Thursday, Sept. 22
Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support
Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group will meet on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to noon at Summerfield Suites Assisted Living Facility, 17421 SE 109th Terrace Road, Summerfield. Onsite respite care available. Call 352-873-7400, ext. 1201 to RSVP.
Friends 3-Day book sale
The Friends of Freedom Public Library will hold their 3-day fall book sale on Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 22-24. Sale begins with the doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. on Thursday, 6 p.m. on Friday, and 2 p.m. on Saturday. Great bargains at terrific prices. Don’t miss it! Join them at the library at 5870 SW 95th St., Ocala.
Sunday, Sept. 25
German American Club
The German American Club of Marion County will hold an Oktoberfest on Sunday, Sept. 25, at noon at Marion Oaks Community Center. A bratwurst dinner will be served at 1 p.m. Please bring your own beverage. Music will be provided by Alpine Express. Lederhosen, dirndle or dressy casual attire is requested. Tickets are $18 per member or $23 per non-member and may be purchased by calling Barb Hartmann at 352-751-4207.
Monday, Sept. 26
Retired nurses to meet
The RNR (Registered Nurses Retired) organization of Citrus /Marion Counties will have their next meeting on Monday, Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. at West Marion Medical Bldg., 4600 SW 46th Court (across from Race Trac gas station on State Road 200, room 240. We invite all retired and semi-retired RNs who have an interest in informative medical topic speakers and also the company of fellow nurses to consider joining us.
Our speaker will be Dr. Anderson, Radiation Oncologist. For more information and reservations call Linda (Marion County) at 786-877-3563 or Joan (Citrus County) at 352-527-1570 before Sept. 20.
Forty and Eight to meet
The 40/8 will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. on the second floor of the Bank of the Ozarks building at the entrance of the Top of the World on State Road 200. Come early to enjoy light refreshments with fellow veterans. Interested vets are always welcome. Remember to bring household supplies for the Fisher House in Gainesville. For further information, telephone Jerry 352-322-5966.
Tea Party meeting
The Tea Party will be hosting David Ellspermann, seeking re-election for Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller, who will speak and take questions on Monday, Sept. 26,, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Marion Oaks Community Center, Bldg. A, 294 Marion Oak Lane. His challenger, Cynthia Moody, will speak the following week.
The public is encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.
Wednesday, Sept. 28
CF to host student arts fair
The College of Central Florida invites students, parents and community members to its Arts College Fair from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the Dassance Fine Arts Center Breezeway at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.
This free event is for area college and high school students who plan to pursue a degree or career in the visual and performing arts – studio, digital media, music, theatre or dance. Representatives from arts programs at CF and Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida State University, Stetson University, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of Miami, University of North Florida, and University of South Florida will be on hand.
“This really is a rare opportunity for students to speak in person with all of these colleges and universities at once,” Dr. Jennifer Fryns, CF dean of Arts and Education. “Students can come to CF first and then transfer or they may choose to go directly into these four-year degree programs.”
Students who plan to pursue a college degree in visual and performing arts must prepare themselves to gain admission to the state university programs by an audition or portfolio review.
The Arts College Fair will include workshops on the audition process, portfolio reviews, and art critiquing by CF faculty.
“The idea of the ‘starving artist’ is really a myth we’d like to see disappear,” said Fryns. “Bachelor’s degrees in fields such as music or art education, technical theatre or digital media all have excellent employment prospects in the central Florida region. I encourage high school students to come with a parent or caregiver and find out more information about the degrees and careers available in the arts.”
To learn more about CF, visit www.CF.edu.
Saturday, Oct. 1
Deceased vets to be honored
Marion County Veterans Council will conduct a Quarterly Memorial Ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Ocala-Marion County Veterans Memorial Park (2601 S.E. Fort King St., Ocala). Names of veterans who died during the last three months will be read.
For more information, contact Veterans Services at 352-671-8422.
