wed 11a-2p / Thu-Sat 11a-8p / ivyhousefl.com “Come on home, it’s suppertime!” is our motto. We want you to feel you have come to our house to eat. The family-owned Ivy House Restaurant now has two locations, Williston and Ocala. The downtown Ocala location has added several specialty items, and the restaurant has been named by Florida Trend as one of the “Top 500 Best Places to Eat in the State” for several years. Specials include Southern Fried Lobster, delicious hand-cut steaks and our famous Baked Krispy Chicken. Trying our delicious homemade desserts like the Key Lime Pie or Chocolate Midnight Cake is a must when dining here.

We will design and cater your elegant bridal luncheon, rehearsal dinner, or your wedding reception. We cater any size event at your venue or ours.

Crossroads Country Kitchen 7947 W Highway 40, Ocala / (352) 237-1250 Mon-Thu 6a-8p / Fri-Sat 6a-9p / Sun 7a-3p Located west on Highway 40 in Ocala, the Crossroads Country Kitchen is a must for anyone craving down-home, country cooking. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, menu items range from a wide variety of homemade soups and chili to prime rib, fresh salads, seafood, prime steaks and burgers. If you’re in the mood for a real treat, try the Prime Rib Dinner For Two for $26.95. Make sure to leave room for one of the tasty home-baked desserts! In the mood for a fresh fish fry? Tuesdays and Fridays are all-you-care-to-eat catfish or whitefish. Make Wednesday a must for fresh Roast Turkey Dinner with all the fixin’s. Big screen televisions will allow you to enjoy your meal without missing one second of the big game or race.

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

Brooklyn’s Backyard 2019 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Suite #102, Ocala / (352) 304-6292 brooklynsbackyard.com / Sun 11a-8p / Mon-Wed 11a-9p / Thu-Sat 11a-whenever Head down to the “Yard” for fresh food and fun in a relaxed, backyard atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for finger foods like the fried cheese bites or something more exotic like pierogies or poutine, they’ve got it and it’s delicious! Try one of their fresh fish entrées. In the mood for wings? Get the best from the 2015 King of Wings. Want pizza? They got it, NY style, plus a full range of fresh salads, burgers, sandwiches and entrées sure to suit everyone! There’s beer and wine in the ‘Yard,” too—over 40 craft beers and a great selection of wines, all sure to perfectly complement your meal!

Winner of 2015 King of Wings! We cater! Let us create an unforgettable menu for your next special occasion. Come enjoy our new summer menu, including fresh fish, lobster rolls, watermelon salad and more. Check out live music on Fridays. Brooklyn’s Backyard—Good Beer, Better Food!

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Here are 10 foods guaranteed to, um, loosen you up! » Prunes: Famously known for curing constipation, they are the go-to food when this situation arises. The reason? One prune has about one gram of fiber—a very concentrated amount! They also have fructans and sorbitol, fermentable sugars that can have a laxative effect. » Kiwis: High-fiber, lower-sugar fruits that don’t bring on the bloated tummy, like kiwi, are often rich in fiber. One cup of kiwi offers 5 grams of fiber. » Popcorn: Popcorn How can you go wrong with this snack? Just as tasty as potato chips, popcorn is an easy way to add more fiber to your day. Three cups of air-popped popcorn contains 3 grams of fiber (and just 93 calories). » Water: Drinking the recommended eight to 10 glasses of water a day helps to keep your colon cleansed. » Flaxseeds: Just a tablespoon of ground flaxseeds amounts to two grams of fiber. Adding a few tablespoons to certain meals throughout the day, such as smoothies, oatmeal, salads and even atop a pizza, can help your intestines get back on track. The best part is you will barely notice a difference in the taste of your food. » Oranges: A fresh orange contains a flavonol called

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naringenin, which works like a laxative to help treat constipation. One orange offers 4 grams of fiber and only 86 calories!

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» Oatmeal: Contributing to both fiber needs, oatmeal contains 2 grams of insoluble and 2 grams of soluble fiber. Insoluble fiber adds bulk to stool and helps food pass more quickly through the stomach and intestines, and soluble fiber dissolves in water and forms a gel-like material. Working together, the stool is softened and easier to pass.

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» Aloe vera water: Gaining more attention lately than its biggest competitor, coconut water, aloe vera water can act as a laxative for some people. Start with 2 ounces, and work your way up to 8. » Spinach: Besides being rich in fiber, spinach contains magnesium, a mineral that helps draw water in to flush things through the intestines. Adding more magnesium-rich foods to your diet no doubt would be a good idea. » Yogurt: With a reputation to replenish the good bacteria in your gut, many yogurts contain live active bacterial cultures, or probiotics. In fact, in one metaanalysis in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2014, probiotics helped increase the number of bowel movements by 1.3 per week. week

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ONSTIPATION. NOT EXACTLY THE IDEAL TOPIC TO BE DISCUSSED OVER DINNER, BUT WE MAY NOT HAVE A CHOICE. ASIDE FROM THE REGULAR REMEDIES RANGING FROM PRUNES TO KIWIS, ON TONIGHT’S MENU, WE HAVE SOME EXTRA FIBER AND SOMETHING TELLS US IT WILL DO MORE THAN FILL US UP.

finish it off with an authentic café con leche Cuban espresso or a mango milkshake. Momma V’s also has kids’ menu options like chicken tenders and hamburgers to keep everyone in the family happy.

