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Upcoming events week of 10-21-2011

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Saturday, Oct. 22

African Violet Club meets

The African Violet Club of Ocala meeting this month is Oct. 22 and is held every fourth Saturday of the month except in December. It is at 10:30 a.m. at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (Brian Litz Sheriff’s Substation) at 9048 S.W. Highway 200 in Ocala. Come enjoy the Mini Show this month and catch up on the latest African violet news and information. Refreshments are served at our break and everyone is welcome and the public is invited. For more information please contact our club President, Laura Perdomo at pretyinsde@netzero.net or call 352-625-6467 or our website at www.AfricanVioletClubofOcala.org.

Indoor yard sale

Joy Lutheran Church, Southwest State Road 200 at 83rd Place, will have its annual indoor yard sale, bake sale and lunch on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Swenson Hall.
There will be a vintage table for special treasures as well as a craft section. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information regarding this event, call Bert Padgett (352-489-8430).

Queen of Peace country fair

Queen of Peace Council of Catholic Women will sponsor a country fair at Queen of Peace Church Hall on Southwest State Road 200 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22. White elephant items, jewelry, books, tapes, fine decorative items bake goods, Christmas decorations, 50/50, raffle and lunch will be available. All are welcome!

Ocala Arts Festival set

Art lovers and collectors will fill the McPherson Governmental Complex on 25th Avenue during the 45th annual Ocala Arts Festival on Oct. 22 and 23. Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The Festival, produced by Fine Arts For Ocala, hosts a juried fine arts show with artists and craftsmen from all over the United States. Enjoy a beautiful fall weekend of art and free entertainment for the entire family. The festival also includes free admission, free parking, free children’s art projects, and live entertainment. For more information please call: 352-867-0355 or visit www.fafo.org.

Haitian Dinner at St. Jude

The Haitian Community of St. Jude Catholic Community is hosting a dinner on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Jude located at 443 Marion Oaks Drive in Marion Oaks. Traditional Haitian foods will be served. Ticket cost is $12 per person for adults and $6 for children under the age of 12. Tickets will be available after the weekend Masses or by contacting Ghislaine at 352-245-9962.

Event to help returning vets

Marion Woods retirement community will hold a barbecue to benefit Outward Bound for Veterans, which will help recent veterans re-adjust to life at home.
The event will be Oct. 22 at noon at Marion Woods, 1661 S.E. 31st St., Ocala.
The public is invited.

Annual craft fair at Circle Square

On Top of the World Communities is hosting the ninth annual Craft Fair at the Circle Square Cultural Center on Saturday, Oct. 22. This year’s fair will showcase crafters and artists from all over Ocala/Marion County featuring stained glass, jewelry, ornaments, baskets, handbags and much, much more! Plus, enjoy live entertainment by Jerry Byrd, face painting for kids by Pockets of Clowns, food and more on The Town Square!
The event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Circle Square Cultural Center and Circle Square Commons Town Square which is located at 8395 S.W. 80th St. For more information, please call 352-854-8707 ext. 7530 or 7533 or visit our website: www.csculturalcenter.com.

Preserve has yard sale

The community of Spruce Creek Preserve will host its annual community yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m. to noon. Spruce Creek Preserve is on State Road 200, three miles southwest of County Road 484.
Sunday, Oct. 23

Music School students perform

Marion Chamber Music Society presents the University of Florida Music School students in a potpourri of strings, woodwinds and piano chamber music. Sunday Oct. 23, 3 p.m., Queen of Peace Church, 6455 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala. Sponsored by The Ocala Piano Conservatory LLC. Free admission. For information call -352-867-1340.

Tuesday, Oct. 25

Breast cancer survivors meet

The Breast Cancer SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) support group meets the last Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th Street and this month our meeting on Oct. 25 will be in the Multipurpose Room.
Dr. Jamie Daniel will be returning this year for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we look forward to her time with us. Everyone is welcome to attend this presentation. If you have any questions, please call Gail Tirpak at 352-291-6904.

Wednesday, Oct. 26

Public bingo at the Moose

Beginning at 1 p.m., bingo is held with great jackpots. Come try your luck, enjoy lunch, meet new people and reconnect with old friends.
The Moose Lodge is just one mile north of the State Road 200 main entrance of Oak Run at 10411 S.W. 110th St. Phone is 352-854-2200.

Friday, Oct. 28

HarvestFest at Christ’s Church
The third annual HarvestFest will be Friday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. at Christ’s Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St., off State Road 200. There will be pictures and games in the foyer. Show time is 6:30 p.m., followed by a costume contest for children. It will be fun for the whole family.
For information call 352-861-6182 or www.ccomc.org.

Saturday, Oct. 29

Howl-o-ween for animal rescue

All animal lovers are invited to come out for a “Howl-o-ween Fall Carnival” that will benefit the Fur Kids animal rescue and Feisty Acres cat rescue organizations. The first-time event is set for Saturday, Oct. 29 from noon until 3 p.m. at the Airport Road Animal Clinic, 4851 S.W. 60th Ave. There will be door prizes, a chance to win free flea prevention for a year, an opportunity drawing, face painting, food, a pet costume contest, and more. Admission to the first-time event is free but there will be food for sale.

