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Upcoming events 4-18-2014

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Saturday, April 19

Easter Eggstravaganza

The excitement is building for Crossroads Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to noon. Everything is free! Egg hunts will be supervised by age group, with 15,000 eggs on the property! There will be games, bounce houses, cotton candy, hot dogs, drinks, sno-cones, chips, prizes, and the gospel message will be shared. Families are welcome.

City egg event at Tuscawilla

The public is invited to the Eggstravaganza at Tuscawilla Park Saturday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Ocala Recreation and Parks Department.
Children, ages 1 to 10, are invited to participate in the complimentary egg hunt composed of more than 25,000 eggs. The eggs will be scattered throughout designated hunting areas in the park. Accommodations for ADA/special needs individuals will be available.
The egg hunt schedule, which is divided by age group, is as follows:
ADA/special needs: 10:30 a.m.
One – two year olds: 11 a.m.
Three – four year olds: 11:30 a.m.
Five – six year olds: noon.
Seven – eight year olds: 12:30 p.m.
Nine – ten year olds: 1 p.m.
Festivities for the day will include face painting and music. Food and additional activities, such as a bounce house, will be available for a charge.
For more information, contact the Ocala Recreation and Parks Department at 352-368-5517.

Gospel concert at CF

The College of Central Florida Inspirational Choir will perform its annual Spring Gospel Concert Saturday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Charles R. Dassance Fine Arts Center at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.
There is no fee to attend, but donations are welcome upon entry.
For more information, contact Randolph Bellamy at 352-854-2322, ext. 1543, or email bellamyr@cf.edu.

Sunday, April 20

Crossroads United Easter service

We are looking forward to celebrating Easter this year, and have reserved the ballroom in the Hilton Hotel at 3600 SW 36th Ave, Ocala, for this joyous occasion.
Plan on joining us Sunday, April 20 at 10:30 for our United Easter Service.
Spanish translation will be made available and nurseries are provided.

Free Easter breakfast

Members of Living Water Wesleyan Church invite all to a free Easter breakfast on April 20.
This full, hot breakfast will be held in the church fellowship hall at 11120 SW County Road 484, Dunnellon, from 8 until 10 a.m.
No donations will be accepted, this is our way of sharing the love of the Risen King with our community. For more information, call 352-489-2636.

Friday, April 25

Singers, symphony at college

The College of Central Florida Patriot Singers and Wind Symphony will perform Friday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dassance Fine Arts Center at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.
Admission to the concert is free, and the doors open at 7 p.m.
The combined performance, “Classical Remix,” will feature selections from Mozart’s “Requiem Mass in D” as well as works by Brahms, Lauridsen and Parker. The CF Young Singers, under the direction of Ruth Nelson, will also perform.
For more information, call the CF Box Office at 352-873-5810.

Spaghetti dinner at Queen of Peace

An all you can eat spaghetti and meatball dinner with a 25-item salad bar will be held at Queen of Peace Catholic Church on Friday, April 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. This includes bread and drink, for $7. Children under 18 are admitted free.

Deadline for United Way golf

CenturyLink will host a four-person Best Ball Scramble format golf tournament on Saturday, May 3. All proceeds from the event will be donated to United Way of Marion County.  
The tournament will be held at Ocala National golf Club, 4782 NW 80th Ave., Ocala, beginning at 9 a.m. The cost is $280 per team. Entry deadline is April 25.
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. Presenting sponsorships are also available. Sign up forms are available at www.uwmc.org.
For more information on sponsorship or registration, call Patty Schiefer at 352-875-6674.

Saturday, April 26

Silver Heirs covered dish meal

There is a special ministry of Crossroads Church dedicated to the 55+ community - Silver Heirs. Join us on Saturday, April 26 from noon to 2 p.m. as we gather to enjoy each other’s cooking and great fellowship. We meet in the Youth Building. Bring a covered dish to share.

Rummage sale at Peace Lutheran

The annual rummage sale at Peace Lutheran Church will take place on Saturday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be no early sales.
The ladies of the Peace chapter of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League will be working all week to sort and price the vast number of sale items which have been donated by members. Shoppers will find many unusual items at amazing bargain prices.
The Peace Lutheran Men’s Club will be assisting and will make hot dogs, chips and soft drinks available the day of the sale.
Peace Lutheran Church, “The Church On The Hill,” is at 7201 S. Highway 41, five miles north of downtown Dunnellon. For more information call the church, 352-489-5881 or visit www.PeaceLutheranOnline.com or see us on Facebook at www.TinyURL.com/Peace41-40.

Appraisal-thon and silent auction

You are invited to the 2014 Appraisal-thon and silent auction. The Marion County Continuity of Care Council will host its fifth antiiques and collectibles “Appraisal-thon” ..... patterned after the television show “Antiques Roadshow.” Attendees can bring in items to have professional appraisers provide a verbal value to their items. Each item can be appraised for the low charge of $5 per item or six items for $25 (a maximum of six items). Please, no weapons, knives, coins, stamps or large furniture. Lunch available for purchase, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This year’s event proceeds go to Helping Hands, a nonprofit charity that serves homeless and disadvantaged people throughout Ocala and Marion County. For event information call Holly Miley at 352-732-4464 or 352-426-3253.
This event takes place at Christ’s Church of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182 or http://www.ccomc.org/.

