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Upcoming events week of 12-2-2011

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Friday, Dec. 2 and Sat., Dec. 3

Coventry Episcopal bazaar, craft sale

Coventry Episcopal Church will be having its second annual Fall Bazaar and Craft Sale Friday, Dec. 2 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Saturday, Dec. 3 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Coventry is located on the southwest corner of CR 312 and 475 (20 S.W. 87TH Place).
Saturday, Dec. 3

Chess Club to meet

The chess club that formed at the Freedom Public Library meets the first Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Grab your board and chess pieces and come on down.
Interested persons are invited to attend for a rousing game of chess.
It’s your move! For more information, call Ron at 352-873-2276.

AAUW schedules party

AAUW's 130th anniversary and holiday party will take place on Dec. 3.     
Dr. Diana Greene, assistant superintendent, will be speaking about changes in education. The luncheon will start at 11:30 at Horse and Hounds Restaurant, 6998 N.W. U.S. Highway 27. Call 352-465-2609 or 352-624-0007 for reservations.

Historical Novel group meets

    The Florida Chapter of the Historical Novel Society meets at 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month in the Community Room of the Central Ridge Library in Beverly Hills.
     On Dec. 3, Ben Edney will display and discuss many of the historical dolls from his extensive collection. Some of the dolls date from the 1830s and all are dressed in authentic period costumes. Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting. For information call Marian Fox 352-726-0162.

Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group

The next meeting of the Ocala Peripheral Neuropathy support group will be Saturday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. at the Marion County Sheriff’s substation Brian Litz Building, 9048 S.W. State Road 200.
All who are interested in learning about the disease plus those who suffer from it are invited. For information, call Jack at 352-861-1630.

 Marion Oaks event to close road

A temporary road closure will occur on Marion Oaks Boulevard between the Southwest 148th Place and Southwest 137th Place intersections on Saturday, Dec. 3, for a special community event. The closure will take place from 2 to 5 p.m.
Traffic will be detoured around the event zone. Crews will place barricades and proper signage. Motorists should expect delays and are encouraged to use alternate routes when possible.  

Sunday, Dec. 4

Christmas Concert by choir

The Central Florida Master Choir, conducted by Dr. Harold W. McSwain, Jr., will perform a Christmas concert on Sunday, December 4, at 3pm at First United Methodist Church, located at 1126 E. Silver Springs Boulevard (which is State Road 40) in Ocala.  
The program, titled Carols from around the World, will include  the Poulenc Christmas Motet(s), the premiere  of two original works, and carols from the Huron Nation, Russia, Ukraine, France, Germany, Britain, America and others.  
 Admission to the concert is free but an offering will be taken to benefit the Tuesday Morning Ministry to help the homeless, jobless, and others in need.
For further information about the concert, call 352-537-0207.

Wine and cuisine for Hospice benefit

In celebration of the holidays, experience fine wine and elegant cuisine during a benefit for Hospice of Marion County at Cuvée Wine and Bistro on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 6 to 9 p.m.
This black-tie optional gala will feature distinctive gourmet food stations, champagne sangria and other assorted wines.
Entertainment includes music by solo guitarist Tom LaVenia and silent auction.
Limited reservations are available for this elegant event benefiting Hospice of Marion County’s Children’s Program.
Donation is $75 per person. Tickets are available at Cuvée and Hospice of Marion County. For more information, call 352-854-5218.

German American Club dinner dance

The German American Club of Marion County will host a Christmas dinner dance on Sunday, Dec. 4, at Marion Oaks Community Center, from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 per member and $25 per non-member. Formal attire is requested.
Dinner will be served at 1 p.m. and includes Virginia baked ham with pineapples, slow roasted turkey with gravy, homemade mashed potatoes with gravy, green bean casserole, herb stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie and apple pie. BYOB. For tickets, call Liz or Joe at 352-732-6368.

Sunday, Dec. 4

Breakfast at the Moose

From 9 to 11 a.m., a full individual menu will be offered, including eggs any style, potatoes, juice, coffee, choices of meats, at a great price. Come before or after church.
The lodge is at 10411 S.W. 110th St. Phone is 352-854-2200.

Wednesday, Dec. 7

Bingo at the Moose

Bingo at the Moose, open to the public, on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Big winnings are possible.
Variety of lunch specialties. Join us for fun and friendship while supporting the lodge and it's charitable endeavors. Located just one mile north of the State Road 200 main entrance of Oak Run, 10411 S.W. 110th St. Phone is 352-854-2200.

Thursday, Dec. 8

Palm Cay GOP plans party
 
On Dec. 8, the Palm Cay Republican Club will be holding its Christmas party at the Oasis Club.  Dinner will be for members and guests and will begin at 7 p.m.  Everybody is asked to bring a dish to pass or dessert and the club will be providing the rest of the dinner and beverage.  
This is always such a joyful time for all of us, please plan to attend.  
RSVPs are necessary, and notices will be arriving in your mail soon.  
For more information please contact James Pettus, 352-438-9662.

Get on board with literacy
 
United Way invites families for a fun evening of reading and crafts, Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Marion County Public Library Headquarters on Silver Springs Boulevard from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  
United Way invites the community to "ride the polar express" in support of the organization’s education work. Join us for a free family event.
Crafts, light refreshments and the reading of the Polar Express will take place.  
For more information, contact Chris Cotter at 352-732-9696.

