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Magnificent 5 bedroom estate overlooking the 15th green and bridge at Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club. Chef ’s kitchen plus breakfast nook are open to spacious family gathering area. Formal living room, formal dining room, and expansive master suite on lower level. Elevator delivers you to second floor suites. $1,500,000 or $6,000 per month with terms.

COUNTRY CLUB OF OCALA $849,500

Casual elegance is the setting of this home with Chef ’s kitchen, butler’s pantry, wet bar, and custom wine cellar. Library with custom Cherry wood cabinets. Game room sports refreshment bar plus two tier theater for your enjoyment.

COUNTRY CLUB OF OCALA $897,500

Enjoy every minute you are at home in this stylish kitchen with many custom features. Experience the sensational setting of this luxurious pool, spa, deck, and summer kitchen. Master suite is located on the main level and opens to pool. Family recreational room is on 2nd level and opens to screen enclosed balcony overlooking pool and golf course.

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Equestrian Communities

BEL LARGO – 7.10 Acres $899,900

Exquisite Tuscan style estate in gated community, 3 bedroom 2.5 bath, plus separate guest studio, office, expansive pool & entertaining area with travertine deck, outdoor fireplace. Beautiful lighting and high ceilings throughout. Spacious living and dining areas with chef’s kitchen and custom cabinetry.

WESTGATE – 4.90 Acres $995,000

Elegant home designed for family and entertaining features extravagance from every angle. Ultimate chef’s kitchen with custom cabinets from floor to ceiling. Spacious office/library with beautiful views. Master suite offers luxurious master bath with spa. Each bedroom has its own private bath. Upstairs game room/media room. Separate guest house/mother in law suite is a 1/1 open floor plan with attached garage. Barn and lush pastures. Whole house generator, herb garden and fruit trees.

ALAMAR VILLAGE $699,000

Gated Gentleman’s Farm. Quiet, and private setting for this beautiful home. Kitchen with brick pizza oven opens to family room and beautiful outdoor views. In-ground solar heated pool with hot tub. 4 -Stall barn, paddocks, and separate building for RV and workshop. 9.54 Acres.

For this and other properties, visit JoanPletcher.com for information, videos and more choices. Due to the privacy and at the discretion of my clients, there are additional training centers, estates, and land available that are not advertised.

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In Every Issue

SEPTEMBER ’16

017 T H E

BUZZ

By JoAnn Guidry, Molly Norman, Melissa Peterson and Judge Steven Rogers

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GREAT OUTDOORS FROM CITY HALL BENCHMARKS BUSINESS BRIEFS

031 T H E

HIVE

By Cealia Athanason & Molly Norman

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052 An Adventurous Affair. Say ‘I do’

DISH

By Laurel Gillum, Katie McPherson and Molly Norman

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COOKING CATASTROPHE QUICK BITES A N O I LY D I L E M M A FUN WITH THE FEDERAL

at one of Central Florida’s famous attractions. › Written & Compiled by Ocala Style Staff

038 A Fresh Take.

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BHRS IS BACK. A QUICK Q&A A WILD WEST WEEKEND THE SOCIAL SCENE

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081 T H E

By Rick Allen, Bonnie Kretchik and Katie McPherson

One Ocala couple built the modern farmhouse of their dreams. Fixer Upper fans, take note. › By Cealia Athanason

SAVE THE DATE: FIFTEEN ART EVENTS TO ADD TO YOUR CALENDAR

042 Athletes Who Overcome. Special Olympics opens doors and removes barriers for a talented group of Marion County athletes. › By Cynthia McFarland page 46

Bridal issue

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046 Where Art Thou? From sculptures

and satires to painters and pianists, this is your backstage pass to some of the most anticipated art events in our area this fall. Take it, and run! › By Laurel Gillum

Cover photo courtesy of Walt Disney World. SEP ’16 ›

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Karin Fabry-Cushenbery Melissa Peterson

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Katie McPherson Cealia Athanason

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Brett Ballantini Kevin Christian Jim Gibson Laurel Gillum JoAnn Guidry

Bonnie Kretchik Cynthia McFarland Carlton Reese Judge Steven Rogers

EDITORIAL INTERNS

Grace Cali Molly Norman Art

CREATIVE DIRECTOR ART DIRECTOR

Jason Fugate Jessi Miller Castro

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Jammin’ With Jimmy

Come out September 17 to be a part of the Ocala Downtown Summer Series, the Jimmy Buffett Bash! From 1-6pm at Tuscawilla Park, there will be food vendors, concessions, a limbo contest and a volcano. (We’re curious about this, too!) Headlining the festival will be The Landsharks, so bring your dancing shoes. Admission is free, so feel free to bring anyone and everyone! Outside alcohol is not allowed, but beer and wine will be available on-site. And this is the first year that all profits will go to the “Let Them Play” scholarship, which allows children to attend programs and camps at no cost. Business and pleasure, are we right? Find out more at ocalafl.org/summerseries.

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A Charmed Challenge

Ocala Style has the exclusive first look at the Lucky Charm Challenge medal for the Big Hammock Race Series—Season 2, presented by the Prime Mortgage Group. › By JoAnn Guidry

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all the Lucky Charm Challenge a two-race rainbow. But instead of a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, the prize is a magical medal. “In talking with participants after the first year of the Big Hammock Race Series, we discovered that many people came out to participate in one race,” says Karen Donnelly, a runner and co-founder of the BHRS. “While that is great, we decided to do something to motivate them to take part in at least two races this year. So we came up with the Lucky Charm Challenge, which consists of the Blueberry Horseshoe 5K and the St. Paddy’s Day 5K. Anyone who finishes both races will get a Lucky Charm Challenge medal and five extra series points.” Donnelly, who owns and operates Plaid Frog Creative Resources, has designed all of the BHRS medals since the series inception. She got particularly creative with the Lucky Charm Challenge medal. “The Lucky Charm Challenge medal is magical,” says Donnelly. “It’s a collaboration of elements from both the Blueberry Horseshoe and the St. Paddy’s Day races. It features blueberries, shamrocks, a stained-glass rainbow, a spinner and a horseshoe for extra good luck. It’s one of my favorite medals that I’ve designed.” And Donnelly stresses, “These races are for both runners and walkers. Everyone can finish them at their own pace and still earn the medal.” Participants who finish the Blueberry Horseshoe 5K (February 19) and the St. Paddy’s Day 5K (March 18) will be able to collect the Lucky Charm Challenge medal at the conclusion of the latter. Like all the races in the BHRS, the Lucky Charm Challenge races also support charitable causes. Money raised from the Blueberry Horseshoe 5K and St. Paddy’s Day 5K will be earmarked for United Way of Marion County, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and NAMI Florida. Tina Banner, BHRS co-founder and executive vice president of United Way of Marion County, says, “The Lucky Charm Challenge gives more people in our community an opportunity to be part of the BHRS. It also encourages people to get out there and participate in a healthy activity. After all, we started the BHRS as a health initiative and helping our community to be healthier continues to be our mission.” Another new BHRS prize is the Great 8 Glass, which can be earned by finishing all eight races in the series. There is also a BHRS awards party scheduled for July 22, 2017, at Gateway Bank, with the official time yet to be set. In addition to presenting sponsor Prime Mortgage Group, other BHRS sponsors to date are Ocala Style and Healthy Living magazines, Plaid Frog Creative Resources, United Way of Marion County, Gateway Bank, the City of Ocala and Day & Day, P.A. Find out more › bighammockraceseries.com

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With all the construction happening downtown these days, it can be hard to keep up! The City of Ocala has launched a new webpage to keep you up to date on all the exciting projects happening downtown, including the downtown parking garage, Ocala Farm Market, Osceola Trail and more. For photos and all the latest information, visit feeldowntownocala.com/projects.

National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 9-15, 2016. In the spirit of the National Fire Protection Association’s latest fire prevention campaign, “Don’t Wait, Check the Date!,” Ocala Fire Rescue is encouraging everyone to verify smoke alarms for functionality. Smoke alarms should be checked monthly and be replaced every 10 years. For monthly checks, push your smoke alarm’s button and listen for the beeps. Check the date of manufacture on the back of your smoke alarm to verify its age. If it’s 10 years or older, it’s time for a fresh start. To request a smoke detector, visit ocalafire.org or call (352) 629-8306.

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Ocala Amnesty Day

The City of Ocala will conduct a special waste amnesty day Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9am to 2pm. The collection site is located at NE 14th Street and NE Eighth Avenue. Special waste consists of household hazardous waste and electronics, neither of which is permitted to be picked up with the regularly scheduled residential waste collection. Examples of hazardous waste items accepted include cleaning fluids, fluorescent lightbulbs, pool chemicals and aerosol cans. Electronic items accepted include battery chargers, computers, stereos, televisions and cell phones. For more information, please call (352) 351-6697.

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The First Friday Art Walk returns Friday, Sept. 2 from 6-9pm and will occur the first Friday of each month through May 5, 2017. Located around the historic downtown square, event festivities include artist displays, live entertainment and free family art activities. For more information, visit ocalafl.org/artwalk.

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100 Years Of Fun

Come celebrate Tuscawilla Park’s 100th anniversary with a special celebration Saturday, Oct. 15 from 5-8:30pm. Enjoy live music, modern dance, participatory art projects and a fireworks display at 7:45pm. For more information, visit ocalafl.org/tpark100years.


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Arguably, there are two types of inmates currently serving sentences in Florida’s prison system… those who have filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus and those who will file a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus. A Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus is a request for the court to grant the release of a person who has been unlawfully detained or restrained. Inmates typically use these petitions to claim their sentences were illegal or their accrued “gain time” was incorrectly calculated. Because Petitions for Writ of Habeas Corpus do not require payment of a filing fee, it is understandable why an inmate would make such a request under the “it doesn’t hurt to ask” theory. However, the vast majority of these petitions are ultimately denied as meritless. What may appropriately be considered an “emergency” is a constant source of debate between lawyers and judges alike. Having just recently conducted a hearing on a “Motion for Emergency Return of Watermelon Seeds,” I can personally attest that “emergency” is clearly a subjective term. However, the mere designation of a petition as an “extraordinary writ” demands extraordinary attention from judges on an expedited basis.

Judge Steven G. Rogers currently serves as a circuit court judge. He lives in Ocala with his wife, three children and an extremely spoiled Australian Shepherd.


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Blues For Benefit

On May 7, Brick City Blues Festival presented Dust My Broom, A History of the Blues, at the Reilly Arts Center. The event took attendees through a musical journey down the blues highway, with multiple performances. With the money raised from the event, a van was donated to Southeast Marion Baptist Church, $5,000 was donated to Interfaith’s Food 4 Kids program and $5,000 was donated to Marion County Public Schools’ Homeless Children & Youth program.

Welcome To The Team

Ocala Fire Rescue’s Battalion Chiefs recently received their new vehicles: commercial grade Chevrolet Tahoe’s proudly displaying the red, black and gold color scheme the department has adopted. With the new vehicles, Ocala Fire Rescue Battalion Chiefs have become more visible to the public than ever. The new Chevrolets will replace standard-issue vehicles, which had a combined use of 17 years within the fire department. “Equipped with heavy-duty cooling systems, hoses comprised of a special silicone component and enhanced exterior lighting systems to improve emergency vehicle visibility while driving toward or stationed on a scene, the new BC vehicles are not only visually appealing but efficient work tools to help improve performance,” stated Assistant Chief Anthony Ortiz.

A Helping Hand

BBVA Compass Foundation and Compass Bank representatives presented a check for $5,000 to Helping Hands to support their efforts in helping people impacted by homelessness, abuse and poverty. Helping Hands provides shelter and related assistance for people in need, mostly women and children. Besides shelter, they assist with food, clothing, medical, dental, transportation, jobs, jobs skills training, educational grants and counseling. “BBVA Compass is pleased to assist those in Marion County who have fallen on hard times,” said Roy Hilgenfeldt, BBVA Compass Ocala Market President. “We are proud to work with organizations like Helping Hands that are essential to improving the lives and financial well-being of the people in the communities we serve.”

A Good Buy College of Central Florida students will not pay a penny more for their tuition this school year. The CF District Board of Trustees recently voted to keep tuition rates flat for all degree and certificate programs for the 2016-2017 academic year. This is the fifth consecutive year tuition has remained unchanged. CF consistently ranks among the top 20 colleges in the nation for affordability, according to the U.S. Department of Education. “Keeping college affordable is always a priority,” said Dr. Jim Henningsen, CF president. “Low-cost and high-quality educational opportunities make College of Central Florida the best choice for education in our community.”

Catch The Wave

The City of Ocala has accepted the donation of the outdoor sculpture “Crest of the Wave” for permanent display at Tuscawilla Park. The donation of the public art piece was graciously provided by the David and Lisa Midgett Foundation. “Crest of the Wave” was created by sculptor Corrina Sephora of Atlanta, Georgia, and received the 2016-2017 People’s Choice Award in the Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition. “Crest of the Wave” is the sixth sculpture purchased from the Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition’s exhibit to remain in the community for public display. The Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition is executed in partnership with the Appleton Museum of Art, City of Ocala, Fine Arts for Ocala and the Marion Cultural Alliance.

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A New Ride

CAMPUS USA Credit Union is excited to add Debbie Muir to their team as a business development specialist in Ocala. Debbie has been working in the business world for over 20 years with over 15 of those years in the banking industry. Prior to joining CAMPUS, Debbie had worked in management positions, as a travel agent and had even done a bit of traveling herself. Holding a wide variety of positions has allowed Debbie to realize what makes for a successful business and what businesses need from their financial partner. Aside from aiding members and businesses, Debbie prides herself on being involved in the community.


