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Upcoming events week of 12-9-11

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Friday, Dec. 9

Santa’s hot rod sleigh in show

This week’s classic car show, Cruise Night, at the 103rd Street Plaza will include the opportunity to see both classic cars and Santa’s Hot Rod Sleigh, Dec. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The event, sponsored by Scoops Ice Cream, also offers the opportunity to visit Santa and even have your photo taken with the jolly ole fellow. There is free ice cream, from Scoops, for children posing with Santa.
The evening will also be a celebration of the collection of 6,000 pounds of food for the Salvation Army Food Bank.
The Cruise Night is coordinated by Sid Mastangelo.

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.

College Road Church sets musical

College Road Baptist Church presents Searching for the King - a one-of-a-kind dramatic Christmas musical. A dynamic contemporary story parallels the biblical story delivering a message as powerful as the prophets and as relevant as today’s headlines. The exciting script juxtaposes one of the Magi (Mordecai) as he follows the Star of Bethlehem, with Benjamin, a soldier stationed in the Middle East, 2000 years later who is looking up at the same stars. They are both searching for the truth, and they both find it at the foot of the manger. The musical features a thrilling mix of new songs and beloved carols.
Three performances: Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. Admission is free. College Road Baptist Church is at 5010 S.W. College Road (State Road 200), 1.7 miles West of I-75. For information, call 352-237-5741.

Visually impaired dancers from India

The India Association Cultural & Educational Center of North Central Florida is hosting an evening of dance by visually impaired students of Bangalore, India at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9.
The program will include classical, semi-classical and folk dance performed by students from the Shree Ramana Maharishi Academy for the Blind, SRMAB.  A dinner will follow. The event is free but donations are welcomed.
Currently the school houses 300 visually impaired students in the residential school. They are provided free education, boarding and lodging.
The center is located at 2030 N.E. 36th Ave. in Ocala.

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.

Concert at Countryside

Central Florida Master Choir will present their Christmas concert, “Carols from Around the World” at Countryside Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m.

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.

Ocala Harmony singers at Freedom Public Library

On Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 2 to 2:45 p.m., join us for a special performance of Ocala Harmony. Seventeen women under the direction of Ann Bellis blend in four-part barbershop-style, guaranteed to put you in the spirit of this special holiday season. Sponsored by the Friends of Freedom Public Library.

Wednesday, Dec. 14

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. 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

Young at Heart at College Road Baptist

College Road Baptist Church offers a musical December. Young at Heart, on Dec. 15,
will feature Ocala Harmony. a ladies barbershop group. Bring a covered dish, come join us, Dec. 15 at noon. Everyone is welcome. If you need a ride, call the church 352-237-5741. The church is at 5010 S.W. College Road.

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.

S.W. Christian Choir program

Southwest Christian Church Choir presents, “Light Looked Down”, Friday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m., at 9045 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala. Phone is 352-861-9080. Website is www.swccocala.com.

Masonic High Twelve installation

The Greater Ocala Masonic High Twelve Club 665 will hold its monthly meeting on Friday, Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. at the Elks Club, 702 N.E. 25th Ave., Ocala. Please note the earlier date due to the Christmas holiday.
Please plan to attend for this will be the installation of officers. Following the installation we will enjoy the always delicious buffet lunch. The cost is $12 per person.
All Master Masons and guests are invited to attend. Reservations are required and can be obtained by calling Bob Brady at 352-854 - 9612. For further information, if needed, call Bob.

Sunday, Dec. 18

Jazz Society offers free music

The Ocala Jazz Society returns to the VFW Post 4781, across from Oak Run, on the third Sunday of each month, 2 to 5 p.m.
This month, Dec. 18 is the date.
The group plays more than jazz including favorite songs from past year. Dancing is encouraged.
For more info call Gladys at 352-854-8930.

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

Legion Post to meet

The Ralph J. Green American Legion Post 354 will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Dec.19 at 1 p.m. in the community room of the Sheriff’s Brian Litz building, 9048 S.W. State Road 200. Try to arrive early to enjoy light refreshments and comradeship with fellow Veteran’s. For more information , telephone Commander Fred Pulis at 352-854-9976.

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.