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2015 Best of Taste Winner and Best Taste People’s Choice Mesa de Notte features a full-service bar serving beer, wine and liquor. Just Before Dark Dinners start August, 2015. Monday thru Thursday 3 - 5:30pm.

Gator Joe’s Beach Bar & Grill 12431 SE 135th Ave., Ocklawaha / (352) 288-3100 / gatorjoesocala.com Mon-Thu 11a-9p / Fri 11a-10p / Sat 10:30a-10p / Sun 10:30a-9p Come enjoy casual lakeside dining at Gator Joe’s Beach Bar & Grill on gorgeous Lake Weir where you can kick back and relax. Their courteous and knowledgeable staff can supply you with an ice-cold beverage from the full-service liquor bar, or choose from the craft or draught beer selection. While sitting on the deck over the water, be sure to indulge in Gator Joe’s island-inspired cuisine—from their delicious gator tail and fried shrimp to hometown favorites like the juicy 1/2-pound Joe’s Big Burger or excellent chicken wings. Bring the entire family to the beautiful white sand beach where you can cool off in the water or simply watch the world go by from the comfort of a well-placed chair.

Gator Joe’s has plenty of parking, whether you arrive by land, water or air! We have happy hour MonThu from 4-6pm, all-you-can-eat fried fish on Fridays from 4pm to close and live entertainment on the weekends Fri-Sun.

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 and 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, 3-7pm. Everything is 2-4-1 (exceptions may apply).

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FAMILY FAVORITE WINNER Spicy Peanut Butter Glazed Salmon Skewers with Warm Rice Slaw Janice Elder, Charlotte, North Carolina 1

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Heat oven to 350°F. Generously grease and flour bundt pan. Set aside. In large bowl, mix together butter, peanut butter, orange juice and orange zest until well combined and creamy. Beat in sugar, eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; then stir half into peanut butter mixture. Stir in half of buttermilk. Add remaining flour and buttermilk, mixing until just blended. (Don’t overmix or cake will be tough.) Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 45-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan about 5-10 minutes; then remove cake from pan and cool completely. For frosting, beat all ingredients together to pourable consistency. Pour over cake, and sprinkle with chopped peanuts.

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Or charming chairs for that matter! The annual CHAIR-ITY event to benefit local charities 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 a collection of decorated chair creations hand-crafted by the Realtors themselves. Each will be auctioned off in an effort to raise much-needed funds for local charities. Outstanding cuisine is always provided by the area’s top restaurants and several silent auction items will be up for bid as well. 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. omcar.com or (352) 690-1787.

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TEE OFF FOR THE FIRST TEE The 5TH ANNUAL FIRST TEE OF GREATER OCALA GOLF TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER will take place at Golden Ocala. The tournament raises funds for The First Tee golf program in Ocala, which supported over 900 young, up-and-coming golf stars in 2015. The tournament features a four-person scramble format with a deli lunch and registration beginning at 11:30am. The field is filling up fast so reserve your spot to tee off today! firstteegreaterocala.org or (352)362-2258.

CANADA, EH? The Ocala Civic Theatre invites interested theatergoers to travel to Niagara Falls and Beyond. The trip is centered around Canada’s SHAW THEATRE FESTIVAL held at Niagara-on-the-Lake in the heart of Canada’s wine country. Visitors will spend the first night at the beautiful Fallsview Marriott with dinner at Canyon Creek Chophouse followed by sightseeing. The next day, it’s on to the festival, where visitors will have the opportunity to see two of the six shows available over the course of the three-day festival with additional touring options available. For more information, contact the Ocala Civic Theatre for details. ocalacivictheatre.com or (352) 236-2274.

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IRBY FAMILY FARM IS PERHAPS BEST KNOWN FOR ITS 100-PLUS-YEAR-OLD STEAM ENGINE THAT SITS PROUDLY ON DISPLAY ON DARYL’S AND HIS WIFE, TRACY’S, WILLISTON FARM. VISITORS TO SOME OF THE FARM’S ANNUAL EVENTS ARE NO STRANGERS TO THE RELIC THAT ONCE RAN ALONG THE RAILWAYS OF DAYS GONE BY. And although the Kirbys spend countless hours

tending to their farm and planning the many events they host throughout the year, they’ve decided to take on one more. The first annual Six Gun Territory Wild West Weekend will feature shoot em’ up gun fights, cowboys, can-can girls and much more. Daryl Kirby took a few minutes to tell us a little about this event and why it means so much to him.

Where did you come up with this idea for a Wild West Weekend?

teach this to a generation that lacks this ability today.

I was approached by a man who hosts Wild West shows. He offered to supply everything we would need if we could host the event on the farm as a fundraiser. I couldn’t turn down an offer like that.

You’re calling this event a Six Gun Territory Reunion of sorts. What does that mean?