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ble parts, such as headlights, taillights, door handles or emblems when applying the wrap. They never just cut around these places, which can damage the paint job or cause ‘lifting issues.’” This important detail separates them from their competitors in the industry. If you’re considering a wrap to promote your business, keep in mind LocoGraphics can wrap more than cars and trucks. They’ll do golf carts, ATVs, motorcycles, boats, trailers, even walls and doors. In addition to wraps, LocoGraphics specializes in signage so you can make the most professional impression. Whether you need a high-class routed sign at your place of business, storefront lettering, full-color banners or directional signs, they have it covered. “Our CNC router allows us to get creative and design signs at a whole new level, from custom shapes to layered and 3D,” explains Gonzalez. Signs can be made from many materials, including wood, PVC, acrylic, HDU, aluminum, etc. They can also make lighted signs for interior showrooms. Need a logo? The experts at LocoGraphics know the importance of branding. They’re all about helping your business make the greatest impact. After all, their slogan is “Impacting Your Customers.” LocoGraphics has two retail storefront locations, as well as The Wrap Studio. Gonzalez relies on a strong, dependable team of long-standing employees. “I cannot emphasize enough how grateful I am to my LOCO team members for their strong work ethics,” he says. “I also want to extend a great deal of gratitude to my wife and kids for always understanding my long hours at work.” This locally owned and operated business also believes in giving back to the community through their own non-profit foundation, Operation Hope, which provides a complete Christmas experience for area families in need. “We’ve been so blessed that we feel it’s important to give back,” says Gonzalez. “Last year we helped 21 families, and this year our goal is to help 50 families. We also work with various local charity fundraisers throughout the year.” To find out how the experts at LocoGraphics can help improve your business, give them a call. From vehicle wraps and signs to all manner of graphics, design and print tasks, LocoGraphics is your convenient local professional solution.

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on time. We will develop priorities around those relationships to make sure we meet the timeframes demanded by both of those groups. You’re only as good as your last closing, so you have to meet your timeframes,” says Stensrud. Want to learn more about your mortgage opportunities with CBC National Bank? Customers can apply online at cbchomeloans.com.

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Some of the FUN ACTIVITIES we have planned... Live Music • Modern Dance • Plein Air Painting Participatory Art Projects • Culinary Offerings

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FIREWORKS! at 7:45 p.m.

Bring the whole family and celebrate the Centennial Birthday of Tuscawilla Park with the opening of the NEW Tuscawilla Art Park! WHEN: October 15, 2016 • 5–8:30 p.m. (Dedication at 6 p.m.) WHERE: Tuscawilla Park, 223 NE 5th St., Ocala, FL 34470 QUESTIONS? City of Ocala Cultural Arts Office 352-629-8447 or amarcello@ocalafl.org MORE INFO & BEST VIEWING LOCATION FOR FIREWORKS:

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hat’s it like to start your for fitness and you become part of our family. Its overwhelming the love our staff fitness journey with Zone? feels for our members and guests and people really do feel connected here,” says From the moment you walk General Manager David Barnes. in the door, Zone staff ’s mission is to What else separates Zone from the competition? Zone is a state-of-the-art, make you feel welcomed and cared top-of-the-line, family fitness complex. It’s not just a CrossFit box or a cycling for. And you can studio, though it includes both. At Zone, leave any feelings there’s something for everyone—no matter of embarrassment your fitness pursuits. There are zones or intimidation on the main floor for strength training, We’re not a typical gym. You come in for at the door. Zone cardio and free weights all featuring fitness and you become part of our family. welcomes clients of state-of-the-art equipment. Around Its overwhelming the love our staff feel all fitness levels, so the main floor are other specialty for our members and guests and people newcomers don’t zones for CrossFit, cycling, Ignite, boxing really do feel connected here. need to be afraid. and a studio with numerous group classes › David Barnes “We have a available throughout the week. heart to serve One of Zone’s most popular areas is the and want to make Express Zone. This semi-private room is a difference in peoples’ lives,” says lined with machines and includes a personal trainer who coaches members Zone’s president, Ben Marciano. He’s individually through each exercise on a timed circuit. This allows members to referring to Zone’s team of connection learn the proper technique on each machine in a quiet, one-on-one setting with specialists who welcome guests with a professional. Bonus: When you encounter these machines later on your own, a chorus of hellos and plug them into you’ll know exactly how to use them. new programming within the gym. “We built this particular zone so people can feel comfortable and get the “Gyms can be very intimidating, and experience they need. The enthusiastic trainers are teaching you proper its that first step through the door that technique, intensity and keep you motivated to reach your goals,” can be the toughest. We try to make says Marciano. everybody feel welcome. That’s what Zone ensures you will see real progress by starting your membership makes you want to keep coming back. with a FIT 3D scan. Fit 3D is a full body scanning program that gives We’re not a typical gym. You come in you a 360-degree image of yourself while taking measurements, SEP ’16 ›

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calculating BMI, and analyzing the data. A detailed report is emailed to you so that you can use the information to better tailor your regimen. “Your first scan establishes a baseline of where you are, and we can show you how to get where you want to go. You will see results with weekly scans far more accurately than you will just watching the scale,” Marciano explains. Together with a trainer, you’ll create your fitness road map using this hard data. Your trainer will put together a workout and meal plan specifically for you, maximizing results and eliminating that “now what?” feeling. Another great way to get results at Zone is with Heart Rate training. In this specialized program, you are fitted with your very own heart rate monitor. During your workout in the Ignite or boxing class, your heart rate is monitored and the results appear on a screen in the room so you can see what heart rate zone you are in. Different zones target different goals, like endurance, fat burning and more. “We teach you how to train in the right zone to achieve the maximum results. It’s extremely accurate, fun and keeps you working in the most exact way,” says Marciano. “Let’s say your goal is fat loss, in which case you have to be in a certain target heart rate area—if you’re in a different area, then you may

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be building stamina but not burning fat,” says David Barnes. “If we have athletes trying to build endurance, we know we can push them harder to hit that target.” “We’re about results here,” Marciano says. “Nearly 10 percent of our population have a health club membership with gyms that don’t care if you show up after signing up. The $10 per month-style gyms don’t provide any services, so there isn’t any accountability.  We provide services you need to take care of yourself in many ways. You are given this one body, so let us come alongside you to give you everything you need in order to take care of it. And, if you miss a class or haven’t been in a little while, you can expect a friendly phone call checking up on you.” “We also have a Get Connected program that starts the second you join the facility. Get Connected challenges you to try out different zones you may not have thought to try. We want you to find your zone,” Barnes says. “Finding your zone is in essence finding the family that will help motivate you—we don’t want you to join and be the same a year later.” Mom and Dad, they have an exciting and safe place for your children, too. In the Blast Zone for kids, character development is taught as well as healthy living. Children participate in kickboxing class, arts and crafts, Zumba and more for no additional charge. If you want to really ramp up your child’s physical fitness and team building, CrossFit Kids is the perfect fit. At Zone, fitness really does become family. Zone Health & Fitness also works hard to give back to the community it loves, especially to underprivileged children in the area. They’re involved with Kimberly’s Cottage and the Boys and Girls Club as well as the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. If you’d like to be a member of a locally owned, community-driven gym that wants to get you the results you want, you should get in the Zone.

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Sleeping In Could Save Lives

A recent study found that teens who don’t get the proper amount of sleep on school nights are more likely to engage in unsafe activities, like texting and driving.

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The study analyzed more than 50,000 high school students from 2009 through 2013. Turns out that teens who get less than eight hours of sleep are more likely to abuse cigarettes and alcohol and experience depression. The study also showed that almost 70 percent of teens were not getting enough sleep. Doctors around the country have become more concerned about the impact that a lack of sleep has on teens—as well as parents. Although we can’t control when our teens decide to go to sleep, we can encourage them to practice good sleeping habits, such as setting a regular bed and wake-up time or limiting the use of electronic devices in the bedroom after a certain time.

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The Cornerstone School taught English to international students through robotics and engineering. › By Cealia Athanason

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t The Cornerstone School, 14 French students between the ages of 11 and 17 sit in a classroom building small, solid-fuel rockets. Daniel Peterson, one of the camp directors and the middle school science teacher at The Cornerstone School, circulates the room to offer assistance. The school’s International Technology Camp is underway, with a rocket launch scheduled for later that July morning. Joe Moseley, the school’s STEM coordinator, started planning this twoweek camp about two and a half years ago. He used to live in France and work for NACEL, a French company that organizes opportunities for students to learn languages through immersive experiences. This Cornerstone camp is one of the newest NACEL programs. “The whole purpose is to teach the English language through a program, and that program happens to be technology,” Moseley says. “STEM education is important to us at Cornerstone.” The students worked with CAD software, VEX robotics, windmill and wind turbine engineering, and they completed projects like building a mousetrap-type car, putting together rockets and competing in a cardboard boat challenge. And these weren’t toy-sized cardboard boats—they were large enough for students to sit in and paddle across a pool, if they could make it that far without sinking.

It wasn’t all work, though. The students had their share of fun with two overnight excursions and a day of canoeing and swimming at Alexander Springs. They saw both parks at Universal Studios and spent two days in Daytona, where they swam at the beach and visited the Marine Science Center. They also saw the Kennedy Space Center and watched a minor league baseball game. “They even let one of our kids throw out the first ball,” says Moseley. Yann Aguettaz, 14, does programming in France and enjoyed the camp’s robotics activities. But his favorite part had nothing to do with STEM. “Universal Studios was cool,” he says with a smile. Sara Jean, a graduate student one year away from earning her master’s in applied foreign languages, was the students’ French chaperone with NACEL. The 22 year old speaks English very well, along with German, Italian and, of course, French. One of her jobs was to check in with the students to make sure they were comfortable with their host families. She also helped translate for the students and camp directors. “It’s been great. For some of [the students], it’s their first time in the United States,” she says. Melchior Arnal, 17, loves chemistry, speaks English well and wants to be an engineer. He enjoyed camp and the time with his host family. “I got along well with them,” he says, adding that attending the camp “allowed me to work on my pronunciation.” Cornerstone offers several other STEM programs, too, including coding programs and robotics competitions. The school is certified for exchange students, and Moseley says the International Technology Camp is already on NACEL’s brochure for next year.

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or kids who golf, The Villages It’s been recently renamed the Junior Golf Foundation and brings all junior Junior Golf Foundation does golf efforts together for kids in, and connected to, The Villages community. The it all—or at least a whole lot. foundation became a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in 2008, and it’s funded In 2006, it was founded by David Izzo through donations and grants from the state of Florida and support from and Tony Simpson as the Tri-County The Villages. Junior Golf Foundation with one “[We’ve received] unbelievable responses, in terms of donations, volunteers overall goal: to bring golf, activities and and equipment,” David says. encouragement to kids Junior golfers can take advantage of several programs throughout The Tri-County who love the game. And the year. And this fall, in partnership with The Villages Charter Junior Golf for David, it’s all about School, the foundation is involved in an after-school program Foundation has these kids. for middle-schoolers. The Buffalo Adventures program has been one overall goal: “[They] needed around for at least 10 years and runs in nine-week intervals with to bring golf, someone to take the lead signups at the beginning of each new segment. The first stretch activities and to put together golf for began in August, but the next chance for kids to sign up through the encouragement juniors,” he says. school will be mid-November. Then, for high school golf teams, the

to kids who love the game.

foundation sends in instructors from The Villages Golf Academy to provide further coaching. Kids can also get involved in the foundation’s new Junior Golf Academy. It was formed this past June for kids ages 8 to 18, and plans are underway for it to run year-round. When kids sign up for the Junior Golf Academy, they’re able to golf at the Palmer Legends Golf Course after 4pm Monday through Friday and after 1pm Saturdays and Sundays. Additional lessons are offered to these kids to help them improve golf scores and attract college scholarship opportunities. Right now, the fee to join is $125, but David says he’s hoping, where assistance is required, to be able to provide scholarships by November. Junior golfers can join at anytime. Come summer, they can also participate in one or more of the Junior Golf Foundation’s six weeks of summer camps. This past summer marked the 10th year of these summer camps. Each week is a different camp, and kids ages 8 and older can sign up a few days before the camp of their choice. “We do so much for the kids that no one realizes,” David says. It’s not just about playing golf either. David says these kids get 360 degrees of support for golf and life. And that sounds like a hole in one to us.

FIND OUT MORE › For the Junior Golf Academy › Forms and applications are available at The Villages Golf Academy, the Sarasota Golf Practice Center and the Palmer Legends Golf Course. Or visit golfthevillages.com or call (352) 259-8121. For information about Buffalo Adventures, visit tvcs.org. Register youth for summer camps each year at tricountyjuniorgolf.org.

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The Villages Junior Golf Foundation helps kids do just that. And a bit more. › By Cealia Athanason


THE MUSICAL Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton • Book by Patricia Resnick Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture Originally produced on Broadway by Roger Greenblatt, April 2009

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THESE LOCAL KIDS KNOW HOW TO HAVE FUN! CHECK OUT THEIR PHOTO-WORTHY MOMENTS.

Tyler, 9, Ryan, 7, and Matthew, 3, enjoying the summer

Grayson, 7, and Morgan 3, at First Steps' 4th of July parade

Caleb, 3 months, is ready for a fun pool party

Lennon, 3, ready for swimming lessons at Frank DeLuca YMCA

Kooper, 4, celebrating his birthday at Tony's Sushi

Madison, 9, with Marion County Fire Rescue Arson Dog, Gracie, at Cops, Kids, and Firefighters Day

Kyler, 8, catching Pokémon around Ocala

Jayden, 5, and Abbigail, 1, playing in the rain at Tuscawilla Park

Delaney, 7, gets her first pair of pre-pointe shoes at Dancer's Outlet in Ocala

Zachary, 7, Jayden, 5, and Gabriel, 7, meet Tony the TIger

Rylan, 4, at the Fred King Playground in Belleview

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Trevor, 10, at Madison Street's dance recital


FINDING MY INNER

STRENGTH To know my story, we would have to rewind a little to understand how it all began. Most of my life, I was healthy due to being an athlete and being very active. Then, I went to college and decided to focus on academics instead of sports.

