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!

Click for Contest Rules

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 [email protected] No telephone calls, please.

Shakin’ Things Up: The Bacon Brothers

By: Melissa Deskovic

Solidified among the Hollywood elite, The Bacon brothers are synonymous with creativity. Kevin is a Golden Globe award winner whose name is currently etched on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. With a career that spans decades, he’s regarded as one of Hollywood’s busiest actors. Older brother Michael, an Emmy award-winning composer, is a powerhouse behind the scenes. With over 98 credits to his name, he is a driving force behind some of Hollywoods best scores. Individually they are amazing but together they are dynamic.

In the mid-’90s the brother’s combined their talent to form The Bacon Brothers band. Captivating audiences with a style of rock, blues, and country; they’ve created a sound uniquely their own. Their chemistry carries a comfortability that comes from a brotherly bond, and audiences are eating it up.

You both have expansive careers in industries other than music. Do you feel you have to reacquaint yourself with audiences when you perform? If so, do you feel you’re able to connect with audiences on a deeper level?

K: It’s all about connecting with the audience. In the case of the band, we are hoping that they will connect to a song. Or even a piece of a song. An idea. A line they can relate to or a tune they can hum.

M: Nobody’s going to beg you to go out and play in front of people. Both Kevin and I have a compulsion to test our songwriting on a live audience. The level of depth is a function of how the audience is affected by the songs we’re singing.

With nine albums in your discography, how has your music evolved over the decades?

K: We play better, sing better and write better. It’s more complex and varied than when we started. And the ideas deepen with time.

M: Our style is pretty much the same but we’ve gotten a lot better at it. Still, personal songs, wide variety of orchestration and feels, lots of harmonies.

Clearly, your songwriting style is all about storytelling. How much of that is reflective of your actual life?

K: The songs are way more telling than any interview we’ve ever given. We share almost everything in the songs.

M: It starts with that but songs go where they will and there has to be some kind of universality or no-one will get it. I really don’t understand how novelists do it. I just saw Non Fiction and that’s what the movie was about.

Take us through your songwriting process. How do you decide what songs are going to be on your albums?

K: I have a guitar with me almost all the time. An idea comes. A title. A lick. A chord progression or drum groove. And it starts to come together. Sometimes it happens fast. Sometimes it takes months. Then I play it for Kyra. Then make a demo and share it with Mike to get his take. Then the band and hopefully a live crowd.

M: It’s intuitive. You have to imagine singing it in public in front of strangers. Then the recording process is improvisational. Ultimately, you really don’t know how it will be received. But mostly, it’s our wives.

You have played at venues around the world, what is your take on performing in small-town America? (places like Ocala)

K: We are big city boys in a small town band.

M: That’s my favorite part of touring-finding yourself in a place that one might not normally see. I always photograph the marquees so I’ll remember.

Kevin, you have a vast career in film and television how does it compare to your life as a musician?

When I play music I wear my own clothes!

Michael, how does the creative process for the Bacon Brothers differ from scoring a documentary or film?

Writing instrumental music is a source that our parents gave me from a very early age. They weren’t musicians but they had a wonderful, eclectic taste and a killer hi-fi system.

 

On The Menu: Craft Cuisine

By Ilia Laboy

The expedition begins as you walk through the sizable brass doors, and are met by smiling servers and a gorgeous reflective fountain that immediately communicates rustic luxury. A room filled with wine from floor to ceiling displays the wide array of variety you can expect from this establishment. The drawn curtains, dim lighting and multitude of greenery give it an intimate homey ambiance which makes it feel as if you were walking into a family friend’s for dinner. The vision was clear and skillfully brought to life by our very own girl boss Fatima Luzuriaga.

Fatima was born into the restaurant business. Growing up, her parents had a restaurant in New Jersey and in 1991, after moving to Ocala, they opened the local gem we now know as Latinos Y Mas, and thus began their journey to becoming restaurateurs.

“I am a huge foodie!” she says, “I love to travel and try new foods!

After acquiring Latinos Y Mas, Webster was part of the team that opened Ipanema Brazilian Steakhouse. In 2011, Webster and Fatima had the opportunity to purchase Ipanema and most recently in 2016, Craft Cuisine. Here, they bring together and share the different flavors of the world, which they have previously enjoyed.

“Ocala needed a place where people can experience worldwide flavors. A great place with great food and a great atmosphere,” she recounts. With the help of Chef Victor Luzarraga and Manager Jean M. Garden who has 35 years experience in catering, events and the restaurant business, they have created just that.