What does Six Gun Territory mean to you? Six Gun Territory was a part of my childhood. I used my imagination as a child to build wild west scenes, and I want kids today to use their own imaginations. I believe it’s important to

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We want to honor the original Six Gun Territory. We’ve got some of the original train robbery scripts that we’ll be performing as well as tribute can-can dancers, too. We’ll also have a memorabilia area and an original stagecoach on display.

What else can visitors expect? The train will run every 30 minutes, and we’ll have hayrides to the “bad guy” hideouts, gunfights, rides, an autograph area, live music and so much more. It’s going to be a pretty exciting weekend, and more people want to get involved every day.

What do you expect from this first annual event? We just want people to have a good time. We do our best, and we want everyone to feel like family. We have around 150 volunteers, so I think it will be a special event.

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For more information or to purchase tickets, visit kirbyfarm.com or visit Kirby Family Farm’s Facebook page

UPCOMING EXHIBITS AT THE APPLETON (ONGOING) People & Places Of North Vietnam, 19481968: Selections From The Bruce H. Blowitz Collection features a sizable collection of rare mid-20th century Vietnamese works on paper, including historically invaluable Communist party propaganda posters. The exhibit runs through October 4. Masterworks From The International Guild Of Realism features 65 award-winning works that range from the ultra-contemporary to timeless and traditional Realism. The exhibit runs September 5 through November 1. A presentation by Appleton curator Ruth Grim will be held on September 24 discussing the realist paintings from the Renaissance period to present day. The presentation will run 6-7:30pm. The Ocala Art Group’s annual juried exhibition will be on display September 12-November 1. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. CALL TO ARTISTS (THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30) The City of Ocala is officially calling all interested sculptors to take part in the Third Annual Outdoor Sculpture Contest held at historic Tuscawilla Park. In honor of the centennial celebration of Ocala’s own Tuscawilla, the prize money has been increased by $10,000. The competition is open to artists 18 and older working in North America. Ten artists will be chosen to display their work beginning in February 2016 for a 20-month exhibition. Interested artists may submit up to three works by the deadline. ocalafl.org/outdoorsculpture or (352) 368-5517. MARION COUNTY CHILI COOK-OFF REGISTRATION (ONGOING) Registration is now open for the 34th Annual Marion County Chili Cook-off. Continued on page 90

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VILLAGES POLO CLUB (ONGOING) The Villages Polo Club will host a match every Friday evening at 5pm and every Sunday at 2pm throughout the month. General admission is $15, and tailgating tickets are available. Only cash will be accepted at the gate. thevillagesentertainment.com

or (352) 750-7656. FREE YOGA FOR VETERANS (ONGOING) Bliss Yoga and Wellness Center will host a free yoga class for active-duty and military veterans every Wednesday at 12:15pm. Classes are taught by a military veteran and are suitable for all fitness and experience levels. (352) 694-YOGA. FREE ESL CLASSES (ONGOING) Free ESL classes will be held every Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Ocala at 6pm. Three levels of classes are

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Join us for Health Presentations: 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Dermatology & Skin Health 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. - Benefits of Physical Therapy on the Aging Population

You will also enjoy: Refreshments FREE Blood Pressure Checks FREE Physical Therapy Assessments FREE Drawings for Dinners to Various Local Restaurants

Kindly RSVP by Monday, October 12th to 352-237-4133. Family Practice Internal Medicine Geriatrics Preventative Medicine Cardiology Women’s Health Physical Medicine Physical Therapy Dermatology Aesthetics Full Service Lab Digital X-Ray Ultrasound 64 Slice CT 1.5 High Field MRI Stress Testing Ocala Family Medical Center 2230 SW 19th Avenue Road Ocala, FL 34471

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Ready for kickoff? Don’t miss a game! Here are the home schedules for everyone you root for.

HIGH SCHOOL BELLEVIEW Sept. 11 Sept. 18 Sept. 25 Oct. 23 Oct. 30 Nov. 6

LAKE WEIR Crystal River Dunnellon Wildwood North Marion Crescent City Williston

7:30p 7:30p 7:30p 7:30p 7:30p 7:30p

Citrus South Lake Mount Dora The Villages Charter

7:30p 7:30p 7:30p 7:30p

Eustis Gainesville Vanguard Citrus

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DUNNELLON Sept. 11 Sept. 25 Oct. 2 Oct. 30

FOREST Sept. 11 Oct. 2 Oct. 30 Nov. 6

Sept. 11 Oct. 2 Oct. 9 Oct. 16 Oct. 30

TRINITY CATHOLIC Trinity Catholic Belleview Eastside Forest Leesburg

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NORTH MARION Sept. 4 Sept. 18 Sept. 25 Oct. 2 Oct. 9 Nov. 5

Forest Pasco Gainesville Eastside Lake Worth Lake Weir

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OCALA CHRISTIAN Sept. 4 Sept. 11 Oct. 2 Oct. 9

Mount Dora Bible Legacy Charter CFL Christian Academy St. John Lutheran

7:00p 7:00p 7:00p 7:00p

Sept. 18 Wakulla Oct. 1 First Academy Oct. 16 Father Lopez

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VANGUARD Sept. 11 Oct. 2 Oct. 23 Nov. 6

