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Upcoming events week of 4-20-2012

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Saturday, April 21

Car show scheduled

On Saturday, April 21, the second annual multi-charity car show will take place at Living Water Church, 11120 S.W. County Road 484, one mile west of state road 200.All proceeds will benefit Salvation Army, Interfaith services, Annie Johnsons senior services and the Marion County Humane Society.

Music, door prizes, awards with gift bags will be given to the first 80 cars registered. Show time is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with registration until noon. Fee is $10. For more information, call Sid at 352-489-7379.

Saturday in the Park recreation

The public is invited to the free Saturday in the Park at the Ocala Regional Sportsplex, 3500 S.W. 67th Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 21.

The health-oriented recreational event is being presented by the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department in conjunction with Munroe Regional Medical Center, ARC Marion, Marion County Children’s Alliance, and Heart of Florida Health Center. This is the second in a series of four Saturday in the Park events.

The event teaches all ages how to stay fit and healthy while having fun.  Below is a list of some of the activities:

Health screenings, which include checking blood pressure, stroke risk assessment, kid’s fitness screenings, BMI, and grip strength.
• Fitness demonstrations and clinics in soccer, basketball, tae kwon do, volleyball, golf, and zumba.
• Games for all ages including sack races, wheelbarrow races, three-legged races, kickball, and hula hoop contest!
• Punt, pass, and kick
• Fort McCoy Cougars Jump Rope for Hearts Demo Team
• Healthy cooking demonstration by Chef Randal, from the Ocala Hilton
• Junior League’s Healthy Recipe Cookbook winners announced!
• The first 500 kids receive a free kite!

For more information please contact Munroe’s Health Resource Line at 352-867-8181 or City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department at 352-368-5517.

Book sale for Center for the Blind

A book sale to benefit the Florida Center for the Blind will take place Saturday, April 21, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Florida Center for the Blind, 7634 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala. All proceeds benefit the center.

For information, call 352-873-4700.

Two-day concert band performance

The Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band invites you to their “Swing into Spring: concert series on Saturday, April 21, at 2 p.m. and Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m. at the Marion Technical Institute (MTI) Auditorium, 1614 Fort King Street, Ocala.

Musical selections include: “Procession of the Nobles,” “Highlights from Glee,” “Stardust,” featuring vocalist Marcia Muncaster; “Old Hound Dog Rag,” and, featuring the KOS big band: “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” and “Sing, Sing, Sing,” and others.

All performances are free and open to the public. For more information call 352-624-9291 or check out the band website at kingdomofthesunband.org.

The Contours coming to Cultural Center

In the summer of 1962, the The Contours with original member Joe Billingslea recorded Berry Gordy Jr.’s, “Do You Love Me,” resulting in the group’s (and label’s) first hit and remained on the charts for five months. The song was the Gordy label’s first million-seller, and it still holds the record as Motown’s fastest rising hit of all time. The Contours with Joe Billingslea continue to record and tour extensively. Their show is jam-packed with dazzling, high-energy choreography, impeccable harmonies and those timeless Motown grooves that everyone knows and loves. This show is as high energy as it was in the 1960s, though the flips and splits of yesteryear have been replaced by a brilliant choreography more suited to gentlemen in their second half-century of life!

See The Contours with original member Joe Billingslea on Saturday, April 21 at 7 p.m. at the Circle Square Cultural Center, 8395 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. For more information on the 2012 entertainment line-up including times, dates and tickets, visit the website at www.CSCulturalCenter.com or call 352-854-3670.

Sunday, April 22

Afternoon of music offered by Jazz Society

The Ocala Jazz Society returns to the VFW Post 4781, across from Oak Run, usually on the third Sunday of each month, 2 to 5 p.m. – well most months.

This month, because of a scheduling conflict, April 22 is the date.

The group plays more than jazz including favorite songs from past year. Dancing is encouraged.

Admission is $2 and benefits Hospice in memory of Bea Wilson, founder of the Jazz Society.

For more info call Gladys at 352-854-8930.

Monday, April 23

Veterans group to meet

The 40/8 Voiture 472, an organization of honorably discharged veterans formed after World War I, will meet on Monday, April 23, at 1 p.m. on the second floor of the Bank of the Ozarks, State Road 200 at the entrance to On Top of the World.

Come and enjoy comradeship and light refreshments.

For further information, call Larry at 352-509-4755 or Ben at 352-209-5916.

Tuesday, April 24

Event can help you be a teacher

The American Board, a non-profit organization dedicated to recruiting and certifying community-based teachers in Florida, will host a public event on how local residents can become certified Florida teachers.

The event will be held on Tuesday, April 24 at 5 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. at the Howard Academy Community Center, 306 N.W. 7th Ave. in Ocala and will be led by Florida Teacher Certification Specialist Rebecca Ruffing.

