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Community calendar week of 01-01-2016

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Saturday, Jan. 2

Chess Club to meet

The Freedom Library Chess Club will meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2. The library is at 5870 SW 95th St., Ocala. All players are welcome! Call 873-2276 for information.

Citizens Academy signup set

This year, consider making a resolution to learn more about the community in which you live, work and play by joining Marion County’s 2016 Citizens Academy. Registration opens Jan. 2, and space fills up quickly.
This comprehensive, 10-week course covers the challenges and issues facing Marion County, encourages participation in the government process and familiarizes participants with the operations and services of Marion County government (not including constitutional offices). Attendees can look forward to interactive demonstrations and behind-the-scenes tours of county facilities, as well as presentations from county commissioners, department directors and other key staff.
The program runs March-May on Thursday mornings from 9 a.m.-noon. Marion County residents or business owners ages 18 and older are eligible to attend. All participants must complete a registration form and be accepted prior to attending as well as attend a minimum of eight of the 10 sessions to graduate. For more information, visit www.MarionCountyFL.org/CitizensAcademy or call 352-438-2300.

Chair Yoga at the library

Chair Yoga will be held at the Freedom Library at 10:30 a.m. Learn deep breathing and balance. For more information, call Ingrid at 854-7950.

Monday, Jan. 4

Square dance class set

The Ocala Twirlers Square and Round Dance Club will begin a new square dance class on Monday, Jan. 4 at the beautiful Stanfield Hall of Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 SW 105th St., Ocala. The class will be from 12:45-2 p.m., and will be open to new students for three consecutive Mondays, Jan. 4, 11, and 18. The first lesson is free. The class will be taught by club caller Whit Brown of Orlando, Florida. Whit has taught and called for the club for 16 years and makes the classes a lot of fun.
Square dancing is a healthy activity both physically and mentally in a wholesome, smoke free environment. Refreshments will be served. For more information call Norm 873-1734 or Tony 861-9812.

Friday, Jan. 8

Friday Art Walk returns

The First Friday Art Walk returns Friday, Jan. 8 and will include the following special performances in downtown Ocala.
•7 to 8:30 p.m. – Shema Freeman at the downtown square
•5 to 10 p.m. – Tap the Rink at the Let’s Skate Ocala ice rink! Event will include ice skating, food trucks, adult beverages for those over 21 and games. For event details, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1658711784345486/.
•6 to 9 p.m. – The second Art Walk POP UP! event featuring, “Take Me, I’m Yours,” the abandoned art project by Diane Cahal. For more information about this event, please visit www.facebook.com/AbandonedArtOcala.
The First Friday Art Walk occurs from 6 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month from September through May annually. Located within Ocala’s historic downtown, event festivities include over 30 artist displays, acoustic entertainment, free family art activities and extended shopping hours.
For more information, please visit www.ocalafl.org/artwalk or contact Alexandria Marcello, City of Ocala Cultural Arts Coordinator at 352-629-8447 or amarcello@ocalafl.org.

64 to Grayson in concert

As seen with Josh Turner, The Gaithers, and others and voted one of the “Top 20 Most Prospective Groups of 2014” this unique blend of backwoods instruments, lyrical wit, and hardwood-pew values makes for an experience that will leave you with a smirk on your face and a tap in your toes. This group, geared toward an array of all ages and backgrounds, has lit a fire and a following, burning brighter with each show. “Whatever God is getting ready for us, we’ll be charging at it face first and full-throttle.” This is a free concert; a love offering will be received. It will be Friday, Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m..
Christ’s Church Of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St. (off SR 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182 or http://www.ccomc.org/

Sunday, Jan. 10

Youth Symphony to perform

The next Sunday Afternoon Arts at Countryside will take place on Jan. 10 at 3 p.m. in the Sanctuary, 7768 SW Hwy. 200, Ocala.
The Ocala Youth Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1999, is committed to the
education and professional development of young musicians from 10 to 18.
Its founder and director is Cindy Robertson. The orchestra plays classical,
Broadway tunes, movie themes, country and jazz.
These children have performed for us through the years and we usually get a
great turnout so plan on coming early. Admission is free but donations would
be appreciated.

