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By The Staff

Friday, April 9

Beth Israel to hold Shabbat service

Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala will hold a Friday evening Shabbat service on April 9, at 8 p.m. at the Collins Resource Center, Building 300, State Road 200 in Ocala. The service will be led by Jennifer Singer , a well-known lay service leader and educator from Sarasota. Singer holds an MA in Jewish education from the Jewish Theological Seminary and has a broad background as a lay Cantor in the Conservative and Reconstructionist Movements. Currently she serves Sarasota’s Reconstructionist congregation, Kol HaNeshama. Her joy of Judaism and warm and engaging manner contribute to the beauty and spirituality of the services she leads.

An Oneg Shabbat will follow the services. All are warmly invited to attend. For further information, please contact Judi at 352-237-8277.

Congregation Beth Israel is an inclusive, liberal, contemporary Jewish congregation under the guidance of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation.

Fashion show, lunch at VFW

The annual Ladies Auxiliary fashion show and luncheon will take place at VFW Post 4781, 9401 S.W. 110th St., Ocala, on April 9. Doors open at 11 a.m., donation of $10, fashions by Bon Worth. Tickets go on sale March 1. Get your ticket early as they go fast. Your contact for tickets, Sheryl at 352-237-3805.

Entry deadline for golf tourney

CenturyLink will host a four-person Best Ball Scramble format golf tournament on Saturday, April 17. All proceeds from the event will be donated to United Way of Marion County.

The tournament will take place at Stone Creek Golf Course, 9676 S.W. 62nd Loop in Ocala, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $280 per team. Entry deadline is April 9.

Entry fee includes golf, cart, lunch and grab bags. Prizes will be awarded for longest drive and closest to the pin. Sponsorships are available for $125 per hole without a team or $100 with a team. Presenting sponsorships are also available. Sign up forms are available at www.uwmc.org.

For more information on sponsorship or registration, call Teresa Feather at 352-368-8825.

Saturday, April 10

Civil War show planned at library

A Civil War show will take place at the Freedom Public Library, 5870 S.W. 95th St., on Saturday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Original Union and Confederate arftifacts will be on display, as well as an 1864 10lb Parrott Rifle Cannon.

The event is presented by Gen. Eugene A. Carr Camp 5 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. For information, call Harvey Linscott at 352-854-9510.

Concert at Ocala West

Doug Ladnier will be in concert at the Ocala West United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 10, at 7 p.m. Broadway songs, show tunes and favorite humns will highlight the concert.

The church is at 9330 S.W. 105th St. Phone number is 352-854-9550.

Breakfast at Ocala West

The United Methodist Men of Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St., will serve breakfast on Saturday, April 10, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. A wide varied menu is offered at a cost of only $5 per person. Mark your calendar, bring a friend or neighbor and enjoy not only the fine meal but good fellowship. All proceeds from this program are donated to church and local charities and your support will enhance our ability to maintain these programs. This will be the last breakfast until fall.

Sunday, April 11

Library Week events planned

Join the Marion County Public Library as it kicks off the 2010 National Library Week on Sunday, April 11 at 1:30 p.m. at the Marion Public Library Headquarters-Ocala (2720 East Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala). Libraries have celebrated National Library Week each April since 1958. National Library Week celebrates the contributions of the nation’s libraries and librarians and promotes library use and support.

Bring the whole family to enjoy the dedication ceremony of the new mural in the children’s story room, created by local artists Anita Anderson and Mary Trowbridge. Then, gather around the piano and listen to the tinkling of the ol’ ivories as area youth provide a concert of favorites for all ages. Storyteller Jessica McCune will follow with a reading of “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. Finally, join library staff, volunteers, and community leaders as they pay tribute to 30-year Friends of the Ocala Public Library founder Frances A. Kolonia.

“Libraries are the very heart of the community,” said Julie Sieg, Marion County Public Library System Director. “At the Marion County Public Library, people of all backgrounds come together to either celebrate their love of reading or to take advantage of the many resources our libraries offer, including lectures, children, teen and adult programs, research databases and computers.”

For more information on the Marion County Public Library System, visit the library’s Web site at http://library.marioncountyfl.org or call 352-671-8551.

