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  • 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

  • By Rev. James Snyder

  • By Dick Frank

  • Beginning Sunday, May 3, the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) will present Judaism Decoded: The Origins and Evolution of Jewish Tradition, a new six-week spring course which will uncover the unique formula that has sustained Jewish tradition for millennia. Rabbi Yossi Hecht, director of The Chabad Jewish Center of Ocala and The Villages, will conduct the six course sessions in Ocala for six Sundays, starting May 3, 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at The Chabad Jewish Center and in Lady Lake, for six Tuesdays, starting May 5, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. at The Lady Lake Public Library.

  • By Patricia Woodbury RN MSN

  • By Rev. James Snyder
    I was rearranging some bookshelves to make room for a few new books when it happened. I was in for a surprise and did not quite know it. There behind some books on my bookshelf was an old family photo album I had not seen in years.
    When I say old, I mean these were pictures taken when cameras were really cameras with film in them. Nobody knows what those cameras were like today.

  • By Patricia A. Woodbury

  • By Rev. James Snyder

  • By Dick Frank

  • By Dick Frank

    General elections have been over for about a month. Results show that theRepublican Party had sweeping gains in the Senate, House, and in numerousgubernatorial, state, and local races. Yet, one politician claims that the Democrats actually won. Other political pundits have made any number of disparaging comments about congress and voters. Such opinions have been around for a long time proving that nothing is new and, perhaps, nothing has changed.

     

    Mark Twain’s opinions

  • By Dick Frank

  • By Rev. James Snyder

  • Matthew Murray knew life would change a bit when he moved to Ocala last fall. As a 27 year-old with down syndrome, his options are somewhat limited. What he didn’t expect was how many new friends he would make through an organization called Transitions Life Center.
    “When Matt moved here, I was really concerned about how he would adjust,” says his mom Diane Murray. “We were so glad we found TLC (Transitions Life Center). He went to the summer camp and loved it. To have the friendship and camaraderie he has found means so much to me.”

  • By Rev. James Snyder

  • By Dick Frank

  • The SPCA of Marion County’s Gone Bunco
    It may have been rainy and dreary outside on Friday evening, May 2, but it was all sunshine and smiles inside the Klein Center at the College of Central Florida for the SPCA’s gala fundraiser, “The SPCA of Marion County’s Gone Bunco.”

  • By Maria Devine

  • By Rev. James Snyder