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Upcoming events week of 2-17-2012

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Friday, Feb. 17

Church meal this evening

Coventry Episcopal Church will be featuring a “Coventry Garden” meal, Friday evening, Feb. 17, between 5 and 7 p.m. at 20 S.W. 87th Place (on the Southwest corner of CR312 and 475), Ocala. The menu features a variety of homemade soups (corn chowder, white chicken chili, loaded baked potato, zuppa toscana, Italian wedding soup) just to name a few, garden salad, and homemade bread-sticks, with drink and dessert included.  
Tickets available at the door for $6.

Saturday, Feb. 18

Beth Israel hosts games

Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala warmly invites the community to a social evening of games and fun on Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Collins Center, 9401 State Road 200 in Ocala. The program will feature a short Havdalah service followed by a light dinner of bagels and cream cheese and other delicious fare. Bring your own board games such as dominoes, ma jong, Monopoly, etc. or just come for the fun! The cost is $6 per person and reservations must made by calling Shirley at 352-873-6186 or by email: thegottfrieds@aol.com.

Arts, crafts at Queen of Peace

The Council of Catholic Women of Queen of Peace Church will sponsor an Art and Craft Show in the Parish Hall, 6455 S.W. State Road 200, on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Be sure to mark your calendars, you won’t want to miss the work of these local talented Artists and Crafters. Hot dog lunch will be available to purchase.

Scandinavian Club of Marion County

The Scandinavian Club of Marion County invites people of Danish, Finish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish decent to join us at our next meeting on Feb. 18. We will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Ocala Hilton, 3600 S.W. 36th Ave. in Ocala. The menu will be Roast Beef Au Jus, mashed potatoes, vegetables, salad, coffee and dessert. The entertainment will be Bob Maas and his accordion.
The cost is $16 per person. Reservations and payment must be made in advance. Payment must be received by Wednesday the 15th of February. Checks to be made out to Don Clauson and mailed to Don Clauson, 5901 S.W. 86th Place, Ocala, FL 34476. For further details call Don Clauson at 352-861-1235 or Terry Rasmussen at 352 347-8362.

Amateur Radio Class to begin

A Technician Amateur Radio Class will start Saturday, Feb. 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. for seven weeks at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management Center, 692 N.W. 30th Ave., Ocala. The FCC test will be given on March 31, 2012 with a test fee of $15.00, collected on the test day. Manuals will be available to loan to students. This class should prepare you to pass the FCC test and obtain an Amateur Radio Technician License.
For more information contact Charles Hensley at 352-732-3795 or e-mail KC4Q@arrl.net.

Hospice trail ride

Hospice of Marion County, Inc. will hold its 12th annual “Horses for Hospice” Trail Ride on Sat., Feb. 18, on the Central Florida Greenway at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala. This year’s ride is in memory of Wayne Vaught, former Cross Florida Greenway enthusiast and Trail Ride chairman.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the first ride leaves at 9:15 a.m. Riders travel from as far as Jacksonville and Tampa to spend 2-3 hours on the trail. Following the ride, participants can enjoy lunch by Tommy’s BBQ, live entertainment by Bordertown, and door prizes.
Proceeds from this event will benefit Patient Care Programs. The minimum donation to ride is $30. Wagons are welcome; $30 for driver and $10 per passenger. Horse lovers who are unable to ride may purchase a $10 ticket to enjoy lunch and entertainment. For more information or to register, call 352-854-5218.

Sunday, Feb. 19

Jazz Society offers free music

The Ocala Jazz Society returns to the VFW Post 4781, across from Oak Run, on Feb. 19, 2 to 5 p.m.
The group plays more than jazz including favorite songs from past years. Dancing is encouraged.
For more info call Gladys at 352-854-8930.

German American Club event

The German American Club of Marion County will host a Fasching Party on Sunday, Feb. 19, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Marion Oaks Community Center. Wear a costume, bring beads and join in the fun for $10 per member or $15 per non-member. Music provided by Alpine Express. Bring your own snacks and beverages. Attire is either a costume or dressy casual. For tickets, call Liz or Joe at 352-732-6368.

Tuesday, Feb. 21

Bahia Oaks to meet

Bahia Oaks Mobile Homeowners Association holds their monthly meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Freedom Library beginning at 6:30 p.m. This month’s meeting will be on Feb. 21. All Bahia Oaks Homeowners are invited to attend.

Potato pancakes at Peace

The 21st annual Potato Pancake supper will take place at Peace Lutheran Church on Feb. 21. Dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m.
Tickets, available at the door, are $5 for adults, $2.50 for children 5 through 12, and there is no charge for children under the age of 5.
This popular event features traditional potato pancakes or buttermilk pancakes, ham, fruit cup, dessert and beverage.
Peace Lutheran Church, “the church on the hill,” is located at 7201 U.S. Highway 41 South, just north of Highway 40, five miles north of downtown Dunnellon.
For more information, call the church office, 352-489-5881 or visit PeaceLutheranOnline.org.

