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Today's Features

  • Dr. James L. Snyder

    The New Year festivities have died down quite a bit and everything seems calm in our blissful domicile. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage is back to her routine of organizing and straightening everything up. Her motto is: "A place for everything and everything in its place."

    She is quite faithful in her New Year's resolutions. For years, she has tried to get me involved in New Year's resolutions and I only halfheartedly get involved. It does not seem to work for me though.

  • Saturday, Jan. 2

    Chess Club to meet

    The Freedom Library Chess Club will meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2. The library is at 5870 SW 95th St., Ocala. All players are welcome! Call 873-2276 for information.

    Citizens Academy signup set

    This year, consider making a resolution to learn more about the community in which you live, work and play by joining Marion County’s 2016 Citizens Academy. Registration opens Jan. 2, and space fills up quickly.

  • By Rev. James Snyder

  • Friday, Dec. 18

    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 located at 9048 Highway 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.
    The next meeting will be on Dec. 18 at 11 a.m.
    Guests are welcome at any meeting. Call Marie McNeil at 352-854-7397 for more information.

  • By Dick Frank

  • Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
    After welcoming in the New Year, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church invites you to come and enjoy a pancakes, eggs and sausage breakfast on Saturday, Jan. 2, from 8 to 11 a.m. This is a great way to meet community members and get to know Our Redeemer. A $5 donation will be appreciated.

  • By Rev. James Snyder

  • By Marcia Blomer
    Special to the Citizen

  • The magical musical Mary Poppins opened Thursday, at Ocala Civic Theatre.
    In the autumn of 1910, the Banks family of 17 Cherry Tree Lane in London is in for a jolly holiday when “the perfect nanny,” Mary Poppins, mysteriously arrives. With Mary Poppins around, “anything can happen if you let it,” as children Jane and Michael soon discover: an outing in the park where the statues come to life, a visit to a magic gingerbread shop, an exuberant dance across the rooftops with a crowd of chimney sweeps, and a journey through the starry heavens.

  • By Patricia A. Woodbury, RN MSN