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Upcoming events week of 2-24-2012

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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.

African American Read-In

Celebrate African-American literature by joining community leaders and readers as the Marion County Public Library System hosts the 23rd Annual African American Read-In from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, at its Headquarters-Ocala location (2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala).
To participate, the public is encouraged to select a book and share in a reading from a favorite African-American author or choose from a suggested selection provided by the public library staff. Contact the Headquarters-Ocala Information Services Division at 352-671-8551 for more information.

African Violet Club to meet

The African Violet Club of Ocala will meet on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 10:30 a.m. at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Brian Litz substation, 9048 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala
Light refreshments will be served.
For more information on the benefits of club membership, please check the website at www.AfricanVioletClubofOcala.org.   If you have  any questions write a note to us from our website contact page or contact our AVCO President, Laura Perdomo, at pretyinsde@netzero.net or 352-625-6467.

Sunday, Feb. 26

Breakfast at the Moose

From 9 to 11:30 a.m., a full individual menu is offered, including eggs any style, potatoes, choice of meats, juice, coffee and more at a great price! Meet new people at the friendliest place in town, 10411 S.W. 110th St. Phone is 352-854-2200.

Monday, Feb. 27

School candidates to debate

Diana Greene, George Tomyn, and Wally Wagoner, candidates for School
Superintendent of the Marion County Schools, will participate in a debate sponsored by the Tea Party Solutions of Ocala. The debate will be held at the group’s regular meeting time at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 27, at the Berean Baptist Church , 4800 S.W. 20th St., Ocala. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend . More participation in local government is the group’s goal.

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.

Wednesday, Feb. 29

Bingo at the Moose

Bingo, open to the public, is played each Wednesday beginning at 12:45 p.m., with opportunities to win big! Join us for fun and fellowship while supporting the lodge and its 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, March 1

WOW Singles to meet

WOW Singles will meet at the following locations. There are no dues. Please call 352-861-9487 or 352-237-5842 for more info.
March 1, Thursday, 12:30 p.m., Cuvee Wine and Bistro, 2237 S.W. 19th Ave. Road.
March 15, Thursday, 12:30 p.m., Red Lobster, 3393 S.W. College Road.

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.

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.

Concert at First Congregational

The Southern Express 18-piece Big Band will be performing at First Congregational United Church of Christ on Saturday, March 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served following the program. Donation: $10 per person.
Call the church office at 352-237-3035 for tickets Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (7171 SW State Road 200).

Elks gear up for ‘Army of Hope’

Final plans are being made for the second annual Army of Hope, an afternoon of fun for the while family on Saturday, March 3.  Starting at noon, the day's events planned for outside the front of the Elks lodge on Northeast 25th Avenue include clowns, face-painting, child ID program, bounce house, static military and law enforcement displays, plus two special highlights: a war bird flyover and a huge display of vintage Corvettes.
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 10 and that includes a big lunch and drink courtesy of US Food. In addition, there are lots of door prizes and raffles, plus music, throughout the afternoon. Proceeds from the event go to needy military families in our area.
For more info, contact Mike Mongrelize at 352-636-4127.

Mega book sale at Winn-Dixie

A mega book sale to benefit Sheltering Hands Rescue, featuring used books, CDs, videos and crafts, will take place Saturday, March 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Winn-Dixie, 8445 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala.
Buy eight hard cover books, get one free.
Donate your aluminum beverage cans.
For more information, call  352-291-1962.
 
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.

Concert at First Congregational

The Southern Express 18-piece Big Band will be performing at First Congregational United Church of Christ on Saturday, March 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served following the program. Donation: $10 per person.
Call the church office at 352-237-3035 for tickets Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (7171 SW State Road 200).

Tuesday, March 6

Buddy Liles in concert

Buddy Liles will be in concert on March 6 at 6 p.m. at the Ocala Church of the Nazarene, 5884 S.E. 60th Ave., Ocala.
Liles has sung with the Florida Boys Quartet over 25 years, with Landmark Quartet of Cincinnati, Ohio and on Bill Gaither Videos. He was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.  

Thursday, March 8

Palm Cay GOP to meet
 
On March 8, the Palm Cay Republican Club will be holding its monthly meeting at the Oasis Club in Palm Cay. The speakers for March are Pat Gabriel who is a candidate for County Commissioner from District 5, Mike Amsted who is a candidate for County Commissioner from District 1, and Barbara Ruse who is a candidate for Marion County Supervisor of Elections. The meeting will begin promptly at 7 p.m. and last until 8.   Refreshments will be served after the meeting with lots of time to ask questions of the guests. For more information please contact James Pettus, 352-438-9662.

