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Upcoming events week of 12-01-2017

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Friday. Dec. 1

Car show and chicken barbecue

Car Show and chicken varbecue dinner will take place at Ocala West United Methodist Church, Friday, Dec. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m.
The car show will be in the parking lot next to the pavilion. The Men’s Fellowship will be offering chicken barbecue to eat in or take out prices: $8 for 1/2 chicken dinner with baked beans, coleslaw, and roll, $6 for ½ chicken only or ¼ chicken dinner. Boy Scout Troop 707 sponsored by OWUMC will be selling hot dogs with chips and a drink for $ 4.
Ocala West UMC, 9330 SW 105th St., Ocala (352) 854-9550.

Saturday, Dec. 2

Chess Club to meet

The Freedom Library Chess Club will meet from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2. The library is located at 5870 SW 95th St., Ocala.
 All players are welcome! Call 873-2276 for information.

Landing Lites Holiday Concert
The Marion Landing chorus, “The Landing Lites,” under the direction of Floyd Hickman, will perform their annual Holiday Concert on Saturday, Dec. 2,  at 7 p.m. in the Lifestyle Center. There will be 12-numbers, a blend of sacred and secular music, that have been selected for their beauty and audience appeal. Bob Cubbage is back as our accompanist and piano soloist, and our Women’s Trio, consisting of Ginny Wells, Mary Brown and Alice Gillo, will perform three selections. Tickets are $5 and will be sold at the door.

Sunday, Dec. 3

German American Club

The German American Club of Marion County will hold a Christmas dinner dance on Sunday, Dec. 3, at noon at Marion Oaks Community Center. A ham dinner will be served at 1 p.m. Music will be provided by Europa Band. Formal attire is requested. Tickets are $20 per member or $25 per non-member and may be purchased by calling Mary Wisecup at (352) 789-6499.

The LeFevre Quartet

The LeFevre Quartet, a legendry group, features stellar vocals, high energy performances, and a heart for ministry,  a combination of talent you won’t soon forget.  The LeFevre Quartet strives to reach their audience  with a message of hope, grace and salvation through Jesus Christ blazing new trails in Gospel Music   Their award winning music allowed them to sing for Presidents and Dignitaries all over the world.  This is a free concert, no ticket required;  a love offering will be received.  3 p.m.
Christ’s Church of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St. (off of SR 200), Ocala 352-861-6182 or www.ccomc.org.

Thursday, Dec. 7

Toast to the Arts

The Ocala Art Group is proud to present it’s annual “A Toast to the Arts” - the art gala of the season, Dec. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. Artists from Ocala and around the state of Florida will be showing their best artistic works as they seek recognition and awards for Best of Show, 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, three honorable mentions, a People’s Choice Award and cash rewards. 
Due to renovations at the Appleton Museum, the “A Toast to the Arts” gala event will be held in the large conference room in the Marion County Main Library, 2720 Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. The public is encouraged to attend and support these talented artists. The artwork will remain on display for 30 days.
For more information, please contact Jim Hunter, President, at devon948@live.com or Rose Maerkl, webmaster at paintingsbyrose@gmail.com.

Saturday, Dec. 9

First Congregational Cookie Walk

The annual Holiday Cookie Walk at First Congregational Church, UCC Ocala, 7171 SW Highway 200,  will br Saturday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon.
For info call: 352-854-2872.
There will be delicious homemade cookies.
Grab a bag and select your own from many kinds for the season!
Come and browse new items this year!
 
Ocala 200 Lions Club Flea Market
 
The Ocala 200 Lions Club will be holding a Flea Market Dec. 9 from 8: a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bank of the Ozarks - 8375 SW Highway 200, Ocala.  There will be a variety of vendors on hand as well as food available for sale.  You are invited to join us for our fundraising event and flea market before the holidays. 
As always, all proceeds generated by the Lions Club will be used for community projects throughout the year.  The Ocala 200 Lions Club is still collecting used eyeglasses and hearing aids and this is a great time to drop them off.  For more information call: 352-861-2730.

