ColorOcala!

ColorOcala Contest

Grab your crayons, colored pencils, watercolor markers and cray pas, and join the hot new coloring craze!

Floridians, are you ready to COLOROCALA? Create beautiful art and compete for valuable prizes in Ocala Magazine’s latest big giveaway contest. You could win tickets for four to the Walt Disney World® theme park in Orlando, a family Christmas for four at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, and more. Color us excited!

Our latest contest is specially designed with family fun in mind. With a contest for both children and adults, you and your kids will have plenty to do this summer. And best of all, you can be creative together!

You can always count on Ocala Magazine for the best in news and entertainment, family fun, and fabulous prizes, so let’s get coloring! Show off your artistic side, and you might have a summer you’ll never forget.

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Here’s How You Enter:

You must complete Steps 1 through 4 to qualify for prizes!

  1. Download, print, and color your favorite specially drawn Ocala-themed coloring page from contest sponsor Colorala. (You can download pages as many times as you like.)
  2. Fill out the entry form (below) on the Ocala Magazine website before 6 p.m. Eastern time, July 22, 2016.
  3. Upload a photo of your completed coloring page using the File Upload feature provided on the form.
  4. Post your photo on Facebook OR Instagram before midnight, July 22, 2016. Use the hashtag #ocalamagazinecontest on Facebook OR Instagram in your post. Don’t forget to tag your friends and show off your creative genius!

That’s it. You’ve entered!

Click Each Image to Download a Coloring Page! (PDF Format)

Adult Coloring Page – Thoroughbred
Adult Coloring Page - Thoroughbred
Adult Coloring Page – Silver Springs
Adult Coloring Page - Silver Springs

Children’s Coloring Page – Thoroughbred
Children's Coloring Page - Thoroughbred

Children’s Coloring Page – Silver Springs
Children's Coloring Page - Silver Springs

 

Entries Are Now Being Judged, Stay Tuned!

