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Upcoming events week of 8-5-2011

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Saturday, Aug. 6

Island Festival at Circle Square Commons

Join the fun and get that tropical feeling from the Pacific and Caribbean islands on Saturday, Aug. 6, when The Town Square at Circle Square Commons hosts the exciting fourth annual Island Festival.  
The evening of family fun will include beautiful Island dancers dressed in authentic and colorful costumes, Polynesian and fire knife dancers, tropical face painting, lei and basket making stations, fun games, food vendors and much more!
Bring the whole family to the Island Festival on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. on The Town Square rain or shine!  The Town Square is located at 8409 S.W. 80th St., Ocala.  For more information visit:  www.CircleSquareCommons.com

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.

Peripheral Neuropathy group to meet

The next meting of the Ocala Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group will be on Saturday, Aug. 6, at 10 a.m. at the Marion County Sheriff’s Brian Litz Building, 9048 S.W. State Road 200.
The program for the morning will feature the showing of The American Academy Of Neurology DVD titled: Diabetic Nerve Pain, A Guide For Patients and Families, featuring Jerry Mathers star of “Leave it to Beaver”. Mathers suffers from Diabetic Nerve Pain. Everyone, who is interested is invited to view this informative DVD. For more information please call Jack Koehler at 352-861-1630.

Yoga at Sholom Park

Sholom Park Yoga, meets on the first Saturday of each month, Southwest 80th Avenue, 2 ½ miles north of State Road 200. The next session will be on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 9 a.m. For further information call Ingrid Crane at 352-854-7950.

Sunday, Aug. 7

Moose breakfast is served

Every Sunday from 9 a.m. until noon, a fantastic buffet is provided at one great price! It includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, potatoes, grits, biscuits with country gravy, juice, fruit, coffee and more. The Moose is the best kept secret in the southwest corridor, visit us before or after church and come help support our mission and community programs.
The lodge is at 10411 S.W. 110th St.., one mile north of the State Road 200 main entrance of Oak Run. Phone is 352-854-2200.

Thursday, Aug. 11

NARFE to meet

The National Association of Retired Federal Employees and spouses of Ocala Chapter 2279 will meet at the Olive Garden Restaurant on State Road 200, Thursday, Aug. 11, 1 p.m. for their luncheon and meeting.

Respiratory illness group meets

Are you or someone you love living with a chronic respiratory illness? Come to discuss the need for a local support group called Airheads. The meeting will take place on Thursday, Aug. 11 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Cala Hills Clubhouse (2400 S.W. 21st Circle). The meeting is open to residents, patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. For more information, contact Leigh Hutson at 352-873-7400 ext. 1164.

Palm Cay GOP hosts candidates

On Aug. 11, the Palm Cay Republican Club will be hosting two Marion County candidates: Chris Blair, who is running for Marion County Sheriff, and Bob Cretul who is a candidate for District 5 County Commissioner.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and is usually one hour in length with refreshments to follow. There is also lots of good conversation with the candidates after the meeting at the Oasis Club. Mark you calendar and plan to attend. If you have questions please contact Jim Pettus at 352-438-9662

Local manufacturers’ showcase is Aug. 11

Those familiar with “Made in the USA” and “Buy Local” campaigns may wonder what is manufactured right here in Citrus, Levy and Marion counties. Find out at the Marion Regional Manufacturers Association’s “Made in Florida Manufacturing Showcase” on Thursday, Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the College of Central Florida’s Klein Conference Center, 3001 S.W. College Road, in Ocala.
The second annual showcase of manufacturers, suppliers and fabricators is open to the public, free of charge.
The vendor fair provides a “one-stop shopping” venue of services and resources available to support local industrial businesses. Those involved in making financial, logistics, purchasing and management decisions for their companies or government entities are encouraged to attend.
Workforce Connection CEO Rusty Skinner said that “one of the best ways to grow our economy is to support local businesses.”
To facilitate local manufacturers’ participation at the vendor fair, Workforce Connection will sponsor the full registration fee for exhibitors who are not currently members of MRMA and not registered with Workforce and who commit to posting job openings, at no charge, with Employ Florida.
Exhibition fees range from $130-$200 depending on booth space.
“We all talk about ‘buy local’ and this is an excellent time for manufacturing and manufacturing-related businesses to promote their abilities and their products,” Skinner said. “It is also a time for other businesses – private sector and governmental – to see what is made here and talk with the various manufacturing firms and see if they can make something you need.”
For information about Workforce Connection’s fee reimbursement offer, contact Mary Price at 352-873-7959 or mprice@clmworkforce.com.

Saturday, Aug. 13

Book sale set at Center for the Blind

Florida Center for the Blind, Inc. will hold a used book sale inside their building on Saturday, Aug. 13. Books are reasonably priced from 50 cents to $5.
The sale will start at 8 a.m. and go until 3 p.m. The address is 7634 S.W. 60th Ave. Ocala. Florida Center for the Blind, Inc. is located behind Jasmine Plaza on State Road 200.
Florida Center for the Blind, Inc. has been in Ocala since 1992, and its mission is to instruct individuals with visual impairments in the use of those compensatory skills and aids that will enable them to live safely, productively, independently and interdependently.

St. Jude sets flea market

St. Jude Catholic Community’s fourth annual flea market will be Saturday, Aug. 13, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the church grounds at 443 Marion Oaks Drive in Marion Oaks.
Donations of items in good condition are currently being accepted. Anyone wishing to rent a table may do so for $20. More information may be obtained by calling Iris at 352-307-0565.

Monday, Aug. 15

American Legion post to meet

The Ralph J. Green American Legion Post 354, will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Aug. 15, 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.