Tuesday, Jan. 12

Mac users to meet

Ocala Macintosh User Group will meet Tuesday, Jan. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the new meeting location, the Discovery Center, 701 NE Sanchez Ave., Ocala. This month will feature a Members’ Night. Burt Stephens will introduce members who wish to speak on their favorite apps and Mac issues they have solved. This will be followed by Tech Tips, Q & A’s, and the monthly raffle. Visitors are always welcome. Learn more about our group at ocalamug.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 13

Bereavement group to meet

Have you or anyone you know recently experienced the death of a spouse? If so, you are invited to attend a six-week bereavement support program beginning Wednesday, Jan. 13 and concluding Feb. 17. Each session will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the choir room of First Congregational Church, 7171 SW State Road 200, Ocala. People from all faiths and denominations are welcome. Please call 352-854-2872 for more information.

Saturday, Jan. 16

Crime prevention workshop

Whether we like it or not, crime affects everyone. Whatever the crime, there are at least two victims. The first is the person(s) who suffers the loss or injury. The second victim is the community.
Metro Crime Prevention of Florida Safety Programs are designed to help citizens take back control over their lives and to stop living in fear. They show us how to restore our personal and civic freedoms and re-unite us as a community.
Do you know the most common fraud techniques or scams, or what defense weapons are recommended by law enforcement agencies? Or, what causes a burglar to avoid your home because he thinks you will return at any moment?
The valuable and lifesaving information shared in these seminars help us focus our power as individuals and communities in the fight against crime. People learn to be proactive against crime and to take simple precautions which enhance personal safety.
You are invited to this workshop scheduled to be held at Peace Lutheran Church (The Church on the Hill), 7201 U.S. 41 S., 5 miles north of Dunnellon, on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. This workshop is provided as a service for the community and there is no charge.
Take an active stand against crime by attending this free workshop.

University Women will meet

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) will meet on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 11:30 a.m. at the Stone Creek Grille, 9676 SW 62nd Loop, Ocala for their usual monthly meeting.
The speaker this month will be Jan Hathaway of United Way Marion County. All women are welcome to attend this meeting and learn more about the organization. To attend, please contact Deborah Parsons at 352-237-4889 and let her know so she can advise the restaurant as to how many will be in attendance.

Sunday, Jan. 17

Jazz Society to play

The Ocala Jazz Society will be back with Swing, Big Band, Dixieland, 50s and all your favorites on Sunday, Jan. 17, from 2 - 5 p.m. at VFW Post 4781, 9401 SW 110th St., across from Oak Run. The band performs on the third Sunday of each month.
A $3 donation for Hospice is appreciated. For info: 352-237-0234 ocalajazzsociety@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, Jan. 19

Election redistricting explained

The League of Women Voters of Marion County is sponsoring voter information Lunch and Learn session at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 19 at the Olive Garden, 3363 SW College Road (SR 200).
Wesley Wilcox, Marion County Supervisor of Elections, will untangle the recent court decisions that have changed the congressional and legislative boundaries of voting districts in Marion County.
The non-partisan educational meeting is an effort by the League of Women Voters to help clarify the impact the new district lines will have on voters in this presidential election year. Wilcox will also answer questions regarding voter registration, deadlines for absentee ballots and any other issues of concern to voters.
The meeting is open to the public in addition to LWV members and guests. Participants order off the restaurant’s normal menu.
Reservations are required as seating in the Olive Garden’s private meeting room is limited. Call Allie Gore at 352-547-9670, or email lwvmarion.org by Jan. 15.
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Tax preparation from United Way

United Way of Marion County will offer free income tax preparation through a variety of VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) locations starting Tuesday, Jan. 19. Marion County residents are encouraged to get 100 percent of their return back. Please call 2-1-1 to make an appointment. All volunteers providing tax assistance are trained and certified by the Internal Revenue Service.
Residents will need to bring the following information with them:
Government issued photo ID, such as drivers license.
Valid Social Security cards, ITN numbers, and birth dates for taxpayer, spouse, and all dependents.
All wage and income statements (example: W-2, W-2G, 1099- R forms).
Interest and dividend statements from financial institutions (Form 1099) if applicable.
A copy of last year’s federal tax return.
Proof of day care expenses including: provider’s name, address and federal identification number.
For direct deposit of refund bring checking/savings account and routing numbers.
If married and filing a joint return, both spouses must come to the VITA site. For more information, contact Doug MacPhail at 352-732-9696 ext. 215.