Post-polio group to meet

The Post-Polio Support Group meets monthly at the Collins Health Resource Center, 9401 S.W. Highway 200, Building 300, Suite 303, Ocala. Maps are available at our Web site PostPolioSupport.com. Call Carolyn Raville at 352-489-1731 for information.

On April 11 at 2 p.m., Joseph Pine of Metro Crime Prevention of Florida will present a program titled “When Every Second Counts,” including HELP, the Emergency Life Profile, and much more important information. There is no charge and everyone is welcome to attend.

Master Choir sets concerts

The Central Florida Master Choir will perform its Spring Concert at 3 p.m. on three Sundays:

April 11 at Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala.

April 18 at Fort King Presbyterian Church, 13 N.E. 36th Ave., Ocala.

May 2 at Dunnellon Presbyterian Church, 20641 Chestnut St., Dunnellon.

Donations are welcome.

Saturday, April 17

Fire Rescue marks anniversary

Ocala Fire Rescue will observe its 125th anniversary on Saturday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tuscawilla Park, 410 N.E. 3rd St. in downtown Ocala.

There will be an antique emergency vehicle show, fire department demonstrations, Art in the Park festival, high school band performances, bagpipe and drum ensemble, other entertainment children’s activities, and food will be available.

Scandinavian Club picnic set

The Scandinavian Club of Marion County will hold its annual picnic on Saturday, April 17, at the large pavilion in Silver River State Park from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The park is at 1425 N.E. 58th Ave. (Baseline Road), Ocala. Starting time for eating is 2 p.m. Each attendee is requested to bring their own plates, beverage other than soft drinks and eating utensils along with a dish to share with others. Brats, hot dogs, hamburgers, buns and soft drinks will be furnished by the club. In order to offset costs of admission, pavilion rental, meat, rolls, drinks, etc. there will be a charge of $5 per attendee. Payment must be received by Wednesday, April 14. Make payment to Jim Neate, 643-A Midway Drive, Ocala, FL 34472. If you have any questions call Jim Neate at 352-687-1580, Don Clauson at 352-861-1235, or Peggy Jones at 352-629-3443.

Harvest Meadow community yard sale

There should be something for everyone at the Harvest Meadow community yard sale on Saturday, April 17, 8 a.m to 2 p.m. Rain date is Saturday, April 24.

Come find collectibles, toys, sporting goods, tools, clothes, crafts, books and much more. Many households will be participating.

Harvest Meadow is off Southwest 60th Avenue, one mile south of State Road 200.

Sunday, April 18

Christianity, world religions studied

Why are there so many religions? Is there more than one way to God? These questions and more to be explored on six consecutive Sundays, April 18 through May 23 at 9 a.m. at Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala. The study, published by Abingdon Press, was developed by the Rev. Adam Hamilton and will feature videos followed by discussion.

All are welcome. For further information, please call the church office at 352-237-4633.

Ice cream social at Joy Lutheran

Thrivent is hosting their annual ice cream social at Joy Lutheran Church on Sunday, April 18 at 3 p.m. in Swenson Hall. All are welcome to come and enjoy delicious ice cream with chocolate, caramel or strawberry toppings plus whipped cream, nuts and cherries. The Cherrywood Songbirds will provide entertainment. The proceeds, along with matching funds, will be used to purchase new shoes for the homeless children in Marion County.

The public is encouraged to attend, as the free-will donation will be going to a worthy cause.

Joy Lutheran Church is at 7045 S.W. 83rd Place at State Road 200, Ocala. For more information, call 352-854-4509 ext 221.

Ray Cooper in concert

Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala proudly presents Ray Cooper in concert April 18 at 3 p.m. at Countryside Presbyterian Church, State Road 200, Ocala. Cooper is a one-man show of unstoppable energy as he wends his way through story and song, with varied musical accompaniment. His repertoire includes vaudeville favorites and present Broadway hits and appeals to all ages. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $18 for reserved seating cabaret style. Contact Ben at 352-854-0236 for tickets and information. All proceeds benefit programs of Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala.

Congregation Beth Israel is a liberal, inclusive, contemporary Jewish congregation under the guidance of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation.

Free recital by Youth Symphony

The Ocala Youth Symphony is presenting a free Recital at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 18, at the First Christian Church, 1908 S.E. Fort King St., Ocala. Come and enjoy the musical presentations of these amazing musicians ranging in age from 8 to 18. Works selected range from the classics to contemporary, something for everyone’s musical taste. All concerts are free and open to the public. Bring a friend! For information call 352-351-3002.

