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Calendar of Events - Aug. 28, 2009

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By The Staff

Friday, Aug. 28

Spaghetti dinner at Queen of Peace The Pro-family ministry invites you to the all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner and 25-item salad and dessert bar on Friday, Aug. 28, at Queen of Peace Parish Hall, State Road 200, from 4 to 6 p.m.

The charge of $6 per person includes salad bar, spaghetti and meatballs, bread, drink and dessert. Children eat free. No reservations are required. Saturday, Aug. 29 What is Post-Polio Syndrome? The North Central Florida Post-Polio Support Group will answer that question at a special meeting on Aug. 29 at 10:30 a.m. at the Collins Health Resource Center, 9401 S.W. Highway 200, Building 300, Suite 303, Ocala.

Maps are available at the group’s Web site, PostPolioSupport.com. Call Carolyn Raville at 352-489-1731 to register for this session.

Tuesday, Sept. 1 Quilters wanted for evening club A new quilting group will have its first meeting Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. at Countryside Presbyterian Church. Those interested in quilting, socializing, sharing your knowledge and learning new techniques are invited to attend. Those interested are invited to call the church office at 237-4633. The church is at 7768 S.W. Hwy. 200.

Dance Marathon signup due United Way’s first Dance Marathon event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at MTI. The Dance Marathon event is a fundraising effort where hundreds of volunteers dance for 12 hours to show their support for United Way and the community.

Early registration ends Sept. 1 at $15 per person. After that the cost is $25 per person. Each team member needs to raise $100 after registering their team. Registration forms can be downloaded at www.uwmc.org or can be picked up at United Way’s offices at 1401 N.E. 2nd St., Ocala.

For more information on the event, call Summer at 732-9696 or sgill@uwmc.org. Saturday, Sept. 5 Art show to help United Way There will be more to browse at Dillard’s than the latest fashions over Labor Day weekend.

Twelve artists from Citrus and Marion counties will display their work on Sept. 5 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sept. 6 from noon to 6 p.m. Art work will be for sale.

A portion of the proceeds of the sale will benefit the United Way of Marion County.

Dillard’s is in the Market Street open-air mall. Tuesday, Sept. 8 Woman’s Club has membership fling The GFWC Woman’s Club of Ocala will have a fall membership fling on Tuesday, Sept. 8, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Elks Club and Lodge, 702 N.E. 25th Ave., Ocala. The club cordially invites Woman’s Club members, Little Women Juniorettes, prospective members and guests to the social event. Light refreshments will be served. All women in the community are welcome to attend this first gathering of a new club season. For further information, call Margie at 840-0367. Wednesday, Sept. 9 English as Second Language offered English as Second Language classes are offered every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at College Road Baptist Church, starting Sept. 9. The church is at 5010 S.W. College Road, about two miles west of I-75.

Classes are free and child care is provided, as well as children’s and youth programs. The staff has been trained to offer several levels of instruction to adults wanting to learn or improve their English.

Everyone is welcome. For information, call the director, Janet Smith, 352-854-6981. Saturday, Sept. 12 Marion Bonsai auction scheduled The Marion Bonsai Society announces its annual fundraising auction will be conducted on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 9 a.m. The event will take place at Live Oak Hall in the Circle Square Commons at On Top of the World. The public is invited.

Bonsai is the ancient Japanese art of growing miniature trees in containers. The society’s auction will offer items of interest to bonsai artists and other gardeners, including pre-designed trees, bonsai plant material, tools, pots and books. Money raised is used in bonsai education programs for many people, including high school students.

For further information, please contact Marion Bonsai Society Vice President Marion-Alice Burke, at 854-1896. Scandinavian Club to meet The Scandinavian Club of Marion County invites people of Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish descent to attend the club’s next meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Holiday Inn, 3600 S.W. 38th Ave., Ocala. Meal will be sliced roast beef, mashed potatoes, veggie, salad, bread, beverage and dessert.

Cost is $15 per person and reservations and advance payment is required. Payment must be received by Wednesday, Sept. 9. Make payment to Al Olsen, 9517 S.W. 53rd Circle, Ocala, FL 34476.

Entertainment will be presented by a Barbershop Quartet. For further details, call Al Olsen 854-1442, Doris Graff 236-3740 or Vivian Hendricks 687-2644. Thursday, Sept. 24 Chamber to conduct Business Expo The Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Commerce will conduct its annual Business Expo on Thursday, Sept. 24, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will include free food and drink samples, giveaways and door prizes while promoting a “Buy Local” theme. The Expo will be a great way to get acquainted with local restaurants, retailers and professional services in Marion County.

With over 70 vendor booths showcased, this expo will highlight our local talent and bring the community together. The event may also include special guest appearances, such as Albert and Albert of the University of Florida. The Expo will take place at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 3600 S.W. 38TH Ave. This event is free and open to the public.

For information contact the Ocala/Marion County Chamber at 629-8051. Saturday, Sept. 26 Fort King Festival features history The Fort King Festival, an annual event for the Marion County Museum of History, will take place Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring living history interpretations with various time periods represented, demonstrations of weaving, spinning, coopering, blacksmithing, and many other skills of early settlers. Free admission to the Festival. Museum admission $2. A smoked chicken dinner will be available for $7. Non-food vendors are welcome with a small fee to participate. Located in the McPherson Government Complex, between Fort King Street and Southeast 25th Avenue. Call 352-629-2773 or 352-694-2529. Saturday, Oct. 10 Rotary to hold chicken barbecue The Rotary Club of Ocala Southwest will have a smoked chicken barbecue on Oct. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 7171 S.W. State Road 200, next to Joy Lutheran Church.

The menu will include one-half barbecued chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, dinner roll, soft drink of choice and cookies. Donation is $10. All proceeds will be used for local and international charities.

For tickets or information, call Vern at 895-7050.