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Today's Features

  • Sunday, March 18

    Jazz Society offers free music

    The Ocala Jazz Society returns to the VFW Post 4781, across from Oak Run, on the third Sunday of each month, 2 to 5 p.m.
    This month, March 18, is the date.
    The group plays more than jazz including favorite songs from past year. Dancing is encouraged.
    For more info call Gladys at 352-854-8930.

    Monday, March 19

    Legion post to meet

  • Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday first celebrated in 1737 by Irish immigrants in Boston. Now almost everyone celebrates by wearing green, being honorary Irish, drinking green beer, and eating corned beef and cabbage.
    The Irish can be proud; going green the year around has now become a worldwide objective. In honor of St. Patty, Pun Alley gets painted green and has some Irish fun.

    Taken to the cleaners

  • 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.

  • Our Redeemer Lutheran
    Our Redeemer Lutheran Church is conducting mid-week (Wednesday) services at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
    The theme is “Sounds of the Passion.” Everyone is invited for this interesting look (hearing) of the messages each Wednesday. The church is at 5200 S.W. State Road 200. For more information, call 352-237-2233.

    Ocala West United Methodist
    Holy Week: Maundy Thursday, April 5, 7 p.m. – a Service of Confession and the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

  • By Rev. James Snyder

  • March madness is coming. College men’s basketball playoffs involving 68 teams will play in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion. Scheduled to begin on March 13, it will conclude with the championship game on April 2 at the Superdome in New Orleans.
    With the ball bouncing down Pun Alley we hope to score a few points with punny stuff that didn’t hit the basket.

    Coaching psychosis

  • Whenever somebody mentions the word “free” in my presence my right eye turns a vivid jaundice. It is not that I have anything against the word free; just the person who is trying to use it to gain some kind of an advantage over me. I know anybody employing this mono-verbiage, is hiding some very long strings.

  • It is a story that dates back 2500 years. Although part of the Hebrew Bible, the story does not mention the name of God even once. There are speculations that the story did not exist; still the story of Queen Esther holds a fascination for Jews and feminists because of its timeless teachings. And a woman is the heroine of the day.

  • 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

  • The Iditarod Sled Dog Race starts tomorrow. It takes mushers from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. Nearly 1,000 whining, drooling dogs are a part of the opening ceremony; somewhat like the Miss Universe Pageant. For the first time in its history mushers were tested for alcohol and drugs. Officials say no one has been disqualified for performance enhancers, although three mushers have tested positive for Alpo.
    The rewards are incredible. The winning musher gets thousands of dollars in endorsements. The winning huskies each get a biscuit.