Sholom Park Yoga
We will have our final session of the year at 9 a.m. promptly. Come early to settle in and absorb the beauty of the Peace Park.
For more information, call Ingrid at 854-7950.
Junior League 2-day gift market
The Junior League of Ocala will host the 21st annual Autumn Gift Market Saturday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online on the League’s website or at the door. The event will be at the Marion County Extension Auditorium, 2232 NE Jacksonville Road.
The Gift Market will feature more than 30 vendors offering a variety of items such as holiday wreaths, purses, jewelry, custom-made home décor, stationery, clothing and much more.
All proceeds from the Gift Market will benefit Junior League of Ocala’s signature project: the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department parks project. Junior League of Ocala has committed to raise funds to build playgrounds and pavilions around the city. It is the League’s hope that this will provide Ocala’s children and families with a safe and fun environment in which to spend time together.
For more information on the 21st annual Junior League of Ocala Autumn Gift Market, please contact Kristi VanVleet and Melissa Galloway, Co-Chairs of the 2016 Autumn Gift Market, at email@example.com or visit Junior League of Ocala’s website at www.juniorleagueofocala.com.
Palm Cay Craft Fair
On Oct. 1, Palm Cay will conduct it Craft Fair which is open to the public.
The fair will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clubhouse. There will be a baked good sale going on at the same time and also a quilt raffle. The kitchen will open from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. so visitors may buy hot dogs and drinks for lunch.
Sunday, Oct. 2
Organ, piano concert
Back by popular demand, the Marion Chamber Music Society presents Juilliard School of Music Doctoral candidate Patrick Kreeger in an organ and piano concert at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 6455 SW SR 200, Ocala at 3 p.m. The event is free. His playing is as phenomenal as his pedigree: Undergraduate studies at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, Masters degree from Yale, and now a Doctoral candidate at Juilliard. Featuring works by Beethoven, Bach and Mendelssohn. If you have not heard the magnificent pipe organ at Queen of Peace before, you will be amazed by Patrick’s playing on that instrument. Marion Chamber Music Society concerts: Always Exceptional, Always Free.
In concert, Ocala’s own Jimmy Strickland: “the man who worships God through song”. Travelling throughout the United States and Europe, he has appeared with the majority of celebrity Gospel Groups - The Gathers, The Oak Ridge Boys, Parnell Harris and many others - setting a high standard and dedication to Gospel Music. No tickets required, no admission change. A love offering will be received. 3 p.m.
Christ’s Church Of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St. (off SR 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182 or http://www.ccomc.org.
Thursday, Oct. 6
An Evening of Patsy Cline
A tribute performance for Patsy Cline to benefit Hospice of Marion County will take place at The Reilly Arts Center on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.
General admission is $30 (special donor tables are available; call 352-291-5143 to inquire).
For details and tickets go to www.hospiceofmarion.com/patsy.
Friday, Oct. 7
Ocala West barbecue, car show
Ocala West UMC Men’s Fellowship car show, family activities and chicken barbecue will be held in church parking lot next to the pavilion Friday, Oct. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m.. This was rescheduled to this date due to September storm.
Please join us for fun, food and music. The OWUMC Youth Group will be offering games and activities.
The Men’s Fellowship will be serving chicken barbecue to eat in or take out, prices: $7 for one-half chicken dinner with baked beans, coleslaw, and roll, $5 for ½ chicken barbecue only. A special family pricing of $16 will be offered for three children’s barbecue chicken dinners and $3 for each additional child. These are ¼ chicken barbecue with all the fixings.
Boy Scout Troop 707 sponsored by OWUMC will be selling hot dogs with chips and a drink for $4.
Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 SW 105th St., Ocala.
Saturday, Oct. 8
Blessing of animals at Joy
The annual blessing of the animals will take place at Joy Lutheran Church on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. pm in the Memorial Garden.
Pastor Roy Stackpole will conduct the service. The public is welcome to bring their dogs, cats, horses, sheep, birds, and etc. to receive the blessing. Owners must be able to control their pets.
