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Upcoming events week of 02-07-2014

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Friday, Feb. 7

Temple’s rummage sale

Temple B’nai Darom, 49 Banyan Course, Ocala is holding a rummage sale on Friday, Feb. 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Items for sale will include clothing, household items, bric a brac, games, etc. Clothing and books will be sold by the bagfull at bargain prices.
For information call Shelly at 352-694-3655.

Three-day coin show

The Ocala Coin Club presents its 70th anniversary annual coin show on Feb. 7, 8 and 9 at the On Top of the World Cultural Center, 8395 SW 80th St., Ocala. Hours are Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There will be U.S. and foreign coins, paper money, supplies, jewelry, artifacts, scrap gold, ancient coins and much more. There will be free appraisals, buying and selling. There will be 65 dealers on site.
Admission and parking are free, there will be free door prizes and a raffle for U.S. gold and silver coins.
For information call 352-748-5225.

Stroke, Diabetes, heart disease

Stroke screening is coming. Preventive health screenings can detect your risk for serious disease. Early detection is Key to prevention. Sponsored by Munroe Regional Medical Center. Pre-registration is required. It starts at 9 a.m..
To register for your appointment and to receive a special $10 discount, please call 1-888-653-6450 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners.
Christ’s Church of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala. Call 352-861-6182 or visit http://www.ccomc.org/.

Saturday, Feb. 8

Annual chili dinner

Sister Concepta, who manages Brother Keeper’s soup Kitchen in Ocala, is sponsoring the 7th annual Chili Supper on Feb. 8 at Blessed Trinity Church. Funds are used for repairs to the Mother House in Uganda.
The dinner will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children. There will be red chili or white chili plus salad and drink.
The event will be at Blessed Trinity Parish Hall, 5 SE 17th St.
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Yard sale at Countryside

Fifth annual Yard Sale in Founder’s Hall at Countryside Presbyterian Church,
7768 SW Hwy 200, Ocala will take place on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
White Elephant, Linen, Clothing, Jewelry, Homemade Bake Sale, Tools, Toys,
Small Furniture, Holiday Decorations, Books, Videos, C.D.’s and much more.
For further information, call the church at 352-237-4633.

Breakfast at Ocala West

Ocala West United Methodist Church will hold a community wide breakfast sponsored by the Men’s Club on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., all you care to eat for $5.
The church is at 9330 S.W. 105th St., Ocala.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

Barbershop Chorus gathering

The Ocala Harmony Barbershop Chorus invites ladies to a Valentine social. Potential a capella singers (bass, baritone, tenor and lead) will celebrate with current members at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
Enjoy refreshments, decorations and a short performance.
Please RSVP to Lynnie at 352-591-4811 to get location and more information.

Mac users to meet

Ocala Macintosh User Group will meet Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the St. George Anglican Cathedral Parish Hall, 5646 SE 28th St., Ocala.
The main topic for this month’s meeting will be Mac Spreadsheets given by Bob Adams. Bob’s presentation will be followed by Tech Tips, Q & A’s, and the monthly raffle. Visitors are always welcome. Check out our website at http://ocalamug.org to learn more about the group.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Hospice Thrift Store Shop Hop

Hop on the bus and visit all five Hospice of Marion County Thrift Stores on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Discover bargains in furniture, housewares, clothing and gifts. $25 registration fee includes transportation and a buffet lunch.
Pick-ups take place at Spanish Springs Station in The Villages at 9:15 a.m. or at Six Gun Plaza at 9:45 a.m. Register by calling 352-438-1138 or visit www.RCSbustours.com.
Proceeds from Thrift Store sales support patient care, community grief services, children’s programs and complementary services with pets, art and music. HMC is the county’s not-for-profit hospice, providing excellent end-of-life home care for our community since 1983.

Scandinavian Club of Marion County

The Scandinavian Club of Marion County invites people of Danish, Finish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish decent to join us at our next meeting Feb. 15 at 11:30 a.m. at the Ocala Hilton, 3600 SW 36th Ave. in Ocala. The menu will be salmon or herbed chicken breast with roasted potatoes, vegetables, salad, coffee and dessert. The cost is $16 per person. Entertainment Honey’s School of Dance. Reservations and payment must be made in advance. Payment must be received by Wednesday the 12th of February. Checks to be made out to Jim Neate and mailed to Jim Neate 643-A Midway DR. Ocala, FL 34472.Please note if you want fish or chicken. For further details call Jim Neate 352 687-1580, Don Clauson 352 861-1235 or Terry Rasmussen 352 347-8362.