North Marion Leesburg Lake Weir Mount Dora

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Vanguard Lake Howell Edgewater East Ridge Dunnellon

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WEST PORT Sept. 4 Sept. 18 Oct. 2 Oct. 16 Nov. 6

ST. JOHN LUTHERAN Sept. 11 Mount Dora Bible Oct. 2 Seven Rivers Christian Oct. 16 Legacy Charter

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NCAA UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA Sept. 5 Sept. 12 Sept. 26 Oct. 3 Nov. 7 Nov. 21 Nov. 28

New Mexico State East Carolina Tennessee Ole Miss Vanderbilt Florida Atlantic Florida State

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FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY Sept. 5 Texas State Sept. 12 USF

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Miami Louisville Syracuse NC State Chattanooga

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FIU Furman UConn Houston

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UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI Sept. 5 Sept. 19 Oct. 17 Oct. 24 Nov. 7 Nov. 21

Bethune-Cookman Nebraska Virginia Tech Clemson Virginia Georgia Tech

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NFL TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS Sept. 13 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Nov. 8 Nov. 15 Dec. 6 Dec. 13 Dec. 27

Titans Panthers Jaguars Giants Cowboys Falcons Saints Bears

MIAMI DOLPHINS 4:25p 1:00p 1:00p 4:05p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 19 Nov. 29 Dec. 13 Dec. 20

Panthers Dolphins Texans Bills Titans Chargers Colts Falcons

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Buccaneers Bills Jets Texans Cowboys Ravens Giants Colts

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Sept. 3 Sept. 14 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Nov. 1 Nov. 22 Nov. 29 Dec. 27

Ravens Eagles Texans Redskins Buccaneers Colts Vikings Panthers

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for one of these two- or fourhour trips throughout Marion County. All equipment is provided. marioncountyfl.org or (352) 671-8560. OPENING NIGHT TICKET SALES (THROUGH OCTOBER 23) Tickets are now on sale for the opening night concert at the newly renovated Reilly Center. The inaugural concert will include selections from Disney’s Fantasia, and guests will be treated to Gustav Holst’s The Planets, seen like never before with a live orchestra and HD video projections above the stage. Tickets can be purchased through the Ocala Symphony. ocalasymphony.com or (352) 351-1606. KAYAK AND PADDLEBOARDING (ONGOING) The Marion County Department of Parks and Recreation will host numerous kayak and paddleboard outings and clinics throughout the month. Visit the website or call for a list of locations and times. marioncountlyfl.org or (352) 671-8560. YOGA (THROUGH NOVEMBER) A free yoga class will be offered at Sholom Park in Ocala on the first Saturday of the month through November. Class begins at 9am. (352) 854-7950. SENIOR LEARNERS COURSES (THROUGH NOVEMBER) A number of courses will be available for seniors at the College of Central Florida. seniorlearners.org or (352) 239-8780. FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK (SEPTEMBER 4) Local artists will be presenting their work and crafts in the downtown business district from 6-9pm. The evening Continued on page 94

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or (352) 274-0637.

FREE ENGLISH CLASSES (SEPTEMBER 9) The College Road Baptist Church in Ocala will host free English classes every Wednesday evening at 6pm through May. Nursery, children and teen activities; adult bible study; and assistance in applying and studying for the citizenship test are also available during the same time. Childcare is provided. (352) 854-6981.

OCALA CARNIVAL (September 4-6)

The First Annual Ocala Carnival is a threeday celebration of all things Caribbean. Presented by the North Central Caribbean Culture Carnival Association, the event will begin with a kickoff party at Jumbolair featuring Caribbean cuisine and entertainment by DJ Spice. Saturday features a day of vendors, arts and crafts, face-painting and a concert from 4-9pm. An after party will feature Caribbean-inspired cuisine, dancing, prizes and more. The event closes Sunday with a parade at 2pm on Martin Luther King Blvd. ncccca.org or (352) 470-7799. FIRST SATURDAY ART PROGRAM (SEPTEMBER 5) 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.

GAINESVILLE LATINO FILM FESTIVAL (SEPTEMBER 10-30) The Latina Women’s League will present a film festival at several locations in Gainesville during Hispanic Heritage Month. For a complete list of films, visit

CENTRAL FLORIDA MASTER CHOIR REHEARSALS (SEPTEMBER 8) Rehearsals will begin for the Central Florida Master Choir December performances. Interested singers should contact Dr. Hal McSwain to arrange an audition. cfmasterchoir.org or (352) 615-7677.

HORSE SHOW (SEPTEMBER 12) A horse show to benefit the Run For the Ribbons Thoroughbred Retirement Program will be held at Cedar Lock Farm in Morriston. The show will feature a number of hunter and jumper classes and begins at

gainesvillelatinofilmfestival.com or (732) 362-1589.

