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Upcoming events week of 2-8-2013

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Friday, Feb. 8

Life Line Screening available

Life Line Screening is a mission to make people aware of unrecognized health problems and encourage them to seek follow-up care with their personal physician. The leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings in the United States, sponsored by Ocala Regional Medical Center and West Marion Community Hospital, will be available on Friday, Feb. 8. Pre-registration is required and a fee is charged. Call 1-800-324-1851 for information and registration.
Christ’s Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, www.ccomc.org/.

Two-day performance at West Port

The Marion County Center for the Arts at West Port High School will present A Taste of Broadway, a musical theater revue, on Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. The cabaret style show is performed in the West Port High School Performing Arts Center, 3733 S.W. 80th Ave. in Ocala. Tickets are $7 and include dessert and a beverage. Seating is limited. Tickets may be purchased at www.westportwolfpack.org

Saturday, Feb. 9

Ocala West men to serve breakfast

Ocala West United Methodist Church will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the church, 9330 S.W. 105th St., Ocala.
Cost is $3 for children, $5 for adults and $20 per family.

Yard sale at Countryside

The annual yard sale will be held in Founder’s Hall at Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. White elephant, linen, clothing, jewelry, homemade bake sale, tools, toys, small furniture, holiday decorations, books, videos, CDs and much more. For further information, call the church at 352-237-4633.

Manatee Button Collectors to meet

The Manatee Button Collectors Club meets the second Saturday of each month at the Marion Oaks Community Center Clubhouse at 9:30 a.m. For more information, please call Jim Bergmann at 352-727-1241 or Dwight or Laura Stoffel at 352-787-5945

Countryside Country Faire

The Countryside Country Faire will take place Saturday, Feb. 9, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala. There will be a white elephant sale with tools, linen, clothing, jewelry, purses, books, videos, CDs, holiday decorations, toys, games, puzzles and a homemade bake sale.
Refreshments will be available.
For information, call 352-237-4633.

Sunday, Feb. 10

Friendship Fellowship Sunday

On Sunday, Feb. 10, join the members and friends of Christ’s Church for the after worship service Friendship Fellowship Pot Luck Luncheon. This month we celebrate “Foods We LOVE”. Bring an entree, salad or dessert, connect with others and meet new “friends.”
Christ’s Church of Marion County is at 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, www.ccomc.org/.

Vocal soloist to appear

The Marion Chamber Music Society will present vocal soloist Stephen Saxon on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. at Queen of Peace Church, 6455 S.W. State Road 200. He will be performing a variety of favorite arias and light classics to include Kern’s audience favorite, Old Man River. All Marion Chamber Music concerts are free to the public; donations greatly appreciated.
Saxon has soloed all over the world with prestigious orchestras and conductors to include Slatkin and Abbado in impressive works by composers such as Mahler, Handel, Beethoven, Brahms and premier works as well as lighter classical music and shows. In addition to his exceptional talent as a vocalist, he also is a virtuoso violinist and classical guitarist. His talent not limited to music, he is a retired Professor Emeritus, Department of Mathematics, UF.
For information, call 352-867-1340.

Decca hosts Oak Run residents

Oak Run residents are invited to “We Love Oak Run,” a community and customer appreciation celebration sponsored by Decca Real Estate Corp., on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Bella Cucina Restaurant in Oak Run.
Dessert and beverages will be served, and those attending can enter to win door prizes.
For more information, call 352-854-8787.

Opera Theatre, Ocala Symphony show

The UF Opera Theatre Workshop and the Ocala Symphony Orchestra present “Opera Noir” – Mozart’s The Impresario and Purcell’s dido and Aeneas on Sunday, Feb. 10 at Ocala’s Circle Square Cultural Center.
The UF Opera Theatre Workshop transforms two operatic standards into staged versions of film classics while the talented vocal performers from the UF School of Music graduate and undergraduate music programs make up the cast and are under the direction of Dr. Anthony Offerle and Maestro Mathew Wardell conducts the Ocala Symphony Orchestra in the joint production! Mozart’s hilarious one-act opera The Impresario discovers a new attitude as the characters channel their inner Casablanca and the onstage audience comments enthusiastically as they enjoy the stormy new silver screen hit, Dido and Aeneas!
Tickets for this special show are $15 for general admission seating.
Don’t miss this joint production featuring the Ocala Symphony Orchestra and the UF Opera Theatre Workshop on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. Doors at the Circle Square Cultural Center, 8395 S.W. 80th St., Ocala will open at 1 p.m. For a full list of shows, events and concerts and to purchase tickets, please visit www.csculturalcenter.com or call 352-854-3670.  