The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required for entry.

“Anyone with a bachelor’s degree can become a full-time teacher within a year as long as they plan the right path.” Ruffing said. “We are searching for people who have real-life experience and want to apply that experience in the classroom.”

At the event, attendees will learn what to expect in a career as a teacher and receive advisement on a personalized path to certification.

Ruffing can be contacted at rruffing@americanboard.org or 386-453-8515 to answer questions about the event or about the paths to teacher certification in Florida.

Breast Cancer Support Group meeting

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.

The April 24th meeting will be a presentation by Dr. Anderson from Boissoneault Oncology Institute who will speak to us on current radiation techniques, benefits and cautions of this type of therapy following or preceding breast cancer surgery. This meeting will be held in the Multipurpose Room 235 in order to accommodate a larger attendance and is open to anyone who would like to hear Dr. Anderson’s message. Please contact Gail Tirpak at 352-291-6904 for more information.

Friday, April 27

Spaghetti dinner at Queen of Peace

The Queen of Peace Pro-Family Ministry will be holding an “All you can eat Spaghetti and Meatballs and 25 item salad bar” dinner on Friday, April 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. The cost is $7 per person, drink included, children under 18 eat free.

High Twelve Club to meet

The Greater Ocala High Twelve Club 665 will hold its monthly meeting on Friday, April 27 at 11 a.m. at the Elks Club, 702 N.E. 25th Ave., Ocala.

The speaker will be Josephine Leyte-Vidal, a Master Gardner who will give us a talk and a video. Even if you do not have a garden, it will be interesting to see how it is done. This will also coincide for this date being Arbor Day.

You don’t want to miss the always great buffet lunch after the meeting. The cost is a bargain at only $12 per person.

All master Masons and guests are invited to attend. Bring a friend! Reservations are required. Telephone Bob Brady at 352-854-9612 for reservations or further information. 

Free tree seminar offered

A free seminar designed for tree removal contractors, landscape professionals and others interested in the proper methods of tree care will be 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday, April 27 at the Discovery Center, 701 N.E. Sanchez Ave.

Sponsored by the City of Ocala and Asplundh, the seminar will include discussion of preventative pruning techniques, new developments in tree biology, and basics of tree care.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Ed Gilman of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Those interested in attending should RSVP city staff at 352-629-8329 or 352-629-8530 by April 20.

Friday, April 27

Three-day carnival in Marion Oaks

The Civic Association has contracted to bring a carnival to the Marion Oaks community with all the bells and whistles on Friday, April 27, through Sunday, April 29.  All events will be at the ball field located at 325 Marion Oaks Lane.  From the entrance at County Road 484 and Marion Oaks Boulevard proceed to Marion Oaks Lane at Walgreens, then left to the ball field.

The annual Spring Fling for vendors will be held one day only on Saturday, April 28 during the hours of 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Vendor applications for a 10x10 space at $35 are available by calling Melissa (352-553-7634) or Butch  (845-729-6343).  Discount coupons  of $5 will be distributed by the schools to all elementary school children.  Entertainment will be provided during this event and door prizes will be awarded periodically during the day.

Saturday, April 28

Drug take-back program set

The Southwest District of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office will have a take-back program for prescription drugs that local residents may have that are outdated or no longer needed. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, people should bring their unused drugs to the Southwest District Office for disposal. A deputy will be on hand to assist.

Live bluegrass music planned

Live bluegrass music will be performed by The Broken Home Children from the “Swamps of the Withlacoochee” at the Razor Repair, across from Lowe’s on State Road 200. Donation is $3 for the event, Saturday, April 28 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The band consists of “Machine Gun” Joey, age 18; “Cheese” Andrew age 18; “Jammin” Jill age 17; and “W. Va.” Ray, age 84. Ray is the brother of well known picker Don Stover from West Virginia.

The group’s former venues included Red’s, Stumpknockers, The Mason Jar, The Levee and festivals throughout the state.

This will be an open air performance, so bring chairs.

There will be food available from Talarigo’s Paradise Grille on site.

For additional information, call Danny Maloney at 352-854-6009.

Doll collecting program planned

“Doll Collecting as a Hobby” will be the topic of a program given at the “Dolly and Me” Tea, sponsored by the Kingdom of the Sun Doll Club of Ocala, on Saturday, April 28, from 2 to 4 p.m.  According to a recent poll, doll collecting is the second most popular hobby in the United States, running closely behind the first, which is stamp collecting.

The event will be held in the Enrichment Center at the First Congregational Church of Ocala United Church of Christ at 7171 S.W. State Road 200.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children (minimum age 6) and will include a handmade souvenir doll.

There will also be many door prizes and wonderful raffle items.

For information, call 352 509-4218 or 352 867-7835.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a dolly to tea. Dollies do not need tickets!