Chef Victor Luzarraga is of Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Italian descent and is bringing his culture as well as over 16 years of experience as an executive chef to this beautiful venue. Victor emphasized, “We make everything from scratch in-house. Down to the chocolate sauces and coulis for our desserts.” With huge attention to detail, they fuse Asian, Latin, American and classic Italian cuisines to bring a sophisticated and worldly elevation to even the simplest of dishes, like the humble burger. Every Thursday during Bourbon and Burgers you can enjoy a diverse and ever-changing array of gourmet burgers. “We want people to try new burgers and flavors,” shares Victor, “to show that burgers can be more that meat and cheese between two buns.”

Constantly evolving and innovating, the team is currently putting together a menu featuring some frequently requested old favorites as well as some highly-liked recent specials to be released in August.

When asked what advice she would give others wanting to be an entrepreneur she raved “Go for it! As long as you have a good idea, remember to have patience, commitment and hard work ethic. There’s a lot of competition out here now. It takes 1-3 years of putting money in to actually get to see something come back. I always encourage everyone to follow their dreams.”

Most entrepreneurs expand on already established concepts. It takes a true restaurateur and visionary to create 3 different concepts and make them all work and be successful. Fatima credits their success to the continued support of the community. “We receive a lot of support from the community so it’s very important to also give back and be involved.” Most recently, they have participated with Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society, Feed the Need of Marion County that benefit the Rock Program in local High schools and also the Ocala Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Center.

Breaking out of the stigma of what preceded them in their location, almost 3 year old Craft Cuisine is surprisingly affordable. They also offer event catering, for up to 500 people, and have private rooms available for special events. For more information on events and catering you can contact Manager Jean M. Garden.

Take a trip down the road and be introduced to all new, world class flavor profiles you may not have ever thought of at Craft Cuisine. 

Could You Have a Heart Attack?

Provided by BRANDPOINT

Many Americans consider themselves well-informed and attentive when it comes to their health.

That’s why it’s so puzzling that many remain unfazed by the threat of heart disease.

That was among the findings of the MDVIP Heart Attack IQ Survey, a national study showing Americans are more concerned about cancer than a heart attack – even though cardiovascular disease kills more people than all forms of cancer combined. In fact, heart disease is the underlying cause of one in three U.S. deaths. Many Americans don’t take it seriously because they believe most heart problems can be treated with medication or surgery, while others simply procrastinate when it comes to adopting healthier behaviors that help prevent heart disease.

As a result, many are surprised when faced with a life-threatening heart attack, which can happen to anyone at any age. While the average age for a first attack is 66 for men and 70 for women, the risk increases significantly as soon as men reach 45 and women reach 55.

“Despite the statistics, people assume a heart attack is going to happen to somebody else, but not to them,” said MDVIP Chief Medical Officer Dr. Andrea Klemes. “Heart disease can be dangerously silent, which is why it’s important to know your risk factors and the steps you can take to minimize them.”

Gloom and doom aside, awareness of the issue is the first step, and there is much you can do to prevent heart disease. Some 80 percent of heart attacks and strokes are preventable.

Consider these suggestions for reducing your risk of heart attack:

Partner with your primary. Your primary care doctor is your first line of defense in helping prevent heart disease. Make sure you partner with a physician who has the time to identify and discuss your risk in detail, who will work on a plan to control your risk factors and who can provide ongoing support to keep you motivated and accountable. Physicians like those in the MDVIP network maintain smaller practices so that they can devote more time to each patient and provide the coaching needed to keep them on track.

Stay up to date on screenings. When’s the last time you had your blood pressure and cholesterol checked? But don’t stop at the basics. Most heart attacks occur in people with normal cholesterol levels. You also want to get a read on whether you have inflammation in your arteries or insulin resistance, both of which raise your heart disease risk. You can only act on what you know, and knowing your numbers is key to early detection.

Make heart-healthy changes. Creating and sustaining healthy lifestyle habits can help keep your blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar in check and lower your risk for heart disease. So don’t skip your exercise, weight management or smoking cessation programs. Just make sure you consult with your doctor before changing your diet or beginning a new exercise program.

Sleep more, stress less. While often overlooked, insufficient sleep and excessive stress can put strain on your heart over time. Both can also influence your eating habits, mood and overall health. Most adults need seven to nine hours per night; if you’re getting that and still feel tired, consider asking your doctor for a sleep apnea test. Also, try starting a regular practice – whether it’s a yoga class, deep breathing or a daily walk outside – to better manage stress. 

Take the Heart Attack IQ quiz

and learn more about finding a preventive physician by visiting

www.mdvip.com/HeartAttackIQ

Local Music Scene: Songs of Summer

 

The Ocala music scene is filled with talented individuals using their artistic abilities to create amazing entertainment. This month I had the pleasure of speaking to Summer Patterson a local singer/songwriter whose honesty and depth captures her audiences and them on a lyrical journey through the human experience.