Unfortunately, nothing else changed at that time, other than my activity level went to ZERO. Then, I got married, and life completely changed. I had way more responsibilities and less time for interests and old hobbies, especially taking care of myself and living a healthy lifestyle. Fast forward to 15 years later...I don’t even recognize the person looking back at me in the mirror. I am double the person I was when I graduated. I had become tired, significantly less mobile, and overall, just unhappy with my life. Deep down, I was really unhappy with myself for allowing it to get to this point. One day, something clicked. I was tired of feeling horrible and unhealthy, so I told my husband I needed to change and join a gym. He was supportive and I talked to Nicole Bloom outside of the Y. She was super encouraging and knew at this point in my life I was just embarrassed to enter the gym alone. It was so intimidating and I was so out of shape that I felt that everyone would stop and stare as soon as I entered the door. She met me at the front and greeted me. She encouraged me to join one of her classes, which I did and fell in love with it! My next step in my personal journey was to get set up with a trainer. The Y is awesome because so many people truly care about you and about helping you make better choices. Now, I workout with Brenden Ramsey, my trainer, twice a week. I’m so grateful that I connected with him! Even though I still have a long journey ahead, he has helped me make such a difference. He has taught me more than I ever knew when I played sports. He pushes me to do more than I ever thought I could do. By knowing my background in sports and my personality, he is awesome at knowing what I’m capable of—even when I don’t. He’s an awesome motivator and has helped me with making healthy choices in all areas of life. He is always willing to help and go the extra mile to make sure I’m successful in this journey! Honestly, I love the Y! If someone told me four months ago that I would have said that, I would’ve thought you were crazy. But it’s true. I dove in head first and bought into the healthy lifestyle that I’m still learning about every day. I feel when I’ve reached my goal with the help of the Y, I will be healthier and more knowledgeable than I was when I was an athlete. I’m truly indebted to the Y and all their wonderful staff for helping me in this journey! It was become such an outlet for me, and something that I look forward to! —Andrea Priest, YMCA Member

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A Fresh Take One Ocala couple built the modern farmhouse of their dreams. Fixer Upper fans, take note. BY CEALIA ATHANASON PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN JERNIGAN


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hip and Joanna Gaines would approve of one farmhouse in Northwest Ocala. Ocala’s very own fixer uppers came from up north and built this home so they could be near their grandchildren. They had a clear-cut vision of what they wanted, even had books full of historical farmhouses to emulate. “They studied a lot,” says the home’s builder, Geoff Abbott of Mega Construction. “They relied on us to fill in some of the blanks.” The over 4,000-square-foot, two-story home sits back from the driveway behind a barrier of oak and pine trees. The painted metal roof fits the bill, and small touches, like barn lights and a colorful bench on the front porch, also add to the farmhouse vibe. The square footage inside the home was put to its best use, maintaining a spacious, yet practical, feel. The owners worked with John Koontz on the home’s design. SEP ’16 ›

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“[The owners] and their tastes are that great combination of elegantly sophisticated yet very unpretentious, and I feel that the home we designed together really reflects that,” John says. Beyond the gray front door, a foyer introduces a cheerful color palette of linen white paint on the walls and a patterned throw rug across the woodenfloor entry. The base of the stairwell appears at the back of the room, and a custom chair rail lines the bottom half of the walls and continues into the living room. “Everything we do is custom,” Geoff says. “No two houses are the same.” Natural light pours through the many windows of the living room, and it’s one of the owners’ favorite and most frequented rooms. The natural-colored couch sits in front of a wall of built-ins and faces a working fireplace. In the adjacent dining room, there’s a wooden table with a view of their property through two sliding glass doors. A rustic chandelier tops the table, and an antique china cabinet backs it. In the kitchen, custom cabinets line the walls, and the soapstone countertops add a unique touch. It’s these elements that really make the home stand out. “Shed-style porches provide great spaces for outdoor living and protect from east, west and intense southern sun,” John says. “Crisp white board and batten siding and silver agrarian-style metal roofs accentuate the green hills of the pastoral setting.”

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“Crisp white board and batten siding and silver agrarian-style metal roofs accentuate the green hills of the pastoral setting.” — JOHN KOONTZ


Geoff Abbott with his wife and son

They stayed true to the farmhouse style — consistent and practical throughout. The same travertine pavers that form the front walkway are also used on the back wrap-around porch and for the pool area. The wide, reclaimed and engineered hardwood

flooring stretches throughout most of the home, leaving the laundry room and bathrooms tiled. “We added trim details and ideas on how to accomplish the look they wanted,” Geoff says. “All of the materials were purchased here locally.” The tile and stone are from Bowen Tile, custom cabinetry from Dixie Workshop Inc., plumbing and appliances from Ferguson and wood flooring from Penn Flooring. Basically everything that wasn’t furniture or decor was purchased here in Ocala, and much of the furniture came from Koontz Furniture and Design, Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware. From start to finish the home was complete within one year. “It was a cooperative effort,” Geoff says. “We’ve been blessed to work with some great people.” The owners couldn’t agree more. SEP ’16 ›

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Overcome Athletes Who

Special Olympics opens doors and removes barriers for a talented group of Marion County athletes. By Cynthia McFarland


Photos courtesy of Special Olympics Florida and Special Olympics Florida—Marion County

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you think of Special Olympics as an event, you’re only half right. Yes, there are Special Olympics events held across the country and around the world, at which athletes with intellectual and developmental disabilities compete, but it goes much further than that. Worldwide, Special Olympics Inc. is the largest provider of fitness training, education, athletic competition, social activities and leadership skill development opportunities for both children and adults with disabilities. The organization evolved from the pioneering efforts of Eunice Kennedy Shriver. In 1961, the sister of President John F. Kennedy founded Camp Shriver, a summer day camp at her Maryland farm for young people with intellectual disabilities. Just six years later, Shriver organized the inaugural International Special Olympics Games, which took place at Chicago’s Soldier Field. With more than 94,000 Special Olympics competitions held around the globe, the program has served over 4.5 million athletes participating in over 30 different individual and team sports. Athletes come from all different economic, social and religious demographics, and there is never a charge to participating athletes or their families.

Close To Home

Here in the Sunshine State, Special Olympics Florida was founded in 1972. An accredited program of Special Olympics Inc., it serves over 31,000 athletes. “We have about 700 registered athletes just in Marion County, from age 8 on up; in this county, our oldest participant is 70 years old,” says Maria Roman, county director for Special Olympics Florida—Marion County, which marks its 45th anniversary in 2017. Maria was a volunteer for 15 years before becoming county director. In 2000, she gave birth to a child with Down syndrome. “Little did I know, this was training me to be more accepting when my own child was born,” she says.

Special Olympics Florida—Marion County’s sports programs include: Aquatics (June-October) Athletics (December-May) Basketball (October-February) Bocce (December-May) Bowling (July-November) Cheerleading (year-round) Cycling (December-May) Equestrian (December-May) Flag football (July-November) Golf (June-September) Powerlifting (July-November) Softball (July-November) Stand up paddle (year-round) Volleyball (January-May)


Learning By Doing

“Special Olympics has helped her become very outgoing,” says Elaine Richter, whose 37-year-old daughter, Rebecca, has participated in Special Olympics since she was just 8. “She’s learned to speak in front of a group and has made some very good friends. It’s also helped her physically with coordination and motor skills.” Rebecca started with Special Olympics when the family lived in New Jersey and quickly got involved with the Marion County program shortly after they moved to Ocala six years ago. She now participates in bowling, equestrian and swimming programs. “I’m very good at bowling,” says Rebecca, who started the sport at age 13 and is proud of her top score of 188. Rebecca also loves the equestrian program; she rides Western, competing in equitation and trail classes. She has competed in over two dozen horse shows. She rides with Stirrups and Strides Therapeutic Riding Program, where her favorite horse is Tex, a “medicine hat” Paint with unusual markings and blue eyes. Tex is gentle and affectionate with Rebecca, who enjoys grooming him after their rides. In addition to training and competing, Rebecca is a spokesperson for Special Olympics’ Athlete Leadership Programs (ALP), through which athletes receive training and hold leadership positions. ALPs, as they’re referred to, may serve alongside other volunteers, speak at events, even coach and volunteer in local programs. Rebecca has appeared at fundraising events to help raise awareness for the ALP. Elaine appreciates the dynamic support families can access through Special Olympics. “Parents can exchange information and ideas. It’s been very helpful to our family through the years. It’s an awesome program, and, hopefully, we’ll keep growing,” she adds.

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“We have added nine sports programs over the last five years because we’re trying to diversify,” Maria explains. “For many years, we only had five sports, but we’ve grown to 14 programs now and hope to add even more.” Because of the various sports programs, county games are held throughout the year, but the largest takes place in March. In addition to hosting the state equestrian games, Special Olympics Florida—Marion County also hosts some area games, which draw athletes from Alachua and Hamilton Counties. “We have dedicated and compassionate volunteers,” says Maria, noting that there are over 300 volunteers from Marion County. “We have a lot of volunteers at the county games, but our biggest challenge is finding coaches.” All Marion County coaches are volunteers. With a total of 14 sports programs, but only nine coaches, some coach multiple sports. Shelby Wilson, who has been a coach at CrossFit Iron Legion in Ocala for three years, began volunteering as a Special Olympics coach last year. Shelby is one of five coaches from the local gym who volunteer with the Special Olympics powerlifting program in Marion County. “The strongest (no pun intended!) program we have in Marion County is powerlifiting because of this group of dedicated coaches,” notes Maria. “They go beyond the training required from the program by giving more time to the athletes, teaching them not just the sport but how to be healthy and fit.” “This gives us a chance to work with exceptional children. In our powerlifting program, all the participants are in their teens; it’s mostly boys, but there are a few girls,” says Shelby. Because the participants don’t have a background in powerlifting, they’re learning the fundamentals. They won’t increase the amount of weight they’re using until they’ve gone through the fundamentals and have correct technique. “The (athletes) in the Special Olympics program have more passion than most; they look up to you and want to learn. It’s inspiring,” adds Shelby. “Sometimes it’s hard to find time to work on my own skills, but working with these athletes pushes me to be a better coach and role model for them.”

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It can be frustrating to a parent of a disabled child trying to find a way for their child to participate in sports. That’s where Special Olympics can make all the difference. Just ask Dorina Parsons of Ocala, whose son, Markland Small, now 13, has been participating since he was 8. She felt like a world of opportunity opened for her son when someone told her about Special Olympics Florida— Marion County. He’s now participated in the state games twice. Markland, who attends Hill Crest School and will be in eighth grade this year, first started with Special Olympics when he was a student at Maplewood Elementary. Because Markland is wheelchair bound and unable to walk on his own, he uses a special walker that helps him stand up. He’s assisted by his mother and one of his three sisters, who walk with him. “There are a lot of sports that kids without disabilities or with minimal disabilities can participate in,” says Dorina. “With Special Olympics, Markland can participate with kids who have similar disabilities or limited skills just as he has, and that’s really helped him.” Markland practices regularly at home with his family. This includes throwing the tennis ball and spending time in his walker and on a special tricycle to build up his strength. When preparing to compete, Markland practices weekly with the other athletes in his programs. “It’s like everybody’s a team. Each parent participates and helps out as we can,” says Dorina. “I learn from the other parents. Some of their children are a lot older than Markland, so I learn what they went through. Each child has a different disability; you can relate to some of the things they went through and it helps.”

next level and became a coach. He’s the first athlete from Marion County to become certified as a Special Olympics coach for volleyball. “I like seeing all the athletes participating in the different sports. It makes me happy,” says Tim. “It makes you feel better to help other people.” As coach, Tim and his athletes practice about five hours each week. In addition to practicing their sport, they also do exercises to increase and maintain strength. Tim’s wife, sister, nephew and several cousins are all Special Olympics athletes, as well. His son, Tim Curry, Jr., 13, is also a participating unified partner athlete both for basketball and volleyball. He’s been a unified partner since March 2016. Maria Roman explains that Special Olympics has been promoting Project Unify, in which athletes who do not have special needs participate and become part of the team as partners with a special needs athlete. Maria is grateful for the generosity and support received by Special Olympic Florida—Marion County. “We have a lot of help from the community, including Don Nottingham (former NFL Player and part of the Miami Dolphins Super Bowl-winning team), the Masons, Shriners and Knights of Columbus, who not only help us financially but also volunteer for our events,” says Maria. “With over 700 athletes in Marion County, budget is always an issue, but we’ve managed to stay within our budget so we can sustain our growing program.”

More Than Competition

Some Special Olympics athletes grow beyond just competing. Take Tim Curry, Sr., for example. A lifelong resident of Ocala, he got involved as an athlete when he was in middle school. This year, Tim, Sr., now 38, took it to the

look up to you and want to learn. It’s inspiring.”

—Shelby Wilson

Get Involved! As a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, Special Olympics Florida depends on donations from individuals and businesses. For more information, visit specialolympicsmarion.org or call (352) 988-7998.

Upcoming competitions (check website for specific dates and details): Golf: State Games (held at Disney) Golf: Marion County Games (held at Ocala Golf Club) Powerlifting: Area 4 Games (held at CrossFit Iron Legion, Ocala) Swimming: State Games (held in Sebastian, FL)

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THE HIPPODROME, GAINESVILLE SEPTEMBER 2-25

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This New York Times’ critics’ pick is a clever tale about what happens when lovers share a stage kiss—or when actors share a real one. This romantic comedy by Sarah Ruhl blends over-thetop farce with emotional experiences that will bring laughter, fantasy and heart to anyone who has ever been in love… or in a play.