8:30am. cedarlockfarm.com or (508) 491-7760. GARDEN WORKSHOP (SEPTEMBER 13) Silver Springs Park will host a Garden Workshop on the second Sunday of each month at 1pm. The goal is to provide the home gardener with the information necessary to create a low-maintenance and diverse garden compatible with the local ecosystem. Exact locations of each workshop will vary. (352) 236-7156. ADULT CO-ED SOFTBALL (SEPTEMBER 14) The league kicks off registration for adult co-ed softball at Wrigley Fields on Sept. 14, with games beginning on Oct. 5. This is a strictly non-competitive recreational league for the average softball player. Bats and balls are provided. Games are held on Mondays starting at 6:30pm. League is limited to eight teams with 14 players per team, and players must be 17 years or older. Cost is $20 player. marioncountyfl.org or (352) 671-8560. INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES (SEPTEMBER 15) The College of Central Florida will present the film We Are The Best as part of the International Film Series. The film will be shown at 2pm at the Appleton Museum. Viewers pay museum admission unless they are a museum member or a patron of the CF International Film Series. Series membership is $15 for individuals and $25 for dual membership. cf.edu or (352) 854-2322, ext. 1233. SILENT AUCTION FUNDRAISER (SEPTEMBER 17) A silent auction fundraising event to benefit Pay it Forward Outreach will take place at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club. The event will feature two live artistic performances by Jared Emerson, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar and runs 5-7pm.

A $75 donation will be accepted. payitforwardoutreach.com or (352) 620-8545. DOWNTOWN SUMMER JAMS (SEPTEMBER 18) Local young bands will perform live on Citizens’ Circle in downtown Ocala. If you’re hungry, food trucks will be on hand to satisfy your appetite. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5517. CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT (SEPTEMBER 19) A cornhole tournament will take place at Jervey Gantt featuring a double elimination format. The event will feature free hotdogs, bounce houses, keg beer and activities. Registration begins at 1pm, and the tournament starts at 2pm. Early team registration is $25, or registration is $30 the day of the event. Proceeds benefit Prayers of Hannah. (352) 396-0217. GOURD ARTIST CLASS (SEPTEMBER 19) The Marion County Gourd Artists Association will host a class at the Cherokee Park Recreation Center in Belleview at 10am. marioncountygourdartists.com or (352) 245-7203.

ELEPHANT APPRECIATION DAY FUNDRAISER (SEPTEMBER 19-20) Two Tails Ranch in Williston will host its 4th Annual Elephant Appreciation Day Fundraiser. The event will feature all things elephant, pony and camel rides, face-painting, live music, entertainment, a vendor village and much more. Admission is $10, and the event runs 11am-5pm both days. allaboutelephants.com or (352) 359-6676. GARDEN GROUPIES (SEPTEMBER 22) The Grumbles House Garden Shop in Dunnellon will host a free informative get-together for gardeners. The event will feature a talk, gardening Continued on page 96

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THELOCALSCENE / Continued from page 92 tips and refreshments and begins at 10:30am. (352) 465-1460.

runs 10am-2:30pm. ocalafl.org or (352) 401-3916.

THEMED TOUR AT THE APPLETON (SEPTEMBER 24) A themed tour will be held at 2pm entitled Glass and Art. The tour will focus on the history of glass and its diversity in art. The tour will meet in the lobby. appleonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.

GOLF TOURNAMENT (OCTOBER 3) The Third Annual Johnson Golf Tournament to benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America will be held at the Juliette Falls Golf Club in Dunnellon. Registration is $125 per player and $400 per foursome and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch, raffles, contests, and prizes and more. The event is a “best ball format” with a shotgun start at 9am. golf4guts.com or (352) 266-2399.

ASTRONAUT MEET & GREET (SEPTEMBER 26) Visit the Island Grove Wine Company Tasting House from 1-4pm to meet and have your photo taken with Commander Bruce Melnick who flew in space aboard the Shuttle Discovery and the Shuttle Endeavor. This is a family-friendly event. (352) 481-1012. HARN MUSEUM CELEBRATION (SEPTEMBER 25, 27) The Harn Museum of Art invites the public to celebrate its 25th anniversary by purchasing tickets to 25 Candles, a fundraising benefit party held Sept. 25, and attending a free family-friendly public celebration on Sept. 27. Guests may choose from a range of ticket packages, and depending on the package chosen, guests will enjoy dance and musical performances, a sit-down dinner, cocktails, fireworks and dancing with a special guest DJ for the 9pm “After Party.” harn.ufl.edu/25candles. APPLETON AFTER HOURS (OCTOBER 1) The popular after hours event features live music and dancing, tastings from area restaurants and art by the Ocala Art Group. The event runs 5-7pm. Admission is free for members and $10 for non-members. appleonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. SPORTSABILITY OCALA (OCTOBER 1) This annual event introduces a variety of therapeutic events for individuals with disabilities. The event is held at the E.D. Croskey Recreation Complex, Hampton Aquatic FUN Center and MLK Recreation Complex and

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LADIES FIRST HALF MARATHON & 5K (OCTOBER 4) Destination Training presents its annual event in the fall and will dedicate all proceeds to the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation. The weekend opens with a pre-race poolside reception Saturday night at 7pm. On Sunday, the half marathon starts at 7:30am, and the 5K will begin at 7:40am. Women’s and men’s teams will race through new features on new courses, and of course, a champagne brunch will be waiting at the finish line to refuel. ladiesfirstocala.com. POKER RUN (OCTOBER 10) Women in the Wind Inc. will sponsor Ride Pink, a poker run to benefit All About You. The run begins at 8am, and poker hands are $15 and $5 for extra passengers. The stops include Lake Medical Imaging at Mulberry Grove, Yours Truly at Friendship Square, Mojo’s and then back to the square in Ocala for free food and entertainment with wristband. Drinks and snacks will be handed out at all stops also. Prizes for first, second and last place. womeninthewind.org or (352) 854-4541.