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Official Rules

  1. By entering, you agree to abide by The COLOROCALA Official Rules.
  2. All contestants must reside in the state of Florida.
  3. The contest will be administered by contest sponsor 7Hills Communications of Tallahassee, Florida.
  4. Entries must be submitted through the online form located at ocalamagazine.com/colorocala and all entry requirements must be met before midnight, Friday, July 22, 2016 in order to qualify.
  5. Entries submitted will be screened by 7Hills Communications and/or contest sponsor Colorala of Newport Beach, California, to ensure all entries meet contest requirements.
  6. Ocala Magazine, 7Hills Communications, and Colorala cannot be held responsible for email that is misdirected or undeliverable.
  7. Entries that do not meet all the “Here’s How to Enter” criteria will be disqualified.
  8. 7Hills Communications may, at its sole discretion and depending upon volume of entries, notify contestants whose entries are incorrect and must be resubmitted.
  9. 7Hills Communications will send only properly completed entries to Ocala Magazine.
  10. Completed coloring pages, along with the artist’s name, will be posted on the Ocala Magazine Facebook page and Instagram profile, and the Colorala Instagram profile. If the artist is 12 years of age or younger, the artist’s age also will be published.
  11. Following the conclusion of the contest, a team of fine artists from Colorala will judge the entries and select the winners.
  12. A list of winners will be published on the COLOROCALA Contest official web page, located at ocalamagazine.com/colorocala; the Ocala Magazine Facebook page; the Ocala Magazine Instagram profile; and the Colorala Color Instagram profile.
  13. Winners must claim their prizes by 5 p.m. Eastern time Monday, August 22, 2016. Any prize not claimed by Monday, August 22, 2016 will be awarded to an alternate winner.
  14. Ocala Magazine and/or 7Hills Communications will make every effort to notify winners via email, telephone, or postal mail within the 31-day prize redemption period. Ocala Magazine and 7Hills Communications cannot be held responsible for winners who cannot be located for notification within the prize redemption period.
  15. Ocala Magazine, Colorala, and 7Hills Communications will hold all contestants’ personal information except name, age, and city of residence confidential, and will not reveal said information to any third party unless required by law.
  16. By entering, contestants agree to allow Ocala Magazine, Colorala, and 7Hills Communications to post their names, ages if applicable, and photographs of their coloring pages to social media.
  17. By entering, contestants grant Ocala Magazine permission to publish their coloring pages in Ocala Magazine without remuneration. Published entries will be credited.
  18. By entering, contestants grant Ocala Magazine permission to publish photos of the winners, if applicable, without remuneration.
  19. Anyone employed as a professional artist, or who holds a college or university degree in studio art or graphic design, is not eligible to participate.
  20. Employees of Ocala Magazine, Colorala, and 7Hills Communications and their families are not eligible to participate.
  21. Each participant may enter the contest only once.
  22. All children 12 years of age or younger in a single family may submit one entry each for the children’s contest.
  23. Only one contestant 13 years of age or older from a single family may submit an entry to the adults’ contest.
  24. Only one prize per family will be awarded.
  25. While we encourage parents and legal guardians to experience the joy of coloring together with their children, contestants 12 years of age or younger must color their own coloring pages without physical assistance from any third party.
  26. All contestants 13 years of age or older must color their own coloring pages without assistance from any third party.
  27. Because children must be 13 years of age or older to have a Facebook or Instagram account, entries from children 12 years of age or younger must be submitted by a parent or legal guardian.
  28. Entries submitted by children 12 years of age or younger without parental supervision and consent will be disqualified.
  29. Contestants must abide by all Facebook and Instagram rules. Ocala Magazine, Colorala, and 7Hills Communications cannot be held responsible for any adverse decisions made by Facebook or Instagram as a result of a contestant’s violations of their Terms of Service.
  30. Contestants may use crayons, colored pencils, watercolor markers, or oil pastels (cray pas) to complete their coloring pages.
  31. Contestants may not use online or electronic coloring apps to complete their pictures. All entries colored with electronic coloring applications will be disqualified.
  32. One grand prize and two honorable mention prizes will be awarded in the children’s coloring contest.
  33. One grand prize and two honorable mention prizes will be awarded in the adults’ coloring contest.
  34. Contestants, or the parent or legal guardian of contestants 12 years of age or younger, must pick up prizes by appointment at the offices of Ocala Magazine, located at 743 E. Fort King Street, Ocala, Florida 34471. Ocala Magazine, at its sole discretion, may waive this requirement for winners who are not area residents.
  35. Winners must present a picture ID to receive their prizes.
  36. Ocala Magazine may, at its sole discretion, require a scanned or faxed copy of a picture ID before shipping prizes to winners who are not area residents.
  37. The Children’s Grand Prize Package is subject to the terms and conditions of the Walt Disney World® theme park.
  38. The Adults’ Grand Prize Package is subject to the terms and conditions of Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center.
  39. While we invite contestants to be fans, liking or following any Facebook page or Instagram profile is not required to win a prize.
  40. No purchase is necessary to win a prize.
  41. All judging/winner decisions made by Colorala Color are final.
  42. All contest decisions made by 7Hills Communications are final.
  43. Questions about The COLOROCALA Coloring Contest must be submitted via email to contest@ocalamagazine.com. No telephone calls, please.

40 Under Forty: Alexander Everts

Alexander Everts

Age 27

Owner, Marion Fence LLC

Empathy, because we can always remember that we wanted someone to be there for us in our hard times so even when we can’t directly sympathize, we should really do our best to understand when others face hardships we don’t personally understand.

Aspirations I have are to go back to grad school and finish with a PhD in History, and to make sure my son has a healthy and wholesome community to grow up in.

My favorite way to give back to the community is through art and education. I have taught middle school and acted in plays at Ocala Civic Theatre.

What I love about Ocala is our perfect blend of growing urbanity surrounded by agriculture in the county.

Movies I’d bring to a deserted island would be all the Harry Potters as well as a documentary titled “how to escape desert islands.”