Special evening of music with the Weaver family

Southwest Christian Church will be hosting the Weaver family at Feb. 10 at 6 p.m.
The gifted family brings Southern Gospel music played on traditional bluegrass instruments.
The Weaver family was named Bluegrass Band of the Year, both in 2009 and 2010.
The group has received five Songwriter of the Year awards and was recently nominated as Group of the Year Heritage Award by the Artists Music Guild.
The public is invited to the concert.
Weekly Sunday Services include Sunday School for all ages at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. Interim Minister Peter Bunch will be speaking. The church is at 9045 S.W. 60th Ave.
For more information call 352-861-9080.

Tuesday, Feb. 12

Woman’s Club to meet

The GFWC Woman’s Club of Ocala will hold meetings of the Day Group and Evening Group on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Elks Club and Lodge, 702 N.E. 25th Ave., Ocala.
The Day Group luncheon meeting will begin at 11:45 a.m. and the speaker will be Carol Ely, a member of the Marion County School Board. Cost is $10. Make reservations with Mary at 352-347-3975.
The Evening Group will meet for dinner at 6:30 and a program will be presented by Linda DeWolf, an interior designer. Cost is $10. Call Fran at 352-629-7397 or email to ocaladowns@yahoo.com for reservations.
The GFWC Woman’s Club of Ocala is dedicated to community improvement through volunteer service and is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, an international organization. All women in the community are invited to club meetings.

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Spring soccer signup at Joy

Joy Evangelical Lutheran Church is now ready for some spring soccer! They are looking for boys and girls from kindergarten through 6th grade to register for this fun and encouraging sports experience.
Players may register at the church office beginning Wednesday, Feb. 13 through Saturday, Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The registration fee is $65 per child, which includes a reversible jersey, water bottle, socks, car magnet and an end-of-season reward. Scholarships are available. All players must attend one soccer evaluation that promotes equal and competitive teams as well as a substitution system, to complete the registration process
Practice begins Tuesday, Feb. 26 and Thursday, Feb. 28. The first game is scheduled for Saturday, March 9. All events will occur at Hope Field at Joy Lutheran Church. So get your child registered to learn the skills of the game and an opportunity to experience good sportsmanship.
Volunteers are needed to help with coaching, registering the participants and organizing the players.
For more information, contact Pastor Ed Holloway at 352-854-4509 ext. 223, or Fran Johnson at 352-854-4509 ext. 221.
Joy Evangelical Lutheran Church is at 7045 S.W. 83rd Place at State Road 200, Ocala.

Thursday, Feb. 14

Jazz bands to perform

Six jazz bands go head-to-head this Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) in the Optimist Club of Ocala’s Jazz Band Festival.
The event takes place in West Port High School’s Performing Arts Center located at 3733 S.W. 80th Ave. in Ocala at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $3 at the door.
Competing high school jazz bands include Belleview, Dunnellon, Forest, Lake Weir, Vanguard, and West Port. This competition prepares players for further competition at the Florida Bandmasters Association Jazz Band Assessment the following week (Feb. 21 at 9 a.m.) also held at West Port.
Admission is free to this state-based event where 25 jazz bands from Lake, Marion, and Sumter counties will compete. For more information, call 352-291-4000.

Friday, Feb. 15

All church Valentine dinner

The Forever Young Ministry presents an All Church Valentine Dinner on Friday, Feb. 15, at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $7 per person. Reservations, by phone or at the sign-up desk, required.
Christ’s Church of Marion County, 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, www.ccomc.org/.

