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Upcoming events week of 5-10-2013

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Friday, May 10

Victorian Tea Party scheduled

A Victorian Tea Party will be held on Friday, May 10, at the Grand Ballroom, 108 N.E. Magnolia Ave. starting at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $18 per person and include buffet, music, a dramatic presentation from “Father Knows Best,” raffle items and a silent auction.
Wear your tea party hat and bring your mother or daughter for Mother’s Day. Seating is limited, so call 352-873-4700 for tickets. All proceeds benefit the Florida Center for the Blind so it can provide free services to the visually impaired.

Saturday, May 11

Breakfast at Ocala West

Ocala West United Methodist Church will have a community-wide breakfast sponsored by the Men’s Club on Saturday, May 11, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. All you care to eat for $5. The church is at 9330 S.W. 105th St., Ocala. Phone is 352-854-9550.

Sunday, May 12

Symphony Under the Stars

Fine Arts for Ocala will hold its annual Symphony Under the Stars on Sunday, May 12 at the Ocala Golf Club on Silver Springs Boulevard. The Ocala Symphony Orchestra will be performing songs from the movies.
Symphony Under the Stars is a perfect way to spend Mother’s Day. The evening is family oriented and picnics are encouraged. Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy an evening of music ending in a spectacular fireworks display (weather conditions permitting).
Gates open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7. Food vendors will be selling food and drinks if you prefer to save mom the work of picnic preparation. Adirondack chairs may be rented for $5 and must be reserved by calling 352-867-0355.
Under the silent auction tent you will be able to bid on original art work from artists who participated in the Ocala Arts Festival. There will also be a $10 table where you can pick up an extra gift for mom.
Golf cart transportation will again be available for those needing assistance from the parking areas.
Patrons can pre-purchase tickets at the reduced price of $15 adults and $5 children (ages 6-12), as of April 19, at the following outlets: Gateway Bank, FAFO Office/Gallery, Macy’s, Brick City/Marion Cultural Alliance, MoJo’s Grill, Ocala Civic Theatre, Ocala Golf Club, Shannon Roth/Olivia and Company, Stella’s Modern Pantry, Tres Chic, Villages Plastic Surgery, Your Heart’s Desire, Yours Truly.
Tickets may also be purchased with PayPal at fafo.org. Adult tickets at the gate are $20 and credit cards will be accepted.
For more information go to fafo.org or call the FAFO office at 352-867-0355.

Tuesday, May 14

Car show at Hawthorne

Hawthorne Village of Ocala, 4100 S.W. 33rd Ave., Ocala, phone 352-237-7776 presents our annual “Back to the 50s Classic Car Show” on Tuesday, May 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the parking lot behind Hawthorne Estates Retirement Apartments. Come see a variety of classic cars, enjoy great 50s music, hot dogs, root beer floats, and raffle prizes! This is fun for the whole family!

Women, Little Women annual meeting

The GFWC Woman’s Club of Ocala and the Little Women/Juniorettes will hold a joint annual meeting on Tuesday, May 14, at the Elks Club and Lodge, 702 N.E. 25th Ave., Ocala, starting at 6 p.m. with dinner. At the meeting there will be installation of officers for 2013-14 for both organizations and presentation of awards for outstanding leadership and service in the clubs.
The meeting is open to all interested persons in the community. For further information about the organizations or reservations for a prime rib or grilled chicken dinner, please contact Fran at 352-629-7397 or Mary at 352-247-3975.

Macintosh users to meet

The Ocala Macintosh User Group will meet on Tuesday, May 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the St. George Anglican Cathedral Parish Hall, 5646 S.E. 28th St., Ocala.
Featured topics for the May OMUG meeting are Alternative TV Services by Burt Stephens and Apple TV by Bob Adams. These presentations will be followed by our monthly tech tips from Phil Davis. Visitors are always welcome.
For more information about OMUG, visit our website at http://ocalamug.org.

Wednesday, May 15

English as second language

The ESL (English as Second Language) ministry at College Road Baptist Church, 5010 S.W. State Road 200, will begin the summer program of Conversation Cafe on May 15, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday. We will be encouraging internationals wanting to improve their English to participate by speaking English in an informal, fun group setting.
Light refreshments will be served. Child care is offered, as well as programs for teens.
Anyone will be welcomed. For more information call 352-854-6981.