DID YOU KNOW? N ADDITION TO ITS MAINSTAGE SEASON, THE HIPPODROME SCREENS FIRST-RUN FOREIGN, LIMITED-RELEASE AND AVANTGARDE FILMS?

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THE GAINESVILLE COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE SEPTEMBER 11-27 GCPLAYHOUSE.ORG  352 3764949 The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theater, is a comedy packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters, an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good, old-fashioned romance! Did we mention this is all played by a talented cast of four? The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!

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THE NUTCRACKER BY MARION BALLET THEATRE OCALA CIVIC THEATRE DATES IN DECEMBER TBA

MARIONBALLETTHEATRE.ORG  352 6296155 Don’t miss this Ocala tradition. You won’t want to blink as your favorite ballerinas transform the stage into a world where toys become larger than life.

ON THEIR TOES A Q&A WITH NICOLE BENSON, OWNER/DIRECTOR OF BENSON ACADEMY OF DANCE & OWNER/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF MARION BALLET THEATRE HOW MANY PERFORMANCES OF THE NUTCRACKER HAS THE MARION BALLET THEATRE PUT ON? The Marion Ballet Theatre will have performed nearly 400 shows at the close of our 2016 36th anniversary season for our Marion County audiences. HOW MANY HOURS EACH WEEK ARE SPENT REHEARSING FOR THE SHOW? Each student rehearses over 20 hours each week, each month for the performances held in December. In addition, the students study technical dance classes up to 10-plus hours a week. That’s nearly a full-time job! DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR ASPIRING BALLERINAS? You will realize dance is your calling when you know within all of your being that you could never imagine doing anything else. This will tell you to follow your passion. WHAT MEMORY DO YOU HOLD ON MOST TO FROM THE TIME YOU SPEND WITH YOUR DANCERS DURING PRODUCTIONS SUCH AS THIS ONE? Just being a part of the circle of life. Starting as a dancer; re-living and re-inventing the joy that the trade brings for new generations in our community. Preserving tradition is a great gift.

CORPSE!

SONNENTAG THEATRE AT THE ICEHOUSE, MOUNT DORA SEPTEMBER 16-OCTOBER 9 ICEHOUSETHEATRE.COM  352 3833133 Corpse! is set in London in 1936 and tells the story of twin brothers, one of whom plots to murder the other. Things do not go as they should, and people are not what they seem. This comedic thriller by Gerald Moon is one for your new play bucket list.

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THE SHINING: MOVIE & LIVE SHADOWCAST REILLY ARTS CENTER, OCALA OCTOBER 14

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The Shining is a masterpiece of horror based on the Stephen King novel by the same name. With amazing imagery and standout performances by Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, there will be an all original shadowcast performance live on stage while the movie plays.

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Q&A WITH CHAD TAYLOR, DIRECTOR OF THE SHINING’S LIVE SHADOWCAST HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DIRECTING AND WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GET INTO THEATER? My first acting role was as the major general in The Pirates of Penzance when I was 11, as part of the Civic Theatre’s Arts For All program. I started writing plays in high school and had a chance to direct the first play I had written at CF. From there, I started directing shows in Orlando and spent about six years in Los Angeles writing, directing, acting and producing.

to do JAWS as a shadowcast. After, the audience loved it so much we decided to do Jurassic Park because it was the most requested by the audience. Matthew Wardell asked if I would consider doing The Shining to complete the series for this year. It took me a few days of thinking it over because it’s not really a movie that you would think would transition well to a shadowcast, but the more I thought about it, the more of a challenge I saw it as, so I decided to take it head on.

HAVE YOU EVER PLAYED A ROLE IN A PLAY YOU DIRECTED? There are only one or two roles that I’ve written that I’ve claimed as mine simply because they’re personal for me. In 2010, I wrote a full-length play called Barfly on the Wall that we performed at Insomniac, and one of the characters was based on myself, so even though I was directing it, I wanted to play it. What’s funny is during the audition process an actor named Xak Brittain came in out of nowhere and portrayed the role even better than I thought I could, so I ended up doing half the shows and he did the other half.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN DIRECTING A SHADOWCAST PLAY RATHER THAN A TRADITIONAL PLAY? I think it depends on the movie. Partially, I think it’s the fact that you aren’t allowed to take your time to set the scene in a shadowcast as compared to a traditional play. JAWS is an absolutely brilliant movie, but I was cursing Spielberg’s name by the end of it because his pacing is insanely quick. You’re one place and then you’re instantly in another with no time to change sets, costumes, props or anything else. Your cast has to constantly be on their toes, and they can’t miss a single cue.

AS THE FIRST THEATER COMPANY IN THE WORLD TO ATTEMPT A LIVE SHADOWCAST OF THE SHINING, WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO TAKE ON SUCH A CHALLENGE? The Shadowcast Series started as a bit of a joke at Insomniac when we were producing the Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcast regularly and got to talking about what movies could be turned into shadowcasts—but probably shouldn’t. The top of that list was JAWS. When the Reilly Arts Center was gracious enough to give us a home, they asked what kinds of ideas we had, and I mentioned trying

WHAT, IN YOUR OPINION, IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A STAR AND AN ACTOR? My definition of a star is probably different than most. People usually equate being a star to being famous, but I’ve always seen the star of a show as the person who is the bedrock of it. There are always one or two actors, sometimes in the background, who the story would fall apart without. They’re sometimes the quiet ones. Any actor can be a star if they work hard enough.


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OCALA CIVIC THEATRE SEPTEMBER 8-OCTOBER 2

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ETHAN BORTNICK REILLY ARTS CENTER, OCALA SEPTEMBER 29

REILLYARTSCENTER.COM  352 3511606 From singing and playing the piano to songwriting and starring in television specials, 14-year-old Ethan Bortnick has actually done it all. Prepare your ears for classical renditions, recent top hits, Broadway show tunes and original songs. We predict you’ll be humming even after you leave.

PIANO MAN IN THE MAKING Q&A WITH ETHAN BORTNICK, PIANIST WHEN DID YOU START PLAYING THE PIANO? I started playing piano at 3 years old. I saw kids taking lessons in my school, and I was curious, so I asked my parents for piano lessons. They said “no” because they thought I was too young. When I got home I took a small toy keyboard and began mimicking everything I heard on television and radio. When my parents heard me copying music, they agreed to give me piano lessons. WHICH MUSICIANS OR SONGS INSPIRE YOU? It is impossible to pick just one musician, just one song or just one type of music. I love to listen to all types of music and perform all types of music. Each time I hear something, I find something special in each song or piece. CAN YOU SHARE A FAVORITE MEMORY FROM A PERFORMANCE? I have done hundreds of concerts. Each one is memorable, and there have been special moments in each. I do remember one concert that I performed in South Africa, and we had a chance to give a couple hundred tickets to orphans. One of those orphans asked me how she could live her dreams and perform, so I asked her to come on stage and had the audience film her dancing. After that performance, we found out that a big executive was in the audience, and he sponsored dance lessons, clothing, food and other things for this girl. She is now dancing! That is what music can do. It can change people’s lives and inspire them. This is why I am honored, humbled and excited about what I do!

DON MCLEAN WITH SPECIAL GUEST: JUDY COLLINS CIRCLE SQUARE CULTURAL CENTER OCTOBER 29

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PLEASE NOTE: RENT DEALS WITH MATURE SUBJECT MATTER AND INCLUDES ADULT LANGUAGE. THIS PERFORMANCE IS RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 17 AND ABOVE.

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PHILLIPS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, GAINESVILLE OCTOBER 4 & 5

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With monumental works at more than 25 museums, nine colleges and universities, three airports and dozens more public and private locations throughout the United States and Europe, John Raimondi’s sculptures are among the most prominent contemporary public pieces of art. Although his sculptures are easy to spot, the Appleton will be among the first venues to showcase the artist’s dynamic preparatory drawings.

DID YOU KNOW? RAIMONDI HAS COMPLETED MORE THAN 100 SCULPTURES FOR PUBLIC, CORPORATE AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS WORLDWIDE.

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For men and women alike, walk through and admire the expansive group exhibit of drawings, paintings and sculptures featuring women as their muse.

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DID YOU KNOW? THE BOYS INITIALLY PICKED OUT BAND NAMES RANGING FROM “KENNY AND THE CADETS” TO “CARL AND THE PASSIONS.” THEY LATER CHANGED IT TO “BEACH LIFESTYLE” BEFORE CALLING THEMSELVES WHAT WE KNOW AND LOVE: THE BEACH BOYS.


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OCALA ART GROUP ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION APPLETON MUSEUM OF ART, OCALA NOVEMBER 12-JANUARY 1 THEOCALAARTGROUP.ORG Come support and enjoy a variety of media recently created by members of the local nonprofit. November 12 is the free opening reception. Be the first to take in the vast array of original drawings, paintings and portraits. In addition to temporary exhibitions, the Appleton Museum of Art presents a permanent collection of European, American and contemporary art, plus Asian, African, Islamic and preColumbian artifacts and antiquities.

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ARTISTALLEY.COM  352 3512787 What would happen if Ocala’s most talented artists came together under one roof? Why, we would be at the Artist Alley, of course! This November, prepare to be blown away at The Art of Gift Giving exhibit, perfect for the shopper wanting to spend less than $50 on hand-painted and decorated bags, umbrellas, placemats and more. The exhibit in January, Make Mine Chocolate, will feature 17 creative pieces, crafted by Ocala’s finest.

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MAXOCALA.ORG  352 6298414 The second Annual MAX Paint Out will be held at Ocala Union Station. This year will be in conjunction with the Tuscawilla Art Park opening, which is from 5pm-8:30pm. Painters will set up shop a few hours earlier to get their masterpieces underway.

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Q&A WITH JESSI MILLER CASTRO, MAX PAINT OUT PARTICIPANT CAN YOU DESCRIBE A FAVORITE PIECE YOU HAVE DONE? My favorite piece, which changes from time to time with my focus and mood, would be “Poe,” a portrait of Edgar Allan Poe. It is one of a series of three that I did a few years ago. I love Poe’s work. The mystery and artistry surrounding it are always fascinating, and this portrait has a lot of elements about him and his work. There is a raven in his hair, the “telltale heart” on his chest is actually a cut-through showing the background, words from his poem, ‘The Raven,’ are scratched into layers of paint on his suit.” WHAT’S INTEGRAL TO THE WORK OF AN ARTIST? No artists are the same—styles, techniques, subject matter all vary so greatly. What I think makes art good is the feeling that the artist has imbued in their work and how it comes across to the audience. The more inspired the artist is, the more inspired the viewer is. WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO DURING THIS YEAR’S MAX PAINT OUT? I’m looking forward to coming up with a totally different concept on what to paint at this year’s Paint Out. Last year, I painted a section of train tracks where two of them crossed. I don’t know what I’ll paint yet this year. That’s part of the fun of being in the moment and painting live—walking around until I see something that I want to focus on and bring to life in an artistic way.

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ADVENTUROUS VENUES

Looking for somewhere other than a traditional chapel or trendy barn setting to say “I do”? Maybe you’re into the outdoors. Or diving. Or pirates. If your relationship is all about the unexpected, one of these daring venues could be right for you.

1. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

not. If you’re interested in a venue farther south, check out Captain Memo’s Original Pirate Cruise in Clearwater Beach (captainmemo.com).

WHY HERE? You can say your vows in front of a waterfall, on a wooded hill overlooking the winding river or in the mermaid hall with a clear view of the underwater world. Weeki Wachee's famous mermaids can be hired to swim by and do a show and even pose for photos at your reception.

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2. Silver Springs State Park

5656 E Silver Springs Blvd, Silver Springs (352) 261-5840 silversprings.com WHY HERE? Whether you’re outdoorsy or not, the Silver River, blue spring waters and natural Florida landscape will appeal to you and all of your guests.

3. The Pirate Ship Black Raven 111 Avenida Menedez, St. Augustine (877) 578-5050 blackravenadventures.com

WHY HERE? Do you know anyone else getting married on a pirate ship? Pirate costumes are optional, but having a swashbuckling good time is

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Maybe we’ve beaten you to the punch with all these venues and what you need is an exciting place to propose. Here are some ideas to push the limits and have a proposal as exciting as your relationship.

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WHY HERE? Just a 90-minute drive away in Orlando, this floating venue will take you and your beloved several thousand feet in the air for your nuptials. There’s even a champagne toast after landing from your sky-high ceremony. Call for pricing information.

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90791 Old Hwy Unit 1, Tavernier (305) 451-3020 captainslate.com WHY HERE? If you’re a watersports-loving couple, a scuba ceremony in the Keys is a perfect choice. Captain Slate has been an underwater wedding officiant since 1978, so he’s the expert you need.

Florida lovers looking for a beautiful view to propose to their honey need not leave town. Canyons Zip Line & Canopy Tours in Ocala provides gorgeous views of natural Florida landscape and limestone quarries from up to 135 feet above! Wait for your partner on one knee at the final platform, perhaps?

As long as you’re cool with heights, consider the top of the Orlando Eye. Enjoy the sights from 400 feet in the air, and you can even arrange for a champagne toast.

Ocala is oh-so conveniently located near numerous theme parks and some of the best roller coasters in the world. If your partner is an adrenaline junkie, why not pop the question right before the big drop on a roller coaster? Just be sure to hold on tight to that ring. (Also, that’s one roller coaster photo you may actually want to purchase.)