Where did your love of music begin?

I have always felt a connection to music. I would spend countless hours of my childhood singing songs. I would play air guitar and air drums when I went to the store with my mom while I listened to my MP3 player. I also got into trouble a lot in school for beating on my desk.  There was always a way to make life more musical, and I was always seeking out how.

Who or what are your current musical influences?

Sabrina Claudio, Alina Baraz, and Gabi Wilson or “H.E.R.” are some amazing female artists I’ve been drawing influence from recently. Justin Nozuka, Daughter, and Alicia Keys to name a few others that I always listen to for some added inspiration.

How has your music evolved since you’ve started?

When I first started writing music I was such a young mind. I had a lot of great ideas and wrote a lot of awesome lyrics that I couldn’t seem to put together in a way that made musical sense. It was honestly really discouraging for a while, and I hated everything I wrote so I took to learning a lot of covers and I think that honestly really helped me understand music more. Fast forward ten plus years, and I am still not quite where I want to be but I can confidently say that I have grown significantly as an artist.

As a singer/songwriter, from your perspective, what is needed to help the Ocala music scene flourish?

I think Ocala really needs an all age venue. Somewhere that people of all ages could go and enjoy the local talent. It’s hard having shows in bars that only allow those over twenty one, and I think that more people would come out if those restrictions weren’t there.

Being a singer/songwriter take us through your creative process.

Usually how it works is I’ll come up with something catchy on the guitar, and I’ll work to build upon that little that I have and start composing other pieces to add into a song. Then I’ll listen to what I have and I’ll just start writing lyric fragments and words that come to mind. It’s a process sometimes, but all good things take time.

What are your musical aspirations? Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years I really hope that I’m playing shows more regularly and making music a priority in my life. I’d really like to dabble more in other genres and practice other styles. I put music on the back burner for a while, but I’m planning a major comeback.

What is the most important aspect of being a local musician?

Being a local musician means a lot. I think more than anything it means supporting others in the scene. Going to local shows, engaging and encouraging through social media platforms, listening to music that others in the scene create, there are countless ways to support each other.  That also means supporting your promoters and the people that really help you get your name out. Respect and appreciate those that are around you.

LISTEN: soundcloud.com/1940196971

40 Under Forty: Amy Ingram

Age: 34

Business Analyst, United Health Group – OptumRx

 

Whether it’s a business or community involvement, what inspires you? \

Being a part of the Junior League of Ocala I am constantly inspired by our members and community partners, they are some of the most strong, compassionate, caring people I’ve ever met! Whether it is helping underprivileged children, improving our parks or just giving a helping hand, everyone has a desire to improve the lives in our community and they all want to make a difference. It’s a pretty great group to be surrounded by!

 

What aspirations do you have for yourself?

I have worked in the Healthcare industry for over 15years and I would like to eventually move to the Project team within United that develops ideas for Healthcare reform. I would also really love to write a children’s book someday. I’ve had this story in my head for a long time about a little girl who has adventures through her love of reading. It’s inspired by my late grandmother, Shelby; I’ve even named it “Shelby goes” and I know one day I’ll get around to working on it.

 

What is your favorite way to give back to the community? 

I have always had a passion for volunteering. Through Junior League, I’ve had an abundance of opportunities to volunteer with our community impact projects and also help other non-profits with projects like painting at PACE, serving breakfast at Interfaith and mentoring the mothers at Project Hope. I also love being able to bring my daughters Lorelei (5) and Jules (almost 3) along with me to some events. I want them to understand the importance of giving back. Their favorite activities are when we help at literacy events at Oakcrest Elementary, ring the bells at Christmas time and help with local drives.

 

What is your favorite thing about the Ocala area? 

I love that even though Ocala is growing, it still has that small town charm. Not growing up here, this town has welcomed me with open arms. It’s truly a wonderful place to live and raise a family.

40 Under Forty: Destiny Espinosa

Age: 29

Assistant Manager at Zone Health and Fitness East

 

Whether it’s a business or community involvement, what inspires you?

I love being able to work where I get to be part of our members lives and watch them transform into the best versions of themselves.   

 

What aspirations do you have for yourself? 

To leave a legacy for my son and provide a bright future for him with opportunities that I never had.   

 

What is your favorite way to give back to the community? 

Every year, my son and I participate in the angel tree. We love anything that is related to helping kids.  

 

What is your favorite thing about the Ocala area?

I love being part of a small community where it feels like a family.

40 Under Forty: Autumn Swanhart

Age: 32

Facility Administrator, RN at DaVita

 

Whether it’s a business or community involvement, what inspires you? 