Blessing of the animals at Joy

The sixth annual blessing of the animals will take place at Joy Lutheran Church on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. in the Memorial Garden.
Pastor Ed Holloway 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.
Joy Lutheran Church is at 7045 S.W. 83rd Place at State Road 200, Ocala. For more information call 352-854-4509 ext 221.

Turn in your unwanted pills

On Saturday, Oct. 29, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Ocala Police Department and in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), will participate in the National Pill Take Back Day. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a uniformed officer will be stationed at the following “no questions asked” collection sites:
• Marion County Sheriff’s Main Operations Center, 692 N.W. 30th Ave., Ocala.
• Marion County Sheriff’s Office Southwest District Office, 9048 S.W. State Road 200.
• Ocala Police Department, 402 S. Pine Ave., Ocala.
The purpose of this event is to give persons in the community who have a surplus of outdated prescription drugs; pills they don’t have a prescription for; or pills they obtained illegally, an opportunity to turn them in without facing any criminal charges or repercussions.

Halloween Hop to benefit theater

ACT 4, non profit organization under the umbrella of the Marion Players of the Ocala Civic Theatre, has a goal to support and raise funds for the theater.
On Saturday, Oct. 29, we will be having a “Halloween Hop” at Our Lady of the Springs Parish Hall, 4047 N.E. 21st St., from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. They will be available at the door or for more information call Patti Cole at 352-629-8859. This will be a 50s style record hop. Come and join us for an evening of fun, food, dancing and a costume contest. BYOB set ups available. Proceeds to benefit Ocala Civic Theatre.

Sunday, October 30

Christ’s Church Joy Night

Joy Night will be held Sunday, Oct. 30, at 5 p.m. Lift up your Hearts in Praise. Enjoy an evening of traditional and contemporary music and worship Christ’s Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala. Phone 352-861-6182 or www.ccomc.org.

First Congregational Musicale

First Congregational’s annual Sunday Musicale is set for Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. This year, the Chancel and Handbell Choirs are featured, along with solos, ensembles and specialty acts. Familiar music for this “Pops” concert ranges from Broadway show tunes to a Stephen Foster medley, and includes both vocal and instrumental favorites. Light refreshments will be served following the concert. A free-will offering will be received to benefit the Church’s music program.
The First Congregational United Church of Christ is at 7171 S.W. State Road 200. For further information, call 352-237-3035 or 352-854-9610.

Thursday, Nov. 3

WOW Singles to meet

WOW Singles will meet at the following locations. No dues. Please call 352-861-9487 or 352-237-5842 for more info.
Nov. 3, 4 p.m., Bonefish Grill, 4701 S.W. College Road.
Nov. 17, 12:30 p.m., Bently’s Restaurant, 11920 N. Florida Ave., Dunnellon.

Saturday, Nov. 5

Marion Landing fall sale

The Marion Landing fall sale will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. to noon in the Lifestyle Center. Previously known as the bazaar, the sale is open to the public and will feature items such as jewelry, books, linens, tools, baked goods, and various household items. Call 352-237-7152 for more information.

Main library book sale

The Friends of the Ocala Library will hold their quarterly book sale on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rooms B and C of the main library on Silver Springs Boulevard. A wide range of tenderly treated books will be on sale – hardcovers for 50 cents, and paperbacks for 25 cents. Proceeds from this sale, in addition to those from the Friends’ Book Market in the foyer of the library, benefit the main library in aid for unfunded programs. For information on the Friends, log on to friendsoftheocalalibrary.org.

Peripheral Neuropathy group meets

The next meeting of the Ocala Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group will be on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 10 a. m. at the Marion County Sheriff Brian Litz Building, 9048 S.W. State Road 200. Everyone is interested is invited to attend. For information call Jack at 352-861-1630.

Flea market in Dunnellon

The Altar and Rosary Society of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will be holding its annual flea market on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Father Stegeman hall, at the corner of U.S. Highway 41 and State Road 40 in Dunnellon.
Hundred of items will be for sale including the famous boutique table. Plan to attend this community event.

Steel Horse Stampede

The eighth annual Steel Horse Stampede motorcycle ride is gearing up for its journey through Marion County on Nov. 5.
The event serves as a fundraiser to benefit patient care at Hospice of Marion County, Inc. Last year, 255 riders raised more than $16,700 at this event.
Participants may pre-register by calling 352-854-5218 or register the day of the event at Hospice of Marion County’s Education Center at 3231 S.W. 34th Ave. in Ocala.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a start time of 10 a.m. The cost is a minimum donation of $20 for the first rider and $15 for a passenger. The donation includes a light breakfast and a barbecue lunch catered by Tommy’s BBQ following the ride – plus 50 door prizes, a 50/50 drawing, and entertainment by the NIGHTSHIFT Band.
Stampede participants will take a 55-mile ride through Marion County, escorted by Marion County Sheriff’s Department. Along the way are scheduled stops at each of the four Hospice Houses. Riders will get a close-up view of the beautiful houses available for the area’s hospice patients.
For more information about the ride, contact 352-854-5218 or to inquire about the many services Hospice of Marion County has to offer, call 352-873-7400.