Thursday, May 16

Air Force group to meet

The May meeting of the Red Tail Memorial Chapter 136 of the Air Force Association will be held on Thursday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at the Ocala Regional Airport Administration Building 750 S.W. 60th Ave.
Our guest speaker will be Richard Hurley of the law firm of Cory & Hurley, who will speak on VA Benefits and how to get them.  Don’t miss this informative meeting. Bring a note pad and pen.
Any question contact Mike Emig 352-854-8328

Saturday, May 18

Woman’s Club spring workshop

The GFWC Woman’s Club of Ocala will host a GFWC Florida District 5 Spring Workshop on Saturday, May 18, at 9:30 a.m. at the Elks Club and Lodge, 702 N.E. 25th Ave., Ocala. District 5 encompasses GFWC Woman’s Clubs from Cedar Key to Keystone Heights and representatives from each club will attend. GFWC Florida State President Pat Zarrarino of Atlantic Beach will be the featured speaker with District 5 Director Sue Allen of Inverness presiding. Awards from the recent state spring convention in Orlando will be presented. Lunch will be served. For information about registration and lunch reservations please call Frances at 352-629-7397, District Registrar for the workshop.

thentic settings, and spin fantasy into reality. In the scene shop, you’ll see examples of set construction wizardry and learn about sound and lighting tricks, and our master craftsmen will demonstrate their clever illusions behind our artfully detailed props. In the costume shop, you’ll be amazed at the thousands of beautiful costumes we have in storage. This also is your chance to get an up-close-and-personal look at the set, props, and costumes created for Guys and Dolls.
There’s no charge to take the tour, and everyone is welcome to attend. You may just want to look around and satisfy your curiosity, or you might be interested in becoming a volunteer. Either way, we are always happy to have you join us. Don’t miss this chance to sneak a peek at the fascinating world behind the curtain!

Vendors wanted for flea market

The Ocala 200 Lions Club will be having a yard sale fundraiser on May 18 in the Bank of the Ozarks parking lot from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
The public is invited to rent a space for $15, bring your own table.
All funds generated from this event will, as always, be used for local community projects.
For more information, or to rent a space contact Lion Bob Melnick at 352-861-2730.

Book sale for food bank

A book sale to benefit the Animal Charity Food Bank will be held Saturday, May 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Winn-Dixie, 8445 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala.
Donate a bag of cat food and get three free books.
Also, bring your aluminum cans for recycling.
For information, call 352-291-1962.

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 May 18. We will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Ocala Hilton, 3600 S.W. 36th Ave. in Ocala. The menu will be chicken cordon bleu with mashed potatoes, salad, coffee and dessert. The cost is $16 per person. Reservations and payment must be made in advance. Payment must be received by Wednesday the 15th of May. Checks to be made out to Jim Neate and mailed to Jim Neate, 643-A Midway Drive, Ocala, FL 34472. For further details call Jim Neate 352-687-1580, Don Clauson 352-861-1235 or Terry Rasmussen 352-347-8362.

Haitian Flag Day dinner/dance

To celebrate Haitian Flag Day, the Haitian Community of St. Jude Catholic Community is hosting a formal dinner dance on Saturday, May 18, at the Marion Oaks Community Center. Tickets are priced at $20 per person and are available from the church office.
Join with us for a evening of good food and music.

Sunday, May 19

Country Sunday luncheon

The Friendship Fellowship Luncheon features fried chicken and side dishes provided by regular attendees. Following lunch there will be games including: watermelon seed spitting, watermelon eating, horseshoes, and lots more. Enjoy an afternoon of Christian fellowship beginning immediately following the Worship Service.
Christ’s Church of Marion County, 6768 S,W, 80th St,. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182, www.ccomc.org/.