Shrove Tuesday pancake supper

Holy Faith Episcopal Church in Blue Cove, Dunnellon will host a delicious, complete pancake supper on Feb. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. $6 donation. Call the church office at 352-489-2685 for more information.

Thursday, Feb. 23

Gospel group to appear

A top gospel group, “The Chuck Wagon Gang,” will perform at Christ’s Church of Marion County on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m.
Over 75 years as history’s best record selling gospel quartet (over 39 million records sold at one record company alone) you will see an example of a style that has remained consistent throughout all those years due to advice always followed: “Sing the old songs and sing ‘em the way they should be sung.” Among familiar favorites you will hear “Echoes from the Burning Bush”, The Church In The Wildwood” and “I’ll Fly Away.”
Enjoy an evening of family entertainment and be transported to a time and place where life was a bit simpler and time seemed to move at a slower pace. There is no admission charge; a freewill offering will be received.
Christ’s Church of Marion County is at 6768 S.W. 80th St., off State Road 200, Ocala, 352-861-6182, www.ccomc.org.

Saturday, Feb. 25

Stearns to hold town meeting

U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, (R-Fla.), will hold a series of town meetings on Saturday, Feb. 25.
From 9 to 10 a.m. he will be at the Marion County Commission chambers, 601 S.E. 25th Ave. in Ocala.
From 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. he will be at the Belleview Public Library, 13145 S.E. Highway 484.
From 1 to 2 p.m. he’ll be at the American Legion, 699 W. Lady Lake Blvd., Lady Lake.
From 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. he’ll be at Fruitland Park City Hall, 506 W. Berckman St., Fruitland Park.
All meetings are open to the public.

Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band

The Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band will present “A Musical Potpourri” concert series on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. at the Marion Technical Institute (formerly Forest High School), 1614 S.E. Fort King St., Ocala. Musical selections include Highlights from CATS, Jericho, More Than You Know, Slippery Gentlemen (featuring the trombone section) and others. All performances are free and open to the public. For more information, call 352-624-9291 or check out the band’s website at www.kingdomofthesunband.org.

International Foods Festival

Join us for the 18th annual International Foods Festival on Saturday, Feb. 25 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 7171 S.W. State Road 200, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Enrichment Center. Enjoy food specialties from Italy, Germany, Spain, England, Ireland, Sweden, Poland Jamaica, Greece, Mexico and many more. Generous food samples are priced at $1 and $2.
For more information, call the church office at 352-237-3035.

Monday, Feb. 27

Retired nurses to meet

The Citrus Marion Chapter of the Registered Nurses Retired (RNR) will meet at the Inverness Golf and Country Club on Monday, Feb. 27. Sign in for the meeting starts at 11 a.m., lunch at 11:30 and the speaker follows a noon.
Our speaker will be Karen Strouse of the Guardian Ad Litem Program. Our charity will be the Guardian Ad Litem Program and a cash donation is appreciated. Retired RN’s wishing to attend should contact Mary Jane at 352-726-6882 or Gladys at 352-854-2677 by Wednesday, Feb. 22.

Tuesday, Feb. 28

Breast cancer survivors meet

The Breast Cancer SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) Support Group meets the last Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. We meet at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St. in Room 104. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 28. At this meeting, Cammy Dennis, Fitness Director at On Top of the World, will speak to us about fall prevention. If you have any questions, please contact Gail Tirpak at 352-291-6904.

Friday, March 2

Spring sale at Ocala West

A spring sale will be held Friday, March 2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to noon, at Ocala West United Methodist Church, Stanfield Hall inside and out, 9330 S.W. 105th St.
There will be treasures galore, including household items, electronics, furniture, clothing, garden and outdoor items, and a bake sale.

Saturday, March 3

Tee Time for Tots

Community Bank and Trust of Florida is having the 10th annual Tee Time for Tots Golf Tournament on March 3 at Del Webb Spruce Creek.
Funds are being raised to benefit the Marion County Homeless Children & Youth program and they need our assistance more than ever. Right here in our own back yard there are over 1,500 school aged homeless children. These statistics are just shocking.
All tournament information can be found on the www.teetimefortots.com website, including registration and sponsorship forms.

Showtime for Sweet Adelines

Music lovers need to mark your calendars for the Summer Springs Sweet Adelines Chorus annual show, Saturday, March 3, at 3 p.m. in the First Christian Church, 1908 S.E. Fort King Street, Ocala. The popular river songs will be featured in “Lazy River Dayze,” with a guest performance by the Ocala Civic Theater Singers.
Tickets at $10 may be reserved now. Group rates are available from $6-$8. Call Jackie at 352-888-8841. Tickets are also available at the door for $12. door prizes available.