Yoga class at Sholom Park

On Saturday, Nov. 5, join us for a free yoga class which starts promptly at 9 a.m. Come early to center yourself! This will be the last session of the season until we meet again on May 5.
For information, contact Ingrid Crane at 352-854-7950.

Sunday, Nov. 6

Concert at St. Jude

Everyone is invited to attend a concert, “The Best of Broadway” at St. Jude Catholic Community, 443 Marion Oaks Drive in Marion Oaks, on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 5 p.m. Maestro Bill Doherty and members of the Central Florida Lyric Opera, as well as members of the St. Jude choirs, will present a program of well-known and loved songs from Broadway shows. Tickets are only $7 per person and can be obtained from the St. Jude office or by calling 352-347-0154.

Monday, Nov. 7

Retired nurses to meet

The RNR November outing will be “An Afternoon at Sumter Landing in The Villages.”
On Monday, Nov. 7, we will have lunch at Panera then members can either shop, take in a movie at Old Mill Playhouse or sit and enjoy each other’s company. The deadline for reservations is Oct. 24 and the cost is $12 for lunch. Please call Mandy at 352-861-0261 for reservations.

Thursday, Nov. 10

Marine Corps Birthday Ball

The Marine Corps League, Ocala West Detachment, announces its annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball will be held, as tradition dictates, on Nov. 10 this year.
The event will be held at the Palm Grove Club in Oak Run, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Dress is semi-formal, tickets are $25 per person. Dinner, music By George, and dancing are included.
You need not be a veteran U.S. Marine to attend the celebration.
Tickets may be purchased from any member of the MCL, and are available now, and must be ordered and paid for by Nov. 1. For information, call Jim McCarthy at 352-873-6927.

Fashion show planned

The Ways and Means Ladies of the Pioneer Garden Club are finalizing plans for their annual Fashion Show and High Tea at the Pioneer Garden Center on Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. Cost per ticket is $12. Fashions will be from the Closet at Greiners and Belks Department Store in Ocala.
This is a popular event and tickets sell quickly. Limit of tickets is 200, so call early for reserved space. The fashions are lovely and are featured for ladies of all sizes. Some models will be members of Pioneer Garden Club. This is a great opportunity for residents of Marion County and surrounding areas to visit the club and consider joining as a member. Every year, the membership grows by three or four after the High Tea and Fashion Show. The membership is not just for ladies, men are members also. So, mark your calendars, call for reservations, and come join the fun! Telephone 352-236-4448 or visit pioneergardenclub.org.

Friday, Nov. 11

MCSO Foundation golf tourney

The MCSO Foundation is holding its First Golf Outing on Nov. 11 at the Ocala Golf Club with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.
The outing is to honor those who serve their country. The cost is $65 per person which includes golf and cart Fees, practice balls and continental breakfast.
On the first and only hole-in-one, win a new car from Ocala Volvo. Entry due date is Oct. 31. Mail checks payable to MCSO Foundation, P.O. Box 1987, Ocala FL 34478, Attn: golf outing.
All proceeds go to fund the Sheriff’s Office Foundation volunteer program. For information, telephone President Mary Callahan 352- 861-4201.

Saturday, Nov. 12

SummerGlen holiday craft fair

The SummerGlen holiday craft fair will be Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grand Hall, 15050 S.W. 20th Ave. Road, Ocala. The event is sponsored by the SummerGlen Quilters.

Fashion show and dinner

Saturday, Nov. 12 at 5:30 p.m. is your opportunity to view new fashions to update your holiday wardrobe. While everyone is enjoying a delicious dinner, members of the St. Jude Ladies Guild will be modeling the latest fashions provided by Belk. St. Jude is located at 443 Marion Oaks Drive in Marion Oaks. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children under the age of 12. For information and tickets, please contact Jackie at 352-237-4380.

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Memory screenings available

Memory screenings and educational materials are available as part of National Memory Screening Day, an initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
The event will be at Visiting Angels, 8405 S.W. 80th St., Suite 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call 352-520-8484 for an appointment for the free and confidential screening.

Thursday, Nov. 17

Genealogical Society meeting

The Marion County Genealogical Society will meet at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Marion County Library, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Our guest speaker, Sharon Tate Moody, will speak on “And the Winner Is...Georgia’s Land Lotteries”. The public is cordially invited and there is no cost involved. For further information, please contact Patti Hunt at 352-897-0840, MarionGenealogy@gmail.com, or http://MarionGenealogy.tripod.com.

Monday, Dec. 19

Retired Nurses to hold party

The RNR Christmas party will be on Dec. 19 at the Inverness Golf & Country Club. The entertainment will be a barbershop group called, “The Young & the Rest of Us” and the charity unwrapped toys for the Salvation Army.
Cost for the luncheon is $15. Call Gladys at 352-861-0261 or Mary Jane at 352-726-6882 for reservations before Dec. 15.