Sunday, May 19

Morriston Baptist open house

Morriston Baptist Church announces its move to a new campus located at 3141 S.E. U.S. Highway 41 in Morriston. The Church family cordially invites the surrounding communities to join them in the Official Dedication/Open House on Sunday, May 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. Tours and light refreshments will be available.
The church organized in 1900 and built its first wooden structure beside County Road 323 in the midst of a bustling timber and turpentine town. In 1948, a growing congregation moved into a new, more modern masonry sanctuary at the same location. A fellowship hall, classrooms and finally portable buildings were added through the years to adequately accommodate the growing church. Pastor Keith Stewart has served as the church Shepherd for the past eight years, and is very excited about the move to the new facility, as are the deacons and church members.
The “Life Choice” contemporary service begins at 8:30 a.m. while the traditional worship service starts at 11, with Bible study classes for all ages at 9:45. Child care is provided. Other services are 6 p.m. on Sunday, and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Additional activities are offered for both children and youth. For more information, call the church office at 352-528-4080, or visit our website at www.morristonbaptist.org.

Monday, May 20

Legion post to meet

The Ralph J. Green American Legion Post 354 will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, May 20 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 at 352-854-9976.

Wednesday, May 22

Improving care for vets seminar

Hospice of Marion County and Munroe Regional Medical Center will host a veterans seminar on Wednesday, May 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the MRMC Auxiliary Conference Center.
The seminar will enhance attendees’ sensitivity and understanding of veterans and provide new interventions to better serve dying veterans and their families. Attention is placed on veteran generations now aging and most likely to be seen in end-of-life care (WWII, Korean War, Vietnam).
In addition to individual interventions, the program also will look at military benefits and intersections with VA systems. Finally, the program explores the traditions and sensitivities of grieving families and resources that can assist them. The information will be useful to clinicians, ad¬ministrators, and other staff working in hospice and palliative care, hospitals, long-term care and assisted living facilities.
A local panel of experts will be available for discussion following the presentation. Continuing Education credits are available for a processing fee. To register for this workshop, call 352-854-5230.

Saturday, June 1

Memorial ride benefits Hospice

The sixth annual Frank Polack Memorial Ride for Hospice of Marion County takes place on Saturday June 1, at 8 a.m. An anticipated 250 participants will enjoy a trip through the heart of horse country, starting and ending at Hospice of Marion County’s Education Center.
Riders pay $40 to enjoy a fully staffed and SAG’D 80 mile route, 62 mile route, or 30 mile route. Registration fees include a light breakfast, an overflowing event gear bag, and lunch. On line registration is provided at www.Hospiceofmarion.com, www.Active.com, by mail, or riders may register the morning of the event.
For the past five years, Ocala Eye has encouraged bicycle rider participation as a way to raise funds to help Hospice of Marion County continue its mission of providing quality, compassionate care to families in Ocala/Marion County who are facing end-of-life issues. At the ride, we will announce the winner of prizes for the most money raised.
Since 1983, Hospice of Marion County, Inc. has provided compassionate comfort care to those with advancing illnesses. Services are offered without regard to race, national origin, age, gender, religion or ability to pay.

Church to open childcare center

Crossroads Childcare Center will open June 1 serving ages 2 to 10 years of age.
The church staff will also offer a summer camp for school age children in a Christian environment.
Registration for the childcare began May 1.
Crossroads is at 8070 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala, 352-598-2085.

Sunday, June 2

Baccalaureate at West Port

The Baccalaureate service for West Port High School graduates will be Sunday, June 2, at 3 p.m. at the school’s Performing Arts Center.
Graduation will take place at the football field on Friday, June 7, at 6 p.m.

Thursday, June 6

Mental illness education

Are you a caregiver of a family member or loved one living with a severe mental illness?
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI of Marion County) will offer a FREE NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program for families, partners, caregivers, friends, and loved ones of individuals living with schizophrenia, depression, bipolar, panic disorder, OCD, anxiety disorder or other serious mental illness. The course helps improve the skills and abilities for caregivers to manage the path to recovery. Many family members describe their experience in the program as “life changing”.
The program will run for 12 weeks starting on Thursday, June 6, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the First Baptist Church in Ocala, 2801 S.W. Maricamp Road. Teachers are specially trained NAMI family members and caregivers who focus on the emotional responses families have to the trauma of mental illness.
All course materials are furnished at no cost. The class is limited to 20 students, so please call and register as early as you can.
The NAMI Family-to-Family program will also be offered later 2013. If you are unable to register for the June class please call to register for a later program.
Registration is required.
To register call NAMI at 352-368-2405, or e-mail to education@namiocala.org.