Never leave home without both my cell phones.

If I could tell my 16-year-old self one thing it would be to not drop out of high school; it just made college harder.

I’m very passionate about ending arguments between college education and vocational schools — I know both trades and average academia myself and they are both needed in society.

40 Under Forty: Stephanie Bonner

Name: Stephanie Bonner

Age: 30

Title/Main life pursuit: Registered nurse and full-time family nurse practitioner student

What is your word and why did you choose it? I choose the word ‘blessed.’ This word is very close to my heart and I feel as though I find myself saying this word quite often. In every aspect of my life I truly feel blessed with my son, my fiancé, family, friends and with my profession.

What aspirations do you have for yourself in the next 40 years? My goal is to graduate as a family nurse practitioner and to some day run my own clinic. I look forward to my future making memories with my family.

Favorite way to give back to the community? My family and I sponsor families during Christmas and help those in need.

What do you love and/or hate about the Ocala area? I love that Ocala has a great healthcare system. I do wish that it was closer to the coast, but it is a beautiful place to spend time outdoors.

A few albums and movies you’d bring to a deserted island? Carrie Underwood, Jason Alden, Cardi B, and Journey.

You never leave home without? I never leave home without bringing a water bottle, lipgloss, and my wallet.

If you could ever tell your 16-year-old self one thing? If I could go back in time I would tell myself not to worry or stress about the small things in life.

Anything else you’re super passionate about? I have a passion for fishing and being outdoors. I hope to travel the world fishing in different places.

40 Under Forty: Sonda Eunus

Name: Sonda Eunus

 Age: 31

Title/Company or main life pursuit: Leading Marketing Solutions. We are a marketing consulting and event marketing agency working with business owners to help them strategically market their businesses and attract new clients.

What is your word and why did you choose it? 

Evolve. I chose this as my word because it is extremely important that we all work on becoming the best and most authentic versions of ourselves, especially in these times of crisis, chaos, and change.

What aspirations do you have for yourself in the next 40 years?

There are two main things that I am most passionate about doing: teaching and connecting. 

On the teaching side, I love sharing the knowledge and experience that I have acquired throughout my career and I do so with individual business coaching, webinars and online classes, public speaking, and writing. 

On the connecting side, I absolutely love networking, meeting people, and connecting them with other people in my network that could become a beneficial connection for them. My company hosts a lot of networking events, as well as expos, educational seminar, and other types of events. We have gotten some great word of mouth in the community by being able to create fun and productive environments for professionals to connect, learn, and grow.

In the next 40 years, I want to continue doing these things on a larger scale: hosting huge events nationwide, growing as a professional speaker, providing extensive teaching and coaching opportunities, supporting great causes and helping business owners reach the next level in their businesses.

Favorite way to give back to the community?

We love working on great community initiatives and causes and we often offer free event planning and marketing assistance to local events that are supporting great causes or non-profit organizations. We have a platform and a network that we are able to reach easily and I find it very important that we use this platform to promote good causes and involve our network in helping out. 

Additionally, (when there is no COVID-19) we host many free networking events (over 50 last year!) which are a great free way for local professionals and business owners to meet and connect. Many of our attendees have become regulars at our events, developed great new friendships and referred business to one another. It has been really awesome to be a part of their journeys and to see their progress and growth.

What do you love and/or hate about the Ocala area?

What I love about Ocala is the monumental growth that it is currently experiencing. I moved here in November 2012, and in less than a decade it feels like a completely new city. I believe this is largely due to the phenomenal work being done by the Ocala CEP, and I am incredibly proud of being a CEP ambassador. I love the connections that I have made in this community so far and many professional connections have now become close friends as well, which makes work incredibly fun!

Hate is a strong word, but I would definitely enjoy more variations of different cuisines, restaurants, and bars. I’m a foodie who hates to cook so I’m really running on limited options here.