Scandinavian Club of Marion County:

The Scandinavian Club of Marion County invites people of Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish descent to join us at our next meeting on Jan. 19, 11:30 a.m. at the Ocala Hilton, 3600 SW 36th Ave. in Ocala.
The menu will be cranberry stuffed chicken with mashed potatoes, salad, dessert, and coffee. Entertainment is Dick Richards and his accordion. The cost is $19 per person. Reservations and payment must be made in advance. Payment must be received by Wednesday the 16th of January. Checks to be made out to Jim Neate and mailed to Jim Neate at 643-A Midway Dr. Ocala, FL 34472. For further details call Jim Neate 352 687-1580, Don Clauson 352 861-1235 or Terry Rasmussen 352 347-8362.

Sunday, Jan. 24
Chamber Music free concert

The Marion Chamber Music Society presents Licorice Sticks, a 24 piece clarinet orchestra from Orlando, showcasing the fully narrated Peter and the Wolf among other classical and pops music. This free concert is at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 6455 SW SR 200 at 3 p.m. on Sunday Jan. 24. For information about all our concerts, visit our website: marionchambermusic.com or call 867-1340. Presented in part by a grant from the Marion Cultural Alliance.

Tuesday, Jan. 26

Breast Cancer support group

The SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) Breast Cancer Support Group meets the last Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the Chapel Room 235 at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 SW 105th St.
There is no meeting in December due to the holiday activities so our next meeting is on Tuesday, Jan. 26. This will be an introductory presentation by Drena Miller, Coordinator of Congregational Care at Ocala West. She will introduce herself and the position and responsibilities she has at Ocala West emphasizing the importance of caring and love for those who are hurting from health issues, losses, etc. Merry Christmas and hope to see you all in January.

Thursday, Jan. 28

Tribute Quartet

This award-winning combination of musical talent, warm and engaging personalities and their focus has developed into one of the country’s most dynamic and beloved male quartets in all of gospel music. Nationally and internationally, their popularity continues to grow due to their God-called mission to share Jesus with everyone with whom they come in contact. Their many fans and friends continue to help grow this ministry one friend at a time. This is a free concert at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28 A love offering will be received.
Christ’s Church Of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St. (off SR 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182 or http://www.ccomc.org/.

Sunday, Jan. 31

Pastor retires at Joy Lutheran

A retirement party is planned to reminisce and celebrate Pastor Ed Holloway’s years of service and wish him and Marsha the best for continued happiness.
The event will begin at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary and progress to Swenson Hall from 3 to 5 p.m. There will be refreshments for all who attend this open house and wish the Holloway’s farewell.
This event is open to church members and friends from the community. Joy Lutheran Church is located at 7045 SW 83rd Place at SR 200, Ocala. For more information call 854-4509 ext. 221.

Saturday, April 2

AAUW thinks chocolate

The holiday season is a great time of the year to think about chocolate. The American Association of University Women (AAUW)-Ocala Branch is planning a show “A Taste of Chocolate” for Saturday, April 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Webber Conference Center, College of Central Florida, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala.
Currently, the AAUW, is seeking participants that will make this show a success. They are looking for chocolatiers, restaurateurs, and caterers that would be interested in sharing their chocolate creations to be judged by well-known local chefs. Participants may choose one of three categories for which they would enter their creation: appetizer, entrée or dessert. Each participant would pay an entrance fee of $25.
The profits from this event would go to an AAUW Endowed Scholarship Fund for women of all ages attending the College of Central Florida.
This event is expecting at least 300 persons from the community. Openings for participants are limited so it is important to contact Aldea Savva, Chairperson at 352-789-6643 or AAUWATaste of Chocolate@gmail.com soon for an application. Applications must be completed by March 2.