• Crafting things for many good causes

    Do I hear the sound of lawn mowers? Raking leaves? Neighbors out in their yards? Sounds like heaven to me. Bring on the blooming azaleas and nice green grass (weeds and all). Sounds of spring when our winter has been so chilly.

    Spruce Creek North’s Craft Club is the featured group in this week’s column. Marlene Dorner is the chairperson and Jean Davis is the co-chairperson for these “crafty ladies.” They are always busy with so many different projects. In the past this creative group has made and donated lap blankets to patients in veterans hospitals.

  • Neighbors to meet neighbors at community block party

    The Spruce Creek Preserve community will have a “first ever” community-wide block party on Friday, April 3.  Preservist, Liz Bjornson, submitted this bit of news for inclusion in this week’s South Marion Citizen column. What a great idea, a good old-fashioned block party — what fun! 

    The Community-wide Block Party for all residents (guests are welcome) is being hosted by a group of your Spruce Creek Preserve neighbors.

  • You’re invited to Preserve yard sale

    Just down the road apiece many Spruce Creek Preserve residents are busily preparing for the community’s annual yard sale. This much looked forward to event will take place in the Preserve parking lot on S.R. 200, three miles southwest of C.R. 484 on March 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The large American flag will wave you in.

    Avid shoppers have dubbed this sale the best by far in the entire area. So if you’re hankering for an interesting, fun-filled, money-saving yard sale, then hanker no more.

  • Sign up for driver safety class

    Thank you, Cherrywood neighbors, for your prayers, get well cards, and all of you who came to visit me while I was at TimberRidge Rehabilition Center.

    Nancy Archer

    Driver Safety Class

    There will be an AARP 55 driver safety class on March 24 and 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $12 AARP members and $15 non-members. For more information, call Geri at 237-1675.

    Ladies Luncheon

  • Can you fix a faucet or drive a neighbor?

    Reach Out needs people willing to do minor home repairs such as fixing drippy faucets or changing light bulbs. If you can help, call Jim Connelly at 237-7782.

    There is also always a need for drivers. If you are willing to drive your fellow Oak Runners to doctors’ appointments, call Pat Ghertler at 854-6025.

    Fine Arts Show

  • Benefit concert for children’s home

    A fancy word for staying home instead of traveling has been coined. It’s called a “staycation.”

    Those in the workforce have to rely on a paid week or two to enjoy this time.

    Retirees are lucky because they can indulge in this kind of vacation any time they choose.

  • Take your pick of things to do tomorrow

    Tickets will be on sale at the Orchid Club Saturday morning, March 14, for the great door prizes to be raffled off at the annual Oak Run Garden Club Plant Sale on March 28 at the overflow parking lot from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Members and local businesses have very generously given the club an array of valuable prizes including special gift certificates from Publix, Kirkland’s, the Greenery Nursery, Panera Bread and Mimi’s.

  • Pass your dish around the Oasis

    Hello readers: Tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m., is not only the last day of the month, but the day when friends and neighbors of Palm Cay come together at the clubhouse and share food and fellowship. Sally Neuberger is offering chicken Marsala with mushrooms as the meat dish this time, for $1.

    A great bargain. Bring your dish to pass around that will feed six to eight people and have a wonderful time.

    Blood Drive

  • Bring a mat and work off the fat

    Did I say winter was over? Seems to me that this is one of the coldest winters we have had in Ocala in a long time. At least for the eight years we have lived here.

    Does anyone have a record of a colder or longer one? I know it’s better (much better) than snow and ice … but this is Florida. It’s supposed to be warm.

    The featured group this week is the Energetic Exercisers. Just like the Mah-jongg gals, this group is not exclusively for women but again they have not found any men brave or energetic enough to join them.

  • Two blood drives in OTOW communities

    The Big Red Bus from Florida’s Blood Center will be at the Community Center in Candler Hills on Monday, March 2 for their regular blood donor drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is hoped Candler Hills residents will take advantage of this convenient location to help keep our Marion County hospitals supplied with blood.

    LifeSouth Bloodmobile

    The LifeSouth bloodmobile will be in the H & R parking lot Monday, March 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.