World Has Talent auditions

The Circle Square Cultural Center will hold auditions on Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the 5th annual “The World Has Talent” 55+ talent show. Auditions are open to individuals, duets, and groups and registration is on a first come, first served basis with no entry fee.
Talented line dancers, magicians, comedians, story tellers, dancers, acrobats, singers and other amateur performers are encouraged to audition. Each performance will be allotted a 5-minute window to catch the interest of the judges and to secure a spot in the talent show. The top 10 finalists from the auditions will participate in “The World Has Talent” show on Saturday, May 5, at the Circle Square Cultural Center. Contestants will compete for the grand prize of $500, second prize of $250 and third prize of $150.
Auditions will be held on Feb. 12 at the Circle Square Cultural Center located at 8395 SW 80th St., Ocala. For information visit www.CSCulturalCenter.com or call 352-854-3670.

Thursday, Feb. 13

Barbershoppers offer musical valentines

Tell your loved ones you care with a song this Valentine’s Day. The Big Sun Chorus of the Barbershop Harmony Society will offer singing Valentines this year to benefit Youth in Harmony, a musical education program for young men.
Call to arrange for the Barbershop Quartet to sing to your loved one – male or female – and present gifts of love. Call Daniele Cupid, 352-804-7464 for pricing and scheduling on Feb. 13 and 14.

AARP Driver program offered

Each month motorists are offered the opportunity to take the AARP Driver Safety course at the Marion County Sheriff’s Substation office.
The program is a six-hour long - two sessions of three- hours each – refresher course designed especially for ages 50 and older. Younger people are invited to take the course too. The course is offered the second Thursday and Friday for every month.
The course offer practical tips in compensating for the normal changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. Safe driving practices and continued personal mobility is emphasized during the session. Most participants benefit from a discount on their insurance after completing the course.
Call Joe Briggs, area instructor at 325-237-2971 and representative for further information.
The substation is located 9048 SW State Road 200, Ocala.

Friday, Feb. 14

Friday Forum features editor

Brad Rogers, editorial page editor of the Ocala Star Banner, will address the role of the newspaper in today’s world at the Friday Forum on Feb. 14.
Join the Friday Forum’s community conversation with Brad Rogers at Buffet City, corner of State Road 200 and MLK Jr. Boulevard from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Peter, the manager of Buffet City, hesitated to guarantee a room for us since he fills the restaurant on Valentine’s Day. Thus we must indicate the number of people expected in order to determine which of the rooms he will reserve for us. Please RSVP to FridayForumofMarionCounty@gmail.com or telephone Delphine Herbert at 352-873-9970 or Jan Linx at 352-425-6219 no later than Feb. 12. Charge payable directly to the restaurant for this date only is $11 for Friday Forum participants. The general public will pay $14 all day.

Saturday, Feb. 15

Valentine Day Dance at St. Jude

St. Jude Marion Oaks Knights of Columbus Council 15644 are having their first Valentine’s Day Dance on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the St. Jude Catholic Community Parish Hall, 443 Marion Oaks Drive in Marion Oaks. There will be music, hors d’oeuvres and dancing. Seating is limited. Tickets are $10 per person and are available after the Sunday Masses or by calling Ron at 352-861-1373, Joe at 352-307-3848 or Ed at 352-861-6720. Join us for a night of fun and dancing with your sweetheart.

Memoir workshop by Patricia Charpentier

You don’t have to be a writer to write your life story. On Saturday, Feb. 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Freedom Writers Group of the Florida Writers Association presents a memoir workshop by guest speaker Patricia Charpentier, author of the multi-award winning book, Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time. Write Your Life Story introduces some of the many approaches to writing personal and family history and gives tips on how to get started. Patricia uses everyday language, humor, and real-life examples in discussing how to organize your material, gather story ideas, and other topics related to writing the story of the one and only you.
Seating will be on first-come basis.

Sunday, Feb. 16

Jazz Society to play

The Ocala Jazz Society will be performing on Sunday, Feb. 16 from 2 to 5 p.m. at VFW Post 4781 across from Oak Run. The band performs on the third Sunday of each month. They play a variety of music including Jazz, Big Band, Dixieland and songs from the past. $3 admission for Hospice. For info: 352—237-0234.