Outdoors event at Tuscawilla

Enjoy a wide range of family oriented activities at Earthfest at Arbor Day in the Great Outdoors (EAGO), 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 26 at Tuscawilla Park. The event is presented by the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department.
The Children’s Fishing Derby will take place at Tuscawilla dockside, 8 a.m. to noon. A limited number of fishing poles and bait will be made available. Prizes will be awarded.
Art in the Park will take place at the south end of the park. Children are invited to create themed chalk art on the sidewalks.
Educational components will include Cameron Jaggard of the PEW Charitable Trust, “Little Fish are a Big Deal to Birds”; Marion Audubon Society, “Bird Identification and Feeding Birds”; Marion Soil & Water Conservation District: “Conservation Education and Soil Babies”; Ocala Pioneer Garden Club, “Restoration of Coral Reefs in the Florida Keys”; and Beemat displays.
In addition to live music, tree give-a-ways and food offerings, attendees can enjoy a variety of hands-on activities including an archery range, Lincoln Logs, tree climbing and an attempt to break the group Hula-Hooping record.

Sunday, April 27

German American picnic set

The German American Club of Marion County will host a picnic on Sunday, April 27, at noon, in Coehadjoe Park. Bratwurst and Polish sausage will be prepared by club members and served buffet style.
Please bring a dish to share and your own snacks. Music will be provided by Bavarian Oskar. Tickets purchased before the picnic are $7 per member or $10 per non-member. Tickets purchased on the day of the picnic are $9 per member or $12 per non-member. For tickets, call Barb Hartmann at 352-751-4207.

Monday, April 28

Retired nurses to meet

The Citrus Marion Chapter of Registered Nurses Retired (RNR) will meet on April 28 at the Inverness Golf & Country Club. Sign-in begins at 11 a.m. with lunch and meeting to follow. Our speaker will be Blaire Peterson from Central Healthy Start Coalition telling us about services for pregnant women and newborn infants. The charity is for the World’s Greatest Baby Shower. All Retired or semi-retired RN’s who wish to attend please call Mary Jane at 352-726-6882 or Gladys at 352-854-2677 for reservations.

Tuesday, April 29

Breast cancer survivors meet

The SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) Breast Cancer Support Group meets the last Tuesday of each month at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 SW 105th St., Ocala, at 1 p.m. in the Chapel, Room 235.
Our meeting on April 29, will be a presentation by our Parish Nurse, Nancy Dennis. Nancy’s topic is “Never Say Never.” Please join us for an interesting meeting.

Friday, May 2

The SPCA’s Gone Bunco

We’re calling all bunco guys and gals to join us at our fundraiser called “The SPCA of Marion County’s Gone Bunco.” This event will be held on Friday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Klein Conference Center at the College of Central Florida on Southwest College Road.
It will be a fun evening of games, prizes and raffles of valuable items. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. Tickets are $30 per person. A group can reserve a table of eight, or you can come with a friend and make new ones. During the evening you will learn more about our organization and the animals we’ve helped over the years.
To order tickets, please call 352-362-8513. We thank all our friends and neighbors to support us on this special evening, just as you do all year long.

Saturday, May 3

Rotary plans rib sale

Scrumptious! Delicious! Succulent! Mouth-Watering! These were some of the words that were used to describe the fully-cooked baby back ribs that the Rotary Club of Ocala Southwest offered to the community during last year’s rib event.
Happily, on Saturday, May 3 (Kentucky Derby Day) starting at 10 a.m., the tent at the Bank of the Ozarks on State Road 200 and SW 99th Street Road, will be back with the purpose of raising funds to allow the Rotary Club of Ocala Southwest to support the College of Central Florida Nursing Scholarship Program and other local and international projects. A full rack of smoke-cooked baby back ribs costs only $18 if you prepay and pick up your order before 12:30 p.m. The cost is $20 for racks that are not prepaid. It is highly recommended to pre-order and to get there early (if you don’t preorder) before the ribs are gone!
Before smoke-cooking, the ribs undergo a dry rub, imparting a flavor that can only be described as heavenly. Rotary President Bonnie Clark says that the ingredients of the savory dry rub are a secret that’s as closely guarded as the Coca Cola recipe. You’ll need to eat the Rotary’s baby back ribs to experience the great taste. If you want to place your ribs in the freezer and eat them later, reheating directions are included with your wrapped order.
Pre-paid tickets are being sold by members of the Rotary Club of Ocala Southwest. The Club meets on Tuesdays at 7:45 a.m. in suite 240 in the Doctor’s Office Building at the West Marion Community Hospital. You can also buy tickets at Integrity Home Health Care on SW 103rd Street and at the following locations along State Route 200: Bank of the Ozarks, Alarion Bank, Ellison Realty, the law office of W.E. Bishop Jr. and M&S Bank on College Road. For more information about Rotary Ribs for the Races, visit the Rotary Club of Ocala Southwest Facebook page or call Bonnie Clark at 865-566-6297.