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.

Women's Spring Break
 
Take a break with the Women's Ministries of Christ's Church of Marion County on Saturday, March 10 at 9 a.m. and enjoy guest speaker Gaye Martin.  Gaye's topics will include "Some Have It - Some Don't," "Significant Signatures" and "Running the Race." The day will include a continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack. A love offering will be taken.
For additional information contact Sharon Lombardo, 352-307-5101 or info@ccomc.org.  Christ's Church of Marion County is at 6768 S.W. 80th St., off State Road 200, Ocala.  Phone 352-861-6182, website is www.ccomc.org.

Sunday, March 11

Mezzo-soprano and pianist to perform

The next Sunday Afternoon Arts at Countryside will take place on Sunday,
March 11 at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of Countryside Presbyterian Church,
7768 S.W. Highway 200, Ocala.
Megan Thompson, mezzo-soprano, and Donna Topp, pianist, will present “Our Nation’s Story: A Musical Review.” They will perform works by popular American composers including Gershwin, Bernstein, Joplin, Barber and Weill as well as Broadway and Disney favorites. The diversity of the music guarantees something for everyone.
Megan Thompson graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music from Stetson University. While there she performed in several operas, competitions and solo recitals. She has appeared in many Ocala Civic Theatre productions including “The Mikado.” She is a soloist with the Central Florida Master Choir.
Donna Dantz Topp graduated Cum Laude in music and psychology from Heidelberg University. She received her Master’s from the State University of New York with further piano studies at the Eastman School of Music, Roberts Wesleyan College and Columbia University. While living in Rochester, Mississippi, Topp ran a private keyboard studio as well as being director of music, organist and choir director at several area churches. Since moving to Ocala she has been the accompanist for the Marion Civic Chorale, founded and directed the Oak Run Choraliers as well as substituting for many churches in the area.
The public is invited. Admission is free but donations will be appreciated.
For further information, call the church office at 352-237-4633.

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 17

Green Thumb plant show, sale set

Spring is around the corner and plans for the 5th annual Green Thumb Plant Show and Sale are under way for the event that's a local favorite which happens to fall on St. Patrick’s Day this year, Saturday, March 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Dunnellon.  
Vendors selling orchids, trees, shrubs, native plants, soil enhancers, yard art, woody ornamentals, palms, roses and a variety of flowering plants will line the lawns of the historic village of Dunnellon, home of the shopping district known for its festivals and events.  
For booth space or more information, please contact Nancy at 352-208-6789.

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 March 17. We will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Ocala Hilton, 3600 S.W. 36th Ave. in Ocala. The menu will be corn beef and cabbage, boiled potatoes, vegetables, salad, coffee and dessert. The entertainment will be Harry Chambers on the keyboard. The cost is $16 per person. Reservations and payment must be made in advance.  Payment must be received by Wednesday the 14th of March.  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 352-861-1235 or Terry Rasmussen 352-347-8362.   
      
Thursday, March 22

Food for Thought at Our Redeemer

A "Food for Thought Luncheon" will take place at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 5200 S.W. State Road 200, on Thursday, March 22 at 11:30 a.m. The Speaker will be Joyce Semelka MS, RD. She will speak on medical nutrition self management. RSVP to reserve a seat to 352-368-4028.

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.

Ocala Lions to collect items for Fisher House

On Saturday, March 24, the Ocala Lions Club will collect donations and personal care items to be given to the Fisher House Foundation in Tampa, Florida for families of veterans or military personnel who are being treated at a nearby military or VA medical facility.  The event will be  at the Big Lots store, 8600 S.W. State Road 200 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Fisher House, founded in 1990 by Zachary Fisher, provides a home-like facility for families to stay for brief periods of time in order to be near their loved ones undergoing medical treatment. Personal care items, such as shampoo or tooth paste/brushes, tissues, paper plates, paper cups and plastic food storage containers or bags are needed to help families needing to stay at Fisher House during this difficult time.  Items may be purchased at Big Lots and monetary donations will be accepted.
For further information about Fisher House, call (813) 910-3000 or contact Bill Thomas at 352-291-2600 about the event.
 
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.

Sunday, June 3

Vendors sought for Blueberry Festival

Craft vendors are being sought for the first Blueberry Festival in Ocala to benefit Sheltering Hands Rescue.
The event will be Sunday, June 3, at Ramada Inn, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Ocala. Vendor fee is $20 inside space, $15/outside. The deadline for applications is April 16.
There will be prizes, a baking contest, fresh blueberries, 50/50 raffle, and food.
Please call 352-291-1962 for applications and/or more information.