Friday, Dec. 9

Youth Symphony concert set

The Ocala Youth Symphony is excited to announce the beginning of its 13th year. The first concert will be on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. on the downtown Ocala square, where the group will be playing Christmas music with the Ocala Symphony Orchestra.
The Ocala Youth Symphony is composed of amazing musicians ranging in age from 8 to 18, and serves the education and professional development of young musicians from the Ocala/Marion County and surrounding areas. The works selected range from the classics to contemporary, something for everyone's musical taste. All concerts are free and open to the public.
For information, call 352-873-6738.

Saturday, Dec. 10

Methodist breakfast, cookie, craft sale

The Methodist Men will serve their famous and delicious all-can-you-eat breakfast and the Methodist Women will hold their Christmas Cookie and Craft Sale together on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  
Ocala West United Methodist Church - 9330 S.W. 105th St., Ocala. Look for the signs.
A complete menu with a wide variety of breakfast fare is offered for $5.  
Make plans now to bring your friends and attend. All proceeds help fund a variety of local charities.

Holiday Cookie Walk set

First Congregational United Church of Christ will hold its annual Holiday Cookie Walk on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Enrichment Center, 7171 S.W. State Road 200. Members bake and beautifully decorate their favorite holiday cookies -- the choices are endless (including sugar-free and gluten-free).  New this year -- Gingerbread Houses.  Decorated bags provided; choose your own cookies; $3.50/dozen or $6.00/2 dozen.

Vendors wanted for yard sale

The Crossroads Community Church is hosting a large yard sale Dec. 10, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Spaces are $10 with tables available for an additional $5.
The church is at 8070 S.W. 60th Ave.
Call Ron, 352-598-2878, to save your space.

Christmas Dinner Dance

The Ladies Guild is hosting a traditional Christmas Turkey Dinner at St. Jude Catholic Community, 443 Marion Oaks Drive in Marion Oaks, on Saturday Dec. 10 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are only $12 per person for adults and $6 for children under the age of 12 and can be obtained from the St. Jude office or by calling 352-347-0154.

Sunday, Dec. 11

Mega book sale set

A mega book sale to benefit Sheltering Hands Rescue, featuring used books, CDs, videos and crafts, will be  Sunday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at
Kiefer Realty, Dillen Plaza at  8720 S.W. Hwy. 200, Ocala. For information, call 352-291-1962.

Tuesday, Dec. 13

Christmas Program at UCC

Enjoy an afternoon of holiday music and story-telling at First Congregational United Church of Christ (7171 S.W. State Road 200); Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m., featuring vocals, duets and instrumentals of traditional Christmas music as well as a sing-a-long of your favorite Christmas carols. Refreshments will be served following the program. All are welcome.  

Thursday, Dec. 15

Red Tail chapter to meet

The December meeting of the Red Tail Memorial Chapter 136 of the Air Force Association (AFA) will be Thursday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Ocala Regional Airport Administration Building 750 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala.
This is our annual food drive in conjunction with Marion County Vets Helping Vets. Please bring your donation of non-perishable food to this meeting.
Any questions call Mike Emig at 352-854-8328

Mandatory orientation United Way meeting

United Way of Marion County invites 501 © (3) non-profit human social service agencies serving Marion County, to apply for a two-year funding cycle that goes from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2014.
Applications will be available on-line beginning on Monday, Dec. 12 at www.uwmc.org.  Organizations interested in applying must attend the mandatory orientation session taking place on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to noon at the United Way of Marion County’s Bonnie Health Community Room, at 1401 N.E. 2nd St., Ocala.  Currently, United Way of Marion County partners with 21 local programs that assist in supporting the needs of the residents of Marion County.
Due to limited seating RSVPs are encouraged.  RSVP to Barbara Bombara at bbombara@uwmc.org or at 732-9696 ext. 204.

Friday, Dec. 16

Pro-am golf to benefit Hospice

The 19th annual Hospice of Marion County, Inc. Pro-am tournament is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 16 at Golden Hills Country Club just off Highway 27, 4.3 miles west of I-75.
Don’t miss an opportunity to play this fantastic course, which was the home of the 2009 USGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.  All teams consist of four amateurs and one golf professional.  The cost is $150/amateur and $100/pro, which includes a buffet breakfast, greens fees, cart and awards dinner.
Proceeds from this tournament help to provide care and support to patients and families of Hospice of Marion County who are facing a most difficult and challenging time in their lives.  For more information and registration, please call the Pro Shop at 352-629-7980.

Sunday, Dec. 18

Breakfast at the Moose

From 9 to 11 a.m., a full individual menu will be offered, including eggs any style, potatoes, juice, coffee, choices of meats, at a great price. Come before or after church.
The lodge is at 10411 S.W. 110th St. Phone is 352-854-2200.

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.

Friday, Dec. 31

United Way Day of Caring deadline

United Way of Marion County will hold the 19th annual Day of Caring on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012.  Day of Caring offers businesses, individuals, organizations and civic clubs the opportunity to help local nonprofit human service agencies accomplish much-needed projects during one day of organized volunteerism.  
Volunteer work teams who are interested in participating or community organizations that have projects that need to be completed can fill out an application at www.uwmc.org.  The deadline for team and project applications is Friday, Dec. 31.
For more information, contact Tina Banner at 352-732-9696 or tbanner@uwmc.org.

Saturday, Jan. 7

Gentle chair yoga planned
 
Gentle chair yoga at the Freedom Library will be from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. and continuing on Jan. 14, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11. For information, contact Ingrid Crane at 352-854-7950.

Ongoing

Donations of cars sought

First Congregational United Church of Christ is accepting vehicles of all types for donation. Vehicles do not have to be in working condition.  
All donations are tax-deductible based on book value. Contact David Keith, 352-598-6272 or the church office at 352-237-3035.