Jail Break 5K run/walk slated

The Dunnellon Police Department, in partnership with BTY Fitness, will host the inaugural Dunnellon Jail Break 5K at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 3. The event will begin at Datesman Park at 12050 S. Ohio St. The event will benefit Special Olympics Florida.
This 5K will wind through unique multi-terrain trails as well as city streets. Running clubs and enthusiasts as well as the novice runner/walker are able to participate. Costumes are encouraged as well.
To register, visit www.active.com. Pre-registered participants will receive a Dunnellon Jailbreak 5K logo drawstring bag and race shirt, along with other goodies. Entry fee is $25; however, from April 1 to April 19, the fee will increase to $30. Participants can register during the day of the run, but the fee will be $35 and no free T-Shirt will be given away.
For information, visit www.active.com, like us on Facebook “Dunnellon Jail Break 5K,” or call 352-465-8510.

County western dance set]

The Knights of Columbus will sponsor a Country Western Dinner Dance featuring an “encore performance” by the Country Sunshine Band. The dance will be held May 3, 2014 in the parish hall of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church located at 7525 S. U.S. Highway 41 in Dunnellon.
The evening includes a country style dinner, cash bar, 50/50, basket raffles and a door prize. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and are available at the church office, from the Knights or by calling 352-489-6221 for tickets/table reservations.

Yoga in Sholom Park

The outdoor season of yoga begins at 9 a.m. and will continue on the first Saturday of the month for 7 months. For more information, call Ingrid at 352-854-7950.

Derby Day fashion show

The GFWC Woman’s Club of Ocala and the Little Women Juniorettes will sponsor a Derby Day Fashion Show and Luncheon Saturday, May 3, at 11:30 a.m. at the Elks Club and Lodge, 702 NE 25th Ave., Ocala. Fashions will be from The Pink Hanger Collection Boutique. Models will be Little Women and Woman’s Club members. There will be door prizes, a 50/50 drawing, and a gift auction. Ladies are encouraged to wear a creative hat. Proceeds will benefit the two clubs scholarship funds. For information and to obtain tickets at $15 each contact Patti at 352-351-2708 or email to: pbs1515@gmail.com

Monday, May 5

Savannah, Charleston trip

Have you been wanting to see the sites in Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina, but didn’t want to drive? Well, sit back, relax and enjoy a bus trip with your friends from First Congregational Church. The trip dates are May 5 to May 8 with accommodations in the Historic District of Savannah at the Holiday Inn Express. River Street, Savannah’s famed squares and restaurants are convenient and within walking distance. The cost includes the bus; three-nights accommodations, including buffet breakfast; a one-day tour of Savannah and a one-day tour of downtown Charleston. To reserve your spot and get pricing information, call Gen at 352-873-3377, or Janet at 352-237-2309.

Friday, May 9

Hawaiian Luau planned

The Kingdom of the Sun (KOS) Chapter of the Military Officers Assoication of America will hold a traditional “Hawaiian Luau” on Friday, May 9, at Palm Grove at Oak Run, Royal Oaks Golf Club. A buffet dinner will be provided; and the Sala’s South Seas Revue and Show will be the main feature of the evening.
The music for dancing will be provided by a DJ. You are asked to dress in your best Hawaiian outfit.
The cost is $30 per person, and the proceeds will support the annual “Stuff-the Bus” program for Marion County.
For more information and reservations, please contact Suzanne or Bud Smith at 352-620-0340 or suzannesmith2@cox.net. Please submit your reservations by April 15.

Saturday, May 10

Health Fair scheduled

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County invites Marion County residents and visitors to the Passport to Health community health fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Florida Department of Health in Marion County, 1801 SE 32nd Ave., Ocala. Admission is free.
More than 40 health and community support agencies will provide information and activities at the health fair, in addition to health department activities and services, including:
Blood pressure, glucose, vision and hearing screening
Fun walk
Childhood immunizations
Prize drawings and games
Rapid HIV tests
Clowns and face painting
Activities for children and displays of fire, rescue and emergency management equipment will make the event enjoyable for people of all ages.
For information on the Passport to Health community health fair call the Department at 352-629-0137.
The Department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

Tuesday, May 13

Mac users to meet

Ocala Macintosh User Group will meet on Tuesday, May 13, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Bob Adams will be demonstrating how to use GarageBand to create our own music. His presentation will be followed by Tech Tips, Q & A’s, and the monthly raffle. Meetings are held in the St. George Anglican Cathedral Parish Hall, 5646 SE 28th St., Ocala. Visitors are always welcome. Check out our website at http://ocalamug.org to learn more about the group.