Monday, Feb. 17

Legion Post to meet

The Ralph J Green American Legion Post 354 will hold its monthly meeting on Monday Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. in the community room of the Sheriff’s Brian Litz Building, 9048 SW State Road 200. Try to arrive early to enjoy light refreshments and comradeship with fellow veterans. For more information, telephone Commander Jerry Cassatt at 352-322-5966.

Tuesday, Feb. 18

Cancer education, support group

A new education and support group for cancer patients, family and friends will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 1:30 p.m. in the West Marion Medical Plaza Conference Room, located at 4600 SW 46th Court in Ocala.
The support group will meet on the third Tuesday of each month, facilitated by a team of cancer care professionals including oncology social workers, oncology patient care navigator and genetic counselor.
Discussion topics will cover pain and fatigue; sexuality and intimacy; coping skills; fear of recurrence; diet, nutrition and exercise; resource help and managing disabilities; life after treatment; and hereditary risk factors; among others.
For more information or to reserve a seat, call 800-530-1188.

Thursday, Feb. 20

Air Force group to meet

The Red Tail Memorial Chapter 136 of the Air Force Association will hold its February meeting on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Ocala International Airport Administration Building, 750 SW 60th Ave., Ocala.
Our guest speaker will be Matt Feehan from Morgan Stanley Smith Barnery.
We will also finalize chapter plans for the upcoming AFA State Winter Meeting and AFA AFJROTC State Drill Meet.
Everyone is welcome.

Tribute Quartet at College Road church

The Tribute Quartet will be in concert on Thursday, Feb. 20 at College Road Baptist Church in Ocala. Voted 2008 Horizon Group of the Year and SGN’s 2008 Breakthrough Artist of the Year, this group presents Southern Gospel music at its finest.
The concert begins at 7 p.m. and a $10 donation is requested at the door. College Road Baptist Church is located ¾ mile south of I-75 at 5010 SW College Road. Call 352-237-5741 for more information.

Spelling bee scheduled

Spellers take your mark because the Marion County Spelling Bee takes place Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Browne Greaton Cole Auditorium at Marion Technical Institute (MTI) at 6 p.m.
MTI is at 1614 E. Fort King St. in Ocala. Admission is free and open to the public.
This year’s competition draws 27 middle school students from all 10 public and one private local middle school.
The local winner and runner-up advance to the 55th annual regional spelling bee in Orlando on March 26, sponsored by the Orlando Sentinel.
Both the district and regional bees are preliminary rounds to reach this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
The Woman’s Club of Ocala returns as the major sponsor of this year’s district event.
For more information, contact Sandy Wilson at 352-236-0580 or Sandra.Wilson@marion.k12.fl.us. Additional information is available at www.spellingbee.com.

Friday, Feb. 21

The Circle of French Friends

Le Cercle Des Amis Français meets on the third Friday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon at Marion County Sheriff’s Office Community Conference Room located at 9048 Highway 200, about ¼ mile from Walmart.

Saturday, Feb. 22

Cattle drive, cowboy roundup

The Rotary Club and City of Ocala are teaming up again to present the second annual Cracker Cattle Drive and Cowboy Round up. This family-friendly event takes place on Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The event begins with a cattle drive which starts on Southeast 1st Avenue. Several viewing locations are set up along the route, which can be found at www.ocalafl.org/cowboy. The Cattle Drive will end at the Tuscawilla Park, 701 N.E. Sanchez Ave., where the fun will continue. Activities include games, musical entertainment, dancing, “cracker food”, and a “beer watering hole”.
Proceeds from the event will go to raise funds for the Ocala Discovery Center. For more information, contact the Discovery Center at 352-401-3900.

Ocala 200 Lions seek vendors

The Ocala 200 Lions Club is having a yard sale on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Friendship Plaza, in front of the Bank of the Ozarks on State Road 200
The sale will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Space rental is $15 and you must provide your own table and setup. Hot dogs will be available for purchase and diabetic screening will be offered to the public.
For more information and reservations, call Lion Bob Melnick at 352-861-2730 or Lion Ralph Mills at 352-427-1217.