Lunch, art auction planned

The Ocala Decorative Artists are sponsoring a Basket Lunch and Art Auction on Saturday, April 28, at the Ocala West United Methodist Church. Tickets need to be bought in advance. Tickets are $8.50 and you get lunch and a chance for a door prize. A limited number of tickets are still available. 

For tickets, contact Margaret Fredrick at 352-854-5158.

Book sale at Marion Oaks

A used book sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Marion Oaks Public Library, will be held at the Marion Oaks Community Center in the Pavilion on April  28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in conjunction with a Day in the Park sponsored by the 4-H Club and a basketball tournament sponsored by the Sheriff’s Department. Contact person for the used book sale is Nancy Sullivan at 352-347-0934.

Fundraising barbecue for Wagoner

A fundraising barbecue for School Superintendent candidate Wally Wagoner will take place on Saturday, April 28, at Abshier Blueberry Farm, 3960 S.E. 115th St., Belleview, from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $50. For more information or to purchase tickets call Julie at 352-875-8043.

Sunday, April 29

‘Bluegrass Mass’ to be performed

On Sunday, April 29, at 3 p.m., the Central Florida Master Choir, conducted by Dr. Harold McSwain, Jr., will perform A Bluegrass Mass by Carol Barnett at First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd. in Ocala.

They will be accompanied by Dominic Muzzi and George Custer’s Bluegrass Boys, with narrator Rev. Ronal Freyer-Nicholas.

Admission is free but a free-will offering will be taken to benefit the church’s Tuesday Morning Outreach Ministry to help the homeless, jobless, and others in need.

For further information, call 352-537-0207 or go to www.fumcocala.org or wayne@fumcocala.org.

Joy Night at Christ’s Church

“Lift up your hearts in praise,” Joy Night, 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 29. Christ’s Church of Marion County invites you to join us and other area churches in an evening of traditional and contemporary music and worship for your entire family.

Christ’s Church is at 6768 S.W. 80th St., just off State Road 200. For additional information, contact 352-861-6182 or www.ccomc.org.

Saturday, May 5

Marion Landing community yard sale

Marion Landing will be holding its annual community yard sale on Saturday, May 5, from 8 a.m. to noon in the Lifestyle Center parking lot located on Southwest 65th Avenue Road just off State Road 200 across from Queen of Peace.  Rain date: May 19. This event is free and open to the public.

UCC Annual Yard Sale 
Clothing, jewelry, tools, linens, home decor, antiques, books, games, puzzles, crafts, and much more at the First Congregational United Church of Christ annual yard sale, Saturday, May 5 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 7171 SW State Road 200 (in the Enrichment Center). For more information, call 352-237-3035.

Main library plans book sale

The Friends of the Ocala Library will hold their quarterly book dale at the main library on Silver Springs Boulevard on Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rooms B and C. Tenderly-treated hardcover books will be on sale for 50 cents, and thousands of paperbacks for 25 cents. Come and support your library by buying books in order that the Friends can continue to sponsor popular library programs. Go to friendsoftheocalalibrary.org to find out more about the Friends and join us.

Sholom Park Yoga

Free classes on the first Saturday of the month, May - November – 9 a.m. Come early to prepare! The park is on Southwest 80th Avenue, 2 ½ miles north of State Road 200.

Join us in the Peace Park to commune with nature.

Sunday, May 6

Concert scheduled

On Sunday, May 6, at 3 p.m., the Marion Civic Chorale, conducted by Matthew Bumbach, will perform a program titled I Have Had Singing at First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala.

Celebrating their 25th anniversary, the program will include such favorites as Deep River, Cantique de Jean Racine, Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit, and The Last Words of David. Past conductors Grat Rosazza and Wayne Earnest and the Howard Middle School Chorus will also participate.

Admission is free but a free-will offering will be taken to benefit the church’s Tuesday Morning Outreach Ministry to help the homeless, jobless, and others in need.

For further information, call 352-537-0207 or go to www.fumcocala.org or wayne@fumcocala.org.

Saturday, May 12

High Tea at Church of Advent

The Church of the Advent at 11251 S.W. Highway 484 (across from the fire department) is having a High Tea on Saturday, May 12, the day before Mother’s Day. It will begin at 2 p.m. and the ticket cost is $10 per person. Hats and gloves are optional but bring your own tea cup. There will be entertainment and an array of prizes. Join us for a fun-filled day.

For more information, call 352-465 7272.Leave your name and number, we will return your call.

Sunday, May 20

West Port student concert at UCC

Dominic Muzzi will perform a piano concert on Sunday, May 20 at 3 p.m., at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 7171 S.W. State Road 200 (352-237-3035).  

Dominic is a senior at West Port High School and serves as accompanist for the Central Florida Master Choir. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted and presented to Dominic to help with upcoming college expenses as he pursues a career in music.

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.