Also, on a much more serious note, there are still a lot of underlying (and some much more obvious) racist sentiments in our town and they are being exposed more than ever now in the wake of the George Floyd murder and protests. I will not get into politics, but I believe that we should all feel individually obligated and committed to spreading love over hatred, inclusion over discrimination, and justice over ingrained beliefs and long-standing party affiliations.

A few albums and movies you’d bring to a deserted island?

If I ever ended up on a deserted island it would not be by choice, and I wouldn’t have had time to prep. However, here are three movies that everyone should watch in their lifetime:

  • Pulp Fiction”
  • Fruitvale Station”
  • Bridesmaids”

 

You never leave home without: My phone! I get anxiety when it’s not in my immediate field of vision. 

If you could tell your 16-year-old self one thing: Figure out what you are passionate about: what you really enjoy doing, what you are naturally gifted at, and pursue it wholeheartedly. We do not all have the same mission in this life and it is futile to try to pursue other people’s dreams. This is actually a great way to waste your own time, just to realize years later that you are not happy because you are not being true to who you really are. It is our responsibility to figure out what it is that we are on this earth to do and to start working on it as soon as we can. So much time is wasted in high school and college on things that will not actually matter in the real world: so many distractions, parties, heartbreaks, and everything else that we face as young adults. It is easy to get lost, side-tracked, and sometimes even fall off the rails completely. However, when you have a clear vision of your mission in this life, you have a guiding light that can help you navigate the turmoil of young adulthood, peer pressure, emotions, and all the other obstacles that you will inevitably face in your journey.

Anything else you’re super passionate about that you’d like to tout: Each one of us has a unique combination of genes, skills, knowledge, life-shaping experiences, connections, and other factors that collectively form who we are and what we can achieve. May we all be brave enough to be true to ourselves and to pursue our most fear-inspiring dreams passionately and unapologetically.

40 Under Forty: Shawana Vickers

Name: Shawana Vickers

Age: 37

Title/Company or main life pursuit:

Love of Beauty Bar, LLC / Hello Purpose, LLC

What is your word and why did you chose it?

#purpose-pusher. I realize that my purpose in life is to inspire, empower and cultivate others to live in purpose,  on purpose! Over the years I have been blessed to help push many individuals to live life unapologetically in purpose!

What aspirations do you have for yourself in the next 40 years?

I just recently became a full-time entrepreneur and open up my beauty bar (Love of Beauty Bar). I aspire to continue to make everyone feel and know that they are beautiful inside and out. I definitely also see myself continuing to do motivational speaking, purpose-coaching and, as my colleagues in the influencer world would say,  SLAYING! Not just the runway, but life!

Favorite way to give back to the community?

Supporting events and business. I had a non-profit organization called More Than Enough, Inc., for 10 years which included modeling and mentoring. I love to see the other organizations, businesses and groups that have developed since I retired and help when available.

What do you love and/or hate about the Ocala area?

As we can see from what is going on in the world today from police brutality, racism and more, there are issues in every city that need to be addressed, however, I have been blessed to have met a lot of people who support my business and my mission. I love how, when needed, our city can come together for one cause and spread light; for example, the #blacklivesmatter peaceful protest walk, even on social media the support of businesses and individuals.

A few albums and movies you’d bring to a deserted island?

“Love & Basketball,” “Coming To America” and “Low Down Dirty Shame” are three movies I can watch over and over. For albums just give me a little church music and some R&B (old school/neo-soul) — my playlist is a little here and there

You never leave home without:

My cell phone. It’s my business and got to love a good selfie in good light

If you could tell your 16-year-old self one thing:

You are destined for greatness — a few lessons to learn but keep pushing!