Monday, April 19

American Legion post to meet

The Ralph J. Green American Legion Post 354 will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, April 19, at 1 p.m. in the community room of the Sheriff's Brian Litz Building,-9048 S.W. State Road 200. Try to arrive early to enjoy light refreshments and comradeship with fellow veterans. For further information, telephone Commander Barbara Cherbonneau at 352-873-1737.

Saturday, April 24

St. Jude Italian dinner

The annual Italian dinner is planned for Saturday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Jude Catholic Community, 443 Marion Oaks Drive in Marion Oaks. A traditional Italian meal is on the menu. Entertainment will be provided by Can’t Help Singing. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12. Takeouts will be available as usual. No tickets will be sold at the door. For information and tickets, please contact Linda at 352-854-7501.

Moose golf tournament set

A Moose golf tournament will take place Saturday, April 24, at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at Silver Springs Country Club and Lodge 1199. There will be grouper, chicken or roast beef dinners, and prizes and awards, including closest to the pin.

Sign up at a team or individual. All members are welcome. For details, call Jim at 352-817-5557.

Sunday, April 25

Taste of Ocala tickets available online

Tickets are now available online for the Central Florida Community College Foundation Taste of Ocala fundraiser, which will be April 25.

E-tickets can be purchased at www.tasteofocala.org. Advance tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for CFCC students with identification, $15 for children 5 to 12 years old. Children under age 5 are admitted free. All tickets at the gate are $30. Paper tickets will be available on March 22.

The 22nd annual scholarship fundraiser will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at the Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road. Attendees will have an opportunity to sample dishes from the area’s finest restaurants as they support a worthy cause.

This year’s event is presented by Signature Brands LLC and promises to be fun for the entire family. Activities include a children’s tent with cookie decorating and clowns. There will be a silent auction and culinary arts students will demonstrate cake decorating. Diners can sit stage-side and listen to music provided by KTK-FM or socialize with friends under covered dining.

Over the past 21 years, about $325,000 has been disbursed to students through the CFCC Foundation’s Taste of Ocala scholarships.

For information about Taste of Ocala, contact Phyllis Marino at 352-873-5808; 352-854-2322, ext. 1352; or marinop@cf.edu.

Sunday Arts at Countryside

The last Sunday Afternoon Arts at Countryside will take place on Sunday, April 25 at 3 p.m. in the Sanctuary of Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala.

The Marion Civic Chorale will offer the Easter Portion of Handel’s Messiah. This infrequently performed body of work is the second half of Handel’s master work, featuring biblical texts retelling the resurrection of Christ. Dr. Wayne Earnest is the conductor and Ricky Hendrix is the accompanist.

The public is invited and admission is free but donations will be appreciated. For further information, please call the church office at 352-237-4633.

Saturday, May 1

Church has fashion show, luncheon

Church of the Advent is having a fashion show and luncheon on May 1 at noon.

Fashions will be by Belk. Tickets are required and donation is $10 per person, which includes lunch.

Please call Cora Salmon at 352-307-8575 or Nancy Lillard at 352-873-6110 for tickets.

Church of the Advent is at 11251 S.W. County Road 484, 1.2 miles west of State Road 200 in Dunnellon.

Free yoga classes planned

Free yoga classes will take place at Sholom Park on Southwest 80th Avenue, 2 ½ miles north of State Road 200, on May 1 and 9 a.m. and then the first Saturday of each month. Come and soak in the beauty of the Peace Park. For information, call 352-854-7950.

Tuesday, May 18

USA Dance Ocala Chapter 6027 is hosting a charity ball fundraiser to benefit Hospice of Marion County on May 18 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Pioneer Garden Club (4331 East Silver Springs Blvd., next to the Appleton Museum).

The semi-formal event features entertainment including professional dance exhibitions, free dance lessons by Joe Mounts and live music performed by “Automatic” Amee and Henry. Door prizes and raffles will be awarded as well.

Admission charges range from $15 for general admission to $25 for VIP admission. For more information, call Dennis Rose at 352-629-0837 or Linda Byrd at 352-509-4317.