Wednesday, March 2
Tech seminar at local college
The College of Central Florida will host a seminar on technology trends for 2016 Wednesday, March 2, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Ewers Century Center at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.
The guest speaker is Corinne Hoisington, professor of Information Systems Technology at Central Virginia Community College.
“It is predicted that 50 to 100 billion things will be electronically connected by 2020,” said Hoisington. “With all the objects in the world connected, classrooms and our everyday lives will be transformed. It is important for people to learn how to protect themselves from new threats such as drone snooping and financial attacks.”
The seminar is part of CF Associate Professor of Computer Information Debbie Town’s Attie G. Branan Memorial Endowed Chair grant project. The CF Foundation awarded the grant to Towns to increase student success through enhanced computer applications workshops and to educate the community on hot technology topics and personal security.
To learn about the College of Central Florida visit www.CF.edu.
Friday, March 4
Retired public employees to meet
The Retired Public Employees Association (RPEA) membership meeting will take place on Friday, March 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a new location, the Palm Grove Center (adjacent to Royal Oaks Golf Club in Oak Run), 6951 SW 115th Road in Ocala.
The cost is $17 per person which includes lunch.
Reservations are due now. For more information call Marilyn or George Clark at 352-509-4570. New members are always welcome.
Saturday, March 5
Gospel group at First Christian
First Christian Church, 1908 E. Fort King St., Ocala, presents a free concert on Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m.
The “Weaver Believer Survival Revival” Gospel group will appear. A good will offering will be collected.
Any questions, please contact Linda Schultz 352-867-7202.
Two-day outdoor expo
On March 5 and 6, the second annual Ocala Outdoor Expo will take place at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion in Ocala. Don’t miss out on seeing almost every outdoor sport being represented in one place, all the new products and techniques for all to see.
For the $6 price of admission for adults 16 and older (kids are free) you will have the opportunity to listen to seminars given by TV’s favorite couple Ralph & Vicki Cianciarulo of Archer’s Choice and a host of local fishing & hunting experts. There will also be a Kids Zone as well as lots of good food its a great place to bring the family.
All the proceeds go to Brothers Keeper who has been feeding, clothing, housing and caring for the poor of Marion County for over 75 years.
Spruce Creek North craft fair
The Spruce Creek North Spring Fling Craft Fair will take place on Saturday, March 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 11040 SW 64th Ave., Ocala.
There will be local crafters and lots of special craft items. Food will be available for purchase. There will be music as part of this fun-filled day. The event is open to the public.
For information call Sharon Brown at 362-4224.
Monday, March 7
‘Racial Taboo’ to be shown
The Bridges Project of Ocala/Marion County and CF’s Humanities and Social Sciences Department invite you to see how communities elsewhere have begun to break the chains of racism through education, dialogue and genuine interracial friendships. A one hour film called “Racial Taboo” followed by small group discussions will take place at CF’s Ewers Center Monday, March 7 from 7 - 9 p.m.
Free and open to everyone “Racial Taboo” is shown only to integrated audiences. A lesson in American history leavened by comedy and candor, the film is intended to be a prelude to ongoing civil conversations among those who want to work toward building a community of love and understanding in which people actually talk with one another, becoming friends and getting to know one another rather than only engaging when a crisis arises.
Brian Grimm, the writer/director, will be in town to co-host the discussion afterward along with Rev. Peggy Hostetler, vice chair of the Bridges Project, and Oscar Goolsby, first black member of the Marion County Historical Commission.
Friday, March 11
Civic Chorale offers scholarship
The Marion Civic Chorale is offering the Grat L. Rosazza Scholarship to an area student with musical talent. The $500 scholarship is open to high school and college students who are continuing their education in vocal music, music education or musical theater. Previous recipients are not eligible. The winner will perform with the chorale during one of the Spring Concerts in May, at which time the scholarship will be awarded. Application deadline is March 11.
For further information and/or to apply, visit our website at marioncivicchorale.tripod.com or contact Judy Crooks at 352-812-0666 or email Jillvw50@gmail.com.