To have an event considered for Ocala Style Magazine’s The Scene Send a short description (and a color photo, if possible) 60 days in advance to: email: calendar@ocalastyle.com fax: (352) 732-0226 mail: Ocala Style Magazine The Scene, 1007 E. Fort King St., Ocala, FL 34471


Walk the (ice)walk It’s healthy. It’s easy. It’s free— and it’s an upcoming event!

We got the beat

The wildest new developments in fitness and healthcare.

Sweet ‘n’ Spicy

This salsa chicken is secretly good for you. Don’t tell your taste buds!

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A personal message from Dr. Asad Qamar.

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A PERSONAL NOTE FROM OUR FOUNDER

It’s your move… Friends, In this issue of IMPULSE we are looking at the how and why of being on the move. We all know that exercise is something we need to do. But we may not be quite sure of the benefits and how they could apply to our own lives. Then again, sometimes it just does us good to be reminded of something we think we already know…. Our first article — Make Our Move — looks at some of the benefits of exercise and how just moving a little more every day can help those add up over time. One of the benefits that may surprise you is how exercise works not just our muscles and joints, but our brains as well. And who doesn’t want to look better, feel better and even think better? All we have to do is move!

“We see even more people enjoying a walk in the fresh air with friends and family — even new friends they just met at ICE Walk — than the year before.”

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TrekDesk is a treadmill desk that fits almost any treadmill. Answer the phone, email, compose letters, write reports, work the computer — while you walk. Lose 50–70 pounds a year! Reduce stress. Increase productivity. Do your heart some good while you do your job! source: www.TrekDesk.com

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Get a leg up with LEO The LEO legband reads you, advises you, diagnoses you, analyzes your form, improves your performance and keeps you safe. It measures lactic acid buildup and hydration breakdown and is ideal for elite athletes and weekend warriors alike. source: www.indiegogo.com/projects/leo-fitness-intelligence

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Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory, and learning.

energy. We’ll feel it in the grocery aisle and going up and down the stairs at home. When we do yard work, play sports, or walk the dog, the boost in energy we get from exercising will improve every facet of our lives. Not a bad trade off for a few minutes a day of doing something we need to do anyway. Better sleep and better sex. That got your attention didn’t it? Exercise helps us with both of those, not necessarily in that order. When we’re more active, we get to sleep faster, sleep deeper and stay asleep longer. Studies show we’ll also enjoy better sex lives. It’s true. Not just because we’ll be in better shape and feeling better about ourselves. But women who exercise regularly can experience greater arousal. Men can stave off problems with erectile dysfunction. Makes that treadmill look like a smart investment after all, doesn’t it? What’s it all mean, really? The more we stay active, the more ways our bodies will find to thank us for it. Simple — and simply amazing — as that.

Fit Body, Fit Brain The tendency is to think that all that running, weight lifting, tennis, bike riding and beach volleyball benefits our hearts and lungs, muscles and joints exclusively. But


health and medical experts have known for over a decade that one of the most important beneficiaries of all that exercise lies in the space between our ears. Our brains derive a long list of benefits from a consistently active lifestyle — starting with stress reduction. Put in the time on a treadmill or weight training. Bend and twist in a yoga class. Learn a new dance move. Our brains respond by releasing chemicals — serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine — and the reward is significant. According to a 2010 study at UCSF, we could actually be reversing the aging effects of stress on a cellular level. Plus, we’ll feel good about it. Research has shown that exercising enough to burn off just 350 calories three times a week can counter the effects of depression almost as well as taking a prescription antidepressant. Want to get smarter? Exercise. According to Harvard Medical School psychiatrist John Ratey, “Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory, and learning. Even 10 minutes of activity changes your brain.” Why is that? Exercise releases brain chemicals called growth factors that help grow new brain cells and increase cell-to-cell connections. If the exercise is more complicated — like playing tennis or participating in a dance class — the effects are enhanced. It seems, if we have to think about being coordinated, so much the better. Even going for a walk can have a powerful effect on our brain health. Canadian researchers studied elderly adults over a two to five-

year period and found that mild activity — walking, gardening, cleaning — helped mitigate memory loss and keep skills like vocabulary retrieval more robust. The Alzheimer’s Research Center has even said that exercise may be one of our best tools to help stave off the disease. The hippocampus is one of the first targets of Alzheimer’s and exercise appears to help protect that region of our brain, thus lowering the risk or lessening the impact of this terrible disease.