Sunday, Dec. 10

Christmas concert

The On Top of the World Concert Chorus will present an encore performance of their winter concert entitled “All-American Christmas” on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 5200 SW College Road.  This concert will include a collection of Christmas songs all by American composers. This is a free concert but a good will offering will be collected. 
This concert is open to the community and all are welcome to attend.  For information contact 352-854-8718.

Chamber Music ‘Encore’

For this year’s special “ENCORE” programming, The Marion Chamber Music Society welcomes back Dr. Ben Pila, classical guitarist, in concert at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 6455 SW SR 200, Sunday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m.
Last year, Ben proved an extremely popular artist, and many audience members asked that he be returned. This year’s program will feature spiritual-based holiday favorites, among other outstanding classical guitar works.  Marion Chamber Music Society concerts: Always Exceptional, Always Free. For more information, visit our web: www.marionchambermusic.com or call 352 867-1340.

Chanukah luncheon

Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala and Temple Beth Darom will hold a joint Chanukah luncheon and party on Sunday, Dec. 10 at noon at Candler Community Center at On Top of the World. The program will feature a catered box lunch by Too Jays as well as Chanukah festivities including door prizes, games, raffles, and seasonal songs led by Rabbi Karen Allen and congregant Judi Siegal.  The cost of the luncheon is $18 and reservations must by made by Dec. 3 to Sonia Peterson. Please contact Sonia for choice of either pastrami, corned beef, tongue,
turkey or veggie wrap sandwich. (353.307-3662 or Skp7@embarqmail.com)

Tuesday, Dec. 12


Christian Women’s Connection Luncheon

Ocala Christian Women’s Connection invites you to the lovely “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” Luncheon Dec. 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Hilton Of Ocala Ballroom. Doors will open at 11 a.m.
The Special Feature is “Deb’s Adornments” Jewelry and Clothing. Guest Speaker is Ellen Gee from Orlando sharing how “Love Wins.”  Admission is $20. Please RSVP for lunch and free child care to Claudia 228-2126 or Eve 732-7053 by Dec. 6.

Thursday, Dec. 14


Rainbow Springs Garden auction

The Rainbow Springs Garden Club will host its annual Chinese Auction on Thursday, Dec. 14 from 1-3 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge 136, 20751 Powell Road, Dunnellon. Admission is $15 and includes 25 auction tickets, door prizes, and finger foods. Additional auction tickets are available in cards of 25 for $10. Themed baskets, including home, garden, foods, pets, jewelry, books, and holiday themes, will be awarded to winning ticket holders. Proceeds from this, our only fundraiser will benefit select local charities. The public is invited to this fun-filled afternoon of holiday camaraderie, music, and refreshments.

Sunday, Dec. 17

Jazz Society to perform

The Ocala Jazz Society invites you to join them on Sunday, Dec. 17, from 2 to 5 p.m. for their monthly performance of Swing, Big Band, Dixieland, 50’s and all your favorites.
We look forward to seeing you at the smoke free VFW Post 4781, 9401 SW 110th St., across from Oak Run. The band performs on the third Sunday of each month. A $3 donation for Hospice is appreciated.  info: 352-237-0234, ocalajazzsociety@yahoo.com

Ongoing

Jewish residents visited

The United Sisterhood of Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala and Temple B’nai Darom will again be providing Jewish residents of local assisted living facilities with appropriate holiday treats, Chanukah songs, candle lighting opportunities, and dreidle games. Sharing with and giving joy to others is an important mitzvah (commandment) in Judaism and is especially appropriate at this festive time of year. The women will be going to three facilities:  Canterfield on Dec. 13th, Brentwood on Dec. 15th and Brookdale Pinecastle on Dec. 18th. All visits are at 2 p.m. Contact Sonia at 352-307-3662 for further information.