Fish fry fundraiser
A fish fry fundraiser will take place at the Ocala Masonic Scottish Rite Center, 3632 NE 7th St., Ocala on Friday, March 11 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
Cost is $8 per person. For information, call Ralph at 694-3579.
Golf tourney benefits theatre
The 25th annual golf tournament to benefit Ocala Civic Theatre returns on Friday, March 11.
The tournament will be held at Ocala Golf Club at 3130 East Silver Springs Boulevard. Registration begins at 11 a.m. A deli lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The tournament begins with a 1 p.m. shotgun start.
The cost is $85 per player, which includes lunch, on-course water and sodas, free range balls, greens fees, a cart, and goodie bags. There also will be a silent auction, 50/50, $5,000 Nike putting challenge, pot of gold closest-to-the-pin challenge, and more than 50 on-course and door prizes, with awards immediately following the tournament.
Men and women are both welcome to play. No professionals will be allowed. Players may create their own foursome, or the Theatre will be happy to assist.
There are opportunities to contribute as a corporate, scorecard, hole, raffle, or door prize sponsor. Sponsors will be recognized at the tournament, and a sponsor listing also will be displayed in the Theatre lobby during the run of The Fox on the Fairway and Quartet from March 24 through April 17. Ford/Lincoln of Ocala will sponsor the Hole-In-One prizes. Sponsors who donate $100 or more will receive a certificate for future play at Ocala Golf Club. For more information or to become a sponsor, please contact Mary Britt at (352) 236-2851, ext. 104.
Saturday, March 12
Lions hold yard sale
The Ocala 200 Lions Club is having a community yard sale on Saturday, March 12 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bank of the Ozarks, State Road 200 in the Friendship Plaza. Numerous vendors will be on hand, and all the proceeds from the Lions’ Booth will be given back to charity. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.
The Landing Lites Pops Concert
Note: An incorrect admission fee was published last week. Admission is $5.
The Landing Lites, resident chorus at Marion Landing, SW 65th Avenue Road (across from Queen of Peace R.C. Church), will present their annual Pops Concert on Saturday, March 12, at 7 p.m. at the Marion Landing Clubhouse.
Their program includes 11 popular numbers from Broadway, Movies, and the Great American Songbook--including favorites such as “The Impossible Dream;” “Swingin’ with the Gershwins,” a five-minute romp through six classics; John Lennon’s “Imagine;” a 7 minute minute medley of Lerner and Lowe’s hit musical “My Fair Lady;” “Let Me Entertain You” from Gypsy; “Memory” from Cats; and “An American Celebration,” featuring six of our country’s most celebrated songs.
Topping all of these hits are three outstanding soloists: Multi-talented, pianist and arranger, Bob Cubbage will play four numbers, assisted by Dean Millward on String Bass. Soprano soloist, Mary Mahoney, will perform in her own sensational style, four numbers. Both Bob and Mary are key members of the Dunnelon Concert Singers. Tickets for this program are $5 and may be purchased at the door. For more information, contact Floyd Hickman at 352-873-7826.
Palm Cay Garage Sale
The Palm Cay Community’s annual garage sale will take place on March 12 beginning at 8 a.m. Lunch of Hot dogs and Italian sausage will begin at 10 for our hungry shoppers.
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Thursday, March 17
Genealogical Society meeting
The Marion County Genealogical Society will meet on Thursday, March 17 at 2 p.m. A brief business meeting will be followed by our program, “Family Tree Maker has been Rescued -- Do you Still Want to Change Your Software?” presented by Judy Wright.
For further information, contact Judy Wright at (352) 897-0840, MarionGenealogy@gmail.com, or http://MarionGenealogy.tripod.com.
Saturday, March 19
Marion Landing Community Yard Sale
The annual Marion Landing Community Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, March 19, from 8 a.m. to noon in the Lifestyle Center parking lot. There will be more than 40 tables set up with items for sale. The Lifestyle Center is located on SW 65th Avenue Road, just off SR 200 across from Queen of Peace church. The Yard Sale is free and open to the public.