The Circle of French Friends

Le Cercle Des Amis Français meets on the third Friday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon at Marion County Sheriff’s Office Community Conference Room, 9048 State Road 200, about ¼ mile from Walmart.
The club promotes all things French: language, culture and fun. You do not have to be a fluent speaker to join the group.
Guests are welcome at any meeting. Call Marie McNeil at 352-509-4940 for more information.
The next meeting is Feb. 15.

Male Chorus sings at Ocala West

The Rockingham Male Chorus will present a concert at the Ocala West United Methodist Church on Friday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. The church is at 9330 S.W. 105th St. For more information, call 352-854-9550.
The chorus of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia is a group of volunteer musicians from a variety of careers who welcome the opportunity to travel and sing the gospel of Christ.
The chorus has given more than 1,000 concerts and performs regularly, September through April, traveling from Pennsylvania to Florida. Ocala West is pleased to have them return for another concert. You will enjoy their smooth, rich, melodic sound.

Saturday, Feb. 16

13th annual Horses for Hospice Trail Ride

Hospice of Marion County, Inc. will hold its 13th annual “Horses for Hospice” Trail Ride on Saturday, Feb. 16, on the Central Florida Greenway at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala. This year’s ride is in memory of Wayne Vaught, beloved Cross Florida Greenway enthusiast and former 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.

Home Improvement Expo

Mark your calendars for the fifth annual Home Improvement Expo on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Circle Square Cultural Center! The event is sponsored by On Top of the World Communities and World Home Improvements.
Browse through the dozens of exhibitor booths and visit with experts from a wide variety of trades in the home improvement industry including; home solar, screen room enclosures, windows and flooring, the latest in home entertainment, single room or total home renovation, home security and much more. Numerous companies will fill the Circle Square Cultural Center with different ideas for enhancing homes and showcasing concepts for home improvements from standard remodeling and landscaping to complete reconstruction. This is a free event and open to the public.
Visitors to the Home Improvement Expo will be treated to giveaways, door prizes and vendor gifts, along with loads of information and ideas for improving their home.
The Circle Square Cultural Center is at 8395 S.W. 80th St. For more information, visit the website at www.CSCulturalCenter.com or call Theresa Fields at 352-854-8707 ext. 7530.

Queen of Peace Country Fair

Queen of Peace Council of Catholic Women will hold their annual Country Fair Saturday, Feb. 16 in the Parish Hall at Southwest State Road 200. Bring your friends; there will be something on sale for everyone, including white elephant items, jewelry, books, tapes, videos, decorative items and baked goods. The event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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. 16. 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 with mashed potatoes, salad, coffee and dessert. Entertainment will be announced. The cost is $16 per person. Reservations and payment must be made in advance. Payment must be received by Wednesday the 13th 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 Jim Neate 352-687-1580, Don Clauson 352-861-1235 or Terry Rasmussen 352-347-8362.

Chili supper and bake sale

Sister Concepta, who founded and oversees Brother Keeper’s soup Kitchen in Ocala, is sponsoring the 6th annual chili supper and bake sale on Feb. 16, at Blessed Trinity Church.
It will be from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Parish Hall, 5 S.E. 17th St. Menu includes both red and white chili, plus salad.
For information, call 352-867.9860.

Golf Scramble benefits, Elks, ACS

The annual Benjamin H. Ayres Memorial Golf Scramble, a fun event to benefit Ocala Elks Lodge 286 and the American Cancer Society, will take place on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Candler Hills Golf Club.
Registration is at 7 a.m. with a continental breakfast and driving range available. Shotgun start will be at 9 a.m., with lunch following golf.
There will be two flights for golfers with equal size trophies. Age groups ae up to 49 years and 50 years and older.
Price per golfer is %75, gold sign sponsor is $200, silver sign sponsor is $100. Donations are accepted for trophies, printing and hole in one.
There will be a $10,000 cash prize for a hole-in-one on the par 3 hole 13, 157 yards.
Please make checks payable to Ocala Elks Lodge 286, 702 N.E. 25th Ave., Ocala FL 34470. You can also make payment at the lodge with cash, check or credit card to Betty Lee, 352-732-7091.