I have always been inspired by those who help others. There are so many organizations within the community that gives selflessly. I have both been a part of and witnessed the selflessness and compassion of organizations such as Dignity Roasters, The Women’s Pregnancy Center, Unlimited Discipleship Ministries, and Christian 12 Step Ministry to name a few. These organizations push me to be better because of the good I see them do. More so, my church home, Central Christian Church, is highly involved in community outreach. This is one of the reasons I love my church. They are continuously looking for ways to give back, which then gives us a chance as a church body to do so as well. Central hosts annual events such as “Jumpstart” and “Love Ocala” which is completely based on giving back to the community. I’m blessed to be a part of this. 

 

What aspirations do you have for yourself?  

Since giving back is something that gives me joy, I have recently been looking for ways that I can personally be more involved in the community. I am finally graduating with my BSN in August, which will free up a lot of time for me. I just joined Junior League of Ocala so that I can take this extra time to volunteer and make a difference in peoples lives. In addition, I aspire to be a great leader for my team. I hope to teach them and guide them, but more importantly, to listen to them and support them when needed. I love using what I’ve learned to teach and grow others. I also aspire to “Be Jesus.” As my pastor always says, we must love others and put others first. I always try to put God first in everything and aspire to be someone that anyone, religious or not, can talk to and be open with. Finally, I am a mother of two, and my biggest aspiration is to be a role model for my two babies. I want to teach them to love and have compassion for everyone. To give back, be selfless, and praise God for the opportunity to do so. There is no better way to teach than to lead by example, and I pray that my life and my actions will someday become milestones for my children.

 

What is your favorite way to give back to the community?

Although I love participating in large events that involve community outreach, I personally love every day small acts of kindness. It’s something you don’t necessarily have to go out of your way to do, but it still impacts the community. Little things like buying the person behind you in line a coffee, giving a compliment, or even holding the door open for someone to make a difference. Anything that puts a smile on someone’s face brings me joy, and I truly believe its impactful. 

 

 What is your favorite thing about the Ocala area?

What I love most about Ocala are the relationships that I’ve built here. It’s where I grew up and where a lot of my family lives. But it’s also where I met my husband, where we bought our first home, and where my children were born. It’s where I met some of my very best friends. And it’s where I get to continue to make wonderful memories with these people that I love most. Ocala will always hold a special spot in my heart.

40 Under Forty: Heather DeShaw

Age: 36

Owner Servicemaster

 

Whether it’s a business or community involvement, what inspires you? 

I am inspired by two specific types of people; one is those who are willing to do whatever they have to do to support their family like working multiple jobs, traveling unthinkable distances, hustling to the late hours to make ends meet. I am also inspired by those who no longer must work but continue to give back to their community!  I have been and often find myself in the first category with aspirations of shifting to a more philanthropic lifestyle as the work finally begins to pay off. 

 

What is your favorite thing about the Ocala area? 

There are several things that I love about Ocala.  First, I love the open arms and loyalty we have towards each other and our local businesses.  This has been a terrific place to use as home base for my commercial cleaning company. Second, and even more importantly, I love the family first mentality of our community.  We are a large family here. Lastly, I love the generous culture many of us business owners share of truly paying it forward.  We are blessed in this community and I am impressed to see many taking on the responsibilities that come with those blessings!

40 Under Forty: Anna Babbitt

Age: 39

Owner, Twice Upon A Time

Whether it’s a business or community involvement, what inspires you? 

My community inspires me. Any time I have presented an issue to my community, families rise up and come together.  When my store flooded after Hurricane Irma, families came together to ensure I could rebuild. Any cause I have presented, my community has received with love and support and this support just inspires me to be better!

What aspirations do you have for yourself?

I am excited to keep growing as a person. I hope to help moms realize their worth and that they matter. I want to keep bringing people together and providing a safe place for all parents to just be themselves. We will be a community resource for all things parenting!  Car seat safety, breastfeeding support, cloth diapering, birth options, infant CPR  you name it. I’d love to educate and make it feel “normal” to families. 

What is your favorite way to give back to the community? 

We LOVE hosting events! We are a community of moms that come together and lift each other up in times of struggle.  We have hosted events/fundraisers for moms that have tragically lost children, we hosted a superhero day for a local 9-year-old superhero battling cancer.  We work with local schools to help provide clothing to children that may need it. We monitor a “Stork Station” in which moms leave items they no longer need such as diapers and formula so that families can help each other.

 

What is your favorite thing about the Ocala area? 

I love the land and diversity here.  I love that I can be in a busy downtown, gorgeous open fields of horses, the forest with amazing wildlife, the prairies all within 30 minutes. The parks here are amazing for my kids.  Heritage Nature Park is so relaxing and Cohadjoe is a family favorite!

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