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• Not crazy about your table and chair rentals? Start by nailing down your color palette (think whites, creams, soft pinks or blues). Adding fabric covers in your chosen colors to tables, high tops and chairs adds a whimsical touch when finished with flouncy bows. • Go for a royal look by using strings of crystals wherever you like, like to top table runners. If your venue is outdoors, hanging chandeliers from trees is an easy way to add instant magic. String lights are also going to be your new best friend. Wrapped in tulle and draped just so, they can create a beautiful ambiance. • Utilize fairytale storybooks as centerpiece bases to highlight your fairytale day. You can even create confetti (heart shaped, of course)

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• You can also use lines from your favorite books and movies to decorate. Quotes look beautiful in calligraphy on chalkboards with gilded frames or accompanying numbers on your table number cards. • Looking for your Beauty and the Beast moment? For centerpieces, a few simple roses under a bell jar will bring the storybook scene to life. • For a fairytale finish, supply floating lanterns for guests to send off in your honor.

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from your favorite stories to sprinkle on tabletops. If you don’t have numerous disposable copies of Cinderella on hand, you can easily type up your favorite passages and print some screen grabs from the film to cut out for the same effect.

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Can’t get to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter? Hogwarts isn’t real (we’re sad about it, too), and maybe Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter is too long a drive, but any venue can host a wizarding wedding with these special touches.

• When sending out your invitations, browse online stores like Etsy for Hogwarts acceptance letter-style invites or envelopes. Save the dates would look pretty cute as tickets on the Hogwarts Express, too. • Two points for Gryffindor! Along with numbering your tables, assign them each a house. You can even coordinate their centerpieces and other décor based on house colors if you’d like. Perhaps a sorting hat belongs near the seating chart?

• For favors, set out jars of candy for guests to throw in to-go bags. Of course, they should be labeled with their proper HP-themed names, like candy floss and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans. • Remember those dining hall scenes with the floating candlesticks? You’ll want to load up your tables with candles tall and short. You can even make some of them float—place several tea lights in small glass globes and string them up. While candles may take up the bulk of your centerpiece space, don’t forget some special touches like glass potion bottles and jars or some special artifacts from the books on different tables. (Rowena Ravenclaw’s diadem, anyone?)

Can’t get to Lowry Park Zoo?

If the zoo is all booked and your wedding party isn’t willing to trek into the Amazon for your nuptials, bring the jungle to you.

• Instead of table numbers, assign guests to the lion table, the giraffe table, the owl table and so on. • Drop by the dollar store or the toy aisle and pick up some small plastic animal figurines. Spray paint them gold or silver for an instantly elegant place card holder or centerpiece accessory. • Animal print can get tacky quickly, but it’s not outlawed. Keep it minimal with small touches, like printed napkins or the groomsmen’s pocket squares.

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• Whether your wedding is indoors or outdoors, foliage is key for a jungle vibe. Succulents are popular for centerpieces and boutonnieres these days, and banana leaves are catching on, too. Load up those tables with greenery and tropical flowers to tastefully transport your guests into the wild.

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• Create custom cocktails flavored like love potions, polyjuice potion or butter beer. It’s the perfect way to make the theme feel totally grown up.

• Visit your local craft store for brown paper gift bags and a few animal stamps to decorate them. Fill them up with animal crackers and a small packet of seeds for a fruit tree or butterfly garden. Your guests will have a snack and a permanent, natural reminder of your wild wedding. • Instead of registering for household items, use your registry to give back to a cause, like The Rainforest Alliance. Sites like idofoundation.org and justgive.org can help you create your online donation registry.


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Hot Cup Of Cancer?

If I were you, I’d reconsider drinking that steaming hot cup of tea. Studies show that it could increase your risk of developing cancer.

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According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, hot beverages are now classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” If the beverage is above 65 degrees Celsius (149 degrees Fahrenheit), it could cause someone to develop cancer of the esophagus. Not to mention the potential burns to the mouth and esophagus. Curt DellaValle, a senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group, says, “The presence of a toxic chemical in our bodies does not necessarily mean it will cause harm, but this report details the astounding number of carcinogens we are exposed to in almost every part of life that are building up in our systems.” While a burn here and there is unavoidable, try to avoid too-hot toddies just as you would these other carcinogenic chemicals. Instead of immediately drinking that boiling cup of coffee, let it sit for a bit. You could be putting yourself less at risk.

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Cooking Catastrophe

We all know that cooking is never a clean task. You start to make dinner and, before you know it, your sink is piled with dishes and the inside of your microwave looks like someone had a food fight. Before you pull out the rubber gloves and facemasks, we have a few tips that might make cleaning up these kitchen disasters a little easier to handle.

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Cleanup Clues › GREASE STAIN ON YOUR CLOTHES? Skip the fancy

potions; all you need is dish soap! Dab a little on the stain, and wash normally. (This also works for old grease stains.) › GOT TOUGH MICROWAVE GUNK? Don’t even bother

wasting your time scrubbing it. Microwave a bowl of water with lemon for a minute or two. The steam will allow the mess to wipe right off.

Good 4 You Café is always the right choice. No tempting donuts here! Sit down to a hot tofu burger on pita with mayo, sliced tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, alfalfa sprouts, homemade miso dressing and melted cheese. Cool off with a peach cobbler smoothie, complete with almond milk, apricots, honey, nutmeg, peaches and yogurt. In a hurry? Wheatgrass juice shots are quick and delicious. So head on over; you deserve a post-workout reward. Open Monday through Wednesday and Friday 11a-3p and Thursday 11a-3p and 5-9p. Closed Saturday and Sunday. › 304C SW Broadway Street, Ocala › (352) 867-5557 › good4youcafe.com

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stress! Add some water and dish soap to it and put it back on the burner. Let it boil for about five minutes, and the gunk will scrape off easily.

› TIRED OF SLICING JUICY FOOD? Have you ever cut a

tomato only to have the juice go everywhere? Place your cutting board inside a pan to collect all the juices.

KITCHEN SPONGE SMELL BAD? That’s the worst. Soak it in water with a little white vinegar

or lemon juice. Then put it in the microwave, and let it heat up for about a minute to kill any germs and bacteria. That disgusting smell will vanish before your eyes (and nose).

While a gross kitchen easily takes first place, the runner up is when your actual food is a disaster. You followed the Pinterest directions verbatim, so why does your food not even closely resemble the food in the picture? Don’t cry just yet! Here are some tips to turn your kitchen disaster into dinner success.

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1. FOOD THAT IS WAY TOO SPICY. Stir in plain yogurt, sour cream,

buttermilk or heavy cream to reduce the spiciness and make the food easier to eat.

2. MUSHY, OVER-COOKED PASTA. Drain pasta well. Heat olive oil in a hot skillet, and add pasta for a few minutes. Season with salt, black pepper or grated cheese.

3. OVERCOOKED MEAT OR CHICKEN. The best fix to dry meat is

adding a liquid. Place in a casserole dish and pour in a few cups of hot chicken or beef broth, and let sit. You could also try a cream soup to add some flavor and moisture.

4. YOUR FRESHLY BAKED CAKE IS STUCK IN THE PAN. If you’ve

already let your cake sit and cool and it’s still stuck to the pan, place it in the oven for a few minutes or dip the bottom of the pan in hot water to help loosen it up.

5. STICKY, MUSHY RICE. Place your rice in a bowl and run it under cool water. Use your fingers to separate the grains.

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Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse

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

Don’t forget that Mesa can handle all of your catering needs, regardless of venue choice or size of event. Call today for a quote on your upcoming event.

Get Happy at the Highway, Mon-Thu 50% off draughts & house wines $5 select appetizers Take-Out Tuesday 25% off carry out (pizza & calzones) Family Wednesday 50% off bambino menu (kids 12 & under) Wine-Down Thursday $10 off all bottles of wine

Mesa de Notte

2436 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala › (352) 732-4737 › mesaocala.com Mon-Thu 11a-9p › Fri & Sat 11a-10p › Closed Sun Ocala’s finest Italian restaurant, Mesa de Notte is now offering “Tapas Happy Hour.” Choose from five mouthwatering dishes all priced at $7 each. Ceviche de camaron, Latin meatballs, shrimp and andouille latkes, seared tuna piadinas and sweet-spicy Thai pepper Calamari. Served Monday through Saturday from 3-7pm exclusively at the bar. Mesa de Notte is the perfect spot for a quick bite and a cocktail after your busy workday comes to a close. Stop by and see for yourself what all the buzz is about.

Blue Highway Pizza

2130 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala › (352) 629-5555 bluehighwaypizza.com › Sun-Thu 11:30a-9p › Fri & Sat 11:30a-10p Blue Highway and football are a winning combination. Tailgating? Take it to the next level with The Federal vintage pizza truck experience. Whether you’re tailgating, taking out or dining in, we have your game day covered. We’ll cater to your game-day cravings with custom platters, including wings, sandwiches and more. We have the rest of the week covered, too, with the best pizza in Ocala. Wash it all down with local craft beer, fine wine or chilled sangria. Go Gators!

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Experience Eaton’s Beach Anyone who has dined at Eaton’s Beach knows it’s not simply a restaurant but a quintessential Florida experience complete with awardwinning cuisine. If you’ve never been, here’s what you’ve been missing:

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“People tell us time after time that they come to Eaton’s Beach just for the shrimp & grits, and it wins over people who aren’t even fond of grits,” Chef Del Rio laughs. Did you know you could have the entire Eaton’s Beach experience brought right to you? Eaton’s offers full-service catering for corporate functions, rehearsal dinners and weddings. Their beach also offers the perfect backdrop to personal or business holiday parties, reunions or weddings and comes with all the amenities guests love like volleyball, beachside corn hole and a breathtaking view.

Eaton’s Beach › 15790 SE 134th Avenue, Weirsdale › (352) 259-2444 › eatonsbeach.com Mon-Thu 11a-9p › Fri-Sat, 11am-10:30p › Sun 10a-9p

Harvest Market Deli 3751 SE 36th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471 (352) 624-2636 Harvestmarketdeliocala.com

If you’re looking for the best selection of subs and burgers, look no further. Always fresh and never frozen, Harvest Market Deli is the place to go for a great, filling meal. Enjoy a leisurely lunch in the cool shade of their one-of-a-kind tiki hut. Lacking time but craving a home cooked dinner? Call ahead by 4pm and place an order for their famous Spaghetti Pie, complete with zesty garlic bread and a fresh salad. We got you in the mood for a salad? Try the Ivy League. This chicken salad is perfectly mixed with cheddar, apples, pears, grapes and walnuts, and then served on a bed of lettuce with a tasty poppy seed dressing. Can you say yum?

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Stop in for happy hour every day between 2pm and 7pm at either Mi Tierra Latina location! Try a $9.99 dinner combination or enjoy a lunch special from 11:30am3pm Monday through Friday. Ask about our catering! ALL DAY LONG Bucket Special – domestic beers $12.00. Imports $15.00.

Happy Hour Tue-Fri, 5-7p. $5 premium cocktails, $3 house wine, 2-4-1 beer and $5 tapas. Call us to tour our private dining rooms — perfect for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners or private dinners!

• All-you-can-eat jumbo snow crab legs and fish every day. • Plan any party, social event, business lunch or celebration. Ask for Murphy! • Enjoy monthly specials while watching your favorite sporting event on the many TVs. Like them on Facebook at Murphy’s Oyster Bar

Mi Tierra Latina

3131 SW College Rd. Suite 303, Ocala › (352) 237-4042 2105 SW Hwy 484, Ocala › (352) 307-0888 Sun-Thu 11:30a-9:30p › Fri & Sat 11:30a-10p › mi-tierra-latina.com Peruvian food is a cuisine with a heritage as unique as its flavors, and Ocala residents don’t have to travel far to try it themselves. Mi Tierra Latina aims to delight the palate and provide balanced nutrition with their traditional Peruvian and Mexican dishes. Seafood lovers will enjoy the ceviche of corvina fish and the choros a la chalaca (mussels topped with corn, tomatoes, lime and cilantro). Choose a delicious Peruvian dish like Lomo saltado or a Mexican favorite such as fajitas, pollo con mole and many more.

Ipanema Brazilian Steak House

2023 South Pine Avenue, Ocala › (352) 622-1741 › ipanemaocala.com Dinner: Tue-Thu 5-9p, Fri & Sat 5-10p, Sun 4-9p › Lunch: Fri 11a-2:30p Brunch: Sun 12-3p › Happy Hour Tue-Fri 5-7p › Closed Monday 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.

Murphy’s Oyster, Steak & Seafood Restaurant 3821 NW Blichton Rd., Ocala › (352) 236-5656 Open 7 days a week 11a-Midnight

Welcome to Murphy’s, where you’ll dine on delicious seafood, oysters, choice steaks, fresh wings and much more served in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The restaurant’s extensive menu offers something for everyone, from tasty Philly cheese steaks and steamed clams to snow crab. Try the authentic gyros, too. A special menu for the kids features dishes like the hot dog platter and the chicken strips platter. Come take advantage of the massive outdoor tiki bar with flatscreen TVs. Murphy’s is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Bring the whole family for an experience you’ll want to relive again and again.

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the Bacon Double Cheeseburger and the Barbecue Chicken. Who could pass those up? Stop in for your next movie night, and don’t forget the CinnaSticks! Open Sunday through Thursday 11a-1a and Friday through Saturday 11a-2a. › 4414 SW College Road, Bldg. 1740, Ocala › (352) 861-5555 › fivestarpizza.com

The plethora of oil options on aisle five is somewhat inordinate. And, unless you’ve received a degree from a fancy-schmancy culinary school, you’ve probably not strayed far from the EVO and canola oil. So we’re here to break it all down for you. Let’s get started.

