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Calendar of Events - Sept. 11, 2009

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By The Staff

Friday, Sept. 11

Church to have spaghetti dinner The Church of the Advent will sponsor an "All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner" on Friday, Sept. 11, starting at 5:30 p.m. Included will be three meatballs, salad, bread, dessert, and beverages. Donations are $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

The church is at 11251 S.W. C.R. 484, 1.3 miles west of S.R. 200. Call the church office at 352-465-7272 or Al Sickle 352-208-5664 for reservations or more information. Sale for Guardian Ad Litem The Guardian Ad Litem Program, State of Florida, Fifth Judicial District is having its rummage sale on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 11 and 12, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The sale will be at 214 W. Silver Springs Blvd., (at the former paint store parking lot behind the Guardian Ad Litem office).

All proceeds go to Voices for Children to benefit the Guardian Ad Litem Program. 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 use 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. Cholesterol check in Marion Oaks Free total cholesterol and diabetes screening will be held at the Winn-Dixie pharmacy, 184 Marion Oaks Blvd., on Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointment is needed. Sunday, Sept. 13 Countryside concert is Sunday The first Sunday afternoon concert of the season will be presented on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 3 p.m. in the Sanctuary of Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala.

Blackwater is a group that plays contemporary and traditional bluegrass music. 

They are well-known in the bluegrass community, playing many popular venues and winning a number of awards. The lead singer is Chuck Rickholt.

The public is invited and admission is free but donations will be appreciated.

For further information, please call the church office at 237-4633. Post-Polio group to meet The North Central Florida Post-Polio Support Group will meet Sunday, Sept. 13, at 2 p.m. at the Collins Health Resource Center, 9401 S.W. Highway 200, Building 300, Suite 303, Ocala. Maps are available at the Web site, postpoliosupport.com.

For information, call Carolyn Raville at 352-489-1731. Tuesday, Sept. 15 Fair Tax meeting scheduled Meetings to explain the proposed Fair Tax are planned at two Marion County locations in September.

On Sept. 14, there will be a meeting at the Belleview Library from 6 to 7:30 p.m. On Sept. 15, there will be a meeting at the Freedom Library from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

For information or to RSVP, call Nick or Barb at 347-7067. Thursday, Sept. 17 Genealogical group to meet The Marion County Genealogical Society welcomes everyone back from summer vacation with an exciting new program lineup. The next meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Ocala Public Library, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd.

Everyone is invited to the special interest group meeting at 1 p.m. for a comparison of three genealogy programs, followed by the general meeting at 2 p.m. featuring Ann Osisek. Ms. Osisek’s presentation is on finding your female ancestors, titled Calico and Cornbread.

For information, please contact Patti Hunt at (352) 207-0082, MarionGenealogy@gmail.com, or http://MarionGenealogy.tripod.com Thursday, Sept. 24 Sheriff’s Office will take old pills Don’t know what to do with that old medicine that’s sitting around your house? You know, the pills you no longer have to take, or can’t take because the doctor changed your prescription?

On Sept. 24 and 25, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., you can bring your unused or expired medications to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Southwest District, on State Road 200. You can simply drop your medications into the container, and they will then be properly disposed of by the Sheriff’s Department.

Called Operation Medicine Cabinet, it is sponsored by the Sheriff’s Office and Home Instead Senior Care.

For information call Jeryl Durand at 622-6447. Learn more about strokes Ocala Health with be having its "Power To End Stroke" Community Health Fair at West Marion Community Hospital on Thursday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The two major goals for this event are:

1. To provide community stroke education to increase awareness about stroke prevention, with focus on risk factors.

2. To reduce stroke deaths by educating the community about recognizing the warning signs and symptoms of an acute stroke.

West Marion Community Hospital is on SR200 west of I-75. 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 more than 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. Arts and crafts at First Baptist The fourth annual arts and crafts festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Ocala, 2801 S.E. Maricamp Road, Ocala.

More than 45 vendors are participating. There is free parking and admission, and food and drinks are available for purchase. There will be free giveaways during the event. For details call 629-5683. Monday, Sept. 28 Deadline for Knights golf tourney The Knights of Columbus Council 9649 is having its second annual Queen of Peace Charity Scramble Golf Outing at Stone Creek Golf Club on Monday, Oct. 5. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Registration fee is $65 per person and includes a packet of free items, complimentary coffee and donuts, lunch, golf with cart and a chance to win hole-in-one prizes including $10,000, a cruise for two and airline tickets nationwide.

Team prizes, individual prizes, silent auction, raffle and Pot-of-Golf will be awarded during the luncheon.

The proceeds from the day’s event will permit the Knights to continue their support of Marion County charities to include the Alpha Center for Women, Brothers Keeper (soup kitchen) and Legacy House (Hospice facility).

Contact Fred Roberts prior to Sept. 28 at 352-502-3093 for details and registration form. 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. Trash to Treasure sale at church

The Church of the Advent is planning its annual Trash to Treasure Sale for Saturday, Oct. 10, with a rain date of Oct. 18.

The church is looking for vendors of all types, crafters, flea market and food as well as antique automobiles.

Spaces are 10-feet square and rent for $15; some are in the shade. Shaded spot will be assigned as reservations are made.

The sale will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with setup starting at 6 a.m.

A two hour concert will be performed at 11 a.m. by Norman Lee, from The Pray On Ministry, Inc. He is a song writer, singer, entertainer and is a Child of God. He has performed with such greats as George Jones, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson and LeAnn Rimes. A love offering will be taken.

The Episcopal Church of the Advent is at 11251 S.W. Hwy. 484, 1.3 miles west of State Road 200, Dunnellon.

Contact Al Sickle at 352-208-5664 for reservations and information. Church office phone number is 352-465-7272. Saturday, Oct. 24 Vision, hearing, diabetes screenings Hospice of Marion County Thrift Stores have partnered with the Lions Clubs of Marion County to provide free vision, hearing and diabetes screenings in October. These screenings will be provided to you in the parking area outside of our stores. Each person who has a screening will be given a thank you gift from Hospice of Marion County Thrift Stores and be eligible for a special drawing at each of the stores.

On the Corridor, the screening will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jasmine Square Thrift Store.

Hospice of Marion County Thrift Stores are located at 10325 S.E. Highway 441, ( Kmart Shopping Center), Belleview; 6114 S.W. State Road 200, (Jasmine Square), and 7578 S.E. Maricamp Road, ( Heather Island Plaza) in Silver Springs Shores. The stores are open Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations are accepted daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The net income from the Thrift Shops goes directly to patient care services. Saturday, Nov. 7 Marines plan birthday ball The Marion County Detachment 061 has announced plans for its annual birthday ball. The 234th birthday of the Marine Corps will be celebrated by Marine Corps League members, friends and well-wishers. The local league is composed primarily of veteran Marines and Navy FMF corpsmen and other Marine Corps League supporters.

The ball will be held on Nov. 7 at the Ramada Inn, Interstate 75 and U.S. 27. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join us for Marine Corps tradition, good food, fun and live music.

Tickets are available from Bridgette Pace at 620-0887 and are $35 per person for a full service meal (choice of prime rib or chicken cordon bleu). Ties and jackets are required for men.

Also, new unwrapped toys will be accepted for the annual “Toys for Tots” drive.

For information contact Dick Hauck, senior vice commandant and birthday ball chairman, at 208-5070, or 680-1698.