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Community Events - Sept. 18, 2009

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By The Staff

Saturday, Sept. 19

Organic gardening at Freedom Library On Saturday, Sept.19 at 2 p.m., Marion County Master Gardeners present Organic Vegetable Gardening taught by Josephine Leyte-Vidal, president of the Master Gardeners.

Vidal has extensive knowledge in gardening organically and has raised her own organic vegetables for many years. Her presentation was given last month to a full house at the Central Branch of the library and we are fortunate to have her excellent presentation at Freedom Library. Come with your paper, pencil and questions, and be prepared to learn the ins and outs on growing vegetables in Marion County. Legion meets on Monday The Ralph J. Green American Legion Post 354 will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. in the community room of the Sheriff’s Brian Litz Building, 9048 S.W. Hwy. 200.Try to arrive early to enjoy light refreshments and comradeship with fellow veterans.

For further information, call Commander Barbara Cherbonneau at 352-873-1737. Thursday, Sept. 24 Learn more about strokes Ocala Health will have 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 S.R. 200 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. Water district plans open house The Southwest Florida Water Management District will conduct a public open house to gather input on future conservation land purchases.

The district is evaluating properties that may be eligible for purchase under the Florida Forever Program.

The public is invited to attend an open house Sept. 24, 6 to 8 p.m. at the district’s headquarters, 2379 Broad St., in Brooksville. During the open house, residents will be able to view area maps and the list of prospective properties.

The Florida Legislature established the Florida Forever Program in 1999. The program continues Florida’s successful land acquisition initiative that has included the Save Our Rivers and Preservation 2000 programs.

For more information, please call the district’s Land Resources Department at 352-796-7211, ext. 4452. Saturday, Sept. 26 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. 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.

Monday, Sept. 28 Deadline for Knights golf tourney The Knights of Columbus Council 9649 will have 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. Tuesday, Sept. 29 Fair Tax meeting scheduled A meeting to explain the proposed Fair Tax is planned later this month. On Sept. 29, 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. CFCC to present film The Central Florida Community College International Film Series will present the 2007 film “The Band’s Visit” on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

The film will be shown at 2 p.m. at the Appleton Museum of Art of Central Florida Community College, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., and at 7 p.m. in Building 8, Room 110, at the Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road. The viewing is free at CFCC. At the Appleton, viewers must pay museum admission unless they are museum members or patrons of the CFCC International Film Series. Friday, Oct. 2 Circle Square hosts Oktoberfest Enjoy a cool fall evening and Oktoberfest festivities at the Circle Square Commons Town Square, Friday, Oct. 2 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy German food and beer along with domestic favorites as you dance to traditional German music by Alpine Express. This will be a great night of fun for folks of all ages!

Join us on the Town Square at 8409 S.W. 80th Street, Ocala. For more information visit: www.CircleSquareCommons.com Saturday, Oct. 3 Country fair at Queen of Peace The annual country fair will be held at Queen of Peace Church hall at 6455 S.W. State Road 200 on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featured will be white elephant, baked goods, books, jewelry, gifts, raffle, Christmas items and refreshments. Veterans memorial service planned The next Veterans Quarterly Memorial Service is set for Oct. 3 at 10 a.m.

During the program the names of veterans that have died during the quarter are read aloud. Prayer, songs, a 21-gun salute, and the presentation of the colors are also part of the program.

The Marion County Veterans Council hosts the event every three months at the Marion County Park, East Silver Springs Boulevard and Northeast 25th Avenue. Yoga class to be offered Free yoga classes continue on the first Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. in Sholom Park.

The next session is Oct. 3, then Nov. 7 and Dec. 5.

Everyone is invited to join in this sacred practice at Peace Park, located on Southwest 80th Avenue, 2.5 miles north of State Road 200. 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.