Anything else you’re super passionate about that you’d like to tout:

Love! I love helping people! I love my communication and those I’m connected with. It’s more than makeup or facials, it’s passion. However, I wouldn’t be able to accomplish half of it without my family! I love my family! My boys (Jonathan, Tayeo and Lyriq) mean the world to me! I’ve been married for 11 years and through the death of our first child, loss of jobs, cars, homes, friends and restoration of our marriage, we have push through with love! My children taught me what ‘never give up’ means. I’ve obtained two degrees (Bachelors, MBA) and became a licensed esthetician and they all have stuck by my side. Love on your people! Let them know how much you appreciate them. You never know what tomorrow holds — #hellopurpose

40 Under Forty: Shanta Matthews Pozzuto

Name: Shanta Matthews Pozzuto

Age: 35

Title/Company or main life pursuit: Shanta Matthews Attorney at Law, PLLC

What is your word and why did you choose it? Pivot. Contrary to popular belief, this has nothing to do with Ross from “Friends.” I chose this word because it is critically important to stay grounded, but always be amenable to shifting when necessary.

What aspirations do you have for yourself in the next 40 years? In the next 40 years, I plan to continue to surprise myself, to live intentionally and unapologetically. I will continue to raise good humans, travel the world and love unconditionally.

Favorite way to give back to the community? I mentor for Take Stock in Children, provide pro bono legal services through Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida and am a member of the Junior League of Ocala.

What do you love and/or hate about the Ocala area? I love that I’m surrounded by my family and friends. Ocala is a great place for me and my husband to raise our kids. I love the growth of downtown and am excited to see the city progress.

A few albums and movies you’d bring to a deserted island? I do not own any albums and rarely watch movies. If by some chance there was an internet signal, I would listen to Pure Pop on Apple Radio and watch “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “The Real Housewives of Potomac,” “Married to Medicine,” “How to Get Away with Murder” and Netflix.

You never leave home without: My phone

If you could tell your 16-year-old self one thing? You are doing exactly what you set out to do; I’m proud of you.

40 Under Forty: Scott King

Name: Scott King

Age: 30

Title/Company or main life pursuit: Superintendent/Robins & Morton

What is your word and why did you chose it? Build. The word ‘build’ embodies progress. ‘Build’ creates a sense of hope for the future, teamwork, growth, and achievement. Whether it is building hospitals, relationships, people or skills, when you build something it creates excitement for the future.

What aspirations do you have for yourself in the next 40 years? I hope to make a lasting impact on the communities we serve as builders. I would love to look back in 40 years and see notable projects that changed the community.

Favorite way to give back to the community? Creating an environment where people can learn skills to better their career prospects. So many people come on to our job site with little experience and learn skills either trade-specific or safety-related that prepare them for future growth in the construction industry.

What do you love and/or hate about the Ocala area? I love seeing the growth in the city. My wife and I like to travel and love the proximity to Florida’s parks, springs, and beaches.

A few albums and movies you’d bring to a deserted island? “Castaway” sounds like the ultimate how-to guide for that situation.

You never leave home without: Apple Watch.

If you could tell your 16-year-old self one thing: Don’t hesitate to take smart risks.

Anything else you’re super passionate about that you’d like to tout: I am training for Ironman 70.3 Waco in October! 

40 Under Forty: Savannah Silliman

Name: Savannah Silliman

Age: 22

Title/Company or main life pursuit: Box Office and Marketing Coordinator at the Reilly Arts Center

What is your word and why did you choose it? Grace. I have always looked up to people who carry themselves with grace as I believe it is a characteristic of great leaders. Grace has a certain simplicity about it, yet it has so many meanings such as being polite, respectful and diplomatic, all which I highly value.

What aspirations do you have for yourself in the next 40 years? Within the next 40 years I hope to have grown into a person I am proud of. I hope to continue my career in the public relations and advertising field, but also work in several different industries. I chose this major for the diversity of jobs and career opportunities and I’d like to dabble with what’s out there.

 

Favorite way to give back to the community? I love doing random acts of kindness no matter where I am, but especially here in my hometown. My mom taught me that you never know when someone needs a little positivity in their life, and even a small act can have a huge impact.