United Way hosts 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 19, at 8 a.m. starting and ending at the Ocala downtown square to benefit the United Way.
Entry fee is $20 before Monday, March 14 and $25 afterward. Race forms can be downloaded at www.uwmc.org or participants can register at Active.com.
For more information, call Tina Banner at 352-732-9696.
Saturday, March 26
Fancy Nancy at Civic Theatre
It’s “Fancy Nancy Day” at the Ocala Civic Theatre Education Department open house on Saturday, March 26 from noon to 2 p.m.
This free event is themed to the delightful Fancy Nancy series of books by Jane O’Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. Actors dressed as characters from the books will be in attendance, with plenty of fun photo opportunities. There will be a fancy costume contest at 1 p.m., as well as a cookie-decorating contest, both judged by the Fancy Nancy characters – with great prizes for the winners. There also will be a tea party, arts and crafts activities, a raffle with more terrific prizes, and theatre games inspired by the next round of after-school classes. Staff and volunteers will be available to answer questions and assist with registration for spring classes. And of course, Fancy Nancy herself will be there!
The Fancy Nancy series is currently charming thousands of local students with the Education Department’s tenth annual literacy tour, now through March 4. Each year, Ocala Civic Theatre chooses a children’s author whose works will be presented in dramatic form to elementary-school students. Touring performers visit local elementary schools to share the stories of this special author, promoting literacy through creative activities which incorporate dramatic arts, visual arts, and music.
Monday, March 28
Ocala Palms tournament to benefit First Tee
Golfers are invited to participate in the Ernie Read Golf Tournament and Cookout Monday, March 28 with a 12:30 shotgun start.
The $20 fee, excluding the cost of golf, covers the cost of the poolside cookout with a contribution to the tournament’s benefactor The First Tee of Marion County.
The cookout menu includes salads, hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, beer, wine and soda. Guests are invited. A sign-up sheet is posted at the cart barn of Ocala Palms.
Rich Mete will be on hand during Monday’s afternoon golf to collect money or fees can be dropped off at the pro shop.
Deadline for payment is March 16. Prizes will be awarded to the both a man and woman for a low-net score.
The First Tee of Marion County teaches youngsters character building and life-skill lessons through golfing. Those lessons focus on nine core values of honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.
Saturday, April 2
Knights of Columbus golf tourney
Queen of Peace Catholic Church is having its 7th annual Charity Golf Tournament hosted by the Knights of Columbus, Council 9649, at Stone Creek Golf Club on Saturday, April 2 (rain delay date is Saturday, April 9).
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Registration fee is $65 per person and includes complimentary morning coffee, golfers buffet lunch, and golf with cart. Par 3 Hole-in-One prizes include $10,000 or an iPad or 2 round trip airline tickets to any city in the continental U.S. During the event, there will be a putting contest, a longest drive challenge, and a closest to the pin challenge.
Proceeds will permit the Knights to continue their support of Marion County charities. For tournament details and registration form, contact Fred Roberts on or before March 21 at (352) 502-3093 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AAUW thinks chocolate
The holiday season is a great time of the year to think about chocolate. The American Association of University Women (AAUW)-Ocala Branch is planning a show “A Taste of Chocolate” for Saturday, April 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Webber Conference Center, College of Central Florida, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala.
Currently, the AAUW, is seeking participants that will make this show a success. They are looking for chocolatiers, restaurateurs, and caterers that would be interested in sharing their chocolate creations to be judged by well-known local chefs. Participants may choose one of three categories for which they would enter their creation: appetizer, entrée or dessert. Each participant would pay an entrance fee of $25.
The profits from this event would go to an AAUW Endowed Scholarship Fund for women of all ages attending the College of Central Florida.
This event is expecting at least 300 persons from the community. Openings for participants are limited so it is important to contact Aldea Savva, Chairperson at 352-789-6643 or AAUWATaste of Chocolate@gmail.com soon for an application. Applications must be completed by March 2.