The Results Add Up We can mark the benefits of exercise by our watches and our calendars. In the first hour after a strenuous bout of exercise, our immune system gets a boost from an elevated immunoglobulin level — proteins that fight infection. Our brains are flooded with happy chemicals like serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. Stress dissipates and even at rest, we’re burning calories. Strength train at least twice a week and the “after burn” is especially pronounced. A study at Ohio University shows that our metabolisms continue to burn calories up to thirty-eight hours after we work out. Within a day of exercising, we’re already adding lean muscle. Strength training routines make our bodies rev up the metabolism to repair the micro-tears weight training causes in our muscles. (Interestingly, preliminary research shows that women respond and recover from weight training faster than men.) Our hearts will be healthier. Any exercise session that breaks a sweat will lower our blood

Any exercise session that breaks a sweat will lower blood pressure for up to 16 hours.

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and our clothes will fit better. Within one year of adopting a regular schedule of exercise that includes cardio and weight training, our endurance and aerobic fitness will skyrocket. In fact, endurance can more than double in that time. Our hearts

Longer life. Easier life. Happier life. are working much more efficiently. Our cells will have become micro factories, burning fat 24/7. Cancer risk will plummet — a study of more than 14,800 women with superior aerobic fitness showed them to be 55% less likely to die from breast cancer than women who did nothing. Women with medium fitness still improved their odds by 33%.

We’ll also live longer and happier lives. People who exercise regularly and who attain a higher level of fitness have “better telomeres.” Telomeres are the DNA strands on the ends of our chromosomes that protect against damage. Better protection means slower aging. Our mood will be enhanced; as much by the knowledge of how we’re taking control of our own health as by the chemical reactions we’re creating in our brains. The simple fact is that our bodies were created and evolved to move. They want to move; on every level, from muscle and bone to hormones and brain. We ignore that genetic imperative at our peril. “Use it or lose it” comes to mind. If we start out slow — discuss exercise with a physician beforehand to be safe — the benefits are guaranteed to be amazing. Longer life? Easier life? Happier life? What more incentive do we really need than that?

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pressure for up to sixteen hours. A vigorous session will do more than an average one. LDL levels will be more reduced, improving our cholesterol numbers. After one week of exercise we will have reduced our risk of diabetes. As we maintain a consistent workout schedule, we increase sensitivity to insulin, lowering our blood sugar levels and decreasing the threat of type-2 diabetes. Our ability to take in oxygen — VO2 max — will have increased by five percent. Long-term benefits will continue to accumulate as we get stronger and increase endurance. We’ll see it in the amount of weight we can move and the number of reps we can accomplish. It’s also in the increased speed and length of time we can maintain a jog or run. We’ll feel it in a general feeling of wellbeing and an enhanced selfimage. We’ll have dropped body fat


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• 1 tsp canola or corn oil

Salsa • 2 slice pineapples, each 1/2 inch thick, patted dry • 1 cup whole strawberries, diced • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion • 3–4 Tbsp chopped, fresh mint leaves • 1–2 tsp sugar • 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes • 1 medium lemon

Chicken • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 4 ounces each), all visible fat discarded • 2 tsp salt-free steak seasoning • 1/4 tsp salt

1. Preheat grill on medium high. Brush a grill pan or grill rack with the oil. Heat the grill pan/ rack on the grill for about 2 minutes, or until hot. Grill the pineapple for 2 minutes on each side. Transfer to a cutting board and let cool slightly — about 2 minutes — before chopping. 2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together the remaining salsa ingredients except the lemon.

Grate 1 tsp lemon zest, reserving the lemon. Stir zest and chopped pineapple into the strawberry mixture and set aside. 3. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken with the seasoning blend and salt. Grill for 5 minutes on each side, or until no longer pink in the center. Transfer to plates. Squeeze the reserved lemon over the chicken. Serve with salsa on the side.

Serving Size: 3oz chicken & 1/2 cup salsa Serves 4 Calories Total Fat Saturated Fat Trans Fat Polyunsaturated Fat Monounsaturated Fat Cholesterol Sodium Carbohydrates Fiber Sugars Protein

320 10g 2g 0g 1g 3g 8mg 453mg 38g 9g 6g 21g

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Name an exercise you can do that requires no formal training, can be done anywhere, needs no specialized equipment, improves your cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, wards off diabetes, burns fat, tones you up, makes you happier — and comes without a price tag…you probably already guessed — it’s walking. Of all exercises, walking is the great equalizer. It’s accessible to practically everyone. It’s safe, simple, and you’ve been doing it your whole life. By now, you ought to be pretty good at it. Estimates put the number of Americans who walk for exercise at about 110 million — far ahead of any other reported activity. The reasons are obvious. No matter what your fitness level, walking is an easy habit to work into. Both time and distance are easy

to judge and can be increased gradually as fitness improves. The exercise itself is low impact. So, there’s no stress on muscles and joints. And the benefits are numerous. People who walk regularly as a part of an active lifestyle put up much better health numbers than their non-walking counterparts. By percentages, 59.5% of those who walk each week got in enough exercise to reduce the risk of early death, heart disease, type II diabetes, stroke, colon and breast cancer. Of non-walkers, only 29.5% got enough exercise. According to a 2010 CDC report, one third of Americans reported no physical activity at all during their leisure time. Just under half of people overall — 48% — achieve the recommended amount of exercise, up from 42.1% to

48.0% in the last five years. But on the other side of the equation, that means that more than half faced increased health risks. Walking is an excellent way to defy the percentages and break into the habit of exercise. When it is done right, with a good warmup, adequate stretching, proper form and gradual cool down, walking is very hard to beat. Which brings us to ICE WALK 2015.