What do you love and/or hate about the Ocala area? I love the arts community in Ocala. Since I started at the Reilly, I have been introduced to such a wonderful group of people who have the same passion for the arts as I do. The amount of support they show each other, whether it’s attending each other’s events or collaborating on projects, is truly beautiful.

A few albums and movies you’d bring to a deserted island? The albums I could never leave behind would be Adele 25, Glass Animals How To Be A Human Being and of course U2 All That You Can’t Leave Behind. Movies are difficult to choose, but I think I would have to bring “Gladiator,” “Hostiles” and “About Time.”

You never leave home without: This may be a very basic answer, but my phone is glued to me 24/7.

If you could tell your 16-year-old self one thing: Time really does fly, so if you want to do something, just do it! Stop finding reasons to put things off and focus on living in the moment.

Anything else you’re super passionate about that you’d like to tout: The Ocala chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association really helped me get my footing here after graduating from UCF. They welcomed me with open arms, helped me find my current job and introduced me to a number of amazing local organizations here in Ocala. I now serve on the board as Hospitality chair and come this fall I will be their new treasurer.

40 Under Forty: Sarah Kasem Elyaman

Name: Sarah Kassem Elyaman

Age: 29

Title/Company or main life pursuit: Attorney and founder of Absolute Law Group, PA

What is your word and why did you chose it? My word is ‘gratitude.’ As I reflected on which word to pick, I thought of my journey to get to this point in my life. I remember sitting on the floor of my empty office several years ago after signing my first lease in The Villages thinking, “What the heck am I doing opening an office in one of the most conservative towns in America dressed the way I do?!” By dressed the way I do, I mean choosing to cover my hair by wearing a headscarf called a “hijab.” I expressed my concerns to one of my law school professors, Dennis Calfee, and he said something that still stays with me until this day, “Sarah, as long as you strive to be the best at what you do, people won’t care what you look like. When the rubber meets the road, they want the most qualified person for the job. Just make sure that person is you.” I’m thankful to say he was right. I know that we have a lot to work on as a country, but my experience has shown me that the American dream is still alive. If you are willing to put the work in, anything is possible. Our firm currently has three office locations and we are continuing to expand. I have had the honor to serve clients that have become my friends and employ staff that have become my family. This area has opened its heart to me in a way that I could have never expected, and for that, I am eternally grateful.

What aspirations do you have for yourself in the next 40 years? Personally, I’d like to break glass ceilings and become a successful female entrepreneur.  I’d like our law firm to become a household name in this area that’s synonymous with quality legal work and great customer service.

Favorite way to give back to the community? I love to give back by providing as much free education as possible. As a founder member of the National Alliance of Alzheimer Planning Attorneys, it’s become a mission of mine to empower as many people with alzheimers and dementia and their families as I possibly can. I’ve been fortunate enough to write three books on the topic that I give out to the public free of charge and try to do at least one speaking engagement per week.  It can be such an intimidating diagnosis, but I want families to feel like they are not alone in this fight.

What do you love and/or hate about the Ocala area? I have met some of the most kind-hearted, giving people in this town. Compared to where I was born and raised in Tampa, there’s absolutely no traffic here!  Also, the horse farms are incredible. I love driving by them when I’m having a stressed-out day to just take in the greenery.

A few albums and movies youd bring to a deserted island? Ohhh, that’s hard. For music, almost anything country will work. As for movies, “Twelve Angry Men,” “The Verdict,” “My Cousin Vinny,” “A Few Good Men,” “The Rainmaker,” Michael Clayton,” “The Godfather,” the “Rocky” movies … stereotypical lawyer, much?

You never leave home without: Lipstick! I’m an addict. Wearing it makes me feel like a lady.

If you could tell your 16-year-old self one thing: It’s okay to be awkward and nerdy. Own it. It’ll pay off later :-)

Anything else youre super passionate about that youd like to tout: I absolutely love being a mother to my amazing toddler! There’s just something about being a parent that gives you a renewed sense of purpose in life. He teaches me how to live in the moment and enjoy the little things. I consider my son to be one of my greatest blessings.

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