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By The Staff

Friday, Aug. 13

VFW Fish Fry (all you can eat)

Angela Santos VFW Post 4781 has an all-you-can-eat fish fry this evening from 4-6 p.m. for $6.50. Served with cole slaw, fries, hush puppies. Baked chicken is available for those who don’t eat fish. Beverages are available for purchase. Fish fries are open to the community.

Fish fries are on the second and fourth Friday every month. The Post is on Southwest 110th Street, across State Road from the main entrance to Oak Run.

Shabbat Experience scheduled

Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala presents a Shabbat Experience on Friday August 13, at 6 p.m. at the Collins Medical Resource Center, 9401 State Road 200, Building 300, in Ocala. The program will feature Jennifer Singer, Educational Director of Congregation Kol HaNeshama (Reconstructionist) in Sarasota who will lead in joyous song and worship. Her daughter, Sarah, will enhance the service with her beautiful soprano voice. A traditional, catered Shabbat meal will be served. Special Shabbat songs and blessings will follow after the meal. Regular Shabbat services will take place at 8pm. The cost for the meal is $18 per person. Contact Estelle at 352-237-8277 for reservations by Aug. 6.

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

Saturday, Aug. 14

Flea market at St. Jude

The annual flea market will take place at St. Jude Catholic Community at 443 Marion Oaks Drive in Marion Oaks between the hours of 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14. Items for sale include clothing, household goods, etc. Tables to sell your own merchandise are available at $20 each. Food is also being sold. For more information please contact Blanca at 352-307-4028.

VFW breakfast open to community

Breakfast is served every Saturday from 8-10 a.m. at the Angela Santos VFW Post. Coffee, juice, eggs, potatoes, biscuits with gravy, toast, pancakes, bacon or sausage for great prices.

The Post is on Southwest 110th Street, across State Road 200 from the main entrance to Oak Run.

Jimmy Beaumont, Skyliners to perform

Jimmy Beaumont and The Skyliners recorded one of the all-time greatest hit songs of rock and roll, “Since I Don’t Have You,” in 1958. Throughout more than five decades of popularity, this golden masterpiece has been recorded by other nationally known artists with their own arrangements. Today, members Donna Groom, Nick Pociask, Dick Muse, Mark Groom and legendary leader Jimmy Beaumont, continue to thrill audiences in the United States and Canada!

Don’t miss this incredible night of music and nostalgia on Saturday, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Circle Square Cultural Center at 8395 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. For more information visit: www.CSCulturalCenter.com, or call 352-854-3670.

Sunday, Aug. 15

Jazz Society jams at Pine Run

The Ocala Jazz Society jams on Sunday, Aug. 15, at Pine Run Estates on Southwest State Road200 from 2-5 p.m. Ask the guard for directions to Clubhouse 2. There will be great music, and dancing is encouraged.

A $2 donation benefits Hospice in memory of Bea Wilson, founder. For further information call Dennis at 352-746-5694. Musicians are welcome to sit in.

Monday, Aug. 16

Legion to hold meeting

The Ralph J.Green American Legion Post 354 will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Aug. 16, at 1 p.m. in the community room of the Sheriff''s Brian Litz Building, 9048 S.W. State Road 200.

The group will celebrate the 20th anniversary of obtaining its charter and will honor the past commanders and charter members. For further information, telephone Commander Fred Pulis at 352-854-9976.

Tuesday, Aug. 17

Class examines Civil War factors

Want to learn more about the importance of everything from Harper’s Ferry to Dred Scott to the Missouri Compromise that laid the groundwork for The Civil War? Then Prelude to The Civil War is a can’t-miss class offered 3 p.m. Aug. 17 by Master the Possibilities, the education arm of On Top of the World Communities, the award-winning master planned community.

Offered at Master the Possibilities’ campus at 8415 S.W. 80th St., the one-hour lecture will discuss factors leading up to the Civil War. It covers the period 1776-1861 with an emphasis on the North’s industrialization through the use of free men, and the South’s reliance on slave labor to maintain an agrarian culture.

Prelude to The Civil War is being taught by attorney Gerald R. Colen, a lifelong devotee of Civil War history who has researched and lectured extensively about the conflict for nearly a quarter century. Colen has assembled a vast personal library of Civil War books, correspondence and documents, and has visited all major battlefields of the war, as well as many minor-battle sites.

This class is free and open to the public. Registration is available online 24-hours-a-day at MasterthePossibilities.com or by calling 352-854-3699.

Wednesday, Aug. 18

Native Plant Society to meet

Our first fall meeting will be on Aug. 18 at 6:30 pm at the Marion County Extension Office in the new reception hall. Address is 2232 N.E. Jacksonville Road (Yes, the road is still torn up. Our apologies. Don't let it keep you away.)

Our speaker will be Alfonso Dominguez, Landscape Designer and Consultant with Nature Knows Best. He will teach us about his experiences in using native plants in the home landscape. Alfonso is a very experienced designer and gardener with a flair for very showy landscapes. Our gardens will benefit from his visit.

Need info-352-625-0050, or352-286-8355,

Saturday, Aug. 21

Garage Sale in Marion Oaks

The Marion Oaks Assembly of God church, 13977 S.W. 32nd Terrace Road in the Marion Oaks community, will have a garage sale which opens at 8 a.m. and will go until 2 p.m. There will be a little bit of everything and you are sure to find something you didn’t know you needed! Directions to the church: Enter Marion Oaks at the waterfall entrance on Marion Oaks Boulevard. Make a left at the Qwik King on to Marion Oaks Drive and then make your third right. The church is on the left. For more information, call the church office between 9 a.m. – noon at 352-347-3001.

Sunday, Aug. 22

Lutheran church greets new members

There will be a reception of new members of Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church in Citrus Springs on Aug. 22. If you are looking for a church home or are new to the area, please contact Pastor Lynn Fonfara.

The church is at 9425 N. Citrus Springs Blvd. in Citrus Springs. The phone number is 352-489-5511.

There will be a reception in Luther Hall following the worship service.

Thursday, Aug. 26

SW Democrats to meet

All interested residents in the southwest area are invited to participate in a discussion of the role of the Florida Legislature when an informal group of Southwest Democrats gather at the Freedom Library on Thursday, August 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. Area candidates running for state office are also invited.

Among the topics for discussion will be both long term and more immediate solutions to job creation, modernization of Florida’s power and transportation grids , clean energy initiatives and education for the global economy.

For more information, contact Sheila Feldman (shkays@yahoo.com, 352-307-6120),

Jan Lentz(JanisL55@yahoo.com, 352-237-7881) or Delphine Herbert (delphine.herbert@gmail.com, 352-873-9970).

Friday, Aug. 27

Crossroads presents movie

Friday Night at the Movies, presented by Crossroads Community Church (8070 S.W. 60th Ave.) Missions Board, will feature “Facing the Giants” at 7 p.m.

Refreshments will be sold. The event is open to the public.

Thursday, Sept. 23

Candidates’ forum planned

The GFWC Woman's Club of Ocala will sponsor a Candidates Night Open Forum on Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Marion County Public Library Headquarters, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Meeting Room C. Candidates for the Marion County Board of Commissioners, the Marion County School Board, the Florida Senate and the Florida House of Representatives will participate. Judy Johnson will moderate. The event is open to the public. For information call 352-629-7397.