Sunday Feb. 23

Marion Chamber Music Society Concert

The English brought us select tea, fine china, and ...s ome of the most opulent melodies in all of European music literature. English music is sonorous, harmonically elegant and refined. For our next free Marion Chamber Music concert we will feature Violist Helen Kirklin and pianist Roberta Swedien, who will feature a bouquet of English music for viola and piano Sunday Feb. 23 at Queen of Peace Church, 6455 SW Hwy. 200, Ocala. The concert includes works by Rebecca Clarke, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Frank Bridge, and the world premiere of Sonata for Viola and Piano by Arthur Maud. Helen and Roberta have previously performed for us to standing ovations. 352-867-1340.

Tuesday, Feb. 25

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 Feb. 25 will be a Brain Booster/Brain Teaser presentation by Cammy Dennis, Fitness Director at On Top Of The World. Cammy always has a fun and interesting presentation and activity that keeps our group stimulated. Come and enjoy her talk.

Thursday, Feb. 27

Preview Night at college

The College of Central Florida invites students, parents and community members to 2014 Preview Night Thursday, Feb. 27. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Ewers Century Center at the Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.
The college will showcase the many career and educational opportunities it offers with exhibits and workshops on dual enrollment, admissions and financial aid, workforce and certificate programs, teacher education opportunities, and advanced degrees including CF’s baccalaureate programs. Visit one or several information sessions.
“Preview Night provides an opportunity for our community to see what options are available at CF,” said Teri Little-Berry, director of Admissions and Records.
For information about the free event, call Randolph Bellamy at 352-854-2322, ext. 1543. To learn more about CF, visit www.CF.edu.

Friday, Feb. 28

Three-day band performances

The Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band, under the direction of Les Muncaster, announces special performances featuring jazz trombonist, Harry Watters: “Jazz It Up with Harry (and Friends)” on Friday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.; and “T is for Trombone” on Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, March 2 at 3:00 p.m. with Harry and the concert band. On Saturday and Sunday, musical selections include: “Flight of the Bumblebee,” “Embraceable You,” “Music from The Incredibles,” “Red’s White & Blue March,” written by Red Skelton, “The Mission,” “Hosts of Freedom” and more. All performances are at the Marion Technical Institute, 1614 SE Fort King St., Ocala, and are free and open to the public. For more information, call 352-624-9291 or visit our website at http://kingdomofthesunband.org.

Sunday, March 2

German American Club party

The German American Club of Marion County will hold its annual Fasching Party on Sunday, March 2, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the Marion Oaks Community Center. Wear a costume, bring beads and enjoy music by Alpine Express! Bring your own snacks and beverages. Tickets are $15 per member or $18 per non-member. For tickets, call Barb Hartmann at 352-751-4207.

Singers at First Congregational

On Sunday afternoon, March 2 at 3 p.m., the Dunnellon Concert Singers (a group of four very talented musicians) will present a program of popular songs from the 1920s to the 1960s, commonly known as the era of the “Great American Songbook.” Admission is free but a love offering will be received. All are invited to attend and enjoy this entertaining musical program.
The church is at 7171 SW State Road 200. Phone is 352-237-3035.

Saturday, March 8

Palm Cay garage sale

The Palm Cay Community on State Road 200 will be holding its community wide garage sales on March 8 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All are invited.
Upon entering the community, visitors will receive a map of the community showing residents who are hosting a sale.
Visitors can also enjoy a hot dog luncheon from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clubhouse along with coffee and breakfast rolls from 8 to 10 a.m.

St. Patrick’s day 5K run/walk

United Way of Marion County’s high school youth program is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day 5K run/walk on Saturday, March 8, at 8 a.m. starting and ending at downtown square to benefit the United Way.
Entry fee is $20 before Monday, March 3 and $25 afterward. Race forms can be downloaded at www.uwmc.org or participants can register at Active.com.
Sponsorships are still available. For more information, call Katrina Ganzler at 352-732-9696.

Southern Express Big Band

The Southern Express 18-piece Big Band will be performing a fund-raising concert for First Congregational Church (7171 SW State Road 200) on Saturday, March 8 from 6-8 p.m.; refreshments provided by First Watch Cafe. Tickets will be available at the door for a donation of $10, or may reserved in advance by calling the church office at 352-237-3035 (Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.), or Dave at 352-598-6272. Please leave your name, contact information and number of tickets needed.