Chefs of Napoli Ristorante Italiano › Pollo al Balsamico, a dish

with scalloped chicken cooked in a balsamic reduction sauce and served on a bed of baby spinach and topped with cherry tomatoes, is the perfect combination. But don’t take our word for it—try it for yourself. With a fresh taste straight from Italy, these dishes will not disappoint. Finish off the night with the Tiramisu—Italian ladyfingers dipped in espresso and layered with imported Italian cheese. Open Monday through Thursday 11a-9p, Friday 11a-10p, Saturday 12p-10p and Sunday 12p-9p. › 9811 N US Highway 301, Wildwood › (352) 399-6825 › thechefsofnapoli.com

PEANUT OIL

Smoke point: 450˚F

SMOKE POINT: Refers to the temperature at which an oil starts to burn and smoke. The higher an oil’s smoke point, the more cooking methods you can use it for. It’s important not to cook with an oil that has exceeded its smoke point, as beneficial nutrients are destroyed when oil is overheated—not to mention you’ll end up with bitter, burnt food and a stinky kitchen. VEGETABLE OIL: Refers to any plant-based oil, including soybean, sunflower, canola and safflower oil. Sometimes, generic vegetable oils are made with a mixture of many oils. Each vegetable oil has its own smoke point, so do your research before dinnertime.

Smoke point: 400°F WHEN TO USE IT: Made from the seeds of the canola plant, canola oil is low in saturated fat and pretty cheap to buy. It’s a great all-purpose oil for cooking and dressings, but with its neutral taste, it’s not a great choice when flavor is what you’re looking for.

GRAPESEED OIL

EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

Smoke point: 392°F WHEN TO USE IT: Grapeseed oil is a by-product of wine-making. Use it for salad dressings, sautéing and baking. It has a medium-high smoke point, so keep it out of your deep fryer. Grapeseed oil has a neutral flavor and is a very versatile oil that can be used in many kitchen situations.

CORN OIL

Smoke point: 450˚F WHEN TO USE IT: Refined corn oil is often used in deep-frying and when making margarine. It has a neutral flavor and is used frequently in commercial kitchens to make french fries. Corn oil is high in saturated fats, so if you’re looking for a healthy oil, consider a different option.

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Smoke point: 320˚F WHEN TO USE IT: Once the olives are pressed and the oil is extracted, you’re left with extra virgin olive oil. Its robust flavor makes it ideal for salad dressings, vinaigrettes and bread dips. Its low smoke point means it is not ideal for cooking when using high heat, such as with frying and deep-frying.

COCONUT OIL

Smoke point: 350˚F WHEN TO USE IT: With a similar-to-butter consistency, coconut oil is great for vegan cooks. It’s naturally sweet, so it’s perfect for baking, making frostings and sautéing certain dishes. It has a low smoke point, so don’t use it for deep-frying, and its sweet taste makes it a not-so-great option for dressings.

Oils should be kept tightly sealed in a cool, dark place. If the bottle is clear, wrapping it in tin foil can help extend its shelf life.

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WHEN TO USE IT: Peanut oil is pale in color, with a nutty scent and powerful flavor, so it’s best not to use it for baking or when you’re looking for a neutral taste. It works great in Asian cuisine, such as stir-fry, and you can also use it when deepfrying, pan-frying, roasting and grilling.

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menu and you’ll know you’re in the South. Between the gizzards, fried okra, Tuesday’s country fried steak and Wednesday’s dumplings, you are in for a treat—and we are not just talking about the banana pudding. If you love good home cookin’, you’ll fall for this Southern spot. Open Monday through Friday 11a-6p and Saturday 11a-3p. › 2209 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala › (352) 512-0533 › facebook.com/lindasdinerocala


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Trivia Night every Thursday, 7-9pm (Silver Springs Blvd. location) Mariachi band every Thursday at the 200 location, 6-9pm

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 Mondays, $4.45; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $4.95; Quesadillas on Wednesdays, $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 Mondays. 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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For Alberto, Peruvian food is all about the flavors really popping. And if you can take the heat, he can make any dish as spicy as you’d like. For something different but delicious, Off The Hook’s the place to eat!

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Off The Hook Bar and Grill

Tues-Sun 11a-9p › 10901 S US Hwy 441, Belleview › (352) 307-0661 Alberto and Melanie Benvenuto opened Belleview’s newest addition, Off The Hook Bar and Grill, in April to serve fresh, homemade Peruvian food. When you walk in, the first thing you’re served is canchita, which is like a Peruvian popcorn. Browse the menu and choose from different appetizers, stir-fries, ceviches, soups and so much more. Order from the newly discounted $9.99 lunch menu or come for dinner. Complement your meal with a Peruvian beer or juice, and enjoy the lounge atmosphere decorated in bold colors and filled with modern Peruvian music.

Five Star Pizza

4414 SW College Rd., Bldg. 1740, Ocala › (352) 861-5555 › fivestarpizza.com › Sun-Thu 11a-1a › Fri & Sat 11a-2a Feed that pizza craving with specials offered at Five Star Pizza’s new College Road location. Enjoy two large, one-topping pizzas for $22.99; one large, one-topping pizza and 10 wings for $18.99; one 24-inch, one-topping piezilla for $19.99; and one large, two-topping pizza, garlic rolls and a two-liter soda for $19.99. It’s the first dinein Five Star restaurant ever, and it’s open late for you night owls. Go with the barbecue chicken (one of the owners’ favorites) or choose from nine other specialty pizzas. And don’t forget to feed your sweet tooth—CinnaSticks or brownie bites will do the trick.

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More Than A Sports Bar

The Tilted Kilt serves up quality in every bite.

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Wrap, or pick your own wing sauce for the Chicken Tender Wrap. “Most of what we have is made from scratch,” says Montfort. “Our fish come in fresh, our steaks are hand-cut and our chicken is marinated in-house.” There’s also a sampler platter just for those who want to try more than one dish. And, for something new and tasty, try the Tilted Kilt’s own buffalo chicken or barbecue pork served over macaroni and cheese. Grab dinner and test your knowledge on Trivia Night every Monday from 7 to 9pm, and don’t miss the Tilted Kilt’s annual breast cancer awareness fundraiser coming up in October. Bike Night is on the first Saturday of every month from 6 to 10pm, and the Tilted Kilt hosts car shows on the third Saturday of every month from 5 to 9pm. “The last bike night is in November, and that’s the biggest one,” says Montfort. The Bearded Brothers Band from New Port Richey will be performing live, too. Stay tuned to the Tilted Kilt’s Facebook page for more upcoming news and specials.

Tilted Kilt › 3155 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala › (352) 351-5458 › ocala.tiltedkilt.com › Sun-Sat 11a-close

Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille

24 SE 1st Avenue, Ocala › (352) 840-0900 › hookedonharrys.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p › Fri & Sat 11a-11p › Sun 11a-9p Located in the heart of downtown Ocala, Harry’s offers traditional Louisiana favorites like Shrimp and Scallop Orleans, Crawfish Etouffée, Jambalaya, Shrimp Creole and Blackened Red Fish. Other favorites, like Harry’s Signature Crab Cakes and Bourbon Street Salmon, are complemented with grilled steaks, chicken, burgers, po’ boy sandwiches and salads. Their full bar features Harry’s Signature Cocktails such as the Harry’s Hurricane, Bayou Bloody Mary or the new Southern Mule. They also feature wines by the glass and a wide selection of imported, domestic and craft beer. Harry’s menu is sure to have something for everyone!

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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. We accept all major credit cards.

Be sure to visit us at the Canopy Oaks Center. Pavarotti’s also caters. Mon: All You Can Eat Spaghetti and Meatballs $6.99 Tue: 16” Cheese Pizza $7.99 Wed: 10 Chicken Wings $5.

PAVAROTTI’S

Crossroads Country Kitchen 7947 W Highway 40, Ocala › (352) 237-1250 Mon-Thur 6a-8:30p › 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-careto-eat catfish or whitefish. Enjoy an Italian special on Wednesdays. Big screen televisions will allow you to enjoy your meal without missing one second of the big game or race.

Pavarotti’s Pizza & Restaurant

8075 SW HWY 200, Canopy Oaks Center, Ocala › (352) 291-9424 Mon-Thu 11a-9p › Fri-Sat 11a-10p › Sun 11a-8p

Pavarotti’s Pizza and Restaurant in Ocala is known for its famous, old-fashioned pizzas, hand-tossed and baked on a stone deck oven as well as an array of classic Italian entrées, fresh salads and subs, and hearty pasta dinners. Veal or chicken is served Parmigiana, Marsala or picatta style, and the seafood dishes are served fresh over linguini. Pizza lovers can’t get enough of the homemade pies, and don’t forget about the subs, stromboli and calzones!

Pizza & Restaurant

The amazing private CHEF’S TABLE dining experience! Call (352) 873-6446 to design your evening for parties of 4-8.

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Arthur’s — An American Bistro

Inside the Hilton Ocala › 3600 SW 36th Ave. Ocala (352) 390-1515 www.hiltonocala.com › Breakfast: 6:30am-11am daily Lunch: 11am-2pm, Mon-Fri › Sunday Brunch: 11:30am-3pm Dinner: 4:30pm-10pm, Tue-Sat A true American bistro experience! Extraordinary flavors in a casual and affordable setting, Hilton Ocala is proud to be the home of Arthur’s — An American Bistro. Renowned for years as one of the region’s most celebrated dining establishments, the new Arthur’s — An American Bistro provides a comfortable, graceful atmosphere to enjoy the one-of-a-kind American bistro flavors of Executive Chef Josue Torres and his high-caliber culinary team. In addition to this unique twist on American regional cuisine, you will also find one of the best wine, bourbon, Scotch and specialty drink selections in North Central Florida... so enjoy!

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he Federal is a mobile pizza truck, rolling up to any event with catering staff and a chef to dole out artisanal pizza and beverages to all. Layla Ruffino, part owner of Blue Highway Pizzeria, says The Federal was their way of expanding their catering services while adding some personality. It harkens back to her parents’ original food truck adventure, called Famous Frank’s, which was their way of breaking out of the corporate world before moving to Florida and opening Blue Highway. Today, The Federal brings a whimsical touch to catered events and means Blue Highway’s offerings aren’t bound to their brick-and-mortar locations. It’s a unique touch for parties, corporate events, fundraisers, weddings and more. (They even bring their own music.) But where did they find a restored 1951 Federal flatbed, exactly?

We found a gentleman in Charleston who refurbishes old vehicles for his catering business, and he had a couple of these he built for himself. He happened to have this one that he wanted to sell. › Layla Ruffino

“We knew we wanted a truck. We knew we wanted this particular oven; it’s an Italian brick oven. We were considering making a new one and looking at different companies, and through that research, we found a gentleman in Charleston who refurbishes old vehicles for his catering business, and he had a couple of these he built for himself,” says Ruffino. “He happened to have this one perfect for our needs and in our colors that he wanted to sell.” The Federal has been with the Ruffinos since November, and they’ve been event hopping since. Neapolitan-style pizza is wood fired in the truck’s Valoriani pizza oven, just like at the restaurant. Catering menus can be customized to include salads, appetizers and pastas, as well. “We generally have four items we offer: a barbecue chicken pizza,

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a funghi pizza, a margherita pizza and a carne,” says Chef Adam Scott. “I would personally recommend our funghi pizza—it’s one of the best sellers we have.” So how much will The Federal cost you? Surprisingly little. Catering packages begin at just $15 per person. They’re happy to customize menu selections for each event, including beer choices, so customers can have more interesting ales on tap. “We really try to promote our local Florida breweries,” Ruffino explains. “We have a relationship with Swamp Head and First Magnitude, but as long as my beer distributor carries the beer my guests want, I can get whatever.” Of course, The Federal does come with its own set of challenges, like spontaneous Florida rainstorms trying to blow away the tent (true story). And with restored vehicles, repairs are also a given. Thankfully, The Federal has found a reliable mechanic in its new hometown. For those who may see The Federal out and about this fall but have never tried Blue Highway’s pizzas, Ruffino has a few suggestions. “It’s not for everybody, but my favorite is margherita with anchovies,” she laughs. “One of our most popular pizzas on the truck would be the funghi, a beautiful white pizza with an assortment of mushrooms that cooks really nicely in the truck. The flavor combination of the smoke and the crispy crust and the mushrooms makes it really delicious.”

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Early Bird daily 4:30-7pm Check out our sushi bar. Serving Ocala since 1986! Ask about our lunch specials!

Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant

2463 SW 27th Avenue, Ocala › (352) 237-3900 › kotobukiocala.com Lunch: Tue-Fri 11:30a-2p Dinner: Tue-Thu 4:30-9:30p › Fri & Sat 4:30-10:30p › Mon & Sun 4:30-9:30p For an authentic Japanese meal in an award-winning restaurant that has been serving Ocala since 1986, try Kotobuki. Enjoy traditional Japanese favorites like tempura, teriyaki and broiled seafood and vegetables. For a memorable experience, gather around the hot grill and watch as your chef prepares steak, chicken and seafood favorites right before your eyes. Get the VIP treatment. Check out our specials!

We cater! Let them create an unforgettable menu for your next event. Check out new items on the menu. Enjoy one of the specialty drinks at their new backyard tiki bar. Live music on Fridays. Family owned and operated. Brooklyn’s Backyard—Good Beer, Better Food!

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.

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 or something more exotic, they’ve got it and it’s delicious! Try one of their unique burger creations. In the mood for wings? Get the best from the 2014 & 2015 King of Wings. Want pizza? They got it, NY style, plus a full range of fresh salads, sandwiches and entrées sure to suit everyone! There’s beer, wine and a full liquor bar in the ‘Yard,” too—over 40 craft beers, craft cocktails and a great selection of wines, all sure to perfectly complement your meal! Come join them for Sunday Brunch, every Sunday from 11a-2p.

The Ivy House Restaurant

917 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala › (352) 622-5550 Sun & 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.