Noted author to speak

Noted author Judith Rock will speak on “Conjuring up the Past” at the March 3 meeting of the Florida Chapter of the Historical Novel Society. Her first two novels, “The Rhetoric of Death” and “The Eloquence of Blood” are set in 17th century Paris and delighted historical mystery novel readers by bringing together ballet-producing Jesuits, Paris police, outlaw Huguenots, seditious beggars, and fire-fighting Franciscans. Based on her doctoral research done in Paris, the books garnered starred reviews from many important literary organizations. Rock’s third book in the series, “A Plague of Lies” will come out in the fall.
The Florida Chapter of the Historical Novel Society meets at 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month at the Central Ridge Library in Beverly Hills. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information call Marian Fox 352-726-0162.

Thursday, March 8

International Woman’s Day

Barbara Surian, a motivational speaker and resident of Ocala, will be inspiring young women at the International Woman’s Day Celebration on March 8. This date was proclaimed a U.N. day for women s rights and International Peace in 1975 and will be celebrated at 4 p.m. at the Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Citrus Springs.
Music and a keynote speech by Mindy Simmons, Florida’s chanteuse, will be followed by the talk by Barbara Surian, of Ocala, and more music by a Trio from Patchwork. All men, women, boys and girls are invited to this nonreligious community event; there is no charge and refreshments will be served.
The event is at 7633 N. Florida Ave. (U.S. Highway 41) just northwest of the Holder traffic light.
For information, call 352-465-4225 or go to naturecoastuu.org.

Saturday, March 10

Chili supper and bake sale

Sister Concepta, who founded and oversees Brother Keeper’s Soup Kitchen in Ocala is sponsoring the 5th annual Chili Supper and bake sale on March 10 at Blessed Trinity Church. This is a change of date, which was originally Feb. 18.
The event will have both red and white chili and will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. at the parish hall, 5 S.E. 17th St. Adults are $6 and children $3.
For information call 352-867-9860.

Tuesday, March 13

Ocala Open Golf Tourney

A Charity Pro-Am event kicks off the Ocala Open on Tues., March 13, 2012 at Candler Hills Golf Club. Proceeds from the event benefit Hospice of Marion County and Interfaith Emergency Services.
Start the day with breakfast then select a tee gift at the Nike tent. Participants will warm-up next to pros who will be vying for Ocala Open honors; play golf with the pro and get a few pointers on your own game. The day concludes with the Champion’s Roundup Barbeque and Awards Luncheon.
For more information, call 352-861-9712 or 352-854-2765.

Thursday, March 15

Genealogical Society meeting

The Marion County Genealogical Society will meet on Thursday, March 15 at 2 p.m. at the Marion County Library, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. This month’s program will feature Paul Enchelmeyer, whose topic will be Ten Ways to be a Perfect Ancestor. The public is cordially invited and there is no cost involved.
For further information, please contact Barbara Jones at 352-897-0840, MarionGenealogy@gmail.com, or http://MarionGenealogy.tripod.com.

Saturday, March 24

Saddle Oak Club annual yard sale

Saddle Oak Club will hold its annual yard sale on March 24 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Clubhouse at the development on State Road 200 across from Heathbrook/Publix. Breakfast will be served, with sandwiches and coffee. Lunch will be soup and sandwiches and there will also be a bake sale.

Sunday, March 25

Cantata at Ocala West

Ocala West United Methodist Church will have a special Easter musical cantata “Come Walk With Me” on Sunday, March 25, at 8 a.m. and on Palm Sunday, April 1 at 11 a.m. Please join us for worship and fellowship.
The church is at 9330 S.W. 105th S., Ocala. Phone is 352-854-9550. Pastor is the Rev. Alan Jefferson.

Organ students to perform

Hosted by the Ocala Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), the organ students of the University of Florida will present a varied program on Sunday, March 25, at 3 p.m. on the beautiful pipe organ at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ocala. The program will include works by David German, J.S. Bach, César Franck, Olivier Messiaen, Johann Pachelbel, Derek Bourgeois, and John Weaver.
Some of the students are organ majors while others are doubling majors or minors in music with mechanical and aerospace engineering or linguistics. Their professor, Dr. Laura Ellis, presented a concert for Ocala AGO last November. Admission to the concert is free but a free-will offering will be taken. The American Guild of Organists is an organization with a national membership of over 20,000. Visit their website at www.agohq.org.
For further information, call 352-537-0207.

Saturday, March 31

Fourth annual Sheriff’s Office car show

The Fourth annual Sheriff’s Office car show is scheduled for Saturday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Sheriff’s Operations Center at 692 N.W. 30th Ave., Ocala. There will be vehicles from the past and present on display. Car registration is $15 until 3/23 after which the fee is $20. There will be lots to see and do for the entire family. There will be a tram to take visitors on a tour around the complex and describe the facilities.
There will be a bomb-destroying robot, demonstrations by the canine division, a SWAT demonstration, mounted police, concessions and free popcorn. The show is free to spectators. Proceeds of the show will go to the Sheriff’s Office Foundation to support the volunteers programs; so come on out and support the volunteers. For more information call 352-368-3582 or foundation@marionso.com.