For further information contact Margret Todd at 352-854-0291.
Joy Lutheran Church is at 7045 SW 83rd Place at SR 200, Ocala.
Church mega yard sale
The First Congregational Church annual mega yard sale is set for Saturday, Oct. 8 in the Enrichment Center, 7171 SW State Road 200. Doors open promptly at 8 a.m. and close at 1 p.m. There will be a huge selection of items including clothing, jewelry, handbags, dishes, glassware, cookware, linens, decorative pillows, bedding, small appliances, furniture, audio equipment, electronics, tools, Christmas items, and much more. For more information, contact Pam at 860-558-1010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breakfast at Ocala West
Ocala West UMC community wide breakfast prepared by the men’s fellowship will be held from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8 and is $6 for all you care to eat. Come join us in the friendly atmosphere of Stanfield Hall.
A varied selection awaits everyone: ham, sausage, scrambled eggs, French toast, waffles, pancakes, corned beef hash, biscuits and gravy, fruit cup, juice and coffee. Breakfast proceeds benefit the many charities supported by the OWUMC Men’s Fellowship.
Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 SW 105th St. Ocala.
Friday, Oct. 14
Bryan Popin in concert
“I feel the need to be transparent and connect with people on a heart level” says Brian Popin; his music comes from the heart. Having shared the stage with such Artists as NSYNC, Chaka Khan, Justin Timberlake and others he now shares his ‘from the heart’ music in concert featuring his signature instrument, the piano. This is a free concert; a love offering will be received. 6:30 p.m..
Christ’s Church Of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St. (off SR 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182 or http://www.ccomc.org.
Saturday, Oct. 15
Marion Landing Craft Fair
The annual Marion Landing Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 8 a.m. to noon in the community’s Lifestyle Center at 8601 SW 65th Ave. Road, across from Queen of Peace Catholic Church on SR 200.
There will be 30 tables of handcrafted items for sale including jewelry, quilts, greeting cards, floral arrangements, handbags, home décor, unique gifts and holiday items. Coffee/tea and donuts will be available for a nominal price. Admission to the Craft Fair is free and it is open to the public. No pets, please. For more information, call 237-7152.
Joy annual super sale
Joy Lutheran Church will have its annual Super Sale and Bake Sale on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Swenson Hall. The public is invited to donate such items as furniture, tools, gardening equipment and sports related items. Kitchen and house wares, linens, books, and craft supplies are also welcome for donation. Please no clothes, shoes or electronics.
Sale items may be brought to Swenson Hall beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 11 through Thursday, Oct. 13 anytime during the day. Baked goods should be brought on Friday. Please have all baked goods wrapped for sale and labeled, particularly if they contain nuts.
As usual there will be the “vintage” table for the special treasures as well as a craft and quilt section. Mark your calendar for this well-known favorite community event and join us for a fun-filled day. For more information call Kathy at 237-6439 or Barb at 906-221-5860.
Joy Lutheran Church is at 7045 SW 83rd Place at SR 200, Ocala. . For more information call 854-4509 ext. 221.
Sunday, Oct. 16
Organ dedication concert
After a lightning strike hit the organ at First Congregational Church, 7171 SW State Road 200, a few years back, the congregation now has much to celebrate on the acquisition of its new Allen Organ.
To commemorate the occasion, an Organ Dedication Concert will be held on Oct. 16 at 4 p.m., to benefit the church Music Fund. Guest organist, John T. Lowe, will perform music from Bach and Mendelssohn to the contemporary Josef Kosma (Autumn Leaves). Dr. Lowe has a double Master of Music degree in organ performance and Choral Conducting. He is currently Director of Music and Organist at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Gainesville, where he oversees the music program for the 1,125-member congregation and plays a three-manual forty-nine rank Visser-Rowland organ in liturgies and concerts. Tickets are $5 and are available from the church office, 352-237-3035, and at the door (if space is available).