Join Us for ICE WALK 2015 What better way to get in a little cardiovascular fitness than an easy walk in the fresh air and sunshine with friends and family! Our 4th Annual ICE WALK happens Saturday, November 14th. Registration is at 8:00 A.M. The walk steps off at 9:00 A.M.


he (ice)walk The accent this year, like every year, is on fun. Yes, it’s a great way to meet people. Yes, it’s good to get out and do a little walking. But, one big reason most people lace up their sneakers and join us is simply for the fun of it! And the fun will begin early with the traditional ICE WALK warmup. The music starts and the stretching begins! We want you good and loose and ready when the Walk starts. Be sure to wear your ICE WALK t-shirt — free for everyone who registers — comfortable clothes and a good-fitting pair of shoes. The walk itself is a leisurely four miles. Bring a stroller if you like — it’s that leisurely — and maybe even your furry-faced BFF. On a leash, of course. If you can’t quite make the whole four miles don’t

worry. Some only do half of the walk. Some even less. The point is not to finish. The point is to get out in the fresh air, do what you can and have a blast doing it. After the walk, the fun continues with lots more music. We’ll all get together for some delicious catered food and refreshments. Vendors will be exhibiting by the big tent. And if you feel lucky we’ll have a raffle for some very impressive Gift Baskets to tempt you! Last year, all donations went to help our four-legged friends at both the Marion County Animal Shelter and the South Lake Animal League. This year, we’re back on two legs. The proceeds from this 4th Annual ICE WALK are slated for the American Heart Association, a

very worthwhile charity that is literally close to all our hearts. The AHA is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, the organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters.* After this year’s ICE WALK, and all your donations and our raffle ticket dollars, we’ll be in some very good company. We set a record last year for donations and participants and we expect this year’s numbers to surpass even those. So, mark your calendars and start getting ready. Our 4th Annual ICE WALK will be here before you know it. See you in November! *According to the American Heart Association’s website

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Adam Bryniarski Cath Lab Assistant Adam followed a varied and colorful path on his way to a career with ICE, starting with professional wrestling in England. He began as a teenager in Britain and traveled the world for ten years putting on shows. He parlayed that into a job as President and Director of Operations for a major gym franchise, before deciding to further his education. Health and fitness is where his passions lay, and so Adam studied to become a licensed Paramedic. Then, on the job in the ER one day, he met a doctor who worked with ICE. Adam’s skills and temperament impressed the doctor enough to recommend Adam seek a position with ICE. He met Dr. Qamar and the pieces fell into place. Adam says,“ICE is the most fulfilling job I have ever had. The direct patient contact… working with patients and having them return weeks later pain-free and happy… it’s a wonderful job that I do.” PROGRAM

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STRIDES is a special program at ICE created expressly for patients who have symptomatic PAD. Its goal is to thwart the looming specter of amputation and return PAD sufferers to an active, pain-free life. By all measures, STRIDES is working. The national average for people with PAD is 5,790 amputations per 100,000 patients. STRIDES has reduced that number to 100 for every 100,000 and ICE continues to work to improve those odds. Patients who enter the program are interviewed, measured, and evaluated during an initial visit before receiving an individualized plan. Their recommended treatment protocol may require specific diagnostic tests—PVR/ABI, arterial ultrasound, CT angiogram, angiography—to get a clearer picture of the extent of their PAD. Surgical intervention may even be necessary before the STRIDES patient begins an individualized plan that may include: Medication, Smoking Cessation, Home Exercise Program, Supervised Vascular Rehab, and ongoing education and support.


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James & Nancy Hernandez “In September 2011, my wife Nancy had double bypass surgery, from which she recovered remarkably well. Since then, under the continued care and supervision of the ICE staff, my wife has had four stents in her legs. We are also monitoring an abdominal aortic aneurysm detected on an earlier ultrasound to prevent an emergency situation.

“Then, earlier this year, we thought my wife might need a pacemaker because her heart rate had been very slow for several months. She was referred to Dr. Ali—an excellent cardiologist at ICE that specializes in the electrical functioning of the heart. After some tests, he suspected one of Nancy’s medications was causing her heart to beat more slowly. He changed the medication and her heart rate began to return to normal. Dr. Ali gave us the great news that she didn’t need a

pacemaker after all! “One thing that is important to both of us is to have doctors that listen to you, gain your trust and treat you like family. Both of our primary care doctors—who are also part of the staff at ICE— do all of that as well. We feel by now that the staff of ICE is practically a part of our family. We are extremely lucky and are very grateful for the care we have received from all the folks at ICE.”

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