Saturday, Aug. 20

Hard Rock Casino Trip

St. Jude Catholic Community is sponsoring another bus trip to the Hard Rock Café and Casino in Tampa on Saturday, Aug. 20. Tickets are $30 per person. Each person gets $25 returned for free play and a $5 food voucher. The bus will leave the St. Jude parking lot at 9 a.m. and return around 5 p.m. Please contact Ghislaine at 352-245-9962 for more information and reservations.

Saturday, Aug. 27

Back to School Bash

Ocala West United Methodist Church will host a Back to School Bash for Kids, Saturday, Aug. 27, from 3 to 6 p.m., for children 4 years to 5th grade. Magician at 3, clowns at 4, food at 5. Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St., Ocala, call 352-854-9550.

Ocala Symphony to hold auditions

The Ocala Symphony Orchestra will be holding auditions on Aug. 27 for specific open positions, and will also be accepting those who wish to audition for the first-call sub-list. Auditions will take place in the Fine Arts Building (No. 4) of the College of Central Florida at 3001 S.W. College Road in Ocala.
If you have auditioned for the sub-list at any point in the last two seasons, there is no need to re-audition unless you are auditioning for a now open position. New sub-list applicants should prepare five standard orchestral excerpts of their choice, while position applicants must follow the excerpt requirements listed on the OSO website. To sign up for an audition slot, please submit a resume to OSO General Manager, Mary Catherine Wickham at mcwickham@ocalasymphony.com.
The Ocala Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1975, currently performs eight subscription concerts a year at the Ocala Breeders Sales Auditorium plus special performances and outreach to youth. It is a 501c3 non-profit corporation supported entirely by ticket sales, donations, sponsorships and grants, with new offices in the Seven Sisters Inn Annex located at 820 S.E. Fort King St. in Ocala. Performance dates and tickets for subscription concerts, the “SoundArt” series in partnership with the Appleton Museum of Art, as well as Handel’s Messiah are available at the OSO office or through www.ocalasymphony.com.

Saturday, Sept. 17

Golf event to benefit Special Olympics

The inaugural “Be a Fan” benefit golf tournament for Special Olympics Marion County, sponsored by the Ocala Palms Community, will be Saturday, Sept. 17, at Ocala Palms Golf and Country Club.
There will be donuts, juice and coffee at 7:30 a.m. and a four-person best ball shotgun scramble at 8:30 a.m.
Cost is $75 per player and includes green fees and cart, range balls and buffet lunch. There will be prizes and raffles.
For sponsorship and team registration forms contact Peter Kowal at 352-629-5407 or e-mail peterkowal@embarqmail.com, or Diane Peterson, 352-690-1643 or e-mail dlpdiane@embarqmail.com.

Monday, Sept. 19

Christian 12 Step fashion show

The Christian 12 Step Ministry of Ocala, an addiction alcohol and substance abuse recovery program, is holding its first fashion show and luncheon. All proceeds will benefit the Christian 12 Step Ministry in their mission to help those in need of substance recovery.
The show will take place on Monday, Sept. 19 at noon in the Royal Oaks Golf Club Dining Room at Oak Run Country Club in Ocala. Tickets are $25 per person and include lunch, entertainment, door prizes and a fashion show exclusively by Beall’s Department Store.
Christian substance abuse treatment effectively combines spiritual healing with a traditional rehabilitation program. The Christian 12 Step Ministry helps heal lives and families here in our community. This fun event of fashion and pampering will help support their mission and our community.
Please contact Laurie Smith at 352-861-0296, Catherine Vibber at 352-208-4261, or Jeryl Durrand at 352-390-6766 for tickets or information. Tickets are also available at Great American Coffee Roasters, 816 S. Magnolia Ave. in Ocala.
The Christian 12 Step Ministry’s mission and direction is to be a community resource providing Bible-based education in recovery and deliverance of substance and behavioral addiction to anyone seeking help, while promoting and protecting spiritual health. For more information, please visit www.christian12step.org.

Saturday, Sept. 24

Church seeks vendors

The Church of the Advent, 11251 S.W. County Road 484, is holding its annual Trash to Treasure sale on Saturday Sept 24. (rain date Oct 1). This will be an outdoor event. Crafters, Flea Market and Food Vendors are invited to attend. Spaces will be 10 x 10 with many of them being in the shade and rent for $15.00 each. Set up will begin at 6 a.m. with the sale beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. Call Al Sickle 352-208-5664 or Maryanne Brennan 352-347-2428 for registration forms and other information. You must provide your own tables.

Friday, Oct. 7

VFW plans flea market

VFW Post 4781 will hold a flea market on Oct. 7 and 8 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. There will be bargains galore inside out out.
The organization needs your donations of household goods, small or large. Proceeds benefit Veterans Services. Small items may be brought in boxes, and left in the corner of the dining room. We can pick up large items. Hot Dogs and hamburgers will be available along with a bake sale. Larger donations - call Art for pickup of large items at 352-209-0668. Want your own table to sell your items? Tables available at $10 per day, or $15 for 2 days. Call Phoebe for table rental at 352-854-8535. VFW Post 4781 is located off State Road 200 behind Sims Furniture, across from Oak Run, telephone 352-873-4781.

Tuesday, Oct. 18

Food for Thought at Our Redeemer

A “Food for Thought” luncheon will be hosted by the Parish Nurses at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 5200 S.W. State Road 200. The guest speaker will be John Podkomorski.
The event will be Oct. 18 at 11:30 a.m. A count is needed for the luncheon so please call 352-368-4028.