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6 Steps To Up Your Home’s Curb Appeal

a dry day with moderate temperatures). If you’re in doubt about which items should receive the most attention, a qualified real estate agent or appraiser could give you some guidance, not only on the improvements that will bring the greatest return on investment but also on the features today’s buyers value most. Don’t overlook the impact of cleanliness. As the calendar pages turn, your home’s exterior accumulates a layer of dust and dirt that can dull its overall appearance. An adjustable pressure washer with Briggs & Stratton POWERflow+ Technology will let you wash siding, garage doors and shutters without stripping paint, as well as delicate items such as glass-top patio tables. With the high-flow mode, which delivers up to five gallons per minute, you’ll have extended reach to clean second-story windows, eaves and gutters or to blast away hard-toreach cobwebs. Even when your goal is upping the aesthetics, keep function in mind. Avoid putting off improvements that will stop current damage or prevent future problems. For example, chipping paint isn’t only unsightly, it can lead to rotted wood. Similarly, unkempt landscaping not only looks uninviting, it can harbor creepy crawlies and other critters. Beware of decks, sidewalks and driveways with faded slats and discolored stains, as these can be telltale signs of a home’s age. Fortunately, it’s quite easy and affordable to give these areas a facelift. Skip the messy buckets and brush, and instead reach for an outdoor cleaning tool such as one of Briggs & Stratton’s rotating surface cleaners. These cleaners have integrated detergent tanks and quickly help deep clean large outdoor areas, while controlling overspray to protect walls and flower beds. Simple finishing touches can go a long way. Little details like new house numbers, freshly potted or planted flowers, a new porch light or a pretty seasonal wreath on the door all create a cheery, welcoming atmosphere for visitors.

Good or bad, first impressions count. Whether you’re keeping up with the Joneses or capturing attention from would-be buyers, give your home’s curb appeal a boost with these easy steps.

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ven if you’re not planning to sell, give your home a once-over with the critical eye of a buyer. Make a list of any imperfections that require replacing or repair, and be sure to look from all angles. Also, consider a followup exam at a different time of day, when different lighting may reveal new flaws. You could even invite a friend over to lend their own critique for issues you may have become desensitized to over time. Prioritize your to-do list, taking into account your budget, which changes will make the biggest impact to your home’s appearance and weather considerations (save painting for

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hen tight on time, chores have a way of piling up and spilling into free time. With the right routine, however, day-to-day tasks can be tackled throughout the week, paving the way to a chorefree weekend, which means more time for the fun stuff. “I am a firm believer that the weekend is meant for relaxation,” says Becky Rapinchuk, cleaning expert from Clean Mama and author of The Organically Clean Home. “My secret to a chore-free weekend? Address items on your to-do list day by day, rather than tackling the entire house at once.” Dishwasher photo courtesy of Getty Images

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Dishes not coming out clean from the dishwasher? Run the water in your kitchen sink until it’s hot and then start the dishwasher. This will pump hot water throughout the washer’s cycle, as opposed to starting off cold and then turning warm. The hot water not only does a better job of cleaning your dishes, but it is also critical in killing any germs living on glassware and flatware.

Multi-purpose tools are key when looking to save time. The Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish Cloth, for example, features everything you love about your dish cloth—absorbency and versatility—plus scrubbing dots on one side that power through stuck-on messes on cookware, glassware and counters without scratching. When you’re done, the cloth rinses clean and dries quickly, ready for any kitchen mishaps during your weekend festivities.

Ease into the weekend by dusting surfaces in your home, including televisions, shelving, dressers and nightstands. A little known trick for surfaces such as rugs or lampshades that dust likes to cling to? Use a lint roller with strong adhesive.

Round out the week with a focus on floors by sweeping, vacuuming and mopping the most used rooms. If you find a new stain on the carpet, blot it up with club soda and a heavy-duty scrub sponge. If it remains, add a drop of dish soap and blot it back into the stain, but don’t rub. Rinse with cool water and continue to blot as the sponge absorbs the solution while not pilling or ruining the fabric. After a few minutes, the carpet should be dry and the stain should be gone.

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Bring Style To Your Closet

Closet designer may not be a title on your résumé, but deep down you may find talents you never knew existed. Whether you are laying out the perfect closet or organizing your belongings, these tips will guide you toward creating a truly stylish and functional space. When designing your closet, it’s easy to forget important features. That’s why it’s helpful to start with a blueprint that displays every element of your space. A tool such as the Wellborn Cabinet Closets Planning Guide takes you step by step to lay out your floor plan, figure out how much space is needed and decide what accessories to add.

Accessory Options

A closet makeover is meant to transform your cluttered storage space into an organized room where it’s easy to store, hang and hold your personal items. As you explore the accessories and options you’ll integrate into your design, keep convenience in mind. For example, tilt-out hampers from Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. are ideal for storing your dirty clothes instead of leaving them strewn across the bedroom floor. Clever solutions like wardrobe tubes can be installed in between the walls to hold your dresses, pants and shirts. For some shine and texture, look at options such as metal accessories to keep your ties color coordinated.

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There’s no right or wrong when it comes to storing clothing, but the majority of people choose to hang shirts on the top closet rod and jeans and shorts on the bottom rack. One essential key to a well-organized closet is good quality hangers that will eliminate the hassle of clothing falling off into a messy heap. To ensure you can always find the clothing you need, create a hanging system that works for you, such as hanging items according to the color or weight, or both. When it comes to shoe cubbies mounted on the wall, place all your boots, loafers, heels and sandals together to keep them off the floor.

Maintain Cleanliness And Organization

After the organizing work is done, the key is maintaining this project you worked so hard to complete. Set aside a couple of days a week to walk into your closet, not to pick out a trendy outfit to wear but to maintain the clutter and dust. Because your wardrobe isn’t all worn in one day, dust builds up and spreads throughout your shoes, hats, purses and clothes. Run a duster through your closet at least twice a week to maintain a dust-free zone.

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Warm up your home with this season’s trendiest looks. Put your personal touch on your home’s decor with crafting projects that highlight the best of fall: copper detail, animal icons and pumpkins of every color, including white. Create a seasonal tablescape or mantel decoration with these Harvest Fall Lanterns created by the crafting experts at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. The lanterns lend a coppery sheen to complement the seasonal hues of the pumpkins and gourds. Place them atop a swatch of soft plaid for a multi-textured look that celebrates the season indoors. Fall never looked so good! For a unique outdoorsy look, piece together a birch wreath using natural supplies such as twig stems, cattail stems and foliage.

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Birch Wreath SKILL LEVEL: BEGINNER › CRAFTING TIME: 1-2 HOURS Supplies and Tools:

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2 boxes fall pumpkin and gourd decorations 1 bottle (2 fluid ounces) cloud white paint Black sponge paint brush 2 metal and glass lanterns Hot glue gun and sticks Select two pumpkins to paint white. Paint them, and let dry. › Choose multiple-sized pumpkins and gourds, and attach them to the inside bottom of each lantern with hot glue to begin building a design. Add more pumpkins and gourds, and glue them to each other. › Insert leaves and berries to accent pumpkins and fill in any empty spaces.

Beige twig stems Brown floral tape 2 pinecone pick stems 2 onion grass cattail stems 5 fall leaf foliage 5 bags medium birch rounds

Craft bow out of burlap garland and dark brown raffia. Wrap wire around middle of bow, and poke it into burlap wreath in desired location. Secure with hot glue. › With wire cutters, cut twigs to length, and tape together with brown floral tape. Add pinecone stems to twigs, and tape together with floral tape. › Wrap twig and pinecone stems with wire, and poke wire into wreath under bow. Use hot glue to secure. › Add cattails and fall foliage to accent. Attach to wreath in desired locations with hot glue. › Cover remainder of wreath with birch rounds using hot glue.

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The Institute for Human and Machine Cognition will host an evening lecture series beginning this month, covering topics related to health and longevity. The full lineup includes: SEP

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Each lecture is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30pm at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition in Ocala, and the talks begin at 6pm. To register, visit ihmc.us or call (352) 387-3051.

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If you happen to be a foodie with some artistic talent, listen up! The inaugural Ocala Culinary Festival is incorporating a visual arts component to this longawaited culinary experience. An official poster to highlight the unique characteristics of North Central Florida and represent the festival is needed. Any and all artists residing in the state of Florida are welcome to submit their work in the form of concepts to the Marion Cultural Alliance no later than October 1. The winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize as well as bragging rights to be the first official poster artist for this inaugural year. All designs will be judged by a panel of local culinary and artistic experts. Entry into the competition is free and must be accompanied by an application. ocalaculinaryfestival.com or (352) 369-1500.

Downtown To Dos SEPTEMBER 2: First Friday Art Walk, Downtown Ocala, 6pm SEPTEMBER 16: Ocala Zumbathon, Citizens’ Circle, 6-9pm SEPTEMBER 24: Ocala Pride Festival, Citizens’ Circle, 11am-7pm OCTOBER 1: Prayer Walk, Downtown Ocala, 9am-2:30pm

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Tie a string around your finger and remember to plan to attend the 5th Annual Elephant Appreciation Day. Held at Two Tails Ranch in Williston, this unique event is a fun way to get up close and personal with some of the largest animals on the planet. Learn about the Asian and African elephants that call the ranch home. And while the elephants take center stage, special guest appearances by some pretty large cats and even a camel or two will keep visitors busy over the two-day festival. Tickets are $10 per person, and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the animals of Two Tails Ranch. Gates open at 11am, and the festival runs until 5pm each day. allaboutelephants.com or (352) 359-6676. 359-6676

Miles for Medals The inaugural season of the Big Hammock Race Series brought out some the area’s most seasoned runners and introduced newbies to the sport of road racing. The series was such a success that the running powers-that-bedecided to do it again! Big Hammock Race Series—Season 2, presented by Prime Mortgage Group, will include eight races, some traditional favorites and a few new ones, too. Runners will have the chance to earn valuable points toward some pretty impressive race bling by the end of the season. First up is the Cornerstone Leads The Way 5K on September 24. Benefiting The Cornerstone School, the race kicks off at 8am from the Baseline Trailhead. Early registration is available online and race morning. Registration for the series is $20 before December 31 and $50 through March 17, 2017. For more information on season two and all of its races, visit bighammockraceseries.com.

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Swing to the sounds of the ‘50s in a nostalgic gala tribute to the music of legendary songstress Patsy Cline. “An Evening of Patsy Cline” is an original production to be held at 7pm at the Reilly Arts Center to benefit Hospice of Marion County. “Patsy” will be backed up by her band, “The Jordanaires” (think Elvis and Eddy Arnold), and a special guest whose lyrics and tunes everyone knows will make an appearance as well. VIP guests can get upfront and personal with cafestyle tables in front of the stage; table service with cocktails and delectables included, plus a chance to dance the night away under the mirror ball, just like the old days. Tickets are $30 for general admission. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Special table requests are available for $75 per ticket and include signature cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres and will be accommodated on a first-come, first-serve basis. hospiceofmarion.com/patsy or (352) 291-5143.

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A Parent’s Paradise

Back in January, a few moms got the idea to host an expo that would help introduce moms and moms-to-be to all of the wonderful, yet unknown, services available to them in Ocala. Hence, the Bump, Baby and Beyond expo was born. What was planned to be a small event for local moms virtually grew by the hour to the point where parents with kids in tow were lined up and waiting to get in the doors in the hopes of meeting new professionals, watching important demonstrations and learning about the latest and greatest in childrearing. The success of Bump, Baby and Beyond led event organizers to schedule a second expo this month. Even founder Jessica Gilbert took some time from her busy schedule to tell us a little about what’s in store for the second installment of this popular parent event.

Bourbon and Beyond The very best bourbons sit and age eight to 10 years in oak barrels before they are deemed ready to be tasted. That’s a long time to wait for such a small sip. Fortunately, the organizers of the 2016 Bourbon Invitational have managed to secure some of the rarest of bourbons around and invite guests to sample these hard-to-find varieties. Each course of an exquisitely prepared four-course meal will be paired with a different bourbon, and attendees will have the opportunity to purchase their favorites of the evening all while supporting the Marion County Literacy Council. The evening also serves as an introductory taste of what the Ocala Culinary Festival will offer in March 2017. The event will be held at La Cuisine French Restaurant at 6:30pm with a private concert to follow the dinner. Tickets are limited. (352) 342-4911 or (352) 804-1507.

Did you expect the first Bump, Baby and Beyond to be so successful? We knew it was something that was needed and parents wanted it, but it grew much larger than we expected. Is that why you changed the location this year? Yes, we had so many people come last year, we couldn’t fit everyone at once, and it was far too crowded. This year we are at the Ocala Hilton and have more room. OCT

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Anything else new this year? This year we have VIP tickets that will allow ticket holders to come in an hour early and receive a gift bag valued at over $150. We also tried to rotate vendors. Last year, so many of them got booked up for their services, and we WANT TO GO? › Bump, Baby and Beyond Expo › Ocala Hilton › Sept. 25, 11am-4pm for regular admission and 10am for VIP ticket holders › $5 regular admission, $20 VIP › facebook.com/bumpbabybeyondexpo SEP ’16 ›

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Drawing to Sculpture, will feature the dynamic drawings of John Raimondi, whose works are showcased in more than 25 museums, nine colleges and universities, three airports and dozens more public and private locations throughout the United States and Europe. The exhibit will be on display through October 30. Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience will showcase how science, technology, architecture and art converge to examine what it takes to live amid a changing climate. An opening reception will be held September 9 from 6-8pm. The exhibit will be on display September 10-November 13. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.

Honoring Hank (September 25) › In memory of country crooning

legend Hank Williams, singer/songwriter Ethan Kinsella will bring his most memorable classics to life at the Reilly Arts Center with Love Sick Blues: Remembering Hank Williams. Known for his ease and authenticity, many of Hanks’ classics will be performed in homage to his short but prolific recording career. The show will include “Hey Good Lookin’,” “Your Cheating Heart” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” The performance begins at 3pm, and tickets start at $15. reillyartscenter.com or (352) 351-1606.