Sunday, Feb. 17

Jazz Society offers music, dancing

The Ocala Jazz Society will host an afternoon of music at the VFW hall on Sunday, Feb. 17 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Open to everyone, organizers say the, event offers “incomparable musicians featuring great tunes for everyone and dancing is encouraged.”
A $3 donation is requested and benefits Hospice in memory of Bea Wilson, the founder of the Ocala Jazz Society.
The VFW, across from Oak Run, is just off State Road 200.
For more info call Diana, 352-286-5636.

Chuck Wagon Gang at Christ’s Church

Back by popular demand the number one Gospel Group of all time, entering its 75th year of singing the old songs, The Chuck Wagon Gang appears Sunday, Feb. 17, 5 p.m. This mixed quartet has continuously recorded what has come to be known as “grass roots” Gospel music, recording over 800 songs and selling 40 million records worldwide. Many of the original songs are still being sung at their concerts across America. Admission is free; a love offering will be taken.
Christ’s Church of Marion County is at 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, www.ccomc.org/.

Cosmopolitans Anniversary

The Cosmopolitans of Ocala will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary on Sunday, Feb. 17 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Ocala Hilton Hotel. Donation is $50 per person. Over the years members have volunteered many hours to community services that involve children, and many have made donations to charitable organizations in Marion County. The income from this anniversary event will go to the Winston  Brown Scholarship Program for high school graduates, May 2013.
Please contact Edith Harper, 352-307-0670 or Gertha Williams, 352-893-9265 for tickets.

Rose pruning demonstration

Marion County Rose Society will hold a rose pruning demonstration at 2:30 p.m. at 2224 Clearwater Run, The Villages. Meetings are open to all who want to have fun learning about and sharing their love of roses. Visit www.marioncountyroses.org, or call Howard Johnson at 352-751-0355.

Monday, Feb. 18

American Legion post to meet

The Ralph J Green American Legion Post 354 will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 18, 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 veterans. For more information , telephone Commander Fred Pulis 352-854-9976.

Marion Oaks Democrats to meet

The next meeting of the Marion Oaks Democratic Club will be Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Marion Oaks Community Center, Building B.
The club met on Dec. 17 to prepare for 2013. The discussion centered around the election of officers to carry on the work with the intensity of the past few months. The mid-term elections were mentioned as well as the need to maintain our interest and involvement in local and national issues that affects us all. New officers will be determined in our February meeting.
Another topic of interest was the success of our end of year victory party held early in December. Approximately 160 individuals came to eat, dance and share experiences. A good time was had by all! Everyone was reminded about the bus trip to the inauguration ceremony for President Obama.
Come and join us in February, we can always find room for more members.

Tuesday, Feb. 19

Financial Workshop at Ocala West

Do you have the information you need to make decisions about your financial
goals? This financial workshop, sponsored by Edward R. Jones will help you
learn key principles of saving and investing and also learning specific
strategies to help you reach your long-term financial goals. The workshop
will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the multi-purpose room (room 235). Topics and
dates are as follows:
Feb. 19, Focus on Fixed Income.
Feb 26, Take Stock in the Market.
March 5, Protecting What’s Important.

Thursday, Feb. 21

College Road Young at Heart

College Road Baptist Church, on Feb. 21, will bring our own Rod Hendrick to entertain us with his Southern style storytelling and humor. He might even sing. Bring a dish to share and join us for an hour of fellowship at noon at 5010 S.W. College Road (State Road 200). Phone is 352-237-5741 for information or if you need a ride.

Alzheimer’s workshops set

Marion County families are invited to attend a series of free Alzheimer’s CARE training workshops that will be offered on Feb. 21, March 7, March 21 and April 4. Each session will begin at 5:15 p.m. at Home Instead Senior Care, 606 S.W. 3rd Ave., Ocala.
Developed by Home Instead Senior Care, the Alzheimer’s or Other Dementias CARE program incorporates an innovative, hands-on approach to help families deal with the difficult behavioral changes that often are associated with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.
During the workshop, program experts will teach caregivers how to:
Manage behaviors.
Encourage engagement.
Care for themselves while caring for their loved one.
To reserve a spot, call Home Instead Senior Care at 352-622-6447.