Thursday, Oct. 20
Joy of Reading Book Club.
On Thursday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m., the Joy of Reading Book Club will take place at Ocala Main Public Library, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd.
Join us for a lively discussion of this month’s book “Crooked Little Lives” by Barbara Taylor Sissel led by Verna.
For information call Pam at 840-7162 or MarthaJane at 629-6057.
Saturday, Oct. 22
Dining in the Dark venue change
The Florida Center for the Blind is hosting the third annual Dining in the Dark presented by PassionBUILD, LLC on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Trinity Catholic High School, Southwest 27th Avenue at 42nd Street, in Ocala.
The Dining in the Dark event will raise awareness about the challenges faced by those who are blind and visually impaired and will raise funds for the local not-for-profit Florida Center for the Blind.
The event will feature a full-course meal prepared by Mojo’s Grill, and live music that will stimulate your senses. The Ocala Police Department and Marion County Sheriff’s Office SWAT teams will escort guests into the darkness and serve the meals using night vision goggles.
Tickets are just $75 per person ($140 per couple) and will not be available on the day of the event. A VIP package is also available for $500 to include preferred seating for four (4), open bar and access to the VIP area.
For advance tickets or further information call 352-873-4700 or go to the FCB website at http://www.flblind.org
Dinner theater at college
Have some election-year fun when the College of Central Florida presents the murder-mystery dinner theatre “Politics Can Be Murder” Saturday, Oct. 22, at noon and 6 p.m. in the Webber Center, 3001 S.W. College Road.
Laugh and be amazed at the suspicious characters from “Politics Can Be Murder” by Robert Brown. Experience the comical death of Senator Smedley and, with your table, question various actors and vote to incriminate the murderer.
$45 ticket includes a catered meal and the murder-mystery performance. Tables of eight are available for $360.
Proceeds help the CF Visual and Performing Arts Department purchase specialized equipment, off-set the cost of student productions and enhance the learning environment.
For more information, call the CF Box Office at 352-873-5810 or visit Tickets.CF.edu.
Sunday, Oct. 30
Marion Civic Chorale salutes veterans
The Marion Civic Chorale, with Artistic Conductor Hingrid Kujawinski and Accompanist Vicky Juliano, will present “A Salute to Veterans,” songs of praise and appreciation. The concert will be a stirring, emotionally-charged tribute to the courage, dedication and sacrifices of American veterans on the battlefield and on our home front.
Oct. 30 - 3 p.m. at Ocala West United Methodist Church - 93340 SW 105th St., Ocala.
Nov. 6 - 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church - 511 SE 3rd St., Ocala.
Admission is free. Donations support a student scholarship program.
Friday, Nov. 4
Foxwood Farms two-day sale
Foxwood Farms Spring Community Yard Sales will be Nov. 4 and 5, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
November 5 will also be the Holiday Bazaar in the Community Center 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Foxwood Farms is one mile west of Interstate 75 off U.S. 27, between Dollar General and Family Dollar! Pubic is welcome!
Saturday, Nov. 5
Woman’s Club lunch
Shell we have lunch? Join the GFWC Greater Ocala Woman’s Club for a relaxing and fun time of creating shell crafts, playing games and a delightful lunch. Enjoy a jewelry sale, door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. It all takes place on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Druid Hills United Methodist Church, 1712 SE Lake Weir Road from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person. Proceeds benefit the GFWC Greater Ocala Woman’s Club College of Central Florida Scholarship and Community Charities. For more information and to purchase tickets call 352-236-0029.
Saturday, Nov. 12
Preserve arts and crafts fair
An arts and crafts fair will take place at Spruce Creek Preserve on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Spruce Creek Preserve is on State Road 200, three miles southwest of County Road 484. Use the gatehouse entrance.
Admission is free. There will be a free craft drawing every 20 minute, a bake sale, and lunch available between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. A handmade quilt will also be raffled.
For information, call 861-0159.