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Mobile Photography Contest and Exhibition. All photography must be taken using a mobile device and be submitted during specific date ranges for each category. Photos will be uploaded to Facebook where users can vote for their favorites. A selection of photos will be displayed in the gallery October 11-23. appletonmuseum.org or call (352) 291-4455.

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Drum Ensemble Performance (September 11) › The Amazzing Drum Ensemble will perform at Countryside Presbyterian Church. The performance will include several classic island/surf songs played on 55-gallon steel drums and begins at 3pm. Admission is free, but a donation is requested. (352) 237-4633. Choir Extravaganza (September 12-16) › The Reilly Arts Center will host a week-long event for choristers, including rehearsals, and will culminate in a final concert performance. Rehearsals will take Continued on p.86


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place September 12-15 from 6-8:30pm, and the final concert will be held September 16 at 7:30pm. Registration is $17. reillyartscenter.com or (352) 351-1606.

CF International Film Series (September 13, 27) › The

College of Central Florida and the Appleton Museum present an International Film Series airing films of cultural and historic significance. This month’s selections include The Rocket on September 13 and The Sea Inside on September 27. The films are aired at the Appleton Museum at 2pm and are free for members and included with the price of admission for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.com or (352) 291-4455.

Hamilton Jam (September 14) › Sing along, read along

and geek out about all things Hamilton, the record-breaking and award-winning Broadway musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton. The event takes place at the Marion County Public Library main branch headquarters at 4pm. marioncountyfl.org/library or (352) 368-4507.

Nature Drawing (September 17) › The Fort King National

Historic Landmark will host an afternoon of nature drawing. The program will lay out some fundamental drawing and sketching concepts and techniques, and materials will be provided. The event starts at 10am, and registration is $5. ocalafl.org/recpark or (352) 368-5533.

Gourd Artist Meeting (September 17) › The Marion County

Gourd Artist Group will hold a monthly meeting at the Cherokee Park Recreation Center in Belleview at 10am. All are welcome. marioncountygourdartists.com or (352) 245-7203.

Artist Talk (September 20, 29) › The Appleton Museum will host

two artist talks this month. John Raimondi will present on September 20, and Mitchell Joachim will present on September 29. Both talks begin at 6pm. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.

Ocala Symphony Orchestra Auditions

(September 26, 28) › The Ocala Symphony Orchestra will host

auditions at the Reilly Arts Center. All interested candidates must email their résumé to OSO Personnel Manager Katherine Poore at kppoore@gmail.com no later than Sept. 19. ocalasymphony.com or (352) 351-1606.

Civil War Super Spy Harriet Woods (September 28) ›

Carlo Trimboli, Civil War enthusiast and administrator for American Civil War Swords & Collectibles, retells the fascinating story of a mysterious woman who was pivotal in the course of the way. The event takes place at the Freedom Public Library at 2pm. marioncountyfl.org/library or (352) 438-2580.

Trips ’N’ Tours (September 29) › The program will take

guests to Clearwater Beach where they will visit two resorts to see the work of Christopher Still. Stops include Opal Sands Resort and the Sandpearl Resort, and lunch is provided. Registration is $80 for Appleton members and $90 for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.

Making a Primitive Fish Trap (October 1) › The Fort King National Historic Landmark will host a crafting event, guiding participants in making their own primitive fish trap baskets. The event begins at 10am, and registration is $5. ocalafl.org/recpark or (352) 368-5533.

Outdoor & Athletic Endeavors Group Bike Rides (Ongoing) › Brick City Bicycles offers

several group bike rides throughout the week and weekend. brickcitybicycles.com or (352) 369-9400.

Kayak Outings (Ongoing) › The Marion County Parks and

Recreation Department will host several kayak outings for children and adults. marioncountyfl.org or call (352) 671-8560.

Nature Games (September 3) › The Fort King National Historic Landmark will host a morning of nature games for all ages. Games will include a variety of themes such as situational awareness and tomahawk throwing. The games begin at 10am, and admission is free. ocalafl.org/recpark or (352) 368-5533. Walk to End Alzheimer’s (September 10) › The annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place at Tuscawilla park from 6am-noon. Funds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. ocalafl.org or (407) 951-7993.

5K Run/Walk of Hope (September 10) › This annual

domestic violence walk to raise awareness of domestic violence in our community will take place at Citizens’ Circle from 8am-noon. ocalafl.org or (352) 38-5993 or (352) 875-1248.

Color Me Green 5K (September 24) › The Third Annual 4-H Color Me Green 5K fun run/walk will be held at Jervey Gantt Park from 9-11:30am. Proceeds benefit the Marion County 4-H program. ocalafl.org or (352) 671-8413. Sportsability (September 30) › The City of Ocala and the

Florida Disabled Outdoor Association will host Sportsability, an event showcasing different sports for those with disabilities. The event will be held at the E.D. Croskey Recreation Center from 10am-3pm. ocalafl.org/recpark or (352) 368-5504.

Fun Fundraisers Marion County Chili Cook-off Registration

(Through November) › Registration is now open for the 35th

annual Marion County Chili Cook-off to benefit The Cornerstone School. This much-anticipated event will be held November 5 at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion. For registration details, visit marioncountychilicookoff.com or call (352) 351-8840.

Ocala Shrine Rodeo (September 2-3) › The 34th Ocala

Shrine Rodeo will take place at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion. The event includes professional rodeo events along with a patients’ rodeo at 6pm on September 3 at 6pm. Tickets

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are $15 in advance and $18 at the gate. Proceeds benefit the Shrine Hospital for Children. Gates open at 5:30pm, and the action gets underway at 7:30pm. (352) 402-8808.

Homerun Derby (September 13) › The City of Ocala

Recreation and Parks Department will host a homerun derby to benefit the United Way. The event will take place at 7pm at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex and is open to all ages. Registration is required and is $15 per person. For more information or to register, contact Darrin Williams at (352) 629-8389.


Just Relocated – Private Practice Now Open! Ocala Zumbathon (September 16) › A Zumbathon will be held at Citizens’ Circle from 6-9pm. Proceeds benefit the United Way of Marion County. ocalafl.org or (352) 629-8231.

Team Scrabble (September 29) › The Country Club of Ocala will host

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the 3rd Annual Team Scrabble event to benefit the Marion County Literacy Council. The event will run 6-8:30pm. Sponsorship tables and individual tickets are available. marionliteracy.org or (352) 690-7323.

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Cancer Education Lecture (September 7) › The Cancer Alliance of

Marion County will host an educational lecture titled “Coping Throughout the Years: Survivorship from Diagnosis to Living to the Fullest While Managing Cancer.” The lecture will be held at the West Marion Medical Plaza from 5:30-7pm and includes dinner. Admission and dinner are both free, and seating is limited, so please RSVP in advance. (352) 401-1534 or (352) 732-0277.

Girls Inspired To Try Science (September 9) › The Discovery

Center will host a program for girls 8-12 years old in an effort to foster an interest in science. The event runs 10am-1pm, and registration is $25. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900.

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Jimmy Buffet Bash (September 17) › The Marion County Parks and

Recreation Department will host a bash to benefit its scholarship fund. There will be music by the Landsharks, vendors, limbo contests and more. The event runs 1-6pm at Tuscawilla Park. ocalafl.org/recpark or (352) 368-5504.

Ocala Pride Festival (September 24) › A festival to celebrate diversity and acceptance will take place at Citizens’ Circle from 11am-7pm. ocala-pride.org or (352) 857-2978.

Prayer Walk (October 1) › A prayer walk will take place beginning at

Veterans Memorial Park at 9:30am. The walk will end at Citizens’ Circle with worship music and prayer. Transportation from Citizens’ Circle back to Veterans Park will be provided. godbelongsinocala.com or (352) 615-2366.

Paws & Pages Pet Expo (October 1) › Local vendors and exhibitors

provide information and resources for every pet owner. Stop by our photo booth to enter the pet photo contest. All pets must be leashed. Bonus: story time and crafts purr-fectly suited for children! The event takes place at the Marion County Public Library main branch headquarters from 10am-3pm. marioncountyfl.org/library or (352) 368-4507.

St. Mark Annual Dinner Dance (October 29) › St. Mark Greek

Orthodox Church of Ocala presents their annual dinner dance event, featuring the comedic talents of Basile. For details, contact Vicki at (217) 416-9307.

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Youngslinger Tim Birdsey, left, and Originals Gene Young and William Nicholson

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“I grew up with Six Gun,” said Mike Conners, son-in-law of Six Gun marshal Charles Pennington. “I graduated just before Six Gun closed.” As family, he jumped at the chance to don dad-in-law’s boots. “I’ve always loved the Wild West. The gunfight at the O.K. Corral happened on my birthday. To revisit that, to show my kids what their grandfather did is a dream come true.” Tim Birdsey, 43, moved here in 1980 as a kid from Fort Lauderdale and hoped someday to shoot for Six Gun. “Every city boy wants to be a cowboy,” he said. “There are new generations coming up that have never seen this kind of stuff,” added Jared Guinn, at 32 the youngest of the “class.” Six Gun school came about after Wild West Weekend organizer and one-time gunfighter Jim Pierce wrenched his leg last year and spent the weekend on the sidelines. The idea is to have new guys ready to take over roles in gunfight scenarios. They get to practice as “bad guys,” Pierce said. There’s no structured curriculum, just learn the scripts and be ready to step in. That’s pretty much how Six Gun shooters learned their schtick. “They gave me a new Colt 45 and told me to report to the gunfighters,” Pierce said. “They told me ‘when he shoots you, you die.’” But it’s all in fun. “We want kids to know we’re not really dead,” he added. Youngslingers also need to assemble their fighting duds. “Jeans, white shirt, vest, hat... what more do you need?” asked Guinn, seated next to Barry Pierce decked out in the same attire. “The key,” Pierce said, “is that they want to do their very best every time they step into that street.”

Youngslinger Mike Conners

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he evening began with guests viewing all the auction items while enjoying hors d’oeuvres. They were drinking Chateau La Paws Cabernet and Chardonnay wine. This wine is made in California by a company that puts a picture of a different shelter dog on each label and donates some of the proceeds from sales to no-kill shelters. For the wine auction, fine wines were donated from some of the best wine cellars in North Central Florida and by several wine merchants for sale at this event. Featured were three bottles of wine signed by John Travolta and Kelly Preston that raised a considerable amount of funds. The auctioneer for the wine auction was renowned sommelier Tom Tylee, whose extensive knowledge of fine wines enhanced the auction. Bidding was lively. In addition to a wine auction, there was an animal-themed art auction. The painting by Robert Stebleton, Furry Friends, Why Not, featured an English bulldog surrounded by three kittens. Mr. Stebleton donated six original paintings for the animal art auction portion of the event. Stebleton and his wife live year-round in Ocala having moved from Maine several years ago. He uses a pallette of warm

David Lilly and Elizabeth Nixon tropical colors creating a vibrant abstract. Additionally, Guy Harvey donated a signed and numbered print, and local artist John Fort donated two large oil paintings titled Eternal and Instinct. The auction included modern art of an Irish setter by artist Sharon Crute, formerly of Ocala. Ms. Crute adopted her cat, Dave, from HSMC. Over 100 tickets were sold for this charity event and gourmet dinner. Guests dined on delicious cuisine in a luxurious setting with views of ponds and waterfalls. Over the past two years, the Friends of Furry Faces event has raised almost $100,000. Planning for the 3rd Annual Friends of Furry Faces is already in progress for 2017. Bruce Anderson, a local owner of thoroughbred horses and chairman of the second annual event, said, “It’s only fitting that the leading animal charity in Marion be at the forefront of creative fundraising as it is designing new and efficient programs for our homeless animals in the community. Plus, our pool of 1,700 volunteers makes the HSMC the charity with the least administrative costs so that 86 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to the care of our furry faces. Friends of Furry Faces has become the prominent fundraiser for animal welfare because Bruce Fishalow, Dallas Roberts and Tom Ingram it’s not another fund-raising event, it is a fund-raising party!” Bruce Anderson has been a member of the Humane Society of Marion County Board of Directors for many years and is a strong supporter of animal welfare. Formed in 1964, the HSMC has since been dedicated to matching families with homeless pets and educating the community about responsible pet ownership. HSMC is a private, nonprofit organization and a no-kill shelter. The HSMC mission is to prevent cruelty, suffering Ed Cluster, Julie Atkinson, Roseann Ben and Danielle Marciano Morton and Bruce Fishalow and over-population of animals. The HSMC shelter is located at 701 NW 14th Road in Ocala. It has a capacity for up to 300 dogs and cats. The HSMC Thrift Store, located at 110 NW 10th Street, supports the HSMC mission and provides funds by the sale of donated items.

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Grace Christian School Auction

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Saturday, April 9 marked the 23rd Annual Grace Christian School auction, held this year at the new Medical Health Center’s banquet hall. There was dinner buffet catered by Mojo Grill, and the auctions included local merchants’ goods, family vacation packages, vacation home rentals and even a 2016 Hyundai Accent.

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P: 352-680-9500 F: 352-680-9700

5909 SE Abshier Blvd. 9309 SE Maricamp Rd.

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219 S. Main St.

P: 352-529-6966 F: 352-529-6968

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15320 NW Gainesville Rd.

P: 352-591-1116 F: 352-591-3003

All Insurances Accepted

We welcome United, Prestige, StayWell and Florida Blue Insurance.

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Everything you need to make your ride uniquely yours! We carry all major brands of head units, speakers and amps. We have the lowest pre-grand opening prices in Ocala! Guaranteed!

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