Saturday, Feb. 23

Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band

The Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band announces its “A Musical Memory” concert series for Saturday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. at the Marion Technical Institute, 1614 S.E. Fort King St., Ocala. Musical selections include: “Finlandia”; “Selections from Les Miserables”; “Memory” from Cats; “Indiana”; “Esprit De Corps; “Morceau Symphonique” featuring trombonist Richard Blankenship; and “Lassus Trombone” featuring the KOS trombone section.
All performances are free and open to the public.
For more information, call 352-624-9291 or visit http://kingdomofthesunband.org.

Saturday, Feb. 23

Eagles tribute concert planned

7 Bridges: The Ultimate EAGLES Experience is a stunningly accurate tribute to the music of the Eagles. Using no backing tracks or harmonizers, the band faithfully re-creates the experience of an Eagles concert from their most prolific period. 7 Bridges will feature brilliant hit singles after another while offering the perfect blend of songs to capture all levels of Eagles devotees with some mighty Don Henley and Joe Walsh surprises sprinkled into the mix. Tickets for this concert start at $15.
The 7 Bridges: The Ultimate EAGLES Experience show provides family friendly entertainment for all ages, weaved into a powerful rock-n-roll concert experience! Catch them live at the Circle Square Cultural Center on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. The Cultural Center is at 8395 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. For more information on the 2013 entertainment line-up including times, dates and tickets, visit www.CSCulturalCenter.com or call 352-854-3670.

Ocala Symphony; Two days of young talent

The Ocala Symphony Orchestra will showcase the two winners of the annual 22nd Young Artist Competition at the Saturday, Feb. 23 and Sunday, Feb. 24 concerts at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Auditorium, while performing some of the most uplifting and powerful pieces of the symphonic repertoire of Italian composer, Ottorino Respighi’s Pines of Rome.
Julia Hossain, 14, who won the junior division, will perform Edouard Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnol. Ivana Muncan, 23, who won the senior division, will perform Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. Both winners received a $1,000 cash prize, as well as the opportunity to perform with the OSO Feb. 23 and Feb.24.
Each year the OSO sponsors this youth outreach program for outstanding young musicians, with the goal of motivating and enhancing the music careers of promising young musicians. The competition takes it a step further by assisting these ambitious musicians in their musical careers by providing the opportunity to be a participant musician with the OSO. Maestro Matthew Wardell, OSO musicians and local area musical experts judged these promising young artists.
There will be two concerts held at OBS: Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $5 and can be purchased by visiting www.ocalasymphony.com or calling 352-351-1606.
Tuesday, Feb. 26

SOS meeting

The SOS (Sisterhood of Survivors) Support Group meets the last Tuesday of each month at Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St. Room 235 (Multipurpose Room) at 1 p.m.
Our meeting on Feb. 26 will be a presentation by Jane Houldsworth, Community Relations person for America’s Choice in Homecare, Visiting Angels.
We never know when we might have a need for these kinds of services and this presentation should be very interesting. If you have any questions, please contact Gail Tirpak at 352-291-6904.

Auditions for Over 55 talent show

Active adults 55+ from all over Florida are invited on stage to audition for the fourth annual “The World Has Talent” 55+ talent show on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Ocala’s Circle Square Cultural Center. Judges will choose several top acts that will then perform at “The World Has Talent” 55+ Talent Show at the Cultural Center on Saturday, May 11, where they will compete for a chance to win the $500 first place, $250 second place and $150 third place prizes!
Auditions will be held on Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Circle Square Cultural Center, 8395 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. For more information visit www.CSCulturalCenter.com, call 352-854-3670 or e-mail ticketsales@cscultrualcenter.com.

Saturday, March 2

Palm Cay garage sales

Community-wide garage sales will be held at Palm Cay on Saturday, March 2, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gates will be open to the public.
A hot dog lunch will be available at the Oasis fro a nominal fee.
Palm Cay is on State Road 200 just two blocks west of 103rd Street Road.

Tuesday, March 5

Luncheon at Our Redeemer

The Parish Health Ministry team at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 5200 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala, is having its “Original Food for Thought” luncheon on Tuesday, March 5, at 11:30 a.m. The presentation is open to the community with a free lunch provided prior to the seminar. Presented by Riadh Fakhoury, CD, the topic is titled “Physical Stress and its causes and effects on the bodyand the mind,”
For reservations, please call Shirley at 352-368-4028

Saturday, March 9

Concert at First Congregational

The Southern Express 18-piece Big Band will be performing at First Congregational United Church of Christ on Saturday, March 9 at 6 p.m. This is a fundraiser for the church; tickets are $10 and are available at the church office, 7171 SW State Road 200, 352-237-3035 or contact Dave at 352-867-7967. Refreshments will be available at intermission.

Gracefully adjusting

A talk on gracefully adjusting to later years with happiness and enthusiasm will be presented at Vitalize, at Market Street on State Road 200, on Saturday, March 9 at 9 a.m.
For further information, call Cara at 352-509-6839. The event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 12

Charity pro-am at Ocala Open

A charity pro-am event kicks off the Ocala Open on Tuesday, March 12, 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 a pro and get a few pointers on your own game. The day concludes with the Champion’s Roundup Barbecue and Awards Luncheon.
For more information, call 352-861-9712.

Friday, March 15

Vendors wanted for Spring Expo

Business owners are invited to set up booths at the Spring Expo sponsored by the West Marion Business Association on Friday, March 15.
The Spring Expo is from noon to 5 p.m .at the Circle Square Commons Cultural Center.
Booths are available on a first come, first serve basis and cost from $100 to $175. Electric is available.
Reserve your booth space, or learn more, by visiting our website at, westmba.com or contacting Erin Jones, eajones@brickcitytitle.net, 352-274-3511.

Saturday, March 16

Looking for vendors

Come join us on March 16 at Oak Run’s annual Plant Sale and Craft Show. There are tables available inside the Orchid Club for $15 per table. The show will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will have entertainment and food available.
Please call Patricia Callahan 352-484-0895) or Sharon Cariglio 315-383-2138) for more information. Our proceeds are donated to CCF ‘s Horticulture Scholarship program.

Run, walk for United Way

United Way of Marion County’s high school youth program is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day 5K run/walk on Saturday, March 16, at 8 a.m. downtown at Ocala City Hall to benefit the United Way.
Entry fee is $20 before Monday, March 11 and $25 afterward. Race forms can be downloaded at www.uwmc.org or participants can register at Active.com.
Sponsorships are still available. For more information, call Tina Banner at 352-732-9696.

 
Saturday, April 20

Helping Hands race, walk, fun run

Helping Hands is having its inaugural 5K race, a 1 mile walk, and a Kid’s Fun Run, on April 20th at the Baseline Road Trailhead (Florida Greenway). It’s a family event featuring complimentary food, snacks, drinks, music, exhibits, and raffle prizes. Individual and group awards will be given out to winners. The cost for adults is $20 for pre-registration, youth $15, and the children’s Fun Run (10 years or younger) is free. Top quality event shirts are free to the first 200 registrants. All the proceeds go to helping local men, women, and children in need. Registration, sponsorships, and detailed information is available on our website at www.helpinghandsocala.org or call Holly Miley at 352-732-4464.

Ongoing

Civic Chorale offers scholarship

The Marion Civic Chorale is offering the Grat L. Rosazza Scholarship to an area student with musical talent.
The $ 500 scholarship is open to high school and community college students who are continuing their education in vocal music, music education or musical theatre.  The winner will perform with the chorale during one of the spring concerts and will be awarded the scholarship at that time. Application deadline is April 2.
For further information, visit the chorale’s web site at marioncivicchorale@tripod.com or contact Judy Crooks at 352-812-0666, or e-mail Jillvw50@gmail.com.

Reading Volunteer Group

Love to read? Love kids? Our Reading Volunteer Group is looking for enthusiastic people to visit two of our local elementary schools and read to the lower grades. It would only take up about an hour of your time, six mornings a year each (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) at Sunrise and Marion Oaks Elementary schools. The books are selected by the teacher at the grade level you want, and you are escorted by two of the children to their classroom. Having the children around you engaged and anticipating the next page, discussing the book, sharing the pictures, and just being with them is a truly rewarding experience. Through our efforts we hope to instill in them a love of reading while opening up new horizons and adventures in the wonderful world of books.
Call Addie Bambridge at 352-533-8666 to sign up or for more information.